Animal shelter to move into downtown Palo Alto post office Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:31 am
Editor's note: This story was part of Palo Alto Online's April Fools' Day Express.
In their latest effort to raise revenues and refresh the city's dilapidating infrastructure, Palo Alto officials approved a land-swap plan Friday that involves moving the city's animal shelter to the current site of the downtown post office, relocating the historic MacArthur Park restaurant to the unoccupied mezzanine at City Hall, building an auto row in the Baylands and constructing a waste-to-energy plant at Gamble Gardens.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, April 1, 2012, 9:45 AM
Posted by Laughing!, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:14 am
They set this up well with the article yesterday regarding the animal shelter and car dealerships. They had me going (though shocked) until I got to "selling El Palo Alto" on eBay. "Member," read the article! Very funny, and great satire on all the major issues in the news lately! Great job, April Fuller! Happy April Fools Day everyone!
Posted by Annie J, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:33 am
Oh my gosh! It had me till the ebay thing, too.... but not fully - I was like, what the heck? Has everyone gone mad ... and things don't move that fast in city government! Good one! Happy April Fool's Day to you to!
Posted by Fool, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:48 am
We never get Express on weekends--so before even reading the headlines, I knew it was gonna be a spoof. Thanks Weekly for a good laff. Too bad our local gov takes itself soo seriously . . . do they realize how ridiculous some of their everyday decisions and "process" really are?
Posted by Leonor Delgado, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 2, 2012 at 8:38 am
I hate to be, as we say in Mexico, "un aguafiestas" (throw water on the parade), but... as someone who is extremely concerned about the future of PAAS (the animal shelter) and the impact on this community and surrounding communities should PAAS services be lost, this mock piece of news is no laughing matter... it creates false hopes. I'm very disappointed that such a serious issue was presented as something to be laughed at.
Posted by Jeromy, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:52 am
My favorite part was:
"Councilman Larry Klein said the goal is to reduce greenhouse gases by placing the new waste facility in a central, pedestrian- and bike-friendly urban setting."
If such a move of the waste facility to Gamble Gardens did not upset his influential friends, he probably would think it was a good idea. The Weekly's staff knows the local political actors quite well.
Thanks for a good laugh! I read the article to my wife this morning, and we laughed 'till we cried!
Posted by Dennis, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Apr 2, 2012 at 9:59 am
Nicely done. April Foolery masked as the Palo Alto Way had me grinding my molars while harrumphing and sputtering at the exasperating tone-deafness of our elected officials and their appointed minions.
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