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Stanford trails dispute headed to Supreme Court

Original post made on Apr 11, 2008

A dispute about trails Stanford University had agreed to build eight years ago as part of approval for a new general use permit from Santa Clara County is now heading for the state Supreme Court.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm

No one wants Stanford's fancy sidewalk. The existing sidewalk is fine. What the community really wants is a new bike path parallel to Page Mill Expressway, connecting Old Page Mill Road to Arastradero Road. The existing bike lane on the left side of Page Mill Expressway under I-280 is a death trap. Give us the cow tunnel, please!

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm

This Green Foothills is a protest organization, an anti-Stanford protest organization that offers nothing new. Maybe it's new head from the JPA will make it more rabid than it's been.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 12, 2008 at 7:29 am

What a misnomer - the Committee for Green Foothills guarantees against the green. Only the populated hills are green year around. Life would be easier if we just bought blinders for those sensitive souls who cannot stand the sight of works of man.

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Posted by flash
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Maybe these Palo Alto folks should just use their own PRIVATE park in the Stanford Hills instead of seeking a path through the private University.

Better yet, how about if Palo Alto opens up their private park to use to university students and their neighbors in communities around Palo Alto?

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Posted by trudy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 13, 2008 at 12:22 am

flash, where were you and Stanford when PA residents paid for the private park?

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Posted by flash
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2008 at 3:34 pm

We all pay for our own parks via taxes, but it's very rare for a city to establish private restricted parks to lock out other communities, as Palo Alto (the most open space rich town on the Peninsula) does. By your reasoning Stanford, a private property, could lock you out of the campus, but they don't.

Palo Alto citizens use campus open space (& other resources) without any restrictions whatsoever --- every single day. Palo Alto citizens are jogging, strolling and biking through campus right this minute, and always have been able to do so. No ID required, no guard gates.

So why does PA need a dedicated right of way set aside on the campus' private property? Will Palo Alto post guard gates on the campus walkway and require PA identification to use your piece of Stanford?

Palo Alto used the construction of a special path as a blackmail chip for opening Sand Hill access to El Camino years ago, then continued the bickering ever since. Whining children...the university doesn't owe you a dedicated path through the center of their campus any more than they have any right to have a dedicated path through your back yard.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 13, 2008 at 4:42 pm

I still don't know why Stanford stays connected. Where is the advantage to them of another layer of BS?