On California avenue things have improved quite a bit. New stores are moving in. Traffic is picking up.
Residents on the other side of alma have a nice place to visit for shopping and dining.
There remains one eyesore (you know who you are) and this dumpy corner bar has filthy sidewalks covered with cigarette buts, bums drinking late at night, an odor about it and in general drags the neighborhood down. The pool tables would be nice if the whole thing wasn't so rundown. It is really hard to find a scruffy biker in palo alto but you can find them here.
I am sure there is nothing I can do about it but, Mr Owner, if you read this please clean up your dumpy bar. It ruins the neighborhood. It really is the last mess on California avenue, IMHO.
I just wanted to complain.
There, I am done now.
Back to my apathy.