Thanks for Arden Pennell's article about the Gunn fields in the Weekly (March 12). We appreciate the report.
There's no mention of the dirt pile, left by Building for Excellence and the Gunn Sports Boosters more than ten years ago. There is mention of finding extra money left over from the Building for Excellence bond issue and of a new contribution by the Gunn Sports Boosters.
They could spread the dirt pile to help level the fields before they use the new material. It was trucked in for this purpose. There is economy in doing all the work while the equipment is on site. We expect that the district and Boosters would like to finish what they started.
For 30 years we had a sweeping view across the fields toward Bol Park. For 10 years it has been interrupted by the pile, which is an eyesore and hazard.
For a long time we've been told there's no money to do so. Now some has been found, more donated and they hope to finish with some to spare. At least they could use some of the dirt and shape up the rest.
We walk these paths every day, enjoy the view and at times consider integrity, good faith, bond issues and the district's handling of construction projects.
Our school sites are not dumps.
Like many empty-nest widows, I play "catch-up" meeting the utility bills with the current high rates.
The proposal by the City Council should be opposed by every citizen. There has to be better management of that department and fewer grandiose proposals by the council.
If I can give up my front and back lawns and turn my furnace off for almost half the year, it seems some sacrifices can be shared.
On the Google map, my house shows between my brown (redwood chip) yards. The outgoing city manager was furnished a home at the expense of the taxpayers.
Let's hope this isn't to become a pattern.
If neighboring cities can manage with lower utility rates, perhaps we should find out how they do it.
I write with applause and gratitude for the March 5 article about Abilities United, formerly Community Association for Rehabilitation (C.A.R.).
Sue Dremann accurately and thoroughly explained the whys and wherefores of the new name and the philosophy behind it.
As a former board member and current volunteer, I am especially pleased that she noted that while our name is new, our 45-year-old commitment to people with developmental and physical challenges and their families remains unchanged.
Walter Hays Drive
Pat Briggs has been our close neighbor for more than 30 years. She has put her heart, soul, time, energy and talent into the Palo Alto Children's Theatre for more than 40 years. Now she is being treated like a common criminal.
The police should allow Pat, Allison and Richard to go back to work at the Theatre.
It is the only just thing to do.
Ruth & George Chippendale
Santa Ana Street
My wife and I had the opportunity to walk the Dish Loop for the first time in a few years on Easter Sunday.
How incredibly fortunate we are that Stanford allows the public to access this beautiful and well-preserved privately owned open space.
This is particularly important given that all of the surrounding political jurisdictions have chosen to build to much higher densities and to preserve far less open space than has Stanford.
I was also impressed with how well this land has recovered from the abusive overuse that had occurred for many years before Stanford wisely limited its hospitality to those members of the public who show the respect for this land.
Peter F. Carpenter
It is small wonder that there has been little support for providing the police officers in Palo Alto with a fancy new building.
Their behavior often seems to be aimed at harassing the residents in ways big and small. A prime example of the former is the absolutely atrocious way the affair with the Children's Theatre has been handled. Minor instances include the way residents in the Downtown North area are treated in regards to parking.
For example, on a Monday night I dutifully moved my car into my driveway to clear the pavement for street sweeping that was due the next morning (9–10 a.m.). On the Tuesday morning, some time after the cleaning truck had gone by and the street had been swept, I moved my car from the driveway to let out another vehicle. However, because the street had been cleaned I did not move the car back into my driveway. My car was subsequently cited at 9.45a.m., some half an hour after the cleaning had very obviously taken place.
Now the purpose, and the only purpose, of the subject "no parking" regulation is to enable effective sweeping of my neighborhood street. Therefore, there was no practical reason for issuing the citation except either to hassle me or perhaps as a cowardly underhanded way for the city to raise revenue.
Idea for Foothill
How about using the vacant H-P building and parking area at San Antonio Road and Alma Street for the Foothill College expansion?
I know this is scheduled for housing (not popular).
The whole area would require a minimum of modernization to convert to classrooms, etc.
Thanks for PiE
Last Tuesday night, a check for $2.3 million was presented to PAUSD on behalf of the Palo Alto Partners in Education (PAPiE) team — the impressive sum of their tireless work over the past year.
We know that every one of those dollars represents a labor of love from PAPiE Board members and their volunteers and donors.
March is the time to celebrate the constant value of PAPiE and the impressive circumference of support provided to all students in our school district. The annual fundraising accomplishments keep the candles burning on instruction and student services that would not be possible otherwise.
From reading and math specialists, to art instructors, counselors and elective courses, these support systems are tangible and far-reaching.
Many PAPiE members have been giving, and for many years, to the school district.
We want to take a moment to recognize this selfless commitment. We know their talents and savvy could be moving mountains in the private or nonprofit sector (or on the golf course). We just want everyone to know how much it means to us that PAPiE members have chosen to shine their energy on our students and schools. We also thank their loved ones for their role in supporting these efforts.
How can we begin to thank PAPiE for this?
Let's try. On behalf of the entire PAUSD community, including the thousands of students who continue to benefit from the support that Partners in Education makes possible, please accept our admiration and profound gratitude!
Board of Education
Palo Alto Unified School District
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