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News - August 27, 2010

Around Town

GEARING UP ... Palo Alto's composting quandary will resurge next month, when a coalition that calls itself the Palo Alto Green Energy and Compost Initiative begins its drive to "undedicate" a 10-acre chunk of parkland at Byxbee Park — land that the coalition hopes could be used for a facility to convert food waste, yard trimmings and sewage into electricity. The group, led by former Mayor Peter Drekmeier, faces opposition from local conservationists who believe dedicated parkland should remain dedicated parkland, even if it means local compost fodder would be shipped to Gilroy. Now, the would-be undedicators are gearing up for their political drive. Literally. The group is selling the official Palo Alto Green Energy and Compost Initiative T-shirt, featuring its logo (a leaf inside a lightbulb) and an index of numbers relating to a proposed anaerobic-digestion plant. The group plans to start gathering signatures for its petition on Sept. 25 and to bring the issue to the voters in November 2011.

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