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News - November 5, 2010

Around Town

A GIANT VICTORY ... When Palo Alto officials met Monday night to discuss the top recreational issues of the day, it was clear they had other things on their minds. The clues were everywhere — from Councilman Larry Klein's orange sweater, to Park and Recreation Commissioner Sunny Dykwel's San Francisco Giants T-shirt, to the iPad on City Manager Jim Keene's lap flashing baseball stats, to the frequent glances staff shot toward the muted TV screen. The Parks and Recreation Commission, which advises the council on topics relating to local sports fields and recreation, experienced "Giants Torture" in the worst way possible — their annual meeting with the council fell on the same evening as Game 5 of the World Series between the Giants and the Texas Rangers. Though heads frequently swiveled toward the TV, discussions remained largely on point, spanning such topics as bike improvements, youth programs and new amenities at El Camino Park. Councilman Greg Scharff was talking about El Camino Park when Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria whacked a three-run homerun, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead and prompting an excited Keene to interject with an update. "It's clear where our priorities are," quipped Commissioner Paul Losch. The meeting was scheduled to adjourn at about 7 p.m. so that the council could get to its regularly scheduled Monday meeting, but no one seemed to be in a rush. Minutes before the hour approached, one commissioner asked how much time the group had before adjournment. "About an inning," Mayor Pat Burt replied. The council ultimately managed to stretch out the joint discussion and the subsequent intermission until past 7:30 p.m. Council members lingered in the small conference room to watch the Giants' freakish, fuzzy-bearded closer Brian Wilson finish off the Rangers, giving the Giants their first World Series since the team moved to San Francisco and giving the council a chance to high-five and congratulate one another before proceeding to their regular meeting.

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