Around Town | January 28, 2011 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - January 28, 2011

Around Town

NEXT GENERATION ... Just before Mayor Sid Espinosa approached the lectern to present the annual State of the City speech Monday night, the crowd at the Cubberley Community Center Theatre heard from another well-known Palo Alto policymaker from a high-tech background. Gary Fazzino, a former Palo Alto mayor and the city's unofficial historian, recalled how he hired Espinosa at Hewlett-Packard, where Espinosa, 38, worked as director of philanthropy before he joined Microsoft. The third and fourth youngest mayors in the city's history (Fazzino was also 38) worked side-by-side for several years and Fazzino said he was impressed by Espinosa's conduct "under deadline and in the heat of the moment." He described the city's new mayor as "bright, ethical and hardworking." "When I was mayor, I would say that 50 percent of Palo Alto think they're smarter than I am, and 90 percent probably are," Fazzino said. "In case of Sid, it's probably closer to 50-50."

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