ONE BRIDGE LED TO ANOTHER ... A proposal to rebuild the small and quaint Newell Street bridge between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto was greeted with enthusiasm last year by officials from the two cities. Many view the new bridge as an important component in a regional plan to improve flood control around the volatile San Francisquito Creek. But the project has also prompted some residents around Crescent Park to ask, "What about us?" The Pope-Chaucer Street bridge, which connects their neighborhood to Menlo Park, has been a particularly poor bulwark against flood water. This week, City Manager James Keene announced that the Chaucer Street bridge is next on the list for a possible replacement. The Santa Clara Valley Water District is soliciting proposals for consultants to work on the project, he said, and the cities of Palo Alto and Menlo Park will work with the regional agency, San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (of which both cities are members) on the selection process. Design work is slated to begin in November, Keene said.
EXPLOSIONS, EXPLOSIONS ... July 4th revelers in Palo Alto should be cautioned against violating city fireworks ordinances. About 20 volunteers who are part of the city's Emergency Services Volunteers will be doing a safety watch on Wednesday to deter criminal activity, said Kenneth Dueker, Palo Alto's director of emergency services. The group will be deployed throughout the city with walkie-talkies and will focus on fire prevention and shenanigans, he said.
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