The wildfire that destroyed most of the city of Paradise is now being called the deadliest fire in California's history. As of Thursday morning, the fire had claimed the lives of 56 people and more than 200 others remained missing. The fire, which is 40 percent contained, has consumed more than 140,000 acres and destroyed 8,756 residences. Thousands of people are at evacuation centers with nothing more than the clothing on their backs.
We've compiled a list of organizations collecting supplies for victims of the Camp Fire. We will update this list as we receive new information.
— The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center is collecting gift cards that will be distributed to those affected by the fire through Nov. 30. Donations can be dropped off at the Customer Service Front Desk of the Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex on its campus at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto (650-223-8700).
— The Woodside Village Church, located at 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside, is collecting any emergency items (coffee, coffee cups, trash bags, dish soap, plastic utensils, new underwear, etc.) people are willing to donate throughout this weekend:
— Palo Alto resident Alexandria Boehm is hosting a resident of Paradise whose husband went through open heart surgery at Stanford Hospital last week, and her two children. They are currently asking for gift card donations to Target, Safeway and Costco. Donations can be dropped off at 415 Olmsted Road, Stanford through Wednesday.
— The North Valley Community Foundation: nvcf.org, or 530-366-0397
— United Way of Northern California: norcalunitedway.org, or 530-241-7521
— American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
— GoFundMe: gofundme.com/cause/californiafires/
—The Salvation Army: give-do.salvationarmy.org
— Caring Choices: caring-choices.org/wild-fire-donations
School board asks for Stanford to mitigate growth
The Palo Alto school board unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night asking the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to require Stanford University to give the district both land and money to offset the impact of additional students generated by the university's expansion plan.
The resolution is the board's firmest stance yet on Stanford's proposed general use permit (GUP), which proposes building more than 2 million square feet of academic space by 2035. Santa Clara County is in the midst of reviewing the university's general use permit, including starting negotiations on a potential development agreement between the two entities.
The resolution asks that Stanford be contractually required to pay annual payments to the district (or a related party, such as fundraising organization Palo Alto Partners in Education), with the payment based on the number of students attending the district who live in tax-exempt eligible housing owned by Stanford; to set aside 4 acres or more of land on or near the Sand Hill Road/Quarry Road corridor for a new elementary school; and to make a direct contribution beyond mandated developer fees to mitigate the cost of building a new school.
The resolution emphasizes the district's commitment to providing neighborhood schools, including for students who might live in new housing planned under the GUP.
There is little clarity on exactly how many new students the GUP will generate given the uncertainty in long-term enrollment forecasting. The district estimates the proposed housing could generate anywhere from 275 to 860 to 1,450 additional students. (The second two estimates are from higher-density housing alternatives studied by the county.)
Given that Stanford rental housing is eligible for property tax exemptions and as a community-funded district, Palo Alto Unified relies heavily on property tax revenue, there is mounting concern among district leadership and parents that without assurances that Stanford will help address the cost of increased enrollment, the district will face budget shortfalls, class size increases and program reductions.
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