AN ABRUPT DEPARTURE ... Rebecca Parker Mankey, a progressive activist who made national headlines last month after she berated a 74-year-old man in a Make America Great Again hat at the Starbucks on California Avenue, has resigned from a planning group that has been helping to develop a vision for her neighborhood. In an April 4 letter to the city, Mankey wrote that she is resigning, effective immediately, from the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan Working Group. The group has been participating in an 18-month planning process to create a new vision for an eclectic neighborhood, which includes the 15-acre campus around Fry's Electronics. "Thank you so much for everything. I have learned a lot from the process," Mankey wrote to the group in her resignation letter. Mankey's outburst at the coffee shop went viral, prompting death threats and causing her to lose her job. She abruptly disappeared on April 18, prompting her family to report her as missing, though she was found safe several days later after she took a trip to Lake County to visit a friend. Mankey will be replaced on the working group by Waldek Kaczmarski, who had been appointed as a board alternate.
THE ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY PARTY ... The community is pulling out all the stops for this year's May Fete Parade on Saturday, May 4, which will celebrate Palo Alto's 125th birthday. Decorated floats, marching bands and children in costumes with their pets are set to stride down University Avenue beginning at 10 a.m. for the parade, now in its 97th year. Keeping with this year's theme, the parade grand marshal will be the Palo Alto Historical Association. The route starts from the corner of University Avenue and Emerson Street, continues east on University Avenue, then turns right onto Waverley Street and travels south before ending at Heritage Park, located at 300 Homer Ave. At the park, the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club will have a fair set up with live music and food, booths featuring more than 30 local organizations and games and prizes for children. This is also where the Museum of American Heritage will host its annual Vintage Vehicle and Family Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Are you attending the parade? Share your photos and videos with us on Twitter (@paloaltoweekly), Facebook (@paloaltoonline) and Instagram (@paloaltoonline) to be featured online at bit.ly/2DKsMiS. For more information on the event, visit paloaltomayfeteparade.com.
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