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News - November 11, 2022

Around Town

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED ... The city of Palo Alto held its annual Veterans Day Recognition Event on Monday, Nov. 7, with a lineup of distinguished speakers, historical reenactments and a musical performance. The agenda included opening remarks by Mayor Pat Burt to commend the service and contributions of veterans to the community and country. Adm. James Ellis, Annenberg distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, was set to follow with the keynote address. The outdoor ceremony featured historical actors and military vehicles provided by the Eagle Field Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve military history and technology through educational outreach. Members of the Palo Alto High School chorus also performed. After the event, a reception was scheduled at MacArthur Park Restaurant, a California Historical Landmark that has military significance, as troops used it as a recreational facility while training at Camp Fremont in Menlo Park during World War I. The event was co-sponsored by the city of Palo Alto, Stanford University and the Palo Alto American Legion Post 375. To watch a video of the ceremony, visit youtube.com/cityofpaloalto.org.

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION ... Despite falling rain and the chance of thunderstorms, a steady stream of people turned up at Palo Alto's voting centers to cast their ballots in the 2022 general election on Tuesday morning. At the Palo Alto Art Center auditorium, voter turnout was higher with a notable buzz at the door's entrance, as poll workers greeted voters and ushered them inside to drop off their ballots or vote in person. Dan Mahoney, one of the lead poll workers, noted that already more people had shown up to vote on Election Day than they had all week. "It's quintupled," he said, turning to fist-bump a friend he recognized walking into the voting center. Mahoney, who has been a volunteer poll worker for 14 years, described this year's turnout as unusually busy for a midterm election, which he attributed to national exposure about the elections and a growing awareness about the importance of voting. Palo Alto resident and voter Natalie Salk, agreed, noting that there were more people voting at the Palo Alto Art Center auditorium than she had seen in previous years. Phyllis Wedvick, 74, a poll worker at the Lucie Stern Community Center, highlighted the importance of voting, which she has been doing all her life. This election is her first volunteering as a poll worker, an opportunity she learned about through the organization Power the Polls. "I wanted to be of service, be part of the community and country and show pride in it," she said. Wedvick, with a sprightly step, then greeted voters who were coming in through the doors.

EASY MONEY ... Some local residents may feel their hopes dashed after news emerged Monday that the winning ticket for the record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot was sold in Altadena, a community about 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles. But they may find their own jackpot from Santa Clara County's Department of Tax and Collections — though it won't amount to the millions up for grabs from the California State Lottery. The department has $136,912 in unclaimed general collections monies resulting from overpayments and duplicate payments, among other reasons. Some of the money has been in the county's trust fund for over a decade, despite the county's repeated attempts to send the money to the appropriate party. The department unveiled its list of 222 individuals and businesses who qualify for the funds at sccdtac.org/unclaimedmonies. They have until Dec. 9 to file a claim. "If an individual or business believes they might be owners of unclaimed money, we encourage them to file a claim so we can get these funds back to the rightful owners," department Director Margarita Rodriguez said in a press release. "We are making another effort to reach people on the published list." For more information, visit dtac.sccgov.org.

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