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Spectrum - March 16, 2012

Mayor's Challenge: Connecting neighborhoods, neighbors

Initiative begins with pingpong tournament; winner will be team with most participants

by Yiaway Yeh

Growing up in Palo Alto, I enjoyed the tradition of neighbors supporting neighbors. During my freshman year at Gunn, the Class of 1996 built the class float for Homecoming Week in my parents' backyard. Not being expert float-builders, the shark we constructed easily grew in magnitude. Once we had finished hammering and creating our chicken-wire artwork, a dilemma arose: How would we get the shark out of the backyard?

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Yiaway Yeh is the Mayor of Palo Alto, and is a graduate of JLS Middle School and Gunn High School. He grew up in the Green Acres II neighborhood, now lives in the Evergreen Park neighborhood, and can be reached at