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City trying to woo Foothill to Cubberley

Original post made on Jul 18, 2008

Although plans for a new, modern campus for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District at Cubberley Community Center have grown extremely tenuous, the City of Palo Alto is nonetheless attempting to woo the college district by demonstrating readiness to go forward.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 18, 2008, 10:51 AM

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Posted by Losing leadership
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 18, 2008 at 12:37 pm

"Several council members vowed never to approve selling Cubberley land — a blow to the college district's goal to find a long-term space for future students."

A very, very unfortunate move by the City Council. The demand for community-college education is growing at a fast rate. Some community colleges have even been authorized to issue a Bachelor's degree. The need for short-term, employer-specific education is growing by leaps and bounds. PAUSD and other high schools are also doing more and more transfers into community colleges for alternate high school education classes.

"On July 7, the district's board approved spending $300,000 for a feasibility study to develop a 70-acre parcel at Moffett into a "vibrant educational community" in partnership with other schools, including UC-Santa Cruz and Carnegie Mellon University."

So, here we have yet another missed opportunity, because our city has ZERO business and commercial development capacity. We lost ann opportunity to work with Stanford on the Performing Arts Center in much the same way that this loss has occurred.

Palo Alto is fast losing its status as a Silicon Valley leader.

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Posted by too much traffic blah blah blah
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jul 18, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Good riddance, who cares about education? Such a campus would have brought too much traffic!

*sarcasm intended

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Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 18, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Foothill should build in Mountain View to best serve the location of the student population.

The Cubberley location doesn't make sense for a full blown new campus.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm

The neighborhoods around Cubberly need to FIGHT the sale or lease of Cubberly to a regional school no matter how good the school is.

This is just a sale/lease to bring in money for the police building (a 2000 $ per square foot project).

Why not sell off the Ester Clark Park?

4000 cars is significant on a much overcrowded San Antonia And Middlefield Rd.

The city has probably collected many millions of $$ from the superhigh density housing developments in this area yet has no money for projects in this area, like upgrading Cubberly or new parks or even money for the Mitchell Park Library rebuild. Where has the money gone to?? Probably downtown projects or leasing city facilities to special groups at a loss. Or giving millions of $$$ to large corporations to install solar power. ??

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Posted by TJ
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm

One of the sites Foothill is looking at is at Moffett Field where GOOGLE plans to build a whole new campus. Being next to GOOGLE may be more interesting and enticing for Foothill than next to the School Districts run down facility at Cubberley.

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Posted by What a shame
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 18, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Now we're going to be stuck with crumbling Cubberly, and pass up a chance to work with one of the most progressive community college districts in the nation. Does the City Council have any idea that Federal and State funding to Community Colleges is going to increase dramatically over the years, and that Palo Alto could be the recipient of that money.

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Posted by Midtown Guy
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 19, 2008 at 11:20 am

First, the city will sell Cubberley (our former third high school) to Foothill.

Then, the school district will announce a new high school is needed and we need another $500 million bond (present high schools are overcrowded). Anyone see irony here? Mismanagement? Short-sightedness?

We get what we deserve, so apparently we're all idiots.

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Posted by Losing leadership
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 19, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Midtown guy, Foothill could actually take some of the load off the high schools, with advanced transfer programs. It's a coming trend. Time are changing.

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Posted by Lost Open Space
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 19, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Cubberley could well be the next site for in-fill housing like the Campus for Jewish Life. Maintaining the site depends on renewing the Utility Tax, which may not happen.

It will never become a third high school as the PAUSD has room to expand on it's other two sites. I'd far rather see a campus for Foothill College at Cubberley than a huge housing development.

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Posted by Yay
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:06 am

Thank Goodness we are keeping Cubberly. With the ever growing enrollment, I can easily see needing to return Cubberly to PAUSD uses.

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Posted by Strange
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:35 am

It is strange being in a city in (at least relative) decline. There is not a lot that is new/good/exciting in Palo Alto (aside from Stanford and I suppose the schools). A lot of energy is spent defending the status quo, and goodness knows we spend a lot of money on services - which is all fine if there some improvements to point to. But when the Homer Bike Tunnel and the Opportunity Center are two of the biggest recent accomplishments - well, the results speak for themselves. We just can't seem to get much done aside from housing developments.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 20, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Thank the city council for that, Strange--they are busy with pet projects (climate change, protecting PACT staff as two examples) and afraid to upset people in town by suggesting anything dramatic.
It is funny to see Council members patting themselves on the back over the Homer Ave tunnel, a little used white elephant that was a waste of time and money--but that is what our council is good for--year in and year out, no matter who is on it.
Did you read in the Daily Post how the council for a long discussed the new police station and decided to issue COPs to pay for it, now after all the years Yoriko is questioning the design of the building and why they need so large a holding area etc. Where were these council members when this was proposed? This is so typical of how things are done here--I see it as a calculated move on Yoriko's part to curry favor with those opposing the station--council members are politician's first and then they worry about the city they are supposed to lead.

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Posted by Not so slow
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 20, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I applaud Kishimoto's questioning of the size of parts of the new police building.
Are you questioning the size of parts of the new library building being proposed? That is your "expertise" isn't it?

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Posted by Not so slow
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 20, 2008 at 3:25 pm

I support library branches, the police building COPs, and the upcoming library bond. I've just been funnin' with y'all.

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Posted by Cubberley Not Good For Foothill Campus
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2008 at 9:44 pm

The City doesn't own very much of the Cubberley site. It's almost all owned by the PAUSD.

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Posted by Not so slow
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 21, 2008 at 12:45 am

I have not been funnin' with anyone. I do not appreciate your using my name, Mike. I'm still waiting for you to live up to your challenge. You chickened out.
Please do not use my name again or I will be forced to use yours.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 21, 2008 at 6:22 am

Not so Slow--First of all, I am not Mike. And I am against the current library bond proposal.
Anyway, I also applaud Yoriko's questioning the size of the building, however I wonder why she has waited until now--until after the use of COPs were approved to question the size.

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