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Around Town: Community steps up to help Midtown businesses destroyed by fire

Original post made on Feb 25, 2023

In the latest column, read news about GoFundMe pages set up to aid AJ's Quick Clean Center and Bill's Cafe, a Stanford student making a second run on Jeopardy! and a local couple that worked with Grammy-winning artists.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, February 25, 2023, 9:26 AM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2023 at 2:43 pm

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I imagine the other Dry Cleaners, coffee shops and brunch places nearby have had a windfall from extra customers due to this. I hope they can be asked to contribute also.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2023 at 8:19 pm

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There's also unemployment benefits and doesn't anyone have fire insurance any more? EDD exists to help people who lost their job through no fault of their own, to get back to work, and provide 6 months of benefits which is plenty of time to find a job. With a reported shortage of workers (or at least that's what we've been told) for at least the last year there should be no problem getting a job with comparable pay and benefits. And when the businesses are re-built, the employees can go back to work on Middlefield.

Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2023 at 11:46 am

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This is the same AJ’s owner who got into trouble with the Feds?

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 11, 2023 at 7:45 am

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Any update on what caused the fire or when work will start to remodel the businesses?

Or is it the Palo Alto way to let this ugly site remain untouched for years?

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