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Mobile-home park residents host holiday Posada

Original post made on Dec 21, 2012

In long robes and accompanied by an angel, modern-day versions of Mary and Joseph, parents of the yet-unborn Jesus, beseeched residents of Palo Alto's Buena Vista Mobile Home Park for a place to stay on Sunday evening, Dec. 16.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 21, 2012, 8:49 AM

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

Are they using sacred Christian history to attempt to manipulate the outcome of the mobile home park in their favor, or maybe I'm just being cynical? It's not that I don't feel for them, I do. I just think they're perhaps misguided in expending their energy this way.

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Posted by probably so
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

first poster nailed it...

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Posted by Christian for social justice
a resident of another community
on Dec 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Another way to view it would be that they are making that sacred history contemporary and putting their faith into action as we are are called to do as Christians. Hard to see that as misguided in my book; au contraire.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Buena Vista sounds like a community full of caring people, but that doesn't change the fact that the infrastructure for the complex is failing and needs to be replaced.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Christian for social justice, thank you for your thoughtful input. I suspect it's a mix of my perspective and yours. PA Mom also contributed some wisdom.

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Posted by Myth reenactment
a resident of another community
on Dec 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I was driving on Middlefield Road Friday evening and hundreds, maybe even a thousand people were dressed in flowing robes probably re-enacting the ancient myth. I was saddened to see people trying to make something mythical seem real. And misleading their children so they will believe in something that never happened.
Very depressing, actually.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

When in college, our humanities taught Judaeo-Christian Mythology along with Greco-Roman and other Mythologies.

Some folks NEED their myths...let them have them. Look at all the people who are here for freedom of mythology.

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Posted by s
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Ventura
on Dec 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

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Posted by Antoine Dodson
a resident of another community
on Dec 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

*virtual fist bump to Anonymous*

Yep. Manipulation. Sorry. Not cool.

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Posted by BP resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Has the posada happened in years' past, or was this the first time? Why was mayor there? I hate to agree with the sentiment above, but it does feel manipulative and political. There are many lovely caring families residing there. Also undesirables, but that's true anywhere, any complex. It's going to be interesting... Some Palo Altans will want to preserve it, proposing major spending to fix the outdated sewer and gas infrastructure. I think the park has met it's maturation date.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm

This is in regards to these comments about religion. Millions upon millions of people use organized religion as a crutch. They use it to get by day to day and they believe that good things happen to them because of their faith. You'll find this everywhere you look from entertainment to politics,and in all of your neighborhoods. So why is it a problem when the Buena Vista residents use it as a "Hail Mary" just as they are about to be permanently discarded from their community. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I attended the posada for the first time this year and--according to ten year resident I spoke with--it has a long history in that community. This doesn't surprise me given the predominant demographics of the park; many residents are from communities where the posada has been celebrated for centuries. This is a very strong tradition. This was not a protest, nor did it feel like one. It was a beautiful community gathering with food, traditional dance and music. There was not a word about the now-certain closure of the park. The parallels with the mythical search for shelter of Mary and Joseph were impossible to ignore, however, for those who understood the song (which was sung in Spanish, though a printed English translation was available). In sum, anonymous, I felt that this was the furthest thing from cynical. It was in fact joyous.

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Posted by What?
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm

"Buena Vista could close by early 2014, Jisser said." This doesn't make any sense. Do you mean 2015 or 2016 or??

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Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 19, 2014 at 11:23 pm

The City now has at least $15 million in its affordable housing fund again. Maybe it's more by now. This is money that can't be spent any other way.

I hope the new City Council will consider trying to negotiate a long-term, very low interest loan to allow the residents to attempt to purchase the property. $15 million plus the $15 million they already raised makes $30 million. If the residents owned the park, the non-profit residents' group would be eligible to apply for grants to improve the park -- I'm guessing PAHC or other non-profits might help them with the application process if they needed it.

Most of the comments above are from people who live in other neighborhoods. While there is never anything unanimous, the majority of neighbors are in favor of saving the park (including those who opposed the Maybell rezoning) and improving it rather than it being razed and the neighbors evicted. Many of us live on this side of town because it is more diverse.

I think the posada is a beautiful tradition.

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