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Publication Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2003

News digest News digest (October 22, 2003)

800 High St. image too small

A perspective drawing of the 800 High St. project on the Yes on Measure C's Web site is indeed smaller than it should be, according to Doug Ross, developer of the contested housing project.

Ross said Friday that architect Jon Worden acknowledged the flaw with the perspective rendering.

The Yes on Measure C campaign had scaled the rendering from a photo looking north on High Street, on the opponents' Web site, with the project depicted as a large windowless box. Worden prepared a perspective image to replace the ugly box. But when he went back to the Web site, the photo had been changed to a second photo, taken about 50 feet closer to High Street. That meant all the neighboring buildings appeared larger, and the rendering came out smaller in comparison when Worden placed it into the photo without noticing the switch.

David Bubenik, an opponent of the development, initially challenged the perspective image as being about 25 percent too small.

Ross maintains his objection to the boxy "massing model" as a misleading depiction of the project, but Bubenik -- who calculated the size and perspective -- defended it as a standard massing model.

-- Jay Thorwaldson
Law school dean to step down

Kathleen Sullivan, the highly regarded dean of the Stanford Law School for the past five years, will step down next September to take a position as the director of a new center for constitutional law at the university.

"Kathleen Sullivan has been one of the pre-eminent deans in U.S. legal education," Stanford President John Hennessy said. He said he accepted her resignation with reluctance and will now form a search committee to find her successor.

Sullivan came to Stanford in 1993 from the Harvard Law School faculty and was appointed dean in 1999.

During her tenure, Sullivan recruited several key faculty members who are nationally known scholars, created new centers of legal study on the Internet, e-commerce and bioscience, and helped establish a new law clinic in East Palo Alto.

--Don Kazak
Eshoo votes against Iraq funds

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, was one of 125 members of the House of Representatives who voted against President's Bush's $87 billion funding plan for Iraq last week, which easily passed in both the House and Senate.

Eshoo favored splitting the measure into two bills, one to pay for the troops occupying Iraq and the other for reconstruction.

"I will vote against the president's request because it furthers a failed policy," Eshoo said on the floor of the House, "because the administration continues to operate without a plan, and because the president has yet to account to the Congress and the American people exactly how the $65 billion appropriated in April, 2003 for Iraq has been spent."

Eshoo added that supporting the troops "is essential," which is why she voted for the earlier funding package.

--Don Kazak


 

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