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March 04, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, March 04, 2005

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Course not up to par

I would like to express my support for re-design of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. Our golf course and surrounding areas are in desperate need of upgrading.

Current land values and correct utilization can easily support a proposal of this nature.
Soroush Kaboli
Barbara Drive, Palo Alto

Alma Plaza idea

I would like to suggest that consideration be given to offering the Alma Plaza site to the Mountain View Market, 340 Castro St., Mountain View.

This is a Chinese grocery that fills a niche unserved by the chains, including Trader Joe's. My wife and I walked out with makings for half-a-dozen meals and change from a $20. Try that in Trader Joe's.
Walter E. Wallis
Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Meeting deserves applause

Bravo to Samina Faheem and her Muslim groups for having organized an ecumenical meeting that transcended religion and politics, and gathered numerous advocates for human rights who got a chance to hold hands and devise ways to make the world fairer and more compassionate.
Christiane Cook
Emerson Street, Palo Alto

Big job for Burch

Every day while I'm sitting in front of Whole Foods Market panhandling for dinner I see our beloved mayor, Jim Burch, drive by and wave.

This does not put food on my plate at the end of the day.

His "State of the City" speech on policy initiatives was a clear indicator that Burch is out of touch with the core issues and people of Palo Alto. He listens but is not responsive to the needs of the people or the rest of the City Council.

What are the core issues? Jobs are what we need. We need a day-labor program set up like the one in San Francisco. It works and there are more than 2,000 people who get work.

We need to put money on the kitchen table at the end of the day, for the wife and kids -- peanut butter is not acceptable by the Wells Fargo loan officer. The Shell gas station does not accept peanut butter for payment for gas -- they want money.

Hollow words that sound so good but mean nothing are common with Burch. "Sustainability" is just a buzzword.

The homelessness issue is exponentially getting out of control. We need what they have in San Francisco, a shelter that works with a garden for fresh food.

It's time for Burch to get to work. ...
Victor Frost
El Camino Real, Palo Alto


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