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December 16, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, December 16, 2005

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GUP and good faith

Opponents of the Stanford-Santa Clara County Agreement for two public trails called for in Stanford's 2000 General Use Permit (GUP) consistently choose to ignore what the GUP requires of Stanford.

The GUP said Stanford would implement portions of trails from the 1995 Santa Clara Countywide Trails Master Plan. The Master Plan/GUP maps show the locations of two routes at the edges of Stanford land.

The C1 trail is described as a connector trail that follows San Francisquito/Los Trancos creeks and Alpine Road along the border between Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The Trails Master Plan also designated the C1 section between Stanford Golf Course and West Arastradero Road as "completed."

This can only refer to the existing trail along Alpine Road in unincorporated San Mateo County and Portola Valley. No other trail existed in that vicinity in 1995.

A new peripheral trail constructed on the Santa Clara County side of the creek would either cause environmental damage or would severely disrupt the golf course. Thus, the only feasible location for a C1 trail is along Alpine Road.

Deeply interior routes advocated by others have always been unacceptable to Stanford and are contrary to GUP and Trails Master Plan policies. Stanford will pay for valuable improvements to the Alpine trail, subject to San Mateo County and Portola Valley agreement. This will ultimately be an outstanding recreational asset and highly used trail.

Stanford is acting in good faith to fulfill what it agreed to do when it accepted the GUP.
Jean McCown
Director of Community Relations, Stanford University

Cooking 101

Time to go back to cooking school. In the restaurant review of The California Roadhouse last Friday (Dec. 9), the reviewer ranted about the strawberry shortcake not being served on "shortcake" -- whatever that is (those yellow round sponges always seen next to strawberries in the grocery store?).

In fact, strawberry shortcake is always served on a biscuit. The whipping cream soaks in to lend moisture and the sweetness of the berries is not overpowered by the cake. Just check “Joy of Cooking,” “The Silver Palate Cookbook” and “The New Basics Cookbook.”
Michele Hollar
Adobe Place, Palo Alto

Stop food, not films

We want the exceptionally high-quality films to keep coming to the Spangenberg Theatre. We want to stop the food sales.

Our four daughters graduated from Gunn and performed there. We care for and are proud of this theatre. If students cannot have food in the theatre, why should adults?

We attended a movie following the “Penguins,” and the theatre was trashed. Candy wrappers and popcorn/drink containers were on the floor.

To stop showing the wonderful movies because of “pouting over popcorn and candy” seems silly.
Harry and Sally Jennison
Thain Way, Palo Alto

Many empty chairs

On Dec. 14 approximately 20 local concerned citizens delivered a petition to Rep. Anna Eshoo’s office asking Congress to support an exit strategy for Iraq that includes a timeline, beginning now, that will end our involvement as soon as possible in 2006.

The petitions were signed by more than 4,000 voters in the 14th Congressional District. Among those gathered to deliver the petitions were veterans, family of servicemen currently in Iraq, and Karen Meredith, a Gold Star Mother who lost her son in Iraq on May 30, 2004.

Meredith has called on Eshoo and others in Congress to honor her son’s death not by continuing a misguided war, but by bringing home all the troops as quickly as possible.

The war has already cost more than 2,151 American lives, tens of thousands of American wounded, and more than 30,000 Iraqi deaths, not to mention more than $250 billion.

More than 80 percent of the Iraqis want Americans to leave Iraq -- and 45 percent of Iraqis believe that attacks on Americans are justified. It is simply time for our government to recognize that our continued presence in Iraq is leading to less security for Americans, not more.

At the Stanford Shopping Center yesterday it was virtually impossible to recognize that we live in a country at war. Life goes on. Christmas is coming -- a time for families to gather together. But there are more than 2,151 families in America this year who will have an empty chair at the table this holiday season. It is up to each individual to do all that they can to end our government’s failed policy in Iraq and demand a real exit strategy for Iraq.
Mark Opperman
Channing Avenue, Palo Alto

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