Around Town
Publication Date: Wednesday May 31, 1995

Around Town

SAND CASTLES IN PALO ALTO? . . . Yes, once again, on June 9, Palo Alto's City Hall Plaza will be turned into a huge beach so that sand castle-builders can mold, shape, pile and otherwise construct their fortresses, palaces and other architectural wonders. Participants will use 18 tons of sand, 36 gallons of water, 18 sand buckets, 36 shovels, 20 dozen pieces of sidewalk chalk, and will be entertained by a live band. The event, sponsored by the Palo Alto Recreation Department, will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

A VITAL GIFT . . . An anonymous Stanford University alumnus and his wife have given $8 million to the Stanford Restoration Fund, to be used for fixing and retrofitting buildings damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The donors said they were grateful to the university for its outstanding education and appreciated the historical significance of the yellow sandstone Quad. "This wonderful gift to help restore those arches, cloisters and roofs is a direct contribution to the education of current and future Stanford students," said University President Gerhard Casper in accepting the gift. The university had 242 buildings damaged in the earthquake. The campuswide earthquake recovery bill is expected to total $200 million when completed near the end of the decade. The goal of the Stanford Restoration Fund is to raise $50 million. So far, $23 million has been raised.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES . . . As you drive around Stanford after June 2 you should notice better direction signs. Many signs were in bad condition or were too vague in indicating areas of campus. In response to students' letters to the university president's office and concern by administrators, engineers and planners decided to revamp the signs. More than 200 new signs are being installed, including some which will be more specific in indicating street names and buildings and not just saying "Campus Center" or "Library Quad."

FOUR GOVERNORS IN A ROOM . . . California Gov. Pete Wilson was joined by governors from Michigan, Utah and Montana last week for a panel discussion at the Hoover Institution. Titled "Revitalizing American Federalism," the panel was moderated by former Secretary of State George Shultz, a Hoover distinguished fellow. The four Republican governors called upon Washington to transfer some of its responsibilities to state and local governments, making states more accountable.

NAMES AND NOTES . . . The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce has announced its 1995 officers, including president-elect Jeffrey Vaillant, the manager of administrative services for the Electric Power Research Institute . . . Menlo-Atherton High School senior Monica Gonzalez was one of four Sequoia high school district students awarded a $28,000 scholarship by Raychem Corp. of Menlo Park. She plans to enroll at the University of California, Davis.

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