POWER ON FIRST . . . When Palo Alto voters go to the polls Nov. 7 they will see seven names of candidates for four City Council seats. The ballot order was randomly selected at last week's Council meeting. The names will appear in the following order: Ed Power, incumbent Joe Simitian, incumbent Joe Huber, Andrew Freedman, John Barton, incumbent Dick Rosenbaum, and incumbent Lanie Wheeler. Said perrenial candidate Power of his first-place listing, "It helps. It can improve name recognition."
POWER "BREAKS LAW" . . . Speaking of candidate Ed Power, he has an admission to make: "I broke the law." On Labor Day weekend Power took his 9-foot sailing skiff out to Palo Alto's sailing dock and launched it with the help of a cart "with wheels," in violation of the "hand-carried craft-only rule," he said. Power, 77, who has relentlessly protested the closing of the city's yacht harbor since all boats were ordered out of the water in 1986, was not cited. But he said he wished he was because he'd like to challenge the rule in court. Not only was he not cited but his sailing trip ended up being a wet adventure. He sailed out into the channel, went to come-about, his rudder came loose and the boat flipped over. In fact, it completely "turtled over" and the mast got stuck in the mud. A friendly windsurfer helped him right the boat and paddle the water-logged craft back to shore. It took some time but the water wasn't that cold, Power said. Just the same, he's going to wait until next season before going out again. He's got to repair a broken mast and torn sail first.
ZERO CURFEW CITATIONS . . . Palo Alto police have still yet to cite any minors for violating the city's youth curfew law. As of the end of August, 62 minors had been warned by police, but none cited, since the one-year trial program began last fall. The curfew expires on Oct. 31. Two weeks before that, on Oct. 16, the City Council is scheduled to consider enacting another youth curfew law, if that is the recommendation of the Police Department. No word yet, though.
THANKS FOR THE HELP . . . Robert Clark, the owner of Pyramid Books in Menlo Park, had some special thanks for Menlo Park police at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Clark was severely injured when he was hit by a van and dragged 150 feet back in February, and he spent more than two months in the hospital. The police were on the scene within a minute, and Clark said that doctors told him that without their prompt action he would have died. He suffered head trauma injuries and a severe injury to his left arm. He gave a plaque to the police for his appreciation. "Without a doubt, they saved my life," he said. "The Menlo Park police should be recognized for the excellent work they did that night."
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