Around the Block

Publication Date: Wednesday Jun 17, 1998

Around the Block

PARKING SURVEY . . . Residents who live near downtown, including University South and Downtown North neighborhoods, should be receiving a survey querying them about their thoughts on parking permits. Questions will include their views on downtown parking, and whether it is a problem, and what kinds of hours and fees, if any, should be set for residential and non-residential permits.

FEET FIRST . . . The Midtown Residents' Association is among the sponsors of "Feet First," a campaign to encourage people to walk or ride their bicycles more often this summer. "Could you ride your bike to get muffins on Sunday morning?" they ask. "How about taking the train to work on Tuesdays?" They ask people to commit to "use your feet more" for five weeks this summer, from July 6 to Aug. 9, when air pollution levels are often highest. Other sponsors include Palo Alto Co-op Market, Bay Area Action, the Green Party of Santa Clara County and John's Markets. To sign up, call 321-1996 or e-mail At the end, participants can attend a celebration party on Aug. 15. "The future is in our shoes," organizers say.

BARRON PARK MEETING . . . The Barron Park Association will hold a monthly board meeting on June 16 at 7:15 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Creekside Inn. Topics will include a range of updates from traffic and city construction to neighborhood events and land-use issues. The public is welcome. Contact Will Beckett, association president, at 494-6922 for specific agenda information or if you plan to attend. Or check the association's Web site at

SEWER REPLACEMENT . . . The Palo Alto City Council last week approved a contract for $279,758 with Streamline Plumbing and Drain Co. of Hayward, for the first phase of a sewer replacement project. The work will include reconstructing 142 defective residential sewer "laterals" throughout the city with new ones. Each lateral will be removed and replaced from the sewer main to the clean-out box near the customer's property line. The defective pipes have severe cracks, root intrusion, ground-water infiltration and broken or opened joints. The project will reduce the amount of ground-water infiltration and reduce the future maintenance needed on the sewer system.


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