Reminder: Annual Meeting This Saturday

Just a friendly reminder that the CTRA will hold its annual meeting and board election THIS SATURDAY at the University Lutheran Church sanctuary (1611 Stanford Ave at Bowdoin). Here’s a rough schedule:

9:30am Mingle and Reconnect
•  Meet the Mayor, CTRA board candidates, and fellow neighbors
•  Refreshments

10:00am Annual Meeting
•  Remarks from CTRA president, James Cook
•  Election of 2022-23 CTRA Board
•  Remarks from Mayor Pat Burt
•  Q&A

If you can’t attend, you can still vote in the election via the online absentee ballot; just cast your vote before 9:30am on Saturday. And, as the ballot indicates, we are still seeking volunteers for a handful of board roles. These are low-commitment, but high-impact, and a fantastic way to serve your community! Reach out to CTRA president James Cook at if you’re interested.

And finally, paper copies of the CTRA Spring newsletter have been delivered to almost every doorstep in College Terrace. If we missed yours, you can read the newsletter online. There are also a few copies in some of the Little Free Libraries around the neighborhood.

CTRA Annual Meeting In-Person on March 26

For the first time in three years, the CTRA will hold its annual meeting and board election IN-PERSON on Saturday, March 26, at the University Lutheran Church sanctuary (1611 Stanford Ave at Bowdoin). Come at 9:30am to mingle and reconnect with neighbors and enjoy coffee and bagels.

The meeting will begin at 10am with a welcome and “State of the Terrace” address from current CTRA president James Cook, followed by the election of the 2022-23 CTRA board of directors. We are looking for volunteers to join the board–email James if you are interested.

After the voting, Palo Alto mayor Pat Burt will address the neighborhood and then answer questions. (Have a burning question for the mayor? This is your chance to ask!) After his Q&A, election results will be announced and the meeting will adjourn.

All College Terrace residents are invited and encouraged to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and reconnect with neighbors from all over College Terrace and hear directly from the mayor on issues of importance to our neighborhood. Hope to see you there!

Love Your Neighborhood? Join the CTRA Board!

Do you love College Terrace? Want to learn more about the issues facing our neighborhood and help make it a more wonderful place to live? Join the College Terrace Residents’ Association board!

The CTRA’s mission is to enable residents to work together to maintain and enhance the quality of life in College Terrace. Our traffic barriers and traffic calming measures, our parking permit program, the continued operation of the College Terrace Library, and neighborhood picnics/social events are all thanks to the work of the CTRA and its members.

The CTRA is seeking volunteers for multiple roles in advance of its annual meeting, currently scheduled for the end of March. Most of these roles are high impact, but low-commitment–a couple hours a month at most, including our bimonthly meetings.

We know people are busy, but serving on the CTRA board is a fantastic way to learn about the issues affecting our neighborhood/city and, even better, do something about them! It’s also a great way to reconnect with neighbors as we emerge from the pandemic. (Who wants to plan an epic summer picnic?) It doesn’t matter if you’re a homeowner or renter, someone who’s lived in the neighborhood for thirty years or three months, we need you!

If you’re interested, please contact CTRA president James Cook at or reach out to any of the current CTRA board members.

Annual Meeting Recap and New Board

Thanks to everyone who attended the CTRA’s annual meeting on Saturday morning! It was fantastic to see friendly faces, even if it was over Zoom. Special thanks to Palo Alto mayor Tom DuBois for his presentation and for taking time to answer questions from the neighborhood. The Q&A covered topics ranging from the proposed apartments on Wellesley Street and PHZ zoning to pedestrian safety at the busy intersection of California Avenue and El Camino Real.

Also, the results of the 2021-22 CTRA board election were announced:

  • President: James Cook
  • Vice President: Dan Kaleba
  • Secretary: Eileen Stolee
  • Treasurer: Sukhi Nagesh
  • Communications Director: Chris Saccheri
  • Social Coordinator: Mary Bartholomay
  • Stanford Observer: Pria Graves
  • City Observer: Annette Ross
  • California Ave Business District Observer: Ann Balin
  • Research Park Observer: Melanie Grondel

Missed the meeting? You can watch the video.

City Council & School Board Candidate Forums

With less than fifty days until Election Day, and with many voters planning to vote early by mail, the races for Palo Alto City Council and PAUSD School Board are already in full-swing. There are 10 candidates running for 4 seats for City Council and 6 candidates running for 3 seats on the School Board.

For those still figuring out who they’re voting for, there are a number of forums and debates with the candidates in the coming weeks. All of the following events are online; in most cases, you can use the links to register in advance.

In addition, the Palo Alto League of Women’s Voters is holding candidate forums for congressional, state senate and assembly, and county school board races, and more. Visit their site to register; after registering, you’ll be able to submit questions for the candidates.