Around the Terrace: October 27, 2020

Here are some recent announcements and news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Stanford Community Plan Moving Forward
While Stanford withdrew its updated GUP application last fall, the County is moving forward with updating its Stanford Community Plan and is beginning the process of community outreach, including meetings with local stakeholders and neighborhood groups.

The Community Plan update will consist of background, data, and policy updates to the seven elements of the Community Plan: Growth and Development, Land Use, Housing, Circulation, Open Space, Resource Conservation, and Health and Safety. The project will also include preparation of a Municipal Services Study, Childcare Study, and a Graduate Student Housing Affordability Study to inform the updates to the Community Plan.

Visit the project website at for more information or to sign up for updates. Also, the CTRA will be organizing a neighborhood meeting with the planners soon.

Halloween Celebrations Take On Different Look
The Palo Alto Weekly looks at some of the safe alternatives planned locally for Halloween this year, including CT resident Laura Forrest and her “candy chute” on Yale Street. Fun!

Annual AlertSU Test on Thursday at 12:05pm
Stanford will conduct its annual test of its AlertSU system this Thursday around noon. In addition to email alerts, the outdoor warning system will sound an audible tone for about 30 seconds from each of the 7 sirens around campus.

Around the Terrace: October 7, 2020

Here are some recent announcements and news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Halloween Guidance and Celebration
Halloween won’t be the same this year, so local public health officers have published a guide to Halloween activities by risk level for families to use. Traditional trick-or-treating is discouraged, but there are lots of other ways to celebrate the holiday safely.

City Playgrounds Reopening This Week
In happier news for families, Palo Alto playgrounds are reopening this week! City crews are cleaning each park and installing new signage; as soon as they’re ready, they’ll officially reopen and be added to the list linked above. (Due to the high volume of visitors it receives, Magical Bridge Playground will reopen at a later date.)

Escondido, Nixon Campuses Reopening Next Week
The first round of PAUSD school reopenings begin on Monday, October 12, with transitional kindergarteners through first graders the first students to head back. So please be mindful when driving in school zones, especially in mornings and afternoons.

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.