Around the Terrace: April 18, 2021

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

  • City Limits Use of PHZ Zoning
    The City Council voted at its meeting last Monday to restrict the use of Planned Home Zoning (PHZ) in single-family neighborhoods. The decision essentially kills the proposed apartment complex at the corner of Wellesley and College, which relied on the PHZ program.
  • Recent Power Outages Explained
    In the past few weeks, Palo Alto has experienced a handful of large power outages. In this post, Utilities Director Dean Batchelor outlines what happened and improvements the department is making (particularly regarding public communication around outages) and things customers can do during outages to help.
  • FOPAL Pop-Up Book, Record, CD Sale
    The Friends of the Palo Alto Library (FOPAL) will have a special sale April 24-25 at Cubberley Community Center.  This sale includes used pop-up books (for children and adults), vinyl LPs, and CDs.  FOPAL is a non-profit organization and proceeds are raised exclusively for the support of the Palo Alto Libraries.

Cato Community Meeting: April 1 at 6pm

No, it’s not an April Fool’s Joke. Cato Investments, the developer behind the proposed apartments at the corner of College and Wellesley, will be holding their community meeting to discuss the project via Zoom on Thursday, April 1st at 6pm. We don’t have a link yet, but you can RSVP on their website. It is expected that the City Council’s pre-screening of this project will happen sometime later in April.

In unrelated news, you can also now register for the Zoom for the CTRA annual meeting, to be held on Saturday, March 20 at 10am. Mayor Tom DuBois will address the meeting and answer questions. You can also vote in the 2021-2022 CTRA board election here.

ECR Community Cleaning on Saturday

Some families living on El Camino Real have been moving to the newly-opened “safe parking” site at 2000 Geng Road near the Baylands. (Not all, though; the site only has space for 12 vehicles.) As families move, the KSP and its community partner Kafenia have decided to bring the community together this Saturday, February 27, for a street cleaning day.

The goal is to bring RV dwellers and other community members together to interact and get to know each other while lightly cleaning the street. This will be an outdoor, COVID-safe event from 10:30am to 1pm this Saturday. Sign up here and bring a pair of gloves. If you can’t make it, but want to support the clean-up day and RV families, you can donate online.