CTRA Board Meeting Agenda: November 14, 2018

The next CTRA board meeting will be Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 7:00pm at University Lutheran Church (1611 Stanford Ave at Bowdoin). This month’s meeting will include a visit from the new owner of old College Terrace Market, a recap of our CTRA Fall Picnic, an update on the Stanford GUP process, a discussion of neighborhood communication, and more.

All College Terrace residents are encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!

Local News Roundup: November 5, 2018

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

Guest Opinion: Stanford Is Quietly Buying Up Houses
CTRA’s Stanford observer, Pria Graves, wrote an op-ed in the Daily Post covering the issues surrounding Stanford’s recent home purchases (30, at last count) in College Terrace.

JPMorgan Chase Opening Campus at Research Park
Following its acquisition of WePay, a Redwood City startup, JPMorgan Chase announced it will build a 195,000-square-foot “fintech” campus at the Stanford Research Park that will house up to 1,000 employees.

First Hydrogen Fuel Station in Palo Alto Opening Soon
The Shell station on El Camino in Barron Park will be the first hydrogen fuel station between Mountain View and South San Francisco.

And, finally, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! If you’re still figuring out your ballot, check out the Palo Alto Weekly’s voter guide (including interviews with all city council and school board candidates), Palo Alto Neighborhood’s City Council Candidates Questionnaire and the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto’s election guide (including pros/cons for all of the state propositions).

A Fabulous Fall Picnic

Thanks to everyone–especially those costumed pets–who came out to the CTRA’s annual Fall Picnic this past Saturday. Special thanks to Taylor Brady, CTRA social chair, and the rest of the CTRA board for putting together a fantastic event.

Art for Action Event Sunday

The Art for Action Foundation, a non-profit organization created and run by Paly students, is holding its annual art gallery where the art donated by talented teen and community artists from Palo Alto will be displayed and available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit DreamCatchers, an organization that aims to close the opportunity and achievement gap in the Palo Alto school district.

In addition to the gallery, there will be complimentary food and drinks, fun art activities for kids, and an inspiring keynote speaker. The event will offer an evening of enjoyment for families and people of all ages. 

The event will be held Sunday, October 21st, from 2-5pm in the Adobe Room at Mitchell Park Community Center. 

To learn more about the gallery, please visit theartforactionfoundation.org. If you have any questions, please contact artforactionpa@gmail.com.

Fall Picnic This Saturday!

The CTRA’s annual Fall Picnic is this Saturday, October 20th, from 2pm to 5pm at Mayfield Park, next to the College Terrace Library. Bring a dish to share for our potluck and meet some of your friendly College Terrace neighbors. Here are a few of the events we have going on at this year’s picnic:

Pet Costume Contest

Bring your beloved family members for a pet costume contest, showcasing the neighborhood’s most lovable non-human residents (no feral squirrels allowed).  Honors will be issued to Spookiest, Cutest, and Most Creative.  There will be a nominal entry fee, all proceeds benefiting CTRA to bring you more neighborhood events!

Bake-Off

Whip up your favorite baked goods and prove your mettle with an oven in our bake-off.  Honors will be awarded to best desserts in the following categories: cakes and cookies; pies and pastries; and alternative (e.g. gluten-free).  Baked goods will be raffled off and proceeds will benefit the College Terrace Residents’ Association.

Wine Walk

Wine bottles generously donated by local businesses and residents will be the prize for a game much like musical chairs.  There will be a nominal entry fee for each “walk”, all proceeds to benefit CTRA.

Stanford Alert Test on October 18

On Thursday, October 18th, between noon-12:30 pm, Stanford will conduct its annual test of the campus AlertSU system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to the Stanford community.

The test will also include activation of the outdoor warning system, which will sound an audible tone for approximately 30 seconds followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various campus locations. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities including College Terrace.

For more information about the AlertSU system, visit the AlertSU FAQ.

Save the Date: Fall Picnic on October 20

Get ready to party! The CTRA will be hosting its annual Fall Picnic on Saturday, October 20th from 2pm to 5pm at Mayfield Park, next to the College Terrace Library. Don’t miss the Pet Costume Contest, Neighborhood Bakeoff, and Cakewalk with Wine!

We’ll be grilling burgers (meat and veggie) and other goodies, but neighbors are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share. (We’ll take care of drinks, plates, napkins, and utensils.) So stop by, have a bite, and hang out with some of your friendly College Terrace neighbors.

By the way, the CTRA Spring and Fall Picnics are made possible by your donations, so why not donate today?


 

City Council Candidate Forums Next Week

We’re only a few weeks away from the November 6 elections and there are a number of events coming up to help voters become more familiar with local candidates for Palo Alto City Council. Five candidates–Pat Boone, Alison Cormack, Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth, and Cory Wolbach–are vying for three seats on the council.

The Palo Alto Weekly is hosting a candidate debate at the Little Theatre at Cubberley Community Center on Monday, October 3rd at 7:30pm. The following night (October 4th) at 7pm, Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) is hosting a candidate forum at City Hall moderated by former City Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell. The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will also hold a candidate forum on October 9th at 7pm at First Congregational Church on Louis Road.

If you can’t make any of those events, be sure to check out PAN’s City Council Candidates Questionnaire, which gathers responses from the candidates on issues ranging from accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to renter protections.

The Weekly has a summary of other election events, including School Board candidate forums as well as events covering the various ballot measures. Do your homework and don’t forget to vote!