Car Free Streets Follow-Up Meeting

Some of you attended the City’s Car Free Streets Community Workshop back in December to discuss priorities, opportunities, and challenges of Palo Alto’s car-free streets (California Ave and Ramona St downtown).

There will be a follow-up Community Meeting on a date to be determined. (Update as of March 24: This meeting was originally scheduled for March 30, but has been postponed.) The meeting link and agenda will be on the project webpage prior to the community meeting. 

The City will share community outreach findings and recommendations for next steps for demonstration and interim projects, and wants to hear your feedback. Please RSVP to Ozzy Arce at For more information, visit the project page at: 

Around the Terrace: February 18, 2023

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

  • College Terrace Library Open on Wednesdays Starting February 22
    The Palo Alto City Library continues to expand hours at the branch libraries and starting next week, our College Terrace Library will be open again on Wednesdays from 10am to 6pm. (The library will now be open four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm.)
  • Board and Commissions Recruitment Now Open
    The City is now recruiting for positions on the Historic Resources Board, Human Relations Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning and Transportation Commission, and the Utilities Advisory Commission. Members volunteer their time and expertise to review items and make recommendations to the City Council. If you would like to contribute towards helping our City continue fostering recovery, make progress on city priorities, and further the city’s legislative process, please consider applying for these open positions.
  • University Avenue Streetscape Workshop on March 1
    Similar to the discussion held about California Avenue back in December, the City invites the community to give input and ideas about the University Avenue corridor. This in-person community workshop will take place March 1 at 6pm at the Downtown Library

2023 CTRA Annual Meeting on March 11

Save the date! The College Terrace Residents Association (CTRA) will hold its annual meeting and board election on Saturday, March 11, 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 2023-24 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 Lydia Kou will address the neighborhood and then answer questions. (Have a burning question for the mayor? This is your chance to ask!) After her 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!

Happy Holidays from the CTRA

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our Winter Sing-a-Long last week! It was so much fun making our way up College Avenue, singing holidays songs–sometimes in tune, sometimes in sync–and spending time with neighbors.

Thanks to Eileen Stolee for organizing the sing-a-long (and for the colorful lanterns the kids carried), her husband Richard for leading the singers, and to everyone else who helped put on this delightful event. And extra thanks to Alex Perez and everyone at Library Services for allowing us to use the space outside the College Terrace Library, where we met up for hot cocoa and mulled wine before heading off to sing.