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Public Meeting Notice 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan Public Open House and Call for Ideas

DATE: Thursday, March 24, 2011 TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM PLACE: Terman Middle School - Multipurpose Cafetorium 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto The City of Palo Alto and Alta Planning + Design are currently in the process of updating the existing Bicycle Transportation Plan, which will include a new Pedestrian Element. All interested parties are invited to participate in this first community-wide forum, where staff will present a summary of existing conditions and a preliminary assessment of what projects, programs, and areas are most important for improving walking and biking conditions in Palo Alto. For further information, contact: Rafael Rius, Transportation Project Engineer 650-329-2305


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$40 to $65 are currently hurting the most. Curves currently charges about $44 a month, a few dollars more or fewer depending on services. Butterfly Fitness Inc., a midmarket Curves competitor offering workouts for women, will be closing its Middlefield Road branch in Palo Alto on April 15. “Butterfly’s Fashion Island branch closed a few years ago. I’m sad to see ours go now. The economic situation is leading to membership declines,” said Butterfly Assistant Manager Candy Losacano. The club required a few hundred members to sustain itself as a viable business, she said.

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Exercise trends themselves come and go, contributing to the growth or demise of businesses. Natalia Jaster, assistant editor of “American Fitness” magazine, cites Zumba, a cardio workout involving salsa and Latin dancing, as the most current trend. “It’s easy and fun, and people like to dance in a group,” Jaster said. Also gaining popularity, she added, are hybrid fitness, which features combination exercises such as koga (yoga and kickboxing); Aqua Zumba; and the elliptigo (a running and cycling device). The Curves gym on Emerson is adjusting to rising trends by including Zumba in its work-out program for a small fee. Even so, financial hardship is still being felt. “Owning this business has had its ups and downs. People are los-

ing their jobs, and exercise to some may have become a non-essential expense,” Empey said. Curves club member Anna Richert of Menlo Park said that some may have walked away because they were paying but not going to the gym. “We are really hoping to save this wonderful place. It’s convenient — only a half-hour workout, plus you get the bonus of a community of lovely older ladies wanting to stay active,” she said. “I drive all the way from San Francisco to come here three times a week. Exercise is as important to me as medication,” club member Debby Fife said. N Editorial Intern Zohra Ashpari can be e-mailed at zashpari@

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (March 7)

Palo Alto Commons: The council approved a request to add 0.8 acres to an existing planned-community (PC) zone to enable the construction of a 44-unit addition to Palo Alto Commons, a senior-housing complex at 4041 El Camino Way. Yes: Unanimous Utilities: The council approved long-term strategic plans proposed by the Utilities Department for electricity and gas acquisition. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (March 8)

Math Task Force: The board approved formation of a parent-teacher task force to explore and recommend to the superintendent “exemplary practices” in elementary school mathematics. Yes: Baten Caswell, Mitchell, Tom, Townsend Absent: Klausner Longer-day kindergarten: The board approved the trial of an optional longer-day kindergarten at Barron Park School starting this November, in which kindergartners will stay at school until 2:40 p.m. Yes: Baten Caswell, Mitchell, Tom, Townsend Absent: Klausner

City Council Policy and Services Committee (March 8)

Economic development: The committee discussed the city’s strategy for economic development, including a proposal to create partnerships with clean-tech companies to test emerging technology. Action: None Procedures: The committee discussed the City Council’s policy and procedures, including its process for study sessions. The committee asked to return with various revisions. Yes: Burt, Price, Yeh Absent: Klein

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 9)

Stanford Hospital: The commission discussed the Final Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University Medical Center’s proposed expansion of its hospital facilities. The commission continued its discussion until March 23. Yes: Unanimous

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Palo Alto Weekly 03.11.2011 - section 1  

Section 1 of the March 11, 2011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 03.11.2011 - section 1  

Section 1 of the March 11, 2011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly