FROM THE AIRPORT TO WASTE DISPOSAL Palo Alto Airport
Palo Alto City Library
Address: 1925 Embarcadero Road
Central phone for all branches: 650329-2436
Website: www.countyairports.org Hours: The airport is open 24 hours a day for incoming or outgoing flights, but is not fully staffed on a 24-hour basis; the terminal, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (except Wed., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.); and the tower 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Services: Located at the Baylands since 1935, the airport has an air traffic control tower, an aircraft charter company, a restaurant and a retail shop for pilots. The center also offers aircraft maintenance and fuel services. Flying schools offer flight training and aircraft rentals to licensed pilots.
Palo Alto Courthouse Address: 270 Grant Ave., Palo Alto Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Phones: Small Claims Court, Traffic and Criminal, 650-462-3800; Law Library, 650-324-6529 (Library hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2-4:55 p.m.) Services: The Palo Alto Courthouse on Grant Avenue handles mostly traffic, criminal and small claims matters.
Fire Department Fire Administration 250 Hamilton Ave. Call 650-329-2184. www. cityofpaloalto.org/fire. The Fire Department has seven stations, including one at Stanford University and a station at Foothills Park that operates only during the summer fire season. Besides extinguishing fires, the department also provides emergency medical service, a basic life-support patient-transport program, a hazardous-materials response unit and confined space and tunnel rescue program. The department also offers emergency preparedness training through its CERT program. To register for a class, call 650-617-3197. The following are business numbers only. For emergencies, call 911. Fire Station 1 (University Park), 301 Alma St., 650-329-2102. Fire Station 2 (Mayfield), 2675 Hanover St., 650-329-2256. Fire Station 3 (Rinconada), 799 Embarcadero Road, 650-329-2435. Fire Station 4 (Mitchell Park), 3600 Middlefield Road, 650-329-2507. Fire Station 5 (Arastradero), 600 Arastradero Road, 650-329-2187. Fire Station 6 (Stanford), 711 Serra St., 650-329-2649. Fire Station 8 (Foothills Park), 3300 Page Mill Road, 650-949-4832.
Library administration: 650-329-2436 Website: www.cityofpaloalto.org/library Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Services: All of Palo Alto’s library branches have Wi-Fi access and Internet-linked computers available to the public. All have photocopiers, books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, large-print books, catalog access to online periodical databases. All carry bus schedules, City Council packets and newspapers. The library collection for all branches combined is approximately 271,000 items. Main, Mitchell Park, Downtown and College Terrace have Wi-Fi laptops for in-library use. One-hour tutoring sessions on using the Internet are available by advance registration. Borrowers must have a library card, which is free and does not require Palo Alto residency. For children’s programs and schedules of toddler storytimes, visit the library’s website and click on “Kids.” Computer Catalog: Lists holdings for all library branches. Library cardholders can reserve books, renew items, review their circulation records and use databases online. An automated telephone renewal system is also available by calling 650326-5374 (touch-tone phones only). http://webcat.cityofpaloalto.org/#focus Main Library 1213 Newell Road. E-mail: email@example.com Hours: Mon, Thu 12-8 p.m.; Tue, Wed 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m. Collections: Audio books, CDs, DVDs, non-English language books, teen books, print enlarger, telephone directories, central reference collection, Palo Alto Historical Association files. Children’s Library 1276 Harriet St. Hours: Mon, Thu 12-6 p.m.; Tue, Wed 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m. No minimum age for library cards. For children 13 and under signature and identification of a parent or guardian is required. Summer Reading Program available at all branches. College Terrace 2300 Wellesley St. Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Collections: Adult and children’s materials, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Downtown 270 Forest Ave. Hours: TueWed, Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu noon-6 p.m. Collections: Adult and children’s materials, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Small private meeting room available for public use. Mitchell Park 4050 Middlefield Road. Hours: Mon, Thu noon-8 p.m.; Tue, Wed 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m. Collections: Adult, teen and children’s materials, DVDs, audiobooks,
Council members Karen Holman, Nancy Shepherd, Vice Mayor Greg Scharff and Mayor Yiaway Yeh listen to comments during a council meeting in July. cassettes, CDs, large print books, easyto-read adult books and Chinese and Russian language collection. (Mitchell Park Library, at 3700 Middlefield Road, is closed for renovations through May 2013.) Library Home Connection This service, staffed by volunteers, provides home (both private and institution) delivery to people unable to come to the library due to a long-term illness or physical disability. Service is limited to Palo Alto residents. Call 650-617-3100, ext. 3215.
Planning & Community Environment Department Development Center 285 Hamilton Ave. Call 650-329-2496. www.cityofpaloalto. org/depts/pln/development_center Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Services: The Development Center is the city’s customer-service center for contractors, homeowners, developers and architects interested in applying for and obtaining developmentrelated City permits and approvals. Most construction requires a building permit: remodeling, demolition, additions, tenant improvements, signs, and replacing a roof, water-heater or furnace. Adding second stories to homes, building new homes and many non-residential projects also require planning-application approval prior to a building permit. The Development Center also has a green building kiosk to educate homeowners and builders about environmentally friendly building techniques. The center’s website provides basic information on building permits and the city’s planning process.
Police Department For emergencies, call 911 Address: 275 Forest Ave. at City Hall Website: www.papd.org Phones: 650-329-2413 (City Hall) for general information or business MonThu 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Fridays) A community access line that receives public feedback on police/ community interactions is at 650329-2545. For the emergency and non-emergency dispatch center, or to register a complaint about noise or traffic, including speeding vehicles, call 650-329-2413. To alert police to abandoned vehicles and overnightparking violations (such as large trucks parked in residential neighborhoods), call the 24-hour hotline at 650-329-2258. For information about the volunteer program, call community policing at 650-329-2632.
Post offices Central phone for all branches: 800ASK-USPS Website: www.usps.com Main Post Office 2085 E. Bayshore Road; Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-noon for parcel pickup only. Call 650-321-1423. Cambridge Station 265 Cambridge Ave.; Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 650327-1581. Hamilton Station 380 Hamilton Ave.; Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 650-323-2650. Stanford University Station 531 Lasuen Mall, White Plaza off of Mayfield Avenue; www.PaloAltoOnline.com Info Palo Alto • 61
The Palo Alto Weekly's Info Palo Alto 2012 special publication (section 2).