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Palo Alto in ‘uncharted’ territory on compost City to explore a range of technologies, export options for dealing with three types of organic waste by Gennady Sheyner HEFUTUREOFORGANICWASTEIN 0ALO!LTOREMAINSMURKY BUT CITYOFFICIALSHOPETOSOLVETHIS MESSYANDDIVISIVEDILEMMABYEAR LYANDARENOWLOOKINGTOTHE FREEMARKETFORHELP 4HECITYISINTHEMIDSTOFAMULTI YEAREFFORTTOFIGUREOUTWHATTODO

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4HE QUESTION OF WHAT TO DO WITH LOCALCOMPOSTTOOKONASENSEOFUR GENCYLASTYEAR WHENTHECITYSHUT DOWNITS"YXBEE0ARKLANDFILLˆA  ACRE SPRAWL NEAR THE "AYLANDS THATHADHOUSEDTHECITYSCOMPOST INGOPERATION 4HEIDEAOFBUILDINGAPLANTGAINED ABURSTOFMOMENTUMIN.OVEMBER  WHENVOTERSOVERWHELMINGLY PASSED -EASURE % 4HE MEASURE WHICHWASPLACEDONTHEBALLOTBYA COALITIONOFLOCALENVIRONMENTALISTS

AUTHORIZES THE CITY TO USE  ACRES OFPREVIOUSLYDEDICATEDPARKLANDFOR ANANAEROBICDIGESTERˆANENCLOSED PLANT IN WHICH MICRO ORGANISMS BREAK DOWN YARD TRIMMINGS AND FOODWASTEANDTURNTHEMINTONATU RAL GAS /PPONENTS OF THE MEASURE ˆAGROUPTHATINCLUDESSOMEOFTHE CITYSMOSTPROMINENTCONSERVATION ISTSˆHAVEVOCIFEROUSLYARGUEDTHAT "YXBEE0ARKISNOPLACEFORAWASTE FACILITY AND HAVE URGED THE CITY TO EXPORT THE WASTE AND TURN THE FOR

MERLANDFILLSITEINTOAPUBLICPARK ASHADLONGBEENPLANNED 7HILE -EASURE % ANSWERED THE MAINQUESTIONINTHECOMPOSTDE BATE ˆ WHERE A PLANT COULD BE BUILT ˆ MANY OTHER QUESTIONS REMAIN 4HESE INCLUDE $OES IT MAKEECONOMICSENSETOCONSTRUCT A LOCAL PLANT 7HICH TECHNOLOGY SHOULDTHECITYADOPT4OWHATEX TENTSHOULDTHECITYBEINVOLVEDIN (continued on page 9)

EDUCATION

School board candidates air issues at forum Site-based decision-making, teacher evaluations, among topics in panel led by state Sen. Joe Simitian by Chris Kenrick NCUMBENTSTOUTEDTHEACADEMIC ANDFISCALSTRENGTHOF0ALO!LTO SCHOOLS WHILE CHALLENGERS SAID THE SCHOOL DISTRICT COULD BE DOING BETTERONARANGEOFISSUES-ONDAY NIGHT /CT  AT A SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATESFORUM 4HREEOFTHEFOURCANDIDATESSAID THEY WOULD BACK A LONGER PROBA TIONARYPERIODFORTEACHERSBEFORE TENUREISGRANTEDWHILETHEFOURTH +EN$AUBER SAIDHEWOULDSUPPORT DATA GATHERING TO SEE WHETHER THE CURRENTTWO YEARPROBATIONARYPE RIODISORISNTWORKING%XTENDING THE TWO YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD WOULD REQUIRE A CHANGE IN STATE LAW &OUR CANDIDATES ˆ CHALLENGERS (EIDI %MBERLING AND $AUBER AND INCUMBENTS #AMILLE 4OWNSEND AND -ELISSA "ATEN #ASWELL ˆ ARE COMPETING FOR THREE SEATS ON THE 0ALO!LTOSCHOOLBOARDINTHE.OV ELECTION $AUBERCAMEACROSSASTHESTRON GESTCRITIC SAYINGTHEBOARDNEEDSTO hBRIDGETHEGAPBETWEENSENTIMENT ANDREALITYvONARANGEOFISSUESRE LATEDTOACADEMICSTRESS h7ENEEDTOMOVEBEYONDTHEIDEA THATTHERESAPROBLEM ANDWENEED TODOSOMETHINGABOUTIT vHESAID #ASWELL %MBERLINGAND4OWNSEND POINTEDTOANTI STRESSPROGRAMSTHAT RECENTLYHAVEBEENPUTINPLACE h3OMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO LET PEOPLE DO THEIR WORK v 4OWNSEND SAID #ITING THE DISTRICTS NEW HOME WORK POLICY ADOPTION OF THE WELL NESS PROGRAM $EVELOPMENTAL !SSETS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE COM MUNITY COALITION 0ROJECT 3AFETY .ET 4OWNSEND SAID h4HE DISTRICT HASTAKENALOTOFACTIONINTHELAST FEWYEARSv )N !CADEMIC 0ERFORMANCE )NDEX SCORES THAT LAST WEEK RANKED 0ALO

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Veronica Weber

Towards the end of day The setting sun casts a reddish glow over the Baylands and silhouettes a bird.

U.S. CONSTITUTION

Palo Alto considers Citizens United City may join movement for an amendment to address Supreme Court decision on corporate spending by Gennady Sheyner ORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE -ONEYISNOTSPEECH 4HESE MAXIMS HAVE BE COME A RALLYING CRY FOR OPPONENTS OFTHERECENTDECISIONINTHECASEOF #ITIZENS 5NITED VS &EDERAL %LEC TION#OMMISSION INWHICHTHE53 3UPREME#OURTRULEDBYA VOTE THATPOLITICALSPENDINGISAFORMOF

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!LTO SIXTH IN THE STATE THE BIGGEST GAINS CAME FROM LOW INCOME AND MINORITYSTUDENTS SHESAID $AUBERSAIDHEANDAPARENTGROUP HE COFOUNDED 7E #AN $O "ET TER0ALO!LTO COULDTAKECREDITFOR PRODDINGTHEBOARDONSOMEOFTHE NEWANTI STRESSPOLICIES h7EVE MADE SOME PROGRESS ON THIS AND )VE BEEN INVOLVED v HE SAID $AUBERSAIDTHEDISTRICTSCULTURE OFLETTINGSCHOOLSCHOOSETHEIROWN PROGRAMSANDPROCESSESˆKNOWN AS SITE BASED DECISION MAKING ˆ HASGONETOOFAR STIFLINGTHESPREAD OFBESTPRACTICESACROSSTHESCHOOL DISTRICT h4OO OFTEN DEFERENCE TO SITE BASED DECISION MAKING MEANS WE DELIVER UNEVEN QUALITY v HE SAID MENTIONINGTHEDIFFERINGCOUNSELING PROGRAMS AT THE TWO HIGH SCHOOLS THETIMELAGBEFORETHE*,3-IDDLE 3CHOOL ORIENTATION FOR SIXTH GRAD ERSSPREADTOTHETWOOTHERMIDDLE SCHOOLS AND THE hPATCHYv IMPLE MENTATIONOFTHETECHNOLOGY BASED COMMUNICATIONTOOLh3CHOOLOGYv #ASWELL SAID THERES A hDELI CATE BALANCEv BETWEEN SITE BASED DECISION MAKING AND CENTRALIZED CONTROL#ITINGHERMANAGEMENTEX PERIENCEINTECHNOLOGYCOMPANIES SHESAIDPROFESSIONALSDOTHEIRBEST WORKWHENTHEYREGIVENCLEARGOALS ANDMETRICS NOTWHENTHEYAREMI CRO MANAGED h4HEDISTRICTSHOULDSETPOLICYAND METRICSVERYCLEARLY MAKESUREPEO PLEUNDERSTANDTHEM ANDLETINNOVA TIONHAPPENATTHESITES vSHESAID #ASWELL AND 4OWNSEND ACKNOWL EDGEDTHEBOARDCOULDHAVEDONEBET TERSETTINGCLEARPOLICYANDMETRICSIN SOMEINSTANCES BUTNOTEDAGENDASFOR BOARDMEETINGSHAVEBEENCHANGEDTO (continued on page 9)

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Palo Alto Weekly 10.19.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the Oct. 19, 2012, edition of the Palo Alto Weekly.

Palo Alto Weekly 10.19.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the Oct. 19, 2012, edition of the Palo Alto Weekly.