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COMPLEXENOUGHINITSELF THECITYIS ALSOWRESTLINGWITHTHEQUESTIONOF WHATTODOABOUTTHERECENTLYCLOSED LANDFILL 4HE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS TO CAP THE LANDFILL ONCE IT REACHES ITS CAPACITY ˆ A REQUIREMENT OF STATE LAWˆANDADDTHELANDTO"YXBEE 0ARK 4HAT PLAN WAS TOSSED ASIDE ONCE-EASURE%PASSED h"ECAUSE OF CONSIDERATION OF PUTTING ENERGY COMPOSTING THERE IT RAISES THE QUESTION 3HOULD WE CAP IT NOW OR SHOULD WE WAIT AND DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHILE WE DECIDE WHAT WERE DOING WITH THE ENERGY COMPOSTING FACILITYv "O BELSAID 2ON!RP WHOMANAGESTHECITYS ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL PROGRAMS SAID THE CITY HAD PLANNED TO CAP THE LANDFILL THIS YEAR BUT RECEIVED PERMISSIONFROMTHETHREEAGENCIES OVERSEEING LANDFILL OPERATIONS ˆ #AL 2ECYCLE 3ANTA #LARA #OUNTY AND THE 2EGIONAL 7ATER 1UALITY #ONTROL"OARDˆTODELAYTHECAP PINGBYAYEAR)TISNOWSCHEDULED

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POSSIBLEFACILITYOUTTHERE vHESAID 4HE COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO DIS CUSSTHECITYSPROGRESSONCOMPOST INGOPTIONSIN$ECEMBERN Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

Melissa Baten Caswell has demonstrated unwavering commitment to effective teaching and learning in our schools.

She has my vote and endorsement.

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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.