Turning over a new leaf
With an astronomically successful initial public offering, Palo Alto based VMWare launched into public consciousness and trading markets simultaneously in August. And its employees either biking to work in VMWare logo jerseys or commuting in the leather seats of a complimentary shuttle are enjoying the now standard Silicon Valley treatment.
The 67 year old Children’s Library re opened after two years of renovations on Sept. 29. The $4.1 million library renovation became a model for public private partnerships: residents and donors shared costs with the city.
In a bid for a healthier and greener Palo Alto, a coalition of health, transportation, environmental, business and neighborhood groups sponsored a weeklong campaign Palo Alto Walks and Rolls to promote biking, walking and alternative transportation. The October campaign came on the heels of prior challenges, which pitted the walking habits of city officials against neighborhood leaders’.
## ## After four years, Heritage Park became more than just an oversized lawn. On Sept. 23, new play structures were unveiled at the Channing Avenue park. In a public private partnership, the city paid $75,000 and the Friends of Heritage Park raised $245,000.
Oct. 7 marked the ground breaking ceremony for the $270 million Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, which will house the Jewish Community Center and 193 units of senior housing. The campus is scheduled to open in 2009.
From quiet street to bustling market, a new Sunday morning Farmers Market transformed California Avenue this June. It draws between 2,700 and 3,200 visitors weekly with about 60 merchants, according to Sanford Forte, a businessman who helped see the market through organizational red tape.
How to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King? After initial ideas of renaming a street were nixed by the Palo Alto City Council in January, the honor settled in October on Civic Center Plaza on Hamilton Street. The plaza is scheduled for re dedication on Jan. 21, 2008.