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YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED!!!
We've just been made aware that the PAUSD is planning to place one-story, Solar Array Panels all along the parking lot on the El Camino Real at Embarcadero side of the campus obstructing the historical Tower Building at Paly. Additionally, it will apparently completely obstruct that side of Paly. Yesterday an "emergency meeting" was surreptitiously convened to push through this agenda. Only a few people got wind of it at the last minute and attended. We are asking that you take immediate action as part of a grass-roots effort in objecting to the placement of these panels in this location as there are many other options on campus where they would be less obtrusive or aesthetically disruptive. The solar panels were neither known about nor included in Paly's Master Plan wherein they've continued to design improvements on the campus to be cohesive and aesthetically consistent with the community of Palo Alto's beautification concerns as well as it's historical and architectural heritage.
Please see letter below (along with photos and drawings) written by Rachel Kellerman, teacher and librarian at Paly along with information on who to contact to express your objections. She is trying to raise awareness to stop this project before the plans are fully drawn and go to the state architect. She has been told that the plans are about 50% complete. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information after reading her letter below. She is working with Anne Anderson and others from the Paly Facilities Landscape Committee to try to get the planners of the project to consider other locations. She has also notified the history and preservation societies. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Message below from Rachel Kellerman (Paly Librarian and member of the Palo Alto Historical Association) to Rebecca Navarro et al.
"I am writing to you because I know you are all deeply concerned with preserving Palo Alto’s architectural heritage. I need your help and the help of other concerned citizens to stop a solar array project that is being planned to obstruct Paly’s historic buildings and ruin a thoughtful landscape design. Don’t get me wrong—I love solar— just not in Paly’s “front yard” and not in front of the Tower Building and Haymarket complex, some of the most cherished and iconic buildings in town.
Background: On Friday (March 16) I became aware that a group of people in charge of sustainability at PAUSD have a plan to put large industrial solar arrays in front of the Tower Building and along Embarcadero Road in the Paly parking lot, which will entail taking out trees and limiting the views of these historic structures from the street. (See attached.) Apparently there was a community meeting on this subject, but I was not aware of it. I am both a faculty member and a member of the long standing Paly facilities committee on campus, and if I was not aware of this meeting, so I assume those of you in the Paly alunmi world were not aware of it either.
As you can see from the drawing I obtained this morning from PAUSD, the solar structures (about the size of a one story building) would be placed in front of the Tower Building and would block the view of our new Performing Arts Center and Haymarket from El Camino Real. People have enjoyed a view between the trees of these structures for 100 years and I think it is a very bad idea to obstruct this view now, especially as there are other solar array options available on campus and indeed in the entirety of PAUSD.
This morning I spoke to Rebecca Navarro, the Sustainability Program Manager at PAUSD about the project, and she is more than willing to talk to and hear from all stakeholders about this issue now that she is aware of possible concerns. Rebecca is a dedicated professional and is doing a terrific job at helping PAUSD to become Greener, but she is working with Ron Ellis (Maintenance) at the District and because of a lack of communication between people working on new buildings (the Bond) and people keeping the old buildings running (Maintenance) she was unaware that Paly had a Master Landscape Plan and an existing Facilities Committee that was formed with the managers of the Building (Bond) group ten years ago. This Committee worked hard to include all stakeholders whenever big decisions were made.
Neither the existing landscape plan nor the Facilities Committee was consulted about the placement of the panel arrays. I will note, that the landscape plan was crafted by our architect (DLM) with the help of legendary local landscape architect Mary Gordon along with Anne Anderson among others. It is a thoughtful plan meant to enrich the campus with lovely green spaces as well as Paly's borders so that we can remain good neighbors to our community.
Advocacy: I encourage you and others (please feel free to forward this message) to reach out to Rebecca Navarro and Ron Ellis, and Cathy Mak at the District Office and the Board of Education and others listed below to tell them that the solar arrays need to go someplace else and not block the view of our historic buildings and ruin our front landscape. If you need more information please feel free to contact me. I am trying to get all stakeholders involved so that Rebecca, Ron and their team can make a better decision about where to place the solar arrays. Please do this NOW while there is still time to look at other locations."
Rebecca Navarro email@example.com
Sustainability Program Manager, PAUSD
Ron Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Mak email@example.com
Robert Golton firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Berkson email@example.com
and PAUSD Board of Education Members: https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/board-education
In addition to the above, you may also wish to direct your objections and concerns to:
Palo Alto Historical Association
Well known Paly Historian, Bob French to speak
Paly through the Years:
a talk with Bob French about Palo Alto Schools
Speaker: Bob French, Retired Teacher and Principal,
Palo Alto Unified Schools
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
For more information: http://www.pahistory.org/programs.html
THE LONG AWAITED PALY JOURNALISM ARCHIVE PROJECT
Campaniles, Madronos, and more...
click on > http://palyjournalismarchive.pausd.org/
ABOUT THIS COLLECTION
The Palo Alto High School Journalism Archive preserves over 120 years of student voices by digitizing award-winning Paly publications from 1895 to present day. Explore this unique collection, which offers student perspectives on important local, national and international events.
Keep scrolling for more news and announcements
In the news.... The "O" has closed
by Kate Bradshaw / Almanac
PALY CAMPUS CENTENNIAL!!!
Please refer to Menu at left and drop-down items for updates under
"Centennial News and Articles"
August 23rd, 5 - 7pm - CENTENNIAL KICK-OFF PARTY
October 7 - HISTORICAL PARADE
and more......details and updates.....keep watching
To mark the building and opening of our grand campus, many events are being planned for the year. The cornerstone of the building was laid 1918.
Activities will officially begin in 2018 and continue through February, 2019 culminating in a recognition of the first graduation in February, 1919.
Everyone is encouraged to participate. Please check this site regularly for updates and invitations.
If you have suggestions for the committee to consider or wish to be involved, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paly Student Body December 1918
HISTORY: After a delay because of the influenza epidemic, the current Paly campus opened officially on December 24, 1918. Students, faculty, and local dignitaries marched from its Channing Avenue location to the new Palo Alto High School on Embarcadero at El Camino, with the 91st Company of High School Cadets triumphantly leading the way. The community was impressed with the school's auditorium - unique at a time when even Stanford had none - and the high-ceilinged library doubled as a ballroom.
When the present Palo Alto High School was built in 1918, some townsfolk were critical of a location so far out of town. But the 30-acre site with its Live Oak trees was being sold by neighboring Stanford University at the token cost of $1.00 per acre, and optimists thought that Palo Alto might well grow to the south.
For PALY SPORTS BOOSTERS GEAR and more
PALY - THEN...
And PALY - now
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - facing Embarcadero
MEDIA ARTS CENTER
Click here > Campus Updates to see more photos and slide shows.
NEW LIBRARY - OPENING IN 2018/2019
For Paly's website click on link: http://www.paly.net/
Thanks for coming.... See you again soon!!!