East Palo Alto
The Ujamaa Community Garden was installed by Stanford students last spring and has since provided more than 100 pounds of fresh produce to Stanford and East Palo Alto community members.
The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of finalizing a deal allowing Facebook to exceed an employee cap at its new headquarters in the city. The complex may eventually employ as many as 6,600 people.
Community-supported agriculture represents a growing model for connecting consumers with farmers to provide support for local food systems. Membership in a CSA typically involves pledging financial support for a local farm or farms, such that CSA members cover the anticipated costs of farm operation and, in return, receive shares of the farm’s products.
In December, Facebook relocated its headquarters from Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto to the former headquarters of Sun Microsystems at 1601 Willow Road in Menlo Park. In the coming year, the social networking company plans to expand its campus and seeks to amend the existing conditional development permit in Menlo Park by increasing the existing employee cap to roughly 6,600 employees, concerning neighbor East Palo Alto. This article presents East Palo Alto’s concerns, a separate article in today’s issue deals with Menlo Park’s responses to the proposed expansion.
Menlo Park has been responding enthusiastically to Facebook’s proposed expansion of its headquarters, with citizens and officials expressing their support for the development. Supporters detailed a list of long-term and short-term benefits the city expects to receive from Facebook at a Menlo Park city council meeting last Tuesday.
The number of homicides in East Palo Alto doubled this past year, jumping from four homicides in 2010 to eight in 2011.