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There is a meeting this coming week in Menlo Park, CA regarding high speed rail. There is a big conversation about whether it should go over or under ground.

Bob Niederman (Common Ground Steering Committee) is planning to talk at the meeting and advocate for underground. That would create a 75 ft. by 3 mile green strip along Alma, a major Palo Alto thoroughfare. This could be converted into an urban farm with native plants where Palo Alto children could grow food they could eat at school meals. This would be a tremendous boon for teaching kids about our relationship to food, to the environment, and to the impact urban and suburban environment has on wild nature.

Anybody who has an interest in creating more open space, organic urban farm space, and who wants to increase the liveability of Palo Alto should come, or attend the Webcast! Here is the letter sent to Bob's sister from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo:

July 16, 2009

Dear Cheryl,

I'm writing to invite you to a special Town Hall Meeting to discuss the issue of High Speed Rail. Experts from the High Speed Rail Authority and Caltrain will make presentations and answer the many questions related to what is being planned. The meeting will be held on Saturday, July 25th at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, from 2:00 to 3:30p.m. The location is wheelchair accessible and there is parking nearby. For more information, you can visit my website at ... or call our District Office at (650) 323-2984 or (408) 245-2339. If you're not able to attend, the Town Hall Meeting in Menlo Park will be Webcast live at ... and I will take questions from Webcast viewers. I hope to see you in Menlo Park or via our Webcast live from your home.

All my best,

Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress