Read news about Palo Alto parishioners who hosted a group from Bloomington, Indiana, the city’s sibling city, and a Stanford student who was elected to the board of directors of the Sequoia Union High School District.
FAMILY TIES… “We sometimes call ourselves a blueberry in a bowl of tomato soup,” John HamiltonMayor of Bloomington, Indianatold about 200 people during a climate summit Gunn High School on Nov 12
He was part of a sizeable Hoosier contingent who came to town earlier this month for a series of events including tours of the Palo Alto Arts Center and the Stanfords d.school; a dinner organized by Rotarian Club; an economic round table with the Chamber of Commerce; a discussion on civil discourse, coordinated by Vicky Weenkerfounder of Sibling Cities USA; and a concert with Indiana University Onia Quartet and Stanford’s Emerging String Quartet.
During the climate summit, Hamilton highlighted some of the differences and similarities between the two cities, which formalized their “sister city” relationship last year. “We have a lot of water, we don’t have wildfires, but we have a lot of challenges,” he said, citing Indiana’s recent cuts in the credits people get to generate electricity and sell it to their local grid.
For Bloomington executives and their colleagues in Palo Alto, this was the largest face-to-face meeting after a year of Zoom meetings. Veenker, who was elected to Palo Alto City Council earlier this month, said the tour came together organically, with various Bloomington residents planning to take separate trips and eventually merging their ventures into one big tour. Over the coming year, the two cities plan to build on their partnership by holding virtual and in-person meetings with members of the broader communities in the two cities, which include religious institutions and libraries. The aim is to improve politeness through conversation.
Andy Reeda member of neighbors abroad, who runs the Palo Alto twinning, helped organize the visit and hosted one of the Bloomington musicians at her home. She called the event “uplifting” and enjoyed watching city officials, theater directors and directors of arts centers from the two cities exchange ideas, with conversations touching on everything from sustainability and parks to arts and housing. “It’s really a great example of different sectors taking ownership of parts of it,” Reed said.
A STUDENT FOR THE STUDENTS… A 19-year-old student at Stanford University, Sathvik Noriis said to be the youngest member of the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees.
Nori was chosen Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolovconsultant at Transform collaborativelyto represent area D of the district, which includes Atherton, much of Menlo Park, and portions of Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. During an October debate, Nori said the district would benefit from his “fresh and diverse perspective” if elected.
The 19-year-old previously worked as a student curator for the board during his matriculation Menlo-Atherton High Schoolwhere he graduated in 2021. His résumé includes his position as Chairman of the San Mateo County Youth Commission and editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, the MA Chronicle. He was also one of two teenagers to represent California in the 59th year US Senate Youth Program last year.
With the Nov. 18 update from San Mateo County, Nori has built a significant advantage over his opponent, leading 57% to 43%, a nearly 1,750 vote gap.
“Now the real work begins in making sure that every student, no matter what their background or what middle school they attended, has a rigorous, challenging and fun high school experience,” Nori wrote in a text to the news organization.