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El Camino Real stretch in Palo Alto gets new name

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Daily News

Longtime Palo Alto resident Betty Meltzer, described by friends and local officials as a tireless advocate for improving Palo Alto, helped found the “Trees for El Camino” project that aimed to beautify a barren El Camino Real by planting hundreds of trees in the medians. After battling cancer, Meltzer died at the age of 69 on Sept. 29, 2008.

Last year state Sen. Joe Simitian, D—Palo Alto, moved a resolution through the state Legislature that designates El Camino Real between Page Mill Road and San Francisquito Creek as the Betty Meltzer Memorial Highway. The Palo Alto City Council also issued a proclamation Monday night recognizing the street name change and honoring Meltzer for “her many contributions and achievements for the betterment of Palo Alto.”

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