Palo Alto to City Council tonight will decide whether to name three new streets after three police officers who were killed in the line of duty.
The former Palo Alto Bowl on 4301 and 4329 El Camino Real will be converted to a four-story hotel with 26 home units, called “Monroe Place,” with three new streets formed.
City policy from 1979 requires that all new street names be approved by Council, with a recommendation first by the Palo Alto Historical Association.
Historian Steve Staiger said council made the decision in the 1970s to require city-approved street names after developers were naming streets after their relatives, friends, or even secretaries.
Steiger said the Historical Association recommended the names “Cole Court”, “Brassinga Court” and “Gene Court” for the three private streets in the new development that would be accessed through Monroe Drive.
Steiger said he was contacted by Palo Alto police, asking that the next time the association is asked to name a street, they consider three fallen police officers – Reserve Officer Theodore Brassinga, Officer Gene Clifton and Reserve Officer Lester Cole.
Small streets needed names
Staiger said in the last 10 years, the association has recommended about 20 names, but the total length of all those names combined is about 1 mile. He said with new developments, small courts, lanes, and culsde-sac pop-up that require new makes.
Staiger is the head of the committee in the association that discusses name nominations. In the past, the association has chosen names after California rivers or shorebirds found in the Palo Alto Baylands to better inform new residents significant local names.
“So many Palo Altans aren’t originally Californians. It’s a good idea to let them be aware of California history,” he said.
Most recently, Staiger said the Association recommended a park off High street near Whole Foods market to be named after and Anna Zschokke, who was the first resident of Palo Alto and build the city’s first high school.
Staiger said the officers that the streets could be named after were recommended by Chief Dennis Burns.
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