Palo Alto Undedication of Byxbee Park Acreage for Composting Facility, Measure E (November 2011)

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A Palo Alto Undedication of Byxbee Park Acreage for Composting Facility, Measure E ballot question is on the November 8, 2011 ballot for voters in the City of Palo Alto in Santa Clara County.

If Measure E is approved, 10 acres of Byxbee Park will be undedicated for the purpose of potentially building a composting facility. Byxbee Park is in the Palo Alto Baylands.

Article VIII of the Palo Alto City Charter limits the use of dedicated parkland property owned by the city to park, playground, recreation or conservation purposes. Dedicated parkland can't be used for non-park purposes unless a majority of the city's voters vote to un-dedicate the land in question.

Byxbee Park, which covers 126 acres, used to be a municipal landfill.


Supporters include former Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier and Walt Hays.[1]

Supporters say that due to the fact that Palo Alto's landfill is closed, if Measure E is not approved, the city will have to pay to truck its organic waste (primarily consisting of yard trimmings and food scraps) to Gilroy.

They say that setting aside the Byxbee acreage next to the wastewater treatment plan will allow the city to deal with its own organic waste in an "an anaerobic digestion facility that uses microorganisms inside closed containers to break down organic waste into biogas and compost."[2]


Opponents include former Palo Alto Councilwoman Emily Renzel and Shani Kleinhaus.[1]

The official ballot measure arguments against Measure E were signed by:

  • Sid Espinosa, Mayor, City of Palo Alto
  • Judith G. Kleinberg, Mayor, 2006
  • Gary Fazzino, Former Mayor
  • Greg Schmid, City Councilmember

8 Enid Pearson, Vice-Mayor 1975 and Chair, Save the Baylands Committee

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure E: Shall ten acres of existing parkland in Byxbee Park be undedicated for the exclusive purpose of building a processing facility for yard trimmings, food waste and other organic material?[3]

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Palo Alto Online, "Debate Tuesday on Palo Alto's ballot measures", October 7, 2011
  2. "Yes on E" website
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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