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Atherton volunteers rebuild plane-crash victim's home

Original post made on Aug 17, 2014

Four years after a Tesla employee's plane plummeted into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, destroying Lisa Jones' home and child care center, residents of Atherton and dozens of community volunteers have stepped forward to rebuild Jones' home — and life.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, August 17, 2014, 9:25 AM

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Try Startup.com for raising funds. Good luck! MDS


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Posted by Bernard
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Aug 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Wonderful! All are to be commended!


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

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Wonderful!


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Posted by Rebekah
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 18, 2014 at 6:10 am

Wonderful story of community caring!
Thank you all for coming together to heal a tragic scar.
I trust you have or will approach the Tesla community of friends of the pilot and passengers to help rebuild Lisa's life and livelihood - I did not see the Tesla name among the donors and am sure that group of friends and coworkers would be anxious to help in memory of their sad loss.
Such an inspiring story of love, care and Phoenix rising! Best of luck to all involved!


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Posted by Helen Palo Alto
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

" When a lawsuit that settled in July 2013 did not give Jones enough money to rebuild, "
Please tell us how Jone's or Tesla's insurance didn't cover cost of replacing house immediately??


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Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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Along with Helen Palo Alto, I would ask why it took a law suit to recover anything and then an insufficient amount to rebuild the house and business.
The funds should have been made available within a few month at most, to rebuild, pay expenses while displaced, and penalties for the business lost.
The hard nosed attitude of the insurance company and the apparent failure of Tesla to help out are remarkable. Justice goes to the best lawyers!!??!!


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

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Wonderful community help.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Agreed - where was Tesla that has benefited greatly from the surrounding communities? Would they have done so if the house was in Menlo Park or Palo Alto - more 'visible'? And the insurance companies - determined by the policy taken out by Tesla? Something is wrong here -

Aside from that, kudos to all who donated and worked on this, helping where it's needed. Many lessons to learn from this.


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Posted by Helen Palo Alto
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Helen of Palo Alto
There are different sources of child care in the community. But, somehow there is never enough. And the institutional child care can be quite impersonal (some are like "holding tanks" for kids)

When my child was young, the most loving and attentive and responsible care she got was in a private home from "Mrs. L" an older woman with an invalid husband.

My daughter got great care and my fees helped the care-giver - who my child regarded as a 3rd grandparent - make ends meet and keep her home. It was a win/win situation.

When I went to church, I gave thanks that she was there for my child.


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Posted by puzzled
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

[Portion removed. Please don't speculate on her private financial situation.]
Nevertheless, congratulations to those who helped rebuild her home and day care center. It's good to know that there are caring people out there.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Aug 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

A nice story of people helping out someone [portion removed. Please don't speculate on her private financial situation.]


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Posted by helen Palo Alto
a resident of another community
on Aug 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Aug 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Check you homeowner's policy -- are you covered for full replacement costs in today's building environment in this area?

Probably not.


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Posted by Mary S
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

If anyone knows Elon Musk personally please send him the article. I am sure he would be appalled to think people thought negatively about his company because of this tragedy. We have tried to reach out to him but he is insulated and may not even be aware of the situation. I would like to give him and the company the benefit of the doubt and believe he would like to make a positive impact to such a tragedy.
Think positively.


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