Atherton briefs: Preschool can stay in park for now


After realizing that it could cost between $2 million and $3 million to move the preschool in Holbrook-Palmer Park to a new location, the Atherton City Council decided Feb. 17 to let the Knox Preschool stay in its current location for now.

A recently adopted master plan for the park said the preschool could move close to the Gilmore House, near the park's entrance. The council had earlier discussed building new quarters for the preschool that could be used as temporary town offices during construction of the new civic center.

The preschool's lease runs out in August, and council members said they would be open to extending it for more than one year.


Town gives $5,000 for Earth Day activities

Atherton's City Council has voted to give $5,000 to the town's Environmental Programs Committee to put on Earth Day activities in April.

The committee's plan is to sponsor events around Earth Day, April 22, working with local schools and organizations. A survey will ask residents what environmental issues they are interested in.

The committee plans an environmentally themed movie, a panel discussion or speaker, information booths and a student competition.


Ken Flower reappointed to rodeo board

Atherton's Kenneth Flower, 84, who worked for the San Francisco 49ers, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, and National Football League Films, has been reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Grand National Rodeo, Cow Palace Fair board of directors, where he has served since 2012.

Mr. Flower, a Democrat, was president of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame from 2005 to 2007 and vice president of marketing, advertising, politics and community affairs for the San Francisco 49ers from 1977 to 1986.

He was vice president of sales and marketing at National Football League Films from 1969 to 1976. He was also manager of business development at the Golden Gate Bank from 1989 to 1999, plus west coast manager at Westinghouse Broadcasting from 1987 to 1989.

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