The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the city of Palo Alto to remove the residents-0nly restriction at Foothills Park, which the group calls a “legacy of the city’s history of racial discrimination.”
Here’s a link to the lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
On Aug. 3, City Council voted 5-2 to open the park to all on a trial basis this fall or winter with a $6 fee for non-residents. Council members said they favored putting the question of opening the park on the November 2022 ballot. But the ballot measure isn’t certain, since one council can’t bind the next council to a decision like that.
The suit was brought by the ACLU and a prominent California law firm, Munger, Tolles & Olson, on behalf of the San Jose/Silicon Valley branch of the NAACP and 10 individual plaintiffs who are residents of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other neighboring communities.