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Action Revived to Save Juana Briones' Historic Home
by Raging Grannies
Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM
The Juana Briones house is the oldest building in the city of Palo Alto, having been built in the 1840's, and is recognized as both a local and a state historical landmark. Preservationists, California history aficionados, and the Raging Grannies gathered in a park named for the heroine of the *Californio* period of California history.

The courts ruled well over a year ago now that the historic Juana Briones house was not to be torn down.

The judge wrote in his 10-page decision that the city of Palo Alto misinterpreted its own municipal code when it determined the act of granting a demolition permit was a governmental decision involving little or no personal judgment. The judge ruled the act was partially discretionary and therefore subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires an environmental impact review when demolition of a historic site is proposed.

Juana Briones de Miranda was born in Santa Cruz and grew up in San Francisco's Presidio. She ran a successful ranch and served the needy while she lived at her home in hills that later became part of Palo Alto. She was part of the 19th century California population of people with Spanish, Mexican and Native-American heritage, and was a famous curandera (traditional folk healer) who used native plants and remedies to help the sick. Among other things, she helped manage a smallpox outbreak in Marin County, owned and managed land at a time when it was extremely unusual for women to do so, and raised seven children.


http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/06/07/18505094.php

Previous coverage on indybay at link above
§neighbors of the house need to know!
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

§enthusiastic Grannies on the street again!
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

§round the park sign
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

§CEQA
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

California Environmental Quality Act
§gathering around to sing
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

§songs by grannies
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

Juana We'll Save Your House
tune: Good Night Irene

refrain:
Juana, we'll save your House
Juana don't cry
With Raging Grannies on your side
No need to say Good bye

Verse:
Her house sits on a hillside
There it shall remain
Her spirit walks the hills at night
The wind whisPERS her name

refrain:
Juana, we'll save your House
Juana don't cry
With Raging Grannies on your side
No need to say Good bye

Verse:
The house is now neglected
It stands in disrepair
Her spirit walks the hills at night
We'll see her in our dreams

refrain:
Juana, we'll save your House
Juana don't cry
With Raging Grannies on your side
No need to say Good bye

Verse:
We Raging Grannies Ask
What would Juana Want?
Her spirit walks the hills at night
We'll never say goodbye!
§Waving to passing cars...
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

§Guys in the shade
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

§bilingual signs
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

§banjo
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM

§Park is dedicated in her name
by Raging Grannies Sunday Oct 11th, 2009 9:08 PM