If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Spare the Air alert issued for Sunday]]> A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today in the Bay Area as heat, light winds and automobile exhaust combine for an unhealthy level of smog, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said. ]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto temps to reach 91 degrees Sunday, Monday]]> A heat advisory has been issued for Sunday and Monday in the San Francisco Bay Area as western winds keep cool ocean air out to sea, according to officials with the National Weather Service. ]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto planning commission set for a shake-up]]> While Palo Alto prepares to elect new City Council members in November, another heated race is quietly taking place behind the scenes, where 16 residents are competing to fill three seats on the city's influential, and at times controversial, Planning and Transportation Commission.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: Deciding Palo Alto's future growth]]> The biggest issue in this year's City Council race is deciding how Palo Alto should grow. This year's council election is particularly important because the newly elected council will vote on adopting Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan Update. This document defines the city's policies toward growth for the next 15 years and will be the basis for the city's zoning. ]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO: Behind the Headlines -- Palo Alto City Council and school board candidates]]> On this week's news webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong hosts a reporters' roundtable with Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner. They discuss the 11 candidates for the Palo Alto City Council as well as the five candidates vying for three seats on the Palo Alto school board. ]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto school board candidates meet in second debate]]> The five Palo Alto school-board candidates sat together at the board's own dais on Thursday night in the second in a series of debates scheduled before the Nov. 8 election.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Cubberley Community Center, minimum wage, schools budget]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 26.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: An imperfect wage increase]]> There is no suspense about whether the Palo Alto City Council will approve a more expedited increase in the local minimum wage to $15 an hour when it meets Monday night, only how fast we want to reach that level.]]> <![CDATA[Deadly disease plagues plants high above Silicon Valley]]> Phytophthora, a fungus-like water mold whose name means "plant destroyer," is every bit as deadly as it sounds. Experts worry that it could wipe out whole populations of plants and change entire ecosystems. ]]> <![CDATA[Police arrest East Palo Alto teens for strong-arm robbery]]> Two teenagers from East Palo Alto were arrested Monday night after the strong-arm robbery of a woman in a downtown Palo Alto parking garage, according to police.]]> <![CDATA[VTA looking for feedback from commuters on Highway 280 corridor]]> Frequent commuters on Interstate Highway 280 from Palo Alto to San Jose can provide feedback on how to improve conditions along the corridor at a community meeting this evening.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>