If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Debate over council size splits Palo Alto establishment]]> More than two centuries after Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton forced the nation to weigh the merits of democracy against those of government efficiency, the debate is playing out in Palo Alto, where voters will consider in November whether to reduce the size of the City Council.]]> <![CDATA[Cell tower on verge of approval for Little League field]]> It took many extra innings, but Verizon Wireless is now poised to score the winning run in its long and controversial effort to install cellular antennas at the Palo Alto Little League field.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic stop leads to arrests of East Palo Alto men]]> Two East Palo Alto men were arrested last week after a Palo Alto police officer pulled them over for running a stop sign and discovered a cache of stolen electronic items in the vehicle.]]> <![CDATA[Mark Zuckerberg makes surprise visit to Sequoia High]]> Sequoia High School students and staff were treated to a surprise visit by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a special assembly at the school in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 18.]]> <![CDATA[Developer proposes 30 homes for Maybell Avenue]]> The new owner of the Maybell Avenue site at the heart of last year's citizen referendum in Palo Alto is proposing a housing development with 30 homes, according to plans submitted to the city Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto eyes new rules for retrofitting buildings]]> With earthquakes topping the list of looming threats in Palo Alto, city officials indicated this week that they plan to upgrade local laws to discourage the construction of seismically shaky homes.]]> <![CDATA[Gunn High senior publishes children's book on autism]]> Inspired by a friend and class assignment, an autistic senior at Gunn High School has self-published a children's book on autism.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto community fixture Ellen Wyman dies at 86]]> Ellen Wyman, a longtime resident and activist in Palo Alto, died on Sunday, Sept. 14, following years of frail health, her son Tom Wyman said.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto seeks $9.4M from Mitchell Park Library contractor]]> Palo Alto is seeking more than $9 million from a contractor that the city deems primarily responsible for the botched reconstruction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto city manager retains hiring power]]> The authority to appoint East Palo Alto's new police chief will remain with the city manager, the City Council agreed on Tuesday night.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto school board candidates seek to differentiate themselves]]> While seeming to find common ground on many of the key issues facing the Palo Alto school district, the five candidates for school board Tuesday night, in their second debate of the election season, strove to distinguish themselves by detailing their previous professional and schools-related experience.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto man's murder trial to begin]]> The trial of a man accused of stabbing and slashing his girlfriend to death in her East Palo Alto apartment will begin on Thursday, Sept. 18, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford professor wins MacArthur 'genius grant']]> A Stanford professor who conducts research on race and inequality is among the 21 winners of the 2014 MacArthur Foundation's "genius grant."]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto eyes reforms after transparency gaffes]]> A week after Palo Alto officials offered public apologies for their secret and ultimately ill-fated negotiations with developer John Arrillaga, they took a step toward making sure similar blunders won't happen in the future.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Threats to the city, drought rate study, school property taxes]]> ]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>