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ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Caltrain gets 3-month extension for electrification project

Caltrain has successfully negotiated an extension of the deadline for contractors to begin construction on a massive electrification...

Original post made on Feb. 28, 2017
Last comment by Me 2, 0 hours ago | 9 comments | 1045 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Bike-share plan takes another turn

Palo Alto's effort to roll out a bike-share program for the community is set to take another turn Monday night, when the...

Original post made on Feb. 26, 2017
Last comment by Me 2, 9 minutes ago | 61 comments | 6683 Views

AROUND TOWN

Stanford's proposed expansion raises anxieties over traffic

As Stanford University prepares for its next phase of campus expansion, officials are confronting a daunting question: How...

Original post made on Feb. 28, 2017
Last comment by Resident, 14 minutes ago | 39 comments | 5213 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Teenagers arrested for stealing from a car

Police arrested three East Palo Alto teenagers who had been prowling a Palo Alto neighborhood just after midnight on Tuesday,...

Original post made on Mar. 1, 2017
Last comment by GranmaKK, 20 minutes ago | 2 comments | 1657 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Community Notebook: Ravenswood school district to host immigration forum

In the wake of a "recent surge in immigration actions by federal agencies," the Ravenswood City School District is hosting...

Original post made on Feb. 28, 2017
Last comment by EPA resident, 40 minutes ago | 2 comments | 1066 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Woman photographs man who exposed himself

A man who exposed himself to a woman in Palo Alto's Evergreen Park neighborhood on Monday morning didn't flee quickly enough...

Original post made on Mar. 1, 2017
Last comment by resident, 42 minutes ago | 2 comments | 1393 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Off Deadline: Where is 'propaganda analysis' ed when we need it?

Propaganda techniques include often-subliminal marketing/advertising messages aimed at all ages - adults and children - that...

Original post made on Feb. 25, 2017
Last comment by realist, 2 hours ago | 25 comments | 3145 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Changes to 'megahouse' plan don't mollify neighbors

Proposed last July as an 11-bedroom, 14-bath home, plans for 1710 Newell Road in Palo Alto continue to upset neighbors —...

Original post made on Feb. 24, 2017
Last comment by resident, 8 hours ago | 50 comments | 6910 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Committee takes 'first step' on social-emotional learning curriculum

While the Palo Alto school district is nationally known for its academic rigor, it is "less clear" that its students are...

Original post made on Feb. 28, 2017
Last comment by SEL Alliance for Massachusetts, 8 hours ago | 3 comments | 1685 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Council not sold on changing zoning for El Camino housing project

Palo Alto's battle between its appetite for new housing and its general disdain for densification came to a head Monday night,...

Original post made on Feb. 14, 2017
Last comment by JJ, 13 hours ago | 21 comments | 3431 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

County prepares for major housing boom

Santa Clara County is moving quickly on a strategy to build thousands of new homes for the county's low-income and homeless...

Original post made on Feb. 21, 2017
Last comment by JJ, 13 hours ago | 44 comments | 6457 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Monday meeting on reverse flow aircraft noise

For those who are bothered by the ~2000 ft elevation flights during SJC's "reverse flow", consider attending a meeting on...

Original post made by Resident 11 on Feb. 25, 2017
Last comment by Sigh, 14 hours ago | 24 comments | 408 Views

AROUND TOWN

Shop Talk: Mike's Cafe expands; scooter showroom to open

In this week's retail news, read about Midtown Palo Alto's oldest neighborhood restaurant's plans for expansion and the...

Original post made on Feb. 27, 2017
Last comment by often thrown under the bus, 14 hours ago | 16 comments | 2647 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

New rules on the way for groundwater pumping

As residents continue to cry foul over the millions of gallons of groundwater that get pumped for basement construction,...

Original post made on Feb. 28, 2017
Last comment by Eric, 15 hours ago | 5 comments | 888 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Palo Alto opts not to regulate Airbnb rentals

A proposal in Palo Alto to start regulating and taxing rooms rented out through sites such as Airbnb quietly fizzled on Monday...

Original post made on Mar. 10, 2015
Last comment by big question, 15 hours ago | 25 comments | 7489 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Nature offers boost to storm drain fee increase campaign

Palo Alto officials could hardly have chosen a better week to start mailing out ballots for their campaign to raise fees...

Original post made on Feb. 22, 2017
Last comment by Save Palo Alto's Groundwater, 16 hours ago | 55 comments | 7484 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

City of Palo Alto Utilities--Irresponsible to New Residents

This is a special warning to anyone thinking of moving to P.A., but not immediately after purchasing your home. Because...

Original post made by Chen Kai Wen on Dec. 30, 2009
Last comment by Angered Every Pickup Day, 20 hours ago | 9 comments | 2016 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School board to make key Office for Civil Rights decisions

The Palo Alto school board is set to take action Tuesday night on two key decisions that will impact the school district's...

Original post made on Feb. 27, 2017
Last comment by Another Parent, 21 hours ago | 4 comments | 2215 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Palo Alto man arrested for Mountain View stabbing

A Palo Alto man was arrested Monday night in connection to a stabbing in Mountain View that wounded one person, according...

Original post made on Feb. 28, 2017
Last comment by resident, 23 hours ago | 1 comment | 1332 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Stanford submits updated plans for Menlo Park development

Stanford told the Almanac it plans to submit updated plans for its 8.4-acre "Middle Plaza" development at 500 El Camino...

Original post made on Feb. 27, 2017
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm | 5 comments | 1242 Views
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Short story writers wanted!

The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 13, 2017. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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