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As car break-ins surge, Palo Alto police laud drop in violent crime
Despite a year marred by car break-ins and claims of police brutality, the Palo Alto Police Department saw several positive... Last comment 23 minutes ago | 30 comments

Editorial: Brownrigg for state Senate
In the impressive group of candidates for California's 13th Senate district, we give the nod to Michael Brownrigg, who has... Last comment 3 hours ago | 26 comments

Palo Alto couple gone missing in Marin County
A Palo Alto couple who had rented a room in Marin County last week and were due to check out Saturday morning have gone missing,... Last comment 21 hours ago | 24 comments

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Searchers for missing couple focus on the water, following alerts from cadaver dogs
With the search for Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin nearly reaching the one-week mark, the Marin County Sheriff's Office is shifting gears by bringing in the U.S. Coast Guard and cadaver K9 teams, now calling it a "recovery mission." Friday, 9:56 AM

Outside spending in state Senate race ramps up in final days before Super Tuesday
With only 12 days until California's March 3 primary, candidates for District 13 in the state Senate are ramping up their campaign fundraising and spending efforts to convince voters to select them. Friday, 9:30 AM | 1 comments

Palo Alto Tailoring closed three years ago. Customers want their clothes back.
Customers of a Palo Alto tailoring business say they have been trying to get their clothing back for nearly three years, but the doors of Palo Alto Tailoring remain tightly shut, leaving them staring longingly through the glass doors. Friday, 7:41 AM | 6 comments

Senior Commission? Sustainability Commission? Palo Alto mulls new advisory panels
Palo Alto's long-standing system of advisory panels could be heading for a big shake-up in the coming months, as the City Council weighs adding two new boards, disbanding an existing one and splitting its most influential commission. Friday, 7:40 AM | 2 comments

Editorial: Yes on community college measures G, H
A vibrant community college system is an essential safety net and path to opportunity for those whose options are limited, and voters should ensure it continues to thrive. Friday, 7:40 AM | 1 comments

Man arrested for kidnapping attempt reportedly held another family hostage
A man arrested Monday for attempted kidnapping in a Mountain View home had allegedly held another woman and her daughter hostage that same day, according to new details released by police. Thursday, 2:19 PM | 1 comments

Guest Opinion: To solve housing crisis, decrease demand
Housing is in short supply in Silicon Valley, especially affordable housing. Unfortunately, no amount of the current sort of government efforts in this area will change the situation. Friday, 7:39 AM | 7 comments

Santa Clara County man recovers from coronavirus

Student injured by potato gun in class likely to receive $1.5M settlement

After Ross Road blowback, Palo Alto looks to shift gears on bike boulevards

As car break-ins surge, police laud drop in violent crime

Ravenswood school district seeks public input on superintendent pick

Meet the 7 candidates who want to represent you in Sacramento

PUBLIC AGENDA: Potential bike boulevard changes; Magical Bridge playground project

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The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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