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Income inequality reaches a 'historic high' in Silicon Valley, new report shows
Despite a hot economy and a slight dip in home prices, 2019 was a year of reckoning for Silicon Valley's high-tech giants,... Last comment on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:13 pm | 32 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 10 hours ago | 22 comments

With revised design, Castilleja tries to appease critics of its growth plan
Seeking a truce with critics of its proposed expansion, Castilleja School this week submitted a revised plan to the city... Last comment on Feb 16, 2020 at 2:24 pm | 39 comments

Community college district asks voters for new tax, bond funds to upgrade facilities, keep education accessible
Vote-by-mail ballots for the March 3 election went out to Santa Clara County voters on Tuesday, including two Foothill-De... Last comment 4 minutes ago | 77 comments

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"IRA Nationals at Stanford ligh"
Stanford lightweight rowing earned a bid to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics. Submitted by Rick Eymer on May 21, 2019


Massive search underway for couple missing since Friday
A Palo Alto couple who rented a room in Marin County last week and were due to check out Saturday morning have gone missing, prompting a search-and-rescue operation that started Sunday, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. Tuesday, 5:20 PM | 20 comments

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 trends in 2019, including fewer assaults, burglaries and traffic collisions, according to its annual report. Tuesday, 4:49 PM

Dragged by the neck, woman escapes from man accused of nearly kidnapping her
A man who allegedly burst into a Mountain View home near the Palo Alto border Monday night and tried to drag a woman by the neck out to her car was arrested hours later, according to Mountain View police. Tuesday, 1:35 PM | 4 comments

Ravenswood school district seeks public input on superintendent pick
The Ravenswood City School District is seeking feedback to inform the hiring of the East Palo Alto district's next superintendent through two upcoming public meetings and an online survey. Tuesday, 3:09 PM

At 'pivotal' moment in presidential campaign, Buttigieg makes plea to voters
In comments to about 200 supporters in Palo Alto on Friday, presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg pitched himself as an inclusive, progressive option for voters. Tuesday, 9:06 AM | 24 comments

Ending stalemate, Human Relations commissioner quits seeking chairmanship
In a stunning move to avoid a potentially deadlocked election for the Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner chairmanship, one of the two contenders asked his colleagues to vote for the other nominee. Tuesday, 9:07 AM | 5 comments

VIDEO: A playground for all
Magical Bridge playground co-founders Olenka Steciw Villarreal and Jill Hoffspiegel Asher discuss how their universal playground redefines what it means to play. Tuesday, 9:05 AM | 1 comments

A daughter's disability. A mother's ingenuity. And the playground that's launching a revolution.

Editorial: Brownrigg for Senate

Opinion: Remembering Palo Alto's transportation history

Ames wind tunnels put NASA's new moonshot to the test

Meet the 7 candidates who want to represent you in Sacramento

PUBLIC AGENDA: Funding Code:ART2, transitional kindergarten policies

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Short story writers wanted!

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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