Palo Alto Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2023 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Wind advisory issued ahead of latest storm for much of Bay Area]]> Yet another big storm is forecast to blow through the Bay Area this week, with the biggest impacts expected throughout the day Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Stanford student's idea for California bill turns into proposal]]> In the latest column, read news about a Stanford doctoral student who won state Sen. Josh Becker's "Ought to Be a Law" contest and plans to honor late labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez in East Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[State to audit Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority]]> Santa Clara County's largest public transit agency will be audited by the state as one lawmaker looks to change up how it's run.]]> <![CDATA[Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and a philanthropist who donated billions, dies]]> Gordon Moore, a pioneering Silicon Valley scientist and leading philanthropist, died on Friday, Intel Corporation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation jointly announced. He was 94. ]]> <![CDATA[State demands Palo Alto revise its housing plan]]> Palo Alto will have to revise its plan to add more than 6,000 housing units after the Department Housing and Community Development ruled Thursday, March 23, that the city's proposed Housing Element fails to meet state law.]]> <![CDATA[California lifts target for 15% water conservation as yet another storm approaches]]> California ended its voluntary statewide target, triggering concerns from experts that many water supplies remain depleted.]]> <![CDATA[GoFundMe set up for man killed by fallen tree in Portola Valley raises $82K]]> Jesus Ivan Cruz Diaz, 29, of San Jose died Tuesday when a tree hit his work van in Portola Valley. His employer has since created a GoFundMe to help the family pay for funeral expenses.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto Unified announces leadership changes for next school year]]> Retirements and job changes are expected to bring new leaders to two Palo Alto schools this fall, with an interim principal taking over permanently at a third campus.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto nears new deal with Pets In Need]]> After two years of tension, Palo Alto and Pets In Need are trying to mend their ties with a contract that will raise compensation while scaling back the city's commitments to improve its animal shelter.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto schools to get more in-house mental health staff]]> A year after deciding to hire its own mental health workers rather than rely largely on outside contractors to care for its students, Palo Alto Unified is now looking to expand the program next school year.]]> <![CDATA[After mighty oak comes crashing down, resident calls on Palo Alto to change heritage tree ordinance]]> Anneke Dempsey was concerned about the giant oak in her backyard for years. Its massive limbs could potentially cause the tree to fall onto her or her neighbor's home. On March 14, her fear was realized.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Rebate plan for gas utilities customers; update on school construction projects]]> A preview of government meetings for the week of March 27.]]> <![CDATA[Remote work rises and Caltrain ridership plummets: How Sililcon Valley has changed three years since COVID]]> An annual report illustrates how the increasing cost of living is impacting residents -- and driving them away.]]> <![CDATA['An eye in the sky': A new NASA project is developing drone technology to fight wildfires]]> As wildfire season on the West Coast stretches longer each year, with fires scorching through record levels of acreage, scientists at NASA Ames want to utilize drones to help modernize firefighting.]]> <![CDATA[Five new shops open at Town & Country Village]]> Four new sustainability-focused, fair-trade apparel and homegoods stores and a hand-crafted ice cream shop are the newest additions to Town & Country Village, the retail center announced Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[In 'State of the City,' Mayor Lydia Kou assails state housing mandates]]> Palo Alto Mayor Lydia Kou took a swing on Wednesday at state housing mandates during her "State of the City" address and warned that recent laws could render the council helpless to prevent an onrush of large developments.]]> <![CDATA[Man dies following car collision on Charleston Road]]> Police are looking for witnesses in a Monday morning collision in Palo Alto near the Mountain View border where a driver struck a pedestrian who died the next day.]]> <![CDATA[New rules to phase out gas appliances stoke excitement, anxiety on the Peninsula]]> With the Bay Area adopting sweeping new rules to phase out gas-fueled appliances, city and county officials in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and the region are debating the risks and benefits of going fully electric.]]> <![CDATA[Gusty storm claims a life: Tree falls on van in Portola Valley, killing the driver]]> A man died after a tree fell on his car at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Ladera, shortly after high winds and rain picked up. ]]> <![CDATA[Condominium development proposed in Ventura neighborhood]]> A parking lot in the Ventura neighborhood may soon be transformed into a condominium community with 16 townhomes through an application now under the city's review.]]> <![CDATA[City to refund developer $900K in parking fees, court orders]]> Palo Alto will have to refund more than $900,000 to a downtown developer after a state appeals court ruled Monday that the city had illegally imposed parking fees without having a real plan to spend this money on parking.]]>