If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[East Palo Alto voters face proposed hotel tax increase on ballot]]> This November, East Palo Alto residents will be revisiting a proposed hotel tax that hasn't been touched since it was first adopted more than 20 years ago.]]> <![CDATA[With new parking garage, Palo Alto looks to drive workers out of residential neighborhoods]]> When a parking garage near California Avenue opens next month, it will stand out as both one of the largest structures in Palo Alto's "second downtown" and as a conspicuous symbol of the city's new approach to managing parking spots.]]> <![CDATA[Good policy or ballot blackmail? Union keeps taking its fights with health industry to voters]]> SEIU-UHW president Dave Regan has become known as a labor leader who uses ballot initiatives to needle corporate adversaries.]]> <![CDATA[DOJ accuses Google of illegally running a monopoly on internet searches]]> Google, which once adopted the motto "don't be evil," was accused Tuesday of illegally maintaining a monopoly position in internet search in the U.S. through anticompetitive and exclusionary tactics.]]> <![CDATA[Bucking California's relaxed guidelines for large venues, Santa Clara County to keep stadiums, theme parks closed]]> Professional sporting events will not be allowed to have audiences and theme parks will not resume operation anytime soon in Santa Clara County, despite the state's decision that allows them to reopen, county leaders said on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto commissioners bristle at council's push to exert more control over advisory bodies]]> A new effort by the City Council to strengthen its control over the city's commission system is facing backlash from some of the commissioners, who argue that the rules will chill free speech.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: Halloween during a pandemic doesn't have to be scary]]> Local school superintendents Erik Burmeister, Beth Polito and Gina Sudaria implore families to plan alternative celebrations for upcoming holidays, including Halloween, due to the health crisis.]]> <![CDATA[Plummeting revenues threaten planned public safety building]]> With the local economy in tatters and city revenues on a steep decline, Palo Alto is preparing to reconsider its most ambitious infrastructure project: the new public safety building that is slated to go up near California Avenue.]]> <![CDATA[To help small businesses, Santa Clara County supervisors propose $100M loan program]]> Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian are proposing a $100 million loan program that would provide low-interest loans to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.]]> <![CDATA[Students find new ways to get out the vote amid pandemic]]> Driven by concerns about climate change, racism and healthcare, students are more mobilized around the November election than they were in 2018 or 2016, according to researchers.]]> <![CDATA[Will charter school politics — and money — influence the local Santa Clara County school board race?]]> With Election Day less than three weeks away, outside money is pouring into the Santa Clara County Board of Education Area 1 race, with charter school proponents making large contributions to incumbent Grace Mah. ]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Stanford economists wake up to news of their Nobel Prize]]> Read the story of how two Stanford economists learned they won a Nobel Prize and news about three local institutions addressing the digital divide by developing a guide on forming virtual programs.]]> <![CDATA[Jury convicts man for mailing bombs in act of revenge on officers]]> An Oakland man was found guilty earlier this month of sending bombs through the mail in East Palo Alto and Alameda to take revenge on two officers, federal prosecutors said.]]> <![CDATA[Mystery behind donated photo album leads woman on search for long-lost family connection]]> A donation to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library led to the discovery of a series of photographs of a now-deceased Palo Alto doctor and a mystery about where they came from.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Our election recommendations]]> Learn about the Palo Alto Weekly's recommendations on local, regional and statewide candidates and measures, in addition to California propositions, on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR]]> Read guest opinions for and against Measure RR, a proposed eighth-cent sales tax in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain operations. ]]> <![CDATA[Here's how you can vote in East Palo Alto]]> East Palo Alto voters have several options for returning their completed ballots, which can be dropped off at three drop box locations in their city or in-person vote centers throughout San Mateo County.]]> <![CDATA[Alleged robber causes scare with replica handgun at Stanford Shopping Center]]> A man who reportedly had a gun at Stanford Shopping Center, where allegedly stole $600 in merchandise from the Timberland store, was arrested by Palo Alto police on Saturday, police said.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on litigation over excessive-force claim, Foothills Park access]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 19.]]> <![CDATA[Police on search for duo in overnight crime spree]]> Palo Alto police detectives are investigating an early Monday morning crime spree after burglars entered two homes, prowled a third property and stole a car from another.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinions: Arguments for and against Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S]]> Read opinions for and against the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S, which would raise $45.5 million annually to fund the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection program.]]> <![CDATA[With election integrity at top of mind, what is Santa Clara County doing to keep your votes secure?]]> Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey acknowledged concerns that have been raised about election security on Tuesday, however, she said safeguards have been put in place to ensure the integrity of the results.]]> <![CDATA[With new rules, City Council looks to tighten its grip over boards, commissions]]> The long-standing system of citizen boards and commissions could see a shake-up Monday, when the council prepares to adopt rules that give it more power to shape their agendas and remove members.]]> <![CDATA[Amid ongoing reopening anxieties, school district to provide COVID-19 testing for staff]]> Starting next week, Palo Alto school district employees will have access to free, biweekly COVID-19 testing to be provided on campus by Stanford Health Care.]]> <![CDATA[Would-be carjacker nabbed after struggle leads officer to use Taser]]> A man who allegedly attempted to steal a car and threatened to kill someone at Town & Country Village shopping center was taken into custody early Sunday after an officer deployed a Taser, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Gaines tapped to serve as Palo Alto's new deputy city manager]]> Chantal Cotton Gaines, a fixture in Palo Alto's recent efforts to launch the Office of Transportation and advance a new vision for the rail corridor, has been promoted to a senior position vacant since April.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto's 'inclusive' playground excluded from reopening plan]]> The Magical Bridge has stood out as Palo Alto's only playground geared toward visitors of all abilities. But with other playgrounds now reopened, Magical Bridge users find themselves left out.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County restaurants, congregations can resume indoor service as COVID-19 cases drop]]> Restaurants and congregations in Santa Clara County will be able to reopen for indoor service on Wednesday under a revised public health order that loosens many of the restrictions that have been in place since March.]]> <![CDATA[Seven East Palo Alto City Council candidates seek to set city on a promising path]]> Read profiles of the seven East Palo Alto City Council candidates, who not only want to tackle some of their community's more evergreen issues but also help guide the city in flux.]]> <![CDATA[Lisa Gauthier: Shaping an East Palo Alto for her family]]> Like her veteran colleagues also seeking reelection, East Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lisa Gauthier is looking to serve another four years to see some development projects through to completion.]]> <![CDATA[Stewart Hyland: If there's a nonprofit, there's a way]]> Stewart Hyland doesn't have experience as a sitting city councilman, but his work for the past two decades is deeply tied to one of the main pillars of the East Palo Alto community: its nonprofit organizations.]]> <![CDATA[Webster Lincoln: East Palo Alto's homegrown data scientist]]> Webster Lincoln, 33, has positioned himself as a homegrown data scientist who, if elected, will bring critical thinking and an understanding of the community's spirit to his role on East Palo City Council.]]> <![CDATA[Antonio Lopez: Uplifting the community, starting from the bottom]]> Coming back to East Palo Alto's Gardens neighborhood from some of the most prestigious universities in the world, Antonio Lopez said he feels obligated to guide his hometown as a city councilman.]]> <![CDATA[Juan Mendez: 'A new perspective']]> Juan Mendez, a 23-year-old East Palo Alto resident who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley this May, Juan Mendez is the youngest person to be running for a City Council seat this year.]]> <![CDATA[Larry Moody: Embracing East Palo Alto as a Silicon Valley city]]> Larry Moody is seeking a third term on the City Council in order to build out an East Palo Alto that is every bit a Silicon Valley city.]]> <![CDATA[Carlos Romero: Longtime activist sees city's potential beyond COVID-19]]> Carlos Romero, who has a long resume of community service in East Palo Alto that spans almost four decades, hopes to continue his work for the city as councilman if reelected this fall.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto Unified's youngest students return to school with a new set of norms]]> About 700 transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students went back to campus in person on Monday following weeks of heated debate over the pace and safety of reopening schools.]]> <![CDATA[Watch the Ravenswood school board candidates discuss top issues]]> Get to know the candidates for the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees running for two open seats this election season, which comes at a time of transition for the K-8 district.]]> <![CDATA[Two Stanford University economists win Nobel Prize]]> A pair of Stanford economists will share the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Students protest in Palo Alto over vote on proposed county sex assault policy study]]> A group of high school students on Sunday protested outside the home of a county supervisor over a September decision by the Board of Supervisors to collect more background on a proposed study of sexual assault and harassment policies.]]> <![CDATA[Masseur arrested for sexual assault at therapy center]]> A man who police say sexually assaulted a woman during a massage appointment at Palo Alto's Spine and Therapy Center last week has been arrested.]]> <![CDATA[Vote-by-mail fail: When a ballot arrives that isn't for you]]> More than 21 million ballots are now in various stages of transit across California. They are in mail trucks and mail boxes. And, predictably, some have ended up in the wrong place.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Using bright colors, outdoor installation radiates with positive words]]> In the latest Around Town column, news about an installation that exudes positivity, the long-awaited reopening of Palo Alto playgrounds and a first look inside Caltrain's new electrified train cars.]]> <![CDATA[With new technology, Stanford launches COVID-19 study using a simple method: At-home tests]]> Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have launched a population study to track the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Bay Area with Vera, a new technology they hope to offer more broadly.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: DiBrienza, Collins, Ladomirak for school board]]> Out of a strong field, we recommend Jennifer DiBrienza, Todd Collins and Jesse Ladomirak for the Palo Alto school board.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Baten Caswell for Santa Clara County Board of Education]]> Melissa Baten Caswell's long history of working for a strong public education system will serve north county well on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.]]> <![CDATA[The Moonlight Run & Walk goes virtual — and around the world]]> There was no pack of tense runners waiting for a buzzer under the full-harvest moon during this year's Moonlight Run & Walk. Instead, 677 people participated in parks and streets near and far.]]> <![CDATA[Weekly's 36th annual Moonlight Run & Walk finds virtual success in 2020]]> For the first time in its 36-year history, the annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk did not take place at the Palo Alto Baylands. Due to the pandemic, the fundraiser went virtual this year.]]>