Palo Alto Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2022 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Becker bill looks to transform parking lots into energy generators]]> Seeking to transform parking lots into generators of clean energy, state Sen. Josh Becker has proposed a bill that would offer tax incentives for companies to build solar canopies on their properties.]]> <![CDATA[Supervisors vote to let newly-elected sheriff start early in wake of predecessor's resignation]]> Santa Clara County Sheriff-elect Bob Jonsen will assume his duties one month early after his embattled predecessor abruptly resigned.]]> <![CDATA[Citing housing shortage, Palo Alto eyes new rules to limit Airbnb rentals]]> Concerned about the growing number of Airbnb listings throughout the city, three City Council members are proposing new rules to ensure these short-term rentals are sufficiently regulated and paying their fair share in taxes.]]> <![CDATA['A collective hug': Hundreds of mourners gather to celebrate the lives of beloved Palo Alto natives]]> Grace Spiridon and Greg Ammen, who were killed in a Nov. 4 car collision in Redwood City, were remembered as loyal friends, beloved children and adoring parents during a Dec. 3 memorial.]]> <![CDATA[Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry moves across Atherton to $30M home]]> Property records show that Atherton can still count Warriors star Stephen Curry among its residents, despite having sold his family's West Atherton home late last year. ]]> <![CDATA[Convicted Theranos executive Sunny Balwani sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison]]> A judge on Wednesday sentenced former Theranos president and chief operating officer Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani to a prison term of 12 years and 11 months, followed by three years of supervised release. ]]> <![CDATA[Police arrest man in connection with Menlo Park dating app assault]]> Menlo Park police arrested a man on Tuesday for allegedly robbing and pistol-whipping another man who had been set up via a dating app.]]> <![CDATA[Punching bags, kettlebells and Hawaiian vibes: Boxing gym set to open on Cal. Ave.]]> Nito Boxing, the newest gym looking to entrench itself on California Avenue's "Fitness Row," has a grand vision for its first mainland location.]]> <![CDATA[New blood, Big Oil: California Legislature starts special session]]> A new state Legislature with a record number of women and plenty of new faces is sworn into office. Gov. Gavin Newsom immediately gives them the outline of a controversial penalty on oil industry profits.]]> <![CDATA[COVID levels in Palo Alto sewershed reach pandemic high]]> While transmission of respiratory syncytial virus has begun to plateau in Santa Clara County, the county's top health official said Tuesday that COVID-19 and flu transmission continue to rise.]]> <![CDATA[Boy, 12, who was reported missing out of Palo Alto found safe]]> A 12-year-old boy who was reported missing out of Palo Alto on Tuesday afternoon was located safe hours later, police said. He returned to his home in San Jose later that night.]]> <![CDATA[With City Council's approval, Mercedes-Benz dealership crosses the finish line]]> A proposed Mercedes-Benz dealership cruised past the finish line Monday night when the City Council gave the project at the former Ming's Restaurant site its enthusiastic blessing.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto seeks greater say in Stanford growth plan]]> ??As Santa Clara County prepares to adopt a new plan to govern Stanford University's growth, Palo Alto officials are pushing for more housing, expanded shuttle services and a seat at the table in the coming negotiations.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County district attorney to leave Twitter due to hate speech, calls on other DAs to follow suit]]> District Attorney Jeff Rosen plans to deactivate his office's Twitter account due to the recent rise in hate speech on the platform.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto rejects recommendations to have county vet its ballot questions]]> Defying recommendations from the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury, Palo Alto will not submit its ballot measure questions to the county for review before future elections, according to a response letter drafted by the city.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto family gives $100K to Holiday Fund]]> For the 12th straight year, a Palo Alto family that wishes to remain anonymous has made a $100,000 donation to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, hoping it will inspire others to give generously.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Fund: Women's shelter gives guests a place to stay during the year's coldest months]]> Through a $10,000 grant from the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund this past year, Heart and Home Collaborative is debuting a new service to shelter guests this winter: case management.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Changes to Stanford Community Plan; long-term electric load forecast]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 5.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO: As Apple employees watch helplessly, thieves take $35K in merchandise on Black Friday]]> Two people who entered the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto on Nov. 25 during a busy Black Friday sales event made off with an estimated $35,000 in merchandise, Palo Alto police said.]]> <![CDATA[The season of giving: Local nonprofits you can help over the holidays]]> There's no better way to embrace the holiday spirit than giving back. On the Midpeninsula, there are many opportunities to lend a helping hand, from contributing toys and food to collecting clothes and funds.]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus central: FDA expands eligibility for omicron booster vaccines to children ages 5-11]]> On Wednesday, the agency expanded use of the bivalent boosters.]]>