If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2018 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Off Deadline: Looking at Silicon Valley's housing quagmire]]> Housing -- or the lack of it -- is once again grabbing headlines and TV time in California, with a special edge of urgency in the Palo Alto/Silicon Valley region.]]> <![CDATA[Man who shot assault rifle in Menlo Park backyard sentenced to one year in jail]]> The Menlo Park man who last month triggered a manhunt after shooting an assault rifle in a Belle Haven backyard was sentenced to a year in county jail Wednesday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Utilities Strategic Plan; grade separation]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of March 19.]]> <![CDATA[Local foundation brings science labs to Ravenswood school district]]> Thanks to a volunteer-led effort and funding from the nonprofit Ravenswood Education Foundation, there is a fledgling but thriving science program that's giving K-8 students hands-on experience.]]> <![CDATA[Resident group files suit over water company election]]> A call by a group of residents and shareholders for an East Palo Alto-based water company to hold an election for all five board members has morphed into a lawsuit after the directors last year refused the request.]]> <![CDATA[Man charged for trying to strangle East Palo Alto girl]]> A Modesto man has been charged with multiple felonies after he allegedly choked a 12-year-old girl and a dog, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford provost addresses sex-assault memorial]]> Stanford University Provost Persis Drell is defending the university's handling of a campus garden that was created to mark the site where former student Brock Turner sexually assaulted a young woman.]]> <![CDATA[Shop Talk: Gym to close, brown rice sushi returns]]> In the latest Shop Talk column, a longtime Palo Alto fitness center prepares to close and a brown rice sushi restaurant opens its doors.]]> <![CDATA[Affordable-housing zone sputters]]> Palo Alto's deeply divided Planning and Transportation Commission opted Wednesday not to approve a new zoning tool aimed at tackling the affordable-housing crisis. ]]> <![CDATA[Nonprofit revs up efforts to reduce traffic]]> The new nonprofit charged with easing Palo Alto's traffic congestion has a new leader, a growing bank account and fresh plans to expand its programs both in downtown and beyond.]]> <![CDATA[Local students join nationwide gun violence protest]]> Hundreds of students walked out of school Wednesday to call for stricter gun-control measures, joining a national wave of activism sparked by the survivors of a school shooting in Florida last month.]]> <![CDATA[Board majority prefers renaming schools for people, not places]]> A majority on the Palo Alto school board said Tuesday night that they prefer renaming two middle schools after people rather than after geographic locations.]]> <![CDATA[Title IX coordinator requests support for investigations, compliance]]> Palo Alto Unified's new Title IX coordinator said the district is working to address past failures to comply with law and policy in its handling of sexual misconduct and discrimination.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>