If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Council backs plan for affordable housing near Mitchell Park]]> A plan to build a 50 apartments for low-income residents and individuals with disabilities next to Mitchell Park passed its first test Monday, when the Palo Alto City Council gave the project its enthusiastic blessing.]]> <![CDATA[Police: Offensive graffiti found in city garage under investigation as hate crime]]> For the second time this month, Palo Alto police are investigating a hate crime at a downtown parking garage, where a racial epithet directed against Black people and an anti-Jewish symbol were found Friday.]]> <![CDATA[After lawsuits and calls for his firing, police agent leaves Palo Alto]]> A police officer who has been named in numerous lawsuits, including one stemming from his violent arrest of Julio Arevalo in front of Happy Donuts in 2019, is no longer working in the city, the Weekly has learned.]]> <![CDATA[Who's dying in California from COVID-19?]]> California's COVID-19 deaths are skewing younger, with the average age dropping seven years in September. Death rates are increasing for most racial groups, particularly Latinos.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Tech error leads emergency notification for fire to disappear]]> In the latest column, answers to why an emergency notification for a Sept. 14 fire at a home owned by Larry Page disappeared and a community contest in support of the Great California Shakeout.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto appeals ruling over 'illegal tax' on gas customers]]> After being ordered to refund over $12 million to gas customers, the city suffered another setback this month, when a judge rejected its plan to pay back half the funds in increments over the next decade.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Project Homekey application; sidewalk vendor regulation]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 27.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County supervisors propose $25M grant for homeless housing expansion]]> Two Santa Clara County supervisors are looking to pour $25 million into creating an ambitious network of homeless housing complexes across the county, with hopes of constructing up to 10 projects.]]> <![CDATA[As Foothill reopens its campus, a quarter of the students return in person]]> Classes are back in session on Foothill College's campus this fall, but the majority of students are still learning remotely as the Los Altos Hills community college phases in its reopening.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto woman arrested in connection with Fawn Fire in Shasta County]]> Law enforcement officers from Cal Fire have arrested a Palo Alto woman they believe is responsible for igniting the Fawn Fire in Shasta County that had burned 5,850 acres as of Friday.]]> <![CDATA[El Camino Park bathroom vandalized with hateful graffiti for a third time]]> Hateful graffiti with "derogatory language directed at white people" was found in the men's restroom of El Camino Park on Tuesday night by Public Works employees, according to police.]]> <![CDATA[As California's drought deepens, water use drops only 1.8%]]> Next year's cuts in water supply could go even deeper as severe drought grips nearly 90% of California. Residents of the North Coast and Bay Area conserved more than Southern Californians did.]]> <![CDATA[Housing over parking? Architects propose building apartments on public lots]]> As Palo Alto advances a new vision for housing growth, two local architects are pitching an idea that they believe could generate as many as 1,000 new dwellings near downtown and California Avenue: constructing housing on public lots.]]> <![CDATA[After court defeat, Palo Alto eyes hike to utility tax]]> After facing a costly court defeat over its practice of transferring money from its gas operation to pay for city services, Palo Alto is preparing to ask utility customers for help in filling the financial gap.]]> <![CDATA[Elizabeth Holmes trial: Nurse practitioner describes alarming, inaccurate Theranos test results]]> A nurse practitioner testified to wildly inconsistent blood test results given to a pregnant patient in her OB-GYN practice by Theranos.]]> <![CDATA[Housing proposal near Mitchell Park targets low-income residents]]> A partnership between Eden Housing and Santa Clara County may soon bring that rarest of commodities -- affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities -- to Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto advances redevelopment plan for Ventura. Property owners have other ideas.]]> After more than two years of planning for change in the Ventura neighborhood, city officials coalesced Monday around a shared vision -- one that diverges sharply with the wishes of the area's two largest property owners.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford welcomes largest-ever incoming class as university reopens]]> Thousands of Stanford students have returned to campus for face-to-face classes for the fall quarter, which began Monday. This marks the first time since the pandemic hit that in-person instruction is the norm.]]> <![CDATA[People paid a premium to build their home gyms. Will fitness clubs lure them back?]]> Many locals who have the resources took lockdown life as an opportunity to create their personal fitness bubbles and routines. Some are unsure if they would return to their gyms, given the effectiveness of at-home workouts.]]> <![CDATA[Searching for their father's killer]]> Determined to find their father's killer, a son and a daughter set out to unearth what really happened in North Beach in the early morning hours of Jan. 22, 1972, and why San Francisco police have quietly closed the case. ]]> <![CDATA[Life under the coronavirus]]> Take a visual tour of the resilience, determination and character of Midpeninsula residents coping with the COVID-19 threat that has disrupted our lives, as seen through the lens of our visual journalist. ]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus central: State announces plans to roll out vaccine boosters after full federal approval]]> California health officials intend to ensure that enough doses of the Pfizer vaccine and vaccine administrators will be available to meet demand.]]>