Palo Alto Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2023 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Pedestrian struck, killed by California Highway Patrol officer with DUI suspect in vehicle on Highway 92]]> A California Highway Patrol officer struck and killed a man who was running across State Highway 92 on Wednesday night, Sept. 20, CHP Capt. Jason Cavett said during a press conference on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County celebrates construction of inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and teens]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton celebrates centennial, tracing back 100 years of history on the Peninsula]]> This Sunday, Sept. 24, Atherton plans to commemorate its 100-year history with a celebration at the Town Center, located at 80 Fair Oaks Lane, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Another Spare the Air alert issued for Friday due to wildfire smoke]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended a Spare the Air alert through Friday, Sept. 22, due to wildfire smoke that continues to linger in the region from fires burning further north in California and southern Oregon.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic advisory issued for Embarcadero, El Camino and Sand Hill Road]]> Increased traffic is expected on Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real and Sand Hill Road this Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors looks to pitch in another $10M for all-inclusive playgrounds]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New studies aim to speed up Palo Alto's redesign of rail crossings]]> Eager to take advantage of recently acquired federal and state grants, Palo Alto is preparing to speed up its tortuous, decade-long effort to choose preferred alternatives for redesigning three rail crossings.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: 3 commercial burglaries and 8 suspicious circumstances]]> Reports of crimes made to Palo Alto police from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15.]]> <![CDATA[LGBTQ+ Afghans in dire need of asylum nations]]> There are an estimated 10,000 LGBTQ+ Afghans who need immediate evacuation. While nations like Germany and Canada, among others, are actively granting asylum to them, the network of nations doing so should be much bigger, activists.]]> <![CDATA[How LGBTQ+ Afghans are escaping from the Taliban, with the help of Silicon Valley]]> Americans for Afghans, a humanitarian startup co-founded by Palo Alto human relations commissioner Michelle Kraus and San Francisco tech executive Joe Rodriguez, is helping rescue LGBTQ Afghans from the clutches of the Taliban.]]> <![CDATA[After 2 students are struck by cars, parents call for more traffic safety]]> Palo Alto parents are calling for more traffic-safety measures after two children were hit by cars in separate collisions, including a crash on East Meadow Drive that left a middle-school student in critical condition.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto to pay a gas premium to ward off sharp spikes in winter bills]]> Palo Alto's gas customers will be protected from sharp bill spikes this winter thanks to a new strategy that the city adopted on Sept. 18. The assurance will, however, come at a price: a 4% to 6% rate hike on residential bills.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto resident Offir Gutelzon leads massive Bay Area protest against Benjamin Netanyahu]]> Palo Alto based entrepreneur Offir Gutelzon led a massive, five-part protest Monday, Sept. 18, across San Jose, Fremont and Union Square San Francisco, to boo Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Elon Musk.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto looks to extend 'safe parking' on Geng Road]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Becker bill seeks to end 'cruel' price markups at prison stores]]> Seeking to curb what he calls cruel and egregious markups at California prisons, state Sen. Josh Becker is spearheading a law that would cap prices on items sold at canteen stores.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Cameron Park improvement planned, Ada's Cafe gets funding]]> In this week's Around Town column, Cameron Park is poised for improvements and the City Council approves more funding for Ada's Cafe. ]]> <![CDATA[Public Agenda: San Antonio Road development, a salt-removal plant and public art]]> Here's a preview of issues that will be discussed at Palo Alto government meetings the week of Sept. 18. ]]> <![CDATA[Longtime South Bay journalist's book takes a deep dive into an infamous Peninsula murder]]> The 1974 murder of a young woman in Stanford's Memorial Church shocked the community and became a decades-long cold case. Journalist Scott Herhold followed the story throughout his career and now explores the case in a new book.]]> <![CDATA[City urged to think bigger as it rezones San Antonio Road for housing]]> As Palo Alto prepares to transform an industrial area around San Antonio Road into the city's next residential hub, housing advocates and developers are calling for the city to think bigger when it comes to zone changes.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto adopts new rules for downtown parklets]]> Seeking to bring order to the city's nascent and chaotic parklet scene, the Palo Alto City Council adopted a suite of rules Monday for outdoor dining spaces in University Avenue and portions of California Avenue.]]>