If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Forum on police reform, discussion on Plan Bay Area 2050]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 6.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto will open University Avenue daily to foot traffic only, but will the benefits outweigh the potential risks?]]> As businesses welcome back customers, health leaders continue to warn that increased movement will lead to more COVID-19 cases.]]> <![CDATA[Black in Palo Alto: Longtime residents describe painful toll of everyday racism]]> Five African Americans, all longtime Palo Altans who have endured painful incidents of racial discrimination, are cautiously hopeful that the Black Lives Matter movement could bring welcome change.]]> <![CDATA[Not all neighborhoods were created equal in Palo Alto]]> Housing restrictions have existed in neighborhoods throughout Palo Alto for decades until the U.S. Supreme Court voided racial restrictions in 1948. Despite the high court's ruling, many restrictions lingered in deeds and bylaws.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: Council reduced the size of the Human Relations Commission because of me]]> Members of the community have asked why the Palo Alto City Council reduced the size of its Human Relations Commission from seven to five seats last Tuesday without saying a word. ]]> <![CDATA[Your guide to local services available in Palo Alto this Fourth of July]]> As the coronavirus remains at large, city offices are closed and most firework shows in the county are canceled on July 4. We've compiled a list of which services will be available this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County to allow hair salons, gyms to reopen — provided they meet new social-distancing rules]]> Hair salons and gyms in Santa Canta County may be allowed to reopen in mid-July under a new county order, which creates a strict set of rules that every business must follow to ensure safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[What California's budget deal means for K-12 schools]]> California's new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear delayed cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.]]> <![CDATA[Wind-driven grass fire threatens homes]]> A rapidly spreading vegetation fire caused the evacuation of homes in an East Palo Alto neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon after breaking out in a homeless encampment.]]> <![CDATA[One message told 16 ways: Artists behind Black Lives Matter mural in Palo Alto ask what more will be done beyond street art]]> Right now, the public can visit Hamilton Avenue in front of City Hall to see a nearly 245-foot-long and 17-foot-tall vibrant street mural reflecting the global Black Lives Matter movement as seen through the eyes of 16 artists.]]> <![CDATA[Effort to lower voting age in Palo Alto faces its biggest obstacle: A City Council on vacation]]> Proponents of lowering the voting age in Palo Alto argue that it would improve turnout, strengthen democracy and enhance civic engagement.]]> <![CDATA[Under Palo Alto Unified's proposed reopening plan, here's what schools will look like this fall]]> Palo Alto Unified's plan for reopening schools this fall proposes having elementary school students returning to campuses in person while middle and high schoolers will likely be primarily learning remotely.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto launches educational series on police operations, use-of-force policies]]> The Police Department is kicking off a series of online briefings Wednesday to discuss issues such as use-of-force policies and Taser deployments.]]> <![CDATA['In-person instruction is essential.' Santa Clara County issues guidance for reopening schools]]> County guidelines for reopening schools released on Tuesday work to balance in-person classes and the potential health risks of offering it.]]> <![CDATA[Tri-city fireworks summit examines enforcement, culture change]]> Loud explosions on East Palo Alto's city streets formed a backdrop for a public meeting on Monday night as leaders from three cities met to discuss the growing problem of fireworks.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County previews new COVID-19 reopening plan]]> The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department held a joint meeting Monday with the San Jose City Council to preview the county's new reopening plan that will be released later this week.]]> <![CDATA[The cost of COVID-19 drug remdesivir: $2,340 to $3,120 per patient]]> Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of an experimental antiviral drug used to shorten COVID-19's effects, announced on Monday costs for remdesivir, which it claims is far below how drugs are usually priced.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford plans to bring half of its undergraduates back to campus this fall, but they'll still mostly learn online]]> Stanford University will alternate bringing half of its undergraduate students to campus for different quarters, with most courses still happening online -- even for students who are living there in person.]]> <![CDATA[Federal lawsuit alleges Palo Alto police engaged in pattern of abuse]]> An attorney for the man who suffered a facial injury during an arrest in front of Happy Donuts is alleging in a federal suit that the violent incident is part of a broader trend of deception by Palo Alto police.]]> <![CDATA[Woman dies in Highway 280 crash near Portola Valley]]> A 23-year-old San Jose resident died in a car crash Monday afternoon on southbound Interstate Highway 280 near Portola Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.]]> <![CDATA[Man sentenced to over 95 years for fatal 2015 shooting in East Palo Alto]]> A man has been sentenced to more than 95 years in prison for a fatal shooting in East Palo Alto in 2015 as well as a non-fatal shooting months earlier, San Mateo County prosecutors said.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain, SamTrans launch COVID-19 customer surveys]]> Caltrain and SamTrans launched customer surveys to try to find out rider preferences and priorities amid the coronavirus pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Un-forgetting the segregationist history of Palo Alto (and Daly City, and San Francisco, and…)]]> In a Q&A, author Richard Rothstein expands upon how the makeup of today's Bay Area communities are tied to segregationist housing policies explored in his book "The Color of Law."]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Student's argument for universal vote-by-mail recognized by The New York Times]]> In the latest Around Town column, news about a Paly student's editorial recently published by The New York Times, a nonprofit debuting a new name and a student club's lessons on entrepreneurship.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Report on Zero Waste Program; discussion on programs promoting electric cars]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 29.]]> <![CDATA[Police chiefs, community leaders tackle systemic racism as calls for change get louder]]> On Thursday, a panel of community leaders discussed use-of-force policies and ways to reform policing to improve accountability.]]> <![CDATA[Unprecedented fireworks explosions frazzle residents]]> Local police departments say they are responding in force to a growing number of fireworks complaints in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park ahead of the Fourth of July.]]> <![CDATA[Commissioner resigns after council declines to consider opening Foothills Park to non-residents]]> Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Ryan McCauley, who has led the effort to open Foothills Park to non-residents, resigned Tuesday after the council decided not to take up the politically charged topic.]]> <![CDATA[Virtual, contactless era forces Avenidas to dismantle programs for seniors]]> Senior services nonprofit Avenidas announced that it is halting several programs as the organization pivots to a new service model as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Hungry for more outdoor dining, Palo Alto to close University Avenue to traffic]]> Emboldened by its recent success on California Avenue, the Palo Alto City Council moved Tuesday night to dramatically expand opportunities for outdoor dining elsewhere in the city, including on University Avenue.]]> <![CDATA[The school year starts in 49 days. Board members urge staff to prepare for 'robust' distance learning.]]> Board members voiced support Tuesday for preparing for the chance that secondary schools will have to practice remote learning this fall.]]> <![CDATA[County on state 'watchlist' after COVID-19 case uptick]]> Santa Clara County had its highest number of COVID-19 cases ever recorded for a single day on Tuesday, raising concerns about the trajectory of the virus.]]> <![CDATA[Fearing a lawsuit, Palo Alto approves President Hotel project]]> In a dramatic about-face, the City Council agreed Tuesday to approve the conversion of the iconic President Hotel from an apartment complex to a boutique hotel.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County votes to adopt new reforms for Sheriff's Office]]> The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt a proposal requiring the Sheriff's Office to implement policy reforms and consider other recommendations in an effort to reduce police violence.]]> <![CDATA[Despite calls for action, Palo Alto is in no rush to expand Foothills Park access]]> Weeks after pledging to promote inclusion, the City Council abruptly postponed considering a proposal that many say would do just that: allowing non-residents to access Foothills Park.]]> <![CDATA[School board to hear update on reopening plans for the fall]]> The school district is still working through how to safely reopen its campuses while it waits for more concrete guidance from public health leaders.]]> <![CDATA[New housing zone could deliver Palo Alto's largest project in years]]> The City Council signaled support Monday for a mixed-use development with 187 apartments at Stanford Research Park.]]> <![CDATA[Labor talks collapse as City Council agrees to cut over 70 positions]]> Palo Alto concluded one of its most brutal budget seasons in recent memory on Monday, when the City Council approved over $40 million in cuts.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's police chief was publicly accused of using a racial slur in ethics training. Here's the story.]]> A Menlo Park housing commissioner describes an incident last fall when she raised concerns over Chief Dave Bertini's use of a racial slur.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Black Lives Matter memorial makes a statement at Stanford]]> In the latest Around Town column, news about a memorial at the Stanford Oval that memorializes more than 100 black people, many of whom were killed by police, and an effort to help working-class families make their rent.]]> <![CDATA[Annual deaths rising in Santa Clara County's homeless population]]> Deaths among homeless people in Santa Clara County have risen sharply over the last two decades, surprisingly as the county's overall homeless population has shrunk.]]> <![CDATA[Police release video of 2019 arrest that led to excessive-force claim]]> Police have released video footage of the 2019 arrest of Julio Arevalo, who suffered a fractured bone in his face while being detained by an officer at Happy Donuts.]]> <![CDATA[Census caravan to stop in East Palo Alto on Saturday]]> A 2020 Census caravan will be stopped in East Palo Alto at 1761 E. Bayshore from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, to give residents the opportunity to respond to the 2020 Census survey.]]> <![CDATA[California community colleges win suit over federal emergency financial relief]]> A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Education could not place eligibility restrictions on California community college students to receive emergency coronavirus financial aid.]]>