If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2019 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Former teacher sentenced to 15 years for child sex abuse]]> Michael Airo, a former Palo Alto elementary school teacher, was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in state prison for sexually abusing his ex-girlfriend's daughter more than a decade ago. ]]> <![CDATA[In a bid to woo Google, Palo Alto shared confidential utility information]]> Newly released documents reveal that the city of Palo Alto, in its effort to join Google Fiber Cities program, provided the tech giant with sensitive information about Palo Alto's transmission systems, manholes, infrastructure-maintenance plans and properties that the city had designated as confidential -- not just once but at least four times.]]> <![CDATA[Nobu reveals hotel renovation plans]]> Downtown Palo Alto's Nobu Hotel, once The Epiphany Hotel, is undergoing a multimillion-dollar remodel that promises new amenities, high-tech rooms and a two-story Nobu restaurant.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto plans to relax rules for roof decks]]> Seeking to encourage more roof decks, patios and gardens in the downtown area, Palo Alto officials are preparing to relax the zoning rules for some of the area’s tallest buildings.]]> <![CDATA[Should police protect Facebook's bikes?]]> Local law enforcement officials have been stopping people riding Facebook bikes, questioning them, and in some instances, arresting them and confiscating the bikes if they find that the cyclists stopped don't work for the giant social media company. ]]> <![CDATA[City looks to buy land near Boulware Park]]> Palo Alto is preparing to make an offer on a Birch Street property that city leaders hope to transform into parkland as part of a broader plan to redevelop Ventura neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Former Palo Alto transportation head Joseph Kott dies at 71]]> No matter how daunting a task, Joseph Kott believed that Palo Alto and the greater Silicon Valley region could become a national model for how to cope with a deluge of motor vehicles.]]> <![CDATA[New construction on the Bay Trail expected in September]]> Look at the plans for the Bay Trail and it's easy for a cynic to laugh it off as a pipe dream -- 500 continuous miles of trails cutting through 47 cities and nine counties in the Bay Area? ]]> <![CDATA[Community meetings to explore new cross-bay link between San Mateo, Alameda counties]]> A series of community meetings are planned to help guide the development of a proposed new connection linking San Mateo and Alameda counties along the Dumbarton corridor.]]> <![CDATA[Three Stanford students report sexual assaults]]> Three separate sexual assaults against female students at Stanford University are alleged to have occurred over the weekend, according to campus officials. ]]> <![CDATA[Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley]]> Despite a sizzling economy and an influx of wealth, Silicon Valley remains a bastion of inequality, with more residents now struggling to afford the growing costs of housing, child care and transportation, according to a newly released snapshot of the regional economy.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Temporary art project at King Plaza; school discipline policies]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 18.]]> <![CDATA[Ravenswood preliminarily offers KIPP shared middle school space]]> The Ravenswood school board unanimously agreed Thursday to preliminarily offer the growing KIPP Community Valiant Prep shared space at the district's new comprehensive middle school next fall, a proposal opposed by both the charter school and teachers and students at the district school.]]> <![CDATA[Conservationist leaves behind a legacy of land]]> After 46 years on the board of directors of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Nonette Hanko retired on Feb. 1, leaving to others the task of acquiring and preserving land.]]> <![CDATA[District flipped sides in Gunn sexual harassment case]]> A 16-year-old Gunn High School male student banned from the robotics team after being found to have sexually harassed a female classmate has fired back in new court documents, alleging the school district's enforcement of her rights violated his rights as a special-education student.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>