If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2022 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Here's what's changed as California's new COVID workplace rules go into effect]]> Updated COVID-19 workplace rules went into effect on Friday. Several of the changes increase protections for vaccinated workers.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto-area COVID cases have declined from early January peak, wastewater monitor shows]]> A measure of Palo Alto area COVID-19 infections is showing that case numbers have dropped sizably from their spike earlier this month. ]]> <![CDATA[Pop-up COVID testing site in Mountain View under investigation following complaints]]> A new clinic advertising swift COVID-19 tests without an appointment is currently in hot water following numerous complaints that it's failing to deliver on its promises and may not be a legitimate testing site.]]> <![CDATA[Health care providers behind on administering COVID vaccinations, tests in Santa Clara County]]> Santa Clara County leaders are calling on health care providers to step up at a critical time when testing and booster vaccinations are key to reducing the spread of infection and hospitalizations.]]> <![CDATA[Eight people rob tobacco store at gunpoint]]> A tobacco store clerk was pistol-whipped during a robbery involving eight people, some who were armed with handguns, on Thursday night, Palo Alto police said.]]> <![CDATA[Castilleja School claims Palo Alto's move to reduce proposed garage is illegal]]> In an abrupt change of tone, Castilleja argued in a letter this week that the city's move to reduce the size of the its proposed underground garage is illegal and runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution.]]> <![CDATA[Leonard Ware, lawyer, rancher and civic leader, dies at 93]]> Leonard "Leo" Ware, co-founder of the Palo Alto law firm Ware Fletcher & Freidenrich, which later merged with DLA Piper, died on Dec. 19 at his Palo Alto home with his wife, Jeanne, and his dog, Jake, by his side.]]> <![CDATA[Opinion: Saving lives by sending the right people to crises]]> Having the appropriate resources available, and investing in de-escalation efforts when there's a crisis, is really the key to preventing future tragedies -- and getting a vulnerable population the help it deserves.]]> <![CDATA[Opinion: The Palo Alto Police Department's continuing problems]]> The lack of transparency in the Palo Alto Police Department is increasing month by month, now in a worrisome way.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Review of business tax poll; elementary and secondary schools dyslexia update]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 17.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto police chief may run for county sheriff]]> Police Chief Robert Jonsen is considering entering the race to replace Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, a six-term incumbent who is fending off accusations of corruption and misconduct.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County looks to ramp up at-home testing as COVID-19 cases surge]]> Santa Clara County supervisors are seeking to make free at-home COVID-19 tests widely available to county residents as new cases spike to new heights and the availability of testing appointments plummets.]]> <![CDATA[Counties face a 'dramatic and breathtaking explosion' of COVID cases]]> Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are now seeing more COVID-19 cases than at any other time during the pandemic, health officials told their respective boards of supervisors on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Teacher housing project wins final OK from Santa Clara County supervisors]]> A 110-unit teacher housing project is on its way to Grant Avenue in Palo Alto after the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the proposal on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto Unified looks to parent volunteers to shore up staffing during omicron wave]]> Rising staff absences as the COVID-19 omicron variant surges have led the Palo Alto Unified School District to ask parents to step up and volunteer on campuses in an effort to keep schools open.]]> <![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: Santa Clara County receives $2.4M grant for COVID-affected businesses]]> Santa Clara County received a $2.4 million grant from the state to support local small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.]]>