Editorials

2014

An elusive Palo Alto History Museum

Hope springs eternal as building decays
The Palo Alto City Council once again provided a lifeline to a nascent Palo Alto History Museum group that has repeatedly been unable to demonstrate sufficient community support to propel the project forward. It is a painful approach that isn't fair to either museum advocates or Palo Alto residents and taxpayers.

December 19, 2014 | 27 comments
Win, lose or tie?

Scorecard of school media coverage is another self-inflicted distraction
For the last four months, 108 media stories and editorials, most from the Weekly, have been monitored, scored and cataloged by Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley and reported to Superintendent Max McGee, principals and other administrators.
The practice became public this week when McGee gave the school board his first quarterly update on how staff is progressing on the board's annual goals, established in August.

December 12, 2014 | 36 comments
A solid parking plan in Palo Alto

Downtown permit system set to begin next spring
Like most outcomes built on compromise, the journey of creating a program to begin addressing downtown Palo Alto's parking problems has been long and circuitous, with many false starts, misunderstandings and disappointments along the way.

December 5, 2014 | 19 comments
Helping kids this season

Don't let the booming Silicon Valley technology-driven economy lull you into thinking that there isn't a continuing divide, even in the affluent Palo Alto area, between those riding high and the many families living on the edge and needing a bit of help.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Short Cubberley lease will keep pressure on, appropriately

With just six weeks left before the expiration of a lease agreement that has transferred approximately $140 million from the city to the school district over the last 25 years, the city council and school board have finally reached agreement on a new five-year lease that begins to wean the district from what has become an outdated and lopsided arrangement.

November 14, 2014 | 13 comments
Election results signify an inflection point in local politics

In a shifting of the power dynamic in our community not seen for more than 40 years, Palo Alto's traditional political movers and shakers suffered a humiliating defeat this week as unhappy voters expressed their desire for change, more transparency, broader representation, less arrogance and greater accountability.

November 7, 2014 | 27 comments
Yes on Measure B to increase hotel tax

Palo Alto Measure B would increase the city's transient occupancy tax, the tax added to hotel bills for visitors, from 12 percent to 14 percent.

October 18, 2014 | 2 comments
Yes on Measure C to update utility tax

Palo Alto currently generates about 7 percent of its general-fund revenue, or some $11 million, from the 5 percent utility tax that was approved by voters in 1987.

October 18, 2014 | 1 comment
No on Measure D on reducing council size

Talk of reducing the size of the Palo Alto City Council from nine to seven has come and gone for decades, but has never generated enough traction to get on the ballot.

October 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Re-elect Brian Schmidt to water district

With Palo Alto's water supply coming entirely from Hetch Hetchy through the San Francisco Water Department, the Santa Clara Valley Water District's importance to the city is primarily in the flood control and creek habitat work where Schmidt has been most active.

October 18, 2014 | 4 comments
Editorials: No on Measure D; yes on Measures B and C; re-elect Schmidt

Talk of reducing the size of the Palo Alto City Council from nine to seven has come and gone for decades, but has never generated enough traction to get on the ballot. We don't rule out the possibility that in the future a reduction in size might become non-controversial and beneficial. But in the heat of today's political environment, it's bad timing.

October 17, 2014 | 9 comments
Holman, Scharff, DuBois, Filseth, Wolbach for City Council

In a field of 12 candidates, getting to five is not that easy
We recommend the re-election of two incumbents, Karen Holman and Greg Scharff, and three newcomers, Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth and Cory Wolbach. None of the candidates is without liabilities, but together we think this group would result in a better balance and be more representative of all of Palo Alto than any council in a long time.

October 9, 2014 | 41 comments
Terry Godfrey, Ken Dauber for Palo Alto school board

While we value the backgrounds of all the school board candidates, in our opinion Terry Godfrey and Ken Dauber are clearly in the best position to work with superintendent, Max McGee, to chart a fresh path forward and begin a healthy rebuilding process.

October 3, 2014 | 14 comments
The meaning of 'fight'

As Palo Alto school board runs up legal bills, supe takes a different tack
Palo Alto school Superintendent Max McGee opted this month to solve the newest complaint of a frustrated Palo Alto parent who turned to the federal Office for Civil Rights for help after believing district staff had not handled their child's disability accommodations properly by communicating quickly, acknowledging mistakes, making corrections, and staying focused on the needs of every student.

September 26, 2014 | 21 comments
Growing the shuttle

New 'west' route proposed for free shuttle program
As one piece of a multi-pronged approach to improving transit options and addressing parking and congestion, city officials are in the process of finalizing a plan to expand the Palo Alto shuttle program.

September 19, 2014 | 24 comments
A breath of fresh air

New school superintendent off to strong start
School district Superintendent Max McGee has been on the job for just over a month, but he has already demonstrated an ability to respectfully, calmly and firmly lead the school board and his staff in setting clear and important goals and accountability measures for the coming year.

September 12, 2014 | 10 comments
An 'iconic' bridge?

We are delighted to see the city moving forward with plans for a new pedestrian and bike bridge across 101, but we would have preferred a more streamlined design process with less risk of pushing costs even higher.

September 12, 2014 | 32 comments
A half-hearted mea culpa

Proposed city response to Grand Jury falls short
While it acknowledges some sloppiness and poor judgment in keeping information from the public, the City of Palo Alto's defensive draft response to a highly critical and embarrassing grand-jury investigation hardly paints a reassuring picture of lessons learned.

September 5, 2014 | 58 comments
A long overdue downtown parking initiative

Technology will play key role in easing downtown parking mess
What a difference a week can make. After Monday's ill-advised 5-4 decision to spend $180,000 to conduct studies of a poorly conceived plan to shuttle workers from parking places east of Bayshore Freeway to downtown Palo Alto, the city council will have a chance for redemption.

August 15, 2014 | 18 comments
Replacing JJ&F in Palo Alto

Developer has not met threshold for proceeding with project
The developer of a long-delayed mixed-use project on the site of the former JJ&F Market is asking the city to approve his son as the owner-operator of the required replacement grocery store and allow construction to begin. This is yet another example of the problems that arise under Palo Alto's so-called planned community (PC) zoning process, which grants zoning exceptions in exchange for "public benefits."

August 8, 2014 | 29 comments
Skeptical about 'net zero'

Regulating for impacts rather than size of development should raise community concerns
In a desire to explore what it describes as an innovative planning concept that could lead the state and nation in a new approach to managing development, the Palo Alto planning staff has opened up a potential can of worms that we hope the city council will approach with extreme caution.

August 1, 2014 | 11 comments
Damage control at the Palo Alto YMCA

Y struggles with longtime members over Page Mill facility
It is surprising and disappointing that an organization as large and well-respected as the YMCA of Silicon Valley, with local boards filled with prominent local people, could have stumbled so badly in the last two weeks over the Page Mill branch's problems.

July 18, 2014 | 80 comments
Project creep at City Hall

$4.5 million lobby 'refurbishment' tough to swallow
A project that was intended to be a renovation of the cramped conference room next to the City Council Chambers has somehow mushroomed into a glitzy redesign of the entire Hamilton Avenue-facing lobby of City Hall.

July 11, 2014 | 33 comments
For developers, tough sledding in Palo Alto

Citizen activists put city staff and council to the test in reviewing new projects
For real-estate developers in Palo Alto, 2014 may be looked back on as a turning point in how things work for them at city hall.

June 27, 2014 | 80 comments
Shrinking the Palo Alto council

With ambivalence, City Council decides on public vote
With most City Council members expressing mixed feelings, a bare 5-4 majority decided Monday night that Palo Alto voters should get the chance this November to reduce the size of the council from nine to seven, beginning in 2018.

June 20, 2014 | 31 comments
A sadly misguided board

Defiant school board goes public with its strategy of resistance, hatched a year ago
There is great irony in the Palo Alto school board's complaints about the Office of Civil Rights, expressed in a resolution this week, because the district's own practices suffer from the very same problems.

June 6, 2014 | 214 comments
Recap of election recommendations

In spite of short ballot, your vote is important in June 3 election
Seriously contested local elections are few and far between in next week's state primary election, but two judge campaigns, a challenge to the county's incumbent sheriff and an open-space bond measure deserve our readers' attention and vote.

May 30, 2014 | 13 comments
Re-elect Sheriff Smith

While Laurie Smith has her flaws, union-backed challenger would not be an improvement
The current campaign being waged by retired sheriff's captain Kevin Jensen against Sheriff Smith demonstrates why a better system would be for county boards of supervisors to hire a sheriff rather than having them elected.

May 16, 2014 | 15 comments
Sylva, Harris for Judge

Two Superior Court judgeship races on June 3 ballot
Voters are at a severe disadvantage when trying to determine the best judicial candidates in contested judge races. Read about the Weekly's editorial board's suggestions for two candidates on the upcoming ballot.

May 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Approve open space bond Measure AA

After public visioning process, MROSD seeks voter funding support
It is not an overstatement to say that the creation of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972 is the single biggest reason for the extensive open space and recreational opportunities we enjoy today up and down the Peninsula, and out to the coast.

May 2, 2014 | 47 comments
Toward a long overdue business registry

Business license should be simple, inexpensive and accomplished quickly
In Palo Alto, where we sometimes seem to get pleasure from trying to reinvent the wheel, proposals to implement a business license have come and gone every few years without resolution.

April 25, 2014 | 19 comments
Cal Ave's future

Long percolating, 'concept' plan for the city's second downtown heads for more discussion
Wanted: Redevelopment that is higher density, mixed residential and commercial, with adequate parking and improved pedestrian and bicycle connections, all without changing the current character as a neighborhood-serving retail district.

April 18, 2014 | 11 comments
Hard school lessons

Paly sexual harassment case raises host of issues, concerns
The revelation that former Palo Alto High School Principal Phil Winston engaged in "unprofessional conduct and unsatisfactory performance" in his dealings with both students and colleagues is profoundly sad and disappointing.

April 11, 2014 | 3 comments
What's in a name?

Is coming up with a name for the new 'main' library really worth all this fuss?
Instead of returning to further debate over what the Main Library should be named, City Council should recognize the folly of its earlier efforts to micromanage this process, adopt the harmless and appropriate "Rinconada Library" name.

April 4, 2014 | 44 comments
Caution and skepticism needed on transit-center lease

City staff hasn't made the case yet for giving up long-term ground lease and allowing Stanford to regain control over site
It is ironic that at the very time the city is promoting a community discussion about the future of the area surrounding the University Avenue train station it would even consider giving up a lease that gives it substantial influence and control over the site.

March 28, 2014 | 10 comments
Foothills mystery parcel proposed as park addition

Small city-owned parcel next to Foothills Park, subject of secret Council meetings in 2012, resurfaces in proposal to dedicate as parkland
A piece of property at the base of Foothills Park's beautiful Las Trampas Valley, once the subject of closed-door discussions about selling it to developer John Arrillaga, has now resurfaced with the opposite intent.

March 21, 2014 | 43 comments
In major test for city, Cal Ave project begins

After tree-cutting debacle, city officials hope controversial project can rebuild trust and give 'second downtown' its due
What began as a $1.7 million largely grant-funded sprucing up of the area primarily at the east end of the California Avenue business district has grown into an ambitious $7 million rehab of all three commercial blocks between El Camino and the railroad tracks.

March 14, 2014 | 4 comments
Reining in the Cubberley lease

In a model of transparency, City Council directs scaling back expiring 25-year-old agreement
Having previously criticized the City Council for not recognizing the importance of providing the public with an opportunity to weigh in on and hear the council publicly discuss issues that are largely dealt with in closed session, it's only fair to commend them for Monday night's candid and open discussion.

February 28, 2014 | 12 comments
The Skelly resignation

Appropriately, Palo Alto school superintendent will leave in June
While not a surprise, Superintendent Kevin Skelly's announcement this week that he would leave the district at the end of the school year is a great relief.

February 21, 2014 | 103 comments
The Paly English kerfuffle

Mysteriously, a plan more than a year in the making goes from being recommended to being shelved, all in two weeks
It was stunning how dismissively the carefully developed, well-researched teacher proposal to "de-lane" freshman English was handled by the school board and how quickly the administration turned its back on a plan it had endorsed and brought to the community for adoption.

February 14, 2014 | 174 comments
In baby step, PCs are put on hold

With election approaching, City Council finally initiates review of 'planned community' zoning
While the City Council's "planned community" zoning moratorium, described in a proposal by staff as a "time out," will certainly be well received in the community, it is hardly a bold policy move.

February 7, 2014 | 30 comments
The school board's nadir

Adjourning at 2:15 a.m., our school board and superintendent abandon any semblance of transparent and effective governance
There are so many ways the public, students and teachers were disrespected by the school board and Superintendent Kevin Skelly in Tuesday night's ridiculous eight-hour meeting that we hardly know where to start.

January 31, 2014 | 331 comments
A Taser lesson learned

Police auditor report gives public valuable peek at risks of Taser guns when police must make instant judgments
The investigation of a Palo Alto police officer who shocked a 16-year-old bicyclist with a Taser in 2012 highlights the need for transparency and potential reevaluation of department policy.

January 17, 2014 | 55 comments
Bye-bye bullying policies?

School Superintendent Kevin Skelly now recommends against adopting the district bullying policy he proposed just a month ago
After spending more than a year working to develop uniform bullying policies for the Palo Alto school district, Superintendent Kevin Skelly has reversed his recommendation.

January 9, 2014 | 38 comments

2013

Your chance to give back through the Holiday Fund

Thousands of people in need are helped through nonprofit agencies receiving Holiday Fund grants
As the year winds down, giving to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is an easy way to support dozens of local nonprofits and the families they help.

December 13, 2013 | No comments yet
In search of a 'community conversation'

City Council begins process of 'recalibrating' policies to reflect community attitudes over development
New planning director Hillary Gitelman has a big task in front of her: getting up to speed on both the angst in the community over development and the staff's and City Council's credibility problems.

December 6, 2013 | 45 comments
Helping kids this season

Despite the reviving Silicon Valley economy, children are too often the innocent victims of economic hard times, and we are lucky to have so many well-run nonprofit organizations that are serving their needs.

November 22, 2013 | 2 comments
Elusive bullying policies

School district's quest for unique system has turned routine policy development into a process quagmire
Part of the reason the school district has taken so long to adopt required new anti-bullying policies is that Palo Alto wants to create a unique policy that even its own state school boards association strongly advises against.

November 15, 2013 | 30 comments
Next steps with Maybell

How the City Council responds to Measure D's defeat is now a critical test of its leadership, and of its commitment to salvaging a senior housing project out of this train wreck.

November 8, 2013 | 47 comments
Mercifully, election day cometh

Campaign tactics and emotion marred Measure D debate from the start
The campaign surrounding Measure D has pitted friends against each other, divided the Barron Park neighborhood and tapped into a festering unease in the community about how zoning decisions are made, who pays the price and who benefits.

November 1, 2013 | 96 comments
A Good bridge approach

With delicate and competing interests at stake, plan for thorough analysis of Newell bridge alternatives is on the right track
Time spent now involving the affected residents in crafting alternative solutions for what to do with the 102-year-old Newell bridge is well worth it, and City staff deserves credit for pivoting in response to initial reactions from residents.

October 25, 2013 | 47 comments
No on Measure D

Zoning changes to enable Maybell senior housing project strike wrong balance and should be overturned
The proposal to build a four-story, 60-unit affordable apartment complex for seniors was mishandled from the start by both the Housing Corporation and the city staff. The city should have earlier addressed detractors' most legitimate concern: including dense, market-rate housing at the site.

October 18, 2013 | 121 comments
Forty years later, updating open space vision

As open space and recreational opportunities become ever more important, a good time to reassess priorities
Like many planning exercises, the scope of the the Midpeninsula Open Space District's visioning process is so broad that it risks not focusing enough attention on the most important and controversial questions: How much and what types of recreational uses should be allowed and supported within the district's preserves?

October 11, 2013 | 20 comments
After 25 years, time to phase out Cubberley lease

With Palo Alto schools in the best financial shape in decades, it's time to wean them from a revenue source intended as a helping hand during a financial crisis
The financial condition of the Palo Alto Unified School District, like most public agencies, is not very transparent to the average citizen. And that is especially the case when things are flush.

September 27, 2013 | 35 comments
Ambitions to reduce traffic

Seeking to show it is listening as election year approaches, Council aims at measures to get workers out of their cars
With residents expressing increasing frustration with the City Council's approvals of new commercial development projects and delay after delay in addressing the traffic and parking problems they create and exacerbate, the Palo Alto City Council is looking for a way to establish its credentials as good transportation and land use planners.

September 20, 2013 | 42 comments
Up next, Jay Paul

The massive building developer Jay Paul is proposing is likely to be the largest commercial office development ever built in Palo Alto outside the Stanford Research Park since Palo Alto Square was developed more than 40 years ago.

September 13, 2013 | 41 comments
A bridge apart

With new overnight parking ban in Crescent Park, East Palo Alto officials express valid frustration with misinformation, outcome
As the Palo Alto City Council's unanimous vote on Aug. 12 showed, there was little doubt that residents on streets near the Newell Road bridge connecting the Crescent Park neighborhood with East Palo Alto would be successful at obtaining relief from their parking nightmare. That's about all that went right with this process.

September 6, 2013 | 67 comments
Teens and social media

Invisible to parents and teachers, cruelty, meanness and explicit online postings have become a way of life for teenagers
If you are the parent of a middle or high school student, chances are your child is either engaged in, or witness to, online behavior that you would find distressing, if not shocking.

August 23, 2013 | 16 comments
A wasteful Maybell referendum

Neighbors and City Council talk past each other, squandering opportunity for a better outcome
Perhaps it was too much to expect the Palo Alto City Council to demonstrate they understood why many neighbors of a proposed senior housing project on Maybell Avenue across from Briones Park are upset, suspicious and feeling disrespected.

August 16, 2013 | 96 comments
Posturing on parking

As momentum for a residential parking-permit system grows, downtown property owners embark on odd strategy of blame-and-scare tactics
The last thing the downtown business community or nearby residents need is a debate over who is to blame for the parking problems in downtown Palo Alto.

August 9, 2013 | 36 comments
As City Council returns, sticky issues await

From banning overnight car camping to controversial development proposals, council members face complex and emotional issues as they return from summer break
Palo Alto City Council members will return from their month-long break Monday night, with a volatile set of issues lined up for as far as one can see.

August 2, 2013 | 28 comments
In city that loves plans, Palo Alto's creates cynicism

Awash in development proposals, city's aged planning vision takes a back-seat
Palo Alto's official and legally mandated Comprehensive Plan bills itself as "the primary tool for guiding future development of the city." These days, however, the 15-year-old, 300-page document is treated almost like a quaint historic relic of how things were for the city back in the late 1990s.

July 19, 2013 | 3 comments
Some PR advice for school district, city

With both the city and school district hiring 'communication specialists,' can the public expect more transparency or simply better PR?
There are two ways of looking at almost simultaneous decisions by Palo Alto City Manager Jim Keene and school district Superintendent Kevin Skelly to hire senior-level help with communications and public outreach.

July 12, 2013 | 24 comments
Accountability not in lesson plan

With the resignation three weeks ago of assistant superintendent Michael Milliken, Palo Alto school superintendent Kevin Skelly was handed an unexpected gift.

June 28, 2013 | 27 comments
Lessons from the Maybell fiasco

Council's last-minute efforts to assuage neighbors couldn't make up for a process that failed months earlier
If there was one lesson that anyone involved in Palo Alto policy-making should know, it is to never assume that something can be quietly approved by keeping it under the radar of affected neighbors and holding back on full transparency.

June 21, 2013 | 59 comments
Missteps on council 'reforms'

Considering recent controversies suggesting a lack of sensitivity of current City Council members to the need for transparency and public outreach, the council showed more of the same tone deafness this week in dealing with two very old ideas that suddenly re-emerged as urgent items.

June 7, 2013 | 27 comments
From fast to slow on 27 University?

After unsuccessfully trying the hurry-up approach, city staff reverts to the classic Palo Alto process and asks, "How slow do you want to go?"
Just last fall, John Arrillaga's vision for building huge office towers and a theater where the MacArthur Park restaurant and the Red Cross building now stand was on an unconventional and intentional fast track.

May 31, 2013 | 38 comments
Enact vehicle-dwelling ban

After five years, it's long past time for the City Council to take action and prohibit overnight vehicle habitation
Compassion and support for the downtrodden has always been an important part of the Palo Alto culture, but city leaders have done the community a disservice by allowing the problem of vehicle dwelling to languish for more than five years.

May 24, 2013 | 77 comments
A backwards process on Maybell project

"Not a done deal" defense rings hollow for proposed senior-housing development
Imagine making a substantial family investment in something before determining its value, how other family members felt about it and deciding if it was the best way to meet your family goals?

May 17, 2013 | 50 comments
Palo Alto school board in parallel universe

Palo Alto school trustees work to move forward in midst of continued controversies
The poor school board just can't catch a break. Try as they might to follow the advice of their attorney and send the message they won't be "distracted" and are "moving forward" from the controversy over bullying cases, one thing after another drags them back into turbulent waters.

May 10, 2013 | 33 comments
New committees undermine transparency

Ad hoc council committees may fulfill mayor's wish for more efficiency, but they threaten the public's right to fully participate
Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff has just a year as the ceremonial head of the City Council, but in just four months he has made some changes that are rankling some of his colleagues and should also concern members of the public.

May 3, 2013 | 9 comments
Finish El Camino Park

Uncertainty over potential Arrillaga project shouldn't delay completion of long-planned park improvements
Palo Alto's Parks and Recreation Commission was right earlier this week when it urged the city staff and City Council to drop the idea of relocating the historic MacArthur Park restaurant building from its current location to somewhere in the park.

April 26, 2013 | 12 comments
Paly journalists sound alarm

Verde magazine courageously and sensitively raises issue of teen sexual assault and its ugly aftermath
When Palo Alto High School journalism students published its issue on teen "rape culture" last week, they knew it would send shockwaves beyond the campus.

April 19, 2013 | 35 comments
Hopeful first reactions on new school calendar

While half-way into the first year of a new school calendar is too soon to make any definitive conclusions, a just-completed survey shows strong support across all groups for moving the mid-year semester break from January to December.

April 12, 2013 | 16 comments
Symbolic actions matter in quest for civil rights

In the 1960s, political and community leaders in Palo Alto were among those who stepped up to publicly advocate for federal and state fair-housing laws against red-lining and other forms of racial discrimination in housing.

April 5, 2013 | 46 comments
For now, a required 'public benefit' slips away

Closure of Miki's market leaves Alma Plaza developer with 37 homes, city with no grocery store
There is plenty of blame to go around in any assessment of why Miki's Farm Fresh Market will have to close its doors next week, after less than six months as the anchor tenant of the made-over Alma Plaza site near the intersection of East Meadow Drive and Alma Street.

March 29, 2013 | 72 comments
High school counseling reforms inch forward

Lack of district leadership continues to impede progress on bringing high school guidance programs to 'comparability'
For those who don't have kids in the schools or don't carefully follow the nuances of school policy and governance, it must seem surreal that the subject of high school counseling is still an unresolved and controversial topic in this community.

March 22, 2013 | 47 comments
So far, all take, no give on Cubberley site

As lucrative lease nears renewal date, school district hopes it can persuade the city to keep the money flowing
We had high hopes in November, 2011 when the Palo Alto City Council adopted an ambitious work plan aimed at determining a thoughtful path forward for the use and related financing for the 35-acre former Cubberley High School site.

March 15, 2013 | 44 comments
The path forward for Palo Alto school board

Trustees must act decisively and with clarity to restore public confidence
Faced with its biggest governance crisis since former school superintendent Mary Frances Callan was fired in 2006, Palo Alto's five elected school board members are on the edge of a precipice.

March 8, 2013 | 75 comments
As district lawyers step in, disappointing spin begins

School board struggles to understand bullying case investigation and depth of district governance problem
As Palo Alto school officials brace for an inevitable lawsuit stemming from its failure to respond properly to the bullying of a special-education middle school student, the district's handling of the issue became even more bizarre this week.

March 1, 2013 | 235 comments
Protesting ABAG's housing goals

As Palo Alto seeks reduced targets, Gordon initiates discussion with cities to address concerns over widely criticized process
Like many cities up and down the Peninsula, Palo Alto is struggling to find the best strategy for standing up to the unreasonable targets for new housing construction imposed by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).

February 22, 2013 | 65 comments
Bullying case reveals systemic problems in school district

Federal investigation uncovers a disturbing failure to respond to repeated incidents of harassment
Palo Alto school district leaders and parents should be shocked and saddened by the portrait painted in a scathing investigative report from the U.S. Department of Education.

February 8, 2013 | 141 comments
City proudly leads on 'carbon neutral'

Major push to go green puts Palo Alto on cusp of major milestone
As President Obama promised to take on the threat of climate change in his inaugural speech last week, Palo Alto residents can take comfort that their city has been focused on the effort to reduce greenhouse gases for quite a few years.

February 1, 2013 | 21 comments
Why the secrecy in Menlo Park?

Recent requests by the Almanac for information about police department matters have produced some troubling responses from the city of Menlo Park.

January 30, 2013 | 7 comments
You helped set new Holiday Fund record

Twentieth annual community fundraising campaign raises $390,000 for local nonprofits serving the needs of kids and families
Working hard to serve these families are dozens of local nonprofit organizations, and the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund serves as a simple and important funding source for those that serve residents of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

January 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Council follows risky strategy to set aside space for compost plant

Palo Alto could run afoul of environmental regulations by waiting to cover landfill
Harking back to the voters' 2011 decision to set aside 10 acres of the city's defunct landfill for a waste-to-energy plant, the Palo Alto City Council decided Monday to take a precarious path that will delay transfer of any acres of landfill to Byxbee Park for more than a year and risk fines of up to $10,000 a day for not capping the old dump.

January 19, 2013 | 8 comments
Bridging the flood control debate

As other flood control measures move forward east of 101, Newell Road bridge replacement controversy deserves calm exploration of options
It has taken more than a decade, but finally work is set to begin that ultimately will protect Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto from floods similar to the one that inundated hundreds of homes in 1998.

January 12, 2013 | 27 comments

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