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Oil tax? Wealth tax? Prop. 13 reform? Senate candidates debate how to pay for new programs for state's youngest residents

Candidates for the 13th Senate district on Sunday weighed in on how best to tackle a major shortage in teachers and facilities...

Original post made on Feb. 11, 2020
Last comment by @Portola Valley, on Feb 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm | 15 comments | 2159 Views


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<B>AWKWARD TRANSITION ...</B> Few elections in Palo Alto are as suspenseful, rancorous and polarizing as the Planning and...

Original post made on Feb. 8, 2020
Last comment by Outrageous bullying, on Feb 14, 2020 at 10:53 am | 18 comments | 2734 Views


'A unique opportunity': County eyes affordable housing in Palo Alto for adults with disabilities

A small, Santa Clara County-owned property in south Palo Alto may soon be redeveloped to create an increasingly valuable...

Original post made on Feb. 11, 2020
Last comment by Greenacres, on Feb 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm | 4 comments | 3037 Views


With Khoury's Market closed, Palo Alto looks to beef up fines against building owner

Palo Alto is preparing to sharply ramp up fines against the owner of College Terrace Centre, the blocklong development on...

Original post made on Feb. 11, 2020
Last comment by @Old Palo Alto, on Feb 11, 2020 at 6:12 pm | 24 comments | 4612 Views


Killing them softly: Santa Clara County to ensure immature mosquitoes never grow up

Santa Clara County will unleash an eco-friendly larvicide on mosquitoes in the Palo Alto Baylands on Wednesday. Read the...

Original post made on Feb. 11, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 11, 2020 at 9:44 am | 2 comments | 2626 Views


School board poised to place parcel tax on May ballot

The Palo Alto school board will likely approve at its Tuesday meeting putting an increased parcel tax to voters in a special...

Original post made on Jan. 27, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Feb 11, 2020 at 8:49 am | 20 comments | 3080 Views


Cal. Ave. businesses are feeling the pain — and waiting for the gain

Ten months into the construction of a parking garage in the California Avenue business district in Palo Alto, business owners...

Original post made on Feb. 7, 2020
Last comment by Merchant, on Feb 9, 2020 at 3:53 pm | 14 comments | 5606 Views


Palo Alto moves to place employee-count tax on November ballot

Emboldened by recent survey results and examples from neighboring cities, Palo Alto's elected leaders agreed Monday to place...

Original post made on Jan. 27, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 8, 2020 at 3:29 pm | 32 comments | 4422 Views


Hungry for housing, Palo Alto brings back contentious zoning tool

Eager to pull Palo Alto out of its prolonged housing rut, the City Council agreed on Monday to resurrect a zoning tool that...

Original post made on Feb. 4, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 8, 2020 at 3:14 pm | 44 comments | 7007 Views


Senate candidates clash over housing policies, PG&E's future at Palo Alto forum

Seven candidates vying to succeed state Sen. Jerry Hill clashed Wednesday over housing policies, charter schools and a new...

Original post made on Feb. 6, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 8, 2020 at 10:22 am | 24 comments | 6194 Views


More money, more discussion? Palo Alto considers requiring full hearings for big-ticket items

Despite their role as stewards of public money, Palo Alto council members are prone to swiftly approving, without a peep...

Original post made on Feb. 4, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 6, 2020 at 9:48 am | 7 comments | 1808 Views


Candidates for state Senate to square off on Feb. 5

Seven candidates for California Senate District 13 will go head-to-head in a debate on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Palo Alto...

Original post made on Jan. 29, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 6, 2020 at 9:30 am | 16 comments | 3100 Views


New plans for redeveloping Ventura 'go big' on housing. Some say, too big.

For housing advocates, new ideas for redeveloping the Ventura neighborhood in Palo Alto are a reasonable approach to addressing...

Original post made on Jan. 31, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 5, 2020 at 3:52 pm | 31 comments | 8645 Views


Coronavirus outbreak prompts Stanford to order travel restrictions, quarantines

Stanford University is restricting all travel to China to prevent a spread of the coronavirus epidemic and requiring a 14-day...

Original post made on Feb. 1, 2020
Last comment by Born in the U.S.A., on Feb 4, 2020 at 12:17 am | 7 comments | 10318 Views


Editorial: The only thing iconic about this bridge will be its price tag

It won't be a bridge to nowhere, but a new overcrossing connecting south Palo Alto with the Baylands and the Googleplex may...

Original post made on Nov. 22, 2019
Last comment by GaryB, on Feb 3, 2020 at 6:04 pm | 22 comments | 6256 Views


Learn this word before heading to the permit counter

Building permit fees typically hinge on one key field on your application form. Columnist Richard Morrison explores how to...

Original post made on Feb. 2, 2020
Last comment by permit process, on Feb 2, 2020 at 11:21 pm | 1 comment | 1229 Views


Caltrain electrification is coming to Palo Alto. What should you expect?

Caltrain's plan to electrify its trains is about to roll through Palo Alto, where crews are preparing to install nearly 200...

Original post made on Jan. 29, 2020
Last comment by HUTCH 7.62, on Jan 31, 2020 at 10:16 pm | 10 comments | 9821 Views


Downtown Streets Team executives accused of sexual harassment, creating drinking culture

Downtown Streets Team is embroiled in a scandal in which its top executives have been accused of sexual harassment, creating...

Original post made on Jan. 22, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Jan 31, 2020 at 3:58 pm | 39 comments | 9713 Views


Condoleezza Rice to helm Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been chosen as director of Stanford University's Hoover Institution,...

Original post made on Jan. 29, 2020
Last comment by Midtown Citizen, on Jan 31, 2020 at 3:27 pm | 14 comments | 2993 Views


'It's really bad out there': Santa Clara County supervisors create task force to tackle homeless crisis

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a plan to establish a homeless task force and a plan to address...

Original post made on Jan. 29, 2020
Last comment by Speaking From Experience..., on Jan 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm | 7 comments | 1514 Views
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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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