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Despite time pressures, Palo Alto opts to study more rail design options

Palo Alto's never-ending effort to pick new designs for rail crossings got a little more complicated on Tuesday, when the...

Original post made on Jan. 22, 2020
Last comment by TBM, on Jan 25, 2020 at 8:44 am | 22 comments | 5088 Views

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New plan aims to shake Palo Alto out of housing slump

Stuck in a housing drought, Palo Alto leaders are considering more dramatic actions to encourage residential construction,...

Original post made on Jan. 22, 2020
Last comment by NeilsonBuchanan, on Jan 24, 2020 at 2:15 pm | 22 comments | 7402 Views

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Group tasked with cutting rail-redesign options instead adds 3 more

When Palo Alto established a committee last year to work on a proposed redesign of local rail crossings, the goal was to...

Original post made on Jan. 16, 2020
Last comment by member, on Jan 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm | 63 comments | 6494 Views

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Around Town: Pompeo dines at Palo Alto Italian restaurant; Firefighter launches 625-mile hike

In the latest Around Town column, news about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meal with Stanford University leaders and a...

Original post made on Jan. 18, 2020
Last comment by traffic wrecker, on Jan 23, 2020 at 6:05 am | 26 comments | 9131 Views

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Condo owners upset as board approves their new neighbor: A five-story hotel

Despite heavy pushback from nearby residents, a proposal for a five-story hotel on the southern edge of Palo Alto scored...

Original post made on Jan. 16, 2020
Last comment by Online Name, on Jan 22, 2020 at 9:20 pm | 60 comments | 10056 Views

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Palo Alto looks to designate downtown as a 'priority area' for growth

In a bid to attract state funding and lure development toward the city's main transit hub, the Palo Alto City Council will...

Original post made on Jan. 10, 2020
Last comment by friendlyneighbor, on Jan 22, 2020 at 8:57 am | 19 comments | 3723 Views

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Fine, DuBois to lead Palo Alto council in 2020

Adrian Fine, one of Palo Alto’s most passionate housing advocates, will have a chance to directly shape the City Council...

Original post made on Jan. 6, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Jan 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm | 48 comments | 4950 Views

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City OKs letting people live in cars in parking lots of houses of worship

Responding to a growing population of vehicle dwellers on neighborhood streets, Palo Alto on Monday became the latest Peninsula...

Original post made on Jan. 14, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Jan 21, 2020 at 4:12 pm | 56 comments | 10553 Views

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Feeling Sacramento pressure, Palo Alto eases rules for new 'granny units'

Prodded by new state laws, the Palo Alto City Council voted Monday to further relax local rules pertaining to accessory dwelling...

Original post made on Jan. 14, 2020
Last comment by NatureLover, on Jan 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm | 33 comments | 5170 Views

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Palo Alto boosts affordable-housing project with $10.5 million loan

With affordable housing in short supply, Palo Alto offered a $10.5-million lifeline this week to a 59-unit residential development...

Original post made on Jan. 17, 2020
Last comment by Barbara, on Jan 20, 2020 at 11:52 am | 5 comments | 3312 Views

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Houses of worship get ready to welcome car campers

For Peninsula Bible Church, the increasingly prominent issue of people living in their cars is more than just a citywide...

Original post made on Jan. 17, 2020
Last comment by RHHNA, on Jan 18, 2020 at 8:27 pm | 9 comments | 3680 Views

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City tries to steer wireless antennas away from neighborhoods, schools

Palo Alto took its most dramatic action to date to curtail the proliferation of wireless antennas on street poles on Monday...

Original post made on Dec. 17, 2019
Last comment by resident, on Jan 18, 2020 at 1:50 pm | 10 comments | 3247 Views

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Seeking grants, Palo Alto designates downtown as ripe for growth

Despite a shared desire to direct new development toward the transit-rich downtown area, members of the Palo Alto City Council...

Original post made on Jan. 14, 2020
Last comment by Not Fine!, on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:51 pm | 13 comments | 2914 Views

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Editorial: 'Safe parking' program is a very small first step

While communities throughout California are trying to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis of homelessness, it is disappointing...

Original post made on Jan. 17, 2020
Last comment by @Novelera, on Jan 17, 2020 at 2:57 pm | 5 comments | 2518 Views

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Acrimony breaks out over alleged slights and 'barbs' on Human Relations Commission

A Palo Alto Human Relations Commission deliberation to select a new chair and vice chair turned acrid on Jan. 9, with two...

Original post made on Jan. 13, 2020
Last comment by Eyemax, on Jan 16, 2020 at 7:17 pm | 25 comments | 3439 Views

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We need a better Safeway

Midtown Safeway is looking tired and runs out of items regularly. It is too small, shelves are often empty, it has no bakery,...

Original post made by Midtown on Jan. 5, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Jan 16, 2020 at 5:25 pm | 34 comments | 2110 Views

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As Khoury's Market closes, building owner seeks to get out of paying $140,000 in fines

To get out of paying the city of Palo Alto hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, the owner of College Terrace Centre...

Original post made on Jan. 8, 2020
Last comment by mjh, on Jan 16, 2020 at 2:48 pm | 34 comments | 5850 Views

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Study: If Churchill intersection is closed, road improvements could mostly handle increased traffic

With Palo Alto debating a contentious proposal to close Churchill Avenue to traffic near the railroad tracks, critics ask:...

Original post made on Jan. 9, 2020
Last comment by Much Ado, on Jan 15, 2020 at 6:10 pm | 36 comments | 5451 Views

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Error caused city to delay passage of renter-protection law

Palo Alto City Attorney Molly Stump said Monday that she had erred on Dec. 2 when she told the City Council that it did not...

Original post made on Dec. 17, 2019
Last comment by Online Name, on Jan 14, 2020 at 4:19 pm | 10 comments | 2498 Views

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Trio steals drugs from Safeway pharmacy in Palo Alto

Three people stole drugs from the Safeway grocery store pharmacy in an armed robbery in Palo Alto’s Midtown neighborhood...

Original post made on Jan. 10, 2020
Last comment by Crime & Punishment, on Jan 14, 2020 at 3:19 pm | 22 comments | 5441 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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