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Looking 'beyond everywhere': Palo Alto couple remains missing after fourth day of searches

As time ticks on in the effort to locate Palo Alto residents Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin, who have been missing for nearly...

Original post made on Feb. 20, 2020
Last comment by SCR, on Feb 22, 2020 at 11:37 am | 18 comments | 7758 Views

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As car break-ins surge, Palo Alto police laud drop in violent crime

Despite a year marred by car break-ins and claims of police brutality, the Palo Alto Police Department saw several positive...

Original post made on Feb. 19, 2020
Last comment by When will republicons ever run a good candidate again?, on Feb 21, 2020 at 12:37 pm | 30 comments | 6960 Views

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Senior Commission? Sustainability Commission? Palo Alto mulls new advisory panels

Palo Alto's long-standing system of advisory panels could be heading for a big shake-up in the coming months, as the City...

Original post made on Feb. 21, 2020
Last comment by Judith Wasserman, on Feb 21, 2020 at 11:51 am | 2 comments | 2529 Views

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Auditors slam plan to reform their office

A proposal to reform the City Auditor's Office is facing pushback and a threat of a lawsuit from employees of the department,...

Original post made on Jan. 24, 2020
Last comment by A City Employer, on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:08 pm | 21 comments | 4492 Views

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A look at some new construction requirements for 2020

Ordinances banning natural gas in new homes and buildings and changing how existing buildings are removed will mean major...

Original post made on Jan. 2, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 19, 2020 at 2:26 pm | 22 comments | 8737 Views

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Ending stalemate, Human Relations commissioner quits seeking chairmanship

In a stunning move to avoid a potentially divisive and deadlocked election for the Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner...

Original post made on Feb. 14, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 19, 2020 at 7:56 am | 6 comments | 2756 Views

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Guest Opinion: Remembering Palo Alto's transportation history

Understanding the historical "bones" of our city -- the rail line and a walkable grid street system rather than a car-dominated...

Original post made on Feb. 14, 2020
Last comment by Richard, on Feb 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm | 7 comments | 3621 Views

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Around Town: Division over installing wireless antennas; local voting rights group marks 100th birthday

In the latest Around Town column, news about the latest arguments for and against installing wireless antennas in Palo Alto,...

Original post made on Feb. 16, 2020
Last comment by Anonymous, on Feb 17, 2020 at 6:36 pm | 8 comments | 2887 Views

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VMware plans to cut over 200 jobs in Palo Alto

Cloud infrastructure company VMware recently announced that it will cut 211 jobs at its Palo Alto headquarters effective...

Original post made on Feb. 15, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Feb 16, 2020 at 3:12 pm | 9 comments | 15133 Views

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With revised design, Castilleja tries to appease critics of its growth plan

Seeking a truce with critics of its proposed expansion, Castilleja School this week submitted a revised plan to the city...

Original post made on Feb. 11, 2020
Last comment by Unbiased reporting, on Feb 16, 2020 at 2:24 pm | 39 comments | 5319 Views

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Behind the Headlines: A playground for all

Magical Bridge playground co-founders Olenka Steciw Villarreal and Jill Hoffspiegel Asher discuss how their universal playground...

Original post made on Feb. 15, 2020
Last comment by neva yarkin, on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:24 am | 1 comment | 2450 Views

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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 | 2577 Views

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Around Town

<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 | 3123 Views

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'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 | 3373 Views

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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 | 4935 Views

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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 | 2944 Views

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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 | 3383 Views

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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 | 5932 Views

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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 | 4894 Views

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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 | 7540 Views
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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 April 10, 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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