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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 | 1947 Views

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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 | 3485 Views

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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 | 9451 Views

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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 | 12037 Views

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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 | 6566 Views

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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 | 1797 Views

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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 | 10281 Views

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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 | 10404 Views

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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 | 3370 Views

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'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 | 1698 Views

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Standard practice or 'misleading'? Mayor's official letter in support of SB 50 rankles council colleagues

With a passionate endorsement of Senate Bill 50, Palo Alto’s new Mayor Adrian Fine set himself apart from most of his colleagues...

Original post made on Jan. 20, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Jan 30, 2020 at 10:32 am | 145 comments | 10303 Views

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Behind the Headlines: Mike Price's big idea

Southgate resident Mike Price joins Weekly journalists for a discussion of his proposal to improve the Churchill Avenue rail...

Original post made on Jan. 24, 2020
Last comment by Ummmm...What about Charleston and Meadow?, on Jan 27, 2020 at 2:22 pm | 4 comments | 2793 Views

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Guest Opinion: Why not try ideas that work?

Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan has a goal to build 300 housing units per year. That's 3,000 housing units over the next 10...

Original post made on Jan. 17, 2020
Last comment by Asher Waldfogel, on Jan 25, 2020 at 9:49 am | 46 comments | 5794 Views

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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 | 5385 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 | 8003 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 | 6947 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 | 9371 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 | 10335 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 | 3905 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 | 5361 Views
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