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Palo Alto prepares for more budget cuts amid prolonged revenue slump

As the pandemic continues to pummel the local economy, the City Council plans to explore additional ways to pare down the...

Original post made on Feb. 24, 2021
Last comment by [email protected], 3 hours ago | 4 comments | 964 Views

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New name, new rules: Foothills Park is in for more changes

After opening Foothills Park to the broader public in December, the City Council is preparing to consider new visitor limits,...

Original post made on Feb. 16, 2021
Last comment by R. Cavendish, 8 hours ago | 53 comments | 11299 Views

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Palo Alto banks on automated license plate readers to save money, manage parking

Palo Alto's newest tool for parking management -- automated license plate readers -- is expected to save money and provide...

Original post made on Feb. 23, 2021
Last comment by Come on!, on Feb 23, 2021 at 10:32 pm | 9 comments | 4143 Views

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As more students and staff return to schools, Palo Alto Unified wants to test them regularly for COVID-19

With Palo Alto Unified gearing up to bring more people back to campuses, the district is looking to increase its COVID-19...

Original post made on Feb. 23, 2021
Last comment by Consider Your Options. , on Feb 23, 2021 at 1:44 pm | 1 comment | 4443 Views

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New numbers, same concerns as Palo Alto challenges housing mandate

A recent adjustment by regional planners could lower the number of housing units the city is required to plan for between...

Original post made on Jan. 13, 2021
Last comment by StarSpring, on Feb 23, 2021 at 8:53 am | 30 comments | 5814 Views

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Palo Alto opens its first 'safe parking' site for unhoused residents

Responding to a steady increase of residents living in vehicles, Palo Alto on Friday opened its first "safe parking" site. Read...

Original post made on Feb. 19, 2021
Last comment by Peter Colton, on Feb 23, 2021 at 7:14 am | 33 comments | 11803 Views

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State bill seeks to take politics out of VTA governance

Responding to years of complaints about poor governance at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, state Assemblyman...

Original post made on Feb. 20, 2021
Last comment by William Hitchens, on Feb 22, 2021 at 5:02 pm | 4 comments | 2232 Views

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Mountain View's NASA Ames Research Center played major role in rover landing on Mars

After launching nearly six months ago, NASA's Perseverance Rover finally landed on Mars on Thursday and Mountain View's NASA...

Original post made on Feb. 20, 2021
Last comment by pearl, on Feb 22, 2021 at 2:26 pm | 4 comments | 3208 Views

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Housing plan stirs opposition in College Terrace

When Palo Alto's city leaders created a "planned housing" zone last year to encourage developers to build new housing, they...

Original post made on Feb. 12, 2021
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Feb 22, 2021 at 9:25 am | 76 comments | 16720 Views

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Palo Alto looks for new strategies to battle climate change

As Palo Alto struggles to meet its ambitious sustainability goals, the City Council is preparing to consider new measures,...

Original post made on Feb. 18, 2021
Last comment by Anonymous, on Feb 21, 2021 at 9:49 pm | 17 comments | 3514 Views

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Palo Alto mayor faces state fine over campaign disclosures

Mayor Tom DuBois is facing a $402 fine for twice failing to file semiannual reports on behalf of his campaign in 2019, a...

Original post made on Feb. 18, 2021
Last comment by community member, on Feb 21, 2021 at 6:11 pm | 9 comments | 3219 Views

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Teacher housing plan gains momentum as City Council voices support

A proposal to build 110 apartments for teachers and school district staff near California Avenue gained momentum last week,...

Original post made on Feb. 17, 2021
Last comment by Marie, on Feb 19, 2021 at 3:47 pm | 5 comments | 3175 Views

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Besieged by vacancies, Town & Country Village wants to welcome medical offices

With vacancy rates climbing at Town & Country Village, Palo Alto's Planning and Transportation Commission has recommended...

Original post made on Feb. 11, 2021
Last comment by Online Name, on Feb 18, 2021 at 10:33 pm | 24 comments | 8655 Views

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'Persistent' and 'consistent.' Report highlights Palo Alto's legacy of discrimination.

The history of Black and brown communities in Palo Alto is blighted by discrimination, exclusion and everyday indignities...

Original post made on Jan. 21, 2021
Last comment by [email protected], on Feb 17, 2021 at 1:21 pm | 99 comments | 9181 Views

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Apartment proposal would be largest to date under 'planned housing' zone

The busy corner of Fabian Way and Charleston Road may soon be redeveloped to create one of Palo Alto's largest apartment...

Original post made on Jan. 28, 2021
Last comment by hkatrs, on Feb 17, 2021 at 11:07 am | 26 comments | 8058 Views

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City Council approves construction of new police headquarters

After decades of debates, deferrals and disappointments, the council has advanced the largest and most complex infrastructure...

Original post made on Feb. 2, 2021
Last comment by Justin Taylor, on Feb 14, 2021 at 7:36 pm | 25 comments | 8199 Views

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In win for school district, PG&E drops eminent domain threat at Cubberley

Pacific Gas & Electric will look for an alternate location for an easement it was seeking to build at Cubberley Community...

Original post made on Feb. 14, 2021
Last comment by William Hitchens, on Feb 14, 2021 at 4:38 pm | 1 comment | 4697 Views

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City Council not sold on ambitious 290-apartment project

In evaluating Palo Alto's latest housing proposal, a 290-apartment complex eyed on Fabian Way, the City Council generally...

Original post made on Feb. 9, 2021
Last comment by Kevin, on Feb 13, 2021 at 10:34 am | 4 comments | 5381 Views

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New projections show city faces a nearly $7M budget shortfall

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter the local economy, the City Council is preparing for a fresh round of budget...

Original post made on Feb. 10, 2021
Last comment by Jacob Tseglin, on Feb 11, 2021 at 10:08 am | 16 comments | 3470 Views

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Town Square changes announced

Several changes to Palo Alto Online's popular reader forum will be implemented over the next few weeks in an effort to reduce...

Original post made on Jan. 26, 2021
Last comment by Duveneck neighbor, on Feb 9, 2021 at 3:03 pm | 34 comments | 4115 Views
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