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ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Cities slam VTA plan to reroute Measure B funding toward BART

In 2016, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority vowed to upgrade streets and rail crossings through a sales tax...

Original post made on Dec. 1, 2020
Last comment by Bill Hough, on Dec 19, 2020 at 8:30 am | 10 comments | 5490 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Car thefts, home break-ins spike amid pandemic, police data shows

Palo Alto crime trends before and during the COVID-19 crisis show an increase in bicycle and car thefts, but far fewer car...

Original post made on Nov. 24, 2020
Last comment by Bike Theft Prevention, on Dec 18, 2020 at 5:22 pm | 4 comments | 4917 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

It's official: FDA authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine. The hurdle...

Original post made on Dec. 18, 2020
Last comment by Lee Forrest, on Dec 18, 2020 at 4:52 pm | 1 comment | 3687 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Holiday Fund: Despite limitations, DreamCatchers continue to prepare students for high school

DreamCatchers helps low-income Palo Alto middle schoolers get ready to succeed in high school through one-on-one tutoring...

Original post made on Dec. 18, 2020
Last comment by Jim P, on Dec 18, 2020 at 11:14 am | 1 comment | 2961 Views

AROUND TOWN

Family continues tradition with $100K gift to Holiday Fund

Marking their 10th year in a row of support of the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, a Palo Alto family has made a $100,000...

Original post made on Dec. 18, 2020
Last comment by Jennifer, on Dec 18, 2020 at 10:31 am | 1 comment | 3201 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

VA Palo Alto begins first COVID-19 vaccinations in Santa Clara County, immunizing staff and at-risk patients

Hospital workers and vulnerable patients at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System are among the first people...

Original post made on Dec. 18, 2020
There are no comments yet. 8154 Views

AROUND TOWN

Policy, politics clash as Palo Alto looks to appoint planning commissioners

The Palo Alto City Council's decision to appoint new commissioners next month, rather than wait until the spring, will give...

Original post made on Nov. 23, 2020
Last comment by Fred Balin, on Dec 17, 2020 at 8:16 pm | 47 comments | 6772 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

It's here: First COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Santa Clara County

The first 5,850 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine arrived in Santa Clara County on Tuesday, offering what...

Original post made on Dec. 17, 2020
Last comment by JB, on Dec 17, 2020 at 7:56 pm | 1 comment | 5156 Views

AROUND TOWN

As referendum falters, Palo Alto prepares to open Foothills Park to all

Palo Alto's exclusive Foothills Park will officially open up to residents from other cities on Thursday after a referendum...

Original post made on Dec. 16, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Dec 17, 2020 at 5:57 pm | 52 comments | 11500 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Becerra: Amazon refuses to comply with COVID-19 workplace safety investigation

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra claims Amazon Inc. is refusing to comply with the state's outstanding subpoenas...

Original post made on Dec. 15, 2020
Last comment by Michael Johnston, on Dec 17, 2020 at 5:10 pm | 2 comments | 2728 Views

AROUND TOWN

Sobrato pitches townhome project at former site of Fry's Electronics

The Sobrato Organization's new proposal for 85 townhouses in a place long considered as a prime opportunity zone may constrain...

Original post made on Nov. 27, 2020
Last comment by Lee Forrest, on Dec 17, 2020 at 4:10 pm | 54 comments | 10815 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Palo Alto's 'illegal tax' could lead to $12M refund to gas customers

Four years after Miriam Green challenged Palo Alto's policy of transferring revenues from its Utilities Department to fund...

Original post made on Dec. 16, 2020
Last comment by Green Gables, on Dec 17, 2020 at 3:55 pm | 5 comments | 6023 Views

AROUND TOWN

Palo Alto looks to adopt safe-storage law for firearms

Gun owners in Palo Alto would be required to keep their firearms safely secured or face penalties under a new law that the...

Original post made on Dec. 16, 2020
Last comment by Lee Forrest, on Dec 17, 2020 at 11:11 am | 29 comments | 8582 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

After political slugfest, council backs away from lame-duck appointments

Facing public criticism and a bitter split in its own ranks, the Palo Alto City Council on Monday dropped its contentious...

Original post made on Dec. 15, 2020
Last comment by Lee Forrest, on Dec 17, 2020 at 10:58 am | 31 comments | 5942 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Residents launch referendum petition to keep ban on nonresidents at Foothills Park

Palo Alto's recent decision to expand access to Foothills Park by welcoming nonresidents to the exclusive nature preserve...

Original post made on Dec. 1, 2020
Last comment by Jennifer Landesmann, on Dec 16, 2020 at 5:11 pm | 227 comments | 17047 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

COVID tests lagging: Slower turnaround times creeping back for Californians

The average turnaround time for COVID-19 test results rose 30% in November as people flocked to test sites before Thanksgiving....

Original post made on Dec. 15, 2020
Last comment by Lee Forrest, on Dec 16, 2020 at 8:47 am | 5 comments | 3267 Views

AROUND TOWN

Spreading light and joy, Christmas Tree lanes are popping up all over town

Christmas Tree Lane, the tradition on Fulton Street dating back to 1940, is spreading throughout Palo Alto, with little lanes...

Original post made on Dec. 11, 2020
Last comment by MidtownMom, on Dec 16, 2020 at 6:46 am | 5 comments | 9938 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Palo Alto struggles to forge a common vision in Ventura

Since Palo Alto began its quest for a new plan in the Ventura neighborhood, the debate's terms have dramatically changed....

Original post made on Dec. 10, 2020
Last comment by JS1, on Dec 15, 2020 at 8:45 pm | 15 comments | 7273 Views

SPORTS

State public health officials update youth, adult recreational sports guidelines

The California Department of Public Health revised its guidance for youth and recreational adult sports Monday, outlining...

Original post made on Dec. 15, 2020
There are no comments yet. 6699 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Santa Clara County set to receive nearly 57K COVID-19 vaccine doses starting next week

The first COVID-19 vaccines will soon land in Santa Clara County, with 17,550 doses from Pfizer Inc. set to arrive Dec. 15...

Original post made on Dec. 10, 2020
Last comment by Lee Forrest, on Dec 15, 2020 at 7:30 am | 7 comments | 11832 Views
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