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AROUND TOWN

Commissioner resigns after council declines to consider opening Foothills Park to non-residents

A member of the Parks and Recreation Commission who has led the effort to open Foothills Park to non-residents announced...

Original post made on Jun. 25, 2020
Last comment by Wow , on Jun 29, 2020 at 9:49 am | 60 comments | 6885 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

City ban on selling electronic cigarettes, flavored tobacco is a blow to Mac's

Mac's Smoke Shop has lived through almost every imaginable crisis over the past 86 years. Now, it's facing another that could...

Original post made on Jun. 19, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Jun 28, 2020 at 7:26 pm | 33 comments | 8060 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

To grade or not to grade? For some local schools, that's been a divisive question

Up and down the Midpeninsula, while some students, parents and teachers breathed a sigh of relief that their schools would...

Original post made on Apr. 23, 2020
Last comment by Essayscollector, on Jun 28, 2020 at 11:19 am | 52 comments | 14563 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

'What are you going to do after today?' Black residents speak to hundreds at Juneteenth rally

Black community members spoke in raw detail to hundreds of masked people gathered at Palo Alto's King Plaza for a rally to...

Original post made on Jun. 20, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Jun 28, 2020 at 8:46 am | 101 comments | 9576 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Inspired by protests, Palo Alto promises to reform -- but not defund -- police

Spurred by a public outcry for social justice and police reform, the Palo Alto City Council vowed on Monday night to improve...

Original post made on Jun. 9, 2020
Last comment by workingclassstiff, on Jun 27, 2020 at 10:46 pm | 56 comments | 6168 Views

AROUND TOWN

How 12 million pounds of food get distributed during a pandemic

Since the coronavirus hit the Bay Area, ushering in a shutdown that's ravaging local businesses and spiking unemployment,...

Original post made on Jun. 19, 2020
Last comment by Hungry, on Jun 27, 2020 at 9:20 pm | 5 comments | 6773 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Medic! Fire! .... Nights-and-Weekend Brownout Approval Tomorrow Evening, UNLESS You Act Now

Palo Alto and Stanford Resident, Palo Alto Business Owner and Business Employee, For the first time in memory, at least...

Original post made by Fred Balin on Jun. 21, 2020
Last comment by Fred Balin, on Jun 27, 2020 at 7:59 pm | 7 comments | 748 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

East Palo Alto police were once feared and mistrusted. Listening to the community made all the difference.

East Palo Alto residents once held the kind of fear and mistrust of police officers found in many communities of color. Now,...

Original post made on Jun. 12, 2020
Last comment by East Palo Alto Resident, on Jun 27, 2020 at 8:48 am | 14 comments | 9223 Views

AROUND TOWN

Palo Alto seeks artists to create Black Lives Matter mural

Bay Area artists are invited to respond to a call from the Palo Alto Public Art Program to work on a collaborative Black...

Original post made on Jun. 26, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jun 26, 2020 at 9:28 pm | 1 comment | 3139 Views

AROUND TOWN

Three months into shutdown, Palo Alto brings back more city services

A few more city services have become available again to Palo Alto residents, though they can expect some changes due to the...

Original post made on Jun. 26, 2020
Last comment by Midtown Local, on Jun 26, 2020 at 6:52 pm | 1 comment | 3141 Views

RESTAURANTS

Hungry for more outdoor dining, Palo Alto to close University Avenue to traffic

Emboldened by its recent success on California Avenue, the Palo Alto City Council moved Tuesday night to dramatically expand...

Original post made on Jun. 24, 2020
Last comment by Kait, on Jun 26, 2020 at 10:05 am | 14 comments | 9756 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Spurred by public outrage, Palo Alto plans to rethink police services

Answering public calls for police reform, the Palo Alto City Council began to debate a more fundamental question early Tuesday:...

Original post made on Jun. 16, 2020
Last comment by AnnetteG, on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:06 am | 60 comments | 7255 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Menlo Park's police chief was publicly accused of using a racial slur in ethics training. Here's the story.

During a town hall meeting Thursday evening to discuss policing in Menlo Park, Housing Commissioner Karen Grove said she'd...

Original post made on Jun. 22, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jun 25, 2020 at 7:39 pm | 29 comments | 6720 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

'Meet this moment': Growing coalition calls for Palo Alto to expand access to Foothills Park

Calling it a policy that sends a terrible message, dozens of Palo Alto residents and community leaders are petitioning the...

Original post made on Jun. 8, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Jun 25, 2020 at 6:59 pm | 134 comments | 9771 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Despite calls for action, Palo Alto is in no rush to expand Foothills Park access

Weeks after pledging to promote inclusion, the City Council abruptly postponed considering a proposal that many say would...

Original post made on Jun. 23, 2020
Last comment by Keep it closed, on Jun 25, 2020 at 5:05 pm | 24 comments | 3888 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Palo Alto prepares to approve conversion of President Hotel

A plan to convert the iconic President Hotel building from residences to a boutique hotel could be approved this month, despite...

Original post made on Jun. 12, 2020
Last comment by Still more, on Jun 25, 2020 at 4:48 pm | 46 comments | 8502 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School board to hear update on reopening plans for the fall

With the new school year less than two months away, the school district is still working through how to safely reopen its...

Original post made on Jun. 23, 2020
Last comment by Noel, on Jun 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm | 20 comments | 7659 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

When can people go back to work in Santa Clara County?

We are being told about retail, about restaurants, about hair salons, about gyms, about theaters, but what about offices? Looking...

Original post made by Resident on Jun. 23, 2020
Last comment by Croc Dundee, on Jun 25, 2020 at 4:15 pm | 10 comments | 1147 Views

AROUND TOWN

Labor talks sputter as Palo Alto approves major budget cuts

Palo Alto concluded one of its most brutal budget seasons in recent memory on Monday night, when the City Council approved...

Original post made on Jun. 23, 2020
Last comment by Frankie , on Jun 25, 2020 at 2:51 pm | 27 comments | 6518 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Town Hall on race and policing to be held Thursday

In the wake of weeks of protests over the killing of George Floyd and calls for change to eliminate racism and police brutality,...

Original post made on Jun. 19, 2020
Last comment by Bias in Policing and the Criminal Justice System, on Jun 25, 2020 at 10:25 am | 3 comments | 3104 Views
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