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Palo Alto hires new chief information officer

City Manager James Keene has selected Jonathan Reichental to be Palo Alto's chief information officer, the city announced...

Original post made on Oct. 27, 2011
Last comment by Deep Throat, on Oct 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm | 10 comments | 37086 Views

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Fry's Electronics to shutter Palo Alto store in January

Fry's Electronics, which has been a fixture at the 340 Portage Ave. for more than a quarter century, will close its store...

Original post made on Aug. 28, 2019
Last comment by Hinrich, on Sep 4, 2019 at 7:16 pm | 33 comments | 36804 Views

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Controversy mars Newell Bridge debate

Residents on either side of Newell bridge, a 102-year-old structure that links Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, agree that it...

Original post made on Oct. 18, 2013
Last comment by Andrew Kloak, on Oct 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm | 61 comments | 36388 Views

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'Stanford Dish' parking plan is better but still has problems, residents say

A plan to add trails that would connect to the famed "Stanford Dish" hill is much improved since last spring, but there are...

Original post made on Sep. 15, 2013
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Dec 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm | 40 comments | 36116 Views

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Modernist building gets approval, mixed reception

Everyone agrees that the latest downtown development to win approval from Palo Alto's architectural board will bring an eye-catching...

Original post made on Oct. 18, 2013
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Oct 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm | 26 comments | 36027 Views

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Cops to wear cameras in Palo Alto

Drivers who get pulled over by motorcycle cops in Palo Alto rarely feel like smiling. The Police Department's proposal to...

Original post made on Nov. 14, 2013
Last comment by coooper, on Nov 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm | 16 comments | 36004 Views

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Palo Alto approves new firefighter contract

Palo Alto's tortuous struggle with its firefighters union over a new labor deal came to an official conclusion Monday night...

Original post made on Oct. 18, 2011
Last comment by JC Meoff, on Oct 26, 2011 at 9:55 am | 22 comments | 35738 Views

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Deception -- or alternate business model?

Local residents have been caught in a five-year debate over the activities of one man, a real-estate investor named Jason...

Original post made on Oct. 18, 2012
Last comment by David B, on Jun 9, 2014 at 11:02 am | 19 comments | 35728 Views

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Palo Alto embraces new laws to promote electric vehicles

Seeking to cement Palo Alto's position in the driver's seat of the electric-vehicle revolution, city officials on Monday...

Original post made on Sep. 24, 2013
Last comment by peter huffton, on Oct 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm | 44 comments | 35728 Views

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Peninsula cities prepare for battle over contentious housing bill

With political battle lines forming over the best ways to solve California's persistent housing crisis, opponents of the...

Original post made on Mar. 29, 2019
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Apr 9, 2019 at 11:39 am | 102 comments | 35211 Views

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City rethinks plan to scrap composting operation

Palo Alto's composting operation, which was slated to shut down within about a month, could get a new lease on life thanks...

Original post made on Nov. 15, 2011
Last comment by judith, on Nov 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | 11 comments | 34979 Views

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Pensions: Palo Alto's ticking time bomb

In 2007, the year Warren Buffett famously described public pensions as a time bomb with a long fuse, Palo Alto officials...

Original post made on Jul. 13, 2012
Last comment by Deep Throat, on Aug 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm | 136 comments | 34637 Views

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Modernist building faces citizen appeal

Downtown resident Douglas Smith, a fan of Spanish-style arcades, ornate awnings and other traditional decorative flourishes,...

Original post made on Nov. 8, 2013
Last comment by Citizen appeal, on Nov 13, 2013 at 11:11 am | 87 comments | 34440 Views

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Residents clash over Dish parking plan

A plan to move dozens of parking spaces from the street next to the Stanford Dish to a parking lot more than half a mile...

Original post made on Feb. 4, 2014
Last comment by Philip, on Feb 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm | 105 comments | 34285 Views

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In-person class twice a week? School district eyes hybrid model this fall

When Palo Alto Unified middle and high schools reopen this fall, students could be attending school in person twice a week...

Original post made on May. 13, 2020
Last comment by Author Jack, on Jul 1, 2020 at 4:37 am | 95 comments | 34264 Views

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Three critically injured after car crashes into downtown coffee shop

Three people were critically injured in downtown Palo Alto on Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into University...

Original post made on Jul. 31, 2014
Last comment by Nora Charles, on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm | 36 comments | 33990 Views

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FAA to work to reduce plane noise

Admitting that jet aircraft noise is a problem over Palo Alto and neighboring Bay Area cities, Federal Aviation Administration...

Original post made on Jul. 26, 2015
Last comment by Paly Grad, on Aug 5, 2016 at 6:51 pm | 457 comments | 33502 Views

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County planners approve Stanford study

The Santa Clara County Planning Commission, in a rare Palo Alto meeting Thursday night, unanimously recommended approval...

Original post made on Nov. 21, 2008
Last comment by Palo Alto High School Grad & Stanford Alum, on Dec 7, 2008 at 11:27 am | 12 comments | 33157 Views

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Palo Alto Hills residents prepare for wildfire evacuations

The massive wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains might still be 3 miles away from the county's border, but residents in the...

Original post made on Aug. 21, 2020
Last comment by iSez, on Aug 24, 2020 at 1:35 am | 4 comments | 32878 Views

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Editorial: A good bridge approach

By the time the Palo Alto and East Palo Alto City Councils decide on what to do with the old Newell Road bridge, it may be...

Original post made on Oct. 25, 2013
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Oct 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm | 47 comments | 32576 Views
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