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What can be done to address the shortage of affording housing?
When demand exceeds supply, prices increase. To reduce the price of any commodity, including housing, you increase the supply.... Last comment 53 minutes ago | 108 comments

New partner proposed for Palo Alto animal shelter
Palo Alto's cramped but popular animal shelter would be preserved, renovated and turned into a "no kill" zone under a proposed... Last comment on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm | 10 comments

Highway of change
Treasure Island Stamps and Coins doesn't look like a typical Palo Alto "destination." Crowds don't gather outside its doors... Last comment 9 hours ago | 22 comments

City looks to change, cement retail-protection law
Retail in Palo Alto is easier to appreciate than to preserve, particularly at a time when soaring rents drive shops out of... Last comment 1 hour ago | 22 comments

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"Grand opening at SSL"
At the opening of The Bob McFarland Test Facility on Oct. 7, 2014, from left: John Celli, president of SSL; Brenda McFarland, widow of Bob McFarland; Chip Koehler, executive director, programs, SSL; and Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd. Submitted by Wendy Lewis on Oct 10, 2014

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Bill inspired by Brock Turner victim heads to governor’s desk
Legislation proposed by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen in the wake of controversy over the six-month sentencing of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated young woman has passed the state Assembly and is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Tuesday, 9:37 AM | 5 comments

Palo Alto to explore new policies for long-term growth
With Palo Alto's housing shortage now a topic of national attention and residents increasingly calling for more housing options, City Council members agreed Monday night that two more-extreme scenarios for future growth should be evaluated as part of the city's process of creating an official vision that will guide it until 2030. Tuesday, 1:51 AM | 35 comments

Judging the judges: Recalls may become easier, but is that better for California?
Amid a constellation of factors, some legal experts believe we could be plunging into a new era in which judges increasingly fear losing their jobs over unpopular decisions -- and that, in turn, may influence how they behave on the bench. Monday, 2:07 PM | 4 comments

East Palo Alto charter school wins county approval
Two months after the Sequoia Union High School District board voted down Oxford Day Academy's petition to open a public charter high school in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County Office of Education gave the school its unanimous stamp of approval. Monday, 3:15 PM | 3 comments

Teen drug abuse on the rise in county
It's never a slow day for Adolescent Counseling Services. The nonprofit's Palo Alto office is routinely packed during its late afternoon hours as teens and their families flood in to seek substance abuse treatment and counseling. And it's only a matter of months before another big wave of new cases comes rolling in. Monday, 12:07 PM | 3 comments

Study of texting aims to improve crisis counseling
What a counselor says -- or doesn't say -- during a crisis counseling session can make a big difference in whether a client goes away better able to cope, according to a new study by Stanford University researchers. Monday, 7:44 AM | 5 comments

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