If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Palo Alto approves path to $15 minimum wage]]> Palo Alto hopped on a regional bandwagon Monday night when city officials agreed to raise the local minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.]]> <![CDATA[Air District issues third straight Spare the Air alert for Tuesday]]> The Bay Area's intense heat wave prompted regional air quality officials today to issue another Spare the Air smog alert for Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park's Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to invest $3 billion in funding for research]]> The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, currently headquartered on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, announced to the world this week that it will invest $3 billion over the next decade in scientific research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century." ]]> <![CDATA[Burglars hit Keeble & Shuchat by breaking through wall]]> Burglars broke through layers of plaster, plywood, sheetrock and a display case to get inside Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto over the weekend, making off with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, according to store owner Terry Shuchat.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto school board to hold special policy workshop Tuesday]]> The Palo Alto school board will meet for a special workshop Tuesday morning to discuss proposed policy changes on board members' electronic communications, donations and research.]]> <![CDATA[Air quality officials issue Spare the Air alert for Monday]]> A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today in the Bay Area as light winds, heat and exhaust from vehicle traffic produce an unhealthy level of smog, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Sunday. ]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto temps to reach 91 degrees Sunday, Monday]]> A heat advisory has been issued for Sunday and Monday in the San Francisco Bay Area as western winds keep cool ocean air out to sea, according to officials with the National Weather Service. ]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto planning commission set for a shake-up]]> While Palo Alto prepares to elect new City Council members in November, another heated race is quietly taking place behind the scenes, where 16 residents are competing to fill three seats on the city's influential, and at times controversial, Planning and Transportation Commission.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: Deciding Palo Alto's future growth]]> The biggest issue in this year's City Council race is deciding how Palo Alto should grow. This year's council election is particularly important because the newly elected council will vote on adopting Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan Update. This document defines the city's policies toward growth for the next 15 years and will be the basis for the city's zoning. ]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO: Behind the Headlines -- Palo Alto City Council and school board candidates]]> On this week's news webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong hosts a reporters' roundtable with Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner. They discuss the 11 candidates for the Palo Alto City Council as well as the five candidates vying for three seats on the Palo Alto school board. ]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Cubberley Community Center, minimum wage, schools budget]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 26.]]> <![CDATA[Deadly disease plagues plants high above Silicon Valley]]> Phytophthora, a fungus-like water mold whose name means "plant destroyer," is every bit as deadly as it sounds. Experts worry that it could wipe out whole populations of plants and change entire ecosystems. ]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>