PaloAltoOnline.com http://www.paloaltoonline.com If it is local and useful, it is on PaloAltoOnline.com. en-us <![CDATA[Irrigation upgrades deliver crucial water savings in time of drought]]> In the midst of California's driest year on record -- and $500 fines for sprinkler runoff as of Aug. 1 -- residents with out-of-date or problematic irrigation systems are due for an upgrade. ]]> <![CDATA[Ruling paves the way for Buena Vista's closure]]> The closure of Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park became more imminent Wednesday, when an administrative judge upheld the property owner's plan for compensating the roughly 400 residents who would be displaced when Buena Vista Mobile Home shutters.]]> <![CDATA[Man arrested for hate crime, cane attack in downtown Palo Alto]]> Palo Alto police have arrested a man who they say committed a hate crime Saturday night when he yelled racial epithets and attacked two older men in a downtown parking lot, in one case smashing a cane across a victim's forehead.]]> <![CDATA[Fair housing veteran to helm East Palo Alto rent control program]]> A longtime advocate for fair housing in East Palo Alto has been picked as the city's new rent-control administrator, staff has confirmed.]]> <![CDATA[School board eyes data, evaluation as key to this year's goals]]> Palo Alto's top school officials kicked off the school year Tuesday with an enthusiastic discussion of five draft goals for the year that encourage a more data-driven, evaluation-based approach to instruction and governance. ]]> <![CDATA[Thursday: Open space district study session on spending bond money]]> How will the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District spend money from a $300 million bond measure approved by voters in June?
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<![CDATA[Design contest set for new Palo Alto bike bridge]]> Palo Alto officials agree that the city's new bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 should be a "landmark" structure that showcases the region's spirit of innovation while at the same time providing a gentle transition into the marshy nature preserves of the Baylands. But coming up with the perfect design promises to be a lengthy and complex affair.]]> <![CDATA[Off-duty detective spots downtown robbery suspect]]> A man suspected of robbing a person he'd just befriended in downtown Palo Alto earlier this month was arrested for the crime Tuesday afternoon, police have announced. ]]> <![CDATA[County expands homeless programs while searching for new shelter]]> Faced with a shortage of beds to accommodate the county's homeless population this coming winter, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $1.2 million for various programs targeting its neediest residents, including agreements with Palo Alto's busy but cash-strapped nonprofit, InnVision Shelter Network.]]> <![CDATA[New nonprofit to manage downtown Palo Alto's traffic problems]]> From a "satellite lot" on Embarcadero to new garage technologies, Palo Alto officials this month have been busily brainstorming ways to boost downtown's insufficient supply of parking. At the same time, the city has quietly launched a bold new initiative that aims to attack the problem from the demand side.]]> <![CDATA[Four aftershocks hit Napa area Tuesday]]> The U.S. Geological Survey this morning reported a 3.0-magnitude aftershock about four miles southwest of Napa, the fourth this morning in the same area where a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck on Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: school goals, 101 bike bridge, PC zoning reforms]]> ]]> <![CDATA[School documents and source materials]]> In addition to documents and other original source material linked within news stories, other material obtained from the Palo Alto school district in the course of our reporting that may be of interest the public is posted here.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>