If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2015 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Murder charges dropped in drive-by shooting case]]> The case of East Palo Alto resident Eric Barragan, who had been in San Mateo County jail for more than 10 months on charges of attempted murder in Menlo Park, has been dropped for a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors with the District Attorney's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto looks to identify, combat human trafficking]]> With the 2016 Super Bowl slated to bring throngs of visitors and hospitality workers into the Bay Area, Palo Alto officials on Monday night pledged to address the darker side of the February extravaganza: an influx in human trafficking that the event is expected to generate.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford to test campus emergency notification Oct. 8]]> Residents and businesses near the Stanford University campus may hear emergency sirens as the university conducts a test of the campuswide AlertSU mass-notification and siren system on Thursday, Oct. 8, between noon and 1 p.m., according to a Stanford University Department of Public Safety official.]]> <![CDATA[Committee: Elementary enrollment in Palo Alto is stable, not growing]]> The chair of a school district subcommittee on elementary enrollment urged the school board and community members at a board study session Monday night to consider changing the narrative around enrollment in Palo Alto from one of urgent, continuous growth to flat, and even declining, growth.]]> <![CDATA[Residents call for more housing in Palo Alto]]> With home values soaring and affordable housing in short supply, Palo Alto residents appealed to the City Council on Monday night to adopt policies that would help seniors, young people and priced-out professionals stay in the city.]]> <![CDATA[Woman in Stanford sexual-assault case testifies]]> The woman whom former Stanford University student Brock Turner allegedly raped on campus in January appeared in court in Palo Alto on Monday for a preliminary hearing, giving sometimes emotional testimony about what she recalls happened that night.]]> <![CDATA[Shop Talk: The Nest comes to Palo Alto]]> The Nest boutique hotel comes to Palo Alto's El Camino Real, bringing the tally to four new hotels in the region this year.]]> <![CDATA[Merchants go public with Meet The Street event]]> Call it a block party that the whole city is invited to attend. Palo Alto will kick off its inaugural Meet The Street event on Oct. 8 from 5-9 p.m., with food, fashion, music and more.]]> <![CDATA[Mayor commits to eradicating homelessness among veterans]]> Citing the deaths of two unhoused women in Palo Alto parks two years ago as emblematic of the need to end homelessness in the city, Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman announced on Friday that as a first step she will sign the White House Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: On homelessness, and those who strive to help]]> To end homelessness we need to come together as a community. As community members, business owners and service providers we need to know the people staying on the streets as best we can so that we might know how to help them in their struggle. ]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: human trafficking, enrollment data, Local Solar Plan]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 5.]]> <![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.]]>