If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2015 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Commuity Notebook: Palo Alto's library system expands hours]]> Palo Alto's library system will expand its hours of operation to provide more consistency across its five branches starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to a City of Palo Alto announcement. ]]> <![CDATA[Council adds south Palo Alto voices to Comprehensive Plan debate]]> A citizen panel charged with helping the city update its Comprehensive Plan acquired five new members on Monday night – and will soon get an unexpected sixth. The end result? More representation for those south of Oregon Expressway.]]> <![CDATA[No quick fixes for Palo Alto's new 'parkland']]> What was once a quarry that few in Palo Alto knew existed is now a quandary at the center of the city's debate about future recreation needs. On Monday night, the council agreed not to make any decisions about the city's newly dedicated parkland next to Foothills Park for at least another year, pending a hydrology study.]]> <![CDATA[Buena Vista owner rejects nonprofit's offer to buy Palo Alto mobile-home park]]> The owner of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park has broken off negotiations with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and the nonprofit Caritas Corporation over a potential sale -- and preservation -- of Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park.]]> <![CDATA[Shop Talk: Bill's Cafe construction halts, Urban Style barbershop thrives]]> Construction on midtown Palo Alto's new Bill's Cafe suffers a setback, while Urban Style barbershop offers clients an old-school vibe.]]> <![CDATA[Police: Man follows, flashes woman in downtown Palo Alto]]> Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly flashed a woman Friday evening, Aug. 28, in downtown, according to a police department press release.]]> <![CDATA[Pentagon to invest $75 million in local tech industry]]> In a bid to fortify United States security and manufacturing, the Pentagon and a consortium of partners are making a $171 million bet that Silicon Valley can emerge as the global leader in the nascent field of flexible hybrid electronics.]]> <![CDATA[What's happening here?]]> Birch Plaza, a 25,000-square-foot office and apartment development, at 305 Grant Ave., Palo Alto, is expected to open at the end of September.]]> <![CDATA[Off Deadline: Training 'compassionate responders' for tense situations]]> Jacob Savage, a lifelong Palo Altan who signed up as a high school sophomore for the city's first police academy in 2006, now believes there can be a better way of responding to many delicate situations -- such as mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness -- than a direct police encounter. ]]> <![CDATA[Police: Man in car accosts middle school students in Palo Alto]]> Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly pulled up in a car next to two middle school students Thursday evening and made inappropriate comments while trying to get them to come closer to his car.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Library Strategic Plan, fiber network, Comprehensive Plan committee]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 31.]]> <![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.]]>