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News - March 21, 2014

Around Town

CONSTRUCTION TRANSPARENCY ... Curious about when that pesky construction project down the street might be finished? Palo Altans can now check up on application and permit statuses, whether a city inspection has occurred and more at the city's new CivicInsight website, coordinated by the city's Development Services Center. Users can search by address to see nearby projects on a map; add properties to a personal watchlist to receive email alerts about construction; and view what permit applications have been submitted, permits issued and inspections approved in the last 90 days. Searches can also be narrowed by dates and status categories. "Every day spent waiting for an update from our Department can amount to thousands of dollars lost for the applicant," Development Services Director Peter Pirnejad said in a press release. "With Civic Insight, we hope to increase responsiveness and save our customers precious time — and money." In the interest of true civic engagement, website visitors can also post ideas about issues or projects the Development Services Center should tackle next. Visit the website at

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