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Here's when elementary, middle and high school students could return to school under proposed plan
Palo Alto Unified is proposing to reopen schools in a phased schedule over the next four months, starting with the district's... Last comment 7 hours ago | 30 comments

With Baylands under flood threat, Palo Alto explores projects to address sea level rise
With sea level rise threatening to submerge the Palo Alto Baylands by the middle of the century, the city is inviting residents... Last comment on Sep 15, 2020 at 12:24 am | 14 comments

Palo Alto faces lawsuit over 'residents-only' policy at Foothills Park
A group of civil rights organizations and residents filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto on Tuesday in a bid to repeal a contentious... Last comment 4 hours ago | 66 comments

To combat vacancies, Palo Alto may repeal 'retail protection' law
With businesses buckling during the economic shutdown, a bitterly divided City Council took a step on Monday toward reversing... Last comment on Sep 18, 2020 at 10:38 am | 17 comments

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Stanford lightweight rowing earned a bid to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics. Submitted by Rick Eymer on May 21, 2019


As U.S. bans WeChat, local Chinese Americans face loss of tool that's become integral to their lives
The popular Chinese-owned mobile app WeChat, which has been the main communications lifeblood for local Chinese Americans, could see a mass exodus of its users after the U.S. Department of Commerce banned it from mobile app stores. Friday, 9:37 PM | 19 comments

Inspired by family tragedy, Atherton siblings create book to teach kids about COVID-19
Siblings Sophia and Sean Nesamoney have written a children's book which explains the coronavirus pandemic to young children. Sunday, 8:33 AM

School from an RV: One family's rocky journey through distance learning
The living situations for a small number of homeless students in Palo Alto Unified bring to light deep inequities at play with distance learning. Friday, 6:59 AM | 15 comments

With new zoning tool, Palo Alto looks to relieve housing drought
As Palo Alto looks to revise its zoning code to encourage more affordable housing, the City Council remains split on a crucial question: Affordable for whom? Thursday, 12:17 PM | 8 comments

With new deal, communities seek to cement partnership on land use concerns
After banding over shared concerns about Stanford University's growth plan, city and county officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are preparing to sign a "Land Use Compact" that would sustain the newly forged partnership. Friday, 5:08 PM

Around Town: Cities, groups invite locals to make their mark on a 'Wishing Tree'
In the latest Around Town column, news about a Paly student's project that aims to bridge generations, a community "Wishing Tree" project and new and returning members of city commissions. Saturday, 8:50 AM

Want to get to know your local candidates? Here's a calendar of election debates, forums
We've compiled a list of election debates and forums taking place virtually for Midpeninsula voters ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Wednesday, 11:20 AM | 4 comments

Air hugs and weekly testing: Inside one private school's first day back at school
Wednesday was the first day of the new academic year at Synapse School in Menlo Park, one of 21 San Mateo County schools that have been granted waivers to reopen in person for elementary grades. Friday, 6:58 AM

Bridging the gap: Hubs equip Ravenswood students with the support they need
About 76 Ravenswood City School District students returned to campuses this week in new learning hubs created by the district in partnership with local nonprofits to offer free in-person spaces to students to access distance learning. Thursday, 6:05 PM | 2 comments

A long way to go: Retiring Youth Community Services head assesses progress on empowering young people
As Leif Erickson retires from Youth Community Services after 21 years of service, he reflects on the changes and challenges facing today's youth. Those challenges still run deep, even as the community has made great strides. Friday, 6:59 AM

Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County death toll nears 300
On Saturday, Santa Clara County reported a total of 20,252 cases, 296 deaths and 114 people hospitalized; San Mateo County had a total of 9,522 cases, 143 deaths and 42 people hospitalized as of Friday. Saturday, 4:04 PM | 35 comments

New research hints at possible life on Venus

Guest Opinion: Palo Alto Utilities' dilemma — it's really ours, too

Full containment of CZU Lightning Complex fires is expected Sunday

Santa Clara County cracks down on hospitals falling behind on COVID-19 testing

New 'planned home' zone could be tested with 119-unit project

Here's when elementary, middle and high school students could return to school under proposal

This year, your voting center might be staffed by your grandchildren

To fill long-vacant city auditor role, Palo Alto set to hire international firm

Fire evacuation warnings sparked confusion for some Palo Alto Hills residents

Palo Alto faces lawsuit over 'residents-only' policy at Foothills Park

House fire displaces family, forces evacuations

PUBLIC AGENDA: Changes to inclusionary-housing rules; proposed school reopening dates

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