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12 months into the pandemic, 'One year in' series seeks readers' perspectives
To mark the anniversary of the first stay-at-home order, the Weekly is preparing to publish a two-part series that captures... Last comment on Mar 1, 2021 at 7:42 pm | 5 comments

Palo Alto plans to sell annual passes for Foothills Nature Preserve entry
After moving to dramatically curtail access to Foothills Park last month, Palo Alto officially agreed on Monday to further... Last comment 7 hours ago | 71 comments

Palo Alto prepares for more budget cuts amid prolonged revenue slump
As the pandemic continues to pummel the local economy, the City Council plans to explore additional ways to pare down the... Last comment 3 hours ago | 102 comments

Palo Alto banks on automated license plate readers to save money, manage parking
Palo Alto's newest tool for parking management -- automated license plate readers -- is expected to save money and provide... Last comment on Feb 23, 2021 at 10:32 pm | 9 comments

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Newsom champions new school reopening deal at local campus
The day after announcing legislation to incentivize school districts to resume in-person instruction, Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Barron Park Elementary, praising Palo Alto Unified as a model that proves campuses can reopen safely. Tuesday, 2:22 PM | 35 comments

Santa Clara County enters the red tier on Wednesday, loosening public health restrictions
Movie theaters, gyms and restaurants can reopen in Santa Clara County starting Wednesday, after county officials announced that the region is returning to California's less-restrictive red tier. Tuesday, 4:02 PM | 1 comments

Governor, state Legislature reach $2B deal for schools to reopen by March 31
California lawmakers are expected to pass a new bill Thursday that would push -- though not require -- school districts across the state to resume in-person instruction. Tuesday, 10:30 AM | 7 comments

City Council rebuffs request for office zone along Park Boulevard
Eager to bring more housing to the Ventura neighborhood, the City Council showed little appetite on Monday for a proposal from developer Jay Paul to allow more types of offices along Park Boulevard. Tuesday, 12:28 AM | 3 comments

Palo Alto offers rent relief to nonprofit tenants on city land
Small nonprofit groups that lease space at Cubberley Community Center and that were forced to curb their operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic will get three months of rent relief. Tuesday, 9:55 AM

Planning commissioners win fresh terms
Concluding an unusually fractious appointment process, the City Council awarded fresh four-year terms to incumbent Planning and Transportation Commission members Ed Lauing and Doria Summa. Tuesday, 1:02 PM | 4 comments

Becker, local leaders demand that East Palo Alto get vaccine priority
State Sen. Josh Becker joined city and county leaders on Monday to call on the federal and state governments to prioritize vaccines in communities like East Palo Alto, which have been COVID-19 hot spots. Monday, 3:31 PM | 8 comments

Stanford, optimistic about COVID-19 trends, to allow juniors and seniors back on campus
Stanford University will allow juniors and seniors to come back to campus in late March, signaling administrators' optimism about local public health conditions and the university's ability to control the spread of COVID-19. Thursday, 12:10 PM | 5 comments

12 months into the pandemic, 'One year in' series seeks readers' perspectives
To mark the anniversary of the first stay-at-home order, the Weekly is preparing to publish a two-part series that captures how the pandemic and the shutdown have affected local residents. Friday, 6:51 AM | 5 comments

Santa Clara County unveils plans for a $233M psychiatric hospital serving kids and adults
In a bid to create desperately needed psychiatric hospital beds for children and teens in crisis, county officials have proposed a state-of-the-art facility at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Saturday, 8:07 AM | 3 comments

California's new COVID-19 vaccine system to start Monday

Opinion: Behind closed doors: The pandemic's quiet warriors

Coronavirus central: Track the latest vaccination and case counts

Santa Clara County no longer requiring schools to wait 5 days to reopen after entering red tier

With fingers crossed, summer camps are planning to resume

Around Town: Fire crew buys guinea pig for family who lost pets in garage fire

Adoption of license plate readers stirs privacy anxieties

City plans to sell annual passes for Foothills Nature Preserve entry

Early morning fire sends mother and daughter to the hospital, displaces 11

As more students, staff return to schools, district wants to test them regularly for COVID-19

PUBLIC AGENDA: Proposed zoning overlay district; 10-year energy efficiency goals

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