Palo Alto's year in pictures

A look back at the faces, events that shaped 2016

Protests, peace gatherings and a presidential candidate inspiring hope along the campaign trail were among the key moments captured in images over the past 12 months that defined the community in 2016.

There were tense moments, like the protests and backlash that arose following the release of Stanford University athlete Brock Turner, who only served three months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. And there were exciting moments, like the exhibition match between the U.S. Women's Water Polo team and Russia before the Rio Olympics and a rally with thousands who came to "Feel the Bern" as Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke of his goals.

There were moments of compassion, too, captured in images of the group of veterans who routinely visit homeless encampments in search of fellow veterans who need treatment and shelter.

And finally, there were moments of introspection, such as discussions about privacy rights and surveillance following the FBI's pursuit to decrypt the San Bernadino terror suspect's phone password.

Together, these photos show some of the moments that affected the community and summarize 2016.

View these photos in a Facebook album here.


Follow the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online on Twitter @PaloAltoWeekly and Facebook for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Rose International Market reopens in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 11 comments | 6,179 views

The Other Greenhouse Gas
By Sherry Listgarten | 6 comments | 1,427 views

We need a new garage downtown Palo Alto -- forget about being politically correct
By Diana Diamond | 10 comments | 1,349 views

Couples: Mirror, Mirror on the . . . Fight?!
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,159 views

Know Before You Buy: Understanding Senior Living Facility Agreements
By Max Greenberg | 0 comments | 739 views


Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

Contest Details