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Palo Alto scraps downtown office cap
Palo Alto’s bitter debate over how much commercial growth the city should accommodate heated up Monday night, when a divided... Last comment on Feb 20, 2019 at 9:47 am | 83 comments

Editorial: A housing setback
Monday night's 4-3 decision to repeal a decades-old downtown growth policy designed to trigger a one-year pause on non-residential... Last comment on Feb 20, 2019 at 2:26 pm | 61 comments

Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley
Despite a sizzling economy and an influx of wealth, Silicon Valley remains a bastion of inequality, with more residents now... Last comment 10 hours ago | 54 comments

Newsom scales back high-speed-rail plans
California's decade-long dream of building a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles hit a dead end... Last comment 14 hours ago | 121 comments

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Future of auditor's office uncertain
With City Auditor Harriet Richardson concluding her Palo Alto tenure this month, city officials are preparing to hire a consultant to manage the office while the City Council consider its long-term future. Friday, 6:52 AM | 2 comments

Former teacher sentenced to 15 years for child sex abuse
Michael Airo, a 37-year-old former Palo Alto Unified elementary school teacher, was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in state prison for sexually abusing his ex-girlfriend's daughter more than a decade ago. Thursday, 5:58 PM | 5 comments

Editorial: Don't give up on rail
It is hard to argue with Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to abandon the original vision for a high-speed rail system enabling travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in just two hours and 40 minutes. Friday, 6:52 AM | 2 comments

Off Deadline: 'Unicorns,' 'angel investors' report should be expected/required reading
The cost of housing is a significant focus of the Silicon Valley Index this year, reflecting the fact that housing costs are the highest in the nation. Friday, 6:52 AM | 2 comments

In a bid to woo Google, Palo Alto shared confidential utility information
Newly released documents reveal that the city of Palo Alto, in its effort to join Google Fiber Cities program, provided the tech giant with sensitive information about Palo Alto's transmission systems, manholes, infrastructure-maintenance plans and properties that the city had designated as confidential -- not just once but at least four times. Thursday, 9:48 AM | 11 comments

City seeks to relax roof-deck rules
Seeking to encourage more roof decks, patios and gardens in the downtown area, Palo Alto officials are preparing to relax the zoning rules for some of the area's tallest buildings. Thursday, 8:27 AM | 4 comments

City looks to buy land near Boulware Park
Palo Alto is preparing to make an offer on a Birch Street property that city leaders hope to transform into parkland as part of a broader plan to redevelop Ventura neighborhood. Wednesday, 8:40 AM | 11 comments

Should police protect Facebook's bikes?

Nobu reveals hotel renovation plans

Former Palo Alto transportation head Joseph Kott dies at 71

Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley

New construction on the Bay Trail expected in September

Ravenswood preliminarily offers KIPP shared middle school space

Palo Alto Unified flipped sides in Gunn sexual harassment case

PUBLIC AGENDA: Roof-deck proposal; interim school budget

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