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The price of 'paradise': Palo Altans love their hometown but the stress of living in the heart of Silicon Valley is growing
In celebration of the Palo Alto Weekly's 40th anniversary, news staff wanted to examine what the city is like today in light... Last comment 14 hours ago | 44 comments

In response to declining test scores, superintendent directs focus on middle school academics, particularly in math
Superintendent Don Austin has asked administrators and principals to evaluate academic policies and practices at district... Last comment 2 hours ago | 24 comments

New transportation chief looks to raise resident engagement
For years, Palo Alto leaders have talked about the need to launch new transportation initiatives, only to see their plans... Last comment 11 hours ago | 31 comments

Despite community and staff pleas, Ravenswood school board votes for external superintendent search
The Ravenswood City school board voted 3-1 on Thursday night, with Vice President Stephanie Fitch dissenting and President... Last comment on Oct 15, 2019 at 11:15 pm | 18 comments

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Palo Alto explores new ways to settle giant pension bill
Seeking to settle the city's astronomical pension bill, Palo Alto is preparing to adopt a policy that would commit the city to higher annual contributions -- and possible service reductions -- to reduce the backlog. Wednesday, 9:43 AM | 19 comments

Menlo Park woman sentenced to three weeks in prison for role in college admissions scam
A 50-year-old entrepreneur from Menlo Park who fraudulently claimed her son was black or Latino on college applications was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and spend three weeks in prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Wednesday, 5:13 PM

Police sergeant involved in forceful Buena Vista arrest no longer employed in city
Wayne Benitez, the police sergeant who was captured by a surveillance camera slamming a man onto a car hood during a 2018 arrest at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, is no longer employed by the Palo Alto Police Department. Wednesday, 11:13 AM | 4 comments

A 'chronic public health issue': Stanford officials troubled by sexual assault data
Nearly 40% of undergraduate women who have attended Stanford University for four years have experienced some form of nonconsensual sexual contact, according to results from a campus climate survey. Wednesday, 12:01 PM | 1 comments

Palo Alto woman says Harvey Weinstein tried to rape her when she was his assistant
A native of Britain and Palo Alto mother of four, Rowena Chiu had her own #MeToo story about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein for 21 years. She kept it a secret -- until now. Tuesday, 8:00 AM | 4 comments

Frustrated by achievement gap, school district to focus on improving middle schools
The Palo Alto school district is planning a "complete reboot" of its middle schools after years of failed efforts to systematically improve academic and social experiences for minority and low-income students. Wednesday, 9:04 AM | 22 comments

Body found in car may be missing CEO last seen Oct. 7
San Jose police are conducting a death investigation in south San Jose, where a body was found in a vehicle parked on the street. The deceased may be of a tech CEO who was last seen Oct. 7 in Palo Alto. Monday, 10:33 PM | 1 comments

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The price of 'paradise': Palo Altans love their hometown but the stress of living in the heart of Silicon Valley is growing

Episode 202: Hometown reflections

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PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on housing for school staff, city pension policy

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