A girl holds her baby cousin in the RV they share with 10 family members. They park along El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Photo by Veronica Weber.
People in Palo Alto protest the separation of undocumented children from their parents at U.S. detention facilities on June 25. Photo by Veronica Weber.
To prevent future wildfires from jumping across Page Mill Road, crews have churned the soil to create a fire break. Photo by Magali Gauthier.
Barton Bernstein visits his wife daily at Sunrise Senior Living in Palo Alto, where she's under care for dementia. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Following three mass shootings, attendees of an Aug. 7 vigil at Stanford University wrote messages on ribbons. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Aaron Ragsdale, center, a teacher at East Palo Alto Academy, guides students Alejandro Gonzalez, left, and José Alcantar as they design a prototype housing development using an Arduino board and sensors they are programming through the afterschool STEM program. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Protesters gather along Alpine Road in Portola Valley as President Donald Trump attends a nearby fundraiser on Sept. 17. Photo By Sammy Dallal.
Palo Alto City Councilwoman Alison Cormack is sworn into office by her husband, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Kuhnle, during the council's first meeting in 2019. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Gryphon Stringed Instruments associate Todd Novak helps a customer who has come in with a guitar in need of repair on Sept. 25. The Palo Alto shop celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Photo by Magali Gauthier.
RVs and other vehicles park bumper to bumper along El Camino Real in Palo Alto on June 25. A growing number of people, priced out of local apartments, are living in RVs. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, now a candidate for president, greets supporters at Evvia Estiatorio restaurant in Palo Alto during a campaign fundraiser on Oct. 3. Photo by Sammy Dallal.
From one man taking care of his wife with dementia to protesters on street corners demanding Palo Altans care about immigrant children in detention centers, Palo Alto Weekly visual journalists captured a community fiercely trying to better the circumstances with which they were presented in 2019.
In February, James Wang, a Stanford mechanical engineering student, and Connie Liu, a former Nueva School teacher, mentored East Palo Alto Academy students through an after-school engineering program. The teenagers were building a proximity sensor to help Abigayil Tamara, a mobility-impaired local resident.
In late June, residents living in RVs along El Camino Real opened up to Weekly journalists about their situations. Some families couldn't afford local rent and are in campers to make ends meet. For others, their RV is a home away from home: They work in the area throughout the week and return to their permanent residences in other parts of the state on the weekends.
In November, staff of local land-management and fire agencies spoke of their concerns about the heightened risk of wildfires in the Santa Cruz Mountains and their urgent efforts to diminish the dangers.
We've chosen these moments and others so that you can revisit the fighting spirit of those living and working in the Palo Alto area.