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Despite zoning dispute, planning commission advances Castilleja's expansion plan
Castilleja School eked out a hard-fought and limited victory Wednesday night, when a divided Planning and Transportation... Last comment on Nov 25, 2020 at 11:17 am | 30 comments

Palo Alto asserts housing growth mandate is a recipe for 'failure'
Faced with a mandate to plan for 10,000 new housing units, Palo Alto officials vowed early Tuesday morning to lodge a protest,... Last comment on Nov 22, 2020 at 5:16 pm | 36 comments

Palo Alto City Council approves first major housing project of 2020
Seeking to make a small dent in the local housing crisis, the City Council approved on Tuesday its largest residential project... Last comment on Nov 25, 2020 at 3:43 pm | 21 comments

Board gives green light to open middle, high schools in January despite opposition
Stark division over reopening schools spilled over again into Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, when board members voted... Last comment on Nov 18, 2020 at 12:27 pm | 74 comments

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Sobrato pitches townhome project at former site of Fry's Electronics
The Sobrato Organization's new proposal for 85 townhouses in a place long considered as a prime opportunity zone may constrain dreams for new housing, parkland and community amenities. Friday, 7:46 AM | 7 comments

Holiday Fund: With Live In Peace, at-risk students are given something they didn't think they had: choice
Students who at one point were at-risk of not getting a high school diploma have found support through Live In Peace's Gap-Year Project. Thursday, 3:09 PM

Crab for Christmas? Dungeness crab season delayed to mid-December
The original opening date for the commercial Dungeness crab season of Dec. 1 has been moved to Dec. 16 due to various factors including whale presence and low-quality crab meat. Friday, 8:03 AM | 2 comments

How you can help those in need this holiday season
With the holiday season now in full swing, Midpeninsula nonprofits are offering safe ways for the community to help provide food, toys and other items to locals in need. Friday, 8:05 AM

Downtown Streets Team declines to divulge investigation into sexual harassment by top executives
Palo Alto's close partnership with the Downtown Streets Team will be put to the test on Nov. 30, when the City Council will be asked to look past allegations of sexual harassment by nonprofit executives and approve a new contract. Tuesday, 12:50 PM | 19 comments

Inmates file fraudulent unemployment claims estimated to cost state $1B
A collaborative investigation across California has found inmates filed 35,003 fraudulent claims for federal funding to assist people out of work due to the pandemic. Wednesday, 9:08 AM | 10 comments

Stanford releases Title IX report as university navigates concerns around new federal regulations
Stanford received 92 fewer reports of sexual misconduct in 2019-20 than the prior school year, though the drop is attributed to the fact that the campus was closed for nearly half of the reporting period due to the pandemic. Tuesday, 8:24 AM | 6 comments

Santa Clara County to step up enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions for holiday weekend
Santa Clara County be stricter in enforcing capacity limits and social distancing protocols this weekend by suspending the grace period for fines starting on Thanksgiving and lasting until Sunday. Tuesday, 4:28 PM | 10 comments

City, transit agencies modify services for Thanksgiving weekend
We've rounded up the details on which local and regional agencies in the Palo Alto area will be adjusting or temporarily changing their schedules on Thanksgiving and the long holiday weekend. Wednesday, 1:06 PM

Policy, politics clash as Palo Alto looks to appoint planning commissioners
The City Council's decision to appoint new commissioners on Dec. 14, rather than the spring, will give its more pro-growth camp the power to reshape a key board before new council members arrive. Monday, 3:52 PM | 30 comments

Undersheriff, Apple security chief, businessman indicted in bribery schemes

City asserts housing growth mandate is a recipe for 'failure'

Calling for 'increased vigilance,' Stanford to require COVID-19 testing for all on-campus employees

Car thefts, home break-ins spike amid pandemic, police data shows

Cantor Arts Center head is asked to leave

Fentanyl deaths rising steeply, Santa Clara County officials say

Barron Park donkey Jenny dies after falling ill

Young doctoral candidate wins third East Palo Alto City Council seat by fewer than 100 votes

Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County leaders urge caution against COVID-19 as cases, hospitalizations rise

Separated by the pandemic, families face difficult question: When will I see you again?

PUBLIC AGENDA: Study session on COVID-19 recovery; update on utilities financial forecast

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