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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 2 hours ago | 78 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 8 hours ago | 84 comments

Plan for downtown Palo Alto garage stalls
Palo Alto’s multi-year effort to build a new downtown garage took a unexpected turn Monday night, when the City Council... Last comment on Feb 14, 2019 at 11:55 am | 19 comments

Therapists to lose home at landmark Mental Research Institute
Tension is building between therapists and the board of directors at a world-renowned Palo Alto mental health research institution. Read... Last comment 14 hours ago | 34 comments

 
 
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Episode 171: Charter school expansion debate; downtown office cap repealed
Weekly journalists delve into the Ravenswood City School District debate over a charter school's expansion proposal; recap Palo Alto's move to allow more commercial development downtown; and discuss Gov. Gavin Newsom's new vision for California's high-speed-rail project. Friday, 5:27 PM

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 struggling to afford the growing costs of housing, child care and transportation, according to a newly released snapshot of the regional economy. Friday, 4:05 PM

Conservationist leaves behind a legacy of land
After 46 years on the board of directors of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Nonette Hanko retired on Feb. 1, leaving to others the task of acquiring and preserving land. Friday, 6:49 AM | 8 comments

Ravenswood preliminarily offers KIPP shared middle school space
The Ravenswood school board unanimously agreed Thursday to preliminarily offer the growing KIPP Community Valiant Prep shared space at the district's new comprehensive middle school next fall, a proposal opposed by both the charter school and teachers and students at the district school. Friday, 9:02 AM | 5 comments

County seeks developer for new teacher housing project
With five North County school districts now offering support and funds, Santa Clara County officials are seeking a developer to build a teacher housing complex in Palo Alto.
Friday, 1:06 PM

Rollover crash injures three in East Palo Alto
Three people were injured in East Palo Alto on Thursday night when the convertible sports car they were in rolled over on University Avenue, near the Dumbarton Rail tracks, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Friday, 4:13 PM

Stanford construction site could be in violation of city law
Stanford University could be violating a city nuisance ordinance that prohibits storing building materials on a site where construction is not taking place, according to a city of Palo Alto code enforcement officer. Friday, 6:49 AM | 12 comments

Editorial: Council repeal of downtown cap is set-back for housing
Monday night's 4-3 decision to repeal a decades-old downtown growth policy designed to trigger a one-year pause on non-residential development when a cap is reached is a setback for both housing advocates and those concerned about traffic congestion and parking. Friday, 6:48 AM | 19 comments

Animal shelter employees get severance bonuses

What's open, closed on Presidents Day

Newsom scales back high-speed-rail plans

Macy's Men's demo to make way for Restoration Hardware

Castilleja requests restraining order against alleged sign vandal

Stanford professor named to state Board of Education

City scraps downtown office cap

Palo Alto Unified flipped sides in Gunn sexual harassment case

PUBLIC AGENDA: Temporary art project at King Plaza; school discipline policies

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