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Two council members call for greater focus on 'affordable' housing
Palo Alto's efforts to encourage more housing should primarily focus on maintaining diversity and addressing the needs of... Last comment 9 hours ago | 28 comments

Business tax proposal moves ahead in Palo Alto
Palo Alto forged ahead Monday toward placing a business tax on the 2020 ballot when the City Council majority signaled its... Last comment on Sep 19, 2019 at 3:26 pm | 20 comments

Palo Alto looks to sell, treat — and possibly ask people to drink — wastewater
In an effort that could loosen the spigot on recycling water in the region, Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Water are exploring... Last comment 9 hours ago | 24 comments

Top-ranked but 'viscerally' disappointing: New book details one family's challenges in Palo Alto schools
Teru Clavel, a mother with a masters degree in comparative international education, has sharp criticism for the Palo Alto... Last comment on Sep 21, 2019 at 1:50 pm | 87 comments

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On the ground and suffering a seizure, a Palo Alto woman pleaded to be taken to the hospital. But police kept paramedics from helping her for 14 long minutes.
For one Palo Alto woman, a 911 call in June turned into a nightmare when police officers prevented paramedics from attending to her. Disoriented and struggling for words, she pleaded to an officer questioning her: "I need help!" Friday, 7:09 AM | 99 comments

County sets hearing in Palo Alto on Stanford general-use permit
Launching into the final phase of the review process for Stanford University's application for a permit to add development on campus, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will hold four public meetings over the next six weeks. Sunday, 9:37 PM

Police lean on training to diffuse crisis when mentally ill man comes at them with spear-like weapon
East Palo Alto and Menlo Park police used crisis-de-escalation techniques to try to diffuse a situation with a mentally ill man before having to use a Taser on Sept. 18. Sunday, 9:37 PM | 3 comments

Around Town: Cubberley deadline fast approaching; Stanford puts food pantry to the test
In the latest Around Town column, the pressure is sinking in for the city and school district to decide the future of Cubberley Community Center and Stanford University is addressing its food-insecure community through a pilot program. Sunday, 9:37 PM

Editorial: Local government leaders refusing to answer questions become their own worst enemies
Ed Shikada is just nine months into his tenure as Palo Alto city manager but his decision to offer no explanation or details about a June 3 911 call mishandled by first responders disrespects the public's right to know. Friday, 7:12 AM | 19 comments

Uneven Ground Part III: Chasing equity in a changing climate
Meet the new industrial pollution, a jobs-housing balance so skewed that it prices people out of their homes, triggers kids' asthma and forces people to pick: grueling commute or substandard housing. What's being done to change this? Sunday, 9:36 PM

Federal rule change could cut thousands of county residents from free food program
Three million Americans could lose access to federal food assistance programs under new rules proposed by the Trump administration, including thousands of residents in Santa Clara County. Sunday, 7:37 AM

Local students walk out as part of worldwide Climate Strike
At their morning break on Friday, students of Castilleja School and Palo Alto High School joined thousands of other youth in marching off campus as part of worldwide demonstrations calling for more urgent action on climate change. Friday, 4:43 PM | 5 comments

Firefighters sue to bring back binding arbitration
Palo Alto's largest firefighters union is waging a legal battle to bring back a law that required contract disputes between the city and its public-safety unions to be settled via binding arbitration. Friday, 7:11 AM | 8 comments

Nursing assistant who raped patient sentenced to 12 years in prison
A former Webster House nursing assistant who pleaded no contest to rape and oral copulation of an incapacitated, 72-year-old woman at the skilled-nursing facility in downtown Palo Alto was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday. Friday, 8:05 AM | 1 comments

Guest Opinion: The big 'cell'
Improved telecommunications are needed, but how they are achieved ought to be given the broadest design review and public consideration. Friday, 7:12 AM

Palo Alto looks to sell, treat — and possibly ask people to drink — wastewater
In an effort to open the spigot on recycled water in the region, Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Water are exploring a deal that would transfer the city's wastewater to south county for treatment and, ultimately, consumption. Thursday, 9:32 AM | 24 comments

Man shot, killed when 'illegal transaction' evolves into dispute

Two council members call for greater focus on 'affordable' housing

Locals voice opposition to Trump's policies in first Bay Area visit since 2016 election

911 nightmare: A tug of war for information

12 questions the city won't answer

PUBLIC AGENDA: Affordable housing memo; study session on renewing school district parcel tax

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