Palo Alto Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2023 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[La Baguette settles federal lawsuit for $430K in fraudulent PPP claims]]> A Palo Alto bakery has settled a lawsuit with the federal government for making false claims to acquire $430,000 through a program designed to help struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto police investigate 'jewelry swap' crime at Walgreens parking lot]]> Palo Alto police are investigating a Thursday morning "jewelry swap" crime in which a woman's necklace valued at more than $1,000 was stolen by a couple who stopped to ask her for directions in a Walgreens parking lot.]]> <![CDATA[California snowpack reaches record high in latest survey]]> The series of atmospheric rivers that hit California in December and January certainly improved the state's snowpack, state water officials confirmed during their second snow survey of the year.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto rejects calls to pick mayor by rotation]]> Palo Alto swiftly rejected on Monday calls to reconsider how it elects its mayor, opting to retain the city's longstanding tradition of leaving it up to City Council members to select who will lead them every year. ]]> <![CDATA[Here's what you need to know about the new teacher-housing project in Palo Alto]]> Plans are underway to break ground in the next several months on an educator-housing project in Palo Alto that was proposed more than five years ago.]]> <![CDATA[Center's celebration of Chinese culture fosters diversity, sense of belonging]]> On any given day, Avenidas Chinese Community Center is abuzz with older adults learning how to speak Mandarin, trying their hand at Chinese paint brushing or enjoying Lunar New Year festivities.]]> <![CDATA[Opinion: It's time to talk about switching to electric]]> While some may feel that Palo Alto's reputation as an environmental leader has dimmed somewhat in the past few years, the city is now again in the forefront of cities moving into the electrification era.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Study session about on-demand shuttle; changes to local zoning laws]]> A preview of government meetings for the week of Feb. 6.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto looks to crack down on gas-powered leaf blowers]]> Nearly 20 years after Palo Alto adopted a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers in residential areas, the appliance and the public opposition to them remain as loud as ever. Now, the city plans to take action.]]> <![CDATA[Fire guts Bill's Cafe and AJ's Quick Clean Center at Midtown shopping plaza]]> A fire that broke out late Wednesday night at a Midtown shopping plaza destroyed Bill's Cafe and AJ's Quick Clean Center before firefighters extinguished it.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County to close mass COVID-19 vaccination, testing sites by end of month]]> Santa Clara County will close its mass COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites by the end of the month as they are no longer essential to the county's pandemic response, county officials said Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Child attacked by mountain lion in unincorporated San Mateo County]]> A child was attacked by a mountain lion in unincorporated San Mateo County, the Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[California, other states reach impasse over Colorado River]]> Despite a federal deadline, California -- the largest user of Colorado River water -- has refused to cut back as much as six other states proposed in a new plan.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto environmentalist Walter Hays dies]]> Walter Hays, a prominent Palo Alto resident, environmental champion and individual who set a standard for volunteerism, died on Jan. 25, his son, Walter Thomas Hays, said.]]> <![CDATA[Developer looks to demolish The Fish Market, build 380 apartments]]> The two buildings on El Camino Real in Palo Alto that currently house The Fish Market and a McDonald's restaurant would be torn down and replaced with a seven-story housing complex under a new proposal.]]> <![CDATA[Farmworkers displaced by mass shooting won't return to 'deplorable' housing conditions]]> Since the Jan. 23 mass shooting that killed seven people on two Half Moon Bay mushroom farms, roughly 40 residents who lived on-site have been staying in hotels, with no estimate of when they can return.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford scrutinized over deputy who drew gun on Black man]]> Stanford police are receiving scrutiny after an officer drew a gun on a Black driver over the weekend, an incident that has gained national attention following a viral Twitter thread from a witness.]]> <![CDATA[Janitors get a boost as Palo Alto firms up labor rules]]> Spurred by allegations of wage theft against the city's janitorial contractor, Palo Alto city leaders agreed on Monday to mandate union wages and collective-bargaining rights for workers who clean city facilities.]]> <![CDATA[New council, same priorities in Palo Alto in 2023]]> Housing, climate change, economic recovery and community safety will continue to dominate Palo Alto City Council discussions in the coming year after members voted Saturday to adopt these areas as their official priorities.]]> <![CDATA[Schwab Learning Center opens new dyslexic-friendly 'innovation lab']]> With its new home at Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, the Schwab Learning Center's reach is now expanding beyond Stanford to the wider community.]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus central: FDA expands eligibility for omicron booster vaccines to children ages 5-11]]> On Wednesday, the agency expanded use of the bivalent boosters.]]>