Palo Alto Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2022 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Santa Clara Valley Water District candidates focus on a sustainable water future]]> The two people who are facing off in the Nov. 8 election for the district 7 seat on the Valley Water board of directors weigh in on four key issues facing. ]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain plan to rebuild San Francisquito Bridge may upend Palo Alto's rail priorities]]> A proposal by Caltrain to replace the aged bridge over San Francisquito Creek may force Palo Alto to speed up its plans for redesigning the Palo Alto Avenue rail crossing.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto takes aim at water heaters to curb carbon emissions]]> Seeking to accelerate its climate change efforts, Palo Alto unveiled on Tuesday an ambitious new program that would replace 1,000 gas-fueled water heaters at local homes with heat pump water heaters by the end of next year.]]> <![CDATA[Where the Palo Alto school board candidates stand on innovation]]> In their own words, the four candidates seeking two open seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education share what innovations they'd like to see come out of the school district.]]> <![CDATA[The sheriff's race: What the candidates would do about the jails and staffing]]> The Palo Alto Weekly asked contenders for Santa Clara County Sheriff, Kevin Jensen and Robert "Bob" Jonsen, to weigh in on the overbudget new main jail, control of the jails and staffing shortages. ]]> <![CDATA[Dramatic spike in abandoned huskies leaves many up for adoption at animal shelter]]> The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is experiencing a large spike in the number of husky and husky-mix dogs at their shelter, with 15 huskies and husky-mix dogs currently available for adoption.]]> <![CDATA[Flying out of SFO? Better bring your own food]]> Nearly a thousand fast food workers went on strike at the San Francisco International Airport on Monday, causing many food establishments and lounges to shutter, said an airport workers' union.]]> <![CDATA[Gavin Newsom signs bills aimed at reducing catalytic converter thefts]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom's office earlier this week announced Newsom has signed two bills aimed at cracking down on catalytic converter theft. ]]> <![CDATA[The sheriff's race: What they'd do if elected]]> How the scandal-plagued Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office will operate in a post-Laurie Smith era will be determined by the vote of the people in the Nov. 8 election.]]> <![CDATA[Where the Palo Alto school board candidates stand on the superintendent]]> In their own words, the four candidates seeking two open seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education share what letter grade they would give for Superintendent Don Austin's performance to date, and why.]]> <![CDATA[Junior Museum and Zoo removes birds from view amid avian flu outbreak]]> Concerned about a bird flu outbreak, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo has removed its birds from public viewing and canceled all bird interactions, including the popular flamingo feeding activity, until further notice.]]> <![CDATA[In wide-ranging candidates' forum, 4 vying for school board seats tackle tough issues]]> Weighing in on topics ranging from homework policies to student achievement, the four candidates for the Palo Alto Unified Board of Education shared their opinions at an at-times heated forum on Sept. 20. ]]> <![CDATA[Atown: Palo Alto reveals city's 'best developments' at ARB awards ceremony]]> Movies have the Oscars, TV shows have the Emmys and Palo Alto's builders have the ARB Awards, a local tradition that takes place every five years and honors the best developments. This year's award winners were announced on Sept. 21. ]]> <![CDATA[Where the Palo Alto school board candidates stand on diversity and inclusion]]> In their own words, the four candidates seeking two open seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education share their views on how to make campuses feel safer and more inclusive to all students.]]> <![CDATA[Burglar strikes occupied home in downtown Palo Alto]]> Palo Alto police are investigating an overnight burglary that occurred on Wednesday morning at a home while the resident slept.]]> <![CDATA['Pod house' found in violation of several city building codes]]> A Palo Alto home that's been touted as a model for affordable shared housing because it's been renovated with 14 small sleeping "pods" has been cited for multiple code violations, according to city of Palo Alto documents.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Fiber to the Premises study session; San Francisquito Creek bridge presentation]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 19.]]> <![CDATA[Life under the coronavirus]]> Take a visual tour of the resilience, determination and character of Midpeninsula residents coping with the COVID-19 threat that has disrupted our lives, as seen through the lens of our visual journalist. ]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus central: Track the latest vaccination and case counts]]> View maps and charts showing updates on vaccinations, cases, deaths and hospitalizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.]]>