If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Santa Clara County launches COVID-19 vaccination site at Mountain View's community center]]> In short order, the Mountain View Community Center has transformed from a recreational space to a hub for mass vaccinations, with a goal of providing the COVID-19 vaccine to 1,000 people each day. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Rainstorms, potential atmospheric river expected to drench Bay Area in coming week]]> Multiple rainstorms, cold temperatures and some light snowfall are in the Bay Area's forecast over the next week, culminating in a potential atmospheric river by the middle of the week, according to the National Weather Service. ]]> <![CDATA[Time running out to extend California's eviction moratorium]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders need to reach an agreement by Jan. 31 for California renters to avoid the beginning of a statewide eviction tsunami.]]> <![CDATA[Pregnant and homeless: Menlo Park resident's documentary aims to raise awareness]]> Five years ago, a filmmaker in Menlo Park saw a news story about a homeless woman who gave birth at a bus stop. The story inspired her own project to explore and document the lives of local women who are pregnant and homeless. ]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussion on city economic recovery plan; update on Boulware Park upgrades]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 25.]]> <![CDATA[Man working in his yard faces armed would-be robber]]> Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that targeted a man who was working outside of his home on Wednesday afternoon and refused to hand over his wallet and cellphone at gunpoint.]]> <![CDATA[Pedestrian dies in Caltrain collision]]> A fatal collision between a Caltrain train and a pedestrian at the Churchill Avenue crossing in Palo Alto disrupted service and traffic in the area on Thursday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Moderna COVID-19 vaccine batch cleared after safety review]]> A batch of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that was held back since Sunday has been released for distribution, freeing up 21,800 doses in Santa Clara County, county leaders announced on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA['Persistent' and 'consistent.' Report highlights Palo Alto's legacy of discrimination.]]> The history of Black and brown communities in Palo Alto is blighted by discrimination, exclusion and everyday indignities that make residents of color feel like they don't belong, the Human Relations Commission concluded in a report.]]> <![CDATA[Biden signs flurry of executive orders, many reversing Trump policies]]> On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a bevy of executive orders that reverse policies of the Trump administration, many of which have been subject to litigation in Bay Area courts.]]> <![CDATA[Your COVID-19 vaccine questions — answered]]> We've compiled a list of who can currently get vaccinated in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus answers to common questions and links to resources.]]> <![CDATA[New parking fee, lower visitor cap on the horizon at Foothills Park]]> After seeing a spike in visits to Foothills Park, the Palo Alto City Council moved on Tuesday to sharply curtail the number of people who can enter the scenic preserve.]]> <![CDATA[Mass-vaccination centers to open, but only for those without primary care physicians]]> Anyone hoping to be vaccinated at one of the COVID-19 mass-vaccination centers in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties is likely to be turned away if they have a primary care physician, Santa Clara County staff said on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[City Council signals support for 113-apartment project]]> The City Council indicated Tuesday that it would be willing to use a new zoning tool to relax height and density restrictions and advance a mixed-use development with 113 apartments.]]> <![CDATA[Feeling a sense of urgency, Ravenswood moves to reopen schools]]> Ravenswood is looking to start reopening its campuses as soon as next week for small groups of high-need students, which leaders hope will be a first step toward safely resuming in-person instruction.]]> <![CDATA[After 18 hate crime incidents, Human Relations Commission asks City Council to take action]]> Defaced campaign signs of a Black City Council candidate. Derogatory signs referring to COVID-19 as the "Chinese Virus." These messages of hate are among 18 that have been reported in Palo Alto in the past year.]]> <![CDATA[Strong gusts lead to power outage for nearly 4,500 Palo Alto Utilities customers]]> Service has been restored to all of the nearly 4,500 Palo Alto Utilities customers who lost their power due to strong winds that blew trees onto electrical lines on Tuesday, the city's Utilities Department said.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County holds back batch of Moderna vaccine that potentially causes allergic reactions]]> A specific lot of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 potentially caused a "higher-than-usual" number of allergic reactions, but none of those doses have been administered in Santa Clara County.]]> <![CDATA[A harrowing experience with COVID-19]]> Sequoia and Ravenswood school district adviser Rolando Bonilla shares his experience falling ill with COVID-19 at the same time as losing a family member to the virus.]]> <![CDATA[Local health care providers reel from huge spike in demand for vaccine]]> Health care providers in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are reeling from a massive spike in requests for COVID-19 vaccines last week, after state and county officials expanded eligibility.]]> <![CDATA[New COVID-19 variant increasing in Bay Area, linked to Kaiser San Jose outbreak]]> The L452R variant of COVID-19 -- being identified by viral genomic sequencing in the Bay Area -- has been linked to the Kaiser San Jose outbreak as well as other large outbreaks in Santa Clara County.]]> <![CDATA[Best Of Palo Alto: With caviar still on the menu, Michelin-starred restaurant turns to takeout]]> Much has changed in the age of COVID-19 for The Village Pub, a 19-year-old Michelin-starred restaurant.]]> <![CDATA[County inmates report unsafe conditions, go on hunger strike as COVID-19 cases soar]]> County jail inmates are on a hunger strike in protest of "cruel and unusual punishment" related to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County unveils COVID-19 vaccine dashboard]]> Santa Clara County launched a new online dashboard on Friday that tracks the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received and administered by the county's health care sector to inform the public of how the vaccines are being distributed.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Work begins on Palo Alto's newest affordable housing project]]> Alta Housing, the nonprofit developer of affordable housing, recently celebrated a victory when it broke ground on its new Palo Alto project: a 59-unit development known as Wilton Court.]]> <![CDATA[Resignation creates another opening on Palo Alto's planning commission]]> The Palo Alto City Council will have a chance to fill three seats on the Planning and Transportation Commission in the coming weeks after Commissioner William Riggs' recent departure.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County ramps up COVID-19 vaccinations amid chaotic federal allocations]]> Santa Clara County leaders are concerned they won't have enough COVID-19 doses to continue building up their vaccination program after learning that federal officials allegedly lied about having a stockpile of second doses.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto middle, high schools unlikely to reopen this school year]]> It's unlikely that Palo Alto Unified middle and high schools will reopen for hybrid instruction this academic year, meaning hundreds of students might go without in-classroom instruction for over a year.]]> <![CDATA[Prime for housing? New apartment plan targets 'moderate' earners]]> A residential block in the College Terrace neighborhood could become the site of a 24-unit apartment building under a proposal that the Palo Alto City Council will weigh in the coming months.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County works to clear hurdles to vaccinations]]> One month after the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Santa Clara County, county leaders are hurrying to fix shortcomings in the rollout system.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues via clinic, partnerships]]> In San Mateo County, about one-third of the health care workers and long-term care residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have received it so far, county health officials said Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Relief, gratitude among seniors receiving COVID-19 vaccines]]> Residents at Channing House, a senior independent living and long-term care center, say COVID-19 vaccines are the first step in bringing back a sense of normalcy.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Proposed changes to Foothills Park access; discussion on PAUSD's dyslexia program]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 18.]]> <![CDATA[Opinion: Contradictions of COVID-19]]> While city councils up and down the Peninsula contemplate severe housing shortages in the decades ahead, we are also witnessing probably the largest exodus from the Bay Area in many years. ]]> <![CDATA[An Alternative View: Drastic decision keeps police information from the public]]> The encryption of police radio transmissions was made without any public input and without the mayor or City Council knowing about it.]]> <![CDATA[Under assault: Data shows Santa Clara County hospital workers routinely attacked on the job]]> Each year, hundreds of health care workers in Santa Clara County hospitals are punched, kicked, spat on, slapped or worse, and it's a problem that has nurses worried someone is going to get killed.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County opens up COVID-19 vaccines to all residents age 75 and older]]> All Santa Clara County residents age 75 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine effective immediately, vastly expanding the number of people eligible for immunization against the virus.]]> <![CDATA['I will vote to impeach this traitor': Rep. Anna Eshoo supports removing Trump from office]]> Granted only 30 seconds to speak on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Anna Eshoo did not mince words regarding President Donald Trump during Wednesday's impeachment hearing.]]> <![CDATA[Debate over Foothills Park access continues as Palo Alto weighs new restrictions]]> Nearly a month after Palo Alto opened the once-exclusive Foothills Park to the broader public, city leaders are preparing to adopt new restrictions on Tuesday to curb the sudden onrush of visitors.]]> <![CDATA[California's new goal: Vaccinate a million people in 10 days]]> Acknowledging that vaccinations have been too slow, state officials aim to ramp up the pace. But many questions remain about expanding to the next groups of Californians.]]> <![CDATA[New numbers, same concerns as Palo Alto challenges housing mandate]]> A recent adjustment by regional planners could lower the number of housing units the city is required to plan for between 2023 and 2031. It has done little, however, to quell the City Council's anxieties about the allocation process.]]> <![CDATA[New California law requires insurance companies to cover more mental health treatment]]> A landmark mental health care law took effect in California this month, finally giving some teeth to mental health parity laws that have been ineffectual for years.]]> <![CDATA[Paly, Gunn student-athletes can again train outdoors in person starting next week]]> High school athletes aren't allowed to compete in games yet, but they can train outdoors while keeping 6 feet apart and staying within stable cohorts beginning next week at Paly and Gunn.]]> <![CDATA[Sheriff's Office forms task force to investigate right-wing extremists]]> The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office has formed a special task force to combat right-wing extremists due to the recent Capitol attacks and heightened security ahead of the presidential inauguration.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom's school reopening plan puts tight deadlines on districts, legislature]]> Schools would have to offer in-person learning for primary students starting Feb. 16 in order to get the full funds under the governor's budget. Lawmakers face early deadlines in February and March. ]]> <![CDATA[VTA plans to run more buses on seven lines, so fewer riders are left behind]]> The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is going to run some bus lines more frequently so fewer passengers get left behind, including routes that serve Mountain View and Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Facebook's Willow Village now includes giant glass dome, 'High Line' path and more]]> On Friday, Facebook and Signature Development Group submitted updated plans for the proposed Willow Village development. Among the new features: a giant collaboration dome and senior housing. ]]> <![CDATA[After political tussle, Vice Mayor Pat Burt on track to join the VTA board]]> When elected leaders from four north Santa Clara County cities meet later this month to pick their representative for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority board, Pat Burt will find himself in the driver's seat.]]> <![CDATA[Downtown Streets Team issues apology, retraction after board chair's 'inaccurate' comments]]> The Downtown Streets Team has issued an apology and retracted the false comments made by its board chair, who claimed that the Weekly "got it wrong" when it reported on allegations of sexual harassment against the nonprofit's leaders.]]> <![CDATA[Supervisors to consider requiring health care systems to provide vaccination plans]]> Seeking to know how many vaccines are being given out, Santa Clara County supervisors will consider requiring large health care systems to produce a written plan and timeline for administering the doses.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford Shopping Center was a hot spot of violations when public health inspectors came calling]]> Eighteen stores in the Stanford Shopping Center were fined for violating Santa Clara County COVID-19 health orders over the Black Friday weekend, according to county documents obtained by the Weekly.]]> <![CDATA[Struggling small businesses could get boost from Newsom's proposed $227B budget]]> On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $575 million grant program for small businesses and nonprofits as part of his $227 billion budget proposal to the state legislature.]]> <![CDATA[Opinion: California's plan to bring many students back to school for in-person learning in careful stages]]> A Stanford professor who serves as president of the state Board of Education writes about why she supports the safe reopening of schools.]]> <![CDATA[Best Of Palo Alto: Renovated hotel looks to target locals with its daytime amenities]]> At a time when most business and leisure travel have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nobu Hotel Palo Alto has moved forward with a multimillion-dollar renovation.]]> <![CDATA[Pro-Trump business owner documented at Capitol rally faces backlash]]> Some people are threatening a boycott of a Menlo Park business after it came to light that its owner attended a pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6 after which a mob violently invaded the U.S. Capitol. ]]> <![CDATA[With COVID-19 surge, Stanford frosh-soph students can't return to campus after all]]> Stanford University announced Saturday that freshman and sophomore students would not be allowed to return to campus for winter quarter, citing a surge in coronavirus cases.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Meet Jalen, the first baby born in 2021 at Stanford]]> Stanford Children's Health welcomed seven babies on Jan. 1 -- the first being Jalen Ramos, who entered the world at 1:53 a.m. The healthy infant arrived at 5 pounds and 2 ounces.]]>