If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Palo Alto police increase patrols after attempted home burglary]]> Police are increasing their overnight patrols in residential neighborhoods after learning about an attempted burglary that happened Sunday, the fourth such incident in two weeks.]]> <![CDATA[Stephanie Fitch resigns after two years on Ravenswood school board]]> Trustee Stephanie Fitch, who was elected in 2018 on a campaign of reform and change, is resigning from the Ravenswood Board of Education, citing "unforeseen family circumstances."]]> <![CDATA[As forecasted high winds pick up, PG&E to cut power to thousands in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties]]> With dry conditions and wind gusts at high points throughout the Bay Area expected to hit up to 70 miles per hour, PG&E has shut off power to thousands of local customers to prevent wildfires. ]]> <![CDATA[Virus outbreaks unavoidable as school campuses reopen, experts warn]]> As schools inch closer to reopening campuses in some parts of California, medical experts are warning that the spread of the coronavirus will be inevitable and schools need to prepare.]]> <![CDATA[Particulates matter: 10 questions for a Stanford researcher on the health hazards of wildfire smoke]]> Stanford University's Dr. Mary Prunicki answers our questions about day-to-day health amid fire season.]]> <![CDATA[Supporters of Santa Clara Valley Water District clean water measure raise nearly $340K]]> A clean water and flood protection measure that would extend an existing Valley Water program indefinitely has nearly $340,000 in its campaign coffers, according to statements filed with the state.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Magical Bridge playground set to reopen in Palo Alto]]> In the latest Around Town column, news about plans to reopen the popular Magical Bridge playground in Palo Alto, why Santa Clara County is setting up ballot drop boxes in two's and results of this year's Bike to Wherever Days.]]> <![CDATA[Red flag warning for high winds, fire weather starting Sunday]]> The National Weather Service issued alerts for fire weather and high winds Friday that are expected in parts of the Bay Area beginning on Sunday, and PG&E has begun notifying customers that it will shut off power in some areas.]]> <![CDATA[Electronics go missing in overnight home burglary as couple slept]]> For the third time this month, police are investigating a home burglary that happened during the early morning hours while the residents were asleep.]]> <![CDATA[City Council incumbents retain cash edge as Election Day looms]]> City Council member Greg Tanaka continues to enjoy a sizable lead in cash raised over his nine opponents in the council race, even as five other candidates have seen a recent uptick of contributions.]]> <![CDATA[Newcomer Jesse Ladomirak holds fundraising lead in school board race]]> Challenger Jesse Ladomirak continues to lead fundraising in the school board race, receiving about $7,700 during the most recent reporting period, according to campaign finance reports.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah's fundraising tops $300K]]> Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah received a staggering $243,400 in contributions, primarily from charter school groups and representatives, during the most recent reporting period.]]> <![CDATA[To avoid COVID-19 scare, Halloween celebrations take on different look]]> From virtual carnivals to neighborhood costume parades to a candy chute to deliver treats hands-free, Midpeninsula cities and residents are gearing up for Halloween in creative and safer ways.]]> <![CDATA[Cities, organizations put a new spin on Halloween traditions]]> We've compiled a list of entertaining alternatives Menlo Park, Mountain View and Palo Alto to celebrate the ghoulish Halloween holiday, which will look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[An Alternative View: Why a gag order for Palo Alto city commissioners?]]> In a proposed new handbook for city boards, one recommendation states that these council appointees should avoid talking to the press. That would certainly ensure less transparency.]]> <![CDATA[First COVID-19 drug treatment gains FDA approval]]> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19 in hospitalized patients, the first such treatment the FDA has authorized to fight the deadly coronavirus.]]> <![CDATA[Facing a lawsuit, Palo Alto plans to permanently expand Foothills Park access]]> Spurred by a lawsuit from a coalition that includes the ACLU and the NAACP, Palo Alto is preparing to permanently abolish a long-standing policy of limiting Foothills Park access to residents and their guests.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Potential changes to boards, commissions; school reopening update]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 26.]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area's new growth plan eyes massive housing influx in Silicon Valley]]> Palo Alto, which has consistently failed to meet its own housing targets, would be required to plan for more than 10,000 new units under a proposal by the Association of Bay Area Governments. ]]> <![CDATA[Excessive slang? Palo Alto seeks dismissal of lawsuit from violent Happy Donuts arrest]]> Facing another lawsuit alleging police brutality over an arrest in the Barron Park neighborhood, Palo Alto's attorneys are asking a federal court judge to toss out the complaint they claim is too long, too broad and too sarcastic.]]> <![CDATA[California schools see big jump in homeless students]]> California's escalating cost of living has led to a 48% surge in the state's homeless student population over the past decade, according to new research released Tuesday by researchers at UCLA.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto voters face proposed hotel tax increase on ballot]]> This November, East Palo Alto residents will be revisiting a proposed hotel tax that hasn't been touched since it was first adopted more than 20 years ago.]]> <![CDATA[With new parking garage, Palo Alto looks to drive workers out of residential neighborhoods]]> When a parking garage near California Avenue opens next month, it will stand out as a conspicuous symbol of the city's new approach to managing parking spots.]]> <![CDATA[Good policy or ballot blackmail? Union keeps taking its fights with health industry to voters]]> SEIU-UHW president Dave Regan has become known as a labor leader who uses ballot initiatives to needle corporate adversaries.]]> <![CDATA[DOJ accuses Google of illegally running a monopoly on internet searches]]> Google, which once adopted the motto "don't be evil," was accused Tuesday of illegally maintaining a monopoly position in internet search in the U.S. through anticompetitive and exclusionary tactics.]]> <![CDATA[Bucking California's relaxed guidelines for large venues, Santa Clara County to keep stadiums, theme parks closed]]> Professional sporting events will not be allowed to have audiences and theme parks will not resume operation anytime soon in Santa Clara County, despite the state's decision that allows them to reopen, county leaders said on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto commissioners bristle at council's push to exert more control over advisory bodies]]> A new effort by the City Council to strengthen its control over the city's commission system is facing backlash from some of the commissioners, who argue that the rules will chill free speech.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: Halloween during a pandemic doesn't have to be scary]]> Local school superintendents Erik Burmeister, Beth Polito and Gina Sudaria implore families to plan alternative celebrations for upcoming holidays, including Halloween, due to the health crisis.]]> <![CDATA[Plummeting revenues threaten planned public safety building]]> With the local economy in tatters and city revenues on a steep decline, Palo Alto is preparing to reconsider its most ambitious infrastructure project: the new public safety building that is slated to go up near California Avenue.]]> <![CDATA[To help small businesses, Santa Clara County supervisors propose $100M loan program]]> Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian are proposing a $100 million loan program that would provide low-interest loans to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.]]> <![CDATA[Students find new ways to get out the vote amid pandemic]]> Driven by concerns about climate change, racism and healthcare, students are more mobilized around the November election than they were in 2018 or 2016, according to researchers.]]> <![CDATA[Will charter school politics — and money — influence the local Santa Clara County school board race?]]> With Election Day less than three weeks away, outside money is pouring into the Santa Clara County Board of Education Area 1 race, with charter school proponents making large contributions to incumbent Grace Mah. ]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Stanford economists wake up to news of their Nobel Prize]]> Read the story of how two Stanford economists learned they won a Nobel Prize and news about three local institutions addressing the digital divide by developing a guide on forming virtual programs.]]> <![CDATA[Jury convicts man for mailing bombs in act of revenge on officers]]> An Oakland man was found guilty earlier this month of sending bombs through the mail in East Palo Alto and Alameda to take revenge on two officers, federal prosecutors said.]]> <![CDATA[Mystery behind donated photo album leads woman on search for long-lost family connection]]> A donation to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library led to the discovery of a series of photographs of a now-deceased Palo Alto doctor and a mystery about where they came from.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Our election recommendations]]> Learn about the Palo Alto Weekly's recommendations on local, regional and statewide candidates and measures, in addition to California propositions, on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR]]> Read guest opinions for and against Measure RR, a proposed eighth-cent sales tax in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain operations. ]]> <![CDATA[Here's how you can vote in East Palo Alto]]> East Palo Alto voters have several options for returning their completed ballots, which can be dropped off at three drop box locations in their city or in-person vote centers throughout San Mateo County.]]> <![CDATA[Alleged robber causes scare with replica handgun at Stanford Shopping Center]]> A man who reportedly had a gun at Stanford Shopping Center, where allegedly stole $600 in merchandise from the Timberland store, was arrested by Palo Alto police on Saturday, police said.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on litigation over excessive-force claim, Foothills Park access]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 19.]]> <![CDATA[Police on search for duo in overnight crime spree]]> Palo Alto police detectives are investigating an early Monday morning crime spree after burglars entered two homes, prowled a third property and stole a car from another.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinions: Arguments for and against Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S]]> Read opinions for and against the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S, which would raise $45.5 million annually to fund the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection program.]]> <![CDATA[With election integrity at top of mind, what is Santa Clara County doing to keep your votes secure?]]> Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey acknowledged concerns that have been raised about election security on Tuesday, however, she said safeguards have been put in place to ensure the integrity of the results.]]> <![CDATA[With new rules, City Council looks to tighten its grip over boards, commissions]]> The long-standing system of citizen boards and commissions could see a shake-up Monday, when the council prepares to adopt rules that give it more power to shape their agendas and remove members.]]> <![CDATA[Amid ongoing reopening anxieties, school district to provide COVID-19 testing for staff]]> Starting next week, Palo Alto school district employees will have access to free, biweekly COVID-19 testing to be provided on campus by Stanford Health Care.]]> <![CDATA[Would-be carjacker nabbed after struggle leads officer to use Taser]]> A man who allegedly attempted to steal a car and threatened to kill someone at Town & Country Village shopping center was taken into custody early Sunday after an officer deployed a Taser, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Gaines tapped to serve as Palo Alto's new deputy city manager]]> Chantal Cotton Gaines, a fixture in Palo Alto's recent efforts to launch the Office of Transportation and advance a new vision for the rail corridor, has been promoted to a senior position vacant since April.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto's 'inclusive' playground excluded from reopening plan]]> The Magical Bridge has stood out as Palo Alto's only playground geared toward visitors of all abilities. But with other playgrounds now reopened, Magical Bridge users find themselves left out.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County restaurants, congregations can resume indoor service as COVID-19 cases drop]]> Restaurants and congregations in Santa Clara County will be able to reopen for indoor service on Wednesday under a revised public health order that loosens many of the restrictions that have been in place since March.]]>