If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Local agencies are preparing for another big wildfire year]]> With the drought in full swing this year, Cal Fire and other agencies are warning that fires are already becoming a threat.]]> <![CDATA[Is Palo Alto ready for rent stabilization? City explores new policies to help tenants]]> Seeking to address the plight of low-income residents in a city famous for its astronomical rents, Palo Alto is considering a wide range of new programs designed to protect and assist tenants facing displacement.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto hikes development 'impact fees' for first time in 20 years]]> Developers looking to build in Palo Alto will have to pay significantly more to support local parks, libraries and community centers under a fee revision that the City Council voted to adopt on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Man arrested for sexual assault on elderly woman]]> A man has been arrested after a violent sexual assault of a woman, who he reportedly harassed on an ongoing basis, in a downtown parking lot earlier this month, Palo Alto police said Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Family of slain Palo Alto teacher Kyle Hart sues Redwood City police]]> The family of teacher Kyle Hart has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Redwood City and members of its police department for the December 2018 shooting that mortally wounded Hart during a mental health crisis.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto looks to restore police auditor's power to review internal complaints]]> The City Council surprised many police watchdogs in 2019 when it moved to strip away the power of an independent auditor to investigate internal complaints. Now, it is looking to undo that action.]]> <![CDATA[Power outage affects about 2,000 customers in Palo Alto]]> About 2,000 Palo Alto Utilities customers lost power for nearly three hours Tuesday night due to an outage caused by a failed cable line, according to the city's Utilities spokesperson.]]> <![CDATA[Our better nature: Six ideas to diversify the outdoors]]> José González, founder of Latino Outdoors, dissects the misguided assumptions and hidden disparities that leave many families off Peninsula trails.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto OKs church to house the homeless in parking lot]]> Soon, the cracked pavement of Highway Community Church's parking lot on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto will be home to up to four vehicle dwellers, at least from the hours of 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to people ages 16 and up in Santa Clara County]]> The county will receive about 300,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses and plans to open up tens of thousands of additional vaccine appointments this week, health leaders said Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Teen substance use treatment center in East Palo Alto shutters after few show up for services]]> In 2018, San Mateo County launched a substance abuse treatment clinic in East Palo Alto for troubled youth, but it failed to draw many teens in need of drug treatment and shuttered last year.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara, San Mateo counties halt use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine]]> A rare side effect from the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has caused health leaders in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to pause its administration, they announced on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[By curbing 'planned home' zone, Palo Alto steers housing plans away from single-family neighborhoods]]> The Palo Alto City Council moved Monday to curtail its most promising -- and unpredictable -- zoning tool when it voted to keep "planned home" projects out of single-family neighborhoods.]]> <![CDATA[Human remains found near Skylonda/Woodside]]> The remains of an as-yet-unidentified person were found on Monday at about 9 a.m. in the Skylonda/Woodside area near Kebet Ridge Road, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford plans to resume in-person learning this fall]]> Stanford University is expected to bring back in-person learning at its campus this fall, but whether students will face COVID-19 vaccination requirements is still up in the air.]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds march against anti-Asian hate in Mountain View rally]]> Around 500 Bay Area residents gathered in Mountain View on Sunday to rally against the recent uptick in crimes and discrimination that have targeted Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.]]> <![CDATA[May Fête Parade calls on community to offer their version of a 'Wonderful World']]> After a year of unprecedented loss, Palo Alto is hoping to uplift the community by resuming a longstanding tradition next month.]]> <![CDATA[COVID-19 testing rate drops by 34% in Santa Clara County]]> Health officials are encouraging residents to get tested for COVID-19, as testing rates have dropped by 34% in the last two months.]]> <![CDATA[Sunday march and rally to be held in Mountain View to call out anti-Asian hate]]> The youth group AAPI Mountain View is hosting a public march and rally on Sunday, April 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. in downtown Mountain View to protest anti-Asian hate and violence. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto leaders weigh traffic concerns, job training opportunities for major proposed office development]]> Early plans for a massive development of four office buildings in East Palo Alto appeared to be welcomed by the City Council last week. ]]> <![CDATA[Three rapes reported on Stanford University campus]]> The Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating reports of three rapes on the campus over a three-week period in March, the department has confirmed in an email.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Libraries will soon reopen for people with appointments]]> In the latest Around Town column, learn how Palo Alto's city libraries will return to some normalcy starting Tuesday with the reopening of the Children's Library. ]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto autonomous flight company sued; competitor claims it stole design]]> A legal battle is brewing between two local companies vying to create flying autonomous air-taxis, with one alleging that the other poached employees, stole trade secrets and copied its aircraft design.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Consideration of impact fees for community amenities, renter protection policies]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 12.]]> <![CDATA[Vaccine passports in California? Answers to your questions]]> California has no plans to administer a passport. But the state is sending mixed messages to businesses about the need to verify that people at large events are vaccinated.]]> <![CDATA[Facebook to host Menlo Park COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday]]> Starting April 10, Facebook will convert part of its Menlo Park headquarters into a vaccination clinic for eligible residents of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks.]]> <![CDATA[An Alternative View: Palo Alto police have shut their doors]]> At Monday's City Council meeting, Police Chief Robert Jonsen indicated that he wants to keep in place a new encryption policy that makes it hard to find out about police conduct.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto eyes another shake-up to parking policies in commercial areas]]> Seeking to add flexibility to the city's rigid and confusing parking policies, Palo Alto is preparing to adopt new rules that will give visitors flexibility and steer workers away from residential streets and toward public garages.]]> <![CDATA[Castro Street could stay closed to traffic after the COVID-19 pandemic]]> Mountain View's experimental closure of Castro Street during the pandemic has temporarily transformed the city's downtown corridor. But could those changes be made permanent?]]> <![CDATA[Former Palo Alto math tutor now charged with 52 lewd acts on 16 girls]]> Prosecutors in the case against former math tutor Mark Allan Hodes filed additional charges of lewd conduct against him on April 5, upping the number of felonies he faces five-fold -- from nine to 52. ]]> <![CDATA[Facing concerns from College Terrace, city looks to reassert commitment to single-family housing zones]]> Since Palo Alto launched the "planned home zone" last year to spur housing construction, it has seen steady increases in developer interest and in neighborhood anxieties. On Monday, the council plans to refine its newest zoning tool.]]> <![CDATA[The end of an era: Ann's Coffee Shop to close]]> After 75 years, Ann's Coffee Shop in Menlo Park, known for its 1950s atmosphere, bottomless carafes of coffee and homemade soups and pies, is set to close April 19, according to the mother-son duo behind the diner.]]> <![CDATA[Health leaders encourage residents to seek COVID-19 vaccination appointments despite short supply]]> In a continued race to stay one step ahead of the mutating coronavirus, health officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are urging patience and a renewed effort to follow safety guidelines.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto City Council to review proposed office development at 18-acre Bay Road site]]> The East Palo Alto City Council will review preliminary plans Tuesday for an office development at a 17.8-acre site located at 1990 Bay Road.]]> <![CDATA[California sets June 15 goal for full reopening]]> The state's plan to fully reopen on June 15 will largely depend on two criteria: Vaccine supply must be sufficient for anyone 16 and up who wants a shot and hospitalization rates must remain low and stable.]]> <![CDATA[City Council clashes over appointments to new housing panel]]> Palo Alto's effort to craft a new housing vision got off to a rocky start Monday, with the council at odds over appointments to a citizens group before approving the roster through a partisan process.]]> <![CDATA[Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store, Rick's Ice Cream ransacked two days apart]]> Break-ins were reported at two local ice cream stores in the space of two days last week, including one in which the ashes of two members of a longtime business were stolen.]]> <![CDATA[After police encrypt radios, City Council looks for ways to restore transparency]]> The City Council has pushed back against the Police Department's abrupt move to encrypt all radio communications, with several members suggesting that the policy should be revised or reversed.]]> <![CDATA[Fresh off national victory, Stanford women's basketball returns to hometown welcome]]> It's been 29 years since Stanford University women's basketball landed a national title -- a cause for celebration on Monday when the team paraded through campus and downtown Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[John C. Martin, pioneer of single-pill HIV treatment, dies unexpectedly]]> John C. Martin, 69, who helped develop the first once-a-day pill to treat HIV while serving as CEO of Gilead Sciences, died on March 30 after suffering head injuries from a fall the previous day.]]> <![CDATA[State and federal funds will help local school districts with reopening costs]]> Schools will soon receive money to help with safety measures they're taking to reopen, along with additional academic, mental health and social-emotional supports needed because of the pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Palo Alto Adult School marks 100 years of educating the community]]> In the latest Around Town column, news about the Palo Alto Adult School celebrating its centennial, children joining a protest against anti-Asian hate and the departure of an assistant city manager.]]> <![CDATA[Is California blowing it on unemployment reform?]]> The state went deep into debt to keep jobless benefits flowing during the pandemic. And if it doesn't fix its $48 billion unemployment problem, that could derail COVID-19 recovery.]]>