If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Violent assault leaves elderly man with several stab wounds]]> A teenager accused of violently assaulting a man in his 80s in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood, leaving him with multiple stab wounds, was arrested on Friday evening, police said Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area legislators call for Senate to pass stimulus bill]]> A group of Bay Area federal legislators on Wednesday called on the U.S. Senate to pass a House-approved COVID-19 stimulus bill that includes relief funding for state and local governments.]]> <![CDATA[Nonprofit in need of back-to-school supplies for distance learning]]> As schools go back into session through distance learning, families will have to create a proper learning environment for their children at home and provide some of the educational supplies themselves.]]> <![CDATA[Craving more outdoor dining, Palo Alto prepares to extend 'Summer Streets' to end of the year]]> Buoyed by rave reviews of the city's new outdoor dining scene, Palo Alto leaders are considering keeping California and University avenues closed to traffic until the end of the year and adding a car-free zone on Ramona Street.]]> <![CDATA[Fish and wildlife officials confirm outbreak of deer disease in Santa Clara County]]> The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Monday confirmed an outbreak of a disease affecting deer in several Northern California counties, including Santa Clara County.]]> <![CDATA[Going down? Maybe not. State reports technical glitch led to COVID-19 undercount]]> California's daily count of COVID-19 cases appears to be falling, but that may be due to underreporting caused by technical issues, state health officials said Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford announces layoffs, workforce reductions to address budget concerns]]> Stanford University continues to tighten its budget to address lost revenue due to the shutdown, including laying off 208 employees, 30 additional furloughs and eliminating over 400 vacant positions.]]> <![CDATA[State outlines waiver process for schools seeking to hold classes in person]]> State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state's waiver process for K-6 schools that seek to hold classes in person even if they are in a county on California's coronavirus watchlist.]]> <![CDATA[Despite looming deficit, Santa Clara County supervisors reject sales tax hike for the November ballot]]> Santa Clara County's board of supervisors will not place a sales tax measure on this November's ballot, after two supervisors on Tuesday pushed back on the idea of taxing residents to offset the deficit.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain gets a lifeline after counties strike compromise on tax measure]]> A three-way deal between supervisors in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties over presenting voters this fall with a tax measure to fund Caltrain operations offers the transit agency a lifeline after weeks of uncertainty.]]> <![CDATA[Supervisor: Federal relief, mediation needed to avoid large scale evictions in Santa Clara County]]> Delays in the Senate over a new stimulus package will likely have detrimental effects in Santa Clara County, said county Supervisor Dave Cortese.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto tenants worried about evictions amid pandemic]]> Hundreds of families in East Palo Alto have been unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to get assistance, housing advocates said at a briefing Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Should Palo Alto extend its street closure programs for outdoor dining and retail?]]> The city of Palo Alto is hosting a community meeting today at 5:30 p.m. to gather feedback on the Summer Streets program to support local businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford revises campus sexual violence policy to comply with Trump administration's controversial new rules]]> Stanford is seeking feedback on draft Title IX policy revisions for how universities respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto moves to expand access to 'residents-only' Foothills Park]]> Palo Alto's prolonged and polarizing debate over whether nonresidents should be allowed to visit Foothills Park moved toward a compromise on Monday, when the City Council agreed to expand access to the pristine and exclusive preserve.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto teen starts music organization for COVID-19 relief]]> A Palo Alto high school student has developed a new, and melodic, way for parents to keep fidgety and stir-crazy kids occupied during quarantine.]]> <![CDATA[New section of Bay Trail opens this week in East Palo Alto]]> East Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents will have improved access to the San Francisco Bay Trail as a new 0.6-mile section of the trail opens to the public this week.]]> <![CDATA[Police find 2 men fatally shot in car in East Palo Alto]]> A double homicide investigation is underway in East Palo Alto where two men were found shot to death in a car on Sunday night, a police spokesman said Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Parent organization to host two town hall webinars this week]]> The Palo Alto Council of PTAs is hosting two town hall webinars on Monday and Tuesday to give families an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about reopening schools.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County COVID-19 testing guru quit last job amid pressure to reopen economy]]> The head of COVID-19 testing for Santa Clara County was at the center of controversy in San Benito County where a supervisor urged the county board to cut ties with Dr. Marty Fenstersheib over reopening local businesses.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Palo Alto firefighters return after nine days at the Hog Fire]]> In the latest Around Town, news about a Palo Alto fire crew that helped deter a Lassen County wildfire, East Palo Alto's new grant to build granny units and a funding opportunity for local nonprofits.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County salons, gyms and churches cease indoor operations]]> Officials in San Mateo County announced Saturday that certain indoor businesses and activities were ordered to shut down or move to outdoor operations beginning Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[California's clean-air programs take a hit in new funding squeeze]]> Some of California's key environmental programs for battling smog and climate change have lost nearly $105 million as the state grapples with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. ]]> <![CDATA[School board race expands with two newcomers, one incumbent]]> The Palo Alto Unified school board race is heating up, with two additional newcomers in the running and an incumbent announcing her reelection bid.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto leaders could decide Monday whether to open Foothills Park to nonresidents]]> A thorny issue that has created controversy for decades is about to get a hearing on Aug. 3 before the City Council: whether the city should launch a pilot program to allow non-Palo Alto residents access to Foothills Park.]]> <![CDATA[Panel discussion to be held on Generation Z and racial justice]]> Five young adults who've led recent efforts to bring about social change along the Midpeninsula will share their perspectives on racial justice and advocacy in a virtual panel discussion on Aug. 6.]]> <![CDATA[In experiment, Town Square forum commenting will be limited to registered users]]> Starting Aug. 1, participation in Palo Alto Online's Town Square discussion forum will be limited to those who register on the site. ]]> <![CDATA[An Alternative View: Going stir crazy — but still wearing my mask]]> We have no real solution yet to ridding this country of the virus, except by a yet-undiscovered vaccine. The only temporary solution is wearing a mask. So wear a mask. Don't harm others.]]> <![CDATA[To get OK for school expansion, Castilleja proposes plan with lesser traffic impacts]]> A new alternative that seeks to reduce traffic impacts of Castilleja School's proposed expansion is included in a much-anticipated final environmental impact report released Wednesday evening.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Consideration of Foothills Park pilot program; discussion on fiber network expansion]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 3.]]> <![CDATA[Commission approves permit for Drew Health Foundation office in East Palo Alto]]> After eight years, the Drew Health Foundation, a historic nonprofit in East Palo Alto, is now fully operational as the city approved their conditional use permit application on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Head of Menlo Church steps down over 'poor judgment']]> The senior pastor of Menlo Church has resigned following an outcry over the church board's investigation that some current and former parishioners found inadequate. ]]> <![CDATA[Former Palo Alto City Councilman Grant Spaeth dies at 88]]> Grant Spaeth, a former Palo Alto city councilman, died on July 28 at 88 years old. His wife, Lori Spaeth, said the cause was from complications of Parkinson's disease.]]> <![CDATA[Schools seek waiver so kids can return to campus]]> More than 80 local schools have contacted the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Operations about filing a waiver to reopen their elementary campuses in person in the fall, including several on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Former venture capital CEO sentenced in college admissions scam]]> Manuel Henriquez, the former CEO of a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison in a national college admissions scam.]]> <![CDATA[If feds let jobless benefits drop, California Dems may 'backdoor borrow' to extend them]]> Democrats have found a loophole to help stimulate the economy: "borrowing" federal dollars to continue unemployment benefits.]]> <![CDATA[Open Foothills Park to all? The costs are high, panel says]]> More visitors -- regardless of ZIP code -- and the behaviors they exhibit would affect the health of Foothills Park, a panel of five experts said Tuesday before the Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commission.]]> <![CDATA[Activist's portrait on Palo Alto Black Lives Matter mural sparks ire]]> The Black Lives Matter street mural in front of Palo Alto City Hall on June 30 had barely dried before it became the center of a controversy that has some calling for the removal of one of its images.]]> <![CDATA[Panel to shed light on whether Palo Alto should expand Foothills Park access Tuesday night]]> Seeking to provide deeper insight into opening Foothills Park to non-Palo Alto residents, the city's Parks and Recreation Commission will host an online panel discussion Tuesday night at 6 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County rolls out UBI program for youth transitioning out of foster care]]> Santa Clara County has rolled out the country's first Universal Basic Income program for young adults transitioning out of foster care that provides a monthly stipend of $1,000 for a year. ]]> <![CDATA[Four firms contend for auditor contract as Palo Alto moves to outsource one of city's key functions]]> Looking to save the city a considerable amount of money, Palo Alto's Council Appointed Officers Committee on Tuesday is taking the next step toward hiring an independent contractor to operate as the Office of the City Auditor.]]> <![CDATA[Rep. Eshoo, mental health advocates push for suicide prevention legislation]]> The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently passed three bills related to suicide prevention, which Rep. Anna Eshoo said is even more urgently needed due to COVID-19.]]> <![CDATA[New check-in system aims to reduce waiting in line at COVID-19 testing sites]]> Santa Clara County is implementing a new check-in system at walk-up COVID-19 testing sites that provides wristbands to reduce the amount of time waiting in line.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain's future in limbo after Santa Clara County defers tax measure]]> The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to defer the decision for a Caltrain ballot measure to a special meeting on Aug. 6 -- the last day to approve measures for the November ballot.]]> <![CDATA[Protesters rally against federal troops in Oregon and Oakland]]> A rally to support protesters in Portland, Oregon, was held in Palo Alto on Saturday, with a second protest scheduled for downtown Oakland in the evening.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: T-shirt fundraiser utilizes Black Lives Matter mural to assist nonprofit]]> In the latest Around Town column, news about Palo Alto's Black Lives Matter mural now on T-shirt being sold to support a local youth group and actor Dave Franco's first feature film as a director.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County supervisors vote to endorse Proposition 13 reform measure]]> A state ballot measure that would upend decades of property tax protections for large commercial owners will soon have another proponent, after Santa Clara County supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to support Proposition 15.]]> <![CDATA[Extended moratorium protects East Palo Alto renters from residential evictions through Sept. 30]]> East Palo Alto's City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend the city's moratorium on residential evictions to Sept. 30, a month longer than the San Mateo County moratorium. ]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Evaluation of auditing services proposals; discussion on Foothills Park residents-only policy]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 27.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County supervisors propose sales tax to fill $250M deficit]]> The board of supervisors is looking into a sales tax measure to patch up a massive hole in the county's budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it may not have enough support to reach voters.]]> <![CDATA[On again, off again: State's watchlist creates uncertainty for businesses]]> With 37 of California's 58 counties under state monitoring, questions have surfaced about what will happen when a county gets off the watchlist -- questions that Santa Clara County health leaders so far are unable to answer.]]> <![CDATA[Views on school reopenings: Students, parents and educators weigh in on the coming academic year]]> With plans constantly changing for Palo Alto Unified schools this fall, the Weekly asked local residents to share their concerns, questions and hopes once classes resume at the district.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: Now's not the time for full Foothills Park discussion]]> It makes no sense to be discussing the issue of expanding access at Foothills Park during these unusual times, especially when we have no solid data regarding the preserve.]]>