If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Storm soaks the Bay Area]]> The Bay Area awoke Sunday morning to steady rain and its first good soaking since last January as an atmospheric river moved through the region.]]> <![CDATA[Redwood City band of biker vets donate more than $3K to VA suicide program]]> To draw attention to the alarming number of veterans who die by suicide every day in the United States, a Redwood City band of bikers made a donation to a local nonprofit organization's suicide prevention program. ]]> <![CDATA[How a Palo Alto mother survived 48 freezing hours, lost in the Sierra]]> During her 48 hours lost and alone somewhere in the Sierra National Forest, Jolly Bose faced temperatures so low her breath crystalized as soon as it left her mouth. Yet, even as she awaited rescue, she never lost her composure.]]> <![CDATA[Making a local call? Starting Sunday, you'll need to use the area code]]> Starting on Sunday, Oct. 24, all phone calls on the Peninsula -- even local ones -- will require the three-digit area code, the FCC announced. ]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Midpen Media Center marks reopening at open house]]> In the latest Around Town column, news about the Midpen Media Center welcoming locals back to its studios, City Council members taking part in a simulated earthquake drill and a Stanford professor's family reaction to his Nobel prize.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County health officials urge COVID booster shots after update to federal guidance]]> Santa Clara County public health officials urged eligible residents Friday to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose following an update to federal guidance about who should get a booster and when.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto fails in attempt to appeal housing mandate]]> Palo Alto's attempt to lower its housing mandate fell flat Friday afternoon, when the Association of Bay Area Governments swiftly and emphatically swatted down the city's appeal.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Church investigation finds no evidence of sexual misconduct]]> Zero Abuse Project, a nonprofit specializing in combating child sexual abuse, found no direct evidence of sexual misconduct following a 10-month investigation involving the son of the former pastor of Menlo Church.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto police to start informing the public of all hate crimes]]> With eight reported hate crimes overall in Palo Alto so far this year, two of them violent, police are stepping up their public reporting of these incidents.]]> <![CDATA[City warns Google co-founder Larry Page about using a residential home for business purposes]]> The city of Palo Alto has issued a notice of violation to a company connected to Google co-founder Larry Page warning that a business should not be operating out of a house in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Prescreening hearings for housing projects; discussion on new pickleball court rules]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 25.]]> <![CDATA[A biblical plague or a winged love story? The truth about California's annual termite swarms]]> Fall rains bring annual termite swarms in Redwood City.]]> <![CDATA[New tax figures hint at economic recovery, but not quite to prepandemic levels]]> After falling into a deep funk in spring 2020, Palo Alto's economy is starting to show signs of life, with hotel and sales tax revenues now exceeding the city's projections, a new analysis shows.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto Unified maps out short- and long-term plans for Cubberley]]> After years of uncertainty and community brainstorming, the Palo Alto Unified School District is closing in on a plan for its portion of Cubberley Community Center, the rundown 35-acre former high school in south Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County supervisors seek to create a new clinic serving north county]]> Santa Clara County runs a robust network of health care services with three hospitals and 13 primary care clinics, but none are in the north or west sections of the county. That could change soon.]]> <![CDATA[Former tutor now faces 55 counts related to alleged lewd acts on students]]> Former Palo Alto math tutor Mark Allan Hodes' plea hearing was postponed after prosecutors added more charges that allege multiple lewd and lascivious acts against girls whom he had taught in his home.]]> <![CDATA[To support affordable housing, Palo Alto hikes developer 'impact fees']]> Commercial builders in Palo Alto will have to pay significantly more to support the city's affordable housing projects after the City Council voted on Monday night to hike up the city's "impact fees."]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto set to strengthen tree protection rules]]> Palo Alto famously loves its trees -- as its namesake redwood, official seal and Urban Forest Master Plan proudly testify. But laws that protect trees are due for an update, the City Council agreed Monday.]]> <![CDATA['Get the Zuck out': Protesters call for Mark Zuckerberg's removal as Facebook CEO]]> A caravan of about 20 protesters parked by Mark Zuckerberg's Palo Alto residence on Sunday afternoon to honk up a storm and deliver a message to Facebook's CEO: "Get the Zuck out!"]]> <![CDATA[A death at the Opportunity Center raises questions about security and care]]> Jeffrey Cutter's death in his apartment at Palo Alto's Opportunity Center on June 12 has raised questions for his mother, who feels that her mentally ill son didn't receive the kind of care that could've prevented the tragedy.]]> <![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: FDA approves Moderna, J&J boosters and 'mix and match' vaccinations]]> The Food and Drug Administration has approved booster vaccine doses for people who previously received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as well as the mixing of booster doses.]]>