Editorials

2021

When police control what the public learns about its activities, there can be no accountability

City Council should reverse police department decision to silence its radio communications
At a time when the need for public scrutiny of police conduct has never been greater, we can't afford to make that transparency worse.

April 2, 2021 | 31 comments
Poor decision to encrypt police radio transmissions should be reconsidered

Following a year of unrest and protests urging police accountability, blanket encryption is the wrong move to make.

January 8, 2021 | 10 comments

2020

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.

October 16, 2020 | 29 comments
DiBrienza, Collins, Ladomirak for school board

Out of a strong field, we recommend Jennifer DiBrienza, Todd Collins and Jesse Ladomirak for the Palo Alto school board.

October 9, 2020 | 24 comments
Baten Caswell for Santa Clara County Board of Education

Melissa Baten Caswell's long history of working for a strong public education system will serve north county well on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

October 9, 2020 | 20 comments
Burt, Lauing, Stone, Kou for City Council

The Weekly editorial board's recommendations for council reflect a desire to choose candidates who have the governance experience and community knowledge to successfully navigate the city's challenges.

October 2, 2020 | 58 comments
A message from our publisher on the crisis we face

Why your support is needed, at this pivotal moment, to sustain local journalism
Today's public health emergency, and the economic devastation that threatens all small businesses, may very well be the final blow that ends local journalism as we know it.

March 20, 2020 | No comments yet
The growing coronavirus crisis demands more consistent, aggressive response

The spread of COVID-19 has outpaced steps to contain it. Now the challenge is to slow it down.
As anxiety levels rise in the region over the rapidly escalating coronavirus crisis, an alarming lack of coordinated and consistent actions by several organizations threaten to deepen its consequences and overwhelm medical facilities.

March 13, 2020 | 15 comments
County plan could help create safe parking RV dwellers

Santa Clara County seeks local property owners willing to lease their parking lots, short or long term, for supervised overnight RV parking
Safe parking lots aren't a solution to the homeless crisis, but they are a good first step at helping those who are employed and desperately trying to survive in one of the nation's worst housing markets.

March 6, 2020 | 38 comments
Return those ballots

Your guide on voting in Palo Alto this Super Tuesday, plus our recommendations on local races and measures
Next Tuesday's early California primary election puts voters in a position to have an unprecedented impact on the Democratic presidential race.

February 28, 2020 | 4 comments
Yes on community college measures G, H

Investment in Foothill and De Anza colleges is essential to maintaining affordable educational opportunities
A vibrant community college system is an essential safety net and path to opportunity for those whose options are limited, and voters should ensure it continues to thrive.

February 21, 2020 | 16 comments
Brownrigg for state Senate

With an outstanding field of candidates, whoever wins will be able to capably fill Jerry Hill's shoes
With the impressive group of candidates for California's 13th Senate district, we give the nod to Michael Brownrigg, who has shown himself to be a strong, effective and collaborative leader.

February 14, 2020 | 35 comments
'Safe parking' program is a very small first step

But does new Palo Alto pilot program create too many obstacles to succeed?
As communities throughout the state try to respond to the growing crisis of homelessness, it is disappointing that it has taken Palo Alto almost a year to adopt a watered-down version of the initiative.

January 17, 2020 | 5 comments

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