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
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
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
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
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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.
The spread of COVID-19 has outpaced steps to contain it. Now the challenge is to slow it down.
March 13, 2020 |
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.
Santa Clara County seeks local property owners willing to lease their parking lots, short or long term, for supervised overnight RV parking
March 6, 2020 |
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.
Your guide on voting in Palo Alto this Super Tuesday, plus our recommendations on local races and measures
February 28, 2020 |
Next Tuesday's early California primary election puts voters in a position to have an unprecedented impact on the Democratic presidential race.
Investment in Foothill and De Anza colleges is essential to maintaining affordable educational opportunities
February 21, 2020 |
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.
With an outstanding field of candidates, whoever wins will be able to capably fill Jerry Hill's shoes
February 14, 2020 |
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.
But does new Palo Alto pilot program create too many obstacles to succeed?
January 17, 2020 |
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.
Palo Alto bike bridge over 101 now set to cost $20 million, $7 million more than East Palo Alto's new bridge down the road
November 22, 2019 |
It won't be a bridge to nowhere, but a new overcrossing connecting south Palo Alto with the Baylands and the Googleplex may go down as the most poorly implemented capital project in Palo Alto history.
One misjudgment after another left the university in an unfamiliar place -- cornered and without leverage
November 8, 2019 |
Stanford University's decision last Friday to pull the plug on a plan that would have allowed it to build millions of square feet of development is as difficult to understand as the strategy it has followed throughout the last year.
Chicago-based boutique hotel firm thinks it can overcome opposition with pledges to nonprofits
November 1, 2019 |
It's not clear whether Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners did a terrible job at researching the zoning obstacles they would face when buying the President Hotel in 2018 or brashly thought they could just steamroll city officials.
Teachers, aides and other employees set to receive salary bumps after quick negotiation
October 25, 2019 |
When school employee unions and districts quickly arrive at agreements over compensation and benefits during contract negotiations, it's a signal that the district was overly generous or both sides prioritized finding common ground.
Journalism is essential to democracy but its future is in jeopardy
October 11, 2019 |
Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson reflects on the evolution of journalism over the last 40 years and the crisis that faces the industry.
With consultant reports stacking up, Palo Alto tries a new structure to address transportation challenges
October 4, 2019 |
City Manager Ed Shikada and the council are in the process of implementing a major shift in how transportation issues are managed at City Hall.
As it preps for public hearings on its 25-year development application, university demands a closed-door negotiation instead
September 27, 2019 |
Stanford and Santa Clara County are locked in a conflict over how the university's growth plan should be handled by county supervisors.
Few government actions are as corrosive to democracy as refusing to comment when things go wrong
September 20, 2019 |
Ed Shikada is just nine months into his tenure as Palo Alto city manager but his decision to offer no explanation or details about a June 3 911 call mishandled by first responders disrespects the public's right to know.
With Fry's gone, a perfect site for housing beckons Palo Alto leaders to deliver on promises to develop affordable housing
September 6, 2019 |
Maximizing housing on the Fry's site, which the city has included in its adopted Housing Element plan, is more important than ever.
Palo Alto city officials have their work cut out to achieve a successful outcome on Castilleja redevelopment proposal
August 23, 2019 |
As it stands now, the proposal to redevelop Castilleja School in Palo Alto faces rough sledding unless it is revised to reduce its impacts.
Unclear about public sentiment, City Council compromises and agrees to look at some housing
June 7, 2019 |
The sooner Palo Alto and school district officials start a mediated public process of negotiating the myriad of ownership, financial and zoning issues at the Cubberley campus, the more likely both agencies can take serious action.
Yet another study grapples with a system that is driving staff to leave
May 17, 2019 |
A new report on Palo Alto's residential preferential parking programs is vulnerable to failure due to the lack of stable and adequate staff resources.
Email reveals coordinated plan to circumvent ground rules to reach Stanford agreement
May 10, 2019 |
It is deeply disappointing to learn that the board, Superintendent Don Austin and Stanford University worked in concert to limit public awareness when they reached a "conditional" mitigation agreement over the university's growth plan.
In spite of it being a priority flood-control project, city has struggled to get project accomplished
May 3, 2019 |
It will be more important than ever to provide a safe way for cars, bikes and pedestrians to cross San Francisquito Creek by rebuilding Newell Road bridge.
School board poised to reverse positions and reinstate automatic pay raises for principals and other managers
April 26, 2019 |
Labor negotiations with public employee unions remain one of the most opaque and intentionally hidden government processes that have become particularly frustrating in Palo Alto.
'Agreement' between Stanford and school district triggers strong objections from Simitian
April 19, 2019 |
The self-congratulatory press release issued late Monday by Stanford University and Palo Alto school Superintendent Don Austin brought the intended headlines, leading the public to believe that an actual deal had been reached to mitigate Stanford's future development impacts on the schools.
Valet parking program needs audit, not a million-dollar extension
April 12, 2019 |
Palo Alto has to be the only city that provides valet parking at no charge in a city parking garage -- at a cost of some $15 per car parked -- while at the same time saying that reducing car use is one of its top transportation priorities.
State legislation would permit community-college students to sleep in cars on campus
April 5, 2019 |
The Student Senate for California Community Colleges has now enlisted Palo Alto Assemblyman Marc Berman to carry a bill, AB 302, that would require each community college to allow registered students to park and sleep in their cars in one or more designated campus parking lots.
For Dems, state pre-emption of local zoning carries growing political risk
March 29, 2019 |
State legislators who are pushing for new laws forcing cities to allow dense, multi-family housing developments in single-family neighborhoods threaten to divide the state's Democratic voters and may open the door to political challenges of incumbents even in Democratic strongholds like the Bay Area and Peninsula.
College-admission bribery scandal exposes sense of invincibility and entitlement of the wealthy and powerful
March 22, 2019 |
Sadly, the most frequently heard reaction among local residents last week to the news that 33 parents across the nation, including six who call the Palo Alto area home, had bribed their children's way into college, was not shock or surprise.
Filseth blasts state housing proposal and urges focus on growing tech firms
March 8, 2019 |
Palo Alto Mayor Eric Filseth challenged Sacramento legislators to focus on how to get cities, growing companies and commercial office developers to recognize that we lose ground with every new office development approved without corresponding housing.
After decades of neglect and failed planning efforts, a plan is rapidly emerging
March 1, 2019 |
The former Cubberley High School site, likely the most valuable piece of publicly owned real estate in Palo Alto, has been waiting a long time for the dawning of a new day.
As high-speed rail project is scaled back, leaders should look for new options
February 22, 2019 |
It is hard to argue with Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to abandon the original vision for a high-speed rail system enabling travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in just two hours and 40 minutes.
In repealing cap on non-residential development downtown, council chooses the wrong path
February 15, 2019 |
Monday night's 4-3 decision to repeal a decades-old downtown growth policy designed to trigger a one-year pause on non-residential development when a cap is reached is a setback for both housing advocates and those concerned about traffic congestion and parking.
Compared to a berm, trench, hybrid or tunnel, a viaduct alternative offers more
February 1, 2019 |
While there is much investigation still to be done, we believe the viaduct option offers Palo Alto not only a solution to grade separation but an opportunity to create something truly magnificent for the community.
In a race against time, solving the grade-separation problem remains elusive
January 25, 2019 |
Each grade-separation option has its benefits and problems, and time is running out for residents to have their voices heard and for the Palo Alto City Council to prepare itself to choose a solution.
With two fewer council members, new leaders and a new city manager, an uncertain year awaits
January 11, 2019 |
Only one new face will be on the dais at Palo Alto City Council meetings this year, but that belies the fact that dramatic and unpredictable changes are afoot for our city government and local politics.
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