MEETING THE DEADLINE ... If all goes according to plan, the Palo Alto History Museum could become an integral component in celebrating the city's 125th anniversary in 2019. The idea of creating a museum has been in the works for years, with sights set on housing local history in the historic Roth Building downtown. The museum's board of directors was at risk of losing its lease on the Homer Street site if it didn't raise $1.75 million last month. The City Council had set the deadline last year in exchange for a yearlong extension of the museum's lease at the building. The fundraising effort gained the final push it needed from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which each donated $250,000. The funds will be used to help renovate the Birge Clark-designed building, which has been empty for 18 years. "Palo Altans are excited to see the Roth Building become a world-class museum, accessible from downtown and drawing visitors from around the world to share what makes this community special," Museum President Rich Green said in a press release. Museum representatives are scheduled to report to the council on Dec. 17.
COMBAT HOLIDAY THEFTS ... Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Palo Alto Police Department has reinvigorated its "Lock It or Lose It" campaign, an effort to pass along tips to prevent car and home burglaries. Officials emphasize hiding valuables from plain sight and the risk at hand if "your property is left unlocked." In a 30-second video posted Monday on the department's Twitter account, officials point to two main methods car burglars use: pulling door handles until they find one left unlocked and peering through windows in search of property. Drivers can prevent their vehicle from becoming a target by never leaving valuables inside and locking their car doors. The department is hopeful the tips will help keep the city's burglaries on a downward trend. As of Nov. 15, the department has recorded 392 car burglaries, 102 thefts from vehicles and 81 residential burglaries.
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