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City Manager Outlines FY20 Budget

City Manager Ed Shikada provided an overview of the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget at the City Council’s April 22 meeting.


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California Ave Garage Construction Set to Begin

Final preparations are underway to begin construction of the 636 space California Avenue parking garage that is part of the Council’s 2014 Infrastructure Plan.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

April brings the first of several yearlong celebrations as Palo Alto turns 125 years young this month. Plus, the San Francisquito Creek trails reopened this month, just in time for the warmer weather and the release of our annual Earth Day Report.


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Adobe Creek Bike/Pedestrian Undercrossing Reopens

The Adobe Creek undercrossing re-opened on April 12 for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, three days ahead of its slated April 15 opening.


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Palo Alto Kicks Off its 125th Birthday with Palo Alto Day

Palo Alto turns 125 years young this year! Palo Alto Day is one of many celebrations throughout the year to mark this milestone.


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Earth Day Report Highlights Gas Emission Decline

Palo Alto has long been a leader in sustainability and continues to make significant progress toward achieving its Greenhouse Gas Emissions reduction goal of 80 percent (from 1990 levels) by the year 2030, as highlighted in the latest Earth Day Report going to the City Council on April 15. The Council has made Climate Change one of their priorities for 2019.


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Final Cubberley Co-Design Meeting

Help complete the Cubberley master planning process at the fourth and final Cubberley Co-Design meeting on Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m. at the Cubberley Pavilion.


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Gear Up for Bike to Work Day

Get your bike in gear for the 25th annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 9.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

March brought rain, rainbows and rays of sunshine to Palo Alto. See how much rain we have seen this season, and how issues such as sea level rise and the North Ventura Coordinating Area Plan are shaping up.


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Strike up the Band and Join the May Fête Parade

Don’t just be a spectator, you can participate in the 97th Annual May Fête Parade coming up on Saturday, May 4 in downtown Palo Alto.


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Biennial Citywide Yard Sale Returns, Reduces Landfill Items

It’s time once again to register for the biennial Citywide Yard Sale which is taking place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.


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Bikeshare and E-Scooter Pilot Ramps Up

Palo Alto’s bikeshare and e-scooter program is being renewed for another full year. On Monday, March 18, Council adopted a resolution extending the Bikeshare and E-Scooter Pilot Program for one year through March 31, 2020.


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Council Adopts Sea Level Rise Policy

Recognizing that sea level rise is an issue that will affect all of Palo Alto for generations to come, Council adopted a new policy that directs staff to study the issue further and propose an adaptation plan.


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Serve Your Community: Apply to Serve on a Board or Commission

Want to make a difference in your community? Consider serving on a Palo Alto Board or Commission. There are currently 12 open positions. The deadline to apply has been extended until Tuesday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m.


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Palo Alto Earns 5th Consecutive Tree Line USA Award

For the 5th year in a row, Palo Alto is recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation for delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community trees.


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Churchill Ave and Tunnel Focus of Next Connecting Palo Alto Meeting

The Churchill Avenue rail crossing, a possible citywide tunnel and traffic data will be the focus of the next Connecting Palo Alto Meeting on Wednesday, March 27.


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Review the Design of Rinconada Park Improvement Project

The City will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday, April 4 for the public to review the scope of work and design for the Rinconada Park Improvement Project.


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Ventura Residents Share Redevelopment Ideas During Town Hall

The City Council and Ventura residents exchanged many ideas on the future of the neighborhood during a Town Hall Study Session held at the former Ventura Elementary School on Monday, March 11.


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Caltrain Electrification Prep Work Begins in Palo Alto

It's full speed ahead with the Caltrain Electrification project as Caltrain began work in Palo Alto this week.


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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan Unveiled

The City has prepared a final draft report outlining how it will incorporate Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) features into its urban landscape over several decades.


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Mayor Filseth Delivers State of City Address

Mayor Eric Filseth delivered the annual State of the City address on Tuesday night, March 5, that focused on preserving local control over housing decisions, outlined accomplishments of the past year, highlighted Council priorities, and called for 2019 to be a year of “nuts and bolts.”


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Lace Up for the Great Race for Saving Water

Put on your running or walking shoes and join the 6th annual Great Race for Saving Water and Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 13 at the Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center.


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Rooftop Decks Approved for Downtown Palo Alto

Downtown buildings taller than 50 feet are now allowed to build roof decks. The Council vote on Monday, February 25 applies to buildings constructed before a 50-foot height limit went into effect in 1986.


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Connecting Palo Alto Still on Track

Governor Newsom’s State of the State announcement that high-speed rail will only run from Merced to Bakersfield doesn’t slow down Palo Alto’s plans to accommodate more frequent Caltrain service along the City’s four crossings


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

February has been filled with rain, snow and Council decisions shaping the future skyline of Palo Alto. Find these stories and more in the Our Palo Alto monthly newsletter.


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Palo Alto Residents Have First Priority on Bond Sale by City

Palo Alto residents will be given first opportunity to purchase approximately $38 million of tax-exempt and/or taxable Certificates of Participation (COPs) bonds which will be used to finance the construction of the California Avenue Parking Garage.


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Virtual Pop-Up Library Offers e-Books

The Palo Alto City Library is branching out, as it launches three Pop Up Libraries to introduce the joy of reading eBooks.


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Cubberley Community Day Returns with Fun for the Entire Family

Cubberley Community Day returns for a 5th year on Saturday, March 23 with activities the whole family will enjoy.


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Baylands Boardwalk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Postponed

Due to the inclement weather forecast, we are postponing the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Baylands Boardwalk Replacement Project scheduled for Monday, February 25.


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Council Town Hall Meeting in Ventura Neighborhood on March 11

The City Council meeting on Monday, March 11 will be a Town Hall Study Session on issues of relevance to the Ventura neighborhood.


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Flash Flood Watch Issued as Strong Storm System Arrives Monday through Wednesday

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. through Thursday, Feb. 27 at 4 a.m.


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Palo Alto Streets Hit High Mark Early

A year ahead of schedule, Palo Alto’s streets are now rated on average an 85 on what’s called the Pavement Condition Index or PCI, which means very good to excellent condition.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Take a moment to enjoy the newly redesigned Our Palo Alto newsletter. It’s now a one-stop shop for "all things Palo Alto", combining the monthly Message from the Mayor with the monthly Our Palo Alto.


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Jonathan Lait Appointed as City’s Planning Director

Interim Planning Director Jonathan Lait has been named as the permanent Planning Director for Palo Alto.


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Council Adopts 2019 Priorities

The City Council adopted its priorities for 2019 at the annual Council Retreat held Saturday, Feb.2 in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall.


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Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Longest Serving Congressman

President Trump ordered flags at all public buildings and grounds to be flown at half staff on Friday, Feb. 8 until sunset on Saturday, Feb. 9 in honor of former U.S. Representative John Dingell, Jr. of Michigan.


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Flash Flood Watch and High Wind Warning Issued for Tuesday-Thursday

A Flash Flood Watch and a High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for Tuesday night through 10 a.m. Thursday morning.


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Public Works Preps for Rain Returning Midweek

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 60 percent chance of rain will move into Palo Alto and the greater Bay Area beginning Wednesday night.


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High Wind Warning Issued for Friday's Storm System

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the greater Bay Area from 3 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday, with the peaking arriving late Friday into early Saturday.


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Mayor's Annual State of the City

Save the Date: The annual State of the City is coming up on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the El Palo Alto room of Mitchell Park Community Center.


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National Citizen Survey Shows Palo Alto Still Desirable Place to Live

The quality of life in Palo Alto still receives comparatively high marks as measured by the latest results from the 16th National Citizen Survey, yet the percentage of specific areas ranked “excellent” or “good” have declined somewhat over the past five years.


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Deputy City Manager Rob de Geus Takes Position as Westlake Village City Manager

City Manager Ed Shikada announced Deputy City Manager Rob de Geus has accepted a position to be the next City Manager for Westlake Village.


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Affordable Housing Project Approved for El Camino

At its second meeting of the new year, the Palo Alto City Council approved an affordable housing proposal from the Palo Alto Housing non-profit.


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Construction to Start on Cal Ave Garage & Public Safety Building

Construction is slated to begin the week of Jan. 22 as work on the City’s public garage and Public Safety Building gets underway.


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Eric Filseth Elected Mayor, Adrian Fine to be Vice-Mayor

At its first meeting of the year on Jan. 7, the Palo Alto City Council elected a new mayor – Vice Mayor Eric Filseth – and a new Vice Mayor – Councilmember Adrian Fine.


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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Davis Officer Killed in Line of Duty

The flag outside Palo Alto City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and all City fire stations are being flown at half-staff in honor of Davis police officer, Natalie Corona, killed in the line of duty while investigating a traffic collision in Davis on Thursday evening.


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Be Prepared for Heavy Rain on Wednesday

Get ready for a wet week ahead, and rain that could be heavy at times on Wednesday, with a chance of thunderstorms. The National Weather Service is forecasting off and on showers for Palo Alto all day Tuesday with wind gusts as high as 23 mph.


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Palo Alto-Stanford Citizen Corps Council Honors Emergency Prep Volunteers

The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services (OES) and Stanford Citizen Corps Council hosts its eighth annual Community Partnership Awards ceremony on Jan. 17.


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Celebration to Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service will hold a celebration event to pay tribute to the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21.


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Bike/Ped Crossing at Adobe Creek Closed for Winter

The Benjamin Lefkowitz bike/pedestrian undercrossing at Adobe Creek is now closed through mid-April.


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Become a Cool Block Palo Alto Leader

It’s not too late to become a Cool Block leader. The next informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Midtown Room at the Mitchell Park Library.


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Community Invited to Share Vision for Cubberley Redesign

Come share your vision for Cubberley Community Center by attending the next co-design meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7-9 p.m.


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What Priorities Do You Want the City Council to Adopt in 2019?

Here's your chance to weigh in on the priorities you would like to see the City Council adopt in 2019.


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Date for Next Connecting Palo Alto Meeting Moved to March

Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto Avenue and a citywide tunnel rail crossings will be the focus of the next Connecting Palo Alto meeting that has been postponed until Wednesday, March 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the El Palo Alto room of Mitchell Park Community Center.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

This month we pay tribute to City Manager Jim Keene for a lifetime of dedicated public service as he prepares to retire, and we celebrate a major milestone in the pedestrian/bike bridge infrastructure project


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Minimum Wage to rise to $15 in 2019

The New Year will bring another minimum wage increase in Palo Alto, raising it from the current rate of $13.50 per hour to $15.00 per hour beginning Jan. 1.


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Information on UUT Class Action Lawsuit and What to Do

If you are a current or former resident of Palo Alto and paid a Utility Users Tax (UUT) to the City of Palo Alto as part of your monthly phone bill, you may soon receive a notice informing you of a class action lawsuit against the City.


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101 Ped/Bike Bridge Milestone Celebration

Several key agencies committed to the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Project at Adobe Creek in Palo Alto will come together on Monday, Dec. 17 to celebrate a major project milestone.


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Special Message from the Mayor

Mayor Liz Kniss issued this special message on Dec. 5 in response to community members who have speculated about a possible increase in salary for retiring City Manager Jim Keene.


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Here Comes the Rain Again

The National Weather Service is forecasting a rainy week ahead with a 20 percent chance of rain beginning after 10 p.m. Monday evening.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Two of the City’s Infrastructure Plan projects are making headlines this month. Read these stories and more in this edition of the Our Palo Alto newsletter.


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Pets in Need Approved to Run Animal Shelter

On Monday, Nov. 26, Council unanimously approved a five-year contract to have Pets in Need operate animal services for Palo Alto, as well as Los Altos and Los Altos Hills beginning in January.


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Cool Block Expands, Seeks New Block Leaders

You can lower your carbon footprint, get to know your neighbors and reinvent our City starting in your very own neighborhood at the next Cool Block Palo Alto meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. in the Lucie Stern Community Room.


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Fire Chief Nickel Takes Position in Santa Barbara

City Manager James Keene announced Palo Alto Fire Chief Eric Nickel has accepted a position to be the next Fire Chief for the City of Santa Barbara.


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First Rain of the Season Arrives for Holiday Week

Palo Alto and the San Francisco Bay Area are seeing the first rain of the season ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.


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Mayor Kniss' November Message

Read Mayor Kniss’ November newsletter to see the highlights of our Veterans Day Recognition event, learn about a partnership that could advance our


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Palo Alto Firefighters Provide Wildfire Mutual Aid in Butte County

Palo Alto’s Fire Engine 65 immediately deployed to the Butte County “Camp Fire” on Nov. 8 as part of the Santa Clara County mutual aid strike team.


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How to Help Those Impacted by the Wildfires

If you’d like to assist victims of the devastating California wildfires, there are many ways you can help.


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2018 Election: Filseth, DuBois Re-Elected, Cormack Wins First Election

City Councilmembers Eric Filseth and Tom DuBois were re-elected to second terms on the City Council, and newcomer Alison Cormack was elected for an initial term in the Nov. 6 election.


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Cubberley Soccer Field Maintenance Community Meeting

The synthetic turf at the Cubberley Community Soccer Field on Middlefield Road is reaching the end of its expected 10-year lifespan and is in need of replacement. You’re invited to a community meeting to provide your input on the proposed Cubberley Field Maintenance project on November 15.


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City & VMware Explore Microgrid Partnership

VMware announced its intent to explore developing a microgrid with the City of Palo Alto that will serve as a testbed for the company and the City to explore the potential of microgrids to advance resiliency at the corporate and community level.


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City Wins Voice of the People Award

Recognized for excellence in the natural environment & being a top performing jurisdiction that best listens & acts for community benefits.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Check out the progress being made toward this year’s Council Priorities, plus learn how you can get to know your neighbors and lower your carbon footprint at the same time. Read these stories and more in the October edition of the Our Palo Alto newsletter.


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Community Invited to Share Vision for Cubberley Redesign

Come share your vision for Cubberley Community Center by attending the next co-design meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7-9 p.m.


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Mayor's Special Message Reaffirms Inclusiveness

Council paid tribute to the victims of the synagogue tragedy in Pennsylvania during its meeting on Monday, Oct. 29 and reaffirmed Palo Alto's commitment to being an inclusive community.




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Short Story Kiosk Prints 'Tales on the Go’

There's an innovative, new way the public can enjoy reading short stories with just the click of a button in Palo Alto.


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Experience Diwali Festival of Lights

The Palo Alto City Library invites the community to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 3-6 p.m.


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Transportation Town Hall

On Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m., Council is holding a Transportation Study Session to address the regional issue of traffic.


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Mitchell Park Bridge to Magical Playground Reopens

The City replaced the Mitchell Park pedestrian and bicycle bridge with a wider, pre-fabricated steel bridge in order to accommodate more foot and bike traffic.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Have you heard about the new landing system that will be used at San Francisco International Airport? As part of Palo Alto’s commitment to address airplane noise, there will be a workshop on it in Council Chambers.


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Mayor Kniss’ Monthly Message

Read Mayor Kniss’ September newsletter to learn why “what’s old is new again” in College Terrace, and see how you can share your regional transportation experiences and hear about new solutions. Plus, she will tell you about the trip she took to strengthen our ties abroad.


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Brad Eggleston Appointed as City’s Public Works Director

Assistant Public Works Director Brad Eggleston has been named as the City’s next Director of Public Works for Palo Alto.


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Palo Alto Businesses Recognized for Waste-Reduction

ReThink Disposable businesses in Palo Alto were honored for making changes that eliminate half a million disposable packaging items per year.


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Fire Dept. Emphasizes Safety Awareness for Fire Prevention Week

The Palo Alto Fire Department is educating the community about fire safety planning during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13.


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Get Pumped for Bike Palo Alto

Grab your helmet, pump up your tires and hop on your bike as the 9th Annual Bike Palo Alto returns for riders of all ages on Sunday, September 30.


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Palo Alto Welcome Week for Newcomers

Palo Alto is already known as an inclusive community and now it is extending the welcome mat by participating in Palo Alto Welcome Week from Sept. 14-21.


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Community Has Opportunity to Weigh In with Citizen Survey

The City of Palo Alto is upping the number of residents receiving this year’s National Citizen Survey by 1,500 in an effort to increase participation rates.


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Peninsula Cities Team Up to Create Connected Bikeway

The cities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Redwood City are teaming up to create a connected Peninsula Bikeway. Join the kick-off event on Saturday, Sept. 8.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Palo Alto has been pulling out all the stops for various transportation safety projects this summer, while our firefighters were part of a strike team responding to the wildfires throughout the state.


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Cubberley Co-Design Project Seeks Community Vision

The Palo Alto Unified School District and the City of Palo Alto invite you to kick off an exciting co-design process to envision a new future for Cubberley Community Center, that will also create the potential for a future school on the site.


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City and Stanford Come to Agreement on Fire Service

Following more than two years of negotiations, the City of Palo Alto and Stanford have come to agreement on the terms of a new fire service contract that will go to the City Council on August 20 for approval.


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Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Senator McCain

The flag outside Palo Alto City Hall, the Municipal Service Center, and all City fire stations are being flown at half-staff in honor of U.S. Senator John McCain and his service to our nation.


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Mayor Kniss’ Monthly Message

Read Mayor Kniss’ August newsletter to learn about the new office cap and see how the City is creating a new path to combat airplane noise. Plus, Palo Alto’s bravest, the fire department just joined the ranks of an elite few worldwide.


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Connecting Palo Alto's Next Grade Separation Meeting

Mark your calendar for the next Connecting Palo Alto community meeting on rail grade separation.


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Palo Alto City Library to Hold Innovative Staff Training

All five branches of the Palo Alto City Library will be closed on Friday, August 31 for a staff training day.


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Fire Department Achieves International Accreditation

The Palo Alto Fire Department joined the ranks of the elite few after unanimously achieving accreditation on August 9 by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).


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Crosswalk Safety Enhancements Coming to El Camino Real

Caltrans will soon begin constructing crosswalk safety enhancements at a few intersections along El Camino Real in Palo Alto.


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Council Adopts New Cap on Citywide Office Development

The City Council voted at its July 30 meeting to cut in half the cumulative amount of citywide new office development allowed from 1.7 million square feet to 850,000.


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Temporary Markings on Charleston/Arastradero Corridor

Staff has finished the temporary markings of new safety features being installed along the Charleston / Arastradero Corridor. The temporary markings let staff see how vehicles are navigating the planned street changes and help create awareness among drivers and other passersby.


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Community Fellows Sought for Cubberley Master Plan

The City of Palo Alto is kicking off an 18-month effort with Palo Alto Unified School District, consultant, Concordia LLC, and the community to co-design a master plan for the Cubberley Community Center.


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Caltrain Grade Crossing Work Underway in Palo Alto

Caltrain’s project to improve safety at 15 grade crossings along the railroad corridor from San Francisco to San Jose is currently underway in Palo Alto.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Summertime is sizzling with lots of activities taking place in Palo Alto. The Junior Museum and Zoo is about to re-open in its temporary digs, National Night Out returns, and each week the community has at least three different musical venues to chose from for free outdoor concerts in town. Read these stories and more in the July edition of the Our Palo Alto newsletter.


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Remaking a Modern Classic: 60 Years of Rinconada Library

The community is invited to celebrate Rinconada Library, one of the City's modernist landmarks, as it turns 60.


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Enjoy Free #PaloAltoSummer Lineup

With school out and summer in, this is the perfect time to enjoy some of Palo Alto’s many family events including several summer music series, and the annual Chili Cookoff.


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Connecting Palo Alto is Convening a Community Advisory Panel

As part of the Connecting Palo Alto community outreach and engagement process, the City’s project team is convening a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) of up to a dozen community members to advise the team on project ideas and outreach opportunities.


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Ed Shikada Named Palo Alto City Manager; Starting in 2019

Assistant City Manager and Utilities General Manager Ed Shikada has been selected as City Manager of Palo Alto starting in 2019, announced Mayor Liz Kniss.


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Heads Up on Road Construction

The next time you see a construction project on a Palo Alto street and wonder what’s happening, you have a new online tool to turn to called Heads Up!


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Meet the Chiefs who Protect Palo Alto

Palo Alto’s top brass in emergency services and law enforcement will be holding a special panel discussion on public safety.


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Council Adopts FY 19 Budget

The Council voted to approve the City’s FY 19 budget totaling $709.9 million at their meeting on June 18, and also directed staff to return at some point in the future with options for $4 million in unidentified cuts.


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Hotel Tax Measure to Be Placed on Fall Ballot

The Council voted to place a measure on the November 2018 ballot that would raise the Transit Occupancy Tax by 1.5 percentage points from the current 14% to 15.5%.


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Special Message from Mayor on Pride Month Opposition Posters

Mayor Kniss issued the following Special Message to the Palo Alto community on Monday, June 18, 2018: Over the weekend, we learned that posters opposing the Palo Alto City Library’s Pride month displays were seen at the Magical Bridge Playground, in bathrooms near the Mitchell Park tennis courts and at a nearby street crosswalk.


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Part of Louis Road Temporarily Closing for Roadwork

The City of Palo Alto will be doing a full closure of Louis Road between Marshall and Bruce Drive for nine days, starting on Thursday, June 21 to Friday, June 29 in order to finish construction currently underway on Louis Road between Moreno and Amarillo Avenue.


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Tasting Tickets for Chili Cookoff Now Available

Pre-sale tasting tickets for Palo Alto's 37th annual Fourth of July Chili Cookoff Summer Festival are now available to purchase.



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Council Moves Ahead with Garage and New Public Safety Building

The City Council on June 11 approved the environmental impact report for the long-planned public safety building that will be located at 250 Sherman, as well as the parking garage at 350 Sherman.


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Transportation Safety Fair Coming to Midtown

The Midtown Transportation Safety Fair is coming to Greer Park on Wednesday, June 27 from 3-7 p.m.


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Part of Peers Park About to Go to the Dogs

Dog owners and their canine friends have a lot to celebrate as Peers Park is about to open Palo Alto’s new dog park.


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Chili Cookoff is Looking for More Teams to Turn Up the Heat

Think you have a sizzling chili recipe that packs the heat and could take home a prize? Come compete in the 37th Annual Chili Cookoff that’s held every 4th of July at Mitchell Park.


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Summer Reading Program Includes re:Maker Fair

The all-ages Summer Reading Program runs from May 20-Aug. 31 and is one of the Palo Alto City Library’s most popular annual events.


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Rail Grade Separation Options Narrow

The City Council reduced a long list of rail grade separation ideas from 34 to 10 at its meeting on May 29. The 10 concepts grew out of the Connecting Palo Alto community based rail process and came recommended by the Rail Committee.


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Mayor Kniss’ Monthly Message

Read Mayor Kniss’ May newsletter to learn about a neighborhood safety project that’s moving ahead, and get an update on where the dozens of Connecting Palo Alto rail grade separation ideas stand.


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Cameras Installed on Caltrain Tracks to Begin Monitoring Corridor

Work is expected to be completed by the end of May on the installation of an integrated video system at four Caltrain rail crossings including Palo Alto Avenue, Churchill Avenue, Meadow Drive and Charleston Avenue, as part of the City’s efforts to reduce access to the rail corridor.


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World Music Day Celebrates 10 Years in Palo Alto

World Music Day will celebrate its tenth anniversary in downtown Palo Alto, turning University Avenue into an international music festival on June 17.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Palo Alto is being a good neighbor by transferring a precious resource to neighboring East Palo Alto, plus the City's newest public art project is literally painting trees blue while making an environmental statement.


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Council Study Session on Bike Boulevard Projects

Get an update on the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard projects in Palo Alto during a special City Council Study Session on Tuesday, June 12.


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Trees in Front of City Hall Turning Blue

The trees in King Plaza, outside City Hall are being transformed into a blue hue before your very eyes beginning May 14-18.


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Baylands Golf Links Grand Opening Set for Memorial Day Weekend

The finishing touches are being put on the greens of the newly redesigned Baylands Golf Links ahead of the grand opening set for Memorial Day weekend.


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Palo Alto Releases Water Allocation for Neighboring City

The City Council has approved the permanent transfer of .5 million gallons per day of water to neighboring East Palo Alto to be used to help support that city’s economic development.


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City Manager Outlines FY 19 Budget

City Manager James Keene provided an overview of the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the Council at their April 30 meeting that reflects a modest increase in overall spending coupled with a reduction in the number of full time employees


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Palo Alto Residents Have First Priority on "Green Bonds" Sale

Palo Alto residents will be given first opportunity to purchase approximately $9 million of taxable certificates of participation (COPs), which have been designated “green bonds” by the City.


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Palo Alto Teams Up with Girl Scouts in Straw Awareness Campaign

Did you know 500 million straws are used each day in the United States alone? Plastic straws are one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. Unlike compostable items, plastic never disappears, instead it breaks down into tinier pieces that marine life can mistake as food. Join Girl Scout Troop 60016 in their campaign to go strawless!


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Mayor Liz Kniss Delivers State of City Speech

Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss delivered the State of the City on April 18 to a full-house at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Palo Alto celebrates its sustainability gains with Earth Day near, Council is hard at work on its Housing priority, and Teddy Roosevelt comes to town!


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You're Invited to California Preservation Conference Session

The City of Palo Alto is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2018 California Preservation Conference taking place in Palo Alto from May 17-20.


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Palo Alto Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week

Palo Alto joins in the nationwide Public Service Recognition Week taking place May 6-12, 2018 with a host of activities in honor of the employees who make the City shine and keep it running.


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City Open House Takes Community Behind the Scenes

The City of Palo Alto hosted an Open House on Saturday, May 12 to showcase some of the “behind the scenes” work that it takes to operate a city.


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Earth Day Report Shows Steady Progress

The City’s latest Earth Day report shows that in 2017 Palo Alto reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions an estimated 43 percent from the baseline year of 1990 levels – and six percent more than the previous year, largely as a result of the City’s commitment to carbon neutral electricity and natural gas.


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Council Approves Affordable Housing Zoning Changes

The Palo Alto City Council has approved a new zoning tool to help loosen development standards for 100% affordable, multi-family housing projects located within a half-mile of a major transit stop, or a quarter mile of a transit corridor.


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Gear Up for Bike to Work Day

Get ready to gear up for the 24th annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 10.


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Strike Up the Band: May Fête Children’s Parade is Coming

The 96th annual May Fête Parade will take-off from University Avenue and Emerson Street on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m.


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Teddy Roosevelt Presentation Comes to Palo Alto

Nationally acclaimed humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson will bring his engaging presentation of the nation’s 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, to life on Tuesday, May 1 at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium.


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City Adjusts Next Section of Bike Boulevard Network

Responding to community concerns about some of the traffic calming elements installed as part of the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bike Boulevard Project, including a roundabout at Ross and Meadow, the City is revising its approach to construction of elements planned for Amarillo Avenue, the next segment in the project.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

March came in like a lion, and is definitely going out like a lamb. The City broke ground on Upgrade Downtown, the multi-year infrastructure/street improvement project along University Avenue.


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Mayor Kniss’ Monthly Message

Read Mayor Liz Kniss' March newsletter to see the progress being made on the housing front, grade separation, and when you can hear her deliver her State of the City address.


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Ross Road Bike Boulevard Orientation Day Coming April 11

The City will be hosting a Ross Road education and orientation event on Wednesday, April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Ramos Park, 800 E. Meadow Drive.


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Freshwater Renzel Marsh Repairs Scheduled to Begin

Maintenance and repairs to the constructed freshwater Renzel Marsh along East Bayshore Road are scheduled to begin on Monday, March 26 as cattails, decaying vegetation, and silt from runoff and air deposition have reduced its flow.


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Video Camera Installation Along Caltrain Tracks Gets Underway

Work is scheduled to begin this week on the installation of an integrated video system at four Caltrain rail crossings including Palo Alto Avenue, Churchill Avenue, Meadow Drive and Charleston Avenue, as part of the City’s efforts to reduce access to the rail corridor.


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City Wants Community Feedback on Website

The City is seeking feedback from the community on the City’s current website as a way to help inform a potential future redesign of the site.


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You're Invited to Mayor Kniss' State of the City

Honorable Mayor Liz Kniss cordially invites the Palo Alto community to attend the State of the City address on Wednesday, April 18 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.


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Upgrade Downtown - Construction Underway

Updates on construction work, maps, road closures, parking, contact info.


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Yangpu District, Shanghai Adopted as Palo Alto’s Newest Sister City

The City Council adopted a resolution on Monday, Feb. 26 to establish Yangpu District, Shanghai, China as Palo Alto’s newest Sister City, signaling a new partnership focused on innovation, shared learning and best practices


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Palo Alto Could Get 1.5 Inches of Rain This Week

Palo Alto is in for another wet week and could get up to 1.5 inches of rain. The rain is expected to stick around through Thursday night and could bring wind gusts as high as 20 mph, with a chance of thunderstorms.


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Cubberley Community Day Offers Something for Everyone

The fourth annual Cubberley Community Day is coming up on Saturday, March 24 and offers something for nearly every interest.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Palo Alto City Council is moving full speed ahead on the priorities they set for the year, having already approved a Housing Work Plan.


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Bioblitz Uncovers Over 250 Species at Baylands

Nearly 90 citizen scientists made the Bioblitz at the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve a success on Feb. 17.


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Community Roundtable to Explore Trench and Tunnel Rail Options

Rail Grade Separation is another one of the Priorities for 2018, with the goal of choosing a preferred alternative by the end of the year.


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Housing Work Plan Approved by Council

The City Council addressed one its most pressing Priorities this year, when it unanimously approved a Housing Work Plan at its meeting on Feb. 12.


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Mayor Kniss’ Monthly Message

Read Mayor Liz Kniss' February newsletter to see how she is planting the seeds for a greener future, and literally digging into this year’s Council Priorities.


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Palo Alto Celebrates the Year of the Dog

Palo Alto will be hosting its 3rd annual Chinese New Year Fair on Sunday March 4, from 2-5 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Library & Community Center.


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Council Adopts 2018 Priorities

At their annual retreat on Feb. 3, the City Council adopted four priorities for 2018 to focus their work for the year.


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Quality of Life in Palo Alto Ranked High in National Citizen Survey

Overall, 89% of the residents participating in this year’s National Citizen Survey rated the overall quality of life in Palo Alto as excellent or good.


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Groundbreaking for Fire Station No. 3 Replacement Project

Mayor Liz Kniss will have a shovel in hand as she and other City of Palo Alto officials including City Manager Jim Keene and Fire Chief Eric Nickel preside over the groundbreaking for the Rinconada Fire Station No. 3 replacement project on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.


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Citizen Science Volunteers Invited to the Baylands Bioblitz

The Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve is hosting a citizen science event called a Bioblitz on Saturday, Feb. 17. A Bioblitz is an intensive one-day observational study of biodiversity in a specific location, bringing scientists and volunteer citizen-scientists together.


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Mayor's Annual Tree Planting Includes Employee Recognition

The 22nd Annual Canopy Tree Planting and Awards Ceremony welcoming Palo Alto's newly elected mayor, Liz Kniss, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25.


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Our Palo Alto: A Community Conversation

Palo Alto digs in and breaks ground on the first Infrastructure Plan project in the new year, makes the grade in a citizen survey on quality of life, while receiving an A+ from the American Lung Association.


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Re-Envisioning El Camino Real

The Grand Boulevard Initiative received a state grant of nearly $350,000 to design safety and accessibility improvements on El Camino Real in both Palo Alto and Redwood City.


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Update on Storm Projects as Rainy Season Returns

The rainy season is here again. The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rain after 10 a.m. on Wednesday.


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Complete Comp Plan 2030 Available Online

The City Council adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan last November that outlines the city’s vision or blueprint through 2030. You can now view the full document online.


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Vice Mayor Liz Kniss Elected as Mayor, Councilmember Eric Filseth as Vice Mayor

At its first meeting of the New Year on Jan. 8, the Palo Alto City Council elected Vice Mayor Liz Kniss as Mayor and Councilmember Eric Filseth as Vice Mayor.


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Year in Review Includes Look at Year Ahead

City Manager Jim Keene presented the annual Year in Review on Monday, Jan. 8, where he not only looked at the past year, but he looked ahead to 2018.


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Palo Alto Volunteers and US Health and Human Services Team to be Honored for Outstanding Emergency Services

The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services (OES) will host its seventh annual Community Partnership Awards ceremony, Keynote and Reception on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in the Palo Alto City Council Chambers.


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First Storm of the Season Arrives

The first big rain event of the season has arrived and according to the National Weather Service (NWS), this weather system is expected to bring wind gusts as high as 21 mph and a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain


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Share Your Priorities for 2018 with Palo Alto City Council

What priorities would you like to see the Palo Alto City Council adopt in 2018? You are invited to share your thoughts on Open City Hall where your feedback is used to help discuss and define what priorities the City will try to accomplish next year.


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Palo Alto's Minimum Wage to Increase in New Year

The New Year will bring another minimum wage increase in Palo Alto, raising it from the current rate of $12 per hour to $13.50 per hour beginning Jan. 1.


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Mayor's Monthly Message

Read Mayor Greg Scharff's December newsletter, where he shares his reflections on the year in review.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Palo Alto adopts the next key steps to fight climate change, and receives accolades for its library system and Healthy City, Healthy Community Initiative.


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Bike Boulevard Roundabout Work Scheduled for School Break

Scheduled to coincide with the Palo Alto Unified School District break, preliminary work will start this week on a new roundabout at the intersection of Ross Road and East Meadow Drive as part of a series of traffic calming and safety features included in the first segment of the City’s 7.1 mile Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Project.


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Palo Alto Pays Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service (YCS) will hold a celebration event to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Council Passes Near-Term Actions to Fight Climate Change

On Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, the City Council unanimously passed the Sustainability Implementation Plan or SIP, which is the next phase of the City’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.


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City to Explore Drone Use in FAA Pilot Program

The City is partnering with Stanford Blood Center and Matternet, an autonomous drone manufacturer to explore the possibility of using unmanned drones for the delivery of blood samples to Stanford Hospital.


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Santa Clara County Presents Top Public Health Award to Palo Alto

The County of Santa Clara will present awards to the City of Palo Alto at tonight’s scheduled City Council meeting, including the “Best Overall” award recognizing the City for new public health policies adopted this year.


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Sign-up to Use the Library’s New, Interactive Search Tool

The Palo Alto City Library wants you to "check out" its robust, new interactive search tool during the soft launch period.


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Korean Books Donation to City Includes One of World's Oldest

The Palo Alto City Library has received a Korean Book Collection that includes one of the world’s oldest books.


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Palo Alto to Buy “Carbon Offsets” from Sister City, Oaxaca, Mexico

The City is working with sister city, Oaxaca, Mexico, on a forestry project to help offset carbon dioxide emissions associated with natural gas use in the Palo Alto community.


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Mayor's Monthly Message

Mayor Greg Scharff’s November newsletter invites you to get in the spirit of the holidays at the annual tree lighting ceremony and celebrates the Comp Plan adoption that was more than a decade in the making.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Help shape the Council priorities for 2018, learn about the library's new search tool, and the holiday happenings in Palo Alto.


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Ride with Mayor Scharff to Celebrate Unity

You’re invited to go on a leisure, family-friendly bike ride with Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff and his mayoral colleagues from our neighboring cities to help celebrate unity and diversity


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Council Adopts Updated Plan for 2030

The City Council has adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan that outlines the city’s vision for land use, transportation, parks, housing and other elements key to community quality of life.


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Palo Alto’s Role in Public Service for Two Elected Leaders

Join Palo Alto Councilmember Karen Holman in conversation with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, 19th District) and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian as she explores how their lives in public service have been guided by early influences in their hometown of Palo Alto.


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Roundtables Set for Connecting Palo Alto

Connecting Palo Alto is holding a series of roundtables to help evaluate potential grade separation options at each of Palo Alto’s four Caltrain rail crossings at Churchill Avenue, Charleston Road, Meadow Drive and Palo Alto Avenue. One of the roundtable sessions will be devoted to discussing a tunnel and trench scenario.


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Electric Refuse Truck Paves Way for Another Palo Alto First

Another “first” for Palo Alto as it gets ready to roll out the Bay Area’s first all-electric refuse collection truck.


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Robotic Art Making Sculpture Comes to King Plaza

The Palo Alto Public Art Program presents a new temporary art installation at King Plaza: The Artwork Forge, a retro-style interactive robotic sculpture creating on-demand unique artworks for visitors in just a couple of minutes.


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Mayor's Monthly Message

Mayor Greg Scharff’s October newsletter looks at the City's new Fire Department deployment model, our newest Sister City, and how Palo Alto came to the assistance of our wine country neighbors battling the wildfires.


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Robert A. Jonsen Selected as Palo Alto Chief of Police

Robert A. Jonsen, who currently serves as the Menlo Park Chief of Police, has been selected by City Manager James Keene as the next Chief of Police for the City of Palo Alto.


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Heidelberg Adopted as Palo Alto’s Newest Sister City

The City Council has adopted a resolution to establish Heidelberg, Germany as Palo Alto’s newest Sister City, signaling a new partnership focused on innovation, shared learning and best practices.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Another sustainability first for Palo Alto, plus some local students get a firsthand look at the state's first official living landmark, which happens to be Palo Alto's namesake.


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Council Approves New Deployment Model for Fire Department

At its meeting on Oct. 16, the City Council approved deployment changes for City firefighters - a move that addresses both increased calls for ambulance service and falling revenues.


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Diwali Festival Kicks Off Celebrating Cultures Initiative

The Palo Alto City Library invites the community to celebrate diversity as it kicks off the Celebrating Cultures initiative with the “Diwali, Festival of Lights” event taking place on Sunday, October 29.


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Special Message from the Mayor on Wildfires

Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Northern California that are experiencing the devastating wildfires that are currently spanning eight counties.


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On the Table Community Conversation on Housing

The City of Palo Alto invites you to join the On the Table conversation taking place nationwide on Wednesday, November 15.


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Council to Discuss Update to Comp Plan in First of Two Meetings

The City Council is scheduled to consider both recommendations from the Planning and Transportation Commission, as well as certification of the Environmental Impact Report of the update to the Comprehensive Plan at its meeting on Oct. 23.


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Health Advisory Issued Due to Smoke from North Bay Wildfires

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an health advisory for the Bay Area today as a result of the wildfires in the North Bay.


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Purchase to Save Buena Vista Mobile Home Park is Complete

A three-way partnership plan to save the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto has been finalized.


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

Read the September edition of Our Palo Alto eNewsletter and join the community conversation.


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Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center Projects
Baylands Interpretive Center and Boardwalk Projects.
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Palo Alto Pays Tribute to Armed Forces for Veterans Day

Palo Alto will pay tribute to all members of the Armed Forces at a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on Monday, November 6 in the City Council Chambers from 4-5:30 p.m.


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Mayor's Monthly Message

Mayor Greg Scharff’s September newsletter looks at the affordable housing bill he supports on the state level, how the City is working to move Connecting Palo Alto full steam ahead, and even his Spiderman antics- all for a good cause.


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Palo Alto Receives Top Award for Climate Change Leadership

Palo Alto will be recognized as the first city to achieve a Platinum Level Beacon Award – the highest level possible - for its efforts and leadership in addressing climate change when Mayor Greg Scharff accepts the prestigious recognition in front of hundreds of elected leaders from throughout California at this year’s League of California Cities Annual Conference on Sept. 14.


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Palo Alto Asks Community Opinions for Two Surveys

The City of Palo Alto is asking the community to participate in two separate surveys that will both be conducted by the National Research Center, Inc., (NRC) to gauge community opinions.


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University Circle Pavement Project Underway

Phase Two of the University Circle pavement repair project started on Monday, August 21, and includes replacing damaged concrete slabs to greatly improve the pavement condition of this highly used transit area.


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Downtown Commuter Program Helps Drive Down 'Drive Alone' Rate

Fewer employees are driving alone to work in downtown Palo Alto, according to the 2017 Downtown Palo Alto Employee Survey.


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Special Message from Mayor Greg Scharff

Over the last several days, we have witnessed the horrendous violence in Charlottesville, and the disturbing ideology of the white nationalist groups involved. There is no place for the hatred, bigotry and racist views expressed by these groups.


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Community Survey for the Recruitment of the Next Police Chief

The City of Palo Alto has initiated a search to hire the next Chief of Police, with the final candidate selection to be made by the City Manager and confirmed by the City Council.


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Palo Alto Paves the Way for More Electric Vehicles with Local Renewable Energy

On Monday, July 24, the City of Palo Alto unveiled new solar panels installed atop parking carports of two public garages and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are powered by the renewable energy generated on-site.


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Michelle Poché Flaherty Named as Palo Alto Deputy City Manager

City Manager James Keene announced today that he has selected Michelle Poché Flaherty to serve as Deputy City Manager, and she will join the City on August 8.


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Council Adopts FY 2018 Budget
The City Council adopted the FY 2018 budget on June 27 that reflects its priority of tackling transportation while maintaining city service levels, all with an eye toward future challenges including unfunded pension liability and retiree health benefits.
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Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Project Set to Break Ground
The first phase of the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard Project is on track to begin this summer.
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Our Palo Alto Monthly Community Conversation
Read the June edition of Our Palo Alto eNewsletter and join the community conversation.
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Music is Magic Series Plays All Summer at Magical Bridge Playground
The Music is Magic Summer Concert Series is back for a third year at the Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto.
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Palo Alto to Host Annual Regional Wildfire Drill in Foothills Park
Expect to see lots of fire trucks and crews in the Foothills Park area as the Palo Alto Fire Department (PAFD) hosts the Annual Wildland Training drill from June 12-14.
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Mayor Scharff Vows to Uphold Paris Agreement
President Trump this afternoon announced the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, marking a major shift from our international partners, and a move that would hamper our nation’s global efforts to curb global warming.
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Agreement Reached to Keep Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Open
An agreement has been reached that will ensure the preservation and upgrade of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto.
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Creek Monitoring Data for West Bayshore Temporarily Offline
Public Works will be temporarily taking the Creekcam and Creek Monitor data for West Bayshore Road offline starting May 19.
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Groundbreaking for New Sewage Sludge Processing Plant
The first shovels will hit the ground at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 24 at 10:45 a.m. to mark the start of construction on a new sewage sludge processing plant that will allow the current sludge burning incinerators to be decommissioned.
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Mayor Scharff's May Message
Read Mayor Greg Scharff's May newsletter, where he looks at the progress being made on the Comp Plan and strides being made toward affordable housing.
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Accepting Applications for “Know Your Neighbors” Program
The City is currently accepting applications for the "Know Your Neighbors" Grant Program.
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Our Palo Alto Community Conversation
Read the May edition of Our Palo Alto eNewsletter and join the community conversation.
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Public Art, Tech Come Together for Interactive Code:ART Festival
Downtown Palo Alto is about to be reframed and transformed with several engaging, interactive works of art during the Code:ART festival June 1-3.
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Community Services Director Rob de Geus Promoted to Deputy City Manager
Community Services Director Rob de Geus has been named as a Deputy City Manager for Palo Alto, today announced City Manager Jim Keene.
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Environmental Review Paves Way Toward Adoption of Parks Master Plan
Palo Alto is taking the final steps toward adoption of its Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan.
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World Music Day to Fill Palo Alto with the Sound of Music
World Music Day returns to Palo Alto for a ninth year, turning University Avenue into a music festival on Father’s Day, Sunday June 18.
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Bridge Widening Closes Part of West Bayshore Road
Caltrans will begin the final stage of the San Francisquito Creek bridge widening projects on Friday, May 5 starting at 5 a.m.
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Community Invited to Design Palo Alto’s Future Rail Corridor
The community is invited to attend a workshop to help design Palo Alto's Rail Corridor for the Future on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center in the Palo Alto Room.


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City Manager Releases Proposed FY 2018 Budget
This week, the City issued its Fiscal Year 2018 City Manager Proposed Operating and Capital budgets.
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Portion of San Francisquito Creek Bay Trail Temporarily Closed
The San Francisquito Creek Trail will be closed on the Palo Alto side of the creek, between E. Bayshore Road and Geng Road beginning Monday, April 24 and will remain closed through the end of the year.
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Council Revisits, Compromises on "Granny" Units
After several hours of public commentary on April 17, Council voted to adopt a compromise on accessory dwelling units.
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Adobe Creek Bike/Pedestrian Undercrossing Reopens
The Adobe Creek undercrossing has re-opened for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, two days ahead of its slated April 15 opening.
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Property Owners Approve Storm Water Management Fee
Palo Alto property owners have voted to approve a new Storm Water Management fee that will replace the City’s existing Storm Drainage fee, increasing the amount residents pay by an average of 62 cents per month.
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City Manager Highlights Proposed FY 2018 Operating and Capital Budgets
Read City Manager James Keene's highlights of the Fiscal Year 2018 Proposed Operating and Capital budgets.
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Our Palo Alto Community Conversation
Read the April, Earth Day edition of the Our Palo Alto eNewsletter and join the community conversation.

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Mayor Scharff's April Message
Read Mayor Greg Scharff's April newsletter, where he looks at the action the Council has taken toward affordable housing and a cleaner waste method.
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Bike to Work Day 2017
The 23rd annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 11 - the perfect time to do something good for yourself, your health and the environment.
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May Fête Parade Pays Tribute to Heroes
The 95th annual May Fête Parade will take place on Saturday, May 6 starting at 10 a.m. on University Avenue at Emerson Street.
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Palo Alto 2017 Earth Day Report Shows Steady Progress, Challenges for Future
The City of Palo Alto continued to make steady progress in lowering Greenhouse Gas emissions over the past year with the City Council adopting the goal of an 80 percent reduction (from baseline 1990 levels) by 2030 as part of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan draft.
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Make Water Conservation a Way of Life

Learn about your Palo Alto water supply, precipitation conditions, water use rules and efficiency measures to help you save!


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Council Approves California Avenue Parking Structure
The City Council unanimously voted to build a larger parking garage without any retail, and increase the number of spaces by more than 300 at the lot on Sherman Avenue and Birch Street.
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Our Palo Alto Community Conversation

Read the March edition of Our Palo Alto eNewsletter and join the community conversation.


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2017 Earth Day Festival and the Great Race for Saving Water
Celebrate Earth Day with the community at a family-friendly festival and 5K fun run/walk to raise awareness about water resources, conservation and a healthy planet!
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Special Message from Mayor Scharff on Climate Change Letter
Read the special message from Mayor Scharff on the Mayors' National Climate Action Agenda letter.
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City Manager James Keene Named Among Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2017
Palo Alto City Manager James Keene has been named one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2017 by Government Technology magazine.
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Business Registry Renewal Period Begins
Year three of the Palo Alto Business Registry is officially underway, and businesses currently registered for 2016 should visit the website and renew by March 31. New businesses are also required to register with the City through the online tool.
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Mayor Scharff's March Message
Read Mayor Greg Scharff's March newsletter, where he discusses the issues of local importance he advocated for while at the National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C. this month.
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Downtown Residential Permit Parking Program Enters Next Phase; Evergreen Park-Mayfield and Southgate Move Forward
There's a lot going on in parking these days. On March 6, the City Council voted to make permanent the downtown Residential Preferential Permit Parking Program.
Downtown Residential Permit Parking Program Enters Next Phase; Evergreen Park-Mayfield and Southgate Move ForwardMore...
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SFPUC Water Supply Blend Change
Starting mid-March, Palo Alto's water supply will be returning from local surface reservoirs to our typical supply from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. If you have questions or concerns about water quality please call (650) 496-6967 or email UtilitiesCommunications@cityofpaloalto.org
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Epi-Aid Report from CDC Released
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's final Epi-Aid report with findings on youth suicide was published today.



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Special Message from Mayor Scharff on Tolerance, Inclusion
Mayor Greg Scharff sent a special message to the Palo Alto community on Tuesday, Feb. 28 to reinforce his message of tolerance and inclusion after a bomb threat was called into the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

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City Sends Comment Letter on Stanford’s New Plan
The City has sent its comment letter to Santa Clara County on Stanford’s proposal to update its General Use Permit to provide additional housing and academic facilities and space within its campus.
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Speed Survey Community Meetings
The public is invited to a Speed Survey Community Meeting on March 2 and March 9 where City staff will gather community input on whether the posted speed limit should be raised to facilitate radar speed enforcement, and alternatives to increasing the posted speed limit will be discussed.
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Come Meet the Newest Donkey in Palo Alto’s Barron Park
There's a new donkey in town! Barron Park welcomed a 17-year old donkey named Jenny to the pasture in November, after iconic donkey Niner died last fall.
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Our Palo Alto Community Conversation
Read the February edition of the Our Palo Alto eNewsletter and join the community conversation.

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Cubberley Community Day Offers Fun for the Whole Family
The third annual Cubberley Community Day is coming up on Sat. March 25 and is filled with activities the whole family will enjoy. This year's event goes from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.


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Community Raises $25 Million to Build New Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
The Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ), the City's hands-on science facility for children since 1941, is one step closer to getting a new and improved facility.
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Mayor Greg Scharff's February Message
Read Mayor Greg Scharff's February newsletter, where he outlines his vision for Palo Alto with excerpts from his State of the City speech.
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City to Honor Community Members as Part of Black History Month
The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service (YCS) are teaming up to host a Black History Month recognition ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 23.
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Palo Alto Transit Center Pathway Project to Begin
Construction for the Palo Alto Transit Center Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway Connection Project is scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 6.
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Council Adopts 2017 Priorities
The Council adopted five priorities – Transportation, Infrastructure, Healthy City/Healthy Community, Budget and Finance, and Housing – as their 2017 priorities at the annual retreat on Sat. Jan. 28.
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Our Palo Alto Community Conversation
Read the Our Palo Alto eNewsletter and join the community conversation.
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Palo Alto Rings in the Year of the Rooster
Chinese New Year begins on Saturday, Jan 28 with its two weeks of customary celebrations and two events planned in Palo Alto.
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Quality of Life Still Rated High in Palo Alto
In the latest 2016 National Citizen Survey, 85% of the residents in Palo Alto rate the overall quality of life in the City as excellent or good.
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Mayor’s Annual Tree Planting Ceremony Includes a Special Tribute
The 21st Annual Canopy Tree Planting and Awards Ceremony welcoming Palo Alto's new mayor will also include a special tree planting tribute for outgoing Police Chief Dennis Burns, who is retiring after nearly 35 years of dedicated service with the City.

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Stanford to Hold Community Meeting on Campus Development Plans through 2035
Stanford University will hold a Community Forum in Palo Alto on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center to inform neighbors about the components of the General Use Permit (GUP) application, which calls for adding up to 2.2 million new square feet of academic facilities and up to 3,150 new on-campus housing units for students, staff and faculty.
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Mayor Greg Scharff's January Message
Read Mayor Greg Scharff's first newsletter of the year, where he looks at what has transpired during his first month as mayor, and what lies ahead.

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Storm Update: Flash Flood & High Wind Watch Issued
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch and a High Wind Watch for the San Francisco Bay Area from Saturday through Sunday.


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The Year Ahead, the Year in Review
City Manager Jim Keene presented the annual Year in Review on Jan. 9, but it was really more of a Year in Preview, highlighting the issues the Council, staff and the community will be addressing in 2017.
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City on Storm Watch- Get Updates Here
The City has staff on-call around the clock to assist with the ongoing storms and monitor San Francisquito Creek. Get the latest alerts here.
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Special Message from Mayor Greg Scharff
Read the special message from Mayor Scharff where he reaffirms Palo Alto's commitment to a diverse, supportive, inclusive and protective community.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at Mitchell Park
The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service will hold a celebration event to pay tribute to the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16, the federal holiday in observance of King’s birthday this year.
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Councilmember Greg Scharff Elected as Mayor, Liz Kniss as Vice Mayor
At its first meeting of the New Year on Jan. 3, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously elected
Councilmember Greg Scharff as Mayor and Councilmember Liz Kniss as Vice Mayor.
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Applications Being Accepted for Transportation Funding Stakeholder Advisory Committee
The City is currently accepting applications for membership on the Transportation Funding Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
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'Holiday Lights' Bicycle Safety Pilot Program Extended

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Holiday Lights education program to help cyclists stay safe and visible during the winter nights has been extended through January.


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Community Feedback Needed for Downtown RPP Program
The City is holding a community meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall to hear feedback on the Downtown RPP parking program.
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Police Chief Dennis Burns to Retire at End of Year
City Manager James Keene announced today that Police Chief Dennis Burns will be retiring at the end of 2016 after nearly 35 years with the City.
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Traffic Signal Timing Changes Coming to Middlefield Road
Starting Friday, Dec. 9, traffic signals along Middlefield Road will be updated at intersections in order to better coordinate the start or end of the green lights for main street approaches.
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Share Your Priorities for 2017 with Palo Alto City Council
What priorities would like to see the Palo Alto City Council adopt in 2017? You are invited to share your thoughts on Open City Hall.
Share Your Priorities for 2017 with Palo Alto City CouncilMore...
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Phase 4 of San Francisquito Bridge Project to Begin
Caltrans prepares for Phase 4 of its construction on the San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project at the border of San Mateo County and Santa Clara County on U.S. 101 in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.
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Prepare for Winter Storms on Sandbag Day, Sat. Dec. 17
Palo Alto residents can come to "Sandbag Day" Saturday, Dec. 17 and pick up free sandbags to help prepare for this winter's storms.
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Council Adopts the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Framework

The City Council adopted the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Framework at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, including its Guiding Principles, Decision Criteria, Design Principles, and key Goals and Strategies, as the road map for development of subsequent S/CAP Implementation Plans.


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Community Review Needed for Final Stages of Parks Master Plan
The City is in the final stages of its long-range, 25-year Master Plan for Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation and the public is invited to participate in the online review of the draft plan document.
Community Review Needed for Final Stages of Parks Master PlanMore...
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Overnight Roadwork on Embarcadero Road Finishes Ahead of Schedule
Palo Alto Public Works completed the road maintenance work on Embarcadero Road a week ahead of schedule.
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Community Feedback Sought at Meeting for New Accessory (Second) Dwelling Unit Regulations
The City is in the process of revising and updating Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations. The public is invited to a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30 to share their input.
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City Council to Hold Two Neighborhood Town Halls in December
The Palo Alto City Council will hold two Neighborhood Town Hall meetings in December as a continuation of their initiative to strengthen city engagement with neighborhoods.
City Council to Hold Two Neighborhood Town Halls in DecemberMore...
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Smoking Ban in Multi-Unit Residences Under Consideration
The City Council will consider smoking restrictions for multi-unit residences and common areas at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 5.
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Overnight Maintenance Closures on Embarcadero Road
The Public Works Department will be closing Embarcadero Road overnight for nearly two weeks to perform road maintenance and cleaning along the stretch from Emerson Street to El Camino Real.
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Palo Alto in Top 10 Digital Cities of Its Size
Palo Alto has been named the #5 Digital City of its size by the Center for Digital Government in its annual 2016 Digital Cities Survey.
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2016 Election: Kniss Re-Elected, Fine, Kou and Tanaka Win Council Seats
City Councilmember Liz Kniss was re-elected to another term on the Council while Adrian Fine, Lydia Kou and Greg Tanaka were elected to their first terms.
2016 Election: Kniss Re-Elected, Fine, Kou and Tanaka Win Council SeatsMore...
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Council Approves Concept Design for Adobe Creek Overcrossing
The Adobe Creek/Highway 101 Pedestrian Overcrossing project is one step closer to reality after the City Council approved the latest design at its meeting on Nov. 7.
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Open House for Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Projects
The City is hosting an open house to present preliminary construction documents for neighborhood traffic safety projects that are planned to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety and connectivity for people biking and walking in Palo Alto.
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City Honors Armed Forces for Veterans Day
The City is hosting a Veterans Day Recognition event on Monday, Nov. 7 at Mitchell Park Community Center in honor of all Armed Forces veterans and active duty service members.
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Regional Consortium Wins $1 Million Federal Grant for Technology-based Commute Alternatives
A regional consortium of stakeholders has teamed up to win a $1 million federal grant for a demonstration project to reduce single-occupant vehicle driving from 75 percent to 50 percent in the Bay area.
Regional Consortium Wins $1 Million Federal Grant for Technology-based Commute AlternativesMore...
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Cool Block Pilot Program Seeks New Neighborhood Blocks to Participate
The second phase of the Cool Block pilot program is about to get underway and additional neighborhood blocks are invited to participate.
Cool Block Pilot Program Seeks New Neighborhood Blocks to ParticipateMore...
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Adobe Creek Bike/Pedestrian Crossing Stays Open, Weather Permitting
Weather permitting, Public Works is keeping the popular Adobe Creek bike/pedestrian undercrossing open beyond its seasonal Oct. 15 closure.
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Palo Alto Employees Honored for Community Leadership
Two dedicated Palo Alto employees are being honored this week for their professional leadership and community outreach by non-profit agencies.
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Community Meeting to Review the Draft Parks Master Plan
The City is holding a community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1 to share the Draft of the Parks, Trails, Open Space & Recreation Master Plan document.
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Council Approves 350 Bike, SoBi Bike Share System
At its meeting on Oct. 4, the City Council unanimously approved a citywide Bike Share system with fleet of 350 Social Bicycles (SoBi) as part of the regional Ford GoBike system.
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San Francisquito Creek Trails Reopen
The San Francisquito Creek levee trails have reopened while vegetation work is temporarily suspended.
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Palo Alto Makes it Easy to Cast Your Election Day Vote
The City makes it easy and convenient to cast your vote early for the Nov. 8 election.
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Ed Shikada Named as Palo Alto Utilities General Manager
City Manager James Keene announced today that he has appointed Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada as the City's permanent Utilities General Manager and will bring his appointment to the City Council on Oct. 4 for confirmation.
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Palo Alto and Leading U.S. Cities Partner on Guidelines for Smart Cities
The White House announced a new partnership between Palo Alto and twenty U.S. cities, along with the newly formed Council of Global City Chief Information Officers, to ensure the responsible and equitable deployment of smart city technologies.
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City Manager Jim Keene Recognized for Outstanding Career Achievement
City Manager James Keene will be honored by ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, as the recipient of the organization's Award for Career Excellence at its annual meeting on Sept. 28.
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Council Approves Raising Minimum Wage to $15 by 2019
The City Council unanimously approved raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019 to bring Palo Alto in alignment with other cities in Santa Clara County.
Council Approves Raising Minimum Wage to $15 by 2019More...
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Fire Prevention Week: October 9 – 15, 2016
Did you know your smoke alarm has an expiration date of 10 years? That's one of the big messages of this year's Fire Prevention Week.


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Bike Palo Alto & New Bike & Roll Expo, Sunday, Oct. 2
The 7th annual Bike Palo Alto on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature a little something extra this year – a new Bike and Roll Expo on the Civic Plaza downtown at City Hall.
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Palo Alto Theatre Gets Two-Year Lease Extension
Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. and Cinemark Theatres have reached an agreement to keep the CineArts Palo Alto Theatre open for the next two years, while the parties undertake improvements to the building and assess the long term future of the theatre.
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Council to Review Transportation Element on Next Agenda
Next up on the City Council's agenda for Sept. 19 is a review of the draft Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan update.
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New Library Bikes Deliver Pop-Up Library Services to Community
The Palo Alto Library is on the move, thanks to the purchase of two bikes that are bringing mobile book check-outs and other popular services directly to the community
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Project Safety Net Offers Series of Programs for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the Project Safety Net (PSN) collaborative community network has a series of free education and training programs to help support the mental well-being of youth in Palo Alto.
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Council Passes First Public Art Master Plan
The City's public art program is about to move forward with a broad, new vision of plans and goals after the City Council unanimously passed its first Public Arts Master Plan.
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Groundbreaking for Baylands Major Flood Protection Project
Mayor Pat Burt participated in the groundbreaking for a massive flood-control project along the San Francisquito Creek designed to provide more than 5,700 homes and businesses in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park with 100-year creek flood protection.
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East Bayshore Road Bridge Demolition Underway
East Bayshore Road Bridge demolition is underway with one-way traffic control in effect.
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Smart City: Palo Alto Deploys Adaptive Signal Technology to Keep Traffic Moving
Motorists driving on Palo Alto’s streets may find things a little smoother along some major corridors, thanks to smart technology the City is rolling out to improve traffic signal timing.
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Nowhere to Park your Bike? Who you Gonna Call (or text)? – PaloAlto311
You can use the PaloAlto311 app to request more bike parking racks around town.


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Applications Open for “Know Your Neighbors” Grant Program
The City is currently accepting applications for the "Know Your Neighbors" Grant Program. The popular program is designed to strengthen communities.




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Community Health Fair Returns to Mitchell Park on Sept. 10
The City of Palo Alto is partnering with the Palo Alto Family YMCA to bring the second annual Community Health Fair to Mitchell Park Community Center on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Free Shuttle Rides Offered to Popular Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
Free shuttle rides will be provided for the 35th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
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Palo Alto’s Free Summertime Events
This is the perfect time of year to enjoy one of the City's many free summer musical series.
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Cubberley Community Center Lease Space Available
With the relocation of Foothill College to its new campus, there is approximately 39,000 square feet of space available for lease at Cubberley Community Center.
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Fire Station 8 to Open on High Fire Danger Days
Fire Station 8 in Foothills Park will only be staffed during high fire danger days this summer as part of the first in a series of efficiency changes.
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Music is Magic Concert Series on Fridays at Magical Bridge Playground
The Music is Magic Summer Concert Series takes place every Friday night at Magical Bridge Playground in Mitchell Park through September 9.
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Ride & Drive – Green That Is
If you’ve ever wanted to test drive a “green” car, now’s your chance at the free EV ride-and-drive event that will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 10a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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CDC Releases Epi-Aid Preliminary Report on Youth Suicides
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the Epi-Aid preliminary findings on youth suicides in Santa Clara County.
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Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course Temporarily Closed
During the course reconfiguration project, the Brad Lozares Golf Shop, the driving range, practice area, and Bay Café will remain open for business.

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Chime Creator Holds Lunchtime Performance on Thursday, July 21
Grab your lunch and enjoy a free Chime performance outside City Hall on Thursday, July 21 from 12-1 p.m.
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Council Approves Agreement with County, Housing Authority on Buena Vista
By unanimous vote of 9-0, the City Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Santa Clara County and the Housing Authority that commits $14.5 million in affordable housing fees to fund, acquire and improve the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.
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Council Agrees on Need for Local Transportation Funding, Will Look to Future Election
The City Council voted unanimously on Monday, June 27 to consider working toward some form of local tax for the 2017 or possibly 2018 ballot, and to form a stakeholder committee similar to the Blue Ribbon Task Force process developed for the 2014 Transient Occupancy Tax.
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Council to Consider Traffic Congestion Relief Measure at June 27 Meeting
Palo Alto is one of the only Bay Area cities that does not charge a business tax to provide funding to address issues like traffic congestion and parking.

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Select Committee Meeting on Airplane Noise on June 29
A Select Committee meeting on airplane noise will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
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City & County Announce Partnership with Housing Authority to Preserve Buena Vista as Affordable Housing
County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt announced a potential partner who will bring new resources to the effort to preserve and improve the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.
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Council Adopts 2017 Budget To Support Priorities
On June 13, the City Council adopted the 2017 fiscal year budget that maintains the high quality services and facilities our community values and expects.
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Project Safety Net Community Survey
If you live and work in Palo Alto or are currently a student in Palo Alto (age 13 or older), please participate in the Project Safety Net Community Survey.

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Dynamic Musical Chime Installed Outside City Hall
The Palo Alto Public Art program has installed Chime, an interactive sound sculpture the public is invited to enjoy at King Plaza outside City Hall.
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Palo Alto Awarded Gold Status as a Bicycle Friendly Community
Palo Alto was awarded gold level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).
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Celebrate Father’s Day at Palo Alto World Music Day
A variety of musical genres will fill University Avenue and King Plaza for the eighth annual Palo Alto World Music Day on Sunday, June 19. The annual musical festival takes place from 3-7:30 p.m. and coincides with Father’s Day.
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Apply for the Citizen Advisory Committee on High Speed Internet
Invitation to Serve on the High Speed Internet Access (Fiber and Wireless) Citizen Advisory Committee in Palo Alto
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Help a Homeless Veteran
If you have a room, apartment or a house for rent, the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission invites you to learn how you can help house a homeless veteran through the All the Way Home program.
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Middlefield Road Resurfacing/Restriping Open House, June 9
The Planning and Community Environment Department invites the community to attend an Open House on Thursday, June 9, to learn about a minor roadway restriping project along Middlefield Road.
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City to Begin Collecting Data on Downtown Parking
The City will launch an effort starting on May 19 to identify where people are parking and how the City's existing parking supply is being used.
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Council to Discuss Potential Impact of Sea Level Rise on Palo Alto
Scientists agree that climate change has led to global increases in temperature and sea level rise. The San Francisco Bay has seen 0.63 feet of sea level rise over the last century, and while opinions vary on the rate of the sea level rise, there is little disagreement that the pace is accelerating. What does this mean for Palo Alto and how will the City need to prepare and adapt? That will be the focus of a study session on sea level rise at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 31.
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Council Adopts 80 x 30 Goal and Framework for Climate Action Plan

The City Council adopted the general framework of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) at its meeting on Monday, April 18, 2016.


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City of Palo Alto Ranks in National Top 10 for Most Solar Watts per Customer

Utility ranked third out of more than 300 utilities nationwide for 2015!



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Traffic Advisory Issued for Bernie Sanders Palo Alto Campaign Stop, Wednesday, June 1
The Palo Alto Police Department is anticipating large crowds and significant traffic delays in the southern end of Palo Alto ahead of Bernie Sanders campaign rally, and has issued a traffic advisory between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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Council Approves New Agreements with Four Labor Groups
The City Council approved new agreements at its meeting on April 11 for four of Palo Alto's labor groups including the Palo Alto Police Officers’ Association (PAPOA), International Association of Firefighters’ Union Local 1319 (IAFF), Service Employees’ International Union Local 521 (SEIU) and Palo Alto Police Management Association (PAPMA) that represent 769 positions within the City’s workforce.
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Caltrans implements one-way traffic control on East Bayshore Road
Phase 3 of the Route 101 San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project is underway.
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May Fête Parade Marches to a Healthy Beat
The 94th annual May Fête Parade will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with participants marching to a healthy beat along University Avenue and surrounding streets.
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VTA Seeks Public Input to Redesign Transit Network & Maximize Service
The public is invited to attend a community meeting to weigh in on how VTA can improve its service on Wednesday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. at Rinconada Library. Topics include connections to the future Milpitas and Berryessa BART stations, and providing more cost effective transit that better meets the needs of changing travel patterns in Santa Clara County.
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Bike Safety on Page Mill/I-280 Focus of Community Meeting on April 20
A community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 to seek the public's input regarding proposed interim bicycle improvements through the Page Mill Road and I-280 interchange area.
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What is the current income level required to be eligible for affordable housing?
Santa Clara County publishes by the State Department of Housing and Community Development on annual basis. The current AMI published by HCD is $106,300 for a family of four in Santa Clara County.
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City Responds to Erroneous Reports on Subsidized Housing Plan Passing Council
The City of Palo Alto is responding to erroneous news reports that an affordable housing plan was passed. The Palo Alto City Council did not pass any such plan.
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Palo Alto Fire Chief Earns State’s Top Achievement Award

Palo Alto Fire Chief Eric Nickel received a distinguished career honor on Monday, March 21 as he became the 31st Certified Fire Chief in California.

The Certified Fire Chief is the final level in the Fire Officer track. Nickel was presented the award at the City Council Meeting by Chief Tonya Hoover, State Fire Marshal CAL FIRE.


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City Human Relations Commission to Host Forum on Awareness of Bias, Stereotypes
Being Different Together- Experiencing Palo Alto, Perception And Reality, will be the focus of a community forum hosted by the City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC) to be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center.
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City of Palo Alto Utilities Named 2016 Tree Line USA by Arbor Day Foundation
Utility is recognized for second year in a row for demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for community and citizen benefits.


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Community Meeting on Four Proposed Bicycle Boulevard Projects
The final drafts of the Concept Plans for several bicycle boulevard projects will be presented at a public meeting on Tuesday, March 29 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Avenue.
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City and School District Sign Compact to Plan Future of Cubberley
The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Unified School District today signaled their commitment to collaboratively plan for the future of the Cubberley campus by signing the Cubberley Futures Compact at a ceremony held in the auditorium at Cubberley.
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Public Meeting Planned by VTA to Review the Bike Plan
Where do you need a bike lane? Where do you need a bike bridge? Tell the VTA! Come to your local public meeting!
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Permits for Phase 2 of Residential Permit Parking Go on Sale March 9
Beginning on Wednesday, March 9, parking permits for Phase 2 of the Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) will go on sale, and residents will now be eligible for one permit per address free of charge. Up to three additional residential permits are available at $50 each.
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Join the Conversation on the Video Wall at City Hall!

The official dedication of the new media artwork in the City Hall lobby will take place on March 2 with artist, Susan Narduli, on hand to greet visitors and discuss her visionary work.

Entitled Conversation, the public is invited to join the conversation on the interactive art installation that's designed to be a visual narrative of the people, places and discussions taking place in Palo Alto and beyond.


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Phase 3 of Caltrans’ San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project Begins
Caltrans started Phase 3 of the US 101 San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project on March 2, 2016, with placement of some changeable message signs on US 101 and adjacent streets announcing upcoming traffic circulation changes associated with the construction work.
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City and School District Sign Cubberley Compact To Plan for Future of Site
The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Unified School District will symbolically sign the Cubberley Futures Compact at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at the totem pole on the Cubberley campus.
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City Hall Lights Up for World Autism Day
The City is participating in the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2 by lighting up the front of City Hall on the 8th floor with blue lights.
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City-Wide Business Registry Renewal Period Begins
Year two of the Palo Alto Business Registry begins today, March 1. Businesses currently registered for 2015 should visit the website and renew by March 31. New businesses are also required to register with the City through the online tool.
City-Wide Business Registry Renewal Period BeginsMore...
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Two Community Meetings Planned for March 10 to Review Shuttle Feedback
Last fall, the public was asked to evaluate the existing Palo Alto Shuttle program and submit their feedback online about routes, frequency, as well as suggestions for improving the system overall.
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Mayor Burt Delivers State of the City Speech; Highlights Progress and Goals for 2016
Mayor Pat Burt outlined the City's accomplishments, challenges and goals for 2016 in the State of the City address he delivered on Feb. 24 at the Mitchell Park Community Center.
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Council Approves RPP Phase 2 as Part of Overall Effort to Address Traffic and Parking Issues
City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to move ahead with Phase 2 of the Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) program that's designed to better regulate on-street parking in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to downtown Palo Alto, while serving as a parking compromise between neighborhoods and downtown business concerns.


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Study on Airplane Noise Moves Ahead
The City Council approved a contract on Feb. 8 with Freytag & Associates for a technical study on air traffic noise over Palo Alto that has increasingly impacted quality of life for residents.
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Council Maintains Priorities with Addition of Housing and Mobility for 2016
At its annual retreat on Jan. 30, the City Council decided to keep the same priority headings it had last year, but add in Housing and Mobility to its areas of emphasis under The Built Environment.
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Palo Alto Teens Organize History Bowl Tournament for Bay Area High School Students
Palo Alto teens are sharing their love of history and hosting a History Bowl Tournament through the City's Bryant Street Garage Fund Program. The free event will take place Sunday, March 6 at the Mitchell Park Community Center from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
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City Appoints Blue Ribbon Committee on Future of Storm Drain Program
City Manager Jim Keene has appointed an 11-member Blue Ribbon Committee to advise the City Council on the future of the City's Storm Drain Program.
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City Of Palo Alto to Solarize City-Owned Parking Structures and Enable Its Electric Vehicle Future
With support from the Clean Coalition, the City of Palo Alto creates a new model for deploying local renewables on municipal properties.
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Project Safety Net Names Mary Cheryl Bravo Gloner as Executive Director
Following an extensive recruitment process, Mary Gloner has been selected as the Executive Director of Project Safety Net (PSN), a community-based collaborative focused on youth suicide prevention and well being in Palo Alto.
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Councilmembers Pat Burt Elected as Mayor, Greg Scharff as Vice Mayor
At its first meeting of the new year on January 4, the Palo Alto City Council elected Councilmember Pat Burt as Mayor and Councilmember Greg Scharff as Vice Mayor.
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Rumi Portillo Named As Palo Alto Chief People Officer
City Manager James Keene announced today that he has selected Rumi Portillo to serve as the City's Chief People Officer.
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City of Palo Alto questions necessity of tree removals proposed by PG&E - Recommends residents not sign contracts
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is proposing to remove trees in Palo Alto as a safety measure around its gas transmission lines. The City of Palo Alto has questioned the need for the level of impact suggested by PG&E and is concerned that residents have reported being offered contracts for tree removal based on incomplete information. The City has not agreed or approved any proposals, action plans or efforts on this matter. The City encourages residents to not enter into any agreements or sign any "action plan" with PG&E at this time.

The City and PG&E are meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss their proposed action plans, including scheduling a public community meeting as soon as possible to keep our residents informed and engaged.
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Fire and Hazmat Crews Respond to Chemical Odor at Westin Hotel
On Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9:09 p.m., Palo Alto and Mountain View Fire Departments, along with Santa Clara County EMS, responded to the smell of a chemical odor at the Westin Hotel, 675 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.
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Downtown Residential Preferential Parking annexation petition due by Nov. 6, 2015
If your neighborhood streets have been impacted by the new Downtown Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) district, you can complete a petition process to opt into the district.
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West Bayshore Road at Channing Avenue to be temporarily closed late Tues. to early Wed.
Caltrans contractor will be closing West Bayshore Road between Channing Avenue (Palo Alto) and Woodland Avenue (East Palo Alto) from 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 20 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 in order to remove bridge falsework from beneath the deck of the newly constructed Highway 101 bridge over San Francisquito Creek.
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City Moves Forward on RFP For Animal Shelter Service Provider
For the past year, the City has been working collaboratively with the Friends of Palo Alto Animal Shelter, the Palo Alto Humane Society and other local stakeholders to identify a new service model for the operation of the city's Animal Shelter.
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Dynamic New Artworks to be Installed at City Hall’s King Plaza
The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is kicking off a series of temporary public art installations on King Plaza, offering new rotating exhibitions on an ongoing basis.
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We need community input to improve the City’s free Shuttle Program

The City of Palo Alto is conducting a survey on Palo Alto Shuttle to evaluate the existing shuttle program within the City. Residents, visitors and employees travelling into Palo Alto are encouraged to complete the quick, one-minute survey today. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QVT5YXX


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Take the Community Prioritization Challenge Today!
The City of Palo Alto has been working on the Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan for over a year, developing a strong understanding of the desires of the community, the strengths of the system and opportunities to improve on our highly-valued park system. For more information on the Master Plan process and what we’ve learned so far, visit our website at www.paloaltoparksplan.org

This community prioritization challenge is another chance to help the planning team determine how the City should prioritize improvements and investments over the next 20 years. Every participant gets $25 of virtual funding for parks, trails, open space and recreation to play with. Where will you invest your money?

The Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan is a project of the City of Palo Alto. If you have questions about this project, contact Peter Jensen, Landscape Architect and Project Manager for the City of Palo Alto at 650-617-3183 or peter.jensen@cityofpaloalto.org
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Citations for Residential Preferential Parking program to begin by Oct. 13
In-person permit assistance still available at City Hall. For the past two weeks, the RPP enforcement team has been placing informational notices on car windshields with details about how to register for a permit online, and the availability of in-person assistance at City Hall. This was done to provide additional assistance to individuals who were having trouble navigating the online permit system or who may have been unaware of the permit requirements.
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Palo Alto Asks Community Opinions for National Citizen Survey
The City is asking the community to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ that is designed to provide a baseline of how the City government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City and to make comparisons with peer cities.
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Highway 101 Bridge Construction Update Sept. 21 – Oct. 30, 2015
This work is part of the San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement to be completed in the spring of 2018. Here's a project schedule for September 21 – October 30 (Monday-Friday) for the Highway 101 Bridge Construction.
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Trees Need Water (Especially) During Times of Drought

Palo Alto has done a great job in its water conservation efforts, and through its diligence, the community has cut water usage more than 33 percent compared to 2013 levels. While we need to conserve water, doing so may be impacting the City's trees, which are showing signs of stress.


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Palo Alto Partners With Community Organizations to Host Health Fair
The City is partnering with the YMCA, Stanford Children's Health, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and other local nonprofit agencies to host the 2015 Palo Alto Community Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 26 that begins with remarks from Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman at 9:50 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center.
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Artist-led Community Outreach Project by Mobile Arts Platform
The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program presents What's the Big Idea?, an artist-led community outreach project by Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) to engage residents in conversation on the future of public art.
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Downtown Palo Alto Streets Light Up During The Meet The Street Event
Palo Alto downtown merchants, Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association and the City invite residents to discover downtown.
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Residential Preferential Parking program launched on Sept. 15
Sept. 15, 2015 marks the official start of phase one of the Downtown Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) program. In-permit assistance is available at City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m. for two weeks.
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Highway 101 Bridge Construction Update Sept. 8 – 25, 2015
This work is part of the San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement to be completed in the spring of 2018. Here's a project schedule for Sept. 8 – 25, 2015 for the Highway 101 Bridge Construction.
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Parking Attendant Program Expands Downtown Parking at Bryant/Lytton Garage
The City of Palo Alto will be implementing the Parking Attendant Program at Bryant/Lytton garage this month.
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Library Expands Hours Starting September 8
Palo Alto City Library will expand its public service hours and will make its hours of operations more consistent across its five branches.
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Vegetation Removal and Fencing Work on Rail Corridor to Begin Sept. 1
The Palo Alto City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding on August 24 between the City and Caltrain regarding the funding and schedule of the vegetation removal, fence installation and new camera technology that is part of the City's efforts to limit access to the rail corridor. The agreement sets out an updated timeline and schedule for the work which is set to begin on September 1.

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Council Raises Minimum Wage
The Palo Alto City Council voted unanimously to set a local minimum wage at $11 an hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, and set a goal of raising the rate to $15 by 2018. Find out more...
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Study of Increased Air Traffic Noise Moves Ahead
Council approved moving ahead with a technical study of increased aircraft noise including data analysis and recommendations for alternatives with the results to come back to the Council by this December.
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Update on Edgewood Plaza Market and Potential Grocery Store
Starting on September 30, daily fines up to $500/day will be assessed against the property owner for its failure to find a suitable replacement market.
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Project Enybody Hosts GreenFest - an Interactive Expo Focused on the Simple Things Families Can Do to Go Green
Project Enybody is hosting GreenFest - a one-of-a-kind family expo focusing on the simple ways families can go green.
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Citizens Advisory Committee Applications Reopened
The City Council has requested that the current Citizens Advisory Committee be expanded to include five additional members, and have reopened the process to apply. With the expanded membership, the CAC will consist of 22 community members to represent a diversity of interests, as well as three ex official (non voting) members representing the Planning and Transportation Commission, the Palo Alto Unified School District and Stanford.

Applications for the re-opened membership are due by the close of business on August 25, 2015. Click here to apply or go to www.paloaltocompplan.org for more information about the CAC and the update to the Comprehensive Plan.
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Permits Go On Sale for City’s Residential Preferential Parking Program
Permits for the City's downtown Residential Preferential Parking program are now available, as of August 15, as the City launches its program to provide parking relief to neighborhoods facing an influx of non-residential parking.
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The City is Requesting Public Input Regarding Minimum Wage
The City of Palo Alto is currently reviewing minimum wage and wants to hear from businesses, managers, employees and individuals currently living and/or working in Palo Alto regarding the minimum wage ordinance.
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Highway 101 Bridge Construction Update Aug. 4 – 31, 2015
Here's a project schedule for Aug. 4 – Aug. 31, 2015 for the Highway 101/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project.
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Palo Alto Announces New EV Charging Stations in Downtown Parking Garages
The City of Palo Alto has installed new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in downtown-area parking garages. Two dual-port charging stations have been installed at the Cowper-Webster Garage (520 Webster St.) and one dual-port station in the High Street Garage (528 High St.). The new stations are ChargePoint Level 2 chargers which became fully operational on July 30, 2015.
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City Launches Pilot of New Online Commenting Tool for Comp Plan Engagement
A new tool dubbed the Digital Commenter has been developed as part of the ongoing outreach for the City's Comprehensive Plan update.
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Highway 101 Bridge Construction Update July 13-24
This work is part of the San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement to be completed in the spring of 2018. For more information about this project, visit the webpage at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/sanfrancisquito/

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Community Informational Forum on July 27
The City is hosting a community forum to provide an overview related to efforts to limit or reduce access to the rail corridor.
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Signal timing adjustments to help with traffic flow through neighborhoods.
The City of Palo Alto is talking with East Palo Alto and Caltrans staff about adjusting the timing of their traffic signals near the Highway 101/University Avenue interchange to improve traffic flow.
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East Bayshore Road lane reduction postponed to 2016-17
The postponement will lessen the project impacts and alleviate further traffic backups in adjacent neighborhoods around University Avenue and Highway 101.
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2015 Chili Cook-Off Results
Find out the results of the Chili Cook-Off!
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Fogging Planned for Monday, July 13 Night to Control Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus
Adult mosquitoes collected from areas of the cities of Palo Alto and Mountain View tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).
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Council Approves Funds for Buena Vista
At its last meeting before the summer break, the City Council voted to approve $14.5 million in funding to be used toward the preservation of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.
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City encourages alternative transportation and routes to help alleviate Highway 101 traffic congestion
The bridges at Highway 101, East Bayshore Road and West Bayshore Road over San Francisquito Creek are being replaced because they are structurally-deficient and lack capacity for creek flow. The project is essential, as the replacement bridges will improve water flow beneath the roadways, which will reduce the flood risk to residents and businesses in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto and complement channel improvements downstream of Highway 101.
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San Francisquito Creek Bridge Flood-protection Work Underway
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is working on the San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project at the border of San Mateo County and Santa Clara County on U.S. Route 101 in Palo Alto.
San Francisquito Creek Bridge Flood-protection Work UnderwayMore...
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Ed Shikada Named as Palo Alto Assistant City Manager
City Manager announced today that Interim Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada will join the City on a permanent basis as Assistant City Manager.
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City Actively Seeks Solutions to Limit Access to Tracks
The City is taking a comprehensive approach to address the recent teen suicide cluster in the community.
City Actively Seeks Solutions to Limit Access to TracksMore...

Stanford to Begin Work on Perimeter Trail
Stanford will begin construction on a new set of hiking and biking trails covering 3.4 miles around the Stanford Perimeter.
Stanford to Begin Work on Perimeter TrailMore...
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City Extends Grace Period for Business Registry to June 1
Businesses subject to the City's requirement to register their business under a new ordinance will have until June 1 to register without penalty.
City Extends Grace Period for Business Registry to June 1More...
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City of Palo Alto Approves New Green Building and Energy Reach Code Ordinances
On April 20, 2015 the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved a new green building ordinance and a new energy reach code ordinance, with a targeted effective date of June 20, 2015.

The ordinances outline local amendments to the 2013 California Green Building Code, Title 24, Chapter 11 and the 2013 California Energy Code, Title 24, Chapter 6. The California Green Building Code addresses requirements related to site design, water efficiency, materials and air quality. The Energy Code addresses requirements related to energy efficiency. The ordinances will impact both residential and non-residential projects.


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Palo Alto Perry, a Lovable Donkey with a Mission
Palo Alto Perry will travel to neighborhoods, gathering community spirit along the way.


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Proposed FY 2016 Budget Reflects Support for Council Priorities
The City's proposed 2016 General Fund Operating budget of $185.1 million reflects a strong economy.
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Palo Alto Earth Day Report Shows Progress, Significant Challenges Ahead
The City has already surpassed the initial climate protection goal set by the City Council in 2007 and is now looking to set new goals.
Palo Alto Earth Day Report Shows Progress, Significant Challenges AheadMore...
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Magical Bridge Playground (complete)
The Magical Bridge Playground was a successful public/private partnership between the City of Palo Alto and Friends of the Magical Bridge.
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Available Now, Free EBook: The Apps Challenge Playbook
A step by step guide to planning and running your own Apps Challenge.
Available Now, Free EBook: The Apps Challenge PlaybookMore...
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Suzanne Mason Named As Palo Alto Assistant City Manager
City Manager James Keene announced today that he has selected Suzanne Mason to serve as Assistant City Manager.
Suzanne Mason Named As Palo Alto Assistant City ManagerMore...
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Palo Alto Development Services Awarded Top Rating by Insurance Service Agency
Palo Alto receives an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 rating under its code for Development Services.
Palo Alto Development Services Awarded Top Rating by Insurance Service AgencyMore...
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Palo Alto Awarded Top Honors in Acterra Business Environmental Awards for Sustainability
The City has been selected as a 2015 Business Environmental Award winner and recipient of the Acterra Award for Sustainability.
Palo Alto Awarded Top Honors in Acterra Business Environmental Awards for SustainabilityMore...
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City Reaches Settlement with Turner Construction for Work on Mitchell Park
The City and Turner Construction Company have reached a settlement agreement.
City Reaches Settlement with Turner Construction for Work on Mitchell ParkMore...
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Varsity Theater Transformed into HanaHaus
From movies to maker space, the Varsity Theater transformed into a place for the future.
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Design for New Landmark Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Chosen
The Council has chosen a design for a new landmark bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 101 at Adobe Creek.
Design for New Landmark Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge ChosenMore...
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Student Death is Loss to Entire Community
"Our collective condolences go out to the victim's family and friends," said Mayor Karen Holman.
Student Death is Loss to Entire CommunityMore...
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City Launches Business Registry to Provide Needed Data for Transportation and Planning Solutions
Joining nearly every other city in California, Palo Alto today launched a business registry that will provide data to help measure comprehensive employment trends, business growth and economic activity.
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City Supports Effort to Raise Awareness for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
In keeping with its "Healthy City, Healthy Community" focus for the year, the Palo Alto City Council pledged its support for Heart Across America to raise awareness for heart disease.
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Reservation of $8 million in City Affordable Housing Funds
Regarding the set aside of $8M in affordable housing funds specifically for use in conjunction with Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.
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Mayor Holman Gives Annual State of the City Address
On Feb. 18, newly-elected Mayor Karen Holman gave the annual State of the City address to a packed audience.
Mayor Holman Gives Annual State of the City AddressMore...
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City to Address Concerns Regarding Glass Areas of Cal Ave Sidewalks
City working on solution to address concerns regarding some portions of decorative glass as part of streetscape renovation on Cal Ave.
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City Launches Our Palo Alto Mobile App
The City has launched a new mobile app to provide the community with the latest on Our Palo Alto community events and activities.
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CPAU Scores Top Marks for Customer Satisfaction
The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) scored top marks again in a nationwide survey of utility customers for large business customer satisfaction.
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City Council Adopts 2015 Priorities
On Saturday, Jan. 31, the City Council held its annual retreat at the new Mitchell Park Community Center to discuss and adopt its priorities for the upcoming year.
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Rob de Geus Named Palo Alto Director of Community Services
City Manager Keene has selected Rob de Geus to serve as the City's next Director of Community Services.
Rob de Geus Named Palo Alto Director of Community ServicesMore...
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Palo Alto again ranks high as place to live in latest National Citizen Survey
Continuing a long term trend, 95% of residents rank Palo Alto as an excellent or good place to live as highlighted in the latest report from the National Citizen Survey.







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For the Love of Palo Alto
On Feb. 20, Our Palo Alto will host an interactive and fun community workshop called For the Love of Palo Alto with a discussion about how we fall in love with our cities.
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City Expresses Community Condolences Following Student's Death
City offers condolences to the victim's family and friends, and reaffirmed the community’s commitment to youth well being and mental health.
City Expresses Community Condolences Following Student's DeathMore...
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City Kicks Off Effort to Launch Transportation Association
The City is hosting a kick-off community meeting to solicit input as it develops a Transportation Management Association for downtown Palo Alto.
City Kicks Off Effort to Launch Transportation AssociationMore...
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PAFD Redeploys to Enhance Medical Services to the Community
The Palo Alto Fire Department has adjusted its staffing and ambulance deployment in order to respond more efficiently to medical emergencies.
PAFD Redeploys to Enhance Medical Services to the CommunityMore...
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Palo Alto Increasing City Transparency with Open Data Portal Design Refresh
New design makes it even simpler and quicker to find key City data.
Palo Alto Increasing City Transparency with Open Data Portal Design RefreshMore...
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New Council Members Sworn In and Mayor and Vice Mayor Elected
At its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 5, the Palo Alto City Council elected Karen Holman as mayor and Greg Schmid as vice mayor.
New Council Members Sworn In and Mayor and Vice Mayor ElectedMore...
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City Announces Winner of Design Competition for Iconic New Highway 101 Bridge
The City of Palo Alto announced the winning team of a global bridge design competition for a new landmark bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 101 at Adobe Creek.


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City of Palo Alto Community Meetings
Each month, the City holds community meetings to gather public input on various topics and issues. All are invited to attend and provide valuable feedback.
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City Settles Legal Issues With Flintco Related to Mitchell Park Construction
The City announced today that it has settled all legal claims with Flintco Pacific related to the construction of the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.
City Settles Legal Issues With Flintco Related to Mitchell Park ConstructionMore...
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City Implements Measures to Protect Community from Flooding this Upcoming Storm Season
This season, the City of Palo Alto has taken numerous steps to protect the community from heavy rainfall and flooding, particularly along the San Francisquito Creek.
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Free Public WiFi Launches at King Plaza
The City of Palo Alto celebrated the launch of its new public WiFi service with a "virtual" ribbon cutting on Dec. 15 at City Hall.
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Residential Parking Program Approved for Downtown
Palo Alto City Council approved the new program which will require a permit to park for more than two hours in a single spot on residential streets downtown.


Residential Parking Program Approved for DowntownMore...
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California Avenue Construction to Break for Holiday Shopping Season

The City encourages all community members to visit California Avenue to shop, dine, and see the work completed so far during the upcoming holiday season.


California Avenue Construction to Break for Holiday Shopping SeasonMore...
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Community Input Needed to Help Chart the Future of City Parks and Open Spaces
The City of Palo Alto is asking community members to weigh in on the future of its parks and open spaces, and has released a survey to gather public input to help prioritize potential improvements.

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City Named as a Leading Digital City for Second Year in a Row
The City has been named for the second year in a row as a leading digital city by the Center for Digital Government.
City Named as a Leading Digital City for Second Year in a RowMore...
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City and School District Agree On Main Terms of Updated Cubberley Lease
The lease amendment is intended to be in place for five years and lays a foundation for a long-term collaboration between the City and the School District.
City and School District Agree On Main Terms of Updated Cubberley LeaseMore...
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City Launches Online Tool That Displays Daily Updates of Planning Applications
Initiative part of city's commitment to open data and transformed permit process.


City Launches Online Tool That Displays Daily Updates of Planning ApplicationsMore...
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City and PAUSD Issue Statement Following Student Death
The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto UNIFIED School District issued a joint statement to the community this afternoon following the news that a junior from Gunn High School lost his life to suicide last night.
City and PAUSD Issue Statement Following Student DeathMore...
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Palo Alto Streets Highlighted For Good Conditions in State Report
While the overall condition of California's local streets and roads continues to deteriorate and the statewide average Pavement Condition Index now stands at 66 ("at risk" category), Palo Alto has successfully managed its streets improvement program with an overall PCI score of 78.







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Sterling Park Developer Agrees to Pay City $8 Million For Affordable Housing
Following a closed session of the City Council on Oct. 27, City Attorney Molly Stump announced that the City Council has approved a settlement in litigation with Sterling Park, L.P.
Sterling Park Developer Agrees to Pay City $8 Million For Affordable HousingMore...
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City Plans to Increase Track Guards Along Rail Right-of-Way
The City of Palo Alto plans to increase track guards beginning this afternoon at crossings along the Caltrain right-of-way following the apparent suicide of a young man last night near Charleston Avenue.
City Plans to Increase Track Guards Along Rail Right-of-WayMore...
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City Website Maintenance Capabilities Get Boost by Moving to External Hosting Provider
The City of Palo Alto website will be moving to off-premise hosting at Rackspace
City Website Maintenance Capabilities Get Boost by Moving to External Hosting ProviderMore...
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Mitchell Park Library and Community Center Receives Certificate of Occupancy
City staff has already started moving into the new facility, and are busy preparing for a "soft" opening to the public in early November.
Mitchell Park Library and Community Center Receives Certificate of OccupancyMore...
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City Named Finalist in Best of Web Awards
The City has been named a finalist in the Center for Digital Government's 2014 Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards in the City Portal category.

City Named Finalist in Best of Web AwardsMore...
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Community Can Go Online To Access More than 50 City Services
The City of Palo Alto is committed to providing high-quality and innovative services to the community, businesses and visitors.
Community Can Go Online To Access More than 50 City ServicesMore...
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Palo Alto Ranked Among Top Places to Live
The City of Palo Alto has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2015 by Livability.com.
Palo Alto Ranked Among Top Places to LiveMore...
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Youth Artists Wanted for Bridge Art Showcase
The City is hosting a global bridge design competition and to kick things off, is inviting young artists and designers to be a part of the process by creating drawings and/or models of a bridge that represents Palo Alto in their eyes.


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City Announces Design Competition for Iconic New Highway 101 Bridge
The City of Palo Alto announced that it will hold a global bridge design competition for a new landmark bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 101 at Adobe Creek.

City Announces Design Competition for Iconic New Highway 101 BridgeMore...
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Caltrain To Collect Public Feedback for New Electric Trains
Caltrain is asking the public to provide feedback and input on design details of its future fleet of Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains.
Caltrain To Collect Public Feedback for New Electric TrainsMore...
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City of Palo Alto Wins Statewide Award for Efforts to Address Climate Change
Mayor Nancy Shepherd accepted the prestigious Beacon Award at this year's League of Cities Annual Conference for Palo Alto's efforts and leadership in addressing Climate Change.

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Save The Date As A New Chapter Begins
The City of Palo Alto can mark Dec. 6 on their collective calendars for a community celebration for the much anticipated opening of Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.
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Zipcar Revs Up Car Sharing in Palo Alto
Zipcar and the City of Palo Alto have partnered to expand car sharing in the city with the addition of 10 new Zipcars at four city-owned parking facilities within the Downtown Parking Assessment District.
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A Close Call: A Reminder to Be Prepared! Be Informed - Make a Plan - Build a Kit - Get Involved!
Last night's earthquake in Napa should serve as a reminder to be prepared instead of being afraid.
A Close Call: A Reminder to Be Prepared! Be Informed - Make a Plan - Build a Kit - Get Involved!More...
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Palo Alto Seeks Community Opinions for National Citizen Survey
The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the City government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City and to make comparisons with peer cities.

Palo Alto Seeks Community Opinions for National Citizen SurveyMore...
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New Ladder Truck Gives Palo Alto Fire Department Greater Firefighting Capabilities
The Palo Alto Fire Department has a new weapon for fighting fires—a Pierce Tractor Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck ("Tiller").
New Ladder Truck Gives Palo Alto Fire Department Greater Firefighting CapabilitiesMore...
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New CNG Community Shuttle Route to Begin July 1
The cities of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto are partnering together to offer a new community shuttle route effective July 1.
New CNG Community Shuttle Route to Begin July 1More...
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Ground Breaks on Magical Bridge Playground
It was a magical day as community members came together on June 23, after nearly six years of research, planning and fundraising, to break ground on the Magical Bridge Playground, an innovative, inclusive playground for kids of all abilities.
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VIDEO: Art Center Welcomes First Artist-in-Residence
Through June 29, veteran and Berkeley ceramic artist Ehren Tool will work onsite at the Palo Alto Art Center, creating hundreds of wheel-thrown ceramic cups using imagery and objects collected from veterans and their families from the local community.
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Play Palo Alto Wins First Palo Alto Apps Challenge
With the idea to use gaming as a way to encourage Palo Alto residents to do volunteer work and become more civically involved in their community, the Play Palo Alto app was named the winner of the first Palo Alto Apps Challenge.
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Popular Know Your Neighbors Grant Program Extended for Another Year
Following a successful first year, the City's "Know Your Neighbors" pilot grant program has been renewed for a second year with a City Council allocation of $25,000.
Popular Know Your Neighbors Grant Program Extended for Another YearMore...
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New Green Bike Lanes Installed Giving Cyclists More Visibility
Bicyclists in Palo Alto now have another safe route in the City to ride along with the recent installation of green bike lanes on W. Meadow Drive between El Camino Way and Wilkie Way.
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City Completes Next Step in Google Fiber Consideration Process
Palo Alto is a step further in the process to possibly bring the ultra high speed Google Fiber broadband network to the City.
City Completes Next Step in Google Fiber Consideration ProcessMore...
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Ribbon Cutting Held for New Playground at Eleanor Pardee Park
With a lot of laughter, playing and ice cream, the new tot lot playground at Eleanor Pardee Park opened after an extensive renovation.
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City Announces Availability of Affordable Housing Funds
The City of Palo Alto is making $6 million available from its housing trust funds for the development of affordable housing projects.
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City Makes 2014 List of Top 10 Best Cities for Kids
The City of Palo Alto has been named one of the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities.
City Makes 2014 List of Top 10 Best Cities for KidsMore...
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VIDEO: Comprehensive Plan Update Process Kicks-Off
The City kicked off the update to its Comprehensive Plan with a reunion on May 8 for members of the advisory committee who worked on the 1998 plan.
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Hard Work Pays Off For Former Homeless Man Who Lands Dream Job with the City
After several years of living on the streets and two years working with Downtown Streets Team, Connie Hemphill landed his dream job with the City.
Hard Work Pays Off For Former Homeless Man Who Lands Dream Job with the CityMore...
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Volunteers Still Needed to Staff Polls for June 3 Primary Election
The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is seeking volunteers for the upcoming June 3 Primary Election.
Volunteers Still Needed to Staff Polls for June 3 Primary ElectionMore...
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Bike to Work Day a Success in the City
It's been 20 years since the first Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area. On May 8, to celebrate the occasion the City of Palo Alto hosted Energizer Stations at four locations throughout the City.
Bike to Work Day a Success in the CityMore...
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Mitchell Park Library and Community Center to Open to Public in November
The new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center is expected to open to the public in November.
Mitchell Park Library and Community Center to Open to Public in NovemberMore...
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City of Palo Alto receives 2014 Most EV Ready Community Award
The City of Palo Alto was named the 2014 Most Electric Vehicle Ready Community at the Charged & Connected Symposium on April 24, 2014 at SAP in Palo Alto.


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City of Palo Alto to Participate in National Building Safety Month
The City of Palo Alto will celebrate National Building Safety Month during May with weekly themes and events throughout the month.
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Our Palo Alto Discussion Moves to Housing Affordability
As rents and home prices continue to soar in Silicon Valley and the entire Bay Area, the issue of housing affordability is one that everyone is thinking about.
Our Palo Alto Discussion Moves to Housing AffordabilityMore...
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App Challenge Finalists Blend Creativity and Civic-Mindedness
On April 27, the finalists in the City's App Challenge will showcase prototypes of their apps for the community. Read on for a preview of two of the finalist apps and their creators.


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Aspiring Entrepreneurs Awarded Grants from City
Six local aspiring entrepreneurs have been given the opportunity to see their dreams of owning a business become a reality thanks to a new Palo Alto-based community program.
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City Welcomes Visiting Scholar from Sister City Enschede
The sister city relationship is an important one to the City of Palo Alto. With six sister cities around the world, the City is always looking for new and innovative ways to strengthen those relationships.
City Welcomes Visiting Scholar from Sister City EnschedeMore...
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First Our Palo Alto Event Focuses on Changing Demographics
Who are Palo Altans? How is the City's makeup changing and what do these changes mean for the future of Palo Alto?
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Police Chief Named Tall Tree Awards Outstanding Professional
Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns was honored for his outstanding civic service to the community on April 9 at the 2014 Tall Tree Awards dinner.
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City Shows Off Its Bicycle Infrastructure to League of American Bicyclists
Palo Alto is a city committed to promoting and encouraging bicycling in the community as an alternate way of getting around.
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Main Library Renamed Rinconada Library
When Palo Alto's Main Library reopens at the end of the year after being closed approximately 18 months for major renovations, not only will it have a new look, it will also have a new name.
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Harriet Richardson Named as Palo Alto City Auditor
After a competitive national recruitment process, Harriet Richardson has been appointed to serve as Palo Alto City Auditor.
Harriet Richardson Named as Palo Alto City AuditorMore...
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City of Palo Alto Office of the City Auditor Wins National Recognition for Audit Report
The City of Palo Alto Office of the City Auditor has been awarded the 2013 Silver Knighton Award in the small audit shop category by the Association of Local Government Auditors.
City of Palo Alto Office of the City Auditor Wins National Recognition for Audit ReportMore...

Ten Finalists for City Apps Challenge
The ten finalists for the City Apps Challenge will be announced at a reception and press briefing on Thursday, March 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
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SEIU Approves City Agreement That Includes Raises, Market Adjustments
The City of Palo Alto's largest employee union – the Service Employees International Union has voted to accept a proposal from the City that offers both salary increases and market adjustments.
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Council to Consider Agreement For New Contractor on Mitchell Park Project
At its meeting on March 3, the Council is expected to consider a takeover agreement with the surety for Flintco Pacific to complete the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.
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Palo Alto Arbor Day Festival
You are invited to the Palo Alto Arbor Day Festival on Saturday March 8, from 10:30am - 1:30pm in Mitchell Park Bowl in Palo Alto.
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Parking and the Stanford and Palo Alto Trail Program
Palo Alto has sent a letter to Stanford explaining concerns regarding the loss of 33 parking spaces along Stanford Avenue at the heavily used and popular Dish exercise entry gate area.
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Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Closure Application Deemed Complete
On Nov. 12, 2012, the property owner of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park property located at 3980 El Camino Real, submitted a mobile home park conversion application to close the park as required by a City ordinance.
Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Closure Application Deemed CompleteMore...
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Mayor Nancy Shepherd's State of the City Address
Mayor Shepherd's for the State of the City Address
Mayor Nancy Shepherd's State of the City AddressMore...
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City Council Adopts 2014 Priorities
At their annual retreat on February 1, 2014, the City Council adopted their priorities for the year.
City Council Adopts 2014 PrioritiesMore...
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City Partners with Racing Hearts in ‘Spot the Box’ Campaign
Help us find life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs).


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Palo Alto City Council Annual Retreat 2014
The City Council will hold its 2014 Annual Retreat this Saturday at the Ventura Community Center.
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City of Palo Alto Expands Open Government Agenda with Open Data By Default Proclamation
On Monday, Feb. 3, Mayor Nancy Shepherd is scheduled to read an Open Data by Default proclamation.
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Palo Alto Ceremony to Recognize Emergency Preparedness Volunteers
The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services will host its fifth annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding community volunteers.
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City of Palo Alto Launches Apps Challenge
The City of Palo Alto announced today the launch of the Palo Alto Apps Challenge in support of civic innovation and community engagement.
City of Palo Alto Launches Apps ChallengeMore...
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City Presents SEIU With Final Offer That Includes Raises, Market Adjustments
The City of Palo Alto has made a last, best and final offer to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) bargaining unit.
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Palo Alto Mayoral Election Results: Nancy Shepherd named Mayor, Liz Kniss named Vice Mayor
At its first meeting of the new year on January 6, the Palo Alto City Council elected Nancy Shepherd as mayor and Liz Kniss as vice mayor.
Palo Alto Mayoral Election Results: Nancy Shepherd named Mayor, Liz Kniss named Vice MayorMore...
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Jay Paul Withdraws Application to Construct Office Project/Public Safety Building
The Jay Paul Company has notified the City of Palo Alto that it is withdrawing its application to construct an office project and public safety building at 395 Page Mill Road.
Jay Paul Withdraws Application to Construct Office Project/Public Safety BuildingMore...
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Pilot Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP)
Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) is a new community program that offers seed grants to assist individuals in starting their own business, as a means of increasing participant's economic self sufficiency.
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Gil Philip Friend Named as Palo Alto Chief Sustainability Officer
City Manager James Keene announced today that he has selected Gil Philip Friend to serve as the City's first Chief Sustainability Officer.
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City Invited to Submit Second Bid for Post Office Property
The City has been selected by the United States Postal Service to make a second offer on the historic Palo Alto Post Office building.
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Disaster in the Philippines for our Sister City Palo, Leyte

PLEASE HELP! The residents of Palo, our sister city in the Philippines, are struggling to overcome devastation in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Your donation via Neighbors Abroad will make a difference: https://www.neighborsabroad.org/


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Lending a Hand to Palo, Our First Sister City
As a community, we have often come together to lend a hand to others.

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City of Palo Alto Recognized for Pushing the Boundaries of Technology in Government
The City of Palo Alto today was named the #1 Digital City in America - in the category of cities under 75,000 - by the Center for Digital Government.
City of Palo Alto Recognized for Pushing the Boundaries of Technology in GovernmentMore...
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Tree Sculpture Lights Up City Hall Plaza
Aurora, a life-size metal and electronic tree sculpture, will put on dazzling light shows each night for one year after its public unveiling on November 16.
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Appellate Court Rules In City’s Favor On California Avenue Streetscape Lawsuit
The Sixth District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the City of Palo Alto in Ogawa v. City of Palo Alto,
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Bag Ordinance at Restaurants Starts November 1
The City of Palo Alto's Disposable Bag Ordinance goes into effect this Friday.
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Palo Alto has been named #1 on the Top 100 Best Places to Live
Palo Alto has been named #1 on the Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com.
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Palo Alto to Reach Out to Neighborhoods via Nextdoor
Starting on October 17 at 5 p.m., the City will join more than 4,300 community members already using Nextdoor.
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City Seeks Clarification on Building Specs for Post Office Bid
The City of Palo Alto is currently developing a bid to purchase the Palo Alto Post Office building located at 380 Hamilton Ave.
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Palo Alto Walks & Rolls - 20 Year Partnership
During the week of October 7-11, thousands of Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) students, parents and staff will celebrate Palo Alto Walks & Rolls.
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Emergency Responders Collaborate on Three-Alarm Fire
City departments and other agencies joined forces on Monday during a three-alarm fire at a home in the 900 block of Colonial Lane.


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Four Bears Move to New Home in Hoover Park
A family of sculptural bears by artist Beth Nybeck was formally unveiled at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hoover Park.
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City's Regional Water Quality Control Plant Receives Pollution Prevention Award
The award recognizes innovation, excellence, effectiveness, and collaboration.
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Pollution Prevention staff featured with award.

Houman Boussina Appointed as Acting City Auditor
Houman Boussina, Senior Performance Auditor, now serves as Acting City Auditor while a national search is conducted for a new City Auditor.
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Hillary E. Gitelman Named Director of Planning & Community Environment
Ms. Gitelman is expected to begin in her new position on October 28, pending Council confirmation September 16.
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City Website is Finalist for Best of Web Award
The annual Best of the Web awards presented by the Center for Digital Government recognizes outstanding websites based on innovation, functionality, productivity and performance.
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Palo Alto Launched Bike Share on August 29
On August 29, the City launched Palo Alto Bike Share with five new bike kiosk stations and 75 new commuter friendly bikes.
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Portable Defibrillators To Be Deployed Throughout City
Beginning later this month, the City will roll out 52 Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs in police patrol vehicles and City facilities.
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City to Begin Work on Golf Course in Preparation for Flood Protection Project
Preparatory work is scheduled to begin this week on the San Francisquito Creek JPA flood protection, ecosystem and recreation project

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Council Approves Special Election for Community to Vote on Maybell Project
The City Council unanimously voted to set a special election for November 5.
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SamTrans Service Plan Improvements in Palo Alto
Starting August 12, SamTrans will launch the first of its planned bus route improvements serving Palo Alto and neighboring communities.


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Free Wi-Fi Goes Live in Cogswell Plaza on August 8
On August 8, Mayor Greg Scharff, Council Members and the community will officially "flip the switch" to turn on the free City-provided Wi-Fi service in Cogswell Plaza.
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Palo Alto City Council Approves Maybell Development
The City Council unanimously voted to grant a zoning change that allows a proposed housing development on Maybell Avenue to move forward as a Planned Community.
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Council Members Tour Cubberley Community Center
Several members of the City Council took a tour of the Cubberley Community Center on Monday to get a closer look at the facility and consider options for its future use.
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Council Members tour the Good Neighborhood Montessori pre-school.

Council Approves Major Renewable Solar Electric Purchase Agreements
New contracts for 182.5 Gigawatt Hours of clean, green electric power send City full steam ahead down its path to a carbon-free future.
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Palo Alto Residents Get To Know Their Neighbors Through Successful City Grant Program
The program has been so popular the City received many more applications than available funding.
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City Makes Services Accessible through Smartphones, Tablets and More with Launch of PaloAlto311
Check our new mobile app – PaloAlto311 – so you can directly report issues like potholes or graffiti and track the resolution of their request via mobile phone or online.
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The Infrastructure That Supports Palo Alto is Aging
Priority projects have been identified and the City Council has placed our aging infrastructure and the need to invest in the City's future among its top priorities.
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Palo Alto Parks To Be Smoke Free
Staff will draft an ordinance to implement the measure throughout the City's 4,500 acres of parkland.
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City Attorney's Statement Regarding Lithium Ion Battery Anti-Trust Litigation
On May 6, the City Council authorized the City Attorney to initiate a class action lawsuit against the following manufacturers of rechargeable lithium ion batteries (Li-Ion batteries): Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi, LG Chem, Samsung and Sanyo.
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City to Flintco Pacific: Immediate and Dramatic Change in Work Performance is Required
The City of Palo Alto notified Flintco Pacific, the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center construction contractor.
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City Launches "Know Your Neighbors" Grant Program
Learn more about how your neighborhood may apply for a grant of up to $1,000.
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Russian Bilingual Storytime

MONDAYS, 4:30 p.m. - Bilingual Russian storytime for children and their parents and caregivers.


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Russian Bilingual Storytime wording with images of traditional Russian toys

22nd Annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day Recap
The 22nd annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day was a huge success with more than 2,200 people turning out to cycle in Palo Alto on May 12. Not only did the regular commuter cyclists participate, but many typical motorists decided to take their bikes out for a spin and join in the festivities. Check out some of the photos from the event.
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Palo Alto Safe Routes to School Coordinator Retires
Longtime City of Palo Alto employee, Kathy Durham, is retiring after 16 years of dedicated service. Her work as the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the last decade has been transformative in making Palo Alto’s program one of the most successful in the nation and a model for other cities.
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The 2015 Palo Alto Architectural Review Board Awards
Six winners were selected in October 2015, following ARB review of eligible projects during its retreat and public meetings.
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The Japanese Art of Tea: a Living Tradition
Join Cubberley artist Sahba Shere in an art-infused experience of a traditional tea gathering in the unique setting of her art studio F-7 at Cubberley Community Center.
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PG&E Gas Pipeline Projects in Palo Alto
Click here for more details on PG&E project activity in Palo Alto.
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PG%26E Gas Pipeline Testing

City Hall To Add New Public Space, Enhanced Customer Service Areas
Several interior areas of Palo Alto City Hall will be remodeled to add new, modern public meeting spaces, as well as enhanced customer service areas under a contract going to the City Council for approval on June 16.
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Information on Community Center Facility Closure and Living in Vehicles Ordinance
On August 5, the Council approved an ordinance that prohibits living in vehicles and includes an extensive outreach and referral rollout plan.
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Palo Alto Minimally Affected by Possible County Ambulance Service Changes
Palo Alto anticipates there will be minimal impact to City operations if Santa Clara County's private ambulance provider cannot meet its emergency services obligations.
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Pets in Need Opens its Doors

Palo Alto's partnership with Pets in Need began on February 19, 2019 as the non-profit organization assumed operations of the City's animal shelter on East Bayshore Road.


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Japanese Exchange Students Tour City Hall

Every March since 1995, students from Tsuchiura Junior High in Japan travel to Palo Alto for a week to participate in an exchange program with host families from Palo Alto Unified School District.


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New Downtown Garage On Hold

Plans to build a new downtown garage on Hamilton Avenue and Waverly Street are on hold for now.


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Downtown Office Cap Eliminated

On Monday, Feb. 11, Council voted to change the City’s zoning code to remove the downtown office cap.


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Message from Mayor Filseth: Affordable Housing Victory

At our second meeting of the year on Jan. 14, the Council approved an affordable housing proposal from the Palo Alto Housing non-profit. The project, known as Wilton Court, will contain 59 units of below-market-rate housing in the Ventura neighborhood at 3705 El Camino Real. Twenty-one of the units will be reserved for adults with developmental disabilities.


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On Track with Connecting Palo Alto

City staff updated Council on the Connecting Palo Alto rail grade separation efforts at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and showed a video simulation of what a tunnel construction would look like.


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Middlefield Road Diet Hits the Streets

After a year-long trial run, Council approved making road safety modifications on Middlefield Road permanent at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 14.


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Annual Walking and Mobile Gas Leak Survey In Progress

This routine safety check is conducted every year to ensure the safety of all who live and work in Palo Alto.



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Citizens Advisory Committee Kick-off Meeting - July 14, 2015
Join us from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 for the City of Palo Alto Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) kickoff meeting. The committee has been appointed by the City Manager to represent a diversity of interests and will be responsible for reviewing sections of the City's existing Comprehensive Plan, updates developed by the Planning & Transportation commission, supporting information, and public input received during and in advance of the meetings
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Mayor Provides Statement On Major Injury Accident on University Avenue
"We are all shocked and saddened to learn of a major traffic accident that occurred today during lunch on University Avenue."
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Palo Alto to Work with Google Fiber to Explore Bringing Community Ultra-High Speed Internet Access
Palo Alto announced that it is on a short list of cities working with Google to explore the possibility of bringing ultra high speed Google Fiber broadband network to the City.


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City Terminates Flintco Contract Due to Poor Performance
The City has issued a letter of termination to Flintco Pacific, Inc. for default on the construction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.
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Award-Winning Gas Safety Outreach
Your City Utilities were given the American Public Gas Association award of excellence in consumer education. Now test your knowledge of gas safety!
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El Camino Park Closed During Water Reservoir Construction
El Camino Park will be closed for construction of a new underground reservoir and well for our emergency water supply; park renovation will follow, with full restoration of site by late 2015.
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Palo Alto Launches Citywide Social Collaboration with Chatter
City rolls out Salesforce Chatter, a private, secure social network for City employees, becoming the first City to bring connected government to Silicon Valley.
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City Council's Top 3 Priorities for 2013
The City Council set its 2013 priorities at a retreat on February 2 at the Art Center.
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Palo Alto Joins Green Cities California
Palo Alto is the newest member of this 14-member coalition of environmentally progressive local governments.
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Understand Palo Alto’s Financials with Open Budget
Palo Alto's new Open Budget tool provides easy, graphically-based views of five years of City’s financial information.
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Palo Altans Have New Online Communication Tool
Learn about the citywide rollout of a new communication network and try it out yourself! Please join and give feedback.
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Destination Palo Alto
Looking to learn about what to see and do in Palo Alto?
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Passport to Palo Alto!
July is National Parks and Recreation Month and the City's Community Services Department wants you to get out and discover all that Palo Alto has to offer.
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World Music Day Festival Coming Back to Downtown Palo Alto
For the sixth year, Palo Alto World Music Day will return to downtown Palo Alto on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15, on University Avenue and King Plaza from 3-7:30 p.m.
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