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Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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FY 2017 Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets
The City Manager transmitted the City of Palo Alto's FY 2017 Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets on Monday, April 25, 2016 to the City Council in accordance with the City Charter.
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Annual Walking and Mobile Gas Leak Survey In Progress
This routine safety check is conducted every year out to ensure the safety of all who live and work in Palo Alto.
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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.
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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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Palo Alto Resident Installs Solar PV Array

Bike to Work Day
The 22nd annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 12- the perfect time to do something good for yourself, your health and the environment.
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Adobe Creek Bike/Pedestrian Crossing Reopens
The Adobe Creek bike/pedestrian undercrossing has reopened after seasonal flooding kept it off limits for the winter season and part of the spring.
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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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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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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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Mayor Burt Asks Residents to Sign Pledge for Water Conservation
Sign the pledge to conserve water through the end of April at mywaterpledge.com and help Palo Alto win the national competition!
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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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Water & Drought Update - Palo Alto Water Use Guidelines
California's severe drought continues. Emergency water use restrictions are in place for Palo Alto. Get current information here.
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PA water at source--Tuolumne River-photo by C.Elvert

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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Tree-Lined Street in Palo Alto

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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Cubberley Futures Compact

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 was Wednesday, March 2 with the 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.
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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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Filled Sandbags Available While Supplies Last
More than 25,000 filled sandbags have already been distributed, and the City has an additional 5,000 filled sandbags available until supplies last.
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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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Warning! Possible Utility Scam
Callers posing as Palo Alto Utilities making cold calls. If you receive a call, report it to the police at (650) 329-2413!
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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 Council Accepts Site Evaluation Study of Public Safety Building
City Council Accepts Site Evaluation Study of Public Safety Building
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Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting was held in September, in which the scope of the EIR was presented and discussed.
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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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Baylands Projects: Boardwalk Partially Open
These capital improvement program projects include repairs and improvements to the interpretive center and an evaluation of options for reopening the boardwalk.

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Adobe Creek Undercrossing Closed for Winter
Due to recent rain, the Adobe Creek bike/pedestrian undercrossing has flooded and is now closed for the winter season.
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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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Food scraps can now go in your green cart!
You can now put all of your food scraps and soiled paper directly into your green cart.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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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.


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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.
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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.
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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.


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New Mitchell Park Library and Community Center Opens Doors to Public
The new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center opened its doors to the public on Nov. 6 in a "soft" launch with the grand opening celebration set for Dec. 6.


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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").
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Offering Incentives to Encourage Water Conservation
With Gov. Jerry Brown announcing a second drought declaration for the state on April 24, the City of Palo Alto is continuing to look for ways to help the conservation efforts and reduce water usage in the community.

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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Be a Part of the Future of Palo Alto
Would you like to give back to your community by volunteering on a City of Palo Alto Board or Commission?
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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.
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Mayor Nancy Shepherd's State of the City Address
Mayor Shepherd's for the State of the City Address
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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.
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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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Open City Hall
What core values do you believe the City Council should use to guide them in their decisions on behalf of the community?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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: 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.
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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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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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Power to the People---Enjoy Your Investment!
Celebrate with us! Hear us sing to you! And discover the many benefits of having community-owned electric, gas, water and sewer utilities.

Join us on October 8th at King Plaza to celebrate Electric Vehicle week and Public Power week!
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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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Digging into Newly Repaved Alma Street

Unfortunate water main break made this action unavoidable.


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The Parent Project: It Will Change Your Life!
Get more information about our celebrated Parent Project program, which is designed for parents with strong-willed or at-risk teenagers.
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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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Palo Altans Protecting the Planet---2013 Update
Celebrate the Earth all the time! See the community's progress on our Climate Protection Plan and find links to events, programs and services you can take advantage of now!
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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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