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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
WATER--DROUGHT UPDATE--Palo Alto Water Use Guidelines
Read the latest updates on current water use regulations, drought conditions and what Palo Alto Utilities is asking customers to do. Learn what is happening at the State, regional and local levels. Check out all the free services, rebates and other resources to help you use water efficiently.
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PA water at source--Tuolumne River-photo by C.Elvert

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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City Engineer Develops Innovative Idea for Water Re-Use
For years, City Senior Engineer Mike Nafziger had been trying to figure out a way to reuse water that is removed from residential and commercial construction projects.
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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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Street Conditions Continue to Improve as City Increases Investment
Over the past four years, Palo Alto's streets have continued to improve as a result of increased street maintenance funding, resulting in a number of new projects and investments.
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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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Earth Day 2014
In honor of Earth Day, take a look at all the City has accomplished to increase environmental sustainability and find ways that you can do your part too.
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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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Pavement Condition Scores Posted for City Streets and New Paving Project Begins
The City recently posted street inspection information to the open data platform. Road rehabilitation project has begun.
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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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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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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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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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City's Newest Five Year Paving Plan Released
This plan is part of the Palo Alto's effort to reach a citywide average pavement condition of very good or excellent by 2019.
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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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National Recognition for Palo Alto Green Power Achievements
Congratulations go to our forward-thinking community for its support of renewable resource programs.
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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 Franciscquito 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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Walter C. Rossmann Appointed as City of Palo Alto’s Director for the Office of Management and Budget
After a competitive recruitment process, Walter C. Rossmann has been named as the City of Palo Alto's first Office of Management and Budget Director.
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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 Manager's 2014 Proposed Budget
Here is more information about the 2014 budget.
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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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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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WATER QUALITY and OUTAGE Updates
Fluoride---nothing to fear! Learn more, report water problems and get updates on service outages and quality issues.
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The Second Annual Great Race for Saving Water Makes a Splash!
A crowd of fun runners, walkers and festivity-goers showed up on April 19 to rally behind a good cause - water conservation. The fun didn't stop there - raffle prizes, live music, food, arts & crafts, free goodies from sponsors - view our photos and check back here for details on next year's event!
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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.
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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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Community Invited to Take Citywide Transportation Survey
The City is releasing its first Citywide Transportation Survey to better understand the travel modes and commute patterns of the community.
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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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Give us 24 hours… It will change your life!
The Palo Alto Parent Project class, created by and for parents with strong-willed or at-risk teens.
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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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County Begins Oregon Expressway Improvement Project
The County of Santa Clara will begin construction of traffic signal and roadway improvements on Oregon Expressway between Alma Street and W. Bayshore Road in July 2013.
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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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"Come Together" Concert Event
Get your first glimpse of the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, then "Come Together" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the British invasion of the Beatles to the Bay Area with Beatles cover band, The Sun Kings.
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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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