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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
Palo Alto Apps Challenge Finalists to Showcase Ideas at Community Event
The nine finalists for the first annual Palo Alto Apps Challenge, a unique competition to identify community invented civic-focused solutions, will showcase prototypes of their apps for the community at the Palo Alto Art Center on April 27.
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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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Our Palo Alto to Launch with Discussions on the City’s Future
With a plan to take a beyond City Hall approach to civic conversations and engagement, Our Palo Alto officially launches this month with a conversation about the City's changing demographics and what the changes in the City’s population mean for the future.
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WATER---SFPUC 10% Cutback Demand Continues into Summer
April drought update, plus details on this Saturday's amazing Great Race for Saving Water Event. Plus water efficiency rebate and services info.
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PA water at source--Tuolumne River-photo by C.Elvert

Our Palo Alto
Who Are We? Join a lively, interactive and informative panel discussion on the demographic and economic trends affecting our community.
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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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"Climate Credit on Electric Bills" in the News
Heard about a state "climate credit" going on regional April electric bills? Read more to learn what Palo Alto Utilities customers are getting instead---and why.
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2015 Budget Calendar
Attend the City Council and Finance Committee Budget Hearings for the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Process.
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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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Palo Alto Art Center access
Access to Art Center reduced during Main Library construction
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Map of Art Center access %26 parking

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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University Avenue Street Tree Removal Work Begins
The City will begin the final phase of street tree removal work along University Avenue in early December.
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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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Adobe Creek Undercrossing CLOSED for Winter
Reopens April 15, 2014. Because this undercrossing is subject to unexpected closures and debris from heavy rain and flooding, the City closes this route every winter for safety reasons.
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Apply to the Palo Alto Citizen Advisory Committee on Planning for Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) and a Wireless Infrastructure
Community members are invited to apply for a volunteer position on this important citizen advisory committee.
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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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Join the Second Annual Great Race for Saving Water on April 19
Have fun! Be healthy! Catch a "running toilet!" Join friends and neighbors at this event to raise awareness about water resources and conservation. Live music, food, big prizes and free goodies (even a compost bin). REGISTER TODAY!
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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

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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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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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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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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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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Get ready for Bike Month in May!
You don't need to be an experienced cyclist to try biking to work! Join other bike-curious people this Thursday at noon for an intro to bike commuting by Colin Heyne from the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and you'll leave energized about biking to work (or other destinations) in safety and comfort.
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