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Share Your Priorities for 2018 with Palo Alto City Council

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


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Holiday Waste Collection Schedule

Your recycle, compost, and garbage collection day will change during the holidays. If your regular collection day falls on or after the holiday, your collection day will be moved to the next day.


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Ride with Mayor Scharff to Celebrate Unity

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


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Roundtables Set for Connecting Palo Alto

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


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Council Adopts Updated Plan for 2030

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


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

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


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Robotic Art Making Sculpture Comes to King Plaza

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


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Mayor's Monthly Message

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


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Robert A. Jonsen Selected as Palo Alto Chief of Police

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


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Electric Refuse Truck Paves Way for Another Palo Alto First

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


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Heidelberg Adopted as Palo Alto’s Newest Sister City

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


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Council Approves New Deployment Model for Fire Department

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


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Diwali Festival Kicks Off Celebrating Cultures Initiative

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


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Special Message from the Mayor on Wildfires

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


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On the Table Community Conversation on Housing

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


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

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


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Health Advisory Issued Due to Smoke from North Bay Wildfires

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


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Purchase to Save Buena Vista Mobile Home Park is Complete

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


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Our Palo Alto: A Monthly Community Conversation

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


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Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center Projects

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

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


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Mayor's Monthly Message

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


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Palo Alto Receives Top Award for Climate Change Leadership

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


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Palo Alto Asks Community Opinions for Two Surveys

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


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University Circle Pavement Project Underway

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


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Downtown Commuter Program Helps Drive Down 'Drive Alone' Rate

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


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Special Message from Mayor Greg Scharff

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


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Community Survey for the Recruitment of the Next Police Chief

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


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

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


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Michelle Poché Flaherty Named as Palo Alto Deputy City Manager

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


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