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Council Will Hear Newell Road Bridge Project on Monday

The Newell Road Bridge Replacement Project is on the City Council agenda for Monday, June 1 at 6:35 p.m.


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Council Resumes Budget Deliberations on Tuesday, May 26

Another budget hearing is planned on Tuesday, May 26 for the Council to review proposed refinements to City service reductions. A new blog provides a summary of the current staff report released and shares next steps.


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Palo Alto Issues Emergency Order Requiring Face Coverings

City Manager Ed Shikada issued an Emergency Order requiring face coverings to be worn in public beginning at noon on Wednesday, May 13.


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Adobe Creek Underpass Closes as Bridge Construction Resumes

The Benjamin Lefkowitz bike/pedestrian undercrossing at Adobe Creek will once again close for safety reasons on May 18 when the Highway 101 Pedestrian Bike Bridge construction resumes.


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Take Online Survey to Join the Budget Conversation

This is an unprecedented time, and together we face a series of tough budget decisions in the weeks ahead as Fiscal Year 2021 budget talks begin.


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How New Shelter in Place Order Applies to Palo Alto

The City continues to evaluate the latest Shelter in Place Order which goes from May 3 at 11:59 p.m. through May 31. The Order eases some restrictions such as construction activities and some outdoor activities, while ensuring social distancing requirements and other safety protocols.


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Newell Bridge Project Approved by Architectural Review Board

The Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (Final EIR/EA) for the Newell Road Bridge Replacement project was discussed and unanimously approved by the Architectural Review Board (ARB) at a public hearing on Thursday, May 7, 2020.


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Census Deadline Extended Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The "official" kick-off for the 2020 Census was April 1, but due to the current Coronavirus health crisis, the deadline to respond has been extended until August 14.


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COVID-19 Recovery and Fiscal Challenges Ahead

City Manager Ed Shikada updated Council on April 20 about what the City is doing to ensure essential services continue, while also focusing on two important areas as a result of the coronavirus pandemic: recovery and fiscal challenges ahead.


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Virtually Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

On this day 50 years ago, the first Earth Day was held to bring awareness to environmental issues. Palo Alto has long been a leader in sustainability since establishing its first Climate Protection Plan in 2007.


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Planning Department Rolls Out Online Permit Services

Palo Alto’s Planning and Development Services Department has a new Online Permitting Services System.


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Ensuring Essential City Services During Coronavirus

Palo Alto City Manager, Ed Shikada, updated the Council on both Monday, April 6 and April 13 about what the City is doing to ensure essential services continue during this COVID-19 public health emergency.


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Temporarily Reopened Adobe Creek Bike & Ped Underpass to Close as Bridge Construction Resumes

With construction allowed to continue under the new Shelter in Place, the Bridge construction is anticipated to begin again on May 18 and the undercrossing will close for safety reasons.


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Spring into Reading Program Launched During Quarantine

The Palo Alto City Library launched a Spring into Reading Program, to keep minds growing and engaged despite the closure of the libraries during this Coronavirus public health quarantine.


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Celebrate Earth Day from the Safety of Your Home This Year

Not just on Earth Day, but everyday, Palo Alto is one of many cities leading by example in our efforts to be more sustainable and support the environment.



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Webinar to Gain Input for Sustainability & Climate Action Plan

The 2020 S/CAP Community Engagement Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at Mitchell Park Community Center will now be a pre-recorded webinar series to gain community insight.


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Upcoming Caltrain Electrification Work at Churchill Avenue

Caltrain crews will be installing foundations in Palo Alto on April 10-11 that will require the temporary closure of the Churchill Avenue railroad crossing.


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Parking Closures in Effect at Palo Alto Open Space Preserves

Enjoy our open spaces if you can walk or bike there, but please don’t drive.Open Space Preserves parking closures at Baylands, Arastradero, and Foothills Park are in effect as of Friday, March 27 to support the community's health and safety.


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Pre-Applications for Building Permits Available Online During COVID-19

Effective March 26, 2020, the City of Palo Alto’s Planning and Development Services Department is accepting online pre-applications for building permits.


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Rebuilt Fire Station 3 Opens its Doors to Serve the Community

The finishing touches have been added to Palo Alto’s newly rebuilt Fire Station 3 as it officially opened its doors on Tuesday, March 24 at the corner of Embarcadero and Newell Roads


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Resources to Give or Get Help During Shelter in Place

Navigating the coronavirus health crisis and the statewide shelter in place is a challenge for everyone, especially the most vulnerable populations in our community.


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City Launches Support Call Center & Utility Rate Relief Programs

March 17, 2020 –The City of Palo Alto will activate a Community Support Call Center on Wednesday, March 18 to connect the community with information, and announced utility rate relief programs to support residential and business customers.


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Resources to Help as You Shelter in Place

March 18, 2020 Our latest blog can answer your pressing questions about the shelter in place and is filled with helpful tips and resources to help you navigate what can seem like isolating days spent at home.


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New Actions to Enhance Public Safety and Community Support

March 15, 2020 Palo Alto is establishing a community support call center and activating its Emergency Operations Center.


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Coronavirus: Resources to Stay Connected and Informed

March 13, 2020 During this time of heightened public health risk and community concern, it is important to know you are not alone and there is help and resources available to answer your questions.


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City Remains Committed to Safe Routes to School Program Following Student Death

Staff from the Palo Alto Office of Transportation and the City’s Safe Routes to School program were among those who attended the memorial walk in honor of 11-year old Paul Lafargue on Saturday, March 14 at the Stanford Dish.


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City Closing Several City Facilities, Institutes a Hiring Freeze

March 13, 2020 The City announced further citywide actions today to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, including closing several City facilities, expanding the list of cancelled, postponed, or adjusted City events and programs, and instituting a hiring freeze effective immediately.


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A Special Message from the Mayor regarding the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 The Palo Alto community is understandably concerned about the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, and as Mayor, I want to share the actions that the City of Palo Alto is currently taking, or could take if circumstances change. This is a frightening, first-of-its-kind situation for our community, but we must keep calm and take reasonable, disciplined steps to protect the public health.


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City Implements Service Changes and Proclaims Emergency

March 12, 2020 Palo Alto city manager Ed Shikada announced actions to further the City’s COVID-19 public safety response, implementing citywide service changes and signing a proclamation of emergency.


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City Takes Steps to Keep Community Safe, Limit Coronavirus

March 10, 2020 To limit the potential spread of respiratory viruses and safeguard those at highest risk of catching COVID-19, the City of Palo Alto announced a series of actions to keep the community safe during this time of heightened public health risk.


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