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palo alto: council approves blueprint for city’s growth through 2030


plan caps new non-residential development at 1.7 million square feet, calls for up to 4,420 new housing units






palo alto council takes ‘moderate and balanced’ approach to housing, job growth


palo alto’s pro-development and slow-growth council members — who often disagree about the proper pace for adding homes and jobs — reached a compromise this week. the council voted 8-1 monday to approve a preferred growth pattern that meets each side about halfway among six options presented.






palo alto: council studies impact of stanford’s growth plans


stanford officials say their goal is to achieve “no net new commute trips” to the campus after adding nearly 2.3 million square feet of academic buildings and housing by 2035. but some palo alto council members doubt the university’s growth won’t have a negative impact on the city’s traffic, parking, housing and services.






palo alto council’s political divide reflected in land-use votes


the divide between palo alto council members who are pro-development versus those who want to slow down the city’s pace of growth manifest itself monday at a meeting about shaping future land use.






palo alto council sets goals for 2017


the palo alto city council will renew its focus on the city’s finances and carry over priorities from the previous year: transportation, infrastructure, housing and having a healthy city and community.






palo alto: council locks in retail regulations


the palo alto city council decided this week to adopt an ordinance aimed at protecting retail in the city despite business owners’ outcry against a one-size-fits-all approach.






palo alto council scales back granny-unit rules after pushback


the palo alto city council decided this week to modify an ordinance on accessory dwellings, or “granny units,” that council members approved in march after a deluge of residents complained by email and in person about the new rules going too far.






palo alto oks replacing three california avenue homes


a palo alto property owner’s decision to build only one of three homes with a basement has earned the project a green light from the city council.






from uber drivers to zuckerberg’s security officers, palo alto has an idling pro


some palo alto council members want the city to adopt an anti-idling ordinance for vehicles to fight air pollution and related health issues.






town hall discussion on ‘sensible growth’ sees varying opinions on affordable ho


at a town hall meeting put on by political resident group better cupertino in cupertino on april 23, sunnyvale city council member michael goldman, san jose city council member chappie jones, palo alto city council member lydia kou and cupertino city council member steven scharf made up the panel that discussed problems facing the region, from office space allocation to traffic.






marriott plans in palo alto advance despite residents’ objections


two five-story hotels proposed for san antonio road in palo alto that are strongly contested by nearby residents have secured the approval of the city’s architectural review board after two years of revisions. the proposal goes before the city council on monday.






palo alto council considers plan for condos on el camino real


palo alto council members and residents expressed interest in having condos built on a vacant lot on el camino real, but many said monday their support hinges on the density proposed for the site.






palo alto delays talks of taxing businesses for transportation needs


palo alto council members unanimously decided this month to put off until the fall a conversation about a local tax that would help pay for programs such as shuttles and bike boulevards.






palo alto oks mixed-use project with 17 homes


the palo alto city council approved a mixed-use project monday night that offers studios and townhouses. the council unanimously backed a plan to demolish a long-vacant building at 3877 el camino real that formerly housed compadres bar & grill and replace it with a 4,027-square-foot commercial building and a mix of 17 two-bedroom townhouses and […]






daily news homepage for friday, april 7


coming up • students of tru school, a private k-6 school in palo alto, will perform a play tonight about the city’s history. “the story of palo alto” was written by head of school theodore timpson and guides viewers through the histories of palo alto, stanford university, silicon valley and east palo alto. “we find […]






palo alto’s civic duty extends beyond the city, new mayor says


palo alto mayor greg scharff evoked images of el palo alto, a redwood tree that is the city’s namesake, during a state of the city address wednesday in which he encouraged residents to stand strong and stay rooted in shared values as the wind of national politics shift.






palo alto: police arrest 3 teens for stealing jewelry, electronics from home


palo alto police have arrested an oakdale man and two 15-year-old palo alto boys who police say are responsible burglarizing a palo alto home in february.






palo alto: bowman school plans large expansion


the palo alto city council unanimously voted to allow bowman international school, a private school, to merge two parcels south of the current campus, which would more than triple its existing footprint at 4000 terman drive.






palo alto lowers some development fees


the palo alto city council’s pro-development bloc — which holds a slim majority — rolled back some development impact fee increases approved in december by previous council members. mayor greg scharff, vice mayor liz kniss and councilmen adrian fine, cory wolbach and greg tanaka voted monday to approve a new fee structure for commercial and residential […]






palo alto council oks new downtown parking garage


the $23 million garage in downtown palo alto will have five levels above ground and a basement level, totaling 339 spaces, and up to 3,800 square feet of retail space.






palo alto: alert passerby helps police catch auto burglar


palo alto police arrested a san francisco man on parole on saturday who is suspected of burglarizing vehicles in downtown palo alto.






two palo alto council members face campaign finance investigation


the state of california’s fair political practices commission is investigating after the bipartisan group received two anonymous complaints alleging that palo alto councilman greg tanaka’s campaign disclosure forms may be incomplete or inaccurate.






flood insurance costs drop for palo alto property owners


thousands of palo alto residents and businesses will see a reduction on their flood insurance this year because of a higher rating the city of palo alto received from the federal emergency management administration because of the city’s flood management efforts.






palo alto battalion fire chiefs get 15.5% raises


palo alto’s four battalion fire chiefs will get pay raises of 15.5 percent under a labor deal the city council approved monday.






council extends office cap but votes to make it more flexible later


palo alto city council switches 50,00-square-foot annual limit to first-come, first-served process; allows allocations to roll over for additional year






palo alto cuts 11 firefighter jobs after stanford reduces contract


the palo alto fire department will lose 11 positions — one-tenth of its full-time staff — under a restructuring plan designed to solve a budget shortfall. on monday night, the city council unanimously approved the plan, which will cut seven firefighters and four apparatus operator positions, all 11 of which are vacant. the department will […]






palo alto: city says it won’t be open for pot business any time soon


palo alto takes a wait-and-see approach, only allowing deliveries in ordinance






palo alto: new budget raises parking fees, cuts fire service expenses


despite pleas from residents, the palo alto city council approved a 2017-18 budget on monday that more than doubles parking fees for annual permit holders, cuts fire department expenses and postpones discussion on how to pay down owed pensions.






palo alto: pot ban likely to continue another year


if the city does not have a policy prohibiting commercial cultivation by jan. 1, then marijuana businesses can get a state-issued license and open in palo alto.






palo alto council oks building home overlooking arastradero preserve


the hewlett tract residential subdivision in palo alto will get another home despite some community concerns that the 10,960 square feet development on a hill overlooking the arastradero preserve will infringe on the open green space for all to enjoy.






cdc report: youth suicide rates in county highest in palo alto, morgan hill


the cdc conducted a year-long epidemiological investigation at the request of the santa clara county public health department and the palo alto unified school district after a pair of suicide clusters in palo alto.






daily news homepage for friday, jan. 27


coming up • the palo alto city council will evaluate progress on priorities for 2016 and set new goals for the upcoming year at an annual “retreat” on urday. the council will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the mitchell park community center, 3700 middlefield road. public participation is encouraged. the council focused […]






palo alto: suspect in train station assaults turns himself in


george moubarak, 26, of south san francisco, was placed under arrest after he turned himself in at the palo alto police department on friday in connection with the sexual assaults of two women on march 1 and march 8 at a caltrain station on university avenue in palo alto.






palo alto: private guard helps police track down teen burglars


police arrested three east palo alto boys early tuesday morning after a private security guard in a palo alto neighborhood noticed the teens pulling on door handles of cars parked on the street and entering one car.






young entrepreneurs big winners at palo alto conference


a business pitch by a group of palo alto students won the grand prize at the 2017 yibi international grand conference held sept. 17 at sofia university in palo alto. phil han, charles huang, annie ma, george wang, amy zhang and thomas zhu combined to present an idea for an app called homemade, which allows […]