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Palo Alto: Apartment proposal in single-family neighborhood can't move forward, council decides

Palo Alto: Apartment proposal in single-family neighborhood can't move forward, council decides

By | | Bay Area News GroupSingle-family zoning isn’t going away any time soon in Palo Alto after city council members decided this week that apartment buildings don’t belong there.After deliberating for hours Monday night, the council voted 5-2 to make clear that the “planned home” zoning tool it approved in February 2020 to expedite housing projects only applies to commercial and industrial districts, not residential neighborhoods.As a result, to build a three-story, 24-unit apartment building on Wellesley Street in the heart of the College Terrace neighborhood likely isn’t going...

April 13, 2021
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Mountain View: Police arrest woman for allegedly hitting a restaurant worker, making racist comments

Mountain View: Police arrest woman for allegedly hitting a restaurant worker, making racist comments

By | | Bay Area News GroupMOUNTAIN VIEW — A woman was arrested early Saturday after she struck a restaurant worker and made racist comments against them, police said.Officers responded at about 7 a.m. to the McDonald’s on the 900 block of El Monte Avenue on reports that a person was refusing to leave the restaurant.When police arrived, McDonald’s workers identified the 40-year-old woman and said she had hit an employee and had made several remarks toward them degrading their ethnicity. The woman allegedly made disparaging remarks against the Latino worker who she hit. She also made similar...

March 21, 2021
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Palo Alto: RV dwellers parked on El Camino Real receive tow notices to move today

Palo Alto: RV dwellers parked on El Camino Real receive tow notices to move today

PALO ALTO — Several RV dwellers in Palo Alto parked on El Camino Real have received notices from the police department warning them they could be towed today if they do not move their vehicles.Local activists incensed over the notices and expressed their discontent to the City Council on Monday night. Angie Evans, a member of the Palo Alto Renters Association, called on the council to order a stop to the tow warnings and show support for the dozens of people currently living in RVs and vehicles in the city.A line of RVs and other vehicles parked along El Camino Real is hard to miss against...

March 11, 2021
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Mountain View: Planned purchase of hotel for homeless housing drawing lines on the sand among residents

Mountain View: Planned purchase of hotel for homeless housing drawing lines on the sand among residents

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The planned purchase of a boutique hotel by the city to house homeless people has neighbors in Mountain View’s south side divided.On January 26, the city council unanimously voted to move ahead with the planned purchase of the 61-room Crestview Boutique Hotel at the corner of El Camino Real and Crestview Drive during their first discussion of the project. The city said it would commit $3.7 million for the rehabilitation of the property and intends to find other funding sources, including through a partnership with Santa Clara County.The city is seeking the county’s...

February 19, 2021
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Palo Alto: Hundreds from around the region flooding into once-exclusive Foothills Park

Palo Alto: Hundreds from around the region flooding into once-exclusive Foothills Park

Show Caption of By | | Bay Area News GroupFor decades, an address in one of the Bay Area’s most expensive communities came with exclusive access to a bucolic nature preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a park believed to have been the only one in California to ban non-residents from entering unless escorted.But the once-quiet 1,400-acre Foothills Park in Palo Alto has been invaded over the past week by tourists from across the Bay Area and beyond after it officially opened to everyone on Dec. 17.On Monday, Foothills Park bustled as cars trudged up to Vista Hill, hikers descended into...

December 30, 2020
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San Mateo County will not issue stay-at-home order as other Bay Area counties shut down, health officer says

San Mateo County will not issue stay-at-home order as other Bay Area counties shut down, health officer says

SAN MATEO — San Mateo County public health officials will not be following in the footsteps of other Bay Area counties who have implemented new stay-at-home measures as the coronavirus surge continues.In a letter to county residents, public health officer Dr. Scott Morrow said he has not decided, so far, to advance on the shelter-at-home order in the way other counties have.The state’s new region-by-region stay-at-home order took effect Sunday night in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, where the capacity of intensive care units fell to 10.9% and 6.3% respectively, according to...

December 8, 2020
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Three Bay Area counties record most coronavirus cases ever, passing records set in past week

Three Bay Area counties record most coronavirus cases ever, passing records set in past week

By | | Bay Area News GroupThree Bay Area counties have, in new coronavirus numbers, surpassed records set over the past week, as public health officials continue to deal with a surge in cases nationwide.In new numbers, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties all recorded the most cases since the start of the pandemic, beating out new daily case records that were broken in the past four out of six days.That contributed to the entire Bay Area recording the most cases ever as well, with 2,691 new cases reported for a total of 164,291 cases across the nine-county area. According to...

December 6, 2020
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Los Altos votes to eliminate school resource officer program at high school

Los Altos votes to eliminate school resource officer program at high school

By | | Bay Area News GroupMonths after downtown Los Altos exploded in protest over the police killing of George Floyd, City Council members voted this week to pull its school resource officers from the Los Altos High School campus in response to the clamor from school officials, faculty and students.Council members accepted the recommendations of a task force put together at the beginning of the summer to reevaluate the city’s school resource officer program and citizen complaint process.The move comes as other cities and school districts across the Bay Area reevaluate the role of police...

November 25, 2020
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Palo Alto: Council says plan to build more than 10,000 homes by 2030 is ‘impossible’

Palo Alto: Council says plan to build more than 10,000 homes by 2030 is ‘impossible’

PALO ALTO — City Council members Monday slammed a regional planning agency that said Palo Alto must build more than 10,000 homes by 2030 to keep up with demand, roughly the same number built in the decade after World War II that transformed the city from a sleepy college town into a bustling tech hub.The council voted 6-1 Monday to send a letter to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) challenging its housing allocation methodology. The number of new homes ABAG wants built is “impossible to meet,” Councilman Eric Filseth said.“I don’t think that’s possible unless we open up the...

November 18, 2020
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Fry’s Electronics closes Campbell location as company struggles in digital age

Fry’s Electronics closes Campbell location as company struggles in digital age

CAMPBELL — Fry’s Electronics is closing down another South Bay store as customers continue to report mysteriously empty shelves at stores across the country.The Sunnyvale-based big box chain announced in a Tweet on Tuesday that it would be closing their years-old Campbell location permanently in order to “repurpose this space in the near future.”“We will continue to serve you at our nearby locations San Jose, Sunnyvale and Fremont,” the company said.The proposal to close the Campbell location has come to light as Fry’s Electronics faces a future where online shopping continues to grow in...

November 11, 2020
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