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How Silicon Valley is inventing the future of cars

When it comes to the automotive industry of today, turn to the “new” Motor City: Silicon Valley. Instead of mechanics with their sleeves rolled up, there are engineers at companies like Google who are dictating where the trillion-dollar industry — which notched a record 17.55 million vehicles sold in 2016 — turns next. Friday, 6:54 AM | 5 comments

East Palo Alto’s homicides this year: zero

For the first time in decades East Palo Alto has had no homicides this year, police Chief Albert Pardini said this week. Friday, 6:53 AM

Nonprofit seeks back-to-school donations for youth in need

East Palo Alto nonprofit Ecumenical Hunger Program is looking for help from the community to address a gap in back-to-school items for local students in need. Friday, 6:52 AM

Commission recommends office-cap extension

The Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission supported the city staff’s recommendation to extend the 50,000 square foot office-cap ordinance on Wednesday. Thursday, 9:50 AM | 16 comments

City eyes higher fees for companies renting public parks

The city is eyeing new requirements, including charging potentially higher fees, for private organizations that want to use public parks for events. Wednesday, 6:18 PM | 20 comments

Brick-and-mortar retailers face steep challenges

Downtown Palo Alto stores are struggling with high costs, difficulties in finding employees who will work for minimum or low wage and a parking shortage, among other problems, a panel of business owners said Wednesday morning during a discussion on the future of retail. Wednesday, 10:45 PM | 3 comments

Man reports assault, robbery along Oregon Expressway

A man has reported to police that he was punched, kicked and robbed in Palo Alto on July 10, after experiencing car problems and pulling over on Oregon Expressway, police said Wednesday. Wednesday, 1:09 PM | 5 comments

Man gets jail in East Palo Alto cockfighting case

An East Palo Alto man who faced charges in one of San Mateo County’s largest cockfighting cases in history pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor on Wednesday. Thursday, 9:47 AM | 3 comments

Parks commission: Move quickly on dog park for Peers Park

Palo Alto Parks and Recreation commissioners support building a new dog park at Peers Park in the north part of town, urging city staff Tuesday night to accelerate a timeline that currently plans to start construction in early 2018. Wednesday, 9:37 AM | 23 comments

‘Not guilty’ plea in attempted murder of doctors

A Visalia man accused of plotting to kill three Bay Area doctors for treatments he claims harmed him pleaded not guilty to three counts of premeditated attempted murder on Tuesday.
Tuesday, 5:27 PM

Police warn of phone scam demanding ransom

Actor found dead in hotel room

Man charged for fatal East Palo Alto collision

Shop Talk: Nut House’s future; Facebook’s mobile market

Woman arrested for fatal crash on El Camino

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