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Guardians of the code

An inside look at one of City Hall’s most crucial, and thankless, jobs Story by Gennady Sheyner About the cover photo: Lead code enforcement officer James Stephens takes a photo of illegal dumping outside a multi-unit housing complex. Stephens will follow up with the property owner to remove the debris or the owner faces a […]

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Comprehensive Plan coming into focus

In his “State of the City” speech on Feb. 8 — a talk normally confined to highlighting the City Council’s recent accomplishments and annual priorities — Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff took a detour to address an unusually heated and convoluted meeting that had taken place the prior week. In deliberating over an update to […]

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Meet Palo Alto’s change-makers

Creating positive change doesn’t happen overnight. Just ask the seven Palo Alto residents who have been selected as recipients of this year’s Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement awards for pouring their time and energy into projects designed to better the community. Together, Ruth and George Chippendale, Dexter Dawes, Marion Mandell, Judy Sleeth and Carol and Terry […]

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Housing for good: Making the finances work

Figuring out how to balance the budget of the Opportunity Center for the past 10 years has been as challenging as learning how best to serve chronically homeless clients The nonprofit Community Working Group, which led the effort to build the facility, has contributed between $150,000 and $250,000 per year to keep the day services […]

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Housing for good

For four years, Evan Davis made Palo Alto’s Rinconada Park his home. It was challenging — especially in the winter when the rains came, making sleep difficult, he recalled. “I had a spot where I kept dry,” he said. “With food stamps, I could eat.” Today, Davis — neatly dressed on a recent Tuesday in […]

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On chasing criminals, race relations and being the chief

by Gennady Sheyner It takes Police Chief Dennis Burns about 15 minutes to walk from King Plaza to the conference room inside the Police Department — a remarkably sluggish pace for a guy who used to run track at San Jose State University and who made headlines just six years ago by chasing down a […]

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Taking the roads less traveled

It takes courage to walk to the beat of your own drum at any point in life, but perhaps particularly so during high school. Every member of the senior classes at Palo Alto’s public and private high schools deserves recognition and celebration for the accomplishments, big and small, that propelled them to graduation. In seeking […]

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Announcing the Winners of the 29th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

Introduction You and Me       Each individual has his or her own quirks, a collection of experiences, a way of seeing the world. What happens when that person’s inner life collides with that of another? Will they remain inflexible, resulting in broken lives and hearts? Or will they learn from one another until they both […]