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Today

Sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 54. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light west in the evening.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 56. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Palo Alto News and Events

Sp. City Council Meeting (Events)

Sp. City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, Ground Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, PA

Agenda and Packet


CASP Presents: "Gathering Context: NFC Art In Technology" Exhibition (Events)

GATHERING CONTEXT
NFC: ART IN TECH
April 18 April 28, 2019
Opening Reception, April 17, 6-8pm

Catherine di Napoli presents NFC: Art in Tech, an exhibition of two-dimensional pictorials, demonstrating how Near Field Communication (NFC) technology can be used to contextualize art. NFC informs the viewer on a Smartphone or tablet, about the artist and the artists creative process. The show features Cubberley Artist Studio Program artists Elizabeth Bennett, Pantea Karimi, Sahba Shere, and di Napolis own work.

NFC: Art In Tech will be on view April 18 - Sunday, April 28. The exhibit is open daily from 1:00 - 4:00 PM at the ArtLab, Room U7, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd in Palo Alto. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 17, 6 - 8 PM.

CASP Presents: "Gathering Context: NFC Art In Technology" Exhibition (Events)

GATHERING CONTEXT
NFC: ART IN TECH
April 18 April 28, 2019
Opening Reception, April 17, 6-8pm

Catherine di Napoli presents NFC: Art in Tech, an exhibition of two-dimensional pictorials, demonstrating how Near Field Communication (NFC) technology can be used to contextualize art. NFC informs the viewer on a Smartphone or tablet, about the artist and the artists creative process. The show features Cubberley Artist Studio Program artists Elizabeth Bennett, Pantea Karimi, Sahba Shere, and di Napolis own work.

NFC: Art In Tech will be on view April 18 - Sunday, April 28. The exhibit is open daily from 1:00 - 4:00 PM at the ArtLab, Room U7, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd in Palo Alto. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 17, 6 - 8 PM.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day (Events)

This event is for Palo Alto residents only, proof of residency is required. The Household Hazardous Waste Management program provides Palo Alto residents with an environmentally safe, convenient way to dispose of unwanted hazardous household products such as used or expired medication, paints, solvents, fuels, cleaners, pesticides, etc., which contain hazardous substances. This event happens, rain or shine. For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Program and what is accepted, click here. Location: Household Hazardous Waste Station, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto.

Summer Hot Dog Productions

Summer Hot Dog Production

TICKETS FOR THE SUMMER HOT DOG SERIES

GO ON SALE MAY 4, 2019!

 

The Emperor's New Clothes

Adapted by Michele L. Vacca | From the story by Hans Christen Anderson
Produced by Special Arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago

 The Summer Hot Dog Season kicks off with a highly entertaining adaptation of Hans Christen Anderson’s timeless tale about the pitfalls of vanity and greed.

Audition Dates: April 15 - 16, 2019

Performance Dates: June 12 - 23, 2019 | Wed - Sun at 6:30pm (Gates open at 5:45pm)

Sensory-Friendly Performance, with Smaller Audience*:  Thursday, June 13

 

CASP Presents: "Gathering Context: NFC Art In Technology" Exhibition (Events)

GATHERING CONTEXT
NFC: ART IN TECH
April 18 April 28, 2019
Opening Reception, April 17, 6-8pm

Catherine di Napoli presents NFC: Art in Tech, an exhibition of two-dimensional pictorials, demonstrating how Near Field Communication (NFC) technology can be used to contextualize art. NFC informs the viewer on a Smartphone or tablet, about the artist and the artists creative process. The show features Cubberley Artist Studio Program artists Elizabeth Bennett, Pantea Karimi, Sahba Shere, and di Napolis own work.

NFC: Art In Tech will be on view April 18 - Sunday, April 28. The exhibit is open daily from 1:00 - 4:00 PM at the ArtLab, Room U7, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd in Palo Alto. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 17, 6 - 8 PM.

Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project

Newell Road Bridge view from the creek

Project Description

The City of Palo Alto, in partnership with the City of East Palo Alto and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA), is evaluating options for replacement of the Newell Road Bridge over San Francisquito Creek. The existing bridge, built in 1911, is functionally obsolete. The California Department of Transportation inspected the over-100-year-old bridge on multiple occasions and determined it is functionally obsolete due to its dimensions. The narrow bridge does not accommodate two-directional traffic or meet the current standards for bicycle and pedestrian access. In addition, the bridge presents flood risks due to the bridge abutments that create a creek constriction. Replacing the bridge will improve the safety for all modes of transportation, provide a designated crosswalk for pedestrians, and will enable the creek channel to convey more creek flow and mitigate the risk of flood. 

The design and aesthetics for the replacement bridge will be subject to review by the following review bodies: City of Palo Alto – Architectural Review Board, City of Palo Alto – Planning and Transportation Commission, City of East Palo Alto – Public Works & Transportation Committee, and City of East Palo Alto – Planning Commission. There are five alternatives under consideration for the replacement of Newell Road Bridge. The City of Palo Alto has secured funding for project design and environmental assessment, 88.5% is coming from Caltrans’ Highway Bridge Program and 11.5% from Santa Clara Valley Water District. 

The bridge replacement alternatives include the following: 

  1. No project alternative (keep existing bridge as is)
  2. New bi-directional one-lane vehicle bridge with traffic signal controls
  3. New two-lane vehicle bridge using existing bridge alignment
  4. New two-lane vehicle bridge with a partial realignment with Newell Road in East Palo Alto
  5. New two-lane vehicle bridge fully realigned with Newell Road in East Palo Alto

Project Background

On July 11, 2011, City Council approved a budget appropriation for a new capital improvement project to replace the Newell Road Bridge and authorized staff to accept the Caltrans Highway Bridge Program grant funds to pay for the majority of the project’s design costs. 
On April 9, 2012, Council approved a contract with Nolte Associates, Inc. (now known as NV5, Inc.) for the design and environmental assessment of the replacement bridge. Council also approved a cost-share agreement with the water district to provide local matching funds to supplement the Caltrans funding. 

Based on the concerns shared by residents in previous community meetings and technical analysis, the City identified the five project alternatives to be analyzed in the environmental document. Unfortunately, the project was temporarily delayed in 2016 due to the staff constraints and project prioritization. In addition, from a hydraulic phasing perspective, it was essential to complete the downstream work before the Newell Road Bridge could be replaced. Otherwise, the flooding hazard would have been transferred or potentially increase to the residents downstream of Newell Road Bridge. 

The project was able to recommence in 2017

Wireless Communication Facilities

Latest News

April 19, 2019 Update:

Small Cell Wireless Facilities Administrative Standards and Wireless Ordinance Update: 
Cities are required to adopt reasonable and objective aesthetic administrative standards for small wireless facilities under the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s September 2018 Order. 

The Architectural Review Board (ARB) discussed draft administrative standards for facilities proposed on streetlight poles and wood utility poles at the March 21, 2019 (video) and April 4, 2019 (video) ARB meetings. The ARB agendas and staff reports are published on the ARB webpage. The Planning & Transportation Commission (PTC) recommended the associated ordinance referencing these standards on March 27, 2019. The PTC had also reviewed an initial draft of the ordinance on December 12, 2018. The PTC agendas and staff reports are published on the PTC webpage.

On April 15, 2019, the City Council adopted a Resolution referencing use of these administrative standards, and adopted an ordinance updating the Palo Alto Municipal Code Section 18.42.110.  The ordinance will become effective 30 days after the second reading, currently scheduled for May 6, 2019.  The Council will be able to modify the administrative standards in the future by adopting a Resolution. The City Council agenda and City Manager’s report containing the standards, resolution and ordinance were published on the Council Agendas/Minutes webpage. Videos of the City Council hearing can be accessed at the Midpen Media Center website.

Along with adoption of the recommended resolution and ordinance on a 6-0 vote without modification, the City Council directed staff to engage in federal legislative advocacy, and to return to City Council in a year with a review of the ordinance’s effectiveness and with an updated Ordinance/Resolution that:

  • considers explicit hierarchies of preferred location and preferred type of installation with clarification that applicants must use most preferred solution unless demonstrated to be infeasible, where preferred hierarchies are by zoning type, by local context including characteristics such as visibility, street size and type, and existing foliage, and by installation type; and 
  • provides a clear definition infeasibility as suggested in staff report.  

Additionally, Council directed staff to create a list of city-owned buildings that would be appropriate sites, propose recommended distances from homes and schools and between installations to preserve aesthetics, and return to Council within one year with best practices regarding inspections of antennas.

Updates to the FAQs and other content for this webpage are underway. An archived version of the previous Wireless Communications Facilities webpage is available in the m

Charleston / Arastradero Corridor Project

Charleston/Arastradero Corridor

Project Description
The 2.3-mile Charleston-Arastradero Corridor is a heavily used, residential- arterial road, serving as an east-west connector for the southern section of Palo Alto. The corridor services 11 K-12 schools, several parks, shopping centers, community centers, senior living facilities, and a library. The project includes the installation of landscaped medians, curb extensions/bulb-outs, enhanced bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and traffic signal modifications consistent with the existing striping/roadway configuration.

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Project Map

Scope of Work
  The overall objective of the project is to address the needs of nearby residents and the surrounding community who have requested an improved corridor with more moderate vehicle speeds, safer conditions, and various vegetation improvements will be used to enhance the aesthetic quality of the corridor and treat stormwater.  
  The goals and benefits of the Charleston-Arastradero Corridor project include
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