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The city of Palo Alto is named after a very tall tree called El Palo Alto which in Spanish means "the high stick" or "the high pole." It is located in central California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Several Silicon Valley high-technology companies are headquartered in Palo Alto including Hewlett-Packard and Facebook. Notable residents include Amy Irving (Traffic), James Franco (Pineapple Express, Milk, James Dean) and brother Dave Franco (Scrubs), folk singer Joan Baez, and musical groups The Donnas and The Grateful Dead.

Population: 58598
Local Newspapers: Palo Alto Daily Post Palo Alto Daily News Palo Alto Weekly
Local Sports Teams: Stanford Cardinals
Local Colleges: Stanford University

Zip Codes associated with palo alto, california: 94301 94303 94304 94306
Towns/Cities near palo alto, california : Menlo Park Stanford The Willows Lindenwood Atherton Charleston Meadow

Palo Alto News
Saturday: Open house at Village Bakery & Cafe in Woodside

Preparing for the opening of the Village Bakery & Cafe in Woodside are, from left, Alex Coppersmith, Chris Cuneo and Tim Stannard. Mr. Coppersmith is chief financial officer and partner of Bacchus Management Group, which owns the restaurant.

Brother of crash victim urges B.C. truckers to slow down

Robert Howard, 49, and his daughter, Veronica, 9, before a semi-trailer accident killed them and Howard's wife and older daughter on a highway in Kootenay National Park on July 22, 2011. Six years ago, a semi-truck hauling two trailers jackknifed, killing an American family in Kootenay National Park , despite the fact its driver was within the posted speed limit.

Palo Alto names new deputy city manager

Michelle Poch Flaherty, who starts her new job Aug. 8, is the director of performance, strategy and innovation for the Architect of the Capitol, which maintains Capitol Hill's historic facilities and parks and promotes tourism, City Manager James Keene announced Monday. "Her leadership roles in county government, federal agencies, as well as with local government here in Silicon Valley provide a unique perspective into both the complex needs of a large organization, as well as how to connect with the community," Keene said.

New Oshman JCC park, pavilion to serve as 'gathering place'

Artist rendering of new community spaces at the Taube Koret Campus, 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto. The $11.5 million project is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

A tale of two Eichlers: San Rafael home asks $1.4 million, Palo Alto $1.9 million

Hopefully not, given that the celebrated midcentury developer sowed thousands of houses all across California, leaving enough stock to keep Eichler aficionados up to their ears in Eichlers for decades to come. Take the case of 4136 Briarwood Way, a five-bed, two-bath Eichler engendered home in Palo Alto circa 1961 that listed today for the drastic sum of more than $1.99 million.

Eshoo holds town hall meeting Saturday

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo answers questions from constituents regarding health care reform in 2010. She will be holding a town hall meeting on July 22 in Saratoga.

True troubadours

Christy Martin and Aodh Og O'Tuama have spent the past two decades performing as world-music duo Four Shillings Short. The couple met and fell in love in Palo Alto and now tour full time.

Proposal to change strict water-leak policy gains traction

Water flows down the sidewalk and into the street on Cambridge Avenue. Community members have recently complained of steep charges on their utilities bills due to undetected water leaks.

Laughing his way through to beating cancer

For a local theater company to thrive, it's important to maintain a positive attitude and take creative risks. So, to kick off its new late-night series, being launched this summer on select Fridays, Redwood City's Dragon Theatre chose a headliner whose stand-up comedy is focused on positivity and tackles a difficult subject.

Ri DMV set to reopen after closure for new computer system

Offices of the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles are set to reopen for regular business after the agency installed its long-delayed new computer system. The DMV says it's reopening all its offices on Tuesday on a walk-in basis, but says people should expect long lines and wait times.

Got Bay Area weekend plans? We have ideas

From left, Hansel Tan, Sean Fenton, Phil Wong and James Seol star in "The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga" at TheatreWorks. A new musical based on an ancient comic book, Motown legends and a Lizzie Borden musical top our tips for fun stuff to do in the Bay Area July 13-16 .

Bike boulevards are coming to town

Palo Alto's plans to make life easier for cyclists includes adding raised intersections to slow vehicle traffic. This artist's rendering shows what will be added at the corner of Louis Road and Moreno Aenue.

La Comida to serve senior meals from Stevenson House

Avenidas, a Palo Alto senior center, plans to expand with the addition of a three-story building and upgrades to its existing location on Bryant Street. La Comida de California, which provides meals to seniors in downtown Palo Alto, has found a temporary home at the Stevenson House seniors community in the southern part of town.

Plan to add housing, retail on El Camino gets a boost

The rendering shows a view from Acacia Avenue of the proposed main entrance to the 20-unit apartment building that is part of a two-building development proposed for 3001 El Camino Real. Rendering by Steinberg Architects Palo Alto's effort to chip away at what many in City Hall acknowledge to be a "housing crisis" advanced on Wednesday night, when the city's planning commission threw its support behind a plan to construct two buildings with 50 apartments at an El Camino Real site that until recently was occupied by Mike's Bikes.

Victor Arnautoff: San Francisco's Master Muralist of the 1930's

SFSU professor Bob Cherny gives a lecture on his new book Victor Arnautoff: San Francisco's Master Muralist of the 1930's. Arnautoff was the most important muralist in the 1930's in the bay area and he was hounded during the 1950's witch hunt leading him to leave the bay area for the Soviet Union.

Blue hued Palo Alto Eichler asks $2.3 million

The ironic twist about Eichlers is that these prized homes were conceived so that middle-income buyers could purchase well-designed homes at a reasonable price. Well, that's all in the past.

Take a Long Strange Trip with the Grateful Dead

THE GRATEFUL Dead's music "touches on ground that most other groups don't even know exists," said Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye; while Allmusic.com called them, "the ultimate cult band, creating a self-styled universe all their own". That three-decade adventure, which began in Palo Alto, California in 1965, will be told in Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead , directed by Amir Bar-Lev.

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