Palo Alto’s animal shelter, facing a $450,000 budget shortfall and finding itself no longer financially viable, is in danger of closing unless the city council can find alternative sources of funding to keep the facility open.
After five teen suicides shook Palo Alto in 2009, schools and the city implemented intervention and support programs. Awareness has been raised, but a teen survey shows there’s more work to be done.
Sid Espinosa, Palo Alto’s first Hispanic and fourth-youngest mayor, juggles duties at City Hall with a full-time job at Microsoft. His career path included a White House job during the Clinton administration.