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Week in Review: Good-Bye, Rudy's; Mayoral Election Alert; New Year, New Laws

A look at some of last week's stories in Palo Alto.

Who's Hiring in Palo Alto: City Dispatcher; School Secretary; Starbucks.

BART Fare Hike Takes Effect
. The increase is expected to average an extra 19 cents per ride.

Paparazzi Rules to Transgender Rights: California's Surprising New Laws in 2014.  Californians will see an increase in minimum wage, enhanced bicycle safety and new rules allowing transgender students to choose which restroom to use.

Kids and Teens Writing Contest Underway at Library.

Mayor and Vice Mayor Elections at Next Council Meeting.

Last-Minute Options for New Year's Eve Dining in Palo Alto. Open tables around town are still available -- but book soon. They're filling up fast!

East Palo Alto Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Head on New Year's Eve.

Historic Day Trips Near Silicon Valley.

Police Teen Explorers Volunteer at Toy Distribution. PAPD Explorer Post 61 helped out in last weekend's Toys-For-Tots drive in San Jose.

Say Farewell to Rudy's Pub on New Year's Eve. The downtown eatery is folding on University Avenue. New location still under wraps.

Spare The Air Alerts: Do People Really Get Caught? Air quality officials say they issue an average of more than 200 citations on every day.

2013 About to Become Driest Year Since 1917.

Peninsula Girl's Poetry Makes Learning California History.  Madeline Park's poetry book is available on Amazon.

'Cat in Hat' Tickets On Sale Now. Seuss classic opens at Palo Alto Children's Theatre Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 9.

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