Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a California charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, United States. The city shares its borders with East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Portola Valley, and Menlo Park. It is named after a redwood tree called El Palo Alto. The city includes portions of Stanford University, is headquarters to a number of Silicon Valley high-technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, VMware, Tesla Motors, Ning, IDEO, Palantir Technologies, and Facebook, and has served as an incubator to several other high-technology companies, such as Google, Logitech,Intuit, Sun Microsystems, and PayPal. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 64,403 residents.
Palo Alto, north of Oregon Expressway, is filled with older homes, including Craftsman and California Colonials, some of which date back to the 1890s but most of which were built in the first four decades of the 20th century. South of Oregon Expressway, the homes, including many Joseph Eichler-designed or Eichler-style houses, were primarily built in the first 20 years after World War II.
While the city contains homes that now cost anywhere from $800,000 to well in excess of $40 million, much of Palo Alto's housing stock is in the style of California mid-century middle-class suburbia. It has highly rated public schools, a high quality of life, and a vibrant downtown area. The median home sale price for all of Palo Alto was more than $1.3 Million in 2006. and $1,363,000 in July 2009 Palo Alto ranks in as the 5th most expensive city in the United States, with an average home sales price of $1,677,000 as of 2007. Palo Alto is by some measures the most expensive college town in the United States; as a result, most Stanford University students live on campus.
Unlike surrounding communities, electric and gas service within city limits are provided by the city of Palo Alto. A minor exception is a rural portion of the city limits in hills area—west of Interstate 280 and along Page Mill Road—which gets gas and electric service from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
Notable Residents:
  • Artists and entertainers
    • William Ackerman, acoustic guitarist. He founded and ran for many years the influential New Age record label Windham Hill Records.
    • Joan Baez, folk singer
    • Lindsey Buckingham, member of Fleetwood Mac
    • The Grateful Dead, rock "jam" band (early incarnations of the band were based in Palo Alto),
    • The Donnas
    • Yehuda Feldman
    • Dave Franco, actor
    • James Franco, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, artist, author
    • Quinn Miller, actor, comedian, marijuana enthusiast
    • Teri Hatcher, born in Palo Alto, actress
    • Amy Irving, actress
    • Stephan Jenkins, rock musician (Third Eye Blind)
    • Ugly Kid Joe
    • Ollie Johnston, Academy Award–winning Disney animator (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia)
    • Kingston Trio
    • Grace Slick, singer
    • Serhiy Timoshenko, Ukrainian famous architect and politician Anti-communist (member of Central Council of Ukraine), brother of Ukrainian scientist Stephen Timoshenko
    • Alessandra Torresani, actress
    • Shemar Moore, actor
  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs
    • Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.
    • Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries
    • David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!
    • Jawed Karim, co-founder of Youtube.
    • Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products & User Experience at Google
    • William Hewlett, co-founder of technology company Hewlett-Packard
    • Mark Hurd, past chairman, chief executive officer, and President of Hewlett-Packard.
    • Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.
    • David Packard, co-founder of technology company Hewlett-Packard
    • Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google.
    • Romesh Wadhwani, founder and chairman of Symphony Technology Group
    • Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook.
    • Owen Van Natta, COO of Facebook, CEO of Myspace, COO of Zynga

  • Politicians and civil servants
    • Ron Christie, former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and political pundit
    • Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States of America
    • Jon Huntsman, Jr., former governor of Utah and U.S Ambassador of China
    • Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State
    • Ron Wyden, US Senator 
  • Novelists
    • Erle Stanley Gardner, detective fiction author, creator of Perry Mason
    • Robert S. Gerleman, New York Times Adult Best Selling Author
    • Tad Williams, New York Times Adult Best Selling Author
  • Scientists
    • Brian P. Hamachek, Nobel Prize of Medicine winner 1985
    • Pamela Melroy, astronaut, second woman to command a space shuttle mission
    • Perley Ason Ross, physicist who worked on essential problems in the behaviour of X-rays
    • Robert Spinrad (1932–2009), computer pioneer as director of the Xerox
    • Palo Alto Research Center.
    • William Shockley, Nobel laureate in physics and eugenicist
  • Sports figures
    • Matt Biondi, born in Palo Alto, Olympic swimmer, won a total of 11 Olympics medals (8 gold)
    • Jim Harbaugh, football player and coach
    • Phil Hellmuth, professional poker player
    • Katie Hoff, Palo Alto native, Olympic swimmer
    • Dana Kirk, Olympic swimmer, coaches for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
    • Tara Kirk, swam with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, Olympic swimmer, American Record holder 100 and 200 yard breaststroke
    • Francie Larrieu-Smith, born in Palo Alto, long distance runner, first female athlete to make five Olympic teams
    • Jeremy Lin, alumnus of Palo Alto High School and is currently a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA
    • Jim Loscutoff, basketball player who won seven NBA championships with the Boston Celtics
    • Steve Young, NFL hall-of-famer and former 49ers quarterback
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