The City of Palo Alto prohibits smoking in public places, including workplaces, bars, restaurants, stores, and theaters. The ban extends to all commercial areas, including publicly-owned sidewalks, alleys, parking areas, and service areas such as taxi and bus stops, in the city’s commercial zones, including downtown Palo Alto, California Avenue business district, Town and County Shopping Center, and Stanford Shopping Center.
Smoking is also prohibited in multi-unit residences, including apartment buildings, condominium complexes, senior and assisted living facilities, and long-term health care facilities.
The smoking ban also prohibits the use of electronic vaping devices.
The corporate headquarters of electric carmaker and renewable energy technology company Tesla are located on Deer Creek Road on the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto, California.
In addition to Tesla’s corporate offices, the site houses engineering and research staff and a powertrain manufacturing facility.
Tesla relocated here in 2009 from its previous headquarters in San Carlos. The complex was previously a manufacturing facility occupied by Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies.
Foothills Park in Palo Alto is open to everyone, regardless of residency, following a policy change introduced by Palo Alto City Council on December 17th, 2020.
The lifting of admission restrictions has resulted in increased visitor numbers and the park gate closes if capacity limits are reached. Dogs are only permitted in Foothills Park on weekdays and must be on a leash at all times.
Previously, Foothills Park was open only to Palo Alto residents and city employees, an ordinance dating back the sale of the land to the City of Palo Alto in 1959 by Doctor Russel Lee, founder of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, with a condition that it be preserved as open space. When a proposal that the neighboring communities of Portola Valley and Los Altos Hills contribute towards the purchase was rejected, Palo Alto imposed a residents-only policy when the park was opened in 1965.
Yes, The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Old Palo Alto is free and open to the public every day during daylight hours.
The historic house and 2.5-acre garden, located on Waverley Street and Churchill Avenue were owned by Elizabeth Gamble, granddaughter of the co-founder of Procter & Gamble. On her death in 1981, aged ninety two, the property was bequeathed to the City of Palo Alto, and since 1985 has been operated by a non-profit organization as a public garden and community resource.