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Palo Alto is a charter city lying in Santa Clara County, within the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The city was named for El Palo Alto, a tall tree that grew along the banks of the San Francisquito Creek. Although a flood destroyed half of the tree, the other half can still be found today near Alma Street's foot bridge. Palo Alto is home to almost 60,000 people. Additionally, Palo Alto is home to parts of Stanford University, as well as many high-tech corporations such as Facebook and Hewlett-Packard. Palo Alto is also located close to San Jose, and many Palo Alto attorneys are considered to be San Jose lawyers as well because they have offices in both cities.
Recently, a San Mateo County Superior Court delayed the trial of Alberto Alvarez, who faces charges of killing an East Palo Alto police officer, after it was determined that another local police killing could prejudicially influence the jury pool. Due to the delay, the current pool of 840 jurors will be released and a new pool will be chosen.
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