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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stanford University swimmer faces felony sex-assault charges

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office filed five charges Tuesday against a Stanford University freshman for felony sexual assault related to a Jan. 18 on-campus incident that was reportedly stopped by students passing by.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | 3 comments
Students to board: 'It's not Gunn's fault'

Scores of Gunn High School students flooded the district's usually sparsely filled board room on Tuesday night to speak out in defense of their school in the wake of a classmate's death this weekend -- and to demand immediate, bold changes that reach beyond tackling academic stress.

Wednesday, 6:42 AM | 16 comments
Palo Alto school board approves increased parcel tax

The Palo Alto school board unanimously passed just after midnight on Wednesday a $758, six-year parcel tax that will come before voters on a mail-in ballot this May.

Wednesday, 1:01 AM | 24 comments

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Family: Student had suffered from depression

The parents of a Palo Alto student who died by suicide on Jan. 24 have released a statement saying that their son had struggled with depression.

Tuesday, 10:18 PM | 5 comments
Rev. Jesse Jackson to East Palo Alto: Fight gentrification

East Palo Alto residents must fight to keep their city, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson encouraged them to organize. Otherwise, residents will be pushed out by gentrification, a process that hasn't changed in communities of color since Jackson, 73, began fighting it in the 1960s, he said.

Tuesday, 7:12 PM | 14 comments
City of Palo Alto opts not to sue Caltrain

Palo Alto has a few qualms about Caltrain's plan to electrify the rail corridor, but after a closed-door meeting early Tuesday morning, the City Council decided that the best way to address the city's concerns would be through collaboration rather than litigation.

Tuesday, 4:18 PM | 9 comments
Santa Clara County supervisors vote to support Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

$8 million in county funds are now available to help preserve affordable housing for the residents of Palo Alto's Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, thanks to a unanimous decision Tuesday by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Tuesday, 1:32 PM | 17 comments
Stanford University student arrested for attempted rape

A male Stanford University student was arrested early in the morning on Sunday, Jan. 18, for attempted rape, according to a campus police report.

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss student wellness, vote on parcel tax

The school board will Tuesday night hold a public hearing on an increased parcel tax and, in light of a student's death this weekend, will expand a previously scheduled agenda item dedicated to an overview of mental health and wellness services to a broader discussion about the district's efforts surrounding suicide prevention and students' social-emotional well-being.

Tuesday, 9:15 AM | 27 comments
Palo Alto's transportation chief resigns

Jaime Rodriguez, Palo Alto's chief transportation officer and the architect of the city's aggressive plan to build a wide network of bike boulevards has resigned after nearly five years at City Hall.

Tuesday, 1:17 AM | 51 comments
Skeptical Palo Alto council not sold on Page Mill development

A plan to replace four homes on a busy stretch of Page Mill Road with a three-story building featuring apartments, office space and retail ran into a wall of skepticism Monday night when Palo Alto officials declined to grant the developer the requested zoning exceptions and demanded a fresh financial analysis of the project.

Tuesday, 1:17 AM | 32 comments

Monday, January 26, 2015

Palo Alto still struggling to find site for new police station

Palo Alto's long search for a place where it can build a new police building remains hampered by a shortage of options, though officials have about five possible locations in mind, City Manager James Keene said last week.

Monday, 9:58 AM | 19 comments
Palo Alto considers legal options against Caltrain

Weeks after learning about Caltrain's plan to seek an exemption from California's environmental law for its proposed electrification project in the event of a lawsuit, Palo Alto officials are preparing to consider their legal options.

Monday, 9:41 AM | 57 comments

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Coroner IDs Caltrain fatality

A 64-year-old San Jose resident was struck and killed by a train at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto on Sunday, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has confirmed.

Sunday, 1:58 PM | 21 comments

Saturday, January 24, 2015

School district responds to Palo Alto teen's death

Palo Alto school officials have confirmed that a male Gunn High School senior died by suicide near his residence early Saturday morning.

Saturday, 4:11 PM | 114 comments

Friday, January 23, 2015

Art commissioners favor arch design for new bike bridge

The Public Art Commission became the latest Palo Alto board on Thursday to weigh in on a proposed bike bridge over Highway 101, with most members favoring the design with a prominent arch.

Friday, 5:16 PM | 32 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Page Mill Road development, Highway 101 overpass

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 26.

Friday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
City Council OKs new bike routes on Churchill and Maybell

Students biking to Palo Alto's two public high schools and southernmost middle school will be getting help with their commutes, as the City Council on Tuesday approved concept plans for two of more than 20 proposed bike projects aimed at making local streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Friday, 8:35 AM | 61 comments
Guest opinion: Is retirement funding based on 'rainbows, butterflies and unicorns'?

A well-known financial analyst, talk-show host and Orange County's treasurer-tax collector recently described state retirement-funding forecasts as "all rainbows, butterflies and unicorns."

Friday, 7:50 AM | 12 comments
Editorial: School board should be concerned about timing, over-reaching on parcel tax

Palo Altans have stepped up time and time again to support the schools, through generous donations, bond measures to upgrade facilities and parcel taxes to supplement regular property-tax revenue and state support.

Friday, 7:45 AM | 98 comments
New East Palo Alto police chief brings new attitude

Albert Pardini, a 32-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, is East Palo Alto's new top cop, and he's doing something that has stunned his department's weary and overworked officers: He's talking to them.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 9 comments

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ford opens new research center in Palo Alto

Seeking to hit the gas pedal on new technologies such as self-driving cars and immerse itself in Silicon Valley's big-data culture, Ford Motor Company on Thursday opened its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

Thursday, 4:01 PM | 7 comments
Protest on San Mateo Bridge caused crashes, CHP says

A regional division chief of the California Highway Patrol responded to at least four collisions resulting from protesters' shutdown of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a CHP spokesman said today.

Thursday, 8:51 AM | 31 comments
Ravenswood school district to integrate mindfulness, yoga into regular curriculum

All 3,400 students in the Ravenswood City School District will soon have yoga and mindfulness as a regular part of their curriculum as the result of a new partnership with a Southern California-based nonprofit that brings health and wellness education to K-12 schools throughout the country.

Thursday, 8:44 AM | 12 comments
Man fatally shot in East Palo Alto

Police in East Palo Alto this morning are investigating a Wednesday night shooting death.

Thursday, 7:59 AM | 1 comment
Plans for new bike boulevards surge ahead in Palo Alto

Once a novelty, bike boulevards are about to become a common sight in Palo Alto, with the city embarking on more than 20 projects aimed at making local streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Thursday, 7:52 AM | 61 comments
Page Mill development to test Palo Alto's new affordable-housing law

A new Palo Alto law that allows developers who provide affordable housing to build more densely will get its first test on Monday night, when the City Council considers approving the demolition of four homes and construction of new three-story building on a busy and rapidly changing stretch of Page Mill Road.

Thursday, 7:41 AM | 33 comments

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

VIDEO: Bay Area Freedom Train makes its final trip

Thousands of people came out to San Jose's Diridon Station on Monday, Jan. 19, to ride the final Freedom Train up to San Francisco.

Wednesday, 8:25 AM | No comments yet
New rule calls for open votes before closed sessions

Palo Alto council members will have to take a public vote before every closed-door meeting under a new policy that the City Council adopted on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 12:43 AM | No comments yet
Salary hikes approved for Palo Alto council members

In the latest sign of the city's growing economic fortunes, the Palo Alto City Council agreed on Tuesday night to raise the salaries of council members for the first time in more than 15 years.

Wednesday, 12:16 AM | 22 comments

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Traffic blocked off after crash in downtown Palo Alto

A two-vehicle crash has traffic blocked off from eastbound Lytton Avenue and Alma Street in downtown Palo Alto on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:44 PM | 3 comments
Foothill College selected to launch historic four-year degree program

Foothill College is officially one of 15 community colleges in the state that, for the first time in California's history, will offer a four-year baccalaureate program.

Tuesday, 2:45 PM | 6 comments
City spots flaws in glass shards on California Avenue

Responding to complaints about the sharpness of the polished glass used in California Avenues new sidewalks, Palo Alto officials have directed the contractor behind the $7 million streetscape project to remove and re-embed the glass in some areas.

Tuesday, 2:27 PM | 51 comments
County supervisors offer aid in preserving Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian proposed Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors to use $8 million from its affordable housing fund to help prevent Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto from closing.

Tuesday, 1:06 PM | 59 comments
Men accused of fatal downtown Palo Alto fight appear in court

The two men who were involved in the fatal altercation outside The Patio bar in downtown Palo Alto on Dec. 21 made their first court appearance on Tuesday morning since the death of the 24-year-old man who died several weeks after the fight.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 4 comments

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bike improvements eyed around Palo Alto high schools

With about two dozen bike projects already in the works in Palo Alto, city officials are preparing to sign off on two more Tuesday night with the goal of creating a smoother ride for local high school students.

Monday, 5:03 PM | 30 comments
Stanford students arrested after protest shuts down San Mateo bridge

Dozens of protestors, including Stanford students, were arrested Monday night after they shut down traffic for more than an hour on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monday, 4:59 PM | 34 comments
Palo Alto seeks feedback on new traffic-reduction nonprofit

Palo Alto's bid to create a nonprofit that would manage downtown's traffic-reduction programs will be the focus of a community meeting at City Hall next week.

Monday, 3:20 PM | 21 comments
Bay Area Freedom Train, honoring Martin Luther King Jr., makes its final ride

Monday's 54-mile round trip of the Bay Area's Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco to honor the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was its last after three decades, and all 1,400 seats were sold out.

Monday, 12:32 PM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Shady Lane moves, Anatolian Kitchen expands

Gift boutique Shady Lane is slated to move from University Avenue to Sharon Heights Shopping Center next month; Anatolian Kitchen on Birch Street has expanded into the space next door.

Monday, 7:22 AM | 21 comments

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stanford students gain access to admissions records

About 1,000 students are due to get a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Stanford University's admissions office after requesting that the university release their admission records under the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which among other rights, grants students access to their education records.

Sunday, 11:38 AM | 9 comments
What's happening here?

Construction crews have begun tearing down the old Bloomingdale's store at Stanford Shopping Center on Jan. 14.

Sunday, 9:14 AM | 6 comments
Staffing shuffle aims to boost Palo Alto Fire Department's medical response

With medical response calls on the rise, the Palo Alto Fire Department last week adjusted its staffing so that every fire truck and station has at least one paramedic trained to handle some of the department's most serious emergency calls.

Sunday, 9:13 AM | 3 comments
'Lift the Hood' event offers opportunity to learn about county government

Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at county government operations? Santa Clara County is accepting applications for the 2015 SCC Gov 101 Academy, a 10-week program that provides an overview of county government's role and responsibilities.

Sunday, 9:13 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Residents ask: What's with the water?

Palo Alto residents have noticed a change in their tap water lately, The drought, in part, is to blame, according to Palo Alto utilities staff.

Saturday, 8:23 AM | 14 comments
Health officials warn flu season could get worse

There have been at least four flu-related deaths in the Bay Area so far, and public health officials warn that while flu-season has been mild so far, it could still become severe.

Saturday, 7:38 AM | 2 comments
Nonprofit aims to bring laundry, shower services to homeless

People who are homeless in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto could soon have free showers and laundry services through a new initiative that would bring the facilities to them.

Saturday, 7:24 AM | 7 comments

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cuban photographer's Bay Area exhibit comes at pivotal moment

There are many ways to tell the story of a people. For Cuban photographer Raul Canibano, there's no better way than with a camera, some film and his favorite 28-millimeter lens.

Friday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: To sleep, perchance to dream of change

The Palo Alto Weekly article (Jan. 9) on the sleep assembly at Gunn High School continued a lively discussion on how we can best help our students have a healthier and happier adolescence.

Friday, 8:44 AM | 57 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Maybell Avenue bike boulevard, Highway 101 overpass

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 19.

Friday, 7:35 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Council should adopt policy requiring vote before closed sessions

We are all for a proposal to be considered next Tuesday by the Palo Alto City Council that would require an affirmative vote to authorize any closed session, whether born out of last year's scathing Grand Jury report, a sincere belief in greater transparency or pure political grandstanding.

Friday, 7:33 AM | 1 comment
Paly journalism teacher pens book on innovative education

When Palo Alto High School journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki told one of her classes what her new book, "Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom," is about, they burst into spontaneous cheers.

Friday, 7:32 AM | 6 comments
Dealership brings its fleet to Palo Alto animal shelter lot

In May of last year, Palo Alto's utility workers arrived at the Animal Services Center site on East Bayshore Road to move a giant container filled with emergency-response supplies but found an unexpected sight: a fleet of Hondas occupying the city-owned lot and blocking access to the container in question.

Friday, 7:32 AM | 36 comments

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Community Notebook: Conference to explore mental health stigma

Two well-known mental health advocates and individuals with mental illness will speak at a free conference on Saturday, Jan. 24, with the goal of reducing mental health stigma.

Thursday, 1:48 PM | 2 comments
Memorial set for Palo Alto resident killed in downtown fight

Friends and family of Oleg Talamai, a 24-year-old tennis instructor who was killed after being punched in the head during a fight near a downtown Palo Alto bar will gather for memorial gathering tonight, Jan. 15, at the Russian Orthodox Church Hall, 3475 Ross Road, Palo Alto from 7 to 9 p.m. The service is open to the public.

Thursday, 12:17 PM | No comments yet
PHOTOS: Haircuts for the homeless

Downtown Streets Team held its Sidewalk Salon event in Palo Alto at All Saints Episcopal Church on Monday, where 12 team members received new hairdos from two San Francisco-based hair stylists and Sidewalk Salon volunteers.

Thursday, 8:53 AM | 2 comments
Wireless facilities meet fuzzy reception in Palo Alto

When it comes to equipment to boost wireless reception in Palo Alto, the city's planning effort is struggling to keep up with the telecom companies.

Thursday, 7:41 AM | 18 comments

Teavana Palo Alto closes
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,220 views

USA - United Stuffed of America
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 1,799 views

Council Priorities 2015: Honesty, Focus, and Listening about Listening
By Douglas Moran | 10 comments | 1,666 views

Sometimes the Rules Go Out the Window
By Cheryl Bac | 5 comments | 1,436 views

Clarifying the Process of Canonization
By Nick Taylor | 0 comments | 659 views