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Monday, September 15, 2014

Guest Opinion: Mug shots and mental illness

How does one's beloved child become a mug shot in the local newspaper? This is our somewhat abbreviated story about the ravages of mental illness and the toll it has taken on our family, as well as millions of other families throughout the country.

Monday, 4:58 PM | 31 comments
National Merit Scholarship semifinalists named

Sixteen thousand semifinalists for this year's National Merit Scholarship Program have been announced, with dozens from local high schools qualifying.

Monday, 1:27 PM | No comments yet
Digital First Media to consider sale of company, local newspapers

Digital First Media, the media company that owns the San Jose Mercury News and The Daily News, announced Friday that it has hired an advisor to "explore strategic alternatives," which could include the selling the company or one or more of its regional outlets.

Monday, 9:48 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto prepares to launch new shuttles

Palo Alto's small fleet of shuttles could grow substantially in the coming months, as the city prepares to unveil new routes and add buses to the existing crosstown service.

Monday, 7:52 AM | 25 comments

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gunn High community marks school's half-century

Gunn High School celebrated its 50th birthday this weekend, with events ranging from a BBQ to a field day.

Sunday, 1:34 PM | 1 comment

Saturday, September 13, 2014

School board debate recap: Candidates answer 20 questions

A recap of the answers given by five candidates for the Palo Alto Board of Education at a debate Sept. 11, with a guide to watching the video of the entire two-hour debate, posted on Palo Alto Online.

Saturday, 10:41 PM | 27 comments
Debate: School board candidates' answers to the Weekly's questions

The first portion of Thursday's debate featured answers to seven questions prepared by the Weekly and posed to the candidates by moderator Joe Simitian.

Saturday, 10:41 PM | No comments yet
Debate: School board candidates question one other

One portion of Thursday's debate featured questions from the candidates to each other. The questions and brief summaries of the answers are below, as well as the time stamp on the video so that readers can watch the comments themselves.

Saturday, 10:41 PM | 11 comments
Debate: School board candidates answer additional questions

School board candidates answered a number of questions posed by moderator Joe Simitian or submitted by the audience.

Saturday, 10:40 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto police advise how to identify real or fake cops

The Palo Alto Police Department has issued an advisory for how residents can distinguish a real police officer from an impersonator after a man claiming to be an officer approached two teens and displayed a gun.

Saturday, 9:19 PM | 6 comments
Two shootings, one man killed in East Palo Alto

A man was killed in one of two shootings in East Palo Alto Saturday, Sept. 13, a police spokesman said.

Saturday, 9:00 PM | 2 comments
Key ingredient for opening a restaurant in Palo Alto? Patience.

The City of Palo Alto has streamlined its processes to help new businesses open more quickly, but some restaurateurs say improvements are still needed.

Saturday, 9:13 AM | 4 comments

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fake cop with gun stops youth in Palo Alto

A high school student was pulled over by a police impersonator who displayed either a stun gun or a handgun on Greer Road at Ivy Lane on Sept. 5, the Palo Alto police department is reporting.

Friday, 4:01 PM | 16 comments
Stanford police seek witnesses to campus assault

The Stanford Department of Public Safety is asking that witnesses or those with information about an assault that took place on campus Friday, Aug. 29, contact the department.

Friday, 3:44 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Threats to the city, drought rate study, school property taxes

Friday, 3:09 PM | No comments yet
Candidates for Palo Alto school board debate the issues

In their first debate of the fall campaign season, the five candidates vying for two seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education Thursday said they would not have handled recent civil-rights controversies as the current school board did.

Friday, 9:46 AM | 90 comments
Editorial: A breath of fresh air

School district Superintendent Max McGee has been on the job for just over a month, but he has already demonstrated an ability to respectfully, calmly and firmly lead the school board and his staff in setting clear and important goals and accountability measures for the coming year.

Friday, 9:26 AM | 10 comments
Vi seniors take case to federal court

More than 40 seniors mobilized in the U.S. District Court in San Jose this week to show their displeasure with how the parent company of senior-care community Vi at Palo Alto is handling their money.

Friday, 8:00 AM | 5 comments
Editorial: An 'iconic' bridge?

We are delighted to see the city moving forward with plans for a new pedestrian and bike bridge across 101, but we would have preferred a more streamlined design process with less risk of pushing costs even higher.

Friday, 7:59 AM | 32 comments

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Development director chosen as interim East Palo Alto manager

Carlos Martinez, East Palo Alto's longtime economic development director, was chosen by the City Council as interim city manager, Mayor Laura Martinez has confirmed.

Thursday, 3:46 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto nears finish line on new housing vision

The last time Palo Alto adopted a new housing vision for the city, the feeling around City Hall was more relief than satisfaction. As the city's planning commissioners learned on Wednesday, things look much better this time around.

Thursday, 9:59 AM | 17 comments
Wrong-way driver involved in fatal, early-morning crash

One man was killed after a wrong-way driver headed north on southbound Interstate Highway 280 early this morning near Los Altos Hills, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 9:34 AM | 12 comments
Downtown residents, workers near consensus on parking

It took decades of dreaming, years of complaining and months of painstaking negotiations, but a residential parking-permit program is finally starting to take shape in downtown Palo Alto, with implementation eyed for early next year.

Thursday, 12:05 AM | 36 comments

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Palo Alto high schools score high in Newsweek rankings

Gunn and Palo Alto high schools rated better than 99.7 percent of U.S. public high schools in Newsweek Magazine's "America's Top High Schools Rankings" released earlier this week.

Wednesday, 5:37 PM | 32 comments
Breast Cancer Connections expands, Vista Center on the move

Two nonprofit organizations that have made their homes for years in the California Avenue business district of Palo Alto are on the move to new digs, though neither is going very far.

Wednesday, 4:09 PM | No comments yet
From cyberattacks to earthquakes, officials consider Palo Alto's readiness

Earthquakes, floods and cyberthreats top the list of potential dangers facing Palo Alto, according to a new report that lays out strategies for dealing with future disasters.

Wednesday, 9:58 AM | 14 comments
$1 million Palo Alto Prize seeks to 'cure' aging

A newly established Silicon Valley-based prize to "hack the code of life and cure aging" was launched yesterday, Sept. 9.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto school board ratifies goals

The Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday unanimously ratified five goals for the new school year that reflect the assessment of new Superintendent Glenn "Max" McGee on where the district needs to go.

Wednesday, 8:55 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

City Council looks to protect Palo Alto's retail

Concerned about office buildings squeezing out local neighborhood-serving retailers, Palo Alto officials on Monday proposed revising the city's zoning code to offer small businesses a little help.

Tuesday, 3:22 PM | 29 comments
Design contest set for new Baylands bridge

Seeking to create a visible and iconic community landmark, Palo Alto officially kicked off on Monday a design contest for a new bike bridge that would span U.S. Highway 101 and offer residents a new entryway to the Baylands.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto officials vow to improve transparency

Chastened by accusations of poor transparency, Palo Alto officials on Monday night offered apologies to the community for their private and ultimately ill-fated negotiation with billionaire developer John Arrillaga and vowed to change their procedures to avoid similar blunders in the future.

Tuesday, 2:05 AM | 91 comments

Monday, September 8, 2014

Foundation launches website to connect legal volunteers, immigrants

In anticipation of an eventual federal overhaul of the nation's immigration laws and a growing immigrant population in Silicon Valley, Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) launched last week a new online tool to recruit volunteers for nonprofit organizations that provide legal services to the 200,000 low-income immigrants living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Monday, 4:14 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto school district to appoint new chief technology officer

Derek Moore, the San Jose Unified School District's director of technology services, is coming to Palo Alto to serve as the district's new chief technology officer, the district announced Monday.

Monday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
Gunn marks 50 years with three-day birthday bash

Gunn High School is celebrating its 50th birthday with a bang this weekend, with events Friday through Sunday scheduled to celebrate Titan history.

Monday, 1:28 PM | 6 comments
Shop Talk: Midtown Philz makeover, Giants Dugout returns

Midtown Philz Coffee gets a makeover, a new shade and window treatment store opens in downtown Palo Alto, and the San Francisco Giants Dugout Store returns to the Stanford Shopping Center.

Monday, 7:42 AM | 6 comments

Sunday, September 7, 2014

VIDEO: A conversation with Bob Wenzlau, Terradex CEO and environmental engineer

Bob Wenzlau, pioneer recycler and compost champion is now focused on what's under our workplaces, schools and homes that is known to be harmful to our health.

Sunday, 9:01 AM | 2 comments
Explosion of new businesses calls for mentors

Older mentors bring invaluable experience to the table for young entrepreneurs. Read about by Enterprise Futures Network (EFN), an organization that provides mentors -- more than half of which are over 50 -- for companies.

Sunday, 9:00 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stanford Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross at odds over new deal

Despite active negotiations over the weekend, a Sunday evening expiration date for the current contract between Stanford Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross of California came and went without the health care provider and insurance company finding any compromise.

Saturday, 8:38 PM | 4 comments
Stanford Law professor confirmed as state Supreme Court justice

At a public hearing late last month, Stanford Law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was confirmed as associate justice of the California Supreme Court.

Saturday, 4:05 PM | No comments yet
School board candidate debate tonight

The public will get its first chance to see all five candidates for the Palo Alto school board on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

Saturday, 11:47 AM | 38 comments
Palo Alto school district gets its first maker's studio

A classroom at Barron Park Elementary School has been converted into the school district's first maker's studio, an open space where children as young as first grade can freely build, play and learn science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) through a variety of high- and low-tech activities.

Saturday, 8:27 AM | 4 comments

Friday, September 5, 2014

Moonlight Run draws thousands to the Baylands

About 2,500 athletes ran and walked by the light of the harvest moon Friday night at the 30th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk in the Baylands.

Friday, 11:38 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto man arrested for three incidents of lewd conduct

Palo Alto police have arrested a 37-year-old man who they say repeatedly rubbed his private parts in public places and displayed too much of himself while walking through Seale Park with an open zipper last month.

Friday, 3:18 PM | 2 comments
Caltrain to buy new cars to ease commute crowding

Caltrain officials announced Thursday plans to purchase 16 surplus Metrolink rail cars that will be used to extend train sets and provide more capacity for peak-hour trains.

Friday, 2:35 PM | 10 comments
Stanford police seek man in pepper-spray assault

Police launched a manhunt on the Stanford University campus on Friday morning after a person working in a parking lot was pepper sprayed by a masked man, according to a Stanford Department of Public Safety announcement.

Friday, 1:53 PM | 1 comment
Techie cafe approved for Palo Alto's Varsity Theatre

A plan to convert the historic Varsity Theatre on University Avenue into a "working cafe" for tech professionals and an event space for lectures, musical performances and poetry readings moved ahead Thursday morning when Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board gave the project its stamp of approval.

Friday, 10:46 AM | 40 comments
Moonlight Run & Walk tonight

The 30th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk takes place tonight under the full Harvest Moon in the Palo Alto Baylands.

Friday, 7:59 AM | 3 comments
Where to learn more about hoarding

Friday, 7:58 AM | 1 comment
Are you a hoarder or clutterer?

Friday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: golf course, school goals, parking permit program

Friday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: A half-hearted mea culpa

While it acknowledges some sloppiness and poor judgment in keeping information from the public, the City of Palo Alto's defensive draft response to a highly critical and embarrassing grand-jury investigation hardly paints a reassuring picture of lessons learned.

Friday, 7:57 AM | 57 comments
Local groups help hoarders conquer the clutter

"Everybody knows somebody who hoards. We just don't talk about it," said Emily Farber, a social worker case manager with Palo Alto nonprofit Avenidas. Read the stories of people who have faced this issue head on.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto struggles to strike a balance with sidewalk rules

A Palo Alto law that requires new development to be built close to the street may soon be scrapped or modified, though officials remain far from certain about what type of changes should be made.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto looks to revise zoning code

The long-awaited overhaul of Palo Alto's land-use bible is expected to stretch until the end of next year, but city officials might not wait that long to start revising local zoning rules in response to recent growth.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wells Fargo robber arrested after shedding clothes

A wig-wearing woman who police said robbed a Wells Fargo bank on California Avenue on Wednesday afternoon before discarding her clothing in a nearby parking lot was arrested minutes later after officers found her walking around College Terrace wearing a bra and jeans.

Thursday, 12:44 PM | 11 comments
Senator hosts 'Java with Jerry' Friday

State Sen. Jerry Hill will host "Java with Jerry," a meeting and discussion with District 13 residents, on Friday, Sept. 5, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Gallery 9, 143 Main St. in Los Altos.

Thursday, 12:07 PM | 1 comment
Tenants file class-action lawsuit against East Palo Alto's largest landlord

Three tenants who live in the Woodland Park Apartments in East Palo Alto filed a class-action lawsuit on Wednesday, Sept. 3, against Equity Residential (EQR), one of the nation's most powerful landlords and the largest residential property owner in the city.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto admits mistakes in negotiations with developer

Faced with a stinging audit from the Santa Clara County Grand Jury, Palo Alto officials this week acknowledged that they followed a "flawed" process when they privately negotiated with billionaire John Arrillaga in 2012 over a parcel of public parkland while at the same time considering his ambitious and ill-fated plan to build four office towers and a theater downtown.

Thursday, 5:45 AM | 49 comments

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Small earthquake hits Peninsula

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit Ladera along the San Andreas Fault Wednesday evening around 8:24 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wednesday, 9:46 PM | 9 comments
Amid uncertainty, Palo Alto golf course revamp delayed by a year

Palo Alto's ambitious plan to renovate the city-owned golf course in the Baylands will be delayed at least until next spring because of an ongoing permitting dispute relating to a nearby flood-control project.

Wednesday, 5:02 PM | 29 comments
East Palo Alto massage therapist arrested for sexual battery

An East Palo Alto man who has been allegedly running an unregulated massage-therapy business from his home for the past 30 years has been arrested for sexual battery.

Wednesday, 1:31 PM | 3 comments
East Palo Alto selects firm to recruit interim city manager

East Palo Alto City Council members selected on Tuesday night a Sacramento-based recruitment firm to carry out the search for an interim city manager.

Wednesday, 10:50 AM | No comments yet
Neighborhood group raises fresh concerns about Hamilton Avenue development

Months after losing an appeal, Palo Alto neighborhood leaders are voicing new concerns about an approved development at 240 Hamilton Ave., a project that they claim violates local laws when it comes to density and parking.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 37 comments

Ray Rice and Domestic Violence
By Chandrama Anderson | 16 comments | 1,469 views

Company partners with Coupa Cafe to launch mobile payment app
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,469 views

For the Love of Pie
By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 1,073 views

All Parking Permits Should Have a Fee
By Steve Levy | 9 comments | 842 views

Ten Steps to Get Started with Financial Aid
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 720 views