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Friday, September 4, 2015

Weekly debuts news-analysis webcast

The Palo Alto Weekly has launched a new half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines." Every week, the reporters and editors of the Weekly, along with newsmakers, will discuss and analyze the latest Palo Alto news.

Friday, 9:41 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto police search for indecent-exposure suspect

Police are investigating an indecent-exposure incident that occurred on Friday, Sept. 4, in Palo Alto, according to a police department press release.

Friday, 8:29 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Save the 2,008 campaign, single-story overlay, pension liabilities

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 7.

Friday, 8:44 AM | No comments yet
Government closures, hours for Labor Day

Here's a list of Labor Day service closures and changes.

Friday, 8:41 AM | No comments yet
In Barron Park, city fixes sidewalks that go nowhere

In an effort to make routes to local schools safer and eliminate tripping hazards for pedestrians, some sidewalks in the Barron Park neighborhood recently received safety upgrades, including new curb ramps for wheelchairs.

Friday, 7:51 AM | 18 comments
Debate over new parkland leaves nursery's future uncertain

Tucked away on the western edge of Foothills Park, the newest addition to Palo Alto's park system doesn't have any benches, picnic areas or walking trails to distinguish it from other parts of the scenic preserve.

Friday, 7:49 AM | 8 comments

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Police: Man steals woman's cellphone in downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a woman's cellphone out of the hand of a teenage girl who had asked to borrow it to make a call in downtown Palo Alto on Monday, according to a police department press release.

Thursday, 4:57 PM | 1 comment
Two San Jose men arrested in connection with theft

An alert resident's report of two men lurking around vehicles in the Barron Park neighborhood on Wednesday led to the arrest of two San Jose men, after police allegedly found one of them in possession of stolen items.

Thursday, 4:56 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto police, school district review policies for school resource officers

Palo Alto police and school officials are looking to revise their procedures for police officers' conduct on campuses in the wake of a Jordan Middle School incident involving a student.

Thursday, 9:50 AM | 11 comments
Police: Palo Alto man arrested for attempted robbery, fighting officers

A Palo Alto man who allegedly tried to swipe a duffle bag from a resident of a Middlefield Road apartment complex was arrested after a physical struggle with the victim, his neighbor and five police officers.

Thursday, 9:46 AM | 2 comments
VIDEO: Palo Alto High School's 86-year-old gym demolished

Palo Alto High School's "Big Gym," where NBA star Jeremy Lin played and famed wrestling brothers Dave and Mark Schultz grappled, was demolished on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, to make room for a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sports complex.

Thursday, 9:13 AM | 11 comments
Caltrans offers $25K prize for ideas to improve transportation

Caltrans is giving Californians an opportunity to earn $25,000 in exchange for submitting the most innovative idea to improve transportation and other state services.

Thursday, 8:26 AM | 5 comments
New transportation vision targets congestion, parking

From congested roads to inadequate parking, transportation problems have been driving most of the debates at City Hall over the past year. These issues featured prominently Monday night, when the City Council discussed an update to the city's transportation vision.

Thursday, 8:01 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Police: Man nabbed in San Jose after car pursuit in Palo Alto

A truck driver who police said almost ran over an officer in Palo Alto last Thursday night before speeding away through the residential streets was arrested hours later in San Jose.

Wednesday, 8:39 PM | 2 comments
FBI report details Palo Alto home invasion, sexual assault cases

A Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit related to the bizarre kidnapping of a Vallejo woman in March reveals new information regarding cases he is suspected of perpetrating in Palo Alto and Mountain View.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 2 comments
West Nile virus spraying set for Wednesday in Menlo Park

A large portion of Menlo Park will be sprayed Wednesday night and early Thursday morning after the West Nile virus was again detected in adult mosquitoes collected in the city.

Wednesday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet
Caltrain begins improvements aimed at preventing deaths by suicides

Caltrain began removing vegetation Tuesday along the rail corridor in Palo Alto as part of a suicide prevention program approved in August.

Wednesday, 7:58 AM | 24 comments

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Board of Supervisors approves funding for Ravenswood section of Bay Trail

At its Tuesday, Sept. 1, meeting, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors awarded $1 million in Measure A funds to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) to close a gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail in East Palo Alto, according to a County of San Mateo Parks Department press release.

Tuesday, 3:40 PM | 21 comments
Little enthusiasm for El Camino bus plan

A proposal to create dedicated bus lanes along El Camino Real is facing a new round of skepticism. On Wednesday, representatives from cities along the corridor urged transit officials to give more thought to alternatives to its bus rapid transit plan.

Tuesday, 3:39 PM | 44 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto's library system expands hours

Palo Alto's library system will expand its hours of operation to provide more consistency across its five branches starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to a City of Palo Alto announcement.

Tuesday, 8:58 AM | 8 comments
Council adds south Palo Alto voices to Comprehensive Plan debate

A citizen panel charged with helping the city update its Comprehensive Plan acquired five new members on Monday night – and will soon get an unexpected sixth. The end result? More representation for those south of Oregon Expressway.

Tuesday, 3:27 AM | 40 comments
No quick fixes for Palo Alto's new 'parkland'

What was once a quarry that few in Palo Alto knew existed is now a quandary at the center of the city's debate about future recreation needs. On Monday night, the council agreed not to make any decisions about the city's newly dedicated parkland next to Foothills Park for at least another year, pending a hydrology study.

Tuesday, 2:05 AM | 13 comments

Monday, August 31, 2015

Buena Vista owner rejects nonprofit's offer to buy Palo Alto mobile-home park

The owner of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park has broken off negotiations with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and the nonprofit Caritas Corporation over a potential sale -- and preservation -- of Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park.

Monday, 3:15 PM | 111 comments
Shop Talk: Bill's Cafe construction halts, Urban Style barbershop thrives

Construction on midtown Palo Alto's new Bill's Cafe suffers a setback, while Urban Style barbershop offers clients an old-school vibe.

Monday, 7:36 AM | 13 comments

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Police: Man follows, flashes woman in downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly flashed a woman Friday evening, Aug. 28, in downtown, according to a police department press release.

Sunday, 3:22 PM | 5 comments
Pentagon to invest $75 million in local tech industry

In a bid to fortify United States security and manufacturing, the Pentagon and a consortium of partners are making a $171 million bet that Silicon Valley can emerge as the global leader in the nascent field of flexible hybrid electronics.

Sunday, 8:12 AM | 12 comments
What's happening here?

Birch Plaza, a 25,000-square-foot office and apartment development, at 305 Grant Ave., Palo Alto, is expected to open at the end of September.

Sunday, 8:02 AM | 11 comments

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Off Deadline: Training 'compassionate responders' for tense situations

Jacob Savage, a lifelong Palo Altan who signed up as a high school sophomore for the city's first police academy in 2006, now believes there can be a better way of responding to many delicate situations -- such as mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness -- than a direct police encounter.

Saturday, 9:19 AM | 3 comments

Friday, August 28, 2015

Menlo Park is next on PG&E tree removal plan

PG&E has begun examining 1,300 trees in Menlo Park that are growing in its gas transmission line easements and might have to be removed. Of those trees, 500 are in public right-of-ways and 800 are on private property, according to PG&E.

Friday, 12:01 PM | No comments yet
Police: Man in car accosts middle school students in Palo Alto

Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly pulled up in a car next to two middle school students Thursday evening and made inappropriate comments while trying to get them to come closer to his car.

Friday, 11:12 AM | 5 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Library Strategic Plan, fiber network, Comprehensive Plan committee

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 31.

Friday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet
Downtown Palo Alto post office to stay put — for now

U.S. Postal Service officials have nixed plans to move the downtown Palo Alto post office to a building on the corner of Addison Avenue and busy Alma Street, Tom Samra, facilities vice president, said in a letter to Mayor Karen Holman dated Aug. 19.

Friday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto residents adapt to new food-scrap collection program

Kitchen pails for food scraps made their way to Palo Alto residents in June, and the service collection began July 1. As residents move their compostable waste from black to green bins, they have experienced some foul moments, but have learned to adjust their habits.

Friday, 8:34 AM | 37 comments
Editorial: Eshoo's big challenge

It is rare for a member of Congress to become a lightning rod for complaints about the local impacts of a federal agency's policies, mostly because those impacts are usually diffuse and relatively invisible. But that's the position Rep. Anna Eshoo finds herself in, along with a handful of other members of Congress around the country who are dealing with constituents angry over the arrogance and heavy-handedness of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 205 comments
In city's new wage law, a modest proposal

The regional wave toward a higher minimum wage this week swept through Palo Alto, where city officials set aside their differences and happily united behind a law setting the local rate at $11 an hour.

Friday, 7:36 AM | 8 comments
Stanford University Title IX coordinator to step down

Catherine Criswell, Stanford University's Title IX coordinator and a former longtime U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights attorney, is leaving her post at the university after a little more than a year on the job, the university confirmed Thursday.

Friday, 7:32 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Planning commission approves chain store limit on California Avenue

Palo Alto's effort to promote an eclectic and independent retail mix on California Avenue by limiting chain stores in the city's "second downtown" took a big step toward reality on Wednesday night when the Planning and Transportation Commission gave the proposal its unanimous blessing.

Thursday, 9:52 AM | 24 comments
Buena Vista residents sue Palo Alto over closure approval

Residents of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park have filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto, challenging the city's decision in May to allow the mobile-home park's closure and requesting that the Santa Clara County Superior Court bar the property owner from issuing eviction notices.

Thursday, 12:04 AM | 77 comments

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Man allegedly exposes himself to woman at Palo Alto park

Palo Alto police are seeking the public's assistance to identify a man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman who was walking her dog in a city park on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Wednesday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto tech worker arrested on suspicion of stealing trade secrets

A tech worker suspected of stealing trade secrets was arrested Thursday at San Francisco International Airport as he prepared to board a flight for China, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

Wednesday, 2:48 PM | 13 comments
Police: Man arrested for threatening guard with knife

Palo Alto police arrested a man after he allegedly said he would cut a private security guard who had asked him to leave a private area of the Town & Country Shopping Center on El Camino Real on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Wednesday, 1:12 PM | No comments yet
Infant found with fractured skull, cocaine in system

An East Palo Alto woman faces child abuse charges after she brought her 11-month-old daughter to the hospital last weekend with a fractured skull and cocaine in her system, prosecutors said today.

Wednesday, 10:25 AM | 1 comment
Neighborhood-liaison program to begin this fall

The City of Palo Alto's planned Engagement with Neighborhoods initiative took a step forward on Tuesday night after the Policy and Services Committee voted unanimously to recommend two community meetings with neighborhoods this fall.

Wednesday, 9:57 AM | 11 comments
Study aims to bring data to Palo Alto's loud debate over airplane noise

With citizen complaints about airplane noise on the rise, Palo Alto officials on Monday agreed to commission a study focused on recent changes in air traffic.

Wednesday, 9:49 AM | 95 comments
School board eyes greater consistency at Palo Alto's high schools

Armed with a wealth of data on consistency – or lack thereof – across courses, subjects and teachers at Palo Alto's two high schools, the school board plans to tackle this year longstanding problems like inconsistent grading practices, test and project stacking and homework quality and quantity.

Wednesday, 9:36 AM | 69 comments

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Six-vehicle crash in Palo Alto sends three to hospital, closes road

A six-vehicle crash on Alma Street and Oregon Expressway in Palo Alto injured at least three people and snarled rush-hour traffic on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, 6:30 PM | 74 comments
Edgewood Plaza developer could face penalties for vacant grocery store

The developer of Edgewood Plaza will face a fine of $500 per day if the vacant grocery store formerly occupied by Fresh Market isn't filled by the end of September, City Manager James Keene said Monday night.

Tuesday, 2:33 PM | 40 comments
Homework, grading, curriculum: Consistency at Palo Alto's high schools

In its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year, the Palo Alto school board will tackle a 200-plus page research report that sheds light on both similarities and disparities in curriculum, homework, grading practices and expectations at the district's two high schools.

Tuesday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto opts to retain, fix contentious zoning tool

Palo Alto's controversial "planned-community" process, which allows developers to barter with the city over zoning exceptions, will remain suspended for what could be years as officials continue to wrestle with ways to restore public trust in what they acknowledge is a "broken" system.

Tuesday, 9:40 AM | 20 comments
Palo Alto raises minimum wage

Palo Alto will have a minimum wage of $11 an hour starting next year thanks to a law that the City Council unanimously passed Monday night.

Tuesday, 2:11 AM | 29 comments

Monday, August 24, 2015

Driver wanted for 'acting strangely' near biking student

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who was observed acting suspiciously after repeatedly driving past an 11-year-old girl on Friday afternoon.

Monday, 5:06 PM | 1 comment
East Palo Alto man, girlfriend arrested on suspicion of fraud, conspiracy

Deputies arrested two people on suspicion of conspiracy and fraud Sunday morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, 1:09 PM | 1 comment
Community Notebook: Palo Alto teens organize environmental event

Learn about Palo Alto's water sources (and restrictions), digitized carpooling and how to pack eco-friendly lunches at Green Fest, a free, environmentally focused festival to be held on Sunday, Aug. 30.

Monday, 7:48 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Palo Alto residents to demand fines for Edgewood Plaza developer

Fed up with the lack of a grocery store at Palo Alto's Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center, residents are mobilizing to put pressure on the City Council to fine the developer for not finding an operator to replace The Fresh Market, which pulled out on March 31.

Sunday, 9:20 PM | 51 comments

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Thaiphoon owner to open second Thai restaurant in Palo Alto
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