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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teens arrested for attempted burglary on Stockton Place

Two teenagers who Palo Alto police say tried to rob a house on Stockton Place on Monday night were tracked down and arrested Tuesday afternoon in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 9:39 PM | No comments yet
Police arrest transient man for burglary, drug possession

Palo Alto police chased and eventually arrested a man allegedly under the influence of narcotics for a host of charges after a woman discovered him in her backyard Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, 8:31 PM | No comments yet
Police helicopter used to search for burglary suspects

An interrupted home burglary in Palo Alto Monday night yielded one arrest, with two men still at large after a helicopter search failed to locate them, police said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 10:59 AM | 15 comments
Abilities United announces plan to redevelop all facilities

Six months after Abilities United announced the closure of its Betty Wright Aquatic Center, the organization's board of directors voted to redevelop all of its aging facilities, a spokesperson has told the Weekly.

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | 4 comments

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nine purported gang members could face death penalty

Alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs who were indicted for murder with special circumstances in March could face the death penalty, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday.

Monday, 2:27 PM | 5 comments
Stanford graduate wins Pulitzer for photography

Josh Haner, a staff photographer for The New York Times who graduated from Stanford University, has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for his images of the recovery of a Boston Marathon bombing survivor.

Monday, 1:06 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Youth narcotics use is down, but potency of 'street drugs' is up

Use of narcotics — like those allegedly ingested by the Palo Alto 18-year-old who was arrested after trespassing and fighting residents on Colorado Avenue Friday, April 4 — has declined among local youth, according to survey data.

Sunday, 10:40 AM | 21 comments

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Two men arrested in connection with Palo Alto, Menlo Park burglaries

Two Redwood City men were arrested Friday, April 11, after allegedly committing multiple burglaries on the Peninsula, police said. They were in possession of stolen property from burglaries that occurred in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and unincorporated Redwood City.

Saturday, 8:57 PM | 2 comments
Woman sentenced for boyfriend's fatal stabbing

An East Palo Alto woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend and the father of her child was sentenced to four years in state prison on Friday, April 11.

Saturday, 11:32 AM | 2 comments
Mobile app aims to bring more commerce to Palo Alto

A fledgling Palo Alto startup is trying to tackle a difficult 21st-century challenge: bridge the ever-widening gap between local brick-and-mortar businesses and the booming world of mobile commerce.

Saturday, 9:03 AM | 11 comments

Friday, April 11, 2014

School administrator Kathleen Meagher to leave for Virginia

A top Palo Alto school administrator and former Duveneck Elementary School principal has announced she is leaving to take a a position with a Virginia public school district that is nearly twice as large as Palo Alto.

Friday, 4:53 PM | 7 comments
Woman arrested after alleged DUI collision

A Menlo Park woman was arrested on drug charges and for driving under the influence after she crashed into a minivan on Embarcadero Road near Greer Road on Thursday afternoon, according to Palo Alto police.

Friday, 3:13 PM | 4 comments
Faced with 'uncertainties,' Palo Alto considers raising water rates

Palo Alto's plan to give the city's water customers a rare reprieve from rising rates has been jeopardized by an unexpected spike in the cost of replacing aged mains, according to Utilities Department officials.

Friday, 9:18 AM | 22 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Magical Bridge, 2555 Park Blvd., enrollment survey

Friday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet
Ex-Paly principal disciplined for harassment

Former Palo Alto High School principal Phil Winston, who resigned last June 13 citing health and "work-life balance" reasons, was under investigation at the time by school district officials for multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior involving both staff and students, according to documents obtained by the Weekly from the district.

Friday, 12:10 AM | 93 comments
Student streaking: Alarm over mixed messages

Concern over the rising incidence of streaking on the Palo Alto High School campus reached an apparent boiling point among staff members last spring, when according to one source there were streakers of both sexes every school day in May involving over 100 students. Streakers even entered the library, which had been a place where students had taken refuge to avoid the naked seniors.

Friday, 12:09 AM | 9 comments
Feds investigating Paly response to sexual harassment

The federal Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is currently investigating whether Palo Alto High School responded properly when allegations of student sexual harassment or assault were reported.

Friday, 12:05 AM | 3 comments
Editorial: Hard school lessons

The revelation that former Palo Alto High School Principal Phil Winston engaged in "unprofessional conduct and unsatisfactory performance" in his dealings with both students and colleagues is profoundly sad and disappointing.

Friday, 12:04 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Student service entrepreneurs think globally and locally

The global and the local are on the minds of Gunn High School students who recently won small grants to fund their community service projects.

Thursday, 4:40 PM | 4 comments
Demolition for College Terrace Centre begins

The long-awaited, long-debated redevelopment of the College Terrace Centre on El Camino Real began with the first cracking and splintering of wood beams and concrete on Thursday, April 10. Heavy equipment moved in to chew up trees, ducts, pipes and plaster on the block-long lot between College and Oxford avenues.

Thursday, 3:17 PM | 38 comments
Robots fly, swim and mow lawns at 'block party'

They ranged from funky robot pirates to sleek, sophisticated surgical devices and a robotic guide for the blind that could replace guide dogs. The Silicon Valley Robot Block Party on Wednesday afternoon featured more than 40 robots of every level of simplicity and sophistication at Palo Alto law firm WilmerHale.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 2 comments
Child molester sentenced to 12 years

An East Palo Alto man who molested his 5-year-old cousin has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | 3 comments
District attorney seeks clues in cold case

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is asking the public for clues to the murder of a teen girl whose nude body was found with more than 60 stab wounds in Sunnyvale 31 years ago.

Thursday, 7:57 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Plan to widen El Camino sidewalks suffers setback

With pressure mounting against Palo Alto's effort to widen sidewalks on El Camino Real, the city's planning commissioners took a stand Wednesday against a staff proposal to require new developments to be built farther back from the curb.

Wednesday, 11:30 PM | 29 comments
HP pays $108 million to settle bribery investigation

Palo Alto-based Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay a $108 million settlement following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission of alleged bribery activities conducted by its subsidiaries in Russia, Poland and Mexico.

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | 2 comments
Settlement reached in death of East Palo Alto child

The City of East Palo Alto has settled a lawsuit filed by the parents of a 6-year-old girl who was killed in a crosswalk while going to school in 2011.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto seeks consultant for traffic-reduction programs

Palo Alto is preparing to solicit proposals this month for a consultant who would help the city form a Transportation Management Association, an organization that would manage downtown's traffic-reduction efforts.

Wednesday, 9:47 AM | 39 comments
Zibibbo restaurant shutters after 17 years in downtown Palo Alto

Longtime Palo Alto restaurant Zibibbo has shuttered after 17 years, owner Rowena Wu confirmed Wednesday.

Wednesday, 9:26 AM | 37 comments

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Council cautiously optimistic about financial future

Palo Alto's economic recovery may be in full bloom, but city leaders offered plenty of reasons for caution Monday, including uncertainties over labor negotiations, infrastructure needs and lease negotiations over Cubberley Community Center.

Tuesday, 8:31 PM | 3 comments
County opts for new strategy to fight TB

Tuberculosis rates are on the decline throughout the U.S., but in Santa Clara County the numbers remain high. With more cases of tuberculosis per year than most states, county officials are looking to shift the approach to fighting the spread of the disease, starting with a revamp in the way patients are tested for the disease.

Tuesday, 1:19 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto welcomes new city auditor

Palo Alto's new city auditor, Harriet Richardson, made her local debut on Monday when the City Council unanimously approved her contract and welcomed her to City Hall.

Tuesday, 9:47 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto hiker dies after fall

Right until she stumbled and fell from a ledge during a hike on April 2, Palo Alto resident Carol Hyde's love and enthusiasm for life and people affected everyone she met

Tuesday, 9:43 AM | 33 comments

Monday, April 7, 2014

'Rinconada' chosen as new name for Main Library

The final chapter in Palo Alto's epic debate over a new name for the Main Library concluded Monday night when city leaders agreed to rechristen the Newell Road facility the Rinconada Library.

Monday, 10:34 PM | 34 comments
Man arrested for armed robbery of pedestrian

Palo Alto police arrested 22-year-old Irvin Alejandro Valadez Castaneda of East Palo Alto on Sunday evening, April 6, for allegedly robbing a pedestrian with a BB gun.

Monday, 2:06 PM | 22 comments
Palo Alto looks to garages for solar power

As Palo Alto continues to explore building new garages to address downtown's gaping parking shortage, officials are also looking at existing parking structures to fulfill a completely different goal: electricity.

Monday, 9:37 AM | 12 comments

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Palo Alto police arrest naked man after string of attacks

Police arrested an 18-year-old Palo Alto man suspected of being under the influence of narcotics Friday night after he, while naked, allegedly attacked two people in their homes and one woman walking her dog.

Sunday, 8:16 AM | 17 comments

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Author discusses shift toward post-midlife 'encore careers'

The "great wave of geezers" who are beyond midlife are often thrust into two camps: If they don't contribute in the work world, they are part of the dependency ratio; if they do work, they are displacing 20-year-olds, author Marc Freedman told a packed room at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto on Friday.

Saturday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto schools observe 'Not in Our Schools Week'

Next week, for the 12th year, Gunn High School will observe "Not in Our Schools Week," filled with in-class and out-of-class activities to "build awareness and empathy" and to "celebrate and appreciate differences." The theme of the week is, "We're all in this together."

Saturday, 8:55 AM | 15 comments

Friday, April 4, 2014

County launches suicide-prevention bus campaign

The Santa Clara County Mental Health Department this week launched a campaign to raise awareness about suicide prevention, displaying on 16 Valley Transportation Authority buses the message "Give up? Not on your life." with the phone number for the county's suicide and crisis hotline written underneath.

Friday, 12:40 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto seeks more risk analysis at CPI

Responding to safety concerns from Barron Park residents, Palo Alto plans to expand its study of possible hazards stemming from a plating shop operated by Communications and Power Industries in the neighborhood.

Friday, 9:43 AM | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: library renaming, sidewalks, Housing Element

Friday, 7:50 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: What's in a name?

Instead of returning to further debate over what the Main Library should be named, City Council should recognize the folly of its earlier efforts to micromanage this process, adopt the harmless and appropriate "Rinconada Library" name.

Friday, 7:49 AM | 43 comments
Park Boulevard accidents concern workers, residents

The broadsiding of a sedan that pushed the vehicle through a plate-glass window on March 15 is just the latest accident that residents and workers say happens with frequency on Park Boulevard in Palo Alto.

Friday, 7:49 AM | 39 comments
Stanford wins approval for El Camino project

Stanford University's plan to build 250 housing units for its faculty in the College Terrace neighborhood scored another victory Thursday, when Palo Alto's architecture panel unanimously approved a new affordable-housing development along one of the busiest stretches of El Camino Real.

Friday, 7:49 AM | 38 comments

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Palo Alto woman arrested for stealing diamonds, replacing with fakes

Police arrested a Palo Alto woman on Monday after she was lured back to a San Mateo jewelry store where she allegedly stole diamonds and replaced them with synthetic gemstones last week, police said.

Thursday, 10:00 PM | 6 comments
Man who fought Palo Alto cops charged with San Jose murder

A 34-year-old man who was arrested in February after a violent altercation with Palo Alto officers has been charged with a murder that took place in San Jose just hours earlier.

Thursday, 1:14 PM | 7 comments
Superconducting discovery could revolutionize nanoelectronics

A potential way to make a single layer of carbon atoms superconducting could be the answer to a long-sought search to engineer materials for super-efficient nanoelectronics, scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered.

Thursday, 9:48 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto set to decide on new name for Main Library

Palo Alto's seemingly endless debate over what to call the city's Main Library may finally be settled on Monday night, when Palo Alto officials are scheduled to consider the shifting menu of options and make a decision.

Thursday, 9:40 AM | 54 comments
County looks to revamp Palo Alto's expressways

Some of Palo Alto's most congested thoroughfares could see dramatic modifications, including added lanes, advanced traffic signals and grade separations, under an ambitious, long-term plan spearheaded by Santa Clara County.

Thursday, 9:26 AM | 27 comments

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Palo Alto selects new city auditor

Palo Alto has concluded its search for a new city auditor, selecting a veteran from the City of Berkeley to fill the vacancy.

Wednesday, 5:03 PM | 4 comments
Fallen tree injures sleeping man in garden shed

A transient man sleeping inside a community garden shed on Newell Road Tuesday evening was trapped inside after a large oak tree fell on the building, crushing his leg.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | 21 comments
Grocery Outlet opens at Alma Village

Discount food store Grocery Outlet opened its first Palo Alto store on Thursday, April 3, with a ribbon cutting and a grand-opening celebration following on Saturday, April 5.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 47 comments
Plan to widen sidewalks meets resistance on El Camino Real

A regional drive to turn El Camino Real into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard clashed with thorny reality Tuesday night as property owners in Palo Alto lashed out at the city's effort to encourage wider sidewalks along the prominent commuter thoroughfare.

Wednesday, 9:47 AM | 20 comments
East Palo Alto unanimously backs new tenant-protection ordinance

East Palo Alto City Council Tuesday night unanimously threw its support behind a new tenant-protection ordinance after hearing more than a dozen residents urge city officials to protect tenants against displacement, a decline in affordable housing and an imbalance between tenants and landlords.

Wednesday, 9:16 AM | 3 comments

Learny Journey Three Times A Day
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Gourmet hot dogs, sausage food truck coming to the Peninsula
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Allowing Unauthorized Immigrants to Learn and Earn Legally Will Help the Economy
By Steve Levy | 29 comments | 1,909 views

College applications: round three
By Sally Torbey | 24 comments | 1,454 views

PAUSD Leadership Challenges
By Paul Losch | 14 comments | 946 views