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Friday, August 29, 2014

State Supreme Court rejects most misconduct claims against assistant DA

California Supreme Court justices have reversed a state appeals court ruling of egregious prosecutorial misconduct against Jay Boyarsky, Santa Clara County's chief assistant district attorney.

Friday, 8:50 AM | No comments yet
Walk this way

With the popularity these days of marathon running, those of us who walk as our main exercise might be tempted to feel bad about ourselves. Don't, says Dr. Ronesh Sinha, a physician in internal medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and author of the book, "The South Asian Health Solution."

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Guide to the 2014 Moonlight Run & Walk

Your guide to the 30th annual Moonlight Run & Walk on Friday, Sept. 5.

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2014 Moonlight Run & Walk results

Moonlight Run race results will be available on computer monitors at the Baylands Athletic Center beginning at around 9:30 p.m. Results will also be posted online at

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Annual Baylands race returns to Palo Alto

The 30th annual Moonlight Run & Walk, a benefit event for local nonprofits supporting kids and families, returns next Friday, Sept. 5. Get the scoop on race night, where to find results and tips on the health benefits of walking.

Friday, 7:48 AM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: drought update, build-to-line ordinance

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Artist, team bring Palo Alto's first freestanding mosque to life

Durriya Tyabji, an artist originally from India who lives in Los Altos Hills, has melded the traditional elements of an ancient Egyptian mosque with her own contemporary design to create a new South Palo Alto mosque, a seven-year labor of love that is about two weeks away from being fully complete.

Friday, 7:43 AM | 7 comments
Embarcadero Road fixes coming to Palo Alto

On Wednesday, Palo Alto officials presented a suite of options for tackling what they characterized as one of the city's most challenging traffic puzzles.

Friday, 7:42 AM | 14 comments

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zipcar pulls up in downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto's carless commuters and residents now have their pick from 10 available-for-rent Zipcars, thanks to the car-sharing company's expansion into the city's downtown garages Thursday.

Thursday, 3:48 PM | 17 comments
Speeding driver hits four parked cars

A man driving at 40 to 50 miles per hour out of the Fry's Electronics parking lot Thursday morning collided with a nearby parked car, causing a domino-effect crash that left four unoccupied cars damaged. The driver has been taken to Stanford Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Thursday, 11:41 AM | 15 comments
Palo Alto commission defends 'planned community' zoning

Despite much community anxiety, Palo Alto's planning commissioners made a case Wednesday for preserving the city's "planned community" zoning process, a controversial procedure by which developers circumvent zoning regulations in exchange for negotiated "public benefits."

Thursday, 9:55 AM | 29 comments
Irrigation upgrades deliver crucial water savings in time of drought

In the midst of California's driest year on record -- and $500 fines for sprinkler runoff as of Aug. 1 -- residents with out-of-date or problematic irrigation systems are due for an upgrade.

Thursday, 8:24 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ruling paves the way for Buena Vista's closure

The closure of Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park became more imminent Wednesday, when an administrative judge upheld the property owner's plan for compensating the roughly 400 residents who would be displaced when Buena Vista Mobile Home shutters.

Wednesday, 11:57 PM | 33 comments
Man arrested for hate crime, cane attack in downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto police have arrested a man who they say committed a hate crime Saturday night when he yelled racial epithets and attacked two older men in a downtown parking lot, in one case smashing a cane across a victim's forehead.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 18 comments
Fair housing veteran to helm East Palo Alto rent control program

A longtime advocate for fair housing in East Palo Alto has been picked as the city's new rent-control administrator, staff has confirmed.

Wednesday, 9:49 AM | 3 comments
School board eyes data, evaluation as key to this year's goals

Palo Alto's top school officials kicked off the school year Tuesday with an enthusiastic discussion of five draft goals for the year that encourage a more data-driven, evaluation-based approach to instruction and governance.

Wednesday, 9:39 AM | 21 comments
Thursday: Open space district study session on spending bond money

How will the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District spend money from a $300 million bond measure approved by voters in June?

Wednesday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Design contest set for new Palo Alto bike bridge

Palo Alto officials agree that the city's new bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 should be a "landmark" structure that showcases the region's spirit of innovation while at the same time providing a gentle transition into the marshy nature preserves of the Baylands. But coming up with the perfect design promises to be a lengthy and complex affair.

Tuesday, 10:28 PM | 55 comments
Off-duty detective spots downtown robbery suspect

A man suspected of robbing a person he'd just befriended in downtown Palo Alto earlier this month was arrested for the crime Tuesday afternoon, police have announced.

Tuesday, 6:09 PM | 6 comments
County expands homeless programs while searching for new shelter

Faced with a shortage of beds to accommodate the county's homeless population this coming winter, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $1.2 million for various programs targeting its neediest residents, including agreements with Palo Alto's busy but cash-strapped nonprofit, InnVision Shelter Network.

Tuesday, 3:55 PM | 12 comments
East Palo Alto man arrested for attempted murder

An East Palo Alto man has been arrested in connection with an attempted murder in San Mateo, according to San Mateo police.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet
New nonprofit to manage downtown Palo Alto's traffic problems

From a "satellite lot" on Embarcadero to new garage technologies, Palo Alto officials this month have been busily brainstorming ways to boost downtown's insufficient supply of parking. At the same time, the city has quietly launched a bold new initiative that aims to attack the problem from the demand side.

Tuesday, 9:54 AM | 23 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss revised goals in first meeting of the year

In the Palo Alto Board of Education's first meeting of the 2014-15 school year tonight, members will continue to discuss a host of ambitious goals proposed by new Superintendent Max McGee at the board's annual retreat on Aug. 13.

Tuesday, 9:41 AM | 10 comments
Four aftershocks hit Napa area Tuesday

The U.S. Geological Survey this morning reported a 3.0-magnitude aftershock about four miles southwest of Napa, the fourth this morning in the same area where a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck on Sunday.

Tuesday, 8:12 AM | 1 comment

Monday, August 25, 2014

USGS warns strong aftershock could follow Napa earthquake

There is a 25 percent chance of a strong and potentially damaging aftershock in the next seven days following Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake near American Canyon, U.S. Geological Survey officials said Monday.

Monday, 3:27 PM | 6 comments
Rapper, five others arrested in fatal Shoreline Ampitheatre shooting

Six people were arrested after a 38-year-old man died after being shot multiple times Friday night at a Wiz Khalifa show at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Monday, 1:56 PM | 16 comments
Holman cleared by FPPC after 'conflict of interest' claim

Palo Alto City Councilwoman Karen Holman did not violate state law when she urged city staff to explore rezoning sites on Arastradero Road despite her financial relationship with the owner of one of the sites, the Fair Political Practices Commission has concluded.

Monday, 9:47 AM | 71 comments

Sunday, August 24, 2014

6.0 earthquake rattles Bay Area

A 6.0 earthquake that centered near South Napa shook Bay Area residents in their beds early Sunday morning. U.S. Geological Survey officials said the earthquake is the largest to hit the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta Earthquake almost 25 years ago.

Sunday, 4:07 AM | 26 comments

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Man shot, killed after Shoreline concert

A 38-year-old man has died after being shot at a Wiz Khalifa concert at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday night, a police spokeswoman said.

Saturday, 1:49 PM | No comments yet
Man fatally shot at Shoreline Ampitheatre

A 38-year-old man has died as a result of injuries suffered during a shooting after a Wiz Khalifa concert at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday night, police spokeswoman said.

Saturday, 11:28 AM | 7 comments
Palo Alto teens launch Caring Neighborhoods Challenge

Smriti Gautam has never been to a block party in her University South neighborhood because there hasn't been one. There's been no ice cream social or movie night or neighborhood picnic in the park, she said. But Gautam plans to change all that.

Saturday, 8:50 AM | 10 comments

Friday, August 22, 2014

East Palo Alto woman gets 15 years to life for high-speed-chase murder

An East Palo Alto woman has received 15 years to life in prison after a 2011 high-speed chase that led to the death of her friend, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Friday, 3:58 PM | 5 comments
Work on Oregon Expressway to close lanes Friday night

Construction crews will be installing new roadway markings on Oregon Expressway Friday night, prompting lane closures in both directions.

Friday, 2:08 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto looks to modify traffic signals on Embarcadero Road

Seeking to relieve traffic congestion and respond to years of residents' complaints, Palo Alto is preparing to remove a traffic light and consider widening Embarcadero Road near Town & Country Village and Palo Alto High School.

Friday, 9:45 AM | 76 comments
Waxsanity: Jeremy Lin gets statue at Madame Tussauds

Two days before his 26th birthday, NBA point guard and Palo Alto's own Jeremy Lin received perhaps one of his most memorable gifts ever: a life-size wax figure of himself, which was unveiled Thursday at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Friday, 8:38 AM | 3 comments
Historic Palo Alto home to be lifted and rotated

A century-old house at 221 Kingsley Ave. described as an "anchor" of the historic Professorville neighborhood will be lifted and rotated 90 degrees to create a backyard for the prospective new owners, according to plans on file with the city.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 23 comments
Moonlight Run/Walk celebrates 30th year

Pull out those running shoes and hop on the Internet -- it's time to register for the 30th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk.

Friday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: school goals, 101 bike bridge, PC zoning reforms

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Controversial plan for Palo Alto office building ekes out approval

Despite a chorus of protests from residents, Palo Alto's architectural board on Thursday approved a new three-story building that will go up next to Sarah Wallis Park and inject more commercial space into the rapidly changing business district around California Avenue.

Friday, 7:22 AM | 41 comments
Downtown Streets Team to run Palo Alto Food Closet

After two disappointing years of subsidizing the Palo Alto Food Closet and other homeless services out of its other programs, the nonprofit InnVision Shelter Network will turn operations of the longtime downtown grocery program over to Eileen Richardson, executive director of the nonprofit Downtown Streets Team.

Friday, 7:22 AM | 8 comments

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Human trafficking commission to crack down on 'modern-day slavery'

Determined to push human sex and labor trafficking out of Santa Clara County and to prosecute its perpetrators, Santa Clara County convened the first meeting of its new Human Trafficking Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Thursday, 9:52 AM | 14 comments
Ravenswood district seeks input on new, consolidated middle school

The Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto is launching an "intensive listening campaign" to solicit community input about a potential new middle school for all of its sixth- through eighth-grade students, but Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff is stressing that any changes are still far in the future.

Thursday, 9:50 AM | 1 comment
Volunteers build East Palo Alto playground in one day

A new playground at Bell Street Park in East Palo Alto -- constructed by volunteers Wednesday in all of six hours -- will give more than 3,200 children a new place to play.

Thursday, 9:45 AM | 6 comments
Billing errors lead to higher assessments for Palo Alto businesses

A "clerical error" has prompted the City of Palo Alto to send incorrect bills to downtown businesses as part of their assessment for the Business Improvement District -- a mistake that the city is now trying to solve.

Thursday, 9:23 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

National VA secretary visits, lauds Palo Alto facility

As part of a weeks-long trip across the country, the newly confirmed secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, visited the Palo Alto VA Medical Center Wednesday and called it a standard-setting "crown jewel" within the troubled health care system.

Wednesday, 4:13 PM | 17 comments
Avenidas names new president and CEO

Amy Andonian, a nonprofit executive with experience in services to seniors and caregivers, will become the new president and CEO of Avenidas, the senior services organization based in downtown Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 2 comments
Four charged with perjury in 'Operation Sunny Day' cases

Four people who testified in cases relating to the San Mateo County District Attorney Office's "Operation Sunny Day" case, under which 16 alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs were arrested for a string of violent crimes, were arraigned this week on perjury charges, according to the district attorney's office.

Wednesday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto to appeal ruling from labor board

The City of Palo Alto will appeal a recent ruling by the Public Employment Relations Board, which has said that the city violated state law in failing to confer with the city's firefighters union before placing on the November 2011 ballot a measure to repeal binding arbitration.

Wednesday, 9:20 AM | 7 comments
California Avenue work now set to stretch until March

Palo Alto's reconstruction of California Avenue, which officials had expected to complete by the end of this year, is now expected to stretch until March 2015.

Wednesday, 7:59 AM | 22 comments

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Palo Alto students return to school

About 12,600 Palo Alto students went back to school Monday and Tuesday, and school district officials said they expected most classrooms -- particularly in the second and fifth grades -- to be full.

Tuesday, 12:58 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto City Council looks to technology to fix parking problems

Palo Alto, a city that takes pride in its high-tech savvy, is now looking to technology to help it solve the vexing and increasingly urgent problem of insufficient downtown parking.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 19 comments
Man allegedly sexually assaults woman while driving in Palo Alto

Police are investigating a sexual assault that took place in downtown Palo Alto in May after a woman got into a car with an unknown male, who remains at large.

Tuesday, 7:59 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto to weigh uses for new Foothills Park land

In a moment acknowledged to be three decades overdue, an enthusiastic City Council on Monday night officially dedicated as parkland a flat, undeveloped and long-forgotten parcel next to Foothills Park to ensure the land will be used for "park, recreation or conservation purposes."

Tuesday, 12:10 AM | 47 comments

Monday, August 18, 2014

Palo Alto contractor pleads no contest to theft, sentenced to jail

A Palo Alto contractor who had been accused of defrauding an Atherton homeowner pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor charge of grand theft and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail under a plea agreement accepted by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum on Friday, Aug. 15.

Monday, 8:13 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto martial arts instructor arrested for allegedly trying to kiss a minor

Police have arrested an instructor from a martial arts studio on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto for allegedly attempting to kiss a longtime student and part-time employee when she was 17 years old. Police are now releasing the information to find out if additional victims exist, though they are currently unaware of any other victims, according to a department press release.

Monday, 7:41 PM | 11 comments
East Palo Alto shooting leaves one dead, three injured

An unidentified shooter opened fire on a vehicle driving in East Palo Alto Sunday night, leaving one person dead and three injured, according to East Palo Alto police. All victims are East Palo Alto residents.

Monday, 8:15 AM | 16 comments
Shop Talk: More mall, restaurants flock downtown

In this week's Shop Talk column, read the latest on Stanford Shopping Center's big expansion, three new restaurants set to open in downtown Palo Alto and the sad closure of a 200-square-foot business.

Monday, 7:48 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Atherton community rebuilds plane-crash victim's home

Four years after a Tesla employee's plane plummeted into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, destroying Lisa Jones' home and child care center, residents of Atherton and dozens of community volunteers have stepped forward to rebuild Jones' home — and life.

Sunday, 8:46 AM | 6 comments
Resident finds passion, success and family bonding in archery

Intensity in his eyes, Alan Eagleton pulled the bowstring to his cheek and focused on a paper target dozens of yards below. Shot after shot, his arrows zipped beneath the tree canopy, consistently landing within a couple of inches of the bull's-eye. He was just warming up.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Twelve vie for seats on the Palo Alto council

With the filing period concluding last week, 12 Palo Alto residents have officially entered the race for the five contested seats on the City Council.

Saturday, 8:53 AM | 57 comments

See Me. Hear Me. Donít Fix Me.
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,860 views

Foothills Park: a world away
By Sally Torbey | 14 comments | 1,768 views

Universal Language
By Cheryl Bac | 3 comments | 1,432 views

On Tour at Selective Schools: Chapman, La Verne, Redlands, Whittier
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 1,382 views

Two Days to Save This Dog?
By Cathy Kirkman | 10 comments | 713 views