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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Clearing up the hazy rules surrounding drones

About 1,000 people with an interest in unmanned aircraft are flocking to the NASA Ames Research Center this week with the goal of zeroing in on better rules and tools to govern the growing drone market.

Wednesday, 2:20 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man sentenced for high-speed chase with children in car

An East Palo Alto man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase through San Mateo County in April while his two young children were in the car, prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 12:27 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Palo Alto alums to speak on success and wellness

Two Palo Alto Unified School District graduates are hoping to stimulate further community conversation about definitions of success and student wellness with a panel event targeted at local parents.

Wednesday, 9:05 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto nears completion on fixing Embarcadero traffic signals

Responding to complaints from frustrated commuters, Palo Alto is in the midst of replacing and coordinating the traffic lights on Embarcadero Road, next to Palo Alto High School and Town & Country Village.

Wednesday, 8:04 AM | 28 comments

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stanford campus on alert after report of armed man

After a man was reportedly seen on the Stanford University campus Tuesday evening with what a witness believed to be a gun, the Stanford Police Department is asking members of the campus community to be on the lookout.

Tuesday, 10:33 PM | 4 comments
Second consecutive Spare the Air Day issued for Wednesday

Bay Area residents have been asked to avoid driving alone again on Wednesday during the second consecutive Spare the Air Day.

Tuesday, 12:46 PM | No comments yet
Palo Altan honored for creation of girls' STEM camp

Marie Wolbach, a Palo Alto resident, received a prestigious national honor in June for her creation and leadership of the Tech Trek Science and Math Camp for Girls, which has now grown to more than 20 camps based at universities and colleges throughout the United States that have reached more than 9,000 young women.

Tuesday, 9:21 AM | 11 comments
Community Notebook: Volunteers needed for Palo Alto's Utilities Advisory Commission

The City of Palo Alto is looking for volunteers to serve on the Utilities Advisory Commission on which they will advise the City Council on present and prospective planning and policy.

Tuesday, 8:40 AM | 1 comment
Proposed Avenidas renovation criticized over clashing styles

Hoping to accommodate Palo Alto's rapidly rising senior population, Avenidas is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to build an addition to its heavily used Bryant Street facility. While no one disputes the need to create space to accommodate more senior classes and programs, the details of the new proposal faced scrutiny and some criticism last week from the city's Historic Resources Board.

Tuesday, 7:46 AM | 29 comments

Monday, July 27, 2015

Season's first Spare the Air Day called for Tuesday

As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer's first Spare the Air Day has been called for today, July 28.

Monday, 1:50 PM | 2 comments
Hot spell in this week's forecast

The National Weather Service is advising Bay Area residents of the potential for higher-than-normal temperatures this week.

Monday, 11:28 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto man arrested after car chase in Sonoma County

A 30-year-old Palo Alto man who took police on a wild car chase down a highway and through residential streets in Sebastopol, a town in Sonoma County, on Saturday, July 25, was arrested for stealing a vehicle and other charges, Sebastopol police Chief Jeff Weaver said.

Monday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
In new book, Challenge Success offers roadmap for school reform

Since its start as a stress-reduction program in 2003, Stanford University Graduate School of Education's Challenge Success team has felt it "had to speak out against an increasingly fast-paced world that was interfering with sound educational practices and harming kids physically and mentally," the introduction to the group's new book reads.

Monday, 9:43 AM | 8 comments

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Police arrest woman in million-dollar embezzlement case

Menlo Park police arrested a 39-year-old San Mateo woman Thursday on suspicion that she embezzled more than $1 million over two years from a Menlo Park company, Creekside Landscaping Inc.

Saturday, 11:02 PM | 1 comment
Early-morning blaze causes $1M damage to local home

Firefighters are estimating that an early morning blaze caused $1 million in damage to an unoccupied residence in Menlo Park on Saturday.

Saturday, 11:00 PM | No comments yet
Federal Aviation Administration to work to reduce plane noise

Admitting that jet aircraft noise is a problem over Palo Alto and neighboring Bay Area cities, Federal Aviation Administration officials met with local government representatives and grassroots airplane-noise groups on Friday morning at Palo Alto City Hall.

Saturday, 10:41 PM | 138 comments
Gas leak capped in Woodside; no injuries

Portola Road reopened after crews stopped a gas leak Friday afternoon in Woodside that had residents restricted to their homes for safety, according to PG&E and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto Library takes on new role of helping the hungry

This summer, the East Palo Alto Library has taken on a new purpose for local families: It now doubles as a place where East Palo Alto families who might be struggling to put food on the table can get a free, healthy lunch.

Saturday, 6:57 AM | 8 comments

Friday, July 24, 2015

PUBLIC AGENDA: Avenidas expansion, Junior Museum & Zoo, Recreation Master Plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 27.

Friday, 10:56 AM | No comments yet
PG&E says hundreds of trees near gas pipelines may be removed

More than 130 Menlo Park and Atherton property owners should soon receive letters from PG&E saying up to 1,400 trees near PG&E gas transmission pipes on their properties may need to be removed as safety hazards.

Friday, 9:25 AM | 5 comments
Come see the Best Of Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Weekly's Best Of Palo Alto shines its lights on the best restaurants, shops, services and other offerings -- as voted by you, the Weekly's readers.

Friday, 8:25 AM | 16 comments
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Service

Friday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Retail

Friday, 8:10 AM | 3 comments
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Food & Drink

Friday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Restaurants

Friday, 7:53 AM | 3 comments
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Fun Stuff

Friday, 7:44 AM | 3 comments
Residents: Top need for Palo Alto parks? Bathrooms

Playing around is serious business in Palo Alto. The city is collecting, sorting and analyzing data about its parks and recreation in order to create the new Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan.

Friday, 7:36 AM | 42 comments
Foothill program opens doors for more than its students

Students in Foothill College's brand-new biomedical device engineering program this year were tasked with an open-ended project in one class: Design a handle for a child with disabilities. Unexpectedly, that academic assignment has reached beyond the classroom and into the real world to help local children.

Friday, 7:33 AM | 9 comments
In drought, Palo Alto reduces water use by 36 percent

With the hot summer still in swing, Palo Alto is forging ahead toward meeting its state-mandated water-use-reduction rates, the city's Utilities Department announced on Thursday, July 23.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 37 comments

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre to reopen

After more than three months of closure for remodeling, downtown Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre, at 430 Emerson St., will reopen this Friday, July 24.

Thursday, 7:43 AM | 18 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto teens organize coding event

Calling all teens interested in coding: Two Palo Alto High School students are organizing a free computer programming event on Sunday, Aug. 2, with the goal of exposing different demographics of Bay Area youth to the world of tech.

Thursday, 7:40 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Police: Burglars ransack East Palo Alto church

Less than a month before a scheduled 75th anniversary celebration and fundraiser to repair their church grounds, thieves have broken into the New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ in East Palo Alto. They made off with an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and damaged the church, Rev. Albert Macklin said.

Wednesday, 6:00 PM | 4 comments
Thief caught on camera stealing wine from Whole Foods

A shoplifter has stolen thousands of dollars in wine from Whole Foods Market in Palo Alto by absconding with the vino in a shopping cart, Palo Alto police said.

Wednesday, 5:47 PM | 15 comments
Man arrested for attempted burglary on Carlson Court

Palo Alto police have arrested a local man who they believe tried to burglarize a home in the Fairmeadow neighborhood while the homeowner was sleeping Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, 9:59 AM | 5 comments
Developer scales down plan for contested Maybell Avenue site

Faced with criticism from the surrounding neighborhood, the developer looking to build houses on a much contested Maybell Avenue property has agreed to scale down the proposal.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 41 comments
Shop Talk: The Clement Hotel to open in October

Pacific Hotel Management is set to open The Clement Palo Alto, a luxury hotel, at 711 El Camino Real in late October.

Wednesday, 9:09 AM | 15 comments

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Knife-wielding man arrested at Palo Alto senior home

A man who allegedly pulled a knife on police officers on Monday was arrested after an officer tackled him from behind and disarmed him, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Tuesday, 8:33 PM | 5 comments
East Palo Alto man arrested after Baylands flashing, beating

Palo Alto police arrested a man over the weekend who they said exposed himself to a woman in the Palo Alto Baylands in January and then repeatedly punched her boyfriend in the face, knocking him unconscious.

Tuesday, 3:23 PM | 5 comments
A helping hand in mental health

People hospitalized for a mental illness have a long road ahead of them, with plenty of pitfalls to sidestep as they try to re-integrate themselves back into society. But they don't have to go it alone.

Tuesday, 3:16 PM | 1 comment
Berman, Kasperzak off to fast starts in bid for Sacramento

The primary election is still nearly a year away but the two leading contenders to replace Assemblyman Rich Gordon in Sacramento have hit the ground running, with each raising more than $100,000 and picking up a list of endorsements from regional dignitaries.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | No comments yet
Undoing the culture of sexual shaming

"UnSlut: A Documentary Film" will screen in Palo Alto on Wednesday, July 22, with a panel discussion following the film.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto Utilities Department warns against scam

The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department is warning residents about a scam in which the scammers call residents, posing as utilities employees.

Tuesday, 8:14 AM | 5 comments

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bike thefts in Palo Alto spike, prompting warning from police

A spate of bicycle thefts occurred recently in Palo Alto, with 12 thefts in the span of a week, according to police reports.

Monday, 2:44 PM | 56 comments

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Police seeking East Palo Alto homicide suspect

An East Palo Alto man died after he was shot outside an apartment complex at about 10:12 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, police said.

Sunday, 9:26 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto Girl Scouts quilt for developmentally disabled adults

Four local Girl Scouts, all close friends, have found a service project that will garner not only their "silver award" badges but also a sense of satisfaction. They are making quilts this summer for developmentally disabled adults.

Sunday, 9:02 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Unemployment rates below state average in Bay Area counties

All of the Bay Area's nine counties had unemployment rates last month below the state average, according to the California Employment Development Department.

Saturday, 10:17 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Retirement life in Palo Alto's fast lane

I've lived long enough in Palo Alto, my favorite city, that my starry-eyed observations of yesteryear have taken on just a hint of cynicism. Everywhere these days in Silicon Valley, especially here in Palo Alto, life moves faster than the proverbial speed of light.

Saturday, 9:16 AM | 25 comments

Friday, July 17, 2015

Teenager targeted with racial slurs, stabbed with screwdriver in Palo Alto garage

A teenager was allegedly attacked from behind, accosted with racial epithets and stabbed with a screwdriver as he was walking through a downtown Palo Alto garage Wednesday night in an incident that police are investigating as a hate crime.

Friday, 4:24 PM | 8 comments
Gunn High shut down following Facebook threat

Gunn High School was shut down Thursday afternoon after a student reported a "threatening" Facebook post to police, Superintendent Max McGee said Friday.

Friday, 9:55 AM | 18 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: renovation and expansion of Avenidas, Public Art Master Plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 20.

Friday, 9:39 AM | No comments yet
Major renovation planned for Avenidas senior center

The Avenidas senior center unveiled plans for a modern, technologically advanced senior center Wednesday that would include amenities and programming to accommodate Palo Alto's booming senior population. The proposal calls for a new 11,000-square-foot, three-story wing and a remodel of the existing historic building on Bryant Street.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto students, teachers give mixed opinions on foreign-language education

A comprehensive evaluation of the Palo Alto school district's world-language offerings paints a picture of a system with both successes and failures: High-quality teachers operate within a disjointed system hindered by poor communication and lack of alignment across grade levels.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 26 comments
Entrepreneurial mom pairs Mandarin tutors with immersion students

Kristina Klausen was looking for a way that her two daughters could get extra practice conversing in Mandarin outside of the Mandarin immersion program they were enrolled in. So, in the Palo Alto way, Klausen launched a startup to connect local Mandarin students one-on-one with native speakers -- all via Skype.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 4 comments
Avenidas plan excludes more parking

Avenidas Senior Center expects its building renovations will double the number of daily visitors, but it would not add parking spaces, officials told the public during a meeting on Wednesday night.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 13 comments
Survey: Differing visions for world-language programs

As the Palo Alto school district likely faces a debate in the new school year over the future of its world-language programs, new survey data offers insight into how students, teachers and parents overlap and differ on the subject.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 3 comments
Editorial: Nine years in, a citizens committee

There is no better example of how Palo Alto gets tied up in knots trying to achieve delicate tasks that are anticipated to create controversy than the city's legally required and long overdue update of its Comprehensive Plan, the vision and road map for what kind of a community we all want for the future.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 69 comments

The Saddle Room A True Friend of Kids
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 2,079 views

Palo Alto: Pastis owner to open second French restaurant
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,244 views

The Four E's--Pope Francis and the Middle Class
By Steve Levy | 3 comments | 969 views

My College Mindset is Intrinsically Motivated
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 846 views

Marriage Interview 9: Make a Date to Have Sex Once or Twice a Week and . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 6 comments | 725 views