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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Palo Alto High program makes frosh feel connected

TEAM, or Together Everyone Achieves More, is a well-established program at Palo Alto High School that provides freshmen with smaller learning environments, closer-than-typical connections with their teachers and peers, an emphasis on the whole child, project-based learning and teachers who pilot innovative ideas.

Saturday, 9:23 AM | 1 comment
A rare look inside Ronald McDonald House

A large expansion that will more than double the number of accommodations for families with sick children at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford will be open to the public for a rare view starting Saturday, Feb. 13 through Feb. 28, officials have announced.

Saturday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet
Stanford University names new Title IX coordinator

Stanford University has named a new head for its embattled Title IX Office: Catherine Glaze, associate dean for student affairs at Stanford Law School, who has served as interim Title IX coordinator since October.

Saturday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Friday, February 12, 2016

VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Stanford University student Irving Rodriguez, who grew up in Chicago as an undocumented immigrant, joins Weekly Editor in Chief Jocelyn Dong and reporter Elena Kadvany to discuss the challenges local undocumented youth face in pursuing higher education, legal work and protection from deportation, as well as other barriers to full participation in American society.

Friday, 3:18 PM | No comments yet
Man sought in gun-brandishing road-rage incident in Palo Alto

Palo Alto police are seeking a man who allegedly brandished a handgun at a woman during a road-rage incident on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Friday, 10:31 AM | 2 comments
KIPP Bay Area Schools to open charter school in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto parents who have been working tirelessly for well over a year to bring a new public-school option to their community celebrated Thursday night after the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees approved a petition to open a charter school in the city.

Friday, 9:02 AM | 7 comments
Growing up undocumented

What undocumented youth learn, typically as teenagers, is that their lives are subject to a different, harsher set of rules. These rules -- enacted by Congress as part of the nation's immigration laws -- create obstacles in the pursuit of higher education and full participation in American society.

Friday, 8:19 AM | 12 comments
Undocumented youth describe migration to U.S.

Dreamers' stories often begin with migration to this country, including tales of painful family separations, physical hardships and deprivation. Three local youth told the Weekly about their experiences.

Friday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet
Pursuing the rocky path to college

Friday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet
Undocumented immigrants: key statistics

Friday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet
Organizations, resources supporting undocumented youth

Friday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet
Federal and state laws expand opportunities for Dreamers

Friday, 8:07 AM | No comments yet
Educators discuss undocumented youths' challenges, resilience

Since 2006, San Francisco nonprofit Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) has focused on the well-being of undocumented young people in the Bay Area and across the nation, seeking to empower them in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship.

Friday, 8:07 AM | No comments yet
A safe haven to dream

Two dozen teenagers gathered in a Sequoia High School classroom one Saturday last February to explore the emotional impacts of being undocumented. Many in the classroom were themselves undocumented; others had undocumented friends and family.

Friday, 8:07 AM | No comments yet
The Dreamer social movement

In 2001, the first federal Dream Act ("Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act") was introduced in Congress, and if passed, would have provided legal status and a path to citizenship for many undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. as children and grew up here.

Friday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet
College adviser to Dreamers: Leverage strengths, get creative

Michelle Tarigo Channel describes herself as "first generation everything," growing up in a working class, immigrant family in Menlo Park next to what used to be known as "Whiskey Gulch" and is now the Four Seasons Hotel.

Friday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet
Stanford wins plaudits for Escondido Village housing proposal

While Palo Alto struggles to address its severe housing shortage, Stanford University is swiftly moving ahead with an ambitious plan to add housing for graduate students at Escondido Village.

Friday, 7:59 AM | 11 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: CLEAN proposal, Ming's demolition, Public Art Master Plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 15.

Friday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Midtown man booked for lewd behavior, again

A Palo Alto man was arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly exposing himself and engaging in lewd behavior while standing in the backyard of his Midtown home, police said.

Thursday, 4:38 PM | 4 comments
Woodside man found dead in car down embankment

Jeffrey Adan, 47, of Woodside, was the man found dead in a Jeep Cherokee at the bottom of an embankment off Skyline Boulevard in Portola Valley on Thursday morning, Feb. 11, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

Thursday, 4:20 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto looks to raise age for tobacco sales

Seeking to make Palo Alto a regional leader in a crusade against cigarette smoke, city officials are preparing to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21 and to ban smoking in local apartment buildings and condominium complexes.

Thursday, 9:58 AM | 11 comments
Obama visits Palo Alto for private fundraiser

Streets in Old Palo Alto are impacted Thursday due to a visit by President Barack Obama to a private event on Seale Avenue.

Thursday, 8:25 AM | 26 comments
Castilleja School proposes enrollment-growth plan

Just over two years since the City of Palo Alto penalized Castilleja School for exceeding its enrollment cap, the school is proposing a new expansion plan, with promises to wary neighbors that the school will keep traffic and parking at the levels they are at now.

Thursday, 8:22 AM | 28 comments

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Royal Manor neighbors clash over ban on two-story homes

Royal Manor, a community of more than 200 homes in the Palo Verde neighborhood, is seeking to become the latest Eichler-style enclave to ban new two-story homes -- an effort that is pitting neighbors against one another in a bitter debate about privacy and property rights.

Wednesday, 11:55 PM | 26 comments
Silicon Valley's year: 'amazing' but with 'perils'

Joint Venture Silicon Valley's annual economic study found that 2015 was a year of record-breaking growth and prosperity, but it cautioned that there are perils associated with this kind of break-neck trajectory: A fourth-quarter slowdown could portend the beginning of the burst of a bubble.

Wednesday, 8:34 PM | 44 comments
East Palo Alto woman gets eight years in prison for injuring child

A 30-year-old East Palo Alto woman was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in state prison after pleading no contest to abusing her 11-month-old daughter last year in an East Palo Alto home, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4:32 PM | 1 comment
President Obama asks Congress for $125M for Caltrain electrification

President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $125 million in the fiscal 2017 budget for the electrification of Caltrain, U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4:31 PM | 8 comments
Palo Alto school district committee to review all school names

Following the tearful testimony of one African-American student and an entire class of Palo Alto High School students who spoke about the importance of renaming Jordan Middle School given its namesake's involvement in eugenics, the school board unanimously approved the creation of a committee that will review the names of all of Palo Alto Unified's schools.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 56 comments
School board discusses student mental health

How the school district can best — and better — support student mental health was front and center at Tuesday's school board meeting, from an update on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's forthcoming study of youth suicide in the area to a staff proposal for a new wellness model.

Wednesday, 9:31 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto launches airplane-noise study

With the topic of airplane noise recently soaring toward the top of Palo Alto's priority list, the City Council moved ahead this week with a new study that officials and citizens hope will arm the city with the necessary data to effect change.

Wednesday, 7:32 AM | 39 comments

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Palo Alto school district moves to dismiss teacher accused of sex abuse

The Palo Alto school board unanimously voted Tuesday to initiate dismissal proceedings for an elementary school teacher who has been accused of sexually abusing a former student more than 10 years ago.

Tuesday, 11:50 PM | 34 comments
City backs funding plan for transportation-tax measure

Seeking to preserve a fragile and fraying coalition of cities, Palo Alto officials on Monday night rallied behind a proposal for divvying up the roughly $6 billion in transportation funds that would be raised by a proposed November tax measure.

Tuesday, 2:04 PM | 3 comments
Stanford student's vehicular manslaughter case may hinge on technicality

The case of a Stanford University student facing charges in the death of one taxi passenger and the injury of another passenger and the taxi driver could hinge on whether his blood was drawn involuntarily, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

Tuesday, 8:47 AM | 17 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss funding, models for student mental health

The Palo Alto school district is eyeing several new approaches to supporting student mental health and well-being, including spending $25,000 to explore a more coordinated "wellness center" model and creating a committee that could recommend that both high schools implement a single model for student support.

Tuesday, 8:22 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto prepares to test new office cap

When Palo Alto officials agreed last year to institute an annual limit on office development, the goal was to slow down the pace of growth in the city's most congested commercial areas and to ramp up the quality of new developments by subjecting them to "beauty contests."

Tuesday, 2:26 AM | 32 comments

Monday, February 8, 2016

Evergreen Park wants annexation to parking-permit program

With their neighborhood rapidly becoming a de facto commuter parking zone, residents of Evergreen Park want the Palo Alto City Council to annex their neighborhood into the existing 2010 College Terrace Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP).

Monday, 4:32 PM | 25 comments
Hillary Clinton will be in Atherton Feb. 21

February is proving to be a busy month for high-profile visitors to Atherton, including a political fundraising visit from President Barack Obama and a campaign fundraising event by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Monday, 12:23 PM | 3 comments
Feds side with family in DNA lawsuit against Palo Alto district

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have filed an amicus brief in support of a former Palo Alto Unified School District family who allege the district violated their son's First Amendment rights to the privacy of his medical and other personal information and the Americans with Disabilities Act when a teacher allegedly divulged that their son carries a genetic marker for cystic fibrosis.

Monday, 9:52 AM | 34 comments

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Avenidas honors seven with 'Lifetime of Achievement' awards

Seven local residents -- three individuals and two couples -- will be honored this spring by the senior services agency Avenidas with "Lifetime of Achievement" awards.

Sunday, 8:41 AM | 1 comment
Aerial spraying for mosquitoes slated for Feb. 10

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District (SCCVCD) is planning a helicopter assault on winter salt-marsh mosquito in the Palo Alto marsh areas on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the district announced Friday.

Sunday, 8:41 AM | 17 comments

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Raises approved for top Palo Alto officials

With all of Palo Alto's labor groups engaged in negotiations over new contracts, the City Council swiftly approved raises this week for four top City Hall officials.

Saturday, 10:36 AM | 15 comments
Cities join forces to back transportation-funding plan

With Santa Clara County cruising toward a November transportation tax measure, Palo Alto and eight other cities in the north county and west valley are rallying behind a new plan for how the $6 billion from the measure would be spent.

Saturday, 8:21 AM | 11 comments
Police: Palo Alto man robbed after walking in on burglary

A Palo Alto man was robbed Friday morning after he walked in on a burglary that was taking place at his home on Edgewood Drive, police said. The alleged robber was arrested less than 15 minutes later, while walking away with the stolen items.

Saturday, 5:52 AM | 10 comments

Friday, February 5, 2016

VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto's Chief Sustainability Officer Gil Friend joins Weekly Editor in Chief Jocelyn Dong and reporters Sue Dremann and Gennady Sheyner to discuss the city's latest plans for dramatically cutting carbon emissions.

Friday, 5:59 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: office cap, transportation tax measure, renaming schools

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 8.

Friday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet
New Stanford building gathers neuroscience researchers, clinicians

The five-story Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, which opened in January, is designed to be a "one-stop" diagnosis and treatment center for people with a variety of conditions including Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, Parkinson's disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and various neuromuscular challenges.

Friday, 8:00 AM | 6 comments
Utility rates set to rise in Palo Alto

Palo Alto residents should brace themselves for a dramatic spike in their utility bills in July, with electricity, gas, water and wastewater rates all set to go up at the same time.

Friday, 7:58 AM | 28 comments
Jay Paul scales back its development plans for California Avenue in Palo Alto

After more than a year of commission reviews and design revisions, Jay Paul Company has withdrawn the application for one of its two proposed research-and-development projects in the bustling area near the California Avenue Caltrain station.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 18 comments
Super Bowl Sunday hoopla? Not in Palo Alto

The banners won't fly and Super Bowl 50 special events won't be taking place in one of Silicon Valley's premier destinations -- Palo Alto -- according to business leaders. Even sports bars are taking a low-key approach to the golden-anniversary event.

Friday, 7:52 AM | 32 comments

Thursday, February 4, 2016

East Palo Alto police seeking elderly man who went missing Wednesday

East Palo Alto police are asking for the public's help in finding an elderly man who went missing Wednesday.

Thursday, 12:40 PM | No comments yet
Neuroscience pioneer tapped as Stanford's new president

After six months and thousands of hours reviewing prospective candidates for a successor to Stanford University President John Hennessy, who announced in June 2015 that he would be stepping down, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of The Rockefeller University in New York City, has been named the university's 11th president, the Stanford Board of Trustees announced Thursday.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
Candidates rake in cash for Assembly race

With the race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in Sacramento heating up, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang has raised more than $330,000 for his campaign, overtaking Palo Alto Councilman Marc Berman and Mountain View Councilman Mike Kasperzak, according to the documents filed earlier this week with the California Secretary of State.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 19 comments
AAA offering free tows to those who drink during Super Bowl

Bay Area Super Bowl fans who choose to drink Sunday at the Super Bowl and at Super Bowl parties can get a free tow home through AAA's Tipsy Tow program, AAA officials said Wednesday.

Thursday, 7:51 AM | 1 comment
Earthquake warning prototype discussed at White House summit

A White House summit on earthquake preparedness Tuesday included an extensive discussion of a new early warning system that reached a milestone in its development Monday.

Thursday, 7:38 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Drones prohibited over Super Bowl airspace

With the long-awaited Super Bowl 50 fast approaching, the Federal Aviation Administration is reminding Bay Area residents not to try to get a drone's-eye view of the big game.

Wednesday, 3:37 PM | 14 comments
Police: Woman groped in downtown Palo Alto

Police are looking for a man who allegedly groped a woman in downtown Palo Alto Tuesday evening, according to a police department press release.

Wednesday, 8:36 AM | 2 comments
Stanford Blood Center in need of donations to avoid shortage

With an estimated two to three million people expected to visit the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50, the Stanford Blood Center is seeking donors to help them stock up on blood.

Wednesday, 8:10 AM | 2 comments
Community Notebook: Parents start local mental-health support group

A group of parents who saw a need for a locally based, ongoing group to support other parents concerned about the mental health and well-being of their teens will be launching such a group this month.

Wednesday, 8:00 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Yelp not moving into Palo Alto's College Terrace Centre

Business-review company Yelp has decided not to move into the College Terrace Centre in Palo Alto after all, a Yelp spokesman said, citing construction delays.

Tuesday, 4:45 PM | 9 comments
'Changing the tide' on youth mental health

More than 300 local parents, educators, clinicians and community members gathered Tuesday morning to discuss ways to combat what one speaker called the "new norm" for teenagers in the area: alarmingly high rates of anxiety, stress, depression and death by suicide.

Tuesday, 4:13 PM | 66 comments
East Palo Alto man found guilty in 2013 shooting of YMCA coach

An East Palo Alto man was found guilty Monday of shooting and injuring a YMCA wellness coach as he was walking home from work in 2013, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 1:22 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto expands downtown's parking restrictions

With more Palo Alto residents clamoring for parking restrictions that would keep commuters off their neighborhood streets, a conflicted City Council voted early Tuesday morning to expand and revise downtown's nascent parking-permit program.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 25 comments
Palo Alto firms up rules for pumping groundwater

Responding to a rising tide of citizen concern, Palo Alto officials on Monday took aim at the controversial practice of "dewatering" and approved new rules for property owners who wish to pump groundwater so that they build basements.

Tuesday, 2:29 AM | 53 comments

Monday, February 1, 2016

Community Notebook: Palo Alto hosting teen forum on Feb. 6

The Palo Alto Youth Council and City of Palo Alto are teaming up to host a second annual teen forum on Saturday, Feb. 6, to discuss topics from dealing with stress and tackling mental illness to helping friends in need.

Monday, 11:02 AM | No comments yet
Traveling to Super Bowl 50? Bring a clear plastic bag

Anyone traveling to Levi's Stadium to watch Super Bowl 50 on Valley Transportation Authority's light-rail trains had better not bring any bags on board other than clear plastic ones, Santa Clara County Transportation Authority officials said.

Monday, 11:01 AM | 3 comments
Expect traffic, parking changes related to Super Bowl 50

The Denver Broncos will be using Stanford University athletic facilities for the team's pre-Super Bowl practices starting today, Feb. 1, and running through Saturday, Feb. 6, according to the university. Officials warn the public of potential parking and traffic problems throughout the week.

Monday, 10:49 AM | 2 comments
Expanded parking program meets resistance in Crescent Park

A proposal to expand downtown Palo Alto's permit-parking zone is proving to be a tough sell in Crescent Park, with neighborhood leaders coming out against a program that they say will only worsen congestion near their doorsteps.

Monday, 8:40 AM | 13 comments

Sunday, January 31, 2016

ShopTalk: Pizza Studio, Polo Ralph Lauren close

Farewell to Pizza Studio and Polo Ralph Lauren; hello to more communal dinner options in Palo Alto.

Sunday, 5:57 PM | 11 comments
Palo Alto Chinese New Year celebration welcomes all

Palo Alto residents won't have to travel to San Francisco's Chinatown to celebrate this year's Chinese Lunar New Year. The city's growing Chinese and Chinese-American communities are hosting their own, and the party is open to all residents.

Sunday, 8:09 AM | 8 comments

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