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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Palo Alto school board approves full-day kindergarten for all

All kindergartners entering the Palo Alto Unified School District this fall and in future years will attend school for a full day under a proposal the school board approved Tuesday night, despite opposition from parents and a claim that the majority of kindergarten teachers do not support this shift.

Wednesday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto school board approves 12 percent pay increases for teachers

The Palo Alto school board approved Tuesday night in a 4-to-1 vote a 12 percent base salary increase for teachers over three years, with all but one board member arguing that that level of pay hike is necessary to help the district retain and attract high-quality teachers.

Wednesday, 8:26 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Video released in fatal Christmas shooting in Palo Alto

Officers who fatally shot a mentally ill man on a Palo Alto street on Christmas Day were justified when they discharged their weapons, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has determined.

Tuesday, 6:34 PM | 7 comments
Residents call for 'road diet' to curb accidents on Middlefield

For John Guislin and his neighbors on Middlefield Road, screeching tires and clanging metal have become increasingly familiar sounds in recent years. To curb the recent rash of traffic accidents, residents are now petitioning the city to create a "road diet" on Middlefield, reducing the number of lanes from four to two.

Tuesday, 3:23 PM | 11 comments
Measure A to extend funding for Santa Clara County's parks

Santa Clara County voters will decide whether they want to prolong a park preservation fund on the June 7 ballot.

Tuesday, 2:32 PM | No comments yet
Block-long development approved for Olive Garden site

The already sizzling construction climate around California Avenue is set to heat up even further after the City Council approved on Monday night a proposal to demolish the Olive Garden restaurant on El Camino Real and replace it with a mixed-use development featuring offices, condominiums and retail space.

Tuesday, 1:33 AM | 36 comments

Monday, May 23, 2016

Independent groups pump cash into Assembly campaign

With the crowded race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the 24th District heading into the final stretch, independent political action committees are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the contest in hopes of influencing the outcome. So far, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has been the chief beneficiary.

Monday, 4:28 PM | 9 comments
Stanford names new Graduate School of Business dean

Stanford University professor and economist Jonathan Levin will be taking the helm of the university's top-ranked Graduate School of Business this fall, replacing outgoing dean Garth Saloner, the university announced Monday.

Monday, 3:11 PM | 2 comments
New proposal recommends full-day kindergarten for all in Palo Alto

All incoming Palo Alto school district kindergartners could attend school for a full day starting this fall under a new, evolved recommendation from Superintendent Max McGee.

Monday, 2:59 PM | 1 comment
Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports

Dinged in the past for failing to report political contributions, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang could be facing another set of election troubles in an eight-way primary race for the District 24 state Assembly seat.

Monday, 12:04 PM | 4 comments
PHOTOS: A night to remember

Teen girls staying at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford got the full beauty treatment before attending the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital School's prom on Friday, May 20.

Monday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
With new contract, 70 percent of Palo Alto teachers will earn over $100,000

An analysis of data provided by the Palo Alto school district shows that more than 70 percent of district teachers will be earning salaries in excess of $100,000 for the upcoming 2016-17 school year if a proposed union contract is approved Tuesday, as expected, by the school board.

Monday, 9:53 AM | 62 comments

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Palo Alto seeks to reboot bike-bridge project

After their first bid to create a "landmark" bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 took an unfortunate turn, Palo Alto officials are now preparing to scale down their expectations and start over with a new design for the $13 million project.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | 24 comments
Off Deadline: In a case of good timing, Palo Alto may staff Cooley nature center

Palo Alto's Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center will close for most of a year for an extensive -- some say long overdue -- rehabilitation and rebuilding of the boardwalk leading to a bird-watching platform.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 20, 2016

Man arrested after stealing bag of recyclables, brandishing scissors

Palo Alto police arrested a man yesterday morning for armed robbery following an incident in which he allegedly stole a bag of recyclables from a victim and brandished a pair of broken scissors, according to a press release issued by the Palo Alto Police Department.

Friday, 5:49 PM | No comments yet
VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto school board President Heidi Emberling and board member Ken Dauber join Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson and reporter Elena Kadvany to discuss teacher salaries and the school district budget.

Friday, 4:55 PM | No comments yet
UPDATE: Sketch shows would-be Crescent Park burglar

Two men who police say kicked down a door of a Crescent Park home Thursday afternoon in an apparent burglary attempt fled the scene empty-handed after a resident startled them.

Friday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: The vanishing surplus

The Palo Alto school board has spent months in what we now discover were two alternate realities, one taking place behind closed doors and another in public.

Friday, 7:57 AM | 40 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Golf course, full-day kindergarten, bike bridge

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 23.

Friday, 7:56 AM | No comments yet
Salary hikes could put pressure on Palo Alto school district budget

A historic new compensation agreement with teachers and classified employees that the Palo Alto school board is likely to approve Tuesday night could potentially be budget-busting in future years if property-tax revenues, which largely fund the district, fail to increase at near double-digit rates.

Friday, 7:52 AM | 29 comments
Teacher pay: the nuts and bolts

Palo Alto teachers, school district officials and a majority of the Board of Education have said the large, multiyear raises are necessary to help the district retain and attract high-quality teachers, given the Bay Area's increasingly high cost of living and the allure of nearby districts with higher pay.

Friday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto doubles down on solar energy

With prices hitting new lows, Palo Alto is banking on solar power to make its electricity supply cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. It is also upending the traditional relationship between City of Palo Alto Utilities and its customers.

Friday, 7:43 AM | 4 comments
The case for resilience

The city's Office of Emergency Services has recently partnered with the nonprofit Clean Coalition to develop a "microgrid" at Cubberley Community Center, the sprawling south Palo Alto campus that could potentially serve as an emergency shelter during a major disaster.

Friday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet
A push toward solar power, a retreat from natural gas

Since Palo Alto launched its own electric utility in 1900, its quest for power has involved everything from Belgian-made diesel engines to Lake County geysers belching out energy born beneath the surface of the Earth.

Friday, 7:43 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ravenswood school district puts $26 million bond on ballot

Ravenswood City School District is asking voters to approve Measure H, which would provide the funding necessary for significant repairs and upgrades needed at all eight of the district's school sites, which are more than 50 years old.

Thursday, 4:58 PM | 9 comments
Los Altos man dies in crash on Skyline Boulevard

A 25-year-old man who died when his SUV crashed into a tree on Skyline Boulevard south of Portola Valley in San Mateo County early Thursday morning has been identified as James Henry Power, according to the San Mateo Coroner's Office.

Thursday, 12:53 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto residents oppose Valley Transportation Authority bus plan

Palo Alto residents told county transportation officials to go back to the drawing board after viewing three proposed bus line alternatives in its Next Network transportation revamp during a community meeting to gather public input on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 9:56 AM | 17 comments
Palo Alto to start collecting data on downtown parking

In an effort to identify where people are parking and how Palo Alto's exiting parking supply is being used, the city has contracted a consultant team headed by Dixon Resources to conduct extensive data collection in downtown Palo Alto Thursday, and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, 9:23 AM | 2 comments
Community Notebook: Local service academy appointees to be honored

Rep. Anna Eshoo will host a reception on Friday, May 20, in Mountain View to honor this year's U.S. Service Academy appointees from the 18th Congressional District.

Thursday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park mom offers free fitness coaching for at-risk kids

Thursday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Community Notebook: Menlo mom offers free fitness coaching for at-risk kids

In January 2011, Ashley Hunter Riley, a Menlo Park resident and mother of four children, read a magazine article about families in the Bay Area that can't afford organized sports for their kids. She decided to do something about it.

Wednesday, 5:24 PM | No comments yet
Gunn High School students asked to retake AP exams due to testing errors

A significant number of Gunn High School students will have to retake their Advance Placement (AP) exams after the school discovered seating irregularities during several tests and a distribution error for one.

Wednesday, 9:44 AM | 62 comments
Palo Alto council urged to 'go big' on housing

Go big on housing. That's the message that about a hundred Palo Alto residents delivered to the City Council on Monday -- in person and through letters -- as the council prepared to debate the city's long-term future.

Wednesday, 9:33 AM | 92 comments

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Community Notebook: VTA to hold discussion on bus system redesign in Palo Alto Wednesday

Palo Alto's public transit options could change as Santa Clara County Transportation Authority redesigns its transit network. To gather public input, the VTA will hold a community meeting in Palo Alto on Wednesday, May 18, 6-8 p.m., at Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Road.

Tuesday, 2:14 PM | 10 comments
Stanford renaming committee seeks input from community

A Stanford University committee charged with establishing principles around the potential renaming of streets and buildings on campus is seeking input and suggestions from the university community.

Tuesday, 11:14 AM | 5 comments
Former anesthesia tech at Stanford Hospital pleads no contest to sexual battery

A former anesthesia technician at Stanford Hospital accused of groping surgery patients pleaded no contest on Monday to two counts of sexual battery, prosecutors said.

Tuesday, 11:14 AM | 1 comment
Council nixes planned Hamilton Avenue development

A contentious proposal to demolish an office building on Hamilton Avenue and replace it with a mixed-use development with roughly twice the square footage fizzled Monday night after fierce backlash from the surrounding community.

Tuesday, 2:25 AM | 34 comments

Monday, May 16, 2016

Former Palo Altan identified as ISIS recruit

A former Palo Alto public school student has been identified as an Islamic State recruit, according to an investigative report by NBC News.

Monday, 6:20 PM | 2 comments
Father of Palo Alto teen who died by suicide urges parental support, awareness

TC Lee, the father of a Gunn High School student who died by suicide in 2015, spoke to a full crowd at First Christian Church in Palo Alto on Sunday about mental health and his own path of recovery from loss and grief.

Monday, 5:20 PM | 9 comments
Liquor license application for Cuckoo's Nest on hold

A request for a liquor license by a private club, called the Cuckoo's Nest, in Menlo Park has generated no insignificant quantity of emailed ire from people who live near the club's location at 68 Willow Road.

Monday, 3:04 PM | 13 comments

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Shop Talk: Trio of boutiques open at Stanford and more

The transformation of Stanford Shopping Center continues this month with the opening of several new retail stores: The North Face, Luisa Spagnoli, AllSaints and Uno de 50.

Sunday, 8:35 AM | 8 comments

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Paly students ready for show time

Some finishing touches still remain to be added on Palo Alto High School's new performing-arts center that's risen along Embarcadero Road, but Paly's choir, band, orchestra and theater students and teachers have been excitedly entering the theater over the last week or so to explore the new space.

Saturday, 9:08 AM | 1 comment
Off Deadline: In art as in politics, one person can make things happen

On a recent Sunday, I attended the 45th anniversary celebratory "tea" for the Palo Alto Art Center, which became not only a visit to past recollections but also a reminder of what it takes to make good things happen in a community, to "build community" as the old phrase puts it.

Saturday, 9:07 AM | 6 comments

Friday, May 13, 2016

VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Geri Spieler, co-chair of the Palo Alto Medical Reserve Corps, joins Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporter Sue Dremann to talk about the Corps, a branch of the City of Palo Alto's Emergency Services Volunteers program, and its role when a disaster occurs.

Friday, 7:29 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Capital Improvement Program, gas and electricity rates

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 16.

Friday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Vicki Veenker for Assembly

While the eight California Assembly District 24 candidates would each bring unique qualities and experience to the job, we believe three attorneys -- Mike Kasperzak, Marc Berman and Vicki Veenker -- are the clear standouts.

Friday, 7:41 AM | 45 comments
Research unveils new way to understand, treat concussions

Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, director of the Concussion and Brain Performance Center at Stanford University, has spent decades researching concussions and the implications for student athletes.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 4 comments
Voting begins in June 7 primary

Nearly 550,000 ballots have been mailed to Santa Clara County residents who requested to vote by mail in the June 7 primary election, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' Office has announced.

Friday, 7:37 AM | No comments yet
When a disaster strikes, how prepared will Stanford Health Care be?

In a major catastrophe such as an earthquake, pandemic or chemical contamination, Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's hospitals will be ready, hospital administrators say.

Friday, 7:34 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto's Medical Reserve Corps volunteers to help during a disaster

Palo Alto is a far cry from the Third World, but in a disaster it will face many of the same challenges that often plague impoverished countries: communication failures; impassable roads; masses of sick and injured victims; and psychic shock, city disaster officials said.

Friday, 7:33 AM | 5 comments

Thursday, May 12, 2016

New bike corridors get green light in Palo Alto

Palo Alto's ambitious plan to making biking easier and safer on local streets received a burst of momentum this week when the City Council enthusiastically endorsed the creation of three new bike corridors, along with an enhancement of the city's pioneering bike boulevard on Bryant Street.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 22 comments
Santa Clara County to assess health of Asian residents

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday, May 10, a new health assessment of the county's Asian residents to guide future health programs.

Thursday, 8:44 AM | No comments yet
VIDEOS: State Assembly District 24 candidate interviews

To help voters become familiar with the eight candidates vying to replace Rich Gordon in Sacramento, the Palo Alto Weekly is posting video interviews with each candidate.

Thursday, 8:25 AM | No comments yet
Gov. Jerry Brown orders long-term water-use reductions

Anticipating that California's massive drought over the last four years could just be the beginning of longer and more frequent droughts to come, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Monday mandating long-term water conservation throughout the state.

Thursday, 7:52 AM | 1 comment

Terún to open second Cal Ave restaurant
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,303 views

Say Yes or No?
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,573 views

Rethinking High School Curriculum: Chemistry
By Douglas Moran | 8 comments | 1,164 views

Caesar Pleaser
By Laura Stec | 7 comments | 928 views

Fire department event at the library
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 176 views