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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cold front prompts wind advisory for Bay Area on Wednesday

The National Weather Service is reporting that a strong cold front will pass over the Bay Area Wednesday afternoon and evening, bringing rainfall and a period of strong winds.

Tuesday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to bring permit parking to Evergreen Park

The City Council may take a giant step by considering a new permit program at Evergreen Park, where residents have been raising alarms about their neighborhood streets turning into parking lots.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 7 comments
Lane reduction eyed for stretch of Middlefield Road in Palo Alto

After years of collisions, congestion and complaints, a bustling, three-block stretch of Middlefield Road near the Menlo Park border may soon be in for a dramatic redesign, including a reduction from four lanes to three.

Tuesday, 9:33 AM | 12 comments
Palo Alto Unified associate superintendent gone, position eliminated

Palo Alto Unified Associate Superintendent Markus Autrey, the district's second-in-command who was hired just 18 months ago, left the district at the end of December, district officials confirmed to the Weekly Monday.

Tuesday, 8:59 AM | 7 comments

Monday, January 16, 2017

Behind the Headlines -- Immigration Forum

"Behind the Headlines" discusses an upcoming public forum aimed informing immigrants of their rights and resources ahead of anticipated federal policy changes. Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporters Sue Dremann and Elena Kadvany are joined by June Klein, chief financial officer at Palo Alto University.

Monday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday

A Winter Spare the Air Alert issued for Tuesday in the Bay Area bans residents and businesses from burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

Monday, 2:51 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto bus depot to close for nine days

The Palo Alto Transit Center bus depot will be temporarily closed Jan. 17-26 due to a City of Palo Alto construction project. Caltrain service will not be affected.

Monday, 12:08 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Police nab 13-year-old boy driving stolen car

Menlo Park Police are investigating whether a 13-year-old driver and his three passengers, who officers detained on Saturday, Jan. 14, for driving a car reported stolen, are connected to a string of recent burglaries in and around Menlo Park.

Sunday, 1:04 PM | 5 comments
Traffic advisory: Expect delays on University Avenue

Palo Alto police are warning motorists driving through downtown Palo Alto to expect slight delays on University Avenue starting Sunday night.

Sunday, 12:01 PM | 3 comments

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Federal circuit court rejects petition challenging FAA aircraft noise initiative

Efforts aimed at reducing aircraft noise in the skies above Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside were dealt a setback recently by a three-judge panel, but related development may give cause for optimism.

Saturday, 8:05 AM | 2 comments

Friday, January 13, 2017

VIDEO: Behind the Headlines -- Office for Civil Rights agreement

"Behind the Headlines" looks at steps proposed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for bringing the Palo Alto school district into compliance with federal law. Weekly journalists Elena Kadvany and Jocelyn Dong are joined by Ken Dauber, vice president of the Board of Education.

Friday, 9:41 PM | 2 comments
Creek authority prepares for next flood-control project

The agency charged with improving flood protection around San Francisquito Creek is preparing for its next ambitious project and the public is invited to weigh in.

Friday, 4:24 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto to appeal court order that halted Buena Vista closure

Palo Alto will appeal a recent court ruling in which a judge overturned the city's decision to allow the closure of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

Friday, 1:44 PM | 29 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: 3223 Hanover St., Junior Museum & Zoo, new public art

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

Friday, 10:07 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns reflects on 35-year career

On Dec. 29, his last day on the job before retirement, Police Chief Burns sat down with the Weekly to look back on his years in the department and to offer his thoughts on fair and impartial policing, surveillance technology, asylum cities and the many joys and challenges of policing in Palo Alto.

Friday, 6:36 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Police arrest alleged driver in mall robberies

After two purse-snatch robberies at Stanford Shopping Center in recent days, Palo Alto police have arrested a man they believe was the getaway driver both times and a second man whose involvement in the crimes is still being investigated.

Thursday, 9:29 PM | 2 comments
Martin Luther King Day commemorates 50th anniversary of call to action

The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University is one of numerous organizations holding celebrations and commemorations this weekend of the life of the Civil Rights leader.

Thursday, 7:36 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto police to pilot psychiatric-emergency team

The Palo Alto Police Department will soon become the first in Santa Clara County to pair an officer and a mental health professional on the streets in an attempt to bring mental health services to persons in need and keep them out of jail.

Thursday, 9:20 AM | 13 comments
Community Notebook: 'Immigrants and Allies' forum on Jan. 19 in Palo Alto

Amid fears of increasing intolerance and anti-immigrant bias, 11 organizations will host a free public forum on Jan. 19 to empower immigrants during expected federal immigration policy changes.

Thursday, 9:16 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New storm to bring more rain, low temps to Bay Area starting Wednesday night

With another storm expected to soak the Bay Area Wednesday night and into Thursday, Santa Clara County is preparing extra beds to shelter the homeless.

Wednesday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet
Committee majority: 'Yes' on renaming schools

What started as one father's shock over his seventh-grade son's book report on David Starr Jordan's involvement in eugenics has culminated in a committee's recommendation to rename that Palo Alto Unified school, as well as two others named for men who promoted eugenics.

Wednesday, 4:21 PM | 92 comments
Living Wisdom to open school in Palo Alto

At Living Wisdom High School, set to open this fall in Palo Alto, teachers believe students should focus not only on academic learning but also values like adventure, creativity, connections, self-discovery and joy.

Wednesday, 4:08 PM | 7 comments
City development fees may get shake-up

Palo Alto approved last month a sharp increase to the fees that developers are required to pay to support affordable housing - making them the highest in the region - but the rates may be in for another revamp.

Wednesday, 12:09 PM | 4 comments
Creek neared flooding, West Bayshore Road closed after major storm

Fierce wind and rain ushered in by Tuesday night's storm caused troublesome San Francisquito Creek to near flood stage and closed part of West Bayshore Road into Wednesday.

Wednesday, 10:56 AM | 2 comments
School trustees: Seek clarification but avoid pushback with feds

A majority of the Palo Alto school board agreed Tuesday night that the best course of action forward on a proposed resolution agreement from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights on sexual harassment cases at the district's two high schools is to seek clarification when needed but to avoid pushing back on requirements.

Wednesday, 9:39 AM | 19 comments
Community Notebook: Teen panel to talk about parents, school

Parents seeking to better understand their teenage children can listen to a panel of Palo Alto High School seniors speak Thursday night at an event aptly called "What Your Teen Wants You To Know But Can't Tell You."

Wednesday, 9:06 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Weather service, county Emergency Services warn of gales, flooding

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning for the San Francisco Bay Area until midnight Tuesday, and Santa Clara County officials are alerting the public to possible flooding as rains and wind pound the area Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 6:27 PM | No comments yet
Plan to address achievement gap must be more refined, trustees and parents say

The Palo Alto school board and community members urged district staff on Tuesday to move a draft plan to reduce the Palo Alto school district's achievement gap away from a "checklist of actions to be taken" to a more refined, data-driven document that keeps high level goals in mind.

Tuesday, 5:31 PM | 2 comments
Santa Clara County to implement partial payments on property taxes

The Board of Supervisors in Santa Clara County has voted unanimously to allow residents to pay their property tax bills at least in part if they can't pay immediately in full.

Tuesday, 5:03 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto approves new contract for Rinconada Pool

In a move that they hope will expand access for aspiring swimmers at Rinconada Pool without degrading the experience, Palo Alto council members unanimously agreed Monday night to outsource the learn-to-swim program at the pool to Team Sheeper, the company that serves a similar function in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 4:34 PM | 5 comments
Pickup truck runs red light, T-bones sedan in Palo Alto

A pickup truck driver going east on Oregon Expressway ran a red light and T-boned a sedan on Bryant Street Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, 3:55 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto City Council delays commission appointments

Palo Alto officials on Monday night moved to delay the city's process for appointing new members to three local commissions, opting instead to reopen the application process in hopes of attracting more candidates and giving new council members a greater say in the selection process.

Tuesday, 1:18 PM | 20 comments
As part of Title IX probe, feds to visit Stanford

The U.S Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights will be visiting Stanford University next week to talk to students about the school's handling of sexual violence as part of its investigation into several cases filed by students alleging the university violated their rights under federal anti-discrimination law Title IX.

Tuesday, 12:32 PM | 13 comments
Palo Alto police find missing at-risk man

A man with short-term memory loss who was missing from his Palo Alto home since about 5 a.m. Tuesday has been found.

Tuesday, 9:49 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto calls for exempting tipped workers from minimum wage

Palo Alto officials found plenty of allies when they voted to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2019, but on Monday the council agreed to advocate for a new law that could put the city at odds with the very the same people who cheered the wage increase.

Tuesday, 12:13 AM | 26 comments

Monday, January 9, 2017

Palo Alto man arrested for prowling in Pleasanton neighborhood

Two Palo Alto residents were found by police allegedly prowling in a Pleasanton neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Monday, 6:05 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto superintendent seeks revisions on federal agreement

Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee is seeking to limit certain reporting and investigatory requirements outlined by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in a draft resolution agreement related to two yearslong sexual-harassment cases at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools.

Monday, 4:27 PM | 13 comments
Storm downs treasured oak tree in Palo Alto neighborhood

The weekend storm that blew through Palo Alto led to the fall of a treasured live oak tree in the Barron Park neighborhood early Monday morning.

Monday, 4:12 PM | 5 comments
Recall campaign: State ruling that cleared judge is 'error-ridden'

The campaign working to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, sparked by his sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner to six months in county jail, released this weekend a detailed statement criticizing a state judicial commission that recently cleared him of any misconduct.

Monday, 9:42 AM | 7 comments
Palo Alto school district to give update on achievement-gap work

Close to two years after a group of students, teachers, parents and administrators highlighted the ways in which the Palo Alto school district has failed its minority and low-income students and families, the district says it has made "excellent" progress on some of the group's recommendations for how to reverse longstanding trends contributing to the district's achievement gap.

Monday, 8:50 AM | 20 comments
Storm debris blocks San Francisquito Creek

Branches and tree trunks clogged the West Bayshore overpass at San Francisquito Creek on Sunday afternoon and evening, with crews spending more than 24 hours to remove the massive amount of debris.

Monday, 12:00 AM | 31 comments

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Power outages, fallen trees reported in Palo Alto

A storm moving through the Bay Area on Sunday resulted in fallen tree branches on the Caltrain tracks in Palo Alto, causing delays up to one hour, as well as minor power outages.

Sunday, 12:43 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto police seek suspects in armed cell-phone store burglary

Palo Alto police are searching for two men who, armed with a handgun and a knife, allegedly stole merchandise and cash from a cell phone store on Saturday night.

Sunday, 10:09 AM | 1 comment
Holiday Fund: A bridge to stability

For the users of the Opportunity Center's after-school tutoring and counseling program, who tend to be elementary- and early-middle-school students, the room is a place of rigor, leisure and -- above all -- stability.

Sunday, 8:14 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Police: Woman robbed at Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly ripped a purse off a woman's shoulder at Stanford Shopping Center on Saturday evening and then fled the scene in an awaiting vehicle.

Saturday, 9:39 PM | No comments yet
Brain research enters 'golden era' at Stanford

Dozens of Stanford researchers from multiple disciplines have been working with the Stanford Alzheimer's Research Center to conduct interdisciplinary research on the disease and related disorders since 2015, when the National Institute of Health provided $7.3 million to open the center.

Saturday, 8:22 AM | 5 comments

Friday, January 6, 2017

Palo Alto stocks sandbags, prepares for storm

Palo Alto is bracing for a weekend of heavy rain by stocking the sandbag stations at Rinconada and Mitchell parks and at the Palo Alto Airport and by having city employees available on call to assist with storm-related incidents.

Friday, 4:09 PM | 1 comment
VIDEO: The best and worst 2016 films

Which movies of 2016 were worth seeing? Film critic Peter Canavese talks about his top 10 and bottom five movies from the past year on this week's webcast, "Behind the Headlines."

Friday, 3:24 PM | No comments yet
Atherton home fire caused by fireplace ashes, district says

Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials say that a fire at a home on Selby Lane in Atherton early Thursday morning, Jan. 5, appears to have been caused by a cardboard box of fireplace ashes placed on a patio table next to the house days earlier.

Friday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto teen to serve on White House advisory board

Gunn High School senior Kevin Ji is one of 17 students across the country who have been selected to serve on the White House's inaugural advisory board for Better Make Room, an educational campaign Michelle Obama started in 2015.

Friday, 10:31 AM | 1 comment
Poorly drawn swastikas found in Palo Alto, Stanford

Poorly drawn swastikas were found throughout Palo Alto and on Stanford University's campus late last month, police and the university officials said this week.

Friday, 9:25 AM | 22 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: retail preservation, school equity, Office for Civil Rights

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 9.

Friday, 9:10 AM | No comments yet
Rinconada Pool outsourcing plan up for a vote

Palo Alto's debate over whether to expand and outsource the learn-to-swim program at the popular Rinconada Pool could be settled on Monday night, when the City Council is scheduled to consider and potentially approve the proposed changes.

Friday, 8:04 AM | 11 comments
Stanford historian to give talk on Electoral College Jan. 11

Jack Rakove, a Stanford University historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak about the history of the Electoral College and the implications of the system in today's world at a free talk at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Friday, 8:01 AM | 17 comments
The most -- and least -- memorable films of 2016

Palo Alto Weekly movie critic Peter Canavese shares his highlights in film from 2016, including his top 10 -- and bottom five -- movies, the year's best heroes, worst villains, top documentaries and animated winners.

Friday, 8:00 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Eshoo introduces bill requiring presidents, candidates to release tax returns

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo introduced a new bill in Congress on Thursday that would require presidents and presidential candidates to publicly release their tax returns.

Thursday, 2:39 PM | 34 comments
Third suspect arrested in 2015 Bloomingdale's burglary

A fugitive wanted in a brazen burglary of Bloomingdale's department store in Palo Alto in 2015 was captured this week after allegedly robbing a smoke shop in Grass Valley, according to police.

Thursday, 11:03 AM | No comments yet
Cold front arrives; heavy rains expected this weekend

Temperatures in Northern California will drop dramatically this week, according to the National Weather Service, and heavy rainfall will continue to pound the Bay Area this weekend.

Thursday, 9:36 AM | No comments yet
Department of Labor sues Google to obtain employee data

The U.S. Department of Labor sued Google Wednesday in a dispute about how much employee information the technology giant must provide for an evaluation of its compliance with anti-discrimination laws.

Thursday, 9:32 AM | 8 comments
In the spotlight again, Stanford rebuts New York Times story on sexual assault

A New York Times story describing Stanford University's "struggles and pitfalls" in adjudicating sexual-assault cases -- explored through the case of a former female student who said she was raped by a current member of the football team -- was quickly condemned by the university as an inaccurate assessment of its efforts to "aggressively to address the scourge of sexual assault."

Thursday, 7:46 AM | 16 comments

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Compromise on VTA bus-routes plan unveiled

Palo Alto would lose its Line 89 bus route but it would keep service to Gunn High School via Line 88 in a compromise draft bus plan worked out by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).

Wednesday, 4:20 PM | 10 comments
Starting Thursday, Surf Air will no longer have Bayside route option

To the consternation of local residents and Surf Air alike, San Mateo County announced this week that the alternate route the commuter airline had been using to avoid the Midpeninsula on its way to the San Carlos Airport is no longer an option, starting Thursday, Jan. 5.

Wednesday, 12:28 PM | 12 comments
Will new council members shift Palo Alto's priorities?

When Palo Alto's new City Council meets in late January to set its priorities for the 2017, housing and transportation will inevitably top the list, as they have in each of the past two years. But with new council members and Palo Alto citizens coming forward with their own ideas, the list may feature a few additions.

Wednesday, 8:41 AM | 27 comments

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