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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Students speak to experiences, good and bad, at youth forum

Amidst Palo Alto's ongoing community conversation about youth health and well-being -- one that so often cries out for the youth voice -- a room full of parents, students, school administrators, city leaders and community members gathered Sunday evening to hear just that.

Sunday, 10:41 PM | 2 comments
First Person: A conversation with Stephanie Martinson, Racing Hearts founder and speech pathologist

Armed with a matter-of-fact cheerfulness and her fellow Palo Altans' willingness to help, Stephanie Martinson, a part-time speech pathologist at the VA, mom and founder of Racing Hearts, is on track to save a lot of lives. She talks with Lisa Van Dusen about her journey.

Sunday, 9:19 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto Library Foundation heads toward final chapter

Fourteen years, a mission to fix up Palo Alto's library system is accomplished and the story of the Palo Alto Library Foundation is heading toward its final chapter.

Sunday, 8:04 AM | 8 comments
A gathering place, again: Formerly derelict Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center finds new life

The renovation of Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center on Embarcadero Road is nearing completion but it is quickly becoming a hub where neighbors gather.

Sunday, 8:04 AM | 12 comments

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Palo Alto police seek man who exposed himself to a girl

A man driving a newer black hatchback exposed himself to an 11-year-old girl as she walked her dog last Sunday, Palo Alto police reported.

Saturday, 6:36 PM | 2 comments
Stevenson House shakeup boots director, staff

A major shakeup at senior-housing community Stevenson House has resulted in the dismissal of its longtime executive director and several other staff members.

Saturday, 8:10 AM | 12 comments
Palo Alto leaders propose neighborhood-liaison program

Seeking to better understand what Palo Alto's neighborhoods need, four members of the City Council hope to appoint a staff member to work with liaisons from each of the city's neighborhoods.

Saturday, 8:02 AM | 6 comments
Guest opinion: John Hennessy takes a peek at Stanford's, and the world's, future

In a rare conversational interview Stanford University President John Hennessy disclosed some "modest" expansion plans and pledged the university to continued commitment to the highest standards of education, rooted deeply in the community and world.

Saturday, 8:01 AM | 1 comment

Friday, February 27, 2015

Town Hall: Is Stanford's counseling service failing students?

The vast majority of Stanford University students at a moderated town-hall discussion in the Old Union Clubhouse Wednesday night shared personal experiences with the university's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) that revealed an administrative body woefully in need of additional space, staff and initiative.

Friday, 2:28 PM | 7 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Ride-share program, office-space cap, composting program

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of March 1.

Friday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet
Local teens share stories in 'Youth of the Year' speech contest

Silicon Valley luminaries heard stories of parental neglect, local poverty and domestic violence Thursday night as teenage participants in the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula competed in a speaking contest.

Friday, 9:48 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Council chamber is the wrong place to resolve home-design controversies

The Palo Alto City Council made the right call Monday night in upholding the staff approval of a single-family home proposed for a vacant lot on a cul-de-sac on Corina Way in the Adobe Meadow neighborhood in south Palo Alto.

Friday, 7:31 AM | 19 comments
In its war on waste, city takes aim at residents' food scraps

A proposal by Palo Alto officials to reduce the amount of trash heading to the landfill could soon bring a new service to city residents and a new composting requirement for local businesses.

Friday, 7:30 AM | 37 comments
Chamber, Weekly announce Tall Tree Awards

Volunteer Fran Codispoti, early childhood education leader Sharon Keplinger, the Stanford Federal Credit Union and nonprofit organization Acterra will be recognized with 2015 Tall Tree Awards for their outstanding civic service to the Palo Alto community.

Friday, 7:30 AM | 3 comments
In a certain light: Over the course of a day, Palo Alto Baylands is ever-changing

At the Palo Alto Baylands, the sights and sounds that catch one's attention are as likely to come from above as from below.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 17 comments

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Panelists tell community: Listen more, listen deeply

A mother, a sister and a friend who have lost loved ones to suicide, along with a psychiatrist, a pediatrician, the Palo Alto superintendent, a high school principal and a city representative all spoke candidly and personally at a community event Wednesday night about the state of Palo Alto youth.

Thursday, 9:08 AM | 31 comments
East Palo Alto man arrested in string of burglaries

Menlo Park Police arrested an East Palo Alto man in connection to a string of commercial burglaries in Palo Alto and other local cities, police said in a press release Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Thursday, 7:26 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto Forward joins opposition to office-space limits

A citizens group that promotes more housing and transportation options in Palo Alto has joined some of the city's largest high-tech companies in taking a stand against a proposal by the City Council to limit new office space.

Thursday, 7:23 AM | 145 comments

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Santa Clara County supervisors OK $1.8M to help undocumented immigrants

The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved $1.8 million for undocumented immigrants eligible for administrative relief in the immigration process.

Wednesday, 2:26 PM | 8 comments
Correction in ID of driver killed by train in Menlo Park

The Santa Clara County coroner's office has corrected the identification of the woman who was killed when a train struck the SUV she was driving at the Ravenswood Avenue rail crossing in Menlo Park on Monday, Feb. 23.

Wednesday, 11:59 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto school board discusses budget projections, planning

In a departure for a school district with usually conservative budget projections, Chief Budget Officer Cathy Mak presented to the Palo Alto school board Tuesday night two forecasts of district finances, using slightly higher 3 percent and 5 percent property-tax increases.

Wednesday, 9:34 AM | 27 comments

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MLK day student-protesters appear in court

The first group of Stanford University student-protesters arrested during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day action that shut down the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City this week on misdemeanor charges, according to prosecutors.

Tuesday, 8:28 PM | 38 comments
Man in wheelchair robbed at Palo Alto Caltrain station

A man in a wheelchair was accosted by two men who robbed him at the University Avenue Caltrain station on Feb. 21, just after 1 a.m. The men took property from the victim's pockets and fled on foot. The victim was not injured, police said in a statement Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Tuesday, 5:07 PM | 5 comments
Man arrested at Palo Alto church for making sexual comments to children

A man who allegedly made sexual comments to middle school students at a downtown Palo Alto church was arrested Thursday evening, police said.

Tuesday, 1:09 PM | 1 comment
Train critically injures woman Palo Alto

A female pedestrian struck by a northbound train at the Palo Alto Caltrain station on University Avenue Tuesday morning is still alive and has been taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment, according to Caltrain officials.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | 11 comments
Palo Alto seeks to clarify rules on unsolicited offers for public land

In Palo Alto's latest effort to address a June 2014 Grand Jury report that slammed the city for lack of transparency in dealing with developer John Arrillaga's proposals, the council voted Monday to specify that unsolicited offers that the city manager deems worthy of further discussion will be referred to the full council.

Tuesday, 10:53 AM | 2 comments
Hewlett-Packard executive to lead InnVision Shelter Network

A Hewlett-Packard senior vice president with extensive management experience will be InnVision Shelter Network's new CEO as of March 30, the nonprofit organization has announced.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 8 comments
Rejecting appeal, Palo Alto approves Corina Way home

Despite protests from area residents and land-use watchdogs, Palo Alto officials approved on Monday a two-story home on Corina Way that neighbors argued is too tall and too massive for their block.

Tuesday, 12:38 AM | 66 comments

Monday, February 23, 2015

Update: Missing Palo Alto woman found safe

The Palo Alto woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease who was reported missing earlier Monday was found safe at N. California Avenue and Greer Road in Palo Alto, police reported at 10 p.m.

Monday, 7:35 PM | 5 comments
Woman dies after train hits car in Menlo Park

A woman in her 30s died Monday night from injuries sustained when her silver Acura SUV was struck by a southbound train at around 4:45 p.m. at the Ravenwood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park.

Monday, 6:07 PM | 82 comments
District eyes bus for VTP high school students

The Palo Alto school board will discuss Tuesday night the potential purchase of a 60-passenger school bus to ease the often grueling, undependable and limiting commute that high school students who live in East Palo Alto take.

Monday, 4:12 PM | 20 comments
President of Filoli volunteers explains origins of controversial agreement

Heidi Brown, president of Filoli's volunteer group, Friends of Filoli, said the volunteer agreement that has caused so much recent turmoil came into being "because Filoli is really in the process of trying to upgrade all its standards and policies and become a 21st-century business."

Monday, 10:28 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Palo Alto man arrested for indecent exposure at apartments

Palo Alto police arrested a man this week after he allegedly sat naked in front of his apartment window and masturbated in full view of other residents in two separate incidents.

Saturday, 8:42 PM | No comments yet
New county program to fight truancy, lift graduation rates

Armed with a recently awarded $885,000 federal grant, San Mateo County is launching a targeted effort to combat truancy and boost graduation rates for East Palo Alto and Belle Haven youth.

Saturday, 8:16 AM | 2 comments
Architecture board member resigns after clay pot dispute

The video footage is both clear and ambiguous: A woman slowly walks up to the front porch of a neighbor's house, looks around, picks up a clay pot filled with soil, turns around and walks away with it.

Saturday, 12:01 AM | 75 comments

Friday, February 20, 2015

Public Arts Commission OKs proposed art project for private development

Innovation. Technology. Sustainability. These were the buzzwords at Palo Alto's Public Arts Commission meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19, where commissioners voted unanimously to approve Palo Alto's first public art project for a private development.

Friday, 7:01 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto pledges $8M to preserve Buena Vista

With the fate of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park still up the air, Palo Alto's city manager announced on Friday that he will set aside $8 million to assist with the effort to preserve the park.

Friday, 10:48 AM | 65 comments
Palo Alto set to fix glass shards in California Avenue sidewalks

Responding to citizen complaints about polished glass shards in the new California Avenue sidewalks, Palo Alto is preparing to apply a concrete-patching solution to problematic patches next week.

Friday, 10:05 AM | 50 comments
Guest Opinion: Understanding youth mental health and building a strong community

The outpouring of discussion around stress, school, mental illness and the welfare of our teens has been tremendous these past few months. These discussions are critical for change and it is clear that change is happening.

Friday, 8:49 AM | 14 comments
Guest Opinion: Living proof that we are all in this together

This piece, written by a Paly student, is intended to convince you that your life is precious and that your well-being is, and will always be, the number-one priority for not just yourself but for the people around you as well.

Friday, 8:49 AM | 13 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: School financial report, Junior Museum and Zoo

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

Friday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet
In Palo Alto, new digital tools aim to bridge the divide between City Hall, residents

New digital tools encapsulate Palo Alto's shifting attitude toward technology and its growing excitement about the potential of Big Data to tackle problems large and small.

Friday, 7:40 AM | 12 comments
Palo Alto looks to citizen hackers for civic solutions

Part American Idol, part slow-motion hackathon, the Apps Challenge was the city's way to get people pumped up about Palo Alto and, if possible, to create some nifty new civic tools.

Friday, 7:39 AM | 1 comment
Committee: Palo Alto school district needs better data system

The Palo Alto school district's "antiquated and disjointed" data system is hindering the work of the superintendent's minority achievement and talent development committee, members said this week.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 3 comments
Four-story building approved for Shady Lane site in Palo Alto

In the latest sign of downtown Palo Alto's sizzling office boom, the city approved on Thursday a proposal to build a four-story building at a prominent University Avenue location currently occupied by the popular boutique shop Shady Lane and other stores.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 14 comments
Editorial: Around teen well-being, the vocabulary changes

In the last three weeks, two significant yet relatively unnoticed mindset shifts have occurred that may have major positive impacts on the social and emotional environment for our kids.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 41 comments

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Keeble & Shuchat the victim of car-crash burglary

Two men who allegedly broke into Keeble & Shuchat Photography on California Avenue early Thursday morning by ramming a van into the front of the store made off with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and are still at large.

Thursday, 1:40 PM | 26 comments
Filoli board relents on volunteer agreement, lets volunteers opt out of 'release clause'

Filoli's governing board on Thursday morning, Feb. 19, sent an email to all volunteers telling them that they would be allowed to "opt out of the release clause" of a new volunteer agreement that they had been told they must sign by March 1 if they want to continue volunteering.

Thursday, 1:35 PM | 2 comments
The Daily News to become a weekly newspaper

The Daily News is ceasing three-times-a-week print publication to become a weekly newspaper, publisher David Rounds announced Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:12 AM | 10 comments
East Palo Alto man charged with stealing car pleads not guilty by insanity

An East Palo Alto man accused of stealing a friend's car and driving it recklessly in a September 2014 incident has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Thursday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

State of the City: Mayor invokes past to address challenges of the future

Palo Alto should harness its rich legacy as a steward and entrepreneur to strengthen its neighborhoods, support local youth, address the challenges posed by new development and make civic participation more enticing to residents, Mayor Karen Holman proclaimed in her State of the City speech Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 8:35 PM | 19 comments
Hundreds of Filoli volunteers may quit if forced to sign new agreement

At Woodside's historic Filoli estate, many of the 1,300 volunteers, who do everything from selling tickets to building the trails used for nature hikes, have expressed anger and dismay over an agreement that Filoli says they must sign by March 1 or lose their volunteer jobs.

Wednesday, 12:26 PM | 29 comments
East Palo Alto City Council OKs senior-housing development

In broad support of its commitment to keep its low-income population within the city, the East Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved going forward with a 41-unit senior-housing development. The council also approved a total $700,000 funding commitment toward the estimated $21.5 million project on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | 5 comments
In business: Shady Lane moves to Menlo Park

After 40 years on University Avenue in Palo Alto, the eclectic Shady Lane gift shop and boutique is moving to a new home in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 8:09 AM | 24 comments
Santa Clara County supervisors approve summer jobs program for youth

Up to 500 paid internships and jobs will be available this summer to at-risk and low-income youth in Santa Clara County, county officials said.

Wednesday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Interpretation of exemptions trips up school parcel tax

In response to a reversal by Santa Clara County Counsel on its interpretation of a legal statute regarding parcel-tax exemptions and having missed the deadline to make any formal amendments itself, the Palo Alto school board Tuesday decided to reaffirm its superintendent's authority to make changes to the language of a new tax coming to voters in May.

Tuesday, 4:25 PM | 31 comments
Music program helps penetrate the fog of dementia

Inspired by the award-winning 2014 documentary "Alive Inside," Barbara Kalt is now adding "personalized music" — via iPods and individual playlists — to the array of activities offered at Rosener House, the Menlo Park day program for adults of which she has been executive director for two decades.

Tuesday, 1:30 PM | 1 comment

Kirk's Steakburgers sold to new owner
By Elena Kadvany | 9 comments | 3,128 views

Eggs and Bacon Walk Into a Bar
By Laura Stec | 6 comments | 1,589 views

Gifts (that are not bought)
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,353 views

Eating v. Exercise: Food Always Wins
By Max Greenberg | 3 comments | 1,230 views

A proposal for Monday Night's Office Cap Discussion
By Steve Levy | 7 comments | 1,181 views