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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

VIDEO: Stanford students protest decision in Ferguson

Stanford students and community members marched from the university to City Hall on Nov. 25, 2014, in protest of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. They spoke out about racial tensions, injustices and what they feel needs to change in the nation.

Wednesday, 1:03 PM | 6 comments
Palo Alto police officer disciplined for texting photo of 'scantily clad' arrestee

A Palo Alto police officer faced disciplinary actions from the department earlier this year for texting to another officer a photo of a scantily-clad arrestee who had just been nabbed in a commercial burglary case, according to a new report from the city's independent police auditor.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto set to approve digital artwork for City Hall lobby

The latest element in Palo Alto's roughly $4.5-million effort to enhance the ground floor at City Hall will be nearly impossible for visitors to 250 Hamilton Ave. to miss or ignore. The council is preparing to approve a digital artwork that aims to make the building "an extension of community."

Wednesday, 9:18 AM | 10 comments
VIDEO: A conversation with Lucy Blake, Northern Sierra Partnership president

Lucy Blake, president of the Northern Sierra Partnership, conservation leader, sustainability advocate, and rancher, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about her work as a wrangler.

Wednesday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Palo Alto: Three-story building proposed for Olive Garden site

In the latest sign of the construction boom happening around California Avenue, Palo Alto planners are considering a proposal to demolish the Olive Garden building on El Camino Real and replace it with a three-story development that would be four times as dense as the existing structure.

Tuesday, 7:19 PM | 18 comments
Palo Alto considers changing its policy for labor negotiations

Seeking to add transparency to its labor-negotiations process, Palo Alto is considering scrapping its practice of holding closed sessions to consider compensation adjustments for its managers and professionals.

Tuesday, 9:46 AM | 9 comments
Ferguson decision triggers local protest

More than 200 Stanford University students and members of the Palo Alto community gathered today at noon at Cogswell Plaza to protest a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal August shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to a university press release.

Tuesday, 9:15 AM | 12 comments
Palo Alto mulls options for new Foothills 'parkland'

It's not often that a city discovers that it owns 7.7 acres of undeveloped land that City Council members didn't even know existed. That's what happened in Palo Alto two years ago, and now the council is preparing to figure out what to do with it.

Tuesday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 24, 2014

Palo Alto, Stanford students named Rhodes scholars

Four college students with ties to Palo Alto – two from here and two studying here – were named winners of this year's Rhodes scholarships, which each year grant a small group of college students two the three years of free study at the University of Oxford in England.

Monday, 3:56 PM | 7 comments
VIDEO: Silicon Valley Urban Debate League

Can competitive debate change young people's lives? Students from Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto share why they joined the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League and how debating has given them confidence and helped them establish teamwork.

Monday, 9:28 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Eid Festival brings together residents for Muslim celebration of peace, sharing

"All great religions encourage their followers to love their neighbors," Evergreen Park resident Samina Sundas said of the teaching most often expressed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. But "to love our neighbors, we must know our neighbors," she added.

Sunday, 8:18 AM | 12 comments

Saturday, November 22, 2014

VA leases Menlo Park land to developer

The Department of Veteran Affairs has made a long-term agreement with Willow Housing, L.P. to lease just under two acres of VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division land for the construction and operation of housing for at-risk veterans, a press release announced on Saturday.

Saturday, 1:27 PM | 6 comments
'Marshmallow Test' psychologist discusses self-control

Fifty years ago, Walter Mischel embarked on a now famous study called "The Marshmallow Test." He returned to the study's birthplace last week, Bing Nursery School at Stanford, to present the findings discussed in his new book, "The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control."

Saturday, 10:54 AM | 15 comments
Merry matchmaking: Local wine experts offer suggestions on holiday food-and-wines pairings

Planning what wines to serve at a Thanksgiving dinner or figuring out which to bring to a Christmas party can be, frankly, overwhelming. Holiday foods tend to be full-flavored whether it's turkey, buttery mashed potatoes or sausage-filled stuffing so here are a few options from local wine experts to complement all of your holiday meals:

Saturday, 10:53 AM | 2 comments

Friday, November 21, 2014

Locals applaud President Obama's immigration order

The controversial announcement by President Barack Obama on Nov. 20 to use his executive powers to grant nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants a three-year reprieve from deportation may have brought disapproval from his critics, but many people on Palo Alto and East Palo Alto streets said they approve of the bold move.

Friday, 6:46 PM | 21 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: No council meetings scheduled

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 24.

Friday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Menlo College wants to buy, preserve Sunset campus

An idea that could preserve the existing Sunset Magazine buildings has been put forth by Menlo College, which has outgrown its Atherton campus and needs room for more students.

Friday, 9:32 AM | 10 comments
The gift that keeps on giving: Chefs dish on how to transform your holiday leftovers

When Nov. 1 hits, so does the holiday-meal planning. Are you brining, roasting or smoking? Pumpkin or pecan? Will you stick to your family's traditional side dishes, or try something new?
Amidst all the food planning, something crucial can fall to the wayside: What to do with all those holiday leftovers.

Friday, 8:14 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto school maintenance foreman develops emergency-response system

To Mike Jacobs, a Palo Alto parent and longtime Palo Alto Unified maintenance employee, many school districts' emergency-response processes are archaic, inefficient and unsafe. He hopes to bring school safety into the 21st century with the invention of an all-encompassing emergency response device.

Friday, 7:29 AM | 10 comments
Palo Alto debate nonprofit empowers students to have a voice

A group of East Palo Alto students are pilot participants in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit working to bring the world of competitive debate to low-income youth.

Friday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Palo Alto: Fire quickly snuffed out at Communication & Power Industry

Palo Alto fire officials are investigating a fire that occurred Thursday afternoon at Communication & Power Industry, a Hansen Way manufacturer whose operations the city is in the process of phasing out. No hazardous materials were released, fire officials said.

Thursday, 6:17 PM | 2 comments
Buildings of up to eight stories planned for East Palo Alto

With an eye on affordable housing and the city's bottom line, East Palo Alto officials on Monday night unveiled the city's plans for the next 20 years.

Thursday, 9:52 AM | 40 comments
Menlo Park: Fatal shooting by police officers may not have been recorded

Only two of three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect on Nov. 11 were wearing body cameras. One camera may have been turned on after the shooting, and one may have been left off, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Thursday, 8:09 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Palo Alto superintendent names members of achievement gap task force

Superintendent Max McGee announced Tuesday night the more than 20 faculty, parents, community members, alumni and administrators named to a committee charged with helping Palo Alto close its achievement gap.

Wednesday, 4:05 PM | 21 comments
Burglars who broke into Palo Alto home captured on video

Burglars of a Palo Alto home Tuesday were recorded by a surveillance camera, and police have posted the video on YouTube.

Wednesday, 2:43 PM | 5 comments
Community Notebook: Highway 101 bike/pedestrian bridge design discussion Wednesday

The proposed designs for a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 in East Palo Alto will be discussed during a public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 1:23 PM | 2 comments
'Save the 2,008': Gunn student, former teacher call for more balanced academic culture

A Gunn High School student and former teacher brought to the school board Tuesday night a rallying cry to create a healthier, more balanced life for Gunn's 2,008 students and teachers.

Wednesday, 9:24 AM | 120 comments

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Palo Alto school board approves new Cubberley lease in 4-1 vote

After a brief discussion and almost sweeping expressions of support, the Palo Alto school board approved Tuesday night a new five-year lease for Cubberley Community Center.

Tuesday, 11:01 PM | No comments yet
County looks to redesign Page Mill-Oregon, Foothill expressways

Some of the most dangerous and congested sections of Oregon Expressway/Page Mill Road from Alma Street to Foothill Expressway are being eyed for redesign to improve bike and pedestrian safety and ease traffic backups. Part of Santa Clara County's Expressway Plan 2040, the project seeks to manage traffic conditions for the next 25 years on all of the county's expressways.

Tuesday, 7:19 PM | 40 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto tests new smart solar street lights

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) announced Monday that it is installing smart solar street lights along El Camino Real as part of a pilot program to "test the potential to generate renewable energy on light poles," according to a press release.

Tuesday, 5:29 PM | 5 comments
Palo Alto officials defend City Hall remodel

Five months after Palo Alto officials approved a $4.3 million renovation of City Hall, council members made a public case for why the project was necessary.

Tuesday, 9:51 AM | 29 comments
Plan for dedicated bus lanes on El Camino Real back on the table

A controversial plan by Santa Clara County to create dedicated bus lanes on El Camino Real between Palo Alto and San Jose is back on the table, despite strong concerns from local officials that the project will only increase congestion on local streets.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 72 comments
Palo Alto school board to vote on new Cubberley lease

A two-year tug-of-war between the Palo Alto school district and the city over the future of Cubberley Community Center will likely come to an end Tuesday night, with the school board set to vote on a new five-year lease for the sprawling Middlefield Road campus.

Tuesday, 12:47 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto strikes down car-camping ban

Acknowledging a shift in the legal landscape, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday night to repeal the city's controversial ban on car camping.

Tuesday, 12:33 AM | 76 comments

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mixed-use proposal for University Avenue meets mixed response

A proposal to demolish two stout commercial buildings at the heart of University Avenue's commercial district and replace them with a four-story development is meeting a mixed response from the community, with some downtown residents saying that the new 50-foot building will damage their quality of life and others arguing that it's exactly what the city needs to bring more vitality to the area.

Monday, 9:55 AM | 49 comments
Shop Talk: Olive Garden's future uncertain, Loving Hut closes

Timothy Adams Chocolates goes pink in a big way, Loving Hut makes way for T4, and the future of Olive Garden in Palo Alto may be uncertain.

Monday, 7:34 AM | 10 comments

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cory Wolbach edges out Lydia Kou for fifth seat on Palo Alto council

Cory Wolbach, a legislative aide for state Sen. Jerry Hill, has edged out emergency-preparedness leader Lydia Kou for the fifth contested seat in Palo Alto's heated City Council race, the latest ballot count from the Santa Clara County Registrar's Office shows.

Sunday, 8:01 PM | 40 comments
Palo Alto program connects communities through art

What if, with a single school art program, you could provide creative opportunities for kids, offer professional development for teachers, meet state standards and foster friendship between disparate communities?

Sunday, 9:34 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Guest Opinion: The nettlesome path to helping our teens

Four and five years ago, when several of our teenagers took their own lives, our pained, communal cry was, "Why is this happening?"

Saturday, 6:57 AM | 30 comments
Palo Alto customers are asking, 'What's wrong with USPS?'

The Palo Alto division of the United States Postal Service is not delivering on services, and some customers and employees are placing the blame on management and a lack of accountability, not just on budget cuts.

Saturday, 6:56 AM | 53 comments

Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday fairs abound

Anyone seeking distinctive holiday gifts and decorations may find inspiration in the upcoming boutiques, art exhibits and sales.

Friday, 12:51 PM | No comments yet
Don't sweat the small stuff: Pleasing stocking stuffers can be found for all

For those who don't want to fill their stockings with generic goods from department stores this holiday season, consider the shops nestled along the local downtown strips. Be it for the techie, the animal lover or the athlete in your life, local shops have less orthodox, more personal little gifts that will fit perfectly into the socks hanging over your fireplace this year.

Friday, 12:48 PM | 1 comment
Handmade, original gifts for the holidays

While Santa's elves have been chipping away at their annual mega-assignment, members of The Garden Club of Palo Alto have been knitting, baking, felting silk scarves and potting paper whites -- all to prepare for the upcoming Holiday Marketplace.

Friday, 12:44 PM | 1 comment
Time Inc. may sell Sunset campus in Menlo Park

The news that Time Inc. is considering selling its property at 80 Willow Road, the iconic home of Sunset magazine, elicited a mixture of sadness and resolve in Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller.

Friday, 12:10 PM | 2 comments
Holiday giving: How you can help

A number of nonprofit organizations are working to make this holiday season brighter for those in need, and they depend on donations and volunteers from the community to make it all possible. You can make a difference by contributing to the following programs.

Friday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police release names of officers involved in fatal shooting

The three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect are veterans with more than a decade of experience, according to the police department.

Friday, 10:15 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Transit project, Cubberley lease agreement, recreation master plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 17.

Friday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet
In the wake: Teens respond with messages of hope, change

Hayley Krolik hopes that some years down the line, when she returns to Palo Alto after graduating from high school, she'll be able to say something changed. And it won't be that Gunn High School added more counselors or the school board imposed limits on the number of AP classes Palo Alto high schoolers can take.

Friday, 7:47 AM | 12 comments
Q&A about mental health: Local experts offer their advice, guidance

Read a few of the most common questions Palo Alto students have asked local mental health experts, from "When does stress become distress?" to "My friend's been sad: When do I worry something is really wrong?"

Friday, 7:46 AM | 11 comments
Resources: How to help those in crisis

Click above for a list of mental health resources -- where to get local help, clinics that will triage and/or see individuals, crisis intervention and support and general support and resources.

Friday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet
Mental health experts urge conversations that will help kids feel safe, open up

In the days after Palo Alto's most recent student suicide, local mental health experts, school administrators and parents who have lost children to suicide urged other parents to support their children by talking openly with them about suicide and mental health.

Friday, 7:42 AM | 24 comments
A message from Hayley Krolik

Friday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Short Cubberley lease will keep pressure on, appropriately

With just six weeks left before the expiration of a lease agreement that has transferred approximately $140 million from the city to the school district over the last 25 years, the city council and school board have finally reached agreement on a new five-year lease that begins to wean the district from what has become an outdated and lopsided arrangement.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 13 comments

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stanford Health Care and Anthem settle on new agreement

Anthem Blue Cross and Stanford Health Care have agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract, a press release stated on Wednesday.

Thursday, 12:20 PM | 2 comments
Catherine Crystal Foster concedes Palo Alto school board race to Terry Godfrey

After more than a week of being locked in a tight battle for the second open Palo Alto school board seat, Catherine Crystal Foster has conceded to Terry Godfrey.

Thursday, 10:39 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto: Redwood City man arrested after allegedly brandishing knife in downtown bar

Palo Alto police arrested a Redwood City man who allegedly brandished a knife inside a downtown bar, causing a disturbance, according to a police department press release.

Thursday, 8:42 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto looks to scrap ban on car camping

After lingering in legal limbo for nearly a year, Palo Alto's controversial ban on car camping is now heading toward repeal.

Thursday, 1:37 AM | 60 comments
Palo Alto's parking-permit program gets green light

Responding to years of complaints about downtown's residential streets transforming into parking lots for employees, Palo Alto's planning commissioners unanimously backed a parking-permit program that aims to ease the congestion.

Thursday, 1:22 AM | 39 comments

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