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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Planning commission backs new housing vision

Palo Alto is still more than a year away from completing the long-awaited update of its land-use bible, but on Wednesday the city marked a major milestone in the effort when its planning commissioners unanimously approved a new vision for housing.

Wednesday, 10:03 PM | 1 comment
Surf Air gets some noise from local residents

At least 150 people showed up in Atherton on Tuesday night (Sept. 30) for a public meeting with officials from Surf Air, a small commuter airline that began flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport last June. Many said that the noise from the airline has affected their lives and, sometimes, their businesses.

Wednesday, 2:27 PM | 13 comments
Mystery poll queries residents on City Council race

It's a riddle, wrapped in a mystery: A phone survey asking Palo Alto residents about the upcoming City Council election has people speculating as to its purpose -- and funder.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 23 comments
Forum eyes causes, solutions for inequalities in math education

The California Legislative Black Caucus kicked off a statewide town hall tour on math misplacement, the practice of putting students of color in the wrong level math classes, in East Palo Alto on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Wednesday, 9:19 AM | 8 comments
Housing in mixed-use projects can count toward state housing requirement

Menlo Park -- and other California cities and towns -- will now be able to count housing within mixed-use projects toward its state-mandated affordable housing requirements, thanks to Assembly Bill 1690, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Wednesday, 9:15 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto council candidates split on growth

Palo Alto's council candidates have plenty of quibbles when it comes to growth and development, but on Tuesday they found themselves almost completely in agreement on an issue that had not surfaced until now: raising the city's minimum wage.

Wednesday, 12:53 AM | 25 comments

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Palo Alto police report spike in residential burglaries

Fifteen residential burglaries in Palo Alto were reported to the police in September, an increase in crimes that appears to be occurring in the city's southern neighborhoods, according to a police department press release.

Tuesday, 2:44 PM | 10 comments
Stanford to conduct test of campus emergency notification system

Stanford University will conduct a test of the campuswide AlertSU mass-notification and siren system on Thursday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m., according to a Stanford University Department of Public Safety official.

Tuesday, 9:56 AM | 5 comments
Sex crimes, liquor violations remain high at Stanford, report says

Stanford University issued its latest crime report this week with a new "dating violence" sex-crime category and new definitions of stalking, sex offenses, domestic violence and hate crimes.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 29, 2014

Palo Alto police arrest man suspected of fraud after manhunt

Following a manhunt that lasted more than four hours Monday evening, Palo Alto police apprehended a man suspected of fraud, who also had a separate warrant out for his arrest.

Monday, 7:45 PM | 12 comments
Mountain View police: Suicide, accidental death to blame in fume-filled building

Police said they believe suicide and an accidental death are to blame in the deaths of a man and his teenaged son Wednesday.

Monday, 2:04 PM | 5 comments
What energizes great teachers? Palo Alto teacher goes on road trip to find out

Palo Alto High School English teacher David Cohen is taking the year off to travel to school districts up and down California, hoping to document the creative and positive innovation taking place throughout the state's public schools.

Monday, 12:22 PM | 13 comments
Yelp to move into planned College Terrace Centre

Palo Alto's College Terrace Centre development has secured at least one tenant in review website Yelp, according to a Yelp spokeswoman.

Monday, 9:54 AM | 34 comments

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple marks milestone

It was born out of an idea discussed in a cemetery and it grew as a place of worship for Palo Alto's Buddhist community. It became a decades-long refuge from racism for Japanese and Japanese American residents has grown into a diverse spiritual community embraced by all races.

Sunday, 9:33 AM | 4 comments

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Longtime Milk Pail employee, son killed in apartment fumes

The two bodies found in an apartment complex in Mountain View on Wednesday have been identified as James Liu and his teenage son William, according to a post on the Milk Pail Market Facebook page.

Saturday, 7:46 PM | 5 comments
Palo Alto suicide victim identified

A man who fatally shot himself this week outside the Palo Alto courthouse has been identified as 31-year-old Joseph Scott, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Saturday, 10:46 AM | 2 comments

Friday, September 26, 2014

PUBLIC AGENDA: Housing Element review, expressway study, sustainability plan

Friday, 12:42 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man convicted of murdering girlfriend

A 49-year-old man who stabbed and slashed his girlfriend to death in a jealous rage was convicted of first-degree murder on Thursday by a San Mateo County jury.

Friday, 10:14 AM | 2 comments
Resilience, relationships mark Athena winner's success

Like many women in the 1970s, investment adviser Jane Williams faced significant career challenges in what was deemed a man's profession. It didn't matter that she had a degree in economics from Boston University or that she had been a member of the university's Economics Honor Society. In the financial world, the men considered her gender a liability. Most employers wanted to know how fast she could type, she said.

Friday, 9:04 AM | 1 comment
Transplant survivor Jennifer Julian is flying high

Jennifer Julian sat in the flight simulator's cockpit and soared through the clouds. Before her, the large computer screen was a blank sea of gray. Dialing in coordinates on the instrument panel, she called out headings to flight-instrument instructor Chuck Hellweg: "Initial heading 0-6-0; transponder on for 5-0-5."

Friday, 9:02 AM | 4 comments
Group grades City Council's 'residentialist' credentials

With seemingly every candidate in the City Council trying to run under the "residentialist" banner, the citizens group Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning (PASZ) has released a scorecard that seeks to quantify each council members "pro-resident" record.

Friday, 7:41 AM | 102 comments
Editorial: The meaning of 'fight'

Palo Alto school Superintendent Max McGee opted this month to solve the newest complaint of a frustrated Palo Alto parent who turned to the federal Office for Civil Rights for help after believing district staff had not handled their child's disability accommodations properly by communicating quickly, acknowledging mistakes, making corrections, and staying focused on the needs of every student.

Friday, 6:34 AM | 21 comments

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guest Opinion: Finding balance in a new world

How long can we juggle the extraordinary pressure and demand from companies and people from around the world who wish to locate here with our desire to protect a healthy environment, walkable lifestyle and family-oriented community? This is the challenge of the next Comprehensive Plan for Palo Alto.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 13 comments
Report: Silicon Valley income gap continues to widen

Silicon Valley incomes have increased for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend, according to a report released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a nonprofit think tank, on Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 41 comments
Two found dead in possible gas leak in Mountain View

What started out as an investigation into the source of a possible gas leak took a dark turn, as two bodies were found in an apartment on California Street Wednesday evening.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Parents, school board candidates repeat pleas to repeal OCR resolution

As the Palo Alto Board of Education moves forward on efforts promised in its June resolution against the federal Office for Civil Rights, it continues to do so in spite of community members who vehemently oppose the resolution.

Wednesday, 3:33 PM | 14 comments
Superintendent calls for committee work on new elementary school

The Palo Alto school district's debate over the urgency to open a 13th elementary school, defined by years of delays in decision making, took a new turn Tuesday night with Superintendent Max McGee recommending the board convene a committee to examine the need for a new school.

Wednesday, 9:31 AM | 44 comments
Pair arrested in Palo Alto for allegedly stealing mail

A traffic stop on Tuesday morning led to the arrest of two probationers in possession of mail stolen from several Peninsula cities, according to a Palo Alto Police Department press release.

Wednesday, 9:09 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Palo Alto looks to unleash local dogs with 'shared-use' park

Dog owners yearning for new places to let their companions run free might soon get a little treat from the city. Palo Alto is considering an experiment that would temporarily bring a new dog exercise area to an existing city-owned park.

Tuesday, 11:30 PM | 67 comments
Former Palo Alto mayor Alan Henderson dies at 89

Alan Henderson, former Palo Alto mayor, businessman and environmental advocate, died on Sept. 13 from complications related to a stroke in Sequoias Portola Valley, his daughter Nancy Henderson Peterson told the Weekly. He was 89.

Tuesday, 4:01 PM | 4 comments
Recap: CAC/PASS school board debate

Read summaries of the questions and answers from the third Palo Alto school board candidates debate of the season, which was hosted by parents of special education students and students of color on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Tuesday, 3:48 PM | No comments yet
Legal costs soar as Palo Alto school board begins OCR lobbying

The Palo Alto school district spent more than $200,000 in the first seven months of 2014 in legal fees related to its cases and conflicts with the Office for Civil Rights, including just under $50,000 for attorneys to research, develop and follow-up on its June resolution criticizing the agency.

Tuesday, 3:41 PM | 57 comments
Palo Alto officials blast water board for project delays

Frustrated by a permitting process that continues to plague two long-awaited construction projects in the Baylands, furious Palo Alto officials on Monday teed off at the state agency that they hold responsible for the endless delays.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | 37 comments
Shop Talk: Business openings, closings and more

New snack shop opens at Stanford Mall, Elements Massage comes to Edgewood and Coupa Cafe hosts an evening devoted to women's rights.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | 1 comment
East Palo Alto men sentenced to four years for threatening child with gun

Two East Palo Alto men who videotaped pushing a young boy in the head with a loaded handgun and threatening to shoot him and his father because the father is an alleged gang member were sentenced to four years and four months in state prison on Friday, Sept. 19.

Tuesday, 7:53 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto approves proposal to establish business registry

It's no secret that Palo Alto's population either doubles or triples every weekday afternoon, with thousands of workers making their way toward the city's tech corridors, restaurant strips and frozen yogurt shops. But getting data about employees has been a frustrating ordeal for city staff, which on Monday unveiled a business registry program aimed at fulfilling this endeavor.

Tuesday, 1:04 AM | 21 comments

Monday, September 22, 2014

Palo Alto to reconsider closed sessions for labor talks

After weathering criticism for a controversial closed-door discussion in 2012, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday to reconsider their policy for holding meetings on labor negotiations out of the public eye.

Monday, 8:10 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto City Council incumbents, challengers vie in debate

Making no bones about their desire to shake up the Palo Alto City Council, self-described "residentialist" council candidates came out swinging Monday at the first debate of the campaign season, offering sharp words about how the city's been run over the past several years.

Monday, 7:32 PM | 36 comments
Palo Alto man arrested for alleged sexual battery

Police arrested a Palo Alto man for sexual battery after he allegedly groped a woman last month on a sidewalk while walking his dog.

Monday, 2:25 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto: Street closed off after apparent suicide, police say

Palo Alto police closed off the 200 block of Grant Avenue near the Santa Clara County Courthouse Monday morning after an unidentified man committed suicide on the sidewalk near the courthouse entrance, according to Lt. Zach Perron, Palo Alto police spokesman.

Monday, 12:11 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Palo Alto to offer more grants to low-income entrepreneurs

The City of Palo Alto's year-old Microenterprise Assistance Program, which provides grants to low-income business owners, is about to expand, with plans to distribute up to $170,000.

Sunday, 8:33 AM | 4 comments
Silicon Valley Community Foundation to get $7.5M grant

Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View will receive $7.5 million from the federal Social Innovation Fund to improve reading skills in San Mateo County, where 42 percent of third-graders cannot read proficiently, according to a foundation press release.

Sunday, 8:33 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Board hopefuls: More needed for minorities, special education

A Saturday morning school board debate hosted by two Palo Alto parent groups that represent special education students and students of color took on a more personal tilt, with almost all of the five board hopefuls sharing their own experiences with the district's special education offerings and treatment of minority students.

Saturday, 4:48 PM | 41 comments
Jordan Middle School helps start 13 libraries in Africa

Since 2006, Palo Alto's Jordan Middle School has worked through the African Library Project to collect enough books and money to build 13 libraries in Ghana, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and Swaziland.

Saturday, 10:05 AM | 3 comments
New zoning law targets Palo Alto plating shops

Responding to concerns from the Barron Park neighborhood about potential hazards of a nearby plating shop, Palo Alto officials are considering a new zoning law that would ban such operations near residential areas.

Saturday, 10:04 AM | 7 comments

Friday, September 19, 2014

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce replaces CEO David MacKenzie

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce will have a new CEO after its current leader, David MacKenzie, was asked to step down this week, the Weekly has learned.

Friday, 9:00 PM | 17 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Labor disputes, school enrollment, dog exercise park

Friday, 1:21 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Growing the shuttle

As one piece of a multi-pronged approach to improving transit options and addressing parking and congestion, city officials are in the process of finalizing a plan to expand the Palo Alto shuttle program.

Friday, 12:55 PM | 24 comments
iPhone 6 debut draws large crowd to Palo Alto store

The new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale across the country on Friday, Sept. 19, with hundreds of people braving long lines that wrapped for blocks outside Apple stores across the Bay Area, including the Palo Alto location.

Friday, 11:46 AM | 18 comments
East Palo Alto men plead not guilty to beating elderly cyclist

Two 18-year-olds who allegedly punched a 68-year-old man off his bicycle and kicked him in the chest during a robbery pleaded not guilty to a string of felonies on Sept. 17, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

Friday, 11:27 AM | 2 comments
Auditor finds flaws in Palo Alto Police Department's internal probe

Palo Alto's independent police auditors raised flags this week about the way the Police Department investigated an allegation that a detective threatened a suspect during an interrogation in 2012.

Friday, 9:58 AM | 4 comments
East Palo Alto program builds a culture of life

With its burgundy walls, Persian rugs, faux-leather seating and black cocktail tables, the basement of the single-story dwelling in East Palo Alto looks like a hip lounge. On a recent Wednesday evening, the band at 321 Bell St. was jumping.

Friday, 9:42 AM | 7 comments
Palo Alto: Second victim dies in fatal wrong-way crash

A second person has died due to a fatal crash caused by a wrong-way driver on southbound Interstate Highway 280 near Palo Alto that occurred on Sept. 11.

Friday, 9:08 AM | No comments yet
Debate over council size splits Palo Alto establishment

More than two centuries after Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton forced the nation to weigh the merits of democracy against those of government efficiency, the debate is playing out in Palo Alto, where voters will consider in November whether to reduce the size of the City Council.

Friday, 8:53 AM | 46 comments
Cell tower on verge of approval for Little League field

It took many extra innings, but Verizon Wireless is now poised to score the winning run in its long and controversial effort to install cellular antennas at the Palo Alto Little League field.

Friday, 8:48 AM | 27 comments

Steins, sausage and spaetzle: Mountain View hosts second Oktoberfest
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,174 views

Men Are Good For Three Things
By Laura Stec | 37 comments | 3,010 views

Two creative lights depart Palo Alto, leaving diverse legacies
By Jay Thorwaldson | 2 comments | 1,562 views

Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang
By Nick Taylor | 0 comments | 940 views

Slow Your Roll
By Cathy Kirkman | 0 comments | 301 views