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Friday, November 27, 2015

Holiday Guide to Everything

Check out our Holiday Guide to Everything, including where to get inexpensive stocking stuffers, recipes for winter cocktails, a roundup of holiday events and more to make your season bright.

Friday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto police offer tips to prevent package thefts

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, Palo Alto police are offering tips to prevent packages from being stolen from people's front porches.

Friday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: single-story overly, dewatering, CLEAN program

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 30.

Friday, 8:11 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto residents pumped up about groundwater 'waste'

With California's drought stretching through its fourth year, the sight of water gushing out of Palo Alto's construction sites has drained the patience of Keith Bennett and his neighbors in the Crescent Park, Old Palo Alto and Community Center neighborhoods.

Friday, 8:10 AM | 36 comments
DreamCatchers helps underserved students achieve academic success

DreamCatchers afterschool program offers fun projects to teach low-income middle school students complicated math subjects, as well as units on "healthy behaviors" and "building dreams," to help students understand what is necessary to reach their goals.

Friday, 8:04 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, November 26, 2015

East Palo Alto homicide suspect pleads not guilty to murder, attempted murder charges

A suspect in a 2014 East Palo Alto homicide who was arrested earlier this month pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon charges, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Thursday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
CHP ramping up efforts to reduce roadways deaths this Thanksgiving weekend

The California Highway Patrol will be cracking down on impaired and unrestrained drivers this Thanksgiving weekend by increasing its patrols, CHP officials said.

Thursday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Accent Arts, Village Stationers to leave California Avenue

Two of California Avenue's independent retailers, whose stores have contributed to the small-town charm that has long characterized Palo Alto's so-called "second downtown," have announced they plan to move out.

Wednesday, 8:45 AM | 62 comments
Tales of turkey and tempeh

Roasted, fried, smoked or deconstructed — there is an abundance of ways to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. Or is a turkey even necessary? Read on for a number of ways to change things up at the dinner table this holiday season.

Wednesday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet
Council set to rule on divisive downtown development

To Elizabeth Wong, the building she's proposed for the prominent corner of University Avenue and Kipling Street is exactly what the city needs and what Palo Alto's design guidelines seek to encourage. On Nov. 30, it'll be up to the City Council to decide whether she's right.

Wednesday, 7:30 AM | 15 comments

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cold-weather shelters open early due to frigid temperatures

Cold-weather shelters in Santa Clara County opened their doors Tuesday evening, about a week ahead of schedule, to accommodate the homeless due to frigid conditions expected over the next few days.

Tuesday, 6:36 PM | 1 comment
PG&E community meeting to discuss tree removal, pipeline safety

Plans to remove hundreds of trees from Pacific Gas & Electric's pipeline right-of-way through Palo Alto will be the topic of discussion on Dec. 2 when the utility company holds a public meeting at Mitchell Park Community Center.

Tuesday, 2:19 PM | 1 comment
State unemployment rate declines as number of jobs increase

The number of workers without jobs in California decreased last month from the previous month and the number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased, according to new data from the California Employment Development Department.

Tuesday, 7:51 AM | 3 comments
Amid policy clashes, Palo Alto council to meet with planning commission

It's no secret that the rift between the Palo Alto City Council and its main land-use advisory panel, the Planning and Transportation Commission, has widened in the past year, with each body pointedly criticizing the policies favored by the other. On Nov. 30, the two bodies will try to repair the damage during their annual joint meeting.

Tuesday, 7:27 AM | 11 comments

Monday, November 23, 2015

Officials warn of flooding from coming storms

If a 1998-level El Nino storm barrels into the Bay Area this winter, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto residents and city staff will be left literally holding the sand bag, officials said at a flood-information meeting on Nov. 19.

Monday, 4:28 PM | 33 comments
Cold temperatures, rain expected in Bay Area this week

Cold, rainy and windy weather is set to hit the Bay Area this week as people travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Bill's Cafe opens in Palo Alto

After months of delays, Bill's Cafe has opened in Midtown Palo Alto, serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

Monday, 7:53 AM | 17 comments

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pair arrested for early morning robbery

A downtown Palo Alto robbery in which a man was allegedly hit multiple times resulted in the arrest of two men Saturday morning, police announced Sunday.

Sunday, 9:06 PM | 18 comments
Yes, Atherton still has the most expensive real estate, says Forbes

Atherton has, for the third year in a row, been named as the ZIP code with the most expensive residential real estate in the country by Forbes Magazine. This year Woodside joins Atherton in the top 10.

Sunday, 6:55 AM | 10 comments
Palo Alto model railroad is neighborhood attraction

Each April Eric Struck opens his backyard railroad to the public, the history of Western railroads spelled out on the sides of box cars and engines: the Southern Pacific; Niles Canyon Railroad; Feather River Canyon.

Sunday, 6:43 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Guest Opinion: Community embraces responsibility to help our youth

The December article in the Atlantic magazine addressing the two teen suicide clusters we've experienced in Palo Alto -- in 2009 and again in 2014 -- highlights some critical issues in our community. Some of our challenges are mirrored elsewhere, and others may hope to learn from our experience and our responses.

Saturday, 9:04 AM | 17 comments

Friday, November 20, 2015

VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Weekly Editor in Chief Jocelyn Dong, Publisher Bill Johnson and reporters Sue Dremann and Gennady Sheyner discuss the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park owner's lawsuit against the City of Palo Alto and the proposed safety building.

Friday, 6:49 PM | No comments yet
Stanford students end five-day sit-in for divestment from oil, gas companies

Stanford University students and supporters held rally Friday culminating a five-day sit-in calling for the college's divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

Friday, 1:11 PM | 7 comments
Editorial: An encouraging first step by the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration finally announced this week it was reviewing and reconsidering new flight policies and procedures that are generating unprecedented noise complaints from local residents.

Friday, 7:06 AM | 14 comments
Pressing ahead with the gender revolution

"Can we move beyond the stalled gender revolution?" When Stanford University sociology professor and longtime gender scholar Shelley Correll became director of the university's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, she selected this question as the institution's new focus.

Friday, 7:04 AM | 15 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: No meetings this week

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

Friday, 7:03 AM | No comments yet
Beechwood's outdoor-ed program fosters independence, teamwork

Kayaking, hiking, camping and making s'mores sound like summer-exclusive activities done with family, but for Beechwood School students in Menlo Park, getting outdoors is part of the school curriculum.

Friday, 7:02 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stanford students call on university to divest from fossil fuels

Civil disobedience is alive and well at Stanford University this week, where upwards of 80 students have been sleeping, eating and peacefully protesting outside of President John Hennessy's office until the university signals it is willing to divest from the fossil-fuel industry.

Thursday, 3:15 PM | No comments yet
Buena Vista owner sues Palo Alto over closure conditions

In the latest skirmish in the long and emotional battle over Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park, the owners of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the City of Palo Alto, accusing it of imposing "unconstitutional" conditions in exchange for permission to shut down the park.

Thursday, 2:35 PM | 121 comments
East Palo Alto homicide suspect makes initial court appearance

A Stockton man made his initial appearance in San Mateo County Superior Court Wednesday to face charges that he shot and killed a man in October in East Palo Alto, prosecutors said.

Thursday, 2:02 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto residents to city: Build police building now

After 17 years of fits and starts in Palo Alto's quest to build a new police headquarters, residents at a community meeting Wednesday told the city to make it happen sooner rather than later.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 14 comments
Palo Alto utilities director to retire

Utilities Director Valerie Fong, who has spent the past nine years overseeing the city-owned electricity, gas, water and fiber operations, is preparing to hit the off switch on her Palo Alto term in December, creating an opening in one of the city's most complex and critical positions.

Thursday, 9:23 AM | 4 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto library system's book-borrowing service suspended

The Palo Alto library system will be transitioning to a new online services platform and will suspend its inter-library book-borrowing service, LINK+, on Friday, Nov. 20, until Feb. 1, 2016, to allow time for data cleanup and migration, according to an announcement.

Thursday, 8:19 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Palo Alto looks to extend its first 'bike boulevard'

More than three decades after Bryant Street became the nation's first "bicycle boulevard," Palo Alto officials are preparing to extend the popular bike route to the southernmost reaches of the city.

Wednesday, 11:39 PM | 32 comments
Stanford responds to sexual-assault criticisms

Close to two months after the release of a Stanford University climate survey with controversial results on campus sexual assault, Provost John Etchemendy responded directly to concerns and criticisms raised by students and faculty in a statement issued Wednesday.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 6 comments
Caltrain seeking bicycle committee members

Caltrain is seeking representatives to join its bicycle advisory committee to promote the interests and perspectives of bicyclists for integration into the California commuter rail line's planning process.

Wednesday, 7:05 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Palo Alto reacts to Atlantic article

The appearance in a national publication of a now-familiar story — that of a community, Palo Alto, grappling with youth suicide — has elicited strong reaction locally, particularly from students, alumni, school district leadership and local mental health professionals.

Tuesday, 5:07 PM | 135 comments
New rules launched for Palo Alto Airport

When Palo Alto formally took over the operations of its eponymous airport last year, the goal was to turn the bustling but long-neglected facility into a community treasure. As one step, the city on Monday established rules for airport users and policies for leasing, maintaining and constructing facilities at the busy Baylands hub.

Tuesday, 4:31 PM | 109 comments
Stanford students continue sit-in at main quad

A sit-in by students calling for Stanford University's divestment from the fossil fuel industry has continued for a second day.

Tuesday, 8:13 AM | 68 comments
Palo Alto council deals a blow to Communication & Power Industry

Barron Park residents who have long complained about the perils of living next to a plating shop filled with toxic chemicals earned a long-awaited victory Monday night, when the City Council agreed to phase out the industrial operation next door and to impose new restrictions on hazardous materials.

Tuesday, 1:31 AM | 16 comments

Monday, November 16, 2015

FAA vows to take fresh look at flight paths, altitudes

Responding to a rising volume of complaints about airplane noise, the Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to take a fresh look at flight paths, plane altitudes and new procedures that would bring some peace to the afflicted skies above San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

Monday, 5:02 PM | 59 comments
Palo Alto officials host first 'town hall' with neighborhoods

Palo Alto officials held the first in a series of town hall-style meetings last week at Duveneck Elementary School to listen to residents' concerns and provide a better understanding regarding how the city aims to solve issues plaguing their neighborhoods.

Monday, 4:54 PM | 15 comments
Palo Alto officials brace for story in The Atlantic magazine

Palo Alto school and city officials, with the help of local mental health professionals, are bracing for the release of a cover story in national magazine The Atlantic on the recent teen suicide cluster.

Monday, 9:28 AM | 48 comments

Sunday, November 15, 2015

First Person: A conversation with Esther Wojcicki, journalism/English teacher, education innovator and author

Esther Wojcicki, also known as Woj, talks with Lisa Van Dusen at the new Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center (MAC) about writing for a real audience, blended learning and mastery learning.

Sunday, 1:18 PM | 4 comments

Peace Through Hummus
By Laura Stec | 17 comments | 2,339 views

La Bohème, now open on California Avenue
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,647 views

New York College Tours - Part One
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 904 views

First Holidays after the Death of a Loved One
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 747 views

Sugary Drink and Foods Could Contain Warning Labels
By Max Greenberg | 3 comments | 499 views