Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 26, 2010

Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click on "News" in the green, left-hand column.

Founder of Peninsula Day Care Center dies

Mary Jo Shaw, co-founder and longtime owner of the Peninsula Day Care Center on San Antonio Road, died earlier this month of natural causes. She was 89. (Posted March 24 at 11:35 a.m.)

Palo Alto firm, with Stanford ties, scores big IPO

The auspicious initial public offering of a Palo Alto-based financial-advice firm last week has IPO watchers hopeful that more good things could be coming for Silicon Valley companies — if they price things right. (Posted March 24 at 10:57 a.m.)

Liz Kniss witnesses health care bill signing

Liz Kniss, a Santa Clara County supervisor who was invited to Washington, D.C., for the signing of President Obama's health care overhaul, said the mood among Democrats was jubilant but that lawmakers have a lot of work ahead to implement the changes and make sure citizens understand them. (Posted March 24 at 7:35 a.m.)

Reported mountain lion sightings way up

Mountain lion sightings in Woodside, Portola Valley and other wooded areas of San Mateo County are on track to triple or quadruple in 2010, according to figures from the county Sheriff's Office. (Posted March 23 at 1:37 p.m.)

Fight at Opportunity Center lands one man in jail

An argument in the day room of Palo Alto's Opportunity Center Saturday night erupted into a physical attack involving a frying pan, chair and metal table. (Posted March 23 at 9:56 a.m.)

County TB cases still high despite statewide drop

Tuberculosis cases in Santa Clara County are the third highest in the state and remain high despite a large drop in the rest of the state, according to a report released March 22 by The Tuberculosis Prevention Partnership of Santa Clara County. (Posted March 22 at 4:36 p.m.)

Menlo Park residents brace for garbage rate hike

If you live in Menlo Park, taking out the trash is about to get a lot more expensive. (Posted March 22 at 2:37 p.m.)

Foothill Palo Alto campus may be rebuilt slowly

Foothill College could expand the square footage it occupies at Palo Alto's Cubberley Community Center by 43 percent and still have room to provide adequate parking, according to a 2008 plan concept being discussed tonight. But that plan may be changed or phased in and near-term enrollment increases are unlikely due to no state funding, officials say. (Posted March 22 at 8:28 a.m.)

Area Democrats laud 'historic' health care bill

A bill reforming America's health care system, what one Bay Area congressman said was "one of the most important bills in the past 40 years," was approved Sunday night by the U.S. House of Representatives, with seven votes to spare. (Posted March 22 at 12:45 a.m.)

Police arrest two, seek third in EPA shooting

Police arrested two suspects Friday and are looking for a third person of interest in a shooting at the Boys & Girls Club football field in East Palo Alto last week. (Posted March 22 at 12:15 a.m.)

Jobs, Schwarzenegger campaign for organ donation

Speaking at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Friday morning, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stumped for a different kind of candidate — people who need an organ transplant. (Posted March 19 at 6:01 p.m.)

Terman student competes in Geographic Bee

Terman Middle School eighth-grader Adam Price is headed to Sacramento next month, where he will compete in the 2010 California Geographic Bee. (Posted March 22 at 11:35 a.m.)

Jury finds Koloto guilty of first-degree murder

A Santa Clara County Superior Court jury has convicted a Gilroy man of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of 27-year-old Philip Lacy during a robbery in downtown Palo Alto two years ago. Otto Emil Koloto, 23, faces life in prison without parole. (Posted March 19 at 12:36 p.m.)

Paly community honors devoted office clerk Lue Phelps

Palo Alto High School's band is brushing up on "When the Saints Go Marching In" to honor Lue Phelps, who, at 89, was still working at Paly until a month before she died Sunday. (Posted March 19 at 11:38 a.m.)

Bay Area housing market remains slow

Despite a modest rise last month, Bay Area home sales continue to stagnate, according to the latest figures released March 18 by San Diego-based real estate analysts MDA DataQuick. (Posted March 19 at 8:37 a.m.)

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