Palo Alto Weekly

News - April 2, 2010

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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.

Palo Alto's composting quandary continues

Palo Alto should hold off on considering a new composting plant until it can find a site that can accommodate the new facility, staff is recommending in a new report. (Posted April 1 at 9:51 a.m.)

Palo Alto High prize-winner hooked on the 'elegance' of

It has been a season of rewards for Palo Alto High School senior Lynnelle Ye. Ye's passion for the "elegance" of mathematics — discovered in childhood and nurtured by her grandmother, her parents and various Palo Alto teachers — has earned her top rankings this year in two of the nation's most rigorous academic competitions. (Posted March 31 at 1:27 p.m.)

Menlo Park to hire high-speed-rail lobbyist

The city of Menlo Park has hired a lobbyist to make the city's case to Sacramento when it comes to the California high-speed-rail project, and has devoted $200,000 for the upcoming fiscal year to rail issues. (Posted March 31 at 11:50 a.m.)

Youth initiatives to be put to the test Saturday

Hopes for more youth summer internships, tastier lunch options at Gunn High School and new late-night teen hangouts are to be clarified Saturday in a "youth forum" at Mitchell Park Community Center. The forum is the third and final in three sessions aimed at promoting "honest and open dialogue" between Palo Alto's teens and adults. (Posted March 30 at 4:37 p.m.)

Palo Alto takes fresh look at landfill-gas contracts

Palo Alto is once again considering investing in "green energy" generated by landfill gas, though the latest proposal is far less sweeping than the one a City Council committee balked at two weeks ago. (Posted March 30 at 4:26 p.m.)

Menlo Park police Chief Bruce Goitia to retire

Menlo Park police Chief Bruce Goitia will retire after 28 years with the Police Department, effective June 1, City Manager Glen Rojas announced Monday. (Posted March 30 at 11:20 a.m.)

Three ideas win 'There Oughta Be a Law' contest

Three ideas for new legislation have been selected by California State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) in his annual "There Oughta Be a Law" contest. One would protect the rights of Californians who are improperly cited by "red light cameras"; the second would enable more voters to cast their ballots at a local polling place; and the third would issue a formal apology from the State of California to Italian Americans interned during World War II. (Posted March 29 at 4:54 p.m.)

Mountain lion may have killed deer in La Honda

A deer that was found dead in San Mateo County's La Honda area this morning appears to have been attacked by a mountain lion, county officials said. (Posted March 29 at 11:55 a.m.)

Stanford has record number of applicants

Stanford University has offered admission to 2,300 high school students from around the world — just 7.2 percent of those who applied, the university announced. The 32,022 applicants to Stanford's class of 2014 represented the largest in the university's history, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. (Posted March 29 at 9:55 a.m.)

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