Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 11, 2013

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 "News" in the green, left-hand column.

Indecent exposure reported near Cal Ave

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman while she was sitting in a parked car near California Avenue Tuesday night, Jan. 8. (Posted Jan. 10 at 8:10 a.m.)

Eshoo celebrates passage of new cancer-research law

Flanked by the wife of the late actor and cancer victim Patrick Swayze, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo Wednesday, Jan. 9, celebrated the passage of a law that requires the federal government to fight harder against the most deadly cancers. (Posted Jan. 9 at 12:19 p.m.)

Storm system from Alaska headed for Bay Area

Bay Area residents may want to bundle up, as a cold-weather system is headed this way and will linger for several days, a National Weather Service forecaster said. (Posted Jan. 9 at 9:04 a.m.)

Truck swerves off Highway 101 near Moffett

No one was injured Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, after the driver of a truck heading southbound on U.S. Highway 101 lost control of his vehicle, which ultimately came to rest halfway down an embankment with its rear wheels up in the air. (Posted Jan. 9 at 8:25 a.m.)

JCC to hold Mitzvah Day for community service

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will hold its sixth annual Mitzvah Day on Monday, Jan. 21, to commemorate both the Jewish spirit of doing a "mitzvah" (good deed) and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Posted Jan. 9 at 9:05 a.m.)

Menlo Park BBC deal falls through

Kill the social media buzz: A former Facebook executive's plan to reopen the landmark British Bankers Club in Menlo Park has fallen through. (Posted Jan. 8 at 9:13 a.m.)

Arrest in decades-old Mountain View murder case

After 28 years, justice may finally be served in the death of Saba Girmai, a Santa Clara County woman who was found strangled to death in a Mountain View Dumpster in 1985, according to the Mountain View Police Department and the county district attorney. (Posted Jan. 8 at 9:09 a.m.)

Former Mayor Sandy Eakins dies

Sandra Brown Eakins, a former Palo Alto mayor and civic activist, died Jan. 2 at her home in Oakland after a long illness. She helped organize the League of Women Voters-sponsored Smart Voter election-information site, helped found the Palo Verde Neighborhood Association and served on the Palo Alto Art Commission. (Posted Jan. 7 at 9:56 a.m.)

Palo Alto police nab suspected package thief

A Union City man who police said stole packages from homes in Palo Alto and San Jose in recent weeks was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 1, after a Midtown resident saw the man steal items off a neighbor's porch. (Posted Jan. 6 at 12:24 p.m.)

Community notebook: No power? No problem!

The staff of the La Comida lunch program in downtown Palo Alto found themselves with a dilemma Friday, Jan. 4 — no electricity and dozens of seniors expecting a meal in three hours. (Posted Jan. 5 at 1:41 p.m.) (1/5/13 1:41 pm)

Driver to go to trial for fatal Mountain View crash

Matthew Pumar, the driver accused of hitting and killing Mountain View resident William Ware last June, will stand trial on the charge of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, a judge ruled Thursday, Jan. 3, at the conclusion of the case's preliminary hearing. (Posted Jan. 4 at 1:58 p.m.)

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