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Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 14, 2011

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.

Stanford applications set another record

The number of applications for this fall's freshman class at Stanford University — at 34,200 — have set another record, the university said today. (Posted Jan. 13 at 12:33 p.m.)

California Ave. fountain voting 'through the roof'

The second California Avenue controversy — what kind of fountain should replace the old, damaged one at the end of the business district — has generated a huge amount of community interest, according to the city. Voting deadline is Tuesday noon. (Posted Jan. 13 at 12:29 p.m.)

Five-car pile-up in underpass stalls Oregon

Five vehicles were involved in an apparent rear-end chain-reaction crash Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 12), resulting in traffic backups westbound. No one was injured, fire officials reported. (Posted Jan. 12 at 10:54 p.m.)

Tour bus catches fire, ties up San Antonio Road

A large tour bus filled with Japanese tourists caught fire late Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 12), blocking westbound lanes of San Antonio Road near Charleston Road and emitting dense clouds of smoke and flames from its engine compartment. No one was injured, Palo Alto fire and police officials reported. (Posted Jan. 12 at 6:54 p.m.)

Simitian calls Brown's budget a 'grown-up' plan

For years, state Sen. Joe Simitian has been repeating a budget mantra: "Spend less; collect more; do it now." Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget finally does that, he says. (Posted Jan. 12 at 6:45 p.m.)

Board backs Duveneck plan, even-year voting

In two rare split votes Tuesday night (Jan. 11), the Board of Education approved "conceptual designs" for major renovations to Duveneck School and agreed to align itself with the Palo Alto City Council by moving its elections to even-numbered years. (Posted Jan. 12 at 12:36 a.m.)

Man threatening Dumbarton leap now in custody

A man threatening to jump off the Dumbarton Bridge Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 11) was taken safely into custody, a Menlo Park police spokeswoman said. (Posted Jan. 11 at 6:49 p.m.)

Double — no, make that quadruple — trouble?

A Redwood City woman performed a rare feat recently when she gave birth to naturally conceived quadruplets at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday (Jan. 11). (Posted Jan. 11 at 3:41 p.m.)

Roberts blasts media accounts of his departure

Public Works Director Glenn Roberts, who retired from Palo Alto after reaching a legal settlement with the city in October, took a bow Monday night (Jan. 10), as well as a parting shot at newspaper accounts that he said grossly mischaracterized his departure. (Posted Jan. 10 at 9:55 a.m.)

Brown says slash spending, keep tax hikes

Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday (Jan. 10) that he is proposing to close the state's $25.4 billion budget gap by cutting spending by $12.5 billion and extending temporary tax increases that were enacted under the Schwarzenegger administration. There will be huge impacts from the cuts. (Posted Jan. 10 at 2:34 p.m.)

Eshoo to keep contact with constituents despite Arizona shooting

Meeting face to face with the public is "the one of the most basic functions relative to democracy," U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said by phone on Monday (Jan. 10). And although she will remain cautious, the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona on Jan. 8 won't stop her from meeting with her constituents, she said. (Posted Jan. 10 at 9:56 a.m.)

Paly's state championship teams honored

It was a parade unlike any seen before in the City of Palo Alto's history as thousands turned out Saturday (Jan. 8) to honor the only school in the state of California to produce two state championship teams this past fall. Video posted on Palo Alto Online. (Posted Jan. 8 at 8:41 p.m.)

Palo Alto street-robbery suspect could face life

A 21-year-old man suspected of at least two armed street robberies in Palo Alto could face a "three strikes" sentence that could put him behind bars for 25 years life if convicted, a Santa Clara County prosecutor said Friday (Jan. 7). (Posted Jan. 7 at 9:33 p.m.)

Witness says Zumot sped by her as fire started

Susie Scholpp said she was unloading groceries from her car outside her Lincoln Avenue home shortly after 6 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2009, when she saw a man in a sport utility vehicle speed down her block. That man, she said, was Bulos Zumot, and he was driving by her at about the time a fire was destroying his cottage on Addison Avenue. (Posted Jan. 7 at 5:21 p.m.)

Stanford police release sketch of assault suspect

Stanford police released a sketch of a man who assaulted a student on campus Jan. 3. The 21-year-old student fended off the attacker, who fled after she attempted to bite him when he placed his hand over her mouth. (Posted Jan. 7 at 10:08 a.m.)

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