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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Air forecast moderate all week

The air quality in the Bay Area is expected to be moderate through Thursday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Sunday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
Parks commission pitches a new project: A city gym

Eager to give Palo Alto residents a new space to compete, exercise and socialize, the Parks and Recreation Commission is leading the charge on a public gym, which has an estimated price tag of about $25 million.

Sunday, 8:06 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Stanford pediatrician pleads no contest for sending sexual messages to girl

A Stanford doctor pleaded no contest to a charge for sending sexual messages to a 16-year-old, prosecutors said.

Saturday, 9:48 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: Palo Alto lights up the holidays with decoration contest

In the latest Around Town column, news about the city of Palo Alto's holiday decoration contest, the effort to restore Stanford Memorial Church's stained glass windows and an award for Mollie Stone's Markets.

Saturday, 8:44 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 26, 2021

Two injured in crash following illegal sideshow

Two people are hospitalized with major injuries after they fled from an illegal sideshow, sideswiped a police patrol car and crashed into a tree near the Palo Alto Baylands early Friday morning, police said.

Friday, 9:54 AM | 10 comments
Holiday Fund: Where learning English is 'medicine for the people'

The Rosalie Rendu Center empowers Latino mothers and families to break the cycle of poverty through English as a second language, life skills and acculturation classes.

Friday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Help local nonprofits spread cheer this holiday season

We've compiled a list of Midpeninsula nonprofits that are accepting donations to help make the holidays brighter for those in need.

Thursday, 9:26 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Police thwart 30 to 40 people in smash-and-grab attempt downtown

A large group that tried to smash the door of The RealReal store ran off in 20 cars after police responded to the scene on Sunday. Two people who allegedly traveled with the caravan were later arrested.

Wednesday, 6:34 PM | 5 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Church Avenue rail crossing; Castilleja's reconstruction project revisions

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 29.

Wednesday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
CHP to patrol Stanford Shopping Center, other malls amid smash-and-grab crime wave

Local malls will have a greater force of armed protection this holiday season. Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the California Highway Patrol to increase their presence around malls throughout the state.

Wednesday, 4:10 PM | 4 comments
Bay Area to receive $4.5B over five years in federal infrastructure package

The region will receive $4.5 billion over the next five years from the recently passed federal infrastructure funding package, a group of congressional members said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Another COVID holiday: Is California in a better place this year?

The answer is no in many parts of California: Eighteen counties, mostly rural ones, have more hospitalized COVID-19 patients today than a year ago. But urban counties are faring better.

Wednesday, 9:30 AM | 2 comments
Housing near Caltrain? Stanford's proposal nets mixed reaction

For decades, the downtown transit center has served as a focal point in Palo Alto's ambitious plans for commercial growth and railway improvement. Now, some see it as the perfect place to address the city's housing crisis.

Wednesday, 9:15 AM | 23 comments
Bay Area district attorneys form alliance against organized retail theft

In response to recent organized theft schemes seen across the Bay Area this week, seven Bay Area district attorneys created an alliance to ensure suspects face proper accountability.

Wednesday, 9:14 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

After 80 mph, wrong-way flight on Embarcadero, man crashes stolen Mini Cooper into tree

A man attempted a harrowing escape from police on Monday and was arrested after he fled at high speed on Embarcadero Road, driving recklessly in the oncoming lane, a police spokesperson said.

Tuesday, 2:30 PM | 2 comments
City services limited during Thanksgiving weekend

Most city services will be closed as usual for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday and the following Friday. Garbage pickup and transportation services plan to operate on modified schedules.

Tuesday, 12:25 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to industrial sites to address housing shortage

Few Palo Alto neighborhoods reflect the city's shifting housing politics like East Meadow Circle, a historically industrial area that is now increasingly viewed as a prime location for residences.

Tuesday, 9:37 AM | 8 comments

Monday, November 22, 2021

Burlingame City Council member enters race to succeed Jackie Speier

Burlingame City Council member Emily Beach announced Monday that she will run for Congress, joining the race to fill a seat currently occupied by Rep. Jackie Speier.

Monday, 4:43 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Understanding the debate behind California's new math framework

In the push to help more students thrive in STEM, California is working to change the way its schools teach math. But the suggested new framework has sparked widespread criticism.

Sunday, 1:31 PM | 3 comments

Saturday, November 20, 2021

A 'mythical bridge' no more: Palo Alto's new bike overpass is now open

A new overpass in Palo Alto that will provide year-round access to the Baylands, the new Adobe Reach trail and other outdoor amenities opened Saturday to a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists.

Saturday, 7:57 PM | 13 comments
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors president running for U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier's seat

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President David Canepa on Saturday announced his bid for the 14th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jackie Speier, who is not seeking reelection.

Saturday, 9:05 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: Local mother and daughter make top 3 of 'Top Chef Family Style'

In the latest column, news about a Palo Alto duo in a national cooking competition, two good Samaritans who were honored by the City Council and two men who saved a woman from falling.

Saturday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 19, 2021

Burglars strike jewelry store, take $50K in gold, silver

Three people took an estimated $50,000 in gold and silver from a downtown Palo Alto jewelry store in a brazen smash-and-grab burglary early Thursday morning, police Lt. Con Maloney said.

Friday, 4:26 PM | 10 comments
Ravenswood teachers get 10% raise, bringing salaries on par with neighboring school districts

The pay bump comes with a new process that will allow teachers to "move more quickly up the salary scale based on their performance."

Friday, 3:40 PM | No comments yet
Elizabeth Holmes trial: Final prosecution witnesses describe misleading statements

An Arizona dentist about to leave the country for two years of missionary work in 2015 had to be tested four times for prostate cancer after his doctor directed that he have his blood drawn at a Theranos site in a Walgreens store.

Friday, 11:01 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: City Council interviews candidates for commissions

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 22.

Friday, 10:06 AM | No comments yet
Reports: Puppies likely died from heat stroke, asphyxia

Seven puppies that died in the care of Palo Alto animal services operator Pets in Need on Aug. 2 likely succumbed from heat stroke and/or asphyxiation, three necropsy reports on the animals concluded.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 5 comments
Pandemic-induced enrollment plunge persists for second year at local public schools

Enrollment is down, but not as significantly as during the 2020-21 school year, data shows.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 8 comments
Holiday Fund: Friends for Youth is in the business of making human connections

Every year, Friends for Youth matches 30 to 50 mentors with mentees. They commit to spending time together for at least six months and more than 85% of them do. Some continue on for years.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 1 comment
Opinion: Survey of Palo Alto faith leaders points to new affordable housing possibilities

Palo Alto is too expensive. Gone are the days when you could expect your child's teachers to live in the neighborhood or when hardworking families could scrimp to buy a starter home.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 15 comments

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Pets in Need Executive Director Al Mollica to resign

Al Mollica, the executive director of beleaguered animal advocacy organization Pets in Need, will step down. The decision comes on the heels of the nonprofit's announcement to end its partnership with city of Palo Alto.

Thursday, 1:53 PM | 9 comments
Santa Clara County supervisors pick new boundaries for future elections

The board agreed to move forward with new boundaries for Santa Clara County's five supervisorial districts, shifting the balance of power and significantly altering representation in north county.

Thursday, 12:29 PM | 1 comment
Elizabeth Holmes trial: Defense tries to bolster story of investor who did homework, gave money anyway

The defense tried to counter the fraud allegations against their client by showing the extent to which one investor understood the risks.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto's new bike bridge is almost ready to debut

After a decade of debate and two years of construction, Palo Alto's new bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 will officially open to the public on Saturday morning.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | 12 comments
Witness intervenes in car burglary, faces knife-wielding man

A man who tried to stop two car burglars in a downtown parking garage last week became the victim of a violent crime after one of two men brandished a knife and threatened to stab him, police said.

Thursday, 9:05 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Man held at knifepoint loses cash, property in RV robbery

Five people who were armed with knives robbed a man in his recreational vehicle in Palo Alto during the wee hours of Nov. 11.

Wednesday, 6:14 PM | 5 comments
Palo Alto prepares to enter 'microtransit' arena with on-demand shuttles

When city officials launched into steep budget cuts last year, public shuttles were among the first things to depart. Now, the city is planning a new shuttle program that will bear little resemblance to one left behind.

Wednesday, 12:04 PM | 13 comments
Fletcher Middle School's dwindling size causes district to propose enrollment lottery

With the student body at Ellen Fletcher Middle School shrinking by over 30% since 2015, Palo Alto Unified is considering offering families throughout the district the opportunity for their children to attend the school next fall.

Wednesday, 9:50 AM | 20 comments
Jackie Speier's retirement fuels speculation about Democratic successor

Speier's announcement that she will not seek another term in Congress has created a rare political opportunity for elected officials throughout her district, who seldom get a chance to run for an open seat.

Wednesday, 9:20 AM | 19 comments

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Santa Clara County to create mental health navigator to better connect residents to services

The county is developing a new program to help residents navigate its mental health system, including public and private resources.

Tuesday, 4:47 PM | 2 comments
Rep. Jackie Speier announces she will not seek reelection in 2022

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, announced Tuesday she will not seek reelection in 2022 after more than a decade in Congress.

Tuesday, 1:22 PM | No comments yet
City nears construction agreement for long-awaited Palo Alto Museum

Palo Alto entered the final stretch in its long journey to creating a new history museum on Monday, when the City Council approved the parameters for a long-term lease with a nonprofit behind the effort.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | 14 comments
City looks to firm up rules for wireless equipment as legal landscape evolves

Despite its reputation as a tech powerhouse, Palo Alto hasn't exactly rolled out the red carpet to the various telecom companies looking to place new wireless equipment on local street poles.

Tuesday, 1:37 AM | 5 comments

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