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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Supervisor Simitian proposes teacher housing in Palo Alto

To help teachers cope with the increasingly high cost of living in the Bay Area, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is proposing the county partner with local school districts and cities to build a 60- to 120-unit affordable housing complex in Palo Alto.

Sunday, 2:25 PM | 5 comments
Around Town: grand ideas; mental health in tennis

In the latest Around Town column, see how public ranked priorities in re-envisioning El Camino Real and a Stanford alumna speaking out about mental health.

Sunday, 8:03 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tens of thousands expected at Bay Area Women's Marches

Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out Saturday in cities across the Bay Area -- and at Stanford University -- for a series of Women's Marches as part of a grassroots political movement to get more women into political office.

Saturday, 10:00 AM | 3 comments
Eshoo: Government shutdown an 'embarrassment'

The federal government went into shutdown mode Saturday at midnight after the U.S. Senate failed to get the needed 60 votes for a bill to keep the government running on a short-term basis.

Saturday, 8:18 AM | 17 comments
Off Deadline: Is Silicon Valley's painfully severe 'housing crisis' insoluble?

For several decades the cost of housing and its side effects have been topics of community discussion, planning and much (verbal) hand-wringing by government officials.

Saturday, 8:08 AM | 24 comments

Friday, January 19, 2018

Webcast: Invasion of the stinkwort

Ecologist Claire Elliott talks about stinkwort, a seemingly innocuous plant that is poised to take over local grasslands and open spaces, with Palo Alto Weekly journalists.

Friday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
District grapples with ongoing budget deficit

Palo Alto Unified, a well-resourced district that has set ambitious and costly educational goals for the next several years, is facing a financial squeeze: There is no ongoing revenue to pay for budget additions in the next school year, staff said Thursday.

Friday, 3:40 PM | 8 comments
Ravenswood school district faces looming budget crisis

If the Ravenswood City School District does not cut $3.3 million from its budget, it will face insolvency within a year, according to a consultant hired to review the district's finances.

Friday, 9:35 AM | 12 comments
Invasion of stinkwort worries environmentalists

Local land managers have been battling stinkwort, an invasive weed shaped like a Christmas tree, in recent years. The weed is poised to dominate grasslands and open spaces from the baylands to the mountains, they say.

Friday, 7:00 AM | 9 comments
How Los Altos Hills took on an invader

Los Altos Hills is controlling the stinkwort by mapping the weed's location on every street where they pulled out the plants by hand or cut them below the ground to kill their roots.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet
As costs grow, city may scale back garage plan

With cost estimates rising dramatically, Palo Alto is considering scaling down its plans for the California Avenue parking garage by removing one of the two planned underground levels.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto faces legal challenge over budget transfers

A resident's lawsuit and a court case involving the city of Redding could upend Palo Alto's century-long practice of transferring millions of dollars from utility funds every year to pay for basic city services.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet
Bike bridge to connect East Palo Alto and Palo Alto

After decades of dangerous crossings on the University Avenue overpass over U.S. Highway 101, bicyclists and pedestrians will be getting two new bridges linking East Palo Alto and Palo Alto.

Friday, 6:57 AM | 9 comments
Editorial: Eight is enough

The Palo Alto school district has a rare opportunity to put a term limit measure on this November's ballot without it being personal or affecting any of its "young" members.

Friday, 6:57 AM | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: downtown utilities contract; Baylands improvement project

Friday, 6:57 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Meeting set for Tuesday on Stanford expansion

Residents will have one of the last opportunities to give verbal input on Stanford University's General Use Permit application as the public comment period closes Feb. 2.

Thursday, 9:52 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto prepares for massive downtown 'upgrade'

Downtown Palo Alto will transform into a hive of construction activity this spring, when the city launches an ambitious, yearslong plan to replace utility pipes, upgrade traffic equipment, widen sidewalks and expand its fiber-optics network.

Thursday, 9:06 AM | 15 comments
League of Women Voters launches teen-registration effort

The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto is working toward an ambitious goal: to register all eligible Palo Alto teenagers to vote by the 2018 midterm elections.

Thursday, 8:39 AM | 18 comments

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's talk focuses on Syria, chemical weapons

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conveyed strong resolve on rebuilding war-battered Syria and removing nuclear weapons from North Korea during a speech Wednesday at Stanford University.

Wednesday, 6:30 PM | 1 comment
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awards grants to 41 organizations

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced Wednesday the first 41 organizations addressing community challenges benefiting from a new fund.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 2 comments
Patients go nuts over new allergy therapy

This month marked a major milestone for 8-year-old Amelia, who flew across the country to eat a handful of nuts that, just months ago, would have sent her into life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

Wednesday, 9:15 AM | 4 comments
Board members supportive of term limits, but some wary of cost

A proposal to impose a two-term limit on Palo Alto school board members received near unanimous support on Tuesday -- save from the sitting member who is currently serving her third term.

Wednesday, 9:02 AM | 15 comments
Music teacher placed on leave following molestation arrest

Palo Alto Unified has placed on leave a part-time Palo Alto High School music teacher after he was arrested on suspicion of annoying and molesting a juvenile in Sunnyvale.

Wednesday, 8:44 AM | 12 comments

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to speak at Stanford

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to discuss the future of Syria during an event at Stanford University on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, 11:18 AM | 13 comments

Monday, January 15, 2018

Palo Alto marks MLK Day through activism

The Palo Alto community remembered the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. through volunteer events, a protest and community celebration.

Monday, 5:45 PM | 11 comments
Downtown restaurant blaze shuts streets

A fire at Three Seasons restaurant in downtown Palo Alto started in the kitchen and spread to a stove and equipment before it was extinguished on Monday afternoon.

Monday, 5:25 PM | 6 comments
School board to discuss A-G completion rates

In another indication of the Palo Alto school district's achievement gap, black, Latino, low-income and special-education students are graduating from high school less prepared for college than their peers.

Monday, 3:49 PM | 8 comments
New accessory-dwelling units law brings hope, confusion

Palo Alto's recent effort to encourage more accessory-dwelling units has resulted in a modest uptick of these dwellings -- along with a slew of questions, concerns and requests for further reforms.

Monday, 10:38 AM | 26 comments

Sunday, January 14, 2018

No wood-burning on Monday in the Bay Area

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Monday due to a high-pressure system over the region expected to trap smoke near the ground, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

Sunday, 7:52 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: let the eat cake; and the winner is...

In this week's Around Town column, learn about an extravagant cake presented at Monday's City Council meeting and Golden Globe winners with Palo Alto connections.

Sunday, 7:46 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Community Notebook: Events celebrating MLK Day

Find out which local agencies will be offering limited or regular services on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on Monday, Jan. 15, in addition to celebrations honoring the civil rights leader.

Saturday, 7:44 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 12, 2018

Webcast: Palo Alto: The Year Ahead

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's recent mayoral election and the City Council's top priorities for the year ahead.

Friday, 5:09 PM | 2 comments
Tesla's Model 3 debuts in Palo Alto

A handful of (almost) Tesla car owners gathered outside Tesla's showroom at Stanford Shopping Center on Friday anxiously waiting to get their first up-close and hands-on look at the new Model 3 sedan.

Friday, 4:53 PM | 6 comments
City seeks input on 'Grand Boulevard' project

Three community meetings are set for next week on re-envisioning the Palo Alto section of El Camino Real under the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

Friday, 9:46 AM | 47 comments
New mayor signals heavy push on housing

Mayor Liz Kniss proposed on Monday establishing a special council committee to focus exclusively on housing and building more complexes for seniors.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 86 comments
City finds new way to dig basements

For city officials, the basement at 2121 Webster St. is kind of a big deal: the first residential basement project in Palo Alto to use a cutoff wall.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 15 comments
Editorial: new year, new mayor

The surprise, if one can call it that, wasn't the unanimous election Monday night of Liz Kniss as mayor of Palo Alto for the third time, it was the choice for vice mayor and commentary on the ongoing investigation into Kniss' reporting of 2016 campaign donations.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 17 comments

Thursday, January 11, 2018

PUBLIC AGENDA: student enrollment projection; artwork de-accession

Thursday, 3:33 PM | No comments yet
Campaign gathers signatures to place judge recall on ballot

The grassroots effort to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky for his alleged bias in sexual violence cases has gathered the number of voter signatures required to place the recall on the June ballot.

Thursday, 9:02 AM | 53 comments
Santa Clara County records fifth flu-related death

Another person has died in Santa Clara County due to the flu, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths countywide to five since October, the county's Public Health Department said Wednesday.

Thursday, 8:26 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

East Palo Alto City Council considers marijuana regulations

Some East Palo Alto City Council members said Tuesday they would not favor lifting a ban on marijuana retail stores, while others supported allowing some sort of commercial operations.

Wednesday, 7:12 PM | 12 comments
Experts to talk quake predictions, social media in disasters

The ground's brief 4.4-magnitude jolt on Jan. 4 was a reminder that Bay Area residents are sitting on top of a potential disaster.

Wednesday, 4:25 PM | 9 comments
Oregon Expressway flooding likely to continue

Despite some new equipment, the underpass at Oregon Expressway near Alma Street flooded once again during this week's storm and forced a road closure, which could turn into a trend.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 35 comments
U.S. judge temporarily halts termination of DACA program

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's administration's cancellation of a program protecting undocumented young people from being deported.

Wednesday, 8:46 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Expensive Gucci handbags stolen from Nordstrom

A group of thieves wielding box and wire cutters stormed the Nordstrom store at Stanford Shopping Center on Monday night and stole $111,779 in high-end Gucci handbags, police said.

Tuesday, 5:34 PM | 30 comments
Hotel plan draws opposition in south Palo Alto

Residents in a south Palo Alto condo complex are asking the city to reject a plan for a new five-story hotel that would replace the restaurant Su Hong on El Camino Real.

Tuesday, 5:12 PM | 8 comments

Monday, January 8, 2018

Utilities customers faced with back-to-back power outages

Hours after restoring power to about 1,800 customers, Palo Alto Utilities crews were faced with another outage affecting about 600 customers, according to the city's Utilities Department.

Monday, 10:09 PM | 17 comments
Kniss wins third term as Palo Alto mayor

Liz Kniss returned to the center of Palo Alto's political limelight Monday night, when the City Council unanimously elected her as mayor for 2018.

Monday, 7:56 PM | 66 comments
Multiple painkillers found in deceased actor John Heard

Actor John Heard, who was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel room last July, had numerous potent painkillers in his system, a coroner's toxicology report found, according to celebrity news website TMZ.

Monday, 3:49 PM | 4 comments
Heavy rain, strong winds expected Monday afternoon

Periods of heavy rain are expected starting Monday afternoon in the Bay Area as the morning's rain intensifies, National Weather Service officials said.

Monday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Man identified in fatal Page Mill Road crash

A driver whose car crashed into a tree, killing him on Page Mill Road Monday, was a Stanford doctor, according to coroner and university officials.

Monday, 12:52 PM | 16 comments

Burger chain Shake Shack to open in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 16 comments | 4,581 views

The Cost of Service
By Aldis Petriceks | 1 comment | 1,059 views

This time we're not lying. HONEST! No, really!
By Douglas Moran | 9 comments | 653 views

Couples: When Wrong Admit It; When Right; Shut Up
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 518 views

One-on-one time
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 446 views