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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Guest Opinion: 'Hey Elon, we need Tesla trains not trucks!'

Tesla is set to demonstrate its newest baby -- long-haul trucks -- but it has missed a technically easier target: commuter trains.

Sunday, 8:00 AM | 9 comments

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Around Town: let's talk about sex; musical strides

Read about a new parents group raising awareness about sex education, a woman making waves in music and dogs checking for bed bugs at city libraries.

Saturday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet
Persky opponent launches fundraising campaign

The Santa Clara County assistant district attorney running against Judge Aaron Persky in an upcoming recall election has officially started fundraising for her campaign.

Saturday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 20, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Locals share fire-relief stories

Hear stories of aid to victims of the North Bay fires from Palo Alto Animal Services Officer Ken Cunningham, Almanac staff writer and American Red Cross volunteer Barbara Wood and Margaret Winters of Atherton.

Friday, 6:55 PM | No comments yet
Barron Park principal named interim HR director

Anne Brown, who has served as principal of Barron Park Elementary School for the last two years, will temporarily move to the district for the rest of the school year as interim assistant superintendent for human resources.

Friday, 6:45 PM | 5 comments
Lawyer charged for creating 'fake employees'

A Palo Alto attorney is facing numerous fraud charges for allegedly creating fake employees to help her clients obtain benefits as part of a federal immigration program, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Friday, 1:00 PM | No comments yet
Felon arraigned for possessing firearm while filming music video

A convicted felon and alleged gang member pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of illegally possessing a firearm and gang enhancements after filming a rap music video in which he allegedly handled a gun on camera, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Friday, 12:51 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: mixed-use project; superintendent search

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 23.

Friday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Rising up to meet the disaster

Communities across Palo Alto have responded in myriad ways to the devastation of the North Bay fires with services, manpower and supplies to those who need help.

Friday, 7:01 AM | 1 comment
Planned growth to strain traffic around Stanford

A new report for Stanford's general-use permit application shows the university's expansion will create "significant and unavoidable" traffic impacts.

Friday, 7:01 AM | 19 comments
Soaring through life

William "Uncle Bill" Dinsmore will celebrate a life marked by persistence amid adversity and abiding love as he becomes a centenarian Friday.

Friday, 7:01 AM | 4 comments
School district considers 'civility' policy

The president of the Palo Alto teachers' union hopes that a new civility policy she has proposed will help minimize inappropriate conduct among teachers, administrators and parents.

Friday, 7:00 AM | 33 comments
Editorial: Irrationality on marijuana

In a community that passed Proposition 64, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, city officials are recommending a policy that prohibits even a single highly regulated retail dispensary from operating here.

Friday, 7:00 AM | 17 comments

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Students displaced by North Bay fires eligible for assistance

Families with students who have relocated to the South Bay in the aftermath of blazes across the North Bay are eligible to apply for assistance, according to the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Thursday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet
Efforts emerge to address sexual violence in Palo Alto school district

In a school district troubled by sexual misconduct among students and teachers, a district-level task force and a grassroots parent effort have launched to address the problem in Palo Alto's schools.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | 11 comments
Bay Area forecast: rain expected on Thursday

Rain is expected to fall in the Bay Area on Thursday and could help firefighters put out the several wildfires burning in the North Bay, National Weather Service officials said.

Thursday, 8:28 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Obituary: John Freidenrich dies at 80

Longtime Atherton resident John Freidenrich -- a major supporter of Stanford University, a well-respected attorney and an early investor in many Silicon Valley companies -- died on Oct. 11. He was 80.

Wednesday, 2:59 PM | 3 comments
Could the North Bay inferno happen here?

An aerial video of the suburban Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa shows parcels that are now the color of ash. Could such a fire happen here?

Wednesday, 9:42 AM | 9 comments
Council members propose adding housing in commercial areas

Three City Council members are looking to revise the zoning code to allow more new residences downtown and in other prominent commercial districts.

Wednesday, 9:42 AM | 86 comments
Facebook's plans win Planning Commission OK

A debate over the aesthetics of a proposed eight-story parking garage dominated the Menlo Park Planning Commission's discussion of Facebook's revised plans for its development along Bayfront Expressway.

Wednesday, 9:14 AM | 1 comment
Proposal would augment background checks for ride-share drivers

New proposals on background checks for ride-share drivers could considered by the California Public Utilities Commission as early as next month.

Wednesday, 9:11 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto tries to get a grip on pension problem

The city faces an unpaid pension bill that stands at more than $300 million and keeps on growing.

Wednesday, 1:01 AM | 33 comments

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Community Notebook: Film, panel on life for East Palo Alto families

Life in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven will be on display Oct. 24 at a film screening showcasing in-depth interviews and focus groups.

Tuesday, 9:40 AM | 1 comment
Stanford University sees rise in car burglaries

About 20 car break-ins have been recorded at Stanford University since the start of the month, including eight on Thursday and Friday, according to the university's Department of Public Safety.

Tuesday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto cuts Fire Department positions

The Palo Alto City Council voted early Tuesday to eliminate 11 positions in the Fire Department -- a move that drew staunch opposition from the firefighters' union.

Tuesday, 3:12 AM | 18 comments
Plan to boost renter protections fizzles

Palo Alto's foray into rent stabilization blew up at the starting line Monday night after the City Council struck down a proposal to strengthen the city's tenant-protection laws.

Tuesday, 2:39 AM | 67 comments

Monday, October 16, 2017

Shop Talk: New bakery opens; Chop & Pub

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about a new Palo Alto bakery and a booze-and-tapas establishment headed to Mountain View.

Monday, 8:33 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wrong-way driver causes major crash

A man who drove the wrong way on southbound Interstate 280 early Sunday morning and crashed into van, resulting in lane closures, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, the California Highway Patrol said.

Sunday, 11:04 AM | 16 comments
Off Deadline: Is 'Restore Hetch Hetchy' a pipe dream or a living vision?

Today, John Muir's philosophical descendants are aggressively pushing to return Hetch Hetchy Valley, roughly the northern third of Yosemite National Park, to its natural state.

Sunday, 8:57 AM | 8 comments

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Around Town: a powerful reminder; family reunion

Learn about the recent landscaping work at the site where a former Stanford University student sexually assaulted a woman in 2015 and more in our latest Around Town column.

Saturday, 8:28 AM | 4 comments

Friday, October 13, 2017

PODCAST: Palo Alto's pension problem

Palo Alto is facing a pension and retiree medical liability that City Councilman Eric Filseth says approaches $1 billion. How is the city going to pay for it?

Friday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
'Behind the Headlines': Palo Alto's pension problem

Palo Alto is facing a pension and retiree medical liability that City Councilman Eric Filseth says approaches $1 billion. How is the city going to pay for it?

Friday, 5:24 PM | 37 comments
Where to donate for victims of North Bay wildfires

For people interested in assisting victims of the North Bay wildfires, the Weekly has compiled a list on groups that are providing help and in need of donations.

Friday, 4:24 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Fire Department job cuts; ordinance for taxi services

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 16.

Friday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet
Deputy fire chief sues city of Palo Alto

The Fire Department's second in command is suing the city for being suspended last year by the department for three days for alleged misconduct, according to court documents.

Friday, 9:57 AM | 36 comments
Cities rush to prepare for new marijuana era

Palo Alto is one of many Midpeninsula cities taking a conservative, wait-and-see approach on sales and cultivation of recreational marijuana, with the City Council preparing to adopt a moratorium on pot dispensaries.

Friday, 6:45 AM | 48 comments
Kiwanis Club honors founder of girls' camp

On Thursday, Marie Wolbach will be honored as the 2017 recipient of the Kiwanis Angel Award by the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto for her founding and expansion of Tech Trek.

Friday, 6:45 AM | No comments yet
An island of conservatives in a sea of liberals

A Paly junior hopes a new club she founded will not only provide a way for politically like-minded students to meet but also spur awareness and conversations with others with opposing views.

Friday, 6:45 AM | 35 comments
Cottage clusters becoming a thing of the past?

Palo Alto could soon lose two cottage clusters, the small groupings of bungalows built between the 1930s and 1950s that some people say are a vital part of the city's diverse housing stock.

Friday, 6:45 AM | 23 comments
Editorial: Our reporting on arrests

We think the media has a responsibility to regularly look at the consequences of its editorial practices and to modify them as circumstances change.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Contractors cited for fraud in East Palo Alto sting

A two-day sting operation in East Palo Alto resulted in 15 people being cited for alleged contractor fraud, the California Contractors State License Board announced on Thursday.

Thursday, 4:55 PM | 16 comments
Pricey goods purloined by shoplifters in past week

Palo Alto police are looking for shoplifters who hit multiple high-end stories within the past week, a spokeswoman said.

Thursday, 9:51 AM | 7 comments
Commission pans parking meter plan

Downtown Palo Alto's move toward parking meters hit an unexpected turn Wednesday night when the city's Planning and Transportation Commission voted against implementation.

Thursday, 12:16 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Local sports practices canceled as dense smoke lingers

With thick smoke from the North Bay fires blanketing the Midpeninsula Wednesday, Palo Alto city and school groups are canceling outdoor activities to protect people's health.

Wednesday, 5:03 PM | 2 comments
Police investigate bomb threat at HP

Police don't believe a bomb threat at Hewlett Packard's offices in Palo Alto Wednesday afternoon is credible, but continued to search the building into the evening, a spokesman said.

Wednesday, 3:43 PM | 6 comments
Parole denied to son who killed father

A man who fatally shot his father in East Palo Alto will remain in prison after being denied parole Tuesday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Wednesday, 9:50 AM | 1 comment
Board majority supports elementary school improvements, but others have questions

Larger multipurpose rooms and improved seismic safety are among the updates that elementary school principals and their communities feel are necessary to bring their campuses up to date.

Wednesday, 8:56 AM | 36 comments

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Governor signs off on Caltrain sales-tax measure

The approval of Senate Bill 797 will allow Caltrain to move ahead with a sales-tax increase measure.

Tuesday, 5:20 PM | 19 comments
Palo Alto looks to firm up renter protections

As rising rents continue to drive longtime residents out of Palo Alto, city officials are preparing to adopt new regulations that would offer renters greater protection.

Tuesday, 5:12 PM | 35 comments
County, employee union announce suit against Trump cancellation of DACA

Santa Clara County and SEIU Local 521 announced that they have filed suit in federal court Tuesday against the Trump administration for its elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Tuesday, 4:18 PM | 14 comments
School board to discuss budget for leadership transition

With an interim superintendent taking over after Max McGee's sudden resignation last month, the school board will discuss tonight allocating an additional $168,000 to cover salary expenses.

Tuesday, 9:10 AM | 11 comments

Monday, October 9, 2017

Community Notebook: The future of libraries

The role that libraries will play in an age where technology has given users diverse learning tools will be examined at a forum Tuesday night in Palo Alto.

Monday, 4:22 PM | 3 comments
Ravenswood school district open to new funding plan

The Ravenswood City School District superintendent plans to re-enter conversations about a new way to raise money for the school district.

Monday, 11:05 AM | 3 comments
North Bay fires spark Spare the Air alert

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday and Wednesday because of smoke from multiple wildfires in the North Bay.

Monday, 10:27 AM | 1 comment
Two rapes reported at Stanford University

Two on-campus rapes allegedly took place at Stanford University in the last week and a half, according to a safety alert the university sent out on Sunday night.

Monday, 8:30 AM | 13 comments

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