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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Trump officials to visit Stanford

Two high-ranking members of President Donald Trump's administration, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, will visit Stanford University's Hoover Institution on Monday and Tuesday.

Saturday, 3:00 PM | 4 comments
Around Town: Alums score Emmy nods; getting personal

In this week's Around Town column, find out which Stanford alumni are up for an Emmy award this fall and the Palo Alto Police Department's latest effort to recruit more officers.

Saturday, 1:40 PM | No comments yet

Friday, July 20, 2018

Webcast: Helping the Homeless RV Dwellers

East Palo Alto has a first-of-its-kind program in California dedicated to helping homeless RV dwellers on city-owned land.

Friday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
City challenges plan to convert President Hotel

A controversial proposal to convert the iconic President Hotel from an apartment building into a hotel hit a snag this week, when Palo Alto officials determined that the change would violate the local zoning code.

Friday, 9:55 AM | 43 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Cubberley consultant presentation; zoning code amendment

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

Friday, 6:52 AM | No comments yet
Departures pose recruiting challenges in Palo Alto

Palo Alto is part of a group of cities that is going through a transition at its most senior level.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 4 comments
Former CFO Lalo Perez reflects on three decades at City Hall

Lalo Perez has seen it all -- booms and busts, surpluses and deficits, a union strike and a library renaissance.

Friday, 6:49 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning physicist, former Stanford professor Burton Richter dies at 87

Burton Richter, a former Stanford University physics professor who won the Nobel Prize in 1976, died Wednesday in Palo Alto. He was 87 years old.

Thursday, 11:00 PM | 2 comments
School board approves new chief business officer

The Palo Alto school board enthusiastically voted 3-0 on Thursday, with two members absent, to approve a three-year contract with Jim Novak, the district's new chief business officer.

Thursday, 9:11 PM | 21 comments
Ravenswood graduate to run for school board

Julian Garcia, a graduate and former employee of the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, is running for a seat on the school board this fall.

Thursday, 4:55 PM | 3 comments
Man sentenced to 14 years for fatal East Palo Alto collision

A 28-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in state prison for an East Palo Alto collision that killed a father of five children last year, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Thursday, 4:46 PM | 4 comments
Former TV reporter enters Palo Alto's council race

After more than two decades of covering news for various TV stations, Pat Boone this week made a foray into local politics by declaring his intention to seek a seat on the Palo Alto City Council.

Thursday, 4:42 PM | 5 comments
Recent Paly graduate to run for school board

A 2015 graduate of Palo Alto High School focused on special education and mental health reform is running for a seat on the Board of Education in November.

Thursday, 4:40 PM | 8 comments
Four women arrested for shoplifting at Stanford Shopping Center

Four women were arrested this week in connection with two separate shoplifting incidents at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, police said Thursday.

Thursday, 3:31 PM | 14 comments
City to mark a library legacy, set in Stone

Sixty years after Palo Alto's Rinconada Library first opened its doors to local bookworms, the city is planning to mark the occasion by paying tribute to Edward Durell Stone, the iconic architect who designed the building.

Thursday, 9:29 AM | 6 comments
Foothill-De Anza strikes deal with teachers union

After a brief but tense standoff over employee salaries in the spring, Foothill-De Anza Community College District officials announced that they have reached a tentative agreement with its largest union over pay raises for the 2018-19 year.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

School district names new chief business officer

Palo Alto Unified could have its first new chief business officer in a decade in Jim Novak, the current assistant superintendent for business services in a large Southern California K-12 school district.

Wednesday, 7:00 PM | No comments yet
Police looking for peeper seen on security video

A man was seen entering a rear yard and looking through a resident's bedroom window last week in the Palo Alto's Downtown North neighborhood, according to police.

Wednesday, 3:15 PM | 11 comments
City set to review affordable-housing project

A proposal by Palo Alto Housing to construct 61 units of affordable housing on El Camino Real offers city officials a type of project that they haven't seen in five years.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 29 comments
Man accused of check fraud, elder abuse pleads not guilty

An East Palo Alto man who allegedly cashed fraudulent checks he stole from a 74-year-old woman pleaded not guilty on Monday, according to prosecutors.

Wednesday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet
State Democrats support repeal of Costa-Hawkins' rent control constraints

The California Democratic Party on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to endorse Proposition 10, the statewide Affordable Housing Act, which would repeal the anti-rent-control Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return power to regulate rents to local communities.

Wednesday, 9:07 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

School district criticizes county's Stanford housing study

The Palo Alto school board backed on Tuesday a strongly worded letter that calls a new Santa Clara County draft environmental impact report on Stanford University's planned expansion "legally inadequate."

Tuesday, 3:23 PM | 16 comments
Community Notebook: Peninsula Bridge student app showcase set for Tuesday

Peninsula Bridge, a nonprofit dedicated to helping local kids from disadvantaged families succeed in high school and college, invites the public to a student app showcase on Tuesday, July 17, at Amazon Web Services in East Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 1:09 PM | No comments yet
What $8.9 billion water bond would buy

If voters approve Proposition 3, the $8.9 billion water bond on the November ballot, taxpayers would pay $17.3 billion during the bond's 40-year life, of which $200 million would be used for San Francisco Bay wetlands restoration.

Tuesday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet
Regional group exploring housing solutions

On Wednesday, the Committee to House the Bay Area will present the public's input on how to build more affordable and low-income housing throughout the region.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 28 comments
Parent announces bid for Ravenswood school board

Nicole Sbragia, an East Palo Alto parent, charter school paraeducator and security dispatcher, plans to run for a seat on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education in November.

Tuesday, 9:10 AM | 10 comments

Monday, July 16, 2018

Police chief expands community-engagement efforts

Six months into his new job, Palo Alto Police Chief Robert Jonsen is seeking law-enforcement advice from a local group with plenty of opinions to offer: the residents themselves.

Monday, 3:15 PM | 10 comments
Palo Alto Housing seeks new leader

Palo Alto Housing President and CEO Candice Gonzalez will leave the nonprofit next month to join Sand Hill Property Company as chief housing officer and managing director.

Monday, 9:42 AM | 22 comments
School board to discuss Stanford growth

The Palo Alto school board will convene for a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss its response to the county's latest draft environmental impact report on Stanford University's proposals to increase campus housing.

Monday, 8:38 AM | 15 comments

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Report touts Bay Area as mega-powerful region facing challenges

Silicon Valley is an economic powerhouse, and some of the cogs that drive it are more functional than others, claims a new report recently released by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

Sunday, 8:58 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rehabilitated doves released in Gamble Garden

Oohs and aahs erupted from the crowd of about 30 people at Gamble Garden on Saturday as eight mourning doves rejoined the wild after weeks of rehabilitation.

Saturday, 8:46 PM | 1 comment
Around Town: end of an era; under the boardwalk

In this week's Around Town column, a longtime City Hall employee steps down, the boardwalk replacement project at the Baylands is ahead of schedule and the Friendship Bridge has closed until December.

Saturday, 8:36 AM | 2 comments

Friday, July 13, 2018

Webcast: Grand jury's housing report

Henry Groth, a member of the 2017-2018 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury discusses with Weekly journalists a recent report from the civil grand jury about the region's affordable-housing crisis.

Friday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: discussing Stanford GUP; reviewing downtown garage design

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

Friday, 8:37 AM | No comments yet
City gives new focus to transportation needs

Last month, with little warning and no fanfare, Palo Alto's new Office of Transportation opened for business.

Friday, 6:38 AM | 39 comments
Editorial: Stanford's housing obligations

As Stanford approaches the final months of county review of its proposed new general use permit, a new analysis of housing needs is throwing a major monkey wrench into the process.

Friday, 6:38 AM | 26 comments
Off Deadline: A 'more than heartbreaking' visit to two of America's detention centers

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and other congressional members of a delegation that visited two detention centers for undocumented immigrants in late June had emotional responses.

Friday, 6:38 AM | 41 comments

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Resident catches man trespassing into her home

A woman found a stranger who was inside her home late Tuesday morning and fled without any valuables, Palo Alto police said Thursday.

Thursday, 6:30 PM | 5 comments
East Palo Alto approves RV parking pilot program

The East Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved a program to support RV dwellers on government land on Tuesday night, July 17, to the applause of a roomful of community supporters who told the council "good job."

Thursday, 4:23 PM | 29 comments
Facing economic pressures, Ada's Cafe makes plea for donations

In the face of rising rent and labor costs, Palo Alto's Ada's Cafe, which employs adults with developmental disabilities, is seeking donations from the community to keep its doors open.

Thursday, 9:45 AM | 37 comments
Teen identified as paving worker killed by loader

A crew member helping repave a church parking lot who was killed when he was run over by a Bobcat loader Thursday has been identified, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Thursday, 9:16 AM | 22 comments

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Newly hired consultant to shepherd Ventura plan

Palo Alto's effort to re-imagine a 60-acre section of the Ventura neighborhood is set to kick off in earnest in September, when the city's newly hired consultant and freshly appointed citizens group hold their first meeting on the ambitious project.

Wednesday, 1:45 PM | 9 comments
Traffic team returns to Palo Alto streets

Responding to resident concerns about speeding cars and reckless drivers, the Palo Alto Police Department has brought back its Traffic Team, the department announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 11:28 AM | 54 comments
Brava debuts 'the world's fastest oven' in Palo Alto

Two Gunn High School graduates have created what they believe is the next big thing in food technology: a high-tech oven to cook everything from steak to pizza in a fraction of the time it would take in a conventional oven.

Wednesday, 9:24 AM | 6 comments
County makes 'significant' progress in homeless housing

Santa Clara County has made considerable strides toward reaching its goal of creating 6,000 units of new, affordable housing for homeless individuals and families, according to a report released Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8:50 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Stanford expansion creates housing quandary

Palo Alto residents showed little enthusiasm Tuesday for the idea of requiring Stanford University to build enough residential units to compensate for its ambitious expansion.

Tuesday, 9:47 PM | 32 comments
District names new Hoover Elementary School principal

The principal of a San Jose middle school will become Hoover Elementary School's new principal, the Palo Alto school district announced Tuesday.

Tuesday, 1:13 PM | 7 comments
Column: In the shadow of a volcano

The volcanic activity at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii since May has led the American Red Cross and other volunteers have stepped in to help the thousands of people and pets whose lives have been disrupted.

Tuesday, 9:00 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park group aims to get more women elected

WIRE for Women, an organization founded by a Menlo Park woman that aims to bring more women into public office in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, will face the test of their efforts in the November election.

Tuesday, 8:50 AM | 7 comments

Flights to replace Shiva's in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 7 comments | 4,339 views

Palo Alto's problems -- crows, rats and airplanes
By Diana Diamond | 16 comments | 1,588 views

Couples: When You’re Frustrated with Your Teen
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 915 views

Use-Mention distinction fading; Idiocracy ascendant
By Douglas Moran | 18 comments | 897 views