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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Palo Alto's planning director to resign

Palo Alto Planning Director Hillary Gitelman will step down from her post next month, leaving the city with a vacancy in one of its most critical and demanding positions.

Thursday, 12:30 PM | 6 comments
Report: Bay Area air quality among worst in nation

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The Bay Area has some of the worst air quality in the nation but numbers have gradually improved over the last few years, the American Lung Association said in a report released Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kniss makes a case for housing in 'State of the City'

Palo Alto's housing crisis is threatening the city's diversity and making it nearly impossible for the next generation of residents to stay here, Mayor Liz Kniss told the crowd assembled Wednesday for her "State of the City" speech.

Wednesday, 10:29 PM | 19 comments
Palo Alto initiative seeks to curb office growth

In a bid to rein in commercial growth in Palo Alto, a group of residents is preparing to place a measure on the November ballot that would more tightly limit new office space in the city.

Wednesday, 5:44 PM | 32 comments
New principal named for Juana Briones, acting principal for Paly

The current principal of Hoover Elementary School will move to lead Juana Briones Elementary School next year, the district announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 2:09 PM | 8 comments
Palo Alto eyes tax on sodas

A crusade by a Palo Alto dentist to get the city of Palo Alto to adopt a soda tax is quickly picking up momentum, with four members of the City Council now preparing a memo in support of including such a measure on the November ballot.

Wednesday, 7:52 AM | 55 comments

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Palo Alto may seek another hotel-tax increase

As construction costs continue to rise, Palo Alto officials are looking to place another hotel-tax increase on the November ballot to help fund their infrastructure priorities.

Tuesday, 10:07 PM | 10 comments
Police Department hires first public-affairs manager

A longtime broadcast journalist is joining Palo Alto police as its first-ever public affairs manager, the department announced Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, 7:46 PM | 9 comments
Worried by rail redesign, residents seek to save their homes

A new alliance between Old Palo Alto and Southgate neighborhood residents has formed to influence the city's decision on the railroad reconfiguration at Churchill Avenue and Alma Street.

Tuesday, 5:50 PM | 63 comments
Palo Alto hires new rail consultant

Palo Alto's newest rail consultant will have a tough, two-fold task on its hands when it makes its public debut Wednesday morning: engage the community on the complex topic of grade separation. And do it fast.

Tuesday, 3:05 PM | 3 comments
Supervisors set aside $6M for teacher housing in Palo Alto

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set aside $6 million in an affordable-housing fund toward the potential construction of a below-market-rate complex in Palo Alto for teachers and school staff.

Tuesday, 2:15 PM | 12 comments
Shop Talk: Cheesecake Factory to close; new Stanford shops

Read about the impending departure of The Cheesecake Factory, eight new retailers opening at Stanford Shopping Center this year and the closure of a Menlo Park restaurant.

Tuesday, 9:10 AM | 9 comments
Former Menlo Park pastor sentenced to prison for molestation

A former pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting three victims between September 2011 and May 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

Tuesday, 9:05 AM | 1 comment
New operator to take charge at Baylands Golf Links

In late May, Palo Alto Baylands golfers will confront a transformed course, a reconstructed wetlands ecosystem and a new full-service course operator, whose contract the City Council approved Monday night.

Tuesday, 1:06 AM | 12 comments

Monday, April 16, 2018

Three-part series on Islam comes to Mountain View

The Mountain View Human Relations Commission will be hosting a three-part speaker series on "Understanding Islam," hosted by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. Each event will feature a panel of experts and activists from the Muslim community.

Monday, 12:40 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Survey shows scant enthusiasm for infrastructure tax

Palo Alto voters might be willing to support a funding measure to improve public safety and roads, but most would likely oppose a sales-tax increase, a new survey commissioned by the city shows.

Sunday, 8:31 AM | 53 comments
Stanford women take up mantles as Miss San Jose, Miss Silicon Valley

Stanford alumna Amia Nash and student Jacqueline Wibowo are carrying out their reigns as Miss Silicon Valley and Miss San Jose, respectively, and are both eyeing the Miss California title.

Sunday, 7:56 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Weekly wins top prizes at statewide journalism contest

The Palo Alto Weekly's staff took home the top prizes in breaking news, education, business news, editorial comment and design at the 2017 California Journalism Awards on Saturday, April 14, in Sonoma.

Saturday, 3:37 PM | 3 comments
Around Town: Locked down; game over

Read about Paly student journalists reporting in the middle of a campus lockdown, a Stanford University student who competed on Jeopardy! and residents opposing Verizon Wireless's plan to install equipment on utility poles.

Saturday, 8:20 AM | 2 comments

Friday, April 13, 2018

Threat against Palo Alto school district could be part of nationwide hoax

Palo Alto Unified became the latest school district to receive an anonymous threat of violence in an email sent to interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks late Thursday evening.

Friday, 9:11 PM | 3 comments
Webcast: Zoning for churches

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the Palo Alto neighborhood dispute over a church that rents its space out to music groups, counselors and others.

Friday, 7:25 PM | No comments yet
Police investigate robbery at downtown bank

An armed man who was dressed as a construction worker robbed a bank in downtown Palo Alto late Friday afternoon, according to police.

Friday, 7:21 PM | 4 comments
Federal safety agency drops Tesla from crash investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Thursday that it is dropping Tesla as a party in the agency's investigation into the fatal car crash in Mountain View last month.

Friday, 1:15 PM | 1 comment
Police release body cam footage of YouTube shooter

The Mountain View Police Department released body camera footage on Friday morning showing officers' interaction with suspected YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam roughly 10 hours before she opened fire at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno earlier this month, wounding three people.

Friday, 12:16 PM | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: golf course contract; state of the city

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

Friday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
It's almost tee time in the Baylands

Surprises abound at Baylands Golf Links, a newly reconfigured golf course in Palo Alto that will start welcoming players in late May.

Friday, 6:47 AM | 15 comments
Police chief to create advisory committee

Newly hired Palo Alto Police Chief Robert Jonsen plans to establish a community advisory committee to obtain public input on police policy as soon as June or July, he said at a Human Relations Commission meeting last week.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: Of church and state

Immediate neighbors of the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto are understandably frustrated and wary about the parking, traffic and noise impacts from the non-religious activities taking place on the property.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 22 comments

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Advisory group to interview superintendent finalists

A panel of 10 community members, five school administrators and two students will confidentially interview finalists for Palo Alto school district's next superintendent on Monday.

Thursday, 9:51 AM | 7 comments
Ravenswood school district to appoint new principals

Ravenswood City School District's superintendent has proposed an internal shuffling of school leadership that will result in new principals at three schools next year.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 15 comments
Two declare candidacies for Palo Alto school board

The race for two open seats on the Palo Alto school board is starting to heat up, with one incumbent planning to run for re-election and one newcomer declaring his candidacy.

Thursday, 9:00 AM | 21 comments
Church may get a reprieve in neighborhood dispute

A heated dispute between an Old Palo Alto church and some of its neighbors moved toward a shaky resolution Wednesday, when the city's Planning and Transportation Commission supported granting the church a permit to retain its tenants.

Thursday, 12:25 AM | 29 comments

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Congresswoman grills Zuckerberg on data security

Rep. Anna Eshoo was among those in Washington who confronted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about data insecurity on April 10 and 11, asking questions provided by her constituents.

Wednesday, 9:01 PM | 40 comments
Community Notebook: More than 1K people expected to attend Earth Day festival

Saturday's Earth Day festival and the fifth annual Great Race for Saving Water at the Palo Alto Baylands serves a reminder for residents to be cognisant of their water-use habits.

Wednesday, 10:15 AM | No comments yet
Stanford agrees to Title IX reforms under federal resolution

A yearslong federal probe into Stanford University's handling of campus sexual violence has come to an end, with the university agreeing to remedy Title IX violations under a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Wednesday, 9:17 AM | 1 comment
Opinion: On stewardship and being a good neighbor

Today, the uses for First Baptist Church at the corner of Bryant Street and North California Avenue are obvious, the community need is significant, and the opportunities are myriad.

Wednesday, 8:14 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Man pleads not guilty to drive-by shootings, collision with bicyclist

A man faces life in prison for injuring a woman in one of two drive-by shootings in East Palo Alto and colliding with a bicyclist in Palo Alto late last month, according to the San Mateo County prosecutors.

Tuesday, 5:17 PM | 4 comments
Water polo ref ID'd as Caltrain fatality

The man who was killed in a Caltrain collision near the California Avenue station in Palo Alto on Saturday at around 10:15 a.m. has been identified as Craig Rockhold, 59, according to his family and other sources.

Tuesday, 3:46 PM | 3 comments
County holds public meetings on proposed affordable housing fee

A series of public meetings starts this week to gather input on a proposed countywide affordable housing fee for new developments in unincorporated Santa Clara County, county officials said.

Tuesday, 12:14 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto opts not to sue FAA

After a closed session Monday, Palo Alto officials decided not to launch a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration over airplane noise, which has become a growing nuisance for residents.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 40 comments
Palo Alto launches affordable-housing zone

Seeking to end Palo Altos yearslong drought in producing affordable housing, city officials agreed early Tuesday morning to create a new zoning tool to help developers create this rare commodity.

Tuesday, 12:35 AM | 89 comments

Monday, April 9, 2018

Community Notebook: City to host bike boulevard education event

Seeking to address residents' concerns about the newly-constructed roundabout intersection at Ross Road and East Meadow Drive, the city of Palo Alto will host a free roundabout education event this Wednesday.

Monday, 4:08 PM | 28 comments
Community Notebook: Violence-prevention expert to visit schools

Jackson Katz, who is nationally known for his work on gender violence, will visit Palo Alto this week to work with high school students and give a public talk.

Monday, 2:37 PM | 16 comments

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Man arrested for sexual assault at gunpoint

A man accused of sexually assaulting a high school-aged girl at gunpoint while she jogged near Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto late last month is in custody, police said.

Sunday, 10:14 PM | 27 comments
Senior athletes meet their match at regional sporting competition

The upcoming Bay Area Senior Games will feature 18 competitions in various sports, including five that will be held in Palo Alto -- lawn bowling, pickleball, soccer, swimming and volleyball.

Sunday, 8:54 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Armed man arrested near scene of possible arson fire

A man armed with a knife was arrested Saturday morning at his Palo Alto home, which police and fire officials said he may have intentionally set on fire.

Saturday, 1:21 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain reports fatality on tracks

A northbound train struck and killed a 59-year-old man on the tracks near the California Avenue station in Palo Alto on Saturday morning, according to Caltrain.

Saturday, 10:49 AM | 33 comments
Around Town: Yamamoto Park?; a taxing effort

In this week's Around Town column, residents shift their efforts to name a park after World War II veteran Fred Yamamoto and the City Council prepares to formally oppose a state tax initiative.

Saturday, 8:43 AM | 13 comments
League of Women Voters host event on determining news credibility

An event this Monday co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Council of PTAs aims to inform people on how they can decipher fact from fiction in the media.

Saturday, 8:34 AM | 13 comments

Friday, April 6, 2018

Council weighs competing proposals for 'affordable housing' zone

As the Palo Alto City Council prepares to approve a new zoning district to encourage affordable housing, planning commissioners remain at odds over what exactly is meant by "affordable."

Friday, 3:45 PM | 19 comments
Webcast: Working toward LGBTQ & gender equity

Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner Jill O'Nan discusses a recent listening forum and launch of a needs-assessment survey aimed at serving the LGBTQ community.

Friday, 3:12 PM | No comments yet
Public agencies prepare for flooding, debris flows as major storm approaches

Government agencies throughout the Bay Area are doing their part to get ready for heavy rains expected Friday and Saturday, brought to the California coast by a phenomenon known as an "atmospheric river."

Friday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Castilleja School seeks variance for rebuild

Officials at Castilleja School have submitted a request for a variance for their proposed campus rebuild, according to a March 22 letter from their attorneys to city of Palo Alto planners.

Friday, 6:34 AM | 21 comments
Tall Tree awardees unveiled

Five dedicated individuals and organizations that have focused on social causes, mental-health issues, sustainability, workplace diversity and helping those with disabilities will be honored at the 2018 Tall Tree awards next month.

Friday, 6:34 AM | 4 comments
Editorial: The housing 'overlay'

The Palo Alto City Council on Monday will consider whether to approve a new mechanism that would allow for the easing of some zoning requirements for housing projects designed for lower income individuals and families.

Friday, 6:34 AM | 44 comments
Off Deadline: An $11.4 billion question: Can Proposition 13 'loophole' be 'corrected'?

Palo Altans are in the middle of the effort to fix the worst perceived defects of Proposition 13, a state constitutional amendment that put a hard limit on property-tax increases.

Friday, 6:33 AM | 59 comments

Palo Alto's Vin Vino Wine sold to new owners
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 3,076 views

Migraine World Summit: FREE & ONLINE APRIL 18–26, 2018
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,411 views

Food Party! 420
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 741 views

Expanding the taxation of online sales
By Steve Levy | 3 comments | 698 views

Reader Guest Post: Life's Map
By Aldis Petriceks | 1 comment | 627 views

 

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