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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Around Town: Board warns of projects' impact on trees; tunnel closed to make way for new bridge

In the latest Around Town column, news about a warning for developers whose projects cost local trees, a longer than usual tunnel closure and a possible rule change to address concerns about city board and commission members.

Sunday, 8:09 AM | 17 comments

Saturday, December 7, 2019

East Palo Alto mayor calls for progress, inclusion in State of the City address

East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier highlighted a year of milestones during her State of the City speech on Thursday evening at the Cooley Landing Education Center.

Saturday, 10:47 AM | No comments yet
Plans for seven-story office building face questions over traffic, 'public benefits'

The East Palo Alto City Council on Tuesday delayed its vote on a proposed seven-story office development and six-story parking structure at one of the city's major intersections along University Avenue.

Saturday, 10:29 AM | 1 comment

Friday, December 6, 2019

MayView clinics to merge with Ravenswood, ending 47 years of operation

The MayView network of North County clinics serving low-income families will be under new management next year, owned and operated by the nonprofit Ravenswood Family Health Center, it was announced Friday.

Friday, 7:18 PM | No comments yet
Webcast: Rising wildfire risks

Fire agencies warn that the Santa Cruz Mountains could produce a large-scale blaze, similar to recent wildfires in the north bay, under the right conditions.

Friday, 5:00 PM | 1 comment
Santa Clara County opens inclement weather shelters for weekend storm

Santa Clara County inclement weather shelters will be open Friday through Sunday morning due to continuing rain and cold temperatures.

Friday, 3:46 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Anti-vaping measure; Cubberley concept plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 9.

Friday, 11:44 AM | No comments yet
Spell of wet, windy weather arriving to the Bay Area on Friday

More wet and windy weather is on its way to the Bay Area starting Friday and continuing into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday, 8:50 AM | No comments yet
'It can happen here': Local fire agencies grapple with new era of 'megafires'

California's wildfire "season" isn't seasonal anymore. With climate change producing drier vegetation and hotter weather, it's year-round, experts said.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 7 comments
How to protect your home against wildfire

Property owners play a vital role in preventing the spread of wildfires, particularly to their homes, according to Palo Alto Fire Chief Geoffrey Blackshire.

Friday, 6:52 AM | No comments yet
At Stanford, a complex wildlands-fire scenario

Stanford University boasts beautiful mountain and grassland plant and animal communities to explore or just take in. Its lands are also home to a number of endangered species. But this land is also a potentially deadly beauty.

Friday, 6:51 AM | No comments yet
Preventing disasters in open space preserves

With nearly 65,000 acres of open space preserves, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District carries some of the greatest burden -- and potential -- for preventing wildfires locally.

Friday, 6:51 AM | No comments yet
Despite demand, rising costs force cutbacks to meal program

Nationally, Meals on Wheels deliveries have declined by 21 million since 2005. Santa Clara County is able to provide Meals on Wheels to all eligible applicants, but San Mateo County has a growing waitlist.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 2 comments
Holiday Fund: Palo Alto, East Palo Alto students connect through music

A $5,000 grant from the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund helped Palo Alto Music Connection realize its goal of raising its efficiency by ensuring it has a working instrument supply for participants.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Is California saving higher education?

California is taking on seemingly intractable problems that are plaguing higher education nationwide. These include high dropout rates and financial aid that doesn't cover living expenses.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | No comments yet
Stanford law professor testifies to Trump's 'abuse of power' in House Judiciary Committee

Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan was one of three legal scholars who told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 63 comments

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ravenswood leadership proposes closing Brentwood, Willow Oaks elementary schools

The Ravenswood City School District has announced which of its five elementary schools have been proposed for closure next fall: Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto and Willow Oaks Elementary School in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 10:59 PM | 7 comments
Forecast shows tax revenues on the rise in Palo Alto

Despite mounting infrastructure costs and colossal pension obligations, Palo Alto is banking on good times ahead when it comes to the city budget, according to a new economic forecast.

Wednesday, 9:46 AM | 14 comments

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

School board ready to fund more services for students with dyslexia

For the first time, the Palo Alto school district has concrete data on how many of its youngest students are at risk for dyslexia: 25% of first- through third-graders.

Tuesday, 10:15 PM | 15 comments
Stanford students press administrators in town hall on sexual assault

Stanford University leadership faced frank questions about sexual harassment and assault at a Tuesday town hall held in response to student demands for a "direct and honest conversation" about sexual violence with administrators.

Tuesday, 9:30 PM | 27 comments
Google co-founders Brin, Page step down from Alphabet roles

In a surprise announcement Tuesday, Sergey Brin and Larry Page said they were stepping down from their leadership positions at Alphabet, the overarching conglomerate that owns Google, Waymo and a host of other tech companies.

Tuesday, 3:09 PM | 5 comments
Council holds back funds from plan to revitalize Ventura

Palo Alto's effort to develop a new vision for the Ventura area hit another unexpected obstacle on Monday night, when a routine vote to provide funding for planning exercise failed despite support from the City Council majority.

Tuesday, 12:37 PM | 17 comments
Despite pressure from hotels, Palo Alto extends its stay in visitors bureau

The Palo Alto City Council found itself in an unusual position on Monday night -- playing the role of a referee in a bitter feud between hospitality experts.

Tuesday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet
A 'bulwark' against future fraud: Stanford announces policy changes in response to Operation Varsity Blues

Stanford University plans to tighten its policies on donations and athletic recruits as recommended by a firm that reviewed university procedures in the wake of the national college admissions scandal.

Tuesday, 9:25 AM | No comments yet

Monday, December 2, 2019

Palo Alto delays 'urgency' law to protect renters — again

A proposal in Palo Alto to pass an "emergency law" to protect tenants facing evictions before the state's new renter-protection law kicks in faltered on Monday despite broad political support.

Monday, 10:24 PM | 30 comments
Alleged serial killer pleads not guilty in 1973 murder case

A former Stanford Hospital medical technician pleaded not guilty on Monday morning for the 1973 murder of a 21-year-old Stanford University graduate.

Monday, 10:24 PM | 17 comments
As Stanford works to address problem of sexual violence, new report provides further data

Stanford University responded to 279 reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence and gender discrimination in the 2018-19 academic year, up from 211 the year prior, according to a report issued Monday.

Monday, 4:34 PM | No comments yet
County assessor's report captures past 10 years, points to return to 'normal market'

Palo Alto's share of the assessment roll grew by 6.72% for 2019-2020 and makes up 7.62% of the total assessment roll.

Monday, 2:53 PM | No comments yet
County to add services for survivors of sexual violence at Stanford Hospital

Santa Clara County residents who have been sexually assaulted will be able to seek care closer to home starting in 2020 with the addition of a sexual assault forensic-exam team and rape crisis advocates at the new Stanford Hospital.

Monday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, December 1, 2019

To curb vaping, Palo Alto weighs ban on e-cigarettes

Citing ongoing concerns about the health impacts of vaping, three members of the Palo Alto City Council are proposing an urgency law to ban the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes.

Sunday, 7:52 AM | 32 comments

Saturday, November 30, 2019

California asks for clarity in clean car rollbacks. EPA's answer might affect your commute.

The Trump administration's new rule stripping California of its power to police tailpipe pollution, including the power to require that automakers sell zero-emission vehicles in the state, took effect Tuesday.

Saturday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 29, 2019

PUBLIC AGENDA: Emergency tenants-protection law; utilities rate change projections

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 2.

Friday, 10:04 AM | No comments yet
Webcast: Holiday entertainment highlights

Palo Alto Weekly Associate Editor Linda Taaffe chats with music writer Yoshi Kato and Arts and Entertainment Editor Karla Kane about the many upcoming holiday-themed performances and events on the Midpeninsula this season.

Friday, 10:03 AM | No comments yet
New Cubberley plan sets stage for tense debate

With the Palo Alto City Council and school district struggling to forge a common vision for redeveloping Cubberley Community Center, a newly released master plan for the 35-acre complex offers a striking picture of what's possible.

Friday, 7:19 AM | 23 comments
In the age of 'fake news,' Stanford study finds high schoolers unskilled at assessing online information

Many high school students are unable to assess the credibility of online information, a new Stanford study has found. This poses a threat to "the vitality of American democracy," the researchers said.

Friday, 7:19 AM | 22 comments
Holiday Fund: Nonprofit helps homeless team members turn their lives around

The Downtown Streets Team has revived a fund to helps its members pay for application fees, background checks and other expenses critical to their transitions from homelessness to housed.

Friday, 7:18 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Community Notebook: Holiday giving ideas

The season of giving is upon us, and local organizations around Palo Alto are prepared: From holiday dinners to toy drives, charitable groups are offering many ways to bring joy into someone else's life this season.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Buena Vista resident who received city settlement faces burglary charges

Gustavo Alvarez, the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park resident who recently received a $572,500 settlement from the city of Palo Alto after he was violently arrested in 2018, has been charged with three counts of second degree burglary.

Wednesday, 1:59 PM | 16 comments
Palo Alto police face fresh claim of excessive force

The Palo Alto Police Department was hit this month with a fresh claim of excessive use of force, stemming from a July incident in which a man says he was violently attacked and falsely arrested by a police officer.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 38 comments
Police: Verbal altercation turns into assault, robbery at Palo Alto Walgreens

A man who allegedly assaulted a Walgreens employee and attempted to take another employee's cellphone at the Midtown Palo Alto location earlier this month left the worker with a laceration to his right eye, a police spokesman said.

Wednesday, 9:49 AM | 4 comments
Thanksgiving holiday to impact city services, public transit schedules

Find out which local and regional services throughout the Palo Alto area will be closed on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday and over the following long weekend.

Wednesday, 9:26 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Santa Clara County opens cold weather shelters

Santa Clara County is opening inclement weather shelters Tuesday due to near-freezing temperatures expected in the region through Dec. 3.

Tuesday, 5:52 PM | No comments yet
Foothill-De Anza board approves duo of tax measures for March 2020 ballot

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District board approved two tax measures Monday that could alleviate budget woes and upgrade facilities at both college campuses.

Tuesday, 2:36 PM | 12 comments
Man confronts homeowner during burglary, arrested in neighbor's backyard

A man who startled two women in the middle of a home burglary in Old Palo Alto on Monday got away with their property, but didn't get far; officers arrested him in a neighbor's backyard, police said.

Tuesday, 1:07 PM | 4 comments
Young Menlo Park couple could face fines of $500 per day for living in driveway RV

Arlena Bain and Alex Mulholland have lived quietly for months in an RV parked in the driveway of a Menlo Park home. But come Dec. 3, their housing situation will cease to be an option.

Tuesday, 9:28 AM | 24 comments

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The holidays are here!

From live music to a visit with Santa, here's a look at some local holiday activities to help you get into the spirit of the season.