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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Around Town: Council renews push to change its policies; car burglaries on the rise

In the latest Around Town column, news about the Palo Alto City Council pushing to clean up its handbook of procedures, tips to stay safe during the holiday shopping season and a national arts nonprofit recognizing local youth.

Sunday, 9:04 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Santa Clara County explores universal basic income for former foster youth

Santa Clara County Supervisors are looking into providing a universal basic income for young adults aging out of the county's foster care system.

Saturday, 12:01 PM | 2 comments

Friday, December 13, 2019

Man arrested for Rubrik stabbing charged with attempted murder

A man who allegedly stabbed a co-worker at the Palo Alto headquarters of Rubrik, a cloud data management company, on Wednesday is facing an attempted murder charge, according to Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Friday, 4:00 PM | 1 comment
Podcast: Fixing commissions; Middle school math

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's effort to reform its commission system and a proposal to dramatically shift how math is taught in Palo Alto middle schools.

Friday, 3:25 PM | No comments yet
One year later, East Palo Alto police seek witness to fatal shooting

East Palo Alto police are asking for witnesses to come forward following a homicide that's gone unsolved for a year, police said Thursday.

Friday, 12:09 PM | No comments yet
New police auditor contract to exclude internal conflicts within department

In its final meeting of the year, the Palo Alto City Council is preparing to approve a new contract with the city's independent police auditors that explicitly excludes investigations of conflicts between officers.

Friday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet
Gunn High School student taken into custody for alleged online shooting threat

Palo Alto police early Friday morning apprehended a Gunn High School student who had allegedly threatened a school shooting on social media.

Friday, 8:16 AM | 17 comments
Palo Alto churches offer a space to deal with sadness during the holidays

Three local churches are offering Blue Christmas services for people who can't feign the joy that's expected every year for the holidays.

Friday, 6:49 AM | 1 comment
Holiday Fund: Through the art of debate, students find their voice

Some debate programs revolve around the goal of winning tournaments, but for Silicon Valley Urban Debate League, it's all about what the students gain from the activity.

Friday, 6:49 AM | No comments yet
Local family gives $100,000 to Holiday Fund

A Palo Alto family has made a $100,000 donation to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund in hopes of inspiring other donors to join them in supporting local programs for kids and families.

Friday, 6:48 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: In its haste to address teen vaping, City Council misses the mark

Why do we expect youth in our community to be any more deterred from buying e-cigarettes and vaping products by prohibiting their sale to adults in Palo Alto?

Friday, 6:48 AM | 12 comments
Guest Opinion: Tired of all the virtue signaling?

It is important for us to develop inclusive and positive attitudes to being environmentally friendly. It's difficult enough to engage on climate change without worrying about embracing or evading claims of moral superiority.

Friday, 6:48 AM | 14 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Amending wireless communication facilities standards; funding for Code:ART2

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

Friday, 6:47 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Woman puts up fight against robber on a bike

Palo Alto police are looking for a bicyclist who robbed a woman, dragged her on University Avenue for several feet and had her running after him as she screamed for help on Wednesday.

Thursday, 2:44 PM | 8 comments
Alleged Skyline Boulevard killer ordered to Napa State Hospital

Pacifica resident Malik Dosouqi, 26, who has been charged with two murders and five felony counts after he was arrested for a pair of killings on Skyline Boulevard in Woodside in June, was ordered committed to Napa State Hospital.

Thursday, 9:10 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Woman hides in Coach store past closing time, steals nearly $4K worth of goods

A woman who allegedly hid inside the Coach store at Stanford Shopping Center through a restricted entrance and stole nearly $4,000 worth of goods was arrested Monday morning, police said.

Wednesday, 8:39 PM | 1 comment
Man arrested for stabbing co-worker at cloud data company in Palo Alto

A man suspected of stabbing his co-worker with a knife during a confrontation on Wednesday at Rubrik, a cloud data management company in Palo Alto, has been booked into jail, police said.

Wednesday, 3:11 PM | 17 comments
BevMo! pays $359K consumer protection settlement

Retail beverage giant BevMo! will pay $359,000 to resolve a lawsuit contending that the company sometimes charged customers more than the lowest posted or advertised price for items.

Wednesday, 2:00 PM | 2 comments
Santa Clara County supes put $200K toward pilot program for attempted strangling victims

Santa Clara County Supervisors on Tuesday allocated $200,000 to a new pilot program to help domestic violence victims whose partner tried to strangle them.

Wednesday, 1:32 PM | No comments yet
Traffic woes likely to drive Palo Alto's 2020 priorities

As the Palo Alto City Council sets its eyes on 2020, members are preparing for another year in which the city's transportation problems top their list of official priorities.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 12 comments
Redesign of middle school math elicits both enthusiasm and criticism

Palo Alto Board of Education members and some parents were largely enthused about district leadership's plan to overhaul middle school mathematics, while other parents pushed back.

Wednesday, 9:35 AM | 48 comments

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Commission system up for an overhaul in Palo Alto

Citing widespread confusion about the roles and rules of local commissions, the Palo Alto City Council agreed on Monday to explore a series of reforms to the longstanding commission system.

Tuesday, 5:03 PM | 7 comments
With clock ticking, urgency law to protect Palo Alto renters wins approval

After faltering its prior two attempts, the Palo Alto City Council approved on Monday night an urgency ordinance prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants without just cause.

Tuesday, 5:02 PM | 9 comments
Timber! Forty-foot-tall tree falls down on Middlefield Road

A 40-foot-tall Chinese elm tree collapsed on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto early Tuesday morning, blocking northbound lanes until 3 a.m., according to city Urban Forester Walter Passsmore.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | 5 comments
School district announces 'bold' proposals to revamp middle school math

The Palo Alto school board will discuss on Tuesday night a plan to redesign middle school mathematics, including proposals to eliminate laning and shift away from grades.

Tuesday, 9:24 AM | 56 comments
Palo Alto to ban sales of vaping products

Palo Alto's campaign against vaping heated up Monday night, when the City Council agreed to ban the sales and distribution of electronic cigarettes at local stores.

Tuesday, 12:30 AM | 34 comments

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 and a possible rule change to address concerns about city board and commission members.

Sunday, 8:09 AM | 45 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 at one of the city's major intersections along University Avenue.

Saturday, 10:29 AM | 4 comments

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.

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 | 2 comments
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 | 8 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 | 4 comments
At Stanford University, a complex wildlands-fire scenario

Stanford boasts beautiful mountain and grassland plant and animal communities to explore. 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 | 8 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 | 21 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

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