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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

After more than four decades, Maximart Pharmacy to close

Maximart Pharmacy, one of the few remaining independent pharmacies in Palo Alto, is closing its doors on Wednesday after serving city residents for more than four decades.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto prepares to launch construction on bike bridge

It took far more time and money than anyone had expected, but construction is finally ready to launch on a long-awaited bike bridge.

Tuesday, 9:02 AM | 5 comments

Monday, November 18, 2019

With new deal, Palo Alto banks on recycled water for drought protection

Seeking to fortify the city against future droughts, Palo Alto approved on Monday a 76-year deal with Santa Clara Valley Water District to greatly boost the treatment and usage of local wastewater.

Monday, 8:47 PM | 1 comment
There's a shortage of youth mental health services in East Palo Alto. A new community collaborative hopes to change that.

A group of nonprofits, health care providers and schools are coming together to address a "big problem" in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven: the lack of mental health services for children and teens.

Monday, 12:36 PM | No comments yet
New Stanford Hospital, ER officially open to patients

About 200 patients made a grand entrance across a skybridge into the new Stanford Hospital at 500 Pasteur Drive on Sunday, marking the official opening of the 824,000-square-foot facility.

Monday, 9:36 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Palo Alto utility worker dies after getting electrocuted while upgrading transformer

Palo Alto Utilities lineman Donatus Okhomina died Saturday from injuries sustained while on the job, marking the department's first work-related death in 30 years. He was a military veteran who started working for the city this month.

Sunday, 4:16 PM | 5 comments
Around Town: Capital plans; the power of literacy

In the latest Around Town column, find how what issues Palo Alto City Council members want the city's legislative advocate to focus on and a local nonprofit recently recognized by the Library of Congress.

Sunday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Palo Alto Utilities employee dies after workplace accident Saturday

A city of Palo Alto Utilities Department employee died Saturday from injuries that he suffered while upgrading an electrical transformer in south Palo Alto, according to the city.

Saturday, 6:24 PM | 5 comments
Off Deadline: Stanford's expansion/land-use wars taking a cease-fire timeout?

The surprise pullback on Nov. 1 of plans for major growth by Stanford University is almost certainly temporary, according to longtime observers of the university's land-use battles over the decades.

Saturday, 7:49 AM | 4 comments

Friday, November 15, 2019

Caltrain hits empty car near Churchill Avenue

A southbound Caltrain struck a car on the tracks near Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto on Friday evening, the agency said on Twitter. Commuters were advised to expect delays due to the incident.

Friday, 6:25 PM | 34 comments
First United Methodist Church to celebrate 125th anniversary

One of Palo Alto's oldest churches will celebrate its 125th anniversary this Sunday, Nov. 17, with a special service and festivities that include a Tongan brass band, Tongan and Fijian singers, speakers and a luau.

Friday, 6:15 PM | No comments yet
Dozens arrested in large sweep for illegal guns, drugs

Federal and state agents cracked down on illegal guns and drugs in northern California this week, arresting and charging more than two dozen people, according to law-enforcement agencies.

Friday, 5:17 PM | 3 comments
Webcast: Debate over Foothills Park

Ryan McCauley, a member of Palo Alto's Parks and Recreation Commission, talks about a new proposal to open up the city's pristine and exclusive Foothills Park to non-residents.

Friday, 4:28 PM | 14 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Vote on urgent evictions ban ordinance; update on Measure Z construction

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 18.

Friday, 10:12 AM | No comments yet
Photo essay: A rare find in the Bay Area, chestnuts grow in the hills above Palo Alto

About 2,500 feet above Palo Alto in the Santa Cruz Mountains, there's a 20-acre farm that nurtures a hard-to-find crop for this area: chestnuts.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 9 comments
In changing times, faltering allegiance to the Pledge

Since late October, members of the Rotary Club of Palo Alto stopped reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at their weekly meetings, an act that reflects the clubs' changing demographics.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 30 comments
Palo Alto Weekly's annual charitable-giving drive kicks off

This week, the Holiday Fund is launching its 2019 campaign that aims to raise $400,000. The Ravenswood Education Foundation is one of the 57 nonprofits that benefited from last year's giving drive.

Friday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pence tours NASA Ames, talks space exploration and mass shootings

Vice President Mike Pence touted plans for a U.S.-led lunar landing by 2024 during a Thursday visit at the NASA Ames where he lauded the ingenuity of local engineers and researchers behind the effort.

Thursday, 5:02 PM | No comments yet
New Stanford Hospital will finally add missing piece to its $2 billion facility: patients

After spending $2 billion and 10 years in planning and construction a new hospital, Stanford Health Care is just days away from its most-anticipated moment: wheeling in patients.

Thursday, 9:28 AM | 2 comments
Changes planned for hazardous south Palo Alto intersection

The intersection of San Antonio Road and East Charleston Road is perhaps the busiest junction in south Palo Alto, and certainly among the most dangerous. On Wednesday, the planning commission backed a plan to address that.

Thursday, 9:17 AM | 56 comments
Simitian, Valley Health Plan team up for affordable health care information sessions this Saturday

To ensure more people are covered with health insurance, three information sessions are scheduled this Saturday in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos about low-cost insurance options.

Thursday, 9:03 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rent-cap law prompts calls for tenant protections in Palo Alto

With the state's new rent-cap law set to take effect on Jan. 1, the City Council is preparing to pass an emergency ordinance Monday that would ban landlords from evicting tenants without just cause.

Wednesday, 2:55 PM | 32 comments
Commission supports expanding access to Foothills Park

Seeking to grant more visitors access to the scenic Foothills Park, the Parks and Recreation Commission on Tuesday threw its support behind a pilot program that would open the exclusive preserve to non-residents.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 69 comments
Tim Bond named TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's next artistic leader

Tim Bond has been appointed the next artistic director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the organization announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8:19 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Committee backs 'safe parking' program for vehicle dwellers

Facing a growing population of vehicle dwellers, a City Council committee signaled support Tuesday for a new program that would lean on religious institutions to provide overnight parking for those without homes.

Tuesday, 11:02 PM | 33 comments
Facing public pressure, Stanford decides to install plaque with Chanel Miller's words

Almost two years after rejecting a quote proposed by Chanel Miller for a plaque at a memorial garden where she was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, Stanford University has reversed its position and decided to use her chosen words.

Tuesday, 1:18 PM | 7 comments
Creek authority faces suit from man who claims $9M flood control project has holes

A lawsuit was filed Oct. 24 against the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority and its board, claiming that the board skipped a step when it approved a new flood control project in September.

Tuesday, 9:34 AM | 4 comments
Three-car collision leaves six girls, three adults with minor injuries

Six students from the private Girls' Middle School and three adults were injured in a three-car collision at a major intersection in Palo Alto during the Tuesday morning commute, police and a school spokeswoman said.

Tuesday, 8:52 AM | 48 comments

Monday, November 11, 2019

Will a 76-year deal make Palo Alto's wastewater safe to drink?

Seeking to turn wastewater into a valuable and drinkable commodity, Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Water are moving ahead with a deal that would allow the city to build a salt-removal plant and ship treated water south.

Monday, 3:45 PM | 7 comments

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Student thefts prompt CVS to start five-at-time policy

The CVS at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto is limiting the number of students who can enter the store during the Palo Alto High School lunch period to five at a time in light of recent thefts.

Sunday, 7:54 AM | 109 comments

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Battery, hate crime reported on Stanford campus

Stanford University deputies are searching for a woman pushed and called another woman an ethnic slur on Stanford University's campus on Thursday, according to Department of Public Safety staff.

Saturday, 3:26 PM | 5 comments
Spare the Air alerts called for Saturday and Sunday, wood burning banned

A high-pressure system trapping smoke over the Bay Area spurred the air district to issue the winter season's first Spare the Air alerts for
Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, 2:56 PM | 1 comment
Man gropes girl at concert at Stanford's Frost Amphitheater

Stanford University deputies are searching for a man who groped a girl at Frost Amphitheater on Friday night, according to Department of Public Safety staff.

Saturday, 8:54 AM | 1 comment
Shop Talk: Farmers market goes year-round; new boxing gym

In the latest Shop Talk column, news about the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market, a boxing gym with group workouts and a pizzeria that's moving into the old Applewood space.

Saturday, 7:58 AM | 1 comment

Friday, November 8, 2019

Webcast: Stanford's plan hits dead end

Palo Alto Weekly reporter Gennady Sheyner, Editor Jocelyn Dong and Publisher Bill Johnson discuss why Stanford University on Nov. 1 withdrew its ambitious application to expand development on campus.

Friday, 5:27 PM | No comments yet
Residents split over Churchill closure at rail meeting

As Palo Alto kicked off on Thursday a fresh phase of outreach in its ambitious plan to redesign rail crossings, city staff fielded concerns from residents who argued that the city's proposed remedies will usher in new problems.

Friday, 9:37 AM | 120 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Safe-parking program; establishing a 'priority development area' downtown; 2020 ballot measure

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 11.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 1 comment
Around Town: Saluting our veterans; a powerful statement

This week's Around Town column pays homage to City Hall's military veterans and provides updates about a debate at Stanford over a campus plaque and about Palo Alto's long-awaited bike bridge.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 1 comment
Inside Stanford's bid to expand -- and how it came undone

The largest project in Santa Clara County's history got the axe just before noon on Nov. 1, a casualty of fundamental disagreements between county and Stanford University leaders and accusations of "lack of good faith."

Friday, 6:57 AM | 31 comments
Over the past year, Stanford and Santa Clara County clashed over numerous issues. Here are three key points of contention.

Stanford University and Santa Clara County took fundamentally opposing viewpoints on a few key development issues, eventually leading to the university to drop its general use permit application.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 8 comments
Opinion: My town, a love letter

Dear Palo Alto, It has been almost 26 years since we fell in love with you as starry-eyed graduate students arriving from Mexico. But there are moments in a relationship when we need to make sure that we're not growing apart.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 67 comments
Editorial: On the eve of county approval, Stanford withdraws its development application and forfeits years of work. There was a better way.

Stanford University's decision last Friday to pull the plug on a plan that would have allowed it to build millions of square feet of development is as difficult to understand as the strategy it has followed throughout the last year.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sales of e-cigarettes banned in unincorporated Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Thursday, 8:30 AM | 1 comment
Uber drivers, other contract workers protest outside of Uber investor's home

About 30 gig economy employees, mostly Uber drivers, on Nov. 6 protested outside the Atherton home of Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist and investor in the ride-hailing company.

Thursday, 8:03 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Victim's green pants to be key piece of evidence in serial-killer case

A pair of torn, green corduroy pants will likely be the most fought-over piece of evidence in the trial against accused serial murderer John Arthur Getreu, based on preliminary-hearing arguments in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Wednesday, 8:12 PM | 2 comments
Police arrest a man for indecent exposure in Stanford Hospital garage

Palo Alto police arrested a man on Nov. 4 after he allegedly exposed himself to another male in a parking garage at the Stanford Hospital.

Wednesday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: Zoo gets a boost; Palo Alto firefighters on the front lines

This week's Around Town column highlights Palo Alto firefighters who have gone to aid communities devastated by wildfire, progress on the Junior Museum and Zoo redevelopment, and newly donated and much sought-after art.

Wednesday, 3:05 PM | No comments yet
Separate incidents of rape, aggravated assault reported at Stanford University

In separate incidents, three women reported serious allegations of sexual violence -- aggravated assault, sexual battery and rape -- that took place on the Stanford University campus last week.

Wednesday, 3:03 PM | 9 comments
Lukewarm on teacher housing, school board doesn't direct staff to pursue further

Despite the rise in interest in building housing for teachers and staff in school districts across the Bay Area, the Palo Alto Unified Board of Education signaled on Tuesday it has little appetite for pursuing such a project.

Wednesday, 8:14 AM | 28 comments

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