Recent News | Palo Alto Online |

Recent News

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

One dies in East Palo Alto shooting on Tuesday

One person was killed in a shooting in East Palo Alto on Tuesday night, marking the city's first homicide of the year, police said.

Tuesday, 10:07 PM | No comments yet
Man tackles teen who allegedly stole his phone, gets punched in the face

A man on a walk was accosted by three teenage boys who stole his cellphone on Tuesday, but they didn't get far before they were arrested.

Tuesday, 5:58 PM | 5 comments
Santa Clara County, state leaders vow to keep fighting public charge rule

State and local leaders said Monday they will continue to challenge the federal government's revised public charge rule despite a Supreme Court order allowing the measure to go into effect for the time being.

Tuesday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet
Condoleezza Rice to helm Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been chosen as director of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced Tuesday.

Tuesday, 12:30 PM | No comments yet
Rapid spread of coronavirus prompts local organizers to cancel Chinese New Year events

The sponsors of two Chinese Lunar New Year fairs in Palo Alto that would have drawn thousands of people have canceled the events due to concern over the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Tuesday, 7:16 AM | 6 comments

Monday, January 27, 2020

Learning from neighbors, Palo Alto prepares to adopt 'headcount' tax

Emboldened by recent survey results and examples from neighboring cities, Palo Alto's elected leaders agreed Monday to place a business tax based on employee count on the November ballot.

Monday, 10:45 PM | 22 comments
School board poised to place parcel tax on May ballot

The Palo Alto school board will likely approve at its Tuesday meeting putting an increased parcel tax to voters in a special mail-in election.

Monday, 11:34 AM | 19 comments
Wages for Foothill student employees lag behind local cities

For the more than 1,000 student employees working campus jobs across the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, getting paid the local minimum wage would be a big improvement.

Monday, 10:39 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Traffic signals repaired at San Antonio and Middlefield roads

Traffic signals that were flashing due to a two-vehicle accident in the intersection of Middlefield and San Antonio roads at 8:30 a.m. Sunday were repaired by 3 p.m., according to Palo Alto police.

Sunday, 1:15 PM | No comments yet
13 vehicles burglarized on Stanford campus Saturday

Thirteen vehicle burglaries were reported Saturday at three parking lots on the Stanford University campus, according to university police.

Sunday, 9:28 AM | 6 comments
Bonds on the ballot: Will billions of dollars help California cope with climate change?

Given California's international leadership in addressing climate change, it isn't surprising that voters will be asked this November to approve billions of dollars in bonds to help the state be more resilient.

Sunday, 8:52 AM | 14 comments

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Around Town: Man running 8 marathons in 8 days; Ms. Wheelchair California makes local visit

In the latest Around Town column, news about a Stanford Children's Health employee eight-marathon adventure for charity, plus Ms. Wheelchair California's visit to the Magical Bridge Playground.

Saturday, 8:58 AM | 2 comments

Friday, January 24, 2020

Behind the Headlines: Mike Price's big idea

Southgate resident Mike Price discusses his proposal to improve the Churchill Avenue rail crossing by building a road underpass -- an idea that received a boost from the City Council last Tuesday.

Friday, 5:21 PM | 4 comments
No viaduct, no closure: Palo Alto resident aims for compromise on Churchill

The controversy behind the Churchill Avenue rail redesign has put the city and its residents at a frustrating but understandable impasse. Southgate Michael Price believes he might have the answer.

Friday, 5:12 PM | 28 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: New city-MidPen Media Center agreement; school board vote on parcel tax

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 27.

Friday, 12:28 PM | No comments yet
High school shakeup: Paly's Adam Paulson to resign, Gunn's Kathie Laurence to leave for district job

Both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools will lose their principals at the end of the school year, the district announced on Friday.

Friday, 11:08 AM | 58 comments
You've just been named California's homelessness czar — what's your first move?

Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken grief for failing to fulfill what seems like an achievable campaign promise: appointing a homelessness "czar" to help Californians living in shelters and on the streets.

Friday, 9:28 AM | 17 comments
Setting the bar: Nine seniors who exemplify the meaning of being selfless

This year's Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement honorees have gone beyond the call of duty to create positive changes in their communities by donating countless hours to local organizations.

Friday, 8:49 AM | 4 comments
Auditors slam plan to reform their office

A proposal to reform the City Auditor's Office is facing pushback and a threat of a lawsuit from employees of the department, which has been hobbled for years by leadership turnover and internal bickering.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 17 comments

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Former teacher sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison for sex acts with minor

A former Palo Alto teacher who pleaded no contest to engaging in sex acts with a minor was sentenced by a San Mateo County judge to six years and eight months in state prison on Jan. 17.

Thursday, 10:54 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Downtown Streets Team executives accused of sexual harassment, creating drinking culture

Former employees of Downtown Streets Team allege they were subjected to inappropriate behavior that went on for years at the nonprofit, pointing to disturbing patterns of behavior.

Wednesday, 2:20 PM | 35 comments
To fix housing shortage, city weighs the return of the controversial 'PC' zone

Stuck in a housing drought, city leaders are exploring more drastic actions to encourage home construction, including reviving a zoning tool that allows developers to construct taller and denser buildings.

Wednesday, 1:22 PM | 22 comments
School board to reflect on its own function, effectiveness

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting Thursday to reflect on its own performance and discuss how they can make meetings more efficient. The superintendent will also be evaluated.

Wednesday, 11:36 AM | 6 comments
Despite time pressures, Palo Alto opts to study more rail design options

Palo Alto's never-ending effort to pick new designs for rail crossings got a little more complicated on Tuesday, when the City Council added two new options to the list.

Wednesday, 1:27 AM | 22 comments

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Recycled water, community engagement and clean energy: State Senate candidates weigh in on ideas to tackle climate crisis

Five of the seven candidates running for state Senate in District 13 vied to win over Peninsula voters by showing their passion and knowledge on a range of environmental topics at a panel last week.

Tuesday, 9:00 PM | 9 comments
State Senate candidate's mom puts $460K toward son's campaign

A candidate seeking to represent South San Francisco to Sunnyvale in the state Senate received a major boost when his mother created a $460,000 independent expenditure committee to aid his campaign.

Tuesday, 8:46 PM | 9 comments
Palo Alto shooting victim dies from injuries

A man who was shot in the stomach at a south Palo Alto parking lot early Tuesday morning has died, police said. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information related to the shooting.

Tuesday, 7:57 AM | 7 comments

Monday, January 20, 2020

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awards $3.5M to tackle pressing community needs

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative distributed nearly $3.5 million in grants to 40 Bay Area organizations working to address critical community needs in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City.

Monday, 4:42 PM | 13 comments
Standard practice or 'misleading'? Mayor's official letter in support of SB 50 rankles council colleagues

With a passionate endorsement of Senate Bill 50, Palo Alto's new Mayor Adrian Fine set himself apart from most of his colleagues -- and ruffled some feathers in the process.

Monday, 4:25 PM | 143 comments
Study: When it comes to polarization across the globe, America leads the way

America's widening political divide stands out above other nations, according to a new cross-country polarization study by Stanford University economists.

Monday, 2:43 PM | 20 comments
Newsom's big move on homelessness may be just in political time, new poll suggests

Gov. Gavin Newsom kicked off 2020 by pledging to plow an extra $1.4 billion into homeless services and proposing a state constitutional amendment to make it easier to sue cities that fail to shelter their unhoused populations.

Monday, 2:01 PM | 12 comments

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Palo Alto to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We've compiled a list of agencies that will be adjusting their schedules on Martin Luther King Jr. Day throughout the Palo Alto area, plus events honoring the civil rights leader.

Sunday, 8:43 AM | 7 comments

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Stanford student found dead at fraternity house identified

The Stanford University sophomore who was found dead at a the Theta Delta Chi fraternity house last Friday was Eitan Michael Weiner, son of a university professor and Stanford associate vice president, the university announced Monday.

Saturday, 3:53 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: Pompeo dines at Palo Alto Italian restaurant; Firefighter launches 625-mile hike

In this week's Around Town column, news about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meal with Stanford leaders and a Palo Alto firefighter's trek to aid veterans' and first responders' mental health.

Saturday, 7:39 AM | 26 comments

Friday, January 17, 2020

Behind the Headlines: A tidal phenomenon

City Naturalist Corinne DeBra speaks with Weekly staff about how king tides occur and how the local flora and fauna are impacted. Another round of these tides is expected on Feb. 9.

Friday, 5:57 PM | No comments yet
Music school faces civil suit over sexual abuse of student

School of Rock, a private music school in Midtown Palo Alto, is facing a civil lawsuit stemming from incidents of sexual abuse against a 15-year-old student by one of its instructors in 2017.

Friday, 5:05 PM | 2 comments
Serial bank robber who took $69K across Northern California sentenced

An Oakland man convicted of committing bank robberies in Palo Alto, Mountain View and others in Northern California -- taking a total $69,002 -- was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Friday, 4:58 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto boosts affordable-housing project with $10.5 million loan

A 59-apartment affordable-housing project known as Wilton Court got a $10-million lifeline on Jan. 13 from the city of Palo Alto -- after expected state funding to build the complex didn't come through.

Friday, 4:04 PM | 5 comments
In Palo Alto, houses of worship get ready to welcome car campers

For Peninsula Bible Church, the increasingly prominent issue of people living in their cars is more than just a citywide problem: For the congregation, it's personal.

Friday, 9:41 AM | 9 comments
What's bringing over 1,000 people to the Palo Alto Baylands? Rare bird sightings, thanks to the king tides

More than 1,000 people recently flocked to the Palo Alto Baylands to see king tides, during which rare birds were spotted in the marsh, unafraid of the visitors with zoom lenses and binoculars.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: 'Safe parking' program is a very small first step

As communities throughout the state try to respond to the growing crisis of homelessness, it is disappointing that it has taken Palo Alto almost a year to adopt a watered-down version of the initiative.

Friday, 6:57 AM | 5 comments
Guest Opinion: Why not try ideas that work?

Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan has a goal to build 300 housing units per year. How do we get there? The short answer is we need approaches that work financially and at scale.

Friday, 6:57 AM | 46 comments

Thursday, January 16, 2020

PUBLIC AGENDA: Potential changes to city auditor's office; school board operations discussion

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 20.

Thursday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
Condo owners upset as board approves their new neighbor: A five-story hotel

Despite heavy pushback from residents, a proposal for a hotel on the southern edge of Palo Alto scored a significant win Thursday when the Architectural Review Board threw its support behind the project.

Thursday, 4:25 PM | 60 comments
Group tasked with cutting rail-redesign options instead adds 3 more

When Palo Alto established a committee last year to work on a proposed redesign of local rail crossings, the goal was to winnow down the menu of options. Instead, much like the panel, the list of possibilities has only expanded.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | 63 comments
Families want Palo Alto schools to offer Hindi as a foreign language. The school district says it's complicated.

Palo Alto Unified parents are eager to work with the school district to offer Hindi as a world language at its two high schools.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | 84 comments

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

From the owner of LV Mar and La Viga, a Palo Alto restaurant inspired by Mexico City
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,813 views

Can you Pay to Reduce your Carbon Footprint?
By Sherry Listgarten | 10 comments | 2,659 views

You Can Help: Scents and Migraines
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 2,249 views

Truth Matters (and so does good beer)
By Laura Stec | 9 comments | 1,994 views

No jacket no problem
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 840 views