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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Independent Study/Homeschool

The graduating Class of 2020.

Thursday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Open streets to save Palo Alto

As we've seen in states with low cases and rapid opening, people only gradually return to in-person spending. If as a community we don't rapidly act to help retailers survive, they will not.

Thursday, 2:07 PM | 6 comments
State's ambitious housing targets spur anxieties in Palo Alto

After falling woefully short of their own housing goals, Palo Alto leaders are bracing for a daunting new assignment: a state mandate that may force them to plan for more than 5,000 units by 2031.

Thursday, 8:51 AM | 14 comments

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Artists block street to guard new Black Lives Matter mural

A group of demonstrators has parked cars on top of the new Black Lives Matter mural on Hamilton Avenue, guarding it against wear-and-tear of traffic and concerned the image of a convicted police killer could be erased.

Wednesday, 11:07 PM | 63 comments
Woman arrested in 1993 homicide of her daughter

Twenty-seven years after a 3-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her family's East Palo Alto home, investigators have arrested her mother in connection with her homicide, police said.

Wednesday, 1:01 PM | 2 comments
'Heartbreaking' but 'imperative': Stanford to cut nearly a third of its varsity sport teams

After the 2020-21 season, Stanford University will discontinue 11 of its 36 varsity sports teams as it faces a growing budget deficit.

Wednesday, 12:15 PM | 11 comments
Tech companies, research institutes cash in on federal loan program

Research institutes, tech companies and hotels were among the biggest local beneficiaries of the federal Paycheck Protection Program, with some recipients getting loans of over $5 million, according to new data.

Wednesday, 9:50 AM | 4 comments
School board puts parcel tax on November ballot, expecting challenging path to approval

The school board decided Tuesday night to place a parcel tax renewal on the November ballot, partially out of concern that the measure might not pass the first time.

Wednesday, 9:33 AM | 13 comments
Longtime school board member to seek seat on county Board of Education

After 13 years as a Palo Alto Board of Education member, Melissa Baten Caswell won't run for reelection in November. She's instead seeking a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

Wednesday, 9:22 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Gunn High teacher Greer Stone joins race for City Council

Greer Stone, a Gunn High School history teacher and former chair of the Palo Alto's Human Relations Commission, has joined the increasingly crowded race for a seat on the City Council.

Tuesday, 4:47 PM | 39 comments
California among states filing suit over pandemic relief funding to schools

A multistate lawsuit filed against the Trump administration accuses U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of preventing COVID-19 pandemic relief funding from being dispersed to K-12 public schools.

Tuesday, 3:16 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto native, graduate announces bid for school board

Katie Causey, a Palo Alto native, Palo Alto Unified graduate and nonprofit employee, announced on Tuesday that she's running for a seat on the school board in November.

Tuesday, 2:49 PM | 10 comments
Activist group calls on city to 'desegregate' Foothills Park

About a dozen activists met under the full moon on Sunday night to paint the message 'Desegregate' along Page Mill Road in front of the Foothills Park entrance.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | 109 comments
Santa Clara County gains state clearance for plan to reopen economy

After an initial setback, Santa Clara County received the go-ahead from the state on Monday night for its plan to reopen the economy and allow hair salons and gyms to resume operations on July 13.

Tuesday, 9:54 AM | 24 comments
Nonprofit Youth Community Service announces new executive director

Youth Community Service, which provides volunteer opportunities to Midpeninsula students in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, named Mora Oommen as its new executive director on July 1.

Tuesday, 8:33 AM | 3 comments

Monday, July 6, 2020

State denies Santa Clara County's plan to reopen economy, prompts confusion over outdoor dining

Santa Clara County suffered a stinging setback over the weekend in its strategy to reopen the economy, when the state rejected its plan to allow more businesses, including gyms and hair salons, to resume later this month.

Monday, 1:24 PM | 12 comments

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Opinion: Non-elected regional bodies are threatening Palo Alto's neighborhoods

July 10 will be the last chance to appeal dramatic changes by two non-elected regional bodies that will threaten the city's character. I urge everyone to ask the City Council now to stop the process.

Sunday, 9:41 AM | 88 comments

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Around Town: 91-year-old woman fulfills lifelong dream of completing bachelor's degree

In the latest Around Town column, news about a Palo Alto woman who recently finished her bachelor's degree, the Stanford Dish reopening July 6 and posters calling attention to police brutality.

Saturday, 9:21 AM | 2 comments

Friday, July 3, 2020

School board endorses plan for new academic year

In Palo Alto, the school board unanimously OK'd the district's plan Friday for reopening schools with some tweaks, including providing more in-person time for sixth-graders and consideration of later start times for secondary schools.

Friday, 12:59 PM | 124 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Forum on police reform, discussion on Plan Bay Area 2050

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 6.

Friday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto will open University Avenue daily to foot traffic only, but will the benefits outweigh the potential risks?

As businesses welcome back customers, health leaders continue to warn that increased movement will lead to more COVID-19 cases.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 8 comments
Black in Palo Alto: Longtime residents describe painful toll of everyday racism

Five African Americans, all longtime Palo Altans who have endured painful incidents of racial discrimination, are cautiously hopeful that the Black Lives Matter movement could bring welcome change.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 45 comments
Not all neighborhoods were created equal in Palo Alto

Housing restrictions have existed in Palo Alto neighborhoods for decades until the U.S. Supreme Court voided racial restrictions in 1948. Despite the ruling, many restrictions stayed in deeds and bylaws.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 17 comments
Guest Opinion: Council reduced the size of the Human Relations Commission because of me

Members of the community have asked why the Palo Alto City Council reduced the size of its Human Relations Commission from seven to five seats last Tuesday without saying a word.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 39 comments
Your guide to local services available in Palo Alto this Fourth of July

As the coronavirus remains at large, city offices are closed and most firework shows in the county are canceled on July 4. We've compiled a list of which services will be available this weekend.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Santa Clara County to allow hair salons, gyms to reopen — provided they meet new social-distancing rules

Hair salons and gyms in Santa Canta County may be allowed to reopen in mid-July under a new county order, which creates a strict set of rules that every business must follow to ensure safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 4:39 PM | 22 comments
What California's budget deal means for K-12 schools

California's new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear delayed cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | 1 comment
Wind-driven grass fire threatens homes

A rapidly spreading vegetation fire caused the evacuation of homes in an East Palo Alto neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon after breaking out in a homeless encampment.

Thursday, 7:25 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

One message told 16 ways: Artists behind Black Lives Matter mural in Palo Alto ask what more will be done beyond street art

Right now, the public can visit Hamilton Avenue in front of City Hall to see a nearly 245-foot-long and 17-foot-tall vibrant street mural reflecting the global Black Lives Matter movement as seen through the eyes of 16 artists.

Wednesday, 5:31 PM | 26 comments
Effort to lower voting age in Palo Alto faces its biggest obstacle: A City Council on vacation

Proponents of lowering the voting age in Palo Alto argue that it would improve turnout, strengthen democracy and enhance civic engagement.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 25 comments

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Under Palo Alto Unified's proposed reopening plan, here's what schools will look like this fall

Palo Alto Unified's plan for reopening schools this fall proposes having elementary school students returning to campuses in person while middle and high schoolers will likely be primarily learning remotely.

Tuesday, 9:38 PM | 135 comments
Palo Alto launches educational series on police operations, use-of-force policies

The Police Department is kicking off a series of online briefings Wednesday to discuss issues such as use-of-force policies and Taser deployments.

Tuesday, 9:29 PM | 9 comments
'In-person instruction is essential.' Santa Clara County issues guidance for reopening schools

County guidelines for reopening schools released on Tuesday work to balance in-person classes and the potential health risks of offering it.

Tuesday, 5:40 PM | 34 comments
Tri-city fireworks summit examines enforcement, culture change

Loud explosions on East Palo Alto's city streets formed a backdrop for a public meeting on Monday night as leaders from three cities met to discuss the growing problem of fireworks.

Tuesday, 9:51 AM | 20 comments
Santa Clara County previews new COVID-19 reopening plan

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department held a joint meeting Monday with the San Jose City Council to preview the county's new reopening plan that will be released later this week.

Tuesday, 9:15 AM | 7 comments

Monday, June 29, 2020

The cost of COVID-19 drug remdesivir: $2,340 to $3,120 per patient

Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of an experimental antiviral drug used to shorten COVID-19's effects, announced on Monday costs for remdesivir, which it claims is far below how drugs are usually priced.

Monday, 5:21 PM | 5 comments
Stanford plans to bring half of its undergraduates back to campus this fall, but they'll still mostly learn online

Stanford University will alternate bringing half of its undergraduate students to campus for different quarters, with most courses still happening online -- even for students who are living there in person.

Monday, 5:14 PM | 24 comments
Federal lawsuit alleges Palo Alto police engaged in pattern of abuse

An attorney for the man who suffered a facial injury during an arrest in front of Happy Donuts is alleging in a federal suit that the violent incident is part of a broader trend of deception by Palo Alto police.

Monday, 4:48 PM | 18 comments
Woman dies in Highway 280 crash near Portola Valley

A 23-year-old San Jose resident died in a car crash Monday afternoon on southbound Interstate Highway 280 near Portola Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monday, 4:23 PM | No comments yet
Man sentenced to over 95 years for fatal 2015 shooting in East Palo Alto

A man has been sentenced to more than 95 years in prison for a fatal shooting in East Palo Alto in 2015 as well as a non-fatal shooting months earlier, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Monday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet
Caltrain, SamTrans launch COVID-19 customer surveys

Caltrain and SamTrans launched customer surveys to try to find out rider preferences and priorities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, 8:46 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Un-forgetting the segregationist history of Palo Alto (and Daly City, and San Francisco, and…)

In a Q&A, author Richard Rothstein expands upon how the makeup of today's Bay Area communities are tied to segregationist housing policies explored in his book "The Color of Law."

Sunday, 7:36 AM | 31 comments

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Around Town: Student's argument for universal vote-by-mail recognized by The New York Times

In the latest Around Town column, news about a Paly student's editorial recently published by The New York Times, a nonprofit debuting a new name and a student club's lessons on entrepreneurship.

Saturday, 7:44 AM | 4 comments

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