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Monday, August 19, 2019

Hope fades for housing at Fry's site

With its ambitious effort to revitalize the Ventura neighborhood in danger of faltering, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday to raise the budget and lower the expectations for the complex planning process.

Monday, 11:22 PM | 18 comments
Newsom signs landmark police use-of-force bill

California will soon have a tougher new legal standard for the use of deadly force by police, under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Monday that was inspired by last year's fatal shooting of a young, unarmed man in Sacramento.

Monday, 3:14 PM | 18 comments
School district raises questions about Palo Alto's intention to renew Cubberley lease

The city of Palo Alto and school district's joint effort to redevelop Cubberley Community Center has hit a bump, with questions arising about whether the city intends to renew its $5 million lease.

Monday, 9:42 AM | 13 comments

Sunday, August 18, 2019

'I don't think there is trust on this board.' Fissures emerge between East Palo Alto school trustees during retreat

Nine months after an election created new dynamics on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, the new and old trustees are struggling to find common ground.

Sunday, 9:08 AM | 8 comments
VTA board members support shake-up after scathing grand jury report

A new VTA subcommittee began discussions on potential tweaks to the governing board that would improve effectiveness at the beleaguered agency at a meeting on Aug. 9.

Sunday, 9:06 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Caltrain strikes unoccupied vehicle in Palo Alto

A Caltrain struck an unoccupied vehicle in Palo Alto Friday night.

Saturday, 11:12 AM | 12 comments
Around Town: Auditor's office getting taste of its own medicine; Bay Trail work set to begin

The Palo Alto City Auditor's Office will face an audit by an outside firm to consider what other cities are doing and evaluate whether some of the functions of the office should be placed under the purview of the city manager.

Saturday, 7:38 AM | 3 comments

Friday, August 16, 2019

Longtime Palo Alto free lunch, dinner program for the needy ends

Homeless people who have been eating free lunches and dinners through the Breaking Bread program in Palo Alto now have to find a meal elsewhere, as the organizer switched to offering only breakfasts.

Friday, 5:39 PM | 9 comments
Webcast: Palo Alto's superintendent, one year in

Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Don Austin joins Weekly journalists to discuss his vision for the district and upcoming issues for the new school year.

Friday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet
Superintendent: School district to use data to solve ongoing issues

Don Austin, Palo Alto school district superintendent, said today his staff will give timely and accurate reports on 12 districtwide goals throughout the year, enabling educators to shift tactics as they go to ensure progress.

Friday, 3:45 PM | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City responds to VTA governance report; Study session on school facilities

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 19.

Friday, 3:34 PM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: After 39 years of cakes and pastries, Palo Alto institution Prolific Oven to close

One of Palo Alto's longest-standing bakeries, The Prolific Oven will close on Aug. 31 due to a "severe" labor shortage and increasing cost of doing business in the Bay Area, the owners said Wednesday.

Friday, 11:44 AM | 2 comments
Another Spare the Air alert issued as heat wave continues across Bay Area

Bay Area communities can expect another hot day Friday, which has led the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a third consecutive Spare the Air alert this week.

Friday, 8:31 AM | No comments yet
With clock ticking, city considers another rail committee

As Santa Clara County prepares to distribute funding for rail projects in north county, Palo Alto is looking to create yet another citizen committee to advise city leaders on the complex and contentious topic.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 32 comments
Small retailers in limbo at Hotel California building

Only two retailers that remain in the Hotel California building in Palo Alto's California Avenue shopping district may need to find new homes if their landlord goes through with a plan to gut the first floor.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 13 comments
Guest Opinion: On Castilleja, be careful of what you wish for

If I were a neighbor of Castilleja School, I would be more concerned with the disruption during construction and the added traffic that additional students would bring to the area.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 27 comments

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Church celebration Saturday to look back β€” and forward

In 2015, the Palo Alto Church of Christ faced a dilemma. Once a robust congregation -- with 200 members at its peak in 1968 -- by 2015, membership had dwindled to roughly 25.

Thursday, 4:58 PM | 1 comment
Two men arrested for car burglaries at Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto police last week arrested two men who allegedly broke into cars at Stanford Shopping Center and, in one case, stole two backpacks containing electronics, the department said Thursday.

Thursday, 2:49 PM | 11 comments
Planning commissioners kick back Castilleja draft environmental impact report for additions

Finding gaps in the draft environmental-impact report for Castilleja School's proposed expansion, Palo Alto's Planning and Transportation Commission is seeking more specific details that might help answer many residents' questions.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | 39 comments
Heat advisory, Spare the Air alert in effect Thursday

A heat advisory that the National Weather Service issued remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday as temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s in parts of the Bay Area.

Thursday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Santa Clara County brings nonprofit aboard for teacher housing project in Palo Alto

A proposed affordable-housing project in Palo Alto exclusively for teachers gained momentum on Tuesday when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a developer to make the plan a reality.

Wednesday, 5:02 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto elementary schools begin new year by getting a jump-start on goals

Palo Alto Unified's 13 elementary schools returned to class on Wednesday, kicking off both new priorities and continued focus on existing ambitions.

Wednesday, 12:10 PM | 3 comments
Santa Clara County, San Francisco sue Trump administration over 'public charge' restrictions on immigrants

Santa Clara County and San Francisco are challenging a new rule that makes it harder for low-income legal immigrants to stay in the U.S.

Wednesday, 10:27 AM | 22 comments

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

High temperatures in forecast prompts heat advisory for parts of the Bay Area

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for parts of the Bay Area. The announcement has led Santa Clara County to offer services to give the public relief from the hot conditions.

Tuesday, 8:06 PM | No comments yet
Classes begin again at Palo Alto's middle, high schools

Tuesday marked the first day of a new school year for thousands of middle and high school students in the Palo Alto Unified School District, with the district's younger students set to return to classes on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 5:33 PM | 12 comments
Council urged to take tough stance on Edgewood Plaza developer over grocery store

It's been a year and a half since Edgewood Plaza's new grocery store opened for business, but Palo Alto and the plaza's developer remain embroiled in a legal standoff, with little signs of compromise.

Tuesday, 5:14 PM | 33 comments
Police: Woman fights off two would-be robbers in Midtown

Palo Alto police are looking for two men who they said attacked a woman on Monday afternoon in the city's Midtown neighborhood, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:48 PM | 19 comments
Family fears for safety of missing disabled woman

A 20-year-old East Palo Alto woman with learning disabilities and a medical condition disappeared six weeks ago, leaving her family worried about her safety.

Tuesday, 2:07 PM | 1 comment
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

Tuesday, 12:34 PM | No comments yet
Residents urge more restrictions on cell antennas in Palo Alto

Palo Alto's shifting rules for installation of wireless communication equipment changed on Monday when the City Council revised a rule that limited the height at which cellular antennas could be placed on poles.

Tuesday, 11:30 AM | 28 comments

Monday, August 12, 2019

Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, the eighth of the summer season, because of unhealthy levels of smog in the region.

Monday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Condominium project tests the limit of Palo Alto's new housing law

Encouraged by the Palo Alto City Council's newfound appetite for housing along San Antonio Road, a local developer is moving ahead with a proposal to build 102 condominiums on a commercial site near the Mountain View border.

Monday, 12:33 PM | 28 comments
Bay Area mayors call for Senate action on gun safety laws

More than 20 Bay Area mayors, including four on the Midpeninsula, are among 249 nationwide who have signed a letter calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Monday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 11, 2019

County supervisors call for federal assault weapons ban

Two Santa Clara County supervisors are urging a nationwide ban on assault weapons, calling it a common-sense action to curb gun violence in the wake of three deadly shootings, including one in Gilroy.

Sunday, 7:22 AM | 22 comments
Around Town: Ventura vision in trouble; City seeks greater voice on VTA board

In the latest Around Town column, concerns are rising over the process to create a new vision for Palo Alto's Ventura neighborhood and the city is proposing a new way to select who serves on the Valley Transportation Authority board.

Sunday, 7:18 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, August 10, 2019

East Palo Alto nonprofit seeks back-to-school donations for students in need

With the new school year fast approaching, the Ecumenical Hunger Program is encouraging community members to donate school supplies, clothing and gift cards to its annual back-to-school drive.

Saturday, 8:50 AM | 2 comments
Behind UC's 'admission by exception' side door: sports, money, diversity β€” and secrecy

While it's unclear if admissions by exception played a direct role in the college cheating scandal, it has surfaced as a potential weak spot as policymakers seek ways to bulletproof the university's admission system from scammers.

Saturday, 8:49 AM | 2 comments

Friday, August 9, 2019

Webcast: The story of Glory

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the potential closure of Glory mobile home park in East Palo Alto, which housing advocates argue would remove needed low-income housing from the city.

Friday, 3:24 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: City management evaluations; Castilleja environmental impact report

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 12.

Friday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
Ravenswood could embark on districtwide naming process

Community concern about losing East Palo Alto's recognition of Cesar Chavez with the phasing out of a middle school named after the civil rights activist could prompt the school district to re-evaluate all of its campus' names.

Friday, 9:22 AM | 7 comments
As East Palo Alto searches for more affordable housing, a mobile home park heads toward closure. This is the story of a place called Glory.

Amid the ongoing Bay Area housing crisis, in which the stock of low-income housing is shrinking and elected leaders are scrambling to enact policies to get new homes built, a 29-space mobile-home park in East Palo Alto sits half-empty.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 11 comments
Under corporate hands, Glory mobile home park faces precarious future

San Mateo County court records show that since Glory Mobile Home and RV Park fell into corporate ownerships, the park has been mired in controversy, complicating plans to close the property in 2020.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 11 comments
Neighbors brace for battle over Castilleja's growth plan

As Palo Alto prepares to hold its first public hearing next week on Castilleja School's ambitious plan to rebuild its campus, opponents and supporters are both leaning on a new environmental analysis to back their positions.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 41 comments

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Community activist Stephanie Munoz dies at 86

Stephanie Munoz, one of Palo Alto's staunchest and most passionate advocates for the less fortunate, died on Aug. 1, city officials said.

Thursday, 5:58 PM | 1 comment
Police arrest peeping Tom who lurked at Palo Alto apartment complex

A man was arrested Wednesday for alleged peeping and lewd conduct at an apartment complex in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood, where he was drawn to the windows of units where young girls live, the Police Department said Thursday.

Thursday, 3:03 PM | 7 comments
As KIPP seeks to open new high school, school board expresses reservations

National charter school organization KIPP is seeking to expand its presence in San Mateo County with a new high school that would serve about 650 students when fully enrolled.

Thursday, 9:39 AM | 2 comments
'Village People' prepare to close up shop

Village Stationers, a family-owned stationery store with locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be closing its doors on Aug. 17 after 53 years in business.

Thursday, 9:07 AM | 12 comments
Major crimes dip, but citations rise: Annual report reflects changes in Police Department

Following a two-week period of intense public scrutiny, Palo Alto Police Department released on Tuesday its 2018 Annual Report, which indicates a drop in major crimes and highlights recent changes in the department.

Thursday, 9:02 AM | 14 comments
Judge denies bail to man arrested after 29-hour standoff

Saying he posed a public danger, a county Superior Court judge on Wednesday refused to grant bail to Adam Allen Smith, a computer programmer who barricaded himself in a home for 29 hours last week.

Thursday, 8:27 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Palo Alto celebrates second annual National Night Out

More than 300 community members attended National Night Out outside Palo Alto police headquarters on Tuesday for an evening of mingling with police officers, firefighters and members of the Office of Emergency Services.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | 7 comments
Stanford visiting professor among latest Breakthrough Prize winners

Three physicists, including one with Stanford University ties, will share $3 million awarded at the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ceremony in Mountain View in November for their 1976 theory of "supergravity."

Wednesday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet
New rules could force hospitals to publish prices negotiated with insurers

Federal regulators want to give patients a clearer picture of what they will spend during a hospital visit, with a more accurate list of costs for everything from hip replacements to CT scans.

Wednesday, 9:07 AM | 4 comments

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