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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Teen curates exhibit of art created by San Quentin prisoners

When Gunn High School junior Madison Wenig wrote a research paper on recidivism and discovered the high return rates of prisoners in the United States, she wanted to change a system that she says focuses too much on punishment.

Sunday, 8:43 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Charter school curbs pass Assembly, but drama foretells compromise

Legislation that would give local school districts more control over charter-school authorizations narrowly passed the California State Assembly Wednesday.

Saturday, 11:53 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto school district to fill leadership vacancies

The Palo Alto school district has hired a new chief business official, two new principals and created a new position focused on community outreach for minority and low-income students and families.

Saturday, 9:26 AM | 7 comments

Friday, May 24, 2019

Webcast: Students speak out 2019

High school students Claire Cheng, Caroline Furrier, Ben Gordon and Arjun Prabhaker discuss issues impacting students in Palo Alto with education reporter Elena Kadvany.

Friday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Police looking for man who stabbed East Palo Alto resident

East Palo Alto police are looking for a man who stabbed a 26-year-old male on the 400 block of East O'Keefe Street early in the morning on May 15. Investigators on Friday released a sketch of the man in the hopes that he'll be located.

Friday, 3:22 PM | 5 comments
Students: Palo Alto is getting more accepting of alternative post-high-school plans

With graduation next week, student representatives to the Palo Alto school board said this week that a positive shift has happened in recent years towards acceptance of nontraditional post-high-school plans.

Friday, 2:42 PM | 22 comments
Menlo Park woman who paid $15K in college admissions scam pleads guilty

Menlo Park resident Marjorie Klapper pleaded guilty Friday in the national college admissions scam, becoming the fourth parent with Midpeninsula ties to make such a move in federal court.

Friday, 2:05 PM | 2 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City budget meeting; contract for school chief business officer

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

Friday, 12:08 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: What's closed and how to get around on Memorial Day

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, we've compiled a list of public city agencies and services that will be operating normally or with limited services this Monday, May 27.

Friday, 9:05 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto Unified relented after standoff with Stanford

When Palo Alto Unified trustees saw the first draft of an agreement with Stanford related to the university's planned growth, they expressed concern about a provision that would ultimately spell the undoing of the deal.

Friday, 8:54 AM | 26 comments
'This is not saying we're anti-charter.' Ravenswood school board backs state charter bills

The Ravenswood City school board unanimously approved Thursday night a charter school moratorium that throws their support behind a raft of state legislation that they insist is not anti-charter but rather favors local control.

Friday, 8:29 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, May 23, 2019

County supervisors OK $5M more to help victims of gender-based violence

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to earmark $5 million in annual, ongoing funding to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Thursday, 12:14 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

As statewide tensions continue, East Palo Alto district eyes charter school moratorium

The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education could become the latest public agency to lend its voice to the divisive fight against charter school growth in California.

Wednesday, 6:39 PM | 5 comments
Despite Stanford objections, county calls for more housing in campus expansion

Stanford University would be required to build more than 2,000 housing units and to offer nearly half of them at below market rate to secure permission for its expansion plan under conditions that Santa Clara County released Wednesday.

Wednesday, 5:39 PM | 32 comments
Teens accused of robbing Palo Alto woman tracked down in San Jose

Two teenage boys accused of robbing a woman in her Midtown Palo Alto home on Tuesday and last seen fleeing in her vehicle were arrested in San Jose, where one of them allegedly burglarized another home, police said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 5:25 PM | 23 comments
By pleading guilty in college-admissions scandal, Menlo Park father could face prison time

A Menlo Park father charged with taking part in a nationwide college-admissions scam to get his daughter into a top-ranked university pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, 4:44 PM | 31 comments
Stanford, county supervisors give conflicting accounts of talks to restart negotiations

Stanford University has disputed the accounts of two county supervisors that the university's top staff offered lesser benefits to the Palo Alto school district in order to restart suspended negotiations with the county.

Wednesday, 12:18 PM | 12 comments
City set to pull the plug on sewage-burning incinerators

Palo Alto will celebrate its most significant environmental milestone in years on June 5, when the city retires the two incinerators that have been burning local sewage in the Baylands for nearly half a century.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 1 comment
World-famous architect Frank Gehry helps East Palo Alto students imagine future cities

Architect Frank Gehry brought the same concepts he has used with teams to design renowned buildings, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, to an East Palo Alto classroom Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Robbers invade Midtown home, steal elderly woman's jewelry, money, car

Two men who broke into a Midtown home alarmed a woman in her 70s, who was forced to hand over her jewelry, money and other personal property before they left in her car Tuesday afternoon, Palo Alto police said.

Tuesday, 7:54 PM | 27 comments
For sufferers of a disease that has confounded researchers, a glimmer of hope

A blood test that can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome and that could potentially help identify treatments for the baffling illness has been discovered by Stanford University School of Medicine and U.C. Irvine researchers.

Tuesday, 4:51 PM | 1 comment
Scharff set to return to City Hall — this time as utilities commissioner

Former Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff will return to the dais at City Hall -- this time as one of the newest members of the Utilities Advisory Commission. Scharff was one of nearly a dozen residents to win commission appointments Monday.

Tuesday, 4:39 PM | 3 comments
To get more housing built, Palo Alto looks to loosen rules on San Antonio Road

Months after Palo Alto revised its zoning rules to encourage new housing in downtown and around California Avenue, the City Council is preparing to extend the development incentives to San Antonio Road.

Tuesday, 9:53 AM | 58 comments
Food allergy clinics a test of faith for desperate families

New clinics are opening and offering food-allergy treatment to desperate families, but some researchers say it's too soon to guarantee patient safety or even that it will work as promised.

Tuesday, 9:07 AM | 12 comments
Spurned by the FAA, Palo Alto may sue over airplane noise

With a new airplane route poised to increase traffic and noise over Palo Alto, the City Council agreed on Monday to consider suing the Federal Aviation Administration, which has a poor track record in responding to local concerns.

Tuesday, 12:29 AM | 43 comments

Monday, May 20, 2019

Shop Talk: Greek-Turkish eatery, vegan cafe, women's boutique open

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about two new local restaurants, including one with a 100% plant-based menu, and a new women's clothing store.

Monday, 2:29 PM | 4 comments

Sunday, May 19, 2019

East Palo Alto celebrates grand opening of U.S. Highway 101 overpass

A new walkway connecting East Palo Alto neighborhoods on the east and west of U.S. Highway 101 debuted on Saturday. Construction of the $14 million project took 18 months from start to completion.

Sunday, 8:51 AM | 21 comments

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Around Town: Outsmarted; Affordable Housing Week

In the latest Around Town column, read about a special proclamation approved by the city of Palo Alto that recognizes its efforts in approving affordable-housing projects.

Saturday, 8:30 AM | 13 comments

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fond memories of a friend, a series of bake sales and one boy's hope to fund a cure to cancer

Addison Elementary School fifth-grader Nathan Carlsen died of a rare brain cancer on March 19, 2018. Now, his friends are raising funds for research into a cure.

Friday, 8:05 PM | 2 comments
Webcast: RV parking program takes off

Alicia Garcia of the nonprofit Project WeHope talks about East Palo Alto's pioneering new Safe Lot program, which is giving people living in their RVs a safe place to park overnight, along with offering them critical services.

Friday, 4:24 PM | 14 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Airplane noise discussion; proposed budget review

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

Friday, 10:35 AM | No comments yet
Rare eye cancer is the focus of 'Lookin' for a Cure' 5K run

For Dr. Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, a specialist in treating and researching eye cancer, nothing would make him happier than to be put out of business.

Friday, 9:31 AM | No comments yet
With artificial intelligence looming, debate over 'basic income' heats up

Proponents say universal basic income could help end poverty, but others argue that it would be prohibitively expensive and de-incentivize people from working.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 32 comments
The $3.8 trillion question

Universal basic income, rolled out across the U.S., would cost $3.8 trillion annually, or 21% of the nation's gross domestic product, if every American citizen were to receive $12,000 a year (the current threshold for poverty).

Friday, 6:51 AM | 32 comments
Three questions about basic income

While arguments go back and forth about the feasibility of universal basic income and its potential merits, there are at least three sets of questions that need to be answered through experiments.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 32 comments
Editorial: A parking strategy drowning in complexity and frustration seeks a lifeline

A new report on Palo Alto's residential preferential parking programs is vulnerable to failure due to the lack of stable and adequate staff resources.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 4 comments
Guest Opinion: Palo Alto needs a citywide municipal fiber-to-the-premises utility

The medium of choice for wired telecommunications networks is fiber optics. But the telecom incumbents are reluctant to abandon their copper-based networks as long as customers are willing to put up with them.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 20 comments

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Report: Santa Clara County sees big surge in homeless population

New data released by Santa Clara County shows that homelessness is a rapidly growing problem, with thousands of additional residents living on the streets compared to just two years ago.

Thursday, 2:49 PM | 80 comments
Contentious state housing bill punted to 2020

Controversial Senate Bill 50 suffered a setback Thursday when the state Senate Appropriations Committee chair announced that the bill will not be brought for a hearing until 2020.

Thursday, 2:22 PM | 20 comments
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse John Arthur Getreu, 74, of Hayward, of the 1974 killing of 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 11:10 AM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 11:03 AM | 10 comments
What $9 million won't get you in Old Palo Alto: A house on a lot

A quarter-acre property for sale in Palo Alto is turning heads for what's not included in its $9-million price tag: a house.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | 22 comments
Transportation projects to get a boost in proposed budget

Signaling a renewed push to address local traffic and parking frustrations, the City Council's Finance Committee endorsed on Wednesday a proposal from City Manager Ed Shikada to add staff to the new Office of Transportation.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Caltrain's proposed four-track station could disrupt Palo Alto's rail-redesign plans

Caltrain's plan to expand its system could require the agency to construct a four-track segment in Palo Alto -- a proposal that could have significant ramifications on the city's own plans to redesign the rail corridor.

Wednesday, 1:41 PM | 87 comments
Ravenswood board approves contract for interim superintendent

Gina Sudaria will stay on as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent through next year or until a new superintendent is hired under a contract the school board approved for her last week.

Wednesday, 11:02 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto Unified teachers, senior managers to get 2% raise

The Palo Alto school board unanimously approved 2% raises for its teachers union and senior managers on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:39 AM | 8 comments
With Stanford offer on hold, school board members voice disappointment — and one goes on the offensive

Three Palo Alto school board members voted on Tuesday night to suspend consideration of a tentative agreement with Stanford University related to its proposed campus expansion, voicing disappointment over the turn of events.

Wednesday, 9:29 AM | 81 comments

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Palo Alto prepares to revamp neighborhood parking programs

Seeking to bring some stability, simplicity and sanity to the city's complex patchwork of residential parking programs, the Palo Alto City Council embraced on Monday a new report that urges significant reforms.

Tuesday, 11:30 AM | 11 comments
Citywide train-tunnel idea hits dead end

After nearly a decade of dreaming, debating and designing, Palo Alto's bid to build a train tunnel from the north end of the city to the south came to a screeching halt Monday night.

Tuesday, 1:03 AM | 49 comments

Monday, May 13, 2019

How much do you and your neighbors pay in state taxes?

Think you pay too much in state income taxes? You'll be surprised to find out how much Palo Alto residents owed, with one ZIP code sending an average $111,415 to Sacramento.

Monday, 4:44 PM | 21 comments
Forecast: Back-to-back storms to hit Bay Area this week

Two Bay Area storms this week will be more like winter-season systems as opposed to springtime rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday, 12:25 PM | 14 comments
Raises for teachers, managers to come before school board Tuesday

The Palo Alto school board will vote on two major agreements on Tuesday night that, if approved, will give 2% raises to both the teachers union and the district's non-unionized management association.

Monday, 10:41 AM | 21 comments

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