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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Groups to kick off three-part series on healthy dialogue with talk on political polarization

Three community organizations in Palo Alto have come together to create a series of events that aim to promote healthy, responsible and inclusive political dialogue.

Tuesday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
With 'Baby Trump' soaring above, locals protest president's policies in first visit since getting elected

President Trump's fundraising luncheon on Tuesday ended up being in the Palo Alto foothills near Portola Valley, but protesters found out about the location early enough to switch their demonstration to Rossotti Field.

Tuesday, 4:49 PM | 13 comments
Two council members call for greater focus on 'affordable' housing

Palo Alto's efforts to encourage more housing should primarily focus on maintaining diversity and addressing the needs of low-income residents, two City Council members are arguing in a new memo.

Tuesday, 1:44 PM | 11 comments
Trump in Palo Alto foothills for fundraiser

President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon today will be in the Palo Alto foothills, at the Portola Valley border.

Tuesday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Trump to lunch in Palo Alto foothills

With many conflicting rumors swirling in the past few days, it's been confirmed that President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon today will be in the Palo Alto foothills, at the Portola Valley border.

Tuesday, 9:56 AM | 20 comments
Man shot in the head by his son in case of mistaken identity

A 42-year-old Sunnyvale man was allegedly shot by his son in a possible case of mistaken identity in East Palo Alto, according to police and the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 9:51 AM | 6 comments
Former Palo Alto school employee killed in Mountain View collision

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has identified two people who died in a fiery head-on collision in Mountain View on Friday, Sept. 13. One of the deceased worked at Escondido Elementary last school year.

Tuesday, 9:48 AM | 7 comments
Business tax proposal moves ahead in Palo Alto

Palo Alto forged ahead Monday toward placing a business tax on the 2020 ballot when the City Council majority signaled its support for charging local companies to pay for big-ticket transportation projects.

Tuesday, 8:03 AM | 17 comments

Monday, September 16, 2019

New rule on electric equipment sparks neighborhood opposition

Palo Alto residents who enjoy the benefits of having all electric equipment underground in their neighborhood and who wish to keep it that way for the foreseeable future will have to pay for that privilege under the city's new rules.

Monday, 8:58 PM | 16 comments
Five things to know now about California's new vaccine law

California has a new vaccination law on the books. It cracks down on inappropriate use of medical exemptions that allow kids to skip some or all vaccines and still enter school.

Monday, 1:54 PM | 6 comments
School district: No more international field trips for elementary students

Palo Alto Unified will no longer allow school-sponsored international field trips for elementary school students, leading to the cancellation of a popular, longtime trip to Mexico.

Monday, 8:55 AM | 42 comments

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Equity ripples: East Palo Alto continues to struggle amidst neighboring tech boom

Skyrocketing housing prices, a historical lack of economic, educational and health care opportunities have created seemingly insurmountable barriers for East Palo Altans.

Sunday, 8:54 AM | 4 comments

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Around Town: Persky's short-lived job; no end in sight for 'Blue Trees' project

In this Around Town column, former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge Aaron Persky found a new job, only to get fired last week, and thick paint has kept a public art project from fading away.

Saturday, 8:50 AM | 48 comments

Friday, September 13, 2019

Webcast: A hospital for the future

Dr. George Tingwald, medical planning director for Stanford Health Care, gives an overview of what's inside the new Stanford Hospital and gives insight into the planning involved to help the institution deliver top-notch medical care.

Friday, 6:19 PM | 1 comment
County asks judge to strike down expanded religious refusal rule

Santa Clara County, San Francisco, California and an array of medical groups asked a federal judge Thursday to strike down an expanded version of a measure known as the religious refusal rule.

Friday, 5:16 PM | 6 comments
Bay Area under a Spare the Alert this Saturday — the 15th one this summer

Bay Area air district officials issued a third straight Spare the Air alert for Saturday and expanded an air quality advisory for possible smoke drifting from Northern California wildfires.

Friday, 5:01 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto banks on county funds to plan for rail redesign

Palo Alto's ever-shifting plans for redesigning its rail corridor are about to get a welcome boost from the Santa Clara VTA, the agency in charge of distributing funds for rail improvements from a 2016 tax measure.

Friday, 4:14 PM | 9 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Potential 2020 tax measure; Cubberley lease negotiations

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 16.

Friday, 10:30 AM | No comments yet
'A long time coming': After 10 years in the works, the new Stanford Hospital hosts community open house this weekend

A $2 billion expansion a decade in the making, Stanford Hospital is getting ready to debut its new facility at two community days this weekend, Sept. 14-15.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 11 comments
Technology makes hospital more efficient — and safer

Many new technologies have been built into the new Stanford Hospital at 500 Pasteur Drive to make care more efficient than at the old hospital.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 11 comments
Readying for any disaster

The emergency room and trauma center at the new Stanford Hospital are equipped to handle an overflow of patients in a pinch.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 11 comments
Above ground or below? The fight over utility boxes comes to Green Acres

Utility wires may be out of sight in the Green Acres I, where they are tucked away in underground vaults, but they are hardly out of mind for the residents in the quiet south Palo Alto neighborhood.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 12 comments
Board questions historic analysis of Castilleja expansion

As Castilleja School moves ahead with its expansion plan, project proponents often cite the institution's history. But on Thursday, it was the project's opponents who touted the school's ties to history.

Friday, 6:49 AM | 14 comments
Top-ranked but 'viscerally' disappointing: New book details one family's challenges in Palo Alto schools

Teru Clavel, a mother with a masters degree in comparative international education, has sharp criticism for Palo Alto Unified after also sending her children to schools in China and Japan.

Friday, 6:49 AM | 81 comments

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Second-straight Spare the Air alert in effect Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday because of elevated levels of smog expected as a result of high temperatures and light winds in the region.

Thursday, 4:23 PM | No comments yet
With $3.5 million donation to Ravenswood Middle School, foundation signals optimism about new leadership, direction in district

The Palo Alto-based Peery Foundation is donating up to $3.5 million to pay for additional staff, academic support and enrichment opportunities at the Ravenswood City School District's new comprehensive middle school.

Thursday, 9:00 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Palo Alto's push for more housing spreads to San Antonio

Facing a shortage of housing proposals, Palo Alto is now considering a move that would have been virtually unthinkable just a few years ago: allowing dense apartment buildings on San Antonio Road.

Wednesday, 9:02 PM | 26 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday due to hot temperatures, light winds

High temperatures and light winds forecast in the Bay Area for Thursday have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for smog.

Wednesday, 3:56 PM | 1 comment
County supervisors OK $600K to help fund local rape crisis centers

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to boost funding for two rape crisis center providers in the county, YWCA Silicon Valley and Community Solutions.

Wednesday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet
Uneven Ground Part II: Navigating food deserts and swamps

Almanac reporter Kate Bradshaw explores different ways North Fair Oaks, Belle Haven and East Palo Alto experience inequitable access to healthy food and what steps are being taken to help.

Wednesday, 9:30 AM | 3 comments
In split decision, school board shuts down proposal to change two-meeting rule

It appeared that there was majority support on the school board to change its two-meeting approval requirement to the exception rather than the norm -- until the board member who proposed the shift changed his position Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:14 AM | 11 comments

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Palo Alto to lean on churches for help with vehicle dwellers

Facing a flood of complaints about car campers parked on local streets, Palo Alto is once again looking to local churches for help in providing safe harbor to vehicle dwellers.

Tuesday, 11:33 PM | 35 comments
Community groups join forces to bring diversity celebration to Palo Alto

History tours and a cultural potluck are among the events lined up for Palo Alto's second annual Welcome Week kicking off Thursday, which will recognize contributions by immigrants.

Tuesday, 2:52 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors pleads not guilty, remains in custody

At a brief hearing on Monday, Randolph Haldeman, the Menlo Park man facing 20 sexual assault charges for allegedly molesting several children, pleaded not guilty and received a Nov. 5 date for a preliminary hearing.

Tuesday, 12:44 PM | 3 comments
Shop Talk: Palo Alto loses iconic Phyllis Boutique, Round Table Pizza

In the latest week's Shop Talk column, read about the departure of two longtime Palo Alto businesses -- Phyllis Boutique and Round Table Pizza -- and the arrival of a new clothing store.

Tuesday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 9, 2019

Seeking to reach decision on rail redesign, council gives citizens group more power

Seeking to bring clarity to Palo Alto's convoluted debate over the future of its rail corridor, the City Council agreed on Monday to expand the powers of a committee tasked with narrowing down the city's options.

Monday, 11:43 PM | 24 comments
Should the school board's two-meeting policy be the exception rather than the rule?

The Palo Alto Board of Education's two-meeting rule is treasured by many community members for ensuring transparency. But some board members think the rule is falling short of its original purpose.

Monday, 1:04 PM | 15 comments
NTSB criticizes Caltrans for slow repairs following fatal Tesla crash in Mountain View

A new report found that Caltrans failed to promptly fix damaged traffic safety equipment on U.S. Highway 101, including a barrier involved in a fatal Tesla crash in Mountain View last year.

Monday, 12:22 PM | 7 comments

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Around Town: Museum on cusp of putting down roots; East Palo Alto official suddenly departs

In the latest Around Town column, learn how Palo Alto is working to verify the more $3.2 million raised to establish the Palo Alto History Museum and which top-level East Palo Alto city official has resigned.

Sunday, 9:12 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Disney quizzes, star-athlete interviews help young patients smile again

Opened last October, Sophie's Place Broadcast Studio hosts live shows for children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, where patients aren't just audience members -- they can host a program or help with production.

Saturday, 12:03 PM | 1 comment

Friday, September 6, 2019

Webcast: Staying heart healthy

Robin Wedell, director of the HeartFit for Life program, joins Weekly staff to give an overview of the program's cardiac therapy service as the organization approaches its 50th anniversary.

Friday, 7:09 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto High, Stanford graduates die in Conception boat fire

A Palo Alto High School graduate and Stanford University alumnus are among the 34 people who died in the Conception boat fire on Labor Day in southern California.

Friday, 11:34 AM | 2 comments
Is a 'safe parking' program the answer to Palo Alto's vehicle dweller problems?

With Palo Alto's homeless population on the rise, city officials are looking at two sites near the Baylands as possible locations for a new "safe parking" program aimed at vehicle dwellers.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 47 comments
City wants 20% of apartment tenants to drive electric cars

In a city where about 15% of households already own or drive an electric vehicle, Palo Alto leaders are preparing to invest $9 million to get even more people to shift away from gasoline-powered cars.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 30 comments
Going strong: Exercise program looks to help members with heart conditions reverse their symptoms

HeartFit for Life, a medically supervised exercise program at Cubberley Community Center aimed and among the first cardiac therapy programs in the country, has made a significant difference in a multitude of ways.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 3 comments
Editorial: After 45 years, it's finally time to seize the opportunity to build housing on the soon-to-be former Fry's site

Maximizing housing on the Fry's site, which the city has included in its adopted Housing Element plan, is more important than ever.

Friday, 6:40 AM | 30 comments
Bowman School set to unveil new $20 million Learning Village

Two brand-new preschool classrooms, a science and media lab, an outdoor amphitheater and a multi-purpose building with a gymnasium and stage make up the newest addition to Bowman School's Palo Alto campus on Arastradero Road.

Friday, 6:40 AM | 1 comment

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