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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Police arrest man in connection with Menlo Park dating app assault

Menlo Park police arrested a man on Tuesday for allegedly robbing and pistol-whipping another man who had been set up via a dating app.

Wednesday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet
Punching bags, kettlebells and Hawaiian vibes: Boxing gym set to open on Cal. Ave.

Nito Boxing, the newest gym looking to entrench itself on California Avenue's "Fitness Row," has a grand vision for its first mainland location.

Wednesday, 9:26 AM | No comments yet
New blood, Big Oil: California Legislature starts special session

A new state Legislature with a record number of women and plenty of new faces is sworn into office. Gov. Gavin Newsom immediately gives them the outline of a controversial penalty on oil industry profits.

Wednesday, 9:05 AM | No comments yet
COVID levels in Palo Alto watershed reach pandemic high

While transmission of respiratory syncytial virus has begun to plateau in Santa Clara County, the county's top health official said Tuesday that COVID-19 and flu transmission continue to rise.

Wednesday, 8:54 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Boy, 12, who was reported missing out of Palo Alto found safe

A 12-year-old boy who was reported missing out of Palo Alto on Tuesday afternoon was located safe hours later, police said. He returned to his home in San Jose later that night.

Tuesday, 6:53 PM | 1 comment
With City Council's approval, Mercedes-Benz dealership crosses the finish line

A proposed Mercedes-Benz dealership cruised past the finish line Monday night when the City Council gave the project at the former Ming's Restaurant site its enthusiastic blessing.

Tuesday, 9:50 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto seeks greater say in Stanford growth plan

​​As Santa Clara County prepares to adopt a new plan to govern Stanford University's growth, Palo Alto officials are pushing for more housing, expanded shuttle services and a seat at the table in the coming negotiations.

Tuesday, 1:03 AM | 10 comments

Monday, December 5, 2022

Santa Clara County district attorney to leave Twitter due to hate speech, calls on other DAs to follow suit

District Attorney Jeff Rosen plans to deactivate his office's Twitter account due to the recent rise in hate speech on the platform.

Monday, 4:40 PM | 14 comments
Palo Alto rejects recommendations to have county vet its ballot questions

Defying recommendations from the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury, Palo Alto will not submit its ballot measure questions to the county for review before future elections, according to a response letter drafted by the city.

Monday, 9:49 AM | 8 comments

Sunday, December 4, 2022

By the numbers: California's mild 2022 wildfire season

Moderate weather and well-timed rainstorms in much of California combined to curb the acreage and structures burned.

Sunday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: Composer Christopher Tin collects two Grammy nominations

Read news about a Palo Alto High and Stanford graduate who's been nominated for two Grammys for his music composition work and local nonprofits picked for a CZI Community Fund grant.

Sunday, 9:03 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Ravenswood school district inks agreement to lease out district office site for high-density development

The district is one step closer to leasing out its East Palo Alto office, which could potentially bring in about $1.5 million annually.

Saturday, 9:44 AM | 1 comment
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry sells Atherton home for $31.15M

Are Stephen and Ayesha Curry still Atherton residents? Records show the couple quietly sold their home in West Atherton last fall.

Saturday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet

Friday, December 2, 2022

Former Theranos president asks for no prison time; prosecutors want 15 years

In dueling sentencing memorandums, lawyers for convicted Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani told a judge that their client should be put on probation and not serve any prison time.

Friday, 11:57 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto family gives $100K to Holiday Fund

For the 12th straight year, a Palo Alto family that wishes to remain anonymous has made a $100,000 donation to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, hoping it will inspire others to give generously.

Friday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Women's shelter gives guests a place to stay during the year's coldest months

Through a $10,000 grant from the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund this past year, Heart and Home Collaborative is debuting a new service to shelter guests this winter: case management.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 1 comment
Community invited to nominate local trailblazers for Tall Tree Award

Nominations are now open for the 43rd Annual Tall Tree Awards, which is sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Palo Alto Weekly.

Friday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet
Driving fitness, not age, could determine when to hand over the keys

When's the right time for an older adult to stop driving? Experts share the warning signs, which include "general nervousness," close calls and a delayed response to unexpected situations.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 4 comments
With her 'trademark enthusiasm,' Kari Martell kept Avenidas in the community spotlight

Whether advocating for awareness of issues around aging or writing television promos for a food bank, Kari Martell spent the bulk of her career funneling her creative energy into helping nonprofits get noticed.

Friday, 6:52 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Kiely Nosé tapped to stay on as assistant city manager

Kiely Nosé, a City Hall veteran who has been filling in as the city manager's top lieutenant since March 2021, is set to permanently assume the assistant city manager position later this month.

Thursday, 5:58 PM | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Changes to Stanford Community Plan; long-term electric load forecast

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 5.

Thursday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
Planned auto dealership gives bicyclists reason to cheer

Bicyclists rarely get excited about new car dealerships, but the one proposed for the former site of Ming's Restaurant would come with a rare amenity: a new bike path to the Baylands.

Thursday, 12:23 PM | 20 comments
Stanford to investigate university president's research over scientific misconduct allegations

The review comes after a student news outlet detailed suspected problems with Marc Tessier-Lavigne's research papers.

Thursday, 9:46 AM | 7 comments
Caltrain to reduce service for 2 weeks starting Monday as electrification project continues

Caltrain service will be reduced by more than one-third and end earlier each night during a two-week period beginning Monday.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | No comments yet
Hopes dim for restoring former Fry's building

Poor conditions and new building codes have challenged the city's efforts to preserve the old cannery on Portage Avenue that until recently housed Fry's Electronics.

Thursday, 9:19 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Cold front expected to bring rain, wind and frost to Bay Area by Thursday

A cold front that brought wind and rain late Wednesday to the north bay is expected to spread to the rest of the Bay Area by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 12:27 PM | No comments yet
VIDEO: As Apple employees watch helplessly, thieves take $35K in merchandise on Black Friday

Two people who entered the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto on Nov. 25 during a busy Black Friday sales event made off with an estimated $35,000 in merchandise, Palo Alto police said.

Wednesday, 12:07 PM | 61 comments
As e-biking accelerates, Palo Alto eyes new restrictions in nature preserves

With e-bikes growing in popularity, Palo Alto officials are racing to keep up with the changing legal landscape and impose new rules aimed at protecting sensitive habitats.

Wednesday, 9:46 AM | 18 comments
Youth Community Service receives $225,000 from Santa Clara County

The Board of Supervisors recently approved $225,000 for Youth Community Service, a nonprofit that provides support services for youth, to expand its substance and suicide prevention programs.

Wednesday, 9:42 AM | 1 comment
Soccer star's parents sue Stanford University after her death

The parents of a Stanford women's soccer star who died by suicide after learning she faced disciplinary action filed a lawsuit against the university and some of its top administrators last week.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | 16 comments
Wildfire vegetation management begins on Arastradero Road

This week, crews started roadside vegetation management work along Arastradero Road to clear the thoroughfare of debris and to create a safe evacuation route in the event of a wildfire or other disaster.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Palo Alto police accused of excessive force in lawsuit

A woman filed a lawsuit against the Palo Alto Police Department last week claiming that she suffered numerous injuries, including a torn ligament, during an unlawful arrest in October 2021.

Tuesday, 9:35 AM | 12 comments
Bay Area air district offering buyback program for older, high-polluting vehicles

Bay Area residents with a vehicle made before 1999 can receive up to $1,200 as part of a buyback program to improve local air quality, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Monday.

Tuesday, 8:50 AM | 5 comments
Hopeful and hopeless: City signs off on plan to add 6,000 residences

More than two years in the making, Palo Alto's ambitious plan to add more than 6,000 housing units by 2031 is finally ready for prime time.

Tuesday, 12:31 AM | 19 comments

Monday, November 28, 2022

End of an era: David Shaw closes door on 'magical' tenure as Stanford's football coach

The winningest football coach in the university's history looked back at his "magical" tenure and announced plans to spend time with his family during a press conference on Monday.

Monday, 3:38 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Apple urged to protect reproductive health data

Backed by a coalition of 10 other attorneys general, California Attorney General Rob Bonta is urging Apple to protect people's reproductive health information from third-party apps.

Sunday, 7:25 PM | 2 comments
Stanford football director immediately resigns after Saturday's loss

Stanford University's winningest head coach and director of football, David Shaw, has resigned effective immediately, following the team's Saturday 35-26 loss to Brigham Young University, the university announced on Sunday.

Sunday, 11:21 AM | 22 comments
Prohibition rum runners and deadly shipwrecks: Pescadero's Pigeon Point Lighthouse turns 150

The local landmark that hosts daytrippers and hostel guests alike is about to undergo renovations that could increase public access.

Sunday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Around Town: Palo Alto-raised musician in the running for two Grammys

Read news about a Palo Alto native's two Grammy nominations, a local library participating in a pilot of the Resilient Libraries Network and a chance for locals to put a new law on the books.

Saturday, 10:11 AM | 5 comments
Ravenswood School District sends off longtime trustee

Local officials came out in full force on Nov. 17 to honor outgoing Ravenswood City School District trustee Ana Maria Pulido, who served 12 years on the governing board.

Saturday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 25, 2022

A European winter wonderland arrives in East Palo Alto

The Four Seasons Silicon Valley hotel has brought back a seasonal pop-up on its outdoor terrace, turning the space with semi-private wooden chalets, holiday foods, a sweet shop, fake snow and other holiday decor.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 1 comment
Form Fitness told to leave after failing to pay rent

After more than two decades in downtown Palo Alto, Form Fitness now appears to be entering its final stretch.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 15 comments
Beavers may help lessen damage from drought

Climate-driven droughts that create water-quality issues are proving to have a formidable foe: beavers.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 2 comments
Holiday Fund: Community Legal Services defends tenants in need

When Bonnie Louisa Ball-Mendoza's landlord moved to evict her, Community Legal Services helped fight the eviction in court. The court determined that the landlord actually owed her close to $10,000.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Spare the Air Alert scheduled for Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing the winter season's first Spare the Air Alert for Friday, calling for people to abstain from burning materials of any kind in fireplaces or outdoors.

Thursday, 3:42 PM | No comments yet
The season of giving: Local nonprofits you can help over the holidays

There's no better way to embrace the holiday spirit than giving back. On the Midpeninsula, there are many opportunities to lend a helping hand, from contributing toys and food to collecting clothes and funds.

Thursday, 8:47 AM | 2 comments

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