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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Joe Simitian announces bid to succeed Anna Eshoo in Congress

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian formally announced on Wednesday his candidacy to replace U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who will step away from Congress next year after nearly three decades in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 12 comments
Newsom announces more funding in effort to clear encampments near highways

The state is making nearly $300 million in additional grant money available for local governments to clear homeless encampments, with a focus on areas near state highways and Interstate Highways.

Wednesday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

After three years of advocacy, Palo Alto Renters' Association to dissolve

Palo Alto Renters' Association, a nonprofit that formed in 2020 to support local tenants, will soon be no more. It is being absorbed by Palo Alto Forward, another housing-focused nonprofit, leaders of the both organizations said.

Tuesday, 3:30 PM | 2 comments
California faces big challenges to implement new math guidelines

After a contentious road to approve a new set of statewide guidelines on teaching students math, California officials must still figure out how to support school districts with implementation.

Tuesday, 12:54 PM | 2 comments
Armed robbers take off with catalytic converter near Pardee Park

Palo Alto police are looking for two men who sawed off a catalytic converter from a parked car during an armed robbery that took place near Pardee Park early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, 9:43 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto's new rental registry sparks debate over enforcement

As the Palo Alto City Council voted Monday to advance the city's rental registry, members left one critical question outstanding: What should the city do with the data once it's collected?

Tuesday, 1:18 AM | 10 comments

Monday, November 27, 2023

Don Horsley, former San Mateo County supervisor and longtime sheriff, dies at 80

Former San Mateo County Supervisor and sheriff Don Horsley has died at age 80 on Nov. 24. Local officials remembered him as a "tireless public servant" who sought to help the county's most vulnerable people.

Monday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
Don't call it a blimp: Massive airship debuts at Moffett Field in Mountain View

Reviving an early 20th-century ambition, an experimental airship debuted at Moffett Field this month, albeit for only a few minutes before technicians rolled the massive aircraft back inside its cloistered hangar.

Monday, 12:02 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto City Council members look to raise their own salaries

After approving raises for just about every major labor group over the past year, the Palo Alto City Council is now shifting its focus to employees who some members believe are overdue for a salary bump: themselves.

Monday, 10:57 AM | 6 comments

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Obituaries: Bigler, Allo, Dias, Douglas, Eisner

Local residents who have died recently include Armond Bigler, Maria Allo, Frances Dias, Patricia Douglas and Eleanor Eisner.

Sunday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Police calls: 12 arrests, 12 cases of vandalism

A roundup of reports of crimes made to Palo Alto police for the week of Nov. 16 to Nov. 20.

Saturday, 9:09 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: improving Cal Ave and keeping San Francisquito Creek from flooding

In this week's Around Town column, read the latest about Palo Alto's California Avenue and bridges over San Francisquito Creek.

Saturday, 9:08 AM | 9 comments

Friday, November 24, 2023

Holiday Fund: Cultivating a love of swimming

When a local high school swimmer couldn't pay her school's $1,500 per trimester team membership, Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation stepped in with a scholarship. Now she's a dedicated member of the team.

Friday, 4:09 PM | 2 comments
Caltrain plans for 4-track segments complicate Palo Alto's effort to redesign rail crossings

California's high-speed rail system may be more than a decade away from completion, but the beleaguered project is casting a growing shadow over Palo Alto's plans to separate its streets from its rail tracks.

Friday, 8:48 AM | 17 comments

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Public Agenda: rental registry, new pocket park

Here's a preview of government meetings the week of Nov. 27.

Thursday, 12:15 PM | No comments yet
Walking for a cure: Local students raise nearly $140K for Type 1 diabetes research

Joining a national effort to develop a cure for Type 1 diabetes, a group of five teenagers in Palo Alto has helped raise nearly $140,000 to fund research on the disease.

Thursday, 12:11 PM | No comments yet
Ravenswood City School District may use bond funds to help pay for new $10M district office

The Ravenswood City School District is in the midst of various real estate transactions and construction projects.

Thursday, 6:57 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Cal Fire recommends kitchen safety ahead of Thanksgiving holidays

As the public prepares to cook their Thanksgiving turkeys this year, Cal Fire outlined a series of kitchen safety tips to avoid accidental kitchen fires this holiday season.

Wednesday, 12:51 PM | No comments yet
A roundup of municipal closures during Thanksgiving

With the Thanksgiving holidays approaching, various municipal services are expected to have either office closures or limited hours.

Wednesday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet
Frances Dias, Palo Alto's first female mayor, dies at 100

Frances Dias, who served as Palo Alto's first female mayor during one the city's most politically turbulent periods, died on Nov. 9, according to her family. She was 100.

Wednesday, 7:59 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Retired Palo Alto police sergeant pleads guilty after video captured violent arrest

A Palo Alto police officer who slammed a man into a car windshield during a 2018 arrest at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park pleaded guilty to the assault on Nov. 21.

Tuesday, 8:21 PM | 7 comments
Towering apartment buildings, one 17 stories tall, proposed in Palo Alto

A developer who owns a property next to the California Avenue Caltrain station is advancing one of the most ambitious projects in Palo Alto's recent history: three towering buildings with 382 residences on the site of Mollie Stone's.

Tuesday, 6:13 PM | 64 comments
Police: Five-car collision on Alma Street resulted in major damage, largely minor injuries

A series of collisions involving five cars took place on Friday, Nov. 17 at 1:46 p.m. at the 2400 block of Alma Street, between Colorado Avenue and Oregon Expressway, Palo Alto police told this publication.

Tuesday, 12:07 PM | 4 comments
Long-term outlook calls for above-normal temperature and precipitation

The San Francisco Bay Area is likely to be warmer and wetter than normal for the next three months, forecasters said.

Tuesday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet
Silicon Valley congresswoman Anna Eshoo announces retirement

For the first time in two decades, a Silicon Valley congressmember is retiring, a decision that will shake up the South Bay's political landscape -- with many local Democrats reportedly eyeing the seat.

Tuesday, 8:28 AM | 13 comments
Man found guilty of first-degree murder in San Carlos beheading case

Jose Rafael Solano Landaeta, 33, of Hayward, was found guilty on Monday of first-degree murder in the death of Karina Castro, a 27-year-old mother of two. Landaeta is the father of one of Castro's children.

Tuesday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 20, 2023

Despite past allegations of wage theft, Palo Alto inks new deal with janitorial contractor

A janitorial company that last year faced accusations of wage theft from its employees, prompting Palo Alto to firm up its labor standards, secured this month a new five-year deal to clean up local parks, garages and public buildings.

Monday, 12:31 PM | 2 comments
Around Town: Palo Altans recognized for outstanding feats — and feet

In this week's Around Town column, we write about Palo Altans who are being recognized for their outstanding feats -- and, in two case, feet.

Monday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: 4 auto thefts, 1 injury hit-and-run

The following list captures reports of crimes made to Palo Alto police for the week of Nov. 9 to Nov. 15.

Monday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 17, 2023

Palo Alto's new rental registry may exclude smaller properties

As Palo Alto prepares to adopt a rental registry to track vacancies, rent hikes and property turnover, one type of development will likely be excluded from the tally, at least initially: single-family homes.

Friday, 2:01 PM | 7 comments
Mountain View's SETI Institute receives $200 million to search for extraterrestrial intelligent life

For nearly 40 years, the SETI Institute, a non-profit research organization in Mountain View, has been searching for intelligent life forms beyond Earth. A philanthropic gift of $200 million is bringing this quest closer to reality.

Friday, 1:54 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area roads earn 'fair' grade in annual pavement conditions report card

Pavement conditions are just "fair" on the Bay Area's roadways, according to an annual report card from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Friday, 12:05 PM | 10 comments
Holiday Fund: The little studio that could

East Palo Alto's first and only school of dance combines music and dance in a way that not only exposes children and families to Western culture's "high art," but also melds more traditional ethnic and cultural traditions.

Friday, 11:52 AM | 1 comment
Police: Big Game at Stanford will bring big traffic

Heavy traffic on Embarcadero, El Camino and Sand Hill roads is expected beginning Saturday morning as officials anticipate a sold out crowd.

Friday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Another round of rain, thunderstorms on the way

Another round of rain and thunderstorms is expected Friday around the Bay Area and Central Coast, and may linger into early Saturday.

Friday, 8:46 AM | No comments yet
El Camino repaving project set to begin next year, with bike lanes added in Mountain View

After years of worsening potholes and bumpy rides, plans are in place to repave El Camino Real from Mountain View through Palo Alto starting in May or June of 2024, Caltrans officials announced at a public meeting in Mountain View.

Friday, 8:36 AM | 2 comments
Obituaries: Schwerer, Moore and Bradley

Local residents who have died recently include Frederick Schwerer III, Susan Moore and Charles Bradley.

Friday, 8:19 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Public Agenda: Council Rail Committee to meet

A preview of government meetings the week of Nov. 20.

Thursday, 9:51 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto school board leaves math-acceleration decision to staff

The Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education declined to decide on a flexible student mathematics-acceleration program for its middle schools on Tuesday night, Nov. 14, instead leaving the decision to school administrators.

Thursday, 2:22 PM | 21 comments
Accused San Carlos samurai sword killer refuses to testify to prosecutors

For nearly three hours on Monday, Nov. 13, accused killer Jose Rafael Solano Landaeta spoke in detail about the conversations he had with Karina Castro hours before she was slain, claiming he feared for his life.

Thursday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
APEC Summit: Biden holds bilateral talks with China's president in Woodside, attends event at Exploratorium

President Joe Biden spent more than four hours in a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping in the Bay Area on Wednesday as part of this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.

Thursday, 8:28 AM | No comments yet

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