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Monday, May 29, 2023

Palo Alto Weekly nets 17 honors in California Journalism Awards

Local journalists received recognition this month in an annual statewide competition that honors excellence in reporting, design, photography and multimedia.

Monday, 2:10 PM | No comments yet
State Parks offer free admissions to vets, active and reserve military on Memorial Day

California State Parks is offering free admission to 130 state parks to veterans, and active and reserve military members on Memorial Day.

Monday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Around Town: Podcasting Palo Alto's past and a new garden retreat

In this week's Around Town column, learn about the student who is creating bite-sized audio tours of Palo Alto's history, see a new garden retreat in Palo Alto, and hear about the ideas youth pitched to Rep. Anna Eshoo.

Sunday, 12:26 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Police calls: A felony threat with intent to terrorize, grand theft

The following list captures recent reports of crimes made to Palo Alto police for the week of May 6 - 12. In total, 14 people were arrested.

Saturday, 8:29 AM | 5 comments

Friday, May 26, 2023

Former CinéArts theater could become office space

The owner of the Palo Alto Square business park is heading for a legal showdown with the city over its plan to convert the movie theater that once housed CinéArts into an office building.

Friday, 8:01 PM | 8 comments
Police: Reported gunshot noises were likely fireworks

About 10 loud bangs that Palo Alto residents heard and reported to police on early Friday morning were likely fireworks, police Sgt. Dan Pojanamat said.

Friday, 1:12 PM | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Ventura area plan, rental registry, 4-story mixed-use building

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 29.

Friday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
Find out which public services are closed this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is coming up, and many public services will be closed or operating on modified schedules.

Friday, 8:25 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Dangerous crossing worse than ever, Palo Alto residents say

Screeching brakes and crumpling metal are still a continual occurrence at one dangerous Palo Alto intersection, despite nearby residents' complaints to the city. And the situation is only get worse, they say.

Thursday, 4:32 PM | 10 comments
Developer advances plan for condo project on San Antonio Road

After receiving encouraging feedback last year, a developer is pushing ahead with 76-condominium project on a portion of San Antonio Road that Palo Alto is hoping to turn into a residential community.

Thursday, 4:23 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park doctor sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography

A Menlo Park doctor was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to two years in prison for possessing child pornography.

Thursday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet
Peninsula home sales drop by nearly half in April compared to last year

Increased mortgage rates combined with an inventory shortage caused a significant drop in home sales statewide and along the Peninsula in April, according to a new report from the California Association of Realtors.

Thursday, 9:29 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

2 Palo Alto teachers and a disabled student injured during violent struggle

A serious incident in which two teachers and a student with disabilities were badly injured in early May has prompted Palo Alto Unified teachers to demand more help managing student behavior.

Wednesday, 6:50 PM | 66 comments
New bike tunnels eyed as part of Palo Alto's ambitious rail redesign

In its long journey to completely redesign its rail crossings, Palo Alto is now queuing up plans to build underpasses for pedestrian and bikes first so that they'll be able to cross under the tracks even as roadway work progresses.

Wednesday, 5:35 PM | 28 comments
District: Advanced math class will earn college, but not high school, credit

Responding to complaints swirling about an advanced math class, Palo Alto Unified School District issued a definitively worded letter on May 19 stating what it would and wouldn't offer with respect to multivariable calculus.

Wednesday, 11:26 AM | 19 comments
Lee Lambert picked as Foothill-De Anza's next chancellor

Lee Lambert, the chancellor of Pima Community College in Arizona, is slated to replace Judy Miner as head of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Lambert will earn nearly $450,000 a year.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Mountain View resident was among the victims of Monday's horrific Highway 101 crash in Sunnyvale

The Santa Clara County coroner identified the three people who died following a multi-car accident on U.S. Highway 101 in Sunnyvale on Monday. One of them was a Mountain View resident.

Tuesday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
Locals urge Caltrans to reopen Highway 84 near Woodside ASAP

After a total shutdown because of a landslide, nearby residents are imploring Caltrans to reopen a stretch of Highway 84 near Woodside that has been closed since early March.

Tuesday, 3:52 PM | 2 comments
Gus Mattammal to challenge Berman in race for Assembly

Gus Mattammal, a Republican entrepreneur who last year ran for the U.S. Congress, announced Tuesday that he will vie for a state Assembly seat that is currently occupied by Marc Berman.

Tuesday, 3:01 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto inks deal with Caltrain for assistance with rail redesign

As Palo Alto moves ahead with plans to redesign three local rail crossings, city leaders have agreed to pay Caltrain for assistance with the complex and expensive effort.

Tuesday, 11:18 AM | 9 comments
Vice President Kamala Harris visits Silicon Valley as Biden-Harris administration invests billions in semiconductor R&D

What do rice cookers, smartphones and ATMs have in common, other than making our lives easier? They're each made possible by a tiny piece of technology called a semiconductor.

Tuesday, 9:48 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto council pushes to fund more services as revenues grow

Emboldened by a brightening economic outlook, the Palo Alto City Council signaled on Monday its desire to further expand library hours, electrify the city's vehicle fleet and fund area plans for downtown and San Antonio Road.

Tuesday, 12:24 AM | 12 comments

Monday, May 22, 2023

Secret no more: Santa Clara County supervisors order counsel to reveal tort settlements of $1M or more

In light of multi-million dollar settlements over the mistreatment of inmates, Santa Clara County Supervisors voted on May 16 to require the county counsel to publicly report when the county settles lawsuits for $1 million or more.

Monday, 5:34 PM | No comments yet
Josh Becker, Marc Berman see their key bills on housing and sustainability advance

Dozens of bills penned by Bay Area legislators, including legislation targeting housing development, gun safety and renewable energy, overcame a key hurdle on May 18 when they advanced through the two appropriation committees.

Monday, 3:14 PM | 4 comments
3 dead, 5 hospitalized after chain reaction collision on Highway 101 in Sunnyvale

Three people died and five others were hospitalized after a chain reaction collision on U.S. Highway 101 just south of Fair Oaks Avenue in Sunnyvale early Monday morning.

Monday, 9:24 AM | 5 comments

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Around Town: Expanded Light Tree Apartments reopens with 128 more units

In the latest Around Town column, read news about the grand reopening of the expanded Light Tree Apartments in East Palo Alto and a recap of last weekend's Stanford Powwow.

Sunday, 9:08 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Opinion: An open letter to students on mental health

My whole life I've struggled with depression, anxiety and, at my lowest, suicidal ideation. Ultimately I found someone who helped me through it. Now I, and others like me, are doing our best to be there for teens who are struggling.

Saturday, 10:32 AM | 8 comments

Friday, May 19, 2023

Special Olympics brings students together for sports and smiles

At the Palo Alto Unified Special Olympics track and field event on Friday, May 19, special education students from 15 schools came together to run, long jump and throw.

Friday, 10:41 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto police calls: Grand theft incidents and warrants

Here's a list that captures recent reports of crimes made to Palo Alto police.

Friday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Zoning code revisions to restrict firearms sales; review of union contract reopeners

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 22.

Friday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Burglars use sledgehammers to break into Midtown CVS

Two sledgehammer-wielding burglars smashed the front glass doors of the Midtown CVS Pharmacy in Palo Alto on Thursday morning, making off with $800 in cash, police said.

Friday, 10:31 AM | 16 comments
California has tried to cut the cost of insulin for years. Why it might finally succeed

To fight the skyrocketing cost of insulin, California is using multiple tactics, including making its own generic versions.

Friday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet
Lythcott-Haims finds allies in her challenge over speaking fees

As Palo Alto City Council member Julie Lythcott-Haims prepares to challenge a Fair Political Practice Commission determination that would limit her speaking engagements, she is finding key allies, including the FPPC's former chair.

Friday, 9:20 AM | 19 comments
Stanford University panel examines what it means to be Asian in America

An expert panel on May 16 examined the challenges facing Asian Americans, gaps in medical research, the disparities that have worsened during the pandemic and how to remedy the problems.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Police: After searching two sites, missing Palo Altan's whereabouts still unknown

Belmont police said the circumstances leading up to Ylva Hagner's 1996 disappearance are still unknown after leading a search at two sites on Farm Hill Boulevard in Redwood City last week.

Thursday, 4:23 PM | 1 comment
Balancing act: Newsom's plan to cover California's ballooning budget deficit

Gov. Gavin Newsom says his plan to cover a budget shortfall that has grown by $9 billion protects investments in education, health care and housing. But it also relies on more borrowing.

Thursday, 9:43 AM | 20 comments
History on her front porch: Palo Alto woman honors Chinese railroad laborers with exhibit

Monica Yeung Arima became aware of gaps in her son's elementary school history curriculum when a reading selection talked about the transcontinental railroad -- but didn't include any mention the Chinese workers who built it.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Ex-Apple engineer charged with theft secrets for autonomous systems

A former Apple engineer was indicted for theft of trade secrets related to autonomous systems, such as those used in self-driving cars, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 5:00 PM | 1 comment
Traffic-fighting nonprofit looks to rebuild, expand after pandemic shift

It's been a bumpy ride for the the Palo Alto TMA, the nonprofit charged with encouraging commuters to switch from cars to other modes of transportation. Despite disruptions, it's looking to expand.

Wednesday, 4:22 PM | 7 comments
Ripped pride flag found at First Lutheran Church under investigation as hate crime

The flag and its mounting bracket set up outside the church had been taken down and left on the ground sometime between May 7 and 11, police said.

Wednesday, 9:34 AM | 1 comment
What's happening here? The construction of Palo Alto's Public Safety Building

Construction of the new Palo Alto Safety Building is scheduled to be completed this fall after two years.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | 4 comments
Appellate court rejects Elizabeth Holmes' motion to stay out of prison

In an order issued Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to stay out of prison while she appeals her wire fraud conviction.

Wednesday, 9:02 AM | 16 comments

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Settlement clears way for José Andrés restaurant to cook with gas in Palo Alto

Faced with a threat of a lawsuit, city administrators have reversed their earlier decision and will now allow the new restaurant that chef José Andrés plans to open at Stanford Shopping Center to use natural gas.

Tuesday, 8:40 PM | 16 comments
Controversial housing bill splits Palo Alto City Council

For years, Palo Alto officials have opposed state bills that force cities to approve more housing. The council's Monday discussion of one such bill, SB 423, suggests that the local political climate is changing.

Tuesday, 3:53 PM | 21 comments
Bike to Wherever Days to celebrate cycling with food and fun

Bike to Wherever Days will be happening this Thursday through Saturday, May 18-20. The event aims to encourage residents to "get out there and ride," Tim Oey of the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition said.

Tuesday, 9:50 AM | 4 comments
Despite history of failure, Palo Alto eager to renew Cubberley negotiations

For decades, Cubberley Community Center has served as both a valuable hub for artists, athletes and nonprofits and a place where local dreams go to die. On Monday, the City Council agreed to renew its effort to redevelop the center.

Tuesday, 9:31 AM | 17 comments
Woman hit by forklift at SummerWinds nursery

A customer was hospitalized after she was struck by a forklift at a Palo Alto nursery while returning to her car on Friday, Palo Alto police spokesperson said.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 5 comments

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