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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Schwab Learning Center opens new dyslexic-friendly 'innovation lab'

With its new home at Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, the Schwab Learning Center's reach is now expanding beyond Stanford to the wider community.

Saturday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 27, 2023

Man arrested for allegedly attempting to steal backpack carrying camera, laptop

A man who allegedly tried to steal a laptop and camera from another man outside Palo Alto's Winter Lodge on Friday afternoon was quickly arrested by police.

Friday, 6:14 PM | 1 comment
Here's how you can support the Half Moon Bay community right now (and take care of yourself)

Here's a list of organizations raising funds for the Jan. 23 mass shooting victims, plus memorial events and mental health resources.

Friday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet
After the storms, flooding victims face fallout

Palo Alto residents have begun the long process of cleaning up muddy homes following a series of storms that started on New Year's Eve and stretched into early January.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 5 comments
Got sandbags? Don't discard them just yet

Many Palo Altans were in the same situation earlier this month -- using sandbags to keep the rainwater at bay. Now, many are wondering what to do with those bags since the storms have passed.

Friday, 6:52 AM | No comments yet
Opinion: Le snoop du jour

The Garbage Police showed up at my house in a pre-dawn reconnaissance. Reminiscent of some film noir scene from the '50s, a truck loomed in front of my house, truly menacing at that hour.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Kehillah Jewish High School evacuated Thursday after bomb threat

A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of roughly 250 students and staff members at Kehillah Jewish High School in south Palo Alto on Thursday afternoon, police said. No bombs were found.

Thursday, 6:10 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: City Council's annual retreat; One Water Plan update

A preview of government meetings for the week of Jan. 30.

Thursday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Emergency pet hospital looks to open in Ventura

A veterinary company that offers emergency pet services at 40 locations across the nation is preparing to open its newest hospital along El Camino Real.

Thursday, 3:02 PM | 2 comments
Environmentalists pumped as nonprofit hub replaces its space heaters

Environmental activists gathered in a parking lot near the Baylands on Wednesday afternoon for an unusual activity: watching a crane lift boxes and heave them onto the roof of an East Bayshore building.

Thursday, 9:40 AM | 5 comments
Making connections: How a Redwood City woman is fostering community through jigsaw puzzle competitions

Putting together puzzles is more than a pandemic pastime for Emma Taylor, the founder of Peninsula Puzzlers.

Thursday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto set to approve new contracts for SEIU workers, firefighters

The city is preparing to approve multiyear contracts that would include raises and new benefits for its largest employee union, Service Employees International Union, and its main firefighter union.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | 2 comments
Terminated Meta content moderators worry about fake news flourishing in their absence

Nearly 200 Meta content moderators who used to work in Mountain View say that the company abruptly terminated their contracts.

Thursday, 8:46 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

No bail for Half Moon Bay accused shooter, DA considers death penalty

The 66-year-old man accused of gunning down seven people and critically injuring one other at two mushroom farms earlier this week made his initial court appearance Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4:52 PM | 1 comment
What's eating College Terrace? Survey points to residents' dissatisfaction

With its walkable streets and proximity to Stanford, College Terrace doesn't seem like the grumpiest neighborhood in Palo Alto. But a new survey has some council members wondering what's amiss.

Wednesday, 9:43 AM | 21 comments
Think you're juggling a lot? Trying being at the Game of Throws circus arts festival

From newcomers to professionals, Gunn High's juggling festival over the weekend drew people of all ages and skill levels.

Wednesday, 9:26 AM | 2 comments
Coastal farmworkers eke out a living amid hardship

Shootings, wildfires, the pandemic and other challenges have tested the Coastside's isolated communities, but many of its farmers aren't going anywhere.

Wednesday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Five men, two women die in Half Moon Bay mass shooting

A community is in mourning after a gunman allegedly walked onto two farms, including one where he is said to have worked, and killed seven people. He also critically injured one other.

Tuesday, 5:19 PM | No comments yet
Suspect in Half Moon Bay shootings was employee of farm where 5 where shot

A man accused of mass shootings in the Half Moon Bay area on Monday legally purchased the semi-automatic handgun allegedly used in the crimes, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.

Tuesday, 12:31 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto deals setback to planned foothills home

Building in the foothills is, by nature, a sensitive subject in Palo Alto but the design team behind a Los Trancos Road proposal had some reasons to feel optimistic going into Monday's City Council review.

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | 8 comments

Monday, January 23, 2023

Police seek suspects in Saturday assault, Sunday robbery near downtown train station

Police are looking for suspects in two separate weekend incidents near the downtown train station: a Saturday assault on a train platform and a robbery that occurred on El Camino Real on Sunday.

Monday, 7:09 PM | No comments yet
Seven dead in Half Moon Bay mass shooting, 67-year-old man in custody

Seven people are dead, one is in critical condition and a 67-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly opened fire in two shootings in unincorporated Half Moon Bay on Monday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, 4:52 PM | 6 comments
Elizabeth Holmes' lawyers rebut prosecution claims that she is a flight risk

As the date for Elizabeth Holmes to begin serving her sentence approaches, prosecutors and defense lawyers are fighting over whether she should be allowed to stay free while her appeal is resolved.

Monday, 3:36 PM | 2 comments
Santa Clara County reports low rates of COVID, flu

Santa Clara County experienced a triple health threat this winter -- flu, a respiratory virus and COVID-19 -- but county officials and medical experts said overall infections remain low and are subsiding.

Monday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
After backlash last spring, Palo Alto Unified lays out proposed criteria for child care providers

The school district is moving ahead with plans to create requirements for its child care providers -- including licensing rules and minimum staffing ratios -- after plans to reduce space for two providers drew backlash last spring.

Monday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet
State COVID testing sites begin to close

As the state prepares to end the state of emergency, those sites with less demand will close first.

Monday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet
Fallen tree causes power outage for nearly 900 Palo Alto Utilities customers

A fallen tree caused nearly 900 Palo Alto Utilities customers to lose power late Sunday night.

Monday, 8:42 AM | 7 comments

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Around Town: Residents voice concerns at community storm check-in

Read news about Palo Alto's community storm check-in, a fireside chat with former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and nominations for the Behavioral Health Community Heroes Awards.

Saturday, 9:16 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 20, 2023

PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussion of Community Survey results; annual reports on aquatics programs, golf course

A preview of government meetings for the week of Jan. 23.

Friday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet
Opinion: Palo Alto needs a road safety policy

Palo Alto does better on road safety than many U.S. cities; however, anyone who has walked or bicycled in the city can understand there is plenty of room for safety improvement.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 20 comments

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Biden stops by Mountain View before heading to Santa Cruz County to survey storm damage

President Joe Biden touched down aboard Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield on Thursday morning for his first stop on a packed schedule of visiting Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties to survey storm-damaged areas.

Thursday, 2:30 PM | 11 comments
Colder temperatures and king tides in the Bay Area's five-day forecast

Dry weather in the Bay Area's forecast is a welcome relief from recent storms, but it will bring chilly temperatures for the next five days.

Thursday, 12:31 PM | No comments yet
After wage-theft allegations, city looks to strengthen requirements for janitorial services

The new rules would include requiring any future contractor to be a firm whose workers are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Thursday, 12:16 PM | 3 comments
Car crashes into Mitchell Park Library on Wednesday

A vehicle crashed into the Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto on Wednesday, causing minor injuries to the driver and passenger and minimal damage to the building, according to the Fire Department.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto survey points to growing concerns over mental health, retirement

Ask Palo Alto residents how they feel about their city, and many will praise its bountiful parks, job opportunities and educational offerings. But a new resident survey also shows growing concerns about mental health and retirement.

Thursday, 9:34 AM | 9 comments
Biden flying into Mountain View to visit storm-ravaged Capitola, Aptos

President Joe Biden will visit Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties Thursday to see first-hand the damage from a series of atmospheric river storms in the past three weeks.

Thursday, 9:33 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

School board OKs 7% raises for teachers and other school staff

Palo Alto Unified teachers and other employees will be getting a 7% raise retroactive to the start of this academic year as a result of union agreements that the school board approved on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 6:07 PM | No comments yet
Man makes initial court appearance after allegedly shooting East Palo Alto officer

A man made his initial appearance in court Tuesday to face seven felony charges, including attempted murder, for allegedly shooting an East Palo Alto officer in the foot during a traffic stop last week.

Wednesday, 12:17 PM | No comments yet
Fallen Mitchell Park tree, a victim of recent storms, was 'a valued relative'

Numerous Palo Alto residents are mourning the loss of a venerable stone pine that served as the shade, photographic backdrop and perch for untold numbers of children, adults and birds.

Wednesday, 11:48 AM | 4 comments
Kings of the court? As pickleball grows, tennis players worry about getting edged out

As pickleball has exploded in popularity, the city has taken notice -- and action. Next month, the City Council is scheduled to adopt a new policy that would reassert pickleball's dominance at Mitchell Park.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 14 comments
Palo Alto school board approves 29-units of subsidized staff housing

Years in the making, Palo Alto Unified's school board formally approved plans to participate in a subsidized teacher and staff housing project on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 12 comments
Lunar New Year celebration to be held this weekend

Wiz Chinese, a group of Palo Altans of Chinese heritage, will host its Lunar New Year celebration at Mitchell Park Community Center with music and dance performances, food and drink, and activities.

Wednesday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Palo Alto teen killed in Jan. 8 crash in Los Gatos

Tyler Scheetz, 19, of Palo Alto, was identified as the teen killed in a two-car crash earlier this month in Los Gatos, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.

Tuesday, 5:03 PM | No comments yet
Equestrian trainer arrested for alleged sexual crimes

An equestrian coach who worked with minors in Portola Valley and other locations throughout San Mateo County has been arrested for allegedly intending to seduce a minor for sex and other related charges.

Tuesday, 2:53 PM | No comments yet
Man robs Subway sandwich shop on Monday night

A man stole cash from the Subway on Middlefield Road during a robbery at Palo Alto's Charleston Shopping Center, police said.

Tuesday, 1:00 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto educators set to receive a 7% pay increase

Palo Alto Unified teachers and other school staff will get a 7% raise under tentative deals that the district has reached with its unions. The proposed agreements head to the school board on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 9:53 AM | 1 comment
State water leaders: Stormy conditions to end soon

After Wednesday's forecasted storm -- the ninth in three weeks -- the weather pattern will be transitioning to drier conditions, state water officials said on Monday.

Tuesday, 9:06 AM | No comments yet

Monday, January 16, 2023

Palo Alto residents observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with acts of service, art

On Monday, hundreds of Palo Alto residents took part in Palo Alto's 16th annual Day of Service and Celebration to further the legacy of the civil rights leader.

Monday, 5:37 PM | No comments yet
Allegedly impaired driver rescued from crashed car on Charleston Road

Palo Alto firefighters who rushed to the scene of a car crash on Thursday night had to extricate the driver who was allegedly intoxicated when the car struck a tree.

Monday, 5:14 PM | 1 comment
Defamation lawsuit against Palo Alto Weekly dismissed by Court of Appeal

A defamation suit against the Palo Alto Weekly and parent company Embarcadero Media by an unsuccessful 2018 candidate for the Palo Alto Board of Education was rejected by the California Court of Appeal.

Monday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Santa Clara County shutters hybrid meetings — for now

Santa Clara County is eliminating hybrid committee meetings in favor of an in-person only format, which residents said could reduce community engagement.

Sunday, 3:39 PM | 1 comment
Missing-dog mystery sparks police investigation

Carolina Bruchilari thought her beloved German shepherd, Scott, would only be gone for two weeks when she entrusted him to a trainer in mid-December. Now Bruchilari says Scott's been dognapped -- and she wants him back.

Sunday, 9:58 AM | 20 comments
Is California's drought over? Here's what you need to know about rain, snow reservoirs and drought

A dozen days of wet and wild weather haven't ended the drought, and won't cure the driest period in the West in the past 1,200 years.

Sunday, 9:00 AM | 10 comments

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