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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Palo Alto teen creates her own Trekkie starship crew

Palo Alto High School junior Angeline Chen was first exposed to "Star Trek: Voyager" at 10 months old. Little did she know that at age 16 she would become the founder of Palo Alto's own Star Trek Club.

Saturday, 9:33 AM | 1 comment

Friday, April 21, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Rep. Anna Eshoo

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," Rep. Anna Eshoo joins Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Editor Jocelyn Dong and Staff Writer Sue Dremann to discuss issues within and beyond Palo Alto.

Friday, 10:05 PM | 8 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: solar panel project; new parking program

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 24.

Friday, 12:11 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Family Earth Day events

A list of local events offered around town in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.

Friday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet
Cockfighting defendant faces multiple felonies

An East Palo Alto resident who allegedly kept 56 chickens including many roosters for cockfighting, will face five charges, said a spokeswoman for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.

Friday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet
East Palo Altans prepare for possible deportations

The rumors of ICE deportations -- and how quickly they spread -- point to a population of immigrants who are not only afraid but who don't know their rights or whom they can trust.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 52 comments
Audits find flaws in Palo Alto's purchasing policies

As Palo Alto heads into what promises to be a challenging budget season, a new review from the Office of the City Auditor has found that the city may have spent about $800,000 on duplicate invoices between 2013 and 2015.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 5 comments

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PAUSD student data exposed in breach

The names, addresses, birth dates and test scores of 14,000 current and former students in the Palo Alto school district were accessed by a well-known computer security researcher targeting a former vendor of the district, the school district announced in a message to parents Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | 11 comments
City, school district eye design consultant for Cubberley

The city and school district's work to start a master planning process for Cubberley Community Center crept forward on Thursday, when city and school leadership agreed that the two entities should jointly issue a request for proposals for an outside design consultant.

Thursday, 11:38 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ohlone Elementary principal announces retirement

The latest in a flurry of leadership changes for the Palo Alto school district comes from Ohlone Elementary School, where Principal Nicki Smith announced her retirement in a message to families on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 6:56 PM | 2 comments
Woman continues to stay active as she turns 100 years old

Palo Alto resident Grace Lee sat down for an interview with the Weekly to share her life stories days before she marks a milestone birthday.

Wednesday, 3:26 PM | 12 comments
Shoplifters take more than $8,000 of perfume

Chanel is apparently a popular and lucrative scent with thieves who stole about 100 bottles of the costly perfume from a Stanford Shopping Center store over two days, Palo Alto police said.

Wednesday, 2:56 PM | 3 comments
Community Notebook: Couple recognized for dedication to local, global environment

Longtime Palo Alto environmentalists, Kay and Walt Hays will be honored by the local nonprofit Acterra for their lifelong commitment to preserving the planet's health at a spring fundraiser on April 20.

Wednesday, 2:10 PM | 1 comment
Specific budget cuts begin to emerge in school district process

School board members began to delve into the nitty-gritty of $3.9 million in budget cuts on Tuesday night, starting to identify item-by-item proposals they do or don't support slashing.

Wednesday, 9:14 AM | 18 comments
Man exposes himself to student at Stanford University residence hall

A man exposed himself to a student at a Stanford University housing facility on campus late Tuesday night, according to school's Department of Public Safety.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Palo Alto eyes new direction for bus routes

Palo Alto bus riders could be in for a jolt in coming months as both the city and the county move ahead with efforts to shake up long-established routes.

Tuesday, 4:01 PM | 8 comments
Effort to retire sludge incinerators moves ahead

Seeking to shed Palo Alto's status as one of only two California cities that still burn their sludge, the City Council swiftly approved early Tuesday morning the construction of a nearly $23 million facility that would allow it to decommission the two incinerators in the Baylands.

Tuesday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
City Council mulls motorcyclist's lawsuit

A woman who received significant injuries after a motorcycle crash and her father, who witnessed the accident, are suing the City of Palo Alto claiming the incident was caused by a fire department truck.

Tuesday, 9:50 AM | 7 comments
La Comida struggling to find new location

La Comida Senior Nutrition, a longtime senior lunch program relied on by more than 160 seniors, is asking the community to help find a new location after a fruitless search.

Tuesday, 9:37 AM | 11 comments
School board to discuss budget cuts

After a series of public discussions and internal meetings over the last several months on the school district's budget shortfall, school district staff are recommending $3.9 million in cuts for the 2017-18 school year. The school board will discuss the proposals on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 8:09 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto finds compromise on accessory housing

With residents clamoring for both more housing and more government transparency, the Palo Alto City Council agreed Monday night to scale back its ambitious plan to encourage more accessory-dwelling units in the community.

Tuesday, 3:35 AM | 113 comments

Monday, April 17, 2017

New rules on accessory housing spark debate

Palo Alto's plan to encourage more accessory-dwelling units will meet its first test tonight, when the City Council's ordinance relaxing rules for the structures is set for a formal approval.

Monday, 8:50 AM | 95 comments

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Computing pioneer Robert Taylor dies at 85

Robert W. Taylor, 85, a Woodside resident for 34 years and a visionary in the development of computer networks and modern personal computing, died Thursday of complications of Parkinson's disease.

Sunday, 3:00 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: casual Friday; preserving art

Tidbits collected by the Weekly staff on people, events and other happenings.

Sunday, 8:05 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Top administrator, middle school principal to resign

More leadership shakeups are on the way for the Palo Alto Unified School District, with its chief student services officer and a second middle school principal leaving their posts at the end of the school year.

Saturday, 4:35 PM | 17 comments
Guest Opinion: It's time to set campaign contribution and spending caps

We need a limit on total campaign expenditures. By law, participation must be voluntary. Yet with incentives to opt in, such as notification to voters coupled with financial penalties and publication of violation, they can work.

Saturday, 2:25 PM | 10 comments

Friday, April 14, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Sex ed controversy

On Behind the Headlines this week, Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporters Elena Kadvany and Sue Dremann discuss parents' concerns over a new sex-education program at Palo Alto's three middle schools.

Friday, 9:29 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto parents protest new sex ed curriculum

A new sex-education program has some of Palo Alto Unified parents threatening legal action.

Friday, 7:23 PM | 80 comments
Palo Alto to get discounts on flood insurance

Flood insurance is about to get a little cheaper for thousands of Palo Alto property owners.

Friday, 4:25 PM | 3 comments
Saturday Tax Day protests to march in downtown Palo Alto

Two protests against President Donald Trump's Pentagon-spending increase and refusal to release his tax returns will take place on Saturday in Palo Alto, organizers said.

Friday, 4:12 PM | 4 comments
Community Notebook: Adobe Creek under-crossing reopens

The City of Palo Alto has reopened the Adobe Creek under-crossing, according to the Palo Alto Public Works Department.

Friday, 3:48 PM | 2 comments
Judge defers ruling on Trump sanctuary city order

Lawyers for Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco asked a federal judge Friday to block an executive order by President Donald Trump that threatens to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities and counties.

Friday, 3:02 PM | 8 comments
Shop Talk: Chantilly closes, Sweaty Betty to open

Read about a London athleisure boutique coming to town, the closure of a Palo Alto dining fixture and notable accolades for a range of local businesses.

Friday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet
Study: Earthquake damage could top $2.4 billion

If a giant earthquake were to shake up Palo Alto, it would likely devastate more than 200 buildings, cause about $2.4 billion in damage and wipe out about four years' worth of construction.

Friday, 6:31 AM | 10 comments
Opinion: Helping parent-teen communications

In a high-energy community such as Palo Alto and an intense Silicon Valley culture, a big question is how best to sustain -- or establish -- family connections in the face of smartphone and other addictions and too-busy schedules.

Friday, 6:30 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: Misguided attempt to save money

A decision by Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Max McGee to seek formal competitive proposals for mental health services at its five secondary schools erupted in controversy this week as the district's current and longest-running partner announced it would not apply.

Friday, 6:30 AM | 13 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: new dewatering facility; school budget

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 17.

Friday, 6:29 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Federal judge to consider injunction on sanctuary cities order

A San Francisco federal court judge Friday morning will consider San Francisco and Santa Clara counties' requests to halt President Donald Trump's Jan. 25 executive order that would withhold federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions.

Thursday, 5:03 PM | 92 comments
City looks to revamp sewage-treatment operation

Palo Alto's plan to retire the two sludge-burning incinerators in the Baylands could receive a major boost next week, when the City Council is set to approve construction of a $22-million facility that would allow the city to haul out -- rather than burn -- local sewage.

Thursday, 9:31 AM | 1 comment
Facebook to hold five community festivals in Menlo Park this year

Facebook plans to hold five community festivals at its Menlo Park headquarters from May through October that will be free and open to the public.

Thursday, 8:47 AM | 2 comments
Suspect charged in Palo Alto Online hacking case

A 34-year-old San Francisco man was arraigned on April 11 in federal District Court for the Sept. 17, 2015 hacking of Palo Alto Online and other websites operated by Embarcadero Media.

Thursday, 8:26 AM | 12 comments

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Palo Alto voters approve stormwater fee increase

Palo Alto's bid to raise stormwater fees to fund 13 projects cruised to victory Wednesday, with nearly two-thirds of the voters in the city's mail-only election supporting the change.

Wednesday, 1:12 PM | 37 comments
Eichler owners to city: One size doesn't fit all

A crowd of Eichler-loving residents overflowed the Mitchell Park Library conference room in Palo Alto Tuesday night to offer the city their ideas for guidelines to preserve their neighborhoods' character. But despite their united interest in the thorny subject, they also stressed that one size does not fit all.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 19 comments
City moves ahead with new downtown garage

For the second time in two weeks, the Palo Alto City Council approved on Tuesday night moving ahead with construction of a new garage that would add hundred of spots to a badly congested commercial area.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | 10 comments
Council backs shift to downtown parking meters

Seeking to bring some order to downtown's chaotic parking scene, Palo Alto officials signaled on Tuesday night their intent to abolish the existing system of color zones and to bring back paid parking.

Wednesday, 1:21 AM | 38 comments

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

State Senate Bill seeks to curb spikes in winter heating costs

Utility customers may see fewer spikes in winter heating costs if a bill introduced by state Sen. Jerry Hill passes the Legislature, according to Hill's office.

Tuesday, 3:34 PM | 3 comments
Low-income families in East Palo Alto receive no-cost solar panel systems

In the tech capital of the world, the nonprofits Grid Alternatives and Acterra are finding ways to help low-income families become more energy-efficient -- and thus save money.

Tuesday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 10, 2017

School district seeks new counseling provider for middle, high schools

The Palo Alto school district has for the first time issued a request for proposals for counseling services for its secondary schools, which will bring an end to a decades-long partnership with its current provider.

Monday, 7:45 PM | 44 comments
Self-proclaimed masseur arrested for sexual assaults in his home

A 55-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting female clients in his East Palo Alto home, police said in a statement on Monday.

Monday, 3:47 PM | 4 comments
District attorney endorses judge facing recall

Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, the embattled judge whose controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner made waves across the globe last year, has received a high-profile endorsement in his fight to retain his seat on the bench.

Monday, 2:45 PM | 15 comments

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