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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Longtime aging expert, now 88, heeds his own advice

At 88 years old, aging expert and retired Stanford University professor Walter Bortz is personally experiencing some of the health trials he's spent a career studying and writing about.

Sunday, 8:59 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Around Town: Meeting the deadline; combat holiday thefts

In the latest Around Town column, the effort to establish the Palo Alto History Museum reaches its fundraising goal and the Police Department offer burglary-prevention tips.

Saturday, 9:58 AM | No comments yet

Friday, December 7, 2018

Webcast: Update on Stanford's expansion proposal

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discusses the negotiation process with Stanford University over its proposed expansion of the campus.

Friday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto prepares for smaller council

The city will find out if it can improve efficiency when the voter-approved reduction in council seats becomes a reality next month.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 27 comments
Editorial: A stealth agenda for President Hotel

An attempt to sneak through a series of actions that would pave the way for the new owners of the President Hotel Apartments to proceed with their hotel project has quietly appeared as the last agenda item on Monday night's penultimate City Council meeting of the year.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 33 comments
Holiday Fund: From almost dropouts to career seekers

Participants of Gap Year, a program under East Palo Alto nonprofit Live in Peace, receive life coaching and skill-building lessons to help them enter and graduate from college or a trade school.

Friday, 6:41 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Final election results: Pulido, Sobomehin, Fitch win seats on Ravenswood school board

Incumbent Ana Pulido and newcomers Tamara Sobomehin and Stephanie Fitch have officially been elected to the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, according to certified election results released on Thursday.

Thursday, 9:35 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Rinconada Pool agreement; school budget study session

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 10.

Thursday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
Counties release official election results

Exactly one month after Election Day, the results of the Palo Alto city and school district races and measures that came before voters have been certified.

Thursday, 1:54 PM | No comments yet
Driver exposes himself to cyclist

Palo Alto police are seeking a man who exposed himself to a woman riding her bicycle near Stanford Hospital last Friday, Nov. 30.

Thursday, 1:44 PM | 12 comments
Palo Alto Housing project clears big hurdle

Palo Alto Housing scored a major victory on Thursday when the Architectural Review Board unanimously approved its proposal to build a 59-unit project for low-income and disabled residents in the Ventura neighborhood.

Thursday, 12:57 PM | 8 comments
Nearing retirement, city manager turns down raise

Palo Alto City Manager James Keene, who is retiring this month after 10 years of service, has informed the City Council that he will not be accepting a raise, Mayor Liz Kniss announced Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 9:35 AM | 18 comments
Palo Alto again eyes City Hall upgrades

After balking earlier this year, Palo Alto officials are preparing to move ahead with significant technological upgrades to the Council Chambers.

Thursday, 9:07 AM | 11 comments

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mother of slain man seeks help finding shooter

The mother of a 22-year-old man who was shot and killed at a birthday party in East Palo Alto on Oct. 14 is frustrated by the lack of progress in arresting his assailant.

Wednesday, 6:06 PM | 5 comments
Council appoints new planning commissioners

A land-use attorney and a retired Google manager won appointments this week to Palo Alto's influential Planning and Transportation Commission.

Wednesday, 2:34 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto backs creation of housing 'subregion'

Palo Alto signaled its support this week for joining other cities in Santa Clara County in forming a new "subregion" to collectively tackle the regional housing challenge.

Wednesday, 2:06 PM | 17 comments
Mental health crisis text message hotline approved by Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County residents struggling with mental health crises can now use a text message-based hotline to access help.

Wednesday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet
School board approves new general counsel

The school board enthusiastically approved Komey Vishakan, the district's compliance manager, as Palo Alto Unified's first-ever general counsel on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 8:36 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Facebook's international drama has its day in county court

A years-old lawsuit in San Mateo County has made international headlines in recent days after a the founder of a company that is now suing Facebook handed a committee of British lawmakers an unknown number of highly confidential Facebook documents that, under court order, were strictly limited for access by his attorneys.

Tuesday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet
Stanford report details frequency, response to sexual violence

Stanford University has released its second annual report on Title IX and sexual harassment, which sheds light on how the university responded to more than 200 allegations of sexual misconduct over the last year.

Tuesday, 2:40 PM | No comments yet
Fletcher Middle School honors new namesake

Ellen Fletcher Middle School celebrated the Palo Alto school's new namesake on Monday, which would have been Fletcher's 90th birthday.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 34 comments
Stanford investigates alleged sexual harassment of wrestlers

A Stanford University investigation has found that a math lecturer accused of staring at wrestlers in on-campus locker room showers years ago did not violate the university's sexual-harassment policy.

Tuesday, 9:00 AM | 8 comments
To spur more housing, Palo Alto chisels away at zoning code

With Palo Alto falling far short of its housing goals for the year, city officials approved Monday a slew of zone changes that they hope will ramp up residential production in 2019 and beyond.

Tuesday, 12:30 AM | 76 comments

Monday, December 3, 2018

School board to discuss 'historic year' in Title IX reports

Palo Alto school district officials received in the 2017-18 school year more than 200 reports of sexual violence, gender and racial discrimination and other forms of harassment.

Monday, 3:47 PM | 16 comments

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Around Town: Full-court press; showing gratitude

In the latest Around Town column, the City Council will consider a downtown developer's project for the umpteenth time and Palo Alto resident Christine Blasey Ford gives thanks to her supporters.

Sunday, 9:01 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Power outage affects around 2,600 residents

A power outage lasted six hours for around 400 customers in the area of Los Robles to La Donna avenues and El Camino Real to Encina Grande Drive in Palo Alto.

Saturday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Compliance manager proposed as school district's general counsel

An attorney and former prosecutor who has been overseeing legal compliance for Palo Alto Unified could become the school district's first-ever general counsel.

Saturday, 9:56 AM | 18 comments

Friday, November 30, 2018

Webcast: Secret dealings over President Hotel

Weekly journalists explain how developer AJ Capital has been lobbying the city to change zoning laws and using the tenants of President Hotel Apartments in downtown Palo Alto.

Friday, 5:05 PM | No comments yet
Los Altos planning commission chair arrested for Tesla DUI

The chair of the Los Altos Planning Commission, Alexander Samek, was arrested in Palo Alto early Friday morning after police discovered him asleep at the wheel of his Tesla Model S while driving at 70 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 101.

Friday, 1:00 PM | 31 comments
Documents reveal secret dealings over President Hotel

Documents obtained by the Weekly in response to a Public Records Act request shed light on what has been going on behind the scenes between the city and a developer over the future of President Hotel.

Friday, 6:27 AM | 86 comments
President Hotel: The deal and the deadlines

President Hotel tenants -- aided by attorneys and the Palo Alto City Council -- could walk away with upwards of $20,000 in cash and/or reduced rent, based on their individual circumstances.

Friday, 6:26 AM | 22 comments
President Hotel: Developer seeks parking exemptions

As the city considers a proposal by the developer Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners (AJ Capital) to return the President Hotel, a 75-unit apartment building at 488 University Ave., to its original use as a hotel, parking is once again the subject of discussions -- albeit, private ones.

Friday, 6:25 AM | 13 comments
President Hotel: Lobbying at a glance

A timeline of the events that unfolded since June when Adventurous Journey Capital Partners purchased the President Hotel in downtown Palo Alto with the intention to convert to the building back into a hotel.

Friday, 6:25 AM | 86 comments
Hassett ACE Hardware testing autonomous delivery van

The first autonomous delivery service in Palo Alto launched at Hassett ACE Hardware on Thursday through a partnership between the family-owned business and ThorDrive.

Friday, 6:25 AM | 3 comments
Holiday Fund: Volunteers work to level the playing field

Twice a week after school, a rather mundane trailer in the midst of colorfully decorated mobile homes at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park becomes a lively clubhouse for local children.

Friday, 6:25 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: A broken system

The failures of Palo Alto's code-enforcement program are part of a broader problem that we hope incoming City Manager Shikada's operations and engineering experience will solve.

Friday, 6:24 AM | 23 comments

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Residents seek school funds from Stanford's expansion

Palo Alto residents came out in full force to a community meeting on Thursday to request that Santa Clara County protect local schools, roads and neighborhoods from the impacts of Stanford's growth.

Thursday, 11:05 PM | 16 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: School general counsel; wireless equipment proposals

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 3

Thursday, 3:20 PM | No comments yet
County first in state to have AEDs at every public school

Santa Clara County has become the first in the state to equip each of its public schools with automated external defibrillators to combat sudden heart attacks among young people, the county reported Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:45 AM | 1 comment
Appearance of swastika found at Bing Concert Hall

A swastika-like symbol found on a piano at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall is under investigation by the Department of Public Safety as a hate crime, officials said Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | 11 comments
Man's mishap leads him to help robbery victim

A Town & Country Village employee searching for his glasses happened to be at the right place at the right time in Palo Alto on Nov. 23, when he helped a 22-year-old man found badly beaten on a deserted bike path after a robbery.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | 25 comments

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rain, strong winds forecast for Wednesday night, Thursday

Wet weather, strong winds and big surf are expected across the Bay Area through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
Caution, enthusiasm mix at Waymo meeting

Some residents at a community meeting in Palo Alto on Tuesday night vowed to put the brakes on Waymo's plans to test its fully autonomous cars on local streets while others embraced the technology wholeheartedly.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 31 comments
Stray pig found in East Palo Alto up for adoption

Piggy Smalls, a stray pig spotted wandering in East Palo Alto earlier this month, is looking for a new owner, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 9:46 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tree-trimming company fined $18,600 for fatal accident

A Hayward-based company has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines for safety violations related to the death of a tree trimmer at the Stanford West Apartments last May, according to public documents.

Tuesday, 6:43 PM | 3 comments
Third seat on Ravenswood school board still undecided

The tight race for the third open seat on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education is still undecided, though only 200 ballots remain uncounted across San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 5:59 PM | No comments yet
Residents divided over zoning revisions

Palo Alto's effort to revise its zoning code to promote more residential development received a mixed reaction from a crowd of residents at Monday night's City Council meeting.

Tuesday, 9:31 AM | 81 comments
Peninsula's Task Force 3 returns after Camp Fire

After a weeklong search for the victims of the Camp Fire, California Task Force 3 has been demobilized and returned to the Bay Area on Sunday, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District reported.

Tuesday, 9:04 AM | 1 comment

Camper opens for lunch in Menlo Park
By Elena Kadvany | 12 comments | 3,969 views

Gobbledygook goings on in Palo Alto
By Diana Diamond | 2 comments | 1,651 views

Couples: Child Loss, "No U-Turn at Mercy Street"
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 999 views

Which Cocktail Has the Least Calories?
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 634 views

A bad beginning makes a bad ending: City Council
By Douglas Moran | 1 comment | 547 views