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Sunday, April 18, 2021

How a pandemic passion project is helping a 'Neighborhood Pizza Guy' connect with his community

What started out as a pandemic passion project for Atherton resident Matt Burr has quickly grown into what could be something more.

Sunday, 8:30 AM | 9 comments

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Police arrest suspected arsonist in RV safe lot fires

East Palo Alto police have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of starting a series of fires on April 10 along a fence bordering the RV Safe Parking lot on Bay Road, where people were sleeping in their vehicles.

Saturday, 11:22 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: Artist pays tribute to first ER doctor who died of COVID-19 in U.S.

In the latest Around Town column, news about a Palo Alto artist's contribution to The Hero Art Project, which pairs artists with the families of health care providers who have died from COVID-19.

Saturday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 16, 2021

PUBLIC AGENDA: Sustainability/Climate Action Plan; elementary school construction projects

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 19.

Friday, 10:09 AM | No comments yet
Stanford begins clinical trials to expand Pfizer vaccine access to young children

Stanford Health Care has begun laying the clinical groundwork to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to the country's youngest children, joining in a nationwide trial to see how safe the Pfizer vaccine is for people ages 2 to 5.

Friday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet
Woodside siblings join Moderna's landmark COVID-19 vaccine trial for teens

Three Woodside teens piled into their mom's car for a seven-hour drive with a special purpose -- to be among 3,000 participating in Moderna's adolescent COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Friday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet
It's time for radical empathy: Former Menlo College provost releases new book on tackling racism

For Terri Givens, the former provost of Menlo College and a resident of unincorporated West Menlo Park, the key to overcoming racial barriers in America comes down to two deceptively simple words.

Friday, 6:59 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Local agencies are preparing for another big wildfire year

With the drought in full swing this year, Cal Fire and other agencies are warning that fires are already becoming a threat.

Thursday, 4:17 PM | 4 comments
Is Palo Alto ready for rent stabilization? City explores new policies to help tenants

Seeking to address the plight of low-income residents in a city famous for its astronomical rents, Palo Alto is considering a range of new programs to protect and assist tenants facing displacement.

Thursday, 11:11 AM | 16 comments
Palo Alto hikes development 'impact fees' for first time in 20 years

Developers looking to build in Palo Alto will have to pay significantly more to support local parks, libraries and community centers under a fee revision that the City Council voted to adopt on Monday.

Thursday, 9:13 AM | 13 comments
Man arrested for sexual assault on elderly woman

A man has been arrested after a violent sexual assault of a woman, who he reportedly harassed on an ongoing basis, in a downtown parking lot earlier this month, Palo Alto police said Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:12 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Family of slain Palo Alto teacher Kyle Hart sues Redwood City police

The family of teacher Kyle Hart has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Redwood City and members of its police department for the December 2018 shooting that mortally wounded Hart during a mental health crisis.

Wednesday, 6:40 PM | 21 comments

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Palo Alto looks to restore police auditor's power to review internal complaints

The City Council surprised many police watchdogs in 2019 when it moved to strip away the power of an independent auditor to investigate internal complaints. Now, it is looking to undo that action.

Tuesday, 11:18 PM | 8 comments
Power outage affects about 2,000 customers in Palo Alto

About 2,000 Palo Alto Utilities customers lost power for nearly three hours Tuesday night due to an outage caused by a failed cable line, according to the city's Utilities spokesperson.

Tuesday, 9:41 PM | 14 comments
Our better nature: Six ideas to diversify the outdoors

José González, founder of Latino Outdoors, dissects the misguided assumptions and hidden disparities that leave many families off Peninsula trails.

Tuesday, 4:37 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto OKs church to house the homeless in parking lot

Soon, the cracked pavement of Highway Community Church's parking lot on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto will be home to up to four vehicle dwellers, at least from the hours of 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Tuesday, 4:19 PM | 55 comments
COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to people ages 16 and up in Santa Clara County

The county will receive about 300,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses and plans to open up tens of thousands of additional vaccine appointments this week, health leaders said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 3:04 PM | No comments yet
Teen substance use treatment center in East Palo Alto shutters after few show up for services

In 2018, San Mateo County launched a substance abuse treatment clinic in East Palo Alto for troubled youth, but it failed to draw many teens in need of drug treatment and shuttered last year.

Tuesday, 2:17 PM | 1 comment
Santa Clara, San Mateo counties halt use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

A rare side effect from the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has caused health leaders in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to pause its administration, they announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | 12 comments
By curbing 'planned home' zone, Palo Alto steers housing plans away from single-family neighborhoods

The Palo Alto City Council moved Monday to curtail its most promising -- and unpredictable -- zoning tool when it voted to keep "planned home" projects out of single-family neighborhoods.

Tuesday, 12:37 AM | 31 comments

Monday, April 12, 2021

Human remains found near Skylonda/Woodside

The remains of an as-yet-unidentified person were found on Monday at about 9 a.m. in the Skylonda/Woodside area near Kebet Ridge Road, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

Monday, 9:55 PM | No comments yet
Stanford plans to resume in-person learning this fall

Stanford University is expected to bring back in-person learning at its campus this fall, but whether students will face COVID-19 vaccination requirements is still up in the air.

Monday, 2:52 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Hundreds march against anti-Asian hate in Mountain View rally

Around 500 Bay Area residents gathered in Mountain View on Sunday to rally against the recent uptick in crimes and discrimination that have targeted Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Sunday, 10:19 PM | 28 comments
May Fête Parade calls on community to offer their version of a 'Wonderful World'

After a year of unprecedented loss, Palo Alto is hoping to uplift the community by resuming a longstanding tradition next month.

Sunday, 9:25 AM | 7 comments

Saturday, April 10, 2021

COVID-19 testing rate drops by 34% in Santa Clara County

Health officials are encouraging residents to get tested for COVID-19, as testing rates have dropped by 34% in the last two months.

Saturday, 9:09 PM | 8 comments
Sunday march and rally to be held in Mountain View to call out anti-Asian hate

The youth group AAPI Mountain View is hosting a public march and rally on Sunday, April 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. in downtown Mountain View to protest anti-Asian hate and violence.

Saturday, 3:44 PM | 1 comment
East Palo Alto leaders weigh traffic concerns, job training opportunities for major proposed office development

Early plans for a massive development of four office buildings in East Palo Alto appeared to be welcomed by the City Council last week.

Saturday, 2:34 PM | No comments yet
Three rapes reported on Stanford University campus

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating reports of three rapes on the campus over a three-week period in March, the department has confirmed in an email.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | 9 comments
Around Town: Libraries will soon reopen for people with appointments

In the latest Around Town column, learn how Palo Alto's city libraries will return to some normalcy starting Tuesday with the reopening of the Children's Library.

Saturday, 8:30 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 9, 2021

Palo Alto autonomous flight company sued; competitor claims it stole design

A legal battle is brewing between two local companies vying to create flying autonomous air-taxis, with one alleging that the other poached employees, stole trade secrets and copied its aircraft design.

Friday, 5:13 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Consideration of impact fees for community amenities, renter protection policies

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 12.

Friday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet
Vaccine passports in California? Answers to your questions

California has no plans to administer a passport. But the state is sending mixed messages to businesses about the need to verify that people at large events are vaccinated.

Friday, 9:44 AM | 1 comment
Facebook to host Menlo Park COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday

Starting April 10, Facebook will convert part of its Menlo Park headquarters into a vaccination clinic for eligible residents of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks.

Friday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet
An Alternative View: Palo Alto police have shut their doors

At Monday's City Council meeting, Police Chief Robert Jonsen indicated that he wants to keep in place a new encryption policy that makes it hard to find out about police conduct.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 11 comments

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Palo Alto eyes another shake-up to parking policies in commercial areas

Seeking to add flexibility to the city's rigid and confusing parking policies, Palo Alto is preparing to adopt new rules that will give visitors flexibility and steer workers away from residential streets and toward public garages.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | 1030 comments
Castro Street could stay closed to traffic after the COVID-19 pandemic

Mountain View's experimental closure of Castro Street during the pandemic has temporarily transformed the city's downtown corridor. But could those changes be made permanent?

Thursday, 8:28 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Former Palo Alto math tutor now charged with 52 lewd acts on 16 girls

Prosecutors in the case against former math tutor Mark Allan Hodes filed additional charges of lewd conduct against him on April 5, upping the number of felonies he faces five-fold -- from nine to 52.

Wednesday, 6:00 PM | 46 comments
Facing concerns from College Terrace, city looks to reassert commitment to single-family housing zones

Since Palo Alto launched the "planned home zone" last year to spur housing construction, it has seen steady increases in developer interest and in neighborhood anxieties. On Monday, the council plans to refine its newest zoning tool.

Wednesday, 3:51 PM | 13 comments
The end of an era: Ann's Coffee Shop to close

After 75 years, Ann's Coffee Shop in Menlo Park, known for its 1950s atmosphere, bottomless carafes of coffee and homemade soups and pies, is set to close April 19, according to the mother-son duo behind the diner.

Wednesday, 3:02 PM | 4 comments
Health leaders encourage residents to seek COVID-19 vaccination appointments despite short supply

In a continued race to stay one step ahead of the mutating coronavirus, health officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are urging patience and a renewed effort to follow safety guidelines.

Wednesday, 9:39 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

East Palo Alto City Council to review proposed office development at 18-acre Bay Road site

The East Palo Alto City Council will review preliminary plans Tuesday for an office development at a 17.8-acre site located at 1990 Bay Road.

Tuesday, 3:17 PM | 3 comments
California sets June 15 goal for full reopening

The state's plan to fully reopen on June 15 will largely depend on two criteria: Vaccine supply must be sufficient for anyone 16 and up who wants a shot and hospitalization rates must remain low and stable.

Tuesday, 12:56 PM | 3 comments
City Council clashes over appointments to new housing panel

Palo Alto's effort to craft a new housing vision got off to a rocky start Monday, with the council at odds over appointments to a citizens group before approving the roster through a partisan process.

Tuesday, 11:47 AM | 78 comments
Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store, Rick's Ice Cream ransacked two days apart

Break-ins were reported at two local ice cream stores in the space of two days last week, including one in which the ashes of two members of a longtime business were stolen.

Tuesday, 9:24 AM | 12 comments
After police encrypt radios, City Council looks for ways to restore transparency

The City Council has pushed back against the Police Department's abrupt move to encrypt all radio communications, with several members suggesting that the policy should be revised or reversed.

Tuesday, 12:31 AM | 4 comments

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