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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Around Town: racing to the rescue; cat calls

Learn about two first responders recognized for saving a man who suffered cardiac arrest, a feisty cat rescued from a tree and Stanford's new worksite pilot.

Sunday, 10:34 AM | 1 comment
Stanford University reboots renaming process

A Stanford University committee convened to examine the issue of renaming campus facilities, spurred by concerns over buildings and streets named after California mission founder Junipero Serra, was unable to reach agreement on its work.

Sunday, 10:34 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekly collects seven awards for journalism work

The Palo Alto Weekly's editorial staff collected seven awards in the Greater Bay Area Journalism Contest presented Thursday in five categories.

Saturday, 2:23 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council reverses approval of Stanford's office building on Sand Hill Road

Claiming inaccuracies and omissions in Stanford's traffic projections for its current and future developments, the Menlo Park City Council took two actions meant to slow the university's plans.

Saturday, 8:45 AM | 2 comments
Police: Big Game to bring big traffic

With the 120th Big Game scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Palo Alto police are warning that traffic along Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real and Sand Hill Road will get heavy.

Saturday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet
Ex-Stanford student found guilty in fatal DUI case

A 28-year-old man who drove the wrong way down U.S. Highway 101 in 2013, killing one man and seriously injuring two others, was convicted of felonies Friday, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Saturday, 8:04 AM | 5 comments

Friday, November 17, 2017

Webcast: Wrestling with the problem of RVs

This week's eviction of RVs from an East Palo Alto street due to public health concerns sparked a protest; meanwhile, city leaders grappled with how to regulate RV dwellers while also helping them.

Friday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out to debate proposed RV ordinance

About 200 people packed the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers and more than 43 speakers gave East Palo Alto city officials a piece of their minds on Wednesday night regarding a potential ordinance on RV parking on Weeks Street and a ban on all oversized vehicles on city streets.

Friday, 3:57 PM | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: no council meeting

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 20.

Friday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet
Digital DNA, Go Mama voted out

Digital DNA, the 7-foot-tall egg-shaped sculpture made of computer circuit boards installed in Lytton Plaza, will be removed from the city's public-art collection, the Public Art Commission voted last night.

Friday, 9:45 AM | 28 comments
Junior Museum and Zoo brings hands-on science to the classroom

A Palo Alto institution best known for its popular museum at Rinconada Park and famous cast of characters also spreads its scientific offerings to communities with more challenges and fewer resources.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 2 comments
As redevelopment looms, one homeowner stands firm

As the city prepares for long-term revitalization of the Ventura area, Olive Avenue residents find themselves in the center of what could be a sweeping redevelopment of the neighborhood.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 22 comments
Editorial: Give for the kids

The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, now in its 25th year, provides a grassroots opportunity for a community member to make a donation and know that it will combined with hundreds of others.

Friday, 6:50 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 16, 2017

County reports first flu-related death of the season

Santa Clara County public health officials on Thursday reported the first flu-related death of the season occurred earlier this month.

Thursday, 2:37 PM | No comments yet
Power outage impacts multiple neighborhoods

About 4,500 electricity customers were without power for about four hours Thursday due to an outage that started late in the morning, Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert said.

Thursday, 12:41 PM | 5 comments
Senior-housing complex opens in East Palo Alto

An affordable housing complex for seniors in East Palo Alto that started as an idea four years ago is opening its doors to the public Thursday, according to city officials.

Thursday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet
County Board of Education names interim supe

The Santa Clara County Board of Education named a new interim superintendent of the County Office of Education on Wednesday.

Thursday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet
County receives sanctuary letter warning from DOJ

Santa Clara County is among 29 jurisdictions nationwide to receive sanctuary warning letters from the U.S. Department of Justice Wednesday.

Thursday, 8:49 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Protesters stage walkout on controversial lecturer

More than 140 protesters who attended a lecture by anti-Muslim author and blogger Robert Spencer staged a walkout on Tuesday night at Stanford University.

Wednesday, 6:33 PM | 27 comments
RV evictions in East Palo Alto spur protest

About 50 protesters blocked a tow truck Wednesday morning that came to haul away RVs in East Palo Alto, where sewage from the vehicles has clogged a storm drain and, city staff said, created a public health hazard.

Wednesday, 9:45 AM | 64 comments
Palo Alto's bike-share plan takes a turn

After failing to get traction in its prior attempts, Palo Alto's plan to bring bike-share programs to the city's masses is about to move into a new direction.

Wednesday, 9:37 AM | 30 comments
Four firms to present for superintendent search

The school board is aiming to select a firm to lead its search for a new superintendent on Nov. 28, when four companies will make public presentations.

Wednesday, 8:44 AM | 9 comments

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rain forecast to return Wednesday

Rain is expected to return to the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday morning, National Weather Service officials said.

Tuesday, 2:38 PM | No comments yet
Housing crisis discussions taking place Wednesday

A regional discussion focused on housing challenges in Silicon Valley will take place in Palo Alto and other cities in Silicon Valley.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 5 comments
Board: Stanford growth could require new school

Stanford University's proposal to build hundreds of new housing units for graduate students, faculty and staff represents a level of growth that a majority of Palo Alto school board members said will likely require a new school.

Tuesday, 9:28 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto adopts new Comprehensive Plan

The Palo Alto City Council has adopted the new Comprehensive Plan -- a document that will guide the city's land use and infrastructure decisions until at least 2030.

Tuesday, 1:29 AM | 96 comments

Monday, November 13, 2017

Palo Alto taps Robert Jonsen as new police chief

Menlo Park's police chief will cross the southern city line in January to take charge of the Palo Alto Police Department, Palo Alto officials announced Monday afternoon.

Monday, 3:58 PM | 7 comments
Speaker generates controversy at Stanford

An author who believes Islam justifies violence and terrorism will be speaking at a Stanford University student group event on campus Tuesday night.

Monday, 1:16 PM | 21 comments
County touts open enrollment for Covered California

Santa Clara County has announced that the 2018 open enrollment period for residents to register for Covered California health insurance is underway.

Monday, 9:07 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Armed robbery reported downtown

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who, armed with a gun, allegedly stole a woman's cellphone downtown late Friday night.

Sunday, 9:29 AM | 7 comments

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Around Town: pay day; it's electric

In this week's Around Town column, find out which top-level Palo Alto officials received raises and a new city electric vehicle soon coming down a street near you.

Saturday, 6:38 AM | 6 comments

Friday, November 10, 2017

Webcast: New vision for Ventura, housing proposals

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's proposal to craft a new vision for the north Ventura neighborhood, as well as the City Council's new effort to encourage more housing construction near jobs and transit.

Friday, 4:40 PM | No comments yet
Veterans visualize hope through photos

The Veterans Photo Recovery Project helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder find hope and reconcile their conflicting feelings through photography and prose.

Friday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet
Veterans find new lens on life

Three participants of the Veterans Photo Recovery Program, run through the Veterans Administration's Homeless Veteran Rehabilitation Program in Menlo Park, have learned to overcome the trauma of war and renewed their sense of purpose.

Friday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet
AltSchool Palo Alto to close at end of year

Facing the sudden, impending closure of AltSchool Palo Alto, a group of families is working with the startup to find a way to take ownership of the alternative school.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 11 comments
Wrong-way drivers creating hazards, neighbors say

Drivers on Park Boulevard in Palo Alto are using an oncoming traffic lane to cut around a road barrier, endangering other drivers and bicyclists on the designated bicycle route, according to residents.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 39 comments
Palo Alto students test their skills at cricket

A new program at Palo Alto Unified elementary schools in its teetering first steps has been met with excitement.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 7 comments
Weekly launches 25th year of charitable-giving campaign

This week marks the start of the 25th Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund drive, a charitable-giving effort that annually raises about $350,000 for local nonprofit organizations.

Friday, 6:45 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Comp Plan adoption; board-term limits

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 13.

Friday, 6:45 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Community Notebook: College district seeks volunteers for committees

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is seeking two community volunteers to serve on committees advising its board of trustees.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Roundtable discussions on rail corridor

A series of community roundtables is kicking off Tuesday to discuss potential grade separations at Palo Alto's four rail intersections.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | 10 comments
Palo Alto nears compromise on new Comprehensive Plan

As the Palo Alto City Council prepares to adopt the Comprehensive Plan, one question remains unresolved: How will the city measure success?

Thursday, 9:08 AM | 27 comments

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Missing East Palo Alto teen found in Daly City

A 17-year-old East Palo Alto boy missing for nearly two weeks was found safe Wednesday in Daly City, a police spokesman said.

Wednesday, 2:48 PM | 6 comments
Palo Alto to explore zoning updates to encourage housing

Members of the Palo Alto City Council have agreed to explore more than a dozen changes to local zoning and parking regulations, all with the goal of promoting more residential construction in transit-rich areas.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | 31 comments

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Property owners win exceptions from retail law

With two property owners pleading for relief from Palo Alto's recently enacted retail protection ordinance, the City Council agreed this week to offer each of them some relief from the law's requirements.

Tuesday, 11:40 PM | 18 comments
County to build inpatient psych unit for teens

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously directed staff on Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to build a county-run inpatient psychiatric unit for adolescents at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

Tuesday, 5:06 PM | 9 comments
Reward offered in search for escaped inmates

A $25,000 reward will be awarded to anyone with information that leads to two men who fled from the Palo Alto courthouse on Monday morning.

Tuesday, 4:42 PM | 12 comments
Gusty winds, rain forecast for Wednesday night

The Peninsula is expected to see one-tenth to one-third of an inch fall in urban areas in a system that will move into the Bay Area starting Wednesday, National Weather Service officials said.

Tuesday, 1:46 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto salutes its veterans

Joe Graham's memory lane stretches across continents to the battlefields in Europe, where his battalion helped the Allies defeat Hitler's forces.

Tuesday, 12:43 AM | 1 comment
City to draw up new vision for Ventura site

Palo Alto took the critical first step Monday toward redeveloping a Ventura site best known for its largest commercial tenant: Fry's Electronics.

Tuesday, 12:43 AM | 20 comments

Wahlburgers opens in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 37 comments | 6,394 views

A New Way to Think About High Speed Rail
By Steve Levy | 7 comments | 989 views

Couples: Slowing Down & Content and Process Conversation
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 680 views

Sweet Potato Canapé and Food Party! Holiday Favorites
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 658 views