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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Weather service forecasts rain for Bay Area as soon as Tuesday

The National Weather Service is forecasting a return of rainy weather to the Bay Area next week for the first time in a while, but exactly how much and when it will fall is still uncertain.

Sunday, 9:08 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Around Town: How community members can prepare for an earthquake

In the latest Around Town column, earthquake preparedness tips ahead of the Great California ShakeOut, an introduction to the Palo Alto Library's latest robot and a former East Palo Alto police chief's new federal job.

Saturday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 15, 2021

PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussion on housing impact fees; updates on school construction projects

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 18.

Friday, 10:09 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto scrambles to react to barrage of new housing laws

City planners are crafting an "urgency ordinance" to comply with laws that streamline approval processes for residential projects, relax density regulations and effectively abolish single-family zoning.

Friday, 9:22 AM | 8 comments
City prepares to switch to 'smart meters'

Seeking to advance its conservation goals, Palo Alto is preparing to approve more than $18 million in contracts on Monday to transition all electricity, gas and water customers to "smart meters."

Friday, 8:58 AM | 8 comments
A death at the Opportunity Center raises questions about security and care

Jeffrey Cutter's death in his apartment at Palo Alto's Opportunity Center on June 12 has raised questions for his mother, who feels that her mentally ill son didn't receive the kind of care that could've prevented the tragedy.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Are immigrants getting left out of California's rent relief?

Non-English speaking immigrants face some of the biggest hurdles to receiving California rent relief. Advocates say informal leases, lack of technology access and language barriers are getting in the way.

Thursday, 9:35 AM | 3 comments
With return of in-person education, schools grapple with staffing shortages

Midpeninsula school districts are having trouble finding people to fill a variety of positions, including substitute teachers, crossing guards, bus drivers and classroom assistants.

Thursday, 9:26 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

California pulls the plug on gas-powered leaf blowers under new law

Nearly three decades after Peninsula cities began enacting bans on gas-powered leaf blowers, the effort has found a foothold at the state level, with the governor signing a bill that will phase out their sales.

Wednesday, 1:28 PM | 14 comments
Water conservation helps groundwater levels decrease at slower rate

Since the Santa Clara Valley Water District declared a water shortage emergency in June, water consumption has continued to decrease -- slowing the rate of groundwater declines.

Wednesday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Newsom's vetoes: Why did the governor block California bills?

Gov. Gavin Newsom had his reasons for blocking California bills passed by the Legislature: cost, duplication and some politics. Overall, he signed 770 bills into law and vetoed 66, or about 8%.

Tuesday, 4:20 PM | No comments yet
Developer sues Palo Alto over failure to build downtown garage

After exploring and rejecting the idea of constructing a new downtown garage, Palo Alto is now embroiled in litigation with a downtown developer who believes the city has been misusing the fees that it collects from builders.

Tuesday, 4:00 PM | 6 comments
Man charged after alleged violent downtown hate crime

Two people were attacked during a violent hate crime assault in downtown Palo Alto early Sunday morning, and the suspect had to be taken into custody with the assistance of a police dog, police said.

Tuesday, 3:34 PM | 26 comments
By popular demand, Palo Alto prepares to expand Boulware Park

When Ventura residents talk about their vision for the neighborhood's future, parks usually top the wish list. Now, with plans to expand the neighborhood's only park advancing, help is at last on the way.

Tuesday, 9:44 AM | 3 comments

Monday, October 11, 2021

New poll finds 71% of Bay Area residents think quality of life has declined

Residents grappling with the high cost of living, high taxes and growing homelessness say the quality of life has sunk in recent years, with a record number looking to leave the region, a new survey shows.

Monday, 2:32 PM | 74 comments
Around Town: Gunn dethrones state's 'Best' in newly released high school rankings

In the latest column, news about local schools earning top scores in new state rankings, MayView clinic's expanded services and a heated exchange between a bicyclist and pedestrian that goes viral on Reddit.

Monday, 11:36 AM | 2 comments
Stanford requires COVID-19 vaccines for all employees

Stanford is requiring all employees, whether working remotely or from the office, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, unless they have a medical or religious accommodation.

Monday, 9:43 AM | 1 comment
Burglars break into home, flee when confronted by resident

Palo Alto police are looking for four people who they believe broke into an occupied home on Friday night in the city's Barron Park neighborhood.

Monday, 9:20 AM | 8 comments
Stanford professor shares Nobel prize in economics

Stanford University professor Guido W. Imbens was one of two Bay Area professors who were named Nobel laureates in economics early Monday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Monday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sheriff's Office is understaffed, but Santa Clara County says the data is old

A new report suggests the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office needs more deputies, but county officials say the findings are outdated.

Sunday, 12:48 PM | No comments yet
Fire alert, red flag warning issued for Santa Cruz Mountains

Forecasters issued a red flag warning for Sunday night into Tuesday evening, when gusty north winds and dry conditions are in store for the Bay Area.

Sunday, 12:26 PM | No comments yet
Yes, we're in a drought — but it's no longer a temporary emergency

California's declining water supply, the current drought and global warming could lead to serious and unrecoverable environmental consequences unless action is taken now, the state's drought manager warned.

Sunday, 8:39 AM | 8 comments

Saturday, October 9, 2021

To reopen courthouses and restore judicial services, county supervisors seek more state funding

Courthouse closures that have locked the public out in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill for the past year and a half have spurred the county Board of Supervisors to urge the state to provide more funding.

Saturday, 10:14 AM | 1 comment
To help young athletes, focus on process, not performance, sports psychologist says

Teaching kids to focus less on performance and more on the process can boost emotional well-being, according to Steve Smith.

Saturday, 10:11 AM | 2 comments

Friday, October 8, 2021

PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on IT audit, new state housing laws, police reform updates

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 11.

Friday, 8:12 PM | No comments yet
Renters form a group to fight for their rights

Founded a year ago, the Palo Alto Renters' Association has four priorities: create a citywide rent registry, develop a public education campaign, and tackle issues of tenant harassment and subsidized housing.

Friday, 8:03 AM | 23 comments
Out of weeds grows a Palo Alto pumpkin patch — and community spirit

The land behind the Midtown Palo Alto Baskin-Robbins store has been empty for a long time. This fall, thanks to the ice cream shop's owner, the neglected patch has given way to pumpkins, goblins and a whole lot of community spirit.

Friday, 7:53 AM | 11 comments

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Tesla to move headquarters from Palo Alto to Austin

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., confirmed Thursday afternoon what many have long suspected: The electric vehicle and energy storage company plans to move its Palo Alto-based headquarters to Austin, Texas.

Thursday, 5:18 PM | 32 comments
State's vaccination mandate for students garners local support

Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement last week that COVID-19 vaccines will be required for students ages 12 and up has been met with broad support, and a lot of questions, from local education leaders.

Thursday, 5:05 PM | No comments yet
Plan for lifting mask mandate announced by Bay Area health officers

Eight Bay Area counties will lift the indoor mask mandates after a series of criteria are met, they announced today.

Thursday, 9:58 AM | 47 comments
Palo Alto is insufficiently prepared for cyberthreats, a new audit finds

Palo Alto's city leaders often tout the city's reputation as a technological powerhouse, but when it comes to preventing cybersecurity threats at City Hall, the city has some room for improvement, a newly completed audit concludes.

Thursday, 8:25 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Holmes trial loses another juror

An emotional juror was excused Wednesday in the federal criminal trial against Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of the now-defunct blood-testing company Theranos, after telling the judge that her Buddhist beliefs require forgiveness.

Wednesday, 8:05 PM | 2 comments
End-of-life law now reduces waiting period to 48 hours

The state's process of approving requests by terminally ill patients to end their lives will be streamlined, thanks to a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Oct. 5.

Wednesday, 2:57 PM | 6 comments
Ex-restaurant employee allegedly embezzled $200K

A former employee of Palo Alto restaurants Rangoon Ruby and Burma Ruby has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced.

Wednesday, 1:34 PM | 7 comments
Mandatory jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses to end in 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 5 signed a bill that aims to replace mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders with probation, rehabilitation and treatment.

Wednesday, 12:50 PM | 2 comments
As workers return to offices, city plans parking shake-up

Even before the pandemic changed commute patterns, Palo Alto's parking policies were in flux as the city adopted new programs. Now, another shake-up is coming.

Wednesday, 9:09 AM | 15 comments
County workers to get 'hero pay' for pandemic work

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has approved the allocation of American Rescue Plan Act stimulus funds to provide bonuses of up to $2,500 to county employees for their work during the pandemic.

Wednesday, 2:43 AM | 17 comments

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Theranos trial: Defense's cross examination of lab director gets testy

The defense strategy to discredit a former Theranos laboratory director continued during cross-examination in the criminal trial against Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos founder and CEO.

Tuesday, 9:55 PM | No comments yet
Webster Street garage closed following suspected arson

A fire set in Palo Alto's public parking structure at 520 Webster St. engulfed an unoccupied car on Monday night, prompting the closure of the garage as police and firefighters investigate the incident.

Tuesday, 12:59 PM | 2 comments
Coalition plans to eliminate family homelessness by 2025

Santa Clara County officials, in collaboration with nonprofit housing partners and the city of San Jose, are looking to house 1,200 homeless families within the next year.

Tuesday, 9:51 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto to shift to virtual permits for parking enforcement

As Palo Alto prepares to shift to automatic license plate readers to enforce parking regulations, hangtags and decals that signify ownership of a parking permit will soon be going out of style.

Tuesday, 8:45 AM | 11 comments
Newsom signs bill to reduce maternal, infant deaths

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday intended to help reduce the state's maternal and infant mortality rates, especially among Black families and people of color.

Tuesday, 8:09 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 4, 2021

Palo Alto begins overhaul of design rules for approving new housing

Responding to new state housing laws, the Palo Alto City Council has launched the complex revamp of the city's rules for approving new residential projects.

Monday, 11:16 PM | 6 comments
Rapid COVID-19 tests in short supply in California

Online and in stores, major retailers are sold out of the popular at-home COVID-19 tests, and medical supply vendors can't find enough rapid test kits for schools, shelters, nursing homes and employers.

Monday, 3:32 PM | 1 comment
City Council poised to hike housing fees for office projects

The Palo Alto City Council will try to strike a delicate balance later this month, when it considers how much the city charges commercial developers in "impact fees" to support affordable housing.

Monday, 3:08 PM | 5 comments

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