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Monday, January 21, 2019

Locals find inspiration during Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. lived on around Palo Alto and East Palo Alto on Monday, with residents gathering throughout the day to recognize and honor the civil rights activist.

Monday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
Burglar livestreams home break-in, strips down to her underwear

An East Palo Alto woman allegedly walked into an apparent stranger's house in Woodside on Sunday and livestreamed a rant on social media before stripping to her underwear and walking into the backyard of the home, San Mateo County Sheriff's investigators said.

Monday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet
Man pleads not guilty to fatal 2011 shooting in East Palo Alto

A 27-year-old man formerly of East Palo Alto pleaded not guilty Jan. 17 to murder charges related to the fatal shooting of Cate Fisher, a 19-year-old from Menlo Park, in 2011.

Monday, 12:37 PM | No comments yet
Plea hearing for fatal Menlo Park stabbing suspect set for February

The man suspected of killing Kathy Hughes Anderson, a 62-year-old Menlo Park woman, in her Valparaiso Avenue home on Dec. 12, did not enter his plea in court Friday as scheduled.

Monday, 12:36 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Storms boost rainfall almost to normal levels

The National Weather Service on Friday reported the Bay Area has reached 85 to 95 percent of normal rainfall for this point in the season.

Saturday, 9:09 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: Entering the 'Shark Tank'; a welcome sight

In the latest Around Town column, a local mom makes her pitch to celebrity business moguls on a national TV show, a nonprofit ushers in a new leader and Santa Clara County announces $3.5 million in unclaimed property tax money.

Saturday, 7:50 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 18, 2019

Webcast: Restaurant critic retires

Longtime critic Dale Bentson looks back on 18 years of reviewing restaurants for Embarcadero Media.

Friday, 6:08 PM | No comments yet
Deputy City Manager Rob de Geus to depart

Deputy City Manager Rob de Geus, a City Hall veteran, will be stepping down at the end of February to start a new job as city manager of Westlake Village in Los Angeles County.

Friday, 5:35 PM | 8 comments
Rangoon Ruby settles wage theft case for $4 million

The owners of local Burmese restaurant chain Rangoon Ruby have agreed to pay a $4 million settlement to cover unpaid wages for about 300 workers.

Friday, 3:28 PM | 8 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: GreenWaste agreement; school board retreat

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 21.

Friday, 10:34 AM | No comments yet
Survey: Anxieties rising about retiring in Palo Alto

As Palo Alto's population of seniors continues to grow, so are residents' anxieties about retiring in their hometown, according to a new survey released this week by the City Auditor's Office.

Friday, 6:57 AM | 27 comments
Castilleja School teaches artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence was the theme of this year's Global Week at Castilleja, an annual week during which the entire school participates in activities devoted to a single topic.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 14 comments
Fueled by early success, Palo Alto TMA eyes expansion

The Palo Alto Transportation Management Association is now preparing to bring its traffic-fighting efforts to California Avenue, where it kicked off its outreach efforts on Wednesday.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 15 comments
Holiday Fund breaks record

Through the contributions of 375 donors, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund collected a record-breaking $403,889 this winter -- every dollar of which will be distributed in the coming months to local nonprofits.

Friday, 6:56 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Community Notebook: Local places to celebrate MLK Day

Find out which local agencies will be offering limited or regular services on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, in addition to information on events honoring the civil rights leader in the Palo Alto area.

Thursday, 9:29 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Storm causes power outage, minor pooling of water

Despite local agencies' warnings that a storm Wednesday could cause flash floods and dangerous winds, Palo Alto weathered the initial rainstorm with only two power outages and some ponding of water on roadways as of Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 11:16 PM | 9 comments
Update: Missing man with dementia found

A man with dementia who was reported missing from his family's Palo Alto home since Wednesday morning was found early Thursday morning downtown, police said.

Wednesday, 8:46 PM | 5 comments
Local food pantries prepare for more clients if government shutdown continues

Bay Area families that depend on federal programs for their basic food needs could find themselves without a lifeline by the end of February, according to local food pantries concerned about a sudden influx of new clients.

Wednesday, 4:35 PM | 4 comments
City declines to interfere in President Hotel evictions

Residents of the President Hotel Apartments made a last-ditch plea on Monday night to the City Council to help them obtain an extension, a request that city officials indicated they are unlikely to entertain.

Wednesday, 10:38 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto Unified settles Title IX case for $190K

The school board approved unanimously on Tuesday night a $190,000 settlement agreement with the family of a former Palo Alto High School student who said she was sexually assaulted on campus in 2015.

Wednesday, 9:17 AM | 9 comments
School board backs teacher housing proposal

A proposal to build affordable housing for local teachers and staff in Palo Alto took another step forward on Tuesday with the Palo Alto Unified school board directing staff to identify a funding source to contribute to the project.

Wednesday, 8:51 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Major storm bears down on Bay Area, flooding possible

Flash floods and high winds are expected in the Bay Area starting Wednesday morning as a major storm bears down on the region, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued warnings.

Tuesday, 4:07 PM | 1 comment
Geo Blackshire tapped as interim fire chief

Geo Blackshire, a 21-year veteran of the Palo Alto Fire Department, has taken over as fire chief on an interim basis while the city considers a permanent replacement for Eric Nickel, who departed this month for Santa Barbara.

Tuesday, 2:30 PM | 3 comments
Police: Man robbed of phone near Caltrain station

Palo Alto police are looking for three youths who reportedly robbed a man of his cellphone near the Caltrain station on University Avenue Monday evening, police said.

Tuesday, 12:28 PM | 15 comments
City plans to build garage, remove trees

As Palo Alto looks to launch construction of a parking garage near California Avenue, city crews are preparing to remove 35 trees to accommodate the structure as well as the new police headquarters.

Tuesday, 9:56 AM | 4 comments
Ceremony honoring emergency volunteers marks 10 years

Three residents and two organizations will receive honors for their work to prepare the community for an emergency this Thursday during the Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council's 2018 Community Partnership Awards.

Tuesday, 9:42 AM | 1 comment
Restraining order filed against school superintendent's husband

Marielena Gaona-Mendoza, a trustee on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, has filed a restraining order against the superintendent's husband, alleging he verbally harassed her on multiple occasions at a district food bank.

Tuesday, 9:34 AM | 33 comments

Monday, January 14, 2019

First affordable-housing project in seven years wins approval

On Monday night, the Palo Alto City Council approved the city's first development for low-income residents in more than seven years.

Monday, 10:27 PM | 24 comments
Piano teacher arrested for sex crimes against relative

Nicholas Robinson has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse on an underage relative. He is also a piano teacher who gives lessons from his home, leading police to call on the public for tips of any other victims.

Monday, 12:28 PM | 5 comments
School board considers legal options for Stanford growth

The Palo Alto Unified school board will meet with the district's attorneys in closed session on Tuesday to discuss options for taking legal action regarding the impact of Stanford University's proposed expansion plan.

Monday, 9:24 AM | 35 comments

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Guest Opinion: Are parents coddling their kids too much?

The big questions: Will our kids be better and more well-rounded if they don't do their homework? Or has our society changed so much that we now have a culture of coddling our kids?

Sunday, 8:54 AM | 32 comments

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Changes to Middlefield Road set to be permanent

After an extended trial run, Palo Alto is preparing to make permanent the recent road modifications on a busy stretch of Middlefield Road with a long history of collision and congestion.

Saturday, 8:49 AM | 40 comments

Friday, January 11, 2019

Webcast: Nonprofit's plans for Animal Shelter

Al Mollica, executive director of the nonprofit Pets In Needs, talks about what Palo Alto pet owners can expect once the organization takes over operations of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter in February.

Friday, 5:16 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Transportation program update; staff/teacher housing proposal

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 14.

Friday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
Affordable-housing project on the cusp of approval

Palo Alto officials will have a chance on Monday to approve the city's first purely affordable-housing project in more than five years when they consider a proposal for a 59-unit development on El Camino Real.

Friday, 1:22 PM | 5 comments
Khoury's Market soft opens in College Terrace

After more than a year without a neighborhood grocery store, College Terrace residents now have a new grocery store that soft opened Friday in Palo Alto.

Friday, 9:54 AM | 1 comment
NASA employees brace for prolonged shutdown

The full brunt of the government shutdown is hitting home this week as federal employees face their first payday lapse. NASA Ames union officials are sounding alarms that a prolonged shutdown could push talented researchers to seek new employment in the private sector.

Friday, 9:14 AM | 15 comments
Priscilla Chan's The Primary School combines health care with academics

At a glance, The Primary School looks like any other elementary school: reading corners in classrooms, drawings tacked to walls, swings and play structures outside. But its structure is dramatically different.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 7 comments
Regional housing plan splits elected leaders

A sweeping package of proposals to preserve and expand the Bay Area's housing stock is making its way to the state Legislature, despite a flurry of opposition from local leaders.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 31 comments
Editorial: From nine to seven

Only one new face will be on the dais at Palo Alto City Council meetings this year, but that belies the fact that dramatic and unpredictable changes are afoot for our city government and local politics.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Trial begins on challenge to census citizenship question

A seven-day trial began Monday before a federal judge in San Francisco on a challenge to the U.S. Commerce Department's plan to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census.

Thursday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet
New year brings with it plenty of new laws

A slew of new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 -- from bills addressing gender issues to new rules banning gun ownership by those convicted of domestic violence -- reflect the progressive politics California has come to be known for.

Thursday, 9:32 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Shooting hoax triggers massive police response

Someone impersonating a Palo Alto resident called police on Tuesday night and falsely reported he'd just shot his wife at his University South home, prompting the police and other emergency responders to surround the home, a police department press release stated on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 3:25 PM | 16 comments
Stanford announces focus on campus drinking: 'We cannot turn away from this'

Concerned about the "dangerously high rates" of undergraduate alcohol use on campus, Stanford University announced this week several initiatives underway to combat the issue.

Wednesday, 2:52 PM | 37 comments
Shop Talk: Weekend Max Mara coming; Baking Co. closes

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about a new Max Mara clothing line coming to Stanford Shopping Center, the closure of a longtime bakery and the opening of an all-you-can-eat Asian fusion restaurant.

Wednesday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Santa Clara County reports first flu death this season

Santa Clara County public health officials announced Tuesday the county's first flu death of someone under 65 years old during the current 2018-19 flu season.

Tuesday, 3:44 PM | 30 comments
Departing council members leave legacy of progress, division

Greg Scharff and Karen Holman took a bow after nine years on the Palo Alto City Council as their former colleagues praised them for their service even as they signaled their intention to take on a more collaborative approach going forward.

Tuesday, 1:47 PM | 12 comments
Supreme Court clears way for state foie gras ban to take effect

After a seven-year legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a ruling on California's ban on foie gras.

Tuesday, 10:34 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto man dies in San Jose rollover crash

A 44-year-old Palo Alto man who died in a crash on Saturday in San Jose has been identified as Candido Escorza Dimas, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

Tuesday, 8:33 AM | No comments yet

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