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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

East Palo Alto road conditions stand out in new data

East Palo Alto made the most road improvements compared to other Bay Area cities last year, according to data released Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Tuesday, 9:20 AM | 1 comment
Young women arrested for multiple burglaries

A trio face as many as 20 charges related to a crime spree that began six months ago in Palo Alto and other Santa Clara County cities, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety has announced.

Tuesday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet
Meeting on Surf Air route over Bay Wednesday

The Federal Aviation Administration will discuss an alternative air route that has allowed Surf Air's planes to avoid the Midpeninsula on their way to the San Carlos Airport at a meeting in San Jose on Wednesday night.

Tuesday, 8:47 AM | No comments yet
School board to vote on revised budget

School district staff are asking the Board of Education to vote on a series of changes for the 2017-18 budget in the wake of a contractual error that will cost the district $6 million.

Tuesday, 8:35 AM | 3 comments

Monday, September 25, 2017

Shop Talk: More fitness; Copyamerica shutters

In this week's retail news in Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center is slated to get another workout option, a longtime printing shop on California Avenue shutters and a new milk-tea shop opens in Midtown.

Monday, 8:37 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Enforcement to remove El Camino RVs largely ineffective

Residents living closest to RVs along El Camino Real, where police started to enforce the city's parking ordinance, say it's time for the city to come up with a compassionate plan for all concerned.

Sunday, 8:11 AM | 53 comments
Free help for DACA renewals today

Several local and countywide groups will host a special workshop in Mountain View today to assist undocumented immigrants seeking renewal for temporary legal status under the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.

Sunday, 8:11 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Paly sex-assault report

Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany discuss the significance of and reaction to a report on the school district's response to a student sex-assault case in 2016.

Saturday, 4:42 PM | No comments yet
Water main break repaired on University Avenue

Downtown Palo Alto experienced a water main break on Saturday, leaving some customers without water for several hours, according to the city Utilities Department.

Saturday, 8:48 AM | 1 comment
Around Town: shaky ground; going platinum

Read a firsthand account from a local executive in Mexico City during Tuesday's massive temblor and the city being recognized for its work in environmental conservation.

Saturday, 8:34 AM | 6 comments

Friday, September 22, 2017

Niece sent to prison for fleecing elderly aunt

An East Palo Alto woman who was convicted of felony elder abuse and fraud for getting her 97-year-old aunt to sign over the deed of her home will spend time in a state prison, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Friday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet
VIDEO: 'Your Kids and the Law'

Listen to a panel discussion on the juvenile justice system held Monday, Sept. 18, co-hosted by the Weekly and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Friday, 3:23 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: school budget update; Junior Museum and Zoo ordinance

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 25.

Friday, 10:27 AM | No comments yet
Delivery trucks at Edgewood create ruckus for neighbors

Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center's frustrated neighbors met with City Councilwoman Lydia Kou on Wednesday in the hopes of getting the city to resolve parking, noise and other problems.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 20 comments
A legacy of 'proving it'

Jenny Dearborn, senior VP and chief learning officer at Palo Alto-based SAP, said her personal mantra has helped rise up in the corporate world.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 1 comment
Execs from SAP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise to receive Athena awards

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce has selected two women working in tech as this year's recipients of two awards that recognize the achievements of outstanding professional and business women.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: Déjà vu for school district

Another disturbing portrait emerged this week of a school district still confused about its legal obligations in handling sexual-harassment complaints

Friday, 6:53 AM | 22 comments

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Administrators who handled Paly sex-assault case ID'd

At the school board's first public meeting about a law-firm investigation into the district's response to a sexual-assault case Thursday, trustees expressed their disappointment at the district's continuing lack of progress on Title IX issues while Paly staff turned out to support a principal they fear could lose her job as a result of the case.

Thursday, 10:52 PM | 63 comments
Health fair addresses well-being inside and out

It's not too late to get started on your fitness-related New Year's resolution at the third annual Palo Alto Community Health Fair this Saturday.

Thursday, 8:49 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Report: District failed to follow law, policy in sex-assault case

A report released Wednesday details how Palo Alto High School and district administrators repeatedly failed to properly respond to a student who reported she had been sexually assaulted at Paly in 2016.

Wednesday, 9:39 PM | 43 comments
Palo Alto commits funds to fight solo-driving

Palo Alto's drive to shift the commute patterns of downtown employees received a big boost this week, when the City Council upped its contribution to the new nonprofit charged with orchestrating the effort.

Wednesday, 1:40 PM | 21 comments
City wins grant for crafting new vision for Fry's site

After years of talking about plans to transform the area around Fry's Electronics in the Ventura neighborhood, Palo Alto officials finally have the funds to start forging the new vision.

Wednesday, 11:20 AM | 28 comments
Bay Area forecast: Beach hazards, cooler temps, windy weather

Hazards at Bay Area beaches, below-normal temperatures and breezy conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a weather statement for conditions Tuesday through Thursday evening.

Wednesday, 8:33 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

School board to discuss superintendent's performance

Days after two Palo Alto Unified School District board members called for Superintendent Max McGee's removal, the school board will meet in closed session Wednesday to continue discussing his future.

Tuesday, 10:25 AM | 16 comments
Neighbors Abroad raises money for earthquake relief in Oaxaca

A Palo Alto organization is looking to raise $10,000 to help rebuild two children's facilities that collapsed in the state of Oaxaca earlier this month in Mexico.

Tuesday, 9:00 AM | 3 comments
Condos and townhouses approved for Compadres site

A building once renowned for enchiladas and margaritas will soon be demolished to make way for townhouses and condominiums under a proposal that the City Council approved Monday night.

Tuesday, 12:59 AM | 21 comments

Monday, September 18, 2017

School board to test new public-comment rules

The school board is testing a series of limits on public comment, but some community members are voicing concern that this could hinder their ability to provide feedback.

Monday, 2:46 PM | 7 comments
Community Notebook: Teen organizes wellness conference

A Los Altos High School senior is organizing a free wellness conference this month to bring together teenagers to discuss and learn about topics such as identity and healthy relationships.

Monday, 2:13 PM | No comments yet
Autumn-like weather expected this week

Before summer officially becomes fall on Friday, autumn-like weather will make its way this week to the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, National Weather Services officials said Monday.

Monday, 10:08 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Guest Opinion: Why leash laws? There are plenty of good reasons

Off-leash dogs increasingly threaten delicate ecosystems and can be a nuisance or a danger to those who visit natural spaces for other forms of recreation.

Sunday, 8:47 AM | 72 comments

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bicyclist's purse reportedly snatched near Homer tunnel

A Palo Alto bicyclist on the path near the Homer Street tunnel said her purse was snatched from her bike after she stopped to talk to a group of students shortly before noon Friday.

Saturday, 7:17 PM | 25 comments
Palo Alto approaches decision on rail redesign

Palo Alto's effort to separate the railroad tracks from local streets will, by any account, likely require the seizure of private property, cause years of traffic disruptions and cost more than $1 billion, much coming from who-knows-where.

Saturday, 6:43 PM | 115 comments
Miki Werness out at College Terrace Market

The grocer whose experience in the business convinced the Palo Alto City Council to give the go-ahead for the new College Terrace Market, is out as its merchandising director.

Saturday, 8:11 AM | 31 comments

Friday, September 15, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Changing retail

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss what cities, shopping malls and businesses are doing to reinvent retail and attract customers in the age of e-commerce.

Friday, 4:40 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: TMA funds; superintendent evaluation

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

Friday, 10:03 AM | No comments yet
Reimagining retail up and down the Peninsula

Brick-and-mortar businesses and shopping centers are getting smarter so that they not only survive but thrive amidst the upheaval of the retail sector.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 7 comments
Can downtowns keep up?

A walk down Palo Alto's bustling downtown and California Avenue business districts would seem to indicate that businesses are thriving, but some retailers are experiencing a darker reality, underscored in red in their ledgers.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 6 comments
School, city leaders worry state bill could create traffic, safety problems

A state bill that would require all California secondary schools to start the day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. has gathered a mix of support and opposition.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 14 comments
Editorial: Our right to know

A round of public apologies Tuesday night by Palo Alto school board members and Superintendent Max McGee for a blunder that will cost the district approximately $6 million fell far short of what the community deserves.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 12 comments

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Two on school board call for superintendent's removal

After spending several hours discussing Superintendent Max McGee's performance in closed-session meetings this week, two Palo Alto school board members are now publicly calling for his removal.

Thursday, 4:04 PM | 72 comments
Supervisor to discuss his time in 'Trump's America'

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will discuss the observations he made and perspectives he gained in his visits with citizens of "Trump's America" at an event this Saturday.

Thursday, 10:46 AM | 37 comments

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Police arrest woman for assaulting Palo Alto resident

A 36-year-old woman Wednesday who allegedly attacked a Palo Alto resident without provocation Tuesday morning in San Mateo has been booked into jail.

Wednesday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet
Power outage hits downtown Palo Alto

Close to 300 customers in and around downtown Palo Alto lost electricity late Wednesday afternoon -- an incident that was caused by damaged underground cabling, according to Utilities Department.

Wednesday, 4:40 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto looks to fix up abandoned Baylands site

Palo Alto's newest parkland -- a 36.5-acre site formerly owned by International Telephone and Telegraph -- is about to get a $400,000 facelift.

Wednesday, 3:35 PM | 22 comments
District Attorney, Palo Alto Weekly to host juvenile justice town hall

The Palo Alto Weekly is co-sponsoring a free discussion on Monday on how juvenile crimes are handled by the police and District Attorney with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, 10:58 AM | 4 comments
Residents invited to rail workshop Saturday

Residents who want to take part in the city's largest infrastructure project in generations -- the redesign of the rail corridor -- are invited to a community workshop.

Wednesday, 10:42 AM | 3 comments
School board, supe apologize; cuts could affect students

All five school board members and Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee on Tuesday night apologized for their lack of oversight, which led to a contractual error that will cost the district $6 million.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 68 comments

Truckee cafe to expand to Menlo Park
By Elena Kadvany | 2 comments | 4,316 views

Attraction to a Person Outside Your Relationship
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,282 views

Senior Scam Stopper Seminar at EPA Senior Center Recap
By Max Greenberg | 0 comments | 317 views

"Instead I held you"
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 277 views


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