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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Crews extinguish fire in Walnut Grove home

Palo Alto firefighters have extinguished a house fire in the Walnut Grove neighborhood that sparked on Tuesday morning, according to emergency dispatch radio.

Tuesday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet

Monday, August 13, 2018

City rushes to pass law for residents facing eviction

Palo Alto officials are drafting an urgency ordinance before the end of August that would require owners of apartment buildings to provide relocation assistance to evicted tenants.

Monday, 11:48 PM | 9 comments
Mayor apologizes for downplaying traffic concerns

After facing a backlash for suggesting that the community's traffic concerns are "exaggerated," Mayor Liz Kniss issued a public apology on Monday night and announced that the city will hold a town meeting in October focused on the topic.

Monday, 9:25 PM | 35 comments
One hundred years of Paly: High school to celebrate centennial

Palo Alto High School is planning a series of events to involve the entire community in celebrating the school's 100-year history.

Monday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet
Class is in session at Palo Alto's high schools

The hallways, classrooms and administrative offices of Palo Alto and Gunn high schools were abuzz on Monday for the first day of school.

Monday, 2:00 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Around Town: Smells fishy; Improving road conditions

In the latest Around Town column, learn about a challenge to high-end Japanese restaurant Nobu's expansion and a 10-week traffic-calming project at Stanford University's southern border.

Sunday, 8:54 AM | 2 comments
Foothill-De Anza weighs campus teacher housing

Foothill-De Anza Community College District board members are looking into teacher housing, joining a growing number of agencies seeking creative ways to attract and keep teachers in a costly real estate market.

Sunday, 8:54 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ten candidates vie for seats on Ravenswood school board

The race for three open seats on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education is heating up, with all three incumbents and seven newcomers officially running in November.

Saturday, 10:36 AM | 6 comments
East Palo Alto council wants community input on Tasers

The East Palo Alto City Council on Wednesday postponed a decision of allowing the police department to use Tasers, citing the strong improvement in police-community relations.

Saturday, 8:58 AM | 2 comments
Perseid meteor showers to dazzle night sky

The Perseid meteor shower should be dazzling Bay Area skies Sunday night and Monday morning if weather and wildfires don't get in the way.

Saturday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Friday, August 10, 2018

Webcast: Stanford's proposed expansion

Weekly journalists discuss Stanford University's proposed campus expansion and the evolving debate over how much housing the university should provide as part of the growth plan.

Friday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Transportation-impact fee; Grade-separation options

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

Friday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Crew returns home after fighting state wildfires

Firefighters from the Palo Alto Fire Department returned home on Thursday afternoon, tired but in good spirits, after 15 days of fighting wildfires across the state.

Friday, 9:47 AM | 2 comments
Paly releases revised, now-compliant bell schedule

The school district has released a new bell schedule for Palo Alto High School, which was revised at the eleventh hour this summer to bring it into compliance with a state-mandated instructional minutes requirement.

Friday, 9:12 AM | 17 comments
Former Palo Altans trade Silicon Valley lifestyle for better 'quality of life' elsewhere

Former Palo Altans have a spectrum of attitudes toward their city and Silicon Valley, which has burgeoned into a technological, innovation and intellectual hub rivaled by few regions in the country.

Friday, 6:47 AM | 193 comments
Facing eviction, residents seek urgency ordinance

President Hotel residents are asking the Palo Alto City Council to pass an urgency ordinance that would assist them with their pending eviction from the historic building.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 27 comments
Editorial: At risk of misleading voters

The Palo Alto City Council should have sought to be extra careful about accurately describing the reasons for the proposed hotel-tax hike that will be decided by voters this November.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 22 comments
Guest Opinion: Planning commission focus: Analysis and action

The Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission chair seeks to clarify the role of the group in the community in response to a Weekly article on the seven-member panel.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, August 9, 2018

West Nile virus found in East Palo Alto

West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes found in East Palo Alto have prompted vector-control officials to order spraying in neighborhoods near the baylands, officials announced Thursday.

Thursday, 3:18 PM | 4 comments
Cal Fire issues outdoor burning ban

Cal Fire officials have issued a ban on all outdoor burning due to extreme fire conditions from Contra Costa County to Santa Clara County and western San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

Thursday, 10:48 AM | No comments yet
Man arrested for Safeway parking lot shooting

A man who police said fired a gun into a vehicle in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery store in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood Friday was arrested on Wednesday night in the East Bay, police said Thursday.

Thursday, 9:39 AM | 18 comments
Palo Alto finds flaws in new analysis of Stanford expansion

Despite acknowledging the area's need for more housing, Palo Alto has come out swinging against a new county analysis that considers requiring Stanford University to build enough housing to match the university's proposed academic growth.

Thursday, 8:45 AM | 42 comments

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Justices reject Brock Turner's appeal

An appellate court affirmed on Wednesday the conviction of former Stanford University student Brock Turner, who was controversially sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman outside an on-campus fraternity party in 2015.

Wednesday, 5:12 PM | 10 comments
JCC to unveil new park and pavilion

After almost 10 years of anticipation, Palo Alto's Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will officially unveil its new park and pavilion this Sunday.

Wednesday, 3:54 PM | 4 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for second straight day

For the second straight day and the sixth time this year, a Spare the Air alert has been declared for Thursday in the Bay Area because of ongoing air pollution issues related to wildfire smoke and smog from vehicles.

Wednesday, 12:14 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto police revive local National Night Out

For the first time in a decade, the Palo Alto Police Department helped organize National Night Out, an annual nationwide campaign that promotes police-community relationships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Wednesday, 9:35 AM | 2 comments
Monthlong water leak won't be fixed until next week

A water main leak on Arastradero Road that started on July 11 after a city contractor accidentally damaged a city-owned water pipe during excavation work won't be fixed until at least next week, according to a Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman.

Wednesday, 8:22 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area for Wednesday because of a mix of smog and wildfire smoke expected in the region, air quality officials said.

Tuesday, 2:16 PM | 4 comments
Ravenswood Middle School loses principal, vice principal

The Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto is heading into its second year of existence with new leadership after the sudden departures of its principal and vice principal this summer.

Tuesday, 12:15 PM | 9 comments
Cities join forces to tackle airplane noise

An effort by cities in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties to form an alliance to address the irksome issue of airplane noise is finally preparing to lift off the ground.

Tuesday, 10:56 AM | 75 comments

Monday, August 6, 2018

East Palo Alto city manager to depart

The city of East Palo Alto will lose City Manager Carlos Martinez to Richmond by Nov. 1, if not sooner, according to documents from the city of Richmond.

Monday, 1:48 PM | 4 comments
Air quality advisory issued for Bay Area through Thursday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is extending an air quality advisory through this Thursday because of possible smoke impacts in the region from state wildfires.

Monday, 1:38 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Palo Alto places hotel-tax hike on November ballot

Palo Alto voters will have a chance in November to raise the city's hotel-tax rate to help fund the city's wish list of infrastructure projects.

Sunday, 8:43 AM | 53 comments
Chinese-speaking seniors find respite at Cubberley

The Palo Alto Adult School's Senior Friendship Day, billed as a program for seniors to enjoy educational and exercise activities, has become a de facto gathering spot for Chinese-speaking older adults.

Sunday, 8:42 AM | 10 comments
Community Notebook: National Night Out to take center stage

Residents should not be alarmed by increased police activity in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto on Tuesday night, when officers will mingle with the community and offer crime prevention tips at National Night Out.

Sunday, 8:41 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Electronic skateboards valued at $3K stolen from b8ta

Three electronic skateboards valued at about $3,000 were stolen from b8ta, a hands-on technology store, in downtown Palo Alto early Saturday morning, police said.

Saturday, 11:20 AM | 2 comments
East Palo Alto approves new-developments water fee

Commercial and residential developers seeking to build in East Palo Alto will have to pay a water-capacity fee for new projects, the City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night.

Saturday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: Stop your engines!; Taking the plunge

In this week's Around Town column, the Palo Alto City Council approves a new law banning idling and a local woman sets her sights on creating a one-piece swimsuit emoji.

Saturday, 8:47 AM | 16 comments

Friday, August 3, 2018

Police searching for gunman, targeted driver in Midtown shooting

Police have released an image of a man wanted for a shooting outside the Safeway in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood, where he fired shots at a driver who fled the scene and led officers on a car chase to U.S. Highway 101 on Friday night, police said.

Friday, 11:47 PM | 38 comments
One arrested, one at large in car burglary

Palo Alto police intensively searched by land and air for a man who allegedly burglarized a car at Stanford Shopping Center on Thursday night. And although he slipped through their net, officers arrested his alleged accomplice, police said.

Friday, 7:03 PM | 7 comments
Crash involving Caltrain, vehicle results in delays

A crash involving a Caltrain train and car on the railroad tracks crossing Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto on Friday evening resulted in transit and road delays, officials from the transit agency and Police Department said.

Friday, 6:58 PM | 24 comments
Judge allows health-care initiative to proceed

A measure that would cap how much local health care providers can charge their patients for medical services is set to appear on Palo Alto's ballot in November after a Santa Clara Superior Court judge ruled on Aug. 1 to reject the hospitals' legal challenge.

Friday, 5:26 PM | 65 comments
Webcast: Planning commission; New office cap

Weekly journalists discuss the recent tensions and conflicts on the city's planning commission and the City Council's recent decision to reduce the citywide cap for new office development.

Friday, 5:24 PM | No comments yet
Stanford University hit by car burglars

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety is warning car owners to take caution after at least three-dozen vehicles were burglarized within the span of two weeks in late July, agency officials said.

Friday, 3:38 PM | 1 comment
Man arrested in Menlo Park stabbing last month

The Menlo Park police around 1:30 p.m. Thursday arrested a suspect in a stabbing incident that occurred July 3.

Friday, 8:46 AM | 2 comments
Air quality advisory announced for Friday due to wildfire smoke

An air quality advisory has been issued for Friday due to smoke from the Mendocino Complex fire and other wildfires burning throughout Northern California, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Friday, 8:23 AM | 1 comment
Dysfunction, polarization mar influential city commission

The Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission has seen its share of enmity -- not just between itself and members of the public but frequently between the members themselves.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 122 comments
East Palo Alto residents want Wells Fargo branch

A group of East Palo Alto residents who are Wells Fargo customers want the bank to open a branch -- or at least install an ATM -- in their city.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 15 comments
Editorial: Averting an unneeded election

We have little doubt that Palo Alto voters would have approved the citizens initiative if it had been put on the November ballot instead of adopted by the City Council.

Friday, 6:49 AM | 31 comments
Guest Opinion: Tax revenues from Stanford lands support Palo Alto schools

Stanford's application to Santa Clara County for a renewed land-use permit has initiated a robust community discussion about the role Stanford plays in Palo Alto and our other local communities.

Friday, 6:49 AM | 22 comments

Thursday, August 2, 2018

East Palo Alto puts business tax on ballot

A proposed parcel tax on commercial development that could generate millions of dollars for affordable housing and job training in East Palo Alto will come before voters this November.

Thursday, 6:07 PM | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: no council meeting; public art commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 6.

Thursday, 4:21 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto chided for 'bad faith' negotiations with utility workers

A judge for the state Public Employment Relations Board has ordered the city of Palo Alto to provide information requested by a recently formed labor group of managers in the Utilities Department during extended contract talks.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 31 comments
Alleged serial BevMo burglar arrested in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park police investigations unit arrested a 58-year-old man from East Palo Alto around noon Wednesday on suspicion of serially burglarizing the Menlo Park BevMo.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 11 comments

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Appeals court upholds injunction in Trump's sanctuary cities order

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld an injunction protecting San Francisco and Santa Clara County from a presidential executive order that threatened federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities.

Wednesday, 1:35 PM | 4 comments
Water District to remove sediment from Matadero Creek

Starting this month, the Santa Clara Valley Water District will begin a two-month flood protection project in Palo Alto to remove about 3,000 cubic yards of sediment from Matadero Creek.

Wednesday, 11:45 AM | 12 comments
Community Notebook: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative accepting local grant proposals

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is looking to fund a new round of local nonprofits that help vulnerable people and families address basic needs, the company announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:07 AM | No comments yet
University Avenue traffic signals to be synchronized

A new plan to synchronize 14 traffic signals along University Avenue in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto could cut the amount of time commuters spend in traffic jams between Middlefield Road and the Dumbarton Bridge, according to the city of Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 8:26 AM | 22 comments

Couples: Drop Your Keyboard!
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Tell Me: Are Parents Today Overreacting to Child Safety Concerns?
By Diana Diamond | 13 comments | 1,932 views

Coffeebar to expand to Redwood City
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,458 views

A Concrete Joy: The Life and Love of Charlie Foley-Hughes
By Aldis Petriceks | 0 comments | 524 views