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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Around Town: staged protest; downtown retail

In this week's Around Town column, find out why the city has butt heads with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. There's also news about a panel on the future of downtown retail, new technology at Stanford Medicine and a young health advocate.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet
Rape reported at Stanford student residence

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating an alleged rape that occurred at a student residence on campus early Wednesday morning.

Thursday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pastor pleads not guilty to child molestation

A pastor from East Palo Alto pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations that he molested three minors in the church office between 2011 and 2015, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Wednesday, 1:50 PM | No comments yet
Maybell housing project nears final approval

A long-debated proposal to build 16 homes at a former orchard site on Maybell Avenue could win a key approval Thursday morning.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 16 comments
Community Notebook: Eshoo town hall meeting

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, will be stopping by the 18th Congressional District to meet with constituents for a town hall meeting on Saturday in Saratoga.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet
Steel worker injured at Facebook construction site

A steel worker was injured Tuesday morning after falling at the construction site of a new Facebook building in Menlo Park, fire officials said.

Wednesday, 8:51 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Proposal to change strict water-leak policy gains traction

Several members of the Utilities Advisory Commission expressed support this week for a new policy that would provide some relief to customers whose bills were inflated by undetected water leaks.

Tuesday, 12:20 PM | 8 comments

Monday, July 17, 2017

Keene names new deputy city manager

Palo Alto City Manager James Keene went well outside Silicon Valley to hire the latest addition to his leadership team, tapping Michelle Poché Flaherty to serve as one of his two new deputies.

Monday, 5:20 PM | 30 comments
Jewish day school hires former Palo Alto Unified tech teacher

In a push to create good digital citizens, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School has hired Smita Kolhatkar, a former educational technology teacher on special assignment at Palo Alto Unified School District, as its new director of technology and innovation.

Monday, 5:18 PM | 1 comment
Five-story hotel eyed for Su Hong site

The latest hotel proposal on south El Camino Real in Palo Alto calls for a five-story hotel to take over a site currently occupied by the popular Chinese restaurant, Su Hong.

Monday, 3:25 PM | 23 comments

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Civil grand jury recommends new parcel tax exemptions processes for school districts

A Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury Report stated that the Palo Alto Unified School District is among the 22 school districts that have been asked to improve their parcel tax application and renewal procedures.

Sunday, 9:14 AM | 29 comments
Trio rescued after boat capsizes, sent to Stanford Hospital

Two men and a child rescued Saturday evening from San Francisco Bay after their boat capsized near the Dumbarton Bridge were sent to Stanford Hospital, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials.

Sunday, 6:39 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Award-winning Stanford math professor dies

Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' leading award, has died of cancer at the age of 40, according to Stanford News Service.

Saturday, 6:39 PM | No comments yet
Off Deadline: 'Contagious hope' is powerful antidote to 'suicide contagion'

A three-person panel speaking in late June to a modest audience at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park presented some simple-sounding but challenging approaches to Palo Alto's nagging fear of being a "suicide contagion" capital.

Saturday, 9:26 AM | 7 comments

Friday, July 14, 2017

Behind the Headlines: 'Way Cool' open-space events for summer

Listen in on a discussion about the abundance of different and fun ranger- and docent-led activities in local open space areas from fishing with rangers to boating, twilight hikes and moth and spider hunts.

Friday, 7:13 PM | No comments yet
School board on sex assaults: 'A change in culture' is 'needed'

Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education President Terry Godfrey wrote a message Thursday updating parents on the district's response to numerous reports of student sexual violence on and off its campuses over the last several months.

Friday, 9:56 AM | 20 comments
Code enforcement: one of City Hall's most controversial, and misunderstood, jobs

For a team that consists of just three people, Palo Alto's code enforcers have been facing an unprecedented level of public scrutiny of late.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 37 comments
Enforcement reflects the community

More than perhaps any other City Hall program, code enforcement is a custom-built operation that mirrors its community.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 7 comments
Why the bad rap?

Code enforcement officers deal with all the most vexing issues of the day - zoning violations, gas-powered leaf blowers, too much construction noise, etc. - and are often seen by residents as the last line of defense in resolving problems.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: Facebook's proposed 'village'

It's hard to imagine a better example of how messed up our region's planning processes and development policies are than Facebook's latest proposal.

Friday, 6:48 AM | 62 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: planned office demolition; proposed public art

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 17.

Friday, 6:47 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Teen arrested for alleged robbery at Caltrain station

A 17-year-old boy is under arrest for allegedly snatching a cell phone from a man's hand at the University Avenue Caltrain station early Thursday morning, Palo Alto police said in a statement.

Thursday, 6:38 PM | No comments yet
Cooking oil sparks fire, burns apartment kitchen

Hot cooking oil left on a kitchen stove ignited a fire at a Palo Alto apartment late Wednesday night, leaving an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 in damage, a fire battalion chief said.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | 3 comments
New lot lines pave the way for Buena Vista's sale

Palo Alto's planning commission on Wednesday endorsed a change at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park that is both invisible to the naked eye and critical to preserving the park as a site for affordable housing.

Thursday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet
Judge unlikely to reconsider ban on sanctuary-cities order

A federal judge said Wednesday that he is likely to keep in place a preliminary injunction issued in a pair of lawsuits filed by Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco that blocked an executive order on sanctuary cities and counties.

Thursday, 9:32 AM | 9 comments
Ibuprofen linked to kidney injury in endurance runners

Endurance runners who take the painkiller ibuprofen during very long runs double their risk of acute kidney injury, a study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and other institutions have found.

Thursday, 9:05 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Plan to add housing, retail on El Camino gets a boost

Palo Alto's planning commission threw its support behind a plan to construct two buildings with 50 apartments at an El Camino Real site that until recently was occupied by Mike's Bikes.

Wednesday, 11:28 PM | 31 comments
Community Notebook: Supervisor Simitian to hold 'sidewalk office hours'

Palo Alto community members can stop by the farmers market this weekend to talk about local issues with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

Wednesday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Judge grants Edgewood Plaza developer a break from fines

Sand Hill Property Company won a temporary reprieve in its court battle against the city of Palo Alto on June 27, when a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge allowed it to stop paying fines to the city, pending an October hearing.

Wednesday, 9:12 AM | 12 comments

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Union claims high infection rates in Stanford Hospital dispute

Members of the health workers union serving Stanford Hospital claim the high hospital-acquired infection rates are because of inadequate staffing and training, the group said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 9:28 PM | 8 comments
City set to redraw lot lines at Buena Vista

After reaching an agreement to preserve Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, Palo Alto and Santa Clara County officials are now preparing for their next challenge: the park's long-deferred renovation.

Tuesday, 4:00 PM | 8 comments
Hit-and-run collision injures bicyclist on Alma

A bicyclist was left with moderate injuries in a hit-and-run collision Friday on a narrow arterial in Old Palo Alto, police said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 1:44 PM | 52 comments
Palo Alto may revise billing policy for water leaks

Palo Alto may revise a decade-long policy that effectively bans the Utility Department from giving credits to customers whose bills were greatly inflated by water leaks.

Tuesday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet
Man pleads no contest to 2012 murder in East Palo Alto

A 26-year-old man indicted as part of Operation Sunny Day pleaded no contest Monday to a 2012 murder in East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet
Retail and housing proposed for El Camino site

Two buildings featuring apartments and retail space would replace Mike Bike's former home on El Camino Real under a proposal that is scheduled for review Wednesday night.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 10, 2017

Man wanted for brazen carjacking at gas station

Police are looking for a man wanted for a brazen carjacking at a Palo Alto gas station near U.S. Highway 101 late Sunday morning. The vehicle was recovered Tuesday morning at Stanford University.

Monday, 6:40 PM | 44 comments
Highly anticipated Nobu opens downtown

The first Northern California outpost of acclaimed Japanese restaurant group Nobu officially opens its doors in downtown Palo Alto on Friday, July 7.

Monday, 9:00 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pacific Art League hires exec from media sector

Jon Graves, the new executive director of downtown Palo Alto's Pacific Art League, has a background at tech media companies like Bloomberg and Re/code.

Sunday, 9:10 AM | 2 comments

Friday, July 7, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Preserving La Comida

City Council Members Tom DuBois and Lydia Kou join Weekly journalists Linda Taaffe and Gennady Sheyner to discuss La Comida's difficult quest to find a new home for its popular senior-nutrition program.

Friday, 7:05 PM | No comments yet
La Comida set to move to south Palo Alto

La Comida's popular lunch program for seniors will move to Charleston Road as part of an agreement between the nonprofit and Stevenson House, the two organizations announced Friday afternoon.

Friday, 4:19 PM | No comments yet
Facebook unveils plans for giant new development in Menlo Park

Facebook has announced plans for a major new office, residential and retail development near its headquarters at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park.

Friday, 1:37 PM | 22 comments
Around Town: student project; Steve Jobs opera

Tidbits collected by the Weekly staff on people, events and other happenings, including a recent hackathon-style event at Stanford focused on mental health and upcoming opera based on Steve Jobs' life.

Friday, 8:37 AM | 7 comments
Shop Talk: New Target store; Maum opens

In this week's retail news, Target is set to unlock the doors to its first store in East Palo Alto, a new Korean restaurant quietly opens in downtown Palo Alto and an on-demand laundry startup is now in business.

Friday, 8:33 AM | 12 comments
Couple celebrates 55 years of RV adventures

Jean and Gary Blackburn are part of an increasing number of road adventurers who have embraced the RV culture.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 9 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: El Camino project review; Stanford GUP amendment

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 10.

Friday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet

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