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Sunday, July 14, 2019

No Bay Area ICE raids occur following federal court order

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were predicted for this past weekend in the Bay Area and which stirred numerous protests locally by immigrants' rights advocates did not materialize.

Sunday, 11:21 PM | 6 comments
Around Town: Baylands Golf Links earns spot on best courses list; former city auditor joins BART

In the latest Around Town column, find out how Baylands Golf Links ranked in Golfweek Magazine's best courses list and which agency has former city auditor Harriett Richardson as its first inspector general.

Sunday, 9:06 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, July 13, 2019

California wants to allow credit cards at the DMV, but it'll cost you a fee

Got a driver's license to renew or a vehicle to register? Well, if you were planning to pay for it with a credit card, you may want to do it this summer.

Saturday, 8:16 AM | 3 comments

Friday, July 12, 2019

New homeless census shows a spike in population living in vehicles

The percentage of homeless people living in their vehicles in Santa Clara County has more than doubled since 2017, accounting for 18% of the county's unhoused population, according to a new Santa Clara County homeless census.

Friday, 10:45 PM | 4 comments
Webcast: Who are the RV dwellers?

Weekly journalists discuss the diverse community of people living in recreational vehicles along El Camino Real and the various circumstances that brought them there.

Friday, 3:33 PM | 6 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Newell Road Bridge replacement; Temporary art at Cal. Ave. garage

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 15.

Friday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet
Living on four wheels: The people inside the RVs on Palo Alto's El Camino Real

The more than 40 recreational vehicles parked along El Camino Real, just outside Stanford University, have been deemed eyesores, but inside them are people facing diverse circumstances.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 47 comments
East Palo Alto eyes multiple strategies for shrinking the housing gap

Even as the city of East Palo Alto is reviewing proposals for more than 558 new market-rate apartments, condos and single-family homes, it is also embarking on a plan to build 500 deed-restricted affordable homes by 2023.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 5 comments
Developers propose to build more than 800 housing units in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto officials will be considering plans for more than 800 new housing units in the coming months, with the majority -- 558 -- being at market-rate.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 5 comments
They may be slow, but they're not easy to find: Keeping up with the elusive Western pond turtle

A new program by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District aims to help Western pond turtles, California's only native freshwater turtle species, thrive.

Friday, 6:52 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Police arrest transient for alleged attack with a skateboard downtown

Police have arrested a transient who is accused of attacking a pedestrian on University Avenue on Wednesday using a skateboard.

Thursday, 12:57 PM | 10 comments
Hot temperatures in store for Bay Area this weekend

After a cool few weeks in the Bay Area, residents should anticipate a serious warm-up this weekend with some places expected to see highs in the 90s and even the low 100s.

Thursday, 10:46 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto City Hall managers get 3% raises in new contract

More than 200 City Hall employees, including department heads, managers and supervisors, received a 3% raise this month under a new contract that the Palo Alto City Council approved in its final meeting before the summer break.

Thursday, 8:56 AM | 4 comments
Experts sound the alarm on 2020 election-meddling

Will deception on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter be a major threat in the upcoming 2020 election? According to Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Elections Commission, the troubling answer is "Yes."

Thursday, 8:31 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rep. Anna Eshoo kicks off annual Congressional App Challenge

Middle and high school students in the 18th Congressional District, which includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other neighboring cities, are invited to participate in U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo's annual Congressional App Challenge.

Wednesday, 1:31 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to overhaul parking programs

To address long-simmering frustrations of Palo Alto residents and workers, city leaders are aiming to accelerate reform of neighborhood and downtown parking programs, starting in August.

Wednesday, 11:15 AM | 24 comments
After years of discord, Ravenswood teachers, staff to get raises

After two years of negotiations on a contract that expired in 2016, Ravenswood City School District teachers will finally receive a 7.5% raise, which was approved by the East Palo Alto school board on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:32 AM | 2 comments
Two peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto pose threat to native wildlife

County officials are inspecting areas in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park after two male peach fruit flies native to southern Asia were found in Palo Alto, with plans to begin eradication treatments this Thursday.

Wednesday, 8:52 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Palo Alto officials offer tips to prepare for a powerful earthquake

In light of the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes in southern California late last week, Palo Alto city officials have stressed the importance for residents to be educated on how to prepare for an emergency at any given time.

Tuesday, 5:27 PM | 3 comments
Community Notebook: Rep. Anna Eshoo to hold Tele-Town Hall meetings this month

Santa Clara County residents can bring their concerns directly to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, during two upcoming Tele-Town Hall meetings set for July 10 and 17 at 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
To reduce waste, Palo Alto takes aim at demolition

In its latest bid to curb construction waste, Palo Alto is preparing to effectively ban contractors from demolishing entire buildings starting in July 2020.

Tuesday, 9:54 AM | 29 comments
Woodside: Skyline homicide suspect pleads not guilty, wants to defend himself

The man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men on Skyline Boulevard last month has pleaded not guilty and filed paperwork with the court to represent himself, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 8:24 AM | 10 comments

Monday, July 8, 2019

Fires spark near San Francisquito Creek, burning vegetation, transformer

An initial report of a possible airplane crash at the Palo Alto Airport Monday morning turned out instead to be three electrical fires, two in East Palo Alto and one across San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto.

Monday, 2:07 PM | 6 comments
Under new leadership, Ravenswood to start school consolidation process

The Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto is starting to discuss consolidating schools -- a process that's sure to be thorny but that the interim superintendent of the K-8 district says is necessary for its survival.

Monday, 10:31 AM | 15 comments

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Wildfire meeting sparks thoughts on readiness as seasonal threat looms

More than 200 residents received advice on wildfire prevention -- such as creating vegetation-free space around their homes and replacing shingle roofs and wooden siding -- from a panel of officials at a recent town hall meeting.

Sunday, 8:31 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Couple recalls 'amazing' growth of Palo Alto's once-fledgling Chinese community

When Eugene and Nadine Wu first moved to Palo Alto in the 1950s, the Chinese community represented a tiny minority of the population. They recently sat down with the Weekly to reflect on the transformation of this minority population.

Saturday, 8:30 AM | 10 comments

Friday, July 5, 2019

MB's Place takes top slot at Fourth of July chili cook-off

Eleven teams went head to head at Mitchell Park for Palo Alto's 38th annual Chili Cook-off festival on Independence Day, competing for the title of best chili in the city.

Friday, 9:30 AM | 10 comments
After decades of providing haircuts, Cambridge Barber Shop closes its doors

After more than 50 years of business spanning two generations of his family, Larry Skarset, 72, has closed the doors of his Cambridge Barber Shop at 382 Cambridge Ave. in Palo Alto ahead of a redevelopment project planned for the site.

Friday, 7:09 AM | 10 comments
More retail, parking space will come with planned Cambridge Avenue building

After four years on the drawing board, a new retail-and-office building project on Cambridge Avenue in Palo Alto's California Avenue business district could break ground this fall.

Friday, 7:08 AM | 7 comments
A 'warm-up before school starts': Eastside prepares rising freshman for high school

Incoming ninth graders at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, all first-generation college-bound students, spend the summer preparing for the rigors of high school and getting to know their peers.

Friday, 7:06 AM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Human Relations Commission developing work plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 8.

Friday, 7:05 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Grand jury report blasts VTA for inefficiencies, poor oversight

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the taxpayer-funded agency in charge of offering transit solutions to the county's traffic jams, is currently embroiled in a mess of its own.

Thursday, 8:33 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Proposed 2020 Bay Road development would be East Palo Alto's largest office park

East Palo Alto's proposed commercial mega-development at 2020 Bay Road could fund hundreds of new affordable-housing units, transportation and storm-drain improvements, according to a recent analysis by the city.

Wednesday, 8:05 PM | 11 comments
New photo, video show man wanted for sexual battery in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood

Police shared more details Wednesday about a man who groped a woman walking in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood on June 24, releasing a photo of his getaway vehicle and a video of him from a surveillance system.

Wednesday, 4:41 PM | 6 comments
38th annual Chili Cook-off to commence on Independence Day

On the Fourth of July, 11 teams will compete for the title of best chili in Palo Alto at the city's 38th annual Chili Cook-off at Mitchell Park.

Wednesday, 8:47 AM | 5 comments
What would it take to offer overnight parking to homeless students at Foothill College? $830K and political will.

Foothill College President Thuy Nguyen says questions remain about the financial and operational challenges created by Assembly Bill 302, which would allow homeless community-college students to sleep overnight in campus parking lots.

Wednesday, 8:15 AM | 36 comments

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

State leaders hail decision to drop census citizenship question

President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday dropped its plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, a decision a local state assemblyman lauded as a "huge victory."

Tuesday, 8:50 PM | No comments yet
Christopher Dawes, former CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, dies

Christopher G. Dawes, former CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, died on Saturday as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Tuesday, 1:24 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Available services and closures on Independence Day in the Palo Alto area

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, here is a roundup of city government and transportation services available in and around Palo Alto during the holiday this Thursday, in addition to some safety tips for the public.

Tuesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Accused Buena Vista killer deemed too dangerous for bail

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Monday decided that a man accused of stabbing a fellow Buena Vista Mobile Home Park resident to death and beating another one is too dangerous for release.

Tuesday, 9:50 AM | 55 comments

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