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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Man arrested after lockdown at Menlo Park school

A shirtless 29-year-old man acting erratically was arrested Friday after he entered a classroom at a Menlo Park school, spat in a teacher's face, and then attempted to assault a police officer, who used a Taser to restrain him, police said.

Saturday, 8:37 AM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: 'Title IX Advocacy in the Trump Era' at Stanford

The Stanford Law School has teamed up with campus groups, advocacy organizations and others to host a two-day conference starting Monday devoted to the topic of advancing federal civil-rights law Title IX under the new presidential administration.

Saturday, 8:32 AM | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: School librarians are needed now more than ever

School libraries are essential educational institutions worthy of enthusiastic support but are often misunderstood, even though research continues to show that school libraries have a positive impact on student success.

Saturday, 8:31 AM | 4 comments

Friday, April 28, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Housing the homeless; Big East Palo Alto developments

On this week's Behind The Headlines, a look back at the 10 years that the Opportunity Center has provided housing and services to homeless persons. The discussion then pivots to East Palo Alto's future development.

Friday, 7:40 PM | No comments yet
Edgewood developer sues over fines

Attorneys for an Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center developer filed an appeal in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday regarding the more than $700,000 in fines the city has levied for failing to provide an operating grocery store at the center.

Friday, 5:51 PM | 18 comments
College Terrace Centre gets a paint job

Recently built College Terrace Centre was a two-tone mustard and yellow color until this week when the development suddenly changed color schemes.

Friday, 3:23 PM | 11 comments
Housing for good

Now in its 10th year, the Opportunity Center gives homeless people housing with few questions asked and few requirements made of them.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 1 comment
Mecca for the unhoused?

Has the Opportunity Center turned Palo Alto into a magnet for homeless people, as some in the community in 2006 feared it would? It's hard to say definitively, but likely not.

Friday, 6:57 AM | No comments yet
Making the finances work

Figuring out how to balance the budget of the Opportunity Center for the past 10 years has been as challenging as learning how best to serve chronically homeless clients.

Friday, 6:56 AM | No comments yet
In East Palo Alto, plans emerge to build 'up'

Four major construction projects in East Palo Alto could transform the cityscape in the next couple of years, with two of them pushing skyward in the mode of nearby cities Mountain View and Redwood City.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 5 comments
Castilleja School changes expansion plans

Officials of Castilleja School unveiled revisions to a proposed expansion on Thursday, hoping that changes to an underground parking structure and tree preservation will appease nearby residents who have opposed the project.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 29 comments
Editorial: Resisting Donald Trump

President Donald Trump's first hundred days of the new administration comes to a close Saturday with an unprecedented 61 percent of Americans believing that the president is not trustworthy.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 81 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: school budget; pedestrian and bike bridge

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 1.

Friday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Palantir's plan for Cubberley party riles neighbors

Palantir entered the spotlight this week when its event organizers installed a gigantic white tent on the soccer field at Cubberley Community Center to house its upcoming employee party.

Thursday, 5:07 PM | 135 comments
Paly teacher sentenced to prison for sex crimes

Former Palo Alto High School teacher Ronnie Farrell was sentenced on Thursday morning in Palo Alto to two years and eight months in state prison for committing sex crimes against a minor on campus last summer.

Thursday, 3:04 PM | 11 comments
Man pleads not guilty in East Palo Alto cockfighting case

An East Palo Alto man pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to felony animal cruelty charges related to suspected cockfighting at his home, where police allegedly found more than 50 gamecocks, hens and chicks, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Thursday, 12:04 PM | 1 comment
Parking permit program in Southgate gains support

After watching neighborhoods to the north and to the south adopt new parking-permit programs over the past year, the residents of Southgate are preparing for their turn.

Thursday, 11:20 AM | 3 comments
Youth mental health clinic opens in Menlo Park

More than four months ahead of schedule, SafeSpace, a youth mental health center, has opened in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 10:52 AM | No comments yet
Winter showers bring (spectacular) spring flowers

Local naturalists are bracing for an explosion of wildflowers along the Midpeninsula that could provide some of the most breathtaking views in years.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | 4 comments
New projects, rising salaries fuel budget growth

Paid parking on downtown streets, higher salaries at City Hall and a video system that will partially replace human guards along the Caltrain tracks are among the changes that are included in the proposed budget for the coming year.

Thursday, 8:51 AM | 8 comments
PAUSD recommends new counseling provider

The Palo Alto Unified School District is recommending that nonprofit Counseling and Support Services for Youth become the middle and high schools' new counseling provider in the next school year.

Thursday, 8:51 AM | 10 comments
Man gropes employee at Stanford University

A man who allegedly grabbed a Stanford employee's buttocks Wednesday was let go by campus police after the victim declined to press charges, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Thursday, 8:48 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Two college access nonprofits announce merger

Peninsula Bridge, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit, announced April 26 that the organization will merge with Building Futures Now, an East Palo Alto-based nonprofit to provide broader programs to help students from lower-income families.

Wednesday, 12:25 PM | 1 comment
Palantir reaches nearly $1.7M settlement with feds

Palantir Technologies was ordered to pay back wages by the U.S. Department of Labor in a settlement over allegations of hiring discrimination, the agency announced Tuesday in a press release.

Wednesday, 9:48 AM | 18 comments

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SF, Peninsula officials urge feds to OK Caltrain funds

Elected officials on Monday called on the Trump administration to approve federal funding for a Caltrain electrification project that is expected to add capacity to the busy transit corridor.

Tuesday, 5:30 PM | 1 comment
Chelsea Clinton draws large crowd at Kepler's in Menlo Park

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton came to Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on April 18 to promote her own work and to sign copies of her book.

Tuesday, 4:59 PM | 22 comments
Eshoo goes after Trump on tax-return secrecy

President Donald Trump's tax returns and his refusal to release them was topic No. 1 for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, who took questions for about two hours Saturday during a town-hall-style in Woodside.

Tuesday, 2:50 PM | 75 comments
Judge issues preliminary injunction blocking sanctuary executive order

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in a pair of lawsuits filed by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County blocking an executive order by President Donald Trump that threatened to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities and counties.

Tuesday, 2:16 PM | 2 comments
Facts on hot-button Bay Area issues added to MTC website

Factual information about hot-button Bay Area topics such as housing affordability, poverty rates and life expectancy is now available online.

Tuesday, 1:46 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Portion of popular trail temporarily closed

A portion of San Francisquito Creek Bay Trail was closed on Monday, April 24, and will remain blocked through the end of the year, according to the City of Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 9:48 AM | No comments yet
Donors, recipients gather for Palo Alto Weekly's Holiday Fund reception

Donors and recipients of the Palo Alto Weekly's 24th annual Holiday Fund gathered for a reception filled with insightful stories on Monday, April 24.

Tuesday, 9:33 AM | 1 comment

Monday, April 24, 2017

Stanford University names new band director

Stanford University's Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band has a new official leader: Russell Gavin, a music education professor from Baylor University, the university announced Monday.

Monday, 11:24 AM | 26 comments
East Palo Alto robber gets six months in county jail

A 23-year-old man who took part in a series of robberies in East Palo Alto was sentenced to serve six months in county jail and will be on probation for five years, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said.

Monday, 11:04 AM | 2 comments
East Palo Alto man faces prison time for burglary

A 21-year-old East Palo Alto resident faces up to 11 years in state prison after pleading no contest to one felony count of residential burglary in Menlo Park and one felony count of assault while in San Mateo County jail in 2015.

Monday, 8:55 AM | 2 comments
Concern rises over restrictions for grade separations

As the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority prepares to dole out the first set of Measure B funds, Midpeninsula cities are raising concerns that the agency could be putting onerous restrictions on projects for Caltrain grade separations.

Monday, 8:36 AM | 35 comments

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Teen creates her own Trekkie starship crew

Palo Alto High School junior Angeline Chen was first exposed to "Star Trek: Voyager" at 10 months old. Little did she know that at age 16 she would become the founder of Palo Alto's own Star Trek Club.

Saturday, 9:33 AM | 3 comments

Friday, April 21, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Rep. Anna Eshoo

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," Rep. Anna Eshoo joins Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Editor Jocelyn Dong and Staff Writer Sue Dremann to discuss issues within and beyond Palo Alto.

Friday, 10:05 PM | 10 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: solar panel project; new parking program

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 24.

Friday, 12:11 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Family Earth Day events

A list of local events offered around town in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.

Friday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet
Cockfighting defendant faces multiple felonies

An East Palo Alto resident who allegedly kept 56 chickens including many roosters for cockfighting, will face five charges, said a spokeswoman for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.

Friday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet
East Palo Altans prepare for possible deportations

The rumors of ICE deportations -- and how quickly they spread -- point to a population of immigrants who are not only afraid but who don't know their rights or whom they can trust.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 57 comments
Audits find flaws in Palo Alto's purchasing policies

As the city heads into what promises to be a challenging budget season, a new review from the Office of the City Auditor has found that the city may have spent about $800,000 on duplicate invoices between 2013 and 2015.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PAUSD student data exposed in breach

Personal information of 14,000 current and former students in the Palo Alto school district was accessed by a well-known computer security researcher targeting a former vendor of the district, the school district announced in a message to parents.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | 13 comments
City, school district eye design consultant for Cubberley

The city and school district's work to start a master planning process for Cubberley Community Center crept forward on Thursday, when city and school leadership agreed that the two entities should jointly issue a request for proposals for an outside design consultant.

Thursday, 11:38 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ohlone Elementary principal announces retirement

The latest in a flurry of leadership changes for the Palo Alto school district comes from Ohlone Elementary School, where Principal Nicki Smith announced her retirement in a message to families on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 6:56 PM | 2 comments
Woman continues to stay active as she turns 100 years old

Palo Alto resident Grace Lee sat down for an interview with the Weekly to share her life stories days before she marks a milestone birthday.

Wednesday, 3:26 PM | 13 comments
Shoplifters take more than $8,000 of perfume

Chanel is apparently a popular and lucrative scent with thieves who stole about 100 bottles of the costly perfume from a Stanford Shopping Center store over two days, Palo Alto police said.

Wednesday, 2:56 PM | 3 comments
Community Notebook: Couple recognized for dedication to local, global environment

Longtime Palo Alto environmentalists, Kay and Walt Hays will be honored by the local nonprofit Acterra for their lifelong commitment to preserving the planet's health at a spring fundraiser on April 20.

Wednesday, 2:10 PM | 1 comment
Specific budget cuts begin to emerge in school district process

School board members began to delve into the nitty-gritty of $3.9 million in budget cuts on Tuesday night, starting to identify item-by-item proposals they do or don't support slashing.

Wednesday, 9:14 AM | 18 comments
Man exposes himself to student at Stanford University residence hall

A man exposed himself to a student at a Stanford University housing facility on campus late Tuesday night, according to school's Department of Public Safety.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Palo Alto eyes new direction for bus routes

Palo Alto bus riders could be in for a jolt in coming months as both the city and the county move ahead with efforts to shake up long-established routes.

Tuesday, 4:01 PM | 8 comments
Effort to retire sludge incinerators moves ahead

Seeking to shed Palo Alto's status as one of only two California cities that still burn their sludge, the City Council swiftly approved early Tuesday morning the construction of a nearly $23 million facility that would allow it to decommission the two incinerators in the Baylands.

Tuesday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
City Council mulls motorcyclist's lawsuit

A woman who received significant injuries after a motorcycle crash and her father, who witnessed the accident, are suing the City of Palo Alto claiming the incident was caused by a fire department truck.

Tuesday, 9:50 AM | 7 comments
La Comida struggling to find new location

La Comida Senior Nutrition, a longtime senior lunch program relied on by more than 160 seniors, is asking the community to help find a new location after a fruitless search.

Tuesday, 9:37 AM | 11 comments
School board to discuss budget cuts

After a series of public discussions and internal meetings over the last several months on the school district's budget shortfall, school district staff are recommending $3.9 million in cuts for the 2017-18 school year. The school board will discuss the proposals on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 8:09 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto finds compromise on accessory housing

With residents clamoring for both more housing and more government transparency, the Palo Alto City Council agreed Monday night to scale back its ambitious plan to encourage more accessory-dwelling units in the community.

Tuesday, 3:35 AM | 116 comments

Monday, April 17, 2017

New rules on accessory housing spark debate

Palo Alto's plan to encourage more accessory-dwelling units will meet its first test tonight, when the City Council's ordinance relaxing rules for the structures is set for a formal approval.

Monday, 8:50 AM | 95 comments

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