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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Music school faces possible shut-down

For more than a decade, the New Mozart School of Music has helped to Palo Alto's aspiring pianists unleash their inner Wolfgang Amadeuses. Now, the school is facing the music.

Thursday, 8:18 AM | 32 comments

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Legislation introduced to allow Caltrain sales tax

State legislation introduced Wednesday would allow Caltrain to seek voter approval for a new sales tax to help cover capital and operating costs.

Wednesday, 4:53 PM | 8 comments
Board eyes ways to save high school positions

There could be relief ahead for two high school volunteer coordinators and five clerical staff at Gunn High School who recently received layoff notices due to budget cuts.

Wednesday, 4:24 PM | 10 comments
Spare the Air smog alert issued for Thursday

The fourth Spare the Air alert for has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday by regional air quality officials, as a result of light winds and triple-digit temperatures in the region.

Wednesday, 1:30 PM | 1 comment
City seeks applications for Storm Water Management Oversight Committee

The City of Palo Alto is encouraging residents and employees to join a new committee that will oversee the management of the city's evolving stormwater program. Applications are due Aug. 1.

Wednesday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
City banks on cameras to help deter suicides on Caltrain tracks

Palo Alto city officials are shifting their focus from human monitors stationed at the tracks to computer monitors broadcasting camera footage at a distant site.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 21 comments

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Palo Alto to raise water and refuse rates

The drought may be over, but Palo Alto's water forecast shows rates going up every year for the next decade, starting with a 4 percent increase that will kick in on July 1.

Tuesday, 5:11 PM | 20 comments
School board to review law firm contracts

The board will discuss the Palo Alto school district's legal services contracts at its Tuesday meeting as part of an annual evaluation process that involves both the board and superintendent.

Tuesday, 8:45 AM | 9 comments

Monday, June 19, 2017

Southgate parking program gets green light

The City Council voted to create a Residential Preferential Parking program in Southgate, a residential neighborhood next to Palo Alto High School where students and staff are known to park.

Monday, 11:27 PM | 18 comments
Preschool teacher named new Greendell School principal

Shannon Coleman, a preschool teacher who has worked at Palo Alto Unified's Greendell School since 2012, has been promoted to principal of the district's early childhood education campus.

Monday, 7:45 PM | 1 comment
Heat wave this week prompts weather advisory, Flex alert

A heat advisory for the Bay Area issued by the National Weather Service has been extended through 9 p.m. Thursday as sweltering temperatures continue to stay in the forecast.

Monday, 6:55 PM | 5 comments
NASA's Kepler detects 219 new planets

In a single patch of sky, the NASA Kepler space telescope has detected signs of 219 new planets, about 10 of which are believed to bear strong similarities to Earth, NASA officials announced Monday.

Monday, 3:50 PM | 3 comments
Two-vehicle collision reported near Embarcadero Road

Two vehicles collided into each other near Town & Country Village in Palo Alto this afternoon, which has blocked off a section of the roadway, police said.

Monday, 1:31 PM | 5 comments

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stanford graduation celebrates bridge-building, the unexpected

Stanford University's commencement ceremony on Sunday morning emphasized themes of embracing the unexpected, bridging divisions and understanding others.

Sunday, 5:08 PM | 2 comments
Report called a 'first step' in improving Stanford's Title IX process

In the first 15 months of a new Title IX adjudication process at Stanford University, campus officials have formally investigated 36 sexual-violence cases, four of which resulted in a finding of responsibility and consequence for the offending student.

Sunday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Around Town: state recognition; small solutions

Tidbits collected by the Weekly staff on people, events and other happenings.

Saturday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet
Plan for 'car-light' development on El Camino draws mixed reviews

Few projects epitomize the hopes of Palo Alto's housing advocates and the anxieties of the city's land-use watchdogs as clearly as a four-story housing project proposed on El Camino Real.

Saturday, 8:36 AM | 56 comments

Friday, June 16, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Tracking surveillance

Palo Alto City Councilman Cory Wolbach joins Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Gennady Sheyner in discussing the city's effort to balance privacy with surveillance technology.

Friday, 5:17 PM | No comments yet
Driver killed in East Palo Alto collision identified

The driver of a Ford Mustang killed in a three-car collision that closed a major thoroughfare in East Palo Alto on Friday afternoon has been identified as Palo Alto resident Jose Diaz-Galaviz, 49.

Friday, 3:29 PM | 14 comments
City, school district move toward new Cubberley vision

An effort by city and school officials to redevelop Palo Alto's sprawling Cubberley Community Center made some concrete progress this week when both sides endorsed a path for crafting new vision for the 35-acre complex.

Friday, 12:55 PM | 1 comment
Ex-CEO sentenced to six months for domestic violence

The former CEO of Sunnyvale startup Cuberon was sentenced Thursday afternoon after his wife testified in a Palo Alto courtroom that he had beaten her for the duration of their 10-year marriage.

Friday, 9:12 AM | 14 comments
Interim Title IX officer comes with civil-rights experience

A man the Palo Alto school district has hired as its interim Title IX compliance officer has spent most of his career on the other side of the fence.

Friday, 8:40 AM | 6 comments
New Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is a habitat for healing

Lucile Salter Packard, he late Silicon Valley philanthropist and namesake of Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital would likely delight in the new hospital scheduled to open in December.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 13 comments
Leadership exodus will reshape school district, again

With new principals at three of the district's five secondary schools and new top-level district administrators, the Palo Alto school district is undergoing a transformation like none other.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 12 comments
Bike lanes proposed, fiber optics planned for University Avenue

The City of Palo Alto's multiple-year infrastructure and street improvement project, Upgrade Downtown, will launch next week with the digging of trenches on Hamilton Avenue.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 18 comments
Guest Opinion: Concerned about nuclear weapons? Here's why you should be

Why does the world need 15,000 nuclear weapons, when just a few will cause physical damage to huge swaths of land and the resulting cloud of radioactive material in the Earth's atmosphere would drastically affect other areas of the globe?

Friday, 6:41 AM | 7 comments
Editorial: Castilleja's unwise stubbornness

Castilleja School is doggedly pursuing a major expansion plan that is alienating the very neighbors whose support it needs to head off a contentious community-wide controversy.

Friday, 6:40 AM | 39 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: water rates increase; vote on school budget

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 19.

Friday, 6:39 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Planning commissioners slam City Council for 'artificial' deadline

The Palo Alto City Council rejected the Planning and Transportation Commission's request for more time in reviewing the city's land-use constitution, the Comprehensive Plan.

Thursday, 4:56 PM | 7 comments
Caltrain hits car on tracks at Churchill Avenue

A family of three from Italy was shaken up this afternoon when their car stalled on the railroad tracks at Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto and they escaped before it was hit by a train.

Thursday, 2:04 PM | 65 comments

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Long-awaited College Terrace Market opens for business

The long-awaited College Terrace Market, which offers products from local food manufacturers and farmers, opened in Palo Alto on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 6:04 PM | 43 comments
Charles P. Thacker, co-designer of the first modern PC, dies

Charles Patrick ("Chuck") Thacker, a pioneer of the first personal computer, died at his Palo Alto home on June 12, according to the publication Communications of the ACM. He was 74.

Wednesday, 5:22 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto moves to extend ban on outdoor pot growth

Outdoor cultivation of cannabis will remain illegal in Palo Alto for at least another year-and-a-half under a proposal that a City Council committee approved Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 4:00 PM | 41 comments
New parking restrictions on the way in Southgate

Residents of the Southgate neighborhood would be required to obtain permits to park on the streets outside their homes under a program that the City Council is scheduled to approve on Monday night.

Wednesday, 1:27 PM | 6 comments
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help house teachers

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced the investment of $5 million to create a home down payment support fund through a startup for educators who work in three Peninsula school districts.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 11 comments
School board to discuss Cubberley plan

School trustees will discuss on Thursday morning a staff recommendation to approve a request for proposal (RFP) to hire a consulting firm to help the school district and city move forward with long-stalled planning for the future of Cubberley Community Center.

Wednesday, 9:22 AM | 4 comments
After 43 years, Hobee's Restaurant sold to new owners

The family who has owned Peninsula breakfast institution Hobee's Restaurant for 43 years sold the business to two longtime employees, the company announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8:47 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Proposed law zooms in on surveillance technology

On Tuesday night, Palo Alto officials focused on a downside of high-tech: the difficulty of retaining privacy in a world of drones, body cameras and license-plate readers.

Tuesday, 11:17 PM | 13 comments
Despite zoning concerns, Protégé wins approval

A proposal by two French Laundry alums to build a high-end restaurant on California Avenue received a long-sought go-ahead on Monday night, despite arguments that the approval process was deeply flawed.

Tuesday, 4:24 PM | 6 comments
Stanford University to renovate east side of campus

Stanford University is taking on the feat of adding more amenities and utilities to the campus with minimal disruptions for those that enjoy the space.

Tuesday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
School district grapples with high opt-out rates on state exam

High school juniors in the Palo Alto Unified School District opted out of the state's new standardized test this spring at what appear to be abnormally high rates compared to other local school districts.

Tuesday, 2:30 PM | 50 comments
Fire sparks in backyard of Ventura neighborhood home

A fire behind a Ventura neighborhood home on Tuesday was sparked by a pinched extension cord and possibly spread from stored flammable liquids, Deputy Fire Chief Catherine Capriles said.

Tuesday, 12:31 PM | 2 comments
All-clear given at courthouse, clinic following bomb threat

About 60 people were evacuated from two buildings on Tuesday morning after a bomb threat at the Palo Alto Courthouse, a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy and courthouse officials said.

Tuesday, 9:57 AM | 3 comments
Doris Richmond, who broke racial barriers, dies

Doris Richmond, the first African-American to work full-time for the Palo Alto Library and the oldest member of the historic University AME Zion Church, has died at 95 following a period of declining health.

Tuesday, 9:01 AM | 8 comments
Marriott hotels approved in south Palo Alto

Palo Alto rolled out the welcome mat on Monday night to two new Marriott hotels, which won the City Council's approval despite heated opposition from the surrounding neighborhood.

Tuesday, 12:16 AM | 60 comments

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nearly 40 students receive Pursuit of Excellence scholarships

Pursuit of Excellence, a program created by a Palo Alto couple, has awarded scholarships this year to 38 students from low-income backgrounds to help them continue their higher education.

Monday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
Two arrested for allegedly robbing cyclist, stealing car

A 20-year-old Newark man and 17-year-old East Palo Alto juvenile were arrested on June 5 for allegedly robbing a cyclist of her purse. Police also suspect the pair committed vehicle theft the day before.

Monday, 3:11 PM | 1 comment
Longtime Children's Theatre director Pat Briggs dies

Pat Briggs, who guided and coached generations of Palo Alto children onto the stage as director of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, has died in her native Chicago after a period of failing health.

Monday, 1:22 PM | 18 comments
City pays $250,000 settlement for Fire Department accident

A woman has settled a lawsuit with the City of Palo Alto for $250,000 in a lawsuit she filed in December 2015 after receiving significant injuries caused by a motorcycle crash with a city fire truck, according to court documents supplied by the city City Attorney's office.

Monday, 9:49 AM | 6 comments
Shop Talk: Accent Arts returns; Protégé nears approval

In this week's Shop Talk column, read about comings and goings on California Avenue, including Accent Arts' move to a new space and a highly anticipated restaurant.

Monday, 8:19 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Palo Alto to host its annual regional wildfire drill

The community can expect to see plenty of fire trucks and crews in Foothills Park as the Palo Alto Fire Department hosts the Annual Wildland Training drill this year from Monday to Wednesday.

Sunday, 9:09 AM | 2 comments
Around Town: school eyes inclusive playground; potshots

Tidbits collected by the Weekly staff on people, events and other happenings.

Sunday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Police seek help in solving 16-year-old cold case homicide

Palo Alto police are looking for the public's help in their investigation on the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Maria Hsiao outside a downtown nightclub that happened 16 years ago Saturday.

Saturday, 2:00 PM | 2 comments
Guest Opinion: As we face our climate crisis, choose your vehicle wisely

Here in Palo Alto we can demonstrate our commitment to drastically reducing CO2 emissions by encouraging our fellow citizens to phase out high-emission vehicles.

Saturday, 8:12 AM | 43 comments

Friday, June 9, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Debate over Castilleja expansion

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss Castilleja School's proposal to redevelop its campus that has divided the surrounding neighborhood.

Friday, 7:06 PM | No comments yet
Stanford study finds disparities in Oakland police speech to white, black residents

Oakland police officers speak significantly less respectfully to black than to white community members in everyday traffic stops, according to a Stanford study published Monday.

Friday, 3:32 PM | 11 comments
At Castilleja meeting, a call to 'reset' the project

Residents who oppose Castilleja School's proposed expansion and even some who support the school told Castilleja officials during a Tuesday night neighborhood meeting to hit the reset button on their plans.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 37 comments
Restaurant sparks debate over outdoor seating

The developer of a "world-class" restaurant at 260 California Ave. has been in intense zoning debates with the city and faced a resident's challenge to the proposal.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 45 comments
Almost game time

Palo Alto High School's new 91,765-square-foot athletic complex, set to open this fall, rivals most high schools' and even some colleges' athletic facilities.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 11 comments
Film project at Greenmeadow debuts Saturday

The front walls of 16 Eichler homes in Palo Alto's Greenmeadow neighborhood will become movie screens on June 10, showing films of the indoor activities of residents in an innovative art installation that will debut at sundown

Friday, 6:55 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: The sex-ed tumult

There are far too many important issues facing our school district than to go through the motions of a review process for 10 hours of sex-education curriculum.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 39 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: outdoor marijuana cultivation ban; superintendent eval

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 12.

Friday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet

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