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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Planned bike lane on California Avenue hits dead end

While California Avenue will remain a pedestrian promenade for the foreseeable future, Palo Alto officials narrowly rejected on Monday a proposal to create a dedicated bike lane in the middle of the commercial street.

Tuesday, 12:35 AM | 1 comment

Monday, May 16, 2022

Couple's cross-country bike trip focuses on stroke and aphasia awareness

What Steve Zuckerman calls a "wacky cross-country trip" and a bucket list item for him and his wife Debra Meyerson, may also be a first -- a tandem bike ride across America to increase awareness about the impact of stroke and aphasia.

Monday, 5:20 PM | 1 comment
East Palo Alto man sentenced to 4 years for child abuse

A 34-year-old East Palo Alto man has been sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted last month of two counts of felony child abuse, San Mateo County prosecutors announced Thursday.

Monday, 4:59 PM | No comments yet
Scores of protestors gather at 'Bans Off Our Bodies' protest

Protestors gathered in downtown Mountain View Saturday to voice their support for abortion rights as part of a nationwide day of demonstrations opposing the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Monday, 4:55 PM | No comments yet
Elderly woman accosted by robbers in roadside attack

Two people attempted to rob an elderly Palo Alto woman of her wedding ring on Saturday afternoon, causing her injuries, Palo Alto police said in a press release.

Monday, 9:54 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, May 15, 2022

California spent millions to boost COVID vaccination rates of Medi-Cal members — but they lag even more

Gaps in COVID vaccination rates among the state's Medi-Cal population persist. Five Medi-Cal plans still have vaccination rates under 50%.

Sunday, 8:38 AM | 4 comments

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Palo Alto woman arrested after attempt to break into occupied home

Palo Alto police arrested a woman who is suspected of trying to break into an occupied Palo Alto home on Friday, May 13.

Saturday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: Palo Alto youth recognized in local poetry contest

In the latest Around Town column, news about the winners and honorable mentions in this year's Palo Alto Students Foundation Poetry Contest and a Gunn High student's appointment to the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force.

Saturday, 7:14 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 13, 2022

Alison Cormack will not seek second term on Palo Alto City Council

Alison Cormack, who was elected to the City Council in 2018 and who has been a vocal advocate for building more housing and redeveloping Cubberley Community Center, said Friday that she will not seek a second term.

Friday, 5:22 PM | 20 comments
California's $100 billion surplus: What to know about Newsom's spending plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom reveals his revised May budget, including his inflation relief plan and spending priorities on education, the environment and more.

Friday, 1:39 PM | No comments yet
Police investigate Fletcher Middle School graffiti as a hate crime

Palo Alto police are investigating graffiti at Ellen Fletcher Middle School as a hate crime after someone wrote "KKK" in two boys bathrooms on campus this week.

Friday, 1:16 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: California Avenue design changes; cost of service study

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 16.

Friday, 10:35 AM | No comments yet
Two injured when teen accidentally discharges firearm in parked vehicle

Two teenagers were injured early Thursday morning when one of them accidentally discharged a firearm while he was in his parked truck at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot.

Friday, 9:00 AM | 10 comments
Who will succeed Jackie Speier? The race is on in the newly redrawn District 15

The race to fill the Congressional District 15 seat will be the Peninsula's most competitive in a generation, thanks to Rep. Jackie Speier's retirement. Meet the four candidates in the June 7 primary.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 2 comments
Opinion: A Palo Alto business tax and the space-time continuum

In Palo Alto we can do our part by adopting a fair, appropriate tax on those companies that can most afford it. Silicon Valley is the world's corporate envy, but as the saying goes, "The piper must be paid."

Friday, 6:50 AM | 16 comments
Peninsula Restaurant Week is back, showcasing a diverse food and dining scene

With spring in full swing and the economy starting to rebound, local restaurateurs are welcoming diners for Peninsula Restaurant Week starting Friday, May 13, and running through Saturday, May 21.

Friday, 6:50 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Palo Alto Unified gets into hot water with parents over child care

Parents are objecting to what they describe as a lack of transparency in Palo Alto Unified's decision making after school administrators decided to take space away from a local child care provider and give it to a national company.

Thursday, 4:57 PM | 25 comments
Caltrain board delays fare increases

Caltrain's board of directors agreed to delay planned fare increases in an effort to encourage more people to ride the system, which serves the Peninsula from Gilroy to San Francisco.

Thursday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Our election recommendations

The Palo Alto Weekly editorial board offers its recommendations in the races for Congressional District 16 and Santa Clara County sheriff, district attorney and assessor, plus Measure A.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 14 comments
With 'The Hub,' Stanford Research Park banks on return of workforce

The newest development at Stanford Research Park is unlike all the others. Known as The Hub, it is a community center, a bike shop, a cafe and a vote of confidence in the future of work commuting.

Thursday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to upgrade historic building, complete critical bike project as revenues recover

Palo Alto is looking to advance an ambitious infrastructure plan that would rehabilitate the Roth Building, fix roofs at Cubberley Community Center and complete the Chaleston-Arastradero streetscape project.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

In Santa Clara County sheriff's race, Jensen gains the most monetary contributions

When it comes to campaign war chests, Santa Clara County sheriff candidate Kevin Jensen is outrunning the pack fivefold, according to state campaign contribution filings.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto man drowns in Lake Tahoe

A local businessperson died in Lake Tahoe after falling out of a boat on Thursday, a El Dorado County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 2 comments
How bad is water use in California? March is the worst so far, up 19%

Ignoring urgent pleas from water officials, Californians used substantially more water after a record-dry three months gripped the state.

Wednesday, 9:01 AM | 5 comments
Get an inside tour of Hangar One restoration work

Hangar One has sat, stripped and desolate in Moffett Field for over a decade. Now, work has started to restore the massive structure to its former grandeur, only without the toxic chemicals.

Wednesday, 8:49 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Mountain View's COVID-19 vaccination site is shutting down this month

For more than a year, the Mountain View Community Center has been a crucial outpost for providing COVID-19 vaccines in the north county. Now the plan is to shut it down later this month.

Tuesday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County COVID cases surpass height of delta surge

COVID-19 cases are rising again to higher levels than last summer's surge, Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 1:54 PM | 8 comments
Council supports new rules for outdoor dining spaces

Parklets and car-free boulevards will remain a fixture of Palo Alto dining for the foreseeable future, though these areas will undergo a significant transformation in the coming months under rules that City Council endorsed Monday.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 14 comments
Palo Alto school board to consider divisive English Language Arts curriculum on Tuesday

On Tuesday evening, the Palo Alto school board will vote on a new English Language Arts curriculum that a number of teachers who were on a district committee said should be scrapped.

Tuesday, 9:50 AM | 16 comments
Palo Alto will not advance hate-speech law

Despite widespread concern about a recent spate of racist incidents, the Palo Alto City Council on Monday dropped a controversial proposal to make hate speech a misdemeanor.

Tuesday, 12:09 AM | 4 comments

Monday, May 9, 2022

Stanford investigating noose found in tree as hate crime

A noose was found hanging outside a dorm at Stanford University on Sunday and campus police are investigating it as a hate crime.

Monday, 3:43 PM | No comments yet
Man arrested for alleged break-in at Goodwill store

Police arrested a man suspected of breaking into a Goodwill of Silicon Valley store in Palo Alto last week.

Monday, 12:01 PM | 2 comments
After three-year hiatus, May Fete Parade makes a comeback downtown

Downtown Palo Alto was bustling with activity on Saturday for the 98th annual May Fete Parade, an event that brought the community together under the theme "What emPowers you?"

Monday, 9:52 AM | 8 comments

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Ravenswood's Measure I asks district residents to approve $110M school bond

Measure I would help the Ravenswood district modernize crumbling facilities. Voters will consider the $110 million bond on the June 7 ballot to bring classrooms into the 21st century.

Sunday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Federal judge finds ADA plaintiff's testimony 'not credible,' dismisses suit against Peninsula restaurant

A federal judge dismissed a disabled plaintiff's suit after he sued a Redwood City restaurant over the accessibility of its outdoor dining.

Saturday, 9:16 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: Couple's record-setting $1.1B donation benefits Stanford's new sustainability school

In the latest Around Town column, news about a $1.1 billion donation for Stanford's new sustainability school set to open this fall and a four-week citywide scavenger hunt for local puzzle lovers.

Saturday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 6, 2022

Congresswomen, speaking in Mountain View, say overturning Roe v. Wade would threaten democracy

Reps. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren declared that the U.S. Supreme Court going against public opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade represents a threat to democracy and called for the Senate to pass the Women's Health Protection Act.

Friday, 7:55 PM | 24 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Design standards for parklets; review of proposed budget

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 9.

Friday, 1:49 PM | No comments yet
Audit scrutinizes Palo Alto's frustrating permit process

A new audit has found Palo Alto's permit process for solar panels and other home upgrades is hobbled by long lead times for inspections and insufficient communication between city departments.

Friday, 9:28 AM | 20 comments
Three seek the job as county's chief law-enforcement officer

The contentious race for the Santa Clara County district attorney's seat is pitting a trailblazing incumbent against a seasoned public defender and a former deputy district attorney who has sued the DA's office.

Friday, 7:02 AM | 8 comments
Editorial: Yes on Ravenswood's Measure I school bond

Next month, voters in the Ravenswood City School District will be asked to tax themselves and entrust the district with $110 million to pay for school upgrades.

Friday, 7:02 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto voters: Here's how to cast your primary election ballot by mail, in person

Under Santa Clara County's Voter's Choice Act, all registered voters will be sent mail-in ballots for the June 7 primary election starting this Monday.

Friday, 7:02 AM | 2 comments
This year's Lifetimes of Achievement honorees laid the groundwork for a stronger community

Whether it's establishing neighborhood holiday traditions or boosting educational programs, the volunteer efforts of the 2022 honorees helped make our communities more welcoming places to live.

Friday, 7:01 AM | 2 comments
From sharing meals to creating ghoulish delights, Gary and Jeff Dunker aims to bring joy to young and old

In an interview, Gary and Jeff Dunker about their volunteer work and the impact it's had on their lives and the community in which they live.

Friday, 7:01 AM | No comments yet
Annette Glanckopf, a veteran organizer who serves on 19 boards, unites residents and neighborhoods

Annette Glanckopf has spent decades bringing together neighbors and neighborhoods throughout Palo Alto. In an interview, she talks about her volunteer work and the impact it's had on her life and the community.

Friday, 7:00 AM | 1 comment
Barbara Gross spent her career bringing businesses and nonprofits together

Barbara Gross, a longtime resident of Portola Valley, has used her business ventures to support local nonprofits. In an interview, she speaks about her charitable work and the impact it's had on her life and the community.

Friday, 7:00 AM | No comments yet
LaDoris Hazzard Cordell has opened door after door for generations behind her

In an interview, Retired Santa Clara County Superior Court judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell talks about her work and the impact it's had on her life and the community in which she lives.

Friday, 7:00 AM | No comments yet
Judy and George Marcus invest in local education and charity

Judy and George Marcus, co-owners of Kokkari Restaurant in San Francisco and Evvia in Palo Alto, talk about their volunteer work and the impact it's had on their lives and the community in which they live.

Friday, 7:00 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Police arrest man for lewd act in Palo Alto Safeway

A man who allegedly committed a lewd act in the self-checkout line of a Palo Alto grocery store in January was arrested in Napa County for a similar incident that occurred earlier this week, police said.

Thursday, 9:46 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto's May Fete Parade set to return for 98th edition

The Palo Alto May Fete Parade and Fair is going back to its traditional format this Saturday to the delight of many.

Thursday, 9:28 AM | No comments yet
Intuit agrees to pay $141M for upselling TurboTax services to low-income taxpayers

Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams and state Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a $141 million nationwide settlement of litigation with Intuit over the company's TurboTax Free File service.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 1 comment
Proposed hate speech law prompts debate in Palo Alto

Seeking to demonstrate their commitment to oppose racism, Palo Alto leaders are preparing to consider on Monday a legally dubious proposal for an ordinance that would make hate speech a local crime.

Thursday, 9:00 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Palo Alto prepares to revamp parklet program

When parklets sprung up two years ago, city leaders viewed them as a necessary tool to help both restaurants and diners during the pandemic. Now, the city is looking to overhaul the popular fixtures.

Wednesday, 9:43 AM | 7 comments
Eshoo faces rivals from left, right and center in bid to retain Congress seat

Seven candidates vying to replace Rep. Anna Eshoo in a newly redrawn Silicon Valley congressional district know they face an uphill climb against the political veteran. On Tuesday, the challengers made their cases.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | 30 comments
'Shocking and appalling': Bay Area leaders gearing up to protect access to legal abortions in California

Local politicians are grappling with the possibility of a reversal on federal abortion rights in light of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on the future of Roe v. Wade published Monday by Politico.

Wednesday, 9:06 AM | 11 comments

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