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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

City opposes measure to raise bar for new taxes

Palo Alto is taking a stance against a proposed state measure that would make it harder for cities to adopt new taxes, despite concerns from two City Council members that the city's is acting too hastily in its opposition.

Tuesday, 4:40 PM | 2 comments
Man pleads no contest to fatal East Palo Alto collision

A man faces up to 14 years in prison as part of his no-contest plea to a fatal car collision on University Avenue in East Palo Alto last summer, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund drive for nonprofits tops $400K

The Palo Alto Weekly distributed its largest-ever Holiday Fund total in its 25-year history on Monday evening at a reception that celebrated community efforts.

Tuesday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet
School board to discuss new bond

Palo Alto Unified is eyeing the physical upgrades its schools might need in the next 20 years, with the school board set to discuss Tuesday the possibility of a new bond that would fund these projects.

Tuesday, 8:21 AM | 15 comments

Monday, April 23, 2018

Planned Parenthood finds new MV home

Despite a competitive real estate market and pending redevelopment nipping at their heels, officials at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte have staked out a permanent home for a new Mountain View clinic.

Monday, 12:46 PM | 10 comments

Sunday, April 22, 2018

'Workforce housing' project scores a victory

A developer looking to build a 57-unit apartment building at El Camino Real and Page Mill Road eked out a victory Thursday, when Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board endorsed the project.

Sunday, 8:46 AM | 41 comments

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Around Town: paper or plastic; a family legacy

A Girl Scout troop persuades the City Council to take action against plastic straws, the family of Frank Greene Jr. reacts to news of a school getting named after him and a Holocaust survivor from Palo Alto gets recognized at a state ceremony.

Saturday, 8:39 AM | 1 comment

Friday, April 20, 2018

Webcast: Debate over rail redesign

David Shen, member of the newly formed North Old Palo Alto neighborhood group, discusses concerns about the city's rail redesign and its efforts to protect properties from eminent domain.

Friday, 6:44 PM | 46 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Public Art Commission candidates; pickleball update

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 23.

Friday, 10:06 AM | No comments yet
Counties take aim at gun violence

Officials in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are taking it upon themselves to study the root causes of gun violence and find ways to tighten loopholes in the law books.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 25 comments
Details emerge about investigation of East Palo Alto preschool director

The director of Ravenswood City School District's preschool was formally disciplined for releasing the wrong child to an unauthorized adult, according to documents the district released in response to a Public Records Act request from the Weekly.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 14 comments

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Foundation exec resigns after reports of misconduct

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation's second-in-command has resigned amid allegations she sexually harassed and abused co-workers, the nonprofit organization announced on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 9:19 PM | 13 comments
Dog-mauling case settled for $250K

A teen who was mauled by a Palo Alto police dog during an unprovoked attack has received a $250,000 settlement from the city of Palo Alto, according to an agreement filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose.

Thursday, 8:50 PM | 3 comments
Ravenswood school board could discuss principal's transfer

As East Palo Alto parents continue to rally against the sudden removal of a popular principal last month, school board members are considering whether to discuss the matter at an upcoming meeting.

Thursday, 4:44 PM | 8 comments
Palo Alto's planning director to resign

Palo Alto Planning Director Hillary Gitelman will step down from her post next month, leaving the city with a vacancy in one of its most critical and demanding positions.

Thursday, 12:30 PM | 12 comments
Report: Bay Area air quality among worst in nation

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The Bay Area has some of the worst air quality in the nation but numbers have gradually improved over the last few years, the American Lung Association said in a report released Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | 13 comments

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kniss makes a case for housing in 'State of the City'

Palo Alto's housing crisis is threatening the city's diversity and making it nearly impossible for the next generation of residents to stay here, Mayor Liz Kniss told the crowd assembled Wednesday for her "State of the City" speech.

Wednesday, 10:29 PM | 46 comments
Palo Alto initiative seeks to curb office growth

In a bid to rein in commercial growth in Palo Alto, a group of residents is preparing to place a measure on the November ballot that would more tightly limit new office space in the city.

Wednesday, 5:44 PM | 60 comments
New principal named for Juana Briones, acting principal for Paly

The current principal of Hoover Elementary School will move to lead Juana Briones Elementary School next year, the district announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 2:09 PM | 18 comments
Palo Alto eyes tax on sodas

A crusade by a Palo Alto dentist to get the city of Palo Alto to adopt a soda tax is quickly picking up momentum, with four members of the City Council now preparing a memo in support of including such a measure on the November ballot.

Wednesday, 7:52 AM | 82 comments

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Palo Alto may seek another hotel-tax increase

As construction costs continue to rise, Palo Alto officials are looking to place another hotel-tax increase on the November ballot to help fund their infrastructure priorities.

Tuesday, 10:07 PM | 13 comments
Police Department hires first public-affairs manager

A longtime broadcast journalist is joining Palo Alto police as its first-ever public affairs manager, the department announced Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, 7:46 PM | 9 comments
Worried by rail redesign, residents seek to save their homes

A new alliance between Old Palo Alto and Southgate neighborhood residents has formed to influence the city's decision on the railroad reconfiguration at Churchill Avenue and Alma Street.

Tuesday, 5:50 PM | 96 comments
Palo Alto hires new rail consultant

Palo Alto's newest rail consultant will have a tough, two-fold task on its hands when it makes its public debut Wednesday morning: engage the community on the complex topic of grade separation. And do it fast.

Tuesday, 3:05 PM | 3 comments
Supervisors set aside $6M for teacher housing in Palo Alto

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set aside $6 million in an affordable-housing fund toward the potential construction of a below-market-rate complex in Palo Alto for teachers and school staff.

Tuesday, 2:15 PM | 12 comments
Shop Talk: Cheesecake Factory to close; new Stanford shops

Read about the impending departure of The Cheesecake Factory, eight new retailers opening at Stanford Shopping Center this year and the closure of a Menlo Park restaurant.

Tuesday, 9:10 AM | 9 comments
Former Menlo Park pastor sentenced to prison for molestation

A former pastor was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting three victims between September 2011 and May 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

Tuesday, 9:05 AM | 1 comment
New operator to take charge at Baylands Golf Links

In late May, Palo Alto Baylands golfers will confront a transformed course, a reconstructed wetlands ecosystem and a new full-service course operator, whose contract the City Council approved Monday night.

Tuesday, 1:06 AM | 13 comments

Monday, April 16, 2018

Three-part series on Islam comes to Mountain View

The Mountain View Human Relations Commission will be hosting a three-part speaker series on "Understanding Islam," hosted by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. Each event will feature a panel of experts and activists from the Muslim community.

Monday, 12:40 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Survey shows scant enthusiasm for infrastructure tax

Palo Alto voters might be willing to support a funding measure to improve public safety and roads, but most would likely oppose a sales-tax increase, a new survey commissioned by the city shows.

Sunday, 8:31 AM | 59 comments
Stanford women take up mantles as Miss San Jose, Miss Silicon Valley

Stanford alumna Amia Nash and student Jacqueline Wibowo are carrying out their reigns as Miss Silicon Valley and Miss San Jose, respectively, and are both eyeing the Miss California title.

Sunday, 7:56 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Weekly wins top prizes at statewide journalism contest

The Palo Alto Weekly's staff took home the top prizes in breaking news, education, business news, editorial comment and design at the 2017 California Journalism Awards on Saturday, April 14, in Sonoma.

Saturday, 3:37 PM | 3 comments
Around Town: Locked down; game over

Read about Paly student journalists reporting in the middle of a campus lockdown, a Stanford University student who competed on Jeopardy! and residents opposing Verizon Wireless's plan to install equipment on utility poles.

Saturday, 8:20 AM | 2 comments

Friday, April 13, 2018

Threat against Palo Alto school district could be part of nationwide hoax

Palo Alto Unified became the latest school district to receive an anonymous threat of violence in an email sent to interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks late Thursday evening.

Friday, 9:11 PM | 3 comments
Webcast: Zoning for churches

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the Palo Alto neighborhood dispute over a church that rents its space out to music groups, counselors and others.

Friday, 7:25 PM | No comments yet
Police investigate robbery at downtown bank

An armed man who was dressed as a construction worker robbed a bank in downtown Palo Alto late Friday afternoon, according to police.

Friday, 7:21 PM | 4 comments
Federal safety agency drops Tesla from crash investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Thursday that it is dropping Tesla as a party in the agency's investigation into the fatal car crash in Mountain View last month.

Friday, 1:15 PM | 1 comment
Police release body cam footage of YouTube shooter

The Mountain View Police Department released body camera footage on Friday morning showing officers' interaction with suspected YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam roughly 10 hours before she opened fire at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno earlier this month, wounding three people.

Friday, 12:16 PM | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: golf course contract; state of the city

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

Friday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
It's almost tee time in the Baylands

Surprises abound at Baylands Golf Links, a newly reconfigured golf course in Palo Alto that will start welcoming players in late May.

Friday, 6:47 AM | 15 comments
Police chief to create advisory committee

Newly hired Palo Alto Police Chief Robert Jonsen plans to establish a community advisory committee to obtain public input on police policy as soon as June or July, he said at a Human Relations Commission meeting last week.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: Of church and state

Immediate neighbors of the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto are understandably frustrated and wary about the parking, traffic and noise impacts from the non-religious activities taking place on the property.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 22 comments

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Advisory group to interview superintendent finalists

A panel of 10 community members, five school administrators and two students will confidentially interview finalists for Palo Alto school district's next superintendent on Monday.

Thursday, 9:51 AM | 7 comments
Ravenswood school district to appoint new principals

Ravenswood City School District's superintendent has proposed an internal shuffling of school leadership that will result in new principals at three schools next year.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 15 comments
Two declare candidacies for Palo Alto school board

The race for two open seats on the Palo Alto school board is starting to heat up, with one incumbent planning to run for re-election and one newcomer declaring his candidacy.

Thursday, 9:00 AM | 21 comments
Church may get a reprieve in neighborhood dispute

A heated dispute between an Old Palo Alto church and some of its neighbors moved toward a shaky resolution Wednesday, when the city's Planning and Transportation Commission supported granting the church a permit to retain its tenants.

Thursday, 12:25 AM | 29 comments

Greek restaurant Taverna opening in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 10,033 views

Retail's Real Estate Glut is Growing
By Steve Levy | 5 comments | 1,500 views

Couples: . . . “Joy is greater than sorrow,“ . . . “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,037 views

Science week with grandma part 3
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 572 views

Munchie Movement
By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 539 views


Best Of Palo Alto ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Best Of Palo Alto" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 28th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 20th issue of the Palo Alto Weekly.