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Friday, October 23, 2020

Red flag warning for high winds, fire weather starting Sunday

The National Weather Service issued alerts for fire weather and high winds Friday that are expected in parts of the Bay Area beginning on Sunday, and PG&E has begun notifying customers that it will shut off power in some areas.

Friday, 3:43 PM | 1 comment
Electronics go missing in overnight home burglary as couple slept

For the third time this month, Palo Alto police are investigating a home burglary that happened during the early morning hours while the residents were asleep, the department said in a press release Friday.

Friday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet
City Council incumbents retain cash edge as Election Day looms

City Council member Greg Tanaka continues to enjoy a sizable lead in cash raised over his nine opponents in the council race, even as five other candidates have seen a recent uptick of contributions.

Friday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet
Newcomer Jesse Ladomirak holds fundraising lead in school board race

Challenger Jesse Ladomirak continues to lead fundraising in the school board race, receiving about $7,700 during the most recent reporting period, according to campaign finance reports.

Friday, 9:49 AM | 1 comment
Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah's fundraising tops $300K

Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah received a staggering $243,400 in contributions, primarily from charter school groups and representatives, during the most recent reporting period.

Friday, 9:39 AM | 4 comments
To avoid COVID-19 scare, Halloween celebrations take on different look

From virtual carnivals to neighborhood costume parades to a candy chute to deliver treats hands-free, Midpeninsula cities and residents are gearing up for Halloween in creative and safer ways.

Friday, 6:56 AM | No comments yet
Cities, organizations put a new spin on Halloween traditions

We've compiled a list of entertaining alternatives Menlo Park, Mountain View and Palo Alto to celebrate the ghoulish Halloween holiday, which will look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, 6:55 AM | No comments yet
An Alternative View: Why a gag order for Palo Alto city commissioners?

In a proposed new handbook for city boards, one recommendation states that these council appointees should avoid talking to the press. That would certainly ensure less transparency.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, October 22, 2020

First COVID-19 drug treatment gains FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19 in hospitalized patients, the first such treatment the FDA has authorized to fight the deadly coronavirus.

Thursday, 6:41 PM | No comments yet
Facing a lawsuit, Palo Alto plans to permanently expand Foothills Park access

Spurred by a lawsuit from a coalition that includes the ACLU and the NAACP, Palo Alto is preparing to permanently abolish a long-standing policy of limiting Foothills Park access to residents and their guests.

Thursday, 5:38 PM | 44 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Potential changes to boards, commissions; school reopening update

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 26.

Thursday, 4:01 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area's new growth plan eyes massive housing influx in Silicon Valley

Palo Alto, which has consistently failed to meet its own housing targets, would be required to plan for more than 10,000 new units under a proposal by the Association of Bay Area Governments.

Thursday, 9:46 AM | 30 comments
Excessive slang? Palo Alto seeks dismissal of lawsuit from violent Happy Donuts arrest

Facing another lawsuit alleging police brutality over an arrest in the Barron Park neighborhood, Palo Alto's attorneys are asking a federal court judge to toss out the complaint they claim is too long, too broad and too sarcastic.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 11 comments
California schools see big jump in homeless students

California's escalating cost of living has led to a 48% surge in the state's homeless student population over the past decade, according to new research released Tuesday by researchers at UCLA.

Thursday, 9:09 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

East Palo Alto voters face proposed hotel tax increase on ballot

This November, East Palo Alto residents will be revisiting a proposed hotel tax that hasn't been touched since it was first adopted more than 20 years ago.

Wednesday, 5:22 PM | 1 comment
With new parking garage, Palo Alto looks to drive workers out of residential neighborhoods

When a parking garage near California Avenue opens next month, it will stand out as a conspicuous symbol of the city's new approach to managing parking spots.

Wednesday, 2:13 PM | 10 comments
Good policy or ballot blackmail? Union keeps taking its fights with health industry to voters

SEIU-UHW president Dave Regan has become known as a labor leader who uses ballot initiatives to needle corporate adversaries.

Wednesday, 9:36 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

DOJ accuses Google of illegally running a monopoly on internet searches

Google, which once adopted the motto "don't be evil," was accused Tuesday of illegally maintaining a monopoly position in internet search in the U.S. through anticompetitive and exclusionary tactics.

Tuesday, 5:29 PM | No comments yet
Bucking California's relaxed guidelines for large venues, Santa Clara County to keep stadiums, theme parks closed

Professional sporting events will not be allowed to have audiences and theme parks will not resume operation anytime soon in Santa Clara County, despite the state's decision that allows them to reopen, county leaders said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 5:16 PM | 5 comments
Palo Alto commissioners bristle at council's push to exert more control over advisory bodies

A new effort by the City Council to strengthen its control over the city's commission system is facing backlash from some of the commissioners, who argue that the rules will chill free speech.

Tuesday, 9:51 AM | 19 comments
Guest Opinion: Halloween during a pandemic doesn't have to be scary

Local school superintendents Erik Burmeister, Beth Polito and Gina Sudaria implore families to plan alternative celebrations for upcoming holidays, including Halloween, due to the health crisis.

Tuesday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet
Plummeting revenues threaten planned public safety building

With the local economy in tatters and city revenues on a steep decline, Palo Alto is preparing to reconsider its most ambitious infrastructure project: the new public safety building that is slated to go up near California Avenue.

Tuesday, 12:48 AM | 22 comments

Monday, October 19, 2020

To help small businesses, Santa Clara County supervisors propose $100M loan program

Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian are proposing a $100 million loan program that would provide low-interest loans to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Monday, 2:35 PM | 4 comments

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Students find new ways to get out the vote amid pandemic

Driven by concerns about climate change, racism and healthcare, students are more mobilized around the November election than they were in 2018 or 2016, according to researchers.

Sunday, 8:40 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Will charter school politics — and money — influence the local Santa Clara County school board race?

With Election Day less than three weeks away, outside money is pouring into the Santa Clara County Board of Education Area 1 race, with charter school proponents making large contributions to incumbent Grace Mah.

Saturday, 3:26 PM | 30 comments
Around Town: Stanford economists wake up to news of their Nobel Prize

Read the story of how two Stanford economists learned they won a Nobel Prize and news about three local institutions addressing the digital divide by developing a guide on forming virtual programs.

Saturday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 16, 2020

Jury convicts man for mailing bombs in act of revenge on officers

An Oakland man was found guilty earlier this month of sending bombs through the mail in East Palo Alto and Alameda to take revenge on two officers, federal prosecutors said.

Friday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet
Mystery behind donated photo album leads woman on search for long-lost family connection

A donation to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library led to the discovery of a series of photographs of a now-deceased Palo Alto doctor and a mystery about where they came from.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 7 comments
Editorial: Our election recommendations

Learn about the Palo Alto Weekly's recommendations on local, regional and statewide candidates and measures, in addition to California propositions, on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 24 comments
Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR

Read guest opinions for and against Measure RR, a proposed eighth-cent sales tax in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain operations.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 12 comments
Here's how you can vote in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto voters have several options for returning their completed ballots, which can be dropped off at three drop box locations in their city or in-person vote centers throughout San Mateo County.

Friday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Alleged robber causes scare with replica handgun at Stanford Shopping Center

A man who reportedly had a gun at Stanford Shopping Center, where allegedly stole $600 in merchandise from the Timberland store, was arrested by Palo Alto police on Saturday, police said.

Thursday, 6:25 PM | 8 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on litigation over excessive-force claim, Foothills Park access

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

Thursday, 4:45 PM | No comments yet
Police on search for duo in overnight crime spree

Palo Alto police detectives are investigating an early Monday morning crime spree after burglars entered two homes, prowled a third property and stole a car from another.

Thursday, 3:52 PM | 6 comments
Guest Opinions: Arguments for and against Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S

Read opinions for and against the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S, which would raise $45.5 million annually to fund the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection program.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | 3 comments
With election integrity at top of mind, what is Santa Clara County doing to keep your votes secure?

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey acknowledged concerns that have been raised about election security on Tuesday, however, she said safeguards have been put in place to ensure the integrity of the results.

Thursday, 9:05 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

With new rules, City Council looks to tighten its grip over boards, commissions

The long-standing system of citizen boards and commissions could see a shake-up Monday, when the council prepares to adopt rules that give it more power to shape their agendas and remove members.

Wednesday, 2:29 PM | 15 comments
Amid ongoing reopening anxieties, school district to provide COVID-19 testing for staff

Starting next week, Palo Alto school district employees will have access to free, biweekly COVID-19 testing to be provided on campus by Stanford Health Care.

Wednesday, 9:38 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Would-be carjacker nabbed after struggle leads officer to use Taser

A man who allegedly attempted to steal a car and threatened to kill someone at Town & Country Village shopping center was taken into custody early Sunday after an officer deployed a Taser, police said.

Tuesday, 6:05 PM | 10 comments
Gaines tapped to serve as Palo Alto's new deputy city manager

Chantal Cotton Gaines, a fixture in Palo Alto's recent efforts to launch the Office of Transportation and advance a new vision for the rail corridor, has been promoted to a senior position vacant since April.

Tuesday, 4:54 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto's 'inclusive' playground excluded from reopening plan

The Magical Bridge has stood out as Palo Alto's only playground geared toward visitors of all abilities. But with other playgrounds now reopened, Magical Bridge users find themselves left out.

Tuesday, 3:07 PM | 6 comments
Santa Clara County restaurants, congregations can resume indoor service as COVID-19 cases drop

Restaurants and congregations in Santa Clara County will be able to reopen for indoor service on Wednesday under a revised public health order that loosens many of the restrictions that have been in place since March.

Tuesday, 2:50 PM | 38 comments

Monday, October 12, 2020

Seven East Palo Alto City Council candidates seek to set city on a promising path

Read profiles of the seven East Palo Alto City Council candidates, who not only want to tackle some of their community's more evergreen issues but also help guide the city in flux.

Monday, 11:08 PM | No comments yet
Lisa Gauthier: Shaping an East Palo Alto for her family

Like her veteran colleagues also seeking reelection, East Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lisa Gauthier is looking to serve another four years to see some development projects through to completion.

Monday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Stewart Hyland: If there's a nonprofit, there's a way

Stewart Hyland doesn't have experience as a sitting city councilman, but his work for the past two decades is deeply tied to one of the main pillars of the East Palo Alto community: its nonprofit organizations.

Monday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Webster Lincoln: East Palo Alto's homegrown data scientist

Webster Lincoln, 33, has positioned himself as a homegrown data scientist who, if elected, will bring critical thinking and an understanding of the community's spirit to his role on East Palo City Council.

Monday, 11:06 PM | 6 comments
Antonio Lopez: Uplifting the community, starting from the bottom

Coming back to East Palo Alto's Gardens neighborhood from some of the most prestigious universities in the world, Antonio Lopez said he feels obligated to guide his hometown as a city councilman.

Monday, 11:06 PM | 1 comment
Juan Mendez: 'A new perspective'

Juan Mendez, a 23-year-old East Palo Alto resident who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley this May, Juan Mendez is the youngest person to be running for a City Council seat this year.

Monday, 11:06 PM | 1 comment
Larry Moody: Embracing East Palo Alto as a Silicon Valley city

Larry Moody is seeking a third term on the City Council in order to build out an East Palo Alto that is every bit a Silicon Valley city.

Monday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Carlos Romero: Longtime activist sees city's potential beyond COVID-19

Carlos Romero, who has a long resume of community service in East Palo Alto that spans almost four decades, hopes to continue his work for the city as councilman if reelected this fall.

Monday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto Unified's youngest students return to school with a new set of norms

About 700 transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students went back to campus in person on Monday following weeks of heated debate over the pace and safety of reopening schools.

Monday, 5:47 PM | 22 comments
Watch the Ravenswood school board candidates discuss top issues

Get to know the candidates for the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees running for two open seats this election season, which comes at a time of transition for the K-8 district.

Monday, 5:11 PM | 6 comments
Two Stanford University economists win Nobel Prize

A pair of Stanford economists will share the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday.

Monday, 9:53 AM | 2 comments
Students protest in Palo Alto over vote on proposed county sex assault policy study

A group of high school students on Sunday protested outside the home of a county supervisor over a September decision by the Board of Supervisors to collect more background on a proposed study of sexual assault and harassment policies.

Monday, 9:42 AM | 12 comments
Masseur arrested for sexual assault at therapy center

A man who police say sexually assaulted a woman during a massage appointment at Palo Alto's Spine and Therapy Center last week has been arrested.

Monday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Vote-by-mail fail: When a ballot arrives that isn't for you

More than 21 million ballots are now in various stages of transit across California. They are in mail trucks and mail boxes. And, predictably, some have ended up in the wrong place.

Sunday, 7:51 AM | 2 comments

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