2015

Shittu would like nothing better than to celebrate a final time

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No member of the Stanford football team gets more joy playing the game than Aziz Shittu. The 6-foot-3, 279-pound senior defensive end from Atwater (Calif.) is an imposing figure in uniform but a kid at heart.

December 31, 2015 | 1 comment
Best, worst movies of 2015

On "Behind the Headlines," film critic Peter Canavese of the Palo Alto Weekly and Groucho Reviews joins Weekly reporter Gennady Sheyner to revisit the highs, the lows and other notable cinematic moments.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto convenience store robbed at gunpoint Christmas Day

A convenience store in East Palo Alto was robbed at gunpoint on Christmas morning, according to police.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Titles aplenty for local teams in hoop tournaments

Prep basketball
An expanded tournament and a brand new basketball event made for a lot of local happy girls on Wednesday. At the same time, the Menlo-Atherton boys came away with a title, as well, as 2015 came to a championship close for five squads.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Late free throws lift Menlo women to dramatic hoops victory

Madison Michelis hit one of two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to snap a tie and help lead the Menlo College women's basketball team to a 69-67 victory over visiting Cal Maritime as part of the Peninsula Classic on Wednesday.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Neighborhoods: Decisions made, decisions deferred

December 31, 2015 | 1 comment
Year in Review: Palo Alto's changing landscape

Top 20 projects in 2015
In 2015, numerous developments got underway or were completed throughout the city, altering the look and feel of where we live and work, and in some cases, enhancing safety and walkability. Here's the Weekly's curated list of the top 20 projects.

December 31, 2015 | 2 comments
New Year at Alberto's Salsa Studio

The dancing's hot at Mountain View club
If you don't know your bachata from your horchata, there's still time in 2015 to learn some sizzling moves.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Drink, dance, repeat in Mountain View

Monte Carlo Latin nightclub hosts New Year's Eve bash
If you're looking for thumping techno, smoke machines, disco balls and cheap drinks this New Year's Eve, look no further than Mountain View's Monte Carlo Latin nightclub.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Fox Theatre hosts Michael Jackson cover band

For a night of all-out fun and non-stop dancing, join 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland at Redwood City's Fox Theatre.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Spend New Year's Day in the mountains

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District offers Jan. 1 excursion
Join docents from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for a New Year's Day group hike at Monte Bello Preserve, located in the hills above Palo Alto.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
School district: decisions made, decisions deferred

December 31, 2015 | 5 comments
Toast 2016 at Opal Nightclub

Party 'til the wee hours with DJ EZ & BENOFFICIAL
Over at Mountain View's Opal Nightclub, the last night of the year will go down in high style at 'The Gatsby Experience.'

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men look set to open Pac-12 hoop season

College basketball
First, it was the loss of projected starting point guard Robert Cartwright for the season following a freak injury during practice. Then, Marcus Allen and big man Grant Verhoeven both missed the season opener and Reid Travis has missed the past three games because of an injury.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford football will be making another run for the roses

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Kevin Hogan may not be the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft in late April, though if leadership and winning are of any importance, he'd have a star hanging by his name.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
The year in film

The best, the worst and the most memorable movies of 2015
Palo Alto Weekly film critic Peter Canavese looks back over the year in movies to revisit the highest highs, the lowest lows and other notable cinematic moments.

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A fresh start for 2016

Setting healthy resolutions for the new year
Eating more healthily. Gaining fitness. Losing weight. Is there any way to get new year's resolutions to stick? Palo Alto experts weigh in.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Residential, commercial fixes
In these 55 Palo Alto building permits, residents add car chargers and remodel kitchens and bathrooms, as businesses, such as Lytton Gardens, upgrade electrical systems and make gas leak repairs.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Enjoy a veggie dinner, stroll through the neighborhood, learn about bees and receive sandbag assistance
This week includes a Monday night vegetarian dinner, a guided tree walk through the Barron Park neighborhood, a beekeeping course and sandbag installation assistance.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
A Fresh Look

Creating a beautiful bookcase
Why not transform your bookshelf from an overstuffed eyesore into an integral part of your decor?

December 31, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto residents flex their muscle

2015 was a year of successful citizen activism
Citizens united over Palo Alto issues affecting their quality of life in 2015, holding federal authorities, City Hall and developers accountable for problems that included airplane noise, groundwater pumping, leaf blowers, traffic, Airbnb rentals and the failure to retain a grocer at Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center.

December 31, 2015 | 12 comments
Rebounding from loss, refocusing on the students

Difficult start to the year gives way to soul-searching, new visions for Palo Alto school district
2015 in the Palo Alto Unified School District was, indelibly, a year of immense loss but also one of significant change and growth.

December 31, 2015 | 41 comments
2015: Palo Alto's year of resistance

City Council sets aside its differences to take on a greater force: the free market
Once divided, city officials set their differences aside this year to take on a greater force: the free market

December 31, 2015 | 6 comments
Stanford receivers will provide just another explosive element

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Receivers Devon Cajuste and Michael Rector provide the explosive elements to Stanford's passing attack and quarterback Kevin Hogan is the one who gets them the ball. Together, they've helped lead Stanford to its third Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl Game appearance in four years.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto men arrested for home burglary after neighborhood search in Milpitas

Two East Palo Alto men were arrested in connection with a home burglary after a neighborhood search Monday night in Milpitas, police said today.

December 30, 2015 | 3 comments
Harris helps rally Menlo women to basketball victory

Camille Harris came off the bench to help spark Menlo College's 78-57 nonconference women's basketball victory over visiting UC Merced on Tuesday night as part of the Peninsula Classic.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Samtrans fares going up in 2016

Some fares for SamTrans paratransit bus service are changing in the new year. Paratransit riders can expect to see an increase in one-way trip rates from $3.75 to $4.25 starting Friday.

December 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Start the new year with spirit at Ananda

Spiritual community holds New Year's Eve service
Through discussion, chanting, meditation and a fire ceremony, attendees of the New Year's Eve Service at Ananda will be encouraged to "release the energy of the past" and embrace the future.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Dine in style in EPA

Quattro offers a prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve
If fine dining's your thing, consider splurging on a New Year's Eve meal at Quattro, the upscale Italian restaurant with California flair located at the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Celebrate the new year with a Grateful Dead cover band

The China Cats come to Redwood City
The year may be nearly dead, but the Dead live on! Join Grateful Dead cover band the China Cats at Redwood City's Club Fox for a night of Dead-style jamming and feel-good vibes.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A, SHP, Menlo and Pinewood girls all have shots at titles

Prep basketball
The Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep girls opened the Eastside Prep Coaches vs. Cancer Classic by facing each other on Monday. The Bears won, sending the teams in opposite directions in the No. 2 Competitive Bracket.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Fatal shooting brings questions about police tactics to Palo Alto

Santa Clara County District Attorney and Palo Alto Police Department investigate whether Dec. 25 shooting of William David Raff was justified
When two Palo Alto police officers shot and killed William David Raff outside a Forest Avenue home on Christmas evening, they instantly triggered speculation among the victim's family, friends and the broader community about whether the shooting was just -- and justified.

December 29, 2015 | 16 comments
Palo Alto police describe 'quick and violent' confrontation before fatal shooting

Police department names officers involved in fatal shooting of William David Raff
When three Palo Alto police officers arrived at the front lawn of a home at 652 Forest Ave. in the waning hours of Christmas night, they reportedly saw a man emerge from the shadows, brandishing a metal knife and jumping around in an erratic manner.

December 29, 2015 | 49 comments
Road rage incident in Palo Alto leads to armed robbery in Atherton

What started as a road rage incident in Palo Alto ended with an armed robbery of four people in Atherton, police said.

December 29, 2015 | 3 comments
Nothing secondary about Stanford's defensive backfield

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As the elder statesman of the Stanford defensive secondary, fifth-year senior cornerback Ronnie Harris didn't feel extra pressure this season. On the contrary, the lone returning starter was excited about the unit's potential.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park filmmakers shoot Michael Pollan documentary

Program airs Dec. 30 on PBS
On Dec. 30, just in time for all those New Year's resolutions about eating healthier and more sanely, a documentary by Menlo Park filmmakers Michael Schwarz and Kiki Kapany about Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food" will air on KQED.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal players chow down on tradition in Lawry's Beef Bowl

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The Stanford football team participated in one of the Rose Bowl's oldest -- and perhaps tastiest -- traditions Monday evening when it took part in the 60th annual Lawry's Beef Bowl.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
As economy booms, so do price tags for Palo Alto projects

Hot construction market means higher costs for new public safety building, bike bridge
The past year has been kind to Palo Alto's economy, with real estate values soaring, hotel revenues booming, and the city's budget carrying a healthy surplus. But the silver cloud comes with a dark lining: As the economy heats up, so does the construction climate — a trend that has brought rising costs and fresh uncertainty for the city's major infrastructure projects.

December 29, 2015 | 9 comments
Year in review: MidPeninsula dining

A look back at the food news of 2015
Peninsula Foodist blogger Elena Kadvany takes a look back at the notable restaurant openings, closings and other food news of 2015.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Shooting was 'unjust,' say parents of man killed by police

Many questions, few answers in death of Palo Alto man with severe mental illness, father says
The father of William David Raff, the man fatally shot by Palo Alto police on Christmas night, said his only child had a long history of mental illness. But he called his son's death "an unjust shooting."

December 29, 2015 | 77 comments
Stanford women get defensive in lopsided basketball victory

Erica McCall scored 18 points and had eight rebounds and the No. 11 Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting Chattanooga, 73-30, in a nonconference game Monday night.

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Party with the China Cats

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Stanford offensive success starts with ground and pound

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Remound Wright, Barry Sanders and Christian McCaffrey knew they were on the verge of something special. After outstanding spring and fall practices, the Stanford running backs were excited to put their hard off-season work to the test and rejuvenate a ground-and-pound attack that helped carry the Cardinal year after year.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Top Texas team forced to withdraw from local tourney

Prep basketball
The expanded Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Eastside Prep had quite an impressive basketball lineup heading into the Christmas break. That, however, was before a devastating hurricane hit Texas -- resulting in at least 11 fatalities.

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Two big reasons why the offensive line is dominant again

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Stanford left tackle Kyle Murphy lingered for a moment after a recent practice as left guard Joshua Garnett walked behind him toward the locker room. "Best tackle in college football!" Garnett yelled. "All-American, right there!" Murphy responded. It's no surprise, then, that Stanford is 11-2 this season.

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
It's lights, camera, action for Stanford's Anderson, Kalambayi

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Stanford linebackers Kevin Anderson and Peter Kalambayi have alter egos, according to their teammates. Both mirror characters in the movie, "Remember the Titans."

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford defense takes on the media and offers insight

102nd Rose Bowl
While the Stanford football team got down to business on Sunday with its first practice in Pasadena for the 102nd Rose Bowl Game, Stanford defensive coordinator Lance Anderson was joined Aziz Shittu, Blake Martinez, Ronnie Harris, Brennan Scarlett and Kevin Anderson at the Rose Bowl's defensive press conference.

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Bay Area scientists given nation's top science honor

Albert Bandura and Stanley Falkow of Stanford University among those being honored
President Obama honored four Bay Area scientists this year with the country's highest scientific honor, according to the National Science Foundation.

December 28, 2015 | 3 comments
Stanford settles into its schedule after a day at Disneyland

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Preparations are already under way for this Friday's annual Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, with Stanford facing Iowa. Here's a look at what the Cardinal is doing leading up to the New Year's Day clash.

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men finish year with a win; Pac-12 hoops looming

Stanford sophomore Dorian Pickens scored 18 points, one of four players to reach double figures, and the Stanford men's basketball team downed visiting NAIA Carroll College, 83-38, Sunday in the final nonconference game of the season.

December 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford men wrap up 2015 with hoops vs. Carroll

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's basketball team closes out both the calendar year and nonconference play on Sunday with a game against Carroll College in Maples Pavilion at 6 p.m.

December 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Man fatally shot by Palo Alto police identified

William David Raff, 31, gunned down after allegedly charging police officers with knife
Update: The man who was fatally shot by police officers in Palo Alto on Friday, Dec. 25, was identified Monday as 31-year-old William David Raff. Momentum For Mental Health also released a statement in response to the shooting of Raff, a client through its La Selva housing program.

December 25, 2015 | 144 comments
Christmas without the dishes

Quattro offers
Quattro Restaurant at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto is hosting special meals for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
World music for Christmas

Free holiday concert welcomes one and all
For a very special (and free!) Christmas Day concert, head to the atrium of Stanford University Hospital.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto puts on a light show

Take a stroll down Christmas Tree Lane
Every night through the end of December, residents of Palo Alto's Christmas Tree Lane brighten the street with some of the Bay Area's best holiday decorations.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Comedy, Chinese food for Christmas Eve

JCC lines up comedian Wayne Federman for Dec. 24
For an evening of laugh-out-loud comedy and tasty Chinese food, head to Palo Alto's Oshman Family JCC tonight.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Year in review: MidPeninsula dining

A look back at the food news of 2015
Peninsula Foodist blogger Elena Kadvany takes a look back at the notable restaurant openings, closings and other food news of 2015.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Countdown to the New Year

Ring in 2016 with a pop, a bang or quiet contemplation
It's time to say goodbye to 2015 and usher in the New Year. From contemplative services to late-night parties, the Midpeninsula offers a range of events to help you honor the start of 2016.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto plans to beef up enforcement of new business registry

City Council looks to add teeth, clarity to fledgling program
Palo Alto's new business-registry program rolled off to a rocky start in March, with meager participation and widespread confusion about various questions on the city's registration survey. While the program has seen a significant turnaround at the end of the year, city officials are planning to make some revisions next year to boost participation even further.

December 26, 2015 | 10 comments
Football bowl executive Cavalli set for his final kickoff

Gary Cavalli, Executive Director of the Foster Farms Bowl and a veteran of more than 40 years in college and professional sports administration in the Bay Area, will call it a career this weekend following the Foster Farms Bowl showdown between UCLA and Nebraska.

December 23, 2015 | 2 comments
Gunn grad Fisher kicks his way to all-conference honors

Of local note
Gunn High grad Graham Fisher finished out his senior football season at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, in a big way. For the second consecutive year, he was named to the All-Midwest Conference first team.

December 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Replacements all around
New furnaces and fixtures abound as Palo Alto permits finish out 2015. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Shop at The Main Gallery's holiday gift market, buy local produce at the farmers market, gain sewing knowledge, practice rose trimming techniques and learn about winter gardening
This week includes a holiday art market, the California Avenue Farmers' Market, a sewing clinic, a rose trimming lesson and an eight-week winter gardening course.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
No seniors? That's no problem for Stanford women's hoops

Without a senior starter for the first time in 13 years, the No. 12 Stanford's women's basketball team needed to look elsewhere for leadership. The past four games, including the Cardinal's 83-41 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday, featured an all-junior starting lineup.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales

Same street sales in Mountain View
Two sales took place on North Whisman Road this week. Learn about these home sales and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
It's a break for holidays, but hoop teams still will be busy

Menlo girls win title
The holiday break is most often spent with family and friends. Schools are out, relatives are in town and there is plenty of eating, drinking and relaxing -- unless you happen to be a basketball player.

December 24, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: There are no meetings this week

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 28.

December 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Six of the 34 sales in Palo Alto
This week, Palo Alto saw six homes sales, including the top sale of $7,600,000. Read the rest of the real estate numbers to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Undeck the halls

Residents asked to recycle, reuse holiday decor
Now that Christmas is here, the next thing for residents to consider is what to do with their trees and holiday decor.

December 23, 2015 | 5 comments
Memorial service to be held for Palo Alto man fatally struck by car

Amit Goutam Bagchi, 41, died after being hit by SUV in Menlo Park
A memorial service is set for Thursday, Dec. 24, for a Palo Alto man who was struck and killed by an SUV on Saturday, Dec. 19, in Menlo Park, according to his family.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
PHOTOS: The spirit of 2015

The best images from the past 12 months
As I looked back over our coverage of the events that unfolded in 2015, it became apparent that this was a year filled with reflection, solidarity and awareness.

December 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Nonprofit helps put low-income kids on equal educational footing

Family Connections receives funds to support its Kindergarten Readiness program in East Palo Alto
Family Connections is a nonprofit that provides low-income kids with early-learning programs that allow them to enter kindergarten and higher grades at skill levels equivalent to or above their peers'.

December 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo girls reach championship game and have a CCS rematch

Prep basketball
The Menlo School girls will play for the championship of the Steve Geramoni Old School Basketball Tournament following a solid 54-38 victory over Moreau Catholic in the semifinals Tuesday at Notre Dame-Belmont.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to require all businesses to compost

Seeking to increase diversion from landfills, city looks to pass new ordinance in 2016
Making rules for waste disposal can be a messy business in Palo Alto, as the City Council learned last month when it pondered a new law that would require all local businesses to recycle and compost.

December 25, 2015 | 12 comments
McCall helps Stanford women's hoops fly past Roadrunners

Erica McCall scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season and the 10th of her career, to lead the Stanford women's basketball team past visiting Cal State Bakersfield, 83-41, in a nonconference game Tuesday.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Residents question need for new downtown garage

Palo Alto officials put off decision on parking structure until early 2016
Palo Alto officials often liken the city's strategy for dealing with the city's parking crisis to a three-legged stool: reduce the demand for driving, make better use of parking structures and increase the supply of garages.

December 24, 2015 | 38 comments
East Palo Alto man arrested for robbery at Trader Joe's in Menlo Park

Melvin Williams allegedly stole alcohol, threatened to shoot security guard
After a "lengthy foot pursuit," police captured and arrested a 56-year-old man Monday afternoon on suspicion of stealing alcohol and threatening to shoot a security guard at Trader Joe's in Menlo Park, police reported.

December 22, 2015 | 2 comments
McCaffrey is named AP's college football player of the year

Stanford sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey did not win the Heisman Trophy this year, but he did receive an honor on Tuesday that was nearly as prestigious when he was named The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year.

December 22, 2015 | 1 comment
Russian family travels to Menlo Park for 'gift of hearing'

Five-year-old Ivan Priimak undergoes surgery at California Ear Institute in East Palo Alto
Rimma Krivtsova and her 5-year-old son Ivan "Vanya" Priimak who was born without two fully-formed ears, traveled to California from Russia for an ear reconstruction surgery at the California Ear Institute in East Palo Alto.

December 23, 2015 | 3 comments
Palo Alto school district hires communications and equity coordinators

Former journalist, Stanford English language learner expert to join district office
Two key hires will begin work in the Palo Alto school district in 2016: a new spokesperson, and an equity coordinator who will oversee the district's efforts to better support historically underrepresented students and families.

December 23, 2015 | 5 comments
More rain on the way for Bay Area

Parts of Bay Area got 5 inches of rain since Sunday
A storm system that has brought more than 5 inches of badly needed rain to parts of the Bay Area since Sunday is on its way out Tuesday, but another one is right behind it, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls open basketball tourney with a victory

With junior Sam Erisman pouring in 23 points, the Menlo School girls jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 61-41 victory over Lincoln (SF) in the opening round of the Steve Geremoni Old School Basketball Tournament on Monday at Notre Dame-Belmont

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto police to assist with Super Bowl security

City signs new agreement with Santa Clara for services at Levi's Stadium
When the 2016 Super Bowl kicks off in Santa Clara on Feb. 7, the crowd of spectators at Levi's Stadium will likely include a few Palo Alto police officers. Unlike in the past, they won't be difficult to spot.

December 24, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park councilman to run for state Assembly

Peter Ohtaki seeks District 24 seat held by Rich Gordon
Menlo Park Councilman Peter Ohtaki has announced plans to run in 2016 for the District 24 California Assembly seat currently held by Rich Gordon.

December 22, 2015 | 2 comments
Holidays: Kids driving you crazy?

Planning ahead can take the trauma out of travel
Sure, in the olden days, just getting to grandpa's house was an adventure. These days, whether traveling long distances by car or by plane, it can be less of an adventure and more of a royal pain — unless you're prepared.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Pickens, Humphrey lead way in Stanford men hoops win

Dorian Pickens followed his career best with a 20-point effort and Stanford's men's basketball team returned to the win column, beating visiting Sacramento State, 70-60, on Monday night.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Former Palo Alto school administrator dies in scuba diving accident

Colleagues remember Kathleen Meagher as a supportive, inclusive, 'unflappable'
Kathleen Meagher, a former teacher and administrator in the Palo Alto school district, died on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in a scuba diving accident while on vacation in the Caribbean, her mother confirmed Monday.

December 21, 2015 | 10 comments
East Palo Alto organization in need of toys, gifts

Ecumenical Hunger Program provides food and services to low-income and homeless people in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park
East Palo Alto's Ecumenical Hunger Program is asking for emergency donations of toys and gifts because their supplies are desperately low, according to the agency's resource coordinator.

December 21, 2015 | 3 comments
Government closures, hours for Christmas Day

Palo Alto garbage collection moves to following day
Here is a list of local and regional service closures and changes for Christmas Day.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Soccer honors continue for the Stanford men's team

Three Stanford men's soccer players were recognized when TopDrawerSoccer (TDS) unveiled its Best XI teams on Monday morning. Junior forward Jordan Morris was named the 2015 TopDrawerSoccer Division I Men's Soccer Player of the Year.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Thompson is Pac-12 Player of the Week in hoops

Cardinal corner
Stanford junior guard Lili Thompson was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for games played from December 14 to 20 the conference announced Monday.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto boys stay unbeaten with a soccer tourney title

Weekend prep roundup
The Palo Alto boys headed into the championship soccer match of the Oak Grove Tournament on Saturday without starting keeper Eli Friedlander, who was sidelined by injured. On the line was the Vikings' five-match win streak to start the season.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Terror attacks bring adversity to local Muslim community

Islamic Society of North America offices to spearhead interfaith efforts
For the estimated 250,000 Muslims living in the Bay Area, these are the times when faith is put to the test.

December 21, 2015 | 12 comments
Neushul, Steffens help USA women win the Holiday Cup

USA water polo
Stanford grad Kiley Neushul scored five goals, including the game-winner in a shootout, to help the U.S. Women's National Team beat Spain, 14-13, and capture the Holiday Cup water polo title in Newport Beach on Sunday.

December 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Four Stanford wrestlers place among top four at Reno tourney

Jim Wilson reached the championship finals at 165 pounds and Stanford had three others place among the top four at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday. The Cardinal placed third at the wrestling tournament.

December 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Shinola, b8ta open in Palo Alto

This week's retail news
Luxury watch retailer Shinola and East Coast-based salad chain Sweetgreen move in to downtown Palo Alto, as does the hands-on technology store, b8ta.

December 20, 2015 | 20 comments
Pickens gives Stanford men a lift in a close loss to Texas

Dorian Pickens stepped up when it became obvious a teammate had fallen. Sophomore forward Reid Travis sustained a stress reaction, which was discovered after undergoing an MRI when he complained of soreness in his left leg.

December 20, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP falls short of its goal in state championship game

For the second time in three seasons, Sacred Heart Prep reached the state championship football game. Unfortunately for the Gators, they also came up short for the second time as Rancho Bernardo handed SHP a 35-14 loss in the CIF Division III-A state championship game at Rancho Bernardo on Saturday.

December 19, 2015 | No comments yet

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Five players reach double figures in Stanford's hoops win

Erica McCall and Alanna Smith each scored 12 points and Kaylee Johnson recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds as the 15th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team downed visiting Cornell, 93-38, in a nonconference game Saturday in Maples Pavilion.

December 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: East Palo Alto man booked for trying to break into Crescent Park car

Private-security officer intervened in attempt, called police
An East Palo Alto man who police said was trying to break into a car in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood early Wednesday morning was arrested after a private-security officer spotted and stopped the attempt.

December 19, 2015 | 2 comments
Top prep tight end verbally commits to playing at Stanford

College notes
Oaks Christian junior Colby Parkinson, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound tight end, verbally committed to Stanford football on Saturday, less than a day after he received an offer from the program.

December 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto man killed in accident that closes Sand Hill Road

A 41-year-old Palo Alto man who was jogging was struck and killed Saturday morning by a Chevy Tahoe SUV at the intersection of Sand Hill Road and Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, police report.

December 19, 2015 | 59 comments
Gunn boys capture their second tournament hoop title

Friday's prep roundup
The Gunn boys will head into the new year and SCVAL De Anza Division season with a perfect basketball record after capturing the championship game of the Panther Invitational for the second straight season on Friday night.

December 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Officials reporting drop in statewide unemployment in November

The state's unemployment rate decreased last month, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

December 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Neushul's five goals leads to American water polo victory

Stanford grad Kiley Neushul scored five goals to lead the United States women's national water polo team to a 12-10 victory over Italy in the Holiday Cup at Corona Del Mar High in Newport Beach on Friday night.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to replace cramped fire house

City Council approves design contract for replacement of Fire Station 3
The small wood-framed fire station known as Station 3 made its debut in 1948, the year of the Marshall Plan, Gandhi's assassination, and Dewey's famous non-defeat of Truman for the American presidency. Now, the small and seismically deficient station is about to undergo a long-awaited renovation.

December 19, 2015 | 27 comments
City: Human Resources director resigned because of 'changing needs'

Palo Alto City Manager James Keene said Kathryn Shen's resignation was reached by mutual decision
The recent resignation of Kathryn Shen from her position as director of the city's Human Resources Department was prompted by the department's "changing needs" and reached by a mutual decision between Shen and City Manager James Keene, according to Keene.

December 18, 2015 | 11 comments
El Camino bus-lane trial wins committee's backing

Test phase is being proposed for 17-mile stretch running from Palo Alto to San Jose
A controversial proposal to create dedicated bus lanes along El Camino Real gained a major boost Wednesday when a committee of city representatives along the route signaled a willingness to try out the idea as a pilot program.

December 18, 2015 | 73 comments
Wilson wins big but Stanford wrestlers drop Pac-12 meet

Redshirt junior Jim Wilson, ranked fifth nationally, turned in a dominating, 10-1, major decision at 165 pounds but the Stanford wrestling team dropped a 22-16 decision to visiting Cal State Bakersfield in a Pac-12 Conference meet Thursday.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto calls for collaboration in high-speed-rail design

City's Rail Committee drafts letter calling for more inclusive process in designing Peninsula segment of rail system
High-speed rail is still more than a decade away from making its first run through the Peninsula, but the controversial project is stirring fresh concerns in Palo Alto, where City Council members are calling for a slower and more inclusive design process.

December 18, 2015 | 16 comments
Stanford men's soccer trio invited to MLS Player Combine

Stanford's Brandon Vincent, Eric Verso and Ty Thompson were among 59 NCAA Division I college players invited to participate in the 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine, Major League Soccer announced.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Honors are nice, but Stanford's focus is now on the Rose Bowl

Stanford senior guard Joshua Garnett intended to enjoy his time in Atlanta, where he received the Outland Award as the nation's top offensive lineman. It was better than he anticipated.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales

A $564,000 difference
What a difference 45 years makes. This is especially true for a home sale in East Palo Alto. The property was last purchased in 1970 for $6,000; in November, it sold for $570,000. That's a $564,000 difference.

December 18, 2015 | 2 comments
Randall, SHP get a shot at football redemption in state finale

Most high school football players never have a chance to play for a state championship. For those who do, it's often a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For Mason Randall and his Sacred Heart Prep teammates, they get a second chance in three seasons for a shot at redemption.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

A lot happening in one place
When the published building permits for the week tally up to four, it's easy to really scan them all. At first glance, one notices that three are all at the same location: 510 Seale Ave.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
How to throw a holiday soiree

Local business owner gives advice on creating a stress-free holiday celebration
A local business owner and frequent party hostess shares her tips for throwing a holiday party, one of which is "keeping it simple."

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Crossing the border

Documentary film examines immigration
Menlo Park resident and documentary filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman's latest film, "A Daring Journey," tells the story of three immigrant families.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Nature's balm

Take a hike to escape the holiday chaos
Whether you love the holidays or find them taxing, it's a great time of year to take a pause from all the shopping and parties to reconnect with nature.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Purchase Gamble Garden's new cookbook, shop at The Main Gallery's holiday gift market, care for area trees, borrow a sewing machine and discover farm life
This week includes a chance to purchase Gamble Garden's new cookbook, a holiday art market, a tree care volunteer opportunity, the availability of sewing machines and an adventure on the farm.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

Fence disputes and good neighbor fences
We have all heard the expression, "Good fences make good neighbors." Nevertheless, there are countless bitter disputes between neighbors over the location, construction and maintenance of fences. Under the Fence Act, the California Legislature laid out specific rules regarding notice, construction and maintenance of fences constructed on property lines.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

$11 million sale
This week, a Woodside home tops the sales list with a sale for $11 million. Read the rest of the real estate numbers to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: A holiday hike, Christmas Eve comedy and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, escape the holiday madness with a hike in nature, watch a documentary film about immigration and catch a festive concert with Cal Pops Orchestra.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Shinola, b8ta open in Palo Alto

This week's retail news
Luxury watch retailer Shinola and East Coast-based salad chain Sweetgreen move in to downtown Palo Alto, as does the hands-on technology store, b8ta.

December 17, 2015 | 20 comments
Hats off to Cetrella

Top-notch restaurant ups the ante for Los Altos dining
Mouthwatering California-Mediterranean cuisine prepared by Chef Michael Ellis awaits diners at 4-month-old Cetrella on Main Street in Los Altos.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday volunteering is around the corner

From senior centers to neighborhood toy giveaways, nonprofits seek help during the holidays
For some Palo Alto residents, the greatest gift they'll receive this holiday season is the gift they'll give. Here are a few opportunities this season give of one's time and resources.

December 18, 2015 | 3 comments
The sound of youth

High school radio station provides platform for student discussion, music
Two years ago, Palo Alto High School students launched a humble radio station with a smattering of talk radio programs. Today, Paly Radio is a fully-fledged academic course as well as a 24/7 Internet radio station that features school and local news, podcasts and entertainment programs as well as a wide array of music.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women honored on TopDrawer All-America team

Cardinal corner
Andi Sullivan was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Postseason Best XI First Team and five Stanford players earned Freshman Best XI honors.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Building sandcastles in December

Local families take holiday festivities outdoors to create special memories
Although snowy white winters are not typical in the Bay Area, local families have taken advantage of the Peninsula's sunny holiday season by heading outdoors to create their own winter traditions — spanning from train rides in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains to exploring the beaches of Half Moon Bay.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: There are no meetings this week

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 21.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Kids driving you crazy?

Planning ahead can take the trauma out of travel
Sure, in the olden days, just getting to grandpa's house was an adventure. These days, whether traveling long distances by car or by plane, it can be less of an adventure and more of a royal pain — unless you're prepared.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Solving problems, one student at a time

Grupo Palo Alto achieves success with 'brief therapy' but faces financially shaky future
Karin Schlanger is the director of Grupo Palo Alto, a small nonprofit that provides "brief therapy" -- a model that focuses on solving problems and changing behavior rather than long-term psychological work -- to students in East Palo Alto's public schools.

December 18, 2015 | 4 comments
Sniezek gets to the point in the Cardinal's victory over Lady Vols

Freshman Marta Sniezek played a season-high 29 minutes, scored a season-best nine points, matched her season best in assists with four and managed a counterattack as the Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting No. 14 Tennessee, 69-55, Wednesday in a nonconference game.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
With no heat, Costaño Elementary School temporarily shutters

Ravenswood City School District Superintendent cancels classes while gas-leak repairs continue
Ravenswood City School District Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff announced on Wednesday that Costaño Elementary School in East Palo Alto, which has been without heat since early December due to a gas leak, would have to close early for winter break due to dropping temperatures.

December 17, 2015 | 4 comments
Serious about ballet

Bayer Ballet Academy presents 'The Snow Queen'
This weekend, Bayer Ballet Academy will stage an original dance production of "The Snow Queen" at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Rain expected in Bay Area for several straight days starting Friday

Wet weather is coming to the Bay Area starting Friday and it should last through much of next week, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

December 16, 2015 | 11 comments
Plan for block-long El Camino development fizzles

As proposal to redevelop site around Equinox dies, another mixed-use proposal at nearby Palo Alto site advances
When Palo Alto officials approved in 2013 a block-long development on El Camino Real featuring 48 apartments, retail and office spaces, they hailed the project as a rare example of a "true mixed-use" project. Two years later, one of the largest commercial projects to win approval in Palo Alto in recent years appears to be dead.

December 16, 2015 | 9 comments
Discovery of toxic chemical prompts changes in Stanford's housing project

Palo Alto reviews new plans for 1601 California Ave. after trichloroethylene is found in soil
A discovery of toxic vapors in the middle of a construction site has prompted Stanford University to redesign portions of its new faculty-housing development on California Avenue.

December 16, 2015 | 16 comments
Stanford's Hodson is AVCA's national freshman of the year

The Stanford women's volleyball team had four players recognized when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its All-America selections Wednesday, including rookie Hayley Hodson earning AVCA Freshman of the Year accolades.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Three arrested in connection with residential burglary in Redwood City

East Palo Alto man among those suspected of burglarizing home
Three suspects were arrested Tuesday in connection with a residential burglary in Redwood City that briefly prompted a shelter-in-place order for neighbors, police said.

December 16, 2015 | 2 comments
Wade, Huskies bow out of NCAA women's volleyball tourney

Melanie Wade was able to help the Palo Alto High volleyball team win a pair of state championships during her prep days, but she couldn't get the University of Washington women into the NCAA Final Four last weekend as the Huskies saw their season end at the Elite Eight in Lexington, Ky.

December 16, 2015 | 2 comments
Stanford University admits 745 early applicants

More than 35,000 additional students are expected to apply by Jan. 3
Stanford University has sent acceptance letters to 745 early applicants for the class of 2020, the university announced Dec. 11.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
All-American honors for Stanford's Garnett, McCaffrey

Senior offensive guard Joshua Garnett and sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey of the Pac-12 champion Stanford football team received more national recognition Wednesday as the pair received American Football Coaches Association All-America first-team nods.

December 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Sawin delivers big game to help Menlo men to hoops victory

Oaks report
Brad Sawin scored 20 points to help the Menlo College men's basketball team beat host William Jessup, 62-52, in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Tuesday night.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Marcus Allen continues an upward trend in scoring, defense

Men's basketball
Marcus Allen scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the first half and Stanford defeated visiting DePaul, 79-60, Tuesday night in a nonconference men's basketball contest in Maples Pavilion.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County aims to open youth inpatient psych unit by mid-2016

Mothers advocate for unit to be combined with full-service medical facility
After about six months of staff research and community input on the dearth of inpatient psychiatric beds for adolescents in Santa Clara County, Supervisor Joe Simitian and county staff indicated at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting that they hope to bring beds to the county by June 2016.

December 15, 2015 | 14 comments
Stanford grad Heath runs to title at club national meet

Cross country
The USATF Club Cross Country National Championships on Saturday were nothing short of stunning, with an idyllic backdrop and stacked fields in every race as national championship contenders took to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to see who reigned supreme.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 All-Central Coast Section cross country teams

Gunn senior Gillian Meeks, Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney and Menlo School sophomore Robert Miranda all ran to first-team honors on the 2015 All-Central Coast Section cross country teams, released this week.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto resets design process for new bike bridge

City Council agrees to halt negotiations with Moffatt & Nichol; request new bids for Adobe Creek structure
Frustrated by rising costs and engineering uncertainties, Palo Alto officials agreed early Tuesday morning to relaunch the design process for what they still hope will be a showpiece bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101.

December 15, 2015 | 78 comments
Wagon Wheel neighborhood

Community feel in a 'nerdy' area of Mountain View
On Friday nights, Steve Bell calls in to place an order at Mario's Italiano. Right away, he is asked if he wants the usual, and he replies, "Yes, that would be great."

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Ex-Stanford receiver Baldwin is quite a catch for Seahawks

Week 14
Former Stanford wide receiver Doug Baldwin has really blossomed in his fifth season with the Seattle Seahawks. In last weekend's 35-6 win over host Baltimore, Baldwin was the Seahawks' most-targeted receiver (nine) while hauling in six catches for 82 yards and three touchdowns.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Moffett Boulevard neighborhood

Easy of commute draws residents to 'where the future is invented'
In the 1970s, George Markle came to Mountain View for a job ā€" a similar story for many today. He originally chose Moffett Boulevard, and specifically Cypress Point Lakes because of the ease of commute.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Greater San Antonio neighborhood

Residents enjoy community, proximity to markets
It's bordered by California Street and Showers Drive and nestled next to the San Antonio Caltrain station, which is just one of the reasons residents of the Greater San Antonio community say it is a desirable area for home buyers.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Dutch Haven neighborhood

Residents stay connected through email, events
Not a week has gone by in which Dutch Haven resident Rohit Sawhney hasn't used the local YMCA or the Stevens Creek Trail. Having these recreational opportunities nearby appealed to Sawhney and his family as they sought a new home in 2005.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Martens-Carmelita neighborhood

A place without 'cookie-cutter' homes
Once an unincorporated part of the county, the Martens-Carmelita neighborhood is one of the only neighborhoods in Mountain View where families can find a particular amalgamation of a near pin-drop quiet noise level, a hodgepodge of cottages, midcentury moderns and two-story homes partitioned by tall hedges and ranch-inspired fences, tiny cul-de-sacs, large lot sizes and only half a street's worth of sidewalks.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Cuernavaca neighborhood

Longtime residents enjoy landscape, community
Those living under the red-tiled roofs with tailored green landscapes appear content in the community Irv Statler calls his "Camelot." Statler and his wife, Renee have lived in the Cuernavaca neighborhood for about 30 years.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
South Los Altos neighborhood

Area offers approachable real estate, access to other communities
A graceful canopy of trees lines Fremont Avenue, the near-center line of quiet South Los Altos. Bounded by Cupertino, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, and flanked by Highway 85 and Foothill Expressway, South Los Altos offers more approachable real estate with easy access to nearby communities.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 All-Peninsula Athletic League football teams

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Offensive Player of the Year: Leipeli Palu (Burlingame) Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Bryce Rodgers (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.
Utility Player of the Year: Devin Grant (Aragon) Sr.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Jordan Mims (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.
Co-Coaches of the Year: Adhir Ravipati (Menlo-Atherton), John Philipopolous (Burlingame)

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Man follows 12-year-old girl, kisses her

Incident occurred near Greer Park in south Palo Alto
Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly followed a 12-year-old girl to her home and kissed her cheek Monday night.

December 15, 2015 | 4 comments
Downtown's parking-permit zone set to expand

Palo Alto council approves annexation of new blocks, cap on worker permits
With Palo Alto's parking congestion now spreading from the heart of downtown to surrounding neighborhoods, city officials agreed on Monday night to expand the city's fledgling parking-permit zone and to set a cap on the number of permits being sold to area employees.

December 15, 2015 | 46 comments
Stanford's allotment of Rose Bowl tickets already sold out

Cardinal corner
Those hoping to obtain tickets for the 102nd Rose Bowl through Stanford Athletics are out of luck as the school has sold out its ticket allotment -- a total of 30,000 -- for the game with Iowa on Jan. 1 in Pasadena.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Plan for new police headquarters cruises ahead

Palo Alto City Council supports three-story design for new public-safety building
Two city-owned parking lots on Sherman Avenue would make way for Palo Alto's new police headquarters, a parking structure and possibly a tiny park under a proposal that the City Council embraced Monday night.

December 15, 2015 | 20 comments
Stanford, PAMF penalized over patient safety

Medicare penalty programs aim to reduce hospital-acquired health issues
Stanford Health Care and Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Menlo Park Surgical Hospital will see their Medicare reimbursements drop by 1 percent after Medicare found their patients had too many hospital-acquired conditions, according to documents recently released by the federal Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program.

December 15, 2015 | 7 comments
Menlo School trio all set for next step of careers

Three Menlo School student-athletes -- Payton Mack, Nikky Price and Polly Finch -- will continue their studies and athletics after signing with NCAA Division I teams recently.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
In tense times, a hand toward friendship

Palo Alto's Muslim Eid Festival to bring all faiths, cultures together for community, sharing
With political fear-mongering on the rise since the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, members of the Palo Alto Muslim community are reaching out to their neighbors with messages of tolerance, understanding and peace.

December 15, 2015 | 19 comments
2015 All-SCVAL De Anza Division football team

Palo Alto seniors Justin Hull (quarterback) and Eli Givens (wide receiver) earned special awards on the 2015 All-SCVAL De Anza Division football team this season.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Country Club neighborhood

Formally known as Loyola, the area was nearly the site of Santa Clara University; the 1906 earthquake derailed the plan, giving way to the golf course and home development.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
PASA teams splash to titles at Speedo Junior Nationals

The men and women from Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics have won national swim titles before. But, the 2015 Speedo Short Course Junior Nationals (West) provided something new for PASA this past week in Austin, Texas.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Orchards

Residents enjoy quiet, friendly neighborhood
Much like the fruit trees that formerly occupied the neighborhood's land, Palo Alto Orchards has had a life cycle of its own, transforming from a a post-war tract with young veterans to a well-loved spot for young families to live.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Greater Miranda

Landlocked on three sides with three cul-de-sacs jutting out of Miranda Avenue, the neighborhood known as Greater Miranda is isolated in ways that many other neighborhoods in Palo Alto are not.
The neighborhood has consisted of 55 homes since the 1960s.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women fall to host Texas, will host Tennessee

Empress Davenport scored a career-best 23 points, leading No. 5 Texas past No. 14 Stanford, 77-69, on Sunday afternoon in nonconference women's basketball action in Austin.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Federal ruling against Palo Alto school district likely

Monitoring period is probable, superintendent says
Legal findings against the Palo Alto school district look to be on the way in two sexual-harassment investigations at the district's high schools by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, Superintendent Max McGee disclosed in a regular update to the board on Friday.

December 14, 2015 | 47 comments
Stanford men make soccer history with first NCAA title

Sparked by two brilliant goals by Jordan Morris, Stanford earned its first national championship in more than 100 years of men's soccer on Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Clemson in Kansas City, Kan.

December 13, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP girls remain perfect by winning hoop tourney title

Weekend prep roundup
With tournament MVP Riley Hemm leading the way with 14 points, the Sacred Heart Prep girls made it a clean sweep in the King's Academy Winter Classic by topping the host team, 49-36, in the championship game Saturday night in Sunnyvale.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Wind advisory issued for Bay Area

Winds expected to be strongest near the coast and in the hills
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the San Francisco Bay Area in effect through Sunday night.

December 13, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP rolls to 56-20 victory and into a state championship game

Undefeated McClymonds made it to the Division III-A regional bowl game on the strength of its defense, having allowed just 20 points total in its last seven games. Sacred Heart Prep exceeded that total in the first quarter on Saturday's NorCal regional playoff contest.

December 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Mark Appel finds a new baseball home in Philly

Stanford grad Mark Appel was part of a trade Saturday that sent closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros from the Philadelphia Phillies. Appel, the top overall draft pick in 2013, went 16-11 with a 5.12 ERA in two minor league seasons. He's leaving a team that remained in contention for a division title throughout last season.

December 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Oaks come up big to produce a 75-71 basketball win at home

Menlo was looking to get the bad taste out of its mouth left by a Thursday evening loss and did just that with a thrilling, 75-71, victory over visiting Johnson & Wales (Colo.) on Saturday night.

December 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal men make successful basketball return to beat Dartmouth

Rosco Allen scored 17 points, Reid Travis added 14 points and the Stanford men's basketball team made a triumphant return from a two-week break, beating Dartmouth, 64-50, in a nonconference game Saturday night.

December 12, 2015 | No comments yet
McCaffrey finishes second in the Heisman Award voting

Stanford sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey joined John Elway, Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck as Heisman Award runnerups Saturday when he finished second in the voting to Alabama running back Derrick Henry in a televised announcement in New York.

December 12, 2015 | 7 comments
SHP's Davidson plays for a tourney title with USA U-20 team

Current Sacred Heart Prep senior Tierna Davidson already knows what she'll be doing next November during her freshman year at Stanford University. She'll be playing soccer.

December 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Former Heisman winner Bush thinks McCaffrey should get the honor

The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner won't be announced until today at 5 p.m. on ESPN, but former USC running back Reggie Bush, who earned college football's highest individual honor in 2005, thinks the award should go to Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

December 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal men to play for NCAA soccer championship vs. Clemson

A marathon day of tense, dramatic NCAA men's soccer action in Kansas City on Friday ended without a goal scored in regulation play, though the two survivors, including seventh-ranked and eighth-seeded Stanford, will meet Sunday morning in Sporting Park to decide the national champion.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Manuel sets a pair of swimming records for USA

Stanford's Simone Manuel, taking a leave of absence from collegiate competition to train for the 2016 Rio Olympics, set a short course American record in the 100 free and swam the anchor on the U.S. women's 400 medley relay team that set a world record Friday at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in Indianapolis.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Plans to revamp former Facebook campus advance

Palo Alto's planning commission approves environmental analysis for demolition of two buildings, construction of four
A developer looking to revamp the sprawling Stanford Research Park campus once occupied by Facebook earned a long-awaited victory Wednesday night when the city's Planning and Transportation Commission endorsed the environmental analysis for the project.

December 11, 2015 | 4 comments
Post Office to review mailbox removals in Palo Alto

Some receptacles could be relocated in 2016
Plans to remove more than 80 mailboxes in Palo Alto are temporarily on hold until at least after the first of the year, a United States Postal Service spokesman said on Friday, Dec. 11.

December 11, 2015 | 19 comments
Palo Alto girls are off to a 4-0 start in soccer

Thursday's prep roundup
The Palo Alto girls remained perfect after four matches following a 4-0 nonleague soccer victory over visiting Gunn on Thursday evening. The Vikings improved to 4-0 and now have outscored the opposition 16-2.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto police seek package thief caught on camera

Police are looking for a man who was caught on surveillance video taking packages from a Palo Alto home Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5.

December 11, 2015 | 8 comments
All-American soccer honors for Stanford's Morris, Vincent

For the second consecutive season, Jordan Morris and Brandon Vincent were named NSCAA First Team All-Americans when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the latest of its individual player awards on Friday morning.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
National football honors for Stanford's Garnett, McCaffrey

Sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey and senior guard Joshua Garnett received national honors Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards dinner held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Of tinsel and memories

Local residents create Christmas trees that reflect experiences, histories
When the Christmas season begins, Palo Alto resident Nicole Macuil always remembers the most beautiful holiday tree she has ever seen: An exotic white and turquoise Christmas tree at a friend's house that has become the basis of her holiday tree goals and one she always wished to emulate.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Gift in a jar

Spread holiday cheer with simple do-it-yourself presents
The holiday season can be hectic, and sometimes gifts can fall through the cracks until the very last minute. But no need to panic. Below are four easy — and thoughtful — last-minute gift ideas using a common household item: a Mason jar.

December 10, 2015 | 2 comments
Palo Alto kicks off Embarcadero Road improvement project

Public input sought for changes to car, bike and pedestrian routes
Trying to unknot the traffic snarls on the western end of Embarcadero Road while satisfying the myriad interests of pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, students, transportation agencies and retail businesses, the City of Palo Alto convened its first public meeting Tuesday night on improving the busy corridor and making it safer.

December 10, 2015 | 11 comments
Some residents outside new parking zone want 'in'

As parking congestion shifts to peripheral blocks downtown, Palo Alto considers expanding permit district
For people living in downtown Palo Alto, the city's recently launched parking-permit program offered a promising start to solving their most frustrating problem of the last decade: parking along their streets that some likened to a daily "tidal wave" of commuters' cars.

December 12, 2015 | 30 comments
Winter food festivities

December food and drink events on the Midpeninsula
From a fancy gingerbread house-making workshop to a farmers market at Facebook, check out these upcoming food and drink events around the Peninsula.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Our beautiful backyard

Photos of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve on display
Photographs now on view at the Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter gallery showcase the flora and fauna of Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

December 10, 2015 | 3 comments
The pots of Portola

Ceramic artist Lee Middleman opens his studio
This weekend, accomplished Portola Valley-based ceramic artist Lee Middleman opens the doors of his studio to the public for an exhibition and sale.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Gamble Garden shares its recipes

Cookbook lets others make luncheon, tea favorites
Just in time for holiday shopping, Gamble Garden releases its first-ever cookbook, titled "Treasured Recipes." The cookbook includes recipes for dishes and treats from the nonprofit's monthly luncheons, afternoon teas and special events.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
History and her story

Anita Diamant to speak in Palo Alto
Writer Anita Diamant, author of the 1997 bestseller, "The Red Tent," will speak at Palo Alto's Oshman JCC Dec. 15.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP takes on McClymonds with state football berth at stake

Andrew Daschbach heard the grumbling and read the negative words. A 1-2 start by his Sacred Heart Prep football team had led outsiders to believe the Gators were overrated and over-hyped.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men's soccer just two wins from a national title

The 2015 national champion in men's soccer will be either No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 Akron, No. 6 Syracuse or No. 8 Stanford. It's wide open at this point as all four squads head into the NCAA College Cup semifinals on Friday in Kansas City, Kan.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men's basketball is back from break to face Dartmouth

Cardinal corner
After playing three straight games on the road and breaking for final exams, Stanford plays its first game at Maples Pavilion in 23 days when the Cardinal hosts Dartmouth on Saturday at 7 p.m.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Ceramic art, Messiah singalong and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out ceramic art in Portola Valley, catch a classical holiday concert in Palo Alto and attend a Messiah singalong at Stanford.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: parking program, public-safety building, high-speed rail

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 14.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
An angel gets his wings

Menlowe Ballet presents 'It's a Wonderful Nutcracker'
Menlowe Ballet will present its first full-length production, "It's a Wonderful Nutcracker," Dec. 12-20 at the Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts. The production is a blend of "The Nutcracker" and the 1946 classic film, "It's a Wonderful Life."

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Becoming a part of the culture of music

Palo Alto school district program loans low-income school children musical instruments for home use
Palo Alto Unified School District's instrumental music program provides low-income elementary school music students with loaner instruments to use at home, as well as fosters love for music.

December 11, 2015 | 6 comments
Celebrate with suds

Local beer purveyors recommend pairings for holiday meals
The traditional alcoholic beverage to serve with holiday meals may be wine, but local beer purveyors say beer can offer just as much variety, complexity and complementary flavor.

December 10, 2015 | 2 comments
A walk down Christmas Tree Lane

Residents of Fulton Street prepare for the annual holiday tradition
Seventy-five years ago, the residents of Fulton Street set out Christmas trees along the street and strung up lights from the 1500 block to the 1700 block. When the lights came on, one of the city's oldest traditions was born: Christmas Tree Lane. This Saturday, Dec. 12, the residents turn on the lights for the 2015 holiday season.

December 10, 2015 | 14 comments
Stanford's Redwood City campus moves closer to reality

University plans to build 1.5 million square feet for offices, medical clinics and research and development
The Stanford University Board of Trustees gave its blessing this week to the university's first significant expansion outside the main campus: a 35-acre "state-of-the-art" site in Redwood City to be filled with more than 2,300 employees.

December 10, 2015 | 13 comments
Recent home sales

Two Menlo Park sales on the same lane
Stone Pine Lane shows up twice in this week's list of 47 sales. Learn about these home sales and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Sherman busy on field and off; pumps McCaffrey for Heisman

Former Stanford defensive back Richard Sherman, in his fifth season with the Seattle Seahawks, was a busy guy in more ways than one on Sunday as the Seahawks dismantled Minnesota, 38-7, with the defense not allowing a single point (Minnesota scored on a kickoff return).

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

A little TLC for cars
In these 20 Palo Alto building permits, cars receive a little TLC. Residents build a new detached garage and a carport, which will keep them protected from the winter rains.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Find fabric at FabMo, pick up sandbags, receive sandbag help, share through Transition Palo Alto and sew with others
This week includes a FabMo selection event; a sandbag pickup day; a sandbag installation adviser pilot program; an opportunity to share garden produce, art, books, toys and more; and SewMo sewing sessions.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Rent Watch

Do I have to allow pets?
Project Sentinel answers a question about allowing tenants to have a dog without asking. Project Sentinel provides landlord-tenant dispute resolution and fair-housing services in Northern California.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Atherton, unsurprisingly, reports highest sale
This week, Atherton reports the highest sale at $6,150,000. This shouldn't come as a shock after knowing that Atherton was named the home of the most expensive real estate in the country by Forbes magazine in 2015.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Stockton man pleads 'not guilty' in East Palo Alto homicide case

A Stockton man pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of an East Palo Alto man in October.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo's Swart named to All-American women's soccer team

Menlo College goalkeeper Kaylin Swart stormed on to the scene as a sophomore and immediately left her mark on the Oaks, the Golden State Athletic Conference and now the nation as she was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Soccer honors for Cardinal men; Thompson on hoops watch list

Stanford roundup
A program-record five Stanford men's soccer players were named to the 2015 NSCAA NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region Teams, it was announced Wednesday.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Federal, local officials gear up for coming El Nino

FEMA releases disaster plan for California and the West
Citing a worrying El Nino storm pattern that could rival 1997-98's flooding this winter, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Wednesday released a 66-page Severe El Nino Disaster Response plan in the event of a disaster in California and other western states.

December 9, 2015 | 12 comments
Guest Opinion: Groundwater in Palo Alto is a valuable resource, not construction waste

While Palo Alto was urging residents to save water under California's mandated restrictions, we and other neighbors watched numerous construction projects pump 50-100 gallons per minute of groundwater, 24/7, directly into the storm drains.

December 11, 2015 | 63 comments
Peninsula Flyers sending 27 to youth national championships

Cross country
The Peninsula Flyers, a local age-group cross country/track and field program, will be sending 27 athletes to the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Anonymous donor spurs major renovation plans at Addison Elementary School

Palo Alto school hopes to address overcrowding, revamp old facilities
A new two-story building, outdoor-learning environments, a maker's space, a multipurpose room that can actually fit the entire school — these are some of the items on Addison Elementary School's capital-improvements wish list, which could soon become a reality with potential funding from an anonymous donor.

December 9, 2015 | 75 comments
Scattered showers may mean wet evening commute

Sandbags available for Palo Alto residents
Bay Area commuters may have a wet commute on the way home this evening, depending on where they are driving, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

December 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto girls knock M-A basketball from unbeaten ranks

Tuesday's prep roundup
The Palo Alto girls removed Menlo-Atherton from the list of unbeaten basketball teams with a solid 63-45 nonleague victory over the host Bears on Tuesday night.

December 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto school board approves $773K in one-time expenditures

Board members support range of proposals, including hiring athletic trainers and launching pilot math program
At its last meeting of the year on Tuesday night, the Palo Alto school board unanimously approved several large one-time expenditures to support a range of efforts, from full-time high-school athletic trainers to a pilot mathematics program for the elementary schools.

December 9, 2015 | 18 comments
Menlo Park man cited for indecent exposure in Palo Alto

A 26-year-old man from Menlo Park was cited for indecent exposure Tuesday night for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in a downtown Palo Alto parking garage, according to a police department press release.

December 9, 2015 | 2 comments
McCaffrey wins Hornung Award as nation's most-versatile player

Stanford sophomore Christian McCaffrey has been a workhorse running back and kick return specialist who also lined up at blocking back, slot, wildcat quarterback and wide receiver on his way to the NCAA season-record for all-purpose yards this season. On Tuesday, McCaffrey was honored once again for his versatility.

December 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Former Stanford student pleads 'no contest' in poisoning case

Graduate student spiked lab mates' water with paraformaldehyde
A former Stanford University graduate medical student charged with spiking her lab mates' water with paraformaldehyde pleaded no contest Tuesday, Dec. 8, to four felony counts of poisoning, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office confirmed.

December 8, 2015 | 6 comments
With a kick and a snip, El Camino Park re-opens in Palo Alto

Mayor Karen Holman scores park's inaugural goal in welcoming community to long-awaited park
Palo Alto's kick-off ceremony for the new El Camino Park was, quite literally, a kick off. Mayor Karen Holman scored the inaugural goal Tuesday, Dec. 8, on downtown's new soccer field at the small park that has been undergoing renovations for the past four years.

December 8, 2015 | 12 comments
Coyote spotted in Old Palo Alto

Animal services officials remind residents to keep small pets indoors
Old Palo Alto residents are warning their neighbors to keep pets indoors after a coyote was spotted running through the neighborhood last week.

December 11, 2015 | 8 comments
Council launches edit of Palo Alto's zoning code

City officials seek to clarify policies; critics concerned about decreasing transparency
Every day, Palo Alto's city planners find themselves in negotiations with homeowners and builders over things like storefront signs, rooftop equipment and basement sizes. On Monday, the City Council tried to bring some clarity and transparency to these discussions when it approved a host of changes to the city's Zoning Code.

December 8, 2015 | 4 comments
SHP girls struggling without soccer standout Davidson

The Sacred Heart Prep girls are trying to get through the opening few weeks of the soccer season without Stanford-bound senior Tierna Davidson, who is with the U-20 women's team that is competing in the 2015 CONCACAF qualifying tournament in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Hodson is top freshman in Pacific region

College volleyball
Hayley Hodson has been tabbed the AVCA Pacific North Region Freshman of the Year, while a total of four Stanford women's volleyball players have earned all-region first team honors, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Tuesday.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets fall in AYF National Championships

Of local note
The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets lost their opener at the American Youth Football National Championships, 37-30, to the Buffalo Wolverines on Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto council open to new Marriott hotels

City officials deem San Antonio Road site suitable for two new hotels
It's still a long way from the finish line, but a proposal to build two Marriott hotels on the southern edge of Palo Alto got off to a promising start on Monday night when City Council members indicated that they like the idea — at least in principle.

December 8, 2015 | 21 comments
Stanford football gets verbal commitment from top running back

Cardinal corner
Trevor Speights became the second running back out of Texas to commit to the Stanford football program when he did so on Monday.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
For south Palo Alto residents, it's traffic, traffic, traffic

Neighborhoods warn city of unbearable conditions if it doesn't work with Mountain View
Without collaboration with the City of Mountain View, Palo Alto won't be able to get a handle on the traffic and safety issues plaguing the south portion of the city, residents told Palo Alto officials at a town hall meeting last Thursday night.

December 8, 2015 | 17 comments
Rising costs threaten Palo Alto's 'iconic' bike bridge

City Council to consider scrapping selected design for Highway 101 overpass, start process anew
It was supposed to be the centerpiece of Palo Alto's biking renaissance -- a slender, elegant bridge that would span U.S. Highway 101 and offer cyclists and pedestrians a beautiful new entryway into the Baylands. Now, Palo Alto's hoped-for signature bike project is on shaky grounds.

December 9, 2015 | 113 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss new enrollment data

Demographer's report shows decline at elementary and middle schools; growth at high schools
As the school community continues to debate whether the district should open a new elementary, middle or high school — or some combination of the three — new projections show elementary and middle school enrollment declining while growth at Palo Alto high schools will increase over the next several years.

December 8, 2015 | 16 comments
More than 80 mailboxes to be removed across Palo Alto

Changes to come throughout neighborhoods after the Christmas holiday
Citing a decrease in mail volume, the U.S. Postal Service will remove 81 mailboxes from Palo Alto neighborhood corners after the Christmas holiday, a USPS spokesman said.

December 7, 2015 | 25 comments
Palo Alto hires new Human Resources director

Rumi Portillo tapped to lead department after Kathryn Shen's resignation
City Manager James Keene didn't wait long in selecting a new leader for the city's Human Resources Department, tapping a veteran from Los Gatos for the "chief people officer" position.

December 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Oakland street gang implicated in Palo Alto car burglaries

Twenty-one people suspected in series of auto break-ins throughout Bay Area
A Santa Clara County grand jury has indicted 21 people for a series of sophisticated auto break-ins throughout the Bay Area, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office announced on Monday, Dec. 7.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 boys and girls All-CCS water polo teams

Sacred Heart Prep junior Maddy Johnson, the Most Valuable Player in Division II, is among a total of 11 local boys and 15 local girls who have been named to the 2015 All-Central Coast Section water polo teams, selected by the area's coaches.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's McCaffrey is among final three for Heisman Trophy

Shaw a coaching finalist
Stanford sophomore Christian McCaffrey has been named one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy award, presented to the best college football player in the country. He was joined by junior running back Derrick Henry of Alabama and sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson of Clemson.

December 7, 2015 | 7 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss petition to rename Jordan Middle School

Parent groups endorse proposal to change school name
A parent in the district is calling on the school board to consider renaming David Starr Jordan Middle School, whose namesake was not only the founding president of Stanford University, but also a leader in the 20th-century eugenics movement.

December 7, 2015 | 187 comments
Stanford's Manuel splashes to national titles in Winter Nationals

Stanford sophomore Simone Manuel earned a national title in the 100-meter free on the final day of competition at the AT&T Winter Nationals on Saturday night in Federal Way, Wash., while teammate Lia Neal garnered the silver in the event.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls fall in state volleyball title match

Weekend prep roundup
The first-ever trip to the CIF State Division I volleyball championship match for the Menlo-Atherton girls ended in defeat as the Bears (27-7) fell to defending state champion Redondo Union, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16, on Saturday night at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Suspect at large in south Palo Alto sexual battery

There have been no similar incidents in Palo Alto recently, police say
Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly grabbed a woman's breasts after offering her gardening services and entering her South Palo Alto home on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

December 6, 2015 | 14 comments
Next stop for No. 5 Stanford football is Pasadena

Football notebook
There was joy, excitement, back-slapping, hugging, high-fives, group pictures, a sense of accomplishment and smiles all-around in the noisy Stanford locker room after Saturday night's 41-22 win against No. 24 USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

December 6, 2015 | 2 comments
Shop Talk: The Performist brings cryotherapy to Palo Alto

This week's retail news
The Performist brings cryotherapy -- the use of extreme cold to speed the healing process -- to Palo Alto's Town & Country Village.

December 6, 2015 | 21 comments
SHP heads to NorCal playoffs after winning CCS title

McClymonds next foe
Andrew Daschbach caught a 33-yard flea-flicker pass from fellow senior Mason Randall following a double-reverse with just 40 seconds left in the game to lift Sacred Heart Prep to a thrilling 35-28 football victory over Riordan in the Central Coast Section Open Division III championship game on Saturday night at Westmont High in Campbell.

December 6, 2015 | 19 comments
Stanford bowls over USC for the Pac-12 championship

Iowa is next in Rose Bowl
Getting a Heisman-like performance from Christian McCaffrey, who set all kinds of records, Stanford bowled over USC in the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game with a 41-22 triumph Saturday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and earned a berth to the Rose Bowl.

December 5, 2015 | 3 comments
Stanford men beat Deacons; advance to NCAA College Cup

Foster Langsdorf buried a header in the 97th minute to send No. 8 seed Stanford to its first College Cup since 2002, defeating top-seeded Wake Forest, 2-1, in Winston-Salem on Saturday.

December 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Weekly garners 16 awards in Bay Area competition

Peninsula Press Club contest honors excellence in journalism among more than 400 entries
The Palo Alto Weekly won 16 awards at the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards luncheon Saturday, Dec. 5, including first place for overall excellence for non-daily newspapers.

December 5, 2015 | No comments yet
LMU stuns the Cardinal in NCAA volleyball tournament

Jordan Burgess, Brittany Howard and Madi Bugg leave the Stanford women's volleyball program among the all-time greats, though they will leave without another trip to the NCAA Final Four.

December 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Stats prove that McCaffrey may be nation's most versatile

Stanford sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey continues to garner national recognition. This week, the Heisman Trophy candidate was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award, and an Academic All-American.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Council to weigh controversial Marriott proposal

Palo Alto officials to consider two hotels for San Antonio Road
With Palo Alto's hotel boom in full effect, the City Council will consider on Monday the latest entrant into the crowded market when it gets its first look at a proposal to build two Marriott hotels on the southern edge of the city.

December 5, 2015 | 31 comments
Sullivan named first-team All-American in soccer by NSCAA

Pacific Region honors
Stanford women's soccer midfielder Andi Sullivan was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-American, it was announced Friday.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Pinewood girls avert possible upset to remain unbeaten

Despite not shooting well and trailing after three quarters, the Pinewood girls rallied for a 50-47 victory over Vista Murrieta in the second round of the La Jolla Country Day Sweet 16 Tournament on Thursday in La Jolla.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women divvy up the points in NCAA volleyball win

Merete Lutz recorded 13 kills and had a hitting percentage of .579 to lead another collaborative effort for the sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team in Thursday's 25-20, 25-13, 25-17 victory over visiting New Mexico State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Who worked on the XQ application?

New school 'concept' proposal a collaboration of district parents, Stanford faculty, superintendent
The "Wayfinder School" concept submission to the XQ Super School Project was completed on Nov. 14, weeks before the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee (EMAC) was set to make its final recommendations to the school board, but after the group's secondary subcommittee first publicly presented its preliminary proposal that the district open a progressive 6-12 school at Cubberley Community Center.

December 4, 2015 | 13 comments
Menlo-Atherton girls seek their first state volleyball title

If you knock on the door enough times, eventually someone will answer. That's why the Menlo-Atherton girls will be playing for its first-ever state volleyball championship on Saturday night in Southern California.

December 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men's soccer a victory away from College Cup

Stanford takes aim at securing its first trip to the College Cup, the men's soccer version of the Final Four, in 13 years on Saturday as the seventh-ranked Cardinal (16-2-2) travels to top-ranked and top-seeded Wake Forest (17-2-2) at 4 p.m.

December 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School, Gunn girls will be looking for new volleyball coaches

Menlo School girls volleyball coach Steve Cavella is stepping down after three seasons, during which the Knights advanced to the 2013 Division IV state finals and made two trips to the Central Coast Section title match.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Plenty at stake for SHP in rematch with Riordan in CCS finals

When Sacred Heart Prep opened its football season by losing two of its first three games, a lot was lost at that point. First and foremost, the Gators would not repeat their remarkable 13-0 season of 2014 when they captured the Open Division title of the Central Coast Section playoffs.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: enrollment projections, hotel proposals, homeless vets subcommittee report

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 7.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Hogan will be leaving behind a legacy of success

Kevin Hogan, the winningest quarterback in Stanford football history, will leave a legacy unlike any other quarterback in school history and it's not all about his accomplishments and statistics.

December 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Undisclosed new-school proposal sparks dissent in Palo Alto

Role of superintendent, enrollment subcommittee criticized, defended
Lack of public disclosure about the superintendent's and a district committee's participation in a detailed new-school proposal has created concern in the community over the past few weeks.

December 4, 2015 | 45 comments
East Palo Alto organization helps girls transition to womanhood

Girls explore life options through mentoring, academic program
Girls to Women caters to girls ages 6 to 14 years and their families, offering homework assistance, mentoring, science and technology education, extracurricular activities and referrals to social services.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Task force needed to analyze school ideas

Group should be comprised of teachers, students, parents and administrators
The Enrollment Management Advisory Committee, Secondary Schools Subcommittee ("EMAC-SSS") would like to share its perspectives for both the School Board and the community, encourage additional dialogue, and pass these points of view on for additional study.

December 4, 2015 | 24 comments
Not another Nutcracker

Smuin stages 'The Christmas Ballet'
Don't come expecting Drosselmeyer or the Sugar Plum Fairy; Smuin Ballet offers up a more contemporary holiday dance tradition with "The Christmas Ballet."

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Hitting 're-set' with school enrollment committee

EMAC's recommendation for new, innovative high school difficult to rely on
The Palo Alto school district's Enrollment Management Advisory Committee started out as a good, even necessary, idea, but a good idea has run aground of a flawed process, over-expanded scope and compromised credibility, making the EMAC's recommendation for a new, innovative third high school difficult to rely on.

December 4, 2015 | 30 comments
Light up the season

Palo Alto holds downtown tree lighting ceremony
Celebrate the holiday season in community when the City of Palo Alto hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony and celebration this Friday.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Fun films for Francophiles

French animated films come to Mountain View
The Alliance Francaise Silicon Valley hosts the Festival of French Animated Film, screening Dec. 4-5 at Mountain View's Center for the Performing Arts.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Ugly sweaters and cocktails

Bing hosts a holiday happy hour
Unwind at the end of the work day and celebrate the season at Bing Concert Hall. Don't forget your ugly Christmas sweater!

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Two-story homes banned in Greer Park North

Despite vocal dissent, Palo Alto City Council approves neighborhood petition
In a decision that left the majority in the audience cheering and a sizable minority seething, Palo Alto officials agreed early Tuesday morning to ban two-story homes in the Greer Park North neighborhood.

December 3, 2015 | 36 comments
Holiday arty party

Main Gallery hosts a meet-the-artists shindig
The Main Gallery in Redwood City is throwing a holiday party this Saturday, Dec. 5, where partygoers can meet the artists behind the seasonal art show.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: The Performist brings cryotherapy to Palo Alto

This week's retail news
The Performist brings cryotherapy -- the use of extreme cold to speed the healing process -- to Palo Alto's Town & Country Village.

December 3, 2015 | 21 comments
Mixed nuts and Merlot

Calave brings urban sophistication to Palo Alto wine bar scene
Calave Wine Bar on California Avenue is a fun addition to the neighborhood. A little more creativity in the kitchen could go far.

December 3, 2015 | 2 comments
PG&E hits the 'rewind button' on tree removals in Palo Alto

Officials addressed tree removal, pipeline safety at community meeting
Admitting that their plan to remove hundreds of trees from their gas pipeline right-of-way got off on poor footing, Pacific Gas & Electric representatives are starting negotiations anew, officials told residents at a community meeting on Wednesday evening.

December 3, 2015 | 16 comments
Elway named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Century

John Elway has been named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Century, as announced by the Conference. Elway was one of four Cardinal to earn a spot on the All-Century team.

December 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Attorney general issues tips, warnings to avoid charitable donation scams

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has issued some tips and warnings to help consumers make sure their holiday-season donations go to worthy causes and not to swindlers.

December 3, 2015 | 2 comments
Time to settle down with new books

Children's literature offers stories for all ages, including parents
The search for personal identity and young people dealing with modern challenges figure prominently in notable new books for children and teens, including several by local authors. Listen up, parents: these books are not just for kids.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Cookbooks of 2015

Readers, cooks can explore tastes ranging from Eastern Europe to Chez Panisse
Perusing the cookbook selection at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, Anne Sturmthal Bergman selected several volumes that were published during the past year, took them home, tried out a few of the recipes and shares her insight.

December 4, 2015 | 2 comments
Recent home sales

Three sales in Mountain View after Thanksgiving break
After the Thanksgiving break, Mountain View came in with three sales. They were on Chiquita Avenue, Foxborough Drive and Montecito Avenue.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Retail firm readies for Hamilton Avenue
In these Palo Alto building permits, the retail firm Shinola prepares to open along Hamilton Avenue. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Make lip balm, eat a veggie dinner, buy holiday arrangements, explore exotic edibles and call the plant hotline
This week includes a diy lip balm class, Monday night vegetarian dinner, a holiday greens and arrangements sale, a workshop about exotic edibles and a plant hotline.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Rent Watch

Rent due dates, grace periods and rent sharing
Project Sentinel answers questions about paying rent on a certain date and sharing rent costs. Project Sentinel provides landlord-tenant dispute resolution and fair-housing services in Northern California.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

2015: A frustrating year for buyers
In Palo Alto, 2015 has been a very frustrating year for buyers at all budget levels. The biggest reason is limited inventory.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Top sale comes from Palo Alto
This week, the highest sale price came from Palo Alto at $5,850,000.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
A Fresh Look

Staging for your home sale
Yikes! You have a month to prepare your home for sale, a limited budget and very little free time. How do you invest your time, effort and money to stage your home so that it will sell quickly at the best possible price? Follow these tips to reap the best return on your efforts.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
She makes me feel like dancing

Peninsula dancers are loyal to longstanding holiday show
Choreographer Coleen Duncan is now in her 11th year as volunteer artistic director of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," a traditional holiday ballet put on by Peninsula-based Dancers Repertory Theatre.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Making sense of mental illness

Portland author shares her memoir with Palo Alto
In her new memoir, "All the Things We Never Knew," Portland, Oregon-based radio broadcaster Sheila Hamilton reveals how her husband's suicide caught her unaware and devastated her and her family.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: French animated films, wine tasting and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out a festival of French animated films, go wine tasting in Menlo Park and catch a holiday ballet.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Former Palo Alto basketball great Loscutoff passes away

Before there was Jeremy Lin, there was Jim Loscutoff. Before there was "Linsanity", there was "Jungle Jim." Loscutoff, who became Palo Alto High's first NBA player in 1955, passed away Tuesday in Massachusetts at age 85.

December 2, 2015 | 6 comments
At Mitchell Park, pickleball gains an enthusiastic following

With light paddles and balls, its low impact 'keeps you very, very mobile'
Monica Williams and other locals have stumbled upon a new sport: pickleball. Former tennis players are well-represented among the pickleball players, who span all ages but include a significant over-50 contingent, and so are former racquetball, paddle tennis and softball players.

December 6, 2015 | 8 comments
Palo Alto Police Department installs drug disposal container

Palo Alto residents have another place to safely dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication. A new medication disposal bin has been installed in the lobby of the Palo Alto Police Department headquarters.

December 2, 2015 | 11 comments
Stanford's Burgess is Pac-12 Scholar-Athete of the Year

Senior outside hitter Jordan Burgess of the No. 6-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team has been named the Pac-12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County launches human trafficking public awareness campaign through VTA

Santa Clara County officials launched a campaign Tuesday calling on the public to be on the lookout for human trafficking victims.

December 3, 2015 | 4 comments
South Palo Alto house engulfed in flames

Palo Alto firefighters are battling a house fire and evacuating residents in the Fairmeadow neighborhood. See the developing story at http://paloaltoonline.com/news/2015/12/02/palo-alto-firefighters-responding-to-house-fire

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto house destroyed in morning blaze

Palo Alto firefighters respond to fire in Fairmeadow neighborhood
An Eichler home in Palo Alto's Fairmeadow neighborhood was torched in a morning blaze Wednesday. The resident, who escaped without injury, believes the fire was caused by a faulty electric cord.

December 2, 2015 | 46 comments
McCaffrey, Shaw receive top Pac-12 football honors

Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey of Stanford and Cardinal head coach David Shaw received top Pac-12 Conference football honors on Tuesday.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto prepares to plumb the mysteries of groundwater

Spurred by citizen complaints, city prepares to revise rules, pursue studies to better understand impacts of 'dewatering'
The millions of gallons of water that have been pumped out of Palo Alto sites this year and sent toward the city's storm drains have historically been viewed as a byproduct of basement construction, rather than a valuable resource going to waste. Now, with the drought in full effect and the citizenry up in arms, the city is looking to change that.

December 2, 2015 | 34 comments
Palo Alto Medical Foundation names new CEO

Elizabeth Vilardo tapped to lead medical group
Palo Alto Medical Foundation has named Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., as its new chief executive officer, according to a Nov. 25 press release.

December 2, 2015 | 2 comments
M-A girls advance to their first volleyball state finals

Fletcher Anderson was going to celebrate his first-year wedding anniversary last Saturday night, but he had a conflict. His Menlo-Atherton girls had a NorCal volleyball match against Pitman. The Bears presented him with another kind of gift, a victory. On Tuesday, there was another present for Anderson.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women looking for a deep run in volleyball tournament

While they don't take anything for granted, members of the sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team expect to be playing deep into the NCAA tournament that begins Thursday at Maples Pavilion.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Mark Zuckerberg, wife commit to giving 99 percent of Facebook shares to charity

Announcement came in form of letter written to couple's newborn daughter, Max
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife, Priscilla Chan, announced Tuesday, Dec. 1, that they will give 99 percent of their Facebook shares -- currently about $45 billion -- to charity during their lives through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

December 1, 2015 | 17 comments
Council tries to narrow rift with planning commission

Palo Alto council members offer words of criticism, encouragement to their top land-use advisers
They are either the unsung heroes of Palo Alto's planning process or a rogue group of pro-growth advocates with a recent tendency to provoke, rather than support the City Council. Whatever one's view, it's hard to deny the recent rupture between the council and city's Planning and Transportation Commission -- a problem that the two bodies addressed at a joint meeting Monday night.

December 1, 2015 | 68 comments
Stanford soccer teams have semifinalists for Hermann Trophy

Stanford's All-American tandem of junior forward Jordan Morris and senior left back Brandon Vincent plus Cardinal women's sophomore Andi Sullivan were named semifinalists for their respective 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy, it was announced Tuesday.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP's Choy keeps unbeaten streak alive with CCS singles title

Sara Choy has been unbeatable against high school competition during her first two tennis seasons at Sacred Heart Prep. She was 33-0 last season and 26-0 this year for a sparkling 59-0 mark. She hasn't even lost a set during that time.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
McCaffrey heads list of 15 Cardinal players on All-Pac-12 team

Fifteen Stanford student-athletes received All-Pac-12 Conference football accolades on Tuesday, including a conference-best seven first-team honorees.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford volleyball players earn top honors on All-Pac-12 team

Stanford senior Madi Bugg has been named the Pac-12 Setter of the Year for the third straight season and Hayley Hodson is the Freshman of the Year as the annual conference awards were announced Tuesday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

December 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford's Gunn is men's soccer Far West Region Coach of Year

For the second consecutive season, Stanford men's soccer head coach Jeremy Gunn has been named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Far West Region Coach of the Year, the association announced Monday.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Two-story homes banned in Greer Park North

Despite vocal dissent, Palo Alto City Council approves neighborhood petition
In a decision that left the majority in the audience cheering and a sizable minority seething, Palo Alto officials agreed early Tuesday morning to ban two-story homes in the Greer Park North neighborhood.

December 1, 2015 | 36 comments
Council deals a blow to contested University Avenue project

Palo Alto officials agree to send 429 University Ave. back to the drawing board
The bitter tug-of-war between a developer looking to construct a four-story building on University Avenue and neighbors who say the proposal is too massive for the area will likely extend deep into next year after the City Council demanded on Monday a fresh round of public hearings and design revisions for the controversial project.

November 30, 2015 | 60 comments
Community Notebook: 20 local organizations receive grants

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto announces $500,000 distribution
In anticipation of Giving Tuesday, a global effort to celebrate charitable giving, the Palo Alto-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced Monday its distribution of $500,000 to 20 local organizations providing critical services to women.

November 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Huge response to field goal makes impression on Ukropina

Football notebook
Stanford placekicker Conrad Ukropina was pleasantly surprised at how popular he became over the weekend after kicking the game-winning field goal in Saturday's win over Notre Dame.

November 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Bomb squad detonates grenade at Stanford Research Park

Grenade uncovered by construction workers on Porter Drive, site of old Army camp
A building at Stanford Research Park was evacuated Monday afternoon after a construction crew discovered a hand grenade while digging at the site, triggering a response from the county bomb squad.

November 30, 2015 | 3 comments
Sen. Jerry Hill calls for 'Oughta Be A Law ... or Not' contest submissions

Submissions are due Jan. 15, 2016
State Sen. Jerry Hill's eighth annual "Oughta Be a Law ... or Not" contest, where people are invited to suggest ideas for new state legislation, is open, Hill announced Friday, Nov. 27.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Thompson earns Pac-12 basketball honor

Ukropina gets grid honor
Stanford's Lili Thompson was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week in women's basketball after helping the Cardinal to a 4-1 record and tournament title last week at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida.

November 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Ratcliffe is NCAA Pacific Region Coach of Year

College soccer
Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe has been named the 2015 NCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year, as announced Monday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

November 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Free-throw shooting success leads to tournament title

Women's basketball
Briana Roberson scored 19 of her career-high 26 points after halftime, including a pair of free throws that tied the game with 33 seconds remaining in regulation and No. 13 Stanford won in overtime, beating Purdue, 71-65, in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Classic on Sunday in Estero, Fla.

November 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Morris scores twice to lead Stanford men into NCAA quarterfinal

NCAA soccer
Jordan Morris scored twice and Corey Baird added another goal as the seventh-ranked Stanford men's soccer team downed visiting No. 14 Ohio State, 3-1, in the third round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

November 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women earn 8 seed for NCAA volleyball tourney

College volleyball
The Stanford women's volleyball team was seeded eighth overall for the NCAA tournament and will host the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday.

November 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Ukropina certainly got his kicks with thrilling effort against Irish

Sunday notebook
Shortly after Stanford's dramatic 38-36 victory against No. 4 Notre Dame on Saturday night, senior offensive tackle Kyle Murphy was reflecting on the win, his voice barely audible above the raucous celebration. Then it got loud.

November 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Cardinal magic overcomes Irish in fantastic football finish

Conrad Ukropina kicked a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 13 Stanford a 38-36 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame in the regular-season finale before a sellout crowd of 50,242 at Stanford Stadium on Saturday night.

November 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Smith, defense and the 3-pointer keys for Stanford victory

Australian freshman Alanna Smith scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, Lili Thompson scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half and the No. 13 Stanford women's basketball team recovered from a 12-point first-half deficit to beat Dayton, 74-66, at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Saturday evening in Estero, Fla.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Freeze, frost warnings issued for Bay Area

People and animals outside late tonight and Sunday morning in Bay Area inland valleys and mountain areas may suffer as temperatures could drop as low as 26 degrees, National Weather Service officials said.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Freeze, frost warnings issued for Bay Area

People and animals outside late tonight and Sunday morning in Bay Area inland valleys and mountain areas may suffer as temperatures could drop as low as 26 degrees, National Weather Service officials said.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Gunn's Meeks runs to cross country title at CIF State Meet

It has been quite a season in cross country for Gunn senior Gillian Meeks, who won all three Santa Clara Valley Athletic League races before winning the SCVAL El Camino Division and Central Coast Section Division II races.

November 28, 2015 | 3 comments
SHP advances to CCS football final, but Palo Alto falls

The 2015 high school football season will continue for Sacred Heart Prep, but not for Palo Alto following the Central Coast Section semifinals on Friday night.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Howard spikes at 22 in Cardinal volleyball win over UCLA

Senior Brittany Howard recorded a career-high 22 kills on a hitting percentage of .404 and the sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team rallied from behind to beat host No. 13 UCLA, 25-18, 22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11, Friday in the regular-season finale.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Duke spoils Stanford's NCAA women's soccer plans

The Duke and Stanford women's soccer teams played magnificently for 110 minutes Friday, and while the NCAA quarterfinal match officially goes down as a 1-1 tie, the Blue Devils advance to the Women's College Cup on the basis of penalty kicks, 3-2.

November 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Long-range shooters help Stanford women down Lady Bears

Lili Thompson scored 26 points, Briana Roberson added 18 and the 13th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team opened the Gulf Coast Showcase with an 82-65 victory over Missouri State on Friday in Estero, Fla.

November 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men overcome large hoops deficit in Brooklyn

Marcus Allen hit a layup with under three seconds remaining for the go-ahead basket as the Stanford men's basketball team downed Arkansas, 69-66, in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on Friday.

November 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men drop sloppy basketball game to Villanova

OK, so the shooting percentage wasn't so great. The Stanford men's basketball team still came away from its 59-45 nonconference loss to No. 8 Villanova on Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a few positives.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto homicide suspect pleads not guilty to murder, attempted murder charges

A suspect in a 2014 East Palo Alto homicide who was arrested earlier this month pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon charges, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
CHP ramping up efforts to reduce roadways deaths this Thanksgiving weekend

The California Highway Patrol will be cracking down on impaired and unrestrained drivers this Thanksgiving weekend by increasing its patrols, CHP officials said.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women claim Big Spike victory over the Golden Bears

Hayley Hodson had 18 kills, one of three players to reach double figures in that department, and the Stanford women's volleyball team downed visiting California in the Big Spike on Wednesday night.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales

Oldest previous sale in Palo Alto
This week, the oldest listed previous sale comes from Palo Alto in 1989. Learn about this home sales and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Remodeling bathrooms, kitchens and more
In these 105 Palo Alto building permits, residents look to update bathroom, kitchens and more. Plus, a few businesses get updates, such as a illuminated sign at Fire, Oak & Barley on California Avenue.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Take a tree survey, sign up for a class from the Enjoy! catalog and attend a wearable tech showcase
This week includes an online tree survey through Canopy and the City of Palo Alto, an opportunity to sign up for classes listed in the Enjoy! catalog and a wearable technology event on Dec. 1-2.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Garden Tips

Growing a garden relationship
Garden coach Jack McKinnon offers tips for nurturing your relationship with your garden as we head into winter.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

11 sales in Mountain View
Read the rest of the real estate numbers to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Meatless Mondays

Peninsula-based nonprofit hosts weekly meat-free dinners
The Peninsula Macrobiotic Community hosts weekly Monday Vegetarian Dinners, including a special Thanksgiving feast.

November 26, 2015 | 1 comment
Seasonal shop 'til you drop

Filoli's 'Holiday Traditions' includes shopping boutiques and more
Kick off your holiday shopping (if you haven't already) at Filoli, with shopping boutiques, lunch buffets and more offered Nov. 27-Dec. 5

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto prepares to ban two-story homes in Greer Park North

Residents in Eichler tract request 'single-story overlay'
Weeks after the Palo Alto approved a request from Los Arboles residents to ban new two-story homes in their Eichler neighborhood, officials will consider a similar proposal from Greer Park North.

November 28, 2015 | 17 comments
Step away from the turkey

Opal nightclub offers Black Friday escape
Looking for a way to burn off that Thanksgiving feast? Check out Escape Black Friday at Mountain View's Opal nightclub.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
A November 'Nutcracker'

Pacific Ballet Academy unveils its 25th annual holiday production
The Pacific Ballet Academy celebrates its 25th year of the "Nutcracker" with performances through the Thanksgiving weekend.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto police offer tips to prevent package thefts

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, Palo Alto police are offering tips to prevent packages from being stolen from people's front porches.

November 27, 2015 | 2 comments
As Palo Alto's fiber hopes grow, so do costs

City to consider hiring new manager, extending consultant contracts for 'Fiber to the Premises'
As Palo Alto forges ahead with a plan to bring high-speed Internet access to every local home and business, city staff is struggling to keep up both with the rapid changes in the broadband market and with the City Council's growing ambitions.

November 28, 2015 | 41 comments
Stewards of Bol Park path give it new life

Residents seek to restore vegetation following VA construction project
From its inception, Bol Park and its path have been a rallying point for Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood. The gaping, 400-foot-long gash in the verdant border along Bol Park path has become a rallying cry for nine Barron Park residents who want to restore vegetation following VA Palo Alto Healthcare System's expansion project.

November 29, 2015 | 5 comments
Sweet on nostalgia

Rocket Fizz stocks sweet and funny treats from yesteryear
With its collection of old-fashioned candies, strange soda flavors, vintage gag gifts and toys, Rocket Fizz aims to stoke feelings of childhood nostalgia.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Giving thanks, getting laughs

Gunn grads return for stand-up show, fundraiser
Professional comedians and Gunn High School graduates Teresa Lee and Nathan Habib return to Palo Alto for a night of stand-up comedy this Friday, Nov. 27.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
The original matchmaker

TheatreWorks reprises Jane Austen's "Emma"
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is reviving Jane Austen's "Emma," the musical it debuted to rave reviews in 2006. Lianne Marie Dobbs will reprise her title role.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
A tiny house for art

Students build portable art studio in Stanford intensive
Designer David Szlasa has helped Stanford students build a portable art studio. Now, the challenge is gaining approval to base the studio on campus.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: single-story overly, dewatering, CLEAN program

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 30.

November 27, 2015 | No comments yet
NFL video clips helped McCaffrey in his development

Even with the great talent that Christian McCaffrey possesses, there still is room for improvement, and Stanford's standout running back said he turned a corner in his development last spring.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
DreamCatchers helps underserved students achieve academic success

Afterschool program pairs middle schoolers with tutors from Palo Alto and Gunn high schools and Stanford
DreamCatchers afterschool program offers fun projects to teach low-income middle school students complicated math subjects, as well as units on "healthy behaviors" and "building dreams," to help students understand what is necessary to reach their goals.

November 27, 2015 | 11 comments
M-A pulls big upset, but Menlo School falls in semifinals

The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls both had an opportunity to avenge volleyball losses on Saturday night in the semifinals of the CIF Northern California playoffs. The Bears were successful, but the Knights were not.

November 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday highlights

Local organizations, artists host a bounty of seasonal entertainment
Before or after your stroll down the streets to gaze at Christmas lights, the Midpeninsula has more holiday events and traditions to offer from "The Nutcracker" ballets to comedy shows.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A, Menlo girls advance in CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs

The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls both moved on to the second round of the CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs following victories on Tuesday night.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Tales of turkey and tempeh

Local 'turkey experts' share stories, recommendations
Roasted, fried, smoked or deconstructed — there is an abundance of ways to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. Or is a turkey even necessary? Read on for a number of ways to change things up at the dinner table this holiday season.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Cold-weather shelters open early due to frigid temperatures

Project WeHOPE in East Palo Alto is open
Cold-weather shelters in Santa Clara County opened their doors Tuesday evening, about a week ahead of schedule, to accommodate the homeless due to frigid conditions expected over the next few days.

November 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Accent Arts, Village Stationers to leave California Avenue

The retailers are the latest to leave due to rising costs, shifting shopping habits
Two of California Avenue's independent retailers, whose stores have contributed to the small-town charm that has long characterized Palo Alto's so-called "second downtown," have announced they plan to move out.

November 25, 2015 | 81 comments
Invites for all

Stationery, invite experts share tips and tricks for holiday party invitations
Stationery and invite experts share tips and tricks for holiday party invitations this season, such as what to include on invites, how to dress up snail mail, and how to use mail apps and digital invites.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Bonanni heads Stanford's all-MPSF men's water polo honors

Senior Bret Bonanni, one of the most decorated men's water polo players in school history, added another accolade to his impressive list of achievements on Tuesday. The Cardinal was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation First Team for a third straight season.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Anderson prepares for final home football game at Stanford

Palo Alto grad Kevin Anderson acknowledges that "it's going to be weird" walking onto the field at Stanford Stadium for the final time in a Cardinal football uniform on Saturday.

November 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Palo Alto Knights Jr. Midgets heading to national playoffs

Youth football
It's holiday time for the Palo Alto Knights' football program. First up is Thanksgiving this week and then Christmas next month. In between, however, maybe something even more special for the players and their families.

November 24, 2015 | 19 comments
Palo Alto residents pumped up about groundwater 'waste'

New grassroots group calls for moratorium on basement projects that require dewatering
With California's drought stretching through its fourth year, the sight of water gushing out of Palo Alto's construction sites has drained the patience of Keith Bennett and his neighbors in the Crescent Park, Old Palo Alto and Community Center neighborhoods.

November 27, 2015 | 98 comments
2015 girls' All-SCVAL De Anza Division volleyball team

ALL-SCVAL DE ANZA DIVISION
Co-Most Valuable Player: Chanti Holroyd (Mountain View), Lulu Kishton (Los Altos)
Outstanding Senior: Sarah Nelson (Los Gatos)
Outstanding Junior: Jessica Lee (Palo Alto)
Outstanding Sophomore: Chelsea Fan (Palo Alto)

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday Guide to Everything

From festive recipes and local holiday events to DIY gift ideas and party etiquette
Check out our Holiday Guide to Everything, including where to get inexpensive stocking stuffers, recipes for winter cocktails, a roundup of holiday events and more to make your season bright.

November 27, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 girls' all-league water polo teams

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Most Valuable Player: Celia Aldrete (Castilleja) Sr.
Most Valuable Goalie: Amelia Milne (Burlingame) Sr.
First Team
Maddie Macdonald (Castilleja) Sr.; Serena Rivera-Korver (Castilleja) Jr.; Allison Sullivan Wu (Burlingame) So.; Claire Morrison (Bulringame) Sr.; Kyra Sheeper (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Maya Srinivasan (Woodside) Fr.; Ellie Henretty (Half Moon Bay) Sr.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
PG&E community meeting to discuss tree removal, pipeline safety

Plans to remove hundreds of trees from Pacific Gas & Electric's pipeline right-of-way through Palo Alto will be the topic of discussion on Dec. 2 when the utility company holds a public meeting at Mitchell Park Community Center.

November 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Community Notebook: City to hold tree lighting ceremony Dec. 4

Palo Alto event will feature live music, food and more
Residents will be able to ring in the Christmas season at the 5th annual City of Palo Alto Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lytton Plaza on Friday, Dec. 4.

November 30, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP's Choy, Menlo's Vielma advance in CCS singles tourney

CCS roundup
Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy opened defense of her singles title at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament by posting a pair of straight-set wins on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women suffer rare home basketball loss to Broncos

Nationally No. 13 Stanford got itself in trouble early and never did get things straightened out, dropping a 61-58 nonconference women's basketball contest to visiting Santa Clara on Monday night.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
McCaffrey earns Pac-12 'special' weekly honor for football

Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey earned Pac-12 Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week honors, it was announced Monday.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Council set to rule on divisive downtown development

Following citizen appeal and design revisions, Palo Alto officials prepare to take another look at 429 University Ave.
To Elizabeth Wong, the building she's proposed for the prominent corner of University Avenue and Kipling Street is exactly what the city needs and what Palo Alto's design guidelines seek to encourage. On Nov. 30, it'll be up to the City Council to decide whether she's right.

November 25, 2015 | 15 comments
Officials warn of flooding from coming storms

Palo Alto residents face unknown conditions in predicted El Nino winter
If a 1998-level El Nino storm barrels into the Bay Area this winter, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto residents and city staff will be left literally holding the sand bag, officials said at a flood-information meeting on Nov. 19.

November 23, 2015 | 54 comments
2015 boys' all-league water polo teams

2015 ALL-PAY BAY DIVISION
Most Valuable Player: Chris Xi (Menlo School) Sr.
Most Valuable Goalie: Tiago Bonchristiano (Menlo School) Jr.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
PAL Bay Division, WBAL girls' volleyball all-league teams

2015 ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Most Valuable Player: Jacqueline DiSanto (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.
First Team
Erin Alonso (Carlmont) Sr.; Elena Mateus (Carlmont) Sr.; Adrienne Lee (Mills) Sr.; Kara Herbert (Sequoia) Sr.; Hailey Merkes (Half Moon Bay) Jr.; Melanie Moore (Aragon) Jr.; Maddie Lee (Aragon) Sr.; Cherene Uale (Hillsdale) Sr.
Natalie Ballout (Burlingame) So.; Julia Haupt (Burlingame) So.; Kirby Knapp (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Eliza Grover (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
PAL Bay Division and WBAL girls' tennis all-league teams

2015 ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
First Team
Lanie Van Linge (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Yvette Leung (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Julia Marks (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Halle Martinucci (Burlingame) So.; Mar Burgueno (Carlmont) Sr.; Sophia Longo (Woodside) Fr.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Cold temperatures, rain expected in Bay Area this week

Cold, rainy and windy weather is set to hit the Bay Area this week as people travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the National Weather Service.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's McCaffrey earns Pac-12 special teams honor

Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey of Stanford has been named Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his record-breaking effort against Cal in the Big Game, it was announced Monday.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Amid policy clashes, Palo Alto council to meet with planning commission

Joint session on Nov. 30 offers chance to air grievances, consider improvements
It's no secret that the rift between the Palo Alto City Council and its main land-use advisory panel, the Planning and Transportation Commission, has widened in the past year, with each body pointedly criticizing the policies favored by the other. On Nov. 30, the two bodies will try to repair the damage during their annual joint meeting.

November 24, 2015 | 11 comments
State unemployment rate declines as number of jobs increase

The number of workers without jobs in California decreased last month from the previous month and the number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased, according to new data from the California Employment Development Department.

November 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo girls win a second straight NorCal tennis crown

Menlo School topped Saratoga, 5-2, in the championship match to defend its title in the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional on Saturday at the Broadstone Racquet Club in Folsom.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Bill's Cafe opens in Palo Alto

This week's retail news
After months of delays, Bill's Cafe has opened in Midtown Palo Alto, serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

November 23, 2015 | 34 comments
Pair arrested for early morning robbery

Thieves allegedly struck victim in downtown Palo Alto
A downtown Palo Alto robbery in which a man was allegedly hit multiple times resulted in the arrest of two men Saturday morning, police announced Sunday.

November 22, 2015 | 18 comments
Bashti scores twice to lead Stanford men to NCAA victory

Cardinal corner
No. 6 Stanford refocused after a frustrating first half to put together a sound attack that led to its 3-1 victory over visiting Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament Sunday at Cagan Stadium.

November 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's McCaffrey continues to be a human highlight reel

Christian McCaffrey made another strong push for the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in front of a national television audience. The sophomore running back compiled a school-record 389 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns in Stanford's 35-22 victory against bowl eligible Cal in the 118th Big Game.

November 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Yes, Atherton still has the most expensive real estate, says Forbes

Palo Alto's priciest ZIP code ranks No. 36
Atherton has, for the third year in a row, been named as the ZIP code with the most expensive residential real estate in the country by Forbes Magazine. This year Woodside joins Atherton in the top 10.

November 22, 2015 | 10 comments
Stanford to play for the Pac-12 football championship

The Cardinal clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game on Dec. 5 at Levi's Stadium with its 35-22 victory over visiting California in the 118th Big Game and will meet the winner of next week's game between UCLA and USC.

November 21, 2015 | 3 comments
M-A girls successfully defend their CCS volleyball crown

Saturday CCS roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls successfully defended their Central Coast Section Division I volleyball title with a 25-14, 27-25, 25-17 victory over Carlmont on Saturday at Independence High School in San Jose.

November 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women take another step toward return to College Cup

Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored twice, Megan Turner also scored and the third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team beat visiting Arizona, 3-0, Saturday afternoon to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
McCall soars in Stanford's nonconference win over GWU

Cardinal corner
Erica McCall recorded her third double-double in as many games, Lili Thompson added 21 points and six assists and No. 15 Stanford beat visiting No. 22 George Washington, 84-63, in a nonconference women's basketball contest Saturday.

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP girls, boys make a splash with more CCS polo titles

After eight years, Jon Burke finally got it right on the ninth try. As the final buzzer sounded, the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo coach raised his arms and leaped into the pool. It was picture perfect.

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal men overcome adversity to place third at nationals

NCAA cross country
A Stanford men's cross-country team, so buried by adversity during mid-season when it dropped to No. 23 in the rankings, battled to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

November 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Evans, Eggleton pace Menlo hoops victory in triple overtime

Tyler Evans hit several key shots en route to a career-high 28 points and the Menlo College men's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat visiting Pacific (Ore.), 101-97, in triple overtime Friday night.

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Paly, SHP advance in playoffs, but M-A's season ends

The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep football teams will be playing for at least another week as they won their respective Central Coast Section first-round playoff games on Friday night. Menlo-Atherton, however, did not.

November 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Swimming depth paying off for Stanford men at Invitational

The Stanford men's swimming team won four of five individual events and split the relays, extending its lead at the A3 Performance Invitational in Monterey Park on Friday.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Bonanni's hat trick not enough to keep Stanford afloat

Cardinal corner
Bret Bonanni scored late in regulation to force overtime, though host USC came back to beat Stanford, 7-6, and advance to the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water Polo Championships Friday in Los Angeles.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford students end five-day sit-in for divestment from oil, gas companies

Stanford University students and supporters held rally Friday culminating a five-day sit-in calling for the college's divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

November 20, 2015 | 7 comments
Tales of turkey and tempeh

Local 'turkey experts' share stories, recommendations
Roasted, fried, smoked or deconstructed — there is an abundance of ways to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. Or is a turkey even necessary? Read on for a number of ways to change things up at the dinner table this holiday season.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Winter libations

Give thanks this year for cocktails, mocktails as well as the food
Holiday party planning is typically all about the food. This year, don't neglect the libations.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
DiBiasi delivers pair of goals to pace Cardinal in NCAA win

Freshman Jordan DiBiasi scored twice Thursday night to propel the Stanford women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting BYU at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women rally for Pac-12 volleyball win over Buffaloes

Cardinal corner
Freshman Haley Hodson recorded 16 kills and the seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team rallied from a first set loss to beat visiting Colorado, 18-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-18, in a Pac-12 Conference match Thursday.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: No meetings this week

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

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto model railroad is neighborhood attraction

Eric Struck's Barron Park Garden Railroad to close for winter Nov. 28
Each April Eric Struck opens his backyard railroad to the public, the history of Western railroads spelled out on the sides of box cars and engines: the Southern Pacific; Niles Canyon Railroad; Feather River Canyon.

November 22, 2015 | 3 comments
Stanford track and field signs top group of runners

The Stanford track and field program signed six during the fall signing period, including a top class of women's distance runners -- four of which are ranked either No. 1 or 2 in the nation.

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Buena Vista owner sues Palo Alto over closure conditions

Jisser family accuses city of extortion in requirement for relocation assistance
In the latest skirmish in the long and emotional battle over Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park, the owners of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the City of Palo Alto, accusing it of imposing "unconstitutional" conditions in exchange for permission to shut down the park.

November 19, 2015 | 121 comments
Recent home sales

$1.9 million to $3.7 million in Palo Alto
This week, the 10 sales in Palo Alto ranged from $1.9 million to $3.7 million. Learn about this home sales and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Re-roofs continue through fall
In these 181 Palo Alto building permits, residents continue to repair their roofs, which 32 listed below. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Art for the holidays

Gallery House hosts 'Artful Holiday Show'
Check out work by more than 40 regional artists at the Artful Holiday Show, now open on Palo Alto's California Avenue.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Pressing ahead with the gender revolution

Stanford professor works to achieve equality for women, in and out of academia
"Can we move beyond the stalled gender revolution?" When Stanford University sociology professor and longtime gender scholar Shelley Correll became director of the university's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, she selected this question as the institution's new focus.

November 20, 2015 | 15 comments
Beechwood's outdoor-ed program fosters independence, teamwork

Students learn about and explore the natural world during educational expeditions
Kayaking, hiking, camping and making s'mores sound like summer-exclusive activities done with family, but for Beechwood School students in Menlo Park, getting outdoors is part of the school curriculum.

November 20, 2015 | 1 comment
Home Front

Rose hip learning, workday hiking, animal meeting, Thanksgiving dining and Canopy pruning
This week includes a rose hip presentation on Nov. 20, a Foothills Park hike and workday on Nov. 22, an animal lesson on Nov. 22, a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23 and a tree pruning course on Dec. 5.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
It's a Big Game in more ways than one for Stanford football

Brennan Scarlett retains ties with the University of California, where he earned a degree and played football for three years, missing his junior year to injury. It will be all about Stanford, however, when Scarlett takes the field in a Cardinal uniform on Saturday.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Rent Watch

Does a college student have the right to invite guests?
Project Sentinel answers a college student's question about a landlord prohibiting guests. The first step: find the lease and look at the language in the lease regulating "guests."

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford students call on university to divest from fossil fuels

Fossil Free Stanford stages indefinite sit-in
Civil disobedience is alive and well at Stanford University this week, where upwards of 80 students have been sleeping, eating and peacefully protesting outside of President John Hennessy's office until the university signals it is willing to divest from the fossil-fuel industry.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
One big campy family

Mountain View nightclub hosts semimonthly drag shows
For the past year, Mountain View nightclub King of Clubs has been hosting a semimonthly drag show, Game of Hearts.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Mind control

Dr. Deepak Chopra's new book, "Super Genes," suggests that our thoughts and feelings have a powerful and direct influence on our physical well-being.

November 19, 2015 | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Community embraces responsibility to help our youth

The December article in the Atlantic magazine addressing the two teen suicide clusters we've experienced in Palo Alto -- in 2009 and again in 2014 -- highlights some critical issues in our community. Some of our challenges are mirrored elsewhere, and others may hope to learn from our experience and our responses.

November 21, 2015 | 17 comments
Cardinal still has plenty to play for in the Big Game

In the locker room after last Saturday's 38-36 Pac-12 Conference football loss to Oregon, Stanford senior offensive left guard Joshua Garnett addressed the team. His message: Pick your head up. We've got a lot to play for.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Book Talk: Young adult novels, Silicon Valley fiction and more

This month's book news
This month, author Heidi R. Kling releases a young adult novel about teen suicide, Patrick Krejcik publishes a Wall Street-style thriller with a Silicon Valley twist, and more.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

Behind the hype: An objective look at the Silicon Valley market
Recent television shows and online documentaries paint quite a sensational portrait of Bay Area real estate, with over-the-top personalities, $2 million teardowns, frenzied bidding wars and prices that seemingly have no ceiling.

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Shop Talk: Bill's Cafe opens in Palo Alto

This week's retail news
After months of delays, Bill's Cafe has opened in Midtown Palo Alto, serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

November 19, 2015 | 34 comments
East Palo Alto homicide suspect makes initial court appearance

Warren Morrison Jr. accused in shooting death of Jarmal Magee, 31
A Stockton man made his initial appearance in San Mateo County Superior Court Wednesday to face charges that he shot and killed a man in October in East Palo Alto, prosecutors said.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Not just another pizza parlor

Howie's Artisan Pizza rises above thanks to top-notch crust and ingredients
Howie's Artisan Pizza serves up tasty pies, appetizers, salads and sandwiches in Palo Alto and Redwood City.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

Palo Alto home prices cross the $3 million line in September
The price paid for single-family homes in Palo Alto took a huge leap in September, when the median price reached $3,337,500. This is 28 percent over the August median of $2,600,000.

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Sales at a glance

$11 million-plus sale in Atherton
This week, one sale in Atherton soars ahead of the rest as far as price, with it selling for $11,333,000.

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Beyond good lookin'

Native plants, sliding screen challenge idea that front yard is only for show
A lush green front lawn lined with tidy floral beds just didn't seem right to Marsha and Art Grantz in this fourth drought year. So they called in Marsha's daughter, a landscape designer, to create a new space that would thrive in Palo Alto's climate.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Holiday art shows, teen authors and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out work by more than 40 regional artists at the Artful Holiday Show, hear teen authors discuss their new novels and catch the Bay Choral Guild's rousing rendition of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."

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Big Game has provided crazy bounces and fantastic finishes

The 118th Big Game kicks off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Stanford Stadium, and there is no telling what the outcome holds. The series is famous for heroic performances, crazy bounces and fantastic finishes, the majority at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

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Palo Alto residents to city: Build police building now

After 17 years of fits and starts in Palo Alto's quest to build a new police headquarters, residents at a community meeting Wednesday told the city to make it happen sooner rather than later.

November 19, 2015 | 16 comments
SHP boys seek another CCS title, Menlo wants to end streak

CCS roundup
The Sacred Heart Prep boys have won four straight Central Coast Section Division II water polo championships. Menlo School would like to see that streak end when the rivals meet in the section finals on Saturday.

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Community Notebook: Palo Alto library system's book-borrowing service suspended

Last day to request books through LINK+ service is today, Nov. 19
The Palo Alto library system will be transitioning to a new online services platform and will suspend its inter-library book-borrowing service, LINK+, on Friday, Nov. 20, until Feb. 1, 2016, to allow time for data cleanup and migration, according to an announcement.

November 19, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo College takes aim from long range to record victory

Adam Griffin scored a game-high 17 points, an effort that included a 5-of-7 performance from long range, and the Menlo College men's basketball team downed visiting Northwest Christian, 66-62, Wednesday night in a nonconference contest.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to extend its first 'bike boulevard'

New project proposes host of bike improvements for southern portion Bryant Street
More than three decades after Bryant Street became the nation's first "bicycle boulevard," Palo Alto officials are preparing to extend the popular bike route to the southernmost reaches of the city.

November 18, 2015 | 32 comments
Palo Alto utilities director to retire

Valerie Fong steps down after nine years of overseeing municipal electricity, gas, water and fiber operations
Utilities Director Valerie Fong, who has spent the past nine years overseeing the city-owned electricity, gas, water and fiber operations, is preparing to hit the off switch on her Palo Alto term in December, creating an opening in one of the city's most complex and critical positions.

November 19, 2015 | 4 comments
Stanford men, women take runs at NCAA titles in cross country

Stanford sends its men's and women's teams to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the 22nd consecutive season -- the longest ongoing streak in the country -- on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Stanford squads have won a combined nine NCAA titles -- the women five and the men four.

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Stanford's Thompson on women's Wooden Award watch list

Stanford junior Lili Thompson is among 30 women's basketball players who have been named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30. Thompson is one of three Pac-12 players on the list.

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Former prep volleyball standouts earn college honors

Of local note
A handful of local college volleyball players have received honors at various levels, including All-American recognition following the conclusion of their regular seasons.

November 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford responds to sexual-assault criticisms

In Q&A, provost addresses climate survey, education, prevention
Close to two months after the release of a Stanford University climate survey with controversial results on campus sexual assault, Provost John Etchemendy responded directly to concerns and criticisms raised by students and faculty in a statement issued Wednesday.

November 18, 2015 | 6 comments
SHP girls reach CCS finals, but M-A and Gunn boys knocked out

Water polo
After one night of semifinals in the Central Coast Section water polo playoffs, this is what has been decided: There will be no matchup between the Gunn and Menlo-Atherton boys in Division I while Sacred Heart Prep and St. Francis will meet in the finals for the first time since 2007.

November 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto reacts to Atlantic article

Students, groups plan further discussion on well-being, suicide prevention
The appearance in a national publication of a now-familiar story — that of a community, Palo Alto, grappling with youth suicide — has elicited strong reaction locally, particularly from students, alumni, school district leadership and local mental health professionals.

November 17, 2015 | 137 comments
Big Game week brings added enthusiasm, energy to campus

Football notebook
Stanford football David Shaw has been involved in the Big Game as a player and assistant coach. It still means a lot to him.

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New rules launched for Palo Alto Airport

City Council approves stop-gap 'minimum standards' for local airport, prepares to engage the community for permanent standards
When Palo Alto formally took over the operations of its eponymous airport last year, the goal was to turn the bustling but long-neglected facility into a community treasure. As one step, the city on Monday established rules for airport users and policies for leasing, maintaining and constructing facilities at the busy Baylands hub.

November 17, 2015 | 214 comments
Stanford men sweep top awards on All-Pac-12 soccer team

The Stanford men's soccer team was rewarded for winning the Pac-12 Conference title as the Cardinal swept all the top honors on the all-conference team on Tuesday.

November 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford women put finishing touches on a top golf class

The Stanford women's golf team completed its 2016 class by announcing that Ziyi (Emily) Wang of Beijing, China, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the program.

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Former SHP athletes help their Princeton teams win titles

Of local note
Three former Sacred Heart Prep athletes helped their respective Princeton teams to league championships this past weekend as both squads prepared for postseason play.

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Mauro, Taylor get the best of Baldwin and Sherman in Week 10

It was another Stanford reunion in week 10 of the National Football League as Josh Mauro and Stepfan Taylor of the Arizona Cardinals helped their team defeat Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

November 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrain seeking bicycle committee members

Caltrain is seeking representatives to join its bicycle advisory committee to promote the interests and perspectives of bicyclists for integration into the California commuter rail line's planning process.

November 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford students continue sit-in at main quad

Student organization, Fossil Free Stanford, calling for divestment from fossil fuels
A sit-in by students calling for Stanford University's divestment from the fossil fuel industry has continued for a second day.

November 17, 2015 | 68 comments
Palo Alto council deals a blow to Communication & Power Industry

City looks to restrict new facilities with hazardous materials; phase out CPI's plating shop
Barron Park residents who have long complained about the perils of living next to a plating shop filled with toxic chemicals earned a long-awaited victory Monday night, when the City Council agreed to phase out the industrial operation next door and to impose new restrictions on hazardous materials.

November 17, 2015 | 17 comments
FAA vows to take fresh look at flight paths, altitudes

Federal agency responds to flurry of Bay Area complaints about airplane noise
Responding to a rising volume of complaints about airplane noise, the Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to take a fresh look at flight paths, plane altitudes and new procedures that would bring some peace to the afflicted skies above San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

November 16, 2015 | 59 comments
Palo Alto officials host first 'town hall' with neighborhoods

Council members and staff addressed floods, parking, aircraft noise and other residential concerns
Palo Alto officials held the first in a series of town hall-style meetings last week at Duveneck Elementary School to listen to residents' concerns and provide a better understanding regarding how the city aims to solve issues plaguing their neighborhoods.

November 16, 2015 | 15 comments
Stanford men get a No. 8 seed for NCAA soccer tournament

The back-to-back Pac-12 champion Stanford men's soccer team received the No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday morning. It's the Cardinal's third straight appearance in the postseason.

November 16, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A, Menlo and SHP girls advance to CCS volleyball semis

The Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep girls all advanced to semifinal matches following victories in the Central Coast Section volleyball quarterfinals on Saturday.

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Football teams face a tough road in new CCS playoffs

The second season of high school football gets under way this weekend with four local teams competing in one of the five new Central Coast Section playoff brackets, none of which appear favorable for the local squads.

November 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Seven local water polo teams advance to CCS semis

It's down to the semifinals of the Central Coast Section water polo tournaments and seven local teams are still alive, all battling for berths in Saturday's championship matches at Independence High in San Jose.

November 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto officials brace for story in The Atlantic magazine

Piece on youth suicides to publish online Tuesday, Nov. 17
Palo Alto school and city officials, with the help of local mental health professionals, are bracing for the release of a cover story in national magazine The Atlantic on the recent teen suicide cluster.

November 16, 2015 | 48 comments
Humphrey doubles up to help Cardinal men beat Buccaneers

Michael Humphrey recorded his second double-double in as many games in helping lead Stanford to a 93-59 basketball victory over visiting Charleston South on Sunday in a preliminary game of the Preseason NIT.

November 15, 2015 | No comments yet
McCall helps Stanford women race past Gonzaga in hoops win

Cardinal corner
Erica McCall recorded a double-double with a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds, Lili Thompson added 21 points and the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team closed the game on a 19-1 run to beat host Gonzaga, 65-48, at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane on Sunday.

November 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford already focusing on Cal and the 118th Big Game

Twenty-four hours. That's how long David Shaw, Stanford's Director of Football, gave his players to move on from Saturday night's difficult 38-36 loss to Oregon. Most will do it quicker.

November 15, 2015 | 5 comments
First Person: A conversation with Esther Wojcicki, journalism/English teacher, education innovator and author

Esther Wojcicki, also known as Woj, talks with Lisa Van Dusen at the new Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center (MAC) about writing for a real audience, blended learning and mastery learning.

November 15, 2015 | 4 comments
Menlo College drops GSAC volleyball finale; Chessin a champion

Oaks report
Maddie Clegg had 10 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .474 but the Menlo College women's volleyball team dropped a 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 decision to host San Diego Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Saturday.

November 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford turnovers too much to overcome in loss to Ducks

Oregon beat Stanford, 38-36, in a Pac-12 Conference football contest to remain in the hunt for the North Division title and a berth in the Pac-12 Conference title game. The Ducks, at full strength, are as good as any team on Stanford's schedule and they were clicking on Saturday.

November 14, 2015 | 2 comments
True team effort leads Menlo girls to another CCS tennis title

Menlo School freshmen Ashley Vielma and Taylor Gould had a big tennis decision to make before Saturday's Central Coast Section Team Tournament semifinals and finals at Monta Vista High in Cupertino.

November 14, 2015 | 1 comment
Cardinal women receive at-large bid for NCAA cross country

For the 22nd consecutive year, both the Stanford men's and women's cross country teams will compete at the NCAA Championships, extending the nation's longest ongoing streak.

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Three local runners chase down titles at CCS cross country

Gunn senior Gillian Meeks, Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney and Priory senior Hana Marsheck all ran to individual titles at the 2015 Central Coast Section Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Crystal Springs in Belmont.

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Stanford provost to students: 'We have no desire to sweep anything under the rug'

University administrators field questions about climate survey, breakdown in student trust
Stanford University administrators engaged in rare public dialogue with students about sexual-assault issues on campus during a town hall meeting Friday morning.

November 14, 2015 | 19 comments
SHP, M-A roll to winning tuneups for the CCS playoffs

Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton made successful tuneups for next week's Central Coast Section football playoffs, but Palo Alto and Menlo School did not following losses on the final night of the regular season.

November 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Short road trip turns into season opening victory for Stanford

Cardinal corner
Briana Roberson scored 15 points, Erica McCall added her third career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team opened the season with a 74-45 nonconference victory over host UC Davis on Friday night.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal women top Spartans to open NCAA tournament

Averie Collins scored, Kyra Carusa's early shot resulted in an own goal in the first half and the Stanford women's soccer team downed visiting San Jose State, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

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Sanders points the way to Stanford basketball victory

Christian Sanders scored eight of his 23 points in overtime, Rosco Allen hit a key 3-pointer and Stanford beat Wisconsin-Green Bay, 93-89, Friday night in Maples Pavilion in a preliminary game of the Preseason NIT.

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Stanford men qualify for NCAA cross country championship

The Stanford men finished second in the rain and mud of the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.

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Stanford's Alfieri will be facing his old high school teammates

Football notes
When Stanford played at top-ranked Oregon in 2012, Joey Alfieri was a junior at Jesuit High in Portland. He was a guest of the Ducks, but left a fan of the Cardinal after watching it stage a 17-14 overtime win.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto homicide fugitive is arrested

Warren Morrison Jr. held on $5 million warrant
A Stockton man wanted for the Oct. 25 homicide of an East Palo Alto resident was arrested without incident today, Nov. 13, East Palo Alto police have announced.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford adds recruits in golf, gymnastics, softball, wrestling

The Stanford men's golf team, men's gymnastics squad, softball and wrestling teams all continued to build for the future by signing athletes last week to National Letters of Intent for the 2016-17 season.

November 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men run to an NCAA berth in regional cross country

The Stanford men finished second at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday in Seattle, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal women were fourth (121 points) and will require an at-large berth to advance.

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A passion for piano

Award-winning Palo Alto pianist juggles school, music, volunteerism
Gunn High School junior Heather Chang is a national award-winning pianist with a passion for sharing classical music with her community.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Two lanes on Alma Street in Palo Alto closed after crew hits water line

Lanes will be closed all day, officials say
One northbound lane and one southbound lane of Alma Street in Palo Alto is shut down this morning after a contractor hit a water line that provides water for firefighting, a utility spokeswoman said.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Local runners take aim at CCS titles in cross country

As many as four or five local athletes could run away with individual titles at the Central Coast Section Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Gunn senior Gillian Meeks is favored to defend her title in the girls' Division II race. She won last year in Division I.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
McDonald has 27 kills in Menlo College volleyball victory

Oaks report
Maggie McDonald recorded 27 kills and 13 digs to help lead the Menlo College women's volleyball team to a 23-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-17 victory over host Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference match Thursday.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men let the Pac-12 soccer title celebration begin

Cardinal corner
Stanford had some celebrating to do on Thursday night. The No. 6 Cardinal's 1-0 victory on The Farm over rival and No. 23 Cal to close out its regular season was sandwiched between a pregame recognition honoring the program's decorated senior class and a postgame ceremony celebrating its second consecutive Pac-12 championship.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: toxic chemicals regulations, middle-school plans, temporary art

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

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

New AC units as winter approaches
Some people are planning ahead by installing new air conditioning units, even though winter is approaching. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales

Piece of summer in Woodside
This week, one sale in Woodside reminds readers that it's not summer anymore, but at least the new owners of the home on Summerhill Lane can have a little piece of summer all year.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Gunn girls have shot at ending CCS tennis droughts

Prep roundup
The last time the Gunn girls played in a Central Coast Section Team Tournament title match was 1993. The last time the Titans won the championship was 1992. Those droughts have a chance to end on Saturday.

November 13, 2015 | 1 comment
Sales at a glance

10 sales in Palo Alto
This week, Palo Alto reported 10 sales, ranging in price from $1.2 million to $4.7 million.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women open NCAA soccer behind youth movement

No one could have predicted the kind of success the freshmen class would enjoy this year for the Stanford women's soccer team. It was one of the most highly touted recruiting classes in the nation with potential off the charts. But, to expect five of the newcomers to make their way into the starting lineup at one point or another? Yeah, right.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford-Oregon means there is plenty at stake in showdown

Stanford football players don't need to be reminded the importance of Saturday's home game against Oregon. They know their Pac-12 history. Beginning with the 2009 season, the Ducks and Cardinal are the only teams to win conference titles and it normally comes down to their annual meeting. It's no different this year.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Positively Green

The importance of good ventilation
Columnist Ciro Giammona explains the term "building science," an approach to building or remodeling a home that takes the laws of physics into consideration, and how it improves people's lives.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
McCall ready for the go-to role as Stanford women open season

Stanford junior forward Erica McCall always had the talent. Now she's got the confidence to go with it as the Cardinal women prepare to open their 2015-16 basketball season on Friday at UC Davis.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men open hoop season with four players sidelined

Rosco Allen's Italian experience this summer included a police escort for the sake of a basketball game. Perhaps he'd like to create another opportunity for such an escort with the help of his Stanford men's basketball teammates, for the sake of a championship.

November 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Home Front

Homesteading, sandbagging, under ground understanding, predicting real estate, rhododendron hunting and rose care learning
This week includes a water saving course, sandbag pickup, Kid Powered!, a real estate prediction webcast, a rhododendron hunting trip presentation, and a rose care lesson.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
After-school program builds kids' life skills

Children develop teamwork, leadership through Palo Alto Housing Corporation homework club and recreational activities
Palo Alto Housing Corporation received a $2,500 grant last April as part of the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund to help maintain free or low-cost activities in the program, helping to keep spots open to kids from all economic backgrounds in one of PAHC's complexes.

November 13, 2015 | 2 comments
New laws target toxic chemicals in Palo Alto

Proposed ordinances would amortize CPI's plating shop; update city's hazardous-materials ordinance
On Monday night, the City Council will consider a law that would require businesses using high quantities of hazardous materials to be located at least a football field away from residences, schools, day care centers and other areas where occupants may be particularly susceptible to the effects.

November 13, 2015 | 9 comments
Students innovate at Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

Stanford students test new prototype exhibits at one-day event
A pendulum that creates elaborate designs; a radar gun that shows kids the speed of their kicked soccer ball compared to that of a cheetah; and a hands-on fossil excavation -- those were among the nearly 20 exhibits that parents and children experienced for the first time at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo on Wednesday afternoon.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
A celebration of life, relationships

Barron Park residents observe Indian Diwali, the Festival of Lights
A festival of enlightenment, of the triumph of good over evil, will take place in Barron Park this Sunday, Nov. 15, when residents join together for Diwali, the ancient Hindu Festival of Lights.

November 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Stenstrom family adds talent to Stanford women's swim

The Stanford women's swimming and diving program has announced the signing of seven incoming student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, with the group joining the Cardinal for the 2016-17 campaign.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Festive shopping opp

Downtown Los Altos hosts holiday stroll
Downtown Los Altos will host its 13th annual Holiday Stroll this Friday, Nov. 13, with festive refreshments and shopping opportunities aplenty.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Indie pop for tots

Play Date plays the Peninsula
Children's music duo brings its Ninja Pajama Party to the Peninsula Nov. 17.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
The winds of jazz are blowing

Anat Cohen hits the JCC
Celebrated jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen comes to Palo Alto's Oshman Family JCC this Saturday.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Feeling like family

Working, living together forges bond at 'home way from home'
Firefighters work and live together for 24 hours, so they can't help but bond in a way people in other professions aren't able to do.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
The mainframe, unplugged

Dance work considers the influence of technology on our bodies
San Francisco-based choreographer Katherine Hawthorne's new work, "Mainframe," combines dance and computers.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
A whole new world of art

Community School of Music and Art launches ArtWorlds
This week, Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts launches ArtWorlds, a new monthly art and culture series.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
C'est magnifique

Mademoiselle Colette brings a taste of Paris to Menlo Park
Mademoiselle Colette, the elegant French patisserie that opened in Menlo Park last month, has quickly proven popular.

November 12, 2015 | 17 comments
Nation's No. 2 junior golfer heads the list of Stanford recruits

Andrea Lee, one of the top student-athletes in the class of 2016, signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to continue her academic and athletic career with the defending national champion Stanford women's golf team.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Medical emergencies, not fires, dominate firefighter runs

In new era, Palo Alto firefighters respond to all kinds of emergencies, including growing number of medical emergencies
While many people maintain an image of firefighters hanging around the fire station waiting for a blaze, today's firefighters, including Palo Alto firefighters, do far more than battle infernos.

November 13, 2015 | 34 comments
Guest Opinion: The Cubberley plan — Isn't the issue over-crowded schools?

Support Palo Alto's secondary school students rather than create "haves" and "have nots"
Like many in our community, I am excited by the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee (EMAC) proposal presented at the Palo Alto Unified School District board meeting on Oct. 26.

November 13, 2015 | 29 comments
Worth a Look: Foodie films, jazz clarinet, a holiday stroll and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, take part in the inaugural ArtWorlds cultural event at the Community School of Music and Art, catch a dance performance inspired by computers and walk the festive streets of Los Altos at the 13th annual Holiday Stroll.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Won't you be my neighbor?

Palo Alto Players pays a visit to 'Clybourne Park'
Palo Alto Players' current production of Bruce Norris' tragicomic two-act play, "Clybourne Park," reminds audiences that us-versus-them thinking lies deep in our human marrow.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Dreams in color

Sahba Shere brings energy to Cubberley Artist Studio Program
Artist Sahba Shere is among those who will share her work and welcome the public to her studio at Palo Alto's Cubberley Community Center as part of Meet the Artists on Nov. 12 and a Holiday Open House on Nov. 21.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Three options instead of three wishes

Home Efficiency Genie program helps residents go deeper with energy savings
Residents don't need to rub a magic lamp to save energy at home, but they can still turn to a genie — the Home Efficiency Genie. This program provides residents with free expert advice, discounted home assessments and a resource for how to move forward with energy-efficiency projects.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
FAA: Planes flying over Palo Alto, Mountain View hit by laser

Someone has been pointing lasers at the cockpits of jet aircraft flying over Palo Alto and Mountain View -- a potentially dangerous action that could interfere with the aircraft's pilot sight, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

November 12, 2015 | 24 comments
Paly teacher resigns following sexual-harassment case

District settles with Kevin Sharp for $150,000
A Palo Alto High School teacher has received $150,000 from the school district in exchange for his resignation following accusations that the teacher engaged in inappropriate behavior with a former student, according to an agreement obtained by the Weekly.

November 12, 2015 | 24 comments
Attorney general alerts public to scams targeting veterans

State Attorney General Kamala Harris has issued a consumer alert urging Californians to be on the lookout for "pension poaching" scams that target seniors who served in the military and their survivors.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Filoli executive director is no longer with organization

Abrubt departure of Cynthia D'Agosta announced Wednesday afternoon
Volunteers at Filoli, the historic estate located north of Woodside, learned Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 11, via an email that Cynthia D'Agosta, the organization's executive director since late 2012, has left her job.

November 12, 2015 | 12 comments
Koshy, four others, sign to play water polo at Stanford

Sacred Heart Prep senior Malaika Koshy heads the list of highly regarded recruits who will join the Stanford women's water polo program after signing national letters of intent, it was announced Wednesday.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Our schools — some questions about the 22nd century

The plan for a new combined middle and high school in Palo Alto was unveiled at a special Oct. 26 meeting. We should look carefully at this newest plan now, before the expensive blueprints are drawn up and the "Building for the Future" construction signs are in place.

November 13, 2015 | 3 comments
Palo Alto school board expresses support for new gender-identity policy

Proposed policy to return to the board for action in December
A new policy that aims to more clearly and comprehensively protect the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students in the Palo Alto school district received a strong endorsement from the school board on Tuesday night, as well as a peppering of questions from one board member in particular.

November 11, 2015 | 5 comments
CCS girls tennis tourney has a very different look this week

If the Central Coast Section Team Tournament in girls tennis seems a bit brief this season, it's because it is. Normally spread out over 1 1/2 weeks, the 2015 event -- thanks to Monday's rainout -- is now held in just five days.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women's basketball adds four for 2016-17 season

The Stanford women's basketball team has announced the signings of four prep standouts to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. All four will join the Cardinal ahead of the 2016-17 season.

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Enrollment committee proposals garner mixed responses

Committee members divided on need -- or not -- to open new schools
A second school board discussion of the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee's preliminary proposals on Tuesday night brought to light divisions between the committee members themselves on the state of enrollment growth in the Palo Alto school district and how to best address it.

November 11, 2015 | 17 comments
CCS water polo playoffs should have some new matchups

While all the finalists from last year's Central Coast Section water polo playoffs are back, having the same title-game matchups for the 2015 tournament will not be in the offering.

November 11, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto mulls raising age for buying tobacco

Proposal by two City Council members would set minimum age at 21
With Palo Alto's crusade against tobacco rapidly gathering force, two members of the City Council on Tuesday floated a proposal to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21.

November 11, 2015 | 46 comments
Stanford men pitch another water polo shutout at Broncos

Hat tricks from Bret Bonanni and Adam Abdulhamid, and a combined shutout from goalies Drew Holland and Oliver Lewis guided No. 5 Stanford to a 20-0 nonconference men's water polo victory over No. 17 Santa Clara Tuesday night at Avery Aquatic Center.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women garners top Pac-12 soccer honors

Alana Cook was named the Pac-12 Freshman-Newcomer of the Year, Jane Campbell earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors and Paul Ratcliffe was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year Tuesday by the conference. Altogether, Stanford had eight women's soccer selections.

November 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Luck is sidelined 2-6 weeks due to a lacerated kidney

The 2015 National Football League season has been a physical grind for former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who has taken more than his share of hits. The extent of that pounding became even more evident Tuesday when the Indianapolis Colts announced that Luck would miss two to six weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's McCaffrey featured in Heisman Trophy promotion

Football notebook
It's official. Stanford has begun a Heisman Trophy campaign for sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey and it's pretty impressive.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
City moves to ban plastic foam

City Council unanimously supports new effort to prohibit packing peanuts, Styrofoam containers
Last year, Palo Altans threw away about 114 tons of plastic foam -- enough packing peanuts, foamy egg cartons, ice chests, clamshell containers and Styrofoam cups, bowls and plates to fill up the entire Council Chambers 21 times, according to Public Works staff. On Monday night, the City Council made a move to lighten this load when it supported banning plastic foam from local businesses.

November 10, 2015 | 22 comments
Center for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct suicide-cluster study in Palo Alto

School board to also discuss recommendations from enrollment committee, new gender-identity policy
At the Palo Alto school district's request, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has agreed to conduct an in-depth epidemiology study of the community's teen suicide clusters, Superintendent Max McGee said Tuesday.

November 10, 2015 | 38 comments
Council switches gears on Midtown bike project

Palo Alto to study 'hybrid' design involving Matadero Creek, area streets
Despite political and technical roadblocks, Palo Alto officials signaled Monday night that they they are still looking at Matadero Creek as a partial solution for improving east-west connections for local bicyclists in the Midtown area.

November 10, 2015 | 22 comments
Eichler enclave wins ban on two-story homes

Los Arboles secures unanimous City Council support for 'single-story overlay'
Los Arboles residents take pride in their neighborhood's diversity, but they are fairly united when it comes to the topic of building heights. On Monday, they scored a victory when the City Council granted their request to ban new two-story homes.

November 9, 2015 | 27 comments
Rep. Jackie Speier visits Stanford to talk about sexual assault

Student panelists speak of frustration, trauma of university response and procedures
Four young women who said they were sexually assaulted during their time at Stanford University told an audience of 150 students, faculty and others on Monday night stories not of their assaults, but of a university whose handling of their cases made them feel, as one student put it, like "there is no justice on this campus."

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Menlo's Swart earns weekly women's soccer honors from GSAC

Menlo College women's soccer goalie Kaylin Swart earned Golden State Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for helping the Oaks advance in the conference tournament on Saturday.

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Stanford women get a No. 1 seed for NCAA soccer

Stanford received one of four No. 1 seeds into the NCAA women's soccer tournament and will play host to San Jose State in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m. The Cardinal (16-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) is seeded to host the first four rounds.

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Science and math shine at 2016 Breakthrough Prize awards

Stanford professor awarded $3 million Breakthrough Prize in life science while two others won New Horizons in Physics prizes
It's not often you get to see actor B. J. Novak, tech investor Yuri Milner and former CIA director David Patraeus together. Walking down the red carpet just outside of Hangar One at Moffett Field, the unlikely trio was just a sample of some of the big-name celebrities who showed up in Mountain View Sunday night to support some of the world's top scientists.

November 9, 2015 | 3 comments
Stanford creates new Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

Center looks to open new health clinics to serve 12- to 25-year-olds
Stanford Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has consolidated all of its existing youth mental health efforts — as well as some new ones — under one roof and a new name: the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.

November 9, 2015 | 10 comments
Stanford tennis players head for indoor championships

Both Stanford tennis programs will be represented with two participants when tournament play opens Thursday morning at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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Defending champ M-A opens CCS volleyball as No. 3 seed

Five local girls volleyball teams will take to the court this week to begin the Central Coast Section playoffs. Menlo-Atherton will open as the defending Division I champion.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Oregon game should prove crucial to division title hopes

The Stanford football team has done a nice job of staying in the moment. It has won eight straight games and can claim its third Pac-12 Conference North Division title in the last four years by beating Oregon on Saturday or Cal the following week.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford win sets up Pac-12 women's volleyball showdown

Cardinal corner
Merete Lutz, Brittany Howard and Hayley Hodson each recorded 12 kills and No. 7 Stanford topped host Oregon State, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18, in a Pac-12 women's volleyball match to keep pace with UCLA for third place in the conference standings, one game behind second-place Washington.

November 8, 2015 | 1 comment
M-A seniors win their fourth straight PAL championship

Prep cross country
The one constant for the Menlo-Atherton girls in cross country over the past four years, and likely longer, has been success. The current group of seniors have never lost a Peninsula Athletic League championship.

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Kualapa, Swart provide dramatic ending for Menlo College women

Oaks report
The Menlo College women's soccer team has displayed a penchant for the dramatic when it comes to postseason play and Saturday's Gold State Athletic Conference tournament opener at The Master's College in Santa Clarita fit right in.

November 8, 2015 | No comments yet
City to residents: Don't sign PG&E tree removal contracts

Palo Alto sends out warning email about upcoming assessment of trees
Concerned about Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to chop down potentially hundreds of mature trees in Palo Alto, city officials have sent an email to neighborhood groups advising residents not to sign any agreements with the utility company regarding tree removal until the city has assessed and come to an agreement with PG&E.

November 7, 2015 | 35 comments
Stanford wins eighth straight, nears North Division title

Kevin Hogan threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another, Christian McCaffrey rushed for 147 yards and threw for a touchdown and No. 9 Stanford beat host Colorado, 42-10, in a Pac-12 Conference football contest Saturday.

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It's on to CCS after local teams claim league playoff titles

Prep water polo
The water polo tournament champions of three different leagues were crowned on Saturday and, with few exceptions, the favorites won while tuning up for the upcoming Central Coast Section playoffs.

November 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Community meeting on proposed public safety building on Nov. 18

Public meeting will evaluate California Avenue area site for police, emergency services
lans for Palo Alto's proposed new public safety building will take another step forward on Nov. 18 when the city holds a community meeting to evaluate the site on two public parking lots at 250 Sherman
Plans for Palo Alto's proposed new public safety building will take another step forward on Nov. 18 when the city holds a community meeting to evaluate the site on two public parking lots at 250 Sherman Ave.

November 7, 2015 | 4 comments
Umbach, Anderson double winners in Cardinal swimming victory over Wolfpack

Stanford roundup
Senior Gray Umbach and freshman Matt Anderson each won two events to lead the fifth-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team past visiting No. 7 North Carolina State, 164-136, in a nonconference dual meet Saturday.

November 7, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP boys, Priory girls run to titles in the WBAL finals

Cross country
The Sacred Heart Prep boys successfully defended their title, the Priory girls won in an upset and Menlo School sophomore Robert Miranda won his first individual crown to highlight the West Bay Athletic League cross country championships on Friday.

November 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Cool wet weather forecast for Bay Area starts Saturday

Forecasters expect a tenth to a half an inch to fall across the Bay Area starting Saturday night and ending Monday, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

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Suspension on outdoor burning in four Bay Area counties lifted by Cal Fire

Cal Fire is lifting suspensions on permits for outdoor agricultural and residential burning on Monday in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Cal Fire officials said Saturday.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton settles for three-way co-title

Friday prep football
At the conclusion of the Menlo Atherton-Burlingame football game on Friday night, there was a vast difference in the two teams' post-game reactions, as the Panthers players and coaches celebrated on their home field with friends and family, while the Bears' squad quickly and quietly exited the stadium.

November 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Cooking helps Stanford finish Pac-12 season on strong note

Cardinal corner
Alana Cook scored a goal in the 81st minute and No. 3 Stanford capped an undefeated Pac-12 women's soccer season with a 1-1 tie over visiting No. 20 California on Friday night.

November 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men win Pac-12 soccer title without playing

Stanford is the king of the Pac-12 yet again. For the second consecutive season and third time in program history, the Cardinal has claimed the conference crown. This time, without even playing.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Pinewood rolls to 72 points behind the Murphy brothers

The Murphy brothers combined for nine touchdowns and 496 offensive yards to lead visiting Pinewood to a wild 72-48 football romp over host Priory on Friday in Portola Valley to decide the annual Panther Bowl.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Police announce breaks in East Palo Alto homicides

Manhunt on for alleged killer, another arrested for multiple shootings
In what police describe as a turning point in East Palo Alto's crime-solving efforts, the department Friday announced the arrest of one man and a warrant for another in connection with two separate homicides.

November 6, 2015 | 6 comments
Two new bills aim to lower volume on airplane noise

Legislative proposals would reform to Federal Aviation Administration, re-open of EPA's Office of Noise Abatement and Control
Responding to an upswell of concern from constituents about increasing airplane noise, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is co-sponsoring a pair of bills that she hopes will restore some peace to local skies.

November 6, 2015 | 70 comments
Morris joins U.S. National Team for '18 World Cup qualifying

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named Stanford junior forward Jordan Morris to the 23-player roster for the for the USA's first match of 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign. Game 1 is set for Nov. 13 against St. Vincent & the Grenadines in St. Louis.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
For Hogan, it all started with a win over host Colorado

Almost three years ago to the day, Kevin Hogan had a coming out party in Colorado. While Stanford won six of its first eight games in 2012, the offense was sputtering. Looking for a spark, Stanford head coach David Shaw, replaced Josh Nunes with Hogan on the third series of a Pac-12 matchup against the Buffaloes in Boulder.

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Woodside college student launches mental health website

Mackenzie Drazan started Teaching Everyone About Mental Health after her sister's death by suicide
In the months after Mackenzie Drazan lost her younger sister, Shelby, to suicide last year, the 20-year-old Woodside resident and Duke University sophomore says she learned a lot of things she wished she had known while her sister was still alive.

November 6, 2015 | 3 comments
Cardinal women keep pace with Pac-12 volleyball leaders

Merete Lutz recorded 14 kills, Brittany Howard added 13 kills and 11 digs and No. 7 Stanford topped host Oregon, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18, in a Pac-12 Conference women's volleyball match Thursday.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Secco paves the way for Stanford field hockey into semifinals

Maddie Secco scored twice and added an assist and No. 13 Stanford beat Vermont, 5-2, in the quarterfinals of the American East Conference tournament Thursday.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Annual charitable-giving drive launches

Holiday Fund invites community members to support services for kids, families
Life-skills classes for at-risk youth, an art program to bring East Palo Alto and PaloAlto kids together to learn from and understand one another these and dozens of other nonprofit programs are made possible each year through contributions to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: single-story overlay, gender-identity and access policy

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

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Palo Alto set to expand Styrofoam ban

City looks to ban sale, distribution of expanded foam
As part of the city's ongoing war against the Styrofoam, the City Council is preparing to consider an expansion of the city's existing ordinance, which was adopted in 2010 and covers Styrofoam containers at local food service establishments.

November 7, 2015 | 12 comments
Outlet offers LGBTQQ youth a place to be

Longtime local program serves critical support, advocacy role
There's a rare place in Mountain View where transgender and gender non-conforming teens feel safe to explore, express and be who they are.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women's soccer in final tuneup before NCAA tourney

Cardinal roundup
The nationally No. 3-ranked Stanford women's soccer team will be looking to complete a perfect conference season when it plays host to No. 20 California on Friday in its regular-season finale at 6 p.m.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford freshman defensive back could be a game-changer

He's just a freshman and people are already telling Quenton Meeks he should think about getting into coaching once his playing days are over. Once he starts talking football, though, it becomes clear. The man was made for the sport.

November 5, 2015 | 1 comment
Fixes on the way for popular Baylands attraction

Palo Alto looks to repair, enhance Baylands Interpretive Center
Palo Alto is moving ahead with renovating the beloved Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center with the goal of improving the facility without modifying its Baylands-friendly character.

November 6, 2015 | 11 comments
At Veterans Day, old warriors remember families left behind

Channing House veterans memorialize those who sacrifice for their nation
The collective scars and memories of past military service are slowly ebbing in Channing House, a downtown Palo Alto senior residence, as more veterans pass away.

November 6, 2015 | 3 comments
Guest Opinion: A scofflaw? Not I — just a good neighbor

When citizen involvment becomes less resourceful and more restrictive
I have always admired the way Palo Altans care about their community and engage with the political process when they have concerns. Lately, however, I am seeing the dark side of citizen involvement. If I had to give it a name, I would call it the Tyranny of the Neighborhood Email List.

November 7, 2015 | 46 comments
Gender terms and definitions

Understanding the vocabulary around transgender issues
A list of key terms related to transgender issues.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto school district eyes new gender-identity policy

Proposed action aims to more fully support transgender, gender non-conforming students
The Palo Alto school board will discuss next week a new policy aimed at ensuring the protection of the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students.

November 6, 2015 | 20 comments
On privacy, early intervention and medical advances

Stanford Children's Health to open a multidisciplinary clinic for transgender patients
Today, medical interventions are making it more possible for transgender children to transition earlier, and then keep their identity private if and when they choose to.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Transgender youth navigate difficult path in quest to be who they are

Palo Alto students, families push district to evolve with changing gender norms
For years, Palo Alto transgender students and their parents have advocated for better support at school and more comprehensive district policies around LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) issues.

November 6, 2015 | 26 comments
Old text, new staging

Paly tackles 'The Odyssey'
This ain't your average high school play. Tomorrow night, Palo Alto High School opens an evocative, minimalist new production of the Homerian classic, "The Odyssey."

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Spanish revolution

Theatre Flamenco brings '(R)evolution' to Mountain View
San Francisco's celebrated Theatre Flamenco visits Mountain View this Saturday, bringing with them flamenco legend Carmen Ledesma from Sevilla, Spain.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Photography, exposed

Pacific Art League celebrates First Friday with photos and more
This Friday, Palo Alto's Pacific Art League hosts a free First Friday reception for "Exposed," a show of new photographs by regional artists.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
A is for awesome

Best-selling book celebrates rad women
The authors of the 2015 New York Times best-seller, "Rad American Women A-Z," will give a lively talk at Palo Alto's Oshman JCC this Saturday.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Some SamTrans fares increasing next year

Some fares for SamTrans bus service are changing next year and again in 2019 after approval last week by the district's board of directors, SamTrans officials said.

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Dance blastoff

Performance installation commemorates opening of Stanford's McMurtry Building
This weekend, the new McMurtry Art and Art History Building at Stanford will be the site for "Space Launch!," a dance performance installation by the Chocolate Heads Movement Band.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
A Fresh Look

Creating more space in a small home
How do you create a spacious look if you live in a small apartment or cottage? Any space can feel roomier if you try these ideas.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Council: Plan for mandatory composting by businesses needs refinement

Proposed ordinance would require commercial customers to separate compostable materials from trash or face fines
Palo Alto's goal to prevent nearly all waste from going to landfills by 2021 cannot be achieved unless commercial customers are compelled to take part in the city's recycling and composting services, city staff told the Palo Alto City Council on Monday.

November 5, 2015 | 8 comments
First flu-associated death in state reported in Santa Clara County

Flu virus expected to circulate at peak levels between December and April, health officials say
California Department of Public Health officials reported yesterday that the first influenza-associated death this year in an individual less than 65 years old was a Santa Clara County resident.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Midtown bike project veers off course

Palo Alto looks to pull the plug on proposed Matadero Creek bike trail
Both in terms of geography and significance, the proposed bike path along Matadero Creek was supposed to be the centerpiece of Palo Alto's bike-improvement boom. But a series of complications, both technical and political, are now forcing the city to abandon this project and consider new routes for improving east-west connections.

November 5, 2015 | 34 comments
Stanford's Cuffe runs herself to Pac-12 Athlete of the Year

Cross country
Stanford senior Aisling Cuffe was named Pac-12 Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year this week, earning the award for the second time.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire forces Palo Alto family from home

Neighbor describes flames 20 to 30 feet high
The cause of a fire that gutted a home in Palo Alto Wednesday night and displaced a family, is being labelled as undetermined, according to Deputy Fire Chief Catherine Capriles.

November 5, 2015 | 10 comments
Stanford using lessons learned from opening week loss

Football notebook
No. 9 Stanford (7-1 overall, 6-0 Pac-12) approaches a Pac-12 Conference contest at Colorado (4-5, 1-4) on Saturday on a seven-game winning streak. Each week, it becomes more evident that Stanford has been strengthened by its season-opening loss to Northwestern.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Four Stevenson House mentions
PASHPI Financials/Stevenson House get four mentions in this list of 16 building permits. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's McNealy records third victory of fall golf season

Cardinal corner
Stanford junior All-American Maverick McNealy capped a sensational fall season by earning medalist honors for the third time in four events on Wednesday at the Gifford Collegiate Championship at windy La Costa Resort.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Document shredding, kid learning, plant diagnosing, fabric selling and ceramic buying
This week includes a document shredding event on Nov. 7, a rain lesson for kids on Nov. 8, a plant diagnosis opportunity on Nov. 13, a Jumbo Sale with FabMo on Nov. 14 and a ceramics sale on Nov. 14-15.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales

Jackson Drive sale is highest in Palo Alto
This week, Palo Alto's highest sale took place on Jackson Drive for $3,820,000. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Highs in the $4 millions
This week, four of the 10 cities this week had highest sales in the $4 millions. These include Atherton, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Building a carbon-zero California

Passive House hosts conference, bicycle tour about energy-efficient homes
As part of a series and to serve as its annual conference, Passive House California hosts Building Carbon Zero California on Friday, Nov. 13. The event will feature more than 15 presenters throughout the day that will cover topics ranging from policy discussion to building materials — each with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Site-specific performance, a Star Wars farce and more

This week, see a site-specific dance performance honoring the opening of Stanford's McMurtry Art and Art History Building, catch a farcical stage production inspired by "The Return of the Jedi" and celebrate the vibrant art of flamenco at a show in Mountain View.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Voya brings glitz to North Bayshore

Inconsistencies mar Latin American menu at Cucina Venti's new sister restaurant
The sister restaurant to Cucina Venti in Mountain View's North Bayshore neighborhood, Voya offers sleek sophistication and contemporary Latin American cuisine, with mixed results.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Senior Focus

November news for seniors
November news for seniors includes locals who walked to end Alzheimer's, a new project to help people with dementia experience purpose and meaning in their lives through horses, a craft sale at Avenidas and Friday Afternoon Dance Parties.

November 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Becoming fearless

Stanford fellow and photographer documents 13 years of LGBT student-athletes
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, photographer and Stanford University sociology doctoral student Jeff Sheng will speak about his memoir and photo collection, "Fearless: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes."

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
JCC opens its doors for Community Tuesdays

Members, nonmembers will find authors, doctors, historians and more on the agenda
Events for seniors this fall at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center include lectures by authors, doctors, historians — and some Argentine tango.

November 8, 2015 | 1 comment
The meaning of life

Gunn High theater production invites audiences to slow down
Gunn High School's theater department is currently staging Thorton Wilder's "Our Town." Director Jim Shelby and cast members say the play is a reminder to check in with what's really meaningful in life.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Gunn girls, Paly boys run to SCVAL cross-country titles

After winning the three previous league meets, the Gunn girls and Palo Alto boys were pretty much shoe-ins to claim team titles at the SCVAL El Camino Division Cross Country Championships on Tuesday. To absolutely no one's surprise, the Titans and Vikings did just that.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Bicyclist killed Tuesday was a Silicon Valley executive

Jeffrey Donnelly of Palo Alto died in incident on Page Mill Road
Jeffrey Donnelly, the bicyclist who was fatally struck by a car on Page Mill Road Tuesday morning, was the chief operating officer of Silicon Valley company Zeta Instruments in San Jose, company CEO Rusmin Kudinar has confirmed.

November 4, 2015 | 113 comments
SHP's Choy successfully defends her WBAL tennis title

Tuesday's prep roundup
It has been quite a sophomore tennis season for Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy, who navigated the dual-match campaign without a loss. That perfection continued in the West Bay Athletic League Individual Tournament on Tuesday.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto set to restrict two-story homes at Los Arboles

For residents of the Los Arboles, the squat and glass-doored Eichler isn't just the architectural norm — it's a symbol of the neighborhood's identity. On Nov. 9, they will appeal to the Palo Alto City Council to help them preserve the distinct Eichler character of the neighborhood by two-story homes.

November 4, 2015 | 20 comments
Community Notebook: Gunn High School to host event regarding wellness program

Sources of Strength aims to create culture of increased awareness, compassion and support for students
Dr. Shashank Joshi of Stanford University will be the guest speaker at an event at Gunn High School regarding a student wellness and suicide prevention program, Sources of Strength.

November 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto school district eyes new budget priorities

Staff presents early budget proposals; will return to board in February with finalized list
A special Board of Education budget study session on Tuesday night offered a wide-ranging but still-preliminary look at where the Palo Alto school district would like to invest its dollars in the coming years, from the potential implementation of full-day kindergarten to the opening of a new secondary school.

November 4, 2015 | 8 comments
Community Notebook: Veterans to be honored at Palo Alto event

Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman will be the host at a special event honoring veterans and those in active service next week.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo's Siminoff earns a berth in NorCal golf tournament

It was a good day for the Menlo School girls golf team at the Central Coast Section Championships on Tuesday at Rancho Canada (East Course) in Carmel Valley. The Knights had their best team finish ever -- fourth -- while sophomore Sophie Siminoff earned a berth into next week's NorCal tournament.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women finish fall golf season on a winning note

Cardinal men in second
The No. 3-ranked Stanford women's golf team concluded the fall season on a strong note Tuesday by beating Baylor, 4-0-1 in the consolation finals of the inaugural East Lake Cup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Cartwright out with fractured forearm

Men's basketball
Sophomore guard Robert Cartwright sustained a compound fracture in his forearm during a routine drill on Monday and will be lost indefinitely, Stanford men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins said Tuesday.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Cartwright out with fractured forearm

Men's basketball
Sophomore guard Robert Cartwright sustained a compound fracture in his forearm during a routine drill on Monday and will be lost indefinitely, Stanford men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins said Tuesday.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women open basketball season ranked No. 16 by AP

Cardinal corner
Stanford will open the 2015-16 season ranked 16th in the Associated Press women's basketball poll, the organization announced Tuesday. It's the 16th consecutive season the Cardinal has appeared in the preseason AP rankings.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women sweep Pac-12 weekly soccer honors

The Stanford women's soccer team swept Pac-12 honors this week after honorees Jordan DiBiasi, Alana Cook and Jane Campbell helped in shutout victories against No. 16 USC and UCLA that earned the Cardinal the conference title.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College men make history on all-league soccer

The Menlo College men's soccer team has its first GSAC all-conference players in program history. The All-GSAC team presented by Under Armour, as voted on by the conferences head coaches, included junior standouts Eli Bunton and Alex Coates-McDowall after the duo helped the Oaks to a winning season in 2015.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto council signals a push away from commercial development

Indicating what could be a major shift to limit future development in Palo Alto, some City Council members indicated Monday night that they might support sweeping changes to city policy on commercial growth.

November 3, 2015 | 26 comments
Menlo girls open PAL water polo playoffs with a win

Monday's prep roundup
The postseason in water polo is officially under way and the Menlo School girls have earned the right to play another day.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Sexual-assault case against Joe Lonsdale dropped

Stanford reverses Title IX investigation conclusion, lifts 10-year campus ban
A civil case filed earlier this year against Joe Lonsdale, founder of Palo Alto software company Palantir, by a former girlfriend and Stanford University student who accused him of sexual assault and abuse, has been dismissed, as has a counterclaim Lonsdale filed in response, according to court documents filed Monday.

November 3, 2015 | 11 comments
Stanford men tied for golf lead, but Cardinal women fall to Duke

College golf
The Stanford men's golf team was tied for first with Washington following the opening day of the Gifford Collegiate on Monday at La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Bicyclist struck, killed by car near Palo Alto identified

Incident occurs at Page Mill Road intersection with Christopher Lane, near Old Page Mill Road
A 52-year-old man on a bicycle who was fatally struck and killed by a car just outside of Palo Alto Tuesday morning has been identified as Jeffrey Donnelly of Palo Alto, the Santa Clara County Coroner's office confirmed on Tuesday night.

November 3, 2015 | 102 comments
Stanford men see unbeaten soccer streaks come to an end

Sam Werner emphatically scored his first career goal, but host Washington held the Cardinal in check the rest of the way, rallying to beat No. 4 Stanford, 2-1, in a Pac-12 Conference match Monday night.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto school board to discuss new programs, investments

Board convenes for special budget session this week
Full-day kindergarten, world-language instruction at the elementary schools and a new high school counseling program are just some of the many proposed programs the Palo Alto school board will discuss at a special budget session Tuesday night.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford goalie Holland earns MPSF water polo honor

Stanford roundup
Stanford junior goalie Drew Holland was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water Polo Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford trio remains in contention for postseason honors

Three Stanford football players -- Christian McCaffrey, Blake Martinez and Kevin Hogan -- received national recognition Monday for their accomplishments thus far this season.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Bird Dog contemporary restaurant comes to Palo Alto

This week's retail news
Chef Robbie Wilson of Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos, California prepares to bring his simple, elegant cuisine to Palo Alto.

November 2, 2015 | 10 comments
Stanford women make it a perfect 10 in conference soccer

Kyra Carusa stole a goal and Megan Turner produced her first goal to help the third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team beat visiting UCLA, 2-0, on Sunday to claim the outright Pac-12 Conference title.

November 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men deliver water polo win behind Holland's effort

Cardinal corner
Drew Holland recorded a conference single-game record 23 saves and the fifth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team beat host UC Irvine, 7-0, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest Sunday.

November 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford survives, but AP Top 25 poll is not impressed

Survival. That's how you win football games on the road in the rain when seemingly everything is stacked against you. There won't be many style points attached to Stanford's 30-28 victory against feisty Washington State on Saturday night in the Palouse, but it's irrelevant. Escaping with a win was the only goal.

November 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto targets businesses, apartments in renewed composting effort

City wants last night's dinner composted, not buried in the landfill
In a city where good enough is rarely good enough, a plan is afoot to make it mandatory for Palo Alto's apartment dwellers, restaurants and other businesses to stop tossing their leftover food into the trash and instead to put it in composting bins for pickup.

November 1, 2015 | 39 comments
Hogan's heroics help give Stanford improbable football win

Kevin Hogan rushed for 112 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as Stanford rallied to beat host Washington State, 30-28, in a Pac-12 football contest on Saturday. Conrad Ukropina connected on a 19-yard field goal with 1:54 left for the margin of victory.

November 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo grad Lacy runs to NESCAC cross country title

College notes
Freshman Lizzie Lacy from Menlo School recorded a time of 21:48 to capture the NESCAC individual title as the Amherst women's cross country team finished fourth overall at the 2015 NESCAC Championship Saturday afternoon in Middleton, Conn.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Bonanni breaks legendary polo scoring record

Bret Bonanni has secured his place in Stanford men's water polo history. The senior leader scored six goals to lead the No. 5 Cardinal to a 12-8 victory over No. 8 Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon at the Campus Pool in Long Beach.

October 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal women in thick of the Pac-12 volleyball race

Cardinal corner
The seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team will hit the road knowing there's still plenty at stake in the Pac-12 Conference. The Cardinal just need to forget the road has not been kind, which may be easy following Friday's action.

October 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Late goals clinch Pac-12 soccer title tie for Stanford men

Slater Meehan and Jordan Morris each scored in the final 10 minutes and the fourth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team defeated host Oregon State, 2-0, in a conference contest Friday night, clinching a share of the Pac-12 title.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Cuffe wins Pac-12 cross country title; McGorty second

Aisling Cuffe won her second Pac-12 women's cross country championship in three years and Sean McGorty was the men's runner-up, as they led Stanford to a pair of top-three team finishes Friday in Colfax, Wash.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Cuffe runs to a Pac-12 title in cross country

Stanford senior Aisling Cuffe won her second Pac-12 women's cross country championship in three years and Sean McGorty was the men's runner-up, as they led Stanford to a pair of top-three team finishes on Friday in Colfax, Wash.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP moves back into title contention in PAL Bay Division

M-A takes over first place
With Sacred Heart Prep seniors Mason Randall and Andrew Daschbach possibly playing in the final home game of their high school football careers, it was no surprise the three-year starters once again played a major role in another Gators' victory.

October 31, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP water polo teams set for postseason, title defenses

Weekend prep roundup
The first half of the high school water polo season is over. Now it's time for the second half -- the postseason. Based on results from this past weekend, it appears the Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls are ready to make runs at yet more Central Coast Section Division II titles.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Six local teams will compete in girls' CCS golf championships

A lot of familiar faces and rivals from the 2015 season will be on hand for the Central Coast Section Girls Golf Championships on Tuesday at Rancho Canada (East Course) in Carmel Valley.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A girls get some help to win PAL volleyball title early

Thursday's prep roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls probably didn't know it at the time, but their 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 volleyball victory over visiting Sequoia on Thursday night wrapped up the PAL Bay Division regular-season title earlier than expected.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Man arrested in connection with three home burglaries in Palo Alto

Police on Tuesday, Oct. 27, arrested a man suspected of burglarizing three homes in Palo Alto, according to police department press release.

October 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Twelve sent to hospitals after exposure to suspicious odor at Palo Alto hotel

Twelve people exposed to a suspicious chemical odor at a hotel in Palo Alto were hospitalized Thursday night.

October 30, 2015 | 7 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: recycle and compost ordinance, city's pension liability

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

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Bomb squad destroys fake pipe bomb near GreenWaste

Device found in dirt lot near Palo Alto's trash hauler's facilities
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad detonated what turned out to be a fake pipe bomb near GreenWaste of Palo Alto on Thursday morning, according to police.

October 29, 2015 | 3 comments
Sales at a glance

Mountain View back on top of the number of sales list
After zero sales a few weeks back, Mountain View surges to the top of the number of sales list with 19 this week.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's O-line is getting an A-plus for football success

Josh Garnett and Kyle Murphy are two of the reasons why guys like Kevin Hogan, Christian McCaffrey, Barry Sanders and Remound Wright are enjoying banner years and No. 8 Stanford is dominating Time of Possession in the Pac-12 Conference football statistics.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales

Stanford joins the list of local sales
This week, Stanford joins the list of sales locations with the $3.2 million sale of 907 Lathrop Place.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

500 University Ave. project totaling more than $13 million
Big bucks are going into 500 University Ave., totaling at least $13,858,000. Work being done at the site includes demolishing a single-story commercial building and laying the foundation for a below-grade parking garage for a three-story office/retail building.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Senior-freshman connection leads Cardinal to soccer title

Stanford roundup
Jordan DiBiasi produced her third game-winning goal Thursday night to lift the No. 4 Stanford women's team to a 1-0 victory over visiting No. 16 USC, clinching at least a share of the Pac-12 title, the 10th conference title in its storied history.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Run for a life

Stanford hosts annual Race against PH
This Sunday, Nov. 1, Stanford University hosts the annual Race against PH, a 5K fun run and walk to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension and funding for medical research.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Beyond Bollywood

San Francisco South Asian Film Festival returns to Palo Alto
From India to Pakistan to Sri Lanka, the San Francisco South Asian Film Festival presented by 3rd i brings movies from South Asia and the diaspora to Palo Alto this Sunday, Nov. 1.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Neighborhood hostels prompt concerns

Single-family homes are being converted into daily rentals, shared housing
Residents turned out to a College Terrace Residents Association meeting earlier this month to raise the issue of homes being rented out on daily and weekly bases, despite the city's ordinance that requires a 30-day minimum stay.

October 30, 2015 | 52 comments
Home Front

Last call for native gardens, November cooking classes, spooky science, document shredding event and winter gardening course
This week includes a last call for native garden submissions, a variety of cooking classes in November, a spooky science class for kids on Nov. 1, a document shredding event through the city on Nov. 7 and a course on winter gardening also on Nov. 7.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Closing the achievement gap, one student at a time

New tutoring program supports young East Palo Alto, low-income students
The Palo Alto school district and one East Palo Alto youth program think -- and hope -- one-on-one, targeted tutoring provided to disadvantaged students in their very first years of school will help reduce the achievement gap.

October 31, 2015 | 30 comments
Off Deadline: Can one person, or a few, make a real difference in the world?

'Make a Difference Day' volunteers in Palo Alto demonstrate how people can make an impact
Most of us raised in the 1960s-70s era well remember when renowned cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead gave the world some sage advice: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

October 31, 2015 | 2 comments
Driven by compassion

Margaret Petros fights the system for victims' justice
Margaret Petros is a tiny, dark-haired woman whose personal strength is immediately apparent when one meets her. The mother of three has used that strength for more than two decades to help victims of violent crime, not only one-to-one but throughout California by changing state law.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: South Asian films, a design competition and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch the San Francisco South Asian Film Festival in Palo Alto, enter a bike rack design competition for the City of Los Altos and hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks discuss her new novel, "The Secret Chord."

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Who are the Assyrians?

Ancient people of the Near East now struggle with exile after seven millennia in their homeland
The modern Assyrians are descendants of a people who date back nearly 7,000 years to before the rise of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations in the Near East.

October 30, 2015 | 3 comments
Cuffe leads Stanford women into Pac-12 finals after honor

Cross country
Stanford's Aisling Cuffe was named Pac-12 Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the conference Thursday. She will lead the Cardinal into the conference championship meet on Friday in Washington state.

October 29, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto nonprofit helps Assyrian Iraqi refugees find home in U.S.

Immigrants fleeing from persecution because of their faith, ethnicity
Margaret Petros, executive director of Palo Alto-based nonprofit Mothers Against Murder, and a small group that includes an attorney, a therapist and church leaders are helping a handful of Assyrian Christian refugees obtain asylum in the United States.

October 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Demigods and demons

Classical Indian dance company to perform operatic ballet
Jealous gods, greedy demons, flirtatious romances, fiery battles, magic powers and fabled elixirs: All this drama, music and more is featured in "Samudra Manthan: Churning of the Milky Ocean," a classical Indian operatic ballet presented this Sunday, Nov. 1, in Woodside.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Women on wheels

Peninsula Roller Girls practice the art, sport of roller derby
Redwood City's Peninsula Roller Girls are looking to induct newcomers to their sport: a discipline that welcomes women from all walks of life.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Bird Dog contemporary restaurant comes to Palo Alto

This week's retail news
Chef Robbie Wilson of Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos, California prepares to bring his simple, elegant cuisine to Palo Alto.

October 29, 2015 | 10 comments
Worth the wait?

Palo Alto's Sushirrito draws crowds with sushi-burrito hybrids
A small Bay Area chain that serves sushi in burrito form, Sushirrito is the epitome of trendy food, and lunchtime lines out the door attest to its popularity.

October 29, 2015 | 5 comments
Three water polo teams wrap up titles, but SHP boys do not

Prep roundup
As expected, the Sacred Heart Prep girls, Castilleja girls and Menlo School boys put the finishing touches on their regular-season water polo titles on Wednesday. The SHP boys, however, did not.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrain to hold public hearing on changes to fares, parking fees

Early next month the public will be able to comment on the proposed changes to Caltrain fares and station parking fees, Caltrain officials said Wednesday.

October 29, 2015 | 24 comments
Peninsula cities call for new Bus Rapid Transit options

Unswayed by proposal for bus-only lanes, council members urge VTA to study more alternatives
A proposal to create bus-only lanes on El Camino Real between Palo Alto and San Jose has hit a political speed bump, with a committee of elected officials from cities along the corridor coming out against the controversial reconfiguration and requesting an analysis of new alternatives.

October 29, 2015 | 40 comments
Howard leads Cardinal along right path in Pac-12 volleyball

The Stanford women's volleyball team swept visiting Arizona State, 25-17, 25-23, 25-9, in a Pac-12 Conference match Wednesday. The 14th-ranked Sun Devils, who beat Stanford in four sets nearly four weeks ago, had a chance to move into a tie with the Cardinal in the conference standings.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Walnut Grove neighborhood

Charming and kid-friendly
Palo Alto's Walnut Grove stands out for its signature Eichler and Burke and Wyatt homes and its hallmark single-story structures, but the tiny neighborhood frequently finds itself lumped in with nearby Greenmeadow.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Catch the Halloween spirit

Menlo Park celebrates the spookiest holiday of the year
Looking to get Halloween started early this year? Don your costume and head out to Menlo Park's Halloween Hoopla on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
A Halloween harvest

Portola Valley hosts Harvest Fest
On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Portola Valley Farmers Market will offer food trucks, beer and oysters, a pumpkin patch, crafts and music.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Get spooked

Redwood City celebrates Halloween early
Downtown Redwood City will be transformed into a Halloween headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 29, when "Scare on the Square" comes to Courthouse Square.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Indianapolis needs more than Luck to be a winner in Week 7

Even the Indianapolis Colts need more than just Luck sometimes after former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck completed 23 or 44 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns last weekend. Despite that effort, the Colts dropped a 27-21 decision to New Orleans in Week 7 of the National Football League season.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
New appointments made for key Palo Alto commissions

Asher Waldfogel wins a spot on the Planning and Transportation Commission; Peter Baltay to join the Architectural Review Board
With the relationship between the City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission hitting a low in recent months, the council on Monday night appointed a new member that it hopes will help restore cooperation between the two bodies.

October 29, 2015 | 5 comments
Pac-12 soccer honors for Stanford's Rosen, Campbell

Stanford's Haley Rosen and Jane Campbell were named the Pac-12 Offensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference Tuesday.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air season starts Sunday

New limits on wood burning to be implemented
A seasonal ban on wood-burning fires is starting soon, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials say it includes new restrictions this year.

October 29, 2015 | 8 comments
SHP girls take on water polo's best in NorCal Championships

For a team that had won eight straight Central Coast Section Division II water polo titles, it was an inauspicious start to the 2015 season for the Sacred Heart Prep girls.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A girls extend PAL Bay Division volleyball lead

Tuesday's prep roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls extended their lead in the PAL Bay Division volleyball race with a little help on Tuesday night as the Bears topped visiting Burlingame while second-place Carlmont was upset by Aragon.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
To take action now, or later, on counseling

Palo Alto school board questions how to approach persistent dissatisfaction with high school counseling services
After four surveys that have yielded the same results — that there is a gap between counseling services at Palo Alto and Gunn high schools — and one committee that spent a school year analyzing how to close that gap at Gunn, with its recommendations largely languishing, some board members are wondering whether a proposal to convene yet another counseling committee is the right route to take.

October 28, 2015 | 21 comments
Palo Alto superintendent to engage in talks with Office for Civil Rights

School district takes new tack on pending civil rights investigations
The Palo Alto school board gave the green light to Superintendent Max McGee on Tuesday night to take a first step toward potential resolution of two separate federal sexual-harassment investigations at the district's high schools by authorizing him to invite the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to the district for a conversation.

October 28, 2015 | 11 comments
Pullman might be a new experience for most Stanford players

Football notebook
Saturday's football game will be Stanford's first in Pullman since Mike Leach took over the Washington State program in 2012. The Cougars chose to play their 2013 game against Stanford in Seattle. The odd-year games have been at Stanford Stadium.

October 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Bike projects expand, evolve in Palo Alto

While speeding ahead on some projects, city takes new direction on others
From Homer Avenue in the north to Charleston Road in the south, Palo Alto's elaborate system of bike boulevards continues to morph and expand, at times in ways not previously foreseen.

October 27, 2015 | 53 comments
New rules target 'revolving door' between City Hall and developers

Palo Alto committee considers banning board members from also serving as applicants
The revolving door between Palo Alto City Hall and the high-stakes world of private development is opaque and, for local watchdogs, highly problematic. On Tuesday night, a City Council committee considered ways to strengthen the city's rules around conflicts of interest for city staff and commissioners.

October 27, 2015 | 34 comments
Gunn girls can't defend golf title, but M-A wins PAL crown

It was a good news, bad news kind of day for the Gunn girls at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League golf tournament on Tuesday at the par-71 Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Davidson, Doyle heading to the Big Apple for tennis tournament

Taylor Davidson has enjoyed a successful career playing tennis at Stanford. The junior won 29 matches last year, including an 18-3 record in dual meets, mostly from the No. 2 singles slot. Until Tuesday, Davidson had never won a tournament title.

October 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to require 'pre-screening' hearings for major developments

Council approves mandatory process for projects seeking zone changes
Seeking to add some transparency to the city's development process, Palo Alto officials on Monday unanimously instituted a new rule that requires developers seeking zone changes to participate in special "pre-screening" hearings in front of the City Council.

October 27, 2015 | 6 comments
Stanford's Tom is Player of Century in women's volleyball

Stanford women's volleyball alumna Logan Tom was named the Pac-12 Player of the Century, as announced Monday night when the Pac-12 Networks revealed the Pac-12 All-Century Women's Volleyball roster on 'Pac-12 Sports Report'.

October 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Staff recommends joint committee to review high school counseling

School board to discuss new counseling survey results
A new counseling survey administered at both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools again indicates low rates of student satisfaction with services and a need for the district to take a new approach to addressing a longstanding problem.

October 27, 2015 | 13 comments
Parents ask for new charter school in East Palo Alto

KIPP Bay Area Schools will seek to open school in 2017
A leading charter school organization said Monday it would seek to open a new elementary school in East Palo Alto in the fall of 2017.

October 27, 2015 | 25 comments
Palo Alto could seek resolution on federal civil rights cases

Two OCR cases remain pending at Paly, Gunn high schools
More than a year after the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights opened two separate sexual-harassment investigations at Palo Alto and Gunn high schools, both cases remain pending. Rather than continue to wait for an outcome, Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee is proposing a new course of action: Work with OCR to seek early resolution for both cases.

October 27, 2015 | 12 comments
Palo Alto looks to hone, expand health programs

City Council moves ahead with 'aspirational' resolution to promote more physical activity, food access
Palo Alto's newest official priority is tricky to define and difficult to oppose. But in voicing support for a resolution Monday, the City Council decided that "Healthy Cities" should be more than a feel-good priority, even if feeling good is a critical component.

October 27, 2015 | 15 comments
Wilczynski for the win; Davidson looks to add a title

College tennis
David Wilczynski gave Stanford tennis one USTA/ITA regional tournament victory on Monday. Taylor Davidson will be looking to add two more on Tuesday.

October 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Morris helps present Stanford men with Pac-12 soccer win

Junior Jordan Morris continues to deliver for the third-ranked Stanford men's soccer team. Celebrating his 21st birthday on Monday night, the Cardinal forward scored for the sixth time in his past seven collegiate games and added an assist on his team's first goal to lead Stanford past visiting San Diego State, 3-1, at Cagan Stadium in a Pac-12 match.

October 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Community, school board express broad support for new secondary school

'The time for innovation is now,' parents tell board
The Palo Alto school district office was imbued with excitement and enthusiasm on Monday night as both the school board and community members agreed that the moment is ripe to open a new, innovative middle and high school in Palo Alto.

October 27, 2015 | 122 comments
Vincent among finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in soccer

Cardinal corner
Stanford senior defender Brandon Vincent is one of 10 men's soccer student-athletes selected as finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer, it was announced Monday.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto High investigates two streaking incidents

Discipline for streaking includes suspension, meeting with Palo Alto police officers
Two streaking incidents at Palo Alto High School last week were the first since the administration, led by Principal Kim Diorio, cracked down on the student tradition in the 2013-14 school year.

October 26, 2015 | 24 comments
Art in high places

New public art work approved for El Camino site
Palo Alto's Public Art Commission has approved a new work by Los Angeles-based public artist Rob Ley to adorn the side of a building slated for construction at El Camino Real and Sherman Avenue.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Two Stanford women receive Pac-12 player of week honors

College volleyball
Stanford middle blocker Merete Lutz and opposite Hayley Hodson have been selected the Pac-12 Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo grad helps Johns Hopkins win water polo title

Of local note
Menlo School grad John Wilson came up with 13 saves in goal to help the Johns Hopkins men's water polo team defeat MIT, 11-9, on Sunday to win its 16th CWPA Division III Championship in New London, Ct.

October 26, 2015 | 4 comments
Stanford women heading toward possible tennis sweeps

Stanford will be well-represented on Monday morning when semifinal competition gets underway in singles and doubles at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Man, 31, fatally shot in East Palo Alto

Police investigating, but no arrests made yet in homicide
East Palo Alto Police are investigating a shooting that left a 31-year-old city resident dead Sunday night.

October 26, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford women slip past Huskies in Pac-12 soccer match

Cardinal corner
Jordan DiBiasi broke a scoreless tie 15 minutes into the second half and the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team won its eighth straight, beating host Washington, 3-0, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Sunday in Seattle.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Special moments for Stanford football on special night

Of the lasting images from Saturday night's 31-14 victory against Washington, one stands alone. It happened so quickly, you might have missed it. It will be replayed in the film rooms of upcoming opponents and NFL scouts, and showed why Stanford senior left guard Joshua Garnett might be the best player in the country at his position.

October 25, 2015 | 1 comment
Does Palo Alto need a new secondary school?

Enrollment management subcommittee to present preliminary research, proposals on Monday
A school district committee charged with looking at how to better manage enrollment in Palo Alto Unified is making a preliminary recommendation that the district open a new, innovative middle and high school at Cubberley Community Center.

October 25, 2015 | 64 comments
Hogan, McCaffrey pile up yardage in Pac-12 win over Huskies

Kevin Hogan threw for 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 37 rushing yards as Stanford won its sixth straight Saturday night, beating visiting Washington, 31-14, in a Pac-12 Conference special.

October 25, 2015 | 1 comment
Bonanni scores four and Stanford wins MPSF water polo match

Senior Bret Bonanni scored four goals and the No. 5 Stanford men's water polo team ended its longest losing streak in 20 years, beating No. 6 UC Santa Barbara, 10-8, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest Saturday.

October 24, 2015 | No comments yet
A solid finish for SHP boys in North-South Challenge

Prep water polo
It goes without saying that the best boys water polo teams are located in Southern California. That was evident at the 10th annual North-South Water Polo Challenge that saw Mater Dei edge defending champion Harvard-Westlake, 11-10, in the championship match on Saturday at Sacred Heart Prep.

October 24, 2015 | No comments yet
California Avenue to close Sunday for Halloween event

Halloween trick or treating to take over boulevard
Palo Alto police are advising that California Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

October 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton shocks SHP in PAL Division football upset

There is always a lot at stake when Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep meet on the football field, but there was a laundry list of reasons the Bears were especially amped-up to play their cross-town rivals this season.

October 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Vincent converts penalty shot as Cardinal tie UCLA in soccer

Brandon Vincent converted a penalty kick to tie the game and third-ranked Stanford held off a fierce challenge from visiting UCLA to hang onto a 2-2 draw in a Pac-12 Conference men's soccer match Friday night.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women tame Cougars in conference volleyball

Cardinal corner
Brittany Howard had 12 kills, Merete Lutz added 10 and No. 11 Stanford swept visiting Washington State, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19, in a Pac-12 Conference volleyball match Friday night.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School drops important PAL Ocean Division test

Friday prep football
In a crucial showdown for second place in the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo School lost its final home football game of the year in a 35-21 setback to King's Academy on Friday.

October 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep boys off to a 2-0 start in prestigious tourney

Sacred Heart Prep assured itself of no worse than a fourth-place finish in the 10th annual North-South Water Polo Challenge following a pair of two-goal victories during the opening rounds Friday in Atherton.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Success on the field is earning a load of accolades off it

Sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey exploded on the national scene last week by rushing for a school-record 243 yards against UCLA and leads the nation in all-purpose yardage, averaging 253.0/game. His 369 all-purpose yards were the most by any FBS player this season.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Facebook's Zuckerberg, Chan to open new school in East Palo Alto

Couple partners with Ravenswood Family Health Center to create new integrated health-education model
Philanthropist couple Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are investing in yet another educational venture, this time in their own backyard: a private, pre-K through eighth-grade school in East Palo Alto that will integrate health and education to serve disadvantaged children.

October 23, 2015 | 21 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: bicycle and pedestrian program, healthy city initiative, OCR resolutions

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

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls earn tie for first in WBAL Foothill Division volleyball

Prep roundup
Avenging its only league loss, the Menlo School girls moved into a tie for first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) volleyball race with crucial victory over first-place Harker on Thursday night.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Police dog assists in arrest following chase in Palo Alto

A Palo Alto K9 helped arrest a local man who reportedly fled police after being pulled over early Tuesday morning, Oct. 20.

October 23, 2015 | 7 comments
A Rosen start and finish for Stanford in conference play

Women's soccer
Senior Haley Rosen gave the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team an early advantage and then helped make sure they left Pullman with a victory.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford All-American swimmer Manuel will redshirt

Stanford sophomore All-American swimmer Simone Manuel will redshirt the 2015-16 season, as announced Thursday by women's swimming head coach Greg Meehan. Manuel is in the process of training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Manuel to redshirt swimming season to prepare for Olympic trials

Stanford sophomore Simone Manuel will redshirt this season to concentrate on preparing for the U.S. Olympic team trials in 2016, Cardinal women's swimming coach Greg Meehan announced Thursday.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Heisman hype for McCaffrey surfaces with Stanford at 5-1

Christian McCaffrey for the Heisman Trophy? He's one of the nine candidates currently listed on the Heisman's official (Heisman.com) site. Stanford senior cornerback Ronnie Harris is all for it.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Destination: trick or treat

Residents turn to Nextdoor.com's Treat Map for Halloween goodies and spooky houses
Andrea Edelman is making sure trick-or-treaters will know where to find her. Besides her home's Halloween decorations, she has marked her home on a trick-or-treating map created by Nextdoor.com, a website that connects residents within neighborhoods.

October 25, 2015 | 8 comments
Guest Opinion: Will 'ghost houses' hollow out our community?

In the last two to three years, three of the 20 houses on my block (counting both sides of the street) have become "ghosts." At that rate, my entire block will be ghost in 6.8 years.

October 24, 2015 | 80 comments
Building permits in Palo Alto

Tree care makes the news again
The City of Palo Alto Planning & Community Environment Department approves a change to tree wells. Trees make the news again.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto landowner, 95, prevails in fight with City Hall

Neighborhood eyesores reduced to rubble this week
College Terrace resident Lucille Mellish made headlines in April after the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board declined her petition to remove a dilapidated home she owned from the city's Historic Inventory so that she could demolish it. This week, she prevailed.

October 23, 2015 | 27 comments
Recent home sales

32 percent of sales surpass $3 million
This week, 11 of the 34 sales surpassed $3 million, which is the threshold of the ultra-luxury market.

October 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Apprentices gain real-world experience

Hands-on learning supplements classroom theory
Palo Alto's Repair Café inspires Garwin to start an Apprentice Program, which offers students, graduates and those with an interest in learning a chance to work alongside experienced fixers.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, Stanford clash over fire services

After more than two years of fruitless negotiations, two sides head to mediation
Nearly four decades after the Palo Alto Fire Department and Stanford University entered into a partnership for fire-protection services, the two sides have hit a rocky patch in their relationship and are preparing for possible litigation.

October 22, 2015 | 13 comments
Palo Alto's Repair Café focuses on preservation and thrift

From mechanical chickens to bicycles, volunteers mend them all
In a society focused on the latest and greatest products, Palo Alto's Repair Café takes a stand for preservation and thrift.

October 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Sales at a glance

$18.5M sale in Los Altos Hills
The highest sale of the week comes from Los Altos Hills with a $18.5 million sale. Read the rest of the real estate numbers to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto's nightlife heats up

Quattro launches BYTEnights
Upscale Italian restaurant Quattro, located inside East Palo Alto's Four Seasons Hotel, has announced the launch of a new after-hours series. Starting on Thursday, Oct. 22, BYTEnights will feature specialty cocktails, valet parking and music by DJ Kenfused.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Garden Tips

How can gardening reinvent itself?
Jack McKinnon suggests ways to think outside the box when it comes to gardening — ways that will not only save water but will change our culture.

October 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Book Talk: Silicon Valley design, battling drug addiction and more

This month's book news
This month, local authors release books on the history of Silicon Valley design, forensic psychology thrillers, true stories of drug addiction and more.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Halloween celebration, flower arrangement lessons, scary creatures course, call for gardens and educational weekends for kids
This week includes a Halloween magic at Gamble Garden, a flower arranging lesson from The Garden Club of Los Altos, a class about spiders and bats from Master Gardeners, a call for local native gardens and educational weekends for kids, starting with spooky science.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Cracking the comics code

Silicon Valley author Gene Yang releases new comic book for middle schoolers
Gene Yang is a Bay Area-based computer science instructor, writer and illustrator. His latest graphic novel, "Secret Coders," gives middle schoolers a chance to solve mysteries and crack codes.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Tastes like the real thing

Veggie Garden's menu is a vegan's guilty pleasure
Located at 2464 W. El Camino Real, two-year-old Veggie Garden serves affordable vegan Chinese food in a clean, modern setting. Just don't expect a handful of bamboo shoots nestled on a bed of raw kale: These dishes are rich.

October 22, 2015 | 4 comments
Man who beat priest with cane pleads 'no contest'

East Palo Alto resident was under the influence of methamphetamine
An East Palo Alto man who brutally beat an 89-year-old priest with his own metal cane pleaded no contest to charges of felony physical elder abuse and felony assault in San Mateo Superior Court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women's tennis hosts USTA/ITA Northwest Regional

For the ninth straight season, Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as the host site for the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships when play gets underway Friday.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Grand opera on an intimate scale

West Bay Opera celebrates 60th season with Verdi's 'Rigoletto'
Sixty years after it was founded, Palo Alto's West Bay Opera continues to thrive, attracting major international talent and staging grand operas on an intimate scale.

October 22, 2015 | 2 comments
Worth a Look: Halloween festivities galore

This week's A&E highlights
This week, carve a pumpkin, don a costume, get spooked at a haunted house or catch a Halloween-themed concert.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
New movie captures complexity of Steve Jobs, colleague says

Computer legend 'took the impossible and made it possible'
"Steve Jobs," the movie that was written by Aaron Sorkin and opened in Palo Alto last week, artfully captures the character of the computer legend, said Jobs' onetime publicist, who is among those portrayed in the movie.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Castilleja wraps up another WBAL dual-match golf title

Prep roundup
Castilleja bounced back from its first golf loss of the season last week and wrapped up its second straight West Bay Athletic League dual-match title with a 204-219 victory over Harker at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club on Wednesday.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
A frustrating volleyball season suddenly looks a lot better

Stanford senior setter Madi Bugg was taking out her frustration when she decided to slap the ball over the net instead of setting it to one of the powerful hitters on the court. Whatever the motivation, it worked.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
New movie captures complexity of Steve Jobs, colleague says

Computer legend 'took the impossible and made it possible'
"Steve Jobs," the movie that was written by Aaron Sorkin and opened in Palo Alto last week, artfully captures the character of the computer legend, said Jobs' onetime publicist, who is among those portrayed in the movie.

October 22, 2015 | 18 comments
Stanford women look to finish strong in soccer road matches

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer goes on the road for the last time during the final regular-season this week, traveling to the Pacific Northwest for match-ups against No. 25 Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Sunday.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Pumpkin-picking fun

Gamble Garden hosts Halloween festivities
Gather the little ones and head to Gamble Garden this Sunday for a Halloween magic show, costume contest, pumpkins and more.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Tension grows between City Council, planning commission

As Palo Alto commission pans council's policies, council members question the commission's motives
In theory, the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission serves at the pleasure of the City Council. In practice, pleasure has been in short supply for both parties of late.

October 21, 2015 | 68 comments
Focusing on kindness, inclusion on Unity Day

Palo Alto schools take part in national bullying prevention event for the third year
Across Palo Alto on Wednesday, students, teachers, staff, administrators and parents donned orange shirts — the color of Unity Day — and participated in a range of activities for the national bullying-prevention and education event.

October 21, 2015 | 6 comments
Gunn, Paly sweep team and individual cross-country titles

Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney and Gunn senior Gillian Meeks ran to individual titles and helped their respective teams win crowns at the third SCVAL cross-country meet of the season on Tuesday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.

October 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford engineers unveil a self-driving, drifting, electric DeLorean

MARTY developed to research how cars perform in extreme conditions
It may not time travel, but Stanford University engineers unveiled a DeLorean modified to be self-driving, electric, and drift like a pro driver on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

October 21, 2015 | 3 comments
Sew excited

FabMo Textile Art Boutique showcases goods made with repurposed material
Joan Zwiep joins more than 40 other makers at the seventh annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique on Saturday, Oct. 24.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to reconsider minimum wage for tipped workers

Policy and Services Committee to discuss possible exemption for employees who get tips
Palo Alto's new minimum-wage law officially became a reality on Monday night, though in formally approving the new ordinance the City Council agreed to reconsider its application to tipped employees.

October 21, 2015 | 34 comments
Community Notebook: Hundreds of volunteers to join 'Make a Difference Day'

Saturday event kicks off at Palo Alto City Hall
Generations of local volunteers will join Palo Alto nonprofit Youth Community Service on Saturday, Oct. 24, for a day of volunteer projects benefiting the environment, seniors and needy families and individuals.

October 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Gunn girls wrap up another SCVAL golf championship

Tuesday's prep roundup
The Gunn girls put the finishing touches on their third straight Santa Clara Valley Athletic League golf title with a 244-345 dual-match win over Wilcox at Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club on Tuesday.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford Shopping Center announces 10 new retail stores

Stanford Shopping Center is entering its final phase of renovation, and on Tuesday, Simon Property Group, which owns the center, unveiled a list of 10 retail stores among more than 25 new stores expected to open in the spring of 2016.

October 21, 2015 | 45 comments
Santa Clara County supervisors approve ordinance against road rage

Victims can collect up to $1,000, new rule states
Motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians can now file a civil lawsuit over hostile behavior on the road -- and collect up to $1,000 if successful -- thanks to an ordinance approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 20.

October 21, 2015 | 30 comments
Cardinal women go wire-to-wire to win own golf tournament

Getting solid performances throughout the lineup, the ninth-ranked Stanford women's golf team scored a wire-wire seven-stroke victory over USC on Tuesday in the 54-hole Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford, Owusu enjoying national notoriety while it lasts

Football notebook
Francis Owusu has had a television crew following him the past few days and he acknowledged enjoying the attention. His older brother, former Stanford star Chris Owusu, now playing with the New York Jets in the NFL, fielded more questions about Francis' catch than anything else.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
No man an island

Palo Alto playwright tells story of SF lawyer, Alaskan people
Palo Alto playwright Sharmon J. Hilfinger's latest production, "Arctic Requiem," tells the story of San Francisco environmental attorney Luke Cole and his battle to defend the native islanders of Kivalina, Alaska.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Paly grad Whitson just misses a triple-double in volleyball win

Of local note
With senior setter and captain Kimmy Whitson from Palo Alto High leading the way with a near triple-double, the Pacific women's volleyball team held off St. Mary's in five sets on Saturday night at the Spanos Center.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
New mobile clinic supports medically underserved youth

Stanford's Teen Health Van aims to meet adolescents where they are
The Teen Health Van, now in its 20th year of operation, is a mobile medical clinic that aims to reach medically underserved youth, ages 10 to 25 years old, many of whom are homeless, uninsured or underinsured, at-risk and with little or no access to health care.

October 20, 2015 | 1 comment
It's best vs. best in North-South Water Polo Challenge

There's nothing like a good grudge match. And, when it pits two of the best teams in the nation, even better. That's just one story line for this weekend's 10th annual North-South Water Polo Challenge at the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton pools.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College keepers sweep league soccer honors

Menlo College soccer swept the Golden State Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week awards as men's keeper Alex Coates-McDowall and women's keeper Kaylin Swart earned the honors.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
He can dance

Mountain View native pursues life on stage
As a boy, Nick Lazzarini attended Springer Elementary School and took dance classes through the City of Mountain View's Recreation Division. Now, he's got his own L.A.-based commercial dance company.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Morris in Pac-12 Player of the Week in soccer

Stanford junior forward Jordan Morris was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for games from Oct. 12-18, the conference announced Tuesday. The honor is the second of Morris' career, the second of the season for the Cardinal and Stanford's 24th all-time player of the week selection.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to move ahead with storm-drain election

City Council agrees to form a citizen committee to help craft 2016 measure
Normally out of sight and out of mind, Palo Alto's storm drains will be in the public spotlight in fall 2016 as part of a special election that the City Council agreed to pursue Monday night.

October 20, 2015 | 15 comments
Barbara Klausner to receive Kiwanis Angel award

Former Palo Alto school board member to be feted on Oct. 22
A former Palo Alto elementary school teacher and school board member will receive the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto's Angel Award on Oct. 22 for her work as executive director of the nonprofit organization DreamCatchers.

October 20, 2015 | 7 comments
Superintendent postpones hiring of in-house counsel

New legal-services position becomes point of contention on school board
Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Max McGee has decided to delay the hiring of general counsel after disagreement on the school board over the proper relationship between its members and the new in-house attorney.

October 20, 2015 | 7 comments
Stanford places three on Pac-12's All-Century Men's Soccer

Three Stanford men's soccer alumni were recognized when the Pac-12 Networks revealed the Pac-12 All-Century Men's Soccer roster on 'Pac-12 Sports Report' Monday night.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Aubert helps Stanford women maintain lead at own golf event

The ninth-ranked Stanford women's golf team maintained its lead Monday at the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice. The defending national champion Cardinal improved six strokes at Stanford Golf Course, combining for a four-player total of 3-under-par 281.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
City chips in $5M toward Avenidas expansion

Palo Alto officials vote to support senior-service nonprofit, despite division over funding source
With more Palo Altans entering their golden years, the city's main senior-service provider is looking to turn back time by rejuvenating its historic facility to serve its growing customer base. On Monday, Avenidas took a big step toward realizing this vision when the City Council agreed to contribute $5 million to the cause.

October 20, 2015 | 11 comments
Handy Hardware: Lightbulb basics

Temperature, direction and type play role in right bulb for your space
What type of light being emitted all depend on some lightbulb basics: temperature, direction and type.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Tech Life: Smart utilities

Local customers see real-time usage through advanced metering
A quick change to an advanced meter transforms a home from an isolated energy user into a piece of the local energy grid.

October 23, 2015 | 11 comments
Sights of Inspiration: Filoli

Leisure, education all in one historic site
Guests can glean ideas from the ever-changing scene at Filoli, from the Georgian country house to the blooming hydrangeas.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
The installment plan

Palo Alto remodel accomplished over four summers
A Palo Alto home undergoes a four-summer remodeling process to achieve a bright and sunny feel.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Pro Tips: It's autumn

Time to fall back in love with your garden
It's time to get back in your garden. Garden design columnist Dawn Engel gives you full permission.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Local Finds: Workplace style

Seven local finds ooze style, function into any home office
Seven local finds ooze style, function into any home office, from mail baskets to a sycamore wood desks.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Flower Finder: Local iris

Grow an iris created for Miss Gamble
The Elizabeth Gamble iris continues blooming local history, and experts share their iris-growing tips.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Do-It-Yourself: Friendly welcome

Local Etsy shop owner shares wreath-making techniques
Helen Hu shows readers show to make a wreath for any season with step-by-step directions.

October 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Ready to remodel?

Local architect walks through remodeling process
For locals looking to remodel, a Menlo Park architect offers a few quick tips.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Time to update

Ladera couple creates a kitchen for today
A Ladera couple decided the time was right to transform their 1960s kitchen into an open space for today.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

Strategies for the seller, buyer
What do home sellers want? Obviously, the highest price and the best terms. What do buyers want? The lowest market price possible on the most favorable terms. Both buyers and sellers must understand pricing strategies in the present market in order to reach their goal.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Hello, Rondo

New public art arrives at King Plaza
A public celebration to welcome Bruce Beasley's sculpture, "Rondo I," to Palo Alto will be held on King Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
McCaffrey is the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Cardinal football
Stanford sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey was named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, as announced Monday.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: California Avenue to close for Halloween event Sunday

Carnival will feature trick-or-treating, costume contest and more
Kick off the Halloween celebrations with the 21st annual California Avenue Trick or Treat and Blossom Halloween Carnival on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

October 20, 2015 | 7 comments
Shop Talk: Boutique creates beauty out of rubble

This week's retail news
Beyt, located at Palo Alto's Town & Country Village shopping center, designs and builds a range of home decor items out of salvage recovered from the aftermath of civil war in Lebanon.

October 19, 2015 | 10 comments
Rodgers nabs a 6th-place finish in PGA Tour debut as a member

Stanford product Patrick Rodgers made his PGA Tour debut as a member at the season-opening Fry's.com Open in Napa over the weekend at Silverado Country Club, netting a sixth-place finish.

October 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Baird scores twice to help Stanford win Pac-12 soccer match

Cardinal corner
Stanford sophomore Corey Baird scored his first two goals of the season, Jordan Morris added a tally for the fifth consecutive game and the No. 3 Cardinal tacked another win to its sterling record, this time beating San Diego State 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

October 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Women open golf tourney in first; McNealy ends his in first

College golf
Juniors Casey Danielson and Quirine Eijkenboom carded even-par 71s at Stanford Golf Course on Sunday to lift the ninth-ranked Cardinal to the first-day lead in the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice. Stanford's Maverick McNealy shot a final round 5-under 67 at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia on Sunday to jump 16 spots and finish in a four-way tie for first.

October 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Marx clears a path for his football brothers

Sophomore fullback Daniel Marx doesn't have a carry this season, and that's just fine with him. His job is to clear the path for teammates Christian McCaffrey, Remound Wright, Barry Sanders and Bryce Love, and he did another superb job last Thursday night, helping Stanford rush for more than 300 yards in a dominating 56-35 victory over visiting UCLA.

October 18, 2015 | No comments yet
One dead, one critically injured in head-on collision near Stanford

Crash Saturday night claims life of Redwood City man
A man is dead after a head-on collision Saturday evening, Oct. 17, near Stanford University, officials with the California Highway Patrol said.

October 17, 2015 | 11 comments
Menlo helps celebrate OAKtoberFest with pair of soccer wins

Oaks report
The Menlo College women's soccer used patience and then a sudden flurry of goals to beat visiting Arizona Christian, 3-0, Saturday in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest.

October 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Paly boys, M-A girls both run to second at Monterey Bay meet

Weekend prep roundup
The Palo Alto boys and Menlo-Atherton girls each ran to second-place finishes in their respective varsity races at the annual Monterey Bay Invitational cross-country meet on Saturday in Salinas.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Top-ranked Bruins open big lead, hang on to beat Stanford

Cardinal corner
Adam Abdulhamid and his fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo teammates knew they missed a golden opportunity in Saturday's 12-8 loss to top-ranked UCLA in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest at Avery Aquatic Center.

October 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Animal shelter is not closing, Palo Alto officials say

Plans moving ahead to find an operator for animal services and fundraise for a new facility
A website petition claiming that Palo Alto plans to close its animal shelter prompted city officials to issue a press release this week denying the accusation.

October 17, 2015 | 28 comments
Pinewood has too many losses to pull out a football victory

Before Pinewood's final home football game of the season against Trinity Christian, the Panthers' small, three-man senior class of Kyle Murphy, Dominick Twombly and Aidan Lucero was honored during a brief pregame ceremony.

October 17, 2015 | No comments yet
West Bayshore Road to close Tuesday to Wednesday

Work on the San Francisquito Creek Bridge to cause noise, potential delays
Part of West Bayshore Road will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday while Caltrans contractors remove temporary bridgework from beneath the deck of the recently constructed bridge over San Francisquito Creek, according to the City of Palo Alto.

October 17, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A's Mims rushes for 324 yards in big win over Aragon

Friday roundup
Menlo-Atherton junior running back Jordan Mims set a school single-game record with 324 rushing yards and added four touchdowns as the Bears earned a 31-10 PAL Bay Division Division football victory over visiting Aragon Friday night.

October 17, 2015 | No comments yet
McGrady, Lee finish chances in Stanford soccer victory

Cardinal corner
Stanford freshman Tegan McGrady grew up in San Jose watching the likes of former Cardinal great Kelley O'Hara. To receive a compliment from the current U.S. national women's soccer team member made her day.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Brown, Haase, Hu all double winners in Cardinal swimming victory

College swimming
For the second straight season, the Stanford women's swimming and diving team notched a fall victory against Utah, this time by a score of 177-112 over the visiting Utes at Avery Aquatic Center on Friday afternoon. The Cardinal won 12 events and had the top time in three other exhibition swims.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's McGorty finishes third at Wisconsin Invitational

Stanford junior Sean McGorty made a late bid for victory at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday, finishing third to lead the Cardinal.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
City seeks $1 billion for improved rail crossings from VTA tax

Palo Alto council hopes at least 15 percent of proceeds from 2016 measure would be used for rail project
Calling it a critical project not just for Palo Alto but for commuters throughout the Santa Clara County, city officials on Tuesday night made a fresh pitch for grade separation of the rail corridor throughout the county and argued that at least 15 percent of the proceeds of a proposed countywide tax measure should be dedicated for this effort.

October 18, 2015 | 110 comments
Tree experts weigh in on saving trees while remaining water-conscious

At its inception, Palo Alto was named after a 110-foot tall, over 1,000-years-old coast redwood tree called "El Palo Alto," which loosely translates to "tall tree." Today, in the midst of California's drought, city staff and tree experts are encouraging residents to go back to their roots and care for these trees from which the city gets its name.

October 16, 2015 | 10 comments
Palo Alto streets reopen after water main break

Crews to finish repairs on Monday
A Palo Alto intersection has reopened Friday evening, after a water main break caused it to be closed for most of the day, according to police.

October 16, 2015 | 7 comments
McCaffrey runs wild over the Bruins in big conference win

Christian McCaffrey rushed for a school record 243 yards and scored four times, Francis Owusu made a catch for the ages and the 15th-ranked Stanford football team downed visiting UCLA, 56-28, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Thursday night.

October 15, 2015 | 2 comments
Paly boys turn the tables on Gunn with crucial win

Thursday's prep roundup
Palo Alto's first water polo meeting with rival Gunn this season did not go well for the Paly boys last month. The Vikings were missing two starters and suffered a nine-goal loss as Gunn seniors Calder Hilde-Jones and Christian Znidarsic combined for eight.

October 16, 2015 | 2 comments
Sanders joining Stanford track and field coaching staff

Gabe Sanders, an assistant coach at Boston University the past six seasons, has joined the Stanford track and field staff to coach the sprints and hurdles.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Out of Africa

Silicon Valley African Film Festival features screenings, marketplace and more
The sixth annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival returns to Mountain View this weekend featuring film screenings from around the continent, an African marketplace, live musical performances and more.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Avenidas expansion, storm-drains fees, bed bugs

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

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to consider encouraging more granny units

Small structures seen as partial solution for city's gaping housing problem
They are small, relatively affordable and can be built without zone changes or public hearings. Now, Palo Alto officials are preparing to take a closer look at in-law apartments -- often known as "granny units," "secondary units" or "accessory-dwelling units" -- as a partial solution for the city's colossal housing shortage.

October 17, 2015 | 61 comments
Palo Alto asked to contribute toward Avenidas expansion

City Council to consider request for $5 million from senior-services nonprofit
As Palo Alto's senior population continues to expand, the downtown nonprofit that serves this growing population is trying to do the same.

October 16, 2015 | 20 comments
A fall food bounty

Oshman JCC hosts Hazon Farm to Table Food Fest
Head to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto this Sunday for a day of interactive, hands-on activities in celebration of the Jewish food movement.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Group crafts a roadmap for new anti-traffic nonprofit

Consultants and downtown employers consider funding, branding for Palo Alto's new Transportation Management Association
Right now, they are a group of downtown stakeholders and transportation experts debating pilot programs and funding structures. Sometime next year, the group is slated to become a full-fledged nonprofit dedicated to tackling the city's biggest problem: traffic.

October 16, 2015 | 4 comments
Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and agencies roll out storm plans

Efforts include clearing creek of debris and vegetation, new flood-warning website
Warnings that flooding might not be contained if the predicted El Nino hits the Bay Area this winter, public officials said they are doing everything possible to reduce hazards to homes and residents if the notoriously volatile San Francisquito Creek surges out of its banks.

October 15, 2015 | 14 comments
In search of the new commute

Can budding Palo Alto nonprofit change the way people get to work?
As traffic and parking problems continue to plague downtown Palo Alto, the city is pinning its hopes on a new nonprofit tasked with steering people away from their cars and toward other modes of transportation. But before the Transportation Management Association can solve the city's biggest problem, it has to figure out how to sustain its own existence.

October 16, 2015 | 31 comments
Castilleja celebration delayed, Gunn also near a golf title

Wednesday's prep roundup
Two golf showdowns took place on a warm Wednesday afternoon to all but decide two league races involving four of the top girls teams in the Central Coast Section. Castilleja had a shot and missed while Gunn, perhaps appropriately, was on target.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Woman robbed near downtown transit center

Purse-snatcher sought after Wednesday morning incident in downtown Palo Alto
Palo Alto police are seeking a man who allegedly robbed a woman of her purse near the University Avenue transit center shortly after she got off the bus early Wednesday morning.

October 14, 2015 | 9 comments
Greer Park North pursues ban on two-story homes

Eichler-style neighborhood meets skepticism, earns limited victory in front of Planning and Transportation Commission
Just weeks after they endorsed a proposal to ban new two-story homes in the Los Arboles neighborhood, Palo Alto's planning commissioners took a decidedly more skeptical stance toward a similar request from the residents of Greer Park North.

October 14, 2015 | 11 comments
Creating a win-win situation

Home in Old Palo Alto saved from wrecking ball
Kim and Bob Stetson team with contractor Stuart Morgan to save the couple's Old Palo Alto home from a wrecking ball.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
International increase

Education opportunities, a clean environment and jobs bring Chinese buyers to Palo Alto
Following a recent federal extension on business and tourism visas for Chinese citizens from one to 10 years, Palo Alto could see an even larger boost in Chinese home buyers.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Multigenerational living

Woodside family remodels to make property work for everyone
Betsy Hobson is thrilled to share a new routine with her next-door neighbor, her 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter. That's just one of the many perks Hobson enjoys after moving out of the house she raised her kids in so that her daughter could afford to come back to Woodside with her own family.

October 15, 2015 | 7 comments
Millennial matters

When this generation buys, and why
Millennial homeownership has hit an all-time low — 34.6 percent. Local owners and renters share their stories of what they decided to do.

October 15, 2015 | 2 comments
The look of luxury

Location, lot drive ultra-luxury market prices
It probably won't surprise anyone to know that home prices on the Midpeninsula are high and getting higher. And sales of "ultra-luxury" properties (costing $3 million and up) jumped this summer.

October 15, 2015 | 1 comment
How to move from your home if you are 75 and over

After their big move, H. Stanley and Ingrid Judd share their steps on how to make a move less painful if you are over 75 years old.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Moving on

An estate sale makes the Judds' move to Hawaii seamless
After more than 45 years in their home in Palo Alto, H. Stanley Judd and his wife, Ingrid, decided now was the time to move to Hawaii. But, the move didn't happen overnight, nor did it happen without the help of a team.

October 15, 2015 | 6 comments
Real Estate Matters

Pricing real estate: Strategies for the seller, buyer
What do home sellers want? Obviously, the highest price and the best terms. What do buyers want? The lowest market price possible on the most favorable terms. Both buyers and sellers must understand pricing strategies in the present market in order to reach their goal.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Rent Watch

Does advertising properties using term 'or best offer' present a fair housing issue?
Just like home sales, I want to make space for a bidding war on my rental property, so I can get as much as possible in rental income. Should I be worried about any fair housing liability here?

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

Water, wells and real estate prices
My front lawn, once a large lush inviting area, is beyond brown now. It looks bleached. It looks like it has been sluiced with Clorox and is yelling for its nakedness to be covered. However, I take solace in the fact that I am a good citizen.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Highs and lows

Home prices range from six to eight figures
From August through September this year, home prices land all over the board. The highest sales were seen in Atherton and Palo Alto, recording $31 million and $30 million, respectively, according to homes sales from the Palo Alto Weekly's August and September editions.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Browsing by budget

Homebuyers seek perfect place by looking at lot size, walk score and more
Perspective homebuyers in Silicon Valley wade through many choices, even after they figure out a budget. Decision factors include what schools will children attend to how far is the commute to work.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Thirsty times

Tree experts weigh in on saving trees while remaining water-conscious during drought
At its inception, Palo Alto was named after a 110-foot tall, over 1,000-years-old coast redwood tree called "El Palo Alto," which loosely translates to "tall tree." Today, in the midst of California's drought, city staff and tree experts are encouraging residents to go back to their roots and care for these trees from which the city gets its name.

October 16, 2015 | 10 comments
Recent home sales

Most sales in Menlo Park
With zero sales in Mountain View and only one in Palo Alto, Menlo Park leads sales this week with seven home sales. Learn about these home sales and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Pool demolition
A pool demolition is one way to save on water, unless the homeowners end up replacing it. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Plant sale, rhododendron workshop, bath and kitchen remodel, compost basics, fruit trees and garden submissions
This week includes a native plant sale on Oct. 17, a rhododendron workshop on Oct. 21, a bath and kitchen remodeling event on Oct. 24, a compost class on Oct. 24, a fruit tree care clinic on Oct. 24 and a call for garden submissions.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

Chinese stock market woes, the RMB devaluation's impact on Silicon Valley real estate
The recent turmoil in the Asian stock markets, most notably in China, and the devaluation of the Chinese currency have evoked many questions about the likelihood of continued investment in Bay Area real estate by Chinese buyers.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

17 home sales
The Midpeninsula recorded only 17 home sales in this week's edition. Plus, surprisingly, Mountain View had zero sales.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Rock out for a good cause

Children's Health Council to host Rocktoberfest
The Children's Health Council Hosts its third annual Rocktoberfest gala this Saturday.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Stars in alignment

Simplicity is sophistication at The Village Pub in Woodside
The Village Pub in Woodside has received one Michelin star every year since 2009, and for good reason.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Boutique creates beauty out of rubble

This week's retail news
Beyt, located at Palo Alto's Town & Country Village shopping center, designs and builds a range of home decor items out of salvage recovered from the aftermath of civil war in Lebanon.

October 14, 2015 | 10 comments
Time flies

United Nations Association Film Festival returns to Palo Alto
The 18th annual United Nations Association Film Festival returns to Palo Alto this week with the theme, "Running Out of Time."

October 14, 2015 | 1 comment
Worth a Look: Photo collages, African film festival and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out the whimsical and haunting photo collages of Palo Alto artist Kathryn Dunlevie, catch the sixth annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival and hear bluegrass legend Alice Gerrard perform in Mountain View.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
An elegant 'Proof'

TheatreWorks stages outstanding production of David Auburn play
David Auburn's "Proof" is a slim, sneaky wonder of theatrical storytelling. TheatreWorks stages an outstanding production of the play now through Nov. 1 in Mountain View.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Mastering the music business

Stanford grad student uses computer science and business to advance music career
Stanford graduate student Audrey Proulx is using her education in computer science and business to support her dream of becoming a pop-star.

October 14, 2015 | 2 comments
Caltrain takes steps to prevent trains from hitting cars

Efforts include public education, increased law enforcement presence
In response to recent incidents in which vehicles have been hit by commuter trains, Caltrain is working to "develop and promote new strategies for encouraging safe behavior" around its rail corridor, according to an Oct. 14 statement from the transportation agency.

October 14, 2015 | 3 comments
Stanford grad Azevedo is Player of the Century in Pac-12 polo

Stanford and United States National Team standout Tony Azevedo (2001-04) was named the Pac-12 Men's Water Polo Player of the Century, the conference announced on Tuesday.

October 14, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford women picked for second in Pac-12 basketball poll

Cardinal corner
The Stanford women's basketeball team was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 when the conference announced the results of the preseason coaches' poll on Wednesday morning at the league's annual Media Day in San Francisco.

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Art around the world

Palo Alto Art Center hosts Global Family Day
This Sunday, the Palo Alto Art Center hosts the free Global Family Day with hands-on art projects for all ages and live music from around the world.

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Stanford men's golf coach takes to the airwaves for new radio show

Stanford men's golf head coach Conrad Ray will host a newly launched SiriusXM radio show focused on collegiate golf and the various stages of development for young players who desire to play the game at a high level.

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Holiday harvest

Los Altos hosts the 36th annual Harvest Craft Faire
More than 55 local artisans converge in Los Altos this weekend for the 36th annual Harvest Craft Faire.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
MLB postseason continues for Pederson, but not for Piscotty

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson has at least one more game to play but former Stanford standout Stephen Piscotty's run in Major League Baseball's postseason has come to an end.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Bay Area psychiatrist pens comprehensive guide on suicide risk

New book comes with a call to action: 'talk about it'
A San Francisco psychiatrist and mental health consultant has written a comprehensive resource and educational guide on suicide risk, the concept for which was inspired in part by the youth suicide clusters in Palo Alto.

October 15, 2015 | 9 comments
Football traffic expected to disrupt Palo Alto streets

Increased traffic could start mid-afternoon, police warn
A Stanford University football game at Stanford Stadium Thursday night, Oct. 15, will likely cause heavy traffic along major streets, Palo Alto police are warning.

October 14, 2015 | 12 comments
Stark differences in high school counseling services, again

Superintendent to propose two new models for Gunn High School
A yearslong discussion over the comparable quality of Gunn and Palo Alto high schools' distinct counseling models returned to the school board Tuesday night, with survey results again showing a gap in satisfaction between students at the two schools.

October 14, 2015 | 81 comments
Palo Alto blasts high-speed rail project for moving too fast

City Council urges more collaborative process for Peninsula segment of controversial rail line
With plans for California's high-speed rail system accelerating on the Peninsula, Palo Alto officials on Tuesday ramped up their opposition to a process that they argue is moving too fast and in the wrong direction.

October 14, 2015 | 78 comments
Former Palo Alto mayor Dick Rosenbaum dies

Fiscal watchdog served the community in numerous roles for decades
Former mayor Dick Rosenbaum, a fiscal conservative and supporter of Palo Alto's residential quality of life, has died. He was 81.

October 13, 2015 | 16 comments
Stanford's Whitfield hopes to shut down former schoolmate

Stanford senior free safety Kodi Whitfield knew all about UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen when both were attending the same middle school at Chadwick. Since high school, they've been on opposite sides of the field.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Pac-12 women's soccer honor goes to Stanford's Amack

Stanford junior Stephanie Amack was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in women's soccer, as announced by the conference Tuesday. It is the second conference weekly honor of Amack's career and the 46th overall for Stanford.

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It will be a big Stanford reunion when Colts host the Patriots

It will be quite a reunion when the New England Patriots visit the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a battle of AFC division-leading teams. The game will bring together six former Stanford football players -- five for the Colts and one for the Patriots.

October 13, 2015 | 2 comments
Stanford women golfers will be out to defend their co-title

The annual Stanford Intercollegiate, which showcases many of the best women's golfers in the country, will be played Sunday through Tuesday at Stanford Golf Course. This year's 17-team field includes five programs ranked in the top 10, including No. 1 USC, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Northwestern, No. 6 Arizona and No. 9 Stanford.

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Castilleja closing in on WBAL regular season golf title

Monday's prep roundup
It's seven down and three to go for the Castilleja golf team, which is closing in on another West Bay Athletic League regular-season title.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Oakland man arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct in Palo Alto park

An Oakland man who police said exposed himself to a woman in a Palo Alto park was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 8, according to a police department press release.

October 13, 2015 | 1 comment
Priory grad earns player of week honors in WCC women's soccer

Of local note
Priory graduate Mariana Galvan of Santa Clara University women's soccer has been named West Coast Conference Player of the Week after scoring two double-overtime winners over the weekend.

October 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Firefighters put out small fire at Stanford Maples Pavilion

Firefighters have extinguished a small electrical fire at Stanford Maples Pavilion, according to an emergency alert sent out to the Stanford University community.

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Riding the whole foods wave

Homemade Cooking teaches members to prepare nutritious meals
Palo Alto-based Homemade Cooking offers weekly two-hour cooking classes at which members are introduced to seasonal ingredients, taught various cooking methods and given a wide variety of healthy recipes.

October 12, 2015 | 6 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss Strategic Plan survey

Annual survey probes student, parent satisfaction
The school district's 2015 Strategic Plan survey results, which the school board will discuss Tuesday night, offers insight into students' and parents' perceptions of many of the top issues the district hopes to tackle this year, from academic consistency and classroom innovations to social-emotional well-being and communication.

October 12, 2015 | 12 comments
Stanford's Hodson is Pac-12 Freshman of the Week again

Defensive honor for Wade
Stanford opposite Hayley Hodson has been tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second straight week, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

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Report: Violent crime rate in East Palo Alto plunges

City saw a large drop in aggravated assaults in 2014
After decades of notoriety, East Palo Alto's violent crime rate has plunged by 64 percent in one year, according to a newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

October 12, 2015 | 19 comments
Gunn's Meeks runs to another victory in cross country

Weekend prep roundup
After a cool morning in Fresno on Saturday, it warmed up to the point of being just plain hot with 90-plus degree heat. That, however, didn't slow Gunn senior Gillian Meeks at the Clovis Invitational held at Woodward Park.

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Hodson leads Stanford women's volleyball past Oregon

Cardinal roundup
For the second straight match, freshman Hayley Hodson led the No. 7 Stanford women's volleyball team offensively while helping the Cardinal defeat No. 25 Oregon on Sunday at Maples Pavilion. Stanford moves to 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-12.

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Man booked for stabbing outside Happy Donuts

Palo Alto police arrest Daniel Vasquez, 23, for assault with a deadly weapon
Palo Alto police have arrested a man who they believe stabbed another man in the back in an alleyway behind Happy Donuts last month.

October 11, 2015 | 2 comments
Bechtel's return helps Menlo women earn conference victory

Oaks roundup
Ana Bechtel and Bailey Gamez each recorded 10 kills and the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed host William Jessup in a Golden State Athletic Conference match Saturday.

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Stanford, UCLA all set for a showdown after bye week

No. 15-ranked Stanford is well into preparation for Thursday night's nationally televised game football game on ESPN against 18th-ranked UCLA at Stanford Stadium. Both teams are coming off byes.

October 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford men take Pac-12 lead; Cardinal women top Oregon

College soccer
Amir Bashti broke a scoreless tie and the third-ranked Stanford men's soccer team moved into first place in the Pac-12 Conference with a convincing 3-0 victory over visiting Oregon State on Sunday. Also Sunday, Andi Sullivan headed in her team-leading fifth goal of the season to lift the No. 6 Stanford women to a 1-0 victory against Oregon.

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Fire chief releases recording of response to motorcycle fatality

Emergency crews were delayed by heavy traffic while responding to Sept. 22 accident
Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman has released an audio recording of the Menlo Park Fire District's response to a Sept. 22 collision on U.S. Highway 101 in East Palo Alto that left a motorcyclist dead.

October 11, 2015 | 13 comments
Stanford men shoot past competition at water polo tournament

Cardinal corner
The third-ranked Stanford men's water polo team totaled 37 goals in a pair of victories over No. 8 Long Beach State and Concordia to advance to the semifinals of the SoCal Invitational Saturday at Burns Aquatics Center on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

October 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo opens division play with fifth straight victory

Menlo School quarterback Mackenzie Morehead and running back Charlie Ferguson combined for 326 total yards to lead the Knights to a 35-20 victory over visiting Woodside to open the PAL Ocean Division football season on homecoming Friday.

October 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Hodson shows she digs hitting off sets from Bugg

Cardinal corner
Senior setter Madi Bugg and freshman opposite Hayley Hodson each recored a double-double and the the No. 7 Stanford women's volleyball team swept visiting Oregon State, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18, Friday, in a Pac-12 Conference match.

October 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Defensive effort highlights SHP's 47-13 football romp

In the first PAL Bay Division game of the season, Sacred Heart Prep's offense looked like a well-oiled machine, racking up over 500 yards and seven touchdowns against an overmatched Terra Nova defense.

October 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto seeks greater voice in regional transportation projects

City Council to devote Oct. 13 meeting to high-speed rail, Caltrain and VTA tax
Palo Alto takes great pride in being a worldwide leader in technology and conservation, but when it comes to transportation improvements the city has always relied on the kindness — or mercy — of strangers.

October 10, 2015 | 11 comments
Menlo women win, men lose in GSAC soccer split on the road

Oaks roundup
Taylor Morrow scored the go-ahead goal late in the first half and the Menlo College women's soccer team held on to beat host Hope International, 2-1, in a Golden State Athletic Conference match on Thursday.

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Fawcett serves up a winning round at tennis tournament

ITA Championships
Stanford sophomore Tom Fawcett finished his first round match with an ace. It was only fitting since his serve proved to be a big part of his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Miami's Piotr Lomacki at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa on Thursday.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal women take the early lead en route to Pac-12 soccer victory

Michelle Xiao scored early, Kyra Carusa scored in the middle and Stephanie Amack scored late to lift the sixth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team past visiting Oregon State, 3-0, in a Pac-12 Conference game Thursday night.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Summit to spotlight domestic violence in Palo Alto

Human Relations Commission event on Oct. 28 to examine relationship violence amid the wealthy
Domestic violence is the kind of issue that is often thought to afflict women in less economically well-off communities. But this often hidden crime reveals itself in black and white in the Palo Alto police log.

October 8, 2015 | 11 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: transportation-tax measure, Strategic Plan survey results, public art

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

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Recent home sales

Two $11 million sales in Atherton
During a low week in sales (only 25), two homes sold for eight figures. They include the $11 million sales along Almendral Avenue in Atherton, which is quite the alliteration, and another $11 million sale along Juniper Drive in Atherton.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Timeline of the investigations

School district responds to allegations against Palo Alto High School English teacher Kevin Sharp
A timeline based on emails and other documents released to the Palo Alto Weekly by the district under Public Records Act requests.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Low number of sales around the Midpeninsula
The usual front-runners, Mountain View and Palo Alto, reported a low number of sales this week. Mountain View had only one; Palo Alto had three.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Did someone say coffee?
Employees at Tesla got a perk me up with the addition of a coffee station in this segment of building permits from the City of Palo Alto. Besides the coffee aroma, employees can enjoy new millwork, plumbing and electrical updates. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Responding to sexual harassment: What the law says

Guidelines, rules provide framework for school investigations
Federal, state and school district guidelines offer a framework for the investigation into sexual harassment.

October 9, 2015 | 14 comments
Vehicle strikes by trains up dramatically this year

Six incidents since Aug. 1, including one in Palo Alto
An increase in the number of vehicles hit by Caltrain commuter trains this year has transit police and at least one city police department working together to increase enforcement efforts, a Caltrain spokeswoman said Thursday.

October 9, 2015 | 22 comments
Real Estate Matters

A little inventory breathing room in Palo Alto's housing market
In looking at trends in the Palo Alto real estate market during the past six months, we see a lot of consistency with little fluctuation across most categories. One area that's made a noticeable shift recently is that of months supply of inventory.

October 10, 2015 | No comments yet
A&E Digest: Stanford unveils McMurtry Building and more

Recent A&E news
In recent arts news, Stanford has unveiled the new home of the Department of Art and Art History -- the McMurtry Building -- while both the Palo Alto Art Center and Art in Action have received significant grants for their work in arts and education.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men's soccer hopes to keep winning without Morris

Even without standout Jordan Morris, the Stanford men's soccer team hopes to continue its winning ways. Morris will miss both matches this weekend as the third-ranked Cardinal hosts Washington on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

Property price and public schools
Young families, both local and international, are attracted to Palo Alto for its excellent public schools. However, not everyone understands what exactly good school means. Moreover, how big is the premium on homes we are paying for good public schools, and how do good schools tend to affect property price in the long run?

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Paly teacher rebuked

Convoluted sexual-harassment case against Paly teacher lingers on, more than a year later
A three-month investigation by the Palo Alto Weekly into allegations made against a Palo Alto High School English teacher has revealed conflicting conclusions reached by the district's two law firms — one of many twists and turns of a case that included a police investigation, two uncoordinated district inquiries and internal disagreements about how the matter should be handled.

October 9, 2015 | 111 comments
Home Front

Veggie dinner, library learning, flower arrangements, City Hall replant and call for gardens
This week includes a veggie dinner on Monday night, a gardening workshop at the Rinconada Library on Thursday, a flower arrangement demonstration on Oct. 16, City Hall relandscaping on Oct. 17 and a call for native gardens that lasts until the end of the month.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Nine tips on how to turn a living room Zen

Local designer gives advice on creating calming interiors
In today's hurried times, a home's living space is often the only, and quickest, escape from the stress of daily life, according to interior design specialist Christina Pahl. And to turn that space into a calming interior is possible by applying Zen principles to home design.

October 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Community Notebook: New book club aims to improve interracial understanding in Palo Alto

Book club kicks off Saturday, Oct. 10, with reading and discussion of 'The New Jim Crow'
A new book club starting in Palo Alto seeks to bring readers one step closer to understanding what it's like to be in another's skin.

October 8, 2015 | 5 comments
Off Deadline: Personalizing the 'urban forest'

The current dialogue over northern Palo Alto's historic "urban forest" may mean that residents need to take more personal initiative to assure it's a full-habitat forest, not just a collection of trees.

October 10, 2015 | 7 comments
Merchants go public with Meet The Street

Palo Alto mayor hopes inaugural retailers' street fair will be replicated
Call it a block party that the whole city is invited to attend. Palo Alto will kick off its inaugural Meet The Street event on Oct. 8 from 5-9 p.m., with food, fashion, music and more.

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Funny people

Oddball comedy fest comes to Shoreline
The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival is scheduled to touch down at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre on Tuesday, bringing headliners Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Flamenco fever

Three Spanish siblings bring their dances to Redwood City
The acclaimed Spanish flamenco company, Suite EspaƱola, comes to Redwood City this Sunday.

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Rock on

REEL ROCK brings climbing flicks to Mountain View
The REEL ROCK film festival brings a curated collection of hardcore climbing films to the Mountain View Center of the Performing Arts on Monday night.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Through my ears

Anna Deavere Smith on the music of language and the fallacy of separateness
For much of the month of October, playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith will be in residence at Stanford University.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
All that jazz

Woodside Community Theatre stages 'Chicago'
After five years of waiting, Woodside Community Theatre is finally putting on "Chicago." The show runs Oct. 16-25.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
New cameras to count Palo Alto bikers, pedestrians

City to install 45 low-resolution cameras on prominent school corridors
Dozens of cameras will be installed on utility poles throughout Palo Alto as part of the city's latest attempt to gauge the comings and goings of local bicyclists and pedestrians.

October 8, 2015 | 57 comments
Stanford Children's Health begins to offer transgender care

Multidisciplinary clinic to open in Santa Clara County in eight to 12 months
Stanford Children's Health has begun to offer medical and other services to transgender children and adolescents, with an eye toward opening within the next year a more comprehensive multidisciplinary clinic to support what health providers say is a growing population.

October 8, 2015 | 16 comments
Menlo Park Library reopens after bed bug scare

The Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center reopened Thursday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. after being closed Tuesday evening and Wednesday after a bed bug was found on a chair, according to Menlo Park Library Director Susan Holmer.

October 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Santa Clara County approves cold weather homeless shelter program

Beds in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Sunnyvale will be available from Nov. 30 to March 31
Santa Clara County will have 255 beds available for the homeless during the winter under a program approved by the board of supervisors Tuesday.

October 8, 2015 | 2 comments
Stanford women look to remain atop Pac-12 soccer standings

The sixth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team play six of its final eight regular season games at home, beginning this weekend against Oregon State and Oregon.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo boys top M-A, grab control of PAL water polo race

Prep water polo
The Menlo School boys took a big step toward taking back the PAL Bay Division water polo title they lost to rival Menlo-Atherton last season by defeating the Bears, 11-8, on Wednesday in the Knights' pool.

October 8, 2015 | 15 comments
Sweat for a cause

Ride & Yoga for Ravenswood benefit welcomes cyclists, yogis
Slather on your sunscreen, grab your bike and pull on your yoga pants for the 7th Annual Ride & Yoga for Ravenswood this Sunday, October 11.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Turn me on

Upscale comfort food is hit-and-miss at Turn Bar & Grill
Three-month old Turn Bar & Grill in Los Altos specializes in upscale American comfort food.

October 7, 2015 | 7 comments
In His Majesty's service

"Or" explores the fascinating life of playwright, spy Aphra Behn
In her 2009 play, currently presented by Redwood City's Dragon Theatre, Liz Duffy Adams offers a window into the adventuresome existence of 17th-century English playwright Aphra Behn.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Climbing films, comedy festival and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out the REEL ROCK climbing film festival in Mountain View, catch comedians Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari and hear novelist Andy Weir discuss his hit sci-fi book, "The Martian."

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Houzz Inc. settles privacy-violation case

Palo Alto-based company illegally recorded customers and businesses
Houzz Inc., an online platform for home remodeling and design headquartered in Palo Alto, has settled a lawsuit with the State of California after violating state wiretapping and eavesdropping laws, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced.

October 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford's Sullivan earns Pac-12 honor in women's soccer

Cardinal corner
Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer, as announced by the conference Tuesday.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Winning cross-country efforts lift the spirits of Palo Alto coach

It has been a tough few weeks for Palo Alto High cross-country coach Kelsey Feeley, who lost her father, Jerry, to leukemia on October 1. As her father's health declined recently, Feeley fortunately had her teams at Paly to fall back on for support.

October 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Palo Alto school district launches special-education review

Team to observe classrooms, review data and speak with students, parents and staff
A longtime special-education advocate and Harvard University Graduate School of Education professor is visiting Palo Alto this week to kick off a review he will be conducting of the school district's practices, programs and culture around students with disabilities.

October 7, 2015 | 28 comments
Edgewood Plaza developer faces growing fine for grocery vacancy

Sand Hill Property Company required to pay $1,000 per day until new market is found
The developer of Edgewood Plaza is now facing a fine of $1,000 per day for not replacing the vacant grocery store formerly occupied by Fresh Market, which departed on March 31.

October 7, 2015 | 32 comments
Menlo School girls top rival SHP in WBAL volleyball

Tuesday's prep roundup
The Menlo School girls remained within a match of first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) volleyball race with a 26-28, 25-21, 25-11, 20-25, 15-6 victory over host Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday night.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Palo Alto man arrested after photographing woman through window

Incident happened in July
A Palo Alto man who police said used a cellphone to photograph a woman in her bathroom in July was arrested earlier this week, according to a police department press release.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Freshman Wu writes fairy tale finish to college golf debut

Stanford roundup
Cardinal freshman Brandon Wu finished his collegiate debut with five straight birdies Tuesday for a 3-under-par 69 at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational hosted by Oregon, wrapping up the three-day event at 1-under overall and tied for 34th.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Garnett helps unify Stanford's offensive line, open lanes

Senior left guard Josh Garnett is on schedule to graduate in the spring with a degree in human biology, something he hopes will lead him into a medical career down the line. But, he's still got plenty of football left in him.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Brock Turner to stand trial on sex-assault charges

Former Stanford swimmer faces three felony counts related to alleged sexual assault
Former Stanford all-star swimmer Brock Turner will stand trial for three felony counts related to an alleged sexual assault that took place on the Stanford University campus, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Palo Alto.

October 6, 2015 | 4 comments
Return to the Cosmere

Brandon Sanderson comes to Kepler's
Travel with Brandon Sanderson to his fictional universe, the Cosmere, when the fantasy writer appears at Kepler's Books this Friday, Oct. 9.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto scraps parking exemptions for downtown developments

Rules target projects with 'area bonuses' for historical, seismic retrofits
In their latest attempt to solve downtown's parking frustrations, Palo Alto officials on Monday night agreed to strike from the books several provisions that offer developers parking exemptions.

October 6, 2015 | 9 comments
Murder charges dropped in drive-by shooting case

Case against East Palo Alto man dropped because of lack of evidence
The case of East Palo Alto resident Eric Barragan, who had been in San Mateo County jail for more than 10 months on charges of attempted murder in Menlo Park, has been dropped for a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors with the District Attorney's Office.

October 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo School is set to induct its 2015 Hall of Fame

Menlo School will present five new inductees to the Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday at 4 p.m., in the West Gym of the Athletic Center.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to identify, combat human trafficking

City commits to advocating for anti-trafficking measures, training more officers to identify 'vulnerable population'
With the 2016 Super Bowl slated to bring throngs of visitors and hospitality workers into the Bay Area, Palo Alto officials on Monday night pledged to address the darker side of the February extravaganza: an influx in human trafficking that the event is expected to generate.

October 6, 2015 | 7 comments
Stanford duo earns top honors on Pac-12 All-Century soccer team

Stanford women's soccer alumna Julie Foudy ('93) and head coach Paul Ratcliffe were named the Pac-12 Player and Coach of the Century, as announced by the conference Monday.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Castilleja opens up two-match lead in WBAL golf race

Monday's prep roundup
Castilleja took a big step toward defending its West Bay Athletic League regular-season golf title by defeating host Harker, 187-189, on Monday at Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
October 6 has proven to be a memorable day for Stanford

A first down is 10 yards. A touchdown is six points. Put those two numbers together on a calendar -- as in October 6, or 10-6 -- and you get a most memorable date in modern Stanford football history.

October 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford to test campus emergency notification Oct. 8

Emergency sirens may be audible in neighboring areas
Residents and businesses near the Stanford University campus may hear emergency sirens as the university conducts a test of the campuswide AlertSU mass-notification and siren system on Thursday, Oct. 8, between noon and 1 p.m., according to a Stanford University Department of Public Safety official.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Residents call for more housing in Palo Alto

City Council urged to expand housing options during hearing on Comprehensive Plan
With home values soaring and affordable housing in short supply, Palo Alto residents appealed to the City Council on Monday night to adopt policies that would help seniors, young people and priced-out professionals stay in the city.

October 6, 2015 | 239 comments
Committee: Elementary enrollment in Palo Alto is stable, not growing

Enrollment committee presents draft proposals to school board, community
The chair of a school district subcommittee on elementary enrollment urged the school board and community members at a board study session Monday night to consider changing the narrative around enrollment in Palo Alto from one of urgent, continuous growth to flat, and even declining, growth.

October 6, 2015 | 20 comments
Menlo College's Renn Isobe honored as GSAC Defender of the Week

Menlo College women's volleyball player Renn Isobe was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Defender of the Week on Monday.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Woman in Stanford sexual-assault case testifies

Former Stanford swimmer, accused of rape, returns to Palo Alto for preliminary hearing
The woman whom former Stanford University student Brock Turner allegedly raped on campus in January appeared in court in Palo Alto on Monday for a preliminary hearing, giving sometimes emotional testimony about what she recalls happened that night.

October 5, 2015 | 13 comments
Pederson, Piscotty head into MLB's postseason on Friday

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson and former Stanford standout Stephen Piscotty will begin MLB postseason play on Friday when the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals open their respective NL Divisional Series at home.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Hodson is Freshman of the Week in Pac-12 volleyball

Stanford opposite Hayley Hodson has been tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's victory over Arizona was satisfying in many ways

For walk-on running back Pat McFadden, Saturday night's 55-17 win against Arizona was the thrill of a lifetime. The junior from Sunfish Lake, Minn., received his first playing time in a Stanford uniform and rushed for 10 yards on three carries.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: The Nest comes to Palo Alto

This week's retail news
The Nest boutique hotel comes to Palo Alto's El Camino Real, bringing the tally to four new hotels in the region this year.

October 5, 2015 | 6 comments
Carusa delivers game winner for Stanford women's soccer

Cardinal corner
Redshirt freshman Kyra Carusa knew exactly what to do when she found the ball at her feet in a crowd in front of the net. The result was yet another dramatic overtime victory for the fifth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team.

October 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls net perfect tennis finish in Battle of the Bay

The Northern California tennis championship for girls has been in existence since 2004 and the finalists every year have been from the Central Coast Section. Menlo School coach Bill Shine believes the CCS dominance is over after watching North Coast Section teams hold their own in the second annual Battle of the Bay.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Chryst throws TD pass, pancake block in Stanford victory

Keller Chyrst has game and he showed it in No. 18 Stanford's 55-17 rout of visiting Arizona on Saturday night, putting the Cardinal atop the North Division of the Pac-12 football standings entering a bye week.

October 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal men force overtime, lose MPSF match to Trojans

In a see-saw battle between two of the top men's water polo programs in the nation, No. 3 USC pulled out a 12-8 overtime victory over No. 2 Stanford Saturday morning at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles.

October 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Mayor commits to eradicating homelessness among veterans

Citing the deaths of two unhoused women in Palo Alto parks two years ago as emblematic of the need to end homelessness in the city, Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman announced on Friday that as a first step she will sign the White House Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

October 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto goes two overtimes to end three-game losing streak

After dropping three straight football games while giving up an average of 49 points per contest, it was time for Palo Alto to turn things around. The Vikings did that in the most unusual way Friday night with a 42-35 double-overtime victory over visiting Saratoga.

October 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women earn Pac-12 soccer victory at Arizona State

Cardinal corner
Andi Sullivan and Haley Rosen each scored a goal to help lead the No. 5 Stanford women's soccer team past host Arizona State, 2-0, Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference match.

October 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Report: Silicon Valley incomes continue upsurge

Analysis also found that poverty rate has dropped to its lowest level since 2008
Silicon Valley's median household income rose to $98,500 from 2013 to 2014, the Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies reported Friday in a press release.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Al Gore address at Stanford climate change rally to draw thousands

Afternoon event to take place at White Memorial Plaza
Former Vice President Al Gore will join students at Stanford University this afternoon for a rally addressing climate change.

October 2, 2015 | 6 comments
Menlo College women sweep to a volleyball victory over La Sierra

Fresh off a Tuesday night victory over former Cal Pac Conference foe Pacific Union and a six-hour drive Thursday morning, the Menlo College women's volleyball team made the Golden Eagles of La Sierra its second Cal Pac victim this season following a sweep in Riverside on Thursday night.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Morris scores twice for U.S. Under-23 team in victory

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team, led by a pair of goals from Stanford's Jordan Morris, started its run in the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 3-1 win against Canada at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
One-third of Stanford women experience sexual misconduct, survey finds

Some students, faculty criticize presentation of results from much-anticipated campus climate survey
In the wake of the release of what Stanford University leadership called "striking and troubling" findings on sexual assault from a long-awaited campus climate survey, students and faculty critics are speaking out against what they describe as misleading data that presents a warped picture of the prevalence of sexual assault at Stanford.

October 1, 2015 | 13 comments
Recent home sales

Stately addresses on Midpeninsula avenues
Two homes find themselves on avenues with stately names: California and Michigan. While one is a sunny, familiar state, the other one would require a 30-plus drive to visit. Learn about these home sales and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Six figures worth of remodels
In this crop of building permits, more than $410,000 went toward remodels, from kitchens to bathrooms. This figure does not include remodels that happened as part of larger projects, such as a new edition to a home. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Neighborhoods, dead lawns, cheese and a waterwise class
This week includes a walking tour of the Professorville neighborhood on Oct. 3, assistance in transforming a dead lawn into a low-water garden on Oct. 3, a cheesemaking course on Oct. 4 and a water-saving class on Oct. 10.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
A Fresh Look

Spruce up your backyard for a fall barbecue
Sweep off the patio, hang up the hammock and start flipping burgers — there's still time left to barbecue. Holding an outdoor party is a good excuse to spruce up your backyard. While you're at it, why not decorate it as well?

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Most expensive sale came from Palo Alto
While Palo Alto only saw seven sales this week, the highest sale price came from it: $9,250,000. Mountain View had the most sales at 12, and Woodside came in second for most expensive home sale. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: human trafficking, enrollment data, Local Solar Plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 5.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Inside those new houses

American Institute of Architects hosts Silicon Valley home tour Oct. 10
The owners of four South Bay residences are opening up their homes on Saturday, Oct. 10, for the 2015 Silicon Valley Home Tours. The inaugural event is hosted by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects and will feature homes in Palo Alto and Los Altos.

October 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Last night I was a monster

Paly presents 'Shrek The Musical JR.'
Audiences of all ages can take a trip with a green ogre to the fairy-tale land of Duloc in Palo Alto High School theater department's fall production of "Shrek The Musical JR."

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford volleyball needs wins just to stay among the leaders

The importance of beating Arizona on Wednesday night will be made more clear Friday night should the eighth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team can find a way to beat host No. 6 Arizona State in a Pac-12 Conference match.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Martinez fits into Stanford's defensive plans quite well

Stanford football coach David Shaw needed less than five minutes to determine that Blake Martinez was a perfect fit for his defense. After a frustrating couple of years dealing with various setbacks, Martinez has spent the past two years proving Shaw right.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Four-story hotel proposed for El Camino Real

Building would replace Hotel Parmani
A proposal to demolish a two-story motel on El Camino Real and replace it with a 50-foot-tall hotel elicited early skepticism from Palo Alto officials Thursday, with several members of the city's Architectural Review Board urging the project architect to think smaller.

October 2, 2015 | 15 comments
High school students make coding skills multiply

Nonprofit MathAndCoding has taught more than 200 computer science workshops to teens
Coding isn't as hard as it sounds, but it might not be accessible to many teens. That was the idea that inspired Nikhil Cheerla and Vineet Kosaraju, two Bay Area high school students, to start MathAndCoding, a nonprofit organization that aims to teach young students about computer science and programming.

October 2, 2015 | 3 comments
Bier und lederhosen

Mountain View hosts Oktoberfest
Grab a stein, don your lederhosen or dirndl, and head to Mountain View this weekend for Oktoberfest

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
A wilderness in paint

Palo Alto artist exhibits selected works
Wax, oil, acrylics and pastels; paper, canvas and wood panels: Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun doesn't limit herself to a single medium.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Reaching for service, adventure with an encore career

'From Silicon Valley to Swaziland' recounts local couple's story
Los Altos couple's recently self-published book, "From Silicon Valley to Swaziland," recounts their 18-month adventure in Africa and work through a nonprofit agency to help build small businesses and youth entrepreneurship.

October 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Duathlon champ makes a world comeback after near-fatal crash

Palo Alto bicyclist and runner George Pierce will compete again in Duathlon World Championships
Palo Alto bicyclist and runner George Pierce doesn't remember anything about the collision with a truck that almost killed him, but he is very clear about what saved him: faith, forgiveness and an unrelenting refusal to succumb to fear.

October 3, 2015 | 4 comments
Merchants go public with Meet The Street event

Palo Alto mayor hopes inaugural retailers' street fair will be replicated
Call it a block party that the whole city is invited to attend. Palo Alto will kick off its inaugural Meet The Street event on Oct. 8 from 5-9 p.m., with food, fashion, music and more.

October 4, 2015 | 8 comments
Student pushes Stanford to address the 'Scary Path'

Isolated trail considered dangerous, but safety measures would entail complications
One Stanford University sophomore has made it her mission to make a 0.1-mile dirt path, dubbed the "Scary Path," safer for students, pushing the university administration to either pave and light it or consider alternatives.

October 2, 2015 | 11 comments
Guest Opinion: On homelessness, and those who strive to help

To end homelessness we need to come together as a community. As community members, business owners and service providers we need to know the people staying on the streets as best we can so that we might know how to help them in their struggle.

October 3, 2015 | 9 comments
Shop Talk: The Nest comes to Palo Alto

This week's retail news
The Nest boutique hotel comes to Palo Alto's El Camino Real, bringing the tally to four new hotels in the region this year.

October 1, 2015 | 6 comments
Sushi galore

Odori Sushi and Teppanyaki brings fresh, beautiful sushi to the neighborhood
Two-year-old Odori Sushi and Teppanyaki specializes in super fresh, glistening slabs of fish.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Mobile Arts Platform, nature paintings and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out nature paintings by Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun, share your thoughts about public art at the Mobile Arts Platform and hear bestselling novelist Margaret Atwood speak in Redwood City.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Unbeaten Castilleja takes control of the WBAL golf race

Prep roundup
The Castilleja golf team grabbed control of the West Bay Athletic League race with a 201-226 dual-match victory over the Sacred Heart Prep girls on Wednesday at Stanford Golf Course.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford University to offer new online application in 2016

Coalition of colleges, universities teams up to redesign college application process
Stanford University is one of 83 colleges and universities that will launch in 2016 a new application process geared toward increasing access and decreasing cost for high school students, particularly those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to revise key policies for growth, park use

City Council to consider overall limit for development as part of Comprehensive Plan update
With new developments spurring new demand for Palo Alto's recreational facilities, as well as for ways to improve traffic congestion, city officials are preparing review and possibly revise several long-standing policies that have been guiding the city on matters of land use and recreation for nearly two decades.

October 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto trees dying in greater numbers

City cites drought as 'significant stressor' for local canopy as number of tree removals spikes
As the drought drags through its fourth year, Palo Alto's parched trees are dying in greater numbers, prompting city officials to expand watering services and seek help from the public.

October 1, 2015 | 42 comments
East Palo Alto man arrested with concealed, stolen gun

Bernard Valentine, 20, was smoking marijuana in front of kids when officers contacted him
An East Palo Alto man was arrested on suspicion of illegally carrying a concealed weapon Tuesday evening after the Menlo Park's Narcotics Enforcement Team contacted a group of individuals openly smoking marijuana in front of children, according to police.

October 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford women show a flare for the dramatic in Pac-12 play

Down 2-1, the eighth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team fought back to defeat No. 14 Arizona, 15-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 17-15, Wednesday at the McKale Center in Tucson. The Cardinal improves to 8-3 overall and to 2-1 in the Pac-12, while the Wildcats drop to 11-4 and 1-2 in conference.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
A dancing legacy

Classical Indian dance company prepares for annual showcase
Peninsula-based classical Indian dance school Guru Shradha will perform Odissi dances at Cubberley Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 4.

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Secrets and lies

Chamber work inspired by conspiracy theories debuts at Stanford
A chamber work for big band inspired by conspiracy theories, "Real Enemies" will have its world premiere on Friday, Oct. 2, at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Early reactions to Stanford's revised development plans for Menlo Park

Since Stanford submitted its revised proposal Sept. 28 to develop its 8.4-acre property along roughly half a mile of El Camino Real, stretching from the Stanford Park Hotel to Big 5 Sporting Goods, city officials and residents have been voicing their opinions about what this development could mean to Menlo Park.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Autumnal festivities

Los Altos Fall Festival features food, art, music and more
This Saturday and Sunday, Oct 3-4, downtown Los Altos celebrates the arrival of fall with arts and crafts booths, live music, microbrews and more.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Rinconada Library closed because of bed bugs

City sends in bug-sniffing dogs to all local branches
Palo Alto's Rinconada Library is closed to allow a pest control company to treat a small area within the library where bed bugs were found during a canine inspection on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

September 30, 2015 | 22 comments
What's beneath that hood?

Redwood City hosts Horses to Horsepower car show
Ooh and aah at more than 250 vehicles on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Horses to Horsepower car show in Redwood City.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto holds community meeting on improvements to Baylands Interpretive Center

Tonight's meeting will focus on aging facilities
The City of Palo Alto will hold a community meeting on Wednesday evening, Sept. 30, on plans to improve the Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center and boardwalk.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
EPATT serves aces while raising funds for literacy program

Former tennis stars Lindsay Davenport and Brad Gilbert helped the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT) after-school program for underserved kids in the local community host its second EPATT Kids Cup Pro-Am Tennis Tournament at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center last Saturday.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Former Stanford pitcher Davis makes it back to the majors

Former Stanford baseball pitcher Erik Davis, 28, had been in the Boston area, where he lives in the offseason with his fiancee, for a few days when he got a call from Washington assistant general manager Doug Harris in early September.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto school district eyes new gender-identity policy

Proposed action would more fully support transgender, gender non-conforming students
The Palo Alto school district is considering a new comprehensive policy that would take a more intentional, inclusive approach to ensuring the protection of the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students.

September 30, 2015 | 29 comments
Getting back on the bike

Bike Palo Alto! features free bicycle maintenance, treats and more
Organizers of the 6th annual Bike Palo Alto!, an event to get residents to ride their bikes, hope for a good turnout this weekend.

September 30, 2015 | 8 comments
Stanford report: Sex crimes and stalking up, burglaries down

The number of reported sex crimes and stalkings rose on the Stanford University campus in 2014, while burglaries and liquor-law violations have dramatically dropped, according to a new campus crime report, titled "Stanford University Safety, Security and Fire Report 2015."

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Gunn girls grab control of the SCVAL golf race as Paly loses

The Gunn girls grabbed control of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League golf race on Tuesday with a victory over Saratoga, coupled with Palo Alto's loss at Los Gatos.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Achievement gap persists in new state test scores

Palo Alto school board discusses Smarter Balanced assessment results
While school district staff celebrated at Tuesday's school board meeting the high achievement of most Palo Alto Unified students on the state's new Smarter Balanced standardized assessment, some parents, the superintendent and one school board member expressed concern about the persistently lower performance of students of color and low-income students compared to their peers.

September 30, 2015 | 46 comments
Stanford computer scientist wins MacArthur 'genius grant'

Christopher RĆ© recognized for developing data-inference system
An assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University is among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation's "genius grant."

September 30, 2015 | 1 comment
This trio of Cardinal running backs complements each other

Football notebook
The power running game that has helped carry Stanford to national prominence has been on full display the past two weeks at USC and Oregon State. The 18th-ranked Cardinal collected 195 yards in the 41-31 upset of the sixth-ranked Trojans, and 325 in the 42-24 victory against the Beavers.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo women gain some volleyball revenge on Pacific Union

The Menlo College women's volleyball team drew inspiration from a crowded gym full of supporters and took a bit of revenge on visiting Pacific Union on Tuesday night, beating the Pioneers, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22, in a nonconference match.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women golfers wind up 10th in tourney

The nationally No. 2-ranked Stanford women's golf team finished 10th in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M on Tuesday at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Stanford psychologist to speak on success

Dr. Carol Dweck to talk about her research on why people succeed, how to foster success
Stanford University professor and acclaimed author Dr. Carol Dweck will be at the Oshman Family JCC to talk about her research on how "society can promote achievement in education and innovation in business."

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto event encourages residents to get on their bikes

Bike Palo Alto! features free bicycle maintenance, treats and more
Organizers of the sixth annual Bike Palo Alto!, an event to get residents to ride their bikes, hope for a good turnout this Sunday, Oct. 4.

September 30, 2015 | 8 comments
Menlo-Atherton finds a new head coach for boys soccer

Of local note
Menlo-Atherton has hired Leonid ("Leo") Krupnik as the new head coach for the boys varsity soccer team. Krupnik comes to M-A with an extensive background in collegiate and professional soccer.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto treads cautiously on fiber network

City Council to wait for Google's decision before making any commitments
With Google looming as a major wildcard, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday to wait until next year before making any decisions on a citywide fiber network.

September 29, 2015 | 138 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss enrollment

Other agenda items include Smarter Balanced test results, board goals
As a committee continues its work to assess and creatively address the Palo Alto school district's enrollment challenges, this year's enrollment numbers have been released, showing decline at the elementary level and growth at the secondary level.

September 29, 2015 | 22 comments
Changes for Charleston-Arastradero win green light

Palo Alto City Council approves slew of permanent traffic-calming measures for busy stretch
No traffic-calming project has caused as much road rage in Palo Alto as the city's decade-long experiment with the Chareston-Arastradero corridor, a 2.3-mile artery that passes through 11 schools, eight neighborhoods and five city parks. On Monday night, the City Council agreed that it's time to declare the prolonged trial a success and to make the changes permanent.

September 29, 2015 | 48 comments
Stanford women not used to being underdogs in volleyball

The eighth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team heads to Tucson Wednesday in unfamiliar territory. The Cardinal and host Arizona are two of six teams tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 Conference.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Thompson delivers big cross-country victory

In just the second race of the young season, the Menlo College women's cross country team got its first individual win on Sunday at the Pacific Union Invitation in Angwin. Megan Thompson put in a gutsy performance on one of the toughest, hilliest courses the Oaks will race all season and bested Simpson's Holly Pebbles in the final mile to claim the first place finish with a time of 21:46.

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Piscotty involved in 'gruesome' collision

St. Louis Cardinals rookie and Stanford grad Stephen Piscotty left Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on a cart after being involved in a gruesome outfield collision with teammate Peter Bourjos. An initial scan came back negative.

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Food truck 'strike team' feeds fire victims

Palo Alto business representatives, utilities workers and firefighters bring aid after Northern California wildfire
Making an arduous journey through miles of traffic and passing through a terrain of burned cars in a charred landscape, food-truck vendors from Palo Alto, along with representatives from the City of Palo Alto and Stanford Federal Credit Union, arrived to feed the victims of the Middletown fire on Monday, Sept. 28.

September 28, 2015 | 5 comments
Stanford takes a few steps forward at women's golf tournament

The second-ranked Stanford women's golf team moved up two places Monday in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M at Reunion Resort in Florida. After posting a 1-over-par team score of 289 in Sunday's first round, the Cardinal combined for a 1-under 287 and is in seventh place in the talented 12-team tournament at even-par 576.

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Storm preparations underway in Palo Alto

Efforts include vegetation removal, enhanced sandbagging and more
As weather forecasters warn of El Nino that will bring intense rain storms this winter, the cities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, the San Mateo County Flood Control District and the Santa Clara Valley Water District are working with the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers authority to reduce the risk of flooding.

September 29, 2015 | 17 comments
East Palo Alto man gets 16 years in prison for stabbing boyfriend

An East Palo Alto man entered a no-contest plea to a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge on Friday and was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for stabbing his boyfriend in January, prosecutors said.

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men capture a pair of water polo wins in Davis

Cardinal corner
Adam Abdulhamid scored nine goals on the day and the second-ranked Stanford men's water polo team came away with two more wins Sunday, beating Santa Clara, 18-5, early and dispatching San Jose State, 20-5, later as part of the Aggie Invitational in Davis.

September 27, 2015 | No comments yet
McCaffrey, ground game churning out yardage for Stanford

Football notes
Christian McCaffrey is quickly establishing himself as one of the most dynamic and versatile offensive players in the country. He ranks third in the country in all-purpose yards, averaging 222 per game. In 117 plays, he has rushed for 445 yards, added 157 yards in receiving, and returned kickoffs for 260, totaling 889 yards.

September 27, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP ends two-game losing streak by scoring 76 points

Weekend prep roundup
The defensive coaches on both sides of the field couldn't be happy with the final score in Saturday's nonleague football game between Sacred Heart Prep and host Carmel. The offensive coaches, however, had be smiling.

September 27, 2015 | 1 comment
The weather was hot and the Oaks hotter in double soccer victory

Menlo report
Eli Bunton scored twice and the Menlo College defense took care of the rest in leading the Oaks to a 4-0 victory over host Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference men's soccer contest on Saturday.

September 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Paly, Gunn produce individual winners at the Stanford Invitational

Cross country
Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney and Gunn senior Gillian Meeks pulled off a rare double in cross country at the annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday as each ran off with individual titles at the Stanford Golf Course.

September 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal wins a pair of cross-country titles at own invitational

Stanford roundup
Stanford junior Sean McGorty won the men's race and Stanford earned both team victories at the 42nd annual Stanford Invitational cross country race Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course.

September 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo rolls to another impressive football victory

Quarterback Mackenzie Morehead and running back Charlie Ferguson combined for 350 yards passing and running, to lead Menlo School to a commanding 42-0 nonleague football win over visiting Carlmont at Woodside High on Friday night.

September 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo sweeps GSAC volleyball match from Arizona Christian

The Menlo College women's volleyball team ended a 13-match skid Friday, beating visiting Arizona Christian, 25-15, 25-10, 25-21, in a Golden State Athletic Conference match.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford runs away with football victory over Oregon State

Christian McCaffrey rushed for 206 yards, Barry Sanders added 97 yards and scored twice, and No. 21 Stanford downed host Oregon State, 42-24, in a Pac-12 Conference football contest Friday night.

September 25, 2015 | 3 comments
Cardinal women score late to earn a victory in soccer opener

Stanford roundup
Kyra Carusa scored two second-half goals in less than a minute to help lead the No. 8 Stanford women's soccer team to a 4-1 victory at Utah in the Pac-12 conference opener for both teams Friday.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Ticketing to start by Oct. 13 for downtown permit parking program

Scofflaws who have been parking in downtown Palo Alto neighborhoods without a permit have no more than 17 days to change their habits. City officials announced this week that enforcement of the new Residential Preferential Program will start by Oct. 13.

September 25, 2015 | 19 comments
Palo Alto Airport Day celebrates 80 years in the Baylands

Sunday event to feature free rides, airplane fly-by in formation
Palo Alto Municipal Airport will make history on Sunday, Sept. 27, when it celebrates its 80th anniversary of its Baylands location at Palo Alto Airport Day.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Moonlight Run & Walk tonight

Baylands event will draw over 2,000
The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk takes place tonight under the full Harvest Moon in the Palo Alto Baylands.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Thousands enjoy Moonlight Run & Walk

Baylands event benefits non-profits serving kids and families
About 2,500 athletes ran and walked by the light of the harvest moon Friday night at the 31st annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk in the Baylands.

September 25, 2015 | 2 comments
Gunn wins another water polo battle of coaching brothers

First-year Palo Alto boys water polo head coach Aaron Johnson said he felt no added pressure coaching head-to-head against his older brother, Matt, and his Gunn squad for the first time during a SCVAL De Anza Division matchup on Thursday.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Gunn High School student Saini promotes National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and Divakar Saini, a Gunn High School junior, is spreading the word. Earthquake drills at school sparked his original interest in emergency preparedness, and now he has been active in the topic for two years.

September 24, 2015 | 2 comments
Recent home sales

What it takes today to buy previous sales from the '70s
Six homes in this week's edition of "Recent home sales" hadn't been sold since the 1970s. With more than 35 years between sale dates, it's no surprise you need more commas in your bank account number to purchase all of the Midpeninsula real estate today.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Glass sale, garden market, pest problems and community fun
This week includes a handblown glass sale on Sept. 26 through Paly Fiery Arts, a vegetable market on Oct. 3 with support from the UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, a pest prevention class on Oct. 3 at Common Ground Garden and a day of community fun on Oct. 4 at Gamble Garden.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Biggest number in Woodside
The highest sale this week comes from Woodside at $9.5 million. The first runner-up came from the only sale in Los Altos Hills, which totaled $6.3 million. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Community preparedness

Residents serve neighborhoods, city through CERT
David Rost started unit four by asking the class the four colors of triage. The room suddenly filled with a flurry of answers — red, black, green, yellow — each one meaning a different level of trauma to the students in September's Community Emergency Response Team program.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to expand 'drought-free' water supply

City Council to consider bringing recycled water to Stanford Research Park
As California's water woes continue to stress local trees and inflate water rates, Palo Alto officials are preparing to move ahead with a $35 million project that would significantly increase the city's supply of "drought-proof" water.

September 25, 2015 | 15 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Recycled water project, school enrollment report, single-story overlay

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 28.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's rotation of four running backs makes it happen

The Stanford football coaching staff has been trying to find ways to get the ball into the hands of sophomore Christian McCaffrey since he began to make things happen as a freshman. Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan gave the ball to McCaffrey 29 times in last week's 41-31 upset win over USC. That resulted in 152 yards.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford runners chase titles at annual Stanford Invitational

The 42nd annual Stanford Invitational cross-country meet will be held Saturday at Stanford Golf Course, beginning at 9 a.m. The meet provides a glimpse of the Stanford teams that are regarded as national contenders and serves as a showcase for some of the best high school runners in the state and beyond.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
USA women's volleyball looks to make most of second chance

After falling essentially one set victory shy of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games at the FIVB World Cup earlier this month, the U.S. women's national volleyball team embarks on its second chance for qualification at the NORCECA Women's Continental Championship, which begin Sunday in Michoacan, Mexico.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Cal transfer has made a very big impact at defensive end

Brennan Scarlett returns to his home state of Oregon on Friday night as No. 21 Stanford faces Oregon State in Corvallis. The Portland native and fifth-year senior has been a force at defensive end for the 2-1 Cardinal in his first season with the program.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
State moves to improve work opportunities, pay for disabled workers

'Employment First' policy to help people with developmental, intellectual disabilities
Until recently, California's main model for training and supplying jobs for people with developmental disabilities focused on placing them in so-called "sheltered" work spaces, where they were isolated from the mainstream workforce in settings exempt from even the minimum wage.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Companies still grappling with hiring people with disabilities

Firms see emerging technology as one path to a more inclusive future
Recent pronouncements by technology companies about inclusiveness and diversity would seem to indicate that they are making great strides, but how well are they doing with hiring people with disabilities?

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto companies making strides in hiring people with disabilities

Employees with disabilities are slowly gaining greater entry into Silicon Valley companies, but still have far to go
Some Silicon Valley companies are making headway in hiring people with disabilities for mainstream jobs, with the help of Palo Alto area nonprofits.

September 25, 2015 | 4 comments
Getting hitched?

Hitched bridal fair comes to Palo Alto
Calling all brides-to-be: The 3rd annual Hitched bridal fair comes to Palo Alto's Lucie Stern Community Center this Sunday.

September 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Off Deadline: Watching Urban Forest Master Plan develop was like ... watching trees grow

The recent adoption of an Urban Forest Master Plan by the Palo Alto City Council comes just shy of a decade since the idea was first proposed by Canopy, the city's nonprofit tree-advocate group.

September 26, 2015 | 7 comments
Fashion forward

CaƱada College puts on a fashion and design show
At Artistry in Fashion, regional designers and students show their stuff.

September 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford Health Care CEO to step down

Amir Dan Rubin to join UnitedHealth Group
Amir Dan Rubin, the CEO and president of Stanford Health Care since 2011, will leave to join insurance giant UnitedHealth Group at the end of this year, Stanford officials announced Thursday morning.

September 24, 2015 | 5 comments
Turning up the heat

Salsa Festival returns to Redwood City
It's going to be hot in Redwood City this Saturday, Sept. 26, when the Salsa Festival returns to town.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
A merry war

The Pear Theatre stages an old romantic comedy
Mountain View's Pear Theatre unveils "The Walls of Jericho," a staged version of Samuel Hopkins Adams' "Night Bus" adapted by Diane Tasca and directed by Caroline Clark.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Heavenly bodies

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble comes to Stanford
The internationally renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble comes to Stanford's Bing Concert Hall this Saturday.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Down the rabbit hole

Beyond Wonderland music festival offers weekend of psychedelic revelry
Electronic dance music meets light shows, pyrotechnics, psychedelic art, costume-clad performers and more at Beyond Wonderland.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
High-flying fun

Palo Alto celebrates Airport Day
Join the Palo Alto Airport Association on Sunday, Sept. 27, for Airport Day.

September 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Goodbye, 'Aurora'

End of an era for interactive art installation
Residents are hosting a farewell celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26, for "Aurora," the 35-foot-tall interactive light sculpture that resides in City Hall's King Plaza.

September 24, 2015 | 6 comments
Say cheese

Local experts dish on how to create the ultimate spread
It takes more than just scattering crackers around a wedge of Gouda to assemble a quality cheese plate. Read on for tips from local meat and cheese experts on how to craft an elegant cheese board.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Top field awaits local water polo trio in MacDonald Invitational

Three local girls water polo teams hope they'll be better than their seeds for the 21st annual Amanda K. MacDonald Invitational this weekend at Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton High.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Bed bugs prompt Mitchell Park Library closure

Bed bugs found on two chairs, pest company to treat immediately
Palo Alto's Mitchell Park Library is closing at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 to allow a pest control company to inspect and treat a small area within the library where bed bugs have been found.

September 23, 2015 | 26 comments
Worth a Look: Classical Indian dance, salsa festival and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out classical Indian dance troupe Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall, catch sizzling music and fresh food at the Redwood City Salsa Festival and enjoy the start of autumn at Filoli.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Beauty in the beast

Palo Alto photographer offers abstract visions of nature
Palo Alto photographer Michael Kern's "abstract reality" series presents snakes, spiders, frogs and birds in an unfamiliar light.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County to bolster homeless housing in time for winter storms

$13M in one-time funds to provide emergency shelter space during the cold months
Santa Clara County officials plan to massively increase the number of emergency shelter space for homeless people throughout the county, and they're doing it with a sense of urgency.

September 23, 2015 | 20 comments
Stanford track assistant takes over top job at Texas State

Cardinal corner
Jody Stewart, Stanford's associate head coach for track and field, has been named Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at Texas State, the Sun Belt Conference school announced Monday.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Davenport, Gilbert at Stanford on Saturday for EPATT Kids Cup

Former tennis stars Lindsay Davenport and Brad Gilbert will help the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT) after-school program for underserved kids in the local community host its second EPATT Kids Cup Pro-Am Tennis Tournament at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center on Saturday.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Palo Alto health fair promotes healthy city, community

Saturday event offers one-on-one sessions, demonstrations and more
The Palo Alto Community Health Fair, sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, the YMCA, Stanford Children's Health, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and other local nonprofit agencies, will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Developer looks to demolish, replace six-story El Camino building

Sand Hill Property Company wants to build four-story development next to Stanford University's new housing complex
It's one of the tallest buildings in Palo Alto, though few would say it's one of its most welcoming. Now, plans are afoot to demolish and replace the six-story building at 2600 El Camino Real.

September 23, 2015 | 41 comments
Palo Alto police investigate report of man with gun Tuesday night

Suspect remains at large
Palo Alto police are looking for a man who according to two witnesses was brandishing a firearm on the 100 block of California Avenue on Tuesday night.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
U.S. men qualify for Olympics with golden performance

Team USA punched its ticket to next summer's Rio Olympics by earning gold at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup on Wednesday in Tokyo. In their final match of the tournament, the U.S. men defeated Argentina, 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

September 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Man stabbed outside Happy Donuts in Palo Alto

Police seek clues after Tuesday incident near El Camino Real
A man was stabbed in the back outside of Happy Donuts in Palo Alto on Tuesday evening, though neither he nor any witnesses saw the crime occur, according to police.

September 23, 2015 | 5 comments
Preparation for Oregon State this week began very early

Stanford's preparation for Friday's Pac-12 North football game at Oregon State began in the locker room at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last Saturday night.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Downtown Streets Team executive director and Racing Hearts founder to be recognized

Eileen Richardson and Stephanie Martinson to receive Athena awards
Two of Palo Alto's most influential businesswomen in 2015 include the executive director of a nonprofit that provides homeless men and women with housing and work experience, and the founder of a nonprofit that seeks to raise money and awareness for automated electronic defibrillators, according to the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

September 23, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo girls pull off marathon volleyball win over SHC

Tuesday's prep roundup
The Menlo School girls pulled off a marathon volleyball victory over visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday night by rallying for a 25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 28-26, 24-22 nonleague triumph.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
CHP: Motorcyclist splitting lanes on Highway 101 when fatal crash occurred

Victim identified as 27-year-old Union City man
A motorcyclist killed Tuesday in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto appears to have been splitting lanes at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 23, 2015 | 39 comments
Palo Alto may ask voters for new storm-drain fees

City considers mail-only election in 2016 to replace current fees, fund new projects
The city is considering going to voters next year to ask them to approve new fees to keep Palo Alto's storm-drain improvements afloat.

September 23, 2015 | 28 comments
Oaks draw up overtime ties in their GSAC soccer openers

Oaks report
The Menlo College men's and women's soccer teams each finished with the same result in their Golden State Athletic Conference openers on Tuesday. The men played to a scoreless draw with visiting Biola. The women tied Biola, 1-1.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal women escape Bears' lair with volleyball victory

Freshman Hayley Hodson recorded 18 kills and had five blocks to lead eighth-ranked Stanford past host California, 25-23, 27-25, 20-25, 25-16, in the Pac-12 women's volleyball opener on Tuesday night in Berkeley.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Firefighters say response to fatal crash in Palo Alto was delayed by traffic

Collision reported on southbound Highway 101 just north of Embarcadero Road
A collision on southbound U.S. Highway 101 left a motorcyclist dead in Palo Alto this evening after emergency crews headed to the crash were delayed by heavy traffic, firefighters said.

September 22, 2015 | 29 comments
Sports cars meet art, fashion

CAFE SpA to host pop-up party in Mountain View
Mountain View is gearing up for a unique pop-up party hosted by Ferrari and Lamborghini.

September 22, 2015 | 2 comments
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority seeks to reassure critics of bus-only lanes

Transit agency prepares to make decision on controversial Bus Rapid Transit proposal
With plans for a greatly expanded bus service on El Camino Real speeding toward a decision, several cities along the prominent corridor remain skeptical about the most dramatic proposal on the table: the creation of "bus-only" lanes between Palo Alto and San Jose.

September 22, 2015 | 36 comments
Hogan injury status clouds preparations for Oregon State

Kevin Hogan's left ankle injury, early in the second half of Saturday's 41-31 upset of then-No. 6 Southern California, remains worrisome for the No. 21-ranked Cardinal (1-0 Pac-12, 2-1 overall) as it prepares for Friday night's game against Oregon State in Corvallis.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
U.S. volleyball men one win away from qualifying for Olympics

FIVB volleyball
Stanford grad Erik Shoji was named the Most Impressive Player for digging and receiving in the path of Russia's tough serves and attacks, recording a match-high 14 digs to help the U.S. men's national volleyball team keep its hopes for Olympic qualification alive with a 25-23, 26-24, 25-17 win over Russia on Tuesday at the FIVB World Cup at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Sidewalk Talk hopes to expand to Palo Alto

San Francisco-based organization takes mental health to the streets
Sidewalk Talk, a San Francisco-based organization founded by two psychotherapists who believe in the power of listening to improve mental health and build community, visited Gunn High School last week and hopes to expand further into Palo Alto.

September 22, 2015 | 4 comments
Menlo girls topple Harker to open WBAL golf season

Monday's prep roundup
The Menlo School girls opened their 2015 golf season Monday with a 214-217 West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) victory over Harker at Menlo Country Club's front nine par 35. The match was not decided until the last foursome posted their scores.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto puts a cap on office development

Divisive law seeks to pace commercial growth downtown, around California Avenue and along El Camino Real
Palo Alto City Council on Monday night took its most aggressive and polarizing step yet toward curbing the rapid pace of growth when it adopted an annual limit on office construction in the city's three prime commercial areas.

September 22, 2015 | 42 comments
Chain-store limit adopted for California Avenue in Palo Alto

Ordinance aims to protect independent retailers — and area's eclectic character
On Monday night, as the City Council passed a new law regulating chain stores on California Avenue, the goal was to shield the city's second downtown's eclectic, funky character from the forces of change.

September 21, 2015 | 31 comments
American men suffer first loss at FIVB World Cup

After a first set in which everything seemed to go right, things went downhill for the U.S. Men's National Team, which fell to Poland, 17-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-15 on Monday in an FIVB World Cup match in Tokyo.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto school district launching advanced research program

Students: Apply for a spot by Sept. 25
Sophomores, juniors and seniors at Palo Alto's two high schools have until Friday to apply for a spot in the district's new Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program, which will pair participating students with mentors for a year-long, in-depth research project.

September 21, 2015 | 13 comments
Community Notebook: Challenge Success hosts annual school conference

Stanford research group currently engaged in partnerships with Palo Alto high schools
Challenge Success, the Stanford University Graduate School of Education school-reform and research group, is hosting its annual conference this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26.

September 22, 2015 | 7 comments
Stanford's Hogan is Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Fifth-year senior quarterback Kevin Hogan, who engineered Stanford's 41-31 upset against sixth-ranked USC on Saturday night, has been named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Slightly unusual lunar eclipse coming to Bay Area

The earth will get between the sun and the moon on Sunday evening Sept. 27, creating a total lunar eclipse for people living in North and South America, chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College said.

September 24, 2015 | 13 comments
Shop Talk: Gordon Biersch temporarily closes

This week's retail news
Palo Alto's Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant has closed its doors for a dramatic renovation, while Whole Foods celebrates "Love Fest" this month by offering cups of coffee for a quarter.

September 21, 2015 | 13 comments
Man wanted for punching, robbing woman with infant in Palo Alto

Suspect sought for Sunday assault in Midtown
Palo Alto police are searching for a man who on Sunday walked up to a woman pushing an infant in a stroller, punched her in the head and took her purse before running away through the streets of Midtown.

September 21, 2015 | 15 comments
Stanford's McNealy repeats as individual medalist

Cardinal corner
Junior All-American Maverick McNealy repeated as individual medalist and helped lead the Stanford men's golf team to a fourth-place finish Sunday in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Monday

A Spare the Air Smog Alert has been issued for Monday due to hot weather, smoggy conditions and smoke from wildfires around the region, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford football back in the saddle and back in the rankings

Sunday notebook
Victories against USC are prized. Never mind the pre-game chatter and records, you are usually assured of seeing a physical, exciting and intense battle that often comes down to heart and will.

September 20, 2015 | 5 comments
Palo Alto girls take water polo title in Aptos tourney

Weekend prep roundup
The Palo Alto girls swept three opponents and grabbed the championship of the Aptos Tournament on Saturday to finish off a solid week in water polo.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School stays perfect, but SHP drops its second straight

Weekend prep football
Menlo School won its third straight, but Sacred Heart Prep suffered a rare second straight setback to highlight weekend high school football action on Saturday.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
The path to Pac-12 title game just got a little rosier

Remound Wright scored three touchdowns and Kevin Hogan passed for 279 yards on a near-flawless 18-of-23 passing performance, with two touchdown passes and no interceptions, and Stanford knocked off No. 6 USC, 41-31, on Saturday in the Pac-12 opener at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area Sunday

A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Sunday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District because of smog concerns.

September 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women ace volleyball test against the Gaels

Cardinal corner
Propelled by a season-high 11 aces, the Stanford women's volleyball team dispatched Saint Mary's 25-14, 25-16, 25-14 at Maples Pavilion on Saturday night to conclude its nonconference schedule.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Unemployment drops in Bay Area

Rate decreases 0.4 percent from July to August
The number of people emerging from unemployment in California is making encouraging gains, according to this month's figures released today by the state's Employment Development Department.

September 19, 2015 | 1 comment
It's not surprising that Love's start is a fast one

Freshman running back Bryce Love is off to a fast start in his Stanford football career, but has always been a step ahead of the competition. In 2009, he set national records in the midget age group (11-12) at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in the 100 (11.64), 200 (23.37) and 400 meters (50.75) and was selected the USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year.

September 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto hangs with Mitty until a lopsided fourth quarter

Many teams have trouble taking solace in moral victories, especially during 24-point losses, but there were a sizeable number of positives for the Palo Alto football squad in its nonleague game against Mitty on Friday night at Foothill College.

September 19, 2015 | No comments yet
USA men's volleyball remains unbeaten at the FIVB World Cup

The U.S. men's national team survived a letdown and held on to beat Tunisia, 25-14, 25-19, 29-27, in an FIVB World Cup match on Friday at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium in Japan.

September 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Hilliard-Arce gets his kicks in Stanford soccer victory

Cardinal corner
Tomas Hilliard-Arce celebrated the final weekend of vacation with a pair of goal and the fourth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team defeated visiting USF, 3-1, in a nonconference game on Friday night.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Morris named to U.S. U-23 men's national soccer team

Stanford junior forward Jordan Morris was named by U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog to the 20-player roster that will compete in the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship it was announced Friday.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Weekly website back online after cyber attack

Hacker's message used language associated with the hacktivist group Anonymous
The five online news sites of Embarcadero Media, including PaloAltoOnline.com, were hacked Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m. but are now back online.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
National suicide expert visits Palo Alto

Columbia University researcher Madelyn Gould discusses clusters, role of the media
Nationally renowned youth suicide researcher Madelyn Gould traveled to Palo Alto this week to give a talk on the implications of community messaging around suicide contagion.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: formula retail proposal, office cap, storm drain fees

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 21.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
A block party Babar would love

Tacos, mariachi highlight the 30th anniversary Fulton Street block party
When Palo Alto resident Jennifer Sullivan's 4-year-old son was reading Babar books, he initiated an idea that would continue to grow in their Community Center neighborhood for 30 years.

September 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Palo Alto has 18 auto break-ins in two days

Thefts occurred all over town, with thieves mainly targeting unlocked vehicles, police say
Palo Alto has again become a hot spot for thefts and burglaries from vehicles, with 18 incidents reported on Sept. 14 and 15 alone.

September 17, 2015 | 3 comments
Stanford students seek to raise awareness about sexual assault

Educational demonstrations offer statistics, resources around sexual violence
Steps away from brightly colored welcome signs, a Cardinal red-and-white balloon arch and tables advertising campus groups for orientation week on Thursday afternoon at Stanford University stood 10 students, each holding a poster with a letter to spell out in all capital letters: "RAPE HAPPENS HERE."

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men's water polo hosts NorCal Invitational

The nationally No. 4-ranked Stanford men's water polo team will take the No. 3 seed into the 16-team KAP7 NorCal Invitational this weekend at Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford is one 16 teams competing in the two-day tournament, which wraps up Sunday with the championship match at 6:15 p.m.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto residents complain about goose invasion at Mitchell Park

City, residents seek ways to shoo pesky Canada geese
Honking and flapping, flocks of Canada geese fly each morning over Ken Allen's house in Adobe Meadow. But rather than go south for the winter or head for the Baylands, these geese are headed for greener pastures -- the playing fields at Mitchell Park.

September 19, 2015 | 65 comments
Stanford hopes a little Love goes a long way versus USC

Bryce Love made his mark on the Stanford football season by making a mistake, and then made something out of it while making a dramatic impression in last week's 31-7 victory over Central Florida.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Guide to Friday's Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk

Weekly and City of Palo Alto sponsor 31st annual benefit event for local nonprofits supporting kids and families
The Palo Alto Weekly and City of Palo Alto sponsor a benefit event for local nonprofits supporting kids and families.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Shoji digging U.S. volleyball victories at FIVB World Cup

The U.S. men's national volleyball team made sure recent history with Iran wasn't going to be rewritten, beating the Iranians, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21, in a FIVB World Cup match at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium in Japan.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Most sales in Mountain View, Palo Alto
Mountain View and Palo Alto see the most sales this edition, which 18 home sales in each city. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales

Reflection on last week
Like last week, Reflection Way in Mountain View saw another home sale. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Roof work happening around town
If residents look around the neighborhood, someone is probably adding a PV system to the roof, re-roofing or cleaning the top of their home. Roof-related permits make up nearly half of this week's Palo Alto building permits. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Clean the creek, celebrate fall harvest and learn about Stanford's trees
This week includes an opportunity to volunteer along Matadero Creek as part of Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 19, a fall celebration for all ages at Filoli on Sept. 26 and an education walk through Stanford's leafy canopy on Oct. 10.

September 18, 2015 | 2 comments
Community Center

Scattered with parks, tennis courts and even a children's library and zoo, Palo Alto's Community Center neighborhood has it all.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Running with the pack

Palo Alto Run Club, BayTrailrunners help members build momentum, community
Motivation is one of the benefits that running groups, teams and clubs offer their members. Other benefits include the encouragement of a healthy and active lifestyle, a way to spend time in nature and a community with shared interests.

September 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Art in the moonlight

Youth musicians and Bay Area artists will entertain, engage at Palo Alto's Moonlight Run
New to this year's goings-on at the Moonlight Run & Walk are two activities that will exhibit and tap into the creativity of the Palo Alto community.

September 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Palo Alto: How immigrant-friendly are we?

Republican presidential candidates' vitriol against immigrants -- and the apparent support it has elicited -- reminds me yet again of why, after more than 30 years, I'm still grateful to be living here. No doubt some locals agree with these candidates' comments. But for the most part, the people I know appreciate immigrants' hard work and sympathize with the challenges they face.

September 19, 2015 | 119 comments
Brats and brews

Oktoberfest comes to Redwood City
For a little bit of Bavaria in the Bay Area -- including Alpine music, Tyrolean dancing, beer and bratwurst -- head to Redwood City this weekend for Oktoberfest. Prost!

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Sip and stroll

Los Altos hosts first Wine Walk
Sip and stroll through downtown Los Altos during the first annual Wine Walk on Friday, Sept. 18.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women's golf invited to Match Play Championship

The defending national champion Stanford women's golf team has been invited to compete in the inaugural East Lake Cup Collegiate Match Play Championship (Nov. 2-3) at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., the Golf Channel announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto school district named in lawsuit over physical education

Suit alleges that the Department of Education encouraged districts to falsify documentation related to compliance with state physical-education mandate
The Palo Alto Unified School District was named as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging reduced physical education hours in school districts, according to San Francisco County Superior Court documents.

September 17, 2015 | 15 comments
Palo Alto to consider pension reform

City Council to weigh additional contributions to reduce $296-million liability
Palo Alto's financial climate remains sunny, with rising revenues fueling expanding city services, but one giant cloud continues to hover on the horizon: a $296-million bill for pension expenses.

September 17, 2015 | 19 comments
Team USA continues unbeaten at FIVB World Cup in Japan

The U.S. men's national volleyball team continued its tough serving Wednesday, using that part of the game to beat Venezuela, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 in an FIVB World Cup match at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium in Japan.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo's McCarthy named GSAC Offensive Player of the Week

Oaks report
Menlo College junior forward Danielle McCarthy was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts in leading the Oaks to a 3-0 record last week.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Parking program has instant impact in downtown Palo Alto

Congestion relief and permit frustrations characterize rollout of long-awaited Residential Preferential Parking program
It took years for Palo Alto to launch its downtown parking-permit program and just hours for residents to notice the transformation taking place on their blocks.

September 16, 2015 | 49 comments
Arty party

Friday Night at the Art Center
Sip signature cocktails and check out interactive art on Friday night at the Palo Alto Art Center.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
The queen of mean

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli hits Redwood City
This Saturday, Sept. 19, comedian Lisa Lampanelli comes to Redwood City's Fox Theatre.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Book Talk: New titles on Silicon Valley business, romance and more

This month's book news
This month, Bay Area authors tackle topics from Silicon Valley business to romance, share their personal stories and invent new fictional worlds.

September 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Letting the reader in

Author Ann Beattie discusses her new short story collection
Author Ann Beattie will appear at Kepler's Books on Wednesday, Sept. 23, to discuss her first short-story collection in a decade.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Andronico's offers to move into Edgewood

Grocer would fill the gap in Palo Alto left by The Fresh Market
Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center could soon have a new grocer in the form of Andronico's Community Markets, according to center redeveloper Sand Hill Property Co.

September 16, 2015 | 76 comments
Love and burgers

J Love Burger: Enticing, but not without identity crisis
Mountain View's J Love Burger offers tasty, Japanese-style burgers in a no-frills interior on Castro Street.

September 16, 2015 | 8 comments
Worth a Look: Insult comedy and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, the "queen of mean" -- comedian Lisa Lampanelli -- comes to Redwood City, Kepler's Books celebrates 60 years and more.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Sex in the windy city

Palo Alto Players' "Chicago" is fresh, fun
Set in Chicago in the height of the Jazz Age, the musical "Chicago" provides ample opportunities for its triple-threat cast to shine.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Man vs. Israel/Palestine

'Wrestling Jerusalem' grapples with the ongoing conflict
Aaron Davidman's one-man drama, "Wrestling Jerusalem," offers multiple perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The play comes to the Palo Alto JCC Sept. 20.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Gordon Biersch temporarily closes

This week's retail news
Palo Alto's Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant closes its doors this week for a dramatic renovation, while Whole Foods celebrates "Love Fest" this month by offering cups of coffee for a quarter.

September 16, 2015 | 13 comments
Panel discusses teen mental health, stress and suicide

More than 350 people gathered Monday night to hear a panel talk about topics that make many uncomfortable: the mental health of our children, the stress they are under, and what can be done to improve the former, relieve the latter, and ultimately, combat teen suicides.

September 16, 2015 | 10 comments
Montgomery provides a big return on the Packers' investment

Stanford in NFL
Ty Montgomery is Stanford's all-time leading leader in kickoff return yards. Those skills were on display once again as he helped open the 2015 National Football League season in a big way as his Green Bay Packers posted a 31-23 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Paly boys make their water polo road 'home' debut a good one

Tuesday's prep roundup
The demolition of both gyms to make way for a new athletics complex at Palo Alto High has forced the school's water polo teams to practice and play on the road.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto demands Caltrain upgrades as part of county tax

City officials make a case for grade separation on rail corridor
With a transportation-tax measure speeding toward the November 2016 ballot, cities throughout Santa Clara County have collectively submitted more than 600 projects that they'd like to see funded with the new tax. But while recent polls show strong support for the measure countywide, many in Palo Alto remain highly skeptical for any proposal that does not involve grade separation for Caltrain.

September 16, 2015 | 42 comments
FPPC: Dauber has no financial conflict of interest with Office for Civil Rights

Palo Alto school board member hopes to quell concerns about involvement with federal agency
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has ruled that Palo Alto Unified School District board member Ken Dauber has no financial conflict of interest related to matters involving the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, for which he previously worked as a paid consultant.

September 16, 2015 | 108 comments
Council not sold on new El Camino development

Palo Alto officials hit the brakes on project proposed for city's most congested intersection
Faced with traffic problems, parking shortages, and public angst over new developments, Palo Alto officials swiftly swatted down on Tuesday night a proposal to build a four-story building at the chronically congested intersection of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road.

September 16, 2015 | 8 comments
Cardinal placekicker Ukropina works his way to a scholarship

Stanford notebook
Cardinal football coach David Shaw likes to keep these things low-key. Some schools have been creative in the way they inform former walk-ons that they have earned scholarships. At Stanford, the announcement isn't exactly an announcement. It's more of, 'Wait ... What did he just say?'

September 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women golfers nab title to open their season

Receiving strong contributions from all five players, the Stanford women's golf team started the 2015-16 season in impressive fashion Tuesday by securing a 10-stroke victory in the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the University of New Mexico Golf Course, hosted by New Mexico.

September 15, 2015 | No comments yet
HP announces 25K-30K layoffs as part of split

Future Hewlett Packard Enterprises to shed thousands of jobs, mostly in its Enterprise Services business
In anticipation of its split into two separate companies, Hewlett Packard Company, as part of its 2015 Securities Analysts Meeting today, outlined plans for the future Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, including tens of thousands of layoffs.

September 15, 2015 | 13 comments
Laurene Powell Jobs announces campaign to design new schools

With $50 million and an open call for ideas, 'Super School Project' hopes to bring change to America's public high schools
Palo Alto resident Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of technology pioneer Steve Jobs, is investing $50 million in an open-source campaign to innovate a place that has a reputation for struggling to evolve with the changing times: America's public high schools.

September 15, 2015 | 18 comments
Beloved Palo Alto preschool giraffe stolen

Bronze sculpture was taken over the Labor Day weekend
A bronze giraffe that has given children pleasure for the past 10 years at The Wonder Years Preschool in Palo Alto was stolen over the Labor Day weekend, according to school officials.

September 15, 2015 | 9 comments
In defense of the middleman

Journalist Marina Krakovsky releases new book
According to journalist and author Marina Krakovsky, "middlemen" are crucial cogs in making the dot-com world go 'round.

September 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo boys seek to defend their title in Roche tournament

Prep water polo
The 2014 water polo season for the Menlo School boys didn't end the way coach Jack Bowen wanted. His 11 seniors wrapped up their careers by losing the PAL Bay Division title to rival Menlo-Atherton and the Central Coast Section Division II crown to rival Sacred Heart Prep.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Zhao will start the tennis season No. 1 in the nation

Freshmen earn honor
Stanford junior Carol Zhao will start the 2015-16 women's tennis season ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the 2015 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Women's Division I Preseason Rankings that were released Tuesday.

September 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Parking-permit program launches in downtown Palo Alto

City kicks off Residential Preferential Parking program with four-week warning period
After years of pleading and planning, downtown Palo Alto's long-awaited parking-permit program officially kicked off this morning – though it will be more than a month before any tickets are actually issued.

September 15, 2015 | 31 comments
Palo Alto grad Xie makes impressive college golf debut

Of local note
With freshman Michelle Xie from Palo Alto High leading the way, the Harvard women's golf team opened its season by placing fourth at the Diane Thomason Invitational last weekend in Iowa City, Iowa.

September 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford business school dean to step down amid lawsuit

Garth Saloner is concerned that ongoing litigation will 'unfairly impact' the school
Garth Saloner, dean of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, will be stepping down at the end of the current academic year in the wake of a lawsuit filed by a former faculty member whose wife Saloner had a romantic relationship with, according to the university.

September 15, 2015 | 19 comments
James Franco begins 'revolutionary' film class with local high schoolers

Actor returns to his alma mater, duplicating hands-on educational model he experienced
Forty local high schoolers began on Sunday a nine-part special film class taught by famed actor and Palo Alto native James Franco, who has described the course as "the class I would have wanted in high school."

September 14, 2015 | 11 comments
Hundreds gather at Palo Alto Kids' Carnival

Saturday's event looked to build racial, ethnic bonds and friendships in community
They came for the bubbles, the magicians, the music and face painting. But for many the Palo Alto Kids' Carnival offered a chance to come together with people of different races and dissolve social barriers.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
It was a positive production for another home-opening win

Sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey had another productive game, rushing for 58 yards on a career-high 20 carries and caught four passes for 59 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown from quarterback Kevin Hogan, in Stanford's 31-7 victory against UCF on Saturday night.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Larry Ellison buys Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto

Oracle co-founder takes ownership of prominent downtown site
Larry Ellison, one of Silicon Valley's wealthiest and most extravagant high-tech titans, has added to his collection of riches one of downtown Palo Alto's most visible properties: the Epiphany on Hamilton Avenue.

September 14, 2015 | 27 comments
Stanford launches initiative to foster open exchange of ideas

After a hard year, university hopes for better with OpenXChange
In the wake of a "difficult" and tense year at Stanford University around social and political issues like sexual assault and racial inequity, the university has launched a yearlong initiative to encourage the open exchange of ideas on campus, President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy announced on Friday.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
NCAA champion Stanford women open golf season in lead

Cardinal corner
The defending national champion Stanford women's golf team picked up where it left off by charging to the first-day lead in the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational on Monday at the University of New Mexico Golf Course, hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Tour bus with Palo Alto singing group caught on fire on Highway 17

No injuries reported, CHP officials say
A tour bus carrying dozens of students who were part of a Palo Alto singing group caught fire Friday evening on state Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County, according to the California Highway Patrol. No injuries were reported.

September 14, 2015 | 8 comments
Palo Alto boys run to team, individual titles in cross country

Weekend prep roundup
The Palo Alto boys officially opened their cross-country season in a big way by winning team and individual titles in the Varsity l race at the Lowell Invitational on a cool Saturday at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Train hits unoccupied car at East Meadow Drive crossing in Palo Alto

No injuries reported; Caltrain service interrupted after car gets wedged under train
A northbound Caltrain train struck an unoccupied vehicle at the East Meadow Drive crossing in Palo Alto on Sunday night, crushing the car's front end, forcing the closure of the northbound track and stranding passengers inside the train for more than an hour. No one was reportedly injured.

September 13, 2015 | 73 comments
James Franco begins 'revolutionary' film class with local high schoolers

Actor returns to his alma mater, duplicating hands-on educational model he experienced
Forty local high schoolers began on Sunday a nine-part special film class taught by famed actor and Palo Alto native James Franco, who has described the course as "the class I would have wanted in high school."

September 13, 2015 | 11 comments
Cardinal women knock off Sooners in nonconference soccer

Stanford roundup
Tegan McGrady scored the first goal of her collegiate career to lift the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team past visiting Oklahoma, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

September 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Team USA volleyball improves to 5-0 at FIVB World Cup

The United States men's national volleyball team eased coaches concerns of a possible letdown Sunday by cruising to a 25-20, 25-13, 25-21 victory over Egypt in an FIVB World Cup match at Hiroshima Green Arena on Sunday.

September 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo stays unbeaten behind Morehead's 350 passing yards victory

Weekend prep football
After a 60-point football loss to Menlo School last season, Mission-San Francisco certainly came in hungry for a rematch. The result wasn't quite as lopsided, but Menlo prevailed, 28-14, in a gritty win thanks to some fourth-quarter fireworks Saturday night at Sequoia High in Redwood City.

September 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford football storms back to win its home opener, 31-7

Kevin Hogan threw for a career-high 341 yards and three touchdowns and the Stanford football team beat visiting Central Florida, 31-7, in its home opener Saturday.

September 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Becker, Tew lead the Cardinal to field hockey victory

College roundup
Five Stanford players combined for seven goals to lead the fifth-ranked Cardinal field hockey team to a convincing 7-0 victory over host Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon at Grant Field.

September 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls grab third in prestigious 16-team tourney

When the annual High School All-American Tennis Classic for girls in Newport Beach was canceled about eight years ago, it left the top teams in the state without a place to test themselves. The inaugural Golden State Tennis Classic, which wrapped up Saturday at Stanford University and Menlo School, may be that new event.

September 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Gunn, Palo Alto defenses give up big points in nonleague losses

The Gunn and Palo Alto football teams combined to give up 83 points on Friday night, which resulted in nonleague losses for both teams. The Titans fell to Mills, 34-7, and the Vikings were thumped by San Benito, 49-34.

September 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women endure to win grueling 5-setter over Duke

Cardinal corner
Freshman Hayley Hodson recorded a season-best 17 kills, redshirt sophomore Merete Lutz added 15 kills and the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team outlasted host Duke, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-10, Friday at the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep suffers its first football loss in 15 games

It would have been perfectly understandable if the Sacred Heart football team did not know how to properly react after Friday afternoon's disappointing result. After all, it had been nearly two years since the Gators had experienced defeat on the gridiron.

September 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Navigating teen stress, helicopter parents and social media

Free event is Monday, Sept. 14, at Sacred Heart Prep
A panel discussion called "Navigating the Tides of Adolescence," will be held at Sacred Heart Prep on Monday, Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m. in Harman Auditorium, 150 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton.

September 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Finalists to be notified in February
More than 80 Palo Alto high school seniors were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists on Thursday. They are in the running with approximately 16,000 seniors nationwide for about $33 million in scholarship dollars.

September 11, 2015 | 7 comments
Menlo Park to remove right-turn barriers on Ravenswood Avenue by next week

City found some changes made crossing less safe
The results of a trial of roadway changes intended to make the Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing in Menlo Park safer have shown that some of the changes may have actually made the crossing more dangerous.

September 11, 2015 | 10 comments
Stanford men continue soccer shutout streak, beat Spartans

Cardinal corner
Foster Langsdorf and Corey Baird connected for the second consecutive match and the No. 13 Stanford men's soccer team earned its fourth straight shutout win, beating visiting San Jose State, 1-0, on Thursday night.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

House, garage and shed demolition
Three demolition jobs took place in this segment of Palo Alto building permits. They included a house, a garage and a shed. Scan the rest of the building permits to learn more about what's happening in your neighborhood.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Garden Tips: All our gardens can be

Tips on how to replant, prepare for harvest
Let's make our gardens all they are capable of being. If we lift up the art of gardening, everyone will benefit. Children will learn that even in a drought, we can adjust how we grow our gardens and flourish. This months tips are as much about replanting as they are about getting ready for harvest.

September 11, 2015 | 1 comment
Recent home sales

Nature-named streets abound
From Wisteria Drive in East Palo Alto to Olive Street in Menlo Park, local streets' names speak of flowers and trees in the nature in and around the cities. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Atherton home sells for $31 million
Atherton may have disappeared from the list last week, but it has returned in a big way — a $31 million sale. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Explore permaculture, celebrate grandparents, tour kitchens and start remodels
This week includes an introduction to permaculture on Sept. 12, a day to celebrate grandparents at Gamble Garden on Sept. 13, a local kitchen tour to support the Children's Health Council on Sept. 19 and a home remodeling workshop on Sept. 23.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Coop de Ville presents the girls with colorful eggs

Palo Alto resident, 37 others will showcase chickens during Tour de Coop
Palo Alto resident Tish Hoehl, and her girls (or chickens), join 37 other chicken coop owners during this year's Tour de Coop on Saturday, Sept. 19. The coop tour spans from San Mateo to San Jose, with six coops in Palo Alto.

September 10, 2015 | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Business registry, public art at Stanford Shopping Center, Comp Plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 14.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
'Lights! Camera! Community Action!'

Midpen Media Center celebrates 25 years of community broadcasting
The Midpen Media Center, celebrating its 25th anniversary this Sunday, has come a long way since it began with one camera in a rental space on Park Boulevard.

September 11, 2015 | 4 comments
Stanford offers one-of-a-kind class on sexual assault

Three-week immersive class aims to educate the next generation of student advocates
Twelve Stanford University students are this week in the midst of a three-week immersive class on campus sexual assault called "One in Five: The Law, Politics and Policy of Campus Sexual Assault," named for the oft-cited statistic on the number of women who will be sexually assaulted during college.

September 11, 2015 | 19 comments
Leap into Fall Arts

Autumn brings a bounty of arts and entertainment
We've sorted through hundreds of arts events to bring you some of this fall's finest arts happenings. Read on for our top picks in each genre, plus a shortlist of other productions, screenings, readings and exhibitions worth catching.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford loses its longtime super fan Jack Laird

Jack Laird, '40, a former basketball player and associate director of development in the Stanford Athletic Department for 40 years, died last week. He was 98.

September 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Top-ranked Stanford women face another big soccer test

What better way for the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to celebrate a victory over a top-10 team than by playing another one? That's exactly what the Cardinal (4-0) is doing this weekend when No. 7 Penn State (3-1-1) comes to town for a Friday night match at 8 p.m., to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: How do we define success for high school students?

The recent discussions surrounding the educational pressures in Palo Alto beg an important question: What does a successful student look like in our community? How do we define success in high school, and does that answer differ from how we should be defining it for our students?

September 12, 2015 | 23 comments
Stanford looks to improve upon Cardinal sin: lack of offense

Devon Cajuste and Michael Rector return to the starting lineup this weekend when Stanford hosts University of Central Florida in its home football opener on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The senior receivers will be counted upon as the Cardinal looks to get the ball into the end zone.

September 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford grad Amaro is let go as Phillies general manager

Ruben Amaro, Jr. won a College World Series while playing at Stanford but he couldn't get the Philadelphia Phillies back to one. Thursday, Amaro, Jr. was relieved of his duties as the team's senior vice president and general manager.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Historic board deals blow to project at former Shady Lane site

Citing concerns about mass and scale, Palo Alto panel calls for more historic analysis for 429 University Ave.
A proposal to construct a four-story building on the prominent downtown corner of University Avenue and Kipling Street suffered another setback Thursday morning when Palo Alto's Historic Resources Board concluded that the project's impacts on existing historical structures has to be re-evaluated.

September 10, 2015 | 32 comments
New tennis tournament will bring its own heat this weekend

This time of year usually finds Menlo School girls tennis coach Bill Shine and his team heading to Fresno for the annual California Classic. But, not this weekend. That, of course, makes Shine quite happy for at least of couple of reasons.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
First results of new Common Core testing released

Eighty-three percent of Palo Alto students at or above standard in English, math
The first results from California's new standardized testing, which looks at how students meet the new Common Core State Standards, were released on Wednesday.

September 10, 2015 | 26 comments
USA men beat Canada to remain undefeated at FIVB World Cup

After losing to Canada at the Champions Cup in May on home soil, the U.S. men's national volleyball team was looking for a little revenge. The Americans found it on Thursday, beating the Canadians, 25-21, 25-20, 25-17, in a FIVB World Cup match at Hiroshima Green Arena.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Neighborhood wins support for banning two-story homes

Palo Alto's Planning and Transportation Commission backs grassroots move to adopt 'single-story overlay' for Eichler neighborhood
A grassroots effort in Palo Alto to ban two-story homes in Eichler neighborhoods is on the cusp of its first big victory after the city's Planning and Transportation Commission on Wednesday threw its support behind a zone change requested by residents of the Los Arboles neighborhood.

September 9, 2015 | 24 comments
Tell your story

Midpen Media Center celebrates 25 years
This Sunday, Sept. 13, the Midpen Media Center hosts a free event where attendees can learn about the art of storytelling.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Dance the night away

On Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7 p.m. to moidnight, Cheryl Burke Dance Studio in Mountain View will host a social dance party.

September 10, 2015 | 2 comments
Paintings in the streets

This weekend, head to downtown Mountain View for the ever-popular annual Art & Wine Festival.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's McNealy joins his rival for Walker Cup action

They've played as teammates, and they've gone head-to-head. This weekend, the two NCGA members again will team up in representing the red, white and blue on the U.S. Walker Cup team competing in England.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
For the love of butter

Local pastry chef makes a name for himself up and down the Bay Area, from Chez TJ to b. patisserie
Menlo Park native John Shelsta is a self-made chef who hopes to one day open his own restaurant with an in-house bakery on the Peninsula.

September 9, 2015 | 3 comments
Worth a Look: Art & Wine Festival, Foo Fighters and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, head to Mountain View for the popular annual Art & Wine Festival, catch the Foo Fighters at Shoreline Amphitheatre and more.

September 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto mulls new strategies for getting businesses to register

City to consider stiffer penalties, new exemptions for nascent certificate program
Simple requests didn't work. Neither did the fliers, the visits or the threats. Now, Palo Alto officials are considering new ideas for getting local companies to sign up for the city's new Business Registry.

September 10, 2015 | 16 comments
Knee injury will sideline Phillips for remainder of the season

The loss of sophomore nose tackle Harrison Phillips for the season with a knee injury will test the depth of the Stanford defensive line this weekend when the Cardinal opens its home football season against University of Central Florida on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

September 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Third-straight Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area Thursday

A third-straight Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area Thursday because of unhealthy air quality expected, air district officials said.

September 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Palo Alto school board split on communications coordinator position

District has "felt the loss" in absence of dedicated spokesperson, superintendent says
The Palo Alto school board voted 3-2 on Tuesday evening to approve the creation of a full-time communications coordinator position, with the board's two newest members not convinced that the job description as is will address the district's most pressing communication needs.

September 9, 2015 | 15 comments
M-A grad Melvin getting a contract extension with the A's

Of local note
The Oakland Athletics announced a contract extension with Menlo-Atherton High grad and current A' manager Bob Melvin through the 2018 season on Wednesday.

September 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Shoji digs American victory at FIVB World Cup

It is rarely easy to beat the home team, but the U.S. men's national volleyball team accomplished the feat Wednesday, defeating Japan, 25-23, 21-25, 25-11, 25-14, in an FIVB World Cup match at Hiroshima Green Arena.

September 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women's volleyball has more top recruits on the way

Of local note
The nationally No. 3-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team already has some standout freshman on its current roster, but more are headed its way next season -- including three members of the MaxPreps 2015 Preseason All-American team.

September 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Competition casts large shadow over Palo Alto's fiber effort

Uncertain about AT&T and Google, city to defer potential partnerships until next year
For more than 15 years, Palo Alto has been chasing a dream of bringing ultra high-speed Internet to every local household, only to watch it spark to life in places like Kansas City, Chattanooga and Austin. Last week, city officials agreed that now is the time to wait a little longer.

September 9, 2015 | 86 comments
High-speed rail shifts focus back to the Bay Area

In launching environmental review, officials hope to placate critics on Peninsula, elsewhere
After gaining some momentum in the Central Valley, California's beleaguered high-speed rail project is now hoping for a fresh start – and a smoother journey – on the Peninsula.

September 9, 2015 | 80 comments
Save the 2,008 campaign raises larger issues for Palo Alto schools

Cheating rises to the top of district priorities
Grassroots school-reform campaign Save the 2,008 served as a platform at Tuesday night's school board meeting to address broader issues underlying student stress in Palo Alto, from cheating and homework quality to student voice.

September 9, 2015 | 73 comments
Oaks sweep GSAC men's soccer Player of the Week honors

Oaks report
Senior team captain Drew Nyberg earned Defensive Player of the Week honors and freshman Luis NuƱez earned Offensive Player of the Week as the Menlo College men's soccer swept Golden State Athletic Conference Players of the Week honors it was learned Tuesday.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
American men open FIVB World Cup with a victory

The U.S. men's national volleyball team recorded 10 aces on its way to beating Australia, 25-23, 25-12, 25-15, in its opening match of the FIVB World Cup on Tuesday at Hiroshima Green Arena in Japan.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert called for Wednesday as heat wave continues

Continuing hot weather has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to call another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday, air district officials announced this afternoon.

September 9, 2015 | 5 comments
Heat wave hits Bay Area

Cooling centers open in some cities
Bay Area temperatures are expected this week to reach temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above seasonal averages, prompting some cooling centers to open in the region, according to the National Weather Service.

September 8, 2015 | 11 comments
Stanford's Epstein is Pac-12 Player of the Week in soccer

Cardinal corner
Stanford junior keeper Andrew Epstein was named Pac-12 Player of the Week in men's soccer for matches from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, the conference announced Tuesday.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Save the last dance

Cheryl Burke Dance Studio closing
Later this month, a close-knit group will bid farewell to their "home away from home." The Cheryl Burke Dance Studio in Mountain View, one of the largest ballroom-dancing venues in the Bay Area, will shut its doors permanently at the end of September.

September 8, 2015 | 6 comments
Former Menlo basketball player, current assistant coach dies

Michael Harris, who worked as counselor and assistant basketball coach at Menlo School, was killed early Sunday morning in a boating collision off Catalina Island in Southern California. He was the son of Peter Harris, former president and CEO of the San Francisco 49ers.

September 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto Medical Foundation CEO to retire

After more than five years as chief executive officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), Richard Slavin, M.D., announced Sept. 3 that he plans to retire in January 2016, according to a press release.

September 8, 2015 | 4 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area Tuesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday because of a high-pressure system producing clear skies, light winds and high inland temperatures.

September 8, 2015 | 2 comments
Stanford's defense never rests in 1-0 victory over Cougars

Women's soccer
Jordan DiBiasi scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the 32nd minute to help lead the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting No. 9 BYU on Monday night in a match originally scheduled for the opening weekend in Hawai'i.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Save the 2,008 proposals for reform to come before school board

Campaign aims to reduce stress, create "saner" life at Palo Alto's high schools
Close to one year after its creation, grassroots school-reform campaign Save the 2,008 will be coming before the Palo Alto school board on Tuesday for discussion.

September 7, 2015 | 6 comments
Stanford alums earn medals at World Rowing Championships

Stanford women's rowing alums Grace Luczak and Elle Logan each medaled at the World Rowing Championships this past weekend in Aiguebelette, France.

September 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal football team is looking for chance to rebound

Coaches often say the biggest improvement teams make is from Game 1 to Game 2. Stanford coach David Shaw is counting on that when the Cardinal plays host to Central Florida on Saturday night in its home opener.

September 7, 2015 | 1 comment
USA men's volleyball get first chance to qualify for Olympics

The U.S. men's national volleyball team gets its first chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games at the FIVB World Cup this week in Japan. Team members include Stanford grads Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji and Matt Fuerbringer, who is an assistant coach.

September 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men net 109 goals in 5-match water polo tourney

Cardinal corner
The fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team completed a sweep of its five matches in the Bruno Classic, capping the weekend with three victories on Sunday at Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I.

September 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo opens with a victory, but Menlo-Atherton does not

Weekend prep roundup
Six seasons after the teams met in the Central Coast Section Division IV championship, the Menlo School football team defeated host Carmel, 28-21, in a season opener Saturday afternoon. Menlo held a 28-7 lead in the fourth quarter then held off a persistent Carmel team.

September 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Morris called up to U.S. Men's National Team

Soccer
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Stanford forward Jordan Morris to the roster for the United States' upcoming soccer match with Brazil it was announced Sunday morning.

September 6, 2015 | No comments yet
USA volleyball finishes third at FIVB women's World Cup

The U.S. Women's National Team concluded the FIVB World Cup with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Dominican Republic on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan, and finished with the bronze medal in the 11-match, 16-day Olympic Qualification Tournament.

September 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Council to mull development proposed for Palo Alto's most congested intersection

Hearing set for Sept. 15 on revised plan for 2755 El Camino Real
When Palo Alto officials put the brakes on its controversial "planned-community" zoning process early last year, they also dealt a blow to the only development currently seeking this zoning designation: a four-story building proposed for the bustling intersection of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real.

September 8, 2015 | 42 comments
James Franco to teach high-school film class

All local students welcome to apply; deadline is Sept. 10
People like to use the phrase, "Only in Palo Alto." It certainly will be thrown around with the news that actor and Palo Alto native James Franco will be making a film with local high school students this year.

September 6, 2015 | 48 comments
Stanford, Toyota launch artificial-intelligence research center

Toyota to invest $50 million in research into autonomous cars, intelligent robots at Stanford, MIT
Toyota Motor Corporation announced Friday that it will be investing approximately $50 million over the next five years to establish joint artificial-intelligence (AI) research centers at Stanford University and MIT.

September 6, 2015 | 3 comments
Cardinal loses battle between nation's top volleyball teams

Stanford roundup
Freshman Hayley Hodson and senior Brittany Howard combined for 31 kills, but the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team lost to defending national champion and top-ranked Penn State, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18, at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge on Saturday.

September 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Wildcats trap Stanford in Evanston, make off with 16-6 football win

The Stanford football team won't have to worry about its stay in the Top 25, not after a frustrating 16-6 loss to host Northwestern on Saturday morning in the season opener. Defensively, the Cardinal more than held its own despite featuring nine new starters. Offensively, one might expect a little more out of a unit that returned nine starters, including a fourth-year starting quarterback.

September 5, 2015 | 6 comments
Team USA recovers to beat Japan at World Cup

After having its six-match FIVB World Cup win streak snapped and a chance to win the tournament title for the first time, the U.S. women's National volleyball team bounced back to rally past host Japan, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10, Saturday in Nagoya, Japan to remain in the chase for one of two 2016 Olympic Games berths.

September 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, SHP open their seasons with impressive victories

Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep opened the 2015 high school football season with impressive nonleague victories on Friday night. The Vikings rolled to a 54-28 win over visiting Sequoia while the Gators thumped host Leland, 47-7.

September 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Cardinal men and women get plenty of chances in 1-0 victories

Stanford soccer
Slater Meehan's late, first-half goal proved to be the difference in a dominant effort for the No. 16 Stanford men's soccer team and the Cardinal won its home opener, 1-0, over Northeastern at Cagan Stadium on Friday night.

September 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Weekly debuts news-analysis webcast

Reporters, editors talk about Palo Alto news on 'Behind the Headlines'
The Palo Alto Weekly has launched a new half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines." Every week, the reporters and editors of the Weekly, along with newsmakers, will discuss and analyze the latest Palo Alto news.

September 4, 2015 | 6 comments
Menlo men win third straight soccer match; women also win

Oaks report
Issac Miselewicz and Luis Nunez each scored in the second half and the Menlo College men's soccer team won its third straight, beating host Simpson, 2-0, in a nonconference match Friday.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto police search for indecent-exposure suspect

Police are investigating an indecent-exposure incident that occurred on Friday, Sept. 4, in Palo Alto, according to a police department press release.

September 4, 2015 | 4 comments
Lutz leads Cardinal women past Illinois in volleyball

Cardinal corner
Merete Lutz returned from a finger injury to record a career high 19 kills and the second-ranked Stanford's women's volleyball team downed No. 6 Illinois, 16-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-21, Friday at Rec Hall in University Park, PA as part of the Pac-12/Big 10 Challenge.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
With El Nino looming, residents question timing of bridge replacement

Public comment on environmental-review planning open until Sept. 14
With a whopper of an El Nino predicted for this winter, residents at a meeting on Thursday night told officials they want a new Newell Bridge to be built -- and fast.

September 5, 2015 | 116 comments
Shaw is ready for his fifth season opener as head coach

Stanford head football coach David Shaw leads his 21st-ranked Cardinal into a season-opener for the fifth time Saturday at Northwestern and is 4-0 in lid-lifters. He said the buildup is a mixture of excitement, uncertainty and discovery.

September 4, 2015 | 2 comments
Gunn's Watt is a Paralympian field Athlete of the Year

Gunn High senior Amy Watt has been named the 2015 Female Field Athlete of the Year by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee. Watt is one of 66 athletes selected as 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
USA women's volleyball falls to Russia in FIVB World Cup

The U.S. Women's National Team had its six-match win streak at the FIVB World Cup snapped after Russia earned a 25-17, 31-29, 25-23 victory on Friday afternoon in Nagoya, Japan, in a battle of 7-1 teams in the top two positions of the standings.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Government closures, hours for Labor Day

Palo Alto garbage collection is following normal schedule
Here's a list of Labor Day service closures and changes.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Save the 2,008 campaign, single-story overlay, pension liabilities

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 7.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Debate over new parkland leaves nursery's future uncertain

As Palo Alto considers next steps for 7.7-acre site, Acterra's operation hangs in the balance
Tucked away on the western edge of Foothills Park, the newest addition to Palo Alto's park system doesn't have any benches, picnic areas or walking trails to distinguish it from other parts of the scenic preserve.

September 4, 2015 | 23 comments
In Barron Park, city fixes sidewalks that go nowhere

Ramps for disability access are added to concrete walkways that end in dirt
In an effort to make routes to local schools safer and eliminate tripping hazards for pedestrians, some sidewalks in the Barron Park neighborhood recently received safety upgrades, including new curb ramps for wheelchairs.

September 4, 2015 | 25 comments
Police: Man steals woman's cellphone in downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a woman's cellphone out of the hand of a teenage girl who had asked to borrow it to make a call in downtown Palo Alto on Monday, according to a police department press release.

September 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Recent home sales

$30 million for Cowper Street home
A $30 million sale on Cowper Street in Palo Alto surpassed any other sale this week by a long, long way. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Mountain View leads home sales
Mountain View led the way in homes sales with 18 sales. Palo Alto was not far behind with 17 sales of its own. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Canopy coverage

Volunteers complete tree survey, provide results to city
Canopy staff and volunteers finish 2015's Young Tree Care Survey, and provide data to the City of Palo Alto. This year, 44 volunteers logged 230 hours and surveyed 712 trees. After the survey, city staff follow up on trees, providing tree care, such as pruning and watering.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP's football blueprint for success is a proven winner

As Pete Lavorato enters his 13th season as head coach of the Sacred Heart Prep football team, the message he conveys to his squad is simple -- continue to build a legacy at the school.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Two San Jose men arrested in connection with theft

Palo Alto Police investigating link between men, series of theft in the area
An alert resident's report of two men lurking around vehicles in the Barron Park neighborhood on Wednesday led to the arrest of two San Jose men, after police allegedly found one of them in possession of stolen items.

September 3, 2015 | 3 comments
Stanford's Bonanni takes aim at Azevedo's scoring record

Bret Bonanni returns for his senior season as one of the top offensive water polo players in the world, let alone at the collegiate level. He's on target to surpass Tony Azevedo's career scoring record at Stanford, which is also the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record and, likely, the NCAA record.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Taste tomatoes, explore a park, learn from pros and build community
This week includes a Byxbee Park exploration with Ranger Rich Bicknell on Sept. 13; a tomato fest at Gamble Garden on Sept. 12; a design and building expo in San Jose on Sept. 16; and an opportunity to join Habitat for Humanity in East Palo Alto from Sept. 23-25.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford Water Polo Club has 11 All-Americans from the JOs

A total of 11 players from the Stanford Water Polo Club were named 2015 Junior Olympic All-Americans by USA Water Polo. The Junior Olympics were held in July and August in Orange County.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
It's a makeover for Stanford defense with nine new starters

Fifth-year senior cornerback Ronnie Harris will be one of nine new starters on defense when the 21st-ranked Stanford football team takes the field Saturday morning against host Northwestern at 9 a.m. (PT) in Evanston, Ill.

September 3, 2015 | 3 comments
When in France ...

A mainstay for decades, Cafe Brioche continues to deliver
Cafe Brioche has been an anchor on California Avenue since 1995. The food is uncomplicated and well-prepared by chef Ricardo Molina, prices are rational, the service competent and the dining room cozy.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
A 'structured and sane' reckoning with the end of life

Channing House residents invite speakers to explore issues, choices
Planning — as much as possible — for the unknowable but inevitable circumstances at the end of life is the topic of a fall lecture series organized by residents of Channing House.

September 6, 2015 | 7 comments
New parks, bathrooms top Palo Alto's list of recreation needs

With population increasing, council members seek opportunities to expand city's park network
With Palo Alto preparing to unveil a new vision for recreation, some residents are calling for more nature, whether new neighborhood parks or enhanced pathways at existing preserves. But for many others, the more pressing issue is where to go when nature calls. New parks -- and new bathrooms at existing parks -- featured prominently in the City Council's discussion this week of the new mater plan.

September 5, 2015 | 2 comments
The artistic process, revealed

Cantor Arts Center celebrates gift of Richard Diebenkorn's sketchbooks
Thanks to a gift from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, 29 of the artist's sketchbooks will be on display at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center starting Sept. 9.

September 3, 2015 | 1 comment
The final course

Longtime food critic decamping for new adventures in East Bay
Food critic Sheila Himmel bids the Midpeninsula goodbye, fondly remembering her favorite eateries.

September 3, 2015 | 4 comments
Worth a Look: Outdoor movie night, Dave Matthews Band and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, head to Menlo Park for an outdoor movie night at a pop-up park, catch Dave Matthews Band at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre and weigh in on the future of public art in Palo Alto.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Palo Alto man arrested for attempted robbery, fighting officers

A Palo Alto man who allegedly tried to swipe a duffle bag from a resident of a Middlefield Road apartment complex was arrested after a physical struggle with the victim, his neighbor and five police officers.

September 3, 2015 | 2 comments
Family circus

TheatreWorks presents Donald Margulies' 'The Country House'
Inspired by Anton Chekhov's classic dramas, Donald Margulies' 2014 play "The Country House" brings comedy to family dysfunction, loneliness and grief.

September 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto police, school district review policies for school resource officers

Incident highlights need for clarity around school-based officers' presence on campuses
Palo Alto police and school officials are looking to revise their procedures for police officers' conduct on campuses in the wake of a Jordan Middle School incident involving a student.

September 3, 2015 | 17 comments
VIDEO: Palo Alto High School's 86-year-old gym demolished

Clean slate paves way for new state-of-the-art athletic center
Palo Alto High School's "Big Gym," where NBA star Jeremy Lin played and famed wrestling brothers Dave and Mark Schultz grappled, was demolished on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, to make room for a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sports complex.

September 3, 2015 | 11 comments
Caltrans offers $25K prize for ideas to improve transportation

Caltrans is giving Californians an opportunity to earn $25,000 in exchange for submitting the most innovative idea to improve transportation and other state services.

September 3, 2015 | 5 comments
Police: Man nabbed in San Jose after car pursuit in Palo Alto

San Jose resident charged for nearly driving his truck into officer, evading police
A truck driver who police said almost ran over an officer in Palo Alto last Thursday night before speeding away through the residential streets was arrested hours later in San Jose.

September 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Top events for Labor Day

Where to go and what to do over the long weekend
Read on for our top picks of ways to spend your Labor Day Weekend, from concerts to art fairs and more.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Kids' day of dance

Open house at Silicon Valley Ballet School
Take the kids to Palo Alto's Cubberley Community Center on Friday, Sept. 11 for a free ballet class and a chance to watch and meet professional dancers.

September 10, 2015 | 2 comments
Day at the museum

Redwood City's San Mateo County History Museum opens its doors for free on Friday, Sept. 4, with guided tours and special activities for kids.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Movie night at the pop-up park

'Guardians of the Galaxy' screens in Menlo Park
Bring your lawn chairs and snacks on Friday night, and catch the 2014 blockbuster at the new pop-up park on Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue.

September 3, 2015 | 2 comments
Rock concert of the week

Dave Matthews Band comes to Shoreline Amphitheatre
Catch the Dave Matthews band at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday, Sept. 11.

September 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Parents' night out

Adam Mansbach appears at Kepler's tonight
Hear the author of New York Times bestseller, "Go the F--- to Sleep," speak at Kepler's Books tonight, Thursday, Sept. 10.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford cross country teams among top seven in the nation

The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams will open the season ranked among the nation's top 10, and each was identified as the best in the region. The Cardinal men are ranked No. 2, equaling their NCAA finish of last year, and the women are No. 7.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
FBI report details Palo Alto home invasion, sexual assault cases

Bizarre crimes involved interrogating victims for computer passwords, identifying information
A Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit related to the bizarre kidnapping of a Vallejo woman in March reveals new information regarding cases he is suspected of perpetrating in Palo Alto and Mountain View.

September 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Shaw not concerned with his young, inexperienced defense

With nine new defensive starters, there have been questions about Stanford's strength on that side of the ball heading into Saturday's season-opening football game at Northwestern.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
New transportation vision targets congestion, parking

Palo Alto officials propose changes to Transportation Element in city's Comprehensive Plan
From congested roads to inadequate parking, transportation problems have been driving most of the debates at City Hall over the past year. These issues featured prominently Monday night, when the City Council discussed an update to the city's transportation vision.

September 3, 2015 | 27 comments
West Nile virus spraying set for Wednesday in Menlo Park

Adult mosquitoes have been found with the virus, whose symptoms can include fever, lingering fatigue
A large portion of Menlo Park will be sprayed Wednesday night and early Thursday morning after the West Nile virus was again detected in adult mosquitoes collected in the city.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Pederson shakes slump with game-winning HR against Giants

Of local note
To say that Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been struggling in the second half of the Major League Baseball season might be an understatement. Heading into Tuesday's game with the visiting San Francisco Giants, the Palo Alto High grad was just 6-for-63 (.095) in his past 25 games.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrain begins improvements aimed at preventing deaths by suicides

Vegetation will be removed, fencing installed on the rail corridor in Palo Alto
Caltrain began removing vegetation Tuesday along the rail corridor in Palo Alto as part of a suicide prevention program approved in August.

September 2, 2015 | 27 comments
Nunez scores twice in Menlo College men's soccer victory

Oaks report
The Menlo College men's soccer team played like it was on familiar turf, beating Whittier, 5-0, in a nonconference game played at De Anza College in Cupertino on Tuesday.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
USA holds onto first place, beating Cuba at FIVB World Cup

The world's top-ranked USA women's national volleyball team won its sixth straight match at the FIVB World Cup, defeating NORCECA rival Cuba, 25-15, 25-11, 25-15, Tuesday in Okayama, Japan.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Little enthusiasm for El Camino bus plan

Valley Transportation Authority's bus rapid transit plans meet with concern from local officials
A proposal to create dedicated bus lanes along El Camino Real is facing a new round of skepticism. On Wednesday, representatives from cities along the corridor urged transit officials to give more thought to alternatives to its bus rapid transit plan.

September 1, 2015 | 45 comments
Board of Supervisors approves funding for Ravenswood section of Bay Trail

At its Tuesday, Sept. 1, meeting, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors awarded $1 million in Measure A funds to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) to close a gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail in East Palo Alto, according to a County of San Mateo Parks Department press release.

September 1, 2015 | 21 comments
Stanford's Garnett a preseason All-American in football

Stanford senior offensive guard Joshua Garnett has been named to the USA Today preseason All-America football team for 2015, it was announced Tuesday.

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College athletes give back to a community in need

Menlo College fall sport student-athletes took time out of their training camps to give back to a community in need earlier this month. Athletes from men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and cross country organized a two-day servant leadership project to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul San Francisco Shelter.

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Hodson is Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in volleyball

Stanford opposite Hayley Hodson has been tabbed the first Pac-12 Freshman of the Week of the 2015 season, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott. Hodson helped lead the Cardinal to sweeps over Texas A&M and Minnesota at Maples Pavilion last week.

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Palo Alto's library system expands hours

New schedule is effective Tuesday, Sept. 8
Palo Alto's library system will expand its hours of operation to provide more consistency across its five branches starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to a City of Palo Alto announcement.

September 1, 2015 | 8 comments
Council adds south Palo Alto voices to Comprehensive Plan debate

Appointments seek to bring geographic balance to citizen committee
A citizen panel charged with helping the city update its Comprehensive Plan acquired five new members on Monday night – and will soon get an unexpected sixth. The end result? More representation for those south of Oregon Expressway.

September 1, 2015 | 40 comments
No quick fixes for Palo Alto's new 'parkland'

City agrees to pursue hydrology study before restoring 7.7-acre site
What was once a quarry that few in Palo Alto knew existed is now a quandary at the center of the city's debate about future recreation needs. On Monday night, the council agreed not to make any decisions about the city's newly dedicated parkland next to Foothills Park for at least another year, pending a hydrology study.

September 1, 2015 | 13 comments
Morris keys men's soccer nonconference win at Louisville

All-American Jordan Morris scored and Andrew Epstein recorded his sixth career shutout to lead the No. 8 Stanford men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over host No. 18 Louisville on Monday night.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
It's a volleyball anniversary for Paly's 2010 state champs

The beginning of the 2015 high school volleyball season will mark Dave Winn's second campaign as head coach at Mountain View. It also marks the fifth anniversary of Winn's greatest coaching achievement, guiding the Palo Alto girls to the 2010 CIF Division I state championship.

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Buena Vista owner rejects nonprofit's offer to buy Palo Alto mobile-home park

Citing litigation from residents, Jisser family drops negotiations with Caritas Corporation, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian
The owner of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park has broken off negotiations with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and the nonprofit Caritas Corporation over a potential sale -- and preservation -- of Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park.

August 31, 2015 | 116 comments
Castilleja volleyball gets 2015-16 prep season under way

Castilleja will officially get the 2015-16 high school sports season under way when its volleyball team visits Hillsdale on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. For the Gators, there's much to improve on.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
USA women take over lead in FIVB World Cup volleyball

The top-ranked U.S. Women's National Team won its fifth straight match of the FIVB World Cup by defeating Argentina, 25-16, 25-19, 25-14, Monday afternoon in Okayama, Japan, and, in the process, made a step up to the top spot in the standings.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Bill's Cafe construction halts, Urban Style barbershop thrives

This week's retail news
Construction on midtown Palo Alto's new Bill's Cafe suffers a setback, while Urban Style barbershop offers clients an old-school vibe.

August 31, 2015 | 17 comments
Stanford's Piscotty on a tear for the St. Louis Cardinals

Stanford grad Stephen Piscotty made a lasting impression in his homecoming at AT&T Park over the weekend. The St. Louis rookie outfielder went 7-for-12 in three games and the Cardinals took two of three from the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants.

August 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women's volleyball blocks Minnesota's upset bid

Cardinal corner
Behind 15 team blocks, the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team registered its second sweep of the season by defeating Minnesota, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18, Sunday in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal moves to 2-0 on the season, while the Golden Gophers drop to 0-2.

August 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Man follows, flashes woman in downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly flashed a woman Friday evening, Aug. 28, in downtown, according to a police department press release.

August 30, 2015 | 5 comments
Hopping lifting weights instead of throwing the hammer

Stanford grad Sarah Hopping hasn't thrown the hammer for years, though she's still competing at a high level. Fans of the National Pro Grid League are certainly aware of her multi-faceted abilities.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Pentagon to invest $75 million in local tech industry

Flexible electronics touted as emerging field
In a bid to fortify United States security and manufacturing, the Pentagon and a consortium of partners are making a $171 million bet that Silicon Valley can emerge as the global leader in the nascent field of flexible hybrid electronics.

August 30, 2015 | 12 comments
One free kick for Onizuka, one soccer victory for the Oaks

Oaks report
Ryan Onizuka scored on a free kick just before halftime and the Menlo College men's soccer team made it stand up as the game-winner in a physically demanding nonconference contest on Saturday at Sequoia High in Redwood City.

August 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Locals help keep USA unbeaten in UANA Youth Pan Ams

The USA Cadet Women's National Team capped pool play at the UANA Youth Pan American Championship, picking up victories over Brazil (16-3) and Mexico (21-7) during the weekend in Kingston, Jamaica.

August 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women take home soccer opener; men fall to UCSB

The third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team delivered a dominating performance in its home debut Friday night, defeating Boston College, 4-0, in a nonconference match at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal men, however, weren't quite as fortunate.

August 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Vanjak rises to the occasion in Cardinal volleyball win

Redshirt sophomore Ivana Vanjak made sure Stanford's women's volleyball team was protected in the middle as she replaced an injured Merete Lutz in Friday's season opener against Texas A&M. She did just fine, collecting eight blocks in helping the second-ranked Cardinal beat the visiting Aggies, 25-19, 25-19, 25-15.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford suffers overtime loss in field hockey opener

Maddie Secco scored in the final three minutes of regulation to force overtime, but the sixth-ranked Stanford field hockey team opened its season with a frustrating, 2-1, loss to visiting No. 4 Syracuse on Friday.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men's soccer freshman headed to U.S. U-20 team

Stanford freshman Amir Bashti has been named to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster by head coach Tab Ramos that will represent the United States at the 2015 Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament in Serbia.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park is next on PG&E tree removal plan

Utility examining 1300 trees in gas line easements in Menlo Park
PG&E has begun examining 1,300 trees in Menlo Park that are growing in its gas transmission line easements and might have to be removed. Of those trees, 500 are in public right-of-ways and 800 are on private property, according to PG&E.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Man in car accosts middle school students in Palo Alto

Police investigating if incident connected to similar one that occurred on Aug. 21
Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly pulled up in a car next to two middle school students Thursday evening and made inappropriate comments while trying to get them to come closer to his car.

August 28, 2015 | 5 comments
Hard work and perseverance pays off for a senior walk-on player

A roar erupted after Thursday's practice when Stanford head coach David Shaw announced that senior walk-on inside linebacker Craig Jones had received a scholarship. Jones immediately was mobbed by his teammates.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Steffens is a finalist for the WSF Sportswoman of the Year

Stanford women's water polo's Maggie Steffens, already a two-time national champion with the Cardinal and the reigning ACWPC Player of the Year, has been named a finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year award.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Downtown Palo Alto post office to stay put — for now

U.S. Postal Service officials have nixed plans to move the downtown Palo Alto post office to a building on the corner of Addison Avenue and busy Alma Street, Tom Samra, facilities vice president, said in a letter to Mayor Karen Holman dated Aug. 19.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto residents adapt to new food-scrap collection program

Kitchen pails for food scraps made their way to Palo Alto residents in June, and the service collection began July 1. As residents move their compostable waste from black to green bins, they have experienced some foul moments, but have learned to adjust their habits.

August 28, 2015 | 37 comments
Stanford University Title IX coordinator to step down

Former federal attorney held post during embattled year for university
Catherine Criswell, Stanford University's Title IX coordinator and a former longtime U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights attorney, is leaving her post at the university after a little more than a year on the job, the university confirmed Thursday.

August 28, 2015 | 11 comments
Stanford men ranked fourth as water polo season opens

Stanford men's water polo will open up the 2015 season ranked fourth in the nation following the release of the Varsity Preseason National Top 20 on Thursday.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Library Strategic Plan, fiber network, Comprehensive Plan committee

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 31.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
What's happening here?

Birch Plaza is expected to open at the end of September
Birch Plaza, a 25,000-square-foot office and apartment development, at 305 Grant Ave., Palo Alto, is expected to open at the end of September.

August 30, 2015 | 11 comments
Menlo Park installs pop-up park

Chestnut Street space to host outdoor movies and more
Menlo Park's latest public park will be around for only six weeks, but during that time the "pop-up park" on Chestnut Street between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues will host a plethora of events.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
In city's new wage law, a modest proposal

Who will benefit from Palo Alto's higher minimum wage?
The regional wave toward a higher minimum wage this week swept through Palo Alto, where city officials set aside their differences and happily united behind a law setting the local rate at $11 an hour.

August 28, 2015 | 8 comments
Off Deadline: Training 'compassionate responders' for tense situations

Palo Altan hopes to address mental health, homelessness through app
Jacob Savage, a lifelong Palo Altan who signed up as a high school sophomore for the city's first police academy in 2006, now believes there can be a better way of responding to many delicate situations -- such as mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness -- than a direct police encounter.

August 29, 2015 | 3 comments
Recent home sales

Big sell in Atherton
The top sale this edition happened in Atherton on Park Lane. The property was last sold in 1979 for $555,000. The most recent sale happened on July 22, 2015, and brought in more than $10 million. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Building permits in Palo Alto

Software firm occupies second floor in Park Boulevard building
The software development firm Barefoot Networks gets ready to occupy the second floor of 2151 Park Blvd.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Buckets of changes

Residents adapt to new food-scrap collection program
Kitchen pails for food scraps made their way to Palo Alto residents in June, and the service collection began July 1. As residents move their compostable waste from black to green bins, they have experienced some foul moments, but have learned to adjust their habits.

August 27, 2015 | 37 comments
Home Front

Build community, think green, observe moths and learn about compost
This week includes East Palo Alto Children's Day in the Park on Saturday, Green Fest on Sunday and moth observations on Monday night. Then, plan ahead and attend a compost workshop brought to you by the City of Palo Alto on Sept. 5.

August 27, 2015 | 3 comments
A Fresh Look

Defining your personal style
Is your house full of things you love that don't seem to go together? Does your home lack a pulled-together, cohesive look? When you know your personal style, you'll stop making "wrong" purchases and you'll be able to create harmony in every room of your home.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

$3.7 million tops eight Palo Alto sales
Palo Alto saw eight home sales in this week's edition, with the top price coming in at $3,775,000. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Snacks with purpose

Mountain View resident tackles early nutrition with subscription service
Mountain View resident Andy Kavanagh is the creator of Cub Snacks: healthy, kid-friendly cooking projects delivered once a month, right to your door.

August 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Shop Talk: Bill's Cafe construction halts, Urban Style barbershop thrives

This week's retail news
Construction on midtown Palo Alto's new Bill's Cafe suffers a setback, while Urban Style barbershop offers clients an old-school vibe.

August 27, 2015 | 17 comments
Worth a Look: Stand-up comedy, soul and wine lounge and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch an evening of stand-up comedy based on the book, "Take My Spouse, Please," check out Art on the Square in Redwood City and enjoy soul music and fine wine at the Oshman Family JCC.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Stories from the Great Plains

"The Voice of the Prairie" spins spellbinding yarns
Redwood City's Dragon Theatre is currently presenting a compelling version of "The Voice of the Prairie," a play by John Olive set in the early days of radio.

August 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Back to the land

Food writer Ruth Reichl to speak in Mountain View
Food lover, food writer and nationally respected food advocate Ruth Reichl will appear in Mountain View on Monday, Aug. 31, to discuss the importance of farm preservation.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford men's soccer has the talent to match high expectations

Stanford senior Brandon Vincent looks at last year's Pac-12 Conference men's soccer title as a nice accomplishment, though it has nothing to do with this season, which officially begins Friday at UC Santa Barbara at 7:30 p.m.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women's volleyball looking for missing pieces to puzzle

College volleyball
Jordan Burgess, Madi Bugg and Brittany Howard have faced incredibly high expectations since joining the Stanford women's volleyball program in the fall of 2012 as three-fourths of the nation's top-ranked recruiting class. That's nothing compared to the expectations they place on themselves and each other.

August 27, 2015 | 3 comments
Paly teams adjusting to losing both gyms to the wrecking ball

Barring any unforeseen last-minute obstacles, demolition of Palo Alto High's historic main gym will begin on Wednesday. Also scheduled to be razed is the old girls' gym. Both will be replaced by the school's new $36 million athletic facility.

August 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Planning commission approves chain store limit on California Avenue

Commissioners support Palo Alto council's effort to keep 'second downtown' eclectic
Palo Alto's effort to promote an eclectic and independent retail mix on California Avenue by limiting chain stores in the city's "second downtown" took a big step toward reality on Wednesday night when the Planning and Transportation Commission gave the proposal its unanimous blessing.

August 27, 2015 | 25 comments
Paly grad Anderson among Stanford football captains

Palo Alto High grad and outside linebacker Kevin Anderson is among six Stanford football players who have been named captain for the 2015 season, which begins Sept. 5 at Northwestern. The captains were picked by a player vote.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
American women beat Algeria at World Cup; men top Brazil

The U.S. women's national volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, completed the first phase of the FIVB World Cup by dominating winless Algeria, 25-7, 25-2, 25-5, Thursday in Matsumoto, Japan.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Bullying, xenophobia and war

Palo Alto veteran, engineer releases new memoir
Palo Alto resident Alan Holmes grew up in World War II Europe and fought his own personal battle against prejudice. That battle is featured in his new memoir, "A Serious and Proper Education: Misadventures at an English Boarding School."

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Buena Vista residents sue Palo Alto over closure approval

Lawsuit seeks to prevent evictions, requires more relocation assistance
Residents of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park have filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto, challenging the city's decision in May to allow the mobile-home park's closure and requesting that the Santa Clara County Superior Court bar the property owner from issuing eviction notices.

August 27, 2015 | 77 comments
Man allegedly exposes himself to woman at Palo Alto park

Victim was walking her dog
Palo Alto police are seeking the public's assistance to identify a man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman who was walking her dog in a city park on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto tech worker arrested on suspicion of stealing trade secrets

San Ramon man worked at Machine Zone, Inc.
A tech worker suspected of stealing trade secrets was arrested Thursday at San Francisco International Airport as he prepared to board a flight for China, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

August 26, 2015 | 13 comments
Stanford field hockey looks to improve upon historic season

The 2014 season was groundbreaking for Stanford field hockey, which set numerous program records and won its first NCAA Tournament game in school history.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Man arrested for threatening guard with knife

Incident occurred at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto on Aug. 23
Palo Alto police arrested a man after he allegedly said he would cut a private security guard who had asked him to leave a private area of the Town & Country Shopping Center on El Camino Real on Sunday, Aug. 23.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Shoults adds silver to his medal collection at world juniors

Cardinal corner
Grant Shoults, a senior at St. Margarita Catholic who announced his verbal commitment to Stanford via his Twitter account in July, earned the silver medal in the 200 free for his second individual medal in as days at the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore on Wednesday.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Former Stanford women's soccer standout calls it a career

Former Stanford defender Rachel (Buehler) Van Hollebeke has announced her retirement from club and country. She is one of just five players to score for the United States as a defender in a Women's World Cup.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Neighborhood-liaison program to begin this fall

Initiative aims to increase engagement with Palo Alto neighborhoods
The City of Palo Alto's planned Engagement with Neighborhoods initiative took a step forward on Tuesday night after the Policy and Services Committee voted unanimously to recommend two community meetings with neighborhoods this fall.

August 26, 2015 | 11 comments
Study aims to bring data to Palo Alto's loud debate over airplane noise

City Council approves resolution asking FAA to address citizen concerns about new flight patterns
With citizen complaints about airplane noise on the rise, Palo Alto officials on Monday agreed to commission a study focused on recent changes in air traffic.

August 26, 2015 | 201 comments
Infant found with fractured skull, cocaine in system

East Palo Alto woman charged with child abuse
An East Palo Alto woman faces child abuse charges after she brought her 11-month-old daughter to the hospital last weekend with a fractured skull and cocaine in her system, prosecutors said today.

August 26, 2015 | 1 comment
School board eyes greater consistency at Palo Alto's high schools

Report reveals need for more teacher collaboration time, course alignment without sacrificing teacher autonomy or innovation
Armed with a wealth of data on consistency – or lack thereof – across courses, subjects and teachers at Palo Alto's two high schools, the school board plans to tackle this year longstanding problems like inconsistent grading practices, test and project stacking and homework quality and quantity.

August 26, 2015 | 69 comments
USA women down Peru at World Cup; U.S. men fall to Brazil

The U.S. women's national volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, converted 58.8 percent of its attacks and totaled 13 blocks in blanking Peru, 25-17, 25-15, 25-12, on Wednesday in Matsumoto, Japan, to improve to 3-1 in the FIVB World Cup.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Freshmen lead Menlo College men to opening soccer victory

The Menlo College men's soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 victory over host Pacific Union on Tuesday.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Victory for Stanford in Italian basketball opener

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's basketball team opened its six-game exhibition tour of Italy with a 75-26 victory over Stella Azzurra Roma Tuesday in Rome. The teams played three 10-minute quarters.

August 25, 2015 | 4 comments
SH Prep's Davidson training with Under-20 national soccer team

Sacred Heart Prep senior midfielder Tierna Davidson of Menlo Park is among the 31 members of the United States Under-20 women's national soccer team at the National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson through Sunday.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Six-vehicle crash in Palo Alto sends three to hospital, closes road

Pile-up occurred on Oregon Expressway during rush-hour traffic
A six-vehicle crash on Alma Street and Oregon Expressway in Palo Alto injured at least three people and snarled rush-hour traffic on Tuesday afternoon.

August 25, 2015 | 75 comments
Edgewood Plaza developer could face penalties for vacant grocery store

Palo Alto looks to put pressure on Sand Hill Property Company to replace Fresh Market
The developer of Edgewood Plaza will face a fine of $500 per day if the vacant grocery store formerly occupied by Fresh Market isn't filled by the end of September, City Manager James Keene said Monday night.

August 25, 2015 | 40 comments
Ex-Stanford NCAA track champs out of World Championships

Of local note
Former Stanford NCAA champions Kori Carter and Katerina Stefanidi each saw their runs at the 2015 World Track and Field Championships come to an end on back to back days in Beijing, China.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Injury to Packers' star thrusts Paly grad Adams into key role

When the Green Bay Packers lost All-Pro receiver Jordy Nelson for the season to a torn ACL during a 24-19 exhibition football loss to Pittsburgh last weekend, Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams' name suddenly jumped to the forefront as a possible replacement.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Homework, grading, curriculum: Consistency at Palo Alto's high schools

New report to guide district in goal to align courses, schools
In its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year, the Palo Alto school board will tackle a 200-plus page research report that sheds light on both similarities and disparities in curriculum, homework, grading practices and expectations at the district's two high schools.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto opts to retain, fix contentious zoning tool

City Council rejects proposed reforms, embarks on long road to fix "planned-community" zoning process
Palo Alto's controversial "planned-community" process, which allows developers to barter with the city over zoning exceptions, will remain suspended for what could be years as officials continue to wrestle with ways to restore public trust in what they acknowledge is a "broken" system.

August 25, 2015 | 20 comments
Murphy joins two teammates on Lombardi Award watch list

Stanford roundup
Stanford football senior offensive tackle Kyle Murphy was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, it was announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-7, 301-pounder from San Clemente was one of 34 players from around the country to be selected.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford commit wins world junior title in 400 freestyle

Grant Shoults, a senior at St. Margarita Catholic who announced his verbal commitment to Stanford via his Twitter account in July, became the first gold medalist of the FINA World Junior Championships, winning the 400 meter freestyle, on Tuesday at Singapore's OCBC Aquatic Centre.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto raises minimum wage

City Council approves $11-an-hour wage starting in January 2016; targets $15 by 2018
Palo Alto will have a minimum wage of $11 an hour starting next year thanks to a law that the City Council unanimously passed Monday night.

August 25, 2015 | 29 comments
Driver wanted for 'acting strangely' near biking student

Palo Alto police said man twice passed an 11-year-old girl, who then saw him acting strangely
Palo Alto police are looking for a man who was observed acting suspiciously after repeatedly driving past an 11-year-old girl on Friday afternoon.

August 24, 2015 | 1 comment
SHP's Koshy named a first team All-American in water polo

Malaika Koshy had a pretty good junior season with her Sacred Heart Prep water polo teammates in 2014. The season began with the Gators winning their first St. Francis Invitational in eight years and ended with the SHP girls claiming their eighth straight Central Coast Section Division II championship.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man, girlfriend arrested on suspicion of fraud, conspiracy

Deputies arrested two people on suspicion of conspiracy and fraud Sunday morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

August 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford men's water polo a co-No. 3 pick in MPSF poll

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's water polo team is tied for third in the 2015 MPSF Preseason Coaches' Poll announced by the league on Monday morning. The Cardinal and California each received one first-place vote and totaled 65 points.

August 24, 2015 | No comments yet
USA volleyball rebounds with big win over China at World Cup

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo and the world's top-ranked United States women's national volleyball team rebounded from a tough loss to beat No. 3 China, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23, Monday at the FIVB World Cup in Matsumoto, Japan.

August 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford is ranked No. 21 in the first AP Top 25 poll

The Stanford football team was ranked 21st in the Associated Press preseason college football poll released on Sunday. It was the fifth straight AP preseason ranking for the Cardinal.

August 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto residents to demand fines for Edgewood Plaza developer

Neighbors plan to speak at City Council meeting on Monday
Fed up with the lack of a grocery store at Palo Alto's Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center, residents are mobilizing to put pressure on the City Council to fine the developer for not finding an operator to replace The Fresh Market, which pulled out on March 31.

August 23, 2015 | 51 comments
Stanford, Santa Clara settle for men's soccer draw

Stanford outshot Santa Clara 14-5 but could not find the back of the net, finishing with a 0-0 draw in the final preseason tune-up Saturday night.

August 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Walsh Jennings and Ross earn silver at Grand Slam event

World roundup
Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross earned the silver medal at the Long Beach Grand Slam beach volleyball tournament Sunday, losing to Brazil's Larissa Maestrini and Talita Antunes, 21-18, 21-16, in the title match.

August 23, 2015 | 1 comment
American women blocked from volleyball victory by Serbia

The U.S. Women's National Team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, was upset by Serbia on day two of the FIVB World Cup, 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-6, Sunday in Matsumoto, Japan.

August 23, 2015 | No comments yet
USA women win FINA World Junior Championships

Water polo
The USA Water Polo Women's Junior National Team has repeated as champion at the FINA Junior World Championships as Team USA defeated Spain, 13-10, on Sunday to cap an undefeated run to the title in Volos, Greece.

August 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Quarterbacks impress at Stanford's annual open house

The quarterbacks spread the football around Saturday during Stanford's annual open practice at the Elliott Practice Field. Thirteen players caught at least one pass as quarterbacks Kevin Hogan (8-of-11), Keller Chryst (7-of-11) and Ryan Burns (4-of-7) combined for 274 yards on 19 completions during the scrimmage.

August 23, 2015 | 1 comment
U.S. women heading to water polo championship match

Stanford junior Jamie Nueshul scored twice and Cardinal sophomore Jordan Raney added a goal as the USA Women's Junior National Water Polo Team beat Russia, 13-11, Saturday to advance into the gold medal match of the FINA Women's Junior World Championship in Volos, Greece.

August 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Akinradewo scores 15 in USA volleyball win

FIVB World Cup
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo scored a team-high 15 points to help the world's top-ranked U.S. women's national volleyball team open its FIVB World Cup 11-match slate with a three-set victory Saturday in Japan.

August 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Two late goals give Stanford women season opening soccer win

College soccer
Sophomore All-American candidate Andi Sullivan scored in the 73rd minute and freshman Alana Cook converted less than seven minutes later as the Stanford women's soccer team avoided a major upset to beat host Hawai'i, 2-1, in the season opener for both teams.

August 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Oaks fall twice at Biola Summer Slam volleyball event

The Menlo College women's volleyball team completed it's opening weekend of play Friday, dropping a pair of matches, 25-21, 25-20, 25-12 to Great Falls and 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 to Montana Tech at the Biola Summer Slam tournament.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Two former Stanford NCAA champs set for World Championships

Track and field
Kori Carter and Ekaterini (Katerina) Stefanidi, NCAA women's track and field champions at Stanford, are competing at the IAAF World Championships, which begin Saturday (local time) at the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing, China.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
What to know about 'mow and blow'

Efficient, yes, but green landscapers urge a return to the rake
When it comes to the value of using a leaf blower, opinions blow in all directions. Gardeners, landscapers and maintenance professional see benefits and damages from using the mechanical tool on residential lawns and gardens.

August 21, 2015 | 8 comments
Neushul helps lift USA junior water polo into semifinals

Stanford junior Jamie Neushul scored three goals to help lead the United States women's junior national water polo team past Brazil, 12-9, Friday and into the semifinals of the FINA World Junior Championships in Volos, Greece.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: minimum wage, course alignment study, neighborhood engagement

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

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo falls short in volleyball, gains a tie in soccer

Oaks report
The Menlo College women's volleyball team opened its season at the Biola Summer Slam on Thursday, dropping a pair of competitive matches to Top 25 teams.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Walsh Jennings, Ross earn third straight win in Long Beach

Defending ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball champions April Ross and Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings out-lasted a team from Italy to win their third-straight pool play match at the Long Beach Grand Slam on Thursday to earn a first-round "bye" when elimination bracket play begins Friday on the TrueCar Court at Alamitos Beach.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Shoji brothers named to U.S. World Cup volleyball team

Stanford grads Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji were each named to the U.S. men's national volleyball team preliminary roster for the FIVB World Cup on Thursday.

August 20, 2015 | 1 comment
McNealy drops match at U.S. Amateur to familiar opponent

Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy's quest to become the third player in Stanford history to capture the United States Amateur Championship came to an end Thursday afternoon at breezy Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois. The Cardinal junior fell to American Walker Cup teammate Bryson DeChambeau of Clovis in the Round of 16, 3 and 2.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales

Don't be fooled, the Palo Alto Way sale happened in Menlo Park
Among Menlo Park's 19 home sales this edition, one happened along Palo Alto Way, which surprisingly is not in Palo Alto. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Dauber seeks conflict-of-interest ruling from FPPC

Palo Alto school board member hopes to quell concerns about his involvement with Office for Civil Rights
Seeking to put to rest years of questions about his relationship with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the agency's involvement in the Palo Alto school district, school board member Ken Dauber wrote last week to the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for formal written advice on whether he has a conflict of interest on school board matters related to the federal agency.

August 21, 2015 | 73 comments
Council set to revive — and revise — contentious zoning tool

Palo Alto officials prepare to vote on reforms to the 'planned community' process
After more than a year of hibernation, Palo Alto's most controversial zoning process is preparing to roar back to life. The City Council will consider on Monday proposed reforms to the city's controversial "planned community" (PC) zoning process, which allows developers to barter with the city over zoning regulations.

August 22, 2015 | 37 comments
Building permits in Palo Alto

Residents add roof-mounted PV systems
Residents continue to add solar panels to their roofs, with eight roof-mounted PV systems making the building permit list. The solar option is even available to those with already low energy bills.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Spanish immersion program marks 20th year

Two decades later, first students reflect on how the Palo Alto elementary school program changed their lives
Palo Alto Unified School District's Spanish immersion program, which has been housed at Escondido Elementary School since the late 1990s, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend. Students and families from the earliest cohorts of the program are returning from elsewhere in the state and country to attend the celebration, a testament to the deep impact and close ties the immersion program produced.

August 21, 2015 | 11 comments
Home Front

Sip tea, cook summer meals, compost at home and maintain a landscape during a drought
Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes afternoon tea at Filoli, cooking classes at Sur La Table, backyard composting workshop at Hidden Villa and drought landscape maintenance information from the City of Palo Alto.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Positively Green

A cultural awakening
This past summer I had the incredible opportunity to visit Italy — Tuscany and Sicily. My wife and I had been planning to go for years, and it was the trip of a lifetime. We were in two distinctly different parts of Italy, but we noticed several things they have in common, especially from the perspective of "verdi," which means green in Italian.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Four sales each for Atherton, East Palo Alto and Los Altos
Atherton, East Palo Alto and Los Altos each recorded four sales this edition. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto Weekly locations compared.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Happy places

Artist develops happiness map of Palo Alto
Oakland-based artist Kate Pocrass is working with the Palo Alto Art Center to create a visual representation of the places and spaces city residents most love.

August 20, 2015 | 11 comments
A cappella idols

Pentatonix, Kelly Clarkson come to Shoreline
A cappella group Pentatonix joins one of its idols, Kelly Clarkson, at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre this Sunday, Aug. 23.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto commission discusses local hate crimes

Police department cites low incidence over last decade, but commissioners wonder about reporting rates, outreach
In the wake of last month's hate crime incident where a Latino teenager was stabbed downtown after being called racial slurs, the City of Palo Alto's Human Relations commission held a discussion on local hate crimes with a representative from the Palo Alto Police Department, who provided statistics and information about available resources.

August 20, 2015 | 12 comments
Worth a Look: Wire mesh art, bluegrass music and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch author David Shields discussing his latest book, check out art made from wire mesh at a Ladera coffee shop and more.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
What to know about 'mow and blow'

Efficient, yes, but green landscapers urge a return to the rake
When it comes to the value of using a leaf blower, opinions blow in all directions. Gardeners, landscapers and maintenance professional see benefits and damages from using the mechanical tool on residential lawns and gardens.

August 21, 2015 | 8 comments
More than hot air

Research shows health risks in air pollution caused by leaf blowers, but industry disputes implications
Blasting air at up to 185 mph, leaf blowers can whip up hazardous particles and contaminants from the ground at speeds greater than a Category 5 hurricane, sending them long distances. Epidemiological studies have long recognized the harm these particles cause to people's respiratory systems, according to Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports.

August 21, 2015 | 24 comments
When in France ...

A mainstay for decades, Cafe Brioche continues to deliver
Cafe Brioche has been an anchor on California Avenue since 1995. The food is uncomplicated and well-prepared by chef Ricardo Molina, prices are rational, the service competent and the dining room cozy.

August 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Paly grad Anderson tackles his final year with Stanford

Kevin Anderson has made 84 tackles as a member of the Stanford football team, 20 of those were for a loss, including nine sacks. He's also credited with nine quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. There's also that interception he returned 40 yards for a touchdown in the 2013 Rose Bowl.

August 20, 2015 | 1 comment
A&E Digest: Stanford Live's director departs, and more

This week's arts news
The director of Stanford Live departs for Santa Monica, classes in digital artmaking for teens offered at Mitchell Park, and more.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford women's soccer hopes for a healthy start in 2015

Stanford fifth-year senior Haley Rosen experienced the best and worst of women's soccer through her first four years in the program, from watching her teammates win a national championship to seeing her season end prematurely because of an injury.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Residents sound off about leaf blowers

Gas-powered leaf blowers are banned from neighborhoods — so why are they being used everywhere?
Enforcement of Palo Alto's 10-year-old leaf blower ordinance is at an all-time low. Despite 113 complaints in the first six months of this year, the police department has issued no citations or warnings.

August 21, 2015 | 84 comments
Local painter, Florentine jewelry artist exhibit talents at annual festival

34th Palo Alto Festival of the Arts hosts 300 artists
The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will once again turn University Avenue into an open air gallery, showcasing masterpieces from 300 fine-art and fine-craft artists. The 34th annual festival will be held this weekend, Aug. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: A groundling's lament — and call to action

Palo Alto is plagued by a disproportionate level of aircraft noise severely diminishing our quality of life.

August 22, 2015 | 263 comments
Coaching changes at Menlo School for girls soccer, boys golf

Menlo School will have two new coaches, both familiar faces around campus, taking over varsity teams for the 2015-2016 season. Ross Ireland will direct girls soccer and Tom Hitchcock will lead boys golf.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
High-tech a cappella

Vocal groups from tech firms to belt 'em out at Menlo College
Menlo College will cap its free summer concert series on Friday, Aug. 21, when vocal groups from Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Dropbox and Twitter appear at an a cappella night.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
USA's Lloyd, O'Reilly each strike twice in soccer victory

The only thing stopping the United States women's national soccer team Wednesday night in Chattanooga was a lightning storm that delayed its 7-2 victory over Costa Rica for 83 minutes.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Alert neighbor halts prowler at Palo Alto home

Palo Alto man arrested for prowling, being under the influence of a narcotic
A Palo Alto man was arrested Wednesday after a quick-thinking neighbor notified police when she saw him climbing into the backyard of a Melville Avenue home, police said.

August 19, 2015 | 22 comments
Palo Alto man arrested after alleged stabbing attempt

Victim was able to deflect knife and get away, police say
Police arrested a Palo Alto man Tuesday morning who they said tried to stab another man at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park two weeks earlier.

August 19, 2015 | 7 comments
Woman groped in downtown Palo Alto

Suspect remains at large
Palo Alto police are looking for a man who they said grabbed the buttocks of a woman walking in downtown and then fled on a bicycle Monday evening.

August 19, 2015 | 1 comment
Palo Alto prepares to raise minimum wage

City Council to consider plan to set local rate at $11 per hour, with a view toward $15 in 2018
Palo Alto is a relative latecomer when it comes to establishing a minimum wage, but a new proposal that the City Council is set to discuss Monday, Aug. 24, looks to place the city ahead of the regional pack.

August 20, 2015 | 45 comments
Bicyclist with gun robs couple near Friendship Bridge in Palo Alto

Thief at large after stealing cell phone, wallet Tuesday night
A man riding a bicycle and brandishing a handgun robbed a couple near the Friendship Bridge before riding away Tuesday evening, Palo Alto police said.

August 19, 2015 | 6 comments
Stanford University's Angel of Grief statue vandalized

A century-old statue was vandalized at Stanford University earlier this month.

August 19, 2015 | 11 comments
McNealy battles from behind to remain alive in U.S. Amateur

Stanford junior Maverick McNealy was regarded as the best male golfer in college this past season after being honored with both the Jack Nicklaus Award and Haskins Award as the NCAA Player of the Year. At the U.S. Amateur, however, he's just one of the guys.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Walsh Jennings helps open beach volleyball event with wins

Volleyball
Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and teammate April Ross posted a 2-0 record on the first day of the third annual $800,000 ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, which featured 11 undefeated teams for eight countries after two rounds of pool play at Alamitos Beach.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford field hockey now a title contender in league

The Stanford women's field hockey team was picked to win the West Division of the America East Conference in the annual preseason coaches poll, as announced by the organization Wednesday.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Neushul's goal gives USA a big win at Junior Worlds

Water polo
Stanford's Jamie Neushul scored the winning goal with 15 seconds left to play to carry the USA Women's Junior National Team to a thrilling 17-16 victory over Spain at the FINA Junior World Championships on Wednesday in Volos, Greece.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Local painter, Florentine jewelry artist exhibit talents at annual festival

34th Palo Alto Festival of the Arts hosts 300 artists
The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will once again turn University Avenue into an open air gallery, showcasing masterpieces from 300 fine-art and fine-craft artists. The 34th annual festival will be held this weekend, Aug. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
McNealy advances to match play in U.S. Amateur golf

Of local note
Stanford junior Maverick McNealy bounced back from a so-so first round and rallied to make the cut at the U.S. Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Olympic Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford's Skov takes advantage of playing time with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers threw Stanford grad Shayne Skov right into the fire in the team's first preseason game against the Houston Texans. The second-year linebacker played 66 defensive snaps and nine plays on special teams.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Property owner defends Bol Park donkeys with BB rifle

James Witt chased off dog after hearing Perry and Niner scream
The owner of the donkey pasture where Palo Alto's two beloved donkeys reside defended the animals on Monday night by shooing off a harassing dog while carrying a BB rifle, according to Palo Alto police.

August 18, 2015 | 78 comments
Survey sheds light on downtown Palo Alto drivers

Data show most commuters come from South Bay and Peninsula while San Franciscans prefer Caltrain
They drive alone and show up in droves -- that much is clear. But who are downtown's non-carpooling commuters and where do they come from? Palo Alto finally has some answers.

August 18, 2015 | 36 comments
Cat maulings by coyotes prompt warning for pet owners

Animal control official warns Palo Alto residents to keep small pets indoors at night
A series of cat maulings in Palo Alto this summer has raised concerns among some residents and has prompted a warning to keep small pets indoors at night.

August 18, 2015 | 6 comments
Palo Alto changes fee rules to support Buena Vista purchase

City Council vote frees up $14.5 million to preserve city's only mobile-home park
After making a pledge in June to contribute $14.5 million toward the preservation of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, the City Council on Monday changed its guidelines for affordable-housing fees to make the funds available for the park's purchase.

August 18, 2015 | 37 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto teens organize environmental event

Green Fest aims to provide community with simple ways to go green
Learn