2019

Cardinal corner: Men's water polo returns to winning ways

Ben Hallock scored six goals to help the No. 1 Stanford men's water polo team rebound from Friday's loss to No. 2 UCSB and beat host No. 7 UC Davis on Saturday 16-8 at the Schaal Aquatics Center.

September 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women bit by the Cougars again in volleyball

Had the match gone differently, the talk would have been about a save by Meghan McClure in the fourth set and an improbable point by Madeleine Gates on successive plays that gave top-ranked Stanford set point before a crowd of 2,964.

September 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Police lean on training to diffuse crisis when mentally ill man comes at them with spear-like weapon

The powerful man was the same person whom firefighters had to rescue from a billboard catwalk in early September
East Palo Alto and Menlo Park police used crisis-de-escalation techniques to try to diffuse a situation with a mentally ill man before having to use a Taser on Sept. 18.

September 21, 2019 | No comments yet
SHP girls advance to semifinals of water polo tournament

Sacred Heart Prep won its first two games of the Amanda MacDonald Memorial Tournament on Friday, beating Woodside 10-2 and then knocking off St. Francis 7-3, its second win of the year over the Lancers.

September 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto takes care of business in win over Carlmont

After the dust had cleared from a hard-fought 34-24 win over Carlmont, Palo Alto coach Nelson Gifford was paraphrasing the Rolling Stones. “You don't always get what you want,'' Gifford said. “But we got what we needed.''

September 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo toes the line in nonleague football win; Gunn wins

Kevin Alarcon and Justin Sellers combined for over 290 passing yards and three touchdowns in Menlo School's 47-7 nonleague victory over visiting Francis Parker of San Diego on Friday.

September 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford maintains field hockey dominance over California

Junior Corinne Zanolli added to her nation-leading goal total and senior Kelsey Bing was dynamic in goal, fueling No. 16 Stanford to a 2-0 America East field hockey victory over visiting California on Friday at the Varsity Turf.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's No. 1 water polo ranking lassoed by the Gauchos

UC Santa Barbara is the biggest story in college men's water polo these days thanks in large part to its coach, former Stanford All-American and Olympian Wolf Wigo. No. 2 UCSB continued its start, beating Stanford, 15-10.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford comeback leads to Pac-12 Conference soccer win

Forced to play from behind for the first time this season, No. 2 Stanford came roaring back to beat Cal in Friday's Big Clásico, 2-1, and win its sixth consecutive game in Berkeley.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Local students walk out as part of worldwide Climate Strike

Students call for bold action to address climate change
At their morning break on Friday, students of Castilleja School and Palo Alto High School joined thousands of other youth in marching off campus as part of worldwide demonstrations calling for more urgent action on climate change.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn girls tame the host Wildcats in SCVAL water polo

Senior Cooper McKenna helped Gunn pass its first big test in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division girls water polo action Thursday, scoring the Titans' first five goals en route to a 6-5 victory over host Los Gatos.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal women look to rev it up in final volleyball tune up

No. 2 Stanford women's volleyball team plays its final contest before opening Pac-12 Conference play against No. 12 BYU at Maples Pavilion at noon Saturday, with plenty of time for football later in the afternoon.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Local girls volleyball teams gain big league victories

Palo Alto, M-A, Gunn, Sacred Heart Prep, Gunn and Castilleja are all unbeaten in their respective leagues
Natalie Grover had 12 kills and Semaijah Ix-Siu added 10 to help host Menlo-Atherton down visiting Carlmont 25-17, 25-20, 25-12 in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest Thursday.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
'He was in a position of trust': Nursing assistant who raped patient sentenced to 12 years in prison

Woman recovering from surgery at Webster House feared she contracted a sexually transmitted disease
A former Webster House nursing assistant who pleaded no contest to rape and oral copulation of an incapacitated, 72-year-old woman at the skilled-nursing facility in downtown Palo Alto was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday.

September 20, 2019 | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Affordable housing memo; study session on renewing school district parcel tax

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

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Firefighters sue to bring back binding arbitration

Union alleges city acted unlawfully in placing issue on 2011 ballot
Palo Alto's largest firefighters union is waging a legal battle to bring back a law that required contract disputes between the city and its public-safety unions to be settled via binding arbitration.

September 20, 2019 | 3 comments
Bring fall home with a bounty of seasonal events

Find autumnal inspiration with special events and activities
In the coming weeks, the Midpeninsula offers a variety of ways to celebrate the arrival of autumn and welcome the season into your home.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
She's a brick house

'Downton Abbey' wants to make England great again
Four years after its television finale, "Downton Abbey" returns to the big screen for a reunion movie that will likely delight fans.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Fall reading: Five books by local authors to give you a new perspective of Palo Alto

New releases shed light on sexual assault by Brock Turner, Palo Alto's public education system
With cooler weather and shorter days ahead, the start of fall is a good time to update your reading list. This month we're looking at five newly released books by local authors.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: The big 'cell'

In Palo Alto, the need for advanced communication has been additionally burdened by large, ugly, metal street enclosures
Improved telecommunications are needed, but how they are achieved ought to be given the broadest design review and public consideration.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
911 nightmare: A tug of war for information

City keeps changing its mind over releasing information about the June 3 incident
Palo Alto City Manager Ed Shikada has ordered city staff not to answer questions or make comments on the mishandled June 3 emergency medical call by a Palo Alto resident, a departure from the city's typical interactions with the media.

September 20, 2019 | 5 comments
12 questions the city won't answer

Repeated attempts by the Weekly to get answers from the city of Palo Alto about why first responders mishandled a June 3 911 call have been repeatedly rebuffed by city leaders.

September 20, 2019 | 2 comments
On the ground and suffering a seizure, a Palo Alto woman pleaded to be taken to the hospital. But police kept paramedics from helping her for 14 long minutes.

In a cascading series of mistakes and violations of city of Palo Alto policies, it took more than 40 minutes to get a Palo Alto resident to the hospital
For one Palo Alto woman, a 911 call in June turned into a nightmare when police officers prevented paramedics from attending to her. Disoriented and struggling for words, she pleaded to an officer questioning her: "I need help!"

September 20, 2019 | 87 comments
Around Town: Cubberley deadline fast approaching; Stanford puts food pantry to the test

Also, Palo Alto man among 20 castaways in upcoming season of 'Survivor'
In the latest Around Town column, the pressure is sinking in for the city and school district to decide the future of Cubberley Community Center and Stanford University is addressing its food-insecure community through a pilot program.

September 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prominent field of 16 at Amanda MacDonald water polo tourney

Two current members of the U.S. junior national women's water polo team, two Olympians and three defending section champions will be in attendance during the two-day Amanda Mac Donald Invitational, which begins Friday at Menlo and M-A.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Uneven Ground Part III: Chasing equity in a changing climate

Skewed jobs-housing balance leaves swaths of Bay Area residents leaves with only two choices: a grueling commute or substandard housing
Meet the new industrial pollution, a jobs-housing balance so skewed that it prices people out of their homes, triggers kids' asthma and forces people to pick: grueling commute or substandard housing. What's being done to change this?

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County, Second Harvest team up to help the hungry

County aims to promote expansion of the state's CalFresh program
This year, Santa Clara County and the food bank Second Harvest of Silicon Valley are collaborating to highlight hunger and food insecurity in the region.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Safety fair, solar group-buy program

Also: Palo Alto rents continue to rise; Master Gardeners hold plant sale Sept. 28
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a safety and emergency preparedness fair and an informational workshop from the City of Palo Alto about a program offering discounts on solar panels and electric cars.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Sept. 16

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $10,780,000 for a six-bedroom, contemporary Mediterranean home constructed in 2016.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

Building permits issued by the City of Palo Alto.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Hotel dining scene blooms in Menlo Park

Oak + Violet offers farm-to-table fare in upscale setting
Oak + Violet showcases seasonal, simply prepared dishes and the bounty of Golden State produce.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Art Center features animal encounters this weekend

Friday night opening gala and Saturday talks to usher in new exhibition
The Palo Alto Art Center is celebrating the opening of its new exhibition, "Encounters: Honoring the Animals in Ourselves," with a celebration Friday, Sept. 20, 7-10 p.m. and a series of talks Saturday, Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Anderson Collection at Stanford marks fifth anniversary

The museum, located in the arts district on the Stanford campus, celebrates with three new exhibitions and an open house
The Anderson Collection at Stanford University will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a gala celebration and three new exhibitions.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Man shot, killed when 'illegal transaction' evolves into dispute

Victor Gomez Rios succumbed to his injuries two days later
A man shot when an "illegal transaction" evolved into a dispute in East Palo Alto died two days later, marking the city's first homicide case of the year, police said this week.

September 19, 2019 | 4 comments
Freshman faces frequently featured in Stanford football

It's no surprise that true freshmen are getting the chance to contribute to the Stanford football team. Last year, the NCAA adopted a new redshirt rule that allows them to play in four games without losing a year of eligibility.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep boys, girls both win in WCAL water polo

Luke Johnston scored five goals in helping the Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo team down host Mitty 13-7 in a West Catholic Athletic League contest on Wednesday. Luke Weigle added two goals and an assist.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women frustrate top-ranked Nebraska in volleyball

Kathryn Plummer was one of three Stanford players to reach double figures in kills and the second-ranked Cardinal beat top-ranked host Nebraska 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-16 on Wednesday.

September 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Following a successful path in football coaching

Sacred Heart Prep seeks redemption after a bad loss
For Palo Alto coach Nelson Gifford, Friday's 7 p.m. home game against Carlmont will provide the opportunity to go up against a mentor. Carlmont coach Jake Messina was an assistant on Earl Hansen's staff when Gifford played at Paly.

September 18, 2019 | No comments yet
'Admissions' skewers white liberal hypocrisy

Los Altos Stage Company's comedy mocks the world of elite education
Though it's set in New Hampshire, the world of Joshua Harmon's "Admissions," currently presented by Los Altos Stage Company, is sure to resonate with local audiences.

September 18, 2019 | 1 comment
'Bright Star' is bluegrass meets Broadway

Palo Alto Players brings melodramatic Steve Martin/Edie Brickell musical to Lucie Stern
Palo Alto Players' musical "Bright Star" has a charming cast, bluegrass-tinged songs and some corny writing.

September 18, 2019 | 5 comments
Palo Alto looks to sell, treat — and possibly ask people to drink — wastewater

City considers major deal with Santa Clara Valley Water to build new plant, sell effluent to the county
In an effort to open the spigot on recycled water in the region, Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Water are exploring a deal that would transfer the city's wastewater to south county for treatment and, ultimately, consumption.

September 19, 2019 | 23 comments
SHP, Castilleja, Gunn win girls water polo matches

Menlo tops Castilleja in West Bay Athletic League girls golf
Annabel Facey scored five goals and added three assists and the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo team is off to its best start in five years, beating host Menlo School 17-8 in the WCAL opener for both teams on Tuesday.

September 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn, Palo Alto volleyball start at the top of the SCVAL

Menlo-Atherton volleyball wins fourth straight match
Gunn girls volleyball coach Baiba McGibben tried tempering her expectations for the Titans this season after they were promoted to the much tougher De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

September 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo College men finish third in golf tournament

Menlo College's Anders Baumann made a nice debut for the Oaks men's golf team, finishing fourth as an individual and helping the team finish third in the Sonoma State Fall Invitational at Rooster Run Golf Club, which concluded Tuesday.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Zanolli honored as AE's co-Offensive Player of the Week

Stanford junior Corinne Zanolli was named America East Conference Field Hockey Co-Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. She scored four goals in four games.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Groups to kick off three-part series on healthy dialogue with talk on political polarization

Organizers aim to make sure participants don't get 'drowned out or disregarded'
Three community organizations in Palo Alto have come together to create a series of events that aim to promote healthy, responsible and inclusive political dialogue.

September 17, 2019 | 29 comments
With 'Baby Trump' soaring above, locals protest president's policies in first visit since getting elected

Community members critique president's policies, call his visit a 'publicity stunt'
President Trump's fundraising luncheon on Tuesday ended up being in the Palo Alto foothills near Portola Valley, but protesters found out about the location early enough to switch their demonstration to Rossotti Field.

September 17, 2019 | 13 comments
Trump in Palo Alto foothills for fundraiser

President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon today will be in the Palo Alto foothills, at the Portola Valley border.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Palo Alto school employee killed in Mountain View collision

Sarah Renazco was one of two drivers who died Friday on Highway 85
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has identified two people who died in a fiery head-on collision in Mountain View on Friday, Sept. 13. One of the deceased worked at Escondido Elementary last school year.

September 17, 2019 | 9 comments
Man shot in the head by his son in case of mistaken identity

Alleged drinking, drug use led to encounter in backyard
A 42-year-old Sunnyvale man was allegedly shot by his son in a possible case of mistaken identity in East Palo Alto, according to police and the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

September 17, 2019 | 7 comments
Trump to lunch in Palo Alto foothills

Secrecy around fundraiser location has triggered plenty of speculation
With many conflicting rumors swirling in the past few days, it's been confirmed that President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon today will be in the Palo Alto foothills, at the Portola Valley border.

September 17, 2019 | 20 comments
Business tax proposal moves ahead in Palo Alto

Council split on the details but supports putting tax measure on 2020 ballot
Palo Alto forged ahead Monday toward placing a business tax on the 2020 ballot when the City Council majority signaled its support for charging local companies to pay for big-ticket transportation projects.

September 17, 2019 | 20 comments
Gunn beats Menlo in nonleague girls volleyball action

Ella Sheehan helps lead Sacred Heart Prep past Gunn in girls tennis
Senior Odeya Russo returned to attack mode and it helped the Gunn girls' volleyball team sweep visiting Menlo School, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, in a nonleague match Monday night. Sacred Heart Prep girls tennis beats Gunn, 6-1.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
New rule on electric equipment sparks neighborhood opposition

Palo Alto to give residents options of requesting fully undergrounded electric equipment — provided they help pay for the project
Palo Alto residents who enjoy the benefits of having all electric equipment underground in their neighborhood and who wish to keep it that way for the foreseeable future will have to pay for that privilege under the city's new rules.

September 16, 2019 | 16 comments
Five things to know now about California's new vaccine law

California has a new vaccination law on the books. It cracks down on inappropriate use of medical exemptions that allow kids to skip some or all vaccines and still enter school.

September 16, 2019 | 6 comments
USA junior national water polo team places sixth in Portugal

Stanford sophomore Ryann Neushul scored twice but the U.S. junior women's national water polo team dropped a 10-9 decision to Spain in the fifth-place match of the FINA Junior World Championship.

September 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Zanolli's hat trick leads Stanford field hockey to victory

Corinne Zanolli recorded her first hat trick of the season and fourth of her career to pace the 18th-ranked Stanford field hockey team in a 6-2 victory over Vermont on Sunday.

September 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Stanford football coach John Ralston dies at age 92

John Ralston, the man who led Stanford to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories in 1971-72, died on Saturday in Sunnyvale. He was 92. Stanford reached the Rose Bowl in 1971 for the first time in 19 years.

September 16, 2019 | 3 comments
Menlo School grad helps UCSB make men's water polo history

Menlo School grad Tiago Bonchristiano helped the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team make school history on Sunday.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Late goal ends long scoreless streak for Cardinal women

Smith scores in 79th minute to lift Stanford past UCSB, 1-0
The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team was heading toward another unlikely result Sunday when sophomore Sophia Smith stepped up late and scored in a 1-0 nonconference victory at UC Santa Barbara.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men are off to best soccer start in 17 years

Stanford recorded 25 shots, allowed just one and the third-ranked Cardinal posted its third consecutive shutout, beating visiting American 3-0 at Cagan Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women file away first volleyball loss in over a year

Less than 24 hours after grinding out a win over No. 4 Penn State, No. 1 Stanford dropped a 25-27, 25-27, 25-23, 20-25 decision to No. 8 Minnesota on Saturday at Rec Hall in State College.

September 15, 2019 | 1 comment
SH Prep boys finish third at St. Francis water polo tourney

Palo Alto tops Sobrato in a nonleague game, meets Los Altos next
Sacred Heart Prep fell to Bellarmine 11-7 in the semifinals of the St. Francis boys' water polo tournament and then came back to beat the host Lancers 13-6 to earn third place on Saturday. Paly beat Sobrato 13-6 in nonleague action.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford football can't match UCF's speed, efficiency

It took host Central Florida all of 6:39 to open a 21-0 advantage over visiting Stanford and the Cardinal simply could not keep up the rest of the way, which dropped its second straight contest, this one a 45-27 nonconference setback.

September 14, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo grad Robert Miranda helps Yale open season with a win

Henry Saul also runs for the Bulldogs; Gillian Meeks runs at Harvard
Menlo School grad Robert Miranda and Palo Alto alum Henry Saul helped the Yale men's cross country beat Harvard 24-33 in a dual meet Friday on the Yale Golf Course to open the season.

September 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto with dominating performance in 48-0 win over Pioneer

Vikings put together a complete game Friday night, rolling up 523 yards of total offense and only allowing 82 in a 48-0 win at Pioneer.And the Vikings did all that without Fresno State-commit Jamir Shepard, who scored four touchdowns the previous week in a win over Overfelt. Paly coach Nelson Gifford said Shepard ‘’got banged up’’ in the Overfelt game and was kept out as a precautionary measure.“We made the decision that other guys would have to step up,’’ Gifford said.And did they ever. Colin Giffen caught seven passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Junacio Henley had six receptions for 141 yards and another TD. Sophomore running back Josh Butler carried 13 times for 157 yards and had a 65-yard run for a touchdown. Sophomore Danny Peters started at quarterback after throwing six TD passes against Overfelt. He connected with Giffen on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 left in the first quarter for Paly’s first score. But he injured his shoulder after taking what the Paly sideline thought was a late hit, and sat out the rest of the first half.Kevin Cullen came on at quarterback and directed the team to three second-quarter touchdowns and a 28-0 lead at halftime. He scored on a 6-yard run to cap a 67-yard drive that was run heavy with Butler carrying four times for 45 yards. On his second series he completed a couple passes to get the Vikings out of a hole and they proceeded to go 91 yards in five plays with Butler breaking his long touchdown run.With time running down he went to the pass on his third series, connecting with Henley for 11 yards, Butler for 15, Henley for 40 and then with Giffen for a 14-yard touchdown 19 seconds before halftime.Peters came back out to start the third quarter and took the team 73 yards in six plays. He was 4 of 5 passing on the drive and capped it with a 31-yard TD pass to Giffen.Cullen returned on the next series and hooked up with Henley on a 49-yard score to make it 41-0 with 6:54 still left in the third quarter.Peters ended up 11 of 16 for 143 yards and Cullen 8 of 11 for 171 yards.Creighton Morgenfeld scored the final touchdown with a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter.Most teams see their personnel numbers dwindle as the season goes on due to injuries. Paly has had its numbers go up, from 25 in the opener against St. Ignatius to 32 Friday versus Pioneer.“Guys are coming out who want to be part of our team,’’ Gifford said. “”We’re building a real positive culture around football.’’.Palo Alto with dominating performance in 48-0 win over Pioneer
Palo Alto put together a complete game Friday night, rolling up 523 yards of total offense and only allowing 82 in a 48-0 win at Pioneer.

September 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo loses at home, Menlo-Atherton comes up short in Utah

The Menlo School football team opened Friday's game against Santa Clara with an exclamation point and ended it with another but fell in a 16-14 non-league loss at home. Menlo-Atherton lost to host East (Salt Lake City) 42-27.

September 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn football (3-0) off to its best start in 17 years

The last time Gunn High's football team won the first three games of the season its current players were in diapers. Many weren't born. Gunn is 3-0 for the first time in 17 years after beating Yerba Buena, 65-12.

September 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep football stopped by Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay junior Tristan Hofmann scored four touchdowns and was all over the field defensively as the Cougars beat Sacred Heart Prep 40-0, its first defeat of the year.

September 14, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford with too many big hitters for Nittany Lions to handle

Audriana Fitzmorris showed why opponents can't concentrate on two-time Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer as both seniors recorded 18 kills and top-ranked Stanford beat host No. 4 Penn State on Friday night.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men win soccer match at home before sold out crowd

Weigle scores twice and the Cardinal men's water polo team wins home opener
Stanford scored twice in the first half, its defense held firm and the No. 3 Cardinal men's soccer team knocked off visiting Denver, 2-0, before a capacity crowd of 2,304 on Friday night.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women feel the shock Waves in nonconference soccer

Stanford out shot host Pepperdine 22-3 and held a 12-1 edge in corner kicks. None of that mattered when the final horn sounded as the Waves converted their only shot on goal for a 1-0 victory in a nonconference soccer match on Friday.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Town: Persky's short-lived job; no end in sight for 'Blue Trees' project

Also, photographs of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto on display at international photojournalism festival
In this Around Town column, former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge Aaron Persky found a new job, only to get fired last week, and thick paint has kept a public art project from fading away.

September 14, 2019 | 49 comments
Equity ripples: East Palo Alto continues to struggle amidst neighboring tech boom

Midpeninsula city lags drastically behind neighboring Palo Alto and Menlo Park in economic and quality-of-life metrics
Skyrocketing housing prices, a historical lack of economic, educational and health care opportunities have created seemingly insurmountable barriers for East Palo Altans.

September 15, 2019 | 10 comments
County asks judge to strike down expanded religious refusal rule

State, San Francisco, medical groups also take legal action against rule set to take effect Nov. 22
Santa Clara County, San Francisco, California and an array of medical groups asked a federal judge Thursday to strike down an expanded version of a measure known as the religious refusal rule.

September 13, 2019 | 6 comments
Two council members call for greater focus on 'affordable' housing

Tom DuBois, Lydia Kou propose 'inclusionary housing' for rental properties, restrictions on converting residential properties for commercial use
Palo Alto's efforts to encourage more housing should primarily focus on maintaining diversity and addressing the needs of low-income residents, two City Council members are arguing in a new memo.

September 17, 2019 | 27 comments
Bay Area under a Spare the Alert this Saturday — the 15th one this summer

Air quality advisory expanded for the region due to wildfires
Bay Area air district officials issued a third straight Spare the Air alert for Saturday and expanded an air quality advisory for possible smoke drifting from Northern California wildfires.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto banks on county funds to plan for rail redesign

Money intended for street repairs will be used for planning to separate roads from railroad tracks
Palo Alto's ever-shifting plans for redesigning its rail corridor are about to get a welcome boost from the Santa Clara VTA, the agency in charge of distributing funds for rail improvements from a 2016 tax measure.

September 13, 2019 | 9 comments
School district: No more international field trips for elementary students

Parents decry decision, which canceled annual Spanish immersion field trip for fifth graders
Palo Alto Unified will no longer allow school-sponsored international field trips for elementary school students, leading to the cancellation of a popular, longtime trip to Mexico.

September 16, 2019 | 59 comments
Woodside loses Thursday night football game at Leigh

Injuries are piling up for the Wildcats
Before the season began, Woodside coach Justin Andrews was cautiously optimistic that improved depth might help his team withstand the injuries that have been so debilitating the past few years.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford earns shootout win over Harvard in field hockey

Kelsey Bing saved all four attempts during the shootout and the 18th-ranked Stanford field hockey team escaped Massachusetts with a 2-1 nonconference victory over No. 10 Harvard on Thursday in Cambridge.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
The Paly boys are ready to write a new water polo chapter

Senior Dexter Gormley and his Palo Alto boys water polo teammates feel the added pressure from coach Ethan Look this season and that's exactly what they expected.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A girls open PAL volleyball with a road win at Burlingame

Sacred Heart Prep tops Menlo School in WBAL action; Paly wins
Junior Emma Spindt recorded six kills and added 22 digs to help the Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team open its Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division schedule with a victory over host Burlingame on Thursday.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
More experience may lead to more water polo victories

Palo Alto shows improvement in the pool
The Palo Alto girls water polo team, which beat Homestead 11-7 on Thursday, may not be expected to win a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title this season but the Vikings certainly expect themselves to play a lot better.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Second-straight Spare the Air alert in effect Friday

Air quality advisory also issued due to possible smoke from wildfires elsewhere in the state
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday because of elevated levels of smog expected as a result of high temperatures and light winds in the region.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Board questions historic analysis of Castilleja expansion

Members of Historical Resources Board demand further evaluation of home slated for demolition
As Castilleja School moves ahead with its expansion plan, project proponents often cite the institution's history. But on Thursday, it was the project's opponents who touted the school's ties to history.

September 13, 2019 | 14 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Potential 2020 tax measure; Cubberley lease negotiations

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

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
A brilliant career

'Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice' profiles the beloved songster
The new documentary "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" affords Ronstadt the opportunity to tell much of her own story, including how she found her "voice" as an individual, an artist and a social-justice advocate.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Top-ranked but 'viscerally' disappointing: New book details one family's challenges in Palo Alto schools

Mother writes that family experienced more culture shock with schooling in Palo Alto than in China and Japan
Teru Clavel, a mother with a masters degree in comparative international education, has sharp criticism for Palo Alto Unified after also sending her children to schools in China and Japan.

September 13, 2019 | 87 comments
Readying for any disaster

The Stanford ER is poised to handle mass injuries, staff say
The emergency room and trauma center at the new Stanford Hospital are equipped to handle an overflow of patients in a pinch.

September 13, 2019 | 14 comments
Technology makes hospital more efficient — and safer

New Stanford Hospital features lots of high-tech, but some older systems still remain
Many new technologies have been built into the new Stanford Hospital at 500 Pasteur Drive to make care more efficient than at the old hospital.

September 13, 2019 | 14 comments
Make it a bug's life in your yard: Event explores attracting pollinators to the garden

Get tips for planting a more wildlife-friendly garden using native plants
Native Plant Society event on Sept. 21 brings together experts on insects and landscape design to offer tips on turning your garden into a habitat.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
'A long time coming': After 10 years in the works, the new Stanford Hospital hosts community open house this weekend

Locals to get sneak peek into $2 billion facility; official grand opening scheduled for late October
A $2 billion expansion a decade in the making, Stanford Hospital is getting ready to debut its new facility at two community days this weekend, Sept. 14-15.

September 13, 2019 | 14 comments
Home front: Botanical block prints, Paly fall glass sale

Also: A workshop on wood staining
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a botanical printmaking class and a sale featuring glass pumpkins and other decorative art pieces.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Photo exhibition tells diverse immigrant stories

'Immigrants Are Us' comes to Palo Alto this weekend.
Local photographer Mark Tuschman's project "Immigrants are US: Photography and Stories of Courage and Resilience" will be displayed Sept. 13-15 in Palo Alto.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
The Peninsula restaurants that opened, closed this summer

New, exciting options for sweets, coffee and cocktails
Summer saw a flurry of closures and arrivals on the Peninsula. Read on to catch up on what opened and closed this summer.

September 12, 2019 | 16 comments
With $3.5 million donation to Ravenswood Middle School, foundation signals optimism about new leadership, direction in district

District to use funding to create experience comparable to neighboring middle schools
The Palo Alto-based Peery Foundation is donating up to $3.5 million to pay for additional staff, academic support and enrichment opportunities at the Ravenswood City School District's new comprehensive middle school.

September 12, 2019 | 6 comments
Prep report: SHP boys open water polo season with a win

Luke Weigle scored three goals, including the go-ahead goal, as Sacred Heart Prep opened its West Catholic Athletic League season with a 10-5 victory over visiting Menlo School on Wednesday.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto hopes to steer a smooth football course

Palo Alto's offense was held scoreless in a season-opening football loss. The Vikings exploded for 47 points in a nonleague victory. The hope is for continued offensive success.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's push for more housing spreads to San Antonio

Planning and Transportation Commission open to giving developer incentives to build housing on city's southern edge
Facing a shortage of housing proposals, Palo Alto is now considering a move that would have been virtually unthinkable just a few years ago: allowing dense apartment buildings on San Antonio Road.

September 11, 2019 | 26 comments
USA takes down Australia in Junior World water polo

Stanford sophomore Ryann Neushul scored three goals and the U.S. women's junior national water polo team rallied from behind to beat Australia 9-8 and win Group A and an automatic berth into the quarters of the FINA Junior Worlds.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday due to hot temperatures, light winds

Conditions expected to create elevated levels of smog, according to air district
High temperatures and light winds forecast in the Bay Area for Thursday have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for smog.

September 11, 2019 | 1 comment
County supervisors OK $600K to help fund local rape crisis centers

County steps up after state funding drops dramatically
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to boost funding for two rape crisis center providers in the county, YWCA Silicon Valley and Community Solutions.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Making time for 'Hickorydickory'

Dragon play is a family dramedy and surreal fantasy
Ultimately, the thought-provoking, preposterous and sometimes-frustrating "Hickorydickory" proves time well spent.

September 11, 2019 | 2 comments
Uneven Ground Part II: Navigating food deserts and swamps

East Palo Alto, Belle Haven and some areas have Stanford have limited access to healthy foods
Almanac reporter Kate Bradshaw explores different ways North Fair Oaks, Belle Haven and East Palo Alto experience inequitable access to healthy food and what steps are being taken to help.

September 11, 2019 | 3 comments
In split decision, school board shuts down proposal to change two-meeting rule

Parents, board members defend decadeslong practice as essential to promoting transparency and public engagement
It appeared that there was majority support on the school board to change its two-meeting approval requirement to the exception rather than the norm -- until the board member who proposed the shift changed his position Tuesday night.

September 11, 2019 | 11 comments
Building permits

Building permits issued by the City of Palo Alto.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Local cross country programs running at full strength

A glance at the results from last Saturday's Lowell Invitational, the first major cross country invitational of the season, gives an indication of just how strong the local mid-Peninsula area is in the sport.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Vikings volleyball loses 5-setter to Lancers

Senior middle blocker Amelia Gibbs recorded 14 kills but the Palo Alto girls volleyball team fell to visiting St. Francis 15-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 15-8 Tuesday night in a nonleague match at the Peery Family Center.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to lean on churches for help with vehicle dwellers

City Council committee supports relaxing rules for churches that want to host 'safe parking,' exploring city-owned sites
Facing a flood of complaints about car campers parked on local streets, Palo Alto is once again looking to local churches for help in providing safe harbor to vehicle dwellers.

September 10, 2019 | 40 comments
Costello to return against Central Florida; Little out for year

Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello returns to action when the Cardinal goes to Orlando for Saturday's 12:30 p.m. game at No. 17 Central Florida. Left tackle Walker Little will miss the remainder of the season and undergo knee surgery.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford shuts down Brown in nonconference field hockey

Newly appointed Player of the Week Corinne Zanolli scored twice, one of five different scorers as No. 18 Stanford downed host Brown 6-0 in a nonconference field hockey contest on Tuesday. She scored on two of her four shots.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
USA women take over first in group at Junior World Championship

Stanford sophomore Ryann Neushul scored three goals and the U.S. junior national women's water polo team edged defending champion Hungary 8-7 in pool play of the FINA Junior World Championship in Funchal, Portugal on Tuesday.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Community groups join forces to bring diversity celebration to Palo Alto

Welcome Week offers nearly two dozen cultural events over span of 10 days
History tours and a cultural potluck are among the events lined up for Palo Alto's second annual Welcome Week kicking off Thursday, which will recognize contributions by immigrants.

September 10, 2019 | 3 comments
Paly hosts fiery arts glass sale

Annual event offers handcrafted art and glass-blowing demos
Palo Alto High School's annual Fall Glass Sale and glass-blowing demonstrations will be held this weekend.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
VanDerveer Fund to help women's programs at 10 schools

The Women's Sports Foundation announced Tuesday its inaugural class of grant recipients to receive support from its new Tara VanDerveer Fund for the Advancement of Women in Coaching. A total of $200,000 was awarded to 10 schools.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors pleads not guilty, remains in custody

Randolph Haldeman faces many charges that could result in a life-in-prison sentence
At a brief hearing on Monday, Randolph Haldeman, the Menlo Park man facing 20 sexual assault charges for allegedly molesting several children, pleaded not guilty and received a Nov. 5 date for a preliminary hearing.

September 10, 2019 | 3 comments
Colorful 'Dream' appears in Redwood City

Installation by local artist Fernando Escartiz draws inspiration from Mexican folk art
Visitors to downtown Redwood City's Courthouse Square this month will notice some new inhabitants -- large, colorful creatures perched on the roof and hanging within the corner Art Kiosk.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Sept. 9

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $9,950,000 for a newly constructed six-bedroom modern home with expansive views of San Francisco Bay.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Above ground or below? The fight over utility boxes comes to Green Acres

Residents push back against Palo Alto proposal to place transformers in concrete 'pad mounts' or charge property owners for undergrounding
Utility wires may be out of sight in the Green Acres I, where they are tucked away in underground vaults, but they are hardly out of mind for the residents in the quiet south Palo Alto neighborhood.

September 13, 2019 | 12 comments
Ukulele lessons, no strings attached at Mountain View Library

Newbies and regulars converge at free monthly event to play and sing together
Newbies and regulars converge at a free monthly event to play and sing together at the Mountain View Public Library.

September 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Shop Talk: Palo Alto loses iconic Phyllis Boutique, Round Table Pizza

Also, New Zealand men's clothing company Rodd & Gunn opens
In the latest week's Shop Talk column, read about the departure of two longtime Palo Alto businesses -- Phyllis Boutique and Round Table Pizza -- and the arrival of a new clothing store.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Castilleja splashes to PAL Bay Division water polo victory

Castilleja opened Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division water polo play with a 15-1 victory over visiting Woodside on Monday night as Lexi Triantis and Georgia Hutchinson each scored three goals.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal men earn a soccer victory in defensive struggle

Zach Ryan scored an early goal and Stanford's defense made it hold up in a 1-0 victory for the fourth-ranked Cardinal over host UC Irvine in a nonconference men's soccer match Monday.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. junior women rally to tie Japan in water polo tournament

Japan outscored the U.S. women's junior national water polo team 5-1 in the third quarter and the game ended in an 11-11 draw in the first round of the FINA Junior World Championships on Monday.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Seeking to reach decision on rail redesign, council gives citizens group more power

Expanded Community Advisory Panel to be granted voting powers, responsibility for reporting to the council on grade separations
Seeking to bring clarity to Palo Alto's convoluted debate over the future of its rail corridor, the City Council agreed on Monday to expand the powers of a committee tasked with narrowing down the city's options.

September 9, 2019 | 24 comments
Alumni report: Boyd makes the change from baseball to football

BJ Boyd, a Palo Alto High grad who played seven years of Minor League baseball before deciding to switch sports, made his college football debut Saturday in Foothill's 27-6 win over Merced.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Should the school board's two-meeting policy be the exception rather than the rule?

Board members to discuss proposed policy change Tuesday
The Palo Alto Board of Education's two-meeting rule is treasured by many community members for ensuring transparency. But some board members think the rule is falling short of its original purpose.

September 9, 2019 | 15 comments
NTSB criticizes Caltrans for slow repairs following fatal Tesla crash in Mountain View

Ongoing investigation also says CHP failed to inform Caltrans that earlier accident damaged crash attenuator on state Highway 85 carpool flyover lane
A new report found that Caltrans failed to promptly fix damaged traffic safety equipment on U.S. Highway 101, including a barrier involved in a fatal Tesla crash in Mountain View last year.

September 9, 2019 | 7 comments
Menlo, M-A and SH Prep enjoy successful volleyball day

Menlo School finished second in its own Chris Chandler girls volleyball tournament on Saturday. Menlo-Atherton finished third and Sacred Heart Prep reached the finals of the silver consolation bracket.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
It takes three to Macario for Cardinal women's soccer win

Stanford remains on the road with matches at Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara
Catarina Macario has scored multiple goals in a game on 10 occasions in just over 2 1/2 seasons but until Sunday had never recorded a hat trick. She remedied that during Stanford's commanding 9-0 victory over host USF.

September 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford men open water polo season with four-game sweep

Picking up where it left off last season, the No. 2 Stanford men's water polo team dunked No. 12 Princeton on Sunday, 22-8, to complete a four-game sweep at the Navy Open. The Cardinal outscored its opponents, 90-14.

September 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Plummer helps Stanford women overcome Texas in volleyball

Senior Kathryn Plummer produced a career-high 34 kill, including the game-winner in the fifth set, as the No. 1 Stanford women's volleyball outlasted visiting No. 3 Texas at Maples Pavilion on Sunday.

September 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Salinda, Wu help the United States retain the Walker Cup

Stanford grads Isaiah Salinda and Brandon Wu helped the USA end a drought as the Americans won as viusitors for the first time since 2007, beating Great Britain and Ireland, 15 1/2-10 1/2, with a strong finish on Sunday at Hoylake.

September 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Good start turns into nightmare finish for Stanford football

USC freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis shredded the Stanford secondary, completing 28 of 33 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans romped to a 45-20 victory in the 100th edition of the storied rivalry.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo earn water polo tournament titles

Eleanor Facey scored five goals and the SH Prep girls' water polo team downed host St. Francis 8-3 in the finals of the St. Francis Invitational on Saturday. The Menlo boys earned their fourth straight Scott Roche Invitational title.

September 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Moimoi leads by example, helps SHP to football win over SI

Down by a touchdown at halftime, the Sacred Heart Prep Gators needed a boost, and Tevita Moimoi gave it to them. He led by example, churning out 112 bone-crushing second-half yards and scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard run.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Dagostino earns NORCECA honors as top libero

Stanford grad Kyle Dagostino was named Best Libero and Best Digger but Cuba beat the U.S. 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20 for the NORCECA Continental Championship in Winnipeg on Saturday night.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men win big at Navy Open water polo tournament

The No. 2-ranked Stanford men's water polo opened the season with a 26-3 win over Navy and a 20-1 win over Iona on Saturday in the Navy Open, hosted by the Naval Academy.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo boys, SH Prep girls open water polo tourneys with 2 wins

Connor Enright scored eight times and assisted on six other goals as the Menlo School boys water polo team opened the Scott Roche Tournament with a pair of victories on Friday. SH Prep is 2-0 in the St. Francis girls tourney.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Missed opportunities cost the Bears in football loss to Serra

After experiencing the heady euphoria of a blowout win over Bellarmine in the first week of the season, the Menlo-Atherton football team was brought down to earth Friday night, in the form of a 38-13 loss to Serra at Levi's Stadium.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Missed opportunities cost the Bears in football loss to Serra

After experiencing the heady euphoria of a blowout win over Bellarmine in the first week of the season, the Menlo-Atherton football team was brought down to earth Friday night, in the form of a 38-13 loss to Serra at Levi's Stadium.

September 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Palo Alto powers past Overfelt for first football win of year

Sophomore QB throws for six touchdowns, over 300 yards
From the outset, Palo Alto fraternal twins Louis and Joey Passarello had visiting Overfelt of San Jose seeing double on Friday night. They helped the Vikings beat visiting Overfelt 47-8 in a nonleague football game.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn opens football season 2-0 for the first time in seven years

Gunn scored 28 first quarter points on the way to a 42-0 victory over visiting James Lick on Friday night, achieving one of the goals that drove their summer workouts. It gives Gunn a 2-0 start for the first time since 2012.

September 7, 2019 | 4 comments
Around Town: Museum on cusp of putting down roots; East Palo Alto official suddenly departs

Also, local task force representing Midpeninsula fire agencies respond to Hurricane Dorian
In the latest Around Town column, learn how Palo Alto is working to verify the more $3.2 million raised to establish the Palo Alto History Museum and which top-level East Palo Alto city official has resigned.

September 8, 2019 | 5 comments
Palo Alto High, Stanford graduates die in Conception boat fire

Dozens of people aboard died of smoke inhalation, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
A Palo Alto High School graduate and Stanford University alumnus are among the 34 people who died in the Conception boat fire on Labor Day in southern California.

September 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Palo Alto girls net volleyball victory over Monarchs

Menlo tops Menlo-Atherton, Woodside wins; Gunn girls win a golf match
Palo Alto senior Amelia Gibbs loves the new additions to the Vikings girls' volleyball team and if Thursday's dramatic home victory over powerhouse Mitty is any indication, the feeling is mutual.

September 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Costello officially ruled out for Pac-12 game at USC

Stanford football coach David Shaw announced that quarterback K.J. Costello has been ruled out for Saturday night's 7:30 p.m. game at USC. Davis Mills is expected to make his first career start, Shaw said after Thursday's practice.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School hosting pair of tournaments this weekend

The Menlo School and College campuses will be jumping and splashing this weekend as the school hosts the Scott Roche boys water polo Invitational on Friday and Saturday and the Chris Chandler girls volleyball tournament on Saturday.

September 6, 2019 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Rail committee revision; proposed Castilleja expansion

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

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Bowman School set to unveil new $20 million Learning Village

Private Montessori school expands to preschool, adds classrooms for enrichment courses
Two brand-new preschool classrooms, a science and media lab, an outdoor amphitheater and a multi-purpose building with a gymnasium and stage make up the newest addition to Bowman School's Palo Alto campus on Arastradero Road.

September 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Disney quizzes, star-athlete interviews help young patients smile again

At Packard Children's Hospital, broadcast station gives ill kids creative outlet, sense of community
Opened last October, Sophie's Place Broadcast Studio hosts live shows for children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, where patients aren't just audience members -- they can host a program or help with production.

September 7, 2019 | 1 comment
When the whistle blows

'Official Secrets' acts out truth-based morality play
Based on a true story, "Official Secrets" looks at what happens when a whistleblower leaks state secrets in the lead up to the Iraq War.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Klineman, Ross reach Round of 16 at FIVB World Tour finals

Walsh Jennings and Sweat split two matches
Stanford alum Alix Klineman and teammate April Ross were two of three U.S. beach volleyball teams who won their pool and advanced directly into the Round of 16 at the FIVB World Tour Championships in Rome on Thursday.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Going strong: Exercise program looks to help members with heart conditions reverse their symptoms

Participating in cardiac rehabilitation program cuts reduction in mortality rate, says HeartFit for Life director
HeartFit for Life, a medically supervised exercise program at Cubberley Community Center aimed and among the first cardiac therapy programs in the country, has made a significant difference in a multitude of ways.

September 6, 2019 | 3 comments
Shop Talk: Palo Alto loses iconic Phyllis Boutique, Round Table Pizza

Also, New Zealand men's clothing company Rodd & Gunn opens
In this week's Shop Talk column, read about the departure of two longtime Palo Alto businesses -- Phyllis Boutique and Round Table Pizza -- and the arrival of a new clothing store.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park Library kicks off month of free live storytelling events

For those looking for family-friendly entertainment close to home, prepare for an extensive selection of free live storytelling events coming to the Menlo Park libraries over the coming month.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
City wants 20% of apartment tenants to drive electric cars

Palo Alto plans to spend more than $5 million on rebates, consulting for installation of chargers in multifamily complexes
In a city where about 15% of households already own or drive an electric vehicle, Palo Alto leaders are preparing to invest $9 million to get even more people to shift away from gasoline-powered cars.

September 6, 2019 | 30 comments
Come for the pork, stay for the camaraderie: Pizzeria Delfina's pig roasts offer more than just food

Monthly al fresco dinners feature all-you-can-eat food, good vibes
Pizzeria Delfina Palo Alto's summer pig roasts bring people of all ages together in a way that feels rare in the Silicon Valley of 2019.

September 5, 2019 | 7 comments
Fire-safe landscaping: Strategies to starve a fire of fuel

Local experts recommend avoiding shrubs and trees higher in natural oils
Structuring plantings to create "defensible space" minimizes potential fuel for flames where it counts most, according to local experts.

September 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Sept. 2

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos Hills recorded the highest sale at $11,650,000 for a recently constructed five-bedroom contemporary home with views of the bay and mountains.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Man hanging from billboard catwalk cries for help, is rescued using makeshift crane

Firefighters use 108-foot-long ladder to reach platform near U.S. Highway 101
A man who climbed up onto a billboard platform in East Palo Alto ended up stuck there and was rescued by firefighters using a makeshift crane on Tuesday, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

September 5, 2019 | 4 comments
Home front: Backyard composting, Hidden Villa volunteering

Also: A workshop on gardening wisely to help reduce your carbon footprint
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a workshop on backyard composting and an orientation for those interested in volunteering at Hidden Villa.

September 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

Building permits issued by the City of Palo Alto

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP wins in tennis, Menlo wins in golf

Isa Robinson did not give up a game in beating her opponent and helping the Sacred Heart Prep girls' tennis team beat host The King's Academy 7-0 in a nonleague match on Thursday.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A hopes to keep rolling; Paly wants a win at home

Gunn, SHP also at home this weekend
Coming off a 51-14 blowout win over Bellarmine, confidence is high on the defending state champion Menlo-Atherton football team. But coach Steve Papin is concerned heading into the most hyped games in the CCS Friday night at Levi's.

September 4, 2019 | No comments yet
A new division means a new challenge for Gunn volleyball

The Gunn girls volleyball team took home the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title last year and was rewarded with a move to the De Anza Division this season. It's a challenge they're willing to accept.

September 4, 2019 | 1 comment
The Palo Alto foothills is at risk of a 'catastrophic wildfire.' Here's how the city hopes to reduce the threat.

New plan to explore safer power lines, utility poles in high-risk foothills area
The Palo Alto foothills may be a choice haven for local hikers and birdwatchers, but for the city's utility officials the verdant open space preserves west of Highway 280 also represents a potentially catastrophic fire danger.

September 5, 2019 | 49 comments
Feds inject $4.4 million for much-needed Bay Road face-lift, ending 15-year quest for funds

Money will allow the city to add stormwater system in area where sights are set on a new office complex
East Palo Alto's 15-year quest to build critical infrastructure along Bay Road reached a milestone on Wednesday, when the city received a $4.4 million federal grant it hopes will bring in large developments.

September 4, 2019 | 2 comments
Plummer works overtime to seal Stanford volleyball victory

Early scoring leads Stanford to home field hockey victory
Reigning two-time National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer recorded nine of her season-high 21 kills in a competitive first set and the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team beat host Florida 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 Wednesday.

September 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Facing pushback, city manager rethinks rail committee with only former elected leaders

Some question why new group is needed
After receiving pushback for his initial proposal to establish a new committee to work on rail improvements, City Manager Ed Shikada is preparing to bring a revised plan to the City Council on Monday.

September 5, 2019 | 8 comments
Stanford group brings K-pop culture to Palo Alto

XTRM celebrates Korean music and dance through videos and public performances
Stanford University's K-pop dance group XTRM has been catching the attention of passersby as they perform dance covers of upbeat K-pop songs while dressed in coordinated outfits.

September 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Pace Gallery celebrates Lynda Benglis with a mini-retrospective

Longtime painter/sculptor's exhibit is first Bay Area solo show in 15 years
sculptor/painter Lynda Benglis is the featured artist at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto until Oct. 23. The show, her first with the New York-based enterprise, consists of 20 works from various points in her long and prolific career.

September 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Anonymous no longer, Emily Doe reclaims identity in new memoir about Brock Turner sexual assault and its aftermath

Woman at center of high-profile Stanford sexual assault case to give first interview
The young woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student Brock Turner has remained anonymous for years but now has decided to go public with her name.

September 4, 2019 | 32 comments
Walsh Jennings qualifies for FIVB World Tour Finals

Former Stanford All-American and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and teammate Brooke Sweat beat Emily Day and Betsi Flint, 21-15, 21-10, Tuesday to qualify for the $600,000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Rome.

September 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Pressing forward with another assist for USA women's soccer

Christen Press reigns supreme as Stanford's most prolific goal scorer. She's also the Cardinal all-time leader with 41 assists. It comes as no surprise that Press is the assist leader for the United States women's national soccer team.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly girls win second straight tennis match to open season

The Palo Alto girls tennis team will be at full strength this weekend when the Vikings open the Golden Gate Classic at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center against St. Francis-Sacramento 11 a.m. Friday.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Is a 'safe parking' program the answer to Palo Alto's vehicle dweller problems?

Proposal targets two sites near Baylands for pilot program to help the homeless
With Palo Alto's homeless population on the rise, city officials are looking at two sites near the Baylands as possible locations for a new "safe parking" program aimed at vehicle dwellers.

September 6, 2019 | 47 comments
Bill that would provide overnight parking for homeless community college students pushed to next legislative session

Senate Appropriations Committee adopts new exemptions for AB 302
The author of legislation that would require California community colleges to open their parking lots overnight to homeless students has delayed the bill's vote in response to amendments he said watered down its purpose.

September 3, 2019 | 14 comments
Stanford's Costello is questionable for football game at USC

Left guard Walker Little is out until at least midseason
Stanford senior quarterback K.J. Costello, who was knocked out of Saturday's win over Northwestern, has a chance to play against USC though Cardinal coach David Shaw said he was questionable.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford announces new approach to counseling services to better serve students

'Increased demand had put an unsustainable strain on the system,' university says in statement
As the start of the new academic year approaches, Stanford University is changing how students receive counseling services to cut down on long wait times and to meet a growing demand for mental health support on campus.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Home burglary, suspicious person under investigation at Stanford

Incidents occur just blocks away from each other at southern end of campus
Stanford University is investigating a residential burglary and suspicious person found loitering outside a home where a security system was triggered over Labor Day weekend, according to an alert.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men break through late in soccer win over Akron

Zach Ryan's header with 70 seconds remaining to play found the back of the net and the fifth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team snatched a 2-1 road victory at No. 3 Akron in a nonconference contest Monday night.

September 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Ahn's run in US Open tennis ends in the fourth round

Former Stanford All-American Kristie Ahn had her fabulous run through the US Open come to an end Monday in a 6-1, 6-1 loss to No. 25 Elise Mertens of Belgium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

September 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Soccer win No. 300 for Stanford's Ratcliffe and counting

The third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team flexed its offensive firepower in a 7-0 win over visiting San Jose State on Sunday, giving coach Paul Ratcliffe his 300th victory at Stanford.

September 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Water polo, volleyball tournament results

The Menlo School girls' water polo picked up a pair of wins and some early competition in the Los Gatos First Contact Tournament. Elena Radeff collected at least eight kills in four of the five matches SHP played at Spikefest.

September 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Klineman and Ross defend their title at AVP Chicago Open

Alix Klineman was one of the best women's volleyball players to ever wear a Stanford uniform. These days she's one of the best beach volleyball players in the world, regardless of uniform.

September 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Ahn is on top of her tennis game at US Open

Stanford grad and three-time All-American Kristie Ahn plays No. 25 Elise Mertens of Belgium in the fourth round of the US Open Monday at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, within walking distance of her birthplace.

September 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Impressive offensive showing in SH Prep's football opener

Teddy Purcell threw for 253 yards and a touchdown and host Sacred Heart Prep downed Carlmont 28-7 in a nonleague football game Saturday. Tevita Moimoi rushed for 83 yards and scored twice.

September 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School runs past the Tigers in football opener

Senior quarterback Justin Sellers connected with senior receiver Jaden Richardson on a 29-yard scoring toss in the first three minutes and Menlo School went on to beat visiting Fremont-Oakland 65-0 in a nonconference football contest.

August 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto drops football opener at St. Ignatius

A pair of Palo Alto quarterbacks combined to throw for over 200 yards but the ground attack lost a few yards. A year after a balanced attack led to a postseason berth, the Vikings struggled in Saturday's 23-7 loss at St. Ignatius.

August 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal women come out swinging in volleyball victory

The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team put on an offensive show Saturday in a 25-19, 25-14, 26-24 sweep over Duke at TD Arena on the College of Charleston campus.

August 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford loses Costello but win football opener over Wildcats

Davis Mills did just enough to allow Stanford to escape with a 17-7 nonconference football victory over visiting Northwestern on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

August 31, 2019 | 1 comment
San Jose police arrest 10 residents for burglaries in a dozen cities

Ten San Jose residents are suspected of committing commercial burglaries in more than a dozen Bay Area cities, including Palo Alto and Mountain View, since January.

August 31, 2019 | 11 comments
NASA women's leadership summit hosts Pelosi, Eshoo

Despite gains, women still face inequity
It was a mix of corporate executives and political heavyweights, global thought leaders and scientific stars. And by no coincidence, the hundreds squeezed in the room were almost all women.

August 31, 2019 | 4 comments
Instant connection leads to Gunn's opening football win

Gunn seniors Aidan Everett and Jack Dellenbach have been playing sports together a long time. So it was only fitting that the pair connect for the Titans first touchdown of the season, leading to Gunn's 59-34 win over Prospect.

August 31, 2019 | 1 comment
Prep report: Gunn boys, girls both win in water polo

Jordan Affeld and Cole Vale each scored four goals as the Gunn boys water polo team opened its season with a 17-6 nonleague victory over visiting Half Moon Bay on Friday.

August 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears put on offensive display in football win over Bells

Menlo-Atherton put a beating on visiting Bellarmine in its football season opener Friday that was hard to believe. The final score was 51-14. After a 21-14 first quarter M-A blitzed the Bells with four touchdowns in the second quarter.

August 31, 2019 | 2 comments
Woodside can't get out of early hole in defeat to Sequoia

Wildcats coach sees things to build on
Woodside coach Justin Andrews looked at the glass half full after a 40-20 defeat to rival Sequoia at Terremere Field Friday night. The Wildcats committed too many turnovers and too many penalties to hang with the Ravens.

August 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Fitzmorris records career block No. 500 in Stanford win

Senior Audriana Fitzmorris became the ninth Stanford women's volleyball player to record 500 career blocks as top-ranked Stanford opened its season with a convincing 25-9, 25-17, 25-15 victory over host College of Charleston on Friday.

August 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford men tame Nittany Lions in soccer opener

Cardinal women score big against the Quakers
Five different players scored a goal and the fifth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team opened its season with a 5-0 nonconference rout at Penn State on Friday night.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto History Museum snags $100,000 grant from Santa Clara County

Funds will restore roof of Roth Building
The effort to rehabilitate the Palo Alto History Museum received a financial boost this week from Santa Clara County, which awarded a grant to rebuild the roof at the Roth Building that will house the city's history.

August 30, 2019 | 9 comments
Cardinal corner: Thomas added to USA soccer U23 roster

Carroll named to Canadian women's junior water polo team
Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Thomas has been named to the U.S. Under-23 men's national soccer team roster for a training camp from Sept. 1-10 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, just south of San Diego.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Town: Survey finds Palo Alto parks are teeming with visitors; city seeks more EV charging stations

Also, Midpeninsula singing group made up of local students wins big in international contest
In the latest Around Town column, a new survey finds Palo Alto's parks have more visitors compared to others across the U.S., Palo Alto Utilities joins a new EV charging station project and local singers win big internationally.

September 1, 2019 | 28 comments
What to know as California's peak fire months loom

Cal Fire updating map identifying areas of fire danger to help predict where, how wildfires may strike
Having just endured more than a decade of rampaging fires -- 14 of the 20 most destructive fires in state history have occurred since 2007 -- fire bosses say this year the glass is half-full.

September 2, 2019 | 14 comments
Find out which Palo Alto city services will be available on Labor Day

Transportation agencies serving the area to run on modified schedules
With Labor Day around the corner, here is a roundup of city government and transportation services available in and around Palo Alto during the holiday this Monday, Sept. 2.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

Building permits issued by the City of Palo Alto.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn High student who made alleged school shooting threat taken into custody

Police believe teen's comments, left on Instagram, were unfounded
Palo Alto police took into custody on Thursday evening a 14-year-old Gunn High School student who allegedly threatened a school shooting in a social media post.

August 30, 2019 | 21 comments
Prep report: Menlo, Palo Alto turn in tennis victories

M-A, Menlo, Gunn, SHP all win in volleyball; Knights also win in water polo
Addie Ahlstrom won both her matches and was named tournament MVP as the Menlo School girls' tennis team opened the season Thursday by hosting, and winning, the Tyler Nii Champions Cup, a tournament named in memory of a beloved coach.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Kristie Ahn continues her tennis run at the US Open

Stanford grad Carly Wopat and Traci Callahan qualify in beach volleyball event
Earning a wild card into the main draw at the US Open, No. 141 Kristie Ahn continued to take advantage, beating Russian Anna Kalinskaya 6-2, 6-3 in the second round at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Thursday.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Homicidal hide-and-seek

Horror comedy 'Ready or Not' capitalizes on 1% hatred
The horror comedy "Ready or Not" revels in the deaths of America's wealthiest 1 percent.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Can Palo Alto's big plans for the Ventura neighborhood be saved?

Amid changing conditions and facing a funding deadline, city planning director warns of 'painful conversations ahead' for neighborhood stakeholders
The debate over the Ventura plan is expected to heat up in the coming months, as Palo Alto city leaders and residents begin to weigh changes to building heights and density.

August 30, 2019 | 23 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Reviews of Wildlife Mitigation Plan, modifications at Stanford mall

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 3.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Pinewood, Priory open the football season on Friday

Both the Priory and Pinewood football teams were overloaded with youth and inexperience last season and both struggled through their Pacific Coast 8-man football league schedule, finishing a combined overall 2-11.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford players named to USA Junior national water polo team

Stanford junior Sarah Klass, sophomore Ryann Neushul and incoming freshman Hannah Constandse have been named to the USA roster for the FINA Women's Junior World Water Polo Championship, September 9-15 in Funchal, Portugal.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford defense features new faces for football opener

Several new faces on defense are primed to contribute Saturday when No. 25 Stanford hosts Northwestern at 1 p.m. in the season-opening football game for both teams. Senior free safety Malik Antoine is the veteran of the secondary.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Lebanese culture and cuisine celebrated Aug. 31

Downtown Redwood City to host annual Lebanese Festival
The SF Bay Area Lebanese Festival returns to Redwood City's Courthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
'39 Steps,' one great show

Hitchcock spoof is a TheatreWorks triumph
Equal parts loving tribute to and gleeful spoof of the work of "master of suspense" and cinematic hero Alfred Hitchcock, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's "The 39 Steps" is a winner.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Board of open-space district wants county to protect Stanford foothills for 99 years

An amended measure by Santa Clara County supervisors would extend development limits due to end in 2025
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's board of directors voted unanimously on Wednesday night to support a proposal limiting development in Stanford University's foothills for 99 years.

August 29, 2019 | 5 comments
Kings Mountain Art Fair this weekend

Popular outdoor event benefits volunteer fire brigade, community school
Each Labor Day weekend, a beautiful redwood grotto off Skyline fills with local artists and volunteers for a three-day fair benefiting the volunteer fire brigade and community school of Kings Mountain.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Planning commissioners slam approval process for residential parking programs

Despite reservations, panel recommends new pilot in Old Palo Alto
Palo Alto's recently implemented residential parking programs faced withering criticism Wednesday from the city's Planning and Transportation Commission, which blasted the city's process before approving the latest such program.

August 29, 2019 | 25 comments
David Crosby: Lucky, 'legit' and a musical mentor

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend comes to Redwood City Sept. 4
"I don't know how come I'm so lucky," musical icon David Crosby told the Weekly, "But boy, there isn't any question that I am."

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County, San Francisco seek injunction blocking public charge rule

Counties claim new rule will discourage legal immigrants from obtaining needed services
Santa Clara County and San Francisco have asked a federal judge for a preliminary injunction blocking a "public charge" rule that would make it harder for low-income legal immigrants to remain in the U.S.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
School is in session and prep football is finally at hand

Three games on Friday and three on Saturday to open the season
After all those weeks of practice, that elusive target, once shimmering like a mirage under the hot summer sun, is finally a reality. The high school football season gets underway this weekend.

August 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Palo Alto field hockey shows improvement in first contest

The high school fall sports season gets underway this week with a full slate of games on Thursday, including the Palo Alto field hockey team, which hosts Westmont at 4 p.m. In boys water polo, Menlo School hosts Santa Cruz at 5:30 p.m.

August 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Local architects share materials, ideas that make remodels beautiful inside and out

From what's within the walls, to all the finishing touches, thoughtful choices make the difference
Sometimes what's not visible is what makes the biggest impact when renovating a home.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Penn women set for soccer homecoming against Stanford

Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania are meeting for the first time in women's soccer at 7 p.m. Friday and players like Sacred Heart Prep grad Mia Shenk and Menlo-Atherton alum JoJo Cotto help give the Quakers a local flavor.

August 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Fry's Electronics to shutter Palo Alto store in January

Store's lease set to expire, fueling debate over site's future
Fry's Electronics, which has been a fixture at 340 Portage Ave. for more than a quarter century, will close its store in January, leaving a vacancy at one of Palo Alto's most hotly debated sites.

August 28, 2019 | 33 comments
Cardinal women open field hockey season at home this weekend

The Stanford women's field hockey team, which plays its first four games at home this year, opens the season ranked No. 21 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA National Coaches Poll. The Cardinal begins with No. 15 Northwestern at 11 a.m. Friday.

August 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Japanese-inspired boutique to close after 44 years in downtown Palo Alto

Owner Phyllis Newhouse will pursue new opportunities, skills in retirement
Phyllis Newhouse, whose family has a long history as business owners in Palo Alto's downtown dating back to 1935, will close her boutique store on Ramona Street this Saturday.

August 28, 2019 | 12 comments
Home front: Fragrant container gardens, tomato tasting

Also: Stanford researchers explore how smart faucets might help save water
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a workshop on fragrant container gardens, and a tomato tasting.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Aug. 26

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Palo Alto recorded the highest sale at $11,080,00 for a newly constructed 8-bedroom house in Old Palo Alto with a home theater and 800-bottle wine cellar.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
A season of plenty: Autumn arts on the Midpeninsula

Take a peek into what's coming up in local exhibits, concerts, events and more
What do Willie Nelson, stunt dogs, emergency preparedness and man-eating musical plants have in common? They're all a part of the local arts scene this fall.

August 28, 2019 | 3 comments
A restaurant's image isn't everything. Despite ho-hum décor, Smyrna's food is top notch

New Cal Ave restaurant holds its own against local Mediterranean hot spots
Look past Symrna's ho-hum décor and ambiance: Its food more than holds its own against local swanky Mediterranean hotspots like Taverna and Evvia.

August 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Old Palo Alto poised for new parking restrictions

Planning and Transportation Commission to weigh proposal for new Residential Preferential Parking program
An effort by residents in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood to institute new parking restrictions on their blocks is expected to advance Wednesday night, when the Planning and Transportation Commission considers the proposal.

August 28, 2019 | 22 comments
Paly, Gunn students join national movement to lower voting age

Petition seeks to give 16-year-olds right to vote in school board elections
Students at both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools are mobilizing to demand that their voices -- and their votes -- be recognized through a petition to lower the voting age to 16 for local school board elections.

August 28, 2019 | 5 comments
School board puts dollars into new safety positions, support for struggling students

District intends to develop plans for needed security improvements at every campus
The Palo Alto school board unanimously approved funding on Tuesday night for new positions in two high-priority areas: school safety and support for struggling minority and low-income students.

August 28, 2019 | 2 comments
Teen fights for kids in need through long distance swimming

Angel More launches a two-year campaign to raise $1 million for Children International
For long distance swimmer Angel More, swimming is not just a competitive sport but also a way for her to make a difference in the world. The Menlo School senior has raised $60,000 over the past five years for children in need.

August 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks earn their second straight men's soccer victory

Tim Staerz, Noa Kerr and Alexandros Chaitidis each scored and the Menlo College men's soccer team downed visiting Simpson 3-0 in a nonconference affair Tuesday. Andres Zimmerman recorded a pair of saves.

August 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Kristie Ahn earns another round of tennis at US Open

Gibbs drops first round match in three sets
Former Stanford standout Kristie Ahn toppled Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-2 in a first-round match of the US Open in Flushing Meadows on Tuesday. Cardinal grad Nicole Gibbs lost her match in three sets.

August 27, 2019 | No comments yet
State will likely cite Palo Alto Unified for too many students of color in special education

Superintendent says work is underway to address 'significant' disproportionality
Palo Alto Unified will likely be cited by the state this year for having a significantly disproportionate number of Latino and African American students in special education for the three years in a row.

August 28, 2019 | 93 comments
Stanford's Macario named Pac-12 soccer Player of Week

Stanford junior Catalina Macario earned the Pac-12 Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor after scoring a pair of goals in the Cardinal's 2-1 victory over No. 6 Penn State last week.

August 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Palo Alto looks to restore, spruce up new Foothills Park site

City plan calls for three-phased approach to add native species, benches and tables
Foothills Park is widely considered one of Palo Alto's most pristine treasures, but the latest addition to the exclusive park has been a magnet for nature lovers. City officials are hoping to change that.

August 27, 2019 | 8 comments
Goose flies into power lines, disrupting service for about 3,300 customers

As Utilities crew restores electricity during first outage, a downed wire leads to continued outage for some
A large power outage in Palo Alto was caused by a Canada goose that flew into electrical lines Monday night, disrupting service for about 3,300 customers and leading to another outage impacting 300 customers, Palo Alto Utilities said.

August 26, 2019 | 21 comments
Former Stanford ace Bradley Klahn wins opener at US Open

Former Stanford tennis standout Bradley Klahn won his first round match at the US Open on Monday, beating Brazil's Tiago Monteiro 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. The 108th-ranked Klahn advanced to the second round for the third time in six appearances.

August 26, 2019 | No comments yet
District leadership asks board to fund school safety positions

Board members to discuss funding requests on Tuesday
With school safety as a top priority at Palo Alto Unified this year, staff are asking the board to allocate upwards of $200,000 for two new positions to oversee security and emergency preparedness.

August 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Fire damages apartment in Evergreen Park neighborhood

Smoke, flames visible from outside of the building
A one-alarm fire at an apartment building in Palo Alto's Evergreen Park neighborhood was quickly extinguished on Monday morning, according to the Fire Department and radio dispatch reports.

August 26, 2019 | 1 comment
DA's Office reveals more details in sexual assault case against Menlo Park man

One of the alleged assaults occurred inside a church bathroom, prosecutors say
More information has been made public about the alleged sexual assaults of children by Randolph Haldeman, including that one of the incidents allegedly occurred in a bathroom at St. Denis Catholic Church in Menlo Park.

August 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Unified special-education director to leave

School psychologist to serve as interim director of elementary special education this year
Palo Alto Unified's director of special education, Alma Ellis, is leaving for a job closer to her home, the district announced on Friday.

August 26, 2019 | 6 comments
Of local note: Local athletes shine at Aurora Games

Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang helped Team Americas earn a convincing victory over Team World on Sunday with a winning performance in the table tennis competition of the Aurora Games and Festival in Albany, New York.

August 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for smoggy conditions expected Monday

High-pressure system creating conditions expected to increase ozone concentrations
A combination of expected high temperatures, light winds and vehicle exhaust has prompted Bay Area air district officials to issue a Spare the Air smog alert for Monday.

August 25, 2019 | 3 comments
Stanford women score early in nonconference soccer victory

Carly Malatskey, Sierra Enge and Madison Haley each scored in the first half and the third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team bested No. 11 West Virginia 3-1 in a nonconference match at Penn State on Sunday.

August 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks women open soccer season with a victory at UC Merced

Sophomore defender Haleigh Stoddard scored in the 25th minute and the Menlo College women's soccer team held on to beat host UC Merced 2-0 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

August 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Stanford football standout Andrew Luck calls it quits

Former Stanford All-American quarterback Andrew Luck announced Saturday that he is retiring from the NFL. A four-time Pro Bowl pick, Luck was the overall first pick of the 2012 draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He played six seasons.

August 24, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo College women end volleyball homestand with a victory

Senior Nicole DiMartino took advantage of a rare start to lead the Menlo College women's volleyball team past visiting Simpson 25-10, 25-14, 25-6 in a nonconference match Saturday. DiMartino recorded 10 kills on .444 hitting.

August 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women earn season opening soccer win at Penn State

Junior Catalina Macario sparked Stanford's season opener Friday, scoring twice as the third-ranked Cardinal women's soccer team jolted No. 6 Penn State 2-1 in State College, PA before a crowd of 5,238.

August 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Santa Clara County, San Francisco win final ruling over Trump's threat against sanctuary counties

County stood to lose $1.7 billion in federal funding for laws that protect undocumented immigrants
Santa Clara County and San Francisco won a final victory in a lawsuit Friday challenging President Donald Trump's threat to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties.

August 23, 2019 | 2 comments
New effort in the works to build trail from Bay to ocean

Trail could connect land from Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in East Palo Alto and Bair Island to Half Moon Bay
Land conservation agencies and local jurisdictions are teaming up behind a bold new plan to build a trail that would allow people to travel from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

August 24, 2019 | 13 comments
East Palo Alto board to study all school names — but first, Ravenswood Middle School

New naming subcommittee to tackle issue first raised by concerns over potential removal of Cesar Chavez Academy's name
The Ravenswood school board voted unanimously on Thursday to form a board subcommittee to study and make recommendations on whether to change Ravenswood Middle School's name.

August 23, 2019 | 6 comments
Bay Area: One-cent sales tax for transit could be on 2020 ballot

Preliminary projections indicate up to $100 billion could be raised over 40 years
Bay Area voters may be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax in 2020 that would fund a wide array of transportation projects and improvements across the region.

August 23, 2019 | 19 comments
Stanford opens men's water polo season ranked second

The Stanford men's water polo team starts the season ranked second in the CWPA preseason poll released Wednesday. Defending national champion USC is ranked first, with UCLA in a tie for second with the Cardinal.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
A win was in the Staerz for Menlo men's soccer opener

Menlo College senior Tim Staerz recorded a goal and an assist to help the Oaks open the men's soccer season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Southern Oregon in a nonconference match Thursday.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Runaway movie

'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' ventures in interesting directions
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" is hardly perfect, Kate Blanchett's humanization of Bernadette keeps the film relatable and us rooting for her to get back on track and figure it all out, for her to solve the mystery of sustained happiness

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford is snapping up homes in College Terrace

University now owns at least 37 single-family homes in city, 700 countywide
New research by a group of media organizations has found that Stanford University's housing portfolio may be larger than even Palo Alto residents have imagined.

August 23, 2019 | 105 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: School safety, Old Palo Alto parking program

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

August 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Plenty of experience returns for Cardinal women's volleyball

Stanford women's volleyball coach Kevin Hambly must be pleased with the make-up of his roster this season. The defending national champions return nearly its full team and have added talented players who can (and will) make an impact.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
With home renovation Meetup, a remodeling guru helps first-timers take control

A Meetup group that meets monthly on the Midpeninsula aims to help educate homeowners so they can tackle remodeling projects with confidence.

August 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: It's time to address leaf blowers (again)

Longtime resident calls on city to act on gardening tool some consider a public nuisance
A longtime Palo Alto resident wants to take the fight over leaf blowers to the homeowners and property managers who hire gardeners often found using them in residential neighborhoods.

August 23, 2019 | 57 comments
Menlo-Atherton has a Bear of a nonleague football schedule

The defending state champion Menlo-Atherton football team is loaded with talent, including highly-regarded junior receiver Troy Franklin. It better be because there's a loaded schedule looming for the team to play.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Seed-saving, changes to city Clean Up Days

Also: A workshop on drought-tolerant, shade-loving plants
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a workshop on saving vegetable seeds and a change to city Clean Up Days.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

A list of building permits approved by the city of Palo Alto as of Monday, Aug. 19.
A list of building permits approved by the city of Palo Alto as of Monday, Aug. 19.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Aug. 19

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos Hills recorded the highest sale for a five-bedroom home in the Lakeside neighborhood with a professionally tended vineyard and tennis court.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto joins call for governance change at VTA

City Council backs letter asking agency to help fund a forum for cities to debate possible improvements to agency's governing structure
Palo Alto this week endorsed a scathing report calling for governance changes at the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority, though the city has yet to determine what reforms it wants to see.

August 22, 2019 | 6 comments
Palo Alto Art Center holds Family Day

Build a replica Palo Alto and more at free art event
A family-oriented, free event with hands-on art projects, performances and a scavenger hunt will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Palo Alto Art Center.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors arrested again

Six additional people come forward with allegations against Randolph Haldeman
Randolph Haldeman, who was arrested last month on allegations of sexually assaulting children and then released on bail, was arrested Wednesday at his Menlo Park home on 20 sexual assault charges.

August 22, 2019 | 7 comments
Precise attack keys Menlo College volleyball victory

Junior Jaden Scott recorded eight kills on 12 attacks and hit .583 to help the Menlo College women's volleyball team beat visiting Pacific Union 25-7, 25-8, 25-9 in a nonconference match Wednesday night.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford alums score a goal from both sides in WNSL

Stanford grad Chioma Ubogagu recorded a goal and assist to help the visiting Orlando Pride beat the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 in a National Women's Soccer League contest Wednesday. SHP grad Tierna Davidson scored for the Red Stars.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Festival for the Arts features home decor, furniture

Artists create functional, beautiful pieces for the home
The festival showcases many items to furnish and decorate your home.

August 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Online program helps East Palo Alto mayor fulfill dream of earning a bachelor's degree

Mayor Lisa Gauthier among first in community to complete Study.com's Working Scholars Program
East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier can officially add college graduate to her list of accomplishments after achieving her lifelong goal of earning a bachelor's degree earlier this month.

August 21, 2019 | 2 comments
Survey: Nearly one in three Santa Clara County teens have tried vaping

Report: 'Vaping is popular' and will require novel public-health strategies
While cigarette use among high school students in Santa Clara County has hit an all-time low, vaping is on the rise, a survey released Wednesday has found.

August 21, 2019 | 4 comments
Wildcats may not be tamed in second half of football season

It's been a struggle in recent years for the Woodside football program, which hasn't had a winning season since 2008. But there's a positive vibe on hand this fall as the Wildcats prepare to open the 2019 season.

August 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal men picked to capture Pac-12 men's soccer title

Five-time defending Pac-12 champion Stanford was voted by the conference's coaches as the favorite to win a sixth straight Pac-12 Conference title. The Cardinal received all five available first-place votes.

August 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Discovering the 'invisible' faces of Filoli

Exhibition highlights those who've worked behind the scenes at historic estate, and the idea of 'home'
Filoli House and Gardens' current exhibition "Nest: Creating Home" is a multilayered, three-part project.

August 21, 2019 | 2 comments
The Pear goes Wilde with 'An Ideal Husband'

Comedy about Victorian hypocrisy still resonates, director says
A good plan for staging an Oscar Wilde play in which everyone is expected to speak with proper British accents: Hire an experienced director who is actually from Great Britain.

August 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to business tax to fund shuttles, rail improvements

Finance Committee continues to refine proposed November 2020 measure
As Palo Alto prepares to join the recent wave of cities that have adopted a business tax, transportation is emerging as the highest priority for how the revenues would be used.

August 21, 2019 | 18 comments
The return of dim sum darling Fu Lam Mum

From shumai to har gow, popular downtown restaurant still shines
A dim sum restaurant's reputation rests on the quality of its dumplings. The renovated Fu Lam Mum in Mountain View aces this test.

August 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford's Gibbs advances in US Open qualifying tourney

Former NCAA women's tennis champion and Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs took a step in qualifying for the US Open, beating Australia's Kaylah McPhee 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round of the qualifying tournament on Tuesday.

August 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Brenda Villa in the running for U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Castilleja water polo coach Brenda Villa, a Stanford grad and Olympic gold medalist, is among the finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 as announced by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

August 20, 2019 | 1 comment
A family came to Stanford Hospital chasing a lifesaving treatment for a rare disease. Now they may be forced to leave.

Returning to Armenia would mean the end of a chance for a relatively normal life
An Armenian family is trying to change their visa status to allow them to stay and work in the U.S. so their 19-month-old son can continue to receive treatment for spinal muscular atrophy.

August 21, 2019 | 8 comments
Stanford women ready to start soccer run to College Cup

Cardinal hopes to find its way to San Jose for Final Four
The third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team (21-1-2 last season) opens its season with a difficult road trip to No. 6 Penn State at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by a neutral site match Sunday against No. 11 West Virginia.

August 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts features functional, beautiful pieces for the home

Unique decorations, furniture among pieces to be displayed on University Avenue
The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, taking place this weekend in downtown Palo Alto, features the creations of 300 artists with works that can add up to many opportunities for that "double look."

August 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Hope fades for housing at Fry's site

Despite shifting plans and new setbacks, Palo Alto commits more funding for Ventura plan
With its ambitious effort to revitalize the Ventura neighborhood in danger of faltering, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday to raise the budget and lower the expectations for the complex planning process.

August 19, 2019 | 70 comments
Stanford grad Kristie Ahn wins twice at NYJTL Bronx Open

Former Stanford All-American Kristie Ahn opened the NYJT Bronx Open tennis tournament at the Cary Leeds Center with victories in singles and doubles on Monday.

August 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College women drop home opener in volleyball

Senior outside hitter Moea Kekauoha recorded 15 kills and 10 digs but the Menlo College women's volleyball lost its home opener, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, to visiting Northwest Christian on Monday.

August 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Musical 'As You Like It' has two more free performances this weekend

Shakespeare in the Park in residence in Redwood City through Sunday
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, which offers free performances in Bay Area parks, is back at the scenic grounds of Sequoia High School in Redwood City with two more performances of the comedy "As You Like It."

August 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Newsom signs landmark police use-of-force bill

Under new law, police may use deadly force only when 'necessary in defense of human life'
California will soon have a tougher new legal standard for the use of deadly force by police, under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Monday that was inspired by last year's fatal shooting of a young, unarmed man in Sacramento.

August 19, 2019 | 22 comments
Stanford announces latest additions to Athletics Hall of Fame

Eight former student-athletes were elected into the 2019 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. They are Jeff Austin, Foluke Akinradewo, Tanner Gardner, Susan Hagey Wall, Mark Madsen, Diane Morrison Shropshire, Bill Tarr and Tabitha Yim.

August 19, 2019 | No comments yet
School district raises questions about Palo Alto's intention to renew Cubberley lease

Board members suggest city is using soon-to-expire lease as 'leverage'
The city of Palo Alto and school district's joint effort to redevelop Cubberley Community Center has hit a bump, with questions arising about whether the city intends to renew its $5 million lease.

August 19, 2019 | 23 comments
Stanford's Salinda, Wu are both named to U.S. Walker Cup team

Isaiah Salinda and Brandon Wu were both named to the U.S. Walker Cup team, the USGA announced Sunday. It's the first time in program history that two Stanford golfers were named to the team.

August 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Classic match between world's top two beach volleyball teams

Canada's Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes beat the No. 1 world team of April Ross and former Stanford All-American Alix Klineman in the AVP Manhattan Beach Open championship match.

August 18, 2019 | No comments yet
An important medal for Walsh Jennings and Sweat in Moscow

Olympic gold medalist and former Stanford All-American Kerri Walsh Jennings and teammate Brooke Sweat beat Germany's Karla Borger and Julia Sude 24-26, 21-18, 15-10 to earn the bronze medal of the FIVB Beach Volleyball event in Moscow.

August 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo women open volleyball season with five-set victory

Senior outside hitter Moea Kekauoha had 18 kills and 12 digs and the Menlo College women's volleyball team opened its season with a 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11 victory over host UC Merced on Saturday.

August 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Klineman and Ross reach another beach volleyball semifinal

Stanford grad Alix Klineman and April Ross each recorded 13 kills in beating Cardinal alum Brittany Howard and Molly Turner 21-11, 21-10 on Saturday in the winner's bracket of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open.

August 17, 2019 | No comments yet
'I don't think there is trust on this board.' Fissures emerge between East Palo Alto school trustees during retreat

Strategic planning process sparks tensions, disagreement among Ravenswood board members
Nine months after an election created new dynamics on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, the new and old trustees are struggling to find common ground.

August 18, 2019 | 10 comments
Palo Alto to Fresno State football pipeline alive and well

Jamir Shepard announced Friday he was committing to Fresno State, becoming the third Paly wideout to do so. The previous two, Davante Adams and KeeSean Johnson, are currently in the NFL.

August 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly grad Jung-Goldberg named to Prospect League all-star team

Former Palo Alto baseball standout Max Jung-Goldberg was named to the Prospect League Eastern Division postseason all-star team Friday after helping the Danville Dans reach the league playoffs. He led the team in several categories.

August 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Caltrain strikes unoccupied vehicle in Palo Alto

Crash results in roughly 95-minute delay
A Caltrain struck an unoccupied vehicle in Palo Alto Friday night.

August 17, 2019 | 12 comments
Stanford's Stanback steps down as player, stays on as coach

Stanford senior Trevor Stanback announced his retirement from basketball due to a medical issue and will instead remain with the Stanford men's basketball team as a student assistant coach.

August 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Two Stanford grads to face-off in AVP beach volleyball

Hometown hero and former Stanford All-American Alix Klineman and USC alum April Ross won their first two matches at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open on Friday to set up an interesting matchup in the winner's bracket on Saturday.

August 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Longtime Palo Alto free lunch, dinner program for the needy ends

Program organizer LifeMoves switches to serving breakfast at the Opportunity Services Center
Homeless people who have been eating free lunches and dinners through the Breaking Bread program in Palo Alto now have to find a meal elsewhere, as the organizer switched to offering only breakfasts.

August 16, 2019 | 12 comments
VTA board members support shake-up after scathing grand jury report

Admitting problems, committee wants higher standards for transit agency's governing board
A new VTA subcommittee began discussions on potential tweaks to the governing board that would improve effectiveness at the beleaguered agency at a meeting on Aug. 9.

August 18, 2019 | 2 comments
Superintendent: School district to use data to solve ongoing issues

On webcast, Austin also expresses continued faith in Stanford over its $140M agreement with district
Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Don Austin said his staff will give timely and accurate reports on 12 districtwide goals throughout the year, enabling educators to shift tactics as they go to ensure progress.

August 16, 2019 | 7 comments
Shop Talk: After 39 years of cakes and pastries, Palo Alto institution Prolific Oven to close

Owners' reasons for shuttering are sadly familiar
One of Palo Alto's longest-standing bakeries, The Prolific Oven will close on Aug. 31 due to a "severe" labor shortage and increasing cost of doing business in the Bay Area, the owners said Wednesday.

August 16, 2019 | 10 comments
Shop Talk: After 39 years of cakes and pastries, Palo Alto institution Prolific Oven to close

Owners' reasons for shuttering are sadly familiar
One of Palo Alto's longest-standing bakeries, The Prolific Oven will close on Aug. 31 due to a "severe" labor shortage and increasing cost of doing business in the Bay Area, the owners said Wednesday.

August 16, 2019 | 10 comments
Another Spare the Air alert issued as heat wave continues across Bay Area

Air district advises the public to get out of their cars, find an alternative mode of transportation
Bay Area communities can expect another hot day Friday, which has led the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a third consecutive Spare the Air alert this week.

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Salinda runs out of luck against Notre Dame freshman

Stanford grad Isaiah Salinda held his own on a rollercoaster of a ride at the U.S. Amateur Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina on Thursday but could not overcome seven bogeys over the final 13 holes.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Small retailers in limbo at Hotel California building

Property owner plans to gut the ground floor, create open space
Only two retailers that remain in the Hotel California building in Palo Alto's California Avenue shopping district may need to find new homes if their landlord goes through with a plan to gut the first floor.

August 16, 2019 | 13 comments
Church celebration Saturday to look back — and forward

After giving away its $10 million property, Palo Alto Church of Christ to host commemoration of its 60-year history
In 2015, the Palo Alto Church of Christ faced a dilemma. Once a robust congregation -- with 200 members at its peak in 1968 -- by 2015, membership had dwindled to roughly 25.

August 15, 2019 | 1 comment
With clock ticking, city considers another rail committee

Panel expected to help City Council reach decision on rail intersections
As Santa Clara County prepares to distribute funding for rail projects in north county, Palo Alto is looking to create yet another citizen committee to advise city leaders on the complex and contentious topic.

August 16, 2019 | 34 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City responds to VTA governance report; Study session on school facilities

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

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Race to the top

In drama 'Luce,' high school politics are -- and aren't -- black and white
"Luce" tackles race in America when a married couple is forced to reckon with the idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea.

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Around Town: Auditor's office getting taste of its own medicine; Bay Trail work set to begin

Also, Santa Clara County gets green light for new voting system to be used in 2020 elections
The Palo Alto City Auditor's Office will face an audit by an outside firm to consider what other cities are doing and evaluate whether some of the functions of the office should be placed under the purview of the city manager.

August 17, 2019 | 5 comments
Guest Opinion: On Castilleja, be careful of what you wish for

Longtime resident analyzes what a housing development would look like on school site, which falls under single-family residential zoning
If I were a neighbor of Castilleja School, I would be more concerned with the disruption during construction and the added traffic that additional students would bring to the area.

August 16, 2019 | 31 comments
Escaped lemur faces judge in 'Chimerica'

Former Mountain View litigator finds inspiration for fictional case in courtroom
Art, law and jungle primates mix in surprising ways in Anita Felicelli's new novel "Chimerica," where the Mountain View writer puts a giant talking lemur on the witness stand in a twisty legal case of artists' rights.

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Two men arrested for car burglaries at Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto police recover item from July 25 theft in vehicle
Palo Alto police last week arrested two men who allegedly broke into cars at Stanford Shopping Center and, in one case, stole two backpacks containing electronics, the department said Thursday.

August 15, 2019 | 11 comments
Palo Alto looks to repeat last year's football success

Paly coach Nelson Gifford was asked if he thought his current team could be as good as last year's team, which went 10-2 in Gifford's first season as head coach. “Everything's relative to competition, to circumstances,'' Gifford said.

August 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Small changes could make big difference for Gunn football

Jason Miller enters his second year as Gunn football coach feeling good about changes for the better the program has made. There's 50 players between the varsity and frosh-soph, more than last year and the players are more comfortable.

August 15, 2019 | 2 comments
On 10-year anniversary, Oshman Family JCC celebrates more than Jewish life

How the Palo Alto campus grew into a culturally diverse destination
On Aug. 18, the Oshman Family JCC will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the opening of its Midpeninsula cultural center, the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, with a free community celebration.

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'Sister Act' has soul power

Broadway By the Bay's latest production makes a joyful noise
Broadway By the Bay closes out the summer with another crowd-pleasing musical comedy. "Sister Act," based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film of the same name, may have some hackneyed elements but it also has plenty of high-energy tunes.

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Menlo School swimmer Angel More offers hope via fund raising

She has been setting precedents and world records since the age of 10 and Menlo School senior Angel More continues to pave new paths, especially ones with a social conscience.

August 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts features home decor, furniture

Artists create functional, beautiful pieces for the home
The festival showcases many items to furnish and decorate your home.

August 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Home front: Fire safe native gardens, managing plant pests

Also: A ‘Joyful Living’ roundtable event coming up this fall at Gamble Garden
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a chance to learn about creating fire safe native gardens and a workshop on sustainable pest management.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Aug. 12

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $4.5 million for a four-bedroom, newly constructed home in Allied Arts.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

A list of building permits approved by the city of Palo Alto as of Monday, Aug. 12.

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Planning commissioners kick back Castilleja draft environmental impact report for additions

Underground parking garage and traffic impacts linger as main sticking points
Finding gaps in the draft environmental-impact report for Castilleja School's proposed expansion, Palo Alto's Planning and Transportation Commission is seeking more specific details that might help answer many residents' questions.

August 15, 2019 | 44 comments
Heat advisory, Spare the Air alert in effect Thursday

Air district encourages Bay Area residents to carpool, take public transit to help reduce ozone pollution
A heat advisory that the National Weather Service issued remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday as temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s in parts of the Bay Area.

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A Stanford reunion of sorts at AVP Manhattan Beach Open

Stanford junior Sunny Villapando and sophomore Charlie Ekstrom will play in the $300,000 AVP Manhattan Beach Gold Series qualifying round on Thursday on the Manhattan Beach Pier.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Wu earns medalist honors but loses in U.S. Amateur match play

Cardinal alum Isaiah Salinda advances into Round of 32
Stanford grad Brandon Wu earned medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina on Wednesday but that didn't help him in match play. Wu lost 2 up in the Round of 64 to Cincinnati grad Austin Squires.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
After two seasons, Pear Theatre artistic director to bow out in January

Betsy Kruse Craig will be taking a new position at Stratford Middle Schools
Betsy Kruse Craig will be stepping down in January to accept a new promotion as program director of speech, debate and performing arts for Stratford Middle Schools.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County brings nonprofit aboard for teacher housing project in Palo Alto

Development would be open to employees across five North County school districts
A proposed affordable-housing project in Palo Alto exclusively for teachers gained momentum on Tuesday when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a developer to make the plan a reality.

August 14, 2019 | 16 comments
A conversation with the chefs of Maum

Talking (and eating) with the couple behind Maum, Palo Alto's game-changing Korean restaurant
Over tater tot poutine and budae jjigae, the chefs of Maum talked about why they got into cooking, where they eat on their days off and winning their first Michelin star.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Pac-12 soccer coaches vote Stanford women the title favorite

The Stanford women's soccer team was voted the Pac-12 Conference favorite by conference coaches, the Pac-12 office said Tuesday. Stanford ranks third in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto elementary schools begin new year by getting a jump-start on goals

Educators practice new teaching approaches, screening for dyslexia to begin in earliest grades
Palo Alto Unified's 13 elementary schools returned to class on Wednesday, kicking off both new priorities and continued focus on existing ambitions.

August 14, 2019 | 5 comments
Stanford senior golfer Andrea Lee earns top amateur honor

Stanford senior Andrea Lee earned the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading women's player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

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Santa Clara County, San Francisco sue Trump administration over 'public charge' restrictions on immigrants

Local leaders call into question new rule that would expand decadeslong interpretation of federal law
Santa Clara County and San Francisco are challenging a new rule that makes it harder for low-income legal immigrants to stay in the U.S.

August 14, 2019 | 22 comments
Stanford's Brandon Wu remains atop U.S. Amateur leaderboard

Stanford grad Brandon Wu gets a little bit of a break from competition, having completed two rounds of the U.S. Amateur Championships at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
High temperatures in forecast prompts heat advisory for parts of the Bay Area

Santa Clara County to extend hours at shelters, cooling centers
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for parts of the Bay Area. The announcement has led Santa Clara County to offer services to give the public relief from the hot conditions.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly football coach Gifford becomes athletic director

Football coach Nelson Gifford has been named athletic director at Palo Alto High, replacing Therren Wilburn, who added field hockey as a girls' sport during his two years and oversaw a successful athletics program.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Police: Woman fights off two would-be robbers in Midtown

One of two men push her to the ground, throw her cellphone, pull glasses off her face
Palo Alto police are looking for two men who they said attacked a woman on Monday afternoon in the city's Midtown neighborhood, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

August 13, 2019 | 19 comments
Classes begin again at Palo Alto's middle, high schools

Gunn students explore new facilities, while JLS Middle School welcomes a new principal
Tuesday marked the first day of a new school year for thousands of middle and high school students in the Palo Alto Unified School District, with the district's younger students set to return to classes on Wednesday.

August 13, 2019 | 12 comments
Council urged to take tough stance on Edgewood Plaza developer over grocery store

City leaders receive update about its legal dispute with Sand Hill Property Company
It's been a year and a half since Edgewood Plaza's new grocery store opened for business, but Palo Alto and the plaza's developer remain embroiled in a legal standoff, with little signs of compromise.

August 13, 2019 | 35 comments
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

South Bay expected to see buildup of smog
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women tabbed the Pac-12 volleyball favorite

Two-time defending Pac-12 champion and defending national champion Stanford enters the season as the conference favorite in a poll released by the Pac-12 on Tuesday. The Cardinal has won nine of the last 13 conference championships.

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Of local note: Palo Alto sailor, Stanford rower and more

Palo Alto High senior Max Saparov and Woodside junior Tommy Ashworth placed sixth in the U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis Trophy (Club 420) division of the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Family fears for safety of missing disabled woman

Salamasina Lolita Alo disappeared in East Palo Alto on June 30
A 20-year-old East Palo Alto woman with learning disabilities and a medical condition disappeared six weeks ago, leaving her family worried about her safety.

August 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Residents urge more restrictions on cell antennas in Palo Alto

As city tweak rules for wireless equipment, some call for city to follow Los Altos' lead
Palo Alto's shifting rules for installation of wireless communication equipment changed on Monday when the City Council revised a rule that limited the height at which cellular antennas could be placed on poles.

August 13, 2019 | 35 comments
Wu shakes off 3,350-mile journey to take first-round golf lead

Brandon Wu's most-excellent summer continued Monday when the recent Stanford grad reached the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina on time to tee off in the first round of the U.S. Amateur.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad McNealy makes the cut, earns PGA Tour Card

Maverick McNealy, a former Stanford All-American, has always wanted to test his game against the best players in the world. Now, he will have the opportunity with his newly earned PGA Tour card.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area

Unhealthy amount of ozone expected in the region
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, the eighth of the summer season, because of unhealthy levels of smog in the region.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Condominium project tests the limit of Palo Alto's new housing law

Formal hearings to kick off Thursday on a 102-unit plan on San Antonio Road
Encouraged by the Palo Alto City Council's newfound appetite for housing along San Antonio Road, a local developer is moving ahead with a proposal to build 102 condominiums on a commercial site near the Mountain View border.

August 12, 2019 | 28 comments
Annual celebration of track and field at Gunn High School

There's a lot of track and field history embedded into Gunn's facility and what better way to celebrate it than hosting the annual Gunn Open, open to all comers of all ages. Photographer Malcolm Slaney was there to capture the day.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto football has a chance to make history this season

Palo Alto has a chance to become the winningest football program in Northern California history this season. The Vikings are five wins behind Berkeley, which went winless last year, entering the season.

August 12, 2019 | 2 comments
Bay Area mayors call for Senate action on gun safety laws

Palo Alto, East Palo Alto leaders among signees
More than 20 Bay Area mayors, including four on the Midpeninsula, are among 249 nationwide who have signed a letter calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Remembering local sportswriter-columnist Rick Chandler

There weren't many things sportwriter-columnist Rick Chandler liked more than coaching youth baseball and basketball. He had a way of connecting with kids. As a writer Chandler was a league of his own. As a humorist he was brilliant.

August 12, 2019 | 2 comments
Dramatic finishes to U.S. Women's Amateur, Pan Am Games golf

In one of the most competitive U.S. Women's Amateur tournaments, Stanford senior Albane Valenzuela fell to USC junior Gabriela Ruffels 1up in the championship round at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi on Sunday.

August 11, 2019 | No comments yet
County supervisors call for federal assault weapons ban

Simitian and Ellenberg: Gun restrictions a 'moral imperative' in the face of tragedy
Two Santa Clara County supervisors are urging a nationwide ban on assault weapons, calling it a common-sense action to curb gun violence in the wake of three deadly shootings, including one in Gilroy.

August 11, 2019 | 22 comments
USA men's volleyball clinches a berth in the 2020 Olympics

Matt Anderson recorded 18 points, 16 on kills, to help the U.S. men's senior volleyball team defeat host Netherlands 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21 on Sunday to earn a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

August 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Modi third all-around at U.S. Gymnastics meet

Stanford grad and former NCAA champion Akash Modi finished third in all-around at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday, scoring a 168.250 and earning a spot on the eight-member World Championships Team.

August 11, 2019 | No comments yet
American men find Pan Am water polo gold leads to Tokyo Olympics

Stanford's Ben Hallock and Alex Bowen each scored five goals to help the United States men's national water polo team clinch a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, beating Canada 18-6 in the championship match of the Pan Am Games.

August 10, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. women successful in hunt for water polo gold in Peru

Stanford senior Makenzie Fischer scored six times to help the U.S. women's national water polo team down Canada 24-4 on Saturday as the Americans won their fifth consecutive Pan American Games gold medal in Lima, Peru.

August 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Plummer helps USA place seventh at Pan Ams

Women's basketball settles for a silver medal
Stanford senior Kathryn Plummer had eight points on six kills and two blocks to help the U.S. college volleyball team beat Canada 25-16, 25-14, 25-23 in the seventh-place contest of the Pan American Games on Saturday in Lima, Peru.

August 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Water polo, women's basketball gold up for grabs at Pan Am Games

The U.S. women's water polo team will be looking for its fifth consecutive Pan Am Games title after beating Cuba 31-7 in Friday's semifinal. The men's team is also up for gold as is the women's basketball team.

August 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Behind UC's 'admission by exception' side door: sports, money, diversity — and secrecy

While it's unclear if admissions by exception played a direct role in the college cheating scandal, it has surfaced as a potential weak spot as policymakers seek ways to bulletproof the university's admission system from scammers.

August 10, 2019 | 2 comments
East Palo Alto nonprofit seeks back-to-school donations for students in need

Ecumenical Hunger Program in need of backpacks, clothes and gift cards by Sept. 30
With the new school year fast approaching, the Ecumenical Hunger Program is encouraging community members to donate school supplies, clothing and gift cards to its annual back-to-school drive.

August 10, 2019 | 2 comments
Around Town: Ventura vision in trouble; City seeks greater voice on VTA board

Tidbits on people, events and other happenings in Palo Alto
In the latest Around Town column, concerns are rising over the process to create a new vision for Palo Alto's Ventura neighborhood and the city is proposing a new way to select who serves on the Valley Transportation Authority board.

August 11, 2019 | 3 comments
Ravenswood could embark on districtwide naming process

Questions about Cesar Chavez Academy's name prompts suggestion for advisory committee
Community concern about losing East Palo Alto's recognition of Cesar Chavez with the phasing out of a middle school named after the civil rights activist could prompt the school district to re-evaluate all of its campus' names.

August 9, 2019 | 7 comments
USA water polo teams heading to the semifinals at Pan Ams

Stanford grad Alex Bowen and Cardinal sophomore Ben Hallock each scored four goals to lead the U.S. men's national water polo team past Peru 24-2 in the quarterfinals of the Pan American Games on Thursday.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford swimmers in Peru and Gunn swimmers at Stanford

Stanford junior Alberto Mestre and Cardinal grad Lia Neal swam for different countries at the Pan American Games in Peru while Gunn grad Sarah Snyder and Titans senior Jonathan Affeld swam for different teams at Stanford on Thursday.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Wu returns to the pinnacle of the scoreboard

Stanford grad Brandon Wu played a steady round for the co-lead of the men's golf tournament after one round at the Lima Golf Club in Peru as part of the Pan American Games on Thursday.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Community activist Stephanie Munoz dies at 86

Council recognizes Munoz's history of standing up for the homeless and the less fortunate
Stephanie Munoz, one of Palo Alto's staunchest and most passionate advocates for the less fortunate, died on Aug. 1, city officials said.

August 8, 2019 | 1 comment
As East Palo Alto searches for more affordable housing, a mobile home park heads toward closure. This is the story of a place called Glory.

Owners of the Glory Mobile Home and RV Park plan to close it and convert the property to another use
Amid the ongoing Bay Area housing crisis, in which the stock of low-income housing is shrinking and elected leaders are scrambling to enact policies to get new homes built, a 29-space mobile-home park in East Palo Alto sits half-empty.

August 9, 2019 | 12 comments
Under corporate hands, Glory mobile home park faces precarious future

Original owners wanted to preserve Woodland Avenue site from development
San Mateo County court records show that since Glory Mobile Home and RV Park fell into corporate ownerships, the park has been mired in controversy, complicating plans to close the property in 2020.

August 9, 2019 | 12 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City management evaluations; Castilleja environmental impact report

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

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Standing the heat

Three women stay in Hell's 'Kitchen' to embrace a life of crime
When three Irish mob lieutenants from Hell's Kitchen get sent up the river, their respective wives have little choice but to take over their rackets.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep football: Gators look to continue upward mobility

Sacred Heart Prep made big progress last season, going from 3-7 in Mark Grieb's first year as head coach to 11-2, a season that concluded with a 35-34 loss to Aptos in the Central Coast Section Open Division III championship game.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep football: Menlo School already has better numbers

A series of circumstances contributed to last year being the wrong time for the Menlo School football team to move up to the Peninsula Athletic League's Bay Division.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
How is the U.S.-China trade war affecting Palo Alto home prices?

Amid signs of a slowing market, number of foreign buyers drops significantly
In the last year, numbers of foreign buyers are down overall, with the most precipitous drop among Chinese buyers.

August 9, 2019 | 25 comments
Police arrest peeping Tom who lurked at Palo Alto apartment complex

Michael Fields, 43, was seen on surveillance footage more than a dozen times
A man was arrested Wednesday for alleged peeping and lewd conduct at an apartment complex in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood, where he was drawn to the windows of units where young girls live, the Police Department said Thursday.

August 8, 2019 | 7 comments
Stanford's Williams helps USA hoops stay unbeaten in Peru

Stanford junior Kiana Williams scored seven points, recorded three steals and had three rebounds as the U.S. women's basketball team downed Colombia 75-63 on the final day of preliminary play at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Craft Share Faire, toilet installation workshop

Also: A tree walk highlighting some of East Palo Alto’s diverse trees
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a chance to re-home extra craft supplies and pick up a new skill at the Craft Share Faire and a workshop on how to install a toilet.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Celebrate Shark Day on the bay

Marine Science Institute hosts event focused on shark appreciation
Budding marine biologists are invited to check out Shark Day at the Marine Science Institute.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
'Village People' prepare to close up shop

Longtime stationery business' last day is Aug. 17
Village Stationers, a family-owned stationery store with locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be closing its doors on Aug. 17 after 53 years in business.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
As KIPP seeks to open new high school, school board expresses reservations

Petition comes as first class of local KIPP middle schoolers to start ninth grade next fall
National charter school organization KIPP is seeking to expand its presence in San Mateo County with a new high school that would serve about 650 students when fully enrolled.

August 8, 2019 | 2 comments
'Village People' prepare to close up shop

Longtime stationery business' last day is Aug. 17
Village Stationers, a family-owned stationery store with locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be closing its doors on Aug. 17 after 53 years in business.

August 8, 2019 | 12 comments
Stanford men gymnasts competing at U.S. championships

Five gymnasts will represent Stanford at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which gets underway on Thursday. Former All-Americans Akash Modi and Eddie Penev are joined by incoming freshmen Riley Loos, Zachary Martin and JR Chou.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men's water polo club wins Senior Nationals

Cardinal senior Bennett Williams and junior Tyler Abramson, fresh from playing for the U.S. in World University Games water polo, each scored three goals to lead Stanford past NYAC 13-12 in the Men's Senior Nationals final.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Major crimes dip, but citations rise: Annual report reflects changes in Police Department

Document released after whirlwind two weeks for agency
Following a two-week period of intense public scrutiny, Palo Alto Police Department released on Tuesday its 2018 Annual Report, which indicates a drop in major crimes and highlights recent changes in the department.

August 8, 2019 | 14 comments
Stanford grad Lia Neal helps USA swimming win gold at Pan Am Games

Stanford grad and Olympic gold medalist Lia Neal helped the U.S. women's 400 freestyle relay team win the gold medal at the Pan American Games on Tuesday.

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford student by day, viral YouTube baker by night

At 20 years old, Rachel Fong of Kawaii Sweet World releases her first cookbook
Rachel Fong's creations -- doughnuts that look like alpacas, color-changing noodles and cakes that resemble sushi -- have drawn her a loyal following on her YouTube channel, Kawaii Sweet World.

August 8, 2019 | 1 comment
USA men volleyball team seeks spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The United States men's national volleyball team hope to join the American women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a successful run in the men's FIVB Olympic Qualifier that opens Friday in various cities around the world.

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

A list of building permits approved by the city of Palo Alto as of Monday, Aug. 5.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Neighbors brace for battle over Castilleja's growth plan

After years of buildup, hearings on divisive project set to kick off on Aug. 14
As Palo Alto prepares to hold its first public hearing next week on Castilleja School's ambitious plan to rebuild its campus, opponents and supporters are both leaning on a new environmental analysis to back their positions.

August 9, 2019 | 41 comments
Making connections — love or otherwise — at TheatreWorks

New Works Festival lets audiences in on the theater-making process
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will always have a special place in the hearts of Kait Kerrigan and Nathan Tysen. Not only because it's a supportive and nurturing place for writers such as themselves, but for more personal reasons, too.

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Judge denies bail to man arrested after 29-hour standoff

Computer programmer with illegal high-capacity magazine in gun deemed dangerous for release, ordered to stay away from girlfriend he allegedly assaulted
Saying he posed a public danger, a county Superior Court judge on Wednesday refused to grant bail to Adam Allen Smith, a computer programmer who barricaded himself in a home for 29 hours last week.

August 8, 2019 | 4 comments
Historic Alpine Inn reopening in Portola Valley on Friday

Monthslong renovation project brings 167-year-old institution back to 'the best version of itself'
Two private parties at the historic Alpine Inn, a Portola Valley institution that was recently sold and closed for renovation, celebrated the soft opening for family, friends and construction workers over the July 21-22 weekend.

August 7, 2019 | 4 comments
Home sales for the week of Aug. 5

A look at this week’s highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Woodside recorded the highest sale at $16.75 million for a six-bedroom home on 8 acres, bordering Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford visiting professor among latest Breakthrough Prize winners

Three physicists recognized for influential theory of supergravity to be honored in Mountain View this fall
Three physicists, including one with Stanford University ties, will share $3 million awarded at the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ceremony in Mountain View in November for their 1976 theory of "supergravity."

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
New rules could force hospitals to publish prices negotiated with insurers

Bills and executive action aim to cut down on surprisingly large hospital bills
Federal regulators want to give patients a clearer picture of what they will spend during a hospital visit, with a more accurate list of costs for everything from hip replacements to CT scans.

August 7, 2019 | 4 comments
Palo Alto celebrates second annual National Night Out

Nationwide campaign aims to strengthen ties between communities and police
More than 300 community members attended National Night Out outside Palo Alto police headquarters on Tuesday for an evening of mingling with police officers, firefighters and members of the Office of Emergency Services.

August 7, 2019 | 7 comments
Of local note: Kristie Ahn earns wild card into US Open tennis

Kristie Ahn, a three-time tennis All-American at Stanford, earned a main draw wild card entry into the US Open on Tuesday night by winning the US Open Wild Card Challenge. Palo Alto High grad Lily Zhang earned a silver medal in Peru.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
USA women open Pan Am basketball tournament with a victory

Stanford junior point guard Kiana Williams helped the United States women's Pan Am basketball rally from a seven-point deficit to down Argentina 70-62 in a preliminary game of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Tuesday.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
American men reach water polo QF of Pan American Games

Marko Vavic and Hannes Daube, both from USC, each scored five goals and the United States men's national water polo team routed Puerto Rico 24-1 in the final preliminary contest of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Tuesday.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men opens soccer season ranked fifth in national poll

The Stanford men's soccer team opens the season ranked fifth according to the first United Soccer Coaches poll of 2019, which was released Tuesday. Stanford has won three of the last four NCAA titles, and five straight Pac-12 titles.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
American women move on to Pan Am water polo quarterfinals

Maggie Steffens, Kiley Neushul and Jamie Neushul each scored three goals and the U.S. women's national water polo team topped Venezuela 23-3 on the final day of pool play Tuesday at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Student-led Shakespeare company debuts in Palo Alto

'Hamlet' will be local teen theater group's first production
Pale Fire Theater, a student-led Shakespearean theater company based in Palo Alto, is presenting its first production, "Hamlet," this month.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Redevelopment of Compadres site wins final approval

Project plans to build 17 housing units, retail along El Camino Real
A proposal to build a mixed-use development with 17 condominiums at the site of the former Compadres restaurant received the final green light from the Palo Alto City Council on Monday.

August 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Florida man sentenced for mailing explosives to political figures

Bay Area and California residents among intended targets in domestic terrorism campaign
A Florida man was handed a 20-year sentence Monday after he pleaded guilty in March to 65 felonies for mailing 16 explosive devices across the country last October, including to some Bay Area and California political figures.

August 6, 2019 | 7 comments
USA Volleyball Notebook: Women clinch berth in 2020 Olympics

The U.S. women's national volleyball team defeated Argentina 25-22, 25-17, 25-13 on Sunday to go undefeated in the Tokyo Women's Volleyball Qualification Tournament Pool C and secure its berth into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto grad seeking gold medal at Pan Am Games in table tennis

Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang and her teammate Yue Wu advanced into the gold medal match of the Pan American Games in table tennis with an 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 11-2, 12-10 victory over Canada's Alicia Cote and Mo Zhang on Monday.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. men survive Canadian pressure in Pan American water polo

Cal's Johnny Hooper scored five goals to help the United States men's water polo team out-last Canada 13-11 in a pool play contest at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Monday. Stanford's Ben Hallock scored twice.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
American women Samba past Brazil in Pan Am water polo

Former Stanford standout Melissa Seidemann and Cardinal senior Makenzie Fischer each scored four goals to lead the U.S. women's national water polo team past Brazil 20-4 in a pool-play contest of the Pan American Games on Monday.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation aims for more funding, engagement

Nonprofit looks to double fundraising by 2025
Known for popular art classes and funky exhibits featuring glass pumpkins and willow huts, the Palo Alto Art Center is now preparing to up its game in a less glamorous art: fundraising.

August 5, 2019 | 5 comments
Gluten-free bakeshop gets new owner, salon closes and Singapore cafe expands: The latest in local food and retail news

In the latest Shop Talk column, a gluten-free bakery will be under new ownership, a California Avenue salon closes its doors and Singapore's oldest cafe is opening a Palo Alto outpost.

August 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Ryan Lochte earns 27th national swimming title at Stanford

Ryan Lochte won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:57.76, seconds slower than his world record time set just over eight years ago, on the final day of the Phillips 66 USA National Swimming Championships at Stanford.

August 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Pan Am Games: U.S. men and women water polo win openers

Stanford sailor Hallie Schiffman wins her first sailing race
Stanford grad Alex Bowen scored five goals on six shots and the U.S. men's national water polo team defeated Cuba 21-6 on the sport's opening day of the Pan American Games on Sunday in Lima, Peru.

August 4, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. women reach semifinals of Pan Am Games field hockey

Stanford senior Kelsey Bing led another strong defensive effort for the U.S. women's national field hockey team Sunday, a 9-0 victory over Cuba in the quarterfinals of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

August 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Police: Man arrested after 29-hour standoff had illegal high-capacity magazine in his gun

Adam Allen Smith allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend before barricading himself inside home
The man whose 29-hour standoff with the police transformed a quiet block of Charleston Meadows into a hive of police activity was armed with an unregistered handgun loaded with an illegal high-capacity magazine, police said Sunday.

August 4, 2019 | 29 comments
One dies in crash between box truck and fire truck on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto

Man succumbed to injuries at Stanford Hospital
A man died when he rear-ended a box truck into a Palo Alto Fire Department fire truck responding to an earlier car crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 4, 2019 | 24 comments
PUF Caps top Humboldt for 12th straight baseball victory

Devereaux Harrison drove in the go-ahead run and then recorded the final out of Pacific Union Financial Capitalists' 3-1 college-level baseball victory over the host Humboldt Crabs in Arcata on Saturday night.

August 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Health issues a new experience for Stanford's Katie Ledecky

Running into a roadblock thrown up by a health issue was a new experience for former Stanford All-American Katie Ledecky at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

August 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Forde earns her second medal in as many days at national meet

Stanford junior Brooke Forde came with 0.19 seconds of a national swimming title Friday, placing second in the 400 individual medley at the Phillips 66 USA National Championships at Stanford. She swam 4:36.06 to earn her second medal.

August 3, 2019 | No comments yet
PUF Caps rally from behind to beat Humboldt in summer baseball

Incoming Stanford freshman Adam Crampton's two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning snapped a tie and helped give the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists a 6-2 victory over the host Humboldt Crabs on Friday night in Arcata.

August 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford Sailing program gets two new assistant coaches

Stanford Sailing coach Brian Swingly announced the hiring of assistants Chris Klevan and Nic Baird to complete the coaching staff. Klevan was an assistant on Swingly's coaching staff at Coast Guard for the last six years. Baird is the

August 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford freshman Haley Jones earns top prep state honor

Stanford freshman women's basketball player Haley Jones earned the 2018-19 Cal-Hi Sports State Girls Athlete of the Year, the third player so honored from San Jose's Mitty High and the second from Mitty to attend Stanford.

August 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, East Palo Alto neighborhoods gear up for National Night Out

Local block parties can expect visits, prizes from local police officers
Neighborhoods throughout both Palo Alto and East Palo Alto are preparing for National Night Out, an annual event to improve community relations between police departments and the communities they patrol this Tuesday.

August 4, 2019 | 2 comments
Man arrested after prolonged police standoff in Charleston Meadows

Police, with help from SWAT team, neighboring cities, bring suspect into custody
A marathon standoff between Palo Alto police and an armed man who barricaded himself inside a home in Charleston Meadows home concluded Saturday afternoon, when police used tear gas to get the man out of the house and arrested him.

August 2, 2019 | 8 comments
State launches $50M program for school-based mental health

Bevy of recent bills boost the role of school districts in health care, suicide prevention
The California State Legislature is calling on local school districts to come up with new ways to fill big gaps in mental health care for children and teens.

August 2, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford's Roy continues his advanced swimming education

Stanford grad Kristie Ahn reaches her first WTA Premier quarterfinal
Stanford sophomore swimmer Daniel Roy learned something about himself while finishing second to Cal's Reece Whitley in the 200 meter breaststroke at the Phillips 66 National Championships on Thursday.

August 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Family lies

Comedy-drama 'The Farewell' notes what's left unspoken with loved ones
A family discovers its grandmother has only a short while left to live and decides to keep her in the dark in "The Farewell."

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Religious leaders, community members hold vigil to protest treatment of migrants in detention

Rabbis use Jewish period of mourning to oppose the treatment of children and families detained by ICE
A little before noon, a small crowd starts to gather at El Camino Real and Page Mill Road. They're a jumbled group of community members who are protesting from now through Aug. 11 against the treatment of migrants detained in the U.S.

August 2, 2019 | 19 comments
Pickleball queen's crusade for new courts pays off

City expects to complete project at Mitchell Park by Thanksgiving
She's been dubbed the goddess, the queen or the ambassador of pickleball. Monica Engel Williams, 77, displays boundless enthusiasm for the paddle sport and has recruited hundreds of locals to the tennis-like game.

August 2, 2019 | 1 comment
'Mental health doesn't go away over the summer:' Local organizations see spike in demand for services

More youth are seeking counseling this summer — and that's a good thing, experts say
Local youth-counseling organizations are seeing a rise in demand during the summer, a time of the year when many teens and families historically haven't sought as much mental health support.

August 2, 2019 | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City Hall employee evaluations; strategy on utilities, wildfire safety

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 5.

August 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Town: Temporary bathrooms eyed for Pardee Park; environmental organizations win grants

Tidbits on people, events and other happenings in Palo Alto
In the latest Around Town column, Pardee Park may soon see temporary bathrooms that are "significantly nicer than a port-a-potty" and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District announces its first-ever grant recipients.

August 3, 2019 | 14 comments
Stanford football seeks more of a run-pass balance this year

Was last year's pass-heavy, run-light attack an aberration in the Stanford football program or a new direction? Cardinal coach David Shaw plans to find out when fall camp hits full stride this week.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Gluten-free bakeshop gets new owner, salon closes and Singapore cafe expands: The latest in local food and retail news

In this week's Shop Talk column, a gluten-free bakery will be under new ownership, a California Avenue salon closes its doors and Singapore's oldest cafe is opening a Palo Alto outpost.

August 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Nick the Greek brings Hellenic street food to a fun corner of Redwood City

Bright fast-casual restaurant is part of a rapidly expanding local chain
Nick the Greek offers exactly what one would expect from a fast-casual restaurant. Prices are fair, service is friendly and the food is a little hit and miss, but there's clearly local demand for budget-friendly Greek fare.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Grow herbs for cooking

Get tips on how to care for culinary herbs
There's great variety among the plants we use to season food, but many herbs are easy to grow.

August 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Pair of Stanford women on MAC Hermann Trophy watch list

Stanford women's soccer players Catarina Macario and Sophia Smith each earned a spot on the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in college soccer, it was announced Thursday.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Changes to local energy efficiency requirements, fall vegetable gardening

Also: Learn how to create a succulent dish garden
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including meetings about changes to Palo Alto's energy code and a fall vegetable gardening workshop.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Beason included on Hermann Trophy watch list

Stanford redshirt senior center back Tanner Beason, who finished last season as a semifinalist, opens the new year on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

A list of building permits approved by the city of Palo Alto as of Monday, July 29.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Rate hikes push Palo Alto's utility bills over the $300 mark

Higher gas and water costs drive $15 increase to the average residential bill in July
Fueled by rising transmission costs and a hot construction market, residential utility bills in Palo Alto now add up to more than $300 per month, with more rate hikes projected in the coming years.

August 1, 2019 | 25 comments
Community group demands Ravenswood school district retain Cesar Chavez name

City Councilman Ruben Abrica, school board officials, parents among attendees
The name of the new middle school that will operate at the Cesar Chavez Academy campus in East Palo Alto will be the chief topic of a community meeting organized by the Latino advocacy group Comunidad Unida Thursday night.

August 1, 2019 | 16 comments
Festival brings blues, barbecue to East Palo Alto

Annual event features 'good food, good music and good weather'
East Palo Alto will be rocking and stomping during two days of music at the annual East Palo Alto Blues Festival.

August 1, 2019 | 4 comments
One-woman show spotlights resilience in face of challenge

Menlo Park native Maria Fadiman will take the stage at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto on Aug. 3 in a solo performance about her experience living with an autoimmune disorder.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Salmonella concerns leads Pet Food Express to remove pig ear treats from stores

Decision comes amid U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into 127 human cases of infection
The Oakland-based pet retail chain Pet Food Express is removing all pig ear dog treats from stores, including two in the Palo Alto area, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked them to 127 cases of salmonella.

August 1, 2019 | 3 comments
PUF Caps win 10th straight; Roberts homers in fourth straight

Aaron Roberts hit a home run in his fourth consecutive game and the Pacific Union Capitalists beat the Solano Mudcats 14-9 in a Collegiate Summer baseball game Wednesday.

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Smith comes to Stanford, sparks USA swimming championships

Stanford commits Regan Smith and Lillie Nordmann are entering their senior year in high school this fall. If Wednesday's first day of the Phillips USA Nationals is any indication, the Cardinal seems destined to become a true dynasty.

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Tristan Beck traded to San Francisco Giants

Former Stanford baseball standout Tristan Beck was sent to the San Francisco Giants as part of trading deadline deal that sent former closer Mark Melancon to the Braves. Beck was 14-9 with a 2.74 ERA at Stanford.

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Water company in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park faces allegations of election fraud, company mismanagement

Neighbors working to challenge incumbents on Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company's board of directors
A resident group is trying to get a new board elected to the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company, which has subjected customers in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park to seemingly arbitrary fees, according to an investigation by The Almanac.

July 31, 2019 | 9 comments
Fourth period rally pushes USA past Chile in Pan Am field hockey

The United States women's national field hockey team scored four times in the fourth period to overcome a two-goal deficit and beat Chile 4-2 in the preliminary round of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday.

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Worried about wildfires, Californians ready to spend, vote to fight climate change

Survey finds 79% of polled residents rank climate change as a somewhat or very serious threat to life
The majority of Californians believe global warming is happening now and that it's a serious threat to the Golden State's future, according to the results of a poll released Monday.

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Mountain View hosts bike summit on Thursday

Public invited to bike-themed Thursday Night Live on Aug. 1
This Thursday, leaders, advocates and enthusiasts of sustainable transportation will gather in the Mountain View Community Center on Rengstorff Avenue for the ninth annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit.

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto hires new chief spokesperson

Meghan Horrigan-Taylor tapped to lead city's community-engagement efforts
City Manager Ed Shikada filled another key leadership position this week when he tapped Meghan Horrigan-Taylor to serve Palo Alto's new chief communications officer.

July 30, 2019 | 19 comments
History of Fry's site complicates city's redevelopment plans

New analysis finds former cannery to be 'historically significant,' prompting calls for building's retention
A Portage Avenue site that now houses Fry's Electronics has been deemed a historically significant property, which may delay proposals to redevelop the area eyed as a promising location for new housing.

July 31, 2019 | 101 comments
American duo 'Cook' up a golden day on the beach in Peru

Former Stanford standout Karissa Cook and teammate Jace Pardon beat Argentina's Ana Gallay and Fernanda Pereyra in three sets to earn the beach volleyball gold medal at the Pan American Games on Tuesday in Lima, Peru.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women are in the Top 25 of NCAA basketball team GPA

Stanford University earned a spot on the 2018-19 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The Cardinal's team GPA of 3.535 was tied for 21st among Division I schools last season.

July 30, 2019 | 1 comment
A silver showing at Pan Am Games for Stanford gymnasts

Former Stanford All-American Robert Neff will take home a pair of silver medals following his performance at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Tuesday. He placed second on the floor exercise and the pommel horse.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Dragon hosts a trio of solo shows in its first 'Singular Stories' festival

Three local authors/performers present autobiographical tales
Dragon Productions Theatre Company is highlighting the art of the solo show with its first "Singular Stories: Celebrating Unique Voices" festival this month, featuring three Bay Area writer/actors.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
SF Mime Troupe takes on 'Treasure Island'

Longtime satirical musical-comedy group returns to Palo Alto Aug. 7
The San Francisco Mime Troupe makes a repeat performance in Palo Alto this summer with its satirical, musical take on "Treasure Island," set amongst the developer "pirates" of San Francisco.

July 30, 2019 | 3 comments
Plenty of options at quarterback for new M-A football coach

Menlo-Atherton won a state football championship last year while using six different players at quarterback. Only one of the six graduated. Add Raymond Price III, a transfer from Sacred Heart Prep with solid credentials, to the list.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Free tuition and textbooks: A new promise for eligible Foothill College students

Program benefits first-time, full-time students
Foothill College has expanded its Foothill College Promise, a program that offers two years of free tuition and textbooks for students, regardless of their income level.

July 30, 2019 | 9 comments
California steers toward a future of self-driving cars

Self-driving cars will be part of ridesharing fleets, reducing the number of personal vehicles on the road and helping wean motorists off gasoline.
California is laying the groundwork for the next, slightly scary, phase in its push toward zero-emission transportation: self-driving cars packed with computers using finely tuned algorithms and other high-tech gadgetry.

July 30, 2019 | 10 comments
Black and White Ball returns with a bang

Dual anniversaries put a historical spin on the crowd-pleasing fundraising event
After a seven-year hiatus, the Black and White Ball is back. First held in 1987 as the key fundraising event for the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, this year's ball will be held on Friday, Oct. 4.

July 30, 2019 | 21 comments
Women's tennis; track and field and water polo Junior Olympics

Former Stanford tennis star Kristie Ahn, ranked 178th, upended 42th-ranked Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose State on Monday.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Stanford star Karissa Cook to play for Pan Am gold

Former Stanford volleyball star Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon play for a gold medal in beach volleyball at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Tuesday against Argentina's Ana Gallay and Fernanda Pereyra at 11:30 a.m.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford senior blanks Mexico in Pan Am field hockey

Stanford senior Kelsey Bing needed to make two saves all day as the 13th-ranked U.S. women's national team stopped No. 30 Mexico 5-0 on the first day of field hockey competition at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Monday.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
20,000 businesses in Palo Alto — or 3,000? Consultant didn't find the other 17,000

New review shows city's business registry is still woefully incomplete and inaccurate
Despite vowing to reform its beleaguered business-registry program and hiring a consultant to lead the effort last year, Palo Alto has little to show for its efforts, according to a new review by the Office of the City Auditor.

July 29, 2019 | 28 comments
Stanford grad Robert Neff tops all-around at Pan Am Games

Stanford grad Robert Neff earned the top ranking in all-around and the U.S. men's gymnastics team earned a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Sunday. Cardinal sophomore Brody Malone was 12th all-around.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Housing advocates file suit against Los Altos for blocking project

Downtown project sought streamlined process under new by-right housing law SB 35
A lawsuit filed against the city of Los Altos alleges that city staff -- and later the City Council -- illegally blocked a housing project that complied with California's new by-right housing law.

July 29, 2019 | 7 comments
Menlo Park man, Ladera swim team photographer, accused of sexually abusing boys

A Menlo Park man who worked as the Ladera Recreation Center swim team photographer is being accused of sexually abusing young boys and was arrested Thursday, July 25.

July 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Google announces $50 million loan for housing growth

Housing Trust Silicon Valley plans to jumpstart housing with funding boost
As the first piece of their $1 billion housing pledge, Google executives have announced the tech giant will invest $50 million in the Housing Trust Silicon Valley.

July 29, 2019 | 4 comments
Kasevich throws six shutout innings in PUF Caps victory

Palo Alto grad Josh Kasevich pitched six shutout innings, Aaron Roberts homered in his third straight game and the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists held on to beat the host Redding Colts 45s, sweeping the three-game set.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Manuel has big final day at FINA World Championships

Former Stanford tennis star Kristie Ahn earns her way into main draw of Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic
Former Stanford star Simone Manuel earned a pair of gold medals within an hour of each other on the final day of the meet in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday. She won the 50 free, complementing her previous victory in the 100 free.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Future Stanford hoopster is in the right place at the right time

Incoming Stanford freshman Belibi grabbed two of her seven rebounds for the game in the final 26 seconds of the Americans' 74-70 overtime victory over Australia in the gold medal game of the FIBA U19 World Cup in Bangkok.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Despite loss, Klineman and Ross on track for 2020 Olympics

Former Stanford All-American Alix Klineman and Olympian April Ross reached their third straight World Tour beach volleyball championship match Sunday, where they lost to Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Lisboa, 21-19, 21-18.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Harrell delivers relief in PUF Caps victory over Redding

Jake Harrell got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning to preserve Pacific Union Capitalists 9-7 victory over the host Redding Colts 45s on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Oregon wildfire smoke prompts air advisory for Bay Area

Faint smell of smoke expected in elevated areas
Bay Area residents may catch the faint smell of smoke this weekend from a wildfire burning in southern Oregon.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Late rally leads U.S. rowers to silver medal at U23 Worlds

Stanford sophomore Emily Molins and Boston College senior Sarah Maietta took their oars to Sarasota, Fla. to take part in the U23 World Rowing Championships and will return to school this fall with a silver medal.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Williams finishes with school decathlon record

Field hockey players named to U.S. training camps
Competing for the final time in a Stanford uniform, Harrison Williams broke the school decathlon record for the sixth time, while finishing third at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships on Friday at Drake Stadium.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
USA beach volleyball, women's basketball head to finals

The women's beach volleyball team of Stanford alum Alix Klineman and USC grad April Ross won three times Saturday to set up a championship showdown with Brazil's Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduardo Santos Lisboa on Sunday in Tokyo.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County: Cooling centers open this weekend, extreme heat forecast

Cooling centers will be open in Santa Clara County this weekend with extreme heat and temperatures expected to reach up to 100 degrees.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Gold for Ledecky and two records for Manuel at FINA Worlds

Stanford's Katie Ledecky, a world record holder, made it to the top of the podium, winning the women's 800 freestyle on Saturday at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Teammate Simone Manuel set her own record.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Balcony collapse in Gwangju affects American aquatic athletes

Stanford sophomore and USA water polo player Ben Hallock escaped with minor abrasions on his legs when a balcony inside a nightclub in Gwangju, South Korea collapsed Saturday that caused two deaths and injured 16 athletes.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
USA women win third straight world water polo championship

Former Stanford All-American Kiley Neushul scored three times to help the United States women's national water polo team beat Spain 11-6 to win the gold medal at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Friday.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Caps use Stanford pitching connection for win over Redding Colt 45s

Stanford freshmen Quinn Matthews and Max Meier took care of the first 8 2/3 innings of the PUF Caps 10-2 victory over the host Redding Colt 45s on Friday. They combined on a 3-hitter, did not allow a run, struck out 16 and walked one.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford WPC 18 A girls take a big step at water polo JOs

Kyle Utsumi has been around water polo long enough to realize that expectations have to be realistic. Would it be nice for his Stanford 18A girls team to win a title at the National Junior Olympics? Sure. But is it realistic?

July 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Sizzling temperatures in the forecast leads to three-day Spare the Air alert

Air district takes 'unusual step' due to high-pressure system over Pacific Southwest
Air quality officials took the unusual step of declaring a three-day Spare the Air Alert due to sizzling temperatures expected around the region this weekend.

July 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Peninsula Youth Theatre will downsize to stay in Mountain View after rent hike

Peninsula Youth Theatre will keep its longtime home on Old Middlefield Way after all, by giving up one of its studios in order to afford a steep rent increase that threatened to displace Mountain View's longtime youth theater.

July 26, 2019 | No comments yet
California's emissions deal with automakers dodges Trump EPA plan to gut rules

New agreement gives companies five rather four years to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals
California made its own tailpipe emissions deal with four major carmakers, officials said Thursday, ignoring Trump administration threats to roll back Obama-era vehicle standards.

July 26, 2019 | No comments yet
World swimming, water polo, rowing and all-star baseball

Former Stanford All-Americans Alix Klineman and Kerri Walsh Jennings, with their teammates, each clinched spots in the elimination round of the FIVB Tokyo Olympic Qualification Tournament, winning their first two matches Thursday.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: To create lifelong civic leaders: Lower the voting age

Proposed to lower voting age for Palo Alto school board elections could engage youth in politics
A youth-run organization has proposed lowering the voting age for local school board elections to 16. I cannot think of a better opportunity to show the youth how valuable their voices are.

July 26, 2019 | 47 comments
'Nothing less than transformational:' Ketamine brings relief to people with severe depression

Local medical professionals say psychedelic abused as a party drug has made life-changing improvements for patients
Ketamine is starting to shed its reputation as a psychedelic club drug and experimental mental health treatment as more patients see results and more research is conducted on the drug's impact on the brain.

July 26, 2019 | 3 comments
At Needles Studio, generations build relationships

Barron Park space allows community members to sew together
In a Barron Park sewing studio, people meet new friends, chat and exchange techniques while reimagining the old and worn-out to create something new.

July 26, 2019 | 2 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Proposed mixed-use building on Hamilton Avenue

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 29.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Town: Letting Fido run free; winners in first-ever Silicon Valley Photo Contest

Also, Stanford scientist makes cellular discovery at Baylands
In the latest Around Town column, read about a proposal to loosen the city's leash law, the winners of the inaugural Silicon Valley Photo Contest and a scientific discovery made at the Palo Alto Baylands.

July 27, 2019 | 71 comments
California dreamin'

Quentin Tarantino finally goes 'Hollywood'
For the comedy-drama "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," Quentin Tarantino quantum-leaps back to 1969 to tell the tale of fading star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Customers follow their noses to Michoacán Market's charcoal-grilled chicken

Couple aims to serve something delicious, fresh and affordable to customers, mostly working-class Latino families
When Janet and Ruben Robles first started cooking whole chickens to bring in more business to their Menlo Park market, they didn't have to do any promotion. The sight and smell alone of mesquite-grilled chicken attracted customers.

July 25, 2019 | 11 comments
Clark comes to Stanford with long track and field record

Stanford began rebuilding its track and field coaching staff with the hiring of the 2009 USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year J.J. Clark to become Director of Track and Field, Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced Thursday.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Stanford junior wins gold medal in poomsae taekwondo

Stanford junior Alex Lee earned the first medal, a gold, of the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru for the U.S. NorCal Rize is currently accepting registration for new and returning girls' lacrosse players between the 7th and 12th grades.

July 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Several former Stanford coaches join Miltenberg at UNC

Four former Stanford track and field coaches and staff members have joined former Cardinal Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Chris Miltenberg at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, which was announced Thursday.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Create a safe, comfortable home for the years to come

Get tips on upgrades that will help you stay in your home as you age
From simple updates for lighting, furniture and fixtures to full-blown remodels, drawing on principles of universal design can make your home more accessible.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Tree care workday, Repair Cafe

Also, composting with worms workshop, changes to Palo Alto's energy efficiency requirements
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a volunteer workday to care for local trees, an event to fix your broken household items and meetings about changes to Palo Alto's energy code.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of July 22

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the most expensive transaction at $25,000,000 for a modern five-bedroom home, completed in 2019 and featuring a guesthouse, dining terrace and sports court.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
KFJC hosts weekend listener appreciation party

Foothill College station KFJC is inviting fans to meet the faces behind the microphone at a listener appreciation party this weekend, a nearly all-day event hosted at Sunnyvale Baylands Park.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Facebook to pay record-breaking $5B penalty over violating users' privacy

'The accountability required by this agreement surpasses current U.S. law', social media giant says in statement
The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday announced a $5 billion settlement with Menlo Park-based Facebook Inc., the largest-ever penalty imposed on a company for consumer privacy violations.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Shepard ready to take his place among top Paly wide receivers

It's been quite a remarkable run of wide receivers at Palyover the last decade. Senior Jamir Shepard may become the sixth wide receiver over that span to continue on and play at the Division I level.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto 15U all-stars stay alive at Babe Ruth regional

PUF Caps throw one-hitter at Atwater Aviators
Matteo Romeo had three hits and drove in four runs as the Palo Alto 15U all-stars rebounded from an opening day loss to beat South Lake Tahoe 19-7 in an elimination game Wednesday of the Babe Ruth Southwest Regional at Taft High.

July 24, 2019 | 1 comment
USA women in FINA water polo final; Drabot, DeVine in swim final

Stanford senior Makenzie Fischer scored twice and the United States women's senior national water polo team topped Australia 7-2 in the semifinal round of the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Wednesday.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Hot construction market stalls fire station project in Palo Alto

City attributes delays to strong market, turnover among subcontractors
A sizzling construction market has dampened Palo Alto's progress on replacing the Rinconada Park fire station, which remains a work very much in progress -- a fortress of exposed Sheetrock enveloped by scaffolding.

July 24, 2019 | 30 comments
USA women clinch spot in quarters of U19 World Cup basketball

Incoming Stanford freshman Fran Belibi contributed eight points and eight rebounds to help the U.S. women beat Germany 79-61 in the Round of 16 at the FIBA U19 Women's World Cup in Bangkok on Wednesday. The U.S. meets Canada on Friday.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Adam Gazzaley And Robert Strong: The Neuroscience Of Magic

Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician/comedian Robert Strong will discuss the connection between brains and "magic" illusions at a Cubberley Theatre event.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
'Nicavangelists' youth dance group to perform in Lytton Plaza

Members of "The Nicavangelists," a group of dancers made up of at-risk youths from Nicaragua, will perform in Lytton Plaza this week.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto treads cautiously on expanding Foothills Park access

Parks and Recreation commissioners favor incremental change to controversial admission policy
A fresh effort to expand access to Foothills Park is reopening an old debate, with some residents saying that it's time let more people in and others arguing that doing so would imperil the very qualities that make the park special.

July 24, 2019 | 109 comments
DMV offices closed for Real ID training Wednesday morning

Training to help process increasingly high volume of applications more efficiently
The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced a statewide employee training to take place Wednesday morning that will push back the beginning of operating hours at all DMV offices to 1 p.m.

July 24, 2019 | 3 comments
A championship water polo season worth remembering

Stanford-bound Larsen Weigle can take the rest of the summer off. He's earned it after wrapping up a high school career in water polo that would be the envy of just about any player in the country.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Video shows police forcefully arresting Palo Alto man outside his home. Now the incident's under investigation.

Officers broke man's front door, slammed him against his car and arrested him for allegedly driving with suspended license
Surveillance footage showing Palo Alto police officers arresting, mocking and slamming a resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park against a car windshield has fueled allegations that officers acted illegally and used excessive force.

July 24, 2019 | 27 comments
Rep. Anna Eshoo tackles impeachment, health care at Mountain View town hall meeting

Congresswoman encourages crowd of 200 to ‘impeach’ President Donald Trump at the polls
Talks of impeachment and health care dominated Monday's town hall meeting hosted by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, at the Mountain View Community Center.

July 23, 2019 | 43 comments
Man wanted for 2011 East Palo Alto homicide extradited to US after fleeing to Mexico

Jaime Cardenas to be prosecuted for separate crimes in Colorado before returning to San Mateo County
Jaime Cardenas, a suspect in the 2011 shooting death of Catherine Fisher in East Palo Alto, is being held in Mesa County Jail in Colorado after serving about eight years in a Mexico prison.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford, Mayfield WPC girls teams set to dive in at JOs

The USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics continues Thursday with eight Stanford girls water polo club teams entered. Mayfield 650 has four teams entered, a year after making its JO debut with one team.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Palo Alto baseball star looks to start football career

After seven years playing minor league baseball, former Palo Alto standout BJ Boyd has come home and decided to change directions: from pro baseball to college football.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Foothill's 'Cinderella' proves, yes, charming

A classic tale, refreshed for the modern age
"Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" makes for a lovely, family-friendly show.

July 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Pondering 'The How and the Why'

Small-scale show asks some big questions at Dragon Theatre
Dragon Productions Theatre Company's "The How and the Why" mixes cerebral concepts with heartfelt emotion in a satisfying way.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Man arrested after vehicle and foot chase ends in East Palo Alto

Menlo Park police chase down 29-year-old who fled from car carrying drugs, paraphernalia
A man was arrested after fleeing from a Menlo Park traffic stop and leading police on a brief pursuit into East Palo Alto where he was allegedly found with drug paraphernalia on Monday, police said.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Belibi records double-double in USA World Cup win

Incoming Stanford freshman Fran Belibi recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds and the USA women U19 World Cup team beat Hungary 95-50 Tuesday to complete an undefeated run through Pool C at the FIBA U19 World Cup.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Liu helps Canada edge Czech Republic in playoffs

The Canadian men's national volleyball team rallied to earn a 25-19, 20-25, 28-26, 15-25, 17-15 victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday in Pool G of the FIVB U21 World Championships in Manama, Bahrain.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
USA men come up big in FINA World Championships

Stanford redshirt sophomore Ben Hallock scored four goals in Tuesday's classification contest and the U.S. men's national water polo team splashed to a 20-3 victory over South Africa at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Up to 15M Californians eligible for restitution in Equifax data breach

Attorney General Xavier Becerra announces $425M settlement deal
As many as 15 million Californians may be eligible for restitution in a nationwide settlement of lawsuits over a massive data breach by the Equifax credit bureau in 2017, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday.

July 23, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford WPC 18A team splashes into semifinals of JOs

UPDATE: The Stanford 18A boys play for a water polo gold medal at the 50th annual National Junior Olympics on Tuesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine against LA Premier at 4:45 p.m. after winning in semis.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Caltrain's new vision calls for tripling ridership by 2040

Staff recommends scenario that would accommodate about 180,000 riders, require more than $22B in investment
Caltrain's plan to expand and modernize its train system will hit a critical juncture next month, when the agency's board of directors considers a new proposal that would roughly triple ridership by 2040.

July 23, 2019 | 27 comments
Ledecky withdraws from 1,500 free at FINA World meet

Stanford sophomore Taylor Ruck finishes fourth in the 100 back
Former Stanford All-American and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky was forced out of the 1,500 meter freestyle final at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea due to an undisclosed illness.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Noose found on Stanford campus reportedly on display longer than believed

University leaders denounce noose as 'a symbol of violence and racism,' offer resources to campus community
Stanford University has tapped on several campus offices to offer support services for students and staff affected by the discovery of a noose found hanging from a bush near one of the residence halls earlier this month.

July 22, 2019 | 5 comments
Beach volleyball: 365 days and counting down toward Tokyo

A year out from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, there's every reason to believe that former Stanford All-Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and Alix Klineman could represent the United States in beach volleyball, along with their teammates.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
USA women stay unbeaten in water polo; PUF Caps win again

Madeline Musselman scored four goals and the USA women's national water polo team moved into the semifinals of the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea with a 15-5 victory over Greece on Monday.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Rep. Eshoo to hold town hall meeting in Mountain View

Congresswoman expected to discuss recent visit to Texas-Mexico border
U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, is set to hold a community town hall meeting on Monday, July 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Community Center.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford has several teams in contention at National JO's

Stanford's 18A boys water polo team won another two games at the USAWP National Junior Olympics on Sunday to advance into Monday's quarterfinal round. Brandon Johnson coached the team to a national runner-up finish last year.

July 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn football may do a little more passing this season

In Jason Miller's first season as football coach, Gunn was a running team. The Titans, operating most often out of an all-tight double-wing formation with no wide receivers, completed 20 passes all season. That will change this season.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Local note: USA women successfully open FIBA World Cup

Incoming Stanford freshman Fran Belibi scored a team-high 18 points to help the United States women's basketball U19 team beat South Korea 89-67 on Sunday at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Bangkok. She made all eight of her shots.

July 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Stanford stars Manuel, Ledecky earn silver at Worlds

Former Stanford All-Americans Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky each collected a silver medal on the first day of the swimming competition at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday.

July 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Greece rallies past USA men in FINA water polo championships

Stanford junior Ben Hallock scored twice for the U.S. men's senior national water polo team in the second round of the FINA World Championships on Sunday, but Greece rallied to beat the Americans 11-9.

July 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford WPC off to a good start at National tourney

The Stanford Water Polo Club 18A boys are off a 2-0 start in the 50th annual National Junior Olympics in Orange County after scoring 26 goals in two wins at Foothill High in Tustin on Saturday. The 18B, 12A and 12B boys also won twice.

July 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Caps win big; Atherton teen to baseball camp

Starter Quinn Matthews and three relievers combined to throw a four-hitter in the Pacific Union Capitalists 7-0 victory over the host Marysville Gold Sox in a nonconference baseball game Friday night.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Walsh Jennings and Sweat knocked out of FIVB tourney

Brazil's Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Santos Lisboa-Duda beat former Stanford All-American and five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings and her teammate Brooke Sweat, 21-16, 21-18, in the quarters at Espinho, Portugak

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Late goal lifts USA men to water polo victory over Australia

Cal's Luca Cupido launched a 6-meter shot that found the back of the net with 1:17 remaining to play to give the United States men's senior national water polo team a 12-11 victory over Australia on Friday in South Korea.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Valuable experience for U20, U21 volleyball teams at worlds

Stanford sophomore Justin Liu was the starting Libero for Team Canada in a 25-17, 25-17, 25-15 loss to Italy on the first day of the U21 World Championships in Manama, Bahrain on Thursday.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Baseball: PUF Caps win; Stanford's Palisch an all-star

Dalton Bowling hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning and the Pacific Union Capitalists never looked back in an 8-2 baseball victory over the host Marysville Gold Sox on Thursday.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
USA women win group title, advance to quarters at Worlds

Stanford junior Aria Fischer scored four times to help the U.S. senior women's national water polo team swamp South Africa 26-1 at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Thursday.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Road rage turns into armed robbery outside Stanford Shopping Center

Sedan driver makes threats while holding handgun, takes man’s cellphone
A road rage incident between two drivers fueled an armed robbery in which one them stole the other's cellphone at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot in Palo Alto on Thursday morning, police said.

July 18, 2019 | 12 comments
New Stanford Hospital readies for its fall opening

With certificate of occupancy, hospital staff start training in and stocking new facility
The new Stanford Hospital, a seven-story, plus-shaped complex that has been more than a decade in the making, is in the home stretch before its fall debut.

July 18, 2019 | 8 comments
Walsh Jennings looking for sixth Olympic appearance

Former Stanford All-American and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and United States teammate Brooke Sweat won twice Thursday on the first day of the FIVB World Tour Espinho tournament in Portugal.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Is racism also a local problem?

Palo Alto Online blogger suggests city's Human Relations Commission collect data on whether discrimination is occurring
While racism has always simmered in this country, it erupted again this past week after President Trump exploded about the "Squad" of four. And while this is a countrywide concern, I started thinking about how we are faring locally.

July 20, 2019 | 17 comments
Around Town: Local girl wins 'Chopped Junior,' new group aims to steer rail redesign in right direction

Also, Avenidas' CEO named board chair at Vista Center
In the latest Around Town column, read about a Palo Alto student who topped the competition on "Chopped Junior," a new group that aims to help the city in its rail-redesign effort and new board leadership at the Vista Center.

July 21, 2019 | 6 comments
'The Red Book Hours' explores Carl Jung's creative process

Palo Alto author Jill Mellick follows in the psychoanalyst's artistic footsteps
Intrigued by psychoanalyst Carl Jung's artistic works, Palo Alto author Jill Mellick decided to explore his creative process.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto hires new chief transportation official, taps new fire chief

Philip Kamhi will return to City Hall to lead transportation operations; Geoffrey 'Geo' Blackshire to serve as fire chief on permanent basis
Philip Kamhi, who had previously managed Palo Alto's parking programs, will return to City Hall to head the new Office of Transportation; Geoffrey "Geo" Blackshire has been tapped to serve as permanent fire chief, the city announced.

July 18, 2019 | 19 comments
Skyline murder suspect to receive mental health evaluation

Malik Dosouqi, who pleaded not guilty to June stabbings, drops request to represent himself
Malik Dosouqi, the Pacifica man charged with two murders along Skyline Boulevard in June, will be evaluated by doctors about whether he is fit to stand trial.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto woman drowns while hiking with her family

Heather Noone, 48, was a marriage and family therapist
A Palo Alto woman drowned on Wednesday while hiking with her family in the Feather River Canyon in Plumas County, according to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office.

July 18, 2019 | 6 comments
For one East Palo Alto condo, 60 would-be buyers

Lottery held to determine who gets priority in purchasing below-market-rate home
Visiting open houses and preparing bids over asking price are part of the Bay Area house hunt, but for 60 people who want to own a below-market-rate condonimium in East Palo Alto, their search came down to a July 15 lottery.

July 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Man gropes woman after concert at Stanford's Frost Amphitheater

Deputies unable to find man last seen walking toward parking lot
Stanford University deputies are searching for a man who groped a woman leaving a concert at Frost Amphitheater on Wednesday night, according to Department of Public Safety staff.

July 18, 2019 | 5 comments
PUF Caps lose lead in the seventh and then lose game

Recent Palo Alto grad Josh Kasevich and Aaron Roberts each collected two hits but the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists lost to the host Healdsburg Prune Packers 7-4 in a nonconference collegiate summer baseball contest Wednesday.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto refocuses on affordable-housing program, as crisis continues

City hires nonprofit EPA Can Do to administer, analyze program
As East Palo Alto seeks to increase its stock of affordable housing, it is revitalizing its below-market-rate housing program with the help of a longtime ally: East Palo Alto Community Alliance Development Organization.

July 19, 2019 | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Access to Foothill Park; evaluation of former Portage Avenue cannery

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 22.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Caltrain proposes fare increases starting in 2020

Agency seeks opinions on possible price hike through public meetings
People can weigh in on potential Caltrain fare changes at a series of public meetings the agency will hold this month.

July 17, 2019 | 7 comments
'Stuber' is as 'Stuber' does

Dumb action comedy spins its wheels
A mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu picks up a passenger who turns out to be a cop on the trail of a killer in the new action-comedy "Stuber."

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
On the golf course, volleyball court and baseball field

Stanford men's volleyball player Justin Lui has been selected to the Canadian Junior National Team, which will compete at the U21 World Championships. Also, Stanford golfer Ethan Ng qualified for the U.S. Amateur.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Lead paint companies owe $305M under settlement reached with Santa Clara County, nine other counties, cities

Public nuisance suit claimed deteriorated lead-based paint adversely impacted children's health
Ten California cities and counties led by Santa Clara County on Wednesday announced a $305 million settlement with three paint companies to clean up lead paint hazards to children in older housing.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Garden Tips: Summer Touch-ups

What to do in your garden now to help it thrive all season
Weed, trim, harvest and fertilize your garden in the summer to keep plants beautiful and productive.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Castilleja's ambitious development plan would create significant traffic woes

With release of environmental-impact report, school's growth plan will get public scrutiny
With project plans still winding their way through the Palo Alto process, the school is entering a critical phase of the application review with the city's July 17 release of the much-anticipated draft environmental-impact report.

July 17, 2019 | 73 comments
Home front: Cool-season veggies, orchid judging

Also, learn how to set up a greywater system
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including cool-season veggie container gardening and an orchid judging event.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto family starts homemade seasoning business

It all started with a cookbook called 'Food in Jars.'
For the past four years, East Palo Alto residents Dulani and Lisa Spencer and their son Myles have been running Savor Seasoning Blends, which specializes in salts, rubs and other seasonings.

July 18, 2019 | 5 comments
Mandy Harvey to perform at fundraiser to benefit hearing impaired patients

Mandy Harvey, an "America's Got Talent" Golden Buzzer winner a couple of seasons ago, brings her inspirational talent to the Peninsula to raise money to help under-served and under-insured patients obtain hearing health care.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
USA men drop a match to Croatia in FINA World event

The score was 4-0 before the U.S. men's national water polo team blinked and it never got much better as the U.S. fell to Croatia 17-7 in preliminary play at the Nambu University Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea on Wednesday.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of July 15

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the most expensive transaction at $10,900,000 for a three-bedroom, 8,468-square-foot home.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

A list of building permits approved by the city of Palo Alto as of Monday, July 15.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto makes unexpected trip to Babe Ruth Regional

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13-15 all-stars surprised everyone, most of all themselves, by winning the Northern California tournament last week in Belmont. The team's summertime season has been extended, again.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Investigation launched into noose found at Stanford near student residence

University police looking into the situation as a suspicious circumstance
Stanford University is investigating how a noose ended up tied to a tall bush near a residence for summer students over the weekend, university staff said in a statement.

July 17, 2019 | 3 comments
USA U20 women drop volleyball match to Japan at Worlds

Incoming Stanford freshman Kendall Kipp recorded five points, including four kills, as the U.S. women's junior national volleyball team fell to Japan, 25-18, 25-15, 25-20, in the second round of the U20 World Championships.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
The Peninsula food scene gets its own newsletter

Hungry much? Journalist Elena Kadvany chronicles the area's diverse culinary culture in her new biweekly Peninsula Foodist email
To keep Peninsula residents up-to-date on all of the latest culinary happenings -- from parking-lot food stands to Michelin-starred restaurants -- food blogger Elena Kadvany is debuting the biweekly e-newsletter Peninsula Foodist.

July 17, 2019 | 3 comments
Liu Jianhua: The clay's the thing

Pace Gallery presents bold experiments using an ancient medium
For its first summer offering (on view until Aug. 4), Pace Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of ceramic works by Liu Jianhua, one of China's best-known artists.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Aurora Singers and Chorale Assou-Lézert to perform 'Together En Chansons' July 21

It's been said that music transcends language. The 18-year relationship between the Palo Alto-based Aurora Singers and French choir Chorale Assou-Lézert proves this to be true.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
New 'inclusive' playground planned for Rinconada Park

Palo Alto moves ahead with plans to renovate playgrounds, add picnic areas next to Junior Museum and Zoo
Inspired by the success of the Magical Bridge playground in Mitchell Park, Palo Alto officials are preparing to open the city's second "inclusive" playground as part of an upcoming renovation of Rinconada Park.

July 19, 2019 | 4 comments
TheatreWorks' 'The Language Archive' is a warmhearted season starter

Linguistics-loving romantic-dramedy opens company's golden anniversary
Julia Cho's "The Language Archive" is a fittingly poignant and warmhearted way to usher in TheatreWorks' 50th year.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford rowers to compete at U23 World Championships

Eight current Cardinal rowers have qualified to represent Stanford's rowing programs at the Under-23 World Championships in Sarasota, Florida, which begin July 24.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal All-American Valenzuela earns top golf honor

Stanford senior Albane Valenzuela was awarded the Edith Cummings Munson Award on Tuesday. The award is presented annually to the Women's Division I golfer who is an upperclassman and both a WGCA All-American Scholar and All-American.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford alum Steffens scores go-ahead goal for U.S. women

Former Stanford All-American and two-time Olympic gold medalist Maggie Steffens scored to snap a tie and lead the U.S. women's national water polo team to a 12-9 victory over the Netherlands on Tuesday at the FINA World Championships.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Buffalo-milk gelato, Chinese zongzi and crossfit: The latest in local food and retail news

Cal. Ave. business district loses gym; Two restaurants find new spaces in Palo Alto, Mountain View
In the latest Shop Talk column, find out where Amity Crossfit moved to and about two new food businesses in the area.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Teens punch, attempt to rob man while armed on Stanford campus

Three of four boys apprehended near Palo Alto High School, where replica firearm was found
Three teens accused of punching and attempting to rob a man at Stanford University on Monday were arrested by police near Palo Alto High School, but a fourth boy remains on the loose, according to a Stanford public safety alert.

July 16, 2019 | 28 comments
Stanford WPC rosters for USAWP Junior Olympics

The 50th annual USA Water Polo Junior Olympics begin Saturday at various venues. Eight teams will represent the Stanford Water Polo Club at the JOs. The 18U A team is seeded second overall in the Championship Division.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Man killed in head-on collision on U.S. Highway 101 identified

Two other collisions in area leave six people injured, results in one arrest
A man who died while driving the wrong way in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto on June 16 was identified Monday by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office as Jose Vasquez Navas, 33.

July 15, 2019 | 5 comments
Crossed wires, palm tree leads to unplanned power shutdown

About 1,700 customers briefly without electrical service in Barron Park neighborhood
About 1,700 Palo Alto Utilities customers were without electricity Monday afternoon due to an emergency shutdown to remove a tree that had crossed power lines, according to an agency spokeswoman.

July 15, 2019 | 3 comments
USA men open with victory at FINA World Championships

Former Stanford All-American Alex Bowen scored four goals in helping the USA men's national water polo team open play at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea with a convincing 16-7 win over Kazakhstan on Sunday.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Menlo College player joins international roster

Former Menlo College volleyball standout Sofia Salim is participating in the Global Challenge, one of the largest volleyball tournaments in the world.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Bell returns to Sacred Heart Prep to coach girls basketball

Kai Bell, an assistant coach for the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School boys teams over the past decade, has been hired as the girls basketball coach at Sacred Heart Prep. Bell replaces former Stanford standout Melanie Murphy.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
No Bay Area ICE raids occur following federal court order

Bay Area immigrant advocates say ICE has violated legal rights of detainees
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were predicted for this past weekend in the Bay Area and which stirred numerous protests locally by immigrants' rights advocates did not materialize.

July 14, 2019 | 9 comments
USA Volleyball: Men lose VNL final; women win Pan Am Cup

Taylor Sander had 20 points, including 17 kills, but it wasn't enough as Russia defended its FIVB Volleyball Nations League title with a 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20 victory over the United States in the championship of the VNL Finals.

July 14, 2019 | No comments yet
USA junior national women advance at U20 Worlds

The United States women's junior national volleyball team downed Cuba 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 on the final day of the preliminary round Sunday in Aguascalientes, Mexico and will advance into round two, which begins Tuesday.

July 14, 2019 | No comments yet
A major victory on FIVB World Tour for Klineman, Ross

A week after finishing second in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Germany, former Stanford All-American and Olympic medalist April Ross rebounded with a victory at the Swatch Major Gstaad in Switzerland.

July 14, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. men's water polo settles for silver at WUGs in Italy

Four Stanford men's water polo players participated in the FISU World University Games and helped the United States reach the championship match, but the Americans dropped an 18-7 decision to Italy on Sunday.

July 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Stanford All-Americans face each other on the beach

Former Stanford women's volleyball All-Americans Alix Klineman and Kerri Walsh Jennings faced each other in the quarterfinals of the Swatch Major Gstaad tournament in Switzerland on Saturday.

July 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Chicago turns out to be USA men's volleyball kind of town

Matt Anderson recorded 22 points, including 20 kills, and the U.S. men's senior national volleyball team dropped Brazil 25-21, 17-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9 in the semifinals of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Final on Saturday.

July 14, 2019 | No comments yet
USA women going for Pan Am volleyball gold on Sunday

The United States women's national volleyball beat Colombia 25-17, 25-14, 25-15, in the semifinals of the Women's Pan American Senior Cup at the Gran Chimú Coliseum in Trujillo, Peru on Friday.

July 13, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. men's water polo to play for gold at WUGs, Arbuthnott earns tennis silver

Stanford sophomore Quinn Woodhead scored three goals and the United States men's collegiate national team defeated Hungary 12-9 in the semifinals of the FISU World University Games in Naples, Italy on Saturday.

July 13, 2019 | No comments yet
United States men move into semifinal round of VNL finals

Former Stanford standout Erik Shoji turned in another great effort as Libero on Friday night in the Americans' 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Russia at Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago in FIVB VNL finals action.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
New homeless census shows a spike in population living in vehicles

Job loss, alcohol and drug abuse top the list of reasons for homelessness, survey says
The percentage of homeless people living in their vehicles in Santa Clara County has more than doubled since 2017, accounting for 18% of the county's unhoused population, according to a new Santa Clara County homeless census.

July 12, 2019 | 30 comments
Stanford's Arbuthnott advances to gold medal match at WUG

Stanford senior Emily Arbuthnott will be playing for a gold medal in Saturday's singles championship at the World University Games in Naples, Italy following a straight set victory over Hong Kong's Eudice Chong on Friday.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
California wants to allow credit cards at the DMV, but it'll cost you a fee

Agency wants to pass on transaction costs to drivers, switch expected by October
Got a driver's license to renew or a vehicle to register? Well, if you were planning to pay for it with a credit card, you may want to do it this summer.

July 13, 2019 | 3 comments
Around Town: Baylands Golf Links earns spot on best courses list; former city auditor joins BART

Tidbits on people, events and other happenings in Palo Alto
In the latest Around Town column, find out how Baylands Golf Links ranked in Golfweek Magazine's best courses list and which agency has former city auditor Harriett Richardson as its first inspector general.

July 14, 2019 | 3 comments
Paly's Giffen, Gunn's Howard to play in all-star football game

Recent Palo Alto grad Kevin Giffen and Gunn grad LeeMaster Howard are playing for the North in the 45th annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game, which will be held at Westmont High on Thursday at 7 p.m.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto wins twice to win NorCal 15U all-star tourney

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U all-stars completed an unlikely comeback, winning five straight games, including two on Thursday over Bel Mateo 2-1 and 7-1, to earn a berth in the regional tournament.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals making a difference on soccer's biggest stage

Menlo Park resident Tierna Davidson still had another year of soccer eligibility and could have returned to play her senior year at Stanford this fall. Her effort in USA's Women's World Cup victory over Chile showed why she left early.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. women end on winning note in WUG volleyball

Stanford senior Audriana Fitzmorris recorded seven kills to help the U.S. women's national collegiate volleyball team beat Switzerland 25-21, 25-20, 25-9 on Thursday to place ninth at the World University Games in Naples, Italy.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Living on four wheels: The people inside the RVs on Palo Alto's El Camino Real

Some call their RV a home away from home, but others say it's all they have
The more than 40 recreational vehicles parked along El Camino Real, just outside Stanford University, have been deemed eyesores, but inside them are people facing diverse circumstances.

July 12, 2019 | 104 comments
East Palo Alto eyes multiple strategies for shrinking the housing gap

City plans to add 500 new affordable units in five years
Even as the city of East Palo Alto is reviewing proposals for more than 558 new market-rate apartments, condos and single-family homes, it is also embarking on a plan to build 500 deed-restricted affordable homes by 2023.

July 12, 2019 | 7 comments
Developers propose to build more than 800 housing units in East Palo Alto

Facing housing crisis, city set to review proposals this fall, winter
East Palo Alto officials will be considering plans for more than 800 new housing units in the coming months, with the majority -- 558 -- being at market-rate.

July 12, 2019 | 7 comments
They may be slow, but they're not easy to find: Keeping up with the elusive Western pond turtle

District launches an app to report sightings of Western pond turtles, other species
A new program by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District aims to help Western pond turtles, California's only native freshwater turtle species, thrive.

July 12, 2019 | 1 comment
The 'Maiden' voyage

Join an all-female yachting crew in a race around the world
Alex Holmes' documentary "Maiden" provides a fresh account of the first-ever all-female yacht crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Newell Road Bridge replacement; Temporary art at Cal. Ave. garage

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 15.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Future Cardinal named to USA women's junior national team

Incoming Stanford freshman Kendall Kipp earned a spot on the 12-player U.S. women's junior national volleyball team that will compete at the FIVB Women's U20 World Championship, which begins Friday in Mexico.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Two peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto pose threat to native wildlife

Eradication treatments set to begin Thursday
County officials are inspecting areas in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park after two male peach fruit flies native to southern Asia were found in Palo Alto, with plans to begin eradication treatments this Thursday.

July 11, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford men's soccer adds two coaches

Stanford's Director of Men's Soccer Jeremy Gunn announced the additions of Shane Carew and Ben Moane to his coaching staff on Thursday.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Police arrest transient for alleged attack with a skateboard downtown

Pedestrian suffers minor injuries to face, abdomen
Police have arrested a transient who is accused of attacking a pedestrian on University Avenue on Wednesday using a skateboard.

July 11, 2019 | 10 comments
Buffalo-milk gelato, Chinese zongzi and crossfit: The latest in local food and retail news

In this week's Shop Talk column, find out where Amity Crossfit moved to and about two new food businesses in the area.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Document shredding, moonlight garden workshop

Also, native plant pruning tips
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including shredding for your personal documents and a workshop on creating a garden that glows in the moonlight.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Document shredding, moonlight garden workshop

Also, native plant pruning tips
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including free personal document shredding and a workshop on creating a garden that glows in the moonlight.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Hot temperatures in store for Bay Area this weekend

Highs expected to climb up to the mid-90sin the south bay
After a cool few weeks in the Bay Area, residents should anticipate a serious warm-up this weekend with some places expected to see highs in the 90s and even the low 100s.

July 11, 2019 | 2 comments
Experts sound the alarm on 2020 election-meddling

Combating online deception on the government level requires a 'multi-level approach,' says assistant chief elections officer
Will deception on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter be a major threat in the upcoming 2020 election? According to Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Elections Commission, the troubling answer is "Yes."

July 11, 2019 | 10 comments
Paly scores early, hangs on to win in 15U Babe Ruth tourney

De'aveon Roberts drove in three runs and Ben Lamm pitched two innings to finish Palo Alto's 12-8 victory over Elk Grove in an elimination game of the Babe Ruth 15U NorCal State Tournament at Belmont Sports Complex on Wednesday night.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford players head to FINA Worlds with USA water polo

Nine Cardinal will be among 20 United States athletes heading to the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea to compete in women's water polo and beach water polo.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford wins sixth Capital One Cup for women's sports

Highlighted by NCAA championships in volleyball, swimming and diving, water polo and tennis, Stanford has captured its record sixth women's Capital One Cup, determined by a points system.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Abramson comes up big in WUG men's water polo

Menlo School grad Maddy Price finishes sixth in the 400 meters
Stanford sophomore Tyler Abramson scored five goals, including the game-winner, as the U.S. men's college national water polo team beat Croatia, 12-11, in the quarterfinals of the World University Games Wednesday in Naples, Italy.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto City Hall managers get 3% raises in new contract

City Council approves increases for more than 200 employees
More than 200 City Hall employees, including department heads, managers and supervisors, received a 3% raise this month under a new contract that the Palo Alto City Council approved in its final meeting before the summer break.

July 11, 2019 | 4 comments
Palo Alto's Zhang wins fifth U.S. Table Tennis singles title

Palo Alto grad and two-time Olympian Lily Zhang won her fifth women's singles title at the U.S. National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas over the weekend -- and then the earth shook.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Cage the Elephant, Beck, Spoon and more come to Shoreline

'The Night Running Tour' mixes established acts with up-and-comers
Indie rockers Cage the Elephant and singer/songwriter Beck are doing their part to bring a broader swath of musical offerings with their co-headlining 24-city "The Night Running Tour."

July 10, 2019 | 2 comments
Local artists look forward to annual ACGA Clay & Glass Festival

'Glass is born in a dance of sand, fire and metal that fuels the spirit of my inner caveman,' says first-time exhibitor
More than 135 juried artists will showcase their work at the 27th annual ACGA Clay & Glass Festival set for July 13-14 at the Palo Alto Art Center.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Listening to the 'Voices of the Earth'

Stanford Repertory Theater tackles environmental and social justice themes
This summer, Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT) is not shying away from some big -- global, in fact -- topics, with its annual festival taking the theme of "The Environment and Social Justice."

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Rep. Anna Eshoo kicks off annual Congressional App Challenge

Student submissions to be judged by professionals in the academic, software, entrepreneurial industries
Middle and high school students in the 18th Congressional District, which includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other neighboring cities, are invited to participate in U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo's annual Congressional App Challenge.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Perpetually packed Milagros thrives in Redwood City

Cocktails and good times keep flowing at 18-year-old Mexican mainstay
Milagros was not always a surefire success. But 18 years later the Mexican restaurant, like the Redwood City food scene, is thriving.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Two peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto pose threat to native wildlife

Eradication treatments set to begin Thursday
County officials are inspecting areas in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park after two male peach fruit flies native to southern Asia were found in Palo Alto, with plans to begin eradication treatments this Thursday.

July 10, 2019 | 2 comments
After years of discord, Ravenswood teachers, staff to get raises

East Palo Alto school board approves new contracts with its bargaining units
After two years of negotiations on a contract that expired in 2016, Ravenswood City School District teachers will finally receive a 7.5% raise, which was approved by the East Palo Alto school board on Tuesday.

July 10, 2019 | 2 comments
Palo Alto 15Us rally for a victory in NorCal tournament

Ben Gladstone hit a three-run double in the fifth inning to put the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U all-stars in the lead en route to a 6-3 victory over Sonoma in an elimination game of the Babe Ruth 15U Northern California Tournament.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto officials offer tips to prepare for a powerful earthquake

City's proximity to major faults could have a severe impact
In light of the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes in southern California late last week, Palo Alto city officials have stressed the importance for residents to be educated on how to prepare for an emergency at any given time.

July 9, 2019 | 3 comments
Cardinal corner: Stanford's Bing named to USA field hockey

Stanford senior Kelsey Bing was named to the United States women's national field hockey team that will compete at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru beginning July 29.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to overhaul parking programs

City prepares to upgrade downtown garages, revamp Residential Preferential Parking programs
To address long-simmering frustrations of Palo Alto residents and workers, city leaders are aiming to accelerate reform of neighborhood and downtown parking programs, starting in August.

July 10, 2019 | 24 comments
Stanford's Jasper has big hits but U.S. loses in WUGs

The U.S. men's college volleyball team fell to Portugal on the final day of group play Tuesday, 25-19, 33-31, 25-21 at the World University Games in Napoli, Italy. The Americans advance to the quarterfinals 9-16 against Switzerland.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Rep. Anna Eshoo to hold Tele-Town Hall meetings this month

Recordings to be posted on congresswoman's webstream channel
Santa Clara County residents can bring their concerns directly to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, during two upcoming Tele-Town Hall meetings set for July 10 and 17 at 6:45 p.m.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo-Atherton softball coach faces a tough challenge

Menlo-Atherton announced the hiring of a new softball coach Tuesday with the idea of bringing the program back to life. Steven Griggs, the new coach, brings a wealth of experience, but the state of softball at M-A is at a low point.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
To reduce waste, Palo Alto takes aim at demolition

City Council adopts 'deconstruction' ordinance to require reuse, recycling of materials
In its latest bid to curb construction waste, Palo Alto is preparing to effectively ban contractors from demolishing entire buildings starting in July 2020.

July 9, 2019 | 29 comments
Woodside: Skyline homicide suspect pleads not guilty, wants to defend himself

Malik Dosouqi accused of killing two men from Pacifica, East Palo Alto in June
The man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men on Skyline Boulevard last month has pleaded not guilty and filed paperwork with the court to represent himself, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

July 9, 2019 | 10 comments
Palo Alto 15U all-stars respond to deficit with big rally

Colin Thibault wasn't going to let an early deficit stand in the way of a Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U Northern California all-star team victory. His two-run double drove in the go-ahead runs and sparked a nine-run rally in a 19-4 victory.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad Price continues a strong run at WUGs

Former Menlo School track and field standout Maddy Price, a 2018 Duke graduate, qualified third in the women's 400 meters at the FISU World University Games in Napoli, Italy on Monday.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Samuelson helps Great Britain at EuroBasket

Stanford grad Karlie Samuelson and Great Britain placed fourth at the FIBA Women's EuroBasket in Latvia and Serbia. In the process, it secured one of six European spots in next year's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.

July 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of July 8

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Palo Alto recorded the most expensive transaction at $14,000,000 for a modern home with green construction near downtown.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Fires spark near San Francisquito Creek, burning vegetation, transformer

Initial report of a plane crash near the Palo Alto Airport was unsubstantiated
An initial report of a possible airplane crash at the Palo Alto Airport Monday morning turned out instead to be three electrical fires, two in East Palo Alto and one across San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto.

July 8, 2019 | 6 comments
SHP's Bellack shines at All-America lacrosse tournament

Sasha Bellack, who will be a senior at Sacred Heart Prep in the fall, earned a 'Standout' mention at the girls lacrosse Under Armour All-America Underclass Tournament, Highlight Division that recently concluded in Maryland.

July 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Under new leadership, Ravenswood to start school consolidation process

District to hold community meetings, seek feedback on potential closures this fall
The Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto is starting to discuss consolidating schools -- a process that's sure to be thorny but that the interim superintendent of the K-8 district says is necessary for its survival.

July 8, 2019 | 17 comments
Palo Alto 15s drop into elimination bracket of tourney

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U all-stars fell behind early and then made a late rally but it wasn't enough as the Bel Mateo State 15s took home a 14-9 victory in a winner's bracket game of the Babe Ruth Northern California 15U Tournament.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Roy earns medal at World University Games

Stanford sophomore Daniel Roy swam to a bronze medal in the 200 breast at the FISU World University Games on Sunday in Napoli, Italy. On the women's side, Cardinal senior Megan Byrnes was eighth in the 1,500 free, swimming a 16:44.81.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
PUF Caps take baseball game from Humboldt Crabs

Devereaux Harrison and Ethan Cloyd each homered and the Pacific Union Capitalists beat the host Humboldt Crabs 3-1 Sunday in a nonconference collegiate baseball contest at Arcata Ballpark.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Team USA stands alone at the top of women's soccer universe

Former Sacred Heart Prep stars Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson played for the United States women's senior national soccer team in front of a crowd of 57,900 as the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture the Women's World Cup.

July 7, 2019 | 12 comments
Palo Alto 15U all-stars open NorCal tourney with a victory

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U all-star team started the Northern California Tournament the right way Saturday with a 10-3 win over Sonoma at the Belmont Sports Complex.

July 6, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. men's water polo, volleyball win at WUGs in Italy

The U.S. men's collegiate national volleyball team recorded its second straight five-set victory at the World University Games in Italy on Saturday, beating China 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13.

July 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Klineman and Ross finish as runnerups at FIVB Worlds

Former Stanford All-American Alix Klineman and April Ross fell short of the FIVB World Championship, dropping a 23-21, 23-21 decision to Canada's Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes in the finals at Hamburg, Germany on Saturday.

July 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn grad Kiley Lin is up for NCAA Woman of Year honors

Former Gunn swimming and water polo standout Kiley Lin has been named Willamette University's nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

July 5, 2019 | 1 comment
WUGs: Stanford's Jasper leads men to volleyball victoy

Stanford junior Jaylen Jasper recorded 21 points on 16 kills, four blocks and a service ace and the U.S. men's collegiate national volleyball team opened play at the World University Games with a 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 21-25, 15-13 win.

July 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Klineman and Ross charge into FIVB championship match

Former Stanford star Alix Klineman and Olympic medalist April Ross advanced into the finals of the FIVB World Championships with a pair of victories Friday in Hamburg, Germany.

July 5, 2019 | No comments yet
MB's Place takes top slot at Fourth of July chili cook-off

Rat Rod Chili and Hung Over Chili place second and third, respectively
Eleven teams went head to head at Mitchell Park for Palo Alto's 38th annual Chili Cook-off festival on Independence Day, competing for the title of best chili in the city.

July 5, 2019 | 10 comments
Bryan brothers remain at the top of their tennis game

They've each won over 1,000 doubles matches and have shared over 100 tournament titles and the 41-year-old twins Bob Bryan and Michael Bryan, who spent two years at Stanford before turning pro, are still going strong.

July 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Lenz medals at World University Games

Stanford sophomore diver Daria Lenz placed third on the 1-meter springboard at the FISU World University Games in Napoli, Italy on Thursday. The two-time All-American scored 244.25.

July 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Klineman and Ross into the quarterfinals at FIVB championships

Former Stanford All-American Alix Klineman and Olympic medalist April Ross advanced into the quarterfinals in Hamburg, Germany with a 21-11, 21-18 victory over Latvia's Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka on Thursday.

July 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Proposed 2020 Bay Road development would be East Palo Alto's largest office park

If approved, 1.3-million-square-foot project could fund hundreds of new affordable homes
East Palo Alto's proposed commercial mega-development at 2020 Bay Road could fund hundreds of new affordable-housing units, transportation and storm-drain improvements, according to a recent analysis by the city.

July 3, 2019 | 13 comments
Locals earn All-American, All-Academic lacrosse honors

Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School each landed one boy and two girls on the US Lacrosse High School All-American teams it was announced Tuesday.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Klineman advances at FIVB World Championships

Former Stanford standout Alix Klineman and April Ross advanced into the Round of 16 at the FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championships, defeating Brazil's Maria Antonelli and Carol, 21-15, 13-21, 15-11 on Wednesday.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Oh what a tangled web...

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' bears the Marvel standard
With tongue knowingly in cheek, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" plops us firmly into teen-movie territory, even more so than Tom Holland's first solo Spidey movie, "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
New photo, video show man wanted for sexual battery in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood

Police are seeking information about a man driving a white Audi 4 who groped woman on June 24
Police shared more details Wednesday about a man who groped a woman walking in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood on June 24, releasing a photo of his getaway vehicle and a video of him from a surveillance system.

July 3, 2019 | 6 comments
Lacrosse coaching staff is taking shape at Stanford

Stanford women's lacrosse coach Danielle Spencer announced the additions of Nicole Flores and Megan Whittle to her coaching staff. Flores will serve as the defensive coordinator while Whittle will be the offensive coordinator.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
WUG: Stanford's LeVant explains his recent absence

Stanford sophomore men's swimmer Jack LeVant courageously revealed that he was removed from Team USA's World University Games roster because of his struggles with mental health issues.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Peninsula beekeepers divided on the best way to fight a plague

Keepers disagree on whether to treat for varroa mites, which can wipe out hives
Some treat their hives for mites while others say bees can fight off the invaders on their own.

July 3, 2019 | 2 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Human Relations Commission developing work plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 8.

July 5, 2019 | 3 comments
Grand jury report blasts VTA for inefficiencies, poor oversight

Report: 'A case can be made for dismantling or phasing out the light rail system altogether'
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, the taxpayer-funded agency in charge of offering transit solutions to the county's traffic jams, is currently embroiled in a mess of its own.

July 4, 2019 | 9 comments
Home front: Tree survey, aging in place workshop

Also, top-selling local Realtors, pruning techniques for camellias
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a street tree survey in need of volunteers, a workshop on aging in place and a local team placing first in a ranking of the nation's top-selling realtors.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
A 'warm-up before school starts': Eastside prepares rising freshman for high school

Summer Bridge program helps students learn study skills, academics
Incoming ninth graders at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, all first-generation college-bound students, spend the summer preparing for the rigors of high school and getting to know their peers.

July 5, 2019 | 1 comment
After decades of providing haircuts, Cambridge Barber Shop closes its doors

Barber Larry Skarset's customers have included David Packard
After more than 50 years of business spanning two generations of his family, Larry Skarset, 72, has closed the doors of his Cambridge Barber Shop at 382 Cambridge Ave. in Palo Alto ahead of a redevelopment project planned for the site.

July 5, 2019 | 10 comments
More retail, parking space will come with planned Cambridge Avenue building

Current tenants have until end of month to vacate
After four years on the drawing board, a new retail-and-office building project on Cambridge Avenue in Palo Alto's California Avenue business district could break ground this fall.

July 5, 2019 | 7 comments
Couple recalls 'amazing' growth of Palo Alto's once-fledgling Chinese community

Eugene and Nadine Wu amazed by 'unimaginable' change that's taken place within their lifetimes
When Eugene and Nadine Wu first moved to Palo Alto in the 1950s, the Chinese community represented a tiny minority of the population. They recently sat down with the Weekly to reflect on the transformation of this minority population.

July 6, 2019 | 10 comments
Wildfire meeting sparks thoughts on readiness as seasonal threat looms

Woodside, Portola Valley officials resigned to possible PG&E power shut-offs to prevent blazes
More than 200 residents received advice on wildfire prevention -- such as creating vegetation-free space around their homes and replacing shingle roofs and wooden siding -- from a panel of officials at a recent town hall meeting.

July 7, 2019 | 6 comments
38th annual Chili Cook-off to commence on Independence Day

Eleven teams to compete for Palo Alto's best chili at Mitchell Park
On the Fourth of July, 11 teams will compete for the title of best chili in Palo Alto at the city's 38th annual Chili Cook-off at Mitchell Park.

July 3, 2019 | 5 comments
Four decades in, Palo Alto's Fish Market remains a local institution

Longtime seafood restaurant bets on classic, quality seafood
The shiny and new tend to occupy the attention of critics, but what of those rare places that have managed to transcend trends and withstand the enormous pressures, economic and otherwise, of the industry?

July 3, 2019 | 9 comments
Future Cardinal paves the way for Caps baseball victory

Future Stanford baseball players Brock Jones and Adam Crampton each drove in two runs as the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists topped the visiting Palo Alto Oaks 8-5 in a nonconference collegiate contest on Tuesday at Palo Alto High.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
State leaders hail decision to drop census citizenship question

Decision comes nearly a week after U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked Trump administration's plan to add question
President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday dropped its plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, a decision a local state assemblyman lauded as a "huge victory."

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Rowing gets a coach, Bucks get Lopez twins

Ted Sobolewski was named Stanford's Director of Men's Rowing, former Stanford men's basketball stars Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez have signed with the Milwaukee Bucks and recent Cardinal grad Ella Eastin signed a sponsorship deal.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
American soccer victory delivered hot off the Press

Former Stanford All-American Christen Press and Alex Morgan, celebrating her birthday, each scored in the first half for Team USA, which beat England 2-1 in the Women's World Cup semifinals Tuesday in France.

July 2, 2019 | 2 comments
SF Mime Troupe returns to Palo Alto for free summer shows

The Tony Award-winning, politically savvy theater company San Francisco Mime Troupe will be offering two free performances of its latest original musical comedy, "Treasure Island," at Cubberley Amphitheater.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Christopher Dawes, former CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, dies

Dawes remembered for taking 'the institution to a new level,' says university President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Christopher G. Dawes, former CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, died on Saturday as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Local realtors take top spots in national sales rankings

Palo Alto realtor places first among team sellers
Five teams of local real-estate agents and 11 individual local sales people were among the top-selling 250 teams and 250 agents nationwide this past year, according to REAL Trends.

July 2, 2019 | 4 comments
Community Notebook: Available services and closures on Independence Day in the Palo Alto area

Transportation services to accommodate for public firework displays
With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, here is a roundup of city government and transportation services available in and around Palo Alto during the holiday this Thursday, in addition to some safety tips for the public.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Appearance from Mia Hamm surprises Palo Alto soccer team

Palo Alto frosh Finley Craig had plenty to discuss while in France watching Team USA win three matches and it had nothing to do with this year's FIFA Women's World Cup, which continues Tuesday with a semifinal match against England.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford connection helps PUF Caps ground the Seagulls

Incoming Stanford freshmen Brock Jones and Max Meier each contributed to the Pacific Union Capitalists 5-4 victory over the visiting San Francisco Seagulls in a nonconference summer baseball contest Monday at Palo Alto High.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Team USA skips past Greece in women's water polo friendly

Former Stanford All-Americans Melissa Seidemann and Maggie Steffens each scored three goals to help the United States women's national water polo team get past Greece in an exhibition match Monday night at Newport Harbor High.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Canada names Stanford's Jerome to Pan Am Games roster

Stanford athletes continue to gain popularity as Pan American Games rosters are being set across the region. Junior women's basketball forward Alyssa Jerome is the latest as she was named to Canada's roster for the Pan American Games.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Plummer named to USA Pan Am volleyball roster

Stanford senior and reigning AVCA National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer joins 13 others who were named to the United States' women's national volleyball team that compete at the Pan American Cup, which opens Saturday in Peru.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Elimination rounds begin Wednesday in Beach Volleyball World Championships

Olympic gold medalist and former Stanford All-American Kerri Walsh Jennings and teammate Brooke Sweat advanced into the elimination rounds of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, which begin Wednesday in Germany.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
East Palo Altans form tenants union to fight housing crisis

Group aims to have clout to protect affordable and low-income housing
More than 60 East Palo Alto residents voted on Saturday to form a tenants union to combat rising housing costs that they say are harming the city's long-term residents.

July 1, 2019 | 44 comments
From Bach to the movies: Music@Menlo spans the centuries

This year's Music@Menlo festival highlights seven "Incredible Decades," transporting audiences from the age of Bach through the romantic era to the Roaring '20s and the new millennium.

July 2, 2019 | 1 comment
Accused Buena Vista killer deemed too dangerous for bail

Isadore Diaz has a history of convictions for violent felonies
A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Monday decided that a man accused of stabbing a fellow Buena Vista Mobile Home Park resident to death and beating another one is too dangerous for release.

July 2, 2019 | 55 comments
Start the presses: Palo Alto Art Center celebrates a 'summer of printmaking' with 'Local Editions' and more

"Local Editions: A Celebration of Bay Area Printmaking," an exhibition currently on view at the Palo Alto Art Center, celebrates the eclectic art of printmaking.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Two Peninsula nonprofits merge in an effort to effectively serve individuals with disabilities

New union between Palo Alto-based Abilities United and Gatepath aims to save costs, expand coverage area
Palo Alto-based Abilities United and Gatepath in Redwood City, two nonprofits serving people with disabilities, have finalized their merging agreement that went into effect on Monday.

July 1, 2019 | 2 comments
Volleyball Nations League Finals to be decided on U.S. soil

With recent Stanford grad Kyle Dagostino manning the Libero position for a second straight night, the U.S. men's national volleyball team beat Iran in three sets to wrap up FIVB VNL regular-season action Sunday.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside grad King helps PUF Caps nail down a victory

Woodside grad Joseph King pitched three scoreless innings, one of four pitchers used who helped the Pacific Union Capitalists beat the host Lincoln Potters 5-3 in the series finale Sunday.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
What would it take to offer overnight parking to homeless students at Foothill College? $830K and political will.

Foothill College president discusses local feasibility, cost even as a group of community colleges comes out against the state bill
Foothill College President Thuy Nguyen says questions remain about the financial and operational challenges created by Assembly Bill 302, which would allow homeless community-college students to sleep overnight in campus parking lots.

July 3, 2019 | 36 comments
Record-setting performances highlight Prefontaine Classic

USA's Christian Coleman lowered his world lead in winning the men's 100-meter race in 9.81 at Sunday's Prefontaine Track and Field Classic as part of the IAAF Diamond League at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

June 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball all-star tournament roundup

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-star team had plenty of chances to push a run across a run in the deciding game of its District 6 tournament against Bel-Mateo at Belmont Sports Complex on Sunday.

June 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Prefontaine Classic: Top field in 100 meters to set fast pace

Sha'Carri Richardson needed just one collegiate season to know she was ready for the big-time. The 19-year-old NCAA record holder will be making her professional debut Sunday at the Prefontaine Classic.

June 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Baseball report: SHP grad Daschbach signs with Orioles

Palo Alto alum Max Jung-Goldberg having an all-star year
Former Sacred Heart Prep star Andrew Daschbach signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday for $250,000 ($125,000 counting against the bonus pool). He was taken in the 11th round, the 318th overall pick.

June 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Miltenberg leaves Stanford to coach at North Carolina

Flo Track reported that Stanford Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Chris Miltenberg left The Farm to take over the same positions at North Carolina, which made the announcement Thursday.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: USA women top Greece in water polo friendly

Former Stanford All-American Kiley Neushul scored three times, Jamie Neushul added three assists and the U.S. women's senior national water polo team downed Greece 17-6 in an exhibition game at Riverside City College on Saturday night.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14s in good shape at District tournament

Dominic De Feo singled in the go-ahead run as part of a five-run fifth to help the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14s all-star team opened its best-of-three series with Bel-Mateo in the District 6 tournament at Belmont Sports Complex Saturday.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Dagostino continues to dig his time with USA national team

Recent Stanford grad Kyle Dagostino returned to action with the U.S. men's senior volleyball team and was part of a winning effort Saturday as the starting Libero in a 14-25, 25-20, 29-27, 26-24 win over Serbia in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Local Little League all-stars conclude their seasons

The Little League 12U all-stars from Alpine-West Menlo and Palo Alto would have preferred their seasons ended differently though both delivered memories that will last beyond the District 52 tournament hosted at Middlefield Park.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford alum Kristie Ahn to play in Wimbledon main draw

Former Stanford standout Nicole Gibbs on the mend from surgery
Former Stanford tennis star Kristie Ahn qualified for her first Wimbledon main draw Friday, beating fellow American Lauren Davis, seeded third and ranked No. 96, 6-4, 7-5, to earn her spot.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
This just in: Stanford wins Learfield College Director's Cup

Stanford won the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup, extending its streak to 25 consecutive seasons of winning the award, presented to the most successful intercollegiate athletic department in the nation.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
USA reaches eighth semifinal of FIFA Women's World Cup

Megan Rapinoe was at it again, fighting for and with Team USA at every moment in Friday's 2-1 victory over host France in a quarterfinal match of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Paris.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Renowned Indian restaurant expanding; SF Pilates studio coming downtown

The latest in local retail news
In the latest Shop Talk column, read about a modern Indian restaurant and a yoga studio that offers fast-paced workouts coming to downtown Palo Alto, plus the return of a beloved neighborhood eatery.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Tug of war over Stanford growth

University gains key vote from Santa Clara County Planning Commission, with caveats
Palo Alto Weekly journalists break down the county Planning Commission's supporting vote for Stanford's proposed expansion with requirements for building housing, mitigating the impacts of traffic and protecting the foothills.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Free, reduced-price meal applications are now open for Palo Alto Unified students

District says families can apply if they don't receive qualification letter
The Palo Alto Unified School District is accepting free or reduced-price meals applications for the 2019-2020 school year for students whose household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

June 29, 2019 | 1 comment
38th annual Chili Cook-off to commence on Independence Day

Eleven teams to compete for Palo Alto's best chili at Mitchell Park
On the Fourth of July, 11 teams will compete for the title of best chili in Palo Alto at the city's 38th annual Chili Cook-off at Mitchell Park.

June 28, 2019 | 5 comments
Around Town: Locals rally against border crisis; East Palo Alto chef named 'Best Baker in America'

Also, city prepares to give community a behind-the-scenes look of Municipal Service Center
In the latest Around Town, locals against the alleged mistreatment of immigrants at the U.S. border speak out, a hotel chef wins big on a national baking show and details on an open house at the Municipal Service Center.

June 30, 2019 | 30 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City Council on summer recess

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 1.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Little League All-Stars: A great beginning turns sour

For four glorious innings, Palo Alto's Little League all-stars looked like they were going to hold up for another big victory. But as great as the beginning was, it turned out to be built on sand.

June 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Planning Commission backs Stanford's campus expansion

County officials reject university's offer for a development agreement but permit close to 3.5 million square feet of growth
Stanford University's bid to massively expand its campus received the Santa Clara County Planning Commission's endorsement Thursday with a 7-0 recommendation of a new general use permit to govern Stanford's growth over two decades.

June 27, 2019 | 27 comments
Launched in a garage, Palo Alto 'Late Show' hits 50th performance

Identical twins' neighborhood performances inspired by David Letterman
It's a classic Palo Alto story: A group of like-minded friends start something incredible in their home garage. That's exactly how 21-year-old identical twin brothers David and Robbie King ended up launching their talk show.

June 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Student-run podcast 'Project Oyster 'aims to share peers' hard-won pearls of wisdom about mental health

Gunn High School trio want to make it easier to talk about difficult personal experiences
Three Gunn High School students have debuted a new podcast that features intimate interviews with classmates about depression, suicide, loss and identity. Their goal is to get guests to open up about difficult, oft-taboo topics.

June 28, 2019 | 8 comments
Truck crashes into Palo Alto Airport hangar, damages airplanes, sends driver to hospital

Witness: 'I thought he was going to die in my arms'
An out-of-control utility truck plowed into a hangar at the Palo Alto Airport on Wednesday evening damaging three to five planes and sending the driver, believed to be a city employee, to the hospital, a witness said.

June 27, 2019 | 2 comments
Not so fab

You won't believe in Beatles-fantasy 'Yesterday'
The Beatles-themed romantic comedy "Yesterday" proceeds from a cutesy what-if premise: Following a 12-second global blackout, no one remembers the Beatles, except Jack Malik, a singer-songwriter languishing in obscurity.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel looking ahead

With the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships approaching, hosted by Stanford beginning July 31, Olympic gold medalist, American record holder and former Cardinal star Simone Manuel sat down recently for a media luncheon.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Summer camp at Stanford introduces disadvantaged youth to STEM

Through culturally relevant science labs, summer camp encourages Oakland fifth-, sixth-graders to explore science
Summer in the City, a summer camp wrapping up Friday at Stanford University, immerses Bay Area students in activities designed to make science "culturally relevant" by applying academic subjects to real-life situations.

June 27, 2019 | 2 comments
Supreme Court blocks 2020 census citizen question, for now

Assemblyman calls it a 'short-term victory for all Californians'
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked for now a plan by the administration of President Donald Trump to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. A local state assemblyman called it a "short-term victory."

June 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Home sales

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
Homes sales is a complete list of residential real estate transactions reported on the Midpeninsula this week. Atherton recorded the highest sale, at $17,808,000.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Eastside Prep has boys, girls basketball coaches in place

Eastside Prep basketball's Donovan Blythe, who announced in March plans to take a coaching position in China, will be replaced by Chris Bischof and Markisha Coleman.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Police make arrest in fatal stabbing of Buena Vista resident

Suspect Isadore Christopher Diaz was already in custody for allegedly beating another man the same day
A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Monday's stabbing death of a Buena Vista Mobile Home Park resident in Palo Alto -- just three days after he was also arrested for punching another man in the residential community, police said.

June 27, 2019 | 11 comments
Menlo College grad reaches the major leagues with the Mets

Chris Mazza became the first Menlo College baseball player to be drafted by a major league team when the Minnesota Twins selected him, in the 27th round (838th overall) of the 2011 draft as a right-handed pitcher.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Are granny units the next big thing in housing?

Palo Alto startups help homeowners navigate financing and building challenges
Palo Alto has loosened restrictions for granny units, but building one can still be expensive and complicated.

June 28, 2019 | 16 comments
Artist seeks to capture the order — and chaos — of emergency response

Peter Wegner to create three exhibits for city's public-safety building on Sherman Avenue
Before Peter Wegner developed his art concept for Palo Alto's new public-safety building, he decided to see the world through the eyes of an emergency responder.

June 27, 2019 | 12 comments
St. Lawrence String Quartet performs at Stanford

The St. Lawrence String Quartet will offer free concerts this weekend at Stanford University.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Upcycled garden lights, Palo Alto rent third highest

Also, learn how to keep your vegetable garden healthy and productive
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including an upcycled garden light workshop and a report that shows Palo Alto rents are among the Bay Area's priciest.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula celebrates Independence Day

The Weekly's picks for fun and festive Fourth of July events
Locals can explore numerous Fourth of July festivities next week, including a food-based tradition in Palo Alto, an art festival in Redwood City, a concert in Mountain View and a rodeo in Woodside.

June 27, 2019 | 3 comments
KFJC's Psychotronix festival celebrates the weird world of cinema

Dubbed a celebration of the "vinyl of visuals," Foothill College radio station KFJC will be hosting its Psychotronix Film festival on Saturday, June 29.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
A walk in the city park for former Palo Alto standout

Former Palo Alto standout Ethan Stern walked four times and scored a run to help the San Francisco Seagulls beat the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox 6-3 at San Bruno City Park on Wednesday.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: East Palo Alto to hold community meetings on office, mixed-use projects this Thursday

One proposal looks to bring retail units, housing along University Avenue; another development would build new space for local organizations
East Palo Alto residents will have the opportunity to hear about two development projects along major thoroughfares in the city at two separate meetings on Thursday evening.

June 26, 2019 | 6 comments
Of local note: Stanford grad Wulff has memorable day

Former Stanford star Brandon Wulff, drafted in the 17th round of this year's Major League First-Year Player Draft, hit a grand slam on Wednesday for his first professional hit.

June 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Chamber hires nonprofit veteran as new CEO

Charlie Weidanz to join Judy Kleinberg as part of new executive team
Charlie Weidanz, who has helped lead Abilities United and various other Peninsula nonprofits over the past three decades, will be the new chief executive officer of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the organization announced Tuesday.

June 26, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford women's soccer team reveals fall schedule

Twelve of four-time defending Pac-12 champion Stanford women's soccer's regular-season contests will air on Pac-12 Networks in the fall, the university announced Wednesday.

June 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Williams, Eastin earn Pac-12 Conference medals

Harrison Williams, Stanford's first multi-events track and field athlete to win an NCAA title, and Ella Eastin, the first woman in history to win four NCAA titles in the 400-yard IM, earned the Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal.

June 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Local board-game inventor helps Palo Alto summer-school students get in the game

Ohlone Elementary School educators launch 'fun' hands-on program to teach academics
The days of dreading summer school are in the past for rising fourth-graders at Ohlone Elementary School as a new program using board games to sharpen their math and language-arts skills has brought fun into the classroom.

June 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Skyline slaying suspect also of Yemeni ancestry

Knife found next to second victim, who authorities say fought back
Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in the Skyline Boulevard double homicide case, shared a Yemeni ancestry with one of the victims in the case, Abdulmalek Nasher, although no evidence has been shown that they knew each other.

June 26, 2019 | 4 comments
Inside the Mountain View bakery that's sneaking whole grains into everything

How The Midwife and the Baker churns out some of the Peninsula's best baked goods
At The Midwife and the Baker in Mountain View, owner Mac McConnell is working to prove whole grains can taste just as good, if not better, than their white wheat flour counterparts.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Sundance defends its PABR league tournament title

Dante Black and Brody Simison each recorded two hits and drove in two runs to help Sundance defend its Palo Alto Babe Ruth League Tournament title Tuesday, beating regular-season champion Dutch Goose 9-3 at the Baylands.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton all-stars see Little League season end

San Carlos had four homers, plus three doubles and nine hits overall, to beat Menlo-Atherton 7-0 in an elimination-bracket game of the District 52 majors (11-12) event at Middlefield Park in Palo Alto on Tuesday.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Woman groped by man while walking through Crescent Park neighborhood

Man last seen in newer-model white Audi A4 sedan driving west on University Avenue
A woman walking in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood on Monday night was approached by a man who sexually battered her and fled in a car on University Avenue, police said.

June 25, 2019 | 7 comments
Palo Alto banks on fiber to transform utilities

In a shift from prior vision, city to focus on 'smart meters' and electric operations in expanding fiber ring
After nearly 20 years of trying -- and failing -- to expand the city's fiber ring, Palo Alto leaders are now flirting with a new vision for the valuable underground network: using it as a launch pad for transforming local utilities.

June 25, 2019 | 18 comments
Police investigating incident at Palo Alto mobile home park, where man was found mortally injured

Man was discovered with stab wounds, says longtime neighbor
A resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto was found mortally wounded on Monday evening, prompting police to investigate his death, police said Tuesday. A neighbor said the man's roommate discovered him with stab wounds.

June 25, 2019 | 10 comments
Businesses in Palo Alto required to color-code trash bags starting July 2020

City Council passes an ordinance that aims to help businesses sort their waste more efficiently
As part of an effort to reduce waste, Palo Alto will soon require businesses to use colored bags to separate recyclable items from those bound for the landfill.

June 25, 2019 | 14 comments
Women's volleyball, men's soccer announce fall schedules

The Stanford women's volleyball program has announced its fall schedule in conjunction with the Pac-12 Network releasing its 2019 television picks. The Cardinal has 18 matches slated for coverage on the Pac-12 Networks.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford football promotes Carroll in sports performance

Stanford Director of Football David Shaw announced Tuesday that Cullen Carroll has been named the Director of Football Sports Performance. Carroll is entering his sixth season working with Stanford football.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Car dealership gets green light for former Ming's site

Mercedes-Benz and Audi to occupy prominent Embarcadero Road property despite residents' misgivings
A contentious proposal to build a Mercedes-Benz and Audi dealership in the Baylands won the City Council's approval Monday night, despite concerns from citizens and major reservations from the city's Architectural Review Board.

June 25, 2019 | 44 comments
Menlo College individuals up for NAIA national honors

The Golden State Athletic Conference announced the five individuals from Menlo College Athletics who have been selected as GSAC representatives nominated for NAIA national awards.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Dutch Goose makes it to PABR championship against Sundance

Warren Cook's three-run home run in the first inning gave Dutch Goose a huge lift en route to a 7-4 victory over Old Pro in an elimination baseball game Monday as part of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth League Tournament at Baylands.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford pitches $4.7B deal to county for campus expansion

University continues to call for development agreement to govern future growth, but county supervisor says Stanford offer is 'not in the public interest'
Stanford University offered the county a deal on Monday that would commit $4.7 billion toward housing, transportation projects and public schools in exchange for approval of the university's expansion plans.

June 24, 2019 | 23 comments
Skyline murder suspect declines to enter plea, asks for time

Malik Dosouqi accused of stabbing two men to death last week
Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in two separate homicides on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside on July 17 and 18, declined to enter a plea at his arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Jones Mortuary could be uprooted for office building

Owner plans to sell the East Palo Alto institution located in a prime commercial area
East Palo Alto's only funeral home, Jones Mortuary, could be razed and replaced by a multistory office building, according to city documents.

June 24, 2019 | 14 comments
Stanford women's golf set to tee off with new assistant coach

Anne Walker, Stanford University's director of women's golf, announced the hiring of Maddie Sheils as the program's newest assistant coach. Sheils, who enjoyed a six-year professional golf career, will replace Lauren Dobashi.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
USA, France to meet in Women's World Cup quarterfinals

Megan Rapinoe showed leadership once again in helping the United States women's national soccer team get past Spain, 2-1, in a grueling, physical Round of 16 match at the Women's World Cup in Reims, France on Monday.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County to open new clinic with Planned Parenthood

Facility slated to be completed in late September
Santa Clara County will be teaming up with Planned Parenthood on a new clinic in Mountain View slated to open in September, though its it's unclear what exactly the county will provide in its carve-out of the facility.

June 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Palo Alto Oaks claim baseball victory over the Ports

Jon Quintal, who plays at Michigan-Dearborn, drove in two runs and the Palo Alto Oaks beat the visiting San Leandro Ports 5-2 in a Bay Area Collegiate League baseball game Sunday at Gunn High.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Alpine-West Menlo on target in 11-12 Little League all-stars

Max Courson threw a complete-game shutout, striking out 13, and singled home the eventual winning run in Alpine's 2-0 victory over Foster City in the District 52 Little League Majors (12-under) Tournament on Sunday at Middlefield Park.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
It was home sweet home for Palo Alto 11-12 all-star team

Luke Sousa had two hits, stole home and contributed some great defensive work to help Palo Alto win its District 52 Little League All-Star opener, 11-3, over Hillsborough on Sunday at Middlefield Park.

June 24, 2019 | 1 comment
PUF Caps bounce back from loss to beat the Seals, 5-3

Former Palo Alto High star Josh Kasevich had two hits and the Pacific Union Capitalists bounced back from their first loss of the summer season with a 5-3 victory over host San Francisco Seals at College of Alameda on Sunday.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Canadians beat U.S. men in Volleyball Nations League

Matt Anderson recorded 19 points but the U.S. men's national volleyball team fell to visiting Canada 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17 at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill. in a FIVB Volleyball Nations League match Saturday.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Old Pro survives to play another day in PABR tournament

Salvatore Meehan collected three hits and drove in three runs to help Old Pro down Alhouse 8-5 in an elimination game of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth league tournament at Baylands on Saturday. Remington Allen added three hits for Old Pro.

June 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Okpala: From Cardinal to Suns to Heat in NBA draft

Stanford's all-Pac-12 forward KZ Okpala was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 32nd overall pick of the NBA Draft in Brooklyn on Thursday night. He was subsequently traded to the Miami Heat for three future second-round draft picks.

June 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Quintet of Stanford athletes named Academic All-Americans

Five Stanford student-athletes were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America teams on Friday, led by Makenzie Fischer (women's water polo), who was named Team Member of the Year for Division I at-large programs.

June 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Late rally falls short as Caps drop first game of summer

Recent Woodside grad Joseph King had two hits and drove in a run but the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists dropped their first game of the summer 6-5 to the host San Francisco Seals on Saturday in a Collegiate baseball game.

June 22, 2019 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League: Menlo-Atherton 11-12 drops opener

Menlo-Atherton's Majors (11-12 year-old) all-star little league team lost to Hillsborough, which won the NorCal State Championship last season in the 10-11 year, 7-1 in the District 52 tournament opener in Palo Alto on Saturday.

June 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Sundance advances to Babe Ruth championship Tuesday

Dutch Goose plays Monday in an elimination game
Dutch Goose won the Palo Alto Babe Ruth regular-season title but after a 3-2 loss Saturday to Sundance, the Goose needs a win Monday to earn a return engagement with Sundance on Tuesday for the 15U league tournament championship.

June 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Sundance, Dutch Goose advance in Palo Alto Babe Ruth league tournament

Diego Clarke and Sean Hogan each had two hits and drove in two runs to help Dutch Goose open the Palo Alto Babe Ruth League Tournament with a 9-5 victory over Alhouse on Friday at Baylands.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
USA men's volleyball finish fifth in Pan American Cup

Former Stanford All-American and Woodside resident James Shaw recorded 15 points, 14 on kills, and the U.S. men's Pan American Cup team swept Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-23, 25-18 to claim fifth place at the Pan American Cup in Mexico.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Roberts drives in seven on five hits in PUF Caps victory

Aaron Roberts drove in seven runs, three on a home run, and had five hits to help the Pacific Union Capitalists remain unbeaten in seven games with a 15-3 victory over the San Francisco Seals in a Collegiate baseball at Palo Alto High

June 21, 2019 | 2 comments
East Palo Alto to add affordable homes, new transit connections with $20M grant

Funds to be used for 91 new apartments, three zero-emissions buses
An East Palo Alto coalition will receive $20 million to add additional affordable housing units at Light Tree Apartments and expand transit services that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, a state committee announced on Friday.

June 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Palo Alto eager to start work on new bike bridge over Adobe Creek

City obtains key permits, looks to approve construction contracts this fall
After years of delays, debates and design revisions, Palo Alto is preparing to break ground on a new bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 at Adobe Creek this fall.

June 22, 2019 | 33 comments
Skyline homicide suspect charged with two murders

Malik Dosouqi was seen fleeing the scene of the second homicide
The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has filed two murder charges and five other felony counts against Pacifica resident Malik Dosouqi in relation to the two alleged homicides on Skyline Boulevard.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
PUF Caps win sixth straight summer baseball contest

Steven Zobac collected three hits and drove in a run Thursday as the visiting Pacific Union Capitalists downed the San Francisco Seagulls 7-1 in a nonconference collegiate baseball game at San Bruno Park on Thursday.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. women advance into Round of 16 at Women's World Cup

The world No. 1 U.S. women national soccer team did not allow a goal in Women's World Cup group play for the first time in history and advanced into Round of 16 with its 2-0 victory over No. 9 Sweden on Thursday. Next is No. 13 Spain.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
VTA union rejects offer, may go on strike

Dispute over wages, pensions could lead to first-ever VTA strike, affecting buses and light rail in Santa Clara County
A transit workers union voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night against a labor contract offer by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, opening up the possibility for VTA's first-ever strike in the next month.

June 20, 2019 | 10 comments
He was a married hospital technician and a Boy Scouts leader. Was former Palo Alto resident John Getreu also a serial killer?

Living in Midtown in the 1970s, Getreu's criminal past was unknown; now he stands accused of the cold-case murders of two women on Stanford land
Some who have known John Arthur Getreu have seen a seemingly normal person who volunteered with civic groups. But others have harbored deep suspicions that Getreu was a violent predator who could be getting away with murder.

June 21, 2019 | 11 comments
Palo Alto, rejoice. Mike's Cafe is back.

Midtown restaurant opening for dinner Thursday night, June 20
The return of Mike's Cafe, a humble, longtime neighborhood eatery, might be one of Palo Alto's most anticipated restaurant openings of the year.

June 20, 2019 | 25 comments
Palo Alto, rejoice. Mike's Cafe is back.

Midtown restaurant opening for dinner Thursday night, June 20
The return of Mike's Cafe, a humble, longtime neighborhood eatery, might be one of Palo Alto's most anticipated restaurant openings of the year.

June 20, 2019 | 25 comments
As county review proceeds, Stanford should focus on public's desire to see future development impacts contained on the campus

If Stanford can't accept proposed conditions, it should reduce its expansion plans
The first test of whether Santa Clara County policymakers are willing to back up the recommendations of its planning staff on strong mitigation measures for Stanford's future development plans will come next Thursday.

June 21, 2019 | 17 comments
Guest Opinion: It's time to take Cubberley 'co-design' to a higher level

Community Center's future too complex for 'co-design' process
It is time to search for consultants who can develop a more appropriate plan for Cubberley Community Center's future use.

June 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Around Town: Shifting gears; clinching basketball's highest honor

Tidbits on people, events and other happenings in Palo Alto
In the latest Around Town column, a proposed car dealership without the Architectural Review Board's recommendation is coming before the City Council on Monday and a famous Palo Altan wins an NBA championship.

June 23, 2019 | 8 comments
After 81 years, Palo Alto Host Lions Club shuts down

Organization that once hosted the Concours d'Elegance charity event, funded nonprofits serving the blind and deaf, dissolves
The Palo Alto Host Lions Club, one of the Bay Area's oldest service organizations known for the popular car show Concours d' Elegance, disbanded on Tuesday after 81 years, members have confirmed.

June 20, 2019 | 4 comments
'Toy'-ing with your feelings

Pixar's fourth (and final?) 'Toy Story' hits the road
High-tension action-adventure has always been a key ingredient in the "Toy Story" films, but "Toy Story 4" may well be the most consistently anxiety-inducing of them all.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of June 17

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
Homes sales is a complete list of residential real estate transactions reported on the Midpeninsula this week.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Vote on new car dealership; eliminating library fines

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 24.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Midcentury remodel gives homeowners views from every room

Stanford hills home redesign creates open, flexible space
A remodel opens up the interiors of a midcentury modern Stanford hills home and makes the most of hillside views.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Outdoor Expo, low-water plants

Also, get summer pruning tips for trees, shrubs and roses
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including an Outdoor Expo with ideas for summer fun and a talk about plants perfect for the Bay Area climate.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
'Learning to Fly': owl photography on view in Menlo Park

Atherton photographer Larry Calof's photography of owls and other birds, "Learning to Fly," is on view at the Portola Art Gallery through June 30.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
With sexual misconduct reports going down, Palo Alto school district restructures Title IX office

Report: Change 'is not reflective of a decreased need for attention'
The Palo Alto school district is reducing the position of Title IX coordinator to part time -- a reflection, leadership said, of a culture change in this area.

June 20, 2019 | 25 comments
East Palo Alto City Council approves new site for The Primary School

Council members express some concern about the cost of private and charter schools' growth for public school district
The East Palo Alto City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday to advance a request from The Primary School to build a new campus at 1200 Weeks St. for the private K-8 school started by Priscilla Chan.

June 20, 2019 | 3 comments
Menlo Park's 4th Annual Comic Con celebrates quidditch, 'Star Wars' and more

Menlo Park Library's annual Comic Con features a quidditch team, live music, film screenings, crafts and panel discussions.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Longtime school bus driver and supervisor leaves legacy of 'respect' upon retirement

Derek Zabaldo plans to continue mentoring drivers while pursuing other passions
Derek Zabaldo retired this month after 31 years as a bus driver for the Palo Alto Unified School District where he left a distinct impact on the community, from the hundreds of drivers he's trained to the kids he's safely driven.

June 20, 2019 | 3 comments
U.S. men falter in NORCECA Pan American Cup quarters

The United States men's Pan American volleyball team fell short of reaching the Final Four, dropping a 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 decision to Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Pan American Cup in Colima, Mexico on Wednesday.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
After attempted robberies, East Palo Alto police to add bridge patrols, consider surveillance cameras

Less than a month after it opened, pedestrian-bike overpass is the scene of two violent crimes by youths
East Palo Alto police plan to patrol the new bike-and-pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 after two people reported being attacked by groups of youths on the span, police Cmdr. Jeff Liu said this week.

June 19, 2019 | 4 comments
Palo Alto Babe Ruth opens league tournament on Friday

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball league played its final regular-season games Wednesday, with Dutch Goose claiming the title. It starts again Friday when the league tournament opens at Baylands.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
PUF Caps extend baseball winning streak to five games

Steven Zobac had five hits, including a home run, and drove in six runs as the PUF Caps remained unbeaten in five games this summer, beating the West Coast Kings 17-8 on Wednesday at Palo Alto High.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto bans new cell towers next to public schools

City Council creates 300-foot setback requirement for new wireless communication facilities
Bowing to concerns from residents, the Palo Alto City Council agreed this week to ban the installation of wireless equipment within 300 feet of public schools.

June 19, 2019 | 18 comments
Community Notebook: Assemblyman Marc Berman holding wildfire town hall Saturday

Event to include panel with representatives from state, local firefighting agencies and PG&E
State Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, is sponsoring a wildfire town hall meeting this Saturday in Portola Valley that will include a panel made up of representatives from state and local firefighting agencies and PG&E.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Authorities investigating two homicides on Skyline Boulevard

Tuesday night's stabbing death near scene of where first homicide victim found the night before
Authorities have identified the suspect arrested early Wednesday for allegedly killing a man found Tuesday night on Skyline Boulevard near where another stabbing victim was found the night before as Malik Dosouqi, 26, of Pacifica.

June 19, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo's Jones earns Gatorade's National Player of Year award

Recent Menlo School graduate Sophia Jones walked into the middle of a celebration in her honor on Wednesday and she didn't have an inkling of it. She learned she was named Gatorade's National Women's Soccer Player of the Year.

June 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Santa Clara County to boost rape crisis centers' funding

State funding doesn't come close to covering the victim services it mandates
Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to fund critical services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, saying it's necessary because the state budget is underfunding the region's rape crisis centers.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College softball has two players named all-region

Menlo College softball players Ariana Belarde and Sarah Reyes were named to the NAIA All-Region team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Belarde earned first-team honors while Reyes received second-team recognition.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Summer restaurant openings abound

A roundup of what's new in food and drink on the Midpeninsula
Looking for something new? From vegan fare and organic wine to pho, sushi and pupusas, there are a lot of new places on the Midpeninsula to tempt you. Read on for our roundup of recent openings.

June 20, 2019 | 7 comments
Summertime and the livin' is jazzy

For Midpeninsula jazz lovers, the season looks bright
With Friday, June 21, marking the first official day of summer, the days are long and the local live jazz offerings particularly plentiful.

June 19, 2019 | 2 comments
How to attract backyard bees

Did you know that there are 1,600 species of bee native to California, and over 20,000 species worldwide?

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Google pledges $1 billion for rapid new housing growth in Bay Area

CEO Sundar Pichai minimum of 20,000 new homes, primarily in Mountain View, San Jose, Sunnyvale and San Francisco
As the housing crisis reaches new levels of despair, Google is launching a $1 billion campaign to reverse the trend. The tech giant is pledging to use its vast capital and land holdings to build tens of thousands of homes.

June 19, 2019 | 21 comments
School board endorses superintendent's plan with hope for successful rollout next year

Board member: 'The trick is converting these good intentions into actual initiatives'
The Palo Alto school board approved Tuesday Superintendent Don Austin's overarching plan to guide the district forward under his new leadership, noting that "the rubber will meet the road next year" with its actual implementation.

June 19, 2019 | 25 comments
Palo Alto renews push toward business tax

City Council Finance Committee backs exploration of various options for 2020 measure
As one of few cities in the area without a business tax, Palo Alto is preparing to shed that label in November 2020.

June 18, 2019 | 23 comments
U.S. men advance into quarters of Pan American Cup

Recent Stanford graduate Kyle Dagostino had 15 digs and the U.S. men's Pan American volleyball team swept the Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 in Colima, Mexico on Tuesday on the final day of group play for the Pan American Cup.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Getting noticed by field hockey's Olympic Development

Stanford junior All-American Corinne Zanolli scored three goals during the five-day Young Women's National Championship field hockey event but it was former Cardinal standout Marissa Cicione who played in the title match Tuesday.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
PUF Caps win fourth straight to open summer baseball season

Gavin Kennedy, Aaron Roberts and Steven Zobac combined on a five-hitter and 14 strikeouts in helping the Pacific Union Financial Caps beat the visiting Humboldt B-52's 9-5 Tuesday at Palo Alto High.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
USA women clinch a spot in the VNL volleyball finals

The U.S. women's national volleyball team clinched a spot in the Final Six of the Volleyball Nations League following Tuesday's 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 victory over host Russia in Ekaterinburg.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
'One Man, Two Guvnors' delivers laughs, tomfoolery and songs

Palo Alto Players hosts a British Invasion
Carlo Goldoni's 1746 commedia dell'arte-inspired play "The Servant of Two Masters" gets a swinging '60s, oh-so-British makeover in "One Man, Two Guvnors."

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man charged for molesting two children — including a relative

Suspected of lewd, lascivious acts dating back to 2010, 66-year-old man pleads not guilty
An East Palo Alto man who allegedly molested two children, one of whom was identified as a relative, from 2010 to 2018 has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges, police and San Mateo County prosecutors said Tuesday.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County and Stanford remain split over 'workforce' housing

University claims county's proposed requirement would turn campus into an 'urban apartment complex'
With a key decision looming, Santa Clara County is pushing back against Stanford University's claim that building enough housing to accommodate new workers will transform the campus into an "urban apartment complex."

June 18, 2019 | 10 comments
Stanford women's water polo set for historic trip to China

Stanford's women's water polo team fly to China for training, competition, culture
Stanford University's women's water polo team is making history by traveling to China on Sunday to train and competing with the Chinese national team, which is preparing for the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, July 12-28.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
In new budget, city directs more funding toward pensions, traffic relief

Council approves plan to create Office of Transportation, add funding for Palo Alto TMA
Signaling its renewed push to tackle local traffic problems, the City Council approved on Monday a budget that establishes an Office of Transportation and adds funding for a nonprofit charged with shifting drivers to other modes.

June 17, 2019 | 12 comments
Stanford-bound Jones delivers money performance for Caps

Stanford-commit Brock Jones doubled and came around to score to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday, which aided the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists to a 4-2 victory over the Humboldt B-52s at Palo Alto High.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
USA men split first two matches at Pan American Cup

Former Stanford All-American James Shaw had 14 kills and eight digs but the United States men's Pan American volleyball team fell to Chile 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19 on day two of the NORCECA Pan American Cup in Colima, Mexico Monday.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto hosting District 52 Majors 11-12 all-star tourney

Menlo-Atherton, which reached last year's championship game, opens the District 52 11-12 Majors Little League all-star tournament Saturday with a 9 a.m. game against Hillsborough at Middlefield Park in Palo Alto.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Sleeping couple awakened by burglar exiting front door with their car keys

Police arrest San Jose man suspected of burglarizing Palo Alto home
Palo Alto police have arrested a San Jose man suspected of burglarizing a home on Oregon Avenue early Saturday morning while the homeowners were still in bed.

June 17, 2019 | 4 comments
After confusion over Adult School compensation, teachers poised to get 16% raise

Principal uncertain about how future pay increases should be addressed
The school board will vote Tuesday on a 16% raise for Palo Alto Adult School teachers who, despite the fact that they are formally represented by the teachers union, have not received the same negotiated salary increases.

June 17, 2019 | 8 comments
Wu's road to his Stanford diploma was lined with gold

Stanford graduate Brandon Wu got an early start on his advanced degree (in golf) this past week during the U.S. Open Championships at Pebble Beach Golf Links, finishing in a 35-place tie.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Local roundup: PUF Caps take to the road for baseball win

Devereaux Harrison hit a home runs and drove in a pair of runs as the PUF Caps won their second straight to open the summer season, beating the host Atwater Aviators 10-3 on Sunday in a nonconference baseball game.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. men win fourth straight in FIVB volleyball league

The U.S. men's national volleyball team completed a weekend sweep Sunday, beating host France 23-25, 25-22, 28-26, 27-25 in Cannes to extend its winning streak to four matches in FIVB VNL action.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Two former SHP Gators help USA beat Chile in Women's World Cup

Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz each finished off headers into the back of the net off corner kicks and the U.S. women's soccer team downed Chile 3-0 in group play at the Women's World Cup in Paris on Sunday.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Cook to Stanford grads: 'It's our humanity that got us into this mess and it's our humanity that's going to have to get us out'

Commencement speech focuses on themes of responsibility, humanity
Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke frankly about technology's local and global impact -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- during his remarks Sunday at Stanford University's 128th commencement.

June 16, 2019 | 8 comments
Menlo Park woman using oxygen dies in accidental fire

Fire marshal: Accident occurred while woman was adjusting or addressing medical tubing
A woman who was smoking in her Menlo Park home while also using oxygen in a medical cylinder to breathe died Friday when she caught on fire, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

June 16, 2019 | 2 comments
One dead following multiple U.S. Highway 101 collisions

California Highway Patrol investigating whether drugs, alcohol played a role
A wrong-way driver has died and another person suffered serious injuries following multiple collisions on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto early Sunday morning.

June 16, 2019 | 19 comments
Stanford's Wu stays on course to miss his graduation

Brandon Wu had an easy decision after making the cut at the U.S. Open Championships in Pebble Beach: Play the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links or attend his graduation ceremony at Stanford, 87 miles to the north.

June 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Matthiessen earns All-American recognition

Stanford junior right-hander/designated hitter Will Matthiessen has been named a third-team All-American as a utility player by the American Baseball Coaches Association it was announced Saturday.

June 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grads set to help U.S. men in international play

Former Stanford All-Americans James Shaw and Kyle Dagostino are among the 14 players with the U.S. men's Pan American Cup volleyball team that begin play Sunday in Colima, Mexico.

June 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Rough start for U.S. Pan American Cup volleyball team

BYU's Roni Jones-Perry recorded 11 points on eight kills, two aces and a block but the U.S. women's Pan American Cup volleyball training team lost to Canada 25-23, 25-17, 29-27 (plus 25-21 in bonus fourth set) in an exhibition match.

June 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Shoji brothers help Team USA even record in VNL competition

Torey Defalco scored 18 points on 15 kills and three blocks and the United States men's national volleyball team downed Germany 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20 in a Volleyball Nations League match Saturday in Cannes, France.

June 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Ninth-inning heroics give PUF Caps a season-opening victory

Nathan Martorella singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists opened its collegiate baseball season with a 5-4 victory over the West Coast Kings on Friday.

June 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Summer sports: Stanford swimmers, golfers; Gunn grads

Stanford sophomore Daniel Roy swam 2:10.43 in the men's 200 meter breaststroke on Friday night to win the event at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Clovis. Cardinal grad Tara Halstad also swam in an 'A' final.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
United States men are a volleyball smash hit in Cannes

Benjamin Patch recorded 17 points on 15 kills and two blocks and the U.S. men's national volleyball team won its second straight Volleyball Nations League contest Friday, beating Argentina 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21 in Cannes, France.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Man accused of 1974 cold-case killing near Stanford campus pleads not guilty

John Arthur Getreu denies first-degree murder charge for the death of Janet Ann Taylor
A 74-year-old man who has been accused of murdering two 21-year-old women on Stanford University property about a year apart in the 1970s pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in one of the cases on Friday.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
New Stanford study stresses benefits of paternity leave

Tech companies lead the way in granting fathers time off to boost mother's, baby's health
Paid leave from work following the birth of a child has long centered on mothers. But new research from Stanford University shows that when fathers are also allowed time off from work, it can benefit mother and child, too.

June 15, 2019 | 3 comments
Stanford graduate-to-be, 70, hopes doctorate degree will inspire his peers

Alan Zorn reaches for the stars through 15-year journey to doctorate degree
For Alan Zorn, who at 70 is the oldest person in his class, graduating with a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University this Sunday only makes him hungry for more.

June 15, 2019 | 3 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto marks Pride Month with events celebrating LGBTQ community

Local groups organizing button-making session, movie nights
In celebration of Pride Month, several community groups have organized their own Pride-themed events, including the first Pride-themed movie night at the Mitchell Park Library and a panel on LGBTQ political advocacy.

June 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Of local note: Stanford women's hoops; Menlo communications

Back-to-back-to-back December games against Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas highlight the 2019-20 Stanford women's basketball nonconference schedule, which was announced Friday. Menlo College Athletics won a trio of media awards.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Attempted robberies leave pedestrians injured on East Palo Alto overpass

Police: Groups of teenagers corner men on bridge, demand their property
East Palo Alto police are investigating two attempted robberies by groups of teenagers within a two-hour span Thursday on a new U.S. Highway 101 pedestrian bridge.

June 14, 2019 | 6 comments
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS GOLF TEAMS

Menlo-Atherton's Jonathan Dicks was named the Peninsula Athletic League Golfer of the Year. Menlo's Charlie Hsieh and Sacred Heart Prep's Finn O'Kelly shared the honor in the West Bay Athletic League. They're joined by several locals.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's O'Donohue farm connects community with small-scale agriculture

Farm yields about 15,000 pounds of produce each year
The O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm is slowly evolving into a space where the community can get a hands-on opportunity to help combat climate change through farm work.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: How to attract backyard bees, summer flower arranging

Also, latest listings show Atherton has the most-expensive home sale on the Midpeninsula
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including upcoming classes on creating appealing spaces for bees in your backyard and summer flower arrangements.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Teen cited for giving woman unwanted kiss at Stanford campus

Public Safety Department: 17-year-old accused of assault, battery released
A 17-year-old boy was cited for giving a woman an unwanted kiss on the Stanford University campus late Thursday night, according to the university's Public Safety Department said Friday.

June 14, 2019 | 3 comments
After trustee questions, school district decides not to renew contract with controversial law firm

District had drastically reduced budget with Lozano Smith after concerns
When the school board replaced a controversial law firm Lozano Smith in 2017, board members expected their former attorneys would not be receiving any new work from the district. Staff, however, continued to consult with them.

June 14, 2019 | 41 comments
USA men travel to France for Volleyball Nations League trip

The U.S. men's national volleyball team is in Cannes, France for the third weekend of FIVB Volleyball Nations League action beginning Friday. The U.S. (2-4) will play Argentina (2-4), Germany (2-4) and France (5-1).

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Alpine-West Menlo Majors Peak scores late for victory

For three innings, Alpine-West Menlo Park 11-12 Little League champion Peak and Menlo-Atherton champion Shell Sharon Heights were locked in a scoreless duel Thursday at Ford Field in Portola Valley.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford baseball collects a few more postseason honors

Will Matthiessen earned All-America honorable mention as a utility player; freshman right-hander Alex Williams earned All-America honors by Perfect Game/Rawlings; and Matthiessen and Jack Little were named to the All-West Region team.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales: Three homes sell for over $10M in Atherton

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the most-expensive transaction this week with the sale of a $23 million home.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Study: Build a new Newell Road Bridge that's twice as wide

Recommendation comes after years of contention over various options
The effort to replace Newell Street Bridge received a boost this month with the release of a long-awaited analysis for the project that aims to reconcile competing views and pave the way for construction to begin next year.

June 14, 2019 | 26 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Votes on city budget, 'PAUSD Promise' Plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 17.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Fischer, Plummer top annual Stanford Athletics program

Both were named national Players of the Year in their respective sports
Stanford juniors Makenzie Fischer (women's water polo) and Kathryn Plummer (women's volleyball) shared the Al Masters Award at the annual Stanford Athletics Board Awards ceremony, highlighting the Cardinal's success during 2018-19.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Meh in 'Black'

A tired sci-fi franchise goes 'International'
With Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones retired, the latest attempt to resuscitate the "Men in Black" franchise just seems wearying and tiresome.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Police arrest nursing assistant accused of sexually assaulting patient

Woman recovering from surgery reports alleged crime to another employee
A woman recovering from surgery at Webster House Medical Center reported she was sexually assaulted by a nursing assistant who was arrested early Thursday morning and has since been terminated from his job.

June 13, 2019 | 2 comments
'The Cubberley Project' celebrates community voices

New public-art installation on display at Cubberley Community Center
"The Cubberley Project," a temporary audio-visual installation by the Cubberley Artist Studio Program's Martha Sakellariou and writer Jennifer Lee, is currently on display at Cubberley Community Center.

June 13, 2019 | 5 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto Community Fund awards a record $457K on its 40th anniversary

First-time recipients include Tax-Aid, Good Karma Bikes, Kid & Art Foundation
The Palo Alto Community Fund, which awards grants to local community groups in and around Palo Alto, raised a record $457,000 for 41 local organizations this year, the nonprofit announced on Tuesday.

June 13, 2019 | 1 comment
A three-peat for Gunn Control Ultimate Frisbee team

No one can doubt the Gunn Control Ultimate Frisbee team, based out of Gunn High. Despite finishing lower in the league standings, Control showed its back-to-back-to-back state titles were no flukes.

June 13, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo's Jones named Gatorade California Player of the Year

Recent high school graduate in the running for national award
Menlo School's Sophia Jones was named Gatorade California Girls Soccer Player of the Year it was announced Thursday. She becomes the first Menlo School player to receive the honor and is also a finalist for the Gatorade National honor.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto World Music Day returns June 16

University Avenue to host 50 musicians and bands in a variety of genres
Returning for its 11th year, Palo Alto World Music Day will take place on Sunday, June 16, 3-7:30 p.m. at outdoor locations along University Avenue, which will be closed to traffic.

June 12, 2019 | 6 comments
Stanford men's program earns national recognition

For the second straight year, a Stanford cross country/track and field program was deemed the best in the nation as the men's program was named the best overall for its success in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
$27K in restitution ordered for man who hacked Palo Alto Online

Hacker claims he committed the crime at the request of a convicted felon and former Menlo Park resident, Hiruy Amanuel
Ross Colby, 36, who hacked and temporarily shut down Palo Alto Online and other Embarcadero Media websites nearly four years ago, was sentenced Wednesday in San Jose federal court.

June 12, 2019 | 19 comments
Ex-Stanford sailing coach in college-admissions scam gets no prison time

Stanford University's former head sailing coach John Vandemoer became the first person to be sentenced in the college-admissions case Wednesday for knowingly designating two applicants as recruits despite their lack of experience.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Laughs plentiful in Pear Theatre's 'Present Laughter'

1939 Noël Coward farce explores the madcap life of an actor
Laughs are available by the bushelful in the Pear Theatre production of Noël Coward's "Present Laughter," a frantic farce written and set in 1939 and based fairly strongly on Coward's own life.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Spencer returning to Stanford as head lacrosse coach

Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced Wednesday the appointment of Danielle Spencer, an assistant coach with the Cardinal in 2012, as head coach of Stanford women's lacrosse.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Same-day Spare the Air alert issued as poor air quality persists

Lack of strong ocean breeze, fog layer prompts fourth consecutive alert
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a belated Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday after increased ocean breezes and a fog layer that were forecast to bring improved air quality have not yet shown up.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks' 'Archduke' satirizes the assassination that set off World War I

In Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy, Gavrilo Princip is neither hero nor villain
Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy about Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassin, 19-year-old Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip, draw parallels between century-ago conspirators and modern-day terrorists.

June 12, 2019 | 6 comments
Ex-Stanford sailing coach in college-admissions scam is sentenced: no prison time, $10K fine

John Vandemoer, who accepted nearly $800K in bribes marked for athletic program, faced up to 20-year sentence
Stanford University's former sailing coach John Vandemoer became the first person to be sentenced in the college-admissions case Wednesday for knowingly designating two applicants as recruits despite their lack of experience.

June 12, 2019 | 24 comments
City, school district at odds on pace of redeveloping Cubberley

School board trustee asks: Should we be neighbors rather than partners on this project?
Tension over mismatched timelines for redeveloping Cubberley Community Center surfaced in a meeting on Wednesday morning of Palo Alto's school district and city leaders, with little agreement on how to move forward together.

June 12, 2019 | 17 comments
Better barbecue

A tasty hobby turns into a full time job for John Capelo
Quality barbecue is notoriously hard to find in the Bay Area. John Capelo is working to change that, one slow-smoked piece of meat at a time.

June 13, 2019 | 3 comments
Stanford fires back at county over new housing requirements

University seeks credit for apartments already under construction, changes to proposed traffic mitigations
Stanford University pushed back this week against Santa Clara County's proposed housing requirements as part of Stanford's expansion application by arguing the university deserves credit for graduate housing already under construction.

June 12, 2019 | 20 comments
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS VOLLEYBALL TEAMS

Palo Alto's Raymon Chen was picked as the Most Valuable Player in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division. Discover who else made all-league teams in boys volleyball.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS TENNIS TEAMS

Menlo School's Andrei Volgin was named the Most Valuable Player in the West Bay Athletic League. Central Coast Section boys tennis semifinalist Tim Berthier of M-A was named to the all-PAL Bay Division team. Find out who else made it.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE COED BADMINTON TEAMS

Menlo-Atherton's mixed doubles team of Alexander Waitz and Athena Xue were named to the all-Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division badminton team after winning a league title. Check out who else was named to all-league teams.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Give an assist to O'Hara, Press in USA's World Cup victory

Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press got in on the action Tuesday as the United States women's national soccer team walloped Thailand in its first game of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday in Reims, France.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Supervisor Simitian brings 'sidewalk office hours' to local farmers markets

Palo Alto event this Saturday is one of four opportunities to speak with county leader this month
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will hold sidewalk office hours at the downtown Palo Alto farmers market this weekend, one of four events he'll be hosting around his district this month.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto veers away from lawsuit against Federal Aviation Administration

City Council opts not to sue federal agency over airplane noise
Despite rising community frustrations about airplane noise, the City Council decided Monday after a closed session that litigation would probably not achieve everyone's shared goal: turning down the volume.

June 11, 2019 | 124 comments
Proposal for RV-parking zones gains momentum in Palo Alto

City Council backs idea by council members Tom DuBois and Lydia Kou to create a 'safe parking' program
After failing five years ago, Palo Alto is once again exploring the idea of establishing overnight parking zones for recreational vehicles -- this time, using city land as a launch pad.

June 11, 2019 | 63 comments
Bay Area under third straight Spare the Air alert Tuesday

Public encouraged to limit outdoor activities due to excessive smog
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday due to high temperatures and light winds expected to persist in the region.

June 11, 2019 | 1 comment
Team USA to meet VNL leader Turkey in women's volleyball

The United States' women's volleyball team, led by Andrea Drews, will meet Turkey on Tuesday in Jiangmen, China in a repeat of last year's Volleyball Nations League final.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Williams earns another postseason baseball honor

Stanford freshman right-handed pitcher Alex Williams, who helped keep Stanford's baseball season alive in regional play, earned Freshman All-America honors on Monday from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
With bans on straws, produce bags, Palo Alto seeks to curb plastic waste

City Council passes new bans on plastic foodware items, targets further restrictions next year
Palo Alto sharply escalated its war on plastic waste Monday night, when the City Council passed a ban on straws, utensils, produce bags and other single-use items that routinely bypass the sorting process and end up in the creeks.

June 11, 2019 | 25 comments
Stanford wrestlers help USA wrestling win a team title

Stanford freshmen wrestlers Shane Griffith and Real Woods helped lead the United States to a first-place finish at the Junior Pan American Freestyle Championships over the weekend in Guatemala City.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Thomas joins U23 men's soccer team in Utah

Stanford men's soccer redshirt freshman goalkeeper Andrew Thomas was called to the U.S. U-23 men's national team by head coach Jason Kreis for a training camp in Herriman, Utah that began Sunday.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto school board to discuss next year's $256M budget

District estimates project a $4M increase in revenues from this year
The school board will discuss on Tuesday night the ins and outs of the district's $256 million budget for next year, including the impact of property tax projections, salary increases and enrollment trends.

June 11, 2019 | 9 comments
On hottest day of the year, two power outages affect thousands in Palo Alto

Heat wave triggers equipment failure, putting 7,000 without electricity in first outage; second outage breaks out due to loose overhead wire
About 4,000 Palo Alto Utilities customers were left in the dark due to a power outage on Monday night, one of two service disruptions to impact the city in less than seven hours.

June 10, 2019 | 36 comments
Community Notebook: 'Grand reopening' of downtown celebrates the end of construction

Palo Alto to acknowledge businesses, patrons affected by project launched last year
After a year of road closures and construction, Palo Alto plans to mark a "grand reopening" of its downtown with a Tuesday celebration.

June 10, 2019 | 6 comments
Video: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley accepts Tony Award

Honor comes as Palo Alto-rooted company approaches milestone season
Theatreworks Silicon Valley Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Executive Director Phil Santora and Board Chair Judy Heyboer were in New York to accept the Regional Theatre Tony Award on June 9.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Maum wins Michelin star, boxing studio to open

The latest in local restaurant, retail news
In the latest Shop Talk column, read about Palo Alto's newest Michelin-starred restaurant, a new boxing studio and the expansion of the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford loses, falls short of the College World Series

Kyle Stowers homered to lead off the first but the Stanford baseball team could not build on it, dropping an 8-1 decision to Mississippi State in the NCAA Starkville Regional final Sunday. The Bulldogs move on to the CWS next weekend.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford alum Klineman wins another beach volleyball event

Former Stanford All-American Alix Klineman and Olympic medalist April Ross have been beach volleyball teammates for just over a year. On Sunday, the partnership produced its sixth AVP Tour victory.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
USA women's water polo clinches spot in 2020 Olympics

Stanford junior Makenzie Fischer scored four times and was named Player of the Match as the U.S. women's national team downed Italy 10-9. The team officially claimed a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Dagostino getting an education with USA men's volleyball

Stanford fifth-year senior Kyle Dagostino spent the past weekend in Ufa, Russia, playing with the U.S. men's senior national volleyball team. He started and played in two matches, including Sunday's win over Portugal.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Mississippi State takes game one of NCAA Super Regional

Andrew Daschbach gave Stanford the early lead Saturday but fourth-ranked Stanford fell to host No. 3 Mississippi State 6-2 in the first game of the NCAA Starkville Super Regional at Dudy Noble Field.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women in top 10 at NCAA track and field finals

With Ella Donaghu placing sixth in the 1,500 meters and Fiona O'Keeffe seventh in the 5,000 on Saturday, the Stanford women finished 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
A field title, a track title and plenty of top marks

Mackenzie Little defended her title and Steven Fahy won his first individual national title for Stanford at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas on Friday. The Stanford men placed fifth overall.

June 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: USA women into title game of FINA finals

Former Stanford standouts Maggie Steffens and Kiley Neushul each scored twice for the U.S. women's senior water polo team in an 8-6 victory over the Netherlands in the semifinals of the FINA World League Super Final on Saturday.

June 8, 2019 | No comments yet
One NCAA field title, one track title and other top marks

Mackenzie Little defended her title and Steven Fahy won his first individual for Stanford at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas on Friday. The Cardinal scored 32 points to place fifth overall.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Lawmaker behind SB 50 makes case for zoning reforms to address state housing crisis

Despite delay, state Sen. Scott Wiener says his housing bill will pass
Scott Wiener, whose housing bill has energized housing advocates and galvanized local officials, came to Palo Alto on Friday to push back against local critics and assure a receptive crowd that Senate Bill 50 remains on track to pass.

June 7, 2019 | 105 comments
Of local note: Klineman and Ross into winner's bracket final

Top-seeded Alix Klineman and April Ross won their first two matches of the New York Open beach volleyball event at Gansevoort Peninsula in Hudson River Park on Friday, part of the AVP Gold Series.

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American women into semis at FINA World Super Final

Stanford sophomore Aria Fischer scored five goals to help lead the U.S. women's senior national water polo team down China 21-6 in the quarterfinals of the FINA World League Super Final in Budapest on Friday.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area to see warm weather and gusty, dry winds this weekend

Hottest days will likely be on Sunday and Monday in the South Bay
A widespread warming trend will envelop the Bay Area starting Saturday, with hot temperatures luring people to beaches and dry, gusty winds increasing fire risks.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Castilleja commencement emphasizes sisterhood, social responsibility

Screenwriter Callie Khouri delivered keynote speech to school's 62 graduates
Castilleja School's Class of 2019 linked arms and held hands as they marched in unity to the front of the crowd filled with family and friends to celebrate the completion of their high school careers Saturday afternoon.

June 9, 2019 | 10 comments
There's another industry on the rise, and it's not tech

Palo Alto among top places to be a real estate agent
Tech isn't the only lucrative sector in high demand along the Midpeninsula. There's another industry on the rise -- and it doesn't require a college degree.

June 7, 2019 | 17 comments
Home front: Rents on the rise; chocolate workshop

Also, Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour celebrates regional architects, designers and home builders
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including climbing rents in Palo Alto, an upcoming summer chocolate workshop and the return of the Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Ten events, two days and a national runner-up for Williams

Harrison Williams completed the most successful collegiate career ever for a Stanford decathlete with a second place showing at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas on Thursday.

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City looks to ban plastic straws, produce bags

Effort aimed to boost creek protection
Plastic straws, disposable utensils and beverage stirrers may soon be on their way out of Palo Alto as part of the city's new effort to protect creeks and reduce the amount of landfill-bound waste.

June 7, 2019 | 51 comments
Around Town: Local students compete in spelling bees; State awards $17.3M grant for new levee

Tidbits on people, events and other happenings in and around Palo Alto
In the latest Around Town column, read about two Palo Alto students who competed at state and national spelling bees and a grant awarded to East Palo Alto to further flood-protection efforts.

June 8, 2019 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Plastic and disposables restriction; school science addition contract award

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 10.

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'Monster' producer

Mountain View's Brian Rogers talks about reviving 'Godzilla'
Working with a 393-foot-tall reptilian monster named Godzilla is serious business, as in hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars serious.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
The thrilla that's 'Godzilla'

'King of the Monsters' ups the creature-feature ante
The new American film "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" honors a tradition that has won over millions of Japanese "kaiju" (giant monster movie) fans for the past 60 years.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
A tango with Alzheimer's

Rosener House first in nation to host French therapeutic dance program
A team of French researchers brought its therapeutic tango program to Rosener House as part of a study on motor function in people with Alzheimer's disease. The Menlo Park facility is the first venue in the nation, to join the study.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Peninsula Photo Contest winners capture awe-inspiring moments in a click

Adults, youth give exposure to the world around them
For the second consecutive year, the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Art Center have teamed up to bring exposure to a greater variety of works from more participants through the revamped Peninsula Photo Contest.

June 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Milk Pail Market says 'goodbye' to Mountain View with a party on Saturday

Quirky, popular market set to close down at the end of June
Amid plans to shut down permanently, the popular Milk Pail Market is throwing a farewell party for its loyal customers and community. The free event set for Saturday, June 8, will feature music, activities and plenty of cheese.

June 6, 2019 | 3 comments
Shop Talk: Maum wins Michelin star, boxing studio to open

The latest in local restaurant, retail news
In this week's Shop Talk column, read about Palo Alto's newest Michelin-starred restaurant, a new boxing studio and the expansion of the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market.

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Incoming Stanford frosh earns spot on Canadian national team

Incoming Stanford freshman Floranne Carroll has been named to Canada's women's water polo roster for the FISU Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy. She joins a long list of Stanford affiliates who have participated in the event.

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Stanford grad Morris makes U.S. CONCACAF Gold Cup roster

Former Stanford All-American Jordan Morris has been selected to the final 23-player roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup by U.S. men's soccer national team coach Gregg Berhalter.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Raney scores three in a match at Super Final

Former Stanford standout Jordan Raney scored three goals and the world top-ranked United States women's national water polo team finished Group B play at the FINA World League Super Final in Budapest undefeated, beating Russia 12-7.

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Home sales: Mountain View sees 20 transactions

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Mountain View recorded the most homes sales with 20 transactions and Los Altos recorded the highest sale at $6 million for a 3,232-square-foot home.

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Doctor by day, sci-fi novelist by night

Longtime Atherton resident spotlights AI and medicine in books
Dr. Rick Novak is a published novelist and practicing anesthesiologist. His latest, "Doctor Vita" was published in March.

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Power restored to 3,000 customers affected by outage in south Palo Alto

Seagull hits electrical lines, causing service disruption
Nearly 3,000 Palo Alto Utilities customers in the southern section of the city woke up without electricity on Thursday morning due to a power outage caused by a seagull that hit power lines, according to the agency.

June 6, 2019 | 8 comments
Stanford RHP Williams is named freshman All-American

Stanford freshman right-handed pitcher Alex Williams was named a Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, it was announced Wednesday. Williams owns a 2.56 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 14 appearances, including 10 starts.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Her words about being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner held the world's attention in 2016. Now, she's writing a memoir.

Viking Books editor-in-chef: 'Her story continues to be a testament to the power of words to heal and effect change'
The woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student Brock Turner in 2016 is writing a memoir about her experience, publisher Viking Books announced Wednesday.

June 5, 2019 | 5 comments
Stanford men's hoops could be losing more than Okpala

Stanford's men's basketball landscape has a few more potholes these days. A week after Cardinal sophomore KZ Okpala announced his intention to remain in the NBA draft, another player has decided to enter the transfer portal.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Daschbach taken by Baltimore Orioles during MLB draft

Former Sacred Heart Prep standout Andrew Daschbach was one of three Stanford baseball players drafted in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft during Wednesday's third day. Brandon Wulff and Duke Kinamon were also picked.

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Stanford's Williams in second after first day of decathlon

Stanford fifth-year senior decathlete Harrison Williams used a strong 400 meters to pull into second overall on the final event of the first day at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

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Army taps Palo Alto soldier to participate in D-Day ceremonies in France

Commemorative ceremony in France allows man to fulfill dreams of representing dual nationality
U.S. Army specialist and Gunn High graduate Elliot Alagueuzian will fulfill his dream of representing his dual nationalities as a translator for commemorative 75th-anniversary celebrations marking D-Day in France through this Sunday.

June 5, 2019 | 5 comments
USA women win big on second day of FINA Super Final

The United States women's senior national water polo team beat Canada 15-4 in group play Wednesday at the FINA World League Super Final in Budapest. Former Stanford All-American Maggie Steffens added three goals.

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Environmentalists cheer as Palo Alto retires incinerators

City makes the switch from burning sludge to shipping and treating it
On Wednesday, the city bid farewell to its incinerators and debuted a new facility where sludge from Palo Alto and surrounding areas gets treated and dumped into trucks that then ship it out of town for further treatment.

June 5, 2019 | 9 comments
Long security lines frustrate fans at Shoreline Amphitheatre's kick-off concert

Ticket-holders complain of waiting for hours and missing start of Dead & Company show
Concert-goers hoping to see the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company say they missed part of the show and ended up waiting in line for more than two hours at an understaffed security checkpoint to enter the show.

June 5, 2019 | 18 comments
Theater companies keep the Redwood City arts scene lively this June

While a decade or so ago the sign in downtown Redwood City proclaiming "Theatre District" may have seemed a stretch, these days, Broadway Street is hopping with patrons of the Century 20 cinema and real live theater.

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County supervisors reject informing ICE when inmates are released

Local law enforcement agencies supported limited cooperation with federal agency to remove dangerous criminals from community
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to reject changing course and notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the release of County Jail inmates suspected of being in the country illegally.

June 5, 2019 | 39 comments
Police: East Palo Alto kidnapping, sexual assault from November without merit

Investigators say alleged crimes didn't occur based on interviews, video footage
A police investigation into a 17-year-old girl's claims that she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted seven months ago in East Palo Alto were found to have no merit, police announced Wednesday.

June 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Long security lines frustrate fans at Shoreline Amphitheatre's kickoff concert

Ticketholders complain of waiting for hours and missing start of Dead & Company show
Concertgoers hoping to see the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company say they missed part of the show and ended up waiting in line for more than two hours at an understaffed security checkpoint to enter the show.

June 5, 2019 | 18 comments
Ready for takeoff

Flights' food and drink trios are gimmicky, but fun
Aviation-themed and over-the-top, Flights in Mountain View is gimmicky, but its three-is-better-than-one premise can make for an entertaining evening.

June 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Moving forward: New CEO plans for Silicon Valley Community Foundation's 2.0 version

'We have to understand what we can bring to the table,' says Nicole Taylor
After a workplace bullying and misconduct scandal that rocked the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, its new president and CEO, Stanford University graduate Nicole Taylor, says she aims to bring the foundation into its 2.0 version.

June 5, 2019 | 4 comments
Menlo Park fire district, Coast Guard adopt safety plan for drones and aircraft

Agreement spells out flight height to avoid conflicts
A new plan is in place for firefighters' search and rescue drones and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters to share the skies over the San Francisco Bay near the abandoned Dumbarton Railroad Trestle.

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Four Stanford baseball players drafted by MLB on day two

Stanford left-hander Erik Miller, closer Jack Little, catcher Maverick Handley and right-hander/designated hitter Will Matthiessen were each taken on the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

June 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford takes to the track (and field) for NCAA finals

Stanford brings 14 athletes, including three NCAA champions, to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Wednesday through Saturday at the University of Texas. Each Stanford team takes aim at a top-10 finish.

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Stanford's Valenzuela named Pac-12's top women's golfer

Stanford junior Albane Valenzuela earned Pac-12 Conference Women's Golfer of the Year honors Tuesday, the first Cardinal in program history to earn the award. Valenzuela tied for first at the Pac-12 tourney and was sixth at the NCAAs.

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Palo Alto chips in $10M for affordable housing project

City Council unanimously approves contribution for 59-unit Wilton Court development
A proposal to build 59 apartments for low-income residents in Palo Alto's Ventura neighborhood received a boost late Monday night, when the City Council contributed $10 million in public funds for the project known as Wilton Court.

June 4, 2019 | 25 comments
'Night Shift: A Jewish Cultural Experience' comes to Town & Country Village after hours

Art installations, interactive workshops, music, food and more will be offered as part of a multidisciplinary festival celebrating the holiday of Shavuot on Saturday, June 8.

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Council clashes, compromises over housing at Cubberley

With residents divided, Palo Alto City Council agrees to evaluate development of up to 112 units of housing at the community center
Palo Alto residents and City Council members clashed Monday night over a question that has come to dominate recent discussion over the future Cubberley Community Center: Should housing be a part of the plan?

June 4, 2019 | 42 comments
Stanford baseball claims first regional title in five years

Brendan Beck and Jack Little combined to retire the final 13 batters and preserve the Cardinal's 9-7 victory Monday night in the championship game of the NCAA Stanford Regional, earning its first trip to a Super Regional in five years.

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Menlo College announces its 2019 Hall of Fame class

Menlo College Athletics announced its 2019 Hall of Fame Class, which is set to be inducted on Friday, October 18th in conjunction with the weekend's OAKtoberFest Families and Alumni Weekend. Seven former Menlo athletes were chosen.

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SF Giants stay local with selection of ASU's Bishop

Stanford's Stowers drafted by the Baltimore Orioles
The San Francisco Giants stayed local when they drafted Arizona State junior outfielder Hunter Bishop in the first round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft on Monday. He was the 10th overall pick.

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Gunn grad takes over girls water polo program at M-A

Menlo-Atherton High Athletic Director Steven Kryger announced the hiring of former Gunn standout Lauren Lesyna as the new head coach of the girls' varsity water polo team in addition to her teaching duties a biology instructor.

June 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Cardinal corner: Stanford grad in camp with USA men's soccer

Former Stanford standout Jordan Morris was called to the United State's men's national soccer training camp for an international match against Jamaica on Wednesday in Washington D.C.

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Community Notebook: Caltrain unveiling construction plans in preparation for electric fleet

Tuesday meeting to address concerns from residents over the upcoming work
Caltrain officials plan to host a public meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss upcoming construction work at its Palo Alto stations.

June 3, 2019 | 7 comments
Who pays for public art?

15 years after Arts Commission dissolves, Menlo Park arts nonprofit is in the works
Efforts are underway to launch a new nonprofit dedicated to public art in Menlo Park, a city that hasn't had an Arts Commission for 15 years.

June 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Should the school district build teacher housing at Cubberley?

Board of Education members, superintendent have yet to take firm position on proposals
As the debate over whether to build housing at Cubberley Community Center heats up at the city level, the Palo Alto school district -- the majority landowner -- is for the most part feeling less urgency about developing the site.

June 3, 2019 | 30 comments
Of local note: Gunn's Granville is honored at state track

Gunn track and field coach Michael Granville was a little reluctant to boast about a honor he received while at the state high school meet at Buchanan High in Clovis last weekend. So we'll do it for him.

June 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford wins twice to remain alive in NCAA baseball regional

Closer Jack Little got the final nine outs to save Stanford's 8-6 victory over Fresno State on Sunday night and force a winner-take-all game Monday night at 7 p.m. Alex Williams threw a complete game in a win earlier in the day.

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Stanford wins fifth straight IRA national championship

Stanford earned its fifth consecutive Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) team national championship on Sunday afternoon at the Lake Natoma course, getting wins from its Varsity Eight and Varsity Four.

June 2, 2019 | 1 comment
USA ends VNL's first weekend with a victory over Aussies

The United States men's senior national volleyball team salvaged its weekend in Katowice, Poland, beating Australia 19-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-16 Sunday to win one of its first three matches of the Volleyball Nations League.

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Stanford baseball faces elimination from NCAA regional

In-between home runs from Brandon Wulff in the first and Nick Bellafronto in the ninth, there wasn't much going on for the Stanford baseball team, which fell to Fresno State 7-2 on Saturday night.

June 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Hallock, Fischer win water polo's top award

Stanford sophomore Ben Hallock was honored with the Peter J. Cutino Award, recognizing the nation's most outstanding men's water polo player. Cardinal Makenzie Fischer was named the women's recipient of the award.

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Stanford women looking for a grand finish in rowing

Stanford advanced all three of its boats into the Grand Finals at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships with strong performances on Saturday at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park.

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Stanford alum Walsh Jennings in line for another beach title

Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and teammate Brooke Sweat won their first international gold medal together at last week's Jinjiang 2019 four-star tournament on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. They're slowing down now.

June 1, 2019 | No comments yet
USA men lose to host Poland in marathon VNL 5-setter

The United States men's senior volleyball team took reigning FIVB World Champion Poland to five sets before losing 17-25, 34-32, 26-28, 25-23, 15-9 at the Spodek Arena in Katowice on Saturday in a Volleyball Nations League match.

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Cardinal corner: A good day for rowing and assistant coaches

Stanford won all three of its preliminary races in Friday's opening day of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park.

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Four home runs give Stanford a comfortable opening victory

Stanford flexed its muscles Friday on a warm, windless day at Sunken Diamond, hitting four home runs to support Brendan Beck's solid start in the first game of the NCAA Stanford Regional, an 11-0 Cardinal victory over Sacramento State.

May 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Propane exchange; highest home sale hits $21M

Also, Filoli teams up with American Orchid Society for monthly orchid judgings
In the latest Home front column, learn how you can trade your empty propane cylinder for a new one, which city clinched the Midpeninsula's highest home sale based on recent listings and upcoming orchid judgings at Filoli.

May 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Off Deadline: Stanford-growth plan is a huge dose of déjà vu, and irony, for some

Review underway of university's General Use Permit application that would replace one approved in 2000
The big hurdle to approving Stanford University's growth application may be simply one of trust, which was at a low point during the last general-use permit process.

June 2, 2019 | 7 comments
Around Town: Coding for the social good; sound travels

Also, East Palo Alto police now equipped with life-saving device through donation
In this Around Town column, read about a prize awarded to local students for their smart alarm, noise complaints from a Stanford music festival and new equipment donated to East Palo Alto police.

June 1, 2019 | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Affordable-housing project contribution; fiber network expansion plans

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 3.

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Stanford places six on women's water polo All-American teams

The NCAA champion Stanford women's water polo team placed six of its members on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American team, including Player of the Year Makenzie Fischer and Coach of the Year John Tanner.

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As seniors graduate, student journalists take a stand against gratuitous and unhealthy college hype

Paly Campanile editors stop publication of controversial college destination map
Three cheers to the five outgoing editors-in-chief of Paly student newspaper The Campanile for having the courage to stop publishing the annual end-of-the-school-year map showing where seniors are going to college in the fall.

May 31, 2019 | 20 comments
Residents, students sound off on Stanford expansion

As county Planning Commission considers approving university's growth plan, graduate students call for more housing, child care services
With Stanford University preparing for its next growth spurt, residents and students crammed into Palo Alto City Hall on Thursday night to request more affordable housing as part of the expansion.

May 31, 2019 | 26 comments
Student speakers deliver messages of triumph during Paly graduation

Families and friends pack quad to celebrate the Class of 2019
Palo Alto High School recognized its centennial graduating class Thursday evening, but the commencement ceremony was more than just a celebration of academic achievement.

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Palo Alto High School

The graduating Class of 2019

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In Gunn graduation speeches, students drop their 'excellent facades,' urge vulnerability

Class of 2019 speakers called on peers to embrace rather than fear failure and imperfection
Instead of typical graduation platitudes about hard work and the bright prospects of life after high school, the Gunn High School Class of 2019's graduation speakers offered exercises in emotional vulnerability.

May 30, 2019 | 6 comments
Woman's run disrupted by man who abruptly slaps her buttocks

Police search for man on bike path without success
Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who sexually battered a woman out for a run on the Los Altos-Palo Alto Bike Path on Wednesday morning, police said.

May 30, 2019 | 8 comments
ALL-LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAMS

Palo Alto's Lindsey Kim and Gunn's Tori Mock each won a major award in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division. Woodside and Pinewood also had players honored on their respective all-league teams.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS

Palo Alto's Josh Kasevich, Menlo School's Justin Nam and Woodside's Joseph King were honored as the MVP of their respective leagues. Find out who else made all-league from the area.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Man accused of attempted sexual battery, masturbating in public arrested

Alleged crimes occurred within three blocks of each other within a three-day span
A man was arrested twice this week in downtown Palo Alto, once for allegedly attempting to kiss a woman's buttocks and a second time for masturbating in the middle of a major intersection, police said Thursday.

May 30, 2019 | 21 comments
New Paly volleyball coach is familiar with the local scene

The new Palo Alto High volleyball coach certainly knows the local prep volleyball scene. Chris Crader coached Carlmont the last eight years. Before that he coached at Menlo School, Presentation, Homestead, Castilleja and Santa Clara.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
A baseball primer for the NCAA Stanford Regional

Here's a look at the four baseball teams in the Stanford Regional, which begins Friday. The Cardinal plays Sacramento State at 1 p.m. followed by Fresno State and UC Santa Barbara at 7 pm. The tournament runs through Monday, if needed.

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Klineman wins battle of former Stanford volleyball stars

They're two Stanford women's volleyball legends, each of their own era, and Thursday's FIVB World Tour beach volleyball pool D match between them and their respective teammates was nothing short of exhilarating.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
RV parking program proposed, again

Council members Tom DuBois and Lydia Kou suggest launching 'safe parking' program on San Antonio Road site
Following the lead of East Palo Alto and Mountain View, two members of the Palo Alto City Council are proposing an overnight parking area for recreational vehicles.

May 31, 2019 | 117 comments
City to expand small Ventura neighborhood park

With $2.75 million purchase, city will add 0.64 acres to Boulware Park
Palo Alto City Manager Ed Shikada announced at a May 20 City Council meeting that the city has entered into a purchase agreement to buy a parcel next to Boulware Park for $2.75 million.

May 31, 2019 | 3 comments
Cardinal corner: Battery mates academically charged

Maverick Handley and Jack Little were named Pac-12 All-Academic first team and 10 other Cardinal earned All-Academic recognition from the conference it was announced Thursday.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Genre distinction

'Non-Fiction' explores new media and age-old relationship issues
An editor and an author find themselves in over their heads as they cope with a middle-age crisis, in the amusing new comedy "Non-Fiction."

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Castilleja School

The graduating Class of 2019

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Eastside College Preparatory School

The graduating Class of 2019

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Henry M. Gunn High School

The graduating Class of 2019

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Kehillah Jewish High School

The graduating Class of 2019

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Menlo School

The graduating Class of 2019

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LaMere brings extensive experience to Palo Alto basketball

In hiring Jeff LaMere to replace Rodney Tention, Palo Alto has brought on another individual with extensive collegiate experience, including several years at Stanford, to guide its boys basketball program.

May 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo-Atherton High School

The graduating Class of 2019

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Mid-Peninsula High School

The graduating Class of 2019

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Stanford's Valenzuela a finalist for Honda Sport Award

Stanford junior Albane Valenzuela is one of four finalists for the Honda Sport Award for Golf on Thursday. The award is presented annually by the College Women Sports Awards to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Preparatory School

The graduating Class of 2019

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Pinewood School

The graduating Class of 2019

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St. Francis High School

The graduating Class of 2019

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Waldorf School of the Peninsula

The graduating Class of 2019

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Woodside Priory School

The graduating Class of 2019

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From antiques to rabbit cages: Hundreds of households prepare to sell goods at citywide yard sale

Biennial event allows residents to practice sustainability, recoup a little money
Hundreds of homeowners will be staging yard sales throughout the city as part of Palo Alto's Citywide Yard Sale this Saturday, June 1.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
From antiques to rabbit cages: Hundreds of households prepare to sell goods at citywide yard sale

Biennial event allows residents to practice sustainability, recoup a little money
Hundreds of homeowners will be staging yard sales throughout the city as part of Palo Alto's Citywide Yard Sale this Saturday, June 1.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Food trumps hate

Tapestry Suppers aims to combat intolerance, one meal at a time
Feeling unnerved by increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Danielle Tsi started a local supperclub series to celebrate diversity and unity through food.

May 30, 2019 | 13 comments
Seven with Stanford ties named to USA water polo roster

Olympic gold medalists and former Stanford All-Americans Maggie Steffens and Melissa Seidemann lead a contingent of seven former or current Stanford women's water polo players who were named to the USA women's senior national team.

May 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: East Palo Alto seeks resident input for proposed Bay Road project

The 1.4 million-square-foot site would include five eight-story office buildings
East Palo Alto city planners are holding a community meeting this Thursday on a proposed redevelopment project spanning 1.4 million square feet, where a developer is looking to build five eight-story office buildings.

May 29, 2019 | 37 comments
Inaugural BraveMaker Film Festival comes to Redwood City May 31-June 2

BraveMaker, the Peninsula arts nonprofit that supports filmmaking and storytelling from diverse voices, is holding its first film festival May 31-June 2 in downtown Redwood City.

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The moments, songs and emojis that define the class of 2019: Seniors reflect on their high school careers

Graduating students take a moment to reflect on the best and worst of high school life
To celebrate thousands of students graduating from local high schools this week, the Weekly spoke with four graduating seniors from Paly, Gunn, Castilleja School and Eastside College Preparatory School about their high school years.

May 30, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford lacrosse players earn All-American honorable mention

Stanford senior defender Julia Massaro and sophomore attack Ali Baiocco were named Inside Lacrosse Media All-America honorable mention Tuesday. The pair was also named to the IWLCA All-Region team and All-Pac-12 first team this year.

May 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Handley named Pac-12 baseball Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Stanford catcher Maverick Handley was named Pac-12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and eight other Cardinal, including SHP grad Andrew Daschbach, earned places on the Pac-12 All-Conference teams, as announced Wednesday.

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Graduation central: Class of 2019 photos, stories, video

Outgoing seniors across the Midpeninsula take their final bow
More than a dozen Midpeninsula high schools are bidding farewell to their graduating seniors, who have or are preparing to turn their tassels and transition away from the hallways and classrooms that have served as a second home.

May 30, 2019 | 2 comments
Los Altos Stage Company tackles mental-illness musical

Strong cast sings of familial tragedy in 'Next to Normal'
"Next to Normal" won three Tony Awards in 2009, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010. Los Altos Stage Company has installed it in the Bus Barn Theatre through June 22.

May 29, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A hires former Bears standout as girls basketball coach

Menlo-Atherton High Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger announced the hiring of Steve Yob as head coach of the varsity girls basketball team. He takes over for Markisha Coleman, who compiled a 120-37 record in five years.

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A Palo Altan's quest to recreate Leonardo's horse-head lyre

While Stanford University is marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a series of lectures and exhibitions, Palo Altan Jane Moorman celebrates the visionary artist's innovative spirit in a hands-on way:

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What's in Leonardo's library?

Stanford exhibition offers a literary peek into artist and 'renaissance reader' da Vinci's world
"Leonardo's Library: The World of a Renaissance Reader" consists of displays of books (drawn from the university's rare book and map collections) known to have been owned by the Florentine artist, as well as examples of other writings

May 29, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford men win first NCAA golf championship in 12 years

The 12th-ranked and sixth-seeded Stanford men's golf team completed a dramatic run to the NCAA championship with a 3-2 victory over fifth-seeded Texas on Wednesday morning at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

May 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Parks commission takes a stand against housing at Cubberley

Commission endorses memo urging the City Council to preserve community center for recreation
As Palo Alto's elected leaders prepare to consider the future of Cubberley Community Center, the city's Parks and Recreation Commission took a stand Tuesday night against including housing at the sprawling campus.

May 29, 2019 | 19 comments
School board supportive of new senior leadership contracts, pay structure

Bonuses, two-year contracts for top administrators headed for approval
School board members said Tuesday that a proposed salary structure and pared-down contracts for top district administrators will bring clarity and transparency to how senior leadership gets paid in Palo Alto Unified.

May 29, 2019 | 3 comments
Boys basketball, girls volleyball coaches hired at Palo Alto

Jeff LaMere, Chris Crader take over at Paly
Palo Alto Athletic Director Therren Wilburn announced Tuesday that Jeff LaMere has been hired as boys basketball coach and Chris Crader has been hired as girls volleyball coach at Paly.

May 28, 2019 | 3 comments
In one night, downtown Palo Alto sees about a dozen vehicle break-ins

Police advise removing valuables from car, parking in visible areas
A series of vehicle break-ins occurred in downtown Palo Alto last week, just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

May 28, 2019 | 5 comments
Four Stanford women rowers earn Pac-12 Conference honors

Stanford seniors Stephanie Grauer, Elizabeth Sharis and Chase Shepley were all selected to the Pac-12 Women's Rowing All-Conference team and freshman Kelsey McGinley was recognized as Pac-12 Women's Rowing Newcomer of the Year.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men to play for the NCAA golf championship

Stanford will play for the NCAA men's golf championship after capturing a pair of dramatic matches Tuesday at warm and cloudy Blessings Golf Club.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Holland promoted to head volleyball coach at Menlo School

Tony Holland has been a mainstay around Menlo School and the world of club volleyball so long it seems that his hiring as the head coach of the program is a natural progression. His appointment was announced Tuesday.

May 28, 2019 | 1 comment
County looks to shield foothills from Stanford's growth for the next century

Proposed amendment to university's Community Plan would retain 'academic growth boundary' for 99 years
As Santa Clara County prepares to ramp up its demands for housing on Stanford University's campus, county planners are proposing new measures that would curtail Stanford's ability to build in the foothills.

May 28, 2019 | 17 comments
Top 2 most expensive home sales this week? $21M and $11.5M in Atherton

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the top 2 most expensive transactions at $21 million, $11.5 million. Palo Alto recorded the third highest sale at $9 million.

May 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto High School's student newspaper opts not to publish college map

Student-editors urge peers to take a stand against 'toxic, comparison-driven culture'
A group of student journalists at Palo Alto High School has decided to break with a decadeslong, cherished practice of publishing a map that illustrates where seniors are going after graduation.

May 28, 2019 | 75 comments
Avalanche topples Legends in 14U spring baseball game

James Gray scored on a wild pitch and Jake Sonsini scored on an error in the fourth inning to lift Xtreme Avalanche 14U to a 5-3 victory over the Menlo Park Legends 14u in a spring baseball contest Monday at Irvington High.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Sixth-place finish leads to match play at NCAA finals

Weathering a shaky front nine on Monday at demanding Blessings Golf Club, the 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team steadied on the final nine and finished sixth in the 30-team field to advance into match play at the NCAA Championships.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford baseball regional features all California teams

The Stanford Regional features an all-California lineup, with the Cardinal (41-11) playing Sacramento State (39-23) in Friday's 1 p.m. opener. No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (45-9) and No. 23 Fresno State (38-14) open Friday at 7 p.m.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto school district wants to change the way its top administrators are paid

Board to discuss new salary schedule, contracts for senior managers
The Palo Alto school board will discuss on Tuesday night a new salary schedule for senior district leadership that would tie future raises to performance rather than those negotiated with the district's bargaining units.

May 28, 2019 | 5 comments
Stanford men head into NCAA final round of stroke play

The 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team survived a tough start Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Championships at the Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas to remain in second place heading into the final round of stroke play.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Three Stanford men's gymnasts heading to Pan Am Games

The NCAA champion Stanford men's gymnastics teams is sending three of its gymnasts to the Pam American Games in Peru as part of USA Gymnastics' 2019 Pan American Games squad.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Team USA heading to France after sweeping send-off series

Christen Press, the former Stanford standout, scored Team USA's final goal before opening the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, as the Americans' earned a 3-0 victory over Mexico at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Sunday.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Walsh Jennings returns to the winner's circle

Olympic gold medalist and former Stanford All-American Kerri Walsh Jennings and teammate Brooke Sweat earned the gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Jinjiang 2019 on Sunday.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal gains five more spots at NCAA Championships

Exceptional runs by Jessica Lawson and Ella Donaghu in the women's 1,500 meters set the tone for a brilliant night of running for Stanford at the NCAA West Prelims on Saturday at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium.

May 25, 2019 | No comments yet
A personal best gives Menlo's Tomkinson second place

Menlo School junior Charlotte Tomkinson came very close to winning the girls 800 meters Saturday at the state track and field finals at Buchanan High in Clovis. She came in second place with a personal-best time of 2:09.41.

May 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men maintain position at NCAA golf tournament

Stanford improved four strokes and maintained second place on Saturday after two rounds of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Blessings Golf Club in the Ozark. The Cardinal fired a 1-under 287 and has a two-day total of 2-over 578.

May 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Tawa swings a magic bat to deliver Stanford victory

With one swing of the bat, Tom Tawa turned frustration into elation and a series clinching victory for the fourth-ranked Stanford baseball team Saturday in a 3-2 Pac-12 Conference victory over Arizona State

May 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Salone delivers lifetime best to qualify for NCAA finals

With one throw of the discus, Jaimi Salone went from good to great and secured a spot at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. The Stanford junior shattered their lifetime best by 16 feet for a distance of 185-1 (56.41 meters).

May 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Matthiessen nearly perfect in Stanford's baseball victory

Stanford's Will Matthiessen did his job on the mound and at the plate to help fourth-ranked Stanford beat Arizona State 6-4 Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference baseball game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

May 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo has a pair of runners advance to state finals

Menlo School's Charlotte Tomkinson and Kyra Pretre both qualified to participate in the finals of the girls 800 meters at the CIF State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis.

May 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto school district to fill leadership vacancies

First-ever community outreach coordinator among new appointments
The Palo Alto school district has hired a new chief business official, two new principals and created a new position focused on community outreach for minority and low-income students and families.

May 25, 2019 | 8 comments
Stanford men open with strong round at NCAA golf tourney

No. 12 Stanford started strong on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Blessings Golf Club. The Cardinal combined for a score of 3-over-par 291 on the long and demanding course and is tied for second.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Jumping into the NCAA track and field championships

Five Cardinal qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships through their performances on Thursday at the NCAA West Prelims, including high jumper Rachel Reichenbach, who earned her first NCAA Championship berth in Sacramento.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Charter school curbs pass Assembly, but drama foretells compromise

A day after bills clear hurdles at state Capitol, an East Palo Alto school board lends its support to the proposals
Legislation that would give local school districts more control over charter-school authorizations narrowly passed the California State Assembly Wednesday.

May 25, 2019 | 12 comments
Parks commissioners blast plan to add housing to Cubberley

In a memo, three members of Parks and Recreation Commission say housing plans would 'limit future recreation growth'
Three members of Palo Alto's Parks and Recreation Commission have come out against a new proposal to build housing at Cubberley Community Center, arguing that doing so would deprive future generations of a valuable recreation resource.

May 28, 2019 | 44 comments
Police looking for man who stabbed East Palo Alto resident

Injured man expected to recover from wound
East Palo Alto police are looking for a man who stabbed a 26-year-old in an East Palo Alto neighborhood near U.S. Highway 101 on May 15. Investigators on Friday released a sketch of the man in the hopes that he'll be located.

May 24, 2019 | 5 comments
Menlo Park woman who paid $15K in college admissions scam pleads guilty

Marjorie Klapper engaged in scandal to help boost her son's ACT score
Menlo Park resident Marjorie Klapper pleaded guilty Friday in the national college admissions scam, becoming the fourth parent with Midpeninsula ties to make such a move in federal court.

May 24, 2019 | 2 comments
Students: Palo Alto is getting more accepting of alternative post-high-school plans

Student representatives also share views on national college admissions scandal, campus cultures
With graduation next week, student representatives to the Palo Alto school board said this week that a positive shift has happened in recent years towards acceptance of nontraditional post-high-school plans.

May 24, 2019 | 104 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City budget meeting; contract for school chief business officer

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 27.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to raise dozens of fees to pay for growing salaries

Most fees set to go up by 7.5% in July
With City Hall salaries on the rise, Palo Alto plans to raise most of its fees by 7.5% in July to keep up with growing expenses -- a change that will apply to everything from reserving picnic tables to getting building permits.

May 27, 2019 | 25 comments
Palo Alto Unified relented after standoff with Stanford

Benefits to school district hang in the balance with talks now suspended
When Palo Alto Unified trustees saw the first draft of an agreement with Stanford related to the university's planned growth, they expressed concern about a provision that would ultimately spell the undoing of the deal.

May 24, 2019 | 26 comments
'This is not saying we're anti-charter.' Ravenswood school board backs state charter bills

Charter leaders, parents urge trustees against limiting parent choice
The Ravenswood City school board unanimously approved Thursday night a charter school moratorium that throws their support behind a raft of state legislation that they insist is not anti-charter but rather favors local control.

May 24, 2019 | 12 comments
Menlo suffers tough 7-5 defeat in CCS baseball semifinals

Ian Collins had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, including a game-tying home run but it was Monte Vista Christian who won Thursday's Central Coast Section Division III playoff 7-5 over Menlo to reach the finals.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford loses Pac-12 series opener to Arizona State

Fourth-ranked Stanford sustained its first loss of the season when ahead after eight innings, losing a three-run lead in the ninth as Arizona State scored four times to earn a 6-5 Pac-12 Conference baseball decision Thursday night.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
A Palo Alto football gathering where past meets present

Palo Alto football coach Nelson Gifford hosted an alumni flag football game Thursday, something that he hopes will become an annual event. “It was a lot of fun,'' said Gifford, a Paly grad. “It's about relationships, friendships."

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Lowest-priced sale: $675K for one-bedroom condo in Mountain View
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Mountain View recorded the lowest home sale at $675,000 for a one-bedroom, 662-square-foot condo built 1971.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Katharina Fritsch's eye-catching sculptures come to Cantor's courtyard

An enormous purple egg; a gigantic, yellow human skull; a large white snake and life-size depictions of St. Catherine and St. Nicholas in deep red and bright green, respectively, have come to visit the courtyard of Stanford University'

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Teen curates exhibit of art created by San Quentin prisoners

Gunn junior hopes to change criminal justice system by focusing attention on rehabilitation
When Gunn High School junior Madison Wenig wrote a research paper on recidivism and discovered the high return rates of prisoners in the United States, she wanted to change a system that she says focuses too much on punishment.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS LACROSSE TEAMS

Find out which local high school student-athletes were picked to join this year's all-league lacrosse teams.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Tips for clearing out clutter from your garage — and how to dispose of it

Take back your home parking space with this five-step plan
Whether you want to store your car or actually find all your camping gear without tripping over piles, use this plan for garage organization success.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: vintage collectibles sale; tree talk

Also, free workshop on how to add a secondary unit
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including an upcoming vintage and memorabilia sale; a talk about trees with Canopy's first program director; and a workshop on accessory dwelling units.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford swimming and diving program adds to men's staff

Neil Caskey will reunite with Stanford's new men's swimming coach Dan Schemmel as an assistant coach for the program, it was announced Thursday. Caskey spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Wills is invited to U19 World Cup training camp

Stanford freshman Bryce Wills received an invitation to participate in the USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team Training Camp. He is one of 34 athletes selected for the training camp, set for June 15-18.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
County supervisors OK $5M more to help victims of gender-based violence

Supervisor Cindy Chavez: 'We spent less than $1 million to provide services to victims.'
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to earmark $5 million in annual, ongoing funding to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: What's closed and how to get around on Memorial Day

Many public transit agencies to run on a Sunday schedule
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, we've compiled a list of public city agencies and services that will be operating normally or with limited services this Monday, May 27.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Card Reider: Plenty of power in Stanford's lineup

The fourth-ranked Stanford baseball team ends the regular season this weekend with a three-game series at Arizona State beginning with a game Thursday at 6 p.m.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn sending 24 student-athletes to the next level

From basketball to swimming, find out which colleges two-dozen Gunn High student-athletes will be attending this fall.

May 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford freshman goalie to join USA soccer training camp

Stanford redshirt freshman goalkeeper Andrew Thomas has been called by U.S. Soccer for a combined preparation camp with players from the Senior and U-23 Men's National teams beginning Sunday in Annapolis, Md.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Trujillo takes over as baseball coach at Menlo-Atherton

Menlo-Atherton High School Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger announced the hiring of David Trujillo as the head coach of the varsity baseball team. He coached the JV team the previous three years.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Teens accused of robbing Palo Alto woman tracked down in San Jose

Arrests come about a day after boys allegedly broke into her Midtown home
Two teenage boys accused of robbing a woman in her Midtown Palo Alto home on Tuesday and last seen fleeing in her vehicle were arrested in San Jose, where one of them allegedly burglarized another home, police said Wednesday.

May 22, 2019 | 23 comments
Feminist world premiere, plus best-of highlights, to mark dance company Smuin's 25th anniversary

Contemporary ballet company Smuin will celebrate the end of its 25th anniversary season with "DANCE SERIES 02," a program pairing a world premiere with some "best-of" highlights from Smuin's history.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Despite Stanford objections, county calls for more housing in campus expansion

New conditions of approval call for nearly quadrupling the housing units as part of Stanford's growth plan
Stanford University would be required to build more than 2,000 housing units and to offer nearly half of them at below market rate to secure permission for its expansion plan under conditions that Santa Clara County released Wednesday.

May 22, 2019 | 32 comments
By pleading guilty in college-admissions scandal, Menlo Park father could face prison time

Peter Sartorio is one of four local parents so far to submit a guilty plea
A Menlo Park father charged with taking part in a nationwide college-admissions scam to get his daughter into a top-ranked university pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on Wednesday morning.

May 22, 2019 | 31 comments
Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Foothill College

POST and Midpeninsula Open Space District to co-host environmental film event
A plethora of short films showcasing the beauty of nature, the importance of environmental conservation, the wonders of science and more will be screened as part of the free Wild & Scenic Film Festival this Sunday.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Verdi, Shakespeare and the #MeToo era

West Bay Opera stages the Bard-based comedy -- and Verdi's 'ultimate masterpiece' -- 'Falstaff'
So, why did West Bay Opera General Director José Luis Moscovich choose Giuseppe Verdi's "Falstaff" to close the venerable company's 63rd season?

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
As statewide tensions continue, East Palo Alto district eyes charter school moratorium

Ravenswood school board to vote on anti-charter resolution Thursday
The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education could become the latest public agency to lend its voice to the divisive fight against charter school growth in California.

May 22, 2019 | 5 comments
Stanford Theatre celebrates Jimmy Stewart

Annual film festival showcases 21 films starring the versatile Hollywood actor
The annual festival will showcase 21 of the versatile Hollywood actor's films over the next five weeks.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
A whole old world

Disney's latest pointless remake? 'Aladdin'
Director Guy Ritchie ("Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Sherlock Holmes") tackles his first musical in Walt Disney Pictures' remake of the animated classic "Aladdin," and it shows.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Savoring the details

Tre Monti masters the finer points of fine dining in Los Altos
The 6-month-old Tre Monti in downtown Los Altos spotlights the lighter fare favored by southern Italians, with high attention to detail.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford, county supervisors give conflicting accounts of talks to restart negotiations

University says it is 'steadfast in its commitment to the full scope of benefits for the school district'
Stanford University has disputed the accounts of two county supervisors that the university's top staff offered lesser benefits to the Palo Alto school district in order to restart suspended negotiations with the county.

May 22, 2019 | 17 comments
City set to pull the plug on sewage-burning incinerators

Palo Alto switches from burning sewage to shipping it out
Palo Alto will celebrate its most significant environmental milestone in years on June 5, when the city retires the two incinerators that have been burning local sewage in the Baylands for nearly half a century.

May 22, 2019 | 1 comment
World-famous architect Frank Gehry helps East Palo Alto students imagine future cities

Fourth-graders learn about architecture from man who helped design Walt Disney Concert Hall, Facebook campus
Architect Frank Gehry brought the same concepts he has used with teams to design renowned buildings, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, to an East Palo Alto classroom Tuesday.

May 22, 2019 | 4 comments
Bike Connection works together to earn PA Little League title

Coco VonderHaar was the winning pitcher, and blasted three doubles and scored three runs as Bike Connection beat Healthy Pets, 7-5, on Tuesday in the championship game of the Palo Alto Little League Majors City Playoffs on Tuesday.

May 22, 2019 | 4 comments
Local news: Paly, Gunn grads leaving golf legacy at Harvard

Palo Alto grad Michelle Xie and Gunn alum Anna Zhou are both graduating from Harvard next week following successful golf careers at the school. The two golfers helped Harvard win a pair of Ivy League titles during their time.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Robbers invade Midtown home, steal elderly woman's jewelry, money, car

Police searching for two men last seen in Honda Civic
Two men who broke into a Midtown home alarmed a woman in her 70s, who was forced to hand over her jewelry, money and other personal property before they left in her car Tuesday afternoon, Palo Alto police said.

May 21, 2019 | 27 comments
Stanford women drop NCAA golf match to Duke in a playoff

The seventh-seeded Stanford women's golf team came close to advancing into the semifinals of the NCAA Championships at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., dropping a 3-2 decision in match play to second-seeded Duke on Tuesday.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Scharff set to return to City Hall — this time as utilities commissioner

Former Palo Alto mayor is one of three new members on influential commission
Former Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff will return to the dais at City Hall -- this time as one of the newest members of the Utilities Advisory Commission. Scharff was one of nearly a dozen residents to win commission appointments Monday.

May 21, 2019 | 3 comments
For sufferers of a disease that has confounded researchers, a glimmer of hope

Blood test that has accurately identified chronic fatigue syndrome could help lead to a treatment
A blood test that can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome and that could potentially help identify treatments for the baffling illness has been discovered by Stanford University School of Medicine and U.C. Irvine researchers.

May 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford lacrosse players named IWLCA All-Region

Stanford senior defender Julia Massaro and sophomore attack Ali Baiocco earned spots on the first-team All-Region by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association on Tuesday. Massaro finished with program records for draw controls.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford, Team IMPACT join forces to deliver 'top recruit'

Stanford women's volleyball coach Kevin Hambly announced the signing of Team IMPACT's Jahbriah Kaho, a San Mateo resident, to join an already outstanding incoming class. "This is a really exciting day for Stanford," Hambly said.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Martinez featured in Sports Illustrated

Menlo College freshman Alleida Martinez is featured in the May 20, 2019 issue of Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" section. Recognition is given to student-athletes who have achieved a significant individual achievement .

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
To get more housing built, Palo Alto looks to loosen rules on San Antonio Road

Developer proposes building 64 condominiums at southern border of the city
Months after Palo Alto revised its zoning rules to encourage new housing in downtown and around California Avenue, the City Council is preparing to extend the development incentives to San Antonio Road.

May 21, 2019 | 67 comments
Food allergy clinics a test of faith for desperate families

With oral immunotherapy, parents hope to save children from potentially fatal reactions
New clinics are opening and offering food-allergy treatment to desperate families, but some researchers say it's too soon to guarantee patient safety or even that it will work as promised.

May 21, 2019 | 12 comments
Spurned by the FAA, Palo Alto may sue over airplane noise

City Council voices frustrations about federal agency's failure to respond to city's concerns, requests for information
With a new airplane route poised to increase traffic and noise over Palo Alto, the City Council agreed on Monday to consider suing the Federal Aviation Administration, which has a poor track record in responding to local concerns.

May 21, 2019 | 51 comments
Bike Connection takes series lead in PA Little League

Augustus Soedarmono struck out nine on a 3-hitter, then singled in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth to power Bike Connection to a 1-0 Palo Alto Little League City Playoff win over Healthy Pets at Middlefield Park on Monday.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: NCAA individual tourneys underway

Top notch recruiting class for men's basketball is announced
Less than 24 hours after capturing the NCAA Women's Tennis title, Stanford's Michaela Gordon was playing in the NCAA Singles Championship. The sophomore beat North Carolina's Makenna Jones 6-2, 6-1.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto ends baseball season with loss in CCS Open Division

Palo Alto got a taste of just why Valley Christian received the No. 1 seed in the Central Coast Section Open Division baseball playoffs and why the Warriors were so highly ranked in the state and nation.

May 20, 2019 | 1 comment
Another stoppage of play at NCAA golf for Stanford women

The seventh-ranked Stanford women's golf team finished with a 30-over 906 in 54 holes of stroke play and currently sits as the No. 7 seed as play was suspended due to darkness on Monday night.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Williams and future Cardinal Belibi on USA hoops

Stanford incoming freshman Fran Belibi and sophomore Kiana Williams made two separate USA Basketball rosters following a weekend of trials at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Daschbach earns Pac-12 Player of Week honors

Stanford junior first baseman Andrew Daschbach, the former Sacred Heart Prep standout, earned Pac-12 Conference Baseball Player of the Week honors that were announced on Monday.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Greek-Turkish eatery, vegan cafe, women's boutique open

The latest in local retail news
In the latest Shop Talk column, read about two new local restaurants, including one with a 100% plant-based menu, and a new women's clothing store.

May 20, 2019 | 4 comments
Stanford becomes a 20-time NCAA women's tennis champion

Lele Forood graduated from Stanford in 1978; the same year the school's women's tennis team won its first national title (AIAW). Forood, was around Sunday when Stanford won its 20th NCAA title, beating Georgia 4-0.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford drops Pac-12 baseball contest to Oregon State

Will Matthiessen drove in two runs but third-ranked Stanford fell Sunday 5-2 to No. 11 Oregon State in a Pac-12 Conference baseball game at Sunken Diamond.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal women in contention at NCAA golf championships

Seventh-ranked Stanford currently sits in sixth place, four strokes ahead of the cut line, at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Arkansas following Sunday's completion of the second round at Blessings Golf Club.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Klineman wins beach volleyball gold medal

Former Stanford standout Alix Klineman partnered with Olympian medalist April Ross to win the Itapema Open, beating Canada's Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes 25-23, 18-21, 15-10 in the beach volleyball championship match.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo reaches semifinal of CCS Division III baseball playoffs

Julien Hernandez and Bennett Norman combined to pitch a two-hitter and Menlo School beat Thomas More 8-0 in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division III baseball playoffs Saturday at Wilcox High in Santa Clara.

May 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Rain spoils second round of NCAA women's golf tourney

The seventh-ranked Stanford women's golf team is currently in sixth place as play was suspended on Saturday at Blessings Golf Club. Six groups finished their round Saturday morning before play was called due to impending weather.

May 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Softball run ends, baseball cancelled

Facing a pair of elimination games on Saturday at the Gainesville Regional, Stanford (33-20) defeated Boston University (37-20), 13-2 in five innings, before dropping a 2-0 decision to Boise State (36-15).

May 18, 2019 | No comments yet
SHP grad Choy sets the stage for NCAA semifinal tennis win

Sacred Heart Prep grad Sara Choy, inserted into Stanford's starting singles lineup for Saturday's NCAA National Women's Tennis semifinal, never missed a beat, helping the Cardinal beat North Carolina 5-2 and advance to Sunday's final.

May 18, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE GIRLS LACROSSE TEAMS

Find out which local high school student-athletes were picked to join this year's all-league lacrosse teams.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto celebrates grand opening of U.S. Highway 101 overpass

New bridge makes schools, parks more accessible to residents
A new walkway connecting East Palo Alto neighborhoods on the east and west of U.S. Highway 101 debuted on Saturday. Construction of the $14 million project took 18 months from start to completion.

May 19, 2019 | 21 comments
Menlo girls win first-ever CCS track and field title; M-A girls win 4x100 relay, 100 meters

As the season unfolded it became apparent Menlo School had a special group of girls track and field athletes. On Friday they showed just how special they are, bringing home the Central Coast Section team championship from Gilroy High.

May 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford takes Pac-12 baseball opener from Oregon State

Andrew Daschbach hit a pair of triples, including a game-tying triple, and third-ranked Stanford rallied to beat Oregon State 8-5 in the opener of a three-game Pac-12 Conference baseball series on Friday at Sunken Diamond.

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford singles out Arbuthnott for tennis win over Waves

Losing the doubles point in team tennis can stop momentum in its track. That is, unless you happen to be part of the third-ranked Stanford women's team, which for the second straight NCAA match, did just that.

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal drops NCAA softball opener, faces elimination

Teaghan Cowles drove in a run for Stanford but it was not enough as the Cardinal, in its first NCAA regional since 2013, committed a pair of costly errors that led to six unearned runs in a 9-1 setback to Boise State on Friday.

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women in third at NCAA golf championship

Albane Valenzuela and Aline Krauter are tied for fifth and seventh-ranked Stanford is in a tie for third following Friday's first day of NCAA Championships at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Fond memories of a friend, a series of bake sales and one boy's hope to fund a cure to cancer

In memory of Nathan Carlsen, 11-year-old friend Zachary Crystal launches a fundraiser for research
Addison Elementary School fifth-grader Nathan Carlsen died of a rare brain cancer on March 19, 2018. Now, his friends are raising funds for research into a cure.

May 17, 2019 | 2 comments
Shakespeare: Endgame

Kenneth Branagh becometh renowned playwright in 'All is True'
Shakespeare nerds -- and here I include myself -- will drink deeply from "All is True," a new work of historical fiction about the great playwright's "retirement" years.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Town: Outsmarted; Affordable Housing Week

Also, C-SPAN runs special feature on Palo Alto
In the latest Around Town column, read about a special proclamation approved by the city of Palo Alto that recognizes its efforts in approving affordable-housing projects.

May 18, 2019 | 13 comments
Book Talk

Local book events happening along the Midpeninsula
A roundup of local literary events, including an upcoming talk by author Donald McPhail about his new book that examines the horrors of war.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
'Enemy Child' chronicles local statesman's life in Japanese internment camp

Norman Mineta aims to bring awareness of the social injustice in new biography
Norman Mineta, the trailblazing congressman from San Jose, has come forward to share a different story about his life before politics in a biography that recounts his childhood years spent in a Japanese American internment camp.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Airplane noise discussion; proposed budget review

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 20.

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly teacher whose instructional manual changed classroom culture releases a new 'how to' book for parents

Esther Wojcicki shares her secrets to raising two tech CEOs and a college professor in 'How to Raise Successful People'
Esther Wojcicki, whose instructional manual changed classroom culture worldwide, has released a new book that shares the principles she used to raise two Silicon Valley tech CEOs and a pediatrics professor.

May 16, 2019 | 4 comments
The $3.8 trillion question

How would the government pay for universal basic income?
Universal basic income, rolled out across the U.S., would cost $3.8 trillion annually, or 21% of the nation's gross domestic product, if every American citizen were to receive $12,000 a year (the current threshold for poverty).

May 17, 2019 | 32 comments
Three questions about basic income

Current research focuses on costs and merits
While arguments go back and forth about the feasibility of universal basic income and its potential merits, there are at least three sets of questions that need to be answered through experiments.

May 17, 2019 | 32 comments
Home sales

Menlo Park reports highest weekly sale at $6.8 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest home sale at $6.8 million for a 5,196-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms on Bay Laurel Drive.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Neighborhood Snapshot: South of Midtown

They came for the schools, stayed for the 'grounded, eco-conscious' vibe
Marilyn Keller and Lisa Barkin both chose their homes in Palo Alto's South of Midtown neighborhood for the school district. Now, two decades later, they're still there because of the vibe.

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Home front: House with $40 million price tag hits the market

Also, an upcoming class on induction cooking and Palo Alto becomes one of the fastest markets for luxury homes
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a 102-year-old home on a 1.12-acre lot in Old Palo Alto hit the market on Wednesday with a $40-million price tag.

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Rare eye cancer is the focus of 'Lookin' for a Cure' 5K run

Race on Sunday seeks to raise awareness and funding for research
For Dr. Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, a specialist in treating and researching eye cancer, nothing would make him happier than to be put out of business.

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Cowles, Lee named to softball all-Region team

Stanford placed two players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Region teams on Thursday. Junior Teaghan Cowles and senior Carolyn Lee earned a spot on the third team at outfield and pitcher, respectively.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Report: Santa Clara County sees big surge in homeless population

Biennial count shows 31% increase in homeless individuals over 2017
New data released by Santa Clara County shows that homelessness is a rapidly growing problem, with thousands of additional residents living on the streets compared to just two years ago.

May 16, 2019 | 80 comments
Cardinal track and field send 30 athletes to NCAA Regional

Thirty Stanford track and field athletes, 17 women and 13 men, plus one relay, have qualified for the NCAA West Prelims, the meet that determines the NCAA Championships field.

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Stanford women teed up for another trip to NCAA golf finals

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's golf team begins play in the NCAA Championships on Friday at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Cardinal advanced out of the East Lansing Regional.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Contentious state housing bill punted to 2020

Senate committee makes SB 50 a 'two-year' bill, pushing vote until next January
Controversial Senate Bill 50 suffered a setback Thursday when the state Senate Appropriations Committee chair announced that the bill will not be brought for a hearing until 2020.

May 16, 2019 | 20 comments
Local athletes competing at CCS track and field meet

The Central Coast Section track and field finals take place Friday at Gilroy High. Field events begin at 4 p.m., running events at 6 p.m. The top three finishers in each event advance to the state meet.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Greek-Turkish eatery, vegan cafe, women's boutique open

The latest in local retail news
In this week's Shop Talk column, read about two new local restaurants, including one with a 100% plant-based menu, and a new women's clothing store.

May 16, 2019 | 4 comments
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse John Arthur Getreu, 74, of Hayward, of the 1974 killing of 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu makes first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | 11 comments
What $9 million won't get you in Old Palo Alto: A house on a lot

Vacant property listed for sale after sitting undisturbed for decades
A quarter-acre property for sale in Palo Alto is turning heads for what's not included in its $9-million price tag: a house.

May 16, 2019 | 22 comments
CCS report: Gunn, M-A lose in baseball; tennis gets rained out

Gunn and Menlo-Atherton each lost in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I baseball playoffs Wednesday. The CCS tennis singles and doubles tournaments in Aptos were rained out and will be rescheduled.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Transportation projects to get a boost in proposed budget

City Council's Finance Committee embraces creation of Office of Transportation to implement traffic improvements, parking programs
Signaling a renewed push to address local traffic and parking frustrations, the City Council's Finance Committee endorsed on Wednesday a proposal from City Manager Ed Shikada to add staff to the new Office of Transportation.

May 16, 2019 | 6 comments
Stanford men capture NCAA golf regional on home course

The 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team won its fourth consecutive tournament, taking home the NCAA Stanford Regional title, played at rainy Stanford Golf Course. The Cardinal advances to the NCAA Championships beginning May 24.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn softball reaches its goal but loses in CCS tourney

Senior Michele Schwarzwalder and freshman Lauren Li each had two hits but the Gunn softball team dropped a 6-2 decision at home to Piedmont Hills in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I tournament.

May 15, 2019 | 1 comment
International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley brings choreographers, classes to Mountain View

In the final months of 2016, Alyssa Mitchel choreographed her broken friendship for the stage.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Academics, lacrosse tryouts, alumni news

Menlo College junior outfielder Lauren Harrison was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Softball team CoSIDA announced Wednesday. She earned the recognition in District 4.

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Stanford looks forward to a Frost-y summer

Historic outdoor amphitheater, comfortably remodeled and ready to host big-name artists, reopens
The 82-year-old Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University has reopened.

May 15, 2019 | 5 comments
Local photographer illuminates the many faces of immigration

Menlo Park resident Mark Tuschman has earned accolades for his international photography. Now, he has turned his photographic lens closer to home to explore a topic that resonates with him on a deep personal level: immigration.

May 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Dragons and monsters and ghosts, oh my!

'Shoggoths on the Veldt' is a wild and wacky Lovecraftian spoof
If you go see Cameron McNary's "Shoggoths on the Veldt" at the Dragon Theatre, leave your seriousness at the door, sit back and be prepared for maximum silliness.

May 15, 2019 | 2 comments
Former Manresa cook's deep-dive podcast into culinary culture lands James Beard award

Copper & Heat's industry insider approach wins big.
Copper & Heat's first season, "Be A Girl," unpacks the restaurant industry's deep-rooted mistreatment of women from the perspective of local chefs. We sat down with creator Katy Osuna to talk about the podcast.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Unified teachers, senior managers to get 2% raise

One of two agreements gives 'me too' raises for principals and school psychologists, among others
The Palo Alto school board unanimously approved 2% raises for its teachers union and senior managers on Tuesday night.

May 15, 2019 | 9 comments
With Stanford offer on hold, school board members voice disappointment — and one goes on the offensive

University would've paid $138 million over 40 years to Palo Alto Unified over new district students generated by growth plan
Three Palo Alto school board members voted on Tuesday night to suspend consideration of a tentative agreement with Stanford University related to its proposed campus expansion, voicing disappointment over the turn of events.

May 15, 2019 | 81 comments
Ravenswood board approves contract for interim superintendent

Gina Sudaria to lead East Palo Alto district until permanent superintendent is hired
Gina Sudaria will stay on as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent through next year or until a new superintendent is hired under a contract the school board approved for her last week.

May 15, 2019 | 2 comments
A record-setting baseball night for Stanford's Daschbach

Sacred Heart Prep product Andrew Daschbach hit four home runs and drove in five runs in helping third-ranked Stanford topple visiting Cal Poly 7-1 in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday night.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Doubles teams from Menlo and M-A to meet in CCS semifinals

Local golf season ends in the Central Coast Section tournament
The three boys doubles tennis teams who played Tuesday in the Central Coast Section individual tournament each won their first round match at Imperial Courts on the Cabrillo College campus in Aptos.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College golfer in contention after first round

Julika Grosspietsch became the first Menlo College golfer to represent the school at the NAIA National Championship when she fired a 5-over 77 on Tuesday's first round at the Lincoln Park Golf Club in Oklahoma City.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Another fine day on the golf course for Cardinal men

The 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team not only kept its lead following the second day of the NCAA Stanford Regional on Tuesday, the Cardinal added nine strokes to its lead at cool and cloudy Stanford Golf Course.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford hires Schemmel as latest men's swimming coach

Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced the hiring of Dan Schemmel as the school's men's swimming coach on Tuesday. He replaces Menlo Park resident Ted Knapp, who spent the past 35 years as an assistant and head coach.

May 14, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford's Fischer a finalist for water polo's Cutino Award

The Olympic Club of San Francisco named Makenzie Fischer one of three finalists for the prestigious Peter J. Cutino Award it was learned Tuesday. The award is given to the top female and male college water polo players in the nation.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Caltrain's proposed four-track station could disrupt Palo Alto's rail-redesign plans

New business plan proposes building passing tracks in high-growth scenario, plausibly at California Avenue stop
Caltrain's plan to expand its system could require the agency to construct a four-track segment in Palo Alto -- a proposal that could have significant ramifications on the city's own plans to redesign the rail corridor.

May 15, 2019 | 87 comments
Menlo women's wrestlers earn All-American Scholastic honors

The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced that Menlo College captured the inaugural NAIA Women's Scholar All-American Team Title with a 3.4 GPA, edging Eastern Oregon University's 3.34 team GPA.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto prepares to revamp neighborhood parking programs

City Council embraces report that supports expansion to Old Palo Alto, Green Acres
Seeking to bring some stability, simplicity and sanity to the city's complex patchwork of residential parking programs, the Palo Alto City Council embraced on Monday a new report that urges significant reforms.

May 14, 2019 | 11 comments
Citywide train-tunnel idea hits dead end

Once popular option succumbs to financial and engineering challenges
After nearly a decade of dreaming, debating and designing, Palo Alto's bid to build a train tunnel from the north end of the city to the south came to a screeching halt Monday night.

May 14, 2019 | 49 comments
Top five finish for Cardinal women's track and field team

Powered by runner-up finishes Sunday by Jessica Lawson, Fiona O'Keeffe, and Rachel Reichenbach, the Stanford women placed fourth at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men open NCAA golf regional in first place

Three players bettered par to help Stanford start strong Monday in the first round of the NCAA Regional at Stanford Golf Course. Senior Isaiah Salinda fired a 4-under 66, junior David Snyder shot 67 and senior Brandon Wu added a 68.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep sending 25 student-athletes to the collegiate level

Sacred Heart Prep is sending at least 18 student-athletes to play at the collegiate level for the 10th time in 11 years. The current seniors have 25 student-athletes, second most in school history, representing 12 different sports.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals on both sides of the field in U.S. win over South Africa

Menlo wrestlers populating U.S. women's teams this summer
While Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press and Sacred Heart Prep products Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson had their own local fans Sunday, so did South Africa back-up goalie Kaylin Swart, a 2018 grad from Menlo College.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
How much do you and your neighbors pay in state taxes?

Palo Alto among state's highest contributors to California's coffers
Think you pay too much in state income taxes? You'll be surprised to find out how much Palo Alto residents owed, with one ZIP code sending an average $111,415 to Sacramento.

May 13, 2019 | 25 comments
Forecast: Back-to-back storms to hit Bay Area this week

Rain likely starting on Wednesday
Two Bay Area storms this week will be more like winter-season systems as opposed to springtime rain, according to the National Weather Service.

May 13, 2019 | 14 comments
Raises for teachers, managers to come before school board Tuesday

Board members will also consider Stanford's request to press pause on GUP agreement
The Palo Alto school board will vote on two major agreements on Tuesday night that, if approved, will give 2% raises to both the teachers union and the district's non-unionized management association.

May 13, 2019 | 21 comments
Palo Alto is No. 8 seed in CCS Open Division baseball

Palo Alto received the No. 8 seed in the Central Coast Section Open Division baseball playoffs that open Wednesday at various sites. The Vikings (20-9) open Saturday against Valley Christian (26-4) at a site and time to be determined.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women make their intentions clear in title game

Tournament MVP Makenzie Fischer scored three times and recorded an assist to help Stanford beat USC 9-8 in the title match of the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships at Avery Aquatic Center on Sunday.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford softball heading to Florida for NCAA regional

The Stanford softball team earned its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in six years as the 64-team field was revealed Sunday. The Cardinal (32-18) will compete in the Gainesville Regional this weekend.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Ronoh just misses a chance to qualify for NAIAs

A school record fell at the Oxy Invite, the last chance meet before the NAIA National Track and Field Championships in Alabama, but no one else was able to qualify from Menlo College despite some fast times.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford responds with Pac-12 baseball victory over Cal

Erik Miller took a shutout into the sixth inning, Tim Tawa hit a three-run home run and No. 2 Stanford took a 5-2 Pac-12 Conference series-clinching baseball win over California on Sunday at Evans Diamond.

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Little wins her fourth straight Pac-12 javelin title

Mackenzie Little captured her fourth consecutive Pac-12 women's javelin title and Steven Fahy repeated in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in a lightning-delayed performances on the opening night of the conference championship meet.

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A good day for Gunn, SHP swimmers and Gunn badminton

The Gunn girls swimming team ended its season on a good note, placing fifth at the CIF State Championships at Clovis West on Saturday. The Gunn badminton doubles team of Cynthia Wong and Cindy Tung won a CCS title Saturday.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly boys, Menlo girls each capture a league lacrosse title

The Palo Alto boys lacrosse team won their final regular-season match last week to move into a three-way tie for the SCVAL lead. On Saturday, the Vikings won the league title outright after beating Los Gatos 12-6 at Mountain View.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn's Freeman throwing his weight around at CCS trials

Gunn's Jared Freeman posted the top qualifying marks in both the shot put and discus Saturday at the Central Coast Section track and field trials at Gilroy High. Menlo School's Charlotte Tomkinson qualified with the second-fastest time

May 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women end softball regular season with a loss to UW

Stanford wasn't able to upset the apple cart, leaving second-ranked Washington with a share of the Pac-12 Conference softball title Saturday. The Huskies beat the Cardinal 3-0 while UCLA was losing to grab a piece of the top prize.

May 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men end tennis season in NCAA Round of 16

Sameer Kumar and Timothy Sah each won their singles matches but No. 12 Stanford's men's tennis season came to an end Saturday in a 4-2 setback to No. 5 Virginia in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Super Regional in Charlottesville.

May 11, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A wins a berth in CCS tourney; SHP loses final game

Jake Albro drove in two runs, Tyler Nelson had three hits and drove in a run and Menlo-Atherton drove itself into a Central Coast Section berth, beating Jefferson 5-0 in Saturday's Peninsula Athletic League divisional playoff.

May 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Hawaii water polo team loses $16K in gear in Palo Alto auto burglary

Twenty members of the University of Hawaii women's water polo team had nearly $16,000 of equipment stolen in a Palo Alto burglary on Wednesday, police confirmed.

May 11, 2019 | 17 comments
Menlo falls in championship match of CCS tennis

The Knights played well enough to win it all but Bellarmine played a little better Friday, getting a few shots to go its way at important moments, and took home the title trophy with a 4-3 decision over Menlo at the Courtside Bay Club

May 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto taking momentum into the CCS baseball playoffs

If momentum means anything the Palo Alto baseball team has got to feel pretty good about its chances in the Central Coast Section playoffs. The Vikings go into CCS on a high note after an 8-2 win at Wilcox in the championship game of t

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal women skip into NCAA water polo semifinals

Aria Fischer tied a career high with five goals, Madison Berggren added four and second-ranked Stanford beat No. 8 Pacific, 18-9, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship on Friday at Avery Aquatic Center.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women heading to NCAA tennis quarterfinals

Janice Shin's 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 clincher powered No. 3 Stanford past No. 14 Kansas 4-3 on Friday in the NCAA Women's Tennis Super Regional at Taube Family Tennis Stadium despite losing the doubles point.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: lacrosse loses to Irish, softball to the Huskies

Sophomore Katherine Gjertsen scored four times and junior Mikaela Watson added three but Stanford women's lacrosse fell to Notre Dame, 15-9, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at Martin Stadium in Evanston, Ill.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford withdraws $138M school mitigation agreement, for now

Deal required university to pay district $5,800 for each new student enrolled as a result of growth plan
Stanford University informed the Palo Alto school district Friday that it wished to suspend further action on a tentative agreement the two entities recently reached regarding the university's expansion plan.

May 10, 2019 | 27 comments
Grants available for Bay Area's low-income residents for clean air vehicle purchases

Grants range from $5,000 to $9,500
Low-income residents of certain Bay Area neighborhoods can get help to replace their old cars with clean air vehicles thanks to a new grant program administered by the region's air district.

May 12, 2019 | 3 comments
Stanford asks county to halt GUP hearings

Letter to planning commission criticizes county's approval conditions as 'incomplete and premature'
Stanford University has asked the county Planning Commission to delay hearings on the university's expansion application, citing concerns the county's proposed conditions of approval are "unworkable and infeasible."

May 10, 2019 | 9 comments
Palo Alto chief communication officer steps down

Claudia Keith concludes her six-year tenure this week
Claudia Keith, who joined the city six years ago to fill the newly created position, has concluded her tenure as chief communication officer to move back to southern California.

May 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo vs. SHP, Paly vs. Los Gatos for girls lacrosse tiles

Menlo School beat Menlo-Atherton 11-10 in the semifinals of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division semifinals. Sacred Heart Prep topped Mitty 13-4 just up the street, setting up a rematch of last year's league title contest.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Huskies too much for Stanford softball to handle in opener

It was a tale of two innings and the second-ranked Washington softball team took better advantage of its one inning, leading to a 5-2 victory over Stanford in a Pac-12 Conference game Thursday night in Seattle.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Town: The underdog; 'Hope is An Action'

Also, duo behind 'BoJack Horseman' look back at Gunn High career and Waymo reveals little about testing driverless cars
In the latest Around Town column, read about a Paly educator advancing to the "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament, actress Glenn Close bringing her mental health initiative to Palo Alto, Gunn High graduates behind a popular animated show a

May 11, 2019 | No comments yet
City eyes overhaul of residential parking districts

New report offers recommendations to make programs simpler, more consistent
Despite the heavy demand, Palo Alto's residential parking programs have frustrated city workers, local employees and neighborhood residents. Now, a movement is afoot to change all that.

May 10, 2019 | 9 comments
'Residents only' policy for Foothills Park sparks fresh debate

Palo Alto's parks commissioners to explore ways to increase access to popular nature preserve
With its winding trails, scenic vistas and family-friendly camping sites, the sprawling Foothills Park is frequently described as a nature-lover's paradise.

May 10, 2019 | 134 comments
Email: Stanford, school district skirted county ground rules

Uncertainty surrounds proposed school district-Stanford agreement on payments for new students
Emails released in response to a Public Records Act request show that Stanford and the school district worked together to circumvent county ground rules in crafting an agreement related to the university's proposed expansion plan.

May 10, 2019 | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Neighborhood parking program; teachers contract

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 13.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Elementary, my dear Pokémon

The popular franchise gets a live-action spin in
"Pokémon: Detective Pikachu" brings the gigantic global video and card game/anime/comic-book franchise to the big screen in a big way, but it feels more like a sales pitch than a fully realized story.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Spurred by loss, Palo Alto teacher organizes suicide awareness walk

Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope to take place Sunday, May 19, in Woodside
Jaclyn Petty, a fourth grade teacher in Palo Alto whose brother died by suicide in 2016, is organizing the Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope on May 19 to raise money for suicide awareness.

May 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Library nonprofit turns to rare and vintage vinyl for latest fundraiser

Saturday sale features huge record collection of jazz, rock, classical, among other genres
Henry Yu and Frank McConnell have spent the last two months sorting through boxes and crates filled with vinyl records.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Architectural tours; tree walks

Also, register for the Palo Alto Citywide Yard Sale and learn more about the local real estate market
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including the schedule of upcoming neighborhood tours, an arborist-led tree walk, information on the Palo Alto Citywide Yard Sale and a class for prospective homebuyers.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
What $9 million won't get you in Old Palo Alto: A house on a lot

Vacant property listed for sale after sitting undisturbed for decades
A quarter-acre property for sale in Palo Alto is turning heads for what's not included in its $9-million price tag: a house.

May 9, 2019 | 22 comments
Oaks report: Women's volleyball, basketball add players

The Menlo College women's volleyball program announced announced its 2019 recruiting class on Thursday. The four who signed with the Oaks are all junior transfers. The Oaks women's basketball program signed a player from Barcelona.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Library nonprofit turns to rare and vintage vinyl for Saturday fundraiser

Saturday sale features huge record collection of jazz, rock, classical, among other genres
Henry Yu and Frank McConnell have spent the last two months sorting through boxes and crates filled with vinyl records.

May 9, 2019 | 5 comments
Shop Talk: Farewell to Village Stationers, hello to Mendocino Farms

The latest in local retail news
In the latest Shop Talk column, read about the closure of a 53-year-old stationery store, a new sandwich shop and a Scandanavian eco-friendly children's furniture store.

May 9, 2019 | 3 comments
Preps: SHP, PA lacrosse; Menlo tennis going for titles

Max Sloat scored six goals and added an assist and the Sacred Heart Prep boys lacrosse team downed visiting Bellarmine 18-10 in the semifinals of the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs. Menlo School will be looking to add another Central Coast Section boys tennis championship trophy to its extensive inventory Friday at Courtside Bay Club in Los Gatos.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: A tale of two different one-run games

Menlo earned a one-run PAL Bay Division victory though the Knights needed 14 innings and four hours to earn a 3-2 home decision over Burlingame on Wednesday. Sacred Heart Prep scored the game's first nine runs but needed a double play in the bottom of the seventh to secure its 11-10 PAL Bay Division victory over Hillsdale.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Man indicted for February robbery at Wells Fargo bank

Palo Alto theft was one of five Oakland resident allegedly committed within four-month span
An Oakland man was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco Tuesday on charges of committing five bank robberies in the Bay Area between October and February, including two on the Midpeninsula.

May 8, 2019 | 2 comments
Update: Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed in crash near Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Woman was thrown off vehicle, landed in a ravine
A motorcyclist died in a crash late Wednesday afternoon in mountainous terrain along Skyline Boulevard in Palo Alto, police said Thursday.

May 8, 2019 | 10 comments
Cardinal women make the cut, advance to NCAA golf tourney

No. 4 Stanford clinched its spot in the NCAA Women's Golf Championships that begin May 17 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas by virtue of its fourth-place finish at the East Lansing Regional on Wednesday. The Cardinal shot a 14-over 878 over three rounds, including a 2-over 290 on each Tuesday and Wednesday to hold steady above the cut line.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto beats Los Gatos in playoff baseball cliffhanger

Dean Casey and Josh Kasevich combined on an eight-hitter to help Palo Alto edge Los Gatos 1-0 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division baseball playoff game Wednesday. Ritter Armsbaugh drove in the only run of the game for the Vikings.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
The goal for Stanford is a seventh NCAA water polo title

The Pac-12 Conference is aptly nicknamed "the conference of champions," and Stanford is home to a record 120 NCAA titles, three more than UCLA's 117, though the Bruins did reach 100 first. The second-ranked Cardinal women's water polo team, already in possession of six national titles, hopes Stanford remains a home of champions this weekend.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Allister named Pac-12 softball Coach of the Year

Stanford's second-year coach Jessica Allister earned Pac-12 Softball Coach of the Year honors, the conference announced Wednesday. Allister joins her former Stanford coach John Rittman (2001, 2004) as winners of the award. The Cardinal also had five players selected to Pac-12 All-Conference teams, including a pair named All-Freshmen.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Building permits

A weekly list of building permits approved by the city of Palo Alto as of Monday, May 6.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Pear's 'Slices' delights in Mountain View

Theater's annual collection of original one-acts is a success
Pear Theatre has outdone itself, overall, with "Pear Slices 2019," its annual adventure into new one-act plays.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: City gives public opportunity to offer ideas for Cubberley transformation plan

Stations will be set up for residents to examine housing options, construction timeline at Thursday meeting
Palo Alto residents will get another chance Thursday to offer their opinions on a new master plan to redevelop the sprawling Cubberley Community Center.

May 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Home sales

Atherton home sells for $24 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest home sale at $24 million for a contemporary 13,014-square-foot home with seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms on Faxon Road.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
The thriving spirit of food technology

Silicon Valley Eats exhibit comes to the Los Altos History Museum
The Los Altos History Museum last weekend debuted a new exhibit to educate visitors about Silicon Valley's rich food and farming culture, both past and present.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Will Palo Alto's plans to speed up transportation projects spell traffic relief?

New work plan details bike- and scooter-share programs, Crescent Park road changes
If things proceed as planned, this will be the year in which Palo Alto reforms its byzantine parking programs, embraces bike- and scooter-share programs and helps traffic-weary Crescent Park neighborhood residents find some relief from the daily congestion on their streets.

May 8, 2019 | 17 comments
M-A, Gunn advance to semis of girls lacrosse tourneys

Hannah Shaw took care of the draws and added some scoring while Theresa McGannon made the most of her scoring opportunities to help Menlo-Atherton beat St. Francis 16-3 in the first round of the West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse playoffs Tuesday. Gunn topped Pioneer 18-6 in a SCVAL playoff.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn in a first place tie; Paly opens playoffs with a win

Gunn had a shot at an outright league championship Tuesday. With a win over Santa Clara the Titans would have clinched the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title. In the De Anza Division, Palo Alto topped Mountain View 11-1

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Freshman helps Stanford women climb the leaderboard

Freshman Aline Krauter had one of the best days in the regional, shooting a 1-under 71 and the fourth-ranked Stanford women's golf team shot up the leaderboard Tuesday with a 2-over 290, sitting fourth heading into the final day of the East Lansing Regional. The day began with a seven-hour rain delay, which pushed back the Cardinal tee time six hours.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: M-A grad into Santa Clara Hall of Fame

Menlo-Atherton and Santa Clara University grad Kevin Dunton will be inducted into the Santa Clara Athletic Hall of Fame on May 18. Dunton, who played with Bob Melvin at M-A and the Palo Alto American Legion program, was inducted into M-A's Hall of Fame in 1996.

May 9, 2019 | 1 comment
Academy Volleyball earns three more junior national bids

Academy Volleyball Club, based in Palo Alto, qualified three more teams for the Junior Nationals over the weekend at the NCVA Regional finals. The Academy 11 Gold, 13 Gold and 14 Gold teams will make the trip to Indianapolis for the national tournament that begins June 27.

May 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Late rally gives Woodside a PAL Ocean Division baseball victory

Woodside scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to rally from behind and beat host Menlo-Atherton 7-5 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division game Tuesday. Joseph King had three hits, including a triple and double, and drove in three runs for the Wildcats.

May 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Luge, anyone? Clinics to be held in Palo Alto this weekend

So, you're interested in Luge and you're between nine and 13 years old. You're in luck. USA Luge athletes and coaches are coming your way in the form of a clinic. The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search comes to Palo Alto Friday and Saturday as part of an annual grass-roots recruitment program to introduce youth to the sport of luge and identify the next generation of USA Luge team members and Olympians.

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It's not your imagination: Large crow sculptures roost in Palo Alto

Artist Sylvi Herrick's 'Crows Project' uses birds to foster discussion on migration, borders and connection
Palo Altans are used to seeing crows flock to local neighborhoods, but three of the newest corvids in town may ruffle a few feathers. For one thing, they're 7 feet tall.

May 7, 2019 | 70 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto prepares to roll through town for Bike to Work Day

For the first time, city to host Bike Away from Work Bash
Palo Alto residents are encouraged to give up their cars for a day and explore eco-friendly alternatives as part of the Bay Area's 25th annual Bike to Work Day this Thursday.

May 7, 2019 | 10 comments
It's not your imagination: Large crow sculptures roost in Palo Alto

Artist Sylvi Herrick's 'Crows Project' uses birds to foster discussion on migration, borders and connection
Palo Altans are used to seeing crows flock to local neighborhoods, but three of the newest corvids in town may ruffle a few feathers. For one thing, they're 7 feet tall.

May 7, 2019 | 70 comments
Hippies, Hells Angels and the Grateful Dead

Palo Alto's Pace Gallery showcases Irving Penn's sublime portraits from the heyday of the Haight Ashbury
Some of photographer Irving Penn's best work from the Summer of Love era is on display at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
When it comes to housing bill, neighboring cities see things differently

In a rare summit, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park city councils voice hopes, anxieties over Senate Bill 50
With a range of housing bills now sweeping through Sacramento, elected leaders from Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto met in a rare summit Monday night to swap ideas and share concerns about the shifting political landscape and its implications for local zoning.

May 7, 2019 | 53 comments
CCS tennis: Menlo, Menlo-Atherton reach the semifinals

Timothy Berthier clinched Menlo-Atherton's 4-3 upset over host Monta Vista in the Central Coast Section boys tennis team tournament on Monday. Menlo's top player Andrei Volgin also won to help Menlo beat Gunn 5-2 and reach the semis.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals are ready for CCS badminton, boys volleyball

Palo Alto's fourth-seeded Brandon Wu will open the Central Coast Section boys singles badminton tournament at Independence High in San Jose on Saturday against Branham's Tommy Song.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Women's golf starts slow in NCAA regional

Fourth-ranked and top-seeded Stanford shot a 10-over 298 on Monday in the first round of the NCAA East Lansing Regional at Forest Akers West Golf Course. Defending Pac-12 women's soccer champion Stanford has added defender Kattalin Stahl to its recruiting class.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Palo Alto edges Fremont in SCVAL softball

Ella Jones drove in two runs, Fabiana Teofan and Lindsey Kim combined to limit Fremont to a single run and Palo Alto downed the Firebirds 4-1 at home Monday in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League softball game.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Three Palo Alto Unified schools to get new principals

Current JLS leader moving to district job, elementary school head returning to former campus
Several Palo Alto Unified schools will have new principals this fall: JLS Middle School and Duveneck and Palo Verde elementary schools.

May 7, 2019 | 11 comments
Midnight follies at the Guild

It's Saturday night, and The Bawdy Caste is all dressed up, with someplace to go
At midnight on the first Saturday of every month, fans line up outside the Landmark Guild Theatre in Menlo Park for a late-night showing of the cult film, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

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Women, Figures and Frida Kahlo

Local art events this month include an exhibit of Jack Hooper's works, "Views from the Trail" at Portola Art Gallery and Silicon Valley Open Studios.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
How powerful lawmakers are killing California bills — by doing nothing

New state Assembly rule is angering some representatives, but there's debate over whether it's actually a bad thing
A new California Assembly rule gives committee chairs the power to shelve bills simply by not scheduling them for a hearing. Assemblyman Marc Berman says the new tool could be a good thing, if used judiciously.

May 6, 2019 | 12 comments
Stanford falls behind early in Pac-12 baseball loss to USC

Will Matthiessen hit a two-run homer, one of just four hits for the second-ranked Stanford baseball team, which lost at USC 4-2 Sunday at Dedeaux Field in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

May 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women get an extra NCAA tennis weekend at home

No. 3 Stanford carried its momentum from doubles into singles, defeating Syracuse 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

May 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Lacrosse into NCAA tourney; Softball loses

Stanford women's lacrosse earned its way into the NCAA Tournament and will play Notre Dame in the first round on Friday in Evanston, Ill. The game time is to be determined.

May 5, 2019 | No comments yet
The hunt for a NCAA women's golf title starts in Michigan

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's golf team begins NCAA postseason play on Monday in East Lansing, Mich. for the NCAA East Lansing Regional at Forest Akers West Golf Course. The Cardinal is the No. 1 seed in the Regional after posting two wins and five top-three finishes so far this season.

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Matching PAL track and field titles for Menlo-Atherton

Francisco Sanchez, Cole Mediratta and Jessica Eagle were all double winners and Menlo-Atherton was a double winner as both the boys and girls track and field teams won the Peninsula Athletic League title Saturday in Atherton.

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Stanford men heading to Virginia for NCAA tennis

Timothy Sah kicked off a celebration with his clinching point and No. 12 Stanford advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships with a 4-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

May 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto gets ultimate birthday party at May Fête Parade

Community marks city milestone in high spirits
From birthday cake floats to colorful balloons to party hats, the Palo Alto community cheerfully celebrated the city's 125th anniversary at Saturday's May Fete Parade downtown.

May 5, 2019 | 7 comments
Stanford clinches Pac-12 baseball series with USC

Stanford right-hander Will Matthiessen not only turned in a career performance, he also drove in a pair of runs to help lift the second-ranked Cardinal past host USC 7-4 in a Pac-12 Conference baseball game at Dedeaux Field.

May 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Weekly wins top statewide journalism prize

For the first time, staff's digital reporting competes against metropolitan dailies'
The Palo Alto Weekly was named the best large weekly newspaper in the state in the California Journalism Awards competition on Saturday, May 4, in Long Beach. The honor, presented by the California News Publishers Association, was one of a raft of wins for the community media outlet and its news staff.

May 4, 2019 | 8 comments
Gunn girls keep their CCS swim title; SHP boys are second

Gunn didn't win its first girls swimming race Saturday at the Central Coast Section finals until late in the meet when sophomore Melanie Julia won the 100 breaststroke, the final individual race of the day.

May 4, 2019 | No comments yet
CCS tennis: M-A, Gunn, Menlo into the quarterfinals

Top-seeded Menlo School and sixth-seeded Menlo-Atherton each took care of league rivals in advancing into Monday's quarterfinal round of the Central Coast Section Team Tennis Tournament.

May 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women open NCAA tennis with a win

Third-ranked Stanford opened defense of its NCAA women's tennis title with a 4-0 shutout of New Mexico State on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

May 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Gunn, M-A win, Paly loses on final play

The tying run was thrown out at the plate with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, leaving Palo Alto frustrated over a 5-4 non-league road baseball loss to San Benito on Saturday. Cole Mantovani collected two hits and drove in a run and Gunn topped Mills 5-2.

May 4, 2019 | No comments yet
College Friday: Big wins for Stanford softball, men's tennis

Senior Carolyn Lee pitched a five-hitter, freshman Emily Schultz connected on a two-run homer in the second and Stanford upset visiting UCLA 2-1 on Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference softball contest. The No. 12 Stanford men's tennis team opened the NCAA Championships with a 4-0 win over Fresno State

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SHP grad Daschbach helps power Stanford past the Trojans

Former Sacred Heart Prep standout Andrew Daschbach reached base five time, collected two hits, including a go-ahead home run as the second-ranked Stanford baseball rallied from an early deficit to beat USC 8-3 in a Pac-12 Conference contest Friday night in Los Angeles.

May 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Fisher hits personal best in his final event at Stanford

As Yomif Kejelcha accelerated through the final two laps of his 5,000-meter race on Thursday night, it was clear, as it often is at the Payton Jordan Invitational, that this runner was special.

May 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Friday preps: Sacred Heart Prep wins WBAL lacrosse title

Sacred Heart Prep responded to an early deficit with six unanswered goals en route to a 12-6 victory over Menlo-Atherton in a West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse match at Coach Ben Parks Field on Friday.

May 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Track and field: Freeman wins twice, Menlo girls rule WBAL

Jared Freeman has been an easy double winner in the throws more often than not this season. On Friday he faced his primary competition in the shot put in the form of Los Gatos duo Matt Monti and Max Gurevitz, and pulled out a tight one at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League track and field championships at Los Gatos High.

May 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Glove work leads to Gunn SCVAL softball victory

Gunn right fielder Tori Mock saved the Titans chances of earning a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division co-title with her glove in Friday's 4-3 victory over host Cupertino on Friday.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Paly clips the Eagles, Menlo to play for title

Ryan Harvey made his varsity pitching debut against defending Central Coast Section champion Los Altos and threw a one-hitter over 5 2/3 innings to help give Palo Alto a 1-0 victory Friday, costing the Eagles a co-title in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Resident: Pope-Chaucer Bridge was one of 'city's biggest mistakes'

The 1940s bridge's small opening, and a realignment of San Francisquito Creek, have caused all the flooding problems
Crescent Park resident Tom Rindfleisch has been trying to prevent another devastating flood of San Francisquito Creek, along the lines of the 1998 disaster. Now, he said, he's hopeful that 20 years of work will finally pay off.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Rollover crash forces Embarcadero closure

One man treated for head lacerations after Friday collision
A collision between a pickup truck and a sedan prompted Palo Alto emergency responders to shut down Embarcadero Road to traffic on Friday afternoon.

May 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Where are the Palo Alto police and traffic-safety planners in protecting our children?

'I have taught my children to be cautious, but I don't feel safe letting them walk and bike around our neighborhood'
The sun was shining that winter evening I saw my daughter almost get hit by a car. I had driven to pick up her up in a part of town highly frequented by pedestrians, bikes and many children and families.

May 4, 2019 | 35 comments
First-of-its-kind program for people living in RVs debuts in East Palo Alto

Initiative is geared toward families, seniors, disabled persons and veterans
After more than a year of planning, a new city-approved $300,000 RV Safe Parking program launched in East Palo Alto, which offers designated space for up to 20 local RV dwellers to park overnight.

May 3, 2019 | 59 comments
Decision aims to cut East Palo Alto kids' lengthy school-bus commute

District to consolidate Tinsley students at fewer schools, following committee recommendation
Some parents have been taken aback by Palo Alto Unified's decision to close enrollment for new Voluntary Transfer Program students at certain elementary schools, but district leadership, however, has defended it as a positive change.

May 3, 2019 | 15 comments
Boys lacrosse: PA, M-A and LG fit to be tied in the SCVAL

The Palo Alto boys lacrosse team won its sixth straight, beating Los Gatos 6-5 at home in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Thursday.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Gunn nearing a possible SCVAL El Camino title

Mike Panitchpakdi was 4-for-4, including a triple and double, to help Gunn close in on the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title, beating Monta Vista 10-5 Thursday in Palo Alto.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Campaign-romance reform

Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron come together in love and politics in 'Long Shot'
The funniest bit in "Long Shot" comes in its first five minutes. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), a Jewish journalist working undercover as a neo-Nazi pledge, attempts to ingratiate himself with the group. Surrounded by Nazi-saluting wack jobs, Flarsky finds himself obliged, repeatedly, to offer his own noncommittal heil in return. The gestural gag sets the tone for a silly, superficial romantic comedy.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
With new plan, Caltrain prepares for ridership surge

Agency looks to add trains, take a more proactive role in 'grade separation' projects
Facing persistent funding challenges, a growing ridership base and a patchwork of plans from Peninsula cities for redesigning rail crossings, Caltrain is advancing a new business plan to help it navigate the competing pressures.

May 3, 2019 | 67 comments
After getting a new heart, 16-year-old is giving back — with a heart-healthy cookbook

Teen holds first book signing at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Last week, 16-year-old Justin Wang brought hope in the form of a healthy cookbook to patients and friends at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, where he lived for three months last year after receiving a heart transplant.

May 5, 2019 | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Housing study session; parking strategies presentation

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 6.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Town: Rising to the challenge; an abrupt departure

Tidbits about Palo Alto people, places and more
In the latest Around Town column, a recap of how a local resident faced the pressure on a national game show testing each contestant's intelligence and a city working group losing a member who has become known for a heated confrontation that went viral last month.

May 4, 2019 | 5 comments
After IPO, Pinterest looks to return to Palo Alto

Social-networking company opening engineering office on Page Mill
Former Palo Alto startup Pinterest plans to open an engineering office in a portion of the three-story building at 395 Page Mill Road.

May 3, 2019 | 7 comments
This year's Lifetime of Achievement honorees create community legacies

Award recipients to be recognized at May 19 garden party
By pushing beyond what is to what could be, this year's Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement honorees have created long-term changes in their communities that are stretching beyond their tenures and into the next generations.

May 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Ginny Lear: Fundraiser, event planner, program founder

When Ginny Lear decided to volunteer at her children's schools as a young mother in 1960s Los Altos, she never imagined that it would lead to decades of volunteer work that would play a direct role in creating many city programs and community traditions still recognized today.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Gloria Hom: Educator, economist, civic leader

Midtown resident Gloria Hom has held many roles in her life: the economist; the wife, mother of three and grandmother; the educator, politician and civic leader. This month, she becomes a recipient of the Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement Award.

May 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Ellen and Mike Turbow: Hospice, special-needs champions

Creating a more joyful path in life for all has been key to Ellen and Mike Turbow's work over the past five-plus decades.

May 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Paly third at SCVAL golf tourney; hopes for at-large spot

The Palo Alto boys golf team shot a solid round of 387 at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League tournament at Santa Teresa Golf Club on Wednesday, two strokes short of earning one of the league's two automatic bids to the Central Coast Section.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Robert Kelley: Theater founder

When he joined a Palo Alto Children's Theatre production at age 9, Robert Kelley didn't know he would dedicate his life to local theater or ultimately impact generations of local actors and audiences.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Ward and Mary Paine: Pioneer preservationists

Portola Valley duo Ward and Mary Paine have been key players in preserving tens of thousands of acres of Peninsula hills, baylands and coastside as permanent open space over more than five decades.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal places six on lacrosse all-Pac-12 teams

A league-best six members of the Stanford women's lacrosse team were named All-Pac-12 on Thursday, including first-team honorees Julia Massaro and Ali Baiocco. Senior Genesis Lucero, junior Mikaela Watson, junior Daniella McMahon and sophomore Katherine Gjertsen earned second team recognition.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: Housing market off to a slow start

Inventory, sales, purchase prices all down from previous year
The Year of the Pig had a very slow start in our local real estate market. So far, we haven't experienced anything remotely similar to the usual spring frenzy.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Plant a tree; high-tech sales sign

Also, Palo Alto gives residents a chance to drop off their household hazardous waste
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including an upcoming tree-planting event, a realtor who claims his 85-inch flat-screen TV to market a property is the first of its kind in Palo Alto and where residents can drop off their household hazardous waste.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals on U.S. women's soccer World Cup and basketball news

Former Stanford star soccer players Tierna Davidson, Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press earned spots on the United States' roster for the World Cup in France that begins in June. Sacred Heart Prep alum Abby Dahlkemper was also named to the team and will be making her World Cup debut. Stanford sophomore Kiana Williams has been selected to attend trials for the U.S. Pan American Games Women's Basketball Team.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Water conservation, reuse should benefit environment

Replacing Hetch Hetchy water with recycled water could leave more water flowing down the Tuolumne River (the source for Hetch Hetchy) while potentially saving ratepayers money.

May 3, 2019 | 34 comments
High school district sues charter school organization for $4 million

The Sequoia Union High School District is suing a national charter school organization for the return of a $4 million loan, alleging it has failed to enroll an adequate number of district students in its East Palo Alto charter school, according to an April 22 lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court.

May 2, 2019 | 1 comment
Shop Talk: Farewell to Village Stationers, hello to Mendocino Farms

The latest in local retail news
In this week's Shop Talk column, read about the closure of a 53-year-old stationery store, a new sandwich shop and and a Scandanavian eco-friendly children's furniture store.

May 2, 2019 | 3 comments
Nothing to be blu about

Porta Blu offers upscale hotel dining with a Mediterranean twist
Porta Blu did win me over for the most part: It's a restrained, classy and calm sanctuary with a modern Mediterranean-California sensibility.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Lawsuit claims Palo Alto police illegally detained, assaulted man

Resident alleges he was beaten after an illegal detention at mobile home park
A Palo Alto resident is claiming that he was unlawfully detained and then beaten up by police officers near his mobile home, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court.

May 2, 2019 | 9 comments
Preps: Menlo wins WBAL golf title; Paly boys win in VB

Menlo School's Kripa Dharan shot a 1-over 73 to earn medalist honors for the West Bay Athletic League Boys Golf Championships at Coyote Creek Golf Course on Wednesday. He helped lead the Knights to the team title with a score of 388.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto responds to SCVAL baseball test with honors

The Palo Alto baseball team has been playing a lot better since going through a bad stretch in early April and Wednesday's 7-5 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division victory over Los Altos is a clear indicator that the Vikings have what it takes to compete with anyone in the Central Coast Section.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: Menlo rallies to win, Gators get trapped

Justin Nam collected three hits, including a game-tying home run, and Menlo School rallied to a 4-3 victory over Hillsdale in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball contest Tuesday. Ronan Donnelly did not allow an earned run in five innings of relief but Sacred Heart Prep could not overcome an early four-run deficit and lost 6-3 at home to Carlmont.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Meehan, Slusser to coach national swim teams

2020 U.S. Olympic and Stanford women's swimming and diving coach Greg Meehan was named head coach for Team USA for the 2019 FINA World Championships and Stanford associate coach Tracy Slusser will lead Team USA at the World University Games in July, it was announced by USA Swimming on Wednesday.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford's Brown, incoming frosh at U19 World Cup trials

Incoming Stanford women's basketball players Fran Belibi and Haley Jones and current freshman Jenna Brown have accepted invitations to participate in the 2019 USA Women's U19 World Cup Team trials.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford places two on first team all-Pac-12 golf team

The streaking Stanford men's golf team was well-represented Wednesday when the conference announced its 2018-19 award winners. Seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda were selected to the All-Pac-12 first team, while junior David Snyder made the second team. Freshman Daulet Tuleubayev earned honorable mention and was honorable mention on the All-Freshman Team.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford student allegedly paid $6.5 million for admission

Yusi Zhao's family worked with leader of national scam, William 'Rick' Singer, article says
The family who paid the most to get their child into a selective college as part of a national college admissions scandal was identified on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times as a Chinese family whose daughter gained admission to Stanford University.

May 1, 2019 | 44 comments
Annual Silicon Valley Open Studios show returns the first three weekends of May

Each spring, the visual artists of Silicon Valley and the Peninsula open their doors and allow the public to peek into their sanctuaries, studios and processes. At this year's Silicon Valley Open Studios, from Burlingame down to Gilroy and from the Pacific coast to the San Francisco Bay, more than 385 artists in around 160 locations will show their work and workspaces over the course of the first three weekends in May.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: May Fête Parade salutes city's 125th birthday

Fair featuring games, food and live music to follow parade
The annual May Fête children's parade returns to Palo Alto this Saturday with a special theme in honor of the city's milestone 125th anniversary.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
'Flower Drum Song' blossoms anew

Palo Alto Players' version of Rodgers and Hammerstein Chinatown musical is kitschy, moving and fun
Palo Alto Players present an updated version of "Flower Drum Song," a musical set in 1950s San Francisco Chinatown.

May 1, 2019 | 9 comments
Widow files wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla over fatal Mountain View crash

Complaint alleges errors made by Tesla and Caltrans led to death of Apple engineer in 2018 freeway collision
The family of a man who died when his Tesla Model X crashed last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car manufacturer. Attorneys representing the family say Tesla's actions amount to beta testing its Autopilot vehicle software on "live drivers."

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Hillsborough couple pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Couple admits to paying $600,000 for their daughters to attend the University of Southern California
A Hillsborough couple formally entered guilty pleas Wednesday for paying a college preparatory counselor $600,000 to guarantee their daughters enrollment into the University of Southern California, according to federal prosecutors.

May 1, 2019 | 6 comments
M-A golfers look to extend its season as long as possible

Jackson Lee was a little worried when the boys' golf season got underway earlier this spring. After all, Menlo-Atherton lost two important seniors from last year's Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division championship team and its streak of consecutive league titles was at risk. He didn't have to be so concerned.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn's Everett pitches his second no-hitter of baseball season

There must be something Gunn senior right-hander Aidan Everett enjoys about the mound on Lynbrook's baseball field. On Tuesday he pitched his second no-hitter on the same mound he threw his first about six weeks ago, leading Gunn to a 4-0 victory over the Vikings in SCVAL El Camino Division action,

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Williams gives Stanford quality baseball start in 7-1 victory

Alex Williams threw a two-hitter over a career-best seven innings and the Stanford baseball team rode his effort in beating host Santa Clara 7-1 in a nonconference game Tuesday night at Stephen Schott Stadium

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Plans finally emerge for replacing two north Palo Alto bridges

To boost flood control, city eyes long-awaited reconstruction of Pope-Chaucer and Newell Road bridges
More than 20 years after a massive storm swelled the San Francisquito Creek until it rose higher than the Pope-Chaucer Bridge, sending streams of water onto nearby streets and into homes, two plans aimed at keeping the creek within its banks are finally emerging.

May 1, 2019 | 19 comments
Palo Alto High Signing Day

Palo Alto Student-Athlete Signing Day
Itai Almogy, Yale, Rowing
Sienna Brewster, Missouri State, Beach volleyball
Jack Callaghan, New York, Diving
Aiden Chang, Charlton, Football
Jackson Chryst, Oregon State, Football

May 1, 2019 | 3 comments
Nonprofit offers $5,000 reward in East Palo Alto double fatal shooting

Gunfire kills two, injures two others during Halloween-themed birthday party
Mothers Against Murder is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a shooter who killed two men and injured two others in East Palo Alto last October.

April 30, 2019 | 10 comments
An afternoon of fingerstyle guitars

Foothills Congregational Church will host a concert of guitar virtuosos featuring Mark Hanson, Greta Pedersen, Doug Young and Teja Gerken on Sunday, May 5.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Flood-control study proposes new Pope-Chaucer Bridge

San Francisquito Creek JPA releases draft environmental impact report, nearly two years in the making
The Pope-Chaucer Bridge, which spans San Francisquito Creek and connects Palo Alto and Menlo Park, could be entirely rebuilt should a "preferred alternative" identified by the creek's governing body, the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA), come to fruition.

April 30, 2019 | 4 comments
Facing a rent hike, Peninsula Youth Theatre vows to stay in Mountain View

Performing arts theater launches fundraiser for $75,000
Peninsula Youth Theatre is facing a 45% rent increase, so it's launching a fundraising campaign to help it stay in its longtime home in Mountain View.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Foothill College's boundary-pushing radio station turns 60

Like many residents living in the Bay Area, I have spent decades wondering what's wrong with the bottom of my radio dial.

April 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Defending CCS boys' tennis champion Menlo earns top seed

West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School (19-2) was awarded the overall No. 1 seed for the Central Coast Section team tennis tournament that opens Wednesday. Menlo is the defending section champion.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
NCAA tennis takes center stage at Stanford this weekend

If it's May, it must be time for the Stanford women's tennis team to step into the national spotlight. It happens every spring and for the 21st consecutive spring, the NCAA tournament starts at Stanford's own Taube Family Tennis Center. The Cardinal is also making its 38th consecutive postseason appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites this weekend.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn, Paly pitchers record softball shutouts

Madison Wiseman pitched a two-hitter over five innings and the Gunn softball team beat Saratoga 10-0 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division contest on Monday. In a non-league game against Lincoln in San Jose, Paly's Fabiana Teofan pitched a one-hitter in a 10-0 victory.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women seeded second for NCAA water polo championship

Stanford, the only women's water polo team that has competed at every NCAA Championship since its inception in 2001, will make its 19th consecutive appearance in 2019. The Cardinal earned the No. 2 seed via an at-large berth to the field when the NCAA Women's Water Polo Committee announced the bracket on Monday evening.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Defending volleyball champs bring in blue chip recruits

Stanford women's volleyball coach Kevin Hambly officially released the five incoming freshmen and one graduate student who have signed to play with defending national champion Stanford in the fall. The group, one of the top rated in the nation, includes Menlo School senior Selina Xu, who missed the past season with an injury.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
To battle traffic, Palo Alto hikes transportation fees for developers

City stands to raise about $17.2 million by 2030, estimates show
In its latest bid to curb the traffic impacts of new developments, Palo Alto has more than doubled the fees it charges builders for each new car trip that their projects would generate during busy commute hours.

April 30, 2019 | 34 comments
Santa Clara County launches phone number for in-person support during mental health crises

Residents can now directly contact licensed therapists and clinicians
Santa Clara County residents suffering mental health emergencies can now call for direct help through the Mobile Crisis Response Team, the county announced Monday.

April 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo College's Maxwell earns spot on all-GSAC baseball team

Menlo College senior infielder Dalton Maxwell earned a spot on the all-Golden State Athletic Conference baseball team it was announced Monday. Maxwell earned his second conference honors in three years.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Reyes, Belarde named to all-GSAC softball team

Menlo College senior infielder-pitcher Sarah Reyes and junior outfielder Ariana Belarde earned all-Golden State Athletic Conference softball honors it was announced Monday.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
More counselors, training: Stanford takes steps to support student mental health

Town halls, individual meetings, protest contribute to changes
Stanford University recently announced efforts to better support student mental health and well-being, including more counselors, services and training for faculty and staff.

April 30, 2019 | 5 comments
Cardinal flexes its baseball muscles in beating Arizona

Brandon Wulff homered twice, Duke Kinamon added a grand slam and a double and Maverick Handley hit a three-run homer and the third-ranked Stanford baseball team went on another offensive rampage, beating Arizona 13-5 in the Pac-12 Conference series finale Sunday at Sunken Diamond.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Cowles hits a homer but the Cardinal drops softball game

The Stanford softball team fell behind, rallied to tie its game with Arizona State but then fell behind again in a 10-5 Pac-12 Conference loss to the Sun Devils on Sunday at Stanford's Smith Family Stadium.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford falls to USC in MPSF water polo championship

Stanford goalie Emalia Eichelberger recorded 15 saves, Aria Fischer and Sarah Klass each scored twice but Stanford fell in triple overtime to USC 9-8 in the title match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Sunday.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks to receive Tony Award

Local theater company granted American Theatre Wing national honor
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award for 2019, founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley announced over the weekend.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Animal rights activists plan protest at Stanford Shopping Center Sunday

Animal rights activists say they are planning a "Bloody Fashion Show" protest against fur at 2:30 p.m. Sunday outside the Neiman Marcus at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

April 28, 2019 | 3 comments
TheatreWorks to receive Tony Award

Local theater company granted American Theatre Wing national honor
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award for 2019, founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley announced over the weekend.

April 28, 2019 | 6 comments
SH Prep continues winning streak in WBAL swimming

Junior Sloane Reinstein and freshmen Margot Gibbons and Kaia Li each won two individual events and were on two winning relays to help the Sacred Heart Prep girls swimming team dominate the West Bay Athletic League Championships on Saturday in Atherton.

April 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Preps: Paly loses late, Gunn wins late, SHP lacrosse wins

Josh Kasevich singled in a pair of runs in the fifth inning to give Palo Alto a lead but Carlmont came back to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 3-2 non-league baseball decision on Saturday. Gunn, who leads the SCVAL El Camino Division by 1 1/2 games, earned an 8-2 road victory at San Mateo in another non-league contest.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford baseball 'slams' Arizona to even weekend series

Nick Bellafronto hit a grand slam, Will Matthiessen pitched five strong innings while finishing 3-for-5 with three runs and a home run and the third-ranked Stanford baseball team evened its Pac-12 series with Arizona, beating the Wildcats 13-3 on Saturday at Sunken Diamond.

April 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Palo Alto football star ready for his chance in the NFL

Sacred Heart Prep alum goes to the Seattle Seahawks
KeeSean Johnson followed Davante Adams to Palo Alto High and Fresno State. He's also following him into the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals made him a sixth-round selection and the 174th overall pick on Saturday. SHP grad Ben Burr-Kirven was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, Stanford tight end Kaden Smith went to the 49ers and punter Jake Bailey was taken by the New England Patriots.

April 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford takes early lead, beats Cal in MPSF water polo semis

Ryann Neushul and Aria Fischer combined for seven goals as the top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team downed No. 4 California 11-9 in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center.

April 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Police arrest protester at Lockheed Martin

Man spray paints sign, contacts media, waits for police
Palo Alto police arrested a 34-year-old man after he notified local media that he had just spray painted the word "Yemen" in bright red letters across the sign at Lockheed Martin's Palo Alto headquarters on Saturday afternoon in protest of the aerospace company's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

April 27, 2019 | 60 comments
Cardinal corner: Arbuthnott pens another tennis clincher

With one final stroke, Emily Arbuthnott wrote the finish to yet another women's tennis clinching victory, giving No. 5 Stanford its fourth consecutive Pac-12 championship following the Cardinal's 4-2 win over UCLA in Ojai on Saturday.

April 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Those loud booms at Stanford? Fireworks

Police alert: Prepare for fireworks show after tonight's baseball game
Palo Alto police are alerting residents of a fireworks show planned for the conclusion of tonight's baseball game at Stanford University.

April 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Washington takes Love in the fourth round of the NFL draft

The Washington Redskins drafted Stanford record-breaking running back Bryce Love in the fourth round draft pick, 112th overall, of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Love, who missed much of the season with an injury, was a Heismann Trophy candidate as a junior.

April 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Pac-12 tennis: Stanford women in title match; men fall in SF

Janice Chen provided the clinching points as No. 5 Stanford defeated No. 15 USC 4-0 on Friday afternoon in a closer-than-it-looked semifinal at the Pac-12 women's tennis championships.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
A tough night for Stanford baseball in series opener

No. 3 Stanford fell behind early and never recovered in a 6-3 onference baseball loss to Arizona on Friday night at Sunken Diamond. Will Matthiessen homered as part of his fifth three-hit night of the season and Duke Kinamon drove in a pair, but four errors in the first five innings led to the Wildcats (19-20, 7-12 Pac-12) taking a lead which it did not relinquish.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal lose in semifinals of Pac-12 lacrosse tourney

Third-seeded Stanford women's lacrosse fell to second-seeded Colorado, 16-9, in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament on Friday night at Pape Field. Senior Areta Buness led the Cardinal with three goals and senior Genesis Lucero finished with a game-high nine draw controls.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Late rally dooms Stanford softball against Sun Devils

Knotted at one headed into the sixth inning, Stanford (31-11, 7-6 Pac-12) surrendered five runs in the frame and four more in the seventh before eventually dropping game one of a three-game Pac-12 series to Arizona State (26-17, 6-10 Pac-12), 10-4, on Friday night from Smith Family Stadium.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn girls, Paly boys swim to SCVAL De Anza Division titles

A second is just a second except when it signifies something more. Such was the case Friday when Gunn's Sarah Snyder won her second event of the day at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division swim finals, taking the 100 freestyle with a meet-record time and big milestone of 49.93.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
District to consolidate Tinsley students at fewer schools, cut busing to four elementaries

Parents protest decision, saying the district did not give them the chance to weigh in first
Recently announced changes to the Palo Alto school district's Voluntary Transfer Program, which allows East Palo Alto students to attend Palo Alto Unified schools, have sparked unease and concern among parents.

April 26, 2019 | 89 comments
Stanford's Arcega-Whiteside, Okereke taken in NFL draft

Stanford's JJ Arcega-Whiteside went in the second round, as the 57th overall pick, of the NFL Draft on Friday night by the Philadelphia Eagles. Bobby Okereke was taken in the third round, the 89th overall pick, by the Indianapolis Colts.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College authors track and field records at GSAC meet

After the first day of the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships in Santa Barbara, Menlo College is sitting in a good spot. With several strong performances in the book, the Oaks have already earned all-conference honors, and earned another school record in their events.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto eyes business tax

Former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt discusses efforts to help south bay cities, including Palo Alto, put business tax measures on their ballots to pay for critical municipal services, such as transportation programs and affordable housing. Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Gennady Sheyner join Burt for the conversation.

April 26, 2019 | 7 comments
Home sales

Los Altos records highest sale at $5.5 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos recorded the highest home sale at $5.5 million.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Former mayor: Business tax needed to hold big tech accountable

Tax would aid cities in improving transportation, adding affordable housing, says Pat Burt
Affordable housing and transportation problems in Palo Alto and surrounding communities can be eased with funding from a tax on big Silicon Valley technology companies and other businesses, according to Pat Burt, former Palo Alto mayor.

April 26, 2019 | 4 comments
All-league boys wrestling teams

Santa Clara Valley Athletic League
(Gunn, Palo Alto)
Coach of the Year: Jonathan Kessler, Palo Alto
First team
Tim Waymouth, Gunn
Dash Lee, Gunn
Andrew Wang, Palo Alto
Adar Schwarzbach, Palo Alto
Cade Creighton, Palo Alto

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Vikings, Bears fit to be tied in SCVAL boys lacrosse race

The Palo Alto boys lacrosse team won its fourth straight, beating Menlo-Atherton 10-8 in a spirited contest Thursday to move into a second place tie with the Bears in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division with two matches remaining.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Taking aim at MPSF and NCAA women's water polo finals

There's plenty of water polo DNA in the Klass family but it took Stanford senior Kat Klass a little while before she gave the sport a try. "I grew up trying gymnastics, soccer and swimming. I gave water polo a try when I was 12 and I really liked it," she said.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Gunn baseball escapes trouble to beat Milpitas

Nathan Nakamitsu pitched out of trouble all afternoon and his teammates rewarded him by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Milpitas 5-4 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division contest on Thursday.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women sweep MPSF postseason water polo awards

Stanford swept the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation major postseason awards, as announced by the conference on Thursday. Junior Makenzie Fischer was voted the MPSF player of the year, freshman Ryann Neushul its newcomer of the year and John Tanner its coach of the year.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal tennis, lacrosse, beach volleyball all advance

For the second time in a 12-day span William Genesen won a three-set thriller to deliver No. 14 Stanford a 4-3 victory. This time, the junior clinched the dual for the third-seeded Cardinal over sixth-seeded Arizona in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Men's Tennis Championship Thursday evening at Libbey Park.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep tennis: M-A, PA, Menlo duos earn league doubles titles

Palo Alto doubles team wins SCVAL El Camino Division title
Menlo-Atherton tennis players Tim Berthier and Jake Andrew have practiced together, played a few games here and there but until Thursday afternoon at Burlingame had never played a competitive match against each other.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Commission interviews; carbon emissions accounting options

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 29.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Town: Court victory; parking crunch

Also, Santa Clara County receives low scores in State of the Air report
In the latest Around Town column, read about plans for more pickleball courts, the closure of a surface parking lot for a construction project and a report that highlights Santa Clara County's poor air quality.

April 28, 2019 | 3 comments
Mom creates TeenJobFind app for teens seeking work

Resource allows the community to hire teens for neighborhood tasks
Palo Alto mother of three Janet Shah hopes to create a sense of community through TeenJobFind, an app that allows Midpeninsula residents to post odd jobs for teenagers such as gardening, washing cars and assisting with technology on the app.

April 27, 2019 | 10 comments
Once they opposed automatic pay raises for principals. Now school board's OK with them

'Me too' clause ties Palo Alto school district senior managers' increases to unions'
Despite prior opposition to the practice of tying raises for Palo Alto school principals and other district managers to those negotiated with the teachers' union, members of the Board of Education are poised to approve a five-year agreement containing the clause at their May 14 meeting.

April 26, 2019 | 7 comments
TIMELINE: Palo Alto's journey into the 21st century

A look back at the city's pivotal role in the arts, education, politics, technology and science
The Palo Alto Weekly has created a timeline of photos and videos to highlight the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of this tight-knit community and the people and events that have changed everyday life.

April 26, 2019 | 12 comments
Some assembly required

'Avengers: Endgame' an epic valedictory address for Marvel
Count on gasps, applause, laughs and tears if you sit down to "Avengers: Endgame," the 22nd film in the unprecedented cinematic bonanza called the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie amounts to the biggest series finale ever.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to promote from within for key leadership positions

City Council set to approve new chief financial officer, utilities director and community services director
Palo Alto plans to promote three city employees early next month to fill the critical positions of utilities director, chief financial officer and community services director.

April 29, 2019 | 9 comments
School district to lose chief business officer

Jim Novak plans on retiring June 30
Palo Alto Unified's Chief Business Officer Jim Novak, whose hiring was hailed by a school board member last year as "a real coup," is retiring at the end of the school year due to personal health issues, he said Thursday.

April 25, 2019 | 12 comments
Guest Opinion: Are we too divided as a society? Even locally?

Rigidity. A lack of willingness to change one's views -- or really listen to other people's points-of-view. It's happening here in Palo Alto; it's happening nationally.

April 26, 2019 | 32 comments
AIA home tour showcases architects' modern works

Featured Los Altos Hills home offers both privacy and awesome views
Everyone who buys a ticket to the self-guided AIA Silicon Valley Home Tour on May 4 can experience that breathtaking view, as well as visit three other homes in Palo Alto and Los Altos.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Home front: Wildflower hike at Filoli; Eichler home tour

Also, upcoming class provides tips on plant selection, irrigation
A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a wildflower hike at Filoli, the Eichler-inspire home tour and an upcoming class on basic gardening.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Back in bloom

Loyal fans flock back to reopened Rose International Market
Loyal customers have quickly returned to the new and improved Rose International Market in Mountain View. The space is larger and updated, but the food and the people cooking it remain the same.

April 25, 2019 | 2 comments
From Vietnam to small-town USA

Performer Judi Le ponders the question, 'So, What Are You?' in her autobiographical show at the Menlo Park Library
Judi Le fled her native Vietnam as a child and grew up in small-town America. She'll tell her family's heartbreaking, harrowing and humorous stories at the Menlo Park Library on April 30.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Pizza Chicago relocates; Mike's Cafe to reopen soon

The latest in local retail news
In the latest Shop Talk retail column, read about the return of a longtime local favorite cafe, a pizzeria changing locations in Palo Alto, new businesses coming to California Avenue and an Indian restaurant's new casual concept.

April 25, 2019 | 8 comments
Prep report: Local winners in SB, VB, golf and diving

Tori Mock and Ashley Ng each drove in a pair of runs as the Gunn softball team won its seventh straight, beating host Saratoga 13-3 on Wednesday. Palo Alto and Gunn each won in boys volleyball, SHP tops in golf and Paly diver wins league title.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
An all-M-A boys tennis singles final in PAL tournament

The Menlo-Atherton boys tennis team will have six of its current players on the court Thursday for the final day of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division individual tournament at Burlingame High.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Girls lacrosse: Bears keep slim title hopes alive; Gunn wins

Menlo-Atherton has a slim chance at a co-championship in the West Bay Athletic League girls' lacrosse race. While it's unlikely, the Bears' remaining two league matches are both at home, including the regular-season finale against current leader Sacred Heart Prep (11-5, 9-0).

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Palo Alto goes offensive on the Falcons

Hyunwoo Roh and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Josh Kasevich hit a home run and Palo Alto knocked out visiting Saratoga 14-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division on Wednesday. SHP and Menlo dropped tough games in the PAL Bay Division.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Armed robber in bandana steals money from 7-Eleven store

Man forces employee to hand over cash at gunpoint
A bandana-wearing man robbed the 7-Eleven store in Midtown Palo Alto of money at gunpoint early Wednesday morning, triggering a neighborhood search that turned out fruitless, police said.

April 24, 2019 | 20 comments
Stanford golf: Men win Pac-12 title, women in NCAA regional

For the fourth time in six years, Stanford captured the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships, coming from behind on Wednesday at cold and breezy Eugene Country Club. It marks the 11th conference title for the program.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
VTA offers free transit on Thursday

Bus, light rail travel is gratis for 'Get on Board Day'
On Thursday, April 25, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority wants to treat you to your commute.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
'Go Forth' ponders the mysteries of mourning and mortality around the world

A Q&A with theater artist Kaneza Schaal
Kaneza Schaal's "Go Forth" is a multimedia performance piece inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the 3,000-year-old funerary text that gives the soul instructions on how to navigate the afterlife.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
'The Manic Monologues' puts a spotlight on mental illness

Stanford collaboration turns true stories into powerful theater
"The Manic Monologues," a theatrical performance premiering at Stanford May 2-4, showcases the stories of people living with mental illness.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Teachers push back against reorganization of arts department

District to create single visual and performing arts coordinator
For the second time in as many years, Palo Alto Unified art teachers, students and parents are protesting the consolidation of a district-level art position, a decision they said was made without consulting those who would be impacted by it.

April 24, 2019 | 22 comments
Smash-and-grab car burglars caught minutes before their attempt to flee

Backpacks taken from vehicles in parking garage quickly found, returned
Two men who were caught allegedly burglarizing two cars at a downtown Palo Alto parking garage were arrested late last week with help from a witness who notified authorities of the break-ins as they unfolded, police said Wednesday.

April 24, 2019 | 26 comments
Preps: WBAL lacrosse race gets interesting; also softball, VB

Devon Sheehan pitched an eight-hitter and helped herself with two hits and two RBIs in Woodside's 4-2 victory over Half Moon Bay on Tuesday in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest that included a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn slips a little bit in SCVAL El Camino Division play

Gunn had a chance Tuesday to open up some distance on the second-place team in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division baseball standings. Instead, Santa Clara's 6-3 victory at Gunn tightened up the race.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: M-A, Woodside each gain on league leader

Menlo-Atherton second baseman Jake Wang collected three hits, including a double and triple, and drove in four runs, lifting the Bears past El Camino 8-2 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division contest Tuesday. Woodside beat Mills 3-2.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Cardinal men in the hunt for Pac-12 Conference golf title

David Snyder, Isaiah Salinda and Brandon Wu each shot under par Tuesday, helping Stanford keep its Pac-12 Men's Golf Championship hopes alive entering Wednesday's final round at Eugene Country Club.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Busted sprinkler head leaves Old Pro sports bar with significant water damage

Business remains closed for restoration work
A busted sprinkler head at Old Pro sports bar in Palo Alto gushed out enough water to force out customers and employees and close down the downtown business for repairs, a fire official said.

April 23, 2019 | 7 comments
Cardinal corner: A slew of honors in several sports

Thom Glielmi and assistant coaches Syque Caesar and Karl Ziehn have been named CGA National Coach of the Year and CGA National Assistant Coaches of the Year, respectively, following Stanford's NCAA title in men's gymnastics last weekend.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Monday preps: Menlo tennis unbeaten in WBAL play again

Menlo School's 7-0 win over Harker on Monday cemented yet another undefeated league regular-season mark for the Knights. Max Moreno collected four hits and drove in a pair of runs as Woodside beat Menlo 13-10 in baseball.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Popular but expensive train-tunnel proposal splits Palo Alto council

City struggles to advance or abandon option that would require property acquisitions
As Palo Alto approaches a decision on the best way to separate the railroad tracks from local streets, city leaders remain divided over the most ambitious and expensive option on the table: an underground tunnel stretching from one end of the city to the other.

April 25, 2019 | 111 comments
Stanford's Neushul named MPSF water polo Newcomer of Week

Ryann Neushul earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Kap7 Women's Water Polo Newcomer of the Week it was announced Tuesday. She earns the award for the second time this season.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Following reports of explosion, two sent to hospital with 'serious' burns

Incident at Park Plaza Apartments in Palo Alto occurred when workers were repairing an elevator
Two workers suffered serious burns Tuesday morning while they were repairing an elevator in the Park Plaza Apartments building at 2865 Park Blvd. in Palo Alto.

April 23, 2019 | 2 comments
City budget proposes more transportation staff, continued defraying of pension costs

Shikada looks to increase general fund budget by 9.5% but still cut the equivalent of almost 10 full-time positions
Palo Alto plans to freeze four Police Department positions, raise its stake in employee pensions and take a less central role in Project Safety Net, a community collaboration to promote youth well-being, under a budget that City Manager Ed Shikada presented Monday night.

April 23, 2019 | 3 comments
Holiday Fund drive raises record-breaking $411K for local nonprofits

Palo Alto Weekly celebrates donors, recipients at reception
The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund campaign exceeded expectations this year by raising $411,000 for local nonprofits, the largest amount in its 26-year history.

April 23, 2019 | 9 comments
District, teachers union reach tentative agreement on 2% raise

District also proposes revised agreement with senior managers
The Palo Alto Unified School District and its teachers union have reached a tentative three-year labor agreement that would provide an ongoing 2% raise and 2% one-time bonus this year.

April 23, 2019 | 22 comments
Palo Alto revives its interest in a business tax

City Council approves work plan to place a measure on 2020 ballot that would pay for transportation projects
After four years of false starts and sharp disagreements, Palo Alto kicked off on Monday a new effort to place a business tax on the November 2020 ballot.

April 23, 2019 | 27 comments
Big day at Pac-12 championship for Stanford golfers

Freshman Daulet Tuleubayev produced the best showing of his young Cardinal career. After starting with a season-low 4-under-par 67 in the morning, a round that included seven birdies, he added an eagle-aided 70 in the afternoon and is tied for fourth at 5-under 137 and Stanford is tied for first at the Pac-12 men's golf championships in Eugene on Monday.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford baseball walks off with another victory; Wulff honored

Nick Bellafronto had three hits, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth and the third-ranked Stanford baseball team rallied to beat Gonzaga 11-10 at Sunken Diamond on Monday. Sacred Heart Prep grad Andrew Daschbach hit a home run among his three hits and drove in a pair of runs.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A rally falls short; Paly loses in final at bat

Jake Albro hit a three-run homer and Tyler Nelson drove in two runs but it wasn't quite enough as Menlo-Atherton fell to Hillsdale 6-5 in a non-league baseball game Monday in San Mateo.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton hires Steve Papin as its football coach

Menlo-Atherton Athletic Director Paul Snow announced Steve Papin, most recently at Independence High in San Jose, as the football coach at Menlo-Atherton High on Monday.

April 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Ravenswood appoints new principals for 2019-20 school year

District could face more leadership shuffles ahead
The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education approved new leaders for two schools on Thursday, while other principals remain in interim district-level roles through the summer.

April 23, 2019 | 17 comments
Coroner identifies East Palo Alto motorcyclist killed in freeway crash

Man died on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park
A motorcyclist who died in a Menlo Park crash on U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday morning has been identified as 34-year-old East Palo Alto resident Fredrick Mahoni, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

April 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Chan hurdles to a personal best at Sacramento meet

Menlo sophomore Alexandra Chan followed a solid effort in the afternoon with an even better performance at night Saturday during the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Alumni report: Locals in the junior college baseball world

Former Woodside baseball star Jamie Kruger is enjoying a banner year with College of San Mateo while Gunn product Samio Uze is doing the same at De Anza College. A pair of former Palo Alto stars are also with the Dons.

April 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford men head to Pac-12 tennis tourney on high note

Axel Geller delivered an encore performance Sunday, clinching No. 12 Stanford's 4-1 victory over Washington in the Pac-12 Conference men's tennis regular-season finale at Quillian Tennis Stadium in Seattle.

April 21, 2019 | No comments yet
All-around effort leads Stanford to a national championship

Freshman Brody Malone won the all-around crown with a career-best 85.832, claimed the national title on floor (career-high 14.800) and high bar (14.633) and become the first Cardinal in program history to win three titles in one season. Even better, he led Stanford to the national title Saturday.

April 20, 2019 | No comments yet
It's Miller time for Stanford baseball in win over Ducks

Erik Miller struck out 11 in six shutout innings, Sacred Heart Prep product Andrew Daschbach hit his third home run in two days and Stanford completed a three-game Pac-12 Conference sweep of Oregon, beating the Ducks 10-0 Saturday in Eugene.

April 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford women's tennis, water polo enter postseason

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's team put the finishing touches on another perfect Pac-12 regular season, beating host No. 14 California 6-1 in the Big Slam on Saturday afternoon in the Pac-12 Conference regular-season finale. Stanford's top-ranked women's water polo team also finished unbeaten in conference play.

April 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Vikings get the final say in baseball win over Burlingame

Palo Alto scored six runs over the final two innings to erase a five-run deficit in a 6-5 non-league baseball victory over Burlingame on Saturday in Palo Alto.

April 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn girls swim to SCVAL De Anza regular season title

Ashley Stahmer and Sarah Snyder each won two individual events and swam on a winning relay team and the Gunn girls swimming team completed an undefeated Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division regular season Friday, beating Los Gatos 121-64 in Palo Alto.

April 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Missing Palo Alto woman who berated MAGA hat-wearing man found safe

Authorities: Rebecca Parker Mankey, who didn't return from Lake County on Thursday, has been located
A Palo Alto woman who made national headlines when she verbally assaulted a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat on April 1, has been located after having gone missing since Thursday, April 18.

April 20, 2019 | 3 comments
Midpeninsula mayors, tech company transportation leaders convene to talk traffic

In view of a hulking manzanita tree branch hung from the wall at the Unitarian Universalist Church in south Palo Alto, mayors and other elected officials from Redwood City to Sunnyvale met with transportation program leaders from the area's biggest employers on T