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Alicia Garcia of the nonprofit Project WeHope talks about East Palo Alto's pioneering new Safe Lot program, which is giving people living in their RVs a safe place to park overnight, along with offering them critical services.May 17, 2019 | 14 comments
Palo Alto Weekly journalists explain recent and controversial developments in Stanford University's application process under the county of Santa Clara.May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto resident Tom Rindfleisch discusses long-awaited recommendations on how to keep the San Francisquito Creek from overflowing its banks and flooding streets and homes. Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Gennady Sheyner join him for the conversation.May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Phil Bobel, Palo Alto's assistant director of Public Works, talks about the uncertainty facing the city's recycling operation since China has become unwilling to buy recycled items that are considered "contaminated."April 12, 2019 | 2 comments
Three California bills aimed at creating housing opportunities -- AB 302, SB 4 and SB 50 -- are discussed by Palo Alto Weekly journalists.April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Vice Mayor Adrian Fine and Greer Stone, vice chair of the Santa Clara County Human Rights Commission, join Weekly journalists for a discussion of state Senate Bill 50, a contentious legislative proposal that seeks to increase housing construction in transit-friendly and jobs-rich areas.March 29, 2019 | 5 comments
Weekly journalists discuss what the rapid rise of charter schools means for traditional school districts, including the K-8 Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto.March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto college adviser John Raftrey discusses with Weekly journalists the implications of a multimillion-dollar nationwide admissions bribery scandal.March 15, 2019 | 6 comments
Palo Alto Mayor Eric Filseth discusses with the Weekly his concerns with Senate Bill 50, which aims to boost California's housing stock, and his own ideas for addressing the state's housing shortage.March 8, 2019 | 18 comments
Weekly journalists discuss the leadership battle at Ravenswood City School District, where the schools superintendent was just placed on leave, and explain why Palo Alto is so frustrated with Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's latest bus plan.March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
San Jose author Jan Batiste Adkins talks about the struggles and successes of Santa Clara County's early African-Americans featured in her new book "African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County."February 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists delve into the Ravenswood City School District debate over a charter school's expansion proposal; recap Palo Alto's move to allow more commercial development downtown; and discuss Gov. Gavin Newsom's new vision for California's high-speed-rail project.February 15, 2019 | 2 comments
Palo Alto City Councilwoman Alison Cormack joins Weekly journalists for a discussion about the community effort to create a new vision for Cubberley Community Center.February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
When a loved one has dementia, is it act of kindness to tell them a lie? "Behind the Headlines" guest Barton Bernstein, a caregiver for his wife and an emeritus history professor at Stanford University, talks about the ethics of what some call "compassionate deception."February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Housing CEO discusses projects, state of home construction in region
January 25, 2019 |
Randy Tsuda, CEO and president of the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing, talks about the recently approved 59-apartment Wilton Court project in Palo Alto and the challenges and opportunities for solving the Bay Area's housing crisis.
Seasoned reviewer bids farewell
January 18, 2019 |
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Longtime critic Dale Bentson looks back on 18 years of reviewing restaurants for Embarcadero Media.
Pets In Need set to take over operations in February
January 11, 2019 |
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Al Mollica, executive director of the nonprofit Pets In Needs, talks about what Palo Alto pet owners can expect once the organization takes over operations of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter in February.
A roundup of the best films from the year
January 4, 2019 |
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Palo Alto Weekly film critic Peter Canavese and Tim Sika, host/producer of the radio show Celluloid Dreams, review their picks for the top 10 movies of 2018 with Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong.
Recapping the top stories in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto from 2018
December 28, 2018 |
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Palo Alto Weekly journalists close out the year by recapping the biggest events, controversies, surprises and newsmakers of 2018.
Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the latest on the redesign of the city's four rail crossings and recap the City Council's decision Monday on zoning for the President Hotel.December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to vote on growth plan next year
December 7, 2018 |
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Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discusses the negotiation process with Stanford University over its proposed expansion of the campus.
Weekly journalists explain how developer AJ Capital has been lobbying the city to change zoning laws and using the tenants of President Hotel Apartments in downtown Palo Alto.November 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Psychiatrist Nirmaljit Dhami, medical director of El Camino Hospital's Maternal Outreach Mood Services program, discusses the signs, symptoms and treatment for postpartum mood disorders, which affect one in five mothers after childbirth.November 16, 2018 | No comments yet
A roundup of how voters responded to candidates, measures on the ballot
November 9, 2018 |
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Palo Alto Weekly journalists analyze the results so far in the general election, including the clear winners, the race outcome that's still pending and the significance of local voters' choices.
Paula Wolfson of Avenidas Care Partners gives insight into caring for relatives
November 2, 2018 |
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Paula Wolfson, manager of Avenidas Care Partners, discusses the rising numbers of family caregivers in Palo Alto and the many services available to help families navigate caring for a relative.
Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada shares the city's plans for improving transportation
October 26, 2018 |
Palo Alto Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada discusses challenges facing the city when it comes to traffic and Palo Alto's plans for improving transportation for residents and commuters.
Residents to elect new council council members, vote on new tax
October 19, 2018 |
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Weekly journalists discuss the East Palo Alto City Council race and the city's Measure HH commercial business tax, which could bring funding for building new housing and job training.
Three incumbents, two newcomers seek three open seats
October 12, 2018 |
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Weekly journalists preview the City Council election with a discussion about Palo Alto's five candidates and their stances on some of the city's most urgent issues.
A look at the incumbent, five newcomers seeking two open seats
October 5, 2018 |
The 2018 Palo Alto school board race involving six candidates is the subject of this week's "Behind the Headlines" discussion with Weekly journalists.
Candidates talk about their lives in one-on-one interviews
September 28, 2018 |
Five Palo Alto residents are running for three seats on the Palo Alto City Council this fall. This week's "Behind the Headlines" features one-on-one videos with each candidate.
Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's response to a recent Santa Clara County Grand Jury report, which urged cities to do more to address the regional housing crisis.September 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists delve into Palo Alto's Measure E, which would raise the city's hotel-tax rate, and Measure F, which would cap how much health care providers can charge patients.September 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Don Austin, who started work in July as superintendent of Palo Alto Unified School District, talks about a range of issues including Title IX, special education, overcoming division in the district and transparent governance.September 7, 2018 | 5 comments
Arts researcher Sheryl Nonnenberg and Jon Graves, executive director of the Pacific Art League, talk about what's happening in the Midpeninsula arts scene this fall.August 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Emily Garrison of the Palo Alto school district talks about how the district is helping children, parents and teachers navigate the pitfalls of technology use.August 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's effort to upgrade its animal shelter and East Palo Alto's community debate over whether to equip police officers with Tasers.August 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists discuss Stanford University's proposed campus expansion and the evolving debate over how much housing the university should provide as part of the growth plan.August 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists discuss the recent tensions and conflicts on the city's planning commission and the City Council's recent decision to reduce the citywide cap for new office development.August 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Jon Ferraiolo and Karen Kang have vibrant lives despite Ferraiolo's terminal diagnosis and paralysis from ALS, as seen in a 15-minute documentary by Weekly Photographer/Videographer Veronica Weber.July 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Pastor Paul Bains, executive director of Project WeHOPE, discusses a new pilot program that will allow RV dwellers to temporarily park on government land and receive support services in East Palo Alto.July 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Henry Groth, a member of the 2017-2018 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury discusses with Weekly journalists a recent report from the civil grand jury about the region's affordable-housing crisis.July 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the recent sale of the College Terrace Centre and delve into a new report from the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury that calls on cities to do more to address the regional housing crisis.July 6, 2018 | 1 comment
Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the latest developments in the grisly 1974 murder of Arlis Perry at Stanford Memorial Church.June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists discuss a new book that unveils the alleged fraud by Theranos' former CEO Elizabeth Holmes and former COO Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, who now face federal charges.June 22, 2018 | 4 comments
Weekly staff discuss the implications of this week's purchase of the historic President Hotel from a 75-unit apartment building to a 100-unit hotel.June 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle discusses the Peninsula Photo Contest with Weekly Associate Editor Linda Taaffe and staff photographer Veronica Weber.June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
A discussion with the incoming and outgoing Paly, Gunn student board representatives
June 1, 2018 |
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High school students Advait Arun, Richy Islas, Arjun Prabhaker and Caroline Furrier discuss issues impacting students in Palo Alto with education reporter Elena Kadvany.
Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lydia Kou discusses the proposed 2019 city budget with Palo Alto Weekly city-beat reporter Gennady Sheyner and Editor Jocelyn Dong.May 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Weekly journalists discuss a measure on the June 5 ballot that would raise bridge tolls to fund $4.5 billion in transportation improvements.May 18, 2018 | 6 comments
Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the career of Don Austin, Palo Alto Unified's pick for superintendent, and his proposed contract with Palo Alto Unified.May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists discuss the recent changes at the intersection of Middlefield and Embarcadero roads which parents say has created dangerous road crossings, and the approval of a new schedule at Paly, which will allow students to start school at a later time.May 4, 2018 | 3 comments
Jesse Ziff Cool, the owner of the 37-year-old Flea St. Café in Menlo Park, discusses the evolution of the Peninsula dining scene and challenges women face in a male-dominated industry.April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Residents speak up as city narrows down grade-separation options
April 20, 2018 |
David Shen, member of the newly formed North Old Palo Alto neighborhood group, discusses concerns about the city's rail redesign and its efforts to protect properties from eminent domain.
Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the Palo Alto neighborhood dispute over a church that rents its space out to music groups, counselors and others.April 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Human Relations Commissioner Jill O'Nan shares findings from recent listening forum
April 6, 2018 |
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Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner Jill O'Nan discusses a recent listening forum and launch of a needs-assessment survey aimed at serving the LGBTQ community.
Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute and the King Papers Project at Stanford, reflects on King's legacy and upcoming commemorations in East Palo Alto and at Stanford.March 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Fran Wagstaff, retired president of MidPen Housing, joins Weekly journalists to discuss the challenges of building affordable housing in Palo Alto.March 23, 2018 | 9 comments
Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the proposed $100,000 Cool Block community-building program, which is stirring controversy.March 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists discuss the resignation of Palo Alto High School Principal Kim Diorio announced Friday.March 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Vice Mayor Eric Filseth joins Weekly journalists to discuss a new proposal to make labor negotiations more transparent.March 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists provide updates on efforts to rename two Palo Alto middle schools and to separate the rail corridor from local streets.February 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Palo Alto Deputy City Manager Michelle Poché Flaherty discusses the topic of worsening airplane noise -- and Palo Alto's response to the problem -- with Weekly journalists.February 16, 2018 | 4 comments
Weekly journalists dig into a new report on Silicon Valley's trends and challenges and discuss Palo Alto's recent actions to address its housing and transportation problems.February 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Palo Alto Assistant Public Works Director Brad Eggleston joins Weekly journalists to delve into the city's infrastructure plans.February 2, 2018 | 1 comment
The drivers behind a multi-million dollar budget shortfall in the Ravenswood City School District are analyzed by Palo Alto Weekly journalists.January 26, 2018 | 4 comments
Ecologist Claire Elliott talks about stinkwort, a seemingly innocuous plant that is poised to take over local grasslands and open spaces, with Palo Alto Weekly journalists.January 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's recent mayoral election and the City Council's top priorities for the year ahead.January 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Movie reviewer Peter Canavese talks about the good, the bad and the horrible - and other trends that emerged on the big screen in 2017.January 5, 2018 | No comments yet
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