Behind the Headlines

2020

Behind the Headlines: Schools ordered to close because of COVID-19

Board of Education's Todd Collins and Shounak Dharap discuss decision to shut schools for weeks
Palo Alto Unified's decision to close schools for one month to slow the spread of coronavirus is the topic of this webcast with school board President Todd Collins and Vice President Shounak Dharap.

March 13, 2020 | 33 comments
Behind the Headlines: Impact of the coronavirus

Disease is impacting daily life on the Peninsula, from schools to theaters
With the number of coronavirus cases rising tenfold in Santa Clara County, Weekly journalists talk about what public health departments and other agencies are doing to keep the virus from spreading.

March 6, 2020 | 17 comments
Behind the Headlines: Critical juncture at auditor's office

Retired city auditor: Move would create a system without proper oversight
The City Council is preparing to outsource the city auditor position. Former City Auditor Sharon Erickson doesn't think it's a wise move.

February 28, 2020 | 3 comments
Behind the Headlines: Exploring the art of trees

Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle talks about an exhibit featuring 20 artists whose work offers various interpretations on the significance of trees. She also discusses the center's unique programs to help foster creativity.

February 21, 2020 | No comments yet
Behind the Headlines: A playground for all

Two women behind Magical Bridge playground discuss growing momentum of innovative physical space
Magical Bridge playground co-founders Olenka Steciw Villarreal and Jill Hoffspiegel Asher discuss how their universal playground redefines what it means to play.

February 14, 2020 | 1 comment
Behind the Headlines: Teens tackle sexual assault

Paly seniors leading group of students working to minimize jokes on sensitive topic
Palo Alto High School seniors Alexa Alami and Katherine Buecheler talk about their new student-advocacy group and the importance of education on consent, healthy relationships and sexual violence.

February 7, 2020 | No comments yet
Behind the Headlines: New plans for Ventura

Proposal for area around Fry's Electronics will be refined in the coming months
Dramatic proposals to redevelop a 60-acre site in the Ventura neighborhood are stirring hopes and anxieties among its residents and other Palo Altans.

January 31, 2020 | No comments yet
Behind the Headlines: Mike Price's big idea

Palo Alto man explains proposal for Churchill Avenue rail intersection to alleviate traffic once Caltrain increases service
Southgate resident Mike Price discusses his proposal to improve the Churchill Avenue rail crossing by building a road underpass -- an idea that received a boost from the City Council last Tuesday.

January 24, 2020 | 4 comments
Behind the Headlines: A tidal phenomenon

King tides can rise up to 9 feet, more than 2 feet higher than the average tide
City Naturalist Corinne DeBra speaks with Weekly staff about how king tides occur and how the local flora and fauna are impacted. Another round of these tides is expected on Feb. 9.

January 17, 2020 | No comments yet
Behind the Headlines: Inside nonpublic schools

Local parents say schools offer flexibility, individualized attention for most vulnerable students
Jody Miller, head of Esther B. Clark School at the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, talks about why nonpublic schools exist and the unique ways in which they serve students with special needs.

January 10, 2020 | No comments yet
Behind the Headlines: The highs and lows of 2019 film

A roundup of the year's most notable movies and performances
Weekly film critic Peter Canavese and Tim Sika, host/producer of the radio show Celluloid Dreams, share their lists of 2019's best films and the movies worth seeing in theaters.

January 3, 2020 | No comments yet

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