Behind the Headlines


The year's top stories, predictions for 2016

On "Behind the Headlines," the Weekly staff discusses top stories of 2015 and what's ahead in the new year.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's Emergency Operations Center, disaster preparedness

On "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Director of Emergency Services Ken Dueker joins Weekly journalists to talk about the city's Emergency Operations Center and disaster preparedness.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Groundwater waste and an undisclosed new-school plan

On "Behind the Headlines," residents' unhappiness over the impacts of groundwater pumping and the lack of public disclosure about Palo Alto Superintendent Max McGee's and a district committee's participation in a new-school proposal are discussed by Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong, Publisher Bill Johnson and reporters Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's new police headquarters and the Buena Vista lawsuit

On "Behind the Headlines," Weekly journalists discuss the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park owner's lawsuit against the City of Palo Alto and the proposed safety building.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire Chief Eric Nickel talks about the changing role of firefighters

On "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Fire Chief Eric Nickel discusses the state of the Palo Alto Fire Department as well as regional preparations for Super Bowl 50.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Transgender youth and plans for new a bike route in Palo Alto

On "Behind the Headlines" Palo Alto Weekly journalists talk about a controversial bike route planned for the Midtown neighborhood and the experiences transgender youth have had growing up in Palo Alto.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Proposal to open a new secondary school in Palo Alto

Palo Alto parent Joe Lee, chair of a district subcommittee, talks about a new preliminary recommendation to open a new, innovative middle and high school at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto on this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines."

October 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Conflicts involving Palo Alto government and school officials

On "Behind the Headlines," Weekly journalists discuss conflicts within Palo Alto's governing boards.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's housing crunch and new program to reduce traffic

On "Behind the Headlines," City Councilman Cory Wolbach joins Weekly reporters to discuss the Palo Alto's housing shortage and the city's ongoing efforts to reduce traffic.

October 16, 2015 | 1 comment
School district's response to allegations of an improper relationship between teacher, former student

On "Behind the Headlines," Weekly journalists discuss a three-month investigation by the Weekly into how the Palo Alto school district responded to allegations that a Paly English teacher had an improper relationship with an 18-year-old former student.

October 9, 2015 | 4 comments
New Stanford sexual-violence report, student activism

On "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss a just-released Stanford sexual-violence report and student activism around the topic.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Pace of city's growth, new restriction on chain stores

On "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman joins Weekly Editor in Chief Jocelyn Dong and reporter Gennady Sheyner to discuss council's decision to slow the pace of development in Palo Alto and new rules around chain stores.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrain upgrades, high-speed rail and Palo Alto's Fiber to the Premise

On "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Councilman Tom DuBois joins Weekly Editor in Chief Jocelyn Dong and reporter Gennady Sheyner to discuss the proposed 2016 county transportation tax measure and the city's Fiber to the Premise project.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet

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