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News - May 21, 2010

Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to or click on "News" in the green, left-hand column.

Surprise: Tesla, Toyota to build an electric car

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a surprise announcement today that Palo Alto-based electric car company Tesla, Inc., and Toyota Motors will team up to create an electric car. The announcement caught even Tesla officials by surprise — they had planned a 5 p.m. press conference, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reported. (Posted May 20 at 12:35 p.m.)

Mayor calls impact report a 'major milestone'

Completion of the draft impact report on the Stanford hospitals expansion/renewal project is a "major milestone," Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt said late Wednesday. (Posted May 20 at 9:53 a.m.)

Kids race in Soap Box Derby qualifier Saturday

Local youngsters will race sleek gravity-powered cars down a Dana Street overpass in Mountain View as part of the annual Palo Alto Elks Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby qualifying race this Saturday (May 22). (Posted May 19 at 6:39 p.m.)

Briones House makes '11 Most Endangered' list

Palo Alto's oldest structure, the 1844 adobe home of Juana Briones, was named today to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2010 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. (Posted May 19 at 4:24 p.m.)

Edison transfers East Palo Alto charter school

Citing budget problems, the company that operates East Palo Alto's high-performing Edison Brentwood School will cease managing the campus in June. (Posted May 18 at 4:26 p.m.)

Divorce fight led to murder-suicide, friends say

The man believed to have shot his ex-wife before shooting himself Friday wanted to resume living with her—or be paid for his share of the home and dry cleaning business they had once owned together, friends and co-workers said Monday, May 17. (Posted May 18 at 12:18 p.m.)

Big (simulated) terrorism attack hits Bay Area

A ship is being attacked and blown up in Redwood City today, improvised explosive devices are being detonated and fires are raging across the Bay Area—all part of a statewide anti-terrorism exercise. (Posted May 18 at 12:10 p.m.)

Palo Alto to host meeting on rail design tonight

Palo Alto will host the first of two meetings tonight (Tuesday) to gather residents' input about the California High-Speed Rail Authority's latest plans for the Peninsula segment of the 800-mile rail line. (Posted May 18 at 11:16 a.m.)

Hospitals to reply to nurses' arbitration request

Officials at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital are working on a response to a request from the nurses' union for binding arbitration to bypass stalled negotiations. (Posted May 18 at 11:30 a.m.)

Paly teams earn honors in science, math contests

Students at Palo Alto High School continue to rack up national honors in science and mathematics this spring—including placing second in a national math contest, announced Monday. (Posted May 18 at 9:48 a.m.)

Bike racers pass through San Mateo County today

Parts of state Highway 1 in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay will be closed briefly today while the 2010 Amgen Tour of California cycling race passes through San Mateo County. The cyclists are expected between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Posted May 18 at 8:33 a.m.)

Three dead crows renew West Nile Virus fears

Santa Clara County officials announced Monday three dead crows found throughout the county—including one in Los Altos—have tested positive for West Nile virus. Officials are advising residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites. (Posted May 18 at 1:20 a.m.)

Caltrain asserts itself in race for federal funds

The two agencies responsible for building the Peninsula section of the high-speed-rail system now find themselves in a competitive race for federal-stimulus funds, Caltrain's chief spokesman told the Palo Alto City Council Monday night. (Posted May 18 at 12:49 a.m.)

Mountain View cops ID victims of shooting at dry cleaners

Police have identified the two shooting victims who were found inside a Mountain View dry cleaning business on Friday (May 14). There are indications that the shootings, which shocked the neighborhood, may have been the result of a murder-suicide, police said. (Posted May 17 at 5:02 p.m.)

Power restored in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto

A power outage this afternoon left 1,329 customers in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto without power for approximately 40 minutes, a PG&E spokesman said. (Posted May 17 at 3:42 p.m.)

A 'Wonderland' prom at Lucile Packard

"An Evening in Wonderland" was the theme of the sixth annual prom at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital School Friday evening (May 14). Students and family members celebrated with music, dancing, carnival games and more. (Posted May 17 at 11:33 a.m.)

East Palo Alto man fatally shot in head Friday

A 50-year-old man who was fatally shot in the head while working in his garage in East Palo Alto Friday night has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as Parma Maharaj. (Posted May 16 at 8:51 a.m.)

Mountain View police investigate shooting deaths

Police in Mountain View are investigating the shooting deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside a dry-cleaning business in the city this morning. (Posted May 14 at 9:30 p.m.)

Water district adopts new plan for redistricting

Bowing to intense community opposition, the Santa Clara Valley Water District officially scrapped a controversial redistricting proposal that lumped Palo Alto and Gilroy into the same district and adopted a new redistricting scheme Friday afternoon. (Posted May 14 at 4:44 p.m.)


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