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News - June 10, 2011

Online This Week

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

Parking woes don't stop History Museum

The Palo Alto History Museum received an affirmative vote from five Palo Alto Planning and Transportation commissioners Wednesday night (June 8), with the caveat that a $1,250 payment by the applicant be used to study parking issues that have plagued the adjacent neighborhood. (Posted June 9 at 9:55 a.m.)

Palo Alto gas station robbed at gunpoint

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who robbed an ARCO gas station on San Antonio Road at gunpoint Wednesday night. (Posted June 8 at 9:02 a.m.)

Gunn, Paly, Castilleja celebrate the class of 2011

With balloons, flowers, music and pure glee, students at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools as well as Castilleja School celebrated graduations this week. (Posted June 8 at 6:36 p.m.)

Eshoo recovering from successful appendectomy

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, underwent an appendectomy Tuesday and will spend the week recuperating from the successful operation. Eshoo had to cancel her scheduled speech tonight at Gunn High School's graduation, but helped to find a substitute. (Posted June 8 at 11:56 a.m.)

Memorial service set for Thursday for Izack Garcia

The family of Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia, the infant fatally shot on Sunday (June 5) while sitting in his parents' car in East Palo Alto, has invited the public to the funeral services on Thursday (June 9) at the Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, located at 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City. The service is scheduled between 5 p.m. and midnight. (Posted June 8 at 11:37 a.m.)

Palo Alto struggles to reach decision on arbitration

Palo Alto's debate over whether to strike the binding-arbitration requirement for police and firefighters from the City Charter could drag on at least until next year because of deadlock on the City Council committee charged with examining the issue. (Posted June 8 at 5:42 p.m.)

Gang member, 17, charged as an adult with murder of infant

A 17-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting a 3-month-old baby in East Palo Alto early Sunday was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court this afternoon. (Posted June 8 at 6:38 a.m.)

Pedestrian killed on U.S. 101 is identified

A 63-year-old pedestrian, Sidney Brown of South San Francisco, was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto Wednesday morning. (Posted June 8 at 8:38 a.m.)

Palo Alto seeks tougher tobacco laws

Smoking is hardly a burning issue in Palo Alto, but those who make it their vice of choice could soon encounter new pressures and obstacles. (Posted June 8 at 8:07 a.m.)

Palo Alto History Museum permit challenged

A founding member of a Palo Alto group dedicated to preserving the city's history has filed an appeal of a permit to build the Palo Alto History Museum. (Posted June 7 at 1:02 p.m.)

Charges delayed in case of infant homicide

A 17-year-old arrested in the Sunday (June 5) shooting death of a 3-month-old infant in East Palo Alto will not yet be charged in the case, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe announced Tuesday (June 7). (Posted June 7 at 1:31 p.m.)

Family hosts lemonade stand for cancer research

On Saturday, 9-year-old Jacob Goeders and his family will be hosting a lemonade stand. But this is no ordinary stand. Goeders who is currently six months into a three-year treatment program for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, is holding the lemonade sale to raise money for pediatric cancer research through the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. (Posted June 7 at 5 p.m.)

High-end purse thieves pepper spray security

Two burly men with a taste for Diane von Furstenberg handbags snatched 13 of the designer purses Saturday (June 4) and ran out of Neiman Marcus at Stanford Shopping Center, according to Palo Alto police. (Posted June 7 at 11:19 a.m.)

Egrets and herons, oh my!

They're large and white with spectacular plumage pompadours and they make otherworldly sounds like ET. Snowy egrets are flocking to the Palo Alto baylands this spring, building nests high in the trees. (Posted June 7 at 10:24 a.m.)

Court rules against Stanford in patent case

Monday's Supreme Court ruling in a patent ownership case is a blow to federally sponsored research in universities, according to Stanford University Stanford General Counsel Debra Zumwalt. (Posted June 7 at 9:51 a.m.)

49ers start Stanford program for at-risk boys

The San Francisco 49ers announced a program Monday that will give 100 at-risk schoolboys an opportunity to get off the streets and into a classroom at Stanford University this summer. (Posted June 7 at 9:25 a.m.)

Palo Alto approves Stanford Hospital expansion

Stanford University Medical Center's four-year quest to get Palo Alto's permission for a massive expansion of its hospital facilities glided past the finish line Monday night when an enthusiastic City Council voted to approve what members routinely call the largest development project in the city's history. (Posted June 6 at 10:45 p.m.)

VIDEO: Mother of fatally shot infant speaks out

Two teenage boys, ages 16 and 17, have been arrested, one in connection with the fatal shooting Sunday (June 5) of a 3-month-old boy in East Palo Alto, police announced at a noon press conference Monday. (Posted June 6 at 6:01 p.m.)

Simitian sponsors bill backed by charter schools

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, has introduced legislation -- favored by charter school interests -- that would boost oversight and accountability for the 912 publicly funded charter schools serving 365,000 California children. (Posted June 6 at 9:56 a.m.)

Teens catch alleged purse snatcher

A Menlo Park teenager was chased down and held for police by two 17-year-old Good Samaritans after he allegedly snatched a tourist's purse, according to police. (Posted June 6 at 9:25 a.m.)

Neighbors Abroad holds Kite Day as 'thank you'

Sunday afternoon, despite the cloudy weather, the sounds of excited children and swooping kites could be heard at Palo Alto's Mitchell Park. The occasion was a kite-flying extravaganza sponsored by the nonprofit Neighbors Aboard. (Posted June 6 at 9:46 a.m.)

Suspect arrested in infant's death

East Palo Alto police have arrested a suspect in the Sunday morning shooting and killing of a 3-month-old baby on Wisteria Drive. The arrest, which police plan to discuss at a noon press conference, follows a manhunt that begun shortly after the shooting. (Posted June 5 at 9:13 a.m.)

Jordan Middle School gets new principal

The vice principal of a Foster City middle school will become the new principal of Jordan Middle School, the Palo Alto school district announced Friday. Gregory Barnes replaces Michael Milliken, who will become director of secondary education for the Palo Alto school district. (Posted June 4 at 2:03 p.m.)

Violent crime plummets in East Palo Alto

Crime and violence rates in East Palo Alto took another a dramatic drop, as police, city officials, nonprofit and faith-based groups implement programs to engage youth and target criminals in face-to-face meetings, according to a report released by Chief Ronald Davis. (Posted June 3 at 5:16 p.m.)

Gunn seniors throw their stress to the wind

Gunn High School seniors threw their academic stress to the wind Friday in the school's annual Paper Toss. Senior Class President Ori Herschmann led the countdown as students bared their backpacks and binders to create a blizzard of paper in the school's quad. (Posted June 4 at 2:04 p.m.)

Castilleja School to drop science APs

In what is described as a bid to deepen student learning, Castilleja School will replace its Advanced Placement science classes with a home-grown advanced science curriculum beginning in fall 2012. (Posted June 4 at 10:24 a.m.)

Coroner IDs man killed by Caltrain Wednesday

A man who was struck and killed by a Caltrain Wednesday night in Mountain View has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as Cecil Joseph Bloch. (Posted June 3 at 11:47 a.m.)

Police arrest suspected Portola Valley bank robber

Authorities on Wednesday (June 1) arrested a 51-year-old transient suspected of multiple bank robberies in three counties, including San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. (Posted June 3 at 11:44 a.m.)

Residents fume over Arastradero Road project

Frustrated residents gave City of Palo Alto officials an earful Thursday night over a trial restriping project along Arastradero Road. Some balked at city data that showed traffic impacts haven't changed. (Posted June 3 at 9:55 a.m.)

Palo Alto to overhaul emergency services

Despite budget deficits and staffing reductions, Palo Alto is planning to create a $1 million Office of Emergency Services this year, an addition that volunteers have been clamoring for for years. (Posted June 3 at 9:13 a.m.)

2011 Photo Contest: Worth a thousand words

As they have for the past 20 years, local photographers this spring submitted the best that their portfolios have to offer to the annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest, co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto's Division of Arts and Sciences. (Posted June 3 at 8:35 a.m.)

East Palo Alto nonprofits say to bank: Please stay

Several East Palo Alto groups this week reacted to the announced closure of the city's only bank by saying they won't let it happen without seeking all alternatives to save the branch. California Bank & Trust, which opened in the Ravenswood 101 shopping center in 2002, is set to close Aug. 26, according to a bank spokesman. (Posted June 2 at 2:04 p.m.)

SPORTS: Stanford's Hansen is top collegiate softball player

Stanford junior shortstop Ashley Hansen was named USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced Tuesday. Hansen becomes the first Cardinal to earn the honor and just the second non-pitcher in the 10-year history of the award. (Posted June 2 at 3:58 p.m.)

Gunn to move to later morning start time

Gunn High School students will have a chance for an extra half hour of sleep when the school next year moves its morning start time from 7:55 to 8:25 a.m. News of the change came in an email to parents Thursday. (Posted June 2 at 3:41 p.m.)

Stanford Hospital expansion up for final vote

The Stanford University Medical Center expansion project is expected to hit its most significant milestone Monday night. If the Palo Alto City Council approves the project, it would signal the end of a four-year review process that involved 100 public hearings and contentious negotiations over terms of approval -- negotiations that finally resolved last month. (Posted June 2 at 2:09 p.m.)


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