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News - March 22, 2013

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.

HP increases dividends to stockholders

Hewlett Packard today announced that it will raise the quarterly dividend it pays out to shareholders by 10 percent, to 14.52 cents per share. (Posted March 21, 9:55 a.m.)

East Palo Alto schools seek new superintendent

A search firm is seeking a replacement for Ravenswood City School District Superintendent Maria De La Vega, who has announced she will retire in June. The K-8 district educates 4,296 children on seven campuses in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. (Posted March 21, 9:50 a.m.)

East Palo Alto police bust duo for gun arsenal

East Palo Alto and Menlo Park police arrested two men in connection with a gun arsenal, police spokeswoman Officer Veronica Barries said Tuesday, March 20. (Posted March 20, 4:14 p.m.)

Baby born on El Camino Real in Palo Alto

The parents of a baby girl got a surprise when the child was born as they drove down El Camino Real in Palo Alto on Tuesday afternoon, Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Doug Conn said. (Posted March 20, 11:40 a.m.)

Palo Alto-based ShareThis raises $23M, acquires Socialize

ShareThis, the Palo Alto-based makers of the ubiquitous "social sharing" buttons on the web, today announced that it secured $23 million in Series C funding and acquired Socialize, which helps to make mobile apps social. (Posted March 20, 9:48 a.m.)

Police arrest East Palo Alto man for cocaine possession

Drug enforcement units from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto police departments arrested a man in East Palo Alto on March 18, after allegedly finding cocaine in his residence. (Posted March 19, 9:45 a.m.)

New suit claims high-speed-rail officials 'misled' public

Just weeks after California's high-speed rail project withstood a court challenge from a group of Peninsula cities, the agency is facing another suit from project critics, who argue that the agency building the train system has misled the voters and is acting in violation of state law. (Posted March 18, 4:56 p.m.)

City Council wants public opinion on infrastructure

When it comes to Palo Alto's aging buildings and other infrastructure, there appears to be no shortage of projects the city could tackle first. (Posted March 18, 9:57 a.m.)

Palo Alto startup sells for as much as $100 million

Orchestra, the Palo Alto-based maker of Mailbox, a popular iPhone email app, was bought by Dropbox for as much as $100 million. (Posted March 18, 9:38 a.m.)

EPA orders NASA to clean up contaminated soil at Moffett Field

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered NASA to take immediate and long-term actions to clean up contaminated soils at Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, according to the EPA. (Posted March 18, 9:36 a.m.)

Simitian sworn in as Santa Clara County supervisor

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Joseph Huber officially swore in former state Sen. Joe Simitian as Santa Clara County supervisor at a ceremony in Palo Alto, Sunday, March 17. (Posted March 17, 12:42 p.m.)

Santa Clara County grows, with international migration's help

Santa Clara County's population has grown 3.1 percent since 2010 and more than half that growth can be attributed to people who migrated to the county internationally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Posted March 16, 2:33 p.m.)


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