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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Portola Valley resident halts apparent burglary

A Portola Valley resident came home just in time to prevent an apparent burglary on Wednesday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Sunday, 6:37 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man dies in highway hit-and-run

A 29-year-old East Palo Alto man died Saturday night after the motorcycle he was riding collided on a Milpitas highway with a vehicle that then fled the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sunday, 9:23 AM | 2 comments
Calave wine bar opens in Palo Alto

One block of California Avenue is returning to its boozy roots with the opening of Calave, a wine bar that occupies the site once home to Palo Alto's Mayfield Brewery.

Sunday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 4, 2015

UPDATE: Power restored to Palo Alto residents

As of 11:10 a.m. power was fully restored to Palo Alto residents after an outage left more than 1,800 customers without power on July 4, according to Palo Alto Utilities.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | 35 comments

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stanford: Firefighters knock down Lake Lagunita fire

Palo Alto firefighters responded to a report of vegetation fire near Lake Lagunita at about 12:20 p.m. Friday, according to emergency alerts sent out to the Stanford University community.

Friday, 7:09 PM | 2 comments
A new center for geriatric, palliative care

Like all organizations that serve older adults, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation is preparing for a coming tsunami of Baby Boomers entering old age.

Friday, 6:28 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View school district taps Palo Alto administrator as new Stevenson PACT principal

Following the sudden departure of former Stevenson PACT principal Tyler Graff, the Mountain View Whisman School District selected an administrator from the nearby Palo Alto Unified School District to take over for the district's choice program.

Friday, 4:19 PM | 5 comments
Caltrain loses bid for exemption from state environmental law on electrification project

Caltrain must comply with the state's environmental quality act in electrifying its rail system between San Francisco and San Jose, according to a ruling July 2 by the federal Surface Transportation Board.

Friday, 4:15 PM | 29 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: retail protection ordinance, formula retail regulations

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 6.

Friday, 10:08 AM | No comments yet
How NOT to landscape

If you want an attractive front yard that enhances your home and reflects your creativity, avoid these common landscaping errors.

Friday, 8:43 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto waives fees for single-story districts

Residents of Eichler neighborhoods clamoring for protection from new mansions on their blocks scored a victory Monday night when the council officially struck from the books a fee for requesting bans on two-story homes.

Friday, 8:36 AM | 25 comments
Where Palo Alto students learn in a class of one

Imagine a secondary school where homework is actually just classwork because it's done at school, where there are no Advanced Placement classes and the class size never tips over one, with each student receiving individualized attention in every class. It might sound like a pipe dream, but it's not.

Friday, 8:34 AM | 7 comments
Shop Talk: Fran's Market closes

Palo Alto's Fran's Market closes suddenly; owners and customers say the eviction notice came at a bad time.

Friday, 8:32 AM | 18 comments

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stanford Collaborative Orchestra forgoes a conductor

Inspired by New York's celebrated Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, a group of Stanford University undergraduates have formed a newly minted conductorless ensemble called the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra.

Thursday, 9:16 AM | 1 comment
Fourth of July travel to break records in California

This Fourth of July weekend is projected to have the highest rate of travel since 2010.

Thursday, 8:10 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

East Palo Alto resident allegedly attempted to hire hit man

Federal authorities have arrested and charged an East Palo Alto man in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme, according to a federal affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on June 26.

Wednesday, 4:02 PM | 2 comments
Jordan Middle School, Palo Verde Elementary get new principals

Gunn High School's longtime assistant principal, Tom Jacoubowsky, will be moving to Jordan Middle School this fall to serve as interim principal following Principal Greg Barnes' resignation, the school district announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 3:14 PM | 16 comments
Police: Man robbed in downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who they said robbed another man and threatened him with what appeared to be a gun on University Avenue Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | 5 comments
New rules approved for proposed cell towers

Much like bad cell reception, new wireless facilities have been causing plenty of static in Palo Alto neighborhoods of late. To cut through the noise, the City Council this week changed its rules for approving wireless equipment.

Wednesday, 9:43 AM | 45 comments
Government closures, hours for Fourth of July weekend

Here is a list of local and regional service closures and changes for Independence Day weekend.

Wednesday, 9:05 AM | 4 comments
Governor signs bill eliminating 'personal belief' exemption for vaccinations

Come July 2016, California parents will no longer be able to claim a "personal belief" exemption from requirements that all children in schools or daycare be immunized.

Wednesday, 8:44 AM | No comments yet
High temperatures prompt call to conserve power

California power grid operators are urging residents to conserve power as high temperatures tempt many to turn on their air conditioners.

Wednesday, 8:08 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Emergency roadwork causes heavy traffic on Hwy. 101

Commuters have been facing headaches and delays Tuesday, June 30, on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto due to emergency roadwork, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Tuesday, 3:44 PM | 9 comments
Stanford: Expanded crime reporting requirements go into effect

Stanford University police officers, security personnel and any other staff with significant responsibility for student and campus activities will now be required to immediately report to local law enforcement any violent crime, sexual assault, hate crime or attempts.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 4 comments
City contracts out parking enforcement for new downtown program

If there's one thing that's more frustrating for downtown residents than finding parking on their congested streets, it's waiting for City Hall to fix the worsening problem. But on Monday, the City Council offered a hopeful sign that a solution will be in place this fall when it approved an enforcement contract for downtown's new Residential Parking Permit Program.

Tuesday, 12:42 AM | 11 comments

Monday, June 29, 2015

Palo Alto pledges funds to save Buena Vista

They haven't had much to cheer about over the past two years, but on Monday night about 300 residents of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park stood up to applaud the City Council after it voted to pledge $14.5 million in city funds to preserve the mobile-home park.

Monday, 9:38 PM | 34 comments
Can social media play a role in youth suicide prevention?

An internationally known suicide prevention researcher visited the Stanford University School of Medicine on Monday to share her work on how social media can be used to prevent suicide, offering insight into alternative avenues for addressing teen mental health concerns.

Monday, 4:43 PM | 6 comments

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shop Talk: 520 Chef's Table now more affordable

Chef Clive Berkman of the Garden Court Hotel has decided to offer his monthly, gourmet, multi-course meal for half the previous price.

Sunday, 9:03 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Man arrested in Palo Alto package-theft case

Mountain View police arrested a man early Wednesday morning who was found to have a package allegedly stolen from a Palo Alto resident, according to police.

Saturday, 9:52 PM | 1 comment
Traffic advisory: Soccer, fireworks Saturday night at Stanford

A Major League Soccer game at Stanford Stadium Saturday night will likely cause heavy traffic along major streets, Palo Alto police are warning.

Saturday, 9:49 AM | No comments yet
Off Deadline: Impending sea-level rise will affect us all

Next month federal officials will release new rates for flood insurance in areas at risk for future flooding, and they will shock many residents required to have such insurance.

Saturday, 9:26 AM | 80 comments

Friday, June 26, 2015

Analysis: Supreme Court ruling likely to affect equal-rights laws

The U.S. Supreme Court's sweeping decision that same-sex marriage is protected by the Fourteenth Amendment will have widespread implications, legal experts at Stanford Law School said Friday.

Friday, 8:04 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto teen booked for allegedly cooking hash oil, starting fire

A teenager who police said was cooking hash oil in his Palo Alto apartment was arrested Thursday night after he started a fire that displaced several residents in the apartment complex.

Friday, 4:10 PM | 13 comments
Supreme Court allows same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote today, June 26, that the federal Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage — an action Assemblyman Rich Gordon called historic "for all Americans who value fairness and equality."

Friday, 12:46 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Buena Vista, parking-permit program, greenhouse-gas reduction plans

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 29.

Friday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet
Fourth festivities to mark Independence Day

Independence Day celebrations will take place throughout the Peninsula on Saturday, July 4. Celebrate the red, white and blue at patriotic events, including family-friendly activities in Palo Alto, parades in Menlo Park and Redwood City and a firework display in Mountain View.

Friday, 9:25 AM | 6 comments
Report: Cities unprepared for sea-level rise

The Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury has a message for city and county officials who are dragging their feet regarding sea-level rise: Get with the program.

Friday, 9:16 AM | 18 comments
Editorial: Rising hopes for Buena Vista

With the Palo Alto City Council's final vote a month ago confirming that the Jisser family had met all the legal prerequisites to close the mobile-home park they own in the Barron Park neighborhood, efforts to raise public and private funds to buy and preserve the property have now kicked into high gear.

Friday, 8:21 AM | 71 comments
Palo Alto's Eichler uprising

With the real estate market surging and building on the rise in Palo Alto, residents are increasingly challenging proposed developments that they believe degrade their neighborhood character.

Friday, 8:16 AM | 58 comments

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Arrest made in anti-Semitic graffiti incident at Stanford

Stanford University police have arrested 19-year-old Lucas Joseph Ninow in connection with the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti on two student residences in late April, according to a press release from the Stanford Department of Public Safety.

Thursday, 3:13 PM | 9 comments
Palo Alto settles claim for home damaged by police

When a SWAT team entered Gladys Leu's Palo Alto home on March 23, they were looking for a burglar. They got their man, but they also apparently damaged Leu's home while trying to apprehend the suspect, Julian Baldes Alvarado.

Thursday, 9:45 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto looks to cement protection for ground-floor retail

After passing an urgency law earlier this year to preserve ground-floor retail from converting to offices, Palo Alto officials are now working on a more lasting solution.

Thursday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Palo Alto man arrested for allegedly exposing himself twice in same day

A 63-year-old man who police said exposed himself twice in downtown Palo Alto on Monday afternoon was arrested.

Wednesday, 3:33 PM | 6 comments
Woman nearly drowns in Palo Alto condo complex swimming pool

Authorities in Palo Alto are investigating the third near-drowning incident in the city since June 1 after an 89-year-old woman was found in a pool at an Alma Street condominium complex on Wednesday morning, June 24.

Wednesday, 1:28 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto defers master plan for Fry's site

Palo Alto officials rarely turn down grant funding but they made an exception on Monday night when they agreed not to launch a long-discussed master plan for the area around Fry's Electronics.

Wednesday, 9:47 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto school board sticks with law firms

The Palo Alto school board opted Tuesday night to renew the district's contracts with its primary law firms, including one that provides special-education services and has been criticized by community members and one board member in particular for high legal bills and contributing to an "adversarial" relationship with families of children with special needs.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | 76 comments

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Police: East Palo Alto man cited in hit-and-run accident

A 34-year-old man who allegedly struck two vehicles before plowing through a Caltrain fence and hitting a power pole has been cited for misdemeanor hit and run and reckless driving and could face additional charges, Palo Alto police Sgt. Rich Bullerjahn said.

Tuesday, 4:15 PM | 19 comments
Santa Clara County pledges more funds to preserve Buena Vista

Santa Clara County supervisors on Tuesday upped the ante in a bid to preserve the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park when they unanimously voted to allocate an additional $6.5 million toward the cause, contingent on a similar match from Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 11:46 AM | 70 comments
Palo Alto school board to vote on law firm contracts, Measure A spending

The Palo Alto school board has a packed agenda for its last meeting of the 2014-15 year Tuesday with nearly 10 items up for a vote, including the renewal of contracts with the district's four main law firms and a spending plan for $15 million that the recently approved parcel tax will yield.

Tuesday, 8:12 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto school district eyes leadership shuffle, new positions

With an eye for more effective, responsive and efficient district operations, the Palo Alto school board is being asked to approve promotions for several existing staff members, as well as create new high-level leadership positions.

Tuesday, 8:12 AM | No comments yet
Pear Theatre announces new home

After months of building anticipation and community speculation, Mountain View's Pear Avenue Theatre has announced the location of its new home.

Tuesday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet
Plan to fix Page Mill Road takes another twist

A proposal by Santa Clara County to add two driving lanes on a congested segment of Page Mill Road hit a speed bump in Palo Alto on Monday, with critics arguing that the city should be discouraging drivers rather than enabling them.

Tuesday, 1:37 AM | 72 comments

Calave wine bar opens in Palo Alto
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OK I Changed The Title
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Family Outing - Inside Out
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Relay for Life, Menlo Park, August 8
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