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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ramping up at Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto took local media on a guided tour Thursday of the new 56,332-square-foot Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, a project whose opening has been anticipated for two-and-a-half years.

Saturday, 9:35 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto mom launches app to help kids lose weight

Joanna Strober's 11-year-old son had a weight problem. Looking for advice and specific weight-loss tools, she took her son to see his pediatrician, who didn't offer much besides "exercise more, eat less," Strober said.

Saturday, 9:34 AM | 7 comments

Friday, October 24, 2014

East Palo Alto man arrested after allegedly peeping into motel window

Palo Alto police arrested a man on Thursday, Oct. 23, for allegedly peeping into a motel window while parents were changing the clothes of their two young daugthers, according to a police department press release.

Friday, 3:00 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Sterling Park litigation, Cubberley Community Center lease

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 27.

Friday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Downtown residents split over parking-permit program

As Palo Alto prepares to launch its long-awaited Residential Parking Permit Program, residents in the congested downtown neighborhoods are almost evenly split about the ambitious effort, which would require drivers to buy permits to park on residential streets.

Friday, 9:06 AM | 26 comments
Palo Alto schools mark Unity Day

A visit to any one of Palo Alto's 17 schools Thursday would have shown their own version of events to celebrate Unity Day, a nationwide bullying awareness campaign created in 2006 by the National Bullying Prevention Center.

Friday, 8:51 AM | 8 comments
New direction proposed for Palo Alto's shuttle program

Palo Alto's tiny fleet of city-run shuttle buses may soon see a dramatic expansion, including a doubling of buses on the popular Crosstown route and a brand new service that would link the downtown Caltrain station with Mountain View businesses.

Friday, 8:44 AM | 8 comments
Government officials attempt to influence aircraft regulations

Palo Alto and other government officials have so far been fighting an uphill battle to decrease airplane noise over their cities. For nearly 20 years, Palo Alto officials have been trying to join the San Francisco International Airport Community Roundtable, a group that represents 19 cities within San Mateo County; San Francisco and San Mateo counties; the San Francisco Airport Commission; and The Association of Governments of San Mateo County Airport Land Use Committee.

Friday, 8:24 AM | 4 comments
Residents have growing concerns over small commuter planes

Fledgling airline Surf Air's marketing slogan is "Disruptive Innovation -- A Revolutionary Approach to Air Travel." Some residents in Menlo Park, Redwood City and Atherton say it sums up their experience with the commuter airline's turbo-propeller planes.

Friday, 8:23 AM | 10 comments
Residents, city officials gear up to fight increased airplane noise

Angry local residents say the Midpeninsula's skies are turning into an aeronautic superhighway and that federal levels for acceptable noise, which date to the 1970s, are obsolete and need to be updated -- pronto.

Friday, 8:21 AM | 85 comments

Thursday, October 23, 2014

City seeks outreach help for Our Palo Alto initiative

With the Our Palo Alto initiative stretching into its second year, city officials are preparing to hire an outreach consultant to assist planners in soliciting public input about local planning efforts.

Thursday, 9:36 AM | 25 comments
Menlo Park Fire district gets green light to buy a drone

A hand-held aerial drone, probably one with four helicopter blades, will likely take up residence soon in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to help survey the scene of a fire from above.

Thursday, 8:45 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Palo Alto police seek armed robbers in jewelry heist

A man and woman suspected of robbing a jewelry store in Palo Alto at gunpoint on Wednesday, Oct. 22, escaped with about 25 high-end watches valued at about $120,000, according to Palo Alto police.

Wednesday, 8:39 PM | 22 comments
Palo Alto Airport runway set for overdue repairs

It didn't take long for Palo Alto to reap the benefits of taking over its namesake airport from Santa Clara County. The city has just received a federal grant that will allow it to repair the long neglected runway at Palo Alto Airport.

Wednesday, 2:28 PM | 30 comments
Bay Area residents to experience partial eclipse Thursday

On Thursday afternoon, Bay Area residents and visitors will be able to view a partial eclipse of the sun in the southwestern sky, but experts warn that looking at the sun for more than a glance without proper protection or a filter can damage eyes.

Wednesday, 10:19 AM | 9 comments
City to look at new uses for Municipal Services Center site

A proposal to relocate some of the services at the sprawling Municipal Services Center on East Bayshore Road will be the subject of a $250,000 study staff recommends undertaking next year. City officials are backing off, however, from a prior proposal to move the nearby Animal Services Center.

Wednesday, 9:47 AM | 22 comments
On youth collaborative, city looks for more from school district

Inconsistent leadership, organizational dysfunction and "paralysis" have plagued youth health coalition Project Safety Net in recent years, placing a heavy administrative burden on city staff and hampering the bold leadership needed to push the Palo Alto collaborative forward, staff told the City Council's Policy and Services Committee Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | 5 comments
Q&A: Palo Alto School Board candidates talk about elementary school issues

What are the top three improvements the school board candidates can make to help Palo Alto's elementary schools? Read on for the five board hopefuls' answers to this and other questions on elementary schools, in lieu of a Palo Alto Council of PTAs debate on the topic that was canceled last week.

Wednesday, 7:38 AM | 9 comments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Downtown Palo Alto residents seek relief from train noise

Living next to downtown Palo Alto's bustling train station has many benefits, but for residents of 101 Alma St., a good night's sleep isn't one of them. With train horns keeping them up at night, many are now urging the council to establish a "quiet zone" near their homes.

Tuesday, 3:52 PM | 62 comments
Palo Alto to seek public input on trenching train tracks

Digging a trench for Caltrain would be a colossal undertaking with a price tag that could be higher than $1 billion, but Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday that it's an option that the city can't afford not to explore.

Tuesday, 9:57 AM | 43 comments
Mortgage broker who scammed East Palo Alto residents goes to prison

A San Jose mortgage broker who defrauded East Palo Alto and South Bay residents out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and caused them to lose their homes will serve time in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney General's office.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto rejects developers' proposals for new garage

New parking garages may be an urgent priority in Palo Alto, but city officials balked Monday at giving private developers a shot at building the new structures.

Tuesday, 2:16 AM | 22 comments

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another flashing incident reported in Palo Alto

With Palo Alto police on the lookout for a man involved in a string of flashing incidents earlier this month, a parent has reported that her 13-year-old daughter witnessed a similar case of indecent exposure in early August, police said.

Monday, 1:25 PM | 4 comments
Candidates pledge 'positive campaign' in heated race

With election season heading into its final stretch, the four City Council candidates endorsed by the group Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning are urging others in the race to join them in a pledge to keep campaigning positive.

Monday, 9:58 AM | 21 comments
Coroner releases identity of man killed on train tracks

A man who died on the train tracks in Palo Alto on Oct. 15 has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office.

Monday, 9:51 AM | 17 comments
Shop Talk: Bloomies goes high-tech, Common Ground closes

A brand new Bloomingdale's opens at the Stanford Shopping Center, Mac's Smoke Shop and Gryphon Stringed Instruments celebrate big birthdays, and Mandarin Gourmet and Common Ground both close.

Monday, 8:53 AM | 11 comments

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Man arrested for slashing roommate with a steak knife

A man who used a steak knife to slash his roommate during a fight in the kitchen of their Downtown North residence was arrested Thursday night, police said.

Sunday, 9:36 PM | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Another 'Fiber to the Premise' resurrection for Palo Alto?

The long-discussed dream of getting true high-speed fiber-optic service for Palo Alto is looking like a real possibility. There are two reasons: Google is offering to bring fiber to 34 communities, one of which may be Palo Alto; and Palo Alto has a little-known "fiber fund" built on profits from leases of fibers in the city's "dark-fiber ring," created in the late 1990s.

Sunday, 8:17 AM | 26 comments
Palo Alto prepares to move forward with new El Camino Park fields

Four years after Palo Alto began to consider replacing the playing fields, upgrading the lights and sprucing up the pathways around El Camino Park, the city is at last preparing for the construction phase.

Sunday, 8:16 AM | 17 comments

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Editorial: Yes on Measure B to increase hotel tax

Palo Alto Measure B would increase the city's transient occupancy tax, the tax added to hotel bills for visitors, from 12 percent to 14 percent.

Saturday, 5:06 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Yes on Measure C to update utility tax

Palo Alto currently generates about 7 percent of its general-fund revenue, or some $11 million, from the 5 percent utility tax that was approved by voters in 1987.

Saturday, 5:04 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: No on Measure D on reducing council size

Talk of reducing the size of the Palo Alto City Council from nine to seven has come and gone for decades, but has never generated enough traction to get on the ballot.

Saturday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Re-elect Brian Schmidt to water district

With Palo Alto's water supply coming entirely from Hetch Hetchy through the San Francisco Water Department, the Santa Clara Valley Water District's importance to the city is primarily in the flood control and creek habitat work where Schmidt has been most active.

Saturday, 4:48 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto school board candidates meet for last forum

The five candidates for Palo Alto Board of Education gathered Friday afternoon at senior center Avenidas for the last scheduled forum of the election season, discussing in a much more conversational setting topics from student stress to the state of the youth well-being coalition Project Safety Net.

Saturday, 4:10 PM | 9 comments
Children in YMCA adult locker rooms questioned

The YMCA of Silicon Valley has been allowing children 7 years old and younger to join their opposite-sex parents in the locker rooms. But some users of the Palo Alto Family YMCA on Ross Road say the policy opens the door for inappropriate exposure and is disturbing to adult members.

Saturday, 7:42 AM | 32 comments
Teen well-being collaborative seeks new model

Palo Alto's broad-reaching mental health coalition formed five years ago in response to teen suicides, Project Safety Net, today finds itself at a crossroads after losing its second director in two years.

Saturday, 7:41 AM | 23 comments

Friday, October 17, 2014

Guest Opinion: How to help those in crisis

The communities of Palo Alto and Woodside have lost two young people in the past few days to suicide. As we grieve, it is important that we come together to support our youth, their families and their broader social circle. We should also remember some basic information about suicide: what we know about its causes, how we can recognize those at risk, and where to get help.

Friday, 1:01 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Downtown parking garage, update on Mitchell Park Library project

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 20.

Friday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet
School district increases counseling support at Gunn

In the wake of an apparent suicide at the Charleston Road train crossing this week, the Palo Alto school district and its partners immediately brought in extra counseling support to Gunn High School due to its recent history with such tragedy, district staff said.

Friday, 9:41 AM | 19 comments
Editorials: No on Measure D; yes on Measures B and C; re-elect Schmidt

Talk of reducing the size of the Palo Alto City Council from nine to seven has come and gone for decades, but has never generated enough traction to get on the ballot. We don't rule out the possibility that in the future a reduction in size might become non-controversial and beneficial. But in the heat of today's political environment, it's bad timing.

Friday, 7:57 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto school-district bond, dreams of students brought media center to life

What will the newsroom-classroom of the future look like? Backed with about $10 million in voter-approved funding, Paly journalism teachers and students set out five years ago to answer this question, creating a next-century Media Arts Center designed to serve the school and community for generations.

Friday, 7:53 AM | No comments yet
Journalism students hone their skills in state-of-the-art facility

Palo Alto High School's multi-million-dollar Media Arts Center houses 224 students, four advisers, one newspaper, five niche magazines, a news website, daily broadcast segment, yearbook and enough technology to propel student journalists into the next century.

Friday, 7:53 AM | 13 comments

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Verizon wins approval for cell antennas at Little League ballpark

Opponents of Verizon's plan to install a cell antenna at the Little League ballfield on Middlefield Road suffered a second blow in as many days Thursday morning, when the Architectural Review Board voted to approve the project.

Thursday, 2:25 PM | 19 comments
First water from new Bay Tunnel reaches Crystal Springs

The first water to come through the newly completed Bay Tunnel reached the Crystal Springs Reservoir on Wednesday (Oct. 15) and was greeted with fanfare in a ceremony at the Pulgas Water Temple.

Thursday, 12:59 PM | No comments yet
Questions abound over anonymous campaign mailer

An anonymous mailer urging recipients to vote for the three female candidates for Palo Alto's school board went out to an unknown number of local homes this week, creating a stir due to its negative tone and apparent targeting of one candidate.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | 24 comments
Palo Alto: Developers offer to build downtown garage

With Palo Alto in the market for a new downtown garage, developers are stepping forward with offers to build the city a parking structure, provided they get permission to build something else in return.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | 57 comments

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Palo Alto: Caltrain reports fatality near Charleston

Caltrain confirmed on Wednesday evening at about 5:40 p.m. that a fatality had occurred near Charleston Road on the Caltrain right of way.

Wednesday, 6:20 PM | 3 comments
Board swats plan to give ballfield 'historic' status

Over six decades, the Palo Alto Little League field has become hub of big dreams and cherished memories for generations of local sluggers. That, however, is not enough to qualify the south Palo Alto field for the city's historic inventory, the Historic Resources Board agreed Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4:59 PM | 14 comments
Local medical facilities amp up Ebola preparedness training

Stanford Medical Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation are among medical facilities nationwide increasing Ebola preparedness as federal health officials urge the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola."

Wednesday, 12:44 PM | 18 comments
'Broad action' encouraged to fix district's achievement gap

The Palo Alto school board and members of the public Tuesday night looked back at the district's history of attempts to improve minority achievement and lauded Superintendent Max McGee's creation of an advisory committee as a promising, fresh step forward in a more actionable direction.

Wednesday, 9:26 AM | 17 comments

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Buena Vista residents appeal closure decision

Seeking to stave off displacement, residents of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park are appealing a September decision by a hearing officer that paved the way for the park's closure.

Tuesday, 8:55 PM | 45 comments
Teen dies in incident on Interstate 280

The California Highway Patrol is reporting the death at about 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, of a 17-year-old Woodside girl who, witnesses said, jumped from the Sand Hill Road overpass at Interstate 280 and was struck by a vehicle driving north on the highway.

Tuesday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
Mitchell Park Library project nears finish line

Palo Alto's tortuous path toward rebuilding its largest library hit a significant milestone last week when the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center received its official certificate of occupancy, the last step in the permitting process for the beleaguered project.

Tuesday, 5:10 PM | 18 comments
Zuckerberg, Chan join fight against Ebola

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday that they have committed $25 million to help address the Ebola epidemic.

Tuesday, 2:43 PM | 24 comments
East Palo Alto housing complex gets facelift

After months of repairs and a temporary relocation, East Palo Alto residents will celebrate today the recently completed renovation of their housing complexes on Woodland Avenue.

Tuesday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto to ponder its lobbying priorities

Faced with pressure to build more housing, improve flood protection and plan for high-speed rail, Palo Alto officials will consider tonight their strategy for lobbying state and federal officials for help.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 11 comments
Palo Alto: Pedestrian killed in suspected DUI crash identified

A pedestrian killed on Monday morning in a collision with a suspected DUI driver on East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto has been identified as 67-year-old Louis Williams, of East Palo Alto, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Tuesday, 9:38 AM | 6 comments
Difficult conversation: when to give up the car keys

Louise Freedman recently carried her driver's license into the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and laid it on the counter.

Tuesday, 8:46 AM | 10 comments
Man posing as IT worker burglarizes Peninsula office buildings

Police are searching for a man suspected in a series of office burglaries in Palo Alto, Burlingame and San Mateo and who has been posing as an IT or construction worker.

Tuesday, 8:37 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss achievement gap committee

Superintendent Max McGee's call for an achievement gap task force made up of students, teachers and community members will come before the school board Tuesday night for discussion.

Tuesday, 7:45 AM | 2 comments

Monday, October 13, 2014

With no rain in sight, Adobe Creek undercrossing to stay open

As California's drought persists, Palo Alto is preparing to leave open an undercrossing at Adobe Creek that normally gets shut down this time of the year because of flooding.

Monday, 8:18 AM | 17 comments
Palo Alto: Driver identified in suspected DUI crash that killed pedestrian

Palo Alto police arrested a Sunnyvale man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian on East Bayshore Road this morning, according to a police department press release.

Monday, 7:51 AM | 25 comments

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