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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bill inspired by Brock Turner victim heads to governor’s desk

Legislation proposed by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen in the wake of controversy over the six-month sentencing of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated young woman has passed the state Assembly and is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

Tuesday, 9:37 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto to explore new policies for long-term growth

With Palo Alto's housing shortage now a topic of national attention and residents increasingly calling for more housing options, City Council members agreed Monday night that two more-extreme scenarios for future growth should be evaluated as part of the city's process of creating an official vision that will guide it until 2030.

Tuesday, 1:51 AM | 38 comments

Monday, August 29, 2016

East Palo Alto charter school wins county approval

Two months after the Sequoia Union High School District board voted down Oxford Day Academy's petition to open a public charter high school in East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County Office of Education gave the school its unanimous stamp of approval.

Monday, 3:15 PM | 3 comments
Judging the judges: Recalls may become easier, but is that better for California?

Amid a constellation of factors, some legal experts believe we could be plunging into a new era in which judges increasingly fear losing their jobs over unpopular decisions -- and that, in turn, may influence how they behave on the bench.

Monday, 2:07 PM | 5 comments
Teen drug abuse on the rise in county

It's never a slow day for Adolescent Counseling Services. The nonprofit's Palo Alto office is routinely packed during its late afternoon hours as teens and their families flood in to seek substance abuse treatment and counseling. And it's only a matter of months before another big wave of new cases comes rolling in.

Monday, 12:07 PM | 3 comments

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Equestrians lose horse pasture at Stanford

Faced with pressures for potential future development space and federal requirements to protect threatened and endangered species that inhabit its open spaces, Stanford University is reducing the lease of at least one longtime equestrian facility.

Sunday, 8:17 AM | 35 comments
Study of texting aims to improve crisis counseling

What a counselor says -- or doesn't say -- during a crisis counseling session can make a big difference in whether a client goes away better able to cope, according to a new study by Stanford University researchers.

Sunday, 8:17 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tweaks to rooftop-solar program irk industry execs

It's been a banner year for solar energy in Palo Alto, with the city signing new long-term contracts for its supply of solar-powered electricity and newly installed panels gleaming from rooftops at residential and commercial buildings throughout the city.

Saturday, 7:43 AM | 7 comments
Guest Opinion: Unhealthy racket -- Palo Alto's efforts to quiet the skies

In a series of open meetings throughout spring and summer, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals met with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to consider its response to the FAA's "Initiative to Address Noise Concerns of Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo/San Francisco Counties."

Saturday, 7:43 AM | 27 comments

Friday, August 26, 2016

VIDEO: Behind the Headlines -- The evolving El Camino Real

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong leads a discussion with reporter Gennady Sheyner and photographer Veronica Weber about El Camino Real's forgotten treasures and ongoing transformation.

Friday, 3:44 PM | 1 comment
Man arrested in connection with East Palo Alto homicide

Police raided a downtown San Jose home this morning and arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a June homicide in East Palo Alto.

Friday, 1:17 PM | No comments yet
New partner proposed for Palo Alto animal shelter

Palo Alto's cramped but popular animal shelter would be preserved, renovated and turned into a "no kill" zone under a proposed partnership between the city and the nonprofit group Pets in Need, which would manage the facility.

Friday, 9:55 AM | 10 comments
Plan for new dog parks in Palo Alto wins support

An ambitious plan to create new dog parks throughout Palo Alto picked up fresh momentum this week, when the city's Parks and Recreation Commission enthusiastically recommended moving ahead with two off-leash recreational spaces.

Friday, 8:37 AM | 9 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: storm-water fee, school gifts policy, impact fees

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

Friday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet
Forgotten highway: El Camino Real undergoes new transition

As it passes through Palo Alto, El Camino Real is at once a vanguard and a contradiction: a five-mile strip that both epitomizes the commercial boom of recent years and showcases both sides of Palo Alto's uneven prosperity.

Friday, 7:40 AM | 22 comments
Guest Opinion: What can be done to address Palo Alto's shortage of affording housing?

When demand exceeds supply, prices increase. To reduce the price of any commodity, including housing, you increase the supply. We have no control over the demand for housing. People will go where they want to go. Pulling up the drawbridge is not a winning strategy.

Friday, 7:31 AM | 108 comments

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Brock Turner judge to no longer hear criminal cases

Three months after Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky's controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner -- months filled with vehement criticism, an onslaught of media attention and an official recall campaign -- Persky has requested to be reassigned to civil cases, according to a statement the county Superior Court issued Thursday.

Thursday, 9:23 PM | 9 comments
Kirke Comstock, former Palo Alto mayor, dies

Former Palo Alto councilman and mayor Kirke Comstock, who presided over the City of Palo Alto during the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s, has died, according to his family.

Thursday, 9:03 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto students show improvement in state test, but achievement gap persists

New results from the state's standardized Smarter Balanced Assessment, released on Wednesday, show that most Palo Alto Unified School District students exceed standards in English and mathematics, but there continues to be stark differences in achievement between white and Asian student and students of color.

Thursday, 9:33 AM | 15 comments
Festival of the Arts returns to downtown Palo Alto

Tens of thousands of art enthusiasts and revelers are expected to turn out for the 35th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts this weekend, transforming University Avenue into an open-air gallery.

Thursday, 8:57 AM | 5 comments
Community Notebook: Have exhibits, will travel

This summer, a new species has been inhabiting the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. With an umbrella for shade, four wheels for mobility, and local teenagers as its guide, EcoCenter on Wheels offers information about the nature preserve and its creatures to families who are out strolling.

Thursday, 7:34 AM | 1 comment
Community Notebook: Local Sierra Club chapter director has long history as volunteer

James Eggers, new director of the Palo Alto-based chapter of the Sierra Club, has plans to boost the number of volunteers and increase their expertise.

Thursday, 7:34 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Grants available to replace wood-burning heating devices

Money will be available starting Friday morning for roughly 1,500 Bay Area homeowners and landlords to help them upgrade their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner ones to reduce winter air pollution, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.

Wednesday, 4:33 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto school board eyes more conservative budget projections

Palo Alto school board members supported a much more conservative budget outlook for the next five years during a discussion Tuesday on how to plan for a $3.3 million budget shortfall -- the result of overly ambitious estimates of property-tax revenues -- with at least two trustees pressing for a more comprehensive list of potential areas to cut now rather than put off hard decisions.

Wednesday, 9:45 AM | 26 comments
Age-discrimination lawsuit filed against HP

Four former employees have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Hewlett-Packard companies for age discrimination, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose.

Wednesday, 8:48 AM | 14 comments

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stanford prohibits hard alcohol at undergraduate parties

Stanford University has banned hard alcohol at undergraduate parties and limited the size of liquor containers students are allowed to have in campus housing, university officials announced Monday.

Tuesday, 3:58 PM | 27 comments
UPDATE: Hillary Clinton in Bay Area for fundraising events

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Redwood City on Wednesday, Aug. 24, for a private fundraising event not in Palo Alto as previously reported.

Tuesday, 3:50 PM | 29 comments
'All-gender' single-use restroom bill goes to governor

California businesses and state government buildings may be required to make single-occupancy restrooms available to all genders starting next year if a bill authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, is signed into law.

Tuesday, 1:14 PM | 10 comments
Brock Turner judge recuses himself from child-porn case

Embattled Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, who is currently facing a recall campaign for his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner, has recused himself from an upcoming hearing in a child-pornography case.

Tuesday, 1:13 PM | 10 comments
Palo Alto school board to continue budget-management discussion

Palo Alto Unified School District administrators' salaries are competitive and in many cases above what surrounding districts pay, according to new data the school board will discuss Tuesday night as part of an ongoing discussion on how to manage an unexpected $3.3 million budget shortfall.

Tuesday, 8:36 AM | 17 comments
City looks to change, cement retail-protection law

Retail in Palo Alto is easier to appreciate than to preserve, particularly at a time when soaring rents drive shops out of downtown, and encourage property owners to convert the vacated buildings to the much more lucrative office use.

Tuesday, 2:07 AM | 23 comments

Monday, August 22, 2016

Peter deCourcy Hero, who transformed Silicon Valley philanthropy, has died

The man who was instrumental in helping tech tycoons channel their millions to charitable giving, Peter deCourcy Hero, has died, according to close sources.

Monday, 4:43 PM | 3 comments
State Supreme Court upholds California teacher tenure law

The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's laws on public-school teacher tenure after a lower court found them to be unconstitutional.

Monday, 2:52 PM | 13 comments
Palo Alto superintendent to host elementary-math webinar

Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee will be hosting a live, online webinar this Wednesday evening to discuss a proposal to bring new mathematics curriculum to the school district's elementary schools.

Monday, 10:59 AM | 12 comments
Shop Talk: Perfume house, kids' Lululemon at Stanford

New retail openings at the Stanford Shopping Center include a 146-year-old British perfume company and, this fall, a kids' version of activewear brand Lululemon.

Monday, 7:31 AM | 5 comments

Sunday, August 21, 2016

SLAC, Stanford scientists advance water-purification technology

Scientists at SLAC and Stanford University have come up with a tiny device that uses ordinary sunlight to create reactions that, before dissipating, will chemically clean a bottle of contaminated water by killing bacteria.

Sunday, 9:01 AM | 2 comments
Residents 'chill' with ice cream social

The real scoop on local politics and social events in Midtown will come in several flavors when Palo Alto City Council and school board candidates dish out free ice cream at the Midtown Residents Association Ice Cream Social on Sept. 18.

Sunday, 9:01 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Palo Alto embraces new vision for public art

In an effort to encourage more streetscape whimsy and greatly expand the city's eclectic collection of murals and sculptures, Palo Alto officials this week enthusiastically adopted a new master plan for public art.

Saturday, 2:20 PM | 15 comments
Palo Alto teen creates 'escape' game out of his garage

A 15-year-old Palo Alto resident is the creator of "Escape the Pyramid," a game where players are locked in a room and try to escape by solving puzzles and clues to find the key that unlocks the door.

Saturday, 7:27 AM | 4 comments
Guest Opinion: 'Giftedness' overlooked in social-emotional education discussions

"Sharon, you're smart, you're nice, and you're good at sports. You're going to have a great life," a friend told me during PE class at Gunn High School. She touched me by recognizing my attributes, but I disagreed with her. A person who is regarded as smart, nice and good at sports will not necessarily have an easy life filled with happiness and success.

Saturday, 7:27 AM | 39 comments

Friday, August 19, 2016

VIDEO: Behind the Headlines -- housing crisis, November elections

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong leads a discussion with reporters Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner about about Palo Alto's affordable housing crisis and the upcoming election of new City Council and Board of Education members.

Friday, 8:51 PM | No comments yet
Bouncer receives eight months for punch that killed Palo Alto man

A bouncer who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Palo Alto resident outside a San Jose bar received an eight-month jail sentence on Thursday.

Friday, 4:28 PM | 6 comments
VTA bus jumps curb in downtown Palo Alto

A large Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus ran onto a sidewalk, narrowly missing a bus stop bench and taking out a line of newspaper racks, near the downtown Palo Alto Post Office on Friday morning.

Friday, 1:43 PM | 8 comments
Plan for megahome raises Palo Alto neighbors' concerns

Neighbors in Palo Alto's Embarcadero Oaks are protesting a proposal to build an 11-bedroom, 14-bath residence with a one-car garage, which they fear could be used as an Airbnb rental or for another commercial enterprise.

Friday, 8:03 AM | 63 comments
Editorial: Let the campaigns begin

Buckle your seatbelts. This fall's Palo Alto City Council and school board races are likely to be among the most substantive and consequential political races in recent history.

Friday, 8:01 AM | 17 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: retail ordinance, budget shortfall, dog parks

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 22.

Friday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
City: $15/hour wage, yes, but how soon?

After raising the minimum wage to $11 per hour this year, Palo Alto officials are now looking to push it even higher -- an effort that is stirring alarm among local restaurant owners.

Friday, 8:00 AM | 12 comments
Palo Alto nonprofit hopes to crowdfund more women into office

Women Count, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit that has been working since 2008 to elect more Democratic women, is working this election cycle to promote a new form of political fundraising.

Friday, 7:58 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto struggles to provide housing that's affordable

Teachers, techies, corporate attorneys and advocates for seniors don't always speak with the same voice, but when Palo Alto officials convened in May for their latest discussion of the state of the city's housing, the public's message was clear: We're in trouble and we need help.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 113 comments
Air quality officials issue 18th summer Spare the Air alert

An unhealthy level of air pollution forecast for the Bay Area on Friday prompted the Bay Area Air Quality District to issue this summer's 18th Spare the Air Alert.

Friday, 7:32 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Two Palo Altans vie for county school-board seat

Palo Alto residents Grace Mah and Sheena Chin are running for Mah's seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education this November, both confirmed to the Weekly.

Thursday, 9:43 AM | 7 comments
Bicyclist dies after being hit by car in Palo Alto

An East Palo Alto man has died after being struck by car while riding his bike in Palo Alto Monday morning, according to police.

Thursday, 9:30 AM | 45 comments
Eleven candidates to square off in Palo Alto council race

Eleven candidates, including planning commissioners, past contenders and a few political newcomers, will square off for four seats in the race for Palo Alto City Council.

Thursday, 8:23 AM | 60 comments

French Laundry alums to open Palo Alto restaurant
By Elena Kadvany | 19 comments | 23,779 views

Water, baking soda, vinegar and slime
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 4,607 views

Peace Walk and Father's Grief Retreat
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,992 views

Candidate kickoffs: First weekend
By Douglas Moran | 9 comments | 654 views

Opus One
By Laura Stec | 10 comments | 646 views


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