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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Palo Alto seeks ideas for new traffic-fighting nonprofit

From Emeryville to Boston, nonprofits called "transportation management associations" have sprung up in the last few decades to expand transit use, encouraging walking and biking and dramatically reduce the percentage of drivers who commute alone. Now, as Palo Alto prepares to launch its own traffic-fighting nonprofit, city officials are looking for inspiration both from other cities and from local businesses and residents.

Thursday, 7:58 PM | 5 comments
Caltrain reports fatality near Mountain View station

A man was struck and killed by a Caltrain south of the Mountain View Caltrain Station Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 7:00 PM | 1 comment
Rob de Geus tapped to lead Community Services Department

Palo Alto didn't have to look long or far to find a new leader for its busy Community Services Department. Rob de Geus, a department veteran who is well known to local golfers, park lovers and community center patrons, was tapped Thursday to serve as the department director.

Thursday, 2:37 PM | 1 comment
New development on Forest Avenue to include 13 housing units

A proposal to redevelop a 0.52 acre lot in downtown Palo Alto is currently percolating, with the 13 new residential units at 430 Forest Ave. to replace the current AAA office building.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 23 comments
Survey: Palo Altans love their neighborhoods but are miffed by development

Palo Altans generally feel rosy about their hometown, but attitudes tend to sour when the conversation shifts to housing, land use and the quality of new developments.

Thursday, 9:23 AM | 29 comments
Palantir co-founder accused of sexual assault

Joe Lonsdale, the co-founder of Palo Alto software company Palantir and a partner at the venture capital firm Formation 8, has been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other charges in a civil lawsuit filed on Jan. 27 in San Francisco.

Thursday, 9:19 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two men wanted after armed robbery at Fry's

Palo Alto police are looking for two men who they say committed armed robbery at Fry's Electronics on Wednesday afternoon and took off with three video-game consoles.

Wednesday, 7:14 PM | 9 comments
Stanford University swimmer faces felony sex-assault charges

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office filed five charges Tuesday against a Stanford University freshman for felony sexual assault related to a Jan. 18 on-campus incident that was reportedly stopped by students passing by.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto students to school board: 'It's not Gunn's fault'

Scores of Gunn High School students flooded the district's usually sparsely filled board room on Tuesday night to speak out in defense of their school in the wake of a classmate's death this weekend -- and to demand immediate, bold changes that reach beyond tackling academic stress.

Wednesday, 6:42 AM | 34 comments
Palo Alto school board approves increased parcel tax

The Palo Alto school board unanimously passed just after midnight on Wednesday a $758, six-year parcel tax that will come before voters on a mail-in ballot this May.

Wednesday, 1:01 AM | 47 comments

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Family: Student had suffered from depression

The parents of a Palo Alto student who died by suicide on Jan. 24 have released a statement saying that their son had struggled with depression.

Tuesday, 10:18 PM | 12 comments
Rev. Jesse Jackson to East Palo Alto: Fight gentrification

East Palo Alto residents must fight to keep their city, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson encouraged them to organize. Otherwise, residents will be pushed out by gentrification, a process that hasn't changed in communities of color since Jackson, 73, began fighting it in the 1960s, he said.

Tuesday, 7:12 PM | 15 comments
City of Palo Alto opts not to sue Caltrain

Palo Alto has a few qualms about Caltrain's plan to electrify the rail corridor, but after a closed-door meeting early Tuesday morning, the City Council decided that the best way to address the city's concerns would be through collaboration rather than litigation.

Tuesday, 4:18 PM | 28 comments
Santa Clara County supervisors vote to support Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

$8 million in county funds are now available to help preserve affordable housing for the residents of Palo Alto's Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, thanks to a unanimous decision Tuesday by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Tuesday, 1:32 PM | 26 comments
Stanford University student arrested for attempted rape

A male Stanford University student was arrested early in the morning on Sunday, Jan. 18, for attempted rape, according to a campus police report.

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss student wellness, vote on parcel tax

The school board will Tuesday night hold a public hearing on an increased parcel tax and, in light of a student's death this weekend, will expand a previously scheduled agenda item dedicated to an overview of mental health and wellness services to a broader discussion about the district's efforts surrounding suicide prevention and students' social-emotional well-being.

Tuesday, 9:15 AM | 29 comments
Palo Alto's transportation chief resigns

Jaime Rodriguez, Palo Alto's chief transportation officer and the architect of the city's aggressive plan to build a wide network of bike boulevards has resigned after nearly five years at City Hall.

Tuesday, 1:17 AM | 53 comments
Skeptical Palo Alto council not sold on Page Mill development

A plan to replace four homes on a busy stretch of Page Mill Road with a three-story building featuring apartments, office space and retail ran into a wall of skepticism Monday night when Palo Alto officials declined to grant the developer the requested zoning exceptions and demanded a fresh financial analysis of the project.

Tuesday, 1:17 AM | 36 comments

Monday, January 26, 2015

Palo Alto still struggling to find site for new police station

Palo Alto's long search for a place where it can build a new police building remains hampered by a shortage of options, though officials have about five possible locations in mind, City Manager James Keene said last week.

Monday, 9:58 AM | 20 comments
Palo Alto considers legal options against Caltrain

Weeks after learning about Caltrain's plan to seek an exemption from California's environmental law for its proposed electrification project in the event of a lawsuit, Palo Alto officials are preparing to consider their legal options.

Monday, 9:41 AM | 58 comments

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Coroner IDs Caltrain fatality

A 64-year-old San Jose resident was struck and killed by a train at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto on Sunday, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has confirmed.

Sunday, 1:58 PM | 23 comments

Saturday, January 24, 2015

School district responds to Palo Alto teen's death

Palo Alto school officials have confirmed that a male Gunn High School senior died by suicide near his residence early Saturday morning.

Saturday, 4:11 PM | 119 comments

Friday, January 23, 2015

Art commissioners favor arch design for new bike bridge

The Public Art Commission became the latest Palo Alto board on Thursday to weigh in on a proposed bike bridge over Highway 101, with most members favoring the design with a prominent arch.

Friday, 5:16 PM | 32 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Page Mill Road development, Highway 101 overpass

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 26.

Friday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
City Council OKs new bike routes on Churchill and Maybell

Students biking to Palo Alto's two public high schools and southernmost middle school will be getting help with their commutes, as the City Council on Tuesday approved concept plans for two of more than 20 proposed bike projects aimed at making local streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Friday, 8:35 AM | 61 comments
Guest opinion: Is retirement funding based on 'rainbows, butterflies and unicorns'?

A well-known financial analyst, talk-show host and Orange County's treasurer-tax collector recently described state retirement-funding forecasts as "all rainbows, butterflies and unicorns."

Friday, 7:50 AM | 12 comments
Editorial: School board should be concerned about timing, over-reaching on parcel tax

Palo Altans have stepped up time and time again to support the schools, through generous donations, bond measures to upgrade facilities and parcel taxes to supplement regular property-tax revenue and state support.

Friday, 7:45 AM | 98 comments
New East Palo Alto police chief brings new attitude

Albert Pardini, a 32-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, is East Palo Alto's new top cop, and he's doing something that has stunned his department's weary and overworked officers: He's talking to them.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 9 comments

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ford opens new research center in Palo Alto

Seeking to hit the gas pedal on new technologies such as self-driving cars and immerse itself in Silicon Valley's big-data culture, Ford Motor Company on Thursday opened its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

Thursday, 4:01 PM | 7 comments
Protest on San Mateo Bridge caused crashes, CHP says

A regional division chief of the California Highway Patrol responded to at least four collisions resulting from protesters' shutdown of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a CHP spokesman said today.

Thursday, 8:51 AM | 31 comments
Ravenswood school district to integrate mindfulness, yoga into regular curriculum

All 3,400 students in the Ravenswood City School District will soon have yoga and mindfulness as a regular part of their curriculum as the result of a new partnership with a Southern California-based nonprofit that brings health and wellness education to K-12 schools throughout the country.

Thursday, 8:44 AM | 12 comments
Man fatally shot in East Palo Alto

Police in East Palo Alto this morning are investigating a Wednesday night shooting death.

Thursday, 7:59 AM | 1 comment
Plans for new bike boulevards surge ahead in Palo Alto

Once a novelty, bike boulevards are about to become a common sight in Palo Alto, with the city embarking on more than 20 projects aimed at making local streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Thursday, 7:52 AM | 61 comments
Page Mill development to test Palo Alto's new affordable-housing law

A new Palo Alto law that allows developers who provide affordable housing to build more densely will get its first test on Monday night, when the City Council considers approving the demolition of four homes and construction of new three-story building on a busy and rapidly changing stretch of Page Mill Road.

Thursday, 7:41 AM | 33 comments

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

VIDEO: Bay Area Freedom Train makes its final trip

Thousands of people came out to San Jose's Diridon Station on Monday, Jan. 19, to ride the final Freedom Train up to San Francisco.

Wednesday, 8:25 AM | No comments yet
New rule calls for open votes before closed sessions

Palo Alto council members will have to take a public vote before every closed-door meeting under a new policy that the City Council adopted on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 12:43 AM | No comments yet
Salary hikes approved for Palo Alto council members

In the latest sign of the city's growing economic fortunes, the Palo Alto City Council agreed on Tuesday night to raise the salaries of council members for the first time in more than 15 years.

Wednesday, 12:16 AM | 22 comments

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Traffic blocked off after crash in downtown Palo Alto

A two-vehicle crash has traffic blocked off from eastbound Lytton Avenue and Alma Street in downtown Palo Alto on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:44 PM | 3 comments
Foothill College selected to launch historic four-year degree program

Foothill College is officially one of 15 community colleges in the state that, for the first time in California's history, will offer a four-year baccalaureate program.

Tuesday, 2:45 PM | 6 comments
City spots flaws in glass shards on California Avenue

Responding to complaints about the sharpness of the polished glass used in California Avenues new sidewalks, Palo Alto officials have directed the contractor behind the $7 million streetscape project to remove and re-embed the glass in some areas.

Tuesday, 2:27 PM | 51 comments
County supervisors offer aid in preserving Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian proposed Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors to use $8 million from its affordable housing fund to help prevent Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto from closing.

Tuesday, 1:06 PM | 59 comments
Men accused of fatal downtown Palo Alto fight appear in court

The two men who were involved in the fatal altercation outside The Patio bar in downtown Palo Alto on Dec. 21 made their first court appearance on Tuesday morning since the death of the 24-year-old man who died several weeks after the fight.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | 4 comments

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bike improvements eyed around Palo Alto high schools

With about two dozen bike projects already in the works in Palo Alto, city officials are preparing to sign off on two more Tuesday night with the goal of creating a smoother ride for local high school students.

Monday, 5:03 PM | 30 comments
Stanford students arrested after protest shuts down San Mateo bridge

Dozens of protestors, including Stanford students, were arrested Monday night after they shut down traffic for more than an hour on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monday, 4:59 PM | 34 comments
Palo Alto seeks feedback on new traffic-reduction nonprofit

Palo Alto's bid to create a nonprofit that would manage downtown's traffic-reduction programs will be the focus of a community meeting at City Hall next week.

Monday, 3:20 PM | 21 comments
Bay Area Freedom Train, honoring Martin Luther King Jr., makes its final ride

Monday's 54-mile round trip of the Bay Area's Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco to honor the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was its last after three decades, and all 1,400 seats were sold out.

Monday, 12:32 PM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Shady Lane moves, Anatolian Kitchen expands

Gift boutique Shady Lane is slated to move from University Avenue to Sharon Heights Shopping Center next month; Anatolian Kitchen on Birch Street has expanded into the space next door.

Monday, 7:22 AM | 21 comments

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stanford students gain access to admissions records

About 1,000 students are due to get a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Stanford University's admissions office after requesting that the university release their admission records under the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which among other rights, grants students access to their education records.

Sunday, 11:38 AM | 9 comments
What's happening here?

Construction crews have begun tearing down the old Bloomingdale's store at Stanford Shopping Center on Jan. 14.

Sunday, 9:14 AM | 6 comments
Staffing shuffle aims to boost Palo Alto Fire Department's medical response

With medical response calls on the rise, the Palo Alto Fire Department last week adjusted its staffing so that every fire truck and station has at least one paramedic trained to handle some of the department's most serious emergency calls.

Sunday, 9:13 AM | 3 comments
'Lift the Hood' event offers opportunity to learn about county government

Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at county government operations? Santa Clara County is accepting applications for the 2015 SCC Gov 101 Academy, a 10-week program that provides an overview of county government's role and responsibilities.

Sunday, 9:13 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Residents ask: What's with the water?

Palo Alto residents have noticed a change in their tap water lately, The drought, in part, is to blame, according to Palo Alto utilities staff.

Saturday, 8:23 AM | 14 comments
Health officials warn flu season could get worse

There have been at least four flu-related deaths in the Bay Area so far, and public health officials warn that while flu-season has been mild so far, it could still become severe.

Saturday, 7:38 AM | 2 comments
Nonprofit aims to bring laundry, shower services to homeless

People who are homeless in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto could soon have free showers and laundry services through a new initiative that would bring the facilities to them.

Saturday, 7:24 AM | 7 comments

Teavana Palo Alto closes
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 3,516 views

What Freshmen Should be Thinking About College
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 10 comments | 2,002 views

Sometimes the Rules Go Out the Window
By Cheryl Bac | 5 comments | 1,729 views

Clarifying the Process of Canonization
By Nick Taylor | 0 comments | 1,165 views

Waiting on the Edge of Death
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 648 views