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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Uber driver arrested for alleged sexual assault

East Palo Alto police have arrested an Uber driver for sexually allegedly assaulting his passenger after an incident that began in Palo Alto, police Commander Jeff Liu said in a statement.

Saturday, 9:17 PM | 1 comment
Outage left nearly 5,000 customers without power

An early morning power blackout struck thousands of Palo Alto residents on Saturday and lasted several hours, a Palo Alto Utilities representative said.

Saturday, 8:33 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto police investigate pedestrian fatality

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Saturday morning, July 23, leading to an investigation by Palo Alto police, according to a department press release.

Saturday, 7:12 PM | 10 comments
Off Deadline: Journalism teacher takes aim at critical thinking, internationally

Esther Wojcicki -- "Woj" to her friends and the Palo Alto High School journalism and English students she has taught for nearly a third of a century -- has embarked on an international mission some see as akin to flying to the moon, a "moonshot" dream.

Saturday, 7:00 AM | 5 comments

Friday, July 22, 2016

Palo Alto parents ask public's help to find missing son

The parents of a Palo Alto man who vanished 11 days ago are seeking the public's help to find their son, 30-year-old Andrew Pearl. Andrew walked out of a group home for persons disabled by mental illness on July 11 at around 5 p.m. and has not been heard from since.

Friday, 8:01 PM | 12 comments
VIDEO: Behind the Headlines -- Race, policing and reconciliation

On this week's webcast, guests Pastor Paul Bains of the Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ and Commander Jeff Liu of the East Palo Alto Police Department join Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporter Sue Dremann to talk about the local reaction to the recent shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas, the role of community policing, fear and support of law enforcement within minority communities, and the steps needed to bridge underlying tension.

Friday, 7:03 PM | No comments yet
New tenants sought for Cubberley Community Center

With its long-term future still in flux, Cubberley Community Center is preparing to welcome new tenants onto its sprawling campus to fill the space left behind by the departure of its largest tenant, Foothill College.

Friday, 9:52 AM | 10 comments
Postal inspector probes theft of birthday money

The U.S. Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General is investigating a series of thefts of money from mailed birthday cards that some victims believe may be an inside job.

Friday, 8:25 AM | 12 comments
Housing eyed near busy Palo Alto intersection

After seeing its initial bid rebuffed by Palo Alto officials, the development team looking to construct a four-story building at the bustling intersection of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road is having another go.

Friday, 8:20 AM | 38 comments
Editorial: Facebook's big expansion

A diverse parade of nonprofit, union and civic leaders turned out Tuesday night to a meeting of the Menlo Park City Council to give their enthusiastic support for a development proposal that would eventually almost double the number of employees working at Facebook's growing campus in east Menlo Park.

Friday, 7:47 AM | 16 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: secondary-dwelling units, school budget

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 25.

Friday, 7:44 AM | No comments yet
Hangin' with the Best of Palo Alto

After casting more than 25,000 votes, Palo Alto Weekly readers have selected what they feel are the top spots and service providers in the Palo Alto area across 83 categories, and today the top vote-getters receive sought-after distinction as 2016 Best of Palo Alto winners.

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Palo Alto Weekly Best Of 2016 Winners

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Fun Stuff

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Food & Drink

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Man charged with six felonies in sex case

A Palo Alto man who was arrested in June for allegedly raping a woman he knew at his home has been charged with six felony counts, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Steve Dal Porto said.

Thursday, 11:41 AM | 6 comments
After sniper shootings in the South, Palo Alto officers patrol in pairs

With recent shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge heightening tensions across America, the Palo Alto Police Department has changed its staffing policy to ensure that no officer rides alone.

Thursday, 7:46 AM | 10 comments
Kehillah Jewish High School expands, upgrades Palo Alto campus

Kehillah Jewish High School, an independent college-preparatory school in Palo Alto, has spent this summer revamping the Fabian Way campus in what the school calls its "biggest campus construction project" since opening its doors in 2005.

Thursday, 7:39 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

East Palo Alto to put sales tax on November ballot

The East Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved putting a 1/2-cent sales tax on the Nov. 8 ballot Tuesday night to maintain city services, according to a news release from the city.

Wednesday, 5:06 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park City Council approves development agreement for Facebook expansion project

Facebook is one step closer to expanding its offices again. The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday approved a development agreement to allow Facebook to build two new, 75-foot-tall office buildings and a hotel on its Menlo Park campus.

Wednesday, 3:49 PM | 1 comment
CinéArts to shutter in August

Another cultural treasure in Palo Alto will flicker out of existence in August, when CinéArts at Palo Alto Square shuts down its operation, sources in the theater's parent company confirmed to the Palo Alto Weekly.

Wednesday, 9:34 AM | 66 comments
Police: Beltramo's, Menlo Park Hardware burglarized

Burglars struck at two Menlo Park businesses over past several days: Beltramo's Wine & Spirits on July 14, and Menlo Park Hardware on Monday, July 18, police say. The loss in the wine theft was estimated at $65,000.

Wednesday, 7:58 AM | 2 comments
Kniss to run for fresh term on Palo Alto City Council

Palo Alto Councilwoman Liz Kniss, a two-time mayor whose political resume includes stints on the city's school board, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the City Council, is gearing up for another political race.

Wednesday, 6:17 AM | 30 comments

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gunn grad leads Crisis Text Line's Bay Area efforts

Palo Alto native and Gunn High School graduate Libby Craig is leading Crisis Text Line's efforts to grow the 24-7 support service in the Bay Area, recently launched in part as a result of the recent youth suicide cluster in her own hometown.

Tuesday, 2:04 PM | 3 comments
Vigil of reconciliation brings hope in East Palo Alto

Fear along with a commitment to unity and understanding marked a vigil involving people of many races and ethnicities in East Palo Alto on Monday night, held in the wake of shootings involving police nationwide.

Tuesday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet
Closure of Foothills station ignites tension in Palo Alto Fire Department

For the past three decades, the seasonal fire station at Foothills Park has served as an insurance policy of sorts for the rolling, rural expanses on the west side of Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | 32 comments
Eshoo announces Congressional App Challenge

The "Congressional App Challenge" for the 18th Congressional District has launched again, and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo is inviting local high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices around science, technology, engineering and math education.

Tuesday, 8:10 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 18, 2016

What to expect when Google Fiber comes to town

Google Fiber has been hailed by many observers as a much-needed shake-up for the local telecommunications market. But to hear the story from other areas already equipped with ultra-fast broadband, the new service might not be the overnight sensation its fans anticipate.

Monday, 3:04 PM | 33 comments
Shop Talk: Clement Hotel slashes its rates and more

This week's column includes news on the massive redevelopment of San Antonio Center in Mountain View and all-inclusive Clement Hotel, which just adjusted its room rates for summer stays.

Monday, 7:26 AM | 5 comments

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Palo Alto man reported missing

A 30-year-old Palo Alto man has been missing for almost a week, Palo Alto police said Sunday.

Sunday, 3:41 PM | 23 comments
Young Palo Alto entrepreneurs learn along with their campers

It started out as a way to make money to pay their way onto club sports teams. Now, Josh and Noah Yuen's FUN-damentals Sports Camp is an annual summer tradition that has taught the Palo Alto High School students life lessons and tightened their bond with neighborhood kids.

Sunday, 8:48 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, July 16, 2016

East Palo Alto woman pleads no contest to felony elder abuse of mother

An East Palo Alto woman accused of failing to take care of her sick mother pleaded no contest Thursday to felony elder abuse, San Mateo County prosecutors said Friday.

Saturday, 9:08 AM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: A neighborhood perspective of Maybell Avenue development

I would like to add some insights to the Palo Alto Weekly editorial, "A bittersweet outcome." There are parts of the editorial that I agree with, and some that I, from my perspective and the perspective of the neighborhood I live in, simply have to disagree with.

Saturday, 8:54 AM | 26 comments

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lydia Kou announces bid for Palo Alto City Council

Lydia Kou, a longtime neighborhood volunteer who in recent years has emerged as a leading critic of Palo Alto's land-use policies, announced Friday that she will be seeking a seat on the City Council in November.

Friday, 10:11 PM | 44 comments
Palo Alto's zoo bobcat dies at 22

He was a handsome, tawny and white, black-spotted critter with large green eyes. For 22 years, Rufus the bobcat gave thousands of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo visitors a close-up view of a wild and highly elusive feline species, which roams California's forests, mountains and brush lands.

Friday, 7:43 PM | 2 comments
VIDEO: Behind the Headlines — Reporters' roundtable

On this week's webcast, Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong hosts a reporters' roundtable with Sue Dremann, Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner. The three discuss developments on their respective beats, including the public-transit dilemma in Palo Alto, findings from a CDC report on youth suicides as well as reactions, and a preview of possible candidates for this year's City Council election.

Friday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
Facebook willing to pay Menlo Park $15 million-plus for company's expansion

Menlo Park could reap more than $15 million in one-time payments and contributions and hefty annual payments from Facebook if it decides to accept the terms of a development agreement with the social-media company outlined in a staff report released Thursday evening, July 14.

Friday, 3:03 PM | 2 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: There are no meetings this week

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 18.

Friday, 7:45 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Suddenly, a school budget crisis some feared

Less than a month after approving a budget that relied on an almost 9 percent increase in property-tax revenue for the coming year, the Palo Alto Unified School District has learned that the Santa Clara County Assessor is projecting an increase of just over 5 percent.

Friday, 7:45 AM | 48 comments
Palo Alto school district stunned by tax shortfall

The Palo Alto school district is suddenly facing a $3.7 million budget gap due to a new property-tax revenue estimate from the Santa Clara County Assessor's Office that is about 3 percent lower than the district had planned for.

Friday, 7:43 AM | 64 comments
Palo Alto community, school leaders react to CDC recommendations

For many who work to prevent youth suicides and boost mental health in Palo Alto, the preliminary findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ongoing investigation into local deaths by suicide affirm work that is already underway to better support youth in crisis.

Friday, 7:42 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto residents worry about dangerous speeding along Bol Park Path

Metal fences that cross the Bol Park Path to slow down bicyclists will soon be taken down, to the consternation of some residents and the approval of others, including many cyclists.

Friday, 7:39 AM | 19 comments
For Palo Alto, a public-transit conundrum

Amid ever-increasing local gridlock, a booming economy and a growing population, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has floated a concept plan that would cut all bus lines that circulate within Palo Alto, leaving just two that connect the city to San Jose.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 52 comments
Air quality alert issued for Friday, alerts unlikely for weekend

A third Spare the Air alert in as many days has been issued for Friday in the Bay Area, air quality officials said.

Friday, 7:33 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 14, 2016

With redevelopment looming, businesses prepare to leave Palo Alto

When August comes to a close, it will spell the end of an era for the roughly two dozen Palo Alto businesses that have been occupying one of the city's most conspicuous and unusual buildings.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | 37 comments
Cuckoo's Nest sues ex-chief sales and marketing officer

A lawsuit has been filed by Cuckoo's Nest, a private, invitation-only club in Menlo Park that mingles tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, against its former chief sales and marketing officer, Tony Perkins.

Thursday, 7:45 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Parents upset after Stanford Shopping Center security robot knocks down toddler

The parents of a 17-month-old boy say a Stanford Shopping Center security robot knocked down their son and ran over his foot before they were able to get him out of the way.

Wednesday, 4:41 PM | 36 comments
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued

A second straight Spare the Air alert has been issued for Thursday in the Bay Area, air quality officials said.

Wednesday, 12:05 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Palo Alto teacher pleads not guilty to sex-abuse charges

Michael Airo, an Ohlone Elementary School teacher charged in December with sexually abusing the daughter of a former girlfriend more than a decade ago, pleaded not guilty in court in Palo Alto on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 3:24 PM | 6 comments
CDC releases preliminary findings from youth-suicide study

Preliminary findings from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's epidemiological investigation into youth suicide clusters in Santa Clara County shed some light on the contributing factors, including existing mental-health issues and problems at school, that played a role in deaths by suicide by Palo Alto teenagers.

Tuesday, 3:04 PM | 18 comments
Police: Palo Alto homicide victim 'likely' knew her killer

A Palo Alto woman whose body was found in her home on July 7 was identified Tuesday as Jenny Shi, 65, according to police, who added in a press release that it's more likely than not that she knew her assailant.

Tuesday, 2:04 PM | 9 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

Unhealthy air conditions forecasted because of hot, still weather combining with vehicle exhaust have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for Wednesday.

Tuesday, 12:59 PM | No comments yet
FPPC to fine Palo Alto school board member for late campaign filing

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)'s Enforcement Division has recommended the agency fine Palo Alto Board of Education member Ken Dauber $200 for failing to file a campaign contribution statement on time.

Tuesday, 10:36 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto middle school vandalized twice

JLS Middle School was vandalized twice in the past week, with "disparaging remarks" against teachers and references to the Black Lives Matter movement spray painted on campus in two separate incidents, according to police.

Tuesday, 10:33 AM | No comments yet
Park plan calls for more restrooms, dog parks and native habitats

Pingpong tables at Lytton Plaza. Three new athletic fields near the Baylands. Six dog parks and seven restrooms scattered throughout Palo Alto parks. These are some of the amenities that the city is considering as part of its efforts to revamp the city's popular park system.

Tuesday, 9:55 AM | 17 comments
Police: East Palo Alto man arrested after fleeing traffic stop

An East Palo Alto man was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of failing to yield to a traffic stop before colliding with another motorist and allegedly fleeing the scene on foot, Menlo Park police said.

Tuesday, 8:28 AM | No comments yet
Google, LinkedIn announce massive land swap

Google and LinkedIn officials on Tuesday announced a surprise deal for a massive property swap that would trade real estate and development rights, consolidating Google's presence in Mountain View and effectively sending LinkedIn out of North Bayshore and over to the Sunnyvale border.

Tuesday, 8:26 AM | 4 comments
Community Notebook: Alumni to host 'family and culture' event in Palo Alto

A group of Palo Alto alumni working to spur conversation around youth mental health in Palo Alto is hosting a community event focused on family dynamics and cultural identity on Sunday, July 17.

Tuesday, 8:20 AM | 1 comment

Monday, July 11, 2016

Former teacher Jennifer DiBrienza to run for Palo Alto school board

Jennifer DiBrienza, a former teacher, Palo Alto school district parent and now education consultant, will be running for a seat on the Board of Education this November, she told the Weekly Friday.

Monday, 9:20 AM | 19 comments

Nitro cold-brew, early hours: What's new at ZombieRunner in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 6,942 views

Heart Pounding, Hands Cold and Sweating
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,011 views

A “Hi-Tech” Solution with a Low-Tech Payoff
By Max Greenberg | 0 comments | 545 views