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Friday, August 22, 2014

East Palo Alto woman gets 15 years to life for high-speed-chase murder

An East Palo Alto woman has received 15 years to life in prison after a 2011 high-speed chase that led to the death of her friend, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Friday, 3:58 PM | No comments yet
Work on Oregon Expressway to close lanes tonight

Construction crews will be installing new roadway markings on Oregon Expressway Friday night, prompting lane closures in both directions.

Friday, 2:08 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto looks to modify traffic signals on Embarcadero Road

Seeking to relieve traffic congestion and respond to years of residents' complaints, Palo Alto is preparing to remove a traffic light and consider widening Embarcadero Road near Town & Country Village and Palo Alto High School.

Friday, 9:45 AM | 25 comments
Waxsanity: Jeremy Lin gets statue at Madame Tussauds

Two days before his 26th birthday, NBA point guard and Palo Alto's own Jeremy Lin received perhaps one of his most memorable gifts ever: a life-size wax figure of himself, which was unveiled Thursday at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Friday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet
Historic Professorville home to be lifted and rotated

A century-old house at 221 Kingsley Ave. described as an "anchor" of the historic Professorville neighborhood will be lifted and rotated 90 degrees to create a backyard for the prospective new owners, according to plans on file with the city.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 4 comments
Moonlight Run/Walk celebrates 30th year

Pull out those running shoes and hop on the Internet -- it's time to register for the 30th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk.

Friday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: school goals, 101 bike bridge, PC zoning reforms

Friday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Controversial plan for Palo Alto office building ekes out approval

Despite a chorus of protests from residents, Palo Alto's architectural board on Thursday approved a new three-story building that will go up next to Sarah Wallis Park and inject more commercial space into the rapidly changing business district around California Avenue.

Friday, 7:22 AM | 12 comments
Downtown Streets Team to run Palo Alto Food Closet

After two disappointing years of subsidizing the Palo Alto Food Closet and other homeless services out of its other programs, the nonprofit InnVision Shelter Network will turn operations of the longtime downtown grocery program over to Eileen Richardson, executive director of the nonprofit Downtown Streets Team.

Friday, 7:22 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Human trafficking commission to crack down on 'modern-day slavery'

Determined to push human sex and labor trafficking out of Santa Clara County and to prosecute its perpetrators, Santa Clara County convened the first meeting of its new Human Trafficking Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Thursday, 9:52 AM | 11 comments
Ravenswood district seeks input on new, consolidated middle school

The Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto is launching an "intensive listening campaign" to solicit community input about a potential new middle school for all of its sixth- through eighth-grade students, but Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff is stressing that any changes are still far in the future.

Thursday, 9:50 AM | 1 comment
Volunteers build East Palo Alto playground in one day

A new playground at Bell Street Park in East Palo Alto -- constructed by volunteers Wednesday in all of six hours -- will give more than 3,200 children a new place to play.

Thursday, 9:45 AM | 5 comments
Billing errors lead to higher assessments for Palo Alto businesses

A "clerical error" has prompted the City of Palo Alto to send incorrect bills to downtown businesses as part of their assessment for the Business Improvement District -- a mistake that the city is now trying to solve.

Thursday, 9:23 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

National VA secretary visits, lauds Palo Alto facility

As part of a weeks-long trip across the country, the newly confirmed secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, visited the Palo Alto VA Medical Center Wednesday and called it a standard-setting "crown jewel" within the troubled health care system.

Wednesday, 4:13 PM | 14 comments
Avenidas names new president and CEO

Amy Andonian, a nonprofit executive with experience in services to seniors and caregivers, will become the new president and CEO of Avenidas, the senior services organization based in downtown Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 2 comments
Four charged with perjury in 'Operation Sunny Day' cases

Four people who testified in cases relating to the San Mateo County District Attorney Office's "Operation Sunny Day" case, under which 16 alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs were arrested for a string of violent crimes, were arraigned this week on perjury charges, according to the district attorney's office.

Wednesday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto to appeal ruling from labor board

The City of Palo Alto will appeal a recent ruling by the Public Employment Relations Board, which has said that the city violated state law in failing to confer with the city's firefighters union before placing on the November 2011 ballot a measure to repeal binding arbitration.

Wednesday, 9:20 AM | 7 comments
California Avenue work now set to stretch until March

Palo Alto's reconstruction of California Avenue, which officials had expected to complete by the end of this year, is now expected to stretch until March 2015.

Wednesday, 7:59 AM | 20 comments

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Palo Alto students return to school

About 12,600 Palo Alto students went back to school Monday and Tuesday, and school district officials said they expected most classrooms -- particularly in the second and fifth grades -- to be full.

Tuesday, 12:58 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto City Council looks to technology to fix parking problems

Palo Alto, a city that takes pride in its high-tech savvy, is now looking to technology to help it solve the vexing and increasingly urgent problem of insufficient downtown parking.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 19 comments
Man allegedly sexually assaults woman while driving in Palo Alto

Police are investigating a sexual assault that took place in downtown Palo Alto in May after a woman got into a car with an unknown male, who remains at large.

Tuesday, 7:59 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto to weigh uses for new Foothills Park land

In a moment acknowledged to be three decades overdue, an enthusiastic City Council on Monday night officially dedicated as parkland a flat, undeveloped and long-forgotten parcel next to Foothills Park to ensure the land will be used for "park, recreation or conservation purposes."

Tuesday, 12:10 AM | 46 comments

Monday, August 18, 2014

Palo Alto contractor pleads no contest to theft, sentenced to jail

A Palo Alto contractor who had been accused of defrauding an Atherton homeowner pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor charge of grand theft and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail under a plea agreement accepted by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum on Friday, Aug. 15.

Monday, 8:13 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto martial arts instructor arrested for allegedly trying to kiss a minor

Police have arrested an instructor from a martial arts studio on Middlefield Road in Palo Alto for allegedly attempting to kiss a longtime student and part-time employee when she was 17 years old. Police are now releasing the information to find out if additional victims exist, though they are currently unaware of any other victims, according to a department press release.

Monday, 7:41 PM | 11 comments
East Palo Alto shooting leaves one dead, three injured

An unidentified shooter opened fire on a vehicle driving in East Palo Alto Sunday night, leaving one person dead and three injured, according to East Palo Alto police. All victims are East Palo Alto residents.

Monday, 8:15 AM | 16 comments
Shop Talk: More mall, restaurants flock downtown

In this week's Shop Talk column, read the latest on Stanford Shopping Center's big expansion, three new restaurants set to open in downtown Palo Alto and the sad closure of a 200-square-foot business.

Monday, 7:48 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Atherton community rebuilds plane-crash victim's home

Four years after a Tesla employee's plane plummeted into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, destroying Lisa Jones' home and child care center, residents of Atherton and dozens of community volunteers have stepped forward to rebuild Jones' home — and life.

Sunday, 8:46 AM | 6 comments
Resident finds passion, success and family bonding in archery

Intensity in his eyes, Alan Eagleton pulled the bowstring to his cheek and focused on a paper target dozens of yards below. Shot after shot, his arrows zipped beneath the tree canopy, consistently landing within a couple of inches of the bull's-eye. He was just warming up.

Sunday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Twelve vie for seats on the Palo Alto council

With the filing period concluding last week, 12 Palo Alto residents have officially entered the race for the five contested seats on the City Council.

Saturday, 8:53 AM | 51 comments

Friday, August 15, 2014

Trio allegedly robs, attacks man on bicycle in East Palo Alto

Three East Palo Alto males, two adults and one juvenile, were arrested Thursday after they allegedly attacked and robbed an elderly man riding his bicycle near University Avenue and Sacramento Street in East Palo Alto.

Friday, 1:06 PM | No comments yet
Parents urge board to consider middle school Mandarin immersion program

A group of six Palo Alto parents spoke to the Board of Education during a brief public comment session at the beginning of its annual retreat last Wednesday, making passionate, personal pleas for a middle-school extension of the district's Mandarin immersion program.

Friday, 12:02 PM | 57 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: new garage technology, College Terrace Centre, 385 Sherman Ave.

Friday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet
Paly's new 'academic integrity' policy kicks off larger debate

Palo Alto High School Principal Kim Diorio says she wants to send a strong message about school culture with the unveiling this month of a new "academic integrity" policy for the school.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 63 comments
What's new on Palo Alto campuses this fall?

It's back to school this week for Palo Alto students, and on four of Palo Alto's 17 campuses -- Addison, Fairmeadow and Ohlone elementary schools and Gunn High School -- new principals will greet the children and teens.

Friday, 7:54 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto looks to upgrade downtown garages

Seeking to drive commuters out of downtown's residential neighborhoods, Palo Alto officials will shift their focus this week toward improving the city's garages, with the hope of making them both more efficient and more inviting.

Friday, 7:52 AM | 19 comments
Editorial: A long overdue downtown parking initiative

What a difference a week can make. After Monday's ill-advised 5-4 decision to spend $180,000 to conduct studies of a poorly conceived plan to shuttle workers from parking places east of Bayshore Freeway to downtown Palo Alto, the city council will have a chance for redemption.

Friday, 7:52 AM | 18 comments
Palo Alto students share ideas about approaching new school year

A sampling of high school students -- from three "excited and nervous" freshmen to a more experienced senior -- share some of their ideas about approaching the new school year, which for Palo Alto's high schools starts this Monday, Aug. 18.

Friday, 7:51 AM | 7 comments
Labor board: Palo Alto violated law in firefighters' negotiations

In a stunning victory for Palo Alto's firefighters union, the state Public Employment Relations Board has determined that the city violated state labor laws in 2011 when it put on that November's election ballot a repeal of the binding-arbitration provision in its contract with public-safety workers -- without first consulting with the union.

Friday, 7:51 AM | 51 comments

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Two Palo Alto men arrested for battery with flashlight

Two Palo Alto men were arrested Wednesday after allegedly assaulting an acquaintance with a large metal flashlight early Sunday morning outside of the victim's Tasso Street home. Logan Philip Korecky, 20, and Christopher Stadler Snyder, 24, each were arrested on a single felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Thursday, 10:57 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto police deny ticket-quota allegations

The Palo Alto Police Department is vehemently denying claims made by three anonymous officers in an NBC Bay Area report that there is strong pressure within the department to meet "unofficial" ticketing quotas, which they say has harmed public safety in the city.

Thursday, 9:30 AM | 36 comments
East Palo Alto police chief candidates named in three federal lawsuits

Two finalists for East Palo Alto's police chief position are, or have been, the subjects of federal lawsuits, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court Northern District in San Jose.

Thursday, 8:59 AM | 4 comments
Residents near volatile creek make a plea for flood control

It's been more than 16 years since a flood swept through the homes of Spencenia Sims and her neighbors in East Palo Alto, and the day rarely strays far from their minds come winter time.

Thursday, 12:58 AM | 19 comments

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Palo Alto looks to revamp infamous zoning process

On Wednesday, the city's planning commissioners offered varying and at times competing visions for how to reform Palo Alto's controversial "planned community" zoning process.

Wednesday, 11:03 PM | 19 comments
Superintendent emphasizes need for review, unity, proactivity

On the second day of the Palo Alto school board's annual retreat, new Superintendent Max McGee introduced six ambitious goals for the district, which the board provided feedback on and asked him to further develop before they decide which ones to adopt.

Wednesday, 6:50 PM | 47 comments
Stanford professor wins highest award in mathematics

A Stanford University professor today became the first woman to win the highest honor in mathematics. Maryam Mirzakhani was one of four mathematicians awarded the 2014 Fields Medal at a meeting of the International Mathematics Union in Seoul, South Korea.

Wednesday, 9:46 AM | 22 comments

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Palo Alto school board discusses vision, role in annual retreat

The Palo Alto Board of Education met in its annual retreat Tuesday, and with the added opportunity of a new superintendent's fresh set of eyes, struck an optimistic tone on ideas for improving and strengthening protocol, communication and the district's long-term visions.

Tuesday, 5:08 PM | 12 comments
Council votes to take over Palo Alto Airport

Palo Alto Airport on Monday became Palo Alto's airport after the City Council unanimously agreed to transfer the facility from the Santa Clara County's control to the city's.

Tuesday, 3:05 PM | 124 comments
'Satellite parking' program inches forward in Palo Alto

A proposal in Palo Alto to create a new parking area near the Baylands and shuttle commuters downtown edged ahead Monday night after a reluctant and deeply ambivalent City Council approved a design contract for the experimental "satellite parking" program.

Tuesday, 3:03 PM | 53 comments
Guest opinion: 'Style Wars' a result of too much, too fast?

Palo Alto's latest architectural controversies center on questions of massing, density and style. And misconceptions about the function of the Architectural Review Board don't help. The writer hopes to clarify some issues.

Tuesday, 6:47 AM | 8 comments
Plan to replace JJ&F meets with opposition, skepticism

A proposal by the project developer's son to run the new grocery store at College Terrace Centre proved to be a tough sell Monday night, with Palo Alto officials bemoaning a lack of transparency and demanding more information about lease terms for the new market.

Tuesday, 2:25 AM | 25 comments

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tonight: Mosquito fogging in Menlo Park

Parts of Menlo Park will be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight to curb the spread of the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Monday, 1:21 PM | 3 comments
Alaska DA will not bring charges in Stanford sexual-assault case

The district attorney in Juneau, Alaska, has announced that his office will not be bringing any charges in a sexual-assault case filed this spring by Juneau resident and Stanford University student Leah Francis against another Stanford student.

Monday, 1:12 PM | 13 comments
California Avenue work prompts road closures this week

A segment of California Avenue will be closed to eastbound traffic from Tuesday to Thursday as work crews reconstruct the section of the road between the sidewalk and the median island.

Monday, 11:21 AM | 14 comments
Road closure, helicopter noise on Stanford campus Monday

Stanford University has issued an advisory that Campus Drive East and part of Bowdoin Street will be intermittently closed between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, when a helicopter delivers mechanical equipment for four residential buildings in the Cowell Houses complex.

Monday, 12:40 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, August 10, 2014

East Palo Alto introduces police chief candidates

After a day of interviews, the City of East Palo Alto gave the community a chance Saturday to meet with the three final candidates for the position of chief of police.

Sunday, 3:43 PM | 9 comments
VIDEO: A conversation with Club Academia founder Shilpa Yarlagadda

Shilpa Yarlagadda is a 2014 graduate of Gunn High School in Palo Alto and founder of Club Academia. She talks with Lisa Van Dusen about starting a video tutorial website that promotes "education of the students, by the students and for the students."

Sunday, 9:25 AM | No comments yet
Local creator of K-12 social-emotional curriculum in finals for 'changemaker' prize

Can teaching kids empathy change the world? That's the idea behind the $100,000 prizes offered this summer by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers, a group that tries to promote and connect social innovators from around the world.

Sunday, 7:34 AM | 5 comments
Jackson Drive neighbors celebrate their 50th anniversary

For 50 years residents of Jackson Drive have organized a block party that includes not just old timers and new neighbors but also people who moved away. The party, like most other things on this short block in the Duveneck-St. Francis neighborhood, is treated like a family affair.

Sunday, 7:34 AM | 1 comment
Assistant principals, dean named at Palo Alto schools

Palo Alto School Superintendent Glenn "Max" McGee has named new assistant principals for Terman and JLS middle schools as well as a new dean for Gunn High School.

Sunday, 7:09 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 9, 2014

City set to take control of Palo Alto Airport

After years of plans and negotiations, Palo Alto's takeover of its namesake airport is finally ready for liftoff.

Saturday, 9:59 AM | 54 comments
Teens should be able to learn from mistakes, new Gunn principal says

As the new principal of Gunn High School, Denise Herrmann said she plans to immerse herself in the culture and look for opportunities to ease the high-pressure environment.

Saturday, 9:59 AM | 48 comments
Email indicates that Zuckerberg offered to help developer

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently recalled he had once offered to help the real estate developer who is now suing him for failing to give him references and contacts for his business, an email filed in Santa Clara County Superior on Aug. 6 indicates.

Saturday, 9:36 AM | 17 comments

Touring the Southern California “Ivies:” Pomona and Cal Tech
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 5 comments | 3,110 views

Couples: Parallel Play or Interactive Play?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,368 views

Just say no
By Jessica T | 6 comments | 1,306 views

SJSU Center for Steinbeck Studies to Honor Author Khaled Hosseini on Weds Sept 10
By Nick Taylor | 0 comments | 784 views

Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters
By Douglas Moran | 3 comments | 275 views