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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Palo Alto couple seeks a place for mobile micro-housing

True to their generation's environmentalist sensibilities, a Bay Area millennial couple has come up with a potential housing solution that would be both affordable and allow them to live out their values of reducing waste and eschewing over consumption.

Sunday, 8:26 AM | 18 comments
Pedestrian killed after being hit by truck in Palo Alto

A pedestrian died early Sunday morning in Palo Alto after he was hit by a big-rig on an Embarcadero Road on-ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sunday, 8:07 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Guest opinion: Huge income 'gender gap' — a conspiracy or just socioeconomics?

The existence of a gender gap in pay is a longstanding, well-known fact. The news this year is the size and relation to advanced degrees.

Saturday, 8:44 AM | 11 comments
Continuation high school picks up those who fall through the cracks

Alta Vista High School in Mountain View has a reputation as a "bad" school, one with failing students and lower-quality teachers, but its primary goal is to help students who fall through the cracks at a traditional high school get back on track through a smaller, more structured school environment that also aims to challenge traditional notions of success.

Saturday, 8:43 AM | 7 comments

Friday, April 17, 2015

Burglar sought after stealing drugs from Palo Alto pharmacy

A burglar broke into Maximart Pharmacy in Palo Alto early Thursday morning and stole drugs before getting away, according to Palo Alto police.

Friday, 1:17 PM | No comments yet
Drought Q&A with the City of Palo Alto Utilities

Palo Alto Utilities Department spokeswoman Catherine Elvert provides some answers regarding the state drought and what Palo Alto residents can do to conserve water, as well as the city's efforts.

Friday, 12:50 PM | 6 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Earth Day report, proposed library budget, Green Building Code

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

Friday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: The Buena Vista imperative

Constrained by advice from the city attorney aimed at keeping council members narrowly focused on their legal responsibilities, an emotional two evenings of public testimony and council discussion came to an anti-climactic end Tuesday night as the council unanimously gave permission to the owner of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park to close it down.

Friday, 7:40 AM | 22 comments
Palo Alto residents seek creative ways to cut water use

With the state under mandatory water-use restrictions, Palo Alto residents are turning to creative ways to conserve water, including collecting rainwater, utilizing greywater systems and installed drought-resistant landscaping.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 21 comments
Tips for saving water

Wondering how much water the average household function consumes? Read on to find out and also for tips on saving water.

Friday, 7:36 AM | No comments yet
Attorneys debate the value of a Palo Alto education

In determining how much assistance should be offered to residents of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park once the park is closed, attorneys and Palo Alto officials spent hours on Tuesday wrestling with the question: How valuable are Palo Alto schools?

Friday, 7:34 AM | 57 comments

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Body found Thursday confirmed to be missing Palo Alto hiker

The Alameda County Coroner's Office has confirmed that a body found in a wilderness area that of a Palo Alto man who went missing while hiking in the the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County on Wednesday.

Thursday, 4:13 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto set to move ahead with minimum-wage hike

Following in the footsteps of its neighbors in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, Palo Alto is preparing to adopt a new law raising the local minimum wage to $10.30 per hour.

Thursday, 2:18 PM | 11 comments
Palo Alto man missing after going on hike in Sunol Regional Wilderness

Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a Palo Alto man who didn't return after a morning hike in the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County on Wednesday, April 15.

Thursday, 12:01 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto boxing gym founder takes down alleged thief

A burglar picked the wrong car to break into on Saturday morning -- the one belonging to East Palo Alto Boxing Club owner Johnnie Gray.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | 15 comments
Lawyer: Buena Vista evictions could start next month

As local officials continue to scour for ways to save Buena Vista Mobile Home Park from imminent closure, the attorney for the park owner warned Tuesday night that eviction notices could legally be sent to the Palo Alto park's 400 residents as early as next month.

Thursday, 9:44 AM | 31 comments
Leadership change at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto

Barbara Gross, the general manager of Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto, is stepping down from her position after 15 years of service, the hotel announced Wednesday, April 15.

Thursday, 9:08 AM | 7 comments
Stanford University launches survey on sexual assault

Stanford University is polling students on their experiences with sexual assault, knowledge about university resources and perception of the university's handling of reports of sexual misconduct.

Thursday, 8:31 AM | No comments yet
Caltrain's bike bump form now available online

People with bicycles who are bumped off Caltrain due to overcrowding issues can now make reports online.

Thursday, 8:13 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

East Palo Alto man arrested for indecent exposure

Police have arrested an East Palo Alto man on charges that he exposed himself to at least three people last month at the Stanford Shopping Center, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Wednesday, 9:32 AM | 2 comments
'Yes on A' campaign raises more than $46,000

The "Yes on A" campaign in support of the Palo Alto schools parcel tax measure has raised $46,047, with Parent Teacher Associations, community members and the California Teachers Association kicking in the largest donations, according to campaign finance reports filed with the county Registrar of Voters.

Wednesday, 9:00 AM | 133 comments
Buena Vista's closure hangs on new appraisal

Though the fate of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park remains cloudy, residents of the sprawling El Camino Real park received a sliver of good news Tuesday night when the Palo Alto City Council agreed to raise the compensation that they would receive in exchange for eviction.

Wednesday, 2:19 AM | 106 comments

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Surf Air adds 31 flights a week at San Carlos Airport

Surf Air, the commuter airline that has been barraged with demands to reduce the noise its aircraft make over the Midpeninsula, announced plans on Monday to expand its service at the San Carlos Airport.

Tuesday, 10:34 AM | 100 comments
Expect delays during Foothill Expressway bridge-widening project

Commuters using Foothill Expressway can expect traffic delays starting Monday, April 13, at Loyola Corners as work begins on the Loyola Bridge widening project in Santa Clara County, county officials said.

Tuesday, 8:54 AM | 1 comment
One or more shots fired at person on Abelia Way in East Palo Alto

A gunfire detector recorded three to four shots fired late Monday in East Palo Alto with at least one meant to hit a person, police said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 7:56 AM | No comments yet
Buena Vista residents make final plea to save their homes

In a last-ditch push to preserve their homes, hundreds of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents packed into City Hall on Monday night and urged Palo Alto officials during an emotional meeting to reject the park owner's closure application.

Tuesday, 12:44 AM | 37 comments

Monday, April 13, 2015

Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre closes for remodel

Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre has closed for significant interior renovations, with new seating, updated restrooms and an area in the lobby for moviegoers to enjoy beer, wine or food before watching a film.

Monday, 3:09 PM | 22 comments
Palo Alto set to make all new homes 'solar ready'

All new homes in Palo Alto will have to dedicate roof space to solar panels under a new law that the City Council is preparing to adopt later this month.

Monday, 9:49 AM | 33 comments
East Palo Alto residents march against gentrification

In a show of solidarity and to build a greater coalition of families throughout East Palo Alto, residents marched to City Hall on Saturday, April 11, to prevent displacement of the city's low-income residents by gentrification.

Monday, 9:49 AM | 84 comments

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shooting in East Palo Alto kills one

An East Palo Alto resident died after being shot on Friday night, April 10, police said. East Palo Alto police arrived at the 300 block of Wisteria Drive after a Shot Spotter gunfire activation and found a 34-year-old East Palo Alto resident lying in the street.

Saturday, 8:25 AM | No comments yet
Holocaust Remembrance Day to highlight experiences relevant to today's extremism

Palo Alto residents Luba Keller and Liliane Kuhn and Liliane's husband, Alfred, will be among those honored by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, April 13.

Saturday, 7:33 AM | 6 comments

Friday, April 10, 2015

Panel: No easy fixes for teen depression, suicide

In the wake of recent suicides of local high school students, a panel of mental health experts and teenagers convened to discuss depression and school-related stress.

Friday, 2:48 PM | 77 comments
Guest Opinion: Tax renewal would protect Palo Alto school programs

Local voters have long supported the Palo Alto Unified School District to ensure we can provide a world-class education for all students. Given the impending expiration of our local school parcel-tax funding, we developed a detailed plan for continuing this important funding while also addressing current challenges and opportunities in our school district.

Friday, 8:44 AM | 148 comments
Palo Alto superintendent: No academic classes during zero period

Palo Alto Superintendent Max McGee has decided that the district's two high schools should not offer academic classes during early morning zero period starting in the next school year, according to a message McGee indicated he will send Friday to students, staff and parents.

Friday, 8:35 AM | 190 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Buena Vista Mobile Home Park appeals, acquisition of artworks

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 13.

Friday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet
Council to hear appeal over Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

In what could be the decisive battle in the two-and-a-half-year war over closing the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, the City Council is set to hear an appeal by residents of the El Camino Real park next Monday and Tuesday.

Friday, 7:42 AM | 15 comments
One Palo Alto man's quest to protect the baylands' gray fox

Bill Leikam, a Palo Alto naturalist, formed the Urban Wildlife Research Project to study and help protect some of the Bay Area's most elusive wildlife. Now, he is mapping the Palo Alto Baylands' gray fox habitat to discover their paths around the perimeter of San Francisco Bay.

Friday, 7:42 AM | 20 comments

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Stanford University to boost psychological services

With a new injection of recently approved funding, Stanford University's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) plans to increase its staff by five in the next academic year. The expansion comes amid increased student complaints this year about long wait times and sometimes insufficient mental health support.

Thursday, 9:00 AM | 3 comments
Outage leaves some Palo Alto residents without power

A power outage in the northern part of Palo Alto left nearly 500 residents without power Thursday morning.

Thursday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet
Storify: The fight for Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

The Palo Alto Weekly has created an archive of past news coveraqe, videos, photos and documents related to Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, whose closure will be considered by the Palo Alto City Council on April 13 and 14.

Thursday, 7:34 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

East Palo Alto City Council to fill vacant seat

The East Palo Alto City Council on Tuesday, April 7, approved an appointment process to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Councilwoman Laura Martinez, who is leaving to serve on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District.

Wednesday, 1:33 PM | No comments yet
Kepler's aims to start national conversation

Starting on Wednesday, April 8, well-known radio journalist Angie Coiro will host "In Deep," a two-hour talk show recorded live at Kepler's in Menlo Park. The first hour will be dedicated to current issues and the second spent on arts and culture.

Wednesday, 12:14 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto set to approve new signs, monument at City Hall

Seeking to make it easier for the public to find, and get around, the freshly renovated City Hall, Palo Alto plans to spend nearly $330,000 on signs, directories and a large monument in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 31 comments
Scientists: State drought likely to worsen

The likelihood of California experiencing more warm, dry years leading to severe drought is increasing, according to research by Stanford University scientists.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 12 comments
Stanford task force recommends expulsion as 'expected' sanction for sexual assault

A Stanford University task force charged with reviewing and issuing recommendations on sexual-assault policies and procedures is recommending a policy change still seen as radical for many colleges — that any student found responsible for sexual assault be expelled.

Wednesday, 9:44 AM | 27 comments
Palo Alto weighs ideas to speed up council meetings

Palo Alto's elected officials disagree on many issues, but they are united in their belief that they need to talk less and make City Council meetings more efficient.

Wednesday, 9:21 AM | 26 comments
Community Notebook: Silicon Valley Robot Block Party features the latest in robotics

More than 1,000 people are expected to celebrate National Robotics Week at the 2015 Silicon Valley Robot Block Party, where the latest robotics technology and startups will be on display.

Wednesday, 7:57 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Council to weigh appeal of polarizing downtown development

The intense community dispute over a downtown development that is slated to go up at the former location of Shady Lane on University Avenue will soon be heading to the City Council for resolution.

Tuesday, 9:49 AM | 39 comments
Ballots for school parcel tax mailed to Palo Alto voters

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters mailed ballots this week to the 42,084 registered voters in the Palo Alto Unified School District who are being asked to vote on a $758 parcel tax to support the district's schools.

Tuesday, 9:21 AM | 95 comments
Second Harvest, tech execs launch 'Stand Up for Kids' campaign

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and a group of high-level tech executives launched this month a "Stand Up for Kids" campaign with the goal of helping to feed the one in three children in Silicon Valley who struggles with hunger.

Tuesday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet
Storify: Sexual assault at Stanford

The Palo Alto Weekly has created a Storify page to collect news coverage, social media reaction and other content related to the ongoing sexual assault issues at Stanford University.

Tuesday, 7:56 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto moves ahead with 'urgency' law to protect retail

With Palo Alto's shopping centers thriving, its sales-tax revenues rising and its downtown vacancies virtually nonexistent, a visitor might be startled to learn that the city is going through a retail crisis. But with shops increasingly making way for offices, the City Council on Monday voted 7-0 to move ahead with an "urgency ordinance" that would ban such conversions in all commercial areas.

Tuesday, 1:21 AM | 50 comments

Monday, April 6, 2015

Architecture critic threatens to sue over approved development

One of downtown's most vehement critics of modernist architecture has threatened to file a lawsuit if Palo Alto officials don't reconsider their decision in late 2013 to approve a glassy four-story building across the street from City Hall.

Monday, 9:56 AM | 29 comments
Bike Share's expansion plan leaves Palo Alto behind

As the Bay Area's fledgling bike-share program prepares for a colossal regional expansion, its presence in Palo Alto may soon come to an end because of underwhelming ridership numbers.

Monday, 9:38 AM | 38 comments

Spring food and drink goings on
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 2,489 views

Frustrated with arguments on the parcel tax
By Douglas Moran | 39 comments | 1,304 views

Couple’s Strife: 3 Tools for a Happier Relationship
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,233 views

The Sad Family Photo
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 1,047 views

The movie "5 to 7" is all about all kinds of love
By Sally Torbey | 4 comments | 399 views