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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Off Deadline: Palo Alto senior center expansion faces parking challenge

Avenidas has announced plans for a major expansion of its historic building, but parking in the highly sensitized "Downtown North" neighborhood is the big issue tangled in the political governance.

Saturday, 7:47 AM | 3 comments

Friday, July 31, 2015

Community Notebook: Mark Zuckerberg, wife to become first-time parents

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl, according to an announcement Zuckerberg posted on Facebook Friday.

Friday, 4:01 PM | 16 comments
East Palo Alto women arrested in connection with residential burglary

Two East Palo Alto women were arrested Thursday in connection with a residential burglary in Redwood City.

Friday, 3:36 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Recycled water distribution project, utilities program for emerging tech

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 3.

Friday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto pet owners can be liable when their dogs attack

Muffin got lucky the day a large labradoodle attacked him and his owner during a walk in their Crescent Park neighborhood. The 8-year-old male bichon frisť with gentle, dark eyes narrowly escaped being mauled after the labradoodle jumped a fence on the 1300 block of Hamilton Avenue on Saturday, June 18.

Friday, 7:55 AM | 36 comments
Palo Alto school district's special education department gets new director

Seeing a need for new structure, Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee has this year reorganized the district's special education department and its employees' responsibilities, most recently naming Chiara Perry, one of the district's three special education coordinators, as director.

Friday, 7:53 AM | 12 comments
Editorial: Flawed new FAA NextGen air-traffic routing system needs reset

It doesn't take too many minutes of sitting in a backyard in Palo Alto or trying to sleep next to an open window to realize something has radically changed with commercial aircraft-routing patterns in our skies.

Friday, 7:53 AM | 51 comments

Thursday, July 30, 2015

East Palo Alto streets to get more lighting

About 25 East Palo Alto streets will have improved safety after the East Palo Alto City Council voted to approve a new LED streetlight contract on Tuesday, July 28.

Thursday, 5:21 PM | 3 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto police department receives funds to fight alcohol-related crimes

The Palo Alto Police Department has received a $41,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct targeted enforcement of alcohol-related crimes over the coming year, the department announced in a press release Thursday.

Thursday, 4:58 PM | 2 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Altan to be honored for environmental stewardship

Katia Reeves, a Barron Park resident and chair of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Green Committee, will be recognized for her environmental stewardship by state Sen. Jerry Hill during a "Java with Jerry" event Friday.

Thursday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet
Air district board approves $20M for Caltrain electrification project

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District board Wednesday approved $20 million in funding for a Caltrain electrification project expected to greatly reduce emissions and allow for expanded passenger service.

Thursday, 7:53 AM | 12 comments
Income inequality in Bay Area exceeds national levels

A Silicon Valley economic research institute said today that income inequality in the Bay Area is now more severe than in the rest of the nation, according to a Silicon Valley economic research institute.

Thursday, 7:44 AM | 28 comments
Palo Alto looks to get people to switch off natural gas

Palo Alto's environmentalists cheered two years ago, when the city officially declared its electric portfolio "carbon neutral." Now comes the next challenge: How to get residents to switch off natural gas and plug into clean electricity?

Thursday, 7:36 AM | 58 comments

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Clearing up the hazy rules surrounding drones

About 1,000 people with an interest in unmanned aircraft are flocking to the NASA Ames Research Center this week with the goal of zeroing in on better rules and tools to govern the growing drone market.

Wednesday, 2:20 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man sentenced for high-speed chase with children in car

An East Palo Alto man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase through San Mateo County in April while his two young children were in the car, prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 12:27 PM | 1 comment
Community Notebook: Palo Alto alums to speak on success and wellness

Two Palo Alto Unified School District graduates are hoping to stimulate further community conversation about definitions of success and student wellness with a panel event targeted at local parents.

Wednesday, 9:05 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto nears completion on fixing Embarcadero traffic signals

Responding to complaints from frustrated commuters, Palo Alto is in the midst of replacing and coordinating the traffic lights on Embarcadero Road, next to Palo Alto High School and Town & Country Village.

Wednesday, 8:04 AM | 29 comments

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stanford campus on alert after report of armed man

After a man was reportedly seen on the Stanford University campus Tuesday evening with what a witness believed to be a gun, the Stanford Police Department is asking members of the campus community to be on the lookout.

Tuesday, 10:33 PM | 5 comments
Second consecutive Spare the Air Day issued for Wednesday

Bay Area residents have been asked to avoid driving alone again on Wednesday during the second consecutive Spare the Air Day.

Tuesday, 12:46 PM | No comments yet
Palo Altan honored for creation of girls' STEM camp

Marie Wolbach, a Palo Alto resident, received a prestigious national honor in June for her creation and leadership of the Tech Trek Science and Math Camp for Girls, which has now grown to more than 20 camps based at universities and colleges throughout the United States that have reached more than 9,000 young women.

Tuesday, 9:21 AM | 11 comments
Community Notebook: Volunteers needed for Palo Alto's Utilities Advisory Commission

The City of Palo Alto is looking for volunteers to serve on the Utilities Advisory Commission on which they will advise the City Council on present and prospective planning and policy.

Tuesday, 8:40 AM | 1 comment
Proposed Avenidas renovation criticized over clashing styles

Hoping to accommodate Palo Alto's rapidly rising senior population, Avenidas is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to build an addition to its heavily used Bryant Street facility. While no one disputes the need to create space to accommodate more senior classes and programs, the details of the new proposal faced scrutiny and some criticism last week from the city's Historic Resources Board.

Tuesday, 7:46 AM | 30 comments

Monday, July 27, 2015

Season's first Spare the Air Day called for Tuesday

As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer's first Spare the Air Day has been called for today, July 28.

Monday, 1:50 PM | 2 comments
Hot spell in this week's forecast

The National Weather Service is advising Bay Area residents of the potential for higher-than-normal temperatures this week.

Monday, 11:28 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto man arrested after car chase in Sonoma County

A 30-year-old Palo Alto man who took police on a wild car chase down a highway and through residential streets in Sebastopol, a town in Sonoma County, on Saturday, July 25, was arrested for stealing a vehicle and other charges, Sebastopol police Chief Jeff Weaver said.

Monday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
In new book, Challenge Success offers roadmap for school reform

Since its start as a stress-reduction program in 2003, Stanford University Graduate School of Education's Challenge Success team has felt it "had to speak out against an increasingly fast-paced world that was interfering with sound educational practices and harming kids physically and mentally," the introduction to the group's new book reads.

Monday, 9:43 AM | 11 comments

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Police arrest woman in million-dollar embezzlement case

Menlo Park police arrested a 39-year-old San Mateo woman Thursday on suspicion that she embezzled more than $1 million over two years from a Menlo Park company, Creekside Landscaping Inc.

Saturday, 11:02 PM | 1 comment
Early-morning blaze causes $1M damage to local home

Firefighters are estimating that an early morning blaze caused $1 million in damage to an unoccupied residence in Menlo Park on Saturday.

Saturday, 11:00 PM | No comments yet
Federal Aviation Administration to work to reduce plane noise

Admitting that jet aircraft noise is a problem over Palo Alto and neighboring Bay Area cities, Federal Aviation Administration officials met with local government representatives and grassroots airplane-noise groups on Friday morning at Palo Alto City Hall.

Saturday, 10:41 PM | 171 comments
Gas leak capped in Woodside; no injuries

Portola Road reopened after crews stopped a gas leak Friday afternoon in Woodside that had residents restricted to their homes for safety, according to PG&E and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto Library takes on new role of helping the hungry

This summer, the East Palo Alto Library has taken on a new purpose for local families: It now doubles as a place where East Palo Alto families who might be struggling to put food on the table can get a free, healthy lunch.

Saturday, 6:57 AM | 8 comments

Friday, July 24, 2015

PUBLIC AGENDA: Avenidas expansion, Junior Museum & Zoo, Recreation Master Plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 27.

Friday, 10:56 AM | No comments yet
PG&E says hundreds of trees near gas pipelines may be removed

More than 130 Menlo Park and Atherton property owners should soon receive letters from PG&E saying up to 1,400 trees near PG&E gas transmission pipes on their properties may need to be removed as safety hazards.

Friday, 9:25 AM | 5 comments
Come see the Best Of Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Weekly's Best Of Palo Alto shines its lights on the best restaurants, shops, services and other offerings -- as voted by you, the Weekly's readers.

Friday, 8:25 AM | 17 comments
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Service

Friday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Retail

Friday, 8:10 AM | 3 comments
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Food & Drink

Friday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Restaurants

Friday, 7:53 AM | 3 comments
Best Of Palo Alto 2015: Fun Stuff

Friday, 7:44 AM | 3 comments
Residents: Top need for Palo Alto parks? Bathrooms

Playing around is serious business in Palo Alto. The city is collecting, sorting and analyzing data about its parks and recreation in order to create the new Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan.

Friday, 7:36 AM | 42 comments
Foothill program opens doors for more than its students

Students in Foothill College's brand-new biomedical device engineering program this year were tasked with an open-ended project in one class: Design a handle for a child with disabilities. Unexpectedly, that academic assignment has reached beyond the classroom and into the real world to help local children.

Friday, 7:33 AM | 9 comments
In drought, Palo Alto reduces water use by 36 percent

With the hot summer still in swing, Palo Alto is forging ahead toward meeting its state-mandated water-use-reduction rates, the city's Utilities Department announced on Thursday, July 23.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 41 comments

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre to reopen

After more than three months of closure for remodeling, downtown Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre, at 430 Emerson St., will reopen this Friday, July 24.

Thursday, 7:43 AM | 18 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto teens organize coding event

Calling all teens interested in coding: Two Palo Alto High School students are organizing a free computer programming event on Sunday, Aug. 2, with the goal of exposing different demographics of Bay Area youth to the world of tech.

Thursday, 7:40 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Police: Burglars ransack East Palo Alto church

Less than a month before a scheduled 75th anniversary celebration and fundraiser to repair their church grounds, thieves have broken into the New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ in East Palo Alto. They made off with an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and damaged the church, Rev. Albert Macklin said.

Wednesday, 6:00 PM | 4 comments
Thief caught on camera stealing wine from Whole Foods

A shoplifter has stolen thousands of dollars in wine from Whole Foods Market in Palo Alto by absconding with the vino in a shopping cart, Palo Alto police said.

Wednesday, 5:47 PM | 15 comments
Man arrested for attempted burglary on Carlson Court

Palo Alto police have arrested a local man who they believe tried to burglarize a home in the Fairmeadow neighborhood while the homeowner was sleeping Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, 9:59 AM | 5 comments
Developer scales down plan for contested Maybell Avenue site

Faced with criticism from the surrounding neighborhood, the developer looking to build houses on a much contested Maybell Avenue property has agreed to scale down the proposal.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 41 comments
Shop Talk: The Clement Hotel to open in October

Pacific Hotel Management is set to open The Clement Palo Alto, a luxury hotel, at 711 El Camino Real in late October.

Wednesday, 9:09 AM | 15 comments

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Knife-wielding man arrested at Palo Alto senior home

A man who allegedly pulled a knife on police officers on Monday was arrested after an officer tackled him from behind and disarmed him, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Tuesday, 8:33 PM | 5 comments
East Palo Alto man arrested after Baylands flashing, beating

Palo Alto police arrested a man over the weekend who they said exposed himself to a woman in the Palo Alto Baylands in January and then repeatedly punched her boyfriend in the face, knocking him unconscious.

Tuesday, 3:23 PM | 5 comments
A helping hand in mental health

People hospitalized for a mental illness have a long road ahead of them, with plenty of pitfalls to sidestep as they try to re-integrate themselves back into society. But they don't have to go it alone.

Tuesday, 3:16 PM | 1 comment
Berman, Kasperzak off to fast starts in bid for Sacramento

The primary election is still nearly a year away but the two leading contenders to replace Assemblyman Rich Gordon in Sacramento have hit the ground running, with each raising more than $100,000 and picking up a list of endorsements from regional dignitaries.

Tuesday, 9:59 AM | No comments yet
Undoing the culture of sexual shaming

"UnSlut: A Documentary Film" will screen in Palo Alto on Wednesday, July 22, with a panel discussion following the film.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto Utilities Department warns against scam

The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department is warning residents about a scam in which the scammers call residents, posing as utilities employees.

Tuesday, 8:14 AM | 5 comments

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bike thefts in Palo Alto spike, prompting warning from police

A spate of bicycle thefts occurred recently in Palo Alto, with 12 thefts in the span of a week, according to police reports.

Monday, 2:44 PM | 56 comments

Palo Alto: Pastis owner to open second French restaurant
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 2,004 views

Marriage Interview 9: Make a Date to Have Sex Once or Twice a Week and . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 17 comments | 1,518 views

The Four E's--Pope Francis and the Middle Class
By Steve Levy | 4 comments | 1,280 views

My College Mindset is Intrinsically Motivated
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 5 comments | 1,270 views

The Remedy to Inadequate Citizen Input? More of the same
By Douglas Moran | 6 comments | 667 views