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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

East Palo Alto changes first-source hiring rule to accommodate Amazon

East Palo Alto's long-standing first-source jobs rule of hiring up to 30 percent of local residents at new businesses has been set aside by the City Council to make way for Amazon in the new University Square project.

Wednesday, 1:23 PM | 4 comments
One woman's will to survive

Janet Steele was driving from her College Terrace neighborhood home to work on March 13, 2006, when a terrible accident changed her life forever.

Wednesday, 12:42 PM | 2 comments

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Electricity-rates surge could bring shock to customers

Despite a wet winter that recharged Palo Alto's hydroelectric supplies, the city's electric customers could be in for a shock in July, when rates are expected to go up by 12 percent or more.

Tuesday, 9:50 PM | 30 comments
Four 'Operation Sunny Day' defendants from East Palo Alto strike plea deals

The first murder case that went to trial as a result of an 18-month investigation into a string of crimes involving East Palo Alto gangs, concluded on Friday when four defendants struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Tuesday, 3:29 PM | 2 comments
Campaign postpones recall election of Brock Turner judge

The group working to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky for alleged judicial bias has decided to delay placing a recall on the ballot until next summer given the cost of mounting a special election this November.

Tuesday, 3:12 PM | 5 comments
Police: Alleged Crescent Park burglars caught after traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in Gilroy resulted in an arrest of two people for allegedly burglarizing a home in Crescent Park earlier this month, Palo Alto police said.

Tuesday, 1:31 PM | 11 comments
East Palo Alto man killed in Oakland shooting identified

A man who was fatally shot in East Oakland earlier this month has been identified by police as 26-year-old Rene Cabrera of East Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 12:07 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Youth Speaks Out art exhibit opens Friday

Local nonprofit Youth Speaks Out's annual art exhibit will return this week, with a grand opening showcasing written, visual and performance art created by Palo Alto teens on Friday, March 24.

Tuesday, 11:23 AM | 1 comment
Council moves toward compromise on growth vision

Responding to an uproar of criticism from residents and community volunteers, members of the Palo Alto City Council swiftly rescinded on Monday night their controversial Jan. 30 decision to strip all programs from the city's guiding land-use document, the Comprehensive Plan.

Tuesday, 1:31 AM | 42 comments

Monday, March 20, 2017

Larry's AutoWorks closes down for good

Popular car repair shop Larry's AutoWorks closed down Friday and there are no plans for it to reopen. Owner Larry Moore told the Voice on Monday that he and his wife had decided to retire.

Monday, 4:00 PM | 7 comments
Three teens busted for home burglary

Palo Alto police have arrested three teenagers who they said sneaked into an unoccupied home in the Greer Park North neighborhood through an unlocked window last month and made off with jewelry, several laptops and an e-reader.

Monday, 3:22 PM | 25 comments
Community Notebook: Forum on youth-suicide report Wednesday

Palo Alto youth wellbeing collaborative Project Safety Net is holding a forum this Wednesday on an in-depth report on youth suicide in Santa Clara County, released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Monday, 2:59 PM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: New kitchen shop, bike store

In this week's retail news, a new kitchen shop and bike store open while American Apparel is set to close downtown.

Monday, 8:15 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Two-alarm fire contained in Old Palo Alto

Palo Alto firefighters contained a two-alarm fire found in the attic of an Old Palo Alto home on Sunday.

Sunday, 12:00 PM | 5 comments
Three storms to bring rain, cool temperatures this week

Three storm systems moving over the Bay Area will bring rain and cooler temperatures this week to much of the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday, 9:06 AM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: County looking to fill up Stanford University Community Resource Group

Santa Clara County is looking for people who will be tasked with giving their opinion on development at Stanford University at a particularly crucial time when the school is applying for a new General Use Permit.

Sunday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Around Town: snail mail; gliding to first place

Tidbits collected by the Weekly staff on people, events and other happenings.

Saturday, 8:35 AM | 6 comments

Friday, March 17, 2017

Behind the Headlines: FPPC investigations; bounty hunters in East Palo Alto

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," reporters Sue Dremann, Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner join Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong for a discussion on the FPPC's investigations into the campaigns of two Palo Alto council members and an East Palo Alto family's jarring experience with bounty hunters.

Friday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Caltrans: Crack in overpass damaged by dump truck wider than expected

A dump truck that crashed into the Embarcadero Road overpass at U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto earlier this month resulted in a 45-foot-wide crack, Caltrans has found after further investigation, according to a spokesman.

Friday, 5:09 PM | 7 comments
Five suspects nabbed after downtown hit-and-run

A manhunt for suspects in a downtown Palo Alto hit-and-run concluded early Friday evening at a Waverley Street shed, where three people who were involved in the collision were reportedly hiding, police said.

Friday, 5:08 PM | 37 comments
City Council set to pick preferred growth vision

Palo Alto's polarizing debate over future growth will resurface Monday night, when the City Council is scheduled to select its preferred scenario for long-term development.

Friday, 4:17 PM | 25 comments
Jordan, Terman middle schools to be renamed

By the start of the 2018-19 school year, Palo Alto's David Starr Jordan and Terman middle schools will be no more. The school board voted unanimously on Friday to rename both schools given their namesakes' promotion of eugenics, a 20th century movement that believed in the superiority of particular races over others.

Friday, 3:51 PM | 31 comments
Around the Block: Evergreen parking plan; Southgate survey

Upcoming meetings and other neighborhood-centric events in Palo Alto.

Friday, 3:31 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: comp plan update; utility rate changes

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

Friday, 3:26 PM | No comments yet
The Wave that changed the world

The classroom guards, symbolic armbands and secret salutes carried out by members of an elite student movement at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto may have ended decades ago, but that brief, ominous week in April 1967 when a history lesson took an unexpected turn continues to have worldwide impact on the eve of its 50th anniversary.

Friday, 6:03 AM | 24 comments
Individuals, orgs among Tall Tree awardees

Four dedicated individuals and organizations that have focused on affordable housing, community health, educational excellence and helping those who struggle will be honored at the 2017 Tall Tree awards on May 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

Friday, 6:02 AM | 17 comments
Residents offer culinary classes to children

Two Palo Alto chefs have been teaching cooking classes in Duveneck/St. Francis and Professorville neighborhoods to children, making delectable dishes such as chicken and mushroom tacos and flan.

Friday, 6:02 AM | 2 comments
Guest Opinion: Safer streets - what's been done, what's possible

As traffic increases, dangers multiply. The question we really should be asking is: "How can the city help the community find alternatives to driving?"

Friday, 6:01 AM | 35 comments
Editorial: A necessary investigation

State and federal campaign laws have long been rooted in the principle that the transparency of campaign contributions is the most effective way to discourage and expose special interests attempting to influence elections and public policy.

Friday, 6:01 AM | 31 comments

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Four arrested for allegedly furnishing alcohol to minors in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto police arrested four persons on Monday for allegedly providing alcoholic beverages to juveniles, the department announced on Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:43 AM | 5 comments
Amid backlash, city to reconsider removal of programs from Comprehensive Plan

Palo Alto officials will revisit on Monday their controversial January decision to strip all programs from the city's guiding land-use document, the Comprehensive Plan -- a move that some characterized as a "formatting" change and others decried as a betrayal of public trust.

Thursday, 9:16 AM | 7 comments
County kicks in $3.5M for immigrant support

Fearing a zealous immigration crackdown by the new administration in Washington, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to commit millions of dollars toward boosting legal services for immigrants facing deportation proceedings.

Thursday, 8:39 AM | 19 comments
State probing Kniss' campaign contributions

Prompted by a citizen complaint, the California Fair Political Practices Commission has launched an investigation into the campaign of Palo Alto Vice Mayor Liz Kniss, whose re-election bid was boosted by a flurry of late contributions from developers and who did not disclose most of these contributions until well after the election.

Thursday, 12:00 AM | 63 comments

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

East Palo Alto men arrested for allegedly robbing Livermore pharmacies

One of the two East Palo Alto men who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of robbing two pharmacies at gunpoint earlier that day in Livermore has now been linked to a series of other robberies in three more East Bay cities, police said.

Wednesday, 2:36 PM | 1 comment
DMV signals for self-driving cars to go driverless

For nearly three years, Mountain View residents have become accustomed to seeing self-driving cars zipping around town, but the technology could soon be kicking off its training wheels.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 12 comments
School board delays renaming vote

The Palo Alto school board decided Tuesday night to postpone a vote to rename two middle schools until Friday, prompted by one trustee's concerns about deliberating on an important but non-urgent issue at a late hour, a concern that the full board ultimately agreed with.

Wednesday, 8:10 AM | 79 comments

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hundreds turn out for tech rally against federal policies

Hundreds of Silicon Valley workers and supporters rallied against President Donald Trump's administration's policies on immigration, health care and other issues on Tuesday afternoon in front of Palo Alto City Hall.

Tuesday, 9:10 PM | 25 comments
California joins five states opposing travel ban

California on Monday joined Washington state and four other states in challenging President Donald Trump's revised ban restricting travel from six predominantly Muslim states.

Tuesday, 2:03 PM | No comments yet
Suspect nabbed after two allegations of sexual assault

A man who police said committed sexual assaults on at least two occasions near the downtown Palo Alto Transit Center earlier this month was arrested Friday after he turned himself in.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | 6 comments
City requests more analysis on Stanford expansion

Stanford University's plan to build more than 2 million square feet of academic facilities and 3,150 housing units by 2035 has Palo Alto officials raising fresh concerns about the impact of the new construction on the city's public services, traffic conditions and recreational facilities.

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | 26 comments

Monday, March 13, 2017

Menlo Park may take stand on Trump executive order

When Menlo Park's City Council meets Tuesday, it may take a stand on President Trump's Jan. 25 executive order, which states that so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions should be denied federal grants if they "willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States."

Monday, 4:44 PM | 15 comments
Former assemblyman wants to reform Prop 13

The common good has long been former Assemblyman Rich Gordon's aim, whether in his efforts with troubled youth, with an unfair public education system, with creating affordable housing, with protecting a natural environment under threat -- and perhaps soon, with taxes.

Monday, 4:31 PM | 138 comments
School district eyes new middle school math textbook

A school district committee is recommending a new mathematics curriculum for Palo Alto Unified's three middle schools to help bring their materials up to speed with statewide mathematical standards adopted several years ago.

Monday, 3:06 PM | 5 comments
Housing proposal on Compadres site wins key vote

A proposal to demolish the El Camino Real building that once housed the popular Compadres restaurant and to build a new mixed-use development with 17 residential units advanced this week after winning a key Planning and Transportation Commission vote.

Monday, 11:15 AM | 35 comments
Complaint prompts state probe of Tanaka's campaign

The agency that oversees California's campaign-finance laws has launched an investigation into the campaign of Palo Alto City Councilman Greg Tanaka, who reported an influx of cash from developers after winning the election last November and who accepted and later returned $5,000 from a property owner whose project he was set to review.

Monday, 9:51 AM | 64 comments
OCR findings: A repeated failure to properly investigate

A formal letter of findings from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released on Thursday details how the Palo Alto school district repeatedly failed to "promptly and equitably" respond to and investigate reports of sexual harassment and assault on and off its campuses -- and thus violated federal anti-discrimination law Title IX.

Monday, 9:29 AM | 10 comments

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Around Town: seeing red, reinventing the commute

Tidbits collected by the Weekly staff on Palo Alto people, events and other happenings.

Sunday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Three-alarm fire extinguished at Stanford Medical School building

A hazardous materials team responded to a three-alarm fire at a laboratory in Stanford Medical School's Edwards Building storing biohazardous waste.

Saturday, 8:08 AM | 2 comments

Friday, March 10, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Restaurants under pressure

Howard Bulka, owner of Howie's Artisan Pizza in Palo Alto, joins Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporter Elena Kadvany to talk about what's driving a local labor shortage and the other economic challenges impacting Midpeninsula restaurants.

Friday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: renaming schools; Stanford medicine building

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

Friday, 12:04 PM | No comments yet
Restaurateurs battle rising wages, high cost of living, shifting trends

Longtime owners who have run restaurants on the Midpeninsula for decades say they've never seen labor costs become so acute, and they fear a breaking point is on the horizon.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 52 comments
East Palo Alto family says they were harassed by men claiming to be ICE

An East Palo Alto family confronted by bounty hunters questioning their immigration status underscores how persons under duress can easily be coerced into divulging information they are not required to give.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 8 comments
Ravenswood school district superintendent tackles growing housing crisis

Ravenswood City School District's top official says the lack of affordable housing has led more than 1,000 of the district's students to fall homeless, an issue that can only be resolved through county-city partnerships.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 6 comments
Editorial: Renaming schools

Over the past year a highly motivated group of Palo Alto parents has waged a campaign to rename Jordan and Terman middle schools because their namesakes, David Starr Jordan and Lewis Terman were proponents of eugenics.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 93 comments
Opinion: Allow building-height limit exceptions

The 50-foot building-height limit championed by some Palo Alto City Council members is a desirable objective but ought not to be an unalterable regulation.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 34 comments

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Police investigate incidents of sexual battery, assault near downtown bus stop

Police are investigating two recent incidents in which a woman was approached and sexually assaulted by a stranger near the downtown Palo Alto Transit Station, including an incident that took place on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 3:20 PM | 3 comments
Committee explores K-12 computer science curriculum for Palo Alto

A new Palo Alto school district committee has been charged with exploring and eventually recommending a computer science curriculum for all students, from kindergartners through high schoolers.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 8 comments

Malaysian restaurant opens in Menlo Park
By Elena Kadvany | 12 comments | 3,389 views

Do You Have Sex Only on Vacation?
By Chandrama Anderson | 3 comments | 2,843 views

St Paddy’s Soup
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 2,115 views


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