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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Palo Alto approves path to $15 minimum wage

Palo Alto hopped on a regional bandwagon Monday night when city officials agreed to raise the local minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.

Tuesday, 1:37 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 26, 2016

Air District issues third straight Spare the Air alert for Tuesday

The Bay Area's intense heat wave prompted regional air quality officials today to issue another Spare the Air smog alert for Tuesday.

Monday, 3:06 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park's Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to invest $3 billion in funding for research

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, currently headquartered on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, announced to the world this week that it will invest $3 billion over the next decade in scientific research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century."

Monday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
Burglars hit Keeble & Shuchat by breaking through wall

Burglars broke through layers of plaster, plywood, sheetrock and a display case to get inside Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto over the weekend, making off with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, according to store owner Terry Shuchat.

Monday, 2:56 PM | 9 comments
Palo Alto school board to hold special policy workshop Tuesday

The Palo Alto school board will meet for a special workshop Tuesday morning to discuss proposed policy changes on board members' electronic communications, donations and research.

Monday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet
Air quality officials issue Spare the Air alert for Monday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today in the Bay Area as light winds, heat and exhaust from vehicle traffic produce an unhealthy level of smog, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Sunday.

Monday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Spare the Air alert issued for Sunday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today in the Bay Area as heat, light winds and automobile exhaust combine for an unhealthy level of smog, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

Sunday, 9:44 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Palo Alto temps to reach 91 degrees Sunday, Monday

A heat advisory has been issued for Sunday and Monday in the San Francisco Bay Area as western winds keep cool ocean air out to sea, according to officials with the National Weather Service.

Saturday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto planning commission set for a shake-up

While Palo Alto prepares to elect new City Council members in November, another heated race is quietly taking place behind the scenes, where 16 residents are competing to fill three seats on the city's influential, and at times controversial, Planning and Transportation Commission.

Saturday, 7:31 AM | 25 comments
Guest Opinion: Deciding Palo Alto's future growth

The biggest issue in this year's City Council race is deciding how Palo Alto should grow. This year's council election is particularly important because the newly elected council will vote on adopting Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan Update. This document defines the city's policies toward growth for the next 15 years and will be the basis for the city's zoning.

Saturday, 7:31 AM | 24 comments
VIDEO: Behind the Headlines -- Palo Alto City Council and school board candidates

On this week's news webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong hosts a reporters' roundtable with Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner. They discuss the 11 candidates for the Palo Alto City Council as well as the five candidates vying for three seats on the Palo Alto school board.

Saturday, 1:25 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 23, 2016

Palo Alto school board candidates meet in second debate

The five Palo Alto school-board candidates sat together at the board's own dais on Thursday night in the second in a series of debates scheduled before the Nov. 8 election.

Friday, 9:09 AM | 6 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Cubberley Community Center, minimum wage, schools budget

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 26.

Friday, 7:53 AM | No comments yet
Quaker Harvest Festival celebrates 50 years

In the hurly burly of Silicon Valley life, the Quaker Harvest Festival remains a place for community connection amid the wares of simpler times: homemade jams and jellies; chutneys; home-baked and handmade goods; a rummage sale; and a massive used-book sale.

Friday, 7:53 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: An imperfect wage increase

There is no suspense about whether the Palo Alto City Council will approve a more expedited increase in the local minimum wage to $15 an hour when it meets Monday night, only how fast we want to reach that level.

Friday, 7:52 AM | 5 comments
Deadly disease plagues plants high above Silicon Valley

Phytophthora, a fungus-like water mold whose name means "plant destroyer," is every bit as deadly as it sounds. Experts worry that it could wipe out whole populations of plants and change entire ecosystems.

Friday, 7:48 AM | 8 comments
Native-plant nurseries seek to combat Phytophthora

At Foothills Park in Palo Alto, the Grassroots Ecology Nursery has taken on a hospital-like ambiance. No one sets foot in the nursery without first dipping the bottoms of their shoes in an isopropyl alcohol bath, and they must follow the same procedure whenever entering any of the greenhouses, where all surfaces, from tables to walls, are steam sterilized, and all tools are cleaned with alcohol.

Friday, 7:45 AM | No comments yet
Vigilance can prevent spread of Phytophthora

Residents can help prevent the spread of plant disease such as Phytophthora, according to Igor Lacan, an urban horticulture adviser for U.C. Cooperative Extension San Mateo-San Francisco Counties.

Friday, 7:45 AM | 1 comment
A plant killer with huge economic impact

Phytophthora, the organism that causes sudden oak death, has a deadly past, affecting not just plant life but human life as well.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Police arrest East Palo Alto teens for strong-arm robbery

Two teenagers from East Palo Alto were arrested Monday night after the strong-arm robbery of a woman in a downtown Palo Alto parking garage, according to police.

Thursday, 9:12 PM | 4 comments
Widespread heat expected in Bay Area Sunday

After below-normal temperatures midweek, weak offshore winds and clear skies will bring a warming trend starting Friday and highs on Sunday as much as 30 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday, 1:24 PM | No comments yet
VTA looking for feedback from commuters on Highway 280 corridor

Frequent commuters on Interstate Highway 280 from Palo Alto to San Jose can provide feedback on how to improve conditions along the corridor at a community meeting this evening.

Thursday, 1:22 PM | 11 comments
Stanford bioengineer among recipients of 'genius grant'

An assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University is among the 23 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation's "genius grant."

Thursday, 9:23 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto explores two paths toward higher minimum wage

The goal is clear and undisputed: enacting a minimum wage of $15 per hour. But as Palo Alto officials prepare to plot on Monday night their route toward this destination, they will have to choose between two separate paths, each with its own advantages and drawbacks.

Thursday, 8:17 AM | 22 comments

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stanford graduate student dies in mountain-climbing accident

A Stanford University graduate student lost her life on Sunday, as she was mountain climbing in Inyo County in the Sierra Nevada, university officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 7:30 PM | 2 comments
Smash-and-grab burglary caught on video

Mountain View police are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in a smash-and-grab burglary outside of a Starbucks on Pear Avenue on Monday, Sept. 19.

Wednesday, 3:04 PM | No comments yet
Stanford, other research universities to partner in bioscience collaboration

Three of the Bay Area's powerhouse universities have joined forces to work on a new biomedical science research center funded by a $600 million grant from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, the universities announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 3:01 PM | 5 comments
For easing traffic jams, Palo Alto pins hopes on nonprofit

As Palo Alto looks ahead toward adopting a new long-term vision for transportation, officials are increasingly leaning on a new and yet unproven nonprofit to solve some of the city's most complex and longest festering traffic problems.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 31 comments
Palo Alto school board candidates face off in first debate

Enrollment, budget, mental health, innovation -- the five candidates vying for three seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education debated the issues Tuesday night for the first time as a group at a forum sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly.

Wednesday, 9:11 AM | 12 comments
Bay Area home prices up slightly in August compared to last year

The median cost for a Bay Area home rose slightly in August compared to the same period last year partly due to low interest rates and job growth, according to research firm CoreLogic.

Wednesday, 8:53 AM | 2 comments
Spate of burglaries hits Stanford campus

Four burglaries took place over a four-day period on the Stanford University campus, including three that targeted academic or institutional buildings, the Stanford Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Wednesday, 8:52 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Proposal to expand public access to Peninsula watershed draws opposition

A proposal to further open to the public a large tract of Peninsula open space controlled by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission continues to meet with stiff opposition from environmental groups.

Tuesday, 8:33 AM | 6 comments
Embarcadero project aims to give bicyclists a smoother ride

For Palo Alto's bicyclists and drivers, the bustling stretch of Embarcadero Road near El Camino Real isn't just a shared commuter artery. It's also a shared source of frustration. On Monday, the City Council approved a project that officials hope will create a easier commute for everyone.

Tuesday, 2:02 AM | 38 comments

Monday, September 19, 2016

Driver killed Friday by flying debris on Highway 101 identified

An 82-year-old man who died while driving his car on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park on Friday was likely struck by debris that came off a state-owned truck, a Caltrans spokesman said.

Monday, 6:36 PM | 5 comments
Caltrain collides with truck, halting service

A collision between a Caltrain train and a pickup truck halted all train service in south Palo Alto for about an hour late Monday afternoon. The truck driver was transported to the hospital shortly after the crash.

Monday, 6:34 PM | 37 comments
Trio of suspects sought in Palo Alto burglary

Palo Alto police are looking for three people who allegedly broke into an unoccupied home in the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, shuffled through the homeowner's possessions and took off with a computer tablet on Wednesday night.

Monday, 5:44 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Moonlight Run draws thousands to Palo Alto Baylands

About 2,500 people from Palo Alto and beyond walked and ran under the light of the harvest moon Friday evening at the Palo Alto Weekly's 32nd annual Moonlight Run & Walk fundraiser.

Sunday, 5:03 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Shop Talk: Creamistry opens, eateries lose executive chefs

This week's retail news includes information on downtown Palo Alto's newest made-to-order ice cream shop, Creamistry, the temporary closure of Armadillo Willy's in Los Altos and more.

Saturday, 10:54 PM | 1 comment
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Sunday

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

Saturday, 10:50 PM | No comments yet
Off Deadline: Can democracy survive self-serving, high-tech 'gerrymandering'?

"Gerrymandering" is a term coined in the 1800s to describe a widespread technique used primarily to exclude certain types of voters from a political district. It can be local, regional, state-level or national.

Saturday, 7:32 AM | 17 comments

Friday, September 16, 2016

PUBLIC AGENDA: transportation impacts, high-speed rail, impact fees

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 19.

Friday, 9:26 PM | No comments yet
VIDEO: Behind the Headlines -- Retail news, housing controversies in Palo Alto

On this week's news webcast, Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the reprieve for CinéArts, the closure of Keeble & Shuchat Photography, the city's review of Mark Zuckerberg's plans to replace four homes he owns, and a proposal for a building with 60 small apartments on El Camino Real.

Friday, 8:30 PM | No comments yet
Council candidates make their pitches at Palo Alto forum

A new senior center in south Palo Alto. A completely redeveloped Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. Also, more action, better financial management and increased community trust. Those are some of the things that 10 City Council candidates proposed and promised during a Thursday afternoon forum.

Friday, 4:43 PM | 80 comments
Small plane makes mysterious landing in East Palo Alto

Police are trying to determine why a small plane landed in a marshy area along the San Francisco Bay near East Palo Alto earlier Friday afternoon, Sept. 16.

Friday, 3:26 PM | 7 comments
Driver killed by debris on Highway 101 in Menlo Park

An elderly man was struck in the neck and killed by an unidentified object while driving north on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park early Friday afternoon, Sept. 16, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Friday, 3:08 PM | 15 comments
Thousands of dollars in donations stolen from Palo Alto church collection baskets

Thousands of dollars were stolen from collection baskets at a Palo Alto church after a service Sunday afternoon, police said.

Friday, 1:20 PM | 3 comments
Editorial: The 'microunit' allure

Some call it an innovative way to create needed housing that will become the wave of the future. Others call it inappropriate spot up-zoning that would cause severe parking impacts on the surrounding neighborhood, do nothing to create affordable housing and set a terrible precedent.

Friday, 7:42 AM | 75 comments
With Ford's help, city looks to accelerate bike sharing

Palo Alto's small and underused bike-share system would undergo a ten-fold expansion and a technological makeover under a partnership that the city is negotiating with Motivate, which operates the existing network and which is working with Ford Motor Company on a new Bay Area-wide program.

Friday, 7:40 AM | 13 comments
VA program has long history of giving vets a fresh start

Plastered in bold letters on the wall of the welcome center of the Menlo Park Veterans Affairs complex -- a sprawling campus just off U.S. Highway 101 -- the message is clear: "I create what happens to me." It's one of the creeds of the VA's Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program, a six-month program that provides housing, support and training for veterans seeking shelter and employment.

Friday, 7:37 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Palo Alto's Keeble & Shuchat Photography to close in October

Facing a changing industry and declining profits, one of the Bay Area's last major brick-and-mortar camera stores, Palo Alto's Keeble & Shuchat, will be closing next month, owner Terry Shuchat confirmed Thursday.

Thursday, 4:21 PM | 100 comments
Board rejects Zuckerberg's plans for Palo Alto homes

Mark Zuckerberg's plan to demolish and replace his four homes in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood took an unexpected turn Thursday morning when the city's Architectural Review Board recommended denying his application, arguing that the proposed “compound" clashes with the city's official vision for single-family neighborhoods.

Thursday, 12:06 PM | 63 comments
New deal to keep CinéArts Theatre open for two years

Film lovers will be able to catch movies at Palo Alto's popular CinéArts theater for the next two years, thanks to a new deal between the theater's parent company and the property owner of Palo Alto Square, the city announced Thursday morning.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 30 comments
Railroad crossing closure planned in Palo Alto

Caltrain plans to close a Palo Alto railroad crossing over two weekends in September for track maintenance work, the transportation agency announced this week.

Thursday, 8:33 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto Weekly to host school-board candidates debate on Sept. 20

The five candidates competing for three seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education will participate in the first debate of the election season, sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly, next Tuesday evening, Sept. 20. The debate will be live-streamed on PaloAltoOnline.com.

Thursday, 7:49 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Supervisors approve five-year homeless shelter plan

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday a five-year program that will provide 360 more homeless shelter beds per year, county officials said.

Wednesday, 4:05 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto school district eyes budget cuts, but some ask for more

The Palo Alto school district has moved closer to providing concrete proposals for budget cuts that will help make up a budget deficit now estimated at $4.2 million, but some board and community members remain concerned that more specificity and recurring rather than one-time cuts are needed.

Wednesday, 12:04 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto school board approves two elementary math curricula for pilot

Breaking with a recommendation from a large committee of teachers and parents, the Palo Alto school board on Tuesday unanimously approved two new elementary mathematics curricula for formal pilot this school year and potentially a third, with the caveat that it must first be vetted by an external, third-party organization.

Wednesday, 9:48 AM | 10 comments
Community Notebook: Test the Palo Alto Public Library mobile app

Library patrons and technology lovers are invited to Mitchell Park Library on Thursday, Sept. 15, to test the Palo Alto Public Library's new mobile app, MyLibrary!

Wednesday, 8:25 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto prepares to replace Baylands boardwalk

The timber boardwalk stretching from the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center to the marshy nature preserve is among the most popular features of the city's extensive Baylands trail network. Now the city is on its way to replacing the venerable structure, an effort that is projected to cost about $1.5 million and to be completed in 2020.

Wednesday, 7:42 AM | 15 comments

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