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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

East Palo Alto man sentenced for 2013 home-invasion robbery

Two young East Palo Alto men who lured an ex-girlfriend away from her family home and then returned to rob her mother with a machete and a gun face three years in prison for their admitted crimes.

Wednesday, 4:44 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto teens could get $84,000 for events, programs

Palo Alto teenagers could soon have more options for fun programs and local engagement after the city's Policy and Services Committee unanimously voted to recommend up to $84,000 for teen programs, events and services on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:58 AM | 4 comments
Parents, doctors urge board to stock EpiPens in schools

Doctors and parents came out in force Tuesday to urge the Palo Alto Board of Education to require schools to stock medication that can save a child from dying from a sudden allergic reaction.

Wednesday, 9:49 AM | 33 comments

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ban on feeding wildlife advances in Palo Alto

After years of encouraging residents not to feed animals at local parks and nature preserves, Palo Alto officials are preparing to institute a ban on the practice.

Tuesday, 10:48 PM | 17 comments
East Palo Alto workers could get raises

A new agreement between the City of East Palo Alto and an employees union could give city workers a pay bump of 3 percent with fewer required furlough days.

Tuesday, 2:16 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto raises fresh concerns about Caltrain electrification

After years of talking about the benefits of a "modernized" Caltrain system, Palo Alto officials on Monday turned their attention to the thorny impacts of the project, which include downed trees, traffic impacts and a new power station that officials say would bring a new eyesore to the Greenmeadow neighborhood.

Tuesday, 1:24 PM | 32 comments
Holiday Fund awards $400K in grants

For its 20th annual Holiday Fund, the Palo Alto Weekly awarded $400,000 in grants -- the greatest amount given in the fund's history -- collected from just under 500 donors, the Weekly announced at a reception on Monday night, April 21.

Tuesday, 10:38 AM | 3 comments
First 'Our Palo Alto' panel to focus on changing demographics

Palo Alto's attempt to engage residents in a conversation about the city's long-term future will kick off Wednesday and continue in the coming weeks as the city hosts three panel discussions focused on the city's changing demographics and housing challenges.

Tuesday, 2:19 AM | 11 comments
Palo Alto planners to zoom in on Fry's site

It took more than seven years for Palo Alto to draw up a new vision for the neighborhoods around California Avenue, and about an hour for an ambivalent City Council to kick this vision back to the drawing board Monday night.

Tuesday, 2:17 AM | 23 comments

Monday, April 21, 2014

Palo Altan who fell in Yosemite climb returns to Bay Area today

A 26-year-old Palo Alto man who was seriously injured on Sunday, April 20, after falling 30 feet during a climb in Yosemite National Park is transferring to a hospital in the Bay Area today, April 23, his family said.

Monday, 8:56 PM | 5 comments
New classes, Jordan donation on school board agenda

New course offerings for next year, the proposed issuance of a facilities bond and a $250,000 donation to Jordan Middle School are among the topics up for discussion by the Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday, April 22.

Monday, 5:17 PM | 5 comments
Palo Alto to celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is today, April 22, and Palo Alto plans to mark the annual event with a range of environmentally focused activities throughout the month, from a talk by the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to an eco-friendly film and fashion festival.

Monday, 11:01 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto set to 'enthusiastically' back open-space bond

Palo Alto officials are set to offer their endorsement tonight to an ambitious bond measure that would fund 25 open-space projects, including fresh trails in the Baylands, a new welcome center at Rancho San Antonio and the opening of upper La Honda Creek Preserve for public recreation.

Monday, 9:24 AM | 18 comments
Barron Park residents build mini-farms in backyards

There's a growing network of Barron Park neighbors who are, in their own way, bringing back the farmland that once covered the neighborhood.

Monday, 8:15 AM | 11 comments

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Make way for 3-D 'selfies'

At first glance the tiny figurines lined up at Palo Alto's Artec studio appear like colored toy soldiers. But the subjects they represent might walk right in the door. They are students and firefighters, housewives and techies.

Sunday, 8:48 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New flood-insurance laws hang premiums out to dry

Changes in flood-insurance laws may help assuage some anxieties faced by Palo Alto homeowners, as the federal Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 amends policies that forced many homeowners to pay skyrocketing premiums.

Saturday, 8:13 AM | 15 comments

Friday, April 18, 2014

ShopTalk: Sports Gallery and The Annex close

Palo Alto's latest retail shutterings include The Annex of University Art and Sports Gallery downtown, as well as Coldwater Creek at Stanford Shopping Center. Meanwhile, newcomer Grocery Outlet is thriving in Alma Village.

Friday, 2:53 PM | 12 comments
New trails spell bright future for Palo Alto runners

Palo Alto may be in the midst of turning itself into a bicycling mecca -- an effort that continues to accelerate thanks to a new master plan, numerous county and regional grants, unanimous City Council support and a vocal bike lobby -- but it hasn't been nearly as active toward promoting projects to support those whose favorite vehicle is their own two feet. But not to worry. Life is about to get more exciting for Palo Alto's trail warriors.

Friday, 7:24 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto students help pilot new state test

It's out with No. 2 pencils and in with "click and drag" as students take on this spring's standardized tests in Palo Alto and across the state.

Friday, 7:23 AM | 13 comments
Council set to adopt new vision for California Avenue

As jackhammers and excavators roar forth with an ambitious and expensive beautification of California Avenue, Palo Alto officials are putting the finishing touches on a new vision for the rapidly changing neighborhood considered the city's "other downtown."

Friday, 7:21 AM | 21 comments
Local marathoners reflect on what makes them run

Nine local runners reflect on why, time and time again, they push their bodies to run 26.2 miles in a race that is the ultimate test of endurance and willpower on body and mind.

Friday, 7:19 AM | 3 comments
Editorial: Cal Ave's future

Wanted: Redevelopment that is higher density, mixed residential and commercial, with adequate parking and improved pedestrian and bicycle connections, all without changing the current character as a neighborhood-serving retail district.

Friday, 7:19 AM | 11 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Cal Ave concept plan, new Paly courses, 'Our Palo Alto'

Friday, 7:17 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Magical Bridge playground surges toward reality

With funds nearly secured and its final design winning approval Thursday, Palo Alto's dream of creating an "inclusive" playground for children with and without disabilities is now on a firm path toward reality.

Thursday, 4:58 PM | 8 comments
Gregory Elarms, accused killer of David Lewis, dies

The man accused of killing East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis died Friday, April 11, at Stanford Hospital, the Santa Clara County Coroner's office has confirmed.

Thursday, 9:47 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Palo Alto's assistant city manager to depart for San Jose

Palo Alto Assistant City Manager Pamela Antil will step down from her post later this month to take a similar job in San Jose.

Wednesday, 3:45 PM | 22 comments
Weekly wins national reporting award

The Palo Alto Weekly's ongoing coverage of the Palo Alto school district's handling of bullying received the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service Journalism, the Society for Professional Journalists announced today.

Wednesday, 3:04 PM | 8 comments
Palo Alto Housing Corporation nears sale of Maybell site

After seeing its proposal for a housing development on Maybell Avenue fall in a referendum last year, the Palo Alto Housing Corporation has entered into a contract to sell the orchard site where the project was slated to go up.

Wednesday, 9:38 AM | 58 comments
Palo Alto looks to offer more aid to local nonprofits

With Palo Alto's economy sizzling, City Council members are preparing for the first time in more than a decade to raise the amount of money offered to nonprofits serving some of the city's neediest residents.

Wednesday, 9:21 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto police launch mobile app

The Palo Alto Police Department's latest tech-forward effort is a free mobile app, launched Tuesday, that provides immediate access to the latest news as well as crime maps, urgent alerts, video and photo content and other features.

Wednesday, 8:55 AM | 7 comments
Stanford law student receives award for helping crime victims

Stanford University law student Natasha Haney entered law school in part out of a desire to seek justice for crime victims. But Haney isn't waiting to graduate. In her second year, she is already assisting the families of murder victims.

Wednesday, 8:23 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teens arrested for attempted burglary on Stockton Place

Two teenagers who Palo Alto police say tried to rob a house on Stockton Place on Monday night were tracked down and arrested Tuesday afternoon in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 9:39 PM | 9 comments
Police arrest transient man for burglary, drug possession

Palo Alto police chased and eventually arrested a man allegedly under the influence of narcotics for a host of charges after a woman discovered him in her backyard Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, 8:31 PM | No comments yet
Police helicopter used to search for burglary suspects

An interrupted home burglary in Palo Alto Monday night yielded one arrest, with two men still at large after a helicopter search failed to locate them, police said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 10:59 AM | 17 comments
Abilities United announces plan to redevelop all facilities

Six months after Abilities United announced the closure of its Betty Wright Aquatic Center, the organization's board of directors voted to redevelop all of its aging facilities, a spokesperson has told the Weekly.

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | 8 comments

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nine purported gang members could face death penalty

Alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs who were indicted for murder with special circumstances in March could face the death penalty, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday.

Monday, 2:27 PM | 6 comments
Stanford graduate wins Pulitzer for photography

Josh Haner, a staff photographer for The New York Times who graduated from Stanford University, has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for his images of the recovery of a Boston Marathon bombing survivor.

Monday, 1:06 PM | 3 comments

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Youth narcotics use is down, but potency of 'street drugs' is up

Use of narcotics -- like those allegedly ingested by the Palo Alto 18-year-old who was arrested after trespassing and fighting residents on Colorado Avenue Friday, April 4 -- has declined among local youth, according to survey data.

Sunday, 10:40 AM | 26 comments

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Two men arrested in connection with Palo Alto, Menlo Park burglaries

Two Redwood City men were arrested Friday, April 11, after allegedly committing multiple burglaries on the Peninsula, police said. They were in possession of stolen property from burglaries that occurred in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and unincorporated Redwood City.

Saturday, 8:57 PM | 2 comments
Woman sentenced for boyfriend's fatal stabbing

An East Palo Alto woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend and the father of her child was sentenced to four years in state prison on Friday, April 11.

Saturday, 11:32 AM | 2 comments
Mobile app aims to bring more commerce to Palo Alto

A fledgling Palo Alto startup is trying to tackle a difficult 21st-century challenge: bridge the ever-widening gap between local brick-and-mortar businesses and the booming world of mobile commerce.

Saturday, 9:03 AM | 11 comments

Friday, April 11, 2014

School administrator Kathleen Meagher to leave for Virginia

A top Palo Alto school administrator and former Duveneck Elementary School principal has announced she is leaving to take a a position with a Virginia public school district that is nearly twice as large as Palo Alto.

Friday, 4:53 PM | 7 comments
Woman arrested after alleged DUI collision

A Menlo Park woman was arrested on drug charges and for driving under the influence after she crashed into a minivan on Embarcadero Road near Greer Road on Thursday afternoon, according to Palo Alto police.

Friday, 3:13 PM | 4 comments
Faced with 'uncertainties,' Palo Alto considers raising water rates

Palo Alto's plan to give the city's water customers a rare reprieve from rising rates has been jeopardized by an unexpected spike in the cost of replacing aged mains, according to Utilities Department officials.

Friday, 9:18 AM | 22 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Magical Bridge, 2555 Park Blvd., enrollment survey

Friday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet
Ex-Paly principal disciplined for harassment

Former Palo Alto High School principal Phil Winston, who resigned last June 13 citing health and "work-life balance" reasons, was under investigation at the time by school district officials for multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior involving both staff and students, according to documents obtained by the Weekly from the district.

Friday, 12:10 AM | 107 comments
Student streaking: Alarm over mixed messages

Concern over the rising incidence of streaking on the Palo Alto High School campus reached an apparent boiling point among staff members last spring, when according to one source there were streakers of both sexes every school day in May involving over 100 students. Streakers even entered the library, which had been a place where students had taken refuge to avoid the naked seniors.

Friday, 12:09 AM | 35 comments
Feds investigating Paly response to sexual harassment

The federal Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is currently investigating whether Palo Alto High School responded properly when allegations of student sexual harassment or assault were reported.

Friday, 12:05 AM | 3 comments
Editorial: Hard school lessons

The revelation that former Palo Alto High School Principal Phil Winston engaged in "unprofessional conduct and unsatisfactory performance" in his dealings with both students and colleagues is profoundly sad and disappointing.

Friday, 12:04 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Student service entrepreneurs think globally and locally

The global and the local are on the minds of Gunn High School students who recently won small grants to fund their community service projects.

Thursday, 4:40 PM | 4 comments
Demolition for College Terrace Centre begins

The long-awaited, long-debated redevelopment of the College Terrace Centre on El Camino Real began with the first cracking and splintering of wood beams and concrete on Thursday, April 10. Heavy equipment moved in to chew up trees, ducts, pipes and plaster on the block-long lot between College and Oxford avenues.

Thursday, 3:17 PM | 40 comments
Robots fly, swim and mow lawns at 'block party'

They ranged from funky robot pirates to sleek, sophisticated surgical devices and a robotic guide for the blind that could replace guide dogs. The Silicon Valley Robot Block Party on Wednesday afternoon featured more than 40 robots of every level of simplicity and sophistication at Palo Alto law firm WilmerHale.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 2 comments
Child molester sentenced to 12 years

An East Palo Alto man who molested his 5-year-old cousin has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | 3 comments
District attorney seeks clues in cold case

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is asking the public for clues to the murder of a teen girl whose nude body was found with more than 60 stab wounds in Sunnyvale 31 years ago.

Thursday, 7:57 AM | 4 comments

Indian street food and ... bitcoins?
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,094 views

Most Seniors do not Need Senior Housing But Could Benefit from other Choice to Remain in Palo Alto
By Steve Levy | 28 comments | 1,258 views

"The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden"
By Anita Felicelli | 0 comments | 1,106 views

I Spy
By Cheryl Bac | 4 comments | 957 views

The Cinderella ride
By Sally Torbey | 10 comments | 773 views