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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Traffic stop leads police to stolen property in Palo Alto

Two East Palo Alto men were arrested last week after a Palo Alto police officer pulled them over for running a stop sign and discovered a cache of stolen electronic items in the vehicle.

Thursday, 8:42 PM | No comments yet
Mark Zuckerberg makes surprise visit to Sequoia High

Sequoia High School students and staff were treated to a surprise visit by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a special assembly at the school in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Thursday, 5:09 PM | 4 comments
Developer proposes 30 homes for Maybell Avenue

The new owner of the Maybell Avenue site at the heart of last year's citizen referendum in Palo Alto is proposing a housing development with 30 homes, according to plans submitted to the city Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:56 AM | 34 comments
Palo Alto eyes new rules for retrofitting buildings

With earthquakes topping the list of looming threats in Palo Alto, city officials indicated this week that they plan to upgrade local laws to discourage the construction of seismically shaky homes.

Thursday, 7:59 AM | 1 comment
Gunn High senior publishes children's book on autism

Inspired by a friend and class assignment, an autistic senior at Gunn High School has self-published a children's book on autism.

Thursday, 7:56 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Palo Alto community fixture Ellen Wyman dies at 86

Ellen Wyman, a longtime resident and activist in Palo Alto, died on Sunday, Sept. 14, following years of frail health, her son Tom Wyman said.

Wednesday, 8:17 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto seeks $9.4M from Mitchell Park Library contractor

Palo Alto is seeking more than $9 million from a contractor that the city deems primarily responsible for the botched reconstruction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center.

Wednesday, 12:43 PM | 21 comments
East Palo Alto city manager retains hiring power

The authority to appoint East Palo Alto's new police chief will remain with the city manager, the City Council agreed on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:45 AM | 1 comment
One-on-one: School board candidates question each other

The five people running for two seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education were given a chance at the Sept. 16 debate, the second of the election season, to ask one other candidate one question. Below are their questions and summaries of the responses. They were given one minute to respond and the person who posed the question was allowed a one-minute rebuttal.

Wednesday, 9:38 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto school board candidates seek to differentiate themselves

While seeming to find common ground on many of the key issues facing the Palo Alto school district, the five candidates for school board Tuesday night, in their second debate of the election season, strove to distinguish themselves by detailing their previous professional and schools-related experience.

Wednesday, 9:24 AM | 22 comments
East Palo Alto man's murder trial to begin

The trial of a man accused of stabbing and slashing his girlfriend to death in her East Palo Alto apartment will begin on Thursday, Sept. 18, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, 9:10 AM | 2 comments
Stanford professor wins MacArthur 'genius grant'

A Stanford professor who conducts research on race and inequality is among the 21 winners of the 2014 MacArthur Foundation's "genius grant."

Wednesday, 8:57 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Investment adviser, hot dog vendor to be honored

Palo Alto's most influential businesswomen in 2014 are a hot dog vendor and an investment adviser, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce has decided. The Chamber announced the two Athena Award recipients on Monday, Sept. 15.

Tuesday, 9:27 AM | 4 comments
State's 3-foot buffer zone for cyclists takes effect

A new state law requiring motorists to keep a 3-foot buffer zone when overtaking or passing bicyclists took effect Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Tuesday, 9:21 AM | 52 comments
Palo Alto approves new fines for water wasters

Water wasters in Palo Alto who ignore the city's warnings to conserve could face fines of $100 per day under an enforcement strategy that the City Council adopted on Monday night.

Tuesday, 7:12 AM | 35 comments
Palo Alto eyes reforms after transparency gaffes

A week after Palo Alto officials offered public apologies for their secret and ultimately ill-fated negotiations with developer John Arrillaga, they took a step toward making sure similar blunders won't happen in the future.

Tuesday, 12:40 AM | 41 comments

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guest Opinion: Mug shots and mental illness

How does one's beloved child become a mug shot in the local newspaper? This is our somewhat abbreviated story about the ravages of mental illness and the toll it has taken on our family, as well as millions of other families throughout the country.

Monday, 4:58 PM | 43 comments
National Merit Scholarship semifinalists named

Sixteen thousand semifinalists for this year's National Merit Scholarship Program have been announced, with dozens from local high schools qualifying.

Monday, 1:27 PM | No comments yet
Digital First Media to consider sale of company, local newspapers

Digital First Media, the media company that owns the San Jose Mercury News and The Daily News, announced Friday that it has hired an advisor to "explore strategic alternatives," which could include the selling the company or one or more of its regional outlets.

Monday, 9:48 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto prepares to launch new shuttles

Palo Alto's small fleet of shuttles could grow substantially in the coming months, as the city prepares to unveil new routes and add buses to the existing crosstown service.

Monday, 7:52 AM | 41 comments

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gunn High community marks school's half-century

Gunn High School celebrated its 50th birthday this weekend, with events ranging from a BBQ to a field day.

Sunday, 1:34 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, September 13, 2014

School board debate recap: Candidates answer 20 questions

A recap of the answers given by five candidates for the Palo Alto Board of Education at a debate Sept. 11, with a guide to watching the video of the entire two-hour debate, posted on Palo Alto Online.

Saturday, 10:41 PM | 32 comments
Debate: School board candidates' answers to the Weekly's questions

The first portion of Thursday's debate featured answers to seven questions prepared by the Weekly and posed to the candidates by moderator Joe Simitian.

Saturday, 10:41 PM | No comments yet
Debate: School board candidates question one other

One portion of Thursday's debate featured questions from the candidates to each other. The questions and brief summaries of the answers are below, as well as the time stamp on the video so that readers can watch the comments themselves.

Saturday, 10:41 PM | 11 comments
Debate: School board candidates answer additional questions

School board candidates answered a number of questions posed by moderator Joe Simitian or submitted by the audience.

Saturday, 10:40 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto police advise how to identify real or fake cops

The Palo Alto Police Department has issued an advisory for how residents can distinguish a real police officer from an impersonator after a man claiming to be an officer approached two teens and displayed a gun.

Saturday, 9:19 PM | 7 comments
Two shootings, one man killed in East Palo Alto

A man was killed in one of two shootings in East Palo Alto Saturday, Sept. 13, a police spokesman said.

Saturday, 9:00 PM | 1 comment
Key ingredient for opening a restaurant in Palo Alto? Patience.

The City of Palo Alto has streamlined its processes to help new businesses open more quickly, but some restaurateurs say improvements are still needed.

Saturday, 9:13 AM | 4 comments

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fake cop with gun stops youth in Palo Alto

A high school student was pulled over by a police impersonator who displayed either a stun gun or a handgun on Greer Road at Ivy Lane on Sept. 5, the Palo Alto police department is reporting.

Friday, 4:01 PM | 17 comments
Stanford police seek witnesses to campus assault

The Stanford Department of Public Safety is asking that witnesses or those with information about an assault that took place on campus Friday, Aug. 29, contact the department.

Friday, 3:44 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Threats to the city, drought rate study, school property taxes

Friday, 3:09 PM | No comments yet
Candidates for Palo Alto school board debate the issues

In their first debate of the fall campaign season, the five candidates vying for two seats on the Palo Alto Board of Education Thursday said they would not have handled recent civil-rights controversies as the current school board did.

Friday, 9:46 AM | 90 comments
Editorial: A breath of fresh air

School district Superintendent Max McGee has been on the job for just over a month, but he has already demonstrated an ability to respectfully, calmly and firmly lead the school board and his staff in setting clear and important goals and accountability measures for the coming year.

Friday, 9:26 AM | 10 comments
Vi seniors take case to federal court

More than 40 seniors mobilized in the U.S. District Court in San Jose this week to show their displeasure with how the parent company of senior-care community Vi at Palo Alto is handling their money.

Friday, 8:00 AM | 5 comments
Editorial: An 'iconic' bridge?

We are delighted to see the city moving forward with plans for a new pedestrian and bike bridge across 101, but we would have preferred a more streamlined design process with less risk of pushing costs even higher.

Friday, 7:59 AM | 32 comments

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Development director chosen as interim East Palo Alto manager

Carlos Martinez, East Palo Alto's longtime economic development director, was chosen by the City Council as interim city manager, Mayor Laura Martinez has confirmed.

Thursday, 3:46 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto nears finish line on new housing vision

The last time Palo Alto adopted a new housing vision for the city, the feeling around City Hall was more relief than satisfaction. As the city's planning commissioners learned on Wednesday, things look much better this time around.

Thursday, 9:59 AM | 50 comments
Wrong-way driver involved in fatal, early-morning crash

One man was killed after a wrong-way driver headed north on southbound Interstate Highway 280 early this morning near Los Altos Hills, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 9:34 AM | 14 comments
Downtown residents, workers near consensus on parking

It took decades of dreaming, years of complaining and months of painstaking negotiations, but a residential parking-permit program is finally starting to take shape in downtown Palo Alto, with implementation eyed for early next year.

Thursday, 12:05 AM | 36 comments

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Palo Alto high schools score high in Newsweek rankings

Gunn and Palo Alto high schools rated better than 99.7 percent of U.S. public high schools in Newsweek Magazine's "America's Top High Schools Rankings" released earlier this week.

Wednesday, 5:37 PM | 32 comments
Breast Cancer Connections expands, Vista Center on the move

Two nonprofit organizations that have made their homes for years in the California Avenue business district of Palo Alto are on the move to new digs, though neither is going very far.

Wednesday, 4:09 PM | No comments yet
From cyberattacks to earthquakes, officials consider Palo Alto's readiness

Earthquakes, floods and cyberthreats top the list of potential dangers facing Palo Alto, according to a new report that lays out strategies for dealing with future disasters.

Wednesday, 9:58 AM | 14 comments
$1 million Palo Alto Prize seeks to 'cure' aging

A newly established Silicon Valley-based prize to "hack the code of life and cure aging" was launched yesterday, Sept. 9.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 6 comments
Palo Alto school board ratifies goals

The Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday unanimously ratified five goals for the new school year that reflect the assessment of new Superintendent Glenn "Max" McGee on where the district needs to go.

Wednesday, 8:55 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

City Council looks to protect Palo Alto's retail

Concerned about office buildings squeezing out local neighborhood-serving retailers, Palo Alto officials on Monday proposed revising the city's zoning code to offer small businesses a little help.

Tuesday, 3:22 PM | 29 comments
Design contest set for new Baylands bridge

Seeking to create a visible and iconic community landmark, Palo Alto officially kicked off on Monday a design contest for a new bike bridge that would span U.S. Highway 101 and offer residents a new entryway to the Baylands.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto officials vow to improve transparency

Chastened by accusations of poor transparency, Palo Alto officials on Monday night offered apologies to the community for their private and ultimately ill-fated negotiation with billionaire developer John Arrillaga and vowed to change their procedures to avoid similar blunders in the future.

Tuesday, 2:05 AM | 91 comments

Monday, September 8, 2014

Foundation launches website to connect legal volunteers, immigrants

In anticipation of an eventual federal overhaul of the nation's immigration laws and a growing immigrant population in Silicon Valley, Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) launched last week a new online tool to recruit volunteers for nonprofit organizations that provide legal services to the 200,000 low-income immigrants living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Monday, 4:14 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto school district to appoint new chief technology officer

Derek Moore, the San Jose Unified School District's director of technology services, is coming to Palo Alto to serve as the district's new chief technology officer, the district announced Monday.

Monday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
Gunn marks 50 years with three-day birthday bash

Gunn High School is celebrating its 50th birthday with a bang this weekend, with events Friday through Sunday scheduled to celebrate Titan history.

Monday, 1:28 PM | 6 comments
Shop Talk: Midtown Philz makeover, Giants Dugout returns

Midtown Philz Coffee gets a makeover, a new shade and window treatment store opens in downtown Palo Alto, and the San Francisco Giants Dugout Store returns to the Stanford Shopping Center.

Monday, 7:42 AM | 6 comments

Sunday, September 7, 2014

VIDEO: A conversation with Bob Wenzlau, Terradex CEO and environmental engineer

Bob Wenzlau, pioneer recycler and compost champion is now focused on what's under our workplaces, schools and homes that is known to be harmful to our health.

Sunday, 9:01 AM | 2 comments
Explosion of new businesses calls for mentors

Older mentors bring invaluable experience to the table for young entrepreneurs. Read about by Enterprise Futures Network (EFN), an organization that provides mentors -- more than half of which are over 50 -- for companies.

Sunday, 9:00 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stanford Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross at odds over new deal

Despite active negotiations over the weekend, a Sunday evening expiration date for the current contract between Stanford Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross of California came and went without the health care provider and insurance company finding any compromise.

Saturday, 8:38 PM | 4 comments
Stanford Law professor confirmed as state Supreme Court justice

At a public hearing late last month, Stanford Law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was confirmed as associate justice of the California Supreme Court.

Saturday, 4:05 PM | No comments yet
School board candidate debate tonight

The public will get its first chance to see all five candidates for the Palo Alto school board on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

Saturday, 11:47 AM | 38 comments
Palo Alto school district gets its first maker's studio

A classroom at Barron Park Elementary School has been converted into the school district's first maker's studio, an open space where children as young as first grade can freely build, play and learn science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) through a variety of high- and low-tech activities.

Saturday, 8:27 AM | 4 comments

Mixx, Scott's Seafood replacement, opens in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 9 comments | 2,913 views

Ten Steps to Get Started with Financial Aid
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,886 views

All Parking Permits Should Have a Fee
By Steve Levy | 23 comments | 1,608 views

To Cambodia With Love
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 1,259 views

Early Campaign Notes: City Council
By Douglas Moran | 1 comment | 158 views