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Thursday, February 23, 2017

City to honor distinguished African-American leaders

Six Palo Alto community members who are African-Americans will receive honors during a ceremony commemorating Black History Month at Palo Alto City Hall on Thursday evening.

Thursday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet
County seeks injunction on executive order cutting funds for 'sanctuary jurisdictions'

Santa Clara County asked a federal court Thursday to grant a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking an executive order that would deny federal funds to sanctuary cities, counties and states.

Thursday, 12:49 PM | 5 comments
Community Notebook: Forum on voting rights, and threats, this Saturday

A Palo-Alto based nonpartisan group will kickoff a series of lectures on Saturday, Feb. 25, around what it calls "threats to the integrity of our vote."

Thursday, 9:28 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto council looks to revise zoning code

Developers whose buildings will result in 100 or more new car trips during busy commute hours will be required to submit a plan for curbing their tenants' use of cars under a new rule that the Palo Alto City Council plans to adopt next week.

Thursday, 8:47 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Whistleblowers allege Air District improperly destroys pollution documents

Two former employees of the agency responsible for protecting the Bay Area from air pollution say they were improperly fired for trying to prevent the illegal destruction of important records.

Wednesday, 3:56 PM | 1 comment
Video captures Fairmeadow burglary suspects

Palo Alto police are looking for two men who they believe stole jewelry and other valuables from a home in the Fairmeadow neighborhood earlier this month and who tried to burglarize another home on the same block, but gave up when they couldn't gain entry.

Wednesday, 10:37 AM | 3 comments
People of color speak up about personal impact of police stops

In Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood, a spate of home burglaries since September has put residents on edge, leading to an undercover police presence, an increase in calls to the police to investigate "suspicious" characters, and a number of recent arrests.

Wednesday, 8:54 AM | 7 comments
Businesses slam planned changes to downtown parking program

As Palo Alto prepares to adopt new parking restrictions on downtown's residential streets, a growing crowd of dentists, merchants, business professionals and Channing House residents is rising up to protest the new rules, which they say will drive employees out of the city.

Wednesday, 8:43 AM | 30 comments
Forecast: Rainstorm dissipating, cooler weather ahead

The Bay Area is about to get a much-deserved break from the heavy rains that battered the region Monday and caused major flooding in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nature offers boost to stormwater campaign

Palo Alto officials could hardly have chosen a better week to start mailing out ballots for their campaign to raise fees for the city's stormwater system.

Tuesday, 3:36 PM | 28 comments
County prepares for major housing boom

Santa Clara County is moving quickly on a strategy to build thousands of new homes for the county's low-income and homeless residents. And while most of the county's new Measure A housing bond will go towards helping the neediest residents, one big question still remains: where do you put all the housing?

Tuesday, 8:24 AM | 38 comments

Sunday, February 19, 2017

With storm brewing, weather service issues advisories

The National Weather Service has issued wind and flood-watch advisories for the San Francisco Bay Area that will be in effect from 4 p.m. Sunday until late Monday night.

Sunday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Woman and her dog bite would-be robber in Pardee Park

A man in his 20s who Palo Alto police say attempted to steal a woman's cellphone got more than he bargained for Saturday night.

Sunday, 2:34 PM | 19 comments
Around Town: Tough love, reporting for duty

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

Sunday, 8:24 AM | 2 comments
What's open, closed on Presidents Day

Here is a list of local and regional service closures in observance of the federal holiday on Monday, Feb. 20.

Sunday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rumors of immigration raids reach 'boiling point'

While leading the charge against the new administration's immigration policies, the Bay Area's immigrant advocates are finding themselves in a difficult position as they attempt to dispel a growing sense of panic among undocumented residents that mass deportations are imminent.

Saturday, 9:14 AM | 11 comments
County urges Supreme Court to rule on certain protections for detained immigrants

Twenty U.S. cities and counties led by Santa Clara County have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that immigrants held in prolonged detention during deportation proceedings are entitled to certain constitutional protections.

Saturday, 9:13 AM | 4 comments

Friday, February 17, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Breaking down the budget gap

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," Board of Education member Todd Collins joins Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany to discuss the school district's response to an ongoing budget shortfall.

Friday, 7:15 PM | No comments yet
Federal funding halted for Caltrain electrification

The $1.96 billion Caltrain electrification project came to screeching halt on Friday, Feb. 17, after it was announced that Federal Transit Administration officials were holding back grant funding needed within days for construction to begin.

Friday, 6:20 PM | 111 comments
East Palo Alto seeks to strengthen immigrant protections

In the wake of recent presidential executive orders to step up immigration arrests and deportations, East Palo Alto officials are reviewing programs to help the city's large immigrant population.

Friday, 6:02 PM | 5 comments
Two arrested for 7-Eleven robbery that left clerk with bloody nose

Two men who got into an argument with 7-Eleven clerks over the price of a few snacks and an eaten doughnut were arrested for strong-arm robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime after they allegedly attempted to leave without paying and engaged in a brawl with store personnel, according to Palo Alto police.

Friday, 3:26 PM | 1 comment
The free speech revolutionary

Annie Folger, longtime Midpeninsula Community Media Center executive director, who retired Jan. 31, reflects on her nearly 32 years in broadcasting.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 1 comment
Report: More people leaving Silicon Valley than coming in

The 2017 Silicon Valley Index shows that the area's economy, despite a slight slowdown from 2015, continues to chug along and serve as a magnet for people from all over the world.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 61 comments
Storm-damaged Arastradero Road won't be fixed until summer

A section of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto where the asphalt is crumbling and falling into Los Trancos Creek has nearby residents and others who travel the road nervous that it could collapse.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 21 comments
Committee members slam council for paring down Comprehensive Plan

The City Council's abrupt decision to remove all programs from the city's guiding land-use document has left members of the community "rightfully confused and upset," six members of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the plan wrote in an open letter to the council.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 34 comments
Finding the 'spark' in public education

A Palo Alto High School English teacher visited 100 classrooms throughout the state to find positive stories in public education. He documented his travels in a recently self-published book.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Demolition and replacement of Brutalist building wins approval

One of the tallest and most distinct buildings on El Camino Real will be torn down and replaced with a more modern-looking office development under a proposal that won the approval of Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board on Thursday morning.

Thursday, 4:57 PM | 24 comments
Restaurant workers take part in 'Day Without Immigrants' protest

Customers around Palo Alto may notice fewer employees and longer wait times at restaurants where workers observed a national "Day Without Immigrants" on Thursday, protesting recent actions from the federal government on immigration.

Thursday, 1:20 PM | 13 comments

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Teen intensive outpatient program to open

A donation from an anonymous Palo Alto resident has enabled Children's Health Council to address a "critical gap in teen mental health services" by opening what the nonprofit says will be the city's first intensive outpatient program for teenagers with moderate to severe mental-health issues.

Wednesday, 3:12 PM | 5 comments
Weeklong series of rain storms for the Bay Area

Rain is forecast for the next six or seven days in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, bringing with it the chance of flooding and mudslides, National Weather Service officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 11:01 AM | No comments yet
'No contest' plea in East Palo Alto spree

A 23-year-old man who was involved in three armed robberies in East Palo Alto that ended with a car crashing into a building has pleaded no contest to multiple charges, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

Wednesday, 10:50 AM | 1 comment
Board majority paves new path forward with Office for Civil Rights

Representing a marked change in stance from the 2014 Palo Alto school board, this year's board appears determined to work more collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Wednesday, 9:42 AM | 31 comments

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Body builder on probation for drug-trafficking offense

A body builder who was arrested for selling $250,000 worth of steroids and prescription medications through his Menlo Park bodybuilding business is now serving three years of probation, according to court records.

Tuesday, 3:36 PM | 1 comment
'Meteor' sighted over Bay Area sky was a missile test launch

A bright light traveling across the dark sky Tuesday morning was one of two missile tests conducted by the U.S. Navy over the Pacific Ocean, a Navy official said.

Tuesday, 3:35 PM | 1 comment
Expected rains delay anti-mosquito operation

With rain in the forecast for Thursday, Santa Clara County officials are postponing their scheduled larvicide operation against the winter salt marsh mosquitoes in the Palo Alto Baylands.

Tuesday, 3:04 PM | No comments yet
School board members ask for deeper, more comprehensive budget cuts

School board members expressed dissatisfaction on Tuesday with a set of budget cuts proposed to mitigate an ongoing multimillion dollar shortfall, directing staff to identify an additional $2 million in specific cost savings in staff, programs and services.

Tuesday, 1:48 PM | 17 comments
Council not sold on changing zoning for El Camino housing project

Palo Alto's battle between its appetite for new housing and its general disdain for densification came to a head Monday night, when the City Council considered a plan to rezone an El Camino Real site for 21 condominiums.

Tuesday, 1:35 PM | 20 comments
Stanford joins universities in challenging Trump's travel ban

An amicus brief filed in federal court on Monday by Stanford University and 16 other universities argues that President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration "threatens" their very missions.

Tuesday, 11:31 AM | 7 comments
Developer makes a stand on Edgewood fines

Lawyers for Edgewood Shopping Center developer Sand Hill Property Company and the City of Palo Alto went head to head on Monday before an independent judicial magistrate over whether the city has any right to fine the company for failing to maintain an operating grocery store at the historic retail center located at 2125 St. Francis Drive.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 34 comments
School board to consider repeal of resolution criticizing federal agency

The Palo Alto school board will consider rescinding Tuesday night a resolution adopted in 2014 criticizing the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Tuesday, 9:09 AM | 8 comments
Despite pushback, 'retail protection' law passes

The City Council passed a "retail-protection" law early Tuesday morning that aims to shield local merchants from one prevalent form of competition: offices that take over spaces that had previously been occupied by stores.

Tuesday, 2:57 AM | 42 comments

Monday, February 13, 2017

Federal complaint alleges school district website 'inaccessible'

A special-education advocate from Michigan who has filed more than 1,000 federal complaints against school districts alleging their websites are inaccessible to students and adults with disabilities has brought her grassroots campaign to Palo Alto.

Monday, 8:42 PM | 7 comments
Woman throws hot coffee on would-be robber near Stanford Shopping Center

A woman targeted in an attempted robbery near Stanford Shopping Center on Saturday morning threw hot coffee on one of the two suspects who escaped on a bicycle, police said.

Monday, 3:54 PM | 9 comments
Campaign to expand Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo raises $25M

A proposal to transform the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo into a more spacious, safe and whimsical habitat for humans and animals alike cleared a critical hurdle last week, when the nonprofit group spearheading the project completed its $25-million fundraising campaign.

Monday, 2:18 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto man arrested after attack at Mountain View auto parts store

A Palo Alto man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a dust-up at an O'Reilly Auto Parts in Mountain View, where he allegedly yelled at employees, attacked another customer with a carburetor cover and hit a car when he left.

Monday, 12:32 PM | 6 comments
School board to discuss 2017-18 budget cuts

The Palo Alto school board will discuss Tuesday morning a proposed round of budget cuts for the 2017-18 school year to mitigate an ongoing shortfall, with the most cutbacks coming from the district office and personnel.

Monday, 10:34 AM | 7 comments
Shop Talk: Pet Depot to close, Accent Arts moves

In the latest Palo Alto retail news, Pet Food Depot is set to close after 30-plus years, Amity Crossfit opens on California Avenue and Palo Alto's iconic art-supply store, Accent Arts, moves across the street.

Monday, 8:39 AM | 6 comments
Power outages hit Palo Alto Monday morning

A power outage that put 1,800 customers in the dark and turned off many traffic signals has been fully repaired as of 11:15 a.m. Monday.

Monday, 8:15 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cities unite for Midpeninsula bike route

In its most recent survey, the League of American Bicyclists gave accolades to almost every Midpeninsula city, singling them out as being among the most bike-friendly in the nation. But that picture doesn't look so good when you zoom out and examine the area as a whole.

Sunday, 8:49 AM | 24 comments

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Stanford dismisses lawyer following criticisms in New York Times story

Stanford University has dismissed an attorney it retained to represent students in sexual-assault cases after she publicly criticized the university's adjudication process in a New York Times story.

Saturday, 8:29 AM | 18 comments
Guest Opinion: Measuring the challenges for city's future

There are five numbers that capture the size and scale of the challenges that the city faces. Our choice of how to deal with these numbers will have major long-term consequences.

Saturday, 7:18 AM | 11 comments

Friday, February 10, 2017

Behind the Headlines: the new City Council; school technology and privacy

On "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong, Gennady Sheyner and Elena Kadvany discuss the state of the new City Council and also concerns among Palo Alto students over privacy and technology.

Friday, 8:14 PM | No comments yet
County to launch aerial assault on Palo Alto marsh mosquitoes

County helicopters will launch an assault next week on a mosquito species that county officials say has been laying its eggs in the marshy soil of the Palo Alto Baylands and surrounding areas.

Friday, 4:17 PM | 6 comments
After homeowner's call, alleged burglar shot at with Taser

A Palo Alto man who allegedly broke into a woman's home was arrested as he exited the residence carrying her goods on Thursday, but not before police shot at him with a Taser and wrestled him to the ground, police said in a press release.

Friday, 2:13 PM | 1 comment
Landlord pleads 'no contest' to vandalizing tenants' cars

A landlord of East Palo Alto apartment pleaded no contest to felony vandalism on Wednesday for damaging the cars of his tenants in an attempt to force them to move from their rent-controlled units, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

Friday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet
Residents form watchdog group around Castilleja plans

Promising vigorous scrutiny of every aspect of a proposed expansion at Castilleja School, Old Palo Alto residents have formed a group with the purpose, they say, of holding city and school officials accountable.

Friday, 7:20 AM | 121 comments
Guest Opinion: City Council makes wise decisions on land use

A member of the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee(CAC) offers a different perspective on a recent City Council decision -- and reaction to it.

Friday, 7:19 AM | 27 comments
Editorial: The retail quandary

In an era of increasing challenges for small-business owners, creating successful retail environments has been shown to be more art than science.

Friday, 7:18 AM | 7 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: earthquake procedure; library marketing program

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

Friday, 7:16 AM | No comments yet
Progress report on full-day kindergarten

As teachers, parents and 763 of the Palo Alto school district's youngest students adjust to a new, longer kindergarten day, they are reporting both positive and negative results, with much of the long-term impact of the nascent program remaining to be seen.

Friday, 7:15 AM | 15 comments
Monitoring software sparks concern, relief

Parents of sophomores and juniors at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools and seventh-graders at Jordan Middle School will soon have the ability to track their children's activity on district-issued Chromebook laptops.

Friday, 7:15 AM | 13 comments

Opening alert: Go Fish Poke Bar in Redwood City
By Elena Kadvany | 2 comments | 9,388 views

It's President's Day. Why Not Butter Up the Boss?
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 2,777 views

Affordable Housing: Complexities
By Douglas Moran | 9 comments | 986 views

Common Application's 2017-2018 Essay Prompts
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 652 views

Checklist before baby arrives
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 586 views