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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maybell housing development wins approval

A former orchard on Maybell Avenue that three years ago was at the center of a citizen revolt in Palo Alto will soon be the site of 16 single-family homes under a development proposal that the City Council approved Monday night.

Wednesday, 1:03 AM | 24 comments

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Body of local man recovered from Clear Lake

Authorities have recovered the body of a Palo Alto man who had reportedly fallen into the lake at Clear Lake State Park Marina in Kelseyville, according to a Nixle message from the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

Tuesday, 5:19 PM | 1 comment
Community Notebook: Palo Alto Community Fund awards $385K in grants to local nonprofits

Over $385,000 in grants was awarded to 42 nonprofit organizations in the greater Palo Alto area by the Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) earlier this month, according to a June 2 press release.

Tuesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
FAA, elected officials hear complaints of aircraft noise

The Federal Aviation Administration got an earful in Redwood City on June 15, having completed a study of noise complaints from residents of San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties regarding aircraft headed to SFO.

Tuesday, 11:09 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto drops plan for November tax measure

A drive to place a tax measure on the November ballot in Palo Alto screeched to a halt on Monday night, when the City Council agreed that it needs more time to craft the proposal and mollify the opposition.

Tuesday, 1:05 AM | 16 comments

Monday, June 27, 2016

Palo Alto, Housing Authority back plan to save Buena Vista

An effort to save Palo Alto's only mobile-home park from redevelopment took a critical step forward Monday night, when the City Council unanimously agreed to join a partnership that would make the purchase and preservation of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park possible. The Housing of Santa Clara County followed suit Tuesday with its own unanimous vote.

Monday, 8:54 PM | 38 comments
Testing finds hazardous TCE under some College Terrace homes

A cancer-causing chemical found at Stanford University's University Terrace housing development, which officials claim has not spread to the adjacent neighborhood, has been found in some College Terrace homes, according to a report submitted by several residents.

Monday, 7:26 PM | 6 comments
Survey of voters reveals support for recall of Brock Turner judge

A new poll about the potential recall of Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky -- whose June 2 sentence of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner for sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman sparked an uproar across the globe and on social media over its brevity -- shows how some county residents would vote in an actual recall election.

Monday, 1:49 PM | 12 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday because of expected unhealthy air conditions in the region.

Monday, 1:29 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: In Deep Radio to discuss Brock Turner case at Kepler's Books

In Deep Radio, a weekly news program hosted by Bay Area journalist Angie Coiro, will tackle in a live show Wednesday the international debate over the sentencing of Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student-athlete found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman on campus last January.

Monday, 1:12 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man injured in early morning shooting

A 28-year-old man was injured in a shooting early Monday morning in East Palo Alto, a police sergeant said.

Monday, 10:53 AM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Palo Alto Breakfast House closes and more

This week's column features news on Palo Alto Breakfast House's closure, as well as a mysterious bake shop that might open in the breakfast place's spot. And family-owned-and-operated Edwards Luggage prepares to celebrate 70 years.

Monday, 7:57 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Strike up the big brass band in Palo Alto

With the twirl of batons and a brigade of homemade floats, Greenmeadow residents of all ages and sizes will join together for a more than 50-year-old neighborhood tradition: the Greenmeadow Fourth of July parade.

Sunday, 7:45 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Palo Alto scores victory in federal ruling on Buena Vista

The owner of Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park suffered a defeat in federal court Friday when a judge dismissed his lawsuit against the City, deeming it "not ripe for adjudication."

Saturday, 3:14 PM | 21 comments
Guest Opinion: Correct me if I'm wrong

Revisioning and renaming city streets is no easy task. We assign no blame -- streets were named for people or things about which little was known, or because of beliefs or values that at the time of naming were the "norm." But that doesn't mean the renaming shouldn't be done.

Saturday, 7:45 AM | 15 comments
Palo Alto prepares to vote on new business tax

Palo Alto businesses would have to pay a tax based on how many workers they employ and that money would pay for transportation improvements under a proposal that the City Council will consider Monday night.

Saturday, 7:44 AM | 8 comments

Friday, June 24, 2016

President Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talk global enterprise at summit

President Barack Obama sat down for a panel discussion with Palo Alto resident and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday at Stanford University to discuss the role of entrepreneurship in advancing and, perhaps, a future for the president that might involve more informal attire.

Friday, 10:20 PM | 2 comments
VIDEO: Behind the Headlines — Potential new elementary math curriculum

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany discuss the process behind potential new elementary mathematics curricula and Castilleja School's plans for expansion.

Friday, 4:25 PM | No comments yet
Obama's message to entrepreneurs: 'You are the bridge'

On one of the most tumultuous days for world markets and amid news that the United Kingdom will exit the European Union, President Barack Obama delivered a message of hope and unity on Friday at the 2016 White House Global Entrepreneurs Summit, which is being held at Stanford University.

Friday, 1:46 PM | 11 comments
Union City man attempted to stab tow-truck driver, gets three-year sentence

A Union City man who attacked a tow-truck driver with a knife, forcing the victim to defend himself with a garbage can, has pleaded no contest to charges and was sentenced to state prison on June 22, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

Friday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man arrested in connection with residential burglary in Menlo Park

An East Palo Alto man was arrested Thursday in connection with a residential burglary in Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Fire breaks out at homeless encampment in Menlo Park

Firefighters put out a brush fire that broke out at a homeless encampment in Menlo Park this morning.

Friday, 9:01 AM | No comments yet
Auditors raise concerns about how Palo Alto police handle complaints, other processes

Incidents with Palo Alto police prompt Independent Police Auditors Michael Gennaco's and Stephen Connolly's concerns with the way the police department receives citizen complaints.

Friday, 7:59 AM | 2 comments
Close encounter with cougars in Palo Alto

Warren Storkman, 89, has had a lifetime of adventure, traveling to remote corners of the world on treks to some of the world's highest peaks. But perhaps the biggest rush the Palo Alto resident has had in a long time occurred recently in his hometown.

Friday, 7:41 AM | 9 comments
Editorial: Tax measure rushed and ill-advised

Palo Alto City Council members are right to worry about political fall-out from the ever-worsening traffic congestion around town. But rushing an ill-considered tax measure in front of Palo Alto voters this November, at the same time a county transportation sales-tax measure will appear and without the support of the business community is a fool's errand.

Friday, 7:40 AM | 28 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: business tax, Buena Vista, Baylands Nature Interpretive Center

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 27.

Friday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet
Revamp of Baylands golf course to start, finally

It's not the bunkers or the soil mounds at the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course that have been causing headaches for city officials in recent years but the myriad bureaucratic hazards that they've had to navigate as part of a long quest to reconfigure the Baylands links.

Friday, 7:36 AM | 8 comments

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Former hospital employee arrested for alleged sexual battery

Palo Alto police have arrested a former Stanford Hospital housekeeping employee for allegedly sexually battering another employee in the hospital in March.

Thursday, 4:56 PM | 1 comment
Kerry: Entrepreneurship combats extremism

At the seventh White House Global Entrepreneur Summit at Stanford University Thursday morning, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked on the potential of startups to fight extremism by creating strong economic foundations in countries throughout the world.

Thursday, 3:20 PM | 1 comment
Federal Aviation Administration approves Surf Air route to take planes over Bay

Commuter airline Surf Air has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start flying a new approach to the San Carlos Airport, sending its planes over the Bay from Moffett Field past the Dumbarton Bridge whenever conditions allow, starting on Tuesday, July 5.

Thursday, 2:23 PM | 18 comments
Supreme Court tie blocks immigration plan

Several California immigrants' rights groups said Thursday they were disappointed but not defeated by the Supreme Court's action in blocking President Barack Obama's plan to protect several million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.

Thursday, 2:02 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County approves $950 million housing bond for November ballot

In what is being hailed as a chance to end regional homelessness, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday afternoon unanimously approved placing a $950 million affordable-housing bond measure on the November ballot.

Thursday, 11:43 AM | 5 comments
Castilleja School to seek conditional-use permit for growth plans

Castilleja School leaders announced at a community meeting Wednesday night that they plan to file for a conditional-use permit with the City of Palo Alto on June 30, kicking off a months-long process that the school hopes will end with greater enrollment, an updated campus and full support from residents who live in the residential streets surrounding the private all-girls school.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | 15 comments
Downtown Palo Alto's summer concert series returns in July

Every Thursday evening, starting in July, music will be flowing into the streets from King Plaza in front of Palo Alto City Hall when Music on the Plaza kicks off.

Thursday, 7:40 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DA proposes mandatory prison sentence for sexual-assault crimes

In the wake of widespread outrage over the three months former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner will spend in jail after sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman on campus last year, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Wednesday proposed legislation that would eliminate the possibility of probation and make years in prison mandatory for anyone convicted of the same crime.

Wednesday, 12:30 PM | 30 comments
Palo Alto teacher charged with nine sex crimes

Palo Alto High School science teacher Ronnie Farrell will face charges for nine sex crimes stemming from two separate incidents involving a 15-year-old student, a Santa Clara County prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 12:07 PM | 24 comments
Palo Alto school board slows down math curriculum-adoption process

With the ire from the school district's last mathematics textbook-adoption process looming in Palo Alto Unified's not-too-distant past, several school board members and parents expressed concern Tuesday that a current process to select a new elementary math curriculum failed to solicit parent and community input early, as is required by the board's own bylaws.

Wednesday, 9:19 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Santa Clara County supervisors back plan to preserve Buena Vista

A proposal to buy and save Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park scored its first victory Tuesday when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal to enter a partnership with the city and the Housing Authority of Santa Clara County for the preservation effort.

Tuesday, 5:44 PM | 77 comments
Police make arrest in Bloomingdale's burglary case

Two men have been arrested in connection with a May 2015 smash-and-grab burglary at Bloomingdale's at the Stanford Shopping Center after an investigation by Palo Alto police, according to a police department press release.

Tuesday, 4:43 PM | No comments yet
Obama to visit Stanford for Global Entrepreneurship Summit

President Barack Obama will be at Stanford University on Friday morning, June 24, to deliver a speech during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will feature entrepreneurs from around the world.

Tuesday, 11:18 AM | 12 comments
District attorney to announce legislation 'inspired' by Brock Turner victim

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen will be holding a press conference on Wednesday in Palo Alto to announce legislation "inspired" by the woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner, according to a press release the district attorney's office issued Tuesday.

Tuesday, 11:14 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto hits the brakes on Matadero Creek bikeway

Facing a slew of physical obstacles and neighborhood concerns, Palo Alto is veering away from a once popular proposal to create an off-road bikeway through Midtown along Matadero Creek.

Tuesday, 1:53 AM | 48 comments

Monday, June 20, 2016

Palo Alto school district eyes capital improvements for Hoover Elementary School

In its last meeting of the 2015-16 school year, the school board will discuss allocating funds for capital improvements at Hoover Elementary School and new elementary mathematics curriculum, among other items.

Monday, 4:55 PM | 5 comments
Palo Alto police arrest pair for alleged mail theft

Palo Alto police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday, June 7, for allegedly stealing mail from several residential mailboxes in Atherton and Menlo Park, according to a police department press release.

Monday, 4:54 PM | 5 comments
UPDATE: Partial closure of East Bayshore Road postponed

A stretch of East Bayshore Road between Pulgas Avenue and Laura Lane will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., so that construction crews can stage a crane and other pile-driving equipment for the San Francisquito Creek Bridge replacement project, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Monday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday in the Bay Area, the fourth such alert issued this month for unhealthy air conditions, air district officials said.

Monday, 1:28 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Palo Alto council set to rule on new housing development on Maybell

For the second time in three years, Palo Alto in preparing to approve a housing development for a former orchard site on Maybell Avenue. This time, both the project and the political environment are drastically different than they were in 2013.

Sunday, 8:32 AM | 20 comments
East Palo Alto runs out of water, development on hold

Hundreds of units of affordable housing and millions of square feet of commercial construction in East Palo Alto cannot be developed because the city doesn't have enough water, according to city leaders.

Sunday, 8:31 AM | 41 comments

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Downtown street closure planned for Sunday

Downtown Palo Alto's University Avenue will be closed Sunday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the annual World Music Day, a free music festival featuring 50 professional and amateur groups.

Saturday, 11:13 AM | 3 comments
Santa Clara County cracks down on police surveillance technology

In a landmark decision hailed as the first of its kind in the country, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance last week that would limit the kinds of surveillance technology county law enforcement can purchase, and put into public view the types of spy equipment already in use throughout region.

Saturday, 9:14 AM | 4 comments
Off Deadline: Young 'DREAMers' to describe their undocumented lives in America

As immigration roils national politics -- from the White House to Congress and the Supreme Court, to states across the nation and even the presidential campaign -- the stories of six "undocumented" young people from the Palo Alto area will add personal depth and poignancy to the issue.

Saturday, 8:28 AM | 3 comments

Friday, June 17, 2016

Evidence reinstated in man's vehicular manslaughter case

Blood-alcohol evidence in a vehicular manslaughter case against a former Stanford University student is admissible in his trial, the California First District Court of Appeal has ruled. And the state Supreme Court has refused to hear a defense appeal of the ruling, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Friday, 6:14 PM | 3 comments
VIDEO: Behind the Headlines — Saving Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and community activist Winter Dellenbach join Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson and reporter Gennady Sheyner to discuss the latest developments in the effort to preserve the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

Friday, 5:53 PM | No comments yet
San Mateo County to hold vigil for Orlando shooting victims

In the wake of the June 11 shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead and dozens injured, San Mateo County will hold a vigil to remember victims and show opposition to homophobia and gun violence.

Friday, 1:16 PM | 2 comments
Sequoia Union school board votes down East Palo Alto charter school

Despite testimonies of support from a standing-room-only crowd, the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees voted 3-2 against approval of a brand-new public charter school Wednesday night.

Friday, 12:35 PM | 3 comments
Armed robber hits Palo Alto 7-Eleven store

A handgun-wielding man robbed the 7-Eleven store in the Midtown neighborhood early Friday morning, June 17, Palo Alto police said.

Friday, 10:38 AM | 3 comments
At Buena Vista, new hope cheers stressed families

If Santa Clara County can take possession of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, the hopes and dreams of children at the aging tin, wood and asphalt community just might come true, they said.

Friday, 9:27 AM | 25 comments
Palo Alto nears decision on November tax to combat traffic

A proposal in Palo Alto to place a tax measure on the November ballot to fund traffic improvements is beginning to stir anxieties in the city's business community, though a new survey suggests that most residents would support it.

Friday, 8:26 AM | 15 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Matadero Creek path, Palo Alto Golf Course, math curriculum

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

Friday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Saving Buena Vista

Intense and persistent efforts over the last year by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian to put together a financial plan and political strategy that could save the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and preserve 117 units of badly needed low-income housing in Palo Alto have finally paid off.

Friday, 7:46 AM | 61 comments
Summer's here: Time to fish, wade, climb and splash in Palo Alto

Whether it's on the playground or at summer camp, while playing baseball or enjoying a day at the pool, summer is a time to relax, let loose and -- if you're a kid -- be rid of homework, tests and studying.

Friday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Palo Alto banks on new nonprofit to reduce downtown traffic

After talking for years about the need to reduce the rate of solo drivers to downtown Palo Alto, the City Council this week agreed to back words with funds when it voted to contribute $100,000 toward the city's nascent traffic-fighting nonprofit.

Thursday, 2:24 PM | 16 comments
Santa Clara County commits $600K to youth mental-health center

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Tuesday $600,000 over three years to support two "critical" staff positions at a yet-to-open youth mental-health center currently being developed by Stanford Medicine's Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Thursday, 2:21 PM | 10 comments
Palo Alto teacher arrested for alleged sex crimes

A Palo Alto High School science teacher who allegedly touched a student in a classroom at the end of the school year was arrested by police on Wednesday night, June 15, for committing sex crimes against a minor.

Thursday, 9:56 AM | 43 comments
Resident appeal seeks to nix downtown Palo Alto development

A proposal to construct a three-story building next to a historic home on Lytton Avenue in downtown Palo Alto is facing resistance, with more than a dozen residents signing an appeal petition calling for the City Council to strike down the recently approved project.

Thursday, 8:02 AM | 11 comments
Parking fees to increase at Caltrain station lots July 1

Increased parking fees at Caltrain station lots that were approved late last year will come into effect next month, the agency announced Wednesday.

Thursday, 7:53 AM | 10 comments

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