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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tall Tree Award winners honored at reception

This year's Tall Tree Award honorees, including two individuals and two organizations who have contributed to improving the life of children, people with disabilities and the environment, were honored at a dinner reception at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto on Wednesday, May 4.

Thursday, 6:23 PM | No comments yet
Stanford Faculty Senate weighs in on controversial climate survey

A controversial climate survey conducted at Stanford University provides "valuable information" on the prevalence of sexual assault and relationship violence, the university's Faculty Senate agreed last week, weighing in on a campus debate over the quality and credibility of the survey and its results.

Thursday, 5:36 PM | No comments yet
Rain, thunderstorms, lightning moving through Bay Area

Rain, thunderstorms and lightning are moving north though the Bay Area this morning and the chance of rain will linger through Saturday, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said.

Thursday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet
County officials eye housing-tax measure

In an ongoing effort to shore up affordable housing throughout the South Bay, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors are considering a $750 million bond for the November ballot that would help pay for new homes for veterans, seniors, low-income families and the homeless.

Thursday, 9:44 AM | 16 comments
Police: East Palo Alto woman arrested for setting fire to RV

A 31-year-old East Palo Alto woman was arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire on Sunday, May 1, that caused minor damage to an unoccupied recreational vehicle, according to a press release from the Palo Alto Police Department.

Thursday, 9:31 AM | 3 comments
AAA offering free 'tipsy tow' service during Cinco de Mayo festivities

Drivers who need a tow home after drinking during Thursday's Cinco de Mayo festivities will be able to find one through a special AAA service, the organization's officials announced today.

Thursday, 7:40 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May Fête Parade returns to downtown Palo Alto Saturday

Local school bands, kids on bikes, pets in costume, Palo Alto officials and parade entrants, including electric cars designed and built by students from Jane Lathrop Stanford, Jordan and Terman middle schools, will take over University Avenue and surrounding streets during the 94th annual May Fête Children's Parade on Saturday, May 7.

Wednesday, 4:32 PM | 3 comments
New website highlights the many paths to success

More than 80 life stories from Palo Alto alumni of all ages are featured on a new online anthology, launched this week by two lifelong friends from Palo Alto who felt compelled to share with current students something valuable they've learned with age: There is no single path to success.

Wednesday, 9:27 AM | 17 comments
Palo Alto eyes business tax to fight traffic congestion

Despite widespread anxiety about traffic congestion, Palo Alto residents aren't entirely sold on a new business tax that would help pay for shuttles, bike boulevards and other transportation improvements, a new poll shows.

Wednesday, 8:13 AM | 53 comments
Community Notebook: Meetings to look at 'Pros and Cons' of ballot measures

The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will host a series of "Pros and Cons" public meetings to discuss three measures on the June 7 ballot during the month of May, starting Monday, May 16.

Wednesday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Local teen counseling center finds new home

After getting priced out of its former offices in eastern Palo Alto, Adolescent Counseling Services has found a new home in Redwood City.

Tuesday, 12:40 PM | 3 comments
East Palo Alto man fatally shot early Tuesday morning

An East Palo Alto man shot and killed early Tuesday morning was identified as 27-year-old Ernie Trujillo Rendon, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

Tuesday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet
Woodside executive uses telepresence robot at Sand Hill Road office

How can you be in two places at once? If you ask Geoff Rehnert of Woodside, it's easy. Now that his company has a small team of telepresence robots called BeamPro, "it's like having an avatar," he says.

Tuesday, 7:26 AM | 2 comments

Monday, May 2, 2016

Council halts Royal Manor's bid to ban two-story homes

A divisive proposal to ban new two-story homes in the Royal Manor neighborhood faltered at the finish line Monday night when Palo Alto officials decided after a long debate not to move ahead with a zone change requested by more than 60 percent of its residents.

Monday, 11:23 PM | 35 comments
Strong fundraising boosts Marc Berman, Vicki Veenker in state Assembly race

Palo Alto Councilman Marc Berman raised $104,481 in the latest reporting period for his bid to succeed Rich Gordon in the state Assembly, more than any of his seven competitors, campaign-finance documents show. But Vicki Veenker isn't far behind.

Monday, 10:16 AM | 14 comments

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Community Notebook: Foundation to host online 'giving day' for nonprofits

Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) will be hosting SVGives, an online fundraising event to benefit 1,000 local nonprofit organizations on Tuesday, May 3.

Sunday, 9:41 AM | No comments yet
District slow to publish decisions made at meetings

The Palo Alto school district is an outlier when it comes to officially documenting and making public the minutes from meetings of the Board of Education.

Sunday, 9:41 AM | 16 comments

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Teens who beat 68-year-old heart patient get prison terms

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has sentenced two 18-year-olds who beat and robbed a man with a heart condition to prison, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

Saturday, 9:58 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area Bike Share offers free bike rides on Bike to Work Day

Bay Area commuters without a bike can participate in this year's Bike to Work Day for free through an offer by Bay Area Bike Share.

Saturday, 8:36 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto Weekly wins online 'General Excellence,' total 13 state journalism awards

The Palo Alto Weekly's staff was awarded the top prize for quality online journalism by the California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers contest on Saturday, April 30. The award was part of a suite of wins for the community media outlet and its news staff, including five first-place and eight second-place awards.

Saturday, 4:12 PM | 6 comments
Child care director leaves after 'rough play'

Palo Alto's largest child care agency, Palo Alto Community Child Care, has received two violation citations after a state agency found the director of one of its centers had endangered the safety of children, according to investigation reports by the California Department of Social Services.

Saturday, 8:47 AM | 20 comments
Guest Opinion: Be creative in embracing change, preserving neighborhood

I am in favor of the proposed single-story overlay for the Royal Manor neighborhood of Eichlers in Palo Alto. I am also in favor of the City Council making it easier for those who want to modernize or enlarge their homes to do so.

Saturday, 8:47 AM | 24 comments

Friday, April 29, 2016

VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto's Chief Transportation Official Joshuah Mello joins Weekly reporters Gennady Sheyner and Sue Dremann to discuss the city's transportation challenges and potential solutions.

Friday, 9:11 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View man arrested in wine heist

Two Northern California men have been indicted for allegedly transporting expensive wine that was stolen from restaurants in Yountville and Cupertino.

Friday, 12:36 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: single-story overlay, transportation tax measure, parking program

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 2.

Friday, 7:59 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Palo Alto business registry has failed to deliver its promised value

As Palo Alto's business registry enters its second year and with the recent release of some of the data compiled over the last year, it is clear the program needs help.

Friday, 7:45 AM | 16 comments
Policing surveillance in Palo Alto

The tendency of policy to lag behind technology is nothing new when it comes to body-worn cameras, automatic license-plate readers, drones and other investigative tools.

Friday, 7:39 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Four arrested in major Stanford Shopping Center theft

Four men who stole a delivery truck containing clothing worth tens of thousands of dollars have been arrested, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Thursday, 4:49 PM | 7 comments
Tinkerlab: experimenting in the creative sandbox

Rachelle Doorley is an entrepreneur, but not the kind you might expect in Palo Alto. Doorley's Tinkerlab stands out amid startups focused on science and technology as a model for an innovative approach to fostering a creative mindset in children.

Thursday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
Faircourt joins movement to ban new two-story homes

As Palo Alto officials prepare to rule on a contentious proposal to ban new two-story homes and additions in the Eichler community of Royal Manor, a similar debate is starting to surface nearby, in a 50-home tract known as Faircourt.

Thursday, 2:44 PM | 18 comments
East Palo Alto teacher will face charges for lewd acts with students

A former teacher at Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly engaging in lewd acts with students, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

Thursday, 12:39 PM | No comments yet
Hazmat incident closes Palo Alto Transit Center

Palo Alto's Transit Center closed temporarily Thursday morning due to a suspicious substance found on a bus, a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority spokeswoman said. The substance was later identified as sheetrock powder.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet
Man arrested for package theft on Monroe Drive

A 37-year-old man allegedly found with stolen packages was arrested in Mountain View, near the border of Palo Alto, on Tuesday afternoon, Mountain View police said.

Thursday, 7:40 AM | 4 comments
Commission: Don't make neighborhoods compete for parking programs

The causes are different, but the problem facing the four Palo Alto neighborhoods seeking help from the city is the same: a worsening parking shortage that is leaving residents fuming.

Thursday, 12:10 AM | 32 comments

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Palo Alto school district's secondary-education director to retire

Katherine Baker, the Palo Alto Unified School District's chief academic officer for secondary education and former Terman Middle School principal, will retire at the end of this school year, she confirmed Wednesday.

Wednesday, 3:35 PM | 12 comments
Surf Air: New flight path will avoid Midpeninsula

Surf Air representatives say they have identified an alternative flight path that would put their planes, and the noise of their turboprop engines, over the Bay during much of their approach to the San Carlos Airport whenever they have clear visibility.

Wednesday, 12:37 PM | 12 comments
Stanford student accused of sexual assault fires back at university in federal lawsuit

A male Stanford University student found responsible for sexual assault in 2014 has fired back at the university in a lawsuit that alleges Stanford, motivated by gender bias and a "discriminatory zeal to prosecute sexual assault claims," violated his rights under federal gender-equity law Title IX.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 17 comments
Raises help fuel $11.8M jump in payroll at City Hall

Despite fewer permanent positions in City Hall, Palo Alto's payroll went up by $11.8 million last year, an increase that officials attribute to a combination of salary increases and a calendar oddity that created an additional pay period in 2015.

Wednesday, 8:40 AM | 11 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto race to raise awareness about water conservation

The City of Palo Alto is teaming up again with the Tuolumne River Trust and other community groups for the Great Race for Saving Water on Saturday.

Wednesday, 8:32 AM | 6 comments
Suspected gang member charged for leading deputies on pursuit in East Palo Alto Friday

A suspected gang member pleaded not guilty Monday to crashing his car and abandoning a pregnant woman and a 13-year-old child while fleeing deputies in East Palo Alto on Friday, prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

23rd annual Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund grantees announced

Recipients of the Palo Alto Weekly's 23rd annual Holiday Fund drive were announced Monday night, April 25, at a reception in their honor.

Tuesday, 9:21 AM | No comments yet
City manager: Palo Alto government faces 'emerging crisis' in staffing

Facing a growing payroll and a City Council hungry for new garages, bike boulevards and public-safety facilities, City Manager James Keene on Monday unveiled a budget that would raise spending by nearly 7 percent in the coming fiscal year.

Tuesday, 12:48 AM | 49 comments

Monday, April 25, 2016

Los Gatos woman dies after crash on Interstate 280 near Palo Alto

A woman who was killed Monday morning when her car flipped over the center divider of Interstate 280 near Palo Alto was identified Tuesday as 47-year-old Los Gatos resident Gina Whitson, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Monday, 10:29 AM | 8 comments
Shop Talk: New salon opens in Palo Alto, Pet Club closes and more

Annabelle Salon & Spa to open in Palo Alto's Charleston Shopping Center while Pet Club closes its doors in Mountain View and more.

Monday, 7:27 AM | 8 comments

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Crescent Park resident creates a greater sense of neighborhood by sharing her yard

Crescent Park resident Karen Harwell's garden, named Dana Meadows, is a sanctuary and a teachable space for children and adults alike.

Sunday, 8:01 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Errors undermine data in Palo Alto's new business registry

When Palo Alto launched its business registry last year, the goal was to gather data about employees' parking and commuting habits -- information that would help city officials design new transportation programs and land-use policies.

Saturday, 8:03 AM | 21 comments
Off Deadline: Cooley Landing 'jewel' proves the power of vision, collaboration, $$

A new Cooley Landing Education Center and Park was dedicated last weekend, located at the bulb end of Bay Road in East Palo Alto. The achievement is a showcase for the power of collaboration to achieve something great and contribute to change, individually, locally, regionally, statewide and nationally.

Saturday, 8:02 AM | 6 comments
VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Weekly Editor-in-Chief Jocelyn Dong leads a discussion with reporter Gennady Sheyner and photographer Veronica Weber on a proposed ban on two-story homes in the Royal Manor neighborhood and local cabbies' struggle with the rise of rideshare companies.

Saturday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 22, 2016

Woman dies after being struck by train in Palo Alto

A 19-year-old woman who was struck by a train Friday afternoon near downtown Palo Alto has died, Caltrain has confirmed. She was identified as Sarah Marie Longyear, a graduate of Gunn High School.

Friday, 3:22 PM | 25 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: surveillance technology, bike-sharing system, single-story overlay

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of April 25.

Friday, 7:51 AM | 5 comments
Editorial: The angst over second stories

When should the City of Palo Alto forbid the construction of second-story additions in a neighborhood dominated by single-story homes?

Friday, 7:50 AM | 54 comments
Taxi businesses struggle to stay afloat in the Uber age

Taxi cab drivers and owners in Santa Clara County cities are struggling to catch up with the evolving ways passengers prefer to get from point A to point B.

Friday, 7:45 AM | 16 comments
Local university graduate, two others win $250,000 fellowships

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and two students planning to attend Stanford University are winners of a $250,000 Hertz Foundation Fellowship, foundation officials said Thursday.

Friday, 7:44 AM | 1 comment

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