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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Community Notebook: New book club aims to improve interracial understanding in Palo Alto

A new book club starting in Palo Alto seeks to bring readers one step closer to understanding what it's like to be in another's skin.

Thursday, 2:40 PM | No comments yet
New cameras to count Palo Alto bikers, pedestrians

Dozens of cameras will be installed on utility poles throughout Palo Alto as part of the city's latest attempt to gauge the comings and goings of local bicyclists and pedestrians.

Thursday, 9:50 AM | 34 comments
Stanford Children's Health begins to offer transgender care

Stanford Children's Health has begun to offer medical and other services to transgender children and adolescents, with an eye toward opening within the next year a more comprehensive multidisciplinary clinic to support what health providers say is a growing population.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 5 comments
Menlo Park Library reopens after bed bug scare

The Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center reopened Thursday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. after being closed Tuesday evening and Wednesday after a bed bug was found on a chair, according to Menlo Park Library Director Susan Holmer.

Thursday, 9:04 AM | 1 comment
Santa Clara County approves cold weather homeless shelter program

Santa Clara County will have 255 beds available for the homeless during the winter under a program approved by the board of supervisors Tuesday.

Thursday, 7:43 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Houzz Inc. settles privacy-violation case

Houzz Inc., an online platform for home remodeling and design headquartered in Palo Alto, has settled a lawsuit with the State of California after violating state wiretapping and eavesdropping laws, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced.

Wednesday, 3:38 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto school district launches special-education review

A longtime special-education advocate and Harvard University Graduate School of Education professor is visiting Palo Alto this week to kick off a review he will be conducting of the school district's practices, programs and culture around students with disabilities.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | 17 comments
Edgewood Plaza developer faces growing fine for grocery vacancy

The developer of Edgewood Plaza is now facing a fine of $1,000 per day for not replacing the vacant grocery store formerly occupied by Fresh Market, which departed on March 31.

Wednesday, 9:33 AM | 28 comments
Police: Palo Alto man arrested after photographing woman through window

A Palo Alto man who police said used a cellphone to photograph a woman in her bathroom in July was arrested earlier this week, according to a police department press release.

Wednesday, 8:35 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Brock Turner to stand trial on sex-assault charges

Former Stanford all-star swimmer Brock Turner will stand trial for three felony counts related to an alleged sexual assault that took place on the Stanford University campus, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 5:00 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto scraps parking exemptions for downtown developments

In their latest attempt to solve downtown's parking frustrations, Palo Alto officials on Monday night agreed to strike from the books several provisions that offer developers parking exemptions.

Tuesday, 4:49 PM | 8 comments
Murder charges dropped in drive-by shooting case

The case of East Palo Alto resident Eric Barragan, who had been in San Mateo County jail for more than 10 months on charges of attempted murder in Menlo Park, has been dropped for a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors with the District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 2:04 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto looks to identify, combat human trafficking

With the 2016 Super Bowl slated to bring throngs of visitors and hospitality workers into the Bay Area, Palo Alto officials on Monday night pledged to address the darker side of the February extravaganza: an influx in human trafficking that the event is expected to generate.

Tuesday, 11:35 AM | 7 comments
Stanford to test campus emergency notification Oct. 8

Residents and businesses near the Stanford University campus may hear emergency sirens as the university conducts a test of the campuswide AlertSU mass-notification and siren system on Thursday, Oct. 8, between noon and 1 p.m., according to a Stanford University Department of Public Safety official.

Tuesday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet
Committee: Elementary enrollment in Palo Alto is stable, not growing

The chair of a school district subcommittee on elementary enrollment urged the school board and community members at a board study session Monday night to consider changing the narrative around enrollment in Palo Alto from one of urgent, continuous growth to flat, and even declining, growth.

Tuesday, 8:06 AM | 20 comments
Residents call for more housing in Palo Alto

With home values soaring and affordable housing in short supply, Palo Alto residents appealed to the City Council on Monday night to adopt policies that would help seniors, young people and priced-out professionals stay in the city.

Tuesday, 1:53 AM | 181 comments

Monday, October 5, 2015

Woman in Stanford sexual-assault case testifies

The woman whom former Stanford University student Brock Turner allegedly raped on campus in January appeared in court in Palo Alto on Monday for a preliminary hearing, giving sometimes emotional testimony about what she recalls happened that night.

Monday, 7:03 PM | 12 comments
Shop Talk: The Nest comes to Palo Alto

The Nest boutique hotel comes to Palo Alto's El Camino Real, bringing the tally to four new hotels in the region this year.

Monday, 7:40 AM | 6 comments

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Merchants go public with Meet The Street event

Call it a block party that the whole city is invited to attend. Palo Alto will kick off its inaugural Meet The Street event on Oct. 8 from 5-9 p.m., with food, fashion, music and more.

Sunday, 7:32 AM | 8 comments
Reaching for service, adventure with an encore career

Los Altos couple's recently self-published book, "From Silicon Valley to Swaziland," recounts their 18-month adventure in Africa and work through a nonprofit agency to help build small businesses and youth entrepreneurship.

Sunday, 7:32 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Mayor commits to eradicating homelessness among veterans

Citing the deaths of two unhoused women in Palo Alto parks two years ago as emblematic of the need to end homelessness in the city, Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman announced on Friday that as a first step she will sign the White House Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

Saturday, 4:31 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: On homelessness, and those who strive to help

To end homelessness we need to come together as a community. As community members, business owners and service providers we need to know the people staying on the streets as best we can so that we might know how to help them in their struggle.

Saturday, 9:11 AM | 8 comments
Duathlon champ makes a world comeback after near-fatal crash

Palo Alto bicyclist and runner George Pierce doesn't remember anything about the collision with a truck that almost killed him, but he is very clear about what saved him: faith, forgiveness and an unrelenting refusal to succumb to fear.

Saturday, 9:11 AM | 4 comments

Friday, October 2, 2015

VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Weekly Editor in Chief Jocelyn Dong and reporters Elena Kadvany and Sue Dremann discuss a just-released Stanford sexual-violence report and student activism around the topic.

Friday, 7:40 PM | No comments yet
Report: Silicon Valley incomes continue upsurge

Silicon Valley's median household income rose to $98,500 from 2013 to 2014, the Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies reported Friday in a press release.

Friday, 1:28 PM | No comments yet
Al Gore address at Stanford climate change rally to draw thousands

Former Vice President Al Gore will join students at Stanford University this afternoon for a rally addressing climate change.

Friday, 12:05 PM | 6 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: human trafficking, enrollment data, Local Solar Plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 5.

Friday, 7:47 AM | No comments yet
Student pushes Stanford to address the 'Scary Path'

One Stanford University sophomore has made it her mission to make a 0.1-mile dirt path, dubbed the "Scary Path," safer for students, pushing the university administration to either pave and light it or consider alternatives.

Friday, 7:46 AM | 11 comments
Editorial: Don't let the bed bugs bite

A new threat is on the loose, one that could forever change the world's perception of Palo Alto as a vibrant and healthy oasis with a quality of life worthy of its inflated real estate prices -- bed bugs.

Friday, 7:46 AM | 52 comments
Four-story hotel proposed for El Camino Real

A proposal to demolish a two-story motel on El Camino Real and replace it with a 50-foot-tall hotel elicited early skepticism from Palo Alto officials Thursday, with several members of the city's Architectural Review Board urging the project architect to think smaller.

Friday, 7:45 AM | 15 comments
High school students make coding skills multiply

Coding isn't as hard as it sounds, but it might not be accessible to many teens. That was the idea that inspired Nikhil Cheerla and Vineet Kosaraju, two Bay Area high school students, to start MathAndCoding, a nonprofit organization that aims to teach young students about computer science and programming.

Friday, 7:33 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, October 1, 2015

One-third of Stanford women experience sexual misconduct, survey finds

In the wake of the release of what Stanford University leadership called "striking and troubling" findings on sexual assault from a long-awaited campus climate survey, students and faculty critics are speaking out against what they describe as misleading data that presents a warped picture of the prevalence of sexual assault at Stanford.

Thursday, 10:37 PM | 13 comments
Stanford University to offer new online application in 2016

Stanford University is one of 83 colleges and universities that will launch in 2016 a new application process geared toward increasing access and decreasing cost for high school students, particularly those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Thursday, 10:29 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to revise key policies for growth, park use

With new developments spurring new demand for Palo Alto's recreational facilities, as well as for ways to improve traffic congestion, city officials are preparing review and possibly revise several long-standing policies that have been guiding the city on matters of land use and recreation for nearly two decades.

Thursday, 8:09 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto trees dying in greater numbers

As the drought drags through its fourth year, Palo Alto's parched trees are dying in greater numbers, prompting city officials to expand watering services and seek help from the public.

Thursday, 7:50 AM | 42 comments
East Palo Alto man arrested with concealed, stolen gun

An East Palo Alto man was arrested on suspicion of illegally carrying a concealed weapon Tuesday evening after the Menlo Park's Narcotics Enforcement Team contacted a group of individuals openly smoking marijuana in front of children, according to police.

Thursday, 7:35 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stanford computer scientist wins MacArthur 'genius grant'

An assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University is among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation's "genius grant."

Wednesday, 5:18 PM | 1 comment
Early reactions to Stanford's revised development plans for Menlo Park

Since Stanford submitted its revised proposal Sept. 28 to develop its 8.4-acre property along roughly half a mile of El Camino Real, stretching from the Stanford Park Hotel to Big 5 Sporting Goods, city officials and residents have been voicing their opinions about what this development could mean to Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 4:56 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto holds community meeting on improvements to Baylands Interpretive Center

The City of Palo Alto will hold a community meeting on Wednesday evening, Sept. 30, on plans to improve the Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center and boardwalk.

Wednesday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet
Rinconada Library closed because of bed bugs

Palo Alto's Rinconada Library is closed to allow a pest control company to treat a small area within the library where bed bugs were found during a canine inspection on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Wednesday, 4:08 PM | 22 comments
Palo Alto school district eyes new gender-identity policy

The Palo Alto school district is considering a new comprehensive policy that would take a more intentional, inclusive approach to ensuring the protection of the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students.

Wednesday, 2:28 PM | 25 comments
Stanford report: Sex crimes and stalking up, burglaries down

The number of reported sex crimes and stalkings rose on the Stanford University campus in 2014, while burglaries and liquor-law violations have dramatically dropped, according to a new campus crime report, titled "Stanford University Safety, Security and Fire Report 2015."

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet
Achievement gap persists in new state test scores

While school district staff celebrated at Tuesday's school board meeting the high achievement of most Palo Alto Unified students on the state's new Smarter Balanced standardized assessment, some parents, the superintendent and one school board member expressed concern about the persistently lower performance of students of color and low-income students compared to their peers.

Wednesday, 9:07 AM | 46 comments
Palo Alto event encourages residents to get on their bikes

Organizers of the sixth annual Bike Palo Alto!, an event to get residents to ride their bikes, hope for a good turnout this Sunday, Oct. 4.

Wednesday, 7:48 AM | 8 comments
Community Notebook: Stanford psychologist to speak on success

Stanford University professor and acclaimed author Dr. Carol Dweck will be at the Oshman Family JCC to talk about her research on how "society can promote achievement in education and innovation in business."

Wednesday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Storm preparations underway in Palo Alto

As weather forecasters warn of El Nino that will bring intense rain storms this winter, the cities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, the San Mateo County Flood Control District and the Santa Clara Valley Water District are working with the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers authority to reduce the risk of flooding.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | 17 comments
Palo Alto treads cautiously on fiber network

With Google looming as a major wildcard, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday to wait until next year before making any decisions on a citywide fiber network.

Tuesday, 9:39 AM | 136 comments
Palo Alto school board to discuss enrollment

As a committee continues its work to assess and creatively address the Palo Alto school district's enrollment challenges, this year's enrollment numbers have been released, showing decline at the elementary level and growth at the secondary level.

Tuesday, 9:04 AM | 15 comments
Changes for Charleston-Arastradero win green light

No traffic-calming project has caused as much road rage in Palo Alto as the city's decade-long experiment with the Chareston-Arastradero corridor, a 2.3-mile artery that passes through 11 schools, eight neighborhoods and five city parks. On Monday night, the City Council agreed that it's time to declare the prolonged trial a success and to make the changes permanent.

Tuesday, 2:04 AM | 44 comments

Monday, September 28, 2015

Food truck 'strike team' feeds fire victims

Making an arduous journey through miles of traffic and passing through a terrain of burned cars in a charred landscape, food-truck vendors from Palo Alto, along with representatives from the City of Palo Alto and Stanford Federal Credit Union, arrived to feed the victims of the Middletown fire on Monday, Sept. 28.

Monday, 3:55 PM | 5 comments
East Palo Alto man gets 16 years in prison for stabbing boyfriend

An East Palo Alto man entered a no-contest plea to a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge on Friday and was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for stabbing his boyfriend in January, prosecutors said.

Monday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Off Deadline: Watching Urban Forest Master Plan develop was like ... watching trees grow

The recent adoption of an Urban Forest Master Plan by the Palo Alto City Council comes just shy of a decade since the idea was first proposed by Canopy, the city's nonprofit tree-advocate group.

Saturday, 9:41 AM | 7 comments

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thousands enjoy Moonlight Run & Walk

About 2,500 athletes ran and walked by the light of the harvest moon Friday night at the 31st annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk in the Baylands.

Friday, 9:25 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto Airport Day celebrates 80 years in the Baylands

Palo Alto Municipal Airport will make history on Sunday, Sept. 27, when it celebrates its 80th anniversary of its Baylands location at Palo Alto Airport Day.

Friday, 8:20 PM | No comments yet
VIDEO: On this week's Behind the Headlines

On this week's half-hour webcast, "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman joins Weekly Editor in Chief Jocelyn Dong and reporter Gennady Sheyner to discuss council's decision to slow the pace of development in Palo Alto and new rules around chain stores.

Friday, 7:22 PM | No comments yet
Ticketing to start by Oct. 13 for downtown permit parking program

Scofflaws who have been parking in downtown Palo Alto neighborhoods without a permit have no more than 17 days to change their habits. City officials announced this week that enforcement of the new Residential Preferential Program will start by Oct. 13.

Friday, 4:53 PM | 19 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Recycled water project, school enrollment report, single-story overlay

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 28.

Friday, 9:09 AM | No comments yet
Companies still grappling with hiring people with disabilities

Recent pronouncements by technology companies about inclusiveness and diversity would seem to indicate that they are making great strides, but how well are they doing with hiring people with disabilities?

Friday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet
State moves to improve work opportunities, pay for disabled workers

Until recently, California's main model for training and supplying jobs for people with developmental disabilities focused on placing them in so-called "sheltered" work spaces, where they were isolated from the mainstream workforce in settings exempt from even the minimum wage.

Friday, 7:37 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto companies making strides in hiring people with disabilities

Some Silicon Valley companies are making headway in hiring people with disabilities for mainstream jobs, with the help of Palo Alto area nonprofits.

Friday, 7:37 AM | 4 comments
Editorial: Fairness for whom?

On the narrowest of votes, a divided Palo Alto City Council Monday night upended a plan to have new development proposals compete with each other for a portion of the available 50,000 square feet under a growth limit for new commercial buildings, opting on a 5-4 vote to instead put four already-submitted projects above all others.

Friday, 7:37 AM | 53 comments
Moonlight Run & Walk tonight

The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk takes place tonight under the full Harvest Moon in the Palo Alto Baylands.

Friday, 7:36 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to expand 'drought-free' water supply

As California's water woes continue to stress local trees and inflate water rates, Palo Alto officials are preparing to move ahead with a $35 million project that would significantly increase the city's supply of "drought-proof" water.

Friday, 7:34 AM | 15 comments

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