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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Palo Alto: Fire quickly snuffed out at Communication & Power Industry

Palo Alto fire officials are investigating a fire that occurred Thursday afternoon at Communication & Power Industry, a Hansen Way manufacturer whose operations the city is in the process of phasing out. No hazardous materials were released, fire officials said.

Thursday, 6:17 PM | No comments yet
Buildings of up to eight stories planned for East Palo Alto

With an eye on affordable housing and the city's bottom line, East Palo Alto officials on Monday night unveiled the city's plans for the next 20 years.

Thursday, 9:52 AM | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Fatal shooting by police officers may not have been recorded

Only two of three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect on Nov. 11 were wearing body cameras. One camera may have been turned on after the shooting, and one may have been left off, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Thursday, 8:09 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Palo Alto superintendent names members of achievement gap task force

Superintendent Max McGee announced Tuesday night the more than 20 faculty, parents, community members, alumni and administrators named to a committee charged with helping Palo Alto close its achievement gap.

Wednesday, 4:05 PM | 21 comments
Burglars who broke into Palo Alto home captured on video

Burglars of a Palo Alto home Tuesday were recorded by a surveillance camera, and police have posted the video on YouTube.

Wednesday, 2:43 PM | 5 comments
Community Notebook: Highway 101 bike/pedestrian bridge design discussion Wednesday

The proposed designs for a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 in East Palo Alto will be discussed during a public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 1:23 PM | 2 comments
'Save the 2,008': Gunn student, former teacher call for more balanced academic culture

A Gunn High School student and former teacher brought to the school board Tuesday night a rallying cry to create a healthier, more balanced life for Gunn's 2,008 students and teachers.

Wednesday, 9:24 AM | 32 comments

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Palo Alto school board approves new Cubberley lease in 4-1 vote

After a brief discussion and almost sweeping expressions of support, the Palo Alto school board approved Tuesday night a new five-year lease for Cubberley Community Center.

Tuesday, 11:01 PM | No comments yet
County looks to redesign Page Mill-Oregon, Foothill expressways

Some of the most dangerous and congested sections of Oregon Expressway/Page Mill Road from Alma Street to Foothill Expressway are being eyed for redesign to improve bike and pedestrian safety and ease traffic backups. Part of Santa Clara County's Expressway Plan 2040, the project seeks to manage traffic conditions for the next 25 years on all of the county's expressways.

Tuesday, 7:19 PM | 23 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto tests new smart solar street lights

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) announced Monday that it is installing smart solar street lights along El Camino Real as part of a pilot program to "test the potential to generate renewable energy on light poles," according to a press release.

Tuesday, 5:29 PM | 5 comments
Palo Alto officials defend City Hall remodel

Five months after Palo Alto officials approved a $4.3 million renovation of City Hall, council members made a public case for why the project was necessary.

Tuesday, 9:51 AM | 26 comments
Plan for dedicated bus lanes on El Camino Real back on the table

A controversial plan by Santa Clara County to create dedicated bus lanes on El Camino Real between Palo Alto and San Jose is back on the table, despite strong concerns from local officials that the project will only increase congestion on local streets.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 60 comments
Palo Alto school board to vote on new Cubberley lease

A two-year tug-of-war between the Palo Alto school district and the city over the future of Cubberley Community Center will likely come to an end Tuesday night, with the school board set to vote on a new five-year lease for the sprawling Middlefield Road campus.

Tuesday, 12:47 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto strikes down car-camping ban

Acknowledging a shift in the legal landscape, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday night to repeal the city's controversial ban on car camping.

Tuesday, 12:33 AM | 76 comments

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mixed-use proposal for University Avenue meets mixed response

A proposal to demolish two stout commercial buildings at the heart of University Avenue's commercial district and replace them with a four-story development is meeting a mixed response from the community, with some downtown residents saying that the new 50-foot building will damage their quality of life and others arguing that it's exactly what the city needs to bring more vitality to the area.

Monday, 9:55 AM | 44 comments
Shop Talk: Olive Garden's future uncertain, Loving Hut closes

Timothy Adams Chocolates goes pink in a big way, Loving Hut makes way for T4, and the future of Olive Garden in Palo Alto may be uncertain.

Monday, 7:34 AM | 10 comments

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cory Wolbach edges out Lydia Kou for fifth seat on Palo Alto council

Cory Wolbach, a legislative aide for state Sen. Jerry Hill, has edged out emergency-preparedness leader Lydia Kou for the fifth contested seat in Palo Alto's heated City Council race, the latest ballot count from the Santa Clara County Registrar's Office shows.

Sunday, 8:01 PM | 40 comments
Palo Alto program connects communities through art

What if, with a single school art program, you could provide creative opportunities for kids, offer professional development for teachers, meet state standards and foster friendship between disparate communities?

Sunday, 9:34 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Guest Opinion: The nettlesome path to helping our teens

Four and five years ago, when several of our teenagers took their own lives, our pained, communal cry was, "Why is this happening?"

Saturday, 6:57 AM | 30 comments
Palo Alto customers are asking, 'What's wrong with USPS?'

The Palo Alto division of the United States Postal Service is not delivering on services, and some customers and employees are placing the blame on management and a lack of accountability, not just on budget cuts.

Saturday, 6:56 AM | 53 comments

Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday fairs abound

Anyone seeking distinctive holiday gifts and decorations may find inspiration in the upcoming boutiques, art exhibits and sales.

Friday, 12:51 PM | No comments yet
Don't sweat the small stuff: Pleasing stocking stuffers can be found for all

For those who don't want to fill their stockings with generic goods from department stores this holiday season, consider the shops nestled along the local downtown strips. Be it for the techie, the animal lover or the athlete in your life, local shops have less orthodox, more personal little gifts that will fit perfectly into the socks hanging over your fireplace this year.

Friday, 12:48 PM | 1 comment
Handmade, original gifts for the holidays

While Santa's elves have been chipping away at their annual mega-assignment, members of The Garden Club of Palo Alto have been knitting, baking, felting silk scarves and potting paper whites -- all to prepare for the upcoming Holiday Marketplace.

Friday, 12:44 PM | No comments yet
Time Inc. may sell Sunset campus in Menlo Park

The news that Time Inc. is considering selling its property at 80 Willow Road, the iconic home of Sunset magazine, elicited a mixture of sadness and resolve in Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller.

Friday, 12:10 PM | 2 comments
Holiday giving: How you can help

A number of nonprofit organizations are working to make this holiday season brighter for those in need, and they depend on donations and volunteers from the community to make it all possible. You can make a difference by contributing to the following programs.

Friday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police release names of officers involved in fatal shooting

The three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect are veterans with more than a decade of experience, according to the police department.

Friday, 10:15 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Transit project, Cubberley lease agreement, recreation master plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 17.

Friday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet
In the wake: Teens respond with messages of hope, change

Hayley Krolik hopes that some years down the line, when she returns to Palo Alto after graduating from high school, she'll be able to say something changed. And it won't be that Gunn High School added more counselors or the school board imposed limits on the number of AP classes Palo Alto high schoolers can take.

Friday, 7:47 AM | 12 comments
Q&A about mental health: Local experts offer their advice, guidance

Read a few of the most common questions Palo Alto students have asked local mental health experts, from "When does stress become distress?" to "My friend's been sad: When do I worry something is really wrong?"

Friday, 7:46 AM | 10 comments
Resources: How to help those in crisis

Click above for a list of mental health resources -- where to get local help, clinics that will triage and/or see individuals, crisis intervention and support and general support and resources.

Friday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet
Mental health experts urge conversations that will help kids feel safe, open up

In the days after Palo Alto's most recent student suicide, local mental health experts, school administrators and parents who have lost children to suicide urged other parents to support their children by talking openly with them about suicide and mental health.

Friday, 7:42 AM | 24 comments
A message from Hayley Krolik

Friday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Short Cubberley lease will keep pressure on, appropriately

With just six weeks left before the expiration of a lease agreement that has transferred approximately $140 million from the city to the school district over the last 25 years, the city council and school board have finally reached agreement on a new five-year lease that begins to wean the district from what has become an outdated and lopsided arrangement.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 13 comments

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stanford Health Care and Anthem settle on new agreement

Anthem Blue Cross and Stanford Health Care have agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract, a press release stated on Wednesday.

Thursday, 12:20 PM | 2 comments
Catherine Crystal Foster concedes Palo Alto school board race to Terry Godfrey

After more than a week of being locked in a tight battle for the second open Palo Alto school board seat, Catherine Crystal Foster has conceded to Terry Godfrey.

Thursday, 10:39 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto: Redwood City man arrested after allegedly brandishing knife in downtown bar

Palo Alto police arrested a Redwood City man who allegedly brandished a knife inside a downtown bar, causing a disturbance, according to a police department press release.

Thursday, 8:42 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto looks to scrap ban on car camping

After lingering in legal limbo for nearly a year, Palo Alto's controversial ban on car camping is now heading toward repeal.

Thursday, 1:37 AM | 60 comments
Palo Alto's parking-permit program gets green light

Responding to years of complaints about downtown's residential streets transforming into parking lots for employees, Palo Alto's planning commissioners unanimously backed a parking-permit program that aims to ease the congestion.

Thursday, 1:22 AM | 39 comments

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

City, school district reach breakthrough on Cubberley

After two years of uncertainty, the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Unified School District have reached a breakthrough on new lease terms for the Cubberlely Community Center, a sprawling campus whose future status has been in limbo while the deal was being hashed out.

Wednesday, 12:40 PM | 5 comments
Attorney: Menlo Park police sergeant in fatal shooting saw man reach for gun, heard shot fired

The attorney representing one of the Menlo Park police officers involved in Tuesday's fatal shooting said the officer returned fire after Jerry Lee Matheny allegedly drew a gun.

Wednesday, 11:25 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto approves new housing vision

Without a peep of public protest or a single dissenting vote, Palo Alto adopted on Monday night a new vision document aimed at guiding housing development for the next eight years.

Wednesday, 9:42 AM | 2 comments
Google backing Earth, Air & Space Collaboratory at Moffett

An ambitious plan for a museum and collaborative educational space at Moffett Field is taking shape, thanks to Google's lease deal with NASA for Hangar One and the Moffett Federal Airfields property. On Tuesday, the nonprofit Earth, Air & Space Educational Foundation announced that it is receiving financial support from Google to create an Earth, Air & Space Collaboratory at Moffett Field.

Wednesday, 8:19 AM | 11 comments

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Menlo Park: Man killed in officer-involved shooting

A man who allegedly drew a gun during a police pursuit is dead this afternoon after being shot by a Menlo Park police officer. The shooting happened on Willow Road at about 12:50 p.m., according to police.

Tuesday, 3:23 PM | 3 comments
State declines to review Santa Clara County election

Santa Clara County's election will not be reviewed by the Secretary of State after all, despite public speculation about a county IT manager who quit the day before voters went to the polls and a request from the county for an independent evaluation.

Tuesday, 1:00 PM | 5 comments
Palo Alto police seek window-smashing auto burglars

Burglars broke into 14 vehicles in and around the restaurant corridor on El Camino Real in Palo Alto over four days this past week, according to the police department.

Tuesday, 12:29 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto's Mothers Against Murder helps ISIS victims

The letter from ISIS crisply enumerated the choices "Shoshan," 26, and her family had if they wanted to stay in their hometown of Mosul in Iraq: Convert to Islam and pay a "protection" tax or be beheaded.

Tuesday, 9:15 AM | 1 comment
NASA, Google ink deal for Hangar One, Moffett airfields

NASA announced today that officials signed a lease with Google's Planetary Ventures LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield and rehabilitate the landmark Hangar One.

Tuesday, 8:43 AM | 8 comments
Residentialists lose out in commission shuffle

Days after Palo Alto voters elected three slow-growth proponents to the new City Council, the existing council took a step in the opposite direction and appointed two high-tech professionals with a passion for urban revitalization to the city's influential Planning and Transportation Commission.

Tuesday, 12:35 AM | 89 comments

Monday, November 10, 2014

Apparent road rage sparks gun threat, cussing

A man in his 20s driving a Nissan Maxima brandished a handgun at another car in Palo Alto Sunday, Nov. 9, and then continued his road rage by following the car into the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot and cussing at the driver and passenger, Palo Alto police are reporting.

Monday, 5:20 PM | 2 comments
Makeover eyed for Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

Palo Alto's Junior Museum and Zoo, a popular Rinconada Park destination for children to take classes and gaze at bobcats, turtles and ferrets, may soon be on its way to a dramatic makeover.

Monday, 9:55 AM | 17 comments

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Election analysis: How they won — and lost

With the dust still settling on Election Day and scores of provisional and hand-delivered absentee ballots still being tallied, the composition of Palo Alto's next City Council remained to some degree uncertain Thursday. The major question that remains hanging with Lydia Kou and Cory Wolbach running neck-in-neck for the fifth open seat, is whether slow-growth "residentialist" candidates will have a mere majority or downright dominance of the council.

Sunday, 9:05 AM | 11 comments
First Person: A conversation with Lucy Blake, Northern Sierra Partnership president

Lucy Blake, president of the Northern Sierra Partnership, conservation leader, sustainability advocate, and rancher, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about her work as a wrangler.

Sunday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Improving Palo Alto's stakeholder group process

At the end of October I completed six months as a member of the RPP Stakeholders' Group -- a group of residents and business owners tasked with recommending a model for a Residential Permit Parking program for the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown commercial core.

Sunday, 8:02 AM | 4 comments

Saturday, November 8, 2014

College Terrace Centre market operator named

The convoluted evolution of the College Terrace Centre and the market that will replace the beloved JJ&F Market took another turn on Wednesday night when the property's manager named a member of the Chavez family as the potential grocer.

Saturday, 7:53 AM | 20 comments

Tin Pot Creamery expanding to Los Altos
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 5,179 views

reThink Farming Planet Enemy #1
By Laura Stec | 17 comments | 2,915 views

It Can Wait
By Cheryl Bac | 4 comments | 2,699 views

Easy Living
By Sally Torbey | 11 comments | 2,217 views

Truly Loved
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 2,148 views