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Friday, July 25, 2014

With new design, home on Eichler-style block in Palo Alto nears approval

After an outpouring of criticism from neighbors and significant design revisions, a Louis Road property owner this week received the green light from the city to build a two-story home on a block dominated by Eichler-style houses. The approval will become officially effective in about two weeks unless the city receives a request for a hearing from an adjacent tenant or property owner.

Friday, 9:46 AM | 15 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: PC zoning reforms, build requirements

Friday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto youth program aims to build qualities for success

Curiosity, persistence, resilience. After decades of teaching and mentoring at-risk youth, Anna Waring knows that kids armed with those qualities have a better shot at succeeding against the odds.

Friday, 8:13 AM | 3 comments
'Wayfinding' program to bring signs, monument to Palo Alto City Hall

Visitors who have a hard time finding their way around Palo Alto City Hall will soon get plenty of help from the city, which is embarking on a $300,000 effort to install a network of signs in and around its primary civic hub.

Friday, 7:54 AM | 14 comments
Meet the winners of the 2014 Best Of Palo Alto

Some of these businesses are old friends, household names that are counted on and celebrated. Others are new kids on the block who have burst on the scene. But whether they are neighborhood fixtures or upstarts, they have all won 2014 Best Of awards, bestowed upon them by readers of the Palo Alto Weekly.

Friday, 7:53 AM | 16 comments

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Palo Alto, fired library contractor exchange 'cover up' accusations

The court battle between the City of Palo Alto and the contractor it has accused of badly botching the long-delayed construction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center has taken on clandestine elements over the past month, with each side accusing the other of illegally hiding crucial documents.

Thursday, 9:50 AM | 36 comments
Man punched, knocked unconscious in downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto police are seeking witnesses to a battery that occurred in downtown Palo Alto last Thursday, July 17, when a man allegedly punched another man on the side of the head, causing him to lose consciousness.

Thursday, 8:06 AM | 40 comments
New head of East Palo Alto rent program resigns

East Palo Alto's Rent Stabilization Program administrator has resigned less than two weeks after his introduction to the rent board, City Manager Magda Gonzalez has confirmed. The resignation is yet another blow for the rent program, which lost its longtime head, Carol Lamont, in May.

Thursday, 7:50 AM | 15 comments

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Police find missing East Palo Alto man with dementia

Police located a man in his 70s Thursday morning who had last been seen on foot walking away from the Stanford Hospital early Wednesday morning after receiving discharge papers.

Wednesday, 9:55 PM | 4 comments
Two familiar faces enter Palo Alto council race

The crowded race for the Palo Alto City Council further expanded Wednesday, when two familiar candidates -- Mark Weiss and Victor Frost -- signaled their willingness to join the fray, bringing the candidate field to 12.

Wednesday, 5:16 PM | 20 comments
Palo Alto to bolster emergency medical services

With demand for emergency medical services on the rise, the Palo Alto Fire Department is preparing to add a fourth ambulance to its fleet and rebrand itself to reflect its changing role.

Wednesday, 9:34 AM | 3 comments
District to hire temporary water-conservation enforcers

The Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors last night unanimously approved the hiring of up to 10 temporary water enforcers who will be charged with investigating water waste throughout the county.

Wednesday, 8:46 AM | 36 comments

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lydia Kou joins Palo Alto's council race

The race for the Palo Alto City Council heated up Tuesday as two more residents declared their intentions to run for a seat in November, raising the number of candidates to 10 and further underscoring community anxieties about new developments.

Tuesday, 6:05 PM | 42 comments
Current council members pull papers for East Palo Alto council race

The East Palo Alto City Council race has stayed relatively quiet so far, with only current council members Ruben Abrica and Donna Rutherford pulling nomination papers, according to City Clerk Nora Pimentel.

Tuesday, 5:29 PM | 19 comments
County mulls hiring 'water conservation enforcers'

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is set to vote tonight on a staff recommendation to hire up to 10 temporary "water conservation enforcers" to respond to complaints about people wasting water in the county, a district spokesman said.

Tuesday, 2:52 PM | 33 comments
President arrives in Bay Area for Los Altos Hills event

President Barack Obama flew into San Francisco International Airport Tuesday night for a short fundraising visit Wednesday in the South Bay.

Tuesday, 1:05 PM | 18 comments
Stanford law professor nominated for state Supreme Court

Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, a Mexican-born Stanford Law School professor and former White House official, has been nominated for the California Supreme Court, Governor Jerry Brown's office announced Tuesday.

Tuesday, 8:58 AM | 4 comments

Monday, July 21, 2014

Palo Alto VA employee alleges retaliation, gag order for flagging errors

An inpatient pharmacy technician supervisor at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Palo Alto facility said he experienced retaliation and a gag order from his superiors after speaking up about errors and delays in delivery of medication to patients.

Monday, 5:11 PM | 7 comments
Dean of Grace Cathedral to join Stanford

The dean of San Francisco's Episcopal Grace Cathedral will become Stanford University's new dean for religious life, the university announced Monday. The Rev. Jane Shaw, a historian and theologian who has led Grace Cathedral since 2010, this fall replaces the Rev. William "Scotty" McLennan, who is stepping down.

Monday, 12:00 PM | 2 comments
ShopTalk: CPK, Palo Alto Grill close; longtime florist loses lease

In this week's ShopTalk column, closures dominate. More downtown Palo Alto restaurants bite the dust, as well as 25-year-old California Avenue tenant Avenue Florist and OfficeMax in Mountain View.

Monday, 8:14 AM | 24 comments

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Video, police dog aid Palo Alto police in car burglary arrest

Palo Alto police arrested a Mountain View man early Saturday morning after he allegedly tried to steal a car from a driveway, repeatedly backing into another car before being confronted by a resident and fleeing.

Sunday, 9:45 PM | 8 comments
Two-story classroom building at Duveneck to open next month

Duveneck Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders will occupy a new, two-story classroom building and everybody will get a new library when students go back to school next month.

Sunday, 9:30 AM | 33 comments
Calling all Gunn High School alumni, teachers, parents and friends

In a 50th anniversary celebration for Gunn High School planned for September, a group of Gunn parents is aiming to recapture the sense of optimism and opportunity of the era in which the high school first opened.

Sunday, 9:30 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, July 19, 2014

County embarks on long road to fix congested expressways

Faced with thickening traffic jams throughout its expressway network, Santa Clara County officials are considering a range of long-term projects that would add driving lanes and under- or overpasses to segments of particularly busy roads, including Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway.

Saturday, 5:13 PM | 44 comments
Work begins on new Performing Arts Center at Paly

Palo Alto High School students will encounter a construction zone and a parking squeeze this fall as two major building projects take shape on opposite sides of campus.

Saturday, 7:36 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto nonprofit for homeless, low-income residents faces crisis

InnVision Shelter Network, the largest provider of services for homeless and needy persons in Palo Alto, is scrambling to find funding for its programs, according to a memo received by the Weekly.

Saturday, 7:36 AM | 31 comments

Friday, July 18, 2014

Police searching for restroom photographer

Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly reached under a dividing wall and photographed a woman while she was in a public restroom stall at Cubberley Community Center Thursday evening.

Friday, 12:02 PM | 1 comment
Editorial: Damage control at the Palo Alto YMCA

It is surprising and disappointing that an organization as large and well-respected as the YMCA of Silicon Valley, with local boards filled with prominent local people, could have stumbled so badly in the last two weeks over the Page Mill branch's problems.

Friday, 8:18 AM | 74 comments
The terms of the debate

In the debate over Palo Alto's built environment, there are several key issues that residents and City Council members are debating: whether to relax the city's building heights, require wider sidewalks and "reinvent" how the Architectural Review Board works.

Friday, 8:16 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto has history of architectural diversity

Santa Barbara has its Spanish villas and San Francisco has its postcard-perfect Victorians, but Palo Alto's architecture is a hodgepodge of styles.

Friday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet
A matter of taste

Palo Alto residents and council members often lash out at new developments for their failure to conform to the styles of surrounding homes, whether traditional or modern.

Friday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
Is Palo Alto's architecture-review process broken?

Palo Alto, a city that relishes its role as the center of innovation and creator of "disruptive" technologies, finds itself in the midst of an escalating battle over architecture.

Friday, 8:12 AM | 78 comments
Board balks at approving controversial Palo Alto development

With protests from residents mounting, the city's Architectural Review Board on Thursday deferred its expected approval of a proposed three-story building at 385 Sherman Ave., the latest in a string of commercial developments slated to go up in the business district around California Avenue.

Friday, 7:07 AM | 11 comments

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Groundbreaking social entrepreneur Priya Haji dies

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose socially minded work included East Palo Alto's seminal drug-treatment nonprofit, Free At Last, has died, friends and colleagues said.

Thursday, 4:30 PM | 4 comments
HP CEO Meg Whitman named board chair

Hewlett-Packard President and CEO Meg Whitman will add "chairman of the board of directors" to her title, the company announced Thursday. The company also said that Klaus Kleinfeld, chief executive and chairman of Alcoa, has been appointed to the board, bringing the total number of HP board members to 12.

Thursday, 4:01 PM | 7 comments
SV Community Foundation names new head of community impact

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Wednesday that Erica K. Wood has been named as its new chief community impact officer.

Thursday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet
Charges dropped in East Palo Alto drive-by shooting

Charges against a 24-year-old East Palo Alto resident accused of participating in a drive-by shooting have been dropped after a key witness recanted her statement, the San Mateo County District Attorney Office said Thursday.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | 7 comments
EdTech conference and Google-fest hit Palo Alto this weekend

A glimpse into 22nd century education – and a giant sales pitch for all things Google – are in the offing this weekend as more than 1,200 teachers and administrators from around the world descend on Gunn High School for the 2014 Google in Education Summit.

Thursday, 8:38 AM | 15 comments
East Palo Alto attorney named to county judgeship

Charles E. Wilson II of East Palo Alto, a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, is one of three new judges joining the bench at Santa Clara County Superior Court, the county has announced.

Thursday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

YMCA: Shrinking membership is forcing gym closure

Citing for the first time a decline in membership and inability to attract new members due to an increasingly competitive market, YMCA of Silicon Valley leaders Wednesday evening defended their decision to close the organization's 35-year-old Page Mill Road facility this fall.

Wednesday, 10:07 PM | 131 comments
Girl, 9, drowns in pool in Menlo Park

A 9-year-old girl died Tuesday night as a result of a drowning at an apartment community pool in the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park, police reported.

Wednesday, 8:35 AM | 10 comments
Workers put final touches on Gunn's new 'Miranda Drop-Off'

Drivers dropping off and picking up students at Gunn High School will have a new access point to campus by the time school opens next month. The new "Miranda Drop-Off" for the first time will allow general vehicle access to the campus from Miranda Avenue, near the corner of Arastradero Road.

Wednesday, 7:19 AM | 15 comments

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

East Palo Alto to seek new city manager

East Palo Alto plans to look for a new city manager to replace current manager Magda Gonzalez, the City Council indicated at its Tuesday, July 15, meeting.

Tuesday, 9:28 PM | 24 comments
Ed Arnold, former Palo Alto mayor and soft-spoken council member, dies at 96

Edward Samuel Arnold, Jr., a longtime stockbroker who served on the Palo Alto City Council for a decade during the city's politically tumultuous 1960s, died July 6 following a period of declining health.

Tuesday, 4:59 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto council race expands

Former Gunn High School teacher John Fredrich, who has made four prior bids for the Palo Alto City Council, filed a candidate intention statement this week, indicating he is ready for a fifth run.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 21 comments
Stanford's Ronald McDonald House to double in size

A planned expansion for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford officially broke ground Monday morning, putting the facility on its way to becoming the largest of the 337 Ronald McDonald Houses across the world.

Tuesday, 9:48 AM | 4 comments
Proposed Sherman Avenue development stirs anxieties in Palo Alto

A developer's plan to build a three-story building next to Sarah Wallis Park in the rapidly changing California Avenue business district is meeting resistance from area residents, who are urging the city to halt the project.

Tuesday, 9:31 AM | 40 comments
HP Chairman Ralph Whitworth resigns for health reasons

Hewlett-Packard Co. board chairman Ralph Whitworth is resigning July 16 for health reasons, the Palo Alto company announced today.

Tuesday, 8:49 AM | 3 comments

Monday, July 14, 2014

Man robbed at gunpoint near City Hall in Palo Alto

A man still at large allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in downtown Palo Alto early Monday morning, police said.

Monday, 7:37 PM | 29 comments
YMCA to host meeting on Page Mill closure

The YMCA of Silicon Valley has announced it will be hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, July 16, on the controversial closure of its Page Mill Road facility.

Monday, 2:19 PM | 39 comments
Judge sides with family in Palo Alto special education case

A federal judge has sided with a Palo Alto family in an interim ruling that orders the Palo Alto Unified School District to provide in-home education for a 12-year-old boy with severe autism.

Monday, 9:54 AM | 107 comments
Candidate season officially opens Monday

Palo Alto residents looking to jump into the City Council and school board races can start picking up their nomination papers today, as the filing period officially gets under way.

Monday, 9:51 AM | 5 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City Hall revamp, new public art

Monday, 8:30 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Palo Alto and sister city Oaxaca celebrate 50th anniversary

Palo Alto and its sister city Oaxaca have reached their 50-year milestone this summer, and officials with the two cities renewed their commitment in June.

Sunday, 7:37 AM | 2 comments

Scottís Seafood Mountain View to close, reopen as new concept
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,097 views

Breastfeeding Tips
By Jessica T | 10 comments | 1,309 views

Who Says Kids Donít Eat Vegetables?
By Laura Stec | 6 comments | 1,247 views

How Bad Policy Happens
By Douglas Moran | 6 comments | 376 views

Call it a novel: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III
By Nick Taylor | 1 comment | 306 views