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Saturday, August 24, 2019

New effort in the works to build trail from Bay to ocean

Land conservation agencies and local jurisdictions are teaming up behind a bold new plan to build a trail that would allow people to travel by foot, bicycle or horse from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

Saturday, 8:54 AM | 7 comments

Friday, August 23, 2019

Webcast: The state of the Ravenswood school board

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss tensions between Ravenswood City School District board members and the implications for a district in transition.

Friday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County, San Francisco win final ruling over Trump's threat against sanctuary counties

Santa Clara County and San Francisco won a final victory in a lawsuit Friday challenging President Donald Trump's threat to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties.

Friday, 4:10 PM | 2 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: School safety, Old Palo Alto parking program

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 26.

Friday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet
Bay Area: One-cent sales tax for transit could be on 2020 ballot

Bay Area voters may be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax in 2020 that would fund a wide array of transportation projects and improvements across the region.

Friday, 8:34 AM | 19 comments
East Palo Alto board to study all school names β€” but first, Ravenswood Middle School

The Ravenswood school board voted unanimously on Thursday to form a board subcommittee to study and make recommendations on whether to change Ravenswood Middle School's name.

Friday, 8:27 AM | 3 comments
Stanford is snapping up homes in College Terrace

New research by a group of media organizations has found that Stanford University's housing portfolio may be larger than even Palo Alto residents have imagined.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 60 comments
Editorial: With Castilleja project now in the public review process, can both sides work toward solution?

As it stands now, the proposal to redevelop Castilleja School in Palo Alto faces rough sledding unless it is revised to reduce its impacts.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 15 comments
Guest Opinion: It's time to address leaf blowers (again)

A longtime Palo Alto resident wants to take the fight over leaf blowers to the homeowners and property managers who hire gardeners often found using them in residential neighborhoods.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 24 comments

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Palo Alto joins call for governance change at VTA

Palo Alto this week endorsed a scathing report calling for governance changes at the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority, though the city has yet to determine what reforms it wants to see.

Thursday, 9:55 AM | 6 comments
Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors arrested again

Randolph Haldeman, who was arrested last month on allegations of sexually assaulting children and then released on bail, was arrested Wednesday at his Menlo Park home on 20 sexual assault charges.

Thursday, 8:48 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Online program helps East Palo Alto mayor fulfill dream of earning a bachelor's degree

East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier can officially add college graduate to her list of accomplishments after achieving her lifelong goal of earning a bachelor's degree earlier this month.

Wednesday, 4:05 PM | 2 comments
Survey: Nearly one in three Santa Clara County teens have tried vaping

While cigarette use among high school students in Santa Clara County has hit an all-time low, vaping is on the rise, a survey released Wednesday has found.

Wednesday, 2:35 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto looks to business tax to fund shuttles, rail improvements

As Palo Alto prepares to join the recent wave of cities that have adopted a business tax, transportation is emerging as the highest priority for how the revenues would be used.

Wednesday, 9:57 AM | 18 comments
A family came to Stanford Hospital chasing a lifesaving treatment for a rare disease. Now they may be forced to leave.

An Armenian family is trying to change their visa status to allow them to stay and work in the U.S. so their 19-month-old son can continue to receive treatment for spinal muscular atrophy.

Wednesday, 9:50 AM | 8 comments
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts features functional, beautiful pieces for the home

The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, taking place this weekend in downtown Palo Alto, features the creations of 300 artists with works that can add up to many opportunities for that "double look."

Wednesday, 8:24 AM | 1 comment

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hope fades for housing at Fry's site

With its ambitious effort to revitalize the Ventura neighborhood in danger of faltering, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday to raise the budget and lower the expectations for the complex planning process.

Monday, 11:22 PM | 39 comments
Newsom signs landmark police use-of-force bill

California will soon have a tougher new legal standard for the use of deadly force by police, under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Monday that was inspired by last year's fatal shooting of a young, unarmed man in Sacramento.

Monday, 3:14 PM | 22 comments
School district raises questions about Palo Alto's intention to renew Cubberley lease

The city of Palo Alto and school district's joint effort to redevelop Cubberley Community Center has hit a bump, with questions arising about whether the city intends to renew its $5 million lease.

Monday, 9:42 AM | 22 comments

Sunday, August 18, 2019

'I don't think there is trust on this board.' Fissures emerge between East Palo Alto school trustees during retreat

Nine months after an election created new dynamics on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, the new and old trustees are struggling to find common ground.

Sunday, 9:08 AM | 8 comments
VTA board members support shake-up after scathing grand jury report

A new VTA subcommittee began discussions on potential tweaks to the governing board that would improve effectiveness at the beleaguered agency at a meeting on Aug. 9.

Sunday, 9:06 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Caltrain strikes unoccupied vehicle in Palo Alto

A Caltrain struck an unoccupied vehicle in Palo Alto Friday night.

Saturday, 11:12 AM | 12 comments
Around Town: Auditor's office getting taste of its own medicine; Bay Trail work set to begin

The Palo Alto City Auditor's Office will face an audit by an outside firm to consider what other cities are doing and evaluate whether some of the functions of the office should be placed under the purview of the city manager.

Saturday, 7:38 AM | 5 comments

Friday, August 16, 2019

Longtime Palo Alto free lunch, dinner program for the needy ends

Homeless people who have been eating free lunches and dinners through the Breaking Bread program in Palo Alto now have to find a meal elsewhere, as the organizer switched to offering only breakfasts.

Friday, 5:39 PM | 12 comments
Webcast: Palo Alto's superintendent, one year in

Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Don Austin joins Weekly journalists to discuss his vision for the district and upcoming issues for the new school year.

Friday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet
Superintendent: School district to use data to solve ongoing issues

Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Don Austin said his staff will give timely and accurate reports on 12 districtwide goals throughout the year, enabling educators to shift tactics as they go to ensure progress.

Friday, 3:45 PM | 7 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City responds to VTA governance report; Study session on school facilities

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 19.

Friday, 3:34 PM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: After 39 years of cakes and pastries, Palo Alto institution Prolific Oven to close

One of Palo Alto's longest-standing bakeries, The Prolific Oven will close on Aug. 31 due to a "severe" labor shortage and increasing cost of doing business in the Bay Area, the owners said Wednesday.

Friday, 11:44 AM | 8 comments
Another Spare the Air alert issued as heat wave continues across Bay Area

Bay Area communities can expect another hot day Friday, which has led the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a third consecutive Spare the Air alert this week.

Friday, 8:31 AM | No comments yet
With clock ticking, city considers another rail committee

As Santa Clara County prepares to distribute funding for rail projects in north county, Palo Alto is looking to create yet another citizen committee to advise city leaders on the complex and contentious topic.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 34 comments
Small retailers in limbo at Hotel California building

Only two retailers that remain in the Hotel California building in Palo Alto's California Avenue shopping district may need to find new homes if their landlord goes through with a plan to gut the first floor.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 13 comments
Guest Opinion: On Castilleja, be careful of what you wish for

If I were a neighbor of Castilleja School, I would be more concerned with the disruption during construction and the added traffic that additional students would bring to the area.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 31 comments

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Church celebration Saturday to look back β€” and forward

In 2015, the Palo Alto Church of Christ faced a dilemma. Once a robust congregation -- with 200 members at its peak in 1968 -- by 2015, membership had dwindled to roughly 25.

Thursday, 4:58 PM | 1 comment
Two men arrested for car burglaries at Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto police last week arrested two men who allegedly broke into cars at Stanford Shopping Center and, in one case, stole two backpacks containing electronics, the department said Thursday.

Thursday, 2:49 PM | 11 comments
Planning commissioners kick back Castilleja draft environmental impact report for additions

Finding gaps in the draft environmental-impact report for Castilleja School's proposed expansion, Palo Alto's Planning and Transportation Commission is seeking more specific details that might help answer many residents' questions.

Thursday, 9:57 AM | 41 comments
Heat advisory, Spare the Air alert in effect Thursday

A heat advisory that the National Weather Service issued remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday as temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s in parts of the Bay Area.

Thursday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Santa Clara County brings nonprofit aboard for teacher housing project in Palo Alto

A proposed affordable-housing project in Palo Alto exclusively for teachers gained momentum on Tuesday when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a developer to make the plan a reality.

Wednesday, 5:02 PM | 16 comments
Palo Alto elementary schools begin new year by getting a jump-start on goals

Palo Alto Unified's 13 elementary schools returned to class on Wednesday, kicking off both new priorities and continued focus on existing ambitions.

Wednesday, 12:10 PM | 4 comments
Santa Clara County, San Francisco sue Trump administration over 'public charge' restrictions on immigrants

Santa Clara County and San Francisco are challenging a new rule that makes it harder for low-income legal immigrants to stay in the U.S.

Wednesday, 10:27 AM | 22 comments

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

High temperatures in forecast prompts heat advisory for parts of the Bay Area

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for parts of the Bay Area. The announcement has led Santa Clara County to offer services to give the public relief from the hot conditions.

Tuesday, 8:06 PM | No comments yet
Classes begin again at Palo Alto's middle, high schools

Tuesday marked the first day of a new school year for thousands of middle and high school students in the Palo Alto Unified School District, with the district's younger students set to return to classes on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 5:33 PM | 12 comments
Council urged to take tough stance on Edgewood Plaza developer over grocery store

It's been a year and a half since Edgewood Plaza's new grocery store opened for business, but Palo Alto and the plaza's developer remain embroiled in a legal standoff, with little signs of compromise.

Tuesday, 5:14 PM | 34 comments
Police: Woman fights off two would-be robbers in Midtown

Palo Alto police are looking for two men who they said attacked a woman on Monday afternoon in the city's Midtown neighborhood, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:48 PM | 19 comments
Family fears for safety of missing disabled woman

A 20-year-old East Palo Alto woman with learning disabilities and a medical condition disappeared six weeks ago, leaving her family worried about her safety.

Tuesday, 2:07 PM | 1 comment
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

Tuesday, 12:34 PM | No comments yet
Residents urge more restrictions on cell antennas in Palo Alto

Palo Alto's shifting rules for installation of wireless communication equipment changed on Monday when the City Council revised a rule that limited the height at which cellular antennas could be placed on poles.

Tuesday, 11:30 AM | 35 comments

Monday, August 12, 2019

Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, the eighth of the summer season, because of unhealthy levels of smog in the region.

Monday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
Condominium project tests the limit of Palo Alto's new housing law

Encouraged by the Palo Alto City Council's newfound appetite for housing along San Antonio Road, a local developer is moving ahead with a proposal to build 102 condominiums on a commercial site near the Mountain View border.

Monday, 12:33 PM | 28 comments
Bay Area mayors call for Senate action on gun safety laws

More than 20 Bay Area mayors, including four on the Midpeninsula, are among 249 nationwide who have signed a letter calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Monday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet

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