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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Work starts on closing 'a critical gap' of Bay Trail

Construction has begun on a new segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail in the Ravenswood Preserve near East Palo Alto.

Saturday, 12:15 PM | 2 comments
Judge dismisses Stanford lawsuit over affordable-housing law

Stanford University's claims against a Santa Clara County inclusionary-housing ordinance that applies to new housing developments on university land were largely dismissed by a federal district court judge on Thursday.

Saturday, 10:24 AM | No comments yet
Stanford student drugged at fraternity party

A female Stanford student reported that she lost consciousness after drinking an alcoholic beverage that had been drugged at a party on the campus' Mayfield Avenue fraternity row late Thursday evening.

Saturday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet
Thousands turn out for 35th Moonlight Run & Walk

Under the near-full harvest moon, roughly 2,000 people flocked to the Palo Alto Baylands on Friday night for the 35th annual Moonlight Run & Walk.

Saturday, 8:51 AM | 1 comment

Friday, October 11, 2019

Probation, community service and a $9,500 fine for Menlo Park parent sentenced in college admissions scam

Peter Jan Sartorio of Menlo Park, the first local parent to be sentenced in the nationwide college admissions scam, received the lightest sentence handed down so far from a federal judge on Friday.

Friday, 7:12 PM | 1 comment
Webcast: Reflecting on Palo Alto

As the Palo Alto Weekly's celebrates its 40th anniversary, Editor Jocelyn Dong highlights work by the editorial staff to commemorate the milestone, including a project titled "When I think of Palo Alto, I think of ..."

Friday, 4:40 PM | No comments yet
Prosecutors challenge psychiatrists' opinion on alleged Skyline killer

Prosecutors are challenging an opinion from two psychiatrists that Malik Dosouqi, the Pacifica resident charged with two murders on Skyline Boulevard in Woodside in June, is not mentally competent to stand trial.

Friday, 2:52 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on housing for school staff, city pension policy

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 14.

Friday, 2:06 PM | No comments yet
Smoke from wildfires in the Sierra prompts Bay Area air advisory

An air quality advisory is in effect for the Bay Area through Saturday as smoke from wildfires in the Sierra moves into the region.

Friday, 9:31 AM | No comments yet
FPPC: Filseth, Kniss no longer have conflicts of interest on grade separation

The state Fair Political Practices Commission said that Mayor Eric Filseth and Councilwoman Liz Kniss can now engage in decisions on rail-redesign projects, from which they have previously abstained.

Friday, 9:14 AM | 3 comments
Despite community and staff pleas, Ravenswood school board votes for external superintendent search

The Ravenswood City school board voted 3-1 on Thursday night, with Vice President Stephanie Fitch dissenting and President Tamara Sobomehin absent, to conduct an external search for the East Palo Alto district's next superintendent.

Friday, 8:50 AM | 15 comments
The price of 'paradise': Palo Altans love their hometown but the stress of living in the heart of Silicon Valley is growing

In celebration of the Palo Alto Weekly's 40th anniversary, news staff wanted to examine what the city is like today in light of what has happened over the past four decades.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 29 comments
What makes a local business last for nearly half a century or more in Palo Alto?

What makes a business last nearly half a century or more? Often it's being in the right place at the right time -- or buying the property before values shoot through the roof.

Friday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Why our next 40 years depends on you

Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson reflects on the evolution of journalism over the last 40 years and the crisis that faces the industry.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 2 comments
Timeline: 40 years of news

Over the past 40 years, the Palo Alto Weekly staff has borne witness to city's history through the lens of news coverage. We've compiled an interactive timeline to look at both small and large events.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, October 10, 2019

PG&E cuts power to a few Palo Alto Hills customers late Wednesday

A few Palo Alto Hills residents lost power late Wednesday as part of PG&E's planned power outages, while others who braced for electrical shutoffs never ended up in the dark.

Thursday, 9:43 AM | 8 comments
Santa Clara County workers' strike postponed amid power shutoff

Santa Clara County workers who have been striking since last week are postponing the work stoppage until further notice because of PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting the area.

Thursday, 9:41 AM | No comments yet
Moonlight Run & Walk anticipated to bring record-breaking crowds

If you see groups of people walking around in matching purple shirts at the Palo Alto Baylands on Friday, they're likely part of the roughly 2,000 participants of the Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet
Former East Palo Alto man held to answer charges in 2011 killing

A man charged with the 2011 murder of Cate Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park in East Palo Alto was held to answer on all charges in a preliminary hearing Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Thursday, 8:17 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Planned power outages expected to hit Palo Alto Hills Wednesday night

Sections of the Palo Alto Hills were scheduled to see power go out on Wednesday as part of PG&E's pre-emptive outages, planned because hot, dry and windy weather has heightened the risk of a wildfire, according to the utility company.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 20 comments
Stanford Research Park gains traction in effort to shift workers' commute habits

After gradually expanding its commute services options, Stanford Research Park's Transportation Management Association formed in 2016 is starting to see fewer workers now driving alone to work.

Wednesday, 8:22 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Supervisors decline to restart negotiations with Stanford on campus expansion

Frustrated by its inability to negotiate a deal with Santa Clara County for a significant campus expansion, Stanford University requested Tuesday that the county pause its review of the growth plan.

Tuesday, 6:23 PM | 11 comments
Social workers join sixth day of strike by Santa Clara County workers

On the sixth day of strikes by Santa Clara County employees, social workers joined the picket lines with health care workers, mental and behavioral health providers, child support workers and others.

Tuesday, 4:59 PM | No comments yet
New transportation chief looks to raise resident engagement

For years, Palo Alto leaders have talked about the need to launch new transportation initiatives, only to see their plans fizzle. Philip Kamhi, the city's chief transportation official, hopes to change that.

Tuesday, 9:57 AM | 29 comments
PG&E plans power outages starting Wednesday; they could affect Palo Alto too

PG&E plans to pre-emptively shut down power due to dangerous weather starting Wednesday, and although the agency doesn't serve Palo Alto Utilities customers directly, they still could be affected.

Tuesday, 9:41 AM | 39 comments

Monday, October 7, 2019

City Council backs extension of Cubberley lease

Despite some disagreements about the Cubberley Community Center's future, the Palo Alto City Council endorsed on Monday night a new five-year deal with the school district.

Monday, 6:58 PM | 2 comments
In 'historic' settlement, Stanford agrees to revise leave of absence policies for students in mental health crisis

Stanford University has agreed to a "groundbreaking" settlement with a group of students who sought through a class action lawsuit to reform allegedly discriminatory policies affecting students in mental health crisis.

Monday, 10:59 AM | 2 comments
October warmup leads to Spare the Air alert for a second day

A Spare the Air alert is in effect Monday due to a high-pressure system that will cause light winds and higher temperatures, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

Monday, 8:54 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Around Town: Stanford renames main street; Proposal seeks to aid LGBTQ seniors

In the latest Around Town column, a Santa Clara County proposal aims to boost services for LGBTQ seniors at Avenidas and one of Stanford University's major roads now has a new name.

Sunday, 8:48 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Missing elderly man with dementia found safe

An 84-year-old man with dementia who was reported missing out of Palo Alto since Saturday afternoon has been found, police said.

Saturday, 5:29 PM | 3 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Sunday throughout the Bay Area

A short hot spell in the forecast, combined with car exhaust, has prompted Bay Area air district officials to issue a Spare the Air alert for smog on Sunday.

Saturday, 3:28 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County files grievance against striking union workers

Santa Clara County filed an unfair practice charge Friday afternoon with the California Public Employment Relations Board against striking union workers, who continued picketing on Monday.

Saturday, 9:36 AM | No comments yet
Man pleads guilty to robbing Palo Alto, Mountain View banks

An Oakland man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to charges that he robbed or attempted to rob 19 banks across Northern California, including in Palo Alto and Mountain View, between March 2018 and February 2019.

Saturday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 4, 2019

Webcast: Vaping's rise and risks

Kyle Greenman of Adolescent Counseling Services' Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, discusses the growing prevalence of vaping among local teens and what parents, school employees and public officials should know about the phenomenon.

Friday, 5:29 PM | 1 comment
Editorial: Now with a department of its own, can city's transportation priorities finally get accomplished?

City Manager Ed Shikada and the council are in the process of implementing a major shift in how transportation issues are managed at City Hall.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 13 comments
Three women win awards from Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce

Two women with ties to Stanford University will be honored for their influential leadership at the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Athena Awards luncheon Nov. 7. The Chamber will also debut its new Silicon Valley Woman of Wisdom Award.

Friday, 6:46 AM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Where have all the first-graders gone?

Our first-graders are missing! Throughout the Bay Area, and especially on the Peninsula, enrollment of first-graders has dropped by 10-25% since 2010.

Friday, 6:45 AM | 96 comments
Palo Alto lawyer spins real-life experience into fictional thriller

Mitchell Zimmerman drew on his experience as a civil rights worker and 22 years volunteering on a case in which he eventually got a San Quentin inmate off death row for his new historical thriller.

Friday, 6:45 AM | No comments yet
It's a family affair: Moonlight Run & Walk brings parents, kids together

From training together before the Moonlight Run & Walk on Oct. 11 to cheering for each other at the finish line, four local families offer a different perspective on what makes the experience special to them.

Friday, 6:44 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Vote on transportation work plan; Cubberley lease negotiations

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 7.

Friday, 6:44 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Biden on Trump: 'We've got to save capitalism from this guy'

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took jabs at President Donald Trump during a campaign fundraiser in downtown Palo Alto on Thursday afternoon, citing his own versatile resume as an advantage should the two face off in 2020.

Thursday, 7:40 PM | 26 comments
Health care workers walk out, join striking Santa Clara County employees

Hundreds of Santa Clara County health care workers walked off the job Thursday morning to join other county workers who are striking for a second day.

Thursday, 12:40 PM | No comments yet
Biden lunches in downtown Palo Alto to raise campaign funds

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden was in Palo Alto on Thursday for a private fundraising luncheon at a downtown restaurant.

Thursday, 9:55 AM | 12 comments
Daisy's Day program provides emergency help to low-income pet owners

Daisy's Day, a veterinary-care program offered by the Palo Alto Humane Society to low-income pet owners, has helped hundreds of animals get the urgent care they need to overcome illness.

Thursday, 9:00 AM | 1 comment
Man armed with machete, knife threatened Caltrans workers in Menlo Park

Menlo Park police are searching for a man who brandished a machete and knife at Caltrans workers and threatened to kill them near Bayfront Expressway on Wednesday, according to police.

Thursday, 8:55 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Party at Airbnb rental goes awry when three men rob property owner

A man who owns an Airbnb property in Palo Alto was robbed twice by three people after he found a large party in full swing at his rental early Sunday morning, police said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 11:30 AM | 46 comments
Toyota, Ford cars targeted in series of catalytic converter thefts at Stanford University

Nearly two-dozen Toyota- and Ford-brand cars parked at Stanford University have been targeted in a string of thefts since mid-September, leaving the vehicles without their catalytic converters.

Wednesday, 9:32 AM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County workers strike for first time in 40 years

Santa Clara County workers went on strike Wednesday morning for the first time in 40 years to protest unfair labor practices, according to Service Employees International Union officials.

Wednesday, 9:29 AM | 3 comments
Parking reforms top Palo Alto's transportation to-do list

Frustrated by the city's confusing patchwork of residential parking programs, Palo Alto transportation leaders are preparing to craft a uniform set of rules to govern such programs.

Wednesday, 8:15 AM | 25 comments

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ravenswood school board deadlocks on scope of superintendent search

With one trustee absent at last week's Ravenswood school board meeting, a debate among the four remaining members on whether to launch an external or internal search for the East Palo Alto district's next leader ended in a stalemate.

Tuesday, 10:18 AM | 3 comments

Monday, September 30, 2019

'Workforce housing' project in limbo because of dispute with neighbor

More than a year after it won approval, a housing development proposed for the prominent corner of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road in Palo Alto is in danger of faltering because of a dispute with a neighboring property owner.

Monday, 4:11 PM | 27 comments
Shop Talk: Guild Theatre closes; Women's boutique expands to Palo Alto

In the latest Shop Talk column, Menlo Park's longtime movie theater screens its last film, Town & Country Village has a new women's luxury apparel store and Tamarine opens a more casual spinoff.

Monday, 11:11 AM | 4 comments

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