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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Video shows police forcefully arresting Palo Alto man outside his home. Now the incident's under investigation.

Surveillance footage showing Palo Alto police officers arresting, mocking and slamming a resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park against a car windshield has fueled allegations that officers acted illegally and used excessive force.

Wednesday, 12:01 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Rep. Anna Eshoo tackles impeachment, health care at Mountain View town hall meeting

Talks of impeachment and health care dominated Monday's town hall meeting hosted by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, at the Mountain View Community Center.

Tuesday, 6:56 PM | No comments yet
Man wanted for 2011 East Palo Alto homicide extradited to U.S. after fleeing to Mexico

Jaime Cardenas, a former East Palo Alto resident and suspect in the 2011 shooting death of Menlo Park resident Catherine Fisher, is being held in the Mesa County Jail in Colorado after serving about eight years in a Mexico prison.

Tuesday, 5:17 PM | No comments yet
Man arrested after vehicle and foot chase ends in East Palo Alto

A man was arrested after fleeing from a Menlo Park traffic stop and leading police on a brief pursuit into East Palo Alto on Monday night, according to Menlo Park police.

Tuesday, 1:54 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain's new vision calls for tripling ridership by 2040

Caltrain's plan to expand and modernize its train system will hit a critical juncture next month, when the agency's board of directors considers a new proposal that would roughly triple ridership by 2040.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 12 comments
Up to 15M Californians eligible for restitution in Equifax data breach

As many as 15 million Californians may be eligible for restitution in a nationwide settlement of lawsuits over a massive data breach by the Equifax credit bureau in 2017, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday.

Tuesday, 8:46 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 22, 2019

Discovery of noose leads Stanford to offer support services

Stanford University has tapped on several campus offices to offer support services for students and staff affected by the discovery of a noose found hanging from a bush near one of the residence halls earlier this month.

Monday, 3:05 PM | 5 comments
Rep. Eshoo to hold town hall meeting in Mountain View

U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, is set to hold a community town hall meeting on Monday, July 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Community Center.

Monday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Around Town: Local girl wins 'Chopped Junior,' new group aims to steer rail redesign in right direction

In the latest Around Town column, read about a Palo Alto student who topped the competition on "Chopped Junior," a new group that aims to help the city in its rail-redesign effort and new board leadership at the Vista Center.

Sunday, 8:31 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Guest Opinion: Is racism also a local problem?

While racism has always simmered in this country, it erupted again this past week after President Trump exploded about the "Squad" of four. And while this is a countrywide concern, I started thinking about how we are faring locally.

Saturday, 9:18 AM | 11 comments

Friday, July 19, 2019

Webcast: Meet the Peninsula Foodist

Meet the Peninsula Foodist, aka Weekly education reporter Elena Kadvany. On July 17, she launched a new e-newsletter covering the Peninsula dining scene, from parking-lot food stands to Michelin-starred restaurants.

Friday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto refocuses on affordable-housing program, as crisis continues

As East Palo Alto seeks to increase its stock of affordable housing, it is revitalizing its below-market-rate housing program with the help of a longtime ally: East Palo Alto Community Alliance Development Organization.

Friday, 11:59 AM | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Access to Foothill Park; evaluation of former Portage Avenue cannery

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 22.

Friday, 7:20 AM | No comments yet
For one East Palo Alto condo, 60 would-be buyers

Visiting open houses and preparing bids over asking price are part of the Bay Area house hunt, but for 60 people who want to own a below-market-rate condonimium in East Palo Alto, their search came down to a July 15 lottery.

Friday, 7:13 AM | 1 comment
New 'inclusive' playground planned for Rinconada Park

Inspired by the success of the Magical Bridge playground in Mitchell Park, Palo Alto officials are preparing to open the city's second "inclusive" playground as part of an upcoming renovation of Rinconada Park.

Friday, 7:10 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Road rage turns into armed robbery outside Stanford Shopping Center

A road rage incident between two drivers fueled an armed robbery in which one them stole the other's cellphone at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot in Palo Alto on Thursday morning, police said.

Thursday, 5:27 PM | 12 comments
New Stanford Hospital readies for its fall opening

The new Stanford Hospital, a seven-story, plus-shaped complex that has been more than a decade in the making, is in the home stretch before its fall debut.

Thursday, 3:52 PM | 8 comments
Palo Alto woman drowns while hiking with her family

A Palo Alto woman drowned on Wednesday while hiking with her family in the Feather River Canyon in Plumas County, according to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, 1:35 PM | 6 comments
Palo Alto hires new chief transportation official, taps new fire chief

Philip Kamhi, who had previously managed Palo Alto's parking programs, will return to City Hall to head the new Office of Transportation; Geoffrey "Geo" Blackshire has been tapped to serve as permanent fire chief, the city announced.

Thursday, 12:52 PM | 19 comments
Skyline murder suspect to receive mental health evaluation

Malik Dosouqi, the Pacifica man charged with two murders along Skyline Boulevard in June, will be evaluated by doctors about whether he is fit to stand trial.

Thursday, 12:09 PM | No comments yet
Man gropes woman after concert at Stanford's Frost Amphitheater

Stanford University deputies are searching for a man who groped a woman leaving a concert at Frost Amphitheater on Wednesday night, according to Department of Public Safety staff.

Thursday, 9:12 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Castilleja's ambitious development plan would create significant traffic woes

With project plans still winding their way through the Palo Alto process, the school is entering a critical phase of the application review with the city's July 17 release of the much-anticipated draft environmental-impact report.

Wednesday, 5:00 PM | 71 comments
Caltrain proposes fare increases starting in 2020

People can weigh in on potential Caltrain fare changes at a series of public meetings the agency will hold this month.

Wednesday, 4:37 PM | 6 comments
Lead paint companies owe $305M under settlement reached with Santa Clara County, nine other counties, cities

Ten California cities and counties led by Santa Clara County on Wednesday announced a $305 million settlement with three paint companies to clean up lead paint hazards to children in older housing.

Wednesday, 3:38 PM | No comments yet
The Peninsula food scene gets its own newsletter

To keep Peninsula residents up-to-date on all of the latest culinary happenings -- from parking-lot food stands to Michelin-starred restaurants -- food blogger Elena Kadvany is debuting the biweekly e-newsletter Peninsula Foodist.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | 1 comment
Investigation launched into noose found at Stanford near student residence

Stanford University is investigating how a noose ended up tied to a tall bush near a residence for summer students over the weekend, university staff said in a statement.

Wednesday, 9:22 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Buffalo-milk gelato, Chinese zongzi and crossfit: The latest in local food and retail news

In the latest Shop Talk column, find out where Amity Crossfit moved to and about two new food businesses in the area.

Tuesday, 12:25 PM | No comments yet
Teens punch, attempt to rob man while armed on Stanford campus

Three teens accused of punching and attempting to rob a man at Stanford University on Monday were arrested by police near Palo Alto High School, but a fourth boy remains on the loose, according to a Stanford public safety alert.

Tuesday, 9:27 AM | 28 comments

Monday, July 15, 2019

Man killed in head-on collision on U.S. Highway 101 identified

A man who died while driving the wrong way in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto on June 16 was identified Monday by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office as Jose Vasquez Navas, 33.

Monday, 4:32 PM | 5 comments
Crossed wires, palm tree leads to unplanned power shutdown

About 1,700 Palo Alto Utilities customers were without electricity Monday afternoon due to an emergency shutdown to remove a tree that had crossed power lines, according to an agency spokeswoman.

Monday, 3:17 PM | 3 comments

Sunday, July 14, 2019

No Bay Area ICE raids occur following federal court order

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were predicted for this past weekend in the Bay Area and which stirred numerous protests locally by immigrants' rights advocates did not materialize.

Sunday, 11:21 PM | 9 comments
Around Town: Baylands Golf Links earns spot on best courses list; former city auditor joins BART

In the latest Around Town column, find out how Baylands Golf Links ranked in Golfweek Magazine's best courses list and which agency has former city auditor Harriett Richardson as its first inspector general.

Sunday, 9:06 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, July 13, 2019

California wants to allow credit cards at the DMV, but it'll cost you a fee

Got a driver's license to renew or a vehicle to register? Well, if you were planning to pay for it with a credit card, you may want to do it this summer.

Saturday, 8:16 AM | 3 comments

Friday, July 12, 2019

New homeless census shows a spike in population living in vehicles

The percentage of homeless people living in their vehicles in Santa Clara County has more than doubled since 2017, accounting for 18% of the county's unhoused population, according to a new Santa Clara County homeless census.

Friday, 10:45 PM | 30 comments
Webcast: Who are the RV dwellers?

Weekly journalists discuss the diverse community of people living in recreational vehicles along El Camino Real and the various circumstances that brought them there.

Friday, 3:33 PM | 13 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Newell Road Bridge replacement; Temporary art at Cal. Ave. garage

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 15.

Friday, 8:21 AM | No comments yet
Living on four wheels: The people inside the RVs on Palo Alto's El Camino Real

The more than 40 recreational vehicles parked along El Camino Real, just outside Stanford University, have been deemed eyesores, but inside them are people facing diverse circumstances.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 66 comments
East Palo Alto eyes multiple strategies for shrinking the housing gap

Even as the city of East Palo Alto is reviewing proposals for more than 558 new market-rate apartments, condos and single-family homes, it is also embarking on a plan to build 500 deed-restricted affordable homes by 2023.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 7 comments
Developers propose to build more than 800 housing units in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto officials will be considering plans for more than 800 new housing units in the coming months, with the majority -- 558 -- being at market-rate.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 7 comments
They may be slow, but they're not easy to find: Keeping up with the elusive Western pond turtle

A new program by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District aims to help Western pond turtles, California's only native freshwater turtle species, thrive.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Police arrest transient for alleged attack with a skateboard downtown

Police have arrested a transient who is accused of attacking a pedestrian on University Avenue on Wednesday using a skateboard.

Thursday, 12:57 PM | 10 comments
Hot temperatures in store for Bay Area this weekend

After a cool few weeks in the Bay Area, residents should anticipate a serious warm-up this weekend with some places expected to see highs in the 90s and even the low 100s.

Thursday, 10:46 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto City Hall managers get 3% raises in new contract

More than 200 City Hall employees, including department heads, managers and supervisors, received a 3% raise this month under a new contract that the Palo Alto City Council approved in its final meeting before the summer break.

Thursday, 8:56 AM | 4 comments
Experts sound the alarm on 2020 election-meddling

Will deception on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter be a major threat in the upcoming 2020 election? According to Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Elections Commission, the troubling answer is "Yes."

Thursday, 8:31 AM | 10 comments

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