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Monday, February 17, 2020

Palo Alto couple gone missing in Marin County

A Palo Alto couple who had rented a room in Marin County last week and were due to check out Saturday morning has gone missing, prompting a search-and-rescue operation, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, 9:36 AM | 13 comments

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Ames wind tunnels put NASA's new moonshot to the test

America's latest bid to send astronauts into space has researchers at NASA Ames hard at work, trying to figure out how to get safely get a hulking 320-foot tower of metal, stuffed with 733,000 gallons of fuel, out of the atmosphere.

Sunday, 8:48 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Around Town: Division over installing wireless antennas; local voting rights group marks 100th birthday

In the latest Around Town column, news about the latest arguments for and against installing wireless antennas in Palo Alto, a local group celebrating its centennial and a firefighter who completed a 625-mile journey to San Diego.

Saturday, 10:37 AM | 8 comments

Friday, February 14, 2020

PUBLIC AGENDA: Funding Code:ART2, transitional kindergarten policies

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

Friday, 5:35 PM | No comments yet
Ending stalemate, Human Relations commissioner quits seeking chairmanship

In a stunning move to avoid a potentially divisive and deadlocked election for the Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner chairmanship, one of the two contenders on Thursday asked his colleagues to vote for the other nominee.

Friday, 5:27 PM | 3 comments
Behind the Headlines: A playground for all

Magical Bridge playground co-founders Olenka Steciw Villarreal and Jill Hoffspiegel Asher discuss how their universal playground redefines what it means to play.

Friday, 5:10 PM | 1 comment
At 'pivotal' moment in presidential campaign, Pete Buttigieg makes plea to voters in Palo Alto

In comments to about 200 supporters in Palo Alto on Friday, presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg pitched himself as an inclusive, progressive option for voters.

Friday, 4:23 PM | 24 comments
VMware plans to cut over 200 jobs in Palo Alto

Cloud infrastructure company VMware recently announced that it will cut 211 jobs at its Palo Alto headquarters effective April 1.

Friday, 4:23 PM | 9 comments
Palo Alto's city services will be limited on Monday due to Presidents Day

We've compiled a guide of modified schedules and closures for local and regional services on the Midpeninsula on Monday due to Presidents Day.

Friday, 9:38 AM | 1 comment
Violent robbery leaves Stanford student unconscious, cashless

A group of men robbed three Stanford University students on Sunday, knocking one of the students unconscious before fleeing with his money, according to Stanford's Department of Public Safety.

Friday, 9:34 AM | 11 comments
A daughter's disability. A mother's ingenuity. And the playground that's launching a revolution.

Olenka Steciw Villarreal and Jill Hoffspiegel Asher, the forces behind Magical Bridge, see "all-abilities" playgrounds not as islands, but as clarion calls in a movement for valuing all members of a community equally.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 11 comments
Making kindness contagious

The Magical Bridge Foundation's Kindness Ambassadors program brings students and other volunteers together to help with the Magical Bridge park's programs and advocacy.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 11 comments
The difference between 'traditional' and 'Magical'

Most playgrounds are about one-quarter the size of a Magical Bridge, which is one reason the cost to build an all-abilities playground is so much higher.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 11 comments
Editorial: Brownrigg for state Senate

With the impressive group of candidates for California's 13th Senate district, we give the nod to Michael Brownrigg, who has shown himself to be a strong, effective and collaborative leader.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 21 comments
Guest Opinion: Remembering Palo Alto's transportation history

Understanding the historical "bones" of our city -- the rail line and a walkable grid street system rather than a car-dominated expressway network that defines many post-war communities -- will stand us in good stead.

Friday, 6:52 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Federal judge thwarts Theranos leaders' attempt to dump fraud case

A federal court judge has declined to throw out the fraud case against two former Theranos executives, finding the indictment against them contains enough factual information to move forward.

Thursday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
State Senate candidate faces allegations she violated 'non-coordination' rule with real estate political-action committee

A complaint has been filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission against state Senate candidate Annie Oliva, alleging has collaborated with an independent expenditure committee supporting her campaign.

Thursday, 9:49 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Income inequality reaches a 'historic high' in Silicon Valley, new report shows

Despite a hot economy and a slight dip in home prices, 2019 was a year of reckoning for Silicon Valley's high-tech giants, according to a new report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

Wednesday, 3:41 PM | 32 comments
A real turnaround: Santa Clara County clears its backlog of untested rape kits

Santa Clara County officials announced Tuesday that it has cleared its backlog of untested sexual assault and rape forensic evidence kits.

Wednesday, 12:45 PM | No comments yet
New documents show man killed in fiery Tesla crash reported problems with Autopilot system

A Tesla driver who died after striking a highway median in Mountain View reportedly complained of Autopilot problems in the weeks leading up to the crash, according to newly released documents.

Wednesday, 12:29 PM | 16 comments
'It feels really, really free': After 14 days in coronavirus quarantine, mother and daughter return home to Palo Alto

A Palo Alto mother and daughter returned home Tuesday after spending weeks at the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, and then in quarantine on a U.S. military base in southern California.

Wednesday, 9:48 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

With revised design, Castilleja tries to appease critics of its growth plan

Seeking a truce with opponents to its proposed expansion, Castilleja School this week submitted a revised plan to the city that reduces the size of a proposed garage and retains two homes slated for demolition.

Tuesday, 7:26 PM | 39 comments
County eyes 'a unique opportunity' for affordable housing in Palo Alto for adults with disabilities

A south Palo Alto property may soon be redeveloped for a valuable commodity: affordable housing for adults with disabilities.

Tuesday, 3:56 PM | 4 comments
Hesitant to cross this hazardous Palo Alto intersection? Here's the city's plan to smooth out your ride.

The most dangerous intersection in south Palo Alto is about to see some changes, including new turning lanes and a realigned crosswalk that will make it easier for drivers to see pedestrians.

Tuesday, 2:08 PM | 19 comments
Now with Khoury's Market closed, Palo Alto looks to beef up fines against building owner

Palo Alto is preparing to sharply ramp up fines against the owner of College Terrace Centre, the blocklong development on El Camino Real that has been facing neighborhood scorn for its failure to maintain an operating grocery store.

Tuesday, 9:49 AM | 24 comments
Oil tax? Wealth tax? Prop. 13 reform? Senate candidates debate how to pay for new programs for state's youngest residents

Candidates for the 13th Senate district on Sunday weighed in on how best to tackle a major shortage in teachers and facilities and how to fund improved outcomes for the state's 3 million children under 5 years old.

Tuesday, 9:19 AM | 15 comments

Monday, February 10, 2020

To stifle discord, Palo Alto prepares to shake-up auditor's office

The City Auditor's Office may soon see the biggest shake-up in its 37-year history, after the City Council agreed Monday to seek an outside firm to manage what has long been an in-house operation.

Monday, 10:27 PM | 6 comments
Killing them softly: Santa Clara County to ensure immature mosquitoes never grow up

To halt the spread of diseases that can be carried by certain insects, Santa Clara County will unleash an eco-friendly larvicide on mosquitoes in the Palo Alto Baylands on Wednesday.

Monday, 4:58 PM | 2 comments
Shop Talk: Ambassador Toys calls it quits, chocolate shop on its way

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about the closure of one of the area's last toy stores at Town & Country Village, a new chocolate shop and the end of a longtime boutique in downtown Palo Alto.

Monday, 2:26 PM | 3 comments
New high school to bring German, French and Chinese language instruction under one roof

Alto International School in Menlo Park and the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto will together open the Silicon Valley International High School in 2021.

Monday, 12:55 PM | 8 comments

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Around Town: Vote for commission's new leaders gets awkward; city to officially expand Boulware Park

In the latest Around Town column, news about the recent election of a new chair and vice chair for the Planning and Transportation Commission, which took unexpected turns.

Sunday, 8:20 AM | 18 comments

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Community college district asks voters for new tax, bond funds to upgrade facilities, keep education accessible

Voters in the March 3 election will decide on financing measures G and H by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Saturday, 8:40 AM | 60 comments

Friday, February 7, 2020

As coronavirus epidemic spreads, Palo Altan recounts desperation to get out of Wuhan

From her quarantine at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, Palo Alto resident Esther Tiferes Tebeka on Friday pinpointed the moment she felt panic while trapped in Wuhan City, China, in January.

Friday, 10:07 PM | 8 comments
Behind the Headlines: Teens tackle sexual assault

Palo Alto High School seniors Alexa Alami and Katherine Buecheler talk about their new student-advocacy group and the importance of education on consent, healthy relationships and sexual violence.

Friday, 3:35 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Future of city auditor's office; New school building contracts

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 10.

Friday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet
Escapee from Palo Alto courthouse gets 4 years in prison for gun charges

A man who escaped from a Palo Alto courthouse in 2017, sparking a 20-day manhunt, was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday for illegally possessing a gun at the time of his capture.

Friday, 9:43 AM | 3 comments
At one Palo Alto school, long troubled by sexual misconduct, a new student advocacy group is born

A group of Palo Alto High students is working to educate their peers about sexual assault, consent and relationships -- education they say is still very much needed at their school.

Friday, 8:32 AM | 18 comments
With garage construction continuing, Cal. Ave. businesses say they're between a rock and a hard place

Managers in the California Avenue business district say foot traffic and sales have dropped due to the construction of a new parking garage.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 14 comments
New technology-themed institute brings tech-hungry seniors downtown

Downtown Palo Alto has been a longtime mecca for tech startups, and now it could be a destination for retired tech workers and other older adults hungry to know the latest trends.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 15 comments
Guest Opinion: Business tax will harm Palo Alto

By taxing businesses based on their Palo Alto headcount, larger companies may choose not to hire locally in Palo Alto. Small and medium sized businesses would have an extra financial burden.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 56 comments

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Senate candidates clash over housing policies, PG&E's future at Palo Alto forum

Seven candidates vying to succeed state Sen. Jerry Hill clashed Wednesday over housing policies, charter schools and a new proposal to have the state take over PG&E at a forum in Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 11:10 PM | 24 comments
Can Santa Clara County house 100 homeless students in 100 days? Foothill College joins effort

Foothill College announced Wednesday new partnerships that the community college hopes will help Santa Clara County achieve an ambitious goal: finding housing for 100 homeless students in 100 days.

Wednesday, 2:57 PM | 8 comments
Jerry Hill endorses state Senate candidate Josh Becker to take his place in Sacramento

State Sen. Jerry Hill wants Josh Becker to be his successor, Becker's campaign announced Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, 2:35 PM | 4 comments
Stanford ER now providing rape kits, support services to sexual assault survivors

People who are sexually assaulted in northern Santa Clara County will no longer have to travel to San Jose for a medical forensic exam.

Wednesday, 12:43 PM | 7 comments
Raped 45 years ago, woman returns to bring attacker to justice — for other woman's murder

Accused serial killer John Arthur Getreu claims he didn't have contact with Leslie Marie Perlov, but his statements appeared to be contradicted during a court hearing on Tuesday by DNA evidence.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 3 comments
Meet the 7 candidates who want to represent you in Sacramento

With seven candidates vying to become the next lawmaker for California's 13th Senate district, voters on March 3 will decide which two will move on to the November general election ballot.

Wednesday, 9:48 AM | 1 comment

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