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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rent-cap law prompts calls for tenant protections in Palo Alto

With California's new rent-cap law set to take effect on Jan. 1, the Palo Alto City Council is preparing to pass an emergency ordinance Monday that would ban landlords from evicting tenants without just cause before the law kicks in.

Wednesday, 2:55 PM | 1 comment
Commission supports expanding access to Foothills Park

Seeking to grant more visitors access to the scenic Foothills Park, the Parks and Recreation Commission on Tuesday threw its support behind a pilot program that would open the exclusive preserve to non-residents.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 26 comments
Tim Bond named TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's next artistic leader

Tim Bond has been appointed the next artistic director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the organization announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8:19 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Committee backs 'safe parking' program for vehicle dwellers

Facing a growing population of vehicle dwellers, a City Council committee signaled support Tuesday for a new program that would lean on religious institutions to provide overnight parking for those without homes.

Tuesday, 11:02 PM | 8 comments
Facing public pressure, Stanford decides to install plaque with Chanel Miller's words

Almost two years after rejecting a quote proposed by Chanel Miller for a plaque at a memorial garden where she was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, Stanford University has reversed its position and decided to use her chosen words.

Tuesday, 1:18 PM | 6 comments
Creek authority faces suit from man who claims $9M flood control project has holes

A lawsuit was filed Oct. 24 against the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority and its board, claiming that the board skipped a step when it approved a new flood control project in September.

Tuesday, 9:34 AM | 4 comments
Three-car collision leaves nine girls with minor injuries

Nine students from the private Girls' Middle School were injured in a rollover collision involving three cars at a major intersection in Palo Alto during the Tuesday morning commute, said city dispatchers and a school spokeswoman.

Tuesday, 8:52 AM | 45 comments

Monday, November 11, 2019

Will a 76-year deal make Palo Alto's wastewater safe to drink?

Seeking to turn wastewater into a valuable and drinkable commodity, Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Water are moving ahead with a deal that would allow the city to build a salt-removal plant and ship treated water south.

Monday, 3:45 PM | 7 comments

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Student thefts prompt CVS to start five-at-time policy

The CVS at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto is limiting the number of students who can enter the store during the Palo Alto High School lunch period to five at a time in light of recent thefts.

Sunday, 7:54 AM | 101 comments

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Battery, hate crime reported on Stanford campus

Stanford University deputies are searching for a woman pushed and called another woman an ethnic slur on Stanford University's campus on Thursday, according to Department of Public Safety staff.

Saturday, 3:26 PM | 1 comment
Spare the Air alerts called for Saturday and Sunday, wood burning banned

A high-pressure system trapping smoke over the Bay Area spurred the air district to issue the winter season's first Spare the Air alerts for
Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, 2:56 PM | 1 comment
Man gropes girl at concert at Stanford's Frost Amphitheater

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

Saturday, 8:54 AM | 1 comment
Shop Talk: Farmers market goes year-round; new boxing gym

In the latest Shop Talk column, news about the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market, a boxing gym with group workouts and a pizzeria that's moving into the old Applewood space.

Saturday, 7:58 AM | 1 comment

Friday, November 8, 2019

Webcast: Stanford's plan hits dead end

Palo Alto Weekly reporter Gennady Sheyner, Editor Jocelyn Dong and Publisher Bill Johnson discuss why Stanford University on Nov. 1 withdrew its ambitious application to expand development on campus.

Friday, 5:27 PM | No comments yet
Residents split over Churchill closure at rail meeting

As Palo Alto kicked off on Thursday a fresh phase of outreach in its ambitious plan to redesign rail crossings, city staff fielded concerns from residents who argued that the city's proposed remedies will usher in new problems.

Friday, 9:37 AM | 85 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Safe-parking program; establishing a 'priority development area' downtown; 2020 ballot measure

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 11.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 1 comment
Around Town: Saluting our veterans; a powerful statement

This week's Around Town column pays homage to City Hall's military veterans and provides updates about a debate at Stanford over a campus plaque and about Palo Alto's long-awaited bike bridge.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 1 comment
Inside Stanford's bid to expand -- and how it came undone

The largest project in Santa Clara County's history got the axe just before noon on Nov. 1, a casualty of fundamental disagreements between county and Stanford University leaders and accusations of "lack of good faith."

Friday, 6:57 AM | 31 comments
Over the past year, Stanford and Santa Clara County clashed over numerous issues. Here are three key points of contention.

Stanford University and Santa Clara County took fundamentally opposing viewpoints on a few key development issues, eventually leading to the university to drop its general use permit application.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 8 comments
Opinion: My town, a love letter

Dear Palo Alto, It has been almost 26 years since we fell in love with you as starry-eyed graduate students arriving from Mexico. But there are moments in a relationship when we need to make sure that we're not growing apart.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 62 comments
Editorial: On the eve of county approval, Stanford withdraws its development application and forfeits years of work. There was a better way.

Stanford University's decision last Friday to pull the plug on a plan that would have allowed it to build millions of square feet of development is as difficult to understand as the strategy it has followed throughout the last year.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sales of e-cigarettes banned in unincorporated Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Thursday, 8:30 AM | 1 comment
Uber drivers, other contract workers protest outside of Uber investor's home

About 30 gig economy employees, mostly Uber drivers, on Nov. 6 protested outside the Atherton home of Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist and investor in the ride-hailing company.

Thursday, 8:03 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Victim's green pants to be key piece of evidence in serial-killer case

A pair of torn, green corduroy pants will likely be the most fought-over piece of evidence in the trial against accused serial murderer John Arthur Getreu, based on preliminary-hearing arguments in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Wednesday, 8:12 PM | 2 comments
Police arrest a man for indecent exposure in Stanford Hospital garage

Palo Alto police arrested a man on Nov. 4 after he allegedly exposed himself to another male in a parking garage at the Stanford Hospital.

Wednesday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: Zoo gets a boost; Palo Alto firefighters on the front lines

This week's Around Town column highlights Palo Alto firefighters who have gone to aid communities devastated by wildfire, progress on the Junior Museum and Zoo redevelopment, and newly donated and much sought-after art.

Wednesday, 3:05 PM | No comments yet
Separate incidents of rape, aggravated assault reported at Stanford University

In separate incidents, three women reported serious allegations of sexual violence -- aggravated assault, sexual battery and rape -- that took place on the Stanford University campus last week.

Wednesday, 3:03 PM | 9 comments
Lukewarm on teacher housing, school board doesn't direct staff to pursue further

Despite the rise in interest in building housing for teachers and staff in school districts across the Bay Area, the Palo Alto Unified Board of Education signaled on Tuesday it has little appetite for pursuing such a project.

Wednesday, 8:14 AM | 22 comments

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ravenswood community weighs pace, transition of closing two elementary schools

Parents and others who have attended public meetings on consolidating schools in the Ravenswood City School District appear split over whether to close two schools next fall or to close one next year and the other after that.

Tuesday, 8:44 PM | 6 comments
Woman's phone snatched while she was talking on it at Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto police are looking for two teenagers who they say robbed a woman outside Stanford Shopping Center on Saturday night, according to a police news release.

Tuesday, 6:12 PM | 10 comments
At updated Reuse Zone, residents can leave -- or pick up -- leftover paint, household cleaners

It might be an overstatement to say that the city of Palo Alto's Reuse Zone proves that one person's trash is another's treasure, but it does offer an opportunity for residents to make use of items that others have dropped off.

Tuesday, 3:56 PM | 5 comments
Smoke from Ranch Fire drifts into Bay Area

An air quality advisory due to smoke from the Ranch Fire in Tehama County has been extended through Wednesday.

Tuesday, 2:00 PM | 2 comments
Researchers create a natural gel that could help prevent wildfires

A long-lasting gel-like fluid developed by Stanford University researchers could keep wildfires from starting and spreading when it's combined with a common fire retardant.

Tuesday, 7:03 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto to ban natural gas in new buildings

Palo Alto took its most dramatic action of the year on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions Monday night, when the City Council agreed to institute an "all-electric" requirement for new buildings starting in 2020.

Tuesday, 1:27 AM | 95 comments

Monday, November 4, 2019

When alleged bank robber cuts through Paly campus Monday, students flee, fearing there's an active shooter

A man who police say robbed a Bank of America on Quarry Road on Monday led officers on a chase through Palo Alto High School, sparking panic among students.

Monday, 9:32 PM | 31 comments
East Palo Alto to take part in five-year study of early detection of diseases

East Palo Alto will be the first city in the country to participate in a program focused on early cancer detection and disease screenings in a partnership with a mobile screenings company and the American Cancer Society.

Monday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
County supervisors vote to expand school mental health programs for troubled kids

Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to find new ways to link children and teens with mental health services through public schools.

Monday, 3:45 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: City to honor veterans today

Speakers and the Palo Alto High School Choir will recognize U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active duty service members today at a public ceremony in King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., at 3:30 p.m.

Monday, 8:31 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 3, 2019

If you haven't turned 70 yet, don't retire

A Stanford University study on the financial benefits of delaying retirement until age 70 found that seniors can gain a significant amount of Social Security income to help offset drawing down their retirement savings.

Sunday, 7:07 AM | 9 comments
California just pushed back school start times — you weren't dreaming. Now what?

Of the dozens of education bills that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law this year, few will have a more practical impact on everyday lives than new, later start times for California's high schools and middle schools.

Sunday, 7:07 AM | 38 comments

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Californians unwilling to subsidize land owners' wildfire prevention, Stanford poll finds

Years of devastating, back-to-back wildfires coupled with recent power shutdowns have not convinced Californians to fund wildfire prevention on behalf of at-risk homeowners and businesses, Stanford University researchers have found.

Saturday, 8:33 AM | 13 comments

Friday, November 1, 2019

Stanford withdraws application for campus expansion

Citing intractable disagreements with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Stanford University abruptly abandoned on Friday its contentious plan to expand its campus by 3.5 million square feet.

Friday, 1:44 PM | No comments yet
Stanford withdraws application for campus expansion

Stanford University abruptly abandoned on Friday its contentious plan to expand its campus by 3.5 million square feet, citing ongoing disagreements with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors over the approval process.

Friday, 12:42 PM | 76 comments
Palo Alto to hire consultants for polling, outreach on business tax

With its eyes on the November 2020 ballot, Palo Alto is preparing to survey residents this month to gauge their appetite for a proposed business tax.

Friday, 9:49 AM | 10 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: All-electric construction; school start times; Stanford Shopping Center

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 4.

Friday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet
Opinion: Traffic Study — a rhyme for our time

The future belongs to an incredible notion
That tons of traffic must proceed in slow motion!
As drivers learn the new math -- a unique equation:
Quadruple the cars equals road minimization.

Friday, 6:30 AM | 71 comments
Residents, city staff, nonprofit rally to save imperiled dawn redwood

An ailing dawn redwood outside the downtown Palo Alto post office, a tree whose species dates from the time of the dinosaurs, may be saved thanks to residents, city staff and a local nonprofit.

Friday, 6:28 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: Having failed so far, President Hotel buyers try financial inducements to build support for zoning changes it needs

It's not clear whether Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners did a terrible job at researching the zoning obstacles they would face when buying the President Hotel in 2018 or brashly thought they could just steamroll city officials.

Friday, 6:27 AM | 16 comments

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Cameras catch man video-recording himself allegedly slamming a dog to the ground

A 30-year-old East Palo Alto man seen allegedly slamming a small dog onto the ground while recording it with his phone has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, Redwood City police said.

Thursday, 2:08 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto man dies in head-on crash on state Highway 152

A man killed in a head-on crash on state Highway 152 in southern Santa Clara County on Wednesday morning has been identified as 27-year-old Palo Alto resident Juan Oliveras, the California Highway Patrol said.

Thursday, 1:55 PM | 1 comment
With DIY haunted house, two brothers bring spirit of Halloween to Old Palo Alto

Tech billionaires and their over-the-top Halloween displays have turned the holiday into a mini-spectacle in Old Palo Alto, but neighbors Jesse and Josh Bingham are attracting their own fans with their DIY approach to haunting.

Thursday, 8:25 AM | 12 comments

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