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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

City set to pull the plug on sewage-burning incinerators

Palo Alto will celebrate its most significant environmental milestone in years on June 5, when the city retires the two incinerators that have been burning local sewage in the Baylands for nearly half a century.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet
World-famous architect Frank Gehry helps East Palo Alto students imagine future cities

Architect Frank Gehry brought the same concepts he has used with teams to design renowned buildings, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, to an East Palo Alto classroom Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Robbers invade Midtown home, steal elderly woman's jewelry, money, car

Two men who broke into a Midtown home alarmed a woman in her 70s, who was forced to hand over her jewelry, money and other personal property before they left in her car Tuesday afternoon, Palo Alto police said.

Tuesday, 7:54 PM | 6 comments
For sufferers of a disease that has confounded researchers, a glimmer of hope

A blood test that can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome and that could potentially help identify treatments for the baffling illness has been discovered by Stanford University School of Medicine and U.C. Irvine researchers.

Tuesday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
Scharff set return to City Hall — this time as utilities commissioner

Former Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff will return to the dais at City Hall -- this time as one of the newest members of the Utilities Advisory Commission. Scharff was one of nearly a dozen residents to win commission appointments Monday.

Tuesday, 4:39 PM | No comments yet
To get more housing built, Palo Alto looks to loosen rules on San Antonio Road

Months after Palo Alto revised its zoning rules to encourage new housing in downtown and around California Avenue, the City Council is preparing to extend the development incentives to San Antonio Road.

Tuesday, 9:53 AM | 47 comments
Food allergy clinics a test of faith for desperate families

New clinics are opening and offering food-allergy treatment to desperate families, but some researchers say it's too soon to guarantee patient safety or even that it will work as promised.

Tuesday, 9:07 AM | No comments yet
Spurned by the FAA, Palo Alto may sue over airplane noise

With a new airplane route poised to increase traffic and noise over Palo Alto, the City Council agreed on Monday to consider suing the Federal Aviation Administration, which has a poor track record in responding to local concerns.

Tuesday, 12:29 AM | 38 comments

Monday, May 20, 2019

Shop Talk: Greek-Turkish eatery, vegan cafe, women's boutique open

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about two new local restaurants, including one with a 100% plant-based menu, and a new women's clothing store.

Monday, 2:29 PM | 4 comments

Sunday, May 19, 2019

East Palo Alto celebrates grand opening of U.S. Highway 101 overpass

A new walkway connecting East Palo Alto neighborhoods on the east and west of U.S. Highway 101 debuted on Saturday. Construction of the $14 million project took 18 months from start to completion.

Sunday, 8:51 AM | 21 comments

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Around Town: Outsmarted; Affordable Housing Week

In the latest Around Town column, read about a special proclamation approved by the city of Palo Alto that recognizes its efforts in approving affordable-housing projects.

Saturday, 8:30 AM | 13 comments

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fond memories of a friend, a series of bake sales and one boy's hope to fund a cure to cancer

Addison Elementary School fifth-grader Nathan Carlsen died of a rare brain cancer on March 19, 2018. Now, his friends are raising funds for research into a cure.

Friday, 8:05 PM | 2 comments
Webcast: RV parking program takes off

Alicia Garcia of the nonprofit Project WeHope talks about East Palo Alto's pioneering new Safe Lot program, which is giving people living in their RVs a safe place to park overnight, along with offering them critical services.

Friday, 4:24 PM | 14 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Airplane noise discussion; proposed budget review

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 20.

Friday, 10:35 AM | No comments yet
Rare eye cancer is the focus of 'Lookin' for a Cure' 5K run

For Dr. Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, a specialist in treating and researching eye cancer, nothing would make him happier than to be put out of business.

Friday, 9:31 AM | No comments yet
With artificial intelligence looming, debate over 'basic income' heats up

Proponents say universal basic income could help end poverty, but others argue that it would be prohibitively expensive and de-incentivize people from working.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 14 comments
The $3.8 trillion question

Universal basic income, rolled out across the U.S., would cost $3.8 trillion annually, or 21% of the nation's gross domestic product, if every American citizen were to receive $12,000 a year (the current threshold for poverty).

Friday, 6:51 AM | 14 comments
Three questions about basic income

While arguments go back and forth about the feasibility of universal basic income and its potential merits, there are at least three sets of questions that need to be answered through experiments.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 14 comments
Editorial: A parking strategy drowning in complexity and frustration seeks a lifeline

A new report on Palo Alto's residential preferential parking programs is vulnerable to failure due to the lack of stable and adequate staff resources.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 4 comments
Guest Opinion: Palo Alto needs a citywide municipal fiber-to-the-premises utility

The medium of choice for wired telecommunications networks is fiber optics. But the telecom incumbents are reluctant to abandon their copper-based networks as long as customers are willing to put up with them.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 17 comments

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Report: Santa Clara County sees big surge in homeless population

New data released by Santa Clara County shows that homelessness is a rapidly growing problem, with thousands of additional residents living on the streets compared to just two years ago.

Thursday, 2:49 PM | 72 comments
Contentious state housing bill punted to 2020

Controversial Senate Bill 50 suffered a setback Thursday when the state Senate Appropriations Committee chair announced that the bill will not be brought for a hearing until 2020.

Thursday, 2:22 PM | 20 comments
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse John Arthur Getreu, 74, of Hayward, of the 1974 killing of 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 11:10 AM | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

Thursday, 11:03 AM | 10 comments
What $9 million won't get you in Old Palo Alto: A house on a lot

A quarter-acre property for sale in Palo Alto is turning heads for what's not included in its $9-million price tag: a house.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | 22 comments
Transportation projects to get a boost in proposed budget

Signaling a renewed push to address local traffic and parking frustrations, the City Council's Finance Committee endorsed on Wednesday a proposal from City Manager Ed Shikada to add staff to the new Office of Transportation.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Caltrain's proposed four-track station could disrupt Palo Alto's rail-redesign plans

Caltrain's plan to expand its system could require the agency to construct a four-track segment in Palo Alto -- a proposal that could have significant ramifications on the city's own plans to redesign the rail corridor.

Wednesday, 1:41 PM | 75 comments
Ravenswood board approves contract for interim superintendent

Gina Sudaria will stay on as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent through next year or until a new superintendent is hired under a contract the school board approved for her last week.

Wednesday, 11:02 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto Unified teachers, senior managers to get 2% raise

The Palo Alto school board unanimously approved 2% raises for its teachers union and senior managers on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:39 AM | 7 comments
With Stanford offer on hold, school board members voice disappointment — and one goes on the offensive

Three Palo Alto school board members voted on Tuesday night to suspend consideration of a tentative agreement with Stanford University related to its proposed campus expansion, voicing disappointment over the turn of events.

Wednesday, 9:29 AM | 81 comments

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Palo Alto prepares to revamp neighborhood parking programs

Seeking to bring some stability, simplicity and sanity to the city's complex patchwork of residential parking programs, the Palo Alto City Council embraced on Monday a new report that urges significant reforms.

Tuesday, 11:30 AM | 11 comments
Citywide train-tunnel idea hits dead end

After nearly a decade of dreaming, debating and designing, Palo Alto's bid to build a train tunnel from the north end of the city to the south came to a screeching halt Monday night.

Tuesday, 1:03 AM | 49 comments

Monday, May 13, 2019

How much do you and your neighbors pay in state taxes?

Think you pay too much in state income taxes? You'll be surprised to find out how much Palo Alto residents owed, with one ZIP code sending an average $111,415 to Sacramento.

Monday, 4:44 PM | 16 comments
Forecast: Back-to-back storms to hit Bay Area this week

Two Bay Area storms this week will be more like winter-season systems as opposed to springtime rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday, 12:25 PM | 14 comments
Raises for teachers, managers to come before school board Tuesday

The Palo Alto school board will vote on two major agreements on Tuesday night that, if approved, will give 2% raises to both the teachers union and the district's non-unionized management association.

Monday, 10:41 AM | 21 comments

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Grants available for Bay Area's low-income residents for clean air vehicle purchases

Low-income residents of certain Bay Area neighborhoods can get help to replace their old cars with clean air vehicles thanks to a new grant program administered by the region's air district.

Sunday, 9:05 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hawaii water polo team loses $16K in gear in Palo Alto auto burglary

Twenty members of the University of Hawaii women's water polo team had nearly $16,000 of equipment stolen in a Palo Alto burglary on Wednesday, police confirmed.

Saturday, 12:22 PM | 17 comments
Around Town: The underdog; 'Hope is An Action'

In the latest Around Town column, read about a Paly educator advancing to the "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament, actress Glenn Close bringing her mental health initiative to Palo Alto, Gunn High graduates behind a popular animated show a

Saturday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 10, 2019

Stanford withdraws $138M school mitigation agreement, for now

Stanford University informed the Palo Alto school district Friday that it wished to suspend further action on a tentative agreement the two entities recently reached regarding the university's expansion plan.

Friday, 9:04 PM | 27 comments
Webcast: Conflict over Stanford-expansion process

Palo Alto Weekly journalists explain recent and controversial developments in Stanford University's application process under the county of Santa Clara.

Friday, 5:17 PM | No comments yet
Plan to build homes at Cubberley gets pushback

As Palo Alto gets closer to the finish line in its collaborative effort to redesign and rebuild Cubberley Community Center, one glaring question continues to divide residents and city leaders: What to do about housing?

Friday, 11:37 AM | 37 comments
Stanford asks county to halt GUP hearings

Stanford University has asked the county Planning Commission to delay hearings on the university's expansion application, citing concerns the county's proposed conditions of approval are "unworkable and infeasible."

Friday, 9:55 AM | 9 comments
Palo Alto chief communication officer steps down

Claudia Keith, who joined the city six years ago to fill the newly created position, has concluded her tenure as chief communication officer to move back to southern California.

Friday, 9:43 AM | 1 comment
Barely scraping by: How the Bay Area housing crisis is making it near impossible for students to stay in community college

Many local community college students are pursuing education to break a cycle of difficult life circumstances -- homelessness, poverty, abuse, addiction, family conflict -- but face barrier after barrier due to the high cost of living.

Friday, 6:45 AM | 30 comments
Editorial: After campaigning for transparency, school board members revert to the habits they criticized in predecessors

It is deeply disappointing to learn that the board, Superintendent Don Austin and Stanford University worked in concert to limit public awareness when they reached a "conditional" mitigation agreement over the university's growth plan.

Friday, 6:45 AM | 43 comments
Email: Stanford, school district skirted county ground rules

Emails released in response to a Public Records Act request show that Stanford and the school district worked together to circumvent county ground rules in crafting an agreement related to the university's proposed expansion plan.

Friday, 6:45 AM | 4 comments
'Residents only' policy for Foothills Park sparks fresh debate

With its winding trails, scenic vistas and family-friendly camping sites, the sprawling Foothills Park is frequently described as a nature-lover's paradise.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 134 comments
City eyes overhaul of residential parking districts

Despite the heavy demand, Palo Alto's residential parking programs have frustrated city workers, local employees and neighborhood residents. Now, a movement is afoot to change all that.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 9 comments
Spurred by loss, Palo Alto teacher organizes suicide awareness walk

Jaclyn Petty, a fourth grade teacher in Palo Alto whose brother died by suicide in 2016, is organizing the Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope on May 19 to raise money for suicide awareness.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Neighborhood parking program; teachers contract

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 13.

Friday, 6:43 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Library nonprofit turns to rare and vintage vinyl for latest fundraiser

Henry Yu and Frank McConnell have spent the last two months sorting through boxes and crates filled with vinyl records.

Thursday, 2:06 PM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Farewell to Village Stationers, hello to Mendocino Farms

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about the closure of a 53-year-old stationery store, a new sandwich shop and a Scandanavian eco-friendly children's furniture store.

Thursday, 8:21 AM | 3 comments

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