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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 | 2 comments

Friday, July 19, 2019

Webcast: Meet the Peninsula Foodist

On this episode, meet the Peninsula Foodist, AKA Weekly education reporter Elena Kadvany. This week, 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 | 2 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 home search came down to a lottery on Monday.

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 | 2 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 | 11 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 | 4 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 | 3 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 | 16 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 | 56 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 | 4 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 | 27 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 | 61 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 | 5 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 | 5 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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rep. Anna Eshoo kicks off annual Congressional App Challenge

Middle and high school students in the 18th Congressional District, which includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other neighboring cities, are invited to participate in U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo's annual Congressional App Challenge.

Wednesday, 1:31 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to overhaul parking programs

To address long-simmering frustrations of Palo Alto residents and workers, city leaders are aiming to accelerate reform of neighborhood and downtown parking programs, starting in August.

Wednesday, 11:15 AM | 24 comments
After years of discord, Ravenswood teachers, staff to get raises

After two years of negotiations on a contract that expired in 2016, Ravenswood City School District teachers will finally receive a 7.5% raise, which was approved by the East Palo Alto school board on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:32 AM | 2 comments
Two peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto pose threat to native wildlife

County officials are inspecting areas in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park after two male peach fruit flies native to southern Asia were found in Palo Alto, with plans to begin eradication treatments this Thursday.

Wednesday, 8:52 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Palo Alto officials offer tips to prepare for a powerful earthquake

In light of the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes in southern California late last week, Palo Alto city officials have stressed the importance for residents to be educated on how to prepare for an emergency at any given time.

Tuesday, 5:27 PM | 3 comments
Community Notebook: Rep. Anna Eshoo to hold Tele-Town Hall meetings this month

Santa Clara County residents can bring their concerns directly to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, during two upcoming Tele-Town Hall meetings set for July 10 and 17 at 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
To reduce waste, Palo Alto takes aim at demolition

In its latest bid to curb construction waste, Palo Alto is preparing to effectively ban contractors from demolishing entire buildings starting in July 2020.

Tuesday, 9:54 AM | 29 comments
Woodside: Skyline homicide suspect pleads not guilty, wants to defend himself

The man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men on Skyline Boulevard last month has pleaded not guilty and filed paperwork with the court to represent himself, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 8:24 AM | 10 comments

Monday, July 8, 2019

Fires spark near San Francisquito Creek, burning vegetation, transformer

An initial report of a possible airplane crash at the Palo Alto Airport Monday morning turned out instead to be three electrical fires, two in East Palo Alto and one across San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto.

Monday, 2:07 PM | 6 comments
Under new leadership, Ravenswood to start school consolidation process

The Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto is starting to discuss consolidating schools -- a process that's sure to be thorny but that the interim superintendent of the K-8 district says is necessary for its survival.

Monday, 10:31 AM | 15 comments

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Wildfire meeting sparks thoughts on readiness as seasonal threat looms

More than 200 residents received advice on wildfire prevention -- such as creating vegetation-free space around their homes and replacing shingle roofs and wooden siding -- from a panel of officials at a recent town hall meeting.

Sunday, 8:31 AM | 6 comments

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