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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Police: Man arrested for multiple indecent exposures in Palo Alto

Palo Alto police have arrested a man who they said lewdly exposed himself to two women on Sunday afternoon, including twice while he was getting medical treatment at Stanford Hospital, police said.

Tuesday, 7:41 PM | No comments yet
Police nab robbery suspect at downtown 7-Eleven

A San Jose resident who allegedly robbed a man near the downtown Palo Alto Caltrain station on Monday night was arrested minutes after the altercation at a nearby 7-Eleven.

Tuesday, 7:28 PM | No comments yet
Local FBI office warns public against 'phantom hacker' scam

The FBI's San Francisco office warned the public against a new scam called "The Phantom Hacker" that targets older adults.

Tuesday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
After pedestrian deaths, long-awaited safety improvements on California Street to begin next summer

Long anticipated traffic-calming measures are coming to California Street, with major changes to the thoroughfare that will make it safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers in Mountain View.

Tuesday, 2:42 PM | No comments yet
Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara has $2B economic impact

Events at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara have generated $2 billion in total economic impact for the region in the last decade, according to a report commissioned by the San Francisco 49ers.

Tuesday, 1:29 PM | No comments yet
Demand for pickleball is growing. Where will Menlo Park put the courts?

Pickleball and tennis players alike are calling for fair playing time and space in Menlo Park as the city looks to build upon an existing program for the popular paddle sport.

Tuesday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Public comment abuse leads to changes in Redwood City's meeting protocols

In what Mayor Jeff Gee calls a “proactive step" to avoid “vile, racist, anti-semitic" disruptions ahead of council meetings, Redwood City has overhauled its procedures, allowing only email or in-person comments during meetings.

Tuesday, 8:29 AM | 1 comment
Another strike looms at Kaiser’s California hospitals as workers push for better pay

Tens of thousands of Kaiser Permanente health care workers are prepared to walk out on a three-day strike Wednesday that would affect patients across California.

Tuesday, 8:10 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 2, 2023

Citing high costs, Palo Alto treads cautiously on new holidays

Despite a stated goal to celebrate diversity by marking more holidays, Palo Alto officials rejected on Monday, Oct. 2, a recommendation to designate both Juneteenth and Cesar Chavez Day as paid days off for city workers.

Monday, 9:51 PM | 7 comments
Police calls: 6 arrests, 1 hit and run

This is a roundup of incidents reported to law enforcement during Sept. 16-22. The hit-and-run was not fatal, police confirmed.

Monday, 5:47 PM | No comments yet
California Clean Air Day returns to the Bay Area on Oct. 4

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is inviting residents to participate in the sixth annual California Clean Air Day, a statewide initiative, on Oct. 4. Residents are encouraged to take the Clean Air Day pledge.

Monday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet
A look at the educational rights for youth in the child welfare system

Over 70,000 children and youth in California have an open case in the child welfare system, according to the most recent point-in-time count, with over 51,000 of them also in foster care.

Monday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet
Newsom’s pick to replace Feinstein: Laphonza Butler

Late Sunday evening, Oct. 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed that Laphonza Butler will replace the late U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and finish out her term through 2024.

Monday, 8:43 AM | 10 comments
How much density? Palo Alto debates zone changes to meet housing goals

As Palo Alto prepares to update its zoning code to meet its targets for new housing, city officials remain undecided on a critical question: How far should they go when it comes to loosening density limits in residential zones?

Monday, 8:24 AM | 11 comments

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Santa Clara County DA’s embattled investigator will retire

Moises Reyes, a high-ranking official in the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, under fire for alleged discriminatory remarks against coworkers, is set to retire in December.

Sunday, 8:58 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Firefighters file lawsuit against NASA, alleging they were pushed out because of age and union activities

After 28 years of service, two firefighters stationed at NASA's Moffett Field in Mountain View filed a discrimination lawsuit last week against the federal agency and two of its contractors.

Saturday, 9:09 AM | 1 comment

Friday, September 29, 2023

Local athletes turn out in droves Friday for the annual Moonlight Run

Back for its 39th year, the Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk drew runners, walkers and canines to the Palo Alto Baylands Friday night, Sept. 29.

Friday, 11:00 PM | 3 comments
Caltrans bridge work to close U.S. 101 southbound lanes in Redwood City this weekend

U.S. 101 Southbound will be closed for 55 hours this weekend between Brittan and Whipple avenues in Redwood City for construction on the Cordilleras Creek Bridge, Caltrans announced.

Friday, 12:43 PM | No comments yet
Local leaders share statements on the late U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's 'trailblazing' leadership

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the longest-serving woman senator in the country's history and the first woman to be San Francisco's mayor, has died at the age of 90. Local leaders share their thoughts on her groundbreaking career.

Friday, 12:38 PM | 5 comments
With the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whom will Newsom appoint?

The death of Dianne Feinstein, California's groundbreaking senior senator for more than three decades, was announced today, scrambling politics in both her home state and Washington, D.C.

Friday, 9:54 AM | 2 comments
Around Town: Of bats, beavers, bones and a heckuva blowout

In this week's Around Town column, read about the new California Dinosaur Garden, the state of Palo Alto's wildlife and an upcoming celebration at Mike's Diner Bar.

Friday, 8:35 AM | No comments yet
Citing privacy concerns, Menlo Park says no to automated license plate readers

While other local towns, aiming to reduce crime, have opted to install automatic license plate readers and gunshot detection services, the Menlo Park City Council veered in a different direction at its Sept. 26 meeting.

Friday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet
Public Agenda: new city holidays, zoning for electrification

Here's a preview of issues that will be discussed at Palo Alto government meetings the week of Oct. 2.

Friday, 8:14 AM | 1 comment
Gavin Newsom signs law boosting minimum wage for fast-food workers. Is $20 enough?

More than half a million fast food workers, mostly minorities and women, will earn higher minimum wage because Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a fast food bill Thursday. But some say that's not a living wage.

Friday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
Rinconada dog park? Palo Alto eyes new sites for pet projects

Dog owners in south Palo Alto have plenty of reasons to get excited as they watch the city add new fenced play areas for their furry companions. But things are different in the north, where supply hasn't kept up with demand.

Friday, 7:53 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, September 28, 2023

President Biden leaves Bay Area after campaign stops, meeting with science and tech advisors

President Joe Biden left the Bay Area via Air Force One on Wednesday evening, Sept. 27, around 6:30 p.m. after a day and a half of campaign fundraising stops and a meeting with science and tech advisors.

Thursday, 5:34 PM | No comments yet
Lieutenant from Stanford's Department of Public Safety graduates from FBI National Academy

Lieutenant Ceasar Campos was part of a National Academy class that underwent intensive training, which included coursework in advanced investigative techniques.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet
Opinion: The infamous ‘Palo Alto Process’ must go

Projects coming before the Palo Alto City Council and its committees take ages to get done. Current case in point? The grade separations of Caltrain tracks from the city's roads.

Thursday, 7:38 AM | 10 comments
Palo Alto quietly abandons decades-long program to put overhead utilities underground

With little public debate, Palo Alto has largely abandoned its once popular program that buries power lines underground in residential neighborhoods. Some residents want to see the effort continue.

Thursday, 7:37 AM | 25 comments
Bike Palo Alto is back after four-year gap

Bike Palo Alto, a local bicycling event organized by volunteers, is back after a long pandemic hiatus. The two-hour fair will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1-3 p.m. at Fairmeadow Elementary School.

Thursday, 7:37 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Driver hits two parked cars, flips vehicle on Emerson

Emergency vehicles swarmed a downtown Palo Alto block on Tuesday afternoon after a driver sideswiped two parked cars and flipped his vehicle on Emerson Street.

Wednesday, 7:55 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto set to make Juneteenth and Cesar Chavez Day city holidays

Palo Alto's elected leaders all agree that creating more holidays will help spread awareness, show inclusiveness and combat hate crimes. To that end, they will consider designating Juneteenth and Cesar Chavez Day as paid holidays.

Wednesday, 7:52 AM | 10 comments
Governor signs two Berman bills that target greater gun safety

On Sept. 26 Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bills, authored by Assembly member Marc Berman, that empower the state DOJ to conduct firearm inspection and that require sellers to provide information about the risks of gun ownership.

Wednesday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Trainer connected with Palo Alto dog's death charged in Massachusetts case

A woman who was under investigation for the disappearance and death of a Palo Alto family's beloved German shepherd in January has been arrested and charged in Massachusetts in connection with a dog-training scam.

Tuesday, 11:58 PM | 2 comments
Large vegetation fire burning at University Avenue 101 interchange

Firefighters were responding to a large fire that burned shrubs and trees at University Avenue and the U.S. Highway 101 interchange on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 8:54 PM | 3 comments
President Biden arrives on Peninsula for campaign events, meeting with tech advisors

Biden landed at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View at 3:17 p.m. on Sept. 26 after a visit earlier in the day with autoworkers on strike in Detroit, according to pool media reports.

Tuesday, 6:21 PM | 2 comments
Serial killer John Getreu dies in prison

John Arthur Getreu, the serial killer who was sentenced to life in prison for the strangulation murders of two women in the 1970s on Stanford University land, has died in state prison, San Mateo County's district attorney confirmed.

Tuesday, 6:15 PM | No comments yet
Saying they want a seat at the table, Palo Alto Weekly journalists join effort to form a company-wide union

Newsroom employees at Embarcadero Media announced that they are forming a union on Tuesday. The proposed Embarcadero Community News Guild includes reporters, editors, visual journalists and designers.

Tuesday, 4:32 PM | 7 comments
Obituaries: Local residents who have died recently

Local residents who have died recently include Marlene Cummings Arnold, Manuel Santos Avila, Kevin George Bohannon, Susan J. Levy and Cyrena Nelson Wilson.

Tuesday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet
Newsom signs new California crime and school laws

On Monday, Sept. 25, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 14 into law, reclassifying child sex trafficking into a serious felony with increased prison sentences.

Tuesday, 12:48 PM | No comments yet
'Report dead birds,' San Mateo County vector control says, as West Nile virus detected

A small number of wild birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Redwood City, Menlo Park and other parts of San Mateo County, prompting authorities to ask the public to report any dead birds they encounter.

Tuesday, 12:12 PM | No comments yet
4th largest powerball jackpot helps raise nearly $54M for California schools

The jackpot, which has been growing for over two months, now stands at an estimated $785 million for Monday night's draw. There have been 28 consecutive drawings without a top-prize winner.

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | 1 comment
Property owner seeks city's help to fill vacancy in Homer Avenue building

Citing anemic demand for downtown office space in the aftermath of the pandemic, a Palo Alto developer is asking the city to remove a long-standing restriction on the space that a tenant can occupy in its Homer Avenue building.

Tuesday, 7:52 AM | 12 comments

Monday, September 25, 2023

Cold front brings rain, high surf advisory to Bay Area

A cold front moving down from the Oregon border is expected to bring rain Tuesday morning, Sept. 26, particularly for northern Sonoma County and the Mayacamas Mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday, 5:23 PM | No comments yet
Iconic restaurant The Fish Market auctions décor, equipment and furniture in online auction

The Fish Market, a 47-year-old seafood restaurant in Palo Alto that shut its El Camino Real branch to give way to a housing project, is hosting an online auction to sell its contents. Bidding will take place through Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.

Monday, 1:45 PM | 1 comment
Newsom signs bill seeking to protect LGBTQ+ youth from hostile foster homes

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday, Sept. 23, signed Senate Bill 407, proposed by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, which directs the Department of Social Services to amend the foster care vetting process for LGBTQ+ youth.

Monday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet
French-Moroccan couple from Palo Alto raises funds for quake-shattered homeland

In support of the people of Morocco, who faced an earthquake earlier this month, Palo Alto residents Lamya Alaoui and Stéphane Paquet have raised around $5,990 on GoFundMe.

Monday, 8:43 AM | No comments yet
Ravenswood City School District board to vote this week on 400-unit teacher housing proposal

The Ravenswood City School District is looking to ink an agreement for an affordable housing project that could bring 450 affordable homes to 2120 Euclid Ave., the site of the district office.

Monday, 8:25 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Immigrants put billions of dollars into Santa Clara County

Approximately 765,800 immigrants contributed $255 billion to Santa Clara County's gross domestic product in recent times, according to a report.

Sunday, 11:11 AM | 9 comments

Saturday, September 23, 2023

NASA prepares to bring back asteroid samples from space on Sept. 24

After seven years of space exploration, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will return to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 24, bringing back a small sample of asteroid remnants that will help scientists better understand life formations on Earth.

Saturday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 22, 2023

Yet another Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday due to wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke continues to persist in the Bay Area, prompting the region's air quality regulators to issue another Spare the Air alert for Saturday, Sept. 23, that bans the burning of wood or other solid fuels.

Friday, 12:06 PM | No comments yet
Eichler-style fire station approved near Mitchell Park

Palo Alto passed a critical milestone Thursday, Sept. 21, in its plan to replace the aged and undersized fire station near Mitchell Park when the city's Architectural Review Board approved the design for the Eichler-style project.

Friday, 9:27 AM | 6 comments
Stroller-friendly run club to race at 2023 Moonlight Run

FIT4MOM's current run club session participants will be racing at Palo Alto Weekly's 39th Moonlight Run & Walk, slated for Sept. 29. Rachel Kitt is at the helm of this stroller-friendly running club.

Friday, 8:18 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: Christine Blasey Ford's new book, Andrew Luck takes to the field, a new treat for dogs

In his week's Around Town column, Christine Blasey Ford writes a memoir, Andrew Luck gets back into the game, and Palo Alto eyes new dog parks.

Friday, 8:14 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk race night guide

Here's everything you need to know about the Moonlight Run & Walk, which will take place at the Palo Alto Baylands, starting at the Baylands Athletic Center at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Friday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet
Public Agenda: Parks & Recreation Commission talks about dog parks

Here's a preview of issues that will be discussed at Palo Alto government meetings the week of Sept. 25.

Friday, 8:12 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Pedestrian struck, killed by California Highway Patrol officer with DUI suspect in vehicle on Highway 92

A California Highway Patrol officer struck and killed a man who was running across State Highway 92 on Wednesday night, Sept. 20, CHP Capt. Jason Cavett said during a press conference on Thursday.

Thursday, 3:51 PM | 1 comment
Santa Clara County celebrates construction of inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and teens

The construction of an inpatient psychiatric hospital that will serve Santa Clara County's youngest residents is another step closer to becoming a reality for kids and teens seeking care during an acute mental health crisis.

Thursday, 2:21 PM | No comments yet
Atherton celebrates centennial, tracing back 100 years of history on the Peninsula

This Sunday, Sept. 24, Atherton plans to commemorate its 100-year history with a celebration at the Town Center, located at 80 Fair Oaks Lane, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, 1:55 PM | No comments yet
Another Spare the Air alert issued for Friday due to wildfire smoke

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended a Spare the Air alert through Friday due to wildfire smoke that continues to linger from fires burning further north in California and Oregon.

Thursday, 1:21 PM | No comments yet
Traffic advisory issued for Embarcadero, El Camino and Sand Hill Road

Increased traffic is expected on Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real and Sand Hill Road this Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23.

Thursday, 12:57 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors looks to pitch in another $10M for all-inclusive playgrounds

Looking to replicate the success of the past, Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors is considering setting aside $10 million to help local jurisdictions build more all-inclusive playgrounds.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 1 comment
New studies aim to speed up Palo Alto's redesign of rail crossings

Eager to take advantage of recently acquired federal and state grants, Palo Alto is preparing to speed up its tortuous, decade-long effort to choose preferred alternatives for redesigning three rail crossings.

Thursday, 7:29 AM | 18 comments

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