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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Thieves take $35K in merchandise from Apple store on Black Friday

Two people who entered the Apple store at Stanford Shopping Center on Nov. 25 during busy Black Friday sales events at the mall made off with an estimated $35,000 in merchandise, Palo Alto police said.

Wednesday, 12:07 PM | No comments yet
As e-biking accelerates, Palo Alto eyes new restrictions in nature preserves

With e-bikes growing in popularity, Palo Alto officials are racing to keep up with the changing legal landscape and impose new rules aimed at protecting sensitive habitats.

Wednesday, 9:46 AM | 8 comments
Youth Community Service receives $225,000 from Santa Clara County

The Board of Supervisors recently approved $225,000 for Youth Community Service, a nonprofit that provides support services for youth, to expand its substance and suicide prevention programs.

Wednesday, 9:42 AM | No comments yet
Soccer star's parents sue Stanford University after her death

The parents of a Stanford women's soccer star who died by suicide after learning she faced disciplinary action filed a lawsuit against the university and some of its top administrators last week.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | 1 comment
Wildfire vegetation management begins on Arastradero Road

This week, crews started roadside vegetation management work along Arastradero Road to clear the thoroughfare of debris and to create a safe evacuation route in the event of a wildfire or other disaster.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Palo Alto police accused of excessive force in lawsuit

A woman filed a lawsuit against the Palo Alto Police Department last week claiming that she suffered numerous injuries, including a torn ligament, during an unlawful arrest in October 2021.

Tuesday, 9:35 AM | 11 comments
Bay Area air district offering buyback program for older, high-polluting vehicles

Bay Area residents with a vehicle made before 1999 can receive up to $1,200 as part of a buyback program to improve local air quality, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Monday.

Tuesday, 8:50 AM | 4 comments
Hopeful and hopeless: City signs off on plan to add 6,000 residences

More than two years in the making, Palo Alto's ambitious plan to add more than 6,000 housing units by 2031 is finally ready for prime time.

Tuesday, 12:31 AM | 18 comments

Monday, November 28, 2022

End of an era: David Shaw closes door on 'magical' tenure as Stanford's football coach

The winningest football coach in the university's history looked back at his "magical" tenure and announced plans to spend time with his family during a press conference on Monday.

Monday, 3:38 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Apple urged to protect reproductive health data

Backed by a coalition of 10 other attorneys general, California Attorney General Rob Bonta is urging Apple to protect people's reproductive health information from third-party apps.

Sunday, 7:25 PM | 2 comments
Stanford football director immediately resigns after Saturday's loss

Stanford University's winningest head coach and director of football, David Shaw, has resigned effective immediately, following the team's Saturday 35-26 loss to Brigham Young University, the university announced on Sunday.

Sunday, 11:21 AM | 20 comments
Prohibition rum runners and deadly shipwrecks: Pescadero's Pigeon Point Lighthouse turns 150

The local landmark that hosts daytrippers and hostel guests alike is about to undergo renovations that could increase public access.

Sunday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Around Town: Palo Alto-raised musician in the running for two Grammys

Read news about a Palo Alto native's two Grammy nominations, a local library participating in a pilot of the Resilient Libraries Network and a chance for locals to put a new law on the books.

Saturday, 10:11 AM | 5 comments
Ravenswood School District sends off longtime trustee

Local officials came out in full force on Nov. 17 to honor outgoing Ravenswood City School District trustee Ana Maria Pulido, who served 12 years on the governing board.

Saturday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 25, 2022

A European winter wonderland arrives in East Palo Alto

The Four Seasons Silicon Valley hotel has brought back a seasonal pop-up on its outdoor terrace, turning the space with semi-private wooden chalets, holiday foods, a sweet shop, fake snow and other holiday decor.

Friday, 6:59 AM | No comments yet
Form Fitness told to leave after failing to pay rent

After more than two decades in downtown Palo Alto, Form Fitness now appears to be entering its final stretch.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 15 comments
Beavers may help lessen damage from drought

Climate-driven droughts that create water-quality issues are proving to have a formidable foe: beavers.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 2 comments
Holiday Fund: Community Legal Services defends tenants in need

When Bonnie Louisa Ball-Mendoza's landlord moved to evict her, Community Legal Services helped fight the eviction in court. The court determined that the landlord actually owed her close to $10,000.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Spare the Air Alert scheduled for Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing the winter season's first Spare the Air Alert for Friday, calling for people to abstain from burning materials of any kind in fireplaces or outdoors.

Thursday, 3:42 PM | No comments yet
The season of giving: Local nonprofits you can help over the holidays

There's no better way to embrace the holiday spirit than giving back. On the Midpeninsula, there are many opportunities to lend a helping hand, from contributing toys and food to collecting clothes and funds.

Thursday, 8:47 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions of draft Housing Element, proposed condominium development

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 28.

Wednesday, 5:15 PM | No comments yet
Driver in collision that killed parents of twins arraigned, held without bond

The two Redwood City drivers facing second-degree murder charges for their involvement in a major vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a San Carlos couple appeared before a judge on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 3:22 PM | 9 comments
Woman arrested for burglarizing home — again

A Palo Alto woman was arrested Sunday morning after she allegedly broke into an Alma Street home for the second time in six months, police said.

Wednesday, 9:58 AM | 1 comment
Math tutor charged with molestation faces accusers at preliminary hearing

The first group of 17 women who were allegedly molested by Palo Alto math tutor Mark Allan Hodes when they were children took the stand on Monday to testify during his preliminary hearing.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | 3 comments
About-face: Why Newsom relented, released $1 billion despite lackluster local homeless plans

Two weeks after withholding $1 billion in homelessness funding over lackluster local plans, the governor is now yielding.

Wednesday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet
Wood burning discouraged over Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Bay Area residents are being asked to avoid burning wood over the Thanksgiving holiday to keep air at a healthier level, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8:34 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Man arrested for Stanford Shopping Center drive-by shooting

A man who allegedly fired at least twice during a drive-by shooting at Stanford Shopping Center Monday afternoon has been arrested, police said. He was a former employee of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, which was damaged by gunfire.

Tuesday, 5:32 PM | 15 comments
Thanksgiving holiday to impact city services, public transit schedules

The Thanksgiving holiday will affect local and regional services. Here is a list of agencies that are closed Thursday and Friday and operating on modified schedules over the long weekend.

Tuesday, 2:34 PM | No comments yet

Monday, November 21, 2022

Gunfire reported at Stanford Shopping Center, rounds hit restaurant and empty car

Palo Alto police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting on Monday, in which a person fired at least two rounds from a car, striking a window at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and an unoccupied vehicle. No one was injured.

Monday, 5:46 PM | No comments yet
Two drivers arrested on murder charges in Redwood City collision that killed parents of twin girls

Two drivers, including a 17-year-old, face second-degree murder charges for their involvement in a Redwood City collision that resulted in the death of a couple who grew up in Palo Alto.

Monday, 3:27 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Complaint: Santa Clara County hospital execs threatened workers over striking

Health care workers have filed a complaint against Santa Clara County, claiming hospital leaders intimidated and threatened them for planning to participate in a strike.

Sunday, 9:04 AM | 1 comment
Around Town: Hoosier contingent comes to Palo Alto for sibling city bonding

Read news about Palo Alto community members hosting a group from Bloomington, Indiana, the city's sibling city, and a Stanford student elected to the Sequoia Union High School District board.

Sunday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Menlo Park resident confronts intruder in her kitchen; police link suspect to thefts in 3 cities

A woman who was arrested after she was confronted by a Menlo Park resident was tied to thefts in three cities, including Palo Alto.

Saturday, 9:56 PM | No comments yet
Man robbed, assaulted with pistol during date Friday

A man's date Friday with a woman he'd met on an app turned into a nightmare when two men, apparently acquainted with the woman, robbed and assaulted him.

Saturday, 3:28 PM | 1 comment
Bicycling in the dark: Local cyclists offer tips for safer riding in the evenings

With the shorter days of standard time, Palo Alto bicyclists have more obstacles to navigate, from the glare of the setting sun to sharing the road with cars in the dark.

Saturday, 6:58 AM | 14 comments

Friday, November 18, 2022

Jonsen declares victory in sheriff's race, but Jensen doesn't concede

Former Palo Alto police Chief Robert "Bob" Jonsen declared victory in a tight race with Kevin Jensen for Santa Clara County sheriff on Friday evening, but Jensen said he isn't conceding yet.

Friday, 7:34 PM | 7 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Court policy for racket sports; proposed e-bike ordinance

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 21.

Friday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
Judge sentences Elizabeth Holmes to over 11 years in prison

A judge sentenced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to 11 years and three months in prison, citing the need for investors in Silicon Valley startups to be able to take "risks free from fraud."

Friday, 3:44 PM | 20 comments
Teen driver faces possible murder charges for deadly car collision

Murder charges could be filed against the teen suspected of causing a Nov. 4 Redwood City collision that killed two Palo Alto natives, if the District Attorney's Office determines that he was drag racing.

Friday, 1:10 PM | 6 comments
Residents petition for dog park in Barron Park

More than 300 dog owners in Palo Alto's Barron Park plan to submit a petition to the city to open a dog park in their neighborhood.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 7 comments
After 35 years, Nature Gallery owner Carol Garsten is closing up shop

For more than three decades, Garsten has been selling geologically inspired sculptures, jewelry and furniture decor. But this venture will soon end.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 3 comments
Annual Holiday Fund drive kicks off

Now in its 30th year, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is kicking off this week with a goal of raising $600,000 to support local nonprofits that serve children, families and individuals.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Building friendships where schools and community organizations leave off

At Bay Area Friendship Circle, volunteer buddies provide social support for children, youth and young adults with special needs.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet
Opinion: Palo Alto is ready for more housing

For Palo Alto, committing to a strong housing element is a first step in protecting the lives of our community members.

Friday, 6:57 AM | 76 comments

Thursday, November 17, 2022

It's official: Fletcher Middle School will adopt sustainability focus with choice component next fall

Fletcher Middle School's plan to adopt a campuswide sustainability theme next fall and allow students from throughout Palo Alto Unified to apply for enrollment received support from the school board this week.

Thursday, 9:33 AM | 7 comments
Palo Alto prepares for colossal upgrade to wastewater plan

Seeking to reduce the amount of nitrogen that flows into the San Francisco Bay, Palo Alto and its partner cities are preparing to make a $193 million upgrade to the Regional Water Quality Control Plant.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | 4 comments
Downtown development moves ahead despite criticism

A proposal to construct a mixed-use building with 65 apartments on University Avenue eked out an early win, despite criticism from residents and planning commissioners about parking and density.

Thursday, 9:20 AM | 28 comments

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