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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Guest Opinion: We need new thinking about parking

Building another four- or six- or 10-story parking structure, with or without a basement, near California Avenue in Palo Alto is not just a bad idea. It is insanity.

Sunday, 7:30 AM | 9 comments
Around Town: spreading the love; a new beginning

In this week's Around Town column, the Palo Alto City Council delays its discussion to draw up a new vision for the Ventura neighborhood, a NFL player who made a Valentine's Day visit to young heart patients and the woman behind the new flat shoe emoji.

Sunday, 7:30 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mayor alleges 'culture of corruption' at Ravenswood school district

East Palo Alto's mayor blasted Ravenswood school district leadership in two separate letters Friday and Saturday criticizing what he described as the district's "sneak ambush" solicitation of financial support from the City Council and alleging that district leaders have created a "culture of corruption."

Saturday, 3:31 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto Utilities tries to keep pace with technological change

Palo Alto Utilities is having difficulty recruiting and retaining workers, while simultaneously contending with a rapidly changing technological landscape and growing customer demands.

Saturday, 8:56 AM | 4 comments

Friday, February 16, 2018

Webcast: Airplane noise

Palo Alto Deputy City Manager Michelle Poché Flaherty discusses the topic of worsening airplane noise -- and Palo Alto's response to the problem -- with Weekly journalists.

Friday, 5:16 PM | 1 comment
San Jose lawyer enters recall race

Despite the fact that attorney Angela Storey opposes the effort to recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, she has decided to run for his seat.

Friday, 12:57 PM | 10 comments
Developer sues College Terrace Market owners

The now-defunct College Terrace Market was apparently facing steep financial challenges, a lawsuit filed in January against the store's owners indicates.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 25 comments
County seeks rescue plan for preschool services

The fate of the Ravenswood City School District's state-funded preschool program hangs in the balance as the district negotiates with the county and state to assume operations of the Child Development Center in East Palo Alto.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 5 comments
Repairs begin at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

Leaking pipes, faulty electrical switches and other badly needed repairs are underway this month at more than 100 homes in Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

Friday, 6:43 AM | 14 comments
Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement honorees announced

The people honored with this year's Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement Award have engaged in meaningful and creative efforts to create change in their local communities and beyond.

Friday, 6:43 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Missing a housing opportunity

The single greatest obstacle to creating additional housing in Palo Alto for anyone other than highly paid professionals is the high cost of land.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 15 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: hydroelectric rate-adjustment; draft Eichler guidelines

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 19.

Friday, 6:42 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What's open, closed on Presidents Day

A list of local and regional service closures in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 19.

Thursday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet
Stanford's Zimbardo asks: Is President Trump mentally ill?

President Donald Trump has shown signs of a mental health disorder and he should be evaluated and diagnosed by mental health professionals, according to Stanford University psychology Professor Emeritus Philip Zimbardo.

Thursday, 9:04 AM | 34 comments
Commissioners spar over affordable-housing zone

A proposal to create a new zoning district to promote construction of affordable-housing developments hit a snag Wednesday, when the Planning and Transportation Commission voted to defer its decision.

Thursday, 12:54 AM | 37 comments

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Former Palo Alto teacher convicted of child sex abuse

After deliberating for about two days, a jury found former Palo Alto elementary school teacher Michael Airo guilty on Wednesday of sexually abusing a young girl more than 10 years ago.

Wednesday, 3:46 PM | 15 comments
Family sues school district for potato-gun injuries

The parents of a Palo Alto Unified School District student who faces long-term eye damage from an injury sustained during a potato-gun experiment at JLS Middle School have filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the district and two employees.

Wednesday, 1:46 PM | 25 comments
Shop Talk: On-demand deliveries, a salon for men

In the latest Shop Talk column, an on-demand delivery company has expanded into the Palo Alto area, a men's grooming salon is opening at Town & Country Village and a new coffee shop has opened in Barron Park.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | 7 comments
Teachers union agrees to reallocate bonus to schools

The Palo Alto school district and teachers union have tentatively agreed that if the union foregoes a 2 percent one-time bonus this year, the funds -- about $2.2 million -- will be reallocated to increase schools' per-student funding.

Wednesday, 9:14 AM | 14 comments

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Palo Alto flustered over airplane noise

As airplane noise continues to plague Palo Alto, city officials agreed on Tuesday night to seek alliances, lobby hard and -- if necessary -- go to court to get the Federal Aviation Administration to change flight paths.

Tuesday, 10:26 PM | 70 comments
Two injured in Embarcadero Road collision

Two men were injured in a collision on a major thoroughfare shut down for more than an hour in Palo Alto at the height of the evening commute on Tuesday, police said.

Tuesday, 5:30 PM | 48 comments
Palo Alto takes stand against Wiener's housing bill

A state bill that would increase zoning densities, relax parking requirements and curb cities' abilities to limit building heights in transit-rich areas is proving to be a tough sell in Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 3:15 PM | 49 comments
School board to discuss superintendent-search feedback

Through feedback that school leadership, staff, teachers, parents, students and others provided to a consulting firm in January, a portrait of the ideal superintendent to lead the Palo Alto Unified School District has emerged.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto adopts plan to build more housing

Palo Alto's effort to triple its housing production got off to a promising start Monday night, when the City Council unanimously approved a work plan that includes more than a dozen policies aimed at spurring residential construction.

Tuesday, 1:34 AM | 69 comments

Monday, February 12, 2018

Caltrain hits unoccupied car at Charleston crossing

A driver whose navigation system led to the Charleston Road crossing escaped the vehicle before it was struck by a southbound Caltrain and caught on fire Monday night.

Monday, 8:06 PM | 45 comments
Baylands trails set to reopen Monday

Sections of the Bay Trail closed due to construction were set to reopen Monday, according to the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority. Another trail torn up during native planting to provide habitat for endangered species, will be smoothed out.

Monday, 7:14 PM | 7 comments
Annual mosquito treatment at baylands starts Wednesday

Santa Clara County will begin its annual treatment Wednesday of the Palo Alto Baylands to prevent the spread of the winter salt marsh mosquito.

Monday, 3:52 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Guest Opinion: New approach needed for College Terrace grocery store

College Terrace and Escondido Village will support a small grocery store west of El Camino Real when the right mix of product and price is found.

Sunday, 8:00 AM | 57 comments

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Around Town: resist and persist; the big switch

Catch up on the State of the County address delivered by Board of Supervisors president Joe Simitian and Stanford University breaking ties with the city over parking enforcement at its medical facilities.

Saturday, 9:05 AM | No comments yet
String of thefts takes place on Stanford campus

Stanford University's Department of Public Safety issued an alert Wednesday regarding several reports of items stolen from academic buildings located on the west side of campus.

Saturday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet

Friday, February 9, 2018

Webcast: State of the Valley

Weekly journalists dig into a new report on Silicon Valley's trends and challenges and discuss Palo Alto's recent actions to address its housing and transportation problems.

Friday, 6:34 PM | 1 comment
Lawyers make closing arguments in child sex-abuse trial

The trial of Michael Airo, a former Ohlone Elementary School teacher accused of sexually abusing his ex-girlfriend's daughter more than a decade ago in Palo Alto, wrapped up with closing arguments on Thursday and Friday.

Friday, 1:40 PM | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: North Ventura plan; school equity plan

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 12.

Friday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Amid criticism, Ravenswood school board approves budget cuts

At a tense, chaotic and at-times hostile meeting on Thursday night, the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education approved more than $5 million in budget cuts to remain fiscally solvent in the coming year.

Friday, 8:29 AM | 4 comments
The meaning of 'middle class'

The picture of the middle class in Palo Alto is one in which "keeping up with the Joneses" is increasingly difficult, coupled with the fear of unrecoverable wealth and income inequality.

Friday, 6:48 AM | 25 comments
Trail closures upset bicyclists, hikers

Users of two popular East Palo Alto baylands trails are angry that a flood-prevention project has led to the trails becoming unusable -- one potentially for the rest of 2018.

Friday, 6:48 AM | 21 comments

Thursday, February 8, 2018

'Youth of the Year' finalists score a gift from Kevin Durant

Four teens who vied for the Youth of the Year award organized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula received an unexpected gift from one of the judges, who offered to pay their first year of college tuition.

Thursday, 5:01 PM | 1 comment
Convicted murderer re-sentenced to 50 years to life

A Stockton convicted of killing an East Palo Alto man in 2015 received a 50-years-to-life sentence for the second time on Thursday.

Thursday, 4:33 PM | No comments yet
Man pleads 'no contest' to East Palo Alto murder

Just prior to facing a San Mateo County jury, a defendant in the notorious "Sunny Day" gang murders has pleaded no contest to murder and other charges.

Thursday, 3:53 PM | No comments yet
Silicon Valley in 2018: More success, more pressure

The Bay Area's fevered success is still rising, but its achievements continue to exacerbate the region's housing and transportation pressures, a new Joint Venture Silicon Valley report, the 2018 Silicon Valley Index, found.

Thursday, 9:51 AM | 16 comments
Palo Alto millenials go offline to connect

For young professionals, Emerging Professionals in Commerce serves as a way to escape a repetitive daily routine and unchanging surroundings of work and home.

Thursday, 8:53 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Firefighters rescue worker in College Terrace

Palo Alto firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue a worker who reportedly fell into a hole at the bottom of a basement in College Terrace on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, 4:07 PM | 1 comment
New zoning district proposed for affordable housing

In an effort to spur the construction of more affordable housing, Palo Alto is preparing to create a new zoning district that would relax parking requirements and other development standards for residential projects that provide below-market-rate units.

Wednesday, 3:57 PM | 40 comments
Palo Alto to charge higher fees for car trips

In a bid to ease traffic congestion and pay for needed transportation projects, Palo Alto is preparing to significantly increase its traffic-impact fees for new developments.

Wednesday, 9:49 AM | 26 comments
Digital DNA artist threatens suit, starts petition

A lawyer representing the artist behind Digital DNA has threatened to sue the city over the planned removal of the 7-foot-tall sculpture later this month.

Wednesday, 9:05 AM | 13 comments
Former teacher denies sex-abuse allegations

The day after a young woman testified that she had endured years of sexual abuse by her mother's live-in boyfriend, Michael Airo, Airo himself took the same witness stand to deny her allegations.

Wednesday, 6:18 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

City pledges $7M for new Junior Museum and Zoo

Despite a shortfall of more than $50 million in their infrastructure plan, Palo Alto officials on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to contribute $7 million for the reconstruction of the Junior Museum and Zoo.

Tuesday, 2:02 PM | 8 comments
Ravenswood eyes staffing cuts to address budget shortfall

Dozens of Ravenswood City School District administrators and support staff could see their jobs cut under a proposed plan the school board will consider Thursday to shrink an ongoing budget deficit.

Tuesday, 7:04 AM | 9 comments
Parking changes on the way for Evergreen Park

On Monday night, as the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved turning Evergreen Park's new residential parking program into a permanent one.

Tuesday, 12:20 AM | 11 comments

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By Steve Levy | 4 comments | 638 views

Damore's Google Memo NLRB Complaint Rejected: More misrepresentations
By Douglas Moran | 4 comments | 460 views

A fast approaching birthday
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 233 views