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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Antiques Roadshow draws 2,500 to Filoli

A power outage and heat wave couldn't stop thousands of people, lugging wooden chairs, paintings, cabinets on wheels, lamps and more, from turning out at the Filoli Estate in Woodside for the Antiques Roadshow.

Sunday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Around Town: Palo Alto 13s All Stars take home District 52 championship

In the latest column, news about a little league team winning the District 52 title, a grant for a massive habitat restoration in East Palo Alto and a Stanford student who was named a finalist in a New York Times essay contest.

Saturday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 1, 2022

Police investigate racist graffiti at Pardee Park as a hate crime

Police are investigating racist graffiti left on a play structure at Eleanor Pardee Park as a hate crime. Investigators do not know when the incident occurred and there is no suspect information.

Friday, 9:50 AM | No comments yet
Here's what local city, transit services will be on hand this July Fourth

This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Monday, pausing some city of Palo Alto services and leading transportation agencies serving the area to run modified schedules in observance of the holiday.

Friday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet
Second suspected case of monkeypox identified in Santa Clara County

Another probable case of monkeypox has been found in a county resident, the county Public Health Department said Thursday. The case is not connected to a previous case announced on June 23.

Friday, 9:27 AM | No comments yet
How abortion ruling could affect IVF and embryonic research

The end of federal abortion rights could inspire groups that seek to protect embryos to urge greater limits on in vitro fertilization and embryonic stem cell research, Stanford law professor Hank Greely said.

Friday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet
Efforts to curb airplane noise leave Palo Alto leaders fuming

As the San Francisco International Airport explores new flights procedures for reducing airplane noise over Bay Area communities, Palo Alto is voicing frustrations that its concerns continue to fall under the radar.

Friday, 8:57 AM | 24 comments
Is this a scam? Tips to identify fraud schemes and who to call for help

Scammers targeting older adults are experts at throwing their victims off balance by presenting urgent situations that can be solved only by the immediate transfer of cash.

Friday, 6:59 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, June 30, 2022

PUBLIC AGENDA: Proposed facade improvements on East Bayshore, changes to restaurant

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 5.

Thursday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Sleeping man, found with stolen loaded gun in car, arrested

Police arrested a man earlier this week for allegedly possessing a stolen semi-automatic handgun that was loaded and equipped with a high-capacity magazine in downtown Palo Alto.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 9 comments
State budget boosts Palo Alto's effort to replace fire station, rebuild Newell Road Bridge

Palo Alto's effort to rebuild and modernize the Mitchell Park Fire Station received a big boost in the state budget after Assembly member Marc Berman secured $5.2 million for the project.

Thursday, 9:45 AM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County supervisors want to increase fines, enforcement for tobacco sales violations

The punishment for tobacco retailers that are caught illegally selling products to minors in Santa Clara County may soon get a lot stricter.

Thursday, 9:10 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

​​Housing plan stretches Palo Alto's height limit

For decades, developers looking to build in Palo Alto faced a formidable restriction: a 50-foot height ceiling that limited most new buildings to four stories. The city's proposed plan for adding housing will test this limit.

Wednesday, 11:20 PM | 4 comments
The Palo Alto City Council demanded details on revised police policies. Here's what the agency had to say.

Responding to a recent audit, the department has revised numerous policies pertaining to internal investigations and canine deployments.

Wednesday, 11:41 AM | 3 comments
Hillsborough couple Bruce and Davina Isackson sentenced in college admissions scam

A couple who pleaded guilty to charges for securing their daughters' admission to college by paying to cheat on entrance exams and creating false athlete profiles in a national scandal was sentenced in Boston federal court.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Let's make a deal: What to know about the California budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders agree to a record budget that includes another round of tax rebates. Other highlights of the agreement include spending for abortion access and public schools.

Tuesday, 2:50 PM | No comments yet
Downtown Streets Team CEO Eileen Richardson to retire

After 17 years at the helm of the Downtown Streets Team, CEO Eileen Richardson will retire. An interim CEO will be named while the organization's leadership start the search for her replacement.

Tuesday, 9:51 AM | 2 comments
In their scrubs and white coats, Stanford doctors rally against Roe v. Wade decision

Hundreds gathered outside of the Li Ka Shing Center at the Stanford School of Medicine on a hot Monday afternoon to rally for abortion rights amid last week's Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Tuesday, 9:50 AM | 1 comment
Audit finds flaws in Palo Alto's management of nonprofits

Palo Alto is preparing to tighten its policies around contracts with nonprofits after an audit found that the city's existing agreements suffer from a lack of clear expectations and insufficient monitoring.

Tuesday, 9:17 AM | 7 comments

Monday, June 27, 2022

California tax relief: What's in the deal

After weeks of talks, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announce a tax relief plan that includes refunds of as much as $1,050. It is part of a $300 billion budget deal announced Sunday.

Monday, 3:29 PM | 4 comments
California fails to collect basic abortion data — even as it invites an out-of-state influx

As California vows to protect abortion rights, it lacks the data that would help estimate how many out-of-state women may seek services. Currently, the state does not collect abortion data.

Monday, 3:20 PM | 1 comment
Bay restoration project gets $1M grant for flood control

A project to protect and restore more than 500 acres of critical shore area habitats in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park received a $1 million grant from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority.

Monday, 12:22 PM | 1 comment
Cal Fire officials: Edgewood Fire is now 100% contained

Cal Fire officials on Monday said the Edgewood Fire in the Emerald Hills area of Woodside and Redwood City is 100% contained.

Monday, 9:05 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Santa Clara County makes price gouging on infant formula illegal

In response to the nationwide infant formula shortage, the Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance to enforce rules against price gouging at a meeting earlier this month.

Sunday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Supreme Court 'bows out' on abortion, former federal judge says

The Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade will likely call into question further limitations on women's reproductive rights and contraception, retired U.S. district court Judge Abraham D. Sofaer said.

Saturday, 9:46 AM | 5 comments
Around Town: Paly speech and debate team walks away from national tournament with first championship

In the latest column, news about the Palo Alto High Speech and Debate competitor who won a national championship, a first for the team, and an app challenge open to local middle and high school students.

Saturday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet

Friday, June 24, 2022

Officials from Santa Clara, San Mateo counties vow support for out-of-state patients seeking abortions

Elected officials vowed to protect abortion rights and reproductive health care after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Friday, 4:12 PM | 1 comment
'It was crazy.' Emerald Hills residents watched flames from Edgewood Fire erupt just a few hundred feet away

Locals packed up kids, dogs and even horses when the Edgewood Fire prompted evacuation orders on Tuesday.

Friday, 12:29 PM | No comments yet
Supreme Court overturns federal abortion rights

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the court's Roe v. Wade decision granting women the federal right to an abortion in the United States on Friday. The decision sends authority to regulate abortion back to the states.

Friday, 9:47 AM | 10 comments
After Roe: What happens to abortion in California?

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the Roe decision, here are key takeaways of what to expect for abortion in the state. They include politics, more legislation and changes for health care providers.

Friday, 8:31 AM | 7 comments
Up close and personal: 2022 Peninsula Photo Contest winners bring focus to obscure moments

Whether viewing the world from underwater or using a flash to illuminate everyday objects in a new way, the winning images in this year's contest bring unique insight to life's otherwise ordinary moments.

Friday, 6:59 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, June 23, 2022

'This is a big deal': Local kids 6 months and older get COVID vaccines at new Mountain View clinic

Santa Clara County's newest vaccination site in Mountain View opened Tuesday. Anyone 6 months or older can now receive a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 shot.

Thursday, 5:15 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Potential expansion of Mitchell Park dog park; Housing Element discussion

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 27.

Thursday, 4:34 PM | No comments yet
First probable monkeypox case found in Santa Clara County

A suspected case of monkeypox virus is under investigation in Santa Clara County, the Public Health Department said Thursday.

Thursday, 3:37 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County officials request state audit of VTA

Assembly member Marc Berman, who's fighting to change the leadership of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, is shifting tactics in the wake of public pushback.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Palo Alto passes emergency law to restrict firearms shops

Responding to a recent surge in gun sales around Santa Clara County, Palo Alto on Tuesday adopted an emergency law that would make it more difficult for firearms dealers to set up shop.

Wednesday, 2:52 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto school board votes to resume Zoom commenting in the fall

By a split vote of 3-2, the Palo Alto school board decided on Tuesday to resume allowing remote comments via Zoom starting at the first meeting of next school year.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 3 comments
Sweeping deal aims to transform former Fry's Electronics site

Palo Alto and The Sobrato Organization have reached a deal that would pave the way for new townhomes, a park, affordable housing and retention of research space at 340 Portage Ave.

Wednesday, 9:50 AM | 6 comments
Power restored at Stanford after dayslong outage last week

A power failure caused by damage to transmission equipment from the Edgewood Fire in San Mateo County has caused Stanford University to cancel classes through Friday, according to the university.

Wednesday, 9:45 AM | 1 comment
Fire near Edgewood Park now 98% contained

A brush fire that grew to 20 acres in an area between Woodside, Redwood City and Edgewood Park Tuesday afternoon is now 98% contained, Cal Fire fire officials said Thursday.

Wednesday, 8:26 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Palo Alto council backs design revisions to proposed LifeMoves shelter

Despite uncertainty over funding, Palo Alto is continuing to refine its plan to build a transitional-housing complex that will provide 88 homes and support services for unhoused families and individuals.

Tuesday, 9:38 PM | 2 comments
Bill to remove police radio encryption faces pushback

Sen. Josh Becker's bill that would restore media access to police radio communications got past the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Supporters warned that the bill's fate is far from certain.

Tuesday, 3:34 PM | 1 comment
Stanford researchers link COVID brain fog to 'chemo brain'

Patients experiencing COVID-19 brain fog suffer from the same sort of damage to nerves in the brain as patients with "chemo brain," a study by Stanford University and Yale University scientists has found.

Tuesday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
Man faces charges for attack on elderly woman

A 29-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in her 70s in downtown Palo Alto last week, police said.

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | No comments yet
With help from new housing laws, SummerHill wins approval for townhome project

Despite getting panned during Palo Alto's architectural review process, SummerHill Homes got the green light for a 48-townhome project, which showcases the growing influence of state housing laws.

Tuesday, 9:39 AM | 3 comments
It's showtime: Stanford Theatre to reopen on July 9

Peninsula film lovers will soon be able to once again catch a classic movie and hear the Wurlitzer play when the downtown Palo Alto movie palace reopens after a more than two-year closure.

Tuesday, 9:20 AM | 1 comment
Palo Alto passes 'restoration' budget as revenues recover

With revenues bouncing back after a pandemic slump, the Palo Alto City Council approved on Monday a budget that restores many of the services and positions that it had cut over the past two years.

Tuesday, 12:24 AM | 5 comments

Monday, June 20, 2022

Hot temperatures in the forecast prompt Spare the Air alert for Tuesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare the Air alert for smog on Tuesday, when hot inland temperatures are expected to combine with motor vehicle exhaust to create increased concentrations of smog.

Monday, 2:49 PM | 1 comment
More candidates explore run for Palo Alto City Council

The pool of candidates seeking to fill seats on the Palo Alto City Council may soon expand, with three residents recently filing paperwork indicating that they are exploring a run.

Monday, 2:12 PM | 1 comment

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