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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Finding meaning, 'light' post graduation

In Sterling K. Brown's commencement address to the Class of 2018 at his alma mater Stanford University on Sunday, the award-winning actor opened up about a difficult experience: the writing of the very speech he was giving.

Sunday, 2:46 PM | 5 comments

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Webcast: President Hotel

Weekly staff discuss the implications of this week's purchase of the historic President Hotel from a 75-unit apartment building to a 100-unit hotel.

Saturday, 7:34 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: Benz in the Baylands; a path foward

In this week's Around Town column, find out which carmaker wants to open near the Palo Alto Baylands and next step in revitalizing Cubberley Community Center.

Saturday, 8:42 AM | 7 comments

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ex-Theranos executives indicted by federal grand jury

The former CEO and COO embattled blood-testing company Theranos have been indicted by a federal grand jury for an alleged multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors, doctors and patients.

Friday, 11:49 PM | 19 comments
Court documents detail alleged sexual assault of girl on jog

A female high school student who said she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint while on a run in Palo Alto in March told her alleged assailant that she had an infection and needed medication, a defense she believes prevented him from raping her.

Friday, 1:03 PM | 5 comments
Guest Opinion: 'Guilt by association' logic poses dangers to schools, community

In a community as diverse as ours, with citizens from around the world calling Palo Alto home, public officials should demonstrate understanding and empathy towards immigrant communities' past experiences, but they must not do so in ways that undermine our core democratic values.

Friday, 9:41 AM | 60 comments
City moves to calm anxieties over property takings

Seeking to ease concerns from residents in two neighborhoods about property seizures, Palo Alto officials are preparing to abandon the idea of raising or lowering the rail corridor near the Churchill Avenue crossing.

Friday, 9:27 AM | 39 comments
Whizzing cyclists are putting pedestrians on edge

A city effort to make the tunnel under the train tracks at California Avenue accessible to motorized wheelchairs and bicycle trailers has left pedestrians cursing cyclists.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 60 comments
For at-risk kids, mentors fan the spark

Spark, a Bay Area nonprofit that pairs working professionals with low-income middle school students of color, allow students to explore their interests with an adult who provides mentorship.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, June 14, 2018

PUBLIC AGENDA: votes on school, city budgets; grade-separation options

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 18.

Thursday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
Elementary principal reprimanded for special-education failures

Juana Briones Elementary School Principal Tom Jacoubowsky was reprimanded in January for leadership failures that led the district to being out of compliance with special-education regulations.

Thursday, 11:15 AM | 22 comments
Community Notebook: East Palo Alto to host Juneteenth celebration

Juneteenth holds a particular significance to the identity of East Palo Alto, where an event on Saturday will mark the long-standing community and national holiday.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | 1 comment
Community Notebook: U.S. Postal Service plans to relocate East Palo Alto office

The East Palo Alto post office's landlord doesn't plan to renew the lease of the Bay Road site and instead redevelop the property, forcing the U.S. Postal Service to search for a new location.

Thursday, 8:45 AM | 12 comments

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Stanford expands support for graduate student parents

Extended accommodations for parents who are giving birth, dedicated lactation spaces on campus and a $10,000 need-based grant are among changes Stanford University is making to better support graduate students who are parents.

Wednesday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto approves electric rate increase

Utility rates in Palo Alto are set to go up by 6 percent in July, an increase that utilities officials attribute largely to growing transmission costs and new renewable energy projects.

Wednesday, 3:51 PM | 11 comments
Long-awaited dog park to open in north Palo Alto

For the first time in 25 years, a new dog park will open to the public in Palo Alto at Peers Park that boasts several features, including drinking fountains, seating and dog waste disposal stations.

Wednesday, 9:38 AM | 18 comments
Battle over health care costs hits Palo Alto

A crowd of medical professionals packed into the Palo Alto City Council Chambers on Monday to debate the merits of a citizen initiative that would cap how much local hospitals can charge patients.

Wednesday, 8:32 AM | 7 comments
Residents must vacate President Hotel Apartments by November

Residents at the historic President Hotel Apartments in Palo Alto received notice Tuesday that they will have to move out of the building by Nov. 12.

Wednesday, 7:43 AM | 33 comments

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Residents sound off on Ross Road changes

After installing "traffic calming" measures aimed at promoting bicycling on Ross Road, Palo Alto officials are now facing an equally tough task: calming the residents who are frustrated and enraged by changes to their streets.

Tuesday, 9:59 PM | 71 comments
Tesla to dismiss 9 percent of its workforce for profitability

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Tuesday morning on his Twitter account that the company plans to cut 9 percent of its salaried employees, excluding production associates from its Fremont factory.

Tuesday, 5:44 PM | No comments yet
Paly revising schedule to address instructional minutes deficit

Palo Alto High School's new bell schedule, set to roll out this fall, is being revised after the district realized the school was improperly counting its total instructional minutes.

Tuesday, 1:01 PM | 19 comments
Plan to curb office growth sparks debate

A citizens' initiative to significantly scale down the amount of office growth sparked debate among Palo Alto's elected leaders Monday night, with some calling it a "moderate" plan and other urging far more analysis before the issue gets formally placed on the November ballot.

Tuesday, 9:40 AM | 37 comments
Report: 'timely' but 'flawed' response to 2015 sex assault

A law firm has found that the Palo Alto school district responded promptly but failed to take the legally required steps to investigate and assess the impact of a reported 2015 on-campus sexual assault on the alleged victim, then a junior at Palo Alto High School.

Tuesday, 9:18 AM | 17 comments
'Breaking the silence' on youth mental health

A group of local high school students have penned a book that documents anecdotes and advice on mental health from both themselves and the broader youth community.

Tuesday, 8:44 AM | 5 comments
Historic downtown apartment building sold to hotel developer

The one-time fashionable President Hotel, whose iconic rooftop sign defined Palo Alto's downtown skyline during its heyday, could once again open its doors to hotel guests for the first time in 50 years.

Tuesday, 7:12 AM | 28 comments
Council advances plan for new police HQ, garage

After more than two decades of shattered hopes and frustrating setbacks, Palo Alto officials took a big step Monday night toward constructing a new police headquarters.

Tuesday, 2:57 AM | 4 comments

Monday, June 11, 2018

Shop Talk: Cigar House closes; new gym, bakery

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about the closure of a California Avenue smoke-shop, a new fitness center and a forthcoming bakery.

Monday, 8:56 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Mutt's pizza theft leads to rescue of pups in East Palo Alto

A dog's desperate snatch at a slice of pepperoni pizza in East Palo Alto in April turned out to be her puppies' saving grace.

Sunday, 5:37 PM | 7 comments
Missing teen last seen in Palo Alto found safe

UPDATE: Mountain View police said a missing 14-year-old boy has been found.

Sunday, 9:00 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Around Town: district welcomes new supe; in honor of Fred Yamamoto

In this week's Around Town column, Palo Alto Unified's new superintendent drops by Tuesday's board meeting, a Paly student receives the first-ever Fred Yamamoto scholarship and the City Council weighs in on a proposed soda tax.

Saturday, 7:13 AM | 2 comments

Friday, June 8, 2018

Stanford plans to fight health care initiative in Palo Alto

Palo Alto is considering following Stanford Health Care's plans to mount a legal challenge to block an initiative that would cap how much medical institutions in the city can charge for patient services.

Friday, 4:19 PM | 14 comments
Webcast: Peninsula Photo Contest

Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle discusses the Peninsula Photo Contest with Weekly Associate Editor Linda Taaffe and staff photographer Veronica Weber.

Friday, 3:22 PM | No comments yet
Measure to limit office growth qualifies for November election

An initiative that would roughly halve the amount of new office space that could be built between now and 2030 has officially garnered enough signatures to land on the November ballot.

Friday, 3:22 PM | 27 comments
State orders Palo Alto restaurant firm to pay workers millions in back wages

The owners of downtown Palo Alto restaurants Rangoon Ruby and Burma Ruby have been ordered by the state labor commissioner's office to pay $5 million in wage theft violations.

Friday, 9:50 AM | 34 comments
Peninsula Photo Contest winners offer a new perspective

After a four-year break, the Palo Alto Weekly collaborated with the Palo Alto Art Center to revive and revamp the newspaper's annual photo contest to bring exposure to a greater variety of works from more participants.

Friday, 6:51 AM | No comments yet
Off Deadline: Past manager steered district into a new era

As the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District approaches its 50th anniversary, it is doing so as a more mature organization, thanks to a decade of work by former General Manager Steve Abbors.

Friday, 6:49 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, June 7, 2018

School board member criticizes legal spending

Palo Alto Unified school board member Todd Collins slammed district staff this week for spending more than had been budgeted on legal services without securing board approval.

Thursday, 4:36 PM | 25 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: utility rates changes; idling cars ordinance

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 11.

Thursday, 3:19 PM | No comments yet
New report: Tesla sped up seconds before fatal crash

An early report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday reveals that the Tesla Model X involved in a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View earlier this year sped up just before it collided with a traffic barrier.

Thursday, 2:44 PM | 10 comments

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hacker guilty on all counts in attack on Palo Alto Online

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted Ross M. Colby of two felonies and three misdemeanors relating to computer hacking of Palo Alto Online and four other websites of parent company Embarcadero Media in 2015.

Wednesday, 11:15 PM | 13 comments
Gunn High student dies in East Bay collision

A 17-year-old girl who died shortly after a head-on collision on Monday in the East Bay was a Gunn High School student, California Highway Patrol and Palo Alto school district officials said.

Wednesday, 8:49 PM | 2 comments
Planned garages draw opposition

As Palo Alto considers new taxes to address a $76-million backlog in its infrastructure plan, some are wondering whether it's time to reconsider the city's plans for two new garages.

Wednesday, 2:35 PM | 21 comments
In wake of renaming, school board seeks to address discrimination

Palo Alto school board members agreed Tuesday with pleas that they must face head on racism and discrimination that has reportedly occurred in the school district in response to the controversial renaming of two schools.

Wednesday, 9:05 AM | 32 comments

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bridge-toll hike cruises to victory

Bay Area voters approved on Tuesday a regional measure that would raise tolls at seven bridges by $3 to fund $4.5 billion in transportation projects.

Tuesday, 11:19 PM | 16 comments
Voters recall Judge Aaron Persky

Judge Aaron Persky, whose sentencing of former Stanford student Brock Turner sparked a national debate about sexual violence and judicial independence, was ousted from his seat by voters on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 8:40 PM | 28 comments
Smith and Hirokawa to face-off in sheriff's race in November

Santa Clara County voters set the stage Tuesday for a November showdown before Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith and her former undersheriff and would-be replacement, John Hirokawa.

Tuesday, 8:16 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto residents head to polls in California primary

Palo Alto voters cast their ballots Tuesday morning in the California primary in predictably smaller numbers than in the 2016 presidential election.

Tuesday, 12:21 PM | 7 comments
Council approves 'workforce housing' project

Few projects reflect Palo Alto's hopes and fears like the 57-apartment development the City Council approved early Tuesday at Page Mill Road and El Camino Real.

Tuesday, 10:55 AM | 59 comments
Palo Alto eyes hotel-tax hike in November

Despite significant reservations from the local hotel industry, the City Council voted Monday to move ahead with a ballot measure that would give Palo Alto the highest hotel-tax rate in California.

Tuesday, 2:03 AM | 30 comments

Fine-dining Korean restaurant to open in Palo Alto
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Get Rid of Those Roundabouts!
By Diana Diamond | 21 comments | 1,343 views

Couples: “True love is a decision between the head and the heart . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 855 views

The Right to Listen: Free Speech #2
By Douglas Moran | 8 comments | 809 views

U-Pick at Webb Ranch
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 667 views