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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lyft to open Palo Alto research center for self-driving cars

Palo Alto's Stanford Research Park will soon be home to another company pursuing the Holy Grail of the auto industry: self-driving cars. Lyft, which up until now has been better known as the pink-mustachioed ride-hailing company, announced on Thursday that it would be opening a facility this year in Palo Alto.

Saturday, 10:50 AM | 1 comment
Peninsula economy labor growth stalled

A midyear analysis of Silicon Valley and San Francisco Peninsula economic trends shows unemployment at its lowest rate since the dot-com boom, but job growth has slowed and growth in the labor force has stopped, according to a July update by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.

Saturday, 8:24 AM | 2 comments

Friday, July 21, 2017

Behind the Headlines: Inside code enforcement

Weekly journalists Anna Medina, Gennady Sheyner and Linda Taaffe break down how code enforcement works in Palo Alto and discuss what the city is doing to strengthen it.

Friday, 6:53 PM | No comments yet
Federal judge declines to lift injunction blocking Trump order on sanctuary cities

A federal judge in San Francisco Thursday denied a request by President Donald Trump's administration to lift an injunction blocking the president's executive order on sanctuary cities.

Friday, 2:02 PM | 1 comment
Community Notebook: Community Resource Fair

Twenty local organizations will provide information on immigration resources available to community members at a community resource fair in East Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon.

Friday, 9:49 AM | 1 comment
Shop Talk: Nut House's future; mobile market

In this week's retail news, the future of Antonio's Nut House remains uncertain, Facebook will debut its farmers market on wheels and Gymboree is closing at Stanford Shopping Center.

Friday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet
City cracks down on tenants at First Baptist

The city has sent out notices to First Baptist Church and to 11 organizations that rent space within the Old Palo Alto neighborhood workship place, informing them that they are violating the zoning code.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 35 comments
Stanford buys homes in College Terrace, raising questions

In order to meet the housing needs of its faculty, Stanford University has stepped up buying single-family homes throughout Palo Alto and other nearby cities in the last two years, according to county records.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 29 comments
New affordable-housing project proposed in Ventura

The nonprofit Palo Alto Housing is hoping for a better reception -- and outcome -- for its new proposal: a 67-unit development on El Camino Real, in the Ventura neighborhood.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 23 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: proposed dog park; Stanford GUP application

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 24.

Friday, 6:53 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Maybell Avenue development moves ahead

A developer's plan to build 16 homes on a former orchard site on Maybell Avenue scored a major victory Thursday morning, when Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board signed off on the project.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 10 comments
Around Town: staged protest; brick and mortality

In this week's Around Town column, find out why the city has butted heads with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and other tidbits collected by the Weekly staff.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | 19 comments
Rape reported at Stanford University student residence

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating an alleged rape that occurred at a student residence on campus early Wednesday morning.

Thursday, 8:22 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pastor accused of molesting teens pleads not guilty

A pastor from East Palo Alto pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations that he molested three minors in the church office between 2011 and 2015, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Wednesday, 1:50 PM | No comments yet
Maybell housing project nears final approval

A long-debated proposal to build 16 homes at a former orchard site on Maybell Avenue could win a key approval Thursday morning.

Wednesday, 9:53 AM | 17 comments
Community Notebook: Eshoo town hall meeting

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, will be stopping by the 18th Congressional District to meet with constituents for a town hall meeting on Saturday in Saratoga.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet
Steel worker injured at Facebook construction site

A steel worker was injured Tuesday morning after falling at the construction site of a new Facebook building in Menlo Park, fire officials said.

Wednesday, 8:51 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Proposal to change strict water-leak policy gains traction

Several members of the Utilities Advisory Commission expressed support this week for a new policy that would provide some relief to customers whose bills were inflated by undetected water leaks.

Tuesday, 12:20 PM | 8 comments

Monday, July 17, 2017

Keene names new deputy city manager

Palo Alto City Manager James Keene went well outside Silicon Valley to hire the latest addition to his leadership team, tapping Michelle Poché Flaherty to serve as one of his two new deputies.

Monday, 5:20 PM | 30 comments
Jewish day school hires former Palo Alto Unified tech teacher

In a push to create good digital citizens, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School has hired Smita Kolhatkar, a former educational technology teacher on special assignment at Palo Alto Unified School District, as its new director of technology and innovation.

Monday, 5:18 PM | 1 comment
Five-story hotel eyed for Su Hong site

The latest hotel proposal on south El Camino Real in Palo Alto calls for a five-story hotel to take over a site currently occupied by the popular Chinese restaurant, Su Hong.

Monday, 3:25 PM | 25 comments

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Civil grand jury recommends new parcel tax exemptions processes for school districts

A Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury Report stated that the Palo Alto Unified School District is among the 22 school districts that have been asked to improve their parcel tax application and renewal procedures.

Sunday, 9:14 AM | 29 comments
Trio rescued after boat capsizes, sent to Stanford Hospital

Two men and a child rescued Saturday evening from San Francisco Bay after their boat capsized near the Dumbarton Bridge were sent to Stanford Hospital, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials.

Sunday, 6:39 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Award-winning Stanford math professor dies

Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' leading award, has died of cancer at the age of 40, according to Stanford News Service.

Saturday, 6:39 PM | No comments yet
Off Deadline: 'Contagious hope' is powerful antidote to 'suicide contagion'

A three-person panel speaking in late June to a modest audience at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park presented some simple-sounding but challenging approaches to Palo Alto's nagging fear of being a "suicide contagion" capital.

Saturday, 9:26 AM | 7 comments

Friday, July 14, 2017

Behind the Headlines: 'Way Cool' open-space events for summer

Listen in on a discussion about the abundance of different and fun ranger- and docent-led activities in local open space areas from fishing with rangers to boating, twilight hikes and moth and spider hunts.

Friday, 7:13 PM | No comments yet
School board on sex assaults: 'A change in culture' is 'needed'

Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education President Terry Godfrey wrote a message Thursday updating parents on the district's response to numerous reports of student sexual violence on and off its campuses over the last several months.

Friday, 9:56 AM | 21 comments
Code enforcement: one of City Hall's most controversial, and misunderstood, jobs

For a team that consists of just three people, Palo Alto's code enforcers have been facing an unprecedented level of public scrutiny of late.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 37 comments
Enforcement reflects the community

More than perhaps any other City Hall program, code enforcement is a custom-built operation that mirrors its community.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 7 comments
Why the bad rap?

Code enforcement officers deal with all the most vexing issues of the day - zoning violations, gas-powered leaf blowers, too much construction noise, etc. - and are often seen by residents as the last line of defense in resolving problems.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: Facebook's proposed 'village'

It's hard to imagine a better example of how messed up our region's planning processes and development policies are than Facebook's latest proposal.

Friday, 6:48 AM | 62 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: planned office demolition; proposed public art

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 17.

Friday, 6:47 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Teen arrested for alleged robbery at Caltrain station

A 17-year-old boy is under arrest for allegedly snatching a cell phone from a man's hand at the University Avenue Caltrain station early Thursday morning, Palo Alto police said in a statement.

Thursday, 6:38 PM | No comments yet
Cooking oil sparks fire, burns apartment kitchen

Hot cooking oil left on a kitchen stove ignited a fire at a Palo Alto apartment late Wednesday night, leaving an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 in damage, a fire battalion chief said.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | 3 comments
New lot lines pave the way for Buena Vista's sale

Palo Alto's planning commission on Wednesday endorsed a change at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park that is both invisible to the naked eye and critical to preserving the park as a site for affordable housing.

Thursday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet
Judge unlikely to reconsider ban on sanctuary-cities order

A federal judge said Wednesday that he is likely to keep in place a preliminary injunction issued in a pair of lawsuits filed by Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco that blocked an executive order on sanctuary cities and counties.

Thursday, 9:32 AM | 9 comments
Ibuprofen linked to kidney injury in endurance runners

Endurance runners who take the painkiller ibuprofen during very long runs double their risk of acute kidney injury, a study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and other institutions have found.

Thursday, 9:05 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Plan to add housing, retail on El Camino gets a boost

Palo Alto's planning commission threw its support behind a plan to construct two buildings with 50 apartments at an El Camino Real site that until recently was occupied by Mike's Bikes.

Wednesday, 11:28 PM | 31 comments
Community Notebook: Supervisor Simitian to hold 'sidewalk office hours'

Palo Alto community members can stop by the farmers market this weekend to talk about local issues with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

Wednesday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet
Judge grants Edgewood Plaza developer a break from fines

Sand Hill Property Company won a temporary reprieve in its court battle against the city of Palo Alto on June 27, when a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge allowed it to stop paying fines to the city, pending an October hearing.

Wednesday, 9:12 AM | 12 comments

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Union claims high infection rates in Stanford Hospital dispute

Members of the health workers union serving Stanford Hospital claim the high hospital-acquired infection rates are because of inadequate staffing and training, the group said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 9:28 PM | 8 comments
City set to redraw lot lines at Buena Vista

After reaching an agreement to preserve Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, Palo Alto and Santa Clara County officials are now preparing for their next challenge: the park's long-deferred renovation.

Tuesday, 4:00 PM | 8 comments
Hit-and-run collision injures bicyclist on Alma

A bicyclist was left with moderate injuries in a hit-and-run collision Friday on a narrow arterial in Old Palo Alto, police said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 1:44 PM | 55 comments
Palo Alto may revise billing policy for water leaks

Palo Alto may revise a decade-long policy that effectively bans the Utility Department from giving credits to customers whose bills were greatly inflated by water leaks.

Tuesday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet
Man pleads no contest to 2012 murder in East Palo Alto

A 26-year-old man indicted as part of Operation Sunny Day pleaded no contest Monday to a 2012 murder in East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet
Retail and housing proposed for El Camino site

Two buildings featuring apartments and retail space would replace Mike Bike's former home on El Camino Real under a proposal that is scheduled for review Wednesday night.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 10, 2017

Man wanted for brazen carjacking at gas station

Police are looking for a man wanted for a brazen carjacking at a Palo Alto gas station near U.S. Highway 101 late Sunday morning. The vehicle was recovered Tuesday morning at Stanford University.

Monday, 6:40 PM | 44 comments
Highly anticipated Nobu opens downtown

The first Northern California outpost of acclaimed Japanese restaurant group Nobu officially opens its doors in downtown Palo Alto on Friday, July 7.

Monday, 9:00 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pacific Art League hires exec from media sector

Jon Graves, the new executive director of downtown Palo Alto's Pacific Art League, has a background at tech media companies like Bloomberg and Re/code.

Sunday, 9:10 AM | 2 comments

California Democrats seek to revive the Republican Party; Republicans expected to resist
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