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Friday, November 24, 2017

New system tracks sexual misconduct, discrimination

As the school district's interim Title IX coordinator exits his role, John DiPaolo says the district has made progress on issues that have been entrenched for years, but there is still much work to be done.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 5 comments
Palo Alto set to approve new bike bridge

A bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 is expected to clear a huge milestone on Monday night, when the City Council approves the environmental assessment for the project and gives it the final green light.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 22 comments
Ada's Cafe gives people with disabilities a chance to grow

Thirty-four people with disabilities are finding empowerment through their jobs at Ada's Cafe, a nonprofit that aims to give work opportunities to this group.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bay Area residents asked not burn wood on Thanksgiving

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking local residents not to burn wood in fireplaces and woodstoves on Thanksgiving to prevent air quality from becoming unhealthy.

Thursday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police hunt for shooter

Police searched Wednesday night for the person who shot a man in his 30s, who was found with abdominal bleeding at around 5:30 p.m. on decommissioned railroad tracks near University Avenue in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CHP boosts enforcement through the weekend

During Thanksgiving weekend, one of the country's busiest travel times, the California Highway Patrol is going all out with enforcement to help forestall tragedies starting today, the agency said.

Wednesday, 4:09 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: bridge EIR; new dog park

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

Wednesday, 3:53 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Government closures, available services on Thanksgiving

Find out which local and regional service closures and changes for Thanksgiving. Some agencies will have special hours and others are closed through the weekend.

Wednesday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto to reap revenues from new state bills

As Palo Alto's elected leaders survey all the new laws coming out of Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, two strikingly different pictures -- and reactions -- emerge.

Wednesday, 8:26 AM | 2 comments
One of two escaped inmates recaptured in Stockton

Tramel Leon McClough, 46, was arrested Tuesday night, more than two weeks after he escaped from the Palo Alto courthouse with John Penn Bivins, 47, who remains outstanding, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 12:06 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

East Palo Alto mayor celebrates 'city on the move'

East Palo Alto Mayor Larry Moody pointed to the city's achievements this year, which, he said have kicked opened a new progressive era in the once-troubled city, during his State of the City address on Monday.

Tuesday, 5:11 PM | 2 comments
School district will correct Brown Act violation

The Palo Alto school board plans to rectify a Brown Act violation after it failed to properly notice a closed-session discussion of a potential lawsuit from the family of a Paly student who said she was sexually assaulted on campus in 2015.

Tuesday, 3:00 PM | 16 comments
Palo Alto goes electric with refuse truck

The familiar rumble of a garbage truck down the block may soon fade out of certain neighborhoods, as the city prepares to send its new all-electric truck on its first route.

Tuesday, 8:34 AM | 25 comments
Community Notebook: Holiday Giving

A number of local organizations are working to make this holiday season brighter for those in need, and they depend on donations and volunteers to make it all possible.

Tuesday, 8:26 AM | 1 comment
Permanent injunction issued in sanctuary city order

A federal judge on Monday ruled that an executive order that threatened to block funding for sanctuary jurisdictions is unconstitutional and issued an injunction to block it permanently.

Tuesday, 8:16 AM | 14 comments

Monday, November 20, 2017

County warns of scams targeting social services recipients

Santa Clara County social service agencies are warning residents to be aware of fraudulent texts and calls from people claiming to be with state agencies.

Monday, 2:23 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Around Town: racing to the rescue; cat calls

Learn about two first responders recognized for saving a man who suffered cardiac arrest, a feisty cat rescued from a tree and Stanford's new worksite pilot.

Sunday, 10:34 AM | 2 comments
Stanford University reboots renaming process

A Stanford University committee convened to examine the issue of renaming campus facilities, spurred by concerns over buildings and streets named after California mission founder Junipero Serra, was unable to reach agreement on its work.

Sunday, 10:34 AM | 20 comments

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekly collects seven awards in Bay Area journalism contest

The Palo Alto Weekly's editorial staff was recognized in the Greater Bay Area Journalism Contest with seven awards in five categories.

Saturday, 2:23 PM | 5 comments
Menlo Park council reverses approval of Stanford's office building on Sand Hill Road

Claiming inaccuracies and omissions in Stanford's traffic projections for its current and future developments, the Menlo Park City Council took two actions meant to slow the university's plans.

Saturday, 8:45 AM | 5 comments
Police: Big Game to bring big traffic

With the 120th Big Game scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Palo Alto police are warning that traffic along Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real and Sand Hill Road will get heavy.

Saturday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet
Former Stanford student found guilty in fatal DUI case

A 28-year-old man who drove the wrong way down U.S. Highway 101 in 2013, killing one man and seriously injuring two others, was convicted of felonies Friday, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Saturday, 8:04 AM | 11 comments

Friday, November 17, 2017

Webcast: Wrestling with the problem of RVs

Eviction of RVs from an East Palo Alto street due to public health concerns sparked a protest; meanwhile, city leaders grappled with how to regulate RV dwellers while also helping them.

Friday, 5:30 PM | 3 comments
Hundreds turn out to debate proposed RV ordinance

About 200 people packed the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers and more than 43 speakers gave East Palo Alto city officials a piece of their minds on Wednesday night regarding a potential ordinance on RV parking on Weeks Street and a ban on all oversized vehicles on city streets.

Friday, 3:57 PM | 6 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: no council meeting

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 20.

Friday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet
Digital DNA, Go Mama voted out

Digital DNA, the 7-foot-tall egg-shaped sculpture made of computer circuit boards installed in Lytton Plaza, will be removed from the city's public-art collection, the Public Art Commission voted last night.

Friday, 9:45 AM | 42 comments
Junior Museum and Zoo brings hands-on science to the classroom

A Palo Alto institution best known for its popular museum at Rinconada Park and famous cast of characters also spreads its scientific offerings to communities with more challenges and fewer resources.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 2 comments
As redevelopment looms, one homeowner stands firm

As the city prepares for long-term revitalization of the Ventura area, Olive Avenue residents find themselves in the center of what could be a sweeping redevelopment of the neighborhood.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 28 comments
Editorial: Give for the kids

The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, now in its 25th year, provides a grassroots opportunity for a community member to make a donation and know that it will combined with hundreds of others.

Friday, 6:50 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 16, 2017

County reports first flu-related death of the season

Santa Clara County public health officials on Thursday reported the first flu-related death of the season occurred earlier this month.

Thursday, 2:37 PM | No comments yet
Power outage impacts multiple neighborhoods

About 4,500 electricity customers were without power for about four hours Thursday due to an outage that started late in the morning, Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert said.

Thursday, 12:41 PM | 5 comments
Senior-housing complex opens in East Palo Alto

An affordable housing complex for seniors in East Palo Alto that started as an idea four years ago is opening its doors to the public Thursday, according to city officials.

Thursday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet
County Board of Education names interim supe

The Santa Clara County Board of Education named a new interim superintendent of the County Office of Education on Wednesday.

Thursday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet
County receives sanctuary letter warning from DOJ

Santa Clara County is among 29 jurisdictions nationwide to receive sanctuary warning letters from the U.S. Department of Justice Wednesday.

Thursday, 8:49 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Protesters stage walkout on controversial lecturer

More than 140 protesters who attended a lecture by anti-Muslim author and blogger Robert Spencer staged a walkout on Tuesday night at Stanford University.

Wednesday, 6:33 PM | 27 comments
RV evictions in East Palo Alto spur protest

About 50 protesters blocked a tow truck Wednesday morning that came to haul away RVs in East Palo Alto, where sewage from the vehicles has clogged a storm drain and, city staff said, created a public health hazard.

Wednesday, 9:45 AM | 75 comments
Palo Alto's bike-share plan takes a turn

After failing to get traction in its prior attempts, Palo Alto's plan to bring bike-share programs to the city's masses is about to move into a new direction.

Wednesday, 9:37 AM | 36 comments
Four firms to present for superintendent search

The school board is aiming to select a firm to lead its search for a new superintendent on Nov. 28, when four companies will make public presentations.

Wednesday, 8:44 AM | 9 comments

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rain forecast to return Wednesday

Rain is expected to return to the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday morning, National Weather Service officials said.

Tuesday, 2:38 PM | No comments yet
Housing crisis discussions taking place Wednesday

A regional discussion focused on housing challenges in Silicon Valley will take place in Palo Alto and other cities in Silicon Valley.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 5 comments
Board: Stanford growth could require new school

Stanford University's proposal to build hundreds of new housing units for graduate students, faculty and staff represents a level of growth that a majority of Palo Alto school board members said will likely require a new school.

Tuesday, 9:28 AM | 13 comments
Palo Alto adopts new Comprehensive Plan

The Palo Alto City Council has adopted the new Comprehensive Plan -- a document that will guide the city's land use and infrastructure decisions until at least 2030.

Tuesday, 1:29 AM | 96 comments

Monday, November 13, 2017

Palo Alto taps Robert Jonsen as new police chief

Menlo Park's police chief will cross the southern city line in January to take charge of the Palo Alto Police Department, Palo Alto officials announced Monday afternoon.

Monday, 3:58 PM | 7 comments
Speaker generates controversy at Stanford

An author who believes Islam justifies violence and terrorism will be speaking at a Stanford University student group event on campus Tuesday night.

Monday, 1:16 PM | 21 comments
County touts open enrollment for Covered California

Santa Clara County has announced that the 2018 open enrollment period for residents to register for Covered California health insurance is underway.

Monday, 9:07 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Armed robbery reported downtown

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who, armed with a gun, allegedly stole a woman's cellphone downtown late Friday night.

Sunday, 9:29 AM | 7 comments

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Around Town: pay day; it's electric

In this week's Around Town column, find out which top-level Palo Alto officials received raises and a new city electric vehicle soon coming down a street near you.

Saturday, 6:38 AM | 6 comments

Bacchus Management Group to open restaurant in Redwood City
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 2,659 views

Twenty Years in the Sixties: How an Alcoholic Hippie Became a Self-Giving Servant
By Aldis Petriceks | 0 comments | 2,487 views

A New Way to Think About High Speed Rail
By Steve Levy | 16 comments | 2,204 views

Sweet Potato Canapé and Food Party! Holiday Favorites
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 1,304 views


The holidays are here!

From live music to a visit with Santa, here's a look at some local holiday activities to help you get into the spirit of the season.