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Saturday, April 10, 2021

East Palo Alto leaders weigh traffic concerns, job training opportunities for major proposed office development

Early plans for a massive, 918,000-square-foot development of four office buildings in East Palo Alto appeared to be welcomed this week by City Council members, who also raised concerns about traffic and job opportunities.

Saturday, 2:34 PM | No comments yet
Three rapes reported on Stanford University campus

Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating reports of three rapes on the campus over a three-week period in March, the department has confirmed in an email.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | 4 comments
Around Town: Libraries will soon reopen for people with appointments

In the latest Around Town column, find out what untraditional trinkets were hidden at Bol Park on Easter day for children to find and learn how Palo Alto's city libraries will return to some normalcy starting Tuesday, April 13.

Saturday, 8:30 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 9, 2021

Palo Alto autonomous flight company sued; competitor claims it stole design

A legal battle is brewing between two local companies vying to create flying autonomous air-taxis, with one alleging that the other poached employees, stole trade secrets and copied its aircraft design.

Friday, 5:13 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Consideration of impact fees for community amenities, renter protection policies

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

Friday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet
Vaccine passports in California? Answers to your questions

California has no plans to administer a passport. But the state is sending mixed messages to businesses about the need to verify that people at large events are vaccinated.

Friday, 9:44 AM | 1 comment
Facebook to host Menlo Park COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday

Starting April 10, Facebook will convert part of its Menlo Park headquarters into a vaccination clinic for eligible residents of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks.

Friday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet
An Alternative View: Palo Alto police have shut their doors

At Monday's City Council meeting, Police Chief Robert Jonsen indicated that he wants to keep in place a new encryption policy that makes it hard to find out about police conduct.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Palo Alto eyes another shake-up to parking policies in commercial areas

Seeking to add flexibility to the city's rigid and confusing parking policies, Palo Alto is preparing to adopt new rules that will give visitors flexibility and steer workers away from residential streets and toward public garages.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | 11 comments
Castro Street could stay closed to traffic after the COVID-19 pandemic

Mountain View's experimental closure of Castro Street during the pandemic has temporarily transformed the city's downtown corridor. But could those changes be made permanent?

Thursday, 8:28 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Former Palo Alto math tutor now charged with 52 lewd acts on 16 girls

Prosecutors in the case against former math tutor Mark Allan Hodes filed additional charges of lewd conduct against him on April 5, upping the number of felonies he faces five-fold -- from nine to 52.

Wednesday, 6:00 PM | 36 comments
Facing concerns from College Terrace, city looks to reassert commitment to single-family housing zones

Since Palo Alto launched the "planned home zone" last year to spur housing construction, it has seen steady increases in developer interest and in neighborhood anxieties. On Monday, the council plans to refine its newest zoning tool.

Wednesday, 3:51 PM | 12 comments
The end of an era: Ann's Coffee Shop to close

After 75 years, Ann's Coffee Shop in Menlo Park, known for its 1950s atmosphere, bottomless carafes of coffee and homemade soups and pies, is set to close April 19, according to the mother-son duo behind the diner.

Wednesday, 3:02 PM | 2 comments
Health leaders encourage residents to seek COVID-19 vaccination appointments despite short supply

In a continued race to stay one step ahead of the mutating coronavirus, health officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are urging patience and a renewed effort to follow safety guidelines.

Wednesday, 9:39 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

East Palo Alto City Council to review proposed office development at 18-acre Bay Road site

The East Palo Alto City Council will review preliminary plans Tuesday for an office development at a 17.8-acre site located at 1990 Bay Road.

Tuesday, 3:17 PM | 3 comments
California sets June 15 goal for full reopening

The state's plan to fully reopen on June 15 will largely depend on two criteria: Vaccine supply must be sufficient for anyone 16 and up who wants a shot and hospitalization rates must remain low and stable.

Tuesday, 12:56 PM | 3 comments
City Council clashes over appointments to new housing panel

Palo Alto's effort to craft a new housing vision got off to a rocky start Monday, with the council at odds over appointments to a citizens group before approving the roster through a partisan process.

Tuesday, 11:47 AM | 62 comments
Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store, Rick's Ice Cream ransacked two days apart

Break-ins were reported at two local ice cream stores in the space of two days last week, including one in which the ashes of two members of a longtime business were stolen.

Tuesday, 9:24 AM | 12 comments
After police encrypt radios, City Council looks for ways to restore transparency

The City Council has pushed back against the Police Department's abrupt move to encrypt all radio communications, with several members suggesting that the policy should be revised or reversed.

Tuesday, 12:31 AM | 4 comments

Monday, April 5, 2021

Fresh off national victory, Stanford women's basketball returns to hometown welcome

It's been 29 years since Stanford University women's basketball landed a national title -- a cause for celebration on Monday when the team paraded through campus and downtown Palo Alto.

Monday, 5:45 PM | 4 comments
John C. Martin, pioneer of single-pill HIV treatment, dies unexpectedly

John C. Martin, 69, who helped develop the first once-a-day pill to treat HIV while serving as CEO of Gilead Sciences, died on March 30 after suffering head injuries from a fall the previous day.

Monday, 3:24 PM | 1 comment
State and federal funds will help local school districts with reopening costs

Schools will soon receive money to help with safety measures they're taking to reopen, along with additional academic, mental health and social-emotional supports needed because of the pandemic.

Monday, 1:41 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Around Town: Palo Alto Adult School marks 100 years of educating the community

In the latest Around Town column, news about the Palo Alto Adult School celebrating its centennial, children joining a protest against anti-Asian hate and the departure of an assistant city manager.

Sunday, 8:45 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Is California blowing it on unemployment reform?

The state went deep into debt to keep jobless benefits flowing during the pandemic. And if it doesn't fix its $48 billion unemployment problem, that could derail COVID-19 recovery.

Saturday, 11:04 AM | 5 comments

Friday, April 2, 2021

East Palo Alto youth nonprofit meets fundraising goal to purchase site

After fundraising for just a few weeks, Youth United for Community Action was able to raise $1.2 million to purchase the nonprofit's site and secure its future in East Palo Alto.

Friday, 10:49 AM | No comments yet
Former schools employee arrested for child pornography

A Redwood City man who has worked at Palo Alto schools was arrested on Thursday for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, 9:49 AM | 2 comments
Ongoing vaccine site available to East Palo Alto residents starting Friday

All East Palo Alto residents 18 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School, a new vaccination clinic, starting Friday.

Friday, 9:32 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: When police control what the public learns about its activities, there can be no accountability

At a time when the need for public scrutiny of police conduct has never been greater, we can't afford to make that transparency worse.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 22 comments
The power outage: From a lemon to lemonade

At 5 p.m. on March 27, my power went out, along with 7,000 other Palo Altans. What followed is a fun tale of how people react to a power loss. Read more from the blog "An Alternative View."

Friday, 6:54 AM | 5 comments
Hate incidents in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County jump dramatically

While there are far fewer known hate crimes, the number of incidents is likely in the hundreds or thousands in the county, and most of the crimes and incidents go unreported.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 15 comments
Her worst fear comes true: Daughter loses both parents to COVID-19

Christine Walker had just said her final farewell to her father on Dec. 26, when three weeks later, she found herself saying goodbye to her mother, who died on Jan. 17. Both died from COVID-19.

Friday, 6:53 AM | No comments yet
Snapshots of retirement: New book looks at how baby boomers are changing the formula

With greater affluence than their parents' generation, boomers are reinventing retirement with more activity, more passion and more experimentation, says Woodside resident Richard Haiduck.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, April 1, 2021

PUBLIC AGENDA: Study session on policing; update about community conversations around race

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

Thursday, 3:44 PM | No comments yet
With COVID-19 variants on the rise, Santa Clara County faces race to vaccinate

Santa Clara County has seen an increase in residents infected with COVID-19 variants, a sign that efforts to curb the pandemic remain precarious, county public health leaders said Thursday.

Thursday, 2:45 PM | 18 comments
J&J vaccine encounters glitch as state expands eligibility

Word of Johnson & Johnson's manufacturing glitch comes just as California expands vaccinations to people 50 and older.

Thursday, 9:44 AM | 2 comments
As police encrypt their radios, Palo Alto eyes new measures to boost transparency

Facing a fresh claim of excessive force by a police officer and ongoing concerns about transparency within Palo Alto police, the City Council will consider on Monday new measures to improve oversight in the department.

Thursday, 9:15 AM | 14 comments
State earmarks funds for Santa Clara, San Mateo counties to punch up vaccine access

As California anticipates a massive expansion in COVID-19 vaccine supply, the state will provide $7.6 million to nine Bay Area counties to build out vaccination sites in some of their hardest-hit communities.

Thursday, 9:14 AM | 5 comments
After a year of 'enormous turmoil,' district and teachers union negotiate raises

After one of the most disruptive years in public education, Palo Alto Unified and its teachers union are negotiating salary increases, with the union asking for a higher raise than the district has proposed.

Thursday, 8:35 AM | 47 comments

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Vaccine appointments may be backed up for several weeks

Californians frustrated by the never-ending hunt for COVID-19 vaccine appointments may have to wait several weeks until appointments are more readily available, Blue Shield's CEO said.

Wednesday, 8:52 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

More scrutiny but no charges for Palo Alto officer after dog attack

The recently released video of a Palo Alto police dog attacking a man who was sleeping in a backyard shed has brought fresh scrutiny to the agency's K-9 program but no charges for the dog's handler.

Tuesday, 5:13 PM | 50 comments
Eighty applicants vie for seats on Palo Alto's new housing panel

Seventeen volunteers, including residents, activists and property owners, will be chosen from 80 applicants for a complex task: drafting a roadmap for expanding Palo Alto's housing supply.

Tuesday, 3:54 PM | 24 comments
Santa Clara County launches program to help victims who are strangled in domestic violence attacks

Some of the most violent and lethal attacks in domestic violence cases often go unnoticed and unreported, putting the health of victims at risk and allowing assailants to avoid prosecution.

Tuesday, 2:05 PM | 2 comments
Amazon settles claims of false advertising, unfair competition for $2M

Santa Clara County was part of a six-county alliance of prosecutors who worked together to wrest a $2 million settlement from Inc. over alleged false advertising.

Tuesday, 9:25 AM | No comments yet
Becker calls for expanding vaccine eligibility to hard-hit communities ahead of April 15

Becker wants the state to allow vaccinations for residents 16 and up in places like East Palo Alto, which has had higher infection rates.

Tuesday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet
Castilleja School forced to revise redevelopment plan

Castilleja School suffered a setback Monday to its plan to rebuild and modernize its Bryant Street campus when a skeptical City Council demanded major revisions to the school's application, including a redesign of its parking garage.

Tuesday, 1:13 AM | 31 comments

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Around Town: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula marks one year of feeding the community

Read a report on the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula's meal distribution efforts, background on a new planning commissioner and news of Stanford alumna Issa Rae visiting her alma mater.

Sunday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

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