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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Four shot, two dead at Halloween party

Two people have died and two others have life-threatening injuries after an argument at a Halloween party quickly escalated into a shooting early Sunday morning, East Palo Alto police said.

Sunday, 7:41 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: This spot is taken; set the expectation

In the latest Around Town column, learn why Uber's taking more parking spots near California Avenue, how Paly students are taking a stand against sexism and violence and a new policy concerning tennis and pickleball players.

Sunday, 10:11 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Following student complaints, Paly robotics coach placed on paid leave

The school district has placed Kathleen Krier, Palo Alto High School computer science teacher and head robotics coach, on paid leave following concerns about her behavior, voiced by members of the robotics team.

Saturday, 11:30 AM | 46 comments
City proposes retention basin under Bol Park

A Palo Alto proposal to put a stormwater-retention pond under Bol Park would serve to remove hazardous chemicals from runoff water before potentially using the water for park irrigation, according to city plans.

Saturday, 8:44 AM | 14 comments

Friday, October 12, 2018

Webcast: Palo Alto City Council race

Weekly journalists preview the City Council election with a discussion about Palo Alto's five candidates and their stances on some of the city's most urgent issues.

Friday, 4:57 PM | No comments yet
County officials weigh $222M youth psychiatric hospital

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is scheduled on Tuesday to discuss plans for a youth inpatient psychiatric hospital, which could fill a chronic unmet need in the region.

Friday, 12:49 PM | 2 comments
Paly robotics students clash with new coach

Students on Palo Alto High School's competitive robotics team are clashing with a new head coach whose communication around changes to the student-driven program has created what some students describe as a hostile educational environment.

Friday, 12:07 PM | 55 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Rezoning proposal; grade-separation options

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 15.

Friday, 6:56 AM | No comments yet
Election 2018: Council contenders

This year's five candidates for Palo Alto City Council offer a blend of the familiar and the new.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 13 comments
Pat Boone

As a newcomer to the Palo Alto City Council's race, Pat Boone is quick to admit that he is still refining his positions on city issues.

Friday, 6:52 AM | No comments yet
Alison Cormack

If elected to the Palo Alto City Council, candidate Alison Cormack said she would apply her measured, research-heavy approach to tackling the city's most urgent problems.

Friday, 6:52 AM | No comments yet
Tom DuBois

For Tom DuBois, the past four years on the Palo Alto City Council have been the best and worst of times, in that order.

Friday, 6:52 AM | No comments yet
Eric Filseth

When Eric Filseth ran for Palo Alto City Council four years ago, he talked about limiting office development, fixing downtown's parking congestion and preserving Palo Alto's suburban feel.

Friday, 6:51 AM | No comments yet
Cory Wolbach

On July 30, City Councilman Cory Wolbach shocked Palo Alto's political world by doing two things: throwing his support behind a citizen effort to curb office development and staying completely silent.

Friday, 6:51 AM | No comments yet
Council candidate, city employee get into altercation

An argument over the hot-button issue of banning oversized vehicles in East Palo Alto turned into a shouting match that nearly became physical between a candidate for the City Council and a city employee during a city meeting on Sept. 19, according to witnesses.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 10 comments
Meet the Ravenswood school-board candidates

Come Nov. 6, voters will be presented with two distinct narratives from six newcomers and three incumbents running for three open seats on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education.

Friday, 6:51 AM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Stanford GUP should not be negotiated in secret

We hope many others in the community will speak up and let the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors know what we think about closed-door deal-making on Stanford University's general use permit.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: Filseth, DuBois and Cormack for City Council

For a more productive council that hopefully will focus on solutions rather than political gamesmanship or personal insults, we recommend the election of Eric Filseth, Tom DuBois and Alison Cormack to Palo Alto City Council.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 112 comments
Previous editorials on city issues

Friday, 6:49 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Police seek man in attempted robbery

Palo Alto police are searching for a man who shoved a woman to the ground in a local park and attempted to rob her on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 3:21 PM | 20 comments
Planning panel backs downtown roof decks

Roof decks would be allowed at some of downtown Palo Alto's tallest buildings under a proposal that the city's Planning and Transportation Commission endorsed on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 1:45 PM | 1 comment
To spur housing production, Palo Alto rewrites zoning rules

Palo Alto officials are preparing for a significant revision to the city's zoning code with the goal of lowering some of the highest hurdles facing housing developers.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 33 comments
Local nonprofit aims to transform the lives of motivated, low-income kids

Leaders and community supporters of Palo Alto-based nonprofit Peninsula Bridge are determined to change statistics surrounding first-generation students leaving college without a degree.

Thursday, 9:29 AM | No comments yet
Divisive downtown project suffers setback

Elizabeth Wong's plan to build a four-story mixed-use building on a University Avenue site that once housed the popular Shady Lane boutique is facing a fresh setback from the Architectural Review Board.

Thursday, 9:17 AM | 16 comments
Indecent exposure reported at Stanford University

A female walked in on a man masturbating inside an elevator at Quillen Highrise apartments at Stanford University on Wednesday morning, campus police said.

Thursday, 8:51 AM | 8 comments

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Early-bird voting opens in Santa Clara County

Voting for the Nov. 6 election began Tuesday in Santa Clara County, with early-bird voting open and about 640,000 mail-in ballots sent out to county residents.

Wednesday, 9:32 AM | 5 comments
Update: District vendors donate $35K to Ravenswood school board race

Three companies currently engaged with the Ravenswood City School District -- a construction management company, architecture firm and utility construction company -- have made large donations to campaign committee formed to support three school board incumbents running for re-election.

Wednesday, 9:12 AM | 24 comments
Woodland Park residents forced to show ID to pay rent

Tenants of East Palo Alto's largest affordable apartment complex are being made to show identification if they want to pay their rent, about 50 protesters said on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, 8:43 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

School board discusses policy on access to records

The Palo Alto school board discussed on Tuesday a board policy that has been revised to comply with a 2017 state Supreme Court decision that local officials' communication about public business on private accounts and devices is subject to the California Public Records Act.

Tuesday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 8, 2018

Paly recreates 1918 march

More than 200 current and past Palo Alto High students recreated a historical moment on Sunday, walking from what is now Channing House to the school as students, teachers and staff did 100 years ago for their first day of school at their new campus.

Monday, 9:56 AM | 8 comments

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Felony charges against armed men in rap video dropped

Felony charges against two convicted felons accused of brandishing guns in a music video while on probation for criminal activity were dismissed in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Sunday, 8:38 AM | 5 comments
East Palo Alto's Measure HH seeks housing, job training funding

A $2.50-per-square-foot annual parcel tax on large office developments could raise at least $1.67 million in annual revenue for East Palo Alto, according to city estimates, if voters approve the tax on Nov. 6.

Sunday, 7:52 AM | 12 comments
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program

Avenidas Blooms, a group that recycles bouquets, is made up of 30 or so volunteers who rearrange and distribute floral arrangements to the sick, the elderly and those in need of some spontaneous cheer.

Sunday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, October 6, 2018

With grant, Foothill College to highlight minority scientists

Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and San Francisco State University will share a $1.1 million federal grant to develop lessons for Bay Area classrooms that highlight scientists with different racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identities.

Saturday, 9:07 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 5, 2018

Webcast: Palo Alto school board race

The 2018 Palo Alto school board race involving six candidates is the subject of this week's "Behind the Headlines" discussion with Weekly journalists.

Friday, 6:02 PM | 1 comment
Felony charges dismissed for two men brandishing guns in music video

Felony charges were dismissed Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court against two East Palo Alto men who were accused of brandishing guns in a music video while on probation for previous criminal activity, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Friday, 5:13 PM | 5 comments
Previous editorials on school issues

Friday, 4:47 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto officer disciplined for hitting neighbor's car

A Palo Alto police officer faced criminal charges last year after investigators concluded that he repeatedly denied hitting his neighbor's parked car with his own personal vehicle to officers from another agency.

Friday, 3:28 PM | 80 comments
Guest Opinion: Castilleja should add a campus elsewhere — or move

Castilleja wants special exceptions to expand its campus, but it needs to accept that it has outgrown its current location.

Friday, 1:20 PM | 41 comments
East Palo Alto to consider commercial cannabis sales next year

East Palo Alto officials took a cautious step closer to considering commercial cannabis sales on Tuesday night, but full consideration won't take place until early next year.

Friday, 9:14 AM | 27 comments
Seven contend for East Palo Alto council seats

On Nov. 6, the East Palo Alto's voters will be tasked with choosing two City Council candidates who will make decisions that will shape the city for years to come.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 21 comments
While raising large sums, council candidates talk of spending limits

With Palo Alto's political races increasingly turning into big-money affairs, several City Council candidates said Wednesday that they would support reforms to rein in campaign spending.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 24 comments
High schools confront vaping 'epidemic'

Palo Alto Unified administrators and student leaders are becoming increasingly concerned about the level of on-campus vaping, which is happening in bathrooms, on the quad, in parking lots and sometimes, even, in class.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 33 comments
Election 2018: Shaping students' futures

With the coming election of two members to the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education, voters have the chance to shape the future of a district that finds itself at a pivotal juncture.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 7 comments
Editorial: Ken Dauber, Shounak Dharap for Palo Alto school board

With the strongest board in decades and a new management team, the Palo Alto school district is in the process of a desperately needed turnaround.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 41 comments
Stacey Ashlund

Stacey Ashlund believes her years of experience as a school and community volunteer and special-education advocate set her apart from the other five candidates running for a seat on the Board of Education.

Friday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet
Christopher Boyd

Christopher Boyd decided to run for a seat on the school board because he sees this moment as an "exciting time" for education as a whole and in Palo Alto, he said in an endorsement interview with the Weekly.

Friday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet
Ken Dauber

Ken Dauber, as the sole incumbent in the Board of Education race, is in the unique position of having of four years of votes and actions to point to -- and answer for -- in his re-election bid.

Friday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet
Shounak Dharap

It was Shounak Dharap's concern about the potential downsides of reporting weighted grade point averages on students' transcripts that drew him to 25 Churchill Ave. to speak at a school board meeting last March.

Friday, 6:47 AM | No comments yet
Kathy Jordan

Kathy Jordan has spoken forcefully at board meetings, publicly calling for the termination of employees who mishandled two sexual-assault reports at Palo Alto High School, the issue that prompted her to get more actively involved in the schools and to run for a seat on the board.

Friday, 6:47 AM | No comments yet
Alex Scharf

Alex Scharf knows intimately what it's like to be a student in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Friday, 6:47 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 4, 2018

PUBLIC AGENDA: Magical Bridge Playground proposal; zoning changes

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 8.

Thursday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Candidate withdraws from Ravenswood school board race

Maria Chavez, an after-school program director running for a seat on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, announced Wednesday night that she is withdrawing from the race and endorsing another candidate.

Thursday, 10:24 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

New district position to resolve special ed disputes

The Palo Alto school district has created a new dispute-resolution position for the special education department in the hopes it will shift what families of special-needs students often describe as an adversarial relationship with the district.

Wednesday, 5:17 PM | 7 comments
Mountain View official chosen to lead Palo Alto Housing

Randy Tsuda, who has served as director of Mountain View's Community Development Department for the past decade, will be the next president and CEO of Palo Alto Housing, the nonprofit announced Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, 3:39 PM | 3 comments
Community Notebook: Teens organize 'Mindful Media' conference

Concerns about the depiction of youth suicide and other issues in Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" prompted a group of local teenagers to organize a conference to discuss media portrayals of mental health, sexual violence, drug abuse and gun safety.

Wednesday, 2:10 PM | No comments yet
Crime at Stanford in 2017: Hate crimes up, sexual offenses flat

An annual report released by Stanford University last week shows that hate crimes have increased sharply over the last two years while sexual offenses have remained relatively steady, among other categories of campus crimes.

Wednesday, 1:50 PM | 13 comments
SFO to add navigation system to reduce some plane noise

Recognizing that its hands are largely tied by federal regulations to change flight procedures to reduce plane noise, San Francisco International Airport officials are planning to implement a satellite system to fine tune aircraft landings that could make upstream arrivals potentially quieter.

Wednesday, 9:50 AM | 37 comments

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New law extends statute of limitations for sexual assault victims

Adult sexual assault victims in California now have up to 10 years to seek civil damages under a new bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday, a substantial difference from the state's previous three-year window.

Tuesday, 3:59 PM | 4 comments
Council lauds rise of 'accessory dwelling units'

The Palo Alto City Council agreed on Monday to make further revisions to the city's zoning laws for accessory dwelling units, with the goal of encouraging even more such units at a time when other housing types are in short supply.

Tuesday, 2:30 PM | 73 comments
Menlo Park doctor awarded $1.5M in wrongful firing case

A jury awarded a former Santa Clara County psychiatrist $1.5 million last week for what the doctor described as a retaliatory firing, according to court documents.

Tuesday, 12:46 PM | 6 comments
Election 2018: Complete coverage of Palo Alto races, measures

A guide to the Nov. 6 election when Palo Alto voters will select new members of the City Council and Board of Education and decide the fate of four local measures.

Tuesday, 12:24 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto to honor Christine Blasey Ford with proclamation

The Palo Alto City council will issue a special proclamation to Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto resident whose allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has thrown his nomination into doubt.

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | 62 comments

Su Hong Palo Alto to close in 2019
By Elena Kadvany | 24 comments | 6,411 views

No on Palo Alto Measure F, and leave our clocks alone!
By Diana Diamond | 9 comments | 2,014 views

Palo Alto Measures E, F and Z
By Steve Levy | 2 comments | 1,280 views

A Living Tribute
By Max Greenberg | 1 comment | 215 views

Non-Player Character: Can you be mistaken for an IRL-NPC?
By Douglas Moran | 0 comments | 185 views