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Friday, August 17, 2018

Webcast: Palo Alto's animal shelter plans; East Palo Alto's Taser debate

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's effort to upgrade its animal shelter and East Palo Alto's community debate over whether to equip police officers with Tasers.

Friday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Smog, smoke from wildfires prompts seventh Spare the Air alert

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for the entire region for Saturday, on top of an air quality advisory already in effect through Sunday for smoke.

Friday, 1:40 PM | No comments yet
Music teacher arrested on suspicion of sex-related communication with minor

A former music teacher at The Harker School in San Jose was arrested for allegedly having inappropriate sexual communication with a 16-year-old girl, San Jose police reported Thursday.

Friday, 11:51 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto and Stanford reach deal for fire services

After five years of tense talks, Palo Alto and Stanford University have reached an agreement on a new fire-protection contract, one that will ensure that the city's Fire Department will continue to serve the university until 2023.

Friday, 9:48 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto and nonprofit explore ways to fix up cramped shelter

Palo Alto city officials are struggling to determine what to do with the animal shelter -- a facility that they see as both absolutely crucial and painfully inadequate.

Friday, 6:51 AM | 16 comments
Ronald McDonald House School kicks off new year

The Ronald McDonald House School started a new academic year this week with eight students, new programming and a growing partnership with the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Friday, 6:50 AM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: A case for exploring Silicon Valley's 'other world'

Whether pacing the Cubberley Community Center track or trekking 11 miles from Palo Alto to the Santa Clara Train Station, walking is something that everyone can do.

Friday, 6:50 AM | 7 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Fire-services contract; solar implementation update

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

Friday, 6:50 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Palo Alto man arrested for making threats in Mountain View

A Palo Alto man was arrested in Mountain View over the weekend for allegedly threatening to harm a man who had just left the hospital, making it the second time in less than a month that he was arrested for making threats.

Thursday, 12:32 PM | 12 comments
Editorial: Your friend, not enemy

In an effort to focus public attention on the dangers of the President Donald Trump's attacks, we join in an unprecedented coordinated expression of concern by newspapers across the country.

Thursday, 9:19 AM | 7 comments
East Palo Alto community split on Taser proposal

Many East Palo Alto residents view the possibility of their police officers carrying Tasers as a potentially good move, but some fear that weapons training often doesn't come with adequate review of an officer's mental state.

Thursday, 9:04 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Study: Bay Area roadways among worst in the state

Bay Area roads are the worst in the state and in deteriorating condition, which is costing residents in the region thousands of dollars each year, according to a study released Wednesday.

Wednesday, 3:18 PM | 16 comments
Cañada College launches student shuttle in East Palo Alto

A new pilot shuttle bus to help students and employees from East Palo Alto commute to Cañada College launched on Wednesday at full capacity, requiring operators to call for an overflow bus.

Wednesday, 1:35 PM | 6 comments
Bitcoin blackmail scam targets Santa Clara County residents

Santa Clara County prosecutors are warning residents of a blackmail scheme that aims to collect money in the form of bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that is difficult to track.

Wednesday, 8:35 AM | 4 comments
Holman, Scharff to vie for board seat on open-space district

Their City Council tenures may be coming to an end, but Karen Holman and Greg Scharff are preparing to square off in another competitive election this year, as each is looking to fill a seat on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board of directors.

Wednesday, 6:42 AM | 73 comments

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Elementary, middle schools start new year

Palo Alto elementary and middle school students returned to school on Tuesday morning, getting to know their classmates, teachers and at some campuses, new school names and principals.

Tuesday, 6:45 PM | 7 comments
Crews extinguish fire in Walnut Grove home

Palo Alto firefighters have extinguished a house fire in the Walnut Grove neighborhood that sparked on Tuesday morning, displacing a family of three, according to emergency dispatch radio.

Tuesday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet

Monday, August 13, 2018

City rushes to pass law for residents facing eviction

Palo Alto officials are drafting an urgency ordinance before the end of August that would require owners of apartment buildings to provide relocation assistance to evicted tenants.

Monday, 11:48 PM | 61 comments
Mayor apologizes for downplaying traffic concerns

After facing a backlash for suggesting that the community's traffic concerns are "exaggerated," Mayor Liz Kniss issued a public apology on Monday night and announced that the city will hold a town meeting in October focused on the topic.

Monday, 9:25 PM | 44 comments
One hundred years of Paly: High school to celebrate centennial

Palo Alto High School is planning a series of events to involve the entire community in celebrating the school's 100-year history.

Monday, 4:08 PM | 7 comments
Class is in session at Palo Alto's high schools

The hallways, classrooms and administrative offices of Palo Alto and Gunn high schools were abuzz on Monday for the first day of school.

Monday, 2:00 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Around Town: Smells fishy; improving road conditions

In the latest Around Town column, learn about a challenge to high-end Japanese restaurant Nobu's expansion and a 10-week traffic-calming project at Stanford University's southern border.

Sunday, 8:54 AM | 2 comments
Foothill-De Anza weighs campus teacher housing

Foothill-De Anza Community College District board members are looking into teacher housing, joining a growing number of agencies seeking creative ways to attract and keep teachers in a costly real estate market.

Sunday, 8:54 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ten candidates vie for seats on Ravenswood school board

The race for three open seats on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education is heating up, with all three incumbents and seven newcomers officially running in November.

Saturday, 10:36 AM | 6 comments
East Palo Alto council wants community input on Tasers

The East Palo Alto City Council on Wednesday postponed a decision of allowing the police department to use Tasers, citing the strong improvement in police-community relations.

Saturday, 8:58 AM | 2 comments
Perseid meteor showers to dazzle night sky

The Perseid meteor shower should be dazzling Bay Area skies Sunday night and Monday morning if weather and wildfires don't get in the way.

Saturday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Friday, August 10, 2018

Webcast: Stanford's proposed expansion

Weekly journalists discuss Stanford University's proposed campus expansion and the evolving debate over how much housing the university should provide as part of the growth plan.

Friday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Transportation-impact fee; Grade-separation options

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 13.

Friday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Crew returns home after fighting state wildfires

Firefighters from the Palo Alto Fire Department returned home on Thursday afternoon, tired but in good spirits, after 15 days of fighting wildfires across the state.

Friday, 9:47 AM | 2 comments
Paly releases revised, now-compliant bell schedule

The school district has released a new bell schedule for Palo Alto High School, which was revised at the eleventh hour this summer to bring it into compliance with a state-mandated instructional minutes requirement.

Friday, 9:12 AM | 17 comments
Former Palo Altans trade Silicon Valley lifestyle for better 'quality of life' elsewhere

Former Palo Altans have a spectrum of attitudes toward their city and Silicon Valley, which has burgeoned into a technological, innovation and intellectual hub rivaled by few regions in the country.

Friday, 6:47 AM | 199 comments
Facing eviction, residents seek urgency ordinance

President Hotel residents are asking the Palo Alto City Council to pass an urgency ordinance that would assist them with their pending eviction from the historic building.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 45 comments
Editorial: At risk of misleading voters

The Palo Alto City Council should have sought to be extra careful about accurately describing the reasons for the proposed hotel-tax hike that will be decided by voters this November.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 22 comments
Guest Opinion: Planning commission focus: Analysis and action

The Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission chair seeks to clarify the role of the group in the community in response to a Weekly article on the seven-member panel.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, August 9, 2018

West Nile virus found in East Palo Alto

West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes found in East Palo Alto have prompted vector-control officials to order spraying in neighborhoods near the baylands, officials announced Thursday.

Thursday, 3:18 PM | 5 comments
Cal Fire issues outdoor burning ban

Cal Fire officials have issued a ban on all outdoor burning due to extreme fire conditions from Contra Costa County to Santa Clara County and western San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

Thursday, 10:48 AM | No comments yet
Man arrested for Safeway parking lot shooting

A man who police said fired a gun into a vehicle in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery store in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood Friday was arrested on Wednesday night in the East Bay, police said Thursday.

Thursday, 9:39 AM | 18 comments
Palo Alto finds flaws in new analysis of Stanford expansion

Despite acknowledging the area's need for more housing, Palo Alto has come out swinging against a new county analysis that considers requiring Stanford University to build enough housing to match the university's proposed academic growth.

Thursday, 8:45 AM | 43 comments

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Justices reject Brock Turner's appeal

An appellate court affirmed on Wednesday the conviction of former Stanford University student Brock Turner, who was controversially sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman outside an on-campus fraternity party in 2015.

Wednesday, 5:12 PM | 10 comments
JCC to unveil new park and pavilion

After almost 10 years of anticipation, Palo Alto's Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will officially unveil its new park and pavilion this Sunday.

Wednesday, 3:54 PM | 4 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for second straight day

For the second straight day and the sixth time this year, a Spare the Air alert has been declared for Thursday in the Bay Area because of ongoing air pollution issues related to wildfire smoke and smog from vehicles.

Wednesday, 12:14 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto police revive local National Night Out

For the first time in a decade, the Palo Alto Police Department helped organize National Night Out, an annual nationwide campaign that promotes police-community relationships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Wednesday, 9:35 AM | 2 comments
Monthlong water leak won't be fixed until next week

A water main leak on Arastradero Road that started on July 11 after a city contractor accidentally damaged a city-owned water pipe during excavation work won't be fixed until at least next week, according to a Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman.

Wednesday, 8:22 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area for Wednesday because of a mix of smog and wildfire smoke expected in the region, air quality officials said.

Tuesday, 2:16 PM | 4 comments
Ravenswood Middle School loses principal, vice principal

The Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto is heading into its second year of existence with new leadership after the sudden departures of its principal and vice principal this summer.

Tuesday, 12:15 PM | 9 comments
Cities join forces to tackle airplane noise

An effort by cities in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties to form an alliance to address the irksome issue of airplane noise is finally preparing to lift off the ground.

Tuesday, 10:56 AM | 97 comments

Monday, August 6, 2018

East Palo Alto city manager to depart

The city of East Palo Alto will lose City Manager Carlos Martinez to Richmond by Nov. 1, if not sooner, according to documents from the city of Richmond.

Monday, 1:48 PM | 4 comments
Air quality advisory issued for Bay Area through Thursday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is extending an air quality advisory through this Thursday because of possible smoke impacts in the region from state wildfires.

Monday, 1:38 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Palo Alto places hotel-tax hike on November ballot

Palo Alto voters will have a chance in November to raise the city's hotel-tax rate to help fund the city's wish list of infrastructure projects.

Sunday, 8:43 AM | 53 comments
Chinese-speaking seniors find respite at Cubberley

The Palo Alto Adult School's Senior Friendship Day, billed as a program for seniors to enjoy educational and exercise activities, has become a de facto gathering spot for Chinese-speaking older adults.

Sunday, 8:42 AM | 10 comments
Community Notebook: National Night Out to take center stage

Residents should not be alarmed by increased police activity in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto on Tuesday night, when officers will mingle with the community and offer crime prevention tips at National Night Out.

Sunday, 8:41 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Electronic skateboards valued at $3K stolen from b8ta

Three electronic skateboards valued at about $3,000 were stolen from b8ta, a hands-on technology store, in downtown Palo Alto early Saturday morning, police said.

Saturday, 11:20 AM | 2 comments
East Palo Alto approves new-developments water fee

Commercial and residential developers seeking to build in East Palo Alto will have to pay a water-capacity fee for new projects, the City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night.

Saturday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet
Around Town: Stop your engines!; Taking the plunge

In this week's Around Town column, the Palo Alto City Council approves a new law banning idling and a local woman sets her sights on creating a one-piece swimsuit emoji.

Saturday, 8:47 AM | 16 comments

Hotel restaurant to open in Mountain View
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A Concrete Joy: The Life and Love of Charlie Foley-Hughes
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The Catholic Church must rid this pedophile problem
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Climate Friendly Cuisine Conference
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A sanctimonious, hypocritical (national) media
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