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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Officials unveil first phase of San Francisquito Creek flood protection

Under dark clouds and an eventual downpour, public officials on Friday unveiled the completed first phase of San Francisquito Creek flood protection, a project that aims to protect 1,000 homes from a 100-year flood event during an extreme high tide.

Sunday, 6:54 AM | 5 comments
Residents in 'glass houses' throw stones at proposal

The right to privacy in one's backyard and home is at the center of another Palo Alto controversy, this one over a proposal to build a two-story house in the Fairmeadow neighborhood of Eichler houses.

Sunday, 6:47 AM | 35 comments
Express lanes will extend into North County starting next year

Plans for a broad network of toll lanes on major highways in Santa Clara County will take a big step forward next month, when construction is set to begin on so-called express lanes on Highway 101 in Mountain View and Palo Alto.

Sunday, 6:47 AM | 4 comments

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Man sentenced for beating toddler to death

An East Palo Alto man was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison for the 2016 blunt force-trauma death of a toddler, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Saturday, 8:22 AM | 3 comments
Gauthier, Wallace-Jones voted East Palo Alto mayor, vice mayor

The East Palo Alto City Council said goodbye to a longstanding member and ushered in a newcomer who was named vice mayor on Thursday night.

Saturday, 8:17 AM | No comments yet

Friday, December 14, 2018

Palo Alto High School student identified as East Palo Alto homicide victim

A Palo Alto High School student was fatally shot early Thursday morning in East Palo Alto, his family confirmed Friday.

Friday, 3:45 PM | No comments yet
Webcast: Rail redesign update; President Hotel zoning

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the latest on the redesign of the city's four rail crossings and recap the City Council's decision Monday on zoning for the President Hotel.

Friday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
Authorities identify homicide victim as former town arborist

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the woman who was found fatally stabbed in her Menlo Park home on Wednesday as Kathleen Anne Hughes Anderson, 62, the former arborist for the town of Atherton.

Friday, 2:53 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Should persistent developers get to ignore city laws?

The Palo Alto City Council should follow the respective recommendations of several city advisory bodies and permanently deny a developer's poorly designed plan for 429 University Ave.

Friday, 11:52 AM | 19 comments
Alumni look back at 100 years of Paly

To celebrate the Palo Alto High School's centennial year, the Palo Alto Weekly interviewed alumni, or family members of alumni, to represent each decade of the school's history.

Friday, 8:54 AM | 7 comments
Holiday Fund: Making music a priority

Music in the Schools, which provides free general and specialized music classes to students in the Ravenswood City School District, received a $5,000 grant from the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund at an especially critical time.

Friday, 8:48 AM | 1 comment
Editorial: Give for the kids

It is a powerful statement when hundreds of local people unite around a common philanthropic objective and combine their giving to help others in the community.

Friday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Downtown project appeal; interim school calendars

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

Friday, 8:47 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Felon convicted of first-degree murder in 2016 shooting

A San Mateo County jury on Thursday found a 25-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder and associated crimes related to the shooting death of Christopher Puckett, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Thursday, 7:17 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Keeping options open: Integrating rail and community

Palo Alto is facing potentially its biggest capital project since the construction of Oregon Expressway in 1962: the re-building of the Caltrain corridor through Palo Alto, particularly the rail crossings.

Thursday, 2:13 PM | 6 comments
Man arrested in connection with fatal Menlo Park stabbing

Menlo Park police arrested a 36-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a woman in her home in the 900 block of Valparaiso Avenue on Wednesday night, according to a police department press release.

Thursday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet
Shake Shack Palo Alto to open this weekend

The wait is over. East Coast burger favorite Shake Shack will open its first Bay Area location this Saturday, Dec. 15, at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

Thursday, 9:44 AM | 6 comments
Rail redesign sparks new ideas for downtown

As Palo Alto gets closer to picking its preferred option for separating railroad tracks from surface streets at four intersections, city officials and community members are also preparing to rethink key segments of major roads, including University Avenue and Embarcadero Road.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | 66 comments
Man fatally shot in East Palo Alto early Thursday morning

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot in East Palo Alto on Beech Street, marking the city's third homicide this year, police said Thursday.

Thursday, 8:10 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

East Palo Alto post office moving to Ravenswood Shopping Center

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it will move its East Palo Alto branch to Ravenswood Shopping Center, concluding a monthslong search for a permanent new post office.

Wednesday, 6:20 PM | 17 comments
Google buys SSL site for $70 million

Google has reportedly purchased a 100,693-square-foot manufacturing building at 3850 Fabian Way in Palo Alto's Adobe-Meadows neighborhood from satellite maker SSL, formerly Space Systems/Loral LLC.

Wednesday, 8:40 AM | 17 comments

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sutter, Palo Alto Medical Foundation accused of false Medicare claims

The U.S. Attorney's Office has joined a lawsuit against Sutter Health and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation accusing the health care providers of knowingly submitting wrong or inaccurate diagnosis codes for some Medicare payments, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 8:00 PM | 26 comments
Update: All clear given at Instagram headquarters following bomb threat

A building owned by Facebook, located at 200 Jefferson Drive in Menlo Park, has been deemed safe after it was evacuated due to an anonymous bomb threat Tuesday evening (Dec. 11), according to Menlo Park police.

Tuesday, 7:35 PM | 5 comments
Man rescued from fires pleads guilty to arson

A man rescued from one of two fires he started in Palo Alto last month pleaded guilty to all charges on Tuesday, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 4:01 PM | 14 comments
New deal to keep Rinconada Masters in the pool

Palo Alto officials approved on Monday a five-year deal with Team Sheeper to operate Rinconada Pool. The company made waves in the past two months for its tense relationship with Rinconada Masters, a swimming club that has been using the pool for more than four decades.

Tuesday, 2:08 PM | 8 comments
Proposed law could block President Hotel conversion

Palo Alto officials backed away Monday from passing a zone change that would have helped the new owner of President Hotel convert the historic apartment building into a boutique hotel.

Tuesday, 2:49 AM | 57 comments

Monday, December 10, 2018

Palo Alto approves raises for utility managers

After years of tense negotiations and frozen salaries, dozens of managers in Palo Alto's Utilities Department will receive 12 percent raises under a contract that the City Council approved Monday night.

Monday, 8:25 PM | 12 comments
Palo Alto teacher dies after officer-involved shooting

Kyle Hart, a teacher at Frank S. Greene Middle School in Palo Alto, died Monday after he was shot by a police officer called to his Redwood City home in response to his attempted suicide.

Monday, 7:35 PM | 21 comments
Shop Talk: Ulferts to open; Cho's to close

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about a Hong Kong retail chain expanding to Palo Alto and the forthcoming closure of the longtime Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum.

Monday, 9:20 AM | 5 comments

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Longtime aging expert, now 88, heeds his own advice

At 88 years old, aging expert and retired Stanford University professor Walter Bortz is personally experiencing some of the health trials he's spent a career studying and writing about.

Sunday, 8:59 AM | 14 comments

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Around Town: Meeting the deadline; combat holiday thefts

In the latest Around Town column, the effort to establish the Palo Alto History Museum reaches its fundraising goal and the Police Department offer burglary-prevention tips.

Saturday, 9:58 AM | 4 comments

Friday, December 7, 2018

Webcast: Update on Stanford's expansion proposal

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discusses the negotiation process with Stanford University over its proposed expansion of the campus.

Friday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto prepares for smaller council

The city will find out if it can improve efficiency when the voter-approved reduction in council seats becomes a reality next month.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 40 comments
Editorial: A stealth agenda for President Hotel

An attempt to sneak through a series of actions that would pave the way for the new owners of the President Hotel Apartments to proceed with their hotel project has quietly appeared as the last agenda item on Monday night's penultimate City Council meeting of the year.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 58 comments
Holiday Fund: From almost dropouts to career seekers

Participants of Gap Year, a program under East Palo Alto nonprofit Live in Peace, receive life coaching and skill-building lessons to help them enter and graduate from college or a trade school.

Friday, 6:41 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Final election results: Pulido, Sobomehin, Fitch win seats on Ravenswood school board

Incumbent Ana Pulido and newcomers Tamara Sobomehin and Stephanie Fitch have officially been elected to the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, according to certified election results released on Thursday.

Thursday, 9:35 PM | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Rinconada Pool agreement; school budget study session

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 10.

Thursday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
Counties release official election results

Exactly one month after Election Day, the results of the Palo Alto city and school district races and measures that came before voters have been certified.

Thursday, 1:54 PM | No comments yet
Driver exposes himself to cyclist

Palo Alto police are seeking a man who exposed himself to a woman riding her bicycle near Stanford Hospital last Friday, Nov. 30.

Thursday, 1:44 PM | 12 comments
Palo Alto Housing project clears big hurdle

Palo Alto Housing scored a major victory on Thursday when the Architectural Review Board unanimously approved its proposal to build a 59-unit project for low-income and disabled residents in the Ventura neighborhood.

Thursday, 12:57 PM | 14 comments
Nearing retirement, city manager turns down raise

Palo Alto City Manager James Keene, who is retiring this month after 10 years of service, has informed the City Council that he will not be accepting a raise, Mayor Liz Kniss announced Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 9:35 AM | 18 comments
Palo Alto again eyes City Hall upgrades

After balking earlier this year, Palo Alto officials are preparing to move ahead with significant technological upgrades to the Council Chambers.

Thursday, 9:07 AM | 13 comments

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mother of slain man seeks help finding shooter

The mother of a 22-year-old man who was shot and killed at a birthday party in East Palo Alto on Oct. 14 is frustrated by the lack of progress in arresting his assailant.

Wednesday, 6:06 PM | 5 comments
Council appoints new planning commissioners

A land-use attorney and a retired Google manager won appointments this week to Palo Alto's influential Planning and Transportation Commission.

Wednesday, 2:34 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto backs creation of housing 'subregion'

Palo Alto signaled its support this week for joining other cities in Santa Clara County in forming a new "subregion" to collectively tackle the regional housing challenge.

Wednesday, 2:06 PM | 17 comments
Mental health crisis text message hotline approved by Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County residents struggling with mental health crises can now use a text message-based hotline to access help.

Wednesday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet
School board approves new general counsel

The school board enthusiastically approved Komey Vishakan, the district's compliance manager, as Palo Alto Unified's first-ever general counsel on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 8:36 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Facebook's international drama has its day in county court

A years-old lawsuit in San Mateo County has made international headlines in recent days after a the founder of a company that is now suing Facebook handed a committee of British lawmakers an unknown number of highly confidential Facebook documents that, under court order, were strictly limited for access by his attorneys.

Tuesday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet
Stanford report details frequency, response to sexual violence

Stanford University has released its second annual report on Title IX and sexual harassment, which sheds light on how the university responded to more than 200 allegations of sexual misconduct over the last year.

Tuesday, 2:40 PM | No comments yet
Fletcher Middle School honors new namesake

Ellen Fletcher Middle School celebrated the Palo Alto school's new namesake on Monday, which would have been Fletcher's 90th birthday.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 34 comments
Stanford investigates alleged sexual harassment of wrestlers

A Stanford University investigation has found that a math lecturer accused of staring at wrestlers in on-campus locker room showers years ago did not violate the university's sexual-harassment policy.

Tuesday, 9:00 AM | 8 comments
To spur more housing, Palo Alto chisels away at zoning code

With Palo Alto falling far short of its housing goals for the year, city officials approved Monday a slew of zone changes that they hope will ramp up residential production in 2019 and beyond.

Tuesday, 12:30 AM | 76 comments

Monday, December 3, 2018

School board to discuss 'historic year' in Title IX reports

Palo Alto school district officials received in the 2017-18 school year more than 200 reports of sexual violence, gender and racial discrimination and other forms of harassment.

Monday, 3:47 PM | 16 comments

Babka bakery to open Thursday in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 10 comments | 6,705 views

A draconian idea for more high-rise housing in our cities
By Diana Diamond | 25 comments | 1,246 views

UCSB's CCS program
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,213 views

Ten Tips for Teens and Young Adults to Survive a Dysfunctional Family
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,158 views