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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Former Palo Alto transportation head dies at 71

No matter how daunting a task, Joseph Kott believed that Palo Alto and the greater Silicon Valley region could become a national model for how to cope with a deluge of motor vehicles.

Tuesday, 4:33 PM | 2 comments
Progress on the Bay Trail

Look at the plans for the Bay Trail and it's easy for a cynic to laugh it off as a pipe dream -- 500 contiguous miles of trails cutting through 47 cities and nine counties in the Bay Area?

Tuesday, 12:17 PM | No comments yet
Meetings to explore new cross-bay link between San Mateo, Alameda counties

A series of community meetings are planned to help guide the development of a proposed new connection linking San Mateo and Alameda counties along the Dumbarton corridor.

Tuesday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Three Stanford students report sexual assaults

Three separate sexual assaults against female students at Stanford University are alleged to have occurred over the weekend, according to campus officials.

Sunday, 10:24 PM | 8 comments
Around Town: Food for thought; a hero for the homeless

In the latest Around Town column, an elementary school's creative writing class collides with the culinary world, a local nonprofit leader receives national recognition and Palo Alto's Emergency Council is approved.

Sunday, 8:04 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Off Deadline: Why don't more people care about the stealing of their privacy?

Protecting -- or losing -- one's personal privacy is becoming a political hot topic.

Saturday, 10:55 AM | 23 comments

Friday, February 15, 2019

Webcast: Charter school expansion debate; downtown office cap repealed

Weekly journalists delve into the Ravenswood City School District debate over a charter school's expansion proposal; recap Palo Alto's move to allow more commercial development downtown; and discuss Gov. Gavin Newsom's new vision for California's high-speed-rail project.

Friday, 5:27 PM | 2 comments
Rollover crash injures three in East Palo Alto

Three people were injured in East Palo Alto on Thursday night when the convertible sports car they were in rolled over on University Avenue, near the Dumbarton Rail tracks, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Friday, 4:13 PM | No comments yet
Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley

Despite a sizzling economy and an influx of wealth, Silicon Valley remains a bastion of inequality, with more residents now struggling to afford the growing costs of housing, child care and transportation, according to a newly released snapshot of the regional economy.

Friday, 4:05 PM | 39 comments
County seeks developer for new teacher housing project

With five North County school districts now offering support and funds, Santa Clara County officials are seeking a developer to build a teacher housing complex in Palo Alto.

Friday, 1:06 PM | 2 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Temporary art project at King Plaza; school discipline policies

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 18.

Friday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet
Ravenswood preliminarily offers KIPP shared middle school space

The Ravenswood school board unanimously agreed Thursday to preliminarily offer the growing KIPP Community Valiant Prep shared space at the district's new comprehensive middle school next fall, a proposal opposed by both the charter school and teachers and students at the district school.

Friday, 9:02 AM | 16 comments
Conservationist leaves behind a legacy of land

After 46 years on the board of directors of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Nonette Hanko retired on Feb. 1, leaving to others the task of acquiring and preserving land.

Friday, 6:49 AM | 9 comments
Stanford construction site could be in violation of city law

Stanford University could be violating a city nuisance ordinance that prohibits storing building materials on a site where construction is not taking place, according to a city of Palo Alto code enforcement officer.

Friday, 6:49 AM | 30 comments
Editorial: Council repeal of downtown cap is set-back for housing

Monday night's 4-3 decision to repeal a decades-old downtown growth policy designed to trigger a one-year pause on non-residential development when a cap is reached is a setback for both housing advocates and those concerned about traffic congestion and parking.

Friday, 6:48 AM | 52 comments

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What's open, closed on Presidents Day

A list of local and regional services that will be unavailable or operating on a modified schedule due to Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 18.

Thursday, 9:53 AM | 4 comments
Animal shelter employees get severance bonuses

With Pets In Need taking over Palo Alto's animal-services operation, the city is raising its severance payments to the five employees who are facing layoffs as a result of the new partnership.

Thursday, 9:51 AM | 7 comments
HUD funding to help homeless

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Jan. 26 awarded nearly $149 million for 193 previously funded homeless assistance programs in the nine-county Bay Area.

Thursday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

County supervisors boost funds for enforcing labor laws

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to stand with workers who have experienced wage theft or abuse from their employers by increasing the budget of its enforcement office by $500,000 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11:28 AM | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Gymboree to close, UNTUCKit arrives

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about a children's clothing retailer filing for bankruptcy, the debut of a new men's clothing store and an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

Wednesday, 8:40 AM | 2 comments
Ken Graham named CEO of MayView following nonprofit's rebound

After serving a stint as interim CEO during some of the clinic's most trying times, MayView Community Health Center announced last week that Ken Graham has accepted a permanent position as CEO.

Wednesday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet
Police bring back patrol community service officers

The Palo Alto Police Department has brought patrol Community Service Officers back to its team after the position was dropped during budget cuts more than 10 years ago, police said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Governor names Stanford professor as state education board president

Linda Darling-Hammond, a longtime Stanford University education professor, will lead the 11-member state Board of Education, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday.

Tuesday, 6:23 PM | 11 comments
Newsom scales back high-speed-rail plans

California's decadelong dream of building a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles hit a dead end in Sacramento on Tuesday, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring his plan to significantly scale back the hugely ambitious but deeply flawed project.

Tuesday, 4:38 PM | 107 comments
Macy's Men's demolition to make way for Restoration Hardware

Stanford Shopping Center plans to demolish the blocky Macy's Men's building and add three new stores, including a tiered, three-story Restoration Hardware building with a restaurant and roof gardens.

Tuesday, 1:45 PM | 27 comments
Heavy rain, wind expected starting Tuesday night

An incoming storm that will start affecting the Bay Area on Tuesday night has intensified in strength and will hit a region that has already seen regular rain for the past few weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, 9:10 AM | 1 comment
Ravenswood could ask KIPP to share middle school campus

More specific ideas for how to accommodate KIPP Valiant Community Prep's request for more facilities coalesced at a school board study session on Monday evening, including asking the charter school to share space at the new Ravenswood Middle School campus in East Palo Alto.

Tuesday, 8:50 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto scraps downtown office cap

Palo Alto's bitter debate over how much commercial growth the city should accommodate heated up Monday night, when a divided City Council eliminated a 1986 law that limited non-residential development in the downtown area.

Tuesday, 12:43 AM | 82 comments

Monday, February 11, 2019

Plan for downtown garage stalls

Palo Alto's multiyear effort to build a new downtown garage took a unexpected turn Monday night, when the City Council backed away from its earlier plan to construct the six-story structure on a Hamilton Avenue parking lot.

Monday, 9:22 PM | 19 comments
Stanford graduate engineering student's body found on campus

A Stanford University graduate engineering student was found dead on campus on Monday, according to the School of Engineering Dean Jennifer Widom.

Monday, 7:25 PM | 21 comments
District eyes narrower scope, budget for Paly science addition

Facing construction bids that are nearly three times the allocated budget for a Palo Alto High School science classroom addition, district staff are asking the school board to modify the scope of the project and go out for bids a second time.

Monday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet
District flipped sides in Gunn sexual harassment case

A 16-year-old Gunn High School male student banned from the robotics team after being found to have sexually harassed a female classmate has fired back in new court documents, alleging the school district's enforcement of her rights violated his rights as a special-education student.

Monday, 8:48 AM | 22 comments

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Around Town: Winter wonderland; motion sickness

In the latest Around Town column, snow descends on Palo Alto to the delight of many, the City Council discussing limits on their own speaking time at meetings and a proclamation praising the city's progress on road repairs.

Sunday, 9:20 AM | 4 comments
Proposed downtown garage sparks debate

Palo Alto's debate over whether the city should build a new downtown garage will resume Monday, when the City Council considers approving the environmental analysis for what has become a divisive project.

Sunday, 9:19 AM | 27 comments

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Therapists to lose home at landmark Mental Research Institute

Tension is building between therapists and the board of directors at a world-renowned Palo Alto mental health research institution.

Saturday, 9:12 AM | 39 comments
Castilleja requests restraining order against alleged sign vandal

Some supporters and opponents of Castilleja School's proposed expansion have said lawns signs from both sides of the debate have been vandalized and stolen from properties neighboring the campus.

Saturday, 9:11 AM | 18 comments

Friday, February 8, 2019

Webcast: The new Cubberley

Palo Alto City Councilwoman Alison Cormack joins Weekly journalists for a discussion about the community effort to create a new vision for Cubberley Community Center.

Friday, 6:55 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Downtown cap repeal; school modernization project

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 11.

Friday, 10:06 AM | No comments yet
Rain expected starting Friday

Storms are expected to soak the Friday afternoon commute and linger well into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet
New Cubberley vision comes together

After years of delay, a community effort to craft a new vision for Cubberley Community Center is now speeding ahead.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 11 comments
East Palo Alto students learn engineering in the service of others

Once a week after school, a group of East Palo Alto Academy students descend upon a makerspace to work on an engineering project with real-world impact.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Protect our schools — Speak up now

Unless Stanford fully mitigates the impacts on Palo Alto schools of such massive development, PAUSD faces annual budget shortfalls in the millions of dollars.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 9 comments

Thursday, February 7, 2019

A new chapter begins at Paly library

There was visible awe and excitement on the faces of Palo Alto High School students as they flooded into their brand-new library for the first time on Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:28 AM | 9 comments

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Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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