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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Community Notebook: East Palo Alto to hold community meetings on office, mixed-use projects this Thursday

East Palo Alto residents will have the opportunity to hear about two development projects along major thoroughfares in the city at two separate meetings on Thursday evening.

Wednesday, 5:28 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto Chamber hires nonprofit veteran as new CEO

Charlie Weidanz, who has helped lead Abilities United and various other Peninsula nonprofits over the past three decades, will be the new chief executive officer of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the organization announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, 1:29 PM | No comments yet
Local board-game inventor helps Palo Alto summer-school students get in the game

The days of dreading summer school are in the past for rising fourth-graders at Ohlone Elementary School as a new program using board games to sharpen their math and language-arts skills has brought fun into the classroom.

Wednesday, 12:08 PM | No comments yet
Skyline slaying suspect also of Yemeni ancestry

Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in the Skyline Boulevard double homicide case, shared a Yemeni ancestry with one of the victims in the case, Abdulmalek Nasher, although no evidence has been shown that they knew each other.

Wednesday, 10:11 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Woman groped by man while walking through Crescent Park neighborhood

A woman walking in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood on Monday night was approached by a man who sexually battered her and fled in a car on University Avenue, police said.

Tuesday, 6:10 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto banks on fiber to transform utilities

After nearly 20 years of trying -- and failing -- to expand the city's fiber ring, Palo Alto leaders are now flirting with a new vision for the valuable underground network: using it as a launch pad for transforming local utilities.

Tuesday, 5:12 PM | 9 comments
Police investigating incident at Palo Alto mobile home park, where man was found mortally injured

A resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto was found mortally wounded on Monday evening, prompting police to investigate his death, police said Tuesday. A neighbor said the man's roommate discovered him with stab wounds.

Tuesday, 3:31 PM | 1 comment
Businesses in Palo Alto required to color-code trash bags starting July 2020

As part of an effort to reduce waste, Palo Alto will soon require businesses to use colored bags to separate recyclable items from those bound for the landfill.

Tuesday, 2:53 PM | 10 comments
Car dealership gets green light for former Ming's site

A contentious proposal to build a Mercedes-Benz and Audi dealership in the Baylands won the City Council's approval Monday night, despite concerns from citizens and major reservations from the city's Architectural Review Board.

Tuesday, 1:01 AM | 29 comments

Monday, June 24, 2019

Stanford pitches $4.7B deal to county for campus expansion

Stanford University offered the county a deal on Monday that would commit $4.7 billion toward housing, transportation projects and public schools in exchange for approval of the university's expansion plans.

Monday, 5:59 PM | 22 comments
Skyline murder suspect declines to enter plea, asks for time

Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in two separate homicides on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside on July 17 and 18, declined to enter a plea at his arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday.

Monday, 5:18 PM | No comments yet
Jones Mortuary could be uprooted for office building

East Palo Alto's only funeral home, Jones Mortuary, could be razed and replaced by a multistory office building, according to city documents.

Monday, 5:06 PM | 13 comments
Santa Clara County to open new clinic with Planned Parenthood

Santa Clara County will be teaming up with Planned Parenthood on a new clinic in Mountain View slated to open in September, though its it's unclear what exactly the county will provide in its carve-out of the facility.

Monday, 11:11 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Around Town: Shifting gears; clinching basketball's highest honor

In the latest Around Town column, a proposed car dealership without the Architectural Review Board's recommendation is coming before the City Council on Monday and a famous Palo Altan wins an NBA championship.

Sunday, 6:44 AM | 8 comments

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Palo Alto eager to start work on new bike bridge over Adobe Creek

After years of delays, debates and design revisions, Palo Alto is preparing to break ground on a new bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 at Adobe Creek this fall.

Saturday, 8:07 AM | 33 comments
East Palo Alto to add affordable homes, new transit connections with $20M grant

An East Palo Alto coalition will receive $20 million to add additional affordable housing units at Light Tree Apartments and expand transit services that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, a state committee announced on Friday.

Saturday, 8:06 AM | 1 comment

Friday, June 21, 2019

Webcast: On the trail of a killer

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the cases against John Arthur Getreu, 74, a convicted killer and rapist who is charged with two murders of young women on Stanford University land in the 1970s.

Friday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: It's time to take Cubberley 'co-design' to a higher level

It is time to search for consultants who can develop a more appropriate plan for Cubberley Community Center's future use.

Friday, 12:38 PM | 1 comment
Skyline homicide suspect charged with two murders

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has filed two murder charges and five other felony counts against Pacifica resident Malik Dosouqi in relation to the two alleged homicides on Skyline Boulevard.

Friday, 12:05 PM | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Vote on new car dealership; eliminating library fines

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 24.

Friday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet
He was a married hospital technician and a Boy Scouts leader. Was former Palo Alto resident John Getreu also a serial killer?

Some who have known John Arthur Getreu have seen a seemingly normal person who volunteered with civic groups. But others have harbored deep suspicions that Getreu was a violent predator who could be getting away with murder.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 11 comments
Editorial: As county review proceeds, Stanford should focus on public's desire to see future development impacts contained on the campus

The first test of whether Santa Clara County policymakers are willing to back up the recommendations of its planning staff on strong mitigation measures for Stanford's future development plans will come next Thursday.

Friday, 6:46 AM | 16 comments

Thursday, June 20, 2019

VTA union rejects offer, may go on strike

A transit workers union voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night against a labor contract offer by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, opening up the possibility for VTA's first-ever strike in the next month.

Thursday, 5:29 PM | 10 comments
After 81 years, Palo Alto Host Lions Club shuts down

The Palo Alto Host Lions Club, one of the Bay Area's oldest service organizations known for the popular car show Concours d' Elegance, disbanded on Tuesday after 81 years, members have confirmed.

Thursday, 5:06 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto, rejoice. Mike's Cafe is back.

The return of Mike's Cafe, a humble, longtime neighborhood eatery, might be one of Palo Alto's most anticipated restaurant openings of the year.

Thursday, 4:11 PM | 19 comments
With sexual misconduct reports going down, Palo Alto school district restructures Title IX office

The Palo Alto school district is reducing the position of Title IX coordinator to part time -- a reflection, leadership said, of a culture change in this area.

Thursday, 1:20 PM | 16 comments
East Palo Alto City Council approves new site for The Primary School

The East Palo Alto City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday to advance a request from The Primary School to build a new campus at 1200 Weeks St. for the private K-8 school started by Priscilla Chan.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | 3 comments
Longtime school bus driver and supervisor leaves legacy of 'respect' upon retirement

Derek Zabaldo retired this month after 31 years as a bus driver for the Palo Alto Unified School District where he left a distinct impact on the community, from the hundreds of drivers he's trained to the kids he's safely driven.

Thursday, 9:28 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

After attempted robberies, East Palo Alto police to add bridge patrols, consider surveillance cameras

East Palo Alto police plan to patrol the new bike-and-pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 after two people reported being attacked by groups of youths on the span, police Cmdr. Jeff Liu said this week.

Wednesday, 11:02 PM | 4 comments
Palo Alto bans new cell towers next to public schools

Bowing to concerns from residents, the Palo Alto City Council agreed this week to ban the installation of wireless equipment within 300 feet of public schools.

Wednesday, 4:20 PM | 18 comments
Community Notebook: Assemblyman Marc Berman holding wildfire town hall Saturday

State Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, is sponsoring a wildfire town hall meeting this Saturday in Portola Valley that will include a panel made up of representatives from state and local firefighting agencies and PG&E.

Wednesday, 3:43 PM | No comments yet
Authorities investigating two homicides on Skyline Boulevard

Authorities have identified the suspect arrested early Wednesday for allegedly killing a man found Tuesday night on Skyline Boulevard near where another stabbing victim was found the night before as Malik Dosouqi, 26, of Pacifica.

Wednesday, 2:23 PM | 2 comments
Santa Clara County to boost rape crisis centers' funding

Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to fund critical services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, saying it's necessary because the state budget is underfunding the region's rape crisis centers.

Wednesday, 12:35 PM | No comments yet
School board endorses superintendent's plan with hope for successful rollout next year

The Palo Alto school board approved Tuesday Superintendent Don Austin's overarching plan to guide the district forward under his new leadership, noting that "the rubber will meet the road next year" with its actual implementation.

Wednesday, 8:49 AM | 25 comments
Google pledges $1 billion for rapid new housing growth in Bay Area

As the housing crisis reaches new levels of despair, Google is launching a $1 billion campaign to reverse the trend. The tech giant is pledging to use its vast capital and land holdings to build tens of thousands of homes.

Wednesday, 8:25 AM | 19 comments

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Palo Alto renews push toward business tax

As one of few cities in the area without a business tax, Palo Alto is preparing to shed that label in November 2020.

Tuesday, 11:27 PM | 23 comments
Santa Clara County and Stanford remain split over 'workforce' housing

With a key decision looming, Santa Clara County is pushing back against Stanford University's claim that building enough housing to accommodate new workers will transform the campus into an "urban apartment complex."

Tuesday, 3:20 PM | 10 comments
East Palo Alto man charged for molesting two children — including a relative

An East Palo Alto man who allegedly molested two children, one of whom was identified as a relative, from 2010 to 2018 has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges, police and San Mateo County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 2:41 PM | No comments yet

Monday, June 17, 2019

In new budget, city directs more funding toward pensions, traffic relief

Signaling its renewed push to tackle local traffic problems, the City Council approved on Monday a budget that establishes an Office of Transportation and adds funding for a nonprofit charged with shifting drivers to other modes.

Monday, 11:30 PM | 12 comments
Sleeping couple awakened by burglar exiting front door with their car keys

Palo Alto police have arrested a San Jose man suspected of burglarizing a home on Oregon Avenue early Saturday morning while the homeowners were still in bed.

Monday, 2:51 PM | 4 comments
After confusion over Adult School compensation, teachers poised to get 16% raise

The school board will vote Tuesday on a 16% raise for Palo Alto Adult School teachers who, despite the fact that they are formally represented by the teachers union, have not received the same negotiated salary increases.

Monday, 11:33 AM | 8 comments

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Tim Cook to Stanford grads: 'It's our humanity that got us into this mess and it's our humanity that's going to have to get us out'

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke frankly about technology's local and global impact -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- during his remarks Sunday at Stanford University's 128th commencement.

Sunday, 1:57 PM | 8 comments
Menlo Park woman using oxygen dies in accidental fire

A woman who was smoking in her Menlo Park home while also using oxygen in a medical cylinder to breathe died Friday when she caught on fire, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Sunday, 10:12 AM | 2 comments
Community Notebook: Palo Alto marks Pride Month with events celebrating LGBTQ community

In celebration of Pride Month, several community groups have organized their own Pride-themed events, including the first Pride-themed movie night at the Mitchell Park Library and a panel on LGBTQ political advocacy.

Sunday, 8:23 AM | 1 comment
One dead following multiple U.S. Highway 101 collisions

A wrong-way driver has died and another person suffered serious injuries following multiple collisions on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto early Sunday morning.

Sunday, 8:21 AM | 19 comments

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Stanford graduate-to-be, 70, hopes doctorate degree will inspire his peers

For Alan Zorn, who at 70 is the oldest person in his class, graduating with a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University this Sunday only makes him hungry for more.

Saturday, 9:54 AM | 3 comments
New Stanford study stresses benefits of paternity leave

Paid leave from work following the birth of a child has long centered on mothers. But new research from Stanford University shows that when fathers are also allowed time off from work, it can benefit mother and child, too.

Saturday, 9:00 AM | 3 comments

Friday, June 14, 2019

Webcast: The plastic ban; Hacker sentenced

Weekly journalists break down Palo Alto's new ban on plastic straws and produce bags and recap this week's sentencing of Ross Colby, who in 2015 hacked into and temporarily took down Palo Alto Online and its four sister websites.

Friday, 6:08 PM | No comments yet
Man accused of 1974 cold-case killing near Stanford campus pleads not guilty

A 74-year-old man who has been accused of murdering two 21-year-old women on Stanford University property about a year apart in the 1970s pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in one of the cases on Friday.

Friday, 5:10 PM | No comments yet
Attempted robberies leave pedestrians injured on East Palo Alto overpass

East Palo Alto police are investigating two attempted robberies by groups of teenagers within a two-hour span Thursday on a new U.S. Highway 101 pedestrian bridge.

Friday, 1:32 PM | 6 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Votes on city budget, 'PAUSD Promise' Plan

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

Friday, 10:28 AM | No comments yet
Teen cited for giving woman unwanted kiss at Stanford campus

A 17-year-old boy was cited for giving a woman an unwanted kiss on the Stanford University campus late Thursday night, according to the university's Public Safety Department said Friday.

Friday, 9:36 AM | 3 comments
After trustee questions, school district decides not to renew contract with controversial law firm

When the school board replaced a controversial law firm Lozano Smith in 2017, board members expected their former attorneys would not be receiving any new work from the district. Staff, however, continued to consult with them.

Friday, 8:09 AM | 36 comments
Study: Build a new Newell Road Bridge that's twice as wide

The effort to replace Newell Street Bridge received a boost this month with the release of a long-awaited analysis for the project that aims to reconcile competing views and pave the way for construction to begin next year.

Friday, 6:36 AM | 26 comments

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Police arrest nursing assistant accused of sexually assaulting patient

A woman recovering from surgery at Webster House Medical Center reported she was sexually assaulted by a nursing assistant who was arrested early Thursday morning and has since been terminated from his job.

Thursday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Palo Alto Community Fund awards a record $457K on its 40th anniversary

The Palo Alto Community Fund, which awards grants to local community groups in and around Palo Alto, raised a record $457,000 for 41 local organizations this year, the nonprofit announced on Tuesday.

Thursday, 9:41 AM | 1 comment

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