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Monday, January 24, 2022

John Arrillaga, one of Silicon Valley's top philanthropists, dies at 84

John Arrillaga, the billionaire philanthropist who helped develop the modern Silicon Valley before becoming one of its most prolific and generous donors, died Monday morning at the age of 84, his family announced.

Monday, 9:40 PM | 3 comments
Pair arrested in string of car break-ins after they were tracked with victim's device

Two men suspected of several vehicle break-ins on Thursday night were arrested after arrested after one of the victims tracked their movements via an electronic device they are suspected of taking from her parked car.

Monday, 12:57 PM | 1 comment
Developers propose affordable housing, lab, offices on Ravenswood land

The Ravenswood City School District hopes to finalize long-term lease agreements to develop two of its sites and use the revenue to fund recent raises for teachers.

Monday, 9:12 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Around Town: Palo Alto modifies city services as omicron wave continues

In the latest column, news about city service changes due to the recent COVID-19 surge and upcoming meetings for a new Magical Bridge Playground in East Palo Alto.

Sunday, 9:31 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Palo Alto teams up with county to give COVID vaccines to homebound residents

The Palo Alto Fire Department is teaming up with county health officials to provide in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to city residents, immunizing those who would otherwise struggle to make it to a vaccination site.

Saturday, 8:56 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 21, 2022

Family sues Stanford University, fraternity over son's fentanyl death

The family of a Stanford University student who died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in January 2020 has filed a lawsuit against the university and the fraternity to which he belonged.

Friday, 8:13 PM | 7 comments
Santa Clara County makes at-home COVID tests available to the community

County officials announced Friday that people who live, work or go to school in the county would have access to some 60,000 at-home COVID-19 tests, which they started distributing over the weekend.

Friday, 4:47 PM | 4 comments
Billionaire donor for new city gym revealed — and his money comes with strings attached

If Palo Alto were to accept millions of dollars to construct a new gym, it would also have to expedite the project's approval process.

Friday, 9:38 AM | 30 comments
Barron Park's new principal aims to forge partnerships by making home visits to each student's family

Judy Argumedo believes school leaders need to visit students when things are positive, particularly at earlier ages.

Friday, 6:53 AM | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Update on '100 Community Conversations'; relocation assistance ordinance

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

Friday, 6:53 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Palo Alto police chief announces plan to retire

Palo Alto Police Chief Robert Jonsen intends to step down as he eyes a run to replace Laurie Smith as Santa Clara County sheriff.

Thursday, 6:50 PM | 5 comments
Cody: Santa Clara County's huge rise in COVID cases may have peaked, but is still at record levels

The omicron variant has caused an unprecedented rise in new cases, but more data is suggesting that Santa Clara County has already seen the worst of it and may be on a slow road to recovery.

Thursday, 11:23 AM | 3 comments
Body of missing Stanford nurse found near Dumbarton Bridge

A search effort for a Stanford Hospital nurse who disappeared on Tuesday ended on Thursday with the discovery of his body, the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has confirmed.

Thursday, 9:51 AM | 8 comments
Planning commission not swayed by Castilleja's plan to add students

Castilleja's hopes for speeding up approval of its redevelopment plan were quickly dashed on Wednesday, with members of the planning commission splitting over its proposal to grow student enrollment.

Thursday, 9:20 AM | 31 comments

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Santa Clara County Superior Court grants amnesty to 1,600 misdemeanor cases due to COVID

The Santa Clara County Superior Court granted amnesty to 1,600 individuals ordered to serve their sentences through the sheriff's Weekend Work Program between March 17, 2020, and May 1, 2021.

Wednesday, 4:34 PM | 1 comment
State attorney general launches investigation into Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

State Attorney General Rob Bonta announced his office is opening a civil rights investigation into the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office over allegations that include misconduct in county jails.

Wednesday, 3:18 PM | 1 comment
New survey boosts Palo Alto's push for a business tax

Buoyed by favorable results from a new survey, a Palo Alto City Council committee took another step on Tuesday toward placing a business license tax on the city's November ballot.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | 9 comments
Resident with baseball bat chases off home intruder

A man was arrested after he allegedly entered an occupied home and fled after being confronted by a bat-wielding resident in Palo Alto's Southgate neighborhood on Tuesday morning, police said.

Wednesday, 9:45 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Elderly women robbed at gunpoint while lunching at Stanford Shopping Center

A man who pointed a handgun at two elderly women stole their purses on Tuesday outside True Food Kitchen, according to police.

Tuesday, 11:13 PM | 9 comments
Newsom's $50 million opioids education pledge comes as colleges warn of risks

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed spending $50 million on youth opioids education, funding that comes as colleges are grappling with how to best protect students and train them in overdose prevention.

Tuesday, 9:02 AM | 1 comment

Monday, January 17, 2022

Frustrated by delays, Santa Clara County hires construction auditor for new psychiatric hospital

For years, county supervisors were told that an innovative psychiatric facility serving children and teens would be complete and open to patients by November next year. But the project now faces significant delays.

Monday, 2:40 PM | No comments yet
Amid low COVID vaccine rates, more California children hospitalized in omicron surge

The number of California children diagnosed with COVID-19 during the omicron variant surge has "skyrocketed," challenging earlier notions that the coronavirus largely bypassed children.

Monday, 2:02 PM | 5 comments

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Here's what's changed as California's new COVID workplace rules go into effect

Updated COVID-19 workplace rules went into effect on Friday. Several of the changes increase protections for vaccinated workers.

Sunday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Palo Alto-area COVID cases have declined from early January peak, wastewater monitor shows

A measure of Palo Alto area COVID-19 infections is showing that case numbers have dropped sizably from their spike earlier this month.

Saturday, 10:28 AM | 5 comments
Tsunami advisory issued for California coastal areas

Due to a volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands, the National Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami advisory for California coastal areas Saturday morning.

Saturday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet
Pop-up COVID testing site in Mountain View under investigation following complaints

A new clinic advertising swift COVID-19 tests without an appointment is currently in hot water following numerous complaints that it's failing to deliver on its promises and may not be a legitimate testing site.

Saturday, 9:01 AM | 3 comments

Friday, January 14, 2022

Health care providers behind on administering COVID vaccinations, tests in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County leaders are calling on health care providers to step up at a critical time when testing and booster vaccinations are key to reducing the spread of infection and hospitalizations.

Friday, 5:47 PM | 14 comments
Eight people rob tobacco store at gunpoint

A tobacco store clerk was pistol-whipped during a robbery involving eight people, some who were armed with handguns, on Thursday night, Palo Alto police said.

Friday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet
Castilleja School claims Palo Alto's move to reduce proposed garage is illegal

In an abrupt change of tone, Castilleja argued in a letter this week that the city's move to reduce the size of the its proposed underground garage is illegal and runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

Friday, 9:46 AM | 45 comments
Leonard Ware, lawyer, rancher and civic leader, dies at 93

Leonard "Leo" Ware, co-founder of the Palo Alto law firm Ware Fletcher & Freidenrich, which later merged with DLA Piper, died on Dec. 19 at his Palo Alto home with his wife, Jeanne, and his dog, Jake, by his side.

Friday, 6:56 AM | 2 comments
Opinion: Saving lives by sending the right people to crises

Having the appropriate resources available, and investing in de-escalation efforts when there's a crisis, is really the key to preventing future tragedies -- and getting a vulnerable population the help it deserves.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 8 comments
Opinion: The Palo Alto Police Department's continuing problems

The lack of transparency in the Palo Alto Police Department is increasing month by month, now in a worrisome way.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, January 13, 2022

PUBLIC AGENDA: Review of business tax poll; elementary and secondary schools dyslexia update

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

Thursday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View resident sworn in as new Superior Court judge

Hanley Chew, 51, was sworn into the Santa Clara County Superior Court bench on Jan. 5, the court announced Wednesday.

Thursday, 11:32 AM | No comments yet
City strategies for housing growth target industrial areas, transit corridors

Facing a regional mandate to plan for more than 6,000 units, Palo Alto is taking a closer look at the commercial and industrial area in the city's southeastern corner as a promising place for future housing.

Thursday, 9:50 AM | 7 comments
Santa Clara County Superior Court again limits court access due to COVID

The Santa Clara County Superior Court will temporarily close public counters and limit public access inside the courthouses due to a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections and its impact on staffing levels.

Thursday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' sentencing delayed until September

Holmes' sentencing on four counts of criminal wire fraud will be delayed until Sept. 26 based on a stipulation between the prosecution and the defense and an order signed on Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Palo Alto police chief may run for county sheriff

Police Chief Robert Jonsen is considering entering the race to replace Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, a six-term incumbent who is fending off accusations of corruption and misconduct.

Wednesday, 9:28 PM | 7 comments
Santa Clara County looks to ramp up at-home testing as COVID-19 cases surge

Santa Clara County supervisors are seeking to make free at-home COVID-19 tests widely available to county residents as new cases spike to new heights and the availability of testing appointments plummets.

Wednesday, 12:24 PM | 2 comments
Counties face a 'dramatic and breathtaking explosion' of COVID cases

Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are now seeing more COVID-19 cases than at any other time during the pandemic, health officials told their respective boards of supervisors on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:37 AM | 9 comments
Teacher housing project wins final OK from Santa Clara County supervisors

A 110-unit teacher housing project is on its way to Grant Avenue in Palo Alto after the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the proposal on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:29 AM | 4 comments
Resident defends himself against alleged burglar with large shears

Palo Alto police arrested a man who allegedly broke into a home late Sunday night and attacked a man using large hedge shears, the department said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:12 AM | No comments yet

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