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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Plummeting revenues threaten planned public safety building

With the local economy in tatters and city revenues on a steep decline, Palo Alto is preparing to reconsider its most ambitious infrastructure project: the new public safety building that is slated to go up near California Avenue.

Tuesday, 12:48 AM | 2 comments

Monday, October 19, 2020

To help small businesses, Santa Clara County supervisors propose $100M loan program

Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Joe Simitian are proposing a $100 million loan program that would provide low-interest loans to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Monday, 2:35 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Students find new ways to get out the vote amid pandemic

Driven by concerns about climate change, racism and healthcare, students are more mobilized around the November election than they were in 2018 or 2016, according to researchers.

Sunday, 8:40 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Will charter school politics — and money — influence the local Santa Clara County school board race?

With Election Day less than three weeks away, outside money is pouring into the Santa Clara County Board of Education Area 1 race, with charter school proponents making large contributions to incumbent Grace Mah.

Saturday, 3:26 PM | 26 comments
Around Town: Stanford economists wake up to news of their Nobel Prize

Read the story of how two Stanford economists learned they won a Nobel Prize and news about three local institutions addressing the digital divide by developing a guide on forming virtual programs.

Saturday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 16, 2020

Jury convicts man for mailing bombs in act of revenge on officers

An Oakland man was found guilty earlier this month of sending bombs through the mail in East Palo Alto and Alameda to take revenge on two officers, federal prosecutors said.

Friday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet
Mystery behind donated photo album leads woman on search for long-lost family connection

A donation to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library led to the discovery of a series of photographs of a now-deceased Palo Alto doctor and a mystery about where they came from.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 6 comments
Editorial: Our election recommendations

Learn about the Palo Alto Weekly's recommendations on local, regional and statewide candidates and measures, in addition to California propositions, on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Friday, 6:55 AM | 19 comments
Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR

Read guest opinions for and against Measure RR, a proposed eighth-cent sales tax in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain operations.

Friday, 6:54 AM | 10 comments
Here's how you can vote in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto voters have several options for returning their completed ballots, which can be dropped off at three drop box locations in their city or in-person vote centers throughout San Mateo County.

Friday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Alleged robber causes scare with replica handgun at Stanford Shopping Center

A man who reportedly had a gun at Stanford Shopping Center, where allegedly stole $600 in merchandise from the Timberland store, was arrested by Palo Alto police on Saturday, police said.

Thursday, 6:25 PM | 8 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on litigation over excessive-force claim, Foothills Park access

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 19.

Thursday, 4:45 PM | No comments yet
Police on search for duo in overnight crime spree

Palo Alto police detectives are investigating an early Monday morning crime spree after burglars entered two homes, prowled a third property and stole a car from another.

Thursday, 3:52 PM | 6 comments
Guest Opinions: Arguments for and against Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S

Read opinions for and against the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S, which would raise $45.5 million annually to fund the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection program.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | 3 comments
With election integrity at top of mind, what is Santa Clara County doing to keep your votes secure?

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey acknowledged concerns that have been raised about election security on Tuesday, however, she said safeguards have been put in place to ensure the integrity of the results.

Thursday, 9:05 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

With new rules, City Council looks to tighten its grip over boards, commissions

The long-standing system of citizen boards and commissions could see a shake-up Monday, when the council prepares to adopt rules that give it more power to shape their agendas and remove members.

Wednesday, 2:29 PM | 15 comments
Amid ongoing reopening anxieties, school district to provide COVID-19 testing for staff

Starting next week, Palo Alto school district employees will have access to free, biweekly COVID-19 testing to be provided on campus by Stanford Health Care.

Wednesday, 9:38 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Would-be carjacker nabbed after struggle leads officer to use Taser

A man who allegedly attempted to steal a car and threatened to kill someone at Town & Country Village shopping center was taken into custody early Sunday after an officer deployed a Taser, police said.

Tuesday, 6:05 PM | 10 comments
Gaines tapped to serve as Palo Alto's new deputy city manager

Chantal Cotton Gaines, a fixture in Palo Alto's recent efforts to launch the Office of Transportation and advance a new vision for the rail corridor, has been promoted to a senior position vacant since April.

Tuesday, 4:54 PM | 7 comments
Palo Alto's 'inclusive' playground excluded from reopening plan

The Magical Bridge has stood out as Palo Alto's only playground geared toward visitors of all abilities. But with other playgrounds now reopened, Magical Bridge users find themselves left out.

Tuesday, 3:07 PM | 5 comments
Santa Clara County restaurants, congregations can resume indoor service as COVID-19 cases drop

Restaurants and congregations in Santa Clara County will be able to reopen for indoor service on Wednesday under a revised public health order that loosens many of the restrictions that have been in place since March.

Tuesday, 2:50 PM | 33 comments

Monday, October 12, 2020

Seven East Palo Alto City Council candidates seek to set city on a promising path

Read profiles of the seven East Palo Alto City Council candidates, who not only want to tackle some of their community's more evergreen issues but also help guide the city in flux.

Monday, 11:08 PM | No comments yet
Lisa Gauthier: Shaping an East Palo Alto for her family

Like her veteran colleagues also seeking reelection, East Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lisa Gauthier is looking to serve another four years to see some development projects through to completion.

Monday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Stewart Hyland: If there's a nonprofit, there's a way

Stewart Hyland doesn't have experience as a sitting city councilman, but his work for the past two decades is deeply tied to one of the main pillars of the East Palo Alto community: its nonprofit organizations.

Monday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Webster Lincoln: East Palo Alto's homegrown data scientist

Webster Lincoln, 33, has positioned himself as a homegrown data scientist who, if elected, will bring critical thinking and an understanding of the community's spirit to his role on East Palo City Council.

Monday, 11:06 PM | 5 comments
Antonio Lopez: Uplifting the community, starting from the bottom

Coming back to East Palo Alto's Gardens neighborhood from some of the most prestigious universities in the world, Antonio Lopez said he feels obligated to guide his hometown as a city councilman.

Monday, 11:06 PM | 1 comment
Juan Mendez: 'A new perspective'

Juan Mendez, a 23-year-old East Palo Alto resident who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley this May, Juan Mendez is the youngest person to be running for a City Council seat this year.

Monday, 11:06 PM | 1 comment
Larry Moody: Embracing East Palo Alto as a Silicon Valley city

Larry Moody is seeking a third term on the City Council in order to build out an East Palo Alto that is every bit a Silicon Valley city.

Monday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Carlos Romero: Longtime activist sees city's potential beyond COVID-19

Carlos Romero, who has a long resume of community service in East Palo Alto that spans almost four decades, hopes to continue his work for the city as councilman if reelected this fall.

Monday, 11:06 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto Unified's youngest students return to school with a new set of norms

About 700 transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students went back to campus in person on Monday following weeks of heated debate over the pace and safety of reopening schools.

Monday, 5:47 PM | 22 comments
Watch the Ravenswood school board candidates discuss top issues

Get to know the candidates for the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees running for two open seats this election season, which comes at a time of transition for the K-8 district.

Monday, 5:11 PM | 6 comments
Two Stanford University economists win Nobel Prize

A pair of Stanford economists will share the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday.

Monday, 9:53 AM | 2 comments
Students protest in Palo Alto over vote on proposed county sex assault policy study

A group of high school students on Sunday protested outside the home of a county supervisor over a September decision by the Board of Supervisors to collect more background on a proposed study of sexual assault and harassment policies.

Monday, 9:42 AM | 12 comments
Masseur arrested for sexual assault at therapy center

A man who police say sexually assaulted a woman during a massage appointment at Palo Alto's Spine and Therapy Center last week has been arrested.

Monday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Vote-by-mail fail: When a ballot arrives that isn't for you

More than 21 million ballots are now in various stages of transit across California. They are in mail trucks and mail boxes. And, predictably, some have ended up in the wrong place.

Sunday, 7:51 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Around Town: Using bright colors, outdoor installation radiates with positive words

In the latest Around Town column, news about an installation that exudes positivity, the long-awaited reopening of Palo Alto playgrounds and a first look inside Caltrain's new electrified train cars.

Saturday, 7:23 AM | 3 comments

Friday, October 9, 2020

With new technology, Stanford launches COVID-19 study using a simple method: At-home tests

Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have launched a population study to track the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Bay Area with Vera, a new technology they hope to offer more broadly.

Friday, 9:42 AM | 3 comments
Editorial: DiBrienza, Collins, Ladomirak for school board

Out of a strong field, we recommend Jennifer DiBrienza, Todd Collins and Jesse Ladomirak for the Palo Alto school board.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 19 comments
Editorial: Baten Caswell for Santa Clara County Board of Education

Melissa Baten Caswell's long history of working for a strong public education system will serve north county well on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 14 comments
The Moonlight Run & Walk goes virtual — and around the world

There was no pack of tense runners waiting for a buzzer under the full-harvest moon during this year's Moonlight Run & Walk. Instead, 677 people participated in parks and streets near and far.

Friday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet
Weekly's 36th annual Moonlight Run & Walk finds virtual success in 2020

For the first time in its 36-year history, the annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk did not take place at the Palo Alto Baylands. Due to the pandemic, the fundraiser went virtual this year.

Friday, 6:57 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 8, 2020

PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussion on school reopening procedures; Safe Routes to School

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 12.

Thursday, 4:00 PM | No comments yet
Stanford to remove David Starr Jordan's name while hoping not to erase his 'complex' legacy

Stanford will remove the name of its first president from campus buildings and streets, citing his leadership in the eugenics movement.

Thursday, 8:44 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Meet the two candidates for Santa Clara County Board of Education

Read profiles of Santa Clara County Board of Education incumbent Grace Mah and challenger Melissa Baten Caswell, who are running for Trustee Area 1.

Wednesday, 6:43 PM | 7 comments
Six candidates for Board of Education vie for three open seats in unprecedented school year

Six candidates are running for three open seats on the Board of Education during a school year that looks like nothing public education has seen before.

Wednesday, 6:25 PM | 7 comments
Katie Causey

Katie Causey has wanted to run for a seat on the school board since she was 15 years old. She was a Palo Alto High School student at the time, surrounded in many ways by turmoil.

Wednesday, 6:23 PM | No comments yet
Todd Collins

Todd Collins, current president of the Palo Alto Board of Education, believes the school district is more stable, better managed and effective than in recent history but that there is still progress to be made on key issues.

Wednesday, 6:23 PM | No comments yet
Jennifer DiBrienza

Jennifer DiBrienza's four years on the school board have been marked by enormous turmoil. She believes she and her colleagues have gotten Palo Alto Unified to a better place, with a less-siloed district office.

Wednesday, 6:23 PM | No comments yet
Jesse Ladomirak

Jesse Ladomirak looks at the current makeup of the school board " with only one board member with children attending district schools " and sees a gap she wants to fill.

Wednesday, 6:23 PM | No comments yet
Matthew Nagle

Matthew Nagle is a longtime educator with deep ties to Palo Alto Unified, including as a current parent and the spouse of a teacher, who believes his experience is badly needed on the current school board.

Wednesday, 6:23 PM | No comments yet
Karna Nisewaner

Karna Nisewaner believes her personal and professional experiences make her a needed voice on the school board during this time. She was driven to run primarily by concerns about the state of the district during the pandemic.

Wednesday, 6:23 PM | 1 comment
In their own words: Where the candidates stand on the issues

The six Board of Education candidates share their positions on key issues facing the district, including student health, reopening schools and the budget.

Wednesday, 6:22 PM | 1 comment
Former Palo Alto council members challenge approved downtown project

A dispute between three former council members and city planners could determine the fate of a proposed development on University Avenue and the future of the city's seismic rehabilitation program.

Wednesday, 3:05 PM | 28 comments
Palo Alto voters to decide on schools parcel tax

Measure O would extend a Palo Alto schools parcel tax for six years and provide about $15.6 million annually to the district.

Wednesday, 2:26 PM | 12 comments
Wildfire smoke gives rise to Spare the Air alerts

A string of Spare the Air alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District because of smoke in the region from the Glass Fire and other wildfires around California will continue until at least Saturday.

Wednesday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto banks on backyard dwellings to meet housing targets

Eager to see more accessory dwelling units, city leaders agreed on Monday to revise the city's zoning code to make it easier for homeowners to turn portions of their backyards into living spaces.

Wednesday, 10:33 AM | 31 comments

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