2017

Stanford's Shaw earns Dodd Trophy for Coach of the Year

Stanford's David Shaw, who led the Cardinal football team to a 9-5 record this season, was named recipient of the Dodd Trophy on Sunday. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation announced the award on Sunday

December 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the air on New Year's Day

High-pressure system remains in the region
Bay Area residents are being asked to start the new year by sparing the air, as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for New Year's Day.

December 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford women survive scare from USC for Pac-12 victory

Brittany McPhee scored 21 points, point guard Marta Sniezek grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded six assists and the Stanford women's basketball team survived a threat from USC, beating the Trojans 72-65 on Sunday in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

December 31, 2017 | No comments yet
College Terrace Market plans to shutter

Neighborhood grocery store faced a shaky start
The manager of Palo Alto's College Terrace Market said Saturday that the long-awaited neighborhood grocery store will close, just six months after opening.

December 31, 2017 | 116 comments
Cardinal men let big lead slip away in Pac-12 hoops opener

Senior Dorian Pickens returned to action after missing the past 11 games and that was the best news of the day for the Stanford men's basketball team, which dropped a 77-74 decision to visiting California in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night.

December 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Bears hold off late charge from Knights to win hoops title

Greer Hoyem scored 23 points and the Menlo-Atherton girls' basketball team held off a late rally to beat Menlo School 64-57 in the championship game of the Competitive Division I of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Eastside College Prep on Saturday.

December 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Pinewood, Palo Alto win holiday tournaments

The Pinewood girls basketball team beat host St. Francis, 58-36, in the championship game of the Joe Schram Memorial Tournament in Mountain View on Saturday. The Palo Alto boys went 4-0 Lahainaluna Invitational Tournament in Maui and the Menlo School boys finished third at the Orange Holiday Classic.

December 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Pinewood girls, Paly boys just keep winning

Hannah Jump scored 22 points, including a 6-of-9 effort from long range, and the Pinewood girls' basketball team swamped Soquel 84-25 in Friday's semifinal round of the Joe Schram Memorial Tournament at St. Francis in Mountain View.

December 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Eastside girls get it done on the basketball court

Kayla Tahaafe, who helped lead the Eastside College Prep girls basketball team to back-to-back Division V state championships, scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half as the Panthers outscored Whitney Young 37-19 over the final two quarters to pull out a 61-53 victory in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women grab early advantage in Pac-12 opener

Brittany McPhee scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter, Alanna Smith recorded a double-double and the Cardinal knocked off visiting No. 11 UCLA, 76-65, in the conference opener for both teams on Friday night.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Late free throws give Menlo women tournament victory

Ashlyn Monk hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the third quarter among her 16 points as the Menlo College women's basketball team rallied to a 91-87 victory over visiting Midlands in the Peninsula Classic on Friday night.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Inmate from East Palo Alto among 10 allegedly involved in drug ring

Investigators find letters dipped in liquefied methamphetamine at jail
Ten people, including an East Palo Alto woman, are accused of being involved in a scheme to distribute methamphetamine inside San Mateo County jail, sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

December 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Quotes to remember

As 2017 comes to a close, we recall what Palo Altans said — and why
A collection of the Palo Alto Weekly's Quote of the Week from 2017 that touched on development, homelessness, schools, traffic and other topics.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Two arrested for embezzling more than $10,000 from Nordstrom

Employee, alleged accomplice accused of pricey theft
An employee at Stanford Shopping Center's Nordstrom and an alleged accomplice were arrested for felony embezzlement and felony burglary for taking more than $10,000 in merchandise and making fraudulent returns, Palo Alto police said.

December 29, 2017 | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: no council meeting

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert for next three days

Public banned from burning wood, but there are exemptions
Regional air quality officials have issued Winter Spare the Air alerts for the final three days of 2017 because of a forecast for unhealthy air quality in the region.

December 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Wild card issues of the year

Five surprising efforts the city undertook in 2017
Not everything in Palo Alto was about housing and traffic this year. We've narrowed down the list to five of the most surprising efforts that the city undertook this year.

December 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Attention-grabbing violations in 2017

A rundown of code enforcement crackdowns, other showdowns
Those who enforce the city's rules -- whether they be Palo Alto's code-enforcement officers or investigators from the California Fair Political Practices Commission -- found plenty to do in the city this year.

December 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Good day for the locals at Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Eastside College Prep, Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton each won opening round games at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Thursday. Eastside topped Page (Arizona), 64-41, the Gators beat University, 52-36, the Knights ran away from KIPP King, 92-38, and the Bears tamed Capuchino, 66-37.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Big tournament wins for Menlo, Paly, Priory

Marvin Zou and Bryant Jefferson each scored 13 points and the Palo Alto boys basketball team downed host Lahainaluna 74-48 on the second day of the Lahainaluna Invitational in Maui on Thursday night.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
A big game to open the Pac-12 men's basketball season

The Stanford men's basketball team, projected to finish fifth in a preseason poll of the Pac-12 coaches, hosts California at 7 p.m. Saturday in the conference opener for both teams. Cal was predicted to finish 11th. Both teams are 6-7.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Getting healthy in time for Pac-12 women's hoops season

Having Brittany McPhee back in the lineup breathes new life into Stanford women's basketball team's conference hopes as it prepares to open Pac-12 play Friday against visiting No. 11 UCLA at 5:30 p.m. The Bruins are the projected conference champs according to a preseason coaches poll. Stanford was tabbed for a second-place tie with Oregon.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
A turbulent year in education

School district looks to restore morale, move needle on critical issues in 2018
As the Palo Alto school district enters 2018, it's still in transition, working to move the needle on critical issues and restore morale.

December 29, 2017 | 3 comments
Updates on the good, the bad and the ugly from 2017

Follow-ups on a megahouse, a murder case, Palo Alto's last dive bar and more
News cycles come and go, briefly bringing issues and disputes to the public's attention. Some situations are later resolved out of the limelight, while others remain or evolve.

December 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Palo Alto's pivotal year

Big accomplishments, looming challenges mark the year at City Hall
The Palo Alto City Council made giant strides on some of its most pressing priorities and began to pivot from plans to action -- drawing mixed reactions for its efforts.

December 29, 2017 | 34 comments
Words that defined Palo Alto in 2017

A Palo Alto spin on words that dominated the year's community conversations
As we took a look back at 2017, several words jumped out in our coverage that sum up the year in Palo Alto, including megahouse, carmageddon, SEL and retailtainment.

December 31, 2017 | 4 comments
Police seek coyote killer

Slaughtered animal found in Arastradero Preserve on Christmas Eve
Palo Alto police are seeking information from anyone who might know who killed and partially skinned a coyote in Arastradero Preserve.

December 29, 2017 | 8 comments
Notable Palo Alto area people who died this year

Many mourn for those who served, left an imprint on the community
We look back at people who left a lasting impression on many in the Palo Alto community and beyond through their accomplishments, the lessons they imparted, and the barriers they broke.

December 29, 2017 | 3 comments
Seeing red

Stanford exhibition shows how the Bolshevik Revolution upended Russian art and politics
"The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution," the joint exhibition by the Cantor Arts Center and Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibition Pavilion, vividly highlights how the Bolshevik Revolution upended Russian art and politics.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
A whole new 'World'

Goodbye Kevin Spacey, hello Christopher Plummer in kidnap yarn
It's been said to never let the truth get in the way of a good story. "Inspired by true events," Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" tells the true-crime tale of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty's grandson in its broadest strokes and with a sprinkling of accurate details, but at least as much in it is invented or misrepresented.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Truck causes gas leak near downtown Palo Alto

Vehicle sinks into lids protecting utilities equipment
A parked truck damaged a utility box in downtown Palo Alto this afternoon, causing a gas leak, according to utilities officials.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: gardeners' yoga; caring for Japanese maples

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including classes dedicated to gardeners, growing small Japanese maples and arranging flowers.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: Palo Alto median home price reaches all-time high

Skyrocketing prices are coupled with all-time low inventory
The 2017 Palo Alto property market took a surprising upturn from a soft 2016. The median price of all sold homes in Palo Alto as of Dec. 1 reached a new high of $2.67 million, an 11 percent increase from 2016.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
School trustees: Issues that made the most, least progress in 2017

Board remembers reflect on the year
The Weekly asked each Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education member to reflect back on 2017 by answering two questions.

December 30, 2017 | 8 comments
Alleged gang member arraigned for shooting

Suspected shooter previously challenged alleged target before Nov. 16 incident
An East Palo Alto man faces felony charges that could put him behind bars for decades after he allegedly shot into an occupied car but missed striking the driver, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
County allows some property tax prepayments

Dec. 31 deadline looming as property owners try to stay ahead of new tax laws
County tax collection departments are alerting the public about their option to pay their property taxes before the end of the year to avoid potential drawbacks of the new Republican tax plan.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Ewert named to Karch Kiraly Award watch list

Stanford's Jordan Ewert is one of 27 men's volleyball players named to the Karch Kiraly Award watch list. Off the Block unveiled the preseason list Wednesday for the national award presented to the best outside attacker attacker in NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball during the regular season.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Lehigh basketball officially announces Foley signing

Lehigh men's basketball coach Brett Reed announced Wednesday the addition of Joe Foley to the Mountain Hawks' incoming class. Foley joins Jeameril Wilson and Nic Lynch, who will enter Lehigh next fall.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Trio of local teams win boys hoops tournament openers

Lehigh-bound Joe Foley scored 26 points, had seven assists and recorded five steals to help the Menlo School boys basketball team open the Orange Holiday Classic with a 64-45 win over Paramount at Hope International in Fullerton on Wednesday.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's odd news of 2017

A look back at the year's weirdest crime (and abandoned reptile) stories
From a brawl over an eaten doughnut to the woman who decided to join her dog in biting a would-be robber, Palo Alto had its fair share of odd, head-shaking stories that made the headlines in 2017.

December 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's defense ready for challenge in the Alamo Bowl

Call defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, inside linebacker Bobby Okereke and free safety Justin Reid the spine of the Stanford defense. The trio is surrounded by an integrated, complex group of individuals that, when working in harmony, has the ability to shape the dynamics of a football game.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Palo Alto home sells for more than $12 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
City looks to use drones for blood deliveries

Palo Alto and Stanford Blood Center make a pitch to the Federal Aviation Administration
Blood-carrying drones may soon make their debut in Palo Alto skies under a program that city and Stanford officials are hoping to launch in 2018.

December 28, 2017 | 14 comments
Man pleads 'no contest' to robbery spree

Oakland man drove vehicle involved in nine armed robberies
A 25-year-old Oakland man charged in nine robberies committed in a single day, including one each in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, pleaded no contest on Friday.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Planned Cambridge Avenue development meets opposition

Residents and business owners raise concerns about proposed three-story building
Residents and business owners on Cambridge Avenue are raising concerns about a proposed building that they believe will transform their block.

December 27, 2017 | 22 comments
Modern melting pot

Malaysian flavors shine at sleek Black Pepper
The menu at the new Black Pepper in Menlo Park is exotic and enticing, with variations of South Asian staples like satay, roti, curry and sambal.

December 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Mountain View homeless shelter opens doors

Trinity United Methodist opens cold weather sanctuary for women and children
Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Mountain View has transformed into a seasonal homeless shelter for residents of north Santa Clara County.

December 27, 2017 | 1 comment
Community Notebook: School district to launch lecture series on race, equity

New equity coordinator sets sights on continuing series throughout the community
As part of its ongoing efforts to close the achievement gap, the Palo Alto school district is hosting a UCLA expert on race and education in January.

December 27, 2017 | 31 comments
Menlo women host Peninsula Classic basketball event

The Menlo College women's basketball team hosts Midland College on Friday at 6 p.m. as part of the Peninsula Classic, its first game since knocking off NAIA No. 3-ranked Campbellsville at the Hoop N Surf Christmas Classic in Honolulu.

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford offense clicking heading into Valero Alamo Bowl

Every time Bryce Love has taken a handoff this season, he has the potential to score. He averages over eight yards a carry, nearly a first down. He enters Thursday's Alamo Bowl (6 p.m., ESPN) against TCU with 1,973 yards, the most by a Power 5 running back and the second-highest output in FBS.

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Ledecky named AP Female Athlete of the Year

First she made a lot of new friends. Then she set world records. Now Stanford sophomore swimmer Katie Ledecky can claim the title of Female Athlete of the Year as announced by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto settles over discrimination complaint

City agreed to pay Sarah Syed $47,497, rehire her for five days
The city of Palo Alto has settled a claim from a former transportation planner who alleged that she was the victim of sex discrimination and retaliation for whistleblowing.

December 26, 2017 | 5 comments
Shop Talk: Halo, La Morenita to close

Read about the latest retail and restaurant news in this week's Shop Talk column, including a new cafe opening downtown next year and a salon and longstanding Mexican restaurant closing their doors.

December 26, 2017 | 2 comments
2017 All-League Boys Cross Country Teams

2017 All-League Boys Cross Country Teams
West Bay Athletic League
Most Valuable Runner: Robert Miranda, Menlo School
First Team
Max Cluss, Sacred Heart Prep
Aiden Duncanson, Crystal Springs Uplands
Nicky Medearis, Crystal Springs Uplands
Jeremy Miller, The King's Academy
Kamran Murray, Menlo

December 24, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-League Girls Cross Country Teams

2017 All-League Girls Cross Country Teams
West Bay Athletic League
Most Valuable Runner: Anna Mokkapati, The King's Academy
First Team
Keemya Bashiri, Sacred Heart Prep
Tevah Gevelber, Castilleja
Luci Lambert, Sacred Heart Prep
Kyra Pretre, Menlo

December 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Panthers get the better of Tigers in girls hoops event

Ila Lane recorded her third consecutive double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and the Priory girls basketball team beat host Notre Dame-Belmont, 47-35, to earn the consolation championship of the Steve Geramoni Tournament in Belmont on Saturday.

December 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto gets back on track with boys basketball victory

The Palo Alto boys basketball team had lost its last two games. Never mind that both of those losses were to good teams, Menlo School and Salesian, a couple of teams that have yet to lose a game this season.

December 23, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-League Girls Water Polo Teams

2017 All-League Girls Water Polo Teams
Peninsula Athletic League
Bay Division
MVG: Maya Srinivasan, Woodside
Co-MVPs: Madison Lewis, Castilleja and Allison Sullivan Wu, Burlingame
First Team
Georgia Lewis, Castilleja

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Reese rallies Priory girls to tourney hoops victory

Priory's Tatiana Reese returned to the basketball court Friday, helping the Panthers beat Moreau Catholic, 47-31, on the second day of the Steve Geramoni Tournament at Notre Dame-Belmont.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Hallock continues to earn postseason honors

Stanford freshman Ben Hallock earned the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water Polo Newcomer of the Year, highlighting the five Cardinal players named to the all-MPSL it was announced Friday.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
What's open, closed on Christmas and New Year's

Find out which agencies are adjusting their hours, plus a list of holiday activities
Here is a list of local and regional service closures and changes for the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays, plus some options for holiday activities.

December 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Seniors spread holiday cheer

Barron Park Association senior lunches bring together neighbors to share stories, good times
Barron Park seniors capped off a 16-year tradition of gatherings for the past two decades at local bakeries and restaurants where they share stories, food and camaraderie.

December 25, 2017 | 1 comment
Local residents appointed for judge seats

Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos residents will sit in Superior Court, state Court of Appeal
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed three local residents, including a Palo Altan, to seats in California courts, Brown's office announced Friday.

December 22, 2017 | 1 comment
Spare the Air alerts in effect Friday through Christmas Eve

Burning of solid fuel banned throughout the region
The ninth, 10th and 11th Spare the Air alerts of the season were issued Thursday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Friday through Christmas Eve.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A sweeps a basketball doubleheader from SHP

Menlo-Atherton won both ends of a boys-girls nonleague basketball doubleheader with Sacred Heart Prep Thursday at M-A, winning the boys game 56-40 and the girls game 50-42.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men lose to Kansas in nonconference basketball

The Stanford men's basketball team was part of a dunk contest Thursday night but it was lop-sided in favor visiting Kansas, which turned the Cardinal into observers at the Golden I Center in Sacramento.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
McPhee returns with big scoring night in Stanford's loss

It was immediately apparent how much the Stanford women's basketball team missed its star senior guard Brittany McPhee. She scored 15 of the Cardinal's first 26 points and finished with a season-high 27.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Man charged for mailing bomb to East Palo Alto

Oakland resident faces 20 years in prison
Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a man for allegedly mailing a bomb that exploded at an East Palo Alto home in October, injuring a resident, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

December 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Judge rules against city on Edgewood fines

City of Palo Alto must return nearly $250,000 to the developer in a semantics case
A court decision regarding whether developer Sand Hill Property Company is required to pay $700,500 in penalties for failing to keep an operating grocery store at Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center came down to the American Heritage Dictionary definitions of the words "use" and "operate."

December 21, 2017 | 30 comments
2017: From behind the camera lens

Palo Alto's year in photos
We take a look at how the community marked 2017 by coming together to stand up against perceived injustices, to support their neighbors or to simply share an experience.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday prep basketball tournaments on tap this week

While most schools won't return to competition until after New Year's Day, there are several others who will stay in the gym during the break to prepare for holiday tournaments. The Priory girls' basketball team competes this weekend at the Steve Geramoni Tournament in Belmont.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: no council meeting

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Reclaiming their city one brush stroke at a time

Holiday Fund grant provides young East Palo Alto artists tools to foster neighborhood change
Colorful murals, conceived and painted by young artists, blanket East Palo Alto's parks, public buildings and schools through the Mural, Music & Arts Project.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: new chief; shop till you drop

Also: Weekly seeks survey respondents on being middle class
In this week's Around Town column, read about the new police chief's City Hall debut, a pilot gas program at Stanford Shopping Center and information on the Weekly's middle class project.

December 24, 2017 | 6 comments
District seeks names for Jordan, Terman middle schools

Committee to recommend names to school board in March
Now is the time for the public to weigh in on ideas for new names for Palo Alto's Jordan and Terman middle schools, which will be renamed next year due to their namesakes' advocacy of eugenics.

December 21, 2017 | 181 comments
Palo Alto man pleads guilty to illegally transporting hazardous materials

Resident owned shipping company that didn't properly label packages with chemicals
A Palo Alto man pleaded guilty to felony charges of illegally shipping and receiving hazardous materials and toxic materials through his shipping company, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

December 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Shop Talk: Halo, La Morenita to close; Verve Coffee to open

Read about the latest retail and restaurant news in this week's Shop Talk column, including a new cafe opening downtown next year and a salon and longstanding Mexican restaurant closing their doors.

December 21, 2017 | 2 comments
From empty to adorable

Make do-it-yourself wine bottle centerpieces
Recycle old wine bottles and add whimsy to your holiday table.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
City constructing new roundabout on Ross Road

New roundabout is designed to reduce traffic speeds
A new roundabout designed to slow traffic along the Ross Road bike boulevard will be installed over the Palo Alto Unified School District winter break, city officials said in a statement.

December 21, 2017 | 64 comments
Pension changes cloud city's budget outlook

New forecast shows dramatic impact of CalPERS adjustments
Palo Alto's budget outlook is being dampened by a growing and unpredictable pension bill, one of the first issues that the City Council will tackle in the new year.

December 21, 2017 | 29 comments
Big-rig crash leaks oil into U.S. Highway 101

Northbound U.S. Highway 101 lanes blocked for about four hours
All lanes are open on northbound U.S. Highway 101 just south of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto following a big-rig crash early Thursday morning, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

December 21, 2017 | 3 comments
Local report: Early football, swimming signees

Stanford football coach David Shaw announced on Wednesday the 15 student-athletes who will continue their academic and athletic careers at Stanford.

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Sullivan earns soccer's Honda Sport Award

Stanford senior midfielder Andi Sullivan was named the Honda Sport Award winner for soccer, Collegiate Women's Sports Awards Executive Director Chris Voelz announced Wednesday. She was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools.

December 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo School student-athletes who signed early

Menlo fall college commits (Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics): Top row, from left, Niko Bhatia (Brown water polo), Siddharth Chari (Dartmouth tennis), Joe Foley (Lehigh basketball), Miller Geschke (MIT water polo), Kristin Sellers (Brown volleyball), Ashley Dreyer (Yale volleyball), Abby Wolfenden (Haverford lacrosse). Front row, from left: Jayden Kunwar (Johns Hopkins water polo), Max Ting (Princeton golf), Robert Miranda (Yale cross country and track), Sophie Siminoff (Princeton golf), JH Tevis (Cal football).

December 20, 2017 | 2 comments
East Palo Alto extends Weeks Street RV parking ban

Temporary prohibition will continue through the end of May
The East Palo Alto City Council voted on Tuesday night to extend a moratorium on RV parking along the dead-end portion of Weeks Street to coincide with the end of the rainy season.

December 20, 2017 | 3 comments
2017 All-League Girls Volleyball Teams

2017 All-League Girls Volleyball Teams
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League
De Anza Division
MVP: Amy Steinmetz, Lynbrook
Outstanding Senior: Chelsea Fan, Palo Alto
Outstanding Junior: Kaitlyn Wong, Los Altos
Outstanding Sophomore: Ella Weider, Los Gatos
Outstanding Freshman: Adrina Tang, Los Gatos

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Gunn choir wins 'radio sing-off'

Local singers honored by classical station KDFC
Congratulations are in order for Gunn High School's concert choir, which won San Francisco classical radio station KDFC's "Local Vocals High School Choir Sing-Off."

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Urbane and unfussy

The Striped Pig delivers on civility, polished cuisine
Both the front and back-of-the-house stand out at The Striped Pig, which opened in downtown Redwood City in 2015.

December 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Home front: make ornaments, soda bread or take a gardening class

A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including a Hidden Villa ornament class or a workshop on making espaliers.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of sold homes on the Midpeninsula. This week's highs range from $729,000 to $10 million.

December 20, 2017 | 1 comment
South Bay Holiday Gospel Concert

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will present its annual concert featuring gospel arrangements of holiday music on Friday, Dec. 22.

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
The best for 'Last'

Rian Johnson finds 'new hope' in 'The Last Jedi'
Setting aside for the moment the spaceships and lightsabers and critters, "Star Wars" has always been about a few core ideas: the clash of evil empire and mobilized do-gooders; the existence of a power greater than ourselves; the wars within and without ourselves; and love and family. George Lucas' multi-billion-dollar franchise also has told story after story about it always being darkest (or Dark Side-est) before the dawn. Technically, J.J. Abrams' "Episode VII: The Force Awakens" was about all of the above as well, but it's writer-director Rian Johnson who, with "Episode VIII: The Last Jedi", better fulfills the promise of Lucas' first subtitle: "A New Hope."

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Making the arts more accessible

Local organizations offer autism-friendly, 'shush-proof' performances
There's no shortage of performing-arts events on the Midpeninsula, but for members of the neurodiverse community, who can feel overwhelmed by intense stimuli and unwelcome in some traditional arts environments, the area's high-quality concerts, plays and ballets aren't always fully accessible. Local groups are trying to change that by offering autism- and sensory-friendly, judgment-free performances in a variety of genres.

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Bicycling children hit by cars in two separate incidents

One Palo Alto juvenile was stuck under a car, according to police scanner
Road conditions played a role in two separate collisions where children riding their bicycles were struck by cars in Palo Alto on Wednesday, police said.

December 20, 2017 | 87 comments
School board urges specific goals, accountability in equity plan

Special-education teacher: Plan is 'long overdue'
The Palo Alto school board and community members were largely supportive of a new two-year equity plan aimed at closing the district's achievement gap.

December 20, 2017 | 9 comments
Fremont Christian rallies past Dragons in nonleague hoops

Andries Castellano hit a basket near the end of the third quarter and then followed that with a putback early in the fourth quarter to give host Mid-Peninsula a six-point edge early in the fourth quarter of what was a roller coaster of a nonleague boys basketball game Tuesday against Fremont Christian.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Ballot measure seeks to curb health care costs

Workers file petitions in four cities, plan to do so in Palo Alto this week
Palo Alto voters may have a chance next year to put a cap on how much Stanford Health and other health care providers can charge patients for medical care under a ballot initiative being advanced by the health care workers union.

December 19, 2017 | 10 comments
Cardinal corner: Pritchard takes control of the offense

Tavita Pritchard, who engineered one of the greatest upsets in college football history in his starting debut at quarterback, has been promoted to Offensive Coordinator by Cardinal coach David Shaw, it was announced Tuesday.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Wind to precede rain falling overnight in Bay Area

Dry conditions to persist Wednesday through Christmas Day
Breezy conditions are forecast for Tuesday ahead of rain expected to fall throughout the Bay Area overnight, National Weather Service officials said.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Local notebook: Catching up with the Gunn slingers

Palo Alto Online Sports Associate Editor Glenn Reeves catches up with a couple of Gunn slingers, makes a Pinewood-San Diego connection and talks Northern California prep football success.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: 'Blue Christmas' service offers space to reflect

Wednesday event 'acknowledges the stress and pain' felt during the holidays
For one night during the typically celebratory holiday season, there will be no upbeat caroling, joyous choir music or other pageantry at University Lutheran Church -- only quiet prayers and time for reflection.

December 19, 2017 | 3 comments
Downtown gas leak caused by contractor

Leak behind The Epiphany Hotel caused by contractor
A gas leak behind The Epiphany Hotel in downtown Palo Alto led nearby buildings to evacuate on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

December 19, 2017 | 2 comments
Stanford men's soccer coaching staff voted best of year

Stanford men's soccer coach Jeremy Gunn and his staff have been voted the Men's Division I National Staff of the Year as released by the United Soccer Coaches on Tuesday.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
'Sunny Day' defendant could get five years for fatal shooting

Man strikes plea deal with prosecutors for 2013 killing
A man who struck a plea deal in the East Palo Alto shooting death of an alleged gang member could receive five years and four months in state prison, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said.

December 19, 2017 | 3 comments
Tara: We're not going to beat anybody playing like this

The Stanford women's basketball team held visiting Western Illinois to a single free throw the first 9:56 of the second quarter Monday night, turning a seven-point deficit into a double-figure advantage. The Leathernecks were undeterred, rallying to take their final lead with just over seven minutes en route to a 71-64 nonconference victory.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Eastside Prep girls drop hoops contest to Miramonte

While the Eastside College Prep girls basketball team was in the locker room discussing its 79-52 loss to visiting Miramonte on Monday night, the Matadors were whooping it up in front of a television camera near the Panthers logo on the court.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Late free throws lift Menlo College to hoops victory

Charles Neal made three free throws with three seconds remaining to play to lift Menlo College's men's basketball team past Benedictine, 81-80, on the second day of the Cactus Classic in Gilbert, Ariz. on Monday.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Hallock tops Stanford's men's water polo All-Americans

Stanford Athletics announced Monday that four men's water polo players earned All-America selections by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, led by freshman Ben Hallock, who was named first team.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto to consider Weeks Street RV parking ban extension

Staff seek to continue temporary prohibition through the end of May
A portion of Weeks Street fronting the Baylands could continue to see a parking ban through the end of May, a proposal the East Palo Alto City Council will consider Tuesday night.

December 18, 2017 | 31 comments
Oaks report: Top group of student-athletes signed for next year

Menlo College track and field coach Dan Noel announced the signing of Connor Dmytriw for the academic year, beginning in the fall of 2018. He will compete in cross country and track and field for the Oaks.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Molestation charges mount for former nanny, school volunteer

David Shwenke Tupou, first accused in 1994, now faces more than three dozen charges
A former Palo Alto elementary school volunteer and nanny accused of child molestation 23 years ago was arraigned on 34 counts of felony child molestation on Friday.

December 19, 2017 | 6 comments
Inmates had elaborate escape plan

Duo who fled from the courthouse had planned the escape for at least a month
Two robbery defendants who escaped from the Palo Alto courthouse on Nov. 6 allegedly orchestrated an elaborate plan by phone from jail, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

December 18, 2017 | 2 comments
New schools equity plan proposes focus on African-American, Hispanic students

Equity coordinator: 'our system is reaching the point of causing harm for specific groups'
Palo Alto Unified leadership is taking yet another swing at developing a strategic plan for reversing the trends that have long left minority and low-income students and those with disabilities behind their peers.

December 18, 2017 | 42 comments
Dons down, Cardinal men now prepare for Kansas hoops

Reid Travis scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Stanford beat visiting USF, 71-59, in a nonconference basketball game on Sunday.

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-Northern California Cross Country teams

All-Northern California Cross Country
Runner of the Year: Liam Anderson (Redwood)
Senior of the Year: Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau (Bellarmine)
Freshman of the Year: Kamran Murray (Menlo School)

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
High winds topple tree onto bicyclist

Firefighters use chainsaws to free injured man
A Palo Alto bicyclist suffered severe injuries after being trapped under a large tree toppled by powerful winds on Saturday.

December 17, 2017 | 17 comments
Prep report: Paly boys hoops fall; Pinewood girls win at buzzer

Palo Alto matched Salesian's defensive intensity for most of the night and nearly pulled off an upset Saturday in a nonleague boys basketball contest. In the end, the Pride's 3-point shooting accuracy and ability to get to the free throw line proved the difference in Salesian's 65-57 victory over the Vikings.

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Eastside girls put the clamps on Lancers in hoops action

The experience and aggressive defensive style of the Eastside Prep girls basketball team were decisive factors Saturday as the Panthers handed St. Francis its first loss of the season, 47-43, at the Presentation Shootout.

December 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Freshmen lead the way for Stanford women in hoops victory

The rise of Stanford's freshmen women's basketball class continued Saturday as Kiana Williams and Maya Dodson combined to score 25 points and the 18th-ranked Cardinal downed visiting UNLV, 75-33, in a nonconference affair.

December 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Outage affects nearly 300 Utilities customers

Strong winds push tree into wires, sparking outage
Around 260 customers are without electricity due to a power outage in Palo Alto this afternoon, according to the city's Utilities Department.

December 16, 2017 | 7 comments
County's effort to provide shelter beds runs into difficulty

Office of Supportive Housing aims to remove RVs from the streets
Santa Clara County is searching for new ways to open up more temporary shelters, safe parking programs and other short-term means of housing some of the thousands of county homeless residents.

December 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Gunn boys fall in championship of Prospect hoops tourney

Evan Dray and Eli Russo combined for 21 points but Gunn fell to Piedmont Hills, 59-36, in the championship game of the Prospect Tournament on Friday night. The Titans play at Los Altos at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

December 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Davis overcomes challenges to help Cardinal hoops win

Daejon Davis went out and played 37 minutes, scored a season-best 20 points and recorded a season-high five steals to go with five rebounds and five assists and Stanford beat visiting Denver, 75-62, in a nonconference game Friday night.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women end basketball fast with Lady Rebels

The Stanford women's basketball team ends its two-week break for finals with a game against visiting UNLV at 2 p.m. Saturday, a nonconference contest that should provide a nice tuneup for Thursday's 6 p.m. game with visiting No. 7 Tennessee.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford FB coach Shaw a finalist for Bobby Dodd Trophy

Stanford football coach David Shaw is among seven finalists for the Bobby Dodd Trophy it was announced Friday. Former Stanford quarterback Scott Frost is also among the finalists.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Council extends solar metering program

Energy credits still available for customers installing solar panels
Palo Alto's solar metering program, which caps resident-produced energy at 10.8 megawatts, could be further extended in the new year if the city doesn't reach its 10.8-megawatts threshold for solar installations.

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Cal Fire declares high fire danger this weekend for three counties

Firefighters in San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties are preparing for a windy weekend with warmer temperatures and low humidity, a combination that adds up to high danger of fire.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: Another Spare the Air day

Region remains under 'windless, rainless pattern'
A persistent high pressure system causing dry and calm conditions has resulted in eighth straight winter Spare the Air alert for Friday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula homes selling for $1M over asking prices

Low pricing spurs bidding, which leads to a feeding frenzy of multiple offers
Realtors say low inventory combined with sales strategies from the dot-com boom are playing a role in bidding wars.

December 15, 2017 | 38 comments
Prep report: Angel saves Palo Alto from boys soccer loss

Angel Antunez scored in the final minute and the Palo Alto boys soccer team tied with visiting Serra, 1-1, in a nonleague match Thursday. The match was scoreless for over 77 minutes.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford volleyball falls in five sets in national semis

Third-seeded Stanford rallied from a 2-0 deficit but could not complete the comeback, falling to No. 2 Florida, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 18-25, 15-10, in the national semifinals of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Thursday night.
(Cover photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey/isiphotos.com)

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College announces signing of prep girls hoops star

Menlo College women's basketball coach Shannon Spartaro announced the signing of Bullard High senior Shay Gibbons, a 5-11 shooting guard, on Thursday.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: schools equity plan; no council meeting

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

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Why families choose to home-school in Palo Alto

Families find vast educational resources outside of the traditional school system
For many Palo Alto families who opt to home-school their children, the term is a misnomer for what their children's education looks like.

December 15, 2017 | 74 comments
Getting an education that's legal

State oversight of home-schooling approaches varies considerably
Home-schooling families have several options for complying with California education requirements: enroll in a public charter school or a local school district's independent study program or file an affidavit with the state to establish a home private school.

December 15, 2017 | 13 comments
Holiday Fund: Saving the homeless

Peninsula Healthcare Connection brings medical services to homeless and anyone in need
Peninsula Healthcare Connection received a $5,000 Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund grant last year for its medical supplies and laboratory-testing costs to serve the homeless or those at-risk of homelessness.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
The best for 'Last'

Rian Johnson finds 'new hope' in 'The Last Jedi'
Setting aside for the moment the spaceships and lightsabers and critters, "Star Wars" has always been about a few core ideas: the clash of evil empire and mobilized do-gooders; the existence of a power greater than ourselves; the wars within and without ourselves; and love and family. George Lucas' multi-billion-dollar franchise also has told story after story about it always being darkest (or Dark Side-est) before the dawn. Technically, J.J. Abrams' "Episode VII: The Force Awakens" was about all of the above as well, but it's writer-director Rian Johnson who, with "Episode VIII: The Last Jedi", better fulfills the promise of Lucas' first subtitle: "A New Hope."

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
PACO hosts 'Holiday Extravaganza'

Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe join forces with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra for its family-friendly holiday concert on Dec. 16.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula homes selling for $1M over asking prices

Low pricing spurs bidding, which leads to a feeding frenzy of multiple offers
Realtors say low inventory combined with sales strategies from the dot-com boom are playing a role in bidding wars.

December 14, 2017 | 38 comments
The Ogwumike sisters in USA basketball player pool

Stanford All-Americans Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike were named to the 29-person 2017-20 USA Basketball Women's National Team pool on Thursday. The 2017-20 USA National Team pool, from which the 2018 USA World Cup Team is expected to be selected, was chosen by the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Burkett, Phillips earn football academic honors

Stanford seniors Jesse Burkett and Harrison Phillips were named second team Academic All-America Football on Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America. This is the first time Stanford has two Academic All-Americans in the same season since Chase Beeler (first team) and Owen Marecic (second team) in 2010.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: celebrate winter solstice, protect your evergreens

Palo Alto apartment rents up 3 percent
A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including Hidden Villa Farm's winter solstice event and a seed planter class.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Hom Korean Kitchen expands to Redwood City

The Peninsula Foodist
A fast-casual Korean restaurant in San Jose has opened a second location in downtown Redwood City. Hom Korean Kitchen opened in November at 2639 Broadway St.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
New blood pressure guidelines puts millions at risk

Health risks from hypertension are significant even at 130/80
High blood pressure now affects nearly half of U.S. adults under changes to what constitutes hypertension announced by the American Heart Association.

December 14, 2017 | 3 comments
Prep beat: Gunn girls top SHP in soccer; M-A, Priory win in hoops

Natalie Hill scored twice, Lily Jose added a goal and the Gunn girls soccer team beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 3-2, in a nonleague contest Wednesday. In girls basketball, Menlo-Atherton and Priory each won at home.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Of local note: Menlo, SHP grads are water polo All-Americans

Menlo School grad John Wilson and Sacred Heart Prep product Finn Banks were each named second team All-Americans on Tuesday, two of four men's water polo players from John Hopkins to earn a spot on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America teams.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Sullivan is up for the Honda Award

Stanford senior midfielder Andi Sullivan is a nominee for the Honda Sport Award for women's soccer it was announced Wednesday. A three-year captain and the 2017 Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, Sullivan capped her remarkable Stanford career with a goal in the Cardinal's 3-2 win over UCLA in the College Cup final on Dec. 1.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Six Cardinal volleyball players named to All-America teams

Stanford sophomores Kathryn Plummer, Morgan Hentz and Jenna Gray earned first team All-America recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday. Sophomore Audriana Fitzmorris and fifth-year senior Merete Lutz were named to the second team and junior Tami Alade is an honorable mention.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto police investigating murder-suicide

Colleague: Women who died were computer scientists, partners in life
The deaths of Heather Lauren Downs, 50, and Selene Kallista Makarios, 57, who were found in East Palo Alto Wednesday, are being investigated as a murder-suicide, police said Thursday.

December 13, 2017 | 3 comments
Star power

Local chefs dish about the pressures and rewards of earning a Michelin star
The Michelin stars hold enormous sway in local kitchens -- one chef said he thinks about the rating "constantly" -- while others insist it doesn't drive their decisions.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Average sale in East Palo Alto is over $800K
A complete list of sold homes on the Midpeninsula, including an Atherton home purchased for $6.5 million.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
'A Very Merry Dorktale' comes to Dragon

Dragon Theatre, in partnership with Dorktales Story Time, will perform its own comedic and kid-friendly version of the classic holiday tale "A Christmas Carol" on Friday.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Filoli changes its holiday offerings

Filoli, the historic Woodside estate, has changed its holiday program.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Radio's golden 'Hour'

Los Altos Stage Company's '1940s Radio Hour' is retro fun
If I say my favorite thing about Los Altos Stage Company's "The 1940s Radio Hour" might be the program, it's not meant to reflect negatively on the performance itself. To the contrary: It's a very enjoyable show, and part of what makes it enjoyable is the amount of delightful detail put into the production as a whole.

December 14, 2017 | 1 comment
Anti-idling proposal steers toward education

Palo Alto plan aims to stop drivers from running engines while parked for more than three minutes
Palo Alto drivers caught running their engines without going anywhere could be slapped with a fine but will more likely receive a warning under a pending law aimed at cracking down on vehicle idling.

December 13, 2017 | 44 comments
Prep report: Pinewood girls heat up in hoops victory

Pinewood got off to a cold shooting start Tuesday against Valley Christian, but team defense kept the game under control. Once the shooters warmed up the contest quickly turned into a rout and Pinewood went on to a 66-44 victory.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
TopDrawerSoccer names Stanford's Sullivan top player

Stanford senior midfielder and Hermann Trophy finalist Andi Sullivan was announced as TopDrawerSoccer's Women's Player of the Year on Tuesday after setting up her team for the national championship in early December.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Love becomes consensus All-America

Stanford junior human biology major Bryce Love was named All-America first team by The Sporting News on Tuesday while fifth-year senior biomechanical engineering major David Bright earned second-team honors. The accolade earned Love consensus All-America status, the 37th by a Cardinal.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Plummer earns ESPNw Player of the Year honors

Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer has been selected the ESPNw National Player of the Year, the site announced Tuesday. Plummer leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth in the nation in kills (4.73) and points per set (5.48).

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto History Museum gets one more chance

City Council approves a lease extension -- with strings attached
The opportunity for the Palo Alto History Museum to inhabit the historic Roth Building could soon draw to a close if its board can't come up with $1.75 million by November 2018, a frustrated Palo Alto City Council decided on Monday night.

December 12, 2017 | 10 comments
Board to add advisory group to superintendent search

Trustees to appoint members to committee
Palo Alto Unified's search for a new superintendent will be slightly different this time around, with the added involvement of community members and staff who will meet the final candidates and serve in an advisory capacity to the school board.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alerts issued for Wednesday, Thursday

Public banned from burning solid fuels to avoid contributing to unhealthy air quality
Bay Area air quality officials have issued Winter Spare the Air Alerts banning the burning of solid fuels on both Wednesday and Thursday.

December 12, 2017 | 4 comments
Newton is stepping down as Menlo football coach

Mark Newton is resigning after 14 years as football coach at Menlo School. A former quarterback at Menlo, Newton has guided the Knights to four Central Coast Section championship game appearances as well as a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division outright title this past season.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Small fire at Opportunity Center displaces seven

Blaze caused by unattended cooking oil on hot plate
Seven residents were displaced by a kitchen fire at the Opportunity Center on Saturday that resulted in significant water damage, a fire official said.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators, Cardinal to meet across a volleyball net this time

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (30-3) continues its quest for a record eighth national title this week, traveling to Kansas City, Missouri for the Final Four. The tournament's No. 3 overall seed, the Cardinal will face No. 2 seed Florida (29-1) in the second national semifinal on Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal trio named to pair of All-America football teams

Doak Walker Award winner Bryce Love was joined by junior Justin Reid and senior Harrison Phillips on the AP All-America team announced Monday. Love was a first-team running back, with Reid earning second-team honors at safety. Phillips was a third-team choice at defensive tackle.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Council approves pared-down sustainability plan

With a goal of cutting greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2030, Palo Alto prioritizes carbon reduction, water protection
The City Council approved on Monday a revision to its 2018-2020 Sustainability Implementation Plan, which will initially focus on reducing carbon dioxide and protecting potable water sources.

December 12, 2017 | 3 comments
Prep report: Paly boys strike fast in soccer victory

Palo Alto scored in the first minute and held on to beat visiting Sequoia, 1-0, in a nonleague boys soccer match on Monday. Menlo School rallied but fell short against Overfelt.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly's Wang delivers another wrestling tournament title

Andrew Wang dominated the 132-pound division at the Webber Lawson boys wrestling tournament Saturday at Fremont High and Palo Alto finished fourth with 109 1/2 points, ahead of ninth-place Gunn (89) and 13th place Menlo-Atherton (54).

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Fifth straight Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday

Weather conditions are 'causing unhealthy air pollution to build up'
A fifth consecutive Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Tuesday because of continued dry and calm weather conditions.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Fourth winter Spare the Air alert set for Monday

District officials expect high-pressure ridge over the area to impact air quality
For the fourth day in a row, wood-burning activities are banned around the Bay Area, regional air quality officials said.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford policy change means no more pro tennis at Taube

Inside Tennis reported that the Bank of the West Classic will be leaving Stanford after the University made it known it doesn't want to host a tournament with a commercial sponsor.

December 10, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo men give Lumberjacks the axe in 79-78 hoops win

Freshman Charles Neal made one of two free throws with three seconds remaining to lift the Menlo College men's basketball team past host Humboldt State, 79-78, in a nonconference contest Sunday.

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men make NCAA soccer history with three-peat

Sam Werner wasn't quite sure how it happened but he knew it did. Stanford won its third consecutive NCAA men's soccer championship when Werner scored in the second overtime (103rd minute) to give the Cardinal a 1-0 victory over Indiana at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday.

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Love's second-place showing in Heisman voting a theme

Bryce Love finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, which was announced Saturday following an extravagant lead-in show. This was both expected and disappointing.

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Kansas City, here they come: Stanford reaches Final Four

Kathryn Plummer recorded 19 kills and was named tournament MVP as the fourth-ranked and third-seeded Stanford women's volleyball team beat visiting Texas, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21, to advance to the Final Four in Kansas City this week.

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Pinewood girls bounce back with big basketball victory

Klara Astrom scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Brianna Claros added 15 points and six assists and the Pinewood girls basketball team beat visiting Bishop O'Dowd, 72-44, in a nonleague contest Saturday.

December 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Priory's Gray pretty fast on the soccer field

Priory's Anysa Gray runs a pretty good race on the track. She may be even better running around the soccer field. Gray scored all five goals in Priory's 5-2 victory over Alvarez on Saturday at Fremont High as part of the Firebird Classic.

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo boys, Castilleja win in soccer

Aaron Morgan scored a goal in the first minute of play and the Menlo School boys' soccer team made it stand for a 1-0 victory over visiting University-San Francisco on Friday.

December 9, 2017 | No comments yet
One block here, one dig there leads to Stanford victory

First-year women's volleyball coach Kevin Hambly knew junior Tami Alade was as talented as anyone he had on the Stanford roster. He just had to convince her she was that good. Hambly's 'therapy' was to give her the chance to discover it for herself.

December 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo makes commitment to win hoops tourney

Menlo School scored the last 11 points of the first quarter to open a three-point lead and went on to a 58-52 victory Friday in the championship game of the Burlingame Lions Club Basketball Tournament at Burlingame High.

December 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men get a chance to make soccer history

Goals in each half by Foster Langsdorf and Sam Wernerpropelled Stanford to a 2-0 victory over Akron in the NCAA College Cup men's soccer semifinals Friday.

December 8, 2017 | No comments yet
More worker permits mulled for parking programs

City considers adding the number of permits sold to employees in Evergreen-Mayfield and Southgate Residential Preferential Parking programs
Palo Alto may soon increase the number of permits that could be purchased by workers who park on the streets of the Evergreen Park and Mayfield neighborhoods.

December 14, 2017 | 12 comments
Prep report: Defending champ M-A wins PAL girls soccer opener

Diana Morales scored three goals and the Menlo-Atherton girls' soccer team opened Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play with a 5-0 victory over visiting Terra Nova on Thursday.

December 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Survey shows mixed results in Middlefield 'road diet'

Collision rate remains steady, while number of near-misses is on the rise
Palo Alto's pilot program on a particularly hazardous segment of Middlefield Road has so far netted mixed results, according to a status report released by the city's consultants on the project.

December 13, 2017 | 36 comments
Menlo Park: Police name a suspect in Nov. 22 shooting in marshland area

Suspect has ties to East Palo Alto, considered armed and dangerous
Police have named Dagoberto Franco-Penaloza, 24, as the suspect in a Nov. 22 shooting of a transient in the marshland area near the Menlo Park-East Palo Alto border.

December 8, 2017 | 3 comments
Palo Alto prepares to adopt new priorities

City solicits public feedback on issues that warrant significant attention in 2018
Palo Alto is preparing to adopt new priorities for next year, even as it recognizes the need to stay focused on the issues of traffic and housing.

December 11, 2017 | 19 comments
Pride gets the better of Pinewood in girls basketball

The visiting Salesian girls basketball team went from 11 points down to 11 points ahead and withstood a late Pinewood rally to escape with a 53-51 win in a matchup of two of the top girls basketball teams in the state Thursday night at Pinewood.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford pair honored as soccer first team All-Americans

Stanford's Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Foster Langsdorf were named United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I first team All-Americans on Thursday night. It's the third time in the last four seasons Stanford has had multiple players receive first team All-America recognition.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Love wins Doak Walker Award as top running back

Stanford's Bryce Love won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and finished second in the voting, behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, for AP Player of the Year. Love was named the AP's All-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and also earned first-team honors at running back.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: pricey landscaping; new additions

Learn about damage from landscaping work that cost the Palo Alto school district nearly $11,000, dozens of Korean-language books donated to the City Library and Tinder's recent property purchase downtown.

December 9, 2017 | 4 comments
Local boys make bad

The Franco brothers 'camp out' for 'The Disaster Artist'
If it's true that nothing succeeds like success, it stands to reason that something succeeds like failure. The movies have produced some truly terrible specimens, but perhaps none so successful as "The Room," Tommy Wiseau's 2003 independent film that swiftly became notorious as one of the worst films ever made and, thereby, a cult "midnight movie"

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
For new bike boulevard, it's not smooth sailing

New Ross Road fixtures are confusing bicyclists and drivers, creating danger, residents say
Residents say recent changes to make Ross Road more accommodating for bicyclists and other commuters are making the street more dangerous.

December 8, 2017 | 140 comments
District log reveals reports of discrimination

Nearly 100 incidents across school district show nature, extent of alleged misconduct
As of Dec. 1, the Palo Alto school district has logged nearly 100 reports related to sexual and racial misconduct, harassment and discrimination.

December 8, 2017 | 14 comments
Holiday Fund: Giving students the gift of knowledge

Holiday Fund grant provides students with much-needed new science textbooks
St. Elizabeth Seton School was able to provide new Glencoe Series science textbooks and additional LearnSmart software for 90 students through the Weekly's Holiday Fund.

December 8, 2017 | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: History Museum update; taxicab ordinance

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

December 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Air district issues first three alerts of the season

Violators face fines starting at $100
The Winter Spare the Air season's first three alerts were announced today for Friday through Sunday, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Honors for Foudy, Xiao, Steffens

Former Stanford standout and United States national women's soccer team captain Julie Foudy was honored with the Silver Anniversary Award, the NCAA announced Thursday. The Cardinal men's volleyball team opens the season ranked eighth by the AVCA.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park settles development-related lawsuit with East Palo Alto

Agreement lays out protocols for both cities around large projects
After nearly a year of closed-session council talks and negotiations, the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park have agreed to the terms of a lawsuit settlement.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Selling the nest?

Midpeninsula parents with no kids at home have few housing options
The tight Midpeninsula housing market is having a big impact on empty nesters.

December 7, 2017 | 5 comments
Home front: rooftop solar changes; grow orchids

Residential solar deadline approaching
A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including rooftop solar changes and an orchid workshop.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
'Guided Colors' youth exhibit opens

Palo Alto's Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) will host an exhibit by 13 local youth artists working in a variety of media, including sculpture, mixed media and murals.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Woman receives five-year sentence for embezzling $736K

Former bookkeeper used funds to buy handbags, San Francisco 49ers football season tickets
A woman received five years in prison at her sentencing Thursday for embezzling more than $736,000 from a Palo Alto landscaping company, Santa Clara County prosecutors said.

December 7, 2017 | 5 comments
Palo Alto man charged in tech-theft conspiracy case

Millions in chip-equipment-manufacture technology was allegedly stolen from Applied Materials
Four executives, including one from Palo Alto, have been charged in an alleged conspiracy to steal technology from Applied Materials, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

December 7, 2017 | 13 comments
Menlo College's McCloskey, Swart named all-Southwest Region

Menlo College's Kaylin Swart and Rachel McCloskey were each named to the NSCAA All-Southwest region team for the second straight year it was announced Wednesday. Swart was named to the first team and McCloskey was selected to the second team.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-Central Coast Section Girls Water Polo

2017 All-Central Coast Section Girls Water Polo
Player of the Year: Nina Flynn, Leland
Top Goalkeeper: Zoe Banks, Gunn
First team
Nina Flynn, Leland
Isabella Mandema, St. Francis
Shea Salvino, Soquel
Zoe Banks, Gunn

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly, Menlo to meet for tournament title

Menlo and Palo Alto will meet in the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament championship game on Friday at 8 p.m. as both team won in the semifinals. Menlo topped Aragon, 69-44, and the Vikings bested Los Altos, 57-37 on Wednesday.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to loosen rules for taxi fares

Ordinance amendment would allow taxi drivers to reduce fares during low-demand periods
With ride-sharing companies changing the transportation landscape, city officials are preparing to pass a new law to make life a little easier for taxi drivers.

December 7, 2017 | 38 comments
History Museum seeks to rev up fundraising effort

Nonprofit hopes to open history museum in 2019
A decade after Palo Alto officials set out to transform the historic Roth Building into a history museum, the effort is starting to pick up momentum, with museum officials hoping for a grand opening in 2019.

December 6, 2017 | 21 comments
'Animal Farm' revisited

Retirees bring new life to Orwell's 1945 satire
Fifteen retirees starring in Avenidas' staged reading of a George Orwell classic this month are bringing more than their acting skills to the stage.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Ledecky named Pac-12 swimmer of the month

Stanford sophomore Katie Ledecky was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month by the conference office on Wednesday. She won eight individual races in seven different events, which included an American record in the 1650-yard freestyle.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Palo Alto has 17 sales that close escrow
A complete list of sold homes on the Midpeninsula, including a Woodside estate purchased for $13 million.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
High hopes

Despite big expectations and bigger prices, Nobu Palo Alto doesn't quite deliver
Many of Nobu's signature dishes and cocktails have stood the test of time, but the new Palo Alto location is still uneven and unpredictable.

December 7, 2017 | 1 comment
The first production of 'The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol'

Pear Theatre drags out the Dickens with holiday premiere
"The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol," currently receiving its world premiere at Mountain View's Pear Theatre, is a darkly comic ode to/inside joke for theater people, by theater people.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Dazzling production, dated stereotypes

Technically brilliant, 'Around the World in 80 Days' proves problematic
From a purely technical perspective, TheatreWorks puts on a fantastic show. But for all of its merits from the technical perspective, there is one very large painted elephant in the room: the racism inherent in the source material.

December 6, 2017 | 12 comments
Palo Alto firefighters head to Thomas Fire

Four crew members join county team to battle large-scale blaze
Four Palo Alto firefighters and their counterparts throughout the Bay Area are responding to the Thomas Fire that has burned more than 65,000 acres in Ventura County.

December 6, 2017 | 1 comment
School board approves new rule for anonymous donations

Members disagree on how to balance gifts and public accountability
The Palo Alto school board was divided on a requirement to internally disclose anonymous donors' identities it ultimately approved by 3-2 vote on Tuesday night.

December 6, 2017 | 19 comments
Prep report: Paly, Menlo boys open hoops tourney with a win

William Schlemmer scored 17 points, one of three to reach double figures, and the Palo Also boys varsity basketball team opened its season with a 62-45 victory over Half Moon Bay in the opening round of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament at Burlingame High on Tuesday.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Xiao, Shoults earn national honors

Stanford junior women's soccer forward Michelle Xiao was honored with the NCAA's Elite 90 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at his or her championship site. Grant Shoults was named CollegeSwimming.com's National Swimmer of the Week.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Shaw, Love, Little earn top football honors

Stanford football coach David Shaw, junior running back Bryce Love and freshman offensive lineman Walker Little were all recipients of top honors on the all-Pac-12 Conference team named Tuesday.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Local notebook: Prep hoops polls, alumni news and commitments

Pinewood girls basketball coach Doc Scheppler has a small complaint about preseason and early season polls. He thinks they show absolutely nothing. And he'd say it again.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-Central Coast Section Boys Water Polo

2017 All-Central Coast Section Boys Water Polo
Player of the Year: Andrew Churukian, Sacred Heart Prep
First team
Sam Untrecht, Menlo School
Gabe Discipulo, Bellarmine
Nathan Puentes, St. Francis
Alex Tsotadze, Sacred Heart Prep

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's new anti-idling law unlikely to be enforced

Officials warn that the effort may be more effective in educating, rather than citing, offenders
As Palo Alto prepares to adopt a new law banning idling vehicles, city officials are warning that the new prohibition is unlikely to see any real enforcement.

December 6, 2017 | 25 comments
City braces for impacts of new housing laws

Palo Alto council members, planning staff say recently passed bills could reduce local control, spur major change
Palo Alto is bracing for a slew of new laws that will take effect Jan. 1 and could transform the community conversation about affordable housing.

December 5, 2017 | 37 comments
Ending the wasted food run-around

Peninsula Food Runners makes it easier to donate excess meals to hungry residents
Peninsula Food Runners works to remove logistical barriers to food donations, picking up leftover meals from Palo Alto area companies and restaurants and distributing them to people in need.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men place five on all-West Region soccer team

The Stanford men's soccer team is represented by five student-athletes on the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region Teams for the third consecutive season.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 Stanford football awards banquet

2017 Stanford Football Awards
Al Masters Award
Presented to the player displaying the highest degree of leadership and respect of his teammates
David Bright

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Love is ready for his Heisman Trophy close up

Stanford junior running back Bryce Love was named one of three Heisman Trophy finalists by the Heisman Trophy Trust on Monday and will be joined in New York by Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Heisman winner will be announced Saturday evening on ESPN.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly girls win third straight soccer match to open season

Ernesto Cruz never left Palo Alto High, he just left the soccer coaching sidelines for about 10 years. He returned this season and things are pretty much the same. The Vikings are off to solid start, winning their first three games, including Monday's 1-0 nonleague victory over visiting St. Francis.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto approves Junior Museum and Zoo expansion

After years of planning and fundraising, project gets green light from City Council
One of Palo Alto's most popular family attractions received a big boost Monday, when the City Council gleefully backed an ambitious plan to rebuild and expand the Junior Museum and Zoo.

December 5, 2017 | 10 comments
Sunset magazine sold to Los Angeles private equity investor

Former Menlo Park-based publication now under Regent L.P.
Sunset magazine, once located on Willow Road in Menlo Park, has been sold to Regent L.P., a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, Time Inc. has announced.

December 4, 2017 | 3 comments
School board to discuss gifts policy

Substantial contribution sparks discussion on balancing anonymity of donors with transparency
Under a proposed administrative regulation, a donor who gives more than $50,000 to the Palo Alto school district but wants to remain anonymous will be required to disclose his or her identity to the school board.

December 4, 2017 | 8 comments
Former Stanford QB to head Nebraska football program

Scott Frost, who spent two years as a Stanford quarterback, will return to his alma mater as Nebraska's head football coach after becoming one of the nation's most successful coaches the past two seasons. A member of two Huskers national championship teams, Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos officially introduced Frost at a Sunday news conference in Lincoln.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: A pair of basketball losses into the break

Junior Reid Travis posted his third double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Stanford men's basketball team but the Cardinal lost, 76-68, to host Long Beach State Sunday.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep brings home volleyball runner-up trophy

Sacred Heart Prep took on every challenge, winning most but losing some, without complaint and with no excuses. The Gators lost in in the CIF state championship Division II girls volleyball game Saturday, 25-18, 28-26, 25-22, to Sierra Canyon at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
No denying Stanford women in winning NCAA soccer title

Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere scored in the 67th minute to snap a tie and lift Stanford past Pac-12 rival UCLA, 3-2, in the championship game of the NCAA tournament on Sunday at the Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Tournament hoops titles for Menlo, Pinewood

Ally Stuart nailed four 3-pointers to help the Menlo School girls basketball team squeeze past St. Ignatius, 67-65, in the championship game of the Marin Catholic tournament Saturday. Pinewood won the LJCD Sweet 16 Invitational, beating host La Jolla Country Day, 51-39, in the title match.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women enjoy block party in NCAA volleyball win

Jenna Gray kept it simple and that led to a series of well-placed serves that highlighted fourth-ranked and No. 1 seed Stanford's deceptive 25-14, 25-15, 25-9 victory over No. 23 Colorado State in the second round of the NCAA women's volleyball championships on Saturday night.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men Philly-bound for another try at a soccer title

For the third consecutive year, the Stanford men's soccer team has eliminated Wake Forest from the NCAA tournament. No. 9 Stanford would love see history repeat itself the rest of the way. The Cardinal went on to win the national title the past two years.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Boys basketball: Knights out duel M-A in nonleague action

There was little doubt heading into the season that the Menlo School boys basketball team would be very good. On Saturday in its season opener the Knights showed that, yes, they might be a team to keep an eye on. Menlo opened at crosstown rival Menlo-Atherton and pulled away in the second half for a 59-47 victory.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford commit places second at Foot Locker west regional

Bellarmine senior Meikal Beaudoin-Rousseau, who signed to run at Stanford, placed second at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional at Mt. SAC in 15:41.1 on Saturday.

December 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo's football season ends with loss in title game

The Menlo School football team fell short Friday night in its quest to win the first Central Coast Section championship in program history, losing to Gilroy 38-21 in the Division V final at Westmont High.

December 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Brock Turner files appeal in sex-assault case

Calling trial 'fundamentally unfair,' former Stanford student seeks new one
A year and a half after a jury found Brock Turner guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, the former Stanford University student is appealing his conviction.

December 2, 2017 | 14 comments
Edgewood market holds soft opening

Full-service grocery store provides services residents have long missed
The new and long-awaited grocery store at Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center finally opened on Friday, to the joy of shoppers and nearby residents.

December 2, 2017 | 44 comments
No football title but another bowl appearance for the Cardinal

Stanford lost its bid to win a fourth Pac-12 football title under David Shaw, losing to USC 31-28 on Friday night in the conference championship at Levi's Stadium. The Cardinal will still play in a bowl game for the ninth straight year.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: SH Prep boys hoops coach gains 200th win

Eric DeBrine scored 24 points and the Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team beat El Camino in a consolation game of the Crusader Classic at Riordan on Friday night. It was coach Tony Martinelli's 200th career victory.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Ex-teacher sentenced to five years for molestation

Danielle Matko expressed remorse for sexual acts against two East Palo Alto boys
Former teacher Danielle Matko tearfully begged a judge for leniency during her sentencing hearing for molesting two East Palo Alto boys on Friday.

December 2, 2017 | 14 comments
Paly, Castilleja grads to meet in Division III soccer finals

Palo Alto grad Alison Lu scored the lone goal in Williams College's 1-0 victory over Hardin-Simmons on Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division Women's Soccer Championships in Greenboro, N.C.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women reach NCAA soccer championship match

The Stanford women's soccer team didn't waste any time in its first appearance at the NCAA College Cup in three years, scoring twice before the game was 30 minutes old. Jordan DiBiasi scored two first-half goals to lead Stanford to a 2-0 victory over South Carolina in the College Cup semifinals on Friday and into its fourth national title match.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: caring for kids; pie giveaway

Read about Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford's grand opening celebration, East Palo Alto police getting into the holiday spirit and the city holding on to hope of bringing high-speed internet to every home.

December 3, 2017 | 1 comment
City seeks more protection from Stanford expansion

Palo Alto officials, residents question university's plans to manage anticipated traffic and housing problems
With Stanford looking to build more than 2 million square feet of academic spaces by 2035, city officials and residents are raising fresh concerns about how this will impact local traffic conditions, the region's housing shortage and open space.

December 1, 2017 | 7 comments
Thousands of records exposed in Stanford data breaches

Confidential data accessed via online file-sharing platforms
Personal employee information, confidential financial aid and student sexual-assault reports were exposed in three separate data breaches at Stanford, the university said in a press release Friday.

December 1, 2017 | 6 comments
Prep report: Pinewood, Priory, Menlo girls all hoops winners

The three best Division V girls basketball teams in the state, or at least the Central Coast section, were in tournament action Thursday. Priory held off Menlo-Atherton, 53-48, in the Cardinal Newman tournament, Pinewood beat Lakewood of Colorado, 50-30, in the La Jolla Country Day Sweet Sixteen and defending state D5 champion Eastside College Prep lost to Division I power Heritage, 62-54, also in Santa Rosa. Division IV Menlo School topped Fortuna, 62-36, in the Marin Catholic tournament.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Trio of soccer All-Americans; Swim results

Stanford senior midfielder Andi Sullivan, sophomore defender Tierna Davidson and freshman forward Catarina Macario were each named first-team All-Americans by United Soccer Coaches on Thursday.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford expansion comment period extended

Planning Director accedes to requests from Palo Alto, Menlo Park
Responding to requests from Palo Alto and Menlo Park, Santa Clara County planners have agreed to give the public 60 more days to comment on the environmental analysis of Stanford University's 2018 General Use Permit application.

November 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Educating students, one by one

Volunteer tutors provide struggling kids with social-emotional stability along with academic help
All Students Matter received $5,000 from the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund this year, paying for new volunteer training that the organization's founder described as "invaluable."

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
In Crescent Park, a push to end traffic gridlock

Residents to seek solutions for the daily line of cars on neighborhood streets
Fed up with the daily traffic gridlock on their neighborhood's streets, Crescent Park residents are banding together to get the city of Palo Alto's attention.

December 1, 2017 | 124 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Jr. Museum and Zoo project; supe-search firm contract

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 4.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo School looks to make football history vs. Gilroy

On the surface Menlo School looks like a decided underdog going into Friday's Central Coast Section Division V football championship game against Gilroy at 7 p.m. at Westmont High.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
'Animal Farm' revisited

Retirees bring new life to Orwell's 1945 satire
Fifteen retirees starring in Avenidas' staged reading of a George Orwell classic this month are bringing more than their acting skills to the stage.

December 3, 2017 | 4 comments
Cardinal hopes to have a senior day at Pac-12 title game

Stanford (9-3) meets USC (10-2) for the Pac-12 football championship Friday at 5 p.m. inside Levi's Stadium and the 25 fourth- and fifth-year seniors on Stanford's roster, most in the Pac-12, will have a lot to say about the outcome.

November 30, 2017 | 1 comment
M-A grad DiSanto looking forward to volleyball homecoming

When the University of Michigan women's volleyball team learned its destination for the first round of the NCAA tournament, it was celebration time for one of its players. Jacqueline DiSanto, a freshman from Menlo-Atherton High School, was going home.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Taking wing

'Lady Bird' tracks a teen girl’s flight from the nest
Trapped in a small car on a college road trip, a 17-year-old girl and her mother come to the end of a 21-hour audiobook of “The Grapes of Wrath." Asked to sit with what she's heard, the girl laments, “I wish I could live through something." Of course, she is, and she will. And her mother will be there, watching and fretting, as she does.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Allied Arts Christmas Market returns

The Allied Arts Guild's Christmas Market, offering handmade arts and crafts for a good cause, returns Saturday.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: Christmas Market, garbage schedule change

A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including information on the Allied Arts Guild's Christmas Market.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Neighborhood Snapshot: Green Acres

Its name evokes a pastoral TV show and its location is loved by residents
The neighbors have changed, but the closeness remains.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Wine walk in downtown Menlo Park

Afternoon event benefits Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation
The fourth annual Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk benefit for the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation is on Saturday, Dec. 2., in downtown Menlo Park.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Two officials to discuss influence of their Palo Alto upbringings

Forum to explore how local roots shaped careers of congresswoman, county supervisor
On Sunday, a congresswoman and county supervisor will examine how growing up in Palo Alto shaped their public service careers.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Private meeting held between Facebook officials and East Palo Alto advocates

Parties discuss impact of company's expansion on neighboring communities
A private town hall meeting was held at the East Palo Alto Senior Center on Monday between Facebook executives and Real Community Coalition.

November 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Prep report: Paly girls win second straight soccer match

Emily Tomz scored twice and the Palo Alto girls soccer team downed host Menlo-Atherton, 3-0, on Wednesday in a rematch of last year's Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo takes care of the Pioneers in men's basketball

Menlo College hit its first four shots and never looked back in an 86-54 victory over visiting Pacific Union on Wednesday in a nonconference men's basketball contest.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Davis pointing toward success on basketball court

Reid Travis scored 20 points, Daejon Davis added 17 and Michael Humphrey recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Stanford men's basketball team upended visiting Montana, 70-54, in a nonconference game Wednesday night.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women use big second half to beat the Dons

Alanna Smith had 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, DiJonai Carrington added 19 points and the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team rallied to beat host USF, 86-66, in a nonconference contest Wednesday night.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Ledecky named USOC's Female Athlete of the Year

Stanford sophomore swimmer Katie Ledecky was named Female Olympic Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on Wednesday. She's the first three-time winner of the USOC's annual Female Athlete of the Year award since its inception in 1974.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Artisan pop-up market opens Friday

A pop-up market featuring dozens of local artists will open up at the Clarkwood Center starting Dec. 1, and will kick off with a fundraiser for local schools.

November 29, 2017 | 1 comment
City to assess life for families of young children in Palo Alto

Consultant to evaluate impact of socioeconomic, demographic changes
A new city study will take a deep dive into issues impacting parents and young children in Palo Alto, from financial security to child care availability.

November 29, 2017 | 3 comments
City explores ways to pay for revamped Caltrain intersections

Rail Committee considers new studies on rail-crossing alternatives, financing
City leaders are still struggling to figure out how they will separate Caltrain tracks from local streets and how it would be paid for.

November 29, 2017 | 99 comments
Ending the wasted food run-around

Peninsula Food Runners makes it easier to donate excess meals to hungry residents
Peninsula Food Runners works to remove logistical barriers to food donations, picking up leftover meals from tech companies and restaurants and distributing them to people in need.

November 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Home sales

Los Altos country club home sells for $7.2 million
A complete list of sold homes on the Midpeninsula, including a Tennyson Avenue home that goes for $6 million.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Local ballet companies offer their own holiday traditions

Once again this holiday season, two local companies are taking a break from presenting the traditional ballet, "The Nutcracker," and offering up their own versions of festive family fare.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
New friends, 'New Worlds'

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and friends bring musical collaboration to Palo Alto
In the case of cellist Jan Vogler, a chance encounter with actor Bill Murray (yes, that Bill Murray) led to not only a friendship but their lyrical "New Worlds" project, which they'll present Saturday night at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
'Santaland Diaries' on stage

TheatreWorks brings darkly funny dose of holiday cheer
Theatreworks Silicon Valley has not one but two holiday treats in store for audiences. In addition to its upcoming production of the family-friendly spectacle "Around the World in 80 Days," TheatreWorks is bringing a healthy dose of mature, somewhat subversive comedy to Foothill College with its production of "The Santaland Diaries."

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
There in black and white

Pace Gallery presents new work by Adam Pendleton
Pace Gallery's current exhibition, "Adam Pendleton: Which We Can," consisting of black-and-white silkscreens, collages and spray-painted canvases, requires close examination and time to parse the artist's messages.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
School board selects supe-search firm

Chosen company uses 'aggressive' recruiting strategies
Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, an Illinois-based firm that has conducted numerous superintendent searches in California school districts, will oversee the process for selecting Palo Alto Unified's top leader.

November 29, 2017 | 13 comments
ESPNW honors Stanford's Macario as Player of the Year

Freshman attacker Catarina Macario was named ESPNW Player of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the organization. She leads Division I players in points (47) and assists (13), leading the Pac-12 and ranking fourth, nationally, with 17 goals. She set program records for freshmen in virtually every offensive category.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Shaw, Phillips earn national football awards

Stanford football coach David Shaw was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week and senior defensive tackle Harrison Phillips earned Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honors Tuesday.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Plummer named Pac-12 Volleyball Player of the Year

Kathryn Plummer earned the Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Player of the Year award, Stanford teammate Jenna Gray was named Setter of the Year and Morgan Hentz was selected Libero of the Year as part of the annual conference awards announced by Commissioner Larry Scott.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Cities seek more time to vet Stanford's proposed expansion

Palo Alto and Menlo Park request 60 more days; Stanford calls proposal 'unwarranted'
Two cities are calling on Santa Clara County to extend its deadline to evaluate potential impacts of Stanford's proposed expansion.

November 29, 2017 | 15 comments
2017 All-League Boys Water Polo Teams

Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division
MVP: Sam Untrecht, Menlo School
MVG: Noah Smith, Menlo-Atherton
West Catholic Athletic League
First team
Andrew Churukian, Sacred Heart Prep
Alex Tsotadze, Sacred Heart Prep

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Missing woman found within hours

Authorities find 59-year-old with Alzheimer's disease, communication issues
A 59-year-old with Alzheimer's disease who went missing Tuesday morning was found by a resident in Palo Alto later in the day, police said.

November 28, 2017 | 6 comments
Rising costs strain Palo Alto's infrastructure goals

City Council moves ahead with new fire station and bike bridge, despite major questions about latest cost estimates
Palo Alto's ambitious plan to fix up the city's aged infrastructure and build a new bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 is being strained by a sizzling construction market.

November 28, 2017 | 35 comments
Public meetings set this week on Stanford's expansion plan

Local leaders to gather opinions on permit application before Dec. 4 deadline
The public can weigh in on a study of the expected environmental impacts of Stanford's developments over the next 18 years, at meetings this week in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Building permits

A listing of building projects that have been approved by the city of Palo Alto.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Bomb sent by mail explodes at East Palo Alto home

Case is one of two detonations reported in Bay Area since Oct. 19
One person was injured when a package with a bomb detonated at a home on Oct. 19, which has ignited a federal investigation, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman said Tuesday.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
High surf, sneaker waves and riptides expected along coast Wednesday

Beachgoers advised of conditions that could heighten their risk of getting swept to sea
The National Weather Service is warning Bay Area beachgoers to expect high surf Wednesday along the coast from Sonoma to Monterey counties.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to select supe-search firm

Four companies to present Tuesday night
After hearing public presentations Tuesday night from four search firms, the school board plans to select a company to oversee its search for a new superintendent.

November 28, 2017 | 8 comments
Palo Alto council splits over roof decks

For some members, decks are a sign of vitality; for others, a waste of staff time
A proposal to build a roof deck on a Hamilton Avenue building became the latest item to divide the City Council on Monday.

November 28, 2017 | 27 comments
Four Cardinal named to field hockey All-Region team

Freshman Corinne Zanolli was named a first team selection and three other Stanford players were named second team Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region on Monday, tying a program record for most players on the region team, most recently last year.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Smith earns Pac-12 women's basketball honors

Menlo School grad Mack earns honorable mention all-WCC volleyball honors
Stanford forward Alanna Smith was named Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her performance over the course of the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas, in which the Cardinal reached Saturday's championship game against Ohio State. The honor is the first of Smith's career and Stanford's 106th all-time player of the week selection.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Bailey named Special Teams Player of the Week

Junior punter and kickoff specialist Jake Bailey was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. Bailey had a career night to help No. 16 Stanford to a 38-20 win over No. 9 Notre Dame.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 All-League Girls Tennis Teams

2017 All-League Girls Tennis Teams
West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division
Most Valuable Athlete: Taylor Gould, Menlo School
Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division
First team
Lanie Van Linge, Menlo-Atherton
Julia Marks, Menlo-Atherton
Sophia Longo, Menlo-Atherton

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto man killed in San Francisco crash

Driver exiting U.S. Highway 101 hits a cement pillar
A Palo Alto man was killed in a crash Wednesday night as he exited U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco's Bayview District, police said Monday.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Hermès to open; restaurant news

The latest in Palo Alto retail news
Read about French luxury house Hermès' forthcoming Palo Alto store, plus the latest restaurant openings and closures.

November 27, 2017 | 6 comments
Growing pains lead to frustration for Stanford men's hoops

Reid Travis collected 28 points and 16 rebounds but the Cardinal lost to Portland State, 87-78, in the seventh-place game of the Motion Bracket on Sunday. Stanford (3-5) has lost four straight heading into Wednesday night's 7 p.m. home game against Montana,

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
No. 3 Cardinal women host NCAA volleyball this weekend

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team begins its quest for the program's eighth NCAA title at home this weekend as the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. Menlo-Atherton grad Jacqueline DiSanto is returning to her old stomping grounds as a member of the Wolverines.

November 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men reach quarterfinals of NCAA soccer tourney

Tanner Beason and Foster Langsdorf each scored in the second half to lift the ninth-seeded Stanford men's soccer team past visiting Coastal Carolina, 2-0, on Sunday night in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

November 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Significant signs of improvement for Stanford women hoops

If Stanford could play Ohio State every couple of weeks in women's basketball, coach Tara VanDerveer could get a good read on her team at various points in the season. The second time around against the ninth-ranked Buckeyes was much better, even if it

November 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Marshals capture second fugitive who fled courthouse

Task force led by U.S. Marshals Service nabs John Bivins near a San Leandro hotel Sunday
John Penn Bivins was found by the U.S. Marshals Service on Sunday in San Leandro nearly three weeks after he fled from the Palo Alto courthouse, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

November 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Miranda runs third, Castilleja finishes Top 10 at state

Castilleja finished 10th in the CIF state cross country Division V race at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, the highest finish among the three local teams who qualified for the meet. Menlo School was 18th in Division IV girls and Eastside College Prep placed 14th in Division V boys.

November 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford football to play USC for the conference title

Call it divine intervention. Call it getting prayers answered. Call it whatever you want but there was nothing magical about Stanford's 38-20 nonconference football victory over visiting Notre Dame on Saturday.

November 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Sacred Heart Prep girls reach state volleyball final

The Sacred Heart Prep girls volleyball team gave up some of their Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, and as a result they got to savor something even better than turkey.

November 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Late touchdown lifts Menlo into CCS Division V title game

Jake Shiff's 3-yard run put the second-seeded Menlo School football team ahead for the first time in Saturday's Central Coast Section V semifinal contest with visiting Scotts Valley. It was superb timing.

November 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Bears miss late chance for victory in CCS football loss

Menlo-Atherton held host Milpitas to 113 total offensive yards but it wasn't enough as the Trojans took advantage of a couple of turnovers to beat M-A, 33-20, in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Open Division I football playoffs Friday night.

November 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women ready for their hoops rematch with Buckeyes

Alanna Smith scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the No. 14 Stanford women's basketball team downed Belmont, 74-53, in the semifinals of the Play4Kay Showcase on Friday night in Las Vegas.

November 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford can't keep up with Buckeyes in PK80 tournament

Reid Travis and Oscar Da Silva each scored 14 points but the Stanford men's basketball team dropped a 79-71 decision to Ohio State in the consolation round of the PK80 Invitational Motion bracket at Mona Center in Portland on Friday night.

November 25, 2017 | No comments yet
A men's basketball tradition that lives on at Menlo

Jeremiah Testa, who cut his basketball teeth at Serra High in San Mateo, has been coached in the Bud Presley tradition of intense, frantic man defense so it's only fitting that he hit the game-winning shot in Menlo's 90-87 victory over Southern Oregon in the opener of the Bud Presley Classic on Friday.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women start planning for final NCAA soccer trip

It's been a while since the Stanford women's soccer team has had to plan for the final weekend of the season. This time around the Cardinal wasn't taking any chances. Catarina Macario gave Stanford a 1-0 lead in the second minute Friday and that only seemed to ignite the offense en route to a 4-0 victory over visiting Penn State in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA championship.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's solid shooting effort not enough in hoops loss

Reid Travis scored 23 points, Robert Cartwright added 17 but the Stanford men's basketball team dropped a 108-87 decision to No. 7 Florida in the first round of the PK80 Invitational in Portland on Thursday night.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
A big second quarter leads Stanford women to hoops win

DiJonai Carrington scored 14 of her 24 points in an explosive second quarter and the Stanford women's basketball rallied to beat Kent State, 79-59, Thursday in an opening-round contest of the Play4Kay Shootout in Las Vegas.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford cross country runners rate academic honors

Every eligible member of Stanford's NCAA championship lineups received Pac-12 All-Academic honors in cross country. Tai Dinger led a group of 19 Stanford honorees by being the only one named to the first team. Those receiving second-team honors were Steve Fahy, Jack Keelan, and Alek Parsons. Fiona O'Keeffe was named to the women's second-team.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man with gunshot wounds expected to survive

Injured transient taken to Stanford Hospital now in stable condition
The man whom police found Wednesday with gunshots wounds to his abdomen and lying in a wildland area near Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park is expected to survive his wounds, police said.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Lutz lights up Maples on volleyball's Senior Night

Senior Merete Lutz made Senior Night extra special for the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team on Wednesday night. She led the Cardinal to a sweep of No. 15 Utah, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21, at Maples Pavilion.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: NCAA soccer on tap this weekend

The two-time defending NCAA champion and ninth-seeded Stanford men's soccer team hosts a third-round NCAA match for the third consecutive year, taking on visiting Coastal Carolina on Sunday at 5 p.m. The top-seeded Stanford women host No. 10 Penn State on Friday at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area residents asked not burn wood on Thanksgiving

Wood smoke contributes to unhealthy air quality, says regional district
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking local residents not to burn wood in fireplaces and woodstoves on Thanksgiving to prevent air quality from becoming unhealthy.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
CHP boosts enforcement through the weekend

Agency's maximum enforcement period runs from Wednesday evening through Sunday night
During Thanksgiving weekend, one of the country's busiest travel times, the California Highway Patrol is going all out with enforcement to help forestall tragedies starting today, the agency said.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: bridge EIR; new dog park

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 27.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
New system tracks sexual misconduct, discrimination

Palo Alto Unified interim Title IX officer reflects on progress achieved, to be made
As the school district's interim Title IX coordinator exits his role, John DiPaolo says the district has made progress on issues that have been entrenched for years, but there is still much work to be done.

November 24, 2017 | 18 comments
New rules may require retrofits of 'soft-story' buildings

Palo Alto considers major revisions to seismic regulations
Hundreds of city property owners could be forced to firm up the shaky foundations of their buildings under a proposal the City Council will consider.

November 30, 2017 | 3 comments
Still standing in tribute

Redwood trees grown from seeds that traveled on the space shuttle Challenger thrive in Palo Alto
A memorial grove with 10 surviving trees that as seeds traveled on the space shuttle Challenger towers above a plaque in remembrance of the disastrous explosion.

November 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Around Town: Room to roam; corporate shake-up

Find out which Palo Alto park could add an off-leash area for dogs, an upcoming leadership change at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and how a teen skater is turning a setback into a lesson.

November 25, 2017 | 8 comments
Ada's Cafe gives people with disabilities a chance to grow

Nonprofit runs one-of-a-kind eatery centered around community
Thirty-four people with disabilities find empowerment at Ada's Cafe, a nonprofit that aims to give work opportunities to this group.

November 24, 2017 | 9 comments
Local soccer season has arrived: Gunn, M-A open with losses

The Menlo-Atherton boys soccer team opened its season with a 2-1 loss to visiting Andrew Hill on Tuesday. The Bears ended the Falcons season in last year's Central Coast Section's Division I playoffs by the same score.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
A pacifist's first-hand look at war

Palo Alto author releases her father's letters home from WWI
Pvt. Ned Crawford never aspired to serve in the military or fight in a war. But while working as a telephone lineman and switchboard installer, he unexpectedly found himself drafted into the U.S. Army and shipped overseas to fight in World War I.

November 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Woodward Park alive with the sound of cross country runners

Menlo School senior Robert Miranda has a shot at winning a state Division IV cross country championship Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. He leads a group of local runners who will be competing.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Day of the Dead has its Day

Pixar's 'Coco' shines a spotlight on Día de Muertos
"Coco" takes up Mexican cultural traditions within the Pixar tradition of working hard to get it right, whatever the current "it" may be. This time, it's Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, dramatized in the story of a boy in search of himself by way of an ancestor.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Comfort and joy

Holiday happenings on the Midpeninsula
'Tis the season to be jolly, as the old song says. But perhaps you're in a more contemplative mood? Whether you're feeling merry and bright, quiet and reverent or more "Bah! Humbug!" than "deck the halls," there's something for everyone happening on the Midpeninsula this holiday season.

November 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Shop Talk: Hermès to open; restaurant news

The latest in Palo Alto retail news
In this week's ShopTalk column, read about French luxury house Hermès' forthcoming Palo Alto store, plus the latest restaurant openings and closures.

November 22, 2017 | 1 comment
The football Irish has Stanford's full, undivided attention

They won't go so far as to wear any combination of purple and yellow under their Cardinal uniforms but Stanford football players are in agreement over which way they'd like to see the Apple Cup play out.

November 22, 2017 | 1 comment
One of two escaped inmates recaptured in Stockton

Authorities: anyone who sees John Penn Bivins, 47, should call 911
Tramel Leon McClough, 46, was arrested Tuesday night, more than two weeks after he escaped from the Palo Alto courthouse with John Penn Bivins, 47, who remains outstanding, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
No mascot? No worries in SHP girls volleyball victory

Sacred Heart Prep senior Cate Desler recorded 33 kills to help the Gators beat host Notre Dame-Belmont, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-18, in the CIF state NorCal regional semifinal on Tuesday.

November 22, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford's Lutz looking to go out a winner in volleyball

Merete Lutz is more than happy to spend a fifth year with her Stanford women's volleyball teammates. She's having fun, playing well and, for the first time, experienced an outright Pac-12 Conference championship.

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A, Menlo School prepare for CCS football semifinals

Almost a year to the date, Menlo-Atherton beat Milpitas to win the Central Coast Section Open Division I football championship. This time around, the teams are meeting in the semifinals at Milpitas on Friday night. Menlo hosts Scotts Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday in Division V action.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Government closures, available services on Thanksgiving

Garbage collection normally scheduled on Thursday, Friday will be collected a day late this week
Find out which local and regional service closures and changes for Thanksgiving. Some agencies will have special hours and others are closed through the weekend.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto mayor celebrates 'city on the move'

State of the City address highlights 2017 development, safety, roads and housing and infrastrucure achievements
East Palo Alto Mayor Larry Moody pointed to the city's achievements this year, which, he said have kicked opened a new progressive era in the once-troubled city, during his State of the City address on Monday.

November 21, 2017 | 3 comments
School district will correct Brown Act violation

Board failed to properly notice potential lawsuit
The Palo Alto school board plans to rectify a Brown Act violation after it failed to properly notice a closed-session discussion of a potential lawsuit from the family of a Paly student who said she was sexually assaulted on campus in 2015.

November 21, 2017 | 19 comments
By Design: taking the kitchen to the next level

Appliance makers blend 'smart' with stylish
A Bay Area residential architect and interior designer looks at trends in kitchen appliances.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: farmers market, gardener gifts

A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including information on the Portola Valley Farmers Market.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto set to approve new bike bridge

Overpass at Adobe Creek would give residents new path to the Baylands
A bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 is expected to clear a huge milestone Monday, when the City Council gives the project the final green light.

November 24, 2017 | 58 comments
Home sales

12-acre modern estate sells for $18 million
Famed Bay Area architect John Funk home sells in Los Altos Hills

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Documentary screening: 'Maasai Sisters'

Film focuses on rescuing Kenyan girls from old tribal traditions
For documentary filmmaker Samantha Andre, the fight to end female genital mutilation and child marriage has become a passion project.

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Permanent injunction issued in sanctuary city order

Ruling is 'a historic victory,' says Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese
A federal judge on Monday ruled that an executive order that threatened to block funding for sanctuary jurisdictions is unconstitutional and issued an injunction to block it permanently.

November 21, 2017 | 14 comments
Tar Heels rock sold out Maples, Cardinal men's hoops

The Stanford men's basketball team really never had much of a chance, especially after visiting North Carolina scored 12 unanswered points during a first-half rally that erased any thoughts of an upset after the Cardinal held a lead through the first five minutes of its nonconference men's basketball contest Monday night.

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Love named a finalist for postseason football awards

Junior running back Bryce Love was named one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award on Monday. Love leads all Power 5 conference running backs in rushing yards, yards per game, yards per carry, rushing touchdowns, 100-yard rushing games and rushes of 20, 30, 40 and 50-plus yards.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Plummer, Fitzmorris earn weekly volleyball honors from Pac-12

Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer and middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris earned Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, announced Monday by the conference. Plummer averaged 4.88 kills and 5.56 points per set.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Glenn Reeves on PAL football; alumni report

There are 20 teams still alive heading into the Central Coast Section football semifinals this weekend. Six are from the Peninsula Athletic League, the most from any league. The PAL went a combined 6-2 in the opening round with both losses coming to other PAL teams.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
County warns of scams targeting social services recipients

Stolen benefits can't be recovered, officials say
Santa Clara County social service agencies are warning residents to be aware of fraudulent texts and calls from people claiming to be with state agencies.

November 20, 2017 | 1 comment
From Italy to Palo Alto

The ins and outs of owning a restaurant, through the eyes of Rocco Scordella
Rocco Scordella begin his culinary career in New York City as an Italian transplant who spoke no English. He now owns two restaurants in Palo Alto, Tootsie's and Vina Enoteca.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men advance after another soccer shootout

Stanford was up to a penalty kick challenge again. No. 3 Stanford bested Pacific in a shootout, 4-1, to advance to next weekend's third round of the NCAA tournament against visiting Coastal Carolina (14-6-1) on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Chanticleers knocked off eighth-seeded Clemson, 3-1.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
DiBiasi scores a late goal to lift Stanford into quarterfinals

Jordan DiBiasi scored the only goal of the game with just over 10 minutes remaining to play to lift the top-ranked and top-seeded Cardinal past visiting Florida State, 1-0, in the third round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament on Sunday.

November 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Cardinal corner: Traxler second at wrestling tourney

Stanford Squash upsets No. 2 Penn on opening weekend
Redshirt freshman Nathan Traxler placed second to lead the Stanford wrestling team at the Roadrunner Open on Sunday at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield. Squash opened with a 2-1 mark over the weekend.

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Ledecky owns swim weekend in Texas, L.A.

On Sunday, Stanford sophomore Katie Ledecky won her unprecedented fifth consecutive Female Swimmer of the Year award at the Golden Goggles in Los Angeles. Over the weekend at Texas A&M, she broke her own American record in the 1,650-yard freestyle to lead a bevy of fast finishes in the fall finale for No. 1 Stanford women's swimming and diving at the Art Adamson Invitational.

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal water polo loses in overtime, loses a spot in NCAAs

The Stanford men's water polo team began the weekend ranked first in the nation. After dropping a 10-9 overtime decision to visiting California on Sunday in the third-place game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship, the Cardinal finds itself out of the NCAA tournament.

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Romano leads the way for Stanford women's hoops

Junior Alexa Romano scored a career-high 13 points and only needed six shots in her third career start to accomplish it in No. 14 Stanford's 57-34 nonconference women's basketball win over visiting Cal State Bakersfield. She added three rebounds and a pair of assists.

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford loses men's wrestling match in the final bout

The second straight Stanford wrestling dual came down to the heavyweight bout. This time, Maryland's Youssif Heida, ranked No. 15, scored a last-second takedown to defeat No. 12 Nathan Butler and give the Terrapins the 18-15 dual win on Saturday.

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet
A little Love goes a long way in Stanford's Big Game victory

Bryce Love wasn't able to contribute too much so he gave just enough and No. 20 Stanford made full use of it in beating California, 17-14, in a Pac-12 Conference football game Saturday. Stanford (8-3, 7-2) completed its conference schedule and will host No. 9 Notre Dame next Saturday in a 5 p.m. nonconference game.

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Grady scores on both sides of the ball in Knights win

Dillon Grady wasn't sure he would even earn a starting spot for the Menlo School football team. Turned out he became a starter at a number of positions. Saturday, he scored a touchdown on offense and on defense to help the Knights beat Jefferson 35-8 in the Central Coast Section Division V playoffs.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators lose in title match of NorCal boys water polo tourney

Walker Seymour scored twice in the second half, including the game-winner, to help Sacred Heart Prep rally from a two-goal deficit and beat Campolindo, 5-4, in the semifinal of the CIF Northern California Division I playoffs at Whitney High in Rocklin on Saturday.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Piearcy wins a wrestling title; Menlo women place second

The seventh-ranked Menlo College women's wrestling team had a big day in Missouri, placing second out of 45 teams at the annual Missouri Valley Open. Solin Piearcy won the 136-pound weight class.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Top four cross country finishes for Stanford men and women

The Stanford men's and women's teams each placed fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, earning twin podium finishes for the first time since 2006. Grant Fisher duplicated last year's fifth place finish, leading three Stanford runners into the top 17.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council reverses approval of Stanford's office building on Sand Hill Road

Claiming inaccuracies and omissions in Stanford's traffic projections for its current and future developments, the Menlo Park City Council took two actions meant to slow the university's plans.

November 18, 2017 | 5 comments
Police: Big Game to bring big traffic

Stanford, Cal vie for Stanford Axe in 120th Big Game
With the 120th Big Game scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Palo Alto police are warning that traffic along Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real and Sand Hill Road will get heavy.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Bears claw their way back to win in CCS football playoff

Palo Alto plays solid football in its playoff loss to Salinas
Miles Conrad threw four touchdown passes, De'Marshaun Payton ran for another and Menlo-Atherton beat host San Benito, 37-21, Friday to qualify for the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Open Division I football playoffs.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women advance to third round of NCAA soccer

Kyra Carusa and Catarina Macario each scored in the second half and the Stanford women's soccer team claimed a 2-0 victory over visiting Auburn in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

November 18, 2017 | No comments yet
A tough hoops win to come by for No. 14 Stanford women

DiJonai Carrington rose to the occasion, scoring 13 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, to help the Stanford women's basketball team earn its first victory of the season, a 53-43 win over visiting UC Riverside in a nonconference match Friday.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Former Stanford student found guilty in fatal DUI case

Complex case could result in 12 years in prison for Zachary Katz
A 28-year-old man who drove the wrong way down U.S. Highway 101 in 2013, killing one man and seriously injuring two others, was convicted of felonies Friday, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

November 18, 2017 | 16 comments
Stanford title hopes sink in first round water polo loss

USC defeated Stanford 10-5 on Friday afternoon at Avery Aquatic Center in the MPSF Tournament semifinals, snapping the Cardinal's 12-game winning streak.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Humphrey scores a double-double in men's hoops victory

The Stanford men's basketball team downed visiting Northeastern, 73-59, in a nonconference game on Friday, a non-bracketed game of the PK80 Invitational, which gets underway on Thanksgiving in Portland.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to reap revenues from new state bills

While city leaders anxiously await outcome of federal tax-reform effort, Sacramento offers them a glint of good news
As Palo Alto's elected leaders survey all the new laws coming out of Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, two strikingly different pictures -- and reactions -- emerge.

November 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Community Notebook: Holiday Giving

A look at where to volunteer, donate
A number of local organizations are working to make this holiday season brighter for those in need, and they depend on donations and volunteers to make it all possible.

November 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford University reboots renaming process

Two new groups to address naming principles, Junipero Serra
A Stanford University committee convened to examine the issue of renaming campus facilities, spurred by concerns over buildings and streets named after California mission founder Junipero Serra, was unable to reach agreement on its work.

November 19, 2017 | 21 comments
Weekly collects seven awards in Bay Area journalism contest

Death investigation, 2016 election, Brock Turner trial among winning stories
The Palo Alto Weekly's editorial staff was recognized in the Greater Bay Area Journalism Contest with seven awards in five categories.

November 18, 2017 | 5 comments
Hundreds turn out to debate proposed RV ordinance

East Palo Alto is considering regulations on RVs and oversized vehicles
About 200 people packed the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers and more than 43 speakers gave East Palo Alto city officials a piece of their minds on Wednesday night regarding a potential ordinance on RV parking on Weeks Street and a ban on all oversized vehicles on city streets.

November 17, 2017 | 6 comments
Palo Alto goes electric with refuse truck

Officials tout addition to GreenWaste fleet as first electric garbage truck in North America
The familiar rumble of a garbage truck down the block may soon fade out of certain neighborhoods, as the city prepares to send its new all-electric truck on its first route.

November 21, 2017 | 31 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: no council meeting

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 20.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Digital DNA, Go Mama voted out

Art Commission opts to remove sculptures from city's collection
Digital DNA, the 7-foot-tall egg-shaped sculpture made of computer circuit boards installed in Lytton Plaza, will be removed from the city's public-art collection, the Public Art Commission voted last night.

November 17, 2017 | 51 comments
Digital DNA, Go Mama voted out

Art Commission opts to remove sculptures from city's collection
Digital DNA, the 7-foot-tall egg-shaped sculpture made of computer circuit boards installed in Lytton Plaza, will be deaccessioned (removed from the city's public-art collection), the Public Art Commission voted last night.

November 17, 2017 | 51 comments
Cardinal women rally to stay unbeaten at home in volleyball

When Kathryn Plummer's career-high 28th kill (on her 65th swing) finally ended the proceedings, the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team had survived, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13, to take a tiny step forward in its bid to earn one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Love rushes into Big Game as national leader

Love has rushed for 1,622 yards in nine games, on 181 carries. San Diego State's Rashaad Penny is second with 1,602 in 10 games and 229 carries.
He's first in the nation with an average of 180.2 yards per game. He's had a run of at least 35 yards in every game this season. This week, there's Love and The Big Game, with the Stanford Axe Trophy up for grabs.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: racing to the rescue; cat calls

Learn about two first responders recognized for saving a man who suffered cardiac arrest, a feisty cat rescued from a tree and Stanford's new worksite pilot.

November 19, 2017 | 2 comments
2017 All-League Girls Golf Teams

A list of the 2017 All-League Girls' Golf Teams in the West Bay Athletic League, Santa Clara Valley Athletic League and Peninsula Athletic League.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A, Paly start postseason football journeys on the road

Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton have Central Coast Section Open Division I playoff openers Friday night on the road. Menlo School is at home in a Division V game Saturday afternoon. Sacred Heart Prep just missed out on being included in the field.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Junior Museum and Zoo brings hands-on science to the classroom

Outreach program from Palo Alto institution targets low-income communities
A Palo Alto institution best known for its popular museum at Rinconada Park and famous cast of characters also spreads its scientific offerings to communities with more challenges and fewer resources.

November 17, 2017 | 2 comments
As redevelopment looms, one homeowner stands firm

Resident has deep roots in neighborhood where black families bought homes during era of discrimination
As the city prepares for long-term revitalization of the Ventura area, Olive Avenue residents find themselves in the center of what could be a sweeping redevelopment of the neighborhood.

November 17, 2017 | 28 comments
County reports first flu-related death of the season

Public health officials advise people ages 6 and older to get vaccinated annually
Santa Clara County public health officials on Thursday reported the first flu-related death of the season occurred earlier this month.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Justice lag

DC superhero team-up flies high but falls short
The thing about comic book cinematic universes is that they train audiences to see the forest for the the trees: "Trust us," say the bigwigs, "It's all a part of a bigger picture, so if this picture doesn't quite come into focus, just hang in there." But the best advice I can offer the legions of superhero fans heading into the hotly anticipated DC superhero team-up movie "Justice League" is this: Enjoy the trees.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Power outage impacts multiple neighborhoods

Crews looking into cause of disruption
About 4,500 electricity customers were without power for about four hours Thursday due to an outage that started late in the morning, Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert said.

November 16, 2017 | 5 comments
Accelerating toward zero

Local architects, builders about to confront 2020 energy goals
The most stringent energy building codes in the state will take effect in two years.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: Gamble greens, thankful trees

A roundup of home-and-garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Senior-housing complex opens in East Palo Alto

Serenity Senior Apartments built through partnership between nonprofits
An affordable housing complex for seniors in East Palo Alto that started as an idea four years ago is opening its doors to the public Thursday, according to city officials.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
County Board of Education names interim supe

Mary Ann Dewan to temporarily take over for Jon Gundry, who parted from the position last week
The Santa Clara County Board of Education named a new interim superintendent of the County Office of Education on Wednesday.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
County receives sanctuary letter warning from DOJ

Federal agency asks for response on whether county policies bar communication with federal immigration agents
Santa Clara County is among 29 jurisdictions nationwide to receive sanctuary warning letters from the U.S. Department of Justice Wednesday.

November 16, 2017 | 3 comments
There's no place like home for Stanford volleyball

Kathryn Plummer had 11 kills, Audriana Fitzmorris had 10 blocks and the Stanford women's volleyball team had itself a victory party following a 25-16, 25-12, 25-14 Pac-12 win over visiting USC on Wednesday night.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly girls rally falls short in NorCal volleyball loss

The season came to an end Wednesday for the Palo Alto girls volleyball team as Oak Ridge pulled out a 25-27, 25-18, 25-15, 15-10 victory in the opening round of the NorCal Division I playoffs. Palo Alto (23-5) was seeded fourth and Oak Ridge, a league champion, a misleading 13th. The visitors from El Dorado Hills had a size advantage all around the court.

November 16, 2017 | 33 comments
SHP girls are putting the volleyball pieces together

Cate Desler had 15 kills, pacing a team effort that helped Sacred Heart Prep beat visiting Del Oro 25-16, 25-15, 25-21, in a NorCal Division II regional girls volleyball match Wednesday night.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Protesters stage walkout on controversial lecturer

Robert Spencer talk raises questions about 'hate speech' versus 'free speech'
More than 140 protesters who attended a lecture by anti-Muslim author and blogger Robert Spencer staged a walkout on Tuesday night at Stanford University.

November 15, 2017 | 27 comments
Cardinal corner: Talented prep athletes sign on at Stanford

Stanford landed three of the top cross country/track and field prospects in the country, including Caitlin Collier and Rebecca Story, rated as the nation's top female running recruits by MileSplit and Flotrack, respectively.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Travis named to basketball's Wooden Award watch list

Stanford junior men's basketball player Reid Travis has named to the Top 50 list for the John R. Wooden Award, presented to the nation's most outstanding player. Travis is also on the watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, also presented to the national player of the year, and the watch list for the Karl Malone Award, honoring the top power forward in Division I men's college basketball.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

98-year-old Palo Alto home sells for $13 million
Los Altos and Palo Alto lead in sales volume this week

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Tempting Thai

Generous portions, aromatic cuisine at Aroy Thai Bistro
Tom and Chutima Vongampai have operated Thai restaurants in the South Bay and Midpeninsula for over 25 years. Opened in 2016, Aroy Thai Bistro in Palo Alto is their ninth, and according to Tom Vongampai, their signature restaurant.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Joie de 'Play!'

Palo Alto Art Center celebrates the art of playfulness and the playfulness of art
"Play!," a vibrant and interactive art exhibition focused on the concept of playfulness, is on display at the Palo Alto Art Center through Dec. 29.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's bike-share plan takes a turn

City Council committee approves plan to let multiple vendors bring their bikes to local streets
After failing to get traction in its prior attempts, Palo Alto's plan to bring bike-share programs to the city's masses is about to move into a new direction.

November 15, 2017 | 41 comments
RV evictions in East Palo Alto spur protest

Tow notices on Weeks Street issued due to storm drain filled with sewage from dwellers
About 50 protesters blocked a tow truck Wednesday morning that came to haul away RVs in East Palo Alto, where sewage from the vehicles has clogged a storm drain and, city staff said, created a public health hazard.

November 15, 2017 | 86 comments
'Dorky' delights

Dorktales puts a silly twist on traditional storytelling
You've probably heard the one about the three little pigs. But how about the three little hedgehogs, co-narrated by an indignant puppet with a posh British accent, given a slapstick spin and delivered at a brisk pace?

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Four firms to present for superintendent search

Public interviews scheduled for Nov. 28
The school board is aiming to select a firm to lead its search for a new superintendent on Nov. 28, when four companies will make public presentations.

November 15, 2017 | 9 comments
Disappointing night for Stanford men in basketball loss

Stanford's 67-61 nonconference men's basketball loss to visiting Eastern Washington on Tuesday was disappointing in so many ways. Coming off a solid victory over Pacific on Sunday, the Cardinal (2-1) lacked the same energy against the Eagles (2-1) and paid the price.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP boys win NorCal water polo opener, SHP girls lose

Sacred Heart Prep scored the first seven goals and never trailed in its 12-4 victory over visiting Jesuit in the first round of the NorCal Boys Water Polo Championships on Tuesday night.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford can clinch Pac-12 volleyball title against USC

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team hopes to finish among the top four in the nation and thus be able to host the first four rounds of the NCAA tournament. That gets a little more difficult following last week's loss to Washington.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Hewlett Foundation announces grant winners

Community School of Music and Arts among awardees
Ten Bay Area nonprofit organizations, including Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts, will receive grants of $150,000 to commission new musical compositions in genres including chamber, electronic, jazz, opera, and hip hop, the Menlo Park based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced this week.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Rain forecast to return Wednesday

Wet weather to pair with gusts of up to 50 mph
Rain is expected to return to the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday morning, National Weather Service officials said.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Four PASA swimmers sign letters to continue in college

The Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Club held a signing ceremony honoring four swimmers who signed national letters of intent to continue their studies and athletic career at various universities.

November 14, 2017 | 2 comments
Housing crisis discussions taking place Wednesday

On the Table events to spark community conversations in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley
A regional discussion focused on housing challenges in Silicon Valley will take place in Palo Alto and other cities in Silicon Valley.

November 14, 2017 | 5 comments
Veterans visualize hope through photos

Project helps those with mental health issues redefine their trauma
The Veterans Photo Recovery Project helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder find hope and reconcile their conflicting feelings through photography and prose.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Board: Stanford growth could require new school

School trustees respond to university's proposed General Use Permit
Stanford University's proposal to build hundreds of new housing units for graduate students, faculty and staff represents a level of growth that a majority of Palo Alto school board members said will likely require a new school.

November 14, 2017 | 13 comments
Palo Alto adopts new Comprehensive Plan

Council vote caps a decadelong planning process, culminates in new land-use vision
The Palo Alto City Council has adopted the new Comprehensive Plan -- a document that will guide the city's land use and infrastructure decisions until at least 2030.

November 14, 2017 | 96 comments
Prep report: Taking a few swings at CCS, NorCal titles

Over the past few years, seniors Sara Choy and Melina Stavropoulos have helped the Sacred Heart Prep girls tennis team become competitive in the West Bay Athletic League, home to Menlo School and its on-going state record 248-match league winning streak.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men's soccer has sights set on Philadelphia

The two-time defending national champion Stanford men's soccer team received the No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday morning. It's the Cardinal's fifth straight appearance in the postseason and 16th overall.

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford sailing wins PCC; hosts Big Sail on Tuesday

Over a successful weekend on both coasts, Stanford sailing gets down to serious business, hosting the Big Sail on Tuesday on the San Francisco Bay. It's only an exhibition but don't tell the competitors. The Big Sail includes four divisions: current student athletes, alumni (39 years and younger), masters (40-59 years old) and grand masters (60+ years old).

November 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Love earns another Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Love was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. He joined Toby Gerhart as the only Stanford football players with three such awards in the same season.

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto taps Robert Jonsen as new police chief

Law-enforcement veteran currently serves as head of Menlo Park police
Menlo Park's police chief will cross the southern city line in January to take charge of the Palo Alto Police Department, Palo Alto officials announced Monday afternoon.

November 13, 2017 | 7 comments
Home sales

Home sales pick up slightly in Palo Alto and Mountain View

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Speaker generates controversy at Stanford

Students oppose College Republicans' invitation of anti-Islam author
An author who believes Islam justifies violence and terrorism will be speaking at a Stanford University student group event on campus Tuesday night.

November 13, 2017 | 21 comments
County touts open enrollment for Covered California

Dec. 15 deadline to sign up for health insurance under ACA
Santa Clara County has announced that the 2018 open enrollment period for residents to register for Covered California health insurance is underway.

November 13, 2017 | 2 comments
Humphrey and Travis give Stanford men's hoops solid duo

Michael Humphrey scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds; Reid Travis added 23 points and six rebounds and Stanford beat Pacific, 89-80, in a nonconference men's basketball contest on Sunday night.

November 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Women's basketball loses to Huskies

No. 10 Stanford never got untracked and fell to top-ranked Connecticut, 78-53, in a nonconference women's basketball game played at Ohio State on Sunday. Sophomore DiJonai Carrington came off the bench and scored 21 points to lead the Cardinal.

November 12, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP girls continue volleyball season in NorCal tourney

The Sacred Heart Prep girls volleyball team played well enough, at times, in its 20-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23 loss to West Bay Athletic League rival Notre Dame-Belmont on Saturday in the finals of the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs at Palo Alto High.

November 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Armed robbery reported downtown

Police: there have been no other similar robberies recently
Palo Alto police are looking for a man who, armed with a gun, allegedly stole a woman's cellphone downtown late Friday night.

November 12, 2017 | 7 comments
Plenty to cheer at CCS cross country championships

The Menlo School and Castilleja girls cross country teams and the Eastside College Prep boys team all qualified for the state meet after everything was done and said. Menlo's Robert Miranda won the boys Division IV title and Castilleja's Tevah Gevelber won the girls Division V title.

November 12, 2017 | 3 comments
Stanford women open NCAA soccer with record-setting win

Madison Haley and Sam Tran each scored two goals and Stanford opened the postseason with a thoroughly convincing 9-1 victory over visiting Utah Valley on Saturday night.

November 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Volleyball rallies from first set loss

Meghan McClure recorded season-bests of 13 kills and 17 digs, complementing 22 kills and 13 digs from Kathryn Plummer and the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball beat host Washington State, 19-25, 32-30, 25-16, 25-21, Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference match.

November 11, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP boys meet their water polo goal; Gunn just misses

Really it was almost a foregone conclusion, but Sacred Heart Prep made what everybody was expecting come true with an 8-5 win over Menlo School in the inaugural Central Coast Section Open Division boys water polo championship match Saturday at Independence High.

November 11, 2017 | 1 comment
SHP, Menlo girls come up short in CCS water polo finals

Sacred Heart Prep's run of 10 consecutive Central Coast Section girls water polo championships came to an end Saturday in an 8-6 loss to Leland in the inaugural Open Division championship match at Independence High School.

November 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford tosses its hat back into football title hunt

Bryce Love touched greatness again Friday after a couple of weeks of ordinary. He bounced back at just the right time, leading host Stanford to an important 30-22 victory over Washington in a Pac-12 Conference football game Friday night.

November 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Travis records a double-double in Stanford hoops victory

A solid effort from Reid Travis and a promising performance from freshman Isaac White should give Stanford men's basketball fans some optimism for the upcoming season. They helped the Cardinal beat Cal Poly, 78-62, in the season opener on Friday.

November 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators find some positives in football loss to the Cougars

Sacred Heart Prep discovered that Half Moon Bay High comes by its undefeated record honestly -- if the Cougars' running game or special teams don't grind you down, their passing game will. That's how you get to be 10-0 ... with a healthy dose of balance and fury.

November 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Golden anniversary of football's 'Biggest Little Big Game'

The 1967 Little Big Game was the biggest of the football series between Palo Alto and Sequoia high schools and was played on Thanksgiving Day, as it had since 1920. The two undefeated powerhouses met at Stanford Stadium in front of 27,000 fans, with another 2,000 walking away due to long lines at the too few ticket booths.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women second at regional cross country meet

The Stanford women earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Cross Country Championships with a second-place finish at the West Regional and the Cardinal men ran third and must wait for their expected spot in Louisville.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Distance swimming meet; signings

No. 7 Stanford and host No. 2 California competed in the annual non-scoring triple distance men's swimming meet in Berkeley on Friday. Paly grads Andrew and Alex Liang each led the Cardinal in a couple of events.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: pay day; it's electric

In this week's Around Town column, find out which top-level Palo Alto officials received raises and a new city electric vehicle soon coming down a street near you.

November 11, 2017 | 6 comments
Theater review: 'It Can't Happen Here'

Foothill College takes on a timely update of Sinclair Lewis work
Written during the rise of fascism in Europe, "It Can't Happen Here" tells the tale of Doremus Jessup (Vic Prozak), a newspaper editor from Vermont who repeatedly warns of the danger of populist candidate Buzz Windrip (Thomas Times) getting elected president.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Knights lose game and possibly another running back

That audible thud you heard on Thursday night was Menlo School falling from from its perch as a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division unbeaten -- and how it landed was not pretty.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Record-setting finale for Stanford men's soccer team

Foster Langsdorf became the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer with the only goal in No. 3 Stanford men's soccer team's 1-0 win over No. 22 Cal on Thursday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's halftime lead evaporates in loss to Wilcox

At halftime it looked like Palo Alto might repeat the upset win it came up with last year against Wilcox. The Vikings sprinted off the field as the half came to a close with a 10-6 lead.

November 9, 2017 | 2 comments
Stanford men earn Big Splash victory over the Bears

The third-ranked Stanford men's water polo team made a very loud statement Thursday in beating top-ranked California, 11-10, in the Big Splash in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation finale at Avery Aquatic Center.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Wrong-way drivers creating hazards, neighbors say

Drivers are using oncoming lane on Park Boulevard to get around barriers
Drivers on Park Boulevard in Palo Alto are using an oncoming traffic lane to cut around a road barrier, endangering other drivers and bicyclists on the designated bicycle route, according to residents.

November 10, 2017 | 39 comments
Weekly launches 25th year of charitable-giving campaign

Over the years, Holiday Fund has raised and donated more than $6 million to local nonprofit organizations
This week marks the start of the 25th Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund drive, a charitable-giving effort that annually raises about $350,000 for local nonprofit organizations.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
AltSchool Palo Alto to close at end of year

Parents look to take over ownership of alternative school
Facing the sudden, impending closure of AltSchool Palo Alto, a group of families is working with the startup to find a way to take ownership of the alternative school.

November 10, 2017 | 11 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Comp Plan adoption; board-term limits

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 13.

November 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Palo Alto students test their skills at cricket

School district adds sport to its curriculum
A new program at Palo Alto Unified elementary schools in its teetering first steps has been met with excitement.

November 10, 2017 | 7 comments
Campaign underway to name Paly court after former coach

Palo Alto High School's basketball court at the spectacular Peery Family Center could bear the name of former coach Clem Wiser, if former players, coaches and teaching colleagues have their way.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Veterans find new lens on life

Symbolic words translate into thoughtful images
Three participants of the Veterans Photo Recovery Program, run through the Veterans Administration's Homeless Veteran Rehabilitation Program in Menlo Park, have learned to overcome the trauma of war and renewed their sense of purpose.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Daddy issues

'Daddy's Home 2' limps along on star power
"We're back! With more daddies!" This trailer-ready line gets spoken early in "Daddy's Home Two," a lazy family comedy sequel (and is there any other kind?). Along with co-writer/director Sean Anders, the cast of 2015's "Daddy's Home" returns, now enhanced by an elder generation of stars.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet

"Clem Wiser Court" will be the name of the basketball court at Palo Alto High School's spectacular Peery Family Center, if former players, coaches and teaching colleagues have their way. "It's a logical and positive honor, that is long overdue," said Kent Hinckley, former Paly and Stanford basketball star, now a novelist living in San Diego.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Comedian Samantha Bee to speak at Stanford

Political commentator, comedian and late-night television host Samantha Bee will speak in conversation with Stanford University professor Shelley Correll in Memorial Auditorium on campus Friday, Nov. 10.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Veterans visualize hope through photos

Project helps those with mental health issues redefine their trauma
The Veterans Photo Recovery Project helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder find hope and reconcile their conflicting feelings through photography and prose.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
A familiar name among women's water polo recruits

Stanford women's water polo coach John Tanner announced the signings of six decorated prep stars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Chloe Harbilas (Corona del Mar/Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Indart (Monte Vista/Danville, Calif.), Ryann Neushul (Dos Pueblos/Goleta, Calif.), Madison Stamen (King/Riverside, Calif.), Thea Walsh (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Sophia Zamoyski (Del Notre/San Diego, Calif.) will enroll at Stanford for the 2018-19 academic year and join the Cardinal for the 2019 season.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: a taxing future?

One agent's take on how tax changes may affect home values
A local real estate executive looks at the Republican tax plan's local impact.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: Gamble tour, fruit tree class

A roundup of local home and garden events, including a free garden tour and a camellia enthusiasts' meeting.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: College district seeks volunteers for committees

Members sought to monitor budget, Measure C projects
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is seeking two community volunteers to serve on committees advising its board of trustees.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Roundtable discussions on rail corridor

Upcoming meetings dedicated to specific intersections
A series of community roundtables is kicking off Tuesday to discuss potential grade separations at Palo Alto's four rail intersections.

November 9, 2017 | 10 comments
Championship Saturday to keep local teams busy

The best boys water polo team in the Central Coast Section has an address on Valapariso Ave. That was guaranteed when Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep each won its respective CCS Open Division semifinal games Wednesday at St. Francis.

November 9, 2017 | 2 comments
CCS football playoff spots are up for grabs this week

The Peninsula Athletic League's Bay Division has without any doubt been the best public-school football league in the Central Coast Section this year.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto nears compromise on new Comprehensive Plan

After a decade of debates, City Council looks to adopt new land-use document Monday
As the Palo Alto City Council prepares to adopt the Comprehensive Plan, one question remains unresolved: How will the city measure success?

November 9, 2017 | 27 comments
Cardinal women ousted from NCAA field hockey

Miami scored in the final two minutes to edge host Stanford, 2-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Field Hockey tournament Wednesday. Stanford (13-8) opened the scoring midway through the first half but the RedHawks responded eight minutes later

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Women's hoops adds 3; wrestling signs 5

Stanford women's basketall coach Tara VanDerveer announced the signings of three of the country's top players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Jenna Brown (Marietta, Ga./The Lovett School), Lacie Hull (Spokane, Wash./Central Valley) and Lexie Hull (Spokane, Wash./Central Valley) will join the Cardinal ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men's basketball gets big and to the point

Stanford men's basketball coach Jerod Haase announced the signing of nationally-ranked prospects Keenan Fitzmorris and Cormac Ryan to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Missing East Palo Alto teen found in Daly City

Police locate 17-year-old at friend's home in good health
A 17-year-old East Palo Alto boy missing for nearly two weeks was found safe Wednesday in Daly City, a police spokesman said.

November 8, 2017 | 6 comments
NLI: Several athletes sign letters of intent for colleges

Palo Alto baseball players Max Jung-Goldberg and Jake Varner and golfer Ahmed Ali signed national letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college.

November 8, 2017 | 2 comments
German immersion

Authentic beer, good cheer stand out at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City
German beer is at the heart of Gourmet Haus Staudt, a cozy, quirky, welcoming-of-all beer hall in Redwood City.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
'Peter Pan' never gets old

PA Players soars with charming production of a classic
Charming and nostalgic, "Peter Pan" is a great choice for families seeking some good old-fashioned entertainment this season.

November 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Splashin' on the stage

Broadway by the Bay presents 'Singin' in the Rain'
Just in time for a much-needed rainy season on the Peninsula, Broadway by the Bay is concluding its 2017 program with a revival of the beloved musical "Singin' in the Rain."

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators and Knights reach CCS girls water polo title matches

Sacred Heart Prep beat Soquel, 7-6, on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Girls water polo Open Division tournament. The Gators advance into their 12th consecutive CCS final and will play defending Division I champion Leland (25-3) in Saturday's championship match at Independence High in San Jose at a time to be determined.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Property owners win exceptions from retail law

City Council agrees to allowed addition uses for properties where retail has been a hard sell
With two property owners pleading for relief from Palo Alto's recently enacted retail protection ordinance, the City Council agreed this week to offer each of them some relief from the law's requirements.

November 7, 2017 | 18 comments
Menlo girls lose in CCS Open semis and the season goes on

Menlo School's run in the Central Coast Section Open Division volleyball playoffs came to an end Tuesday in a 3-1 semifinal loss to No. 1 seed Archbishop Mitty at Palo Alto High School. But the season is most definitely not over.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: An all-star football game and top GPAs in the CCS

Priory senior Keyshawn Ashford has received an invitation to participate in the Blue Grey All-American football game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Jan. 6. Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Castilleja each earned the top GPA in a fall sport and combined for 12 CCS scholastic honors overall.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Pair of Oaks earn all-GSAC women's volleyball honors

Menlo College's Hannah Hudson and Maggie McDonald were named to the all-Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Volley team on Tuesday. Men's basketball won its home opener.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women place eleven on all-Pac-12 soccer team

Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson, Catarina Macario and Andi Sullivan were named Pac-12 Women's Soccer Players of the Year and Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the eighth time, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside forfeits PAL football game with South City

Woodside coach Justin Andrews made the decision Tuesday to forfeit his team's season-ending football game with South San Francisco.

November 7, 2017 | 3 comments
Prep roundup: M-A tops SHP; Menlo wins in CCS tennis

Lanie Van Linge led a sweep of the singles players and the No. 6 seeded Menlo-Atherton High girls tennis team beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 5-2, in the second round of the Central Coast Section team tournament.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto to explore zoning updates to encourage housing

City Council unites behind memo to encourage more residential construction near transit and jobs
Members of the Palo Alto City Council have agreed to explore more than a dozen changes to local zoning and parking regulations, all with the goal of promoting more residential construction in transit-rich areas.

November 8, 2017 | 31 comments
Reward offered in search for escaped inmates

Sunnyvale woman and East Palo Alto man booked for assisting with staged escape
A $25,000 reward will be awarded to anyone with information that leads to two men who fled from the Palo Alto courthouse on Monday morning.

November 7, 2017 | 12 comments
County to build inpatient psych unit for teens

Parents, local hospitals turn out in support for project
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously directed staff on Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to build a county-run inpatient psychiatric unit for adolescents at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

November 7, 2017 | 9 comments
Gusty winds, rain forecast for Wednesday night

Peninsula expected to see up to a one-third inch of rain fall in urban areas
The Peninsula is expected to see one-tenth to one-third of an inch fall in urban areas in a system that will move into the Bay Area starting Wednesday, National Weather Service officials said.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside Wildebeests alums dominate WBAL cross country

The King's Academy Anna Mokkapati has a lot in common with Menlo School's Kyra Pretre and Sacred Heart Prep's Luci Lambert. All three are elite cross country runners in the West Bay Athletic League, finishing 1-2-3 in the league championships.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
City to draw up new vision for Ventura site

Council prepares for long planning process for area around Fry's Electronics
Palo Alto took the critical first step Monday toward redeveloping a Ventura site best known for its largest commercial tenant: Fry's Electronics.

November 7, 2017 | 20 comments
Stanford women earn overall No. 1 for NCAA soocer tourney

Stanford earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA women's soccer tournament and will play host to Utah Valley at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP moves on in CCS tennis; Castilleja drops 4-3 decision

The Sacred Heart Prep girls tennis team didn't have too much trouble getting past visiting Mitty, 7-0, in the first round of the Central Coast Section team tournament Monday. It might be a little different Tuesday, when sixth-seeded Menlo-Atherton (16-6) comes for a visit at 2 p.m.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto salutes its veterans

Third annual Veterans Day event packs City Hall
Joe Graham's memory lane stretches across continents to the battlefields in Europe, where his battalion helped the Allies defeat Hitler's forces.

November 7, 2017 | 1 comment
Cardinal corner: Lutz honored; Field hockey opens NCAA play

Stanford opposite Merete Lutz has been selected the Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday. The four No. 1 seeds for the NCAA women's soccer tournament includes Stanford, which will host Utah Valley in the first round.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford football will be careful with Love this week

Bryce Love survived Stanford's 24-21 Pac-12 Conference football loss at Washington State on Saturday "OK but not 100 percent," Cardinal coach David Shaw said at a Monday press conference.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to discuss Stanford expansion

Public can provide feedback during review period
The school board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss Stanford's proposed General Use Permit, which spells out how the campus will grow over the next 17 years.

November 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Two inmates escape from Palo Alto courthouse

Tramel Leon McClough, 46, and John Penn Bivins, 47, were seen leaving the courthouse this morning.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Two inmates escape from Palo Alto courthouse

Sheriff's office: Anyone with information about men's whereabouts should call 911
Law enforcement agencies have launched a manhunt for two Santa Clara County inmates who escaped from the Palo Alto courthouse Monday morning, sheriff's officials said.

November 6, 2017 | 18 comments
Second-ranked Stanford women a big hit in Pac-12 volleyball

Fiftrh-year senior Merete Lutz recorded 13 kills on 16 total attacks, with a couple of errors thrown in, on .688 hitting and the second-ranked Cardinal swept visiting No. 16 Oregon, 25-14, 25-18, 25-14, in a Pac-12 Conference match Sunday.

November 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal heading to NCAA field hockey tournament

Marissa Cicione and Frances Carstens each had a goal and an assist to lead the No. 18 Stanford field hockey team to a 4-1 win over New Hampshire in the America East Conference championship match at Massachusetts-Lowell on Sunday.

November 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep opens CCS girls team tennis at home

Sacred Heart Prep (13-5) and Castilleja (9-11) open the Central Coast Section girls team tennis tournament with matches on Monday. SHP is at home against Mitty and Castilleja travels to Aptos, both at 2 p.m.

November 5, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP, Paly, Menlo survive first round of CCS girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep junior Nellie McAdams was put to the test Saturday, recording 10 saves to help the third-seeded Gators beat Los Gatos, 8-7, in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Open Division at Menlo-Atherton.

November 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Impressive display of goalkeeping in CCS water polo

There was something for everybody on opening day of the Central Coast Section boys water polo tournament in both the Open Division and Division I games played at Menlo-Atherton.

November 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Cardinal corner: Double the tennis fun; wrestlers in Virginia

Sophomore Emily Arbuthnott and freshman Michaela Gordon will play for a doubles title on Sunday morning at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.

November 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo, M-A girls win league XC titles; ECP, M-A boys are second

The Menlo School girls cross country team set a West Bay Athletic League time record and won the title at the league championships Friday at Crystal Springs.

November 5, 2017 | 7 comments
Stanford football gets no traction in loss to Cougars

Here's another fine mess the Stanford football team has gotten itself into. But isn't that what the Pac-12 Conference is all about? Luke Falk rallied host Washington State in the fourth quarter, leading the Cougars to a 24-21 victory on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Pullman.

November 5, 2017 | No comments yet
CCS volleyball: Rising star nearly takes Paly to next level

Chelsea Fan and Amelia Gibbs combined for 35 kills as the Palo Alto girls volleyball team took host St. Francis to the brink before falling, 25-12, 18-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-6 in the opening round Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs on Saturday.

November 4, 2017 | 3 comments
Cardinal women storm into field hockey title match

A gritty second half and a clutch goal in overtime by Marissa Cicione capped a 3-2 come-from-behind win over No. 24 Pacific Saturday sending the No. 18 Stanford field hockey team into the America East Conference Championship contest.

November 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men splash to big MPSF water polo win

Freshman Ben Hallock posted his 11th hat trick of the season to lead No. 4 Stanford to a 7-5 victory over No. 3 UCLA in an Mountain Pacific Sports Federation showdown at Avery Aquatic Center Saturday.

November 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Health inspectors shut down popular restaurant -- again

Insects, rodents found at Calafia Café in Palo Alto
The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health temporarily shut down Calafia Café for a second time this month due to cockroaches.

November 4, 2017 | 46 comments
Gators end gut-wrenching football game on winning note

Garrett Gavello caught a two-point conversion try in the final minute to help Sacred Heart Prep rally past Menlo School 25-24 Friday night at Foothill College in the annual Valpo Bowl football game.

November 4, 2017 | No comments yet
And the Vikings had fun, fun, fun in clinching playoff spot

The Palo Alto football team has been on the wrong end of a number of one-sided games this season. On Friday, the Vikings got a chance to experience the other side, the winning side, the fun side, in the form of a 44-6 romp over Los Altos on Senior Night at Hod Ray Field in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest.

November 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women extend winning streak in swimming

Sophomore Katie Drabot won three events while senior Janet Hu, sophomore Katie Ledecky, junior Ella Eastin and sophomore Haley Farnsworth each won twice, pacing the top-ranked Stanford swimming and diving team's 189-104 victory over No. 13 and previously undefeated North Carolina State on Friday afternoon at Avery Aquatic Center.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to lower speed limit near schools

City Council plans to drop posted speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph near every public school
City officials are preparing to lower speed limits near 17 schools, even as it looks to raise it at two streets near busy arterials to improve traffic safety.

November 6, 2017 | 39 comments
First Person: A conversation with David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Stanford d.school

David Kelley: DESIGN DISRUPTOR
David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Stanford d.school talks about his mission to help as many people as possible regain their creative confidence.

November 5, 2017 | 3 comments
Local theater honored

Palo Alto Players, TheatreWorks, among Theatre Bay Area Awards winners
Palo Alto Players, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Broadway by the Bay were among the local theater companies honored this week at the annual Theatre Bay Area Awards, which are selected by members of the Bay Area theater community.

November 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: best local cities; garden party

A roundup of local home and garden events, including a sprinkler workshop and a national city ranking.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Top Palo Alto officials to get raises

City Council prepares to approve 'merit-based' raises
Palo Alto's city manager, city attorney, city auditor and city clerk are about to get pay raises that will add $55,000 in costs to the city budget.

November 3, 2017 | 30 comments
All for one and one for Stanford in field hockey playoff win

Corinne Zanolli scored the first and last goal of No. 18 Stanford's 5-1 victory over host Massachusetts-Lowell on Thursday in the America East field hockey tournament quarterfinal round but it took the whole team to make it work.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women swim past the Beavers in Pac-12 meet

Senior Janet Hu, sophomore Katie Ledecky, sophomore Katie Drabot and freshman Lauren Green each won a pair of events to lead the top-ranked Stanford women's swimming team to a 170-77 win over Pac-12 foe Oregon State at Avery Aquatic Center on Thursday.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men celebrate another Pac-12 soccer title

Foster Langsdorf scored a goal and recorded a pair of assists as five different players scored in helping the fourth-ranked Stanford men's soccer title beat visiting UCLA, 5-1, to clinch its fourth consecutive Pac-12 Conference title before a sellout Thursday night.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: a new path; waiting for the new iPhone

In the latest Around Town column, learn about the city's new approach to establishing a bike-sharing program, people waiting for the new iPhone and a Paly grad who made his mark at the World Series.

November 3, 2017 | 5 comments
Volunteers make meals that matter

Ronald McDonald House's Megabites program makes it easy for people to volunteer
The staff of Ronald McDonald House's Megabites volunteer meal program plan and facilitate the work of feeding up to 123 families.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: housing plan; grade separation presentation

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Lawn bowling finds modern appeal

A sport widely popular in British Commonwealth countries captivates locals
Tucked behind the Gamble estate on Embarcadero Road, the 84-year-old Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club has a long history in the city.

November 5, 2017 | 4 comments
Off Deadline: Silicon Valley has entered a tsunami decade of retirements

New report shows up to 300,000 employees will retire in the region
A virtual tidal wave of retirements will occur between now and 2025 as older workers leave the workforce in Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and beyond, according to a comprehensive new report.

November 4, 2017 | 28 comments
Stanford travels into Cougars den for Pac-12 football

A two-time national high school wrestling champion, Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips has a few extra moves he can use to counter double teams or an offensive linemen's propensity to use their hands a little too liberally.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Titans hope to cash in with Banks during CCS playoffs

Zoe Banks still has the autographed picture she received from Betsey Armstrong, an Olympian and the most decorated goalie in international women's water polo when she retired in 2014. It reminds her of the time she officially became a goalie.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Something to chew on

The latest comings and goings in the local dining scene
New establishments that have opened recently are bringing fresh dining choices to both Palo Alto and Mountain View's restaurant-heavy downtowns.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Vikings looking to clinch a CCS football playoff berth

Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo revive the rivalry
A win over Los Altos on Friday would, for all intents and purposes, clinch a berth in the Central Coast Section playoffs for the Palo Alto football team. The top four teams from the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's De Anza Division get automatic berths.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Bank of the Orient moving in; beam bots head to Stanford

The latest retail news
In this week's retail news, find out which bank is opening its first Palo Alto location, where telepresence robots originally downtown have moved and which online underwear company opened its first physical store at Stanford Shopping Center.

November 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Hammer down

'Thor: Ragnarok' Hulks out with action and laughs
Marvel successfully doubles down on the laughs in "Thor: Ragnarok" by mashing up Thor, Hulk and the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sensibility for a rollicking comedy.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
An unexpected gift

Anderson Collection expands its holdings of work by sculptor Manuel Neri
The Anderson Collection at Stanford University received 11 works by sculptor Manuel Neri featured in an exhibition, "Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure," through Feb. 13, 2018.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Imprinted in history

Stanford Art Gallery celebrates its centennial with the art of Pedro de Lemos
The Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery at Stanford University is displaying the colorful and innovative printmaking of Pedro de Lemos in a centennial exhibition on view until Dec. 3.

November 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Library launches month-long storytelling festival

Yarners in the oral tradition, including tellers of Native American, Latin-American and Japanese folktales will present their stories for audiences at Menlo Park's libraries throughout the month of November.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford student grabbed by man escapes

Incident occurred after midnight near Lake Lagunita
A female Stanford student walking on campus early Thursday morning was grabbed by a man she didn't know, Stanford Department of Public Safety officials said in an alert.

November 2, 2017 | 2 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise moving out of Palo Alto

Company relocating global headquarters to Santa Clara
Palo Alto's stock of tech companies in town is dwindling with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's plans to move its headquarters south to Santa Clara, the company announced Thursday.

November 2, 2017 | 42 comments
A three-in-one neighborhood

Embarcadero Oaks, Leland Manor and Garland Drive embrace their differences
To outsiders, these might look like one neighborhood but they are actually three, with unique character in each.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Attackers ordered to pay man thousands in restitution

Sum of more than $44,000 to go to victim in mistaken identity case
Two men convicted of a beating and stabbing in East Palo Alto that left a man partially paralyzed have been ordered to pay the victim $36,700, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

November 2, 2017 | 2 comments
Widespread rain could impact Friday's commute

Heavy downpour predicted from Friday night into Saturday morning
Rain is forecast to start Thursday night in the North Bay and spread south Friday to the rest of the Bay Area, National Weather Service officials said.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Top honors for field hockey players

Kelsey Bing and Corinne Zanolli earned Goalkeeper of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors, respectively, as Stanford was well-represented at the America East Conference field hockey awards banquet Wednesday night.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women golfers can't match USC at East Lake GC

The Stanford women's golf team completed the fall season with a runner-up finish Wednesday in the East Lake Cup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The Cardinal fell to USC, 3-2 in the nationally-televised championship match on the Golf Channel.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Hinch reaches the top of his profession

A.J. Hinch was never in the running to take over the Stanford baseball program when Mark Marquess retired following the 2017 season. The Stanford grad still has a lot of ties to his former school. He's just not ready to give up his day job.

November 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo College signs French point guard for women's hoops

Salome Cordinier has an Instagram picture of herself jumping for joy with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Perhaps that's how Menlo College women's basketball coach Shannon Spataro felt when announcing Cordinier's signing to attend the school next fall.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Nearly $7 million sale for 107-year-old Menlo Park home
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Alert issued for contaminated salads shipped to Trader Joe's stores

Tainted food could cause serious infection
Contaminated salads that could lead to listeriosis, a serious infection, were shipped to some California Trader Joe's stores, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.

November 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Winter 'Spare the Air' season starts Wednesday

District advises against burning solid fuel when an alert is in effect
Bay Area residents can face steep fines for violations from Wednesday until Feb. 28 if they burn wood or other solid fuel while a winter Spare the Air alert is in effect.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly girls race to first SCVAL cross country title in 12 years

The Palo Alto girls cross country team, without one of its top runners, won its first SCVAL El Camino Division title in 12 years Tuesday at Crystal Springs and qualified for the Central Coast Section meet on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Toro Park in Salinas.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP's doubles team courting CCS girls tennis tournament

It was a stroke of genius, an inspired decision. Whoever decided to team Sacred Heart Prep seniors Sara Choy and Melina Stavropoulos in doubles once Choy returned from ankle surgery, well, give that person a medal. Together they won the WBAL doubles title Tuesday.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
A pair of top-10 finishes leads Paly girls to CCS golf title

The Palo Alto High girls golf team completed a successful round at the Laguna Seca Ranch Club on Tuesday the same way it's been playing all year. The Vikings rely on steady play from their entire lineup.

October 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford grad Ubogagu gets the call from USA women's soccer

Stanford grad Chioma Ubogagu will get a chance to make her first career appearance with the United States senior national women's soccer team next week as she was one of 23 players called into training camp Tuesday by U.S. coach Jill Ellis.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Dramatic golf win for Cardinal women at East Lake Cup

Sophomore Albane Valenzuela calmly poured in a four-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole Tuesday to lift the Stanford women's golf team to a 3-2 semifinal victory against Arizona State in the third East Lake Cup at East Lake Golf Club.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
County considers proposal for teen inpatient psych unit

County-operated facility would also rely on local partnerships
Santa Clara County could launch an inpatient psychiatric unit for teenagers at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose in several years.

November 1, 2017 | 5 comments
Building owners seek exemptions from 'retail protection' law

Palo Alto council to consider requests to waive ground-floor retail requirement at 999 Alma St. and 425 Portage Ave.
Citing economic hardships and an inability to land tenants, owners of two Palo Alto buildings are asking the council to waive the city's rule requiring ground-floor retail.

November 1, 2017 | 15 comments
White supremacist group targets Stanford with posters

Flyers follow reports of swastikas drawn on campus
The idea of turning a section of University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto into a pedestrian-only zone picked up some steam Monday night, when the City Council unanimously agreed to explore it.

October 31, 2017 | 12 comments
Family of bullying victim sues school district

Parents allege Palo Alto Unified School District failed to properly respond to harassment
The family of a special-education middle school student who was repeatedly bullied in 2016 has sued the Palo Alto Unified for its failure to protect him from harassment, alleging this resulted in severe academic and emotional harm.

October 31, 2017 | 64 comments
Fisher named Pac-12 Cross Country Athlete of the Year

Junior Grant Fisher earned Athlete of the Year honors and Chris Miltenberg was tabbed Coach of the Year, giving Stanford two prominent men's awards among Pac-12 cross country honors.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto mulls 'pedestrian-only' University Avenue

City Council agrees to study plan to restrict cars on downtown strip
The idea of turning a section of University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto into a pedestrian-only zone picked up some steam Monday night, when the City Council unanimously agreed to explore it.

October 31, 2017 | 50 comments
Macario, Pickett earn Pac-12 weekly women's soccer honors

Stanford freshman Catarina Macario earned her second consecutive Pac-12 Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor and freshman Kiki Pickett was named Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Youth theater: 'Heaven Can Wait'

Palo Alto High School will present its adaptation of Harry Segall's "Heaven Can Wait" starting Friday, Nov. 3.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Youth theater: 'Servant of Two Masters'

This month, Gunn High School Theatre will present a play based off the 1746 story by Carlo Goldoni and revised to be a modern meta-comedy set in Gunn's own high school.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
City outlaws marijuana shops

While voters say yes to legalized marijuana, City Council just says no to dispensaries
Legalized marijuana may be a popular proposition among Palo Alto voters, but the City Council indicated Monday that it feels far more comfortable passing a ban than a blunt.

October 31, 2017 | 43 comments
Stanford women earn the top seed at East Lake Golf Club

Shannon Aubert and Andrea Lee tied for second, each with a round of 71, and the Stanford women's golf team won the stroke play competition Monday in the East Lake Cup at famed East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, earning the top seed for match play competition.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Phillips named top defensive Pac-12 football player of week

Bassi earns top weekly honors in America East Conference
Senior defensive lineman Harrison Phillips was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Lott IMPACT Player of the Week, while sophomore placekicker Jet Toner was recognized as a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week on Monday.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Spooky scenes from the neighborhoods

Residents get into the Halloween spirit
On this most ghoulish of holidays, residents got into the spirit of Halloween in a variety of creative ways. We strolled a few streets in search of the scary and whimsical manifestations.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Hewlett-Packard historical archives destroyed in wine country fires

Letters, speeches and other irreplaceable documents burned in modular buildings
Thousands of highly-valued papers related to Silicon Valley's early history were destroyed in the North Bay fires.

October 30, 2017 | 7 comments
Police looking for teens who nabbed boy's footwear

Pair were trailing children in a dark-colored, older-model car
Palo Alto police are seeking two teens who stole a 12-year-old boy's shoes after pursuing him and two friends in the Crescent Park neighborhood on Oct. 20, the department said.

October 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Palo Alto shuts down spay and neuter clinic

City attributes abrupt move at animal shelter to lack of staffing
Citing a staffing shortage, Palo Alto abruptly shuttered last week the spay and neuter clinic that the city has been running at the animal shelter.

October 30, 2017 | 14 comments
Stanford's Plummer earns Pac-12 weekly volleyball honors

Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday. Plummer is the reigning national Freshman of the Year.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A scholarship established to honor memory of athlete

A scholarship is being established in the memory of Menlo-Atherton student-athlete Aisea “Bojack" Mataele, who passed away in December, 2016, during his first year of high school.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Authors luncheon benefits Abilities United

Annual event to feature four writers
Donia Bijan of Menlo Park will be one of four featured authors at the 26th Authors Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Stanford women nab Pac-12 soccer title

Michelle Xiao scored in the 26th minute to snap a tie and help give the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team a 3-1 victory over host USC Sunday, clinching the Pac-12 Conference title.

October 29, 2017 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto police search for missing teen

Jonathan Bedolla, 17, has been missing since Thursday
East Palo Alto police are looking for Jonathan Bedolla, a 17-year-old boy who was last seen three days ago leaving the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

October 29, 2017 | 11 comments
Cardinal women return home in control of Pac-12 volleyball

With four weeks remaining of Pac-12 Conference women's volleyball, No. 2 Stanford is in an enviable spot, leading the rest of the conference by four matches with eight to play.

October 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Water polo titles for Castilleja, SHP and Menlo School

The Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls water polo teams successfully defended their West Catholic Athletic tournament titles, Menlo School and Castilleja did the same in the Peninsula Athletic League and Gunn's boys and girls each lost tight games in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League tournament championship games.

October 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Men's water polo blocks the 49ers

Freshman Ben Hallock scored four goals, senior Jackson Kimbell scored three and the fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team claimed a 10-9 nonconference victory over host Long Beach State on Saturday.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo, Palo Alto in CCS Open Division volleyball tourney

Sacred Heart Prep awarded the top seed in Division IV
Menlo School earned the fifth seed and Palo Alto was awarded the sixth seed for the Central Coast Section girls' volleyball Open Division, which opens Saturday at four different sites.

October 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Prep report: postseason golf, tennis set to get underway

A pair of long league girls' tennis winning streaks remained intact after both Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School completed undefeated runs through their respective leagues.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators foiled by turnovers penalties in football loss

Sacred Heart Prep lost to visiting Burlingame, 28-17, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division game Friday night.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Simbeck breathes life into Menlo football title hopes

Emilio Simbeck threw for a career-high 263 yards and four touchdowns to lead Menlo to a surprisingly one-sided 33-10 victory over host Hillsdale on Friday night and into sole possession of first place in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Bailey's subtle wrist gives Pinewood MTAL football title

Rivals Pinewood of Los Altos Hills and Woodside Priory of Portola Valley left nothing to the imagination, trading blows for the Mission Trail Athletic League (8-man) title in a raucous finale. And when the dust had settled, it was Pinewood with the big comeback win in overtime, 68-66, Friday.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto airs it out in SCVAL football win over Falcons

Jackson Chryst threw for three touchdowns and Paul Jackson III scored three touchdowns as the Vikings scored four times in the second half to pull away from Saratoga in a 42-21 SCVAL De Anza Division victory.

October 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women remain healthy in Pac-12 volleyball

The second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team beat host Arizona State, 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 25-13, on Friday night to remain unbeaten in conference play as Kathryn Plummer recorded 23 kills and Audriana Fitzmorris and Merete Lutz each added 11.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Shoplifters strike Stanford Shopping Center

Police investigate four crime in five days totaling about $10K in lost merchandise
Palo Alto police are investigating a string of thefts that took place at Stanford Shopping Center stores over a five-day period beginning last week.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: rise of the robots; flood control

Learn about what Palo Alto is doing to prepare for autonomous robots, the flood-control project around San Francisquito Creek and Stanford using fiber to detect earthquakes.

October 28, 2017 | 10 comments
Fisher, Stanford men race to Pac-12 cross country title

Junior Grant Fisher used a burst of speed over the final 300 meters to win the individual title and lead the Stanford men to their first team crown in seven years, at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships on Friday.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Man accused of multiple robberies will stand trial

Defendant and juvenile allegedly went on a daylong crime spree
An Oakland man who is accused of taking part in a robbery spree on the Midpeninsula and in the East Bay will stand trial, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge determined Thursday.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, Menlo School win league volleyball titles

The Palo Alto girls volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with a 25-15, 25-23, 25-12 victory over visiting Lynbrook in the SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season finale on Thursday night.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Water polo tournament titles up for grabs this weekend

Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton will meet for the Peninsula Athletic League boys' water polo tournament title at M-A on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. It's been an annual event for some time now. One or the other school has won the PAL title every year since 1995.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto may ease parking rules to spur housing

Three council members propose eliminating off-street parking requirements for 'car-light' projects
Three Palo Alto council members are proposing significant revisions to the city's parking regulations, including eliminating parking requirements altogether for "car-light" developments.

October 29, 2017 | 132 comments
Defendant in heroin-related attack picks rehab after mother's death

Redwood City man pleaded 'no contest' to charges in beating, stabbing
A man who pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the beating and stabbing of a heroin dealer has been sentenced to one year in county jail, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

October 27, 2017 | 4 comments
Law firm issues final report on Paly sex-assault case

Attorneys recommended against using names of administrators
A law firm the school district asked to investigate a student sexual-assault case at Paly has issued its final report, with some additions but without names identifying the administrators involved.

October 27, 2017 | 46 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: sex violence task force; commercial marijuana sales ban

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 30.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women one win from another Pac-12 soccer title

Jordan DiBiasi's first-half goal was enough for the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to earn its 14th straight, beating host No. 6 UCLA on Thursday night at Drake Stadium.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
A win by any other name feels just as good for Stanford

Cardinal avoids upset with late drive and without Love
JJ Arecga-Whiteside caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Palo Alto grad Keller Chryst with 20 seconds remaining to play, lifting the 22nd-ranked Stanford football team past host Oregon State, 15-14, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Thursday night.

October 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Community Notebook: Assessing the community's needs

San Mateo County officials are figuring out how to prioritize federal money for housing, development
San Mateo County officials making a new plan on how to spend federal housing dollars are asking residents to answer a survey to help identify their pressing needs.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Through Stanford brain research, the depressed feel 'whole' again

People with severe depression are experiencing hopeful results with brain stimulation
People with severe depression are experiencing hopeful results with a unique brain study being conducted at Stanford University that essentially teaches the brain how to learn a new connection.

October 27, 2017 | 4 comments
Schools develop new kind of transcript

Schools seek more well-rounded way to convey students' accomplishments
Local schools in the Mastery Transcript Consortium are designing a new transcript that emphasizes student work and mastery over more abbreviated measures of success like grades.

October 27, 2017 | 7 comments
Prep football: Inside track to league title on the line

First place will be at stake when Menlo School plays at Hillsdale in a PAL Ocean Division showdown Friday at 7:30 p.m. Menlo (5-2 overall) and Hillsdale (7-0) are both 3-0 in PAL Ocean play.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: In a disaster, what should/would you do?

A city emergency service volunteer offers tips of what to do when faced with a widespread catastrophe
The horrific fires in Napa, Sonoma and the Santa Cruz mountains remind us that disaster can strike both quickly and unexpectedly.

October 28, 2017 | 14 comments
Palo Alto boys, Gunn girls win city cross country meet

The only thing at stake Wednesday was bragging rights for cross country royalty in the city of Palo Alto. It was a split decision. Vikings' Henry Saul and Titans' Joyce Shea led their respective teams to victory in the City Meet at Gunn High.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Former Menlo College wrestling coach earns Hall of Fame

Lee Allen, former Menlo College women's wrestling coach, is being inducted, posthumously, to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, adding to his long list of achievements. Allen died in 2012 at the age of 77.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside Community Theatre animates 'Annie' with additions

How to make the hit musical "Annie" feel fresh 40 years after it debuted on Broadway?

October 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Spare the Air alerts issued for Thursday, Friday

Notices are not related to North Bay fires, district officials say
Spare the Air smog alerts have been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday and Friday, the latest in the calendar year that the alerts have ever been issued, regional air quality officials said.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Swastika drawn on Stanford University building

Report follows similar incidents this fall, last year
A swastika that was drawn on a building pillar at the Graduate School of Business is under investigation by Stanford University police.

October 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Rewriting an epic

Khan's 'Until the Lions' gives female characters a voice
In his newest work, award-winning choreographer Akram Khan changes the narrative of the ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata by choosing to focus on a female protagonist while exploring the confines and assumptions of gender in our society.

October 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Pear revives political 'Enemy'

Ibsen's 19th-century tale of greed and false facts still relevant
Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," as translated by Rebecca Lenckiewicz, which is playing now at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View, takes place in an eerily relevant setting.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Smarter Balanced results: achievement gap, low high-school participation persist

District sees 20 percent of juniors taking test
Results from this year's Smarter Balanced standardized test indicate that the achievement gap is not only persisting in the Palo Alto school district, it's widening for African-American and low-income students.

October 26, 2017 | 48 comments
Home sales

Sales swing from $410,000 to $9.4 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: holiday cooking for kids; wreath-making

A roundup of local home and garden events, including classes on holiday baking, making a wreath and growing roses.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
A house among the trees

Architect tour to feature Menlo Park home
Ron and Ellis Bigelow consulted with an arborist to see what they could do about the half dozen huge redwoods and beech trees before they built their home around them.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Great Oak Count kicks off Saturday

Volunteer program will survey all of Palo Alto's neighborhood oak trees
The first comprehensive survey of city oaks in 20 years kicks off Saturday, with help from the community in gathering data on the native trees.

October 26, 2017 | 5 comments
Gators snap up the WBAL girls golf tournament title

Niav Layton's impressive 1-under 69 didn't come as that much of a surprise. After all, the Castilleja golfer is the team's most consistent player and has put together an MVP-type season for the Gators.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP's Choy returns to lineup; Menlo clinches another title

Sidelined for nearly three months with an ankle injury, Sara Choy made her long-awaited return to the tennis courts on Wednesday. Not too surprisingly, there was a victory as a result.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launches Community Fund

New grants will be awarded to nonprofits near Facebook's headquarters
An organization primarily focused on scientific and educational causes, has launched a community fund to address problems closer to home.

October 25, 2017 | 2 comments
Palo Alto to consider downtown roof decks

City asked to change zoning laws so that Houzz can build patio across from City Hall
Downtown diners rarely have a chance to dine alfresco while enjoying a bird's-eye view of the streets beneath them. One tenant in a prominent building is hoping to change that.

October 27, 2017 | 6 comments
City tows unmoved RVs, trailer on El Camino Real

El Camino Real campers who got multiple notices were targeted on Wednesday
Police and code-enforcement officers had two RVs and a trailer towed on Wednesday morning, following through on the city's promise to enforce its parking ordinance.

October 25, 2017 | 41 comments
District hires full-time Title IX coordinator

New hire has background in law, education, compliance
Megan Farrell, a consultant with experience in law, higher education and federal anti-discrimination law Title IX, will now oversee compliance in this area for the Palo Alto school district.

October 25, 2017 | 2 comments
Love won't need much practice time to play Thursday night

Bryce Love's availability for Thursday night's 6 p.m. contest at Oregon State likely will be a game-time decision. Stanford football coach David Shaw said Tuesday that Love, the nation's leading rusher, is "day to day."

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo grad Boissiere making the most of her opportunity

The third goal of a 4-0 midweek victory didn't seem significant for the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team, but it said much about Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Former Stanford men's basketball coach DiBiaso dies

Dick DiBiaso, Stanford's head men's basketball coach from 1976-82, died on Sunday at the age of 76.

October 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Former administrator named Barron Park interim principal

Eric Goddard returns to school district
A former longtime Palo Alto Unified elementary school principal and administrator, Eric Goddard, will serve as interim principal at Barron Park Elementary while its leader takes on a temporary district role.

October 25, 2017 | 4 comments
Fired Palo Alto planner alleges discrimination

Claim alleges senior managers made 'false representations' when she accepted her job
A former Palo Alto city planner has filed a complaint against the city, alleging sex discrimination and retaliation for whistleblowing, according to a claim that the City Council discussed in a closed session this week.

October 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Weekend rape, sexual assault reported at Stanford

Department of Public Safety alerts about rape drugs, intoxication
Stanford University has issued alerts about reports this week of a rape and sexual assault that took place within three days of each other, according to its Department of Public Safety.

October 25, 2017 | 3 comments
School board to look more broadly for superintendent-search firm

Final selection to take place at public meeting later this year
Palo Alto school board members agreed Tuesday to expand their search for a firm that will help the district find a new superintendent.

October 25, 2017 | 1 comment
Prep report: Locals advance in league water polo tourneys

There were no surprises in that the Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton boys water polo teams won in the quarterfinals of the Peninsula Athletic League tournament at Menlo on Tuesday. Woodside, though, was quite a surprise.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women second at Pac-12 golf preview in Hawaii

Heavy rain and lightning Tuesday morning forced cancellation of the final round of the fifth Pac-12 Preview at Nanea Golf Club. As a result, Monday's 36-hole scores stood. Second-ranked UCLA won the team title by 11 strokes over No. 7 Stanford with a score of 20-under 564.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Ingul places second at Simpson tourney

Freshman Fredrik Ingul nearly gave the Menlo College men's golf program its first tournament winner on Tuesday at the Simpson tournament in Redding, losing in a three-hole playoff.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto places three among top five to win girls golf title

Palo Alto senior Stephanie Yu shot a 1-over 72 to place second behind Los Gatos sophomore Elizabeth Lu, who shot a 1-under 70, and lead Palo Alto to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League girls team golf championship at the Santa Teresa Golf Club on Tuesday.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Fatal shooting triggers training with 'less lethal' weapon

Palo Alto Police Department equips all patrol vehicles with SAGE launchers in the aftermath of William Raff's death
Moments before Palo Alto police officers fatally shot William Raff on Christmas Day 2015, they made a last-ditch request for a "less lethal" weapon to be delivered to the scene.

October 25, 2017 | 2 comments
Police seek women for allergy medicine heists in three cities

Stores lose medications worth thousands of dollars
A group of women who allegedly stole thousands of dollars of allergy medications from Midpeninsula drugstores are being sought by police.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Snake found on VTA bus in Palo Alto up for adoption

Unclaimed ball python at Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA looking for new home
Rumplesnakeskin, a python found curled up on a public bus last month, is looking for a new home, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA officials said.

October 24, 2017 | 5 comments
Passion for wine

Savvy Cellar's Holly Orchard is building a community of connoisseurs, one glass at a time
Read a Q&A with Savvy Cellar owner Holly Orchard about how she has made the Mountain View wine bar a go-to place for aficionados, budding oenophiles and everyone in between.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford trio earns weekly Pac-12 Conference honors

Stanford men's soccer Foster Langsdorf, women's soccer Catarina Macario and women's volleyball Morgan Hentz were all honored as a Player of the Week by the Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
School unions agree to reopen negotiations on bonus

School board also to discuss term-limits proposal, class size policy
Palo Alto Unified's unions have agreed to reopen negotiations on a one-time bonus teachers and non-teaching staff.

October 24, 2017 | 7 comments
Residents sound off on new Comprehensive Plan

Some call for more housing; others for fewer offices
With Palo Alto preparing to adopt a new land-use vision, residents came to City Hall on Monday to offer competing views.

October 24, 2017 | 74 comments
Gunn girls earn a share of the SCVAL water polo title

Gunn sophomore Cooper McKenna had a late start to her girls water polo season because of an injury. These days she's playing like she doesn't want the year to end very soon.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Castilleja golfers drive past Menlo, Harker

Castilleja needed every golfer to do exactly what she did Monday to give the Gators a pair of victories on the final day of the West Bay Athletic League regular season and the league title.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Lee grabs first day lead at Pac-12 golf preview

Stanford sophomore Andrea Lee fired rounds of 69 and 67 to finish at 9-under and earned the first day lead Monday in the fifth Pac-12 Women's Golf Preview at sunny and scenic Nanea Golf Club.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Retail and housing project approved in Ventura

Sobrato development will bring 50 apartments, retail to site currently occupied by Mike's Bikes in Palo Alto
A two-building development featuring apartments and retail space, will soon replace the Mike's Bikes on El Camino Real.

October 24, 2017 | 11 comments
Delays expected on Arastradero Road starting Tuesday

Temporary road work near Alpine Road is expected to last a week
An eroding road edge along upper Arastradero Road that was undercut by roiling floodwaters in Los Trancos Creek last winter will be temporarily repaired starting Tuesday, according to a notice from Portola Valley.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Gordon wins battle of Stanford tennis teammates in ITA final

Freshman Michaela Gordon defeated sophomore Emily Arbuthnott 7-5, 6-2 in an all-Stanford singles final on Monday afternoon at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly's Diepenbrock adds veteran coach to his hoops staff

Peter Diepenbrock has picked up a very experienced assistant for the Palo Alto High School boys basketball team. Rich Forslund, a veteran of 22 years as a high school head coach, has joined the Paly staff as an assistant.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo's Hegmann earns second GSAC weekly soccer honor

Menlo College's Eric Hegmann earned Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors it was announced Tuesday.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to discuss superintendent search

Board president seeks feedback on process
Palo Alto school board members will discuss on Tuesday evening their next steps in the process to find a permanent superintendent.

October 23, 2017 | 7 comments
Forecast calls for warm start to the week

Bay Area high temps expected to be 15-20 degrees above normal
Temperatures early this week in the Bay Area are forecast to be well above normal, National Weather Service officials said.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Woman identified in fatal collision

Palo Alto incident blocked westbound lanes for nearly three hours
A woman who was hit by a car after jumping from a Palo Alto overpass and later died Monday has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.

October 23, 2017 | 42 comments
Stanford swimmers help Pac-12 beat USA national team

Five Stanford women's swimmers -- Katie Drabot, Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu, Brooke Forde and Ella Eastin -- led the Pac-12 over Team USA, 326.5-286.5, in the second annual College Swimming Challenge in Los Angeles over the weekend. Stanford's Matt Anderson, Abrahm DeVine, Sam Perry, Grant Shoults and True Sweetser represented the men's team.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Road perfection for Stanford men in Pac-12 soccer action

The sixth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team scored three times in the first half to complete an undefeated regular-season road schedule, beating Oregon State, 3-0, on Sunday in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Bassi's three goals does the trick for Stanford field hockey

Kristina Bassi, a fifth-year senior from nearby Mountain View, recorded her first career hat trick and the 17th-ranked Stanford field hockey team turned back visiting Cal, 4-0, Sunday in America East Conference action.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Arbuthnott, Gordon to play for regional tennis title

Sophomore Emily Arbuthnott outdueled junior Melissa Lord, 7-6 (6), 6-4, as part of all-Stanford semifinal of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Taube Family Tennis Center on Sunday.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Priory hosts Pinewood to determine 8-man champion

Priory's football field becomes the staging area for the biggest high school game of the year on Friday at 3 p.m. as Panthers of all colors gather to determine the champion of the Mission Trails 8-man League.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Youth serves up a winner for Cardinal women's soccer

Press scores for Team USA; Dahlkemper nets her first career assist
A freshman was involved with every scoring play, including an own goal, and the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team defeated visiting Oregon State, 6-0, in a Pac-12 Conference match Sunday.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women do balancing act to volleyball perfection

Kathryn Plummer netted 10 kills and was one of five players to accumulate between eight and 11 points Saturday night and the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team downed visiting Washington State, 25-22, 25-18, 25-14, in a Pac-12 Conference match.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Vikings make a big volleyball statement

Miranda runs with the best in the state at Mt. Sac Invitational
The Palo Alto girls volleyball team is enjoying a monster year and the Vikings seem to be getting better every time out. Palo Alto won all four of its matches Saturday to capture the title of Spikefest II.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators rally to finish third at Memorial Cup water polo

Alexander Nemeth made three of his 13 saves and Larsen Weigle and Andrew Churukian each made crucial steals in the final three minutes to preserve Sacred Heart Prep's 5-4 victory over Drake in the third-place game of the Memorial Cup boys' water polo tournament at Bellarmine on Saturday.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
A pictorial look at Palo Alto's Peery Family Center

The Peery Family Center gives Palo Alto High a modern building with facilities for many sports. While the old gym served the campus well, it was time for a makeover and this is the result.

October 21, 2017 | 6 comments
Cardinal corner: Women's tennis a private party

Stanford guaranteed itself of an ITA Northwest Regional singles champion on Saturday as all four Cardinal tennis players won their quarterfinal match at Taube Family Tennis Center.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Kazam wins wrestling title at tournament

Menlo College junior Iman Kazam went 6-0 in the Open 155 Division to claim a wrestling title at the season-opening Blue Chip Open in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep earns PAL football victory over Tigers

Brad Yaffe threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Sacred Heart Prep downed Terra Nova, 16-7, in a PAL Bay Division football contest Friday.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Cougars remain on the football prowl after taking down M-A

Some questions were answered Friday night at Half Moon Bay High, where the home team Cougars defeated Menlo-Atherton 28-10 in a PAL Bay Division football contest. Half Moon Bay is legit.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
The Knights defense never rested in PAL football win

The Menlo School football team has always been known for its high-powered offense and that remains the case this season. The defense usually had to take a back seat but those days appear to be in the past.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Milpitas football stays unbeaten at expense of the Vikings

Junacio Henley and Aiden Chang gave Palo Alto some footage for its highlight reel Friday night but it will be Milpitas' game film that pervades next week's session and those with tender stomachs may need to look away after the Trojans dispatched the Vikings, 49-0, in a SCVAL De Anza Division football game.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men win a pair of water polo matches Friday

No. 4 Stanford scored the first five goals and never looked back, en route to an 11-3 victory over No. 16 Bucknell in the first match of a Friday evening men's water polo doubleheader at Avery Aquatic Center.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women dive right in for season opening victory

Palo Alto grad Grace Zhao swam the best time in the 200 breast, helped the 200 medley relay finish third and placed third in the 50 free in her first collegiate swimming meet with top-ranked Stanford, a 143-95 winner over host Utah in a Pac-12 Conference meet Friday. Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe won the 200 IM and swam on the winning medley relay team. M-A grad Mia Paulsen also made her debut.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men open swimming season with road win at Utah

Palo Alto grad Alex Liang was one of several freshmen to win events and the third-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team successfully opened it season with a 141.5-95.5 Pac-12 Conference victory at Utah on Friday.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Water polo readies for postseason tournaments

The Peninsula Athletic League boys and girls water polo tournaments will be held at four different sites within a span of five days beginning Monday with a pair of play-in games at Carlmont.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Barron Park principal named interim HR director

District had considered bringing in a retired administrator or outside hire
Anne Brown will temporarily move to the district for the rest of the school year as interim assistant superintendent for human resources.

October 20, 2017 | 13 comments
Persky opponent launches fundraising campaign

Longtime Santa Clara County prosecutor opposes embattled judge
The Santa Clara County assistant district attorney running in an upcoming recall election against Judge Aaron Persky has officially started fundraising for her campaign.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: let's talk about sex; musical strides

Read about a new parents group raising awareness about sex education, a woman making waves in music and dogs checking for bed bugs at city libraries.

October 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Lawyer charged for creating 'fake employees'

Fraud indictment alleges attorney committed visa and mail fraud
A Palo Alto attorney is facing numerous fraud charges for allegedly helping her clients obtain benefits as part of a federal immigration program under fake employees, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

October 20, 2017 | 6 comments
Felon arraigned for possessing firearm while filming music video

East Palo Alto man arrested on outstanding warrants
A convicted felon and alleged gang member pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of illegally possessing a firearm and gang enhancements after filming a rap music video in which he allegedly handled a gun on camera, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Atherton sale reaches $11 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women spread the wealth in 5-set volleyball win

Stanford sophomore setter Jenna Gray recorded two of her five kills on the match's final two points to help the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team survive a marathon Pac-12 Conference match against visiting Washington, 25-16, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10, Thursday night.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Five survive opening round of women's tennnis tourney

The Stanford women's tennis team opened competition at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Thursday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Five Cardinal players advanced to Friday's round of 32 in singles, led by top-seeded Melissa Lord.

October 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford men tame the Huskies in Pac-12 soccer action

The sixth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team scored twice in the first 13 minutes and won on the road in Pac-12 Conference play at No. 21 Washington on Thursday night, 2-1.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women defeat Oregon in Pac-12 Conference soccer

Cardinal senior Andi Sulllivan has a big day with the national team.
Catarina Macario scored two goals and assisted on another and the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team beat visiting Oregon, 4-0, Thursday night to remain unbeaten in Pac-12 Conference play. In New Orleans, Andi Sullivan helped Team USA beat Korea.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Rising up to meet the disaster

Palo Alto and surrounding communities respond to North Bay fires
Communities across Palo Alto have responded in myriad ways to the devastation of the North Bay fires with services, manpower and supplies to those who need help.

October 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Planned growth to strain traffic around Stanford

Impact analysis: 'Significant and unavoidable' congestion at some local intersections
A new report for Stanford's general-use permit application shows the university's expansion will create "significant and unavoidable" traffic impacts.

October 20, 2017 | 23 comments
Soaring through life

World War II veteran William Dinsmore celebrates 100 years of living
William "Uncle Bill" Dinsmore will celebrate a life marked by persistence amid adversity and abiding love as he becomes a centenarian Friday.

October 20, 2017 | 4 comments
School district considers 'civility' policy

Parent questions whether proposal would curb free speech
The president of the Palo Alto teachers' union hopes that a new civility policy she has proposed will help minimize inappropriate conduct among teachers, administrators and parents.

October 20, 2017 | 52 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: mixed-use project; superintendent search

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 23.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: 'Hey Elon, we need Tesla trains not trucks!'

Electric engineer says antiquated Caltrain system needs to be replaced
Tesla is set to demonstrate its newest baby -- long-haul trucks -- but it has missed a technically easier target: commuter trains.

October 22, 2017 | 14 comments
Bears and Cougars are ready to rumble in Half Moon Bay

After an unanticipated bye week due to hazardous air quality resulting from the North Bay fires, local football teams are changing gears, preparing for a new opponent after not playing the team they prepared for last week.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford swimmers take to the road to open the season

The itinerary for Stanford's opening weekend for both the men's and women's swimming teams includes stops in Salt Lake City and then split trips back to the Bay Area or to Los Angeles.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Don't mess with Norma — but do go to hear her sing

West Bay Opera creates ambitious production of 19th century opera
There is good news for local opera fans attending West Bay Opera's production of Vincenzo Bellini's magnificent 19th century opera, "Norma," where Christina Major is cast in the title role.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Andrew Bird 'cracks things open' at Stanford

Indie innovator said Bing Concert Hall right environment to be more freewheeling
Setting is key to Andrew Bird's current tour, which brings the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist to the Stanford campus on Friday, Oct. 20.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: Behind the workings of off-market deals

How do these non-public real estate sales work?
Buyers have shown increasing interest in off-market properties based on the simple belief in getting a bargain.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: how to sheet mulch; start a home orchard

A roundup of local home and garden events, including sheet mulching for a sustainable garden, creating a home orchard and ways to use pumpkins for fall decorations.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Citrus crisis

Backyard lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange trees could be endangered by hard-to-see insect
Asian citrus psyllids have arrived in California, and with them the risk of Huanglongbing to all counties including Santa Clara.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Students displaced by North Bay fires eligible for assistance

Children can benefit from transportation, education, other services under McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
Families with students who have relocated to the South Bay in the aftermath of blazes across the North Bay are eligible to apply for assistance, according to the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Efforts emerge to address sexual violence in Palo Alto school district

Superintendent, Paly parents launch initiatives
In a school district troubled by sexual misconduct among students and teachers, a district-level task force and a grassroots parent effort have launched to address the problem in Palo Alto's schools.

October 19, 2017 | 17 comments
Bay Area forecast: rain expected on Thursday

Wet weather will begin in the North Bay, spread to rest of the Bay Area in the afternoon
Rain is expected to fall in the Bay Area on Thursday and could help firefighters put out the several wildfires burning in the North Bay, National Weather Service officials said.

October 19, 2017 | 1 comment
SHP, Menlo, Castilleja clinch league water polo titles

The Menlo-Atherton boys water polo team, like many others, is getting ready for the postseason. The Bears ended the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division season with a thoroughly convincing 22-6 victory over visiting Half Moon Bay on Wednesday.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women 2nd at own event; Lee shares top honors

Sophomore Andrea Lee birdied the last two holes to share medalist honors and help Stanford's women's golf team finish second Wednesday in the 22nd Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Dr. Condoleezza Rice at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Ledecky recognized as Sportswoman of the Year

Stanford sophomore Katie Ledecky was named the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year on Wednesday night at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. She also won her fourth straight Female Athlete of the Year honor at the USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards in November.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
The legend lives on

'The Prince of Egypt' delivers on its promise
"The Prince of Egypt" premieres in its newest incarnation presented by TheatreWorks, wowing local audiences before it heads to its partner location in Denmark. TheatreWorks continues its commitment to producing new creations destined for life beyond Mountain View, and lavishes its resources on this gorgeous, talent-filled production.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Obituary: John Freidenrich dies at 80

Atherton resident was attorney, investor, Stanford supporter, civic leader
Longtime Atherton resident John Freidenrich -- a major supporter of Stanford University, a well-respected attorney and an early investor in many Silicon Valley companies -- died on Oct. 11. He was 80.

October 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Prep volleyball: Menlo tops SH Prep; Palo Alto girls win

Grace King recorded 21 kills on .421 hitting, one of four Menlo School players to reach double figures in kills and the Knights needed everything they had to get past host Sacred Heart Prep, 20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-9, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division match Tuesday.

October 18, 2017 | 2 comments
Not waiting for the smoke to clear

Local restaurant, wine bar owners rally to help North Bay fire victims
In the wake of the wildfires devastating the North Bay, numerous local restaurant and wine bar owners have sprung to action, launching fundraisers, donation drop-offs and efforts to raise awareness and support.

October 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Could the North Bay inferno happen here?

'What troubles me is the lack of time that people had to get out,' says Menlo Park fire chief
An aerial video of the suburban Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa shows parcels that are now the color of ash. Could such a fire happen here?

October 18, 2017 | 13 comments
Facebook's plans win Planning Commission OK

Commission says design of eight-story garage needs more work
A debate over the aesthetics of a proposed eight-story parking garage dominated the Menlo Park Planning Commission's discussion of Facebook's revised plans for its development along Bayfront Expressway.

October 18, 2017 | 1 comment
Proposal would augment background checks for ride-share drivers

One of three enhancements would require companies to provide proof of screening drivers to the agency annually
New proposals on background checks for ride-share drivers could considered by the California Public Utilities Commission as early as next month.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly boys, girls each capture SCVAL cross country titles

The Palo Alto boys cross country team had its top five runners finish among the top 15 in Tuesday's Santa Clara Valley Athletic League cross country meet over the 3.1-mile course at Baylands Park.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto tries to get a grip on pension problem

City Council committee to explore different models for tallying growing benefits bill
The city faces an unpaid pension bill that stands at more than $300 million and keeps on growing.

October 18, 2017 | 33 comments
Castilleja makes strong case in WBAL golf title bid

Monday's three-way girls golf match between Castilleja, Menlo School and Harker-San Jose, to be played on the Stanford golf course, should be highly competitive considering that all three teams involved still have a chance to win the West Bay Athletic League regular-season title.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo boys rally but lose to Bellarmine in water polo

His team had just got done dropping an 11-9 decision at Bellarmine, but Menlo boys water polo coach Jack Bowen felt caught up in the unusual nature of his team's season.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women seek title in Stanford Intercollegiate

The Stanford women's golf team goes for a wire-to-wire win Wednesday at the 22nd Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Dr. Condoleezza Rice at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Council members propose adding housing in commercial areas

Palo Alto officials react to Monday's dispute over rent control, personal accusations
Three City Council members are looking to revise the zoning code to allow more new residences downtown and in other prominent commercial districts.

October 18, 2017 | 98 comments
Pair of Cardinal women earn Pac-12 weekly soccer honors

Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson and fellow Stanford sophomore Lauren Rood were named Pac-12 Women's Soccer Players of the Week on Tuesday. Davidson earned Defensive Player of the Week honors and Rood was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford University sees rise in car burglaries

Break-ins so far this month triples total in 2016
About 20 car break-ins have been recorded at Stanford University since the start of the month, including eight on Thursday and Friday, according to the university's Department of Public Safety.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto cuts Fire Department positions

New model looks to address falling revenues, increased calls for ambulance service
The Palo Alto City Council voted early Tuesday to eliminate 11 positions in the Fire Department -- a move that drew staunch opposition from the firefighters' union.

October 17, 2017 | 20 comments
Cardinal softball begins Allister era in fall preview

Stanford first-year coach Jessica Allister will get a preview of the Cardinal softball team this fall, with four games scheduled between Oct. 26 and Nov. 12. Five-time reigning NorCal JC champion College of San Mateo (37-8 last year) visits the Cardinal on Oct. 26, with a scheduled 5 p.m. start.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo, Castilleja clinch share of PAL water polo titles

Niko Bhatia and Jayden Kunwar each recorded five goals and the Menlo School boys' water polo team clinched at least a tie for the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title, beating Woodside, 18-2, Monday. Castilleja clinched a title tie on the girls tie.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Plan to boost renter protections fizzles

Palo Alto officials opt not to explore rent stabilization measures
Palo Alto's foray into rent stabilization blew up at the starting line Monday night after the City Council struck down a proposal to strengthen the city's tenant-protection laws.

October 17, 2017 | 67 comments
Community Notebook: Film, panel on life for East Palo Alto families

Free screening on Oct. 24 to showcase stories from 70 residents
Life in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven will be on display Oct. 24 at a film screening showcasing in-depth interviews and focus groups.

October 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford women take early lead at Stanford golf event

Three players broke par to propel host Stanford into the lead Monday after the first round of the 22nd Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Dr. Condoleezza Rice at warm and windless Poppy Hills Golf Course.

October 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford notes: Love promoted for Heisman; Rabbit run

The Stanford football program officially unveiled a #HeismanLove campaign for its electric junior running back. The student section hoisted Bryce Love cutouts, and he didn't disappoint.

October 16, 2017 | 1 comment
Building permits

A listing of building projects that have been approved by the city of Palo Alto.

October 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: New bakery opens; Chop & Pub

The latest in local retail news
In the latest Shop Talk column, read about a new Palo Alto bakery and a booze-and-tapas establishment headed to Mountain View.

October 16, 2017 | 3 comments
Cardinal corner: Volleyball wins Pac-12 match at USC

Merete Lutz recorded 15 kills on .609 hitting and the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team downed No. 19 USC, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 26-24, Sunday at the Galen Center in a Pac-12 Conference match.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
A 1-in-23 shot gives Stanford men a Pac-12 soccer victory

No. 8 Stanford men's soccer team took 23 shots, nine on goal, and converted one of them. That's all it took to remain undefeated in Pac-12 Conference as the Cardinal edged visiting Oregon State, 1-0, on Sunday.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal men splash past Gauchos in water polo contest

Freshman Ben Hallock scored three goals, senior Drew Holland matched his season-high with 17 saves and the fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team beat visiting No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, 11-5, Saturday.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep water polo: Menlo girls 2nd at tourney; SHP boys win twice

Sacred Heart Prep won a pair of nonleague boys water polo contests Saturday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, beating Harvard-Westlake, 9-4, and Miramonte, 13-9. Menlo School dropped a 14-4 decision to Drake.

October 15, 2017 | 6 comments
Wrong-way driver causes major crash

Accident shuts down part of Interstate Highway 280
A man who drove the wrong way on southbound Interstate 280 early Sunday morning and crashed into van, resulting in lane closures, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, the California Highway Patrol said.

October 15, 2017 | 16 comments
Stanford football 'Loves' its offensive productivity

Bryce Love runs to his own tempo and football fans are lucky enough to catch a brief glimpse. Gone in the blink of an eye, Love again carried No. 23 Stanford to victory.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto has strong showing at cross country invitational

Menlo School's Robert Miranda remained undefeated this season, winning Saturday's 3-mile Monterey Bay Invitational at Toro Park in Salinas with a 15:55 and Sacred Heart Prep's Luci Lambert was the top local girls finisher, placing fourth in 19:11. Palo Alto raced second in both boys and girls varsity team races.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo girls reach semis of volleyball tourney before losing

The Menlo School girls' volleyball team won its first five matches at the Hudl Southern California Invitational and finished in third place of the Hudl Division I Bracket after dropping its semifinal match to Canyon Crest Academy, 26-24, 25-15, Saturday at Alliant International University in San Diego.

October 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Ramirez scores to help Menlo women win GSAC soccer contest

Ariadna Ramirez scored her second goal of the season as the Menlo College women's soccer team win their third straight, beating host William Jessup, 2-0, on Saturday in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest.

October 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women remain unbeaten in Pac-12 volleyball

Kathryn Plummer had 21 kills and the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team downed host No. 12 UCLA, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Friday.

October 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Carusa's late score gives Stanford a soccer victory

Kyra Carusa scored in the final four minutes to lift the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over visiting Washington in a Pac-12 Conference contest on Friday.

October 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo girls are 3-0 on first day of volleyball tourney

Grace King recorded 27 kills on the day and the Menlo School girls' volleyball team won three matches during pool play of the Hudl Southern California Invitational at Alliant International University in San Diego on Friday.

October 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Mater Dei sinks SHP boys water polo with last second shot

Kaden Kaneko scored with three seconds remaining to lift Mater Dei past Sacred Heart Prep, 11-10, in a nonleague contest Friday played at the indoor facility of the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

October 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Great individual cross country race decided by two steps

Two of collegiate cross-country's premier racers dueled in a sprint for the victory at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, with Stanford's Grant Fisher edged by Syracuse's Justyn Knight.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Flurry of goals for Cardinal field hockey in conference win

Marissa Cicione and Katie Keyser each scored a goal and recorded an assist as the 12th-ranked Stanford field hockey team beat host UC Davis, 5-0, in an American East Conference contest on Friday.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
'Behind the Headlines': Palo Alto's pension problem

Transcript of City Councilman Eric Filseth's conversation with Weekly journalists
Palo Alto is facing a pension and retiree medical liability that City Councilman Eric Filseth says approaches $1 billion. How is the city going to pay for it?

October 13, 2017 | 37 comments
Where to donate for victims of North Bay wildfires

Palo Alto mayor: 'This disaster serves as a good reason to pull together and help our neighbors during their time of great need'
For people interested in assisting victims of the North Bay wildfires, the Weekly has compiled a list on groups that are providing help and in need of donations.

October 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Deputy fire chief sues city of Palo Alto

Catherine Capriles was suspended for three days for allegedly sending fire engine to Mountain View
The Fire Department's second in command is suing the city for being suspended last year by the department for three days for alleged misconduct, according to court documents.

October 13, 2017 | 36 comments
A draw keeps Stanford men atop Pac-12 soccer standings

Drew Skundrich knocked in his fourth of the season early in the second half and the eighth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with visiting No. 19 Washington on Thursday night.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Travis gives Stanford men's hoops a good place to start

Stanford men's basketball has its best player back from last season in Reid Travis, and that's a good place to start. Travis averaged 17.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and shot 57.9 percent from the floor last season.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, Gunn cancel Friday night football games

Palo Alto and Gunn's football games Friday have been cancelled as part of a directive issued by the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Contractors cited for fraud in East Palo Alto sting

None allegedly had licenses; one could face a more serious charge
A two-day sting operation in East Palo Alto resulted in 15 people being cited for alleged contractor fraud, the California Contractors State License Board announced on Thursday.

October 12, 2017 | 17 comments
Kiwanis Club honors founder of girls' camp

Marie Wolbach, who created a national math and science program for girls, will receive 2017 Angel Award
On Thursday, Marie Wolbach will be honored as the 2017 recipient of the Kiwanis Angel Award by the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto for her founding and expansion of Tech Trek.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Cities rush to prepare for new marijuana era

Some along the Midpeninsula look to ban dispensaries; others to encourage them
Palo Alto is one of many Midpeninsula cities taking a conservative, wait-and-see approach on sales and cultivation of recreational marijuana, with the City Council preparing to adopt a moratorium on pot dispensaries.

October 13, 2017 | 48 comments
An island of conservatives in a sea of liberals

Seeking like minds, students at Paly form club to discuss their political views
A Paly junior hopes a new club she founded will not only provide a way for politically like-minded students to meet but also spur awareness and conversations with others with opposing views.

October 13, 2017 | 35 comments
Cottage clusters becoming a thing of the past?

Advocates: Lacking city protection, eight bungalows could be razed
Palo Alto could soon lose two cottage clusters, the small groupings of bungalows built between the 1930s and 1950s that some people say are a vital part of the city's diverse housing stock.

October 13, 2017 | 23 comments
Off Deadline: Is 'Restore Hetch Hetchy' a pipe dream or a living vision?

Today, John Muir's philosophical descendants are aggressively pushing to return Hetch Hetchy Valley, roughly the northern third of Yosemite National Park, to its natural state.

October 15, 2017 | 8 comments
Around Town: a powerful reminder; family reunion

Learn about the recent landscaping work at the site where a former Stanford University student sexually assaulted a woman in 2015 and more in our latest Around Town column.

October 14, 2017 | 4 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Fire Department job cuts; ordinance for taxi services

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 16.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Plan ahead for winter garden

Visit gardens for ideas, prep your soil and watch your winter yard flourish
Thinking daily about your garden really helps in planning for this coming season. Now's the time to shop for and plant winter vegetables like kale, spinach and lettuce.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: sierra rhodys; low-water lawn

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a program on the Sierra Nevada, lawn alternatives and a compost workshop.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
PAL football games cancelled

The Peninsula Athletic League has cancelled this weekend's football games due to the unhealthy air as the result of the Northern California fires.

October 12, 2017 | 1 comment
Neighborhood Snapshot: Everyday kindness in Palo Verde

A place where everyone could know your name
Though Palo Verde is famous for its tract of Eichler and Eichler-inspired houses, its residents from all backgrounds and occupations consistently highlight the appeal of the neighborhood as quiet, peaceful and family-friendly.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: New bakery opens; Chop & Pub

The latest in local retail news
In this week's Shop Talk column, read about a new Palo Alto bakery and a booze-and-tapas establishment headed to Mountain View.

October 12, 2017 | 1 comment
Pricey goods purloined by shoplifters in past week

Thousands of dollars in merchandise stolen at Stanford Shopping Center, downtown
Palo Alto police are looking for shoplifters who hit multiple high-end stories within the past week, a spokeswoman said.

October 12, 2017 | 7 comments
Menlo girls give senior volleyball players a victory

Menlo School hosted the only game in town on Wednesday, beating visiting Notre Dame-Belmont, 25-18, 25-13, 25-19, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division girls volleyball match.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Commission pans parking meter plan

Proposal to overhaul downtown's parking scheme criticized as premature
Downtown Palo Alto's move toward parking meters hit an unexpected turn Wednesday night when the city's Planning and Transportation Commission voted against implementation.

October 12, 2017 | 21 comments
Stanford women hoopsters have an appetite for Final Four

Senior forward Brittany McPhee got a taste of the Final Four last season. But it was just a taste. Appetite whetted, she'd love nothing more than to luxuriate and relish the gastronomic experience of the whole meal this time around.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford cross country getting nutty this time of the year

Grant Fisher makes his cross country season debut as Stanford competes in its biggest race before the postseason, at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday. Fisher, the reigning NCAA outdoor track and field 5,000-meter champion, leads the strongest Stanford men's lineup of the season.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford putting it all on the line for Love

Stanford senior right tackle A.T. Hall can usually tell how well a football play succeeded just by the crowd's reaction. It's even better when he looks up to see Bryce Love running away from the defense on another one of his long touchdown runs.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Local sports practices canceled as dense smoke lingers

With wildfires still burning in North Bay, city and school groups take precautions
With thick smoke from the North Bay fires blanketing the Midpeninsula Wednesday, Palo Alto city and school groups are canceling outdoor activities to protect people's health.

October 11, 2017 | 2 comments
Police investigate bomb threat at HP

Investigation involving K9 units expected to last through the evening
Police don't believe a bomb threat at Hewlett Packard's offices in Palo Alto Wednesday afternoon is credible, but continued to search the building into the evening, a spokesman said.

October 11, 2017 | 6 comments
Hogan is named starting quarterback for the Browns

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson named Stanford grad Kevin Hogan his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

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Photographer Matt Black

The latest installment of the Palo Alto Photography Forum will feature photographer Matt Black in conversation with Mother Jones editor Mark Murrmann on Friday, Oct. 13.

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'Columbus' Days

Indie romance explores the literal and figurative architecture of our lives
"Columbus" is a comedy about a Korean-born man who finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Los Altos tops week with $8.5 million sale
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women predicted to finish second in Pac-12 hoops

Stanford will finish in a second-place tie with Oregon in the Pac-12 Conference women's basketball race if the coaches poll plays out as announced Wednesday at Media Day by the conference.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
New heights

New owners elevate Everest Cuisine's Indo-Nepali menu
Eight-month-old Everest Cuisine is lighting up a quiet corner of southeast Mountain View with delicious Indo-Nepali standards, tented outdoor seating and a focus on take-out.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
'Moon Mouse' lights up Palo Alto

Inventive theater company combines puppetry, dance and electroluminescence
Lightwire Theater is blasting off from the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto on Oct. 22 with their newest show, "Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey."

October 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Give it to me straight, docs

Truth-telling films return with the 20th UNAFF
R-E-S-P-E-C-T. With apologies to Aretha Franklin, you can find out what it means to you at this year's United Nations Association Film Festival. This year's theme of "Respect" encompasses the festival's ongoing mission, to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by showcasing global documentary films that feature diversity, compassion and justice.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Parole denied to son who killed father

Convicted murderer tells board he's not suitable for release
A man who fatally shot his father in East Palo Alto will remain in prison after being denied parole Tuesday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

October 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Board majority supports elementary school improvements, but others have questions

District staff recommend pursuing less costly projects first
Larger multipurpose rooms and improved seismic safety are among the updates that elementary school principals and their communities feel are necessary to bring their campuses up to date.

October 11, 2017 | 36 comments
Gunn sweeps SCVAL boys, girls water polo matches

Both the Gunn boys and girls water polo teams won Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division games on Tuesday to remain close to the top of their respective league races.

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Palo Alto, Menlo stay unbeaten in league volleyball play

The Palo Alto girls rallied from a third set deficit to sweep visiting Los Gatos in a Santa Clara Athletic League De Anza Division volleyball match on Tuesday.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls beat Pinewood in WBAL tennis match

Freshman Lindsey Ball took over at No. 1 singles to rave reviews as Menlo School swept host Pinewood, 7-0, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division match Tuesday.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators beat Menlo in water polo match on Senior Night

Alexander Nemeth recorded 11 saves on Senior Night Tuesday night as host Sacred Heart Prep beat Menlo School, 14-8, in a nonleague contest that featured two of the top teams, not just in Northern California but in the state.

October 10, 2017 | 4 comments
Governor signs off on Caltrain sales-tax measure

Agency would need approval from San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties
The approval of Senate Bill 797 will allow Caltrain to move ahead with a sales-tax increase measure.

October 10, 2017 | 19 comments
Palo Alto looks to firm up renter protections

Three City Council members propose limits on rent increases, restrictions on tenant evictions
As rising rents continue to drive longtime residents out of Palo Alto, city officials are preparing to adopt new regulations that would offer renters greater protection.

October 10, 2017 | 35 comments
County, employee union announce suit against Trump cancellation of DACA

Officials tout action as the first partnership of its kind
Santa Clara County and SEIU Local 521 announced that they have filed suit in federal court Tuesday against the Trump administration for its elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

October 10, 2017 | 14 comments
School board to discuss budget for leadership transition

Interim superintendent's contract to be amended
With an interim superintendent taking over after Max McGee's sudden resignation last month, the school board will discuss tonight allocating an additional $168,000 to cover salary expenses.

October 10, 2017 | 11 comments
Stanford's Reid earns weekly Pac-12 football honor

Stanford junior football player Justin Reid was named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week it was announced Monday by the conference. Reid had a team-high seven tackles, added a game-changing tackle for loss and had the game-clinching interception to lead Stanford to a 23-20 win over previously unbeaten and 20th-ranked Utah.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College women earn weekly honors in two sports

Menlo College freshman Amanda Nebozuk was named Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Oaks sophomore women's volleyball player Jade Rockwood was named the GSAC Setter of the Week it was learned Monday.

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Of local note: Stanford's Hallock earns MPSF weekly award

Stanford freshman Ben Hallock earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday. The driver earned his second MPSF weekly honor.

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Atherton resident Y.A. Tittle, 90, passes away at home

Former San Francisco 49er great and Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle passed away Sunday at Stanford Hospital, at the age of 90 surrounded by family. He established what it meant to be a professional.

October 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Community Notebook: The future of libraries

Three presenters to share how information sharing is changing how people learn
The role that libraries will play in an age where technology has given users diverse learning tools will be examined at a forum Tuesday night in Palo Alto.

October 9, 2017 | 3 comments
Ravenswood school district open to new funding plan

Proposed joint powers authority could include members from East Palo Alto, Palo Alto
The Ravenswood City School District superintendent plans to re-enter conversations about a new way to raise money for the school district.

October 9, 2017 | 3 comments
North Bay fires spark Spare the Air alert

Palo Alto fire engines deployed to large-scale, fatal blazes
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday and Wednesday because of smoke from multiple wildfires in the North Bay.

October 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Two rapes reported at Stanford University

In both incidents, victims know the suspects
Two on-campus rapes allegedly took place at Stanford University in the last week and a half, according to a safety alert the university sent out on Sunday night.

October 9, 2017 | 13 comments
Cardinal corner: Top-10 teams rock their road trips

Stanford's nationally-ranked men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball teams each went on the road to collect victories on Sunday while the nationally-ranked field hockey team stumbled at No. 4 Michigan.

October 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep water polo: SHP boys conquer the field at UC Irvine

Sacred Heart Prep established itself as one of the top boys water polo teams in the nation by winning the S&R Sport Tournament at UC Irvine, beating host Foothill 13-6 on Saturday in the championship game.

October 8, 2017 | 3 comments
Cardinal streaks past Utah in Pac-12 football contest

Bryce Love and Jet Toner each extended streaks Saturday, helping the Stanford football team end a dubious streak with a 23-20 victory over host No. 20 Utah in a Pac-12 Conference game.

October 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo's Miranda running to his own cross country pace

Menlo School's Robert Miranda had the fastest cross country time of the day Saturday at the Artichoke Invitational in Half Moon Bay and Kyra Pretre, also of Menlo, had the second-fastest girls time.

October 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Simbeck's aerial attack leads the Knights to PAL Ocean win

Emilio Simbeck threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns to help Menlo School beat host South San Francisco in an Ocean Division football game on Friday. Priory and Pinewood each took home victories in the MTAL 8-man football league.

October 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Moonlight Run runners, walkers take to Palo Alto Baylands

Race results now available online
Around 2,000 people kicked off their weekend at the Moonlight Run and Walk Friday night at the Palo Alto Baylands for a fundraiser under the harvest moon.

October 7, 2017 | 2 comments
Prep report: Menlo, SHP big winners in boys water polo

Menlo School went overtime to beat host St. Francis, 11-10, in a nonleague boys water polo game Friday. Sacred Heart Prep went south to earn a pair of victories on opening day of the S&R Sports tournament at UC Irvine, clobbering Irvine, 16-0, and beating Coronado 14-4.

October 7, 2017 | 1 comment
Special teams, big plays mean football victory for M-A

Imagine running only 10 plays from the line of scrimmage in the first half and still scoring 28 points. That's Menlo-Atherton High for you. The Bears in fact had 21 plays from scrimmage, but still claimed a 42-35 win over visiting Sacred Heart Prep in a PAL Bay Division game on Friday night.

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Palo Alto suffers frustrating football loss to Wildcats

For Palo Alto, Friday night's Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (De Anza Division) football game at Los Gatos was an exercise in frustration. Penalties and a fourth-down situation gone sore proved painful in a 31-8 loss.

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Of local note: Menlo, SHP grads help Johns Hopkins win in OT

Menlo School grad John Wilson recorded 11 saves, Sacred Heart Prep grad Finn Banks scored two goals and the Johns Hopkins men's water polo team beat Claremont-Mudd, 14-13, in overtime Friday during preliminary play of the Gary Troyer Tournament.

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Cardinal corner: Cardinal silences the Ducks in Pac-12

Kathryn Plummer had 13 kills on a hitting percentage of .545 and the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team swept host No. 16 Oregon on Friday in front of 5,872 fans in Matthew Knight Arena. The crowd was the second-largest for a women's volleyball match since the arena opened in 2011.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Gunn students speak out on mental health

Gunn High School students and an alumna share their perspectives on school culture around academic stress and mental health.

October 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire Department to cut positions as it deals with falling revenue

With reimbursement from Stanford decreasing, Palo Alto seeks leaner service model
The Palo Alto Fire Department plans to eliminate 11 positions -- roughly 10 percent of its workforce -- to deal with falling revenues from its contract with Stanford University.

October 6, 2017 | 45 comments
Man accused of murder over a woman pleads 'not guilty'

Freeman Owens III allegedly shot two people in separate incidents, killing one and maiming another
An East Palo Alto man who is accused of killing a man and shooting another in the legs in two separate incidents pleaded not guilty on Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court.

October 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Titans girls, boys water polo splash past the Vikings

Menlo's Robert Miranda sets a league record in winning the WBAL cross country race
The Gunn girls water polo team played at Palo Alto High for the first time in three years and the Vikings did everything they could to make the Titans feel uncomfortable in the pool. Gunn survived the trip, beating the Vikings 8-6 Thursday.

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Paly girls survive bumpy ride to earn volleyball win

Palo Alto had squandered an opportunity to finish off the match in three sets. Homestead was up 13-5 in the fourth set with seemingly all the momentum on its side. A fifth set, one that Palo Alto would have a hard time winning, looked to be right there on the horizon.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Caltrain hits empty car on railroad tracks

Crash involving southbound train resulted in service delays
The occupants of an rental car that got stuck on the Charleston Road railroad tracks were able to escape before a Caltrain struck the vehicle Thursday night.

October 5, 2017 | 53 comments
Stanford women extend nation's longest soccer streak

The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team extended the nation's longest active winning streak in Division I to nine games, earning a 3-0 victory over host Utah on Thursday in Pac-12 Conference play.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
District investigating data breach at Palo Alto High School

Current sophomores, juniors, seniors affected
The school district said it is investigating a data breach at Palo Alto High School after discovering a "rogue website" Thursday that exposed student information.

October 5, 2017 | 4 comments
Rethinking life's journey

Stanford program aims to help older adults renew their purpose
A Stanford University program that brings older adults to campus for a year of study and reflection is a test case for shaking up assumptions on retirement and life expectancy, according to its founder.

October 8, 2017 | 4 comments
Gunn High students still looking for change

Teens speak out on progress made and stalled on mental health
Gunn High School students and alums say that while openness about mental health has improved on campus, a lingering problem remains rooted in a culture of academic striving and stress.

October 6, 2017 | 58 comments
Survey of alumni reveals surprises

Student's research shows choice of college doesn't determine satisfaction in life
Gunn High School junior Meghna Singh pursued an independent research project examining the life trajectories of Gunn and Palo Alto High School alumni. The results were eye-opening.

October 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Around Town: preparing for the worst; hair for thought

In this week's Around Town column, find out how Palo Alto fire has prepared for an active shooter situation; Paly grad and NBA star Jeremy Lin's new hairstyle; and proposed raises in speed limits.

October 8, 2017 | 2 comments
Attorney: Under union contracts, district could have re-opened negotiations

In $6M district blunder, unions' first responsibility was to preserve members' compensation, lawyer says
A labor lawyer said Thursday that the school district could have pushed back against two of its unions when a missed contract deadline led to the district having to pay $4.4 million in unbudgeted raises this academic year.

October 6, 2017 | 15 comments
Beset by cars, East Palo Alto to develop 'mobility' plan

Commuter traffic, parking issues disproportionately affect residents, officials say
East Palo Alto officials are undertaking to develop a comprehensive plan to solve the increasingly vexing problems and prepare for future growth in the region.

October 6, 2017 | 7 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: interim supe contract; downtown parking study

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 9.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football: Vikings, Wildcats ready to rumble in Los Gatos

Last year, in his first year as Palo Alto head coach, former Los Gatos star Danny Sullivan saw his Vikings lose twice to his alma mater, 35-6 and 31-6. On Friday he gets another shot in a 7 p.m. game at Los Gatos.

October 5, 2017 | 2 comments
Swimming competition features the Pac-12 vs. Team USA

World record holder Katie Ledecky and five other Stanford swimmers, including Ella Eastin, Brooke Forde, Simone Manuel, Janet Hu and Katie Drabot, will represent the Cardinal in the Pac-12 vs. USA Swimming Challenge, Oct. 21-22 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles.

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Annual Book Arts Jam returns Oct. 15

Festival celebrates all things bookish
The annual Book Arts Jam, presented by the Bay Area Book Artists (BABA), will be held Sunday, Oct. 15.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Cinematic 'replicant'

'Blade Runner 2049' an uncommonly fine sequel
A strange and beautiful beast indeed, "Blade Runner 2049" is a science-fiction epic for adults. This large-scale, 35-years-later sequel to Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" dreams big, with classically challenging science-fiction implications about our present and our rapidly approaching future.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: learn to make cheese; home tour

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including an introduction to cheese making, a sustainable home tour along with tips of pumpkin carving and recycling film plastic.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto organization helps locals' gardens grow

Terraformers helps connect landscapers with homeowners
Terraformers connects 45 edible landscapers with homeowners who need help growing produce that fits their needs and soil compositions.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Q&A with Yotam Ottolenghi

Read an exclusive email Q&A between chef-author Yotam Ottolenghi and the Palo Alto Weekly.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Not-guilty plea in infant's death in East Palo Alto

Defendant accused of carrying out fatal 2011 shooting after family left baby shower
Fabian Zaragoza, the man accused of killing a 3-month-old boy during a gang-related shooting pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to murder and other charges in San Mateo County Superior Court.

October 5, 2017 | 1 comment
New housing laws pose planning challenges for city

City had opposed SB 35, which creates 'streamlined' approval process for multi-family housing
The housing crunch may be an official Palo Alto priority, but City Hall wasn't cheering last week when Gov. Jerry Brown signed 15 bills that aim to encourage residential development.

October 5, 2017 | 54 comments
Digital DNA faces possible demise

City recommends deaccession of Lytton Plaza's iconic egg sculpture
Digital DNA, the egg-shaped sculpture made partly of computer circuit boards currently installed in Lytton Plaza, has been recommended for deaccession (removal from the city's public art collection), leaving artist Adriana Varella scrambling for a way to save the work.

October 5, 2017 | 37 comments
Hillary Clinton visiting Stanford on Friday

Former Secretary of State to participate in keynote conversation at conference
Hillary Clinton will speak at an inaugural conference that will welcome a new initiative focused on digital policy at Stanford University.

October 5, 2017 | 26 comments
County supervisors approve bail system reforms

Work group's recommendations include creating a community-based bail fund
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed recommendations from a final work group consensus report that will eventually offer low-income, low-risk and non-violent offenders in the county an opportunity to leave jail while waiting for trial.

October 5, 2017 | 6 comments
Prep report: Sudden death goal ends 6-overtime marathon

St. Francis' Izzy Ditzler scored a sudden-death goal in the sixth overtime to hand visiting Sacred Heart Prep its first West Catholic Athletic League girls' water polo loss in four years, 8-7, on Wednesday night.

October 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Cardinal corner: ITA tennis action and big swimming news

Stanford junior Sameer Kumar advanced to the second round of the qualifying bracket to highlight the first day of tennis competition for the Cardinal in the ITA All-American Championships at the Union 9th Grade Center.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College women turn suspense into volleyball victory

Sofia Salim collected 15 kills on a hitting percentage of .379 and the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed host Pacific Union, 24-26, 25-21, 25-15, 25-20, Wednesday in a nonconference match. Sierra Buscher added 13 kills for the Oaks (15-6), who matched their win total from last year.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
SHP freshman making big strides in cross country

Sacred Heart Prep's Luci Lambert finished second in the unseeded girls race at the Capital Cross Challenge last Saturday in Sacramento. She'll try to match or better that Thursday when the West Bay Athletic League holds its first competition.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Naomi Mindelzun at Gallery 9

The work of Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun will be on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos (143 Main St.) through Oct. 29.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Sweet talking

Famed chef, author Yotam Ottolenghi visits Palo Alto
Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli-born British chef known for his string of London delis and stunning cookbooks, spoke in Palo Alto on Tuesday while on tour for his new book, "Sweet."

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Razavi and Dabalos to perform the Great American Songbook

Local jazz artists Mason Razavi (guitar) and Amy Dabalos (vocals), along with their band, present an evening of standards from the so-called "Great American Songbook," including works of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and more, on Saturday, Oct. 7.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Benefit concert for Neighbors Abroad

Lily Liu, a senior at Gunn High school, has organized a concert to benefit Neighbors Abroad, the official sister city organization of Palo Alto.

October 5, 2017 | 2 comments
Home sales

Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto each have $8 million sales
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Body of art

Pace Gallery presents debut exhibition of paintings by Loie Hollowell
Loie Hollowell's exhibition "Point of Entry" consists of eight paintings and several works on paper. The show, on view until Nov. 2, has generated a lot of buzz both because of the artist's working technique and her subject matter.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Thousands expected to attend Moonlight Run

Annual event kicks off the Weekly's Holiday Fund benefiting nonprofits
It's time to put on those running shoes for the Palo Alto Weekly's Moonlight Run & Walk on Friday, which is expected to bring more than 2,000 people to the Baylands.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Old Testament, new musical

TheatreWorks premieres 'The Prince of Egypt'
The story of Moses and his people's Exodus from Egypt has been retold in many ways, including, this month from TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, as a new musical -- "The Prince of Egypt" -- with songs by Broadway-and-film legend Stephen Schwartz.

October 4, 2017 | 1 comment
Prep report: Paly boys run from the crowd; Shea catches up

Henry Saul, Sam Craig and Reed Foster went 1-2-4 and the Palo Alto boys' cross country team dominated the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Meet II on the 2.95-mile Crystal Springs course in Belmont on Tuesday with 31 points. Second-place Los Altos earned 68 points.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Scarlett dives right in and over for Stanford football

Bryce Love weaves his way through traffic, Cameron Scarlett has learned to dive over it. Whoever carries the ball for Stanford, expect a productive result.

October 3, 2017 | 1 comment
SHP grad Knox matches career best round for Stanford

The Stanford men's golf team was ranked as high as ninth last season, opened the fall season ranked 14th and was unranked heading into the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, which came to a close Tuesday with the Cardinal finishing second to defending national champion Oklahoma.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Man receives 20-year sentence for mistaken-identity attack

Pair convicted in beating claim restitution to baby sitter is excessive
Two men who savagely attacked a baby sitter, who's now paralyzed, petitioned a San Mateo County judge on Friday to reduce restitution to the victim, which they claim is too severe, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

October 3, 2017 | 4 comments
Driver cited for throwing hot coffee on traffic enforcement officer

Alleged assailant could face $2,000 fine, a year in jail
A Menlo Park man faces a possible battery charge after he allegedly threw a cup of hot coffee on a Palo Alto traffic enforcement officer downtown last week.

October 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Stanford freshman heads to U18 national men's soccer team

Stanford freshman defender Carson Vom Steeg has been named to the U.S. Under-18 men's national soccer team roster by head coach Omid Namazi for an international camp in Marbella, Spain from Oct. 1-10. The team's fourth gathering of 2017, it will be the final camp of the U-18 cycle before the group moves up to the U-20 level in 2018.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
City looks to open up newest Foothills Park site

Recently annexed parcel could be made available to the public later this fall
Three years after Palo Alto officials formally added a 7.7-acre parcel to Foothills Park, they are finally preparing to open it up to city residents.

October 3, 2017 | 23 comments
Public comment sought on flood-control projects

Workshop on San Francisquito Creek projects will be held Wednesday in Menlo Park
The public can learn more about proposed flood-control, restoration and recreation projects along San Francisquito Creek at a workshop Wednesday.

October 3, 2017 | 11 comments
Gators take a bite out of Lancers in nonleague tennis

Katherine Salisbury, Isa Robinson and Noorayn Jafri each won important singles matches, leading Sacred Heart Prep past visiting St. Francis, 5-2, in a nonleague girls tennis match Monday.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto overhauls development fees

City says new schedule will help ensure fairness, cost recovery
The cost of doing business in Palo Alto is about to change for builders, home renovators and creators of parade floats under a new fee schedule.

October 3, 2017 | 11 comments
Stanford women in second at golf tourney after two rounds

Freshman Mika Liu heads into the final round of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate in a three-way tie for second place, two strokes behind the leader. Stanford also heads into the final round tied for second, four strokes off the pace.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Oaks earn a pair of weekly GSAC volleyball honors

Menlo College volleyball players Moea Kekauoha and Monica Hruby each earned weekly honors from the Golden State Athletic League, it was announced Monday.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Love wins his second Pac-12 Player of the Week honors

Three hundred rushing yards, a school record, and three touchdowns in a Pac-12 football victory over Arizona State over the weekend equated into a second straight Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week Award for Bryce Love.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Utilities workshop to help shape department's work

City officials looking for public opinions for Utilities Strategic Plan update
City of Palo Alto Utilities plans to hold a public workshop Wednesday to hear the community's opinions on where the department should focus its work.

October 2, 2017 | 11 comments
Stanford report: Sex offenses, hate crimes up

Annual report details campus crime statistics
While Stanford University saw a decline in some crimes in 2016 -- alcohol arrests, drug violations and domestic violence, for example -- others increased, including sexual offenses and hate crimes.

October 2, 2017 | 12 comments
Building permits

A listing of building projects that have been approved by the city of Palo Alto.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men win in soccer at UCLA a third straight year

Drew Skundrich looped a header over the keeper late in the first half and the 11th-ranked Stanford men's soccer team beat UCLA on the road for the third consecutive season, 1-0, on Sunday night.

October 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: An assisted Pac-12 women's soccer victory

Michelle Xiao scored twice, Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere recorded a pair of assists and the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team downed visiting Arizona State, 6-0, in a Pac-12 Conference match Sunday.

October 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Love eludes Sun Devils to set rushing record

The first time Bryce Love touched the football Saturday, he was stopped for no gain. The second time? A 61-yard touchdown romp that sparked a Stanford record 301 rushing yards and a 34-24 Pac-12 football victory over visiting Arizona State.

September 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford men's water polo a work in progress

Ben Hallock scored six goals in his Stanford home debut and Blake Parrish added four in a 16-5 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo victory over visiting San Jose State on Saturday.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo boys drop nonleague water polo match

Sam Utrecht scored three goals and Niko Bhatia added two but Menlo School fell to host Campolindo 12-7 in a nonleague boys' water polo match Saturday. Josh Poulos added 12 saves for the Knights (11-3), who travel to St. Francis for another nonleague match at 6 p.m. Friday.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report, briefly: Gunn boys, girls fall in water polo

St. Raymond's grad Izzy Mandema scored six goals, Pinewood alum Izzy Ditzler added three more and the St. Francis girls water polo team downed host Gunn, 12-4, in a nonleague match on Friday.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men's basketball all about taking care of business

The Stanford men's basketball team suffered just its second losing season in the past 24 years last season. The Cardinal looks to achieve far more than just a winning record this year. Stanford wants to return to the NCAA tournament.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Aragon's offense overwhelms SH Prep in PAL football

Aragon completely dominated the line of scrimmage Friday and in the process handed Sacred Heart Prep one of its worst losses in years, 40-7, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division opener.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Injuries, miscues plague Woodside in football loss

It's official: Hillsdale High is one of the elite teams in the Peninsula Athletic League, and certainly the class of the PAL Ocean Division. Woodside? Still snake-bitten, possibly by real snakes.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Gray setting a good tempo for Stanford women's volleyball

Jenna Gray, who became an All-American in track and field and was one of the few student-athletes to reach the NCAA championships in two separate sports last year, recorded a career-high eight blocks to help the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team record a 25-21, 25-21, 25-7 win over visiting Arizona in a Pac-12 Conference match Friday.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo frustrates former SHP football coach, beats TKA

Aidan Israelski rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to help give Menlo School a convincing 28-0 victory over visiting The King's Academy in the PAL Ocean Division football opener for both teams.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Police investigate possible child-porn viewing at library

College Terrace Library patron alerted staff to a man's illegal alleged behavior
A woman who visited College Terrace Library on Sept. 22 said she saw a man viewing child pornography on a public computer table.

September 30, 2017 | 14 comments
Health center funding in jeopardy with Congress's failure to act

Ravenswood Family Health Center could cut services to 10 percent of clients
Ravenswood Family Health Center could lose its providers and staff after Congress failed to renew a fund that supports community health centers.

September 29, 2017 | 3 comments
Buena Vista sale is final

Santa Clara County Housing Authority completes purchase of Palo Alto park, paving the way for new operator, Caritas Corporation
The long-awaited sale of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto is final with the Santa Clara County Housing Authority announcing Friday that it has finalized its purchase of the property.

September 29, 2017 | 23 comments
Second place finishes for Stanford cross country teams

Stanford's men's and women's cross country teams each placed second at the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday on the Pac-12 championship course at Springfield Golf Club.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
FAA considering making Surf Air flight path over Bay official

Residents living near Sunnyvale have organized to fight the route
As the FAA ponders making Surf Air's attempt to respond to local noise complaints by flying over the Bay an official fair weather flight path, residents of Sunnyvale and Cupertino have organized against it, turning out in force at a recent meeting on the route.

September 29, 2017 | 24 comments
Home sales

Average sale prices all exceed $1 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

September 29, 2017 | 2 comments
Prep report: Castilleja golfers finding their range

Castilleja's girls golf team took sole possession of first place, at least until Monday, after beating Notre Dame-San Jose, 201-290, in a West Bay Athletic League match Thursday at Sunnyvale Muni, site of the WBAL tournament on Oct. 25.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford soccer: A Pac-12 victory both home and away

Foster Langsdorf and Amir Bashti combined on four second-half goals and the 11th-ranked Stanford men's soccer team started its Pac-12 schedule with a 5-0 win at San Diego State on Thursday night.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Signal failure causes heavy congestion Thursday afternoon

Heavy backups in parts of Palo Alto and Menlo Park after light goes out near Dumbarton Bridge
A malfunctioning signal near the foot of Dumbarton Bridge caused massive traffic jams at the start of the afternoon commute Thursday.

September 28, 2017 | 24 comments
'Sunny Day' killer gets life without parole

Gang member Jerry Coneal III of Menlo Park was convicted of shooting Christopher Baker
On his 23rd birthday, Jerry Coneal III, of Menlo Park, learned he will spend the rest of his life in prison for a 2012 fatal shooting death in East Palo Alto.

September 28, 2017 | 5 comments
Police: Woman punched, robbed in Midtown on Wednesday

Two men sought in strong-arm robbery on Bryant Street
Palo Alto police are looking for two men who reportedly assaulted and robbed a woman as she was visiting her relative in the Midtown neighborhood on Wednesday night.

September 28, 2017 | 13 comments
Around Town: cooking up a win; world record attempt

Find out how a local girl performed on a Food Network cooking competition, a teen who set out to make history on the tennis court and a proposed law on flavored tobacco.

September 30, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: rezoning proposals; retail projects

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 2.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Late goal stings Menlo College in GSAC women's soccer match

Hope International scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in the first overtime period, handing visiting Menlo a 2-1 setback in Golden State Athletic Conference play Thursday.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Parking program shifts problem, again

Duveneck/St. Francis, East Palo Alto residents call for collaboration, changes
Channing Avenue and Edgewood Drive are the latest streets to become parked up as drivers seek parking spots outside Palo Alto's ever-expanding zone of prohibited overnight parking.

September 29, 2017 | 39 comments
Labor's love lost?

Union workers stand to lose jobs with new management of shelter
The city's new partnership with Pets In Need is an exciting venture, but there is one group that isn't sold: the shelter's current employees.

September 29, 2017 | 2 comments
'Made' America great again

A tall tale of top-to-bottom greed in the go-go '80s
Tom Cruise delivers a winningly old-school star performance in "American Made" as Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who supplements his income by smuggling contraband.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto eyes partner for animal shelter

City and nonprofit Pets In Need expect to build new shelter, but challenges remain
Reports from the City Auditor's Office rarely get Palo Alto residents riled up, but this one had a black dog and a white cat on the cover, so all bets were off.

September 29, 2017 | 11 comments
Guest Opinion: Exploring creative options for underground train tracks

City holding next grade separation workshop on Oct. 21
Palo Alto is planning perhaps the most critical infrastructure in its history: the separation of our roads from the rail line that bisects the city.

October 1, 2017 | 49 comments
Palo Alto Weekly changes policy on naming people who are arrested

Publisher: With internet, reports of arrests linger for years
Concerned about the lasting impact that online search engines have on individuals arrested for crimes, the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online are implementing new policies.

October 6, 2017 | 11 comments
M-A grad Melvin signs contract extension with the A's

The Oakland A's agreed to terms with manager Bob Melvin, a Menlo-Atherton graduate, on a one-year contract extension through the 2019 season, the club announced Thursday. His most recent extension was set to expire at the end of the 2018 season.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Redwood City Salsa Festival

Redwood City's annual Salsa Festival, featuring salsa of both the spicy food and musical varieties, will be held throughout downtown Saturday, Sept. 30.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
A great room outside

Rethinking backyard space expands livable area
A west Menlo Park couple who purchased their home in 2013 transformed their backyard to give more room for their three children to play and spend more time together as a family.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: gardener reference; maintaining native gardens

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including workshops on native gardens and preparing plants for the spring season.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep on the road for its league football opener

Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School and Woodside play league openers Friday after having had byes last week. Menlo-Atherton, Palo Alto and Gunn, who played their league openers last week, have byes this week.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Water polo leaders remain atop the standings

Minhee Chung scored five times, Georgia Lewis recorded 12 saves and the Castilleja water polo team maintained its sparkling Peninsula Athletic League (Bay Division) record, beating visiting Woodside, 11-1, on Wednesday.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Affordable housing gets commission support

Planning commission completes review of Comp Plan, paving way for council adoption
Palo Alto's planning commissioners reaffirmed their stance in favor of more affordable housing for lower-income workers as part of their final review of an updated city land-use vision Wednesday.

September 27, 2017 | 53 comments
Lutz reaches 1,000 in Stanford volleyball win over ASU

Redshirt senior Merete Lutz joined the 1,000 kill club and the Stanford women's volleyball team helped her celebrate with a 25-12, 25-18, 26-24 sweep of visiting Arizona State at Maples Pavilion in a Pac-12 Conference match on Wednesday night.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
HR head named interim superintendent

Karen Hendricks served as interim superintendent in previous district
The Palo Alto school district's new assistant superintendent of human resources, Karen Hendricks, will lead the district on an interim basis after Superintendent Max McGee's resignation this Friday.

September 27, 2017 | 29 comments
Of local note: Menlo grad up for prestigious football honor

Menlo School grad Jack Heneghan, a senior quarterback at Dartmouth, is one of 181 football athletes named to the semifinal list of the William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the top scholar-athlete in the nation by the National Football Foundation.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Altan convicted in arson of boss's home

Man faces probation to 13 years in prison at his sentencing next month
A former HanaHaus employee charged with setting his boss's home on fire was convicted of arson, a Santa Clara County prosecutor said. He's scheduled for sentencing next month.

September 27, 2017 | 4 comments
Stanford football: fans, Love and the quarterback situation

The Stanford football team received enthusiastic support from its student section last Saturday night in its 58-34 home-opening win against UCLA. And it didn't go unnoticed. "It was great to see," said junior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside. "They made an impact on the game.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Youth theater: 'The Miracle Worker'

Palo Alto High School Theatre presents its first play of the year, the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play, "The Miracle Worker."

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Music: Viva la Musica

Viva la Musica chorus, chamber orchestra and soloists will perform a free concert on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Los Altos United Methodist Church.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Assemblyman hosts coffee talk Thursday

Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow also expected to attend
Assemblyman Marc Berman will be hosting a community coffee on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Original Pancake House, 420 S. San Antonio Road.

September 27, 2017 | 1 comment
'A sense of freedom'

Stanford grad and genre-hopping musician K.Flay to play at Shoreline
Kristine Flaherty has gone from psychology and sociology double major at Stanford University to indie-rap underdog to fledgling alt-pop star. In this, her most recent incarnation, the Illinois native is opening for the band Imagine Dragons on the Las Vegas-bred modern rockers' "EVOLVE TOUR," including a stop Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Former teacher convicted in student sex case

Woman denied the allegations, accused boys of making up the acts
A former East Palo Alto educator was convicted on Tuesday of multiple charges of sexual acts on students, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
'Million Dollar Quartet' plays the hits

Legendary recording session brought to life by Palo Alto Players
The Palo Alto Players' South Bay regional premiere of "The Million Dollar Quartet," inspired by the legendary Sun Records recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, is essentially a concert showcasing the early days of rock 'n' roll during 90-minutes of virtually nonstop 1950s hits played on stage by performers portraying the iconic artists.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
District to pay McGee about $150K severance

Palo Alto school board agrees to give McGee six months' salary, but McGee will hand over townhome
In a severance agreement with Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee, the school board has agreed to provide him with six months' pay and health benefits through the end of the year.

September 27, 2017 | 16 comments
School board approves budget revisions

Majority of trustees favor more conservative forecasting
The school board approved on Tuesday a set of revisions for this year's budget to mitigate up to $6 million in unbudgeted pay increases for its employee unions.

September 27, 2017 | 1 comment
Prep report: Palo Alto tops SCVAL cross country races

Henry Saul and Sam Craig finished first and second and the Palo Alto boys cross country equaled Los Altos with 66 points at the SCVAL Meet No. 1 in Santa Clara's Central Park on Tuesday.

September 27, 2017 | 1 comment
U.S. men handle Guatemala in NORCECA volleyball

The U.S. men's national volleyball team had little trouble beating Guatemala, 25-12, 25-14, 25-10, in the opening pool play match Tuesday at the NORCECA Men's Continental Championship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo girls tennis again are as good as Gould in the WBAL

Junior Taylor Gould made a triumphant return and the Menlo School girls' tennis team won their 241st straight league dual match, beating visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 6-1, on Tuesday in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) action.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Superintendent Max McGee resigns

Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee submitted his resignation to the school board on Tuesday.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Zanolli earns second weekly honor in AEC field hockey

Corinne Zanolli has been named the America East Rookie of the Week for her standout play in a sweep of field hockey conference opponents this past week, the conference announced Tuesday.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
New report finds widespread youth homelessness

More community colleges, high school students in Santa Clara County lack stable housing
A stark new report publicized on Tuesday has found that homelessness among teenagers and young adults could be much more widespread in Santa Clara County than previously thought.

September 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Spare the Air alert called for Wednesday

Drivers advised to travel with company to limit smog
A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Wednesday in the Bay Area because of a forecast of unhealthy air quality in the region.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Plan to replace Junior Museum and Zoo scores victory

Architectural Review Board votes to support project
An effort to demolish and replace the beloved Junior Museum and Zoo received an approval vote from Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board on Thursday.

September 26, 2017 | 11 comments
Superintendent Max McGee resigns

Board to discuss interim supe appointment in closed session on Wednesday
After weeks of upheaval over senior school leadership's handling of two controversies, Superintendent Max McGee submitted his resignation Tuesday rather than retiring at the end of the school year.

September 26, 2017 | 101 comments
East Palo Alto road conditions stand out in new data

City workers, officials to be recognized for efforts later this year
East Palo Alto made the most road improvements compared to other Bay Area cities last year, according to data released Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

September 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Meeting on Surf Air route over Bay Wednesday

Surf Air has used route to avoid Midpeninsula in San Carlos-bound flights
The Federal Aviation Administration will discuss an alternative air route that has allowed Surf Air's planes to avoid the Midpeninsula at a meeting Wednesday.

September 26, 2017 | 26 comments
Young women arrested for multiple burglaries

Crimes targeted real estate open houses, stores, including one in Palo Alto
Three women face as many as 20 charges related to a crime spree that began six months ago in Palo Alto and other Santa Clara County cities, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety has announced.

September 26, 2017 | 4 comments
U.S. men ready to compete at NORCECA volleyball tourney

Stanford grad Erik Shoji and U.S. Olympic volleyball players including Matt Anderson, Micah Christenson, Max Holt and Aaron Russell and Erik Shoji are expected to compete at the NORCECA Men's Continental Championship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs beginning Tuesday.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford out-sails Gauchos in a tie-breaker for league title

In a tie-breaking sail off, Stanford won the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) Match Racing Championships in Redwood City over the weekend. The Cardinal claimed the Richard B. Sweet Memorial Trophy for the first time since 2014 and earned a spot at the National Championships in Charleston, S.C.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Love is top offensive player of week in Pac-12

Stanford junior running back Bryce Love was named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Football Player of the Week on Monday.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Produce to fall for

Autumn brings new delights to local farmers markets
While fall is not quite in the air yet, the season's produce is starting to show up at local farmers markets.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo's Miranda sets course record in cross country race

Menlo School senior Robert Miranda set a course record and the Knights' girls cross country team placed fifth in the small schools division at the Pacific Tiger Invitational on Saturday.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to vote on revised budget

Staff to present multiple proposals to make up this year's deficit
School district staff are asking the Board of Education to vote on a series of changes for the 2017-18 budget in the wake of a contractual error that will cost the district $6 million.

September 26, 2017 | 5 comments
Shop Talk: More fitness; Copyamerica shutters

In this week's retail news in Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center is slated to get another workout option, a longtime printing shop on California Avenue shutters and a new milk-tea shop opens in Midtown.

September 25, 2017 | 1 comment
'Replacement' players just as good in Cardinal VB victory

A few slight tweaks to the starting lineup due to injury did nothing to slow the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team. Middle Tami Alade took the challenge and made the most of it, recording a career-best 17 kills as the Cardinal went five sets to beat host Colorado, 20-25, 25-13, 27-29, 29-27, 15-12, in a Pac-12 meeting Sunday.

September 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Zanolli scores twice to help Stanford women earn a victory

Corinne Zanolli scored twice and added an assist, the defense turned in another stellar performance and the 12th-ranked Stanford field hockey team beat host Maine, 4-1, in an America East Conference contest Sunday.

September 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Bears claw past Stanford men in MPSF water polo tourney

In a seesaw battle with yet another top ranked team, No. 3 Stanford men's water polo dropped an 11-9 decision to No. 1 California in the third-place match of the Mountain Pacific Invitational Sunday afternoon at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.

September 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly football rocks and rolls and keeps the music blaring

The Palo Alto football team had a nice time on the bus ride home Friday night. The Vikings were celebrating their first win of the season, 28-14 over Homestead in the SCVAL De Anza Division opener for both teams.

September 24, 2017 | 7 comments
Free help for DACA renewals today

Workshop aimed at current program recipients whose benefits expire between Sept. 5 and March 5
Several local and countywide groups will host a special workshop in Mountain View today to assist undocumented immigrants seeking renewal for temporary legal status under the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.

September 24, 2017 | 1 comment
SHP takes third, Castilleja is fifth at water polo tourney

The Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo team finished third at the Amanda McDonald Tournament, beating West Catholic Athletic League rival St. Francis, 6-5, in the third-place contest at Menlo School on Saturday.

September 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Love conquers all as Stanford rips UCLA, 58-34

If there were any lingering doubts as to Bryce Love's running ability, they were certainly extinguished Saturday night during Stanford's rip-roaring 58-34 victory over visiting UCLA in an entertaining Pac-12 Conference contest.

September 24, 2017 | 1 comment
Cardinal corner: Trojans strike late to down Stanford

No. 2 USC scored with 28 seconds remaining to play to snap a tie in an 11-10 men's water polo victory over No.3 Stanford in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Invitational at USC on Saturday.

September 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Water main break repaired on University Avenue

Customers without service for more than eight hours
Downtown Palo Alto experienced a water main break on Saturday, leaving some customers without water for several hours, according to the city Utilities Department.

September 23, 2017 | 1 comment
M-A defense withstands Panthers attack in PAL victory

Miles Conrad ran for a touchdown and passed for another as Menlo-Atherton withstood a big-time scare from Burlingame, holding on for a 14-10 victory in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division football opener on Friday night.

September 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Gunn takes a football loss, Paly gains its first victory

Gunn High fell behind early and could not recover, falling to host Santa Clara, 62-18, in a SCVAL El Camino Division contest. Meanwhile, Palo Alto kept its mistakes to a minimum and throttled host Homestead, 28-14, in its SCAL De Anza Division opener.

September 23, 2017 | 3 comments
Sacred Heart Prep girls into semifinals of water polo tourney

Sacred Heart Prep's girls' water polo team opened the Amanda McDonald Tournament with a pair of victories and will meet Acacalnes in Saturday's noon semifinal match at Menlo School. Gators' Addi Duvall scored a team-high seven goals on the day.

September 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal men swamp the Sagehens in water polo tourney

Eleven different members of the Cardinal scored in No. 3 Stanford men's water polo's 20-7 victory over Pomona-Pitzer Friday in the Mountain Pacific Invitational opener at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men has three soccer CLASS candidates on list

Stanford seniors Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Foster Langsdorf and Drew Skundrich have been selected as candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award®. Thirty NCAA men's soccer student-athletes were chosen and the Cardinal's three honorees lead the nation.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Sullivan a finalist for soccer senior CLASS award

Senior women's soccer midfielder Andi Sullivan has been selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, as announced Friday by the organization.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Niece sent to prison for fleecing elderly aunt

Shirley Venoya Remmert was convicted of fraud and elder abuse of 97-year-old woman
An East Palo Alto woman who was convicted of felony elder abuse and fraud for getting her 97-year-old aunt to sign over the deed of her home will spend time in a state prison, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

September 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Around Town: shaky ground; going platinum

Read a firsthand account from a local executive in Mexico City during Tuesday's massive temblor and the city being recognized for its work in environmental conservation.

September 23, 2017 | 6 comments
Enforcement to remove El Camino RVs largely ineffective

Some residents say it is time for the city to consider an alternative
Residents living closest to RVs along El Camino Real, where police started to enforce the city's parking ordinance, say it's time for the city to come up with a compassionate plan for all concerned.

September 24, 2017 | 104 comments
Prep volleyball: Menlo takes control in the WBAL race

Menlo School beat visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 25-19, 25-16, 25-14, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division contest Thursday to take control of the league race.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Jahansouz saves Stanford women in Pac-12 soccer opener

Alison Jahansouz saved a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, the difference in second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team's 2-1 victory over host Washington State on Thursday. SHP grad Tierna Davidson and Menlo grad Jaye Boissiere scored for Stanford.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Cicione clinches American East Conference opener for Cardinal

Stanford senior Marissa Cicione scored three times in Thursday's 4-3 victory over host Massachusetts-Lowell in an America East Conference match Thursday and each time she put thy Cardinal ahead. Her score with under minutes was the game winner.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A offense flexing its offensive muscle; Paly looks for a win

It's the beginning of league play this week for Menlo-Atherton, Palo Alto and Gunn. Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Woodside have byes and begin league play next week.

September 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Administrators who handled Paly sex-assault case ID'd

School board members express frustration with staff still failing to comply with law, policy
At the school board's first public meeting about a law-firm investigation into the district's response to a sexual-assault case Thursday, trustees expressed their disappointment at the district's continuing lack of progress on Title IX issues while Paly staff turned out to support a principal they fear could lose her job as a result of the case.

September 21, 2017 | 64 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: school budget update; Junior Museum and Zoo ordinance

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 25.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Delivery trucks at Edgewood create ruckus for neighbors

Late-night deliveries and illegal parking are posing traffic, safety issues
Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center's frustrated neighbors met with City Councilwoman Lydia Kou on Wednesday in the hopes of getting the city to resolve parking, noise and other problems.

September 22, 2017 | 38 comments
Execs from SAP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise to receive Athena awards

Jenny Dearborn and Anissa Leong to be honored for career achievements by Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce has selected two women working in tech as this year's recipients of two awards that recognize the achievements of outstanding professional and business women.

September 22, 2017 | 1 comment
A legacy of 'proving it'

Having overcome her own obstacles, SAP's Jenny Dearborn now mentors others
Jenny Dearborn, senior VP and chief learning officer at Palo Alto-based SAP, said her personal mantra has helped rise up in the corporate world.

September 22, 2017 | 1 comment
VIDEO: 'Your Kids and the Law'

Members of the Santa Clara County District's Office offer a glimpse into the juvenile justice system
Listen to a panel discussion on the juvenile justice system held Monday, Sept. 18, co-hosted by the Weekly and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Reluctant Hero

'Stronger' emotionally details Boston Marathon bombing survivor
Seldom has the idea that "It's in the telling" seemed more apt than as a description of "Stronger." On paper, this based-on-a-memoir story of tragedy overcome would seem to be the most obvious of Oscar bait, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the showy role of a terrorist victim fighting back from unthinkable physical and emotional challenges. But the story landed in good hands, under the direction of David Gordon Green ("Joe"), and the resulting film feels as if it single-handedly restores humanity to the movies.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: hurricane relief; tulips do's and don'ts

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a real estate company's fundraiser to assist people impacted by hurricanes in Houston, Texas and Florida; tips on planting tulips; and horticulture resources.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Simply modern design for 1929 colonial

Renovation brings home up to date without startling streetscape
When Mili Sarrazin spotted a 1929 traditional colonial in Old Palo Alto, she knew right away how she wanted to transform it.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Curiouser and curiouser

Nina Katchadourian returns to her roots for show at Cantor Arts Center
How did you while away the hours during your last long-haul flight? Odds are you read, watched a few movies and hoped for a long, uncomfortable nap. Multimedia artist Nina Katchadourian finds other ways to use her time, making art out of the most ordinary, mundane things at hand.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
New in theater: 'Cirque Exotique du Monde'

When you see the words "1936 Berlin," you know things on the whole aren't going to go too well.

September 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Shop Talk: More fitness; Copyamerica shutters

In this week's retail news in Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center is slated to get another workout option, a longtime printing shop on California Avenue shutters and a new milk-tea shop opens in Midtown.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Redwood City celebrates Oktoberfest

It's bier, brezeln and bratwurst time. Redwood City's annual Bavarian-style celebration of Oktoberfest will take place this weekend (Sept. 21-24) at Courthouse Square.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women a big hit in Pac-12 volleyball opener

Kathryn Plummer recorded 17 kills and helped the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team hit a collective .549 in Wednesday's Pac-12 Conference opening victory over California. 25-20, 25-14, 25-15.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators, Knights grab early momentum in boys water polo

Sacred Heart Prep grabbed the inside track in the race to the West Catholic Athletic League boys water title, beating host Bellarmine 7-5 on Wednesday. Menlo School grabbed the inside track in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton 10-4.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Report: District failed to follow law, policy in sex-assault case

Incident reflects 'systemic concerns' about district's Title IX response
A report released Wednesday details how Palo Alto High School and district administrators repeatedly failed to properly respond to a student who reported she had been sexually assaulted at Paly in 2016.

September 20, 2017 | 47 comments
Cardinal corner: Bing honored twice with weekly awards

Kelsey Bing earned two honors this week after being named the America East Defensive Player of the Week as well as receiving an honorable mention by the NFHCA for her role in Stanford's 1-0 win over No. 24 Pacific.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Gunn student to present Ramayana retelling

Swati Goel, a sophomore at Gunn High School, has written "Raavan," a retelling of the ancient Indian epic the Ramayana from the point of view of the traditional villain, with parallels to Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

September 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Health fair addresses well-being inside and out

Fitness classes, student debate among list of activities for annual event
It's not too late to get started on your fitness-related New Year's resolution at the third annual Palo Alto Community Health Fair this Saturday.

September 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Stanford football notebook: Cardinal preps for home opener

Stanford will play its first home football game of the season on Saturday against UCLA and coach David Shaw thinks it can't come soon enough following a pair of road losses.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto commits funds to fight solo-driving

City Council allocates $480,000 to downtown's Transportation Management Association
Palo Alto's drive to shift the commute patterns of downtown employees received a big boost this week, when the City Council upped its contribution to the new nonprofit charged with orchestrating the effort.

September 20, 2017 | 21 comments
Stanford's Boissiere named to soccer team of the week

Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere, who is enjoying a monster season to date, was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week after helping Stanford beat Santa Clara on Sunday.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
City wins grant for crafting new vision for Fry's site

Area in Ventura neighborhood seen as one of most promising sites for housing
After years of talking about plans to transform the area around Fry's Electronics in the Ventura neighborhood, Palo Alto officials finally have the funds to start forging the new vision.

September 20, 2017 | 28 comments
Future greens

Chowbotics debuts its salad-making robot
The creator of a new salad-making robot sees his invention as an ideal healthy-food option for restaurants, hospitals, workplaces and cafeterias.

September 21, 2017 | 4 comments
Bay Area forecast: Beach hazards, cooler temps, windy weather

Windy conditions expected to increase by 10 mph through Thursday
Hazards at Bay Area beaches, below-normal temperatures and breezy conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a weather statement for conditions Tuesday through Thursday evening.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A, Menlo continue tennis streaks

Sacred Heart Prep also opens WBAL play with a victory
Charlie Smith and Michaela Llewelyn filled the top two spots of the Menlo-Atherton girls tennis singles ladder rather nicely Tuesday to help the Bears beat host Hillsdale, 6-1, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division match.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep volleyball: Menlo wins showdown of past state champs

Menlo School climbed to the top of the girls' volleyball hill in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division, knocking off defending league champion Notre Dame-Belmont, 25-14, 25-22, 25-18, on Tuesday.

September 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Eastside Prep girls have high expectations in volleyball

Eastside College Prep downed host Pinewood in a thoroughly entertaining 27-25, 28-26, 25-21 West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division girls' volleyball opener on Tuesday.

September 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Oaks report: Freshman golfer has solid tournament in Santa Rosa

Menlo College freshman Fredrik Ingul completed the Sonoma State Invite with a three-round total of 235, tying him for 21st overall Tuesday a the Fountaingrove Golf Club in Santa Rosa.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Woodside estate sells for $18.8 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to discuss superintendent's performance

Closed-session evaluation on Wednesday to be followed by sex-assault report on Thursday
Days after two Palo Alto Unified School District board members called for Superintendent Max McGee's removal, the school board will meet in closed session Wednesday to continue discussing his future.

September 19, 2017 | 16 comments
Condos and townhouses approved for Compadres site

City Council supports new mixed-use development at El Camino Real location of former restaurant
A building once renowned for enchiladas and margaritas will soon be demolished to make way for townhouses and condominiums under a proposal that the City Council approved Monday night.

September 19, 2017 | 21 comments
Menlo, Palo Alto golfers remain undefeated on the season

Menlo School remained undefeated in the West Bay Athletic League girls golf race, beating Sacred Heart Prep, 212-322, Monday at Menlo Country Club. In the SCVAL, Palo Alto beat Saratoga, 201-229 and remain unbeaten in league play.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Weems stepping down at Menlo to join Warriors D-league team

After more than three years as the director of Menlo School Athletics program and 10 total years at Menlo, Kris Weems is taking a coaching position with the NBA's Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate Santa Cruz.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Latest members of Stanford Hall of Fame to be inducted

Nine accomplished former student-athletes will be enshrined in the 2017 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame class this week: Jarron and Jason Collins from men's basketball, Rachel Buehler from women's soccer, Jackie Frank from women's water polo, John Gall from baseball, Cassidy Krug from women's diving, Arianna Lambie from women's cross country, Ryan Nelsen from men's soccer, and Dick Norman from football.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to test new public-comment rules

Board seeks balance of hearing from community and getting through business
The school board is testing a series of limits on public comment, but some community members are voicing concern that this could hinder their ability to provide feedback.

September 18, 2017 | 7 comments
Neighbors Abroad raises money for earthquake relief in Oaxaca

Palo Alto organization aims to collect $10,000 to rebuild children-service centers damaged by massive earthquake
A Palo Alto organization is looking to raise $10,000 to help rebuild two children's facilities that collapsed in the state of Oaxaca earlier this month in Mexico.

September 19, 2017 | 3 comments
Community Notebook: Teen organizes wellness conference

Sept. 30 event to feature discussions, youth speakers
A Los Altos High School senior is organizing a free wellness conference this month to bring together teenagers to discuss and learn about topics such as identity and healthy relationships.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford sets sails for local race after placing fourth

Stanford sailing opened its season with a fourth-place finish at the Nevins Trophy on the North Shore of Long Island on Sunday. Against a competitive field in the season-opening regatta, the Cardinal finished with a score of 366. Georgetown took the team title with 284 points.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Autumn-like weather expected this week

Cooler, crisper air forecasted to arrive Monday
Before summer officially becomes fall on Friday, autumn-like weather will make its way this week to the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, National Weather Services officials said Monday.

September 18, 2017 | 1 comment
Boissiere helps Stanford women tame the soccer Broncos

Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere scored a goal and assisted on the game winner and the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team downed host Santa Clara, 2-1, in a nonconference affair Sunday night.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Vikings go 4-0 at Paly girls team tennis Invitational

The Palo Alto girls tennis team went 4-0 at its own Paly Invitational over the the weekend, earning victories over Notre Dame-San Jose, 14-4, Stevenson, 13-5, Fremont, 17-1, and Aragon, 10-8.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Long flight not enough to keep Panchot from scoring goal

There were no signs of jet lag in Logan Panchot's soccer game on Sunday. Fresh off a cross-country flight, the Cardinal right back slammed home his first career goal early in the second half to push No. 5 Stanford to a 3-1 win over Yale.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Low key cross country sweep for Stanford in opener

The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams made a clean sweep of their season opener at the University of San Diego Invitational at Mission Bay on Saturday.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto cross country off and running in season debut

The Palo Alto High cross country team made a strong debut Saturday at the Earlybird Invitational in Salinas at Toro Park, site of this year's Central Coast Section finals.

September 17, 2017 | 3 comments
Love, the line and not much else in Stanford football loss

Plunged into sudden darkness with under four minutes to play Saturday night, No. 18 Stanford's defense stumbled out of the shadows while San Diego State rumbled to a 20-17 upset, handing the Cardinal its second straight football loss.

September 17, 2017 | 2 comments
Water polo tourneys show SHP, Menlo boys in a good light

The Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo teams took advantage of playing in top tournaments over the weekend and while neither came home a champion, both the Knights and Gators came back with the knowledge they can compete with just about anybody.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
No safety net for the Knights in nonleague football loss

Aidan Israelski caught 10 passes for 146 yards, scored a touchdown and two-point conversion but Palma came up big in the second half to beat host Menlo, 29-14, in a nonleague football contest Friday.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women look ahead to Pac-12 volleyball opener

Kathryn Plummer recorded 20 kills on a hitting percentage of .432 and the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team beat host St. Mary's, 25-22, 28-26, 25-13, in a nonconference match Saturday night.

September 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Bicyclist's purse reportedly snatched near Homer tunnel

Palo Alto resident said her money was taken after an encounter with a group of students
A Palo Alto bicyclist on the path near the Homer Street tunnel said her purse was snatched from her bike after she stopped to talk to a group of students shortly before noon Friday.

September 16, 2017 | 25 comments
Palo Alto approaches decision on rail redesign

Despite high costs, putting Caltrain in trench remains city most popular alternative
Palo Alto's effort to separate the railroad tracks from local streets will, by any account, likely require the seizure of private property, cause years of traffic disruptions and cost more than $1 billion, much coming from who-knows-where.

September 16, 2017 | 120 comments
'Treasured Lands: a Photographic Odyssey through America's National Parks'

Photographer QT Luong will talk about his work photographing national parks in an event sponsored by the Palo Alto Camera Club on Wed., Sept. 20, at the Palo Alto Art Center.

September 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo, SH Prep advance into semis of water polo tournies

Sacred Heart Prep split a pair of boys water polo games in the Elite Eight Tournament at Harvard-Westlake on Friday and can still win the tournament. Menlo School won twice in the St. Francis-Acalanes Tournament and will attempt to defend its title.

September 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton's high-octane football team puts on a show

People in the Los Gatos High football press box were dumbfounded. Menlo-Atherton scored 41 points in the first half en route to a 56-41 nonleague victory over the Wildcats. No one could remember Los Gatos giving up that many points in a game, let alone a half.

September 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football: Injuries, losses mount for Palo Alto

As the opponents get bigger, so does the injury list for the Palo Alto High football team -- leaving head coach Danny Sullivan wondering when things will again start making sense.

September 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Local athlete gives Stanford men an assist in soccer win

Palo Alto native and Menlo Park resident Marc Joshua was one of five freshmen to start for the Stanford men's soccer team Friday. He wasted little time in getting, recording an assist on Drew Skundrich's 11th-minute goal, the only score of the game against USF.

September 15, 2017 | 1 comment
No Gray area in Stanford volleyball's serving department

Jenna Gray served a career-high five aces as No. 4 Stanford women's volleyball swept Pacific on Friday in its home opener at Maples Pavilion. Stanford (6-2) tied its season-high with nine services aces.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
USA women cap off special night for O'Hara with a victory

The U.S. women's national soccer team defeated New Zealand, 3-1, with a first half brace from Julie Ertz and a late goal from Alex Morgan in front of a near capacity crowd of 17,301 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara, a veteran defender, captained the side in her 100th cap for her country.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Positive vibrations

Pear Theatre is abuzz with 'In the Next Room (or, The Vibrator Play)'
Yes, it's a play about vibrators. The electrical stimulation device was invented by a physician in order to bring about a "paroxysm" in patients, which, it was believed, would help alleviate the wide range of hysteria symptoms. It sounds funny, and indeed "In the Next Room" often is, but don't expect a campy tone or lurid jokes. It's serious when it needs to be, and beautiful, too.

September 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Miki Werness out at College Terrace Market

Grocery partners focus on building customer base
The grocer whose experience in the business convinced the Palo Alto City Council to give the go-ahead for the new College Terrace Market, is out as its merchandising director.

September 16, 2017 | 44 comments
Prep football: Menlo-Atherton returns to the winner's circle

Menlo-Atherton got its first football win while breaking in a new running back last time out in a 30-7 win over Palma. De'Marshaun Payton saw his first action for M-A and carried 13 times for 107 yards.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly boys end Gunn's water polo streak

Jack Anderson buried a shot in sudden death overtime to lift the Palo Alto boys water team to a 10-9 victory over host Gunn in a SCVAL contest Thursday night.

September 15, 2017 | 1 comment
Bassi provides winning goal in Stanford field hockey victory

Kelsey Bing recorded seven saves and Kristina Bassi scored the lone goal of the game, highlighting a team effort as the No. 12 Stanford field hockey team extended its win streak to four in beating visiting Pacific, 1-0, on Thursday night.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo College completes soccer sweep at Sierra Nevada

The Menlo College women's soccer team has been getting contributions from several different players and Thursday was no different as the Oaks got goals from four different players in a 4-1 nonconference victory over host Sierra Nevada College.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Gunn girls get basic to earn SCVAL water polo victory over Palo Alto

It's all about the basics. Gunn's girls water polo team has been feeling a little more comfortable about them lately and its showing. The Titans put together one of their best efforts of the season in beating visiting Palo Alto, 10-2, in a SCVAL contest Thursday.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: TMA funds; superintendent evaluation

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

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
School, city leaders worry state bill could create traffic, safety problems

Proposal would mandate secondary schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
A state bill that would require all California secondary schools to start the day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. has gathered a mix of support and opposition.

September 15, 2017 | 14 comments
Two on school board call for superintendent's removal

Closed-door discussion continues next week on future of Max McGee
After spending several hours discussing Superintendent Max McGee's performance in closed-session meetings this week, two Palo Alto school board members are now publicly calling for his removal.

September 14, 2017 | 73 comments
Guest Opinion: Why leash laws? There are plenty of good reasons

Palo Alto native: Off-leash dogs create nuisance, danger to open space visitors
Off-leash dogs increasingly threaten delicate ecosystems and can be a nuisance or a danger to those who visit natural spaces for other forms of recreation.

September 17, 2017 | 72 comments
Can downtowns keep up?

Local businesses look to city government for ideas, zoning help
A walk down Palo Alto's bustling downtown and California Avenue business districts would seem to indicate that businesses are thriving, but some retailers are experiencing a darker reality, underscored in red in their ledgers.

September 15, 2017 | 6 comments
Reimagining retail up and down the Peninsula

As shopping habits change, retailers try to think outside the box
Brick-and-mortar businesses and shopping centers are getting smarter so that they not only survive but thrive amidst the upheaval of the retail sector.

September 15, 2017 | 8 comments
Killer Rapp

'American Assassin' proposes a Mitch Rapp franchise
"American Assassin" -- based on the best-selling novel by the late Vince Flynn -- has a mindset trapped in the 1980s when Chuck Norris ruled the roost of disposable shoot-em-ups. This repulsive macho fantasy seems expressly designed to appeal to the readers of "Soldier of Fortune" Magazine.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Neighborhood Snapshot: Instant friendliness in Greendell

Community welcomes residents even before they close escrow
Before Srini Sankaran even moved to the Greendell neighborhood in the southern part of Palo Alto, he was struck by the hospitality of residents in the quiet community.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: city happiness survey; disaster prep for pets

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including the city's National Citizen Survey heading to mailboxes, how to care or your pets in a natural disaster and an upcoming vegetable seedling sale.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Mountain View outpaced other cities in number of home sales
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Artists reception, show in Atherton

The Atherton Arts Foundation is presenting an artists' reception and show, "Through Artists' Eyes: Land, Sea and Sky," from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Jennings Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Supervisor to discuss his time in 'Trump's America'

Joe Simitian breaks free from Bay Area 'bubble' to explore varied voter viewpoints
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will discuss the observations he made and perspectives he gained in his visits with citizens of "Trump's America" at an event this Saturday.

September 14, 2017 | 37 comments
Prep report: Castilleja is the big winner of the day

Senior goalie Georgia Lewis recorded eight saves, junior Claire Pisani scored five times and Castilleja beat host Aragon 15-4 in a Peninsula Athletic League water polo match Wednesday. The Gators' tennis and golf teams also won.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Homestand coming to an end this weekend for men's soccer

No. 5 Stanford (4-1) concludes its six-match homestand with games against USF (1-5) and Yale (2-2) on Friday and Sunday. Friday's contest against the Dons starts at 7 p.m. Stanford is 14-20-6 all-time against the Dons and 7-1-1 in the last nine.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
SH Prep top seed in prestigious boys water polo tournament

The Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo team didn't have much time to celebrate its 18-9 West Catholic Athletic League victory over visiting Serra on Wednesday night. The Gators are making final preparations for its visit to Harvard-Westlake School the next three days.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal, Broncos ready to rock Stevens Stadium Sunday

The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team leads the nation in scoring. That's usually the case when you score 22 goals within a three-match time frame. It will be a little harder to penetrate the Santa Clara defense but the Cardinal is willing to give it a shot.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Police arrest woman for assaulting Palo Alto resident

Unprovoked attack in San Mateo sends 67-year-old to a hospital
A 36-year-old woman Wednesday who allegedly attacked a Palo Alto resident without provocation Tuesday morning in San Mateo has been booked into jail.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Power outage hits downtown Palo Alto

Utilities crews work through the night to troubleshoot, restore power
Close to 300 customers in and around downtown Palo Alto lost electricity late Wednesday afternoon -- an incident that was caused by damaged underground cabling, according to Utilities Department.

September 13, 2017 | 2 comments
Palo Alto looks to fix up abandoned Baylands site

After buying and 'dedicating' former transmission area as parkland, city prepares to make immediate improvements
Palo Alto's newest parkland -- a 36.5-acre site formerly owned by International Telephone and Telegraph -- is about to get a $400,000 facelift.

September 13, 2017 | 22 comments
Smoking hot fusion

Kemuri's binchotan grill adds depth of flavors to artistic Japanese fare
Kemuri Japanese Barú in Redwood City has an intriguing binchotan grill, high-quality dishes with complex flavors, artistic presentations and appealingly contemporary décor.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
'Bacon, Blues & Brews'

The latest of Facebook's community festivals will celebrate "bacon, brews & blues," with a bacon competition, live blues music and a beer garden.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Electric-vehicle test drives

Take a spin in an electric vehicle (EV) this Sunday, Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m. at 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. The free test drives are part of Acterra's celebration of National Drive Electric Week, to encourage adoption of environmentally friendly practices and products.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Opening alert: Teaspoon in Palo Alto

Midtown Palo Alto now has a new milk-tea option, with the recent opening of Teaspoon at 2675 Middlefield Road.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Film: Tuolumne River Film Festival

The third-annual Tuolumne River Film Festival, featuring short films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, live music, ice cream and more, will be held Sunday.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Classic for a reason

Los Altos Stage Company's 'The Crucible' is chilling and timeless
Though you may have read this seminal text in your 10th-grade English class, there is nothing like seeing a solid production of The Crucible mounted on stage.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
School board, supe apologize; cuts could affect students

Parents call into question Palo Alto Unified superintendent's future
All five school board members and Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee on Tuesday night apologized for their lack of oversight, which led to a contractual error that will cost the district $6 million.

September 13, 2017 | 68 comments
It's her way

Iconic musician Buffy Sainte-Marie on art, activism and reasons for hope
Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Canadian-American songwriter and social activist, will perform at Stanford University on Sept. 22.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Palo Alto, Gunn girls ready for golf rivalry

The Palo Alto girls golf team showed it can win even without its top player. Gunn showed consistency in winning its Santa Clara Valley Athletic League opener on Tuesday.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Men's tennis is trending upward

Those within the tennis world know the legacy that the Stanford men's tennis program has in its storied history. Head coach Paul Goldstein, within three years, has brought the program back to prominence as showcased by back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances with more on the horizon with the elite performances by senior All-American Tom Fawcett and incoming freshman Axel Geller last weekend at the U.S. Open.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Strong final day lifts Stanford women in golf tourney

Sophomore Andrea Lee fired a near flawless 5-under 67 to share medalist honors and led the Stanford women's golf team to a tie for third on Tuesday in the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Holder twins to meet on gridiron as foes for first time

At some point during No. 19 Stanford's nonconference football game at San Diego State, Cardinal cornerback Alijah Holder will look across the line and feel like he's staring into a mirror.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
District Attorney, Palo Alto Weekly to host juvenile justice town hall

Forum to explore juvenile crimes, school safety issues
The Palo Alto Weekly is co-sponsoring a free discussion on Monday on how juvenile crimes are handled by the police and District Attorney with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

September 13, 2017 | 4 comments
Residents invited to rail workshop Saturday

Palo Alto event focuses on alternatives for grade separation
Residents who want to take part in the city's largest infrastructure project in generations -- the redesign of the rail corridor -- are invited to a community workshop.

September 13, 2017 | 3 comments
Crews battle wildland fire on Stanford property

Investigators to look into whether blaze is related to Monday's lightning
Crews worked to extinguish a 1- to 2-acre wildland fire on Stanford University property Tuesday afternoon, a Palo Alto fire official said.

September 12, 2017 | 2 comments
Menlo College earns another golf star for its programs

For the ninth consecutive year, Menlo College was recognized as one of only fourteen schools to earn the 100-point Gold Star Champions of Character award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. With 249 NAIA member institutions, the nod to the strength of Menlo College and Menlo College Athletics is an extremely high honor.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto cautiously advances plan to redesign Cubberley

City Council supports hiring a consultant to shepherd the master planning process; school district to consider topic tonight
With the future of Cubberley Community Center still hazy, members of the Palo Alto City Council raised fresh concerns Monday night about the many challenges they face in forging a new vision for the sprawling campus.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area hit with 1,200 lightning strikes

More thunderstorm activity could take place on Tuesday
Bay Area residents could experience Tuesday similar weather conditions to those that rolled through on Monday evening, with chances for additional thunderstorms and lightning, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

September 12, 2017 | 7 comments
McNealy ends amateur golf career with impressive play

Stanford grad Maverick McNealy officially became a professional golfer on Monday. He ended his amateur career Sunday at the U.S. Walker Cup with one of the most spectacular performances yet.

September 12, 2017 | 1 comment
Palo Alto welcomes new vision for parks

City Council approves master plan with dog runs, park bathrooms, restrictions on corporate parties
Palo Alto's new master plan includes a treat for just about everyone who likes to play outdoors, but corporations eyeing local parks for extended stays may have to look elsewhere.

September 12, 2017 | 18 comments
Stanford women golfers within sight of lead into final round

Sophomore Andrea Lee and senior Shannon Aubert sparked Stanford to a tie for fifth on Monday after two rounds of the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico on its Championship Course.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Tanaka fined for campaign violations

Palo Alto councilman settles with FPPC after agency finds three violations
City Councilman Greg Tanaka has agreed to pay $733 in fines after a state agency found inaccuracies in the financial forms his campaign filed during last year's council race.

September 11, 2017 | 105 comments
Oaks report: Volleyball, soccer collects weekly honors

Menlo College Women's Volleyball is off to a 10-3 start and is 1-0 in conference play. Part of that success can be attributed to the great play this week of a trio of players who swept the GSAC Volleyball Player of the Week honors.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Help send children with organ transplants to summer camp

Stanford Blood Center is asking the public to help send 50 pediatric organ transplant recipients to a summer camp hosted by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Task Force 3 secures new warehouse facility

East Palo Alto space measures at 28,000 square feet
California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, will be getting a new permanent warehouse facility in East Palo Alto.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Thomas, McCaffrey meet in their NFL debuts Sunday

Stanford products Christian McCaffrey and Solomon Thomas met, literally, on the field at Levi's Stadium on Sunday as both were making their NFL regular-season debuts in Carolina's 23-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
For Miranda, it's all about making up for lost time

Robert Miranda, a senior at Menlo School, competed in his first cross country meet since he was a sophomore Saturday and took first place in his race at the Lowell Invitational at Golden Gate Park with a time of 14:35.3, the third-fastest time overall. His average mile pace was 4:58.7.

September 11, 2017 | 2 comments
Local first responders in Florida after driving across the country

Two Palo Alto firefighters among the 82 people deployed from Task Force 3
A Peninsula-based emergency response team engaged in the Hurricane Irma relief effort are at a U.S. Air Force base near Pensacola, Florida, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Board to discuss Paly sex-assault investigation

Report to be presented publicly next week
The school board will meet in closed session on Wednesday to review a much-anticipated investigation into how district leadership handled allegations of sexual assault at Palo Alto High School last year.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Building permits

A listing of building projects that have been approved by the city of Palo Alto.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to discuss budget revisions

District eyes property tax revenue, new-school fund to pay unbudgeted raises
The school board will discuss on Tuesday budget revisions to address up to $6 million in unbudgeted pay increases this year.

September 11, 2017 | 22 comments
Supervisor proposes new civilian oversight body for Sheriff's Office

New office would oversee patrol, corrections divisions
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office patrol and corrections divisions could be monitored by a new civilian oversight body under a proposal Supervisor Joe Simitian up for discussion Tuesday.

September 11, 2017 | 3 comments
Swastika-like symbol drawn outside Stanford residence hall

Vandal could be linked to similar graffiti found on campus late last year
A swastika-like symbol found outside a Stanford University residence hall earlier this month could be linked to others found on campus, according to the Department of Public Safety.

September 11, 2017 | 6 comments
Record setting outburst leads Stanford women to soccer win

The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team continued its record-setting run of offense with a 7-0 nonconference win over visiting Yale on Sunday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

September 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Penn State women beat Cardinal in volleyball again

Same teams. Different location. Same results. The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team fell in five sets to Penn State at the the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge in Champaign, Ill. on Saturday night.

September 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford looking ahead after tough football loss to USC

In the aftermath of Saturday night's 42-24 loss to sixth-ranked USC in the Coliseum, there was no finger pointing, pouting or head hanging. It was a sound beating by a talented team and showed that No. 14 Stanford has work to do to accomplish its goals this season.

September 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Temperatures to rise on Sunday

Officials: drink fluids frequently, limit outdoor activity
The San Francisco Bay Area will be substantially warmer today than it was Saturday, officials with the National Weather Service said.

September 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo, Castilleja win weekend tournaments

Menlo School didn't have to stray very far in winning tournament championships on Saturday. The boys' water polo team hosted the Scott Roche Tournament, defending its title with a 10-9 victory over San Ramon Valley in a rematch of last year's title game.

September 10, 2017 | No comments yet
USC's line dance overpowers Stanford in Pac-12 FB opener

Stanford entered the Los Angeles Coliseum to play a Pac-12 football game on Saturday walking tall and with high expectations. The 14th-ranked Cardinal left the Coliseum a little gloomier following its 42-24 loss to host No. 6 USC.

September 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Golden Hurricane rocks Stanford men in soccer upset

Top-ranked Stanford suffered a 2-0 loss to visiting Tulsa in a men's soccer upset at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Saturday night. Tulsa snapped Stanford's 10-match unbeaten streak that included a run to the Cardinal's second consecutive NCAA title.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Gators trapped at line by Knights in football contest

Hillsdale of San Mateo paid a visit to Sacred Heart Prep for a non-league football game, and proceeded to engage in a little roughhousing in the trenches, muscling its way to a 34-10 victory.

September 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Of local note: Paly grad rows to Japanese championship

Palo Alto grad Olivia Koyama has found success not only in her education but in her collegiate rowing career as well. Koyama and her teammate Chihiro Nogata won the Japan All-Collegiate Woman's pair championship on the Toda-Koen course in Tokyo.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Sacred Heart Prep into semis of tournament

Sacred Heart Prep's girls' water polo team opened the St. Francis Invitational with a pair of victories Friday, beating 11th-seeded Los Altos, 12-4, and third-seeded Davis, 7-5, on Friday.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football: Gunn races past Harbor to claim second win

Gunn claimed a fuel-injected 52-20 victory on its home field, scoring in just about every way possible. At the center of it all was senior quarterback Fredrik Hudson Alexander, who threw for 219 yards and six touchdowns and also running for 32 yards on four carries and playing standout defense.

September 9, 2017 | 5 comments
Vikings can't recover from another slow football start

Another slow start resulted in another lopsided loss for the Palo Alto High football team. Archbishop Mitty built a 21-0 lead at halftime and went on to a 42-6 victory Friday night at Foothill College.

September 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Lutz helps Stanford women topple Illinois in volleyball

Merete Lutz can make a difference. She showed it Friday night in her season debut. Lutz finished with 12 kills on .381 hitting and two blocks after missing Stanford's first five matches due to injury, helping the Cardinal beat Illinois, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men give up early goal in water polo loss to USC

This rivalry is far from finished. The teams will likely meet again two or three times this season. For now, though, second-ranked USC holds the upper hand after beating No. 3 Stanford 8-6 in a battle of two of the top three men's water polo programs in the nation Friday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women fill up the soccer scoresheet vs. USF

Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson scored one of six first-half goals that powered the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to a commanding 8-0 victory over San Francisco on Friday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in a nonconference match.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Events marking 9/11 anniversary

Public invited to create care packages, attend picnic and prayer service
Palo Alto community groups have planned memorial events to mark the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Man gets 50 years to life for 2015 murder in East Palo Alto

Warren Oleg Morrison sentenced for fatally shooting Jamal Magee
A Stockton man who was convicted of shooting and killing a 31-year-old East Palo Alto resident in October 2015 was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison Thursday.

September 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Around Town: national recognition; trail closure

In this week's Around Town column, get to know a Paly teacher who actor James Franco calls his hero, an eight-week construction project at the Baylands and two new online library services.

September 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Motorcycle vs. bicycle collision sends one to hospital

Police blocked eastbound traffic on Page Mill Road
A bicyclist suffered major injuries in a collision with a motorcyclist on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto Friday morning, police said.

September 8, 2017 | 32 comments
Earthquake rattles buildings in Palo Alto's sister city, Oaxaca

City appears to have withstood quake without major damage; officials fear greater devastation in isthmus area
The 8.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico's southwestern coast Thursday night has caused some building damage to Palo Alto's sister city, Oaxaca, though early reports indicate that the havoc was more extensive in the nearby isthmus region.

September 8, 2017 | 2 comments
Avenidas breaks ground on renovation project

After years of planning and negotiations, expansion is finally set to begin
Around 50 people gathered in the courtyard outside Avenidas on Thursday evening for the much-anticipated groundbreaking of the nonprofit senior center's $18-million expansion project.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Worn wires sparks fire at Palo Alto furniture store

Morning blaze limited access to Town & Country Village
An electric fan with worn wires caused a fire at the rear of a furniture store at Town & Country Village Friday morning, fire officials said.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Men's soccer rallies from a deficit to win

The top-ranked Stanford men's soccer team shrugged off an early deficit to beat SMU 3-1 on Thursday night. Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson was called up to the national team and former Stanford volleyball great Foluke Akinradewo will be moving to Japan. You're reading Cardinal corner, click the headline for more.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto comes up big in volleyball win over Menlo

Following a loss Wednesday night to St. Ignatius, the Palo Alto volleyball team was fired up and ready to go Thursday against local nonleague rival Menlo School. Paly got momentum going its way early and never eased up, pinning a 25-21, 26-24, 25-16 defeat on the defending Division IV state champions.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Water polo and/or tennis anyone? A guide to the weekend

The opportunity to immerse yourself into high school water polo, or to court a plethora of high school girls tennis, is on hand this weekend, all within 10 miles of each other. There is a boys water polo tournament at Menlo, a girls water polo tournament at St. Francis and Sacred Heart Prep and a tennis tournament at Stanford.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep football: Gunn looks to build on its solid start

Brandon Boyd was a winner in his head coaching debut at the varsity level after guiding Gunn through a quick transition period leading up to a 49-27 victory over James Lick.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Land owner narrows road to enforce property line

Los Robles Avenue narrowed to 7 feet in one section
A Los Robles Avenue property owner has decided to enforce what he claims is his property line, which is to the center of the already narrow street, according to nearby residents and city officials.

September 8, 2017 | 33 comments
Contractor errs, sells too many parking permits

More downtown employees than intended bought permits in five residential areas closest to central downtown
The city of Palo Alto sold too many employee parking permits in five of its 10 parking zones that have approved quotas following an error by the city's contractor.

September 8, 2017 | 23 comments
Stranger King

Stephen King's 'It' gets a big-screen update
Fear. The only way to conquer "it" is to face "it." That's the crux of Stephen King's best-selling horror tome "It," and Andy Muschietti's big-screen adaptation.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: parks master plan; school budget adjustments

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

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Zuckerberg scales back plans for home renovation

After being criticized for proposed 'compound,' Facebook founder looks to replace two of his four Crescent Park homes
One year after Palo Alto officials gave the thumbs down to Mark Zuckerberg's plan to rebuild his four homes in the Crescent Park neighborhood, the Facebook CEO is moving ahead with a less ambitious renovation plan.

September 10, 2017 | 17 comments
Keri Stokstad to lead Midpen Media Center

New executive director brings more than 15 years of experience in community media
The Midpen Media Center has hired Keri Stokstad to be its new executive director, the nonprofit announced this week.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area firefighters return from Texas as others deploy to Florida

Team includes members from Palo Alto, Menlo Park
Bay Area firefighters deployed to conduct water rescues in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas are scheduled to return home Thursday afternoon.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Off Deadline: Does 'facial recognition' signal the ultimate end of personal privacy?

New technology could replace FBI's famous fingerprint system
The erosion of personal privacy is not new. But it is as if our wonderful technology has found new ways of cutting deep channels, as in heavy downpours, in the past quarter century.

September 8, 2017 | 1 comment
Prep report: SHP, Menlo, Woodside win openers

Seven different players scored twice and the Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo team beat visiting St. Ignatius, 20-4, in a West Catholic Athletic League opener Wednesday. Menlo School beat Hillsdale, 21-6, in its Peninsula Athletic League opener.

September 7, 2017 | 2 comments
Within walking distance

Realtors confirm buyers want to use their feet way more than their cars
More and more Silicon Valley residents prefer walking to places where they need to go regularly. Real estate agents have noticed that walkability is now a factor homebuyers seriously consider.

September 7, 2017 | 13 comments
Home front: learn about herbs; glass art sale

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a class on identifying and using herbs, a fall glass arts sale and tips to attract bees to your garden.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Sarah Cahill

Pianist Sarah Cahill will perform a free concert of modern American classical music on Saturday at Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Arts aplenty

What's coming up this autumn?
Prepare ye the decorative gourds, cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spice everything! It seems like only yesterday it was 107 degrees, but the Earth keeps spinning, kids have headed back to school and, suddenly, autumn will be in the air. We've compiled some highlights from the upcoming arts season on the Midpeninsula to help you look forward to fall.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
DOE extends Stanford's contract to operate SLAC

About 3,000 researchers use laboratory's facilities
The U.S. Department of Energy recently issued a five-year extension to Stanford University's contract to operate the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park to Sept. 30, 2022.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Holland on the verge of Stanford polo saves record

No. 3 Stanford and No. 2 USC are set to clash Friday in a top-three NCAA men's water polo showdown at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles. It's the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener for both teams and will air on Pac-12 Networks at 5 p.m.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Zanolli earns field hockey weekly honor

Corinne Zanolli has been named the America East Field Hockey Rookie of the Week for her standout play in a sweep of ranked opponents over the weekend, as announced by the conference Wednesday.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Castilleja goes on scoring spree to win PAL water polo opener

Sophomore Minhee Chung scored six goals, senior goalie Georgia Lewis recorded nine saves and the Castilleja water polo team scored nine straight goals over the course of the contest to beat host Menlo-Atherton 12-3 Wednesday in a PAL Bay Division opener.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Former Stanford All-Americans among potential Hall of Famers

The second class of 27 nominees for the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame includes a pair of legendary players in Kim Oden and Scott Fortune. Bev Oden was among the first group of 25 inducted into the Hall of Fame last May.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
New plan aims to broaden 'grade separation' debate

Palo Alto's new approach faces criticism for not including stakeholder group
With much debate and sharp disagreements, the Palo Alto City Council approved a plan Tuesday for engaging the public in a complex conversation about the future of the city's rail corridor.

September 6, 2017 | 86 comments
Home sales

Sales volume low in most Midpeninsula cities
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Woman attacked in Homer Avenue tunnel

Man pushes businesswoman, hits her with heavy bag
A downtown Palo Alto businesswoman walking through the Homer Avenue underpass at Alma Street was attacked by a man on Tuesday morning, Palo Alto police and the victim said.

September 6, 2017 | 41 comments
Sunday: Benefit in Woodside to aid Hurricane Harvey relief effort

Local residents can extend a helping hand to Houston residents on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. in a benefit for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort at the Mountain Terrace restaurant at 17285 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Flowers have power: Linda Salter exhibit in Menlo Park

Linda Salter, who works primarily in oils and pastels, has a collection of oil paintings of flowers on display during September at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
All about that bird

Fast Tony's pops up in Palo Alto with Southern-style chicken
Sure, you can have your cordon bleu or your piccata, but let's be honest: fried is how we really love our chicken.

September 7, 2017 | 1 comment
New law to require suicide prevention training for psychologists

Legislation 'could have practical outcomes of saving lives'
California has become the seventh state in the country to require that all licensed psychologists be trained in suicide risk assessment and intervention.

September 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Palo Alto relaxes limit on office development

Split council votes to give developers more flexibility, scraps 'beauty contest'
After two years of sluggish commercial growth, the Palo Alto City Council moved Tuesday to loosen the city's cap on office development so as to give builders more flexibility.

September 6, 2017 | 42 comments
Menlo-Atherton girls shrug off slow volleyball start

The Menlo-Atherton girls volleyball team really wasn't all that competitive Tuesday in a 25-15, 25-14, 25-18 loss at Valley Christian. Then again, the Bears aren't too worried about how pretty their record looks this early in the season.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
McDonald has it her way in Menlo College volleyball victory

Junior Maggie McDonald recorded a career-high 25 kills on a .423 hitting percentage and the Menlo College women's volleyball team continued its winning ways, beating visiting Pacific Union 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 in a nonconference match Tuesday.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Titans open SCVAL boys water polo season with a victory

Senior Jack Mallery scored five goals, including three consecutive that spanned the third and fourth quarters to help the defending league champion Gunn down visiting Lynbrook 10-7 in the SCVAL De Anza Division opener for both teams.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Vigil held in wake of DACA repeal

Tens of thousands of young county residents benefited from the Obama-era immigration policy
Bay Area politicians and immigrant advocacy groups sharply condemned a decision by President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday morning to end a U.S. immigration policy that granted deportation relief and work permits to nearly 800,000 young people across the country.

September 5, 2017 | 7 comments
Langsdorf earns Pac-12 men's soccer weekly honor

Stanford striker Foster Langsdorf was named Pac-12 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for his efforts over Creighton and Northeastern last weekend. The honor is the second of Langsdorf's career, the first of the season for the Cardinal and Stanford's 28th all-time player of the week selection.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto native killed in train-vehicle crash

California Highway Patrol looking into whether drugs, alcohol played a role
A 29-year-old Palo Alto native died early Tuesday morning when his Volkswagen was struck by a train traveling through Redwood City.

September 5, 2017 | 5 comments
Shop Talk: Pilates V and 'Community' pharmacy opening soon

The latest in local retail news
Read about a family-owned fitness center coming to the California Avenue Business District and a new kind of pharmacy opening in the long-vacant North Face building.

September 5, 2017 | 4 comments
American women lose opener of FIVB Grand Champions Cup

The U.S. women's national volleyball team, ranked No. 2 in the world, lost to 2016 Olympic Games champion China 18-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 on Tuesday, the opening day of the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Hallock earns MPSF men's water polo weekly honor

Stanford redshirt freshman Ben Hallock was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water Polo Newcomer of the Week on Monday. He recorded 11 goals in four games at the Bruno Classic over the weekend to lead Stanford to a sweep of four games.

September 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford swimmers officially named to USA national team

Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and True Sweetser lead a list of Stanford swimmers who were named to the United States National Team recently, an honor that comes with benefits.

September 4, 2017 | No comments yet
USA sprays the net with goals in FINA win over New Zealand

The USA women's junior national water polo team earned its second straight win Monday at the FINA Junior World Championships, defeating New Zealand 11-4. Five different players scored two goals each to lead the offense, with Amanda Longan recording 12 saves in net.

September 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal nudges Harvard in nonconference field hockey

Goalkeeper Kelsey Bing saved the day for the 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey team in a 2-1 victory over visiting No. 20 Harvard in a nonconference game Monday.

September 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men match best soccer start in 15 years with 1-0 win

Three games, five goals and two game winners. Foster Langsdorf was at it again and the Cardinal men's soccer team continued its unblemished start to the season with a 1-0 win over visiting Northeastern.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Locals help Brown volleyball get out to a fast start

The trio of Menlo-Atherton grad Eliza Grover and Menlo grads Elisa Merten and Melissa Cairo have helped the Brown women's volleyball start the season with three consecutive victories at the Holy Cross Invitational over the weekend.

September 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Cicione's career game leads Stanford to win over UMass

Senior Marissa Cicione scored a career-high two goals and paved the way for the 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey team in a 3-1 victory over visiting Massachusetts on Sunday.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal men continue torrid pace at water polo tournament

Several locals contribute for other teams in the tournament
A day after totaling 45 goals in a pair of wins, the third-ranked Stanford men's water polo team produced 40 goals in two more victories on Sunday to punctuate its four-game weekend sweep at the Bruno Classic. The Cardinal posted a 21-5 victory over No. 19 St. Francis Brooklyn in the morning and closed the two-day event with a 19-0 win over No. 15 Brown Sunday at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on the Brown campus.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Flurry of goals for Stanford women in soccer victory

The fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team recorded seven goals on 35 shots, 15 on goal, en route to a 7-0 victory over visiting Navy on Sunday.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women sweep volleyball match from Aggies

Sophomore Kathryn Plummer recorded 22 kills and the Stanford women's volleyball team rebounded from its first setback of the year with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 victory over host Texas A&M on Sunday.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Unsolved 1986 murder could be reopened

Police, FBI investigate case that could link suspect to strangled Palo Alto woman
The unsolved murder of a 27-year-old Palo Alto woman who was found in an Illinois cornfield 31 years ago could be reopened, pending the investigation of another decades-old murder, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

September 3, 2017 | 3 comments
Guest Opinion: Designing grade separations - headed for a train wreck?

Empowered stakeholders group is imperative for success of biggest transportation project in Palo Alto history
This Tuesday the City Council will determine the process for designing the biggest transportation project in Palo Alto history -- railroad grade separations across the city.

September 3, 2017 | 53 comments
Knights, Gators score early and often to win home openers

Aidan Israelski returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, sparking a huge first quarter for the Menlo School football team en route to a 56-6 nonleague victory over visiting Robert Louis Stevenson on Saturday.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Boutin finishes 13th at cross country meet

Menlo College sophomore Noble Boutin placed 13th in the NDNU Argonaut Invite at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont on Saturday, completing the 8,000-meter course with a time of 28:53.2.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert Sunday due to excessive smog

Public advised to take precautions to protect their health
The fourth consecutive Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Sunday because of excessive smog and triple-digit temperatures.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford sweeps pair of water polo matches to open season

The Stanford men's water polo team opened its season emphaticly 45 goals over two games, routing Harvard and MIT at Blodgett Pool on Harvard's campus Saturday in the first day of the season-opening Bruno Classic.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo boys drop first water polo contest

Menlo School ran into a buzzsaw Saturday in its season-opening boys water polo contest against Sir Francis Drake, dropping an 11-3 nonleague decision Saturday.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
AG warns of sham charities for Hurricane Harvey victims

Donors called to be on alert for 'look-alike' fraudulent fundraising websites
Californians should be careful when donating money to charities purporting to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the state's attorney general said Friday.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
M-A football falls to 0-2 after 30-23 loss to Mitty

After a touchback on the opening kickoff Menlo-Atherton lined up for its first play from scrimmage at the 20-yard line. A bad snap from center resulted in quarterback Miles Conrad being tackled in the end zone for a safety, giving Mitty a 2-0 lead. What a start. And what an indication of what was to come.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Plummer, Keefe record career marks in volleyball loss

Sophomore Kathryn Plummer recorded a career-high 27 kills but the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team dropped a 24-26, 17-25, 25-18, 19-25 decision to No. 5 Penn State, Friday, at Reed Arena.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Home opener success for the Stanford men's soccer team

Corey Baird scored once and assisted on two others, Foster Langsdorf had his second consecutive brace to start the season and the top-ranked Stanford men's soccer team rolled past No. 23 Creighton 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 1,916 at Cagan Stadium on Friday night.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women cool off Georgetown in soccer

Four different goal scorers and the play of goalie Lauren Rood led the fifth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to a 4-0 win over No. 10 Georgetown on Friday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford stays hot in field hockey home opener

Freshman Corinne Zanolli scored twice to help the 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey team edge visiting Iowa, 3-2, in a nonconference contest Friday night that was moved to 7 p.m. from a noon start to avoid the triple-digit temperature.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Vikings pushed around by Cougars in nonleague football

Half Moon Bay grabbed a 48-7 win in a game that wasn't that close. The Cougars (2-0) scored 27 points in the first quarter, and Paly didn't score until late in the fourth, by which time the teams were playing to a running clock.

September 2, 2017 | 5 comments
Gunn overcomes series of obstacles to win a football game

Just like Hudson Alexander's rushing totals, the Gunn High football team turned a negative into a positive. The Titans ended a seven-game losing streak, beating visiting James Lick 49-27 in a nonleague game Friday night.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Crash off Page Mill Road sends car airborne, landing in brush

Woman left with minor injuries, transported to Stanford Hospital
A car that went off Page Mill Road in Palo Alto was likely airborne before it landed in brush about 50 feet away from the roadway Friday afternoon, a fire official said.

September 1, 2017 | 3 comments
Around Town: to the rescue; mixed signals

Learn more about a firefighter assisting in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, pushback against Verizon installing cell antennas and a local on this season's cast of Survivor.

September 4, 2017 | 6 comments
Eight more victims added to sex case against masseur

Defendant returns back to jail on $600,000 bail
An East Palo Alto masseur is facing additional felony charges to his roster of alleged sexual assault crimes to a current total of 32, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Car crashes into garage in south Palo Alto

Homeowner left garage roughly two minutes before vehicle rammed inside
A Palo Alto woman who has attended to many car-accident victims in front of her home narrowly missed being struck by a car that crashed into her garage late Friday morning.

September 1, 2017 | 22 comments
Boxing helps people with Parkinson's fight for quality of life

Local Parkinson's disease patients throw punches to combat symptoms
"Rock Steady Boxing" group is part of a fast-growing movement across the country to adapt boxing and other challenging exercise regimens to fight the other symptoms that often accompany Parkinson's disease.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: Government closures, hours for Labor Day

Find out which local and regional services will be available, closed or running on a modified scheduled on Labor Day.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Jury convicts 'Sunny Day' defendant for 2012 murder

Jerry Coneal III convicted of first-degree murder in death of Christopher Baker
A Menlo Park man who was part of the 2014 "Sunny Day" gang arrests in San Mateo County was convicted of murder and special circumstances charges on Thursday for a gang-related shooting in East Palo Alto.

September 1, 2017 | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: office development limit; Castilleja redevelopment

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Sept. 4.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn beats Paly, SH Prep, Menlo also win

If the first few days of the girls tennis season is any indication, than local observers are in for a roller coaster ride. Menlo School and Gunn High each produced key victories and Sacred Heart Prep just keeps winning.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep volleyball: Menlo earns big victory over M-A

The defending state Division IV champions Menlo School beat Menlo-Atherton for the first time in four years in girls volleyball, earning a 26-24, 25-12, 25-21 victory over the visiting Bears on Thursday night.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Tony Kelly resigns as Gunn football coach

Gunn High football coach Tony Kelly has resigned, reportedly due to health reasons, one week into the 2017 season.

August 31, 2017 | 1 comment
The $6 million blunder

As school district misses key deadline, unions take full advantage
For the second time in less than a year, an avoidable mistake by top Palo Alto school district administrators will cost taxpayers millions of dollars and force more budget cuts.

September 1, 2017 | 158 comments
Bay Area under a smoke advisory

Fires to the north and high temperatures spark alert
Massive fires in Northern California and southern Oregon have in part sent smoke to the Bay Area, which has prompted a regional agency to issue an alert Thursday afternoon.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
County launches new immigrant support network

Hundreds of volunteers trained to help undocumented residents facing deportation
Santa Clara County officials announced the launch of a new network Wednesday that provides support services for undocumented families at the mercy of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

August 31, 2017 | 1 comment
M-A, Paly, Woodside look to rebound at home Friday night

As if opening the season with Bellarmine College Prep was not enough, the Menlo-Atherton football team now takes on a second West Catholic Athletic League opponent in Mitty.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Going like hot 'Cake$'

Bad rags-to-rapping tale a crowd pleaser
Writer-director Geremy Jasper's debut feature, "Patti Cake$" -- a story about a downtrodden, plus-sized, white Jersey girl who wants to be a rap star -- fits a tried-and-not-so-true screenwriting template so familiar that audiences could practically write it themselves. If you're an easy touch for big-dreamer stories, enjoy, but if you're looking for something fresh, you won't find it here.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men's, women's soccer host home openers

Nine returning starters from its two-time defending national championship men's soccer team gives Stanford an air of invincibility. The Cardinal practices like the ninth seed of an eight-team tournament.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: build a table; crop rotation

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including classes on woodworking, crop rotation and understanding the remodeling process.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Panthers, EPA Phoenix on the prowl in 8-man football

It's hard to believe that football has been a big deal at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills for a decade now, but it has. The Panthers had always been known foremost for basketball, at both the boys and girls level.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
It has a history ...

Buyers of historic homes need to be aware of what they're getting
Falling in love with a historic house is a bit like falling in love with a woman. You may notice some faults, but once you're smitten, you quickly overlook them.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

$9 million range between lowest and highest sales
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Pilates V and 'Community' pharmacy opening soon

The latest in local retail news
Read about a family-owned fitness center coming to the California Avenue business district and a new kind of pharmacy opening in the long-vacant North Face building.

August 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Friday: Author Donia Bijan under spotlight at Woodside program

Menlo Park author Donia Bijan will be the featured guest at the First Friday event at Woodside Town Hall on Sept. 1. Ms. Bijan's novel, "The Last Days of Cafe Leila," was released earlier this year.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area Lebanese Festival returns Saturday

Redwood City's Courthouse Square will once again host the annual Bay Area Lebanese Festival, featuring Lebanese food, music, dance and cultural information.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Mountain lion and kitten sighting prompts daylong search

Palo Alto police, rangers find no sign of lion; prepare to remain 'vigilant' late Thursday
Police were keeping a watchful eye Thursday on the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, where an adult mountain lion and its kitten were reportedly seen in a large tree early this morning.

August 31, 2017 | 38 comments
Prep report: SHP beats Gunn 4-3 in competitive tennis match

Junior Nooryan Jafri usually anchors Sacred Heart Prep's strong group of doubles players. With senior Sara Choy, a blue chip prospect ranked No. 3 in NorCal U18 singles, out of the lineup, she moves into the fourth singles spot.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo women off to best volleyball start in 13 years

A week after going five sets in a win over UC Merced, host Menlo College made it a bit easier on itself by sweeping the Bobcats, 25-23, 25-16, 25-13, Wednesday in its home opener.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto commission backs ban on pot dispensaries

Planning and Transportation Commission supports new law prohibiting commercial cannabis operations
Legal marijuana may soon be the law of the land, but Palo Alto residents who expect to see a pot shop opening up in their neighborhood will likely be in for a buzzkill.

August 30, 2017 | 30 comments
Stanford field hockey host three home matches this weekend

The 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey is one of several sports to host home openers this weekend. The Cardinal plays No. 17 Iowa on Friday at 4 p.m. Both teams are looking for their first victory of the season.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Walker announced as coach at Palmer Cup

Stanford women's golf coach Anne Walker will join Kent State's Herb Page as coaches in the first Arnold Palmer Cup, to be played in July at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France, that puts women and men together. The announcement was made Wednesday the Walker and Page will coach the International team.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Appeals Court nixes FAA flight-path changes in early court test

'NextGen' procedures and routes overturned in Phoenix, Arizona; locals studying implications for Palo Alto
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday overturned the Federal Aviation Administration's controversial rerouting of flight paths in Phoenix, Arizona, which could have implications for Palo Alto.

August 30, 2017 | 27 comments
Firefighters fundraising relay may delay El Camino traffic

Commuters can expect delays on route from Mountain View to San Francisco
Traffic crossing El Camino Real may be delayed during the day on Thursday as Peninsula firefighters participate in a relay and fundraiser between Mountain View and San Francisco.

August 30, 2017 | 4 comments
Spare the Air alert for smog issued for Thursday

Air district officials expect unhealthy ozone levels in the South Bay
A Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust are expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, air quality officials said.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Comedy Night at O'Malley's

O'Malley's Sports Pub in Mountain View hosts free comedy nights every Sunday at 8 p.m. This week, catch headliner Rebecca Arthur and a number of other Bay Area comics.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Police: Plotted collision leads to strong-arm robbery

Man follows 7-Eleven employee in car, rear-ends her and takes thousands of dollars
A woman was targeted in a strong-arm robbery Monday morning, when two people followed her, purposely collided into her car and took her money, police said.

August 30, 2017 | 6 comments
Saturday: Free folk, indie-pop concert in Menlo Park

Get a preview of two new acoustic-pop albums at a free concert starting 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County stands up for net neutrality

Board of Supervisors approve resolution that declares support for an open internet
Santa Clara County took a stance on defending the free internet under a resolution approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Star-crossed lovers

'Constellations' explores a multitude of romantic possibilities and parallel worlds
In Nick Payne's "Constellations," receiving its regional premiere with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the world (or worlds, rather), contains infinite timelines and multiverses, each with their own alternate realities and myriad possibilities.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Lawsuit blocks Measure B funds

Local transit projects delayed by legal challenge
Santa Clara County's new Measure B sales tax has already collected tens of millions of dollars for a multitude of transportation upgrades, but that money is now embargoed from being spent.

August 30, 2017 | 15 comments
Prep report: Gators learn a lot from volleyball loss

As the season progresses for the Sacred Heart Prep girls volleyball team, it's going to realize the importance of Tuesday's 21-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-20 nonleague loss to visiting Carlmont.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
U.S. women lose volleyball match to Brazil, earn split

The U.S. women's national volleyball team learned a few things Tuesday in a loss to Brazil 26-24, 25-18, 19-25, 25-15, splitting a pair of USA Volleyball Cup matches in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto mulls changes to annual office limit

City Council to consider renewing, modifying law capping office growth at 50,000 square feet in three commercial areas
Palo Alto's effort to limit office growth at three commercial zones is showing signs of success -- though not in a way that anyone on the council had envisioned.

September 1, 2017 | 17 comments
Cardinal corner: Bing earns weekly conference award

Stanford field hockey goalie Kelsey Bing earned the America East Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference Tuesday. Also, Stanford and Army West Point will play the Bush Cup at the famed Olympic Club in San Francisco.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford cross country teams open season in top five

The preseason polls are out and Stanford's men and women each are ranked among the top five in the USTFCCCA cross country rankings. Last year, the Cardinal men were second at the NCAA Championships and the women were fifth. The teams fill those same spots in the rankings.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Music school moving to College Terrace Centre

New Mozart School of Music was forced from its church location in Old Palo Alto
A Palo Alto music school forced out of a church after city officials found its classes are a zoning violation has found a new home at College Terrace Centre.

August 30, 2017 | 7 comments
Stanford's 'Middle Plaza' clears penultimate hurdle

Major question remains: Will schools be fully compensated for added costs?
Stanford's proposed 429,739 square-foot development on an 8.4-acre site stretching along El Camino Real in Menlo Park passed a penultimate hurdle Monday.

August 29, 2017 | 3 comments
Team USA women captures water polo gold at WUG

Stanford sisters Kiley Neushul and Jamie Neushul each scored four goals and the United States women's national water polo team won its fourth international gold medal of the year, beating Hungary 16-9 Tuesday to win the World University Games title.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Kings Mountain Art Fair returns

As autumn approaches, a group of artists and craftspeople prepare to display fine art at the 54th Kings Mountain Art Fair over the Labor Day holiday, this year on Sept. 2, 3 and 4 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council backs ban on car idling

Members support creating new law to discourage drivers from running their motors in place
An effort in Palo Alto to pass a law barring cars from idling moved ahead on Monday night, when the City Council fully endorsed the new ordinance.

August 29, 2017 | 62 comments
Building permits

A list of projects approved by the city of Palo Alto.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Coroner identifies man who died from injuries in Sunday collision

No arrests made in collision that led to early morning road closure
A man hit by a car on El Camino Real Sunday night died of major injuries today, police said. He was 52-year-old David Leblanc of Menlo Park, according to the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office.

August 29, 2017 | 48 comments
El Camino plan offers hope to Palo Alto's housing advocates

City Council lauds development plan from Palo Alto Housing; considers rule changes to stimulate more housing
With a mix of hope and anxiety, the Palo Alto City Council welcomed on Monday a proposal to bring 61 units of affordable housing to an El Camino Real site in the Ventura neighborhood.

August 29, 2017 | 37 comments
Prep report: Menlo holds off Paly in girls water polo match

Gillian Bressie made eight saves and recorded five steals, Annie Bisconti scored four times and the Menlo School girls' water polo team edged visiting Palo Alto, 9-8, in a nonleague girls contest Monday night.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Morris rejoins U.S. men's national soccer team

Seattle Sounders forward and two-time Stanford All-American Jordan Morris was named to the U.S. men's soccer roster for its upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Returning Olympians give USA women boost in Volleyball Cup

Bolstered by the return of several Olympic players, the U.S. women's national volleyball team opened the USA Volleyball Cup in Anaheim by sweeping Brazil 25-21, 25-14, 29-27 on Sunday night.

August 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford men open water polo season with high expectations

The Stanford men 's water polo team will be one of the most experienced in the nation, returning 18 letterwinners. That group includes five All-Americans in goalie Drew Holland, utility man Jackson Kimbell, and drivers Connor Stapleton, Blake Parrish and Cody Smith.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Judge rules in favor of Recall Persky campaign

With injunction lifted, campaign to begin gathering signatures as soon as possible
The group working to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky won a legal victory on Monday afternoon, when a retired judge tentatively ruled that its recall petition is lawful and can proceed.

August 28, 2017 | 21 comments
A colorful new career

Instead of retiring, Mountain View woman teaches art classes with her favorite medium, the iPad
Artist Caroline Mustard moved to Mountain View to retire, but that was before her son gave her an iPad. Five years later, the 71-year-old is busy teaching art classes and creating mixed-media artwork and drawings with the device.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Man seriously injured from 30-foot fall into creek bed

Firefighters use side-angle rope system for rescue
An elderly man suffered serious injuries after he fell 30 feet down into a dry creek bed along the San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto on Saturday afternoon, a fire official said.

August 28, 2017 | 4 comments
Third consecutive Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area

Commuters encouraged to carpool, take transit
Officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the third consecutive Spare the Air alert in the San Francisco Bay Area for today.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
USA women to meet Hungary for WUG water polo championship

Stanford grad Kiley Neushul scored four of her five goals in the first quarter to help lead the United States senior women's national water polo team into the championship game of the World University Games with a 13-8 victory over Japan in the semifinal round Saturday.

August 27, 2017 | No comments yet
American men leave Bahrain with FIVB volleyball victory

The U.S. youth national volleyball team beat Cuba Sunday, 25-20, 25-19, 26-24, to finish in 15th place at the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship in Bahrain.

August 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Host Argentina downs USA in girls youth volleyball finale

The U.S. girls' youth national volleyball team finished eighth at the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship, losing to Argentina Sunday 25-17, 25-19, 19-25, 30-28 in Rosario, Argentina.

August 27, 2017 | No comments yet
SH Prep girls win four volleyball matches at Spikefest I

Senior outside hitter Cate Desler averaged 10.8 kills and 2.4 aces per set for the Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball team, which won four of five matches at the Milpitas Spikefest I on Saturday at both Milpitas and Independence high schools to win the bronze division title.

August 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford football goes the distance in victory over Rice

Bryce Love proved he could fill in quite nicely as Christian McCaffrey's replacement at Stanford, scoring a touchdown and finishing with 180 yard rushing to lead the 14th-ranked Cardinal to a 62-7 victory over Rice on Saturday in the Sydney College Football Cup.

August 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Of local note: USA women advance to water polo semi

Stanford senior Gabby Stone recorded 10 saves and the USA women's national water polo team beat Canada, 13-7, Saturday to reach the semifinals of the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Women's volleyball plays two, wins two

The second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team won twice Saturday at the Long Beach State Invitational, beating Iowa, 25-23, 25-16, 25-10, in the morning and then topping Wright State, 25-19, 25-11, 25-21, in the afternoon.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Heat advisory issued for Santa Clara County

Spare the Air alert also released for Saturday
A heat advisory has been issued for Santa Clara County starting Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to Monday night at 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service via the Santa Clara County Office of Public Affairs.

August 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Prep football: Gunn rally a good sign but not enough to win

Hudson Alexander doesn't like to lose football games but he sees the bright side of the equation as well. Alexander threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns, including a 29-yard strike to freshman Liam Teare that gave host Gunn a fourth-quarter lead. It didn't last.

August 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Stanford men win soccer opener; women fall to the Gators

The Stanford men's soccer team turned in a clinical performance to open its season. Foster Langsdorf scored twice, Drew Skundrich and Adam Mosharrafa added goals of their own and the top-ranked Cardinal routed San Jose State 4-0 on Friday night.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Priory opens football season with a lopsided victory

Keyshawn Ashford scored five touchdowns, Jaeden Barker added a pair of scores and the Priory 8-man football team opened its season with a 72-0 victory over visiting Cornerstone Christian on Friday.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton runs out of time in football loss to Bellarmine

Menlo-Atherton fell behind for the first time with 1:33 left in its season-opening football game with Bellarmine. Despite a valiant effort, the Bears fell just short in Friday night's 21-16 loss to the visiting Bells.

August 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Woodside starts strong but can't finish in football opener

Joseph King rushed for 101 yards and passed for another 98 but Woodside could not hold an early lead and fell to visiting Capuchino 26-13 in the football season-opener for both teams Friday.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women open volleyball season with a victory over 49ers

Led by Kathryn Plummer's double-double, the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team opened its season with a sweep over host Long Beach State, 25-19, 25-21, 25-13, as part of the LBSU Invitational on Friday at Walter Pyramid. Plummer finished with a match-high 12 kills and 10 digs.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Raney scores three goals in U.S. women water polo win

Stanford senior Jordan Raney scored three goals and the USA women's national water polo team finished its run through Group B at the World University Games with an 18-3 victory over Greece in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Youth world volleyball teams fall in Argentina, Bahrain

Defending world champions Italy defeated the U.S. girls' youth national team, 25-7, 25-16, 25-15, in the quarterfinals of the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship in Rosario, Argentina on Friday.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A girls rally to win big tennis match

The Menlo-Atherton girls' tennis team showed off its depth in the season opener. Instead of the usual 10-player lineup, the Bears and host Monta Vista-Cupertino each used a 14-player lineup as the coaches agreed to play two extra doubles matches.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women drop tough field hockey season-opener

Kelsey Bing recorded a career-best 10 saves in the net but the 13th-ranked Stanford field hockey team was unable to penetrate the host Connecticut defense in a 2-0 season-opening loss Friday in a nonconference match.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Local startup pilots robot delivery service

Robby Technologies developing self-driving robots in an effort to reduce delivery fees
Palo Alto is one of many cities piloting a self-driving robot by Robby Technologies, delivering food, groceries and packages by following routes mapped by the company.

August 27, 2017 | 49 comments
Around Town: sister act; schools go solar

In this week's Around Town column, Palo Alto gains another sister city in Heidelberg, Germany and the Palo Alto Unified is looking for a vendor to build solar panels at six schools.

August 26, 2017 | 4 comments
Man arraigned for East Palo Alto shootings

Both shootings took place at Light Tree Apartments
A 31-year-old man who fatally shot another man in East Palo Alto after an argument over a woman in July 2015 was arraigned Thursday, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

August 25, 2017 | 1 comment
If it's Friday the 25th, it must be prep football season

Here it is, still August and prep football season is upon us. All the local 11-man football teams get underway Friday, playing season openers in August so that the extended state playoffs don't run all the way up until Christmas.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Allman earns track and field silver at University Games

Stanford's Valarie Allman captured the silver medal at the World University Games on Thursday, throwing the discus 191 feet, 5 inches (58.36 meters). The competition completed an incredible season for Allman, a senior who placed third at the U.S. Championships and competed at the IAAF World Championships in London two weeks ago.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Tilting at windmills

Third 'Trip' with Brydon & Coogan still worth taking
The recipe remains the same in "The Trip to Spain," the third in a series initiated by 2020's "The Trip" and continued in 2014's "The Trip to Italy." Take comic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, knead them into "Steve Coogan" and "Rob Brydon," bake them into a foodie travelogue, and season to director Michael Winterbottom's taste with comic banter and personal woes. If the dish has lost its pizazz, it remains comfort food for comedy connoisseurs.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
New Gunn principal aims to provide steady leadership for school in transition

Kathie Laurence brings two decades of experience in Palo Alto Unified
With 22 years under her belt as a Palo Alto Unified School District teacher and administrator, Gunn High School's new principal Kathie Laurence, plans to bring a sense of stability to the school.

August 25, 2017 | 21 comments
Office for Civil Rights to investigate Paly sex-assault cases

Parent files federal complaint, alleging district violated anti-discrimination law Title IX
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights will investigate two separate reports of sexual assault at Paly as part of its ongoing monitoring of the school district following a yearslong probe into a string of Title IX violations.

August 25, 2017 | 33 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: anti-idling ordinance; prohibiting marijuana dispensaries

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 28.

August 25, 2017 | 15 comments
Of local note: USA women win big in WUG water polo

Stanford senior Jamie Neushul scored four times, Kiley Neushul added two and the United States women's national team remained unbeaten at the World University Games, beating Italy 16-3 Thursday in Taipei, Taiwan.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Festival of the Arts to draw tens of thousands downtown

Police advise the public to expect traffic delays and road closures
The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts returns to downtown this weekend, when visitors can view work by more than 300 artists, bring their kids for fun activities and expect traffic delays.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Sex education to continue this year in Palo Alto schools

Some seventh-grade teachers to assume instruction
The Palo Alto school district will continue to teach a controversial sex-education curriculum this year, with some slight changes to content and a commitment to communicate more transparently with parents.

August 24, 2017 | 27 comments
Palo Alto looks to curb 'idle' cars

Four City Council members propose adopting an anti-idling ordinance
The Palo Alto City Council will consider Monday night a colleagues memo urging a citywide ordinance banning cars from idling for more than a two to three minutes.

August 25, 2017 | 54 comments
Home front: garage clean out; container garden class

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including tips on cleaning garages, an upcoming container garden class at Gamble Garden and how to sign up for a community-garden plot.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
The buzz about bees

Local guild helps residents appreciate bees — without the sting
Once a rather obscure pastime, beekeeping has become more popular in the last decade, said Kenneth McKenzie, president of the Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Finding resilience in 'Last Things'

Widow creates graphic memoir to share story about husband's death
Within two weeks of the death of her husband, Harvey Stahl, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Berkeley author/illustrator Melissa Moss began writing about the medical crisis that had engulfed her family. More than 15 years later, the creator of the best-selling "Amelia's Notebook" middle-grade series and the founder of Creston Books, has published her graphic memoir, "Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love."

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Week's highest price home sold in MP for $4.6 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
A show of one's own

Former principal ballerina takes another bow
Former principal ballerina Stephanie Herman, 66, will take to the stage once more in a debut performance of "Ballerina, a One-Woman Play," which she has written and choreographed to reflect her journey as a dancer.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Man shoplifts Champagne from Mollie Stone's

Thief places eight bottles inside backpack, flees to parked car
Palo Alto police are investigating a petty theft at Mollie Stone's market on Monday, when eight bottles of Champagne were taken from a shelf.

August 24, 2017 | 2 comments
Festival of the Arts to draw tens of thousands downtown

Police advise the public to expect traffic delays and road closures
The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts returns to downtown this weekend, when visitors can view work by more than 300 artists, bring their kids for fun activities and expect traffic delays.

August 24, 2017 | 20 comments
East Palo Alto pair arrested in Ohio for shooting

Man, woman allegedly injured person by gunfire in San Mateo last month
The investigation into a San Mateo shooting in July led police to Ohio, where two East Palo Alto residents were arrested on Wednesday.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's McNealy explains his decision regarding pro golf

"Stanford head coach Conrad Ray took a huge chance on a scrawny 17-year-old hockey player when he offered me a four-year spot on his team -- one which I was not going to short-change. I still don't know what got into him to take the 4,400th ranked amateur in the world."

August 23, 2017 | 2 comments
Survey shows fewer downtown workers driving alone

Palo Alto Transportation Management Association sees signs of hope for getting employees to carpool, take transit
Downtown Palo Alto's service workers are slowly shifting away from solo commuting, a recent survey shows: The rate of those who drive alone to their jobs has dropped from 80 percent in 2016 to 70 percent.

August 24, 2017 | 7 comments
Turkish delight

Mechanical Turk brings Istanbul-influenced rock to the Peninsula
When it came time to decide on a name that would cheekily connect their Turkish roots with their Silicon Valley audience, the tech-loving musicians (three of whom also work as computer engineers) forming a Mountain View-based rock-pop band decided that Mechanical Turk was the perfect choice.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Chef in the house

Andrea Potischman dishes on her new blog, Simmer + Sauce
In a blogosphere saturated with mommy and cooking blogs, a blog launched several months ago by Menlo Park resident Andrea Potischman, called Simmer + Sauce, might at first look like just more beautiful foodie fodder for your Pinterest. But that's only because you haven't tried her coconut cake.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Silver abounds for Stanford women swimmers at WUG

Stanford swimmers Ella Eastin, Brooke Forde and Katie Drabot turned Wednesday into a silver celebration, combining to earn four silver medals at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Bob Murphy: voice of Stanford sports goes quiet

Bob Murphy, whose voice, spirit and wit defined Stanford athletics for many years, died Tuesday at the age of 86 in Santa Cruz. He had suffered from Alzheimer's.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Yim named women's gymnastics coach

Former Stanford All-American Tabitha Yim was named coach of the Cardinal women's gymnastics team, Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced Wednesday.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Audit finds errors in hundreds of water bills

City of Palo Alto Utilities did not accurately record sizes of water meters in bills, prompting more than 500 errors
Hundreds of water customers in Palo Alto received erroneous bills after the city failed to accurately record the size of their water meters, according to a new audit from the office of City Auditor Harriet Richardson.

August 23, 2017 | 7 comments
Survey probes perceptions, frequency of sexual harassment at school

District finds 88 percent of surveyed students who were sexually harassed on campus never reported it
As the Palo Alto school district works to improve its procedures and culture around sexual violence, new survey results provide insight into how frequently students experience sexual harassment at school.

August 23, 2017 | 20 comments
Girls tennis, volleyball open the curtain on prep sports

A pair of girls volleyball matches and a girls tennis match Thursday officially kicks down the door of the 2107-18 school athletic season and there plenty of story lines to go around.

August 23, 2017 | 5 comments
Bird hits power line, sparking Stanford Dish fire

Palo Alto firefighter suffers minor foot injury while battling the blaze
A bird that flew into a power line sparked a grass fire at the Stanford Dish Tuesday night that threatened a structure and left one firefighter with a minor injury, a fire official said.

August 22, 2017 | 7 comments
Behind the scenes of getting Stanford football 'Down Under'

When Stanford kicks off the 2017 football season against Rice at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia, few will know how much work behind the scenes went into making the game a reality.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women get a soccer rematch with host Florida

The top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team continues its season-opening road trip with a match Friday at No. 8 Florida at Dizney Stadium on SEC Network.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Attorney general sides with Recall Persky campaign in legal challenge

New judge appointed to hear case next week
The state's top lawyer weighed in Tuesday on a legal battle between Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky and the group working to unseat him, intervening on behalf of the recall campaign.

August 22, 2017 | 24 comments
USA reach quarterfinal of U18 Girls World Championship

The U.S. youth national volleyball team held off three match points in the fourth sets versus Mexico Tuesday at the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship and went on to win in five, 17-25, 24-26, 25-19, 30-28, 15-10.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
USA men lose volleyball match but gain U19 quarters

The U.S. youth national volleyball team suffered its first loss of the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship, falling to Egypt, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 on Tuesday in Bahrain.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Pair of Stanford women qualify for 200 IM final at WUG

Stanford junior Ella Eastin and incoming Cardinal freshman Brooke Forde each has a chance at a World University Games individual medal after qualifying Tuesday in the 200-meter individual medley.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
A Klass act in USA's women's water polo victory at WUG

Stanford sophomore Kat Klass scored three goals, Cardinal senior Jamie Neushul added two goals and three assists ad the USA women's national water polo team defeated Australia, 17-3, on Tuesday for its third straight victory at the World University Games in Taiwan.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man dies in Oregon plane crash

Pilot of home-built plane was on his way to view total eclipse in Oregon
Mark Rich, 58, the husband of a former longtime Menlo Park City School District board member, was killed in a small plane crash on Saturday, friends of the family have confirmed.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Council backs new vision for fiber network

Palo Alto to explore 'Fiber to the Node' model for bringing faster internet to residents, businesses
Palo Alto's exhausting effort make ultra-high-speed internet broadly available took a new direction Monday night, when the City Council directed staff to design a system that would allow residents and businesses to plug into the growing network.

August 22, 2017 | 22 comments
Plan to transform animal shelter advances

Pets in Need would run shelter operations; work to build a larger Palo Alto facility
Palo Alto's cramped but beloved animal shelter will be turned over to the nonprofit Pets in Need and ultimately replaced by a larger facility under an agreement that the City Council approved Monday night.

August 22, 2017 | 9 comments
School board fails to OK superintendent raises in public

With no open-session vote on pay increases, trustees violate law
For two years in a row, the Palo Alto school board made a "mistake," board President Terry Godfrey said, when it approved pay increases for Superintendent Max McGee in closed session -- outside of public view -- violating both his employment contract and state law.

August 22, 2017 | 31 comments
Stanford's Modi, Penev vault into World gymnastics meet

Stanford graduate Akash Modi claimed a fourth-place finish as well as the parallel bar title Saturday at the P&G Gymnastics Championships alongside fellow Cardinal grad Eddie Penev, who placed 27th and tied for the floor and vault event titles.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Eclipse called 'epic,' 'eerie,' 'amazing'

Palo Altans travel to Oregon, Idaho to watch phenomenon from path of totality
A handful of Palo Alto residents had a prime view of Monday's solar eclipse from the path of totality, an experience they described as once-in-a-lifetime.

August 21, 2017 | 5 comments
All about tomatoes

Grilled, marinated, pickled, raw: tomato advice and inspiration from local experts
There's something about peak-season tomatoes that makes you feel ashamed to eat them at any other time of the year. We talked to local experts to find out how they're taking advantage of the summer fruit.

August 24, 2017 | 5 comments
Stanford men among best soccer players in the nation

Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Foster Langsdorf, Drew Skundrich and Logan Panchot have been named to preseason best XI teams by Top Drawer Soccer, the publication announced Monday.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
FIVB World Tour beach volleyball finals open

Four U.S. pairs will embark on the final event of the 2017 FIVB World Tour, with the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals starting Wednesday in Hamburg, Germany.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
American men rally for FIVB volleyball victory in Bahrain

The United States national youth volleyball team rallied from two sets down to overcome Tunisia, 28-30, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-9, in Pool A action of the FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall in Fiffa, Bahrain on Monday.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
USA girls volleyball team finds its groove at Worlds

In a match marked with momentum shifts, the U.S. girls' youth volleyball national team rallied to defeat Brazil 26-24, 19-25, 8-25, 25-19, 15-11 on Monday in pool play of the biennial FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship at Santa Fe, Argentina.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
District to spend additional $200K on Title IX investigations

School board to discuss legal services budget, policy revisions on Tuesday
Palo Alto Unified is anticipating spending an additional $200,000 this school year to investigate numerous reports of sexual violence, harassment and misconduct.

August 21, 2017 | 7 comments
Shop Talk: Bank relocates; Guideboat to open

The latest retail news
In this week's retail news, a Palo Alto bank relocates to San Jose and a new outdoor-gear store prepares to open at Stanford Shopping Center.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Macario keeps scoring and Stanford soccer keeps winning

Freshman Catarina Macario scored twice and Lauren Rood earned a shutout in her first career start to lead the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to a 5-0 win over Wisconsin on Sunday at Valley Fields.

August 20, 2017 | No comments yet
USA youth team grabs second volleyball win in Bahrain

Samuel Lewis, Jonathan Bowles, and Joel Schneidmiller helped steer the USA youth volleyball team to to a 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22 victory over Puerto Rico in Pool A of the FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall in Bahrain on Sunday.

August 20, 2017 | No comments yet
In south Palo Alto, a battle is brewing

Plan for hotel on El Camino Real encounters vocal opposition from neighbors
A proposal to build a 69-room hotel and eight townhomes has residents of the next-door Palo Alto Redwoods condominium complex concerned.

August 20, 2017 | 58 comments
Girls youth volleyball team drops second straight match

The U.S. girls' youth national team lost to Belarus, 25-20, 25-13, 21-25, 25-20, on Sunday during pool play of the biennial FIVB Women's U18 World Championship at Santa Fe, Argentina.

August 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park firefighter injured battling house fire

Firefighter burned his hands while cutting ventilation hole on the roof
A firefighter with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District was injured late Friday night working to extinguish a fire in a home in the unincorporated West Selby neighborhood, fire officials said.

August 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford's Shoults, Drabot earn swimming bronze at WUGs

Stanford sophomores Grant Shoults and Katie Drabot each earned a bronze medal at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan on Sunday. Stanford incoming freshman Brooke Forde finished fifth in the 400-meter individual medley.

August 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Team USA utilizes its depth in WUG water polo victory

Stanford senior Jordan Raney scored four goals and made two steals and the United States women's water polo team won its second straight at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan on Sunday, beating Argentina 19-1.

August 20, 2017 | No comments yet
USA girls youth team drops volleyball opener in Argentina

The U.S. girls' youth national team was plagued by unforced errors and reception issues in losing to Russia 25-17, 25-20, 25-19 on Saturday in its opening match of the biennial FIVB Women's U18 World Championship at Santa Fe, Argentina.

August 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Jasper lifts American men past Bahrain in U19 volleyball

Incoming Stanford freshman Jaylen Jasper recorded 19 points, including 16 kills, and the U.S. boys' youth national team defeated host Bahrain, 28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, in the opening match of the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall.

August 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Berggren comes up big for U.S. women in WUG opener

Stanford junior Madison Berggeren has been here before. It's not surprising she'd take a lead role. Berggeren scored four goals and the U.S. women's water polo team opened the World University Games on Saturday with a 15-4 victory over France.

August 19, 2017 | No comments yet
School district, grief nonprofit partner for parent events

Training to provide education on loss, mental health
The Palo Alto school district is partnering with local grief nonprofit Kara to host two educational nights for parents to help support families coping with the recent death by suicide of a student.

August 21, 2017 | 21 comments
Two for Carusa helps Stanford women win soccer opener

Kyra Carusa scored twice and goalie Alison Jahansouz recorded three saves as the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team opened its season with a 4-0 nonconference victory over host Marquette on Friday night.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Law professors voice opposition to Persky recall

Faculty from Stanford University, elsewhere sign letter
More than 90 law professors from throughout California, including 29 from Stanford University, signed a letter this week expressing their opposition to a campaign to recall Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky.

August 18, 2017 | 69 comments
Grieb gives the Gators a new look at football philosophy

A new coach but the same offense. Continuity exists in the Sacred Heart Prep football program. Mark Grieb takes over as head coach from Pete Lavorato. Grieb has extensive history playing quarterback and coaching quarterbacks.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: proposed new network; updated policies on discrimination

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 21.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Man struggles with woman for purse at Stanford Shopping Center

Thief seen leaving mall with two female associates
Palo Alto police are looking for a man wanted for robbing a woman of her purse at Stanford Shopping Center on Sunday. He was last seen leaving the mall with two female associates, police said.

August 17, 2017 | 9 comments
Oaks split a pair of volleyball matches in Rocklin tourney

The Menlo College women's volleyball team, in splitting a pair of matches at the William Jessup Invitational on Thursday, exhibited two qualities that have led to success in the past.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly's Chryst ready to take off as Stanford quarterback

Keller Chryst's future availability was cloaked in uncertainty after he went down with a knee injury in Stanford's Sun Bowl win last December over North Carolina. But Chryst has shown himself to be a fast healer.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Focusing on a national title for Stanford women's soccer

Stanford senior and team captain Andi Sullivan has her sight zeroed in on a national championship for the women's soccer program. A stint with Team USA inspired her to work even harder for her college teammates.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford grads Akinradewo, Wopat rejoin USA volleyball

Stanford grads Foluke Akinradewo and Carly Wopat have been added to the United States senior women's volleyball team's preliminary roster for the USA Volleyball Cup matches against Brazil on Aug. 27 and 29, and for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan beginning Sept. 5.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Man pleads not guilty to charges in fatal East Palo Alto collision

Defendant scheduled to return to court on Oct. 11
A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges in a fatal vehicle collision earlier this summer in East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
'Lucky' break(-in)

Soderbergh's latest heist comedy goes South
The caper comedy "Logan Lucky" isn't about very much. Nominally, it's about love of family and bogus notions of curses or luck, but primarily it's an escapist lark that just wants to tickle audiences for a couple of hours. And on that level, "Logan Lucky" works like gangbusters.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
As school starts, new social-emotional curriculum debuts

Gunn High introduces new model for teacher-advisory program
This fall, Palo Alto Unified's high schools started piloting new social-emotional learning curriculum, an initiative that will roll out to all 17 district campuses over the next few years.

August 18, 2017 | 16 comments
Cardinal men covering the world in FIVB volleyball

Stanford men's volleyball coach John Kosty will guide the United States at the World University Games, Aug. 20-29, in Taipei, Taiwan. Joining Kosty from the Cardinal program are redshirt senior middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw, senior libero Evan Enriques, junior outside hitter Jordan Ewert, sophomore setter Paul Bischoff and athletic trainer Shannon Murphy.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: school communications head quits; hooting for help

In this week's Around Town, find out why Palo Alto Unified's head of communications suddenly left the district days before the first day of school and a new app looking to connect teens with everyday jobs.

August 19, 2017 | 3 comments
Guest Opinion: A roadway Odyssey — Palo Alto-style

A former teacher gives a glimpse into Palo Alto life by traveling around town
While some of my friends binge on their second safaris, cruise European canals or time-share in Hawaii, I consider a trip to downtown Palo Alto an equally grand adventure.

August 18, 2017 | 14 comments
Stanford LHP Bubic named Pitcher of the Year in Cape Cod

Stanford junior left-hander Kris Bubic was named the Cape Cod Baseball League Pitcher of the Year, widely known as the nation's premier collegiate summer league.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: how to grow vegetables; learn to graft

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a talk with a Slow Food advocate and a class on grafting, a technique that joins plant tissues so they continue growing together.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto arts festival draws artisans who design home decor

Annual event bring an eclectic mix of artists from around the country
The 36th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will bring nearly 300 artists and an estimated 150,000 people to downtown Palo Alto on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Bank relocates; Guideboat to open

The latest retail news
In this week's retail news, a Palo Alto bank relocates to San Jose and a new outdoor-gear store prepares to open at Stanford Shopping Center.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
'The Troubadour's Mustache: A One-Man Musical Comedy'

As part of its new Friday late-night series, Dragon Productions Theatre presents "The Troubadour's Mustache: A One-Man Musical Comedy." Rubin produces original works blending clowning, musical comedy and storytelling.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
'Next to Normal' is a powerful tearjerker

Musical explores the family impact of mental illness
Inexplicably, I've somehow never reviewed or even seen a Broadway by the Bay production until now, but it seems I've picked a fine time to start, based on its riveting production of the Pulitzer-winning musical "Next to Normal."

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Free concert with live Motown sounds

Will Russ Jr. and the "Force of Will" band will play "groovy 1970s Motown" at a concert on the performance lawn at Portola Valley Town Center on Thursday, Aug. 17, for the third and last free summer concert this year.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Sheldon a double winner in her Menlo College coaching debut

Sacred Heart Prep grad Denise Sheldon made her debut as coach at Menlo College and the Oaks made it a special day by winning two matches at the William Jessup Invitational in Rocklin, beating Bethel-Indiana, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21, and then taking care of St. Katherine, 25-11, 25-15, 25-22 on Wednesday.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Gail Wight's 'Cerulean Blues'

Artist Gail Wight's "Cerulean Blues," on display at the Stanford Art Gallery through Aug. 27, brings together a variety of media (sculpture, print, photography, video, and interactive electronics), elements of ecology and evolutionary biology and a love of the California coastline.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Committee recommends no stakeholder group in rail redesign

City staff directed to look at other options for public input
Palo Alto could move ahead with plans to transform its rail corridor without a formal community stakeholder group to provide feedback on the project if the City Council approves its Rail Committee's recommendation.

August 17, 2017 | 29 comments
Steffens, Ledecky finalists for SportsWoman of the Year

USA Water Polo women's national team captain and Stanford grad Maggie Steffens is a finalist for the 2017 Women's Sports Foundation SportsWoman of the Year in the team category. Cardinal sophomore Katie Ledecky is a finalist in the individual sports.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal women picked to place second in Pac-12 volleyball

The defending NCAA champion Stanford women's volleyball team was selected to finish second in the Pac-12 in a vote among conference coaches, the Pac-12 announced Wednesday. Washington was tabbed the conference favorite. The Cardinal has won seven of the last 11 conference championships.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's McPhee helps USA win hoops tourney in Japan

Stanford senior Brittany McPhee, who averaged 9.3 points on 61.1 percent shooting, and the U.S. U23 national women's basketball team went undefeated to win the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament at Katayanagi Arena in Tokyo.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Crossroads cuisine

Urfa Bistro distinguishes itself with authentic Middle Eastern fare
While there is an increasing number of Turkish and Middle Eastern restaurants in the area, most are indistinguishable from each other. Urfa Bistro though, was quite distinctive.

August 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Proposed cafe for seniors means longtime lunch program will need new home

Palo Alto nonprofit Avenidas won't house La Comida after renovation of senior center is complete
Avenidas, a nonprofit that provides services to seniors, plans to open a cafe in its center at 450 Bryant St. -- ending speculation that it might continue to host lunch program La Comida.

August 16, 2017 | 20 comments
Stanford Blood Center seeks public's help with donations

Center reports high demand of blood products for surgeries in recent weeks
A recent drop in blood donations has led the Stanford Blood Center to ask Bay Area residents to donate blood to help meet the needs of local hospitals.

August 16, 2017 | 7 comments
A new school year, and a 'new beginning' for Ravenswood Middle School

Campus looks to better prepare students for rigors of high school, college
It was not only the first day of middle school for just under 300 sixth-graders at the Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto on Wednesday morning, but also the first-ever day for the district's new standalone middle school.

August 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Home sales

Atherton home sells for $30 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula events, safety tips for the solar eclipse

Certified eclipse glasses, handheld viewers are best bets to view natural phenomenon
NASA experts are stressing the importance of safety in preparation for the solar eclipse on Monday, when many on the Midpeninsula plan to hold viewing events.

August 16, 2017 | 4 comments
Bliss Coffee opens roasting facility in Palo Alto

After several years of serving coffee from Bay Area companies like Four Barrel and Verve, the owner of a Redwood City cafe has decided to make a go at roasting his own coffee.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council OKs new South Palo Alto shuttle route

City staff to research dynamic 'fixed-flex' model for Embarcadero and Crosstown routes
Palo Alto's efforts to revitalize its free shuttle program got a major boost late Monday night when the City Council approved the Palo Alto Transit Vision Plan.

August 16, 2017 | 16 comments
Of local note: Pac-12 Networks and Gunn wrestling program

Pac-12 Networks announced its starting lineup of highly qualified talent for the 2017 fall school season, which includes men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, field hockey, men's water polo and cross country.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Gunn High student dies by suicide

Principal to parents: 'Listen, talk and answer questions honestly'
Gunn High School Principal Kathie Laurence, in an email to school families Tuesday afternoon, is urging parents to talk openly with their children and to reach out for help if needed following the death by suicide of a senior in his home on Tuesday.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Actor John Heard died of natural causes

Coroner's report finds 71-year-old suffered a 'sudden cardiac death' after back surgery
Actor John Heard, whose body was found in a Palo Alto hotel room in July, died of natural causes, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said Tuesday in a press release.

August 15, 2017 | 8 comments
Weekend 'March on Google' canceled, organizer says

Firing of engineer spurred calls for right-wing rally at Google offices and local counter-protest event
A right-wing rally that was scheduled for Google headquarters in Mountain View drew safety concerns from city leaders, but it looks like the event won't be happening due to claimed threats.

August 15, 2017 | 54 comments
Classes begin at elementary, middle schools

New principals issue encouraging messages to campus communities
Teachers across the Palo Alto school district's elementary and middle schools greeted students and parents - many excited, many nervous and some a combination of both - on the first day of school Tuesday.

August 15, 2017 | 6 comments
Stanford gains cross country transfer from Harvard

Courtney Smith, a two-time All-America distance runner at Harvard, will run for Stanford, beginning this fall. Smith is a senior from West Chester, PA, and majoring in chemistry. She has one season of cross country eligibility remaining and two in both indoor and outdoor track.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
For Stanford punter Bailey, the sky is the limit

Stanford junior punter Jake Bailey was a standout for Stanford last season and hasn't missed a beat during fall camp. That was apparent Sunday during the second and final open scrimmage of the preseason, when he displayed power, hang time and accuracy.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men picked to win Pac-12 soccer title

The top-ranked Stanford men's soccer team was picked first in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, tallying 24 points and four first-place votes. The Cardinal also placed a league-best four on the All-Pac-12 preseason team in seniors Corey Baird, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Foster Langsdorf and Drew Skundrich.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Keene: City to hold off on evictions of First Baptist groups

Pastors, others say allowing churches to rent space to various community groups should be allowed
Unhappy over the City of Palo Alto's planned eviction of a dozen nonprofit organizations and businesses that have been using First Baptist Church in Palo Alto as their home, members of the groups and their supporters turned out in force on Monday to plead with the City Council to change zoning rules to allow them to stay.

August 15, 2017 | 27 comments
Early results of Dumbarton corridor study indicate improved traffic flow

Bicycle and pedestrian path, expanded bus service among ideas eyed for 2020
An early presentation on a Facebook-sponsored $1 million study of the Dumbarton transportation corridor suggests major, expedited changes to improve traffic flow on the thoroughfare.

August 15, 2017 | 13 comments
Stanford's Carter a highlight at World Championships

Team USATF's performance at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London was one for the record books, from a record number of medals to all-time best performances.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Brazil tops USA in men's volleyball exhibition match

Opposite Ben Patch recorded 11 kills but the U.S. men's national volleyball team fell to Brazil on Sunday, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21 in an exhibition match in Sao Paolo.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: preseason hoops, free kids soccer clinic

Highlighted by a visit from defending NCAA champion North Carolina, a match-up with Kansas in Sacramento, and the PK80 Invitational, the Stanford men's basketball program officially unveiled an ambitious nonconference schedule for 2017-18.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Sullivan one of Stanford players on preseason Best XI Team list

Senior midfielder Andi Sullivan leads a trio of Stanford women's soccer players recognized on TopDrawerSoccer's Preseason Best XI team, it was announced Monday.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly, Gunn High start new school year

Teachers begin piloting new social-emotional learning curriculum
Students and staff from Palo Alto Unified School District's two high schools returned to school on Monday, getting oriented to classes, some new programs and significant campus construction.

August 14, 2017 | 8 comments
Community Notebook: Coffee with Assemblyman Marc Berman

Constituents can speak with state politician, Menlo Park mayor on local issues
The public is invited to have coffee and conversation with State Assemblyman Marc Berman and Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith on Tuesday morning in Menlo Park.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Vigil against hate attracts hundreds

Residents from multiple cities turn out in support of Charlottesville
Several hundred people marched in a candlelight procession in Mountain View on Sunday night in a solidarity against white supremacist and hate groups.

August 13, 2017 | 33 comments
Stanford's Valenzuela falls in U.S. Amateur final

Albane Valenzuela's bid to become the first player from Switzerland to win a USGA championship came up short Sunday during the finals of the nationally-televised 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club.

August 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Paly grad Chryst one of Stanford football team captains

Seven Stanford football players were selected by their teammates on Sunday to serve as team captains for the 2017 season: fifth-year senior Peter Kalambayi and David Bright, and seniors Alameen Murphy, Harrison Phillips, Brandon Simmons, Dalton Schultz and Keller Chryst were chosen by a player vote.

August 13, 2017 | 2 comments
The Olympic Club earns gold, bronze at FINA Masters

The Olympic Club 35+ men's water polo team earned the bronze medal for its age division with a 7-5 victory over Jadran Veterani 35+ (Montenegro) on Sunday at the FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest.

August 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Vigils planned in wake of Charlottesville violence

Residents and local groups are holding vigils on Sunday after the violence by extremist right-wing groups in Charlottesville, Virginia.

August 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo Park women leave FINA Masters Worlds on a high note

Megan Ancker scored five goals, Katy Basile and Mary Ann Ellsworth each added three goals and the Menlo Park 55+ women's water polo team ended its stay in the FINA Masters World Championships with a 16-2 victory over Peninsula WP 60+ on Saturday in Budapest.

August 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford soph reaches title match of U.S. Women's Amateur

Stanford sophomore Albane Valenzuela is making the most of her first appearance in the U.S. Women's Amateur. On Saturday, the Geneva, Switzerland resident defeated Lilia Kha-Tu Vu from Fountain Valley, California, 3 and 2, to reach Sunday's 36-hole final at San Diego Country Club.

August 12, 2017 | No comments yet
USA men lose close water polo contest at Junior Worlds

The USA men's junior national water polo team will play for seventh place at the FINA Junior World Championship in Belgrade, Serbia after dropping a 12-10 match to Montenegro on Saturday.

August 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Ruling temporarily halts campaign to recall Brock Turner judge

Persky asserts state, not county, should have authorized signature gathering
The effort to recall Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky has been temporarily halted, with a judge approving a restraining order to stop the campaign from collecting the signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot next summer.

August 12, 2017 | 27 comments
Stanford's Smyth steps down as women gymnastics coach

She set the bar pretty high and her Stanford women's gymnasts always responded. Over 16 years, it was always about team, even when she helped produce 95 All-American honors. Kristen Smyth stepped down as coach, Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced Thursday.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Allman's visit to IAAF World Championships was short

Stanford discus thrower Valarie Allman, in her first U.S. senior national team debut, did not advance at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships on Friday at the Olympic Stadium.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Consistent round of golf leads Valenzuela to semis

Playing solid golf from start to finish, Stanford sophomore Albane Valenzuela defeated Robynn Ree 4 and 3 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Menlo's Xu all set to help USA girls youth volleyball

Menlo School junior Selina Xu will miss the Knights' season-opener at the Milpitas spikefest for all the right reasons. She'll be playing for the U.S. youth national volleyball team in the FIVB U18 World Championships in Argentina.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
USA men fall short in junior world water polo match

The USA men's junior national water polo team rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the game but Croatia came back to win, 5-4, in the quarterfinal round of the FINA Junior World Championship on Friday in Belgrade, Serbia.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
North Korea threat hangs over Mattis visit

Defense secretary says diplomacy remains U.S. priority
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Mountain View on Thursday intending to highlight the development of new military technology. But the weaponry that stole the show was a throwback to the Cold War: nuclear arms and their destructive power that still remains essentially unchecked.

August 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Around Town: cycling forward; pet peeves

This week's Around Town column looks at results of Caltrain's poll for new seats in its upcoming electric trains, a planned management shift at Palo Alto Animal Shelter and a new Stanford Jewish Center.

August 12, 2017 | 2 comments
Palo Alto looks to streetlights to address wireless needs

Mobilitie is the latest company to rely on city-owned poles for increasing data capacity
As Palo Alto's voracious appetite for wireless data continues to grow, local streetlight and utility poles are transforming into critical tools for telecom giants looking to expand and improve their coverage.

August 15, 2017 | 25 comments
Valenzuela earns a spot in QF of U.S. Women's Amateur

Shannon Aubert's rally falls just short to teen phenom Lucy Li
Golf is not a game of inches. It's a game of millimeters. Stanford senior Shannon Aubert came within a half-inch of forcing a playoff at the U.S. Women's Amateur in San Diego on Thursday. She struck her shot for par perhaps .00001 of a percentage point harder than she needed and saw it ring out of the hole.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Photo essay: Inside Cubberley

Why the community center attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually
When looking at photographs of Cubberley Community Center from the 1960s when the facility served as a high school, it's hard to notice anything different from how the grounds look today.

August 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Palo Alto mulls new approach on fiber network

City Council to consider 'Fiber to the Node' model for expanding high-speed internet access
Palo Alto's plan to dramatically expand its fiber ring and bring high-speed internet to every household has been stuck in legislative limbo, with every City Council after another voicing support for the new system while stopping short of actually moving it forward.

August 20, 2017 | 26 comments
For College Terrace Market, a shaky start

Mandated grocery store faces hurdles of competition, signage
College Terrace Market, the longed-for grocery store in Palo Alto, finally opened on June 14, but the hoped-for crowds of customers have been slow to materialize.

August 11, 2017 | 69 comments
City eyes $10.6M price tag for janitorial work

Higher wages would spur huge increase in Palo Alto's janitorial costs
Palo Alto's commitment to fair wages will face its first real test Monday night, when the City Council considers a new janitorial contract that will more than double the cost of keeping City Hall and other public buildings clean.

August 11, 2017 | 8 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Transit Vision Plan vote; Safe Routes to School discussion

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 14.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Isn't she a doll?

'Annabelle: Creation' an effective creepshow
When leg-braced Little Orphan Janice (Talitha Bateman) discovers big ol' creepy doll Annabelle, the human girl unleashes a supernatural horror in "Annabelle: Creation."

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Carter races to new heights at World meet

Stanford grad Kori Carter is on top of the world. The nine-time All-American raced 53.07 from lane nine to edge fellow American and reigning Olympic champ Delilah Mohammad (53.50) at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in London on Thursday.

August 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Americans reach Elite Eight at Junior World championships

The USA men's junior national water polo team advanced to the final eight at the FINA Junior World Championships in Belgrade following its 14-4 win over Canada on Thursday. Johnny Hooper scored four goals and Alex Wolf recorded 10 saves in the victory.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: A Palo Alto son asks: 'Would I raise a family here?'

Recent college graduate says Silicon Valley culture is 'placing blinders over our collective vision'
Silicon Valley's culture is fixated on status, not service; on power, not people. We might benefit by pulling those blinders back.

August 11, 2017 | 163 comments
Home sales

A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Neighborhood Snapshot: Crescent Park

A community with stately Spanish-style homes and leafy feel
Lush tree branches reach over the wide streets of Crescent Park, giving the Palo Alto neighborhood a small-town feel even though it's just blocks away from downtown's bustling University Avenue.

August 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Home front: Mountain View, 94043; save the date

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including Midpeninsula zip codes ranking in the top 10 toughest places to build, luxury homes sales rising in Silicon Valley and Gamble Garden's upcoming Community Day.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Susan Dackerman to lead Cantor Arts Center

Susan Dackerman has been appointed director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University and will officially join the staff on Sept. 18, the university announced in a press release.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Some people call him the Space Cowboy ...

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View and 98.5 KFOX present a concert of classic rock, featuring Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton and special guest Night Ranger on Saturday, Aug. 12.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
'Chapel' by Lora Webb and Danny Smith

The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents "Chapel," a sound-and-video installation by Lora Webb and Danny Smith composed of footage of the Calera Chapel in Calera, Texas, taken over the course of a single day.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Just keep swimming

Dragon offers poignant production of British dramedy
Dragon Productions Theatre Company has been waiting a long time to produce the regional premiere of British playwright Charlotte Jones' "Airswimming." It was worth the wait.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire board approves raises, questions pay totals

Board member asks how much paid leave employees receive
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District gave a 3 percent base raise to most of its non-union employees in July, even as board members said they have no idea how much in total compensation those employees would receive.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Push to redesign rail corridor tests 'Palo Alto process'

Some planning commissioners fear new stakeholder group could slow city down in race for cash
City officials are struggling to reconcile two seemingly competing goals in transforming its rail corridor: securing county funds and engaging in a prolonged deliberative process.

August 9, 2017 | 46 comments
Stanford men rated No. 3 in MPSF water polo poll

The Stanford men's water polo team was selected third in the preseason Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coaches Poll, it was announced Wednesday. That's just fine with the Cardinal, which is fielding one of its most competitive teams in 15 years.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford second in the nation in preseason volleyball poll

The Stanford women's volleyball team begins the season ranked No. 2 nationally, according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which announced its annual preseason poll Wednesday.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Local golfers finding the greens enjoyable in San Diego

Three current Stanford women's golfers broke par, but only two advanced Wednesday during the first round of match play in the 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
New office building planned for University Circle

Property owner looks to construct fourth office building near Four Seasons hotel
University Circle, the prominent commercial park that replaced the Whiskey Gulch neighborhood in East Palo Alto more than two decades ago, may soon get a fresh injection of office space.

August 9, 2017 | 21 comments
Travel demand drives up Bay Area gas prices

Region, state see increase; solar eclipse triggers boost in production
Gas prices are going up in cities across the Bay Area where drivers are paying on average $3.02 per gallon, up 3 cents from $2.99 the previous month, according to an AAA spokesman.

August 9, 2017 | 3 comments
Cardinal tabbed the Pac-12 favorite in women's soccer

The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer has been picked to finish first in the Pac-12, as voted on by the conference coaches. The Cardinal received 10 of the 12 first-place votes. UCLA and defending national champions USC followed Stanford in the picks.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
USA junior water polo team advances into quarterfinals

Incoming Stanford freshman Tyler Abramson scored twice, Menlo School grad Nick Bisconti added a goal and the USA men's junior national water polo team beat Iran, 15-3, to finish group play 3-1 at the FINA Junior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Wednesday.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Something new (to eat) under the sun

Summer sees spate of new dining options on the Midpeninsula
Summer is always a busy time on the restaurant beat, and 2017 has been no different. Here's our roundup of the summer's new eateries, plus updates on restaurants slated to open later this year.

August 10, 2017 | 1 comment
U.S. Olympic Committee honors USA water polo, Ledecky

Standout performances during July earned the U.S. women's national water polo team, Stanford sophomore Katie Ledecky, and Caeleb Dressel, 'Best of July' honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
From the top

Annual New Works Festival nurtures new talent, gives older works new life
"My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding," by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, subverts the "new" part of the annual TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's New Works Festival just a bit.

August 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Council prepares to revise Buena Vista lot lines

New parcel map to pave way for Housing Authority's purchase of mobile-home park
Having succeeded in preventing the closure of Palo Alto's sole mobile-home park, the City Council is preparing to take the next step on Monday to ensure its continued operations.

August 9, 2017 | 22 comments
School board eyes range of district goals

Superintendent plans to present revised goals by board's September meeting
Rolling out new curriculum, closing the achievement gap and supporting wellness are among the school district's potential goals for the 2017-18 school year, which the Board of Education discussed Tuesday night.

August 9, 2017 | 4 comments
Sullivan, Davidson make it twice as nice for watch list

Stanford senior midfielder Andi Sullivan and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson were named to the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest honor in collegiate soccer.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford men's soccer duo named to MAC Hermann watch list

All-Americans Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Foster Langsdorf were both added to the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, giving Stanford the distinction of being the lone institution in the country with multiple players on the list for men's soccer highest individual award.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford's Aubert earns medalist honor at U.S. Amateur

Stanford senior Shannon Aubert tied the second-lowest qualifying score in tournament history Tuesday to earn medalist honors in the 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Pension contract tackles city's growing problem

City's agreement with CalPERS would require employees to contribute part of city's share
On Monday, the Palo Alto City Council will vote on a contract aimed at containing the city's looming pension liability by having employees pick up a greater share of contributions to CalPERS.

August 8, 2017 | 47 comments
Future Cardinal leads USA to water polo victory at World Juniors

Incoming Stanford freshman Tyler Abramson scored six goals and the USA men's junior national water polo team rebounded from a tough loss to beat Puerto Rico 18-7 in pool play at the FINA Junior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Tuesday.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
County seeks transgender services manager

Applications for position open until Aug. 30
Santa Clara County officials on Friday announced the county is expanding services to the transgender community with the hiring of a Transgender Services Program Manager.

August 8, 2017 | 10 comments
Santa Clara County reports its first West Nile virus case of the year

Dead bird found in city of Santa Clara tests positive for disease
Santa Clara County Vector Control District officials said Monday that the year's first instance of West Nile virus in the county has been reported after a dead crow was found in the city of Santa Clara.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Aubert, Valenzuela in top 10 of U.S. Women's Amateur

Shannon Aubert and Albane Valenzuela lead a rather large contingent of Stanford golfers participating in the U.S. Women's Amateur at the San Diego Country Club this week.

August 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Vargas adds Olympian to Stanford water polo staff

Stanford men's water polo coach John Vargas announced the addition of Olympian and former National Player of the Year Brett Ormsby to his staff as an assistant coach.

August 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Caltrain fares to increase in October

Fee increase to help fund system operations
Caltrain fares are going up, with adult fares increasing 25 cents as of Oct. 1, to provide revenue to cover the cost of operating the system, the agency announced.

August 7, 2017 | 9 comments
PASA swimmers bring home medals from USA Futures meet

PASA's Cyrus Morrison, who will be attending California in the fall, highlighted action on the final day of the USA Futures Championships in Santa Clara on Sunday, winning the men's 100-meter free in 51.67.

August 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Comeback falls short in USA men's water polo loss to Greece

Johnny Hooper scored three goals but the United States men's junior national water polo team dropped a 7-6 decision to Greece in the second day of competition at the FINA Men's Junior World Championship in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday.

August 7, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to discuss 2017-18 goals

District looking to add five new draft goals, including implementation of equity plan
With a new school year set to begin next week, the Palo Alto school board will hold a study session on Tuesday evening to discuss the district's top goals for the 2017-18 year.

August 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Teavana to close; Nobu takes over hotel

The latest in Palo Alto retail news
In this week's retail news, Teavana will close at Stanford Shopping Center, Nobu Hospitality takes over The Epiphany Hotel and a dumpling eatery opens in Palo Alto.

August 7, 2017 | 3 comments
Stanford's Yun continues climb up golf's money list

Stanford grad Andrew Yun slipped a couple of spots on the final day of the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward on the Web.com Tour on Sunday, though he still maintained a steady rise on the money list, breaking into the top 10 at No. 8.

August 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Stefanidi claims world pole vault title

Stanford grad Katerini Stefanidi won the women's pole vault title at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in London on Sunday.

August 6, 2017 | No comments yet
USA wins junior opener, Cardinal wins water polo finale

Stanford incoming freshman Tyler Abramson scored three goals to help the United States' men's junior national water polo team down Russia, 12-9, to open the FINA Junior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday.

August 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Keys powers to victory in Bank of the West Classic final

Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe went back and forth, exchanging powerful serves and rocket groundstrokes. From early on it appeared likely that the first one to blink and have their serve broken was going to end up on the short end of this matchup.

August 6, 2017 | 1 comment
SHP grad Holterman earns silver at Junior Rowing Worlds

Sacred Heart Prep grad and incoming Stanford freshman Trey Holterman was part of a group of Americans who placed second in the Junior Eights at the World Rowing Junior Championships on Galve Lake in Trakai, Lithuania on Sunday.

August 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Fallen branch injures three at Menlo College picnic

Large group was under the branch just before collapse, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District
A large tree branch collapsed on a group of people during a company picnic at Menlo College on Saturday afternoon, injuring three and sending two to the hospital for treatment, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

August 6, 2017 | 6 comments
No. 3 Keys, No. 6 Vandeweghe to play for BOW Classic title

Madison Keys came to Stanford early as the player representative and she's going to be one of the last to leave after a successful run through the Bank of the West Classic led to a spot in Sunday's final.

August 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Top 10 performances for local swimmers on both coasts

Stanford senior Liam Egan raced to a fourth-place finish in the men's 200-meter free at the U.S. Open Championships. PASA swimmers turned in top 10 efforts at the USA Futures meet in Santa Clara.

August 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Regional plan aims to ease traffic by boosting housing

Road map for Bay Area growth paints a sustainable future, but with a lot of assumptions
Bay Area city and county officials approved a massive plan last week that promises to turn the tide on gridlock traffic and high housing costs that have gone from bad to worse over the last decade.

August 5, 2017 | 29 comments
Of local note: Stanford, PASA swimmers earn top marks

Stanford senior and Palo Alto grad Andrew Liang finished fifth in the men's 100-meter fly on Friday at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y. PASA wins relay at USA Futures.

August 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Event on new chronic fatigue syndrome research

Aug. 12 event geared to the community caps three-day gathering of the world's top researchers
A community symposium with world researchers of one of the world's most puzzling diseases will take place at Stanford University on Aug. 12.

August 5, 2017 | 38 comments
A busy summer of golf for Stanford women gets busier

The Stanford women's golf team will be well represented at the 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, which starts Monday at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, California.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Transit Center bus depot temporarily closes

City to complete construction project on University Circle
The Palo Alto Transit Center bus depot will close from Monday to Sept. 21 as the city's Public Works Department makes repairs to the pavement on and around University Circle.

August 6, 2017 | 4 comments
Bellis, Vandeweghe earn spots in semifinals of Bank of West

CiCi Bellis and CoCo Vandeweghe each moved into the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic with straight set victories Friday night. Bellis reached her second career semifinal on the WTA Tour with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over second-seeded Petra Kvitova and Vandeweghe topped fourth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenjova, 6-2, 6-3.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire extinguished at three-unit apartment building

Smoke, flames seen from second floor
Residents of a two-story apartment building in Palo Alto's Ventura neighborhood have been displaced by a fire that broke out Friday afternoon, a deputy fire chief said.

August 4, 2017 | 2 comments
Stanford senior McPhee earns spot on USA U23 hoops team

Stanford senior Brittany McPhee was named to the USA Basketball U23 National Team that will compete in the inaugural Four Nations Tournament Aug. 12-15 at Katayanagi Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to advance plan for Caltrain 'grade separation'

Planning commission and City Council prepare to adopt new problem statement, engagement process for separating tracks from roads
City leaders are looking to speed up planning for grade separation along the rail tracks -- a goal that is becoming increasingly urgent as Caltrain prepares to electrify its fleet.

August 7, 2017 | 115 comments
Assembly bills addressing suicide prevention reach the final stage

AB 89 under review by the Senate; AB 1261 vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown
Although the governor vetoed this week a bill introduced by Assemblyman Marc Berman to deter school districts from expelling students for substance abuse who might need mental-health support, another bill that addresses suicide prevention is awaiting motion from the state Senate.

August 6, 2017 | 5 comments
Stanford's Egan gets high marks in U.S. Open Swimming

Stanford senior Liam Egan won the 'B' final of the men's 400 free at the U.S. Open Swimming championships in East Meadow, N.Y. on Thursday night.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Team USA beats Japan, second at Tournament of Nations

Stanford grad Christen Press assisted on Megan Rapinoe's early goal and The U.S. women's national soccer team won its second consecutive contest, clinching second place at the Tournament of Nations with a dominant 3-0 win against Japan in front of 23,161 fans at StubHub Center in Carson.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Pair caught in middle of home burglary arrested

Resident briefly chases down one burglar who escapes from home, finds another exiting backyard
Two men caught by a resident in the middle of a home burglary in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood were arrested after a short foot chase Thursday afternoon, police said.

August 3, 2017 | 3 comments
Atherton's Bellis reaches quarterfinals at Bank of West

Atherton resident CiCi Bellis feels right at home at Stanford and not because she grew up a few minutes north of the University. The courts seem to adjust to her game rather than the other way arouNd.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Phone home

'Landline' takes a comic look at once and future families
Beginning at the end of Labor Day Weekend 1995, the comedy "Landline" quickly packs its characters into a car for the ride home from a family country house. A sing-along to Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" hints at the trouble ahead, hen elder daughter Dana mishears the lyric "Bring me a higher love" as "Break me a higher love."

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Channing House transforms rooftop into garden

New space is part of retirement community's second-floor renovation
Residents at Channing House in Palo Alto soon will be able to enjoy the outdoors from the building's rooftop, where two new terrace gardens are set to open this month.

August 5, 2017 | 3 comments
Nonprofit poised to run animal shelter next year

'Letter of intent' in the works with Pets In Need
A nonprofit could take over management of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter as soon as next January, city staff and a spokesman for the group Pets In Need confirmed this week.

August 4, 2017 | 7 comments
City taps brakes on new Baylands waste facility

New approach calls for relying on other communities, slowing effort to build plant in the Baylands
City officials are scaling down their plans since Measure E was passed, exploring technologies that would have a smaller footprint and increasingly looking to other communities for solutions to local waste problems.

August 4, 2017 | 18 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: school district goals; Comp Plan discussion

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 7.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Opinion: Judge Persky: Why you need to resign

'Brock Turner never expressed remorse or took responsibility for his crimes'
A lifelong Palo Alto resident pens a letter to Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, calling his months-long sentence of former Stanford University student Brock Turner as a sign that sexual assault survivors don't matter.

August 4, 2017 | 52 comments
Vintage-game night at CHM

On Friday nights, the Computer History Museum partners with Off the Grid to offer seven food trucks, CHM exhibits with new extended hours and live music. This week, the theme is vintage computer games.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Caspers, Stafford earn Pac-12 post-graduate scholarships

Stanford athletic standouts Johnny Caspers and Nicole Stafford earned Pac-12 postgraduate scholarships on Thursday. The scholarships, worth $9,000 each, are awarded to up to two student-athletes from each Pac-12 school annually.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: hands-on art; brew your own

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a family-friendly event at the Palo alto Art Center, class on homemade beer and Gamble Gardens' upcoming "Tomato Extravaganza."

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Local rowers qualify for finals at Junior World Championships

Palo Alto grad Clay Watson and Sacred Heart Prep grad Trey Holterman help U.S. qualify two boats to the finals
Palo Alto High grad Clay Watson and Sacred Heart Prep grad Trey Holterman have a lot of idle time on their hands at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. That's because both members of the U.S. contingent were on boats Thursday that took the direct route to Sunday's final.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Carving life from a dead tree

Palo Alto couple's hazardous acacia turns into beautiful yard art
Local woodcarver Tualau Tauheluhelu, who has been working on his craft for 44 years, creates art pieces that can cost upwards of $50,000 to $60,000.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
People: Aided by internet and social media, this couple has made traveling a career

Christine Williams, who grew up in Atherton, and Jules Hatfield, from Melbourne, Australia, met in Peru in 2012 and discovered a mutual love for travel, and soon for each other. Now they travel together.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Shop Talk: Teavana to close; Nobu takes over hotel

The latest in Palo Alto retail news
In this week's retail news, Teavana will close at Stanford Shopping Center, Nobu Hospitality takes over The Epiphany Hotel and a dumpling eatery opens in Palo Alto.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Brock Turner judge hires Trump campaign consultant

Recall, retain efforts ramp up fundraising in anticipation of 2018 ballot measure
Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County judge facing a recall measure in the wake of his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner, has hired a political consultant who worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

August 3, 2017 | 49 comments
Paris climate accord gets Bay Area endorsement

Unanimous vote of resolution commits district to national, global initiatives seeking to fight climate change
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors voted Wednesday to support the Paris climate agreement despite President Donald Trump's intention to withdraw from the accord.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
A portable line judge that settles tennis disputes

Gregoire Gentil is a rabid tennis fan but his love of the sport had little to do with his latest invention, which could help reshape the future of amateur tennis.

August 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlo College bulks up on track and field athletes

Menlo College Cross Country and Track and Field coach Dan Noel has put the finishing touches on the recruiting class in advance of the 2017-18 season. In its third season since its revival at Menlo, both programs have seen a steady diet of recruits and increased competition at meets across the state.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Steffens remains in contention for NCAA Woman of the Year

Stanford grad Maggie Steffens is one of the 145 candidates, of 543, who remain in contention for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. She's the only water polo player left in the group.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Heidelberg looks to join Palo Alto's 'sister city' family

German city votes to enter into a new partnership with Palo Alto, with a focus on sustainability
Heidelberg, a city of gothic churches, a sprawling castle and Germany's oldest university and library, is about to become Palo Alto's newest municipal sibling.

August 3, 2017 | 4 comments
Sharapova withdraws from the Bank of the West Classic

Maria Sharapova, based on doctor's advice, has withdrawn from the Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday due to soreness in her left arm. Stanford grads Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn drop third-set tiebreaker in doubles.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council set to approve new shuttle plan

City Council considers adding south Palo Alto route, modifying existing lines
Palo Alto's effort to expand and re-invigorate its small shuttle program could speed ahead later this month, when the City Council approves a transit plan that includes a new route in the southern half of the city.

August 2, 2017 | 10 comments
PAL and mDAC August exhibitions, summit

The Pacific Art League is hosting two exhibitions this month that fuse traditional fine art and high-tech skills: its own "Science, Technology & the Future of Art" (in Studio One, Aug. 4-24) and the annual mDAC "Mobile Digital Art Exhibition" in the main and corridor galleries.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Byron Street home sells for $5 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Playing mantis

'The Notorious B.U.G.' explores human gender norms from an insect's perspective
Playwright Marjorie Hazeltine was inspired by a praying mantis named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her new one-woman show premiering this evening.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Chekhov's farcical feast

With 'The Many Faces of Farce,' Stanford Repertory Theater poses serious questions about funny business
Stanford Repertory Theater's summer production aims to explore the way in which farce and political circumstances intersect, "the way in which humor can be dangerous" and the way in which the creative elements employed in the 1930s continue to help dramatists tell stories today.

August 3, 2017 | 2 comments
SamTrans to release study on relieving traffic congestion in Dumbarton corridor

Community meeting on potential traffic-relief options scheduled in East Palo Alto on Aug. 16
The San Mateo County Transit District will soon release first-draft results of a study, funded by Facebook, on options for relieving traffic congestion in the Dumbarton transportation corridor.

August 2, 2017 | 12 comments
Man pleads not guilty to DUI crash on U.S. Highway 101

Defendant claims actual driver left scene before California Highway Patrol officers arrived
A 22-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges in an alleged DUI crash that injured his girlfriend on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto over the weekend, prosecutors said.

August 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Atherton's Bellis a hit at Bank of the West Classic

Atherton resident CiCi Bellis calls it her home tournament and with the support she gets, its certainly becoming obvious she's become a darling of the local crowd. Bellis didn't disappoint Tuesday, beating France's Alize Cornet, 6-3, 6-2, in a first-round match at the Bank of the West Classic.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford women young and younger shine on world hoops stage

Stanford women's basketball shined on the world stage with Alyssa Jerome, Alanna Smith and Jillian Harmon wrapping up standout performances at recently concluded FIBA tournaments across the globe.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Nyberg returns to Stanford as softball pitching coach

Jessica Merchant also joins Jessica Allister's staff from Minnesota
Jessica Merchant and Tori Nyberg have been named assistant coaches of the Stanford softball team, as announced Tuesday by head coach Jessica Allister.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford Diving's Noviello scores top marks on platform

Stanford Diving's Francesca Noviello achieved a first-place finish in the preliminary found of the 14-15 girls platform Tuesday during the USA National Diving Championships at Ohio State.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Ahn sees hard work paying off on tour

Stanford grad Kristie Ahn has seen a dramatic shift upward in her professional tennis career and it's all by design. She's winning at every level by practicing with some of the best and brightest of young American players, establishing a good coaching situation with former professional Shenay Perry and setting a routine in Orlando with her peers.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Purely local

Ever-changing seasonal menu, friendly vibe set the tone at Aly's on Main
Though the menu changes seasonally, and sometimes weekly, Aly's on Main holds fast to its original concept of using local, organic, sustainable ingredients for its sophisticated take on California cuisine.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto looks to pick new police chief this fall

Application period set to close in late August, with interviews set for September and October
If you're a decisive, high-energy visionary with a strong command presence, proven success in dealing with unions and the stamina to thrive in a demanding environment, Palo Alto wants to hear from you.

August 1, 2017 | 8 comments
Developer seeks a pass from city's retail law

Lund and Boyd Smith say former home of Pet Food Depot is not viable for retail
The city's retail-preservation ordinance will be put to the test on Aug. 14, when the City Council will consider giving an exception to a developer who's been struggling to find a new tenant.

August 1, 2017 | 26 comments
Charge dropped in tenants harassment case

Father smashed tenants' car windows to get them to move out
San Mateo County prosecutors dropped charges on Monday against an East Palo Alto man accused of trying to dissuade a witness after his father smashed his tenants' car windows.

August 1, 2017 | 2 comments
County establishes fund for inclusive playgrounds

Cities, nonprofits can apply for matching grants starting Aug. 1
Santa Clara County is calling on local cities, schools and nonprofits to apply for dollars to build more playgrounds accessible to children and adults of all abilities.

August 1, 2017 | 3 comments
Stanford grad Gibbs rallies to Bank of the West Classic victory

Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs rallied from a third-set deficit to beat Claire Liu, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), in a competitive tennis match at the Bank of the West Classic on Monday night. Maria Sharapova was also victorious in her first match in eight weeks.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
USA National Girls Junior Olympics Roundup

The Stanford girls' water polo club team had eight of its nine teams finish among the top 15 in their divisions of the USA National Junior Olympics in Orange County, which finished Sunday.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
USA women's beach pair move on in world championships

Olympians Lauren Fendrick, a volunteer coach at Stanford, and April Ross became the first men's or women's team to win a pool at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 here Monday as the Americans posted a seed-break-through win in Pool K by defeating Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy of Australia in two sets.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Bowersmith named Athletic Performance coach at Paly

Spencer Bowersmith seems to have quite a thirst for knowledge in the field of strength and conditioning. The new Palo Alto High Athletic Performance coach has spent the past 11 years working to improve his craft, both as a personal trainer and conditioning coach.

July 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Stanford 12U A boys finish strong, place fifth in JOs

The Stanford 12U A boys water polo team, coached by Peter Olson, finished fifth in the Platinum Division of the USA National Junior Olympics in Orange County last week.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Former Palo Alto martial arts instructor convicted of rape

Jorge Tejada still faces a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child in a separate 2014 Palo Alto case
Jorge Alberto Tejada, 41, the co-founder of a martial arts studio that was once located in Palo Alto was convicted of rape on Friday, a Santa Clara County prosecutor said.

July 31, 2017 | 14 comments
Man sentenced to 35 years for East Palo Alto murder

Menlo Park man pleaded no contest to shooting death of Christopher Baker
Miguel Angel Rivera Jr. sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison Friday after he pleaded no contest to murder charges in connection with the 2012 shooting death of a rival gang member in East Palo Alto.

July 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Bay Area Spare the Air Alert issued for Tuesday

Light winds, triple-digit inland temperatures prompt notice
A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Tuesday in the Bay Area because of an excessive amount of smog expected in the region, air quality officials said.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Pinewood's Jump keeps challenging herself in basketball

Hannah Jump has spent her summer playing on a talent-packed all-star team; an experience she believes will benefit her the remainder of her high school career and beyond. Jump, who is headed into her junior year at Pinewood, played with the Cal Stars AAU team, a team loaded with some of the best talent in Northern California.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Building permits

A list of projects approved by the city of Palo Alto.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Suspected Palo Alto arsonist arrested Saturday

Man believed to be the person seen on surveillance footage
A man who allegedly started four small fires near downtown Palo Alto late last week has been arrested, police said today.

July 31, 2017 | 15 comments
USA women Press the right buttons in comeback soccer win

Stanford grad Christen Press helped create a wild ending at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday in helping the U.S. women's national soccer team score three goals in nine minutes late in its Tournament of Nations match against Brazil, overcoming a 3-1 deficit to earn a thrilling 4-3 win.

July 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Bank of the West Classic: No Gordon but plenty of Gibbs

Stanford incoming freshman Michaela Gordon's impressive qualifying run at the Bank of the West Classic came to an end Sunday evening at Taube Family Tennis Stadium but not before making a lasting impression of her competitive nature.

July 30, 2017 | No comments yet
EPA Greyhounds win three national titles at USATF JO's

East Palo Alto Greyhounds Layla McGee returned from the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Lawrence, Kansas with a pair of gold medals. Brooklynn Lemon also brought home gold.

July 30, 2017 | 2 comments
More gold, more records for Stanford Olympian Manuel

Stanford senior and Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel completed the FINA World Championships in Budapest on Sunday with yet another world record and an American record.

July 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Hall places third in 7 Mile Championship

A challenging course led to runaway finishes at the USATF 7 Mile Championships Saturday morning, as USATF Running Circuit standings leader Aliphine Tuliamuk won the women's race in Davenport, Iowa, hosted by the Quad-City Times Bix 7. Stanford grad Sara Hall finished third.

July 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Solid relief pitching allows Caps to protect 1-0 victory

Incoming Stanford freshman Brendan Beck took the mound with two runners on and no outs in the bottom of the sixth and proceeded to set down 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, seven by strikeouts, and the PUF Caps squeezed a 1-0 victory over the host Humboldt Crabs in a California Collegiate baseball game Saturday night.

July 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford 12U qualifies for semifinals in Junior Olympics

The Stanford A 12U girls club water polo team advanced into Sunday's semifinal match of the USA National Junior Olympics in Orange County. Stanford beat 680 Red A, 4-2, on Saturday at San Juan Hills High in San Juan Capistrano, home of the Stallions

July 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Of local note: Gordon advances in tennis, golfers finish second

Incoming Stanford freshman Michaela Gordon upset what had been an uneventful day one of the Bank of the West Tennis Classic qualifying tournament Saturday at Stanford.

July 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Manuel, Ledecky continue reign as swimming's golden girls

Every time Stanford senior Simone Manuel jumps into the pool at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, it seems she's setting some kind of swimming record. Saturday was no different as Manuel swam the anchor of the U.S. 4x100-meter mixed free relay that set a world.

July 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Of local note: Amateur golf, pro tennis and baseball

Menlo School senior Sophie Siminoff reached the semifinal round of the CWAC California Women's Amateur Championships on the Quail Lodge golf course in Carmel on Friday, where she fell to Stanford sophomore Ziyi Wang, 6 and 4.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Football notebook: Thomas signs, Kalambayi is ready

Stanford grad Solomon Thomas, a defensive lineman, signed his first professional contract Friday morning and within minutes was out on the San Francisco 49ers practice field for a workout. In another part of Levi's Stadium, Cardinal football coach David Shaw, quarterback Keller Chryst and outside linebacker Peter Kalambayi were discussing Stanford's prospects for the coming year.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Manuel gives U.S. women a gold medal in the 100-meter free

Stanford senior Simone Manuel reminded people Friday that she was two years old the last time an American woman won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle at the FINA World Championships.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
FAA report looks to change SFO-arrivals path

Federal agency evaluates the feasibility of 104 recommendations submitted in October
A new flight path that would reduce noise over Palo Alto and area cities is being developed by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a recently released report.

July 29, 2017 | 58 comments
Neushul helps Team USA add more gold to its collection

Stanford grad Kiley Neushul, named the MVP of the championship game, scored four goals in helping the USA women's national water polo team beat Spain, 13-6, in Budapest on Friday to earn its second straight FINA World Championship.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Relics prove to be grand masters of ultimate frisbee

Palo Alto residents Ken Joye and Warren Packard recently returned from Aurora, Colo., where the team they played on -- the Relics -- took first place in the Great Grand Masters Division (50-older) at the USA Ultimate Masters championships in ultimate frisbee.

July 28, 2017 | 4 comments
Azarenka forced to withdraw from Bank of the West Classic

Two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the 2017 Bank of the West Classic due to illness.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Police seek person of interest in series of suspicious fires

Four separate blazes occur within a 1-mile span near downtown
Police are asking the community to help identify a person of interest who may be responsible for four fires that occurred in the downtown area early Friday morning.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
First Person: Camilla Olson, serial entrepreneur

Interview features woman who founded fashion-oriented app Savitude
First Person host Lisa Van Dusen talks with Camilla Olson, founder and CEO of Savitude and a serial entrepreneur, about her work in Silicon Valley and launching a company built on matching online shoppers with clothes tailored to individual body shapes.

July 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Sexual assault reported at Stanford University on Thursday

Incident happened on west side of campus
A sexual assault was reported at Stanford University on Thursday night, the school's Department of Public Safety said today.

July 28, 2017 | 8 comments
Of local note: USA men lose to Cuba; Menlo's Xu in training

The U.S. men's national team competing at the Pan American Cup fought hard but came up short in a 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 15-11 loss to Cuba on Thursday at the Pan American Cup in Gatineau, Canada.

July 27, 2017 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: energy resource plan; Junior Museum and Zoo

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of July 31.

July 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Town: Local musician, app challenge

In this week's Around Town column, read about a local girl making good in the music industry and an app challenge for youth.

July 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Va-va-boom

'Atomic Blonde' Charlize Theron sets off action thriller
The new action thriller "Atomic Blonde" -- from the co-director of "John Wick" -- indulges a spy fantasy, only one grottier than even the grottiest James Bond. With star Charlize Theron at the helm and Wonder Woman already blazing a path at the box office, a new franchise may well be born.

July 27, 2017 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto's homicides this year: zero

City has reached a milestone not seen in years
For the first time in decades East Palo Alto has had no homicides this year, police Chief Albert Pardini said this week.

July 28, 2017 | 32 comments
Home sales

A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Saving seeds for the future

Expert gardeners encourage gathering seeds to preserve heirloom fruits and vegetables
After plants grow and ripen, gardeners will often save seeds for replanting - doing so saves money and helps sustain crop diversity, which gives future plants traits to keep them healthy and strong.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: caring for stone; festival of the arts

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a class on how to care for clean and maintain your natural stone and concrete surfaces and next month's Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Bank of the West Classic adds another Wimbledon champion

Two-time Wimbledon champion and former World No. 2 Petra Kvitova has been granted a main draw wildcard into the Bank of the West Classic, which runs between July 31-August 6 at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.

July 27, 2