Behind the Headlines

2018

Airplane noise

Palo Alto Deputy City Manager Michelle Poché Flaherty discusses the topic of worsening airplane noise -- and Palo Alto's response to the problem -- with Weekly journalists.

February 16, 2018 | 1 comment
State of the Valley

Weekly journalists dig into a new report on Silicon Valley's trends and challenges and discuss Palo Alto's recent actions to address its housing and transportation problems.

February 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Palo Alto's construction boom

Palo Alto Assistant Public Works Director Brad Eggleston joins Weekly journalists to delve into the city's infrastructure plans.

February 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Ravenswood's budget crisis

The drivers behind a multi-million dollar budget shortfall in the Ravenswood City School District are analyzed by Palo Alto Weekly journalists.

January 26, 2018 | 4 comments
Invasion of the stinkwort

Ecologist Claire Elliott talks about stinkwort, a seemingly innocuous plant that is poised to take over local grasslands and open spaces, with Palo Alto Weekly journalists.

January 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Palo Alto: The Year Ahead

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's recent mayoral election and the City Council's top priorities for the year ahead.

January 12, 2018 | 2 comments
The Year in Film

Movie reviewer Peter Canavese talks about the good, the bad and the horrible - and other trends that emerged on the big screen in 2017.

January 5, 2018 | No comments yet

2017

Year in Review

Weekly journalists discuss the year's biggest news from Palo Alto City Hall, school district and community.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Home schooling in Palo Alto

"Behind the Headlines" guest Robin Bayer, a Palo Alto resident whose children are home-schooled, joins Palo Alto Weekly journalists to discuss the experience of at-home education.

December 15, 2017 | 1 comment
Ross Road Bicycle Boulevard

Chris Corrao, a city of Palo Alto senior transportation planner, explains the reasons behind street modifications on Ross Road and various methods to improve traffic and bicycle safety.

December 8, 2017 | 36 comments
Stanford's planned expansion

Stanford's proposal to build more than 2.275 million square feet of academic space, 3,150 housing units and 40,000 square feet of child care facilities by 2035, and the community's concerns about it, is the subject of this week's "Behind the Headlines."

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Wrestling with the problem of RVs

Eviction of RVs from an East Palo Alto street due to public health concerns sparked a protest; meanwhile, city leaders grappled with how to regulate RV dwellers while also helping them.

November 17, 2017 | 3 comments
New vision for Ventura, housing proposals

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's proposal to craft a new vision for the north Ventura neighborhood, as well as the City Council's new effort to encourage more housing construction near jobs and transit.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Serving Palo Alto seniors

Amy Andonian, president and CEO of Avenidas, talks about preparing for the wave of baby boomers who will retire in the coming decades and the latest news from the nonprofit.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Unified interim superintendent

On this week's Behind the Headlines, the Palo Alto school district's new interim superintendent, Karen Hendricks, joins Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson and education writer Elena Kadvany for a discussion.

October 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Locals share fire-relief stories

Hear stories of aid to victims of the North Bay fires from Palo Alto Animal Services Officer Ken Cunningham, Almanac staff writer and American Red Cross volunteer Barbara Wood and Margaret Winters of Atherton.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
PODCAST: Palo Alto's pension problem

On 'Behind the Headlines,' City Councilman Eric Filseth estimates the city owes current and future retirees $1 billion
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 | No comments yet
Planning for housing

Eric Rosenblum, member of Palo Alto's Planning and Transportation Commission, joins Weekly journalists to discuss the city's affordable-housing crisis and the Comprehensive Plan update.

September 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Paly sex-assault report

Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany discuss the significance of and reaction to a report on the school district's response to a student sex-assault case in 2016.

September 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Changing retail

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss what cities, shopping malls and businesses are doing to reinvent retail and attract customers in the age of e-commerce.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Redesigning rail

Former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt joins Weekly Editor journalists to discuss the city's latest plans for separating railroad tracks from local streets.

September 8, 2017 | 1 comment
School district's $6 million blunder

Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Editor Jocelyn Dong and education writer Elena Kadvany discuss the school district's failure to reopen contract negotiations this spring, costing the district $6 million in unbudgeted raises and bonuses.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
New vision for the Animal Shelter

Weekly journalists talk about Palo Alto's new agreement with the nonprofit Pets in Need and what it means for the future of the city's popular animal shelter.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Sexual misconduct at schools

Weekly journalists discuss new developments in the federal investigation into how Palo Alto Unified responded to cases of sexual misconduct, as well as a new survey that indicates that most instances of sexual harassment at the high schools go unreported.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Local theater scene

Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane discusses the local theater scene with Theater Critic Jeanie Smith and Pear Theatre Artistic Director Betsy Kruse Craig, including which shows are coming up in the next few months.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
New vision for waste

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's latest plans for managing waste and the city's gradual shift away from the type of waste-to-energy plant that Palo Alto residents lobbied for when they approved Measure E in 2011.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Self-driving cars

Stephen Zoepf, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, joins Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Elena Kadvany for a discussion of the fast-moving changes in the auto industry.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Inside code enforcement

Weekly journalists Gennady Sheyner, Anna Medina and Linda Taaffe break down how code enforcement works in Palo Alto and discuss what the city is doing to strengthen it.

July 21, 2017 | No comments yet
'Way Cool' open-space events for summer

Listen in on a discussion about the abundance of different and fun ranger- and docent-led activities in local open space areas from fishing with rangers to boating, twilight hikes and moth and spider hunts.

July 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Preserving La Comida

City Council Members Tom DuBois and Lydia Kou join Weekly journalists Linda Taaffe and Gennady Sheyner to discuss La Comida's difficult quest to find a new home for its popular senior-nutrition program.

July 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Junior Museum and Zoo expansion

Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Gennady Sheyner visit the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, where they discuss the zoo's planned expansion with Executive Director John Aikin.

June 30, 2017 | 3 comments
The future of parking; cracking down on RVs

Two webcasts cover paid parking, illegal parking
Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the city's preparations to overhaul parking rules in downtown and California Avenue in addition to increasing enforcement of RVs along El Camino Real near Stanford.

June 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Tracking surveillance

Palo Alto City Councilman Cory Wolbach joins Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Gennady Sheyner in discussing the city's effort to balance privacy with surveillance technology.

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Debate over Castilleja expansion

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss Castilleja School's proposal to redevelop its campus that has divided the surrounding neighborhood.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Students speak out

Four high school student representatives to the Palo Alto Unified Board of Education talk about the recent issues facing the schools and the changes they would like to see happen in the school district.

June 2, 2017 | No comments yet
summer movies preview

On this week's Behind the Headlines, movie critic Peter Canavese joins the Weekly's Gennady Sheyner and Anna Medina for a discussion about this summer's coming attractions.

May 26, 2017 | No comments yet
District investigates sexual assault; Saving Buena Vista

The Weekly's reporters delve into the Palo Alto school district's response to multiple sexual-assault accusations against a student and discuss the $40.4 million deal that will preserve Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

May 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Palo Alto History Museum

This week's Behind The Headlines examines the planned Palo Alto History Museum that has been in development since 2000, and renovation of its future home is poised to begin soon.

May 12, 2017 | No comments yet
building a bike-friendly city

Robert Neff, chair of the Palo Alto Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, joins us to discuss the city's push to make local streets more bicycle-friendly.

May 5, 2017 | 7 comments
Housing the homeless; Big East Palo Alto developments

A look back at the 10 years that the Opportunity Center has provided housing and services to homeless persons. The discussion then pivots to East Palo Alto's future development.

April 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Rep. Anna Eshoo

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," Rep. Anna Eshoo joins Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, Editor Jocelyn Dong and Staff Writer Sue Dremann to discuss issues within and beyond Palo Alto.

April 21, 2017 | 10 comments
Sex ed controversy

On Behind the Headlines this week, Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporters Elena Kadvany and Sue Dremann discuss parents' concerns over a new sex-education program at Palo Alto's three middle schools.

April 14, 2017 | No comments yet
A new vision for parks

On Behind The Headlines, we sat down with two officials from the Community Services Department on Palo Alto's new vision for parks.

April 2, 2017 | No comments yet
City Hall roundup

This week's episode looks at the latest news from City Hall, including the conclusion of the FPPC's investigation into Councilman Adrian Fine, the City Council's new direction on the Comprehensive Plan and the new Residential Preferential Parking program in Evergreen Park.

March 24, 2017 | No comments yet
FPPC investigations; bounty hunters in East Palo Alto

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," reporters Sue Dremann, Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner join Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong for a discussion on the FPPC's investigations into the campaigns of two Palo Alto council members and an East Palo Alto family's jarring experience with bounty hunters.

March 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Restaurants under pressure

Howard Bulka, owner of Howie's Artisan Pizza in Palo Alto, joins Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporter Elena Kadvany to talk about what's driving a local labor shortage and the other economic challenges impacting Midpeninsula restaurants.

March 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Inside social-emotional education

Gunn High School Principal Denise Herrmann joins Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Elena Kadvany to discuss the Palo Alto Unified School District's proposed framework for boosting students' social-emotional skills.

March 3, 2017 | 8 comments
Diversity's champions

Greer Stone, chair of Palo Alto's Human Relations Commission, joins reporters Sue Dremann and Gennady Sheyner on "Behind the Headlines" to discuss the commission's renewed efforts to encourage tolerance and diversity in the community.

February 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Breaking down the budget gap

On this week's "Behind the Headlines," Board of Education member Todd Collins joins Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany to discuss the school district's response to an ongoing budget shortfall.

February 17, 2017 | No comments yet
the new City Council; school technology and privacy

On "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong, Gennady Sheyner and Elena Kadvany discuss the state of the new City Council and also concerns among Palo Alto students over privacy and technology.

February 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Land-use plan uproar

Councilman expands on his support to add programs in the document that fell short by a 5-4 vote at Monday's meeting
On "Behind the Headlines," Palo Alto Councilman Tom DuBois joins journalists Jocelyn Dong and Gennady Sheyner to discuss the City Council's divisive debate over the Comprehensive Plan.

February 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff

A look ahead at the City Council's goals, priorities this coming year
"Behind the Headlines" discusses the City Council's goals and priorities for the coming year. Publisher Bill Johnson, Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and Reporter Gennady Sheyner are joined by Mayor Greg Scharff.

January 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Seeking sanctuary from domestic violence

Ruth Patrick of WomenSV joins Weekly journalists for a discussion
"Behind the Headlines" discusses the challenges domestic-violence victims face when finding shelter in Santa Clara County. Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Sue Dremann are joined by Ruth Patrick of WomenSV.

January 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Immigration Forum; City Hall roundup

Palo Alto University Chief Financial Officer June Klein joins Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporters Sue Dremann and Elena Kadvany for the discussion
"Behind the Headlines" discusses an upcoming public forum aimed informing immigrants of their rights and resources ahead of anticipated federal policy changes. Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and reporters Sue Dremann and Elena Kadvany are joined by June Klein, chief financial officer at Palo Alto University.

January 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Office for Civil Rights agreement

Ken Dauber joins Weekly journalists Elena Kadvany and Jocelyn Dong for the discussion
"Behind the Headlines" looks at steps proposed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for bringing the Palo Alto school district into compliance with federal law. Weekly journalists Elena Kadvany and Jocelyn Dong are joined by Ken Dauber, vice president of the Board of Education.

January 13, 2017 | 3 comments

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