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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Santa Clara County eyes safer crossings near Palo Alto, Los Altos schools

Seeking to protect students who use expressway intersections, including one in Palo Alto and two in Los Altos, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has approved funding for the installation of "pedestrian detection systems," according to a press release from the county.

Tuesday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
City parks receive national recognition

The city of Mountain View's recreation team -- and its 14 community facilities, 42 sports fields and 1,000 acres of parkland -- may be getting some big recognition from some outside experts.

Tuesday, 3:57 PM | No comments yet
Bernie Sanders coming to Palo Alto Wednesday

Six days before the California primary, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be coming to Palo Alto to hold a free rally this Wednesday, June 1.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 1 comment

Monday, May 30, 2016

New homework policy aims to ease student stress

It took 18 months and plenty of feedback from parents, students and teachers, but the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District finally has a new homework policy in place to prevent students from getting overloaded by a deluge of school work.

Monday, 11:00 PM | 6 comments

Saturday, May 28, 2016

AT&T announces plan to expand fiber-optic network

Facing a future threat by Google Fiber, AT&T has announced its own strategy to dramatically expand its ultra-high speed internet in Mountain View.

Saturday, 9:51 PM | 11 comments

Friday, May 27, 2016

Council OKs funding for Bike Share

The Mountain View City Council approved spending $160,000 as a subsidy for the city's Bike Share service, despite acknowledgment that the bicycle-rental program has been struggling to attract riders.

Friday, 1:27 PM | 28 comments
Uncertainty ahead for MV Whisman budget

Dozens of teachers working in Mountain View Whisman School District poured into the May 19 school board meeting to show solidarity for better teacher pay, following troubled negotiations between district officials and teacher union representatives that have come to a halt in recent weeks.

Friday, 1:24 PM | 6 comments
Tenant advocates push back against looming deadline

Each and every day will count in the race against time for the Mountain View Tenants' Coalition to gather signatures for a ballot measure to cap the city's rent increases. But exactly how much time remains to collect these signatures remains up in the air due to a brewing disagreement between lawyers from the tenants' group and the city over how election rules should be interpreted.

Friday, 10:27 AM | 54 comments

Thursday, May 26, 2016

North Bayshore: Could housing incentives increase office space?

In their quest to rapidly inject housing into the North Bayshore business park, Mountain View City Council members wavered on some incentives for developers, based on new fears that they could be unintentionally unleashing a spree of new office growth.

Thursday, 12:16 PM | 4 comments
Policy passed by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors allows requests for change of measure letter

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors passed a policy Tuesday that will help voters differentiate between local measures of the past and present that share the same letter and cover similar issues.

Thursday, 11:08 AM | 1 comment
Fixed-up Bay Trail links MV, Sunnyvale

Getting around Mountain View's bayshore just got a lot easier. Last week, local politicians and top brass from Google gathered near the windy wetlands to celebrate a new stretch of resurfaced trails, designed to help improve access to the Baylands north of Moffett Field.

Thursday, 11:03 AM | 11 comments

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Blue skies and bombers

It's like the History Channel come to life at Moffett Field this week. The Wings of Freedom tour landed in Mountain View last Friday, and will stick around until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Then the fleet of lovingly restored World War II-era airplanes will take to the skies once again, heading to its next stop in Livermore.

Wednesday, 5:47 PM | No comments yet
Google's clean-up plan for Hangar One to get a test run

Roughly one year after taking control of Moffett Federal Airfield, Google is set to start testing methods of purging toxic contaminants from the massive steel framework of Hangar One. But while the Mountain View tech giant is committing itself to a multi-million-dollar effort to restore the iconic hangar, the company is staying tight-lipped about its future plans for the structure.

Wednesday, 1:39 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View taxi company order to pay $175K in back wages

The owner of a Silicon Valley taxi and limousine company has been ordered to pay $175,000 in back wages to dozens of drivers misclassified as independent contractors rather than full-time employees, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.

Wednesday, 12:30 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mountain View's achievement gap is one of largest in U.S.

Officials at the Mountain View Whisman School District have long acknowledged the achievement gap, a gulf in student performance divided by race and family income. But recent studies by Stanford University show that the disparity between white and Latino student achievement in Mountain View is unusual -- it's bigger than in almost any other school district in the country.

Tuesday, 4:15 PM | 63 comments
Measure A to extend funding for county's parks

Santa Clara County voters will decide whether they want to prolong a park preservation fund on the June 7 ballot.

Tuesday, 1:19 PM | 1 comment
Kicking the tires

With outside grants set to expire, the cost of the Bike Share self-service bicycle-rental program will have to be shouldered by Mountain View if it continues. But in reviewing the system's numbers last Tuesday night, City Council members voiced serious concerns, especially after they learned the system's underwhelming ridership meant the city would essentially be spending $19.50 for each bike trip.

Tuesday, 8:58 AM | 23 comments

Monday, May 23, 2016

Independent groups pump cash into Assembly campaign

With the crowded race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the 24th District heading into the final stretch, independent political action committees are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the contest in hopes of influencing the outcome. So far, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has been the chief beneficiary.

Monday, 3:47 PM | 10 comments
Tuesday: Council to discuss housing incentives for North Bayshore

Laying out their grand vision to rapidly transform the North Bayshore area, Mountain View City Council members on Tuesday will discuss the proverbial carrots -- incentives to entice office-focused developers to incorporate new housing, especially affordable housing, into their plans.

Monday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports

Dinged in the past for failing to report political contributions, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang could be facing another set of election troubles in an eight-way primary race for the District 24 state Assembly seat.

Sunday, 2:11 PM | 6 comments

Friday, May 20, 2016

No criminal charges in alleged MVHS sexual assault

Mountain View police say that no arrests have been made following a sexual assault investigation at Mountain View High School last month. The investigation was prompted by an article in the school's newspaper.

Friday, 2:04 PM | 11 comments
Los Altos man dies in crash on Skyline Boulevard

A 25-year-old man who died when his SUV crashed into a tree on Skyline Boulevard south of Portola Valley in San Mateo County early Thursday morning has been identified as James Henry Power, according to the San Mateo Coroner's Office.

Friday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
Small fire burns Google Earth car, campus building

Mountain View police are reporting that a Google Earth car and a nearby building on the Google campus were both damaged by an incendiary device Thursday night.

Friday, 10:18 AM | 1 comment
House fire victim searching for missing dog

A two-alarm fire tore through the garage of a Sylvan Park home last Friday, injuring a man who said he lost all of his belongings in the blaze and is distraught because he cannot find his dog.

Friday, 7:48 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Upsetting sacred cows to solve housing crisis?

At a housing summit last week, a panel of experts and policymakers discussed the need for sacrificing some "sacred cows" to address the South Bay's lack of housing and skyrocketing prices. Among the ideas, speakers suggested repealing Proposition 13's property-tax protections, rescinding cities' independent authority to reject affordable housing development and passing a countywide $750-million bond in November to help fund subsidized housing.

Thursday, 12:20 PM | 49 comments
Police arrest downtown bank robbery suspect

A man who allegedly robbed a bank in downtown Mountain View on Tuesday was arrested after bank employees and witnesses were able to help officers track down the suspect.

Thursday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Abe-Koga joins City Council race

Perhaps only in local government could eight years seem like not enough time, but that's exactly how Margaret Abe-Koga describes her two terms on the Mountain View City Council. She announced plans to run for a new term on the council in the November election.

Wednesday, 4:35 PM | 21 comments
MVHS baseball on the upswing

Mountain View High School's varsity baseball team is playing against San Mateo in the CCS playoffs today at 4 p.m. It's the team's first appearance in the regional playoffs since 2010.

Wednesday, 1:48 PM | 2 comments
Unlikely duo teams up to explore space prospecting

A Mountain View start-up and a European grand duchy announced a formal partnership to investigate how asteroids zipping by Earth could be harvested for valuable resources. It was the latest development for Deep Space Industries, a company operating out of the NASA Ames Research Park that is intent on building a supply chain for space mining.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet
City to fly pride flag in June

A proposal to fly the LGBT pride flag in downtown Mountain View in June received the City Council's blessing, but not without some push-back from opponents who argued it would unfairly promote a political agenda.

Wednesday, 9:11 AM | 8 comments
Former anesthesia tech at Stanford Hospital pleads no contest to sexual battery

A former anesthesia technician at Stanford Hospital accused of groping surgery patients pleaded no contest on Monday to two counts of sexual battery, prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 9:07 AM | 1 comment

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