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Monday, February 20, 2017

County prepares for major housing boom

Santa Clara County is moving quickly on a strategy to build thousands of new homes for the county's low-income and homeless residents. And while most of the county's new Measure A housing bond will go towards helping the neediest residents, one big question still remains: where do you put all the housing?

Monday, 3:26 PM | 5 comments

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Storm-damaged Arastradero Road won't be fixed until summer

A section of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto where the asphalt is crumbling and falling into Los Trancos Creek has nearby residents and others who travel the road nervous that it could collapse.

Sunday, 9:35 PM | No comments yet
With storm brewing, weather service issues advisories

The National Weather Service has issued wind and flood-watch advisories for the San Francisco Bay Area that will be in effect from 4 p.m. Sunday until late Monday night.

Sunday, 9:34 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 18, 2017

County urges Supreme Court to rule on certain protections for detained immigrants

Twenty U.S. cities and counties led by Santa Clara County have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that immigrants held in prolonged detention during deportation proceedings are entitled to certain constitutional protections.

Saturday, 10:56 AM | 1 comment

Friday, February 17, 2017

Federal funding halted for Caltrain electrification

The $1.96 billion Caltrain electrification project came to screeching halt on Friday, Feb. 17, after it was announced that Federal Transit Administration officials were holding back grant funding needed with only days before construction was to begin.

Friday, 5:27 PM | 8 comments
East Whisman could become dense mix of housing, offices

The Mountain View City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to initial plans to develop the East Whisman area into a dense, mixed-use neighborhood with 9,700 new apartments. For tech developers, the council also pushed ahead on plans to max out the area with at least 1.7 million new square feet of office space.

Friday, 1:00 PM | 8 comments
School district cuts list of new boundary plans

The Mountain View Whisman School District inched its way toward a consensus on new school enrollment boundaries, following a marathon six-hour committee meeting.

Friday, 10:56 AM | 3 comments
Community leaders pledge to resist immigration crackdown

Pledging a united front to protect migrants, local policymakers, school officials and law enforcement on Saturday issued a rallying cry to protest the recent executive orders by President Donald Trump. At the city-sponsored Civility Roundtable event, panel members gave repeated assurances to a crowd of about 200 that they would look to safeguard the full patchwork of the South Bay community, and they invited everyone to join them in the effort.

Friday, 10:56 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rumors of immigration raids reach 'boiling point'

While leading the charge against the new administration's immigration policies, the Bay Area's immigrant advocates are finding themselves in a difficult position as they attempt to dispel a growing sense of panic among undocumented residents that mass deportations are imminent.

Thursday, 3:48 PM | 12 comments
Tensions flare over water district's homeless housing idea

Residents gave the Santa Clara Valley Water District a fiery and frustrated response Wednesday night to a proposal that would allow homeless residents to occupy homes in the Waverly Park neighborhood, making for a raucous meeting with shouting, testy exchanges, and eventually, a police presence.

Thursday, 1:41 PM | 32 comments
Stuck with a half-million-dollar bill

The Mountain View Whisman School District had what seemed to be a slam-dunk plan to improve student performance: a tech-savvy math program called Teach to One.

Thursday, 8:56 AM | 45 comments
Nonprofit to offer intensive outpatient program for teens

A donation from an anonymous Palo Alto resident has enabled Children's Health Council to address a "critical gap in teen mental health services" by opening what the nonprofit says will be the city's first intensive outpatient program for teenagers with moderate to severe mental-health issues.

Thursday, 8:55 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Weather service: First in series of rain storms starts tonight

Rain is forecast for the next six or seven days in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, bringing with it the chance of flooding and mudslides, National Weather Service officials said today.

Wednesday, 10:18 AM | 1 comment
City settles with contractor

The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday agreed to accept a $194,000 settlement from a contractor for errors stemming from 2014 work at the Shoreline Athletic Fields.

Wednesday, 9:19 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

'Meteor' sighted over Bay Area sky was a missile test launch

A bright light traveling across the dark sky Tuesday morning was one of two missile tests conducted by the U.S. Navy over the Pacific Ocean, a Navy official said.

Tuesday, 3:46 PM | 1 comment
Meeting to discuss Waverly Park homeless housing

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is holding a community meeting in Mountain View on Wednesday to solicit feedback on a plan to get homeless residents out of the creek and into district-owned homes in the Waverly Park neighborhood.

Tuesday, 12:58 PM | 10 comments
New bus route aims to get mega-commuters off the road

For tech employees living in Morgan Hill and Gilroy, getting through Santa Clara County's congested highway system to the major employers on the Peninsula can be a daunting task.

Tuesday, 10:52 AM | 9 comments

Monday, February 13, 2017

Palo Alto man arrested after attack at MV auto parts store

A Palo Alto man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a dust-up at an O'Reilly Auto Parts in Mountain View, where he allegedly yelled at employees, attacked another customer with a carburetor cover and hit a car when he left.

Monday, 12:23 PM | 2 comments
Hundreds gather at pro-refugee rally

Waving signs and carrying photos of their immigrant ancestors, a crowd of demonstrators gathered in Mountain View at noon on Sunday to encourage the United States to welcome refugees. The event in Civic Center Plaza was part of the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees, with similar events held in cities across the country.

Monday, 12:12 PM | 7 comments
County approves contract for teen inpatient unit, but still looks for more services

Santa Clara County teenagers in mental-health crisis can now access inpatient hospital beds within the county's borders at a new hospital in San Jose, but the county is still eyeing ways to offer more comprehensive services.

Monday, 10:26 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cities unite for Midpeninsula bike route

In its most recent survey, the League of American Bicyclists gave accolades to almost every Midpeninsula city, singling them out as being among the most bike-friendly in the nation. But that picture doesn't look so good when you zoom out and examine the area as a whole.

Sunday, 1:54 PM | 3 comments

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sunday: Jewish group holds rally to welcome refugees

On Sunday, members of the local Jewish community are holding a rally in Mountain View to protest against recent U.S. actions to block refugees. Dubbed the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees, similar events are being held in cities across the country encouraging welcome for those fleeing persecution.

Friday, 1:35 PM | 6 comments
Measure GG got big boost from outside companies

The Los Altos School District's Measure GG got a lot of support from just about everywhere in the final days of the election season, according to campaign finance reports released at the end of January.

Friday, 10:46 AM | 3 comments
Court dates set for Measure V hearing

As expected, the California Apartment Association last week filed papers seeking a preliminary injunction against Measure V. If approved by a judge, the action would essentially continue a temporary restraining order that has blocked the rent-control measure from being enacted since December.

Friday, 10:44 AM | 11 comments

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Judge dismisses ex-cop's lawsuit against city

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge this week shot down a former police officer's suit alleging the Mountain View Police Department discriminated against him due to his military service. In her ruling, Judge Maureen Folan found that Nicolas Emmerling, who was fired in 2014, did not provide enough evidence to show that he was treated unfairly by police officials.

Thursday, 8:49 PM | 4 comments
Developers keep giving to council candidates, even after Election Day

In their year-end campaign reports for last year's election, candidates for the Mountain View City Council showed a surprisingly robust round of fundraising after Election Day had passed.

Thursday, 1:21 PM | 14 comments
Community forum to touch on local impact from Trump's rise

On Saturday, the city will host its first civility roundtable of 2017, "Affirming Mountain View's Values and Building Community in Times of Uncertainty." City officials said Thursday that the response has been so big, the event has been moved to a bigger venue: the Main Stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Thursday, 12:10 PM | 16 comments
Lopsided funding for school board races

The most recent campaign finance reports show that most candidates for local school boards in the November election were done raising and spending money by mid-October, with the exception of one candidate.

Thursday, 10:02 AM | 16 comments
Afghan interpreter finally on safe ground

The four-year journey of Qismat Amin to reach U.S. soil finally ended on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 8, after Department of Homeland Security officials accepted his visa at San Francisco International Airport.

Thursday, 10:02 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

State Sen. Hill to look into higher than normal bills for PG&E customers

According to Hill's office, customers in the Bay Area, as well as the Sacramento Valley, have said that their gas and electric bills were raised significantly during the past winter months.

Wednesday, 1:55 PM | 5 comments
Heavy rain, high winds forecast for Thursday

Moderate to heavy rain and high winds are forecast for Thursday in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas, National Weather Service officials said today.

Wednesday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Making local schools into safe havens

The Mountain View Whisman School District has joined a growing contingent of districts throughout Santa Clara County that have become "sanctuaries" for all students regardless of immigration status.

Wednesday, 11:00 AM | 28 comments

Engagement Rings: Myths and Options
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Opening alert: Go Fish Poke Bar in Redwood City
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Open Food Letter to Donald Trump
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 813 views