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Monday, February 8, 2016

New take on creekside encampments

Santa Clara Valley Water District board members agreed to sign onto a county-wide effort to reduce homelessness in Santa Clara County, which could include housing homeless people on district-owned land.

Monday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
Despite budget concerns, LASD teachers to get raises

School officials at the Los Altos School District have agreed to give 3 percent raises to teachers and other employees this year, citing the high cost of living and steep competition with other school districts as key reasons to raise compensation.

Monday, 10:17 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Showtime for Super Bowl plans

On Sunday, the eyes of the world were set squarely on the South Bay as it hosted Super Bowl 50. For Mountain View, which was serving as a transit hub for those heading to the event, Super Bowl Sunday got off to a remarkably smooth start.

Sunday, 4:11 PM | 1 comment

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cities join forces to back transportation-funding plan

With Santa Clara County cruising toward a November transportation tax measure, Palo Alto and eight other cities in the north county and west valley are rallying behind a new plan for how the $6 billion from the measure would be spent.

Saturday, 3:12 PM | 11 comments

Friday, February 5, 2016

House fire closes Easy Street

A residential structure fire in Mountain View has prompted a road closure this evening, according to police.

Friday, 6:45 PM | 1 comment
Water district delays decision on $5M contract with controversial firm

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has put off a decision on whether to work with a controversial firm to kick off work on a $800 million recycled water program.

Friday, 1:11 PM | 3 comments
Do self-driving cars need a licensed driver?

If there's one priority for self-driving cars upon which everyone can agree, it's safety. Google and other manufacturers are quick to tout the autonomous vehicles as a way to prevent around 33,000 U.S. deaths and many more injuries from auto-related crashes each year. But for all the triumphs of autonomous cars, regulators and consumer advocates warn there are too many risks to give these vehicles free rein on public roads.

Friday, 11:20 AM | 16 comments
AAA offering free tows to those who drink during Super Bowl

Bay Area Super Bowl fans who choose to drink Sunday at the Super Bowl and at Super Bowl parties can get a free tow home through AAA's Tipsy Tow program, AAA officials said Wednesday.

Friday, 9:41 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Drones prohibited over Super Bowl airspace

With the long-awaited Super Bowl 50 fast approaching, the Federal Aviation Administration is reminding Bay Area residents not to try to get a drone's-eye view of the big game.

Thursday, 4:11 PM | 8 comments
El Camino to close free RotaCare Clinic

The Mountain View RotaCare is closing down. The board of El Camino Healthcare District signed a new deal to finance the MayView Community Health Center to serve as the region's main medical facility for the uninsured.

Thursday, 1:19 PM | 2 comments
Candidates rake in cash for Assembly race

With the race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in Sacramento heating up, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang has Palo Alto Councilman Marc Berman and Mountain View Councilman Mike Kasperzak, according to documents filed earlier this week with the California Secretary of State.

Thursday, 10:59 AM | 6 comments
Controversial board member won't seek re-election

Steve Nelson, a controversial member of the Mountain View Whisman School District board, told the Voice in an email Tuesday that he would not be seeking re-election in November. He cited "poor" communication as a reason for stepping down at the end of his first term.

Thursday, 7:40 AM | 14 comments

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A city park that bans bikes and trees?

A tangle of restrictions and costs led many at Tuesday's City Council meeting to denounce plans for a new mini-park near Fayette Drive.

Wednesday, 5:31 PM | 21 comments
Local transit gets heightened security for Super Bowl

The Transportation Security Administration is providing extra resources to local law enforcement on all Bay Area transit systems starting today and through the Monday after the Super Bowl.

Wednesday, 4:38 PM | 2 comments
Parents start local mental-health support group

A group of parents who saw a need for a locally based, ongoing group to support other parents concerned about the mental health and well-being of their teens will be launching such a group this month.

Wednesday, 9:43 AM | 7 comments
Stanford Blood Center in need of donations to avoid shortage

With an estimated two to three million people expected to visit the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50, the Stanford Blood Center is seeking donors to help them stock up on blood.

Wednesday, 9:27 AM | 10 comments

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Drought persists, despite state's big snowpack

Although the amount of rain and snow in California this year has reached higher levels than last year, the state's drought is still not over, the California Department of Water Resources said today.

Tuesday, 5:10 PM | 6 comments
Teen seeks funds for peanut-sniffing dog

For years, 19-year-old Arielle Davis has been coping with a peanut allergy that used to be completely under control. But over the course of 2015, Davis found herself in and out of the hospital nearly a dozen times as her allergic reactions became more severe.

Tuesday, 10:57 AM | 1 comment
Traveling to Super Bowl 50? Bring a clear plastic bag

Anyone traveling to Levi's Stadium to watch Super Bowl 50 on Valley Transportation Authority's light-rail trains had better not bring any bags on board other than clear plastic ones, Santa Clara County Transportation Authority officials said.

Tuesday, 10:41 AM | 8 comments

Monday, February 1, 2016

Getting around Mountain View on Super Bowl Sunday

On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, city leaders are warning residents that many streets near the downtown transit center will be closed, and people without Super Bowl tickets won't be able to ride the VTA light-rail line.

Monday, 3:29 PM | 20 comments
Sobrato floats plans for housing

Members of the city's Environmental Planning Commission took a first look at plans by the Sobrato Organization to build up to 800 housing units east of Shoreline Boulevard. The new residential neighborhood would be coupled with some retail space and 230,000 square feet of new office development.

Monday, 10:14 AM | 12 comments

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Teacher salary debate heats up

The Mountain View Whisman School District is roughly a month away from negotiations with its teacher union on salaries, and both sides are already at odds.

Sunday, 8:29 AM | 28 comments

Friday, January 29, 2016

Package thief suspect arrested

Mountain View police arrested a San Jose man Tuesday after an officer allegedly found several stolen packages inside his car during a traffic stop.

Friday, 4:23 PM | 10 comments
MV approves ceding properties to Los Altos

To hear Stephen Friedman describe it, his neighborhood of Jardin Drive is like Mountain View's version of the Bermuda Triangle. For the more than 30 years he's lived there, he's gotten used to having to explain to garbage men, emergency responders and sometimes even city officials that, yes, his house is in Mountain View.

Friday, 1:45 PM | 8 comments
Schools may have to share campus

In the latest round of cuts to bring a bloated school construction budget back in line, Mountain View Whisman School District officials said Stevenson and Theuerkauf schools are going to have to divide a too-small pool of money or share new campus facilities.

Friday, 1:42 PM | 10 comments
Computer Museum bids farewell to Babbage engine

The Mountain View Computer History Museum is saying goodbye to a unique exhibit, one that also might be its most priceless.

Friday, 1:39 PM | 3 comments
Victim's body found, Los Altos man charged with homicide

Detectives found the body of Kyle Myrick in unincorporated Santa Cruz County Thursday afternoon, according to police. Los Altos resident Steve Hlebo, his coworker, is suspected of killing Myrick.

Friday, 12:06 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Is the DMV slowing down self-driving cars?

Google, Tesla and a pack of other companies investing in autonomous car technology are certain to have circled Thursday, Jan. 27, on their calendars. That's when the California Department of Motor Vehicles was set to hold its first-ever public workshop to finalize the many rules for how self-driving cars should operate and be regulated on the streets.

Thursday, 12:35 PM | 13 comments
Los Altos man arraigned in SJ murder case

A 39-year-old Los Altos man who allegedly killed his co-worker at a San Jose powersports vehicle shop last week was arraigned Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Thursday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet
Superintendent has big plans to raise test scores

The Mountain View Whisman School District could be on the verge of sweeping changes after Superintendent Ayinde Rudolph vowed to improve student achievement and raise employee morale in what he called a "frustrated" district.

Thursday, 8:25 AM | 13 comments

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Police seek brazen package thieves

Police are looking for two male suspects in the theft of packages from a Mountain View home, following the arrest of two minors who were taken into custody Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, 2:02 PM | 7 comments
City to foot the bill for creek trail project

A project to extend the Permanente Creek Trail through Crittenden Middle School is moving forward on, as part of a larger project to revamp the Crittenden field.

Wednesday, 9:57 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top MV science student heading to national competition

A Mountain View student is among five Santa Clara County high school seniors who have been selected as finalists in the this year's Intel Science Talent Search in Washington D.C., according to the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Tuesday, 2:57 PM | 4 comments
How to spend $6 billion on transit

A new sales tax to improve the South Bay's transportation woes won't go to voters until the end of the year, but officials from Mountain View and a coalition of other West Valley cities are notching up the pressure for how those dollars should be spent.

Tuesday, 10:13 AM | 30 comments

Ike's Place makes another go at Stanford; Palo Alto outpost stalls
By Elena Kadvany | 9 comments | 3,133 views

I had no Idea How to Deal with Anger and Conflict
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 857 views

Foods of Love
By Laura Stec | 1 comment | 813 views

Relaxing the Height Limit for Housing with Conditions
By Steve Levy | 18 comments | 680 views