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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crime briefs: Lewd conduct and man punched

A man was approached and punched in front of an Erik's Deli, and police arrest a transient man for lewd conduct.

Wednesday, 5:18 PM | 1 comment
Heat advisory issued for Thursday, Friday

Forecasted temperatures approaching 100 degrees in the Bay Area on Thursday and Friday have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for the region.

Wednesday, 4:33 PM | No comments yet
Forum eyes causes, solutions for inequalities in math education

The California Legislative Black Caucus kicked off a statewide town hall tour on math misplacement, the practice of putting students of color in the wrong level math classes, in East Palo Alto on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Wednesday, 10:49 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

From jazz to raga

It took nine years for Mountain View musician Charles Lloyd to master the sitar. Now, he has the chance not only to perform in front of a live audience, but also to pay public respect to his teacher.

Tuesday, 5:31 PM | No comments yet
Plastic bag manufacturers vow repeal of statewide ban

California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting their use starting next year, the governor's office announced this morning.

Tuesday, 3:20 PM | 14 comments
Gov. Brown signs statewide plastic bag ban

Single-use plastic bags will be banned at many stores in California starting next year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting their use, the governor's office announced this morning.

Tuesday, 1:47 PM | 16 comments
Online schools offer education by proxy

Hundreds of kids in the Bay Area are staying home for school this year. Online, "virtual" charter schools are making headway in California, recruiting a fast-growing number of students and leaving state lawmakers scratching their heads over how to fund and oversee this new breed of education.

Tuesday, 10:50 AM | 4 comments
Palo Alto police arrest man suspected of fraud after manhunt

Following a manhunt that lasted more than four hours Monday evening, Palo Alto police apprehended a man suspected of fraud, who also had a separate warrant out for his arrest.

Tuesday, 10:32 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 29, 2014

Burglary suspect caught on video

Police released photos of a man who they believe broke entry into a Mountain View home where he slept inside and stole property from last week.

Monday, 12:02 PM | 1 comment
No appetite for rent control among council candidates

While the pace of rent hikes in Mountain View has led to calls for rent control from some community leaders and middle class families, City Council candidates are favoring long-terms plans for increasing housing supply instead of the type of rent control ordinances in place in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Los Gatos, San Jose and East Palo Alto.

Monday, 7:23 AM | 12 comments

Friday, September 26, 2014

Police say suicide, accidental death to blame in fume-filled building

Police said they believe suicide and an accidental death are to blame in the deaths of a man and his teenaged son Wednesday.

Friday, 3:23 PM | 17 comments
Google fiber gets go-ahead

Progress is being made in bringing Mountain View the ultra fast Internet access promised by Google Fiber, according to an agreement announced Tuesday.

Friday, 1:48 PM | 33 comments
Report: Silicon Valley income gap continues to widen

Silicon Valley incomes have increased for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend, according to a report released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a nonprofit think tank, on Wednesday.

Friday, 10:49 AM | 4 comments
Council backs big El Camino Real plans

In a study session Tuesday, council members began finalizing the precise plan that is to guide future development of El Camino Real. Members showed support in a series of straw votes for bike lanes on key portions of El Camino Real and six-story buildings in "village centers" at major intersections, among other things.

Friday, 10:44 AM | 22 comments

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crime briefs: car burglary, home burglary and indecent exposure

Two suspects flee officers in home burglary, groundskeeping tools stolen from a truck bed and man exposes himself on a city street.

Thursday, 10:39 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Two found dead in evacuated building

What started out as an investigation into the source of a possible gas leak took a dark turn, as two bodies were found in an apartment on California Street Wednesday evening. Police now say a gas leak did not cause the noxious fumes.

Wednesday, 7:53 PM | 15 comments
Budget cuts prompt county courts to cut hours

Santa Clara County Superior Court, citing budget cuts, plans to reduce business hours at its courthouses in San Jose, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Morgan Hill by at least an hour per day, court officials said today.

Wednesday, 2:54 PM | 2 comments
Impasse in teacher salary talks

Tension between the Mountain View Whisman School District and its teachers union has reached a tipping point. The Mountain View Educators Association reported today that the district and the teachers union are at an impasse, and that teachers will no longer work outside of their contract hours while they await mediation.

Wednesday, 1:52 PM | 98 comments
Rain showers predicted in Bay Area tonight, tomorrow morning

The Bay Area can expect to see its greatest rainfall since April when showers pass through the region today and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Update: City Council candidate forums

October will be a busy month for City Council candidate forums, including a new one this election year organized by Peninsula Interfaith Action, rescheduled from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10 so as not to conflict with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Tuesday, 3:02 PM | 3 comments
Springer families save energy to fund school

Why have a bake sale when you can turn off the lights and adjust the thermostat? A Bay Area tech company has partnered up with Springer Elementary School in a pilot program that would allow families to raise money for the school by saving energy at home, with a starting goal of $10,000.

Tuesday, 12:08 PM | 2 comments
A one-stop source for health care classes

Foothill College has partnered up with a medical training company to help health care professionals to stay certified in their field.

Tuesday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 22, 2014

More than 100 arrested at Shoreline rave

The speakers didn't go up to 11 last weekend at the Beyond Wonderland electronica dance festival. Though the number of narcotics-related arrests remained high this year, police say that noise complaints from nearby residents dropped by more than 75 percent -- in part because of careful planning and lessons learned from last year.

Monday, 1:47 PM | 21 comments
Op-Ed: The city needs housing, not just offices

At the end of the Tuesday's City Council study session on the North Bayshore Precise Plan, some council members urged that the entire proposed 3.4 million square feet of offices be quickly built to bring in money to pay for transportation and other improvements.
I urge the Mountain View City Council to slow down and not approve this plan as-is.

Monday, 11:14 AM | 30 comments
Op-ed: Adding housing to North Bayshore won't solve any problems

The three main reasons people give for wanting to build housing in North Bayshore are to reduce the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from commuters by having people live close to work, to improve the workers' quality of life by not having a long commute, and to create additional affordable housing in Mountain View.
I believe we should not build housing in North Bayshore area because doing so would not achieve any of these desirable effects.

Monday, 11:14 AM | 27 comments
Silicon Valley Community Foundation to get $7.5M grant

Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View will receive $7.5 million from the federal Social Innovation Fund to improve reading skills in San Mateo County, where 42 percent of third-graders cannot read proficiently, according to a foundation press release.

Monday, 10:53 AM | 4 comments
Community shuttle route still up in the air

Though set to begin service this fall, the route and schedule still haven't been decided for the free community shuttles Google has donated to the city.

Monday, 10:13 AM | 15 comments

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bicyclist to sue city over collision with police car

The city of Mountain View is facing a lawsuit from a bicyclist seeking damages after he was allegedly struck by a police car last year.

Friday, 1:54 PM | 35 comments
Military gear on its way to Mountain View police

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, last month were criticized for being armed to the teeth when responding to protests and riots. Their military weapons, armored vehicles and riot gear raised questions about the militarization of police departments across the country.

Friday, 10:34 AM | 11 comments
Council sacks increase in paper bag fee

After learning how many residents are now toting reusable shopping bags, City Council members voted on Tuesday to cancel a fee hike for a paper bag in Mountain View's grocery stores that would have raised the price from 10 cents to 25 cents in January.

Friday, 10:28 AM | 19 comments

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Police seeking car burglary suspects

Police are looking for two men who broke into a car at a Safeway in Mountain View and stole an iPod and speakers.

Thursday, 3:53 PM | 2 comments
Parents rally around teacher pay issue

Parents rallied behind Mountain View Whisman School District teachers last night at an informal meeting to discuss the recent, contentious issues between the teacher union and the district.

Thursday, 12:28 PM | 5 comments
Crime briefs: Walmart arrests, cocaine sales and laptop theft

Three are arrested outside Walmart, concert-goers arrested on cocaine possession charges and detectives track down suspects in laptop theft.

Thursday, 11:40 AM | 1 comment
City to impose fines on water-wasters

Drought restrictions on water use got serious Tuesday night as the City Council voted to declare a "stage two" water use emergency, banning daytime landscape irrigation and the use of a hose to wash cars and other hard surfaces, among other restrictions.

Thursday, 10:28 AM | 18 comments

Steins, sausage and spaetzle: Mountain View hosts second Oktoberfest
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,082 views

Men Are Good For Three Things
By Laura Stec | 35 comments | 2,905 views

Yes on Measure B to improve our quality of life and public safety
By Steve Levy | 6 comments | 864 views

I Can't Get a Word In
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 570 views

Cellphone Charging Challenges
By Angela Hey | 0 comments | 492 views