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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 | No comments yet
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 | 1 comment
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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 17 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 | 2 comments

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bicyclist seeks damages after collision with police car

The city of Mountain View has rejected a claim filed by a bicyclist seeking damages after he was allegedly struck by a police car last year.

Friday, 1:54 PM | 34 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 | 20 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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Light rain heading to Bay Area

Long-awaited rain is expected to arrive in the Bay Area this afternoon but likely won't amount to much.

Wednesday, 1:22 PM | 8 comments
Candidate threatened by campaign sign vandal

When council candidate Ken Rosenberg confronted a man destroying a fellow candidate's campaign sign last week, he didn't expect what happened next.

Wednesday, 9:49 AM | 13 comments
Stanford professor wins 'genius grant'

A Stanford professor who conducts research on race and inequality is among the 21 winners of the 2014 MacArthur Foundation's 'genius grant.'

Wednesday, 9:41 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

No labor peace for hotel on city land

In a closed-door meeting last week about a hotel and office development proposed for city land at 750 Moffett Boulevard, Mountain View's City Council decided against a "labor peace" requirement that would have allowed union organizing to go on at the hotel without interference.

Tuesday, 5:56 PM | 8 comments
LASD education summit this week

The Los Altos School District will host a three-day education learning summit starting Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts and Covington Elementary School.

Tuesday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
State's 3-foot buffer zone for cyclists takes effect

A new state law requiring motorists to keep a 3-foot buffer zone when overtaking or passing bicyclists took effect today.

Tuesday, 10:47 AM | 39 comments

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cops reach out to residents with podcast

Recording microphones and audio-editing software and equipment aren't a common sight around most police departments. However, Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger and Shino Tanaka, the department's social media and community coordinator have been regularly putting those tools to use.

Monday, 3:25 PM | 4 comments
Digital First Media to consider sale of company, local newspapers

Digital First Media, the media company that owns the San Jose Mercury News and The Daily News, announced Friday that it has hired an advisor to "explore strategic alternatives," which could include the selling the company or one or more of its regional outlets.

Monday, 10:16 AM | 5 comments
School districts decry new state reserves law

Local school boards have come out against a last-minute trailer bill, passed with the state budget, that would force school districts to make big cuts to their reserves.

Monday, 10:14 AM | 9 comments

Friday, September 12, 2014

Google grilled about North Bayshore housing

On Tuesday night there was a tense exchange between council members and Google real estate director John Igoe about planning for 5,000 homes in North Bayshore. Google threw its weight behind the idea at last week's planning commission meeting.

Friday, 10:40 AM | 3 comments
Council stays the course with office-heavy North Bayshore plan

On Tuesday, City Council members forged ahead with a North Bayshore precise plan that would allow Google and LinkedIn to grow, but includes no new residential zoning within the 500-acre area north of Highway 101.

Friday, 10:39 AM | 39 comments

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Teachers endorse school board candidates

In only the second contested election since the 1990s, seven candidates for the Mountain View-Los Altos School District board made their pitches to district teachers Tuesday.

Thursday, 1:32 PM | 11 comments
Wrong-way driver involved in fatal, early-morning crash

One man was killed after a wrong-way driver headed north on southbound Interstate Highway 280 early this morning near Los Altos Hills, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet
Crime briefs: man arrested at Shoreline and phone robbery at nightclub

Man arrested after causing a disturbance at Keith Urban concert and couple arrested for phone theft and battery.

Thursday, 9:13 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

$1 million Palo Alto Prize seeks to 'cure' aging

A newly established Silicon Valley-based prize to "hack the code of life and cure aging" was launched yesterday, Sept. 9.

Wednesday, 2:13 PM | 3 comments
Walk to raise money for painful disease

A local woman with a neurological disorder affecting muscles and motor skills will walk to raise money for research at an event that set on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Cuesta Park, located at 615 Cuesta Drive in Mountain View.

Wednesday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet
County investigating head of child support over use of credit cards

Santa Clara County has placed the director of the Department of Child Support Services on paid leave amid allegations he improperly used a credit card to obtain travel and other rewards points to get free services for himself and his staff, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | No comments yet
Tempting kids with tastier hot lunches

Kids may be on the fast track for gourmet meals at school -- or, at least, better meals. Following a report that student participation in the school lunch program is bad and getting worse, the Mountain View Whisman School District hired a new director of child nutrition last month to get more palatable food into the cafeterias.

Wednesday, 9:13 AM | 6 comments

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