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Saturday, August 29, 2015

County leaders to introduce equal pay ordinance

Santa Clara County and San Jose leaders plan to introduce an equal pay ordinance to echo efforts being made at the state and federal levels.

Saturday, 9:48 AM | No comments yet
Major traffic delays from Hwy. 101 closure in Burlingame

U.S. Highway 101 remains blocked in both directions in Burlingame this morning due to downed power lines following a Friday night crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Saturday, 9:40 AM | No comments yet

Friday, August 28, 2015

Pentagon to invest $75 million in local tech industry

In a bid to fortify United States security and manufacturing, the Pentagon and a consortium of partners are making a $171 million bet that Silicon Valley can emerge as the global leader in the nascent field of flexible hybrid electronics. Announcing the initiative Friday at the NASA Ames Research Center, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter pledged that research into the technology would be headquartered in the South Bay as part of a renewed effort to strengthen ties between the country's military and its private tech sector.

Friday, 9:02 PM | No comments yet
Man arrested after confronting five students

Police arrested a 34-year-old man on Wednesday morning after he reportedly accosted five middle school students in downtown Mountain View and attempted to give them bottles of water.

Friday, 4:38 PM | 5 comments
Simitian proposes cap on BART funding

The 2016 election is still more than a year away, but Santa Clara County officials are already testing the waters for a new 30-year sales tax measure to relieve traffic congestion severely clogs Bay Area highways, expressways and city streets.

Friday, 1:10 PM | 13 comments
Suspect in Walmart shoe theft, assault is arrested

Mountain View police thanked the community for helping officers track down a suspect in an assault on a Walmart security guard.

Friday, 12:42 PM | 1 comment
In city's new wage law, a modest proposal

The regional wave toward a higher minimum wage this week swept through Palo Alto, where city officials set aside their differences and happily united behind a law setting the local rate at $11 an hour, topping Mountain View's current rate of $10.30.

Friday, 10:59 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Behind the scenes at NASA's computer powerhouse

Whether the mission is to discover new planets or study the one we call home, the scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center are constantly relying on one priceless member of the team. Her name is Pleiades; she doesn't talk much.

Thursday, 1:50 PM | No comments yet
Two sought in laundry room burglary

Police are searching for two suspects who burglarized an apartment laundry room Wednesday, stealing hundreds of dollars in coins.

Thursday, 1:44 PM | 3 comments
Back to the land

Food lover, food writer and nationally respected food advocate Ruth Reichl will appear in Mountain View on Monday, Aug. 31, to discuss the importance of farm preservation.

Thursday, 11:36 AM | 1 comment
Police seek home burglary suspects

Police are seeking the public's help in finding two suspects who burglarized a home in Mountain View last week.

Thursday, 10:37 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pipe-wielding man arrested after injuring two

Two people sustained minor injuries after a man police describe as a transient hit them with a pipe at the Alibi Bar in Mountain View over the weekend.

Wednesday, 11:09 AM | 2 comments
Water-tracking app wins city contest

Mountain View's first-ever App Challenge has crowned a winner: "Waterwise," a nifty piece of software that will allow homeowners to remotely check how much water they're using at any given time -- a bit like a SmartMeter for water.

Wednesday, 10:41 AM | 4 comments
City seeks proposals for downtown hotel, transit center

Mountain View leaders are expecting proposals next week from two competing development firms interested in transforming a pair of parking lots near Hope Street into the city's first downtown hotel.

Wednesday, 7:45 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Starbucks to serve different kind of brews

Getting your fix at Starbucks may soon take on a new meaning. Officials at the ubiquitous coffee chain last week announced they would begin serving wine and beer at two locations in Mountain View: Starbucks cafes at 1390 Pear Ave. and 565 San Antonio Road.

Tuesday, 1:58 PM | No comments yet
Audit on the way for MV schools

In an effort to root out any deep-seated problems and performance issues in the district's public schools, The Mountain View Whisman District school board agreed on Aug. 20 to have a crack team of educators conduct a district-wide audit to the tune of $275,000.

Tuesday, 12:36 PM | 5 comments
Police tech debuts at city tech expo

Residents in Mountain View got a recent peek at some of the new technology the city's police force is using to fight crime, including the much-anticipated body cameras and laser mapping devices that have now been fully adopted.

Tuesday, 10:24 AM | 7 comments

Monday, August 24, 2015

City sets new parking rules for Levi's Stadium 49ers games

It's still the preseason for 49ers' fans, but Mountain View city officials are already getting their game face on. In particular, the city is bracing for the possibility that hundreds of football fans will leave their cars in downtown Mountain View as they head to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

Monday, 1:06 PM | 18 comments
Editorial: Timing's right to exercise political might

Momentum is growing among cities in the northern part of Santa Clara County, including Mountain View, to seize an opportunity arising from the potential transportation tax measure on the November 2016 ballot.

Monday, 11:19 AM | 2 comments
Air district report: Leaf blowers present health risks

Blasting air at up to 185 mph, leaf blowers can whip up hazardous particles and contaminants from the ground at speeds greater than a Category 5 hurricane, sending them long distances. Epidemiological studies have long recognized the harm these particles cause to people's respiratory systems, according to Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports.

Monday, 10:07 AM | 23 comments

Friday, August 21, 2015

School district to hire new PIO

Communication between the community and the district office has been spotty for the Mountain View Whisman School District in recent years, and the new superintendent is wasting no time trying to find a solution.

Friday, 1:15 PM | 2 comments
City takes up charge on plug-in car stations

Whether it's Tesla Roadsters, Nissan Leafs or any of the other fancy new models, a growing number of electric vehicles can be seen every day zipping around the streets of Mountain View. And more plug-in vehicles means more demand for places to plug in.

Friday, 11:39 AM | 7 comments
Bend a supervisor's ear at sidewalk office hours

If you're looking to raise questions and concerns about local government while picking up some organic peaches, look no further than Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian's sidewalk office hours. Simitian will be answering questions from community members at or near a number of locations this month, including Mountain View this Sunday.

Friday, 11:24 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tech upgrades in store for high school students

It would be hard to spot the difference as students head back to school this week, but Google's ubiquitous presence in Mountain View has found its way into the classrooms of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District.

Thursday, 1:59 PM | 2 comments
One year later, unsolved killing at Shoreline haunts family

Almost one year ago to the day, 38-year-old Eric Johnson of Contra Costa County was shot and killed while backstage at a Shoreline Amphitheatre concert. His Aug. 22, 2014, slaying remains the subject of an ongoing Mountain View police investigation, but even though his death is unsolved it could soon be a matter for the courts. A civil lawsuit recently filed by his mother is pinning responsibility for Johnson's shooting on the city of Mountain View as well as rapper "Young Jeezy" and the organizers behind hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa's "Under the Influence of Music" tour.

Thursday, 1:55 PM | 7 comments
Walmart shoe thief sought

Police are seeking the public's help in finding a suspect who escaped Walmart security over the weekend after he put on a pair of new shoes and left the store without paying.

Thursday, 12:17 PM | 3 comments
Class in session at new Mistral Elementary

Monday marked the first day of school for bustling crowds of kindergarten students and parents, both excited and a little bit anxious, and the first day for Gabriela Mistral Elementary, the Mountain View Whisman district's newest school.

Thursday, 12:09 PM | 1 comment

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

County EMS leaders launch public safety campaign

Santa Clara County leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday aimed at increasing public awareness of making a clear path for emergency crews responding to urgent situations.

Wednesday, 1:45 PM | 3 comments
Monte Carlo looks to grow the party

Mountain View's Latin nightclub Monte Carlo wants to raise the roof on its city-issued use permit.

Wednesday, 9:01 AM | 41 comments

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mistral parent picked for school board vacancy

After three rounds of voting to winnow down nearly a dozen of applicants, the Mountain View Whisman School District voted Tuesday night to appoint district parent José Gutiérrez to an open seat on the school board.

Tuesday, 10:50 PM | 35 comments
McKelvey Park flood basin on the horizon

McKelvey Park is just months away from a complete makeover. The Santa Clara Valley Water District is slated to begin construction of an 18-foot deep basin across several acres of the park starting in January, transforming the popular baseball park to do double-duty as a diversion pit for Permanente Creek floodwater.

Tuesday, 5:43 PM | 3 comments
Pear Theatre moves on to the next stage

The Pear Avenue Theatre and its plucky band of drama enthusiasts are used to working in a tight space. Now, with a little more elbow room in its new digs, the group is looking forward to bigger things this season.

Tuesday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
Cities challenge VTA on transportation funding

With the regional push for a transportation tax measure cruising toward November 2016, Palo Alto, Mountain View and other cities in northern part of Santa Clara County are joining forces to make sure their needs don't get overshadowed by San Jose's.

Tuesday, 8:59 AM | 7 comments

Monday, August 17, 2015

A change of pace for teen mental health

The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District has picked one of its own long-time behavioral therapist to head the district's mental health services starting this year, bringing some in-house leadership to student wellness efforts.

Monday, 4:24 PM | 9 comments
Assault victim found during police search

Police located the victim of an assault Saturday night after sweeping the area around 60 Centre Street in Mountain View during a helicopter-assisted search for the suspect.

Monday, 12:16 PM | 8 comments
4.0 quake centered near Piedmont

A preliminary 4.0-magnitude earthquake has been reported near Piedmont this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Monday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet

La Boulange Palo Alto set to close Sept. 3
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