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Friday, May 22, 2015

Not enough students, not enough money to open ninth campus

Months of long, difficult and sometimes bitter meetings came to a head in a marathon Mountain View Whisman school board meeting Thursday night, when board members narrowly decided in a 3-2 straw vote not to open up a new school in the Whisman and Slater neighborhood area.

Friday, 1:59 PM | 1 comment
City opens new affordable housing complex

Mountain View leaders cut the ribbon on Tuesday, celebrating the completion of a new 49-home apartment building offering below-market studios.

Friday, 10:21 AM | 5 comments
District names new Landels principal

Stephen Chesley, a long-time administrator at Graham Middle School, has been selected to take up the torch as principal of Landels Elementary starting next school year, and already he said he's gotten quite the reception.

Friday, 10:12 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

City toughens up water restrictions

Keeping your lawn alive just got a little more difficult. Following state-mandated requirements to reduce water use, Mountain View City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday night to adopt a plan that would reduce the city's water usage by restricting, among other things, landscape irrigation to only two days per week.

Thursday, 6:48 PM | 13 comments
Claim filed against county office of education over alleged molestation at outdoor ed-camp

A claim was filed Thursday, May 21, against the Santa Clara County Office of Education alleging it hired a person who molested a 10-year-old boy at a science camp earlier this year.

Thursday, 6:47 PM | No comments yet
Tennis tournament returns to MV

The 2015 Mountain View Open Tennis Tournament is set for Memorial Day weekend at the Cuesta Tennis Center at Cuesta Park. Returning tournament director John Togasaki will be leading this four-day tournament.

Thursday, 12:38 PM | No comments yet
Google to roll out new self-driving cars in MV

The sight of Google's self-driving cars navigating the road is nothing new for Mountain View residents, but national tech media got whipped into a tizzy last week over news that a new fleet of auto-piloted cars will soon be hitting local streets.

Thursday, 12:06 PM | 1 comment
More charges brought against camp counselor in child porn case

A former science camp counselor in Santa Clara County who allegedly possessed hundreds of child pornography photos and videos is facing additional charges alleging that he manufactured child pornography, a deputy district attorney said Wednesday.

Thursday, 11:40 AM | 1 comment
Days numbered for city's small RV park

Dozens of residents living in a North Whisman RV park fear that they could be forced out of Mountain View now that the property is being sold to a residential developer.

Thursday, 11:21 AM | 15 comments
Woman arrested for suspected Kohl's theft

A Menlo Park woman was arrested last week after she was caught allegedly trying to steal more than $1,000 in jewelery from the Kohl's on Showers Drive.

Thursday, 10:13 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Local mental health program receives WASC accreditation

El Camino Hospital's After School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) program for local teenagers with significant mental health conditions has received a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the hospital announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 1:59 PM | No comments yet
MV council declines to revisit El Camino bus plan

A proposal to dedicate lanes of El Camino Real for bus traffic continues to be a lightning rod of controversy in Mountain View, but council members indicated they weren't inclined to revisit the issue in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, 11:45 AM | 37 comments
Tennis tournament at Cuesta Park this weekend

The 2015 Mountain View Open Tennis Tournament is set for Memorial Day weekend at the Cuesta Tennis Center at Cuesta Park. Returning tournament director John Togasaki will be leading this four-day tournament.

Wednesday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
MV veteran inducted into French Legion of Honor

It's safe to say that there aren't too many residents of Mountain View who belong to the French Legion of Honor. Alfonso Barreras, an 80-year-old Mountain View resident, is the latest to receive the honor.

Wednesday, 9:16 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Luring kids back to hot lunch

School officials in Mountain View have been pushing for what they call "21st century learning" in the classroom for years. But back in the kitchens, every elementary and middle school in the city is stuck in the 20th century, with aging equipment used to cook up food that fewer and fewer kids are finding palatable.

Tuesday, 11:57 AM | 7 comments
Wednesday: El Camino hosts panel of women innovators in health care fields

Los Altos Women's Caucus and El Camino Hospital are teaming up to host a panel of local women innovators in healthcare on Wednesday, May 20, at the hospital. Panelists include Surbhi Sarna, Piya Sorcar, Dr. Erica Weirich, and El Camino CEO Tomi Ryba.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto pilot was arrested prior to disappearance

A flight instructor who allegedly stole a plane from the Palo Alto Municipal Airport and vanished over the Pacific Ocean was arrested two weeks prior to his disappearance, according to court records in Florida's Orange County Superior Court.

Tuesday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bill eliminating personal belief vaccination exemption clears state Senate

A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children has passed the California Senate and is now being considered by the state Assembly.

Monday, 1:47 PM | 21 comments
Parcel tax renewal on the horizon for MV Whisman schools

Election season is still comfortably far away, but Mountain View Whisman school board members are looking to get a head start on drafting a new parcel tax to hit the ballot box as soon as March of next year.

Monday, 11:05 AM | 29 comments
New MVLA superintendent promises to play 'big role' in community

Healdsburg Superintendent Jeff Harding will take over as superintendent of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School district this summer, following the board's approval of his contract Monday.

Monday, 10:01 AM | 2 comments

Friday, May 15, 2015

Google to roll out new self-driving cars in MV

Self-driving cars could soon be a much more common sight on Mountain View streets as part of Google's plan to roll out a new fleet of prototype vehicles this summer.

Friday, 1:24 PM | 23 comments
Task force dumps new school plan

Plans for a new school in the Whisman and Slater neighborhood area of the city may be on the ropes after members of Mountain View Whisman School District's Boundary Advisory Task Force agreed last night that a new school would siphon too many students from existing schools and threaten a school closure in the future.

Friday, 10:21 AM | 128 comments
Housing dealt setback in North Bayshore decision

Through last year's election and a string of subsequent policy decisions, Mountain View officials signaled they wanted to transform North Bayshore's office parks into a viable mixed-use neighborhood a village where tech workers could live, work and shop. By adding thousands of new homes, city officials reasoned they could clamp down on traffic congestion as well as ease the citywide housing shortage.
But is that vision of tech-ville still feasible? Last week's council decision to divide up bonus development rights in North Bayshore could be seen as a big setback to that goal. In a 4-3 vote, council members threw their support behind splitting 2.2 million square feet in office expansion between four sites, none of which were marked for further residential study by the city.

Friday, 10:19 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Four suspects arrested after cop hit by car

Four suspects are in custody after a suspected financial fraud incident at an AT&T store in Mountain View in which two of the suspects drove their vehicle into an officer.

Thursday, 1:03 PM | 10 comments
Vintage World War II aircraft on display at Moffett Field

A collection of rare World War II aircraft touched down at Moffett Federal Airfield and they'll be available the public to admire, hop inside or even take up for a ride through Friday, May 22.

Thursday, 12:13 PM | 22 comments
Three suspects sought for credit card fraud

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying three suspects who tried to purchase $5,000 in goods from a store last month using a fraudulent credit card account.

Thursday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet
MV cop suffers minor injuries when struck by suspect's car

A Mountain View police officer was reportedly injured Wednesday night after the officer was struck by a suspect's vehicle in a parking lot.

Thursday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet
Pedestrian threatened, PA man arrested

A Palo Alto man was arrested in Mountain View near the Safeway on San Antonio road last week after he threatened to harm someone, and later returned to the same area where police arrested him.

Thursday, 8:03 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Want a cash prize? Create an app for that

Mountain View officials launched a contest this week to come up with ideas for a smartphone app to improve the town, with the top three ideas to win cash prizes.

Wednesday, 2:54 PM | 2 comments
County camp employee charged with child molestation

An employee at the Walden West Science Camp in Saratoga is facing molestation charges following an investigation that found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on his computer, according to the press release Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Wednesday, 10:59 AM | No comments yet
Showers, thunderstorms in forecast for Thursday

Rain is expected to arrive in the Bay Area as early as this evening and continue through much of Thursday, National Weather Service officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bike to Work Day kicks into high gear

Hundreds of Mountain View workers will keep the car home and instead hop on their bikes this Thursday for the annual Bike to Work Day.
Now entering its 21st year, Bike to Work Day is designed to encourage commuters to give biking a try as a viable transit alternative in the South Bay.

Tuesday, 1:57 PM | 17 comments
LASD hosts broad outreach sessions

The Los Altos School District is seeking broad public input for how to handle growing enrollment with $150 million in bond money on the table, marking a change after six months of meetings with the 30-person Facilities Master Plan Committee.

Tuesday, 10:12 AM | 1 comment

Monday, May 11, 2015

City to ID hazardous 'soft-story' buildings

The city of Mountain View is set to follow the example of San Francisco and Berkeley after staff last week proposed taking the first steps towards encouraging -- or forcing -- property owners to retrofit buildings in the city that are more likely to collapse in major earthquakes.

Monday, 4:48 PM | 6 comments
Domestic violence incident leads to 2 arrests

Police made two arrests following an alleged domestic violence incident where a husband and wife both claimed to officers that they had been attacked.

Monday, 12:11 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Police arrest suspect in Los Altos identity theft

Police are reminding residents to avoid leaving important papers unsecured in a mailbox after a suspect allegedly stole mail to set up a credit account not her own in February, according to Los Altos police.

Sunday, 8:14 PM | 1 comment
East Palo Alto man dies in MV car accident

An 18-year-old East Palo Alto man died early Sunday morning after his vehicle struck a tree on northbound state Highway 85 in Mountain View, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sunday, 6:01 PM | 1 comment

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Voice wins in statewide journalism competition

The Mountain View Voice was honored at a statewide journalism competition on Saturday, winning first place for the best news photo. At the Better Newspaper Contest, the Voice took also took home two second-place awards for education coverage and feature photo.

Saturday, 5:36 PM | No comments yet

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