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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mountain View DMV affected by computer outage

California Department of Motor Vehicles officials said today that a computer outage that has affected its offices across the state is again affecting Bay Area offices.

Thursday, 12:54 PM | 3 comments
Editorial endorsement: Yes on Measure GG

Shore up funding for local schools and help warm up frosty relations between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School? That's the question facing voters, who are asked to approve a $223 parcel tax that will go toward funding core school services in the school district, which encompasses a portion of Mountain View.

Thursday, 12:52 PM | 1 comment
Bike Share booted, but what will replace it?

Mountain View's Bike Share program, with its seven stations and dozens of rental bicycles, will be taken out in the coming weeks, but it's not clear what, if any, new bike program will be replacing it.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | 16 comments
Test scores soar at Crittenden

Every Wednesday morning, teachers at Crittenden Middle School get together for their pre-game huddle, coordinating lessons, trading ideas and working together across departments -- with the common goal of making sure all 664 students at the school can effectively read and write by the time they hit high school.

Thursday, 10:27 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Google Fiber hits wall for 'most' cities

Is Google Fiber still coming to Mountain View? In a cryptic blog post this week, Craig Barratt, the head of Google's fiber division made it clear the company was pulling back on plans to bring ultra-speed broadband lines to "most" cities. Which cities exactly? Those specifics went unanswered.

Wednesday, 3:58 PM | No comments yet
A hotbed for hospital innovation

In the back of the El Camino Hospital campus, clinical specialist Will Johnsen slapped on a pair of 3-D glasses and began picking apart a virtual human body, pulling out neck vertebrae and arteries, rotating and manipulating each part as it's projected about 6 inches in front of a computer monitor.

Wednesday, 8:59 AM | 2 comments
Military grants to local firms

A Pentagon-led effort to restore ties between Silicon Valley and the U.S. military isn't bearing fruit yet, but it is sowing a lot of seeds.

Wednesday, 8:58 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rain expected Thursday in Bay Area

Showers will leave the North Bay this morning, but another storm is due to arrive in the Bay Area on Thursday and possibly over the weekend,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said this morning.

Tuesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
An eco-dilemma: save redwoods or build bike lanes?

Google's ambitious plans to build a futuristic headquarters in Mountain View's North Bayshore is hitting big snags over some of the neighborhood's deep-rooted inhabitants. About 200 trees, mostly redwoods, lining Shoreline Boulevard and nearby streets will need to be removed to make way for a slate of road improvements to accommodate the company's growing workforce.

Tuesday, 10:23 AM | 44 comments
Building begins on affordable housing

At a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, Mountain View city officials marked the start of construction on a 116-unit affordable housing project located at 779 Evelyn Ave.

Tuesday, 10:22 AM | 2 comments

Monday, October 24, 2016

No disguising Costume Bank's role at Halloween

Getting its start from a theater company's donation of its old costumes, the Costume Bank in Los Altos has been in business for over 50 years. Among the thousands of get-ups, many are high quality handmade and vintage costumes, said volunteer Katie Hammerson.

Monday, 4:50 PM | 1 comment
Last day to register to vote for Nov. 8 election

Monday is the last day for Bay Area residents and Californians in general to register to vote for the Nov. 8 General Election, according to the California Secretary of State's office.

Monday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Guest opinion: Rent stabilization is still rent control

Mountain View voters will be asked in the upcoming election to consider two rent control measures, V and W. Both measures are an attempt to deal with rising rents and their impact on low-income residents.

Sunday, 4:00 PM | 18 comments
Guest Opinion: Renters deserve some protections

I'm one of the fortunate minority in the city: I own my house. My wife and I moved to Mountain View in 1998 and in the interim period we have managed to pay off our mortgage. In that same period, our townhouse has increased in value by a few multiples of what we bought it for, due to no effort on my part. I am indeed fortunate.

Sunday, 2:19 PM | 32 comments

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Committee outlines potential plane-noise recommendations

A multi-city and county committee tasked with finding ways to reduce overhead noise from airplanes going to and from San Francisco International Airport has released preliminary proposed recommendations.

Saturday, 1:11 PM | 24 comments

Friday, October 21, 2016

Standoff triggers lockdown in Slater neighborhood

Mountain View police arrested a man last week after he allegedly refused to leave a home on Gladys Avenue, and threatened a resident with what appeared to be a firearm. The standoff lasted more than two hours, and ended after police fired a beanbag round and used a stun gun on the suspect in order to apprehend him outside the home.

Friday, 2:11 PM | 14 comments
Arrest in gang-related stabbing at Rengstorff Park

A 19-year-old Sunnyvale man was arrested on attempted murder charges Thursday in connection to a gang-related stabbing at Rengstorff Park over the Fourth of July weekend, according to Mountain View police.

Friday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet
Six compete to lead Foothill-De Anza district

This November, voters in several North County and West Valley cities will decide who will lead the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Six candidates are vying for three seats on the district's board of trustees, giving voters a rare chance to weigh in on the district's leadership.

Friday, 10:06 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Moffett Gateway wins council approval

A hotel and office development at a crucial highway juncture received a unanimous round of approvals from the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday night, despite some concerns over the project's traffic and environmental impacts.

Thursday, 1:54 PM | 14 comments
Editorial: Yes on Santa Clara County measures A, B

Two important measures on the Nov. 8 ballot ask Santa Clara County voters to approve a $950 million bond measure to build badly needed housing to serve homeless and low-income residents and a half-cent sales-tax increase to fund transportation projects over the next 30 years.

Thursday, 11:42 AM | 7 comments
County voters to decide on Measure B half-cent sales tax

Voters will decide next month on a measure that would raise billions of dollars to help address many public transportation issues throughout Santa Clara County.

Thursday, 7:54 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Council seeks to ease downtown parking woes

Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday night to explore a broad range of strategies aimed at freeing up parking in the downtown area, after city surveys showed that every parking lot in the area is packed to the brim, forcing restaurant patrons to circulate endlessly.

Wednesday, 1:28 PM | 33 comments
Building unity at Foothill College

Foothill College's Umoja Scholars Program seeks to promote learning about African and African-American culture through a core set of pedagogies, curricula and practices, while also providing targeted support to students who might otherwise flounder at large community colleges.

Wednesday, 11:28 AM | 1 comment
Measure A backers hope to put dent in affordable-housing crisis

What some officials say is the most significant measure in Santa Clara County history to help low- and moderate-income residents find affordable housing will come before voters on Nov. 8.

Wednesday, 10:17 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Moffett Gateway project heads back to Council

In a packed agenda for Tuesday evening, the Mountain View City Council will consider a penultimate set of approvals for a massive office and hotel project slated to go near the Highway 101 and 85 interchange.

Tuesday, 11:40 AM | 9 comments

Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekend rain totals beat all of October 2015

Since Thursday evening most places in the Bay Area got more rain than in all of October of last year, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

Monday, 4:49 PM | 2 comments
Huge housing development raises hopes and fears

At face value, it's a proposal packed with exactly what Mountain View leaders want -- a colossal new apartment complex that would single-handedly boost the city's affordable housing stock by about 15 percent.

Monday, 4:48 PM | 29 comments
Los Altos Hills: alleged stalker exchanged gunfire with occupant of home

A man injured in a shooting in a Los Altos Hills home Friday was allegedly a stalker who forced his way inside and opened fire before he was shot in return by one of the occupants, a Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman said this morning.

Monday, 1:42 PM | 12 comments
Castro parents go back to school

At Castro Elementary, students aren't the only ones taking classes. Each week, dozens of parents take time out of their Saturday morning to attend a new course aimed at helping them better understand the school system and improve their English.

Monday, 11:20 AM | 1 comment
FEMA funds retrofits for Loma Prieta quake anniversary

Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, which killed 63 people in Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, damaged 12,000 homes and 2,600 businesses, causing an estimated $6 billion in damage.

Monday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet

Friday, October 14, 2016

Update: Man shot in Los Altos Hills neighborhood incident today

Investigators are working to identify a suspect in a shooting today (Oct. 14) that left a man injured in a quiet Los Altos Hills neighborhood and forced residents to briefly shelter in place, a Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman said.

Friday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Hospital CEO's severance payout could reach $834,200

The El Camino Hospital board of directors said their goodbyes to hospital president and CEO Tomi Ryba Wednesday night, approving a severance agreement that guarantees as much as $834,200 in payments to her over the next year.

Friday, 12:48 PM | 13 comments
Uber driver arrested after alleged assault on parking enforcement officer

Police arrested a 62-year-old Uber driver in downtown Mountain View after he allegedly confronted a parking-enforcement police assistant and backed his car into the police vehicle while being issued a ticket.

Friday, 12:07 PM | 19 comments
Editorial endorsement: Measure V is the right choice to protect renters and the community

Mountain View voters who flat-out oppose rent control in any form will have an easy decision when they cast their ballots this election season. But those who support creating a mechanism to help stabilize a situation in this city in which double-digit rent increases are driving far too many residents from their homes will have a more complicated choice.

Friday, 9:50 AM | 32 comments
Election 2016: Council race finds Mountain View at pivotal juncture

Mountain View stands at the proverbial crossroads in the coming days as voters choose four City Council candidates from a roster of eight. In essence, majority control is up for grabs as the council prepares for major decisions regarding proposals including dozens of gigantic office and residential projects already in the pipeline.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 19 comments

Why Are Two Plastic Bag Propositions on the California Ballot?
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 1,599 views

Marriage Interview 16: X-Wife and Widow Issues
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 490 views