If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Used bookshop scrambles to save business]]> Hotranatha Ajaya, the owner of the downtown shop Book Buyers, committed what some merchants might consider a blunder -- he openly admitted that business wasn't so hot.
Costs are rising, sales are sluggish and online competition is undermining the bottom line, he wrote in his newsletter last week. In an earnest confession, he estimated that his used bookstore had three months to turn around or be forced to close down. But Ajaya made a sincere pledge: he would do everything he could to prevent that from happening. ]]>
<![CDATA[Punch-out at Rengstorff Park]]> Police arrested a Mountain View man late Sunday afternoon after he allegedly started punching two people sitting on a bench at Rengstorff Park in an unprovoked attack.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto set to move ahead with minimum-wage hike]]> Following in the footsteps of its neighbors in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, Palo Alto is preparing to adopt a new law raising the local minimum wage to $10.30 per hour.]]> <![CDATA[Body found Thursday believed to be missing Palo Alto hiker]]> Searchers have found a body believed to be that of a Palo Alto man who went missing while hiking in the the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County on Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Council OKs $1.2 million for studies of North Bayshore housing]]> Throwing a new twist into future development plans in North Bayshore, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday night signaled that more than 100 acres of land could be used to build a new residential neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain's bike bump form now available online]]> People with bicycles who are bumped off Caltrain due to overcrowding issues can now make reports online.]]> <![CDATA[School board plugs gaps in preschool funding]]> Santa Clara County is experiencing a drought in preschool funding, and it's taking a toll on Mountain View schools. Federal preschool grants skipped over California for next year, and the state is allowing a program to expire that funds 25 percent of the preschool spots in the Mountain View Whisman School District.]]> <![CDATA[Healdsburg superintendent tapped to lead MVLA]]> After four months of searching, board members at the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District announced Tuesday they have selected Jeff Harding, the current superintendent of the Healdsburg Unified School District, as the top finalist to replace Superintendent Barry Groves.]]> <![CDATA[East Palo Alto man arrested for indecent exposure]]> Police have arrested an East Palo Alto man on charges that he exposed himself to at least three people last month at the Stanford Shopping Center, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.]]> <![CDATA[Preschool raises enough money to move]]> After almost a year of campaigning for donations, parents and teachers at the Mountain View Parent Nursery School finally have the money they need to relocate the 45-year-old preschool to a new spot across the street.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre closes for remodel]]> Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre has closed for significant interior renovations, with new seating, updated restrooms and an area in the lobby for moviegoers to enjoy beer, wine or food before watching a film.]]> <![CDATA[Attorney General: Be wary of tax season immigration scams]]> Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking the public to be on the lookout for immigration scams during tax season.]]> <![CDATA[El Camino volunteers have a lot to give]]> Whether it's serving up cups of coffee or escorting patients around the hospital, volunteers wearing bright red shirts are at work all around El Camino Hospital.]]> <![CDATA[$1.2 million price tag to explore North Bayshore housing]]> In what is sure to be a closely watched meeting, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday will discuss ways to include housing in the future development of the North Bayshore area.]]> <![CDATA[Expect delays during Foothill Expy. bridge-widening project]]> Commuters using Foothill Expressway could be delayed by 10 minutes or more today at Loyola Corners as work begins on the Loyola Bridge widening project in Santa Clara County, county officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Crime is down, but thefts are still high]]> Crime is on a downward trend in Mountain View, but that isn't stopping thieves from burglarizing homes and businesses, according to a police department report on 2014 crime statistics. And while its a tricky business finding the root cause of crime trends, police say it might be state laws fueling the fire.]]> <![CDATA[Dance for every body]]> At the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View, there's a dance fitness class that's open to people of all abilities. It's called Dance for All, and organizers believe it has the power to change the community.]]> <![CDATA[No easy fixes for teen depression, suicide]]> In the wake of recent suicides on the Caltrain tracks, teen depression and school-related stress are under new scrutiny, as parents and students alike are taking a hard look at what can be done to turn things around.]]> <![CDATA[LinkedIn sets sights on local watering hole]]> One of Mountain View's well-established bars is the latest property in the cross-hairs of a rapid spree of development proposed for North Bayshore. ]]> <![CDATA[2014 second-highest year for West Nile virus cases]]> There were more than 800 human cases of West Nile virus throughout the state in 2014, the second-highest year on record to date, the state Department of Public Health announced Wednesday, April 8.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View's fire chief stepping down]]> Mountain View's top fire official, who ushered in greater cooperation among the hodgepodge of South Bay emergency agencies, announced last week he would retire after five years on the job. Fire Chief Brad Wardle informed the city's administration last week that he needed to end his 29-year firefighting career in order to move to Utah and take care of his infirm mother. ]]> <![CDATA[Police arrest suspected car burglar]]> A transient woman was arrested in Mountain View last week after she was found carrying CDs and other objects reportedly stolen from cars in the area.]]> <![CDATA[Armed robbery suspect dies after being shot by Sunnyvale police]]> A robbery suspect allegedly armed with a knife died after a Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officer shot him this morning, public safety officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Council offers extension for Symantec development deal]]> Mountain View City Council members last week signaled they wouldn't scrap a development deal with Symantec for a new 100,000-square foot office building off East Middlefield Road even though the company failed to meet a deadline to build a bike trail. ]]> <![CDATA[Scientists: State drought likely to worsen]]> The likelihood of California experiencing more warm, dry years leading to severe drought is increasing, according to research by Stanford University scientists.]]> <![CDATA[Spring farm tours at Deer Hollow]]> Deer Hollow Farm's annual spring tours will take place on two upcoming Saturdays, April 18 and May 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. People will be able to visit a variety of farm animals in their pens, explore the garden, see the blooming orchard, and learn about the region's history of homestead farming. ]]> <![CDATA[District plans to get tough on water wasters]]> Minimal rainfall marked the end of a dry winter season for California, and the end of the drought appears to be nowhere in sight. To keep dwindling water reserves from drying up, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is responding with an even more stringent call for water use reduction, and is looking at new ways to enforce fines on people who waste water.]]> <![CDATA[Second Harvest, tech execs launch 'Stand Up for Kids' campaign]]> Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and a group of high-level tech executives launched this month a "Stand Up for Kids" campaign with the goal of helping to feed the one in three children in Silicon Valley who struggles with hunger.]]> <![CDATA[School's out in June for innovative Theuerkauf principal]]> Long-time Theuerkauf Elementary School Principal Connie Sawdey announced she will be retiring at the end of the school year, and she's leaving big shoes to fill. Regarded as tech-savvy and innovative by parents and district administrators, Sawdey has spent the last 11 years as principal starting up new programs Theuerkauf.]]> <![CDATA[City leadership program loses director]]> Alicia Crank, who directed the Leadership Mountain View program for the last six years, announced she will be leaving in May to pursue a new career in Seattle. ]]> <![CDATA[Rain, hail, strong winds in Bay Area forecast]]> Forecasters are predicting strong winds, rain and hail in the Bay Area today and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.]]> <![CDATA[Bike Share system planning expansion by 2017]]> A plan to increase the number of bicycles in the Bay Area Bike Share system tenfold by the end of 2017 at no cost to taxpayers was announced by area government officials today.]]> <![CDATA[Fitting a new Whisman school into the budget]]> Time is money for school districts looking to build new classrooms and upgrade infrastructure, as construction costs in the Bay Area are soaring toward levels rivaling those of the dot-com era. The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking to develop plans post-haste to improve all eight of its schools, plus add a new one.]]> <![CDATA[Big changes in top staff at school district]]> Big changes are on the way for the Mountain View Whisman School District, and with it will come some new faces in the district office. As the district faces decisions on construction projects, opening a new school and building new classrooms, Mountain View Whisman is poised to start the new school year with a new superintendent, a new chief business officer and a new special needs director.]]> <![CDATA[Man threatens bar-goers with knife]]> Police arrested a man Saturday after he allegedly pulled a knife at a bar in Mountain View and threatened to set fire to the bar and injure patrons.]]> <![CDATA[Council approves tentative minimum-wage plan]]> Mountain View's elected leaders on Tuesday night reaffirmed their commitment to raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but they left some details open to future tweaking as to how they would implement the plan. ]]> <![CDATA[Man challenges cop to a fight]]> A 35-year-old San Francisco man was arrested after he allegedly drank in public, verbally abused a police officer and challenged the officer to a fight.]]> <![CDATA[School district aiming to buy San Antonio property]]> When the Los Altos School District passed a $150 million bond last year, the top "wishlist" item among district staff and the school board was a new school site north of El Camino Real. Last week marks the first clear step towards making that happen, as the district entered negotiations with the property owners at 201 San Antonio Circle to discuss purchasing the site.]]> <![CDATA[It's official: Google takes over Moffett Airfields, Hangar One]]> It's no joke: On April 1, a Google subsidiary formally took control of Moffett Federal Airfield and the iconic Hangar One as part of a 60-year lease deal with NASA.]]> <![CDATA[Khan Academy opens doors to world diplomats]]> It was one of the rare times when the Khan Academy was teaching a live, in-person class, rather than through a video feed. But the students who gathered in the nonprofit's downtown Mountain View campus on Tuesday afternoon were nothing if not special.]]> <![CDATA[Governor orders mandatory reduction in water-use]]> Gov. Jerry Brown today issued an executive order for statewide mandatory water use reductions, the first-ever order in California's history, according to the governor's office.]]> <![CDATA[Police: Suspicions of theft triggered Palo Alto's murder-suicide]]> The Palo Alto man who police said fatally shot the apartment manager at the Alta Torre Apartments before killing himself in the building's elevator believed that the manager was stealing items from his apartment, the police investigation concluded.]]> <![CDATA[Chamber CEO announces plans to leave]]> Chamber President and CEO Oscar Garcia has announced that he will depart the business group later this year. ]]> <![CDATA[Mental Health Association organizes youth suicide prevention roundtable]]> The Mental Health Association of San Francisco is organizing a community roundtable on youth suicide prevention for this Thursday evening in Mountain View, featuring a panel discussion with mental health advocate and suicide survivor Kevin Hines, a Palo Alto High School parent and Bay Area high schoolers.]]> <![CDATA[Local attorney eyeing U.S. Senate race]]> Local attorney George "Duf" Sundheim is floating a trial balloon for a possible run for Barbara Boxer's United States Senate seat, which she plans to vacate next year. ]]> <![CDATA[Teaming up to beat diabetes]]> Dozens of people showed up at the doors of Community Services Agency on Tuesday, some arriving an hour early, to get screened for diabetes. It may not sound like an occasion to get excited about, but needy residents of Mountain View appeared eager to take advantage of a new program that takes on diabetes and fights the root causes of the disease.]]> <![CDATA[Train strikes, kills pedestrian in Sunnyvale]]> A 20-year-old man was struck and killed by a Caltrain in Sunnyvale Sunday morning, March 29, according to Caltrain officials.
<![CDATA[Girl struck by car near Rengstorff Park]]> A juvenile girl was injured Thursday afternoon after being hit by a passing vehicle while she was trying to cross Rengstorff Avenue, police said. The victim was hospitalized with minor injuries, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.]]> <![CDATA[Can Mountain View afford a new school?]]> Members of the Mountain View Whisman's Boundary Advisory Task Force are poised to decide whether it's the right time to open a school in the Whisman and Slater neighborhood area. But concerns over under-enrollment and millions of dollars in additional costs are still top issues that could sink the idea entirely.]]>