If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Council to ask voters for a raise]]> City Council members voted Tuesday to trim down a proposed raise in pay for themselves, expressing fear that residents wouldn't approve of a boost that would bring it up to minimum wage.]]> <![CDATA[Spartan Robotics heads to the finals]]> The robotics team at Mountain View High School are headed to the championship after crushing the competition at the Silicon Valley Regional event. Spartan Robotics, or Team 971, won all 35 of their matches, and placed first overall out of 59 participating teams.]]> <![CDATA[County seeks owners of $244K in unclaimed money]]> The Santa Clara County Department of Revenue has published a list of approximately 1,060 people who are potential owners of nearly $244,000 in unclaimed money on deposit with the County.]]> <![CDATA[Google grant a boon to local teachers]]> A Google grant that funded more than 700 Bay Area classroom projects last month is starting to pay off. Hundreds of teachers who requested everything from books to violin strings and boxing gloves on the nonprofit charity website ]]> <![CDATA[Earth Day for burrowing owls ... and Spider-Men]]> There were some notable volunteers helping with a project to restore burrowing owl habitat at Shoreline Park on Monday, including Jamie Foxx, who chatted with Mayor Chris Clark, and fellow cast members from the new Amazing Spider-Man movie.]]> <![CDATA[Council may seek voters' OK of pay raise]]> With major concerns looming that only the city's relatively wealthy residents can afford to be on the City Council, council members say they want a pay raise to make the job attractive to a wider range of candidates.]]> <![CDATA[Herb Wong, jazz icon and educator, dies at 88]]> Easter Sunday this year saw the passing of Herb Wong, a long-time Menlo Park resident renowned internationally as a jazz expert and educator, who taught jazz at the Palo Alto Adult School for 25 years.]]> <![CDATA[County seeks new site for north county homeless shelter]]> The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to find a replacement for the north county's cold-weather homeless shelter at the Sunnyvale Armory, now being demolished.]]> <![CDATA[Superintendent: Reopening Whisman-Slater school 'a given']]> Parents and kids alike came out in big numbers Thursday night to show support for reopening an elementary school in the Whisman and Slater neighborhoods.]]> <![CDATA[Woman rifles through mailboxes, witness tells police]]> Police received a report that a woman was carrying a large quantity of mail, and was allegedly entering private property and looking through mailboxes along the 100 block of Mercy Street.]]> <![CDATA[Campaign to raise MV's minimum wage heats up]]> Local activists are organizing residents to speak to the City Council on Tuesday, April 22, in an effort to have the city's minimum wage increased.]]> <![CDATA[Garden debuts at Theuerkauf elementary]]> While environmental groups prepare to commemorate Earth Day next week, students in elementary schools across Mountain View are getting their hands dirty, and experiencing a little bit of Earth Day every day.]]> <![CDATA[City sees office workers squeezed into tighter spaces]]> With Mountain View facing a possible avalanche of traffic congestion and gentrification from 5.5 million square feet of office growth in the development pipeline, the question of how many employees companies choose to pack into their buildings is as important a factor as ever, and one that city officials say is hard to pin down.]]> <![CDATA[Gang confrontation leads to three arrests]]> Police arrested two men and one juvenile after they allegedly tried to instigate a gang fight at the 200 block of Higdon Avenue.]]> <![CDATA[Four more arrested in connection to arson fire]]> The Mountain View Police Department arrested four more juveniles in its ongoing investigation of the drug- and alcohol-fueled parties and subsequent arson fire that destroyed a house on Fordham Way last month.]]> <![CDATA[Library bike repair station opens to the public]]> Stuck without tools and need to fix your bike? Lucky for you the city's efforts to be bike friendly now include a free bike repair station in front of the city library.]]> <![CDATA[Rallying support to reopen schools]]> Neighborhood representatives in northeast Mountain View are prepared to lay out several proposals at Thursday's Mountain View Whisman School Board meeting, requesting that trustees consider reopening the Whisman and Slater elementary schools, which were closed several years ago.]]> <![CDATA[Startup event attracts middle school students]]> Students were introduced to the world of startups at weekend-long workshop at Crittenden Middle School.]]> <![CDATA[New track coach inspires students]]> Michael Streck-Woodard, has had a commanding presence as Mountain View High's track and field coach since last February. And with good reason.]]>