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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Report points to sheriff's 'abject failure' to protect inmate in mental crisis

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office's handling of a mentally ill inmate who suffered life-altering brain damage during transport was a colossal failure, according to a report issued Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Theranos employees were 'sleeping in their cars' in effort to address quality control issues

The examination of former Theranos lab associate Erika Cheung wrapped up in San Jose on Friday in the federal criminal trial against Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes.

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Newsom signs housing bills that reform single-family zoning

Having survived the recall attempt, the governor has signed two bold housing bills, including one that would reform zoning by allowing up to four dwellings on parcels currently designated for a single home.

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Facing county pressure, Bullis Charter School moves to prioritize enrolling low-income students

Bullis Charter School is looking to set aside 10% of its open seats for children who qualify for free or reduce priced school meals. In 2020, 1.4% of the school's students were considered socioeconomically disadvantaged by the state.

Friday, 1:55 PM | 6 comments
Mountain View voters overwhelmingly opposed recall effort, election results show

Gov. Gavin Newsom prevailed in the state's recall election this week, with nearly two-thirds of voters across the state voting against ousting him from public office. But local opposition to the recall was even stronger.

Friday, 1:02 PM | 2 comments
Local lawmaker targets reforming California's recall process

After beating back an effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democratic lawmakers began to set the stage Wednesday for reforming what they see as a deeply flawed recall process, with the goal of bringing a measure to voters in 2022.

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Convicted murderer John Getreu's own words pointed to his guilt in cold-case slayings of two women on Stanford land

Convicted murderer John Arthur Getreu revealed multiple times during a law enforcement interview that he had knowledge of the murders of two women found on Stanford University land in the 1970s.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

California recall: The 2022 campaign starts now

Gov. Gavin Newsom's robust defeat of the recall gives him a head start in the 2022 gubernatorial election.

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Mountain View approves rowhouse development that will replace 70 rent-controlled apartments

The days are numbered for another complex of older, more affordable rent-controlled apartments in Mountain View after the City Council voted to approve a project that would raze the homes and replace them with for-sale rowhouses.

Thursday, 1:57 PM | 29 comments

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Police investigating shooting Wednesday afternoon at Rengstorff Park

Mountain View police are investigating a shooting at Rengstorff Park Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release from the agency.

Wednesday, 6:48 PM | 3 comments
West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes found in Palo Alto, Mountain View

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District will be treating parts of Palo Alto and Mountain View with insecticide after recently detecting West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in limited areas of the two cities.

Wednesday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
Prosecution, defense spar over Theranos' finances at Holmes trial

The examination of the corporate controller for the blood testing company Theranos continued Tuesday in the federal criminal trial against the company's founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes.

Wednesday, 4:05 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View passes rent control for mobile homes, capping rents across city's six mobile home parks

The Mountain View City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to enact rent control for mobile homes, ending a yearslong battle by tenants fighting for protections against rent hikes.

Wednesday, 1:40 PM | 6 comments

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

California recall election results 2021: Live updates

Get up-to-date results on the California recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Tuesday, 9:30 PM | No comments yet
Newsom overwhelmingly defeats California recall attempt

The attempt to throw Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office failed by a wide margin, according to vote counts released Tuesday night in California's historic recall election.

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Swift verdict in John Getreu trial: Guilty of first-degree murder

After a two-week jury trial, John Getreu has been convicted of murdering 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor on Stanford University property nearly 50 years ago.

Tuesday, 6:03 PM | 1 comment
Santa Clara County readies for surge of refugees following U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Santa Clara County is expecting a dramatic increase in refugees following the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, with nonprofits estimating that more than 500 people will need to be resettled over the next 12 months.

Tuesday, 5:11 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View Whisman approves $481K contract to design Monta Loma overhaul

The Mountain View Whisman School District approved a $481,000 contract last week to design an overhaul of the outdoor space at Monta Loma Elementary, after a plan to erect fences around the campus was met with public outcry last year.

Tuesday, 1:51 PM | 8 comments
Governor appoints Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez to state corrections board

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez has been appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections, Gov. Gavin Newsom's office announced on Monday evening.

Tuesday, 1:47 PM | No comments yet
A powerful legacy: New school name honors community activist Amy Imai, who spent WWII in internment camp

Amy Imai spent a lifetime sharing her experiences as a Japanese American interned during World War II in the hope that the past would never be repeated. Now Mountain View students are attending an elementary school named in her honor.

Tuesday, 12:47 PM | 3 comments
Decision time: Three ways the California recall election could go

The recall election could end up with three very different results for the future of Gov. Gavin Newsom and of politics in California. Here's how the scenarios could play out.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Opposition grows to Shoreline traffic improvement project over loss of two dozen large trees

Plans to revamp Shoreline Boulevard and add a reversible bus lane to the median are facing growing opposition after it was revealed that a growing number of big trees would need to be cut down to make room for new traffic lanes.

Monday, 4:01 PM | 25 comments
Public asked to weigh in on community college board redistricting effort

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District will hold a meeting tonight for public input on how to draw boundary lines dividing the district into areas from which its trustees will be elected.

Monday, 1:22 PM | 2 comments
Polling error: How one survey changed the Newsom recall campaign

The early August survey suggested Gov. Gavin Newsom would get ousted -- and scared Democrats and progressives into ramping up their efforts. Republican Larry Elder's rise only fueled those fears.

Monday, 11:49 AM | 3 comments
'Sadly, we are still divided,' organizer says at 9/11 multifaith vigil

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, people broke bread and prayed together in front of Palo Alto City Hall during an annual peace picnic and vigil.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

The post-9/11 generation: Too young to remember, but not to reflect

Those who were alive on Sept. 11, 2001, carry vivid memories of that day. For a whole generation of young people, though, Sept. 11 isn't a memory at all. It's a part of history.

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Haven't voted in the recall yet? You still have more than one way to cast your ballot.

Voters have until Tuesday, Sept. 14, to either postmark their ballots, drop them off at a designated ballot box or vote in person at their local vote center. But that doesn't mean they have to wait until the 11th hour on Election Day.

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Mervin Morris, founder of Mervyns stores, Peninsula resident dies at 101

Philanthropist, Peninsula resident and founder of Mervyns department stores Mervin Morris died at 101. "We were just so lucky to have had him with us " and in such extraordinary mental capacity " for so long," said his granddaughter.

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How much will California's EDD scandal cost Newsom in the recall election?

Will voters in the California recall blame Gavin Newsom for backlogged unemployment claims and billions in fraud? Republican candidates are counting on it.

Friday, 1:48 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View police officer saves choking infant outside In-N-Out

A quick-thinking Mountain View police officer saved an infant who was choking and unresponsive on Monday, performing CPR to resuscitate the child and prevent him from suffocating.

Friday, 1:06 PM | 2 comments
37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is back in person — and virtually

The 37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is moving back to its longtime home at the Baylands for in-person races on Sept. 17 following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Friday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
With most activities on hold in 2020, running experiences a resurgence

Running has experienced a resurgence during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an estimated 50 million Americans, or about 15% of the U.S. population, participating in some form of running.

Friday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Opening statements in Holmes trial give competing versions of Theranos claims

Prosecutors gave a scathing opening statement Wednesday in the federal trial against Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the blood testing company Theranos, describing their case as one "about fraud, about lying and cheating to get money."

Thursday, 1:32 PM | 1 comment
New report shows crime in Mountain View dropped during pandemic, with some exceptions

Tight public health restrictions and canceled events during COVID-19 have had a profound affect on criminal activity in Mountain View, with a newly released report showing 2020 had the lowest number of reported crimes since 2014.

Thursday, 1:25 PM | No comments yet
Local events will commemorate Sept. 11's 20th anniversary

Palo Alto and Stanford organizations will mark 20th years since the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday and Saturday, hosting events to offer perspective, bring people together and help community members volunteer.

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Mountain View city attorney announces retirement at the end of the year

After serving 12 years as legal counsel to the city of Mountain View, City Attorney Krishan Chopra announced Wednesday that he would be stepping down in December.

Thursday, 12:00 PM | 2 comments
Opinion: On anniversary, 9/11 volunteer revisits the tragedy — and humanity

Here we are two decades later following a domestic attack and ongoing threats from foreign adversaries. Domestic terrorism is something new, but our ability to come together as a nation of patriots is not.

Thursday, 10:04 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Mountain View considers transforming downtown Castro Street into a pedestrian mall

As Mountain View prepares to close off Castro Street at the Caltrain tracks, city officials are asking the public to chime in on the future vision for downtown and whether it ought to have cars at all.

Wednesday, 1:30 PM | 8 comments
Getreu trial: Brother of victim testifies alleged serial killer murdered his sister in 1963

Evan David Williams, a pastor, said that Getreu killed his sister on June 9, 1963, when his family and Getreu's parents were stationed at the U.S. Army base in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

Wednesday, 1:12 PM | No comments yet
Aid for Afghanistan: How to help and where to donate … in the Bay & beyond

Amid the recent turmoil and rapidly deteriorating situation that has developed in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, many here in the Bay have quickly rallied for tangible ways to help.

Wednesday, 12:56 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Stanford University resident assistants go on indefinite strike

Resident assistants at Stanford University went on an indefinite strike Thursday after the university failed to meet their demands, according to the Stanford Daily.

Tuesday, 4:24 PM | 1 comment
Want to speak at an MVLA board meeting? You'll need to show up in person

The Zoom era is over for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District's board. The district is running in-person school board meetings this fall and requiring the public to show up if they have something to say to the board.

Tuesday, 1:30 PM | 8 comments
Mountain View poised to pass mobile home rent control next week

Looking to protect residents at risk of displacement across the city's six mobile home parks, the Mountain View City Council is set to vote next week on whether to extend rent control to mobile homes.

Tuesday, 1:07 PM | 8 comments
'Pint-sized' Mountain View Art & Wine Festival to pop up Saturday at Caltrain lot

The Mountain View Art & Wine Festival returns this year in what organizers are calling a "pint-sized edition," which takes place Sept. 11 at the Mountain View Caltrain parking lot.

Tuesday, 12:59 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area under third straight Spare the Air alert

Air district officials extended a Spare the Air alert through Tuesday as wildfire smoke and haze linger in Bay Area skies.

Tuesday, 10:50 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 6, 2021

Beach makeover: How San Mateo County plans to transform Tunitas Creek Beach into a visitor-friendly beachfront park

Tunitas Creek Beach, situated along the bluffs between Half Moon Bay and San Gregorio on San Mateo County's coastside, will soon undergo a public-access makeover, if everything goes according to plan.

Monday, 6:43 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 5, 2021

If Newsom is recalled, how would a Republican governor get anything done?

Some GOP recall candidates say they would use emergency power to pass their agenda, and try to persuade the Democratic Legislature.

Sunday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

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