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Monday, March 20, 2023

Santa Clara County sheriff reports over a dozen fentanyl overdoses in one week at correctional facility

Sheriff Robert Jonsen is drawing attention to a rash of fentanyl overdoses and exposures at Milpitas' Elmwood Correctional Facility.

Monday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
Back online: Lengthy widespread power and internet outages in Mountain View are mostly resolved

Following power outages that left some Mountain View customers in the dark for days, PG&E has now restored power to nearly everyone in the city, and Xfinity internet customers are back online, utility companies said.

Monday, 1:49 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View residents evacuate homes after vehicle crash on Latham Street causes gas leak

Residents of a multifamily building had to evacuate shortly before midnight Friday after a vehicle crashed into a gas line on Latham Street in Mountain View and caused a natural gas leak.

Monday, 1:23 PM | No comments yet
Malcolm Harris details the legacy of Stanford, Hoover, eugenics in interview

Malcolm Harris, author of "Palo Alto: A History of California Capitalism, and the World," joined our journalists to talk about the legacy of Leland Stanford and Herbert Hoover and his experiences in the city.

Monday, 10:17 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Letter to the editor: The extreme weather is a product of climate change, and more action is needed

This week, reader Paula Danz weighs in on how the extraordinary Bay Area storms are becoming increasingly commonplace around the world, urging citizen action to combat the effects of climate change.

Sunday, 8:07 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Guest opinion: Writer, beware of chatbots' impact on our kids

Introducing the use of AI bots, and cavalierly erasing a source of high school joy -- the sense of one's own creative, insightful, and maturing voice on the page -- will only deepen the dejected climate in our schools.

Saturday, 8:33 AM | 1 comment

Friday, March 17, 2023

Judge hears Elizabeth Holmes' request to remain free while appeal resolved

At a court hearing on Friday morning, lawyers for convicted Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes argued that her upcoming prison term should be delayed until a higher court has reviewed the case.

Friday, 5:52 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View police seek additional victims of art teacher after a teenage student accuses him of sexual battery

After a teen told police that her art teacher had touched her inappropriately, Mountain View police announced Friday that they'd made an arrest and are seeking other possible victims.

Friday, 1:55 PM | No comments yet
When regulators took over Silicon Valley Bank, startups scrambled to make payroll

A bank run that prompted the country's 16th largest bank to become insolvent was a shocking reality that many in the local tech industry have dealt with over the past week.

Friday, 1:14 PM | 1 comment
Community briefs: Blood drive, free tax help and grants for neighborhood groups

This week in community briefs, Mountain View High School will host a blood drive at the end of the month, free tax help is available to local residents and the Council Neighborhoods Committee seeks grants applicants.

Friday, 1:00 PM | No comments yet
Two more atmospheric rivers could hit West Coast in next week, per preliminary forecasts

As many as two more atmospheric rivers could douse the already sodden West Coast in the next week, according to state weather experts.

Friday, 12:49 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Mountain View's latest housing element draft gains approval of Environmental Planning Commission

With EPC's blessing, city staff can now bring the draft to the city council for final approval on April 11, nearly three months after the state's Jan. 31 deadline, a target that most cities in California did not meet.

Thursday, 12:28 PM | 4 comments
State Sen. Josh Becker revives effort to address police radio encryption

After falling just short in the final days of last year's legislative session, Becker is renewing his push for a law that would require law enforcement to make radio communications accessible to the media.

Thursday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Tech CEO arrested for peeping into woman's restroom stall in January now connected to three more cases, police say

The Palo Alto tech company CEO who was arrested on suspicion of peeping into woman's bathroom stall in Mountain View in January has now been connected to at least three other cases, according to Mountain View police detectives.

Wednesday, 1:52 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View City Council approves 108-unit affordable housing project on Terra Bella Avenue

Alta Housing's latest project, which proposes to build 108 fully affordable housing units on Terra Bella Avenue, was enthusiastically approved by the Mountain View City Council Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 1:31 PM | 4 comments
Mountain View Fire Department reports more than 30 downed trees from Tuesday's storm

Rain and heavy winds in Mountain View knocked down more than 30 trees throughout the city on March 14, causing no injuries but some significant property and utility damages.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 1 comment
After collapse, Silicon Valley Bank halts plan for branch on California Avenue

Silicon Valley Bank is halting its plan to open a branch on California Avenue in Palo Alto following its spectacular collapse late last week and its subsequent takeover by the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission.

Wednesday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Alameda County Coroner's Bureau trying to identify remains of 155 people from all over Bay Area

The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau needs help identifying one body and the cremated remains of 154 other people recently found in an area warehouse. Five other bodies found have already been identified.

Tuesday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet
Swastikas, image of Hitler found drawn on Stanford student's dormitory door

Multiple swastikas and an image of Adolf Hitler drawn on a whiteboard were recently found on the dormitory door of an undergraduate Jewish student at Stanford University.

Tuesday, 4:22 PM | No comments yet
El Camino Health is the first in the world to use FloPatch, a new blood flow monitoring technology to help treat sepsis patients

El Camino Health announced Tuesday that it will begin using a new blood flow monitoring technology called FloPatch, a wearable ultrasound system that allows clinicians to more effectively treat patients with sepsis.

Tuesday, 1:44 PM | No comments yet
Power returns to most of Mountain View, but pockets without electricity persist

The majority of Mountain View customers had their power restored by Thursday morning after more than 30 hours, but some outages are ongoing, with PG&E predicting the lights won't be back on until Friday.

Tuesday, 1:05 PM | No comments yet
First Republic Bank, others affected by failure of Silicon Valley Bank

Another Bay Area bank was affected Monday by uncertainty in the financial markets following the failure of Silicon Valley Bank on Friday.

Tuesday, 9:32 AM | 1 comment
Parasite outbreak blamed for killing hundreds of Bay Area pigeons

Pigeon carcasses have been found in parts of the Peninsula due to a seasonal outbreak of avian trichomonosis. It's caused by a primarily water-borne parasite that is infecting band-tailed pigeons flocking to the Pacific coast.

Tuesday, 9:28 AM | No comments yet

Monday, March 13, 2023

Atmospheric river expected to hit region late Monday through Tuesday

There are chances of light and moderate showers before another atmospheric river is expected to hit the region from Monday evening until Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday, 2:08 PM | No comments yet
Man arrested for allegedly assaulting bus drivers, attempting carjacking

Palo Alto police arrested a man last week after he allegedly assaulted two bus drivers, fled from officers and attempted to carjack someone stopped in traffic.

Monday, 1:35 PM | No comments yet
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank: A one-off calamity, or sign of more trouble for California?

Silicon Valley Bank's failure is a sign of weakness in the tech industry, and that could spell trouble for the state of California.

Monday, 11:15 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Applications to carry concealed weapons skyrocket in Santa Clara County

A Supreme Court ruling last summer started a chain reaction across the nation for who can obtain a concealed carry weapons permit. In Santa Clara County, it means more residents will be able to carry concealed weapons.

Sunday, 9:47 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Julie Kliger was denied reappointment to the El Camino Hospital Board last month. She's still looking for answers.

The only nurse serving as an El Camino Hospital Board member is still searching for answers after being denied reappointment to her position last month. Both current and former board members say the situation lacks transparency.

Saturday, 11:11 AM | 3 comments

Friday, March 10, 2023

Bank run sinks Silicon Valley Bank

A run on a Bay Area bank with billions in deposits prompted state regulators to close it Friday, according to court documents.

Friday, 5:33 PM | 9 comments
Mentor Tutor Connection executive director set to depart

The executive director of longtime local nonprofit Mentor Tutor Connection plans to depart this spring and the organization is in the process of hiring her replacement.

Friday, 1:50 PM | No comments yet
Permanente, Stevens Creek trails reopened in Mountain View after flooding causes weekend closures

Mountain View remains mostly unscathed from major storm damage so far, with no power outages reported on Friday. But due to flooding, both Permanente and Stevens Creek trails were closed over the weekend, reopening on Monday morning.

Friday, 12:36 PM | 1 comment
Judge denies Theranos exec Sunny Balwani's request to stay free until appeal is done

A federal judge has denied a motion by convicted Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani to remain free until his appeal to a higher court is resolved. He has been ordered to report to prison on March 16.

Friday, 10:07 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, March 9, 2023

New cost estimate for high-speed rail puts California bullet train $100 billion in the red

A new High-Speed Rail Authority report projects costs for the initial segment at $35 billion, which exceeds secured funding by $10 billion.

Thursday, 12:53 PM | No comments yet
Community briefs: Top ranked hospitals, Mountain View's economic goals, and county grants for safe fireworks

This week in community briefs, El Camino Health is honored on a list of best hospitals, Mountain View invites residents to talk about the city's economic goals and Santa Clara County relaunches safe and legal fireworks program.

Thursday, 11:00 AM | No comments yet
Governor declares storm state of emergency as communities brace for atmospheric river

As California braces for atmospheric rivers and storms, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to support storm response and relief efforts in 21 counties, including Santa Clara County.

Thursday, 10:04 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Need to get around in Palo Alto? This month, catch a ride in free, on-demand Teslas

Palo Alto's new shuttle system, Palo Alto Link, launched its pilot program Tuesday with a small fleet of Teslas moving through the city.

Wednesday, 7:18 PM | 2 comments
Margaret Abe-Koga announces candidacy for Santa Clara County supervisor race next year

On March 5, exactly one year ahead of the 2024 primary, Mountain View City Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga announced her plans to run for the fifth district Santa Clara County supervisor seat next year.

Wednesday, 4:07 PM | 3 comments
Meet Mountain View's new Rental Housing Committee members

Mountain View's Rental Housing Committee will soon be made up of almost an entirely new roster, and the city council decided Tuesday evening who those fresh faces will be.

Wednesday, 1:40 PM | 5 comments
Newsom's climate budget would slash funds that protect coast

In his initial climate budget proposal, the governor has cut about $561 million from local coastal resilience projects. Legislators, cities express concerns.

Wednesday, 12:06 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Potential atmospheric river expected to douse Bay Area once again late this week

Another large storm will douse the Bay Area and Central Coast later this week, according to weather experts, bringing strong winds, heavy rainfall and renewed risk of flooding across the region.

Tuesday, 4:41 PM | No comments yet
Lifted by federal funds, Palo Alto Airport prepares to welcome electric aircraft

When Palo Alto took over operations of its namesake airport from Santa Clara County nine years ago, the busy Baylands hub was in a sad state: losing money and wearing down from insufficient upkeep. Now, things are at last looking up.

Tuesday, 1:23 PM | 1 comment
Council member Margaret Abe-Koga announces 2024 bid for county supervisor

Longtime Mountain View council member Margaret Abe-Koga is the first to enter the race for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 5 seat to replace Supervisor Joe Simitian, who will term out in 2024.

Tuesday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet

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