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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Peninsula cities, companies explore partnership to tackle traffic congestion

Traffic may be a regional problem, but just about every city in the Peninsula has its own local gripes -- and proposed fixes -- for easing congestion on neighborhood streets and prominent commute arteries.

Sunday, 9:09 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, known for his 'visionary' business approach, dies at 62

Silicon Valley tech executive Mark Hurd, who served as CEO for Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, died Friday at the age of 62, according to a statement from co-founder Larry Ellison posted on Hurd's website.

Saturday, 1:06 PM | No comments yet
Bullis Charter drops enrollment preference while blasting Los Altos district for divisiveness

Bullis Charter School will not give priority enrollment to students residing in wealthier areas, marking the latest development in a heated debate over the charter school's enrollment practices and recruiting efforts.

Saturday, 7:31 AM | 7 comments

Friday, October 18, 2019

A scientific star, SOFIA research jet visits NASA Ames

The SOFIA air observatory is making a rare visit to Moffett Field to mark the 80th anniversary of the NASA Ames Research Center. The research jet is open for public tours on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Friday, 4:46 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View City Council: Siegel, Matichak declare plans to run in 2020

It's more than a year out, but Mountain View's 2020 election for City Council is already beginning to take shape.

Friday, 1:34 PM | 55 comments
Council subcommittee punts on how high to raise Mountain View's rent control limit

As a City Council subcommittee prepares a package of changes to the city's rent control law to go before voters, its members are still avoiding the big question: How much will rents be allowed to go up?

Friday, 9:55 AM | 7 comments
Assemblyman Ash Kalra joins county workers' picket lines on ninth day of strikes

Santa Clara County workers striking for the ninth day Thursday were joined on the picket lines by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose.

Friday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Silicon Valley Community Foundation hires new leadership team

The Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) announced the hiring of several new executives, part of restructuring after former CEO Emmett Carson and other top staff departed amid toxic workplace complaints.

Thursday, 1:31 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View City Council campaign sign vandal sentenced

Mountain View community activist Job Lopez has reportedly completed his punishment for defacing campaign signs during the run-up to the 2018 City Council election.

Thursday, 1:29 PM | 22 comments
Facebook donates $25 million for local teacher housing project

A plan to build housing in Palo Alto for regional teachers and school staff has received a major boost: a $25 million donation from social media giant Facebook.

Thursday, 10:34 AM | 3 comments
Mountain View Whisman seeks bond measure in 2020

Mountain View Whisman school board members agreed last week to pursue a bond measure in 2020, citing polling data that shows district voters would be willing to back a measure that supports teachers and builds more classrooms space.

Thursday, 9:40 AM | 11 comments

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Menlo Park woman sentenced to three weeks in prison for role in college admissions scam

A 50-year-old entrepreneur from Menlo Park who fraudulently claimed her son was black or Latino on college applications was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and spend three weeks in prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 6:03 PM | 2 comments
A 'chronic public health issue': Stanford officials troubled by campus sexual assault data

Nearly 40% of undergraduate women who have attended Stanford University for four years have experienced some form of nonconsensual sexual contact, according to results from a campus climate survey.

Wednesday, 12:09 PM | 9 comments
Santa Clara County employees back on the picket line

Santa Clara County officials made a new offer to union negotiators with Service Employees International Union Local 521 Tuesday after a months-long stalemate and seven days of strikes.

Wednesday, 10:13 AM | 1 comment
Huge cedar outside City Hall will be cut down

Santa Claus will surely be there, along with carolers and free hot chocolate for all, but something will be missing from this year's Community Tree Lighting Celebration. Its star attraction, the tree, will not be there.

Wednesday, 8:49 AM | 15 comments

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mountain View police officers named in lawsuit over traumatic forced exam of 5-year-old's genitals

A Mountain View family filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming that Mountain View Police Department officers unlawfully forced their 5-year-old daughter to undergo a traumatic sexual assault exam.

Tuesday, 12:21 PM | 16 comments
Earthquake felt in many Bay Area cities, including Mountain View on Monday night

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 roughly centered in Contra Costa County was felt in the Mountain View area on Monday night.

Tuesday, 11:03 AM | 2 comments
Breaking two decades of silence, Palo Alto woman says Harvey Weinstein tried to rape her when she was his 24-year-old assistant

A native of Britain and Palo Alto mother of four, Rowena Chiu had her own #MeToo story about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein for 21 years. She kept it a secret -- until now.

Tuesday, 10:41 AM | 2 comments
Body found in parked car is missing tech CEO last seen in Palo Alto

A Utah woman reported missing since Oct. 7, when she was last seen in Palo Alto, and found dead in San Jose late last week has been identified as 33-year-old Erin Valenti, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said.

Tuesday, 10:38 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 14, 2019

Gov. Newsom: PG&E should repay customers affected by public safety power shutoff

After last week's Public Safety Power Shutoff by PG&E that left more than 700,000 customers without power, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday called on the utility to give a credit or rebate to affected residents and businesses.

Monday, 4:35 PM | 1 comment
Work starts on closing 'a critical gap' of Bay Trail

Construction has begun on a new segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail in the Ravenswood Preserve near East Palo Alto.

Monday, 2:36 PM | 4 comments

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Judge dismisses Stanford lawsuit over affordable-housing law

Stanford University's claims against a Santa Clara County inclusionary-housing ordinance that applies to new housing developments on university land were largely dismissed by a federal district court judge on Thursday.

Sunday, 10:04 PM | 2 comments
Google launches $10 million Bay Area charity contest

Google officials are launching a $10 million grant program for Bay Area charities looking to grow.

Sunday, 9:03 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Probation, community service and a $9,500 fine for Menlo Park parent sentenced in college admissions scam

Peter Jan Sartorio of Menlo Park, the first local parent to be sentenced in the nationwide college admissions scam, received the lightest sentence handed down so far from a federal judge on Friday.

Saturday, 3:29 PM | 10 comments
Editorial: Questioning the City Council's RV ban

The recent action -- and inaction -- by the Mountain View City Council regarding vehicle dwellers is disheartening and somewhat baffling.

Saturday, 8:32 AM | 17 comments

Friday, October 11, 2019

Fighting tumors with brain implants

El Camino Hospital physicians are taking a new approach to stubborn brain tumors that keep coming back, debuting a surgical treatment last month that plants a radioactive device directly into the patient's brain.

Friday, 1:47 PM | No comments yet
Falling short on fluency

Mountain View Whisman School District students learning English saw their language proficiency languish or even regress last year, according to a recent report.

Friday, 1:43 PM | 30 comments
Not guilty plea in 'home invasion' staged to evict tenants

A Mountain View landlord has pleaded not guilty to charges that she and her accomplices staged a home invasion against her tenants in an attempt to coerce them into leaving.

Friday, 9:52 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Air quality advisory for Bay Area due to wildfire smoke

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory through Friday as smoke from wildfires in the Sierras moves into the region.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County workers' strike postponed amid power shutoff

Santa Clara County workers who have been striking since last week are postponing the work stoppage until further notice because of PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting the area.

Thursday, 10:48 AM | No comments yet
Mountain View lays out $81 million plan for El Camino Real

A new streetscape plan lays out $81 million in future improvements for El Camino Real with much of that funding expected to come from future developers.

Thursday, 8:37 AM | 17 comments

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Santa Clara County declares emergency over PG&E power shutoff

Santa Clara County workers who have been striking since last week are postponing the work stoppage until further notice because of PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting the area.

Wednesday, 4:37 PM | 4 comments
Bay Area helpline for mental health launches statewide

A Bay Area mental health call line is now available to all Californians thanks to millions of dollars in state funding that was announced by a pair of San Franciscolegislators Monday.

Wednesday, 1:39 PM | 2 comments
PG&E working to restore website amid massive power shutoff

With PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff underway Wednesday morning, for the second straight day the utility's website is not accessible for customers to find out the latest information about the shutoff.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Supervisors decline to restart negotiations with Stanford on campus expansion

Frustrated by its inability to negotiate a deal with Santa Clara County for a significant campus expansion, Stanford University requested Tuesday that the county pause its review of the growth plan and return to the negotiating table.

Tuesday, 7:06 PM | 1 comment
Santa Clara County workers strike for a seventh day

After a week of strikes, workers walking off the job with Service Employees International Union Local 521 on Wednesday targeted the County Government Center in San Jose.

Tuesday, 7:01 PM | No comments yet
School district drops plans to relocate Freestyle Academy

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is giving up on plans to move Freestyle Academy, a cutting-edge art and digital media school, to a new location on city-owned land.

Tuesday, 1:50 PM | 1 comment
PG&E plans power outages starting Wednesday; Los Altos, Los Altos Hills may be affected

PG&E plans to pre-emptively shutdown power due to dangerous weather conditions starting Wednesday, and Los Altos and Los Altos Hills could be affected by outages.

Tuesday, 10:13 AM | 14 comments
In 'historic' settlement, Stanford agrees to revise leave of absence policies for students in mental health crisis

Stanford University has agreed to a "groundbreaking" settlement with a group of students who sought through a class action lawsuit to reform allegedly discriminatory policies affecting students in mental health crisis.

Tuesday, 9:29 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 7, 2019

Offshore wind prompts fire watch, possible PG&E shutoffs in Bay Area counties

Strong, dry winds across large areas of Northern and Central California may prompt PG&E to turn off power across 30 counties, including Santa Clara County, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Monday, 2:18 PM | No comments yet
October warmup leads to Spare the Air alert for a second day

A Spare the Air alert is in effect Monday due to a high-pressure system that will cause light winds and higher temperatures, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

Monday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Driver faces murder charges in attack at Rancho San Antonio park

The Santa Clara woman who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian at Rancho San Antonio last week is accused of intentionally driving onto park trails and swerving into pedestrians, according to court documents.

Monday, 10:44 AM | 3 comments

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