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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Behind UC's 'admission by exception' side door: sports, money, diversity — and secrecy

While it's unclear if admissions by exception played a direct role in the college cheating scandal, it has surfaced as a potential weak spot as policymakers seek ways to bulletproof the university's admission system from scammers.

Sunday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Google pitches plan to restore Silicon Valley's iconic Hangar One

Google's subsidiary Planetary Ventures is proposing an extensive, $157 million operation to purge a variety of toxic compounds from the iconic Hangar One at Moffett Field.

Saturday, 10:59 AM | 10 comments

Friday, August 16, 2019

HOA dispute leaves new school in the dark

A dispute between PG&E and a Mountain View homeowners' association means the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School will open next week without power, causing an array of challenges that could last for months.

Friday, 10:07 AM | No comments yet
VTA board members support shake-up after scathing grand jury report

A new VTA subcommittee began discussions on potential tweaks to the governing board that would improve effectiveness at the beleaguered agency at a meeting last Friday.

Friday, 8:27 AM | 9 comments

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Committee picks apart city's rent control law

Seeing a chance to rework rent control in the 2020 election, the city's Rental Housing Committee took an opportunity to spitball some ideas for improving the law.

Thursday, 5:14 PM | 6 comments
New community garden opens on Friday

Nearly 15 years after a local group of gardeners started petitioning the city for more community garden space, their goals will be met at the corner of Latham Street and Shoreline Boulevard.

Thursday, 1:54 PM | 10 comments
Heat advisory, Spare the Air alert in effect Thursday

A heat advisory that the National Weather Service issued remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday as temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s in parts of the Bay Area.

Thursday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Santa Clara County brings nonprofit aboard for teacher housing project in Palo Alto

A proposed affordable-housing project in Palo Alto exclusively for teachers gained momentum on Tuesday when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a developer to make the plan a reality.

Wednesday, 5:26 PM | 2 comments
Highway 101 crash causes sewage leak in Mountain View

Up to 36,000 gallons of raw sewage may have spilled onto Highway 101 after a sanitation truck crashed and overturned on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, 1:12 PM | 15 comments
Staffing shake-up at Bullis Charter School

Bullis Charter School's board of directors quietly agreed over the summer to transition its longest serving administrator -- founding superintendent Wanny Hersey -- to a new position overseeing "strategic initiatives."

Wednesday, 11:25 AM | 25 comments
Stanford Blood Center sounds the call for donations

Stanford Blood Center is in urgent need of blood donations due to a critically low inventory of blood products resulting from a drop in donations over the summer and a higher than normal need.

Wednesday, 9:36 AM | 2 comments
High temperatures in forecast prompts heat advisory for parts of the Bay Area

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for parts of the Bay Area. The announcement has led Santa Clara County to offer services to give the public relief from the hot conditions.

Wednesday, 9:01 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Santa Clara County, SF sue Trump administration over 'public charge' restrictions on immigrants

Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco sued the administration of President Donald Trump in federal court Tuesday to challenge a new rule that makes it harder low-income legal immigrants to remain in the U.S.

Tuesday, 3:50 PM | 13 comments
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

Tuesday, 2:50 PM | No comments yet
Thursday: Meeting for Mountain View residents to discuss city's drone use

Mountain View city officials are considering deploying unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for use by its police, fire and public works departments. The public has a chance to weigh in at a Thursday night meeting starting at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 1:51 PM | 5 comments
Prices of goods rises faster than wages in Bay Area

Living expenses outpaced wages over the 12 months ending in June in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area, federal officials announced last week.

Tuesday, 1:23 PM | 8 comments
Backyard barbecue blamed for Los Altos Hills house fire

The residents of a Los Altos Hills home have been displaced after fire spread from a backyard barbecue to a garage and into the attic Monday.

Tuesday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet

Monday, August 12, 2019

Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, the eighth of the summer season, because of unhealthy levels of smog in the region.

Monday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area mayors call for Senate action on gun safety laws

More than 20 Bay Area mayors, including four on the Midpeninsula, are among 249 across the country who have signed a letter calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Monday, 11:10 AM | 29 comments
Chez TJ, Tied House granted historic status

A pair of old downtown restaurants that could have been demolished two years ago have been granted historic status. In a victory for local preservationists, the buildings that house Chez TJ and the Tied House brewery have both been add

Monday, 9:56 AM | 33 comments

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Appeals court says class action lawsuit against Facebook can proceed

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on Thursday (Aug. 8) that Facebook users in Illinois can proceed with a class action lawsuit challenging the social media company's use of facial recognition technology.

Sunday, 7:34 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, August 10, 2019

County supervisors call for federal assault weapons ban

Two Santa Clara County supervisors are calling for a nationwide ban on assault weapons, calling it a common sense action to curb gun violence in the wake of three deadly shootings including one at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Saturday, 8:53 AM | 23 comments

Friday, August 9, 2019

Mountain View murder trial stalled over mental competency question

The criminal case against a man accused of killing a homeless man in downtown Mountain View in 2017 has barely budged this year, stalled by the need to determine whether the defendant is mentally fit to stand trial.

Friday, 1:33 PM | 1 comment
Permits for new homes sink in Santa Clara County

The number of permits for new homes fell across California and most of the Bay Area during the first half of 2019, despite concerns about a lack of housing supply and 10 straight years of sustained regional job growth.

Friday, 10:05 AM | 9 comments

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Below normal temps, possible showers expected in Bay Area this weekend

Cooler temperatures are expected in the Bay Area this weekend with a chance of some places seeing isolated showers Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday, 4:31 PM | No comments yet
City launches new registry to rein in Airbnb

After years of consideration, Mountain View officials are finally ready to begin regulating the fast-growing cottage industry of Airbnb and other short-term rental services.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | 17 comments
New deputy chief seeks to prepare future Mountain View police leaders

Deputy Chief Chris Hsiung, a veteran officer promoted last week to second in command at the Mountain View Police Department, will be heading efforts to train officers as the agency's top brass nears retirement in the coming years.

Thursday, 11:23 AM | 2 comments
'Village People' prepare to close up shop

Village Stationers, a family-owned stationery store with locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be closing its doors on Aug. 17 after 53 years in business.

Thursday, 10:09 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Crime brief: Man attacks employee at Pitbull concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre

A San Jose man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly hit an employee at Shoreline Amphitheatre multiple times in the face and head, according to police.

Wednesday, 1:55 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View's big night out

Children lined up at Rengstorff Park Tuesday evening, eagerly for a turn to sit in a fire engine, play on a bouncy house slide and, with luck, throw a winning pitch to soak a police officer in a dunk tank.

Wednesday, 12:46 PM | No comments yet
Stanford visiting professor among latest Breakthrough Prize winners

Three physicists, including one with Stanford University ties, will share $3 million awarded at the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ceremony in Mountain View in November for their 1976 theory of "supergravity."

Wednesday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ace Hardware to take over vacant Orchard Supply site

A building once occupied by Orchard Supply Hardware is set to be revived. On Tuesday, Ace Hardware announced it would take over the former Orchard Supply building at 2555 Charleston Road in Mountain View.

Tuesday, 1:47 PM | 21 comments
'Wonderfully horrible' creations shine at Bad Art Night

No one is encouraged to be a Van Gogh, a Cassatt or a Picasso Wednesday at Mountain View's annual Bad Art Night, a no-holds-barred event for the artistically challenged to have a little fun and create something truly awful.

Tuesday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet

Monday, August 5, 2019

Florida man sentenced for mailing explosives to political figures

A Florida man was handed a 20-year sentence Monday after he pleaded guilty in March to 65 felonies for mailing 16 explosive devices across the country last October, including to some Bay Area and California political figures.

Monday, 4:07 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto police arrest armed man after 29-hour standoff

The man whose 29-hour standoff with the police transformed a quiet block of Charleston Meadows into a hive of police activity was armed with an unregistered handgun loaded with an illegal high-capacity magazine, police said Sunday.

Monday, 11:25 AM | 2 comments
National Night Out set for Rengstorff Park on Tuesday

Residents are invited to come out to Rengstorff Park Tuesday to meet cops and firefighters at Mountain View's fifth National Night Out event.

Monday, 9:56 AM | 3 comments

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