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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Flying taxis on the horizon as Mountain View-based company develops autonomous air shuttles

A seemingly fantastical vision of self-piloting, flying cars ferrying people overhead may soon become a reality, as a Mountain View-based company develops what it describes as a flying, autonomous taxi cab.

Thursday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet
'Heartbreaking' but 'imperative': Stanford to cut nearly a third of its varsity sport teams

After the 2020-21 season, Stanford University will discontinue 11 of its 36 varsity sports teams to save money in the face of a growing budget deficit and looming cuts.

Thursday, 10:42 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Los Altos appeals court decision ruling the city must allow a downtown housing project to proceed

The city of Los Altos is fighting a trial court judgement earlier this year that ruled the city must allow a 15-unit housing project in its downtown area to proceed, challenging a verdict seen as a victory for housing advocates.

Wednesday, 1:36 PM | 2 comments
Tech companies, research institutes cash in on federal loan program

Research institutes, tech companies and hotels were among Midpeninsula's biggest beneficiaries of the federal Paycheck Protection Program, with some recipients getting loans of over $5 million, according to data released this week.

Wednesday, 1:22 PM | 3 comments
Activist group calls on city to 'desegregate' Foothills Park

About a dozen activists met under the full moon on Sunday night to paint the message 'Desegregate' along Page Mill Road in front of the Foothills Park entrance.

Wednesday, 1:01 PM | 7 comments
County correctional officer arrested on suspicion of smuggling meth to inmates

A two-month investigation has resulted in the arrest of a correctional deputy on suspicion of smuggling methamphetamine to inmates at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 9:58 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

California among states filing suit over pandemic relief funding to schools

A multistate lawsuit filed against the Trump administration accuses U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of preventing COVID-19 pandemic relief funding from being dispersed to K-12 public schools.

Tuesday, 3:57 PM | 2 comments
Mountain View Los Altos High School District names appointee for new job to lead distance learning

To guide high schools in Mountain View and Los Altos with online learning, the school board created a new position, distance education administrator, and picked Teri Faught, Mountain View High School assistant principal, for the job.

Tuesday, 1:35 PM | 3 comments
Mountain View hosts downtown COVID-19 testing site for frontline workers

The city of Mountain View will be hosting a pop-up COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, designated specifically for asymptomatic frontline workers who may have contracted the coronavirus.

Tuesday, 1:11 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County gains state clearance for plan to reopen economy

After an initial setback, Santa Clara County received the go-ahead from the state on Monday night for its plan to reopen the economy and allow hair salons and gyms to resume operations on July 13.

Tuesday, 11:48 AM | 35 comments

Monday, July 6, 2020

State denies Santa Clara County's plan to reopen economy, prompting confusion over outdoor dining

Santa Clara County suffered a stinging setback over the weekend in its strategy to reopen the economy, when the state rejected its plan to allow more businesses, including gyms and hair salons, to reopen later this month.

Monday, 1:47 PM | 38 comments
Despite criticism, Mountain View Whisman school board approves $1.2M home loan for superintendent

Mountain View Whisman School District Superintendent Ayinde Rudolph will get a $1.2 million low-interest loan from the school district to purchase a house in the area, despite opposition from over 1,000 people who signed a petition.

Monday, 1:42 PM | 59 comments

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Guest opinion: Yes to more homes

In an op-ed, Mountain View residents Ilya Gurin and Allen Zheng respond to a recent guest opinion on a housing project at 1001 North Shoreline Blvd.

Saturday, 11:04 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Santa Clara County to allow hair salons, gyms to reopen — provided they meet new social-distancing rules

Hair salons and gyms in Santa Canta County may be allowed to reopen in mid-July under a new county order, which creates a strict set of rules that every business must follow to ensure safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 4:53 PM | 27 comments
What California's budget deal means for K-12 schools

California's new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear delayed cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.

Thursday, 1:36 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Parents urge school board to rename Huff Elementary School

The Mountain View Whisman School District will consider renaming Huff Elementary School following a revelation that the school's namesake held racist and anti-immigrant views around the turn of the 20th century.

Wednesday, 4:11 PM | 31 comments
Stanford plans to bring half of its undergraduates back to campus this fall, but they'll still mostly learn online

Stanford University will alternate bringing half of its undergraduate students to campus for different quarters, with most courses still happening online -- even for students who are living there in person.

Wednesday, 1:45 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View City Council approves seven-story housing complex next door to new offices

An area of Mountain View dominated by diffuse industrial buildings is about to undergo a major transformation, following the approval of a 303-unit mixed-use housing project for the Terra Bella neighborhood.

Wednesday, 1:31 PM | 17 comments

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

'In-person instruction is essential.' Santa Clara County issues guidance for reopening schools

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department released on Tuesday its guidelines for reopening public and private schools this fall, which leaders said aim to provide as much in-person instruction as is safe.

Tuesday, 6:35 PM | 12 comments
Un-forgetting the segregationist history of the Midpeninsula

In a Q&A, author Richard Rothstein expands upon how the makeup of today's Bay Area communities are tied to segregationist housing policies explored in his book "The Color of Law."

Tuesday, 1:45 PM | 12 comments
The cost of COVID-19 drug remdesivir: $2,340 to $3,120 per patient

Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of an experimental antiviral drug used to shorten COVID-19's effects, announced on Monday costs for remdesivir, which it claims is far below how drugs are usually priced.

Tuesday, 12:56 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County previews new COVID-19 reopening plan

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department held a joint meeting Monday with the San Jose City Council to preview the county's new reopening plan that will be released later this week.

Tuesday, 11:35 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 29, 2020

Guest opinion: Housing at any cost?

In an op-ed, Mountain View resident Albert Jeans writes about the Shoreline Gateway project and his belief that it should not be approved by the City Council without more consideration and public input.

Monday, 5:03 PM | 18 comments
Landlord-backed rent control measure finally heads to voters this November

A voter-initiated ballot measure that would curtail Mountain View's rent control program is headed to voters this fall. Tenant advocacy groups say it amounts to a "sneaky repeal" that will outright kill rent control protections.

Monday, 1:55 PM | 8 comments
Caltrain launches COVID-19 customer surveys

Caltrain and SamTrans launched customer surveys Monday to try to find out rider preferences and priorities amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, 10:00 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Guest opinion: Reform MVPD now

In an op-ed, Mountain View resident Salim Damerdji calls on the city of Mountain View to reform the police department.

Sunday, 7:37 AM | 18 comments

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Guest opinion: The risk of returning to the classroom in the fall

In a guest opinion, Mountain View High School social studies teacher Sophia Caramagno writes about her concern with potentially reopening schools in the fall.

Saturday, 7:57 AM | 54 comments

Friday, June 26, 2020

Monta Loma and Mistral Elementary principals resign

Two school administrators in the Mountain View Whisman School District announced their resignation Thursday, creating turnover during an uncertain time as schools seek to reopen in the fall.

Friday, 12:33 PM | 31 comments
Police chiefs, community leaders tackle systemic racism as calls for change get louder

On Thursday, a panel of community leaders discussed use-of-force policies and ways to reform policing to improve accountability.

Friday, 11:51 AM | 2 comments
Before second coronavirus wave comes, local doctors work to stock senior care facilities with PPE

Rather than wait around for the government to figure out a way to get personal protective equipment to senior care facilities a coalition of local doctors have launched a program to fill the void.

Friday, 9:31 AM | No comments yet
Commissioner resigns after council declines to consider opening Foothills Park to non-residents

A member of the Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commission who led the effort to open Foothills Park to non-residents announced his resignation Tuesday, a day after the City Council decided not to take up the politically charged topic.

Friday, 9:29 AM | 5 comments

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