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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Study: When it comes to polarization across the globe, America leads the way

America's widening political divide stands out above other nations, according to a new cross-country polarization study by Stanford University economists.

Saturday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 24, 2020

Wages for Foothill student employees lag behind local cities

For the more than 1,000 student employees working campus jobs across the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, getting paid the local minimum wage would be a big improvement.

Friday, 1:46 PM | No comments yet
You've just been named California's homelessness czar — what's your first move?

Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken grief for failing to fulfill what seems like an achievable campaign promise: appointing a homelessness "czar" to help Californians living in shelters and on the streets.

Friday, 1:24 PM | 1 comment
Local Democratic Party urges 'no' vote on Measure D

With ballots for the March primary election arriving in two weeks, the Santa Clara County Democratic Party is recommending that Mountain View voters reject the City Council's ballot initiative to modify the city's rent control law.

Friday, 10:06 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Facing criticism, Bullis Charter School dumps controversial 'hills' preference in enrollment lottery

An enrollment preference that would have given some families in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills higher priority when applying to enter Bullis Charter School has now been permanently removed.

Thursday, 1:30 PM | 9 comments
Landlord group vows to drop its rent control initiative if Measure D passes

A landlord group's ballot measure that would curtail Mountain View's existing rent control law could lose the support of its biggest backer, but only if voters pass a separate, city-sponsored measure to alter rent control this March.

Thursday, 10:24 AM | 22 comments
Santa Clara County Superior Court puts out call for volunteer watchdogs

The Santa Clara County Superior Court is looking for volunteers to serve on the 2020-2021 civil grand jury panel, a group that takes a critical look at how local governments can better serve the public.

Thursday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Recycled water, community engagement and clean energy: State Senate candidates weigh in on ideas to tackle climate crisis

Five of the seven candidates running for state Senate in District 13 vied to win over Peninsula voters by showing their passion and knowledge on a range of environmental topics at a panel held Jan. 15 at Menlo-Atherton High School.

Wednesday, 12:25 PM | No comments yet
Oakland man facing life in prison for rape, strangulation; trial set for May

A man is accused of raping and strangling a woman in her car in Mountain View in 2018 will finally go to trial in May, according to court documents.

Wednesday, 12:18 PM | 1 comment
Stanford student found dead at fraternity house was LAHS grad

The Stanford University sophomore who was found dead at a the Theta Delta Chi fraternity house last Friday was Eitan Michael Weiner, son of a university professor and Stanford associate vice president, the university announced Monday.

Wednesday, 11:31 AM | 2 comments
State Senate candidate's mom puts $460K toward son's campaign

A candidate seeking to represent South San Francisco to Sunnyvale in the state Senate received a major boost when his mother created a $460,000 independent expenditure committee to aid his campaign.

Wednesday, 9:25 AM | 2 comments
State Senate candidates weigh in on ideas to tackle climate crisis

Five of the seven candidates running for state Senate in District 13 vied to win over Peninsula voters by showing their passion and knowledge on a range of environmental topics at a panel held last week at Menlo-Atherton High School.

Wednesday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Coroner IDs man shot near Mountain View/Palo Alto border

A San Jose man who was shot in the stomach at a south Palo Alto parking lot early Tuesday morning has died, police said. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information related to the shooting.

Tuesday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet
'They gave us our child back.' How nonpublic schools serve the education system's neediest students

When local public school districts fail to educate special-needs students, 20 nonpublic schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties step in, providing environments tailored to help kids thrive.

Tuesday, 1:26 PM | No comments yet
Man in intensive care after shooting near Mountain View border

A man was shot in the stomach while at a south Palo Alto parking lot early Tuesday morning, police said.

Tuesday, 10:06 AM | 4 comments

Monday, January 20, 2020

Newsom's big move on homelessness may be just in political time, new poll suggests

Gov. Gavin Newsom kicked off 2020 by pledging to plow an extra $1.4 billion into homeless services and proposing a state constitutional amendment to make it easier to sue cities that fail to shelter their unhoused populations.

Monday, 3:02 PM | 21 comments
Local music school faces civil suit over sexual abuse of student

School of Rock, a private music school in Midtown Palo Alto, is facing a civil lawsuit stemming from incidents of sexual abuse against a 15-year-old student by one of its instructors in 2017.

Monday, 10:23 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Mountain View Chamber of Commerce picks new CEO

The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce has selected former tech executive Peter Katz as its new CEO. Katz replaces Bruce Humphrey, who announced his departure in September.

Sunday, 8:48 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Judge may order PG&E to hire more tree trimmers, removers

A federal judge announced in San Francisco Thursday that he is considering ordering PG&E to hire and train enough workers to trim or remove all trees that could fall on power lines and spark wildfires.

Saturday, 7:41 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 17, 2020

Serial bank robber who took $69K across Northern California sentenced

An Oakland man convicted of committing bank robberies in Palo Alto, Mountain View and others in Northern California -- taking a total $69,002 -- was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Friday, 6:04 PM | No comments yet
Beating the odds

With retail stores on the ropes across the country, why is Mountain View's hobby emporium Game Kastle doing so well? Owner Shaw Mead says he's found the formula for success, creating a loyal community around old-fashioned board games.

Friday, 1:41 PM | 5 comments
More delays, higher costs as flood protection projects near finish

Construction projects aimed at providing flood protection to thousands of Mountain View properties is over budget and more than a year behind schedule.

Friday, 1:09 PM | 3 comments
LASD's new Mountain View school won't open until 2025

Los Altos School District's new Mountain View school won't open until 2025, following lengthy delays and an ever-evolving plan to build a campus in the fast-growing neighborhood.

Friday, 10:12 AM | 25 comments

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Two Mountain View auto burglary suspects nabbed while making a getaway

Two Mountain View residents were arrested Tuesday after they were allegedly seen burglarizing vehicles and stealing a package from a home before attempting to make a getaway on Highway 85.

Thursday, 1:42 PM | 3 comments
State bill faces uphill battle to add peer support to mental health care

New state legislation proposed last week could broaden the roster of mental health workers throughout California, but it may face an uphill battle after back-to-back vetoes by two governors.

Thursday, 8:31 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New Planned Parenthood clinic opens in Mountain View after months of delays

Mountain View's Planned Parenthood clinic, which shuttered last year for a redevelopment project, reopened on Monday at a new site that will provide reproductive health and specialty services through a deal with the county.

Wednesday, 3:55 PM | 3 comments
Mountain View voters will decide city's RV parking ban

The final decision on whether to prohibit oversized vehicles like RVs from parking on most city streets will be up to Mountain View voters this November.

Wednesday, 1:35 PM | 30 comments
Letters to the editor: Headcount tax, San Antonio school, tall projects

Recent letters to the editor on Mountain View's headcount tax, the proposed new school at San Antonio shopping center and tall new developments.

Wednesday, 9:17 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

'There's more work to be done': County pushes to find safe parking for people living in cars

With programs for vehicle dwellers to park overnight rolling out throughout Santa Clara County, the Board of Supervisors agreed on Tuesday to help cities find new sites for those without permanent homes.

Tuesday, 5:08 PM | 5 comments
Bernie Sanders leads polling for California presidential primary

Three Democratic presidential hopefuls are leading the California primary race, according to survey results released Monday, Jan. 13, by the San Francisco-based Public Policy Institute of California.

Tuesday, 1:55 PM | 17 comments
After threatening strike, Santa Clara County nurses agree on new contract

Santa Clara County's unionized nurses have officially voted to approve a new contract with the county, the union said Monday.

Tuesday, 10:53 AM | 2 comments
Guest opinion: Time to collect rent control fees from delinquent landlords

In a guest opinion in the Jan. 3 edition, Mountain View resident Keating Rhoads writes about the importance of collecting landlord rent control fee delinquencies.

Tuesday, 9:03 AM | 8 comments

Monday, January 13, 2020

More math hasn't fixed the achievement gap at Mountain View, Los Altos high schools

Six years ago, Los Altos High School staff was convinced they had the silver bullet for preparing students for college. But after a big push, Latino students are still lagging behind.

Monday, 10:36 AM | 5 comments

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom to propose that California manufacture its own generic drugs, lowering prescription costs

In a bold strategy to drive down prescription drug prices, Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing that California become the first state in the nation to establish its own generic drug label.

Sunday, 8:56 AM | 3 comments

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