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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Community activist Elena Pacheco dies of cancer

A tireless volunteer and community activist, Elena Pacheco seemed to be involved in almost every cause in Mountain View -- affordable housing, food pantries, health care and church groups. Pacheco died in hospice care on Saturday, May 13, after a long battle with lymphoma. She was 60 years old.

Thursday, 12:33 PM | 4 comments
Man arrested over limo payment

Police arrested a Southern California man last week after he allegedly refused to pay a limousine fare worth hundreds of dollars, claiming he had no cash and his card had been declined.

Thursday, 10:50 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Man indicted for cyberattack on Voice website appears in court

A San Francisco man accused of a cyberattack on and other websites owned by Embarcadero Media appeared in federal court in San Jose on May 24.

Wednesday, 5:12 PM | 4 comments
MV Whisman hires new director of special ed

he Mountain View Whisman School District announced that Gary Johnson, an administrator in charge of special education in Monterey County, has been tapped to lead the district's special education program.

Wednesday, 1:34 PM | 3 comments
Mountain View sells water to East Palo Alto

The Mountain View City Council signed a $5 million deal Tuesday night to sell off water rights to East Palo Alto to help end the city's yearlong moratorium on development.

Wednesday, 10:18 AM | 17 comments
Hangar One restoration to take until 2025

Google's pledge to restore and reskin Moffett Field's iconic Hangar One is going to take longer than originally anticipated. The tech firm is now reporting the job likely won't be done until 2025.

Wednesday, 10:08 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rental committee sets limit on increases

On Monday night, the city's nascent Rental Housing Committee got its first taste of the big stakes and the dicey decisions that lie ahead. The committee took its first action to cap the rents increases on thousands of local apartments for the upcoming year. Starting in September, that limit will be 3.4 percent.

Tuesday, 1:59 PM | 23 comments
City's crime rate dips down in 2016

It's almost all sunshine and good news in the Mountain View Police Department's annual crime tally for 2016.

Tuesday, 10:44 AM | 2 comments
Many ideas, little consensus on housing crisis

Everyone seems to agree that the housing situation in the Bay Area has reached a crisis -- but what to do about it remains as polarizing as ever.

Tuesday, 8:08 AM | 16 comments

Monday, May 22, 2017

$647M to electrify Caltrain tracks approved

Caltrain's electrification project can move forward as the Federal Transit Administration plans to sign a $647 million grant agreement to fund the long-awaited work, the agency said Monday.

Monday, 1:01 PM | 10 comments

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Airplane noise reduction proposals under review

The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing more than 100 recommendations that a committee of South Bay legislators drafted last year with the goal of reducing airplane noise in their communities, according to a statement from three congressional leaders.

Sunday, 11:16 PM | 17 comments
Spare the Air Alert Monday in the Bay Area

A Spare the Air alert for smog in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for Monday, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Sunday.

Sunday, 7:14 PM | 1 comment

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Voice wins Online General Excellence at statewide journalism contest

The Mountain View Voice won the Online General Excellence award at the California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest on Saturday, May 20, in Santa Monica.

Saturday, 3:32 PM | 11 comments

Friday, May 19, 2017

Risk of heat-related illnesses rise as temps expected to jump

The possibility of heat-related illnesses prompted the National Weather Service to issue a weather advisory for Saturday and Sunday in parts of the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas.

Friday, 2:28 PM | No comments yet
Rent committee to take up first-ever price limits

Mountain View's new Rental Housing Committee is poised on Monday to set the city's first-ever cap on rent increases, as well as how much profit landlords are entitled to gain.

Friday, 1:56 PM | 21 comments
Google relaunches Bay View project

As Google embarks on its ambitious plans to create a signature headquarters, the company's building spree is now stretching into Moffett Field. In recent weeks, the tech giant has started preparations to build a new 1.1 million square foot facility on the western side of Moffett Field, in what will be the company's largest construction project reported so far.

Friday, 11:57 AM | 2 comments
Kids dive into tech at Google's developer conference

Google staff were still working on the finishing touches of the sprawling I/O tech conference Monday morning, but some 150 students from Castro Elementary and other local schools got early access.

Friday, 10:12 AM | No comments yet
North Bayshore a boomtown for cheaper housing -- if it gets built

With the potential to more than double the city's affordable housing stock, Mountain View's goal to transform North Bayshore into a new residential neighborhood would be a game-changer for Silicon Valley's housing crunch.

Friday, 10:11 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kitchen fire at Google I/O injures six

The second day of Google's I/O conference was brought to a halt just before 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon when a fire broke out at a Shoreline Amphitheatre concession stand. Six people were injured, one of whom had life-threatening injuries.

Thursday, 6:42 PM | 3 comments
El Camino Hospital's board is set to expand

Despite public opposition, the El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors agreed Monday night to expand the nonprofit hospital's governance board from nine members to 11 members.

Thursday, 10:05 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Local teens win Schola Cantorum poetry contest

The Schola Cantorum choir held its second poetry contest for local high school students. They received over 90 submissions from students competing to hear their work set to music and sung by a choir of 75 voices.

Wednesday, 5:31 PM | 5 comments
More enforcement of Bay Area commuter benefits program on its way

Enforcement of the Bay Area's commuter benefits program is being stepped up and unregistered employers may be fined and face violations, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 2:03 PM | 2 comments
Los Altos nonprofit awards $60,000

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) has donated over $1.7 million to Los Altos community organizations since its founding in 1991, and that amount just got a little larger.

Wednesday, 10:03 AM | 4 comments
VA Palo Alto sued for veteran's 'wrongful death'

The family of a 72-year-old U.S. Navy veteran has filed a lawsuit in this week against VA Palo Alto Health Care System, alleging that the hospital was reckless and negligent in preventing his death from a traumatic head injury a year ago.

Wednesday, 10:03 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Community Foundation ramps up support for immigrants

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is ramping up grants to nonprofit organizations devoted to advising and ensuring the safety of local immigrants.

Tuesday, 2:26 PM | 6 comments
Inspire MV awards $525K to improve city

Inspire Mountain View, a new tech-funded grant program launched this year, has picked its winners in a citywide contest for ideas on how to boost the local community.

Tuesday, 12:36 PM | No comments yet
Wrestling returns to Mountain View High

After years of being known as the only high school in Santa Clara County without a wrestling program, Mountain View High School officials announced they plan to bring back the sport after dropping it decades ago.

Tuesday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 15, 2017

A march down memory lane

One of the area's under-appreciated gems, the Moffett Field Historical Society and Museum reopened after being closed for most of the year for building improvements.

Monday, 10:00 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bay Area gas prices down 1 cent from previous month

Average gas prices edged downward by one penny per gallon over the last month in the Bay Area but are 67 cents higher than the national average, AAA officials said.

Sunday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 13, 2017

State Farm policyholders may get refunds

California consumers with homeowners' and renters' policies will receive $13.3 million in refunds from State Farm Insurance Co. in compliance with an order from the state insurance commissioner.

Saturday, 3:38 PM | No comments yet

Friday, May 12, 2017

Navy seeks to disband Moffett Field RAB

The Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) -- the lone watchdog panel that monitors pollution and the restoration of Hangar One -- is set to be disbanded after a surprise move made on Thursday night by U.S. Navy officials.

Friday, 1:54 PM | 18 comments
Caltrain looking to fill Citizens Advisory Committee

San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara County residents who would like to give input to Caltrain's board are invited to apply to join the rail line's advisory body.

Friday, 1:00 PM | No comments yet
School district weighs $2.7M plan to close achievement gap

Each year, the Mountain View Whisman School District faces a mountain of a challenge: helping close to 1,300 students succeed in school when they haven't yet mastered English.

Friday, 10:34 AM | 19 comments
Man exposes himself to woman with her toddler

A woman and her toddler encountered a naked man who was touching himself in the Palo Alto Baylands Wednesday afternoon, Palo Alto police reported Thursday, May 11.

Friday, 10:34 AM | No comments yet

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