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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Planning commission backs housing-heavy vision for Terra Bella

For Mountain View's Environmental Planning Commission, the Terra Bella light industrial area represents a big opportunity for housing growth, but it comes with some serious challenges.

Saturday, 8:51 AM | 1 comment

Friday, February 22, 2019

Lime ditches bikes for scooters, leaving cities in limbo

In a feat of backpedaling, bike-share companies are swiftly pulling their fleets of rental bikes from Mountain View and a host of other Bay Area cities, saying there isn't enough ridership to make the business sustainable.

Friday, 1:56 PM | 21 comments
State officials skeptical of low homeless student numbers

California is currently facing the worst homelessness crisis in recent memory, yet hundreds of the state's school districts are reporting they have no students who lack stable housing.

Friday, 12:30 PM | 4 comments
Mixed picture for city budget

It was a mixed bag financially for Mountain View as elected officials reviewed the city's midyear budget last week. While local property values and tax revenues continue their ascent to all-time highs, most of the city's other revenue sources seem to be going in the opposite direction.

Friday, 9:59 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Suspicious mail at Google building prompts hazmat response

U.S. postal inspectors concluded that suspicious mail sent to a Google building Wednesday was not dangerous, following a two-hour hazmat response and a street closure.

Thursday, 12:26 PM | 2 comments
One displaced after apartment kitchen fire

Mountain View firefighters extinguished a small fire Wednesday that broke out in the kitchen of an apartment complex, damaging the unit and prompting an evacuation of the building.

Thursday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
City unveils new community center

The Mountain View Community Center reopens this Saturday, Feb. 23, following a five-year effort to expand and update the aging building for the 21st century.

Thursday, 11:05 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Should police protect Facebook's bikes?

Local law enforcement officials have been stopping people riding Facebook bikes, questioning them, and in some instances, arresting them and confiscating the bikes if they find that the cyclists stopped don't work for the giant social media company.

Wednesday, 1:40 PM | 25 comments
Federal agency canceling grant for high-speed rail project

Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that they are terminating an agreement worth $929 million for the California High-Speed Rail project.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 12 comments

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tenant buyout rules approved by RHC

A package of policies to allow landlords to negotiate side deals with tenants to buy them out of rent-controlled apartments was approved by the Mountain View Rental Housing Committee on Monday, Feb. 11.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | 1 comment

Monday, February 18, 2019

Two men in stolen vehicle arrested on drug, theft charges

Two men driving through the North Whisman neighborhood were arrested early Saturday, Feb. 9, after police found they were driving a stolen vehicle full of suspected stolen goods, including a police badge.

Monday, 8:31 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Wrestling with stereotypes

The only female member of Mountain View High School's wrestling team says she's found camaraderie and confidence through the sport.

Sunday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet
Plea deal in attempted downtown kidnapping

Two men pleaded guilty after they allegedly grabbed a woman leaving a downtown Mountain View nightclub last year, brandished guns when people tried to intervene and fired two rounds out of a vehicle as they drove away.

Sunday, 8:02 AM | 8 comments
Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley

Despite a sizzling economy and an influx of wealth, Silicon Valley remains a bastion of inequality, with more residents now struggling to afford the growing costs of housing, child care and transportation, according to a newly released snapshot of the regional economy.

Sunday, 8:00 AM | 7 comments

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Caltrain projects still a go despite high-speed rail reversal

California hit the brakes on the decadelong effort to build a high-speed rail line between its major population centers. But the turnaround earlier this week in Gov. Gavin Newsom's State of the State address is expected to have minimal impact on a suite of train corridor projects along the Peninsula -- at least in the near term.

Saturday, 2:23 PM | 7 comments
When NASA closes, turkeys take over

When you shut down the government for five weeks, there are going to be some unintended consequences.

Saturday, 10:56 AM | 1 comment

Friday, February 15, 2019

A nature oasis opens in Google's backyard

Next week, Mountain View officials will celebrate the completion of what might be called an oasis of nature tucked into the city's tech center.

Friday, 1:54 PM | 8 comments
County seeks developer for new teacher housing project

With five North County school districts now offering support and funds, Santa Clara County officials are seeking a developer to build a teacher housing complex in Palo Alto.

Friday, 12:29 PM | 2 comments
School board approves cuts despite concerns from parents, staff

In a reluctant but unanimous vote, Mountain View Whisman school board members last week approved a long list of cuts to bring down deficit spending.

Friday, 9:39 AM | 31 comments

Thursday, February 14, 2019

RHC quashes rent increases on Del Medio

It started nearly a year and a half ago, but the city's most vexing landlord-tenant dispute has finally reached a resolution.

Thursday, 3:44 PM | 25 comments
Hospital board votes to buy five South Bay clinics

El Camino Hospital's board of directors agreed Wednesday night to buy five clinics in the South Bay, without promising to keep existing employees.

Thursday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet
Council seeks to revise pot shop rules

Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday to revisit regulations for cannabis businesses in Mountain View, just months after the laws were approved.

Thursday, 11:13 AM | 38 comments
Mountain View auto burglaries reach new heights

The number of reported vehicle burglaries in Mountain View reached new heights, with December and January the two worst months in years.

Thursday, 9:31 AM | 11 comments

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Two men arrested for carjacking, shooting teen at tire store

Police arrested two men in connection to a carjacking and shooting at a tire shop earlier this month, according to a statement by the Mountain View Police Department.

Wednesday, 11:20 AM | 5 comments
County Supervisors boost funds for enforcing labor laws

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to stand with workers who have experienced wage theft or abuse from their employers by increasing the budget of its enforcement office by $500,000 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 10:03 AM | No comments yet
Governor names Stanford professor as state education board president

Linda Darling-Hammond, a longtime Stanford University education professor, will lead the 11-member state Board of Education, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:56 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Newsom scales back high-speed-rail plans

California's decade-long dream of building a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles hit a dead end in Sacramento on Tuesday, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring his plan to significantly scale back the hugely ambitious but deeply flawed project.

Tuesday, 5:26 PM | 19 comments
RHC approves new tenant buyout rules

A package of policies to allow landlords to negotiate side deals with tenants to buy them out of rent-controlled apartments was approved by the Mountain View Rental Housing Committee on Monday night.

Tuesday, 1:30 PM | 17 comments
Labor activists ask county Supes to enforce worker protections

Victims of wage theft in Santa Clara County asked the Board of Supervisors Monday to properly enforce existing laws designed to protect workers and their labor rights.

Tuesday, 10:38 AM | 1 comment
Heavy rain, wind expected starting Tuesday night

An incoming storm that will start affecting the Bay Area on Tuesday night has intensified in strength and will hit a region that has already seen regular rain for the past few weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, 10:30 AM | No comments yet

Monday, February 11, 2019

Wet, windy storm expected midweek in Bay Area

Another wet storm is expected to impact the Bay Area and Northern California by Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
El Camino Hospital seeks to buy five South Bay clinics

El Camino Hospital plans to buy five clinics in Santa Clara County at risk of closure after Verity Medical Foundation filed for bankruptcy last year.

Monday, 12:46 PM | 4 comments
HUD funding to help homeless

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Jan. 26 awarded nearly $149 million for 193 previously funded homeless assistance programs in the nine-county Bay Area.

Monday, 9:56 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ken Graham named CEO of MayView following nonprofit's rebound

After serving a stint as interim CEO during some of the clinic's most trying times, MayView Community Health Center announced last week that Ken Graham has accepted a permanent position as CEO.

Sunday, 9:24 AM | 1 comment

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