Mountain View Online If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2023 Mountain View Online <![CDATA[School board signals interest in signing new agreement with city on school fields]]> Mountain View Whisman board members showed interest in reaching a new deal for the joint operation of school fields, potentially keeping the chance for an agreement alive after it appeared on the brink of collapse.]]> <![CDATA[NASA prepares to bring back asteroid samples from space on Sept. 24]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Pedestrian struck, killed by California Highway Patrol officer with DUI suspect in vehicle on Highway 92]]> A California Highway Patrol officer struck and killed a man who was running across State Highway 92 on Wednesday night, Sept. 20, CHP Capt. Jason Cavett said during a press conference on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County celebrates construction of inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and teens]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Another Spare the Air alert issued for Friday due to wildfire smoke]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended a Spare the Air alert through Friday due to wildfire smoke that continues to linger in the region from fires burning further north in California and southern Oregon.]]> <![CDATA[New studies aim to speed up Palo Alto's redesign of rail crossings]]> Eager to take advantage of recently acquired federal and state grants, Palo Alto is preparing to speed up its tortuous, decade-long effort to choose preferred alternatives for redesigning three rail crossings.]]> <![CDATA[How Palo Altan Michelle Kraus and a Silicon Valley network are rescuing LGBTQ+ Afghans]]> Americans for Afghans, a humanitarian startup co-founded by Palo Alto human relations commissioner Michelle Kraus and San Francisco tech executive Joe Rodriguez, is helping rescue LGBTQ Afghans from the clutches of the Taliban.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors looks to pitch in another $10M for all-inclusive playgrounds]]> ]]> <![CDATA[One dead in 4-car hit-and-run crash on Highway 101 near San Antonio Road]]> A Redwood City man died, and another person was injured in a hit-and-run crash that involved four cars on Sunday, Sept. 17, the California Highway Patrol said in a collision report released on Tuesday, Sept. 19.]]> <![CDATA[City, school districts hold joint meeting ahead of high-stakes negotiations over Shoreline tax money]]> The city council and two local school boards sat down for a rare joint meeting on Monday, Sept. 18, as the three entities try to hash out a long-term agreement to divvy up tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue.]]> <![CDATA[Los Altos' housing element approved by the state, adding to the number of compliant Peninsula cities]]> The city of Los Altos recently announced that the state accepted its plans for future housing growth on Sept. 5. The housing element sets the stage for 1,958 new units over the next eight years.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto resident Offir Gutelzon leads massive Bay Area protest against Benjamin Netanyahu]]> Palo Alto based entrepreneur Offir Gutelzon led a massive, five-part protest yesterday, Sept. 18, across San Jose, Fremont and Union Square San Francisco, to boo Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Elon Musk.]]> <![CDATA[City hopes to lure growth -- and grants -- to San Antonio Road]]> In designating San Antonio Road as a "priority development area," the Palo Alto City Council is hoping to attract grants and gradually transform the industrial area into a residential one.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto looks to extend 'safe parking' on Geng Road]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Becker bill seeks to end 'cruel' price markups at prison stores]]> Seeking to curb what he calls cruel and egregious markups at California prisons, state Sen. Josh Becker is spearheading a law that would cap prices on items sold at canteen stores.]]> <![CDATA[The learning recovery that wasn't: Missed opportunities and the ongoing cost of COVID]]> The second yearly report by a national education research organization examining the impacts of Covid-19 on K-12 education offered that sobering outlook while highlighting some notable state and local efforts nationwide.]]> <![CDATA[Artist who painted Taylor Swift's butterfly mural debuts new work in Palo Alto]]> ]]> <![CDATA[AT&T outage brings down Mountain View's emergency lines, 9-1-1 calls routed to Santa Clara County]]> Mountain View's emergency lines went down due to a widespread AT&T outage on Friday, Sept. 15. Those needing emergency assistance should continue to call 9-1-1.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View City Council approves another round of local firearm regulations]]> The Mountain View City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to adopt two firearm safety ordinances that require firearm dealers to obtain a local permit, and bans gun and ammunition sales in homes.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto urged to think bigger as it rezones San Antonio Road for housing]]> As Palo Alto prepares to transform an industrial area around San Antonio Road into the city's next residential hub, housing advocates and developers are calling for the city to think bigger when it comes to zone changes.]]> <![CDATA[Kaiser Permanente union members authorize strike if contract talks fail]]> A Kaiser Permanente union representing tens of thousands of California health care workers said Thursday its members will strike if the two sides can't reach a contract agreement by the end of the month.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View looks to bring back gatekeeper projects, with an eye towards streamlining approval process]]> The city of Mountain View is looking to clean up its process for so-called gatekeeper projects, where developers propose projects out of sync with existing zoning and require changes to the general plan.]]> <![CDATA[Australian race car driver charged in fatal La Honda crash is out on bail]]> The Australian race car driver charged with vehicular manslaughter for a fatal crash on state Highway 84 in San Mateo County is out on bail.]]> <![CDATA[As COVID-19 cases increase, health officials urge people to get updated vaccine]]> Bay Area and statewide COVID-19 infections rates are up over the past couple of months and health officials are advising people to get the updated vaccines when they become available. ]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View City Council ends six-decade school fields partnership, gives district final offer for new agreement]]> The Mountain View City Council voted to terminate an agreement for the joint operation of campus fields Tuesday night, while also giving the school board a one-time chance to accept the city's terms to create a new agreement.]]> <![CDATA[Citing big funding needs, Mountain View looks to put tax measure to a vote in 2024]]> A revenue measure that will increase taxes is making its way onto the general election ballot in November 2024, with the Mountain View City Council agreeing Tuesday night that more cash is needed to pay for ambitious projects.]]> <![CDATA[Search ends in Wyoming for Palo Alto dentist]]> Retired 76-year-old Palo Alto dentist Steve Keller, who went missing 10 days ago in the Wyoming wilderness, has not been found and a search for him has ended.]]> <![CDATA[Brush fire chars open space land near Page Mill Road]]> Firefighters battled a grass fire near Monte Bello Open Space Preserve in the Palo Alto foothills, according to an alert from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire).]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto residents launch fundraiser on GoFundMe to support earthquake victims in Morocco]]> Palo Alto residents Lamya Alaoui and Stephane Paquet have started a fundraiser on GoFundMe to support earthquake victims in Morocco. ]]> <![CDATA[Aging expert and local physician Dr. Walter Bortz II dies at 93]]> After a period of declining health, Dr. Walter Bortz II died in his Portola Valley home on Aug. 5. He was 93 years old. Best known for his work on aging, he worked as a physician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for decades.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View man takes plea deal following 2021 gang-related shooting at Rengstorff Park]]> A Mountain View man has pleaded no contest to a felony gun charge in connection to a 2021 shooting incident at Rengstorff Park that injured two people. Police say the incident was gang related.]]> <![CDATA[West Nile Virus detected in mosquitos in portions of Mountain View and Palo Alto]]> Mosquitos infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) have been found in parts of Mountain View and Palo Alto, according to a recent Santa Clara County advisory statement.]]> <![CDATA[Amid tensions with school district, city of Mountain View considers pulling out of school field deal]]> In a sign of further fraying relations, the city is considering terminating a more than six-decade agreement with the Mountain View Whisman School District for the joint operation of campus fields.]]> <![CDATA[Temporary lane closures planned on Alma Street for Caltrain electrification work]]> The public can expect to see delays this week along a section of Alma Street in Palo Alto due to work supporting Caltrain's electrification project.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County supervisors to consider how to spend nearly $50M in opioid settlement cash]]> Santa Clara County supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 12, will discuss how to spend the nearly $50 million in opioid settlement cash the county will be getting to combat the fentanyl and opioid crisis.]]> <![CDATA[San Francisco lawmaker's bill on psychedelics heads to governor]]> A San Francisco lawmaker's bill to decriminalize plant-based psychedelics including "magic mushrooms" has passed its final legislative hurdle. Now it's up to Governor Gavin Newsom.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Local residents who have died recently]]> Local residents who have died recently include Jessica Stagner Bridger, John Gaetano and Dr. Ferid Murad. ]]> <![CDATA[TikTok ban on state worker phones won't happen in California this year]]> California won't join more than 30 other states and the federal government in banning the TikTok app on state phones and devices -- at least not this year.]]> <![CDATA[School board votes to fence off parts of Monta Loma despite disagreements over the process]]> The Mountain View Whisman school board voted at a Thursday, Sept. 7, meeting to fence off portions of Monta Loma Elementary School, but not without disagreements among board members about the three year process that led them there.]]> <![CDATA[Kaiser to pay $49 million after environmental, patient privacy violations]]> Kaiser, California's largest healthcare provider, has agreed to a $49 million settlement for illegally dumping hazardous waste, medical waste, and the protected health information of more than 7,000 patients at Kaiser facilities.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Newsom signs executive order to study AI use and risks]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Wednesday an executive order to study the development, use, and risks of artificial intelligence in California and within state government while educating the public about the technology.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View man, Juan Rodriguez, faces murder charges in connection to August fatal shooting]]> Prosecutors have charged Juan Rodriguez with murder for the Aug. 20 fatal shooting of a 29-year-old Mountain View man who authorities say was dating Rodriguez's sister.]]> <![CDATA[Australian tourist charged with manslaughter in wrong-way crash on Highway 84]]> A local resident says one detail about the fatal crash on Highway 84 that killed two La Honda residents just doesn't add up.]]> <![CDATA[Parts of Santa Clara County under quarantine due to invasive oriental fruit flies]]> Parts of Santa Clara County have been placed under quarantine after invasive oriental fruit flies were detected in cities such as Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, county officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Librarian files discrimination lawsuit against Mountain View after it dropped remote work accommodations]]> A librarian of 20 years is suing the city of Mountain View for discrimination and retaliation, according to a civil lawsuit filed with Santa Clara County Superior Court in July.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto dentist missing in remote Wyoming wilderness]]> A beloved Palo Alto dentist has gone missing in the Wyoming wilderness after he became separated from his hiking group over the weekend, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and his niece said.]]> <![CDATA[Community Briefs: Sci-Fi September, community carnival and a nonprofit grant opportunity]]> This week in Community Briefs, the library is hosting Sci-Fi September, there's a community carnival this weekend and the Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation is offering $120,000 in grants for local nonprofits.]]> <![CDATA[Person fatally struck by Caltrain in Redwood City Monday night]]> A 62-year-old man was struck and killed by a Caltrain in Redwood City on Monday night, Sept. 4. ]]>