If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Mountain View Online <![CDATA[With new deal, communities seek to cement partnership on land use concerns]]> After banding over shared concerns about Stanford University's growth plan, city and county officials in Santa Clara and Mateo counties are preparing to sign a "Land Use Compact" that would sustain the newly forged partnership.]]> <![CDATA[Election roundup: Endorsements roll in for Mountain View City Council and local school boards]]> With less than two months to go before Election Day, several local and regional groups are weighing in with endorsements for Mountain View's races, including some divergent recommendations for the City Council.]]> <![CDATA[Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare the Air alert for Saturday, with smoke expected to drift into the North Bay and the inland East Bay.]]> <![CDATA[Full containment of CZU Lightning Complex wildfire is expected Sunday]]> Cal Fire said late Thursday evening that the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, which began burning in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties a month ago and is among the Bay Area's three largest wildfires since that time, is nearing full containm]]> <![CDATA[El Camino Healthcare District ends misconduct investigation into board member Julia Miller]]> El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors took no action last week following an investigation into complaints that board member Julia Miller was unprofessional and disrespectful to hospital staff.]]> <![CDATA[This year, your voting center might be staffed by your grandchildren]]> With the election coming up in less than 50 days, Santa Clara County faces the challenge of getting at least 2,000, healthy community members trained and prepared to staff over 100 centers.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County cracks down on hospitals falling behind on COVID-19 testing]]> Santa Clara County announced Wednesday a new public health order forcing local health care providers to provide quick and easy access to COVID-19 testing, following widespread complaints that residents have been wrongly denied tests.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County health officials encourage flu shots during the pandemic]]> The Santa Clara County Public Health Department advised residents Monday to get vaccinated against the flu in addition to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.]]> <![CDATA[Local astronomers weigh in on new research that hints at possible life on Venus]]> A landmark study published this week found a chemical suspended in the clouds of Venus that could be early proof of life on a planet previously thought to be uninhabitable.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto faces lawsuit over 'residents-only' policy at Foothills Park]]> A group of civil rights organizations and residents filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto on Tuesday in a bid to repeal a contentious law that bans non-Palo Altans from visiting Foothills Park unless accompanied by a city resident.]]> <![CDATA[How to help the homeless and housing-insecure amidst a pandemic? Local leaders compare tactics]]> A panel of local leaders convened Saturday to share their advice on how to help the homeless and housing insecure through the pandemic as the end of the statewide eviction moratorium draws closer.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto green lights 'safe parking' program for people living in cars]]> A parking lot near the Baylands will turn into a shelter for people living in cars, with a lot attendant and case managers on hand. It will be run by the nonprofit Move Mountain View, which operates Mountain View's safe lot program.]]> <![CDATA[Appeals court reverses injunction blocking removal of protected immigrant groups]]> A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday reversed a 2018 preliminary injunction that blocked the Department of Homeland Security from terminating "temporary protected status" designations.]]> <![CDATA[By Wednesday, Bay Area will be under Spare the Air alerts for 30 consecutive days]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued Spare the Air alerts through Wednesday because of wildfire smoke, making it 30 straight days of the alerts that ban wood burning.]]> <![CDATA[Business community calls on Santa Clara County to ease public health restrictions]]> A coalition of business leaders across Santa Clara County are calling on public health officials to loosen COVID-19 restrictions that they say have crippled local businesses for the last six months.]]> <![CDATA[County hosts free COVID-19 testing in downtown Mountain View]]> Santa Clara County is hosting an all-day COVID-19 testing site in downtown Mountain View on Tuesday, but you'll need to sign up for an appointment.]]> <![CDATA[Minimal flames and mop up: CZU Lightning fire is 89% contained]]> The CZU Lightning Complex wildfires, which have burned 86,509 acres across San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties since Aug. 16, were 89% contained as of 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, Cal Fire said.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Amid pandemic, California secretary of state details access to voting by mail or in person this November]]> California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday described plans for voting access and safety this year during the pandemic before the Nov. 3 election, which is less than eight weeks away.]]> <![CDATA[Want to get to know your local candidates? Here's a list of election debates, forums]]> We've compiled a list of local election debates and forums taking place virtually for Midpeninsula voters ahead of the Nov. 3 election.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View is expanding its safe parking program as hundreds of vehicle dwellers remain on city streets]]> The city of Mountain View is currently home to one-third of all the safe parking spaces in Santa Clara County, but that's only put a dent in the number of vehicle dwellers on city streets.]]> <![CDATA[Series of Spare the Air alerts carries through Monday]]> As smoke from wildfires continues to cover the Bay Area, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Friday extended a Spare the Air alert through Monday, Sept. 14. ]]> <![CDATA[Some downtown Los Altos streets to become pedestrian-only]]> Roads in downtown Los Altos will partially close on Thursday through Monday to allow pedestrian-only access.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Clare Tucker]]> This week in obituaries, read about the life of Clare Tucker, a longtime Mountain View resident.]]> <![CDATA[College coronavirus testing varies by system, campus]]> With sometimes competing public health guidelines coming from the CDC and state and local sources, colleges and universities have made different decisions about how much coronavirus testing should be done, and when.]]> <![CDATA[Spare the Air alerts in effect through at least Friday in Bay Area]]> Spare the Air alerts banning wood burning will be in effect through at least Friday in the Bay Area as thick smoke from wildfires has enveloped the region, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.]]> <![CDATA[Mail-in voting has no partisan advantage, Stanford researchers say]]> Mail-in and absentee ballots improve voter turnout, but the argument that one political party would have an advantage over another in a mail-in ballot election doesn't appear credible, Stanford University researchers have found.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View extends Castro Street closure as more downtown businesses move outdoors]]> Mountain View's experimental closure of Castro Street to make room for outdoor dining has been extended through the end of the coronavirus pandemic, along with new rules that clear the way for other businesses to follow suit.]]> <![CDATA[Wildfire smoke darkens sky while layer of fog protects Bay Area air quality]]> Smoke from the August Complex fires in Mendocino County settled on top of a marine layer in the Bay Area Wednesday, turning the sky various shades of red and orange.]]> <![CDATA[State moves Santa Clara County to red tier, allowing more businesses to reopen]]> Santa Clara County has moved to the less restrictive red tier in California's color-coded classification system that determines how counties can move forward with reopening businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Los Altos drops appeal to block five-story downtown housing project]]> A proposed five-story housing project in downtown Los Altos will finally move forward after the city announced Saturday it will drop its legal battle against the controversial development.]]> <![CDATA[Lack of data is the biggest hurdle to Sheriff's Office reforms, says oversight group]]> Two months after the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for policy reforms in the county Sheriff's Office, tangible changes within the agency are yet to be seen.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford student's new dating app helps crushes connect]]> Learn about a Stanford student's ambitions for his new online dating network, which he aims to expand to 100 colleges, and a Palo Alto teen's key lime pie fundraiser to support local families in need.]]> <![CDATA[High heat, unhealthful air quality likely to last into the week]]> Record-setting heat and smoky air descended on the Bay Area on Sunday and is expected to only improve slightly over the next few days, the National Weather Service said.]]>