Editorials

2019

Dig deep for the Holiday Fund

As the need for housing and services persists and grows, it's vital that community members support local nonprofits working to help those in need. To that effect, we ask that you consider donating to the Voice's Holiday Fund this year.

December 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Questioning the City Council's RV ban

The recent action -- and inaction -- by the Mountain View City Council regarding vehicle dwellers is disheartening and somewhat baffling.

October 12, 2019 | 17 comments
In the driver's seat

NTSB report shows Caltrans needs to address roadway safety concerns
With more cars clogging already jammed roadways and more companies testing self-driving technology, it's essential that Caltrans swiftly adopt the changes necessary to identify and fix safety deficiencies in a timely manner.

September 18, 2019 | 2 comments
It's past time for a federal ban on assault weapons

We urge those on Capitol Hill to pass a federal ban on assault weapons and existing legislation to close background check loopholes.

August 21, 2019 | 11 comments
Let's all be lights for liberty

We need to continue to speak out against mistreatment of immigrants
No matter your views on immigration, we should all be horrified by the mistreatment of immigrants perpetrated by ICE and the Border Patrol, and at the unabashedly racist rhetoric from our commander-in-chief.

July 19, 2019 | 4 comments
Time for City Council to show it's serious about housing

It's abundantly clear there's a housing crisis in Mountain View and the Bay Area at large. What isn't clear is what the Mountain View City Council plans to do about it.

May 20, 2019 | 12 comments
'Safe Lot' bill is a start

State legislation would permit community-college students to sleep in cars on campus
The Student Senate for California Community Colleges has now enlisted Palo Alto Assemblyman Marc Berman to carry a bill, AB 302, that would require each community college to allow registered students to park and sleep in their cars in one or more designated campus parking lots.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Thanks for your generosity

Holiday Fund raises $72K for local nonprofits
The numbers are in: The Voice's 2018 Holiday Fund campaign raised $72,000 from 147 donors.

January 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Needless shutdown hits home

Here in Mountain View, nearly 1,200 federal employees at NASA Ames Research Center are without work and pay while the longest federal government shutdown in United States history drags on without a clear end in sight.

January 22, 2019 | 9 comments

2018

Bullis should hit pause on Mountain View plan

While Bullis Charter School has the ability to charge ahead and expand into Mountain View under state law that favors charter schools, we believe BMV staffers should hold off on their petition and take more time to work with Mountain View Whisman officials and families.

December 16, 2018 | 73 comments
Donate to the Voice Holiday Fund

The holidays are a special time of year for many, marked by cherished family traditions and time spent with loved ones. It's also a time of year when people often volunteer with local nonprofits or donate to people in need. In that vein, we ask that you consider giving to the Voice's Holiday Fund this year.

December 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Election 2018: Our recommendations

A roundup of endorsements from the Voice's editorial board for the Nov. 6 election
In the weeks leading up to Election Day this Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Voice has published endorsements on several local races and measures. Here is a list of our recommendations:

November 2, 2018 | 16 comments
Showalter, Siegel and Ramirez for City Council

Mountain View voters have some interesting choices to make on November's ballot. Competing for three seats on the City Council are two incumbents and four challengers.

October 25, 2018 | 29 comments
Wheeler and Conley for Mountain View Whisman school board

It's a transformative time for the Mountain View Whisman School District, and voters may be asking themselves whether it's best to stay the course with the two incumbents, or react to recent missteps by supporting two challengers with fresh perspectives.

October 19, 2018 | 9 comments
Re-elect Sheriff Laurie Smith

Incumbent seeks sixth term on Nov. 6
In spite of her shortcomings, which include an uninspired and weak administrative record over her two decades in the office, we believe Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is the better choice.

October 24, 2018 | 6 comments
Vonnegut, Torok and Walter for MVLA school board

For anyone who remembers Steven Nelson's term on Mountain View Whisman's school board, the Voice's recommendation for the three seats on the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District board will not come as a surprise.

October 11, 2018 | 3 comments
Yes on measures P and Q

With no organized opposition and clear benefits from these measures, the Voice recommends a yes vote on both P and Q.

October 12, 2018 | 10 comments
A dishonest debate over rent control

There's nothing wrong with a fair debate over rent control. Rent control has always been a controversial issue, and there are compelling arguments on both sides. There is something wrong, however, with trying to roll back rent control by lying to voters.

August 22, 2018 | 8 comments
Your friend, not enemy

Unprecedented attacks on the media hit the very protectors of our democracy
In an effort to focus public attention on the dangers of the President Donald Trump's attacks, we join in an unprecedented coordinated expression of concern by newspapers across the country.

August 16, 2018 | 69 comments
Racial profiling in our own backyard

From "BBQ Becky" at Lake Merritt to a Starbucks employee in Philadelphia, accounts of police being called on black people trying to go about their daily lives have been well-documented.

August 7, 2018 | 16 comments
Hirokawa for sheriff

After 20 years as sheriff, a strong challenge to Laurie Smith is overdue
Between Laurie Smith, 66, who is asking for a sixth, four-year term, and John Hirokawa -- who like Smith went up through the ranks over his more than 35 years with the department until retiring in 2016 at age 61 -- we think Hirokawa is the better choice.

May 30, 2018 | 4 comments
Hendrickson for judge

Cindy Hendrickson's extensive experience in the criminal court system and her management experience make her the easy choice in this election.

May 30, 2018 | 3 comments
Yes on Measure E

Counselors working out of closets. Cramped and outdated classrooms, libraries and cafeterias. Portables, some damaged and past their lifespans, crowding out parking spaces. That's what students and staff at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools have encountered in recent years as increased housing development has led to a rise in enrollment -- a trend that's only expected to continue.

May 23, 2018 | 8 comments
No on Regional Measure 3

Ballot measure to increase bridge tolls by $3 over next six years is too much
RM3's toll increases, along with the implementation of inflation escalators, ask for too much and attempt to leverage the public's frustration over bad traffic to disproportionately penalize bridge commuters.

May 14, 2018 | 2 comments
Recall Judge Persky

Accountability to the public does not threaten judicial independence
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Persky abused his discretion, disrespected a jury, failed a crime victim and broke trust with the public he serves.

May 18, 2018 | 30 comments

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