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Quixey closing

Despite ample investment money, the downtown Mountain View start-up Quixey is reportedly closing its doors. In recent days the tech company filed paperwork saying it was laying off nearly 50 employees and permanently closing its Castro Street offices.

Quixey launched in 2009 as a search engine for the rapidly growing app marketplace. The start-up quickly attracted investment capital, and by 2015 the company was being valued at $600 million.

But signs of problems emerged not long afterward. Early last year, a wave of employees departed as Quixey posted disappointing revenues. The company tried to pivot its business model from a search engine to advertising within apps.

Quixey's main backer was the Chinese tech giant Alibaba, which signed a deal to invest about $110 million in the Silicon Valley start-up. But the relationship between the two companies had apparently become strained and Alibaba withheld further investment.

Quixey representatives declined to comment.

—Mark Noack

High schools become sanctuaries

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District joined a growing number of school districts in Santa Clara County vowing to protect all students regardless of their immigration status.

In a unanimous decision Monday, the board signed a resolution affirming that the district's schools will be a "safe and welcoming place" for all students, and that district administrators will take "all legally permissible actions" to protect the privacy rights of its students and their families. The resolution goes on to say that the district will continue its practice of to not release student information to federal authorities regarding immigration status or "related matters" contained in student records.

The resolution comes months after State Superintendent Tom Torlakson began encouraging school districts in California to declare their schools as "safe havens," following growing concerns that President Donald Trump's administration in Washington could instigate a crackdown on immigration enforcement, creating a "climate of fear" for children and families. These concerns were heightened after Trump's executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The Mountain View Whisman School District's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a similar resolution last month.

Deer Hollow farm tours

The city of Mountain View is hosting tours at the Deer Hollow Farm to raise money in support of its farm animals and education programs. Tours are scheduled for two more Saturdays this spring: April 8 and May 6.

Tours will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the last entrance for visitors will be at 1:30 p.m.

Visitors will have a chance to see the farm's sheep, goats, chicken and rabbits. There will be interactive activities for children, and hands-on learning at the Nature Center.

Admission is $7, and babies under age 1 are free. All proceeds will be used to benefit the farm, located at Rancho San Antonio Park, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino.

More information is at deerhollowfarmfriends.org.

—Shauli Bar-On

Kevin Forestieri

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