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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Why so few hospital beds for teens?

The absence of adolescent inpatient psychiatric beds in Santa Clara County — described by one Palo Alto child and adolescent psychiatrist as a "hospitalization crisis" — is actually the norm rather than the exception in California.

Tuesday, 2:43 PM | No comments yet
What's troubling local teens?

A panel of teens from Mountain View and neighboring cities gathered at the Community Health Awareness Council headquarters earlier this month to explain what it's like to be in the high-stress high school environment that has mental health as a top issue in student well-being.

Tuesday, 1:28 PM | 5 comments
City wins in long-fought lawsuits

Attorneys for Mountain View announced in recent days that they successfully defended the city against two lawsuits from landlords crying foul over the city's code enforcement on low-income housing units. Both cases were discussed by elected leaders on Tuesday in closed session.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
City is growing, public school attendance is dropping

Mountain View schools are facing a strange predicament. The local economy is humming along, people are moving into the city and dozens of new housing developments are either approved or in the works. All the ingredients are there for enrollment growth for the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 21 comments

Monday, May 25, 2015

Simitian: 'Significant' need for inpatient psych beds for teens

Calling the lack of hospital beds for youth in mental health crises "a real and significant need," Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is pushing for county staff to analyze the feasibility of opening an inpatient unit for children and adolescents.

Monday, 3:29 PM | 1 comment

Friday, May 22, 2015

Local businesses to participate in Bike to Shop Day

If you ride on two wheels and like to shop, Saturday is going to be your day. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, in celebration of national bike month, is supporting Mountain View and Palo Alto businesses through Bike to Shop Day on Saturday, May 23.

Friday, 4:55 PM | 1 comment
Not enough students, not enough money to open ninth campus

Months of long, difficult and sometimes bitter meetings came to a head in a marathon Mountain View Whisman school board meeting Thursday night, when board members narrowly decided in a 3-2 straw vote not to open up a new school in the Whisman and Slater neighborhood area.

Friday, 1:59 PM | 54 comments
City opens new affordable housing complex

Mountain View leaders cut the ribbon on Tuesday, celebrating the completion of a new 49-home apartment building offering below-market studios.

Friday, 10:21 AM | 7 comments
District names new Landels principal

Stephen Chesley, a long-time administrator at Graham Middle School, has been selected to take up the torch as principal of Landels Elementary starting next school year, and already he said he's gotten quite the reception.

Friday, 10:12 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, May 21, 2015

City toughens up water restrictions

Keeping your lawn alive just got a little more difficult. Following state-mandated requirements to reduce water use, Mountain View City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday night to adopt a plan that would reduce the city's water usage by restricting, among other things, landscape irrigation to only two days per week.

Thursday, 6:48 PM | 25 comments
Claim filed against county office of education over alleged molestation at outdoor ed-camp

A claim was filed Thursday, May 21, against the Santa Clara County Office of Education alleging it hired a person who molested a 10-year-old boy at a science camp earlier this year.

Thursday, 6:47 PM | No comments yet
Tennis tournament returns to MV

The 2015 Mountain View Open Tennis Tournament is set for Memorial Day weekend at the Cuesta Tennis Center at Cuesta Park. Returning tournament director John Togasaki will be leading this four-day tournament.

Thursday, 12:38 PM | No comments yet
Google to roll out new self-driving cars in MV

The sight of Google's self-driving cars navigating the road is nothing new for Mountain View residents, but national tech media got whipped into a tizzy last week over news that a new fleet of auto-piloted cars will soon be hitting local streets.

Thursday, 12:06 PM | 1 comment
More charges brought against camp counselor in child porn case

A former science camp counselor in Santa Clara County who allegedly possessed hundreds of child pornography photos and videos is facing additional charges alleging that he manufactured child pornography, a deputy district attorney said Wednesday.

Thursday, 11:40 AM | 1 comment
Days numbered for city's small RV park

Dozens of residents living in a North Whisman RV park fear that they could be forced out of Mountain View now that the property is being sold to a residential developer.

Thursday, 11:21 AM | 17 comments
Woman arrested for suspected Kohl's theft

A Menlo Park woman was arrested last week after she was caught allegedly trying to steal more than $1,000 in jewelery from the Kohl's on Showers Drive.

Thursday, 10:13 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Local mental health program receives WASC accreditation

El Camino Hospital's After School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) program for local teenagers with significant mental health conditions has received a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the hospital announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 1:59 PM | No comments yet
MV council declines to revisit El Camino bus plan

A proposal to dedicate lanes of El Camino Real for bus traffic continues to be a lightning rod of controversy in Mountain View, but council members indicated they weren't inclined to revisit the issue in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, 11:45 AM | 47 comments
Tennis tournament at Cuesta Park this weekend

The 2015 Mountain View Open Tennis Tournament is set for Memorial Day weekend at the Cuesta Tennis Center at Cuesta Park. Returning tournament director John Togasaki will be leading this four-day tournament.

Wednesday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
MV veteran inducted into French Legion of Honor

It's safe to say that there aren't too many residents of Mountain View who belong to the French Legion of Honor. Alfonso Barreras, an 80-year-old Mountain View resident, is the latest to receive the honor.

Wednesday, 9:16 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Luring kids back to hot lunch

School officials in Mountain View have been pushing for what they call "21st century learning" in the classroom for years. But back in the kitchens, every elementary and middle school in the city is stuck in the 20th century, with aging equipment used to cook up food that fewer and fewer kids are finding palatable.

Tuesday, 11:57 AM | 7 comments
Wednesday: El Camino hosts panel of women innovators in health care fields

Los Altos Women's Caucus and El Camino Hospital are teaming up to host a panel of local women innovators in healthcare on Wednesday, May 20, at the hospital. Panelists include Surbhi Sarna, Piya Sorcar, Dr. Erica Weirich, and El Camino CEO Tomi Ryba.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Palo Alto pilot was arrested prior to disappearance

A flight instructor who allegedly stole a plane from the Palo Alto Municipal Airport and vanished over the Pacific Ocean was arrested two weeks prior to his disappearance, according to court records in Florida's Orange County Superior Court.

Tuesday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bill eliminating personal belief vaccination exemption clears state Senate

A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children has passed the California Senate and is now being considered by the state Assembly.

Monday, 1:47 PM | 21 comments
Parcel tax renewal on the horizon for MV Whisman schools

Election season is still comfortably far away, but Mountain View Whisman school board members are looking to get a head start on drafting a new parcel tax to hit the ballot box as soon as March of next year.

Monday, 11:05 AM | 31 comments
New MVLA superintendent promises to play 'big role' in community

Healdsburg Superintendent Jeff Harding will take over as superintendent of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School district this summer, following the board's approval of his contract Monday.

Monday, 10:01 AM | 2 comments

Friday, May 15, 2015

Google to roll out new self-driving cars in MV

Self-driving cars could soon be a much more common sight on Mountain View streets as part of Google's plan to roll out a new fleet of prototype vehicles this summer.

Friday, 1:24 PM | 26 comments
Task force dumps new school plan

Plans for a new school in the Whisman and Slater neighborhood area of the city may be on the ropes after members of Mountain View Whisman School District's Boundary Advisory Task Force agreed last night that a new school would siphon too many students from existing schools and threaten a school closure in the future.

Friday, 10:21 AM | 147 comments
Housing dealt setback in North Bayshore decision

Through last year's election and a string of subsequent policy decisions, Mountain View officials signaled they wanted to transform North Bayshore's office parks into a viable mixed-use neighborhood a village where tech workers could live, work and shop. By adding thousands of new homes, city officials reasoned they could clamp down on traffic congestion as well as ease the citywide housing shortage.
But is that vision of tech-ville still feasible? Last week's council decision to divide up bonus development rights in North Bayshore could be seen as a big setback to that goal. In a 4-3 vote, council members threw their support behind splitting 2.2 million square feet in office expansion between four sites, none of which were marked for further residential study by the city.

Friday, 10:19 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Four suspects arrested after cop hit by car

Four suspects are in custody after a suspected financial fraud incident at an AT&T store in Mountain View in which two of the suspects drove their vehicle into an officer.

Thursday, 1:03 PM | 10 comments
Vintage World War II aircraft on display at Moffett Field

A collection of rare World War II aircraft touched down at Moffett Federal Airfield and they'll be available the public to admire, hop inside or even take up for a ride through Friday, May 22.

Thursday, 12:13 PM | 22 comments
Three suspects sought for credit card fraud

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying three suspects who tried to purchase $5,000 in goods from a store last month using a fraudulent credit card account.

Thursday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet
MV cop suffers minor injuries when struck by suspect's car

A Mountain View police officer was reportedly injured Wednesday night after the officer was struck by a suspect's vehicle in a parking lot.

Thursday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet
Pedestrian threatened, PA man arrested

A Palo Alto man was arrested in Mountain View near the Safeway on San Antonio road last week after he threatened to harm someone, and later returned to the same area where police arrested him.

Thursday, 8:03 AM | 3 comments

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