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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Animal hospital's kittens need new families

Wanted: caring, loving homes for playful, affectionate kittens.

Sunday, 4:40 PM | No comments yet

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stanford: Firefighters knock down Lake Lagunita fire

Palo Alto firefighters responded to a report of vegetation fire near Lake Lagunita at about 12:20 p.m. Friday, according to emergency alerts sent out to the Stanford University community.

Friday, 9:06 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain loses bid for exemption from state environmental law on electrification project

Caltrain must comply with the state's environmental quality act in electrifying its rail system between San Francisco and San Jose, according to a ruling July 2 by the federal Surface Transportation Board.

Friday, 8:40 PM | 2 comments

Thursday, July 2, 2015

District taps Palo Alto administrator as new Stevenson PACT principal

Following the sudden departure of former Stevenson PACT principal Tyler Graff, the Mountain View Whisman School District selected an administrator from the nearby Palo Alto Unified School District to take over for the district's choice program.

Thursday, 1:37 PM | No comments yet
Who wants to be a school board member?

The Mountain View Whisman School District has been a hotbed of internal strife that led former board president Chris Chiang to resign. Starting Monday, the district is accepting applications for a replacement to join the fray.

Thursday, 10:18 AM | 12 comments
Secret history of MV's Berlin Wall slab

Two large concrete slabs of the Berlin Wall were donated to Mountain View and were put on display outside the library in 2013. To their surprise, Mountain View officials recently learned some of the history behind these pieces.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | 12 comments
Fourth of July travel to break records in California

This Fourth of July weekend is projected to have the highest rate of travel since 2010.

Thursday, 9:35 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Midpeninsula's best bets for Fourth of July

Independence Day celebrations will take place throughout the Peninsula on Saturday, July 4. Celebrate the red, white and blue at patriotic events, including family-friendly activities in Palo Alto, parades in Menlo Park and Redwood City and a firework display in Mountain View.

Wednesday, 1:46 PM | No comments yet
Top planning official leaving MV

An influential Mountain View staffer in charge of an array of land-use and development decisions, Zoning Administrator Gerry Beaudin will be leaving his job. Beaudin has accepted to a new job to head the Community Development Department in Pleasanton, starting at the end of July.

Wednesday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
Cash from rent hike earmarked for Whisman school

The Mountain View Whisman school board took its first concrete step toward opening a new school in the Whisman and Slater neighborhood, earmarking millions of dollars in future lease money for constructing and operating a new school.

Wednesday, 10:46 AM | 4 comments
Governor signs bill eliminating 'personal belief' exemption for vaccinations

Come July 2016, California parents will no longer be able to claim a "personal belief" exemption from requirements that all children in schools or daycare be immunized.

Wednesday, 10:46 AM | 12 comments

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Growing need for garden plots in Mountain View

Want to grow your own veggies, herbs or flowers at a Mountain View community garden? Get to the back of the line.

Tuesday, 12:18 PM | 4 comments
Homeless population doubles in Mountain View

Santa Clara County's homeless population is the lowest it's been in a decade, bringing in praise from city and county officials who say the efforts to reduce homelessness are finally paying off.

Tuesday, 9:46 AM | 7 comments

Monday, June 29, 2015

High schools install car-charging stations

The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District announced this week that two 240-volt car chargers have been installed at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, according to a district press release.

Monday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
Analysis: Supreme Court ruling likely to affect equal-rights laws

The U.S. Supreme Court's sweeping decision that same-sex marriage is protected by the Fourteenth Amendment will have widespread implications, legal experts at Stanford Law School said Friday.

Monday, 1:55 PM | 1 comment
A friend in deed

Public accolades and private turmoil have marked the past 18 months for community activist Elena Pacheco. The tireless volunteer and teacher found herself battling cancer and homelessness after rent increases displaced her from the apartment she's lived in for more than 20 years. She allowed the Voice to document her struggle to reclaim her health and her life in Mountain View.

Monday, 10:37 AM | 4 comments
Mountain View Whisman ratchets up spending

Residents who demanded that the Mountain View Whisman School District spend down its $20 million reserves may have gotten their wish. The school district's normally conservative spending habits took a different direction last fiscal year, placing the district $1.1 million in the red.

Monday, 9:55 AM | 13 comments

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Man arrested in package theft case

A man in possession of a package that is thought to have been stolen was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Mountain View early Wednesday morning, according to police.

Saturday, 8:28 PM | No comments yet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Airbnb tent raises eyebrows

Paying $965 a month for a one-bedroom rental might seem a bargain in Mountain View, especially for a place featuring a garden view and nestled between the Google campus and the Caltrain station.

Friday, 6:16 PM | 7 comments
Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote today that the federal Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage -- an action Assemblyman Rich Gordon called historic "for all Americans who value fairness and equality."

Friday, 2:50 PM | No comments yet
In-house pick to head community college district

After a months-long national search for a new chancellor to head the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the board of trustees ultimately decided to hire in-house by selecting Foothill College president Judy Miner.

Friday, 1:41 PM | 1 comment
Board OKs $42 M Castro school project

The Mountain View Whisman school board decided Thursday night to move forward with a $42 million transformation of the Castro Elementary School campus, but only after three hours of deadlocked votes and lengthy discussion.

Friday, 1:25 PM | 9 comments
Report: Cities unprepared for sea-level rise

The Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury has a message for city and county officials who are dragging their feet regarding sea-level rise: Get with the program.

Friday, 10:18 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, June 25, 2015

San Jose woman arrested on kidnapping charges

A 33-year-old San Jose woman was arrested last week in Mountain View after she allegedly got into someone's car and demanded the driver take her to a store to buy cigarettes.

Thursday, 8:56 PM | 2 comments
Sparks fly at MV Whisman school board meeting

Tensions flared at the Mountain View Whisman School board meeting Thursday night over an otherwise uncontroversial contract approval -- the district's construction project manager threatened to walk out of the meeting because of some board members' questioning of cost figures.

Thursday, 4:25 PM | 46 comments
Google contest: Paint your robo-wagon

Want to display your art where it's certain to get stares? Put it on the side of a Google self-driving car.

Thursday, 12:07 PM | 2 comments
The robo-car revolution hits Mountain View streets

A question kept ringing through my mind as I took my first ride Monday in one of Google's prototype self-driving cars -- Is this newfangled robo-car a better driver than I am?

Thursday, 11:45 AM | 23 comments
Mountain View slashes water use in May

Worsening drought conditions and greater pressure from the state of California may finally be having an impact on water use in the city of Mountain View. Monthly water savings in April and May show residents are saving more than enough water to breeze by the 16 percent-cut required by the State Water Resources Control Board, as compared to 2013 water use.

Thursday, 10:31 AM | 11 comments

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Experts: Rising sea level needs to be top priority

Sea levels are already rising along the San Francisco Bay and local creeks, and officials can't waste time in finding a fix, experts said at a June 19 conference to address the issue.

Wednesday, 4:22 PM | 12 comments
Council briefs: Deer Hollow, Super Bowl 50 and the Immigrant House

Agreements affecting the Immigrant House, Deer Hollow Farm and policing of next year's Super Bowl are among the actions taken at the Mountain View City Council's June 23 meeting.

Wednesday, 1:44 PM | 2 comments
GoogleServe focuses efforts on local schools

The new, district-approved construction at Monta Loma Elementary School may not be underway yet, but the school still got a mini makeover last week, with a little help from Google.

Wednesday, 10:10 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Police: East Palo Alto man cited in hit-and-run accident

A 34-year-old man who allegedly struck two vehicles before plowing through a Caltrain fence and hitting a power pole has been cited for misdemeanor hit and run and reckless driving and could face additional charges, Palo Alto police Sgt. Rich Bullerjahn said.

Tuesday, 5:52 PM | No comments yet
Five arrested on drug sale charges at Shoreline concert

Five people were arrested during the Vans Warped Tour concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre over the weekend after police found them in possession of over 40 grams of cocaine.

Tuesday, 2:58 PM | No comments yet
Burglary suspect caught on camera

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who burglarized a home in the Blossom Valley neighborhood last week.

Tuesday, 1:36 PM | No comments yet
Lovable mutts and half-priced mochas

On Wednesday, June 24, Peet's Coffee and Tea will be serving up more than just your regular morning coffee. The Mountain View location at 1032 Castro St. will be hosting staff members from the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) for a community meet-and-greet event with some of the dogs currently up for adoption.

Tuesday, 10:54 AM | 4 comments

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pear Theatre announces new home

After months of building anticipation and community speculation, Mountain View's Pear Avenue Theatre has announced the location of its new home.

Monday, 10:49 PM | 3 comments
Welcome to summer camp

Twirling flags, water polo and whiffle ball are among the sports being pursued at Mountain View High School's summer camps. Student athletes help pass along their skills while raising money for the high school's athletic programs.

Monday, 2:54 PM | No comments yet
Crossings vote a reprieve for SnoZen

Residents in the Crossings neighborhood last week voted overwhelmingly to overturn a set of new rules and fines that some believed would have forced a local dessert shop to close down.

Monday, 9:53 AM | 10 comments

Calave wine bar opens in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 12 comments | 2,823 views

OK I Changed The Title
By Laura Stec | 21 comments | 1,362 views

TV for Tots: A Lesson In Deceptive Marketing
By Caroline Fleck | 3 comments | 510 views

Relay for Life, Menlo Park, August 8
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 468 views