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Friday, April 24, 2015

Spike in thefts hits MV on 'pot' holiday

Drug offenses remain more or less a non-issue for Mountain View on the April 20 unofficial holiday celebrating marijuana, as pot-smoking revelers continue to flock up the Peninsula to celebrate in cities like San Francisco.

Friday, 1:31 PM | 3 comments
Kevin Skelly named San Mateo Union's superintendent

Interim Mountain View Whisman School District Superintendent Kevin Skelly is taking the top post in the San Mateo Union High School District pending a site visit in Mountain View, the San Mateo district announced Thursday.

Friday, 1:29 PM | 3 comments
Landlord's plans spur fears of displaced residents

The specter of being priced out of Mountain View is hanging over more than three dozen households near the Rex Manor neighborhood amid news that their new landlord intends to phase out tenants for a series of building upgrades later this year.

Friday, 11:56 AM | 16 comments

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pedestrian in fatal bike crash in Palo Alto identified

A woman who was struck and killed by a bicyclist on Page Mill Road on Monday morning has been identified by the Santa Clara County Coroner.

Thursday, 3:43 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View man found dead in house fire

A Mountain View man was found dead inside his Lola Lane home early Thursday morning after a fire severely damaged and burned the interior of the house, destroyed power lines and spread to a nearby tree. Frantic neighbors awakened by the blaze tried unsuccessfully to alert the victim before fire crews arrived.

Thursday, 1:52 PM | 5 comments
City sets goals to boost housing supply

With the price of housing rentals rising through the stratosphere, Mountain View city leaders last week endorsed facilitating micro-homes and in-law units as a way to provide more housing options. But elected leaders stopped short of lending their support to more controversial suggestions to control the cost of housing such as a rent-stabilization ordinance or new tenant protections.

Thursday, 1:13 PM | 6 comments
Double-digit water rate increases on the way

California's statewide drought is expected to hit the pocketbooks of Mountain View residents in the coming months, in part because of their own conservation efforts. Both of the city's water suppliers are strapped for cash because of lost revenue resulting from lower water sales, and are now considering double-digit increases on rates to make up for it.

Thursday, 10:53 AM | 10 comments
One person found dead after Mountain View house fire extinguished

One person was killed this morning in a house fire in Mountain View, fire officials report.

Thursday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Flipping a U-turn, MV leaders endorse dedicated bus lanes

Despite numerous misgivings, Mountain View city leaders on Tuesday threw their support behind a controversial Santa Clara County proposal to dedicate lanes on El Camino Real solely for bus traffic.

Wednesday, 1:25 PM | 140 comments
Public asked to help choose new name for Castro Elementary

The Castro Site Planning Council is asking the public for its input on naming the two new Castro schools, following a decision to split up the Mountain View Whisman School District's Dual Immersion (DI) program and the Castro Elementary traditional school program.

Wednesday, 1:18 PM | 6 comments
Mountain View man gets year in jail for beating ex-girlfriend

A Stanford University doctoral student was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday for beating an ex-girlfriend so severely she required surgery, San Mateo County prosecutors said today.

Wednesday, 11:35 AM | 8 comments
LinkedIn aims to boost teen center programs with grant

Mountain View's teen center will get new computers and offer a range of career and college preparation programs with a $115,000 grant from LinkedIn, according to city staff.

Wednesday, 10:13 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Going beyond the 'hour' of code

Teaching computer science and coding to young kids is a fresh and relatively unexplored frontier in public education that's experiencing an explosion of interest. The recent push to get more STEM fields into the classroom has millions participating in the annual "hour of code" event, and schools and local education companies are working to take it to the next level.

Tuesday, 1:29 PM | 4 comments
From Cuban refugee to interim fire chief

In what is already being cast as a historic moment, the United States and Cuba have agreed to restore diplomatic relations, bringing a thaw to more than 55 years of Cold War-era politics.
For Mountain View's new interim fire chief, perhaps more than anyone else in the city, the news had huge significance. Juan Diaz is a former Cuban refugee.

Tuesday, 12:13 PM | 3 comments

Monday, April 20, 2015

MV council to take new look at dedicated bus lanes

In a decision that could drastically impact commuter traffic, Mountain View city leaders on Tuesday will consider a Santa Clara County proposal to dedicate roadway lanes of El Camino Real to be used solely for bus traffic.

Monday, 1:21 PM | 88 comments
Mountain View man arrested on suspicion of hate crime

Palo Alto police arrested a Mountain View man Sunday night after he yelled racial epithets and threatened a man in a downtown parking lot.

Monday, 12:01 PM | 5 comments
District to spend millions on achievement gap

Board members for the Mountain View Whisman School District vowed to get serious about addressing the achievement gap last year when they decided to split Castro Elementary in two, concentrating some of the district's neediest students into a single school.

Monday, 8:20 AM | 28 comments

Friday, April 17, 2015

Used bookshop scrambles to save business

Hotranatha Ajaya, the owner of the downtown shop Book Buyers, committed what some merchants might consider a blunder -- he openly admitted that business wasn't so hot.
Costs are rising, sales are sluggish and online competition is undermining the bottom line, he wrote in his newsletter last week. In an earnest confession, he estimated that his used bookstore had three months to turn around or be forced to close down. But Ajaya made a sincere pledge: he would do everything he could to prevent that from happening.

Friday, 12:11 PM | 25 comments
Punch-out at Rengstorff Park

Police arrested a Mountain View man late Sunday afternoon after he allegedly started punching two people sitting on a bench at Rengstorff Park in an unprovoked attack.

Friday, 10:31 AM | 10 comments
Palo Alto set to move ahead with minimum-wage hike

Following in the footsteps of its neighbors in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, Palo Alto is preparing to adopt a new law raising the local minimum wage to $10.30 per hour.

Friday, 10:22 AM | No comments yet
Body found Thursday believed to be missing Palo Alto hiker

Searchers have found a body believed to be that of a Palo Alto man who went missing while hiking in the the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County on Wednesday.

Friday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Council OKs $1.2 million for studies of North Bayshore housing

Throwing a new twist into future development plans in North Bayshore, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday night signaled that more than 100 acres of land could be used to build a new residential neighborhood.

Thursday, 11:54 AM | 7 comments
Caltrain's bike bump form now available online

People with bicycles who are bumped off Caltrain due to overcrowding issues can now make reports online.

Thursday, 8:27 AM | 1 comment
School board plugs gaps in preschool funding

Santa Clara County is experiencing a drought in preschool funding, and it's taking a toll on Mountain View schools. Federal preschool grants skipped over California for next year, and the state is allowing a program to expire that funds 25 percent of the preschool spots in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Thursday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Healdsburg superintendent tapped to lead MVLA

After four months of searching, board members at the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District announced Tuesday they have selected Jeff Harding, the current superintendent of the Healdsburg Unified School District, as the top finalist to replace Superintendent Barry Groves.

Wednesday, 1:35 PM | 3 comments
East Palo Alto man arrested for indecent exposure

Police have arrested an East Palo Alto man on charges that he exposed himself to at least three people last month at the Stanford Shopping Center, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Wednesday, 10:42 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Preschool raises enough money to move

After almost a year of campaigning for donations, parents and teachers at the Mountain View Parent Nursery School finally have the money they need to relocate the 45-year-old preschool to a new spot across the street.

Tuesday, 1:28 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre closes for remodel

Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre has closed for significant interior renovations, with new seating, updated restrooms and an area in the lobby for moviegoers to enjoy beer, wine or food before watching a film.

Tuesday, 11:50 AM | 4 comments
Attorney General: Be wary of tax season immigration scams

Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking the public to be on the lookout for immigration scams during tax season.

Tuesday, 10:48 AM | No comments yet
El Camino volunteers have a lot to give

Whether it's serving up cups of coffee or escorting patients around the hospital, volunteers wearing bright red shirts are at work all around El Camino Hospital.

Tuesday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 13, 2015

$1.2 million price tag to explore North Bayshore housing

In what is sure to be a closely watched meeting, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday will discuss ways to include housing in the future development of the North Bayshore area.

Monday, 1:49 PM | 13 comments
Expect delays during Foothill Expy. bridge-widening project

Commuters using Foothill Expressway could be delayed by 10 minutes or more today at Loyola Corners as work begins on the Loyola Bridge widening project in Santa Clara County, county officials said.

Monday, 10:09 AM | 12 comments
Crime is down, but thefts are still high

Crime is on a downward trend in Mountain View, but that isn't stopping thieves from burglarizing homes and businesses, according to a police department report on 2014 crime statistics. And while its a tricky business finding the root cause of crime trends, police say it might be state laws fueling the fire.

Monday, 10:00 AM | 2 comments

Are you taking a Gap Year?
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 9 comments | 2,083 views

Palo Alto's Cafe Pro Bono reopens after fire
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 866 views

Follow-up to a Love Script
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 645 views

Ate My Way Through China
By Laura Stec | 6 comments | 437 views

Mental Health Diagnoses: A Second Opinion
By Caroline Fleck | 0 comments | 100 views