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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Age-discrimination lawsuit against HP

Four former employees have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard for age discrimination, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose.

Tuesday, 5:39 PM | 3 comments
Brock Turner judge recuses himself from child-porn case

Embattled Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, who is currently facing a recall campaign for his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner, has recused himself from an upcoming hearing in a child-pornography case.

Tuesday, 5:37 PM | No comments yet
Man arrested in connection to Airbnb burglary

Mountain View police are warning residents that a growing number of criminals are using Airbnb as a way to burglarize homes in the Bay Area, including a recent heist in the Old Mountain View neighborhood.

Tuesday, 12:33 PM | 7 comments

Monday, August 22, 2016

Peter deCourcy Hero, who transformed Silicon Valley philanthropy, has died

The man who was instrumental in helping tech tycoons channel their millions to charitable giving, Peter deCourcy Hero, has died, according to close sources.

Monday, 6:08 PM | 3 comments
State Supreme Court upholds California teacher tenure law

The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's laws on public-school teacher tenure after a lower court found them to be unconstitutional.

Monday, 2:24 PM | 5 comments
School board approves big teacher pay increase

Teachers in the Mountain View Whisman School District can rejoice, after school board members unanimously approved a new contract that includes a major pay increase across the board, along with a guarantee that class sizes will be reduced in the coming years.

Monday, 12:54 PM | 6 comments

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Landlords rattled by specter of rent control

With favorable polling and two separate rent stabilization measures going before voters this November, the possibility that Mountain View will enact some form of rent control is causing angst among some apartment owners.

Sunday, 9:05 PM | 50 comments

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Editorial: Public interest not served by police department policy

The Mountain View Police Department's creation of a wall denying access to traffic-accident information to the public and the press is more than puzzling. It's also legally misguided, despite department officials' claim that general secrecy about the incidents is required by law. It is not.

Saturday, 9:25 PM | 7 comments

Friday, August 19, 2016

Stevenson school design overhauled again

The Mountain View Whisman School District spent months considering five options for building new facilities for Stevenson Elementary, home to the district's parent participation (PACT) program. But soon after the board endorsed an alternative, district officials are saying that a total revamp of the plan is needed to house the district's preschool and deal with traffic concerns.

Friday, 1:57 PM | 21 comments
Traffic accident data tough to get from police department

Last year, Mountain View saw a spike in traffic fatalities, with six people losing their lives in crosswalks, major intersections and even parking lots. But the police department has adopted a policy -- of questionable legality -- that denies the public access to pertinent information about traffic accidents.

Friday, 12:44 PM | 15 comments
Air quality officials issue 18th summer Spare the Air alert

An unhealthy level of air pollution forecast for the Bay Area on Friday prompted the Bay Area Air Quality District to issue this summer's 18th Spare the Air Alert.

Friday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Two vie for county school-board seat

Palo Alto residents Grace Mah and Sheena Chin are running for Mah's seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education this November, both confirmed to the Weekly.

Thursday, 9:25 PM | 4 comments
Bringing Bernie's agenda to Mountain View

Over the last months, Ken "Kacey" Carpenter describes himself as experiencing a political awakening of sorts.

Thursday, 3:52 PM | 18 comments
School board member to run for council seat

A late addition to the pool of City Council candidates, Greg Coladonato announced he is running, despite being only halfway through his first term as a local school board trustee.

Thursday, 11:09 AM | 19 comments
Thursday: Spare the Air day

A Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday because of unhealthy air quality that could especially affect small children, seniors and people with respiratory or heart conditions, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

Thursday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jackhammer thrown in fight between roommates

Police arrested a Mountain View resident over the weekend after he allegedly got into fights with his female roommate, including one incident where the woman threw a jackhammer at him.

Wednesday, 3:22 PM | 2 comments
Man arrested on child porn charges

An 18-year-old Mountain View man was arrested Wednesday after he was allegedly found to be in possession of devices containing hundreds of files of child pornography, according to police.

Wednesday, 2:33 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View sends fire crew to battle Clayton wildfire

A team of Mountain View firefighters was sent out to help contain the Clayton fire spreading out in Lake County on Sunday, Aug. 14. An arsonist is suspected of sparking the blaze that has destroyed 175 buildings in its first few days.

Wednesday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain electrification project gets $20 million CalSTA grant

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) announced Tuesday that it will give Caltrain one of 14 cap-and-trade grants focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the state's public-transportation infrastructure.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Strike over, Superior Court clerks tackle backlog

Santa Clara County Superior Court workers returned to their jobs Monday after an eight-day strike that ended when their union reached a tentative agreement on a new contract last week and ratified it over the weekend.

Tuesday, 1:34 PM | 2 comments
Mountain View heads back to school

As if on cue at 7:45 a.m., Huff Elementary School went from a ghost town to a bustling center of activity Monday morning, as hundreds of children and their parents flooded onto the campus to start the new school year. Excitement and a little anxiety filled the air as the kids lined up and headed into their new classrooms, while the parents broke off for a much-needed cup of coffee.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | 6 comments

Monday, August 15, 2016

Two new candidates join City Council race

As the candidate filing period closes, it appears that Mountain View voters will have a field of eight candidates running for four City Council seats. The contest became more competitive with two late entries -- Greg Coladonato and Kacey Carpenter -- announcing they would join the race.

Monday, 1:56 PM | 7 comments
Moffett-based Guardsmen rescue Canadian sailor

Guardsmen with a wing of the California Air National Guard based at Moffett Field in Santa Clara County saved the life of a crewman of a Canadian Naval ship in the Pacific Ocean Friday morning.

Monday, 10:33 AM | 2 comments
CSMA to host open house Saturday

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) will host a free open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. The event will be held at CSMA's Finn Center to showcase its musical and visual arts programs.

Monday, 10:31 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A cross-country trip, the hard way

After cycling through desert and mountains, being chased by dogs, and running on the bare minimum of sleep, Mountain View resident Chris O'Keefe had done it. He rode from Oceanside, Calif. to Annapolis, Md. in 11.5 days and placed second in his solo male age category, finishing seventh overall. Not so bad for a 49-year-old financial services technology manager.

Saturday, 7:50 PM | No comments yet

Friday, August 12, 2016

Third straight air quality alert issued for Saturday

Bay Area residents are encouraged to find other ways of getting around Saturday as the area's air quality is expected to be unhealthy because of heat and light winds, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said today.

Friday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
Teens help peers get their ACTs together

Preparing for college admission tests like the SAT and ACT is tough and time-consuming, but it doesn't have to be expensive. In an effort to give teens a free and effective alternative to costly test prep classes, two local Mountain View students launched their own ACT training class over the summer in order to guide students through the challenging test.

Friday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet
Air quality management district issues Spare the Air alert for Friday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday, the 15th alert in the 2016 summer season about excessive smog expected in the region.

Friday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
Housing advocates turn to the ballot box

Like other North County communities, Cupertino is a city at a crossroads. Carried for years by explosive tech-sector growth, the city's employers have created about twice as many jobs as the city's housing inventory can support, meaning Cupertino is effectively outsourcing much of its residential needs to other areas. It's just one example of how the twin pressures of job growth and housing shortfalls are influencing a wave of local ballot measures in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Friday, 10:27 AM | 8 comments

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seeking spare rooms to house teachers

It's not easy being a public school teacher in the Bay Area. Teachers in local school districts have made it clear, in one poll after another, that the high cost of living in Silicon Valley is taking its toll in the form of long commutes and an increasing chunk of their take-home pay going toward rent. The big question facing many school districts is what to do about it.

Thursday, 12:09 PM | 4 comments
County heroin overdoses on the rise

The number of people who end up in hospital emergency rooms from heroin overdoses has continued to rise as use of the potent narcotic deepens in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, according to data recently released by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Thursday, 10:45 AM | 1 comment
Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Thursday because of excessive smog and smoke expected in the region.

Thursday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet

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