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Monday, September 15, 2014

Cops reach out to residents with podcast

Recording microphones and audio-editing software and equipment aren't a common sight around most police departments. However, Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger and Shino Tanaka, the department's social media and community coordinator have been regularly putting those tools to use.

Monday, 3:25 PM | No comments yet
Digital First Media to consider sale of company, local newspapers

Digital First Media, the media company that owns the San Jose Mercury News and The Daily News, announced Friday that it has hired an advisor to "explore strategic alternatives," which could include the selling the company or one or more of its regional outlets.

Monday, 10:16 AM | 3 comments
School districts decry new state reserves law

Local school boards have come out against a last-minute trailer bill, passed with the state budget, that would force school districts to make big cuts to their reserves.

Monday, 10:14 AM | 7 comments

Friday, September 12, 2014

Google grilled about North Bayshore housing

On Tuesday night there was a tense exchange between council members and Google real estate director John Igoe about planning for 5,000 homes in North Bayshore. Google threw its weight behind the idea at last week's planning commission meeting.

Friday, 10:40 AM | 2 comments
Council stays the course with office-heavy North Bayshore plan

On Tuesday, City Council members forged ahead with a North Bayshore precise plan that would allow Google and LinkedIn to grow, but includes no new residential zoning within the 500-acre area north of Highway 101.

Friday, 10:39 AM | 15 comments

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Teachers endorse school board candidates

In only the second contested election since the 1990s, seven candidates for the Mountain View-Los Altos School District board made their pitches to district teachers Tuesday.

Thursday, 1:32 PM | 11 comments
Wrong-way driver involved in fatal, early-morning crash

One man was killed after a wrong-way driver headed north on southbound Interstate Highway 280 early this morning near Los Altos Hills, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet
Crime briefs: man arrested at Shoreline and phone robbery at nightclub

Man arrested after causing a disturbance at Keith Urban concert and couple arrested for phone theft and battery.

Thursday, 9:13 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

$1 million Palo Alto Prize seeks to 'cure' aging

A newly established Silicon Valley-based prize to "hack the code of life and cure aging" was launched yesterday, Sept. 9.

Wednesday, 2:13 PM | 3 comments
Walk to raise money for painful disease

A local woman with a neurological disorder affecting muscles and motor skills will walk to raise money for research at an event that set on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Cuesta Park, located at 615 Cuesta Drive in Mountain View.

Wednesday, 11:23 AM | No comments yet
County investigating head of child support over use of credit cards

Santa Clara County has placed the director of the Department of Child Support Services on paid leave amid allegations he improperly used a credit card to obtain travel and other rewards points to get free services for himself and his staff, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | No comments yet
Tempting kids with tastier hot lunches

Kids may be on the fast track for gourmet meals at school -- or, at least, better meals. Following a report that student participation in the school lunch program is bad and getting worse, the Mountain View Whisman School District hired a new director of child nutrition last month to get more palatable food into the cafeterias.

Wednesday, 9:13 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Public input favors Mountain View minimum wage increase

Residents and local businesses are largely in favor of an increase to Mountain View's minimum wage, according to input gathered so far by city officials and a survey by the Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, 1:59 PM | 15 comments
Public opinion favors Mountain View minimum wage increase

Residents and local business owners are largely in favor of an increase to Mountain View's minimum wage, according to input gathered so far by city officials and the Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet
Candidate wants to speed up the school district

A wind of change is blowing for schools in Mountain View, as school districts prepare for the new Common Core curriculum and embrace new classroom technology. But to school board candidate Hafsa Mirza, district staff are sluggish in making those changes a reality, and need to hurry up or risk lagging behind.

Tuesday, 10:18 AM | 3 comments

Monday, September 8, 2014

Foundation launches website to connect legal volunteers, immigrants

In anticipation of an eventual federal overhaul of the nation's immigration laws and a growing immigrant population in Silicon Valley, Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) launched last week a new online tool to recruit volunteers for nonprofit organizations that provide legal services to the 200,000 low-income immigrants living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Monday, 4:46 PM | No comments yet
Jobs-housing activists to rally before Tuesday's City Council meeting

"No housing? No plan!" is expected to be the battle cry at a rally to be held before Tuesday's City Council study session on the North Bayshore precise plan.

Monday, 3:04 PM | 15 comments
Teachers demand higher pay from school district

Teachers packed the room to air their grievances at the Mountain View Whisman district board meeting last week, as part of a new effort by the teachers union to lock in higher salaries and compensation.

Monday, 1:58 PM | 40 comments
Teachers hold school board candidate forum

The District Teachers Association for the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is holding a forum on Tuesday, Sept. 9, with the seven candidates vying for the three school board seats this November.

Monday, 9:51 AM | 2 comments
Stanford Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross at odds over new deal

Despite active negotiations over the weekend, a Sunday evening expiration date for the current contract between Stanford Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross of California came and went without the the health care provider and insurance company finding any compromise.

Monday, 9:51 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Los Altos man killed in Sunnyvale crash

A 50-year-old man killed Friday morning when he crashed on a scooter in Sunnyvale has been identified as Los Altos resident Brian David Lazara, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Saturday, 9:22 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 5, 2014

Google backs 5,000 new homes in North Bayshore

In a planning commission meeting on Wednesday, Google declared support of zoning for as many as 5,000 homes north of Highway 101-- the number deemed necessary to create a "self supporting community" next to its corporate headquarters.

Friday, 10:22 PM | 63 comments
Caltrain to buy new cars to ease commute crowding

Caltrain officials announced Thursday plans to purchase 16 surplus Metrolink rail cars that will be used to extend train sets and provide more capacity for peak-hour trains.

Friday, 1:45 PM | 2 comments
Google partners with NASA to develop unmanned aircraft

Is it a bird, a plane, a UFO? According to a new agreement between Google and NASA, unmanned flying objects of all sorts may now buzz around NASA Ames Research Center.

Friday, 1:26 PM | 2 comments
MVLA shows strides in closing achievement gap

Test scores and grades are improving across the board for minority students, according to a report from the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. District administrators tout that they've made concerted efforts to bring up academic achievement among Latino students -- and now they have the numbers to prove it.

Friday, 10:58 AM | 1 comment
Will NASA Ames workers be 'guinea pigs' for Google?

Google is planning to take a leap forward in the development of its self-driving car by removing drivers from test vehicles in a real-world environment. The only problem is that some NASA Ames Research Center employees aren't happy about the prospect of becoming test subjects as they walk around the Moffett Field campus.

Friday, 10:04 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Crime briefs: Walmart theft, McDonald's disturbance and woman groped

A man with prior conviction gets caught stealing again, a disturbance at McDonald's ends in an arrest, and a woman at the Senior Center is groped by a passerby.

Thursday, 1:19 PM | No comments yet
Housing, transportation are top issues at candidate forums

In a crowded City Council race, Mountain View's nine candidates are already busy introducing themselves and their platforms to voters at a couple of candidate forums, with several more scheduled in the coming weeks.

Thursday, 10:35 AM | 36 comments
2.9 earthquake hits Ladera

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit Ladera along the San Andreas Fault Wednesday evening around 8:24 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Thursday, 7:53 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mountain View's Art & Wine festival this weekend

Celebrating its 43rd year, the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival returns to Castro Street this weekend, bringing live music, arts and crafts, dance lessons, food and drink vendors, and tons of kid-friendly activities.

Wednesday, 3:34 PM | 2 comments
Senator hosts "Java with Jerry'

State Sen. Jerry Hill will host "Java with Jerry," a meeting and discussion with District 13 residents, on Friday, Sept. 5, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Gallery 9, 143 Main St. in Los Altos.

Wednesday, 1:30 PM | No comments yet
The sun and McMoon's

The scrappy bunch of students, entrepreneurs and former NASA scientists who work out of "McMoon's" -- an abandoned McDonald's at Moffett Field -- are at it again. They're using crowdfunding to take control of an abandoned 1978 NASA satellite to study the weather on the sun.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A stitch in time at the library

Amid the books and computers at the Mountain View library, the quiet hum of sewing machines can be heard on Saturday mornings, as a small collection of machines are made available to the public in an event known as Sew Sew Saturday.

Tuesday, 4:36 PM | 1 comment
NASA Ames to open campus to public

As it celebrates its 75th year, NASA Ames Research Center is holding a rare open house event on Saturday, Oct. 18, allowing a close look at the space research center's many technological wonders.

Tuesday, 1:34 PM | 6 comments
Tonight: council candidate forum on housing and transportation

The public will have a number of opportunities to learn about the views of Mountain View's City Council candidates in coming months, including a forum tonight that is billed as a discussion on housing and transportation issues.

Tuesday, 11:10 AM | 23 comments
Mountain View high hires new varsity coach

Mountain View High School has hired a new coach for its varsity baseball team. Dan Demuth, a freshman-sophomore assistant for the past three years, will serve as the new varsity head coach this school year.

Tuesday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet
Heart surgery evolves at El Camino

Hospitals are looking at new ways to treat heart disease, and a new, minimally invasive procedure is being tested as a possible alternative to open-heart surgery.

Tuesday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet

Must we fight for our right to party?
By Jessica T | 8 comments | 1,755 views

Ray Rice and Domestic Violence
By Chandrama Anderson | 16 comments | 1,437 views

Company partners with Coupa Cafe to launch mobile payment app
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,436 views

For the Love of Pie
By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 1,039 views

All Parking Permits Should Have a Fee
By Steve Levy | 8 comments | 747 views