If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[From jazz to raga]]> It took nine years for Mountain View musician Charles Lloyd to master the sitar. Now, he has the chance not only to perform in front of a live audience, but also to pay public respect to his teacher.]]> <![CDATA[Plastic bag manufacturers vow repeal of statewide ban]]> California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting their use starting next year, the governor's office announced this morning.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Brown signs statewide plastic bag ban]]> Single-use plastic bags will be banned at many stores in California starting next year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting their use, the governor's office announced this morning.]]> <![CDATA[Online schools offer education by proxy]]> Hundreds of kids in the Bay Area are staying home for school this year. Online, "virtual" charter schools are making headway in California, recruiting a fast-growing number of students and leaving state lawmakers scratching their heads over how to fund and oversee this new breed of education.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto police arrest man suspected of fraud after manhunt]]> Following a manhunt that lasted more than four hours Monday evening, Palo Alto police apprehended a man suspected of fraud, who also had a separate warrant out for his arrest.]]> <![CDATA[Burglary suspect caught on video]]> Police released photos of a man who they believe broke entry into a Mountain View home where he slept inside and stole property from last week.]]> <![CDATA[No appetite for rent control among council candidates]]> While the pace of rent hikes in Mountain View has led to calls for rent control from some community leaders and middle class families, City Council candidates are favoring long-terms plans for increasing housing supply instead of the type of rent control ordinances in place in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Los Gatos, San Jose and East Palo Alto. ]]> <![CDATA[Police say suicide, accidental death to blame in fume-filled building]]> Police said they believe suicide and an accidental death are to blame in the deaths of a man and his teenaged son Wednesday. ]]> <![CDATA[Google fiber gets go-ahead]]> Progress is being made in bringing Mountain View the ultra fast Internet access promised by Google Fiber, according to an agreement announced Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Report: Silicon Valley income gap continues to widen]]> Silicon Valley incomes have increased for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend, according to a report released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a nonprofit think tank, on Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Council backs big El Camino Real plans]]> In a study session Tuesday, council members began finalizing the precise plan that is to guide future development of El Camino Real. Members showed support in a series of straw votes for bike lanes on key portions of El Camino Real and six-story buildings in "village centers" at major intersections, among other things. ]]> <![CDATA[Crime briefs: car burglary, home burglary and indecent exposure]]> Two suspects flee officers in home burglary, groundskeeping tools stolen from a truck bed and man exposes himself on a city street.]]> <![CDATA[Two found dead in evacuated building]]> What started out as an investigation into the source of a possible gas leak took a dark turn, as two bodies were found in an apartment on California Street Wednesday evening. Police now say a gas leak did not cause the noxious fumes.
<![CDATA[Budget cuts prompt county courts to cut hours]]> Santa Clara County Superior Court, citing budget cuts, plans to reduce business hours at its courthouses in San Jose, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Morgan Hill by at least an hour per day, court officials said today.]]> <![CDATA[Impasse in teacher salary talks]]> Tension between the Mountain View Whisman School District and its teachers union has reached a tipping point. The Mountain View Educators Association reported today that the district and the teachers union are at an impasse, and that teachers will no longer work outside of their contract hours while they await mediation.]]> <![CDATA[Rain showers predicted in Bay Area tonight, tomorrow morning]]> The Bay Area can expect to see its greatest rainfall since April when showers pass through the region today and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.]]> <![CDATA[Update: City Council candidate forums]]> October will be a busy month for City Council candidate forums, including a new one this election year organized by Peninsula Interfaith Action, rescheduled from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10 so as not to conflict with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ]]> <![CDATA[Springer families save energy to fund school]]> Why have a bake sale when you can turn off the lights and adjust the thermostat? A Bay Area tech company has partnered up with Springer Elementary School in a pilot program that would allow families to raise money for the school by saving energy at home, with a starting goal of $10,000.]]> <![CDATA[A one-stop source for health care classes]]> Foothill College has partnered up with a medical training company to help health care professionals to stay certified in their field.]]> <![CDATA[More than 100 arrested at Shoreline rave]]> The speakers didn't go up to 11 last weekend at the Beyond Wonderland electronica dance festival. Though the number of narcotics-related arrests remained high this year, police say that noise complaints from nearby residents dropped by more than 75 percent -- in part because of careful planning and lessons learned from last year.]]> <![CDATA[Op-Ed: The city needs housing, not just offices]]> At the end of the Tuesday's City Council study session on the North Bayshore Precise Plan, some council members urged that the entire proposed 3.4 million square feet of offices be quickly built to bring in money to pay for transportation and other improvements.
I urge the Mountain View City Council to slow down and not approve this plan as-is.]]>
<![CDATA[Op-ed: Adding housing to North Bayshore won't solve any problems]]> The three main reasons people give for wanting to build housing in North Bayshore are to reduce the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from commuters by having people live close to work, to improve the workers' quality of life by not having a long commute, and to create additional affordable housing in Mountain View.
I believe we should not build housing in North Bayshore area because doing so would not achieve any of these desirable effects.]]>
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Community Foundation to get $7.5M grant]]> Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View will receive $7.5 million from the federal Social Innovation Fund to improve reading skills in San Mateo County, where 42 percent of third-graders cannot read proficiently, according to a foundation press release.]]> <![CDATA[Community shuttle route still up in the air]]> Though set to begin service this fall, the route and schedule still haven't been decided for the free community shuttles Google has donated to the city.]]> <![CDATA[Bicyclist to sue city over collision with police car]]> The city of Mountain View is facing a lawsuit from a bicyclist seeking damages after he was allegedly struck by a police car last year.]]>