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News - July 13, 2012

Community briefs

Caltrain gets funds to go electric

With $700 million in funding coming to Caltrain, the agency expects to see modern electric rail service by 2019, according to a press release. Theoretically that means trains that can carry more people for less money.

The agency will receive $600 million as a result of the state Legislature's recent approval of the high-speed rail project, and another $100 million from Proposition 1A. Supporters of electrification have touted its potential to reduce pollution, lower operational costs, and enable it to share tracks with high-speed rail.

"There is a generational responsibility to leave behind a world that is better than the one we found. This speaks to that responsibility," said Executive Director Mike Scanlon in the release.

—Sandy Brundage

City officials move to prevent suicides

City officials hope to help change Mountain View's higher than average suicide rate with a new policy and training for the city's 600 employees.

The City Council unanimously approved the new effort July 3. City employees who will receive a 90-minute training about how to identify those at risk for suicide, understand the causes and how to prevent it. The city also adopted a policy for responsible reporting of suicides.

The policy, which is part of larger efforts in the county and in local schools, was commended by Victor Ojakian, a former Palo Alto mayor who is leading suicide prevention efforts as chair of the County's Mental Health Department board.

Ojakian said Mountain View's rate of suicide was higher than average at about 7 per year. It is the sixth worst in the county.

—Daniel DeBolt

Computer History for free

Mountain View residents and city employees may attend the Computer History Museum for free this Sunday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as part of the museum's first Mountain View Day event.

The museum's latest exhibit, "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing," will be on display. "Revolution" tracks computing from ancient technologies to future devices in a 19-gallery history of computing.

Exhibit tours, vintage technology demonstrations and video screenings will be among the day's attractions, along with discounts in the museum's restaurant, store and on membership fees. To attend Mountain View Day, participants must present current Mountain View identification. The Computer History Museum is located at 1401 Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View.

—Emily Efland

Running for office?

Anyone interested in running for local office in Santa Clara County this fall will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about navigating the election process in a public meeting, to be held in San Jose on July 14.

The free "candidate session," set to run from 10 a.m. to noon, will be hosted by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters at 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, in San Jose, according to a press release. The meeting comes two days before the start of the registration period, which begins on July 16 and runs through Aug. 10.

"We want candidates and potential candidates to receive the information that will guide them through and give them greater insight and understanding of the filing process," Barry Garner, head of the agency, said in the release. "We want them to feel prepared and confident, as they take or potentially take that all-important and exciting step of seeking elected office."

At the session, candidates and prospective candidates for office will be given an overview of the process — from filing for candidacy to how to get a candidate statement in the county's voter information booklet.

The information covered at the meeting is also available on the registrar's website, sccvote.org.

Though the session is free and open to the public, registrar officials request that anyone planning to attend RSVP by July 12, by calling the registrar's office at 408-299-8693.

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