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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Guest opinion: Shedding light on the disagreement between PG&E and the California Station HOA

In a guest opinion in the Aug. 23 edition, resident Jim Pollart shares the California Station Homeowners Association's perspective on the disagreement between the HOA and PG&E.

Sunday, 8:59 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, August 24, 2019

SF, Santa Clara County win final ruling against Trump's sanctuary cities order

Santa Clara County and San Francisco won a final victory in a lawsuit Friday challenging President Donald Trump's threat to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties.

Saturday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet

Friday, August 23, 2019

New effort in the works to build trail from Bay to ocean

Land conservation agencies and local jurisdictions are teaming up behind a bold new plan to build a trail that would allow people to travel by foot, bicycle or horse from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

Friday, 5:08 PM | 1 comment
Mountain lions cause closure of Rancho San Antonio

A mountain lion and her three adolescent cubs have triggered the closure of all of Rancho San Antonio's trails today (Aug. 23), according to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District officials.

Friday, 1:41 PM | 5 comments
Fears of first-responder fentanyl exposure may be overblown

Los Altos Police Department is the latest law enforcement agencies reporting dangerous encounters with high-powered narcotics like fentanyl, but researchers and medical experts say the fears of accidental exposure are overblown.

Friday, 9:49 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bay Area: One-cent sales tax for transit could be on 2020 ballot

Bay Area voters may be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax in 2020 that would fund a wide array of transportation projects and improvements across the region.

Thursday, 2:32 PM | 12 comments
Seeking middle ground on rent control, Mountain View officials find a chasm

Mountain View city leaders could be hurting for allies as they attempt to reform the city's rent control law. In a rare show of agreement, landlord and tenant advocates each signaled wariness if not outright hostility to the idea.

Thursday, 1:11 PM | 29 comments
Letters to the editor: Moffett Field proposal, development partnerships

Letters to the editor in the Aug. 16 issue about UC Berkeley's Moffett Field proposal and the need for innovative partnerships to fund development.

Thursday, 10:22 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Survey: Nearly one in three Santa Clara County teens have tried vaping

While cigarette use among high school students in Santa Clara County has hit an all-time low, vaping is on the rise: Almost one in three teens have tried electronic cigarettes, a survey released Wednesday has found.

Wednesday, 3:23 PM | 3 comments
High school district kicks off new year with new leaders and lots of construction

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District kicked off the first week of school Monday by greeting its biggest freshman class yet, along with new administrators who will lead the district through a busy six years of construction.

Wednesday, 1:46 PM | 4 comments
Residents rally for gun control legislation

In the wake of three high-profile mass shootings, a small but passionate group gathered at the corners of El Camino Real and Castro Street on Monday to rally against the country's gun violence epidemic.

Wednesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Residents rally for gun control legislation

In the wake of three high-profile mass shootings, a small but passionate crowd gathered at the corners of El Camino Real and Castro Street on Monday to rally against the country's gun violence epidemic.

Wednesday, 11:02 AM | 7 comments
Editorial: It's past time for a federal ban on assault weapons

We urge those on Capitol Hill to pass a federal ban on assault weapons and existing legislation to close background check loopholes.

Wednesday, 10:06 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

LASD kicks off the school year with budget cuts

As schools starts up this week following the dormant summer months, Los Altos School District's board of trustees will be ringing in the new school year with a round of spending cuts.

Tuesday, 1:28 PM | 21 comments
Gov. Newsom signs landmark police use-of-force bill

California will soon have a tougher new legal standard for the use of deadly force by police, under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Monday that was inspired by last year's fatal shooting of a young, unarmed man in Sacramento.

Tuesday, 10:06 AM | 7 comments

Monday, August 19, 2019

Theft of catalytic converter leads to four arrests for drugs, counterfeiting at Mountain View hotel

Police arrested four men Sunday in connection to the theft of a catalytic converter in the North Whisman neighborhood, which led police to a counterfeit money-making operation at a nearby hotel.

Monday, 4:04 PM | 9 comments
At long last, Mountain View Whisman's new Vargas Elementary School opens its doors

Excitement hung in the air Monday morning as hundreds of kids and parents streamed into the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School, capping off a long-fought community effort to bring a public school campus to the neighborhood.

Monday, 12:03 PM | 10 comments

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Behind UC's 'admission by exception' side door: sports, money, diversity — and secrecy

While it's unclear if admissions by exception played a direct role in the college cheating scandal, it has surfaced as a potential weak spot as policymakers seek ways to bulletproof the university's admission system from scammers.

Sunday, 9:18 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Google pitches plan to restore Silicon Valley's iconic Hangar One

Google's subsidiary Planetary Ventures is proposing an extensive, $157 million operation to purge a variety of toxic compounds from the iconic Hangar One at Moffett Field.

Saturday, 10:59 AM | 32 comments

Friday, August 16, 2019

HOA dispute leaves new school in the dark

A dispute between PG&E and a Mountain View homeowners' association means the new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School will open next week without power, causing an array of challenges that could last for months.

Friday, 10:07 AM | No comments yet
VTA board members support shake-up after scathing grand jury report

A new VTA subcommittee began discussions on potential tweaks to the governing board that would improve effectiveness at the beleaguered agency at a meeting last Friday.

Friday, 8:27 AM | 11 comments

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Committee picks apart city's rent control law

Seeing a chance to rework rent control in the 2020 election, the city's Rental Housing Committee took an opportunity to spitball some ideas for improving the law.

Thursday, 5:14 PM | 7 comments
New community garden opens on Friday

Nearly 15 years after a local group of gardeners started petitioning the city for more community garden space, their goals will be met at the corner of Latham Street and Shoreline Boulevard.

Thursday, 1:54 PM | 10 comments
Heat advisory, Spare the Air alert in effect Thursday

A heat advisory that the National Weather Service issued remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday as temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s in parts of the Bay Area.

Thursday, 8:08 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Santa Clara County brings nonprofit aboard for teacher housing project in Palo Alto

A proposed affordable-housing project in Palo Alto exclusively for teachers gained momentum on Tuesday when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a developer to make the plan a reality.

Wednesday, 5:26 PM | 2 comments
Highway 101 crash causes sewage leak in Mountain View

Up to 36,000 gallons of raw sewage may have spilled onto Highway 101 after a sanitation truck crashed and overturned on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, 1:12 PM | 15 comments
Staffing shake-up at Bullis Charter School

Bullis Charter School's board of directors quietly agreed over the summer to transition its longest serving administrator -- founding superintendent Wanny Hersey -- to a new position overseeing "strategic initiatives."

Wednesday, 11:25 AM | 29 comments
Stanford Blood Center sounds the call for donations

Stanford Blood Center is in urgent need of blood donations due to a critically low inventory of blood products resulting from a drop in donations over the summer and a higher than normal need.

Wednesday, 9:36 AM | 2 comments
High temperatures in forecast prompts heat advisory for parts of the Bay Area

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for parts of the Bay Area. The announcement has led Santa Clara County to offer services to give the public relief from the hot conditions.

Wednesday, 9:01 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Santa Clara County, SF sue Trump administration over 'public charge' restrictions on immigrants

Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco sued the administration of President Donald Trump in federal court Tuesday to challenge a new rule that makes it harder low-income legal immigrants to remain in the U.S.

Tuesday, 3:50 PM | 13 comments
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

Tuesday, 2:50 PM | No comments yet
Thursday: Meeting for Mountain View residents to discuss city's drone use

Mountain View city officials are considering deploying unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for use by its police, fire and public works departments. The public has a chance to weigh in at a Thursday night meeting starting at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 1:51 PM | 5 comments
Prices of goods rises faster than wages in Bay Area

Living expenses outpaced wages over the 12 months ending in June in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area, federal officials announced last week.

Tuesday, 1:23 PM | 8 comments
Backyard barbecue blamed for Los Altos Hills house fire

The residents of a Los Altos Hills home have been displaced after fire spread from a backyard barbecue to a garage and into the attic Monday.

Tuesday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet

Monday, August 12, 2019

Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, the eighth of the summer season, because of unhealthy levels of smog in the region.

Monday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area mayors call for Senate action on gun safety laws

More than 20 Bay Area mayors, including four on the Midpeninsula, are among 249 across the country who have signed a letter calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Monday, 11:10 AM | 45 comments
Chez TJ, Tied House granted historic status

A pair of old downtown restaurants that could have been demolished two years ago have been granted historic status. In a victory for local preservationists, the buildings that house Chez TJ and the Tied House brewery have both been add

Monday, 9:56 AM | 33 comments

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