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Thursday, March 4, 2021

California shifts COVID-19 vaccine availability to hardest-hit communities

Seeking an "equity" approach to allocating COVID-19 vaccine doses across the state, California health officials announced Thursday that 40% of vaccine doses will be reserved for low-income and minority communities.

Thursday, 11:47 AM | 5 comments
Becerra issues consumer warning about illegal COVID-19 fees

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a warning to consumers Tuesday about some health care providers reportedly charging a COVID-19 fee that many people are not obligated to pay.

Thursday, 10:23 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Santa Clara County launches new site to vaccinate educators against COVID-19

Santa Clara County has opened a new site aimed at vaccinating education workers, officials announced Monday.

Wednesday, 1:49 PM | 1 comment
CHP convince man not to jump off Highway 101 overpass, ending 14-hour traffic jam

The California Highway Patrol spent close to 14 hours and 45 minutes on Tuesday negotiating with a man who threatened to jump off the Old Middlefield Way offramp over Highway 101 in Mountain View.

Wednesday, 12:28 PM | 6 comments

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom champions new school reopening deal in Palo Alto

The day after announcing legislation to incentivize school districts to resume in-person instruction, Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Barron Park Elementary School, praising the district as a model that proves campuses can reopen safely.

Tuesday, 5:47 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County enters the red tier on Wednesday, loosening public health restrictions

Movie theaters, gyms and restaurants can reopen in Santa Clara County starting Wednesday, after county officials announced that the region is returning to California's less-restrictive red tier.

Tuesday, 4:24 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View leads the way in hiring women firefighters, report finds

Fewer than 1 in 20 firefighters are women across Santa Clara County, raising questions of gender bias, discrimination and lack of inclusivity, according to a report by the county's Civil Grand Jury.

Tuesday, 1:50 PM | 2 comments
VTA launches new interactive map to bring residents to COVID-19 vaccination sites

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has created an interactive map to help residents navigate routes to get to vaccination sites.

Tuesday, 1:38 PM | No comments yet
Menlo School student files suit against state for indoor sports ban

A Menlo School freshman has filed a lawsuit against San Mateo County, the state and state health officials for prohibiting indoor team sports competitions at the high school level.

Tuesday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Highway 101 shut down as Mountain View police investigate 'medical emergency'

Traffic on northbound Highway 101 is shut down at Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View this morning as police crisis negotiators seek to resolve what is being described as a medical emergency.

Tuesday, 9:52 AM | 2 comments

Monday, March 1, 2021

Governor, state Legislature reach $2B deal for schools to reopen by March 31

California lawmakers are expected to pass a new bill Thursday that would push -- though not require -- school districts across the state to reopen for in-person instruction by the end of March.

Monday, 1:51 PM | 2 comments
Families file $20M defamation lawsuit against Saint Francis, defending sons against blackface allegations

The parents of two former Saint Francis High School students have sued the Mountain View private Catholic school for $20 million, alleging their sons were falsely accused of wearing blackface in photograph.

Monday, 12:19 PM | 9 comments
California's new COVID-19 vaccine system to start Monday

All California counties will start playing by the same rulebook on Monday, when Blue Shield takes over the distribution of vaccines in the state.

Monday, 10:34 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Guest opinion: Behind closed doors: The pandemic's quiet warriors

We owe everyone who isolates and quarantines when faced with the virus a great debt of thanks. We can show our respect by continuing to follow public health guidelines such as mask wearing.

Sunday, 8:54 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 27, 2021

With fingers crossed, summer camps are planning to resume

Just two months into 2021, camps on the Midpeninsula are already looking to make a comeback this summer, which would include, for some, an ambitious revival of their overnight programs.

Saturday, 8:10 AM | No comments yet

Friday, February 26, 2021

Santa Clara County could move to 'red tier' next week

Santa Clara County health officials announced Thursday that indoor dining and other currently prohibited activities could resume as soon as this Wednesday, March 3, following a decline in new COVID cases and rising vaccination rates.

Friday, 1:52 PM | No comments yet
12 months into the pandemic, 'One year in' series seeks readers' perspectives

To mark the anniversary of the first stay-at-home order, the Voice is preparing to publish a two-part series that captures how the pandemic and the shutdown have affected local residents.

Friday, 10:27 AM | No comments yet
Los Altos Hills: Sheriff's deputies arrest suspect in child pornography case

Santa Clara County deputies on Thursday arrested a Los Altos Hills man in connection with a child pornography case.

Friday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Girl Scout troop shares the love by expanding annual valentines for seniors project

This year marked the 10th anniversary of Girl Scout Troop 61513's valentines for seniors event, and despite the pandemic, the tradition not only carried on -- albeit in a different form -- but it also grew significantly.

Thursday, 2:39 PM | No comments yet
Stanford, optimistic about COVID-19 trends, to allow juniors and seniors back on campus

Stanford University will allow juniors and seniors to come back to campus in late March, signaling administrators' optimism about local public health conditions and the university's ability to control the spread of COVID-19.

Thursday, 1:41 PM | No comments yet
Who gets a California stimulus check? When?

California will send out roughly 5.7 million Golden State Stimulus payments of $600 to residents struggling during the pandemic. For most recipients, the funds could come in as soon as a month.

Thursday, 10:50 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Plans to densify Mountain View apartment complex wins council support

A majority of Mountain View City Council members supported plans to significantly boost the size of a large apartment complex along Middlefield Road, planting four-story buildings in a complex that's been around since the 1960s.

Wednesday, 1:01 PM | 7 comments
Sheriff's Office reforms 'use of force' emergency response policies in Santa Clara County

Tasked with reforming Santa Clara County law enforcement, the Sheriff's Office presented a number of changes it has made regarding policing, use of force and emergency response since late last year.

Wednesday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Blood centers say Bay Area hospitals in need of donations

Blood centers already in need of donations due to the COVID-19 pandemic face more shortages due to severe winter weather around the country.

Tuesday, 1:48 PM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County unveils plans for a $233M psychiatric hospital serving kids and adults

In a bid to create desperately needed psychiatric hospital beds for children and teens in crisis, Santa Clara County officials last week unveiled plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Tuesday, 1:33 PM | 2 comments
Palo Alto plans to sell annual passes for Foothills Nature Preserve entry

After moving to dramatically curtail access to Foothills Park last month, Palo Alto officially agreed on Monday to further revise entry rules and allow free entry to local students, veterans and visitors with disabilities.

Tuesday, 12:22 PM | 3 comments

Monday, February 22, 2021

Windy weather forecast for Bay Area starting late Tuesday

The National Weather Service is forecasting windy weather coming to the Bay Area later this week that could topple trees and cause power outages.

Monday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
Google seeks to clamp down on public access to its Mountain View tech campus

Visitors to Google's tech campus in Mountain View can walk right up to the front doors of the Googleplex, enjoying the views of the public courtyard outside one of the largest companies in the world. But that might not last.

Monday, 12:28 PM | 4 comments
State bill seeks to take politics out of VTA governance

Responding to years of complaints about poor governance at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Assemblyman Marc Berman has introduced a bill that would shift the agency's oversight away from elected leaders.

Monday, 9:30 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Ex-Stanford researcher allegedly tied to Chinese military faces more charges

Chen Song, a former Stanford visiting researcher who was arrested for visa fraud last summer, faces additional charges in a case tying her to the Chinese military, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Saturday, 8:36 AM | 1 comment

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