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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Judge sends Atherton mom to prison for college admissions scandal

An Atherton woman who paid more than $500,000 to help her children get into college through a nationwide admissions scandal was sentenced on Tuesday to seven months in prison, according to prosecutors.

Tuesday, 5:18 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area extends stay-at-home order to May 3, adds new business restrictions

With the number of coronavirus cases rising and health systems bracing for a surge of patients, Bay Area health officials extended on Tuesday the regional stay-at-home order until May 3 and announced new restrictions on businesses.

Tuesday, 2:48 PM | No comments yet
Evictions put on hold: How city and county rules help out-of-work tenants behind on rent

Santa Clara County and several local cities passed emergency laws temporarily banning evictions last week, all of which are about to be put to the test.

Tuesday, 1:51 PM | No comments yet
A pandemic on the rise: Charts reveal how virus has spread at different rates in two counties

Through a series of charts, track how the coronavirus has infected and killed people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, which have a combined total of over 1,150 confirmed cases.

Tuesday, 10:14 AM | 6 comments
California Grocers Association urges people to stop hoarding goods

The California Grocers Association has a message for people flocking to the grocery stores to stock up on supplies amid the coronavirus crisis: Don't buy so much.

Tuesday, 10:04 AM | 4 comments

Monday, March 30, 2020

'Plan for the worst but hope for the best' - How one local hospital is gearing up for the 'surge'

As the coronavirus wreaks havoc across Santa Clara County, how is Mountain View's local hospital preparing to handle an escalating number of COVID-19 patients? We asked Dan Woods, the CEO of El Camino Health, for some answers.

Monday, 2:06 PM | 5 comments
City creates $750,000 relief fund to save struggling small businesses

The Mountain View City Council voted to create a special relief fund for the city's numerous small businesses that have been forced to close or scale back operations in response to the new coronavirus.

Monday, 12:05 PM | 2 comments

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Guest opinion: What the city of Mountain View and others can do to help during the health emergency

In an op-ed in the March 20 issue, Mountain View resident IdaRose Sylvester writes about the steps she believes the city and others should take to address the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, 8:39 AM | 8 comments

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus weekend update: Number of Santa Clara County cases makes up over a quarter of the region's total

A roundup of news about the coronavirus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Saturday, 9:52 AM | No comments yet
Letters to the editor: Coronavirus response, safe parking lots, free meal program

Letters to the editor on the response to the coronavirus, a new free meal program in Santa Clara County schools, safe parking lots, the Peace Corps, and appreciation for local park maintenance workers.

Saturday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet

Friday, March 27, 2020

'Keep Parks Safe' -- Authorities plead with visitors to follow social distancing rules or face closures

Across the Bay Area, parks and open spaces, including all San Mateo County parks, have been shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19. Open space agencies urge people to follow precautions so that more parks don't follow suit.

Friday, 5:04 PM | 17 comments
Owner of Lee's Comics pulls the plug after more than 37 years

After serving comic book and graphic novel fans for more than 37 years, Lee Hester shut down Lee's Comics in Mountain View, the last of his eponymous brick-and-mortar stores, on March 17.

Friday, 3:02 PM | 8 comments
Caltrain to slash weekday service by more than half starting next week

Caltrain announced on Thursday (March 26) that it will reduce its weekday train service by more than half starting next week amid sharp ridership losses due to the novel coronavirus.

Friday, 1:37 PM | 4 comments
Armed with breathing machines, respiratory therapists face coronavirus on the front line

For COVID-19 patients in intensive care, their lives depend on respiratory therapists such as Brenda Hanning, who works at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and is director of the Foothill College Respiratory Therapy Program.

Friday, 9:06 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, March 26, 2020

In just two days, Santa Clara County's $11M financial assistance fund has run out

An $11 million financial assistance program announced on Monday to help low-income residents who have lost work as a result of the new coronavirus has already run out of money.

Thursday, 6:20 PM | 8 comments
Hospitals brace for equipment shortages as coronavirus cases surge

As Santa Clara County braces for a large wave of coronavirus patients, hospitals are also preparing for a shortage of masks, gowns, respirators and other critical protective equipment.

Thursday, 3:02 PM | 3 comments
County jails to begin releasing inmates to reduce spread of coronavirus

Santa Clara County will release inmates and place them in involuntary home detention in an effort to reduce the jail population and lower the risk of spreading the new coronavirus.

Thursday, 10:59 AM | 1 comment
With schools closed until May, child care providers face new demands and dilemmas

With schools across the region shuttered until May, parents are facing an unprecedented child care crisis. Child care workers in Mountain View face daunting challenges in meeting new demands while keeping the kids in their care safe.

Thursday, 10:47 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Emergency funds for local residents out of work: Where to go and how to apply

Millions of dollars in emergency funds are now available for residents who have lost wages due to the new coronavirus.

Wednesday, 3:24 PM | 4 comments
Mountain View and Los Altos schools to remain closed through May 1

Hundreds of public schools in six Bay Area counties, including in Santa Clara County, will remain closed through May 1, county health officers and superintendents of schools have decided.

Wednesday, 12:43 PM | No comments yet
COVID-19 testing tents popping up on Midpeninsula

Stanford Health Care is gearing up for larger-scale testing of patients with COVID-19 symptoms, erecting tents on the Stanford University campus for use starting in the next few days, a spokeswoman said.

Wednesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
The new normal: Life during the coronavirus crisis

As residents adjust to the new normal over the next few weeks, we're sharing personal stories of how ordinary people are coping during these extraordinary times.

Wednesday, 9:33 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Santa Clara County passes ban on evictions to protect renters hard hit by the coronavirus

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to halt evictions that would displace families and businesses as a direct result of economic hardship due to the novel coronavirus.

Tuesday, 3:35 PM | 33 comments
Los Altos teens launch fundraiser to buy medical equipment for local hospitals battling COVID-19

Angelina Lue, a junior at Los Altos High School, was distracted from her online schoolwork last week after learning that a friend's mother was potentially exposed to COVID-19 while working at a nearby hospital. So she decided to help.

Tuesday, 10:39 AM | 1 comment
With ventilators in short supply, companies retool for production

The state needs at least 10,000 ventilators to meet the expected respiratory-care needs of patients with severe COVID-19 cases. Now, some private businesses and colleges are gearing up to close the gap.

Tuesday, 10:31 AM | 2 comments

Monday, March 23, 2020

More than $11M in assistance planned for COVID-19 affected residents in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County legislators, nonprofits and tech corporations on Monday announced plans for an $11.25 million financial support package for homeless and housing insecure residents facing unemployment during the coronavirus crisis.

Monday, 5:03 PM | 1 comment
Nonprofits scramble to help Santa Clara County homeless during coronavirus shutdown

California's governor has ordered all residents to stay home. But for the growing homeless population in Santa Clara County, it's getting harder -- not easier -- to find a place to stay.

Monday, 4:12 PM | 8 comments
Young chalk artists brighten the mood in Cuesta Park

The Cuesta Park neighborhood got a lot more colorful Friday, as nearly 50 families participated in a display of sidewalk chalk art on Friday.

Monday, 10:01 AM | 6 comments

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Editorial: The coronavirus outbreak is an unprecedented health emergency. Here's how you can help.

The uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has left many people feeling afraid, anxious and helpless. If you're feeling overwhelmed or want to help, here's what you can do.

Sunday, 8:55 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Within 60 minutes, donation drive raises nearly $600K for emergency medical supplies

Silicon Valley Leadership Group is leading a major campaign to round up respirators, hazmat suits and other supplies for public health care workers in Santa Clara County to stay protected from the coronavirus.

Saturday, 10:57 AM | 3 comments
Coronavirus weekend update: Plans outlined to prepare hospitals for surge in patients

A roundup of news about the coronavirus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. On Sunday, Santa Clara County confirmed 302 positive cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths, and the number of cases in San Mateo County grew to 117.

Saturday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet
Guest opinion: The wrong solution to the housing crisis

In a guest opinion in the March 13 issue, former Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel writes why he opposes state Sen. Scott Wiener's new housing bill, SB 902, which would require the upzoning of residential property throughout the state.

Saturday, 9:05 AM | 6 comments

Friday, March 20, 2020

Riding on VTA is now free, but please, board at the back of the bus

Most passengers will board buses through the rear door and fares will not be collected under changes announced Thursday by the Valley Transportation Authority to promote social distancing and lessen the spread of coronavirus.

Friday, 3:32 PM | 5 comments
The jury is out: County courts scale back, close facilities due to coronavirus

Court hearings are being delayed, entire courthouses are shut down and prospective jurors are being told to disregard orders to appear as Santa Clara County courts adjust to the spread of the new coronavirus.

Friday, 1:42 PM | No comments yet
Gov. Gavin Newsom declares statewide shutdown

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide shelter-at-home order on Thursday evening, with all but essential functions to be shut down. The shelter order is open-ended, he said.

Friday, 10:02 AM | No comments yet
Mountain View-Los Altos hammers out plans for virtual high school

In a nearly empty boardroom, the Mountain View Los Altos High School district board met virtually with its superintendent and technology director to discuss how virtual school for homebound teens will work in the weeks to come.

Friday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet
A message from our publisher on the crisis we face

Today's public health emergency, and the economic devastation that threatens all small businesses, may very well be the final blow that ends local journalism as we know it.

Friday, 7:20 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Voice to suspend publishing newspaper

Faced with the mandated closure of virtually all local businesses and the resulting advertising cancellations, the Mountain View Voice will suspend publishing its print edition starting next week, Embarcadero Media President Bill Johns

Thursday, 8:35 PM | No comments yet
Blood drives in high demand after shortages due to coronavirus

Canceled appointments at Midpeninsula blood banks are causing a critical shortage, said local blood center officials. They are calling on people to come out to drives now through the end of this month.

Thursday, 1:30 PM | 2 comments
Residents, nonprofits rally to support seniors during 'social isolation'

Life's been changing swiftly for Midpeninsula seniors, whether they live in neighborhoods or are residents of senior centers. Here's how they're coping amid the coronavirus outbreak and how locals are rallying to support them.

Thursday, 9:59 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Feeling anxious about the coronavirus? A Stanford psychiatrist offers tips

The coronavirus, now officially a pandemic, presents some unique challenges to our daily mental health that go far beyond worrying about government response times.

Wednesday, 6:15 PM | 2 comments
When home becomes the classroom

Schools are shut down for at least three weeks, likely the rest of the school year. What will distance learning look like for local students in the weeks and months to come?

Wednesday, 1:56 PM | 4 comments
Mountain View City Council approves $500K emergency relief fund for struggling tenants

The Mountain View City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to create a $500,000 renter assistance program to stave off evictions amid mounting wage losses and economic hardship caused by the new coronavirus.

Wednesday, 1:39 PM | 21 comments

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