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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

To save affordable housing, Mountain View looks to buy aging apartments

In an effort to stave off gentrification and preserve the remaining affordable housing in Mountain View, city officials are working on an unusually direct approach: buy up housing at risk of being bulldozed.

Wednesday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
CZU Fires now 100% contained

The CZU August Lightning Complex Fires have been fully contained, as of a 9 p.m. announcement from Cal Fire on Sept. 22.

Wednesday, 1:33 PM | No comments yet
COVID testing of teachers, staff hotly debated as California schools reopen

As schools throughout California tiptoe toward reopening, decisions about whether to routinely test teachers, staff and even students for the COVID-19 virus are proving controversial -- and potentially costly.

Wednesday, 10:45 AM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County first in state to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

Santa Clara County is the first county in the state to make Juneteenth a paid county holiday after a unanimous vote from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Downtown Mountain View hosts three full days of free COVID-19 testing

Mountain View's Center for the Performing Arts may not be putting on any shows lately, but it's becoming the go-to spot for free and easy-to-access COVID-19 tests.

Tuesday, 4:47 PM | 1 comment
Santa Clara County opens new safe parking site in Mountain View

A third safe parking site in Santa Clara County opened in Mountain View, to provide a space where vehicle dwellers can stay safely, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian announced Friday.

Tuesday, 1:37 PM | 1 comment
New statewide eviction moratorium upends local rules, leading to more eviction notices

A patchwork of local ordinances designed to block evictions during the coronavirus pandemic has been completely wiped out this month, replaced with a new state law that shakes up what tenants behind on rent must do to stay housed.

Tuesday, 1:04 PM | 3 comments
Alleged serial killer lands in hospital before trial

A man charged with killing two young women in the 1970s on Stanford University property has been hospitalized right before his trial was set to begin in San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
State stops accepting unemployment claims for 2 weeks to address backlog

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state Economic Development Department will stop accepting new unemployment insurance applications for two weeks to determine how to reduce the state's vast backlog of claims.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 21, 2020

New program would give extra aid for COVID-19 quarantines in Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday meeting may approve a program to provide extra aid to people having to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19.

Monday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View police seeking man who attacked ex-girlfriend, injured toddler

Police are looking for a 27-year-old man who allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend at her home Sunday morning, injuring both her and her 15-month-old child.

Monday, 10:00 AM | 1 comment
As U.S. threatens WeChat ban, local Chinese Americans face loss of tool that's become integral to their lives

The Chinese-owned mobile app WeChat, which has been the main communications lifeblood for local Chinese Americans, could see a mass exodus of its users after the U.S. Department of Commerce threatened to ban it from mobile app stores.

Monday, 9:37 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Guest opinion: A police explorer's perspective on how to improve police training

In an op-ed, Los Altos High School student Jeannette Wang, a police explorer at the Mountain View Police Department, offers her perspective on how police training can be improved.

Sunday, 8:35 AM | 9 comments

Saturday, September 19, 2020

With new deal, communities seek to cement partnership on land use concerns

After banding over shared concerns about Stanford University's growth plan, city and county officials in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are preparing to sign a "Land Use Compact" that would sustain the newly forged partnership.

Saturday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 18, 2020

Election roundup: Endorsements roll in for Mountain View City Council and local school boards

With less than two months to go before Election Day, several local and regional groups are weighing in with endorsements for Mountain View's races, including some divergent recommendations for the City Council.

Friday, 1:26 PM | 20 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare the Air alert for Saturday, with smoke expected to drift into the North Bay and the inland East Bay.

Friday, 12:47 PM | No comments yet
Full containment of CZU Lightning Complex wildfire is expected Sunday

Cal Fire said late Thursday evening that the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, which began burning in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties a month ago and is among the Bay Area's three largest wildfires since that time, is nearing full containm

Friday, 9:59 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, September 17, 2020

El Camino Healthcare District ends misconduct investigation into board member Julia Miller

El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors took no action last week following an investigation into complaints that board member Julia Miller was unprofessional and disrespectful to hospital staff.

Thursday, 12:29 PM | 3 comments
This year, your voting center might be staffed by your grandchildren

With the election coming up in less than 50 days, Santa Clara County faces the challenge of getting at least 2,000, healthy community members trained and prepared to staff over 100 centers.

Thursday, 9:49 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Santa Clara County cracks down on hospitals falling behind on COVID-19 testing

Santa Clara County announced Wednesday a new public health order forcing local health care providers to provide quick and easy access to COVID-19 testing, following widespread complaints that residents have been wrongly denied tests.

Wednesday, 1:45 PM | 2 comments
Santa Clara County health officials encourage flu shots during the pandemic

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department advised residents Monday to get vaccinated against the flu in addition to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Wednesday, 1:13 PM | No comments yet
Local astronomers weigh in on new research that hints at possible life on Venus

A landmark study published this week found a chemical suspended in the clouds of Venus that could be early proof of life on a planet previously thought to be uninhabitable.

Wednesday, 12:19 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Palo Alto faces lawsuit over 'residents-only' policy at Foothills Park

A group of civil rights organizations and residents filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto on Tuesday in a bid to repeal a contentious law that bans non-Palo Altans from visiting Foothills Park unless accompanied by a city resident.

Tuesday, 5:02 PM | 3 comments
How to help the homeless and housing-insecure amidst a pandemic? Local leaders compare tactics

A panel of local leaders convened Saturday to share their advice on how to help the homeless and housing insecure through the pandemic as the end of the statewide eviction moratorium draws closer.

Tuesday, 1:58 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto green lights 'safe parking' program for people living in cars

A parking lot near the Baylands will turn into a shelter for people living in cars, with a lot attendant and case managers on hand. It will be run by the nonprofit Move Mountain View, which operates Mountain View's safe lot program.

Tuesday, 1:19 PM | 2 comments
Appeals court reverses injunction blocking removal of protected immigrant groups

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday reversed a 2018 preliminary injunction that blocked the Department of Homeland Security from terminating "temporary protected status" designations.

Tuesday, 11:06 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 14, 2020

By Wednesday, Bay Area will be under Spare the Air alerts for 30 consecutive days

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued Spare the Air alerts through Wednesday because of wildfire smoke, making it 30 straight days of the alerts that ban wood burning.

Monday, 3:26 PM | No comments yet
Business community calls on Santa Clara County to ease public health restrictions

A coalition of business leaders across Santa Clara County are calling on public health officials to loosen COVID-19 restrictions that they say have crippled local businesses for the last six months.

Monday, 1:30 PM | 10 comments
County hosts free COVID-19 testing in downtown Mountain View

Santa Clara County is hosting an all-day COVID-19 testing site in downtown Mountain View on Tuesday, but you'll need to sign up for an appointment.

Monday, 11:46 AM | 1 comment
Minimal flames and mop up: CZU Lightning fire is 89% contained

The CZU Lightning Complex wildfires, which have burned 86,509 acres across San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties since Aug. 16, were 89% contained as of 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, Cal Fire said.

Monday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet
Amid pandemic, California secretary of state details access to voting by mail or in person this November

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday described plans for voting access and safety this year during the pandemic before the Nov. 3 election, which is less than eight weeks away.

Monday, 9:25 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 11, 2020

Want to get to know your local candidates? Here's a list of election debates, forums

We've compiled a list of local election debates and forums taking place virtually for Midpeninsula voters ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Friday, 4:56 PM | 8 comments
Mountain View is expanding its safe parking program as hundreds of vehicle dwellers remain on city streets

The city of Mountain View is currently home to one-third of all the safe parking spaces in Santa Clara County, but that's only put a dent in the number of vehicle dwellers on city streets.

Friday, 1:43 PM | 45 comments
Series of Spare the Air alerts carries through Monday

As smoke from wildfires continues to cover the Bay Area, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Friday extended a Spare the Air alert through Monday, Sept. 14.

Friday, 1:28 PM | 2 comments
Some downtown Los Altos streets to become pedestrian-only

Roads in downtown Los Altos will partially close on Thursday through Monday to allow pedestrian-only access.

Friday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Obituaries: Clare Tucker

This week in obituaries, read about the life of Clare Tucker, a longtime Mountain View resident.

Thursday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
College coronavirus testing varies by system, campus

With sometimes competing public health guidelines coming from the CDC and state and local sources, colleges and universities have made different decisions about how much coronavirus testing should be done, and when.

Thursday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet

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