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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rent control reform measure heads to voters in March

The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday night approved final language for a ballot measure changing the city's rent control law to allow bigger rent increases and exclude mobile home parks. It will go before voters in March.

Wednesday, 2:32 PM | 6 comments
Tim Bond named TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's next artistic leader

Tim Bond has been appointed the next artistic director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the organization announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:24 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

County supervisors ban e-cigarette sales, calling on cities like Mountain View to do more to curb teen vaping

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors sought to make a strong statement about the teen vaping epidemic, voting to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in unincorporated areas. A new report says Mountain View needs to do more.

Tuesday, 5:56 PM | 1 comment
Facing public pressure, Stanford decides to install plaque with Chanel Miller's words

Almost two years after rejecting a quote proposed by Chanel Miller for a plaque at a memorial garden where she was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, Stanford University has reversed its position and decided to use her chosen words.

Tuesday, 2:02 PM | 1 comment
Mountain View doctor and community activist Mike Fischetti dies at 76

Dr. Mike Fischetti, an oncologist, impassioned health care advocate and community activist, died Oct. 29 due to health complications. He was 76.

Tuesday, 1:52 PM | 2 comments
Inside Stanford's bid to expand -- and how it came undone

The largest project in Santa Clara County's history got the axe just before noon on Nov. 1, a casualty of fundamental disagreements between county and Stanford University leaders and accusations of "lack of good faith."

Tuesday, 9:28 AM | 4 comments
Three-car collision leaves nine Girls Middle School students with minor injuries

Nine students from the private Girls' Middle School were injured in a rollover collision involving three cars at a major intersection in south Palo Alto during the Tuesday morning commute.

Tuesday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 11, 2019

Teens arrested in Los Altos carjacking

Two boys, ages 16 and 15, were arrested Tuesday in connection with a carjacking last Monday in a condominium parking garage in which the owner of the car was assaulted and injured, Los Altos police said.

Monday, 10:47 AM | 2 comments
Guest opinion: Making basic human needs a reality

In a guest opinion, Mountain View resident Michelle Novak calls on tech companies like Google to help come up with solutions to address the housing crisis.

Monday, 10:07 AM | 6 comments

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Letters to the editor: Rent control, test scores, El Camino improvements

Letters to the editor in the Oct. 25 issue about Measure V, El Camino improvements and standardized test scores.

Sunday, 7:56 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Spare the Air alerts called for Saturday and Sunday, wood burning banned

A high-pressure system trapping smoke over the Bay Area spurred the air district to issue the winter season's first Spare the Air alerts for
Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, 2:54 PM | 1 comment
A different kind of condo complex

If you didn't know what you were looking at, the Mountain View Cohousing Community appears to be like any other apartment complex in the city. Located on Calderon Avenue, it offers intentional living and sharing of community resources.

Saturday, 8:00 AM | 4 comments

Friday, November 8, 2019

City unveils wishful vision for North Bayshore gateway site

The city of Mountain View is drafting plans for a vibrant, dense hub for the "gateway" into North Bayshore, designed to attract local and visiting residents with a rich mix of housing, offices, a hotel, open space and retail services.

Friday, 1:47 PM | 5 comments
Shenandoah military housing site eyed for school, affordable housing

Mountain View's city leaders are beginning to lay the groundwork for transforming 17 acres of federally owned land into a high school, a park and an affordable housing complex.

Friday, 11:20 AM | 10 comments
Over the past year, Stanford and Santa Clara County clashed over numerous issues. Here are three key points of contention.

Stanford University and the county of Santa Clara took fundamentally opposing viewpoints on a few key development issues, eventually leading to the university's withdrawal on Nov. 1 of its general-use permit application.

Friday, 10:10 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Man arrested in connection to Mountain View Kohl's theft found with stolen police gear

A San Francisco man was arrested outside of the Kohl's in Mountain View on Friday last week after he was found with a U-Haul van full of equipment reported stolen from a Bay Area police department.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | 2 comments
Sales of e-cigarettes banned in unincorporated Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Thursday, 9:43 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

State attorney general sues Facebook over privacy violations probe

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra went to court in San Francisco Wednesday in a bid to force Facebook Inc. to provide more information for an investigation of possible violations of user privacy.

Wednesday, 4:11 PM | 1 comment
Atherton: Uber drivers, other contract workers protest outside of Uber investor's home

About 30 gig economy employees, mostly Uber drivers, on Nov. 6 protested outside the Atherton home of Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist and investor in the ride-hailing company.

Wednesday, 4:09 PM | 9 comments
No more offices without new homes

The Mountain View City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the East Whisman Precise Plan, a comprehensive strategy to transform more than 400 acres of the city from a low-density office park into a mixed-use urban center.

Wednesday, 1:21 PM | 23 comments
If you haven't turned 70 yet, don't retire

A Stanford University study on the financial benefits of delaying retirement until age 70 found that seniors can gain a significant amount of Social Security income to help offset drawing down their retirement savings.

Wednesday, 9:03 AM | 11 comments

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Smoke from Ranch Fire drifts into Bay Area

An air quality advisory due to smoke from the Ranch Fire in Tehama County has been extended through Wednesday.

Tuesday, 2:10 PM | No comments yet
Scientists and stars align at Moffett Field for Breakthrough Prize

For one extraordinary night a year, the Breakthrough Prize (or as organizers call it, the "Oscars of Science") brings the trajectory of three very different social spheres into alignment: science, tech and Hollywood.

Tuesday, 1:57 PM | No comments yet
LASD demands Santa Clara County act to reverse alleged charter school discrimination

The Los Altos School District is backing up allegations that Bullis Charter School has a long history of deterring low-income and special needs students from enrolling.

Tuesday, 1:30 PM | 57 comments
Late for the bell no more: School districts seek to delay start times

Students in Mountain View's public schools could be getting an extra half-hour of shut-eye each morning, as school districts weigh pushing back start times to 8:30 a.m. or later.

Tuesday, 10:28 AM | 5 comments
Mountain View City Council backs natural gas ban for all new homes

The Mountain View City Council took a strong stance in battling climate change, unanimously approving new building codes that would phase out the use of natural gas in all types of new homes.

Tuesday, 10:26 AM | 77 comments

Monday, November 4, 2019

County supervisors vote to expand school mental health programs for troubled kids

Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to find new ways to link children and teens with mental health services through public schools.

Monday, 10:47 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Nonprofit aims to bolster number of early childhood education teachers

San Mateo County will need to fill about 2,500 teaching spots by 2025 to keep pace with the growing need for early childhood education programs, according to a 2016 early learning facilities needs assessment for the county.

Sunday, 7:13 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 2, 2019

'Two sides of the same coin': Stanford study shows link between achievement gap and racial disparities in school discipline

A new Stanford University study has documented a direct link between unequal rates of achievement and unequal rates of discipline for black and white students: as one disparity grows or shrinks, so does the other, researchers found.

Saturday, 8:56 AM | 8 comments

Friday, November 1, 2019

Stanford abruptly withdraws application for campus expansion

Stanford University abruptly abandoned on Friday its contentious plan to expand its campus by 3.5 million square feet, citing ongoing disagreements with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors over the approval process.

Friday, 1:45 PM | 1 comment
El Camino completes new $96M mental health care facility

Hospital leaders, politicians and community members celebrated the completion of El Camino Hospital's state-of-the-art mental health facility last week, marking a major investment in psychiatric care.

Friday, 9:58 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Los Altos School District enrollment drops as charter school expands

Los Altos School District's enrollment has declined for the fifth year in a row, driving down the district's total enrollment to the lowest it's been since 2005, according to data released last month.

Thursday, 2:11 PM | 12 comments
Mountain View City Council backs plan to prevent renter displacement from redevelopment

The city of Mountain View is on pace to destroy 127 of its rent-controlled, mostly affordable apartments every year, threatening to push out low and middle-income families unable to pay the high cost of today's rent.

Thursday, 12:08 PM | 13 comments
Pay raises for city manager, city clerk

The Mountain View City Council approved pay raises for City Manager Dan Rich and City Clerk Lisa Natusch.

Thursday, 11:21 AM | 6 comments
Oakland man threatens lawsuit over Shoreline Park injury

An Oakland resident is threatening to sue the city of Mountain View for upward of $1 million after he reportedly broke his leg during a corporate team-building game at Shoreline Park.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | 12 comments

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