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Saturday, April 21, 2018

City projects to be studied under 'human rights lens'

Mountain View officials will begin looking at the human rights impacts of various city projects -- but there's still some confusion as to exactly what that means.

Saturday, 6:04 PM | 2 comments
What happened in China?

A business trip last month that brought elected leaders from Mountain View and other cities to China has prompted questions about whether officials made unauthorized commitments to a foreign government.

Saturday, 11:32 AM | 3 comments

Friday, April 20, 2018

Preparing for the worst

If an armed suspect walked onto a school campus in Mountain View prepared to open fire, would the city be ready?

Friday, 5:52 PM | 5 comments
Affordable housing project carries steep price

A new five-story affordable housing project that would replace a downtown Taco Bell received enthusiastic support from a City Council subcommittee on Thursday.

Friday, 1:50 PM | 12 comments
MVLA teachers condemn trustee comments about minority students

A board member for the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District suggested Monday night that encouraging more minority students to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes would reduce academic rigor and attract students who are not "serious" about doing well in school.

Friday, 1:25 PM | 32 comments
MV foundation exec resigns after reports of misconduct

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation's second-in-command has resigned amid allegations she sexually harassed and abused co-workers, the nonprofit organization announced on Thursday afternoon.

Friday, 7:19 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Council embraces 447-unit East Whisman housing project

Mountain View City Council members rolled out the welcome mat for the first of many high-density housing projects expected to transform the city's East Whisman tech park into a mixed-use neighborhood with thousands of new homes.

Thursday, 1:54 PM | 15 comments
Inmates at county jails participate in hunger strike

The tradition of one hunger strike a year in Santa Clara County jails since 2016 continues, as the majority of inmates have not ordered food from the commissary since Sunday, according to a local advocacy group organizer.

Thursday, 12:02 PM | 4 comments
Missing 11-year-old girl found after two-day search

Police have located an 11-year-old girl who went missing in Mountain View earlier this week, ending a days-long search to find her.

Thursday, 8:23 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Getting to the heart of Islam

For hundreds of residents, Monday night was a crash course in the world's second-most popular religion.

Wednesday, 4:01 PM | 4 comments
Rent control adversaries spar at City Hall

Tuesday's City Council meeting turned into a heated standoff between groups feuding over a new effort to weaken Mountain View's rent control law.

Wednesday, 12:39 PM | 59 comments
Housing senate bill fails in committee

A controversial state senate bill that aimed to increase housing near public transit throughout the state will not move forward this year after it failed to get out of committee Tuesday.

Wednesday, 12:13 PM | 23 comments
St. Francis High School names new principal

A former St. Francis High School student and East Bay school administrator has been tapped to be the new principal at St. Francis, marking the latest in a leadership shuffle at the school.

Wednesday, 10:37 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Supervisors set aside $6M for teacher housing in Palo Alto

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set aside $6 million in an affordable-housing fund toward the potential construction of a below-market-rate complex in Palo Alto for teachers and school staff.

Tuesday, 3:56 PM | 10 comments
Suspect arrested after grabbing Taser from officer

A 36-year-old Mountain View man was arrested Monday after he tried to run from police and later managed to grab an officer's Taser during a tussle in a parking lot in the Willowgate neighborhood.

Tuesday, 2:20 PM | 1 comment
Task force backs strict school boundaries

he Mountain View Whisman School District adopted new school attendance boundaries last year that promised to reduce overcrowding and bring neighborhood communities together, but how many kids will be uprooted in the process?

Tuesday, 1:36 PM | 32 comments
Proponents rally behind Measure E bond

Mountain View and Los Altos residents can expect to see lawn signs and glossy mailers drumming up support for a $295 million school bond.

Tuesday, 10:11 AM | 8 comments
Caltrain to board bicyclists first in five-week pilot program

Caltrain bicyclists will be allowed first access to bike cars beginning this week in a five-week pilot program to improve efficiency, Caltrain officials said.

Tuesday, 9:35 AM | 2 comments

Monday, April 16, 2018

Two arrested in armed kidnapping attempt

Mountain View police arrested two men early Saturday morning after they allegedly tried to push a woman into a car and threatening her friends with a handgun when they tried to intervene.

Monday, 7:24 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Iconic electronics shop WeirdStuff shuts down

A relic of Silicon Valley's early days, the electronics warehouse WeirdStuff is closing up shop for good this week.

Sunday, 8:17 PM | 10 comments
A plague of caterpillars hits Mountain View

It's hard to get around town without running into them. Hordes of hairy caterpillars, freshly hatched after a warm February, can be found all over Mountain View and neighboring cities.

Sunday, 6:07 PM | 10 comments
Letters to the editor: April 13, 2018

This week, letters about Measure V rent control, teacher housing and taxes.

Sunday, 9:57 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Voice wins 'General Excellence' at California Journalism Awards

The Mountain View Voice won the top award for print journalism at this year's California Journalism Awards, held in Sonoma on Saturday.

Saturday, 4:41 PM | 6 comments
Three-part series on Islam comes to Mountain View

The Mountain View Human Relations Commission will be hosting a three-part speaker series on "Understanding Islam," hosted by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. Each event will feature a panel of experts and activists from the Muslim community.

Saturday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 13, 2018

Waymo applies to start driverless testing in MV

Google offshoot Waymo filed an application on Friday morning to begin testing its self-driving cars without humans sitting behind the wheel. If approved by state regulators, the request could result in as many as 75 driverless vehicles being tested in Mountain View and other South Bay cities, according to a source familiar with the application.

Friday, 1:49 PM | 17 comments
Police release body cam footage of YouTube shooter

The Mountain View Police Department released body camera footage on Friday morning showing officers' interaction with suspected YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam roughly 10 hours before she opened fire at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno earlier this month, wounding three people.

Friday, 12:00 PM | 6 comments
Silicon Valley Rising holds rally at Google HQ

The community group Silicon Valley Rising held a rally at Google's headquarters in Mountain View Thursday morning to list demands for the search giant's proposed San Jose mega-campus.

Friday, 10:11 AM | 34 comments

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Federal safety agency drops Tesla from crash investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Thursday that it is dropping Tesla as a party in the agency's investigation into the fatal car crash in Mountain View last month.

Thursday, 5:58 PM | 2 comments
City accountants regret license mess

Mountain View's finance department is sending out a mass apology after thousands of local businesses were sent letters warning they were delinquent in paying a new fee.

Thursday, 12:47 PM | 12 comments
Juveniles arrested after alleged sexual assault

Mountain View police arrested two boys at Graham Middle School on sexual assault charges last month.

Thursday, 11:05 AM | 17 comments

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Congresswoman grills Zuckerberg on data security

Rep. Anna Eshoo was among those in Washington who confronted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about data insecurity on April 10 and 11, asking questions provided by her constituents.

Wednesday, 9:47 PM | 2 comments
Family plans to sue over Tesla crash

The family of a man who was killed in a fiery crash involving a Tesla Model X vehicle plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the car company over allegations of a faulty Autopilot system, according to an announcement by a legal firm representing the family.

Wednesday, 11:47 AM | 8 comments
County seeks bilingual election officers

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is calling for 5,000 to 6,000 election officers to serve in over 800 polling places around the county for the June 5 election.

Wednesday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Medicare payments a thorny issue for hospital patients

In October, a 90-year-old man was taken to El Camino Hospital in an ambulance with back pain so severe that it prevented him from getting out of bed. After five days in the hospital, his family was shocked to get a $13,000 bill, despite his Medicare coverage. The reason? He'd never been admitted as an inpatient.

Tuesday, 2:16 PM | 6 comments
Complaint filed over rent control opponents' measure

Tenant advocates are asking Mountain View officials to reject a proposed ballot measure that seeks to weaken the city's rent control law.

Tuesday, 1:55 PM | 22 comments
County holds public meetings on proposed affordable housing fee

A series of public meetings starts this week to gather input on a proposed countywide affordable housing fee for new developments in unincorporated Santa Clara County, county officials said.

Tuesday, 11:18 AM | 2 comments
Bank robbery suspect arrested in Mountain View

A man who was wanted in connection to a robbery at a U.S. Bank in Santa Cruz in January was arrested last week in Mountain View, police said Monday.

Tuesday, 11:03 AM | 6 comments

Monday, April 9, 2018

VTA study plugs autonomous vehicles for MV transit

Building expressways for autonomous vehicles could be the best option for creating a new transit link to Mountain View's North Bayshore neighborhood, according to a new report produced by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).

Monday, 1:59 PM | 10 comments
Autopsy reveals Google engineer drowned in the Bay

The 23-year-old Google engineer who was found dead in the waters of the Bay in December had drowned, but the circumstances surrounding her death still remain a mystery, according to autopsy and toxicology reports released last week.

Monday, 1:48 PM | 8 comments

Greek restaurant Taverna opening in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 8,327 views

Food Party! 420
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 1,055 views

Expanding the taxation of online sales
By Steve Levy | 7 comments | 896 views

Reader Guest Post: Life's Map
By Aldis Petriceks | 2 comments | 827 views

Couples: . . . “Joy is greater than sorrow,“ . . . “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 654 views


Best of Mountain View ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Best Of Mountain View" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 28th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 20th issue of the Mountain View Voice.