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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mountain View approves fees on housing already considered too costly to build

Paying for infrastructure is expensive, and Mountain View is going to need a lot of cash to build out new areas of the city poised for massive growth. But the city may run the risk of rendering new housing infeasible.

Wednesday, 1:49 PM | 3 comments
California reports first case of suspected monkeypox

The first suspected case of monkeypox in California, a viral infection that causes respiratory symptoms and scarring skin lesions, is under investigation in Sacramento County, state health officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 1:06 PM | No comments yet
Officials mark one-year anniversary of VTA mass shooting

San Jose officials are holding a day of remembrance for the victims of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority mass shooting one year ago. The tragedy, which occurred on May 26, 2021, left nine VTA employees dead.

Wednesday, 12:25 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Driver killed in high-speed crash on University Avenue

A car going at a high speed crashed and split into two pieces on University Avenue in East Palo Alto on Monday night, according to witnesses and police. The driver died at the scene.

Tuesday, 1:42 PM | No comments yet
Looking to add some Zen to your landscape? Visit these Japanese gardens for inspiration

Whether you want to create a rock garden, incorporate a few elements of Japanese design to your existing landscape or just add a bonsai to your home, there are plenty of gardens in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to inspire you.

Tuesday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Graduate debt-free? University of California leaders think it's possible

The University of California is vowing to offer its California undergraduates a debt-free college experience by 2030 as part of an overhaul of how the system views college affordability.

Tuesday, 9:38 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 23, 2022

Caltrain is back to its regular schedule this week, after construction reduced its service

Caltrain returns to its regular schedule Monday, May 23, with 104 trains each day following the completion of mid-county signal work for the system's electrification, Caltrain officials said.

Monday, 2:24 PM | 1 comment
With Mountain View's parking ban tied up in court, a construction project is pushing inhabited RVs off of Crisanto Avenue

A portion of Crisanto Avenue has been cleared of parked vehicles to make way for construction at Rengstorff Park, forcing inhabited RVs -- some of which have been there for years -- to relocate.

Monday, 1:49 PM | 12 comments
Sticker shock as state gas prices soar past $6 a gallon

Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed the steadily rising cost of living while speaking Wednesday at a Bakersfield clinic after receiving a second booster shot. Newsom is proposing a $18 billion inflation relief package.

Monday, 10:19 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Great Culling: Which California bills did legislators kill?

On suspense file day, legislators killed about 220 California bills on issues including education, health care, housing and workers.

Sunday, 8:44 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Looking to add some Zen to your landscape? Visit these Japanese gardens for inspiration

Whether you want to create a rock garden, incorporate a few elements of Japanese design to your existing landscape or just add a bonsai to your home, there are plenty of gardens in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to inspire you.

Saturday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet
Eid Festival aims to bring peace, neighborly love in tense times

In the face of life-changing events that have weighed down the world, Palo Alto's Eid Festival this Sunday seeks to show that happiness can be attainable if people make the effort to join together.

Saturday, 8:35 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 20, 2022

Senate bill to limit police encryption scores another victory

State Sen. Josh Becker's proposal to require police departments to find alternatives to radio encryption took another major step forward Thursday when the Senate Appropriation Committee voted to advance the bill.

Friday, 1:39 PM | No comments yet
COVID-19 cases rise in local schools; Whisman announces mask mandate will continue for the rest of the school year

Local schools are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, mirroring trends seen throughout Santa Clara County and in many parts of the country.

Friday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
In a quest to spur housing growth, Mountain View looks to redeveloping shopping centers

As cities across California search for new places to allow more housing growth, Mountain View is relying on a new approach that would permit commercial properties like strip malls and shopping centers to redevelop into housing.

Friday, 12:26 PM | 31 comments

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Piano teacher surrenders to Los Altos police following sexual battery warrant

A San Jose piano teacher who conducts private lessons in the South Bay surrendered to Los Altos police Wednesday following an arrest warrant in which he is being accused of inappropriately touching one of his students.

Thursday, 12:43 PM | 1 comment
Fatal car crash on I-280 kills pickup truck driver

A 66-year-old man died in a car crash on Interstate Highway 280 in Los Altos Hills near the Palo Alto city border on Wednesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 12:43 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

East Palo Alto sends message to shooters: 'We're not going to tolerate this'

East Palo Alto police, city officials and faith leaders vowed on Wednesday, in the aftermath of a deadly shooting the night before, that they will not allow the city to slip back into the violence of the early 1990s.

Wednesday, 6:51 PM | No comments yet
Luna Vista apartments open to the public

The Luna Vista apartment complex hosted its grand opening Friday, May 6, officially opening the doors to the 70-unit building servicing low-income members of the community.

Wednesday, 1:58 PM | 1 comment
One killed, three injured in park shooting believed to be 'targeted attack'

A shooting at the popular Jack Farrell Park in East Palo Alto that injured four people sent three of them to the hospital on Tuesday evening. One died while he was being transported by ambulance.

Wednesday, 1:49 PM | No comments yet
New film shares Peninsula woman’s experience as a queer Asian American skateboarder

‘Crashing Wheels on Concrete,' featuring LinkedIn software engineer Kat Sy, is playing at the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMFest May 22.

Wednesday, 1:28 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley couple's cross-country bike trip focuses on stroke and aphasia awareness

What Steve Zuckerman calls a "wacky cross-country trip" and a bucket list item for him and his wife Debra Meyerson, may also be a first -- a tandem bike ride across America to increase awareness about the impact of stroke and aphasia.

Wednesday, 10:06 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Elderly woman accosted by robbers in roadside attack

Two people attempted to rob an elderly Palo Alto woman of her wedding ring on Saturday afternoon, causing her injuries, Palo Alto police said in a press release.

Tuesday, 1:03 PM | No comments yet
Google opens the doors on its massive Bay View campus next door to NASA Ames

Google's eye-catching, 1.1 million-square-foot campus on the edge of the Bay is finally complete and open to employees, marking a major expansion of the tech company's office footprint on the Peninsula.

Tuesday, 12:57 PM | 2 comments
Volunteers sought for Caltrain advisory committee

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the entity that manages Caltrain, is seeking a volunteer each from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to apply for its Citizens Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, 10:02 AM | 3 comments

Monday, May 16, 2022

California spent millions to boost COVID vaccination rates of Medi-Cal members — but they lag even more

Gaps in COVID vaccination rates among the state's Medi-Cal population persist. Five Medi-Cal plans still have vaccination rates under 50%.

Monday, 11:04 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Scores of protesters gather at 'Bans Off Our Bodies' protest in downtown Mountain View

Protesters gathered in downtown Mountain View Saturday to voice their support for abortion rights as part of a nationwide day of demonstrations opposing the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Saturday, 4:48 PM | 4 comments
Costumed canines, clucking chickens and … a roly-poly? Looking back on 75 years of the Los Altos Pet Parade

Kids and their pets -- from pooches to parrots, turtles to tarantulas -- have taken to downtown Los Altos every Saturday following Mother's Day for decades for the Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade. This year, it's on May 14.

Saturday, 7:15 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 13, 2022

Celebration of Leaders and ATHENA Awards honor Mountain View community heroes

The Celebration of Leaders and ATHENA Awards in Mountain View Friday will honor community leaders including City Council member Ellen Kamei, nonprofit Fondo de Solidaridad and CSA leader Tom Myers.

Friday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
California's $100 billion surplus: What to know about Newsom's spending plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom reveals his revised May budget, including his inflation relief plan and spending priorities on education, the environment and more.

Friday, 1:46 PM | No comments yet
Mountain View looks to replace safe parking site with high-density affordable housing

A former Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) parking lot currently serving homeless residents in Mountain View could soon be replaced by as many as 220 affordable apartments.

Friday, 12:41 PM | 33 comments
Two injured when teen accidentally discharges firearm in parked vehicle

Two teenagers were injured early Thursday morning when one of them accidentally discharged a firearm while he was in his parked truck at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot.

Friday, 10:49 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, May 12, 2022

VTA begins demolition of light rail yard building where 2021 mass shooting occurred

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority crews on Wednesday began demolition of a building at a light-rail yard in San Jose where last year a disgruntled VTA employee fatally shot several of his co-workers before killing himself.

Thursday, 1:47 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain board delays fare increases

Caltrain's board of directors agreed to delay planned fare increases in an effort to encourage more people to ride the system, which serves the Peninsula from Gilroy to San Francisco.

Thursday, 10:39 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Our election recommendations

The editorial board offers its recommendations in the races for Congressional District 16 and Santa Clara County sheriff, district attorney and assessor, plus Measure A.

Thursday, 10:16 AM | 17 comments

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