If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Mountain View Online <![CDATA[Smoke, smog and high temperatures prompt Spare the Air alert for Sunday]]> A round of scorching temperatures forecast for the Bay Area over the next two days, combined with wildfire smoke and vehicle fumes, prompted air district officials to issue a Spare the Air alert for Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Protesters demanding justice for Breonna Taylor stop traffic in Menlo Park]]> More than 150 people from around the Bay Area gathered Friday evening in Menlo Park in a protest that called for justice in the police killing of Breonna Taylor and pushed for reform in the Menlo Park Police Department. ]]> <![CDATA[Letters to the editor: Mountain View City Council election, Caltrain measure, climate change]]> Letters to the editor on the Mountain View City Council election, the Mountain View-Los Altos High School board election, Caltrain's Measure RR, the census, and climate change.]]> <![CDATA[Spanish-language resources help parents deal with challenges of distance learning]]> While California school districts and counties confront the learning challenges of the pandemic, education organizations like Khan Academy are developing new guides for Spanish-speaking parents to help them navigate distance learning. ]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View awarded $12.4M to build homeless housing by the end of the year]]> Mountain View's ambitious plan to build transitional housing for homeless seniors and families is moving forward, after state officials awarded the city $12.4 million this week to fund the project.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Clara County acts with $5M to relieve strain on tenants, landlords]]> Struggling tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a financial lifeline, as the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday, approved an additional $5 million to help residents stay in their homes.]]> <![CDATA[Heat, risk of fires, rip current pose danger in Bay Area this weekend]]> Weather will pose a danger to Bay Area residents starting Friday with a higher risk for rip currents at beaches and increased wildfire risk starting Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.]]> <![CDATA[Newsom orders ban of new gas-powered cars by 2035]]> In a dramatic move to tackle climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered state officials to ban new gasoline-powered cars beginning in 15 years.]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Patrick McCullough]]> This week in obituaries, read about the life of Patrick McCullough, 83, a Mountain View resident.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]>