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News - August 2, 2019

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New deputy police chief

The Mountain View Police Department announced Wednesday that Capt. Chris Hsiung has been promoted to the new role of deputy police chief, a high-ranking position created this year.

Hsiung, a 24-year officer with the department, began his new role on Monday, July 28. He will oversee day-to-day operations out of the police chief's office and will play a crucial role in staff development and "succession planning," which will ensure that there are strong in-house candidates for outgoing lieutenants and captains.

"Chris models our city's values and organizational priorities that reflects an authentic desire to make us better, within the MVPD family and for the community we serve and protect," police Chief Max Bosel said in the statement.

Hsiung has served for years as a police captain in charge of field operations and more recently in the department's Investigative Services Division, which is responsible for follow-up investigations and preparing cases for prosecution as well as crime prevention. His responsibilities included the release of information to the public, and for years he managed the department's social media strategy.

"I am honored to continue to serve the city of Mountain View," Hsiung said in a statement. "My commitment to the safety and protection of our residents, business community, and those who work and play in Mountain View stands strong."

Department staff talked internally about creating the deputy police chief position for six months and included it in the city's budget for the 2019-20 year. A police lieutenant is expected to take Hsiung's previous position as captain, and the lieutenant position will not be replaced in order to absorb most of the increased costs of having a deputy chief. The total increase in annual spending is expected to be about $50,000.

Hsiung told the Voice he is prepared for his new role as second in command at the department — overseeing practically all of the department's operations at some point during his career — and that it's exciting to take on the responsibility of the newly added position.

—Kevin Forestieri

Foothill waives costs for underserved students

Foothill College has expanded its Foothill College Promise, a program that offers two years of free tuition and textbooks for students, regardless of their income level.

To be considered for the program, applicants must be first-time college students, enroll in at least 12 units, and complete the California Dream Act application or an application for federal student aid. Under the program, students also receive access to Foothill's support services and a free Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority SmartPass.

"Because of the high quality of education and its low cost, Foothill College has always been an extraordinary bargain. However, we recognize that the cost of college includes expenses such as textbooks and transportation," Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen stated in a press release issued Tuesday.

This expansion was made possible by the California College Promise, which was established with the passage of Assembly Bill 19.

More information on the program can be found at foothill.edu/promise.

—Daniel Li

National Night Out hosted at Rengstorff Park

Residents are encouraged to come out to Rengstorff Park next week and meet cops and firefighters at Mountain View's fifth National Night Out event.

The event, which starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, is both a celebration and a community-building event aimed at improving the relationship between residents and public safety employees. National Night Out is a meet-and-greet with cops and first responders over food and activities rather than during an emergency or a crime. There will also be a dunk tank for residents seeking to soak an officer.

Police dogs, a firetruck, police cars and motorcycles will also be at the park, and kids and adults alike are invited to tinker with the various tools used by police and firefighters, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

The event will be hosted at the new Rengstorff Community Center, at 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., which was remodeled and reopened earlier this year. National Night Out has drawn several hundred people in past years, Nelson said, and the hope is that it will be jam-packed again this year.

National Night Out will also be a chance for the police department to promote the nonprofit Community Cycles of California, which has been a partner with the department for close to two years. The nonprofit accepts donated bicycles and employs homeless people — including some from Mountain View — to repair, refurbish and sell bikes, giving them skills in bike maintenance, sales, customer service and finance.

Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted bikes in any condition to the Aug. 6 event, or to drop them off to Sgt. Wahed Magee at the police department headquarters, located at 1000 Villa St.

—Kevin Forestieri

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