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Google's new campus scaled down yet striking


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The 18.6-acre Google campus proposed for East Charleston Road in Mountain View includes scaled-down accommodations for 3,000 employees.

Even if their original plan was much larger and grander, Google Inc. officials’ revised proposal for a new campus off East Charleston Road in Mountain View is still in keeping with the tech giant’s tendency to make a big architectural splash.

The approximately 600,000- square-foot project on 18.6 acres, presented to Mountain View city officials last month, includes two floors and a basement, a public corridor through the middle of the campus and a large canopy roof. The corridor houses retail stores and cafes that would be available for public use. The campus is designed to accommodate 3,000 employees.

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MV Bike/Pedestrian group meets today

Members of Mountain View’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee are scheduled to meet today to discuss increased safety measures for the intersection at El Monte Avenue and Marich Way, site of a recent pedestrian death.

The meeting is slated 6:30 p.m. in Mountain View City Hall’s Plaza Conference Room, 500 Castro St.

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City collects hazardous waste

Residents cleaning out their garages can dispose of unwanted toxic household products at no charge April 16 at a location in Los Altos disclosed to those with appointments.

The city of Los Altos and Santa Clara County are partnering to host the annual waste disposal event, with appointments beginning at 9 a.m.

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Police Blotter

Arrest

March 22, 6:34 a.m., Magdalena Avenue and Foothill Expressway: A resident noticed a man driving erratically and notified police. Officers located the 30-year-old motorist from Milpitas and arrested him for drunken driving. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Auto, residential burglaries

March 21, 9:07 a.m., 1900 block of Churton Avenue: Sometime between 11 a.m. March 20 and 8 a.m. March 21, an unknown suspect broke into a construction site and stole a Bobcat tractor.

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Aircraft noise committee to include local reps


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Noise complaints to San Francisco International Airport, shown above as yellow dots, indicate the impact of new flight paths to residents at ground level.

A new committee of local elected officials will recommend solutions to the increased airplane noise caused by flight paths that concentrate planes in narrower, lower and reportedly louder overhead highways.

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, appointed two officials including Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. At Eshoo’s request, the Santa Clara County Cities Association appointed two more representatives including Los Altos Hills Councilman Gary Waldeck, a former pilot. Los Altos Councilman Jean Mordo will serve as an alternate.

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MV dodges rent control in rental housing dispute program

The dilemma of what to do about renters being priced out of Mountain View has kept Vice Mayor Ken Rosenberg awake at night.

Speaking before a full house at the March 15 city council meeting, Rosenberg was clearly torn over a proposal that required binding arbitration in a rental dispute – akin to rent control in some people’s minds.

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LASD sets deadline for 10th school site search

If Los Altos School District officials can’t identify a 10th school site by June, it’s back to the drawing board for solutions to enrollment growth.

During their March 14 board meeting, trustees directed staff on their vision of moving forward with Measure N bond funding. Trustees agreed that if the district hasn’t found a 10th site by June, they would explore how to use their own land to absorb future enrollment growth.

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