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Propositions seek to tax, reform parole and support language immersion

California’s century-old initiative system enables voters to make their own laws and change public policy, circumventing the Legislature and directly accessing the ballot.


Although two-thirds of state propositions brought by citizen initiative have failed over the past 15 years, this year includes a bumper crop of new proposals targeting everything from tobacco sales to school funding. Each requires a simple majority to pass.

Tips pour in as MV police investigate terrorist threats made by students

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Mountain View High administrators adopted a multipronged approach to address student and parent concerns after the arrest of three students.

Police phone lines have been inundated with tips in the days following the arrest of three Mountain View High students suspected of making threatening social media posts against the school.

“Detectives are getting calls all day from people with possible information,” said Katie Nelson, Mountain View Police Department spokes- woman.

ECH nurses reject tentative contract offer

Nurses at El Camino Hospital voted Oct. 7 to reject a tentative agreement meant to address the ongoing labor dispute at the hospital.

24th District race reveals narrow differences

The race between Marc Berman and Vicki Veenker for the State Assembly’s 24th District seat is expected to be tight.

Berman edged Veenker by 8,000 votes in the June 7 primary, with more than 100,000 voters casting ballots. Veenker is optimistic that recent endorsements from local, state and federal politicians will help her close the gap.

City tree inventory will gauge green health

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The Public Works Department is conducting a citywide tree inventory that will record the age, health and type of every tree on public land in Los Altos.

Los Altos expects to complete the first citywide tree inventory in its history by the end of next year. City officials said the inventory will give them a better idea of Los Altos’ arboreal assets and their health as the Bay Area deals with a historic drought.

“This is an important part of any urban forest management,” said Susanna Chan, the city’s director of public works. “We will have a comprehensive database showing the location, size and height of every tree in Los Altos.”

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