Woman who shot three at YouTube found in MV hours before

NOTE: This story has been updated to add the city of Mountain View's response to a Town Crier bodycam footage record request.

Hours before Nasim Aghdam allegedly opened fired at the YouTube campus in San Bruno, she was discovered sleeping in her car by Mountain View Police, who said they had no reason to arrest the woman.

Final arguments near in Measure B appeal

The challengers to a recent public transit funding bond are readying their final brief for the Sixth District Court of Appeal, which will hear final arguments before a decision later this spring.

The Valley Transportation Authority’s 30-year, half-cent countywide sales tax aimed to improve transit, highways, expressways and transportation options. Nearly 72 percent of voters approved an estimated $6.3 billion in funds for the Santa Clara County transportation projects in 2016.

MVLA, LASD teachers share housing woes


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Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, at the podium, moderates a town hall on affordable housing for teachers. Teachers from local school districts shared with Simitian their struggles to afford living in an expensive housing market.

At the Peninsula Teacher Town Hall last week, local teachers told horror stories of enduring two-hour commutes, living in their childhood bedrooms and coming to the realization that they would never be able to own a home in Silicon Valley.

Co-sponsored by Bay Area Forward and Support Teacher Housing, the town hall, held at Almond School March 27, focused on the “missing middle”: people who make too much money to qualify for affordable housing but not enough to buy a house in the area. Teachers are a large part of the missing middle, and they showed up in droves to vent their frustration. Dozens of teachers from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High District and the Los Altos School District packed the Almond library to tell their stories to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

Local runners stress safety, offer support after jogger assaulted

As Palo Alto Police detectives continue to search for the man who sexually assaulted a high school jogger at gunpoint along Arastradero Road last week, the local running community is banding together to promote safety and to honor the victim.

Los Altos High School track athletes were visibly shaken at Thursday’s practice, according to coach Stephanie MacKenzie.

Residents join with city to make street less of a 'Diamond' in the rough


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Pervasive potholes on Diamond Court in Los Altos require maintenance, but the street is privately owned and the owner’s whereabouts are unknown. The city is working with residents of the street to assume ownership and split the estimated $200,000 cost of repaving.

Robert Diamond’s whereabouts may be unknown, but his namesake street, Diamond Court, lives on, posing a crater of a problem for residents who drive on its pothole-ridden surface.

The Diamond-in-the-rough conditions may change soon, however, after the Los Altos City Council voted last week to initiate the process of making the private road a city-owned street.

Pilot program brings free valet parking to MV


Image Courtesy of City of Mountain View
A map shows the location of Mountain View public parking lot 11, site of the free valet parking service the city started March 1 to ease parking and traffic congestion downtown.

When it comes to parking capacity, 85 percent occupancy is considered the threshold at which drivers commence circling like sharks for an empty space. With capacity well above this point at peak times in downtown Mountain View, the feeding frenzy starts early on local streets.

A new pilot program offering free valet parking downtown is already relieving some drivers’ frustrations, however.


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