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Mountain View Voters Approve Rent Control Measure

Mountain View Voters Approve Rent Control Measure

Michael Sieffert and Haley Ecker
December 13, 2016
Filed under Issue-4, News

On the ballot last month, the citizens of Mountain View voted in favor of Measure V, which intended to curb growing rent and eviction problems across the city. Measure V passed with 53 percent in favor and 47 percent against. Starting Friday December 23, Measure V will allow rent to only increase between...

Foothill Improvement Project Aims to Reduce Congestion

Foothill Improvement Project Aims to Reduce Congestion

Justin Yu, Staff Writer
December 8, 2016
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

In recent years, commute times through Los Altos have only seemed to grow longer, with rush hour spanning the entire work day. According to a recent study by the Bay Area Council, 83 percent of respondents who live in the Bay Area believe that traffic congestion will not improve with time. Los Altos...

Los Altos Renews Fire Agreement with County

Los Altos Renews Fire Agreement with County

Teddy Chmyz and Danny Vesurai
December 5, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Perhaps surprisingly, Los Altos does not have a fire department. Instead, the city of Los Altos contracts out emergency fire and medical services to the Santa Clara County Fire Department (County Fire). Because Los Altos is not a particularly large city, it is more cost-efficient to rely on County Fire...

Airplane Noise: Committee Recommends New Flight Path

Airplane Noise: Committee Recommends New Flight Path

Javin Pombra and Danny Vesurai
December 4, 2016
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

After meetings with dozens of attendees, debates that lasted for over six months and participation from counties across the Bay Area, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals sent a letter of recommendations addressing airplane noise to Congress members Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr and Jackie Speier on Thursday,...

English Teacher Organizes Toiletry Donation Drives

English Teacher Organizes Toiletry Donation Drives

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
December 4, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

English teacher Margaret Bennett is asking for unopened hotel toiletry donations to give to teenagers of Tijuana next summer during her third trip as a volunteer with Brothers and Sisters in Community Service (BASICS). Bennett will help at a children’s program in the San Eugenio Community to provide...

Locker Room Renovations Completed

Locker Room Renovations Completed

Emma Van Geuns, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

PE students and athletes walked into new locker rooms on Monday, November 21 after a months-long delay, using trailers behind the school as temporary locker rooms while locker room construction occurred. The new locker rooms include updated facilities such as new showers, benches, windows and rooms off...

Los Altos Erects New Blimp Statue

Los Altos Erects New Blimp Statue

Cameron Avery, Staff Writer
November 29, 2016
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Recently, people driving past the small park area at the corner of Springer and El Monte have been greeted by an unfamiliar sight: a 10-foot high zeppelin with long, skeletal legs perched amidst green grass and trees. The piece is called ‘Archimedes Goose’, and it’s one of the latest sculptures...

School Board Sets Direction for Future

School Board Sets Direction for Future

Maddie Chu, Sana Khader, Javin Pombra, and Danny Vesurai
November 21, 2016
Filed under Issue-3, News, Showcase

Through the 2016-2017 Action Plan, the MVLA School Board decided which issues it would prioritize as most important for the upcoming school year. They chose to focus on expanding the AVID Exploration program and increasing graduation requirement rigor and curriculum alignment.The school board is also cur...

Mountain View Takes Action to Support RV Park

Mountain View Takes Action to Support RV Park

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer
November 21, 2016
Filed under Issue-3, News, Showcase

Al, a Mountain View resident who wanted to keep his last name anonymous, left his home in Dallas, Texas, six or seven months ago to take care of his mother after his brother died. Unable to renew his security guard license in California to secure a job in the new area, Al couldn’t make enough money...

Homework-Free Weekend Spurs Student Concern

Homework-Free Weekend Spurs Student Concern

Madison Woo and Priya Dixit
November 21, 2016
Filed under Issue-3, News

For most students, Homecoming weekend provided a reprieve from school work. AR 6154, the homework policy implemented this year, designated the weekend to be homework-free, and for the most part, teachers complied with the stipulations. However, multiple students and other teachers approached Principal...

Student Walkout Protests Trump’s Election

Student Walkout Protests Trump’s Election

Booker Martin, Staff Writer
November 15, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

A walk-out in protest of president-elect Donald J. Trump came together yesterday, November 14, at 1:30 p.m. as a result of a social media post that had circulated sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Over 100 students gathered on the Los Altos football field, where lead protesters voiced their th...

Protest Walkouts: Know your Rights

Booker Martin, Senior Writer
November 14, 2016
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

In light of the election result, many students have begun discussing the possibility of school walkouts. Here is a guide to student protest rights and what potential consequences they could face. What is protected: Right to assemble: The right to assemble should not be limited unless the assem...

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