Politics Blogs

Mountain View Voice
July 3, 2014 - 2:42pm
by Christina Dong On a summer afternoon calling for lemonade and Popsicles, Palo Alto's avid chili chefs will fire up their stoves, hover over giant stockpots and contend for the title of this year's best bowl of chili.
Mountain View Voice
July 3, 2014 - 2:41pm
by Carol Blitzer Three local Realtor teams and 14 individuals were among the top 250 salespeople in the country in 2013, in rankings announced by Real Trends in ads that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on June 27.
Mountain View Voice
July 3, 2014 - 12:05pm
by Daniel DeBolt Nine residents have indicated that they will run for the Mountain View City Council this fall, and the official filing period hasn't even opened yet.
Mountain View Voice
July 3, 2014 - 11:47am
by Cooper Aspegren Santa Clara County's Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force and the California Highway Patrol announced plans to crack down on drunken driving over the Fourth of July weekend.
Mountain View Voice
July 3, 2014 - 11:06am
by Cooper Aspegren On Tuesday night, members of the Mountain View City Council unanimously approved the use of eminent domain to get itself out of a quandary it entered when it unwittingly approved the sale of an alley that was essentially given to a group of landowners in 1904.
Calitics
July 3, 2014 - 10:08am
California Cities look to follow Seattle's lead by Brian Leubitz San Francisco voters will have a chance to vote on a $15 minimum wage proposal this November in a gradually increasing wage compromise announced last month: The mayor, city supervisors and business and labor leaders came together on...
Mountain View Voice
July 2, 2014 - 4:19pm
by Kevin Forestieri, Nick Veronin and Michelle Le Police safely detained an armed, possibly suicidal man yesterday after he barricaded himself in his Mountain View apartment, causing a stand-off that lasted more than five hours.
Mountain View Voice
July 2, 2014 - 12:12pm
by Daniel DeBolt In anticipation of events at the new Levi's Stadium starting in August, on Tuesday City Council members approved a plan to charge drivers to park beyond normal time limits in downtown parking lots, and to ticket drivers who park on nearby residential streets without a permit.
Mountain View Voice
July 2, 2014 - 11:34am
by Kevin Forestieri Police are asking the public to help identify a man suspected of robbing a Bank of America branch on Castro Street Tuesday.
Mountain View Voice
July 2, 2014 - 11:26am
by Daniel DeBolt Milk Pail Market owner Steve Rasmussen and developer Merlone Geier announced Tuesday night that they had reached a last-minute deal to save the Milk Pail, before City Council members ultimately decided to delay the second phase of Merlone Geier's Village at San Antonio Center...
California Budget Bites
July 2, 2014 - 8:48am
Last week, lawmakers moved forward legislation that could expand California’s film tax credit. The bill — AB 1839 — may end up like much of Hollywood’s output these days: a reboot of an old idea, but with a much bigger budget. The current film tax credit allocates a total of $100 million annually...
California Budget Bites
July 2, 2014 - 8:48am
Last week, lawmakers moved forward legislation that could expand California’s film tax credit. The bill — AB 1839 — may end up like much of Hollywood’s output these days: a reboot of an old idea, but with a much bigger budget. The current film tax credit allocates a total of $100 million annually...
Calitics
July 1, 2014 - 9:53am
Yee defeats former Speaker John Pérez by Brian Leubitz Maybe you see races decided by 484 votes for some City Council races, or in some some states in exceptionally close elections. But in a California statewide election? That razor's edge is extremely rare: A month after the primary election,...
Oakland North
June 30, 2014 - 4:22pm
Like many of its readers, the community news websites Oakland North and Richmond Confidential will be on vacation for the summer.
California Budget Bites
June 30, 2014 - 2:14pm
The 2014-15 budget agreement (read our initial analysis here) includes a number of investments and policy changes that will help alleviate economic hardship among California’s lowest-income residents, who suffered disproportionately during the recession and who have continued to be left behind in...
California Budget Bites
June 30, 2014 - 2:14pm
The 2014-15 budget agreement (read our initial analysis here) includes a number of investments and policy changes that will help alleviate economic hardship among California’s lowest-income residents, who suffered disproportionately during the recession and who have continued to be left behind in...
Calitics
June 30, 2014 - 11:21am
Supreme Court declines review of gay treatment ban by Brian Leubitz While there was some very disappointing news coming out of the Supreme Court today, there was some positive as well: The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the state's ban on so-called conversion...
Mountain View Voice
June 27, 2014 - 2:49pm
by Elena Kadvany Indo Restaurant & Lounge has three things many Palo Alto diners covet in a restaurant: ample outdoor seating, happy hour six days a week with a menu of interesting specialty cocktails, and no mention of "farm to table" or artisan anything.
Mountain View Voice
June 27, 2014 - 2:46pm
by Peter Canavese Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis ("Crash") raises navel-gazing to an art form with "Third Person," a "Crash"-y, borderline trashy entry in the genre of global interlocking stories. Those who scoffed at "Crash" will have even more to sniff at here, and the Best Picture's...
California Budget Bites
June 27, 2014 - 8:51am
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014-15 budget bill and related legislation. A new CBP report provides an initial analysis of the 2014-15 budget package, examining key provisions and their implications. The report shows that the budget agreement places a heavy emphasis on fiscal...
California Budget Bites
June 27, 2014 - 8:51am
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014-15 budget bill and related legislation. A new CBP report provides an initial analysis of the 2014-15 budget package, examining key provisions and their implications. The report shows that the budget agreement places a heavy emphasis on fiscal...
Calitics
June 27, 2014 - 7:52am
Lake County holds the last remaining uncounted ballots. by Brian Leubitz UPDATE June 30: Lake County News has an update: The Board of Supervisors will meet in a special evening session next Tuesday to take up, among other things, the final canvass for the June 3 election. The board will meet...
Calitics
June 27, 2014 - 7:32am
Field Poll shows Legislature took hit after recent controversy by Brian Leubitz Field is in the midst of their most recent data dump, and you can't help but feel that Gov. Brown is all smiles. First, there's the fact that he has a 20 point lead over Neel Kashkari The results of the latest Field...
Calitics
June 24, 2014 - 6:55pm
Ellis Act reform would have required waiting period before evictions by Brian Leubitz Well, after a lot of drama getting out of the Senate, the SF Ellis Act reform legislation died in the Assembly: The Ellis Act reform bill introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-S.F., will not be moving forward this year...
Calitics
June 23, 2014 - 3:27pm
Water bond still faces tunnel stumbling block by Brian Leubitz There is little disagreement that our water infrastructure needs some work. Across party lines and the north-south divide, there is a consensus that we need to invest in our water system. The amount of the bond package is still in...