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Good morning. Its Monday, May 3.

Here are the week’s top stories.

Mountain View to pilot universal basic income program with surplus COVID-19 relief funds

The City of Mountain View is set to pilot a universal basic income program using $1 million of excess federal COVID-19 relief funds as part of a program proposed by Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga at the council’s April 27 meeting.

Los Altos Councilwoman Lee Eng denies falsely accusing activist Kenan Moos for first time publicly

Amid persistent calls for her resignation and a failed attempt at mediation, Los Altos Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng at a council meeting on April 27 denied allegations that she falsely claimed Los Altos activist Kenan Moos threatened her, addressing the allegations directly for the first time since the incident took place.

Pasallo, Bissonnette tapped for new MVLA district office roles

Los Altos High School English teacher Michelle Bissonnette and Assistant Principal Perla Pasallo have been appointed to new roles in the district office: Pasallo will serve as the director of student services and equity, while Bissonnette will take on the role of community outreach specialist.

Getting a cheesecake from Basuku is like winning the lottery

Melt-in-your mouth creamy, deeply caramelized and notoriously hard to come by nowadays, Charles Chen’s Basque cheesecakes have burst onto the Bay Area food scene. Basuku Cheesecakes, founded by Chen, has gained a cult following during the pandemic and now boasts pop-ups in San Francisco, Oakland and Palo Alto as well as national shipping. 

Mountain View expands local gun control

The Mountain View City Council last night unanimously approved a city ordinance prohibiting possession of any firearm on all city property, the council’s latest step toward increasing local gun control. 


Pasallo, Bissonnette elegidos para nuevos puestos del distrito de MVLA

La maestra de inglés de la preparatoria de Los Altos, Michelle Bissonnette, y la subdirectora Perla Pasallo, han sido nombradas para nuevos roles en la oficina del distrito: Pasallo se desempeñará como directora de servicios estudiantiles y equidad, mientras que Bissonnette asumirá el papel de especialista en alcance comunitario. 

Una semana después, esto es lo que los estudiantes tienen que decir sobre el regreso híbrido de MVLA

Los estudiantes del Distrito de Escuelas Preparatorias de MVLA regresaron al campus esta semana para recibir instrucción híbrida, el resultado de meses de planificación, negociación y, frecuente debate. 

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Global art project Breathe with Me comes to Gunn, celebrating Earth Day and unity

Irina Selva stood in front of a canvas, observing the two thick, vertical brush strokes she created with blue paint. Selva was a participant in Palo Alto’s Breathe with Me, a local rendition of the global art initiative. Read about the community art project brought to Palo Alto by Gunn students and parents.

Los Altos High librarian and published Y.A. novelist Gordon Jack shares with students his love of storytelling

With ears alert and pen poised to capture realistic characters in his novels about high school misadventures, Gordon Jack is a keenly observant author undercover as a librarian. Read about Jack, Los Altos High's librarian and a published Y.A. author.

Jia Hiremath crafts keepsakes and makes friends through letter writing

Read about Jia Hiremath, a Paly sophomore reviving the art of letter writing with her over 18 penpals living as far as Hungary.

Gunn senior founds virtual music lessons nonprofit, instructing over 900 students

When Gunn High School senior Julia Segal was devastated by the sudden cancelation of her band’s first recording session due to the pandemic, she turned to another way to utilize her passion for music.

Mountain View Council solidifies Public Safety Advisory Board appointments

The Mountain View City Council tonight appointed seven individuals to the newly formed Public Safety Advisory Board, a group of Mountain View residents who will advise the city council on public safety matters — specifically the police department.
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