Carly Heltzel

Carly Heltzel, Copy Editor

Carly is a junior at Mountain View High School, serving as a copy editor and beat reporter covering the Mountain View City Hall and education for the Post. Carly is also an editorial intern at the Los Altos Town Crier and print news editor on the Mountain View High School Oracle; she’s previously covered the coronavirus, mental health and homelessness in the Mountain View community. 


MV council moves one step closer to formation of Public Safety Advisory Board

STORY BY CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY The Mountain View City Council recommended the appointment of seven civilian community members to the Public Safety Advisory Board during its March 16 study session, the latest development in the city’s effort to streamline police reform. The recommended appointees will be confirmed in a final vote during…

Graduation in the pandemic: three potential plans from the MVLA district

STORY BY CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTO BY ALLISON HUANG The iconic graduation song “Pomp and Circumstance” blares through the speakers as the senior class files onto the campus bleachers together, preparing to walk across the stage in front of the sea of their families’ faces.  Oh wait no, never mind.  Los Altos High School Assistant Principal…

Meet Alex Brown, quasi-famous MV activist and ‘Official Guy Who Does Stuff Sometimes I Guess’

STORY BY CEDRIC CHAN AND CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY Community activist Alex Brown’s official, voted-on title and email signature is the “Official Guy Who Does Stuff Sometimes I Guess,” but it should probably be changed to be “Official Guy Who Does Stuff All the Time.” An involved political activist, the Mountain View resident…

Anticipating vaccinations, MVLA teachers’ union agrees to April full hybrid return if in orange tier

STORY BY TOMOKI CHIEN AND CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTO BY TOMOKI CHIEN Update (Monday, March 8): DTA President David Campbell clarified to the Post that he was mistaken, and the district’s hybrid return is not in fact contingent upon the county being in the orange tier by April 19. Click here for the latest information. The…

The missing perspective: Mountain View’s RV residents shed light on their daily struggles, the real impact of Measure C and empathy

STORY BY NATALIE ARBATMAN AND CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTOS BY CARLY HELTZEL When Janet Stevens goes for a walk down her street, just like anyone else, she’ll strike up a conversation and smile warmly, talking to her equally friendly neighbors.  But after they watch her cross the road and enter her home, something changes: People avoid…

Getting to know the new Mountain View Mayor: Kamei’s path through public service

STORY BY CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTO COURTESY ELLEN KAMEI The daughter of a Chinese–Puerto Rican mother and a father born in Japanese internment camps, Mountain View’s newly elected mayor, Ellen Kamei, said she became a public servant to offer her unique perspective of being a third-generation resident who has watched the city grow from a middle-class…

MV Council elects Kamei and Ramirez as mayor and vice mayor

STORY BY CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTO BY GIL RUBINSTEIN As outgoing Mountain View City Council Members Chris Clark and John McAlister said their heartfelt goodbyes to a teary-eyed council, they were anticlimactically moved to the attendees box on Zoom while elected Council Members Margaret Abe-Koga, Sally Lieber, Lisa Matichak and Pat Showalter were sworn in by…

A look into the MV Housing Justice Coalition: activists protecting renters and mobile home owners

STORY BY CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTO BY GIL RUBINSTEIN Logging onto the Mountain View Housing Justice Coalition (MVHJC) Zoom call, you’d hardly expect to be greeted with a tight-knit, welcoming group of advocates laughing about how many trout brains makes a serving of food — but the amicable environment took nothing away from the gravity of…

“I hate everything about this”: MV City Council approves implementation for Measure C, set to spend nearly $1,000,000 on street signs

STORY BY CEDRIC CHAN AND CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTO BY CARLY HELTZEL In the early hours of this morning, the Mountain View City Council unanimously approved the staff recommendation for the implementation and budget of Measure C, following hours of discussion and contentious public comment.  The measure, approved by voters this November, will prohibit the parking…