Recent news headlines from VoiceFriday, May 24, 2013
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Residential burglaries up this year
Local residential burglaries are up, according to officials with the Mountain View Police Department.
(Friday, 11:06 PM)
City set to design new veterans memorial
With Memorial Day just around the corner, the City Council has decided that the two plaques in Mountain View dedicated to war veterans just aren't enough. (Friday, 4:00 PM)
Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27
Music: Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble with Ray Vega
Special guest Latin jazz trumpeter Ray Vega joins the Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Murray Low, on Saturday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Vega was the lead trumpet player for Latin giants Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, and Mario Bauza, and a jazz trumpeter with the Duke Ellington and Vanguard Jazz orchestras, as well as classical composer Osvaldo Golijov. He has arranged several pieces specifically for this performance. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Music: Kenny Schick at Red Rock
Kenny Schick, musician/songwriter, returns to Red Rock Coffee on Saturday, May 25, for a free show to introduce his new album, "Shuffle." 201 Castro St., Mountain View.
Military: Memorial Day at Shoreline Lake
Shoreline Lake Aquatic Center is offering 50 percent discounts to active military and their families in honor of Memorial Day, for lessons and watersports rentals. Weekend brunch and prepared picnic baskets will be offered on Monday, May 27, as well. Shoreline Lake Aquatic Center and Lakeside Cafe, 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. (Friday, 1:57 PM)
Friday, May 24
Theater: 'Hanging Georgia'
"Hanging Georgia," opening tonight at 8 p.m. at the Pear Avenue Theatre on 1220 Pear Ave. in Mountain View, tells the story of painter Georgia O'Keeffe and her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz. Script by Palo Alto playwright Sharmon Hilfinger and music by Joan McMillen. (Friday, 12:09 PM)
'One of the silliest things we've ever done'
Several City Council members said they were not fans of placing art along city's trails and in parks before voting against making it a standard practice on Tuesday. "I think the natural environment is art in itself," said council member Margaret Abe-Koga. (Friday, 11:08 AM)
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Armed man robs Wells Fargo bank
A masked robber armed with a gun made off with an undisclosed amount of cash yesterday after robbing a Wells Fargo bank branch near the corner of Miramonte Avenue and Cuesta Drive in the Blossom Valley Shopping Center, according to police. (Thursday, 5:23 PM)
Fist-fight at gas station escalates quickly
Two men got into a fight at a Mountain View gas station early Tuesday morning, with one brandishing a knife, according to police. (Thursday, 5:20 PM)
Gov. Brown calls for focus on climate change
Gov. Jerry Brown today urged scientists to dedicate themselves to convincing a distracted public and news media about the dangers of climate change and other potential disruptions to human life.
(Thursday, 2:20 PM)
Google burglary bust
It appears that an ex-Googler may have felt he was entitled to a do-it-yourself severance package after the company cut him loose last month. (Thursday, 1:02 PM)
Immigrant house may be placed in new city park
After saving it from demolition earlier this year, City Council members voted Tuesday on a strategy for restoring and relocating the tiny historic home known as the Immigrant House. The council voted 6-1, with Mayor John Inks opposed, to place the home at 771 North Rengstorff Ave., the lush 1.2-acre lot which the council voted to buy earlier this month. (Thursday, 12:58 PM)
At-risk high school students making gains
Earlier this month, U.S. News and World Report published a story ranking both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools among the top 2 percent out of 21,000 schools from around the country. (Thursday, 12:01 PM)
Thursday, May 23
Dance: Smuin Ballet's 'Spring Program'
Smuin Ballet ends its season with the West Coast premiere of the ballet "Petal" by Helen Pickett, the Bay Area premiere of Darrell Grand Moultrie's piece "Jazzin'" and "Chants d'Auvergne" by Michael Smuin, today, May 23, at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Runs through May 26. 8 p.m. $52 -$68. (Thursday, 11:43 AM)
Unlikely barbecue joint
If Mountain View had a resident ribs master, it would be Harold Willis. And you won't find him -- or his ribs -- in a local restaurant, but in the parking lot of Lozano's Car Wash on El Camino Real (Thursday, 11:37 AM)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cash, jewelry stolen in burglary
Cash, jewelry and other personal effects were stolen when a home in the 1100 block of Nilda Avenue was burglarized on May 20, according to police. (Wednesday, 11:49 AM)
Burglars kick in door
A burglar reportedly kicked in the door of a home in the 2300 block of Jane Lane on May 17, according to police. (Wednesday, 11:48 AM)
Tuesday, May 22
Film: 'A Fierce Green Fire'
Patagonia Palo Alto is screening "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet" tonight, May 22, at 6 p.m. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, recounts the history of the environmental movement. 525 Alma St., Palo Alto. (Wednesday, 11:11 AM)
Palo Alto tries to make 'hackathons' a family affair
Hackers, designers and Silicon Valley technophiles will flood downtown Palo Alto's most prominent gathering spot with food, music, TED-style talks and gizmos galore on June 1 as part of the city's -- and the nation's -- inaugural festival to celebrate "civic hacking." (Wednesday, 11:06 AM)
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tropicana Lodge being demolished
The vacant Tropicana Lodge hotel was being turned into debris this morning to make way for a 162-unit apartment complex to be built by Prometheus Real Estate Group. (Tuesday, 1:58 PM)
Re-open Whisman School?
A former city of Mountain View official, along with leading members of some Whisman-area neighborhood associations, plan to hold a neighborhood meeting to discuss the possibility of re-opening Whisman School. (Tuesday, 1:51 PM)
Tuesday, May 21
Author: Meg Donohue
Meg Donohue celebrates the release of her second novel, "All the Summer Girls," the story of three friends reunited amidst unraveling lives and the secrets that surface in the beach town of their youth. The event is 7 p.m. today, May 21, at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. (Tuesday, 1:42 PM)
Helping the helpless
Though burn victims in this country may emerge from the hospital with significant scars, chances are they will ultimately be able to return to their day-to-day routine -- even if people's stares make them uncomfortable. (Tuesday, 8:16 AM)
Monday, May 20, 2013
Zipcars to come to downtown
The City Council voted quietly and unanimously to allow car-sharing company Zipcar to park four of its cars in downtown Mountain View on Tuesday. (Monday, 11:51 AM)
Monday, May 20
Music: Red Rock Coffee Open Mic Night
Cavin & Kings Open Mic night is a Monday mainstay at Red Rock Coffee in downtown Mountain View from 7 to 10 p.m. Everyone gets 10 minutes, enough time for two songs, three to four poems, or a stand-up routine. To sign up, get to Red Rock before 6:30 p.m., when the sign-up book goes out. Red Rock is located at 201 Castro St., Mountain View. (Monday, 10:40 AM)
Hangar One for rent: no NASA ties needed
In an unprecedented move for NASA Ames Research Center, historic Hangar One at Moffett Field is being offered up for any use akin to its original purpose -- no ties to NASA's mission required. (Monday, 10:34 AM)
Friday, May 17, 2013
Part of northbound Foothill Expwy to close tonight
Northbound Foothill Expressway between Hillview Avenue and Page Mill Road, including the bike lane, will be closed beginning today at 9 p.m. and remain closed until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 20.
(Friday, May 17, 2013, 2:40 PM)
National "rolling fast" for immigration reform starts in MV
The first in a series of such actions nationwide, advocates for immigrant rights in Mountain View made their point this month by going without food and speaking to church congregations up and down the Peninsula. (Friday, May 17, 2013, 2:26 PM)
MVHS names new principal
Former Santa Clara High School Principal Dave Grissom will be the new principal of Mountain View High School. (Friday, May 17, 2013, 1:58 PM)
Friday, May 17
Music: Known to Collapse at Red Rock
Oakland-based experimental rock band Known to Collapse makes its Red Rock Coffee debut tonight, May 17, at 8 p.m. 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Free.
(Friday, May 17, 2013, 1:39 PM)
Death plunge to Hwy. 101 ruled a suicide
The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has ruled that the man who died May 17 after plunging from the Rengstorff Avenue overpass onto Highway 101 meant to take his own life. (Friday, May 17, 2013, 11:24 AM)
Weekend, May 18 & 19
Music: The Tuttles with A.J. Lee
Palo Alto's Tuttle family joins forces with frequent musical collaborator A.J. Lee for a bluegrass concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The show is at the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View at 1667 Miramonte Ave. $22 at the door, with discounts for teens and music students. Children 12 and under free with paying adult.
Music: Schola Cantorum
"Broadway Baby: The Magic of Sondheim and Schwartz" is the theme of Schola Cantorum's 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, May 18. The choral group will perform songs from "Wicked," "Pippin," "Into the Woods" and others at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road. General-admission tickets are $25.
Music: California Pops
The California Pops Orchestra closes its season with "Maestros of the Movies," featuring the biggest musical hits from the finest film composers on Sunday, May 19, at Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills. 3 p.m.
Author: Eve Ensler
"Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler will speak about her new book, "In the Body of the World," at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The event is at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. General admission is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. (Friday, May 17, 2013, 10:50 AM)
Council OKs $2 million lot sale
In a move that may reduce parking for nearby businesses, the City Council voted to sell a city-owned parking lot on Tuesday to a developer proposing to build 200 apartments at the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street. (Friday, May 17, 2013, 10:03 AM)
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Safer stoplights OK'd
Two busy intersections should soon be much safer after the City Council unanimously voted to replace a pair of aging stoplights on Middlefield Road and California Street Tuesday. (Thursday, May 16, 2013, 1:05 PM)
P.E. credit for marching band?
Everyone seems to agree that marching up and down a football field while banging on drums or playing the horn is hard work. But while parents and band members think they should get P.E. credit for participating in the activity, physical education teachers take a different view. (Thursday, May 16, 2013, 11:15 AM)
Thursday, May 16
Art: 17th Century Dutch Baroque lecture
The Mountain View Library hosts an art lecture, "In the Absence of Spectacle," tonight, May 16, with art historian Lisa Koruga. Journey through 17th Century art, just in time for the exhibit featuring the famed "Girl with the Pearl Earring." 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St. (Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:55 AM)
High school cover-up: debate over student dress code
Tempers were tested at a recent meeting of the local high school district's board of trustees, as one of the governing body's elder statesmen gave a passionate, playful and at times sardonic speech, suggesting calls for stricter enforcement of dress code policy was contributing to "rape culture." (Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:45 AM)
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