Recent news headlines from VoiceFriday, May 17, 2013
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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, 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, 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, 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, 1:39 PM)
MV driver witnesses deadly overpass fall
In an incident a local eyewitness described as "horrific," a person was fatally injured after falling or jumping off the Rengstorff Avenue overpass onto Highway 101 around 11 a.m. this morning, May 17. (Friday, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 10:55 AM)
High school cover-up: debate over students 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, 10:45 AM)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Council approves new plan for McKelvey Park flood basin
In a major turning point following years of discussion, the City Council approved a redesign for McKelvey Park Tuesday to allow it be used as a flood basin for Permanente Creek. (Wednesday, 5:17 PM)
LAHS tennis courts to get facelift
Now that the project to build new classrooms at Los Altos High School is nearly finished, officials with the district are looking ahead to the next project at the school -- revamping the tennis courts. (Wednesday, 1:25 PM)
Assemblyman seeking summer interns
State Assemblyman Richard Gordon is accepting applications from high school and college students for part-time summer internships. (Wednesday, 1:19 PM)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Wednesday, May 15
Astronomy: 'What It's Like on the Surface of Mars'
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Lori Fenton of the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute will give an illustrated (and non-technical) lecture about the latest on the Mars rover, Curiosity. The free event is at 7 p.m. tomorrow, May 15, in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
(Tuesday, 3:26 PM)
Two bikes, TV stolen from open garage
A man living on the 2700 block of Diericx Drive woke up Sunday to find two bicycles and a TV had been taken from his open garage overnight. (Tuesday, 1:33 PM)
Tuesday, May 14
Art: 'Watergate Villains and Heroes'
Palo Alto artist Myrrh's portraits of the Watergate defendants, and the senators questioning them, are on display at the Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. The free exhibit is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment on weekday evenings. (Tuesday, 11:03 AM)
Monday, May 13, 2013
China Cafe robbed at gunpoint
An employee of the China Cafe restaurant located near the Safeway on Miramonte Avenue was robbed at gunpoint as she prepared to close the store on May 11, according to police. (Monday, 6:38 PM)
Toolbox, tools stolen from storage unit
A toolbox and various tools were stolen from a storage unit in a Mountain View apartment complex sometime between Friday and Saturday. (Monday, 6:30 PM)
iPad Mini stolen in burglary
An iPad Mini was stolen when a home on the 700 block of Emily Street was burglarized on May 10, police said. (Monday, 6:29 PM)
Legal action forces toxic clean up in Permanente Creek
After being sued by the Sierra Club for dumping toxics from its mining operations into the upper reaches of Permanante Creek, Lehigh Cement Company has agreed to pay for a toxic cleanup valued at over $10 million. (Monday, 1:57 PM)
Monday, May 13
Artist talk: Richard Misrach
Photographer Richard Misrach, whose work is on display in a large Cantor Arts Center exhibit called "Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach's Cancer Alley," will give a free talk at 6 p.m. today, May 13. The event is in Annenberg Auditorium at the Cummings Art Building at Stanford University. Misrach will also sign copies of "Petrochemical America," the book accompanying the exhibit. (Monday, 10:10 AM)
LAHS earns award for civics work
Los Altos High School is being recognized for its efforts to educate through engagement in social issues both near and far. (Monday, 10:03 AM)
Friday, May 10, 2013
A green light for Permanente Creek Trail improvements
The creekside trail that runs through Google headquarters will soon have better crossings at Charleston Road and Amphitheatre Parkway. (Friday, May 10, 2013, 4:13 PM)
Mercado Merlen grocery store robbed at gunpoint
Two men -- one of them armed with a silver handgun -- robbed the Mercado Merlen on Wednesday night, according to Mountain View police. (Friday, May 10, 2013, 1:52 PM)
Weekend, May 11 & 12
Theater: 'Pirates of Penzance'
The Peninsula Youth Theater presents "Pirates of Penzance," opening on Saturday, May 11, with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 2500 Old Middlefield Way.
Tour: Pandemonium Aviaries
Pandemonium Aviaries will open its doors to the public for a behind the scenes tour of their rare bird conservation facility. May 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults $75, children $35, children under 12 free. Pandemonium Aviaries, 221 Main St., Los Altos. (Friday, May 10, 2013, 1:20 PM)
Friday, May 10
Talk: Astronomy Club at Foothill
Dr. Franck Marchis of the SETI Institute is the speaker at tonight's monthly meeting of the Peninsula Astronomical Society. The free talk is open to the public, and the Foothill Observatory will open after the meeting from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting. 7:30-9 p.m. $3 parking fee. Foothill College Room 5015, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. (Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:08 PM)
City Council wants survey for major bond measure
In a study session Tuesday, City Council members supported a survey to determine voter support for a bond measure to fund several large facilities the city needs, including a new community center. (Friday, May 10, 2013, 11:53 AM)
Art you can read
As electronic reading devices and tablet computers become more ubiquitous, it is not uncommon to hear book lovers proclaim their preference for the genuine article -- words printed on paper. Local artist Jacqueline Ernst is one of these people. (Friday, May 10, 2013, 11:06 AM)
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