mv-voice.com http://www.mv-voice.com If it is local and useful, it is on mv-voice.com. en-us Copyright 2016 mv-voice.com Mountain View Online http://mv-voice.com/art/top_logo.png http://www.mv-voice.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Saturday: Where to celebrate Harry Potter book release]]> The boy who lived is making a comeback. On Saturday night, July 30, local bookstores are hosting parties to celebrate the release of the script of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two."]]> <![CDATA[District wants charter school data if parcel tax to be shared]]> The Los Altos School District changed direction this month when board members agreed to share parcel tax revenue with Bullis Charter School. But sharing the local taxpayer money is going to come with some strings attached.]]> <![CDATA[This week's A&E highlights]]> This week, the critters in those "Busytown" books take the stage, celebrations for the new Harry Potter book are in full swing and Redwood City hosts another 3-D Magic Lantern Light Show.]]> <![CDATA[Fourth consecutive Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday]]> A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area for Thursday because smog is forecast to be at unhealthy levels, regional air quality officials said.]]> <![CDATA[No injuries in gas line break]]> A construction crew struck a gas line, prompting a brief evacuation in Mountain View this morning, police and utility officials said.
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<![CDATA[Postcard from the Democratic National Convention]]> As the old saw goes, all politics is local – and that's true even when it comes to this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Joining Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, First Lady Michelle Obama and about 4,700 convention delegates was one of Mountain View's own politicians, City Council member Lenny Siegel]]> <![CDATA[There is power in a union]]> Some works of drama are meant to entertain, delight and whisk audiences away to another world. Naomi Wallace's "Slaughter City," presented by Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT), is not one of those. Instead, it's powerful, dark and -- despite its pivotal forays into the supernatural and surreal -- rooted in real-world issues, distasteful though they may be.]]> <![CDATA[City hopes to preserve Palo Alto Square theater]]> Two efforts -- one relying on grassroots democracy and the other rooted in the zoning code -- have emerged to try to save the CinéArts theater at 3000 El Camino Real in Palo Alto from closing.]]> <![CDATA[Concert traffic creates controversy in North Bayshore]]> The fact that rush-hour traffic around North Bayshore has long been regarded as a nightmare is not news, but the situation has reportedly gone from bad to worse in recent weeks, due to heavily attended concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
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<![CDATA[Third consecutive Spare the Air alert issued]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a third consecutive Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy ozone accumulation forecasted.]]> <![CDATA[Two new board members for Bullis Charter School]]> This month, Bullis Charter School in Los Altos added Richard Ying and Ann Waterman Roy to its board of directors.
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<![CDATA[Caltrain swaps out old cars for larger ones to avoid overcrowding]]> Starting Tuesday, Caltrain will be replacing some of its trains with larger trains capable of accommodating more passengers, in an effort to avoid overcrowding.
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<![CDATA[10th summer Spare the Air alert called for Tuesday]]> The 10th Spare the Air alert of the summer season has been declared for Tuesday in the Bay Area because of unhealthy ozone accumulation, regional air quality officials said.
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<![CDATA[Spare the Air alert issued for Monday]]> A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area today, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said. ]]> <![CDATA[Uber driver arrested for alleged sexual assault]]> East Palo Alto police have arrested an Uber driver for sexually allegedly assaulting his passenger after an incident that began in Palo Alto, police Commander Jeff Liu said in a statement.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto parents ask public's help to find missing son]]> The parents of a Palo Alto man who vanished 11 days ago are seeking the public's help to find their son, 30-year-old Andrew Pearl. Andrew walked out of a group home for persons disabled by mental illness on July 11 at around 5 p.m. and has not been heard from since.]]> <![CDATA[VTA throws support behind Castro underpass]]> Mountain View's rejected plan to build a $120 million underpass to tunnel Castro Street beneath the Caltrain tracks didn't win much love when the City Council considered it last month. Instead, the city is focusing efforts on the cheaper option of closing Castro to traffic. But at least one major supporter of the underpass has stepped forward: the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
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<![CDATA[Down to the grain]]> The bread and pastries at Manresa Bread's new location in downtown Los Altos are not your average baked goods. They're ingredient-driven, made with obsessive care several miles away in a Los Gatos commissary kitchen that operates virtually 24 hours a day, seven days a week under head baker Avery Ruzicka. ]]> <![CDATA[New tenants sought for Cubberley]]> With its long-term future still in flux, Cubberley Community Center is preparing to welcome new tenants onto its sprawling campus to fill the space left behind by the departure of its largest tenant, Foothill College.]]> <![CDATA[Downtown cherry trees not very cheery]]> At least 40 cherry trees planted along Mountain View's downtown medians are dying and will likely need to be removed in the coming months, another casualty of California's ongoing drought, according to city parks officials. After years of state-mandated water restrictions, city officials say they have been prohibited from irrigating the trees, which have become stressed and are starting to die. ]]> <![CDATA[It's one step 'Beyond'...]]> Fifty years after the network-television debut of "Star Trek" comes "Star Trek Beyond," unlucky No. 13 for "Trek" at the movies. The Magnificent Space-Seven ride again: space-cowboy Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), emotionally repressed Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto), irritable Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban), fumblingly resourceful Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (Simon Pegg, who co-writes this entry with Doug Jung), all-heart Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana), hot-dogging pilot Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), and whimsical Ensign Pavel Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin).]]> <![CDATA[Polls by landlord group influenced council's rent control measure]]> Mountain View City Council members gave plenty of reasons for why they decided to draft a hasty rent-control ballot measure last week, but one that was barely mentioned was information from an undisclosed pair of surveys commissioned by the California Apartment Association.
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<![CDATA[A thought-provoking premiere]]> TheatreWorks presents Suzanne Bradbeer's "Confederates," a play packed with timely questions about journalistic ethics and the ever-present political minefield of our nation's racially charged history. ]]> <![CDATA[de Young at heart]]> Steve Ferrera's Palo Alto High School students may know him best as the man in charge of the school's Fiery Arts program. But this summer, the artist has an exciting extracurricular project of his own: a July residency at San Francisco's de Young museum while working on a multimedia children's book.]]> <![CDATA[CinéArts to shutter operations in August]]> Another cultural treasure in Palo Alto will flicker out of existence in August, when CinéArts at Palo Alto Square shuts down its operation, sources in the theater's parent company confirmed to the Palo Alto Weekly.]]> <![CDATA[Tried and true]]> As Italian restaurants go, Redwood City's Vino Santo Bistro is a charmer -- not exactly old-school, not exactly trendy. ]]> <![CDATA[Shop Talk: Milk Pail thrives, Clement Hotel slashes rates]]> This week's column includes news on the massive redevelopment of San Antonio Center in Mountain View and all-inclusive Clement Hotel, which just adjusted its room rates for summer stays.]]> <![CDATA[Fresh, delicious and decorative]]> Driving by Sunny Chen's Leland Manor home, most people don't realize that the front yard is planted with vegetables and fruits. A closer look reveals a row of tall sunflowers intermixed with natives and drought-tolerant plants -- and a few cantaloupes and eggplants.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column includes information on Palo Alto's annual Festival of the Arts, free gardening workshops at the Palo Alto Library and how to grow carrots.]]> <![CDATA[The romance between the chairs]]> The drama of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the experimental daring of Igor Stravinsky, the sophistication of Sergei Rachmaninov and much more take on an added level of intimacy this summer when the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival delves into the repertoire, guided by this year's theme, "Russian Reflections."]]> <![CDATA[All you can eat, vegan-style]]> Buffets usually trigger thoughts of tepid chicken and runny scrambled eggs. This is not the case at downtown Mountain View's 3-month old vegan cafe, The Phoenix.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance]]> Atherton home tops $11 million]]> <![CDATA[Stanford Jazz Festival in full swing]]> For jazz fans, highlights of the annual Stanford Jazz Festival are many, with world-class talent both locally and globally sourced.]]> <![CDATA[Local Realtors take top spots in annual sales ranking]]> Two teams of local real-estate agents and 18 individual local sales people were among the top-selling 250 teams and 250 agents nationwide this past year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that annually publishes "The Thousand" list. ]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance: Homes sell for $600,000 to $8.5 million]]> Palo Alto area real estate recently sold for between $600,000 and $8.5 million, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: $8.5 million but just one bedroom]]> A house in Palo Alto that sold for $8.5 million has just one bedroom, according to the stats in this week's home-sales column.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This weekend, have tea at the gardens of the Filoli estate in Woodside, take a young tree health survey for Canopy, get answers for your plant problems at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden and more.]]> <![CDATA[Another rare 'Find']]> "When you make the finding yourself -- even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light -- you'll never forget it," said astronomer and science populist Carl Sagan. It's apt that the man who spoke of vast space as the "cosmic ocean" should have inadvertently encapsulated Pixar's "Finding Dory," a sequel to 2003 ocean wonder "Finding Nemo."]]> <![CDATA['Now You' don't]]> Not much has changed in the world of "Now You See Me 2." Though director Louis Letterier has been replaced by Jon M. Chu (born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos), the brief remains the same: It's "Ocean's 11" with magicians. Big stars, jazzy music, a lot of flash, almost no dazzle.]]> <![CDATA['Before You' Go...Actually, Don't]]> Since "Million Dollar Baby" was savaged for the grim fate of its disabled heroine, we've had some positive films about quadriplegics. The hanky-soaking "Me Before You" is not one of those films.]]> <![CDATA[Painting the door red (or turquoise or purple)]]> Interior designer Kit Davey has advised hundreds of clients on paint colors for their homes and front doors. Some people are bold and take risks with a bright orange or a shade of green that reminds them of a forest. Others stick with a beige house, with a dark beige door.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column includes information on the annual Silicon Valley Energy Summit, which is being held at Stanford; Acterra's water quality inspection of San Francisquito Creek and St. Frank, a luxury home goods store, which will open in Town & Country Village in June. ]]> <![CDATA[The flight of the butterfly]]> Eleanor Laney remembers a time when it was easy to spot a butterfly fluttering by or perched on a flower. But for her and many other avid gardeners, these sightings have become increasingly rare. ]]> <![CDATA[Neighborhood profile: Rex Manor-Mountain Shadows]]> Mountain View's Rex Manor-Mountain Shadows community is a potpourri of diversity in northern Santa Clara County. Bounded by Central Expressway, Shoreline Boulevard, Middlefield Road, Farley Street, Burgoyne Street, and San Ramon and Montecito avenues, its proximity to shopping, entertainment and Google make it an attractive community to singles and families looking for a suburban lifestyle with an urban feel.
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<![CDATA[Neighborhood profile: Stierlin Estates]]> It's not uncommon to see people tending to their gardens or children playing in their front yard in the Stierlin Estates neighborhood; that's a typical weekend afternoon.
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<![CDATA[Indigo endgame]]> Blueberries top the U.S. Department of Agriculture's list of fruits high in antioxidants, and grow rampantly on the East Coast, but many Western gardeners struggle to grow even a handful.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This weekend, take a hike at Cooley Landing in East Palo Alto, learn how to photograph gardens and nature at Filoli in Menlo Park and more.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters: Local homebuyers headed downtown]]> As more people move to the Bay Area to take advantage of the region's high-octane job market, traffic has gotten predictably worse. ]]> <![CDATA[Sleek, clean lines for today's living]]> The 2016 Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour, slated for Saturday, May 14, is an opportunity to see just what modern looks like. The self-guided tour features five homes, three in Palo Alto, one in Mountain View and one in Saratoga.]]> <![CDATA[Leaps and Boundaries]]> In her new film "The Meddler," writer-director Lorene Scafaria encapsulates the essence of her lead character and the tone of the film within its opening moments.]]>