If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Mountain View Online <![CDATA[Veg out]]> Meat-free fare is easily found -- and taken to the next level -- on the Midpeninsula, with local chefs cooking up modern dishes that appeal to veggie-eaters and carnivores alike.]]> <![CDATA[Big turnover for Mountain View Whisman school board]]> Four candidates will be facing off this November for seats on the Mountain View Whisman School District's board of trustees, following the deadline to file with the county last week. Two of the three incumbents up for re-election this year, Steve Nelson and Bill Lambert, declined to run again, meaning a big change in the five-member board is ahead.]]> <![CDATA[Robbed blind]]> In his book "Leviathan," English philosopher Thomas Hobbes infamously described a human life in the anarchic state of nature as "nasty, brutish, and short." As it happens, that's also a pretty good description of "Don't Breathe," a high-tension thriller that crosses over into horror.]]> <![CDATA[Trainer shine]]> They called boxing great Roberto Duran "Manos de Piedra," so it's understandable that the new biopic about him should be called "Hands of Stone." And yet, it's not the best title for this dramatic treatment, which repeatedly makes the point that brute force isn't as important in the ring as the mental game.
“Hands of Stone” would be a better movie were it more “in the head,” but as it is, the picture offers the simple pleasures of both a conventional biopic and a boxing movie, structured for sports-story
redemption. And while, ultimately, it imposes a misleadingly tidy shape on Durán’s life and career, this account by writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz doesn’t shy from depicting Durán as petulant, arrogant, insecure, reckless, and generally unlikeable. Granted, much of Durán’s bad behavior is on record, but Jakubowicz and star Edgar Ramírez keep their Durán, the picture’s ostensible hero, edgy to a daring degree.]]>
<![CDATA[Couple keeps on truckin']]> Anyone heading down Latham Street in the past week has probably noticed it. Among the mobile homes that line both sides of the road is a hulking wooden structure attached to a green 1940s truck. The peculiar home is a relic of the past with a long history in the Bay Area, and the proud owners say they've spent months and thousands of dollars to bring it back to its former glory.]]> <![CDATA[Brock Turner judge to no longer hear criminal cases]]> Three months after Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky's controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner -- months filled with vehement criticism, an onslaught of media attention and an official recall campaign -- Persky has requested to be reassigned to civil cases, according to a statement the county Superior Court issued Thursday. ]]> <![CDATA[French Laundry alums to open Palo Alto restaurant]]> A former head sommelier and sous chef from three Michelin-starred The French Laundry in Yountville are opening a restaurant together on California Avenue in Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Arrest after hidden camera discovered in bathroom]]> For the second time in two weeks, the Mountain View Police Department has arrested a Mountain View man on child porn possession charges after he allegedly filmed the bathroom of a residence using a hidden camera.]]> <![CDATA[BB gun pulled in traffic confrontation]]> A 29-year-old San Jose man was placed under citizen's arrest last week after he had allegedly pulled a BB gun following a traffic incident on El Camino Real in Mountain View.]]> <![CDATA[Chairs thrown in Sports Page Bar scuffle]]> Police are searching for a man who allegedly threw chairs at a bartender at the Sports Page Bar last week, and later hit the bartender in the face.]]> <![CDATA[Grants available to replace wood-burning heating devices]]> Money will be available starting Friday morning for roughly 1,500 Bay Area homeowners and landlords to help them upgrade their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner ones to reduce winter air pollution, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.]]> <![CDATA[No election for high school district this November]]> Voters won't be weighing in this November on who joins the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District board of trustees. Only two candidates filed for the two seats up for re-election by the Aug. 17 deadline, leaving it an uncontested election.]]> <![CDATA['All-gender' single-use restroom bill goes to governor]]> California businesses and state government buildings may be required to make single-occupancy restrooms available to all genders starting next year if a bill authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, is signed into law.]]> <![CDATA[A poignant pair at the Pear]]> It's been nearly 15 years since the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, though for some, the painful memories are no doubt as fresh as ever. Mountain View's Pear Theatre (celebrating its own 15th anniversary this year) kicks off its new season with a pair of shows, running in repertory; plays that highlight the strength of humanity in times of crisis, including 9/11.]]> <![CDATA[This week's A&E highlights]]> This week, check out the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hear local band The Corner Laughers in Menlo Park, and see the one-night-only one-woman show "Abelia" in Redwood City.]]> <![CDATA[The voice of experience]]> For Mona Dena, the prospect of reaching the mid-century mark didn't trigger a mid-life crisis but rather ushered in a creative renaissance, inspiring her to write, record and release her very first album.]]> <![CDATA[Age-discrimination lawsuit against HP]]> Four former employees have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard for age discrimination, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose.
<![CDATA[Brock Turner judge recuses himself from child-porn case]]> Embattled Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, who is currently facing a recall campaign for his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner, has recused himself from an upcoming hearing in a child-pornography case.
<![CDATA[Man arrested in connection to Airbnb burglary]]> Mountain View police are warning residents that a growing number of criminals are using Airbnb as a way to burglarize homes in the Bay Area, including a recent heist in the Old Mountain View neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Peter deCourcy Hero, who transformed Silicon Valley philanthropy, has died]]> The man who was instrumental in helping tech tycoons channel their millions to charitable giving, Peter deCourcy Hero, has died, according to close sources.]]> <![CDATA[State Supreme Court upholds California teacher tenure law]]> The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's laws on public-school teacher tenure after a lower court found them to be unconstitutional.]]> <![CDATA[School board approves big teacher pay increase]]> Teachers in the Mountain View Whisman School District can rejoice, after school board members unanimously approved a new contract that includes a major pay increase across the board, along with a guarantee that class sizes will be reduced in the coming years.
<![CDATA[Landlords rattled by specter of rent control]]> With favorable polling and two separate rent stabilization measures going before voters this November, the possibility that Mountain View will enact some form of rent control is causing angst among some apartment owners. ]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Public interest not served by police department policy]]> The Mountain View Police Department's creation of a wall denying access to traffic-accident information to the public and the press is more than puzzling. It's also legally misguided, despite department officials' claim that general secrecy about the incidents is required by law. It is not.]]> <![CDATA[Stevenson school design overhauled again]]> The Mountain View Whisman School District spent months considering five options for building new facilities for Stevenson Elementary, home to the district's parent participation (PACT) program. But soon after the board endorsed an alternative, district officials are saying that a total revamp of the plan is needed to house the district's preschool and deal with traffic concerns.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic accident data tough to get from police department]]> Last year, Mountain View saw a spike in traffic fatalities, with six people losing their lives in crosswalks, major intersections and even parking lots. But the police department has adopted a policy -- of questionable legality -- that denies the public access to pertinent information about traffic accidents.]]> <![CDATA[This week's A&E highlights]]> This week, take a peek at musical theater, free Shakespeare in the park, a Twilight Concert, a Cantor Arts Center exhibit, an opera and a performance of Indian classical music.]]> <![CDATA[Talks underway to preserve Palo Alto Square theater]]> The movie theater CineArts will remain at Palo Alto Square until at least mid-September, thanks to a 30-day lease extension that was recently signed by the theater's parent company and the building owner, Palo Alto City Manager James Keene said Monday.]]> <![CDATA[All that glitters]]> Eureka! is an all-American restaurant. There's American craft beer, American small-batch whiskeys and a menu showcasing everything from burgers and wings to lollipop corn dogs. The company is headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., home of legendary all-American band the Beach Boys. ]]> <![CDATA[Going Greek]]> At Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine in downtown Palo Alto, everything is pretty good, but not much is extraordinary. ]]> <![CDATA[Saturday night life]]> Mike Birbiglia's comedy-drama “Don't Think Twice" quotes the most well-known of improv teachers, Del Close: “Fall, and then figure out what to do on the way down." That, like the title of the film, serves both as good advice for improv and an apt description of how professional improvisers attempt to coach themselves and each other through their own uncertain lives.]]> <![CDATA[Review: Batty baddies]]> Another week, another Hollywood brand extension. Conventional wisdom has it that the lukewarm fan reception to "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" put inordinate pressure on "Suicide Squad" to right the course of Warner Brothers' DC Cinematic Universe, the Pepsi to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Coke (or the other way around, depending on your allegiance). This might explain why "Suicide Squad" -- a Batman spinoff of sorts -- seems to be trying so hard, with overwrought badass-ery that's liable to leave you cold.]]> <![CDATA['Nerve' damage?]]> Nintendo, et al, may be striking it rich on "Pokémon Go," but Lionsgate Films got downright lucky. This week, Lionsgate releases its teen-pandering thriller "Nerve," about a viral online game with the potential to get players in trouble. In the midst of "Pokémon Go" mania, then, "Nerve" gets a zeitgeist shot in the arm.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales]]> Two homes, one in Atherton and another in Woodside, sold in the $14-million range.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a Glance]]> One home in Atherton sold for almost $15 million, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[Digging in]]> In an age when faster is better and attention spans are shortening, when people are hustling and smartphones demand quicker responses, the slow process of gardening can seem countercultural. To some, it may even seem unnecessary and inefficient.]]> <![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[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[Sales at a glance]]> Atherton home tops $11 million]]> <![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. ]]>