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[AT&T announces plan to expand fiber-optic network]]> Facing a future threat by Google Fiber, AT&T has announced its own strategy to dramatically expand its ultra-high speed internet in Mountain View. ]]> <![CDATA[Council OKs funding for Bike Share]]> The Mountain View City Council approved spending $160,000 as a subsidy for the city's Bike Share service, despite acknowledgment that the bicycle-rental program has been struggling to attract riders. ]]> <![CDATA[Uncertainty ahead for MV Whisman budget]]> Dozens of teachers working in Mountain View Whisman School District poured into the May 19 school board meeting to show solidarity for better teacher pay, following troubled negotiations between district officials and teacher union representatives that have come to a halt in recent weeks.]]> <![CDATA[This week's A&E highlights]]> This week, see the tabloid-inspired "Bat Boy: The Musical" in Los Altos, hear "Songs for a New World" at Stanford, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot is on the case at Foothill College and visit landscapes real and imagined at an art exhibition at Viewpoints Gallery.]]> <![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[Tenant advocates push back against looming deadline]]> Each and every day will count in the race against time for the Mountain View Tenants' Coalition to gather signatures for a ballot measure to cap the city's rent increases. But exactly how much time remains to collect these signatures remains up in the air due to a brewing disagreement between lawyers from the tenants' group and the city over how election rules should be interpreted. ]]> <![CDATA[North Bayshore: Could housing incentives increase office space?]]> In their quest to rapidly inject housing into the North Bayshore business park, Mountain View City Council members wavered on some incentives for developers, based on new fears that they could be unintentionally unleashing a spree of new office growth.]]> <![CDATA[Policy passed by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors allows requests for change of measure letter]]> The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors passed a policy Tuesday that will help voters differentiate between local measures of the past and present that share the same letter and cover similar issues.]]> <![CDATA[Fixed-up Bay Trail links MV, Sunnyvale]]> Getting around Mountain View's bayshore just got a lot easier. Last week, local politicians and top brass from Google gathered near the windy wetlands to celebrate a new stretch of resurfaced trails, designed to help improve access to the Baylands north of Moffett Field.]]> <![CDATA[Blue skies and bombers]]> It's like the History Channel come to life at Moffett Field this week. The Wings of Freedom tour landed in Mountain View last Friday, and will stick around until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Then the fleet of lovingly restored World War II-era airplanes will take to the skies once again, heading to its next stop in Livermore.]]> <![CDATA[Google's clean-up plan for Hangar One to get a test run]]> Roughly one year after taking control of Moffett Federal Airfield, Google is set to start testing methods of purging toxic contaminants from the massive steel framework of Hangar One. But while the Mountain View tech giant is committing itself to a multi-million-dollar effort to restore the iconic hangar, the company is staying tight-lipped about its future plans for the structure.
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<![CDATA['Bat Boy: The Musical']]> The tabloid-inspired story of a half-bat, half-human creature trying to fit in with civilized life (set to a beat-driven rock-music score), "Bat Boy: The Musical," presented by the Los Altos Stage Company, opens this week and continues through June 25.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View taxi company order to pay $175K in back wages]]> The owner of a Silicon Valley taxi and limousine company has been ordered to pay $175,000 in back wages to dozens of drivers misclassified as independent contractors rather than full-time employees, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.
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<![CDATA[Code: ART coming to downtown Palo Alto next year]]> Palo Alto is preparing to turn downtown into an interactive "creative laboratory" for three days next year as part of a new program to crowdsource ideas from the community that could transform underutilized alleyways and corridors into engaging public spaces.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View's achievement gap is one of largest in U.S.]]> Officials at the Mountain View Whisman School District have long acknowledged the achievement gap, a gulf in student performance divided by race and family income. But recent studies by Stanford University show that the disparity between white and Latino student achievement in Mountain View is unusual -- it's bigger than in almost any other school district in the country.]]> <![CDATA[Measure A to extend funding for county's parks]]> Santa Clara County voters will decide whether they want to prolong a park preservation fund on the June 7 ballot.
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<![CDATA[Kicking the tires]]> With outside grants set to expire, the cost of the Bike Share self-service bicycle-rental program will have to be shouldered by Mountain View if it continues. But in reviewing the system's numbers last Tuesday night, City Council members voiced serious concerns, especially after they learned the system's underwhelming ridership meant the city would essentially be spending $19.50 for each bike trip. ]]> <![CDATA[Independent groups pump cash into Assembly campaign]]> With the crowded race to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in the 24th District heading into the final stretch, independent political action committees are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the contest in hopes of influencing the outcome. So far, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has been the chief beneficiary.]]> <![CDATA[New Stanford Live executive director named]]> Chris Lorway, founding artistic director of Toronto's Luminato Festival, has been named the new executive director of Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall, the university announced today in a press release. ]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Council to discuss housing incentives for North Bayshore]]> Laying out their grand vision to rapidly transform the North Bayshore area, Mountain View City Council members on Tuesday will discuss the proverbial carrots -- incentives to entice office-focused developers to incorporate new housing, especially affordable housing, into their plans.
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<![CDATA[Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports]]> Dinged in the past for failing to report political contributions, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang could be facing another set of election troubles in an eight-way primary race for the District 24 state Assembly seat. ]]> <![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[No criminal charges in alleged MVHS sexual assault]]> Mountain View police say that no arrests have been made following a sexual assault investigation at Mountain View High School last month. The investigation was prompted by an article in the school's newspaper.]]> <![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['The Skeleth' continues epic tale of battle against otherworldly evil]]> When it comes to writing epic fantasy fiction, East Palo Alto author Matthew Jobin takes the long view.]]> <![CDATA[Book Talk]]> The voices of The Grateful Dead returns to Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, Palo Alto City Library gets new assistant director and more.]]> <![CDATA[Feel the 'Burn']]> Oshman Family JCC Director of Jewish Innovation, Joel Stanley, plans to bring some of the inspiring energy and creative spirit of Burning Man to Palo Alto's celebration of the Jewish holiday Lag B'Omer on May 26, when the JCC will hold its first-ever Burning Mensch. ]]> <![CDATA[Review: Staying hot]]> In its thirteenth year of business, Cascal is still reviewer Dale Bentson's tip-of-the-tongue recommendation for a lively dining scene in Mountain View. ]]> <![CDATA[This week's A&E highlights]]> This weekend, check out Cal Pops' final concert of the season at Foothill College, celebrate Art Museum Day at Cantor, and enjoy a carnival in honor of the 100th birthday of eccentric children's author Roald Dahl.]]> <![CDATA[Coffee tasting at the library]]> Love a tasty cuppa joe? Ever wanted to learn more about what makes good coffee so "good?" And just how is it farmed, harvested and roasted, anyway? The Mountain View Library (585 Franklin St.) is hosting a free coffee-tasting event on Saturday, May 21, 1:30-3 p.m. ]]> <![CDATA[Tales from the realm of Suzanne Vega]]> As the Suzanne Vega song says, "You've got to find the way to say what you say/and get it down on the page/or the stage. It's the cage for that tiger rage/that you can't contain." ]]> <![CDATA[VIDEOS: State Assembly District 24 candidate interviews]]> To help voters become familiar with the eight candidates vying to replace Rich Gordon in Sacramento, the Mountain View Voice and its sister papers are posting video interviews with each candidate. ]]> <![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[Voting begins in June 7 primary]]> Nearly 550,000 ballots have been mailed to Santa Clara County residents who requested to vote by mail in the June 7 primary election, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' Office has announced.]]> <![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[Farm fresh]]> Monterey Bay halibut with early summer squash? Garlic noodles with charred Brussels sprouts and cauliflower? We talked to local chefs to get recipes for dishes that draw upon this season's local bounty. ]]> <![CDATA[Fresh fruit]]> Thirteen is a lucky number for the Pear Theatre. This month, the Mountain View company presents its 13th annual Pear Slices festival, featuring a fresh crop of 14 one-act plays written by members of its Pear Playwright Guild. "Pear Slices 2016" will be performed in two slates of seven plays each, happening on alternating evenings (patrons can buy tickets for one slate or both).]]> <![CDATA[Silicon Valley Open Studios continues]]> Ever wanted a peek into the artistic process? Local fine artists in a variety of media will present their studios to the public during the first three weekends of May as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios.]]> <![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[Home Front]]> This weekend, learn how to transplant tomatoes into the garden, attend a "repair cafe" at the Museum of American Heritage to get something fixed and more. ]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[The blue and the grey and the red and the yellow]]> When it comes to superhero culture, can there be too much of a good thing? That's the conundrum facing the purveyors of the shared-universe paradigm: early adopter Marvel and Johnny-come-lately DC.]]> <![CDATA[Knead for weed]]> The dope-y new comedy "Dough" suffers from a number of problems, among them its old-fashioned treatment of marijuana. Like TV's "Bates Motel," which labored to create high-stakes dread over an illegal marijuana operation in the 2010s, "Dough" tastes awfully stale in its dramatization of high times and underground illegality.]]> <![CDATA[Oh 'Mother'!]]> Garry Marshall's nakedly formulaic ensemble comedy "Mother's Day" -- part of an anti-franchise that includes Marshall's holiday-themed ensemble comedies "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve" -- feels like something out of "The Twilight Zone."]]> <![CDATA[Your 'Miles' may vary]]> Where to begin? And where to end? And what to do with all that middle? These are the questions that plague and invigorate any writer, and perhaps especially those who task themselves with the responsibility of telling the story of a real-life genius. ]]> <![CDATA[Milhous Rock]]> On December 21, 1970, one of the most famous men in America wrote and hand-delivered a letter to another of the most famous men in America. "Dear Mr. President," Elvis Presley began. "First, I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley and admire you and have great respect for your office ... Sir, I am staying at the Washington Hotel ... I will be here for as long as it takes to get the credentials of a Federal Agent. I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques and I am right in the middle of the whole thing where I can and will do the most good." ]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> Explore the outdoors this week with a spring garden tour at Palo Alto's Gamble Garden, talk about classic shrub roses during The Peninsula Rose Society's monthly meet-up and more. ]]>