mv-voice.com https://www.mv-voice.com If it is local and useful, it is on mv-voice.com. en-us Copyright 2018 mv-voice.com Mountain View Online https://mv-voice.com/art/top_logo.png https://www.mv-voice.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Measure to recall judge qualifies for June ballot]]> The question of whether to recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky for his record in sexual-violence cases will officially go before voters in June.]]> <![CDATA[In dissent, Eshoo blasts short-term funding bill]]> Hours after casting her dissenting vote on a bill to fund the federal government until Feb. 8, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said short-term measures like the one adopted Monday night represent “negligence and incompetence.”]]> <![CDATA[Amid legal threats, committee backs away from mobile home rent control]]> Surrounded by legal threats on all sides, Mountain View's Rental Housing Committee on Monday backed away from plans to bring the city's mobile home residents under the aegis of rent control. The decision was a reversal of last month's meeting when the rental committee acquiesced under the advice of their attorneys to begin drafting new regulations to curb rents on mobile homes.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain starts annual count of riders]]> Caltrain started an annual onboard count of riders on Tuesday in order to obtain information for planning improvements, allocating resources and validating ridership estimates based on sales, the transit agency officials said.
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<![CDATA[Next winter storm is on the way]]> As the latest winter storm fades, the Bay will see more rain Wednesday and Thursday, National Weather Service officials said.
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<![CDATA[El Camino joins the fight against opioid crisis]]> As the death toll for opioid-related deaths climbs throughout the United States, El Camino Hospital officials say they're doubling down on ways to control the problem on a local level by keeping a close watch on prescription painkillers and offering more services for patients suffering from chronic pain.]]> <![CDATA[Victim identified in Caltrain incident]]> The first person fatally struck by a Caltrain in 2018 on Wednesday night has been identified as Mountain View resident Diane Harmon, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.
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<![CDATA[Supervisor Simitian proposes teacher housing in Palo Alto]]> To help teachers cope with the increasingly high cost of living in the Bay Area, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is proposing the county partner with local school districts and cities to build a 60- to 120-unit affordable housing complex in Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Eshoo: Government shutdown an 'embarrassment']]> The federal government went into shutdown mode Saturday at midnight after the U.S. Senate failed to get the needed 60 votes for a bill to keep the government running on a short-term basis.]]> <![CDATA[Tens of thousands expected at Bay Area Women's Marches]]> Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out Saturday in cities across the Bay Area -- and at Stanford University -- for a series of Women's Marches as part of a grassroots political movement to get more women into political office.
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<![CDATA[Civil servants brace for federal shutdown]]> As the nation teeters on the edge of a government shutdown, the Bay Area's federal agencies are preparing to close down indefinitely. Starting Monday, thousands of civil servants are expecting to go on furlough as soon as they finish shutting down their operations.
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<![CDATA[Distilling memories]]> Like so many great Silicon Valley origin stories, Dariusz Paczuski's started in his Menlo Park garage. But in this case, there was a lot of alcohol involved.]]> <![CDATA[Fashion and passion]]> Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" luxuriates in the world of fashion even as it plumbs the ever-darker depths of a mysteriously obsessive relationship.]]> <![CDATA[1 Oz. Coffee opens in Mountain View]]> A new coffee shop is slinging espresso drinks and pastries at 650 Castro St. in downtown Mountain View.]]> <![CDATA[Felder scores with 'Great Tchaikovsky']]> Piano virtuoso, actor and playwright Hershey Felder takes on Tchaikovsky in latest show at TheatreWorks. ]]> <![CDATA[Thumbs up for music]]> In 1979, Palo Alto resident Bob Zander received an unusual gift: an instrument called a kalimba (also known as a "thumb piano") that would become Zander's musical outlet for the next 40 years.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Self-made gallerist launches new art, event space]]> Opening an art gallery and event space had been a years-long dream for Menlo Park's Jill Layman. As a single mom with little experience running a business of her own, though, she doubted whether it was possible. ]]> <![CDATA[MLK day community celebration]]> Youth Community Service (YCS) and the City of Palo Alto will co-host a celebration of the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 15, at the Mitchell Park Community Center]]> <![CDATA[Coming soon]]> This promises to be an exciting year for the Midpeninsula food-and-drink scene. Read about some of the much-anticipated and unique projects set to open in 2018.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of recent home sales on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Counter culture]]> Closing a cabinet door and having your kitchen instantly be clutter-free sounds like a dream, but a survey of 10 Peninsula kitchen designers found one clear conclusion: The appliance garages that used to be popular are no longer.]]> <![CDATA[Ex 'Post' facto]]> Before WikiLeaks, before Fake News and before Mainstream Media became proper nouns, newspapers doggedly pursued the truth. Having only gone before the cameras in May of this year, "The Post" vigorously exploits its current-events resonance.]]> <![CDATA[James Franco accused of inappropriate sexual behavior]]> Actor and Palo Alto native James Franco has become the latest high-profile man to face sexual-misconduct allegations.
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<![CDATA[Local filmmakers to launch documentary series on Silicon Valley]]> Menlo Park documentarian duo Kiki Kapany and Michael Schwarz of Kikim Media are releasing a three-part documentary all about Silicon Valley this month. ]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: botanical art class, small fruit-tree planting and exotic flowers]]> A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a botanical art class and an orchid sale.]]> <![CDATA[Gaming the system]]> Let's be clear: "Molly's Game" -- the directorial debut of Oscar and Emmy-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin -- isn't profound. In fact, it's pretty darn silly, never more so than when it's trying to make a point. And yet, this adventure in dubious capitalist ambition has an ace in the hole, its star Jessica Chastain.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters: Palo Alto median home price reaches all-time high]]> The 2017 Palo Alto property market took a surprising upturn from a soft 2016. The median price of all sold homes in Palo Alto as of Dec. 1 reached a new high of $2.67 million, an 11 percent increase from 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: gardeners' yoga; caring for Japanese maples]]> A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including classes dedicated to gardeners, growing small Japanese maples and arranging flowers. ]]> <![CDATA[A whole new 'World']]> It's been said to never let the truth get in the way of a good story. "Inspired by true events," Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" tells the true-crime tale of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty's grandson in its broadest strokes and with a sprinkling of accurate details, but at least as much in it is invented or misrepresented. ]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: make ornaments, soda bread or take a gardening class]]> A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including a Hidden Villa ornament class or a workshop on making espaliers.]]> <![CDATA[From empty to adorable]]> Recycle old wine bottles and add whimsy to your holiday table.]]> <![CDATA[Local boys make bad]]> If it's true that nothing succeeds like success, it stands to reason that something succeeds like failure. The movies have produced some truly terrible specimens, but perhaps none so successful as "The Room," Tommy Wiseau's 2003 independent film that swiftly became notorious as one of the worst films ever made and, thereby, a cult "midnight movie" ]]> <![CDATA[Taking wing]]> Trapped in a small car on a college road trip, a 17-year-old girl and her mother come to the end of a 21-hour audiobook of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Asked to sit with what she’s heard, the girl laments, “I wish I could live through something.” Of course, she is, and she will. And her mother will be there, watching and fretting, as she does.]]> <![CDATA[Day of the Dead has its Day]]> "Coco" takes up Mexican cultural traditions within the Pixar tradition of working hard to get it right, whatever the current "it" may be. This time, it's Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, dramatized in the story of a boy in search of himself by way of an ancestor.]]> <![CDATA[Daddy issues]]> "We're back! With more daddies!" This trailer-ready line gets spoken early in "Daddy's Home Two," a lazy family comedy sequel (and is there any other kind?). Along with co-writer/director Sean Anders, the cast of 2015's "Daddy's Home" returns, now enhanced by an elder generation of stars.]]> <![CDATA['Columbus' Days]]> "Columbus" is a comedy about a Korean-born man who finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. ]]> <![CDATA['Made' America great again]]> Tom Cruise delivers a winningly old-school star performance in "American Made" as Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who supplements his income by smuggling contraband. ]]> <![CDATA[Reluctant hero]]> Seldom has the idea that "It's in the telling" seemed more apt than as a description of "Stronger." On paper, this based-on-a-memoir story of tragedy overcome would seem to be the most obvious of Oscar bait, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the showy role of a terrorist victim fighting back from unthinkable physical and emotional challenges. But the story landed in good hands, under the direction of David Gordon Green ("Joe"), and the resulting film feels as if it single-handedly restores humanity to the movies.]]> <![CDATA[Killer Rapp]]> "American Assassin" -- based on the best-selling novel by the late Vince Flynn -- has a mindset trapped in the 1980s when Chuck Norris ruled the roost of disposable shoot-em-ups. This repulsive macho fantasy seems expressly designed to appeal to the readers of "Soldier of Fortune" Magazine.]]> <![CDATA[Tilting at windmills]]> The recipe remains the same in "The Trip to Spain," the third in a series initiated by 2020's "The Trip" and continued in 2014's "The Trip to Italy." Take comic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, knead them into "Steve Coogan" and "Rob Brydon," bake them into a foodie travelogue, and season to director Michael Winterbottom's taste with comic banter and personal woes. If the dish has lost its pizazz, it remains comfort food for comedy connoisseurs.]]> <![CDATA['Lucky' break(-in)]]> The caper comedy "Logan Lucky" isn't about very much. Nominally, it's about love of family and bogus notions of curses or luck, but primarily it's an escapist lark that just wants to tickle audiences for a couple of hours. And on that level, "Logan Lucky" works like gangbusters.]]> <![CDATA[Isn't she a doll?]]> When leg-braced Little Orphan Janice (Talitha Bateman) discovers big ol' creepy doll Annabelle, the human girl unleashes a supernatural horror in "Annabelle: Creation."]]> <![CDATA[Va-va-boom]]> The new action thriller "Atomic Blonde" -- from the co-director of "John Wick" -- indulges a spy fantasy, only one grottier than even the grottiest James Bond. With star Charlize Theron at the helm and Wonder Woman already blazing a path at the box office, a new franchise may well be born.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: Web design upgrade]]> We're deep enough into the age of comic-book movies that "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in some ways feels like a throwback. Conspicuously kid friendly, the first Spider-Man movie to be produced by Marvel Studios -- as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- not only doesn't shy from being goofy, but it cheerfully embraces the cartoony. ]]> <![CDATA[Love 'Sick']]> It's funny because it's true. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") takes this comedy credo to heart with "The Big Sick," a romantic comedy he co-wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon.]]> <![CDATA[Dig in]]> What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well, as the old song goes, “We’ll find out as sure as we live ...Something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give.” Screenwriter Mike White and director Miguel Arteta -- frequent collaborators, most recently on HBO’s “Enlightened” -- make our nation’s political intractability the stuff of comedy and drama in their provocative new film “Beatriz at Dinner,” which dramatizes the spiritual exhaustion of our time.]]> <![CDATA[Back on track]]> Pixar's animated films never fail to be about something -- story and theme integrated to have an emotional effect on viewers young and old in a way that sets the films apart from their many competitors. "Cars 2," released in 2011, was a notable exception, diverging from Pixar's winning formula to turn the burgeoning franchise into a dazzling but dopey spy adventure with next to nothing on its mind. "Cars 3" gets the franchise back on track with a story that U-turns to the heart of the 2006 original.]]> <![CDATA['Mummy' mia ... here we go again]]> Universal Pictures' "The Mummy" is the first movie in its "Dark Universe" series that will revive Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, the Wolf Man, et al. The film has a big budget but a hollow script.]]>