2010

Year in Review: Tough year for public education

Faltering economy, huge state deficit hit schools hard
A nationwide recession, combined with a $19.1 billion state budget deficit, forced local school officials to make some difficult decisions in 2010. Programs were cut, class sizes increased and positions were eliminated.

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Year in Review: Ailing economy takes toll on El Camino

Hospital's financial woes show signs of improvement at year's close
One of the last industries to feel the impact of the recession, health care fell ill in 2010, and El Camino Hospital was no exception. However, what began as a rough fiscal year for the local hospital was beginning to show signs of improvement at the start of December.

December 30, 2010 | 5 comments
Year in Review: City officials imagine the future

It was a year for futuristic visions for the city.
A car-less Googletopia surrounding the headquarters of Google was envisioned along with a 2020 World's Fair at Moffett Field showcasing Silicon Valley's cutting edge.
But it wasn't always dreamy. The city also survived major budget cuts, a City Council election, a battle with an unwelcome marijuana dispensary and requests from the school district for the city to share Google's tax revenue.

December 30, 2010 | 1 comment
Art and music 'essential' to our humanity

CSMA helps fuels creativity in a tech-minded valley
All of the high tech bustle that propels a Bay Area city like Mountain View would be impossible without creative people, according to Kathy Thibodeaux. And that is exactly what makes the Community School of Music and Arts critical in her view. CSMA is one of seven local nonprofits supported by donations to the Holiday Fund.

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Friday, Dec. 31, and Weekend, Jan. 1 & 2

New Year's Eve: Ballroom-dancing party
Palo Alto's Cubberley Community Center Pavilion Friday, Dec. 31, hosts a New Year's Eve ballroom-dancing party at 4000 Middlefield Road. Waltz lessons, a midnight toast and dance demos will be part of the evening. Admission is $20.

New Year's Day: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
At 3 p.m. New Year's Day, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra gives a free concert at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Seventeen-year-old cellist Nathan Chan will solo in Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra.

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Thursday, Dec. 30

Art: Chiaroscuro woodcuts
Woodcuts from as far back as the Renaissance are part of an exhibition of chiaroscuro prints at the Cantor Arts Center. The free show is up through Feb. 27 at Museum Way and Lomita Drive, Stanford University. Free admission.

December 30, 2010 | No comments yet
TV thief threatens to run over Walmart employees

A man threatened to run over two Walmart employees with his minivan on Dec. 23 after walking out of the store with a television and several handheld videogame consoles he hadn't paid for, police said.

December 29, 2010 | 12 comments
Wednesday, Dec. 29

Teens: Costume dance party
Tonight, Dec. 29, Club Illusions in Palo Alto is hosting a costume dance party (with the theme "Samurai 3000") and laser-light show for teens ages 14 to 18, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The club is at 260 S. California Ave. Tickets are $10 online and $20 at the door ($15 at the door for those in costume).

Art: 'Mami Wata' at Cantor Arts Center
This is the last week for the Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas." Masks, sculptures, paintings, video and shrine recreations are on display at the Stanford University museum through Jan. 2. Free museum admission.

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Ringing in the new

'Striking 12' and other concerts, parties and dinners celebrate 2011
Ring in the New Year on the Midpeninsula with ballroom dancing, a singles party, concerts, alt-rock musical theater or a champagne lunch for seniors.

December 29, 2010 | 1 comment
Free rides on New Year's Eve

The VTA and Caltrain will both offer free rides on New Year's Eve.

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Business-tax scofflaws to pay new fee

New law begins Jan. 1, 2011, to pay for collection of delinquent taxes
As if the economy isn't bad enough, more than 90,000 California businesses owing back taxes could be assessed a fee on past-due amounts beginning in 2011, the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) announced Monday (Dec. 27).

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Brief, powerful storm to hit Bay Area today

A brief but powerful storm is expected to hit the Bay Area this afternoon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said.

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The Grinch who stole the Christmas flamingo

The morning after Christmas, a thief stole more than just a Christmas-themed flamingo from a home on Wright Avenue -- he appears to have stolen some Christmas cheer as well.

December 28, 2010 | 6 comments
Tuesday, Dec. 28

Music/Theater: 'Striking 12' in Palo Alto
The indie-pop trio GrooveLily comes back to Palo Alto for five performances of "Striking 12," its musical comedy-slash-concert. Presented by TheatreWorks, the shows are at the Lucie Stern Theatre at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto starting tonight, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $56-$75.

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Holiday DUI arrests down from last year

Arrests in Bay Area and statewide decrease compared to 2009
Arrests for driving under the influence and traffic deaths over the holiday weekend are down compared to last year, according to numbers released by the California Highway Patrol Monday.

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Caltrain fare hikes, service changes on tap

Caltrain officials are reminding the public that fare increases and service changes are set to go into effect on Jan. 1.

December 27, 2010 | 2 comments
Monday, Dec. 27

Art: 'East Meets West' in Palo Alto
An exhibition called "East Meets West: The Opening of the Orient" is continuing at Lyons Ltd. Antique Prints, up through Jan. 15. Graphics, maps and other prints are on display at #10 Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-325-9010.

December 27, 2010 | No comments yet
$10,000 reward offered for armed-robber info

Latest armed robbery occurred Wednesday night in 3900 block of Nelson Drive in south Palo Alto
A $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the man who is committing armed robberies in Palo Alto has been offered by City Manager James Keene, police announced Friday.

December 27, 2010 | 2 comments
Friday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Festival Communion
A candlelight service featuring holiday music from organist Dr. Robert Huw Morgan and preaching from Stanford Dean for Religious Life Rev. Scotty McLennan will be held tomorrow (Dec. 24) at 9 p.m. at Stanford Memorial Church.
Film: 'It's A Wonderful Life'
The classic holiday film "It's A Wonderful Life" screens tomorrow (Dec. 24) at 9 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto.

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Today, Dec. 23

Exhibit: Holiday Bells & Whistles
An exhibit of electric trains, meccano models and holiday quilts will be open today (Dec. 23) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

December 23, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino, Anthem Blue Cross reach agreement on reimbursement rates

After a dispute over the terms of their contract, El Camino Hospital and health insurance provider Anthem Blue Cross have reached an agreement.

December 22, 2010 | 3 comments
Torok takes MVLA trustee position

Debbie Torok was sworn in to her new position on the board of trustees for the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District on Dec. 13.

December 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Cheng voted Foothill-De Anza board president

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District's board of trustees has a new president. Pearl Cheng was elected to replace outgoing president Bruce Swenson at the board's Dec. 6 meeting.

December 22, 2010 | No comments yet
A right to health care

RotaCare clinic helps the uninsured get well and stay well
RotaCare -- which runs a clinic on the El Camino Hospital campus -- aims to provide free, quality care to the uninsured through its 11 clinics located all around the Bay Area. Contributions to the Holiday Fund support RotaCare, and six other local nonprofits.

December 23, 2010 | 1 comment
The lights are brightly shining

We searched high and low for the most dazzling homes decorated for Christmas in the area, and found most of them just across Mountain View's southern border.

December 23, 2010 | 3 comments
Model trains mesmerize a neighborhood

Railroad display has been attraction for young, old since 1977
Ernie and John Bianco's front yard on Adele Avenue has been attracting train lovers young and old since 1977, when the father and son decided to extend their Christmas tree train through their front window onto a platform. The attraction has grown since then to include two larger sets of tracks on the front lawn. Photo by Michelle Le.

December 21, 2010 | 3 comments
A good year for trails

New crossings will enable walkers, bikers to skirt freeway, Old Middlefield
Two major highways will no longer stand in the way of cyclists and pedestrians on two popular Mountain View trails once a pair of bridges are finished in early 2012.

December 23, 2010 | 6 comments
Christmas greetings from afar

Local soldier's first Christmas away from home will be spent in war-torn Afghanistan
Mountain View native Isamar Gomez will be spending her Christmas in Afghanistan, where she is stationed as an intelligence analyst with the U.S. Army.

December 23, 2010 | 2 comments
Today, Dec. 21

Theater: 'A Christmas Memory'
TheatreWorks' new musical, "A Christmas Memory," based on the Truman Capote story, performs today (Dec. 21) at 7:30 p.m. at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Film: 'The Wizard of Oz'
The classic movie musical "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) will be screened today (Dec. 21) at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Avenue, Palo Alto.

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Wednesday, Dec. 22

Seniors: 2010 Holiday Gala
The Mountain View Senior Center holds an afternoon of dancing to Jerry Jay's Quartet, as well as free refreshments and holiday celebrations, tomorrow (Dec. 22) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

December 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Minivan stolen from garage while family sleeps

A gray, 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan was stolen out of the garage of a home on the 3300 block of Brower Avenue sometime during the night between Dec. 16 and 17, after a burglar or burglars broke into the house and took money from a wallet along with the vehicle's keys.

December 21, 2010 | 2 comments
San Antonio Center revamp study available for comment

The environmental impacts of redeveloping a large swath of San Antonio Shopping Center have been reviewed and a draft of that study is now available for comment.

December 21, 2010 | 25 comments
Ex-con arrested in June killing of David Lewis

Greg Elarms, formerly of East Palo Alto, knew community leader
An ex-convict, Greg Elarms, 58, of Pittsburg, has been arrested in connection with the June fatal shooting of East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis, San Mateo police announced today.

December 20, 2010 | 2 comments
Monday, Dec. 20

'Sun Valley Serenade'
The 1941 film "Sun Valley Serenade," featuring champion ice skater Sonja Henie and big-band leader Glenn Miller, will be screened today (Dec. 20) at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibit: 'Pancakes, Coffee and Heroic Actions'
An exhibition of drawings and paintings by artist Norm Rosenberger is on display today (Dec. 20) all day at the Community School of Music and Art, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Tron: Legacy'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Twenty-eight years is a long time to wait for a sequel. Released in 1982, the original "Tron" film boasted groundbreaking graphics and established a tech-savvy fan base. But "Tron: Legacy" arrives about 15 years too late. The once-groundbreaking graphics are now standard fare, and former "Tron" enthusiasts are well past their Disney-viewing prime. -- TH

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Fighter'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Hollywood's school Christmas pageant has arrived, and it's called "The Fighter." Everyone knows that show you attend a little out of obligation and a little out of a genuine desire to support the performers. It's not so much about art as about showing off, and you might as well roll with it, or it's going to be a long night. -- PC

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Second quake shakes Midpeninsula Sunday

Epicenters for both are in Los Altos
Two earthquakes, apparently along the Cascade fault line, shook parts of the Midpeninsula Sunday, the first occurring at 9:28 a.m. and the second at 6:38 p.m. according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Both were centered in Los Altos.

December 20, 2010 | 2 comments
Hangar One funding lost

Massive steel skeleton may be left bare in 2011
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo has declared dead an $8 million request for Hangar One, which means the icon's massive steel skeleton may be left bare when the Navy strips it of its PCB-laden siding this spring.

December 17, 2010 | 39 comments
Woman robbed after walking in on burglary

A 27-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint after she came home to a burglar in her home shortly before 9 p.m on Thursday.

December 17, 2010 | 18 comments
The touch and feel of music

Locally produced iPad app plays to music fans
Aweditorium, a locally produced iPad application, is aimed at pulling songs, articles, artwork, photos and videos produced by and about a single performer or band together into one cohesive and tactile experience.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Dec. 18 & 19

Dance: 'A Winter Fairy Tale'
On Saturday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., Bayer Ballet Company presents "A Winter Fairy Tale," a holiday youth ballet done in the Russian style. The performances are at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. $30 general and $25 for seniors and kids ages 12 and under.

Music: Gryphon Carolers in Palo Alto
The 29th annual Gryphon Carolers and All-Stars Holiday Concert is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The 40-voice ensemble and backing band will perform a diverse mix of holiday music from various traditions and nations. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for seniors and children under 12.

Film: 'Sun Valley Serenade' at Stanford Theatre
The Palo Alto area may be lacking in snow and ice, but for the next few days (Dec. 18-20) the Stanford Theatre will host skiing and skating in the form of "Sun Valley Serenade," a 1941 film starring Norwegian skating champ Sonja Henie. The theater is at 221 University Ave. in Palo Alto. Show times are 7:30 all three days, plus 4:10 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7 general and $5 for seniors and youth.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Crash closes San Antonio Road, backs up 101

A solo accident just before 6 a.m. today in which a 24-year-old man drove into a tree and light pole on San Antonio Road caused a major traffic backup that spilled onto U.S. Highway 101, police reported.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Dec. 17

Music: Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Tonight, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m., the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir performs a gospel holiday concert at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. $36 general, $31 for seniors and students, and $28 for children ages 12 and under.

Exhibits: LEGOs and curiosities
Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage is now hosting two exhibits at 351 Homer Ave. "Cabinet of Curiosities" pays tribute to Victorian collectors by showing off local collectors' goodies: clocks, stamps, antique postcards and other items. The annual LEGO holiday set-up features a huge layout of model trains and LEGO-built landmarks. $2 per person; ends Jan. 9.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Serious solo accident closes WB San Antonio

Driver, in his early 20s, hit a tree and light pole, is in surgery at Stanford Hospital -- huge traffic backup
A solo accident just before 6 a.m. today in which a man in his early 20s drove into a tree and light pole on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto caused a major traffic backup that spilled onto U.S. Highway 101, police reported. The driver is in surgery, although initial news reports were that the driver had died.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Police seek public's help in home-invasion robbery

Two men suspected of a home invasion robbery in mid-September remain at large and police are asking the community for help.

December 16, 2010 | 10 comments
Permanente trail bridge and tunnel break ground

The city broke ground on a milestone civil engineering project Thursday that extends the Permanente Creek trail from Shoreline Park and Google headquarters over Highway 101 and into residential areas.

December 16, 2010 | 4 comments
Thursday, Dec. 16

Exhibit: 'Holiday Bells & Whistles'
The Los Altos History Museum is currently hosting an exhibit called "Holiday Bells & Whistles," with quilts, model trains and other seasonal items on display. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2 at 51 S. San Antonio Road in Los Altos. Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.; admission is free.

December 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Mentors show kids a way out of troubled lives

Dwight Matthew's current mentee shows unusual promise. "I have no doubt he's going to college," said Dwight Matthews, a State Farm Insurance agent. Mitch, a student at Alta Vista High School, has taken his SAT's, lifted his grades and toured universities. It wasn't always easy but Mitch says he's gotten a boost of self confidence from his mentor.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Plenty of ideas for marijuana dispensaries

Advocates don't like testing, on-site growing ideas
A group of 30 people discussed the city's draft medical marijuana regulations at a City Hall meeting Thursday night, criticizing numerous potential requirements such as those that marijuana be tested for contaminants and that it be grown where it is sold.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
End of an era: Duggan stepping down after 20 years

City manager leaving post, but not the city he loves
Few things put as big a smile on City Manager Kevin Duggan's face as his story of meeting the founders of Google. When Larry Page and Sergei Brin came looking for a home in Mountain View, their servers were small enough to fit in a closet. Perhaps it was thanks to Duggan's charm that the city is now home to "the hottest company in the world" as he likes to say. Such is the legacy of Duggan, who will be retiring April 2 after 20 years as Mountain View's well-respected city manager.

December 16, 2010 | 12 comments
New program at El Camino tells patient's stories

Living History gives insight to caregivers and sick alike
The Living History program at El Camino Hospital records more than a patient's medical records.

December 27, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino Hospital's finances looking healthier

A series of policy changes at El Camino Hospital -- for patient care, staffing and executive salaries and benefits -- are starting to bear fruit, according to hospital officials.

December 16, 2010 | 7 comments
District: No need to re-open Slater School

MV Whisman set to renew lease with Google daycare
A need for revenue and the low population of students surrounding the Whisman neighborhood has the local elementary and middle-school district preparing to renew the lease of the former Slater Elementary School to Google, an agreement which has been hailed as a win-win by representatives from both organizations.

December 22, 2010 | 5 comments
Holiday Fund gifts help the community

Give to the Voice Holiday Fund and your donation is matched -- to the extent possible -- by three local foundations. Giving to nonprofit groups that work in our community is a great way to ensure that your charitable donations are working here at home.

December 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Electronics, jewelry stolen from apartment

Police say locking deadbolt may have prevented crime
Electronics and jewelry were stolen from an apartment on the 1800 block of Ednamary Way, Tuesday, Dec. 14.

December 15, 2010 | 1 comment
Supes scrap Peninsula toll proposal

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, acting as the city's transportation authority, voted 9-2 Tuesday to scrap a controversial proposal to charge a toll to motorists entering San Francisco from the Peninsula during peak commute hours.

December 15, 2010 | 4 comments
Wednesday, Dec. 15

Theater: 'A Christmas Memory'
TheatreWorks' production of the new musical "A Christmas Memory," based on a Truman Capote story, continues its run at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The show runs through Dec. 26, with performances Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are $24-$56.

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Tuesday, Dec. 21

Theater: 'A Christmas Memory'
TheatreWorks' production of the new musical "A Christmas Memory," based on a Truman Capote story, continues its run at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The show runs through Dec. 26, with performances Tuesday through Sunday.
Exhibit: 'Holiday Bells & Whistles'
The Los Altos History Museum is currently hosting an exhibit called "Holiday Bells & Whistles," with quilts, model trains and other seasonal items on display. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2 at 51 S. San Antonio Road in Los Altos.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Toys sought for "Cops that Care" event

Police hope 1,700 kids will flock to the police station on Saturday where the auditorium will be turned into the North Pole as Santa Claus greets children and presents are handed out for free.

December 14, 2010 | 5 comments
Hundreds turn out for Kari Prager memorial ride

In memory of beloved California BMW motorcycle dealership owner Kari Prager, around 200 motorcyclists left the Old Middlefield Way dealership for a trip over the Santa Cruz Mountains on Sunday. Among those who spoke about him on the Davenport bluffs was Prager's friend and the head of BMW's U.S. motorcycle division, Pieter de Waal.
See also: Local motorcycling figure Kari Prager dies at 63

December 14, 2010 | 1 comment
Tuesday, Dec. 14

Art: 'Luminaries' in Palo Alto
Summer stays in the French and Italian countrysides inspired a new two-artist exhibition at the Bryant Street Gallery at 532 Bryant St. in Palo Alto. Aondrea Maynard shows oil paintings and Rebecca Szeto shows sculptures through Jan. 31. Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (and Thursdays until 7 p.m.).

December 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Couple launches impromptu protest of Ideafarm

Police were called after a man and his wife took to the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street Monday evening to protest Wo'O Ideafarm's latest protest.

December 13, 2010 | 101 comments
Give a dog a home

Local shelters, facing influx of dogs, offer cheap adoptions
Local shelters, facing influx of dogs, offer "name your price" adoptions. Santa Clara County animal shelters are also seeking foster families for homeless canines.

December 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Monday, Dec. 13

Music: 'Messiah Sing' at MVCPA
Schola Cantorum hosts its annual "Messiah Sing" at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 13, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. A professional orchestra accompanies the audience singing choruses and arias from Handel's "Messiah." $18 general, $14 seniors and $12 children 12 and under.

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Friday, Dec. 10

Music: Silver Bells Handbell Concert
The Silver Bells program features music composed/arranged especially for handbell ensemble Bay Bells, including several holiday favorites, today, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Donations are accepted.

Music: Stanford's Messiah Sing Along/Play Along
Stephen M. Sano conducts this annual "sing and play it yourself" celebration. Orchestral parts will be provided and singers may purchase scores at the door. Dec. 10, 8 p.m. $10 for adults; $5 for students. Memorial Church, Palm Drive loop on Stanford University campus.

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Weekend, Dec. 11 &12

Music: 'IPO: A Holiday Offering'
The Silicon Valley Boychoir presents its "Initial Public Offering: a concert of songs of the season," Saturday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

Comedy: Capitol Steps at Spangenberg Auditorium
Award-winning musical political satirists Capitol Steps perform Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4 and 7 p.m. at Spangenberg Auditorium, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $35-$45 and proceeds benefit the Gunn High School robotics team.

December 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Anna Eshoo opposes Obama tax deal

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is not happy about a White House tax proposal, crafted with Congressional Republicans, that would, contrary to President Obama's campaign promise, extend current tax breaks for individuals who earn more than $250,000 per year.

December 10, 2010 | 12 comments
Review: 'The Tourist'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Saying what we're all thinking, Johnny Depp turns to Angelina Jolie and sighs, "You are the least down-to-Earth person I have ever met." It's one of the precious few notable moments in "The Tourist," a talent-squandering "comic" "adventure" positioned as a shopping-break movie for the holidays. -- PC

December 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The King's Speech'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Colin Firth stutters, sweats and swears his way through British history -- and to a certain Oscar nomination for best actor -- in director Tom Hooper's blue-blood biopic of the man who would be King George VI. His accomplished performance as the Duke of York has tremendous range. -- ST

December 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Jay Boyarsky appointed chief assistant to district attorney

Long-time county prosecutor Jay Boyarsky has been tapped to serve as chief assistant district attorney by Jeffrey F. Rosen, district attorney-elect for Santa Clara County.

December 9, 2010 | 1 comment
City Manager Kevin Duggan to retire in April

After 20 years as Mountain View's well-respected city manager, Kevin Duggan has announced that he will be retiring next year. Duggan is widely considered to be one of the finest city managers in the state, known for creating a culture of transparency and professionalism at City Hall and his tireless work to ensure the city had a balanced city budget. "He will be a "hard act to follow," Mayor Ronit Bryant said in a press release.

December 9, 2010 | 15 comments
El Camino, Anthem clash over contract

Talks continue, but positions appear to be hardening
El Camino Hospital may soon terminate its contract with the health insurance provider Anthem Blue Cross, unless the two organizations can reach an agreement on reimbursement rates, officials said.

December 10, 2010 | 15 comments
Holiday Fund: CSA serves up gifts, groceries

Each year around the holidays, the Community Services Agency gets flooded with toys, clothing and canned goods -- all donated from thoughtful people in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. But November and December aren't the only months out of the year that the local organization provides food and assistance to those down on their luck.

December 10, 2010 | 1 comment
Moffett will house world's largest airship

NASA Ames Research Center recently announced an agreement to house what is said to be the world's largest airship in Moffett Field's Hangar Two.

December 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Holiday sparkle at City Hall

Mountain View residents got into the spirit of the season at the city's annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Monday evening, Dec. 6. Photos by Michelle Le.





December 9, 2010 | 5 comments
Thursday, Dec. 9

Concert: Mountain View High School Concert
Mountain View High School's music department will hold a show featuring the symphonic band, the wind ensemble, a 70-piece string orchestra and the chamber orchestra today, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View. Tickets are $6-$8.

December 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Green light for Segways on trails

After being told that Segways caused no accidents on the Stevens Creek Trail during a two-year trial period, the City Council voted unanimously to allow their use last Tuesday.

December 14, 2010 | 7 comments
Council OKs study of 1,500 homes near Google

The City Council unanimously voted to study potential changes to the city's general plan on Tuesday, including the possibility of allowing 1,500 homes in the neighborhood near Google headquarters.

December 13, 2010 | 9 comments
Navy: Moffett's toxic vapors not our problem

EPA files dispute against the Navy
Toxic fumes will continue to collect inside some of Moffett Field's buildings while the U.S. Navy and NASA disagree on who is responsible for the problem, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

December 9, 2010 | 2 comments
Local nursing home owner dies

Florio Cappelletti, 98, started Villa Redwood, Julia Convalescent Home
When Swiss immigrant Florio Cappelletti came to the United States in 1949, the former bicycle shop owner and racer spoke no English, but became a success in the nursing home business after getting his start as a janitor. The Mountain View community member passed away Nov. 26 at Redwood Villa, a home for seniors he founded in Mountain View. He was 98.

December 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Bakery manager lauded for saving man's life

On Tuesday the City Council recognized Costco bakery manager Mike Tyler for using CPR to save the life of a 72-year-old man who had a heart attack inside the Mountain View store on Nov. 1.

December 8, 2010 | 7 comments
Wednesday, Dec. 8

Music: Indie-pop at Red Rock
Indie-pop bands The Corner Laughers, Normandie Wilson and Sofa City Sweetheart will be performing a free concert today, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

December 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Missing MV man found OK

Diabetic man turns up at medical clinic near Fresno
Mountain View police are no longer searching for a missing at-risk man. Police said that Charles Ford, 64, who was reported missing by his wife Dec. 6, has been found at a medical clinic in Sanger, Calif.

December 7, 2010 | 1 comment
Tuesday, Dec. 7

Community: What's Next for Iran
Dr. Ali Ferdowsi, a native of Iran who returns each year to update his research on Iranian politics and movements, will lead an in-depth conversation to explore the myriad issues confronting Iran today, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Free admission. Program will be simulcast on cable Channel 27.

December 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Simple but meaningful

Local faith leaders suggest ways to add joy, reduce stress, in holiday celebrations
For local clergy, the December holidays -- whether spent in secular, Christian, Jewish or other traditions -- are all about reflecting on what's most meaningful in people's lives, and finding ways to celebrate that. "A lot of people feel this tension because they realize what they're doing for the holidays doesn't match up with what's actually important to them," the Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, leader of Palo Alto's Unitarian Universalist congregation, said.

December 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Experts urge 'thorough reassessment' of high-speed rail plans

Independent peer-review panel urges rail authority to select a business model, refine ridership numbers and review financing projections
Potentially fatal flaws are threatening California's proposed high-speed rail system, according to a new report by a panel of "peer group" experts. The six-member panel called for a "thorough reassessment" of key engineering, financial, economic and managerial issues.

December 7, 2010 | 26 comments
Update: Council approves 65 homes next to Minton's

VTA says the project isn't dense enough
The City Council unanimously approved another large housing project along Evelyn Avenue on Tuesday, and this one replaces a slew of auto shops with town homes that some say do not provide enough housing on the site.

December 6, 2010 | 19 comments
Apparent suicide on Diericx Drive

Police, SWAT and crisis negotiators unable to prevent death
A Mountain View man apparently shot and killed himself after police surrounded his home in the 2500 block of Diericx Drive on Saturday, Dec. 4, a police spokeswoman said.

December 6, 2010 | 3 comments
Monday, Dec. 6

Community event: Festival of Lights at Stanford
There will be a Hanukkah celebration with music, food and candle lighting today, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. at Stanford Hospital Atrium, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford.

December 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Caltrain to run 'Baby Bullet' express trains on weekends

Caltrain will be adding express service to its regular schedule of trains traveling between San Francisco and San Jose on weekends.

December 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Eshoo gets feds to cork loud TV ads

It seems that Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. can agree on at least one thing these days: advertisers need to do something about their annoyingly loud TV commercials.

December 3, 2010 | 11 comments
Man robbed at gunpoint at Caltrain station

Three men, one of whom carried a gun, beat and robbed a San Francisco man at the San Antonio Caltrain station on Thursday night.

December 3, 2010 | 10 comments
Weekend, Dec. 4 & 5

Family theater: 'Charlotte's Web' at Foothill College
The Foothill College theater department and Mountain View's Peninsula Youth Theatre present a joint production of "Charlotte's Web" at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 and at 5 p.m. Dec. 4. The production is in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $8.

Dance: 'The Nutcracker'
Western Ballet brings the regular holiday guest "The Nutcracker" to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts this weekend. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 3), 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 4) and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 5) at 500 Castro St. Tickets are $29 general, $26 for seniors, $25 for students and $24 for kids ages 12 and under.

Music: California Bach Society in Palo Alto
On Saturday (Dec. 4) at 8 p.m., Palo Alto's California Bach Society performs a concert of 17th-century sacred choral music for the Nativity. The performance is at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Tickets are $25 general, $18 for seniors and $10 for students when bought in advance.

December 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Dec. 3

Exhibit: 'Cabinet of Curiosities'
Today (Dec. 3), Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage opens a new exhibit called "Cabinet of Curiosities," inspired by the private museums of past years in which rich folk displayed curiosities they had found in many nations. The free show, which will include such local collectors' items as an ancient cuneiform tablet and an 18th-century slide rule, runs through May 1 at the museum at 351 Homer Ave.

Music: Takacs Quartet
Quartets by Bartok and Schubert -- and a work written by the American composer Daniel Kellogg as a companion to Schubert -- are on the program when the Takacs Quartet performs tonight (Dec. 3). The Stanford Lively Arts-presented concert is at 8 p.m. in Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

December 3, 2010 | No comments yet
High-speed rail activities to slow down on Peninsula

Rail authority votes to start line between Borden and Corcoran, giving Peninsula cities a chance to focus on Caltrain
California's high-speed rail project will begin between the small city of Corcoran and the unincorporated community of Borden in the Central Valley, the California High-Speed Rail Authority decided Thursday afternoon despite widespread criticism that the design would result in a "train to nowhere."

December 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Burglars net $2,000 in valuables on Escuela Avenue

Sliding glass door found unlocked
Burglars made off with about $2,000 in cash, electronics and jewelry from a ground floor apartment in the 300 block of Escuela Avenue on Tuesday, police said.

December 2, 2010 | 4 comments
Textbooks for less: Foothill-De Anza program wins award

A program started in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, geared toward encouraging the widespread adoption of "open textbooks," has grown rapidly since it was founded two years ago and was recently recognized by an interstate educational organization for its achievements.

December 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Sick and tired of chronic fatigue syndrome

Local woman struggles with disease that many don't take seriously
Amberlin Wu, who has suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome for 15 years, is sick and tired of being sick and tired.

December 2, 2010 | 79 comments
Thursday, Dec. 2

Community: 'Oh! For the Love of Critters!'
The Palo Alto Humane Society is hosting a celebration of its 102nd year of service; the event, called "Oh! For the Love of Critters!", begins at 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 2, at the Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. The event will include a showing of the 1964 Disney fantasy film "The Three Lives of Thomasina." Admission is $2.

Dance: Afoutayi Dance Company at Stanford
The Afoutayi Dance Company will give a free performance at 6 p.m. tonight, Dec. 2, in the Cantor Arts Center auditorium at Stanford University. The performance is intended to give a greater understanding of the Vodou religion, which is also the subject of a current exhibition at the museum.

December 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Here comes the sun

Mountain View-Los Altos solar energy project breaks ground
Work has begun on a solar power system that will generate at least 25 percent of the power consumed by both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, according to a district official.

December 7, 2010 | 17 comments
Sutter Health cuts medical foundation staff

Nurses and medical assistants are laid off before the holidays
Fifty-three positions have been eliminated at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), the organization announced Wednesday. The layoffs are being caused by financial difficulty at the nonprofit health care organization.

December 2, 2010 | 4 comments
CHAC sees recession's toll from the frontlines

Army of counselors works with troubled kids in local schools
The Community Health Awareness Council's army of counselors on 30 school campuses in the Mountain View and Los Altos area say they are seeing higher rates of divorce, domestic violence, bullying, homeless youth and kids who are withdrawing into a world of video games and the Internet.

December 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Tonight: city seeks input on pot club rules

New ordinance will govern how marijuana is sold in MV
A "very challenging" set of regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries in Mountain View needs some direction from the city's residents, says City Attorney Jannie Quinn.

December 6, 2010 | 29 comments
Woman robbed at gunpoint

A woman suffered a laceration to the head after attempting to fight off an armed purse-snatcher Monday night, police said.

December 1, 2010 | 21 comments
City files more charges against Ideafarm

The city has impounded another of Wo'O Ideafarm's bicycle trailers and slapped him with multiple misdemeanor charges.

December 1, 2010 | 28 comments
First winter "spare the air" day is today

Weather conditions forecast for today are expected to create unhealthy air quality and have prompted officials to declare the first winter Spare the Air Day of the season.

December 1, 2010 | 2 comments
Wednesday, Dec. 1

Community: 'Don't Let the Light Go Out'
Tonight, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Am hosts a free interfaith event to mark both the first night of Hanukkah and World AIDS Day. Songs, candle-lighting and a presentation by author Ruthann Richter will be among the activities at Beth Am, which is at 26790 Arastradero Road in Los Altos Hills.

Theater: 'A Christmas Memory' in Palo Alto
TheatreWorks premieres the new musical "A Christmas Memory" this month, starting with an 8 p.m. preview tonight, Dec. 1, at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Previews continue on Dec. 2 and 3, and then the show runs Dec. 4-26. Tickets are $19-$67.

December 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Facebook looks for new home

Oracle campus a possibility, but not yet vacant
Social networking behemoth Facebook is hoping to connect with larger digs, and Menlo Park's Oracle campus is one of several sites under consideration. However, contrary to news reports, an afternoon tour showed that the 2.5-million-square-foot Willow Road campus is not yet empty.

November 30, 2010 | 2 comments
Drowned kayaker remembered by neighbors

Donnie Foster, who died while kayaking off the Mendocino Coast Nov. 23, was remembered by Old Mountain View residents this week as a member of their community.

November 30, 2010 | 2 comments
Yoriko Kishimoto named to open space district board Monday night

Former Palo Alto mayor and City Council member selected from trio of finalists
Former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto was named to the board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Monday night, following interviews with three finalists. She will replace the late Mary Davey on the seven-member board, representing Ward 2. "The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has forever changed the face of the Bay Area," Kishimoto said Tuesday morning.

November 30, 2010 | 2 comments
Tuesday, Nov. 30

Arts: Holiday pottery sale
Vases, sculptures, bowls and other functional and decorative items are for sale today, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the holiday pottery sale held by Foothill College's ceramics department and the student Claybodies club. The event is in Cesar Chavez Plaza on campus at 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

November 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Mob attacks two men with bats, chains

Police arrest 15, some at gunpoint; victims suffer multiple injuries,
A group of at least 15, wielding bats, chains and metal rods, attacked two men Sunday afternoon as they were walking in the 2200 block of California Street.

November 29, 2010 | 22 comments
Holiday DUI arrests up, deaths down

The California Highway Patrol is reporting an increase in the number drunken driving arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend, both in the Bay Area and statewide. The good news is that there were no alcohol-related deaths on CHP-patrolled roadways in the Bay Area, according to provisional numbers released by the CHP on Sunday.

November 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Three finalists for open space district board

Breene Kerr, Yoriko Kishimoto and Ciddy Wordell in consideration for open seat
Three finalists will be interviewed tonight (Monday, Nov. 29) for the vacancy on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board of directors caused by the Oct. 2 death of Mary Davey.

November 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Attempted sexual assault reported in Palo Alto

Victim fights off assailant in Thursday attack on Alma Street
Police are investigating reports of an attempted sexual assault in Palo Alto early Thursday morning. At 12:30 a.m., a girl was walking in the 100 block of Alma Street after having pizza with friends when she was allegedly knocked down from behind by a man who tried to pull down her pants and assault her, police said.

November 29, 2010 | 3 comments
Monday, Nov. 29

Author: Apolo Ohno at Books Inc.
U.S. Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno signs copies of his book "Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday" starting at 8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 29, at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View. The book is selling for $26.

Art: Rajiv Khilnani
Rajiv Khilnani is exhibiting his abstract acrylic paintings on canvas in the lobby of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. through Dec. 13. The lobby is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1, and one hour before each public performance.

November 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Making merry with the arts

Seasonal concerts, ballets, plays and other creative endeavors abound on the Midpeninsula
Seasonal concerts, ballets, plays and other creative endeavors abound on the Midpeninsula. Audiences will hear voices and strings, bells and harps, and a few period instruments from centuries past. Caption: The men's a cappella chorus Chanticleer performs a holiday concert on Dec. 9 in Stanford University's Memorial Church. Photo by Lisa Kohler.

November 26, 2010 | 1 comment
Making merry with the arts

Seasonal concerts, ballets, plays and other creative endeavors abound on the Midpeninsula
Seasonal concerts, ballets, plays and other creative endeavors abound on the Midpeninsula. Audiences will hear voices and strings, bells and harps, and a few period instruments from centuries past. Caption: Smuin Ballet brings a holiday program to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts from Dec. 8 through Dec. 12. Photo by Scot Goodman.

November 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Nov. 26

Theater: 'A Tuna Christmas' at Bus Barn
A Christmas-themed addition to the two-man "Tuna" play series will be performed today, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Tickets are $24-32.

November 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Nov. 27 & 28

Music: Margaret & Victor at Red Rock
Margaret & Victor perform bluegrass music at a free concert Sunday, Nov. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Film: 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'
The 1947 film "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," about a woman who falls in love with the ghost of a sea captain, will be screened Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 and 28, at 3:45 and 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto.

November 26, 2010 | No comments yet
High-speed rail may debut in small Central Valley cities

Staff recommends a segment between Borden and Corcoran as the starting point of a statewide rail system
California's proposed high-speed rail line, which state officials say will compete with airports and connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, will make its debut between the small Central Valley cities of Borden and Corcoran under the latest proposal from California High-Speed Rail Authority engineers.

November 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Your gifts help children and others in need

Give to the Voice Holiday Fund and your donation is matched -- to the extent possible -- by three local foundations. Giving to nonprofit groups that work in our community is a great way to ensure that your charitable donations are working at home. Donate online today.

November 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Tangled'

(Three stars)
The familiar Disney princess formula (i.e. "Cinderella") gets a contemporary rinse and perm with this delightful adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale "Rapunzel." Impressive CGI animation and a company of incredibly appealing characters help make "Tangled" one of the year's best family films. -- TH

November 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Body of MV man reportedly found in Mendocino

Body found off the coast reportedly of missing kayaker
The body of Mountain View resident Donnie Foster was reportedly found in Mendocino Bay this morning, according to the Associate Press.

November 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Two old souls

Local musicians channel retro soul on recent release
Two local musicians are following in the footsteps of contemporary artists such as Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse by turning back the clock, with a sound that conjures images of beehive hairdos and doo-woping backup singers.

December 1, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino clinical trial aims to catch lung cancer early

Combining CT scans and genetic testing could save smokers' lives
A new El Camino Hospital study, launched at the beginning of this month, aims to use a genetic test to determine which smokers would benefit most from receiving regular computerized tomography scans.

November 29, 2010 | 1 comment
New special ed PTA helps parents, teachers

Mountain View Whisman group aims to end isolation, build community
In an effort to generate support and awareness for the special needs population in local elementary and middle schools Christine Case-Lo has co-founded the Mountain View Whisman Special Education Parent Teacher Association.

November 29, 2010 | 4 comments
Holiday Fund: A warm welcome for Day Worker Center

Laborers receive services, education in return for helping community
The Mountain View Day Worker Center celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 18. About 300 people gathered at the center's new permanent location at 113 Escuela Ave, for wine, snacks and live music.

November 26, 2010 | 25 comments
A Thanksgiving feast

Kai Karadi, left, and Josue Benitez sing Thanksgiving-themed songs during the annual Thanksgiving feast for kindergarteners at Bubb Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Then they dug into the "feast" of cheese, crackers, popcorn, fruit and juice. "It's a way for us to come together as a community," said kindergarten teacher Claire Konkos, who has been teaching her class about the first Thanksgiving. "This is a way to connect it for the children."

November 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Cold spell rolls into Mountain View for Thanksgiving

Health officials urge caution as temperatures dip
Wet weather may have made a temporary exit from the forecast, but the Bay Area is expected to experience a cold spell that has prompted frost advisories and freeze watches over the next several days, according to the National Weather Service.

November 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, Nov. 24

Exhibit: Dynamic Rhythms in Palo Alto
Dynamic Rhythms, a series of steel studies, maquettes and wall pieces by Fletcher Benton, will be on exhibit today, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smith Andersen Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.

November 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Neighbors offer compromise for McKelvey fields

Neighbors of McKelvey Park say they have a "win-win" solution to the controversy about how to revamp their neighborhood park, but youth baseball leagues aren't entirely happy about it.

November 24, 2010 | 10 comments
Church neighbors appeal cell tower decision

Neighbors upset, say church's outreach was lacking
The City Council will soon weigh in on a controversy involving a cell tower approved for the top of First Presbyterian Church, near a preschool and dozens of homes where many are concerned about potentially cancer-causing radiation.

November 23, 2010 | 22 comments
New city clerk hired away from Santa Cruz

The City Council has appointed Santa Cruz city clerk Lorrie Brewer to take the reins as Mountain View's city clerk on Jan. 3. Brewer said in e-mail to the Voice that she plans to move to Mountain View and become involved with community organizations. She says she has been "very active" in the Santa Cruz community.

November 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Elementary School Musical

MV teen helps Willow Oaks students sing their hearts out
Mountain View High School senior Dani Grant set herself a tall challenge: Take a group of fifth- through eighth-graders at Willow Oaks Elementary in Menlo Park who had never performed in a musical, and turn their cacophony into melody — with no props, no sets, no costumes, and zero funding.

November 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Toughness just part of the job at Planned Parenthood

From helping 12-year-olds to weathering picketers, Williams reflects on two decades
When Linda Williams applied for the top local job at Planned Parenthood, which operates a clinic in Mountain View, it took her nine months of interviews -- the human gestation period -- to persuade hiring managers she was tough enough. "I look kind of sweet," chuckled the petite, longtime Palo Alto resident, who grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. "I do -- I always have. It has its advantages."

November 23, 2010 | 20 comments
Tuesday, Nov. 23

Talk: Insight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers lead a meditation and talk on Buddhist teaching today, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Timothy's/Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.

November 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Elementary School Musical

Willow Oaks students sing their hearts out
It was a tall challenge: Take a group of fifth- through eighth-graders at Willow Oaks Elementary in Menlo Park who had never performed in a musical, and turn their cacophony into melody — with no props, no sets, no costumes, and zero funding. Photo: From left, Layla Kovacevic, 17, rehearses lines with student actors Diana Bautista, 11, Michelle Salinas, 11, and Fernanda Lupian, 10. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac

November 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, Nov. 22

Open Mic at Red Rock Coffee
Calvin and King's Monday night open mic tonight, Nov. 22, from 7-10 p.m. offers anyone the chance at 10 minutes of fame. Songs, poems and stand-up routines are all welcome. The sign-up book for time slots goes out at 6:30 p.m. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro Street, Mountain View.

November 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Give blood, give shelter

Donors who go to Stanford Blood Center this week can give more than blood -- for every two donors, the center will contribute money to Hotel de Zink, enough to provide one bed at the homeless shelter for one night.

November 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Rail authority delays study of Peninsula designs

Officials scrap December deadline for Peninsula report after choosing Central Valley as first segment of rail line
The California High-Speed Rail Authority will delay releasing a highly anticipated analysis of design options for the Peninsula segment of the rail line because of a recent decision to begin construction in the Central Valley.

November 22, 2010 | No comments yet
MV resident tapped for state's redistricting board

Local education official Elaine Kuo is one of the first eight people chosen to serve on the newly created California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

November 19, 2010 | 5 comments
Weekend, Nov. 20 & 21

Theater: 'A Tuna Christmas' at Bus Barn
On Saturday, Nov. 20, "A Tuna Christmas," the latest in the "Tuna" series of plays, takes the stage. Set on Christmas Eve in tiny Tuna, Texas, 22 zany citizens (played by two men) attempt to celebrate their traditional Yuletide activities. Runs through Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. $24-32. Call 650-941-5070.

Music: Silicon Valley Symphony
On Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Silicon Valley Symphony performs a program of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven. The concert is at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. $20 general, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children ages 12 and under.

Art: Cubberley open house
On Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., the artists of Cubberley Studios at 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto will open their studios to show and sell art. The Holiday Open Studios also features raffles and refreshments.

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Nov. 19

Music: Mark O'Connor in Palo Alto
The contemporary composer Mark O'Connor blends classical, folk, jazz and flamenco influences into his violin compositions. At 8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 19, he's scheduled to perform his work "Strings and Threads" with the New Century Chamber Orchestra at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave. Tickets are $29/$49, discounts available. Call 415-357-1111.

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Some like it hot

The Hot Club of Palo Alto brings gypsy-jazz tradition to Red Rock
It's been raining for hours, but there's a Sunday-afternoon warmth inside Menlo Park's Cafe Zoe that has nothing to do with the soup of the day.
Rich gypsy jazz swings through the small room and out the front door: bittersweet violin solo atop vigorous rhythm guitar and bass, layered with accordion, lead guitar, saxophone and shaker.

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: '127 Hours'

(Three stars)
Not since Sisyphus has a boulder-versus-man tale gotten so much attention. "127 Hours" dramatizes the survivalist story of hiker Aron Ralston, as told in his book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place." In the process, James Franco positions himself for a Best Actor Oscar nod. -- PC

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Playtime is over. The boy wizard who has captivated audiences since his literary introduction in 1997 is at last ready for his final curtain call. And from the onset it is clear "Hallows" is a darker, more intense offering than past installments. -- TH

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
A trial run

Local skeptic gives NYC Marathon a try
On a cool, windy Sunday in New York City, Mountain View resident Kelley Blalock ran for four hours, 32 minutes and 10 seconds, with no walking or bathroom breaks. She stopped running only when she completed the 26.2 miles required to finish the ING New York City Marathon. This time last year, she would have laughed off any suggestion that she could run that far.

November 18, 2010 | 3 comments
Thursday, Nov. 18

Author: Sandra Park at Books Inc.
Longtime Palo Alto resident Sandra Park gives a free talk on her book "If You Live in a Small House" at 7 p.m. tonight, Nov. 18. The event is at Books Inc. at 74 Town & Country Village in Palo Alto.

November 18, 2010 | No comments yet
With science, seeing is believing

Local non-profits, philanthropies band together to take local schools on field trips
Trudging through the brisk morning air, a small group of fourth-graders paused occasionally to overturn rocks, examine hoof prints and to admire the very yellow belly of a newt. They had made their way to the top of winding Page Mill Road to hike around the foothills on a field trip led by Environmental Volunteers. The Palo Alto-based non-profit organization -- in collaboration with several local educational and philanthropic groups -- is providing free field trips and in-class workshops.

November 22, 2010 | No comments yet
New heart care technology getting trial at El Camino

Fluid dynamics equations tell doctors whether invasive procedures are warranted
A new technology, intended to cut down on unnecessary, costly and potentially dangerous heart procedures, will begin trials at El Camino Hospital this month.

November 19, 2010 | 2 comments
Minton's -- going, going, gone

Auction marks closure of city's oldest business
Machines and supplies were sold for pennies on the dollar as the city's oldest business was liquidated, lot by lot, at an auction last Tuesday.

November 18, 2010 | 5 comments
Hangar One saved, almost

Official says NASA has $20 million to help restore Hangar One
In a move that seems to make the restoration of Hangar One all but a done deal, NASA officials have agreed to spend $20 million on the restoration of Moffett Field's iconic structure, an officials of NASA Ames said Tuesday.

November 18, 2010 | 5 comments
Bikes, iPod stereo stolen

Two bicycles and an iPod stereo was stolen from a detached garage in the 2100 block of Leland Avenue sometime between the night of Nov. 15 and the morning of Nov. 16.

November 18, 2010 | 3 comments
Wednesday, Nov. 17

Author: Amy Sedaris in Palo Alto
Comedian and author Amy Sedaris will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 17, at Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto. The event is a benefit for Breast Cancer Connections, and Sedaris will talk about her new book, "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People." $38 for one ticket and one book, and $45 for two tickets and one book. Call 650-324-4321.


November 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Police search for weekend robber/carjackers

Palo Alto, East Palo Alto foot chase and search fails to locate the robbers, despite police dogs
Midpeninsula police agencies are seeking two men who were involved in a robbery and carjacking in Palo Alto about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The men escaped a multi-agency police search in East Palo Alto after the stolen truck was spotted there and the men fled on foot.

November 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Three MV council members eyeing Kniss' seat

Macias, Kasperzak and Abe-Koga considering run for Board of Supervisors in 2012
A trio of Mountain View City Council members -- Margaret Abe-Koga, Laura Macias and Mike Kasperzak -- said this week that they are considering a run to replace county supervisor Liz Kniss when she terms out in 2012.

November 17, 2010 | 10 comments
Local motorcycling figure Kari Prager dies at 63

Kari Prager, longtime owner of the California BMW and Triumph motorcycle dealership in Mountain View, passed away at his home unexpectedly on Sunday after suffering from respiratory problems, leaving behind a number of shocked family members, friends and employees.

November 16, 2010 | 32 comments
Open space district kicks off photo competition

The Midpeninsula Regional Open District is now accepting photographs that show the diversity in its open space preserves. Participants may submit photos taken in one of the district's 24 preserves in the South Bay, Peninsula, and Coastside.

November 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Facebook CEO: 'Messages' = way of the future

Palo Alto social-networking company unveils system aimed at simplifying how people communicate
Predicting people will call it "the way the future should work," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the Palo Alto social-networking company's latest initiative, a revamped "Messages" system, Monday. The system will be able to send messages at once over the technologies people use to communicate -- phone, e-mail, instant messaging and, of course, Facebook.

November 16, 2010 | 1 comment
Neighbors crank up the debate over McKelvey Park

Get rid of baseball fields and build a neighborhood park, some say
What should be done with the city's longest running youth baseball fields at McKelvey Park? That's under scrutiny by a group of neighbors who want one or both baseball fields removed altogether in favor of a neighborhood-focused park.

November 16, 2010 | 64 comments
Tuesday, Nov. 16

Music: Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
Tonight, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m., Murray Low directs the ensemble in a performance of classic and modern-day works of Afro-Latin music as it intersects with North American jazz. The concert is in Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University. $10 general, $9 seniors and $5 students.

November 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Google to build fiber network at Stanford

Stanford faculty and staff prepare for ultra-high-speed Internet while Palo Alto and other cities hope to be chosen next
Palo Alto's dream of a citywide ultra-high-speed broadband network will soon take shape on a smaller scale just beyond the city's borders, thanks to a pilot project Google plans to unveil on Stanford University campus early next year.

November 16, 2010 | 2 comments
Kittens flood local shelters

It's kitten season at local shelters, and this month for only $10, you can take one home.

November 15, 2010 | 1 comment
Monday, Nov. 15

Talk: Roxana Saberi in Palo Alto
Tonight, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., journalist and author Roxana Saberi will give a free talk at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Saberi was arrested and imprisoned in Iran last year after being accused of spying.

November 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Fair Game'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Political junkies already know the tale of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson. Those who don't know about the sordid affair are the target audience for Doug Liman's film "Fair Game," based on Plame's memoir "Fair Game" and Wilson's "The Politics of Truth." -- PC

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Unstoppable'

(Two stars)
For their fourth collaboration, in 2009, director Tony Scott and star Denzel Washington made a train-themed thriller. For their fifth collaboration, in 2010, Scott and Washington made a train-themed thriller. Who says there are no new ideas in Hollywood? -- PC

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Students boot up classmates

High school project brings computers to kids who need them
Two local high school seniors are taking old, unwanted computers donated by the community, repairing essential components and software, and giving the machines to fellow students in need.

November 12, 2010 | 2 comments
High school district plans WiFi upgrade

The local high school district is laying the groundwork for what it predicts to be an increasingly wireless future, and plans to begin installation of a new, beefed up WiFi network next month.

November 15, 2010 | 4 comments
Council adopts strategies early for 2011 city budget

City staff could lose automatic raises, pay more for benefits
A major issue in this year's council election, the City Council touched on the issue of reining in the cost of city employee compensation Tuesday as the City Council unanimously adopted a set of mid- and long-term budget strategies.

November 12, 2010 | 5 comments
Weekend, Nov. 13 & 14

Music: Tin Cat at Red Rock
Local folk/pop group Tin Cat will be performing its last concert Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Event: Art in Clay in Palo Alto
The Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild will return to the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom in Palo Alto for its 10th "Art in Clay" show and sale this weekend, Nov. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. More than 50 Bay Area artists will present their newest creations at this event.

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Nov. 12

Stanford Symphony Orchestra
The Stanford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Giancarlo Aquilanti and Martin Fraile, performs Nielsen's "Maskarade Overture," Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5 in E minor" and the premiere of Giancarlo Aquilanti's "Oxford Companion" opera suite today, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford. $10 adults; $5 students.

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Rail authority officials investigated over trips

Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate trips that were paid for by foreign governments
The state agency charged with ethics enforcement has launched an investigation into whether California High-Speed Rail Authority officials have failed to properly document their trips abroad -- trips that were paid for by foreign governments.

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
El Super Mercado robbed at gunpoint

On Wednesday night, two men wielding handguns robbed El Super Mercado grocery store on Moffett Boulevard.

November 12, 2010 | 4 comments
Coldwell Banker acquires Cashin Company

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced Thursday (Nov. 11) that it has acquired the assets of Cashin Company Realtors.

November 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Nov. 11

Theater: "CTRL + ALT + DEL" at The Pear
Tonight, Nov. 11, "CTRL-ALT-DELETE" skewers the obsession with making making it rich at all costs, while introducing notions of integrity and ethics in the corporate world. 8 p.m.. Runs through Nov. 21, Thursday-Saturday at 8 .pm., Sundays at 2 p.m. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave. Unit K, Mountain View. Tickets are $15 - $30 Call 650-254-1148.

November 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Hospital board imposes new contract on nurses

Split decision draws ire of El Camino's nurses' union
Last night, in a divided decision, the board of directors for El Camino Hospital unilaterally approved a new contract between the health care organization and its nurses' union.

November 11, 2010 | 26 comments
'Friends' seek to avert Caltrain demise

Coalition searches for ways to make the rail line financially secure
Without funding to stabilize Caltrain's operating costs, commuters could find themselves without the rail line on the Peninsula for the first time since 1864, when two trains a day carried riders between San Francisco and San Jose. That's the message a new group, Friends of Caltrain, told nearly 100 people at the Menlo Park Library Tuesday night.

November 11, 2010 | 7 comments
Ben DeBolt left wide legacy

School principal, opera supporter and local historian dies at 83
Mountain View community leader and educator Ralph Benjamin DeBolt is well remembered by former Mountain View schoolchildren as the principal who sang to them on a weekly basis. After retirement he was a city commissioner, a cable access TV personality and a local historian, among other things. He was 83 when he died last week at the family home in Mountain View.

November 11, 2010 | 22 comments
Bakotich house saved in new co-housing plan

Senior condo project revised to incorporate historic house
It was nearly set for demolition or removal, but now the 1880s Bakotich house on Calderon Avenue may be preserved along with a new senior housing project on the property.

November 10, 2010 | 6 comments
Veteran settles for $250K in Palo Alto VA claim

A veteran who claimed he was blinded because of negligent medical care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System has settled with the U.S. government for $250,000, according to court records.

November 10, 2010 | 2 comments
Wednesday, Nov. 10

Film: 'Kukushka' at Stanford
The film "Kukushka," which traces the unlikely intersection of three vastly different characters against the backdrop of World War II -- a Finnish soldier turned imprisoned sniper, a Russian captain under arrest and a local peasant woman -- will be screened today, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at 650 Mayfield Ave., Stanford University. In Russian with English subtitles.

November 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Liz Kniss to join Caltrain board of directors

Santa Clara County supervisor and former Palo Alto mayor to give northern county its first representative on board
Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss will join the Caltrain board of directors in January, giving Palo Alto and other cities in the northern part of the county their first representative on the nine-member board.

November 10, 2010 | 3 comments
City approves church's cell tower near preschool

Despite outcry about radiation exposure at an adjacent preschool, the city's zoning administrator approved a cell phone tower to go on top of Mountain View's First Presbyterian Church Wednesday evening.

November 9, 2010 | 67 comments
Tuesday, Nov. 9

Art: "Cuba from Inside and Out"
Foothill College is hosting an exhibition of images of Cuba taken in September by 18 U.S. photographers, led by art photographer and Foothill College professor Ron Herman. The photographs on display are the results of their research and cultural exchange program. Through Dec. 1 at the Krause Center for Innovation Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Free. Open Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Man hit by train in Redwood City, hospitalized

A man was struck by a train on the Caltrain tracks in Redwood City this morning, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.

November 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Monsters'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
"Monsters" nudges us into our future, in which the latest "Wonder of the World" is a massive border wall between America and Mexico. To escape from alien monsters, two Americans will have to make a perilous crossing home. -- PC

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Megamind'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
DreamWorks Animation conjures up its history of conceptual rip-offs with the sometimes diverting, sometimes dull "Megamind." Luckily, kids have short memories, but it's still no sure bet they'll respond to the latest animated entry in the post-ironic "Shrek" vein. -- PC

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
High-speed rail to begin in Central Valley

Rail authority, driven by federal grants, will select one of two Central Valley segments for rail line's starting point
California's controversial high-speed rail project will make its debut in Central Valley, the California High-Speed Rail Authority decided Thursday morning.

November 8, 2010 | 4 comments
Monday, Nov. 8

Art: Islamic Calligraphy in China
Haji Noor Deen, an expert in Arabic calligraphy, focuses on a fusion of Arabic and Chinese styles. He will demonstrate and discuss his work today, Nov. 8, at 4:15 p.m. and tomorrow, Nov. 9, at 7:15 p.m. at Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
More than 500 attend 'high speed boondoggle' rally

Rain fails to dampen anger at California High Speed Rail Authority's plans for possible elevated railway through Peninsula towns
Hundreds of critics of California's proposed high-speed rail project packed into Burlingame's Caltrain station Sunday afternoon to wave protest signs, chant "Boondoggle!" and vent their anger about the increasingly controversial project -- especially the possibility of an elevated railway.

November 8, 2010 | 7 comments
High-speed rail CEO grilled over 'trust' issues

State Senators Joe Simitian and Alan Lowenthal frustrated by High-Speed Rail Authority's lagging response to critical audits
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has failed to honor its earlier promises and is quickly losing the public's and the Legislation's trust, members of a state Senate subcommittee said Thursday during a contentious hearing on the rail project.

November 5, 2010 | 5 comments
Weekend, Nov. 6 & 7

Theater: 'Sunset Boulevard'
After a Friday-night preview at 8 p.m., Palo Alto Players opens its production of the musical "Sunset Boulevard" on Saturday, Nov. 6, also at 8. The show runs through Nov. 21 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Community: Artistry Faire
The Palo Alto Buddhist Temple hosts an Artistry Faire on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2751 Louis Road in Palo Alto. Fine arts and Asian crafts will be for sale, including ceramics, wall sculptures, fiber arts, candles and soaps.

Music: Alex De Grassi
At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, the Grammy award-nominated acoustic guitarist Alex De Grassi will perform a concert at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto at 1985 Louis Road. De Grassi will also host a master class at 4 p.m.

November 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Nov. 5

Dance: 'Zero Hour'
Hip-hop dance and ballet blend with painting, poetry and tai chi at 8:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6, in "Zero Hour," a work performed by the Bay Area group Philein/Ziru Productions and four Chinese artists. The performances are at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

November 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Company's kit will electrify a Miata

Kleenspeed offers easy conversion from gas engine to a poor man's Tesla
Thanks to a local company there's now an alternative to shelling out $100,000 for a Tesla Roadster. It is a kit that will turn the popular Mazda Miata into an electric roadster for less than $20,000.

November 4, 2010 | 7 comments
Police ID suspect who tried to hit cop with car

Police say he aimed Mercedes at officer before fleeing scene
Police have released the name and a photo of the man they say attempted to hit an officer with his car on Castro Street on Saturday.

November 4, 2010 | 10 comments
Hospital phasing out paper time cards

Digital scheduling system will cost $1.9 million, save money over time
A new digital workforce management system at El Camino Hospital will cost $1.9 million up front, but will save the organization money in the long run -- and improve patient care, officials said.

November 9, 2010 | 5 comments
Teacher says faculty is overworked

Bubb teacher says instructors are hard-pressed to cope with added duties, students
Increased class sizes, a longer school day, stacks of new paperwork and more special needs children -- accompanied by fewer dedicated aides -- are all adding up to be a burdensome equation for local elementary school instructors, according to a teachers' union official.

November 4, 2010 | 19 comments
Fury fuels Ideafarm's campaigns

Man of many messages seeks utopia, end to system he says failed him
Wo'O Ideafarm, 55, has been fixture on the streets of Mountain View for years. He is embraced by some and derided by others for the messages he displays on the sides of his large white bicycle trailer.

November 4, 2010 | 122 comments
Thursday, Nov. 4

Film: 'After the Cup' in Palo Alto
Tonight, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. the 2009 Israeli film "After the Cup" will be shown as part of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The film follows the first soccer team from an Arab town to win the Israeli Cup. Tickets are $10.98 in advance and $13 at the door; discounts for students, seniors and groups.

November 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Police chase man suspected of forging prescription

A Sunnyvale man fled Mountain View police after pharmacists at a local drugstore reported that the man was attempting to use what they suspected was a forged prescription for painkillers.

November 3, 2010 | 12 comments
Gas smell the result of PG&E maintenance

Small amount of gas escapes as crews check pipes
The air in parts of Mountain View and Palo Alto was filled with a foul odor around noon Wednesday, after PG&E crews purged a segment of a main gas line near Shoreline Amphitheatre.

November 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Wednesday, Nov. 3

Theater: 'Cinderella' in Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre opens its production of the musical "Cinderella" at 7 p.m. tonight, Nov. 3, at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Afternoon and evening performances run through Nov. 13. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Call 650-463-4970.

November 3, 2010 | No comments yet
City says yes to phone tax expansion

The city's general fund is in slightly better shape with the passage of measure T on Tuesday, perhaps bucking a trend of no new taxes in this election.

November 3, 2010 | 12 comments
Schmidt wins District 7 seat on Valley Water board

Environmental lawyer vows to bring reform to the utility
The newly created seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District's board of directors will be filled by Brian Schmidt, a 43-year-old environmental lawyer from Mountain View.

November 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Incumbents win council race

Margaret Abe-Koga, Jac Siegel and Ronit Bryant have won re-election to the City Council, batting back a trio of newcomers and accusations that they were not doing enough to balance the city's budget.

November 2, 2010 | 11 comments
Community college parcel tax falls short

Measure E doesn't get the two-thirds vote needed
A majority of Peninsula voters are in favor of a proposed parcel tax that proponents say will bring much needed money to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District -- but Measure E fell far short of the two-thirds approval it requires to pass.

November 2, 2010 | 20 comments
Schmidt wins new District 7 seat on water board

Mountain View resident represents new district seat on Santa Clara Valley Water District's board
The newly created seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District's board of directors will be filled by Brian Schmidt, a 43-year-old environmental lawyer from Mountain View.

November 2, 2010 | 1 comment
Apartment on Latham Street burglarized

Jewelry was stolen when an apartment in the 1900 block of Latham Street was burglarized sometime between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. last Monday.

November 9, 2010 | 3 comments
Man robs Mountain View bank

A man walked into a Mountain View bank on Friday, demanded money from a teller, was given an undisclosed amount of cash and walked out.

November 4, 2010 | 11 comments
Teen beaten, robbed at Theuerkauf

A Mountain View teen was beaten and robbed in the early hours of Halloween at Theuerkauf Elementary School.

November 8, 2010 | 9 comments
Man attempts to hit officer with car before fleeing

Local police are looking for a man they say attempted to hit an officer with his car on Castro Street Saturday night. The driver fled the scene, ran multiple red lights and eventually crashed into a Sunnyvale home, before escaping on foot.

November 2, 2010 | 9 comments
Absentee ballots 'smudge' snafu needs erasers

As much as 80 percent of county ballots are mail-in, according to county officials
Hundreds of thousands of Santa Clara County mail-in ballots must have an ink smudge hand erased before they can be counted, in a major mail-in ballot snafu. The glitch could affect up to 80 percent of the county vote, officials said this morning.

November 2, 2010 | 9 comments
Absentee ballots 'smudge' snafu needs erasers

As much as 80 percent of county ballots are mail-in, according to county officials
Hundreds of thousands of Santa Clara County mail-in ballots must have an ink smudge hand erased before they can be counted, in a major mail-in ballot snafu. The glitch could affect up to 80 percent of the county vote, officials said this morning.

November 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, Nov. 2

Film: 'Wintervention'
Famed skier Jonny Moseley narrates the ski and snowboard Warren Miller film "Wintervention," which will be shown tonight, Nov. 2, at 6 and 9 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. The film was shot in Canada, New Zealand, Austria and other countries. Tickets are $21.

November 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Absentee ballots 'smudge' snafu needs erasers

More than 100,000 Santa Clara County mail-in ballots need to have an ink smudge hand erased before they can be counted, in a major mail-in ballot snafu. There will be more smudged ballots, Supervisor Liz Kniss said today.

November 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Abe-Koga campaign gets $8,000-boost from labor

The final campaign finance disclosure reports are in, and local unions have independently spent $8,000 on mailers in support of their favorite Mountain View City Council candidate, Margaret Abe-Koga.

November 2, 2010 | 14 comments
Woo-hoo! The Giants win it all

Go ahead, say it. It's no longer mere fantasy or sheer folly to do so. A rare mix of veteran rejects and budding stars completed an unlikely ascent to the Major League summit Monday night, allowing all to repeat a six-word phrase never before heard: World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

November 1, 2010 | 3 comments
Police make arrest in fatal accident

Driver was drunk when he hit pedestrian, police say
Police have arrested a Milpitas man for vehicular manslaughter after he allegedly hit a pedestrian while driving under the influence on El Camino Real near Escuela Avenue early Sunday morning.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Volunteers resurrect Cold War planes on shoestring budget

NASA allows aircraft enthusiasts to set up shop in WWII hangar
When Lou Somontes and his crew are done, several aircraft from the Cold War era will be restored and put on display next to the Moffett Field Museum in front of the iconic Hangar One.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, Nov. 1

Music: Jazz jam at Stanford
Musicians from the Stanford Jazz Workshop take part in a free jazz jam session tonight, Nov. 1, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Stanford Coffee House. The CoHo is at 459 Lagunita, No. 1, at the Tresidder Union at Stanford University.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Statewide report blasts community colleges

But Foothill beats averages on remedial education, leader says
A scathing new report is questioning the effectiveness of California's 112 community colleges, stating that remedial education in California's community colleges must drastically improve if the nation is to meet President Barack Obama's goal of substantially boosting college completion rates by 2020. But locally, Foothill College students are faring better than average, Foothill President Judy Miner said.

November 1, 2010 | 20 comments
Our endorsements in local races, ballot measures

The Voice's editorial recommendations for local races and select state propositions on the Nov. 2 ballot.

October 31, 2010 | 24 comments
San Diego man killed by Caltrain Friday in Belmont

A man who was fatally struck Friday afternoon by a Caltrain approaching the Belmont station has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as San Diego resident Michael Turek, 40.

October 31, 2010 | No comments yet
$7,500 reward for Mountain View native missing in Santa Cruz

A Mountain View family is offering $7,500 for information leading to the location of their son, Michael DiVerde, who suffers from a mental illness and went missing in Santa Cruz County in early July. His mother, Pam Campbell, said "I would talk to him every other day if not every day. The last time I saw him he was real depressed." Shortly thereafter he walked away from a treatment center and she hasn't heard from him since.

October 30, 2010 | 3 comments
Friday, Oct. 29

Family Event: Gamble Garden Haunted House
Tonight, Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Gamble Garden hosts a haunted house in its mansion, with costumes, games and other activities. The event is at 1431 Waverley St. in Palo Alto, and targeted to ages 4-10. $15 general and $10 members. Reservations are required; call 650-329-1356, extension 201.

October 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Oct. 30 & 31

Family Event: Monster Bash
Mountain View's Halloween Monster bash starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, with Halloween-themed crafts for the kids, followed by a costume parade at 5:45 p.m. Outdoor movie, "Igor," at 6 p.m. Free. 201 South Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. Call 903-6331.

Community: Day of the Dead in Palo Alto
The City of Palo Alto hosts its second annual Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. Storytelling, art activities and other free events will be held at various locations.

Music: Palo Alto Philharmonic
On Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m., the Palo Alto Philharmonic kicks off its season with a concert following a 7:30 p.m. preconcert talk. The program includes "A Field in Pennsylvania" by Palo Alto composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen, and the concert is at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Family Event: Halloween on California Avenue
On Sunday, Oct. 31, from noon to 4 p.m., several businesses along Palo Alto's California Avenue will offer free trick-or-treating for kids under 10. Blossom Birth at 299 S. California Ave. will also host a carnival with games, a bake sale, storytime and other events.

October 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Mountain View pilots bike-sharing program

Millions in grant funds will help launch California's first regional bicycle-sharing program for commuters
Mountain View will be among five lead-off cities next year in California's first regional bicycle-sharing program. Other initially participating cities include Palo Alto, San Francisco, Redwood City and San Jose.

October 29, 2010 | 10 comments
Thursday, Oct. 28

Talk: Mami Wata at Cantor Arts Center
Curator Henry John Drewal gives a free lecture at 6 p.m. tonight, Oct. 28, on his Cantor Arts Center exhibit about the water spirit Mami Wata. Drewal is a professor of art history and Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin in MadisonThe event is in the museum auditorium at Stanford University.

Film: United Nations Association Film Festival
Films set to be shown today, Oct. 28, at the annual United Nations Association Film Festival include "Crossing Hispaniola: Stories on Statelesness and Migration" from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the United States, screened at 8 p.m.; and the Russian film "Three Songs About Motherland," screened at 8:25. Tomorrow's screenings are at Annenberg Auditorium in the Cummings Art Building, Stanford University.

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Local Halloween fun for adults and kids alike

All Hallows' Eve can be fun no matter what your age, and many local celebrations for adults and kids are aimed at making sure you have a ghoulishly good time this weekend.

October 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Schools drill for the Big One

Students duck, cover and prep for disaster in statewide ShakeOut
Four days after the 21st anniversary of the Loma Prieta, a hypothetical magnitude 7.5 temblor struck local schools -- setting the stage for a district-wide emergency drill, one of thousands of similar exercises being held concurrently across the state, in recognition of The Great California ShakeOut.

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Union urges no on Foothill-De Anza parcel tax

'Late-inning smear,' district says
The local community college district's service workers union is urging voters to reject Measure E, the parcel tax that proponents say would raise much needed money for Foothill and De Anza colleges.

October 28, 2010 | 10 comments
Election results to be posted online Tuesday night

Results will appear on online starting at 8 p.m. and updated live as they come in
Results for key local races in Tuesday's (Nov. 2) election will be posted on the Voice website starting at 8 p.m. that night.

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Audit: Rail authority not ready for federal funds

Office of the Inspector General finds flaws in authority's contract reviews; duplicated efforts
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has dished out more than $3.4 million in payments without reviewing the relevant invoices and is not prepared to manage the $2.25 billion it has received in federal funding, the state's Inspector General Laura Chick concluded in a new audit.

October 28, 2010 | 2 comments
And finally, it's moving day

Day Worker Center moves donated furniture into new, permanent home
After 14 years of moving between temporary locations, it was a big day for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View on Wednesday. Two large trucks arrived at its new permanent home, full of donated furniture handpicked out of the now vacant offices of pharmaceutical giant Roche in Palo Alto.

October 27, 2010 | 18 comments
Wednesday, Oct. 27

Film: United Nations Association Film Festival
Today, Oct. 27, the annual United Nations Association Film Festival hosts a free session of film screenings at the Stanford University Medical School. Films include "Slaves: An Animated Documentary" from Norway and Sudan, shown at 4 p.m. A reception with several filmmakers follows. Li Ka Shing Center Building at 291 Campus Drive.

October 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Former Chez TJ chef earns three Michelin stars

Christopher Kostow, the chef who won two stars in the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide while at Mountain View's Chez TJ, has now earned three stars as the chef of the Restaurant at Meadowood in the Napa Valley.

October 26, 2010 | 1 comment
Council relaxes massage rules

Foot spa owners says there's still a few kinks
David Bertelsen said it only took a phone call to police to get the OK for his foot spa in Palo Alto and a little more than $200 in city fees. But in Mountain View, he has been asked to jump through a slew of hoops, including thousands of dollars for over 200 hours of training, health exams, fingerprinting and background checks for employees, as well as pay $3000 for a conditional use permit.

October 26, 2010 | 5 comments
Palo Alto gives emphatic "NO!" to rail station

Council unanimously opposes a high-speed rail station in the city
California's high-speed rail system should not stop in Palo Alto as it speeds between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the City Council agreed Monday night.

October 26, 2010 | 9 comments
MV man arrested for indecent exposure

A man pulled down his pants Sunday, exposing himself to a 34-year-old Mountain View woman in the carport of her apartment complex, located at 2650 California St., police said.

October 26, 2010 | 4 comments
Reports: High-speed rail to start in Central Valley

FRA announces grant that earmarks $715 million for rail construction in Central Valley
Construction of California's controversial high-speed rail project will likely begin in the Central Valley thanks to a $902 million federal grant the Federal Railroad Adminstration announced Monday.

October 26, 2010 | 6 comments
Tuesday, Oct. 26

Art: 'Opposite Attraction' in Palo Alto
Huge abstract paintings by Jane Peterman are paired with simple bronzes of animals by Kristine Taylor at the current exhibition at Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. The free show runs through Nov. 13, open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 11 to 8, and Sundays from 11 to 3.

October 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Burglar enters through open bathroom window

About $100 in cash and coins were stolen from a home in the 600 block of Hans Avenue, in a burglary that occurred some time between Oct. 9 and Oct. 23.

October 29, 2010 | 8 comments
Land buy would boost hopes for downtown grocery store

In a move that would make it easier to attract a long-desired grocery store downtown, the City Council is set to approve a $1.5 million purchase of three homes on Franklin Street Tuesday night.

October 25, 2010 | 2 comments
Monday, Oct. 25

Art: Rajiv Khilnani at MV CPA
Abstract mixed-media paintings by Rajiv Khilnani are on exhibit in the lobby of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts through Dec. 13. The acrylics on canvas can be viewed for free at 500 Castro St. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1, and one hour prior to each public performance.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Bay Area home sales lowest since 2007

Home sales in the San Francisco Bay Area have dropped for the fourth consecutive month as of September, according to MDA DataQuick, a real estate information solutions company based in San Diego.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Rail authority lags in response to state auditor's report

Agency blames state budget delay, hiring freeze as it struggles to reply to state auditor's scathing report
Six months after State Auditor Elaine Howle released a scathing report about California's proposed high-speed rail project, the agency is lagging in its response -- blames Legislature's budget delay and state hiring freeze.

October 25, 2010 | 3 comments
History museum site unpopular at candidate debate

In a council candidate debate Thursday, Cuesta Park neighborhood residents were uniformly unenthusiastic about the location of a City Council-backed Mountain View history museum in the 12-acre Cuesta Annex. It wasn't a popular idea among the candidates either.

October 22, 2010 | 16 comments
Review: 'Inside Job'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Sometimes a good documentary is one for the history books. "Inside Job" -- written, produced and directed by Charles Ferguson -- may end up being that sort of film. -- PC

October 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Hereafter'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
"Hereafter" is deep and deliberate. It requires patience and emotional maturity from its audience. Those willing to give it will be rewarded with a cinematic experience that is complex, heartfelt and spiritually uplifting. -- TH

October 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Robbery thwarted by woman's counter attack

A would-be robber was thwarted on the morning of Oct. 12 after he attempted to steal a Mountain View woman's book bag.

October 21, 2010 | 2 comments
Two beaten in Escuela Avenue robbery

Two men were beaten and one of them was robbed Tuesday as they were walking in the 500 block of Escuela Avenue, police said.

October 21, 2010 | 3 comments
Mountain View man was dedicated to education

Elmer Campbell, a longtime Mountain View resident and a trustee for the Whisman Elementary School District for 22 years, died of cancer Sept. 29 at the age of 91. "He was very dedicated to getting good things for children," said Joan MacDonald, who served with Campbell on the Whisman board for 13 years. "He was really selfless. He gave and gave and gave his time and his energy and his love."

October 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Out of Africa

African film festival aims to show audiences a new side of the continent
The Silicon Valley African Film Festival -- which debuts this weekend, Oct. 23 and 24, at the Community School of Music and Arts -- is co-hosted by the Mountain View-based Oriki Theater and will show 30 films from 16 African countries. to give audiences a "better understanding of Africa and its people," an event organizer says.

October 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Nadine Levin named interim Atherton city manager

Nadine Levin, who retired in June as Mountain View's longtime assistant city manager, has been named Atherton's transitional interim town manager, appointed to oversee operations in Town Hall until the City Council appoints a longer-term interim manager early next month.

October 21, 2010 | 7 comments
Measure T campaign raises questions

Former councilman suspects city's involvement in phone tax measure
In the campaign to update the city's phone tax, Mountain View officials are dismissing concerns about the city staff's involvement in the campaign. A former councilman has raised questions about the appearance of taking campaign funds from housing developers and the appropriateness of using of city funds on a mailer.

October 25, 2010 | 11 comments
Council: Give more power to the planning commission

Commission could approve development projects, zoning changes
Council members said Tuesday that the city's largely powerless environmental planning commission should be given the authority to approve small development projects and have an expanded role as the "keepers" of the city's planning policies.

October 21, 2010 | 6 comments
Valley tech stars wow students

Los Altos High shows how science, technology can pay off
When it comes to high school students and cars, the general wisdom handed down from parents and teachers is to buckle up and obey the speed limit. However, the group of Los Altos High School students that gathered around Amir Rosenbaum's vehicle earlier this week received a slightly different message: Buckle up and push the pedal to the metal.

October 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Oct. 21

Talk: "The College Admission Scene Today" at MVHS
Jon Reider, Ph.D. and co-author of "Admission Matters," discusses how to navigate the media hype, rankings, statistics and advertising during the last two years of high school tonight, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Mountain View High School Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.
'Sleeping Beauty'
The Los Altos Youth Theatre presents the classic fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" tomorrow (Oct. 22) at 7:30 p.m. at Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

October 20, 2010 | No comments yet
County prosecutors listed in 'misconduct' report

Palo Alto attorney Lane Liroff among county prosecutors named in report by Innocence Project, being reviewed by State Bar Association
Lane Liroff, a Santa Clara County deputy district attorney from Palo Alto, is among six county prosecutors whom judges found committed misconduct during a trial, according to a report by the Northern California Innocence Project at the Santa Clara University School of Law.

October 20, 2010 | 1 comment
Weekend, Oct. 22, 23 & 24

Music: The Tuttles bluegrass concert
The Tuttles is a young band, mostly aged 12 - 17, that plays bluegrass music. Molly, Sullivan and Michael Tuttle and their father Jack are joined by their friend AJ Lee for a bluegrass concert on Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Call Redwood Bluegrass Associates at 650-691-9982. First Presbyterian Church, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. $18 in advance, $20 at the door; ages 13-18 are 1/2 price; under 13 years free with an adult.

Film: Silicon Valley African Film Festival at CSMA
The first-ever showcase of 30 films from 16 countries presents a mix of feature films, shorts and animations from Africa's seasoned and emerging filmmakers, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, with a parade of nations. Runs through Sunday. Presented by Oriki Theater in partnership with Community School of Music and Arts. Oct. 23-24, 11 a.m. Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Tickets are $5 to $30. Call 415-774-6787.

Los Altos Youth Theatre'Sleeping Beauty'
The Los Altos Youth Theatre presents the classic fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" Friday (Oct. 22) at 7:30 p.m. at Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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Wednesday, Oct. 20

Talk: 'Empowerment in Exile' at Stanford
Rinchen Khando Choegyal and Elizabeth Napper of the Tibetan Nuns Project will speak about their work helping exiled Tibetan women gain education and empowerment tomorrow, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Building 260, Room 013 Piggot Hall, Stanford.

October 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Prometheus draws ire from tenants, again

Tenant's online videos document 'construction site hell'
Residents of downtown's largest apartment complex are demanding compensation from their landlord, Prometheus Real Estate Group, after enduring the noise of a months-long construction project.

October 19, 2010 | 10 comments
Giant adoption special: 50 cats find homes

Special on orange and black cats in honor of SF Giants
About 50 black and orange cats have been adopted from the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA since the shelter announced a special Giants-themed promotion 10 days ago, humane society officials said.

October 19, 2010 | 5 comments
Secretary Geithner vows not to devalue dollar

U.S. Treasury Secretary tells Palo Alto audience the economy is 'definitely healing'
America must invest in infrastructure and education to spur economic recovery, but it will not devalue its currency to gain a competitive advantage over other nations, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told an audience in Palo Alto Monday afternoon.

October 19, 2010 | 5 comments
Man hurls shopping carts at cars

Two vehicles damaged in early morning attack on El Camino traffic
Two early morning drivers were attacked by flying shopping carts on Friday, as they passed through the 1900 block of El Camino Real.

October 19, 2010 | 31 comments
Tuesday, Oct. 19

Music: Shubha Mudgal, Hindustani Classical Music
Vocalist Shubha Mudgal offers musical excerpts and conversation in an educational collaboration with Stanford University tomorrow (Oct. 19) at 7 p.m. at Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

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Teen's joyride ends in arrest

14-year-old driver led police on high-speed chase
A 14-year-old Redwood City boy was arrested on suspicion of recklessly evading the police Saturday night. A police officer attempted to pull over a black Ford Ranger, but the driver fled at high speed, blowing through stop signs and making erratic turns and lane changes, police said.

October 19, 2010 | 2 comments
Actor Harrison Ford pays a visit to Palo Alto

Ford announces new literary science-writing award aimed at bringing quality scientific information to the general public
There was no bullwhip and no rakish fedora when Hollywood icon Harrison Ford came to Palo Alto Friday. Instead the actor and conservationist joined Pulitzer-prize-winning environmentalist Edward (E.O.) Wilson at the Garden Court Hotel to announce a new literary award.

October 18, 2010 | 4 comments
Monday, Oct. 18

Music: 'Key To the Cure' Breast Cancer Benefit
Stanford's Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority present "Key to the Cure," a concert raising donations for the American Cancer Society featuring Slmps, Talisman, Harmonics, Testimony, Raagapella, Mendicants, Fleet Street, Mixed Company, Everyday People and Cardinal Calypso, today, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at The Axe & Palm at Old Union, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.

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Los Altos man arrested for lewd acts upon a child

District attorney's office files six felony counts against 40-year-old John Keith Wilson
A Los Altos man suspected of committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 is being held on $1 million bail at Santa Clara County Jail, police said Friday.

October 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Bicyclist injured on San Antonio-101 overpass

A 16-year-old boy riding a bike over the San Antonio Road overpass at Highway 101 was injured Sunday afternoon when a car slid out of control on rain-slick roadway and collided with him, police reported.

October 18, 2010 | 7 comments
Review: 'Nowhere Boy'

(Three stars)
'Tis the job of the biopic to psychoanalyze its famous subject and sketch connective lines between the past and the future, the personal and the public. In tackling the subject of John Lennon's formative years, "Nowhere Boy" is no exception. -- PC

October 15, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'Red'

(Three stars)
If you're looking at your local multiplex today for the "Red" that won Best Play at this year's Tony Awards, you're going to be very confused. The movie "Red" isn't about a relationship between an artist and his art; rather, it's a lighthearted shoot-'em-up based on a comic book. -- PC

October 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Council candidates: let's build a park

Candidates differ on police handling of Ideafarm
Building a large park in the Whisman neighborhood was a popular idea among the six candidates for City Council at a debate Thursday night.

October 15, 2010 | 25 comments
Friday, Oct. 15

Theater: 'Almost Female: A Jockette's Awesome Journey'
Bridget Quigg (Stanford '98) explains what she's learned about being feminine and why she's no longer worried if she (or anyone) is doing it right in this autobiographical production today (Oct. 15) at 8 p.m. at Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Tickets are $15.

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Becker, Schmidt seek new water board seat

Longtime Los Altos City Council member and environmental lawyer vie to represent area
This November, Mountain View residents, along with voters from five other Peninsula cities, will be asked to choose between two men running for the newly created District 7 seat of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

October 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Voter's Guide: Measure E to raise $42 million

Six-year tax would help with state cuts to community colleges
Officials of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District say Measure E, a parcel tax on the November ballot, will provide them with much needed revenues to provide educational services to local students seeking affordable higher education.

October 15, 2010 | 12 comments
Weekend, Oct. 16 & 17

Music: Agony Aunts/William Cleere at Red Rock
Agony Aunts plays original indie-pop music in celebration of its new record, "Greater Miranda." The band is joined by Americana/piano-rock band William Cleere and the Marvelous Fellas Saturday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Event: Book Arts Jam at Foothill
Foothill College will be holding its annual Book Arts Jam, a celebration of book arts, print arts and paper arts, Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Music: Trio Jubilee in Palo Alto
Trio Jubilee performs chamber music (featuring works by Haydn, Bloch and Dvorak) Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Music: "Finding Home" at CSMA
Sunday, Pianist Patricia Cheng, joined by violinist Po-Wei Lai, cellist Amy Hsieh and moderator Hector Armienta, will explore the music of artists in search of national identity, including Tyzen Hsiao, Edvard Grieg, Bedrich Smetana, Frederic Chopin and Antonin Dvorak. Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

October 15, 2010 | No comments yet
High school test scores off slightly

MVLA students still outperform state, national averages for SAT and ACT
Local high school students averaged higher SAT and ACT scores than their peers throughout the state and nation this year, and more students took both tests district-wide. However, district scores fell overall from last year, as did the number of Mountain View High School students taking the ACT.

October 20, 2010 | 5 comments
Rally at City Hall to support gay teens

Speakers concerned about bullying, recent suicides
A recent rally held at City Hall Friday aimed to assure local gay teens that they should not feel like outcasts.

October 15, 2010 | 3 comments
Minton's gets ready to auction off everything

City's oldest business closing to make way for housing development
Minton's Lumber and Supply, the city's oldest business, and will soon trickle away piece by piece as lumber, tools and trucks are auctioned off on Nov. 9.

October 14, 2010 | 13 comments
Giants honored with adoption special on orange, black cats

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is honoring the San Francisco Giants' National League Division Series victory with a special adoption promotion for cats with black or orange fur. The humane society is setting the adoption fee for Giants-colored cats at just $9, reduced from the standard fee that ranges from $50 to $80, according to spokesman Scott Delucchi.

October 14, 2010 | 5 comments
Thursday, Oct. 14

Film: 'War Photographer' at Stanford
"War Photographer," a documentary that follows photojournalist James Nachtwey as he travels the world documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues, will be screened today, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Annenberg Auditorium, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. A faculty-led discussion will follow.

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The penitent pugilist

Local youth turns his life around in the boxing ring
Isaac Herrera got his academic career back on track through the Mountain View Police Activities League's boxing program, led by Ron Cooper, a school resource officer with the MVPD.

October 18, 2010 | 2 comments
Six vie for three City Council seats

Three newcomers have decided to challenge three incumbents for their seats in the Nov. 2 election, hoping to change the city as a council member or to at least question the recent decisions of incumbents. The Voice sat down with all six candidates to ask about medical marijuana, the city's ongoing budget problems, housing affordability, high-speed rail and possibly sharing Google's property taxes with local schools, among other things.

October 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Voter's guide: Measure T broadens the city's phone tax

On Nov. 2, the city's voters will decide whether to extend the city's phone tax to broadband phone calls as well as to international and interstate phone calls.

October 15, 2010 | 5 comments
After some prodding, Siegel discloses stocks

In his bid for re-election, council member Jac Siegel recently amended his financial disclosure forms a week after they were due to include the stock investments in his retirement account, something he previously thought was not required.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, Oct. 13

Talk: U.S.-Mexico Relations
Alex Saragoza, professor of Chicano Studies, U.C. Berkeley, will discuss "The State of U.S.-Mexico Relations: Immigration, Drugs and Electoral Politics" today, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council.

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Indecent exposure on Evelyn Avenue

A 64-year-old Mountain View woman got an unwelcome surprise Monday morning when a man exposed himself to her on Evelyn Avenue near Bryant Street.

October 18, 2010 | 2 comments
Runway fire drill

Local firefighters train for airport emergency at Moffett Field
Firefighters from NASA Ames and the Palo Alto Fire Department put out propane-fueled flames from a specially rigged plane during a training session held last week at the Moffett Federal Airfield. Photo by Michelle Le.

October 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Schwarzenegger vetoes rail 'accountability' stick

Budget provisions would have required rail authority to respond the critical reports before receiving funding
With a stroke of his line-veto pen, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday killed a budget provision that would have forced the California High-Speed Rail Authority to improve its business plan and strengthen its outreach efforts by Feb. 1 or have about a quarter of its annual budget withheld.

October 13, 2010 | 7 comments
Schwazenegger vetoes rail 'accoutability measures'

Budget provisions would have required rail authority to respond the critical reports before receiving funding
With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday killed a budget provision that would have forced the California High-Speed Rail Authority to improve its business plan and strengthen its outreach efforts.

October 13, 2010 | 1 comment
Three sentenced in gang-related stabbing

Three members of a Norteno gang from Mountain View have been sentenced in last year's stabbing death of Mario Aguilar, an 18-year-old San Jose man, according to officials from the district attorney's office. Three others members of the same gang are scheduled to be sentenced next month in connection with the same incident.

October 13, 2010 | 11 comments
Baby is a perfect 10

Amit Nisenbaum and his wife Lilach, have a knack for having their babies on significant days. Their newest addition is a perfect 10.

October 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Bandit gets little in liquor store robbery

Portable hard drive, empty laptop case taken, but no cash
A man wearing a mask and wielding a handgun attempted to steal cash from a Mountain View liquor store Friday, but settled for a portable hard drive and empty laptop case instead.

October 12, 2010 | 18 comments
Tuesday, Oct. 12

Event: Evening Labyrinth at Stanford
Stanford's Office for Religious Life sponsors a candlelit labyrinth open to the public tonight, Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Church, Stanford University. Labyrinths are used as a meditation device. A trained labyrinth facilitator is available to assist.

October 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Critics slam high-speed rail business plan

Peninsula economists say project would endanger California's economy
Peninsula critics of California's proposed high-speed rail system released a new report Monday night challenging the economics behind the controversial, voter-approved project and accusing the agency charged with building the rail system of deceiving the public.

October 12, 2010 | 15 comments
Federal working group formed on high-speed rail

High-level Sept. 30 meeting in Washington leads to creation of new group to oversee federal response to California project
A high-level federal working group that will meet weekly to discuss California's high-speed rail project has been created in response to growing concerns about the viability of the California project, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo announced Monday in an interview with the Voice's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly.

October 12, 2010 | 9 comments
Google deals a no-no if Jabbari wins council seat?

The election of a Google employee to the City Council could mean no new lucrative deals between the internet giant and the city for his first two years in office, thanks to a state law designed to prevent conflicts of interest.

October 11, 2010 | 4 comments
Caltrain hikes fares, cuts service

In an ongoing effort to close a $2.3 million budget gap, the Caltrain Board of Directors approved fare increases and service reductions Thursday.

October 11, 2010 | 3 comments
Monday, Oct. 11

Music: Ukulele jam at Dana Street Coffee
Santa Clara Ukelele Club holds its monthly jam tonight, Oct. 11, 6:30-9 p.m. Open to all levels, with intro lessons from 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Dana Street Roasting Co., 744 West Dana St., Mountain View. Call 650-390-9638.

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Palo Alto residents not sold on local rail station

Few express interest, many raise objections to hosting a high-speed rail station
High-speed rail officials seeking to gauge Palo Alto's interest in a local rail station received an unambiguous message from the community Thursday when not a single resident voiced support for the idea. The station also received a cool reception in Mountain View last month, with a majority of the City Council saying they wouldn't support building it because of its impacts on the downtown.

October 11, 2010 | 10 comments
Review: 'Secretariat'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
(To the tune of "Mister Ed":)
We've had us a film about a horse.
"Seabiscuit" got Oscar nods, of course.
So another race horse on us they'll force: "Secretariat"! -- PC

October 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Oct. 9 & 10

Music: Teen Open Mic at Red Rock
Teens are invited to perform at open-mic night sponsored by the City of Mountain View Recreation Division & Youth Advisory Committee on Saturday, Oct. 9, 8-10 p.m. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Call Kristine Pardini at 650-903-6410.

Community: Fall plant sale at Foothill
Foothill College's Environmental Horticulture & Design Program hosts its annual fall plant sale on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bamboos, shrubs, trees, vegetables, decorative grasses and other plants will be on sale at the campus nursery and greenhouse facilities, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Music: Garett Brennan at Stanford
Portland singer-songwriter Garett Brennan brings his Americana music to the Stanford University Coho this Saturday (Oct. 9) for a free 8 p.m. concert. The Coho is at 459 Lagunita No. 1 on campus.

Community: 'To Life!' festival in Palo Alto
On Sunday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Palo Alto's California Avenue hosts the "To Life!" Jewish street fair. The free event includes Judaica and fine art for sale, family activities, live music and dance, food, and tables staffed by community organizations.

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Friday, Oct. 8

Music: Ariana Rice at Red Rock Coffee
Tonight, Oct. 8, singer-songwriter Ariana Rice performs at Red Rock Coffee. 8-10 p.m. 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Film: 'The Rest is Silence' at Stanford
As part of the Stanford Romanian Film Series, a free screening of "Restul e tacere (The Rest is Silence)" is scheduled with English subtitles tonight, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The 2007 comedy/drama about the making of the 1911-12 movie "Romania's Independence" will be shown in Language Corner, Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113, Stanford University. Call 650-725-2563.

October 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Weekly to hold open house Sunday

Public invited to tour new building on Cambridge Avenue
The public is invited to tour the Palo Alto Weekly's new three-story building on Cambridge Avenue and enjoy refreshments at an open house Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

October 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Directing 'Donuts'

TheatreWorks casting director Leslie Martinson runs the show in the latest Letts play
Standing tall, ready to address an expectant crowd, Leslie Martinson looks a bit like the captain of a ship about to sail. That is, if the ship smelled like a box of glazed old-fashioneds. Photos by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

October 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Oct. 7

Music: 'Harmony for Humanity' at Stanford
Tonight, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m., Stanford's Memorial Church hosts the annual event "Harmony for Humanity: Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert." The free tribute to the slain Wall Street Journal reporter and Stanford graduate features performances by faculty and students from the university's music department.

Opera: West Bay Opera preview
Cast members from West Bay Opera's "La forza del destino" will give a free preview of the production tonight, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. The event will be held with piano accompaniment at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The Verdi opera opens Oct. 15 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

October 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Centennial Celebration

Joseph Mijares, a long-time Mountain View resident, just reached a real milestone. He recently turned 100 years old.

October 12, 2010 | 1 comment
City wants Ideafarm box off public property

Wo'O Ideafarm is in trouble with the law, again.

October 7, 2010 | 31 comments
Abe-Koga's campaign war chest hits city's limit

All six candidates agree to spend less than $20,000
A tradition of keeping campaign spending to a minimum appears to be alive and well in Mountain View. Of the six candidates for City Council, only two appear to have done any real fundraising, with Margaret Abe-Koga out front with $21,709 raised so far.

October 7, 2010 | 4 comments
Speeding up college transfers

Taking credits from Foothill to CSU to get much easier
Two bills, written to help streamline transfers from state community colleges to schools in the CSU system by requiring more overall uniformity in the process, were signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sept. 29.

October 11, 2010 | 2 comments
How would you spend $10 million downtown?

Council candidates debate housing, high-speed rail in Old MV
If the six candidates for City Council were given $10 million to improve Mountain View's downtown, the area could end up with a subsidized grocery store, more park space, incentives for new retail stores, a revamped Civic Center plaza or tiny new "sidewalk parks," depending on which one you asked.

October 8, 2010 | 19 comments
Middle College engages restless teens' minds

Alternative public high school remains true to core values
Middle College is a publicly funded alternative secondary school program that allows local students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and college credit in community college classes. The school has shrunk, due to funding cuts in recent years, but the teachers and students remain passionate.

October 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Flames at Moffett from firefighting training exercise at airfield

Flames may be visible from Highway 101 at Moffett Field today and later in the week as Santa Clara County fire departments and firefighters and first responders from the NASA Ames Research Center conduct a training session at the airfield.

October 6, 2010 | No comments yet
MV police aid in Palo Alto manhunt

Droid theft in Palo Alto draws police, helicopter search
Palo Alto police were out in force Tuesday night -- including the use of a Santa Clara County sheriff's helicopter -- to hunt down the thief of a Droid smartphone. Officers from Mountain View and Los Altos aided in the manhunt.

October 6, 2010 | 21 comments
Wednesday, Oct. 6

Talk: Water District election panel
Tonight, Oct. 6, a panel discussion on the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) and water policy will be sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mountain View and Palo Alto in a free public meeting. Speakers include: Susanne Wilson, Terry Trumbull and Cathy Lazarus. 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Victor Calvo, highly accomplished former mayor, dies at 86

One of Mountain View's most accomplished residents died last week in his Mountain View home surrounded by his family. Former mayor Victor Calvo was 86.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, Oct. 5

Art: Heike Liss at Stanford
Today, Oct. 5, a reception is being held for German-born artist Heike Liss and her photo exhibition "Home is When I Belong," with images of what constitutes home taken by this itinerant artist. The free reception is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clayman Institute, Serra House, 589 Capistrano Way, Stanford University.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton sue rail authority

Midpeninsula cities, nonprofit groups, claim latest high-speed rail plans violate state environmental law
Palo Alto, Atherton and Menlo Park launched a fresh lawsuit Thursday against the California High-Speed Rail Authority, claiming the state agency violated state laws when it approved a comprehensive study evaluating the Bay Area-to-Central Valley segment of the 800-mile high-speed rail system. Related stories:
Rail authority to discuss Palo Alto station Thursday

October 5, 2010 | 6 comments
Burglars take guns, Xbox from apartment

Police believe unlocked bathroom window to be point of entry
Burglars got away with guns and video games on Friday after breaking into a ground-level apartment in a complex located in the 2100 block of California Street, police said.

October 6, 2010 | 4 comments
Strings on the upswing

New Peninsula ukulele jams are drawing singing crowds
It takes all kinds for a ukulele jam. And you can find them all -- newbies, veterans, competent amateurs -- at the monthly ukulele james at Dana Street Roasting Company.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
NASA aims to find bathroom vandal

NASA has figured out how astronauts can use the toilet in outer space, but down here on earth is another, messier story.

October 8, 2010 | 2 comments
Monday, Oct. 4

Talk: 'Imagining the Smart Home' at Stanford
Today, Oct. 4, at noon, Northwestern University professor Lynn Spigel gives a talk on envisioning the futuristic "smart homes" of digital culture and media technologies. The talk, part of Stanford's Seminar on Science, Technology and Society, is in the 2nd Floor East Conference Room (E207) at Stanford University. Call 650-725-0123.

October 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Mourners bid farewell to Bill Lane

Friends, family and associates fill Stanford's Memorial Church for service for 'Man of the West'
Hundreds of friends, family members and associates of Bill Lane heard anecdotes of his enthusiastic approach to life, his wide-ranging interests and his personal and civic generosity during a noontime service at Stanford's Memorial Church Friday.

October 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Social, environmental advocate Mary Davey dies following heart illness

Davey dies of heart-related condition at Kaiser Hospital, ending decades of civic leadership in housing and envrionmental causes
Mary Davey, who divided her energies between supporting environmental and social causes, died Saturday evening at Kaiser Hospital, surrounded by family, following a heart-related illness. Davey was the current president of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors. Related stories:
Lifetimes of Achievement: Mary Davey

October 4, 2010 | No comments yet
'Sunday Arts' kicks off with dance, films

"Sunday Arts Live" will be held in the Center for Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. and begins at 1:30 p.m. It will feature films produced by the Freestyle Academy, dances by Grupo Folklorico Los Laureles (Mexican folkloric), Halau Na Wai Ola (Hawaiian) and Kaisahan (Filipino), and Oriki Theater (African drums).

October 1, 2010 | 1 comment
Weekend, Oct. 2 & 3

Event: Los Altos Fall Festival
The 19th annual Los Altos Fall Festival, featuring activities for kids, exhibitions, contests, music and crafts, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the south parking plaza in downtown Los Altos.

Event: Palo Alto Black & White Ball
The Palo Alto Black & White Ball, featuring a masquerade theme, fine dining and live entertainment, will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $90-$135.

Family Event: Living History at Rengstorff House
Hands-on, interactive event for all ages. Victorian-era activities such as crafts, games, dress ups, household tasks, nature hikes and more. Sunday, Oct. 3, noon-3 p.m. Free. Call 650-903-6392. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Never Let Me Go'

(Three stars)
For starters, say this for "Never Let Me Go," the new film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's celebrated novel: You haven't seen anything like it at the movies this year. Ishiguro's dystopian, alternate-universe science-fiction melodrama gets a rendering from director Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo") that's austere to a fault. -- PC

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Social Network'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
There's a lot to "Like" about "The Social Network." The riveting film about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg defines a generation, a la "Easy Rider" and "The Breakfast Club." Director David Fincher helms with a deft touch; the script by Aaron Sorkin is beautifully crafted; and the acting is exceptional. -- TH

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Oct. 1

Benefit: Pint Night lupus fundraiser at Tied House
Tonight, Oct. 1, Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe in conjunction with Firehouse Brewery and Grill and Better Beer Blog will be hosting a "Pint Night Fundraiser" benefiting The Lupus Association of America. 5-11 p.m. Free. 954 Villa St., Mountain View. Call 650-695-2739.

Comedy: Funny Girlz in Palo Alto
Shazia Mirza, Carla Clayy, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Lisa Geduldig are among the featured acts at the Funny Girlz comedy show, held today, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. at Lucie Stern Community Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $25.

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Charter school backer reaches out to superintendent

One World charter school wants to be housed in MVLA district facilities
The man who wants to found a charter school somewhere in Silicon Valley hopes to meet soon with officials from the local high school district to discuss his plan.

October 1, 2010 | 5 comments
Burglars find disappointment at Huff School

Classroom door pried open, but cashbox had only play money
Would-be thieves pried open a cashbox but found only play money in a Huff Elementary School classroom that was broken into overnight on Sept. 28, police said.

September 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Police use Taser on transient at Castro Starbucks

Man threw coffee on officer, resisted arrest, police say
A police officer used a Taser on a homeless man who allegedly threw a cup of coffee on another Mountain View policeman early Wednesday morning.

September 30, 2010 | 1 comment
Pedestrian path fracas -- OK to lock gate, administrator says

Popular cut-through to downtown, Rengstorff Park goes through Ryland Towne Court complex
The pedestrian path that was once the only convenient way to walk through the neighborhood at the north end of Ortega Avenue will likely be closed permanently. The city's zoning administrator is allowing the homeowner's association to put up a locked gate.

October 4, 2010 | 12 comments
The sheltering schools

Local campuses ready for emergency crews, residents if disaster strikes
Local schools and districts are ready to double as hubs for emergency personnel and shelters for displaced families in the event of a major emergency.

October 6, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino takes part in major Parkinson's study

Hospital teams up with Michael J. Fox Foundation in search of 'biological markers'
A clinical trial, set to begin this fall at El Camino Hospital aims to figure out a way to objectively determine if someone is suffering from Parkinson's with simple tests. Currently, it takes a battery of exams to diagnose the devastating disease.

October 5, 2010 | 1 comment
Teachers, school staff OK salary freeze

Teachers and staff of the local high school district have agreed to forego salary increases for two years. The pay freeze, together with a change in retirement benefits for some staff members, will help the Mountain View Los Altos high school district save money, officials said.

October 4, 2010 | 6 comments
Council OKs butterfly-themed mini-park

A design for a mini-park at the west end of Dana Street was unanimously approved by the council Tuesday night, despite some previous disagreement over its design among neighbors.

September 30, 2010 | 5 comments
Remaking Rengstorff Park

Wish list for upgrades includes new pool, teen center, 'sprayground'
About 60 residents had a rare opportunity to collectively imagine a major revamp of Rengstorff Park in Mountain View last Friday.

September 30, 2010 | 6 comments
Endorsements? I'll pass, some candidates say

Challengers pass as incumbents rack up endorsements
As the three incumbents for City Council rake in endorsements from community leaders and groups like the Sierra Club and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, their opponents have decided to forgo the practice altogether.

October 5, 2010 | 22 comments
Council incumbents battle newcomers in Chamber debate

Three City Council incumbents defended their records against three challengers in a debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Monday night The candidates tackled the topics of medical marijuana, the city's golf course problems and the city budget.

September 30, 2010 | 26 comments
Thursday, Sept. 30

Talk: Jennifer Rosner at Stanford
Jennifer Rosner discusses her experience raising two deaf daughters, her discovery of a history of deafness in her family, and the controversies currently raging in deaf culture today, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. at Beckman Center, Munzer Hall, Stanford University.

September 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Attempted homicide near Whisman Park

A local man, with the aid of a friend, was able to get himself to the hospital Saturday night after a group of teens beat him and stabbed him multiple times with a screwdriver, police said.

September 29, 2010 | 13 comments
Local rugby league is growing

At the end of last year, Paul Lynch set out to create the largest youth rugby league in California. This year, according to his estimates, he will likely reach that goal.

September 29, 2010 | 9 comments
Wednesday, Sept. 29

Author: Bo Caldwell at Books Inc.
Bo Caldwell presents "The City of Tranquil Light," a book about a young marriage set against the backdrop of the shifting face of a nation, today, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

September 29, 2010 | No comments yet
HSR officials wrestle with 'conflict' finding

Legislative Counsel Bureau finds two board members violate state law on 'incompatibility of public offices'
Two members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors could be serving on the board in violation of a state law governing conflicts of interest, according to a letter from the state Legislative Counsel Bureau.

September 29, 2010 | 4 comments
Tuesday, Sept. 28

Exhibit: Great Glass Pumpkin Patch in Palo Alto
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, featuring 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins, will be on exhibit starting today, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

September 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Kasperzak tapped as VP of League of Cities

City Council member Mike Kasperzak has been named vice president of the League of California Cities and is on track to become president next year.

September 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Police close downtown street to search for alleged gunman

Police now believe emergency call was a hoax
A portion of Villa Street running through downtown was shut down Monday, Sept. 27, after a man called police saying he had shot a woman and was hiding in a dumpster. Police now believe the caller may have been a prankster, on drugs, mentally disturbed or perhaps all three.

September 28, 2010 | 1 comment
Monday, Sept. 27

Candidate forum: Chamber of Commerce hosts council candidates
Tonight, Sept. 27, the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View will host the City Council Candidate Information Exchange at the City Council Chambers in City Hall, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Free and open to the public. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 408-718-9561.

September 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Landmark tunnel under Bay breaks ground

$347 million water tunnel will supply Hetch Hetchy
A $347 million water tunnel -- the first to be built underneath the San Francisco Bay -- broke ground early Friday afternoon in Menlo Park and was celebrated by more than 100 people. The Bay Tunnel is part of the larger regional $4.6 billion Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program.

September 27, 2010 | 3 comments
Council OKs Google recreation facility on burrowing owl habitat

Update: The City Council unanimously approved a 6.5-acre recreation facility on Tuesday that's got nearly every activity a Google employee could want. The rub is that it sits on foraging grounds for the rare burrowing owl.

September 24, 2010 | 54 comments
Treasures sale Saturday to benefit Villa Siena

A "treasures sale" to benefit the Villa Siena retirement community in Mountain View is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 467 Deodara Dr. in Los Altos.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Local Police Activities League raises money at Shoreline

Guests were wined, dined ... and sketched by police artists
Guests at this year's Mountain View Police Activities League banquet were wined, dined and if they chose to visit the sketch artist's activity booth, they were treated like an at-large "perp."

September 27, 2010 | 3 comments
Council candidates to debate Monday

In a series of debates for City Council candidates, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting an "information exchange" on Monday night at City Hall.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Sept. 25 & 26

Community: International Day of Peace
Mountain View's first celebration of the International Day of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 25, includes musical performances, interfaith prayers and readings, plus arts and crafts. From 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Free. Call 650-966-1921.

Art: Palo Alto Art Center
The Palo Alto Art Center opens its three fall exhibitions on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. The free shows are: "In Focus: Collecting Photography," "Light from the Underground" and "Paintings from Haiti." Call 650-329-2366.

Event: Move to Wellness Festival at Rengstorff Park
The Move to Wellness Festival at Rengstorff Park includes activities for families and seniors, such as exercise demos, health screeenings, a resource fair and health insurance sign-ups. 1-4 p.m. Free. Rengstorff Park, 201 Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View. Call 650-903-6397.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Sept. 24

Community: Moonlight Run & Walk
Tonight, Sept. 24, marks the 26th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk, with 5K and 10K loop courses over the Palo Alto Baylands levee and through the marshlands. The 5K walk starts at 7 p.m., with the 10K run at 8:15 p.m. and the 5K run at 8:45. Parking will be limited so car-pooling is highly recommended. Race-night registration is $30, with children ages 12 and under running free with a registered adult.

Music: 'An Evening with Edgar Meyer'
Classical bassist Edgar Meyer, who has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and others, will solo with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a concert at 8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 24, at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave. Tickets are $29-$49, with discounts for students and people under 35. Call 415-357-4400.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Caltrain posts new suicide-prevention signs

Hotline calls to be tracked as part of nationwide study on signs' effectiveness
Suicide-prevention signs along the Caltrain tracks will be updated as part of a nation-wide study on whether they are effective. Caltrain will spend $110,000 to erect 250 new "There is Help" signs along a 10-mile stretch that includes Mountain View, Palo Alto and Menlo Park, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

September 24, 2010 | 4 comments
Review: 'The Town'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Ben Affleck is all grown up. The Adonis actor whose career launched so promisingly with "Dazed and Confused" (1993) and "Chasing Amy" (1997) before nose-diving thanks to critically lambasted films like "Gigli" (2003) demonstrates his fortitude with this beautifully executed action/drama. -- TH

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Jack Goes Boating'

(Three stars)
Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut offers an alternative for those tired of the conventions of Hollywood romantic comedy. Arguably, it replaces one set of conventions for another -- those of the typical Off-Broadway dramedy -- but I'll take shaggy weirdness over cynical slickness every time. -- PC

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Two laptops stolen in Dana St. burglary

Two laptops, valued at about $1,500, were stolen from a duplex in 900 block of W. Dana Street on Sept. 21.

September 24, 2010 | 3 comments
iPod, jewelry taken in burglary

Back door may have been left open
An open sliding back door is the suspected point of entry in a Sept. 21 burglary at a home in the 1000 block of Boranda Avenue.

September 27, 2010 | 7 comments
Checkbooks, cameras stolen from home

Police have strong leads in burglary of a home in the 800 block of Sevely Drive on Sept. 21.

September 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Let the affordable housing proposals pour in, city council says

With $18 million in affordable housing funds burning a hole in its pocket, the City Council Tuesday supported allowing a larger number of affordable housing developers to propose projects in Mountain View.

September 23, 2010 | 17 comments
High-speed rail chalks up legal win

Judge Culhane dismisses Menlo Park residents' lawsuit
Even as news spread of a fresh lawsuit against high-speed rail, the beleaguered rail authority announced the dismissal of a different suit filed in April by Menlo Park residents.

September 23, 2010 | 9 comments
Thursday, Sept. 23

Theater: 'Our Town' at the Pear
Tonight, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m., the Pear Avenue Theatre presents a preview performance of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" at 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View. The show runs through Oct. 17 and is being presented in repertory with Tony Kushner's "Angels in America, Part One." Tickets are $15-$30. Call 650-254-1148.

September 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Test scores rise, but schools stuck in 'program improvement'

The Mountain View Whisman School District is entering its second year of what is known as "program improvement," even though academic performance increased overall and test scores were up in kindergarten through fifth grade.

September 27, 2010 | 1 comment
El Camino forecasts profit by fiscal year's end

Hospital officials expect Los Gatos to make up for MV's losses
Although El Camino Hospital is off to a rocky start this fiscal year -- and while the hospital's Mountain View campus is projected to be in the red by the end of next June -- officials expect revenue generated by the Los Gatos campus will more than make up for the shortfalls and put the organization as a whole in the black by mid-2011.

September 23, 2010 | 4 comments
Google's 'Hiveplex' is the place to bee

Beekeeping idea takes flight on Google's Crittenden campus
Excitement was apparent on Sept. 16, as Googlers watched and helped Bill Tomaszewski of the Marin Bee Company harvest honey from the the Google "Hiveplex" -- a collection of four bee hives on the company's Mountain View campus.

September 23, 2010 | 1 comment
Enrollment jumps at MV Whisman

Enrollment is up substantially this fall at local elementary and middle schools. Officials speculate that the marked -- and unanticipated -- rise is due, in part, to an influx of military families moving into Moffett Field housing, as well as fewer fifth-graders than usual leaving the district.

September 24, 2010 | 14 comments
Memorial for Dr. William Reeves, a founder of El Camino Hospital

A memorial service for Dr. William A. Reeves, one of the founders of El Camino Hospital, is set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Stanford Memorial Chapel.

September 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, Sept. 22

Talk: Juan Andres Fontaine at Stanford
Juan Andres Fontaine, Chile's minister of economy, will give a free public talk today, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at Stanford University's NVIDIA Auditorium at the Huang Engineering Center, 475 Via Ortega. He'll speak as part of the Entrepreneurial Thought weekly-speaker series.


September 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Menlo Park joins high-speed-rail lawsuit

City joins Palo Alto and Atherton in challenging environmental study
Mountain View's neighbors to the north are teaming up against the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday (Sept. 21) to join neighboring cities in a lawsuit against the rail authority. Menlo Park Councilman Andy Cohen recused himself due to a conflict of interest.

September 22, 2010 | 4 comments
Mountain View Holiday Inn sued for sexual harassment

The Holiday Inn on El Camino Real near San Antonio Road is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly firing a front desk clerk for complaining about being sexually harassed and threatened by her boss.

September 21, 2010 | 12 comments
Cuesta Annex: Woman arrested for annoying phone calls

Mayor and one family felt threatened
This is an expanded version of a previously posted story. After making a series of allegedly vague threats to her opponents, a woman who seeks to preserve the Cuesta Annnex and its trees was arrested and booked into county jail by Mountain View police last week.

September 21, 2010 | 18 comments
Tuesday, Sept. 21

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer in Palo Alto
"Everything is Illuminated" author Jonathan Safran Foer gives a talk at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 21, at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. He'll discuss his path from carnivore to vegetarian, covering such topics as commercial fishing and factory farming. $18 general, $12 for Commonwealth Club members. Call 415-597-6705.

Talk: 'Technology and Community Libraries'
Tonight, Sept. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a free community forum on technology trends and public libraries takes place at the Palo Alto Art Center auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Moderated by Palo Alto Weekly editor Jay Thorwaldson, the discussion will cover such topics as mobile devices, e-books and the future of library collections. Call 650-329-2403.

September 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Police nab bank robbery suspect

Man is charged with last week's Mountain View heist
Police arrested a Santa Clara man and charged him with five South Bay bank robberies, including last week's robbery of the Heritage Bank of Commerce in Mountain View.

September 21, 2010 | 7 comments
PG&E releases list of top 100 riskiest gas pipes

As part of PG&E's efforts to restore public trust in the company following the deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, PG&E officials today released a of the company's 100 riskiest sections of gas pipeline.

September 20, 2010 | No comments yet
San Bruno's exploded gas line also runs through Mountain View

The 54-year-old gas pipe that blew up in San Bruno killing at least seven also happens to run through residential areas of northern Mountain View.

September 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Moffett Field section of Bay Trail opens

Path connects Mountain View with Sunnyvale
The newest segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail -- which stretches 2.4 miles behind Moffett Field and connects Mountain View and Sunnyvale -- is open to the public.

September 20, 2010 | 7 comments
Monday, Sept. 20

Author: Joyce Carol Oates at Stanford
Literary fixture Joyce Carol Oates gives a free talk tonight, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Stanford University's Cubberley Auditorium in the school of education. She has written 56 novels and many plays, essays, volumes of poetry, short-story collections and book reviews. Call 650-725-2650.

September 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Man robs bank with note

No weapon brandished in morning robbery at Heritage Bank of Commerce
Heritage Bank of Commerce, located 175 E. El Camino Real, was robbed yesterday morning at about 9:30 a.m., police said.

September 17, 2010 | 2 comments
Friday, Sept. 17

Theater: 'Our Town' at the Pear
Thornton Wilder's classic drama of the American spirit, "Our Town," opens tonight, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Pear Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View. Tickets are $15-$30. Playing in repertory with "Angels in America, Part One."

Music: Open mic night at Red Rock
Tonight, Sept. 17, Red Rock coffee shop hosts two special open mic events. At 6:30 p.m. it's open mic for kids to sing, tell jokes or perform a trick. At 8 p.m. it's a duets-only open mic. 201 Castro Ave., Mountain View.

September 17, 2010 | No comments yet
'Shop Local' program launches

New websites will list all local businesses, provide coupons, special offers, menus and customer opinions
Mountain View residents will be able to find and discover local businesses, take advantage of coupons and special offers, and post their opinions starting today on ShopMountainView.com, a new website devoted to raising awareness of the products and services offered by local merchants and their importance to the vitality of the community.

September 17, 2010 | 4 comments
Weekend, Sept. 18 & 19

Family Event: PAMP Moon Festival
The Parents Club of Palo Alto Menlo Park (PAMP) hosts the 5th Annual Children's Moon Festival, an Asian thanksgiving celebration featuring a parade, arts and crafts, and refreshments, Saturday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Mitchell Park Bowl, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Admission is $5 for nonmembers.

Event: Wild Cat Adventure
The educational Wild Cat Adventure program featuring live animals is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, at Foothill College Appreciation Hall, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. The show features five cats, and may include a cougar, cheetah, serval, caracal, Canada lynx, Siberian lynx or Geofroy's cat. Adults $10; children $5. Call (707) 874-3176.

Music: Sara Doniach Memorial Concert in Palo Alto
An afternoon of Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann chamber music will be performed by pianist Richard Sogg, the St. Michael Trio and other musicians in memory of Palo Alto music teacher Sara Doniach Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m. at The Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. A reception follows.

September 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Butterflies soar for cancer group fundraiser

On Saturday, Sept. 19, hundreds of butterflies are set to fly over Mountain View. Cancer Support Community will be holding its "Wings of Hope" charity fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 455 N. Whisman Road, suite 300. The event is free, but participants may sponsor a monarch butterfly in honor of a loved one for $35.

September 17, 2010 | 1 comment
House fire closes Palo Alto's University Avenue

A house fire this morning at 1005 University Ave., apparently started by an unattended candle, has shut down University to through traffic as firefighters battle the two-alarm blaze. The fire was reported shortly after 7 a.m.

September 17, 2010 | No comments yet
County: 2.1 quake rattles east foothills

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.1 struck Wednesday evening in Santa Clara County.

September 16, 2010 | 2 comments
Thursday, Sept. 16

Lecture: Jim Blake in Palo Alto
Jim Blake speaks on "A Tale of Two Modernisms: LeCorbusier and Gropius" as part of a six-week lecture series on Postmodernism today, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Know Knew Books, 415 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Music: 'Transitions -- An evening of computer music'
Stanford's CCRMA presents an outdoor lawn concert of computer music including laptop performances, a tweeter-interactive piece, sound and video installations and more today, Sept. 16, at 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

September 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Always be prepared

No substitute for a good plan, emergency officials say
When disaster strikes, there is no substitute for being prepared.

September 20, 2010 | 2 comments
So you think you'd like to dance?

Young hopefuls audition for ballet scholarships
They came -- two-dozen girls and a couple of boys, dressed in gym clothes, pink leotards and jean shorts. They saw -- an enormous dance studio with mirrored walls and barres piled against the wall. And then, they danced.

September 16, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino's plans for old hospital on hold

Recession has held up new 'multi-specialty building,' officials say
El Camino Hospital's plan to for its old main hospital building have been set back by at least one year by the recession, officials said.

September 16, 2010 | 3 comments
New charter school seeks high school district's OK

School would focus on foreign language, sustainability and tech
A Sunnyvale man is setting his sights on the Mountain View Los Altos High School District to house his proposed charter school.

September 20, 2010 | 17 comments
Jobs, classes, services cut in Foothill-De Anza budget

State financial crisis blamed, 'heroic' staff praised by district officials
Courses have been discontinued, positions have been eliminated, pay packages have been downsized and faculty are overworked at Foothill and De Anza colleges.

September 16, 2010 | 33 comments
When 'Donors Choose,' students win

Castro teacher helped by website that helps anyone become a philanthropist
When it comes to getting kids interested in school, nothing beats things that flash. At least that's what Elizabeth Gomez has observed in her third-grade students. There's where donor-funded supplies from people contributing to DonorsChoose make a difference.

September 15, 2010 | 4 comments
Ideafarm arrested for trespassing

Wo of Ideafarm, the oddly named man with the sign-laden trailer often seen around Mountain View, was arrested twice last week by Mountain View police on trespassing charges.

September 15, 2010 | 27 comments
Wednesday, Sept. 15

Author: Joyce Robins at Books Inc.
Joyce Robins talks about "Aunt Lydia's Trousseau," her memoir of growing up in Toronto in the 1920s and '30s, today, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

September 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Man injured in home-invasion robbery

Septuagenarian and caregiver bound by masked gunmen
A 72-year-old man was injured in a home-invasion robbery this morning on the 1300 block of Phyllis Avenue.

September 14, 2010 | 13 comments
High speed train station idea loses steam

A council majority opposes the idea
A majority of City Council members oppose having a high-speed rail station in Mountain View, they said in a study session Monday night. Unless two of the four station opponents are unseated in the November election, it appears that high speed trains are not likely to stop in Mountain View's downtown.

September 14, 2010 | 25 comments
Senators urge inspection of California pipelines

PG&E also under orders to inspect its share of 12,000 miles of state-regulated lines
California's senators urged a federal agency Monday to immediately order inspections of interstate natural gas pipelines -- like the one that ruptured Sept. 9 in San Bruno -- with a priority on those near residential areas.

September 14, 2010 | 1 comment
Caltrain wants high-speed rail to start locally

Agency asks High-Speed Rail Authority to refocus its environmental review on a Peninsula 'initial operating segment' of overall system
Caltrain has joined a growing swell of Peninsula critics of California's proposed high-speed-rail system. But Caltrain isn't opposing the system; it wants it to start first on the Peninsula -- and to resurrect below-grade alternatives it believes are "achievable and constructible."

September 14, 2010 | 5 comments
Tuesday, Sept. 14

Author: Clara Shih at Books Inc.
Clara Shih presents "The Facebook Era," her book about using social-networking tools in business, today, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Author: David Kessler

September 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Arnold wants the world to come to Moffett Field

Gov. Schwarzenegger says California will bid to host 2020 World Expo in Silicon Valley
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has been touring Shanghai since last week in an effort to increase collaboration among Chinese and California businesses, announced Sunday that California will bid to host the 2020 World Expo in the Bay Area -- specifically Moffett Field.
Related story
Will millions flock to Moffett Field for the 2020 World Expo?

September 14, 2010 | 4 comments
A fine time at Art & Wine

There was no shortage of patrons at this weekend's Mountain View Art & Wine festival on Castro Street. Voice photographer Michelle Le captured some of the highlights.

September 14, 2010 | 1 comment
Apartment fire displaces eight people

A fire damaged all four units in an apartment complex on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12. The fire started just before 5 p.m. in the kitchen of one of the apartments and spread to a concealed wall space, said Mountain View fire spokeswoman Jaime Garret. No injuries were reported.

September 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Never forget

Members of the United States military, local police and fire officials, and civic dignitaries memorialize those who died in the 9/11 attacks at a ceremony in front of City Hall during the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 11. Photo by Michelle Le.

September 13, 2010 | 5 comments
Monday, Sept. 13

Music: Santa Clara Ukelele Club
The Santa Clara Ukelele Club meets today, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with basic uke lessons from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Players of all levels are invited to the meeting at Dana Street Roasting Co., 744 West Dana St., Mountain View.

September 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Will millions flock to Moffett Field for the 2020 World Expo?

Governor, NASA back Moffett as site for world's fair
From the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai on Sunday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pitched Moffett Field as the site of the 2020 World Expo, which may bring tens of millions of people to the area for six months.

September 10, 2010 | 25 comments
Officials report on devastating San Bruno blaze

Four people killed, dozens of homes destroyed in Thursday evening explosion, fire
State and local elected officials joined the San Bruno police and fire chiefs this morning at a press conference to answer myriad questions clouding the air as the smoke clears from the smoldering wreckage around Crestmoor Canyon following Thursday evening's explosion and fire. Related stories:
Four confirmed deaths from San Bruno fire
Local firefighters help out in San Bruno
Silicon Valley Community Foundation creates emergency fund

September 10, 2010 | 2 comments
Weekend, Sept. 11 & 12

Community: Art & Wine Festival
On Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Mountain View hosts the annual Art & Wine festival on Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue. The event features arts and crafts including ceramics, photography, leather items, and wind chimes. There's also live music, food and drink, and children's activities. Call 650-968-8378.

Theater: 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' at Lucie Stern
Palo Alto Players opens its production of the Sarah Ruhl play "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, after a Friday-night preview. Shows are at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $21 for the preview, $32 for opening night and $30 on other days, with a $4 discount for seniors and students on Thursdays and Sundays. Call 650-329-0891.

September 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Sept. 10

Music: 'Wait! I'm Singing Now...'
Soprano Ellen Hargis sings sassy songs from the 17th century. Tonight, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m., she'll perform humorous and sarcastic solos with lutenist Paul O'Dette at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Tickets are $28 general, and $25 for members and seniors. Call 510-528-1725.

September 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Four confirmed deaths from fire

There are now four confirmed deaths due to the explosion and six-alarm fire caused by a ruptured gas transmission line in San Bruno Thursday evening, a San Mateo County coroner's deputy said Friday morning.

September 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Balcony burns at Calderon Avenue apartment

A balcony was damaged but no injuries were reported after a fire broke out at an apartment in the 100 block of Calderon Avenue early Thursday morning.

September 10, 2010 | 2 comments
Huge explosion and fire kills four, destroys San Bruno homes

Four confirmed deaths; leaping flames visible from much of the Bay Area
A major PG&E gas-line explosion and fire visible from much of the Bay Area has devastated a small residential area in San Bruno, destroying numerous homes.

September 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Sept. 9

Exhibit: Mami Wata at Cantor Arts Center
The exhibition highlights both traditional and contemporary images of Mami Wata, the water diety, and her consorts from across the African continent, as well as from the Caribbean, Brazil and the United States. It offers a variety of media including masks, sculptures and paintings. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Free. Also open Wednesdays, Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

September 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Moffett Field trail will connect MV, Sunnyvale

Efforts to link 26 miles of Bay Area trails north and south of Mountain View will finally be realized this month, when a 2.4-mile path running behind Moffett Field opens to the public.

September 14, 2010 | 6 comments
Pear parcel could prevent path plans

Former City Council member Matt Pear is not a fan of a proposal to create a pedestrian path along the length of the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct right of way -- and right through his family's property.

September 13, 2010 | 22 comments
What's old is new at Foothill

Anticipating a growing need for elderly services both locally and nationally, Foothill College is introducing a certificate program in gerontology, which will provide an "entry level" introduction to the field.

September 9, 2010 | No comments yet
MV Farmers Market No. 1 in Bay Area

Shoppers' vote ranks market No. 2 in state, fifth in nation
The Mountain View Farmers Market is more than just popular -- it's won first place among Bay Area markets.

September 10, 2010 | 3 comments
Minor quake hits Santa Clara County

2.2 magnitude quake is fourth small tremblor in past week
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.2 struck Wednesday evening in Santa Clara County.

September 9, 2010 | 2 comments
Morning car crash causes road closure

Shoreline shut for about an hour after car runs into tree on median
The northbound lane of Shoreline Boulevard, between Latham and Mercy streets, was closed for about an hour Wednesday morning, as crews worked to clear debris left after a Cobra kit car ran into a tree on the median.

September 8, 2010 | 41 comments
San Antonio: Council lukewarm on revamped shopping center plans

After being "underwhelmed" by the plan in May, a majority of the City Council did not entirely reject revised plans to revamp a major portion of San Antonio shopping center at a study session on Tuesday.

September 8, 2010 | 18 comments
County: Another quake shakes Calaveras Fault

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.1 struck Tuesday evening in Santa Clara County. In the past week, two other magnitude 2.0 or larger seismic events have occurred along this segment of the Calaveras Fault.

September 8, 2010 | 1 comment
Wednesday, Sept. 8

Exhibition: 'Home is When I Belong'
German-born artist Heike Liss, who lives with her husband and children in California and Europe, is exhibiting photographs taken in hotel rooms, exploring the notions of home and belonging. The artwork is on view at the Clayman Institute, Serra House, 589 Capistrano Way, Stanford University, through Oct. 15. Free. Open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Midori boutique features handcrafts, music

Midori Kai will host its 10th annual Asian crafts boutique on Saturday, Sept. 11. The fundraiser will include handmade items such as vintage kimonos and pottery, as well as cultural events, including a morning performance by a ukulele school and a jazz group playing in the afternoon.

September 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Tonight: Council discusses shopping center proposal

In a 5 p.m. study session tonight the City Council will discuss an updated proposal from Merlone Geier Partners for a large portion of San Antonio shopping center which includes over 300 apartments and space for three major retailers, not including numerous smaller shops, a Safeway and a Rite Aide.

September 7, 2010 | 1 comment
Tuesday, Sept. 7

Health: Dr. Meir Schneider at East West
Dr. Meir Schneider will demonstrate the relationship between bodies and eyes, showing how working with either one helps to heal the other, tonight, Sept. 11, from 7:30-9 p.m. at East West Book Store, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. Free. Call Customer Service at 650-988-9800.

September 7, 2010 | No comments yet
More El Camino nurses get layoff notices

More nurses at El Camino Hospital have received notice that they "may lose employment," according to an official from the nurses' union.

September 7, 2010 | 27 comments
2.1 quake shakes county

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.1 struck Monday night in Santa Clara County.

September 7, 2010 | 2 comments
Police arrest 167 on suspicion of DUI

Police in the Bay Area have arrested 167 drivers since Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the California Highway Patrol, up slightly since 2009.

September 7, 2010 | 2 comments
At one with the vegetables

Shumei's produce goes beyond organic with 'natural agriculture'
Each Sunday morning, the parking lot of the Mountain View train station is full, not with travelers but with locavores and produce-seekers. The weekly farmers market is a mecca of organic fruits and veggies, as well as some baked goods. But new to its collection of healthy treats this summer, under a standard white tent with an unassuming sign, is Shumei, a Santa Cruz farm that cultivates its crop in a unique way.

September 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Caltrain weighs fare increases

Agency holds public hearing
Although weekend Caltrain service recently escaped the budget ax, at a public hearing on Sept. 2 the rail agency proposed a mix of fare increases and other service cuts.

September 3, 2010 | 6 comments
Weekend, Sept. 4 & 5

Event: Kings Mountain Art Fair
A fair of 130 juried artists, kids' arts and crafts, and food, beer and wine, in a redwood forest setting, will be held Saturday-Monday, Sept. 4-6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.

Exhibit: "By Hand" in Los Altos
"By Hand: American Women with Needle and Thread" features a sampling of quilt styles representing key quilting periods over the last 150 years. Sunday, Sept. 5, Noon-4 p.m. Samplers, crochet, cross-stitch, and needlepoint will also be displayed. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call Karen Purtich at (408) 391-8519.

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
New EPA plan protects neighborhood from toxic fumes

Mountain View resident Jane Horton said her fight to have her home tested for toxic groundwater vapors would have been much easier if a recent update to an important Environmental Protection Agency plan had been in place.

September 3, 2010 | 5 comments
Friday, Sept. 3

Music: Curious Quail at Red Rock
Electronic artist Curious Quail performs today, Sept 3, at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Small quake shakes Santa Clara County

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.5 struck Thursday night, Sept. 2, in Santa Clara County.

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Rail authority's new report draws criticism

Agency was forced to revise environmental document after Peninsula lawsuit; critics warn of further litigation
The agency charged with building California's high-speed rail system adopted a crucial environmental document for the rail line Thursday morning, despite calls from Peninsula critics that the new document is deeply flawed and could lead to litigation.

September 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'Going the Distance''

(Two stars)
Extra! Extra! Hip People with Cool Jobs Have Relationship Problems! Or so we "learn" in "Going the Distance," the debut fiction feature from documentarian Nanette Burstein ("American Teen"). -- PC

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The American'

(Two stars)
Style is a tricky thing. If a director lays on the atmosphere too thick, a film can unintentionally slide into self-parodic territory. Sober and slightly silly, Anton Corbijn's "The American" resembles that remark. -- PC

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Google's growth spurt good for MV

Search giant pushing into mobile, social realm with recent acquisitions, hiring
This year Google has been snapping up companies at a rate of more than one per month -- many of them Silicon Valley startups. From March 31 through June 30 this year, the company added 1,184 employees to its ranks worldwide.

September 2, 2010 | 3 comments
Federal funding at risk as schools miss test targets

Monta Loma, Theuerkauf miss state targets, parents transfer students out
Two local elementary schools have failed to hit state-defined education targets for two consecutive years. That failure has concerned parents and caused school officials to question whether receiving federal aid -- which is tied to meeting the performance goals -- is worth it.

September 2, 2010 | 23 comments
New superintendent peddles optimism for MV Whisman school district

Goldman, a former lawyer, takes top job in K-8 district
Former lawyer Craig Goldman -- who has been in education for 20 years as a teacher, principal and administrator -- takes the reins as superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District.

September 8, 2010 | 8 comments
Thursday, Sept. 2

Exhibition: Recent Works at Gallery 9
Selected paintings by Naomi Mindelzun will be exhibited today, Sept. 2. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Another Spare the Air day called for Thursday

With light winds and warm temperatures predicted to linger throughout the Bay Area until the end of the week, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared Thursday another Spare the Air day, the fourth of the summer.

September 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Dumpster fire at View Side school

About 22 students of View Side Academy, located at 1012 Linda Vista Ave., were evacuated from the county continuation school's play area Monday, after a fire broke out in a nearby dumpster, police said.

September 1, 2010 | 2 comments
Pakistan flood relief benefit raises $350,000

A recent fundraiser to benefit victims of the flooding in Pakistan drew more than 400 people to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The Aug. 29 event, organized by disaster-coordination group South Asian Relief, featured guest speaker Imran Khan, a well-known Pakistani cricket player who is now a politician.

September 1, 2010 | 1 comment
Today is third Spare the Air day of the summer

Shifting weather patterns mean sunnier skies and poorer air quality today across the Bay Area, triggering the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to declare today a Spare the Air Day.

September 1, 2010 | 1 comment
Design workshop set for McKelvey Park revamp

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is hosting a workshop at the Mountain View library on Sept. 9 to develop plans for rebuilding McKelvey Park as a flood basin.

September 7, 2010 | 4 comments
Wednesday, Sept. 1

Film: 'Bells Are Ringing'
Judy Holliday plays a charmingly meddlesome telephone operator in the 1960 film "Bells Are Ringing," screening today, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto. Admission is $7 and includes a showing of "The Solid Gold Cadillac."

Event: New Palo Alto Farmers Market
A new farmers market in downtown Palo Alto will be held today, Sept. 1, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lytton Plaza (University and Emerson) in Palo Alto.

September 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Palo Alto may try to kill high-speed-rail plan

Councilman urges city to declare 'no confidence' in High-Speed Rail Authority
Palo Alto may soon take a formal "no confidence" stance against California's proposed high-speed-rail line and begin lobbying state legislators to kill the voter-approved project. A council committee is to consider the matter Thursday morning and the rail plan is agendized for the full City Council's Sept. 13 meeting.

August 31, 2010 | 25 comments
New fire engine a 'rolling toolbox'

Fire department's new rescue vehicle should maximize efficiency
A new rescue vehicle, equipped with the "jaws of life" and special lighting equipment, will improve the efficiency the Mountain View Fire Department's fleet, officials said.

August 31, 2010 | 8 comments
Google a big player in affordable housing

None of $100 million in projects are in Mountain View
Google has invested over $100 million in eight affordable housing projects this year outside of Mountain View, including $19 million for a 124-unit senior housing complex in Sunnyvale where a groundbreaking is scheduled this week.

August 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, Aug. 31

Art: Summer Exhibitions at Palo Alto Art Center
Palo Alto Art Center Summer Exhibitions, featuring examples of the Surrealism movement in contemporary art, are nearing their final weeks. The exhibits are on display today, Aug. 31, at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

August 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, Aug. 30

Film: "Funny Face"
The classic film "Funny Face," starring Fred Astaire and a beatnik Audrey Hepburn, will be shown today, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Avenue, Palo Alto. Admission is $7, which includes a showing of "Love in the Afternoon" at 5:10 and 9:25 p.m.

August 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Caltrain reconsiders cutting weekend, Gilroy service

Caltrain is likely to keep two of its services instead of cutting them to help close a $2.3 million budget gap, a Caltrain spokesman said Friday.

August 30, 2010 | 6 comments
Rail CEO: Peninsula design not 'predetermined'

Agency seeks to assure stakeholders that trench option is still on the table
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has sent out a letter to Peninsula communities seeking to quash fears that the plans for the proposed high-speed rail line have already been determined.

August 30, 2010 | 17 comments
Cities hold workshop to help restaurants weather the recession

The cities of Mountain View, Los Altos and Cupertino are worried enough about their restaurant businesses going under that they are hosting a workshop on Monday designed to give their restaurants a boost.

August 27, 2010 | 5 comments
Far fewer Mayfield homes in new plan

In an ironic twist caused by the recession, the controversial high density Mayfield housing development has been significantly scaled back by a new developer.

August 27, 2010 | 12 comments
Weekend, Aug. 28 & 29

Event: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
This Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28 and 29, the University Avenue area downtown hosts the 29th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. The free street fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days and features some 300 artists, live music and food and drink.

Music: Bennett Jackson at Red Rock
The Brooklyn country-western musician Bennett Jackson plays a free gig on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. His debut EP "Plumas County" is set to come out next month.

Benefit: Pakistan flood victims
On Sunday, Aug. 29, from 2 to 7 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church at 1140 Cowper St. in Palo Alto hosts a benefit for flood victims in Pakistan. The organization VillagePastels will show and sell handcrafted products from India, including rugs, handbags, tunics and embroidered scarves.

August 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Aug. 27

Theater: San Francisco Mime Troupe in Palo Alto
Tonight, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 28, at 4 p.m., the San Francisco Mime Troupe gives free performances of "Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker" at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Like past productions by the troupe, the work is a satirical musical, with modern political observations.

August 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Mountain View Voice Best Of raffle winners

Voice Best Of raffle winners and prizes.

August 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Caltrain riders sound off on budget cuts

About 860 people have weighed in on potential service cuts at Caltrain, including 245 who attended the company's Bay Area public opinion meetings on Aug. 19, a spokeswoman said.

August 26, 2010 | 9 comments
Thursday, Aug. 26

Art talk: 'Looking Inward' at Palo Alto Art Center
Three artists from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program near Woodside give a lecture on the creative process tonight, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The scheduled speakers are Nebraska visual artist Xia Gao, Connecticut poet Ravi Shankar and Vietnam visual artist Thu Kim Vu. The event is free, but reservations are required; call (650)329-2366.

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
OTHER

The Best of Mountain View 2010, "Other" category.

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RETAIL

The Best of Mountain View 2010, "Retail" category.

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
SERVICE

The Best of Mountain View 2010, "Service" category.

August 26, 2010 | 2 comments
FOOD & DRINK

The Best of Mountain View 2010, "Food & Drink" category.

August 26, 2010 | 16 comments
Best of Mountain View 2010

You don't have to live in Hollywood to be a star
Mountain View Voice readers go wild for these local businesses, and they showed their love by voting in this year's Best of Mountain View poll. These blockbusters are the places our readers say will treat you better than your own entourage. Categories:
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August 26, 2010 | 8 comments
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts gathers artists, musicians -- and food

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts brings out artists, musicians -- and food

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts gathers artists, musicians -- and food

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts brings out artists, musicians -- and food

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Truck fire set intentionally

Investigators say the fire that consumed a white Chevrolet pickup just off of Ednamary Way two weeks ago was set intentionally. They have yet to determine whether the fire was technically arson.

August 26, 2010 | 4 comments
Council campaign on a shoestring

Longtime resident Greg David believes $1,000 is enough
A city policy encourages City Council candidates to spend less than $20,000 on their election campaigns, but candidate Greg David intends to spend well below that.

August 25, 2010 | 11 comments
'Pretty good chances' of finding alien life in next 25 years

Based on technological advances and predictions made by luminaries like Carl Sagan, it is a "real possibility" that alien life could be found in our galaxy within 25 years, said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at Mountain View's SETI Institute.

August 27, 2010 | 5 comments
Wednesday, Aug. 25

Theater: 'The Light in the Piazza' at Center for the Performing Arts
Presented by TheatreWorks, the Broadway musical "The Light in the Piazza" has an 8 p.m. preview performance tonight, Aug. 25, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. After later previews on Aug. 26 and 27, the show runs through Sept. 19. Tickets are $22-$70. Call 650-903-6568.

August 25, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino layoffs draw criticism

Hospital officials respond to accusations from the community, employees
In the wake of El Camino Hospital's announcement that 140 employees will be laid off this fall, fingers have been pointed in just about every direction. So, who or what is to blame for the cuts? That depends on who you ask.

August 25, 2010 | 19 comments
Spotting the warning signs

High school staff schooled on suicide prevention
High school staff went back to school for suicide-prevention training, following a "surprisingly high" number of attempted suicides by Mountain View and Los Altos high school students last year, and the much-publicized suicide cluster at Gunn High School in Palo Alto in 2009.

August 30, 2010 | 8 comments
MV Whisman sets new policy on nepotism

New rule to guard against conflicts of interest, impropriety
Responding to a recommendation from the California School Boards Association, the Mountain View Whisman School District has adopted a new policy to guard against nepotism in its ranks.

August 27, 2010 | 9 comments
Bay Area hit by heat wave

County opening cooling centers in South Bay
Bay Area residents are finally getting the summer they were waiting for today -- and then some -- as a sudden heat wave is expected to push temperatures past 100 degrees in some cities.

August 24, 2010 | 1 comment
Treasured flight simulator celebrates 30 years

The electro-mechanical wonder at NASA Ames known as the Vertical Motion Simulator had its 30th anniversary last Friday. A video-gamer's dream, the flight simulator is able to move up, down and around inside a three-story building to replicate the feeling of moving in an aircraft.

August 24, 2010 | 2 comments
Back to school

Kindergartner Ava Taylor, 4, gets an uplifting hug from big sister Ellie, 7, as brother Silas, 6, looks on. It was Ava's first day of school at Mariano Castro Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 23. All over the Mountain View Whisman district students headed back to class after summer break.

August 24, 2010 | 5 comments
Judge won't reopen high-speed-rail challenge

Court rejects Peninsula coalition's bid to reopen the case to force rail authority to revise ridership numbers
A last-ditch effort by Menlo Park, Atherton and a coalition of nonprofit groups to reopen its lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority remains alive for at least a few more days after a Sacramento Court judge agreed Friday to delay his final ruling on the coalition's latest legal challenge.

August 24, 2010 | 2 comments
Tuesday, Aug. 24

Art: Quilt display in Mountain View
Starting today, Aug. 24, a new exhibition of art quilts by Karin Lusnak will be on view at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. The free show runs through Oct. 18. The art can be viewed one hour prior to public performances in the center, and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

August 24, 2010 | No comments yet
'Amazing' false alarm -- TV show a no-show

Fans of the TV show The Amazing Race were disappointed to find out that reality show contestants did not, in fact, show up at a downtown Mountain View business on Saturday.

August 23, 2010 | 12 comments
'Human directionals' becoming more common

Are street-corner sign wavers an effective advertising method or over-saturated fad?
Sign-spinning advertisements, also known as "human directionals," are frequent sights on street corners throughout the Midpeninsula. Once relegated to unsold condos and new home developments, sign spinners now point to a variety of business activities, such as oil changes, mattress sales or restaurant openings.

August 23, 2010 | 8 comments
Monday, Aug. 23

Art: 'Climate Change' in Palo Alto
Local artist Michael Killen is currently showing three of his environmental-themed paintings at the University Art store at 267 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. The art is part of his ongoing painting-documentary film project.

Author: Mary Roach at Kepler's
Tonight (Aug. 23) at 7 p.m. Mary Roach gives a free author talk about her book "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void." Roach's book looks into the peculiar world experienced by those who travel in space, without privacy and hot showers, fresh vegetables and gravity. Her previous books include "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

August 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Sweltering heat expected to hit Bay Area

Temperatures could reach above 100 degrees in some areas, National Weather Service warns
The National Weather Service announced today, Aug. 23, that an excessive heat watch would be in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening throughout the Bay Area due to the suddenly sweltering temperatures in the region.

August 23, 2010 | 2 comments
Sunday: Aug. 22

Music: Peninsula Symphonic Band Summer Concert
The Peninsula Symphonic Band's "A New Birth of Freedom" concert, including works from Holst, Williams and Bernstein, will be performed Sunday (Aug. 22) at 3 p.m. at the Spangenberg Theater, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

August 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Eshoo joins other Congress members to oppose Google-Verizon deal

In a letter to the chair of the FCC this week, local Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and three other members of Congress stated their opposition to Google and Verizon's controversial proposal for tiered wireless Internet service.

August 20, 2010 | 4 comments
Local educators upbeat about new federal curriculum standards

Technical texts, greater depth emphasized in national education standards
California's adoption of a national standardized public school curriculum will benefit Mountain View students in many ways, state and local education officials said.

August 20, 2010 | 1 comment
Yakking on the phone while driving costly to 1,600 Bay Area motorists

Bay Area law enforcement agencies issued more than 1,600 citations to drivers using their phones without hands-free devices on Wednesday, bringing the total during a two-day increased enforcement period to about 2,500, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 20, 2010 | 6 comments
Review: 'Nanny McPhee Returns'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
"Nanny McPhee Returns" invites us back to the franchise commanded by ever-clever Emma Thompson, who scripted, stars and executive-produces. One is always in good hands with Thompson, even in this kiddie franchise loosely adapted from Christianna Brand's trilogy of "Nurse Matilda" novels. -- PC

August 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Switch'

(Three stars)
Sincere relationship dynamics, solid writing and a strong performance by leading man Jason Bateman ("Couples Retreat," TV's "Arrested Development") help propel this sweet romantic comedy. Despite a relatively predictable plot and inconsistent pacing, "The Switch" scores thanks to a perfect balance of humor and heart. -- TH

August 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Today: Aug. 19

Live music: The Spazmatics
The Spazmatics perform New Wave, dance and "nerd rock" music today (Aug. 19) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the "Thursday Night Live" concert series on Dana Street in downtown Mountain View.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Facebook unveils "Places" feature

Users can share their real-time locations and identify friends who are with them
Facebook Wednesday unveiled its much-anticipated "Places" feature, allowing users to share their real-time locations as well as to identify friends who are there with them.

August 19, 2010 | 2 comments
Budget advice for Caltrain pours in

Caltrain looking at fare increase, suspension of weekend service to close $2.3 million budget gap
Caltrain has received hundreds of messages from members of the public about potential ways to address its budget deficit, including fare hikes and service cuts, a Caltrain spokeswoman said Wednesday (Aug. 18).

August 19, 2010 | 13 comments
Today: Aug. 18

Film: 'Easter Parade'
The classic musical "Easter Parade" starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland will be shown today (Aug. 18) at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto. Admission is $7 and includes admission to the film "Holiday Inn" at 5:35 or 9:25 p.m.

August 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Blocked pathway causes a stir

Security concern trumps pedestrian access at Ryland Towne Court
This is an updated version of a previously posted story.
The city is looking into complaints from residents after a homeowners association decided to block off a well used path through the neighborhood to Rengstorff Park, the Senior Center and downtown. So far, the city's research indicates that the path was never meant for the public.

August 18, 2010 | 20 comments
Mountain View schools show improvement in standardized tests

Scores improve overall in elementary, middle and high schools
Local elementary, middle and high schools showed an overall improvement on state standardized test scores last year, according to education officials.

August 18, 2010 | 47 comments
High speed rail committee meets tonight

A City Council committee meets tonight in City Hall at 6:30 p.m. to discuss new information about running high speed trains through Mountain View.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Introducing the iCouncil

Committee to test the use of iPads to save paper
In hopes of saving a lot of paper, three City Council members will be ditching their inches-thick weekly reports for slim electronic readers next month in an experiment.

August 17, 2010 | 20 comments
Today: Aug. 17

Talk: How To Find Your Next Job Using Social Media
Industry experts will share ideas and tips, and discuss how to use social networking to find a job today (Aug. 17) at 6 p.m. at LinkedIn, 2025 Stierlin Court, Mountain View.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Today, Aug. 16

Film: 'Murder on the Orient Express'
The 1974 mystery film "Murder on the Orient Express," featuring an all-star cast and a story based on the Agatha Christie classic, will be shown today (Aug. 16) at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Avenue, Palo Alto.

August 16, 2010 | No comments yet
State Senate OK's penalties for Internet 'e-personation'

Claiming to be someone whom you're not on the Internet could get you thrown in jail or subject to a fine or a lawsuit, if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a bill passed by the state Legislature this week.

August 16, 2010 | 1 comment
Rose Market roof catches fire

Update: Investigators say that the fire on the roof of the Rose Market last week started as a grease fire in the kitchen.

August 13, 2010 | 11 comments
Unwatched pot sparks fire

An unattended pot of oil on a stove caught fire and spread through an apartment in the 900 block of Mariner Drive on Aug. 12 sometime around 8:30 p.m., the Mountain View Fire Department said.

August 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Weekend, Aug. 14 & 15

Event: Book sale at MV library
The Friends of the Mountain View Library is holding a book sale on Sat., Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. In the Bookmobile garage, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call Jan Jones at (650) 526-7031.

Music: Fotia at Mitchell Park
Bay Area band Fotia plays a free concert of Greek music at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, in Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. The event is part of the city's Twilight Concert Series.

Author: Mark Elkin at Books Inc.
Mark Elkin, writer of the children's book "Samuel's Baby," makes a free appearance at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Music: Clockwork at Rengstorff House
Clockwork, a San Francisco vocal ensemble rooted in the tradition of vocal jazz groups, brings its unique sound to the gardens on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2-3 p.m. Free. Rengstorff House, 3050 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View. Call (650) 903-6392.

August 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Aug. 13

Music: Anna Gilbert at Red Rock
Portland singer-songwriter Anna Gilbert will perform "mellow, chill and contemplative" music tonight, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. The concert is free. Call 650-967-4473.

Outdoor Film: 'Over the Hedge' at Rengstorff Park
Tonight, Aug. 13, the city of Mountain View's free summer outdoor movie series continues with a showing of the 2006 animated movie "Over the Hedge" in Rengstorff Park on the corner of S. Rengstorff and Crisanto avenues. The movie will begin at 8:30 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnics.

August 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Eat Pray Love'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
I suspect that Ryan Murphy has made the best possible movie out of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir "Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia." Julia Roberts and voluptuous production values contribute to this ultimate of wish-fulfillment tales. -- PC

August 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Audacious director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") throws a jolt of energy into the summer movie season with this imaginative romp. Rock-music, video-game and comic-book sensibilities collide for a refreshingly unique blend of action and comedy. -- TH

August 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Help keep an eye on $41 million in school bonds

The Mountain View-Los Altos high school district encourages all interested residents to apply to be a part of the citizen oversight committee that will keep tabs on the spending of Measure A funds. The bond provides for construction of solar panels, a new pool and new classrooms.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino Hospital to lay off 140

El Camino Hospital announced today, Aug. 12, that it will be laying off about 140 full- and part-time employees. The hospital has been hit hard by the recession and has seen a "sustained decrease in patient activity," El Camino officials said.

August 12, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino Hospital to lay off 140

Officials say slumping economy forced staff cuts at state-of-the-art facility
This is an expanded version of a previously posted story. El Camino Hospital last week notified 195 employees that their jobs are on the line as the hospital prepares to lay off about 140 full- and part-time employees. Among the staff members who will be laid off beginning in October are about 21 nurses, the hospital said.

August 12, 2010 | 58 comments
Protesters gather at Google over Verizon deal

Net neutrality at stake, opponents say
Picket signs and chants were seen and heard Friday at Google's Mountain View headquarters, where demonstrators opposed a deal between Google and Verizon perceived as an assault on "net neutrality" and free speech online.

August 12, 2010 | 8 comments
Federal judge lifts stay on same-sex marriage

Hold on same-sex marriages to be lifted Aug. 18
A federal judge in San Francisco on Aug. 12 declined to block gay and lesbian weddings as a court battle over California's ban on same-sex marriage moves forward, but put the marriages on hold by extending a temporary stay until Aug. 18.

August 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Seekers of alien life converge for MV group's SETI convention

A first-of-its kind convention this weekend is hosted by Mountain View's SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), which aims to appeal to the masses with a little help from the science fiction world.

August 12, 2010 | 4 comments
NASA request a 'promising' move for Hangar One

NASA Ames Research Center is taking a potential first step towards restoring Hangar One at Moffett Field by asking construction contractors to consider the cost of restoring the iconic landmark.

August 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Aug. 12

Music: Jamie Davis at Stanford
Tonight, Aug. 12, jazz singer Jamie Davis will perform with his quintet at the Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, presented by SFJAZZ. The free concert begins at 6 p.m.

Theater: Staged reading in Palo Alto
Tonight, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m., TheatreWorks' New Works Festival presents a staged reading of Bill Cain's new play, "How to Write a New Book for the Bible." The reading will be held at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $15. Call 650-463-1960.

August 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Google wunderkind running for City Council

Youngest candidate in the field is 20 years old
At 20 years old Aaron Jabbari is as young as City Council candidates come. But according to Jabbari's resume, taking on a challenge is not unusual for him.

August 12, 2010 | 19 comments
Ballet school piques tots' interest in dance

A preschool classroom turned into a stage, as a dancer from Western Ballet in Mountain View performed for a rapt audience on Aug. 10. The ballet school is seeking low-income children to audition for scholarships and trying to introduce dance to a wider audience.

August 12, 2010 | 2 comments
No contest for MV Whisman school board incumbents

Both incumbents up for election to the Mountain View Whisman School District's board of trustees will run uncontested this November.

August 11, 2010 | 1 comment
Wednesday, Aug. 11

Author: Vendela Vida
Tonight, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m., Vendela Vida gives a free talk about her new novel, "The Lovers." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

August 11, 2010 | No comments yet
CHP crackdown on texting, talking drivers

The California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area are joining forces today for a strict zero-tolerance campaign aimed at issuing citations to motorists talking or texting on cell phones while driving.

August 10, 2010 | 14 comments
Tuesday, Aug. 10

Theater: 'Omeros' at Stanford
Stanford Summer Theatre presents free staged readings tonight, Aug. 10, and Wednesday, Aug. 11, of Derek Walcott's "Omeros," which re-sets Homer's heroes in the Caribbean. Performances are at 8 p.m. in Pigott Theater at Stanford University. Reserve free tickets in advance online.

August 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Three challengers confirm council candidacy

There are six confirmed candidates in this year's City Council election, two of whom work for Google.

August 9, 2010 | 11 comments
Arson suspected in truck fire on Ednamary Way

Police suspect arson is to blame for a dramatic vehicle fire that awoke residents in the 1800 block of Ednamary Way in the wee hours of Monday morning.

August 9, 2010 | 4 comments
Monday, Aug. 9

Music: Open Mic at Red Rock
If it's Monday, it must be open mic night at Red Rock, 7-10 p.m. Listen to music, poetry and comedy. Sign-ups for 10 minutes slots start at 6:30 p.m. Red Rock 201 Castro Street, Mountain View. Call (650) 967-4473.

August 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Rail directors told to lie low in Midpeninsula

Diridon asks area residents to be more 'polite' to rail officials
Two members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors have been advised by agency staff not to participate in public hearings on the Midpeninsula, where residents and elected officials have persistently criticized and occasionally jeered the voter-approved rail project.

August 9, 2010 | 17 comments
Review: 'Get Low'

(Three stars)
The new film "Get Low" -- set in 1930s Tennessee -- fits snugly into the traditions of Southern literature, particularly the tensions between gentility and eccentricity, the community and the individual, and man and God. "Get Low" is also a welcome late-career showcase for Robert Duvall. -- PC

August 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Middle Men'

(Two stars)
Oh, Hollywood. You're always messing with our heads. The opening titles to "Middle Men" say it's "Inspired by a True Story," but the end titles say, "This film is, in its entirety, a work of fiction." Those statements aren't technically contradictory, but I guess the truth is somewhere in the "middle." -- PC

August 6, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'The Other Guys'

(Three stars)
This "Police Work for Schmucks"-type film is often guffaw-out-loud funny, despite a few dead spots. As detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make unlikely partners. Ferrell and Wahlberg play off each other with spirit, although some jokes as well as some episodes are stretched a bit thin. -- RP

August 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Aug. 6

Outdoor movie: 'Matilda' at Sylvan Park
Tonight, Aug. 6, there's a free screening of the film "Matilda," 8:30-10:30 p.m. at Sylvan Park, 600 Sylvan Ave., Mountain View. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Popcorn and light refreshments available. Sponsored by the City of Mountain View Recreation Division and Youth Advisory Committee. Call Kristine Pardini at 650-903-6410.

August 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Aug. 7 & 8

Music: Stanford Summer Chorus
The Stanford Summer Chorus collaborates with the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Freiburg of Freiburg, Germany, to present Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, conducted by Andreas Winnen, Saturday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m. at Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford. Donations are encouraged.

Family Event: Stargazing at Hidden Villa
Spend a summer night under the stars with the Peninsula Astronomical Society on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Hidden Villa. Start with a presentation by Dave, the Astrowizard, at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., view constellations, galaxies and star clusters through massive telescopes. Drinks and snacks provided, but dress warmly and bring flashlight and blanket or lawn chair. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. $10 in advance/$12 at the door.

August 6, 2010 | 1 comment
Google-Verizon deal raises Eshoo's eyebrows

News about a potentially game-changing deal between Mountain View's Google and Verizon has caught the attention of local Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who has "real concerns" that the deal risks undermining efforts by the FCC to maintain net neutrality and could "widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots" online.

August 6, 2010 | 4 comments
High tech heart help

New system can transmit victim's status from ambulance to doctors' cell phones
In cardiology, time lost can mean a life lost. A new technology, recently adopted by El Camino Hospital and local firefighter/paramedics, will help cardiologists treat heart attack victims faster.

August 11, 2010 | 1 comment
Colleges caught in state budget battle

Foothill-De Anza taps reserves, but other districts need loans to get by
Unlike other community college districts in the Bay Area and throughout California, Foothill-De Anza has managed to avoid taking out loans while waiting for state funding by tapping reserves to cover expenses. However, the longer legislators in Sacramento take to pass a budget, the higher the likelihood that the local district will need to borrow.

August 11, 2010 | 6 comments
Learning to stretch a dollar in Kenya and Haiti

Local non-profit rallies kids to help with 'One Dollar For Life'
Indoor plumbing and electricity have been at the fore of Diana Chou's mind of late, and not because the recent Los Altos High School graduate is planning on getting into the construction business. Chou says that ever since she returned from a humanitarian trip to Kenya last month, she has been thinking about all the little things she takes for granted.

August 10, 2010 | 3 comments
Sunnyvale boots Buddy's to San Jose

Buddy's CEO says he will not run for Mountain View City Council
The pot club forced to close by the city of Mountain View last month met a similar fate rather quickly in Sunnyvale and is now reopening in San Jose, said CEO Matt Lucero.

August 6, 2010 | 12 comments
Rail Authority drops tunnel, viaduct options

High speed train will run in open trench or at grade level in Mountain View
If high speed trains are to run through Mountain View, it will be either at-grade or in a trench, the California High Speed Rail Authority reported last week.

August 5, 2010 | 21 comments
Tunneling dropped as Midpeninsula rail option

Covered trenches also ruled out as design options for Palo Alto and neighboring communities
Deep tunnels and covered trenches have been dropped as alternatives for the Palo Alto/Midpeninsula portion of the state's high-speed-line under the latest plan from the California High Speed Rail Authority, officials disclosed today (Thursday).

August 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Aug. 5

Music: Thursday Night Live on Castro Street
Tonight, band The Shanks performs from 6:30-8 p.m. during the Thursday Night Live event from 5-9 p.m. The free event features family activities, exhibits and the farmers' market. Castro Street between Mercy Street and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View.

August 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Downtown march celebrates Proposition 8 ruling

Gay rights advocates gathered at the Mountain View Caltrain station Wednesday evening to celebrate the decision delivered by a federal judge today to overturn Proposition 8, the controversial initiative banning same-sex marriages that was approved by California voters in 2008.

August 4, 2010 | 26 comments
City seeks volunteers for advisory boards, committees

The City of Mountain View is now accepting applications for various boards, committees and commissions. Citizens interested in serving in an advisory capacity to the City Council may apply by September 17.

August 9, 2010 | No comments yet
No place like demolished home

Loretta Pangrac is still looking for a new home after hers was demolished in November by a city concerned that her roof was falling in.

August 10, 2010 | 7 comments
Navy: Hangar One's contaminated cork walls must go

Unless NASA Ames takes on the responsibility of dealing with some newfound toxic dust, it appears that the U.S. Navy is moving full steam ahead in tearing down some historic cork walls inside Moffett Field's Hangar One.

August 5, 2010 | 4 comments
HSR station: where will it fit?

City officials say 3,000 parking spaces are needed
A rough outline of what a high-speed rail station would look like in downtown Mountain View is starting to take shape, and it's going to need a lot of parking. City officials say it would require 3,000 parking spaces within a three-mile radius, among other things.

August 6, 2010 | 54 comments
Large field teed up for council race

Three pull papers to run against three incumbents
So far, four people have expressed interest in challenging the three City Council incumbents for their seats. Friday is the deadline for entering the election.

August 4, 2010 | 23 comments
Wednesday, Aug. 4

On stage: 'Barnum the Musical' in Palo Alto
A musical based on the life of showman P.T. Barnum will be presented today, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the outdoor Magic Castle Stage, Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $5-10.

August 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Shake it up

Stephen Snyder of ZunZun leads some volunteer percussionists in a Latin music performance at Pioneer Park on July 29. The summer music program is sponsored by the Mountain View Library. Photo by Michelle Le.

August 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Judge overturns gay marriage ban

Judge rules that state ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional
A federal judge in San Francisco today overturned Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. A rally and march organized by gay marriage rights supporters in downtown Mountain View is set for 6 p.m. tonight.

August 3, 2010 | 49 comments
Foothill-De Anza to ask voters for parcel tax

Property owners in the local community college district will be asked to vote this fall on a parcel tax that would generate almost $42 million for Foothill and De Anza colleges, district officials estimated.

August 4, 2010 | 30 comments
Services set for hit-and-run victim

Services for Manuel Enos, the Mountain View resident fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident on July 19, are set for today.

August 3, 2010 | No comments yet
More than 100 video games swiped

A Playstation 3, more than 100 video games and an Acer laptop computer were stolen from a Mountain View apartment sometime between July 29 and July 30, police said.

August 3, 2010 | 4 comments
Tuesday, Aug. 3

Art: 'Buildings on Paper' at Cantor
Drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright and other 19th- and 20th-century architects reveal the evolution of architectural design. Through Oct. 17, Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Free admission.

August 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, Aug. 2

Music: George Cables Trio at Stanford Jazz
Jazz pianist George Cables and his band performs today, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Tickets are $18-32. A 7 p.m. talk is included in the admission price.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Philanthropist, Sunset publisher Bill Lane dies

Former publisher dies at Stanford Hospital following an illness
Former Sunset magazine publisher and philanthropist Bill Lane died Saturday, following a rich life of community dedication and leadership. Lane died at Stanford Hospital following an illness and surrounded by family members. Related stories:
Bill Lane celebrates 90th birthday

August 2, 2010 | 7 comments
Review: 'Charlie St. Cloud'

(Two stars)
Though it's hard to feel sorry for Zac Efron (even knowing that he'll get lots of reviews like this one), it's also hard to take the baby-blue-eyed teen idol seriously as he takes baby steps into more adult fare. Even his love interest in "Charlie St. Cloud" is liable to agree that he's the prettier of the two. -- PC

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Dinner for Schmucks'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
There are two types of comedies: the "it's funny because it's true" variety and the absurdist variety. "Dinner for Schmucks" is the latter, though it taps into an impulse most of us can recognize: to belittle others in order to reassure our own egos. -- PC

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Feature story: Waste not, want not?

Trapped by a garbage system that's draining city funds, Palo Alto seeks to overhaul obsolete waste-management model
Trapped by a garbage system that's draining city funds, Palo Alto seeks to overhaul its obsolete waste-management model. Photos by Kimihiro Hoshino/Palo Alto Online.
Related stories:
Palo Alto's compost debate could go to voters

July 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Burglars nab safes from two businesses

Police are investigating two burglaries at the Best Bite and India Fresh restaurants in Mountain View.

July 30, 2010 | 4 comments
Weekend, July 31 & Aug. 1

Music: Pellejo Seco in Palo Alto
The Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble Pellejo Seco gives a free concert on Saturday, July 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Palo Alto's California Avenue. The show is part of the city's annual Twilight Concert Series.

Theater: 'Much Ado About Nothing' at Rengstorff House
Woman's Will all-female Shakespeare company presents a free performance of the Bard's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" on Sunday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. at Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Event: Obon Festival in Palo Alto
This Saturday and Sunday, July 31-Aug. 1, the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple hosts its annual Obon Festival with dance and drum performances, Japanese folk music, talks and exhibits. Activities run from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2751 Louis Road in Palo Alto. Free admission.

Film: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in Palo Alto
Local San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screenings start at noon this Saturday, July 31, at the CineArts theater at Palo Alto Square, 3000 El Camino Real. Feature films, shorts and television episodes from various countries will be shown at the theater through Aug. 3. Tickets are $12 general and $10.50 for students.

July 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Council agrees, employees are overpaid

Grand jury report says cities' staff costs need to be reigned in
A recent Civil Grand Jury report that slams local cities for overcompensating their employees was largely met with agreement by Mountain View city management in a response unanimously approved Tuesday by the City Council.

August 3, 2010 | 42 comments
City approves $14 million for new trail crossings

Stevens Creek, Permanente Creek trail extensions move ahead
In another step forward for the city's network of bicycle and pedestrian paths, the City Council approved highway over-crossings for the Stevens Creek and Permanente Creek trails on Tuesday.

August 2, 2010 | 18 comments
Friday, July 30

Outdoor movie: 'Kicking and Screaming' at Crittenden Park
Tonight, July 30, there's a free screening of the film "Kicking and Screaming," 8:30-10:30 p.m. at Crittenden Park, 1500 Middlefield Road, Mountain View. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Popcorn and light refreshments will be available. Sponsored by the City of Mountain View Recreation Division and Youth Advisory Committee. Call Kristine Pardini at 650-903-6410.

July 30, 2010 | No comments yet
County sees spike in whooping cough cases

More than half of the cases this year came in July
County health officials continue to urge that young children and their caretakers be vaccinated against whooping cough, as instances of the disease continue to rise. More than half of the cases of whooping cough reported in the county this year came during the month of July, health officials reported.

July 30, 2010 | 1 comment
Water District approves $40 million flood protection project

Project includes Cuesta Annex and McKelvey Park flood basins
Santa Clara Valley Water District board members unanimously approved a sweeping project Thursday designed to protect 2,220 properties in Mountain View from a rare, 100-year flood.

July 30, 2010 | 9 comments
Panel OKs $10 million for Hangar One

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo had promising news Tuesday about funding to help restore Moffett Field's massive landmark, Hangar One.

July 30, 2010 | 11 comments
Almost done

Construction worker Jose Oriana sorts through leftover drywall inside the city's new day worker center at 113 Escuela Ave. as major construction nears completion. The Day Worker Center of Mountain View hopes to move in this September but still needs $180,000 in donations. Photo by Michelle Le.

August 2, 2010 | 17 comments
Caltrain back on schedule after morning delays

Regular Caltrain service has resumed after mechanical problems caused delays of up to an hour this morning, a spokeswoman said.

July 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, July 29

Theater: 'Anything Goes' at Foothill
Foothill Music Theatre's production of the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" plays tonight, July 29, through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., continuing Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 15. Shows are at Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

July 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Two-train breakdown causes hour-long delays

A failure of two southbound commuter trains this morning is causing system-wide delays
A double breakdown of southbound Caltrain commute trains this morning has caused an hour-long delay throughout the commute system. The first train failed at 5:48 a.m. in Belmont and a second train was taken out of service to move it off the southbound tracks. Then at 7:50 a.m. a second train broke down at San Mateo but the crew was able to restart it, according to Caltrain.

July 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Museum adds 'beautiful' MacPaint code to collection

'Revolutionary' code from 1984 art program available for download
The source code for MacPaint -- the seminal Apple computer illustration program, which helped change the way people thought about personal computers -- is now a part of the Computer History Museum's collection.

August 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Teachers 're-energize' in the real world

High-tech summer jobs give teachers new skills, revamped lesson plans
Next year, when Marisa DaSilva's students ask her, in exasperation, how they will ever use the things she is teaching them in the real world, she'll have an answer. The Crittenden teacher is working at Hewlett Packard this summer as part of a fellowship program that pairs local teachers with high tech companies. Next year, DaSilva will pass on some of the real-world skills she has learned to her students.

July 30, 2010 | 1 comment
Mixed bag on county residents' health

Ranks of uninsured residents growing, report finds
Santa Clara County residents are improving their health in some areas and losing ground in others. A recent report on public health in the county reveals that low-income and minority communities have higher instances of disease, and are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior and have poor diets.

July 29, 2010 | No comments yet
City examining site of fatal accident

Stop sign or lights might increase safety at crosswalk
Trees, swaying lightly in the cool breeze, line the sidewalk and median strip of California Street at its intersection with Franklin Street near the heart of downtown Mountain View. Yet, it was this street, so peaceful at the moment, that last week was the scene of a hit and run accident that left an 80-year-old Mountain View man dead and a Saratoga woman facing criminal charges.

July 28, 2010 | 43 comments
City puts broader phone tax on ballot

Council wants to include VOIP revenue, protect income
The City Council voted Tuesday to have voters decide whether the city should extend its phone tax to internet phone services as well as interstate and international phone calls. Businesses using VOIP could see a significant increase in their taxes, but average residents won't see much difference, city staff says.

July 28, 2010 | 6 comments
Later, skaters

It's got four wheels, but it's not a skateboard. Brendan Gutierrez, 9, and his sisters Madeline, 11, and Mary, 7, play with a remote-controlled truck on the skate park ramps at Rengstorff Park on Tuesday, July 27. Photo by Michelle Le.

July 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Wednesday, July 28

On Stage: 'Androcles and the Lion'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre presents a theatrical retelling of the Aesop fable "Androcles and the Lion" tonight, July 28, through July 31 at 6:30 p.m. The performances are outdoors on the Roy A. Ginsburg Magic Castle Stage at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Author: Lisa Gardner at Books Inc.
Tonight, July 28, at 7 p.m., Lisa Gardner gives a free author talk about her suspense book "Live to Tell" at Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Also, State Sen. Joe Simitian will be presenting Books Inc. with a special award for "small business of the year."

July 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Rail officials head for Washington with survey

California High Speed Rail advocates buoyed by survey findings that purportedly show 3/4 of Californians like fast rail plan
California High-Speed Rail Authority officials are traveling to the nation's capital this week to drum up federal support for rail projects, armed with what they say is new evidence that state residents want an alternative to flying and driving -- a week before they plan to submit an application for a share of $2.3 billion.

July 28, 2010 | 13 comments
Tonight: Council may bring phone tax "modernization" to voters

Digital phone service threatens $1.9 million city fund
The City Council will cut its summer vacation short this evening to decide whether to ask voters to tax broadband phone services as well as interstate and international phone calls.

July 27, 2010 | 15 comments
Tuesday, July 27

Music: Junior Mance at Stanford Jazz
Veteran jazz pianist Junior Mance performs tonight, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Part of the Stanford Jazz Festival. $32 general; $18 students. Call at 650-725-2787.

July 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Survey: Bay Area workers highest paid in 2009

Data shows workers in nine-county Bay Area earned 20 percent more than national average
Workers in the Bay Area were the highest paid on average in the nation last year, according to data released Friday, July 23, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

July 26, 2010 | 5 comments
Residents weigh in on city's future

City seeks input on emerging vision
In two meetings this week, residents commented on an emerging vision for the city's future which includes taller buildings along El Camino Real, housing in North Bayshore and policies that make the city a more attractive place to walk and bike.

July 26, 2010 | 17 comments
Dr. David Druker of PAMF dies at home Friday

Longtime Palo Alto physician succumbs to lung cancer after multi-year battle
David Druker, M.D., president and CEO of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and a longtime practicing physician, died at his Los Altos Hills home Friday after a three-year battle with lung cancer.

July 26, 2010 | 1 comment
Monday, July 26

Music: Dena DeRose at Stanford Jazz
Tonight, the Stanford Jazz Festival hosts a concert by pianist and singer Dena DeRose, accompanied by bassist Peter Barshay and drummer Akira Tana. The concert will be at Campbell Recital Hall, 471 Lagunita Drive at Stanford University, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 general and $18 for students. Call 650-736-0324.

July 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Kids Are All Right'

(Four stars)
What's refreshing about "The Kids Are All Right" is that the two-mom family and various interracial relationships are presented without a wink or a blush. That all seems ho-hum enough in our corner of the country, but it may prove eye-opening elsewhere. -- RP

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Salt'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
In her new action thriller "Salt," Angelina Jolie doesn't just play a spy. She doesn't just play a superspy. She plays a sooooperspy. As you might imagine, the approach of Jolie, director Philip Noyce and screenwriter Kurt Wimmer has its merits. -- PC

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, July 24 & 25

Event: PAL Arts & Blues Festival in Redwood City
The fifth annual free PAL Arts and Blues Festival will feature blues musicians and artists from the Bay Area Saturday, July 24, from noon to 11 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Event: Vintage Vehicles & Family Festival
The Museum of American Heritage's 2010 Vintage Vehicle and Family Festival features antique and classic cars, motorcycles, bicycles and more Sunday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at El Camino Park, 100 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Apartment burglary reported on East Middlefield Road

An apartment in the 100 block of East Middlefield Road was burglarized while the victim was on vacation, police said.

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
'Top Secret America' lists Silicon Valley firms

Washington Post names 'large, unwieldy, secretive' enterprise built up after Sept. 11 attacks
More than 50 Silicon Valley-area companies have been named by the Washington Post as part of "Top Secret America," a network of government and private organizations working on highly classified programs in counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence.

July 23, 2010 | 5 comments
Friday, July 23

Movie: 'School of Rock' at Eagle Park
The family-friendly musical comedy "School of Rock" will be shown outdoors tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Eagle Park, 652 Franklin St., Mountain View. The screening is part of the Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Teen Event: Teen Swim Night at Rengstorff Pool
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to wear neon colors to a "Tight and Bright" swim party with dancing and games tonight, July 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Rengstorff Pool, 201 South Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. $1.50 residents, $3.25 non-residents. Call (650) 903-6414.

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Fake cop may have victimized county residents

San Jose man arrested in Atascadero on charges of impersonating a police officer
Law enforcement officials are seeking Santa Clara County residents who may have been victimized by a 27-year-old San Jose man who was arrested Monday on suspicion of impersonating a police officer in Atascadero.

July 22, 2010 | 3 comments
Beyond Yosemite

Amazing vistas await those who explore the High Sierra on foot
While Yosemite's day hikes are world-class, the truly stunning vistas and solitude of California's high country wilderness await those who strap on a backpack and set out on a multi-day expedition. Photos by Frances Freyberg, Ashley Holt and Tom Holt.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Foothill, De Anza defend policy

Charge that foreign students push out locals is untrue, top officials say
Foreign students aren't to blame for local community college students having a hard time getting into classes, according to the presidents of Foothill and De Anza colleges.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
'Following' food

Locally run restaurant on wheels pulls in patrons with Twitter
Vince Guasch, who runs The Louisiana Territory, a Mountain View-based food truck, says social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have played an integral role in resurrecting a business he gave up on more than a decade ago.

July 26, 2010 | 6 comments
City to hold general plan meetings

A once-every-20-years revision of the city's general plan could be nearly finished by the end of this year, which means the clock is ticking for residents who want to weigh in on Mountain View's blueprint for future development.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
The funny physicist

Physicist Norm Goldblatt performs stand-up about science
It's not every day that you find a physicist who likes to do stand-up comedy about science. Somehow Mountain View resident Norm Goldblatt makes it work.

July 26, 2010 | 1 comment
An air and space museum for Hangar One?

Preservationists organize 'Smithsonian West' campaign
Preservationists who have been fighting to save Moffett Field's historic Hangar One are now organizing an effort to use the massive building for a major West Coast satellite of the Smithsonian.

July 22, 2010 | 6 comments
Thursday, July 22

Music: Thursday Night Live on Castro Street
Tonight, classic rock band Finding Stella performs from 6:30-8 p.m. during the Thursday Night Live event from 5-9 p.m. The free event features family activities, exhibits and the farmers' market. Castro Street between Mercy Street and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, July 21

On stage: 'Androcles and the Lion' at PA Children's Theatre
A comedic adaptation of the classic fable "Androcles and the Lion," set in ancient Rome, will be performed today at 6:30 p.m. at Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $5-10.

July 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Google couple ponies up to help save Deer Hollow farm

Thanks to a recent $35,000 donation from Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe, Deer Hollow farm isn't likely to be forced to close in the next two years.

July 21, 2010 | 9 comments
Open windows prove open invitation to burlgars

Electronics, cash, jewels stolen; police say burglars aided unknowingly by victims
Cash, jewelry and more than $1,000 in electronics were taken from two local homes by burglars who gained entry through open windows. During the summer Mountain View police often see a spike in burglaries, as people leave windows open to help keep their houses and apartments cool while they are away.

July 21, 2010 | 7 comments
80-year-old killed in hit and run accident

Mountain View resident dead, Saratoga woman in custody
An 80-year-old Mountain View man is dead and a Saratoga woman is in custody after a hit-and-run accident on Monday evening, July 19.

July 20, 2010 | 40 comments
Man arrested for indecent exposure on Stevens Creek Trail

A Mountain View man has been arrested for indecent exposure after he allegedly exposed himself to passersby on the Stevens Creek Trail on July 15, according to a police spokeswoman.

July 21, 2010 | 9 comments
Google employee plans to run for City Council

With Google now established as the city's largest employer, the 2010 City Council election will be the first with a Google employee as a candidate.

July 20, 2010 | 17 comments
Ames to host lunar lecture

Tickets required for free public event
At a special open-to-the-public event, space historian Andrew Chaikin will discuss lunar exploration and astronomer/artist Jose Francisco Salgado will present a multimedia demonstration entitled, "Communicating Science through Art," on Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at NASA Ames.

July 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, July 20

Teen event: Bronkar's Beatboxing Circus of Sound in Palo Alto
Bronkar Lee, an internationally acclaimed beatboxer, drummer, juggler, musician and circus performer extraordinaire, performs for teens and young adults today at 4 p.m. at Mitchell Park Library's temporary location at Cubberley Center, 4050 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

July 20, 2010 | No comments yet
County launches domestic-violence registry

System designed to provide up-to-date information to court and law-enforcement officials on domestic-violence and other situations
A registry of domestic-violence perpetrators became effective Monday in Santa Clara County, one of three Bay Area counties to roll out the new system designed to provide current information to law-enforcement and court officials statewide.

July 20, 2010 | 2 comments
Three candidates to run for new water district seat

Environmentalist, two local politicians file papers for November election
Three candidates, including a Mountain View environmentalist, have filed papers to run for a newly created seat on the board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

July 19, 2010 | 4 comments
Caltrain launches new website

It's now easier to access train schedules and information with the new Caltrain website, launched this summer. Caltrain spent a year developing the site from user feedback, a press release said.

July 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, July 19

Music: Khalil Shaheed and the Mo'Rockin Project at Stanford Jazz
Bay Area trumpet master Khalil Shaheed and Moroccan singer and multi-instrumentalist Yassir Chadly perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Stanford Jazz Festival at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Admission is $14-24.

July 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Foundation awards $1.3 million in local grants

Community-based organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties awarded modest-size grant funds
Sixty-five community-based organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties will receive $1.3 million in modest grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Mountain View-based foundation has announced.

July 19, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" follows the Jerry Bruckheimer tradition of big stars and big special effects, often at the expense of truly compelling characters or a believable plot. But then, in a movie so confident in its own insanity, who really cares about making sense? -- RM

July 16, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'Inception'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Director Christopher Nolan's ("Memento," "The Dark Knight") visually stunning and exceptionally cast "Inception" is a cinematic marvel -- a rare film inspired by imagination rather than potential box-office return. Although the big-budget flick features persistent and impressive visual effects, it is also thought-provoking and poignant. -- TH

July 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, July 16

Outdoor movie: 'Earth' at Stanford
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University tonight hosts an outdoor free family film night on the museum's South Lawn. The G-rated film "Earth," which documents the migrations of animal families, will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Box dinners and snacks will be available for sale.

July 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, July 17 &18

Event: Obon Festival
On Saturday, July 17, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 18, from noon to 8:30 p.m., the Mountain View Buddhist Temple hosts the 58th annual Mid-Summer Obon Festival & Bazaar. Admission is free to the event, which includes taiko drum and dance groups performing, origami folding, flower arranging, food and drinks. 575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Call (650) 964-9426.

Theater: 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'
After a preview show on Friday, July 16, TheatreWorks opens the new comedy "Auctioning the Ainsleys" on Saturday, July 17. Both 8 p.m. performances are at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $19-$67.

Event: Connoisseurs' Marketplace in Menlo Park
Arts and crafts booths, live music, food, kids' activities and chef demonstrations make up the annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace, which happens Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is on Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street in downtown Menlo Park; admission is free.

July 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Moffett airfield up for grabs?

Silicon Valley's private jets could use it, says county airports director
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is concerned about the potential for increased use of the runway at Moffett Federal Airfield as NASA considers getting rid of "underutilized assets."

July 19, 2010 | 18 comments
Yelling and threats alleged in NASA Ames dust-up

Union president says deputy director 'charged' at him in e-mail spat
Last month an eyebrow-raising e-mail was sent out to NASA Ames Research Center's 2,500 employees by Ames director S. Pete Worden, who reminded everyone that management should not interfere with union activities.

July 16, 2010 | 7 comments
Plans to destroy Hangar One relics may be unnecessary

Navy rethinks plans to trash lights, walls and buildings inside historic structure
As a Navy contractor mobilizes to deconstruct much of Moffett Field's landmark Hangar One to remove contaminants, preservationists and NASA Ames employees questioned the necessity and cost effectiveness of removing several historically valuable interior structures last week.

July 15, 2010 | 5 comments
Thursday, July 15

Music: Mountain View Summer Concert Series
Tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the cover party band Pop Fiction gives a free concert in Cuesta Park at 615 Cuesta Drive in Mountain View.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Summer jobs with substance

Teens earn money, learn skills through Nova program
This summer, 20 Mountain View high school students have found work through a summer jobs program run by Nova, a Sunnyvale-based non-profit employment and training agency, which uses government funding to help local businesses pay teens to intern in a variety of professions.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Dance school spices up ballet with Latin flavor in 'Danzon'

Most days now, you can find an unusual sight at Western Ballet. The sultry sounds of Cuban singer La Lupe float through the studio's open doors and windows. Inside, a group of professional dancers is learning how to move to this music. But they're not dancing tango or salsa; they are rehearsing Latin American-style ballet for a special, one-night-only performance of "Danzón!" at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Big in Japan: Obon festival celebrates culture

The Mountain View Buddhist Temple is holding its 58th annual Obon Festival and Bazaar this weekend. The festivities will take place on Saturday, July 17, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, July 18, from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Life in a fishbowl

Local artist's new work attracts airport passengers
The new terminal of San Jose's Mineta Airport is also a unique museum, where artwork almost becomes part of the architecture. It is the home of Mountain View artist Shona Kitchen's latest installation, which incorporates security cameras, display screens, and ... live fish?

July 16, 2010 | 3 comments
Teens arrested on burglary charges

Two Mountain View teenagers were arrested on suspicion of burglary on July 12 after a woman reported that cash had been stolen from her home on the 2100 block of Reinert Road, according to Mountain View police.

July 14, 2010 | 15 comments
Wednesday, July 14

Author: Scott Sigler presents "Ancestor" at Books Inc.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., best-selling author Scott Sigler discusses his new book "Ancestor," part Frankenstein-style cautionary tale, part monster movie, and part medical thriller, as science accidentally unleashes a fearsome ancient predator on the modern world. Free. Books Inc. in Mountain View, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

July 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Former Mountain View planner dies in motorcycle crash

Update: Brad Eckhardt, a Mountain View city planner for 17 years before leaving in 2002, was killed on July 4 after losing control of his motorcycle in northern San Diego County.

July 14, 2010 | 2 comments
CSMA director announces departure

Jeffry Walker says it's time to move on from MV arts and music school
Jeffry Walker, executive director for the Community School of Music and Arts, is leaving his position after 3 1/2 years. The board has named Mountain View resident Kathy Thibodeaux, a former CSMA board member, as interim director.

July 14, 2010 | 6 comments
Stanford grad student dies in Yosemite fall Friday afternoon

Chris Chan plunges 400 feet off rock wall while free soloing
Stanford University student and climbing enthusiast Christina "Chris" Chan died Friday afternoon after falling from the north face of Eichorn Peak in Yosemite during a "free soloing" climb about 400 feet up sheer rock wall. Chan, a fourth-year graduate student in political science, was 2008 co-president of the Stanford Alpine Club.

July 13, 2010 | 17 comments
Pot club operator says he will run for council

Lucero wants to 'throw the bums out' who shut down his dispensary
He may have lost a battle to sell medical marijuana in Mountain View, but Matt Lucero says he's been inspired to run for City Council this fall as a champion for the "blue collar, lower-class residents of Mountain View."

July 13, 2010 | 24 comments
Tuesday, July 1

Theater: "New Beulah" at Pear Avenue Theatre
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the New York City-based Shelby Company presents a preview performance the Bay Area premiere of their award-winning production of "New Beulah," the tale of a town on the brink of a quiet disaster. Runs July 13-18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Preview tickets $5; $15-$40 other shows. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Avenue, Unit K, Mountain View. Call (408) 710-5280.

July 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Former MV pot club not warmly welcomed by city of Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale police issue Buddy's citations for violation of pot club ban
It appears that Sunnyvale's city government isn't taking too kindly to Buddy's Cannabis Patient Collective after its reopening there.

July 12, 2010 | 52 comments
Innovation at risk?

Federal funding that sustained Silicon Valley economic growth is threatened
The massive and ongoing federal support that has created and fueled the Bay Area brain trust -- big engineering and medicine at Stanford and the University of California, the NASA Ames Research Center, Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore labs, Fairchild Semiconductor, Lockheed Missiles & Space and all that has flowed from those institutions -- is under siege. Related stories:
A hub of innovation
Federal boost to local firms

July 12, 2010 | 7 comments
Monday, July 12

Music: Schola Cantorum's Summer Sings
Tonight, singers of all ages and skill levels are invited to sing two choral masterworks -- Faure's "Requiem" and Durufle's "Requiem" -- at Schola Cantorum's "Summer Sings" Monday night series. The event will be held at the Los Altos United Methodist Church at 655 Magdalena Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. Call 650-254-1700.

Film: 'Troy' at Stanford
Tonight, Stanford Summer Theater kicks off its Odyssean Cinema film series with a free screening of the 2004 movie "Troy," starring Brad Pitt as Achilles and Eric Bana as Hector. The series is part of SST's program "Around the Fire: Homer in Performance," which includes theatrical and cinematic representations of Homer's epic works. The screening will be held at Stanford's Annenberg Auditorium at 7 p.m. Call 650-725-5838.

July 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Residents urged to dispose of recalled spinach

Department of Health issues warning about baby spinach that could be contaminated with E. coli
The California Department of Health is advising residents who purchased two lots of recalled baby spinach to throw the products away because they could be contaminated with E. coli.

July 12, 2010 | 1 comment
Emergency alerts use social networking to boost sign-ups

County promotes 'I love you, sign up' recruiting for message-service from AlertSCC
Santa Clara County has turned to social networking to encourage those living and working in the county to sign up for their emergency alert service AlertSCC, according to a county press release. The AlertSCC site is now a place where community members can upload photos and invite friends and family to register for mobile alerts, the release said.

July 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Rail Authority besieged by critical reports

State legislators give agency until February to resolve ridership, oversight issues
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has until February to resolve a litany of recently uncovered problems with the planned rail system or risk losing state funding for the project, state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, told the Voice's sister paper the Palo Alto Weekly this week.

July 9, 2010 | 14 comments
Weekend, July 10 & 11

Event: Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival
Clay and glass artists of all kinds will present their work at the 18th annual Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival Saturday and Sunday July 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Music: 'Ella Fitzgerald tribute at Stanford
The 2010 Stanford Jazz Festival presents a night of music paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald Sunday, July 11, at 2:30 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Admission is $18-32. There will be a pre-show talk at 1:30 p.m.

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, July 9

Theater: 'Narnia' in Palo Alto
A musical based on C.S. Lewis' classic "Narnia" series will be performed by Peninsula Youth Theatre today at 7:30 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $14-16.

Music: Jela in Mountain View
Jela, three teens who have sung together since childhood, performs Balkan, Georgian and North-American folk tunes today at 8 p.m. at Flexit Aerobics, 425 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View. Admission is $4-8.

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Predators'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Perhaps it's best that "Predators" keeps its ambitions humble, but a dearth of inspiration makes this fifth "Predator" film dangerously close to a rehash of the first film. Producer Robert Rodriguez would rather you think of it as "back to basics," thank you very much, but, y'know, "tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to." -- PC

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Despicable Me'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
If your kids have fully recovered from "Toy Story 3," you can safely proceed to "Despicable Me," a CGI-animated comedy that weds a Charles Addams drollness to Looney Tunes one-upmanship (in 3D!). Steve Carell voices Gru, an Eastern European supervillain plotting to reverse a slump by stealing a shrink ray and, subsequently, the moon. -- PC

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Vice President Biden in Atherton today

Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to be the guest of honor this afternoon (July 8) at a fundraiser in Atherton for California Sen. Barbara Boxer. The event was to begin at 4 p.m., with the vice president arriving in a motorcade that made its way up from Moffett Field.

July 8, 2010 | 3 comments
Thursday, July 8

Music: Thursday Night Live on Castro Street
Tonight, Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings performs during the Thursday Night Live event from 5-9 p.m. The free event features family activities, exhibits and the farmers' market. Castro Street between Mercy Street and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View.

July 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Not-so-good vibrations

Start-up tackles inefficiency in data storage industry
Gus Malek-Madani has always been a problem solver. As a child in Iran, he would take things apart and try to put them back together -- though not always successfully. Now, as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he is still solving problems, but instead of deconstructing his father's turntable, he is tackling the huge inefficiency of the data storage industry.

July 13, 2010 | 1 comment
Just roll with it

U.S. team uses Shoreline to practice for championships in unusual sport
Men in kayaks tossing a ball around? Blue-and-white uniforms? Nets? What's going on at Shoreline Lake? It's the United States Men's Kayak Polo team, practicing at Shoreline in preparation for the world championships in Italy this September.

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
City kicks off Thursday Night Live events

City-sponsored concerts, activities kick off tonight
Mountain View's summer activities are back with a bang this year, beginning with the first Thursday Night Live tonight, July 8. Every other Thursday between 5 and 9 p.m. during July and August, Castro street will be a venue for live music, a Farmer's Market and family activities, sponsored by the Central Business Association.

July 8, 2010 | 3 comments
Water board member's loyalty questioned

Santos may have conflict due to Alviso holdings, grand jury says
Richard Santos, District 3 director for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, may have acted unethically by influencing projects in Alviso, where he has many properties and other vested interests. Mountain View water projects may have been affected.

July 12, 2010 | 5 comments
Jury aims to stop nepotism in schools

New report says policies needed to stop favoritism
A recent Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury investigation concluded that many county school districts, including those in Mountain View, ought to draft policies to prevent "the appearance of bias or favoritism in the recruitment and job assignment process."

July 9, 2010 | 11 comments
You know 9-1-1, but have you heard of 2-1-1?

Congresswoman Eshoo seeks to expand 'resource' number to all Americans, including rural areas not now covered
A little-known phone number to help people find resources when they need them should be expanded to all Americans, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and three United Way officials said today at press conference in Sunnyvale.

July 8, 2010 | 1 comment
Too cool for school

Drummer Joson Ralph warms up at the School of Rock concert dress rehearsal. The July 2 show was held by the Community School of Music and Arts at the close of a one-week camp which taught kids the ropes of rock 'n' roll. Photo by James Tensuan

July 8, 2010 | No comments yet
New perk for 'Gayglers'

Google to compensate gay employees for higher taxes on partner benefits
Last Thursday, some tax relief for gay employees was added to the long list of world-renowned benefits enjoyed by workers at Mountain View's Google, such as free food, massages and laundry services.

July 9, 2010 | 16 comments
A car-less Googletopia in the works?

A unique vision coalesces for Google's neighborhood
Imagine a futuristic bay-front enclave for Google and Microsoft employees where no cars are allowed, buildings have green roofs and no carbon footprint, people travel in automated pods and live in apartments among the office buildings.

July 8, 2010 | 26 comments
Night safety work planned at Caltrain crossings

Two Mountain View crossings scheduled for upgrades
Eight Caltrain crossings in Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale will get safety upgrades within the next year, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) announced Wednesday. The work, which started Wednesday and will occur between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesdays through Mondays, is designed to make the crossings safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

July 8, 2010 | 5 comments
Suspect in attempted rape pleads not guilty

Man allegedly attacked Mountain View jogger
The man accused of attempting to rape a Mountain View woman as she jogged along the Steven Creek Trail last year has pleaded not guilty at a July 7 plea hearing at the Palo Alto Courthouse.

July 7, 2010 | No comments yet
A fine day for a promenade

Costume enthusiasts and patriotic guests gathered at Mountain View's oldest home, Rengstorff House, for the first-ever Victorian Fashion Promenade on July 4. Decorated participants strolled three-quarters miles around Shoreline Park accompanied by Benny Torres playing patriotic tunes. The event -- which also included storytelling, a marionettes show and a jazz performance -- was organized by the City and sponsored by the Friends of 'R' House.

Photo courtesy of Weaver Photography.

July 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, July 7

Theater: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" in Palo Alto
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. the Palo Alto Children's Theatre features Robin Hood and his band of merry men in this classic tale, part of its Hot Dog Suppertime Shows. Bring a picnic or buy a hot dog dinner. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $5 for children, $10 adults. Call Brittany Heideman at 650-463-4930.

July 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Burglars nab jewelry, cash

About $2,000 in jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from a Mountain View home on the 1000 block of Morton Court.

July 7, 2010 | 2 comments
A swing and a miss

Man arrested for trying to punch officer, police say
A Mountain View man was arrested after attempting to punch a police officer on Sunday, July 4, according to a Mountain View police spokeswoman.

July 7, 2010 | 6 comments
Tuesday, July 6

Exhibit: LA Camera Club at Los Altos Library
The Camera Club of Los Altos displays its annual photography exhibit at the Los Altos Library during library hours, through July 31. The show features club members' best photos from various fields of photography. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

July 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Cities issue rail challenge: 'build right or not at all'

MV still hesitating, as consortium calls for rail authority 'resolve troublesome issues
Palo Alto and its four allies in the Peninsula Cities Consortium have issued a new call for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to "step back and resolve troublesome issues" with the rail project days after an independent review uncovered flaws in the ridership projections for the proposed line.

July 6, 2010 | 19 comments
Crackdown nets fewer drunk drivers this year

Law enforcement agencies doing 'saturation patrolling' in different cities
Officers in Santa Clara County have arrested 72 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs so far during their Fourth of July crackdown -- down from 95 arrests last year.

July 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Victorian promenade on the 4th

Anyone who has ever wanted to dress up in Victorian-era clothing for the Fourth of July is in luck this year. The City of Mountain View and the Friends of Rengstorff House are hosting the first-ever Victorian Fashion Promenade on July 4. The event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., will feature a procession of costumed guests along with other activities for kids and families.

July 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Assessor: Biggest property assessment drop since the Great Depression

Santa Clara County's assessed property values fared better during much of the Great Depression than they did last year, tax assessor Larry Stone announced yesterday.

July 2, 2010 | 9 comments
Weekend, July 3 & 4

Fireworks: SF Symphony and fireworks at Shoreline
The annual San Francisco Symphony performance, followed by fireworks, starts at 8 p.m. on July 4 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. The program includes music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, John Williams, Stephen Schwartz, John Adams and John Philip Sousa. Tickets are $24-$29.50.

Event: Summer Festival & Chili Cook-Off
On the Fourth of July, the city of Palo Alto hosts its annual summer festival and chili cook-off at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Chili tasting starts at 1:30 p.m., with other activities running from noon to 5 p.m., including line dancing, live music and children's activities.

Music: 'Early Bird Jazz' at Stanford
On Saturday, Stanford Jazz Workshop founder Jim Nadel gives a kid-friendly introduction to jazz with a group of fellow musicians. "Early Bird Jazz For Kids" is at Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, with two performances, 10 a.m. for kids ages five and under, and 11 a.m. for ages six and over.

Event: 'Redwood City Family 4th'
While there are no fireworks in Redwood City this year, the long-standing parade and festival tradition continues on July 4. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street. other activities include a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts booths and a battle of the bands.

July 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, July 2

Theater: 'The Swineherd'
As part of its summertime Theatre in the Park series, Peninsula Youth Theatre puts on a free performance of "The Swineherd" at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The event is at Cubberley Amphitheatre at 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Music: 'The Music of Billy Strayhorn'
Tonight at 8 p.m., the Stanford Jazz Festival pays tribute to the late composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn with a concert in Campbell Recital Hall. Musicians are: Patrick Wolff, saxophone; Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Adam Shulman, piano; Marcus Shelby, bass; and Smith Dobson V, drums. Tickets are $28 general and $16 for students. A 7 p.m. talk by Sonny Buxton from KCSM precedes the concert; it's free with a concert ticket.

July 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Report: High-speed rail ridership data flawed

Institute of Transportation Studies report concludes that ridership estimates 'have significant problems that render the key demand-forecasting models unreliable for policy analysis'
California high-speed rail ridership studies are flawed and are "unreliable for policy analysis," according to an independent review released Wednesday by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

July 2, 2010 | 5 comments
Five school board jobs in play

Five spots on local school boards will be opening up in November, as terms are expiring for two board members in the Mountain View Whisman School District and three board members in the Mountain View Los Altos School District.

July 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Merge school districts, grand jury says

Unification could save $9.4 million, but local officials skeptical
The Santa Clara County Grand Jury estimates that about $9.4 million could be saved by turning the Los Altos School District, the Mountain View Whisman School District and the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District into one single unified school district.

July 2, 2010 | 24 comments
Attempting to solve a tough equation

Two local programs address lagging math scores
The Math Acceleration Program and JustMATH are two free, locally run efforts to help get Mountain View students back on track in math, by taking kids back to basics.

July 7, 2010 | 9 comments
Police ready for 'maximum enforcement' on Independence Day weekend

Additional officers from CHP, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to be on patrol
Bay Area law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their patrols and cracking down on drunk drivers to keep the roadways safe this Fourth of July weekend.

July 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Two new mini-parks to be constructed soon

It was a good day for parks in Mountain View as the City Council approved a design for one on Del Medio Avenue and cleared a path for another by approving the demolition of several vacant homes on Mariposa Avenue.

July 1, 2010 | 5 comments
Thursday, July 1

Music: Yancie Taylor & The Jazztet
As part of the summer jazz series put on by SFJAZZ at Stanford Shopping Center, vibraphonist Yancie Taylor and his Jazztet give a free performance tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is at the Clock Tower Plaza near Neiman Marcus.

July 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Crash leaves seatbelted pair hanging upside down

Small car rear-ended by another vehicle while heading south from Oregon Expressway onto Highway 101 Wednesday afternoon
A small car rear-ended at the Oregon Expressway southbound on-ramp onto Highway 101 flipped over shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, leaving both occupants hanging upside down by their seatbelts. They were helped out of the car and examined by paramedics for apparent minor injuries. Photo by Captain Rich Dean of Palo Alto Engine 3.

July 1, 2010 | 5 comments
Seniors get VTA bus to Senior Center

Bus line 34, called a "lifeline" to the outside world for some Mountain View seniors, will have a new route beginning Monday, July 12.

July 1, 2010 | 2 comments
Local shares thoughts on new iPhone

Mike Gowen took the time to reflect on his iPhone 4. He said he is impressed with the resolution and overall functionality, but feels there are a few flaws in the device's design.

June 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Landmark La Costena building to be redeveloped

Building owner Charles Gardyn says he doesn't have to kick out two popular burrito joints in order to make redevelopment of his landmark building feasible.

June 30, 2010 | 12 comments
Whooping cough epidemic hits California

Three cases reported in Mountain View so far
State and local health officials are calling the recent rise in cases of whooping cough an epidemic, and encouraging people to get vaccinations and booster shots. Reported cases of pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough," have more than quadrupled in California since last year.

June 30, 2010 | 4 comments
Things to do on the 4th of July

Fewer fireworks -- but still plenty to do -- planned for this year's area Independence Day events
The Midpeninsula skies will be quieter this Fourth of July. Still, it takes more than a recession to keep down the fireworks show at Shoreline Amphitheatre, and Redwood City's huge Fourth of July parade and festival is still on, along with several other area events.

June 29, 2010 | 6 comments
Council appoints Quinn as city attorney

Her $215,000 salary up for approval at tonight's meeting
The City Council chose Jannie Quinn to take the reins as Mountain View's City Attorney after she did the job on an interim basis for the first half of the year.

June 29, 2010 | 3 comments
Wednesday, June 30

Theater: 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' in Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre opens its production of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" tonight outside at the Roy A. Ginsburg Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. through July 17. Tickets are $10 general and $5 for children. Call 650-463-4930.

Talk: 'Through Thick & Thin' at Los Altos History Museum
Mary Jo Ignoffo, historian and professor, whose work was the foundation of the recent exhibit "Through Thick & Thin: A Tale of Two Sisters," will speak about the real Sarah Winchester and her dynamic sister, Isabelle Merriman, tonight at 7 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call Karen Purtich at (408) 391-8519.

June 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, June 29

Teen Event: 'Sharks & Fish: Up Close' at Palo Alto library
Experts from the Marine Science Institute will present a hands-on program for teens about sharks and fish found in local waters, today at 4 p.m. This event is part of "Make Waves @ Your Library," the Palo Alto City Library's Teen Summer Reading Program. Free. Palo Alto Main Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Call Library Reference at 650-329-2436.

Talk: Bernard Schutz at Stanford
Tonight at 8 p.m., multimedia artist and scientist Bernard Schutz of Potsdam, Germany, will give a free lecture entitled "Gravitational Waves: Listening to the True Music of the Spheres." Schutz's multimedia presentation will allow the audience to "listen" to sounds of the universe including black holes, the Big Bang: He demonstrates how gravitational waves can open ears to the "music of space." The event is at Panofsky Auditorium at Stanford University. Call 650-723-0227.

June 29, 2010 | No comments yet
New cameras will aid in prosecuting assaults

Valley Medical's Sexual Assault Response Team receives state-of-the-art equipment
Prosecutors of sexual-assault crimes in Santa Clara County will have additional help with their cases, thanks to the donation of two new state-of-the-art cameras, county officials announced last Thursday.

June 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Duncan addresses De Anza grads

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gives the keynote address to De Anza College's graduating students at the community college's July 26 graduation ceremony. More than 1,900 students graduated from De Anza with a degree or a certificate this year.

June 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Teens jumped in 'gang-related' attack

Three teenagers were jumped by a group of about six men wielding weapons outside a convenience store near the border of Los Altos and Mountain View on Saturday night, June 26, a police spokeswoman said.

June 29, 2010 | 30 comments
Council split on outsourcing golf course

City-run greens are $813,000 in the red over personnel and water costs
With a nearly $1 million deficit at Shoreline Golf links threatening the city budget, the City Council is split over whether to outsource the city-owned and operated golf course Tuesday.

June 28, 2010 | 28 comments
3.5-magnitude quake hits 3 miles west of SF

A 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit at 7:47 a.m. today about 3 miles off the San Francisco coast, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The quake was about 8 miles deep and barely felt on land, although it was felt by some area residents.

June 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Arne Duncan tells Foothill grads 'to be shape-shifters'

U.S. Education Secretary speaks at college's 50th annual commencement
Foothill College graduates will need to be "shape shifters" to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the graduates Friday at the college's 50th commencement ceremony.

June 28, 2010 | 4 comments
Monday, June 28

Music: The VW Brothers
Redwood City's free summertime Jazz on Main music festival continues tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. with a performance by The VW Brothers, a drummer and bassist who both honor the jazz tradition and create their own modern sound by combining various modern styles. The performance will be held on Main Street in downtown Redwood City.

Author: Andrew Beahrs at Kepler's
Food writer Andrew Beahrs, author of "Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens, " discusses his search for America's lost wild foods, from New Orleans croakers to Illinois Prairie hen, with Mark Twain as his guide. June 28, 7:30 p.m. free. Call Pam Grange at 650-324-4321. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

June 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Shoreline Hotel deal fizzles, again

City eyes Google office buildings for the site instead
The city's third attempt in over a decade to build a conference center and boutique hotel on city property next to Google headquarters has apparently fizzled. On Tuesday the City Council decided to move ahead with Google offices for the site instead.

June 25, 2010 | 10 comments
U.S. education officials visiting Foothill-De Anza

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to deliver commencement addresses at Foothill and De Anza colleges
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the commencement address at Foothill College in Los Altos today at 6 p.m. and at De Anza College in Cupertino at 9 a.m. Saturday.
He is being accompanied on the visit to the Bay Area by Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter, former Foothill-De Anza chancellor.

June 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, June 26 & 27

Music: Peninsula Symphony pops concert
Peninsula Symphony presents a free outdoor pops concert Saturday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Civic Center's soccer field.

Event: Palo Alto Concours D'Elegance
Classic automobiles will be on display Sunday, June 27, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Concours D'Elegance, which benefits the Palo Alto Lions Club charities. The event takes place at the concours field at Stanford University, Sand Hill Road at Pasteur Drive. Tickets are $25; free for children 12 and under.

June 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Watching the new documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," one has to concede that comedian Joan Rivers has been an important figure on the stand-up scene, and especially important to women in a male-dominated field. But we also learn that Rivers is ruthless in her self-preservation, and I don't mean just the surgery. -- PC

June 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Knight and Day'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Tom Cruise returns to form in this entertaining action-comedy from director James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma"). Cruise and co-star Cameron Diaz are an effervescent on-screen pair, but a silly plot and excessive runtime make "Knight and Day" more suitable for the Netflix queue than a cineplex excursion. -- TH

June 25, 2010 | 1 comment
At 99 he's still going strong

On his birthday, Louie Givich has plenty of stories to share
Louie Givich has a story for everything. He can describe exactly how Mountain View looked the year he was born, in a house where two palm trees now stand next to an In-n-Out Burger. He remembers the bootlegger's building and who all his neighbors were. And that was 99 years ago.

June 24, 2010 | 7 comments
Council OKs affordable housing for 51 families

A lucky group of 51 low-income families will have unusually affordable housing in an unusually high-quality development, thanks to a City Council decision made Tuesday.

June 24, 2010 | 11 comments
Council balances city budget with cuts and fees

15 jobs to be eliminated
The City Council approved a balanced $87 million general fund budget Tuesday with a few last minute tweaks.

June 25, 2010 | 3 comments
Council struggles with its position on high-speed rail

A dedicated HSR lobbyist is unnecessary, council says
Council members were clearly concerned Tuesday about the message they are sending as they discussed making official comments to the California High Speed Rail Authority.

June 28, 2010 | 49 comments
Oakland lab could fulfill council's wish for marijuana testing

Tests detect mold, pesticides, potency in medical marijuana
Under the city's proposed regulations, any medical marijuana sold in Mountain View would have to be tested for various sorts of contamination. The best known and possibly the only "Cannabis Analysis Laboratory" in the state is apparently a place in Oakland called Steep Hill Labs.

June 24, 2010 | 28 comments
Friday, June 25

Film: 'King Corn'
There will be a free screening of the film "King Corn," a documentary about the subsidized crop that drives the fast-food industry, today at 7 p.m. at Palo Alto Medical Foundation -- Mountain View Center, 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View. A PAMF dietitian will answer questions after the film.

Music: Christiana Li and Michael Steven
Christiana Li and Michael Steven perform acoustic rock music tonight at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

June 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, June 24

Music: Irene Sharp with Lori Lack
Internationally known cellist and master teacher Irene Sharp, along with pianist Lori Lack, perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

June 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Senior stretches income to support her son

After Adeline's son was laid off two years ago and could not find work, he first borrowed money to pay for his Mountain View studio apartment, but eventually had to move back home.

June 25, 2010 | 8 comments
High schools cut programs and faculty support

Exit exam courses eliminated, cuts to sports and superintendent's budget
Local high schools will have to absorb $2.8 million in budget cuts in the coming year. Students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District won't have as much help preparing for exit exams, and may find fewer opportunities for sports with the 2010-11 budget.

June 24, 2010 | 2 comments
Medvedev wants his own 'Siliconovaya Dolina'

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visiting Silicon Valley in drive to boost Russia's technological/economic position
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is touring Silicon Valley to see how its mix of technology, venture capital and innovation works. He'd like to see a Russian version, which translates as "Siliconovaya Dolina." He is scheduled to speak at Stanford University at 4 p.m. after visiting several Silicon Valley businesses and California Avenue in Palo Alto for lunch.

June 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, June 23

Author: Susan Abulhawa at Books Inc.
Susan Abulhawa speaks on her book "Mornings in Jenin," about a family in a refugee camp in Israel in 1948, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

June 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Eshoo 'disturbed' by plan to demolish Hangar One's cork room

Navy set to raze historic Hangar One structure
In a terse letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo says she is "disturbed" by news reports about the planned demolition of the unique "cork room" inside Moffett Field's Hangar One, and she asks pointed questions about why the Navy is set to destroy the historic structure.

June 23, 2010 | 5 comments
Missing Mountain View couple found alive

Dog's injury sent couple down difficult trail
An injured dog's paw and overgrown trails kept two Mountain View residents from returning home on time from a hiking and camping trip in the Los Padres National Forrest over the weekend, a Monterey County Sheriff's official said.

June 22, 2010 | 5 comments
Rep. Eshoo honored by public television station

The Cat in the Hat was on hand Monday, when Congresswoman Anna Eshoo was honored for her support of public television at an event held by KQED in Mountain View on June 21. She received the Champion of Public Broadcasting award from the Association of Public Television Stations.

June 22, 2010 | 3 comments
Schools get cash for clunker computers

Computers, computer monitors, televisions, printers and overhead projectors are among the 60 items of e-waste that Mountain View elementary and middle schools have to throw away. Only it's not that simple, said Jon Aker, director of technology for the Mountain View Whisman School District. Laws prohibit tossing used electronics in the landfill, as they are chock-full of toxic chemicals and heavy and precious metals.

June 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, June 22

Event: Dancing on the Square in Redwood City
Free lessons and open swing dancing with music by Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums will take place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the courthouse square, Redwood City.

Lecture: Mars SLAC Colloquium
Scientists will discuss the next planned mission to Mars, set for next year, and how it may impact understanding of the potential for life on the "Red Planet," today at 4:15 p.m. at Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

June 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Mountain View pair missing in Los Padres forest

Monterey County officials searching for man and wife who failed to return Sunday from a camping/hiking trip
A search is underway today for a Mountain View couple who failed to return Sunday from a two-night camping and hiking trip in the rugged Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County.

June 22, 2010 | 4 comments
City's tobacco program earns accolades

Mountain View gets an A-plus for its efforts to prevent smoking and sales of cigarettes to under-age teenagers. According to the 2009-10 community's health on tobacco report card, put out today by the Tobacco Free Coalition of Santa Clara County and Community Advocate Teens of Today, with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the city of Mountain View shares top honors with Milpitas and Saratoga.

June 21, 2010 | 7 comments
Owner's empty lot could be new home for the Bakotich house

Historic house could be saved by moving it across town
The city's second oldest home may have a savior in Ellyn Berner, who was thinking about selling her vacant lot on Pettis Avenue before she opened the Mountain View Voice last week.

June 21, 2010 | 2 comments
Feder to head El Camino foundation

El Camino Hospital Foundation has picked Larry Feder to serve as the foundation's new president. Feder, who will join the organization on July 1, brings 25 years of fund raising experience to the job, hospital officials announced on June 8.

June 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, June 21

Music: 'U.S.-Japan Cultural Exchange through Piano Ensemble Music'
Japanese and American musicians will perform piano compositions from both countries to foster friendship and cultural appreciation through music tonight at 7 p.m. at Tateuchi Hall at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Admission is $10-20.

June 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Bobcat Ridge to re-open Saturday

Tule, one of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo's two bobcats, watches ducks and a goose from her favorite spot in her new habitat. The grand opening of the newly constructed Bobcat Ridge will take place Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon (with a members' sneak-peek breakfast preview at 9 a.m.). Photos by Kimihiro Hoshino/Palo Alto Online.

June 18, 2010 | 1 comment
Barbershop Boys make time for harmony and homework

With the help of a local barbershop quartet, a group of junior high schoolers have formed The Barbershop Boys.

June 18, 2010 | 5 comments
Hyperlinking to higher education

Local networking site Zoomz connects college-bound kids to mentors
Zoomz aims to bring aspiring college students together with current college students and graduates in a social network, where they can find answers to questions, connect with peers and mentors, and get the support they need to successfully finish their higher education.

June 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Foothill-De Anza planning parcel tax

Six-year tax would help with state cuts to community colleges
The local community college district is planning to place a parcel tax measure on the November ballot to help augment three years of state funding cuts.

June 18, 2010 | 17 comments
Friday, June 18

Music: John Henry's Farm at Red Rock
John Henry's Farm plays bluegrass music tonight from 8-10 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, June 19 & 20

Music: World Music Day in Palo Alto
The second annual World Music Day, an afternoon and evening of free outdoor concerts on the sidewalks and corners of downtown Palo Alto, happens Sunday, June 20. Performers play a wide variety of styles of music outdoors from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

Music: San Francisco Choral Artists at St. Mark's
New choral music is the theme of an 8 p.m. performance Saturday, June 19, given by San Francisco Choral Artists at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto. The program features works premiered in recent years, plus band-new pieces. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for seniors and $10 for students at the door.

Art: Summer shows at Palo Alto Art Center
On Sunday, the Palo Alto Art Center opens its trio of summer exhibitions: "Dream Sequences" (ceramic sculptures), "Surreal Inventions" (prints and drawings inspired by Surrealism), and "Secret Drawings" (a mix of works). The free shows run through Sept. 4 at 1313 Newell Road.

Dance: A Summer Dance Carousel at Foothill
Original ballet for the whole family in the Russian style, Sunday, June 20. This two-part ballet showcase in features the dancers of the Bayer Ballet Company, joined by principal dancers of Ballet San Jose and students of the Bayer Ballet Academy. June 20, 5-7 p.m. Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. $33 adults; $28 seniors/children (12 & under). Call 1-800-838-3006.

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Jonah Hex'

(Two stars)
Action and eye candy are the main ingredients in this shallow adaptation of the edgy DC comic about Civil War-era gunslinger Jonah Hex. Compelling plot and character development get lost somewhere between explosion No. 1 and explosion No. 78, but the film certainly satisfies the popcorn quotient for summer cinema. -- TH

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Toy Story 3'

(Four stars)
I don't know what's in the water over there at Pixar Animation Studios, but I'd sure love a cup. Pixar's storytelling masterminds serve up yet another exceptional film -- this one the third in the uber-popular "Toy Story" franchise -- packed with humor, imagination, adventure and emotional resonance. -- TH

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Motion to adjourn: City Clerk Angee Salvador retires

Over 500 meeting minutes, 1,204 resolutions in her long career
After 21 years working in Mountain View's city clerk's office, City Clerk Angee Salvador is calling it good on June 18.

June 17, 2010 | 1 comment
School district expresses fears of selling Cubberley

Foothill-De Anza district seeks to buy some of property for new facility
Palo Alto school board members Wednesday expressed deep-seated fears about selling any portion of the dilapidated Cubberley Community Center to the Foothill De Anza Community College District, saying the school district may need space there to educate generations yet unborn.

June 17, 2010 | 11 comments
Thursday, June 17

Music: Free outdoor jazz at Stanford
Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion plays music from the Havana social clubs of the 1950s during a free concert tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The show is in Clock Tower Plaza at Stanford Shopping Center and is part of SFJAZZ's summer series running weekly through Aug. 12.

Theater: New Works at Foothill
New short plays penned by writers in the Foothill College Playwriting Program will be performed as script-in-hand readings tonight through June 20, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The readings are in Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7360.

June 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Surprise pockets of 4G in Mountain View

Residents with certain Sprint phones may get a sneak peak at the new service
Small pockets of Sprint's 4G network may pop up in parts of Mountain View for those with Sprint broadband cards, or the Evo or Overdrive phones.

June 16, 2010 | 6 comments
Council happy with city budget

Last-minute deal with firefighters could save four police jobs
After a year of discussions the city has a balanced budget that now has the backing of the City Council after a unanimous straw vote Tuesday night.

June 16, 2010 | 3 comments
Historic home all yours -- if you move it

City's second oldest house in the way of senior project on Calderon
Try as they might, a group of seniors who want to build communal housing at 445 Calderon Avenue say it is not economically feasible to design their 19-unit condo complex around the 1880s house in the middle of the large lot. Instead of demolishing it, they are hoping to find a new address for the Victorian farmhouse known as the Bakotich house.

June 16, 2010 | 8 comments
Fixing the bells

MV Whisman aims for better school schedule this fall
Starting this fall, school bells will ring in concert at all of the elementary schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. The new, uniform bell schedule should save money, and fix a hectic transportation situation that often leaves children unsupervised while they wait for their parents or the bus, district officials said.

June 16, 2010 | 5 comments
Wednesday, June 16

Music: Dick Hyman at Stanford
Pianist Dick Hyman performs tonight at 7:30 p.m. as a pre-festival event for this summer's Stanford Jazz Festival. This "tour" through Hyman's favorite jazz styles will be at Campbell Recital Hall on the Stanford campus. Tickets are $34 general and $20 for students; the festival then runs June 25 through Aug. 7.

June 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Memorial service for David Lewis set for Sunday

Slain East Palo Alto community leader will also be honored at the city's Juneteenth celebration this weekend
A memorial service for slain East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Costano Elementary School, 2695 Fordham St. in East Palo Alto. The service will be followed by a dinner and remembrance at 5 p.m. at the offices of Free at Last, 1796 Bay Road.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Judge orders pot club to close

Buddy's must close by July 7
A judge has granted the city's request for a temporary injunction to close Buddy's Cannabis Patient Collective on Bayshore Parkway, which must now close by 5 p.m. July 7.

June 15, 2010 | 8 comments
Tony-winning show has local ties

TheatreWorks got a shout-out Sunday night at the Tony Awards when "Memphis" -- which had its world premiere at Mountain View's Center for the Performing Arts in 2004 -- won the award for Best Musical.

June 15, 2010 | 2 comments
Rainy winter magnifes West Nile virus threat

April showers may have brought something more than May flowers this year -- a bigger problem with West Nile Virus.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, June 15

Talk: 'Homebrew Health' at Microsoft
Tongiht at 7 p.m., venture capitalist Esther Dyson, chair of EDventure Holdings, gives a talk on her ideas about how people can manage their own health care through online services. The Commonwealth Club event is at Microsoft, Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Tickets are $20 general, $12 for club members, and $7 for students.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Stars align for local astronomer

NASA Ames' Cuzzi wins top honor for planetary work
Jeff Cuzzi's office is buried deep in the maze that is NASA's Ames Research Center. Its walls tell a lot about him. There are yellow sticky notes with important contact numbers and reminders, a poster of the Grand Tetons, a model of an asteroid, and a 1981 Voyager picture of Saturn. As a radio astronomer, engineer and physicist, Cuzzi has devoted his life to studying the cosmos, and this year he was named the winner of the Kuiper Prize, the highest honor in planetary sciences.

June 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Two robbed at gun-point in parking garage

Two Mountain View visitors were robbed at gunpoint at a parking garage in the 100 block of Bryant Street at about 10:45 p.m. on Friday, June 11, police said.

June 14, 2010 | 18 comments
Monday, June 14

Music: World Harmony Chorus in Mountain View
Led by Daniel Steinberg, the World Harmony Chorus gives a free concert tonight from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Songs from many lands are on the program, and the audience will be invited to sing with the group. Call 650-917-6800.

June 14, 2010 | No comments yet
It's official: Jeff Rosen wins DA race

With 99 percent of mailed-in ballots counted, Rosen leads Carr by 2,854 votes
Jeff Rosen's victory over Dolores Carr in Santa Clara County's razor-thin race for district attorney became official Friday afternoon when the updated election results showed his lead over Carr growing.

June 11, 2010 | 2 comments
Review: 'The Karate Kid'

(Three stars)
The reboot of the 1984 classic that pitted underdog Daniel Larusso against merciless bullies offers the same crowd-pleasing charm but with a contemporary twist. "The Karate Kid" reflects both globalization and bone-crunching stylistics, packaging dislocation and violence as picture-postcard entertainment stamped in China. -- ST

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Solitary Man'

(Three stars)
Michael Douglas plays a character who learns he has a "heart irregularity" in the new independent drama "Solitary Man." In the context of the story, the concern is literal, medical, but it's also a diagnosis of his social ill. In a way, it also describes the winning idiosyncrasy of the film, which resists comforting sentiment. -- PC

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The A-Team'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Cue the theme song: It's another TV remake for the big screen. The title "The A-Team" refers to an "alpha unit" of elite Army Rangers, but the only thing top-of-the-line about Joe Carnahan's stupefying action movie is the budget. That budget can buy you a star of the caliber of Liam Neeson, but it can't make him do good work. -- PC

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Historic "cork room" slated for demolition soon inside Hangar One

In August a unique artifact of the pre-WWII airship era is set to be destroyed -- a building inside Moffett Field's Hangar One known as the "cork room."

June 11, 2010 | 20 comments
Jump into summer

Adam Spielman celebrates the end of school with his sixth-grade classmates at Santa Rita Elementary School on June 8. The class party was held at the swimming pool at Rengstorff Park. Photo by Michelle Le.

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Alta Vista students overcome the past, look to future

Senior Randall Young was one of three student speakers at Alta Vista High School's graduation this year. He stood at the podium on the stage of the Mountain View High School auditorium, black gown-clad classmates behind him, eager family and friends in front of him.

June 11, 2010 | 4 comments
Mountain View grads reflect on their high tech times

Most students in this year's Mountain View High School graduating class were about two years old in 1994, when a company called Netscape released what would become the world's most popular Web browser. This is a generation that has spent nearly its entire life online, and a great deal of its adolescence firing off text messages. It is fitting then, that senior Kevin McKee kicked off his farewell speech to the 410 graduating Spartans and the more than 2,000 adoring family members and friends gathered at Carl Anderson Field by declaring, "Sixty percent of you are so bored that you're on your phone's internet browser right now."

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Los Altos high Eagles ready to spread their wings

There aren't many people who can say they've seen a blue eagle. But each year they flock to Los Alto High School's football field to the tune of the school band's rendition of "Pomp and Circumstance." On June 4, the Los Altos seniors -- in their blue gowns, leis and decorated caps -- graduated from high school.

June 11, 2010 | 3 comments
Tough decisions ahead for MV Whisman

Schools face bigger class sizes, cut programs to meet tight budget
Local elementary and middle schools are considering cutting programs and raising class sizes in response to state budget cuts, chief financial officer Craig Goldman told Mountain View Whisman district trustees last week.

June 11, 2010 | 47 comments
City could pull off a balanced budget

Without union concessions, police would lose four office staff
While the "Great Recession" has forced other cities to make painful budget cuts and run large deficits, it appears that Mountain View will be in the unique position of having a balanced city budget next year with few, if any, layoffs.

June 11, 2010 | 4 comments
Weekend, June 12&13

Event: Mitchell Park groundbreaking
The City of Palo Alto is holding a ground-breaking celebration for the future Mitchell Park library and community center, featuring ice cream, games for children and displays showing what the new building will look like, Saturday, June 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Music: William Cleere and the Marvelous Fellas at Red Rock
William Cleere and the Marvelous Fellas play piano-based rock and pop music Saturday, June 12, at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Theater: 'The Taming of the Shrew'
Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" will be performed Sunday, June 13, at 8 p.m. outdoors on the grounds of Mid-Peninsula High School, 1340 Willow Road, Menlo Park.

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, June 11

Music: Mouse Fire at Red Rock
Mouse Fire plays indie-pop music, with special guest Dogcatcher, Friday, June 11, 8-10 p.m. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Hundreds pay tribute to David Lewis Thursday

East Palo Alto leader's influence reached as far away as Kenya
He was the boy on someone's baseball team; the drug addict nicknamed "Funky Rat" who did years in prison; and ultimately he was a giant in his own time. That's how community members remembered slain East Palo Alto leader David Lewis Thursday evening, when hundreds gathered at "Free at Last," the center he co-founded to help the city's addicts end their personal death spiral and destructive impact on the community. Related stories:
Argument preceded shooting of rehab leader David Lewis
Police have suspect in killing of David Lewis

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Graduation elation

Erica Cortez and Felicia Del Conte are jubilant after receiving their diplomas at Alta Vista High School's June 2 graduation ceremony in Mountain View High School's theater. Hundreds of local teens graduated from high school last week. To post your own graduation photos, scroll down to the Voice's new "Photo Gallery" feature. Photo by James Tensuan.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Police have suspect in killing of David Lewis

Shooting victim was East Palo Alto man Lewis, 54, a major figure in community drug intervention efforts in prisons
Police have a suspect in the "targeted" killing of East Palo Alto drug-intervention leader David Lewis, as well as a description of a vehicle at the Hillsdale Mall when Lewis was fatally shot in the back, according to sources.

June 10, 2010 | 18 comments
Medical pot user busted for growing

Police say 53 pot plants was too many
A man arrested May 25 for allegedly possessing large quantities of marijuana for sale has the full support of his mother, who disputes several felony charges filed against her son. She says he was legally possessing marijuana to treat pain from a car crash that left him with numerous injuries.

June 10, 2010 | 14 comments
Burglar swipes TVs, iPhones, video game

A resident of the first block of Comstock Queen Court lost a lot of electronics when her home was burglarized over the Memorial Day weekend. The residential burglary was reported yesterday, June 9, a police spokeswoman said.

June 10, 2010 | 5 comments
McKelvey, Cuesta flood basins the topic of June 17 meeting

Controversial flood basins proposed for the Cuesta Annex and McKelvey Park will be discussed this Thursday at City Hall as Valley Water certifies an environmental impact report.

June 15, 2010 | 1 comment
El Camino offers free skin cancer screenings

Summer is here, with its warm nights, days spent at the beach or by the pool, and sunburns, the leading cause of skin cancer. About 90 percent of skin cancer is caused by exposure to the sun, according to El Camino Hospital. Its Cancer Center is gearing up for its fourth annual free skin cancer screening on Saturday, June 12.

June 10, 2010 | 1 comment
A proud moment

Aneesa Salaam is overcome with emotion as she accepts her diploma from Alta Vista High School Principal Bill Pierce at the June 2 ceremony in Mountain View High School's theater. Hundreds of local teens graduated from high school last week. To post your own graduation photos, scroll down to the Voice's new "Photo Gallery" feature. Photo by James Tensuan.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Uncounted ballots leave DA race up in the air

Razor-thin lead of Challenger Jeff Rosen over incumbent District Attorney Dolores Carr could reverse
Disclosure that there are nearly 100,000 ballots yet to be counted in Santa Clara County has thrown the race for district attorney into doubt: Will challenger Jeff Rosen's 2,200-vote lead over incumbent District Attorney Dolores Carr evaporate? The outcome may not be known until late Friday.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Surprise! There are 93,500 ballots still uncounted

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters reports surge of last-minute mail-in ballots -- 70,000 on election day alone
Surprise! A last-minute surge of mail-in ballots means the election in Santa Clara County isn't over and some close races -- such as the tight contest for district attorney -- could still change outcomes, the Registrar of Voters office confirmed today. There are about 93,500 ballots still to count.

June 9, 2010 | 3 comments
County voters approve stadium, card room and parcel tax measures

Ten measures on Tuesday's ballot in Santa Clara County appear to have passed, among them a proposal to build a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara and a proposal concerning cardrooms in San Jose, according to complete unofficial election results.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, June 10

Author: Scott James at Foothill College
The Foothill College Authors Series features New York Times Columnist Scott James, author of "The Sower," tomorrow (June 10) at noon at Campus Center Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313) at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, June 9

Film: 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' at Stanford Theatre
The 1945 film "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," about a young girl coming of age around the turn of the 20th century, plays tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 21 University Ave., Palo Alto. Adult admission is $7 and includes a second film.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Landslide victory for high school bond measure

Measure A bond will provide $41.3 million to Mountain View and Los Altos high school construction projects
Supporters of Measure A made their voices heard yesterday, soundly approving the bond, which will help build new classrooms, labs and other facilities, as well as improve school infrastructure at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools.

June 9, 2010 | 9 comments
Jeff Rosen edges out Dolores Carr in DA race

Challenger in hard-fought campaign takes lead early election night as glacially slow returns are announced
Challenger Jeff Rosen narrowly defeated Santa Clara County incumbent District Attorney Dolores Carr Tuesday in an election night marked by excruciatingly slow election results. The final tally wasn't announced until just past 2 a.m., giving Rosen a 2,217-vote edge.

June 9, 2010 | 1 comment
Bank robbed by man with threatening note

Mountain View Police are looking for a 50-year-old man who robbed the Heritage Bank of Commerce on El Camino Real near Grant Road June 2 with only a note saying that he had a gun.

June 8, 2010 | 7 comments
Bay Area voters head to the polls

Bay Area voters are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots in a gubernatorial primary election fueled by record-breaking campaign spending that includes a host of local races and measures.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Bigger is better for NASA Ames supercomputer

In the world of supercomputing, it seems that size really does matter -- and in that respect, NASA's Ames Research Center certainly has something to boast about. The machine at Ames known as Pleiades garnered the No. 6 spot on the Top 500 list of the world's most powerful computers, said NASA officials.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Police, fire respond to fistfight at Graham school

What started as a scuffle over a backpack between two boys at Graham Middle School turned into a fistfight, with Mountain View police and firefighters called to the scene on Friday, June 4, a police spokeswoman said.

June 7, 2010 | 33 comments
Tuesday, June 8

Talk: "Die Walkure" Opera Preview in Palo Alto
Dr. Simon Williams, author of "Wagner and the Romantic Hero," discusses the opera "Die Walkure" -- soon to be presented in San Francisco -- tonight at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (Chapel), 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Tickets are $8-10.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Cal Fire bracing for summer wildfire season

Local firefighters are preparing for the increased risk of wildfires this summer and are asking residents to do the same.

June 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, June 7

Exhibit: "Mary Webb: Neglected Genius" at Stanford
An exhibition exploring the life of early-20th-century British novelist and poet Mary Webb is open today (June 7) in the Peterson Gallery, Green Library Bing Wing, Stanford University. Free admission.

June 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Meeting set June 16 on Foothill 'Palo Alto Campus'

Three-way meeting between Foothill-De Anza, Palo Alto and school district will explore possibilities
The future of a proposed new "Palo Alto Campus" for Foothill-De Anza Community College District will be discussed at a three-way meeting of the entities involved on June 16: the Palo Alto Unified School District, the City of Palo Alto and Foothill-De Anza officials.

June 7, 2010 | 4 comments
Want to sound off about the city? There's an app for that.

Mountain View residents can voice their questions and concerns about the city at any time and from anywhere, now that the city has introduced the Ask Mountain View iPhone application.

June 7, 2010 | 9 comments
MV man arrested in drug bust

A six-month undercover investigation of a drug trafficking ring in San Mateo County has resulted in six arrests, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force announced Thursday.

June 4, 2010 | 18 comments
Library's summer reading program goes online

As the school year comes to a close, the Mountain View Library is preparing for its Summer Reading Program. This year, for the first time, registration is available online, said Mountain View Librarian Karin Bricker.

June 4, 2010 | 1 comment
Weekend, June 5 & 6

Event: Sunset's Celebration Weekend
On Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunset Magazine hosts its annual open house with cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, live music and various exhibitors. Sunset is at 80 Willow Road in Menlo Park. Admission is $16, $12 for seniors, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Call 800-786-7375.

Theater: 'The Taming of the Shrew' in Menlo Park
The Mid-Peninsula Shakespeare Festival opens Saturday (June 5) in Menlo Park with a production of "The Taming of the Shrew" that will also be performed on June 6, 13 and 27. The free 8 p.m. shows are outdoors at Mid-Peninsula High School, 1340 Willow Road. Seating is provided.

Music: Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra in Los Altos
The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra concert program features percussionist Chris Froh performing a marimba concerto by Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro, and dances from Panama and Astor Piazzolla's "Nuevo Tango." The program also includes a youth commission, a new work for string orchestra by Gabriella Smith. June 5, 8 p.m. $5-$15. Call 650-856-3848. Eagle Theatre, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.

Music: Bay Choral Guild in Palo Alto
The Bay Choral Guild pays tribute to artistic director Sanford Dole with a performance of his cantata "The Fabric of Peace." The concert is at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Tickets are $25 general, $20 for seniors and $6 for students.

June 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Splice'

(Three stars)
Playing God and playing house converge in the weird, wild new horror film "Splice." Co-writer/director Vincenzo Natali ("Cube") has in "Splice" a demented combination of "Frankenstein" and "Species" wherein a large part of survival of the fittest means being sexy. -- PC

June 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Get Him to the Greek'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
We're all enablers when it comes to entertainers, whose most potent drug is an audience. That's one of the points to take from this new comedy, in which Russell Brand reprises his breakout role of mercurial rocker Aldous Snow. -- PC

June 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, June 4

Dance: 'M is for Mazurka' at Cubberley
The Mountain View-based Academy of Danse Libre presents a "dancing whodunnit" with 1930s-, Victorian- and ragtime-inspired dance. Performances are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $15 general and $12 for students and seniors at the door.

June 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Big service cuts due to Caltrain 'fiscal emergency'

Caltrain board unanimously declares emergency to allow big cuts in weekend service and eliminating some daily commute
Major Caltrain weekend- and mid-day service cuts plus a fare increase are being planned by this fall and early 2011. Faced with a $12.5 million budget deficit for the 2011 fiscal year, Caltrain's Board of Directors unanimously voted Thursday to declare a fiscal emergency for the second year in a row.

June 4, 2010 | 32 comments
Recession Tales: Get laid off, start a car company

Downturn pushed Hong Quan to pursue his dream
Like many in Silicon Valley, Hong Quan was working away at a tech startup last year when layoffs left him without a job. "Why don't you start that car company you've been talking about?" he remembers his wife saying.

Read more Recession Tales:
Pets flood local shelters during hard times
Laid-off workers turn to nursing
A Stanford degree -- and no job
Single mom swallows pride, relies on food bank

June 3, 2010 | 2 comments
Nadine Levin retires after 20 years at City Hall

Assistant city manager's new goal: improv comedy
City Hall was in as much turmoil as it had ever been when assistant city manager Nadine Levin was hired in December of 1989.

June 4, 2010 | 3 comments
Grand Jury: City employee pay "unsustainable" countywide

The latest report from the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury concludes that employee costs for the county's 15 cities continue to grow at an unsustainable rate, while cities make up for it with service cuts and employee layoffs.

June 3, 2010 | 28 comments
Pot club to stay open at least a few more days

Judge refuses city's demand for immediate injunction
The operator of Mountain View's only marijuana dispensary was elated Wednesday about a judge's reluctance to immediately shut down the dispensary at the city's request.

June 3, 2010 | 22 comments
Medi-pot regulations are no slam dunk

Council members disagree over marijuana safety-testing
Disagreements on the City Council Tuesday appeared to threaten the passage of an ordinance allowing regulated marijuana dispensaries in Mountain View.

June 3, 2010 | 27 comments
Kids conquer Alcatraz swim

Brother, sister among youngest to complete chilly endurance test
On the morning of April 10, eight-year-old Malena Nguyen and her 10-year-old brother Jordan woke up early. They didn't have a special breakfast, "unless a bagel is special," Jordan says, giggling. They took a ferry across the San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz, the former prison-island. And then they hopped into the 52-degree water.

June 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Thursday, June 3

Theater: 'Opus' in Mountain View
TheatreWorks' new play "Opus," about life in a prestigious string quartet, has preview performances tonight (June 3) and Friday (June 4), and then opens June 5. These three performances are at 8 p.m. in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets for the play are $27-$39 for previews and $29-$62 for regular performances. The show runs through June 27. Call 650-463-1960.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Bad date ends with kidnapping arrest

A first date ended with kidnapping charges, after a Redwood City man refused to let a woman out of his car early Tuesday morning, Mountain View police said.

June 2, 2010 | 21 comments
Wednesday, June 2

Music: Damion Wolfe at Red Rock
Folk-rock and pop musician Damion Wolfe plays a free concert tonight, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-967-4473.

June 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Who should pick up Caltrain tab?

Council says VTA should step up, but with consequences for northern counties
Santa Clara County needs to step up its Caltrain funding, but not without making San Mateo and San Francisco counties pay for cutting back their support, according to the Mountain View City Council. Riders in those counties should face decreased train service and higher fares, council members said last week.

June 2, 2010 | 20 comments
DA plans multi-agency fight against animal abuse

People who abuse animals are just as apt to inflict violence upon other people and could face hefty fines and jail time, Santa Clara County District Attorney Dolores Carr said today. Carr, who is seeking re-election next week against her employee, prosecutor Jeff Rosen, announced a multi-agency effort to combat animal abuse at a news conference in San Jose on June 1.

June 2, 2010 | 2 comments
Tuesday, June 1

Author: David Helvarg at Kepler's
Tonight, June 1, at 7:30 p.m., Blue Frontier Campaign founder and president David Helvarg gives a free talk on his book "Saved by the Sea: A Love Story with Fish." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

June 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Los Altos schools get a break

Parents step up and donate $2.35 million to save programs
After a streak of recession-induced budget cuts, Los Altos schools received a boost recently when the Los Altos Education Foundation announced a record $2.35 million grant for the 2010-11 school year.

June 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Tonight: Council considers pot dispensary regulations

Buddy's Cannabis Patient Collective could be shut down Wednesday
Medical marijuana dispensaries would only be allowed in a few small pockets of the city under regulations the City Council will consider this evening in a study session. Meanwhile, the city's only marijuana dispensary faces a court hearing tomorrow which could force it to shut down.

June 1, 2010 | 24 comments
Memorial Day campaign against drunken drivers

Law enforcement is paying special attention to drunken drivers this Memorial Day weekend. The California Avoid Campaign will be dispatching officers for extra DUI checkpoints and patrols.

May 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Madrigal choir clears $50K debt

High school group was stranded in Paris by volcanic eruption
The Mountain View High School Madrigals are finally debt-free, according to Choir Director Jill Denny. Intense fundraising helped the choir clear a $50,000 tab that the group racked up when it was unexpectedly stranded in Paris at the end of a European concert tour.

May 28, 2010 | 8 comments
Weekend, May 29 & 30

Music: "Mr. Barky Rides Again" in Palo Alto
Ernest Kinsolving and Karl Franzen perform folk, Irish and Appalachian music on fiddle, guitar, voice and other instruments Saturday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $5-15.

Music: "An Afternoon of Chamber Music" at Stanford
The Magnolia Piano Quintet with guest Marc Evans, piano, performs "The Greatest Hits of the Nineteenth Century," a program of selections by Chopin, Dvorak, Liszt, Schumann and others Sunday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford.

May 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, May 28

Dance: Concierto de la Primavera at Stanford
Ballet Folklorico de Stanford's annual spring show will be presented today, May 28, at 7 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford. Tickets are $5 for general admission or free with Stanford ID.

May 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Student with air rifle arrested at Gunn High School

School put on lockdown, multiple weapons found
An 18-year-old Gunn High School student, Weston Healy, was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly possessing a weapon on Gunn's campus, following a dramatic police lockdown of the school.

May 28, 2010 | 17 comments
Local veteran honored for helping injured vets

Dom Garofano, a 40-year Mountain View resident, was honored this week by the Paralyzed Veterans of America for his "longstanding commitment and dedication to the health and well-being of all veterans," as his award reads. Garofano, 87, is co-chairman of the Palo Alto Elks Lodge Veterans Service Committee.

May 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Review: 'Sex & the City 2'

(One star)
"Sex and the City" is back and, with it, Carrie Bradshaw, the erstwhile archetypal upscale single girl who once upon a time took Manhattan and refused to give it back. Now married to her dream man "Mr. Big," Carrie is ruefully navigating what she calls the "The Terrible Twos" of her marriage. -- PC

May 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Prince of Persia'

(Three stars)
The "Prince of Persia" video game franchise -- first launched in 1989 -- features a nimble hero who leaps, swings and flips around myriad obstacles while clashing scimitars with an array of ill-tempered miscreants. The new film features, well, exactly the same thing. -- TH

May 28, 2010 | No comments yet
City digs the trench solution

Other high-speed rail options risk blight, council say
If 125-mile-per-hour electric trains are going to whoosh through town as planned by the California High Speed Rail Authority, the City Council wants to put most of Mountain View's Caltrain corridor in a partially covered trench, members said Tuesday.

May 28, 2010 | 20 comments
Catch her if you can

Senior Stephanie Bell darts between defenders at the recent Saint Francis High School Powder Puff football game. Bell helped her team clinch the win against the junior girls in this year's tournament. Photo by James Tensuan.

June 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, May 27

Theater: "Adventures in Oz" at Almond School
The Almond School Drama Club presents the family play "Adventures in Oz" Thursday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Almond Multipurpose Room, 550 Almond Ave., Los Altos. Tickets are $5.

May 27, 2010 | No comments yet
A rewarding bit of doodling

Local third-grader is finalist in Google doodling competition
If you check Google's homepage today, May 27, instead of the company's trademark logo, you'll see a creative design from third-grader Mackenzie Melton, the winner of this year's Doodle 4 Google competition. Palo Alto third grader Anna Yu didn't win, but she made it to state finals.

May 27, 2010 | 1 comment
State high court hears Google age discrimination case

A former top executive at Google Inc. who claims he was fired because he didn't fit in with the Internet giant's youthful culture took his case to the California Supreme Court in San Francisco Wednesday, May 26.

May 26, 2010 | 3 comments
Kids get a taste of colonial life at Bubb School

"Join the navy!" shout two boys clad in cavalier shirts and tri-cornered hats. They stand at the entrance to WilliamsBubb, a corner of Mountain View's Bubb Elementary School that for the day has been transformed. Just for today, it's 1775 in Colonial Williamsburg.

May 26, 2010 | 2 comments
County's property values plummet, but Mountain View schools will be OK

Property values in Santa Clara have dropped for the upcoming year, but Mountain View schools avoided the loss of property taxes due to fortuitous circumstances, school district officials said.

May 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Evandale complex invigorated

Neighbors like buyer's plan to upgrade run-down apartments
The large, run-down apartment complex at 291 Evandale Ave. may no longer be a headache for neighbors thanks to a City Council-approved plan.

May 26, 2010 | 1 comment
Reward offered in Mountain View cat shooting

Feline needed to have leg amputated after being shot three times
The Palo Alto Humane Society is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a cat in Mountain View earlier this month.

May 26, 2010 | 11 comments
A new era dawns for Day Worker Center

The rain coming through the roof didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits as the Day Worker Center of Mountain View entered a new era Tuesday afternoon with a groundbreaking ceremony for its first permanent home.

May 27, 2010 | 13 comments
VTA inches toward faster Mountain View light rail service

Taking light rail from Mountain View to San Jose could be much faster under plans in the works at the Valley Transportation Authority.

May 26, 2010 | 7 comments
Wednesday, May 26

Music: Merit scholar ensembles at CSMA
Merit Scholars from the Community School of Music and Arts will perform in ensembles for brass, piano, voice and strings. May 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Call 650-917-6800. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

May 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Police to forgo pay raises for a year

Union pay raises totalled $2.7 million last year
With just a few weeks left to patch a $4.3 million general fund deficit, the city's police have agreed to go without regular pay raises next year.

May 25, 2010 | 25 comments
State Supreme Court to hear Google age-bias case

An age discrimination case against Mountain View-based Google will be argued before the California Supreme Court at a hearing in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 26.

May 25, 2010 | 2 comments
Tuesday, May 25

Music: Stanford Jazz Combos at Stanford
Stanford Jazz Combos perform standards, blues and original compositions at a two-hour concert. Starts at 8 p.m. today, May 25, at Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford. Free admission.

May 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Ahoy from the Colonies!

Aboard the Ranger, a 40-foot ship facade, a fifth-grade student at Bubb School in Mountain View surveys the scene on Friday, May 21. Every year, the school is transformed into a replica of Colonial Williamsburg, circa 1775, as a hands-on history project. Photo by Michelle Le.

May 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Cops crack down on seatbelt scofflaws

Fines going up as part of Click It or Ticket campaign
The stakes for driving without a seatbelt are going up. Fines for not wearing your seatbelt are increasing as part of Califonia's Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign, which started Monday, May 24, and runs through June 6.

May 24, 2010 | 13 comments
MV Whisman turns down Race to the Top funds

Federal reform program would cost too much, officials say
Officials for the Mountain View Whisman school district decided that they'd rather sit out the Race to the Top. On May 20, the school board decided to not participate in California's Race to the Top, the state-run extension of a federal education reform program that would have netted the district an estimated $200,000.

May 25, 2010 | 17 comments
Monday, May 24

Music: MVLA Symphony Orchestra and Madrigal Choir concert
Mountain View High School Symphony Orchestra, a group that brings string players together with wind musicians, along with the globe-trotting Madrigal Choir, will perform John Rutter's "Magnificat for Choir and Orchestra" on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. It's been moved from the Spartan Theater to Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 West Fremont Ave. in Sunnyvale. Donation requested. E-mail robin.kramer@mvla.net.

May 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Schools will be hardest hit by falling property values, assessor says

The Santa Clara County Assessor's Office today announced $21.4 billion in property value reductions on approximately 118,000 properties in the county.

May 24, 2010 | 3 comments
State raids city fund for $1.67 million

Cities lose court fight over control of redevelopment funds
In the ongoing legal battle over the state's ability to raid municipal coffers to balance its budget, California cities took it on the chin.

May 24, 2010 | 6 comments
City on property buying spree?

The city might purchase property at four different downtown locations, including the historic building on Castro Street which houses the Monte Carlo night club.

May 24, 2010 | 21 comments
Friday, May 21

Event: Wings of Freedom war planes at Moffett
Three WWII-era fighter and bomber aircraft are on display through Saturday, May 29, at Moffett Federal Airfield at the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 21, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22-29. Donations of $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12 requested. Thirty-minute and hour-long flights in the planes are available by reservation for an additional fee.

May 21, 2010 | No comments yet
City winning bird feces fight

Burrowing owls gain ground as nuisance birds lose freshwater ponds
The city has experimented with remote control boats and fake alligator heads to deter Canada geese and American coots at Shoreline Park, and it appears that some of the efforts have been successful in cutting the coot population in half.

May 21, 2010 | 20 comments
Weekend, May 22 & 23

Event: Soap Box Derby at Dana Street
Local children will race down Dana Street as part of the annual Palo Alto Elks Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby this Saturday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Dana Street course runs from Highway 85 to Calderon Avenue in front of Landels Elementary School.

Music: Houston Jones at Dana Street Roasting Company
Houston Jones, an Americana quintet from the Bay Area, play folk, bluegrass, blues and gospel. Sunday, May 23, 7 p.m. $10. Dana Street Roasting Company, 744 W. Dana St., Mountain View

May 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Vintage war planes come to Moffett Field

Three WWII-era fighter and bomber aircraft will be available for up-close exploration May 21 through 29 at Moffett Federal Airfield as part of the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour, a nationwide tour bringing rare wartime aircraft to the public.

May 21, 2010 | 6 comments
MerchantCircle pays $900,000 in consumer case

Settlement is for alleged unlawful marketing practices by Mountain View company
A Mountain View-based Internet social-networking company for small businesses will pay $900,000 in a settlement of a consumer-protection lawsuit based on not having a "live voice" in automated phone calls,, Santa Clara County District Attorney Dolores A. Carr announced Thursday, May 20.

May 21, 2010 | 1 comment
Gov. Schwarzenegger visits Google, announces new green institute

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made an appearance at Google headquarters on Thursday, May 20, to announce the creation of a new, non-profit Green Products Innovation Institute based in San Francisco and dedicated to developing comprehensive chemical standards for every day products.

May 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Record number of property value reductions in county

The Santa Clara County Assessor's Office today announced $21.4 billion in property value reductions on approximately 118,000 properties in the county.

May 20, 2010 | 3 comments
Thursday, May 20

Theater: Little Shop of Horrors at Bus Barn Theater
An exotic plant with an unseemly craving is growing out of control at Mushnik's Skid Row florist when "Little Shop of Horrors" opens tonight, May 20, at the Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Runs May 20-June 19, 8 p.m. Tickets are $24-$32. Call 650-941-0551 or e-mail jason@busbarn.org.

May 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, May 19

Music: Kasey Anderson at Red Rock
Oregon musician Kasey Anderson, whose music has been described as "heartland rock," performs a free show tonight, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. He'll be joined by guest Gina Villalobos, a singer and songwriter of rock, folk and alt-country. Call 650-967-4473.

May 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Council "underwhelmed" by San Antonio Center plans

Last year's plan was better, council said
On Tuesday, half of the City Council was "underwhelmed" by the latest plan to redevelop an important 11 acre piece of San Antonio Shopping Center.

May 19, 2010 | 23 comments
Council supports three-story condos at 333 North Rengstorff

The City Council gave thumbs up to a high-density condo project last week after a developer spent years improving on a previously rejected proposal for condos on the Rengstorff Avenue site.

May 19, 2010 | 8 comments
Wednesday, May 19

Talk: "Hearts of Darkness: Black Holes in Space" at Foothill College
U.C. Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko will give a free talk Wednesday, May 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on "Hearts of Darkness: Black Holes in Space." The event is in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7888.

May 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Tonight: Council to discuss San Antonio Center revamp

The latest plans from developer Merlone Geier will redevelop only 11 acres at the corner of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real, leaving the vast majority of the 56 acre shopping center to be redeveloped in the future.

May 18, 2010 | 4 comments
Tuesday, May 18

Author: B. Annye Rothenberg at Kepler's
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., parenting psychologist and local author B. Annye Rothenberg gives a free talk on her parenting books, "Why Do I Have To?" and "Mommy and Daddy Are Always Supposed to Say Yes ... Aren't They?" Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

May 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Unsettled divorce led to murder-suicide, friends say

The man believed to have shot his ex-wife before shooting himself Friday wanted to resume living with his ex-wife -- or be paid for his share of the home and dry cleaning business they had once owned together, friends and co-workers said Monday, May 17.

May 18, 2010 | 6 comments
Craigslist deal ends in beating, robbery

A Mountain View man was robbed Thursday, May 13, in the parking lot of his East Middlefield Road apartment complex when the bartering appointment he made on-line went awry, police said.

May 19, 2010 | 5 comments
Caltrain asserts itself in race for federal funds

California High-Speed Rail Authority needs Caltrain's right of way for the Peninsula segment but lags in approvals, threatening early funding
The two agencies responsible for building the Peninsula section of the high-speed-rail system now find themselves in a competitive race for federal stimulus funds, Caltrain's chief spokesman told the Palo Alto City Council Monday night.

May 20, 2010 | 3 comments
Relay for Life cancer fundraiser starts Saturday

Hundreds of people will be spending 24 hours doing a relay walk this Saturday at Mountain View's Relay for Life, a nationwide event that helps local communities raise money to support the work of the American Cancer Society.

May 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Wine bar finally opens in train depot

After eight years of vacancy a business is finally opening this week inside the replica of Mountain View's 1888 train depot downtown -- Savvy Cellar wine bar.

May 17, 2010 | 45 comments
Man robbed, beaten over roommate's $150 debt

A Mountain View man was robbed and beaten in his apartment on Wednesday, May 12, by two men who claimed his former roommate owed them $150, police said.

May 17, 2010 | 12 comments
Water district adopts new plan for redistricting

Santa Clara Valley Water District drops controversial scheme
Bowing to intense community opposition, the Santa Clara Valley Water District officially scrapped a controversial redistricting proposal that lumped Palo Alto and Gilroy into the same district and adopted a new redistricting scheme Friday afternoon. Instead, it will share a more contiguous district with Mountain View.

May 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Recession Tales: Single mom swallows pride, relies on food bank

"Marie" is worried. She has a diploma from Los Altos High School and a bachelor's degree in business administration -- but no job. She owns a home in Mountain View and does charity work for her church -- but she relies on a local food bank to feed herself and her developmentally disabled daughter.

May 17, 2010 | 8 comments
Monday, May 17

Music: The Tokyo Quartet in Palo Alto
The Tokyo String Quartet performs a concert of music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven tonight, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

May 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Police identify shooting victims at dry cleaners

Police have identified the two shooting victims who were found inside a Mountain View dry cleaning business on Friday, May 14. There are indications that the shootings, which shocked the neighborhood, may have been the result of a murder-suicide, police said.

May 14, 2010 | 30 comments
Eshoo asks Fed for $51 million in funds for MV projects

Congress woman Anna Eshoo's list of federal funding requests in 2011 includes over $51 million in funds for various Mountain View-related projects, including $10 million to help restore Hangar One.

May 14, 2010 | 13 comments
Friday, May 14

Music: Brotulid jazz at Dana Street
The Los Angeles-based experimental jazz band Brotulid (G.E. Stinson, Steuart Liebig and Andrew Pask) performs at Dana Street Roasting Company, 744 West Dana St., Mountain View. Friday, May 14, from 7-10 p.m. $10. Call 650-390-9638.

May 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Mountain View API scores are on the rise

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District's API score -- which ranks California schools based on their students' performance on statewide aptitude tests -- has risen for the tenth straight year, district officials announced Thursday, May 13.

May 14, 2010 | 3 comments
Weekend, May 15 & 16

Event: A La Carte & Art on Castro Street
A La Carte & Art street fair features live music, a juried arts and crafts show, children's activities and a classic car show. Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Castro Street in Mountain View. Free admission.

Theater: "Seussical the Musical"
Peninsula Youth Theater presents "Seussical the Musical," based on the works of Dr. Suess, Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

May 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Craig Goldman taking over as MV Whisman superintendent

Craig Goldman has been selected as the new superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District, the district announced.

May 18, 2010 | 16 comments
Review: 'Letters to Juliet'

(Two stars)
Care for some wine with your cheese? Both are on the menu in this road-tripping romance that features a talented cast and gorgeous locales but an overly sappy plot and nap-inducing pace. Imagine eating a pile of pancakes smothered with maple syrup and then needing an afternoon snooze. -- TH

May 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Robin Hood'

(Two stars)
Any doubt of American hegemony over world cinema need only look this week to the Cannes Film Festival, where the opening-night selection was Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood." Why? Well, this "Robin Hood" isn't about robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Rather, it's a two-and-a-half-hour epic about sticking it to the French. -- PC

May 14, 2010 | No comments yet
All-electric car for $20,000

Moffett start-up to build affordable vehicle by 2011
Armed with expertise gained from pushing electric car technology to the limit in race cars, NASA Ames-based Kleenspeed is announcing plans to develop an affordable electric passenger car for mass production.

May 14, 2010 | 11 comments
Passing cop stops roadside assault

A Mountain View plainclothes police detective found himself perfectly placed to stop a crime Tuesday, May 11, when he witnessed a roadside altercation between a young Palo Alto man and his female companion.

May 13, 2010 | 7 comments
Road warriors

All nine Bay Area counties took part in "Bike to Work Day" this morning, when hundreds of thousands of commuters shifted from gas pedals to bike pedals. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

May 13, 2010 | 4 comments
Angela Lyon named new Stevenson principal

Longtime Mountain View educator Angela Lyon has been named the new principal of Stevenson Elementary School in Mountain View.

May 13, 2010 | 6 comments
Today, May 13

Theater: The Glass Menagerie at the Pear Avenue Theatre
Tennessee Williams' classic family drama, The Glass Menagerie, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 30. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave. Unit K, Mountain View. Call 254-1148.

May 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Ghysels takes job with County Office of Education

MV Whisman superintendent leaves July 1 for new job
Maurice Ghysels, the superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District, is leaving to become the chief schools officer for the Santa Clara County Office of Education, it was announced on Wednesday, May 12.

May 12, 2010 | 16 comments
City gets first glimpse of $100,000 HSR images

Sketches show what rail crossings may look like at Rengstorff, Castro
Thanks to some expensive new drawings, visualizing what high speed rail will look like in Mountain View just got easier. A $100,000 contract approved by the City Council on March 23 has already produced six preliminary designs for high speed rail crossings at Rengstorff and Castro streets in Mountain View.

May 12, 2010 | 50 comments
Patients plead to keep pot club open

The City Council came face to face with a half dozen medical marijuana users Tuesday who pleaded with the council to not shut down a convenient source of medical marijuana in Mountain View.

May 12, 2010 | 10 comments
Report: NASA Ames boosts Bay Area's economy

The United States economy gets a substantial return on every tax dollar spent by NASA Ames, which generates $877 million a year for the Bay Area's economy alone, according to a new report.

May 11, 2010 | 6 comments
Tuesday, May 11

Film: Documentaries from Tajikistan at Stanford
Free screening of "Two Epochs of National Identity Formation." Part of the Central Asian Documentary Film Series, 7 p.m. at Landau Economics Building, Room 140, Stanford University.

May 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Jeffrey Baier named new LASD superintendent

Longtime Los Altos educator Jeffrey Baier was named the new superintendent of the Los Altos School District at a Monday, May 10, school board meeting.

May 11, 2010 | 1 comment
Mountain View man arrested for allegedly having sex with teen in hot tub

A 22-year-old Mountain View man was arrested May 5 for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl who was with him in a hot tub at a San Carlos home earlier the same day.

May 11, 2010 | 22 comments
Wednesday, May 12

Author: Robin Hobb at Books Inc.
Robin Hobb discusses "Dragon Haven," the second volume in his two-part tale of dragons, tomorrow (May 12) at 7:30 p.m. at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

May 12, 2010 | No comments yet
District Attorney race is a wild ride

Incumbent Dolores Carr and prosecutor Jeff Rosen trade allegations over lack of ethics, capability in contentious election
The fierce re-election battle between Santa Clara County District Attorney Dolores Carr and her employee, prosecutor Jeff Rosen, has become one of the most hotly contested in the June 8 election, splitting powerful supporters between the incumbent official and upstart litigator.

May 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, May 10

Music: Choral Fest at Shoreline
"Everybody's Got a Song to Sing," the 9th Annual Choral Fest featuring choirs from all schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. Free.

May 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, May 8 & 9

Benefit: Friends of the Mountain View Library book sale
Book sale raises money to support the Mountain View library, Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain View Library, 585 Fr5anklin St. Call (650) 526-7049.

Event: Russian American Fair in Palo Alto
The 18th annual Russian American Fair celebrates Russian culture 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 9 at Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Palo Alto. Free admission.

May 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, May 7

Event: Stanford Powwow
Tonight through Sunday, the 39th annual Stanford Powwow happens at the Eucalyptus Grove on campus, with Native-American dancing, a Saturday "fun run" and walk, and a Sunday basketball tournament. Dancing starts at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

May 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Assailant beats man with wooden stick

An assailant beat a 26-year-old Mountain View man with a wooden stick Thursday night, May 6, in a Castro Street parking lot, police say.

May 7, 2010 | 11 comments
MV Whisman board OKs school renovation plan

Plan calls for $422 million in construction, improvements
The Mountain View Whisman school board approved a $422 million Student Facilities Improvement Plan that calls for new construction, renovations and improvements at the district's elementary and middle school campuses.

May 7, 2010 | 16 comments
Review: 'Please Give'

(Four stars)
One of the sweet moments in "Please Give," written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, is the first date of Rebecca (Rebecca Hall) and Eugene (Thomas Ian Nicholas), on which they drive into the countryside to view the autumn leaves -- accompanied by both of their grandmothers. -- RP

May 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Babies'

(Four stars)
The French documentary "Babies," directed and filmed mostly by Thomas Balmes, occupies a niche somewhere between "awww!" and ethnology -- a niche filled with delight and visual beauty. The movie follows four babies from birth to about 18 months, when they're all able to stand and walk. Sort of. -- RP

May 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Iron Man 2'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Iron Man flies back into our lives with fireworks, a Richard Sherman jingle, and a chorus of skimpily suited dancer-cheerleaders. In truth and fiction, showmanship is the order of the day for superhero sequel "Iron Man 2," though the flash and dazzle distract from plot machinery that's more than a little clunky. -- PC

May 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Lab technician dodges crutch-throwing patient

A Milpitas man was left without a leg to stand on the evening of Monday, May 3, after being cited for battery for allegedly throwing one of his crutches at a medical technician at a Mountain View hospital.

May 7, 2010 | 31 comments
Thursday, May 6

Author: Sanjay Patel
Pixar animator and artist Sanjay Patel gives a free talk tonight (May 6) at 7:30 p.m. about his illustration style in the Hindu mythology tale "Ramayana: Divine Loophole." The event is at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

May 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Council bets on high density rentals

In the end, fears of traffic gridlock, impossible parking and an imposing, four-story facade did nothing to scare the City Council as they voted 5-2 last week to approve a 203-unit apartment complex on the Minton's Lumberyard site which sits across the street from the downtown train station.

May 10, 2010 | 35 comments
Case ends against airmen accused of theft

It may have taken three years, but the Air National Guard has concluded a 2007 criminal investigation into whether some locally-stationed airmen stole government resources during a deployment in Afghanistan.

May 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Coming and going at City Hall

Top managers, city clerk retiring; Fuller heads public works
The wave of departures at City Hall continues with the retirement last week of transportation and policy manager Joan Jenkins. Meanwhile city clerk Angee Salvador and assistant city manager Nadine Levin have announced retirements in June and Mike Fuller has been named public works director after doing the job on an interim basis.

May 6, 2010 | No comments yet
City may beef up phone tax

International calls would be included if voters approve
A survey of local voters shows that a majority would support a November ballot measure to place an additional tax on phone calls in Mountain View.

May 10, 2010 | 15 comments
City asks unions for $1 million cut

Fee hikes also key to closing big budget gap
Mountain View's budget outlook is rosier than expected, but city officials will be less likely to worry about service cuts and layoffs if unions agree to at least $1 million in concessions and a workable plan for fee increases is created.

May 7, 2010 | 2 comments
City aims to close 'scofflaw' pot club

May 28 hearing could decide if 'Buddy's' violated zoning regulations
The city has filed an injunction to shut down a storefront marijuana dispensary in Mountain View known as Buddy's even as it works to create regulations to allow such businesses.

May 6, 2010 | 13 comments
Just hanging around

Twin brothers Eli, left, and Mark beat the heat on a warm day by spending some time on the swings at Pioneer Park in downtown Mountain View. Photo by Michelle Le.

May 5, 2010 | 3 comments
Wednesday, May 5

Music: Brandon Tyler at Red Rock

American music by Lodi's Brandon Tyler, 7:30 p.m. Red Rock, Mountain View.

May 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Affordable housing project on track

50-unit complex to be built at Evelyn, Franklin streets
City Council members indicated they had no major issues with a plan for 50 affordable family apartments at Evelyn and Franklin streets, which is set for approval later this year.

May 5, 2010 | 4 comments
Alcohol use a factor in fatal car crash

The driver who died in a fiery crash in February on West Middlefield Road had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit, police say.

May 5, 2010 | 3 comments
Teacher could face battery charge

Student claims he was shoved during classroom confrontation
A 17-year-old male student has accused his 58-year-old female teacher at View Side Academy -- a Mountain View school for at-risk teens -- of shoving him to the ground during an April 30 classroom argument, police say.

May 5, 2010 | 18 comments
Residents mull HSR design options

In a meeting Monday night about the consequences of high speed rail in Mountain View, local residents found themselves mulling the sort of questions usually left to those with degrees in transportation design.

May 4, 2010 | 15 comments
'Spare the Air' season starts this week

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's summer "Spare the Air" season begins this week. Unlike past years, there will be no free rides on public transit on "Spare the Air" days.

May 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, May 4

Talk: Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson at Pigott Theater
Free discussion of her upcoming work "Delusion." 7:30 p.m.

May 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Sunnyvale man killed at San Antonio Caltrain station

A Sunnyvale man apparently stepped off the San Antonio Station passenger platform into the path of a speeding Caltrain commuter at 5:08 p.m. Monday, May 3, according to Caltrain spokesperson Christine Dunn.

May 4, 2010 | 21 comments
Man killed at Caltrain station in Mountain View

An 'adult male' apparently stepped into path of speeding southbound train
An unidentified "adult male" apparently stepped off the San Antonio Station passenger platform into the path of a speeding Caltrain commuter train at 5:08 p.m. today (Monday), according to Caltrain spokesperson Christine Dunn.

May 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Caltrain fatality near San Antonio station

A Caltrain fatally struck a pedestrian near the San Antonio station in Mountain View Monday evening, May 3, a transit agency spokeswoman said.

May 3, 2010 | 6 comments
High school musical

Saint Francis student Justin Lai danced his way to a prom date on Wednesday, April 28. Lai gathered his friends and staged a musical invitation -- like a scene from the movie "500 Days of Summer -- to his girlfriend Michelle Arra. She said yes. Photo by James Tensuan.

May 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, May 3

Art: Urban Animals exhibition
Artist Elizabeth Gomez' oil paintings and mixed media works, "Urban Animals". Presented by the Community School of Art and Music at the Mohr Gallery, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., through May 30. Free admission.

May 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Posh Bagel founders arrested for alleged insurance fraud

Authorities say owners failed to report $1.6 million in wages
The owner and founder of several Bay Area bakeries has been arrested on suspicion of failing to report employee injuries and accurate hours worked, according to the California Department of Insurance. The independently-owned Mountain View store is apparently not involved in the case.

May 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Robbers' armed heist a bust

Two men unsuccessfully tried to rob a Mountain View grocery store late Thursday night before fleeing the scene less than a minute later, police say.

May 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Weekend, May 1 & 2

Music: Kathy Kallick Band at First Presbyterian Church
The Kathy Kallick Band performs songs from their new CD, "Between the Hollow & The High-Rise." Saturday, 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 day of show.

Music: The Mountain View High School Jazz Festival
An afternoon of outdoor live jazz featuring the Daddios, the Tiger Club and ensembles from Mountain View and Los Altos high schools. Food and beverages for sale benefit the MVHS Instrumental Music Department. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Free, though donations appreciated.

Benefit: "Music's in the Air" at CSMA
The Community School of Music and Arts hosts a benefit concert featuring local chefs pairing food with fine wines. Proceeds support "Music for Minors" music education in local schools. Sunday, 4:30-7 p.m. $75.

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Friday, April 30

Music: Colin Carthen at Red Rock
The cafe hosts a CD release party for Colin Carthen. 8-10 p.m.

Talk: Author Stuart Woods at Book Inc.
Stuart Woods talks about "Lucid Intervals," a new Stone Barrington novel. 7:30 p.m. Free.

April 29, 2010 | No comments yet
State audit blasts High-Speed Rail Authority

New report finds flaws in agency's oversight of contracts, management of risks
California's controversial high-speed-rail project risks major delays because of poor planning, a shaky business plan and lax oversight by the state agency charged with building the $43 billion system, a new report from the California State Auditor Elaine Howle has found.

April 29, 2010 | 7 comments
COMING UP: City-wide garage sale Saturday

The annual city-wide garage sale is set for this Saturday, which means driveways all over town will be blanketed with blankets -- and lamps, furniture, kitchen utensils and other stuff for sale.

April 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Poll shows support for MV Whisman bond

District could raise $200-plus million if issue goes to Nov. ballot
It would seem like a bad time to ask anyone for money, but a new survey of likely voters shows a strong level of support for a school construction bond measure in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

April 29, 2010 | 17 comments
A Stanford degree -- and no job

Mountain View resident Chad Bowling never thought he would fall a victim to the down economy. While a chemical engineering student at Stanford University, "I assumed that I would not have a hard time finding a job," he said.

April 29, 2010 | 11 comments
After much ado, Minton's project is approved

The City Council gave the green light once and for all on Tuesday night to a 203-unit luxury apartment complex which will take the place of Minton's Lumber and Supply at 455 W. Evelyn Ave. — but not without a word from a few council members.

April 29, 2010 | 18 comments
Thursday, April 29

Theater: "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the MVCPA
TheatreWorks presents this classic story of prejudice in Depression-era Alabama as seen through the eyes of the young tomboy Scout. 8 p.m. on the MainStage. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

April 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Pot club owner initiates court battle with city

In hopes of taking the issue all the way to the state Supreme Court, the operator of a newly opened medical marijuana dispensary in Mountain View is suing the city over its ban on pot clubs.
SEE ALSO: Medical pot club opens, against city's wishes

April 28, 2010 | 7 comments
TONIGHT: meeting on high speed rail

In the city's most ambitious effort to date to educate the public about high speed rail, an informational meeting will be held on the evening of Monday, May 3 at the Senior Center.

April 28, 2010 | 20 comments
Ellis pleads "not guilty" to attempted murder charge

A Mountain View man accused of nearly choking his girlfriend to death last year pleaded "not guilty" to charges including attempted murder Wednesday morning, April 28, at the Santa Clara County Superior Court's Palo Alto Courthouse, the Santa Clara County district attorney's office said.

May 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, April 28

Talk: Author Isabel Allende at Books Inc.
Best-selling author Isabel Allende discusses "Island Beneath the Sea," a story of intertwined lives and of one woman's determination to forge her own identity in the cruelest of circumstances. 7 p.m. Free.

April 28, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino Hospital opens 'cyberknife' cancer center

A new tumor-treatment facility at El Camino Hospital could help address the hospital's recent budget woes by attracting more patients, hospital officials said.

May 3, 2010 | 2 comments
Ditch diggers drag for Google

Best trencher gets inside track on fiber project
For the ultra-fast broadband network Google wants to build in some lucky U.S. city, lots of small trenches will have to be dug for fiber optic cables. That led to a strange scene at Google on a recent Friday: basically a drag race between five ditch-digging machines.

April 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Toys banned for 'unhealthy' fast-food meals

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors acts to encourage healthier meal options for kids
Tuesday was a sad day for the Happy Meal. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to ban toys and other prizes from "unhealthy" children's meals served at restaurants in unincorporated areas of the county.

April 27, 2010 | 25 comments
Teen girl attacked, injured at Whisman Park

A 14-year-old girl suffered a concussion after she was struck by another teenager at Whisman Park on April 23, Mountain View police said.

April 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Graham gets new assistant principal

The Mountain View Whisman School District has announced that Steve Chesley will take on the job of assistant principal at Graham Middle School beginning in August.

April 27, 2010 | 14 comments
College district asks for computer equipment

Foothill-De Anza seeking monitors for its Computer Donation and Scholarship Program
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is seeking donations of used computer equipment for its Computer Donation and Scholarship Program, which refurbishes the machines and gives them to economically disadvantaged community college students.

April 28, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: Council takes up phone tax, Minton's

The City Council this evening is expected to make a final vote on a controversial proposal for 200 apartments at 455 W. Evelyn Ave., a portion of which the developer now says could be affordable housing. The council will also consider a new tax on interstate and international phone calls from Mountain View in hopes of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue.

April 27, 2010 | 5 comments
Patron injured in attack at King of Clubs

A man injured in a bar brawl said he doesn't know why he was attacked by two other patrons at the King of Clubs on Leong Drive after midnight on April 24.

April 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, April 27

Art: "Urban Animals" at CSMA
"Urban Animals," an exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Gomez, is on display in the Mohr Gallery at Community School of Music and Arts. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

April 27, 2010 | No comments yet
El Camino district board picks new member

The El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors held a special meeting last Tuesday night and selected Patricia Einarson to be its new member.

April 26, 2010 | 1 comment
El Camino Hospital takes $11 million hit this year

Officials plan to up revenue through 'productivity and efficiency measures'
El Camino officials say there are several reasons why their financial picture isn't as rosy as expected, but the bottom line is clear: The Mountain View hospital and its affiliates have a shortfall of about $11 million so far for this fiscal year.

April 26, 2010 | 5 comments
'Out' auction features Joan Baez memorabilia

An artifact from American folk music history is among several interesting items to be auctioned in Mountain View this Thursday evening during "Out to Eat," a fundraising dinner benefiting Outlet, a local community group for gay and lesbian teens.

April 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Fundraisers set for stranded Madrigal choir

Finally back home, the MVHS group now has $50,000 to raise
Fundraisers are underway for the Mountain View High School Madrigal choir that was stranded in Paris for a week when a volcanic eruption canceled flights across Europe.

April 26, 2010 | 11 comments
Monday, April 26

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

Performance: Open Mic Night at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee's Open Mic night happens every Monday from 7-10 p.m.

April 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Speier introduces $1 billion Bay restoration bill

Rep. Jackie Speier announces plan to clean up and restore San Francisco Bay and baylands wildlife habitat
A bill to spend $1 billion over 10 years to restore and clean up San Francisco Bay has been introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, she announced Friday in a press conference by a storm drain in South San Francisco.

April 26, 2010 | 2 comments
Weekend, April 24 & 25

Event: 32nd Annual Spring Family Parade on Castro Street
The city of Mountain View presents this year's Spring Family Parade, themed "Explore the Great Outdoors." Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Free. The fun starts in downtown Mountain View at the corner of Castro and Villa streets.

Talk: Author Mark Kurlansky discusses "Eastern Stars"
Mark Kurlansky talks about "Eastern Stars," which examines the staggering amount of baseball talent that has originated in the impoverished area of San Pedro. Saturday, 5 p.m. Free.

Benefit: Empty Bowls Soup Supper at Central Seventh Day Church
Choose a handcrafted bowl from local potters, fill it with many choices of soup from the area's restaurants and benefit Community Services Agency's Alpha Omega Homeless Services program. Sunday, 4-6 p.m. $15.

April 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, April 23

Art: "Urban Animals" at CSMA
"Urban Animals," an exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Gomez, is on display in the Mohr Gallery at Community School of Music and Arts. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

April 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'La Mission'

(Three stars)
Truth is, I know no more about San Francisco's Mission District than the next gringa. But "La Mission," written and directed by Peter Bratt and starring his brother Benjamin Bratt, both Mission natives, has the ring of truth, as well as a rousing good story. --RP

April 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Losers'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Sometimes the title says it all. This chaotic action flick features a terrific cast but a plot so insipid and a script so cliched that filmgoers who shell out 10 bucks to see it may feel like the title is directed at them. Explosions, slow motion and a handful of appealing actors can't quiet the death knell of poor writing. --TH

April 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Eshoo bill would repay public entities

She and Jackie Speier introduce Restitution for Local Government Act of 2010
Rep. Anna Eshoo introduced the Restitution for Local Government Act of 2010 on Thursday to help counties and other public entities recoup over $1.7 billion lost when Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008.

April 23, 2010 | 3 comments
Warren Buffet responds to Peninsula mom

Sit-ups in the offing as Menlo Park woman hopes to turn lighthearted note into political movement
Jennifer Bestor didn't know what to expect last month when she mailed a rather whimsical letter to billionaire Warren Buffet about her research on Prop. 13. His response, though, has left the Menlo Park mother smiling — and energized.

April 26, 2010 | 12 comments
COMING UP: Spring Parade returns to Castro

This Saturday, the annual Spring Parade will march down Castro Street for its 32nd year. This year's theme is "Explore the Great Outdoors."

April 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Laid-off workers turn to nursing

Adult School's affordable classes popular for those eyeing career in medicine
At the medical and nursing assistant classes run by the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, the impact of the recession is clear: Ask the students who has recently been laid off and hands shoot up around the room.

April 26, 2010 | 4 comments
Architect's words inspire City Council

In a council meeting intended to focus on the redevelopment of the Shoreline area Tuesday, famous green architect and designer William McDonough stole the show with a multimedia presentation full of big ideas and practical concepts.

April 23, 2010 | 2 comments
TONIGHT: MVWSD considers all-day kindergarten

Should every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District offer extended-day kindergarten? The school board will take up the topic at tonight's board meeting starting at 7 p.m.

April 22, 2010 | 1 comment
Thursday, April 22

Theater: "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Saint Francis High School
The Roaring Twenties sets the scene for the first musical student production in Saint Francis High School's new performing arts center. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; call (650) 968-1213, ext. 244 to reserve.

April 21, 2010 | No comments yet
COMING UP: League hosts election forums

In preparation for the June election of Santa Clara County district attorney, sheriff and superior court judge positions, candidates will answer voters' questions at two upcoming forums hosted by the League of Women Voters, including one this Saturday.

April 23, 2010 | No comments yet
City taps Utah chief to head Fire Department

Bradley Wardle, a veteran firefighter from Utah, will head the Mountain View Fire Department beginning on April 30, city officials said.

April 21, 2010 | 2 comments
Medical pot club opens, against city's wishes

Well-heeled lawyer Matt Lucero says he's ready for legal battle
The City Council decided Tuesday to take legal action against the first known storefront pot club in Mountain View, located at 2632 Bayshore Parkway and operated by a multimillionaire lawyer who says he is ready for a legal fight.

April 21, 2010 | 8 comments
Local police bust nets $100,000 in pot plants

Authorities say grower not in compliance with Prop. 215
Mountain View police say they seized more than $100,000 worth of marijuana plants growing in a house near Aptos after a local dealer arrested by officers led them to the operation.

April 21, 2010 | 18 comments
Landels on state list of distinguished schools

Edith Landels Elementary School in Mountain View has earned a spot among the top public schools in California and is set to receive a "California Distinguished School Award" in June.

April 21, 2010 | 22 comments
Wednesday, April 21

Talk: "Hackers and Phishers and Carders -- Oh My!" at the Computer History Museum
A panel of experts discusses Internet stalking, scams, theft, underhanded business tactics, vandalism and the like in "Net@40: Hackers and Phishers and Carders -- Oh My!" Reception starts at 6 p.m., program at 7. Click here to register.

April 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Former city manager Dick DeLong dies

Richard "Dick" DeLong, Mountain View's city manager from 1973 to 1976, died April 11 in his home near San Luis Obispo after a long struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 79.

April 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Someone help those poor Madrigals!

Mountain View High School singers trapped in Paris due to Icelandic volcano
Thanks to an erupting volcano in Iceland, the Mountain View High School Madrigals have spent the past week trapped in Paris. But they're making the best of it, and were due to begin their return trip on Thursday.

April 20, 2010 | 13 comments
Police: Knife-wielding boy arrested for mugging

Mountain View police say they arrested a 15-year-old boy Saturday in connection with a strong-arm robbery on Middlefield Road in which a six-inch knife was used.

April 20, 2010 | 3 comments
Polystyrene on its way out of Palo Alto

City's ban on foamy take-out containers begins on Earth Day
Polystyrene containers are making a permanent exodus from Palo Alto's food establishments this Thursday — the latest target in that city's war against Bay pollutants.

April 20, 2010 | 6 comments
Rough week so far for rail commuters

Bomb scares in MV and SF, plus a stalled car in PA, make for several service disruptions
This week has begun badly for rail passengers after two apparently unrelated bomb scares, one in downtown Mountain View, disrupted service Monday evening. Those incidents were followed by another Caltrain delay Tuesday morning when a car stalled on the tracks in Palo Alto.

April 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, April 20

Meeting: Zonta Club of Silicon Valley's April Dinner at Ristorante Don Giovanni
The Zonta Club holds its April Dinner featuring speaker Marlene Bjornsrud, CEO of the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative. 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members; to register call (650) 444-7650, e-mail mail@zontasiliconvalley.org or click here.

April 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Eshoo testifies on Lehman Bros. losses

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, is testifying Tuesday before the House Financial Services Committee on the need for federal financial relief for public agencies that lost hundreds of millions of dollars when Lehman Bros. went bankrupt in 2008.

April 20, 2010 | 10 comments
New fees hurtful, but necessary

In an effort to spread the pain of the economic downturn and recover much more of its operations cost, the City Council appears ready to adopt a sweeping new schedule of fees for virtually all city services.

April 20, 2010 | 6 comments
Stalled car delays Caltrain Tuesday morning

Police investigating how 5:46 a.m. stall managed to occur -- tow truck cleared tracks about 6:30 a.m.
Caltrain trains were running behind schedule this morning after a vehicle stalled on tracks in Palo Alto and had to be removed by a tow truck, according to a spokesperson. Service was also disrupted Monday evening after a bomb threat closed service from San Francisco to Millbrae.

April 20, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: MV Whisman facilities discussion

The public will get a look at plans to improve facilities at schools in the Mountain View Whisman Elementary School District during a special meeting Tuesday evening at Theuerkauf School.

April 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Bomb threat shuts Caltrain from SF to Millbrae

Caltrain has resumed service at 5:25 p.m. Monday, April 19, after halting service between San Francisco and Millbrae this afternoon due to a bomb threat. The commuter rail system is still experiencing delays, a spokeswoman said. Someone reportedly called the agency claiming there was an explosive on one of the southbound trains leaving San Francisco.

April 19, 2010 | No comments yet
No challengers in sight for council race

Mountain View's city clerk reports that so far, no one is stepping up to challenge — or even to inquire about challenging — three City Council incumbents whose seats are up for grabs this November.

April 19, 2010 | 10 comments
Monday, April 19

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

Performance: Open Mic Night at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee's Open Mic night happens every Monday from 7-10 p.m.

April 19, 2010 | No comments yet
High-speed rail meetings in Redwood City

Two high-speed rail community meetings are scheduled in Redwood City this month and in May to provide updated information on the project's schedule and process and to answer questions.

April 19, 2010 | 4 comments
Voice recognized for 'Public Service'

The Mountain View Voice and its sister papers won top honors in this year's "Better Newspapers Contest" awards, handed out last week by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Among the winners, Voice photographer Michelle Le won first place for a feature photo she took for the Voice's sister paper in Menlo Park.

April 19, 2010 | 5 comments
COMING UP: Junior Olympics at MVHS

Students from seven Los Altos elementary schools will compete in events ranging from skipping and jumping rope to the 75-yard dash at the Los Altos Junior Olympics this Saturday at Mountain View High School.

April 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, April 17 & 18

Exhibit: Spring Flower Show at Rengstorff House
Friends of the Rengstorff House present the Spring Flower Show, a collaboration of garden clubs displaying floral arrangements and identification of local flowers. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free.

Benefit: Day Worker Center "Capital Campaign Fundraising Car Wash" at St. Joseph Church
Drop off your car and get it cleaned by the Day Worker Center. Proceeds will help fund renovations on the group's new headquarters. Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

April 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Joneses'

(Two stars)
Our self-image of American life has been entwined with consumer goods since long before Norman Rockwell painted for Coca-Cola. In recent years, product placement has grown increasingly insidious. The scarily plausible premise of the new film "The Joneses" imagines advertising going one small step forward. -- PC

April 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Kick-Ass'

(Three stars)
What if fanboy zeal inspired a superhero-loving teen to take to the streets -- in his own homemade costume -- to clean them up and bask in the glory of a grateful citizenry? That's the idea behind "Kick-Ass," itself based on a fanboy-fave comic-book series by writer Mark Millar ("Wanted") and illustrator John Romita Jr. -- PC

April 16, 2010 | No comments yet
A mother's plea: No peanuts for squirrels

Benignly offered to wildlife, peanuts can be life-threatening to people with allergies
In Mountain View, squirrels eating human food led to attacks on children in Cuesta Park four years ago. Today in Palo Alto, a different concern has some people asking neighbors to please quit feeding the squirrels.

April 16, 2010 | 16 comments
Man who allegedly shot at cops is arrested

A man suspected of firing a gun at two police officers during a traffic stop in East Palo Alto on Tuesday was arrested early Thursday morning on Calderon Avenue in Mountain View, police said.

April 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, April 15

Talk: "How to Sleep Better" at the PAMF Mountain View Center
AWAKE is a support group meeting on the third Thursdays of every month, 6:30-8 p.m., for people with sleep disorders and problems. Located on the Third Floor, Conference Room C of the PAMF Mountain View Center.

Watch: SETI scientists Seth Shostak and Douglas Vakoch on "Known Universe"
Seth Shostak and Douglas Vakoch will appear on National Geographic Channel's "Known Universe." The show begins at 10 p.m.

April 15, 2010 | No comments yet
CHAC property swap nearly a done deal

Community Health Awareness Council would get new space free and clear
It's "99 percent sure" that a plan to trade the Community Health Awareness Council's building on Church Street for a larger building will go through, according to executive director Monique Kane.

April 15, 2010 | 3 comments
Council approves $625K for downtown studies

Members also consider extending downtown tax district
The City Council approved a slew of studies worth $625,000 Tuesday to help navigate the future of Castro Street, where officials are concerned about losing millions a year in redevelopment money.

April 14, 2010 | 27 comments
Recent major earthquakes normal, scientists say

Six major quakes in 2010 'well within normal range'
Scientists say worldwide earthquake activity so far this year is normal, despite the recent deadly temblors in China, Haiti, Chile and Mexico.

April 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Flasher reported near Stevens Creek Trail

A man exposed himself to a woman sitting in her car near an entrance to the Stevens Creek Trail on Monday, according to Mountain View police.

April 14, 2010 | 7 comments
Wednesday, April 14

Performance: Live comedy at Francesca's
Francesca's Night Club offers live comedy every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets are $10.

Meeting: Business mixer at Bushido Izakaya Restaurant
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presents this month's business mixer event, 5-7 p.m. To register click here.

April 14, 2010 | No comments yet
High schools honor Latino student achievement

Latino students in the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District collected 145 awards on April 8 at the Latino Academic Achievement Recognition Awards.

April 14, 2010 | 4 comments
Historic Palo Alto Bowl gets new lease, owner

Lease extension forestalls demolition of south Palo Alto landmark and Thai Garden restaurant
The historic Palo Alto Bowl in south Palo Alto will get a new owner May 1 and its lease is being extended to 2014, according to new owner Rhythm Smith and a representative of the San Jose-based Barry Swenson Builder.

April 13, 2010 | 12 comments
Friday, April 16

Theater: "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Saint Francis High School
The Roaring Twenties sets the scene for the first musical student production in Saint Francis High School's new performing arts center. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; call (650) 968-1213 ext. 244 to reserve.

Music: B and Not B at Red Rock
The San Francisco band B and Not B plays "fuzz-pop" music, with the indie/French pop band Camp Out. 8-10 p.m. Free.

April 16, 2010 | No comments yet
The good news bears

Neighbors uncover a mystery in figurines whose original inspiration dates back to concentration camps
A few weeks ago, happenstance led a pair of neighbors in Los Altos to discover the shared origins of two household knickknacks that neither knew the other had. The serendipitous reunion of two matching clay bears set their respective owners — Pat Marriott and Jan and Maria Tavenier — on a quest to discover the history of their separation and rediscovery.

April 15, 2010 | 1 comment
Simitian pushes bill to change kinder cutoff date

Requiring that kindergarteners be 5 is better for education, finances, senator says
State Sen. Joe Simitian has joined a chorus of child-development experts in calling for California children to be 5 years old before starting kindergarten. On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee will hear testimony on Simitian's proposal.

April 13, 2010 | 4 comments
New hotel to rise over Palo Alto's Baylands

Palo Alto's newest hotel will soon overlook the city's pristine Baylands after the City Council quickly and enthusiastically gave the project a green light Monday night.

April 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Tuesday, April 13

Theater: "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the MVCPA
TheatreWorks presents this classic story of prejudice in Depression-era Alabama as seen through the eyes of the young tomboy Scout. 7:30 p.m. on the MainStage. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

April 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, April 12

Art: "Urban Animals" at CSMA
"Urban Animals," an exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Gomez, is on display in the Mohr Gallery at Community School of Music and Arts. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

April 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Rail report: Tunnel cheaper than trench

A covered trench for all four tracks would cost about $1.9 billion in Palo Alto alone, report says
If high-speed rail ends up running through a covered trench in Palo Alto, it won't be easy or cheap, new California High-Speed Rail Authority data indicates.

April 12, 2010 | 26 comments
Mtn View company launches breakfast cereal

Pul Foods introduces lentil-based 'Crunchfuls' at grand opening Saturday
A Mountain View woman says she has figured out how to make a breakfast cereal with the taste and texture of sweetened Cheerios but the nutrition of eating bean-and-lentil soup for breakfast. The new product was introduced at her company headquarters on Saturday.

April 9, 2010 | 13 comments
Arne Duncan to deliver Foothill address

Nation's top education official will speak the following day at De Anza College
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the keynote address at Foothill College commencement ceremonies on June 25. Duncan, architect of the $4.35 billion reform-oriented "Race to the Top" challenge for public schools, also will speak the following day at commencement ceremonies for De Anza College.

April 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, April 10 & 11

Music: Joy Kills Sorrow at First Presbyterian Church
Redwood Bluegrass Associates presents Joy Kills Sorrow, an old-time bluegrass ensemble. Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.; to order tickets click here.

Music: Camaron Ochs at Red Rock
Camaron Ochs performs a live acoustic set on Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. Free.

Recreation: Spring bike ride starting at Centennial Plaza
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has organized a social bike ride beginning at the downtown train station's Centennial Plaza, running along the "Mountain View Bicycle Boulevard" and Stevens Creek Trail, and ending back at Neto's for a snack and conversation. The ride is about two hours long (15 miles) on flat terrain; families with kids are welcome. Sunday from 9:15-11:30 a.m.; meet at the statue of the boy on the fruit crates.

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Friday, April 9

Talk: Author Anousheh Ansari at Books Inc.
Author and space pioneer Anousheh Ansari discusses "My Dream of Stars," a memoir in which she tells the story of her childhood in Iran and her family's exodus to America after the Islamic Revolution. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Music: Agapi Mou at Flex-it Aerobics
The Stanford International Dance Group presents an evening of Greek, Armenian and Albanian music by the band Agapi Mou. 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Also: Be sure to check out "Yuri's Night" events Friday and Saturday at Moffett Field, hosted by NASA Ames

April 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Boys hockey team rolls to championship

A group of Mountain View High School boys captured a division title in club roller hockey recently, clinching a win against a Lincoln High School team that had beat them three times in the regular season.

April 13, 2010 | 3 comments
Mass transit's uncertain future

For years the city has been searching for a better way to get people from the downtown transit center — site of Caltrain's busy Mountain View station — to the Shoreline area. Could "personal rapid transit" do the trick?

April 12, 2010 | 17 comments
Moffett a space-age playground for 'Yuri's Night'

Stunt planes, hip-hop, crazy art and more mark NASA celebration in honor of Russian cosmonaut
Air stunts, hip-hop, space talk, high tech, grand art — you name it, NASA Ames' "Yuri's Night" had it.

April 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Hidden Villa celebrates golden anniversary

After 50 years as a nonprofit, outdoor education center continues to inform, inspire
Hidden Villa, the 1,600-acre education center, working farm and wilderness preserve nestled in Los Altos Hills, will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a nonprofit on Saturday.

April 9, 2010 | 2 comments
Ruskin to discuss state's higher-ed future

Saturday town hall meetings to focus on California's 'master plan'
What will California need from its higher-education system in decades to come? That will be the question Saturday when Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, D-Redwood City, holds town hall meetings in Palo Alto and Los Altos.

April 9, 2010 | No comments yet
HSR may cut into Central Expressway

Rail Authority: there will be no berms or "Berlin Wall" in Mountain View
Should high-speed rail come to Mountain View, it will not sit atop a massive Berlin Wall, as some rail opponents have feared. But it may mean the loss of two lanes on Central Expressway, according to a new report from the California High Speed Rail Authority.

April 8, 2010 | 43 comments
Thursday, April 8

Theater: "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the MVCPA
TheatreWorks presents this classic story of prejudice in Depression-era Alabama as seen through the eyes of the young tomboy Scout. Preview showing is 8 p.m. on the MainStage. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

April 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Palo Alto schools get grant for suicide recovery

Join schools from Alabama, New Mexico in getting funds to respond to suicides
The federal government has awarded the Palo Alto school district $50,000 to "respond" and "reestablish a safe learning environment" following four student suicides in the past 11 months.

April 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Pets flood local shelters during hard times

'Broken families' forced to give up their animal friends
As head of Palo Alto Animal Services, Sandi Stadler has a unique perspective on how the recession is hurting Peninsula residents. More than ever before, she says, people are abandoning their pets at the shelter because they can no longer afford to keep them.

April 8, 2010 | 2 comments
Council gets lowdown on $1 million in new fees

Among the proposed changes, $600,000 sought through higher recreation dues
Mountain View City Council members had the "not pleasant" task of examining a range of proposed fee hikes on city services Tuesday night, with a goal of finding $1 million in new city revenue.

April 8, 2010 | 20 comments
Opposing Shoreline tax by way of Measure A

Steve Nelson uses ballot argument against MVLA bond to make a point about tax revenue
A Mountain View parent upset with the lack of revenue for schools from the city's Shoreline tax district has written a ballot argument against MVLA's Measure A, calling it a "referendum" against the tax district.

April 7, 2010 | 17 comments
COMING UP: Kickoff for Measure A campaign

The group running the effort to pass Measure A, a bond measure on the June ballot that would fund new classrooms for the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District, is kicking off its campaign at a rally in Los Altos on Thursday morning.

April 7, 2010 | 7 comments
MVLA trustees consider $1.6 million in cuts

High school district officials weighed proposals for budget reductions for the 2010-11 school year during a special meeting Tuesday evening — and although no final decisions were made, trustees gave a hard look at more than $1.6 million in cuts.

April 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Los Altos High survey reveals culture of stress

Half of school's students can't sleep; most say they're burned out
Students at Los Altos High School are some of the highest-achieving in the nation. And while most will go on to college, a survey taken by fellow students last spring indicates that success comes with a price: stress so severe it can make them physically ill.

April 7, 2010 | 46 comments
Wednesday, April 7

Theater: "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the MVCPA
TheatreWorks presents this classic story of prejudice in Depression-era Alabama as seen through the eyes of the young tomboy Scout. Preview showing is 8 p.m. on the MainStage. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

April 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, April 6

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

April 6, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: MVLA to consider budget cuts

Trustees of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District will convene at a special meeting this evening to discuss possible budget reductions for the 2010-11 school year.

April 6, 2010 | 3 comments
Review: 'Secret of Kells'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Like many animated features, "The Secret of Kells" features a child hero, a pet (in this case, a frisky white cat), and dangers to be overcome. But the Oscar-nominated film, an Irish-French-Belgian co-production, will probably appeal more to adults: art-lovers, and aficionados of medieval illuminated manuscripts. --RP

April 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Hot Tub Time Machine'

(Three stars)
"The Hangover" meets "Back to the Future" in this hilarious and unapologetically adult buddy chuckler. A cornucopia of tongue-in-cheek '80s references -- including the presence of leading man John Cusack -- fuels the entertaining plot and riotous scenarios. Soak it up. -- TH

April 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Late-night brawl at nightclub leads to arrest

One person was arrested following a bar fight in the Monte Carlo nightclub on Castro Street early Saturday morning which supposedly started after a man was hit on the head with a beer bottle, police say.

April 5, 2010 | 27 comments
Stanford Hospital gives 'final offer' to nurses

Nurses union scheduled to vote on new contract on Wednesday
Nurses at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital are at a heated impasse with hospital administrators over a proposed contract, which includes a wage raise but also sets new barriers for nurses seeking promotions.

April 5, 2010 | 7 comments
TONIGHT: Council to discuss possible fee hikes

To help fix a projected $4 million budget deficit this year, the City Council plans to consider asking those who use city services to pay more for them during its regular meeting this evening.

April 5, 2010 | 38 comments
Monday, April 5

Meeting: Green Mountain View at the downtown library
Green Mountain View, a community group dedicated to improving sustainability in Mountain View, meets the first Monday of each month. In the Mountain View Library Community Room, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Performance: Open Mic Night at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee's Open Mic night happens every Monday from 7-10 p.m.

April 5, 2010 | No comments yet
iGot! Apple devotees get their reward

Customers at the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto, some of whom camped out overnight, snap up Apple's iPad tablet computer
The mood at Apple's University Avenue store in Palo Alto was celebratory at 9 a.m. Saturday as Apple customers rushed into the store to get their hands on the game-changing company's newest product, the iPad. Photo by Vivian Wong.

April 5, 2010 | 3 comments
Caltrain faces service cuts

$30 million deficit threatens midday, late night and weekend service
Faced with a staggering deficit, Caltrain will consider cutting its service significantly in the next 15 months, spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said Wednesday.

April 2, 2010 | 42 comments
Homeless man knocked out, robbed

Mountain View Police say they have a man in custody who allegedly punched out an elderly homeless man before taking his wallet on Wednesday night.

April 1, 2010 | 8 comments
No pie in the sky for Moffett Field company

Magenn Power Inc. aims to produce electricity at 1,000 feet through helium-filled wind turbine
The latest thing set to float above Moffett Field isn't a Zeppelin or helicopter prototype, it's a spinning helium balloon that is supposed to generate a relatively cheap and clean supply of electricity.

April 1, 2010 | 9 comments
Weekend, April 3 & 4

Music: The Mighty Have Fallen at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee hosts a CD release party for The Mighty Have Fallen. Saturday at 8 p.m.

Kids: Easter egg hunt at the Mountain View Farmers Market
The downtown Farmers Market will host an Easter egg hunt on Sunday featuring prizes for kids and live music. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

April 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, April 1

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

April 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, April 2

Theater: "The Illusion" at Pear Avenue Theatre
The Pear presents Pierre Corneille's "The Illusion," adapted by "Angels in America" author Tony Kushner. 8 p.m. For tickets call (800) 838-3006 or (650) 254-1148, or click here.

Theater: "Once on This Island" at Graham Middle School
The Graham Performing Arts Association presents " Once on This Island," a musical by local youth. 7 p.m. Tickets are $7-$10.

April 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Could investors fund city's transit future?

Council resolution favors general concept of 'personal rapid transit'
A company that has set up shop at NASA Ames Research Park claims its system for automated pod travel could lift Mountain View out of its traffic and public transportation woes — and the city may not have to spend a dime on it.

April 1, 2010 | 28 comments
Water use decreasing, city finds

Economic recession, local initiatives and other changes lead to increased conservation
The economic recession appears to have been good for water conservation, with total water use in 2009 reported to be the lowest in Mountain View since the mid-1990s.

April 1, 2010 | 4 comments
Mountain View man steps up

Ken Shitamoto climbs 1,197 stairs in memory of friend who died of lung cancer
It took Ken Shitamoto only 17 minutes to climb the 52 stories to the top of the skyscraper at 555 California St. in San Francisco. But in that short period of time, he and over a thousand other participants made more than $330,000 in last Saturday's Fight for Air Climb — raising funds and awareness for the American Lung Association in the fight against lung cancer.

April 1, 2010 | 1 comment
Police: H&R Block manager caught shoplifting

A manager of a tax accounting service located inside Mountain View's Sears store was allegedly caught shoplifting from the store on Friday.

March 31, 2010 | 8 comments
Wednesday, March 31

Talk: Author Indu Sundaresan at Books Inc.
Indu Sundaresan discusses "Shadow Princess," a novel about 17th century princesses fighting for power and respect in India's royal court. 7:30 p.m. Free.

March 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to hire high-speed-rail lobbyist

Lobbyist Ravi Mehta also advocates for Palo Alto on the issue
The city of Menlo Park has hired a lobbyist to make the city's case to Sacramento when it comes to the California high speed rail project, and has devoted $200,000 for the upcoming fiscal year to rail issues.

March 31, 2010 | 2 comments
Early parole program worries Mtn View police

Police fear consequences of losing touch with inmates released under new program
Under legislation passed last year, 6,500 California prison and jail inmates are scheduled to be released over the next year — and Mountain View police say they're not sure what to expect.

March 31, 2010 | 7 comments
Decision on Minton's project put off till April 27

Developer Prometheus says it wants to revisit concerns over affordable housing units
The City Council's decision on whether to allow more than 200 new apartments on Evelyn Avenue across from the downtown train station is being postponed as developers say they are refining the project.

March 31, 2010 | 5 comments
GONE GREEN

Google employee Courtney Nelson rides her bike to work Monday along Amphitheatre Parkway, passing Vista Slope in Mountain View's Shoreline area. Photo by Michelle Le.

March 30, 2010 | 12 comments
Tuesday, March 30

Music: Loren Schoenberg at CSMA
Loren Schoenberg, conductor, saxophonist, educator and director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, will discuss and perform jazz accompanied by the Gunn High School Jazz Ensemble. 6-7 p.m. Free.

March 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Crash victim was LAHS football star, soldier

Funeral services scheduled Thursday for 21-year-old Kyle Simpson
The 21-year-old Mountain View man who died in a solo car crash in Cupertino early Friday morning was a well-liked former football star at Los Altos High School who possibly fell asleep at the wheel.

March 30, 2010 | 5 comments
Stanford races to Final Four

Stanford's Jeanette Pohlen (23) reacts to her game-winning shot as time expired that lifted the Cardinal to a heart-pounding 55-53 victory over Xavier in the Elite 8 on Monday in Sacramento and into a third straight appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Photo by Kyle Terada. For more sports news, go to Palo Alto Online's Sports page.

March 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Army vet Binkley gets probation for 2nd robbery

Sargent Binkley, the former Army Ranger who pleaded guilty to using a gun to rob a Mountain View Walgreens for pain pills in 2006, was sentenced to five years probation Friday for a similar robbery in San Carlos.

March 29, 2010 | 1 comment
Firefighters douse one-alarm Middlefield blaze

Mountain View firefighters quickly put out a one-alarm fire on the 900 block of W. Middlefield Road over the weekend that caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.

March 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, March 29

Performance: Open Mic Night at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee's Open Mic night happens every Monday from 7-10 p.m.

March 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Police: Cat burglar caught catnapping; cat gone

A man was arrested Sunday after apparently falling asleep while burglarizing a home in East Palo Alto, police said.

March 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Mozarts sue Palo Alto over BMR housing

Father and son file separate lawsuits characterizing program as 'special tax' against developers
Following in his father's footsteps, Forrest Mozart filed a lawsuit against Palo Alto this month, claiming that the city's affordable housing program is illegal and amounts to a "special tax" against developers.

March 29, 2010 | 3 comments
Weekend, March 27 & 28

Theater: Peninsula Ballet Theatre presents "Sleeping Beauty's Wedding" at the MVCPA
Join the Lilac Fairy and the rest of her joyous kingdom as they celebrate the wedding of Princess Aurora and her prince. Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. on the MainStage. For tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

March 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, March 26

Theater: "The Illusion" at Pear Avenue Theatre
The Pear presents Pierre Corneille's "The Illusion," adapted by "Angels in America" author Tony Kushner. 8 p.m. For tickets call (800) 838-3006 or (650) 254-1148, or click here.

Theater: "Once on This Island" at Graham Middle School
The Graham Performing Arts Association presents " Once on This Island," a musical by local youth. 7 p.m. Tickets are $7-$10.

March 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Mtn. View man killed in single-vehicle crash

Mountain View resident Kyle Simpson, 21, has been identified as the victim of a fatal rollover crash on Interstate Highway 280 in Cupertino early Friday morning, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

March 26, 2010 | 22 comments
Last chance to nominate city for Google fiber

Friday is the last day to plug your city for Google's "Fiber Optic Trial for Communities Project." To make your nomination, go to Google's fiber page and click on "Nominate your community." The deadline is 5 p.m.

March 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, March 25

Talk: Author Canyon Sam at Books Inc.
Canyon Sam speaks about her book "Sky Train," a tale of adventure in Tibet. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Theater: "Once on This Island" at Graham Middle School
The Graham Performing Arts Association presents " Once on This Island," a musical by local youth. 7 p.m. Tickets are $7-$10.

March 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Elderly woman assaulted in church

A 73-year-old Mountain View woman was assaulted and groped by a man while praying Wednesday in the chapel at St. Athanasius Church, police say.

March 25, 2010 | 4 comments
Rec classes offer plenty to do this summer

From claymation to culinary camp to mommy-and-me belly dancing, a wealth of summer activities is available for kids this summer, and registration is already underway.

March 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Foothill students join march on Sacramento

Thousands protest cuts to state's cash-strapped community colleges
Looming final exams and papers didn't stop four busloads of Foothill College students from taking Monday to go to Sacramento, where they marched alongside their peers and delivered a message to legislators: Stop the budget cuts to education.

March 26, 2010 | 12 comments
Council approves $100K for HSR images

In an attempt to ensure that high speed rail doesn't ruin Mountain View's landscape, the City Council on Tuesday decided to pay a design firm $100,000 to create 3-D sketches of high speed rail crossings at Rengstorff Avenue and Castro Street.

March 24, 2010 | 12 comments
Dramatic final hearing for Minton's project

Residents sharply divided over proposed apartment buildings during five-hour City Council meeting
It was a house divided in a packed City Council chambers Tuesday night, as supporters and opponents clashed over a proposed 203-unit development project on the site of Minton's Lumber and Supply.

March 24, 2010 | 40 comments
City discusses low-water ordinance

To save increasingly precious water, the city of Mountain View is proposing an ordinance that limits the use of grass and other thirsty plants in city landscaping. A meeting on the proposal was held Wednesday night in the Senior Center.

March 24, 2010 | 6 comments
Wednesday, March 24

Art: "Shadow Boxes" by Raquel Coelho at CSMA
The work of Brazilian artist Raquel Coelho is on exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in CSMA's Finn Center. Free.

March 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Liz Kniss witnesses health care bill signing

But county supervisor warns there is much work ahead in finalizing and implementing the legislation
Liz Kniss, a Santa Clara County supervisor who was invited to Washington, D.C., for the signing of President Obama's health care overhaul, said the mood among Democrats was jubilant but that lawmakers have a lot of work ahead to implement the changes and make sure citizens understand them.
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Area Democrats laud 'historic' health care bill
Calls to Eshoo mostly in favor of health overhaul

March 24, 2010 | 14 comments
Founder of Peninsula Day Care Center dies

Mary Jo Shaw, co-founder and longtime owner of the Peninsula Day Care Center on San Antonio Road, died earlier this month of natural causes. She was 89.

March 23, 2010 | 15 comments
Palo Alto to discuss Cubberley sale with Foothill

Council votes 8-1 to discuss 'use and possible sale' of 8 city-owned acres of Cubberley with community college district, and look at overall uses of Cubberley
Palo Alto's stalled proposal to sell 8 acres of Cubberley Community Center to Foothill College officially reemerged Monday night after the City Council agreed to schedule a meeting with Foothill officials to discuss the possible sale.

March 23, 2010 | No comments yet
City passes 'retirement incentive program'

As an alternative to laying off 33 city employees, the city of Mountain View is hoping to encourage some to retire early. A set of incentives for early retirement were approved by the City Council without comment during Tuesday's meeting.

March 23, 2010 | 14 comments
Tuesday, March 23

Film: "Oh My God" at The Cradle of Manifestation
A screening of this film by Peter Rodger begins at 6:30 p.m. at "The Cradle of Manifestation" in Mountain View. A donation of $10 is suggested; RSVPs required. For more info, contact Dr. Lisa Chu at (650) 325-2194 or by e-mail here. The Cradle of Manifestation is located at 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 150, Mountain View.

March 23, 2010 | No comments yet
County TB rate bucks trend, remains high

Santa Clara County rates nearly three times the national disease rate
Tuberculosis cases in Santa Clara County are the third highest in the state and remain high despite a large drop in the rest of the state, according to a report released Monday by The Tuberculosis Prevention Partnership of Santa Clara County.

March 22, 2010 | 5 comments
Monday, March 22

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

March 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Schools should get a bigger slice of 'Shoreline Community' funds

Back in 1969, when the state Legislature created a special tax district in Mountain View called the "Regional Shoreline Park Community," no one could have guessed that one day a company called Google would set up shop there and begin reaping billions in yearly profits.

March 22, 2010 | 7 comments
Calls to Eshoo mostly in favor of health overhaul

Congresswoman says she's savoring a moment of 'making history'
As President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders continued twisting arms for votes, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said calls to her office were two-to-one in favor of passing the health care reform package.

March 22, 2010 | 8 comments
Area Democrats laud 'historic' health care bill

But Republicans predict a voter backlash against Democrats at the polls
A bill reforming America's health care system, what one Bay Area congressman said was "one of the most important bills in the past 40 years," was approved Sunday night by the U.S. House of Representatives, with seven votes to spare. After expected Senate approval of House changes, it will go to President Obama to be signed.

March 22, 2010 | 41 comments
Bay Area housing market still slow

Despite a modest rise last month, Bay Area home sales continue to stagnate, according to the latest figures released Thursday by real estate analysts MDA DataQuick.

March 19, 2010 | 13 comments
Review: 'Most Dangerous Man in America'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Few personal stories on the national stage hinge on so dramatic a change as the one Daniel Ellsberg underwent during the Vietnam War. His tale of irrepressible conscience returns in Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich's Oscar-nominated documentary. -- PC

March 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Repo Men'

(Two stars)
The Biblical book of Ecclesiastes maintains "There is nothing new under the sun." But to watch "Repo Men" is to think, "There is nothing new under the video billboards of a futuristic dystopian skyline." Parts of "Blade Runner," "Logan's Run," "Fahrenheit 451" and "Brazil" can be seen in the machinery of "Repo Men." -- PC

March 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, March 20 & 21

Sale: Works from Robert Duvall's studio at Clocktower Coffee
Robert Duvall's fine-arts studio is holding an art sale and exhibit featuring aviation art paintings and landscapes. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Free. For more information, call Robert Duvall at (408) 489-9777 or e-mail rcdcreativesolutions@gmail.com.

Theater: PYT presents "Willie Wonka" at the MVCPA
Last chance to see Peninsula Youth Theatre's theatrical adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. On the MainStage on Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

March 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, March 19

Theater: "The Illusion" at Pear Avenue Theatre
Pierre Corneille's "The Illusion," adapted by "Angels in America" author Tony Kushner, premiers Friday at The Pear. 8 p.m. For tickets call (800) 838-3006 or (650) 254-1148, or click here.

Theater: PYT presents "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse"
Irrepressible Lilly has a falling out with her favorite teacher over her beloved new purple plastic purse. Part of Peninsula Youth Theatre's "Stories on Stage" series. On the SecondStage at 9:30 and 11 a.m., more shows Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

March 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Council lukewarm to giving up Shoreline funds

When it comes to giving more Shoreline Community tax district funds over to local schools, some City Council members are staunchly opposed, while others are at least open to discussing the idea.

March 18, 2010 | 15 comments
Bank robbed on El Camino

Police report that a man with a handgun robbed a Mountain View bank on E. El Camino Real on Monday afternoon.

March 18, 2010 | 7 comments
Thursday, March 18

Theater: PYT presents "Willie Wonka" at the MVCPA
Peninsula Youth Theatre puts on this theatrical adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic on the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts' MainStage. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

March 18, 2010 | No comments yet
New Foothill campus at Cubberley resurfaces

Closed-door meeting on 'price and terms of payment for sale' set for Monday night
A 2008 plan to tear down part of Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto to build a major new "educational center" for Foothill College has returned.

March 18, 2010 | No comments yet
COMING UP: Zimbabwe Run at St. Joseph

The 11th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair comes to St. Joseph School this Sunday, March 28. Participants can enjoy the fresh air while raising money for a Zimbabwean orphanage and learning more about the country's culture.

March 18, 2010 | 2 comments
State loses 'Race to the Top' funds

Earlier this month, 16 finalists in the first phase of the federal government's "Race to the Top" stimulus funding program were announced — and California was not among them.

March 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Sticky budget scenario for MV Whisman

District's forums make clear that trouble still lies ahead
With little hope for more support from Sacramento, educators are again planning for a school year under severe budget constraints. At Mountain View Whisman, the district is grappling with a budget administrators say is $6 million less than it should be.

March 18, 2010 | 14 comments
COMING UP: Meet your elected officials

The local chapter of the League of Women Voters is holding its annual "Meet Your Elected Officials" event this Sunday afternoon in Los Altos' Shoup Park. Numerous elected officials from around the city and region have been invited.

March 18, 2010 | 3 comments
COMING UP: Benefit for hearing impaired

Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos will host its annual Spring fashion show this Saturday to benefit services related to the deaf and hearing impaired.

March 18, 2010 | 1 comment
Council discusses Minton's project

Public comment scheduled for next week; members to vote the following Tuesday
In an issue which so far has drawn intense local scrutiny, the City Council took public comment Tuesday on a proposal for 203 homes on the site of Minton's Lumber. A final vote is scheduled for next week.

March 22, 2010 | 5 comments
Wednesday, March 17

Art: CSMA student and faculty exhibit "Arts in Action" in the City Hall Rotunda
This annual show of artwork by students and faculty from the Community School of Music and Arts' "Arts in Action" program runs through March 21. It includes artwork by students from all public elementary schools in Mountain View. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

March 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Rollin' with the law

Police Department's 'Ride Along' program is yours for the asking
The Mountain View Police Department's "Ride Along" program is open to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Mountain View. Participants are assigned to one of the department's 49 patrol officers — such as Officer Lloyd Curns.

March 17, 2010 | 5 comments
COMING UP: Monte Carlo Night

Organizers from the Mountain View Educational Foundation have high hopes for this year's Monte Carlo Night fundraiser, with a goal of raising $80,000 to support local schools. The event is Saturday, March 27 in the Computer History Museum.

March 17, 2010 | 19 comments
Palo Alto employees dance for Google

In latest effort to show support for 'Fiber for Communities' application, city turns to the Village People
The quest to impress search-engine giant Google took a disco turn in Palo Alto as city staff and residents exuberantly leapfrogged and jived in front of City Hall to the tune of "YMCA" by the Village People.

March 16, 2010 | No comments yet
MP mom wonders: Who wins with Prop 13?

Concerned about diminishing school funding, Jennifer Bestor examines effects of 1978 property tax measure
Proposition 13 has been called California's "third rail." But one Menlo Park resident decided to touch it anyway, and conducted a parcel-by-parcel investigation. Her conclusion: In her city, homeowners today pay two-thirds of the property tax burden, up from half in 1978.

March 16, 2010 | 58 comments
Tuesday, March 16

Talk: Shilpi Somaya Gowda at Books Inc.
Author Shilpi Somaya Gowda discusses "Secret Daughter," her debut novel. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free.

Talk: "Strategy Engagement through Crowdsourcing" at Michael's at Shoreline
Jason Tester discusses tools and methods for inviting huge audiences to imagine new products and services. 5:30-8 p.m. $35-$65.

March 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Police sting nabs stores for selling to minors

Police announced last week that a sting operation by local authorities has resulted in several Mountain View establishments being cited for selling alcohol or tobacco to minors.

March 16, 2010 | 4 comments
Palo Alto to fight high-speed-rail 'betrayal' bills

Proposed bills could allow controversial project to bypass environmental regulations
Palo Alto is girding for battle against proposed legislation that could make the California high speed rail project exempt from environmental regulations. That city's mayor calls the bills "a real betrayal" of earlier commitments.

March 16, 2010 | 9 comments
City runs low-key campaign for Google fiber

'They know the tech-savvy kind of population we have' in company's home town, mayor says
The mayor of Duluth jumped into a freezing lake. Topeka renamed itself "Google, Kansas." Across the country, cities are hoping to be selected for Google's live experiment with ultra-fast broadband. Will the company's home town be able to compete?
SEE ALSO:
Palo Alto dances for Google
Stanford backs Palo Alto's fiber drive

March 15, 2010 | 22 comments
Monday, March 15

Art: "Shadow Boxes" by Raquel Coelho at CSMA
The work of Brazilian artist Raquel Coelho is on exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in CSMA's Finn Center Free.

Performance: Open Mic Night at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee's Open Mic night happens every Monday from 7-10 p.m.

March 15, 2010 | No comments yet
REFLECTING

Helen Kim examines artwork by Monta Loma students while perusing "Arts in Action," an annual exhibit put on by CSMA which showcases the works of local students and faculty. The show is currently on display in the City Hall Rotunda through March 21. Photo by Michelle Le.

March 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Local teens describe their stresses on 'Dr. Phil'

Palo Alto not explicitly named on the segment about teen stress and suicide
Nearly a dozen teens from Palo Alto said stress in their lives comes from trying to meet the expectations of peers, family, school and getting into college. The teens appeared on television's "Dr. Phil" show on Friday.

March 15, 2010 | 3 comments
NASA 'committed' to re-skinning Hangar One

In a meeting Thursday night, NASA and Navy officials said that, for the first time, they are jointly "committed" to preserving historic Hangar One at Moffett Field, and that various options for restoring the Hangar will probably be released by the end of March.

March 12, 2010 | 9 comments
Weekend, March 13 & 14

Theater: PYT presents "Willie Wonka" at the MVCPA
Peninsula Youth Theatre puts on this theatrical adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic on the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts' MainStage. Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

Benefit: Lions Club corned beef dinner at the Masonic Temple
The Lions host this corned beef dinner to benefit local students and adults in need of eyeglasses. Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; to order online click here.

Performance: US Naval Academy Glee Club at Saint Francis High School
Saint Francis presents the Naval Academy Men's Glee Club, one of America's premier choral ensembles. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are from $10 to $20.

Music: The Barry Finnerty Quartet at Dana Street Roasting Co.
Guitarist Barry Finnerty and his jazz quartet play new original music. Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

March 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, March 12

Music: CSMA presents two faculty performances at the Finn Center
The Community School of Music and Arts presents back-to-back faculty performances: The "Faculty Wind Quintet" from 6 to 7 p.m., and the "String Quintet & Sextet" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both shows are free.

March 12, 2010 | No comments yet
PA holds meeting today on Google fiber plan

Advocates in Palo Alto push on ahead of March 26 deadline
An informational meeting has been set for 6 p.m. today on how residents and businesses can support Palo Alto's application to Google to be a test community for a Google Open Fiber plan, racing against a March 26 deadline.

March 15, 2010 | 3 comments
Review: 'Remember Me'

(One star)
Twi-hards, start your engines. Those on "Team Edward" will swoon for "Remember Me," a romantic drama starring and executive-produced by Robert Pattinson. For those non-initiates who don't recognize the "Twilight" jargon, discreetly begin backing away. -- PC

March 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Green Zone'

(Two stars)
Those naysayers who questioned the appropriation of the Iraq War for entertainment purposes in the newly minted Best Picture "The Hurt Locker" will have a cow over the latest collaboration of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Supremacy"). -- PC

March 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Dark days ahead for local schools

One thing is certain: This game of endless budget cuts to our schools isn't even close to being over. As ever, parents wanting a decent education for their children will be forced to help with their own time and money.

March 11, 2010 | 11 comments
Thursday, March 11

Art: CSMA student and faculty exhibit "Arts in Action" in the City Hall Rotunda
This annual show of artwork by students and faculty from the Community School of Music and Arts' "Arts in Action" program runs through March 21. It includes artwork by students from all public elementary schools in Mountain View. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

March 11, 2010 | No comments yet
A dozen vignettes

Scenes from drama's past come alive in artist's fanciful 'Shadow Boxes,' now showing at CSMA
It would be tough to recount the entire history of world theater in 12 shadow boxes, but artist Raquel Coelho does a pretty good job hitting the highlights. Her work is on display in CSMA's Mohr Gallery through March 28.

March 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Google gives $75K to keep bookmobile going

The city's budget problems were eased slightly on Tuesday when the City Council approved a $75,000 donation from Google to keep the library's bookmobile in service.

March 12, 2010 | 9 comments
Downtown office developer undeterred by HSR

The City Council on Tuesday approved a three-story, 50,000-square-foot office building to be built next to the downtown train station.

March 11, 2010 | No comments yet
School district eyes 'Shoreline Community' funds

Mountain View Whisman officials say millions in property taxes have been diverted for long enough — city disagrees
For seven years Mountain View has been home to Google, the hottest company in the world. But for all that time its substantial property taxes — and those of other major companies in the area north of Highway 101 — have been diverted to the "Regional Shoreline Park Community." It's an arrangement that some local school officials would like to see reevaluated.

March 11, 2010 | 32 comments
Council OKs flood basin concept for McKelvey

Though they took issue with several design details, City Council members approved a conceptual plan Tuesday for turning McKelvey Park into a 15-foot-deep flood basin, including new baseball fields and a playground paid for by the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

March 10, 2010 | 3 comments
PA proposes to peek at people's garbage

New Palo Alto ordinance seeks to reduce recyclable and compostable materials in local trash cans
Palo Altans who repeatedly throw recyclable items into their trash bins could soon find themselves slapped with fines and without a garbage-collection service.

March 10, 2010 | 25 comments
Wednesday, March 10

Music: CSMA presents two faculty performances in the Finn Center
The Community School of Music and Arts presents back-to-back faculty performances: "100 Years of Jazz" from 6 to 7 p.m., and "Brass Quintet performing Bach, Arnold and a new work by Daniel Wood" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both shows are free.

Talk: "The Many Mysteries of Antimatter," at Foothill College
Dr. Helen Quinn, professor of physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, gives a lecture on one of the strangest substances in the universe: antimatter. 7-9 p.m. No background in science is required. Seating is first-come, first-served; campus parking is $2. For more info call (650) 949-7888.

March 10, 2010 | No comments yet
SUPERFRIENDS

People dressed as superheroes take in the sights at Taqueria Los Charros on Dana Street last Sunday. One organizer said the group was taking part in a kind of seminar "to let go of negative feelings." Photo by James Tensuan.

March 10, 2010 | No comments yet
MVLA considers further Adult School cuts

During their regular board meeting Monday, trustees of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District heard a presentation from Laura Stefanski, head of the district's Adult School, regarding potential cuts to her programs.

March 11, 2010 | No comments yet
MVLA board approves June bond measure

After 18 months of "exploration," trustees of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District voted 5-0 at their regular board meeting Monday to place a $41.3 million bond measure on the June 8 ballot.

March 10, 2010 | 1 comment
Third copper theft reported in Mountain View

Police say a string of copper wire thefts have hit Mountain View in recent days, with the third incident reported last Friday after thieves ripped $32,000 worth of copper wire from the roof of a vacant building on Shorebird Way.

March 9, 2010 | 5 comments
TONIGHT: Council vote on McKelvey flood basin

The City Council is scheduled to vote this evening on a conceptual plan for McKelvey Park which would lower the entire park 15 feet below ground level in order to create a basin for flood control.

March 9, 2010 | 12 comments
Tuesday, March 9

Talk: "Effective Communication Strategies with Children" at PAMF's Mountain View Center
Susan Stone-Belton of Parents Place discusses strategies for helping kids communicate. 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room D of the Conference Center at Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Mountain View Center. For more information or to register, call (650) 934-7380 or click here.

March 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Feds award $17 million in transit grants to Valley

Funding to come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Nearly $17 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants have been awarded to the Silicon Valley public transportation systems. Two grants will fund hybrid buses for Santa Clara County and San Mateo County transit systems and the third will fund new Caltrain railroad bridges in San Mateo County.

March 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Energy secretary: U.S. lagging in clean-tech race

Steven Chu delivers words of warning on climate change to Stanford students and faculty
The U.S. lags behind other countries in the race for clean technology even though it has the greatest "innovation machine" in the world, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu told a Stanford University audience Monday. But the clean-tech race is not just between nations — it's a global race against time, Chu warned.

March 9, 2010 | 2 comments
TONIGHT: MVLA to vote on bond measure

Trustees of the Mountain View-Los Altos school district will vote tonight on placing a $41.3 million bond measure on the June ballot that would provide for more classrooms as well as some "green" renovations.

March 8, 2010 | 2 comments
White House: NASA responsible for Hangar One

With no restoration funds, structure will be left a bare skeleton in November
The federal government has concluded that NASA Ames will have to pay for any restoration of historic Hangar One on its own and without the Navy's help, leaving the structure with no designated restoration funding even as it faces partial demolition later this year.

March 8, 2010 | 16 comments
Monday, March 8

Talk: Author Cara Black at Books Inc.
Cara Black, author of the Aimee Leduc series, discusses her latest installment, "Murder in the Palais Royal." 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free.

March 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Pentagon shooter had run-in with MV police

John Patrick Bedell, the man killed after opening fire on two officers at the Pentagon last Thursday, had been arrested in Mountain View back in 2007 for violent and erratic behavior, police said.

March 8, 2010 | 5 comments
Bar buddy gets phone stolen, face punched

A man lent his iPhone to a stranger Wednesday evening at Fred's Place on Old Middlefield Road — and in return got a punch in the face and the phone stolen, police say.

March 5, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'The Ghost Writer'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Few filmmakers make a better case that the story is in the telling than Roman Polanski. The director's 18th feature, the conspiracy yarn "The Ghost Writer," exudes excellence in its confident rhythm and incisive attention to intellect and emotion. Above all, there's an ineffable je ne sais quoi to Polanski's style, an audio-visual elan. --PC

March 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Alice in Wonderland'

(Two stars)
It couldn't have been too hard a sell: mega-bucks to burn and choice, tailor-made parts for director Tim Burton's two most frequent screen partners, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. But despite Depp's Mad Hatter and Carter's Red Queen, the "inspiration" on display feels, well, old hat. -- PC

March 5, 2010 | No comments yet
A wealth of qualified census-takers

The U.S. Census-taker who knocks on your door this spring just might have an M.B.A., or even a Ph.D., thanks to Silicon Valley's high jobless rate.

March 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Arrest made in $1,000 robbery on Terra Bella

Police have a Mountain View man in custody following a late-night armed robbery on Terra Bella Avenue last week in which the victim lost more than $1,000 in cash.

March 5, 2010 | 14 comments
MUY DIVERTIDO

Clowns Guayabita (left) and Valerito inflate a balloon last weekend in front of Mi Pueblo, the Mexican grocery store on Rengstorff Avenue. The two frequent the location, making balloon shapes for kids. Photo by James Tensuan.

March 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, March 5

Art: Opening reception of CSMA's "The City Show" at Mountain View City Hall
Community School of Music and Arts presents the opening reception of its "Arts in Action" student and faculty exhibit, on display in the City Hall Rotunda through March 21. The artists' reception is 3 to 6 p.m. in the Rotunda.

March 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, March 6 & 7

Music: Dry Branch Fire Squad at First Presbyterian Church
Redwood Bluegrass Associates presents classic bluegrass band the Dry Branch Fire Squad. Saturday, March 6, 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; to order click here.

Dance: Company C ballet at the MVCPA
Company C Contemporary Ballet presents new performances on the MainStage. Saturday 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

March 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, March 4

Talk: "The End Game," how world economies will develop over the next decade, at NASA Ames
The Singularity University presents "The End Game," a talk by author and financial expert John Mauldin. 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Eagle Room of Building 943, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field.

March 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Brain drain taking its toll on Silicon Valley

Region's high-tech talent returning in droves to India, China
Smart, talented immigrants have shaped the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley for decades. But these days, with economies growing in India and China, they are returning to their home countries in search of better opportunities.

March 4, 2010 | 87 comments
No pink slips planned for MV Whisman teachers

Despite tough fiscal decisions ahead, the Mountain View Whisman School District will not be handing out pink slips come March 15, the state deadline for notifying employees of layoffs.

March 5, 2010 | 37 comments
City won't buy houses behind McKelvey Park

With a goal of possibly extending McKelvey Park, the City Council met in closed session last week to discuss purchasing five half-built houses behind the park, and decided not to.

March 5, 2010 | 4 comments
Council hopes volunteers can take up slack

In response to requests from the City Council about the idea of using volunteers to patch holes in city services left by budget cuts, city staffers gave a presentation last week revealing that there are already 600 volunteers working for the city.

March 8, 2010 | 3 comments
What happens when tax district sunsets?

Council discusses effects on downtown after revitalization district expires in 2011
The city's "downtown revitalization district," a special tax district created to give that neighborhood a boost, is set to expire in 2011. On Tuesday, city officials discussed ways in which this could affect the downtown's future.

March 4, 2010 | 12 comments
Police probe copper theft at Shoreline

Mountain View police are investigating the theft of copper wire ripped from several electrical boxes in the parking lot of Shoreline Amphitheatre over the weekend.

March 3, 2010 | 8 comments
Wells Fargo takes ownership of 1,800 EPA units

Bank becomes city's biggest landlord after foreclosure auction attracts no bids
Wells Fargo took ownership of more than 1,800 housing units in East Palo Alto's Woodland Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, officially becoming that city's largest landlord.

March 3, 2010 | 5 comments
Wednesday, March 3

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

March 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Cuts could silence De Anza College's voice

Imminent layoffs include key union position at student newspaper -- which can't be replaced for contractual reasons
De Anza Community College President Brian Murphy announced at the end of January a slew of looming layoffs, including one position that could shut down operations at one of the region's most important student newspapers: La Voz.

March 3, 2010 | 9 comments
Broken arm leads to $1 million suit against city

Woman files claim after being injured during arrest for alleged crack cocaine use
The City Council and city officials have decided to reject a $1 million claim against the city brought by a woman whose arm was shattered while she was being arrested by Mountain View police officers last fall.

March 3, 2010 | 11 comments
College enrollment suffers under budget cuts

California's community colleges saw a drop in enrollment for the 2009-10 school year, but not due to lack of demand, according to the head of the state's community college system.

March 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, March 2

Art: "Shadow Boxes" by Raquel Coelho at CSMA
Brazilian artist Raquel Coelho's "Shadow Boxes" exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through March 28 at the Community School of Music and Arts' Finn Center.

March 2, 2010 | No comments yet
MV Whisman holds budget forums

On Tuesday the Mountain View Whisman School District kicked off a series of public forums on the district's fiscal state and on balancing next year's budget. Craig Goldman, chief financial officer, discussed state funding cuts and their impact on local school programming.

March 2, 2010 | 42 comments
Stiffer fines proposed for cell phone violators

State Sen. Joe Simitian's latest bill applies hands-free laws to bicyclists, increases penalties for drivers
State Sen. Joe Simitian's latest "distracted-driving" bill would sharply increase penalties for improper cell phone use and extend the hands-free, no-texting laws to bicyclists.

March 2, 2010 | 11 comments
New county program to help with health care

Healthy Workers Program offers inexpensive coverage for small businesses
Some uninsured low-wage workers in Santa Clara County can now enroll in a new program offering inexpensive health care coverage for small businesses that otherwise can't afford health insurance for their employees.

March 2, 2010 | 6 comments
Monday, March 1

Talk: Author Paul Theroux at the MVCPA
Peninsula Open Space Trust presents this lecture by novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux on the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts' MainStage. 8 p.m. Tickets are $22; to order call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

Talk: Author Judith Warner at Books Inc.
Judith Warner discusses "We've Got Issues," her book on pharmaceuticals and kids. 7:30 p.m. Free.

March 1, 2010 | No comments yet
High speed rail meeting fails to sway crowd

While it didn't degenerate into a shouting match, there wasn't a lot of love either from the 100-plus people who showed up at a high speed rail project meeting held Feb. 19 in the Menlo Park council chambers.

March 1, 2010 | 21 comments
No damage reported following tsunami advisory

A tsunami advisory was issued and then canceled over the weekend for the California coastline following a huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile. No damage was reported along the Bay Area coastline despite rising water levels in some areas of the region.

March 1, 2010 | 2 comments
MAHALO

Members of Halau 'o Keikiali'i perform traditional Hawaiian dances at the Community School of Music and Arts last weekend. The group's mission is to educate the public about Hawaiian culture through its performances. Photo by James Tensuan.

March 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Cop Out'

(Two stars)
The latest R-rated comedy from director Kevin Smith ("Clerks") is immature and sloppy. The cinematography is often frenetic and disorienting. And the actors themselves perform more as though in a playground than a workplace. Fortunately, the movie is also very funny. -- TH

February 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Man killed by train near San Antonio station ID'd

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office has identified the pedestrian fatally struck by a commuter train just north of the San Antonio station Thursday evening.

February 25, 2010 | 3 comments
Give Bayshore housing a look

The city's notion of not mixing housing and commercial development in the North Bayshore has run afoul of Google, its major tenant and the company that has done more than any other to put Mountain View on the map.

February 25, 2010 | 14 comments
Weekend, Feb. 27 & 28

Benefit: AAUW Authors' Luncheon at Michaels at Shoreline
Four bestselling Peninsula authors will be featured at an AAUW luncheon this weekend to benefit Tech Treks, a summer science program for seventh grade girls. Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Performance: The Afsaneh Art & Culture Society presents "Celebration of Planet Earth" at MVCPA
International artists promote peace and environmental consciousness through music and dance. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35; to order click here.

Music: Agony Aunts with David Bookings at Red Rock
Agony Aunts (a side project of The Corner Laughers, KC Bowman and more) and David Brookings play live pop music Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. Free.

February 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Feb. 26

Dance: Smuin Ballet presents "Fly Me to the Moon" at MVCPA
Smuin Ballet presents "Fly Me to the Moon," a dance tribute to Frank Sinatra, on the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts' MainStage. 8 p.m. To order tickets call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

February 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Feb. 25

Theater: Pear Avenue Theatre presents "Pear Slices"
The Pear presents this year's "Pear Slices" — eight 10-minute plays written by members of the Pear Playwrights Group. 8 p.m. For more info call (650) 254-1148, write info@thepear.org or visit www.thepear.org.

February 25, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: USGS discusses the perfect storm

The U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park is working on a disaster scenario that happened once before in California: the perfect storm. Tonight, USGS experts will give a talk on their findings.

February 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Train hits abandoned car in Sunnyvale

Peninsula train service was halted for part of Thursday morning after Caltrain's northbound train No. 101 struck an abandoned car on the tracks in Sunnyvale.

February 25, 2010 | 9 comments
Opponents fight off Montessori preschool

The City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday to prevent a Montessori preschool from opening on El Monte Avenue after neighbors campaigned against it, saying the location was unsafe.

February 25, 2010 | 6 comments
Authorities ID victim of Middlefield car crash

Luis Sanchez-Contreras, 24, was a Mountain View resident
The Santa Clara County Coroner's office has identified the man killed last Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on W. Middlefield Road as Luis Sanchez-Contreras, 24, of Mountain View.

February 25, 2010 | 5 comments
City may allow pot dispensaries by year's end

Temporary ban approved, giving staffers time to craft regulations
The City Council approved a one-year ban on medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, buying itself time to craft regulations allowing medical marijuana to be sold in Mountain View. Such regulations could be approved by the end of this year, the city attorney said.

February 24, 2010 | 84 comments
PLANTED

Elena Eneva and Riad El-Bdour plant a cherry tree at the three-way intersection of Shoreline Boulevard, Stierlin Road and Montecito Avenue last Saturday morning. The two were among a handful of volunteers taking part in a tree-planting event organized by Mountain View Trees, a local group. Photo by James Tensuan.

February 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Council sets the stage for major budget cuts

Police services, library hours, water rates among the items being reassessed by city officials to close $5 million deficit
Mountain View residents and city employees responded en masse to the prospect of city budget cuts, packing the City Council chambers Tuesday night until there was nowhere left to stand.

February 24, 2010 | 25 comments
Wednesday, Feb. 24

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

February 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Governor's Challenge gets teens off the couch

When Los Altos High School senior Anna Lee quit competitive swimming last year to participate in the choir, she also gave up regular exercise. Then she heard about the Governor's Challenge.

February 24, 2010 | No comments yet
The little house on Boranda Avenue

Having to demolish elderly woman's home was 'gut wrenching,' officials said
City officials say they explored every alternative they could think of before deciding to demolish an elderly woman's home on Boranda Avenue late last year. In the end, they said, the 100-year-old house was too far gone to be saved.

February 23, 2010 | 71 comments
Tuesday, Feb. 23

Talk: Author Lisa See at Books Inc.
Lisa See discusses "Shanghai Girls," a novel about two sisters who leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Workshop: "Keeping Marriage Strong While Parenting," at the Mountain View library
This workshop, led by Elizabeth Eastman, helps couples maintain a close marriage during parenthood. 7 p.m. Free. (Grown-ups only, no children please.)

February 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Repairs, delays ahead for San Antonio overpass

Project expected to cause traffic delays in Palo Alto, Mountain View
Mountain View and Palo Alto are preparing to fix up the San Antonio Road overpass — a project that officials say will require lane closures and traffic delays.

February 23, 2010 | 4 comments
Driver dies in horrific crash on W. Middlefield

Mountain View police say an "extremely horrific" single-car accident killed the driver of a Volvo after it smashed into seven trees on West Middlefield Road early Sunday morning.

February 22, 2010 | 39 comments
El Camino Hospital board member steps down

El Camino Hospital announced last week that longtime board member Mark O'Connor — who has served on the hospital board since 1994, and as chairperson from 2003 to 2005 — is resigning from his tenured position for personal reasons.

February 22, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'Shutter Island'

(Three stars)
Movie projectors have shutters that regulate the output of light and cameras have shutters that regulate the intake of light. So it is, then, that Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" takes on a reflexivity reminiscent of the work of two of Scorsese's idols, Alfred Hitchcock and Michael Powell. -- PC

February 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Palo Alto shows interest in Google's 'fiber' idea

Google's invitation to American communities to apply to have high-speed fiber-optic networks installed has rekindled Palo Alto's 15-year vision of providing fast, reliable fiber access to homes and businesses citywide.

February 22, 2010 | 7 comments
TONIGHT: Council to discuss potential cuts

Library, police and nonprofit funds on the chopping block
Last week the city manager released a list of potential budget cuts to fix an estimated $5 million budget deficit, including cuts to police and library services, cutting off funds to local nonprofits and the possible closure of Deer Hollow Farm. Tonight, the City Council will discuss those proposals during its regular meeting.

February 19, 2010 | 29 comments
Phone scam targeting the elderly resurfaces

Palo Alto police are warning seniors that a telephone scam from last spring dubbed "favorite grandson" has resurfaced over the past week.

February 19, 2010 | 2 comments
Weekend, Feb. 20 & 21

Event: Cherry tree planting at 3-Corner Island
Mountain View Trees volunteers will gather at the three-way intersection of Shoreline Boulevard, Stierlin Road and Montecito Avenue to plant flowering cherry trees at this major gateway to the city of Mountain View. Wear gardening clothes and work gloves. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon.

Performance: Halau 'o Keikiali'i, Hawaiian music and dance at CSMA
Experience the richness of Hawaiian culture through traditional dance (hula kahiko), music, native instruments, dress, language and stories, presented this weekend as part of CSMA's Family Concerts series. Two shows Sunday, at 2 and 4 p.m.

February 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Feb. 19

Theater: TheatreWorks presents "Daddy Long Legs" at the MVCPA
Last chance to see "Daddy Long Legs," a musical romance set in turn-of-the-century New England. Friday at 8 p.m.; final shows Saturday and Sunday. For more info or to order tickets, call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

February 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, Feb. 22

Art: "Shadow Boxes" by Raquel Coelho at CSMA
The work of Brazilian artist Raquel Coelho is on exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in CSMA's Finn Center Free.

Performance: Open Mic Night at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee's Open Mic night happens every Monday from 7-10 p.m.

February 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Police find $10K in stolen checks; two arrested

Mountain View police say they recovered more than $10,000 in checks and a plethora of other stolen mail while conducting a routine traffic stop early Monday morning.

February 19, 2010 | 24 comments
Trio of premieres in TheatreWorks' new season

Capote tale, comic drama about a family of auctioneers, and psychological thriller are on the bill
Three world premieres, including a musical based on the Truman Capote short story "A Christmas Memory," are on the bill for TheatreWorks' 2010-11 season.

February 22, 2010 | No comments yet
SMOOTH

Miguel Landaverde and friends groove to Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." Nearly 80 students from Crittenden and Graham middle schools attended "Club 201," a dance for Mountain View middle school students hosted by the city and held last Friday night at the Mountain View Community Center. Photo by James Tensuan.

February 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Cops work to keep tabs on sex offenders

Regular '290 sweeps' help police prevent a repeat
Mountain View police say that case of Jaycee Dugard is the "rarest of rare," but concede that it could happen anywhere — which is why they diligently keep track of sex offenders living in the city.

February 19, 2010 | 8 comments
Thursday, Feb. 18

Theater: Pear Avenue Theatre presents "Pear Slices"
The Pear presents this year's "Pear Slices" — eight 10-minute plays written by members of the Pear Playwrights Group. 8 p.m. For more info call (650) 254-1148, write info@thepear.org or visit www.thepear.org.

February 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Potential city budget cuts to be discussed

Proposals that would significantly alter city services will likely be explored during a budget-focused City Council meeting next Tuesday.

February 18, 2010 | 3 comments
Landels given academic achievement award

Edith Landels Elementary School was named a "Title I Academic Achievement Award School," one of 238 in California, by the state's top educator last week.

February 18, 2010 | 19 comments
Major upzoning slated for two neighborhoods

Buildings could go to four stories on Moffett Blvd., seven in East Whisman
East Whisman and a portion of Moffett Boulevard may soon be allowed to grow much taller, if directions from the Planning Commission and City Council on Tuesday night become policy.

February 18, 2010 | 12 comments
Plane crash kills 3, knocks out power to region

Mountain View's neighboring city to the north was all but shut down Wednesday after a small passenger plane crashed in East Palo Alto, killing all three people aboard the plane and causing a full-scale power outage throughout the city of Palo Alto. Power was restored shortly before 6 p.m.
SEE ALSO:
Tesla employee had plenty of experience as a pilot
Fire chief: 'It was a miracle' no residents died
Cheers greet return of power to Palo Alto

February 17, 2010 | 5 comments
Wind tunnel used to test trucks' wind resistance

Testing could result in 3.4 billion gallons saved of annual fuel costs
A wind tunnel at Moffett Field normally used to test airplanes and other things that fly is being used to test the aerodynamics of a big diesel truck, with the intention of saving up to 3.4 billion gallons of fuel a year.

February 17, 2010 | 3 comments
Plane crashes in EPA, power out in several cities

A plane crash in East Palo Alto has killed three people and knocked out a utility tower, causing a large-scale power outage around the mid-Peninsula region. Power remains out in parts of Mountain View, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto.

February 17, 2010 | 4 comments
Developer would restore, lease out Hangar

A major Emeryville-based real estate developer is proposing to restore Moffett Field's historic Hangar One, which — if the government allows it — could save the landmark building after its toxic siding is removed in November.

February 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Google pressures city over N. Bayshore plan

In a letter to Mountain View officials, company says it wants area to be 'sustainable for Google'
Google executives have sent a letter to city officials expressing displeasure with some aspects of the city's ideas for the North Bayshore neighborhood, and in particular calling for more homes, stores and infrastructure to be developed near the Internet giant's headquarters.

February 16, 2010 | 37 comments
Tuesday, Feb. 16

Benefit: CSA's "Chefs Who Care" dinner at Ristorante Don Giovanni
Ristorante Don Giovanni hosts this month's Chefs Who Care dinner with a three-course Italian meal. Fifty percent of all proceeds benefit Community Services Agency's Food and Nutrition Center. From 5 to 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $26 at the door. For more info call (650) 961-3584 or e-mail cyee@csacares.org.

February 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Valley losing federal 'mega-investments' race

Speakers cite gap in clean tech funding between Valley and regions like Huntsville
Silicon Valley is losing the race for huge federal investments that will jumpstart the industries of the future, a panel of Valley leaders said.
SEE ALSO:
Silicon Valley report shows a 'region at risk'

February 16, 2010 | 6 comments
TONIGHT: Water District meeting at City Hall

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is holding a "Redistricting Advisory Committee Working Meeting" tonight at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. The City Council, meanwhile, will hold its regular meeting tonight in the Senior Center.

February 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Los Altos police seek man in July sex assault

Police in Los Altos are investigating the sexual assault of a teenage girl while she was out jogging in July 2009.

February 16, 2010 | 1 comment
Silicon Valley report shows a 'region at risk'

Annual index indicates that Silicon Valley's economic engine is stalled
In an exhaustive study of the region's economy and health, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network says the rise of countries such as China and India, coupled with California's legislative gridlock, is "draining the lifeblood of funding and foreign talent from Silicon Valley."

February 12, 2010 | 18 comments
Gym employee charged with embezzlement

Police arrested a 30-year-old Santa Clara woman Tuesday on charges of embezzling a few hundred dollars from the 24 Hour Fitness on California Street where she worked.

February 12, 2010 | 9 comments
Review: 'Valentine's Day'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Celebrated director Garry Marshall assembles an impressive A-list cast for this mediocre romantic comedy about everyone's favorite -- or most reviled -- Hallmark holiday. Varied characters and storylines weave together on Feb. 14 in the city of angels. -- TH

February 12, 2010 | No comments yet
VALLEY VALENTINES

Sachi Yamazaki, of the family-run Fleurty flower shop on Central Expressway, puts finishing touches on preordered Valentine's Day arrangements Wednesday, including these roses which came all the way from Ecuador. Yamazaki says some men have "very specific" floral requests this time of year, though many others will stop in Sunday morning for last-minute orders. Fleurty is setting up shop at Google on Friday to sell bouquets to the high-tech crowd. Photo by Michelle Le.

February 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Feb. 13 & 14

Benefit: Fundraiser for Mountain View's annual sister city student exchange program at the Wunderman House
One of Mountain View's most storied homes, the Wunderman House was once used as a 1930s speakeasy and bordello. Residents are invited to tour the house -- as part of a fundraiser for Mountain View's annual student exchange program with its sister cities -- on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25, $30 at the door.

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Friday, Feb. 12

Art: "Shadow Boxes" by Raquel Coelho at CSMA
Opening reception for Brazilian artist Raquel Coelho's "Shadow Boxes" exhibit is Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The free exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through March 28 at the Community School of Music and Arts' Finn Center.

Recreation: "Club 201" student dance at the Mountain View Community Center
The city hosts "Club 201," a dance for Mountain View middle school students, on Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door; students must bring ID to get in.

February 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Feb. 11

Theater: TheatreWorks presents "Daddy Long Legs" at the MVCPA
Don't miss "Daddy Long Legs," a musical romance set in turn-of-the-century New England. 8 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

February 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Students take first place, $10K at film contest

Two local students took first place last weekend for a film they created as part of the Mountain View-Los Altos School District's Freestyle program.

February 11, 2010 | No comments yet
City helps teacher with condo conundrum

Council decides to buy BMR unit that wouldn't sell at price set in 2007
The City Council agreed Tuesday to the purchase of a Mountain View High School teacher's condo which could not be sold under the city's below market rate, or BMR, housing policies in a declining real estate market.

February 11, 2010 | 3 comments
Nothing slows her down

Mountain View resident Lizzy Craze got a new heart at age 2
Mountain View resident Lizzy Craze knows how short life can be: Months before her third birthday, she underwent life-saving heart transplant surgery at Stanford Hospital, becoming the youngest person in history to have survived such a procedure.

February 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Schools could add a story under new proposals

Architects envision two-story classrooms for MV Whisman
Mountain View Whisman schools could grow vertically to accommodate increasing enrollment, if initial designs presented to trustees by an architecture firm are any indication.

February 11, 2010 | 7 comments
Council fails to put temporary ban on pot clubs

Several members supported moratorium to give them time to write regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries
A proposed temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Mountain View fizzled during Tuesday night's council meeting, even though most members appear to support the dispensaries and hoped a moratorium would buy them time to write proper regulations.

February 10, 2010 | 14 comments
Tunnels still possible in Palo Alto, officials say

New 'alternatives analysis' will evaluate underground, elevated options for high speed rail
Underground tunnels, elevated tracks and even "stacked trains" running through Palo Alto are all options still on the table for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, rail officials said Tuesday.
SEE ALSO:
Typo caused 'implausible' high speed rail numbers

February 10, 2010 | 4 comments
Wednesday, Feb. 10

Talk: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni at Books Inc.
Award-winning author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni presents her latest novel, "One Amazing Thing." 7:30-10 p.m. Free.

February 10, 2010 | No comments yet
LASD makes Bullis an offer on new facilities

The Los Altos School District is waiting for a response from Bullis Charter School leaders regarding its offer for next year's classroom facilities, which was approved by trustees at the end of January.

February 10, 2010 | 21 comments
Possible cash infusion for BART-to-San Jose

VTA says it is eligible for $900 million in federal funding for long-sought extension
A Federal Transit Administration report indicates that the first phase of a long-sought-after BART extension to the South Bay is qualified to receive hundreds of millions in federal funding, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority announced this week.

February 10, 2010 | No comments yet
A question of density

As the city's leaders look into the way planning and zoning rules will shape housing patterns for the next 20 years, they are coming down solidly on the side of taller, denser buildings in three locations — El Camino Real, North Bayshore, and the San Antonio shopping center.

February 11, 2010 | 11 comments
Educators applaud proposed changes to NCLB

When President Barack Obama announced this year's budget on Feb. 1, it included a plan to reform the No Child Left Behind Act. Some local educators say those proposed changes are long overdue.

February 9, 2010 | 2 comments
FEATHERED FRIENDS

Elvin Fagins shares bread from his sandwich with some nearby pigeons while waiting for a bus at the downtown station Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Michelle Le.

February 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Lost hiker rescued by local Air Guard wing

Moffett-based Air National Guardsmen, recently back from Afghanistan, navigated their helicopter through mountainous terrain in dense fog to make the group's 908th rescue last weekend.

February 9, 2010 | 3 comments
Tuesday, Feb. 9

Talk: "Find Your Social Brand," at Samovar Conference Hall
Consultant Krim Stephenson discusses what it means to have a truly social brand. Event includes dinner and a Haiti fundraiser. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. For more info, call at (650) 469-3243, e-mail tkanzaveli@gmail.com or visit www.meetup.com/BayAreaExecutives.

February 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Gravel spill blocks Hwy 85 connector ramp

A highway connector ramp in Mountain View was blocked for nearly two hours this morning by a crash in which a big-rig spilled about four tons of gravel on the roadway, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

February 9, 2010 | No comments yet
High speed rail ridership figures challenged

Peninsula group claims Rail Authority based figures on flawed, undisclosed model
The agency charged with building California's controversial high speed rail system is basing its ridership and revenue forecasts on a deeply flawed model that hasn't been adequately reviewed, a Palo Alto-based watchdog group is alleging.

February 9, 2010 | 7 comments
Alvarez case: 'Evil killer' sentenced to death

Superior Court judge called shooting of East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May 'particularly savage and brutal'
Convicted cop-killer Alberto Alvarez showed little emotion in a packed Redwood City courtroom Monday morning as a judge handed him a death sentence for the Jan. 7, 2006 murder of East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May.

February 9, 2010 | 1 comment
Monday, Feb. 8

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

February 8, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: League hosts talk on health care

Tonight the League of Women Voters is hosting the second in a series of "Hot Topics" discussions, titled "Health Care Reform: The Way Forward."

February 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Hunger crisis hits local counties, survey shows

Effect of national economic downturn 'impacts families across the board'
One in four people are at risk for hunger in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to a report to be released by the nationwide hunger-relief charity "Feeding America" in mid-March.

February 8, 2010 | 5 comments
TONIGHT: Trustees hear updates on MVLA bond

Trustees of the Mountain View-Los Altos School District board will tonight hear a discussion regarding the specific project list for a bond they hope to place on the June 2010 ballot.

February 8, 2010 | 4 comments
Spangler closes mortuary in Menlo Park

Spangler Mortuary, which runs a chapel in Mountain View, closed its Menlo Park funeral home chapel on Feb. 1 after the landlord threatened to double the rent, said Scott Spangler in an interview.

February 8, 2010 | 3 comments
City may prohibit marijuana dispensaries

This Tuesday the Mountain View City Council may decide to follow the lead of other cities in the area and impose an "interim urgency ordinance prohibiting the establishment and operation of medical marijuana facilities."

February 5, 2010 | 58 comments
Review: 'From Paris with Love'

(Two stars)
A foreign film for guys who hate foreign films (no pesky subtitles), "From Paris with Love" gets most of its mileage from John Travolta's wild-child CIA agent. His "oo-eeee!" antics here aren't anything new, but they're still snappy. -- PC

February 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Last Station'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Writer-director Michael Hoffman's adaptation of Jay Parini's novel about Leo Tolstoy's disorderly final months provided a friendly platform to lift the never-before-nominated Christopher Plummer and Oscar darling Helen Mirren into contention as Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress in this year's Oscar race. -- PC

February 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Three local teens arrested in vandalism spree

Los Altos police on Wednesday arrested three teenagers, all students at Mountain View or Alta Vista high schools, in connection with a highly destructive vandalism spree over the weekend that marred private and public property around Covington Elementary School.

February 5, 2010 | 16 comments
The antitrust advocate

Veteran Palo Alto attorney Gary Reback takes aim at Google's ambitious plan for a digital library
At 60, Gary Reback is a Silicon Valley legal celebrity, having had a hand in nearly every big antitrust case here since he moved from the East Coast to practice law in 1981. Now he's taken aim at Google's ambitious plan for a digital library.

February 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Feb. 6 & 7

Event: "Mega Book Sale" at the Mountain View Library
This two-day book sale is presented by Friends of the Mountain View Public Library. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info call (650) 526-7049 or e-mail fmvpl@earthlink.net.

Recreation: Teen Open Gym at Whisman Sports Center
City-sponsored "Teen Open Gyms" are open every Saturday night for various sports. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Available to local middle school and high school students only; bring your student ID.

February 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Feb. 5

Club: "Fusion Friday" at Zen Lounge
D-Roc will be "video mixing club beats all night long." 21 and over only.

February 4, 2010 | No comments yet
New zoning could redraw the map in Mtn. View

City officials agree to double building densities allowed on El Camino Real, North Bayshore
It appears that dramatic increases in the size of buildings allowed in North Bayshore and on El Camino Real — and a corresponding increase in population densities there — are in the cards for Mountain View following a breakthrough General Plan discussion at Tuesday night's council meeting.

February 4, 2010 | 23 comments
Upscale in a down economy

Chez TJ owner stays focused on excellence -- and regaining a lost Michelin star
Chez TJ owner George Aviet has been serving world class contemporary French cuisine for nearly three decades. That's hard to do even in good times; but in a down economy, running a business based on luxury is "even more challenging."

February 4, 2010 | 5 comments
Thursday, Feb. 4

Theater: TheatreWorks presents "Daddy Long Legs" at the MVCPA
Don't miss "Daddy Long Legs," a musical romance set in turn-of-the-century New England. 8 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

February 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Police release sketch in El Camino sex assault

Mountain View police are asking for help in catching the man who sexually assaulted a woman last month outside her home on the 800 block of East El Camino Real. He is described as a white or light-skinned Latino man in his late 20s, more than 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.

February 3, 2010 | 14 comments
Report: MVLA teachers are best paid in state

According to data released by the state Department of Education this month and compiled by the Sacramento Bee, teachers in the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District are the highest paid in the state.

February 3, 2010 | 25 comments
Educators enthused for charter schools

Most seem receptive to the idea during county summit in San Jose
Charter schools, sometimes a thorn in the side of public school districts, received a pat on the back from none other than the state's top educator, Jack O'Connell, at a charter school summit for local educators held Saturday at the county Office of Education.

February 3, 2010 | 4 comments
Wednesday, Feb. 3

Music: Brandon Tyler at the Red Rock
Central Valley singer-songwriter Brandon Tyler plays Red Rock Coffee starting at 7:30 p.m. Free.

February 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Air National Guard gets 50-year lease at Moffett

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo announced Wednesday that the 129th Air Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard finally has a "permanent home" at Moffett Field.

February 3, 2010 | 10 comments
NASA still plans to house airships in Hangar One

A NASA Ames official said on Tuesday that the agency still hopes to use Moffett Field's historic Hangar One to house lighter-than-air airships, standing by a proposal made a year ago.
SEE ALSO:
Obama's budget boosts NASA Ames
Navy renews vow to de-skin Hangar One
Air National Guard gets 50-year lease at Moffett

February 3, 2010 | 2 comments
Obama's budget boosts NASA Ames

Loss of moon mission means big gains for research at Moffett
The announcement of President Obama's new direction for space exploration has caused rancor in other parts of the country, where NASA's flagship moon program will be lost. But in Mountain View, NASA Ames' programs will be getting a boost, officials say.

February 2, 2010 | 2 comments
Tuesday, Feb. 2

Talk: Author Sherry Jones at Books Inc.
Award-winning writer Sherry Jones reads from her book "The Sword of Medina." 7:30 p.m. Free.

February 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Students jump for world record

Just before 9 a.m. Monday morning, more than 500 Egan Junior High School students in blue-and-yellow gym uniforms stood at attention on the blacktop, jump ropes at the ready. Then all at once they began whipping their neon ropes around in an attempt to make history.

February 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Prometheus: Lower density proposal won't work

Developer rejects alternative proposal made by neighborhood group
Citing new real estate market realities, the developer of a housing project that would replace Minton's Lumber and Supply on Evelyn Avenue says a request from neighbors to reduce the project's density "would not be economically viable."

February 2, 2010 | 15 comments
Monday, Feb. 1

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

Meeting: Green Mountain View meets at the public library
Green Mountain View, a community group dedicated to improving sustainability in the city, meets the first Monday of every month. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the library's Community Room.

February 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Missing Menlo girl is back safe, police report

Jennifer Blair, the Menlo Park teenager who had been missing for more than three weeks, has been found and is home with her family again, police confirmed Saturday night.

February 1, 2010 | 6 comments
Dream team lifts TheatreWorks' latest

Sharp writing, enchanting actors make 'Daddy Long Legs' a must-see
"Daddy Long Legs," the new musical from TheatreWorks now showing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, weaves its magic right into our hearts and minds, and is definitely one of the best surprises of the theater season so far.

February 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Arrests made in 7-Eleven armed robbery spree

Police say three men in custody responsible for convenience store robberies, but other robberies remain unsolved
Mountain View police have three suspects in custody following a spree of armed robberies of 7-Elevens in the city over the past month, including the latest one Saturday night on Rengstorff Avenue. But police do not believe the three are connected with other recent armed robberies in Mountain View.

February 1, 2010 | 24 comments
Students share ideas at Green Schools Summit

Students from third grade through college found common ground as they gathered at Los Altos High School last week for a Green Schools Summit to discuss strategies for helping the environment.

January 29, 2010 | No comments yet
COUNTER MEASURES

Mountain View had its own representatives in Friday's counter-protest against a small demonstration by members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which assembled across the street from Gunn High School in Palo Alto. Third from left, Jun-Fung Chueh, coordinator of CHAC's Outlet program, joins fellow Mountain View residents in their denunciation of the church's message. Photo by Michelle Le. For a full story, click here.

January 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Jan. 30 & 31

Music: Los Altos Students for Justice benefit concert
The Los Altos High School Students for Justice group will hold a concert to benefit Haiti relief efforts at Jungle Digital Imaging in Palo Alto. Saturday at 7 p.m.

Dance: Contemporary dance company TDC performs at the MVCPA
TDC presents a collection of short works demonstrating a wide variety of dance styles. Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., on the MainStage.

January 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Jan. 29

Music: Picture Atlantic and friends benefit at Red Rock
Bay Area band Picture Atlantic will take the Red Rock stage for a concert benefiting humanitarian efforts in Mexico. 8 p.m.

January 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'When in Rome'

(Half star)
Ah, Roma. The Eternal City. 2,500 years of history. Home of the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and the Trevi Fountain. And now "When in Rome," otherwise known as "The Eternal Movie." Yes, Touchstone Pictures fiddles while Rome burns again, this time as part of the most dismal romantic comedy to come up the Via Appia since Plautus penned "Sex Actually." (OK, I'm making that last part up.) -- PC

January 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Edge of Darkness'

(Three stars)
It has been eight years since Mel Gibson headlined a feature film ("Signs" in 2002). In the interim, Gibson has been surrounded more by controversy than co-stars. Gibson the man still has some work to do. Gibson the actor, however, is back and better than ever. His latest film is a gripping thriller reminiscent of Scorsese's "The Departed," and Gibson serves up a ferocious performance. -- TH

January 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Obama plan gives high speed rail $2.25 billion

Secretary of Transportation says stimulus will help bring about 'new era in transportation'
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in Washington Thursday to announce the granting of $2.25 billion in stimulus money for the state's high-speed rail project.

January 28, 2010 | 5 comments
Armed robbers hit another Mountain View store

A 7-Eleven on California Street is the latest target in a recent string of robberies in Mountain View that police suspect may be the work of a group of armed men.

January 28, 2010 | 22 comments
Thursday, Jan. 28

Literature: Red Rock Book Club, featuring Thorton Wilder's "The Eighth Day"
Join a spirited discussion of Thorton Wilder's "The Eighth Day" on the second floor of Red Rock Coffee.

January 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Thursday, Jan. 28

Theater: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!" a family production at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre
Palo Alto Children's Theatre presents "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!" Based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff.

January 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Council gets early start on this year's budget

It's only January, but the City Council and interested residents spent nearly five hours in a public meeting Tuesday night wrestling with how to fix an estimated $5 million general fund deficit in 2010-11.

January 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Latest study says TCE worse than thought

Conclusions could lead EPA to propose tougher regulations
The EPA has released a new report concluding that TCE — trichloroethylene, a pollutant found in much of Mountain View's groundwater — is definitely a carcinogen, a finding which could lead the agency to propose tougher cleanup standards.

January 29, 2010 | 6 comments
Wednesday, Jan. 27

Talk: Author Suruchi Mohan at the Mountain View Public Library
Suruchi Mohan, author of the novel "Divine Music," gives a free talk and reading. 7 p.m. For more info call (650) 903-6337.

January 27, 2010 | No comments yet
The medical marijuana scene

Many hope to open new pot dispensaries in Mountain View; others make house calls
Despite past failures, advocates are again approaching Mountain View officials with requests to open medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Others, meanwhile, have already started their own delivery services.

January 27, 2010 | 106 comments
Stolen car crashes in Los Altos, driver flees

An unidentified driver fled after crashing a stolen car into a tree in a residential Los Altos neighborhood early Sunday morning, Los Altos police Captain Andy Galea said.

January 27, 2010 | 2 comments
Woman mugged while walking to work

A Mountain View woman talking on her cell phone while walking to work Monday morning was attacked by a man who slapped her and took the phone, police reported.

January 26, 2010 | 9 comments
Navy renews vow to de-skin Hangar One

To save landmark structure, 'There needs to be a plan' for reuse, Eshoo says
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo said Tuesday that a serious plan for reusing Hangar One must be in place if Congress is likely to fund restoration of the historic landmark at Moffett Field.

January 26, 2010 | 7 comments
SHE'S A RAINBOW

Bethani Semple takes cover under her Cirque du Soleil rainbow umbrella Tuesday as she walks down Castro Street on her way to Book Buyers. Semple says she enjoys the rain, which had been falling steadily for more than a week. Photo by Michelle Le.

January 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, Jan. 26

Art: "Out of the Box," an exhibit by cancer patients at Main Street Cafe and Books in Los Altos
This unusual display of mandalas painted on pizza boxes is the work of cancer patients from El Camino Hospital participating in the hospital's Creative Expressions classes. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through January. Free.

Talk: Author Jeff Brown at East West Books
Jeff Brown, author of "Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation," discusses how a driven lawyer quit his job, changed his path and transformed his life. 7:30 p.m. Free, but call (800) 909-6161 to reserve a space.

January 26, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: City holds budget workshop

The City Council has scheduled a public meeting this evening to discuss options for addressing an estimated $5 million general fund budget deficit in 2010-11.

January 26, 2010 | 4 comments
Simitian: State school budget not reality-based

State senator tells school officials in Palo Alto that governor is 'out of answers,' and things will get worse
This year's state budget for education is the "least reality-based proposal" state Sen. Joe Simitian has seen from the governor in the 10 years he's been in state office, he told a packed audience in Palo Alto last weekend.

January 26, 2010 | 5 comments
Police: Would-be burglars tried to run down cop

Men fleeing Rite Aid in getaway car missed officer by 'about a foot,' police say
Police say a group of men tried to run over a police officer in their getaway car after attempting to steal liquor from a Mountain View Rite Aide store Monday evening.

January 26, 2010 | 17 comments
Monday, Jan. 25

Music: The World Harmony Chorus Friends & Family Concert at CSMA
Members of this all-ages chorus share songs from around the world. Conducted by Daniel Steinberg. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. For more info call (650) 917-6800, e-mail info@arts4all.org or visit www.arts4all.org. For more on World Harmony Chorus, click here.

January 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Trustees cut back autism workers' hours

Vote by Mountain View Whisman board reduces hours for 10 instructional assistants
After two months of union negotiations, trustees of the Mountain View Whisman School District last week voted 3-2 to reduce the hours of 10 full-time instructional assistants in the district's autism program.

January 25, 2010 | 4 comments
Train victim ID'd as recent Gunn High grad

Brian Taylor's mother said he suffered from mental illness
A young man who stepped in front of a commuter train near West Meadow Drive in Palo Alto late Friday night has been identified as Brian Bennion Taylor, 19, a 2008 graduate of Gunn High School.

January 25, 2010 | 3 comments
King Tuttles

Young bluegrass stars attain polish, musical maturity under Jack Tuttle's tutelage
Four members of The Tuttles with AJ Lee — a five-piece bluegrass group which played last weekend at First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View — are young: The oldest, Molly, is just 17. But their skills as musicians are unparalleled.

January 22, 2010 | 1 comment
Art with a healing agenda

Cancer survivors check disease at door of inspirational art class
Tehila Eisenstat's art students can talk about mixing color, using shape and mapping out a painting. They can also tell stories about surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy — because all of them live with or are survivors of cancer.

January 25, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: League hosts college forum

Trustees of the Foothill-De Anza district board and members of the community will discuss the challenges facing community colleges in light of declining funding during a public forum tonight at the Los Altos library.

January 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Extraordinary Measures'

(Two stars)
It's fitting that the first theatrical release from CBS Films should be one that would have been right at home on the CBS television network -- 20 years ago when "disease of the week" TV movies were commonplace.

January 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Peninsula residents clash over high speed rail

Critics deride rail authority's new business plan; supporters urge legislators to back project
California's proposed high speed rail system is either a badly needed boost to the state's workers and commuters or an overpriced, shoddily planned boondoggle that needs more oversight and a better business plan.

January 22, 2010 | 3 comments
City could buy Castro Street properties

The City Council considered the purchase of a quarter acre of prime real estate on Castro Street during a closed meeting Tuesday night.

January 22, 2010 | 10 comments
City governments join for solar bulk buy

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to sign on to a "power purchase agreement" with Santa Clara County which is giving dozens of city governments a way to afford solar power.

January 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Jan. 23 & 24

Music: The Tuttles with AJ Lee at First Presbyterian Church
Redwood Bluegrass Associates presents the amazing students of bluegrass teacher Jack Tuttle. Saturday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 on the day of show (kids 12 and under are free). For more call (650) 691-9982 or visit www.rba.org.

Also: Don't forget TheatreWorks' "Daddy Long Legs" and Pear Avenue Theatre's "Speed the Plow," which ends Sunday.

January 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Jan. 22

Music: The Nick Peck Organ Trio at Red Rock
Nick Peck plays his "blistering Hammond organ" at Red Rock starting at 8 p.m. Free.

January 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Armed robbers hit check cashing franchise

Police are looking for three men who robbed a check cashing business on El Camino Real near Dale Avenue on Tuesday.

January 21, 2010 | 6 comments
Council picks goose-inspired art for fire station

'Geese are the vigilant birds representing the spirit of public service'
Canada Geese might be a nuisance for golfers and a headache for staff at Shoreline Park, but the City Council put that aside Tuesday when it chose some goose-inspired artwork for the new Shoreline fire station.

January 21, 2010 | 8 comments
Thursday, Jan. 21

Theater: Pear Avenue Theatre presents "Speed the Plow"
The Pear presents David Mamet's "Speed the Plow," a witty portrait of the movie industry. 8 p.m. To order tickets call (650) 254-1148 or click here.

Talk: Author Mary Buffett at Books Inc.
Mary Buffett, former daughter-in-law of the famous financier, talks about her new book, "Warren Buffett's Management Secrets." 7:30 p.m. Free.

January 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Unique health conference held in Mtn. View

The Computer History Museum was abuzz this week with hundreds of health and technology representatives from around the world, who came to Mountain View for a conference on "personalized medicine."

January 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Council OKs home loan perk for city workers

Mountain View's city employees will now be eligible for low interest home loans worth up to $100,000 thanks to a late Christmas present from the City Council approved Tuesday.

January 21, 2010 | 7 comments
Report: Minton's project would decrease traffic

Despite downtown neighborhood complaints to the contrary, the 213 apartments proposed to take the place of Minton's Lumber and Supply would have no major impact on traffic or parking in the area, according to a report released this week.

January 20, 2010 | 42 comments
Holiday season's sales results not too shabby

Local businesses show guarded optimism following better-than-expected sales
The holiday season is officially over, and Mountain View business owners are finally able to assess how it went. The consensus: This year consumers were more willing to spend where they could, even if that meant shopping more thriftily.

January 20, 2010 | 3 comments
In Menlo Park, it's wait and see on pensions

The cost of public pensions to California and its cities, towns and agencies has long been a concern, and city managers in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have taken note, recently forming groups to address the issue collectively.

January 20, 2010 | 4 comments
Mountain View holding up in stormy weather

As several powerful rainstorms wash over the Bay Area this week, reports from all over have described flooding, power outages, felled trees and traffic delays, among other problems. But as of Wednesday, Mountain View appears to be holding up just fine, according to emergency personnel.

January 20, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: MV Whisman vote on special ed cuts

After two months of negotiations with the union representing 10 autism aides, trustees of the Mountain View Whisman School District tonight are scheduled to vote on a final proposal to reduce their hours.

January 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday, Jan. 20

Theater: TheatreWorks presents "Daddy Long Legs" at the MVCPA
This is the first preview of the world premier of "Daddy Long Legs," a musical romance set in turn-of-the-century New England. 8 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

January 19, 2010 | No comments yet
PG&E restores power to most customers

Pacific Gas & Electric crews have restored power to tens of thousands of Bay Area customers who experienced storm-related outages Tuesday, including about 25,000 customers on the Peninsula.

January 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, Jan. 19

Art: Ceramic sculptures by Pancho Jimenez at CSMA
Pancho Jimenez, an art teacher at Santa Clara University and West Valley College, presents an assortment of his works, including free-standing, tabletop and wall-mounted sculptures.

January 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Stanford student lauds Google stance on China

Sophomore Tenzin Seldon was victim of cyberattack after her work in pro-Tibet campaigns
Tenzin Seldon, a Stanford University sophomore and pro-Tibet activist, says she's happy to see that "Google is living up to its motto, 'Don't be evil.'"

January 18, 2010 | 6 comments
Local students, teachers respond to Haiti quake

Many at Los Altos High await word on sister school in Port-au-Prince
Last Tuesday's catastrophic earthquake in Haiti has spurred more than just discussion on the Los Altos and Mountain View high school campuses: It has provoked swift action among both staff and students to collect relief money for the victims.
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Local fund seeks Haiti quake relief donations
Second $50,000 match offered for Haiti relief

January 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Second $50,000 match offered for Haiti relief

Initial drive netted $50,000 in donations in less than a day
A local drive to raise $50,000 to help victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti has been accomplished, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View announced Friday. Now, a second $50,000 drive is underway.

January 18, 2010 | 1 comment
Armed robbers pick wrong place for crime

Mugging in front of police station leads to four arrests, 'Uzi-type' gun recovered
Mountain View police have arrested four suspects they say committed armed robbery with a semiautomatic assault handgun in front of the police station Friday night.

January 18, 2010 | 12 comments
Monday, Jan. 18

Movie: A tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at East West Bookstore
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, East West Bookstore invites residents to come see an hour-long video documentary on one of the most inspirational speakers of the 20th century. 7:30 p.m. Free, but call (800) 909-6161 to reserve a place.

Performance: Open Mic Night at Red Rock
Red Rock Coffee's Open Mic night happens every Monday from 7-10 p.m.

January 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Heavy rain, high winds expected to last

Monday's heavy rain and high winds are expected to last through the week and bring nearly 10 inches of rain to the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.

January 18, 2010 | 1 comment
MediaNews files for bankruptcy protection

Move has no effect on newspaper operations or employees, publisher says
MediaNews, publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, Palo Alto Daily News and dozens of other daily newspapers around the Bay Area and country, announced Friday night that it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

January 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Former mayor David Tripiano dies at 89

David Tripiano, Mountain View's mayor of 1954 and a major advocate for the creation of El Camino Hospital, died of cancer Tuesday at the age of 89.

January 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Lovely Bones'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Hobbits and wizards and orcs, no problem. But when Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson turned his attention to the story of a 14-year-old girl, he lost his way. Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones" held good potential for a screen treatment, but Jackson squanders it on a schizoid film that largely misses the point of the novel.

January 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Book of Eli'

(Three stars)
With a lone wanderer in tattered rags and ill-fitting boots, the first feature from Albert and Allen Hughes ("From Hell") in nine years looks like a knockoff of "Mad Max" or "The Road." But this hell-on-earth movie stars Denzel Washington as a man with a mission beyond mere survival. His sense of purpose gives the film gravitas and a unique twist.

January 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Weekend, Jan. 16 & 17

Theater: PYT presents "Puss 'n Boots" at the MVCPA
Part of Peninsula Youth Theatre's "Stories on Stage" series. On the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts' SecondStage, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10; to order call (650) 903-6000 or click here.

Recreation: Teen Open Gym at Whisman Sports Center
City-sponsored "Teen Open Gyms" are open every Saturday night for various sports. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Available to local middle school and high school students only; bring your student ID.

January 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Jan. 15

Music: Courtney Andrews at Red Rock
Courtney Andrews and The Pioneers of Prime Time TV play Red Rock Coffee starting at 8 p.m. Free.

January 15, 2010 | No comments yet
TONIGHT: High speed rail hearing in Palo Alto

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is holding a public hearing on California's controversial high speed rail project at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at Palo Alto City Hall.

January 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Local fund seeks Haiti quake relief donations

Silicon Valley Community Foundation donor hopes to raise at least $100,000 in assistance
The Irene S. Scully Fund, a donor-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, will provide up to $50,000 in matching money to help Haiti and its people recover from the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, the foundation announced Wednesday.

January 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Signing before speaking

Experts say sign language a 'bridge to verbal language'
Twenty-one-month-old Sophia Shing stands at the front of a room filled with well over 100 parents, infants and toddlers at the Mountain View Library, enthusiastically following along with the music and motions.

January 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Freestyle Academy wins Apple recognition

Freestyle Academy, the specialized arts and technology school for Mountain View and Los Altos high school students, has been designated an "Apple Distinguished School" for the 2009-10 school year, one of only 54 across the country.

January 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Cities work to stop another state money grab

Last year, state legislators ordered California cities to cough up millions to help them make up a huge budget shortfall. Now those cities, including Mountain View, are floating an amendment designed to stop Sacramento from doing it again this year.

January 15, 2010 | 1 comment
Pedal-powered taxis roll down Castro

The latest form of transit in downtown Mountain View may be low-tech, but it also seems a perfect fit for these modern times, being easy on both the environment and the pocketbook.

January 15, 2010 | 11 comments
Maintenance man says he rescued man in fire

A maintenance man says he and his team — not the Fire Department — extinguished a fire and saved a man from a burning apartment unit on Calderon Avenue last Friday, Jan. 8.

January 14, 2010 | 3 comments
Thursday, Jan. 14

Theater: Pear Avenue Theatre presents "Speed the Plow"
The Pear presents David Mamet's "Speed the Plow," a witty portrait of the movie industry. Show starts at 8 p.m. To order tickets call (650) 254-1148 or click here.

January 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Local schools line up for federal dollars

Educators not enthused about 'Race to the Top' program — but covet its much-needed funding
Last week school districts around the state decided whether they would move forward in applying for a piece of $4.35 billion in federal stimulus money, part of a program called "Race to the Top." Many rejected the idea, but both Mountain View school districts opted to stay in the running.

January 13, 2010 | 11 comments
Report: MVLA bond extends tax rate six years

A bond proposal being considered by the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District would extend the current tax rate by six years, according to a report given to trustees Monday.

January 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Council rejects grocery store proposals

Hopes for a new downtown grocery store were diminished Tuesday night when the City Council rejected two proposals for building one on a city-owned parking lot on Bryant Street.

January 13, 2010 | 18 comments
Governor touts jobs plan during Mtn. View visit

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came to Mountain View on Tuesday morning with the idea of promoting his green jobs initiative — and local green-tech company Cobalt Biofuels was deemed the perfect setting for it.

January 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Wednesday, Jan. 13

Talk: Author Tom Wootton discusses "Bipolar in Order" at the Mountain View Public Library
Tom Wootton, author of several books on bipolar disorder, discusses how "people with mental conditions shift their thinking and behavior so that they can lead extraordinary lives." 7-8:30 p.m. Free.

Benefit: CSA holds "Chefs Who Care" fundraiser at Le Petit Bistro
Mountain View's Community Services Agency holds its monthly "Chefs Who Care" fundraiser at Le Petit Bistro, with half of all proceeds benefiting CSA's Food and Nutrition Center. Tickets are $26, $12 for children under 14. 5-7:30 p.m. To register online click here.

January 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Menlo Park girl, 14, still missing

A 14-year-old Menlo-Atherton High School student who was last seen walking away from her home in Menlo Park on Wednesday afternoon has still not been located, police said, and residents from the entire region are being asked to watch out for her.

January 13, 2010 | 15 comments
Board of Supervisors elects new president

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday elected Supervisor Ken Yeager as its new president, replacing Mountain View representative Liz Kniss.

January 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Tuesday, Jan. 12

Benefit: CSA holds "Chefs Who Care" fundraiser at Le Petit Bistro
Mountain View's Community Services Agency holds its monthly "Chefs Who Care" fundraiser at Le Petit Bistro, with half of all proceeds benefiting CSA's Food and Nutrition Center. Tickets are $26, $12 for children under 14. 5-7:30 p.m. To register online click here.

January 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Knife-wielding man robs downtown Wells Fargo

A man brandishing a knife robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Castro Street on Monday morning before fleeing into nearby Pioneer Park, police reported.

January 11, 2010 | 23 comments
Police: Parolee in bar was 'up to no good'

A parolee allegedly equipped for assault and burglary was taken off the street by a cop conducting a routine check at a local bar Friday night.

January 12, 2010 | 9 comments
Gunmen rob cigarette store on El Camino

Police are looking for a group of armed men who robbed a Cigarette Express on Friday afternoon in front of two customers.

January 11, 2010 | 6 comments
Online tool calculates local property taxes

The county tax assessor's office has created an online tool designed to help homebuyers and real estate agents quickly estimates a property's taxes.

January 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday, Jan. 11

Art: Ceramic sculptures by Pancho Jimenez at CSMA
Pancho Jimenez, an art teacher at Santa Clara University and West Valley College, presents an assortment of his works, including free-standing, tabletop and wall-mounted sculptures.

January 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Crazy Heart'

(Three stars)
There's one reason "Crazy Heart" is a must-see: Jeff Bridges. The veteran actor has done consistently great work for decades, but this intriguing meander down the borderline of the music biz and "real life" offers Bridges a role that plays especially well to his strengths as a humanist naturalist with an inborn gift for entertainment.

January 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Local transit cuts go into effect Monday

Changes to light rail vehicle and bus schedules in Santa Clara County prompted by state transit funding cuts go into effect on Monday, Jan. 11.

January 11, 2010 | 8 comments
Fire displaces family on Hope Street

A one-alarm fire at a Mountain View home Saturday night caused an estimated $50,000 in damage, a fire department spokesman said today.

January 11, 2010 | 8 comments
Resident injured during Calderon Ave. fire

A household in the "Avalon at Creekside" apartment complex has been displaced following a one-alarm fire Friday morning that left the affected unit uninhabitable and injured one resident, the Fire Department reported.

January 8, 2010 | 12 comments
Local biz gets boost with ShopMountainView

Shopping locally just got easier, thanks to a partnership between the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and ShopCity.com, a company dedicated to promoting local commerce online.

January 11, 2010 | 3 comments
Weekend, Jan. 9 & 10

Art: "Outside the Box," an exhibit of works by El Camino Hospital patients, at Main Street Cafe
This unusual display of mandalas painted on pizza boxes is the work of cancer patients at El Camino Hospital who participate in the hospital's Creative Expressions classes. Through January, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Main Street Cafe and Books is located at 134 Main St., Los Altos.

January 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday, Jan. 8

Music: Staro Vino, Jela Trio perform Eastern European music at Flexit Aerobics
These two musical groups, a trio and a duo, sing and perform music from Eastern Europe. 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $8 regular, $4 for students and free for children under 12. Flexit Aerobics is located at 425 W. Evelyn Ave.

January 8, 2010 | No comments yet
THE YEAR IN PICTURES

Dec. 31 ended a difficult year, but also a colorful one. And no one captured those colors better than our photographers. Here is a small sampling of the Voice's favorite pictures of 2009.

January 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Top high speed rail executive to retire

Mehdi Morshed to conclude 12 years of service for California High-Speed Rail Authority
Mehdi Morshed, the executive director of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of March.

January 8, 2010 | 1 comment
PG&E gas bills expected to be lower this year

Gas bills are expected to be generally lower this year due to falling prices for natural gas and lower customer usage, according to Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

January 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Outlook 2010: more tough times ahead

The state budget is once again short many billions of dollars. And when Sacramento is desperate for money the squeeze is put on local governments and school districts, so watch for further contractions at the local level. Just like last year.

January 8, 2010 | 9 comments
Thursday, Jan. 7

Recreation: Teen hang-out at "The House"
Located on Escuela Avenue, The House is open to local middle school students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. Free. 5-8 p.m.

Lecture: Seth Shostak discusses "The Big Bang and All That Jazz" at Stanford University
Seth Shostak, Mountain View's most famous alien hunter, guest lectures in Stanford's Human Biology 183 course. 3:30-5 p.m. in Stanford's Building 200, Room 20.

January 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Abe-Koga lands seats on VTA board, LAFCO

Council member Margaret Abe-Koga may have stepped down from her mayoral duties, but she is moving up in the world of local transportation.

January 7, 2010 | 7 comments
South Bay earthquake felt across Peninsula

Thursday morning temblor centered northeast of Milpitas, with smaller one soon after
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 struck this morning near Milpitas. Its brief tremors could be felt in Mountain View and as far north as San Francisco.

January 7, 2010 | 7 comments
TONIGHT: MV Whisman to discuss health services, student equity

At their first meeting of the New Year, trustees of the Mountain View Whisman School District will consider approval of revised intra-district open enrollment and inter-district attendance policies.

January 7, 2010 | No comments yet
College district cuts benefits; layoffs loom

A New Year does not mean a fresh start for educators struggling to balance budgets. At Foothill College, President Judy Miner has announced that budget reductions will total around $4.5 million, reflecting a bigger shortfall district-wide.

January 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Analysts: Guv's goals appropriate, but unlikely

In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed prisons and priorities while pushing a slate of economic proposals for his final year in office. Some experts say they're good ideas, but won't happen.

January 7, 2010 | 1 comment
City retirees collect pensions, return to work

'Double dipping' a common practice among government employees
The cost of city employee pensions has long been a subject of controversy, and that debate was given new life recently after three city department heads retired last month — then returned to work part-time while still receiving their pensions.

January 6, 2010 | 54 comments