2017

Spare the air on New Year's Day

High-pressure system remains in the region
Bay Area residents are being asked to start the new year by sparing the air, as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for New Year's Day.

December 31, 2017 | 2 comments
VTA offers free rides on New Year's Eve

Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Authority will be providing free rides throughout their system beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve and extending through New Year's Day.

December 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Modern melting pot

Review: Malaysian flavors shine at sleek Black Pepper
The menu at the new Black Pepper in Menlo Park is exotic and enticing, with variations of South Asian staples like satay, roti, curry and sambal.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: Palo Alto median home price reaches all-time high

Skyrocketing prices are coupled with all-time low inventory
The 2017 Palo Alto property market took a surprising upturn from a soft 2016. The median price of all sold homes in Palo Alto as of Dec. 1 reached a new high of $2.67 million, an 11 percent increase from 2016.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: gardeners' yoga; caring for Japanese maples

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including classes dedicated to gardeners, growing small Japanese maples and arranging flowers.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
A whole new 'World'

Goodbye Kevin Spacey, hello Christopher Plummer in kidnap yarn
It's been said to never let the truth get in the way of a good story. "Inspired by true events," Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" tells the true-crime tale of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty's grandson in its broadest strokes and with a sprinkling of accurate details, but at least as much in it is invented or misrepresented.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Seeing red

Stanford exhibition shows how the Bolshevik Revolution upended Russian art and politics
"The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution," the joint exhibition by the Cantor Arts Center and Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibition Pavilion, vividly highlights how the Bolshevik Revolution upended Russian art and politics.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert for next three days

Public banned from burning wood, but there are exemptions
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued Winter Spare the Air alerts for the final three days of 2017 because of a forecast for unhealthy air quality in the region.

December 29, 2017 | 3 comments
Second Harvest faces big budget shortfall

Donations way down this holiday season, threatening food pantry services
Plans to bring fresh produce and groceries to low-income families at public schools and other convenient locations may fall by the wayside next year.

December 29, 2017 | 3 comments
Update: Motorcyclist dies in crash with Google bus

A man died Wednesday afternoon after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Google commuter bus in the North Bayshore area of Mountain View, according to police.

December 28, 2017 | 20 comments
Motorcyclist dies in collision

A male motorcyclist died in a collision at a Mountain View intersection this evening, according to officials with the Mountain View Police Department.

December 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Holiday Fund: More than a mentor

Mentor Tutor Connection pairs teens with caring adults
Jim Meikrantz and Pedro Fuentes don't have much in common at first glance: Fuentes is a senior in high school, Meikrantz is a retiree; Fuentes loves cars and wants to be an automotive technician, Meikrantz is "not a car guy." Yet, the two are fostering a fast friendship thanks to Mentor Tutor Connection.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Housing relief ahead in 2018?

Amid the housing crisis, Mountain View's urban transformation picks up speed
For better or worse, 2017 could be remembers as a pivotal year in Mountain View's a transition to an urban metropolis, with suburban bungalows and post-war apartments making way for dense high-rises and narrow townhouses.

December 29, 2017 | 24 comments
Police seek woman suspected of stealing packages

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in finding a woman suspected of swiping packages from porches throughout the North Whisman neighborhood during the month of December.

December 27, 2017 | 3 comments
The biggest crime stories of 2017

Brutal slaying, teachers arrested and engineer's mysterious death
The year drew to a grim close in Mountain View, with a brutal downtown slaying and a young Google engineer discovered dead in the Bay just a short time later.

December 29, 2017 | 4 comments
2017: Schools brace for explosive housing growth

Year in review: Buying land, building schools and passing bond measures ahead in 2018
The city of Mountain View sped forward this year on its housing-rich vision for the future, which largely guided the decisions of all three of Mountain View's school districts with a focus on planning for a big increase in students.

December 28, 2017 | 28 comments
County allows some property tax prepayments

Dec. 31 deadline looming as property owners try to stay ahead of new tax laws
County tax collection departments around Northern California are alerting the public about their option to pay their property taxes before the end of the year to avoid potential drawbacks of the new Republican tax plan.

December 27, 2017 | 9 comments
Home sales

Palo Alto home sells for more than $12 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Downtown homeless shelter opens doors

Just before Christmas, Trinity United Methodist opens cold weather sanctuary for women and children
For women and families with children seeking sanctuary from the cold winter weather, Christmas came a little early this year.

December 24, 2017 | 3 comments
Firefighters surprise homeless kids with holiday gifts

Charitable group of Mountain View firefighters aims to help vehicle-dwellers near Rengstorff Park
It wasn't quite Santa's sleigh, but rather a Mountain View fire truck that arrived loaded with gifts for Christmas. Local firefighters arrived at Rengstorff Park on Saturday morning to distribute gifts to children living out of vehicles along Crisanto Avenue.

December 23, 2017 | 4 comments
Local residents appointed to judge seats

Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos residents will sit in Superior Court, state Court of Appeal
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed three local residents, including a Palo Altan, to seats in California courts, the governor's office announced on Friday.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Bright lights

From Rudolph to Yoda, colorful characters shine on Mountain View Avenue
When Melissa Horton began buying Christmas lights on clearance after the holidays way back when, she never expected them to become part of a beloved and enormous family collection that would cover her lawn.

December 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Spare the Air alerts in effect Friday through Christmas Eve

Burning of solid fuel banned throughout the region
The ninth, 10th and 11th Spare the Air alerts of the season were issued Thursday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Friday through Christmas Eve.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
County DA urges scam victims to apply for Western Union refunds

Western Union has agreed to refund more than a half-billion dollars to victims of scams who were fraudulently duped into sending money using a variety of scams over a 13-year period, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Making the arts more accessible

Local organizations offer autism-friendly, 'shush-proof' performances
There's no shortage of performing-arts events on the Midpeninsula, but for members of the neurodiverse community, who can feel overwhelmed by intense stimuli and unwelcome in some traditional arts environments, the area's high-quality concerts, plays and ballets aren't always fully accessible. Local groups are trying to change that by offering autism- and sensory-friendly, judgment-free performances in a variety of genres.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of sold homes on the Midpeninsula. This week's highs range from $729,000 to $10 million.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: make ornaments, soda bread or take a gardening class

A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including a Hidden Villa ornament class or a workshop on making espaliers.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
South Bay Holiday Gospel Concert

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will present its annual concert featuring gospel arrangements of holiday music on Friday, Dec. 22.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Downtown residents rally to save neighborhood redwoods

Plan to chop down seven redwoods stirs up unseen outcry
Blockbuster plans to redevelop North Bayshore topped the agenda of the Dec. 12 City Council meeting, but for some, the real news from that meeting was the fate of a small grove of redwoods.

December 22, 2017 | 35 comments
City prepares trio of new taxes

More business tax revenue needed for transportation upgrades, City Council says
Lacking the money for an ambitious list of transportation upgrades, Mountain View officials are hoping the city's new generation of businesses can pay for it.

December 22, 2017 | 12 comments
Urbane and unfussy

The Striped Pig delivers on civility, polished cuisine
Both the front and back-of-the-house stand out at The Striped Pig, which opened in downtown Redwood City in 2015.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Massive housing plan wins council's backing

Developer proposes advancing money for affordable housing
The Mountain View City Council gave its blessing earlier this month to a dense new residential project intended for tech workers on the outskirts of downtown.

December 21, 2017 | 22 comments
From empty to adorable

Make do-it-yourself wine bottle centerpieces
Recycle old wine bottles and add whimsy to your holiday table.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
VTA weighs transit options for Highway 85

Study will explore light rail and bus rapid transit along the clogged corridor
In a bid to alleviate congested traffic on one of the Bay Area's busiest highways, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is exploring whether to convert the median along Highway 85 into light rail, bus lanes or another transit-oriented option.

December 27, 2017 | 13 comments
YWCA's mission: Helping survivors of domestic violence

Regional nonprofit offers shelter, legal help and crisis counseling to victims
For victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, YWCA Silicon Valley can be many different things.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Man arrested for bomb threats at Ava's

Police arrested a 44-year-old transient man Sunday evening after he allegedly claimed he planted a bomb in Ava's Downtown Market & Deli. Police did not find any explosives in the store.

December 20, 2017 | 1 comment
South Bay Holiday Gospel Concert

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will present its annual concert featuring gospel arrangements of holiday music on Friday, Dec. 22.

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Tax overhaul bill: Housing advocates see a silver lining

Tax credits remain intact in final version of tax bill
As a federal tax overhaul bill moves toward passage, Peninsula affordable housing advocates are seeing one glimmer of hope in the language. A variety of tax subsidies crucial for low-income housing are being preserved in the final version of the law despite threats to end them.

December 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Armed man arrested for cocaine possession

A Mountain View teenager was arrested last week after he was found with bags of cocaine and a loaded firearm in his car during a traffic stop in the San Antonio area.

December 19, 2017 | 8 comments
Suspected Stevens Creek Trail flasher arrested

Mountain View police arrested a transient man last week after he allegedly exposed himself to people along Stevens Creek Trail on multiple occasions this month.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
CSMA unveils expansion plans

New classrooms and studios would ease nonprofit's wait list
The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has been on a mission to spread art and music education to as many children as possible on the Peninsula. But lately, turning that mission into a reality has hit a consistent snag.

December 18, 2017 | 1 comment
Midpeninsula homes selling for $1M over asking prices

Low pricing spurs bidding, which leads to a feeding frenzy of multiple offers
Realtors say low inventory combined with sales strategies from the dot-com boom are playing a role in bidding wars.

December 15, 2017 | 5 comments
The best for 'Last'

Rian Johnson finds 'new hope' in 'The Last Jedi'
Setting aside for the moment the spaceships and lightsabers and critters, "Star Wars" has always been about a few core ideas: the clash of evil empire and mobilized do-gooders; the existence of a power greater than ourselves; the wars within and without ourselves; and love and family. George Lucas' multi-billion-dollar franchise also has told story after story about it always being darkest (or Dark Side-est) before the dawn. Technically, J.J. Abrams' "Episode VII: The Force Awakens" was about all of the above as well, but it's writer-director Rian Johnson who, with "Episode VIII: The Last Jedi", better fulfills the promise of Lucas' first subtitle: "A New Hope."

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Star power

Local chefs dish about the pressures and rewards of earning a Michelin star
The Michelin stars hold enormous sway in local kitchens -- one chef said he thinks about the rating "constantly" -- while others insist it doesn't drive their decisions.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: Another Spare the Air day

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the eighth straight winter Spare the Air alert for Friday, Dec. 15, saying a persistent high pressure system that has been in place over the region will continue, causing dry and calm conditions and a buildup of air pollution.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Mountain View firefighters battle Thomas Fire

Ten Mountain View firefighters are battling major fires in Southern California that have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres and remain out of control.

December 14, 2017 | 1 comment
County's effort to provide shelter beds runs into difficulty

Santa Clara County is searching for new ways to open up more temporary shelters, safe parking programs and other short-term means of housing some of the thousands of county homeless residents.

December 15, 2017 | 13 comments
Retiring adult ed director guided MVLA through big changes

Keith Moody focused programs on career training, college transfers
Keith Moody, the director of Mountain View-Los Adult High School District's adult education program, is retiring this week after serving more than 15 years as an administrator for local schools.

December 20, 2017 | 2 comments
MayView struggles amid rising costs

Influx of low-income patients threatens stability of medical clinic
For now, the Mountain View MayView clinic is well-equipped with staffing and resources, yet its mission to provide health care regardless of a patient's ability to pay is looking like an uphill battle.

December 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Fans worry losing track-and-field range could leave a big hole

Olympic hammer throwers find home at Moffett's toxic site
A scrappy club of Olympic athletes is worried that members could lose their practice field due to plans to build thousands of new homes at Moffett Field.

December 15, 2017 | 9 comments
Ambitious precise plan wins council approval

Roadmap for 9,850 homes in North Bayshore unanimously approved
After years of analysis, an ambitious plan to transform the tech development in North Bayshore by adding a dense, dynamic residential neighborhood received its final round of approvals from the City Council on Tuesday night.

December 13, 2017 | 51 comments
'A Very Merry Dorktale' comes to Dragon

Dragon Theatre, in partnership with Dorktales Story Time, will perform its own comedic and kid-friendly version of the classic holiday tale "A Christmas Carol" on Friday.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Filoli changes its holiday offerings

Filoli, the historic Woodside estate, has changed its holiday program.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Local artisans offer a bit of everything at ArtPop

Pop-up holiday market lets locals come in from the cold, get to know local craftspeople
Nestled between a table of handmade menorahs and a booth of Christmas wreaths, a woman with electric green streaks in her hair sells futuristic leather-strapped lingerie. ArtPop, Mountain View's pop-up artisan market, truly has it all.

December 13, 2017 | 5 comments
Spare the Air alerts issued for Wednesday, Thursday

Public banned from burning solid fuels to avoid contributing to unhealthy air quality
Bay Area air quality officials have issued Winter Spare the Air Alerts banning the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuels on both Wednesday and Thursday.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
High hopes

Despite big expectations and even bigger prices, Nobu Palo Alto doesn't quite deliver
Many of Nobu's signature dishes and cocktails have stood the test of time, but the new Palo Alto location is still uneven and unpredictable.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
LASD seeks to buy Old Mill site for new school

Property owners want to build retail and housing, but school district could use eminent domain
The Los Altos School District is reviving efforts to acquire land for a new school site near the San Antonio Shopping Center, despite the property owners' unwillingness to sell and their vow to fight any attempts at eminent domain.

December 12, 2017 | 50 comments
Fifth Spare the Air alert

A fifth consecutive Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Tuesday because of continued dry and calm weather conditions that are creating unhealthy air quality in the region.

December 12, 2017 | 4 comments
Fire displaces town house residents

A fire caused significant damage to a two-story town house on Forest Glen Street on Sunday morning, Dec. 10, according to the Mountain View Fire Department.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Minimum wage rises on New Year's Day

The minimum wage for workers in California is going up on New Year's Day, though wages in Mountain View and some other Bay Area cities are already above the new mandate, state officials said.

December 12, 2017 | 6 comments
Fourth winter Spare the Air alert set for Monday

A Spare the Air alert is in effect for Monday, the fourth day in a row when wood-burning activities are banned, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Body found in Sunnyvale was Mountain View woman

Bicyclist discovered body along Bay Trail on Thursday morning
A woman whose body was found in the water along the San Francisco Bay Trail in Sunnyvale Thursday has been identified as Chuchu Ma, 23, of Mountain View, the coroner's office said.

December 9, 2017 | 12 comments
Selling the nest?

Midpeninsula parents with no kids at home have few housing options
The tight Midpeninsula housing market is having a big impact on empty nesters

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
District issues first three Spare the Air alerts of the season

Violators face fines starting at $100
The Winter Spare the Air season's first three alerts were announced today for Friday through Sunday, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Local boys make bad

The Franco brothers 'camp out' for 'The Disaster Artist'
If it's true that nothing succeeds like success, it stands to reason that something succeeds like failure. The movies have produced some truly terrible specimens, but perhaps none so successful as "The Room," Tommy Wiseau's 2003 independent film that swiftly became notorious as one of the worst films ever made and, thereby, a cult "midnight movie"

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Sci-fi writer launches a second moonshot

Local engineer-turned-author Andy Weir follows up best-seller "The Martian" with "Artemis"
Just a few years ago, Mountain View native Andy Weir was penning a story about an astronaut stranded on Mars between his shifts as a software engineer. Then he hit the kind of hat trick that every writer dreams of.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Mountain View loses its downtown visionary

Former city manager Bruce Liedstrand, 84, died Dec. 1
Mountain View's celebrated downtown dining promenade is largely credited to former City Manager Bruce Liedstrand's vision and tenacity. Liedstrand died on Dec. 1 as the result of a stroke. He was 84 years old.

December 7, 2017 | 5 comments
Home sales

Woodside estate sells for $13 million.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: Rooftop solar, growing orchids

A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including rooftop solar changes in Palo Alto and an orchid workshop.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Millions more considered at risk under new blood pressure guidelines

Health risks from hypertension are significant even at 130/80
High blood pressure is one of the most prevalent health problems in the United States, and it now affects nearly half of adults in the country, thanks to sweeping changes to what constitutes hypertension announced by the American Heart Association last month.

December 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Serial package thief sought

Several North Whisman residents are reporting a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood over the last week.

December 7, 2017 | 10 comments
CHAC faces rising mental health needs

Holiday Fund: Nonprofit strains to keep up with heavy demand from local youth
For more than four decades, the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) has played a critical role in Mountain View by providing affordable mental health care to vulnerable children and families.

December 8, 2017 | 2 comments
Two-alarm fire in Los Altos

Springer Road at Arroyo Road in Los Altos has reopened after a two-alarm fire earlier today at a residence on a nearby cul-de-sac forced it to close, city officials said.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Councilman reverses stance on historic buildings

Developers seek to replace downtown restaurants Tied House and Chez TJ with offices
A controversial downtown office proposal to replace two restaurants in adjacent historic buildings was dealt a severe setback on Tuesday night when City Council member John McAlister announced he was pulling his support.

December 6, 2017 | 33 comments
City Council puts temporary ban on retail marijuana

Exception for cannabis deliveries could roll out in January
Mountain View City Council members unanimously agreed Tuesday night to put the brakes on marijuana retailers opening up in the city, approving a 45-day moratorium so city staff can draft local regulations on California's emerging pot industry.

December 6, 2017 | 12 comments
The first production of 'The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol'

Pear Theatre drags out the Dickens with holiday premiere
"The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol," currently receiving its world premiere at Mountain View's Pear Theatre, is a darkly comic ode to/inside joke for theater people, by theater people.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Dazzling production, dated stereotypes

Technically brilliant, 'Around the World in 80 Days' proves problematic
From a purely technical perspective, TheatreWorks puts on a fantastic show. But for all of its merits from the technical perspective, there is one very large painted elephant in the room: the racism inherent in the source material.

December 6, 2017 | 4 comments
That holiday glow

Winter festivities draw crowds to annual Community Tree-lighting
Cold weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of revelers at Monday night's Community Tree-lighting. Downtown Mountain View was filled with the sweet sounds of carolers, the cold crunch of snowballs, the glow of holiday lights and an eager queue waiting to share their wish lists with Old St. Nick.

December 5, 2017 | 2 comments
City must extend rent control to mobile homes

Ballot measure language requires it, attorney says
Mountain View's rent control protections must be expanded to include the city's mobile homes, according to attorneys working for the city. The finding announced at the city's Rental Housing Committee on Monday sets the city on track to prepare new price controls and a rent rollback by January that would impact as many as 1,100 mobile homes.

December 5, 2017 | 12 comments
Bay Area firefighters head to Thomas Fire

Strike teams from Bay Area fire departments, including Mountain View, are responding to the Thomas Fire that has burned more than 45,000 acres of brush in Ventura County.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
City approves Junior Museum and Zoo expansion

After years of planning and fundraising, project gets green light from City Council
One of Palo Alto's most popular family attractions received a big boost Monday night, when the City Council gleefully backed an ambitious plan to rebuild and expand the Junior Museum and Zoo.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Ending the wasted food run-around

Peninsula Food Runners makes it easier to donate excess meals to hungry residents
Peninsula Food Runners works to remove logistical barriers to food donations, picking up leftover meals from Palo Alto area companies and restaurants and distributing them to people in need.

December 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Theuerkauf teacher arrested on sexual assault charges

A first-grade teacher at Theuerkauf Elementary School was arrested last week by Santa Clara police on multiple sexual assault charges.

December 4, 2017 | 9 comments
Stars shine at Breakthrough Prize

$22 million awarded for achievement in math, sciences at Moffett Field Sunday night
Worlds collided at Moffett Field Sunday night, as the annual Breakthrough Prize brought together luminaries from sometimes disparate walks of life: the sciences, Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

December 4, 2017 | 3 comments
County office of education wins state award

"STEAM" program honored with Golden Bell Award
The Santa Clara County Office of Education has won a Golden Bell Award, a statewide honor bestowed by the California School Boards Association for excellence in education.

December 4, 2017 | 2 comments
Brock Turner files appeal

Calling trial 'fundamentally unfair,' former Stanford student seeks new one
A year and a half after a jury found Brock Turner guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, the former Stanford University student is appealing his conviction.

December 2, 2017 | 5 comments
Police reunite owners with WWII-era photo album

Mountain View police reunited the rightful owners with a vintage photo album that was discovered in a homeless encampment months ago, returning the World War II-era photographs to two elderly Los Gatos sisters Friday.

December 1, 2017 | 3 comments
Taking wing

'Lady Bird' tracks a teen girl’s flight from the nest
Trapped in a small car on a college road trip, a 17-year-old girl and her mother come to the end of a 21-hour audiobook of “The Grapes of Wrath." Asked to sit with what she's heard, the girl laments, “I wish I could live through something." Of course, she is, and she will. And her mother will be there, watching and fretting, as she does.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: Christmas Market

A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including information on the Allied Arts Guild's Christmas Market.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Day Worker Center: still here and ready to help

Holiday Fund: Outreach campaign aims to strengthen ties to community
To see perseverance in action, visit the Mountain View Day Worker Center, one of seven local nonprofits that benefit from the Voice's annual Holiday Fund.

December 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Next door to Chez TJ, critics see a cautionary tale

Through the debate over redeveloping downtown historic sites, pretty much everyone seemed to use a nearby WhatsApp office as an example of what they didn't want to see repeated.

November 30, 2017 | 8 comments
Council backs plans to replace historic restaurants with offices

Forceful opposition warns city is losing downtown charm
A proposed four-story office project at 938 Villa St. emerged the winner at a Tuesday City Council meeting despite treading through a minefield of hot-button issues such as creeping tech development, vanishing small businesses and a loss of what many say are the charm and character of the city's historic downtown.

November 30, 2017 | 74 comments
Downtown burglary suspect arrested

A 40-year-old transient was arrested last week after he allegedly broke into multiple downtown businesses and stole electronics and a tool box.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Local ballet companies offer their own holiday traditions

Once again this holiday season, two local companies are taking a break from presenting the traditional ballet, "The Nutcracker," and offering up their own versions of festive family fare.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Los Altos country club home sells for $7.2 million
A complete list of sold homes on the Midpeninsula, including a Tennyson Avenue home that goes for $6 million.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
School board OKs fifth-grade sex ed

Parents urge district to allow health education in elementary schools
Mountain View Whisman school board members signaled loud and clear that children shouldn't leave elementary school without learning basic facts about puberty, sexual development and other critical sex education topics.

December 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Police set to ramp up traffic enforcement

State grant money will pay for boost in ticketing, DUI patrols and education
The Mountain View Police Department is gearing up for a big traffic safety push after receiving $115,000 in grant money.

November 30, 2017 | 36 comments
Middle schools plan a schedule shake-up

Change would allow special ed, ELL students to take electives
More than 1,500 students in the Mountain View Whisman School District could see their schedules radically change next year, as the district wraps up its quest to offer electives to all middle school students.

December 6, 2017 | 13 comments
Council seeks way to remove rent committee members

A City Council subcommittee has directed city staff to draft policies that would allow the council to remove members of the city's Rental Housing Committee, the independent group administering Mountain View's new rent control program.

November 29, 2017 | 32 comments
'Santaland Diaries' on stage

TheatreWorks brings darkly funny dose of holiday cheer
Theatreworks Silicon Valley has not one but two holiday treats in store for audiences. In addition to its upcoming production of the family-friendly spectacle "Around the World in 80 Days," TheatreWorks is bringing a healthy dose of mature, somewhat subversive comedy to Foothill College with its production of "The Santaland Diaries."

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
New friends, 'New Worlds'

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and friends bring musical collaboration to Palo Alto
In the case of cellist Jan Vogler, a chance encounter with actor Bill Murray (yes, that Bill Murray) led to not only a friendship but their lyrical "New Worlds" project, which they'll present Saturday night at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
There in black and white

Pace Gallery presents new work by Adam Pendleton
Pace Gallery's current exhibition, "Adam Pendleton: Which We Can," consisting of black-and-white silkscreens, collages and spray-painted canvases, requires close examination and time to parse the artist's messages.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund helps your neighbors in need

Tax-deductible gifts are matched and help fun local nonprofits
For years, Voice readers have helped support their neighbors in need through our Holiday Fund program, which supports seven local nonprofits that help the homeless, hungry and poor; people in need of medical care they can't afford; kids from families that don't have the means to give them the academic support or mental health services that could make all the difference to their future; and victims of domestic violence.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Police search for man suspected of firing gun in downtown

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in finding a man suspected of firing gunshots during a fight in downtown Mountain View early Sunday morning.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Marshals capture second fugitive who fled courthouse

Task force led by U.S. Marshals Service nabs John Bivins near a San Leandro hotel Sunday
John Penn Bivins was found by the U.S. Marshals Service on Sunday in San Leandro nearly three weeks after he fled from the Palo Alto courthouse, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunnyvale driver dies in crash on Hwy. 101

A Sunnyvale man died in a solo-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Mountain View, California Highway Patrol officials said.

November 26, 2017 | 4 comments
Comfort and joy

Holiday happenings on the Midpeninsula
'Tis the season to be jolly, as the old song says. But perhaps you're in a more contemplative mood? Whether you're feeling merry and bright, quiet and reverent or more "Bah! Humbug!" than "deck the halls," there's something for everyone happening on the Midpeninsula this holiday season.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
CHP goes all out with enforcement during Thanksgiving weekend

Agency's maximum enforcement period runs from Wednesday evening through Sunday night
During Thanksgiving weekend, one of the country's busiest travel times, the California Highway Patrol is going all out with enforcement to help forestall tragedies starting today, the agency said.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Day of the Dead has its Day

Pixar's 'Coco' shines a spotlight on Día de Muertos
"Coco" takes up Mexican cultural traditions within the Pixar tradition of working hard to get it right, whatever the current "it" may be. This time, it's Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, dramatized in the story of a boy in search of himself by way of an ancestor.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Downtown slap-and-run suspect sought

Two men in downtown Mountain View over the weekend told police that a woman got out of her car and slapped both of them in the face while they were ordering hot dogs outside of the Opal night club.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
RV burglary suspect evades police

Police were unable to locate an attempted auto burglary suspect who witnesses say entered an RV on Saturday and threatened the RV owner with a screwdriver when confronted.

November 24, 2017 | 19 comments
Police arrest transient man suspected of harassing teens

A 22-year-old transient man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly catcalled teenage girls, made suggestive comments and touched himself inappropriately, according to police.

November 22, 2017 | 8 comments
Artisan pop-up market opens Friday

A pop-up market featuring dozens of local artists will open up at the Clarkwood Center starting Dec. 1, and will kick off with a fundraiser for local schools.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
High school district may seek new bond measure

MVLA has long list of construction projects to fund
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is poised to break away from decades of bite-sized bond measures and frugal spending on its facilities.

November 27, 2017 | 8 comments
Bilingual students miss out in middle school

Parents want classes for Dual Immersion children after 5th grade
Families at Mistral Elementary face a conundrum when their children finish fifth grade and head off to middle school.

November 28, 2017 | 20 comments
Keeping the arts alive in local schools

Holiday Fund: CSMA's top priority is giving all students access to music lessons
Amid the perpetual push to raise test scores and boost science and technology in public schools, one Mountain View nonprofit has fought to make sure music and art aren't lost in the bustle.

November 28, 2017 | No comments yet
FCC unveils plan to gut net neutrality

In a huge deal for local tech companies, the Federal Communications Commission indicated this week it would move forward with plans to scrap net neutrality rules. If enacted, the proposed deregulation plan would allow internet service providers to give preferential bandwidth to certain sites and customers.

November 22, 2017 | 3 comments
Rent control adversaries under scrutiny

FPPC investigating groups on both sides of Measure V
The main adversaries in the fight over the Measure V rent control law -- the Mountain View Tenants Coalition and the California Apartment Association -- are both facing investigations by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Mobile home residents seek rent control

Rental committee could expand Measure V protections
On Dec. 4, the city's Rental Housing Commission is set to consider expanding Mountain View's rent control to the city's six mobile home parks. The proposal could bring an estimated 1,100 more homes under the aegis of the city's new tenant protections.

November 25, 2017 | 34 comments
One of two escaped inmates recaptured Tuesday

Authorities: anyone who sees John Penn Bivins, 47, should call 911
Tramel Leon McClough, 46, allegedly led authorities on a short vehicle chase in Stockton where he was arrested Tuesday night more than two weeks after he escaped from the Palo Alto courthouse.

November 22, 2017 | No comments yet
North Bayshore under the microscope

Ambitious podcast profiles life at the corner of Shoreline and Space Park Way
Like many journalists, David Boyer came to Mountain View's North Bayshore to portray the complicated relationship between the city's tech industry and its residents. For the past 16 months, the radio producer has patiently collected dozens of interviews for his podcast series, "The Intersection."

November 21, 2017 | 8 comments
Documentary screening: 'Maasai Sisters'

Film focuses on rescuing Kenyan girls from old tribal traditions
For documentary filmmaker Samantha Andre, the fight to end female genital mutilation and child marriage has become a passion project.

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

12-acre modern estate sells for $18 million
Famed Bay Area architect John Funk home sells in Los Altos Hills

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Judge blocks order on sanctuary jurisdictions

Ruling is 'a historic victory,' says Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese
A federal judge on Monday ruled that an executive order that threatened to block funding for sanctuary jurisdictions is unconstitutional and issued an injunction to block it permanently.

November 21, 2017 | 25 comments
Cops and Gobblers this Sunday

Starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, the Mountain View Police Department is hosting Cops and Gobblers, an annual Thanksgiving food drive that benefits Mountain View families in need.

November 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: It's decision time for city regarding preserving our heritage

"A good decision is based on knowledge, and not on numbers." -- Plato

The city of Mountain View would do well to pause, reflect and take to heart that axiom when making decisions regarding planning and development.

November 18, 2017 | 6 comments
County warns of scams targeting social services recipients

Santa Clara County social service agencies are warning residents to be aware of fraudulent texts and calls from people claiming to be with state agencies.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
County reports first flu-related death of the season

Public health officials advise people ages 6 and older to get vaccinated annually
Santa Clara County public health officials on Thursday reported the first flu-related death of the season occurred earlier this month.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
County receives sanctuary letter warning from DOJ

Federal agency asks for response on whether county policies bar communication with federal immigration agents
Santa Clara County is among 29 jurisdictions nationwide to receive sanctuary warning letters from the U.S. Department of Justice Wednesday.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
County Board of Education names interim superintendent

Mary Ann Dewan to temporarily take over for Jon Gundry, who left the position last week
The Santa Clara County Board of Education named a new interim superintendent of the County Office of Education on Wednesday.

November 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Home front: Gamble greens, thankful trees

A roundup of home-and-garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Accelerating toward zero

Local architects, builders about to confront 2020 energy goals
The most stringent energy building codes in the state will take effect in two years.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
LASD to sell density rights to fund new school

District officials say getting developers to pay for unused development rights needed for a San Antonio school
The Los Altos School District has been quietly laying the groundwork to shift nearly 600,000 square feet of development in the San Antonio area in order to build a new school within the city limits.

November 20, 2017 | 9 comments
Los Altos: man rescued from inside garbage truck

A man was rescued from the compactor of a garbage truck this morning in Los Altos after becoming stuck inside of it, according to Santa Clara County fire officials.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
LinkedIn pledges $10 million for affordable housing

New loan program would help subsidized housing projects acquire land
Taking a unique approach to providing affordable housing, LinkedIn is pledging $10 million in seed money that would be loaned out for new residential developments in Mountain View. This pool of money is described as a new tool to help affordable housing projects that struggle to acquire property in a competitive real estate market.

November 17, 2017 | 18 comments
Navy looks to scale back watchdog group

Moffett Field RAB to narrow focus; Hangar One restoration to take until 2025
The U.S. Navy will take a pause on disbanding the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), but the environmental watchdog group is still going to be drastically scaled back.

November 17, 2017 | 1 comment
City says RV-dwellers can stay put. Cops ticket anyway

Mixed signals on Crisanto Avenue enforcement lead to $80 parking tickets
A wave of parking citations handed out last week has become the latest flash point for residents living out of vehicles along Crisanto Avenue. City officials admit that residents were cited even after being assured that they wouldn't be ticketed.

November 16, 2017 | 34 comments
Child endangerment arrest

A 38-year-old Sunnyvale woman was arrested on Monday after officers suspected she was under the influence of methamphetamine while in a car with three young children, according to police.

November 15, 2017 | 4 comments
Still no ID of victim of brutal slaying

More details about attack that fatally injured 55-year-old man outside Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
The name of the man who died following a violent attack outside the Center for Performing Arts in Mountain View earlier this month has still not been released to the public as of Wednesday morning, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

November 15, 2017 | 7 comments
'Dorky' delights

Dorktales puts a silly twist on traditional storytelling
You've probably heard the one about the three little pigs. But how about the three little hedgehogs, co-narrated by an indignant puppet with a posh British accent, given a slapstick spin and delivered at a brisk pace?

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Joie de 'Play!'

Palo Alto Art Center celebrates the art of playfulness and the playfulness of art
"Play!" -- a vibrant and interactive art exhibition focused on the concept of playfulness -- is on display at the Palo Alto Art Center through Dec. 29.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Trail detour reopens after emergency repairs

Water district's restoration of collapsed Steven Creek trail segment will start next year
Hundreds of bicyclists and pedestrians can get off the streets and back onto Mountain View's creekside detour after emergency repairs to the crumbling bank along Stevens Creek Trail north of El Camino Real were completed earlier this week.

November 14, 2017 | 1 comment
Hewlett Foundation announces grant winners

Community School of Music and Arts among awardees
Ten Bay Area nonprofit organizations, including Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts, will receive grants of $150,000 to commission new musical compositions in genres including chamber, electronic, jazz, opera, and hip hop, the Menlo Park based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced this week.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Rain storm forecast to hit Peninsula late Wednesday

Rain is expected to return to the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday morning, National Weather Service officials said Monday.

November 14, 2017 | 6 comments
Housing crisis summit taking place Wednesday

On the Table events to spark community conversations in Mountain View, Silicon Valley
A regional discussion focused on housing challenges in Silicon Valley will take place Santa Clara and San Mateo counties on Wednesday, including in Palo Alto.

November 14, 2017 | 11 comments
Crime brief: domestic violence arrest

Police arrested a Redwood City man who allegedly robbed his ex-girlfriend at her home in Mountain View, pushing her to the ground and grabbing her phone and the keys to her vehicle, police said.

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Home sales pick up slightly in Palo Alto and Mountain View

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Theater review: 'It Can’t Happen Here'

Foothill College takes on a timely update of Sinclair Lewis work
The people are restless. They are sick of the experts and the career politicians. They are also broke and out of work after a recession that many blame on those same politicians. And on the immigrants. So when a populist presidential candidate comes along promising to fix their lives, throw out the immigrants and make the country great again, the people vote him in. Sound familiar? You might be surprised to learn that this is the premise of Sinclair Lewis's 1935 book “It Can't Happen Here," which the author adapted into a play in 1936.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
German immersion

Authentic beer, good cheer stand out at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City
German beer is at the heart of Gourmet Haus Staudt, a cozy, quirky, welcoming beer hall in Redwood City that serves hearty fare and huge pretzels.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: Gamble tour, fruit tree class

A roundup of local home and garden events, including a free garden tour and a camellia enthusiasts' meeting.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: a taxing future?

One agent's take on how tax changes may affect home values
A local real estate executive looks at the Republican tax plan's local impact.

November 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Comedian Samantha Bee to speak at Stanford

Political commentator, comedian and late-night television host Samantha Bee will speak in conversation with Stanford University professor Shelley Correll in Memorial Auditorium on campus Friday, Nov. 10.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Veterans find new lens on life

Symbolic words translate into thoughtful images
Three participants of the Veterans Photo Recovery Program, run through the Veterans Administration's Homeless Veteran Rehabilitation Program in Menlo Park, have learned to overcome the trauma of war and renewed their sense of purpose.

November 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Daddy issues

'Daddy's Home 2' limps along on star power
"We're back! With more daddies!" This trailer-ready line gets spoken early in "Daddy's Home Two," a lazy family comedy sequel (and is there any other kind?). Along with co-writer/director Sean Anders, the cast of 2015's "Daddy's Home" returns, now enhanced by an elder generation of stars.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
County touts open enrollment for Covered California

Dec. 15 deadline to sign up for health insurance under ACA
Santa Clara County announced this week that the 2018 open enrollment period for residents to register for Covered California health insurance is underway.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: College district seeks volunteers for committees

Members sought to monitor budget, Measure C projects
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is seeking two community volunteers to serve on committees advising its board of trustees.

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Rental committee seeks $1.2M handout from city

Committee defers tough decision on funding rent control program
It was a true dilemma for members of the city's Rental Housing Committee on Monday night. On one hand, they needed to devise a way to fund the $2.4 million annual budget for the city's rent control program. But they also faced fierce resistance from a seething crowd of property owners who complained that a proposed annual fee on apartments would be unfair.

November 9, 2017 | 97 comments
Hotel project approved for Denny's site

High levels of toxic TCE at Leong Drive property raise concerns
Overruling complaints from a competing innkeeper, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday approved a new 74-room Holiday Inn to replace a shuttered Denny's restaurant on Leong Drive.

November 9, 2017 | 12 comments
Ava's faces lawsuit over ADA access

Other MV shops blast law firm for similar suits
A linchpin of Castro Street, Ava's Downtown Market & Deli has weathered fierce competition, rising costs and parking troubles. Now the grocery store's latest threat has to do with the dimensions of its displays and chairs.

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Hope's Corner reaches milestone meal

After six years of serving hot meals to the hungry, the local nonprofit Hope's Corner is marking a new milestone. This last Saturday, the volunteer group served its 50,000th meal to someone in need.

November 10, 2017 | 2 comments
North Bayshore housing: new schools still needed

Micro units won't produce as many new students as initially feared
Thousands of tiny studio and "micro" units proposed to be built in the North Bayshore area are unlikely to add many kids to local schools, but school district officials say enrollment growth is still a major concern.

November 13, 2017 | 9 comments
A physics lesson with projectile pumpkins

Landels Elementary harnesses the power of springs and levers to launch gourds
Tuesday afternoon was a sight to behold at Landels Elementary, as one by one, students launched grapefruit-sized pumpkins across the campus field.

November 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Co-teaching model to help special ed students

Doubling up on teachers could give students time for electives
Aiming to prevent students with disabilities from falling behind, the Mountain View Whisman School District is preparing to solve a complicated problem with a simple solution: Add another teacher to the classroom.

November 14, 2017 | 4 comments
Mountain View honors veterans at Saturday ceremony

The public is invited to celebrate Veterans Day at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial at Eagle Park, 652 Franklin St.

November 9, 2017 | 3 comments
Victim in fatal stabbing was attacked with bicycle and patio chair

Police reveal weapons used in attack outside Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday
Police revealed the weapons used in the violent stabbing attack that killed a 55-year-old man over the weekend: a bicycle and a patio chair.

November 8, 2017 | 16 comments
Thursday: Meeting tackles future of Moffett Field watchdog group

Restoration Advisory Board monitors toxic cleanup efforts at Moffett Field
The Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) has survived to meet another day. Despite calls to disband, the group will hold another public session this Thursday, Nov. 9.

November 8, 2017 | 5 comments
County to build inpatient psych unit for teens

Parents, local hospitals turn out in support for project
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously directed staff on Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to build a county-run inpatient psychiatric unit for adolescents at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Splashin' on the stage

Review: Broadway by the Bay presents 'Singin' in the Rain'
Just in time for a much-needed rainy season on the Peninsula, Broadway by the Bay is concluding its 2017 program with a revival of the beloved musical "Singin' in the Rain."

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
'Peter Pan' never gets old

Review: PA Players soars with charming production of a classic
Charming and nostalgic, "Peter Pan" is a great choice for families seeking some good old-fashioned entertainment this season.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Escaped inmates' alleged accomplices arrested

Sunnyvale woman and East Palo Alto man booked for assisting with staged escape
Investigators from Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office have arrested a woman who they say rented a U-Haul van and staged it near the Palo Alto courthouse, enabling two inmates to escape from custody Monday morning.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
MVHS teacher arrested for sending lewd texts to student

A Mountain View High School math teacher was arrested Tuesday morning after school officials say they discovered he sent inappropriate text messages to a student.

November 7, 2017 | 6 comments
Gusty winds, rain forecast for Wednesday night

Widespread rain and gusty winds will move into the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday before ending Thursday, National Weather Service officials said Monday.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Health inspectors shut down popular restaurant

Insects, rodents found at Calafia Café in Palo Alto
Santa Clara County health officials temporarily shut down Calafia Café & Market A Go-Go on Thursday after inspectors discovered insects and rodents, according to a suspension notice posted outside the restaurant.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Local theater honored

Palo Alto Players, TheatreWorks, among Theatre Bay Area Awards winners
Palo Alto Players, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Broadway by the Bay were among the local theater companies honored this week at the annual Theatre Bay Area Awards, which are selected by members of the Bay Area theater community.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Escaped inmate found in Mountain View

Convict walked out of minimum security prison north of LA on Oct. 28
A man who walked out of a correctional facility in Southern California last month was found in Mountain View on Sunday, according to state prison officials.

November 7, 2017 | 13 comments
Two inmates escape from Palo Alto courthouse

Sheriff's office: Anyone with information about men's whereabouts should call 911
Law enforcement agencies have launched a manhunt for two Santa Clara County inmates who escaped from the Palo Alto courthouse Monday morning, sheriff's officials said.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Man dies after violent downtown stabbing attack

A 55-year-old man who was stabbed during a violent attack in downtown Mountain View on Saturday died of his injuries Sunday night.

November 5, 2017 | 4 comments
Tom Means should resign from Rental Housing Committee

By accepting a consulting job to advocate against another community's rent-control ballot measure, Tom Means has clearly demonstrated that he is not fit to be on the Mountain View committee charged with carrying out the renter-protection intent of Measure V.

November 4, 2017 | 32 comments
Home front: best local cities; garden party

A roundup of local home and garden events, including a sprinkler workshop and a national city ranking.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Something to chew on

The latest comings and goings in the local dining scene
New establishments that have opened recently are bringing fresh dining choices to both Palo Alto and Mountain View's restaurant-heavy downtowns.

November 3, 2017 | 1 comment
County considers proposal for teen inpatient psych unit

County-operated facility would also rely on local partnerships
Santa Clara County could launch an inpatient psychiatric unit for teenagers at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose in several years.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
WeWork signs lease for San Antonio offices

The swiftly growing shared-workspace company WeWork announced last week that it had signed a deal to take over all 400,000 square feet of office space at the San Antonio Shopping Center leased by LinkedIn.

November 3, 2017 | 2 comments
City cracks down on O'Malley's pub

Complaints spur rare review of bar
Facing a growing number of complaints about noise and garbage, city officials threw the book at O'Malley's Sports Pub. At an Oct. 20 Administrative Zoning hearing, city staff ordered the pub to rein in its weekly events and tear out a backyard patio deemed inappropriate for the business.

November 7, 2017 | 5 comments
Landlords balk at rental fees

Start up costs swell budget of new rent control administration
Focusing their frustrations on the city's new rent control law, landlords blasted what they described as a bloated $2.5 million budget to administer the program that will be funded entirely by new fees on apartments. Many landlords complained the program's budget will unfairly give renters all the benefits but none of the costs.

November 2, 2017 | 45 comments
Home sales

107-year-old MP home sells for close to $7 million
Among the highlights of the latest local homes sales is a 107-year-old Menlo Park home that sold for close to $7 million.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Man arrested in break-in at Ava's Downtown Market

Police arrested a 37-year-old transient man last week after he allegedly broke into Ava's Downtown Market in downtown Mountain View.

November 2, 2017 | 2 comments
Hospital's new CEO says patient care is top priority

El Camino's new leadership says quality and costs of services should guide decisions
El Camino Hospital's new CEO, Dan Woods, says he's still getting used to Silicon Valley after moving into Mountain View from Marietta, Georgia.

November 3, 2017 | 1 comment
City Council unhappy with 'boxy' new developments

First phase of San Antonio deeply criticized for poor design choices
Mountain View City Council members spoke out last week against boxy, office-like housing projects, calling for a shift in the city's architectural design philosophy.

November 3, 2017 | 22 comments
School district wary of big changes to English learner curriculum

Sobrato's pricey education program deemed an ill fit for Mountain View Whisman
Mountain View Whisman School District officials are backing away from an ambitious program aimed at closing the achievement gap among students still learning English.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Schools develop new kind of transcript

Schools seek more well-rounded way to convey students' accomplishments
Local schools in the Mastery Transcript Consortium are designing a new transcript that emphasizes student work and mastery over more abbreviated measures of success like grades.

November 2, 2017 | 2 comments
Forecast: widespread rain could impact Friday's commute

Widespread rain is expected Friday and Saturday in the Bay Area, National Weather Service officials said.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Alert issued for contaminated salads shipped to Trader Joe's stores

Tainted food could cause serious infection
Contaminated salads were shipped to some Trader Joe's stores in California and could cause health problems, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.

November 1, 2017 | 3 comments
Winter 'Spare the Air' season starts Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Winter Spare the Air season starts Wednesday.

October 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Teen arrested in shooting outside 7-Eleven

A 17-year-old was arrested on attempted murder charges Sunday night after he allegedly opened fire on an occupied vehicle outside of a 7-Eleven.

October 30, 2017 | 7 comments
Haunted house raises funds for CSA

Writers group transforms downtown Odd Fellows lodge for Halloween event
How do you like your haunted houses -- terrifying, or not too scary? Either way, the haunted house at the Odd Fellows Lodge in downtown Mountain View has you covered.

October 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Sunnyvale man ID'd as driver in fatal crash on Middlefield Road

A Sunnyvale man driving a truck on Middlefield Road died Monday morning after he collided with a tree east of the Rengstorff Avenue intersection.

October 30, 2017 | 8 comments
Downtown lot eyed for housing

Council aims to build homes on city-owned Lot 12
In their pursuit of affordable housing, Mountain View City Council members are looking at the city's largest downtown parking lot as a perfect place to build it.

October 31, 2017 | 15 comments
Committee member's anti-rent control work draws scrutiny

Rental committee member paid to draft arguments against Pacifica rent control measure
In Mountain View, some critics see a case of the fox guarding the henhouse at the city's Rental Housing Committee, the panel tasked with implementing the voter-approved rent control program. In recent days, criticism has been mounting against Rental Housing Committee member Tom Means for penning an economic study portraying rent control as a misguided policy that brings "more harm than good."

October 27, 2017 | 121 comments
Spare the Air alerts issued for Thursday, Friday

Notices are not related to North Bay fires, district officials say
Spare the Air smog alerts have been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday and Friday, the latest in the calendar year that the alerts have ever been issued, regional air quality officials said.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
A house among the trees

Architect tour to feature Menlo Park home
Ron and Ellis Bigelow consulted with an arborist to see what they could do about the half dozen huge redwoods and beech trees before they built their home around them.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: holiday cooking for kids; wreath-making

A roundup of home and garden information and events in the community

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Sales swing from $410,000 to $9.4 million
This week's local home sales, with prices ranging from $410,000 to $9.4 million.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Pear revives political 'Enemy'

Ibsen's 19th-century tale of greed and false facts still relevant
Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," as translated by Rebecca Lenckiewicz, which is playing now at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View, takes place in an eerily relevant setting.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Rewriting an epic

Khan's 'Until the Lions' gives female characters a voice
In his newest work "Until the Lions," award-winning choreographer Akram Khan changes the narrative of the ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata by choosing to focus on a female protagonist while exploring the confines and assumptions of gender in our society.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
City approves downtown homeless shelter

Church property will support up to 50 people through the cold winter months
Homeless women and children will have a sanctuary from the cold, wet winter months in Mountain View starting this winter.

October 26, 2017 | 10 comments
Man arrested after entering car involved in a crash

A 27-year-old man was arrested in downtown Mountain View earlier this month after he allegedly tried to hop into a vehicle involved in a car crash before it could be towed away, and later evaded officers who were there responding to the collision.

October 26, 2017 | 4 comments
Police investigating theft during Rolling Loud Festival brawl

Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly stole bags containing laptops, a camera and cash from a performer at Shoreline Amphitheatre over the weekend during a scuffle between the victim and another performer, according to police.

October 26, 2017 | 13 comments
School board OKs superintendent raise

Mountain View Whisman School District's board members unanimously approved a new three-year contract with Superintendent Ayinde Rudolph last week, granting him a 6.7 percent raise.

October 30, 2017 | 6 comments
City Council wary of adopting new sanctuary city policies

Ordinance would have strengthened new statewide immigrant protection laws
Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday night that additional local restrictions blocking collaboration between local law enforcement and Federal Immigration Enforcement (ICE) were largely unnecessary.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
A training ground for new teachers

Study finds big potential in local charter school's residency program
When it comes to teaching, there are no training wheels. Newly certified teachers fresh out of school often go through a trial by fire, learning to manage a classroom of 30 or more kids, communicate with parents and line up a state-standardized curriculum spanning a 10-month school year.

November 1, 2017 | 1 comment
School district considers major construction plans

Facilities report includes up to $295 million in high school upgrades
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District laid out its ambitious new vision for both of its high school campuses, complete with larger classrooms, more gym space and more room for student services.

October 30, 2017 | 5 comments
Local experts offer insight into STEM careers to teens

Weeklong career expo at Los Altos High School delves into leading-edge fields of science and technology
Top talent in high-tech fields including self-driving car technology, augmented reality and artificial intelligence descended on Los Altos High School last week to show teens the exciting prospects that await them.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Google's unbuilt Bay View campus already claims breakthrough

At Moffett Field is the Bay View site, the largest construction project Google has yet attempted. By 2019, the location will be built into a 1.1 million square foot campus of canopied domes and futuristic offices. But during a Tuesday tour of the site, what Google's team really wanted to talk about was digging holes. Thousands of holes.

October 27, 2017 | 5 comments
Police seek women for allergy medicine heists in three cities

Stores lose medications worth thousands of dollars
A group of women who allegedly stole thousands of dollars of allergy medications from Midpeninsula drugstores are being sought by police.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Snake found on VTA bus now up for adoption

Unclaimed ball python looking for new home
A young ball python found curled up on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus last month in Palo Alto is now up for adoption, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA said in a press release Tuesday.

October 24, 2017 | 8 comments
Corrections to veterinary clinic story

A Sept. 22, 2017 story published by the Voice reporting on complaints against the Alta View Animal Hospital and its owner, Dr. Paul Ghumman, contained two statements in need of clarification and another that the Voice wishes to retract.

November 8, 2017 | 7 comments
Woman ID'd in fatal collision in Palo Alto

Oregon Expressway lanes blocked for nearly three hours
A woman who was struck by a car and died after jumping from an overpass in Palo Alto on Monday has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.

October 24, 2017 | 2 comments
Delays expected on Arastradero Road starting Tuesday

Temporary road work near Alpine Road is expected to last a week
An eroding road edge along upper Arastradero Road that was undercut by roiling floodwaters in Los Trancos Creek last winter will be temporarily repaired starting Tuesday, Oct. 24, according to a notice from the Town of Portola Valley.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Forecast calls for warm start to the week

Bay Area high temps expected to be 15-20 degrees above normal
Temperatures early this week in the San Francisco Bay Area are forecast to be well above normal, National Weather Service officials said.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Persky opponent launches fundraising campaign

Longtime Santa Clara County prosecutor opposes embattled judge
The Santa Clara County assistant district attorney running against Judge Aaron Persky in an upcoming recall election has officially started fundraising for her campaign.

October 21, 2017 | 4 comments
More details emerge on NASA's housing vision

A new request for proposals published by NASA Ames officials this week provides more insight into their ambitious plans to build at least 1,930 new housing units at Moffett Field. The new housing would be built by private developers over the next decade in staggered phases along a 46-acre section on Moffett Field's southeastern side.

October 23, 2017 | 3 comments
Home front: how to sheet mulch; start a home orchard

A roundup of local home and garden events, including sheet mulching for a sustainable garden, creating a home orchard and ways to use pumpkins for fall decorations.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Citrus crisis

Backyard lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange trees could be endangered by hard-to-see insect
Asian citrus psyllids have arrived in California, and with them the risk of Huanglongbing to all counties including Santa Clara.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Andrew Bird 'cracks things open' at Stanford

Indie innovator said Bing Concert Hall right environment to be more freewheeling
Setting is key to Andrew Bird's current tour, which brings the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist to the Stanford campus on Friday, Oct. 20.

October 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Not waiting for the smoke to clear

Local restaurant, wine bar owners rally to help North Bay fire victims
In the wake of the wildfires devastating the North Bay, numerous local restaurant and wine bar owners have sprung to action, launching fundraisers, donation drop-offs and efforts to raise awareness and support.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
City looks to create human-rights institute

Last year Mountain View formally declared itself a human-rights city -- now, it is being primed to be the human-rights city.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Caltrain work forces Crisanto car campers to leave

Fence repairs creating a no-parking zone along one side of densely populated road
One of Mountain View's largest encampments of people living out of their vehicles was shaken up this week after city officials warned residents they needed to clear out for a Caltrain construction project.

October 19, 2017 | 8 comments
City looks to the sky for future transit line

New technologies studied as solution to Mountain View traffic congestion
An Oct. 17 City Council meeting on designing a new Mountain View transit system was a demonstration of the immense challenges inherent to transportation, even for a city with access to an enviable supply of money and brainpower.

October 19, 2017 | 16 comments
The legend lives on

'The Prince of Egypt' delivers on its promise
"The Prince of Egypt" premieres in its newest incarnation presented by TheatreWorks, wowing local audiences before it heads to its partner location in Denmark. TheatreWorks continues its commitment to producing new creations destined for life beyond Mountain View, and lavishes its resources on this gorgeous, talent-filled production.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
A pollution solution that's growing on trees

New research at Moffett Field finds poplars can rid groundwater of TCE
New published studies from an experiment at Moffett Field are showing dramatic success at using inoculated poplar trees to combat TCE groundwater pollution.

October 20, 2017 | 22 comments
Bay Area forecast: rain expected on Thursday

Wet weather will begin in the North Bay, spread to rest of the Bay Area in the afternoon
Rain is expected to fall in the Bay Area could help firefighters put out the several wildfires burning in the North Bay, National Weather Service officials said.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Teen arrested at Castro Elementary

An 18-year-old man was arrested after officers found him inside a classroom at Castro Elementary School during the early hours of the morning.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Longtime CSA director retires

Maureen Wadiak helped create programs for housing stability, health and nutrition
After 20 years of weaving a safety net of social services for low-income families, seniors and the homeless in Mountain View and Los Altos, Maureen Wadiak, the associate director of Community Services Agency, announced that she is retiring and moving away.

October 24, 2017 | 1 comment
City sees spike in auto burglaries

Thieves target theaters, commercial areas and one burger joint, in particular
Nearly one in four auto burglaries reported in Mountain View this year occurred in a small, triangle-shaped In-N-Out Burger parking lot off of North Rengstorff Avenue.

October 20, 2017 | 8 comments
MV firefighters battle deadly North Bay blaze

Local fire crews fought to protect Santa Rosa neighborhoods from 'extreme' wildfire
Thousands of firefighters have finally turned a corner in the battle to control multiple fires in Northern California that have burned through more than 200,000 acres and left 41 people dead, and Mountain View firefighters were right in the thick of it.

October 18, 2017 | 2 comments
CPUC to consider stronger background checks

One of three enhancements would require companies to provide proof of screening drivers to the agency annually
New proposals on background checks for ride-share drivers released Oct. 6 could considered by the California Public Utilities Commission as early as next month, CPUC officials said.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday and Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert and Smoke Advisory for today and Wednesday because of the ongoing wildfires burning in the North Bay.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area forecast: rain expected on Thursday

Rain is expected to fall in the Bay Area on Thursday and could help firefighters put out the several wildfires burning in the North Bay, National Weather Service officials said today.

October 16, 2017 | 1 comment
Another smoke advisory issued for Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District today issued another smoke advisory because of continued heavy smoke in the region from several wildfires in the North Bay.

October 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Our reporting on arrests

Why we're changing our policies on publishing the names of those arrested
We think the media has a responsibility to regularly look at the consequences of its editorial practices and to modify them as circumstances change.

October 25, 2017 | 4 comments
Review: New heights

New owners elevate Everest Cuisine's Indo-Nepali menu
Eight-month-old Everest Cuisine is lighting up a quiet corner of southeast Mountain View with delicious Indo-Nepali standards, tented outdoor seating and a focus on take-out.

October 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Opera review: Don't mess with Norma -- but do go to hear her sing

How can a Druid high priestess possibly be expected to react when her Roman lover leaves her for younger woman? If her name is Norma, she won't keep you guessing: "War! Carnage! Extermination!" Not good news for Il Romano.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Wrong-way driver causes major crash

Accident shuts down part of Interstate Highway 280
A man who drove the wrong way for miles on two freeways crashed into another car, causing a shutdown of southbound Interstate 280 early Sunday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

October 15, 2017 | 3 comments
Where to donate for victims of North Bay wildfires

For people interested in assisting victims of the North Bay wildfires, the Weekly has compiled a list on groups that are providing help and in need of donations.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Downed power lines lead to apartment fire

Mountain View firefighters extinguished a one-alarm fire at a two-story apartment building in the 400 block of Escuela Avenue on Saturday morning, Oct. 14.

October 14, 2017 | No comments yet
County office of education says fire-displaced students eligible for aid

The Santa Clara County Office of Education announced on Thursday that families with students who have relocated to the South Bay in the aftermath of wildfires across the North Bay are eligible to apply for assistance.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Air quality district extends health advisory

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is extending a health advisory and Spare the Air Alert due to unhealthy air quality from the wildfires in the North Bay.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Cities rush to prepare for new marijuana era

While some along the Midpeninsula look to ban dispensaries; Mountain View to encourage them
Palo Alto is one of many Midpeninsula cities taking a conservative, wait-and-see approach on sales and cultivation of recreational marijuana, with the City Council preparing to prepare a moratorium on such dispensaries later this month. The Mountain View City Council, on the other hand, aims to revise its codes to permit commercial marijuana activity.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Plan ahead for winter garden

Visit gardens for ideas, prep your soil and watch your winter yard flourish
Thinking daily about your garden really helps in planning for this coming season. Now's the time to shop for and plant winter vegetables like kale, spinach and lettuce.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: Sierra rhodys; low-water lawn

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a program on the Sierra Nevada, lawn alternatives and a compost workshop.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Smoke poses health concerns for Peninsula residents

Mountain View residents are encouraged to stay indoors and avoid prolonged exposure to smoke pouring onto the Peninsula from nine major fires in Northern California.

October 12, 2017 | 7 comments
Shop Talk: New bakery opens; Chop & Pub

The latest in local retail news
In this week's Shop Talk column, read about a new Palo Alto bakery and a booze-and-tapas establishment headed to Mountain View.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Four teens cited for MV car theft

A Mountain View woman's car was stolen and ended up in a Sunnyvale impound lot over the weekend after four teens reportedly took the vehicle for a late-night spin, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

October 12, 2017 | 1 comment
'Columbus' Days

Indie romance explores the literal and figurative architecture of our lives
"Columbus" is a comedy about a Korean-born man who finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma.

October 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Saturday: Day of the Horse festivities in Woodside

Woodside's annual public celebration of its equestrian heritage -- the Day of the Horse -- takes place Saturday, Oct. 14, and includes a fair, equestrian exhibits and a progressive trail ride through the town and Huddart Park.

October 11, 2017 | 1 comment
San Antonio mall up for sale

A strip mall at the bustling corner of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road is now up for sale with an asking price of $42.5 million. The site known as the World Savings Plaza is currently being leased by CVS, Sprouts Farmers Market, Wells Fargo and several other commercial tenants.

October 13, 2017 | 23 comments
Rental committee prepares $2.5M budget

$160 fee planned for MV apartments
The costs of Mountain View's experiment with rent control now has a clear price tag -- about $160 annually for almost every apartment in town.

October 13, 2017 | 44 comments
Magical Bridge Playground planned for Mountain View

Mountain View could soon be the latest Bay Area city to build an all-inclusive playspace known as a Magical Bridge Playground. On Tuesday night, Oct. 3, elected leaders approved a contract committing $1 million to begin a larger fundraising push for building a playground at Rengstorff Park.

October 16, 2017 | 3 comments
Petitions ready for rent adjustment requests

Mountain View's new system for settling the myriad disputes over the cost of apartment rents is now ready for show time. This week, Mountain View staff uploaded the petition paperwork to the city website for landlords and tenants to request special-case adjustments for the cost of rent-controlled apartments.

October 12, 2017 | 23 comments
Give it to me straight, docs

Truth-telling films return with the 20th UNAFF
R-E-S-P-E-C-T. With apologies to Aretha Franklin, you can find out what it means to you at this year's United Nations Association Film Festival. This year's theme of "Respect" encompasses the festival's ongoing mission, to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by showcasing global documentary films that feature diversity, compassion and justice.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
A mindful approach to teen drug use

CHAC launches new mental health-based substance abuse treatment program
For Mountain View teen Max Aboudarham, slipping into heavy drug use happened without even thinking about it.

October 18, 2017 | 1 comment
Teacher housing at Cooper Park?

School district to study building affordable apartment complex for school staff
The Mountain View Whisman School District is taking a close look at building workforce housing at Cooper Park, giving teachers and school staff an affordable place to live in Mountain View.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Polls find support for high school bond measure

Enrollment growth and aging facilities are top concerns among likely voters
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is gearing up for a potential bond measure next year aimed at accommodating hundreds of additional students and replacing crumbling buildings long past their prime.

October 17, 2017 | 7 comments
Man arrested for indecent exposure at Landels

A Palo Alto resident was arrested in Mountain View on Saturday after he allegedly exposed himself to a mother and her child at Landels Elementary.

October 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Gov. Brown signs off on Caltrain's sales-tax measure

Agency would need approval from San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties
The approval of Senate Bill 797 will allow Caltrain to move ahead with a sales-tax increase measure.

October 11, 2017 | 21 comments
Mountain View man arrested on attempted murder charges

Police arrested a 26-year-old Mountain View man early Monday morning on a slew of charges including attempted murder after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, pointed a pellet gun at her and attempted to choke her during a domestic dispute.

October 10, 2017 | 1 comment
County, employee union announce suit against Trump cancellation of DACA

Officials tout action as the first partnership of its kind
Santa Clara County along with SEIU Local 521 announced that they have filed suit in federal court today against the Trump administration for its elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

October 10, 2017 | 3 comments
MV firefighters battle North Bay wildfires

Mountain View firefighters left early Monday morning to aid in a statewide effort to control massive wildfires burning in Sonoma and Napa counties.

October 10, 2017 | 4 comments
Wildfires causing 'unprecedented levels' of air pollution

The North Bay wildfires are causing "unprecedented levels" of air pollution throughout the Bay Area, regional air quality officials said today.

October 10, 2017 | 2 comments
Council OKs art installation for children's library

The Mountain View Library Children's Services Area will receive a whimsical upgrade by artist Lisa Long.

October 10, 2017 | 3 comments
Mountain View Voice changes policy on naming people who are arrested

Publisher: With internet, reports of arrests linger for years
Concerned about the lasting impact that online search engines have on individuals arrested for crimes, the Mountain View Voice and its sister papers are implementing new policies.

October 20, 2017 | 15 comments
Former 49er legend Y.A. Tittle dies 90 at Stanford Hospital

Former San Francisco 49er great and Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle died Sunday at Stanford Hospital, at the age of 90 surrounded by family. He established what it meant to be a professional.

October 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Rental committee considers $160 annual fee on apartments

Proposed $2.5 million budget to administer new rent control law in Mountain View
The cost of Mountain View's experiment with rent control now has a price tag -- about $160 annually for each apartment in town.

October 9, 2017 | 40 comments
Air District issues smoke advisory after North Bay fires

Palo Alto fire engine deployed to Calistoga area fire that's burned 35k acres
A smoke advisory has been issued for the Bay Area today due to multiple fires burning in the North Bay, where one Palo Alto fire engine has been sent to help extinguish one of the widespread blazes.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Old Testament, new musical

TheatreWorks premieres 'The Prince of Egypt'
The story of Moses and his people's Exodus from Egypt has been retold in many ways, including, this month from TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, as a new musical -- "The Prince of Egypt" -- with songs by Broadway-and-film legend Stephen Schwartz.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto each have $8 million sales
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: home tour, pumpkin carving tips

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a sustainable home tour along with tips for pumpkin carving and recycling film plastic.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Rethinking life's journey

Stanford program aims to help older adults renew their purpose
A Stanford University program that brings older adults to campus for a year of study and reflection is a test case for shaking up assumptions on retirement and life expectancy, according to its founder.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Sweet talking

Famed chef, author Yotam Ottolenghi visits Palo Alto
Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli-born British chef known for his string of London delis and stunning cookbooks, spoke in Palo Alto on Tuesday while on tour for his new book, "Sweet."

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Razavi and Dabalos to perform the Great American Songbook

Local jazz artists Mason Razavi (guitar) and Amy Dabalos (vocals), along with their band, present an evening of standards from the so-called "Great American Songbook," including works of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and more, on Saturday, Oct. 7.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Cinematic 'replicant'

'Blade Runner 2049' an uncommonly fine sequel
A strange and beautiful beast indeed, "Blade Runner 2049" is a science-fiction epic for adults. This large-scale, 35-years-later sequel to Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" dreams big, with classically challenging science-fiction implications about our present and our rapidly approaching future.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Q&A with Yotam Ottolenghi

Read an exclusive email Q&A between chef-author Yotam Ottolenghi and the Palo Alto Weekly/Mountain View Voice.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Weekend flasher arrested in East Whisman

Police arrested a man in the East Whisman area Sunday morning after witnesses say he exposed himself and caused a disturbance.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
County supervisors approve bail system reforms

Work group's recommendations include creating a community-based bail fund
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed recommendations from a final Bail and Release Work Group consensus report that will eventually offer low-income, low-risk and nonviolent offenders in the county an opportunity to leave jail while awaiting trial.

October 5, 2017 | 13 comments
Local group fights to protect immigrant rights

MV parents bring legal help, emergency plans to families fearful of deportation
Fear and anxiety spread among the local immigrant community last week after federal immigration officials conducted a nationwide sweep targeting sanctuary cities and counties, leading to the arrest of two undocumented Mountain View residents.

October 9, 2017 | 8 comments
MV school districts struggle to close achievement gap

State test results show alarming drops in performance, with some exceptions
Efforts to improve the academic performance of Mountain View's neediest students largely fell flat this year, according to state test results released last week.

October 5, 2017 | 9 comments
City begins talks on redeveloping older apartments

Large push of projects replacing rent-controlled units expected
In a study session closely watched by developers, the Mountain View City Council on Oct. 3 signaled early support for opening up the city's zoning rules to allow aging apartments to be rebuilt as for-sale homes. But while some council members expressed nervousness about displacing residents, they acknowledged that they expect to soon see many similar proposals to redevelop rent-controlled units.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Google relents on bid for more office space

Company pledges commitment to 9,850-home goal in MV
An expanded version of an earlier story

This week, Google officials backpedaled on demands for more office space as a condition for building 9,850 new housing units in North Bayshore.

October 5, 2017 | 5 comments
City Council paves the way for a San Antonio school

Major concessions include potential for more office space and fewer homes in Mountain View
Calling a neighborhood school and park land a top priority in the San Antonio Shopping Center area, Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday night to give the Los Altos School District latitude to "sell" development rights in order to afford a campus in a region desperate for open space.

October 4, 2017 | 17 comments
Caregiver takes plea deal in elder sex assault case

An in-home care provider accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman in Redwood City has taken a plea bargain that will not require him to register as a sex offender, San Mateo County prosecutors said today.

October 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Google relents on bid for more offices in North Bayshore

Company pledges commitment to 9,850-unit housing goal in Mountain View
Google officials are now backpedaling on their demands to the council last week for more office space as a condition for building 9,850 new housing units in North Bayshore.

October 2, 2017 | 22 comments
New ideas to bring bike-sharing back to Mountain View

Fleet of companies promise new, low-cost system to replace Bike Share program
Last year, by just one vote, the City Council decided to let the Bike Share program die off rather than pay $1.1 million to keep it afloat. In hindsight, that appears to have been the right move.

October 3, 2017 | 32 comments
Woman arrested after Saturday concert scuffle

A Pacifica woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly attacked a police officer following an argument in a Shoreline Amphitheatre parking lot.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Gov. Brown signs housing crisis bills into law

Gov. Jerry Brown and other state lawmakers gathered in San Francisco Friday to take aim at alleviating the state's housing crisis.

October 2, 2017 | 10 comments
Produce to fall for

Autumn brings new delights to local farmers markets
While fall is not quite in the air yet, the season's produce is starting to show up at local farmers markets.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
A great room outside

Rethinking backyard space expands livable area
A west Menlo Park couple who purchased their home in 2013 transformed their backyard to give more room for their three children to play and spend more time together as a family.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Average sale prices all exceed $1 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Middle-schoolers march for DACA

Cheers erupted from a group of Graham Middle School students and teachers as they marched through downtown Mountain View around 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.

October 1, 2017 | 8 comments
FAA considering making Surf Air flight path over Bay official

Residents living near Sunnyvale have organized to fight the route
As the FAA ponders making Surf Air's attempt to respond to local noise complaints by flying over the Bay an official fair weather flight path, residents of Sunnyvale and Cupertino have organized against it, turning out in force at a recent meeting on the route.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Two arrested in ICE raid in Mountain View

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested two people in Mountain View as part of a Bay Area sweep focused in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties earlier this week.

September 29, 2017 | 16 comments
'Made' America great again

A tall tale of top-to-bottom greed in the go-go '80s
Tom Cruise delivers a winningly old-school star performance in "American Made" as Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who supplements his income by smuggling contraband.

September 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Dying to take a stand

Christine Welter strikes a somber pose as part of a "die-in" demonstration on Castro Street in front of the Kaiser Permanente facility in downtown Mountain View Tuesday night.

September 28, 2017 | 4 comments
Home front: gardener reference; maintaining native gardens

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including workshops on native gardens and preparing plants for the spring season.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Redwood City Salsa Festival on Saturday

Redwood City's annual Salsa Festival, featuring salsa of both the spicy food and musical varieties, will be held throughout downtown Saturday, Sept. 30.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
'A sense of freedom'

Stanford grad and genre-hopping musician K.Flay to play at Shoreline
Kristine Flaherty has gone from psychology and sociology double major at Stanford University to indie-rap underdog to fledgling alt-pop star. In this, her most recent incarnation, the Illinois native is opening for the band Imagine Dragons on the Las Vegas-bred modern rockers' "EVOLVE TOUR," including a stop Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

September 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Music: Viva la Musica

Viva la Musica chorus, chamber orchestra and soloists will perform a free concert on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Los Altos United Methodist Church.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Youth theater: 'The Miracle Worker'

Palo Alto High School Theatre presents its first play of the year, the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play, "The Miracle Worker."

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
School district struggles to keep special ed staff

Reports show Mountain View Whisman is on a perpetual hiring spree for teaching aides
Hundreds of California school districts are grappling with an ever-worsening shortage of special education teachers. But that's only part of the problem for the Mountain View Whisman School District.

September 29, 2017 | 2 comments
Council: North Bayshore development must support schools

Proposed housing boom would require plans to house thousands of new students
Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday night that development plans need to include a clear strategy for housing the thousands of new students who are expected be living in North Bayshore.

September 28, 2017 | 19 comments
Alleged heroin dealer arrested at Cuesta Park

A transient woman residing in an RV at Cuesta Park was arrested last week on suspicion of trying to sell heroin, according to police.

September 28, 2017 | 2 comments
Google throws uncertainty into North Bayshore housing plans

Company representatives warn it needs bonus office development rights to fund new housing
At a grueling Tuesday night meeting on North Bayshore, Google officials warned that their celebrated plans to build 9,850 new homes was conditional on the city granting even more office development.

September 27, 2017 | 69 comments
Students march against DACA repeal

LAHS teens demonstrate against Trump's immigration policies
More than 100 student protesters marched through Mountain View on Wednesday with a clear message: the immigrant community, documented or not, needs to be protected, even if it means fighting President Donald Trump's administration every step of the way.

September 27, 2017 | 11 comments
Foothill named a top school for adult students

National ranking praises community college for easy transfers and services for busy adults
For adults looking to return to school and jump-start a new career, you can't do much better than Foothill College. That's according to a new survey of two-year colleges across the country, which named Foothill the third-best school for adults looking for an easy, affordable transition back into academia.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Assemblyman hosts coffee talk Thursday

Assemblyman Marc Berman will be hosting a community coffee on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Original Pancake House, 420 S. San Antonio Road.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
'Million Dollar Quartet' plays the hits

Legendary recording session brought to life by Palo Alto Players
The Palo Alto Players' South Bay regional premiere of "The Million Dollar Quartet," inspired by the legendary Sun Records recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, is essentially a concert showcasing the early days of rock 'n' roll during 90-minutes of virtually nonstop 1950s hits played on stage by performers portraying the iconic artists.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert called for Wednesday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Wednesday in the Bay Area because of a forecast of unhealthy air quality in the region.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
New county report finds widespread youth homelessness

More community colleges, high school students in Santa Clara County lack stable housing
A stark new report publicized on Tuesday has found that homelessness among teenagers and young adults could be much more widespread in Santa Clara County than previously thought.

September 26, 2017 | 10 comments
East Palo Alto roads stand out in new data

City workers, officials to be recognized for efforts later this year
East Palo Alto made the most road improvements compared to other Bay Area cities last year, according to data released Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

September 26, 2017 | 1 comment
FAA meeting Wednesday on Surf Air route over Bay

Surf Air has used route to avoid Midpeninsula in San Carlos-bound flights
The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a meeting this Wednesday night about an alternative air route that has allowed Surf Air's planes to avoid the Midpeninsula on their way to the San Carlos Airport.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist injured in Central Expressway crash

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with major injuries Friday morning after he collided with a four-door sedan on westbound Central Expressway in Mountain View.

September 22, 2017 | 1 comment
Reluctant hero

'Stronger' emotionally details life of Boston Marathon bombing survivor
Seldom has the idea that "It's in the telling" seemed more apt than as a description of "Stronger." On paper, this based-on-a-memoir story of tragedy overcome would seem to be the most obvious of Oscar bait, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the showy role of a terrorist victim fighting back from unthinkable physical and emotional challenges. But the story landed in good hands, under the direction of David Gordon Green ("Joe"), and the resulting film feels as if it single-handedly restores humanity to the movies.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: hurricane relief; tulips do's and don'ts

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a real estate company's fundraiser to assist people impacted by hurricanes in Houston, Texas and Florida; tips on planting tulips; and horticulture resources.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Free help for DACA renewals this Sunday

Several local and countywide groups will host a special workshop in Mountain View this Sunday, Sept. 24, to assist undocumented immigrants seeking renewal for temporary legal status under the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

September 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Community forum to explore new LASD school sites

A group of Los Altos School District residents are hosting a public forum on Wednesday, Sept. 27, to look at new school designs and consider where a tenth campus could be located within the district.

September 25, 2017 | 5 comments
Blockbuster housing bills headed for passage

Last week marked the end of California's legislative session, and lawmakers approved some landmark housing bills that are expected to dramatically promote residential growth in the state.

September 21, 2017 | 9 comments
Caltrain fares, parking fees going up in October

New schedule, fares and fees to start Oct. 8
Caltrain fares and parking rates are going up starting next month.

September 24, 2017 | 1 comment
City prepares ambitious affordable-housing package

Fees, subsidies and new tools discussed to increase housing options
Mountain View's City Council signaled support for a new aggressive campaign to promote housing growth that would require developers to supply more below-market-rate homes and pay higher fees, with the goal of creating more opportunities for home ownership.

September 21, 2017 | 38 comments
Curiouser and curiouser

Nina Katchadourian returns to her roots for show at Cantor Arts Center
How did you while away the hours during your last long-haul flight? Odds are you read, watched a few movies and hoped for a long, uncomfortable nap. Multimedia artist Nina Katchadourian finds other ways to use her time, making art out of the most ordinary, mundane things at hand.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Animal clinic facing new complaints

Former customers allege improper care by veterinarian already on probation
Mountain View's Alta View Animal Hospital is facing mounting complaints from disgruntled clients who blame the clinic for mistreating or harming their pets.

September 22, 2017 | 32 comments
Future greens

Chowbotics debuts its salad-making robot
The creator of a new salad-making robot sees his invention as an ideal healthy-food option for restaurants, hospitals, workplaces and cafeterias.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Gunn student to present Ramayana retelling

Swati Goel, a sophomore at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, has written "Ravaan," a retelling of the ancient Indian epic the Ramayana from the point of view of the traditional villain, with parallels to Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Redwood City celebrates Oktoberfest

It's bier, brezeln and bratwurst time. Redwood City's annual Bavarian-style celebration of Oktoberfest will take place this weekend (Sept. 21-24) at Courthouse Square.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
New in theater: 'Cirque Exotique du Monde'

When you see the words "1936 Berlin," you know things on the whole aren't going to go too well.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Local teens pitch in for Hurricane Harvey relief

St. Francis students spend weekend volunteering in Houston
Most of the floodwater has receded from Houston after Hurricane Harvey made landfall late last month, dumping close to 50 inches of rain throughout the state of Texas in just a few short days. But with thousands still stranded in shelters with nowhere else to go, emergency relief is still in short supply.

September 21, 2017 | 2 comments
School board supports limits on open enrollment

New task force faces big decisions on grandfathering, transfers and campus diversity
The Mountain View Whisman School District is drafting a team of parents and faculty members to take on some of the biggest problems facing the district, including overcrowding, lack of diversity and families fleeing lower-performing schools.

September 25, 2017 | 46 comments
Knightscope unveils two new crime-fighting bots

New automated security focuses on weapons detection, greater mobility
Two new automated security bots designed to monitor criminal activity, search for concealed weapons and be the "eyes and ears" for law enforcement will be hitting the market next year, according to an announcement by Mountain View-based Knightscope.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Council backs plan for pot shops in Mountain View

Calling it a sensible approach to a drug that's legal and widely accepted in the Bay Area, Mountain View City Council members unanimously agreed Tuesday night to start work on city regulations that would allow recreational marijuana stores to open up in the city.

September 20, 2017 | 36 comments
Police tow RVs on Crisanto Avenue

Sewage leaks spur removal of some vehicles that are being lived in, police say
Crisanto Avenue, home to the city's largest makeshift encampment of people living out of their cars, was a tense scene on Tuesday afternoon as a large team of police officers began towing vehicles for violating city rules.

September 19, 2017 | 45 comments
Bay Area forecast: Beach hazards, cooler temps, windy weather

Hazards at Bay Area beaches, below-normal temperatures and breezy conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a weather statement for conditions Tuesday through Thursday evening.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Teen organizes wellness conference

Sept. 30 event in Mountain View to feature discussions, youth speakers
A Los Altos High School senior is organizing a free wellness conference this month to bring together teenagers to discuss and learn about topics such as identity, healthy relationships and mental health.

September 18, 2017 | 2 comments
Autumn-like weather expected this week

Before summer officially becomes fall on Friday, autumn-like weather will make its way this week to the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, National Weather Services officials said today.

September 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Review: Positive vibrations

Pear Theatre is abuzz with 'In the Next Room (or, The Vibrator Play)'
Yes, it's a play about vibrators. The electrical stimulation device was invented by a physician in order to bring about a "paroxysm" in patients, which, it was believed, would help alleviate the wide range of hysteria symptoms. It sounds funny, and indeed "In the Next Room" often is, but don't expect a campy tone or lurid jokes. It's serious when it needs to be, and beautiful, too.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Mountain View outpaced other cities in number of home sales
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: disaster prep for pets; seedling sale

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including how to care or your pets in a natural disaster and an upcoming vegetable seedling sale.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Killer Rapp

'American Assassin' proposes a Mitch Rapp franchise
"American Assassin" -- based on the best-selling novel by the late Vince Flynn -- has a mindset trapped in the 1980s when Chuck Norris ruled the roost of disposable shoot-em-ups. This repulsive macho fantasy seems expressly designed to appeal to the readers of "Soldier of Fortune" Magazine.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Governor hopefuls gather in MV

Candidates
Mountain View's Computer History Museum played host to many of the Democratic candidates competing for the governor's seat. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, state Treasurer John Chiang and former state Superintendent Delaine Eastin each gave a brief rundown of their campaign platforms before a packed audience of Silicon Valley's business elite.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Supervisor to discuss his time in 'Trump's America'

Joe Simitian breaks free from Bay Area 'bubble' to explore varied voter viewpoints
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will discuss the observations he made and perspectives he gained in his visits with citizens of "Trump's America" at an event this Saturday.

September 14, 2017 | 29 comments
Mountain View adopts ACLU 'Freedom City' policies

Hoping to assuage lingering fears in the immigrant community, the Mountain View City Council took a new step to reassure vulnerable residents that the city has their back. Local elected leaders on Tuesday formally signed on Mountain View to many "Freedom City" policies, committing local officials and the police to a higher set of standards for dealing with undocumented individuals.

September 14, 2017 | 14 comments
El Camino Hospital unveils price calculator

El Camino Hospital has launched an online price estimator tool aimed at improving quality and cost transparency for its patients, according to hospital officials.

September 17, 2017 | 3 comments
Cancer survivors learn to pick up the pieces

Eight-week workshop teaches mental and emotional recovery following cancer treatment
For many cancer survivors who fought their way through a traumatic diagnosis and years of treatment, being deemed "cancer free" is hardly the end of the story.

September 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Survey: Less homework, less stress for MVLA students

Feedback shows most teachers are following new limits on homework assignments
Thousands of teens at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools say they have benefited from a new homework policy aimed at bringing down homework loads.

September 15, 2017 | 14 comments
Fix on the way for crumbling creek trail

Water district picks contractor to stop bank erosion on Stevens Creek
With only a month left before the start of the rainy season, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is moving fast on emergency repairs to save what's left of the creek bank along a crumbling stretch of Stevens Creek Trail.

September 14, 2017 | 11 comments
Film: Tuolumne River Film Festival

The third-annual Tuolumne River Film Festival, featuring short films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, live music, ice cream and more, will be held Sunday.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Electric-vehicle test drives

Take a spin in an electric vehicle (EV) this Sunday, Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m. at 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. The free test drives are part of Acterra's celebration of National Drive Electric Week, to encourage adoption of environmentally friendly practices and products.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
MV teen wins engineering accolade

Los Altos High School student Alisha Mirapuri's deep interest in technology and computer science hasn't gone unnoticed. On Monday, the Society of Women Engineers awarded Mirapuri and six other girls across the country with the Global Innovator Award.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
District Attorney, Palo Alto Weekly to host juvenile justice town hall

Forum to explore juvenile crimes, school safety issues
The Voice's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly, is co-sponsoring a free discussion on how juvenile crimes are handled by the police and District Attorney with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office on Monday in Palo Alto.

September 13, 2017 | 3 comments
Crime briefs: Loud music prompts homeless man's arrest

A man was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication after police found him playing loud music in his car, and a woman claims her wallet was stolen from her locker at the El Camino YMCA.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
It's her way

Iconic musician Buffy Sainte-Marie on art, activism and reasons for hope
Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Canadian-American songwriter and social activist, will perform at Stanford University on Sept. 22.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area hit with 1,200 lightning strikes

More thunderstorm activity could take place on Tuesday
Bay Area residents could experience today similar weather conditions to those that rolled through on Monday evening, with chances for additional thunderstorms and lightning, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

September 12, 2017 | 3 comments
Committee shifts gears, backs earlier start date to rent control

Dueling lawsuits have been filed to settle whether law took effect in December or April
For an issue that has dominated several meetings and spawned several lawsuits, a final resolution came rather swiftly on Monday night. At its Sept. 11 meeting, the Mountain View Rental Housing Committee unanimously agreed to establish Dec. 23, 2016 as the official start date of the city's new rent-control program.

September 12, 2017 | 26 comments
Adding up to teacher of the year

Los Altos High School math instructor wins teaching accolades from Santa Clara County
Betty Yamasaki, a math teacher at Los Altos High School, recently received the 2017 Santa Clara County Teachers of the Year award for the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District. Yamasaki, the department chair, led the school through the transition to the Common Core curriculum.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Help send children with organ transplants to summer camp

Stanford Blood Center is asking the public to help send 50 pediatric organ transplant recipients to a summer camp hosted by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Supervisor proposes new civilian oversight body for Sheriff's Office

New office would oversee patrol, corrections divisions
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is calling for a new civilian oversight body to keep an eye on county law enforcement and corrections.

September 11, 2017 | 3 comments
Teachers get another big raise

School board approves new salaries aimed at helping new teachers
Teachers in the Mountain View Whisman School District scored a hefty salary increase for the fourth year in a row Thursday night.

September 8, 2017 | 13 comments
Burglary suspect arrested

Police arrested a Mountain View resident earlier this week after he allegedly broke into an apartment through a window in the early hours of the morning, and was later chased off by a next-door neighbor

September 8, 2017 | 6 comments
Case dropped against driver in fatal crash

Pedestrian was killed in crosswalk; prosecutors cited insufficient evidence
Santa Clara County prosecutors are dropping a manslaughter case against the driver involved in a 2015 accident in Mountain View that killed a woman walking across El Monte Road.

September 8, 2017 | 19 comments
Home front: learn about herbs; glass art sale

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a class on identifying and using herbs, a fall glass arts sale and tips to attract bees to your garden.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Opening a new chapter

Downtown Books Inc. moves to new digs
Michael Tucker, the owner of the Mountain View Books Inc., takes a quick break on move-in day last week. The downtown bookstore moved from its old location to its new location, just a few doors down at 317 Castro St.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday: Benefit in Woodside to aid Hurricane Harvey relief effort

Local residents can extend a helping hand to Houston residents on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. in a benefit for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort at the Mountain Terrace restaurant at 17285 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Suspect sought in $30,000 phone heist

Mountain View police are on the lookout for a masked suspect who reportedly broke into an AT&T store and stole over 40 phones in an early-morning burglary last week.

September 7, 2017 | 3 comments
Arts aplenty

What's coming up this autumn?
Prepare ye the decorative gourds, cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spice everything! It seems like only yesterday it was 107 degrees, but the Earth keeps spinning, kids have headed back to school and, suddenly, autumn will be in the air. We've compiled some highlights from the upcoming arts season on the Midpeninsula to help you look forward to fall.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Pianist Sarah Cahill performs at CSMA

Free concert on Saturday, Sept. 9, in Mountain View
Pianist Sarah Cahill will perform a free concert of modern American classical music on Saturday at Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts.

September 7, 2017 | 2 comments
Council balks at proposed bike rules

Restrictive city code updates could have 'chilling effect' on alternative modes of transportation
Mountain View City Council members roundly criticized a package of changes to city laws Tuesday night that would have imposed strong restrictions on bicyclists.

September 7, 2017 | 35 comments
Hundreds attend vigil protesting DACA repeal

Tens of thousands of young county residents benefited from the Obama-era immigration policy
Bay Area politicians and immigrant advocacy groups sharply condemned a decision by President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday morning to end a U.S. immigration policy that granted deportation relief and work permits to nearly 800,000 young people across the country -- an estimated 24,000 of whom live here in Santa Clara County.

September 5, 2017 | 69 comments
Air quality in Bay Area finally improves

No Spare the Air alert for first time in five days
Air quality today in the San Francisco Bay Area has been forecast to be "moderate" and no Spare the Air alert has been issued for the region for the first time in five days, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
AG warns of sham charities for Hurricane Harvey victims

Donors called to be on alert for 'look-alike' fraudulent fundraising websites
Californians should be careful when donating money to charities purporting to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the state's attorney general said Friday.

September 3, 2017 | 3 comments
Spare the Air alert Sunday due to excessive smog

Public advised to take precautions to protect their health
The fourth consecutive Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Sunday because of excessive smog and triple-digit temperatures.

September 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Flex alert asks for electricity conservation

Heavy demand expected on state's power grid Friday afternoon
A statewide Flex Alert calling for voluntary electricity conservation has been called for today by the agency that controls California's power grid, the Independent System Operator.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Reported car burglaries spike in August

The number of reported auto burglaries in Mountain View more than doubled last month, according to data from the Mountain View Police Department.

September 1, 2017 | 4 comments
Fighting for quality of life

Local Parkinson's disease patients throw punches to combat symptoms
"Rock Steady Boxing" group is part of a fast-growing movement across the country to adapt boxing and other challenging exercise regimens to fight the other symptoms that often accompany Parkinson's disease.

September 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area under a smoke advisory

Fires to the north and high temperatures spark alert
Massive fires in Northern California and southern Oregon have in part sent smoke to the Bay Area, which has prompted a regional agency to issue an alert Thursday afternoon.

September 1, 2017 | No comments yet
NASA unveils plans to add 1,930-home neighborhood

Officials cite regional housing crisis in announcing plan
Officials with the NASA Ames Research Center announced plans on Thursday afternoon for building a massive new housing campus that would provide at least 1,930 new homes somewhere at Moffett Field.

August 31, 2017 | 51 comments
Chef in the house

Andrea Potischman dishes on her new blog, Simmer + Sauce
In a blogosphere saturated with mommy and cooking blogs, a blog launched several months ago by Menlo Park resident Andrea Potischman, called Simmer + Sauce, might at first look like just more beautiful foodie fodder for your Pinterest. But that's only because you haven't tried her coconut cake.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Woodside: Kings Mountain Art Fair returns

As autumn approaches, a group of artists and craftspeople prepare to display fine art at the 54th Kings Mountain Art Fair over the Labor Day holiday, this year on Sept. 2, 3 and 4 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
County sets aside $1.4M for MV homeless shelter

Supervisors OK funding package expanding cold weather shelter program in Sunnyvale, Gilroy
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed this week to pour $1.4 million into financing a 50-person cold weather shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church over the next four years.

August 31, 2017 | 4 comments
Warning: Weekend may be a scorcher

Temps expected to top 100 in Mountain View
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Friday through Monday, with temperatures predicted to reach into the 100s in the Midpeninsula.

August 31, 2017 | 7 comments
Appeals Court nixes FAA flight-path changes in early court test

'NextGen' procedures and routes overturned in Phoenix, Arizona; locals studying implications
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday overturned the Federal Aviation Administration's controversial rerouting of flight paths in Phoenix, Arizona, which could have implications for Palo Alto and Mountain View.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area Lebanese Festival returns Saturday

Redwood City's Courthouse Square will once again host the annual Bay Area Lebanese Festival, featuring Lebanese food, music, dance and cultural information.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Friday: Author Donia Bijan under spotlight at Woodside program

Menlo Park author Donia Bijan will be the featured guest at the First Friday event at Woodside Town Hall on Sept. 1. Ms. Bijan's novel, "The Last Days of Cafe Leila," was released earlier this year.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Prepping for Mars, NASA launches new biosciences center

New Ames facility would aid research on deep-space hazards
Ames officials last week broke ground on a new $40-million Biosciences Collaboration Facility that is expected to help lead the agency's research in life sciences in outer space.

September 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Graham parents complain about daily traffic jam

Incomplete road project snarls school drop-offs
Back in 2012, a trio of students hit by vehicles near Graham Middle School spurred parents and school officials to push the city for safety improvements. Those road upgrades are now beginning to come online, but it isn't quite the safe route to school that everyone had envisioned.

September 4, 2017 | 23 comments
Rental committee sets system for super-cheap housing

Vega adjustments would address rare cases of severely underpriced housing
Mountain View's Rental Housing Committee on Monday approved a program for landlords to adjust rents on severely underpriced apartments, one of the final decisions needed to implement the city's new rent-control law.

September 5, 2017 | 29 comments
County launches new immigrant support network

Hundreds of volunteers trained to help undocumented residents facing deportation
Santa Clara County officials announced the launch of a new network Wednesday that provides support services for undocumented families at the mercy of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

August 31, 2017 | 8 comments
School board: 'optimistic' about new North Bayshore schools

Help from city, Google and Sobrato needed to handle huge influx of students
Mountain View Whisman School District board members signaled Tuesday night that they're ready and willing to work with the city on plans to accommodate thousands of new students.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Watchdog group finds neo-Nazi activity in Mountain View

Southern Poverty Law Center says Daily Stormer group held meetings in 2016
Mountain View residents and elected officials gave a strong rebuke to white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, but what about extremist groups here in the Bay Area?

September 1, 2017 | 20 comments
Parents call for Friday night lights

When it comes to football at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, light is always in short supply.

September 6, 2017 | 39 comments
Thursday: Firefighters fundraising relay on El Camino Real

Traffic crossing El Camino Real may be delayed during the day on Thursday (Aug. 31) as Peninsula firefighters participate in a relay and fundraiser between Mountain View and San Francisco.

August 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Comedy Night at O'Malley's

O'Malley's Sports Pub in Mountain View hosts free comedy nights every Sunday at 8 p.m. This week, catch headliner Rebecca Arthur and a number of other Bay Area comics.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Year's 10th Spare the Air alert for smog issued for Thursday

Air district officials expect unhealthy ozone levels in the South Bay
A Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday because hot temperatures, light wind and vehicle exhaust are expected to combine to create unhealthy smog levels, air quality officials said.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Saturday: Free folk, indie-pop concert in Menlo Park

Get a preview of two new acoustic-pop albums at a free concert starting 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County stands up for net neutrality

Board of Supervisors approve resolution that declares support for an open internet
Santa Clara County took a stance on defending the free internet under a resolution approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

August 30, 2017 | 3 comments
Star-crossed lovers

'Constellations' explores a multitude of romantic possibilities and parallel worlds
In Nick Payne's "Constellations," receiving its regional premiere with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the world (or worlds, rather), contains infinite timelines and multiverses, each with their own alternate realities and myriad possibilities.

August 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Lawsuit blocks Measure B funds

Local transit projects delayed by legal challenge
Santa Clara County's new Measure B sales tax has already collected tens of millions of dollars for a multitude of transportation upgrades, but that money is now embargoed from being spent.

August 29, 2017 | 8 comments
Police seek owner of WWII-era photo album

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in tracking down the rightful owner of a World War II-era photo album that officers discovered along Stevens Creek Trail on Monday.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Hurricane Harvey: local Rescue Wing heads to Texas

90-member Air National Guard team left from Moffett Field on Monday, bringing equipment and expertise
Rescuers from the Bay Area headed to Texas Monday to help with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, officials with the Silicon Valley Air National Guard said.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Judge tentatively rules in favor of Recall Persky campaign

With injunction lifted, campaign to begin gathering signatures as soon as possible
The group working to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky won a legal victory on Monday afternoon, when a retired judge tentatively ruled that its recall petition is lawful and can proceed, lifting a temporary restraining order that had prevented the campaign from gathering signatures to place the measure on an upcoming ballot.

August 28, 2017 | 5 comments
Free shuttles renewed for another year

Google pledges to fund community transit service through 2018
Mountain View's free community shuttles will continue navigating the city's streets for a little while longer. In recent letter sent to the city, Google officials announced the company would fund the shuttle program through the end of 2018.

August 30, 2017 | 15 comments
Third Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area

Commuters encouraged to carpool, take transit
Officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the third consecutive Spare the Air alert in the San Francisco Bay Area for today.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Heat advisory issued for Santa Clara County

Spare the Air alert also released for Saturday
A heat advisory has been issued for Santa Clara County starting Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to Monday night at 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service via the Santa Clara County Office of Public Affairs.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Tilting at windmills

Third 'Trip' with Brydon & Coogan still worth taking
The recipe remains the same in "The Trip to Spain," the third in a series initiated by 2020's "The Trip" and continued in 2014's "The Trip to Italy." Take comic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, knead them into "Steve Coogan" and "Rob Brydon," bake them into a foodie travelogue, and season to director Michael Winterbottom's taste with comic banter and personal woes. If the dish has lost its pizazz, it remains comfort food for comedy connoisseurs.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Three injured in three-car crash on El Camino

Three people were hospitalized, including one woman with serious injuries, following a three-car collision on on El Camino Real in Mountain View Thursday afternoon.

August 24, 2017 | 21 comments
A colorful new career

Instead of retiring, Mountain View woman teaches art classes with her favorite medium, the iPad
Artist Caroline Mustard moved to Mountain View to retire, but that was before her son gave her an iPad. Five years later, the 71-year-old is busy teaching art classes and creating mixed-media artwork and drawings with the device.

August 27, 2017 | 3 comments
All about tomatoes

Grilled, marinated, pickled, raw: tomato advice and inspiration from local experts
There's something about peak-season tomatoes that makes you feel ashamed to eat them at any other time of the year. We talked to local experts to find out how they're taking advantage of the summer fruit.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
A show of one's own

Former principal ballerina takes another bow
George Balanchine. Mikhail Baryshnikov. Rudolf Nureyev. Martha Graham. Alvin Ailey. These are mythic figures in the dance world, but for former principal ballerina Stephanie Herman, these greats were cast members in her life -- people she knew, studied under and danced with and for. Next week, at the age of 66, she will take to the stage once more in a debut performance of "Ballerina, a One-Woman Play," which she has written and choreographed to reflect her journey as a dancer.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Finding resilience in 'Last Things'

Widow creates graphic memoir to share story about husband's death
Within two weeks of the death of her husband, Harvey Stahl, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Berkeley author/illustrator Melissa Moss began writing about the medical crisis that had engulfed her family. More than 15 years later, the creator of the best-selling "Amelia's Notebook" middle-grade series and the founder of Creston Books, has published her graphic memoir, "Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love."

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Computer History Museum archive traces industry's early days

Immense trove of records now available to the public
After three years of effort, the Computer History Museum is ready to share a vast new archive of documents detailing the development of the modern computer.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Turkish delight

Mechanical Turk brings Istanbul-influenced rock to the Peninsula
When it came time to decide on a name that would cheekily connect their Turkish roots with their Silicon Valley audience, the tech-loving musicians (three of whom also work as computer engineers) forming a Mountain View-based rock-pop band decided that Mechanical Turk was the perfect choice.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Festival of the Arts to bring crowds downtown

Police advise the public to expect traffic delays and road closures
The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts returns to downtown this weekend, when visitors view by more than 300 artists, bring their kids for fun activities and expect traffic delays.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Water district declares emergency for Stevens Creek Trail

Expedited repairs needed to shore up crumbling creek bank, protect trail detour
Santa Clara Valley Water District officials are taking swift action to control worsening erosion along Stevens Creek Trail.

August 24, 2017 | 32 comments
Task force to overhaul MV Whisman's enrollment policies

New boundaries won't solve school overcrowding unless grandfathering is limited
Mountain View Whisman School District officials are launching a nine-month effort to untangle a complex web of enrollment priorities that dictate where parents can send their children to school.

August 24, 2017 | 13 comments
Superintendent: swift action needed for North Bayshore schools

Influx of students could cost 100s of millions for new campuses
Mountain View Whisman School District board members agreed last week that it's time to get serious about Mountain View's ambitious plans for North Bayshore.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Driver arrested in crash that killed Mountain View man

A San Jose woman has been arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter in a vehicle crash that killed a Mountain View man early Sunday morning on Highway 17, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

August 23, 2017 | 3 comments
Attorney general sides with Recall Persky campaign in legal challenge

New judge appointed to hear case next week
The state's top lawyer weighed in Tuesday on a legal battle between Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky and the group working to unseat him, intervening on behalf of the recall campaign.

August 23, 2017 | 9 comments
Man pleads not guilty to growing pot on public land

A man accused of illegally growing nearly 7,000 marijuana plants on public land in San Mateo County's Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, near Los Altos Hills, pleaded not guilty Monday morning in San Mateo County Superior Court.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Man arrested for flashing woman outside Milk Pail Market

A 58-year-old man was arrested in Mountain View Sunday afternoon after he allegedly exposed himself twice to a woman in the Milk Pail parking lot, according to police.

August 22, 2017 | 5 comments
Eclipse called 'epic,' 'eerie,' 'amazing'

Palo Altans travel to Oregon, Idaho to watch phenomenon from path of totality
A handful of Midpeninsula residents had a prime view of Monday's solar eclipse from the path of totality, an experience they described as once-in-a-lifetime.

August 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Mountain View takes a stand

For the second time in as many weeks, hundreds gathered in downtown Mountain View Saturday for a peaceful demonstration celebrating diversity.

August 21, 2017 | 20 comments
Law professors voice opposition to Persky recall

Faculty from Stanford University, elsewhere sign letter
More than 90 law professors from throughout California, including 29 from Stanford University, signed a letter this week expressing their opposition to a campaign to recall Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky.

August 19, 2017 | 5 comments
Google, SF firm end service to hate site

Google and a San Francisco-based provider of services to protect websites from attacks and speed up internet traffic Wednesday terminated their services for a white nationalist website this week.

August 18, 2017 | 3 comments
'Lucky' break(-in)

Soderbergh's latest heist comedy goes South
The caper comedy "Logan Lucky" isn't about very much. Nominally, it's about love of family and bogus notions of curses or luck, but primarily it's an escapist lark that just wants to tickle audiences for a couple of hours. And on that level, "Logan Lucky" works like gangbusters.

August 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Crossroads cuisine

Urfa Bistro distinguishes itself with authentic Middle Eastern fare
While there is an increasing number of Turkish and Middle Eastern restaurants in the area, most are indistinguishable from each other. Urfa Bistro though, was quite distinctive.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
'Next to Normal' is a powerful tearjerker

Musical explores the family impact of mental illness
Inexplicably, I've somehow never reviewed or even seen a Broadway by the Bay production until now, but it seems I've picked a fine time to start, based on its riveting production of the Pulitzer-winning musical "Next to Normal."

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
'The Troubadour's Mustache: A One-Man Musical Comedy'

As part of its new Friday late-night series, Dragon Productions Theatre presents "The Troubadour's Mustache: A One-Man Musical Comedy." Rubin produces original works blending clowning, musical comedy and storytelling.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Former county lawyer joins health care district board

Los Altos resident Neysa Fligor will fill vacant seat until 2018 election
After hours of interviews and six rounds of voting Wednesday night, El Camino Health Care District's board of directors agreed to appoint a former county lawyer with experience in the world of health care to a seat on the board.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Teacher brings Bubb community together

MV resident David Franklin receives Teacher of the Year award
For more than a decade, Bubb Elementary School teacher David Franklin has fostered a teaching style that knows no bounds.

August 18, 2017 | 2 comments
Church offers sanctuary as cold-weather homeless shelter

Supervisor Joe Simitian calls the plan a win-win
Trinity United Methodist Church is proposing to use its church property in Old Mountain View to house 50 homeless families and children during the cold winter months.

August 18, 2017 | 9 comments
Bliss Coffee opens roasting facility in Palo Alto

After several years of serving coffee from Bay Area companies like Four Barrel and Verve, the owner of a Redwood City cafe has decided to make a go at roasting his own coffee.

August 17, 2017 | No comments yet
TCE discovery halts Fairchild Drive housing project

A project to build a 26 row-houses at 277 Fairchild Drive is being delayed by officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after they discovered the site's soil exceeded safety levels for trichloroethylene (TCE).

August 18, 2017 | 31 comments
East Bay men arrested following chaotic robbery attempt

Mountain View police arrested two men on Google's campus Tuesday afternoon after a bizarre robbery attempt where the suspects tried to eject the victim from a moving car in order to avoid paying him for a laptop.

August 17, 2017 | 3 comments
Vote tonight on new health care district board member

13 applicants vie for seat left vacant by former board member Dennis Chiu
The El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors is scheduled tonight to consider appointing one of 13 applicants to a vacant seat on the board.

August 16, 2017 | 1 comment
Midpeninsula events, safety tips for the upcoming solar eclipse

Certified eclipse glasses, handheld viewers are best bets to view natural phenomenon
The Midpeninsula is getting ready for Monday's solar eclipse that will be visible from the continental U.S. for the first time in nearly 40 years.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Public's help sought for blood shortage

Donations needed to boost critically low inventory, says Stanford Blood Center
A recent drop in blood donations has led the Stanford Blood Center to ask Bay Area residents to donate blood to help meet the needs of local hospitals.

August 16, 2017 | 8 comments
Actor John Heard died of natural causes

Coroner's report finds 71-year-old suffered a 'sudden cardiac death' after back surgery
Actor John Heard, whose body was found in a Palo Alto hotel room in July, died of natural causes, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said Tuesday in a press release.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Weekend 'March on Google' canceled, organizer says

Firing of engineer spurred calls for right-wing rally at Google offices; local counter-protest will go on as planned
UPDATE: The deadly clashes between alt-right demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia have shaken the nation, spurring alarm and condemnation from political leaders across the spectrum. Mountain View leaders were concerned their city could be the setting for the next violent skirmish, but it looks like it won't be happening this weekend, after all.

August 15, 2017 | 19 comments
Dust still settling as MV kids return to school

Crews race to the finish campus construction projects over summer break
Dozens of kindergarteners from all over Mountain View filed into brand new portable classrooms at Stevenson Elementary on the first day of school Monday, just feet away from the school's old campus, which is now an active construction site.

August 14, 2017 | 3 comments
Vigil against hate attracts hundreds

Residents from multiple cities turn out in support of Charlottesville
Several hundred people marched in a candlelight procession in Mountain View on Sunday night in solidarity against white supremacist and hate groups.

August 14, 2017 | 13 comments
Vigils on Sunday respond to Charlottesville violence

Residents and local groups are holding vigils on Sunday after the violence by extremist right-wing groups in Charlottesville, Virginia.

August 13, 2017 | 14 comments
Ruling temporarily halts campaign to recall Brock Turner judge

Persky asserts state, not county, should have authorized signature gathering
The effort to recall Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky has been temporarily halted, with a judge approving a restraining order to stop the campaign from collecting the signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot next summer.

August 12, 2017 | 6 comments
Rent control rumored to be driving apartment sales

Sales in Mountain View are soaring, but is Measure V the cause?
Mountain View's rent-control program has already survived political and legal trials -- but what about the business test? An increasing number of apartment owners appear to be cashing out rather than working under the new restrictions.

August 14, 2017 | 29 comments
North Korea threat hangs over Mattis visit

Defense secretary says diplomacy remains U.S. priority
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Mountain View on Thursday intending to highlight the development of new military technology. But the weaponry that stole the show was a throwback to the Cold War: nuclear arms and their destructive power that still remains essentially unchecked.

August 11, 2017 | 53 comments
Crime briefs: Bicyclist stopped; construction tools swiped

This week in police reports, two storage lockers were burglarized and police arrested a bicyclist after allegedly finding him in possession of burglary tools.

August 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Susan Dackerman to lead Cantor Arts Center

Susan Dackerman has been appointed director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University and will officially join the staff on Sept. 18, the university announced in a press release.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Isn't she a doll?

'Annabelle: Creation' an effective creepshow
When leg-braced Little Orphan Janice (Talitha Bateman) discovers big ol' creepy doll Annabelle, the human girl unleashes a supernatural horror in "Annabelle: Creation."

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Photo essay: Inside Cubberley

Why the community center attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually
When looking at photographs of Cubberley Community Center from the 1960s when the facility served as a high school, it's hard to notice anything different from how the grounds look today.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: Mountain View, 94043; save the date

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including Midpeninsula zip codes ranking in the top 10 toughest places to build, luxury homes sales rising in Silicon Valley and Gamble Garden's upcoming Community Day.

August 10, 2017 | 8 comments
Home sales

A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Delivery robots heading to Mountain View

Three companies seek city approval to launch pilot programs on city sidewalks
Robots in Mountain View are already driving passengers, running security patrols and baking pizzas. But very soon, these automatons could also be delivering dinner, going on beer runs or picking up your dry cleaning.

August 10, 2017 | 25 comments
Just keep swimming

Dragon offers poignant production of British dramedy
Dragon Productions Theatre Company has been waiting a long time to produce the regional premiere of British playwright Charlotte Jones' "Airswimming." It was worth the wait.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
'Chapel' by Lora Webb and Danny Smith

The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents "Chapel," a sound-and-video installation by Lora Webb and Danny Smith composed of footage of the Calera Chapel in Calera, Texas, taken over the course of a single day.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Some people call him the Space Cowboy ...

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View and 98.5 KFOX present a concert of classic rock, featuring Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton and special guest Night Ranger on Saturday, Aug. 12.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Long road ahead in fight against Lyme disease

MV woman to embark on 155-mile pilgrimage to raise funds to fight the tick-borne illness
Mountain View resident Debbie Nelson has been hitting the trails at Rancho San Antonio every week, taking on the steep inclines along the PG&E trail with trekking poles in-hand.

August 11, 2017 | 13 comments
Free summer lunch program reaches more hungry children

More than 60,000 meals served at MV schools, parks and the library
In just two years, the Mountain View Whisman School District has quadrupled the number of meals served to hungry kids during the summer months.

August 10, 2017 | 7 comments
Burglary suspect posed as PG&E employee

A middle-aged man posing as a PG&E employee reportedly committed a burglary in Mountain View late last month, stealing jewelery from a home he claimed to be inspecting for the utility company.

August 9, 2017 | 4 comments
Burglary tools found on bicyclist

Police arrested a San Jose man on Wednesday last week after he was allegedly found to be in possession of burglary tools as well as a company badge and a debit card that did not belong to him.

August 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Gas prices are on the rise

Bay Area, state see increase; solar eclipse triggers boost in production
Gas prices in cities across the Bay Area and California are on the rise, according to an AAA spokesman.

August 9, 2017 | 4 comments
Santa Clara County looking for transgender services program manager

Applications for position open until Aug. 30
Santa Clara County officials on Friday announced the county is expanding services to the transgender community with the hiring of a Transgender Services Program Manager.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County reports its first West Nile virus case of the year

Dead bird found in city of Santa Clara tests positive for disease
Santa Clara County Vector Control District officials said Monday that the year's first instance of West Nile virus in the county has been reported after a dead crow was found in the city of Santa Clara.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Caltrain fares to increase in October

Fee increase to help fund system operations
Caltrain fares are going up, with adult fares increasing 25 cents as of Oct. 1, to provide revenue to cover the cost of operating the system, the agency announced.

August 7, 2017 | 10 comments
City signals concern over Army's Orion Park plans

Deadline extended for lease/development proposals for lucrative, contaminated Army housing site
Sure, it may be a Superfund site, but the former military housing compound known as Orion Park is still a lucrative piece of land near Moffett Field. The U.S. Army has been working to lease out the 30-acre site to generate revenue, but its process is raising concerns among Mountain View officials.

August 7, 2017 | 13 comments
'Java with Jerry' in Mountain View

State Sen. hosting community event with constituents on Aug. 16
State Sen. Jerry Hill will hold “Java with Jerry," a community coffee event, from 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Clocktower Coffee Roasting Company, 205 East Middlefield Road in Mountain View.

August 7, 2017 | 5 comments
Symposium highlights new chronic fatigue syndrome research

Aug. 12 event geared to the community caps three-day gathering of the world's top researchers
A community symposium with world researchers of one of the world's most puzzling diseases will take place at Stanford University on Aug. 12. Scientists will meet with the public to discuss the latest findings on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

August 5, 2017 | 2 comments
Carving life from a dead tree

Palo Alto couple's hazardous acacia turns into beautiful yard art
Local woodcarver Tualau Tauheluhelu, who has been working on his craft for 44 years, creates art pieces that can cost upwards of $50,000 to $60,000.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: hands-on art; brew your own

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a family-friendly event at the Palo alto Art Center, class on homemade beer and Gamble Gardens' upcoming "Tomato Extravaganza."

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Vintage-game night at CHM

On Friday nights, the Computer History Museum partners with Off the Grid to offer seven food trucks, CHM exhibits with new extended hours and live music. This week, the theme is vintage computer games.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Community Center closes for two-year remodel

$23.5 million project will expand, upgrade lively social hub at Rengstorff Park
The Mountain View Community Center at Rengstorff Park will get a much-needed remodel starting later this month to expand and spruce up the aging facility.

August 4, 2017 | 6 comments
ICE raid reported at Park Vista apartments

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials reportedly targeted an apartment complex on Escuela Avenue in Mountain View early this morning, according to witnesses present during the raid.

August 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Brock Turner judge hires Trump consultant

Recall, retain efforts ramp up fundraising in anticipation of 2018 ballot measure
Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County judge facing a recall measure in the wake of his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner, has hired a political consultant who worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

August 3, 2017 | 6 comments
Paris climate accord gets Bay Area endorsement

Unanimous vote of resolution commits district to national, global initiatives seeking to fight climate change
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors voted Wednesday to support the Paris climate agreement despite President Donald Trump's intention to withdraw from the accord.

August 3, 2017 | 5 comments
Regional plan aims to ease traffic by boosting housing

Road map for Bay Area growth paints a sustainable future, but with a lot of assumptions
Bay Area city and county officials approved a massive plan last week that promises to turn the tide on gridlock traffic and high housing costs that have gone from bad to worse over the last decade.

August 4, 2017 | 26 comments
Playing mantis

'The Notorious B.U.G.' explores human gender norms from an insect's perspective
"Being the mantis is very liberating," playwright Marjorie Hazeltine said. "I have a lot of friends who have such complex relationships with their bodies, and so much shame and self-loathing. The mantis would never do that.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
From park to table

Soil & Water gardening club enjoy harvest potluck at Mountain View's Heritage Park
Harvest season is here for Mountain View's budding gardeners. The gardening club Soil & Water savored a spread of salads, casseroles and stews made from the produce they've cultivated at the city's new Heritage Park.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Neighborhood wave

Emerald Hills Cafe & Roastery brings exacting standards to third-wave coffee menu
Located high in the winding hills above Redwood City, next to a taqueria and across from a vacant lot, Emerald Hills is an unassuming neighborhood cafe pouring cups of carefully crafted, third-wave coffee.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Mountain View's night out

City hosts National Night Out event at Rengstorff Park
Meeting a friendly face in public safety was a walk in the park Tuesday night, as kids and families poured into Rengstorff Park for Mountain View's annual National Night Out celebration.

August 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Former Mountain View martial arts instructor convicted of rape

Co-founder of studio found guilty of 1993 rape of his teenage cousin
The co-founder of a martial arts studio that was located in Mountain View was convicted of rape on Friday, a Santa Clara County prosecutor said. Jorge Alberto Tejada, 41, was found guilty of raping his teenage cousin in 1993, a Santa Clara County Superior Court jury in San Jose found.

August 1, 2017 | 10 comments
Bay Area Spare the Air Alert issued for Tuesday

Light winds, triple-digit inland temperatures prompt notice
A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Tuesday in the Bay Area because of an excessive amount of smog expected in the region, air quality officials said.

July 31, 2017 | 3 comments
'Lord of the Flies'

Has it been a while since you read "Lord of the Flies," William Golding's haunting novel about how quickly civilization gives way to savage chaos when a group of upper-class schoolboys are stranded on a desert island? Youth theater company A Theatre Near U has teamed up with the Pear Theatre for a production, adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams, starring 10 local teens (including some from Palo Alto and Mountain View high schools), which will bring the dark tale alive for modern audiences.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
FAA report looks to change noisy SFO-arrivals path

Federal agency evaluates the feasibility of 104 recommendations submitted in October
A new flight path that would reduce noise over Palo Alto and surrounding cities is being developed by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a recently released report.

July 30, 2017 | 9 comments
MV firefighters help control wildfire

Local fire crews sent to protect Mariposa homes from the Detwiler Fire
Nine Mountain View firefighters are back in town after aiding in a state-wide effort to control a Mariposa County fire that has scorched north of 81,000 acres.

July 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Home front: caring for stone; festival of the arts

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a class on how to care for clean and maintain your natural stone and concrete surfaces and next month's Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Saving seeds for the future

Expert gardeners encourage gathering seeds to preserve heirloom fruits and vegetables
After plants grow and ripen, gardeners will often save seeds for replanting - doing so saves money and helps sustain crop diversity, which gives future plants traits to keep them healthy and strong.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
How Silicon Valley is inventing the future of cars

Legacy automakers, startups have made the Valley ground zero for innovation in the automobile industry
When it comes to the automotive industry of today, turn to the "new" Motor City: Silicon Valley. Instead of mechanics with their sleeves rolled up, there are engineers at companies like Google who are dictating where the trillion-dollar industry -- which notched a record 17.55 million vehicles sold in 2016 -- turns next.

July 29, 2017 | 2 comments
Va-va-boom

'Atomic Blonde' Charlize Theron sets off action thriller
The new action thriller "Atomic Blonde" -- from the co-director of "John Wick" -- indulges a spy fantasy, only one grottier than even the grottiest James Bond. With star Charlize Theron at the helm and Wonder Woman already blazing a path at the box office, a new franchise may well be born.

July 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Debate over rent control's start date heading to court

Effective date for measure becomes heated issue between tenant advocates and landlord group
Mountain View's new rent-control measure is headed back to the courtroom. Earlier this week, the city's Rental Housing Committee decided to return to civil court for clarity on when the far-reaching law was supposed to take effect.

July 28, 2017 | 26 comments
Mountain View artist's work reflects range of influences, experiences

Retrospective exhibit opens August 2 in Palo Alto
Many artists find creative inspiration when facing adversity. Mountain View resident Pari Ram counted herself among them when she lived in her native Tehran during the Iranian Revolution and the tumultuous years that followed. A retrospective of her work opens in August.

July 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Lots of blame over restaurant's closure

Owners, landlord point fingers over Morocco's, which shuttered abruptly in April
The owners of Morocco's restaurant are alleging they were forced out after their landlord essentially doubled their monthly rent. But the property owners dispute that claim, saying they they are the ones hurt by the downtown restaurant's abrupt closure this spring.

July 27, 2017 | 30 comments
Free summer camp helps fight summer brain drain

Parent volunteers host fifth year of Bullis Booster Camp for low-income students
Dozens of Mountain View kids left lazy summer days behind, instead taking part in a fast-paced free summer camp hosted by parent volunteers at Bullis Charter School.

July 28, 2017 | 6 comments
Early start aids school district hiring spree

Mountain View Whisman still losing one-fifth of its teaching staff each year
Last year, some classrooms went without permanent teachers for more than a month after school started.

August 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Neighbors irate over school district's early-hours construction

School construction is in full swing this summer, and there's no better example than Castro Elementary. But for nearby residents, the aggressive work schedule may be moving a little too fast.

July 28, 2017 | 23 comments
El Camino plans to open new clinic in San Jose

$3.6M primary care facility expands El Camino Hospital's presence beyond health care district's boundaries
In an ongoing effort to extend its reach well beyond Mountain View and neighboring cities, El Camino Hospital is aiming to spend $3.6 million on a new primary care clinic in west San Jose.

July 27, 2017 | 5 comments
New Chinese narratives

Exhibition offers glimpse into China's contemporary art scene
In its fifth exhibition to date, titled "Form Through Narrative: New Chinese Art," Pace Gallery in Palo Alto features the work of six modern Chinese artists.

July 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Rent committee pushes landlord-friendly changes to policy

City's attorneys warn that decision on fair profits for apartment owners could lead to legal challenge
Mountain View's proposed rent control policies would be the most generous for landlords in the state, according to rent control advocates. But on Monday, the city's Rental Housing Committee decided to tilt the balance even more in favor of property owners.

July 26, 2017 | 23 comments
Police warn of phone scam demanding ransom

Caller threatens harm to purportedly kidnapped loved ones
A virtual kidnapping scam involving a demand for ransom in exchange for a loved one's release reported across the country has reached the Midpeninsula in recent weeks, police said Tuesday.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
'Not guilty' plea in attempted murder of doctors

Terminal cancer patient brought two guns to allegedly kill three physicians
A Visalia man accused of plotting to kill three Bay Area doctors for treatments he claims harmed him pleaded not guilty to three counts of premeditated attempted murder on Tuesday.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Ogres and dragons and donkeys, oh my

Foothill's 'Shrek The Musical' is a colorful, cartoonish spectacle
I didn't catch any references to Perry, the Palo Alto donkey who served as the model for Donkey in the hit 2001 animated film "Shrek," but Foothill Music Theatre's new production of "Shrek The Musical," directed by Milissa Carey, is nevertheless full of goofy, referential fun.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Suspect sought in screwdriver attack

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed a person with a screwdriver after he and the victim got into an argument over a song on the radio.

July 25, 2017 | 1 comment
Man arrested for In-N-Out cheeseburger theft

A 24-year-old transient man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly grabbed a bag full of cheeseburgers from an In-N-Out drive-thru as the server was handing the food through the window.

July 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Governor signs CalFresh referral bill by Berman

New law improves connections between Calfresh applicants and emergency food providers
Assembly Bill 323, authored by Assemblyman Marc Berman, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last Monday, allowing counties to connect CalFresh applicants to emergency food providers through a referral from a 2-1-1 service.

July 25, 2017 | 2 comments
Elected leaders celebrate start of Caltrain electrification project

First electric trains expected to begin running in late 2020 or early 2021
Gov. Jerry Brown and other elected leaders were at the Millbrae Caltrain station Friday to celebrate the beginning of a project to electrify a large portion of Caltrain service within the next four years.

July 23, 2017 | 9 comments
Hollywood actor John Heard found dead in Palo Alto

Police discover actor in hotel room
Hollywood actor John Heard, 71, best known as the dad from "Home Alone," died in a Palo Alto hotel room on Friday afternoon, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

July 22, 2017 | 5 comments
Peninsula economy labor growth stalled

A study of economic indicators shows signs of life despite housing, wage challenges
A midyear analysis of Silicon Valley and San Francisco Peninsula economic trends shows unemployment at its lowest rate since the dot-com boom, but job growth has slowed and growth in the labor force has stopped, according to a July update by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.

July 24, 2017 | 2 comments
Federal judge keeps injunction blocking Trump order on sanctuary cities in place

Court also declines Department of Justice's request to dismiss suits from Santa Clara County, San Francisco
A federal judge in San Francisco Thursday denied a request by President Donald Trump's administration to lift an injunction blocking the president's executive order on sanctuary cities.

July 22, 2017 | 5 comments
Launching rent control has hefty price tag

City leaders dismayed at covering program's initial expenses
Rent control is touted as a way to clamp down on housing expenses, but in at least one regard it's fast becoming a money pit for Mountain View. Getting the controversial program off the ground has already been budgeted to cost more than $860,000, and city officials are grudgingly pay that sum in advance.

July 21, 2017 | 40 comments
Land, sea, air

Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' recalls WWII rescue
With his WWII drama "Dunkirk," writer-director Christopher Nolan applies his trademark ingenuity and clockwork precision to an otherwise straightforward story. The director of "The Dark Knight" and "Interstellar" has been called a "maximalist" filmmaker, a reputation bolstered by his insistence on using film and practical effects over the prevalent digital technologies.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
It's all about the details at Vina Enoteca

Chef Rocco Scordella assembles first-rate team for his new Italian restaurant
Rocco Scordella has assembled a first-rate team for his newest restaurant at the barn, Vina Enoteca, which opened last October in the former space of California Cafe next to Tootsie's.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Man arrested in suspected concert drug sale

A 20-year-old man was arrested at the Audiotistic Festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre over the weekend after he was allegedly caught giving away Ecstasy pills.

July 21, 2017 | 2 comments
'Musical Manga' is a marvel

TheatreWorks offers wonderful world premiere of 'The Four Immigrants'
I've seen many good productions from TheatreWorks over the years but its newest, the world premiere of Min Kahng's "The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga," is surely one of the best. Smart, funny, touching and visually stunning, it's simply wonderful.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Local artist, global impact

Drue Kataoka on helping humanity, hacking the senses and the VR revolution
It's hard to imagine a better ambassador for the local art scene than Drue Kataoka. An alumna of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton and Stanford University, she utilizes cutting-edge media, speaks passionately about the integral relationship between arts and sciences, and has a strong social-justice conscience, with the high-profile track record to back it all up.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
San Antonio center near completion

Office park searches for new corporate tenant
It took nearly half a decade, but a massive new office campus at the San Antonio Shopping Center is almost complete. The question is: Who's going to be moving in?

July 20, 2017 | 58 comments
Eshoo holds town hall meeting Saturday

Event will be livestreamed on congresswoman's Facebook page
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, will be stopping by the 18th Congressional District to meet with constituents for a town hall meeting on Saturday in Saratoga.

July 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Suspected mail thief arrested in MV

Police arrested a Santa Clara man last week after he was pulled over and allegedly found to be in possession of mail and packages that did not belong to him.

July 20, 2017 | 9 comments
Police seek armed robbers

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in finding two men who robbed a business with a handgun and made off with more than $1,000.

July 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Space science soars at Mountain View High

Teachers fit high-powered rockets, satellites and radio telescopes into the classroom
After students cleared out of Mountain View High School for summer break, physics teacher Steve Widmark rolled up his sleeves and got to work building a giant radio telescope on the roof of his classroom.

July 21, 2017 | 3 comments
Still no solid plan for school bond money

Exhaustive real estate search leaves future school prospects uncertain
The final day of July will mark the 1,000th day since the Los Altos School District's $150 million Measure N bond squeaked by at the ballot box.

July 19, 2017 | 17 comments
Health care district board seeks new member

Board members say appointment beats a costly special election
With a vacant seat on its board of directors since the end of last month, the El Camino Healthcare District is accepting applications through Aug. 1 for a new member.

July 18, 2017 | 1 comment
Tenant attorneys seek clarity on rent-control kickoff

Millions of dollars at stake in dispute over when rent-control law took effect
Could Mountain View's landlords soon be on the hook to pay back a small fortune in overcharged rents?

July 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Two arrested after hours-long standoff with police, SWAT team

Mountain View police arrested two people involved in a domestic dispute early Sunday morning after both allegedly refused to come out of a Hope Street residence, prompting an hours-long standoff with pollice and forcing nearby residents to stay indoors.

July 16, 2017 | 11 comments
Award-winning Stanford math professor dies

Maryan Mirzakhani was first woman to win Fields Medal
Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' leading award, has died of cancer at the age of 40, according to Stanford News Service.

July 15, 2017 | 1 comment
Heat warning for this weekend

Heat sensitive residents of the Bay Area's inland areas are at moderate to high risk of heat-related illnesses and higher fire danger as temperatures rise this weekend, National Weather Service officials said.

July 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Obon Festival this weekend at Buddhist Temple

The Mountain View Buddhist Temple (MVBT) celebrates its annual Obon Festival, a midsummer Buddhist holiday, on Saturday, July 15, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, from noon to 9 p.m.

July 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Ape-ocalypse Now

Simian Caesar goes to 'War for the Planet of the Apes'
At one point in "War for the Planet of the Apes" -- the third film in Fox's rebooted "Apes" franchise -- the human antagonist stares down ape antihero Caesar and wonders at him. "My God, look at your eyes. Almost human." He's saying what we're all thinking. The advanced state of visual effects here, a combination of motion-capture and computer-generated imagery, dazzles (and winningly) in service of a serious-minded allegory.

July 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Obon Festival this weekend at Buddhist Temple

The Mountain View Buddhist Temple (MVBT) celebrates its annual Obon Festival, a midsummer Buddhist holiday, on Saturday, July 15, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, from noon to 9 p.m.

July 13, 2017 | No comments yet
A graveyard of Google bikes

Company bikes winding up in the creek
It's just one of the many perks of working at Google -- employees can take their pick from about 1,000 brightly colored bicycles to joyride around Mountain View. But the famous Google bike program has an ongoing problem that spikes in the warm summer months when a large number of its fleet goes missing.

July 17, 2017 | 58 comments
Brouhaha continues over city's business licenses

More complaints emerge from residents targeted in sweep
Mountain View's ongoing dragnet targeting unlicensed businesses operating in the city may be creating more problems than it is solving. Since the effort launched last year, the city has netted just over $10,000 in new license fees, but it is burning through the goodwill of many residents.

July 13, 2017 | 18 comments
Judge mulling over sanctuary city order suits

Temporary ban was brought through lawsuits filed by Santa Clara County, city of San Francisco
A federal judge said Wednesday that he is likely to keep in place a preliminary injunction issued in a pair of lawsuits filed by Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco that blocked President Donald Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities and counties.

July 13, 2017 | 3 comments
Relocation plan for MV Planned Parenthood in the works

Proposed site for the clinic remains under wraps during real estate negotiations
Santa Clara County officials are negotiating a deal to keep Planned Parenthood's only North County clinic here in Mountain View.

July 12, 2017 | 3 comments
Regional plans for major housing growth up for approval

Elected officials from all nine Bay Area counties are set to vote later this month on a road map for sustainable growth in the region over the next 23 years. The plan envisions Mountain View as a key player in fighting the affordability crisis.

July 14, 2017 | 46 comments
More mobile health services coming to Mountain View

Health care district's $7 million grant program focuses on homeless and low-income residents
Responding to rising levels of homelessness and poor access to health care among the North County's neediest residents, the El Camino Healthcare District has approved more than $1.3 million in grants this year to fund mobile health services.

July 14, 2017 | 6 comments
Supervisor Simitian to hold 'sidewalk office hours'

Series of public events to be held at farmers' markets
Community members can stop by their local farmers' markets this weekend to talk about issues of interest and concern with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. He will be in Mountain View for his "sidewalk office hours" on July 16.

July 12, 2017 | 6 comments
Gemello

'A kid-friendly neighborhood'
When Jeanne Evilsizer moved to the Gemello neighborhood in 1977, there was a winery in the spot where today's Gemello Village retail complex now stands. The area was known for its red wines made from grapes from the surrounding cities of Los Altos, Saratoga and Campbell.

August 1, 2017 | 3 comments
Union claims high infection rates in Stanford Hospital dispute

Medicare penalized Stanford Health Care two years in a row for high hospital-acquired infections
Members of the health workers union serving Stanford Hospital claim the high hospital-acquired infection rates are because of inadequate staffing and training, the group said during a press conference on Tuesday.

July 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Brush fire reported near Highway 237 in Mountain View

Firefighters responded to a brush fire in Mountain View this afternoon near state Highway 237, Central Expressway and Ravendale Drive, according to the Mountain View Fire Department

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Rent committee punts on tough questions

Public comment overwhelms meeting on rent-limit exceptions
In their most difficult meeting to date, members of the city's Rental Housing Committee were clearly overwhelmed as they tried to draft special rules to ensure that landlords earn a fair profit despite the city's new rent-control law.

July 11, 2017 | 42 comments
Union City woman arrested on vehicle theft, drug charges

Police arrested a 27-year-old Union City woman in Mountain View last week after she was reportedly caught driving a vehicle that was stolen in San Jose.

July 11, 2017 | 2 comments
Andrew Fraknoi presents kids' program on sun's total eclipse

Andrew Fraknoi, chair of the Foothill College astronomy department and co-author of a kids' book about eclipses called "When the Sun Goes Dark," will give a free talk at the main Menlo Park library (800 Alma St.) on Thursday, July 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Highly anticipated Nobu opens in downtown Palo Alto

New restaurant to serve 'locally inspired' dishes and cocktails
The first Northern California outpost of acclaimed Japanese restaurant group Nobu officially opened its doors in downtown Palo Alto on Friday, July 7.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Technology Showcase July 12 in Mountain View

Mountain View's annual Technology Showcase is set to take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza at 500 Castro St. The event is free and open to the public.

July 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Rental committee set to decide on landlords' profits tonight

Rules would guide how landlords can raise rents higher than CPI
Mountain View's Rental Housing Committee on Monday night is set to decide on "fair rate of return" standards for thousands of apartments in the city. The decision will lay down the guiding principles for how much profit landlords are entitled to gain from their properties.

July 10, 2017 | 30 comments
Highly anticipated Nobu opens in downtown Palo Alto

New restaurant to serve 'locally inspired' dishes and cocktails
The first Northern California outpost of acclaimed Japanese restaurant group Nobu officially opened its doors in downtown Palo Alto on Friday, July 7.

July 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Police seeking man for indecent exposure

Police are asking for the public's help finding a man who reportedly exposed himself to a jogger on Sunday morning in the North Bayshore area.

July 10, 2017 | 8 comments
Facebook unveils plans for giant new development in Menlo Park

Company plans to build 3.45 million square feet of housing, office and retail space
Facebook, which hit 2 billion users June 27, has announced plans for a major new office, residential and retail development near its headquarters at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park.

July 8, 2017 | 3 comments
Movie review: Web design upgrade

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' goes back to school
We're deep enough into the age of comic-book movies that "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in some ways feels like a throwback. Conspicuously kid friendly, the first Spider-Man movie to be produced by Marvel Studios -- as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- not only doesn't shy from being goofy, but it cheerfully embraces the cartoony.

July 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Restaurant review: So much food, so little flavor

Hit or miss Mediterranean fast-casual food at Sajj in Mountain View
Sajj Mediterranean in Mountain View feels more like a fueling station than a restaurant. With two food trucks, five restaurant locations (and more to come), it has done to Mediterranean food what Chipotle has done to Mexican food -- made it fast, customizable and, too often, forgettable.

July 7, 2017 | 1 comment
Common Ground's garden tour spotlights edible bounty

July 8 event focuses on crop resilience
Common Ground's 11th Annual Edible Garden Tour on July 8 is running on the theme, "community resilience," which focuses on how gardening enthusiasts can create more resilient gardens with food that will last.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Cautious high school district holds on to reserves

Conservative budget excludes earlier-reviewed behavioral health, other initiatives
Despite talk of launching expensive new programs and spending down reserves earlier this year, the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District opted to take a cautious approach to the budget.

July 7, 2017 | 1 comment
Mountain View council balks at developer's proposed 'public benefits'

The insatiable need for more housing was enough to win approvals for a 211-unit apartment project that will go up along Mountain View's crowded El Camino Real corridor. But the City Council rejected the developer's ideas for what would constitute required public benefits of the project.

July 6, 2017 | 36 comments
Mountain View joins climate-change coalition

In response to the recent Trump administration decision to pull out of the international Paris Agreement to combat climate change, Mountain View is now joining a coalition of cities across the U.S. that are pledging to uphold provisions of the agreement.

July 7, 2017 | 12 comments
Two-alarm fire destroys MV townhouse

Resident blames coffee roaster for sparking blaze
An electric coffee-roaster may have sparked a two-alarm structure fire in Mountain View on Wednesday morning that ended up gutting a Jackson Park townhouse.

July 5, 2017 | 2 comments
Los Altos acupuncturist charged with insurance fraud

A Los Altos acupuncturist has been charged with fraudulently billing insurance companies for treatments that he never gave, Santa Clara County prosecutors said Monday.

July 5, 2017 | No comments yet
A midsummer night's mash-up

Pear Theatre's pseudo-Shakespearean 'What You Will' is a must-see
Palace intrigue. Mistaken identities. Kidnapping, quarreling lovers and civil unrest in the dukedom. Sound like Shakespeare? Well, it is and it isn't -- at least, not quite as written by the Bard himself.
"What You Will" ("the Shakespeare play that Shakespeare never wrote") makes its world-premiere run at the Pear Theatre through July 16.

July 3, 2017 | No comments yet
VA Palo Alto Health Care System gets a new director

Thomas 'Tony' Fitzgerald started working in new role on June 25
Thomas Fitzgerald III started serving as the new director of the Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System last week, overseeing health care services to more than 93,000 veterans.

July 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Wildfire near Shoreline Park under investigation

Firefighters raced to Mountain View's baylands on Sunday afternoon to put out a grass fire that was quickly spreading in the windy weather. The fire reportedly burned an acre of vegetation near a parking lot Terminal Boulevard.

July 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Equipment failure blamed for MV power outage

An equipment failure caused a power outage Sunday evening for 3,185 PG&E electric customers in the Mountain View area, PG&E officials said.

July 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Brock Turner judge responds to recall

Persky: 'my role is to consider both sides'
Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County judge who is facing a recall after his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner last summer, spoke out for the first time on Friday in a statement filed with the county Registrar of Voters.

July 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist evading police dies in crash

Stolen motorcycle crashed into tree; officers performed CPR on rider
A man driving a stolen motorcycle died after the motorcycle hit a tree in Mountain View early Saturday morning, a police spokeswoman said.

July 1, 2017 | No comments yet
New census shows Mountain View homeless population growing

County's recently released report on biannual homeless count shows increase in families, youth
Call it Exhibit A of Silicon Valley's worsening housing crisis " a new Santa Clara County homeless census has found a spike in the number of people living on the street in Mountain View and several nearby cities.

June 30, 2017 | 37 comments
Kids get a summer lunch break

Free program aims to put a dent in childhood hunger while school is out
Children at Rengstorff Park took a break from some summer fun to grab a free lunch last Friday. The meals are handed out to all children, no questions asked, and are provided by the Mountain View Whisman School District.

July 1, 2017 | 3 comments
Suspect in 2008 MV slayings arrested in Sacramento

Nicory Spann charged with attempted murder for shooting deputy
A man previously linked to a 2008 double-homicide in Mountain View was arrested in Sacramento County this week for allegedly attacking a sheriff's deputy and shooting him in the face.

June 30, 2017 | 4 comments
Love 'Sick'

True story 'The Big Sick' has heart and laughs
It's funny because it's true. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") takes this comedy credo to heart with "The Big Sick," a romantic comedy he co-wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon.

June 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Independence Day ideas

Local options for celebrating America's birthday
Staying in town for the Fourth of July? We've got plenty of local options for celebrating America's birthday, from fireworks in Mountain View to Palo Alto's annual Chili Cookoff, as well as a rodeo in Woodside and Redwood City's Independence Day parade.

June 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Jazz for kids

Families are invited to bring the little ones to get a head start on jazz appreciation this weekend, when Stanford Jazz Workshop's Jim Nadel and the Zookeepers presents a program of kid-friendly jazz.

June 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

June 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: waste-free party; cool your yard

A roundup of tips including how to get free party packs that will benefit the environment and how to create shade in your backyard.

June 29, 2017 | No comments yet
City budget holds big payday for employees

Higher lease revenues from Google boost raises in City Hall
The big theme of Mountain View's $125 million budget is the city is due to get a huge windfall -- and officials have already figured out how to spend some of it.

June 30, 2017 | 17 comments
Calls for North Bayshore housing cap sparks concern

Goal of 10,000 new units remains, despite plan to reassess impacts at 3,000
Are Mountain View leaders scaling back their ambitious roadmap for housing in North Bayshore?
Plenty of public speakers seemed to think so as they complained on Tuesday that a proposed "check-in" cap could be exploited to delay construction on thousands of apartments.

June 29, 2017 | 25 comments
Community fund gives largest grant total in its history to local nonprofits

More than 300 community members including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation made contributions
The Palo Alto Community Fund awarded more than $406,000 in grants to 43 nonprofits on the Peninsula this year, the largest amount it has ever given, according to a press release issued Tuesday from the organization.

July 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Senate bill would slash Medi-Cal coverage in Santa Clara County

Republican plan's cuts to Medicaid amount to over $200M loss for county hospital system
California politicians and hospital officials are speaking out against the Senate Republican health care bill.

June 28, 2017 | 1 comment
More deficit spending for MV Whisman school district

District spending down reserve funds, then must trim costly programs by 2021
In an effort to spend down bloated reserves and help the students who need it most, the Mountain View Whisman School District's board of trustees agreed earlier this month to its second straight year of deficit spending.

June 29, 2017 | 7 comments
Modular homes coming to Mountain View?

Google plans to build 300 small, pre-fab units at Bay View
It might be a glimpse of the future of Bay Area housing -- rows and rows of pre-built, easily assembled homes, each perhaps not much larger than a walk-in fridge.

June 28, 2017 | 9 comments
High school district seeks vacant city land

Long-term lease could expand crowded Mountain View High campus
Faced with little room for enrollment growth, Mountain View-Los Altos High School District officials say a vacant city-owned parcel north of Mountain View High could be just the release valve they need to house hundreds of new students.

June 28, 2017 | 7 comments
Treading water

Dragon offers a tense, well-acted production of 'The North Pool'
A high-school student and his vice principal engage in an escalating game of cat-and-mouse in Rajiv Joseph's "The North Pool," currently presented at the Dragon Theatre.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Group seeking to recall Brock Turner judge to petition for 2018 ballot

More than 50 county leaders sign notice of intent submitted to Registrar of Voters
A group seeking to oust Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County Superior Court judge who sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in county jail last year, filed a notice of intent to circulate a recall petition on Monday morning.

June 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Local Realtors rank nationally in real estate sales

No. 2 agent in U.S. sells $800 million in Los Altos area
Six teams of local Realtors as well as 17 individual agents ranked among the top 250 sellers nationwide this year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that publishes "The Thousand" list each year.

June 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Phasing in North Bayshore housing surge

City Council to consider starting slowly with new 1,500 homes; plan calls for nearly 10,000 housing units
The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday night will take a fresh look at plans to build out housing in the city's North Bayshore tech center and assess whether the area can sustain such rapid growth.

June 26, 2017 | 28 comments
Tonight: Mountain View meeting on Caltrain fare proposals

Parking, monthly pass and zone rates would increase, 8-ride passes eliminated
Caltrain commuters have an opportunity to speak out about proposed pricing changes for trips and parking spots at a public meeting in Mountain View tonight.

June 26, 2017 | 7 comments
Dig in

Irreconcilable personal ethics trouble 'Beatriz at Dinner'
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well, as the old song goes, “We'll find out as sure as we live ...Something's gotta give, something's gotta give, something's gotta give." Screenwriter Mike White and director Miguel Arteta -- frequent collaborators, most recently on HBO's “Enlightened" -- make our nation's political intractability the stuff of comedy and drama in their provocative new film “Beatriz at Dinner," which dramatizes the spiritual exhaustion of our time.

June 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Do-it-yourself party favors

Let your guests leave with a memory
If you're hosting a little girls' birthday party, a summer fiesta, a tea party or maybe a bridal shower, you could make your own headbands and give them as favors.

June 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Mountain View council rejects downtown hotel plan

Mountain View leaders on Tuesday pulled the plug on negotiations to sell or lease a downtown park so it could be redeveloped into a luxury hotel. The council announced they unanimously voted against the plan at a June 20 closed-session discussion.

June 23, 2017 | 12 comments
Police searching for carjacking suspect who fired a gunshot

Mountain View police are looking for a man suspected of firing a gun at a liquor store and later carjacking a Honda CR-Z in the Rex Manor neighborhood Thursday night.

June 23, 2017 | 6 comments
Pretty on the outside

British Bankers Club has visual appeal but food goes astray
The recently reopened British Bankers Club in Menlo Park has all the elements of a destination restaurant, except for the food itself.

June 22, 2017 | 4 comments
Home sales

Cowper Street home in Palo Alto sells for $30 million
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: sewing session; garden of eats

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a sewing session at the Mountain View Public Library, Common Ground Garden's Edible Garden Tour fundraiser and a succulents class in San Carlos.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Fifth summer Spare the Air day issued for Friday

Second alert this week due to hot conditions that are creating unhealthy air quality
A Spare the Air smog alert has been issued for Friday in the Bay Area, the second day in a row that regional air district officials have warned of unhealthy air quality expected.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Cool moves in the hot sun

Eagle Park's swimming pool was the place to keep cool during the heat wave that's been bringing record-breaking temperatures to Mountain View.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Startups push to preserve net neutrality

Small companies fear proposed FCC change would be crippling
Mountain View's tech startups are girding themselves for a big political fight over the data vital to their businesses. Smaller web companies say they could be crippled by slower bandwidth while premium data service is reserved for the large tech giants.

June 23, 2017 | 1 comment
Former Army housing site eyed for North Bayshore school

Orion Park is perfect size for new campus, but at what cost?
Like manna from heaven, a school campus-sized site may have opened up in North Bayshore to serve the thousands of new households being planned for the area. But it will be no easy task for local officials to secure 30 acres of lucrative land located just a stone's throw from Silicon Valley's richest companies. And the land itself has one key drawback: contamination from TCE, a dangerous chemical.

June 22, 2017 | 10 comments
Legislation introduced to allow Caltrain sales tax

Senate Bill 979 seeks to place measure on ballot to support agency's capital, operating costs
State legislation introduced Wednesday would allow Caltrain to seek voter approval for a new sales tax to help cover capital and operating costs.

June 21, 2017 | 10 comments
City, school districts boost funding for mental health services

Public agencies pitch in $242K more for nonprofit CHAC
With little discussion and no opposition, two Mountain View school districts and the city of Mountain View all separately agreed to ramp up funding to mental health care provider the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC).

June 25, 2017 | 1 comment
Charter school board OKs housing allowance for teachers

Extra pay for cost of living scales up with each year of teaching
Calling it much-needed relief for teachers struggling with the high cost of living in the Bay Area, Bullis Charter School's board of directors agreed to give its 50 or so teachers a big pay boost.

June 27, 2017 | 1 comment
Spare the Air smog alert issued for Thursday

Air district officials call on Bay Area residents to take public transit, avoid driving alone
The fourth Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Thursday by regional air quality officials, as a result of light winds and triple-digit temperatures in the region.

June 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Pop-culture-palooza

Chris Hardwick debuts ID10T festival in Mountain View
As a veteran of comedy and music festivals, talk/game show/podcast host and comedian Chris Hardwick has participated in and attended many of these gatherings. But there hasn't been one yet that brings together the many interests he has as an omnivorous pop-culture enthusiast. So he created the ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival, which debuts Saturday and Sunday (June 24-25) at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

June 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Mrs. Robinson 'graduates' to the stage

Palo Alto Players present hilarious adaptation of iconic '60s story
Palo Alto Players presents "The Graduate," Terry Johnson's stage adaptation of Mike Nichols' award-winning 1967 film, which is in turn based an obscure 1964 novel by Charles Webb. The Palo Alto Players production, the show's first time on the Peninsula, borrows from both film and novel, adding new elements as well

June 21, 2017 | No comments yet
What's a fair rent increase in Mountain View?

Rent committee struggles to balance conflicting interests in setting new policies
It was a painful slog for Mountain View's Rental Housing Committee on Monday night as they waded into the delicate issues of pricing and profit under citywide rent control.

June 20, 2017 | 12 comments
Heat wave this week prompts weather advisory, Flex alert

Sensitive groups including the elderly, children advised to stay in the shade
A heat advisory for the Bay Area issued by the National Weather Service has been extended through 9 p.m. Thursday as sweltering temperatures continue to stay in the forecast.

June 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Eight arrested at Brad Paisley concert

Mountain View police arrested eight people at the Brad Paisley country concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre over the weekend, seven of whom were arrested for public intoxication.

June 19, 2017 | 12 comments
NASA's Kepler detects 219 new planets

New results include 10 Earth-like planets
In a single patch of sky, the NASA Kepler space telescope has detected signs of 219 new planets, about 10 of which are believed to bear strong similarities to Earth. The new findings were announced Monday morning as part of the Kepler Exoplanet Week conference held at NASA Ames.

June 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Record heat at Moffett Field on Sunday

High temperatures broke records in Bay Area on June 18
High temperatures in nine San Francisco Bay Area locations were new records for Sunday's date, including at Moffett Field, National Weather Service officials said.

June 19, 2017 | 2 comments
Sweets for beating the heat

In search of local alternatives to ice cream
Regardless of whether you're suffering from ice-cream fatigue, there's plenty of variety on the Midpeninsula when it comes to cold desserts.

June 18, 2017 | No comments yet
New Monta Loma Safeway opening June 18

A new Safeway supermarket will be opening for business this Sunday, June 18, at the Monta Loma Plaza space formerly occupied by the Fresh & Easy grocery store. The new store at 580 N. Rengstorff Ave. will be the fourth Safeway in Mountain View.

June 16, 2017 | 33 comments
Navy hits pause on dissolving Moffett RAB

No firm deadline given for disbanding panel
Following pushback from local residents and political leaders, U.S. Navy officials announced Friday they would hold off on plans to disband the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board (RAB).

June 16, 2017 | 2 comments
School board approves new attendance boundaries

Last-minute attempt to balance ethnic, economic diversity in MV schools falls flat
Rejecting a last-minute attempt to balance diversity among Mountain View's elementary schools, the Mountain View Whisman School District board approved new attendance boundaries that will take effect in the 2019-20 school year.

June 19, 2017 | 37 comments
Home front: nursery consolidating; new rose bouquets

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including SummerWinds Nursery closing two of its stores and a flower arrangement class incorporating roses and foliage.

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Diversity, gender and all that jazz

Stanford Jazz Festival, Workshop strive for equal access and high-caliber artists
This year's Stanford Jazz Festival (SJF) is bookended by shows at Bing Concert Hall by the dynamic pianist Hiromi and vocalist Lisa Fischer. There are also plenty of concerts by women-led groups in between, which is a reflection of the faculty at the related Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW).

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Lowest sale was $560,000 in Mountain View
A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Zapping mosquitoes away

High-tech traps may look cool but old-school methods work better
With summer heat, mosquitoes are more annoying than uninvited guests at barbecues and backyard parties. It is advisable to learn how to choose from mosquito-eliminating products available rather than jumping to the first high-tech looking electronic bug-zapping devices.

June 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Georgia hospital executive hired to lead El Camino Hospital

Dan Woods will start with a base salary of $850K
El Camino Hospital's board of directors agreed Wednesday night to hire Dan Woods as the hospital's next president and CEO.

June 15, 2017 | 3 comments
Bridge School Benefit concert canceled

Future of Shoreline Amphitheatre's signature show is in question
Citing personal reasons, Neil and Pegi Young announced this week they were calling off the Bridge School Benefit Concert for 2017. The charity festival has been one of Shoreline Amphitheatre's premier events for more than 30 years, each year drawing a lineup of top music artists.

June 16, 2017 | 6 comments
Back on track

'Cars 3' turns (and turns) on the idea of great teachers
Pixar's animated films never fail to be about something -- story and theme integrated to have an emotional effect on viewers young and old in a way that sets the films apart from their many competitors. "Cars 2," released in 2011, was a notable exception, diverging from Pixar's winning formula to turn the burgeoning franchise into a dazzling but dopey spy adventure with next to nothing on its mind. "Cars 3" gets the franchise back on track with a story that U-turns to the heart of the 2006 original.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Rent control committee preps for a flood of landlord petitions

Hearings would create system for owners to request bigger rent increases
Mountain View inched a little bit closer to establishing its new rent-control program and deciding how to settle the myriad disputes it is expected to generate.

June 16, 2017 | 14 comments
Affordable housing for vets breaks ground

On Monday, Mountain View dignitaries gathered for a groundbreaking for the $33 million Eagle Park Apartments at 1701 El Camino Real.

June 15, 2017 | 2 comments
Can these restaurants be saved?

With city's heritage at stake, no easy answers for fate of Chez TJ, Tied House buildings
On Tuesday night the City Council discussed a new proposal to remove two antique buildings along Villa Street to make way for a new four-story office building. It turned into a tug-of-war between sentimentality and sensibility as elected leaders debated whether the buildings should be saved, and how that could be done.

June 15, 2017 | 41 comments
Los Gatos woman in punching attack later arrested in murder case

A Los Gatos woman was arrested last week on battery charges after she allegedly attacked a woman without provocation, repeatedly punching her in the face before fleeing the area. The same suspect was arrested two days later on suspicion of the murder of a 74-year-old Cupertino woman.

June 15, 2017 | 2 comments
Man arrested over parking space dispute

Police arrested a 25-year-old Mountain View man last week after he allegedly punched two men for taking a parking spot he had been waiting for in a downtown parking lot.

June 16, 2017 | 9 comments
Grand jury: districts make tax exemptions tough to get

Local school districts told to make it easier for seniors to use parcel tax loophole
School district in Santa Clara County pass parcel tax with the promise of exemptions, but some districts make it tough to opt out, according to a recent report.

June 21, 2017 | 17 comments
Children from new North Bayshore housing would flood local schools

Superintendents say several new campuses needed for thousands of additional students
School district officials are raising concerns that the explosive residential growth would require several new schools and dedicated land to accommodate the avalanche of new students.

June 17, 2017 | 38 comments
Bringing astronomy down to earth

Prominent astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi retiring after 20 years at Foothill College
For the last 45 years, astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi has made it his mission to translate groundbreaking astronomical studies and the complex inner workings of the cosmos into everyday language.

June 21, 2017 | 4 comments
Cuesta Park

'Pedestrian and bike friendly'
Named after the lush park that anchors the neighborhood, Cuesta Park is a mix of single-family homes and apartments facing narrow tree-lined streets along Mountain View's western edge near Los Altos.

June 14, 2017 | 2 comments
Roll over, Beethoven

Hershey Felder takes on the maestro
The great composer Ludwig van Beethoven is a larger-than-life figure in musical history and popular culture. He's the archetypal tortured genius, the stuff compelling music bios are made of.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
’Like, Like Like?’

Local youth-theater company “A Theatre Near U" will present its latest original production, the comedy “Like, Like Like?," June 16-July 1 on the second stage at Mountain View's Center for the Performing Arts.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help house teachers

Fund will support Silicon Valley educators to buy homes near their workplace
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced the investment of $5 million to create a home down payment support fund through a startup for educators who work in three Peninsula school districts.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Hobee's Restaurant sold to new owners

Longtime employees to take over Mountain View-based local restaurant chain
The family who has owned Peninsula breakfast institution Hobee's Restaurant for 43 years sold the business to two longtime employees, the company announced Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | 14 comments
All-clear given at courthouse, clinic following bomb threat

Sheriff's bomb-squad dogs sweeping through the Palo Alto courthouse this morning
About 60 people were evacuated from two buildings on Tuesday morning after a bomb threat at the Palo Alto Courthouse, a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy and courthouse officials said.

June 13, 2017 | 1 comment
SummerWinds nursery closing due to high rent

Mountain View is losing its SummerWinds Nursery. Palo Alto will become one of three remaining Bay Area locations after the gardening and nursery products company announced this week that it will be closing its San Jose and Mountain View stores in the late fall.

June 13, 2017 | 27 comments
Paul Phillips to lead Stanford orchestras

Starting July 1, Paul Phillips will begin work as Stanford University's director of orchestral studies in the department of music, taking the baton as conductor of Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia, the university announced in a press release.

June 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Longtime Children's Theatre director Pat Briggs dies

Briggs led nationally renown theater group for 47 years
Pat Briggs, who guided and coached generations of Palo Alto children onto the stage as director of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, has died in her native Chicago after a period of failing health.

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
The sweeter things

Mother and daughter launch organic jam-making business
Rose and Amy Wolfrom, a mother and daughter team, began making jam together in their kitchen and found a way to turn a passion into a business.

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Council weighs moving or tearing down Chez TJ, Tied House buildings

Council to discuss preserving historic restaurant sites
On Tuesday night, the Mountain View City Council is set to discuss what to do with two historic Villa Street restaurants that are part of a new downtown office project.

June 12, 2017 | 24 comments
Police seek help in solving 16-year-old cold case homicide

A $100,000 reward remains in place for any information on the fatal shooting
Palo Alto police are looking for the public's help in their investigation on the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Maria Hsiao outside a downtown nightclub that happened 16 years ago today.

June 10, 2017 | 6 comments
(review of show)

Los Altos Stage Company presents the ultimate meta-musical
"(title of show)," by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, is a musical about a musical called "(title of show)," by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, featuring characters called Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, who are writing a musical called "(title of show)." Yes, it's a play entirely about its own creation, and Los Altos Stage Company is currently having a blast presenting it for local audiences.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Film project at Greenmeadow debuts Saturday

Art collaboration combines Eichler living, community and dance
The front walls of 16 Eichler homes in Palo Alto's Greenmeadow neighborhood will become movie screens on June 10, showing films of the indoor activities of residents in an innovative art installation that will debut at sundown

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
City debuts new Stevens Creek trail detour

Safer path cuts through hotel property
On Friday morning, city leaders and bike enthusiasts gathered at the Stevens Creek Trail to formally open a new detour around a collapsed section of the pathway.

June 9, 2017 | 5 comments
Rogue drone causes downtown power outage

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect who crashed a drone into a high-voltage wire last night.

June 9, 2017 | 19 comments
Blossom Valley

'This is a close-knit community with continuity'
It's been about two decades since Theodore Peng and his cousin Benny Hung first started playing basketball at the neighborhood park next to their grandfather's Blossom Valley home when they were kids. Peng is now a medical student in San Francisco, and Hung lives five hours away in Pasadena, but the two continue to meet up on the court at Varsity Park for a game whenever they're both in the neighborhood visiting their 97-year-old grandfather.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Foothill to offer free tuition to first-generation students

New program seeks to expose low-income, minority students to college early on
Local students who are on track to become the first in their families to graduate from high school can get a jumpstart on their college careers by taking free classes at Foothill College through a new program.

June 8, 2017 | 3 comments
A growing revolution

Palo Alto scientist looks at the future of dirt and food production in new book
Most people probably don't spend much time thinking about dirt. Not so for scientist and author David Montgomery, who has traveled the globe studying land features and the impacts of soil on civilizations throughout history.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: garden sharing; citizen pruners

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a garden-share event at Common Ground Garden and interactive workshop on tree pruning.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
The philanthropist pauper

Local homeless man creates college scholarship as his legacy
After living on the streets of Mountain View for 35 years, on his deathbed Edward Hamm devoted his life savings to creating a scholarship for at-risk youth.

June 13, 2017 | 3 comments
Money down the drain

Woman, overcharged on sewer bill for years, seeks refund from city
A Mountain View resident is lobbying for a refund after learning the city had been double-charging her sewer bill for the last 20 years.

June 9, 2017 | 25 comments
'Mummy' mia ... here we go again

Universal bets big on monsters in latest reboot
Universal Pictures' "The Mummy" is the first movie in its "Dark Universe" series that will revive Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, the Wolf Man, et al. The film has a big budget but a hollow script.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Foothill College presents female 'Odd Couple'

Foothill College's production of "The Odd Couple (female version)," Neil Simon's comedy classic about mismatched roommates retwritten from a female perspective, will run this weekend.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
County files opposition to Trump administration's request to lift injunction

Board president calls Attorney's General's memo 'nothing more than a rehashing of arguments'
Santa Clara County filed an opposition to President Donald Trump administration's May 22 request to lift a preliminary injunction on an executive order that threatened to withhold federal funds from cities and counties.

June 8, 2017 | 12 comments
Los Altos grads: 'our vibe is kindness'

LAHS class of 2017 celebrates diversity, acceptance and activism
Finding one's significance in the grand scheme of things can be challenging, and that tough philosophical question only gets worse when you're surrounded by thousands of brilliant minds at one of the top schools in the state.

June 8, 2017 | No comments yet
High school's engineering pioneer retires

Students build drones, go-carts and ROVs in teacher Phil Wiechec's classes at MVHS
Phil Wiechec, the Mountain View High School teacher responsible for creating and teaching the school's tech-centric engineering program, announced he will be retiring this month.

June 12, 2017 | 2 comments
El Camino district board member abruptly resigns

Dennis Chiu leaving seven months into his second term
El Camino Healthcare District board member Dennis Chiu announced he will be resigning from his elected position at the end of this month, the district announced Tuesday.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Final vote Thursday on school boundaries

Concerns about uneven student diversity in MV Whisman attendance plans
The Mountain View Whisman School District inched forward in its years-long effort to redraw school attendance boundaries.

June 11, 2017 | 3 comments
Eight arrests at Dead and Company concert

Mountain View police made a total of eight drug- and alcohol-related arrests in and around Shoreline Amphitheatre over the weekend, most of them for the suspected sale of drugs including LSD, cocaine, heroin and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

June 7, 2017 | 10 comments
Into the great unknown

MVHS graduates prepare for life beyond high school
For some of Mountain View High School's grads, it was just a piece of paper; for others, it's their passport to a whole new frontier.

June 7, 2017 | 1 comment
Salmonella risks linked to backyard poultry

People in contact with chickens, ducks encouraged to wash hands after handling animals
The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning to residents about the risk of salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.

June 7, 2017 | 2 comments
Missing Huff student found safe

An 11-year-old boy reported missing out of Mountain View this morning has been found safe

June 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Man arrested for alleged intent to kill doctors

Officers alerted by Visalia police that Yue Chen was driving to Bay Area with plan to murder
A 58-year-old Central Valley man was arrested last week after driving from his home in Visalia to the Bay Area with the alleged intent to kill his doctors, Palo Alto police said Tuesday.

June 6, 2017 | 13 comments
Regionwide transportation commission seeks policy advisers

Members will serve four-year terms, attend meetings in San Francisco
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is seeking applicants for its policy advisory council, made up of 27 people from the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

June 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Betsy Kruse Craig to lead Pear Theatre

Local theater veteran to take over as artistic director of MV company
Local actor, director and arts educator Betsy Kruse Craig will take over as artistic director of Mountain View's Pear Theatre following the retirement of founder Diane Tasca, the company has announced.

June 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Pill mill doc sentenced for manslaughter

Mountain View woman's pain clinic illegally sold narcotics, leading to patient's death
A 74-year-old Mountain View woman who ran a pain management clinic in the South Bay was sentenced last month to four years in prison after an investigation found she gave one of her patients prescriptions for "hundreds" of pills including Oxycodone, Flexeril and Clonazepam. The patient was later found dead in his home after ingesting the narcotics.

June 3, 2017 | 3 comments
Alta Vista grads prevail over life's hurdles

Seniors say continuation high school helped turn their lives around
Prevailing over adversity is a persistent theme at Alta Vista's graduation ceremonies. The continuation high school serves students from Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto who, for one reason or another, fell behind or struggled to succeed. The 22 graduates this year all have a story to tell, and many of these stories are shared openly for the first time on graduation night.

June 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Home front: tag sale; picking a new lawn

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a Gamble Garden's "tagsale" of gently used garden-related goods, antiques, china and other items and a workshop on the best sod selection for your lawn.

June 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Dozens rally against Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate agreement

The Trump administration's decision provokes swift local response
President Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement drew strong reactions from the local community.

June 2, 2017 | 13 comments
Jamila Woods at Stanford

Stanford's Bing Concert Hall Studio will host a concert by R&B/soul singer-songwriter Jamila Woods on Friday.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Style over substance

With hits and misses, Terrain Cafe needs to establish an identity
Some of what Terrain Cafe does definitely works, but the place feels like it still needs to establish its identity. Is it a cafe or a fine-dining establishment?

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
City tries to unravel tangle of demands on transit hub

Trains, cars, bikes and emerging tech crowd future plans for downtown Mountain View
Mountain View leaders intend to pursue a dramatic upgrade of the downtown transit center over the next five years -- if they can raise the $182 million needed to do it.

June 5, 2017 | 16 comments
Rugby H2O

Unusual underwater contact sport finds a home in Mountain View's city pools
Mountain View's Eagle Park Pool has been the training site for the lone underwater rugby team on the West Coast, the San Francisco Giant Sea Bass. And this co-ed group is looking to grow its ranks by recruiting and training new members interested in getting their feet wet.

June 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Woman assaults nanny, spits on tot's stroller

A 24-year-old Palo Alto woman was arrested last week on assault charges after she allegedly prompted two back-to-back confrontations with women who were walking with young children on Stierlin Road.

June 1, 2017 | 7 comments
German school preps for scaled-back expansion

Without an extended lease, private school to add portables to Whisman campus
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) has plans to add much-needed classroom space for its middle school students on the site of the former Whisman Elementary School.

June 6, 2017 | 4 comments
A banner year for El Camino Hospital

5 percent fee increases planned, despite hospital's revenue soaring
Although the rhetoric among El Camino Hospital's top officials has been one of gloomy economic uncertainty and an adapt-or-die mentality, the 2016-17 fiscal year is looking to be one of the hospital's most prosperous years yet.

June 2, 2017 | 7 comments
The next-best thing

'Tis the season for tribute bands and summer concerts
Ever wish you could catch the Beatles in Menlo Park? How about a free performance by Santana in Palo Alto? Thanks to the annual abundance of free music events sponsored by local cities this summer, you may be able to get the next-best thing. The Weekly spoke with leaders of two popular tribute bands about their experiences re-creating musical magic for the masses.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Environmental Volunteers executive director to step down after 17 years

Allan Berkowitz expanded the organization's initiatives in serving local youth with opportunities for environmental education
Environmental Volunteers Executive Director Allan Berkowitz will leave his position effective June 30 after 17 years.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Off-menu

Behind the scenes, staff at local high-end restaurants turn their talents to family meals
For some restaurants, family meal is more than just dinner. The tradition is central to the culture of their kitchens.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Congress members join RAB battle

A surprise push by U.S. Navy officials to disband Moffett Field's lone environmental watchdog panel has generated plenty of public opposition including Silicon Valley's political heavyweights.

June 1, 2017 | 4 comments
A different kind of graduation

Hundreds of MV Whisman students celebrate English literacy
The end of the school year was still a week away, but hundreds of parents and students packed the Whisman Sports Center Wednesday evening to celebrate a milestone worthy of praise: learning a new language.

May 30, 2017 | 4 comments
Review: West Bay Opera's 'Salome' a daring success

West Bay Opera is ending its 61st season with guns blazing -- both literally and figuratively -- aiming, with great success, for a production of Richard Strauss' "Salome" that meets high artistic standards while commenting on grave problems and perils in today's world.

May 28, 2017 | 1 comment
More carpool and express lanes on U.S. Highway 101?

Public meetings will discuss ways to reduce congestion on major freeway
How to manage congestion on U.S. Highway 101 in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County is the focus of two public meetings in San Mateo and Redwood City on May 31 and June 5.

May 27, 2017 | 7 comments
Mountain View man facing child porn, cyberstalking charges

A Mountain View man who allegedly distributed sexually explicit photos of two underage girls pleaded not guilty to federal charges in court Wednesday, according to the Northern California U.S. District Attorney's office.

May 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Architects' tour showcases cutting-edge designs

Self-guided tour allows attendees to see materials up close
The American Institute of Architects, Santa Clara Valley's third annual, self-guided Silicon Valley Home Tours on June 3 will feature five homes on the Midpeninsula.

May 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Off-menu

Behind the scenes, staff at local high-end restaurants turn their talents to family meals
For some restaurants, family meal is more than just dinner. The tradition is central to the culture of their kitchens.

May 25, 2017 | No comments yet
'Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses'

The Los Altos History Museum's current exhibition, "Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses," celebrates the beloved midcentury-modern homes designed by Joseph Eichler to provide affordable, light-filled housing that complements the West Coast lifestyle.

May 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Sun-screen

Movies to watch (for) this summer
Summer means some of the "biggest" movies of the year. The sequels, the superhero movies, the science-fiction extravaganzas. We can't talk about them all: Upwards of 100 movies will roll out between now and Aug. 30. But put away those metal detectors, and allow me to sift the sands for the hidden gems of the summer movie season...and to spot a whale or two.

May 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Rent control's origins in New York's dairy dilemma

It might seem a world away, but Mountain View's current struggle to curb housing costs has a history that dates back to dairy farmers in 1930s New York. It turns out that many tenets of rent control have their origins in Depression-era feuding over the price of milk.

May 28, 2017 | 21 comments
Community activist Elena Pacheco dies of cancer

A tireless volunteer and community activist, Elena Pacheco seemed to be involved in almost every cause in Mountain View -- affordable housing, food pantries, health care and church groups. Pacheco died in hospice care on Saturday, May 13, after a long battle with lymphoma. She was 60 years old.

May 25, 2017 | 6 comments
Council mulls new transit system

Plans for a new transit system to link Mountain View's North Bayshore to downtown received a fresh look by city officials this week.

May 26, 2017 | 16 comments
Man indicted for cyberattack on Voice website appears in court

Ross Colby is accused of multiple charges in July 2015 hack
A San Francisco man accused of a cyberattack on MV-Voice.com and other websites owned by Embarcadero Media appeared in federal court in San Jose on May 24.

May 24, 2017 | 3 comments
Man arrested over limo payment

Police arrested a Southern California man last week after he allegedly refused to pay a limousine fare worth hundreds of dollars, claiming he had no cash and his card had been declined.

May 25, 2017 | No comments yet
No more hungry summers

MV Whisman district expands free meal program while school's out
Too many children go hungry in Mountain View during the summer, and it's time to do something about it.

May 26, 2017 | 7 comments
City drops last of drought restrictions

Mountain View City Council members agreed to drop the last of the city's drought restrictions.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
High schools boost funding for mental health

District doubles contribution to CHAC following plea for more funding
The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) has been the premier mental health resource for children and families in northern Santa Clara County for decades. But a growing need for more comprehensive mental health care for teens, coupled with the high cost of hiring counseling staff, means CHAC has had to get by on a shoestring budget.

May 31, 2017 | 4 comments
Teacher home-buying fund gains traction

Local investor pools help teachers with big down payments
A local startup built on the idea that community members can rally together to help teachers buy homes is finally making some headway.

May 30, 2017 | 20 comments
Mountain View sells water to East Palo Alto

$5 million agreement transfers water rights to help end EPA's development moratorium
The Mountain View City Council signed a $5 million deal Tuesday night to sell off water rights to East Palo Alto to help end the city's yearlong moratorium on development.

May 24, 2017 | 28 comments
West Bay Opera stages a 'Salome' for our times

It's a story set in biblical times, familiar to people the world over. But its ancient backdrop doesn't make the story that unfolds in the opera "Salome," as staged by West Bay Opera beginning this weekend, any less relevant to today's world.

May 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Rental committee sets limit on increases

Complex debate over allowing individual landlords higher rent increases set for June 8
On Monday night, the city's nascent Rental Housing Committee got its first taste of the big stakes and the dicey decisions that lie ahead. The committee took its first action to cap the rents increases on thousands of local apartments for the upcoming year. Starting in September, that limit will be 3.4 percent.

May 23, 2017 | 31 comments
$647M to electrify Caltrain tracks approved

After a federal withholding of funding, rail service to receive grant for major project
Caltrain's electrification project can move forward as the Federal Transit Administration plans to sign a $647 million grant agreement to fund the long-awaited work, the agency said Monday.

May 22, 2017 | 12 comments
Spare the Air Alert Monday in the Bay Area

Air district officials expect to see smog in the Santa Clara Valley
A Spare the Air alert for smog in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for Monday, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Sunday.

May 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Voice wins Online General Excellence at statewide journalism contest

The Mountain View Voice won the Online General Excellence award at the California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest on Saturday, May 20, in Santa Monica.

May 20, 2017 | 11 comments
Home sales

Lowest sale was $650K in Mountain View
A complete list of homes for sale around the Midpeninsula.

May 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: 'brown gold;' modern home tour

A roundup of local home and garden news and events.

May 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Garden tips: going underground

Fertilizing your garden is crucial to healthy plants
We commonly think that if a plant is planted in the soil then it will thrive and grow to its ultimate ideal mature size and flowering or fruiting ability. Often this is not the case, and frequently the plants we cultivate don't thrive at all.

May 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Risk of heat-related illnesses rise as temps expected to jump

Outdoor workers encouraged to stay hydrated, take breaks
The possibility of heat-related illnesses prompted the National Weather Service to issue a weather advisory for Saturday and Sunday in parts of the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas.

May 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Rent committee to take up first-ever price limits

Meeting would set allowable rent increase for next year
Mountain View's new Rental Housing Committee is poised on Monday to set the city's first-ever cap on rent increases, as well as how much profit landlords are entitled to gain.

May 19, 2017 | 22 comments
Airplane noise reduction proposals under review

Federal agency plans to conclude its response to South Bay recommendations within a month, forward report to Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing more than 100 recommendations that a committee of South Bay legislators drafted last year with the goal of reducing airplane noise in their communities, according to a statement from three congressional leaders.

May 21, 2017 | 51 comments
'Everything' is not all that

YA romance works out to less than the sum of its parts
In Nicola Yoon's YA romance novel "Everything, Everything," heroine Madeline Whittier has SCID (Severe Combined Immuno-Deficiency), effectively making her the Girl in the Plastic Bubble, but when love comes knocking, Maddy answers the call.

May 19, 2017 | No comments yet
North Bayshore a boomtown for cheaper housing -- if it gets built

City tries to balance affordable housing needs with developer incentives for new residential area
With the potential to more than double the city's affordable housing stock, Mountain View's goal to transform North Bayshore into a new residential neighborhood would be a game-changer for Silicon Valley's housing crunch.

May 19, 2017 | 8 comments
Hangar One restoration to take until 2025

Google's pledge to restore and reskin Moffett Field's iconic Hangar One is going to take longer than originally anticipated. The tech firm is now reporting the job likely won't be done until 2025.

May 24, 2017 | 10 comments
Google relaunches Bay View project

1.1 million square feet, under canopied domes, planned for Moffett Field site
As Google embarks on its ambitious plans to create a signature headquarters, the company's building spree is now stretching into Moffett Field. In recent weeks, the tech giant has started preparations to build a new 1.1 million square foot facility on the western side of Moffett Field, in what will be the company's largest construction project reported so far.

May 19, 2017 | 3 comments
Many ideas, little consensus on housing crisis

Housing panels reveal complex issues at heart of Bay Area's housing shortage
Everyone seems to agree that the housing situation in the Bay Area has reached a crisis -- but what to do about it remains as polarizing as ever.

May 23, 2017 | 38 comments
Kitchen fire at Google I/O injures six

Six people hurt, one with life-threatening injuries
The second day of Google's I/O conference was brought to a halt just before 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon when a fire broke out at a Shoreline Amphitheatre concession stand. Six people were injured, one of whom had life-threatening injuries.

May 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Hope Gangloff paints at the Cantor

Painter Hope Gangloff, Cantor Arts Center's first Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program artist, will inaugurate the new Artist at Work series by working on-site in the museum's atrium balcony, where she will be painting a portrait of her friend and Cantor staff member Tammy Fortin.

May 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Portola Valley celebrates horses May 20-21

Portola Valley's fourth annual "Celebration of the Horse" will span Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road.

May 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Local teens win Schola Cantorum poetry contest

The Schola Cantorum choir held its second poetry contest for local high school students. They received over 90 submissions from students competing to hear their work set to music and sung by a choir of 75 voices.

May 17, 2017 | 5 comments
MV Whisman hires new director of special ed

Former marine, an administrator in Monterey County, to lead the department
he Mountain View Whisman School District announced that Gary Johnson, an administrator in charge of special education in Monterey County, has been tapped to lead the district's special education program.

May 24, 2017 | 4 comments
City's crime rate dips down in 2016

Thefts, burglaries and violent crime all decreased last year, according to police report
It's almost all sunshine and good news in the Mountain View Police Department's annual crime tally for 2016.

May 23, 2017 | 3 comments
Kids dive into tech at Google's developer conference

Low-income students check out the company's latest in ed-tech innovations
Google staff were still working on the finishing touches of the sprawling I/O tech conference Monday morning, but some 150 students from Castro Elementary and other local schools got early access.

May 19, 2017 | 2 comments
El Camino Hospital's board is set to expand

Majority of public comments opposed expansion, lessening of community control over hospital
Despite public opposition, the El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors agreed Monday night to expand the nonprofit hospital's governance board from nine members to 11 members.

May 18, 2017 | 10 comments
More enforcement of Bay Area commuter benefits program on its way

Unregistered employers with 50 or more workers could face violations
Enforcement of the Bay Area's commuter benefits program is being stepped up and unregistered employers may be fined and face violations, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Tuesday.

May 17, 2017 | 2 comments
A celebration of 'Sisterhood'

Dragon offers warm-hearted, southern-fried show
The feel-good dramedy "The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church" (yes, it's a mouthful) is the latest in Dragon Productions Theater Company's "Women Take Center Stage" themed series, boasting an all-female cast, female director and a celebration of the bond between women.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
'Guns Above' full of witty dialogue, airships and women with guns

Mountain View scientist's steampunk fantasy inspired by Poe
With a view of Moffett Field from her apartment, Mountain View author Robyn Bennis has airships on her mind. Lighter-than-air warfare is the subject of her debut fantasy novel, "The Guns Above," published by Tor Books on May 2.

May 17, 2017 | No comments yet
VA Palo Alto sued for veteran's 'wrongful death'

Lawsuit alleges hospital was negligent in leaving Douglas Wayne Ross unattended after surgery, heart attack
The family of a 72-year-old U.S. Navy veteran has filed a lawsuit in this week against VA Palo Alto Health Care System, alleging that the hospital was reckless and negligent in preventing his death from a traumatic head injury a year ago.

May 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Los Altos nonprofit awards $60,000

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) has donated over $1.7 million to Los Altos community organizations since its founding in 1991, and that amount just got a little larger.

May 17, 2017 | 4 comments
Community Foundation ramps up support for immigrants

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is ramping up grants to nonprofit organizations devoted to advising and ensuring the safety of local immigrants.

May 16, 2017 | 6 comments
Inspire MV awards $525K to improve city

Avenidas, CSA and Working Scholars among the grant winners
Inspire Mountain View, a new tech-funded grant program launched this year, has picked its winners in a citywide contest for ideas on how to boost the local community.

May 16, 2017 | No comments yet
State Farm policyholders may get refunds

About 250,000 state residents will receive an average refund of $55
California consumers with homeowners' and renters' policies will receive $13.3 million in refunds from State Farm Insurance Co. in compliance with an order from the state insurance commissioner.

May 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Navy seeks to disband Moffett Field RAB

Members shocked that Navy would eliminate public panel that tracks Moffett's environmental cleanup
The Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) -- the lone watchdog panel that monitors pollution and the restoration of Hangar One -- is set to be disbanded after a surprise move made on Thursday night by U.S. Navy officials.

May 12, 2017 | 18 comments
Caltrain looking to fill Citizens Advisory Committee

Members give input on customer needs to Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara County residents who would like to give input to Caltrain's board are invited to apply to join the rail line's advisory body.

May 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Man exposes himself to woman with her toddler

Woman encounters naked man in Palo Alto Baylands
A woman and her toddler encountered a naked man who was touching himself in the Palo Alto Baylands Wednesday afternoon, Palo Alto police reported Thursday, May 11.

May 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area gas prices down 1 cent from previous month

Region averages $3 per gallon, $2.97 overall across the state
Average gas prices edged downward by one penny per gallon over the last month in the Bay Area but are 67 cents higher than the national average, AAA officials said.

May 14, 2017 | No comments yet
This week's A&E highlights

Fine-art festivals, photography and a musical are among this week's highlights.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Atherton sale tops $11 million; lowest is $620,000 in East Palo Alto
A complete list of homes for sale around the Midpeninsula.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
'Ragtime'

Stanford University's BLACKstage theater company, which aims to present creative opportunities for people of color as well as tell stories about communities underrepresented in traditional theater, is staging the musical "Ragtime" this weekend.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Lame of thrones

'King Arthur' retells the legend for the age of franchises
That most flexible of ancient legends gets a new workout in Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," the first in what's rumored to be a six-film series -- box-office willing.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Home front: bird walks; Filoli garden tour

A roundup of local home and garden news and events.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Arranging flowers 101

Filoli floral expert offers tips for making stunning bouquets
Nyna Dolby, who's part of the team that puts together the weekly flower arrangements at the Filoli estate, has some tips and tricks to make the perfect bouquet for Mother's Day.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
A march down memory lane

Local military history back on display as Moffett Field Museum reopens
One of the area's under-appreciated gems, the Moffett Field Historical Society and Museum reopened after being closed for most of the year for building improvements.

May 15, 2017 | 3 comments
New rent control committee gets an earful

First meeting draws crowd; landlord vows to flout rent rollback law
At its first meeting, Mountain View's new Rental Housing Committee dipped its toes into a torrent of controversy surrounding the city's push to control local apartment rents. The three-hour meeting on Monday, May 8, remained largely polite and procedural, but it set the stage for plenty of difficult decisions to come.

May 11, 2017 | 65 comments
From page to stage

Creative-writing students, Children's Theatre collaborate
Palo Alto and Gunn High School creative-writing students are gearing up to see their work come alive at a free public performance at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre on May 16.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Trustees OK big pay raises for teachers

Local school districts agree to salary boost despite pension costs
Two of Mountain View's local school districts agreed last week to put some of the Bay Area's economic prosperity in the hands of its teachers and school staff.

May 11, 2017 | 10 comments
Wrestling returns to Mountain View High

Facilities crunch means new team will have off-site practices at Los Altos high
After years of being known as the only high school in Santa Clara County without a wrestling program, Mountain View High School officials announced they plan to bring back the sport after dropping it decades ago.

May 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Monta Loma laptop drive for needy students

A tech-centric club that teaches coding at Monta Loma Elementary launched a used laptop drive this week.

May 11, 2017 | No comments yet
School district weighs $2.7M plan to close achievement gap

Sobrato Foundation offers pilot curriculum for preschool through third grade
Each year, the Mountain View Whisman School District faces a mountain of a challenge: helping close to 1,300 students succeed in school when they haven't yet mastered English.

May 12, 2017 | 19 comments
Man arrested for punching cop, choking woman

Police arrested a Stockton man in Old Mountain View last week following reports that he allegedly tried to strangle a woman, and later punched a police officer in the head.

May 10, 2017 | 4 comments
Robbery at gunpoint

A Mountain View woman told police last week that she was robbed at gunpoint at a 7-Eleven, but the suspect fled before police arrived.

May 10, 2017 | 8 comments
A smorgasbord of 'Slices'

Pear Theatre event showcases original works
"Pear Slices" presents a number of very short plays in one evening. They vary in topic and style, ranging from pure comedy to somber drama to supernatural story, but all share members of the same seven-actor cast.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Midcentury modern and the mass market

Cantor exhibition examines tension between artists and the corporate world
What do blenders, coffee makers, telephones, typewriters -- even the bathroom sink -- have in common? They are all products that were, at some point, created by designers and manufactured for mass consumption. Cantor Arts Center's new exhibition illustrates the struggle between the aesthetic values of the artist and the profit-motivated agenda of the corporate world.

May 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Man arrested for shots fired in Mountain View

An East Bay man was arrested Sunday in connection with a shooting that occurred the night before in Mountain View.

May 9, 2017 | No comments yet
NASA seeks coders for ultimate challenge

Programmers sought to speed up Pleiades supercomputer
For a programmer, this is a challenge equivalent to climbing Mount Everest. Officials at the NASA Ames Research Center announced last week that they are seeking talented code wizards to help tap the full potential of the massive Pleiades supercomputer.

May 9, 2017 | 3 comments
County Sheriff warns of impostors making phone calls

Sheriff's officials in Santa Clara County are warning residents about a phone scam involving fake sheriff's deputies.

May 8, 2017 | 6 comments
Fundraiser for local schools kicks off

Education foundations for Mountain View and Los Altos declare May 10 "Stand UP for Public Schools" day
Two local education foundations are teaming up to encourage residents to donate to local elementary and middle schools in Mountain View and Los Altos.

May 10, 2017 | 6 comments
CAA drops lawsuit against rent control

Seeing losing legal case, landlord group promises to take fight elsewhere
Update: The lawsuit challenging Mountain View's rent control program effectively ended this week after all the plaintiffs withdrew. On Tuesday, an independent group of landlords who joined as plaintiffs in the case indicated they would not continue the lawsuit after the California Apartment Association dropped out.

May 7, 2017 | 32 comments
Pleasing pairings

Cru brings European-style wine bar with well-matched charcuterie to Redwood City
The concept of the new Cru Wine Bar & Merchant in Redwood City is simple but brilliant: uncomplicated dishes using pristine ingredients and interesting wines that can be savored.

May 5, 2017 | No comments yet
'Tower'ing figure

Documentary recounts how Bay Area chef made his mark
Lydia Tenaglia's documentary "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent" looks at the life of local chef Jeremiah Tower, who is credited with developing the culinary style known as "California Cuisine" and had ties to Palo Alto during the 1990s when he opened a branch of his famed San Francisco Stars restaurant on Lytton Avenue during the height of his career.

May 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area representatives react to 'Trumpcare'

Elected officials have scathing critique of Republicans' replacement of Affordable Care Act
Elected officials throughout the Bay Area reacted with criticism and dismay to the U.S. House of Representatives' narrow passage Thursday of a bill that President Donald Trump has called "a repeal and a replace of Obamacare."

May 5, 2017 | 10 comments
Measure V takes effect; rent control committee to meet Monday

City says few problems reported in first month of rent roll-back to 2015 rates
In perhaps the biggest test to date for Mountain View's fledgling rent-control program, thousands of apartment tenants this week were expected to see their rents roll back to Oct. 2015 rates. And so far, city officials say they are seeing remarkably few reports of problems, leading them to believe that nearly all landlords are complying with the new law.

May 5, 2017 | 36 comments
This 'Vol.' goes to 11

Marvel's space-adventure sequel has action and yuks to spare
Don't think too hard about "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," although there's probably little danger of that. It's exactly what you'd expect writer-director James Gunn to deliver as a sequel to the 2014 Marvel space adventure he likewise spearheaded.

May 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Chez TJ, Tied House team up for mixed-use project

Downtown's fine-dining restaurant merging with next-door brew pub
The owner of Chez TJ, the city's high-end restaurant serving gourmet tasting dinners from inside a historic Victorian house on Villa Street, along with neighboring restaurant and brewery Tied House, are moving forward with a joint plan to build a four-story office building at their sites.

May 4, 2017 | 17 comments
Budget deal gives Caltrain upgrades $100M

In some good news from the Beltway, a new congressional budget deal has earmarked $100 million to help pay for electrifying the Peninsula's Caltrain corridor. If approved by federal officials, the money would be a lifesaver for the long-sought $1.96 billion upgrade to the much-used transit line.

May 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Pension debt a thorny issue for city

Council weighs paying now to avert higher costs later for retirees
Diving into the city's annual budget last week, Mountain View's elected leaders took a magnifying glass to a $128 million plan for coming fiscal year. To sum it up: the city has never had such a fat wallet, but it faces a growing list of expenses, as well as some hard choices.

May 6, 2017 | 14 comments
LinkedIn pitches plan for East Whisman campus

1 million-square-foot office project borders Sunnyvale
This week, LinkedIn representatives presented new plans for a new East Whisman office campus totaling almost 1.1 million square feet, right on Mountain View's border with Sunnyvale. The proposed campus would merge several existing office buildings and parcels just east of Highway 237 into a new showcase for the tech company.

May 4, 2017 | 4 comments
This week's A&E highlights

A feminist burlesque show, Silicon Valley Open Studios, Smuin's spring ballet, edgy theater at Stanford and more are featured this week.

May 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Smuin’s 'Dance Series 02'

Celebrated choreographer Trey McIntyre returns to the contemporary ballet company Smuin to launch "Be Here Now," his tribute to the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's Summer of Love, which will incorporate classic rocks songs of the era. The piece will be one of several featured in Smuin's "Dance Series 02."

May 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Sales volume still slow on Midpeninsula
A complete list of homes for sale around the Midpeninsula.

May 4, 2017 | No comments yet
A cop on the campus beat

School resource officer lauded for creating strong ties between police and teens
For Mountain View school resource officer Bobby Taylor, being hip is part of the job.

May 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Federal cuts could slash housing programs

Council sets aside HUD money, but fate of the funds remain in limbo
Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday night on a plan to spend over $700,000 in federal money to support low-income families in Mountain View.

May 4, 2017 | 2 comments
A kitchen for Hope's Corner

Nonprofit raising money, seeks to serve more hungry residents
For over five years, a church in downtown Mountain View has been dishing out free meals to hundreds of residents who would have otherwise gone hungry.

May 9, 2017 | 3 comments
Decision time on schools for North Whisman

District's task force narrows choice to two school boundary maps
After toiling away on new school attendance boundaries for close to three years, the Mountain View Whisman School District could finally be on a path towards fixing crowded schools and laying the groundwork for a new school to open next year.

May 5, 2017 | 9 comments
Voters approve Measure B

School district avoids budget cuts with passage of $191 parcel tax
With a comfortable margin, voters in the Mountain View Whisman School District approved the Measure B parcel tax measure on Tuesday, preventing budget cuts and preserving school programs that relied on support from local tax money.

May 3, 2017 | 47 comments
The postmodern worlds of Be'eri Moalem

Palo Alto musician mixes classical training, cultural heritage and contemporary sounds
Musician Be'eri Moalem has, for most of his life, felt torn between two worlds, moving back and forth with his family between Israel and America. His musical life, too, has pulled him in several directions. Moalem has brought all of his influences and interests together with his debut album, "Exile."

May 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Season's first Spare the Air alert on Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the first Spare the Air Alert of the summer season for Wednesday because of a forecast for unhealthy amounts of smog.

May 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Outrage over Trump brings crowds to Mountain View march

May Day rally pushes back against federal immigration policies
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Mountain View on Monday evening to denounce a federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The annual May Day march this year held a particular urgency and drew one of its largest crowd based on fears that President Donald Trump's administration represents a grave threat to local families and the community.

May 2, 2017 | 10 comments
Ice cream 101

Local experts share tips and tricks for making ice cream at home
Five local ice cream shop owners and chefs shared their wisdom about how to achieve that perfectly creamy, mouthwatering consistency and flavor of ice cream -- in your own home.

May 2, 2017 | 2 comments
Police arrest man accused of exposing himself to children

Portola Valley man, 25, is the suspect in two incidents in Los Altos
Los Altos police said Monday that a Portola Valley man was arrested last week on suspicion of exposing himself to two children and annoying five more.

May 2, 2017 | 2 comments
Measure B voting deadline on Tuesday

All-mail election ballots must be postmarked or turned in by 8 p.m. on election day
Residents in the Mountain View Whisman School District have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, to turn in ballots for the Measure B parcel tax election.

May 1, 2017 | 15 comments
Baby-abduction suspect turns himself in

Mountain View man drove off with infant in his lap, police say
A father who allegedly abducted his 4-month-old daughter from a Mountain View hotel last month turned himself in to police Sunday night and was arrested, police said today.

May 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Governor signs $52.4 billion gas tax into law

Money expected to fund public transportation improvements, road repairs
Gov. Jerry Brown Friday signed into law a $52.4 billion, 10-year gas tax and new annual vehicle fee intended to pay for fixing the state's roads and making other transportation improvements.

April 30, 2017 | 6 comments
Liquor store altercation leads to arrest

Police arrested a transient man over the weekend after he allegedly tried to leave a liquor store without paying and punched an employee who confronted him.

April 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Bay Area home sales jump in March, prices near record high

Median home price in Santa Clara County was $988,500, up 8.4 percent
The number of Bay Area homes sold in March hit a five-year high, with the region's media sales price creeping up towards last summer's all-time high, according to real estate research firm CoreLogic.

May 2, 2017 | 5 comments
County Supes ban sugary drinks in fast-food kids meals

Sugar-sweetened beverages will no longer be included in kids' meals at Santa Clara County restaurants following an ordinance passed 4-0-1 Tuesday morning by the Board of Supervisors.

April 28, 2017 | 20 comments
Home Front: Eichler exhibit; garden to table

A roundup of local home and garden news and events.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Winter showers bring (spectacular) spring flowers

Colorful blooms on display at local preserves
Local naturalists are bracing for an explosion of wildflowers along the Midpeninsula that could provide some of the most breathtaking views in years.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Home sales

Lowest sales all above $2.5 million except for East Palo Alto
A complete list of homes for sale around the Midpeninsula.

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Party favors

Richard Gere's 'Norman' glad-hands his way to power
Joseph Cedar's new film, "Norman" imagines an international scandal in the making, stemming from a "chance" encounter between titular Manhattan "fixer" Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) and low-level Israeli politician Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi).

April 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Decision time for city's future goals

Council whittles down list ranging from Airbnb tax to pod cars to sanctuary city status
On a mission to choose the city's big goals for the next two years, the Mountain City Council last week took a messy priority list and trimmed it down to a slightly smaller mess.

April 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Minimal parking for North Bayshore

New tech, transit anticipated to free developments of need to build plenty of parking spaces
Making some hefty assumptions about a carless city of tomorrow, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday laid down an optimistic vision for a future North Bayshore neighborhood, anticipating a suite of new technologies would lighten parking and road demands. City officials predicted nearly 4,000 future households in the area wouldn't need to own a car -- a drastic change made possible thanks in part to the advent of self-driving cars and far-off plans for a citywide automated-rail service.

April 27, 2017 | 41 comments
RBA's farewell show anything but blue

Redwood Bluegrass Association ends 25-year run with farewell concert in Mountain View
Ed Cirimele played at the pre-show jam session before the final concert on held by the Redwood Bluegrass Association on April 22, ending a 25-year run in Mountain View. Cirimele is one of the longest-serving board members of the group that nurtured bluegrass musicians and brought top talent to family-friendly shows at the Mountain View Masonic Lodge. Pictured with him, from right, is Herb Moore, David Roland and Autumn Thompson.

April 26, 2017 | 8 comments
Mountain View goes back to school

Local company enrolls hundreds in free college program
After months of pounding the pavement and getting the word out, leaders of a local education company says it has successfully put 300 people back on track for a college degree at little or no cost.

May 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Far fewer girls enrolled in advanced math

MV Whisman district report raises questions about gender gap
Mountain View Whisman School District officials are taking a closer look at what could be causing fewer girls to sign up for the most challenging middle-school math classes, despite having performance and test scores equal to that of boys.

April 28, 2017 | 26 comments
County expands access to preschool and child care

Changes to income eligibility mean more families qualify for subsidized care
Low and middle-income families struggling to pay for costly child care may finally get some relief this year, after the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed on a new plan that would raise income eligibility for state-subsidized care. By doing so, the county will be able to use millions in additional child care funds earmarked for the county.

May 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Two nonprofits assisting students from lower-income families announce merger

College access nonprofits serve students from Mountain View to Foster City
Peninsula Bridge, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit, announced April 26 that the organization will merge with Building Futures Now, an East Palo Alto-based nonprofit to provide broader programs to help students from lower-income families.

April 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Menlowe Ballet in bloom

Local dance company nurtures homegrown talent in spring showcase
This spring, Menlowe Ballet is showcasing its own blossoming talent with "Floraison," a program devoted to works created and performed by the professional ballet company and students at the Menlo Park Academy of Dance.

April 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Sweet Yosemite

David Hockney exhibition offers unique perspective on national park
Pace Gallery's Palo Alto branch offers "David Hockney, The Yosemite Suite," a celebration of the artist's iPad paintings.

April 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Los Altos police seek indecent exposure suspect

Police are looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself Friday to a person riding a bike in Los Altos a few blocks from a preschool.

April 26, 2017 | 9 comments
Man arrested after scuffle with security robot

Mountain View-based Knightscope's robot has minor damage
A Mountain View resident was arrested last week after he had allegedly knocked over a 300-pound security robot stationed outside of Knightscope's Mountain View office, according to police.

April 26, 2017 | 10 comments
Judge issues preliminary injunction blocking sanctuary executive order

Santa Clara County supervisor: 'The court's decision is a win for the neediest people in our nation.'
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in a pair of lawsuits filed by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County blocking an executive order by President Donald Trump that threatened to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities and counties.

April 25, 2017 | 6 comments
Eshoo goes after Trump on tax-return secrecy

Rep. Anna Eshoo authored a bill that would force presidents to disclose their tax returns.
President Donald Trump's tax returns and his refusal to release them was topic No. 1 for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, who took questions for about two hours Saturday, April 22, during a town-hall-style meeting in a gymnasium at Canada College in Woodside.

April 25, 2017 | 5 comments
Facts on hot-button Bay Area issues added to MTC website

Factual information about hot-button Bay Area topics such as housing affordability, poverty rates and life expectancy is now available online.

April 25, 2017 | 4 comments
SF, Peninsula officials urge feds to OK Caltrain funds

Electrification project in limbo after state Republicans objected
San Francisco and Peninsula elected officials on Monday called on the Trump administration to approve federal funding for a Caltrain electrification project that is expected to add capacity to the busy transit corridor.

April 25, 2017 | 3 comments
Perfectly unpretentious

Michelin-starred Madera offers top-notch cuisine in relaxed surroundings
There was a bit of showmanship pulling into the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel with Teslas, Porsches and Ferraris lined up, but there's no pretension inside Madera, just pleasant ambiance, great food and a staff eager to please.

April 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Go big and go home

'Colossal' spins a wild fable for wayward adults
Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo's new film "Colossal" uses a deliberately juvenile premise to speak to adults who need to grow up already and address the issues holding them back.

April 25, 2017 | No comments yet
New lawsuit links Young Jeezy to 2014 shooting death

Two lawsuits allege rap artist responsible for death of Eric Johnson
A second lawsuit is being filed in connection with the murder of Eric Johnson, a 38-year-old music promoter who was fatally shot while backstage at a 2014 rap festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The lawsuit accuses rap artist Young Jeezy of the murder.

April 24, 2017 | 2 comments
Concern rises over restrictions for grade separations

VTA report spells out that rail line would be kept at grade level; roadways to run over or under
As the Valley Transportation Authority prepares to dole out the first portion of the $6 billion Measure B funds, Midpeninsula cities are raising concerns that the agency could be putting onerous restrictions on projects for Caltrain grade separations.

April 24, 2017 | 7 comments
Companies, PTAs fuel Measure B campaign

Construction, engineering and architecture firms remained the top donors for the Mountain View Whisman School District's parcel tax campaign through the first half of April, but contributions from PTAs and individual parents are beginning to roll in, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday, April 20.

April 21, 2017 | 20 comments
One final bow

Redwood Bluegrass Associates ends 25-year run in Mountain View
For the past quarter century, Redwood Bluegrass Associates has been supporting and promoting top-notch bluegrass concerts on the Peninsula. Now, it's time to say goodbye.

April 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Missing 13-year-old girl found

A Crittenden Middle School student who was reported missing after school on Wednesday, April 19, was found safe the next day in Woodland -- happy news for the school staff and students, who are "grateful for the entire Mountain View community for the care and concern they have demonstrated."

April 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Update: Missing 13-year-old girl found

The Mountain View Police Department says the Crittenden Middle School student who had been missing since yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon has been found safe in Woodland.

April 20, 2017 | 10 comments
Police searching for missing 13-year-old girl

The Mountain View Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a Crittenden Middle School student who went missing yesterday.

April 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Jury trial for driver in fatal accident

A criminal case is moving forward against Los Altos resident Glenn Kawaguchi, the driver involved in a 2015 accident that killed a woman as she was walking on El Monte Avenue and crossing the street in a marked crosswalk.

April 20, 2017 | 42 comments
Rival racquet sports compete

It was the kind of crowd that must have made the Parks and Recreation Commission tread lightly last week -- a fired-up group of about 50 seniors, many wielding paddles.

April 21, 2017 | 30 comments
Last-minute change to rental committee

After months of evaluating candidates, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday formally appointed members to its Rental Housing Committee, a largely independent panel that will take on the complex job of administering citywide rent control.

April 19, 2017 | 4 comments
Could city tenants get a rent refund?

Tenant advocates say lawsuit blocked four months of rollback
Starting next month, rents on thousands of Mountain View apartments are expected to roll back to 2015 rates as part of the city's sweeping Measure V rent control law. But tenants could soon be making the case that they deserve some compensation for the months that the measure was delayed by an ongoing lawsuit.

April 20, 2017 | 23 comments
Council balks at bulky Avalon Bay project

W. Middlefield Road development would replace parking lots with 350 apartments
In a study session at the April 18 meeting, the City Council reviewed plans to squeeze nearly 350 new apartments into a site at 555 W. Middlefield Road that's already built up with more than 400 homes.

April 24, 2017 | 25 comments
Chemical industry targets Mountain View TCE cleanup

Superfund site's high mitigation costs cited by industry; Trump asked to roll back EPA standards
President Donald Trump's promise to bring back jobs by axing regulations is targeting environmental protections on Mountain View's contaminated, yet still valuable, real estate. In recent days, a chemical industry lobbying group is nudging federal officials to gut safety standards for trichloroethylene (TCE), citing the high costs associated with one of Mountain View's Superfund sites.

April 21, 2017 | 15 comments
Rescue Wing airlifts injured fisherman

Complex mission required Moffett-based unit to execute a mid-air refueling
In a risky mission, Moffett Field's 129th Rescue Wing yesterday completed a complex rescue operation to airlift a seriously injured crewman from a fishing boat 600 miles off the California coast. The multi-day operation required a medical airdrop, an aerial refueling and eventually an airlift to bring the injured fisherman back to a local hospital.

April 19, 2017 | 2 comments
MVHS girls soccer team wins national honor

A historic Central Coast Section championship for the Mountain View High School girls' soccer team just got better. The team, along with nine other girls' soccer teams around the country, will be honored in the annual Tour of Champions.

April 19, 2017 | 5 comments
Once more into the 'Cuckoo's Nest'

Los Altos Stage Company offers worthwhile version of the Beat Generation classic
There is more than enough good acting, good direction, and good design work to make Los Altos Stage Company's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" a worthwhile evening of theater.

April 19, 2017 | No comments yet
New detour ahead for Stevens Creek Trail

Walkers and pedestrians tired of detouring off Stevens Creek Trail and onto city streets can celebrate after Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday night on a temporary path through a neighboring hotel property.

April 20, 2017 | 5 comments
El Camino considers governance shake-up

Hospital officials say more areas of expertise are needed in challenging health care world
In a bid to stay one step ahead in the competitive health care market, elected officials and top staff at El Camino Hospital say it may be time to put more experts on the board of directors.

April 21, 2017 | 5 comments
School district to offer low-cost preschool

Middle and higher-income families now eligible for school district-run program
Calling it a blessing for Mountain View families, Mountain View Whisman School District board members gave resounding praise to a plan that will open up affordable, district-run preschool to all, regardless of family income.

April 24, 2017 | 8 comments
Effort to retire Palo Alto sludge incinerators moves ahead

Mountain View to share in cost of new sewage treatment facility
Seeking to shed Palo Alto's status as one of only two California cities that still burn their sludge, the City Council swiftly approved early Tuesday morning the construction of a nearly $23 million facility that would allow it to decommission the two incinerators in the Baylands.

April 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Finding a home in the world

Menlo Park author Donia Bijan tells a gripping story of an exile's return home in her first novel, "The Last Days of Cafe Leila," which is being launched at an author event Thursday, April 20, at Kepler's bookstore.

April 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Google boosts ties with Howard University

Aspiring computer science students from Howard University, a historically black college, will have the opportunity to work and study at one of the most prominent tech companies in the world. A select group of students will spend the summer at Google's Mountain View headquarters thanks to the newly launched partnership with the university.

April 18, 2017 | 2 comments
Two-alarm fire damages Los Altos home

Family of four displaced in blaze near Mountain View border
A fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to a Los Altos home Saturday afternoon, a county fire captain said Monday.

April 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Computing pioneer Robert Taylor dies at 85

Taylor led lab at famous Xerox Palo Alto Center (PARC)
Robert W. Taylor, 85, a Woodside resident for 34 years and a visionary in the development of computer networks and modern personal computing, died Thursday of complications of Parkinson's disease.

April 17, 2017 | No comments yet
The Cool philosophy

Chef-owner Jesse Ziff Cool on farm-to-table, social justice and the future of her longtime restaurant
Since Jesse Ziff Cool first opened Flea St. Cafe in Menlo Park more than 30 years ago, her first allegiance has been to the people serving her customers and by extension, the people growing and raising the food on their plates.

April 14, 2017 | No comments yet
This week's A&E highlights

A film screening, a musical, a celebration of Indian arts and more.

April 14, 2017 | No comments yet
The truth about tomatoes

Don't be intimidated by this easy-to-grow vine
If you want to grow tomatoes from seeds, it isn't hard, but you do need good plant lights to successfully grow them indoors until the seedlings are ready to be planted outdoors, says Palo Alto master gardener Candace Simpson.

April 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Home Front: see Chinese rhododendrons; the birds and the bees

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

April 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Judge defers ruling on Trump sanctuary city order

$1.7 billion county receives annually in federal funds could be jeopardized
Lawyers for Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco asked a federal judge Friday to block an executive order by President Donald Trump that threatens to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities and counties.

April 14, 2017 | 20 comments
Hard choices await City Council in goal-setting session

Staff members warn only a fraction of 120 goals can go forward
In one of their most consequential meetings of 2017, elected leaders next week will lay out their grand strategy for Mountain View's priorities for the near future. But the meeting known as the goal-setting session is already looking like it will require some extremely tough choices from City Council members.

April 16, 2017 | 10 comments
Federal judge to consider injunction on sanctuary cities order

Potential $1.7 billion loss could lead Santa Clara County to cut entire programs, says county executive
A San Francisco federal court judge Friday morning will consider San Francisco and Santa Clara counties' requests to halt President Donald Trump's Jan. 25 executive order that would withhold federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions.

April 13, 2017 | 5 comments
Google buys Sports Page site

Bar still open for business, no plans to close
Google has finished up a sale to buy the site of the Sports Page, the longstanding bar tucked in the middle of North Bayshore's tech corridor.

April 14, 2017 | 21 comments
Filling the housing market's hole

New housing for middle class isn't being built in Mountain View
Mountain View's roll-out of new housing has a gaping hole. New residential development is essentially nonexistent for moderate-income families -- those earning roughly between $85,000 and $130,000 a year.

April 13, 2017 | 92 comments
City forfeits $1 million in Airbnb taxes

Data research says Mountain View missing out on hotel tax revenue for short-term rentals
Mountain View's hands-off approach to short-term rental companies like Airbnb may be costing the city more than people realize. By not charging hotel taxes, Mountain View may have forfeited nearly $1 million in annual revenues.

April 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Suspects arrested on stolen vehicle, drug charges

Police arrested two Oregon residents last week after they were allegedly caught driving a stolen vehicle in Mountain View, and were found to be in possession of dozens of grams of methamphetamine.

April 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Suspect charged in Mountain View Voice Online hacking case

Federal grand jury indicts San Francisco man
A 34-year-old San Francisco man was arraigned on April 11 in federal District Court for the Sept. 17, 2015, hacking of Mountain View Voice online and other websites operated by Embarcadero Media, the Palo Alto-based publisher of community newspapers, including the Voice.

April 13, 2017 | No comments yet
A home away from home for patients and families

A small house on El Camino Hospital's MV campus could be rebuilt
Amid a massive construction overhaul of El Camino Hospital's Mountain View campus, hospital officials are considering a small but compassionate addition to the plans: a home for patients to stay.

April 18, 2017 | 5 comments
Water district walks back homeless housing idea

Waverly park residents sharply opposed plan to turn district-owned homes into supportive housing
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is backing away from a controversial proposal to shelter homeless residents in district-owned houses in Mountain View

April 13, 2017 | 1 comment
'Rags' is rich with history, music

Broadway's flop is TheatreWorks' rousing revival success
"Rags" is a good old-fashioned musical with plenty to offer modern audiences. Judging by the standing ovation on opening night, its current version, directed by TheatreWorks Artistic Director Robert Kelley, looks to further redeem the show, letting it live up to its considerable potential.

April 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Film: 'Love and Taxes'

Bay Area comedian/actor/writer extraordinaire Josh Kornbluth will hold the Peninsula premiere of his film "Love & Taxes" at the Pear Theater (1110 La Avenida St.) on Saturday, April 15 (tax day), at 7 p.m.

April 12, 2017 | No comments yet
'The Wild Party' at Stanford

Stanford University's Ram's Head Theatrical Society presents its annual spring musical April 14-15 and 20-22, with performances at 8 p.m. This year, the show is Andrew Lippa's dark, risque, rollicking "The Wild Party," based on the Jazz Age poem by Joseph Moncure March about feuding lovers and the titular raucous bash gone wrong.

April 12, 2017 | No comments yet
School board agrees to add classes at crowded schools

Short-term fixes include adding portable classrooms at Huff and Bubb elementaries, verifying family residency
Admitting that it's not a perfect plan, Mountain View Whisman School District officials said they will install portable classrooms at Bubb and Huff Elementary to house kindergarten students who are on a waiting list to get into their own neighborhood school. District officials also said they will crack down on families who live outside the district but still send their kids to Mountain View's crowded schools.

April 12, 2017 | 8 comments
State Senate bill seeks to curb spikes in winter heating costs

Proposed legislation would also require utility companies to provide cost estimate for following month's statement
Utility customers may see fewer spikes in winter heating costs if a bill introduced by state Sen. Jerry Hill passes the Legislature, according to Hill's office.

April 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Teen arrested on indecent exposure charges

Two women reported incidents; police seeking additional victims
An 18-year-old Mountain View man was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly exposed himself to at least two women, narrowly evading police several times before he was caught.

April 11, 2017 | 2 comments
District attorney endorses judge facing recall

Persky's supporters include law school deans, justices, judges
Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, the embattled judge whose controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner made waves across the globe last year, has received a high-profile endorsement in his fight to retain his seat on the bench from the county's district attorney, Jeff Rosen.

April 10, 2017 | 4 comments
New $52.4 billion gas tax plan wins approval from state Legislature

New law will raise gas tax per gallon by 12 cents, diesel fuel tax per gallon by 20 cents
The California Legislature Thursday approved a $52.4 billion, 10-year gas tax and new annual vehicle fee increase intended to fix the state's roads and make other transit improvements.

April 9, 2017 | 12 comments
Hope Street house was drug den, police say

Two arrested after police find meth, a gun and ammo
Police arrested two Mountain View residents last week after a search of their home allegedly revealed the suspects were in possession of a firearm, methamphetamine and a pried-open ATM machine.

April 8, 2017 | No comments yet
District aims to keep neighborhoods intact with new boundaries

School board calls for attendance boundaries that preserve Whisman, Shoreline West communities
After parents and residents said that changing school attendance boundaries could tear their communities apart, Mountain View Whisman school board members on Wednesday night unanimously supported assigning entire neighborhoods to schools throughout the city

April 7, 2017 | 22 comments
Hope Street house was drug den, police say

Two arrested after police find meth, guns and ammo
Police arrested two Mountain View residents last week after a search of their home allegedly revealed the suspects were in possession of firearms, methamphetamine and a pried-open ATM machine.

April 8, 2017 | 11 comments
City calls for apartment rents to roll back

Landlords expected to adjust rents on eligible units back to October 2015 rates
Owners of nearly 15,000 apartments in Mountain View are now obligated to immediately lower their rents to October 2015 rates, following news that a judicial hold on a citywide rent control program has been lifted, according to city Housing Department officials.

April 7, 2017 | 38 comments
Strange bedfellows

Kabobs and Pupuseria is an unusual concept with delicious results
After taking over his aunt and uncle's Mountain View restaurant, Rashami Mulge set up the new kitchen with one chef preparing Persian kebabs and another preparing Salvadoran dishes.

April 6, 2017 | No comments yet
'Weapon on the Wall: American Posters of WWI'

Stanford University's Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) is displaying an exhibition of propaganda posters from 1917-18, open this week and continuing through September.

April 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Home Front: garden pest control; growing tomatoes

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

April 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Heading for the hills

Buyers in Woodside, Portola Valley, La Honda have different set of 'issues'
Buying land farther from the urban centers of Silicon Valley can be refreshing, but "it comes with a lot of things buyers need to know," according to a real estate agent.

April 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Rainy, windy weather forecast for this afternoon

Moderate rain and strong winds expected Thursday evening into Friday, weather service says
National Weather Service forecasters are expecting moderate rainfall and strong winds to arrive today in the Bay Area, with a half-inch to 1.25 inches of rain expected in most urban areas tonight into early Friday.

April 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Vote on Inspire MV grants

With a pot of money ready to be doled out, local tech leaders are asking Mountain View residents to pick for their favorite ideas to improve the local community.

April 10, 2017 | 4 comments
The transit system of tomorrow for traffic jams of today

Mountain View officials taking open-minded approach to solutions for city's congestion problems
It could be gondola cars, automated people-movers or express lanes for self-driving cars -- all ideas are on the table as Mountain View embarks on an ambitious search for a new transit system to fix the daily traffic jam.

April 11, 2017 | 35 comments
Final five picked for MV rent control committee

Judge rules that city can enact Measure V while lawsuit goes through courts
After months of screening candidates, Mountain View City Council members have finally landed on their picks for the city's inaugural rental-housing committee.

April 7, 2017 | 2 comments
New push for city to regulate Airbnb rentals

Collecting taxes on the 800 short-term listings in city could net big bucks
Like many other cities, Mountain View has had to play catch-up in crafting new rules for a wave of web-based companies that have changed how goods and services are delivered. But while city officials have raced to regulate some business ventures, Airbnb and its counterparts have remained mostly ignored.

April 10, 2017 | 4 comments
Los Altos pair ID'd as freeway crash victims

Car overturned in solo vehicle crash on I-280 in Menlo Park
Two people who died in a crash on Interstate Highway 280 in Menlo Park on Wednesday afternoon have been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as Los Altos residents Gloria Cazanjian, 83, and Rudolph Cazanjian, 87.

April 6, 2017 | 4 comments
MV man arrested for alleged attempted theft at Kohl's

A 38-year-old Mountain View man was arrested Sunday after he was allegedly caught trying to use another person's credit card at Kohl's, and was later found to be in possession of multiple stolen identification cards and burglary tools.

April 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Tax measure would hold the line for school funding

Measure B proponents say maintaining local revenue is key for students
Starting this week, Mountain View Whisman School District residents will get to decide whether to continue boosting local public education funding through a parcel tax.

April 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Gaps in oversight need to be plugged, school board says

New rules would stop MV Whisman staff from entering deals without a contract
It's been three months since the Mountain View Whisman School District dropped its ill-fated digital math program, Teach to One, but board members are still sizing up what went wrong.

April 12, 2017 | 10 comments
Council favors seven-story housing project

Concerns emerge that underground parking garage could spread toxins from nearby Superfund site
Despite some misgivings about parking and the sheer size of the project, Mountain View City Council members on Tuesday night were largely pleased with a proposal to build two seven-story housing structures right next door to the city's largest jobs center.

April 6, 2017 | 33 comments
Judge OKs roll-out of rent control in Mountain View

Landlord group's request for injunction blocking Measure V denied by Superior Court judge while lawsuit plays out
In a move with huge ramifications for Mountain View, a Santa Clara County judge on Wednesday declined an injunction request by the California Apartment Association, in effect allowing the city's voter-approved rent-control measure to take effect.

April 5, 2017 | 40 comments
Algorithm and rhyme

Artificial intelligence takes on songwriting
Rodgers and Hammerstein. John and Taupin. ALYSIA and MABLE? Perhaps you haven't heard of those last two yet but, thanks to the work of a local computer scientist and her team, musicians of the near future may be utilizing artificial-intelligence systems like them to help the creative process along.

April 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Today: First of three meetings on high-speed-rail project

Meeting in Mountain View on Tuesday, April 11
The California High-Speed Rail Authority will hold three community meetings between April 5 and 13 on the proposed San Francisco-to-San Jose section of the state high-speed-rail project.

April 5, 2017 | 9 comments
Hearing is believing

EarFilms transforms Bing Concert Hall into an auditory dreamland
This weekend, Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall will host several performances by EarFilms: an immersive, audio experience that melds gripping storytelling with three-dimensional surround sound, with the goal of offering audiences a vivid way to engage their ears and imaginations. It's an antidote, creators say, to a world overrun by screens and visual input.

April 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Abducted baby found safe, police searching for her father

Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who abducted his baby daughter Tuesday in Mountain View. The missing baby was found safe in Livermore, police said at noon on Wednesday.

April 5, 2017 | 11 comments
No decision yet in Measure V lawsuit

At Tuesday's hearing, judge wants time to decide on preliminary injunction halting rent control law
After hearing arguments from both sides Tuesday morning, Superior Court Judge William Elfving indicated he wouldn't issue an immediate ruling, leaving Mountain View's rent control law, Measure V, in limbo.

April 4, 2017 | 22 comments
New assistant principal at MVHS

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District has tapped one if its own to become the new assistant principal of Mountain View High School.

April 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Crowd chases indecent exposure suspect

Redwood City man arrested on multiple charges, including suspicion of child molestation
A Redwood City man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman in the parking lot of an Orchard Supply Hardware in Mountain View, according to police.

April 3, 2017 | 4 comments
Support for new housing in Bay Area rises

Poll of Bay Area voters shows stronger support among younger, newer residents
Older voters who have lived in the Bay Area the longest and own their own home are less likely to want new housing built in their neighborhood than younger voters who rent and have lived in the area for a shorter time, according to poll results released Sunday, April 2.

April 4, 2017 | 20 comments
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month

This month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Reckless and distracted driving is the number one killer of U.S. teens, according to the California Highway Patrol.

April 3, 2017 | 2 comments
A feast for all

Journalist-turned-cook hopes to make Middle Eastern cuisine accessible to all
Sumac. Allspice. Cumin. Rose flower water. Pomegranate molasses. These are some of the ingredients that Blanche Araj, local founder of food blog and YouTube cooking channel Feast in the Middle East, lists when asked what inspires her.

March 30, 2017 | No comments yet
War and pacifier

Alec Baldwin voices 'The Boss Baby'
Loosely adapted from Marla Frazee's 2010 children's book, "The Boss Baby" constructs an elaborate fable of hard-fought sibling rivalry overcome.

March 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Home Front: Farm-to-table dining; Easter egg hunt

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

March 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Gordon and Betty Moore gift $50 million for Packard children's heart research

Couple's donation came after their grandchild was cared for at the hospital's heart center
Bay Area philanthropists Gordon and Betty Moore have given Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford $50 million toward patient care and advance research for children with heart disease, the hospital announced on Tuesday, March 28. The Moores' private donation is the largest gift from an individual to Packard Children's Hospital since its founding gift from David and Lucile Packard, the hospital said in a statement.

March 30, 2017 | 2 comments
San Jose man arrested on false imprisonment charges

Police arrested a San Jose man after he allegedly tried to keep a woman from leaving a hotel room.

April 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Suspect detained following MV manhunt

Four suspects were taken into custody Monday after all four allegedly tried to flee officers during a traffic stop, leading to a brief search of the area around San Antonio Circle.

March 30, 2017 | 4 comments
Measure V lawsuit comes to major milestone

Judge to consider lifting hold on rent-control law
The lawsuit over Mountain View's Measure V will get its first major courtroom hearing next week, and the stakes are huge for both sides. At question is whether the rent-control law should go immediately into effect -- potentially requiring landlords to drop rents on thousands of apartments in a matter of days.

March 30, 2017 | 33 comments
The ballad of Vikesh Kapoor

Singer-songwriter to perform at Stanford April 1
When Vikesh Kapoor made his debut album, 2013's "The Ballad of Willy Robbins," there were those in the music industry who weren't convinced that a bleak folk album about the tragedy of a working-class family would be the best career move for a new artist.

March 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Pear Theatre losing its impresario

Company founder Diane Tasca announces her retirement
Many credit the Pear theater's success and survival to its artistic director -- Diane Tasca. After launching the theater as a moonshot dream about 15 years ago, Tasca has worked, unpaid, as the troupe's impresario, putting herself in charge of the finances, productions and creative vision. Now Tasca, 70, wants to hand over those reins to someone new. She recently announced she will be stepping down to retire.

March 30, 2017 | 5 comments
Few opt to build companion units

State law eliminates city rules for parking, setbacks to encourage secondary units
A new state mandate would drastically alter Mountain View's rules for companion units, in some cases allowing homeowners to build secondary units with no parking and right along the property line.

March 31, 2017 | 25 comments
Home sales

Los Altos Hills home sold for almost $10 million
A complete list of homes for sale around the Midpeninsula.

March 29, 2017 | No comments yet
More help for struggling students

High school district could spend $1 million for programs to bring relief to stressed and special needs students
For some students in Mountain View's high schools, just getting out of bed and going to class seems like an insurmountable challenge.

April 3, 2017 | 10 comments
No room in popular MV Whisman schools ... again

As wait lists for Huff, Bubb and Landels grow, district to decide on temporary solutions
Hundreds of Mountain View families have grabbed a ticket and staked out a place in line, hoping for a spot in one of the Mountain View Whisman School District's highest-performing schools.

March 30, 2017 | 144 comments
Pledging future tweaks, Council passes mobile-fueling rules

Company reps say the new restrictions will kill local business
Mountain View City Council members on Tuesday second-guessed a package of new rules they passed one week earlier to regulate a new wave of fuel-delivery start-ups. While they left the door open to making looser rules in the future, council members approved the ordinance that mobile fuel company representatives said would put them out of business. The ordinance will go into effect at the end of April.

March 29, 2017 | 30 comments
Bill would require seatbelt use on buses

State Sen. Jerry Hill says he wants to close loophole in safety law
A state senator has introduced legislation requiring bus drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts in response to a fatal 2016 Greyhound crash that killed two people and injured 13 others in San Jose.

March 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Science, songs and The Ten Thousand Ways

Local biologist and physicist find musical chemistry
By day, Trisha Stan and Greg Bentsen are a professor of biology and a graduate student working in quantum engineering, respectively. By night, they swap the lab coats for guitars and mandolins, writing and performing as an award-winning Americana and folk-pop duo called The Ten Thousand Ways.

March 29, 2017 | No comments yet
TEDx Talk in Palo Alto explores 'identity'

Speaker lineup includes an Olympic fencer, sitcom writer and scientist
Artists, scientists, authors and tech experts will convene at the Oshman Family JCC on Sunday, April 2, for a discussion on the concept of identity -- the qualities, beliefs, DNA, environment, experiences and choices that make an individual or group singular and what experiences bring people together.

March 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Big donations kick off Measure B campaign

Companies with ties to the district pitch in big to pass Mountain View Whisman parcel tax
The campaign to pass the Mountain View Whisman School District's new parcel tax got off to a quick start last month, with large donations from city leaders as well as legal firms, architects and construction companies that have a close relationship with the district, according to campaign finance documents.

March 28, 2017 | 51 comments
Five-story apartment project gets icy reception

Shoreline West neighbors, council members balk at project size
A massive 240-unit apartment project planned for the Shoreline West neighborhood has become the latest flash point in Mountain View's challenging path to dramatically grow its housing stock.

March 28, 2017 | 81 comments
Knead to bake

Palo Alto native turns her passion for baking bread into a business
Every week, subscribers to As Kneaded Bakery, a new Community Supported Bakery, get a different variety of bread -- from herbed baguette and challah to spelt-walnut -- made by Palo Alto native Iliana Berkowitz.

March 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Home Front: seeking vintage donations; container gardening

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

March 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Women's rights walk Sunday in Palo Alto

Rep. Jackie Speier, others to speak at Feminist Majority rally
Local female leaders from an array of fields, from education and activism to public service, will speak at a rally on Sunday, March 26, in Palo Alto organized by Feminist Majority, a national women's rights organization.

March 24, 2017 | 3 comments
Talking trash - The do's and don'ts of recycling

'The big green bin that is picked up weekly by the city and has a heavy lid on it should be safe from rodents,' says public work official.
Palo Alto has one of the more advanced recycling and composting programs on the Peninsula, compared to many neighboring cities like Menlo Park and Los Altos.

March 24, 2017 | 2 comments
Burglary suspects at large after high-speed chase

Two suspects are still at large after a home burglary in Mountain View this morning led to a high-speed chase that ended in San Jose, according to police.

March 23, 2017 | 7 comments
Storms Friday, Sunday to bring rain, gusty winds

Bay Area rivers not expected to flood, weather service says
Bay Area rivers are expected to stay within their banks when rain from two storms falls in the region Friday and Sunday, National Weather Service officials said.

March 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Not perfect? No problem

Meet TACO: The terribly fun, low-stress, no-pressure orchestra
TACO's mission is to give people of all skill levels the chance to share a love of playing classical music in an enjoyable, inclusive environment without the pressure to perform, be perfect, or even practice regularly.

March 23, 2017 | No comments yet
This week's A&E highlights

Local pop bands in Mountain View, a production of "The Producers" in Redwood City, a Broadway star at Stanford and "Science Night" in Menlo Park are featured this week.

March 23, 2017 | No comments yet
City barrels ahead with on-demand fuel rules

New rules would constrain gas tank fill-up service for homes
Over the protests of several stakeholders, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday approved plans to have the local fire department monitor and sanction the emerging mobile-fuel businesses. But while the Mountain View now has formal standards, some of the mobile-fuel companies warn the regulations will essentially kill their market within the city.

March 24, 2017 | 14 comments
Grocery checkout resembles a breadline

Neighborhood irate over Safeway store's lengthy lines
The daily logjam at the checkout at the nearby Safeway on Shoreline Boulevard has become public enemy No. 1 for the nearby neighborhood. Whether a shopper is buying only a carton of milk or enough food to last the month, residents in the Moffett Boulevard neighborhood say they no longer expect any trip to the grocery store will be speedy.

March 26, 2017 | 41 comments
Home sales

Menlo Park tops Atherton, Palo Alto for highest sale price
A complete list of homes for sale around the Midpeninsula.

March 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Trump cuts spell trouble for local housing

Tax reforms and slim HUD budget could harm affordable housing projects
Calling an affordable-housing project a "miracle" sounds trite, but the term now seems apt for a new 67-unit apartment project being built 1701 El Camino Real.

March 23, 2017 | 6 comments
Communication 101

Parents of English learners and special ed students say school district leaves them in the dark
When it comes to helping Mountain View's most needy students, better communication and parent education will improve test scores. That's what a group of Mountain View Whisman School District parents, charged with finding ways to fix the district's problematic special education and English-language learner programs, agreed to after six months of meetings to brainstorm ways to tackle students' poor performance.

March 27, 2017 | 13 comments
How local schools measure up in new state assessment

Lower-performing Mountain View schools get a boost, but suspension rates remain high
In a bid to move away from grading school performance on a single number and a single test, the California Department of Education released a new report last week that sums up the quality of public schools in a detail-laden "dashboard" for school officials and families alike.

March 24, 2017 | 13 comments
'Understanding Islam' speaker series starts in April

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will moderate three panels
Santa Clara County Joe Simitian is looking to increase the public's knowledge of Islam and Muslims through a speaker series with regional leaders that will launch in Palo Alto next month.

March 23, 2017 | 5 comments
Bystanders stop phone theft suspect

A transient woman who allegedly robbed a woman of her phone last week was arrested after bystanders chased down the suspect and detained her until police arrived.

March 22, 2017 | 1 comment
Family feuds and filial piety

'Calligraphy' paints a picture of international drama between sisters, mothers and daughters
Two elderly sisters, separated by an ocean as well as years of hostility and pain, and the two daughters who are determined to reunite them before it's too late, are at the heart of "Calligraphy," Velina Hasu Houston's multicultural family drama, now given its regional premiere by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

March 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Brief break in rain Wednesday

More rain expected with storm on Friday
More soggy, windy weather is expected to roll into the Bay Area after a brief sunny respite on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

March 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Recall election of Brock Turner judge postponed

Standalone November election could cost taxpayers $6.9 million
The group working to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky for alleged judicial bias has decided to delay placing a recall on the ballot until next summer given the cost of mounting a special election this November.

March 22, 2017 | 5 comments
Zimbabwe charity race and fair turns 18

March 26 event celebrates African nation's culture, raises money for orphanage
The 18th annual Run For Zimbabwe will be hosted at St. Joseph school, 1120 Miramonte Ave. in Mountain View, on Sunday, Mar. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. The event aims to teach the local community about Zimbabwean culture and to raise funds for the Makumbi Children's Home, an orphanage.

March 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Larry's AutoWorks closes down

Owner of 45-year-old business plans to sell the property, retire
Popular car repair shop Larry's AutoWorks closed down Friday and there are no plans for it to reopen. Owner Larry Moore told the Voice on Monday that he and his wife had decided to retire after lining up the sale of their shop at 2526 Leghorn St.

March 20, 2017 | 19 comments
Home sales

A complete list of homes for sale around the Midpeninsula.

March 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Three storms to bring rain, cool temperatures this week

Bay Area to see stormy weather through weekend
Three storm systems moving over the Bay Area will bring rain and cooler temperatures this week to much of the region, according to the National Weather Service.

March 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Five suspects nabbed after downtown Palo Alto hit-and-run

Mountain View police aided in block-by-block search; three suspects hiding in a shed
A manhunt for suspects in a downtown Palo Alto hit-and-run concluded early Friday evening at a Waverley Street shed, where three people who were involved in the collision were reportedly hiding, police said.

March 19, 2017 | 1 comment
Eight apply to new rent control committee

Council seeking property owners to join committee overseeing rent control
Mountain View City Council members now have a stack of new candidates for the city's Rental Housing Committee to choose from, including a few more property owners with a stake in how rent control is implemented.

March 19, 2017 | 4 comments
Officer injured when suspect hits police car

A burglary suspect crashed into a police car Thursday night after he attempted to evade arrest at an In-N-Out Burger parking lot, injuring one officer, according to police.

March 17, 2017 | 14 comments
Neighborhood haunt

Review: Redwood Grill fits the bill in busy Woodside Plaza Shopping Center
Renee Barton grew up in Redwood City's Woodside Plaza neighborhood and knows what it needs and what it lacks: a family-friendly restaurant serving high-quality comfort food at reasonable prices.

March 17, 2017 | No comments yet
This week's A&E highlights

This week, check out a musical based on the "Song of Songs" in Mountain View, an exhibition of paintings inspired by water, a classic fairy tale on stage, a banjo concert and an eco-art installation.

March 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Auto burglary suspect crashes into police car

Mountain View detective injured in In-N-Out Burger parking lot
A burglary suspect crashed into a Mountain View police car while trying to escape arrest on Thursday night.

March 17, 2017 | 2 comments
Live-fraction

'Beauty' not as animated as it used to be
Disney's 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast" -- the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars -- now gets the live-action treatment, but where last year's "The Jungle Book" felt fresh and vibrant in live action, "Beauty and the Beast" proves dispiriting.

March 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Home Front: fountain class, flower arranging

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

March 17, 2017 | No comments yet
The dirt on gardening

If you have the right soil, nearly anything can grow
Cooks will tell you it's mostly about using the best ingredients. For gardeners, it's all in the soil. If you have the soil right, you can plant anything and it will grow.

March 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Pear Theatre presents 'A View from the Bridge'

Arthur Miller's 1955 drama sheds light on modern crises
Set in a Brooklyn tenement, "A View from the Bridge," Arthur Miller's 1955 drama, runs through April 2 at Mountain View's Pear Theatre. Given the current political climate, Pear Avenue director Ray Renati sees a contemporary message in the drama that goes beyond forbidden love and illegal immigration.

March 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Downtown study finds retail on the ropes

Business is great for restaurants and offices, but shops aren't keeping up
A new city economic report on the Castro Street area found that restaurants and the demand for tech office space are lifting Mountain View's downtown to unprecedented growth and sales. But that prosperity isn't being shared among all businesses. Brick-and-mortar retail shops like bookstores, art galleries and knick-knack sellers are lagging behind, showing modest sales while facing the rising costs that come with a booming market.

March 17, 2017 | 19 comments
Locals get their game on

Mountain View residents appear on game shows Jeopardy, Idiotest
Two Mountain View residents put their brains to the test last week on nationally televised game shows.

March 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Gang sweep leads to 15 arrests

Fifteen people were arrested across Santa Clara County last week as part of a gang task force co-sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department. Local officials gave assurances that immigration status has no bearing on the operation.

March 16, 2017 | 8 comments
High school district's champion of minority students set to retire

Associate superintendent Brigitte Sarraf will take a part-time role
After almost half a century working in Mountain View's education system, Associate Superintendent Brigitte Sarraf announced she will be retiring from the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District.

March 21, 2017 | 2 comments
County kicks in $3.5M for immigrant support

Supervisors OK funds for legal assistance, rights education ahead of federal crackdown
Fearing a zealous immigration crackdown by the new administration in Washington, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to commit millions of dollars toward boosting legal services for immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The decision comes after months of deliberation on how much money to set aside for legal support, and whether county funds ought to support immigrants convicted of serious and violent felonies.

March 16, 2017 | 24 comments
Still no verdict on school boundary changes

Big questions linger over Shoreline West, Whisman neighborhoods
After another six-hour meeting over the weekend, Mountain View Whisman School District's boundary committee will be heading into overtime on how to best rezone school attendance areas throughout the city of Mountain View.

March 17, 2017 | 6 comments
'Love Sick' in Mountain View

Musical based on the 'Song of Songs' performs for one more weekend
"Love Sick," a new musical based on the erotic, Old Testament text "The Song of Songs," will run for one more weekend at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

March 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for tech rally against federal policies

Immigration, health care, science, housing and women's rights among the concerns as workers and CEOs vow to fight back
Hundreds of Silicon Valley workers and supporters rallied against the Trump administration's policies on immigrants, health care and other issues on Tuesday afternoon in front of Palo Alto City Hall.

March 14, 2017 | 4 comments
Elisabeth Ward to head Los Altos History Museum

Elisabeth I. Ward, an expert on Scandinavian language and culture, will become the new executive director of the Los Altos History museum this month

March 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Reinforcements join fight over rent control

Judge allows law firms, nonprofits to help city defend Measure V in court
Both sides in the courtroom battle over Mountain View's Measure V rent-control law could be getting some extra muscle.

March 15, 2017 | 21 comments
California joins 5 states opposing travel ban

California on Monday joined Washington state and four other states in challenging President Donald Trump's revised ban restricting travel from six predominantly Muslim states.

March 14, 2017 | 10 comments
Former assemblyman wants to reform Prop 13

Former Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who represented Mountain View, plans to run for Board of Equalization in 2018
The common good has long been former Assemblyman Rich Gordon's aim, whether in his efforts with troubled youth, with an unfair public education system, with creating affordable housing, with protecting a natural environment under threat -- and perhaps soon, with taxes.

March 14, 2017 | 66 comments
Start-up Quixey closing its Mountain View office

App-search company once valued at $600 million lays off 50 employees
Despite ample investment money, the downtown Mountain View start-up Quixey is reportedly closing its doors. In recent days the tech company filed paperwork saying it was laying off nearly 50 employees and permanently closing its Castro Street offices.

March 14, 2017 | 13 comments
Home sales

Only 21 Midpeninsula homes recorded sold this week
A complete list of homes for sale around the Midpeninsula.

March 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Three-alarm fire extinguished at Stanford Medical School building

Hazardous materials team called to scene, blaze found in third-floor room
A hazardous materials team responded to a three-alarm fire at a laboratory in Stanford Medical School's Edwards Building storing biohazardous waste on Saturday.

March 12, 2017 | No comments yet
No one behind the wheel ... or in the car

'Ghost cars' could be zipping around Mountain View streets under DMV proposal
For nearly three years, Mountain View residents have become accustomed to seeing self-driving cars zipping around town, but the technology could soon be kicking off its training wheels.

March 13, 2017 | 10 comments
Spring farm tours at Deer Hollow

The city of Mountain View is hosting tours at the Deer Hollow Farm to raise money in support of its farm animals and education programs. Tours are scheduled for three Saturdays this spring: March 11, April 8 and May 6.

March 10, 2017 | 1 comment
Home Front: garden tour, middle school program

A round-up of local home and garden news and events, including the Gamble Garden Spring Tour in April and an online middle school garden curriculum.

March 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Gorilla warfare

'Kong: Skull Island' review
Warner Brothers and Legendary Entertainment are taking the ultimate fighting-esque monster-a-monster showdown to the bank by throwing more "A" money at more"B" material with "Kong: Skull Island," the second installment of a burgeoning "MonsterVerse" initiated in 2014's "Godzilla" reboot.

March 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Local restaurateurs battle labor challenges

Owner: 'We're competing as much for staff as we are for customers'
Longtime owners who have run restaurants on the Midpeninsula for decades say they've never seen labor costs become so acute, and they fear a breaking point is on the horizon.

March 10, 2017 | 10 comments
How EPA cuts could impact Mountain View

Leaked budget plan shows cuts to local Bay restoration efforts
Things are looking pretty grim these days for the Environmental Protection Agency, the nation's top health-and-habitat watchdog that has become a main target of the Trump Administration's push to curb government regulation.

March 9, 2017 | 3 comments
El Camino apartments win council approval

Council dismayed over meager affordable housing
While a 204-unit apartment project off El Camino Real won unanimous support from the Mountain View City Council last week, it became the latest disappointment in the city's push to expand affordable housing through private development.

March 10, 2017 | 7 comments
More juvenile victims of stalking suspect sought

Sheriff's office alleges at least 19 girls stalked by Rajeev Sanhi of Cupertino
A Cupertino man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stalking underage girls in the South Bay, as well as the Los Angeles area, Santa Clara County sheriff's officials said.

March 9, 2017 | 5 comments
Robotics club thrives at Mountain View High

New and returning students turn Spartan Robotics into a world-class team
Every Friday night when the clock strikes 7 p.m., dozens of students flood in to Mountain View High School to get back to work.

March 10, 2017 | 2 comments
Google's new dome-home wins city approval

Unique design for East Charleston campus wins over City Council
After nearly 10 years of planning, Google's vision to create a premier headquarters in Mountain View's North Bayshore will become a reality. At a Tuesday, March 7, meeting, City Council members gave what will likely be the final round of approvals for the company's plan to create a unique campus that highlights the spirit of the company.

March 8, 2017 | 15 comments
Parents say big questions still remain over Teach to One

District officials downplay problems with digital math program
Parents in the Mountain View Whisman School District are still uneasy about the handling of a controversial digital math program.

March 9, 2017 | 67 comments
Taking names on Women's Day

Local workers stage colorful tribute to inspirational women
Inspirational women got a colorful, if fleeting, tribute in downtown Mountain View today, as passersby were invited to write down their names with sidewalk chalk.

March 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Taking names on Women's Day

Local workers stage colorful tribute to inspirational women
Inspirational women got a colorful, if fleeting, tribute in downtown Mountain View today, as passersby were invited to write down the name of an important woman with sidewalk chalk.

March 8, 2017 | 2 comments
Open space district launches annual photo contest

The MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District is inviting photographers of all skill levels to enter its eighth annual photo contest.

March 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Former SF Supervisor tapped for Santa Clara County post

David Campos named new deputy county executive
Former San Francisco Supervisor David Campos has been appointed to a position in Santa Clara County's government, county officials said today.

March 8, 2017 | 2 comments
This week's A&E highlights

A play based on Greek mythology with a transgender hero, a feminist Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a talk by author Rebecca Solnit and a lecture on extraterrestrial life are featured this week.

March 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Joined at the hip

'Side Show' tells the fascinating tale of the Hilton twins
Some stories easily lend themselves to musical theater. An old-timey circus sideshow with a cast of "freak" characters -- and the incredible true story of singing, dancing conjoined twins who became the toast of vaudeville -- is one of them. That story and setting, paired with a melodic score, strong performances and eye-catching visuals, make Foothill Music Theatre's current production of "Side Show" a winner.

March 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Tonight: Decision time for Google's futuristic campus

In what is likely to be its final review, the Mountain View City Council tonight will consider giving the go-ahead for the first piece of Google's ambitious campus plans for North Bayshore. If approved, the project known as Charleston East will be a futuristic corporate center blended with a public promenade.

March 7, 2017 | 6 comments
County officials call on women to strike for equality on Wednesday

"A Day Without A Woman" to coincide with International Women's Day March 8
Santa Clara County officials dressed in red this morning called on women and their allies to take the day off on Wednesday, part of a national strike called A Day Without a Woman to coincide with International Women's Day.

March 7, 2017 | 22 comments
Trump issues revised travel ban, revokes previous order

New executive order goes into effect on March 16 banning U.S. entry to people from six predominantly Muslim countries
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a revised and scaled-down executive order banning entry to the United States by certain citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries.

March 6, 2017 | 3 comments
Two MV residents arrested in drug bust

AK-47 rifle, methamphetamine found in Calderon Ave. home, police say
Police arrested two Mountain View residents last week after a search of their home turned up methamphetamine and a loaded AK-47 assault rifle.

March 6, 2017 | 8 comments
Google researcher dies in Hayward motorcycle crash

Former Stanford student had recently joined Google's research team
The name of a motorcyclist who died in a crash late last month in Hayward was released Sunday by the Alameda County coroner. He was identified as 33-year-old San Francisco resident Andrea Bittau.

March 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Google researcher dies in Hayward motorcycle crash

Former Stanford student had recently joined Google's research team
The name of a motorcyclist who died in a crash late last month in Hayward was released Sunday by the Alameda County coroner. He was identified as 33-year-old San Francisco resident Andrea Bittau.

March 6, 2017 | 1 comment
UPDATE: Dump truck hits U.S. Highway 101 overpass

Caltrans called to assess 27-foot-wide crack left behind
UPDATE: All lanes of U.S. Highway 101 should reopen by 7 p.m. Friday, but on the Embarcadero Road overpass, the righthand, westbound lane will remain closed indefinitely following the dump truck crash into the overpass on Thursday night.

March 3, 2017 | 2 comments
CDC releases final youth suicide report

Analysis of trends, risk factors, media coverage covered in exhaustive report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Friday a much-anticipated final report on its investigation into youth suicide in Santa Clara County, offering an exhaustive, epidemiological look at what experts and others have called a critical public health issue.

March 4, 2017 | 5 comments
CA unemployment rate fell in January

The unemployment rate in all nine counties in the Bay Area was below 6 percent in January, the latest data from the California Employment Development Department show.

March 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Dump truck hits U.S. Highway 101 overpass

Caltrans called to assess 27-foot-long crack left behind
A dump truck struck an overpass on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto on Thursday night, which has closed down two lanes not expected to reopen until noon Friday.

March 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Snapchat IPO brings windfall to St. Francis High School

School reaps millions following early investment in the social media company
It was a day of celebration at St. Francis High School, after an early $15,000 investment in the popular messaging app Snapchat paid off big time -- the company's successful initial public offering (IPO) on Thursday left the school with 2 million stock shares worth tens of millions of dollars.

March 2, 2017 | 7 comments
Healthy and hip

Not just for health nuts, True Food Kitchen delivers creative, varied cuisine
Don't let the "healthy" aspect of True Food Kitchen make you think of bland brown rice concoctions or tried-and-true stir-fried vegetables. The menu is creative, varied and diverse.

March 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Protect your citrus trees now to get more fruit later

UC master gardener recommends buying a new tree at a nursery than saving seeds from fruit
As spring approaches, now is the time to pull off the leftover fruit, fertilize, prune and get the trees ready for next year's crops.

March 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Officials' private emails considered public records, state Supreme Court rules

Court: public officials cannot 'evade the law' by using private accounts
In a victory for public access to government records, the California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that local officials' communication about public business on private accounts and devices is subject to the California Public Records Act.

March 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Home Front: Household assistance for seniors; flower and garden show

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

March 2, 2017 | No comments yet
City reopens applications to rent control committee

Despite having a surplus of candidates, Mountain View is going to be launching a second round of applications for the new Rental Housing Committee.

March 2, 2017 | 11 comments
Council seeks to solve some familiar challenges

Brainstorming their list of big-ticket priorities for the coming years, Mountain View City Council members on Monday night ended up with what seemed like a carbon copy from last time. The city's big goals for the next two years will once again grapple with the South Bay's stubborn, yet familiar problems -- the lack of affordable housing, ongoing environmental cleanup and the worsening traffic.

March 6, 2017 | 3 comments
City to hire valets for free public parking

Looking toward a car-free future, council opts for temporary measures downtown
Looking to free up some parking space downtown, Mountain View will be taking a page from the Ritz-Carlton by bringing private valets to one of the city's largest lots.

March 3, 2017 | 20 comments
New heart technology thrives at El Camino

Local hospital takes on the latest in clinical trials
For 79-year-old Milagros Bardot, heart problems were a constant threat. Chest pain would spread over to her shoulders, her heart would palpitate, and she would frequently have to drive to the emergency room after work or risk having a heart attack.

March 7, 2017 | No comments yet
High school board set to adopt new sexual harassment policies

Trustees differ on the sense of urgency following civil rights complaint
Mountain View-Los Altos High School District officials took a close look at new harassment policies Monday night, with hopes that a clear and up-to-date policy on how the district responds to sexual harassment complaints will better inform teens and parents of their civil rights.

March 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Lessons learned from failed math program?

MV Whisman board OKs reduced Teach to One contract, asks superintendent to address oversight problems
The hasty roll-out and abrupt ending of Teach to One, the controversial digital math program adopted by the Mountain View Whisman School District, has raised questions about oversight and accountability. Without the approval of the board of trustees, or a signed contract, district administrators implemented a program valued at $478,000 this school year.

March 2, 2017 | 10 comments
Water district seeks federal help to prevent floods

Santa Clara Valley Water District officials announced Tuesday they will request federal assistance to help reduce and prevent future flooding of the Coyote Creek area.

March 1, 2017 | 5 comments
This week's A&E highlights

This week's highlights includes a burlesque fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, Smuin's ballet dancers performing in Mountain View and a country concert for kids.

March 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Redwood City's Fox Theatre sold to Atherton businessman

Current owners will continue to run theater for at least the next four years
Peter Pau of Atherton, principal and founder of Menlo Park's Sand Hill Properties, has purchased Redwood City's Fox Theatre, but the former owners say they will continue to operate the theater for at least four more years.

March 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Books Inc moving to new Castro St. home

Store relocating to former BookBuyers space, next door
Mountain View's landmark bookstore, Books Inc., is planning to leave its downtown location of 15 years But it won't be going far.
Books Inc.'s new home will be roughly 50 feet down the street at a vacant space that used to house the second-hand bookstore BookBuyers.

March 1, 2017 | 19 comments
Jewish Community Center reopens following threatening phone call

Facilities return to normal operations following nearly two-hour closure
The Oshman Family JCC campus was closed for about two hours this evening after staff at the facility received a threatening phone call, the organization said on Twitter.

February 28, 2017 | 4 comments
Man arrested after one person stabbed

Victim taken to hospital, no additional suspects, police say
A Palo Alto man was arrested Monday night in connection to a stabbing in Mountain View that wounded one person, according to police.

February 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Caltrain gets 3-month extension for electrification project

Trump Administration's hold on federal funding threatens Peninsula rail project
Caltrain has successfully negotiated an extension of the deadline for contractors to begin construction on a massive electrification project while awaiting a decision from the Federal Transit Administration on a $647 million grant, the transit agency announced Monday.

February 28, 2017 | 7 comments
Hoaxes, rumors of local ICE arrests are false

Claims circulate in, but immigration agency says Mountain View and surrounding areas are not currently targeted
Rumors of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent sightings in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park are untrue, ICE spokesman and East Palo Alto police spokespersons said.

February 27, 2017 | 13 comments
Tonight: Council meets for pivotal goal-setting session

Biannual meeting to lay out city priorities for coming years
Mountain View's City Council will gather tonight for the most far-reaching meeting of the year, aiming to lay out a slate of new priorities for the city's limited resources.

February 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Police find burglary suspect in apartment bathroom

A transient man who allegedly burglarized a Mountain View business earlier this month has been arrested, according to police.

February 27, 2017 | 5 comments
All-girls hackathon encourages careers in tech

Anika Bagga, a junior at Cupertino High School, attended several hackathon coding competitions during her high school career. But every time, Bagga noticed that she was one of only a few girls in attendance.

February 24, 2017 | 4 comments
Oscar-nominated animated shorts 2016

The slate of the five animated short films nominated at this year's Academy Awards unfortunately leaves something to be desired when compared with the live-action collection, but a few rise above the competition.

February 24, 2017 | 1 comment
Fantastic Fijian

Curries, meats shine at Curry Wrapper's Delight in Redwood City
Don't let appearances deceive you. Curry Wrapper's Delight, a weekdays-only stop in downtown Redwood City, serves better Indo-Fijian food than you'll find at most full-service restaurants.

February 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Home Front: Building a rose garden; remodeling workshop

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

February 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Meet the scare-ents

Comedian turns horrific for 'Get Out'
The new horror picture "Get Out" is advertised as being "From the mind of Jordan Peele," and a beautiful mind it is. Peele made his name as the co-creator and co-star of the racially themed sketch comedy show "Key and Peele," which he and Keegan-Michael Key followed up with last year's feature comedy "Keanu." Now Peele makes a bold turn to horror, writing and directing what he calls a "social thriller" or, to state the obvious, "a horror movie that is from an African American's perspective."

February 23, 2017 | No comments yet
South Bay prepares to start clean-energy alternative

South Bay cities in the coming weeks will be flipping the on switch for a new clean-energy alternative that is being presented as a rival to PG&E.

February 25, 2017 | 17 comments
County seeks injunction on executive order cutting funds for 'sanctuary jurisdictions'

Motion filed in federal court alleges Trump's order is 'patently unconstitutional.'
Santa Clara County asked a federal court Thursday to grant a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking an executive order that would deny federal funds to sanctuary cities, counties and states.

February 23, 2017 | 32 comments
Fear spreads as feds plan to expand deportations

Local residents prepare contingency plans if they are separated from their children
Pledges by Mountain View and other Bay Area cities to stand by their immigrant communities could soon be tested under a sweeping new plan for deportations issued by President Donald Trump's administration.

February 24, 2017 | 11 comments
Silicon Valley's rainmaker charity turns 10

Silicon Valley Community Foundation's growth spurs it to look beyond Bay Area
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, a period that has been marked by huge expansion of the nonprofit's coffers as well as its mission. The organization has grown from controlling $1.4 billion in assets in 2007 to controlling more than $8.2 billion today. With that bulging purse, the charity has also expanded its role -- zooming out to address more than local needs by taking on a growing list of national and global issues.

February 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Wanted: More applicants for rent-control board

Qualifications: Must be a Mountain View landlord
The Mountain View City Council picked six top candidates for a committee to oversee the city's new rent-control law. But three council members signaled they were dissatisfied with the candidate pool, and they pushed to reopen applications to specifically seek more landlords.

February 24, 2017 | 14 comments
Math program's flaws hidden from school board, public

Mountain View Whisman district officials kept mum on complaints, problems plaguing Teach to One
For Mountain View Whisman School District's elected board members, the cascade of problems that flowed from the ill-fated new Teach to One math program wasn't even on the radar. Every passing week that teachers grappled with technological crises and numerous parents demanded fixes was another week the district office stayed mum about the problems.

February 23, 2017 | 54 comments
This week's A&E highlights

This week, an Iraeli and a Palestinian team up for a concert in Palo Alto, Stanford Light Opera performs "The Ballad of Baby Doe," Curtains Cabaret puts on a burlesque show benefiting Planned Parenthood and an art exhibit at the Bryant Street Gallery explores life in California.

February 23, 2017 | No comments yet
'The Daily Show's' Trevor Noah to speak at Stanford

"Daily Show" host, comedian and author Trevor Noah will speak at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium (551 Serra Mall) on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 9 p.m.

February 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Whistleblowers allege Air District improperly destroys pollution documents

Air district rebuts ex-employees' accusations are 'false and without merit.'
Two former employees of the agency responsible for protecting the Bay Area from air pollution say they were improperly fired for trying to prevent the illegal destruction of important records.

February 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Driver in fatal I-280 crash ID'd

A man who died Monday evening after crashing into a California Highway Patrol car has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as 41-year-old Jeremiah Kiley.

February 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Forecast: Rainstorm dissipating, cooler weather ahead

A new storm is expected on Saturday, weather service says
The Bay Area is about to get a break from the heavy rains that battered the region Monday and caused major flooding in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

February 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Three operas in one

West Bay Opera presents Puccini's 'Trittico'
West Bay Opera's latest offering, Puccini's "Trittico" (Triptych), is actually three operas in one: "Il Tabarro (The Cloak);" "Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica)" and "Gianni Schicchi."

February 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Nevertheless, she persisted

Concert celebrates the achievements of women composers -- and a local scholar
Throughout the history of Western civilization, women in music -- like women in science, business and other fields -- have always faced an uphill battle to do their work and be acknowledged for their accomplishments. Just in time to kick off Women's History Month, the Gold Coast Chamber Players will present a concert showcasing women composers from the Middle Ages through the modern day in Palo Alto on March 4.

February 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Forecast: Rainstorm dissipating, cooler weather ahead

A new storm is expected on Saturday, weather service says
The Bay Area is about to get a much-deserved break from the heavy rains that battered the region Monday and caused major flooding in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

February 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Driver dies after crashing into CHP vehicle on I-280

A driver died at a hospital Sunday evening after crashing a car into a California Highway Patrol vehicle that was assisting a disabled vehicle on southbound Interstate Highway 280 in Los Altos Hills.

February 21, 2017 | 1 comment
With storm brewing, weather service issues advisories

Bay Area could experience high winds, flooding
The National Weather Service has issued wind and flood-watch advisories for the San Francisco Bay Area that will be in effect from 4 p.m. Sunday until late Monday night.

February 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Federal funding halted for Caltrain electrification

Delay puts project to electrify rail at risk of being scrapped, rail official says
The $1.96 billion Caltrain electrification project came to screeching halt on Friday, Feb. 17, after it was announced that Federal Transit Administration officials were holding back grant funding needed with only days before construction was to begin.

February 17, 2017 | 43 comments
County urges Supreme Court to rule on certain protections for detained immigrants

Feb. 10 brief asks high court to uphold 2015 decision by 9th Circuit
Twenty U.S. cities and counties led by Santa Clara County have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that immigrants held in prolonged detention during deportation proceedings are entitled to certain constitutional protections.

February 18, 2017 | 10 comments
Report: More people leaving Silicon Valley

Healthy job growth resulting in housing shortages, worsening traffic
The 2017 Silicon Valley Index shows that the area's economy, despite a slight slowdown from 2015, continues to chug along and serve as a magnet for people from all over the world.

February 22, 2017 | 21 comments
Storm-damaged Arastradero Road won't be fixed until summer

County: Repairing other roads is greater priority
A section of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto where the asphalt is crumbling and falling into Los Trancos Creek has nearby residents and others who travel the road nervous that it could collapse.

February 19, 2017 | No comments yet
'Cure'd ham

Gothic mystery-thriller a savory movie outing
"A Cure for Wellness," a disturbing new psychological horror film from Gore Verbinski ("The Ring," "Pirates of the Caribbean"), isn't quite right in the head, but that's not such a bad thing. Verbinski's weird "eat the rich" excursion into the madhouse genre, with its slow descent into Grand Guignol, offers much more than just a good horror story.

February 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Rumors of immigration raids reach 'boiling point'

Local immigration enforcement officials deny that mass "sweeps" are taking place
While leading the charge against the new administration's immigration policies, the Bay Area's immigrant advocates are finding themselves in a difficult position as they attempt to dispel a growing sense of panic among undocumented residents that mass deportations are imminent.

February 16, 2017 | 12 comments
Tensions flare over water district's homeless housing idea

Waverly Park residents say they're left with more questions than answers after raucous community meeting
Residents gave the Santa Clara Valley Water District a fiery and frustrated response Wednesday night to a proposal that would allow homeless residents to occupy homes in the Waverly Park neighborhood, making for a raucous meeting with shouting, testy exchanges, and eventually, a police presence.

February 16, 2017 | 33 comments
Grant seeks citywide goodwill

Four of Mountain View's premier tech companies are pooling money to invest in ideas to make the city more compassionate and equitable. Anyone with an idea how to foster that goodwill is urged to write it up and send it in.

February 22, 2017 | 14 comments
This week's A&E highlights

This week, check out "Messengers for Peace" photo exhibition at Foothill College, a free family concert with Brassview at CSMA, jazz and hip-hop artist Masego at Stanford and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro at the Fox Theatre.

February 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Community leaders pledge to resist immigration crackdown

Civility Roundtable speakers encourage citizens to continue protesting
Pledging a united front to protect migrants, local policymakers, school officials and law enforcement on Saturday issued a rallying cry to protest the recent executive orders by President Donald Trump. At the city-sponsored Civility Roundtable event, panel members gave repeated assurances to a crowd of about 200 that they would look to safeguard the full patchwork of the South Bay community, and they invited everyone to join them in the effort.

February 17, 2017 | 6 comments
East Whisman could become dense mix of housing, offices

Council backs plan to transform area into mixed-use neighborhood
The Mountain View City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to initial plans to develop the East Whisman area into a dense, mixed-use neighborhood with 9,700 new apartments. For tech developers, the council also pushed ahead on plans to max out the area with at least 1.7 million new square feet of office space.

February 17, 2017 | 18 comments
Reliably charming

Aldo Los Altos offers everything you'd want in a neighborhood restaurant
Aldo Los Altos is the ideal neighborhood Italian restaurant: above-average food and service and pleasant ambiance, with oversized portions and sane prices to boot.

February 16, 2017 | 1 comment
Generations of jazz

Kim Nalley and Roy Ayers perform in Palo Alto, part of San Jose Jazz's Winter Fest
Next week, several generations of jazz artists will be represented locally as part of San Jose Jazz's Winter Fest 2017 concerts on the Peninsula.

February 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Nonprofit to offer intensive outpatient program for teens

Anonymous donation allows CHC to address 'significant need'
A donation from an anonymous Palo Alto resident has enabled Children's Health Council to address a "critical gap in teen mental health services" by opening what the nonprofit says will be the city's first intensive outpatient program for teenagers with moderate to severe mental-health issues.

February 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Jake Shimabukuro plays in Redwood City

Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro has played for everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to the Queen of England. On Sunday, Feb. 19, he'll be playing for an audience of locals at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

February 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Stuck with a half-million-dollar bill

Emails show how MV Whisman ran with expensive math program, hoping Google would pay for it
The Mountain View Whisman School District had what seemed to be a slam-dunk plan to improve student performance: a tech-savvy math program called Teach to One.

February 16, 2017 | 80 comments
County prepares for major housing boom

Decisions loom on divvying up Measure A's low-income, homeless housing funds in county
Santa Clara County is moving quickly on a strategy to build thousands of new homes for the county's low-income and homeless residents. And while most of the county's new Measure A housing bond will go towards helping the neediest residents, one big question still remains: where do you put all the housing?

February 20, 2017 | 6 comments
How fast is too fast on Stevens Creek?

15 MPH speed limit gets mixed response from commuters, trail users
Stevens Creek Trail has turned into a wildly popular travel route for Mountain View residents, serving as both a recreational hub and a commute path to and from the jobs-heavy North Bayshore area.

February 21, 2017 | 32 comments
School district cuts list of new boundary plans

Decision will affect neighborhood school attendance in Mountain View Whisman district
The Mountain View Whisman School District inched its way toward a consensus on new school enrollment boundaries, following a marathon six-hour committee meeting.

February 17, 2017 | 4 comments
Weather service: First in series of rain storms starts tonight

Rain is forecast for the next six or seven days in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, bringing with it the chance of flooding and mudslides, National Weather Service officials said today.

February 15, 2017 | 1 comment
'Messengers of Peace: Photographs by Ron Herman’

Local photographer and professor Ron Herman will present his latest collection of work, "Messengers of Peace," at Foothill College's Appreciation Hall (Room 1501, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills) on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.

February 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Valentine's progress

Your guide to a progressive Valentine's Day dinner date
This Feb. 14, ditch the box of chocolates and flowers for a plan to hop from one restaurant to another for food and drink.

February 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Local theater companies announce next seasons

TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Players reveal future plays and musicals
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley this week announced its plans for its 2017/18 season, which will feature two world premieres.

February 14, 2017 | No comments yet
'Meteor' sighted over Bay Area sky was a missile test launch

The light 'was floating with a glowing mist trailing behind,' says Stanford doctor.
A bright light traveling across the dark sky Tuesday morning was one of two missile tests conducted by the U.S. Navy over the Pacific Ocean, a Navy official said.

February 14, 2017 | 2 comments
Meeting to discuss Waverly Park homeless housing

Water district-owned houses in Mountain View could be offered to homeless residents
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is holding a community meeting in Mountain View on Wednesday to solicit feedback on a plan to get homeless residents out of the creek and into district-owned homes in the Waverly Park neighborhood.

February 14, 2017 | 10 comments
Palo Alto man arrested after attack at MV auto parts store

A Palo Alto man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a dust-up at an O'Reilly Auto Parts in Mountain View, where he allegedly yelled at employees, attacked another customer with a carburetor cover and hit a car when he left.

February 13, 2017 | 2 comments
Hundreds gather at pro-refugee rally

Jewish community organizes Mountain View demonstration
Waving signs and carrying photos of their immigrant ancestors, a crowd of demonstrators gathered in Mountain View at noon on Sunday to encourage the United States to welcome refugees. The event in Civic Center Plaza was part of the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees, with similar events held in cities across the country.

February 13, 2017 | 7 comments
This week's A&E highlights

This week, sing along to love songs with Schola Cantorum, laugh with comedian Sammy Obeid in Palo Alto, sample local Native American cuisine at Los Altos History Museum and dance the Charleston at Pacific Art League's annual gala.

February 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunday: Jewish group holds rally to welcome refugees

Plight of those fleeing persecution holds special meaning for Jewish people, rabbi says
On Sunday, members of the local Jewish community are holding a rally in Mountain View to protest against recent U.S. actions to block refugees. Dubbed the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees, similar events are being held in cities across the country encouraging welcome for those fleeing persecution.

February 10, 2017 | 6 comments
Judge dismisses ex-cop's lawsuit against city

Ruling: Wrongful termination claim didn't provide enough evidence to prove bias
A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge this week shot down a former police officer's suit alleging the Mountain View Police Department discriminated against him due to his military service. In her ruling, Judge Maureen Folan found that Nicolas Emmerling, who was fired in 2014, did not provide enough evidence to show that he was treated unfairly by police officials.

February 9, 2017 | 4 comments
Community forum to touch on local impact from Trump's rise

On Saturday, the city will host its first civility roundtable of 2017, "Affirming Mountain View's Values and Building Community in Times of Uncertainty." City officials said Thursday that the response has been so big, the event has been moved to a bigger venue: the Main Stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

February 9, 2017 | 16 comments
Court dates set for Measure V hearing

Landlord group is suing city to block new rent control measure
As expected, the California Apartment Association last week filed papers seeking a preliminary injunction against Measure V. If approved by a judge, the action would essentially continue a temporary restraining order that has blocked the rent-control measure from being enacted since December.

February 10, 2017 | 14 comments
City settles with contractor

The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday agreed to accept a $194,000 settlement from a contractor for errors stemming from 2014 work at the Shoreline Athletic Fields.

February 15, 2017 | 1 comment
Developers keep giving to council candidates, even after Election Day

In their year-end campaign reports for last year's election, candidates for the Mountain View City Council showed a surprisingly robust round of fundraising after Election Day had passed.

February 9, 2017 | 16 comments
Cities unite for Midpeninsula bike route

New group poised to build dedicated bike path
In its most recent survey, the League of American Bicyclists gave accolades to almost every Midpeninsula city, singling them out as being among the most bike-friendly in the nation. But that picture doesn't look so good when you zoom out and examine the area as a whole.

February 12, 2017 | 4 comments
County approves contract for teen inpatient unit, but still looks for more services

Simitian: Agreement with San Jose hospital is 'just a start'
Santa Clara County teenagers in mental-health crisis can now access inpatient hospital beds within the county's borders at a new hospital in San Jose, but the county is still eyeing ways to offer more comprehensive services.

February 13, 2017 | 2 comments
Afghan interpreter finally on safe ground

Man who helped American troops arrives in America Wednesday
The four-year journey of Qismat Amin to reach U.S. soil finally ended on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 8, after Department of Homeland Security officials accepted his visa at San Francisco International Airport.

February 9, 2017 | 6 comments
New bus route aims to get mega-commuters off the road

MV employees living in the South County have a faster way to get to work
For tech employees living in Morgan Hill and Gilroy, getting through Santa Clara County's congested highway system to the major employers on the Peninsula can be a daunting task.

February 14, 2017 | 9 comments
Measure GG got big boost from outside companies

The Los Altos School District's Measure GG got a lot of support from just about everywhere in the final days of the election season, according to campaign finance reports released at the end of January.

February 10, 2017 | 3 comments
Lopsided funding for school board races

The most recent campaign finance reports show that most candidates for local school boards in the November election were done raising and spending money by mid-October, with the exception of one candidate.

February 9, 2017 | 16 comments
State Sen. Hill to look into higher than normal bills for PG&E customers

'The most important thing consumers can do right now is to take a hard look at their bills,' says senator.
According to Hill's office, customers in the Bay Area, as well as the Sacramento Valley, have said that their gas and electric bills were raised significantly during the past winter months.

February 8, 2017 | 5 comments
In 'Yellow Face,' the personal is political

Los Altos Stage Company presents David Henry Hwang's semi-autobiographical play
"What I love most in the theater is honesty," David Henry Hwang states, with no small irony, in his semi-autobiographical play "Yellow Face." The play, presented now by Los Altos Stage Company, offers an odd -- but successful -- tonal blend of comedy and seriousness, fact and fiction.

February 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Heavy rain, high winds forecast for Thursday

Moderate to heavy rain and high winds are forecast for Thursday in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas, National Weather Service officials said today.

February 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Talent on tap

Rhythmic Circus offers dance, music and positive energy
Rhythmic Circus, an innovative group that mixes tap, live music, beatboxing, comedy and more, will shuffle and flap its high-energy take on the tap tradition to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto on Feb. 11.

February 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Making local schools into safe havens

Board approves sanctuary resolution protecting undocumented students
The Mountain View Whisman School District has joined a growing contingent of districts throughout Santa Clara County that have become "sanctuaries" for all students regardless of immigration status.

February 8, 2017 | 28 comments
Eshoo holds 'tele-town hall' meeting tonight

New web stream feature allows callers to send questions about any issue
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo will be available to discuss any issue and answer questions from the public during a Tele-Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:45 p.m., her office has announced.

February 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Appeals court to hear Trump administration's bid to reinstate travel ban

The panel has no deadline to rule on the stay but is expected to act quickly following the hearing
A federal appeals court in San Francisco will hear arguments at 3 p.m. Tuesday on whether to reinstate a ban ordered by President Trump on admitting visitors and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States.

February 7, 2017 | 7 comments
Civil rights complaint against high school district over rape case

Grad says officials failed to adequately respond to alleged sexual assault by LAHS student
A former Mountain View-Los Altos High School District student has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, claiming that the district failed to adequately respond after she was allegedly raped by a fellow student off-campus.

February 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Ex-officer's lawsuit hits roadblock

Judge rules in favor of city in police officer's wrongful termination lawsuit
A lawsuit by a fired police officer against the Mountain View Police Department faltered last week after a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge indicated there wasn't enough evidence for a jury trial.

February 6, 2017 | 1 comment
SF district court mulling U.S. appeal of travel ban order

Local companies file 'friend of the court' brief supporting states opposing the ban
A federal appeals court in San Francisco is mulling whether to halt a lower court order that blocked President Donald Trump's travel ban involving seven Muslim-majority nations.

February 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Wet, windy weather anticipated to return to the Bay Area

Strong gusts may result in downed trees and power lines
After a weeklong break from hazardous weather conditions, stormy weather is expected to return this week to the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.

February 6, 2017 | No comments yet
December Bay Area home sales drop, prices climb in latest report

'The moderation of home price growth comes as no surprise given the severe affordability constraints,' research analyst says.
December Bay Area home sales and prices moved in opposite directions on a year-over-year basis, research firm CoreLogic announced.

February 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford student, others sue Trump over immigration ban

Lawsuit: order is 'thinly veiled' attempt to discriminate against Muslims
A Yemeni Stanford University freshman and two other California students filed a lawsuit Thursday against President Donald Trump, alleging his recent immigration ban is discriminatory and violates the First Amendment.

February 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Mountain View Planned Parenthood needs new home

Health clinic's lease to expire in May; Supervisors vote to aid in search for new location
The Planned Parenthood Mountain View Health Center soon could be losing its home at the corner of San Antonio Road and California Street. The health clinic's lease is set to expire in May, and might have to close its doors as soon as this year.

February 3, 2017 | 6 comments
Couple arrested for alleged opium operation

Mountain View police say seized drugs' estimated value is $400,000
In what is being called one of the biggest drug busts of its kind in California history, Mountain View police on Friday afternoon announced the seizure of 4,000 pounds of opium poppy pods after serving a series of search warrants. The raid resulted in the arrest of two Mountain View residents, identified as Jasvir Singh, 34 and his wife, Donna Santo, 45.

February 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Monday: Community meeting on new VTA bus plan

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be holding a community meeting in Mountain View on Monday at 6 p.m. for input on a new bus route system to take affect in fall 2017.

February 5, 2017 | 19 comments
Saturday: Talk with legal experts about immigrant rights

The Mountain View Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 4, will host a pair of legal experts for an educational lecture on immigrant rights.

February 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Ex-counselor at county science camp to get 18 years in prison for child molestation

A former employee of a Santa Clara County science camp pleaded guilty this week to sexually molesting two campers and possessing and distributing child pornography, prosecutors said this morning.

February 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Palo Altan helps Afghan interpreter get visa

Four-year journey has one more hurdle: the new executive order
Qismat Amin, an Afghan interpreter who helped the U.S. Army, has been waiting for years for the U.S. government to grant him a special visa. Next Wednesday, he may finally be admitted to the U.S.

February 3, 2017 | 2 comments
The fling of comedy

De Niro's 'Comedian' a sadly standard-issue romantic-comedy
It takes a special sort to be stand-up comic, a sort that's not easily faked by even the best of actors, including Robert De Niro, who attempts to play a stand-up in the unfortunately unexceptional "The Comedian."

February 2, 2017 | No comments yet
'Space'd out

Boy from Mars asks himself, 'Who's your daddy?'
Part soul-searching drama, part whimsical road movie, part unlikely romance and part sci-fi comedy, "The Space Between Us" has a high-concept premise and low-wattage creative energy in executing it. The original screenplay (which nevertheless evinces the feel of a YA novel) proposes the first human born on Mars and the wackiness that ensues when he sets foot on planet Earth to find his father.

February 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Students create startups

Middle-schoolers gathered this weekend to work on new products during Startup Weekend at Crittenden Middle School.

February 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Crittenden instructional assistant dies

Mountain View Whisman School District officials said that longtime staff member Diane Hernandez died unexpectedly Wednesday night.

February 2, 2017 | 3 comments
'Weak links' in city's affordable housing program

Avalon owner notifies tenants that subsidized rents will end soon
Subsidized affordable housing might not be quite the panacea for the Bay Area's housing crunch that some of its supporters make it out to be.

February 7, 2017 | 6 comments
Police lawsuit claims department quotas

Officer suing Mountain View over his 2014 firing
A lawsuit filed by a fired Mountain View police officer alleges that department officials embraced statistics-based law enforcement, which was tantamount to an illegal quota system. A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge is expected to decide on Thursday, Feb. 2, whether the civil lawsuit over his termination should go forward to a full jury trial.

February 2, 2017 | 23 comments
City lays out battle plan for D.C. trip

All bets are off as local leaders prepare for annual trek to meet with feds
A delegation of Mountain View City Council members will trek out to the nation's capital for a few days in March for the National League of Cities Conference. But like practically everything else in national politics, that tradition has been thrown into limbo with President Donald Trump's administration.

February 6, 2017 | 3 comments
Storms bring downed trees and collapsed creek bank

Couple's bed destroyed as tree falls through roof, creek trail repairs could be months away
Mountain View residents Bert and Sylvia Sutherland got a big surprise when they returned home from Seattle last month -- a giant hole in their roof.

February 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Parcel tax heads to voters

Board agrees on $191 parcel tax for May mail-in ballot
The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking to pass a $191 parcel this spring, designed to hold education funding steady at a time when state and federal funding seems uncertain.

February 3, 2017 | 25 comments
German school expansion plans in jeopardy

Construction money hinges on revising contract with MV Whisman district
The former site of Whisman Elementary has turned into a thriving center of multicultural education over the years, after the Mountain View Whisman School District began leasing the campus out to two international schools.

February 3, 2017 | 6 comments
County to file lawsuit against President Trump's order

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday evening to sue President Donald Trump over an executive order he signed last week.

February 1, 2017 | 23 comments
Main Street, Wall Street and a whole lot of ice cream

‘Dead Accounts’ strives for insights about a divided America but relies on cliche
The clash between perceived Midwest and New York values forms the basis of Theresa Rebeck's 2012 dramedy “Dead Accounts," on stage now at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre.

February 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Gas leak forces evacuation of 600 Google employees

Hundreds of Google employees were evacuated Wednesday morning after a contractor accidentally pierced a gas line in the area, creating a strong smell of gas around two facilities on the Google campus.

February 1, 2017 | 5 comments
'The Three Little Pigs' build homes at PA Children's Theatre

Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf? In Palo Alto Children's Theatre's new production of “The Three Little Pigs," that charming wolf (played by local actor/singer Nathaniel Rothrock) dresses and croons like a 1950s greaser, earning big laughs and claps from the pint-sized audience.

February 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Googlers unite against Trump's travel ban

Monday rally in Mountain View one of many held at Google campuses
Following a wave of weekend protests at airports across the U.S., local tech giant Google staged its own political rally Monday in Mountain View to push back against new immigration measures by President Donald Trump's administration.

January 31, 2017 | 17 comments
As it rains, state considers continuing drought rules

Board must decide whether to extend or modify the current regulations by the end of February
The California State Water Resources Control Board is considering keeping water use restrictions in place because, despite the rain, the drought may not be over.

February 1, 2017 | 4 comments
Rain, heavy winds forecast for Bay Area

The rain is returning to the Bay Area later this week, with some areas receiving up to three inches, according to the National Weather Service.

January 31, 2017 | 3 comments
Future of East Whisman nears decision

EPC to determine housing, office mix
It's nearing decision time for Mountain View leaders to lay out their future vision for transforming the office-heavy East Whisman area into a mixed-use residential neighborhood. At its Feb. 1 meeting, members of the city's Environmental Planning Commission will pick their favorite package of dense housing and office growth for the district bordering Sunnyvale.

January 30, 2017 | 4 comments
Sixth winter Spare the Air alert issued for Monday

Exemptions for the alert are available only for homes without permanently installed heating
A Spare the Air alert has been issued as cool, stagnant weather conditions are trapping wood smoke pollution near the ground throughout the region, causing unhealthy air quality.

January 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Councilman hosts presentation on aircraft noise

Mountain View will be hosting a public presentation on Monday, Jan 30, on the recent increase in aircraft noise over Midpeninsula cities due to changes in local flight paths.

January 28, 2017 | 25 comments
This week's A&E highlights

This week, check out performances celebrating African-American composers in East Palo Alto, a peace-themed concert by Ensemble ARI in Palo Alto and come in costume to meet Star Wars experts and authors Pablo Hidalgo and Kemp Remillard at Kepler's in Menlo Park.

January 27, 2017 | No comments yet
'Eileen' author pivots to short stories

Ottessa Moshfegh on how Stegner Fellowship shaped her career
Ottessa Moshfegh's highly anticipated short-story collection, "Homesick for Another World," has been released by Penguin Press this month with much critical acclaim, putting the spotlight on the "Eileen" author as an accomplished writer of short stories.

January 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Social Security office reopens

The Social Security office in Mountain View will be reopening next month after its old home was closed down.

January 30, 2017 | No comments yet
New program aims to introduce Spanish speakers to City Hall

In the coming weeks, Mountain View will be launching a new outreach program designed to introduce Spanish-speaking residents to their local government. The initiative, dubbed the Spanish Language Civic Leadership Academy, is tailored to integrate a sidelined slice of the community to the inner-workings of City Hall, and in the process creating a new group of civic-minded leaders.

February 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Above and beyond realism

Cantor Arts Center exhibits 'The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism'
The term "surrealism" is used now so often to refer to anything out of the norm that we might underestimate just how shocking the philosophy was in its early stages.

January 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Computer History Museum unveils ode to code

New exhibit honors software programs that changed the world
A brush and palette need an artist; a pen and paper must have a writer. And a computer? Well, that mandates its own Michelangelo.
Computers are marvelous machines, but without software they are little more than pricey paperweights. The Computer History Museum's newest exhibit, "Make Software: Change the World!" is a homage to the masterpiece programs that have changed human experience and the world.

January 26, 2017 | 4 comments
City will defend Measure V in court

Rent control measure faces lawsuit; candidates for rent control board selected
Despite plenty of misgivings, the Mountain View City Council signaled that the city would rally to defend the voter-approved Measure V rent-control package from a lawsuit filed by the California Apartment Association.

January 26, 2017 | 74 comments
Electric cars pose new challenges to firefighters

Hybrid and all-electric vehicles are increasingly commonplace in Santa Clara County, with a Tesla car, a Nissan Leaf or a Toyota Prius around every corner.

January 27, 2017 | 8 comments
School board wary of big parcel tax increase

Mountain View Whisman trustees aim for more modest renewal of Measure C
The Mountain View Whisman School District has had a pretty good track record at the ballot box in recent years, blowing by the required 55 percent vote for its Measure G bond measure and garnering an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote in favor of its Measure C parcel tax in 2008. But with Measure C set to expire this summer, school board members aren't banking on the same level of support.

January 30, 2017 | 8 comments
Long drought ends for county

Water district to strike mandatory water use restrictions
Months of wet weather have washed away much of the drought that plagued California over the last four years.

January 31, 2017 | 12 comments
Man arrested after passing out in the wrong apartment

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on Saturday after he allegedly entered a Mountain View home and fell asleep on the couch.

January 27, 2017 | 1 comment
MVHS briefly locked down during burglary investigation

Students at Mountain View High School were told to shelter in place Wednesday afternoon after a manhunt for two residential burglary suspects extended into the neighborhood south of the school, according to police.

January 25, 2017 | 1 comment
Administrative fees cut for parents of juveniles in criminal justice system

Some families wound up paying $930 each month before board's vote
Parents of juveniles in the criminal justice system will no longer be required to pay administrative fees for juvenile hall detention in Santa Clara County, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

January 25, 2017 | 11 comments
'Make Software: Change the World!’

Chances are, if you live in Silicon Valley, you use software every day. The Computer History Museum's new exhibit, “Make Software: Change the World!" features the history and technology behind seven software applications that have had a major impact on daily life: MRI, MP3, car-crash simulation, texting, Wikipedia, Photoshop, and World of Warcraft.

January 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Playing God at the Pear

‘Uncanny Valley’ is intriguing sci-fi
If you've seen the movie “Rogue One" and enjoyed the droll droid K-2SO but felt creeped out by CGI Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia, you may be experiencing what's known as the “uncanny valley."

January 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Water district begins work on McKelvey Park flood basin

Detention basins would take on flood water, protecting homes in Mountain View
It seemed fitting that the Jan. 20 groundbreaking ceremony for three major flood protection projects in the North County was rained out, forcing water district and city officials to make the long-awaited announcement -- shovels and hardhats in hand -- within the confines of the Los Altos City Council chambers.

January 25, 2017 | 10 comments
Driver at fault in Jan. 19 car-train accident on Palo Alto tracks

Multiple passengers were inches away from catastrophe when train struck
An accident between a commuter train and an SUV last Thursday could have resulted in catastrophe, but instead the out-of-town driver and his three passengers got off with a very close shave.

January 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Concerts showcase music of African American composers

The January tradition of musicians and composers coming together for two rousing concerts benefiting Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto lives on: The African American Composer Initiative concerts are set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29, at the school.

January 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Couple in stolen car arrested in connection to burglaries

Couple was living with infant in car reported stolen from Mountain View home
A couple living in a stolen vehicle with a 7-month-old baby were arrested in Mountain View early Tuesday morning in connection with several residential burglaries, according to police.

January 23, 2017 | 3 comments
Unemployment below 5 percent in 8 Bay Area counties

Two Bay Area counties had unemployment rates below 3 percent last month, while all but one county reported rates under 5 percent, according to data from the California Employment Development Department.

January 23, 2017 | 4 comments
Domestic-violence victims turned away

County turns away 2,500 requests every year, advocates say
Thousands of domestic-violence survivors in Santa Clara County are in the same boat: When they decide to leave their abusers, many find there is no shelter to take them in.

January 24, 2017 | 1 comment
Feed the birds

If you want to attract feathered friends, be a friend to them
It's winter and most back-yard plants are dormant or not blooming. How do you attract birds to your yard now, let alone when spring comes?

January 20, 2017 | No comments yet
HOME FRONT: Planting Camellias, Garden Photography

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

January 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County reports first flu-related death of the season

Public health officials asking residents to get vaccinated
County health officials said the flu this year is more severe than in recent flu seasons and is encouraging residents to get a flu vaccine if they have not already gotten one.

January 20, 2017 | 5 comments
Protesters causing major Caltrain delays

Caltrain is experiencing severe delays around the Bay Area this morning due to the ongoing protests of President Donald Trump's inauguration, according to spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.

January 20, 2017 | 13 comments
Stanford poll shows more state residents are unaligned with Trump's agenda

Hoover Institution's survey shows 36 percent of respondents believe he'll succeed
As Donald Trump prepares for his swearing-in as the nation's 45th president, a new survey by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University shows that most Californians aren't in line with several key proposals that could impact the entire country.

January 20, 2017 | 3 comments
Bay Area: Tens of thousands expected to protest Trump

Tens of thousands of people are taking to the streets around the Bay Area over the next few days in protest of Donald Trump's inauguration as president of the United States.

January 19, 2017 | 5 comments
Health advisory: Flu season in full swing

Bay Area is one of three regions with the most influenza statewide
The Bay Area has been named one of three regions in California with the most influenza activity.

January 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Police searching for home, auto burglary suspect

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in locating a suspect who allegedly burglarized a Mountain View resident's car and home before stealing one of the family's cars.

January 19, 2017 | 1 comment
MV man arrested, suspected of sexual relationship with teen

Suspect worked as youth counselor; other potential victims sought
A Mountain View man who worked as a youth counselor was arrested last week after Child Protective Services notified police that the suspect had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

January 19, 2017 | 1 comment
City eyes safety upgrades at fatal crash site

Case against driver nears criminal trial
A suite of safety upgrades at the site of a fatal car crash will be discussed by the Mountain View Bike and Pedestrain Advisory Committee on Wednesday. City Public Works officials are recommending a package of new lighted crosswalks and signs at the intersection of El Monte Road and Marich Way. Not part of the plan is something many were hoping for: a new stoplight.

January 24, 2017 | 13 comments
Graham school traffic safety upgrades come back

Cost for Castro Street project expected to win city approval
It won't be cheap, but a package of safety upgrades near Graham Middle School might finally get the city's go-ahead. If approved by the City Council Tuesday, the project would bring new bike lanes, crosswalks and other improvements along Castro Street that have long been sought by school officials and parents.

January 23, 2017 | 14 comments
Police won't aid federal crackdown on undocumented, chief says

Police Chief Max Bosel promised a packed room at the Mountain View Day Worker Center on Jan. 9 that local law enforcement would not cooperate with federal immigration agents. It was the latest in a string of pledges from local officials they would take no part in any effort by the incoming Donald Trump administration to crack down on undocumented residents.

January 20, 2017 | 25 comments
Council to dive into rent control next week

Whether city will defend Measure V against lawsuit may be decided Tuesday
Just as its new members settle in, the Mountain View City Council will be diving into rent control rules next week for its first major public meeting -- and it will be a whopper.

January 19, 2017 | 124 comments
Big donations boost mental health program

$2 million raised to expand El Camino's ASPIRE for local youth
After a lengthy public appeal to support teens and young adults suffering from anxiety and depression, El Camino Hospital announced that it has raised $2 million to expand its after-school mental health program.

January 19, 2017 | 2 comments
Series of storms, heavy winds to lash Bay Area

A series of storms will be moving through the Bay Area over the next several days, bringing heavy winds and more rain to an already saturated region, according to the National Weather Service.

January 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Catching up with Chris Lorway

Executive director chats about Stanford Live -- and Stanford life -- so far
The Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall executive director chats about his time at Stanford thus far, his hopes for the future and why there's no such thing as "an audience."

January 18, 2017 | 1 comment
'Crimes of the Heart' puts comedy first

TheatreWorks production earns laughs but lacks depth
In Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Crimes of the Heart," now on offer at TheatreWorks, three siblings from small-town Mississippi suffer a series of setbacks, losses and indignities. But it's a comedy.

January 18, 2017 | No comments yet
House cleaner arrested on burglary charges

Police arrested a house cleaner last week after she allegedly burglarized multiple homes, including at least one in Mountain View.

January 17, 2017 | 4 comments
Weather service issues wind advisory for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the San Francisco Bay Area that will take effect Wednesday.

January 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Travel advisory: 9-day closure of Palo Alto Transit Center bus depot

Bus services will originate and end at other locations
The Palo Alto Transit Center bus depot will be temporarily closed Jan. 17-26 due to a City of Palo Alto construction project. Caltrain service will not be affected.

January 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday

Wood burning banned throughout the Bay Area for 24 hours
A Winter Spare the Air Alert issued for Tuesday in the Bay Area bans residents and businesses from burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

January 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Measure V backers to rally at City Hall

Effort to pressure city ahead of pivotal meeting
With the future of rent control on the line, the Mountain View Tenants Coalition is making another show of force with a rally in front of City Hall. The event, scheduled for 3 p.m. is taking aim at city officials' lack to action to prevent the roll-out of Measure V from being postponed by a lawsuit.

January 16, 2017 | 61 comments
Eroding bank prompts closure on Stevens Creek Trail

A segment of Stevens Creek Trail has been temporarily closed after recent storms caused severe bank erosion along Stevens Creek.

January 16, 2017 | 27 comments
Dragon Theatre holds Inauguration Night fundraiser

Proceeds from 'The Taming' will go to Planned Parenthood
On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United States. In response, playwright Lauren Gunderson has invited artists to stage free readings of her feminist play, "The Taming," as fundraisers. Redwood City's Dragon Theatre, among others, has taken Gunderson up on her offer and will donate any proceeds from the evening to Planned Parenthood.

January 15, 2017 | No comments yet
District abruptly drops digital math program

Superintendent ends Teach to One after parent uproar, citing mixed test results
After an avalanche of parent opposition, the Mountain View Whisman School District announced last week that it will end the controversial new digital math program Teach to One.

January 13, 2017 | 47 comments
Martin Luther King Day commemorates 50th anniversary of call to action

Events in Palo Alto to focus on community action, reflecting on his call for social justice
The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University is one of numerous organizations holding celebrations and commemorations this weekend of the life of the Civil Rights leader.

January 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Home Front: Spring garden tour, replace your lawn

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

January 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Two home burglary suspects sought

Police are asking for the public's help in locating two burglary suspects who stole electric guitars, electronics and even the security camera that filmed the incident from a home in Mountain View last month.

January 12, 2017 | No comments yet
City loses chronicler of Mountain View's past

Barbara Kinchen, authority on local history, dies at 96
For anyone hoping to learn more about Mountain View's history, the best starting point was always to check with Barbara Kinchen, or "Bobby" as her friends called her.

January 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Neighbors weigh Google's ambitious campus plan

Traffic, trees top concerns for mobile home park residents
Google's hardest-to-win critics may not be government regulators, tech rivals or journalists, but rather the company's anxious neighbors from a nearby mobile home park.

January 13, 2017 | 4 comments
For the love of dolls

Raggedy Ann and Andy come to the Los Altos History Museum
More than 60 unique Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls are on display at the Los Altos History Museum this winter.

January 12, 2017 | No comments yet
New mayor pledges civility and courtesy in 2017

Council colleagues give mayoral gavel to Ken Rosenberg; Lenny Siegel tapped as vice mayor
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the City Council unanimously chose Ken Rosenberg to be Mountain View's mayor for 2017, a role that takes on special responsibility in what looks to be a particularly turbulent year.

January 12, 2017 | 55 comments
Sarah Cahill performs at CSMA

Contemporary classical pianist Sarah Cahill will perform a free concert at the Community School of Music and Arts (Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View) on Saturday, Jan. 14.

January 12, 2017 | No comments yet
New storm to bring more rain, low temps to Bay Area starting Wednesday night

County preparing for downpour by providing extra homeless shelter beds
With another storm expected to soak the Bay Area Wednesday night and into Thursday, Santa Clara County is preparing extra beds to shelter the homeless.

January 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Working Scholars free college information night

The Mountain View-based education company Study.com will be hosting an information night on Thursday to promote its Mountain View Working Scholars program.

January 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Meth-dealing arrest

Police arrested a 45-year-old Mountain View man over the weekend after he was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine that he was suspected of selling.

January 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Two arrested on drug charges

Two men were arrested in Mountain View after police allegedly found them in possession of a significant amount of drugs including marijuana, pills and what appeared to be stimulants.

January 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Local hospitals brace for Obamacare repeal

Changes in health care law could leave millions uninsured
The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump is still a week away, but congressional leaders are wasting no time delivering on one of his major campaign promises: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

January 17, 2017 | 8 comments
Free preschool program set to expand

School district will raise enrollment, income limits and open doors to more families
The Mountain View Whisman School District is moving full-steam ahead on a new plan to revamp its free preschool program, allowing more middle-income families in Mountain View to enroll and dropping an income eligibility requirement that left dozens of preschool seats empty last year.

January 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Squeezing in a new school

New Slater design includes two-story classrooms and could push out softball field
The Mountain View Whisman School District is still hammering out the details on what Slater Elementary will look like when it reopens in 2019, but one thing is for certain: the campus is going to look a whole lot different from the rest of the schools in the city. That's because space is tight at the 8.8-acre campus, and sharing space with Google's preschool means the district is going to have to build up.

January 17, 2017 | 37 comments
New classrooms on the way for LAHS

As enrollment grows, district officials hard-pressed to squeeze in more desks
Students in Los Altos High School's weight room will go from pumping iron to pushing pencils next fall, after district officials agreed to a plan that would convert the athletic facility into two classrooms.

January 12, 2017 | 2 comments
Rent control boosters look to Richmond

To show how the legal skirmish over Measure V could have played out differently, Mountain View's rent control advocates are pointing across the Bay to the city of Richmond.

January 11, 2017 | 25 comments
Weather service, county Emergency Services warn of gales, flooding

Rain, high winds may cause flooding, downed trees and wires
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning for the San Francisco Bay Area until midnight Tuesday, and Santa Clara County officials are alerting the public to possible flooding as rains and wind pound the area Tuesday night.

January 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County to roll out partial payments on property taxes

Supervisor Joe Simitian spearheads new plan to help struggling residents
The Board of Supervisors in Santa Clara County has voted unanimously (5-0) to allow residents to pay their property tax bills at least in part if they can't pay immediately in full.

January 11, 2017 | 14 comments
Bay Area storm to last through Wednesday

Storm conditions today throughout the Bay Area and Monterey Bay region are expected to peak later this afternoon and into the early evening, according to the National Weather Service.

January 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Recall campaign: State ruling that cleared judge is 'error-ridden'

Recall Persky chair raises concerns about agency's transparency
The campaign working to unseat Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, sparked by his sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner to six months in county jail, released this weekend a detailed statement criticizing a state judicial commission that recently cleared him of any misconduct.

January 9, 2017 | 4 comments
Heavy rainfall, high winds expected over the weekend

Mountain View police and city officials are asking residents to brace for heavy rainfall and potential flooding over the weekend, as a major storm system approaches the California coast starting Friday night.

January 6, 2017 | 5 comments
The most -- and least -- memorable films of 2016

Top 10, bottom five and more movie highlights from the year
Palo Alto Weekly movie critic Peter Canavese shares his highlights in film from 2016, including his top 10 -- and bottom five -- movies, the year's best heroes, worst villains, top documentaries and animated winners.

January 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Eshoo introduces bill requiring presidents, candidates to release tax returns

Bill requires Secretary of the Treasury to release copies if the candidate/president refuses
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo introduced a new bill in Congress on Thursday that would require presidents and presidential candidates to publicly release their tax returns.

January 5, 2017 | 23 comments
City OKs study on innovative transit line

After kicking the tires for a few years, Mountain View city leaders are now laying down money for what some might call a moonshot project to solve the area's traffic troubles.

January 10, 2017 | 52 comments
Dismayed by Trump, political activists vie for local offices

Democratic delegate race draws record crowd
As a result of the withering presidential contest, the local California Democratic Party chapter is seeing a dramatic surge in citizen participation. The party's 24th Assembly District, which stretches from Woodside down to Sunnyvale, is expecting an unprecedented crowd to gather this weekend as it holds elections to pick new delegates to help guide the party's future platform.

January 8, 2017 | 16 comments
Parents up in arms over digital math program

Computer-based lessons use algorithms to teach math, but results are questioned
It sounds like a perfect fit for a school district based in the heart of Silicon Valley: a "smart" math curriculum -- administered almost entirely on computers -- that uses algorithms to tailor lessons to individual students

January 5, 2017 | 101 comments
Woman arrested on burglary charges

Police arrested a Grass Valley woman on New Year's Day after she allegedly burglarized a car and tried to enter a Mountain View home while pretending to conduct a survey.

January 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Number of auto burglaries remains high in 2016

Hotspots include downtown, Costco and In-N-Out parking lots
Lock your doors and don't leave anything valuable inside -- that's the message the Mountain View Police Department is sending out to city residents after receiving more than 300 reports of auto burglary in 2016.

January 6, 2017 | 4 comments
Hackathon for high-schoolers wins an encore

Los Altos Hacks aims to bring coding marathon to teen crowd
Los Altos High School senior Aashia Mehta isn't quite at the point where she can script a killer new app on her own. However, she and her friends have designed perhaps the next best thing -- they built their own training-grounds to teach high schoolers how to plan, code and execute their own software.

January 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Department of Labor sues Google to obtain employee data

Google: Unfilled requests are either too broad or seek confidential information
The U.S. Department of Labor sued Google Wednesday in a dispute about how much employee information the technology giant must provide for an evaluation of its compliance with anti-discrimination laws.

January 5, 2017 | 12 comments
Cold front arrives; heavy rains expected this weekend

Santa Clara County expands capacity at two shelters
Temperatures in Northern California will drop dramatically this week, according to the National Weather Service. And heavy rainfall will continue to pound the Bay Area this weekend.

January 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Compromise on VTA draft bus-routes plan

Some Mountain View and Palo Alto routes to be kept, others combined or eliminated
Changes are ahead for North County bus lines, with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) preparing to release a draft of a plan and begin community hearings.

January 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Utility switch may cause odd taste, odor in tap water

SFPUC changes water sources for temporary repairs
Mountain View residents may notice their tap water has a different color, taste or odor for the next few months, but city officials are giving assurances that the water remains safe to drink.

January 9, 2017 | 6 comments
Graham School secretary dies; services this Friday

Jan Austin, the school secretary at Graham Middle School and longtime Mountain View Whisman School District employee, died on on Dec. 30, according to a statement by the district office.

January 4, 2017 | 5 comments
Expect weather-related disruptions throughout Bay Area

The entire Bay Area could see disruptions from the weather tonight and Wednesday morning, with rain continuing and high winds in the forecast until about 1 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

January 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Today: 'Being a Teen in the Valley' panel

Local teens discuss opportunities, challenges of growing up in the Valley
Local teenagers will share what it's like to grow up in Silicon Valley at a panel discussion this Wednesday, Jan. 4, hosted by Palo Alto nonprofit Children's Health Council (CHC).

January 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Making a strong connection

Mentor Tutor Connection links teens with caring role models, younger kids with tutors
After Juakita Berkley and her family moved to Mountain View, she started searching for a mentorship program to join. A bit of searching online led her to Mentor Tutor Connection, a nonprofit that has provided Mountain View and Los Altos youth with tutoring and mentoring programs since it was founded in 1995 by the Los Altos Rotary Club.

January 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Google gives $800,000 for downtown WiFi

Plans for a citywide fiber-optic network may be on hiatus, but Google is looking into other ways to grow internet access in Mountain View. The search-engine giant is cutting the city an $800,000 check to expand free public WiFi through the downtown area.

January 4, 2017 | 5 comments
A busy year for El Camino Hospital

In 2016, hospital eyes expansion to San Jose, dumps CEO, spars with nurses
El Camino Hospital spent a lot of time in the spotlight this year, presenting big plans to expand both in and out of Mountain View, ousting its executive leadership and butting heads with its nursing staff over contract negotiations.

January 4, 2017 | 5 comments

2016

New bill would ban smoking pot while driving

A California State Senate bill introduced Thursday would outlaw driving while under the influence of marijuana in response to what the bill's sponsors say is a loophole in a recently passed state proposition which legalized recreational marijuana.

December 30, 2016 | 19 comments
AAA offers free 'tipsy tows' on New Year's Eve

AAA will offer free rides and tows on New Year's Eve to help prevent drunk driving on the holiday.

December 30, 2016 | 30 comments
2016 had four-year peak for median sales price

2017 bodes well for home ownership as economy may put dollars into first-time home-buyers' hands
The 2016 Santa Clara County housing market continued to build off of the momentum of the last three years. New price thresholds were set in all tiers of the market, interest rates remained low, and springtime (March through June) continued its four-year streak as the market peak for sales.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
New Year's Eve countdown

Where to go for music, food, festivities
Here's a non-exhaustive roundup of local events on New Year's Eve, from a Beatles tribute concert to a five-course meal.

December 29, 2016 | 1 comment
'The Evolution of Film' exhibit in Palo Alto

A free Museum of American Heritage exhibit features a wide variety of motion picture artifacts dating from the late 1800s to 1980s.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Old-school butcher

Gambrel & Co. brings artisan meat shop to downtown Redwood City
Redwood City butcher shop Gambrel & Co. evokes the idyllic nostalgia of a European artisanal shop -- one where the butcher knows everyone's name and can recommend something for an upcoming dinner.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Nurturing tomorrow's musicians and artists

Holiday Fund: CSMA grows its role for teaching young talent
It sounds hard to believe, but a drab concrete building at Mountain View's edge is home to what might be called the lifeline for the Bay Area's youth arts and music scene.

December 29, 2016 | 1 comment
Mountain View's motto: build, baby, build

Housing projects, rent control and office development dominated headlines in 2016
In the long-term, City Council members across the board have indicated Mountain View should be able to build its way out of its problems. But the public's demand for quicker relief proved a constant source of tension throughout 2016, best shown by voters' support for rent control in November.

December 30, 2016 | 70 comments
Measure V put on hold

New rent control law delayed as legal challenge claims it's unconsitutional
On the eve of its implementation last week, the voter-approved charter amendment hit a brick wall after the California Apartment Association filed a lawsuit alleging the law is unconstitutional. With the suit, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge granted a temporary restraining order, halting plans for a citywide rent freeze and rollback that would have brought most rents back to October 2015 rates.

December 29, 2016 | 48 comments
Campbell man identified in fatal Mountain View crash

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has identified the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash as 28-year-old Cory Elsner of Campbell. He was killed in a highway collision Wednesday afternoon in Mountain View, California Highway Patrol officials said.

December 28, 2016 | 2 comments
MV schools take on big challenges in 2016

Some schools grapple with controversies, others pursue big opportunities
It's been a busy year for all three of Mountain View's local school districts. Whether it's building new schools, closing the achievement gap or finding ways to pay teachers without breaking the bank, district officials have had to deal with touchy subjects all throughout 2016.

December 29, 2016 | 2 comments
Food bank faces deep drop in donations

Demand for Second Harvest services at record levels, but donations are way down
Silicon Valley's local food bank is sounding the alarm this holiday season after donations from residents in the South Bay and Peninsula fell short in November and the first half of December. If the trend continues, new pantry programs could fall by the wayside and dietary staples could vanish from the shelves.

December 28, 2016 | 4 comments
Study reveals promising results for airbag bike 'helmets'

Findings show that, in some cases, airbag 'helmets' safer than standard helmets
Stanford University researchers are eyeing new bike helmet technology: an airbag "helmet," in which variable sensors are embedded in a neck collar to detect an accident, and the airbag expands over the head to prevent injuries.

December 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Guest opinion: Mayor's message of peace on Earth and good will

As 2016 comes to a close and we surround ourselves with friends and family, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in Mountain View a happy holiday season. Serving as your mayor this past year has been one of the greatest honors of my life -- and I'm especially proud that the City Council voted to become a "Human Rights City." I hope this will help reduce fears that have arisen since the election about how immigrants will be treated locally.

December 27, 2016 | 5 comments
Free rides on Caltrain for NYE revelers

Extra trains running from San Francisco on New Year's Eve; extended BART service
If your New Year's Eve plans include imbibing alcohol, or if you just want to avoid the roads altogether, Caltrain is offering free rides after 8 p.m., and extra southbound trains departing from the San Francisco station at 12:45 a.m., 1:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Caltrain collision leaves one dead in Palo Alto

Caltrain reports delays up to an hour and 45 minutes
A man in his 60s died on Friday night after a train on the Caltrain right of way struck his vehicle at Charleston Road in Palo Alto, Caltrain officials said.

December 23, 2016 | 3 comments
County declares 'inclement weather episode' through Monday

Anticipating low temperatures, homeless shelters offering extra beds
Since Thursday night, homeless shelters in Santa Clara County have been offering additional beds due to the cold weather and will continue to do so through Monday, county officials said.

December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Stress-free entertaining

Preparing your home for a get-together only takes a few careful steps
Do you avoid entertaining because it's too stressful? Believe it or not, it is possible to throw an enjoyable, relaxing dinner party.

December 22, 2016 | No comments yet
All aboard for holiday trains

There's still time to catch one of Mountain View's favorite holiday traditions -- Ernie's trains. John Bianco is continuing his late father's tradition of putting on a holiday model train display, which starts on Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas Day.

December 23, 2016 | 6 comments
Home Front: Christmas Tree Lane, cooking class

Christmas Tree Lane, crocheting class and Chinese New Year cooking -- a round-up of local home and garden news and events.

December 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Landlords sue over Measure V; judge temporarily halts law

Judge leaves in place ordinance protecting tenants from no-cause evictions
Two days from being enacted, Mountain View's voter-approved rent-control law, Measure V, was challenged by a lawsuit by landlord advocates. On Thursday morning, a judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the law's implementation.

December 21, 2016 | 110 comments
'Oy Humbug!'

Looking for something a bit different on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)? Curtains Cabaret, the new local theater company that presents a mix of striptease, dance, circus arts, drama and music, returns to Dragon Theatre (2120 Broadway St., Redwood City) to present a new holiday comedy: "Oy! Humbug."

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Woman dies after being thrown from spooked horse

Animal bolted down roadway at 40 mph, witnesses said
A Santa Clara woman out for a horseback ride with friends in Palo Alto died on Dec. 17 after her horse threw her, Palo Alto police said.

December 21, 2016 | 7 comments
YWCA fights to protect the vulnerable

Nonprofit offers both social services and education to combat domestic violence
For six years, the YWCA Silicon Valley has been a critical lifeline for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Santa Clara County, providing an escape route out of abusive and controlling relationships for vulnerable families that could end up on the streets.

December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
A second chance at higher education

Study.com, Chamber of Commerce team up to offer city residents, workers tuition-free bachelor's degree program
It may sound too good to be true, but a Mountain View-based education company is giving anyone who lives or works in Mountain View the chance to earn a college degree without having to pay a dime.

December 26, 2016 | 5 comments
County pitches in to solve city's homelessness crisis

New partnership seeks to reduce car-dwelling Mountain View residents
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a contract last week that launches a new partnership with the city of Mountain View aimed at preventing homelessness and getting some of the city's vehicle-dwelling population off the streets.

December 22, 2016 | 11 comments
City withholds details on rent control committee applicants

Media-law attorney cries foul over refusal to release applications marked as public documents
As Mountain View's extensive new rent-control law goes into effect, the City Council faces a big decision: Who should be put in charge of the powerful new regulatory arm that will oversee the program?

December 21, 2016 | 23 comments
’Homecoming: A Comedy Show’

Laughter is the best medicine. Teresa Lee will host a night of stand-up comedy from comics who are returning to their local roots for the holidays for a good cause on Friday, Dec. 23.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Stanford Children's Health to launch new 'critical' youth mental health services

Partnership with inpatient unit, outpatient program among initiatives coming in new year
Stanford Children's Health and Lucile Packard Children''s Hospital will be addressing in 2017 what they describe as "immediate critical needs" in youth mental health by launching a range of new programs and services that will support local teenagers at high risk for suicide.

December 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Council votes to make Mountain View a human rights city

Spurred by a wave of intolerance in the national political discourse, local leaders last week signed up Mountain View as a "human rights city," pledging to protect life and liberty. By doing so, Mountain View joins cities such as San Francisco, Seattle and Eugene, Oregon in adopting the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a framework for guiding future local policies.

December 20, 2016 | 23 comments
Spare the Air alerts for Tuesday, Wednesday

The Bay Area's air quality officials issued a "spare the air" wood-burning ban for Tuesday and Wednesday.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
State commission: No evidence of judicial bias in Brock Turner sentencing

California state body clears Aaron Persky of misconduct
Embattled Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who has been widely criticized for his sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner, was cleared of judicial misconduct on Monday by the California Commission on Judicial Performance, which said it has received thousands of complaints and petitions about the judge's alleged gender, racial and socioeconomic bias.

December 19, 2016 | No comments yet
First winter Spare the Air alert today

The first winter Spare the Air Alert in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for today, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

December 19, 2016 | 4 comments
‘Collateral’ damage

New ensemble dramedy will hurt your brain
You've heard the expression “dumber than a bag of rocks?" Well, the bag of rocks sold a screenplay, and I've just seen the movie that's been made from it. It's called “Collateral Beauty," and it's as deep as an inspirational kitty poster and twice as cutesy.

December 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Measure V: Rent-control ordinance faces lawsuit threat

CAA attorneys signal suit in the works
Just days away from implementation, Mountain View's voter-approved rent-control ordinance, Measure V, is in danger of being challenged and potentially halted by a lawsuit expected to be filed next week by landlord advocates.

December 16, 2016 | 99 comments
MTC partners with Waze to ease Bay Area traffic

The agency responsible for helping plan and finance the Bay Area's transportation systems is teaming up with a tech company that crowdsources real-time traffic information in order to ease congestion on the region's notoriously clogged roadways.

December 16, 2016 | 2 comments
Covered California deadline extended to Saturday night

The deadline for people to sign up through Covered California for medical insurance coverage that kicks in Jan. 1 has been extended to late Saturday night, according to state officials.

December 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Lots of ways to love the latke

Local chefs put their own spin on the traditional Hanukkah dish
With Hanukkah right around the corner, local Jewish chefs and home cooks are readying their recipes for latkes, the traditional dish also known as a potato pancake.

December 15, 2016 | No comments yet
'Daddy Long Legs' is an utter delight

TheatreWorks revives mellifluous musical comedy
Let's cut to the chase: TheatreWorks' "Daddy Long Legs" is a wonderfully charming and delightful bit of musical comedy that should be just the ticket for anyone looking for some escapism this holiday season.

December 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Day Worker Center helps members cope with uncertainty

Nonprofit, now in its 20th year, looks to expand its offerings beyond job placement
These are paradoxical times for the Day Worker Center: The nonprofit has carved out a stable position for itself in Mountain View amid a climate that, for many of its members, feels increasingly unstable.

December 16, 2016 | 21 comments
Before Trump takes office, schools look to protect undocumented students

School districts, colleges consider what it means to be a 'sanctuary campus'
At Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, President Thuy Nguyen is racing against time to figure out ways the community college can be a safe haven -- both legally and in spirit -- for its undocumented students, of which there are close to 400.

December 19, 2016 | 26 comments
Heritage Park opens up to gardening bounty

City's new public park showcases Mountain View's agricultural history
A rainy Saturday morning didn't stop the crowds from coming out for the grand opening of Mountain View's newest parkland. About 150 people braved the heavy downpour for the ribbon-cutting for Heritage Park, what city officials are describing as a "passive-agrarian" homage to the city's agricultural roots.

December 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Parents react to new school attendance boundaries

Shoreline West residents object to moving from Bubb to Castro Elementary
More than 150 families went to school Monday night to weigh in on new attendance boundaries designed to balance enrollment among the Mountain View Whisman School District's neighborhood schools.

December 16, 2016 | 47 comments
City Council drops outdoor pot ban

Urgency ordinance preventing outdoor marijuana cultivation ends this week
Mountain View broke away from a county-wide crackdown on backyard marijuana growers Tuesday night, after City Council members agreed to abandon the city's ban on outdoor cultivation for personal use.

December 15, 2016 | 13 comments
Council dumps plan for biweekly garbage pickup

Mountain View residents revolted over proposal encourage composting
Amid fears of foul diapers and pet waste spilling into the streets, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday night decided to dump a controversial composting program that would have reduced trash pickup to every other week.

December 14, 2016 | 16 comments
UPDATE: Suspect in VTA suicide-bomb threat arrested

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) officials report that 42-year-old Jonathan Keim of San Jose, who allegedly threatened to detonate a suicide-bomb on a transit agency vehicle, was taken into custody at 11:36 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
This week's A&E highlights

More than 30 of Palo Alto resident Karen White's vividly colorful landscape and floral oil paintings are on exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery for the month of December.

December 14, 2016 | 1 comment
VTA receives suicide-bomb threat, search underway

The Valley Transportation Authority, which operates buses and light rail throughout Santa Clara County, is stopping and searching all of its vehicles due to a bomb threat, the agency has announced.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Storm to bring heavy rain, wind to Bay Area Thursday

A new storm will bring rain, wind and possible flooding to the Bay Area on Thursday afternoon but is expected to taper off by Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Two sickened by noxious fumes at Starbucks

Three employees at a Mountain View Starbucks reported feeling sick and short of breath early Tuesday after noxious fumes built up inside the restroom of the coffee shop, according to the Mountain View Fire Department.

December 14, 2016 | 2 comments
Tonight: Controversial food-scraps program goes before council

Proposal to change to biweekly trash pick-up still being considered
A controversial composting program will be taken up again by the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday night.

December 13, 2016 | 24 comments
Google rebrands self-driving car division

Google's ubiquitous self-driving cars zipping around Mountain View are going in a new direction with a new name and logo.

December 13, 2016 | 2 comments
Police investigate MVHS teens over nude photos

Teens allegedly used Dropbox to distribute photos of victims
Police are investigating several Mountain View High School students following reports that the teens shared naked photos over the file-sharing service Dropbox, according to the Mountain View Police Department.

December 12, 2016 | 16 comments
MV Whisman board aims to put parcel tax on May ballot

In a bid to avoid lawsuits and a major challenge at the ballot box, the Mountain View Whisman school board on Thursday night rallied in support of a new parcel tax measure that would charge all property owners the same flat rate. The decision comes 11 months after the board hit a political brick wall, when two trustees insisted that a per-square-foot tax would be more equitable.

December 13, 2016 | 24 comments
Forecast: Moderate to heavy rain this week

Rain will return to the Bay Area on Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly in the North Bay, National Weather Service officials said. Thursday will see moderate to heavy cold rain and gusty southerly winds throughout the region.

December 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Creating happy holidays: where to give and volunteer

Local nonprofit organizations seek donations, volunteers
Local nonprofits that are hosting special dinners and collecting tons of toys are seeking plenty of helpers and donations to make it all happen for thousands of people.

December 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Maxing out your home sale

Realtors offer inside tips on getting your home ready for the market
Getting a home ready to sell is like getting dressed for the prom, says Coldwell Banker realtor Tim Kerns.

December 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Home sales for Dec. 9

Modest home sales this week show a high price of $3.6 million.

December 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Home Front: veggies and free stuff

A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

December 10, 2016 | No comments yet
'Tis the season to add to your home library!

New books for children and families
Books often end up on a variety of holiday checklists either as travel companions, a special gift or the opportunity to share family time together during winter evenings in front of the fire, making this a good time of year for families to expand their home libraries. We've put together a list of books for children and families that cover everything from Ansel Adams' work to local ghost tales and family struggles set in the 1700s.

December 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Crab season gets cooking

Local fishmongers dish on recipes to make the most of this year's catch
After last year's unprecedented shutdown of the Bay Area Dungeness crab season due to a toxic algae bloom, fishermen, chefs and consumers alike are enjoying access to the local favorite once again.

December 9, 2016 | 1 comment
Community forum to air post-election angst

Emotions are bubbling over following November's election, and Mountain View's Human Relations Commission last week dipped its toes into the torrent. They brainstormed on how to arrange a community talk without sparking a shouting match.

December 13, 2016 | 40 comments
Heritage Park celebrates grand opening

Set to open this weekend, Mountain View newest community park will give visitors a glimpse of the city's history as a farm town.

December 9, 2016 | 3 comments
Military housing sets battleground for federal feud

Congress members urge city to reject Army's plans to sell, redevelop Shenandoah Square
In many ways, Shenandoah Square is a perfect site to help satisfy Mountain View's hunger for housing -- nearly ten times as many homes could be squeezed in if the property was fully built out. But a U.S. Army-backed proposal to sell and redevelop the site has provoked a blistering opposition campaign, with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, along with nine Bay Area U.S. Representatives, coming out against the idea.

December 9, 2016 | 16 comments
Council can't pass up tempting gatekeeper projects

Overwhelmed planning staff asks for all 13 to be rejected, to no avail
In what has become a Mountain View holiday-season tradition, developers and property owners made a pilgrimage to City Hall on Dec. 6 to compete over who could offer the city the best gift.

December 8, 2016 | 12 comments
Student: Stanford offered settlement for sexual-assault case

University says allegations 'fundamentally misrepresent' what has occurred in legal discussions
A former Stanford University student whose 2014 sexual-assault case spurred campus protests and national media attention has said the university recently offered her $60,000 to cover her therapy expenses, on the condition that she withdraw a federal complaint she filed against Stanford.

December 8, 2016 | 2 comments
MV woman arrested for attacking relative with knife

A Mountain View woman was attacked with a knife and suffered cuts to her face during a fight inside a home on the 1800 block of Higdon Avenue over the weekend, according to police.

December 8, 2016 | 8 comments
No easy fix to the affordability crisis

New growth forecast shows a dire need for more housing in the Bay Area
A coalition of elected leaders from all nine Bay Area counties agreed to an ambitious new vision for regional growth in the coming decades, calling for a more balanced mix of jobs and housing that curbs displacement, explosive cost-of-living increases and long hours stuck in traffic jams.

December 9, 2016 | 8 comments
County aims to protect residents from Trump administration

Supervisors agree to boost legal help for immigrants at risk of mass deportation
With the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump just weeks away, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed to launch multiple new efforts to defend the county's immigrant population and mitigate any action from Washington that could jeopardize its values and policies regarding health care, civil rights, housing and the environment.

December 12, 2016 | 16 comments
MayView clinic picks up where RotaCare left off

It's been seven months since El Camino Hospital closed the doors on Mountain View's RotaCare clinic, but patients in need of affordable health care services haven't had to search far for a replacement. The MayView Community Health Center has been the thriving and busy clinic for the uninsured, the successor of RotaCare for those who need to see a doctor but can't afford it.

December 7, 2016 | 1 comment
German school's holiday market

Post-election blues got you down? Hankering for a taste of Europe, or perhaps just seeking a bit of holiday cheer? The German International School of Silicon Valley's annual Weihnachtsmarkt (German Holiday Market), which recreates the traditional open-air winter markets of Germany, Austria and the Alps, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Signs of the season

Snow, elves, carolers and candy canes -- it must be December in downtown Mountain View.

December 7, 2016 | 9 comments
Stranger than 'Fiction'

Dragon's drama rewinds moments from a marriage
According to playwright Steven Dietz, "there are really three 'pasts' -- the past we remember, the past that we record and the past that actually happened. I think they are seldom the same thing." The blurry lines between truth, fiction and memory are explored and displayed to riveting effect in Dietz's "Fiction," as staged at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
AAA: Sleepy drivers greatly increase risk of crashing

Drivers who lack a full night's sleep greatly increase their risk of crashing, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

December 10, 2016 | 5 comments
The ambassador of 'Arabology'

Stanford DJ and lecturer champions the music of the Middle East
Tune into KZSU 90.1 (Stanford University's radio station) and you'll hear hip-hop, electronica, folk songs, indie pop, rock 'n' roll, interviews with leading luminaries and everything in between. And that's all in one program: Dr. Ramzi Salti's "Arabology," the eclectic show that introduces listeners to the best music and culture coming out of the Arab world today.

December 7, 2016 | 1 comment
Cold, wet weather in this week's forecast

Temperatures set to drop, rain expected starting Wednesday evening
Temperatures in the Bay Area are expected to drop in the next coming days followed by wet weather later in the week, according to the National Weather Service.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Bad-tasting water due to Hetch Hetchy water reductions

'Blended' water altering taste, odor, but it remains safe
Local cities' residents who have been complaining about nasty-tasting water coming from their taps can blame it on water reductions from the Hetch Hetchy supply and blending from other sources, according to City of Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert.

December 5, 2016 | 11 comments
Be cautious when using space heaters, says PG&E

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the U.S., and almost half of these fires occur between December and February, Pacific Gas and Electric officials warned customers Sunday.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Burglars smash vehicle into Apple Store in Palo Alto

Eight to 10 people steal electronics, four apprehended
A burglary ring crashed through the front glass windows of the Palo Alto Apple Store in downtown early Sunday morning by driving an SUV into the building and stealing an unknown quantity of merchandise, Palo Alto police said.

December 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Breakthrough Prize honors local science pioneers at Moffett

It was a constellation of stars, science and Silicon Valley luminaries at the NASA Ames Research Park on Sunday for the annual Breakthrough Prize. Now in its fifth year, the award ceremony honors scientific achievement with the glitz of a Hollywood gala, and it did not disappoint.

December 4, 2016 | 5 comments
Home Sales

This week's local home sales.

December 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

In this week's look at recent home sales, the market levels off as holidays approach.

December 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Captured Palo Alto inmate appears in court

Campbell faces additional charges related to pre-Thanksgiving escape
The Palo Alto inmate who broke out from Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose the night before Thanksgiving and stayed on the loose until earlier this week appeared in court on Friday afternoon along with a second inmate who escaped with him.

December 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Trading places

Two local orchestras to swap conductors this winter
'Tis the season for exchanges -- of gifts, of course, but also holiday greeting cards, fancily decorated cookies and, in the case of the Redwood Symphony and Palo Alto Philharmonic, of maestros.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
New farmers' market baker knows art, science of bread-making

Stanford fellow brings baking know-how to Portola Valley farmers' market
In a tiny village in central France where Portola Valley resident Fiona Strouts' parents live, the arrival of the baker and his cargo of homemade bread tends to infuse the air with excitement. Strouts may do the same for her hometown.

December 1, 2016 | 3 comments
Home-style Salvadoran

From pupusas to tamales, Zipotes offers authentic fare in Redwood City
Zipotes is a little Salvadoran restaurant in the middle of a strip mall, a few yards from a Latino grocery store. It's a casual, order-at-the-counter spot that draws a loyal crowd.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Google veers from city's North Bayshore vision

Council may give in on affordable housing requirements, parking limits
A review of the city's North Bayshore precise plan on Tuesday, Nov. 29, left some council members wondering if they were asking too much of one of the world's wealthiest companies.

December 1, 2016 | 26 comments
Ramirez, Cox tapped for planning commission seats

Lucas Ramirez, who was edged out of a City Council seat in the November election, was selected as the likely pick for an Environmental Planning Commission seat.

December 7, 2016 | 5 comments
Three men sought in CVS robbery

Police are looking for three men who allegedly stole over $1,000 in items from a CVS pharmacy in Mountain View last week, and attacked an employee who tried to stop them.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Rising demand for CHAC's services

Holiday Fund: Mountain View mental health nonprofit overwhelmed by families seeking help
For decades, the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) has been a one-stop shop for adults and kids who are struggling with mental health problems.

December 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Water district plans to use Waverly Park homes for homeless

Neighborhood residents unhappy with plans for district-owned houses
Homeless encampments are a common sight along Stevens Creek in Mountain View. In the southern end of the city near Waverly Park, one such encampment sits across the creek from homes worth more than $2 million, representing the major gulf between the haves and the have-nots in Silicon Valley.

December 2, 2016 | 42 comments
A respite from the cold

New North County homeless shelter opens its doors in Sunnyvale
More than a hundred homeless people in the northern end of Santa Clara County now have a warm, reliable place to sleep each night, after the Sunnyvale Cold Weather Shelter opened its doors for the first time Monday.

December 1, 2016 | 3 comments
Caltrain, Crisis Text Line announce partnership

Mother of young Palo Alto woman who died by suicide urges others to use, share resource
Starting next week, the now-ubiquitous "There is Help" signs with suicide hotline numbers posted at local Caltrain stations and along the railroad tracks will be joined by a new resource for those in crisis: Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential, 24/7 support service accessible by simply texting the number 741741.

November 30, 2016 | 1 comment
Monday: Mountain View's holiday tree-lighting celebration

Ringing in the holiday season with Mountain View style is the annual Community Tree Lighting Celebration on Monday evening at the Civic Center Plaza.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Escaped Palo Alto inmate nabbed

Laron Campbell had broken out of San Jose Main Jail last week
A woman suspected of helping one of two inmates, including a Palo Alto man, who escaped from the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose last week has been arrested as the search for the two men continues, a sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.

November 30, 2016 | 4 comments
Federal grant aims to boost Valley's traffic-reduction efforts

Local cities and Joint Venture Silicon Valley get $1 million for development of mobility solutions
An effort by Palo Alto, Mountain View and neighboring cities to get drivers to instead use trains, buses and other modes of transportation just got a lift from the federal government -- a $1 million grant aimed at accelerating the switch.

November 29, 2016 | 3 comments
Cold weather homeless shelters open this week

Homeless residents of the County of Santa Clara have access to as many as 395 additional shelter beds starting this week, county officials said.

November 29, 2016 | 2 comments
Trump deportation plan sends South Bay leaders searching for options

Mountain View council, Santa Clara County Supervisors set upcoming meetings
Donald Trump's election has created a cloud of uncertainty for the nation's estimated 11.4 million undocumented immigrants. Advocates are urging leaders in Mountain View and other Santa Clara County cities to take a stand and give assurances to local immigrants that they will be protected.

November 29, 2016 | 9 comments
Tuesday: Council to revisit North Bayshore precise plan

The much-awaited plans to transform the North Bayshore tech corridor into a residential neighborhood will be taken up by the Mountain View City Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 29, meeting.

November 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Maui wowie

Disney goes Polynesian for animated musical 'Moana'
The tried-and-true-and-tried-again Disney formula returns for the company's 56th animated feature, the Polynesian-set musical "Moana." The brand is essentially locked into narratives of princesses going on heroine's journeys of adventure and self-discovery. As one character tells the titular 16-year-old island girl, "If you wear a dress, and you have an animal sidekick, you're a princess."

November 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Palo Alto man one of escaped inmates still at large

Sheriff offers $20,000 reward
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the successful capture of two men who escaped from the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose Wednesday night, Sheriff Laurie Smith announced Friday.

November 25, 2016 | No comments yet
'Tis the season

A guide to the Midpeninsula's holiday highlights
Though winter doesn't officially arrive until the solstice on Dec. 21, the holiday season has begun. With it comes plenty of arts-and-entertainment events to help you warm up in cool weather, deck the halls or make merry.

November 23, 2016 | 2 comments
Art mirrors life

In 'Circle Mirror Transformation,' all the world's a stage
Even if you've never taken a drama or improv class, you've likely encountered similar ice-breaker games and team-building exercises, maybe at a school event or work retreat. Love them or passionately dread them, these exercises, in all their cringeworthy glory, are on display in Los Altos Stage Company's latest production.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Top 12 holiday book picks

Local culture, art, history targeted in reading selections
As the hunt for the perfect gift gets underway this holiday season, we've decided to keep our focus local.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Google pitches housing project in East Whisman

Google is pitching a new swath of dense apartments and offices in the East Whisman area, mirroring the tech giant's other big plans for Mountain View.

November 27, 2016 | 9 comments
Cleanup gear malfunctions at Moffett Field

NASA complains that Navy's water treatment system was offline at Superfund site
NASA officials are complaining that a U.S. Navy treatment system that's supposed to be cleaning up toxic groundwater at Moffett Field has been malfunctioning for an unknown length of time. Regulators from the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Water Resources Control Board say they are investigating the incident to learn more.

November 29, 2016 | 12 comments
So much more than a soup kitchen

Region's housing crisis puts pressure on CSA's safety net services for vulnerable residents
To see how the area served by the Community Services Agency has changed, Tom Myers needs only to peer out his office window. For the last year, he's been viewing the scene across the street as construction crews finished a 184-apartment luxury complex expected to open in early 2017.

November 24, 2016 | No comments yet
City accepting applicants to new rent control committee

Deadline to apply to Rental Housing Committee is Dec. 20
Mountain View is now recruiting for the city's new Rental Housing Committee -- the governing body tasked with making crucial decisions on how Measure V, the city's new rent control law, will be implemented.

November 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Huge apartment development wins nervous council's support

Middle-income households could lose out when Village Lake complex is razed
The Mountain View City Council gave the initial go-ahead on Tuesday to a true mixed-bag development -- it would possibly be the city's largest affordable-housing project to date, but it could require displacing more than 200 middle-income households.

November 23, 2016 | 45 comments
Speaking in pictures

Photographers' online 'conversation' of nearly 1,000 images turns into an art show
When nine Bay Area professional photographers launched a blog three years ago, they didn't think it would last. They were wrong. Not only has their collaborative content gained followers, it has spawned a new art form now on display at Foothill College.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Measure A passes with a slim victory

$950M bond funds will be spent on solving homelessness Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County officials announced Monday that Measure A, the $950 million affordable housing bond designed to help house homeless and low-income residents in the county, has passed with just over two-thirds of the vote.

November 23, 2016 | 7 comments
MVPD seeks to improve body cam program

New cameras and new guidelines for retention on the way
It's been a little over a year since the Mountain View Police Department outfitted all of its officers with wearable cameras, joining a growing number of Bay Area law enforcement agencies aiming to boost accountability, assist in criminal prosecutions and create an impartial record of police activity to discipline or exonerate officers following complaints from the public.

November 30, 2016 | 4 comments
FAA committee: Scrap existing flight path

Procedural changes, higher altitudes could help reduce local aircraft noise
A committee tasked with recommending ways to reduce airplane noise over the Midpeninsula voted last week in favor of a new flight path similar to one in place before March 2015, when the Federal Aviation Administration changed it.

November 22, 2016 | 10 comments
Where to find a free Thanksgiving Day meal on the Midpeninsula

Volunteers, nonprofits ramp up for holiday meal service
This Thanksgiving, thousands of community members will come together in kitchens and dining halls throughout the Midpeninsula, from the Mountain View restaurant owner who opens his doors every year to offer free turkey dinners to the dozens of volunteer kitchen workers who will spend the morning prepping and serving turkey with all the fixings to hundreds of children, families, seniors and homeless individuals.

November 21, 2016 | 3 comments
Los Altos woman named Rhodes Scholar

Scholarship funds study at Oxford University
A Los Altos native was selected as one of 32 students this year to study at Oxford University starting in October as part of the Rhodes Scholar Class of 2017, University of Notre Dame officials said today.

November 21, 2016 | 7 comments
Chimney checkup

Before you light that match, check your chimney first
Before you light that match for the first wood fire of the winter season, if you still have a wood-burning fireplace, start small.

November 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Home Front for Nov. 18

This week: a Christmas market and sustainable furniture.

November 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County eyes plan to offer legal aid to undocumented residents

Supervisors Cortese, Chavez to present plan at Dec. 6 meeting
Undocumented immigrants facing threats of deportation by the forthcoming Trump administration may soon have more legal help in Santa Clara County, according to county officials.

November 20, 2016 | 12 comments
Thanksgiving travel could set records

Thanksgiving weekend travel at Bay Area airports is expected to be busier than last year, and among Californians holiday weekend travel will be the busiest in the last nine years, airport and AAA officials said.

November 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Rainy weekend ahead, forecasters say

Widespread rain is expected this weekend in the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas, National Weather Service officials said.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
New school boundaries on the horizon

Mountain View Whisman district releases five proposals aimed at balancing enrollment
It's a touchy subject that's bound to affect property values and leave some people disappointed, but the Mountain View Whisman School District is launching its second major effort to re-draw attendance boundaries throughout the city.

November 18, 2016 | 33 comments
Pre-construction work starts on Caltrain electification

Preparations for the construction work needed to electrify Caltrain along the Peninsula corridor have started and will last until the end of February, officials with the transit agency said Thursday.

November 22, 2016 | 8 comments
A feast for the season

Erin Gleeson's 'The Forest Feast' offers easy, vegetarian recipes for Thanksgiving
Local photographer and cookbook author Erin Gleeson of "The Forest Feast" shares recipes and hosting tips for the holidays.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Hogwarts and all

'Fantastic Beasts' performs magic, American style
Were we to ask a Magic-8 Ball if we should expect greatness of the new movie set in J.K. Rowling's wizarding world, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," we'd no doubt get the answer "Signs Point to Yes." This is a spinoff from the $8 billion-grossing "Harry Potter" film series, the first entry to be personally screenwritten by "Potter" novelist J.K. Rowling, and coming off the heels of her critically acclaimed playwriting debut with two blockbuster original West End "Potter" sequels. I have heard the cash cow moo.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
A quiet struggle

'Loving' revisits a marriage-equality moment
One might call coincidence the universe's way of practicing irony. Certainly few historical coincidences have been as apt as the last name of the interracial married couple who fought all the way to the Supreme Court to have their marriage recognized by the state of Virginia. Their name was "Loving," and now that name also belongs to Jeff Nichols' film about the couple and, indeed, about the gerund.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Man arrested for selling pot near St. Francis High School

A Los Altos man was arrested earlier this month after allegedly selling marijuana to teenagers near a Mountain View high school. The suspect, identified as 62-year-old John William Morris, allegedly possessed over 50 pounds of marijuana, as well as cocaine and heroin intended for sale.

November 17, 2016 | 3 comments
Painting the town

Redwood City hosts community art nights
Not everyone can be the next O'Keeffe, Kahlo or Picasso but on Thursday evenings in downtown Redwood City, everyone's invited to be a painter.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Veteran politicos win the day in council race

Mixed messages from voters on city priorities
Political experience and government credentials seemed to be liabilities in the presidential election. But a world away in Mountain View, voters had an entirely different message for what they wanted in their leaders.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
The sound of California roots

Front Country performs modern bluegrass music in Mountain View
Local bluegrass enthusiasts will have a chance to experience Front Country live on Saturday, Nov. 19, when they perform at a Redwood Bluegrass Associates event at the Mountain View Masonic Lodge.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Suicide survivors urge open conversations, awareness around mental health

Parent: 'Talking about suicide is what we all need to start doing'
Five women whose lives have been intimately, irreversibly touched by youth suicide -- two by their own attempts and three by deaths of family members -- spoke candidly about their experiences on a panel in Palo Alto Wednesday night, urging others to speak with the same candor about the oft-silenced topics of suicide and mental illness.

November 17, 2016 | 1 comment
Star Wars Night at Computer History Museum

Grab your lightsabers, hop in your X-wing and head for Mountain View: The Computer History Museum will host “Star Wars Night" on Friday, Nov. 18, 5-9 p.m.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Big majority of MV voters back pot legalization

Proposition 64's passage creates big questions for local police, City Council
Proponents of legal recreational marijuana scored a big victory last week after California voters approved Proposition 64 by a significant margin. As the vote-count continues, about 5.4 million voters, or 56 percent, voted in favor of the proposition, paving the way for adults ages 21 and over to legally smoke, possess, cultivate and eventually sell, recreational pot.

November 17, 2016 | 5 comments
Los Altos: Two caught with stolen mail, police say

Police arrested a man and woman from East Palo Alto on Sunday after they were allegedly caught stealing mail in a residential neighborhood in Los Altos.

November 16, 2016 | No comments yet
LASD ditches plans for El Camino school site

Parents say the site is too small and too dangerous for new campusParents say the site is too small and too dangerous for new campus
It's back to the drawing board for the Los Altos School District. After seven months of closed session meetings to consider buying a three-story office building on El Camino Real to develop as a new school campus, board members agreed Monday night that the proposed land purchase is "dead on arrival" over concerns about costs and traffic safety.

November 15, 2016 | 16 comments
City Council backs immediate eviction protections

Eviction moratorium passes as urgency ordinance until rent control measure takes effect in December
In an effort to staunch a recent wave of evictions, the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday morning voted to immediately implement the eviction protections in Measure V, despite plenty of qualms over the idea of ushering new restrictions into the local housing market.

November 15, 2016 | 34 comments
Aircraft noise committee to meet for final vote

Palo Alto hosting meeting on rerouting SFO air traffic over Peninsula cities
A controversial plan to reroute flight paths to San Francisco International Airport is nearing decision time. After several meetings and testimony from a multitude of speakers, a special South Bay committee on Thursday, Nov. 17, is expected to vote on a preferred plan to rejigger routes to lessen aircraft noise.

November 14, 2016 | 8 comments
MVHS teacher returns to classroom after dust-up over Trump comments

Mountain View High School teacher Frank Navarro returned to the classroom Monday after school administrators put him on paid administrative leave last week over what he says were unfounded complaints that he compared president-elect Donald Trump with Hitler.

November 14, 2016 | 47 comments
Santa Clara County DA, universities host symposium on campus sexual assault

Guest speakers, panel discussions will be streamed live on Friday
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has teamed up with eight local colleges and universities, including Stanford University, to host an all-day symposium dedicated to the topic of campus sexual violence this Friday, Nov. 18, at Santa Clara University.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Pro-Veenker group fined for mailer violation

FPPC found PAC failed to make a proper disclosure on ad
The political group that formed earlier this year to support Vicki Veenker's bid for the state Assembly is facing a $2,500 fine for failing to include a proper disclaimer on one of its campaign advertisements.

November 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Council eyes emergency eviction protections

Special meetingTuesday morning to vote on temporary moratorium on no-cause evictions
In a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Mountain View City Council will consider immediately adopting just-cause eviction protections to prevent tenants from being ousted before Measure V takes effect. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

November 14, 2016 | 20 comments
Los Altos police chief to retire next month

The police chief of the Los Altos Police Department announced his retirement, department officials said Wednesday.

November 13, 2016 | 1 comment
A newish Jewish experience

Nourish cafe puts its twist on traditional Jewish cuisine at Palo Alto JCC
Nourish: A Newish Jewish Cafe, the new dining option at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, serves "Jewish cuisine with a twist," said executive chef Robert Stayte.

November 11, 2016 | 3 comments
Real Estate Matters: Daily rentals in your neighborhood?

Are services like Airbnb and VRBO alive and well on the Midpeninsula?
Are residential neighborhoods prime to become mini-hotel locations? With advent of the "sharing" economy when individuals can sign up to rent their home or a portion of it on a nightly basis they risk that owners or their tenants will seize the opportunity to make easy money.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Bringing down the house

A residential demolition project doesn't begin when the excavator's bucket crashes through the corner of a home. It begins well before that with people like Jack Cook, estimator and project manager at CVE Demolition.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
City gets to work on new rent control rules

Mayor requests emergency meeting to enact Measure V's just-cause eviction protections
Now that Measure V has passed, Mountain View officials are trying to figure out how to implement a citywide rent-control program, a complicated endeavor that could require creating a new branch of staff at City Hall.

November 11, 2016 | 28 comments
Newly visible

Cantor Arts Center and Stanford faculty collaborate to transform galleries
The Cantor Arts Center is celebrating the joys of directly engaging with art, thanks to a complete and dramatic overhaul of the museum's permanent collection.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Home Sales

Atherton has two sales over $30 million
Big sales in small-town Atherton: two sales over $30 million.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

New Woodside home sells for $22 million
In this week's roundup of real-estate sales, a new Woodside home sells for $22 million.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Council mulls fix for Shoreline congestion

$22 million upgrade proposed for U.S. 101 off-ramp
One the city's worst congestion hotspots, the Shoreline Boulevard gateway into North Bayshore, will get an overhaul under a plan to redesign a Highway 101 off-ramp.

November 11, 2016 | 3 comments
TCE joins list of known carcinogens

The prevalent groundwater toxin in Mountain View's northern region received new recognition as a health hazard by federal officials. On Nov. 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it is adding trichloroethylene (TCE) to a list of known carcinogens in the department's biannual report on cancer-causing hazards.

November 11, 2016 | 4 comments
Worries over dwindling burrowing owl population

One among many inhabitants struggling to cope in a changing landscape, Mountain View's fragile burrowing owl population appears to be slumping, raising concern among environmentalists that the species could make an exit from Shoreline Park.

November 15, 2016 | 10 comments
Journey, not destination

'Arrival' is serious science-fiction with a beating heart

By the time you read this, the presidential election that seemed like it would never end will presumably have ended. And yet, its scariest implications about human nature will not have been resolved. Which makes election week a very fine time for Paramount Pictures to drop "Arrival," a science-fiction masterpiece that's largely about our perceptions of time and our struggles to communicate.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Hunting the truth

Doc doesn't let truth get in the way of a salable story
Back in 1922, Robert J. Flaherty made the controversial documentary/docudrama "Nanook of the North," which he purported to be a nonfiction account of an Inuit hunter, but which included untruths, distortions and staged sequences.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
DA study finds racial disparity in prosecutions

Blacks, Hispanics face prosecutions at higher rates relative to their populations
A new study by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office about fairness in the criminal system raises questions about disproportionate prosecution of black and Hispanic defendants in the county, and points to a need for further study on the matter, according to District Attorney Jeff Rosen.

November 10, 2016 | 5 comments
Measure B wins by a large margin; Measure A squeaks by

Both required a two-thirds vote to win
Two big-money Santa Clara County tax measures intended to address the county's transportation and housing needs have been approved by voters.

November 9, 2016 | 6 comments
Casas, Landsberger, Wong elected Foothill-De Anza trustees

Sole incumbent, two challengers win three open seats
With almost all precincts reporting, Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees incumbent Laura Casas and challengers Peter Landsberger and Gilbert Wong appear to have secured three open seats on the board, according to unofficial election results from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Berman edges out Veenker for Assembly seat

Palo Alto councilman on his way to Sacramento
In a tight race that split the region's Democratic establishment, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman has edged out attorney Vicki Veenker to represent Assembly District 24 in Sacramento.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Humanity in the face of horror

'The Diary of Anne Frank' remains powerful, poignant
Though familiar, Anne Frank's words haven't lost their resonance and power in the decades since their publication. Palo Alto Players keep Frank's memory alive this autumn with a worthy new production.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Voters split on rent control measures

Abe-Koga, Matichak lead eight-way City Council race
Election night results show Mountain View voters are leaning toward yes on the Measure V rent control charter amendment and no on the City Council-backed alternative Measure W.

November 8, 2016 | 5 comments
Matichak, Abe-Koga, Clark and McAlister win council seats

By the end of election night, it became clear that returning councilmen Chris Clark and John McAlsiter would see another term in office, and they would be joined on the dais by former Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga and Planning Commissioner Lisa Matichak.

November 8, 2016 | 9 comments
Measure V rent control wins

Rent-control charter amendment passes; city alternative Measure W falls short
In a result that has huge implications for the local housing market, Mountain View voters have dealt a narrow win to the Measure V rent-control charter amendment.

November 8, 2016 | 112 comments
Making earthquake upgrades easier

Changes in city law would enable property owners to fix dangerous soft-story buildings
Mountain View could become more earthquake-ready, after the city's Environmental Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to clear the way for seismic upgrades to aging structures at high risk of collapse.

November 16, 2016 | 6 comments
Nurses agree to new hospital contract

Latest round of negotiations reduce proposed contract cuts for El Camino Hospital nurses
After protracted and difficult negotiations that stretched for more than seven months, nurses at El Camino Hospital agreed to the terms of a new three-year contract that would give nurses a 10 percent salary hike over the three years, and retain existing benefits and higher pay for nurses working weekend and night shifts.

November 10, 2016 | 2 comments
Crittenden to add creek trail, track to campus

Fourteen redwood trees will be axed to make room for trail extension and track and field facilities
The Mountain View Whisman School District is just months away from major changes to the Crittenden Middle School field that would add a running track and a winding trail extension that would bring the Permanente Creek Trail through the campus to Rock Street.

November 16, 2016 | 2 comments
LASD voters approve Measure GG

Election night results show that Measure GG, the Los Altos School District's $223 parcel tax, has met the two-thirds vote required to pass the measure.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Wilson, Blakely and Gutierrez lead in school board race

With all 33 precincts reporting, incumbent Jose Gutierrez and candidates Tamara Wilson and Laura Blakely appear to be the winners in the race for the Mountain View Whisman School District.

November 8, 2016 | 4 comments
LASD board race: Johnson edges ahead

As election results poured in Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, North Los Altos resident Bryan Johnson pulled ahead of Crossings resident Tanya Raschke in the race for the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees.

November 8, 2016 | 6 comments
Burnt toast forces voters from county building

Smoke triggers evacuation of Registrar of Voters office in San Jose Tuesday morning
Hundreds of people, including residents trying to vote, were briefly evacuated from a Santa Clara County building in San Jose this morning due to a fire alarm apparently caused by burnt toast, according to a Registrar of Voters spokeswoman.

November 8, 2016 | 1 comment
Caltrain to survey riders on bike parking

Caltrain passengers can give their opinion on bike parking issues at the transit agency's stations via an online survey that will be available starting Wednesday.

November 8, 2016 | 2 comments
More fireworks in the Mountain View Whisman boardroom

In heated exchange, school board member tells superintendent to stop talking and sit down
Things got ugly at the Mountain View Whisman School District's board meeting, when a tense argument between trustee Steve Nelson and the superintendent led to a confrontational back-and-forth over how the district office handles public records requests.

November 8, 2016 | 17 comments
Shortcut to Election Day 2016

Your quick link to news on local candidates and issues
The tumultuous election season comes to a close on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, where Mountain View voters will face a long ballot. It's a lot to consider. If you'd like to take advantage of the Voice's coverage of candidates and issues, and its editorial page endorsements, we've gathered them together in one place to help you make informed, last-minute voting decisions.

November 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Health advisers help ease Medicare confusion

Resources available for seniors navigating coverage
Dec. 7 marks the end of Medicare's annual fall election period and the only time most seniors can make changes to their health and prescription plans under the federal insurance program.

November 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Stopping the flight of the bumblebee

Palo Alto landscape architect hopes to create public pollinator garden
Landscape designer Juanita Salisbury is determined to start a movement in Palo Alto that would help bring back bee-friendly plants.

November 6, 2016 | No comments yet
VTA board OKs emergency paratransit contract

FBI search warrant of previous provider triggers
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority approved a $12.5 million emergency contract with a new paratransit provider on Thursday hours after its previous contractor was served a search warrant by the FBI.

November 4, 2016 | 2 comments
New hotel approved for North Bayshore

A proposal for the North Bayshore neighborhood's first hotel was unanimously approved by the Mountain View City Council.

November 8, 2016 | 2 comments
MV student scores Perfect on AP test

A senior attending Saint Francis High School achieved top honors this year by being the only student in the world to get a perfect score on an Advanced Placement exam, according to a spokeswoman from the College Board.

November 13, 2016 | No comments yet
'Strange'-r things

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Marvel's mystical superhero
Back in 1963, Marvel's Stan Lee and Steve Ditko cheekily introduced Doctor Strange "quietly and without fanfare" as "a different kind of super-hero." And now, 53 years later, Marvel Studios has embraced that difference to make the "master of the mystic arts" a welcome addition to the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
You got served

Erotic thriller 'The Handmaiden' has tricks up its sleeve
Some of the best filmmakers "fetishize" their art and, in doing so, invite their viewers to do the same. Park Chan-wook embodies that rare type of precision filmmaker whose every shot seems perfectly orchestrated and framed, whose every edit seems to have been worked out even before the sets were built or the actors hired. And yet Chan-wook's erotic thriller "The Handmaiden" -- with its story that, not coincidentally, deals with fetishes -- never feels lifelessly premeditated; rather, we realize, early and often, that we are in very sure hands.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Los Altos: Pedestrian injured in collision with VTA bus

A pedestrian was struck by a bus and suffered moderate injuries Thursday afternoon in Los Altos, a police spokesman said.

November 3, 2016 | 3 comments
Rustic and refined

Authentic Italian cooking gets a polished update at iTalico
At iTalico, California Avenue's new Italian addition to its growing restaurant repertoire, comfort food has an edge.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Ahead of rent-control vote, eviction spree hits tenants

Fearing locked-in prices, landlords seek to oust below-market renters
For Elized Ramirez, this is a time of uncertainty, when her longstanding financial planning has been thrown into limbo. In that regard, she has something in common with the landlord who is evicting her family.

November 4, 2016 | 58 comments
Police seek armed robbery suspect

Police are seeking the public's help in locating an armed man wanted for a robbery in Mountain View and last seen fleeing in a car Wednesday afternoon.

November 3, 2016 | 1 comment
Like humans do

David Byrne and co. blend science and art in Menlo Park
You may find yourself living in the body of a doll. And you may find yourself behind the podium of a moral-dilemma game show. And, to quote David Byrne, you may ask yourself, "Well, how did I get here?" Probably via El Camino Real, in this case, where musician/author/artist Byrne, technology investor/nonprofit founder Mala Gaonkar and the team at Pace Art + Technology have created "The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY," an "immersive theatrical experience" based on real neuroscience and psychology experiments.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Khan Academy's experimental school is thriving

Khan Lab School grows to nearly 100 students, with plans to expand to 400
Earlier this year, 12-year-old Ana Zeiger did what many middle school-aged students fantasize about: she stopped attending middle school and joined an experimental private school without homework or letter grades or all-day direct instruction.

November 7, 2016 | 19 comments
Council puts the brakes on backyard pot plants

New ordinance imposes 45-day ban on marijuana cultivation
Faced with the possibility that Mountain View residents could legally start growing marijuana in their backyards are early as next week, Mountain View City Council members agreed to impose a short-term ban on outdoor pot cultivation until the city has clear regulatory guidelines on the practice.

November 3, 2016 | 22 comments
Man arrested at Little Caesar's Pizza, again

For the second time in two weeks, a 25-year-old transient man has been arrested at Little Caesar's Pizza in Mountain View, this time for allegedly aggressively approaching customers and demanding they buy him pizza.

November 4, 2016 | 10 comments
MV man arrested on sexual assault, domestic violence charges

Sexual assault, domestic violence arrest
A 24-year-old Mountain View man was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted and abused his wife at their home over multiple days last week, according to police.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Council hopefuls let the campaign mailers fly

Latest campaign reports show candidates' spending priorities
In the home stretch for the Nov. 8 election, Mountain View's eight City Council candidates are making their final pitches to voters. The latest round of campaign finance reports show most candidates' campaign coffers are filled up to the city's $24,000 voluntary spending cap.

November 2, 2016 | 7 comments
The salvation of Shaw

Pear Theatre presents witty, weighty 'Major Barbara'
In George Bernard Shaw's 1905 play "Major Barbara," the characters grapple with questions that still plague us today, in this age of campaign financing and lobbyists. Is accepting money from sources with questionable motives or values worth doing if the money serves the greater good?

November 2, 2016 | No comments yet
50 years of Flamenco

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco is marking five decades of lively Spanish dance and theater in the Bay Area. The company's dancers and musicians will perform at the Mountain View Center of the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.) on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m.

November 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Rent control opponents raise $1.2M to defeat Bay Area measures

It looks like no expense is being spared to defeat ballot initiatives restricting apartment rents in Mountain View and four other Bay Area cities. A landlord group has raised almost $1.2 million to defeat rent control measures in Mountain View and four other Bay Area cities.

November 1, 2016 | 85 comments
Raschke leads in LASD campaign spending

Mountain View resident Tanya Raschke surged ahead of Los Altos resident Bryan Johnson in campaign spending in the bid for a seat on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, according to campaign finance reports filed Oct. 27.

November 1, 2016 | 11 comments
New wood-burning rules as winter Spare the Air season starts

With the Winter Spare the Air season beginning today, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is reminding residents in the region about new requirements that have been added to the district's wood burning rule.

November 1, 2016 | 29 comments
Home front: Fall maintenance, bare roots and maples

Classes in November focus on seasonal gardening tips.

October 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Burglary triggers lockdown at Los Altos schools

Shelter-in-place orders have been lifted in a Los Altos neighborhood where a home burglary suspect may have driven away from the scene today, police said.

October 28, 2016 | No comments yet
LASD parcel tax campaign raises $100K

Proponents of the Los Altos School District's Measure GG parcel tax have brought in over $100,000 in campaign funds, according to a campaign finance report released Thursday.

October 28, 2016 | 3 comments
Three arrested following police pursuit through Mountain View

Police arrested two San Jose men and a teen yesterday after they were spotted in a stolen vehicle, leading to a car chase in Mountain View that ended in an on-foot chase through the construction-heavy San Antonio area.

October 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Assembly race splits Democratic establishment

Candidates Marc Berman and Vicki Veenker prepare for final push in Assembly District 24
Unlike in recent years, where the district's anointed Democrat rolled to a comfortable Election Day victory, this year's Assembly race has split the Democratic establishment into two camps.

October 28, 2016 | 10 comments
Slow burn

'Inferno' does little to ignite screen
Once again, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) finds himself on a seemingly endless trail of clues in "Inferno," the third installment of director Ron Howard's series of films based on the books by Dan Brown. The film begins with kinetic editing and a suitably creepy voiceover by the character of Zobrist (Ben Foster), whose evil plan entails wiping out most of the world's population.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Old-fashioned frights

Historic Rengstorff House gussies up for annual haunting
A scary theft of its custom-made Halloween decorations threatened Rengstorff House's annual haunting, but with the spooky trappings recovered this summer, the autumnal revelries are back. The friends of Rengstorff House will guide visitors through an eerie tour of the historic home's supernatural spectacles this weekend.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Mountain View DMV affected by computer outage

California Department of Motor Vehicles officials said today that a computer outage that has affected its offices across the state is again affecting Bay Area offices.

October 27, 2016 | 3 comments
Bike Share booted, but what will replace it?

Council wary of plans for Bike Share 2.0 after lackluster use of bike-rental program
Mountain View's Bike Share program, with its seven stations and dozens of rental bicycles, will be taken out in the coming weeks, but it's not clear what, if any, new bike program will be replacing it.

October 27, 2016 | 47 comments
Soup for the soul

Local chefs offer warm recipes for chilly autumn evenings
With November just days away and rain in the forecast, fall is fully upon us. It's high time to switch from cold salads to warm, comforting soups. Two local chefs share their recipes.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
An ode to the object

Artist Jenny Odell gives context to unwanted items
Jenny Odell's "Bureau of Suspended Objects," currently on display at the Palo Alto Art Center, provokes the viewer to think about what defines art and what is relegated to rubbish.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Autumn 'Awakening'

Stanford stages coming-of-age musical in renovated space
Teen suicide. Academic pressure. Consent versus sexual assault. Questions about identity, health and love. These issues are likely all-too familiar to teens and college students, but they're not new. Frank Wedekind explored these topics back in 1891 when he wrote his oft-censored play "Spring Awakening." The hit musical of the same name will be staged in Stanford's recently renovated Roble Studio Theater Oct. 27-Nov. 5.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
NASA Ames workers worry over Superfund site's toxins

Amateur disease map points to rare cluster of ALS cases at NASA Ames
Following news that several employees had developed a rare neurological disease, the NASA Ames Research Center is facing a new wave of concern that hazardous substances linked to the nearby Superfund sites could be affecting its workers' health. The recent scare has prompted a new round of testing for toxic chemicals in old buildings at Ames, but health officials say harmful substances have stayed within safety limits.

October 28, 2016 | 11 comments
This week's A&E highlights

This week, Menlowe Ballet performs "Tribute," Theatre Flamenco celebrates 50 years of Spanish music and dance with special guests in Mountain View, and more.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Extraterrestrial real estate?

New book explores colonizing Mars
Elon Musk's ambitious and far-out plan to build cities on Mars may be evoking skepticism, but the colonization of Mars might not be too far off, according to a new book that explores what it may take to send humans to the Red Planet and have them stay there safely for generations.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Hospital board agrees to cushy contract with interim CEO

Payments include $650,000 over six months and up to $5,000 for monthly rent
El Camino Hospital's board of directors appointed its new interim CEO, granting the hospital's new top staffer a contract that includes much higher pay than the outgoing CEO had, and plenty of perks to go along with it.

October 31, 2016 | 18 comments
Man arrested in attempted robbery at Little Caesar's

Police arrested a 25-year-old transient man at a Little Caesar's Pizza in Mountain View after he had allegedly stolen a bottle of soda and attempted to steal pizzas from a customer just outside the take-out pizza chain.

October 30, 2016 | 5 comments
Test scores soar at Crittenden

Local middle school ranks among the best for low-income and minority students
Every Wednesday morning, teachers at Crittenden Middle School get together for their pre-game huddle, coordinating lessons, trading ideas and working together across departments -- with the common goal of making sure all 664 students at the school can effectively read and write by the time they hit high school.

October 27, 2016 | 3 comments
Trustee clashes with district office over public records

Lengthy requests are eating up staff time and resources, superintendent says
Steve Nelson is just a couple of months away from leaving his post as a board member for the Mountain View Whisman School District, but he shows no sign of ending his four-year campaign as a critic of the district's leadership.

November 1, 2016 | 15 comments
High schools grapple with lower test scores

District officials say there's no clear reason why performance dropped this year
By most measures, student performance in the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is on the upswing.

November 1, 2016 | 11 comments
Google Fiber hits wall for 'most' cities

Company announces staff cuts, pause on high-speed internet plans
Is Google Fiber still coming to Mountain View? In a cryptic blog post this week, Craig Barratt, the head of Google's fiber division made it clear the company was pulling back on plans to bring ultra-speed broadband lines to "most" cities. Which cities exactly? Those specifics went unanswered.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Rain expected Thursday in Bay Area

Showers will leave the North Bay this morning, but another storm is due to arrive in the Bay Area on Thursday and possibly over the weekend,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said this morning.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
No disguising Costume Bank's role at Halloween

Getting its start from a theater company's donation of its old costumes, the Costume Bank in Los Altos has been in business for over 50 years. Among the thousands of get-ups, many are high quality handmade and vintage costumes, said volunteer Katie Hammerson.

October 24, 2016 | 1 comment
Last day to register to vote for Nov. 8 election

Monday is the last day for Bay Area residents and Californians in general to register to vote for the Nov. 8 General Election, according to the California Secretary of State's office.

October 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Committee outlines potential plane-noise recommendations

Mountain View, surrounding cities could see noise reduce through planes flying at higher altitudes, other measures
A multi-city and county committee tasked with finding ways to reduce overhead noise from airplanes going to and from San Francisco International Airport has released preliminary proposed recommendations.

October 22, 2016 | 53 comments
Guest Opinion: Renters deserve some protections

I'm one of the fortunate minority in the city: I own my house. My wife and I moved to Mountain View in 1998 and in the interim period we have managed to pay off our mortgage. In that same period, our townhouse has increased in value by a few multiples of what we bought it for, due to no effort on my part. I am indeed fortunate.

October 23, 2016 | 68 comments
Guest opinion: Rent stabilization is still rent control

Mountain View voters will be asked in the upcoming election to consider two rent control measures, V and W. Both measures are an attempt to deal with rising rents and their impact on low-income residents.

October 23, 2016 | 58 comments
Military grants to local firms

A Pentagon-led effort to restore ties between Silicon Valley and the U.S. military isn't bearing fruit yet, but it is sowing a lot of seeds.

October 26, 2016 | 2 comments
Building begins on affordable housing

At a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, Mountain View city officials marked the start of construction on a 116-unit affordable housing project located at 779 Evelyn Ave.

October 25, 2016 | 9 comments
An eco-dilemma: save redwoods or build bike lanes?

Google's road upgrades require removal of 200 trees
Google's ambitious plans to build a futuristic headquarters in Mountain View's North Bayshore is hitting big snags over some of the neighborhood's deep-rooted inhabitants. About 200 trees, mostly redwoods, lining Shoreline Boulevard and nearby streets will need to be removed to make way for a slate of road improvements to accommodate the company's growing workforce.

October 25, 2016 | 51 comments
Standoff triggers lockdown in Slater neighborhood

Man shot with bean-bag, stun gun by police, ending two-hour impasse
Mountain View police arrested a man last week after he allegedly refused to leave a home on Gladys Avenue, and threatened a resident with what appeared to be a firearm. The standoff lasted more than two hours, and ended after police fired a beanbag round and used a stun gun on the suspect in order to apprehend him outside the home.

October 21, 2016 | 14 comments
Arrest in gang-related stabbing at Rengstorff Park

Police arrest Sunnyvale man months after juvenile was seriously injured
A 19-year-old Sunnyvale man was arrested on attempted murder charges Thursday in connection to a gang-related stabbing at Rengstorff Park over the Fourth of July weekend, according to Mountain View police.

October 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Moffett Gateway wins council approval

Hotel and office development sparks concerns over traffic, trail impacts
A hotel and office development at a crucial highway juncture received a unanimous round of approvals from the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday night, despite some concerns over the project's traffic and environmental impacts.

October 20, 2016 | 16 comments
A hotbed for hospital innovation

Fogarty Institute aims to help startup medical technology make it to the market
In the back of the El Camino Hospital campus, clinical specialist Will Johnsen slapped on a pair of 3-D glasses and began picking apart a virtual human body, pulling out neck vertebrae and arteries, rotating and manipulating each part as it's projected about 6 inches in front of a computer monitor.

October 26, 2016 | 3 comments
Six compete to lead Foothill-De Anza district

Community college board has three seats and one incumbent in the race
This November, voters in several North County and West Valley cities will decide who will lead the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Six candidates are vying for three seats on the district's board of trustees, giving voters a rare chance to weigh in on the district's leadership.

October 21, 2016 | 4 comments
A Scottish primer

Martins West balances Scottish fare with California flair
Martins West Gastropub in Redwood City is all about Scotland, from the haggis on a stick to delectable fish and chips.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
The kids are alright

Upstage Theater gives teens creative control
In the words of the old maxim, if you want something done right, do it yourself. Local teens have taken that credo to heart by forming Upstage Theater, an independent company that allows teens to take charge of all aspects of theater production.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Council seeks to ease downtown parking woes

City will explore paid parking, valet services and ride-sharing incentives
Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday night to explore a broad range of strategies aimed at freeing up parking in the downtown area, after city surveys showed that every parking lot in the area is packed to the brim, forcing restaurant patrons to circulate endlessly.

October 19, 2016 | 34 comments
County voters to decide on Measure B half-cent sales tax

Voters will decide next month on a measure that would raise billions of dollars to help address many public transportation issues throughout Santa Clara County.

October 20, 2016 | 9 comments
Sister sojourners

Dragon's 'On the Verge (or the Geography of Yearning)' is an atemporal adventure
Three intrepid explorers from the Victorian era set off on an adventure through time in Eric Overmyer's surreal "On the Verge (or the Geography of Yearning)," currently staged at the Dragon Theatre.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Moffett Gateway project heads back to Council

Hotel, office project expected to significant traffic to Hwy. 101 between Moffett Boulevard and Hwy. 237
In a packed agenda for Tuesday evening, the Mountain View City Council will consider a penultimate set of approvals for a massive office and hotel project slated to go near the Highway 101 and 85 interchange.

October 18, 2016 | 9 comments
Huge housing development raises hopes and fears

Lots of affordable units in proposal to replace Village Lake complex
At face value, it's a proposal packed with exactly what Mountain View leaders want -- a colossal new apartment complex that would single-handedly boost the city's affordable housing stock by about 15 percent.

October 17, 2016 | 31 comments
Los Altos Hills: alleged stalker exchanged gunfire with occupant of home

A man injured in a shooting in a Los Altos Hills home Friday was allegedly a stalker who forced his way inside and opened fire before he was shot in return by one of the occupants, a Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman said this morning.

October 17, 2016 | 12 comments
Growing your own food is great until evidence of rodents appears

Palo Alto resident Dexter Girton is an avid gardener who began noticing something was eating his crops. When he was convinced it was rats, his engineering background kicked into gear and a night-vision camera he rigged confirmed his suspicions.

October 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Building unity at Foothill College

New cohort program seeks to improve outcomes for black students
Foothill College's Umoja Scholars Program seeks to promote learning about African and African-American culture through a core set of pedagogies, curricula and practices, while also providing targeted support to students who might otherwise flounder at large community colleges.

October 19, 2016 | 1 comment
Measure A backers hope to put dent in affordable-housing crisis

The $1 billion bond measure includes assistance for moderate-income households
What some officials say is the most significant measure in Santa Clara County history to help low- and moderate-income residents find affordable housing will come before voters on Nov. 8.

October 19, 2016 | 4 comments
Weekend rain totals beat all of October 2015

Since Thursday evening most places in the Bay Area got more rain than in all of October of last year, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

October 17, 2016 | 2 comments
FEMA funds retrofits for Loma Prieta quake anniversary

Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, which killed 63 people in Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, damaged 12,000 homes and 2,600 businesses, causing an estimated $6 billion in damage.

October 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Update: Man shot in Los Altos Hills neighborhood incident today

Investigators are working to identify a suspect in a shooting today (Oct. 14) that left a man injured in a quiet Los Altos Hills neighborhood and forced residents to briefly shelter in place, a Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman said.

October 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Hospital CEO's severance payout could reach $834,200

The El Camino Hospital board of directors said their goodbyes to hospital president and CEO Tomi Ryba Wednesday night, approving a severance agreement that guarantees as much as $834,200 in payments to her over the next year.

October 14, 2016 | 13 comments
Uber driver arrested after alleged assault on parking enforcement officer

Police arrested a 62-year-old Uber driver in downtown Mountain View after he allegedly confronted a parking-enforcement police assistant and backed his car into the police vehicle while being issued a ticket.

October 14, 2016 | 19 comments
When Irish eyes are smiling

'Outside Mullingar' is a rewarding rom-com
Set in a peaceful and fleetingly prosperous contemporary Ireland, "Outside Mullingar," now offered by TheatreWorks, is a quirky, character-driven pastorale that offers at least the plausible hope of a happy resolution.

October 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Opposition mailer draws backlash from rent-control groups

Protests scheduled against apartment association
Bay Area rent-control supporters are submitting a formal complaint against the California Apartment Association for what they are calling a deceptive mass mailer designed to resemble a report from the nonpartisan California Legislative Analyst's Office.

October 13, 2016 | 15 comments
Hip Hop, Street Art, and Muslim Cool

Stanford University professor Samy Alim will lead a panel discussion on "Hip Hop, Street Art, and Muslim Cool" with perfomers Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Mark Gonzales, and Iraqi-Canadian artist Narcy, on Friday, Oct 14.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
First major storm of rainy season to start today

A potent early season storm is expected to bring rain, wind and coastal flooding to the Bay Area starting Thursday and lasting through part of Saturday, officials with the National Weather Service said.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Election 2016: Mountain View voters face dueling rental measures

Rival camps tout their proposal as less risky, expensive
Perhaps the most consequential choice in this election cycle, Mountain View voters will decide between competing ballot initiatives that seek to curb the runaway rental market -- or choose to reject them both.

October 13, 2016 | 58 comments
Election 2016: Council race finds Mountain View at pivotal juncture

Housing, transportation top each candidate's platform
Mountain View stands at the proverbial crossroads in the coming days as voters choose four City Council candidates from a roster of eight. In essence, majority control is up for grabs as the council prepares for major decisions regarding proposals including dozens of gigantic office and residential projects already in the pipeline.

October 14, 2016 | 19 comments
Feds close sex-discrimination investigation at Stanford University

Four separate Office for Civil Rights cases remain open
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has "administratively closed" one of five investigations into violations of federal gender-equity law Title IX at Stanford University, an Education Department spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

October 12, 2016 | 4 comments
Suspicious item on Foothill campus found to be harmless

An administration building at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills was briefly evacuated today because of a suspicious item found in a bathroom
that was later deemed harmless, a school spokeswoman said.

October 11, 2016 | 2 comments
Major fixes needed for high school buildings

New report shows aged classrooms and facilities need to be fixed or replaced
Mountain View and Los Altos high schools may look radically different in the coming years as the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District prepares for an onslaught of 500 additional students at campuses already packed to the brim.

October 12, 2016 | 4 comments
CSA takes its show on the road

Converted RV will make food pantry deliveries throughout North County
The Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos has long been a bastion of support services for low-income and homeless residents of North County. But a limitation has been that some residents needing help can't make the trek to downtown Mountain View.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Police investigating suspicious item on Foothill College campus

Police are investigating a suspicious item found in a Foothill College bathroom in Los Altos Hills this afternoon, a school spokeswoman said.

October 11, 2016 | 4 comments
Wong takes big lead in Foothill-De Anza fundraising

Cupertino councilman raised over $54,000 through Sept. 24 in bid for board seat
Cupertino City Councilman Gilbert Wong has raised the most cash out of the six candidates vying for a seat on Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees, according to recent campaign finance reports.

October 11, 2016 | 4 comments
Three MVHS teens arrested over social media threats

Police arrested three Mountain View High School students Monday after they allegedly made threats against students and staff on social media over the weekend.

October 10, 2016 | 18 comments
No charges filed against Stanford student arrested for rape

Campus police continue to investigate separate sexual-assault report
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office will not file charges against a male Stanford University graduate student arrested for allegedly raping a 28-year-old woman on campus on Sept. 24, Bay City News Service reported Friday.

October 10, 2016 | 2 comments
Korean classics

Soups, kimchi shine at Song Pa on Villa Street
If your knowledge of Korean food starts and ends at kimchi, then Song Pa in Mountain View offers an easy introduction; if you are looking for the latest in jjajangmyeon, bingsu or tteokguk, you might need to go elsewhere.

October 10, 2016 | 3 comments
Bay Area rain predicted for Thursday, Friday

Officials with the National Weather Service are predicting rain toward the end of the week in the Bay Area.

October 10, 2016 | 7 comments
Sales at a glance: Top sale is $11 million

Palo Alto real estate recently sold for between $727,000 and $4.1 million, according to this week's column.

October 7, 2016 | No comments yet