Natalie Arbatman

Natalie Arbatman, Reporter

Natalie is a general assignment reporter, producing human-interest stories. Natalie is currently a co-editor-in-chief at the Mountain View High School Oracle. Natalie is a senior at Mountain View High School, and joined the Post in January 2021.


Life-size bears in Downtown Los Altos have residents roaring with excitement

STORY BY NATALIE ARBATMAN, PHOTOS BY MIA BASSETT For an average person, seeing herds of 8-foot-tall bears stalking downtown corners might be frightening, pee-your-pants scary even, but not for the accustomed residents of Los Altos. The Los Altos Rotary Club’s most recent public art project has scattered dozens of painted fiberglass bears around the city,…

Not so terrible: Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra takes a different approach to playing ensemble music

STORY BY NATALIE ARBATMAN, PHOTOS COURTESY THE TERRIBLE ADULT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Wearing casual weekend clothes with their hair down, 70 people sit in folding chairs eating snacks and chatting about their week. It’s hard to guess from their appearance, but each of these 70 people is a musician, about to play hours of classical music. …

Aurum and authenticity: Modern Indian restaurant strives to bring hidden gems of Indian cuisine to the mainstream

STORY BY NATALIE ARBATMAN AND AVNI RAJAGOPAL, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY No restaurant displays what the gold standard of authenticity can be more than Aurum. With a name literally meaning gold in Latin, the modern Indian establishment in Downtown Los Altos strives to showcase Indian cuisine just as pure as its namesake. Aurum was founded…

Palo Alto students organize local Vote16 chapter to lower voting age

STORY BY NATALIE ARBATMAN, PHOTOS COURTESY VOTE16 PALO ALTO When the school board approved a reopening plan after both of Palo Alto High School’s student representatives voted ‘nay,’ a group of Palo Alto teens realized that students don’t have a voice in local politics unless they can vote.  “It seemed like [student] demands sort of…

Mountain View, Palo Alto police release footage of June 2020 K-9 mauling of innocent man

STORY BY NATALIE ARBATMAN, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY The Mountain View and Palo Alto police departments Tuesday released bodycam footage from an incident in June in which a Palo Alto police K-9 mistakenly attacked Mountain View resident Joel Alejo. Alejo is suing the City of Palo Alto for $20 million in damages.  According to a…

Artist of the month: From almonds to album: Palo Alto band connects through music

STORY BY NATALIE ARBATMAN AND AGNES MAR, PHOTOS COURTESY METRO The stereotypical high school garage band features so-so music and overly baggy cargo shorts, but Metro is no typical high school band. Metro, a self-described “dream pop” band, consisting of four members from the Palo Alto area, said that its practices feel like “hangouts” because…

The missing perspective: Mountain View’s RV residents shed light on their daily struggles, the real impact of Measure C and empathy

STORY BY NATALIE ARBATMAN AND CARLY HELTZEL, PHOTOS BY CARLY HELTZEL When Janet Stevens goes for a walk down her street, just like anyone else, she’ll strike up a conversation and smile warmly, talking to her equally friendly neighbors.  But after they watch her cross the road and enter her home, something changes: People avoid…