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El Camino Hospital takes $11 million hit this year OFFICIALS PLAN TO UP REVENUE THROUGH ‘PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY MEASURES’ By Andrea Gemmet

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Pot club opens in Shoreline area, against city’s wishes WELL-HEELED LAWYER MATT LUCERO SAYS HE’S READY FOR LEGAL BATTLE believed the city would allow them to open dispensaries legally sometime in the next year. City Council members met in closed session on Tuesday night to discuss a potential lawsuit

nie Quinn said the council had decided to “initiate an action” he City Council decidagainst the pot club, but declined ed Tuesday to take legal to say what that action would be action against the first until it actually happened. known storefront pot club in If the city does move forward Mountain View, with legal action, “I operated by a mulam absolutely ready timillionaire lawyer “We have very considerable financial for them,” Lucero who says he is ready said Wednesday. resources and the backing of some He said he believes for a legal fight. Lawyer Matt Luclaw supersedes really, really hard-hitting lawyers.” state ero and his nephthe city’s moratoew Jesse opened a rium. MATT LUCERO medical marijuana “We have very dispensary called considerable finanBuddy’s on April 10 in a ware- meant to close the dispensary. cial resources and the backing of house at 2632 Bayshore Parkway. The city considers the club to be some really, really hard-hitting Its opening came as a surprise to illegal under a moratorium on lawyers — people who have won city officials, and to other pro- pot clubs the council approved See POT, page 9 spective pot club operators who in February. City attorney JanBy Daniel DeBolt

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l Camino officials say there are several reasons why their financial picture isn’t as rosy as expected, but the bottom line is clear: The Mountain View hospital and its affiliates have a shortfall of about $11 million so far for this fiscal year. Hospital officials said the struggling economy is affecting hospitals everywhere, but that El Camino is taking swift measures to increase productivity and improve performance. “Because of our revenue performance, we’ve been living out of our savings account to a small degree. That’s a trend we don’t want to continue,” said hospital CFO Marla Marlow, who presented the year-to-date financials as of February during the hospital board’s April 14 meeting. While revenues are up compared with last year, they are still running below budgeted projections, Marlow said. “The investment income is down. We had to liquidate some investments to cover our costs for the month,” she said. There’s no shortage of patients, but El Camino is seeing a different mix of patients that is bringing in less revenue, Marlow said. Fewer babies are being delivered, fewer elective surgeries are being scheduled, and more ailments are being treated medically rather than surgically. El Camino is also seeing a higher percentage of uninsured or “self-payer” patients, Marlow said. Lower reimbursements for Medicare patients are also a factor. “The sky is not falling, but it’s imperative we get started on revenue enhancements and productivity improvements,” said

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board member David Reeder. The $11.3 million in net income loss includes January’s $8 million write-down of uncollectible bills, said hospital spokeswoman Chris Ernst. Hospital officials made the decision in March to take a onetime write-down rather than to spread it out, she said. “While the year-to-date losses are $11 million, what we are doing about it is important to consider. We have already been putting productivity and efficiency measures in place in early winter,” Ernst said. “We’ve identified hundreds of initiatives that are already underway, with a benefit of $50 million to $70 million in the next nine months.” See EL CAMINO, page 14

Architect’s words inspire City Council .By Daniel DeBolt

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n a council meeting intended to focus on the redevelopment of the Shoreline area Tuesday, famous green architect and designer William McDonough stole the show with a multimedia presentation full of big ideas and practical concepts. By the time McDonough was finished at 10 p.m., council member Laura Macias suggested the council take his ideas beyond the Shoreline area to the entire city. See COUNCIL, page 11

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Former city manager Dick DeLong dies

City taps Utah chief to head fire department

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ichard “Dick” DeLong, Mountain View’s city manager from 1973 to 1976, died April 11 in his home near San Luis Obispo after a long struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 79. “He’s probably the most extraordinary city manager I ever knew,” said Phil Rose, an intern and assistant to DeLong during his three years here. Before running Mountain View, DeLong was the longestserving city manager of Milpitas, spending Dick DeLong 11 years there. He retired in 1990 after 14 years as city manager of San Mateo. What set DeLong apart was his sense of humor and a love of art. He once had his wife redirect traffic so he could trace an ornate manhole cover onto a piece of felt, which he hung on his wall for many years, Rose said. While in Mountain View, DeLong had an unusually active internship program, with as many as eight interns at a time. His predecessor, John O’Halloran, usually had only two. “The organization had a hard time with that,” Rose said. “We were sort of unruly. But we got a lot of things done. He was trying to get kids involved in local government.” It worked: Many of those interns went on to become city managers and department heads. Rose became city manager of Placerville, then Los Altos. Many large city projects were underway with DeLong at the helm, including the revitalization of downtown and the creation of Shoreline Park. But some cited DeLong’s biggest accomplishments as more to do with day-today activities, such as involving more community members in decisions and making the city budget easier to understand. Current city manager Kevin Duggan was also inspired by DeLong, who he first met when See DELONG, page 10

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Shawn Hatten feeds a practice dummy as Asnakech Gebre watches and Ramsina Mikhalzadeh helps during a patient care practice session at the Adult School’s nursing assistant class.

Laid-off workers turn to nursing ADULT SCHOOL’S AFFORDABLE CLASSES POPULAR FOR THOSE EYEING CAREER IN MEDICINE By Kelsey Mesher

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t the medical and nursing assistant classes run by the Mountain ViewLos Altos Adult School, the impact of the recession is clear: Ask the students who has recently been laid off and hands shoot up around the room. And while many agree that losing a job pushed them toward a career shift, the students have high hopes and ambitions for their futures in

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the field of medicine. “I had been a private caregiver for 10 years, and my client passed away,” said Mountain View resident Carmen Marti-

nez, a student in the Certified Nursing Assistant program. “I had been certified before, but my license expired; with my license not up to date I can’t go to a hospital or agency to look for a job.” “I need to make more money and there are no jobs in my area,” said Gilberto Soza of San Jose, who was laid off from a retail position. He added, “I like helping people, and I like See RECESSION, page 6

Someone help those poor Madrigals! MVHS SINGERS TRAPPED IN PARIS DUE TO ICELANDIC VOLCANO By Andrea Gemmet

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ue to unforeseen circumstances, the Mountain View High School Madrigals have spent the past week trapped in Paris. But they’re making the best of it. The singers learned during their “farewell dinner” last week that, thanks to an erupting volcano in Iceland, they would not be heading home April 16 as scheduled. The 40 students who sing in the choir, plus parent chaperones, choir

director Jill Denny and a couple of accompanists, have been figuring out ways to pass the time in the City of Lights while they wait for airports to reopen and air travel to resume. With a little luck, they will be flying home on Thursday, April 22, one week late. Though there are worse places to be stuck, the situation wasn’t always fun for the students. “At first the kids were excited, but as the day went on, there was anxiety,” said parent chaperone Cynthia Haines, whose daughter, junior

Beth De Vogelaere, sings in the madrigal choir. “The kids are upset that they’re missing boyfriends, birthdays, tests, you name it.” The madrigal choir, which goes on an annual international tour, performed Renaissance vocal music in London at St. Paul’s Cathedral before heading to Paris and singing at Notre Dame. But the plume of volcanic ash sweeping across Europe has transformed the two-week trip into a

radley C. Wardle, a veteran firefighter from Utah, will head the Mountain View Fire Department beginning on April 30, city officials said. Wardle is currently chief of the West Jordan City Fire Department in Utah. He was tapped recently by city manager Kevin Duggan to fill MVFD’s top slot, which Bradley Wardle has been empty ever since Chief Michael Young retired in August after 21 years in Mountain View. (Police Chief Scott Vermeer has been serving as interim fire chief.) Duggan said Wardle is a highly regarded fire chief in Utah. “He’s very knowledgeable from a technical perspective, he has very strong experience, but the thing that really set him apart is he’s a very effective leader at the department-head level,” said Duggan. “We’re very pleased to be able to attract someone of his quality. I think he’ll be an excellent fire chief.” Wardle has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s in consumer studies and economics, both from the University of Utah. He earned an associate’s degree in fire science from Utah Valley State College. Wardle served as fire chief in West Jordan City from 2004 to 2007, and again from 2008 until the present. During his year away he was an administrator and faculty member at the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy at Utah Valley University. He is a past president of the Utah Fire Chiefs Association, Duggan said. Wardle’s salary will be $190,000 a year to head the department, which has five fire stations and approximately 85 employees, Duggan said. V

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The Mountain View High School Madrigals in Paris.

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three-weeks-and-counting trip. “We saw Delta (Airline) employees at the laundromat, and they didn’t know any more than we did,� Haines said Monday in a phone interview from Paris. “Every day they say, ‘Tomorrow we’ll see,’ but every day everything is canceled.� Despite the stress, Haines said the extra week in Paris is going well. The group, 54 people in total, is still ensconced in its hotel near the Eiffel Tower overlooking the Seine River. “We’re very lucky we didn’t go to the airport first,� said choir director Denny. “If we had, we’d have been swimming home by now.� Instead, with help from their Parisian tour guide, the group has gotten to experience a lot more of Paris. They’ve picnicked on a small island in the Seine, staved off homesickness with burgers and fries from the Hard Rock Cafe, and taken a day trip to Versailles, Haines said. They’ve strolled past the Louvre museum at night, and gone bowling.

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medicine.� In the medical assistant class, students prepare for work in hospitals, clinics and private practices. They practice taking vital signs, drawing blood and other essential skills. Mountain View resident Deseree Williams works as a substitute teacher at a local day care center, but decided she needed to commit to something more long-term. She was drawn to medicine because, she said, her father died of a heart attack when she was young. “You want a permanent career,� said Williams, who is training to become a medical assistant. “In the medical field, there’s always an

The students even gave an impromptu performance in a picturesque alleyway with good acoustics. Musicians from a private party nearby heard them and invited them over, Haines said. “They played, we sang — we had a whole impromptu little concert. We’ve had magical moments like that,� she said. Haines said she’s been impressed at how Denny has kept the group calm and organized. “The kids all miss their families, they’re concerned that they’re falling behind in school, but all that aside, they are trying to make the most of it,� Denny said. “We’re seeing all the parts of Paris we missed the first time around.� The American Church in Paris is lending the group rehearsal space while its school is on vacation, Denny said. “People have been bending over backwards to make it nice for us,� she said. Besides the stress of keeping a large group of teenagers safe and happy, adults on the trip are fretting over how to pay for the unexpectedly long sojourn in Paris.

“We are running up credit cards,� Denny said. She estimates that every extra day in France is costing roughly 100 Euros per person, “and that’s not us being extravagant,� she said. Denny said she looked into finding a cheaper hotel, relocating to a campground, or even taking the train to a less expensive country like Spain.But lots of other stranded travelers have had the same ideas, so the group has had to stay put, Denny said. Plans are in the works for a fundraiser to defray the mounting costs of the trip, Denny said. The group might hold a concert and serve chocolate lava cakes, or it may make a CD of recordings from its European performances, she said. “We’re going to find ways to use their music to make some money,� Denny said. Anyone interested in helping support the Mountain View High School Madrigals can contact Denny at jill.denny@mvla.net.

opportunity no matter where you go. People always need health care and health care professionals.� “I think that’s why everyone’s here — for a secure job,� she said. The local high school district’s Adult School classes cost between $550 and $750 — thousands of dollars less than private vocational programs. “We try to keep ours low-cost for the students,� said Brenda Harris, assistant director of the Adult School. “In this economy, people have trouble affording the $550.� Maintaining the program has been a priority for the Adult School, even though it had to cut more than $1 million from its budget last year and faces more cuts this year. “I decided to take the course through Mountain View because

it’s less expensive than other programs,� said Andrea Johnson, of Sunnyvale. “When you have three kids, economy matters.� Johnson said she has been out of the workforce for seven years to take care of her children, including a son with special needs. She had been a nursing assistant before, but needed to renew her certification. Her goal is to eventually become a registered nurse. “We know right now that health care is a fast growing field,� Harris said. She said many students use the nursing and medical assistant courses as a stepping-stone into medical careers. “We want to train people and give them a new opportunity and give them a better financial status to help their families,� she said.

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his week began badly for rail passengers after two apparently unrelated bomb scares, one in downtown Mountain View, disrupted service Monday evening. Those incidents were followed by another Caltrain delay Tuesday morning when a car stalled on the tracks in Palo Alto. The Mountain View incident resulted in the closure of the VTA Light Rail station in downtown Mountain View on Monday night after someone noticed a suspicious bag in the area at around 7:15 p.m., according to Valley Transportation Authority spokesperson Brandi Childress. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office responded to the station, which remained closed until about 9:30 p.m., she said. A “bus bridge” was set up to take passengers between the Mountain View and Whisman stations. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Rick Sung told the Voice the bag was a duffel containing a battery with soldered wires. The department’s bomb squad used a water cannon to safely dispose of the bag, he said, and bomb technicians are

investigating the remnants of what appear to be a small electronic device to determine if it actually was an explosive. The closure also affected some Caltrain service in the area, which had experienced its own problems earlier that day after a bomb threat was called in to the agency, halting all trains between San Francisco and Millbrae for several hours. According to Caltrain spokesperson Christine Dunn, someone called Caltrain at about 2:45 p.m. Monday claiming there was a bomb on one of the southbound trains leaving San Francisco. Trains were inspected by transit police, and 150 passengers and crew aboard one train were evacuated and taken by bus to Millbrae. Caltrain resumed to full service later that afternoon. On Tuesday morning, trains were again delayed after a car stalled on the tracks in Palo Alto, according to Dunn. It was not hit by a train and no one was injured, she said. All trains reportedly were back on schedule as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. No one was hurt in any of the incidents. Bay City News contributed to this report.

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pect was wearing an ankle monitor, he said, and was on probation for assault on a police officer. He was booked into juvenile hall. — Andrea Gemmet

EPA MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING AT COPS A man suspected of firing a gun at two police officers during a traffic stop in East Palo Alto on Tuesday was arrested early Thursday morning on Calderon Avenue in Mountain View, police said. After four hours of negotiations with Mountain View’s SWAT team, Miguel Alvarado, 20, was taken into custody without incident at about 4:30 a.m. He was found inside a Mountain View apartment at 210 Calderon Ave. where his 18-yearold girlfriend reportedly lives. Police said Alvarado shot at two officers Tuesday morning, then fled. No one was injured. Alvarado has reportedly been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, carrying a loaded weapon and giving a false identity to police. — Staff Reports APRIL 23, 2010 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■

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ountain View police say they seized more than $100,000 worth of marijuana plants growing in a house near Aptos after a local dealer arrested by officers led them to the operation. Mountain View police Sgt. Pete De La Ossa said the case began when a patrol officer arrested a suspected drug dealer. The investigation stemming from that initial arrest, which is still ongoing, led police to Campbell resident Anthony Contento, 29, so police set up a meeting, De La Ossa said. Contento was arrested April 2 in Sunnyvale on charges of possessing marijuana for sale, and was booked into county jail.

“He’s got a substantial amount of marijuana on him, and there’s also evidence in his vehicle that he has a grow (pot growing operation) someplace,” he said. According to De La Ossa, the “grow” turned out to be an indoor marijuana nursery in a house in a rural part of unincorporated Aptos in Santa Cruz County. Officers who searched the house April 14 and found fertilizer, grow lights, marijuana plants and a “large amount of currency,” he said. Police aren’t releasing the name of the first suspected drug dealer because they believe his safety is in jeopardy. De La Ossa said he didn’t believe the operation is part of any legitimate medicinal marijuana dispen-

sary as allowed under California’s Proposition 215. He declined to give the location of the dispensary it supplied, but said it is in Santa Clara County and has a connection to Mountain View. “What got him into trouble — although he may allege in court that it was all for medicinal use under Prop. 215 — is he made errors, based on our investigation, that shows he is not compliant with the laws,” De La Ossa said. “Some folks are trying to hide behind the Compassionate Use Act.” De La Ossa said Mountain View police do not go after legitimate medicinal marijuana dispensaries that operate within the law: “If they’re compliant, we leave them alone.” V

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California Supreme Court cases,” Lucero said. “We’re going to stay.” Some of those financial resources may come from Lucero himself, who said he made his millions working as a lawyer for large tech companies. “I’ve been significantly a millionaire for many years,” he said. Originally from Staten Island, Lucero has lived in the county since 1988 and currently resides in Campbell. He said the dispensary isn’t about making money or making a political point: “It’s about getting medicine to people who need it — people who are fighting AIDS and fighting cancer. I will absolutely continue to fight for the rights of the seriously ill residents of Santa Clara County.” The dispensary opened to the chagrin of prospective pot club operator Brian David, who wanted to work cooperatively with the city to open a pot club in the same Shoreline industrial neighborhood. “Personally I feel he is breaking the law, and being an attorney does not make him above the law so he should be arrested, fined or both,” David said in an e-mail. He added that pot club regulations could be approved by the council later this year, so he worried that the city would try to pass on a lawsuit against the dispensary. Lucero said he picked Mountain View because it appeared that the City Council was relatively supportive of dispensaries. While a majority of council members supported the idea of allowing dispensaries in a February meeting, the council wanted more time to create regulations on them and placed a temporary ban on them

Buddy’s offers several different varieties of marijuana. MICHELLE LE

starting in March. Because of that moratorium, the city had rejected an application for a business license by the operators of Buddy’s. The pot club’s “discreet” location on Bayshore Parkway was selected in respect for concerns from city officials, Lucero said. “If you don’t know it is here you are going to drive right by it, which is exactly how we want it,” he said. A look inside The dispensary is located in a warehouse building that is partly used by Intuit for storage (Intuit has no connection to the pot club). On display in small jars are the various strains of marijuana for sale, which Lucero said are legally grown by collective members. Inside, electronic music bounces off the pink walls and blackand-white floor. A large mural of the Virgin Mary is one of the first works by local artists that the collective hopes to have on display. The place is well fortified: An alarm system uses laser beams to alert police to break-ins, heavy bars are installed over the windows, and soon security cameras will be installed. Prospective club members are directed into a waiting room made from covered cyclone fence,

where their doctor’s notes are verified before a membership card is issued. Members are then allowed through a locked door into the dispensary. “No one gets through that caged area unless we’ve verified their doctor’s recommendation,” Lucero said. “We do not distribute to non-members ever, ever.” The pot club had over 100 members join in the first week and took in $4,000 in sales, Lucero said. Lucero said he hopes the pot club will be a “very positive community center” where artists can display their art and medi-pot users can take classes about how to grow their own marijuana. Buddy’s is a nonprofit, and its surplus revenue will be available to local charities and other nonprofits, Lucero said. According to Lucero, the dispensary has already been visited by Mountain View police, a building code enforcement officer, city attorney Quinn, city manager Kevin Duggan, planning director Randy Tsuda and council members John Inks and Tom Means. “I assured them it would be lawful,” he said. V

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Duggan was a student at San Jose State University. He went to a career day event and found DeLong sitting behind a table. “He told me what being a city manager was all about,” Duggan said, calling him “encouraging” and an “inspiration.” DeLong’s wife Edwina said that during their 56 years of marriage, “It was a really interesting life. I appreciated his world.” “Each city was unique in its own style and you learned about people that lived there,” Edwina said. “It was always a joy. He loved his work.” She said the family had a running joke that he could be fired at any given council meeting — even for “parting his hair

“It’s harder to take time off to run or raise funds,” during the recession, said Crank, who has run twice for Mountain View City Council. “In my current Leadership Mountain View class” — a common stepping stone for candidates — “a lot of people are self-employed and don’t have the extra funding they had before. It’s just a difficult time to try to do something like that. With the incumbent situation, it’s like, ‘Why even try to do it?’” Other reasons not to run might include the difficult budget cuts council members are sure to make next year as the city deals with ongoing general fund deficits of around $4 million a year. Council members have also complained about the long hours and low pay, which voters refused to increase a few years ago. Mayor Ronit Bryant has said her $500a-month stipend equals less than minimum wage. (Council members also receive health benefits, paid travel expenses and Shoreline Amphitheatre tickets.) If anyone does intend to run, the clock is ticking. “To gear up and run a serious campaign does take time and preparation,” Abe-Koga said. “I remember the first time I ran — you do need to start early and get your campaign together and organized.” The nomination period for candidates begins in July and ends in early August. Information for prospective candidates can be found at www.mountainview.gov. V

wrong.” But thankfully he never was, Edwina said. DeLong charmed city councils with his sense of humor. And he loved working through controversies and remaining friends with those he disagreed with, Edwina said. After DeLong retired from San Mateo in 1990, he traveled the world with Edwina. They bought a Volkswagen camper van in Frankfurt and camped all over Europe “like hippies,” she said. DeLong passed away at a hospital near his home in Arroyo Grande. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Linda and Carol; and two granddaughters, Cora Ann and Theodora Joy. Funeral services will not be held at his request. V

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“I want to see green roofs allover Mountain View,� Macias said, referring to one of the building design ideas he presented The council agreed that McDonough’s talk was “eye opening� and decided to delay its discussion on how to rewrite the city’s blueprint for the Shoreline area in order to have more time to digest what he had said. “You are designers,� McDonough told the council, after having called Thomas Jefferson one as well. “You have one of the greatest opportunities and assignments on the planet,� he said presumably referring to the city’s update of its General Plan, a blueprint for future development in Mountain View. “The question is not growth or no growth, but what do you want to grow?� he said. McDonough advocated a for a rich, diverse city with buildings that acted like “living organisms,� using sunlight for power and living roofs to make use of rainwater, among other things. Google had previously hired McDonough to design a state-of-the-art green office building at the corner of Amphitheatre Parkway and Shoreline Boulevard, which has yet to be built, as well as a “McDonough master plan� for a transportation hub and housing on Shoreline Boulevard. He was also instrumental designing the “Sustainability Base,� a building now under construction at NASA Ames which is billed as the greenest government building in the country. But McDonough’s time Tuesday was paid for by the city, said planning director Randy Tsuda. He called for a complete change in consciousness — for the council to stop in its tracks and go the opposite direction. Paraphrasing a quote by Albert Einstein, he said the problems of global warming and rising Bay levels could not be solved by “the same consciousness that created it.� He called into question the city’s approach of setting goals for lowered greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years. “Being less bad is not

being good,� McDonough said. “It’s simply being bad, just less so.� He said design was a “signal of intentions,� and that it was more important for the city to identify its values and principles first instead of using “metrics� to measure reductions in greenhouse gases. McDonough pointed to YouTube’s buildings in San Bruno as an example the benefits of green roofs. Native grass is grown on the roof there, where storm water is held and filtered before it runs into the drain, allowing the building to behave like a “living organism,� he said, adding that the same idea saved Ford Motor Co. $35 million that would have otherwise been spent on traditional storm water infrastructure. China, he said, is planning to build green roofs everywhere in order to mitigate a huge loss in farmland as cities expand. McDonough showed a picture of Chinese farmers growing rice on a rooftop. Also advocated by McDonough are buildings built with a flexibility of uses — office buildings that could be easily converted to housing, for example. McDonough called on the city to allow “mixed-use everywhere and live/work everywhere, not zoning this and zoning that and trying to put an umbilical chord between them.� That comment could be directed at the Shoreline office parks area, where the city is considering various options to connect Google and other businesses to the downtown transportation hub and residential areas. McDonough’s presentation was followed by brief comments from George Salah, Google’s director of facilities, who said Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin have refused to be anything but innovative when it comes to the urban design and architecture of its campuses. Addressing the question of whether homes should be built in the Shoreline area for Google workers, Salah agreed with McDonough’s concept that new buildings should have the flexibility a change of uses, from retail to office to housing.

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Academic Performance Index and federal Adequate Yearly Progress results. A school’s success in narrowing the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students is also a factor. “This award exemplifies the Landels community — a place full of people who care about and look after every child,” said Landels principal Carmen Mizell in a press release. Landels is one of 35 Santa Clara County public schools selected for the award this year. — Andrea Gemmet

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This Saturday, April 24, the annual Spring Parade will march down Castro Street for its 32nd year. This year’s theme is “Explore the Great Outdoors.” The parade starts at noon and ends at Pioneer Park, where there will be activities for kids, food, music and live entertainment. The parade will happen rain or shine, the city says, but fortunately good weather is forecasted. More info can be found at www.mountainview.gov. — Daniel DeBolt

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attorney, sheriff and superior court judge positions, candidates will answer voters’ questions at two upcoming forums hosted by the League of Women Voters. The first forum, which will have candidates for superior court judge, will be held on Saturday, April 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road. The second forum, which will have candidates for both the district attorney and sheriff races, will be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Los Altos Public Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos. For more information, contact the League of Women Voters of Los Alto/Mountain View at (650) 941-4846 or visit www.lwvlamv. org.

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Those initiatives should continue to enhance revenue over the next three to five years, she said. Ernst described the initiatives as “a comprehensive approach” that looks at everything from daily procedures to supply chains to how the hospital charges and collects for services. “Our goal is to avoid layoffs,” she said. Board member Reeder stressed that the initiatives — dubbed “ACE” for “Accelerating Continuous Excellence” — won’t negatively affect the quality of care at the hospital. “Our No. 1 goal and priority is the quality of care of our patients,” Reeder said. While El Camino Los Gatos, opened less than a year ago, is performing below budgeted projections, the budget gap is not attributable to it, officials said. “They (Los Gatos) have been doing really well. It looks like

— Ellen Huet they’re off from the budget, but we didn’t have any historical data,” Ernst said. “Most of this is due to Mountain View challenges, the changes we are seeing in our business, and reimbursement rates.” New board member Meanwhile, the hospital board held a special meeting Tuesday night to select a new board member. Patricia Einarson was picked to replace Mark O’Connor, who announced in February that he would be stepping down. Board members cast secret ballots to appoint Einarson on a 3-1 vote, said Ernst. Einarson, a medical doctor who is board certified in family medicine, has a private practice in Mountain View where she specializes in eating disorders. From 2003 to 2004, she served as the co-chief resident at the San Jose Medical Center. She will be sworn in May 12 and her term expires in November. V

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s the city works to stem the fallout from the expiration next year of the downtown revitalization district, caution should prevail in whatever effort is made to replace nearly $5 million a year in revenue. The district was formed back in 1969, when the city’s downtown was a far cry from today’s restaurant row. By taking virtually all of the property tax revenue generated inside the district, the city has been able to focus on building improvements over the years that, by all accounts, have been tremendously successful. But due to restrictions on use of the funds — 20 percent of the income must go to affordable housing and the rest to financing improvements — the loss will not greatly impact the city’s ongoing operations. Instead, funds for sprucing up downtown buildings and streets will no longer be available, a loss that could be felt over time but not in the short term. (None of the district’s Another possibility income can be spent on basic maintenance jobs, such as mowis to attempt to ing grass in the medians or trimextend the life ming street trees.) Nevertheless, the council and of the current city manager are concerned about tax district. losing such a large sum, prompting council members to approve a $625,000 package of studies to find out the impact of several proposals, including charging for parking downtown and forming a business improvement district that would extract fees from downtown businesses to pay for certain improvements. Another possibility is to attempt to extend the life of the current tax district, a move that would not be popular with local school districts, which eventually will get to collect property tax revenue from this region once the district expires (and its debts are fully paid off). At this stage, the city is not certain about all the rules governing a request to extend the district — but after the recent uproar over giving schools a larger share of the Shoreline Improvement District, City Hall should take great care before it attempts to rejuvenate a tax district and cut local schools out of an important revenue stream. If a new district is formed, we believe it would be better for the city to share a significant portion (say 50 percent) of the revenue with local schools. That would address at least some of the income lost to the city, and reduce the possibility that local school supporters will cry foul over an attempt to keep all the revenue in the city coffers. Whatever direction is taken, the city should make sure its consultants conduct a comprehensive survey of downtown merchants and property owners before any decisions are made about paid parking or a business improvement district. The major stakeholders should have their say before a move is made that impacts the entire downtown area.

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ON COUNCIL APPROVAL OF $625K FOR DOWNTOWN STUDIES I think spending more money on the schools is the better investment now, the returns will be greater down the road, plus I expect tech workers can afford to pay a little more for the downtown in the form of parking fees or higher restaurant bills. James, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood UC Berkeley reported that it spent $3 million on a survey to find out where it is wasting money. (I’ll wait a moment while the irony-challenged catch up.) Mountain View is going to spend $625,000 on surveys including $175,000 on parking needs. (Let me guess, we need more parking?) For $625,000, we could have hired a dozen teachers for a year. USA, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood I don’t understand what the council means when they say “There isn’t enough money to keep up downtown’s appearance.” I like to know exactly what services are going into the downtown area that needs the additional tax revenue. This is an area where the city needs to show accountability and allow the residents to have more insight into this dilemma so that we can all provide valuable input into this discussion. Taxpayer, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood Longtime MV residents may

be interested in the opinion of a newer MV resident. My husband and I moved to the area for jobs about three years ago. Last year we decided to purchase a home, and we considered all neighborhoods between San Carlos and Sunnyvale. This is the competition that MV faces: How does the city lure in new residents and convince them to purchase here (and bring with them big increases in property taxes, since longtime residents are all grandfathered in at ridiculously low property tax rates). The new residents are the ones driving up the tax revenue — so that is who the city needs to attract. For us, MV represented the best combination of decent schools, access to public transportation and a nice downtown. Sunnyvale and Cupertino were axed off of the list because they lack a multicultural, enjoyable downtown. In contrast, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Menlo Park have downtowns that feel like overpriced tourist traps to our Midwestern sensibilities. So far, we love MV, and we hope to stay here for a long time. I think improving the schools to the north of El Camino would definitely lure in more new residents and be beneficial for the entire city, but the city council is also correct to worry about sustaining the downtown development. We would have purchased a home near downtown because we enjoy walking there, but the schools worried us, so we bought in Blossom Valley instead. New MV resident, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood

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rtichokes and asparagus say spring to the cook. After a dreary winter of devising a dozen ways to cook chard or broccoli, it’s refreshing to go to the market and stock up on the season’s bounty. As vegetables go, artichokes aren’t easy. They are troublesome to prepare and messy to eat. But inside the thorny exterior is a vegetable that has been prized for its unique flavor since ancient times. Artichokes are thought to be native to Sicily. The plant is mentioned in Greek and Roman literature as far back as 77 A.D. Italians have been cooking artichokes for centuries. They boil

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Baby artichokes rest in a metal basket at Cedro’s Restaurant in Menlo Park.

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them, fry them, bake them, and put them in sauce for pasta. When Italian immigrants came to California in the late 1800s, they soon planted their prickly favorite. The first commercial artichoke fields were planted in Castroville in the 1920s. Castroville proclaims itself the artichoke capital of the world and celebrates with an artichoke festival, which will be held May 15 and 16 this year. Marilyn Monroe, then a young unknown, was crowned the festival’s California Artichoke Queen in 1948. Castroville is also home to the Giant Artichoke restaurant, which serves its favorite vegetable in many ways, from soup to

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wdisho said that she was extremely anxious to start her own Pizzeria Venti right here in Mountain View. “I recognized the uniqueness of our location,” she noted “so I put many resources into the marketing of the location. We continue to offer to our customers many of the dishes I was introduced to in Italy.” So successful was this introduction that Awdisho had to double the size of her kitchen, adding additional equipment to handle the demand. Executive Chef, Marco Salvi, the training chef in Italy, provided many new recipes for use in her restaurant. Chef Marco provided some insight “The ingredients say it all. We work to provide a finished dish which will honor its origins and create a wonderful experience for our customers.”

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Maria Nevigato of Cedro Restaurant holds her artichoke dish.

bread. Judging from restaurant reviews in Yelp, the food is not great, except for the deep fried artichoke hearts. Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero is famous for artichoke soup, made with baby artichoke hearts, cream, chicken broth and other good things. Most of us are familiar with the large globe artichoke, but baby artichokes, long known to Italian cooks, have become trendy in the food world. Both Bon Appetit and Sunset magazines feature them in articles this spring. Baby artichokes are fully mature artichokes that grow closer to the ground, sheltered by the large leaves of the plant. They are easy to cook and prepare because the inner fuzzy portion of the choke does not develop. To prepare them, snap off the lower petals until you reach the yellow-green core. Use a knife and cut of the top half-inch of the baby artichoke. Trim the stems and all remaining dark green areas from the base. Baby artichokes can be steamed over rapid boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes until tender. They may also be grilled, roasted or sauteed. ‘The whole artichoke’ Penne with baby artichokes was one of the pasta specials that Maria Nevigato prepared recently at Cedro Ristorante Italiano in Menlo Park. Cedro is a family affair, with Maria as chef, her daughter Elizabeth as manager, and Elizabeth’s father Giuseppe and brother David helping out. Although not of Italian descent, Maria Nevigato is a “born-again Italian” who learned to cook

from her Italian-born motherin-law, also named Maria. “She was like a second mom to me,” the younger Maria says. Growing up in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, Maria started cooking when she was about 9. One of the first things she learned to make was gnocchi, which she called “little pillows.” Penne with baby artichokes is a dish Nevigato says she can put together easily. “The beautiful thing about it is you can eat the whole artichoke.” Cedro sometimes also features a whole roasted globe artichoke as an a la carte special. It is served with a lemon caper sauce. On the menu An extra-large roasted artichoke, served with shrimp and crab, is the most popular item on the menu at Buck’s of Woodside, according to owner Jamis MacNiven, who says Buck’s sells 15,000 artichokes a year. The roasted artichoke entree is also featured in the WoodHouse Fish Co. restaurants operated in San Francisco by Jamis’ sons, Rowan and Dylan. A popular appetizer at Carpaccio in downtown Menlo Park is an artichoke bottom with bay shrimp and herb sauce. It’s been on the menu for as long as I can remember and is a customer favorite. At Marche restaurant on Santa Cruz Avenue, chef Guillaume Bienaime prepares a barigoule of artichoke, fennel and prosciutto served with California white bass. The Web identifies a barigoule as an artichoke stew, prepared with fresh artiSee ARTICHOKE, page 18

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8FFLFOE NMOVIETIMES Alice in Wonderland (PG) (( Century 16: 11:50 a.m. Fri.-Sun. & Tue.-Thu. also at 2:30 & 5:05 p.m. Century 20: 1:55 & 7:30 p.m.; In 3D at 12:40 & 6:20 p.m. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) Stanford Theatre: Fri 7:30 p.m. The Back-up Plan (PG-13) Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 2:05, 4:45, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 1, 2:20, 3:40, 4:50, 6:15, 7:20, 8:50 & 10 p.m. City Island (PG-13) Century 16: 12:05, 2:50, 5:30, 7:55 & 10:20 p.m. Clash of the Titans (PG-13) (( Century 16: 1, 3:40, 6:25 & 9:20 p.m.; In 3D at 11:40 a.m.; 2:20, 4:50, 7:25 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sun.-Tue. in 3D at 11:50 a.m.; 2:25, 3:30, 5:10, 7:40, 8:55 & 10:25 p.m. Sat at 11:45 a.m.; 3:30, 5:10, 7:40, 8:55 & 10:25 p.m. Date Night (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:55, 9:15 & 10:15 p.m. Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 8:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 12:50, 1:55, 3:10, 4:10, 5:30, 6:35, 7:55, 9 & 10:15 p.m. Death At a Funeral (2010) (R) Century 16: Fri Noon, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10 p.m. Sat Noon, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10 p.m. Sun Noon, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10 p.m. Mon Noon, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10 p.m. Tue Noon, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10 p.m. Wed Noon, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10 p.m. Thu Noon, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10 p Century 20: Fri 12:30, 2:55, 5:35, 8 & 10:20 p.m. Sat 12:30, 2:55, 5:35, 8 & 10:20 p.m. Sun 12:30, 2:55, 5:35, 8 & 10:20 p.m. Mon 12:30, 2:55, 5:35, 8 & 10:20 p.m. Tue 12:30, 2:55, 5:35, 8 & 10:20 p.m. Wed 12:30, 2:55, 5:35, 8 & 10:20 p.m. Thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:35, 8 & Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) (( Century 16: 11:55 a.m.; 2:15, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 1:50, 4:20, 6:50 & 9:10 p.m. Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) Stanford Theatre: Fri 5:55 & 9:15 p.m. Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) Aquarius Theatre: 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 p.m. Flying Down to Rio (1933) Stanford Theatre: Wed 5:50 & 9:15 p.m. Thu 5:50 & 9:15 p.m. 5:50 & 9:15 p.m. The Ghost Writer (PG-13) (((1/2Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 2, 4:55, 7:45 & 10:35 p.m. CinèArts at Palo Alto Square: 1:25, 4:20 & 7:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat. also at 10:10 p.m. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (((( Guild Theatre: 1:15, 4:30 & 8 p.m. Hot Tub Time Machine (R) ((( Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 4:40 & 10:05 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: 12:45, 3:15, 5:45 & 8:15 p.m.; In 3D at 11:30 a.m. Fri., Mon. & Tue. also at 2, 4:35, 7 & 9:25 p.m. Sat. & Sun. also at 4:35, 7 & 9:25 p.m. Wed. & Thu. also at 2, 4:35 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 2:45, 5:40, 8:05 & 10:25 p.m.; In 3D Fri., Sat., Mon. & Tue. at 11:15 a.m.; 1:40, 4:15, 6:55 & 9:20 p.m. Sun. at 11:15 a.m.; 4:15, 6:55 & 9:20 p.m. Wed. & Thu. at 11:15 a.m.; 1:40 & 4:15 p.m. It’s a Gift (1934) Stanford Theatre: Sat 4:55 & 7:30 p.m. Sun 4:55 & 7:30 p.m. Mon 7:30 p.m. Tue 7:30 p.m. The Joneses (R) (( Century 16: 12:20, 3, 5:35, 8 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:15, 4:35, 7:10 & 9:30 p.m. Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D Century 16: Sat. & Sun. at 2 p.m. Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Sat. & Sun. at 2 p.m. Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Kick-Ass (R) ((( Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 12:35, 1:35, 2:40, 3:30, 4:25, 5:25, 6:20, 7:20, 8:10, 9:10 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:10, 1:05, 2:10, 3:05, 3:55, 5, 5:55, 6:45, 7:50, 8:45, 9:45 & 10:40 p.m. La Mission (R) Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 5:05, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. Lady for a Day (1933) Stanford Theatre: Wed 7:30 p.m. Thu 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. The Last Song (PG) Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 2:35, 5:15, 7:55 & 10:30 p.m. The Losers (PG-13) Century 16: 11:45 a.m.; 2:10, 4:45, 7:45 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 & 10:10 p.m. Oceans (G) Century 16: 12:15, 2:55, 5:20, 7:30 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7 & 9:15 p.m. The Secret In Their Eyes (R) Aquarius Theatre: Noon, 2:45, 5:45 & 8:30 p.m. She Done Him Wrong (1933) Stanford Theatre: Sat 6:15 & 8:50 p.m. Sun 6:15 & 8:50 p.m. Mon 6:15 & 8:50 p.m. Tue 6:15 & 8:50 p.m. The Square (R) CinèArts at Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:40 & 7:20 p.m. Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m. Note: Screenings are for Friday through Tuesday only.

AQUARIUS: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) CENTURY CINEMA 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) CENTURY PARK 12: 557 E. Bayshore Blvd., Redwood City (800-326-3264) CENTURY 20 DOWNTOWN: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) CINEARTS AT PALO ALTO SQUARE: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) GUILD: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260) -Skip it --Some redeeming qualities ---A good bet ----Outstanding

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NMOVIEREVIEWS

DATE NIGHT --1/2

(Century 16, Century 20) Canned crises plague longtime marrieds in “Date Night,” the much-hyped teaming of comedy stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey. “Date Night” concerns “a boring married couple from New Jersey”: Phil and Claire Foster. Instead of another dinner at the local steak house, followed by a polite sexual dodge, the Fosters put on their best and head to a New York City hotspot for a dinner they hope will become aphrodisiacal. Things get crazay when the Fosters are mistaken for a couple of crooks who have ticked off the district attorney (William Fichtner), the dirty cops on his payroll (Common and Jimmi Simpson), and a local mobster (Ray Liotta). Rated PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference. One hour, 28 minutes. — P.C.

THE JONESES --

(Palo Alto Square, Century 20) Writerdirector Derrick Borte imagines a scenario in which corporate actors are cast as a family and slyly moved into a community to push products on their new neighbors. David Duchovny plays the neophyte “dad” placed with “mom” Demi Moore and two purportedly teenage children: “daughter” Jenn (Amber Heard) and “son” Mick (Ben Hollingsworth). Moore’s Kate is high-strung about her nuclear family’s productivity, as she’s chasing the dream of rising through the ranks of the company that employs them all (Lauren Hutton). Despite a snappy start, “The Joneses” doesn’t seem to know what to build on its strong satiric foundation, making the narrative results either obvious or difficult to swallow. Rated R for language, some sexual content, teen drinking and drug use. One hour, 36 minutes. — P.C.

KICK-ASS ---

(Century 16, Century 20) What if fanboy zeal inspired a superhero-loving teen to take to the streets — in his own homemade costume — to clean them up and bask in the glory of a grateful citizenry? That’s the idea behind “Kick-Ass,” itself based on a fanboy-fave comic-book series by writer Mark Millar (“Wanted”) and illustrator John Romita Jr. “With no power comes no responsibility,” Dave Lizewski muses, but he’s wrong, of course. When he pulls on his eBaybought wetsuit and prowls the streets as “Kick-Ass,” he’s taking his very life into his hands. Lizewski quickly lands himself in the hospital, lucky to be alive. But that accomplished, the story spins wilder and wilder “what-if”s, throwing Dave (an appealingly nerdy Aaron Johnson) into a world much broader than the walls of his high school. Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use — some involving children. One hour, 57 minutes. — P.C.

NMOVIECRITICS S.T.-Susan Tavernetti, J.A.-Jeanne Aufmuth, T.H.-Tyler Hanley APRIL 23, 2010 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■

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