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Google promises WiFi upgrades AMID COMPLAINTS, THE HIGH-TECH COMPANY COMMITS TO IMPROVING NETWORK By Daniel DeBolt

She says service returned, but hile Google says it is was “noticeably slower” before committed to improv- another blackout over the last ing its network of light- three months. pole mounted WiFi nodes in Perhaps more frustrating is Mountain View, some users say having a service that works they are tired of how unreliable much of the time, and quits the free service has been. unexpectedly. Branyon’s frusSince 2006, residents have been trations mounted when her pulling Google’s daughter’s evening free WiFi internet online homework service into their was interrupted homes using special ‘When you are by Google WiFi signal repeaters, cut off, it’s your failures. She says saving the expense she would have to of paying for an lifeline that’s drive to her office internet provider. in Palo Alto so her been cut off.’ daughter could use But Google’s service has never been the internet late at MARIA VENTURINI as reliable as regunight, something lar internet service, that’s happened users say, and commultiple times. plaints appear to “We will be have increased recently. in middle of an assignment A Google representative told — working, working, workthe Voice that the company is ing — and all of the sudden, no planning upgrades that could internet,” Branyon said. “Then improve the service’s reliability. we have to get in the car and go Old Mill resident Kathleen someplace so she can finish the Branyon says she and her neigh- assignment. That shouldn’t hapbors have had little or no Google pen.” WiFi since Thanksgiving of To Whisman neighborhood 2011. resident Maria Venturini, the “Like many in Mountain View, free service has definitely come we bought one of the recom- with a cost. She said she was buymended WiFi modems, and ing a plane ticket for her husband enjoyed free Google WiFi with to fly to a funeral when the servirtually no hitches until Octo- vice stopped. When she was able ber 2011,” Branyon said in an to finally buy the plane ticket the email. “At that time, we began next day, the price had gone up experiencing periodic service “several hundred dollars.” blackouts, without any warnings, “When you depend on this lasting from a few minutes to service, it costs you money,” several hours. Finally, just before Venturini said. “Most likely we’ll Thanksgiving 2011, our neigh- have to get paid service because borhood, along with several oth- this is not working.” ers, experienced a total blackout, Google has created a hotline which lasted until mid-January See GOOGLE WIFI, page 9 2012.”

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Libbie Katsev, a Los Altos High School senior, is winning acclaim for her writing.

A way with words LAHS SENIOR’S POEMS WIN HER A PLACE IN NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FINALS By Nick Veronin

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Los Altos High School senior has been recognized for her way with words by the National YoungArts Foundation. Mountain View resident Libbie Katsev was one of 152 YoungArts Finalists picked from a pool of about 10,000 applicants from all over the coun-

try and U.S. territories. Thanks to her writing ability, she recently joined the other 151 finalists in Miami for a series of seminars, lectures and speaker panels intended to nurture the young dancers, actors, musicians, writers and visual See TEEN POET, page 12

Council saves Immigrant House By Daniel DeBolt

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he City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to save a tiny home once lived in by migrant workers, but left the fate of the home of early Mountain View businessman Charles Pearson in the hands of a developer who’s anxious to tear it down. The council unanimously

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approved council member Mike Kasperzak’s motion at its Jan. 29 meeting to “take no further action on the Pearson house — its final disposition is solely at the discretion of the developer.” The two homes that now stand at the corner of Villa and Bryant streets downtown must make way for a 21,745 square foot, fourstory office building the council

approved last year. The council agreed to allow developer Roger Burnell move the 400-squarefoot “Immigrant House” on Feb. 17 to the city’s Municipal Operations Control yard on Whisman Road for temporary storage, budgeting $32,000 for the job. The city would then own it. See IMMIGRANT, page 6

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TEEN ATTACKED RIDING BIKE A teenager riding his bicycle in Mountain View on Monday night was seriously injured when an assailant struck him in the head, police said Jan. 29. Police said the victim, a 17-year-old from Mountain View, was riding his bike with a friend in the 2000 block of Latham Street around 8:40 p.m. when an unidentified male emerged from a hidden location and hit him in the head with an object. The attacker then fled, running toward Rengstorff Avenue, and remains at large. The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for a serious head injury, police said. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Mountain View police at (650) 903-6344. — Bay City News Service

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A man punched a woman in the face after she slapped him inside a Mountain View supermarket on Monday afternoon, police said. The confrontation allegedly stemmed from a dispute over the way the man parked his car. The 56-year-old Sunnyvale woman told police that she was punched by a white man in his 30s at about 3 p.m. on Jan. 28 while the two were shopping inside the Lucky’s supermarket at 715 E. El Camino Real, according to Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. The incident allegedly began outside of the store. As both the woman and the man were preparing to enter the Lucky’s, the woman criticized the way the man parked his car — crookedly and presumably taking up more than one space. “Do you really need to park like that?” the woman told police she asked the suspect. Shortly thereafter, the two met again on an aisle inside the supermarket, Thompson said. It is unclear whether the one of them followed the other or the meeting was accidental. Whatever the case, the two began exchanging words, according to the police report. According to the woman, the man made her feel threatened — like he was “coming at her,” Thompson said — and she slapped him. That’s when the man punched her in the mouth and fled. There were no witnesses, Thompson said. Police are looking for the man, who reportedly stood about 6 feet tall and was of a medium build. He wore a dark sweater and dark pants at the time. Security footage may aide the police in their investigation. At this point the woman is being considered the sole victim even though she admits to slapping the man, Thompson said. —Mountain View Voice staff

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Local Air Guardsmen heading to Afghanistan RESCUE WING BRINGS SUPPLIES AND TROOPS By Daniel DeBolt

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roops may soon be withdrawing from Afghanistan but last Thursday, 200 local air guardsmen were heading to the war-torn country in cargo planes loaded at Moffett Field. “Until that (withdrawal) actually happens there’s still people in harm’s way,” said Rescue Wing Commander Steven Butow. “So we’ll be busy. People get hurt and that’s what we’re there for. We’ll rescue coalition members and Afghan nationals, anyone over there who is not a bad guy.” Butow said the Moffett-based 129th Rescue Wing was taking its turn in a rotation to serve for four months in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, where the U.S. military has a presence in countries like Sudan and Somalia. The wing will airlift the dead and wounded and rescue those who can’t be rescued by anyone else. Butow says no members of MICHELLE LE

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New offices to squeeze out more downtown retail By Daniel DeBolt

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ity Council members voted Tuesday to allow a downtown property owner to convert five retail spaces at 783 Castro St. into offices. The switch to higher-paying office tenants would allow own-

ers to pay for building upgrades, including a new roof, facade and electrical systems, said investors and representatives of the Mancini family that owns it. But those concerned with downtown’s walk-ability were not pleased, as the loss of retail would “deaden” that portion of the

street, as council member Ronit Bryant put it. City planners were apparently concerned as well, bringing the conversion to the council’s attention, even though ground-floor office use is allowed by that portion of downtown’s zoning. “I find those stores make it

more interesting to walk on Castro Street,” said Bryant. “The rendering here is of a fairly blank facade. It makes it even more different to walk up the street to whatever businesses are trying to stay. It is part of deadening Castro Street. I don’t find this an enhancement to the street.”

Likely to be displaced is a law office, a travel agency, a Moroccan gift shop, a salon, an acupuncturist and a chiropractor. “I don’t want to offend any existing tenants but these are lower-end retail uses,” said Bob See DOWNTOWN RETAIL, page 13

Bullis Charter agrees to two-site solution — with strings STIPULATIONS ATTACHED TO ‘BIG COMPROMISE’ WITH LASD By Nick Veronin

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ullis Charter School has agreed to what one official described as a “big compromise” in negotiations with the Los Altos School District — accepting the district’s splitcampus option for the charter, at

least temporarily. But in return for their acquiescence on the dual-site option, BCS has asked for concessions from the district, to which district officials aren’t likely to fully agree. “Bullis Charter School has agreed to the basic framework

of a split-campus proposal by the Los Altos School District as a possible short-term facilities solution if certain key parameters are met,” Ken Moore, chair of the BCS board, announced in a statement on Jan. 23. It might come as a surprise to those who have followed the debate that BCS would accept the option of running the charter school on two separate campuses,

as officials there have continually dismissed the idea in the past. However, it isn’t likely to surprise anyone if the “parameters” that Bullis has proposed turn out to be unacceptable to the Los Altos School District. And it would appear that at least some of the things Bullis officials are asking for will not be handed over so easily from the district.

“I’m really pleased that they’ve made a statement that they’ll accept what we’ve offered them already,” said LASD board member Mark Goines. “But frankly, it’s a little late in our process to ask for a bunch of new stuff.” Too late, Goines said, because the Jan. 23 announcement came just over a week before the disSee BULLIS, page 8

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Los Altos resident Marina Marinovich, whose family lived in the home in the 1920s and 1930s, said she was forming a nonprofit to raise money to restore the Immigrant House. It could cost as much as $227,000, according to the city, though Marinovich says she has received estimates that are a quarter of that. “Ms. Marinovich is very good at her ability to excite people,â€? said council member Ronit Bryant. “I have deep trust in your ability to raise funds.â€? Downtown resident Robert Cox also vouched for Marinovich’s efforts. No one spoke Tuesday in favor of saving the Pearson House, owned by Charles Pearson from 1892 to 1946. In the early 1900s he ran a saloon and then a grocery store on Castro Street. “In all honesty I donĂ­t see a lot of excitement or enthusiasm or interest to save the Pearson house — that’s the dilemma I’m facing right now,â€? said council member Margaret Abe-Koga, who asked city staff to explore the possibility of using it as an affordable housing unit. It appeared likely that the Pear-

son House would be torn down very soon. Burnell said he was “passionately opposed� to the city’s recommendation that a final attempt be made to find someone by March 1 who would willing to relocate the Pearson House. “It would take three to six months to implement if such a person appeared before March 1,� Burnell said. “We would be in a very big loss situation. Steel and concrete contracts would expire. The cost would be enormous.� Council members did not favor spending over $900,000 to relocate and renovate the home as an affordable housing unit on a $500,000 Wright Avenue lot owned by the city, or use it as a dormitory for city employees at the MOC yard. In contrast, a modular home would cost the city only $340,000. Council to decide location “If we could determine the place to to put the house, it would make it easier to raise funds,� Bryant said. The council approved a motion by Bryant to decide how much the city might contribute to restoring the Immigrant House and to figure out soon where to locate it.

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This rendering shows the Immigrant House in Pioneer Park, near the Chamber of Commerce.

Marinovich presented a list of possible locations with pros and cons for each. The favorite is a section of downtown’s Pioneer Park, as it is a popular park and would keep the house in its original neighborhood. Also on the list is Shoreline Park near the Rengstorff House, a city lot on Villa Street and a pair of city

lots on Shoreline Boulevard near Eagle Park. “Parking houses in parks isn’t what I am looking for,� Bryant said, representing the opinion of some council members. “I think the open space lots on Shoreline would be an excellent place,� she said. She noted that neighborhood residents have requested

community gardens there that could be included in a new park with the Immigrant House as a focal point. “It would be fabulous, she said. “It would give people “something exciting to work towards.� Email Daniel DeBolt at ddebolt@mv-voice.com

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he father of a young girl is taking issue with the Mountain View Whisman School District over whether he can delay his daughter’s entry into kindergarten for a year. Previously under California law, parents were allowed to unilaterally hold their children back one full year before starting school, according to Superintendent Craig Goldman. In practice, parents who chose to do so usually started their children in kindergarten at or shortly before the age of 6. Such a child would theoretically remain one year older than his or her classmates all the way through high school. Now, Goldman said, the district is entitled to weigh in on whether it is appropriate for parents to hold a student back — and that is exactly what the district plans to do.

The parent, who asked to remain anonymous because he doesn’t want his other child (currently enrolled in the district) to be treated any differently, said he would have liked to see the district take a hands-off approach. Just because MVWSD officials are allowed to enter into the decision making process, doesn’t mean they should, he said. Goldman said that the district is going to take each request to hold a child back on a case-by-case basis. Even after hearing Goldman’s assurance that children who are not ready to start school will be permitted to stay back an extra year, the father said he was still not satisfied. Parents know their children better than any school official could ever know them, he said. So why should the school be able to override a parent’s decision?

One reason, for the district to have a say, according to Goldman, is that it would be unfair for parents to start holding their children back simply so that they had a competitive advantage -— in other words “parents making a strategic choice to give their children an advantage over other children.” And a representative with the California Department of Education wondered whether children who were held back might feel out of place, especially if their physical development is out of step with that of their peers.

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trict was required to make its yearly preliminary offer of facilities to the charter school. There won’t be time for the district to fully consider whether it is possible to give BCS what it is asking for before the Feb. 1 preliminary offer deadline, he said. On Jan. 28, at the LASD board meeting, the trustees voted to instruct LASD staff to draw up a preliminary offer of facilities that would cost the district about $300,000. That money would cover six portable buildings to be built on the two sites. Five of those portables would be erected at Blach Middle School and one would go at Egan Middle School. The preliminary offer also dictates that Bullis’ footprint would not expand on the Egan campus. However, in accepting the two-site solution, Bullis officials have proposed expanding the footprint of Bullis on the Egan campus, as well as new construction that would cost about $1 million at least, according to Doug Smith, president of the LASD board of trustees. Bullis’ plan also assumes that a preschool located on the Egan campus would be moved. According to Smith, the charter is asking for quite a bit more than the district is prepared to give — even in exchange for accepting the two-campus option. For his part, Moore acknowledged that further negotiation would surely need to occur if the two educational organizations were to come to an agreement based on the most recently proposed framework. “There’s a lot more detail that needs to be worked out,� Moore said. Now that LASD’s board of trustees has voted to move forward with the district’s preliminary offer, it remains to be seen how Bullis will react once it is finalized. Bullis will have a month to consider the preliminary offer before officials there will have to return with requests for changes in March. After that, LASD will have another month to come up with a final facilities offer. Meanwhile the two organizations continue to battle in court over previous years’ facility offers. According to Moore, the charter school is willing to compromise on a temporary two-site solution until a permanent site can be found, because BCS wants to put an end to all the legal fighting. It is certain that LASD would also like to see an end to the legal battles it has waged with the charter school. The question is whether this latest move will bring the two sides any closer to a resolution. V

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s the polarizing national debate over the country’s gun laws unfolds, a community forum on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Mountain View City Hall drew a few dozen Bay Area gun control supporters to discuss ways to become more effective advocates for curbing gun violence. The forum was organized by Sally Lieber, the former Mountain View mayor and state Assemblywoman, to highlight how the public can enter the policy process and compel elected officials to listen to calls for more comprehensive gun regulations. The event drew few, if any pro-gun supporters. One woman in the audience said she had brought a friend to the meeting whom she described as a “responsible gun owner.” But apparently feeling little in common with the rest of those in attendance, the man left shortly after Lieber took to the stage. The woman warned against creating an “echo chamber” of like-minded opinions, and encouraged spreading the group’s message of gun control through reasonable discussions with friends and neighbors. An emphasis on action permeated the meeting as lawmakers across the country begin to review ways to reform the nation’s gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. “For many years we’ve tolerated an extreme level of gun violence and gun accidents in America, but what has changed for us is Newtown,” Lieber said in her opening remarks. “There is something about the human spirit that is not willing to tolerate the death of 20 children ... If we don’t act now, we’re not fulfilling our responsibility as human beings.” Stanford Law School Professor John Donohue III, a criminal justice expert and economist, spoke at length about some of his empirical research which uses a nation’s wealth as an indicator of its ability to contain and deter violence. According to Donohue, compared with other nations of comparable wealth, the U.S. is a stark outlier in gun homi-

cides, overall homicide deaths, as well as the “ease, access, and lethality of the guns that are available.” “Other countries take that responsibility (of deterring violence) much more seriously as a public concern, and you don’t have the power of the domestic gun industry that we have here constantly trying to push guns,” Donohue said of his comparative study. Donohue was also sharply critical of the National Rifle Association for “fear-mongering,” and for releasing misleading statistics and skewed facts meant to intimidate people into buying weapons for personal protection, especially to deter against the threat of home invasion. “The idea that the cost-benefit calculus could be in your favor to have assault weapons in your home is really crazy,” he said, calling the NRA’s home invasion scenario a “fantasy perpetrated by gun culture.” Sunday’s forum also featured panel discussions that touched on the role that mental health services play in helping to prevent violence. Monique Kane, the executive director of the Mountain View-based Community Health Awareness Council, stressed the importance of reaching out more to young people, and encouraging them to seek help if they feel troubled. “One of the things I hear over and over again from young people is that they don’t have anyone to turn to in their community. Often they don’t even know their neighbors. I think that the more they feel part of the community the less likely they’ll be … looking for weapons,” Kane said. Other discussions centered on bringing about more awareness about violent crimes occurring each day across the country that draw far less attention than incidents like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, and often occur in the nation’s poorest neighborhoods. Following the forum Sunday, the audience was invited to a ceremonial tree-planting at the Mountain View Police and Fire Station on Villa Street to memorialize the victims of gun violence, and to symbolically pledge to rally against it.

for users to call when their service cuts out. But Google does not return such calls, which agitates Branyon. “They don’t call you back, they don’t care,” she said, echoing a common complaint. “I think it’s a colossal joke on the city of Mountain View.” Whole neighborhoods are having long Google WiFi blackouts, according to some complaints. “I and a lot of other Googlers have not been able to access Google WiFi for a month,” wrote R. Michael of Sylvan Avenue in a recent letter to the Voice. “The node at 600/700 block of Sylvan/DeVoto Avenues as well as other areas are not cooperating. I have made several calls to inform them of this issue and still we all do not have this service working, The Google name is being tarnished by this lack of assistance and professionalism.” For its part, Google is planning upgrades to the system that could make the network more reliable, said Jenna Wandres, Google communications asso-

ciate. Users now demand more bandwidth to watch movies and TV shows over the network using sites like Hulu and Netflix, though use of the network hasn’t increased recently, Wandres said. There were 25,000 users of the network every month over the last year, up from 19,000 in 2009, when upgrades were also promised by Google. Google WiFi is “still operating based on its original design from six years ago,” Wandres said. “Youtube and Netflix weren’t as ubiquitous. We are working on a plan to add more bandwidth and make connections easier. We’re committed to it. We’re working on all sorts of upgrades. We want our users to be able to enjoy all the rich content that’s available online.” Wandres couldn’t comment on the specifics of why the network appears to be failing lately in some areas of the city. And while those who are complaining are sure their hardware isn’t the problem, some users have had better luck with newer WiFi modems. Google doesn’t endorse any particular model. “Obviously, the device you

use to connect to web affects your web speed,” Wandres said. “Older devices make your web connection slower generally.” Addressing suspicions that Google throttles the bandwidth of heavy users — such as those who watch movies on Netflix — Wandres said, “We don’t have bandwidth caps.” And while Google has an agreement that would allow Google to offload responsibility of the network to the city under certain circumstances, there is “no plan to offload it to the city,” Wandres said. “We do have a team that’s working on this,” Wandres said. “We’re committed to the network in Mountain View and we are going to make it better. We want people to enjoy the abundance of the internet.” For some users, it can’t happen soon enough. “This is how we communicate these days,” Venturini said. “It’s like if 30 years ago, your telephone lines were intermittently out. When you are cut off, it’s your lifeline that’s been cut off.” Email Daniel DeBolt at ddebolt@mv-voice.com

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the 129th have been killed in recent years, even when one of their helicopters was lost in southern Afghanistan in 2009 after it was hit by enemy fire. “It just got shot up so bad we had to abandon it,” Butow said.”Two of our members got

purple hearts.” They will be traveling in a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy cargo plane. “It’s basically like a big warehouse,” Butow said of the massive plane, which stored a Pave Hawk rescue helicopter in its belly, along with a half dozen small Polaris trucks. In the area above the cargo is

seating for the 50 guardsmen getting on the plane, 70 percent of whom are reservists who live and work in Mountain View and surrounding cities, Butow said. Some are just out of high school, Butow said. “To go out an see the world in this way, it’s a real eye opener for them.”

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artists recognized this year by the National YoungArts Foundation. “I loved it,” Libbie said, reflecting on the time she spent at the week-long YoungArts camp, which ran from Jan. 6 through Jan. 12. “It was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, week of my life.” Established in 1981, the National YoungArts Foundation, was created to support the “next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists,” according to the organization’s website. While in Miami, Libbie met with a range of accomplished writers and poets, who helped her and the other writer finalists hone their craft. During the day, Libbie and her high school-aged peers participated workshops that pushed her to expand her vocabulary, her descriptive powers and the ways in which she thought about language. At night she would attend live performances featuring the YoungArts acting, dancing and musician finalists. “I was exposed to so many different kinds of writing and ideas,” Libbie said. She worked on interdisciplinary pieces with a YoungArts dancer and spent time in the Miami Botanical Gardens with Beth Kephart, winner of the National Book Award and Speakeasy Poetry Prize. In the gardens, Libbie and her fellow YoungArts writers were pushed to describe the sounds they

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heard around them. According to the YoungArts website, finalists in the writing category are picked because they possess a “unique, authentic voice. ... Finalists are writers who are not just good mimics, but are gutsy enough to pursue their own vibrant and original voices.” Libbie was picked after sending in a variety of writing samples, including short personal stories and prose poetry. In one short story she submitted — a meditation on the difficulty she finds in understanding and describing the natural world — she tries to make sense of the powerful emotions she feels as she watches the sun set over the ocean. In the process she demonstrates her grasp of rhythm and syntax: “Eventually, the tangled sub-

urban streets flatten out into a coastal highway, moving from cities to beaches and forests to gas stations and always to California,” Libbie’s story begins. “The road runs parallel and never ending next to the sea, moving on even as the car stutters and stops along the beach in time for sunset.

gravity. I hang there in that moment, closer to the sky than Iíve ever been, and also more aware of the ground.” The tone of Libbie’s writing is often dreamy and bittersweet, if not outright forlorn. “I’m so cold, cold and hateful,” she writes in one of her poems, “and if I cry on the couch sometimes, at least that must mean some part of me is melting.” “When I write, a lot of the time what I’m trying to do is just to capture for myself what I see and

‘When I write, a lot of the time what I’m trying to do is just to capture for myself what I see and what’s around me.’ “At the top of its flight, every tossed ball halts for an instant before falling back down to earth. We get out of the car just as the sun begins to set, and from 7:45 to 8:04 p.m. I understand

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Odelay speaking for the Mancinis, a family that’s had a major presence in Mountain View’s business community for nearly a century. “To do a renovation you’d have to easily double rents. You can get higher rents for office than you can for retail,” he said. For some council members, it came down to “an element of fairness” to the owners, as member Chris Clark put it. Odelay said city planners knew about the project months before they decided that “the plan might be changed retroactively” at the council’s discretion, he said. City planners said they thought that public input should be the “deciding factor” in such a major change downtown. “I’m big believer in retail on Castro Street, but that’s not the rule here,” said council member Mike Kasperzak. “I don’t think you can change the rules without letting people know the rules have changed so they can make decisions. The rules in this area are very clear.”

of local law enforcement. An 18-month investigation followed Gama’s arrest, according to the release. During that time government agents built a case intended to show that “Gama had knowingly participated in a scheme to import heroin into the U.S.” The jury agreed and convicted Gama of “possession with intent to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin” and “importation of a kilogram or more of heroin.” The evidence presented at Gama’s trial showed that Gama had signed for the package containing the tortilla press and heroin, which was shipped to him via DHL Express from Michoacan, Mexico. That package had initially been stopped by customs and border patrol officers who were inspecting international shipments at the DHL hub in Cincinnati. Gama, who had been free on bail, was taken into custody by the United States Marshals, the

release said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15 in San Jose by U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Davila. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. The maximum penalty is life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million. According to the DEA, black tar heroin is a type of heroin found mostly in the western United States. It is produced in Mexico and differs from “white heroin,” which comes from Columbia and is primarily sold on the East Coast. According to a National Drug Intelligence Center report on heroin published in 2000, a “kilogram of 79 percent pure black tar heroin sold for $40,000 to $75,000 in Imperial County” in 1999. Thompson said the MVPD arrests people for possession of heroin from time to time. “It’s not as common as meth,” he said. “But we do see it.”

To potentially change the rules now does not set a “great tone for the city,” he said. Odelay said the building provided the sole income for four members of the Mancini family, and that not allowing the change in zoning would mean hurting their income stream. Council member Jac Siegel sympathized with the owners. “You got to do what you have to do to keep the building, otherwise you are in trouble.” The switch from retail to offices downtown isn’t the first in the new tech industry boom that has the vacancy rate for offices downtown near zero. In 2011, Rick Meyer of Meyer Appliance obtained a change in zoning to allow his building at 275 Castro St. to become offices and he moved his appliance store to El Camino Real. Once the city’s J.C. Penney, the building has an imposing presence downtown and is now occupied by a tech startup. At a Zoning Administrator meeting June 22, 2011 there was no opposition to Meyer’s request and it was approved, said zoning administrator Peter Gilli in an email. “The relationship between

the basement and the ground floor area made it difficult to market the space as retail, except for something like an appliance store,” Gilli said of 275 Castro St. A small gym was forced out of 650 Castro St. last year by Prometheus Real Estate Group, which started charging Custom Fitness $12,000 a month, up from the $5,500 owner Dale Dunlap had been paying for the 2,200-square-foot space. Gilli said ground-floor office use is also allowed in that portion of the downtown. Elsewhere downtown, a fivestory office building is under construction to replace the Pacific Inn hotel on Evelyn Avenue and another office building will soon replace the historic Pearson House at 902 Villa St., once home to a toy store. “I would prefer retail but Mountain View doesn’t attract retail at any kind of rate downtown,” Siegel said. “When people want to buy shoes, they want to go into a place that has a thousand pairs of shoes. We just don’t attract that in Mountain View.”

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or fifty years, Community Services Agency (CSA) has been providing vital social services for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. We understand that hardship can come at any time and knows no age limit. We provide a safety net so that independence and self-sufficiency can be restored and maintained.

An evolving name reflects an evolving organization CSA has grown from humble origins. In 1957, a group of Mountain View residents, concerned about the welfare of low-income families in the city, gathered to talk about the plight of the local migrant farm workers. They decided to form the Mountain View Welfare Council to address the needs of this population. Within a year, the council was incorporated, and it was planning its first sharing of holiday gifts for families. By 1967, the interests of the council had expanded to include housing issues, immigration issues, and the needs of senior citizens. Accordingly, its name was changed to the Mountain View Community Council. With a move into larger, permanent office space in 1974, the organization changed its name once again, this time to Mountain View Community Services, reflecting the increasing services provided, such as meals and counseling. CSA assumed its present name, Community Services Agency, in 1982, in recognition of a client base that extends through Los Altos to Los Altos Hills.

A growing repertoire of programs and services CSA’s first program in 1958 was a holiday gift distribution called Christmas Clearance. Later called Santa Claus Exchange, the program remains today an important element of CSA’s work, now the Holiday Sharing program. 1974 was a big year for the agency. Clothing distribution was added to a growing list of Emergency Assistance services. Also, the agency moved into larger facilities at 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View. Interior painting of the building was performed by clients and board members, while volunteers from the Mountain View Police Department handled the move from the old office space to the new.

s4HEFIRST"ROWNIEAND3COUTGROUPSFORMINORITYCHILdren, now integrated into the Girl Scouts. The agency has also sought and established partnerships with other nonprofit providers, to ensure their delivery to CSA’s clients. Examples: Women Infants and Children, Lawmobile, and Rotacare.

CSA Today Another milestone occurred in 1977, with the initiation of food service to the needy. CSA’s Emergency Assistance program added crisis intervention services in 1982 and the Community Kitchen (food distribution) and financial assistance services in 1983. The Senior Services program added transportation in 1983 and case management in 1984. In 1989, the agency launched a new Homeless Services program designed to lift the homeless up from their situation to rejoin society. The Alpha Omega Shelter was the first service offered, in cooperation with 17 local churches. CSA conducted a capital campaign and dramatically upgraded its facility in 1990. Among other features, the building had greater capacity for food service, then termed the Food Closet. The Homeless Services program stepped up in 1995 with the creation of Graduate House, a transitional housing facility managed by Project Match. CSA was a partner in this facility. In 1998, CSA fundamentally changed the nature of its Food and Nutrition program by creating the Food Pantry (grocery store for the needy) at the Stierlin Road facility and discontinuing its meals program. Another fundamental change occurred in 2006, when CSA discontinued the rotating homeless shelter in favor of enhanced case management services, pursuing the demonstrated “housing first” model for serving the homeless. The revised program is now called Alpha Omega Homeless Services. Programs Originated or Facilitated by Community Services Agency Throughout its history, CSA has been a source for new, innovative social services within the community. Many of these services are now administered by other agencies. A few examples: s4HEFIRSTDAYCARECENTERIN-OUNTAIN6IEW NOW7HISman Child Care Center. s-OUNTAIN6IEW#OMMUNITY(EALTH#ENTER NOWMANaged by a community group. s 4RANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR STUDENTS IN %NGLISH AS A Second Language (ESL) classes, now operated through Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education.

Mature at age 55, CSA now follows a strategy of first contact for the community’s needy, providing fundamental services and referring clients to other agencies for additional services.

Caring for the homeless CSA’s Alpha Omega Homeless Services provides case management, direct assistance, and referral services (most importantly housing) to individuals and families. CSA partners with numerous other county service providers, assembling a comprehensive package of assistance to the local homeless population. Caring for the working poor and unemployed CSA’s Food and Nutrition Center supplements the nutrition requirements of needy families with fresh and staple groceries. Food items are contributed by community supermarkets and by nonprofit organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank and Hidden Villa. CSA’s Emergency Assistance program provides a much needed helping hand to those afflicted with shortterm severe needs. Assistance includes rent, utility payments, short-term shelter, medical purchases, and many services for children, especially related to school. Holiday Sharing, providing food to families and fun toys to kids, is a joyful program that draws together volunteers and clients from throughout the community.

Caring for the elderly Senior Services is the fastest-growing CSA program, reflecting the growth of the elderly population in our community. Case managers deliver in-home assessments, counseling, referrals, and educational seminars, designed to allow local seniors to remain safe and independent. Our Senior Nutrition Program at the Mountain View Senior Center serves subsidized hot lunches every weekday, countering the isolation and apathy that can afflict the elderly.

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oogle’s David Radcliffe, vice president for real estate and development, said many of the right things while presenting a new development plan for the company’s North Bayshore campus to the City Council last week. State-of-the-art, energy efficient buildings are planned, as are parks and trails that employees can negotiate by bike or on foot, where cars will not be permitted. Old buildings will come down and as new ones go up, space will be made for parks and buffers against sensitive wildlife habitat. Google notes that the city’s general plan allows a net increase of up to 3.7 million square feet of new offices in North Bayshore, room for over 12,000 additional workers. (Google may double its workforce there.) But a key request that Radcliffe said is very important to Google — quick approval of plans to build a bridge over Stevens Creek — left most council members feeling that the pressure to approve the bridge right away is going too far. Most are inclined to wait until a new transportation study is released Feb. 5. And even then, the council should steer the bridge development away from Google’s preferred site, at the end of Charleston Road, near a magnificent colony of egrets. Instead, the council should persuade Google to move the bridge to La Avenida, a more environmentally friendly site which Google’s John Igoe said is worth studying. We agree with council member Margaret Abe-Koga, who believes the council promised earlier that it would hold off on the bridge study until considering the transportation study. That study could assess whether the bridge will be be accessible for regular car traffic or just pedestrians, bicyclists and buses, as Google proposes. The bridge will link Google’s campus with a new 1-million-square-foot building for up to 4,000 employees on NASA-Ames property that is set to begin construction this year. Beyond the relatively small bridge, we believe the council must make a strong case for Google to help build a publicly accessible transit system between downtown and North Bay-

shore. No discussion about providing more space for workers at Shoreline should ignore the importance of moving large numbers of people — Googlers as well as the general public — into and out of an area where bumper-to-bumper traffic could become the norm during rush hour. But unfortunately, Google has not mentioned any interest in such a publicly accessible system. Instead it wants to use its recent successful experiments with driverless vehicles to solve the transportation problem. A dedicated mass transit system “is hard to move� once it is in place, Radcliffe said. He said the company is excited about a “shuttle program enabled with the technology from our autonomous vehicle program. Basically, a PRT system without the rails. I think that’s the future for North Bayshore.� Certainly an autonomous shuttle, if it can be tested and proven workable reasonably soon, might help alleviate one of the city’s major impacts from the huge development underway now in the North Bayshore. But council members should be firm and require the company to meet deadlines to develop such a system or move on to a more tried-and-true option. The council should not forget that once they give the green light to Google on this development plan it may be years before another opportunity comes to oversee what is done in this vibrant commercial district. Luckily for the city, Google appears eager to be a good corporate citizen and has the wherewithal to create a campus that incorporates the latest technology and architecture into its low-impact buildings. In many ways, Google should be commended for taking its stewardship of the North Bayshore so seriously. But regardless of the company’s best intentions, it is up to the City Council to make the final decisions on a new development plan, with an eye to what best serves the entire city, not just the North Bayshore. As council member Ronit Bryant said at last week’s meeting, “We have a lot of talking to do on what we want in the North Bayshore,� indicating her view that the council, not Google, should set the agenda for North Bayshore development.

NLETTERS VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY

NEW BOARDROOM OR CLASSROOMS AT WHISMAN? Mountain View Whisman Superintendent Craig Goldman, to the surprise of some trustees, wrote on Feb. 25, the day after the latest board meeting, that he and the Chief Business Officer were shopping for new property, to free Crittenden Middle School space for a new district office. I argued before the school bond was passed that student facilities money should not be used for a new district office. I appear to have lost that argument again, at least in the eyes of district administrators.

Will a majority of trustees ask for public input on new property and its impact on elementary schools? The Palo Alto school district is doing that with its Elementary School Site Location Advisory Committee. The current plan of the district administration seems to be: forgo input, instead do the process behind closed doors. Steven Nelson, trustee Bonita Avenue

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CLARIFICATION ON HOUSING ARTICLE Thank you for your article, “Disabled adults to have a place of their own,� about our development in Mountain View. Several facts need to be clarified for your readers. The 30 percent AMI for an extremely low income individual is $22,050. In addition, the project cost, reported as $10.3 million, includes all legal and bond fees. The construction cost is $6 million. Thank you for covering our development. Jeff Oberdorfer, executive director First Community Housing

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immigrants,� concludes with the phrase (after implementing his ideas), “the high cost to our society that results from having those people here in our public schools, our hospitals, and our welfare programs would be reduced and we might be able to balance our government budgets.� The emphasis on the words our, those people, and we is mine, but I point it out because they appear frequently in Mr. Larson’s letters. He has strong beliefs about the burden “those people� [undocumented immigrants] cause on this country. I write this letter to express my strong belief that there are also those people in our country that frequently express thinly veiled racism and unduly blame complex societal problems on a single group of individuals. Were we to more frequently challenge their opinions in our newspapers, our schools, and our places of government, we might have a better chance of truly solving the complex immigration issues we face in this, our country. Miguel Sanchez (an immigrant to this country) Piazza Drive

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I was very disappointed by the overall tone of the two articles written about the sections of the Berlin Wall at Bayside Plaza that were given to the city. Each article implies that the wall sections have become a bit of a nuisance and will have to be moved this summer because the property has been sold. (Absent also in both articles was the buyer of the plaza, Google.) Having walked the area for 15-plus years, I remember being awestruck when I stumbled on them by chance. This jewel of historical significance, nestled in a parking lot of a modest office complex, amazed me. That Mr. Golzen brought them to the U.S. was such a heartfelt

gift of appreciation. I was further insulted by Ronit Bryant’s comment about them. “If you look at them objectively, they are two very large pieces of ugly cement,� she said. Ronit, the moment you used the word “ugly� your comment became subjective. It is a shame that Mountain View seems to feel that this piece of history is a pain in the neck. Stranger still is that the plaque identifying and defining their meaning has been changed — the original one mentioned Ronald Reagan as a significant figure in the creation of Glasnost, and now (I just went by the other day for a few final looks) his name has been altogether removed and a new plaque sits in its place. While Google continues to purchase Mountain View buildings at a breakneck pace, I now see the end of the wall, the lovely koi ponds, and the many small businesses the plaza accommodated so well. I personally would like to thank Mr. Golzen for his contribution and am ashamed of the city of Mountain View for their newfound perception of his contribution. Denise Salles Sierra Vista Avenue

CITY SHOULD BE PROUD TO MOUNT BERLIN WALL DISPLAY I was shocked to read about the parochial attitudes of our city leaders regarding the Berlin Wall memorial donated by the Golzen family. I’m paraphrasing, but comments like “objectively ugly�, and “don’t belong in a public park with things of beauty� really make me wonder about our council members and their apparent lack of appreciation of one of the significant world events of the 20th Century. I suggest that they not to look at these “slabs of concrete� merely objectively, but as powerful symbols of hope, perseverance and freedom — and you could add to that, a successful outcome of American foreign policy. If it were my choice I’d mount these, along with Mr. Golzen’s original plaque, in the most prominent place I could find. Somewhere in the Pioneer Park/library/city hall area would be a great choice, as would the train depot, where it would get maximum exposure. This is a rare opportunity for Mountain View to do something significant in a public space. And maybe school kids, residents and visitors will wander by, scratch their collective heads and wonder what it means, ask questions, and possibly research what happened in Europe mid-20th Century that changed the world so irrevocably. “Ich bin ein Berliner!� Bob Sims Diablo Avenue

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hen a restaurant has a clever name, usually that’s the best thing about it. Curry Up Now breaks the mold. Curry Up Now is the second bricks-and-mortar location for an Indo-Cal-Mex mashup that started with a used taco truck. Owners Akash and Rana Kapoor call it contemporary Indian street food. They borrowed recipes and taste-testers from their families, and opened in downtown Palo Alto in December. As at a food truck, you line up and study the splashy handdrawn billboard of a menu. Then pay, take your number, fetch utensils and find a table before your food gets there. It’s pretty fast. There are a couple tables out front, and space for maybe 30 inside. A steady turnover of customers is facilitated by easily moveable furniture, backless cube seats and bassthumping music. Mostly, the clever fusion menu items work because they respect their ingredients. Curry Up Now isn’t cheap, but portions are generous and there is wide freedom of choice. The deconstructed samosa ($7) is like a tostada, openfaced with dough on the bottom. It’s overflowing with garbanzo beans and your choice of protein, and topped with cute baby samosas. Spice it up with pico (salsa fresca) and chutney. Garbanzos are everywhere, Continued on next page

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Top: Curry Up Now offers a deconstructed samosa with paneer. Above: Ginger-mint lemonade, with rose mango lassi and mango lassi behind it. Right: This thali platter includes chicken tikka masala and saag paneer.

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and they deserve to be. Their texture finds the sweet spot between mushy and hard, and spices dance in your mouth. On the eight-item thali platter ($11), they occupy a pool in the metal cafeteria tray, along with rice (brown or white), pickles, salad, papadam (lentil-garbanzo) cracker, parantha (which may be a tortilla unless you ask for naan) and two items of your choice. Choose the spinach paneer. Finely ground spinach looks and feels like baby food, but is delicious with cubes of milky cheese. It overshadowed the lamb ($2 surcharge). Billed as an open-faced sandwich, Naughty Naan ($9) is more of a messy pizza, with a top hat of lettuce mix. It is tasty, for sure, with mild tikka masala enveloping chicken, paneer, tofu or (add $2) lamb. Fingers, or knife and fork? Either way, eat quickly or the naan will become gooey. On the other hand, the very big burrito ($8.50) has no such problems. This Indo-CalMex mashup works beautifully because the ingredients remain discrete and keep their own personalities. Each bite offers a mix of meat (or tofu, paneer

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From our kitchen to yours. Buon appetito! Chef Marco, Venti’s Chef

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In a large saucepan over medium heat, sautÊ the garlic and pepper akes in the olive oil until the garlic is slightly golden, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the garlic. Add the squid and cook and stir until opaque, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and simmer for 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, parsley, and salt and cook until the juices evaporate, about 10 minutes longer.

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Add the water and bring to a simmer. Add the clams (discard any that do not close to the touch) and ďŹ sh, cover, and cook until all the clams open and the ďŹ sh is opaque throughout, about 5 minutes. Discard any clams that failed to open. Adjust the seasonings. Place a bread slice in each warmed soup plate. Ladle the soup over the bread and serve.

8FFLFOE tons for water, ice and ice water. Another nice touch is the tree of jam jars for water and lassi drinks from the lassi machine. Other drinks are served in little chemistry flasks. One evening, a very polite young man got up to bus his dishes and was told, thank you, but we’ll do that. And they do, just sometimes not in a timely fashion, leaving a sticky tabletop for the next diner. Downtown Palo Alto increasingly feels like a food court for male tech workers. I guess the women don’t go out as much. At dinnertime, Curry Up Now

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The aloo gobi kathi roll at Curry Up Now in Palo Alto.

or cauliflower), peas, potatoes and turmeric-yellow rice. The beef was chopped and chewable, not minced. Curry Up Now is the epitome of inclusiveness, with major access for vegans and the gluten-free. Both get separate menus with lots of choices,

including kids’ menu items. Just note that these menus contain a lawyerly statement that vegan and gluten-free items are prepared in a common kitchen with everything else, so if you’re really, really sensitive, buyer beware. The water machine has but-

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attracts more families. The food-truck ethos is infectious. Where past generations scoured El Camino Real to find the most authentic samosa, now the samosa comes to you, whether built into workplaces like Google and Facebook or trucked in at places like Oracle. For more advanced study of food-truck history, see Heather Shouse’s book “Food Trucks� (Ten Speed Press). Curry Up Now gets top billing. It includes a recipe for the burrito-like Kathi Roll.

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8FFLFOE NMOVIETIMES All showtimes are for Friday through Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, as well as reviews and trailers, go to mv-voice.com/movies.

A Haunted House (R)

Century 20: 9:50 p.m.

Amour (PG-13) (((( Guild Theatre: 1:15, 4:30 & 7:45 p.m. Argo (R) (((1/2 10:20 p.m. Broken City (R)

Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 2, 4:45, 7:35 &

Century 20: 11:40 a.m. & 2:20 p.m.

Bullet to the Head (R) Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 4:40, 7:30 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50 & 10:15 p.m. Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 3:50 & Django Unchained (R) ((( 8 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 2:50, 6:25 & 10 p.m. Gangster Squad (R) (1/2 Century 20: 5, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (PG-13) Century 16: Noon, 2:30, 5, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; In 3D at 11 a.m.; 1:30, 4, 7 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 12:15, 2:45, 5:05 & 7:25 p.m.; In 3D at 1, 1:45, 3:20, 4:10, 5:45, 6:40, 8:15, 9:05 & 10:35 p.m. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; In 3D at 3:20 & 7:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m.; In 3D at 2:35, 6:15 & 9:55 p.m. Century 16: Sat. & Sun. at 11:40 Hyde Park on Hudson (R) (( a.m.; 2:05, 4:30, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:30 & 7:25 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:45 p.m.

Martin Freeman (center) plays Bilbo Baggins in the first of the three Hobbit movies.

Aquarius Theatre: 1:30, 4:15, The Impossible (PG-13) ((( 7 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:35, 5:15, 7:55 & 10:35 p.m. Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes (PG) 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Mon. at 7:30 p.m.

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Century 16: 11 a.m.; Les Miserables (2012) (PG-13) ((( 2:25, 6:05 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 3, 6:35 & 10:05 p.m. Life of Pi (PG) (((1/2 Century 20: 1:25 p.m.; In 3D at 4:20, 7:15 & 10:20 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1 p.m.; In 3D at 4 & 7 p.m.; In 3D Fri. & Sat. also at 10 p.m. Lincoln (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 2:40, 6:05 & 9:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:20, 3:35, 7 & 10:15 p.m. Mama (PG-13) Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Noon, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Maria Stuarda Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Movie 43 (R) Century 16: 12:10, 2:30, 5, 7:40 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:45, 3:10, 5:40, 8:20 & 10:40 p.m. Parker (R) Century 16: 12:20, 3:30, 7 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 2:10, 4:55, 7:40 & 10:30 p.m. Please Subscribe: A Documentary About YouTubers (PG-13) Aquarius Theatre: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Quartet (PG-13) (((

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) at midnight. Saturday Night Fever (1977) (R) Century 20: Wed. at 2 & 7 p.m.

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Silver Linings Playbook (R) Century 16: 12:10, 3:10, 6:20 & 9:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:35 & 10:25 p.m. Stand Up Guys (R) Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:50, 4:20, 7:10 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 2:15, 4:40, 7:10 & 9:35 p.m. Warm Bodies (PG-13) Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 12:20, 1:40, 2:50, 4:10, 6:10, 7:10, 9:10 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 12:40, 1:55, 3:05, 4:25, 5:35, 6:55, 8:05, 9:25 & 10:40 p.m. Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 3:40 & Zero Dark Thirty (R) ((1/2 7:40 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 2:30, 6:40 & 10:10 p.m. AQUARIUS: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) CENTURY CINEMA 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (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) STANFORD THEATRE: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700) For show times, plot synopses and more information about any films playing at the Aquarius, visit www.LandmarkTheatres.com -Skip it --Some redeeming qualities ---A good bet ----Outstanding

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AMOUR ----

(Guild) Life can change in a heartbeat. An elderly, cultured Parisian couple (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) have their worlds fall apart when one of them suffers a pair of debilitating strokes. Seeing these French iconic actors in their 80s is shocking in itself, and director Michael Haneke also creates a story and a world that is one of his most difficult to watch. The film is also one of his most masterful. As the couple’s life together unspools in flashbacks, moving toward the painful present day, Haneke unblinkingly and compassionately presents universal truths, while revealing the illusion of filmmaking and our role as spectators. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and brief language. In French with English subtitles. Two hours, seven minutes. — S.T.

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(Century 20) The Ben Affleck of old has been shed like a husk, and what remains is a sharp and thoughtful filmmaker who is still in the embryonic phase of an impressive career. Sure, Affleck the actor is also along for the ride, but his skill behind the camera is what shines. After the assault on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, 52 Americans are taken hostage as Iranian revolutionaries storm the embassy, but six manage to escape amidst the turmoil and hide out in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber). Back in the U.S., CIA operative Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston) tasks “exfiltration specialist” Tony Mendez (Affleck) with hatching a plan to get the six Americans safely out before their true identities and whereabouts are discovered: Mendez conceives of a faux movie production that would make the six part of his filmmaking team. “Argo” is a nail-biter from beginning to end, and one of the year’s best films. Affleck and his crew do a phenomenal job capturing the time period and casting actors who both look like their real-life counterparts and have the thespian chops to hit all the right notes. Rated R for language and violent images. 2 hours. — T.H.

(Century 20) I’d say this film is so hard-boiled it’s overcooked, but that wouldn’t quite capture the problem with this 1940s-set, would-be gangster-flick throwback. Out of his depth, director Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) hasn’t so much cooked something up as microwaved it. There’s a distinctly synthetic feel to this period picture, which feels like a cut-rate “Untouchables.” In 1949, the Los Angeles Police Department has been greased by mob payoffs, necessitating an off-the-books response. Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) recruits “honest guy” Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) to head up a special unit to take down the likes of gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). To the extent that this film is palatable at all, it’s in the category of trashy fun. Rated R for strong violence and language. One hour, 53 minutes. — P.C.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY ---

(Century 16, Century 20) Director Peter Jackson (the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) rekindles his Middle Earth magic in adapting the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal novel “The Hobbit” for the big screen. Those fond of the “Rings” pictures will feel a sense of deja vu in watching “An Unexpected Journey,” as cinematography, costuming, score and set design are all virtually identical, not to mention several cast members. While “Journey” gets off to a ploddingly slow start, the colorful characters, action sequences and visual effects quickly help pick up the pace. Overall, there’s a paint-by-numbers feel to the film, since the groundwork was already well laid with “Lord of the Rings.” “Journey” introduces a host of interesting new characters. Martin Freeman makes a wonderful Bilbo, striking a perfect balance between humor and heart, and Ian McKellen serves up another terrific performance. Some have wondered if three films (at nearly three hours each) are really necessary in adapting one 300-page novel. The easy answer is no, but for those who relish the fantasy genre — and Tolkien’s works specifically — three movies might not be enough. Rated PG-13 for intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. 2 hours, 49 minutes. — T.H.

THE IMPOSSIBLE ---

(Aquarius, Century 20) “The Impossible” takes dicey material — the story of one privileged family’s suffering during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami — and transcends its political incorrectness by focusing on the human condition. Most problematic is the focus on the pains of these tourists to the exclusion of hundreds of thousands of South Asian locals, whose roles in the film amount to good-hearted rescuers of our heroes at best, and set dressing at worst. Most impressively, “The Impossible” provides one of the most visceral experiences of 2012 cinema. As a sheer feat of directorial ingenuity, “The Impossible” has no equal among the year’s films. The breathtaking tsunami sequence sweeps away the family and splits them into two groups, Maria with Lucas and Henry with the other boys. Watts ably embodies maternal focus under extreme duress, and McGregor has a heartbreaking scene of emotional breakdown that suggests unplumbed depths to his talent. A real-life disaster shouldn’t be the basis for a cinematic thrill ride, but the film’s tsunami puts a lump in one’s throat to accompany white knuckles. Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences, including injury images and brief nudity. One hour, 54 minutes. — P.C.

LES MISERABLES ---

(Century 16,Century 20) One has to admire the ambition of this through-sung play that’s now a big-screen musical. A condensation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 epic novel, the musical by composer ClaudeMichel Schonberg and lyricists Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel achieved enormous popular appeal with its soaring melodies and grasping melodrama. But it’s equally true that “Les Miserables” has never been known for its subtlety, with its storytelling in all-caps and its music thunderously repetitive. None of this changes, exactly, in the film adaptation helmed by Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of “The King’s Speech.” And like so many movie musicals, this one’s a mixed bag of suitable and not-so-suitable choices. On balance, though, it’s about as compelling a screen version of “Les Mis” as we have any right to expect. Hugh Jackman stars as Jean Valjean, a parole violator in 19thcentury France who lifts himself out of poverty and decrepitude but lives in fear of discovery by his former jailer, Inspector

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Bullet to the Head -1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and (to a lesser extent) Bruce Willis seem eager to prove they can spearhead gratuitous

Javert (Russell Crowe). From his new position of power as a factory owner, Valjean becomes entangled in the fortunes of one of his workers, despairing single mother Fantine (Anne Hathaway), and he begins to feel responsible for the woman and her child, Cosette (Isabelle Allen). Jackman is perhaps the only sensible choice to headline the picture, and though he’s able enough, his performance typically feels calculated. The same could be said for Hathaway, who’s given an Oscar-savvy showcase in her single-take performance of the uber-emotive aria “I Dreamed a Dream.” Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. 2 hours, 37 minutes. — P.C.

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(Palo Alto Square) In Ang Lee’s exhilarating “Life of Pi” — based upon the bestselling novel by Yann Martel — a boy adrift reads a “Survival at Sea” manual. “Telling stories is highly recommended,” it says. “Above all, do not lose hope.” In the hands of Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” elegantly walks Martel’s philosophical line while also brilliantly using every modern cinematic tool to tell an epic yarn. Most prominent among these tools is 3D. Lee joins the ranks of auteurs using new 3D cameras, gainfully employing the technology for its full ViewMaster “pop” effect, but also in more magical ways. Suraj Sharma plays the teenage Piscine Molitor (aka “Pi”), who, having been raised in South India, winds up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, warily sharing a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. As a boy, Pi (Ayush Tandon) becomes something of a “Catholic Hindu,” who sees the gods of various religions as his “superheroes.” Pi’s spiritual picaresque shifts into a high gear once he’s fighting for survival on the “life”boat. Pi’s attempts to reach detente with the tiger create a fearful intimacy analogous to some people’s experience of God. “I have to believe there was more in his eyes than my own reflection staring back at me,” Pi says, but the film’s visual

action flicks with the same testosteronefueled gusto they mustered in the 1980s and ‘90s. They are quite literally sticking to their guns regardless of Father Time’s inconvenient intrusion. And while Stallone’s “The Expendables” (2010) served up some cheeky charm, the shtick has, frankly, grown old.

It’s borderline depressing, like watching a former high school football star with a paunchy gut and bum knees showcase skills that have long since waned. Willis has seen several recent actioners go straight to DVD, and Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” fell flat. Now it’s Stallone’s turn. The title itself should deter viewers who favor smart cinema over mindless mayhem. Based on the French graphic novel “Du Plomb Dans La Tete” and set in New Orleans, the story (as it were) revolves around hired killer James Bonomo (Stallone) and his unlikely alliance with Washington D.C. cop Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang of “Fast Five”). Kwon heads to The Big Easy to investigate the murder of his ex partner; meanwhile, Bonomo is seeking his own answers following the brazen killing of his hitman cohort. When Bonomo and Kwon realize the deaths are linked, they grudgingly join forces to track down those responsible. Their efforts unearth a conspiracy that involves a real-estate mogul (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a socialite (Christian Slater) and a violent mercenary (Jason Momoa). Even Bonomo’s tattoo-artist daughter (Sarah Shahi) is along for the bumpy ride. Although Stallone lumbers his way

through the film and appears half asleep half the time, the man still has plenty of charisma and is occasionally sharp despite dull material. Kang, unfortunately, struggles throughout. His weak character is made more so by an amateur performance. And while the odd-couple dynamic has its moments, they are few and far between. Shahi and Momoa are solid and well cast, but their characters are too one-dimensional to care much about. Director Walter Hill hasn’t helmed a feature since 2002’s “Undisputed,” and it shows. Novice filmmaking techniques such as use of voiceover, flashbacks and erratic transitions become distracting and seem beneath the standards of a director with a decent resume (Hill directed “The Warriors” and “48 Hrs.,” among others). The cheesy hard-rock soundtrack screams “bad ’80s action movie,” and perhaps that was the goal all along. But bad ’80s action movies belong in the ’80s. It’s 2013, and the movie-going public deserves better than a “Bullet to the Head.” Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use. 1 hour, 31 minutes. —Tyler Hanley

motifs of mirrored surfaces might just as well suggest that people under sufficient emotional duress see what they want to see. Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril. Two hours, seven minutes. — P.C.

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(Century 16, Century 20) Spielberg’s “Lincoln” — which focuses on Lincoln’s tragically shortened second term in office, the conclusion of the Civil War and the president’s fight to pass the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery) — plays a bit like a $50 million history lesson. And while that’s a boon for history buffs, the pacing suffers sporadically. Still, Spielberg and his team (including an A-list cast that features a spotlight-stealing performance by Tommy Lee Jones) deserve a wealth of credit for embracing a monumental task and succeeding. The film follows Lincoln (Day-Lewis) as he seeks to outlaw slavery and, thus, end the bloody Civil War. Lincoln juggles nation-changing decisions with personal-life issues: his wife Mary’s (Sally Field) migraines, his older son Robert’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) military ambitions and his young son Tad’s (Gulliver McGrath) upbringing. DayLewis captures Lincoln as well as any actor could. From his vocal inflections to his mannerisms, it’s clear he truly immersed himself in the difficult role. But it’s Jones’ performance that lends the film the spark it needed and would not have otherwise had. Rated PG-13 for war violence, strong language and carnage. 2 hours, 29 minutes. — T.H.

QUARTET--(Aquarius) In telling its tale of four retired musicians, “Quartet” doesn’t avoid all of the traps of the cutesy and sometimes condescending old-age-pensioner movie genre, but Director Dustin Hoffman does show good taste, particularly in casting. The setting is Beecham House, a home for retired musicians. It’s a rambling estate,

The Dustin Hoffman – directed “Quartet’ eschews genre cliches while showcasing the talent these elder statesmen thespians still possess. well-appointed with amenities and lush greenery, that warmly embraces its residents — all of whom daily practice their vocation. Still, there is trouble in paradise. The residents fret about the home’s dwindling funds and the necessity of a boffo success for the home’s annual benefit performance. This concern coincides with the arrival of a new resident who throws everyone into a tizzy: bona fide opera diva Jean Horton. Hoffman adds to already sturdy material a few smart touches, such as a well-timed classical montage for the title sequence and a subtle refusal to follow through on genre cliches. One genre expectation remains firmly in place. The senior-citizen movie remains a showcase for elder talent, which Hoffman maximizes not only with stars but also with supporting players who, once upon a time, made

theatrical, operatic and musical history. “Quartet” is no classic, but with the talent involved, it’s certainly catchy. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor. One hour, 39 minutes.— P.C.

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(Century 16, Century 20) By most cinematic measures, “Zero Dark Thirty” is one of the best-made films of 2012. It also probably shouldn’t exist. An encore presentation by the team of director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal — who collected Oscars for 2008’s “The Hurt Locker” — the film recounts the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden. By following a fiercely determined CIA officer (Jessica Chastain’s Maya), “Zero

Dark Thirty” creates an identification with her agony of defeat and thrill of victory along the way, building a rooting interest while otherwise eschewing character development in favor of detail-oriented procedural. While Boal’s screenplay is based on journalistic research, one might well say, “Consider the sources.” And the calendar. It’s fair to suggest that the Hollywood treatment of such politically delicate history comes “too soon,” and lacks the historical perspective that comes with time. Instead of dealing with the inherently political dimensions of their narrative, the filmmakers have disingenuously insisted upon the film’s apoliticism in its embrace of procedural narrative. Rated R for language and strong violence including brutal images. Two hours, 37 minutes. — P.C.

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‘Love, Love, Love!’ Thirty Bay Area artists display work as part of the ‘Love, Love, Love’ Feb. exhibit at Gallery 9. Painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, metal work & jewelry inspired by the theme of love. Reception: Feb. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-4 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. www. gallery9losaltos.com ‘Rwanda, Land of Reconciliation,’ a photographic exhibition by Katie Cooney The exhibit includes “Door of Hope” - 2x3 piece, chromatic print on archival paper, made in January 2012 Kigali, Rwanda - Orphanage for street boys (homeless, abandoned and “Arms of Joy” - 2x3 piece, chromatic print on archival paper, made in January 2012, Rwanda, rural Rwanda, children on the road. Through March 24, CSMA Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Road, Mountain View. Call 650-917-6800 x 306. www.arts4all.org Aurobora Grand Opening at First Friday There will be wine, cheese, music and art at Aurobora’s grand opening of a twomonth-long traveling exhibition in downtown Los Altos. Aurobora is an invitational fine arts studio focused on monotype and paper-based art. Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m. 359 State St., Los Altos. Call 847-372-6793. www.aurobora.com Journey to World Heritage Photography Exhibit Foothill College presents “Journey to World Heritage: Photography by Kate Jordahl” Jan. 22-Feb. 27 at the Krause Center for Innovation Gallery at Foothill College. An opening reception is Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4-7 p.m. with a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $3. 7:30 a.m.-8:30

p.m. Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7318. www.jordahlphoto.com/ PDL2012/PDLReport.html Something Beyond the Obvious Artist Mike Bailey presents new work including his iconic abstracts. Jan. 28-Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Viewpoints closes 3 p.m. on Sundays. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos. www.viewpointsgallery.com Stanford Art Spaces - Stanford University Paintings on Shaped Canvases by Brent Bushnell, Paintings by Sofia Carmi, Paintings by Jessica Eastburn, & Paintings by Alison Woods are on exhibit at the Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) Art Spaces Gallery Reception Friday, Feb. 8 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Paul G. Allen reception area Stanford University. Open weekdays through March 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanford Art Spaces, 420 Via Palou, Palo Alto. Call 650725-3622. cis.stanford.edu~marigros The Hogarth Experiment Fourteen artists have taken the Eighteenth Century into the Twenty First in three centuries of British Art. Each artist worked on an original 19th century Hogarth etching. Reception Feb. 9 3-5 p.m. Open from Jan. 25-March 2, 10-2 p.m. Smith Andersen Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-327-7762.

12, 7-9 p.m. $84. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 408-2823105. mastergardeners.org/scc.html ‘Foundational Social Skills Development Group’ Designed for children ages 3-4 who have difficulty interacting with other children. Non-competitive games and cooperative activities designed to develop social, communication, problem-solving, negotiation, emotional regulation$dentification and play skills. Children do not need a diagnosis to attend. Mondays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. $600 for an eight-week session. Abilities United, 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-618-3353. www.abilitiesunited.org/therapyclinic ‘Learn to Square Dance’ Classes are held by the “Bows & Beaus Square-Dance Club” on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. First class free; $5 per class thereafter. Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos. Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake and Creative Decorating In time for Valentine’s Day, attendees will learn an Almost Flourless Cake, accompanied by glaze and frosting. For presentation, attendees will be shown various creative decorating techniques to mix and match on either. Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. Palo Alto Adult School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-329-3752. www. paadultschool.org/classes/cooking.html Art and Science of Raja Yoga Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding the awareness of spiritual realities. It offers techniques for self-mastery in every aspect of life, from calming turbulent emotions to awakening deep compassion and love for others. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 27, 6-9 p.m.

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NHIGHLIGHT SUPERBOWL XLVII The favored San Francisco 49ers will try to win their sixth Superbowl ring when they face off against the Baltimore Ravens at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3. The big game will be on at a variety of Mountain View establishments, including Tied House (954 Villa St.), Chili’s (2560 W. El Camino Real), and Molly Magees (241 Castro St.). All three will be offering happy hour prices on at least some menu items.

$350. Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. www.anandapaloalto.org Avoiding Reincarnation Too often habitual responses, desires and attachments result in a sense of anguishing monotony. How does one get beyond limiting habits, to remember our true, creative nature of Divine Joy? Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $30. Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. www. anandapaloalto.org California Native Gardens - Class #2 Attendees learn the secrets of how to groom, prune, and rejuvenate some of the trickiest California native plants with Dee Wong. Feb. 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 650-329-1356 x201. www. gamblegarden.org Container Gardening Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will give tips for successful container gardening and demonstrate how to create a colorful container using cool season annuals. Free, but please call 650-289-5400 to register or drop by the front desk. Feb. 8, 1-2 p.m. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 408-282-3105. mastergardeners.org/scc.html Creative Writing Life Stories In this workshop attendees create a written record of their familys’ oral stories for future generations and review personal history to gain new understanding of life experiences. Call instructor Sheila Dunec at 650-565-8087 before registering. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-March 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $150. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5436. avenida.org eBook Center Those interested in checking out eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Palo Alto City Library can Attend an eBook Center session to find out what the options are and how it works. First Friday of each month through April. 3-5 p.m. Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-329-2436. www.cityofpaloalto.org/library Foothill College Gospel Choir Foothill College Gospel Choir/AKA PCGC Begins their annual Gospel Festival workshop rehearsals. For Gospel Choir musical. Dates are Jan. 20,27, and Feb. 3, 10, and 17. Concert Feb. 23, 2013. 4:30-6:45 p.m. $10 general and $5 students and seniors. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call 408-644-9995. Krazy for Kombucha Why is kombucha so popular, and what are healthy probiotics? Attendees cover these topics, taste some samples, and learn the easy steps to making their own kombucha right at home. Each participant leaves with their own live yeast starter -- the main ingredient necessary to start brewing. Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $25. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-9704. www.hiddenvilla.org Quick Spring Veggies from Seed Attenddes learn what can be planted now with minimum effort that will mature before one plants summer vegetables in your garden beds. Attendees join the Master Gardeners to learn tips for prepping wet soil, direct seeding, and interplanting. Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m. Master Gardener Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Call 408-282-3105. mastergardeners.org/scc.html Roundtable on Islamic Art Moving beyond any kind of sterile concern with definitions, we will explore how producers, evaluators, buyers, and viewers of art today are likely to interpret the term Islamic art, and illustrate a diverse set of perspectives that, in turn, will reflect on aesthetics. Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-736-8169. www.stanford.edu/dept/ islamic_studies/cgi-bin/web/2012/12/roundtable-on-islamic-art/ Scholarship Workshop There will be a free workshop to learn how to win college scholarships by Ben Kaplan, who won two dozen scholarships worth $90,000. Feb. 5, 7-8 p.m. Mountain View High School, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View. events.benkaplan.com/

bayarea Study Anthropology in Ecuador: Find Out How Attendees learn about a chance earn college units and participate in Foothill’s Anthropology Abroad Field School in Ecuador this summer by attending a free orientation session. Features a slideshow, program curriculum, costs and travel details. Meets Room 3103. Trip is June 30-Aug. 3. 6-7:30 p.m. Foothill College (Room 3101), 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7751. www.foothill.edu/anthropology/downloads/ Foothill.Ecuador.2013.pdf T’ai-Chi A Tai-Chi class that promotes balance, flexibility and mental acuity. Led by Dona Marriot, Foothill College instructor. Mondays, Jan. 7-March 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mounain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-948-1827. Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra A friendly and sociable monthly gathering for musicians of all instruments and all levels of skill to play symphony orchestra music together for fun, no performance and no pressure. Music provided, members bring instrument, stand, appetizers to share, and good humor. Register through website. Sundays, Jan. 27-June 30 2-5 p.m. $10/session or $25/three sessions. Los Altos Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos. Call 650-793-2218. www.tacosv.com The Art of Chocolate Pairing Chocolate, the food of the gods, has always been a perfect match for wine, but its flavors often pairs with tequila and beer? Chocolate curator, Sunita de Tourreil will introduce some unique flavor pairings. Feb. 5, 6:30-8 p.m. $40-45. The Chocolate Garage, 654 Gilman St., Palo Alto. Call 408-280-5530. www.commonwealthclub.org/ events/2013-02-05/art-pairing-chocolate Zumba Gold Zumba Gold is a fusion of Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves. Led by veteran instructors Carla Kenworthy and Maria Yonamine. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $65 members/$75 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5436. avenidas.org

CLUBS/MEETINGS Mtn. View Historical Association Meeting Quarterly meeting of the Mtn. View Historical Association. Winter meeting topic is “Mountain View: Show & Tell” - all attendees are welcome to bring an object of historical interest and share its story. Feb. 3, 12:30-2 p.m. The Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View. www.mountainviewhistorical. org/

COMMUNITY EVENTS Advanced Medical Directives Presented by Unity Palo Alto and Mission Hospice and Home Care of San Mateo. “Advanced Medical Directives and End of Life Care Decisions”. The Medical Directive, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), and Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Forms will be explained. Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m. Palo Alto Unity, 3391 Middlefield Road , Palo Alto. Call 650-358-9240. www. unitypaloalto.org Community Wellness Lecture: Women & Heart Disease Speakers: Dr. Catherine Collings and Nurse Barb Dehn. Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. El Camino Hospital Conference Rooms E,F,G, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View. MLK Jr. Community Disaster Preparedness Fundraiser MLK Jr. Day through February’s Black History Month, fundraiser to prevent public and social safety disasters in African American Communities across USA. Sponsored by Ravenswood Gardenkits Products and Free At Last Gardening Club. Ravenswood Community, 265 Tara Road, East Palo Alto. Call 650-461-0276.

CONCERTS ‘A Multicultural Peter and the Wolf’ The Oshman Family JCC is producing a narrated performance of the classic children’s symphony

(PJOHT0O “Peter and the Wolf” in four languages. Feb. 10, 12:30-6 p.m. $18 in advance, $20 door. ($15 members, students, children.) Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. www.paloaltojcc.org/peter Pages Torn from Hoffmeister Acclaimed period ensemble the New Esterhazy Quartetóviolinists Lisa Weiss and Kati Kyme, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeenóplay music first published in Hoffmeister’s magazine: Mozart’s Quartet in D, K. 499, Haydn’s Quartet Op. 42 in D minor, and Hoffmeister’s Quartet in F minor. Feb. 3, 4-6 p.m. $25 (discount for students & seniors). All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 415-520-0611. www.newesterhazy.org

DANCE Smuin Ballet Smuin Ballet’s 2013 winter program includes Adam Hougland’s “Cold Virtues” and a Trey McIntyre work with music from The Shins: “Oh, Inverted World.” The program will also contain three works by Michael Smuin; “Starshadows,” “Homeless” and “No Vivire.” Feb. 20-24, 8 p.m. $52-$68. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6000. www.smuinballet.org Social Ballroom Dancing Friday Night Dance at the Cubberley Community Center Pavilion. Feb 1st lessons at 8 p.m. are Beginning and Intermediate Cha Cha, followed by general dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. No experience or partner necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. A $9 cover includes refreshments. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650395-8847. www.FridayatthePav.com

Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-0551. www.busbarn.org ‘Princess Ida’ In this show, Ida and Hilarion are sworn to marry when they come of age. The time has come but Ida refuses and has gone off to start a women’s university where she teaches that man -- not woman, just man -- is descended from apes. Hilarion and two friends disguise themselves as women to enroll. Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. $18-52. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-9036800. lamplighters.org ‘Somewhere’ TheatreWorks presents the Matthew Lopez play “Somewhere,” about a family dreaming of show biz. Jan. 16-Feb. 10. $23-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-463-1960. www.theatreworks.org Arts with a Heart 2013: Tomodachi Castilleja’s annual dance performance, Arts with a Heart includes dances, singing, and original films. All proceeds go to the Tomodachi initiative, a charity that supports Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Feb. 8, 7:30-10 p.m. $15 Castilleja School, 1360 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-739-5793. artswithaheart.org HMS Pinafore: The Next Generation The Stanford Savoyards present the traditional Gilbert & Sullivan operetta featuring class division, revealed identity and romance but inspired by the revered characters, costuming, and settings of the Star Trek: The Next Genera-

tion. Jan. 25, 26 and Feb. 1 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 27 and Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-725-2787. tickets.stanford.edu

RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY Insight Meditation South Bay Shaila Catherine and guest teachers lead a weekly Insight Meditation sitting followed by a talk on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, Dec. 11-Feb. 12, 7:30-9 p.m. St. Timothy’s/Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 650-8570904. imsb.org Lifetree Cafe Palo Alto Lifetree Cafe offers weekly conversations that focus on popular life issues. Feb. 3: Inside Terrorism. Feb. 10: Is Marriage Obsolete? Feb. 17: The Art of Listening. Feb. 24: Hell. Snacks/beverages available. Sundays, 7-8 p.m. 3373 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 408-507-9858. www. lifetreecafe.com

SENIORS AARP Driver Safety Course This twopart course covers current road rules, defensive driving techniques, safe vehicle operation in today’s challenging driving environment and adjustments to deal with common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. First class on Feb. 7, Feb. 14, 2-6 p.m. $12 members, $14 non-members. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5436. avenidas.org

FAMILY AND KIDS Autism Spectrum Disorders Parent Education Program The Stanford Center Autism Center offering a half-day parent conference designed to provide parents and caregivers with information about the social deficits associated with autism spectrum disorders and how to build social skills. The program will be divided into two classes depending on child age. Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30. Stanford University, 401 Quarry Road, Stanford. Call 650-721-6327. childspsychiatry.stanford.edu Weekend Preschoolers on the Farm On a series of three fun tours designed just for wee ones, preschoolers can bury their hands in sheep wool, toss corn to the chickens, and discover heaps of new information and ways to use their senses. Ages 3-5 + 1 Adult. Class meets Saturdays, Feb. 2-16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $65 Adult and First Child. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-9499704. www.hiddenvilla.org

LIVE MUSIC Open Jam with The Duvets! The Duvets will host an open jam session on Feb. 5 at the Sports Page in Mountain View. Guitar amps, bass amp, drums, keyboards, microphones and DI boxes will be provided. 6 p.m. Sports Page Bar & Grill, 1431 Plymouth St., Mountain View. Call 267-507-4867. duvetsrock.com Happy hours Friday and Live Rythme & Blues with the Dan Goghs! Morocco’s welcomes the versatile Dan Goghs for an evening of American Roots Rock, rhythm & blues! Performance starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-1502. www.moroccosrestaurant.com

ON STAGE ‘On Golden Pond’ Ernest Thompson’s play is about revisiting the past and forging new bonds across generations. Jan. 24-Feb. 17, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 or 7 p.m.; and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. $18-$32.

Free Tax Assistance AARP sponsors free tax assistance, with special attention to those over age 60. Those interested should bring tax information for 2012 and copy of their 2011 return. All tax returns are electronically filed. Call for appointment. Fridays Feb. 1 thru April 12, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5428. avenidas.org

SPORTS Ongoing Soccer Tryouts - PSV Union FC PSV Union FC is a non-profit youth soccer club based in Palo Alto, with teams ages U7 to U18, and an academy for ages 4-6. Through Feb. 4. Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. www.psvunion.org

SUPPORT GROUPS A.W.A.K.E: PAMF Sleep Support Group The A.W.A.K.E. group will feature Dr. Mark McMahon, and Dr. Priscilla Sarinas, PAMF. McMahon, a physical therapist with Revolutions in Fitness, will draw on his experience in manual therapy and yoga to address the link between breathing and muskuloskeletal treatment/exercise around sleep disorders. Feb. 5, 7-8:15 p.m. Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 701 East El Camino Real, 3rd Floor, Conference Rooms A&B, Mountain View. www. pamf.org/healtheducation/supportgroups Food Addicts in Recovery Weekly meeting on Sunday evenings. Open to all who want

to stop eating addictively. 7-8:30 p.m. St. Marks Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. www.foodaddicts.org

TALKS/AUTHORS 2013 National Medal of Science Winner to Talk on Galaxies University of California Observatories Interim Director Sandra Faber, Ph.D., will discuss “How Galaxies were Cooked from the Primordial Soup,” an illustrated, non-technical lecture Feb. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $3. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7888. www.foothill.edu/news/ newsfmt.php?sr=2&rec_id=2869 Women’s Literature vs. Chick Lit: An Author Panel Discussion Bestselling authors Jane Smiley. Ellen Sussman and Meg Waite Clayton discuss the pros and cons of defining women’s literature as ‘chick lit.’ Feb. 3, 7-9 p.m. $10 Members; $15 Non-Members. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Room E104, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. www.paloaltojcc.org/chicklit

VOLUNTEERS Museum of American Heritage Volunteers are welcome at the Museum of American Heritage in downtown Palo Alto. There are a wide range of opportunities. 11-4 p.m. free Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

Aging in Place 2013

EXHIBITS Waldorf Presents: A Renaissance in Education This exhibition-style event will feature student academic work in the sciences, math, humanities and languages as well as present an array of offerings in music, Eurythmy and the fine and practical arts. Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. Waldorf School of the Peninsula - Mountain View Campus, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-209-9400. waldorfpeninsula.org/

SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, February 9th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Seniors, families of seniors, baby-boomers! Don’t miss out on our second annual Aging in Place event at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue, sponsored by the City of Mountain View’s Senior Advisory Committee and partner, DrukerCenter for Innovation. 40 minute seminars offered on an array of topics. Volunteer eldercare professionals will be on-site to answer your questions. This event is FREE. Registration begins at 8:30am. Cash lunch is provided. 9:00-9:30 Main Hall: Introduction by Elna Tymes, Senior Advisory Committee member What is Aging in Place? The benefits and challenges of staying in your own home.

Conference Schedule:

12:00-12:45 BLOCK TWO (two choices)

9:45-10:30 BLOCK ONE (two choices)

Stroke Prevention (A) Caroline L. Baron, Stroke Awareness Foundation

Clutter: Respectful Intervention (A) Michelle Rogers, Home Instead Senior Care Advances in Technology for Seniors (B) Greg Hartwell, Homecare California 1:00-1:45 BLOCK THREE (two choices) Obamacare and the New Medicare Options (A) Connie Corrales, Sarah Triano, Council on Aging Silicon Valley Eat Healthy, Eat Smart, Innovative Nutrition (B) Vanessa Merlano, SCC Public Health Dept.

Safety, Warmth and Independence at Home (B) Stewart Hyland, Lily Abt, Rebuilding Together Peninsula 2:00-2:45 BLOCK FOUR (two choices) linkAges: Creating a Community Network to Support Aging in Place (A) Dr. Paul Tang, DrukerCenter for Innovation Posture and Fitness for a Pain-free Back (B) Maya White 3:00 Conference Ends

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751 General Contracting A NOTICE TO READERS: It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractor’s status at www.cslb.ca.gov or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board. BP Construction Total home remodels, incl. kitchens, baths, decks. New construction. No job too small. Lic. #967617. 650/995-0327.

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1VCMJD/PUJDFT 995 Fictitious Name Statement GARAGE ONE SUBARU WORKSHOP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 573288 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Garage One Subaru Workshop, located at 1603 Almaden Road, Ste. B, San Jose, CA 95125, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): GARAGE 1 AUTO, INC. 1603 Almaden Road, Ste. B San Jose, CA 95125 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1/2/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 2, 2013. (MVV Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 2013) STRANGE FRUIT RECORDINGS USA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 572848 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Strange Fruit Recordings USA, located at 292 Monroe Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): LAWRENCE REDICAN 292 Monroe Drive Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 11/20/12. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 18, 2012. (MVV Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 2013) SUTTON SQUARE APARTMENTS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 573475 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Sutton Square Apartments, located at 1820 Ednamary Wy, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Trust. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): GEORGE S. GRCICH T.R. 2237 Shannon Dr. South San Francisco, CA 94080 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1972. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 7, 2013. (MVV Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 2013) HOTEL VUE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 573550 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Hotel Vue, located at 64 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): MV HOSPITALITY, LLC 64 W. El Camino Real Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 9, 2013. (MVV Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 2013) JARUCA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 573311 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Jaruca, located at 407 Barcelona Ct., Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: Joint Venture. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CATHLEEN BRIONES 407 Barcelona Ct. Mtn. View, CA 94040 RUSSEL BARCELONA 409 Barcelona Ct. Mtn. View, CA 94040 JACK S. BARCELONA 761 Glenside Dr. San Jose, CA 95123 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 3, 2013. (MVV Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 2013)

BAY AREA PERFORMANCE CYCLES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 573949 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Bay Area Performance Cycles, located at 2554 W. Middlefield Rd., Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): BAY AREA PERFORMANCE CYCLES INC. 2554 W. Middlefield Rd. Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 6/8/2002. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 22, 2013. (MVV Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) CALIFORNIA MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 573950 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: California Motorcycle Adventures, located at 2554 W. Middlefield Rd., Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): BAY AREA PERFORMANCE CLYCLES INC. 2554 W. Middlefield Rd. Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 11/5/07. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 22, 2013. (MVV Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) KIFER INVESTMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 573995 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Kifer Investment, located at 625 Ellis St., Suite 101, Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): FRANK L. CRIST 13748 Center St., Ste. B1 Carmel Valley, CA 93924 MICHELE EHLERS 1258 Oak Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008 ANN M. CRIST GLEASON 2268 Howard Ave San Carlos, CA 94403 KATHERINE G. CRIST 16944 Sugar Pine Dr. Morgan Hill, CA 95037 JAMES M. CRIST 4036 Sutherland Dr. Palo Alto, CA 94303 DAVID BANKS 14835 Stagecoach Sisters, OR 97759 CAROLYN GAY CRIST 9546 Maple Ct. Carmel, CA 93923 KRISTEN B. WINSLOW 4355 2nd. St. Pleasanton, CA 94566 SARAMAE ANN KOERING 10949 Magdalena Ave. Los Altos, CA 94022 MCKEE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY 625 Ellis St., Ste. 101 Mtn. View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 15, 1984. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 23, 2013. (MVV Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) norizz solar design FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 574044 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: norizz solar design, located at 2211 Latham Street #214, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): NORA HENDRICKSON 2211 Latham Street #214 Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 24, 2013. (MVV Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013)

VEGAS 888 CASINO PARTIES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 574163 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Vegas 888 Casino Parties, located at 2290 West El Camino Real, Suite 5A, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): DENNIS K. TSUKAGAWA 454 Marich Way Los Altos, CA 94022 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 5-14-2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 28, 2013. (MVV Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013)

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL REAL PROPERTY AT PRIVATE SALE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA In the Matter of the Conservatorship of the Estate of DONNA M. LAPORTE, Conservatee. Case No. 1-11-PR 169311 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on February 19, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., the undersigned, as Conservator of the Estate of DONNA M. LAPORTE, intends to sell at private sale, to the highest net bidder, all of the estate’s right, title and interest in and to certain real property located in County of Santa Clara, City of Mountain View, State of California, which property is more particularly described in Exhibit “A� attached hereto and incorporated by reference. The sale shall be subject to confirmation by the above-entitled court. Bids for the property are hereby invited. All bids must be on the bid forms provided by the undersigned or Alain Pinel Realtors and may be mailed or personally delivered to the undersigned at the Office of the Public Guardian, 333 W Julian Street, 4th Floor, San Jose, CA 95110, or to Alain Pinel Realtors, 167 So. San Antonio Road, Suite 1, Los Altos, CA 94022. All bids must be accompanied by a ten (10) percent deposit, with the balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash upon close of escrow. The full terms of the sale are contained in the bid form. All bids will be opened at the Office of the Public Guardian at 2:00 p.m., or thereafter, as allowed by law. The Subject property is commonly known as, 2111 Lathem St., #101, Mt. View, CA 94040, and shall be sold “as is.� The undersigned reserves the right to reject any and all bids prior to entry of a court order confirming a sale. For additional information and bid forms, apply at the office of Alain Pinel Realtors, 167 S. San Antonio Road, Suite 1, Los Altos, CA 94022, Attention: Shirley Bailey, Telephone: (650) 941-1111 Ext. 480. Date: 1-11-13 ___________________ DONALD R. MOODY Public Guardian of the County of Santa Clara, Petitioner LORI E. PEGG, Acting County Counsel SANDRA G. SEPULVEDA, Deputy County Counsel ___________________ Attorneys for Petitioner EXHIBIT A The land referred to is situated in the County of Santa Clara, City of Mountain

A Condominium Comprised of: Parcel One: An undivided 1/71st interest in and to Lot 1 of the Subdivision Map entitled, "Tract No. 6056, The Woodview City of Mountain View, California", as per Map recorded on June 30, 1977 in Book 399 of Maps, at Page 48, Official Records, Santa Clara County, California. Excepting therefrom the following: (A) Units 101 through 104, inclusive; Units 106 through 124, inclusive; Units 201 through 224, inclusive and Units 301 through 324, inclusive, as shown upon the Condominium Plan for Lot 1, recorded in Book D207 at Page 1 of Official Record, of said County.

Parcel Two: Unit 101 as shown upon the Condominium Plan above referred to. Parcel Three: The exclusive right to possession and occupancy of those portions of Lot 1 described in Parcel 1 above, designated as B101, S101 and G or one up to be designated by The Woodview Homeowners Association. Parcel Four: The exclusive right to possession and occupancy of those portions of Lot1 of the Subdivision Map entitled, "Tract No. 6056, the Woodview of Mountain View, California", as per map recorded on June 30, 1977 in Book 399 of Maps at Page 48 of Official Records of Santa Clara County, California, designated as Garage Space 6 as set forth in that certain Condominium Plan for Lot 1 recorded in Book D207 at Page 1 of Official Records of said County, said Garage Space is appurtenant to and for the benefit of Unit 101 of said unit as shown upon that Map of Tract No. 6058 and the Condominium Plan as above set forth. APN: 148-40-001 C 399-48-101 (MVV Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 2013) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: January 11, 2013 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: COUNTER MOUNTAIN VIEW L-PSHIP The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 2580 W. El Camino Real Mountain View, CA 94040-1307 Type of license(s) applied for: 47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE (MVV Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 2013) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: January 8, 2013 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: WALGREEN CO The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 121 E El Camino Real Mountain View, CA 94040-2701 Type of license(s) applied for: 21 - OFF-SALE GENERAL (MVV Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2013)

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