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Quick-stop tamale shop Convenience store finds its niche WEEKEND | 20 FEBRUARY 8, 2013 VOLUME 21, NO. 2 650.964.6300 MOVIES | 23 Art museum effort may be last chance for Pearson House By Daniel DeBolt be done,” Burnell said. “There are many technical, timing, and hile it appears that political/legal hoops that would everyone else has given have to be navigated, but at the up, resident Chris Par- same time I have art in both my kinson is on a mission to save the background and patronage, so Pearson House and turn it into we are doing whatever we can to the art museum. see if this plan can gain realistic Parkinson announced that he traction.” wanted to raise funds to relocate Parkinson is hoping that art it and turn it into an art museum, collectors will want to pitch in to something he says the city lacks. raise nearly $1 million to move Shortly after the City Council and restore the home. Dzigurski’s voted on Jan. 29 oil paintings of the not to repurpose Big Sur coastline the 1880s home as and Yosemite Valaffordable housing ‘I think the city is ley have fetched as or a city employee much as $12,000 dorm, at a cost of sorely lacking for a piece, and he’s $65,000 to move to donate the visual arts’ planning it and $857,000 three of them to ALEXANDER DZIGURSKI to restore it. That be auctioned in a leaves the fate of fund-raising efforts the home of early for the museum. Mountain View businessman Parkinson notes that the sort of Charles Pearson in the hands of folks who have bought Dzigurdeveloper Roger Burnell. Burnell ski’s paintings include a Saudi is set to build a four-story office prince and “wealthy people up on the property at 902 Villa Street and down the Peninsula.” and wants the home moved or Parkinson said the Pearson demolished soon. House could be moved to one of Parkinson, who works in real two city-owned lots on Shoreestate and is the chair of the city’s line Boulevard near Eagle Park. visual arts committee, has enlist- That is where council members ed the support of Mountain View expressed a preference for relocatartist Alexander Dzigurski II. ing the tiny “Immigrant House” “As a lifetime Mountain View that also sits on the property resident, I think the city is sorely Burnell is trying to redevelop. lacking for the visual arts,” DzigThe immediate challenge will urski told the Voice, adding that be quickly getting City Council the city “definitely needs” an art support for the move to a piece museum. of city land and then coming up Burnell told the Council on with money to move the home. Jan. 29 that any delays to his proj“There is an opportunity to ect could come with significant save a historic piece of Mountain costs, but said in an email Tues- View and convert it to a lasting day that he is exploring the idea legacy for the visual arts,” Dzigof relocating the 1,100 square urski said. “It’s a win-win situafoot home for an art museum. tion.” “We have been working since Email Daniel DeBolt late last evening, and again since at 5 a.m. today to see how it could W MICHELLE LE Alexandria makes eye contact before riding in front of a “driver” using a cell phone at the bike safety rodeo at Huff School on Feb. 4. Saddle up for safety STUDENTS LEARN RULES OF THE ROAD IN ‘TRAFFIC SAFETY RODEO’ By Nick Veronin O n a chilly and overcast Monday morning, a class of Huff Elementary School students clambered onto bicycles, strapped on helmets and peddled their way through an obstacle course simulating the potential hazards they might encounter while riding to school. “What do we do at a stop sign?” Winona Hubbard, a Safe Moves educator, asks the children, who eagerly await permission to pass the small, red hexagon. “Stop!” they reply in unison. “And...?” Hubbard nudges them. “Look and listen,” a few of the children chime in, recalling the rest of the answer.” See SAFETY RODEO, page 6 Friends rallying around drowned woman’s children Nick Veronin F riends are rallying around the surviving children of a former Mountain View resident who drowned last month. Karen Anderson, 46, known for her “tremendous amount of energy,” her involvement in founding and maintaining the INSIDE Foothill College Art Club and her passion for raising chickens, died along with her 5-year-old daughter, Amelia Noelle Arago, of an apparently accidental drowning in a frozen-over pond near her Pine Grove, Calif., home on Jan. 27. Friends, colleagues and acquaintances of Anderson say she is survived by her five chil- dren, Marc Anderson, Michael Anderson, Christina Johns, Christopher Johns and Amelia Anderson. Most of her children still live in Mountain View and Palo Alto, and are struggling to scrape together funds for funeral expenses and other estate-related costs in the wake See DROWN, page 12 VIEWPOINT 18 | GOINGS ON 24 | MARKETPLACE 25 | REAL ESTATE 27

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