These knives skills are a cut above WEEKEND | 21 MARCH 22, 2013 VOLUME 21, NO. 8 www.MountainViewOnline.com 650.964.6300 MOVIES | 24 EPA to test homes for toxics on Leong Drive LACK OF FUNDING FOR TCE AIR TESTING NO LONGER AN ISSUE FOR AGENCY By Daniel DeBolt MICHELLE LE Students work on AC currents in Frank Cascarano’s Physics 2B class in Foothill College’s new Physical Sciences & Engineering Center on March 19. Students, staff show off new labs DESIGN OF FOOTHILL’S PHYSICAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING CENTER RELIED HEAVILY ON FACULTY INPUT By Nick Veronin T ouring the newly opened Physical Sciences & Engineering Center at Foothill College, it’s easy to forget you are on the grounds of a community college. Considering the center’s 65,800 square feet — replete with state-of-the-art equipment and a forward-thinking, elegant design — you would be forgiven for believing you were at a top-notch UC or private university. In fact, according to a number of the Foothill College faculty members who teach in the new science and engineering wing of the campus, the labs are likely better equipped than the undergraduate facilities at other community colleges as well as many of its public and private universities. Not including the research departments of California’s major schools, of course. On a recent afternoon, Peter Murray, dean of Foothill’s physical science, mathematics and engineering division, led the Voice on a tour of the $41.6 million center, which opened its doors in January. Murray was clearly proud of the new facility — a sentiment shared by the faculty. “This is amazing,” says David Marasco, a physics professor at Foothill. “I feel like I walked from the 20th century into the 21st century.” Marasco says that a lot of the technology in the See FOOTHILL LABS, page 8 E PA officials announced on Friday that their agency has allocated $100,000 to test and remediate homes on Leong Drive that could have unsafe levels of toxic vapors trapped inside. Groundwater sampling in 2011 found trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination on the east side of Leong Drive under the site of a gas station, hotel and now-vacant Denny’s restaurant. How it got there is still under investigation. The announcement comes after attendees of a March 3 Wagon Wheel neighborhood meeting were shocked to learn of the toxics on Leong Drive — when residents already were reeling from news about toxic vapors found in homes on Evandale Avenue. Environmental Protection Agency officials had said that there was no funding to do indoor air testing of homes in the area as a search for the polluters responsible was underway. But after reports appeared in the Voice and other press coverage, that all changed last week. “We got the word this week that we’ll have the money,” said Rusty Harris-Bishop, spokesperson for the EPA, in an interview on March 15. “The fact there’s no responsible parties in the area, that doesn’t pose an impediment to us,” said David Yogi, another EPA spokesperson. “Our priority is make sure people are safe and protected.” EPA officials are set to reach out to residents of the block bordered by Leong Drive, Winston Place, Evandale Avenue and Emily Drive. Indoor air tests are free and voluntary, but landlords must agree to them, according to EPA policy. So far, the EPA has been able to get permission from landlords in every case on Evandale Avenue, where over 30 homes have been tested near the Valley’s largest Superfund site, polluted by original computer See LEONG DRIVE, page 7 Berlin Wall display finds home in front of library By Daniel DeBolt A fter considering several other sites, on Tuesday the City Council settled on putting two donated sections of the Berlin Wall in front of the library on Franklin Street. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the library location for the two sections donated by the late Frank Golzen, a German INSIDE immigrant who became a successful real estate developer on the Peninsula. The Los Altos resident had placed the sections on a display in front of his office complex at 2685 Marine Way in Mountain View not long after the wall fell in 1989. “Thousands of people, especially children, would see this at the library,” said council member Jac Siegel. “Of the two locations suggested, I think by far the best place is the library.” The library was the Visual Arts Committee’s second choice. The first was Charleston Park, a city park on Amphitheatre Parkway that is often mistaken for a part of Google’s adjacent headquarters. Several residents and council members expressed concern about VIEWPOINT 19 | GOINGS ON 26 | MARKETPLACE 27 | REAL ESTATE 29 vandalism at that location, and that most residents would have to drive to see the pieces there. “It would be like taking a monument to 9/11 and sticking it out there in Charleston Park,” said resident Roy Mize. “You wouldn’t do that.” He noted how many people had been shot trySee BERLIN WALL, page 9 JAMES TENSUAN A portion of the Berlin Wall to be displayed at the city’s library.