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The Behavioral Health Board devoted 45 minutes to a presentation by Sheriff Laurie Smith, who was accompanied by many members of the Office of the Sheriff staff. Michael Tyree’s death, which occurred last August 2015, allegedly due to being beaten by three correctional officers, has brought to the attention of many of the current practice of ‘holding mental health challenged’ individuals in jails while awaiting an available psychiatric bed. This incident highlights a gap in the continuum of care bySCVMC which may require establishment of an extended acute psychiatric care facility by SCC’s Health & Hospital Systems. This unfortunate incident has led to an assessment by Ms. Toly Tullys, R.N., M.B.A., Director, Behavioral Health Services Department.

Juliana Tamayo LA RED HISPANA ¿Alguna vez has visto a alguien sufrir una convulsión? ¿Tal vez, alguien que parece en trance? La epilepsia está rodeada de muchos mitos en nuestra comunidad. A veces creemos que sucede porque estamos cumpliendo un mal del pasado, o porque tenemos una maldición. Nos asusta y nos parece un mal lejano. Pero no lo es. Sufrir de epilepsia se confunde con otros comportamientos. A veces cuando un niño o adulto no responde, o cuando no puede quedarse quieto, lo hace porque sus conexiones cerebrales son más lentas o distintas. Pero es que no hablar de la epilepsia sólo causa más segregación y complicaciones, tanto para la

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In a summary report, Ms. Tullys explained that the critical mass of psychiatric beds, nursing staff, psychiatrists, and other allied mental health professionals was being defined and is a work in progress. The Behavioral Health Board, which is advisory to the Director, Behavioral Health Services Department (Ms. Toni Tullys) and the Board of Supervisors, had scheduled the Office of the Sheriff for this presentation in order to learn more about the proposed new jail. Sheriff Smith pointed out that current jails were designed during the 1950’s (Elmwood) and 1970’s (Main Jail). The daily census is 3,600 inmates of which an estimated 35% have mental health challenges. Sheriff Smith stated that too many individuals are being incarcerated because there is no other alternative. While she deeply regrets the death of Michael Tyree, who had been waiting five days for a psychiatric bed, this incident initiated an immediate mobilization of a variety of professionals who areanalyzing current practices of ‘protective custodial care’. Experts on ‘custodial operations’ and re-

persona como para aquellos a su lado. Ya es hora de atrevernos a hablar de la epilepsia. Es hora de desmentir los mitos y empoderar a las personas que viven con ella. Lo que muchas personas aún no saben es que aquellos con epilepsia tienen todo el potencial en carreras profesionales, en los deportes, estudios académicos y más.Empecemos entonces, por atrevernos a entender qué es la epilepsia. Por un lado, es una condición crónica del cerebro caracterizada por convulsiones frecuentes, pero que también se trata de breves movimientos involuntarios de los músculos o de distracción. Por otro lado, no es siempre identificable inmediatamente y puede confundirse con problemas de atención.

lated issues were hired by the County to assist in development of a plan to resolve this complex patient service challenge. The very first meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission to Evaluate Custodial Operations occurred on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the BOS Chambers, 70 West Hedding, San Jose, CA 95110 (These meetings are open to the public). Since released jail census data establish that 50% of inmates are Latinos; 14% are Afro-Americans, and 2% are Asian Americans, it was not surprising to learn that many civil rights advocacy groups had representatives in attendance. The Chair is Judge LaDoris Cordell (retired), the former San Jose Independent Police Auditor, who voiced her concerns about the county hiring other consultants who were expert in custody operations and related legal issues. The possibility that these two efforts may impact the Blue Ribbon Commission’s activities may be mitigated by establishment of direct communications between these two efforts. The

De ahí a que la epilepsia se confunda con déficit de atención o problemas de comportamiento al evidenciarse con síntomas más leves, como la incontinencia urinaria, los trances, o confusión temporal. Ahora, debemos atrevernos a ver el mundo de la persona con epilepsia. Aquellos con un tipo de epilepsia más agresivo, se alejan de las actividades sociales y no siguen sus retos por miedo a sufrir un ataque epiléptico. ¿Y cómo no iba a ser así si todavía no se habla abiertamente de la epilepsia? Es un hecho además que para los jóvenes, la epilepsia es vista como un mal espiritual, como la posesión del cuerpo por parte de un espíritu, o también es vista como una condición médica alejada de su realidad... pero no lo debe ser.

findings of consultant group may be embargoed by the County. However, the proceedings of the Blue Ribbon Commission will be totally available to the Board of Supervisors as well as the community. EO’s readership is referred to ȐHIRING MAY TORPEDO PANELȑ article published 11.06.15 in the San Jose Mercury News. This article reveals that the County Jails were already dealing with Ȑinmates rights groupsȑ, Prison Law Office, Berkeley, CA; Disability Rights Advocates (advocates for compliance with American Disabilities Act (ADA); and family initiated litigations. The Behavioral Health Board’s main interest is to have input into the proposed plans for a new jail which will cost $380 million. The BHB wants to ensure that mental health and psychiatric services will be accommodated by these new jail facilities being planned. A major concern is to formally establish the need for an alternative to being incarcerated. Referrals to community services in lieu of being jailed; the reduction of

Por ello, una nueva campaña nacional busca precisamente reducir el miedo y la falta de comprensión sobre la epilepsia. LaEpilepsia.org --Epilepsy Foundation-- nos explica que una de 26 personas desarrollará la epilepsia en algún punto de su vida. Si es tan común y latente en nuestra sociedad, ya es hora de atrevernos a comprender más sobre la epilepsia. Se puede hacer un cambio de muchas formas. Conectarnos con otras personas con epilepsia, entender su condición médica y que ellos puedan descubrir cómo vivir más saludablemente, hace parte de estos cambios de vida. Queda entonces claro el mensaje: “Atrévete”. Atrévete a contar tu historia si sufres de epilepsia, a apren-

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jail sentences under Proposition 47; and theestablishment of adult and juvenile psychiatric bed facility under the future operational management of the Health and Hospital Systems. A comprehensive adult psychiatric services may need to be developed as an independent center so as to minimize impact by SCVMC’s overhead costs. In addition, many mental health and psychiatric services now qualify for reimbursement under the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). It is essential that Latino community groups such as CTC, CET, La Raza Lawyers Association, American GI Forum, and La Raza Roundtable provide extensive input. (Rose Amador. LRRT, is a member of this Blue Ribbon Commission). The current daily census of the County Jails is 50% Latino inmates, many of whom are ‘transition age youthȑ (ages 14 to 24) who often make personal destructive decisions. In brief, the Latino community here has an opportunity to give relevant input which improves their future.

der más, a buscar apoyo de los millones de personas afectadas por esta condición. Y para el resto de la población, atrévanse a conocer, sensibilizarse y actuar.Si tienes epilepsia o conoces a alguien que la tenga, puedes compartir tu historia, profundizar tu conocimiento e iniciar una conversación en español en laepilepsia.org.

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Tribes

Clybourne Park

First Street Opera Singers

Giada De Laurentiis

Closer by the Minute

Friday November 13 8:00 pm The Pear Theatre 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA $10 - $35

Saturday November 14 8:00 pm Lucie Stern Theatre & Community Center 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA $32 - $46

Sunday November 15 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm RockBar Theater 360 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA $10

Monday November 16 8:00 pm California Theatre 345 South First Street, San Jose, CA $45 - $150

Tuesday November 17 8:30 am - 5:30 pm de Saisset Museum 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA Free

Archetype$

Sunday November 15 11:00 am –5:00 pm Cantor Arts Center 328 Lomita Dr, Palo Alto, CA Free

ArtWorlds Friday November 13 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) Finn Center 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA Free

Friday November 13 7:00 pm -10:00 pm Empire Seven Studios 525 N 7th Street, San Jose, CA Free

Missing Persons

City of Santa Clara Photography Exhibit

Nadja Martens

The 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Saturday November 14 6:00 pm KALEID Gallery 88 S 4th St, San Jose, CA Free

Saturday November 14 2:00 pm Macy's 2801 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA Free

Tuesday November 17 7:00 am - 5:00pm City of Santa Clara - Senior Citizens Center 1303 Fremont St, Santa Clara, CA Free

2015 Bacon and Beer Classic

La Semesienta

Jim Campbell: New Work

Saturday November 14 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm San Jose Municipal Stadium 588 E Alma Ave, San Jose, CA $63.20-$79.00

Sunday November 15 7:00 pm San Jose Center for the Performing Arts 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA $50 - $100

Sunday November 15 12:00 pm M.A.C.L.A. (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) 510 S 1st St, San Jose, CA Free

Twice Heroes and More Monday November 16 12:00 pm –4:00 pm Japanese American Museum of San Jose 535 N 5th St, San Jose, CA $5

New Talent Showcase Wednesday November 18 8:00 pm Rooster T. Feathers 157 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA $10

Tuesday November 17 7:30 pm –10:30 pm Santa Clara Senior Center 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara, CA $5 - $6

Brown Bag Lunch with Nabeela Sajjad Wednesday November 18 8:00 am - 9:15 am Triton Museum of Art 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA Free

Rockaraoke

Drone World Expo

Santa Clara Dance

Tuesday November 17 7:00 pm RockBar Theater 360 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA Free

Tuesday November 17 10:00 am –5:00 pm San Jose McEnery Convention Center 150 West San Carlos, San Jose, CA $50 - $995

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NAPS “Green teams” are forming at K–12 schools all over the country and reinventing the way their communities view waste and recycling. Students and teachers build sheds and design bins to house hundreds of collected bottles and cans. They use their schools’ daily announcements to share original songs and music videos about how to “drop it in the bin.” Devoted teachers, such as Drew Johnson of Salem, Illinois, are leading the way by advocating for the creation of these groups and empowering students to become leaders themselves. An avid recycler, Johnson first introduced recycling to his school in 2010 and today he co-sponsors the school’s Green Clean Recycling Team alongside teacher Kari Thackrey. The duo oversees a group of 30 students who have rallied the school and community to collect thousands of beverage containers to date. Leaders are shining at schools nationwide, their success re-warded and measured by orga-nized school recycling programs, such as PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally, whose 1,500 participating schools recycled more than 51 million bottles and cans since the program kicked off in 2010. School recycling programs provide structure and incentives for teachers and PTA parents

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so they can take recycling to the next level at their schools. Recycle Rally, for example, provides curriculum, guides and performance reports, plus multiple opportunities to earn supplies and rewards. What You Can Do In addition to helping your kids recycle cans and bottles, there are several steps you can take at home to make the world a greener place, including: •Look around the house for plastic containers that can be upcycled to create something new. •Turn off lights when you leave a room to conserve energy. • Plant a garden or tree in your backyard. •Use both sides of a piece of paper when taking notes or creating artwork. Throw scrap paper in a recycling receptacle instead of a trash bin. •Beautify your neighborhood by organizing a garbage pickup. Learn More For further information about Recycle Rally and to join the program, visit www.PepsiCoRecycling.com/Programs/RecycleRally. Taking the future into their own hands, students across the country are really into recycling—and winning awards for their schools.

San José-Evergreen Community College District and Milpitas Unified School District Break Ground on New Shared College Facility San Jose, CA. -- On Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, construction will officially begin on a jointuse facility fulfilling a partnership between the San José-Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) and the Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD). Located on a site next to Thomas Russell Middle School and across the street from Milpitas High School, the building will house five classrooms; a large, dividable lecture room; computer/robotics lab; science lab; small student union “hub” and staff/faculty offices. In plans for nearly 10 years, Mr. Cary Matsuoka, the superintendent of MUSD and Dr. Rita Cepeda, the recently retired Chancellor of the SJECCD, saw beyond the challenges and pursued the completion of the building which is now about to be built. “This effort is a true partnership,” said Matsuoka, “and the benefits are greater than the dollars either school district is putting into it.” Explaining further, the superintendent shared that it’s the members of the Milpitas community that will be the greatest beneficiaries of the new facility. While Evergreen Valley College and San Jose City College have been offering a limited number of classes at Milpitas High School for years, this new facility will be jointly used for high school and college students during the day and exclusively by the college in the eve-

ning. Conceived originally to serve the community, the class and lecture rooms will be available on a space-available basis for public use. This new building will entice collegebound students to stay closer to home, reducing time in traffic, the resulting air pollution and associated costs. With MUSD contributing 40 percent of the facility’s cost by providing the land, and SJECCD covering the cost of construction and landscaping for 60 percent of the total cost, the expense of staffing, utilities and maintenance will be split in the same manner, with the inside of the building being SJECCD’s responsibility and the outside landscaping and grounds maintenance being MUSD’s domain. Funding for this new construction is provided by Measure G, a facilities bond measure voted on and passed by Milpitas and San Jose Residents in 2004. One plan for the center will be to offer concurrent enrollment classes during the day for eligible Milpitas High School students. These courses will be college-level and earn the students free college credit while still attending high school. Other classes will include a lab, science, engineering and classes yet to be decided upon by community input and interest. The creation of this two school district collaboration and the construction of this campus is significant because it is the only such partnership in the State. And, while there are still details to negotiate and resolve, both School districts see the construction of the new campus as a win-win for the constituents they serve and the Milpitas community as a whole. Expected completion and first use is projected to be Fall 2016. “We are covering new territory with this building. It’s exciting,” says John Hendrickson, Interim Chancellor of the SJECCD, “Milpitas students, their families and community deserve this and will be well served by the programs being offered there.”


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Nathaniel Sillin PRACTICAL MONEY

NEWSUSA Owning a pet has a lot of perks, but caring for one can take its toll on your wallet. According to the ASPCA, owning a dog or cat can cost up to $1,000 in the first year, and many people end up spending much more. The good news is you can cut your pet care expenses without compromising your pet’s health and well-being. Here are a few ways you can save money and keep your pet healthy.

1. Don’t skip the vet.

If you’re trying to save money, it can be tempting to cut back on veterinary visits. But according to Julie Ciarmella of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, “an investment in preventive healthcare can reduce your long-term pet healthcare costs.” Why? Because regular check-ups can prevent expensive complications down the road.

2. Get by with a little help from your friends.

Dog-walking, pet-sitting and kennel services can be some of the most expensive aspects of owning a pet. You can save money by taking the “you scratch my dog’s back, I’ll scratch your cat’s chin” approach and tapping into a network of other pet owners in your area. Neighborhood dog parks are great places to meet like-minded pet lovers; or, you could try good old-fashioned advertising.

3. Choose high-quality pet products that give you more value for your money.

Reaching for the cheapest product can feel like a thrifty move, but you may be surprised by the impact “cheap” products can have on your budget. For example, cheaper clay cat litter needs to be changed more often, so cat owners go through bag after bag. World’s Best Cat Litter is an alternative that harnesses the concentrated power of corn for long-lasting performance. You’ll use less litter, replace it less often and save money in the long run. In the end, remember that what your pet needs most is love. Keep things simple and invest in high-value products where it matters, and you’ll be on your way to a pet care budget that works for you.

It will begin soon enough – all those “beat the rush!” ads for holiday shopping, activities and events. Right now, you have a great opportunity to beat the rush to organize your year-end finances and make some smart moves for the New Year. Consider the following tasks for your year-end financial todo list. Total up your year-to-date spending. Whether you organize by computer or on paper, make sure your tracking system for spending, saving and investment is up to date. This way, you can make sure you are on budget for the year and ready with data for tax time. Once you are finished, determine your net worth – what you own less what you owe – and get an early idea of what you need to change next year. Check in with your planner or tax professional. Late December is a busy time for financial professionals. Take a minute to see if they can review your numbers and make suggestions on year-end financial activities and new moves you should make in 2016. Make sure you’ve reviewed all your credit reports for the year. You are entitled to one free copy (https://www.annualcreditreport.com) of each of your three major credit reports from TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. It’s generally wise to schedule delivery of each at different points in the year to catch errors or irregularities.

BUSINESS

Empty out your flexible spending accounts. If you have a Flexible Spending Account for health care or other qualifying expenses, it’s time to submit outstanding claims from the doctor, dentist or optometrist. Remember you can only transfer $500 in your remaining balance over to the next year. Make any appointments or medical purchases you need to now and get the paperwork in fast. Do a last-minute tax review. If you work alone or with a tax professional, review your annual income, investment and spending data to see if there’s anything you can do in the final weeks of the year to save on taxes. If tax-deductible donations to qualified charities and nonprofits are recommended, consult sites such as GuideStar (http://www.guidestar.org), CharityWatch (https://www.charitywatch.org/home) and Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org) to evaluate your choices so you know your contribution is being well spent. Save time and cut back on waste with online bill pay and deposits. Automatic online bill pay means you won’t have to waste time writing checks or risk late payment fees. Scheduling bill payment through your checking and savings accounts can save time and money, while setting up regular electronic deposits to savings and investment accounts can also help you save money before you are tempted to spend it. Bottom line: Doing a last-minute review of your finances can potentially save money and help you save, spend and invest smarter in the coming year.

Check and rebalance your portfolio. With the dramatic market swings this past year, be sure to check if your retirement and other investments are still on track with your investment goals. Get qualified help if necessary to see if the assets you own still fit your needs. And if you need to do any tax selling by the end of the year, now is the time to start thinking about it. Check your insurance coverage. If you buy your own home, auto, life or other insurance policies, contact two or three agents representing highly rated (http://www.ambest.com) insurers to review the adequacy and pricing of your coverage. If you have made any structural changes or improvements to your home, make sure those actions are reflected in your homeowners insurance. Such work may boost your home’s replacement value. Also, if you’ve had a major life or financial event like a new baby or the purchase of a new home it’s time to make sure all your coverage is sufficient. Update your W-2, benefits and estate plan if necessary. While you’re updating your insurance and investment needs for big life events related to family, property or marital status, see if your tax withholding and employee health coverage and investments need review. Get qualified help to make this assessment if you are not sure.

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NAPS The changing landscape of the U.S. health care system has resulted in rising costs for prescription medications, causing a real health and financial burden for many Americans. Here are four easy ways consumers can save at the pharmacy: 1. Research pharmacy prescription costs One thing that many consumers don’t realize is that pharmacy prices can vary—what you pay for your medications at one pharmacy might be significantly different than what you would pay at another. Fortunately, there are a number of tools available, such as the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup Tool, that allow consumers to check prices at different pharmacies. Many of these tools are available online or as an app, making it easy for consumers to scout out the best price and know the price of their prescriptions before going to the pharmacy. 2. Go generic (if available) Generic drugs are copies of brand-name drugs that have exactly the same dosage, intended use, effects, side effects, route of administration, risks, safety and strength as the original drug. In other words, their pharmacological effects are exactly the same as those of their brand-name counterparts. According to the Generic Pharmaceutical Asso-

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ciation, generic medications can cost 30 to 80 percent less than their brand-name counterparts. Therefore, consumers should ask their doctor if their medication has a generic equivalent, or ask their pharmacist if the medication is available in a generic form. 3. Use prescription savings cards In 2014, the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card saved consumers an average of 42 percent off retail prescription costs, or an average of $29.14 per prescription. Although all prescription savings cards have one common goal— saving consumers money on their medications—they each work differently and have their own set of requirements. Consumers should read the fine print on each card to determine the best card for them, as some cards have eligibility requirements based on age, income, insurance and/or location. 4. Shop smart. Save smart. According to Consumer Reports, other ways to save money on prescription drugs include trying over-thecounter products first for certain common, mild conditions. For others, only try them after consulting with your physician. Only take products you need. For example, avoid multisymptom cold remedies that may include unnecessary ingredients and increase risk for side effects. • Some major chain drugstores, big-box stores and club stores offer better dis-

counts than insurance. •Paying cash may be cheaper. •Look for seasonal discounts, sales, special displays and smart-phone offers. • Understand how the new health care law affects you. If your insurance company no longer covers your medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist about less costly alternatives. Check out your insurer’s preferred pharmacy or mailorder service to get the best prices. Be willing to consider “ step therapy” for your condition, starting with less expensive, older treatments before switching to newer therapies. See if you can reduce the number of medicines you take by making lifestyle changes that have a positive impact on your health. Finally, ask your physician and pharmacist to review your medicines regularly. Costly prescriptions, especially those related to chronic diseases, can cause financial hardship for individuals and families. Consumers can be smart shoppers at the pharmacy, just like they are at the grocery store. By using prescription savings cards, researching pharmacy prescription costs and using generics, when possible, consumers can save money and ensure they are getting the best price on their medications. Taking medications exactly as prescribed is important, and by shopping smart and saving smart, consumers can also be smart about their health and their wallet.

How one project is raising awareness of metastatic breast cancer BPT Hearing a doctor utter the words “breast cancer” often leaves women with dozens of initial questions: “How will I manage all of the demands of daily life while in treatment? How will it affect me physically? How do I tell my family?” But a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer, the most advanced stage of the disease after it has spread to other parts of the body, can be particularly difficult. “There’s a real dark side to cancer. Like many women with this disease, I experience fear, sadness and physically feel the impact of my diagnosis,” says Linda Carey, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and metastatic breast cancer in 2006. Shortly before Carey’s first diagnosis with breast cancer, her husband Bob started a personal photography project –The Tutu

Project– to express his feelings about some significant life changes, including the Careys’ move from Arizona to Brooklyn, New York. When Carey was diagnosed, the project evolved into a way to help make her laugh and allowed her to shift her focus away from her cancer journey. Over the years, the project has further evolved into a way for the Careys to provide support to others. Through the Tutu Project, Bob photographs himself wearing only a pink tutu in a variety of poses and settings around the world – walking through fields, standing atop the Grand Canyon and even jumping across the Brooklyn Bridge – all in the hope of offering inspiration, laughter and perhaps a smile while in chemotherapy, while raising funds to cover incidental costs not covered by health insurance for those living with breast cancer. Bob notes, “This can be a very scary road to travel. But Linda’s cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing—no, the only thing— we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with

others.”Carey says she relies on finding the humor in the little things and the support of friends and family to get her through the toughest times. The approximately 175,000 American women living with this advanced form of breast cancer often face challenges distinct from those diagnosed with an earlier stage. For many like Carey and her husband Bob, the desire to share their stories and connect with other members of the metastatic breast cancer community is an essential part of the journey. “In those moments when I feel alone or afraid, I use journaling or drawing to help express my emotions, negative or positive. These are my forms of self-therapy and I can’t begin to describe the value that they have added to my life. ”To help create awareness of metastatic breast cancer and find strength and solidarity in these experiences, Carey is encouraging women to participate in the nationwide #MBCStrength photo and story-sharing campaign. Women with metastatic breast cancer can share their own photos and stories that capture the essence of their journey living with MBC on Twitter using the hashtag #MBCStrength


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NAPSI When it comes to transforming your home with design and paint projects, selecting paint color is easier than you think; and with a few expert tips and simple steps, you’ll gain the confidence needed to transform your home with colors that reflect both your personality and lifestyle. 1. Setting the Stage: Before heading to the paint aisle, consider the mood and functionality of the room you are looking to transform. Are you seeking a restful and calming haven in the bedroom? Do you prefer a sociable and stimulating environment in the dining area? Maybe it’s a combination of both in the living room? Understanding the purpose of the room—both in the mood it conveys and the function it serves—will help you hone in on colors that are best suited for it. If you aren’t sure, you can start by looking for a favorite item in the room—a piece of furniture, a rug or beloved artwork—to use as the centerpiece to build around. This item provides a potential starting point to help determine the color palette or hues to work with. And don’t forget to take a step back and look at the other paint colors in your home. A balanced color scheme that seamlessly connects one space to the next creates a sense of continuity and harmony throughout the home. Choose between three and five favorite colors and then alternate between rooms. Perhaps the ceiling color in one room becomes an accent wall in another. 2. Selecting the Color: Color expert Sue Wadden explains that color selection is a very personal choice but there is also a method to picking the color that fits best with the mood, tone and function of a room. Here is her take on the most popular paint color groups:

• RED is viewed as an exciting, vibrant color with a passionate feel. The deepest reds, such as burgundy and maroon, give a feeling of richness—excellent for bringing out the competitive spirit in a game room. • ORANGE radiates cheerfulness and boldness but can still be subdued and calming. A vibrant orange fills a space, such as a dining room, with energy and a sunny disposition while a softer orange brings a feeling of warmth and coziness to a living room. • YELLOW is a warm and inviting color that brings a sense of optimism and joy to the space it inhabits. Softer yellow tones convey happiness while giving the room a sophisticated and timeless look. Brighter shades have the ability to fill virtually any room in the house with a feeling of bliss. • COOL EARTHEN TONES of green add a splash of nature to the room, giving it a sense of comfort and harmony. When looking to create an atmosphere that is both soothing and sunny, try incorporating several shades of green. • LIGHTER SHADES OF BLUE evoke feelings of serenity and comfort when used in the bedroom. These calming tones make for a relaxing way to end the day and a great way to encourage a restful night’s sleep. Brighter hues bring warmth and a sunny temperament to the room. • PURPLE is a versatile color that anchors a space but also compliments the use of neutrals and patterns. It conveys a feeling of luxury and refinement while still giving the room a fresh, soft look. • SIMILAR TO GREEN, brown is associated with nature. This relaxed neutral is a great color to incorporate into spaces in the home that are for both living and working. Darker hues look

sophisticated and stylish while lighter shades give the space a warm and modern vibe. • GRAY is an elegant neutral that provides depth when paired with subtle accent colors. It evokes feelings of sophistication and airiness to create a haven of relaxation and calm. 3. Test-Drive Your Color Choice: Once you have chosen your preferred colors, Wadden recommends sampling the colors at home in various stages of light. Lighting is one of the most essential factors when selecting paint color. Natural daylight shows the truest hue, while incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows and fluorescent lighting casts cooler, bluer tones. The easiest way to test how light affects color is to simply tape the color chip on a wall that sees both natural and artificial light. Or for a more effective analysis, get small paint samples of each color and apply large swatches directly on the wall. Watch the color over the course of several days. Fluctuations in natural light can vary from sunny skies to cloudy days. Time of day is really important as well—color that looks bright and cheery in the morning can appear duller at nighttime. 4. Gauging Number of Gallons: Once you are confident in your color choice, the next step is to find out how much paint you’ll need to paint the room. DutchBoy.com has an easy-to-follow paint calculator for both interior and exterior paint projects. Simply enter the dimensions of your room along with the number of windows and doors and the calculator will tell you how much paint is needed to complete this project. Consider the number of coats needed for each job and factor that in as well. Be sure to reference the paint label for square foot coverage.

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Amid Criticism, SeaWorld San Diego to End Orca Shows

There are mixed reactions in the animal rights community about SeaWorld San Diego’s decision to change its orca shows by next year.

Suzanne Potter CALIFORNIA NEWS SERVICE SAN DIEGO - Wildlife advocates are praising SeaWorld San Diego’s decision to let Shamu retire, so to speak, but they have reservations about the park’s announcement that killer whale shows will change at the end of next year. SeaWorld says the orcas will still be on display at the amusement park, but they won’t be doing any tricks. It’s a response to criticism over treatment of orcas in captivity that crested with the release of the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” which led to a drop in park attendance. Marine biologist Maris Sidenstecker, co-founder and program

director at Save the Whales, wants the orca exhibit closed altogether. “Honestly, I think SeaWorld should not have orcas in captivity and should phase this out completely,” she says. “I think they should just be a rehab center for injured wildlife and animals.” Sidenstecker says orcas swim 100 miles a day in the wild, so it’s impossible to recreate their natural habitat in captivity. She says many of the whales should be carefully reintroduced into the ocean. Joel Manby, CEO of SeaWorld Enterprises, explained the company’s plans in an investor’s forum on Monday. “We are listening to our guests. We’re evolving as a company,

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we’re always changing,” he says. “In 2017, we will launch an all-new orca experience. It’s going to be focused more on the natural setting, natural environment and also, the natural behaviors of the whale. And it will have a strong conservation message.” In addition, Manby says a project called “Blue Ocean,” involving a massive $100 million expansion of the killer whale tanks, will not go forward in light of a recent California Coastal Commission decision to ban breeding of captive killer whales. California Congressman Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, has said he’ll introduce a bill to prohibit trade in killer whales, block their capture in the wild and outlaw the breeding of captive orca.

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The Copco 1 Dam near Hornbrook, Calif., is among four to be removed on the Klamath River if Congress approves the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Chris Thomas CALIFORNIA NEWS SERVICE YREKA, Calif. - A decade of negotiations between more than 40 parties for water rights, river health and salmon survival expires at the end of December if it isn’t approved by Congress. And Congress may be the biggest challenge yet for the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which covers water use in northern California and southern Oregon. At last week’s White House Tribal Nations Conference, Kathy Hill - a member of the Klamath Tribal Council who was on the negotiating team for the agreement - said she heard mixed views about the future of the agreement.

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“[U.S. Interior Secretary] Sally Jewell was optimistic,” said Hill. “But then another person, not with the administration, told me, ‘You know, nothing’s going to get through this House this year.’ And that’s the mood, I think maybe, in Washington, D.C.”

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At the conference, President Obama said he’s committed to working with tribal nations to protect natural resources and honor their heritage. But Hill wonders if members of Congress unfamiliar with the years of struggle between water users in this area understand the importance of the agreement.

The Senate bill (SB 133) is stalled, and a companion House bill has yet to be introduced by Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, although he has said it’s a priority. Brian Johnson, California and Klamath director for Trout Unlimited, made the point that, if nothing else, the people representing these districts won’t want to see a repeat of the “water wars” of past decades. “We know that all four of the senators in California and Oregon support the legislation. And so, we’re just hoping that they can deliver on that and get it done on this short timeline,” said Johnson. The agreement calls for removal of four older dams in the region. If it expires, however, PacifiCorp could upgrade and re-license the dams instead, passing the costs on to ratepayers in a half-dozen states. Greg Addington, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, explained that for irrigators, dam removal was a major compromise. “We shook hands on that deal and we’re still committed to that outcome, if the agreement goes forward,” Addington said. “We don’t want to go back and do this all over again; we don’t even know if we can do it all over again. We’ve really tried to convey that sense of urgency to Congress. Hopefully, they hear us.”


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Consumer advocates are denouncing forced arbitration clauses. Credit: gvictoria/iStockphoto

Suzanne Potter CALIFORNIA NEWS SERVICE LOS ANGELES - In the wake of a New York Times expose, consumer advocates are speaking out against the corporate practice of putting forced arbitration clauses into contracts saying it puts victims of fraud at a major disadvantage. The clauses say if wrongdoing is alleged, people have to go to mediation rather than to court. The clauses are everywhere these days tucked into the fine print for credit cards, loans, cable contracts, doctor visits, online sales, and even nursing homes. Elise Sanguinetti, secretary with the American Association for Justice and president-elect with the Consumer Attorneys of America, says there’s a lot people can do to fight back. “First is to pressure their elected officials to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act and demand that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issue rules to ban forced arbitration in financial contracts; and that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ban forced arbitration against nursing homes,” says Sanguinetti. Supporters of mandatory arbitration say it cuts down on frivolous lawsuits. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota reintroduced a bill to ban arbitration clauses in certain contracts earlier this year, but it hasn’t come to a vote. Franken says he wants to stop corporate interests from taking advantage of consumers, many of whom don’t realize they’ve signed away their rights. “These guys are bad guys,” says Franken “It’s about the right of people to go to court. It’s in the Constitution. It’s in two amendments in the Bill of Rights.” The New York Times investigation found four out of five federal cases that went to arbitration between 2010 and 2014 were decided in favor of the company. And it found that a coalition of credit card companies and retailers has been strategizing for a decade to block class-action lawsuits.

Ricardo Alcaraz gains national policy experience through Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute program WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premier Hispanic youth leadership development and educational organization, is hosting San Jose native Ricardo Alcaraz, who studies anthropology and Chicano studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, for its nationally recognized fall Congressional Internship Program. Alcaraz was one of 22 interns chosen out of hundreds of applicants from across the country to work in the nation’s capital for twelve weeks, where he is placed at the office of Rep. Alan Lowenthal. By exposing young Latinos to the legislative process and strengthening their leadership skills, the program is ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill and in public policy positions. “CHCI has been a transformative experience because I have gained confidence in

myself and in my work,” said Alcaraz. “I am now an ambassador of CHCI and will return to my community to inform my fellow DACAmented people about CHCI and continue to advocate for DREAMers.” CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program comprises four central elements: •Diversity: The 2015 fall interns represent a diverse range of Hispanic heritage, 20 academic institutions, and 17 majors. Moreover, 90% come from low-income households whose incomes are below $45,000. •Work experience: Intern duties include responding to constituent inquiries; drafting correspondence and memos; monitoring hearings; conducting research, data entry and analysis; and assisting with general office operations.

•Leadership development: Interns attend weekly sessions and meet with distinguished leaders from a range of professional backgrounds, engage in substantive policy discussions and participate in professional development training. •Community service: Interns are also required to engage in CHCI community service hours. This fall, CHCI interns completed their community service at Casa Ruby, The DC Center, and The Latino Student Fund. The selection process is competitive; CHCI receives at least 5 applications for every one available fall internship opportunity. Interns demonstrate high academic achievement, evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth, a demonstrated commitment to public service-oriented activities

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LEGAL CLASSIFIEDS ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV287795 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Marcelion Perez Rojo and Claudia Hernandez. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioners Marcelion Perez Rojo and Claudia Hernandez have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Miria Hernandez Perez to Miria Perez Hernandez. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 01/19/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 6, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2015 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV287861 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Kuan Wei Chen and Yan Lin. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioners Kuan Wei Chen and Yan Lin, have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Erwin Lin Chen to Erwin Chen. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 01/19/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four suc-

cessive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 6, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2015 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 610889 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Mextamale Foods 2003 Story Rd # 100 San Jose, CA 95122 Santa Clara County. Alejandro Arreola 637 N. 2nd St San Jose, CA 95112 and Celia Madriz 2312 Mt. Pleasant Rd San Jose, CA 95148. This business is conducted by general partnership; registrants have begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 11/09/12 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Celia Madriz General Partner November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/09/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 610820 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Taco El Molcajete 374 Jerome St San Jose, CA 95125, Santa Clara County. Jesus Jacuinde 374 Jerome St. San Jose, CA 95125. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 08/15/2015 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Jesus Jacuinde November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/05/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 610912 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, The Fernandez Group

5655 Silver Creek Valley Rd #800 San Jose, CA 95138, Santa Clara County. Perry Fernandez 2863 Buena Crest Ct. San Jose, CA 95121. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon, 10/26/2005 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Perry Fernandez November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/09/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 610980 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Fit 36 Silicon Valley 1019 Pennington Ln. Cupertino, CA 95014, Santa Clara County. Lynergy Company 1019 Pennington Ln Cupertino, CA 95014. This business is conducted by a corporation; registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Perry Fernandez November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 11/10/15 Notice of Petition to Administer Estate of Robert J. Zipse, JR. No. 115PR177491 A Petition for Probate has been filed by Robert Castaneda in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. The petition requests that Robert Castaneda be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent, Robert J. Zipse, JR. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take any actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very im-

portant actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consent to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 12/21/2015/2015 at 9:30am, Dept. 10, located at 191 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95113 If you object to the granting of this petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either: 1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or 2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: Jennifer E. Ramirez 1299 Del Mar Avenue San Jose, CA 95128 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV287523 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Seungryul Choi and Jiyoun Chun. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioners,

NOVEMBER 13-19,2015 Seungryul Choi and Jiyoun Chun, have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Andrew Choi to Andrew Jaehyung Choi b. Claire Choi to Claire Jaehee Choi. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 01/12/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. October 30, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court November 6, 13, 20,27, 2015 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV287702 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Be Thi Nguyen. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioner, Be Thi Nguyen, has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Be Thi Nguyen to Bekki Br Nguyen b. Alan Soundara to Alan Nguyen. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 01/12/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 04, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court November 6, 13, 20,27, 2015 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV285213

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Abraham Eli Gonzales. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioner, Elydia Sanchez, has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Abraham Eli Gonzales to Eli Sanchez. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 12/01/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. September 3, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court November 6, 13, 20,27, 2015 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV286629 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Faiza Omar. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioner, Faiza Omar, has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Faiza Omar to Faiza Farooq Omar. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 12/29/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. October 07, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court November 6, 13, 20,27, 2015


NOVEMBER 13-19,2015 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV287456 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Hassan Rasti and Nasrin Jaffari . TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioners, Hassan Rasti and Nasrin Jaffari, have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Hassan Rasti to David Rasti b. Nasrin Jaffari to Nancy Rasti. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 01/12/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. October 29, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court November 6, 13, 20,27, 2015 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV287669 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Alfonso Ochoa. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioner, Alfonso Ochoa, has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Diego Smith to Diego Alfonso Ochoa. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 01/12/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. November 3, 2015

Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court November 6, 13, 20,27, 2015 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609861 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, IL Palazzo Gardens 250 Curtner Ave Palo Alto, CA 94305 Santa Clara County. Greker, LLC. 20410 Town Center Lane Suite 200 Cupertino, CA 95014. This business is conducted by a limited liability company; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.08/01/11 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Diane Feirman Managing Member November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/06/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609857 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Blue Hills Studio Apartments 7213 Rainbow Drive San Jose, CA 95129 Santa Clara County. Blue Hills Studio Apartments II, LLC. 20410 Town Center Lane Suite 200 Cupertino, CA 95014. This business is conducted by a limited liability company; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.06/09/10 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Jim Barrow Jr Manager November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/06/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609855 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Lakeview Garden Apartments 816 N. Humboldt Street San Mateo, CA San Mateo County. Lakeview Investments, LLC. 20410 Town Center Lane Suite 200 Cupertino, CA 95014. This business is conducted by a limited liability company; registrant has begun transacting business un-

der the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.06/24/10 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Don Dougherty Manager November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/06/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609803 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Sycamore Park Apartments 398 Boynton Avenue Dan Jose, CA 95117 Santa Clara County. Sycamore Park-Boynton, LLC. 20410 Town Center Lane Suite 200 Cupertino, CA 95014. This business is conducted by a limited liability company; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.07/23/10 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Joyne Shapiro Manager November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/05/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609798 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Lake Vasona Manor 909 University Avenue Los Gatos, CA 95032 Santa Clara County. Stephen Chen and Hsin-Hsin Chen 25901 Springhill Rd Los Altos, CA 94022. This business is conducted by a married couple; registrants have begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.07/23/10 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Hsin-Hsin Chen November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/05/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609797 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Warm Springs Self Stor-

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age 45585 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539 Alameda County. Warm Springs Self Storage , LLC. 20410 Town Center Lane Suite 200 Cupertino, CA 95014. This business is conducted by a limited liability company; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.01/14/1988 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Jim Barrow JR Manager November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/05/15

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609854 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Rosa Crest Studio Apartments 394 Boynton Avenue San Jose, CA 95117 Santa Clara County. Rosa Crest Studio Apartments, LLC. 20410 Town Center Lane Suite 200 Cupertino, CA 95014. This business is conducted by a limited liability company; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.06/09/2010 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Jim Barrow JR Manager November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/06/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609860 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Rosa Crest Studio Apartments 394 Boynton Avenue San Jose, CA 95117 Santa Clara County. Rosa Crest Studio Apartments, LLC. 20410 Town Center Lane Suite 200 Cupertino, CA 95014. This business is conducted by a limited liability company; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.06/09/2010 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV287186 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Kang-Min Lin. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioner, Kang-Min Lin, has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Kang-Min Lin to Jackson Kang-Min Lin. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 01/05/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara. October 22, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court October 30; November 6, 13, 20, 2015 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 610305 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, J&C Trucking 279 Waverly St Sunnyvale, CA 94086 Santa Clara County. Cristina Jeannette Pineda Alas 279 Waverly St Sunnyvale, CA 94086. This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.10/20/15 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Cristina J. Pineda Alas October 30; November 6, 13, 20, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/20/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 610507 The following person(s) is (are) doing business,

QC Credit Agency 88 S. 3rd St #209 San Jose, CA 95112 Santa Clara County. Jonny Vu 101 S. 3rd St #162 San Jose, CA 95112 This business is conducted by an individual; registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.1998” “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Jonny Vu October 30; November 6, 13, 20, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/27/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 607706 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Southside Financial 3136 Story Rd Suite #2 San Jose, CA 95127 Santa Clara County. Socorro Montano-Soto and Andres B. Soto 2910 Archwood Cr San Jose, CA 95148 This business is conducted by a married couple; registrants have not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon. “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Socorro Montano-Soto October 30; November 6, 13, 20, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/23/15

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV287080 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Marco Tulio De Leon and Gloria Elizabeth De Leon. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioners, Marco Tulio De Leon and Gloria Elizabeth De Leon, have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Jordy Evans De Leon to Jordy Evans De Leon De Leon. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 01/05/15 at 8:45 am,

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Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara.      October 21, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 2015

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV286607 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Christina Mauricio Silva. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioner, Christina Mauricio Silva, has filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Christina Mauricio Silva to Christina Silva Mauricio . THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 12/29/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara.      October 07, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 2015 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME NO. 115CV286734 Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara-In the matter of the application of: Jian Chen and Dan Ye. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: The court finds that petitioners, Jian Chen and Dan Ye, have filed a petition for Change of Name with the clerk of this court for a decree changing names as follows: a Ye Xuan Chen to Jessica Yexuan Chen . THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing

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indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted on 12/29/15 at 8:45 am, Probate Dept., located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of the Order to Show cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in El Observador, a newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Santa Clara.      October 09, 2015 Thomas E. Kuhnle Judge of the Superior Court October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 2015 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 610087 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Anthony’s Glass and Mirrors 1869 Lanai Ave San Jose, CA 95122 Santa Clara County. Jose Antonio Valencia 1869 Lanai Ave San Jose, CA 95122 . This business is conducted by an individual; registrants has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.10/13/15 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Jose Antonio Valencia October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 10/13/15 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NO. 609637 The following person(s) is (are) doing business, Little Orchard 1859 Little Orchard St San Jose, CA 95125 Santa Clara County. American Redstone 4340 Almaden Exp. San Jose, CA 95118 . This business is conducted by a corporation; registrants has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed hereon.09/29/15 “I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.” (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Ernie Arreola , CEO October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 2015 This statement was filed with the County of Santa Clara on 09/29/15


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Caption: Recycling companies are struggling with higher processing costs, due in part to newer, larger recycling bins that don’t require user sorting and thus become increasingly contaminated with garbage. Credit: Dan McKay, FlickrCC

Is recycling still worthwhile given the expense and emissions associated with it? Michael Vitti, Norwalk, OH Doug Moss & Roddy Scheer EARTHTALK Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash and recycle and compost about 87 million tons of this material, which adds up to a 34.3 percent national recycling rate. Recycling and composting prevented the release of approximately 186 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2013, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, comparable to taking over 39 million cars off the road for a year. Aluminum cans are currently recycled more than any other beverage container in the U.S, which is good for business and the environment, says the Aluminum Association, because making a can from recycled aluminum saves not only aluminum but 92 percent of the energy required to make a new can. A 2015 analysis by the Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute determined that if all of the aluminum cans in the U.S. were recycled, we could power four million homes and save $800 million per year. Aluminum cans are also the most valuable to recycling companies, with a value of $1,491 per ton compared to $385 per ton for PET plastic. “Cans are recycled at the highest rates, and drive recycling programs across the country because of the high value of aluminum compared to other packaging materials,” said Heidi Brock, President and CEO of the Aluminum Association.

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In recent years, however, recycling companies are struggling with higher processing costs, due in part to newer, larger recycling bins that don’t require user sorting and thus become increasingly contaminated with garbage. When the District of Columbia replaced residents’ 32-gallon bins with ones that were 50 percent larger last year, the extensive amount of non-recyclable material put into the bins drove up the city’s processing cost for recyclables and cut profits from selling recyclables by more than 50 percent. “Our biggest concern and our biggest challenge today is municipal solid waste

and contamination in our inbound stream,” James Delvin, CEO of ReCommunity Recycling, which operates 31 facilities in 14 states, told Green is Good Radio. “It’s an economic issue if you think about we go through all this effort to process this material, and roughly 15 to 20 percent of what we process ends up going back to the landfill. It’s incredibly inefficient to do that.” In a 2014 survey by the National Waste and Recycling Association, nearly one in 10 Americans admitted to throwing their waste in recycling bins when trash cans were full; one in five said they will place an item in a recycling container even if they are not completely sure it is recyclable. “People refer to this as ‘wishful recycling,’ that’s just when in doubt, put this in the bin because there’s an outside chance they might be able to recycle it,” Delvin notes. “So you see Styrofoam. You see PVC. You see batteries and those types of things….” This mixing of waste with recyclables, he says, makes it very difficult to extract the true recyclable commodities that are there that have value. Improved education regarding the proper materials to recycle is needed to allow recycling plants to remain economically feasible. The pros and cons of recycling are heavily debated, but there’s never an argument over the environmental benefits of limiting disposable packaging and utilizing more durable reusable goods, like shopping bags, coffee thermoses and water bottles, to name a few, in daily life. CONTACTS: Aluminum Association, www.aluminum.org; Can Manufacturers Institute, www.cancentral.com; Green Is Good Radio, www.greenisgoodradio.com; National Waste and Recycling Association, www.wasterecycling.org; ReCommunity Recycling, www.recommunity.com. EarthTalk® is produced by and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk. org�������������������������������������� . Or e-mail us your question: earthta�������� lk@emagazine.com.


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ARTS & CULTURE Cosplay where she posts pictures of the costumes she creates. She has over 4,500 followers and makes appearances at conventions. “Cosplay [has been] my own form of therapy,” Perez says. “It [has been] nice to bring so much happiness to others. It was unexpected.

Stacey Arevalo New AMERICA MEDIA Her heart rate starts rising. Her hands begin to sweat and shake. She paces back and forth. “I feel like something is going to happen to me but nothing is really there,” she says. “[I tell myself,] ‘There is nothing wrong. It’s okay. This is just your body being weird again.’”This is what an anxiety attack feels like for Karina Perez, a 20-year-old student at Pierce College. She started having the attacks while she was involved in an abusive relationship. She also fell into a depression. The relationship is over, but the anxiety attacks have continued. “During my first year at Pierce I went through an abusive relationship that no one knew about,” Perez says. Her boyfriend, she says, was emotionally abusive, controlling, and unfaithful. The emotional strain made it hard to focus at school. “I was 18 at the time, very young and inexperienced, so it really hit me,” she says. “It was a pain to go to school and try to concentrate when my mind was being blown up by everything else.”Even though Perez was determined to succeed in college, her inability to focus led her to drop all her classes during her first semester at Pierce. Then she decided not to take classes the following semester, setting her back a full year. “It was shocking to see my

grades so low because I was always used to seeing good grades. When I was younger I graduated with honors,” Perez says. She started losing weight. Her internal struggle wasn’t apparent to the people around her. “People thought I was just taking a year for myself,” she says. Dr. Janina Scarlet, a licensed clinical psychologist at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management and Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, says there are many popular misconceptions about depression. “Many people think that a person who is depressed is sad all the time, is unable to laugh, is ‘weak’and/or suicidal. None of these are true of everyone,” Scarlet says. “Many people with depression might not be ‘obviously’ depressed. They might laugh and appear happy while struggling on the inside.”Perez agees. “You can be the most active person in the world and be depressed,” she says. “Look at Robin Williams; he made so many people happy and looked like such a happy person but he was struggling with so much.”“I lost so much weight. I basically lost interest in everything,” Perez says. “I was still trying, but there were days when I didn’t have the will to get out of bed.”Dr. Scarlet says that symptoms of depression include a low or sad mood, as well as difficulty enjoying things one used to enjoy. Individuals may also experience fatigue, trouble eating or sleeping, thoughts about

being worthless, thoughts of suicide, and withdrawal from social activities. Over time Perez was able to deal with her depression and anxiety in a unique way. “I realized that my life was going nowhere,” she says. “Therapy was alright, but I realized that putting my mind into projects was helping [more]. I would dance, focus on school projects, and then I started cosplay.”In cosplay (“costume play”), people dress up as fictional characters whom they like or admire, says Perez. Cosplayers go to gatherings and conventions and meet with others who have similar interests. “It is a very open and loving community that I fell in love with,” Perez says. Dr. Scarlet says that an activity like cosplay can have an important role in some people’s healing process. “There is research that shows that meaningful social engagement, such as what cosplay provides ... can potentially reduce depression and help buffer the individual against depression,” Scarlet says. Scarlet has herself pioneered a type a therapy she calls “Superhero Therapy,” the goal of which she says is to “help patients become the very kind of hero that they want to be despite any limitations they might face.” She incorporates concepts around superheroes and other fictional characters into her therapy practice, which she says can help patients bet-

ter identify with their own struggles. It’s common for people to relate with fictional characters, she says, and she uses those characters’ vulnerabilities to help her patients realize that everyone experiences them. Due to the positive feedback Perez was receiving on her costumes, she started a Facebook fan page called KPM

”Perez’s costumes portray characters she identifies with, both female and male. They’ve included Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy, Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, Batman, and multiple characters from the X-Men. “The X-Men are made up of people that fight for acceptance so I relate to that,” Perez says. After graduating from Pierce, Perez plans to attend law school. Her dream job would be working on a legal team at SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, which manufactures and launches new kinds of rockets and spacecraft. “This company brings a lot of science into reality. I

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want to be in a place where I can merge different parts of my life and be completely happy,” Perez says. Now that Perez has found a way to take control of her anxiety and depression, she encourages people suffering with depression to seek help with friends and family. “Don’t be afraid to accept that there is something wrong going on,” Perez says. “How else is anyone supposed to help you if you don’t say it?”She also recommends that students seek help at Pierce’s student health center, which offers individual therapy sessions. “There will be times when things will be bad,” says Perez. “But you can’t let anxiety or depression stop your life.”At this point, Perez says she’s learned to embrace her anxiety. “If the anxiety went away [completely] I would lose a part of myself,” Perez says. “It is a part of my personality and a part of what pushes me. It is not necessarily a positive thing in my life, but I’ve learned to turn it into one.”Photo Caption: Photos by: Nicolas Heredia

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How will you be hacked? Will it be (1) a technical hack using sophisticated decryption tools and super cyber weapons, or (2) a socially engineered hack in which you unwittingly bend to a hacker’s wishes? Shelly Palmer Robert S. Mueller III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, famously said, “I am convinced that there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. And even they are converging into one category: companies that have been hacked and will be hacked again.” The Question Is, How? Recently, CIA Director John Brennan was the victim of a socially engineered hack. A self-described “kid” manipulated a few flaws in a few companies’ security protocols (not systems) and was able to change the Director’s AOL email password and seize control of his account. Director Brennan said, “What it does is to underscore just how vulnerable people are to those who want to cause harm and the social engineering that goes on and the manipulation of the system allows individuals to carry out criminal activities against US citizens.” After you get past the idea that the Director of the CIA has an active AOL email account (was his screen name cutepuppy43@aol.com?), you realize that everyone, including you and me, is vulnerable.

Here’s a quick list of popular social engineering hacking techniques and what you can do to protect yourself against them.

Hack #1

General Social Engineering – If you are checking out on an obscure website and the site asks you to “confirm” the last four digits of your social security number, you’re about to be hacked. No commerce site needs your social security number, not even the last four digits. The request will look innocuous, you’ll be busy purchasing two tickets to see the new Star Wars movie in IMAX 3D, and you’ll be one step closer to having your credit card spoofed or worse. Countermeasures — Don’t give up more information than is absolutely necessary.

Hack #2

Phishing – the act of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company. Got an email from Amazan.com? Yeah, that’s not Amazon. Look closely. Thanksgiving Day is one of the heaviest phishing days of the year, because fewer people who are paid to protect you from phishing attacks are working. But you might be incentivized by World Series tickets or football tickets or anything that reaches the status of “cultural phenomenon.” There’s a reason Gmail sent that email to your Spam or Promotions folder. Leave it there. If you didn’t ask for it, don’t click on it! There’s no reason to give out your financial info because a scammer decided to send you a halfway decentlooking email. Countermeasures — Carefully, carefully, carefully check who emails are from. If you’re not sure about a sender, it’s best to avoid that email and deal.

Hack #3

“Scammer Grammar” and General Scamming Behavior – If a website features many misspellings and grammatical errors, be wary. No company that genuinely wants your business will rush to put up a listing that looks like it was typed by a third grader. In fact, the typos are there on purpose. If you miss them, you’re probably just stupid enough to fill in the rest of the form or click something you shouldn’t. Typos are a gigantic red flag – heed the warning.

Beware of sites that require payment via wire transfer, or that require you to act immediately to secure the product. Consumer Affairs says, “Beware of ‘act now’ offers that tell you the seller is a soldier needing cash for possessions before deploying to a war zone or a recent divorcee wanting to unload her former husband’s belongings. These tactics are often bait to empty your wallet. Most of the time the items don’t even exist.”

Hack #4

Fake Ads – Inauthentic ads re-direct you to places you shouldn’t be, or may install malware or unwanted software on your computer. Everyone’s looking for the best deals, so cyber criminals love to release fake ads that trick you into visiting sites you otherwise wouldn’t visit. If you want to find great deals, go directly to reputable websites, whether they’re vendors (Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart) or trusted third-party aggregators.

Hack #5

Site Swap – Ambitious scammers build entire fake sites that look shockingly similar to popular retailers. This is a more complicated hack, and sometimes the most convincing – so pay attention. You will almost always get to a fake site through a search engine or a mistyped URL. But sometimes fake sites are used in combination with email hacks. The most sophisticated versions are single pages that actually link to the real sites so the information request looks more legitimate. If you’re not sure about a link, there are a few great resources at your disposal. Sites like wheredoesthislinkgo.com will show you exactly where a suspicious short link goes. Still not sure? It’s probably fake. Move on. The chance of landing a great deal is not worth credit card fraud or a credit score hit. Countermeasures — Go directly to retailers’ sites, rather than through search engines. Don’t click on links from any email you can’t verify. Sufficiently armed with countermeasures? I hope so. Social engineering is probably the biggest cyber security threat and also the hardest to stop. We’re all just people, and we use the Internet. Unfortunately, so do the bad guys.


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Arturo Hilario EL OBSERVADOR In 2010 the world was listening for signs of life, deep within the Chilean desert, for a group of miners trapped beneath the earth. In one of more than 800 mines which are used to find copper and gold, 33 men spent 69 days trapped in a shelter 2000 feet below the ground after a mine collapse. 90 degree weather, scarce amounts of food and light, and the possibility of another collapse within their safe haven could have happened, but today the men, all 33, are grateful to have survived the ordeal. This incredible story, which 1 billion people watched live unfold towards their eventual rescue, has been turned into a movie, aptly titled “The 33”. At the helm is Mexican film director Patricia Riggen, known for films such as 2007’s “Under the Same Moon” and 2012’s “Girl in Progress”. “The 33” is based on the only official book backed by the miners, Deep Down Dark by Mexican author Héctor Tobar. In the lead roles, among many others, are Antonia Banderas as the charismatic leader of the trapped miners Mario Sepúlveda, Coté de Pablo (a Chilean-American actress and singer) as the grieving pregnant wife of one of the miners, and Juliette Binoche, the French actress who arguably plays a miners Chilean sister really well. The basics of the film are of a survival story, and the different aspects of the ordeal, from within the group of miners deep down in the earth, to the people on ground, from the families, the protests against the government’s rescue timeline, and the actual physics of rescuing the men in the mine. In just over 2 hours we are treated to a lot of information, a lot of emotion but ultimately nothing we haven’t experienced before. To be honest the final shot is the most captivating and it’s in essence its own vignette. It’s not to say that the

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film is not strong through its duration, as mentioned the build up of emotion and a country’s collective efforts to support and speak for the miners is unmeasurable. In 2010 the Chilean government was doing damage control in real life after the Chilean earthquake and tsunami just months before the mining disaster. Their reputation hinged on wether or not they could pull their resources and rescue their citizens from the mine. The mine in question, the ‘San Jose Mine’, was owned by the cash-strapped San Esteban Primera Mining Company, who was notorious for breaking safety protocols and generally providing unsafe working conditions. This is all evident in the film as scenarios unfold right from the start where the shift foreman, “Don Lucho” Urzúa (played by Lou Diamond Phillips), believes a cave-in could occur but obviously a ‘don’t worry about it’ stance is taken by another manger. Some ‘get back to work’’s are thrown out after this. The miners in the film, just like in real life, find out right after the disaster, the mining company again fails at simple safety features even within the shelter meant to house proper amounts of food, a radio, and a ladder within escape shaft. You find out the state of each of these pretty soon into it. The dynamics of the characters within the mine is the most interesting, as they each have their own demons and strengths to deal with while trapped in what they fear could be their last shift. Juliette Binoche’s brother is an alcoholic, Antonio Banderas is a hot head (but a leader nonetheless), and the others kind of come and go. There isn’t a lot of screen time to flesh out all 33, so here and there we get little tidbits, genuinely funny moments and a lot of despair. Its not to say the film is a depressing romp, as its not. In the end the community spirit and perseverance of the men and their families above shines a bright light in the way of human com-

passion. “The 33” is both a study on survival and faith, and a look into a historical event in a pretty realistic manner. There are moments where you wonder if it could’ve actually gone the way it did but in the end it’s simple as this: ALL 33 miners trapped 2,000 feet below the surface in hot, humid conditions were able to survive 69 days, all without killing each other as well.

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Recently the 33 men went to watch the film premiere at Vatican City and met with Pope Francis. This was fitting given their determination and their religious strength that allowed them to survive the ordeal in the mine. It’s a good film with good cinematography, a disaster movie that plays it safe but get emotional, and worth watching on the big screen to find out how exactly these 33 men survive.


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VIBRAS

EL OBSERVADOR | www.el-observador.com e hicieron posible la creación de todo lo existente. Wicca es una religión naturalista, la mayoría de sus miembros son ecologistas y activos defensores de los derechos de los animales, su fe profesa el amor a la madre naturaleza. Para convertirse en miembro activo de estas creencias no es necesario renunciar a otra fe que se profese, únicamente se acepta y se veneran las energías que conforman lo divino, se protege a la madre naturaleza y se observan y celebran las fechas especiales de la religión.Wicca es una religión alternativa que no practica el proselitismo.

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la existencia de dos divinidades sagradas “ la diosa y el dios”, creadores del universo.

Wicca es una religión antiquísima que tuvo sus orígenes en Europa, antiguos pueblos germánicos y vikingos fueron sus principales precursores. Actualmente se ha determinado que estas creencias datan de varios miles de años antes de Cristo. Los creyentes basan su fe en

La tierra y la naturaleza son consideradas manifestaciones divinas de los dioses. Dado que dos sexos coexisten en la naturaleza y siendo ésta una manifestación divina, Wicca profesa la veneración de la diosa y el dios, quienes representan energías gemelas que se unieron

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La religión simboliza una eterna afirmación de la vida. Se cree en la magia y especialmente en la existencia de seres del reino angelical: hadas, nomos, sílfides y duendes; quienes al ser influenciados realizan proezas y favores divinos. El pentagrama o estrella de cinco puntas está representado desde la antigüedad como un símbolo de estas creencias. La diosa y el dios La diosa representa la fertilidad, feminidad y el amor. Por ser asociada a la luna, los creyentes le llaman Diana. En noches de luna llena los creyentes se reúnen para ofrecerle reverencia. El planeta tierra es también una de las representaciones de la diosa, quien en su aspecto terrestre recibe nombres especiales como Gea, Deméter y Madre naturaleza. El dios simboliza la energía masculina, la vitalidad y los bastos recursos naturales.

NOVEMBER 13-19,2015 En Wicca se asocia al sol, el fuego, los bosques, el reino animal y la vegetación silvestre. En su aspecto solar recibe el nombre de Apolo y en su figura terrestre se representa por mamíferos como el ciervo, el toro y el carnero. A los practicantes de Wicca se les conoce usualmente como paganos o neopaganos, termino mal interpretado durante mas de dos mil años, pagano se deriva del latín “paganus” y significa morador del campo. Wicca es una religión ligada directamente a la naturaleza y se puede ser por ejemplo cristiano y Wicca al mismo tiempo. Fechas especiales Wicca rememora rituales religiosos al menos veintiún ocasiones durante el año. Trece celebraciones de luna llena lo que se conoce como Esbats, dedicados a la diosa y ocho Sabbats o festivales solares ofrendados al dios. Wicca ha ido modernizándose con el paso del tiempo, hoy en día son muy comunes las iniciaciones individuales. Disfrute de una puesta de sol, maravíllese con la luna llena, sienta amor por los animales y conviértase en protector de la madre naturaleza y así se auto iniciará en los misterios de la Wicca. El principal propósito de esta religión es estrechar y hacer más fuertes los lazos que unen a sus miembros con las divinidades del Universo, observar la naturaleza, proteger la ecología, velar por los derechos de la fauna y hacerle el bien al prójimo. Además, se acepta la existencia de otros caminos que llevan a la verdad de la vida y a la verdad de lo divino.

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Called to U.S. Under-23s San Jose CALIFORNIA

quest for a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe has been called to the United States Under-23 National Team for a pair of friendlies against Brazil's U-23s, with the first match being held at Ilha do Retiro Stadium in Recife on November 11 (3:00 p.m. PT) and the second at Mangueirão Stadium in Belém on November 15 (1:30 p.m. PT).

The team will take on Colombia in March in a home-and-away playoff in one final qualifying opportunity. "These matches against Brazil are a huge opportunity for us," head coach Andi Herzog said.

Alashe, 22, has been a regular with the U23s, competing at the 2015 Toulon Tournament in France, as well as the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship in early October. The U.S. secured a third-place finish in the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, which extended its

Raiders Salute to Service Week Raiders Salute Military Heroes in Alameda for Veteran’s Day 2015 To kick off the Raider organization’s Salute to Service activities, the Raiders Foundation welcomed wounded veterans to spend the afternoon with current Raider players and Raiderettes. Hosted organizations included Sentinels of Freedom, Wounded Warrior Project and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Guests toured and engaged with the Raiders and Raiderettes at the team’s Alameda practice facility, where they were recognized for their sacrifice and service to our country.

"On one hand you have a strong challenging South American opponent in Brazil, with a playing style that's similar to that of Colombia, and on the other we'll get to experience playing in Brazil, which is where we hope to be next summer for the Olympics. " Alashe was the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft out of Michigan State University. He made 27 starts in 28 total appearances, tallying two goals and two assists for San Jose in 2015.

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