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Family Spotlight Magazine Publishes: July 28, 2010 Circulation: 16,500. Mailed directly to households in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and selected areas of Mountain View. Hundreds of subscribers receive the Town Crier in neighboring communities as well as out-of-state. The Town Crier can be purchased at newsstands in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Palo Alto. Cover photo: Cindy and Gaymond Shultz's home is framed in Texas fossil stone and features an iron gate at its entrance. Photo by Elliott Burr ˙© Los Altos Town Crier Company Inc., 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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Rancho house

‘Rancho San Antonio’ Los Altos couple’s sprawling estate offers historical hilltop living

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Cindy and Gaymond Shultz’s sprawling Mediterranean-style house in Rancho San Antonio preserve, previously the Dawson Estate, features a sparkling pool in the spacious backyard.

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y some accounts, at 18,000 square feet, the Los Altos home of Cindy and Gaymond Schultz is the second largest in Silicon Valley. But stop the statistics right there. To begin with, it is not your typical Silicon Valley monster house, despite its size and 35-car garage. Instead, it is unpretentious, warm and welcoming – and rich in history. The sprawling Mediterranean-style house sits atop a knoll on 6 acres in the heart of the original Rancho San Antonio and, in fact, bears its name. It was built seven decades ago by auto-industry pioneer and Los Altos business leader C. Earl Dawson, who helped to incorporate Los Altos Hills. “It was built for two people as a retirement home, and we’re two people who are retired,” Cindy said. “But anyone who doesn’t like to work or walk would not like it here.” Love at first sight For Cindy, it was love at first sight when she visited the historical property.

“I felt at peace when I came through the gates. It has a good spirit,” she said. “The house is so exciting, we got married here.” The couple bought it in 1997 from real estate developer John Mozart, who built the garage to house his renowned car collection. Gaymond, whose avocation is woodworking, uses the huge space to store his supplies. The original four-car garage is his workshop. Gaymond is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose career has centered on the development and manufacture of computer and telecommunications equipment. He is a founder of StrataCom Inc., purchased by Cisco Systems in 1996, and also founded Vina Technologies Inc. Cindy, who grew up in Cupertino, witnessed the Valley’s technology surge firsthand. She spent 23 years at Hewlett-Packard, where she provided administrative support for multiple divisions. Together, they are lovingly preserving the house. For example, what was the Dawsons’ “Blue Room” is still the blue room, although now furnished with a hand-turned four-poster bed and carved ball-and-claw dresser made by Continued on Page 6 Home & Garden | April 28, 2010 | Page

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Rancho house Continued from Page 5 Gaymond. It awaits a 17th-century writing desk he is copying from a photograph. Cindy likens their efforts to the “This old House” series on PBS. “It has great bones, but it’s a lot of work,” she said. “we started with the worst room and are working our way through.” Because it is significantly tied to Los Altos history, the Schultzes are opening it to the public May 7 as a benefit for the Los Altos History Museum. Guests at “A Premier Spring Evening” will be able to tour the landmark property – both ELLIoTT BuRR/Town CRIER inside and out. The event will The living area of the Shultz’s house is more or less a U-shape, surrounding feature vintage cars on display, a Spanish-style courtyard, above, and a pool. live music and a selection of specialty foods and wines, in addition to the panoramic Rich in history view. It’s time for a quick history lesson before the house “From the master bedroom, we enjoy seeing all the tour. lights in San Jose,” Cindy said. In 1839, Juan Prada Mesa, a Spanish soldier at the

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Rancho house with plans to donate it to the University of California for a retirement home for doctors. Herzstein spent $250,000 on trees and shrubs (some are still flourishing) and water infrastructure, including three small reservoirs resembling lakes. He bequeathed the land to the university, which lacked the money and the interest to build the retirement home. Enter General Motors executive C. Earl Dawson, who, during his career in fleet sales, supposedly sold nine limousines to Al Capone. In 1936, Dawson purchased the land from the university for $55,000. Ayear later, he and his wife, Ina, broke elliott burr/town crier ground on their “retirement” The Shultz’s living room boasts a high wooden ceiling and large paintings home. They were familiar with purchased in Santa Fe. the area because their sons Dick Presidio of Monterey, received a 4,438-acre “Rancho and John attended Stanford University. San Antonio” land grant from Gov. Juan Alvarado. After It took two years to build Rancho San Antonio, at a Mesa’s death in 1845, the property changed hands twice Continued on Page 8 before Dr. Morris Herzstein purchased 106 acres in 1906,

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Rancho House Continued from Page 7 cost of $111,798.77. Dawson commuted from Detroit to oversee construction. After he and his wife moved in, he became a leader in the community. In 1976, after Ina’s death, close to 70 acres were sold for development. In 1980, after nearly 45 years in the Dawson family, the house and acreage atop the knoll were sold to Patty Sue and John Mozart. The Mozarts updated the house, bringing in Los Angeles interior designer Ron Wilson, whose clients included Johnny Carson and Cher. Which brings us to the Schultzes, who appreciate the loggia created by the Mozarts. It is framed in Texas fossil stone and features a beamed ceiling and sliding pocket doors that open to the courtyard, making it part of the outdoors. The dining room, a Wilson inspiration, has a Moroccan flavor with ornate lattice work covering the windows and a wrap-around mural, complete with camels and palm trees, on the walls. Cindy just had the dining room painted and marvels that not one drop of paint marred the beloved mural. A large brass chandelier with candle lights hangs above the 14-foot dining table, which is handy when the Schultzes host functions supporting Washington State Continued on Page 10

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Rancho house Continued from Page 8 University, Gaymond’s alma mater. Every summer, they host a WSU entrepreneurship program and host as many as five students in their guest house starting in May. Mellowing with age Now for some details on the house. It’s built of Carmel stone and first-growth redwood that have both mellowed with age. It has the original copper pipes and tile roof. There are 11 bathrooms but only three bedrooms, not counting the guest house. The 25-foot-by-50-foot living room has two comfortable sitting areas. Among the furnishings are a pair of Chinese bunching tables made by Gaymond, a 1920 Steinway concert grand piano from Carnegie Hall and an inlaid wood music box from the 1800s. Vibrant oil paintings by local artists adorn the walls. Noteworthy are the beamed ceilings throughout the house (no two are unlike) and the Carmel stone and wood floors. The living area of the house is more or less a U-shape, surrounding a Spanish-style courtyard and pool. To the right, as you enter, are the library, living room and bedrooms, which open off a gallery. To the left are the kitchen, dining room and office. The loggia is at the center. From the master bedroom, which has a large sitting

area and fireplace, there’s a view wherever you look. “We see the entire house every day,” Cindy said, “unlike a big house with rooms you seldom see.” “Rancho San Antonio” is well loved and well lived in. N

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Gardening with children: Encourage your budding horticulturalists By Eve Hill-Agnus Special to the Town Crier

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Gardening with children Continued from Page 12 seeing things in bloom” and having “things that they could touch.” With attention and focus, the children tended the tiny starter plants placed in their care. “They all walked with their little pots … and not one of them dropped it,” Rimbach said. “It’s a whole sensory experience” for children when they come to the nursery, said Deane “Dino” Furuichi, who owns and operates the business with his brother, Darryl. “We try to support up-and-coming horticulturalists.” Furuichi also enjoys seeing children troop in on weekends with their parents. “They’re so enthusiastic,” he said. This enthusiasm can fuel the planning, tending and harvesting of a home garden. Offering the unparalleled pleasure of an edible end result, vegetable gardens are a favorite with children. This is the perfect season to sprout seedlings indoors and watch with satisfaction as they begin to send up leaves. Los Altos resident Laurie Richard, who ran a garden design business for many years, has a word of advice for those planning a vegetable garden with their children: Choose plants that grow easily and fast. Zucchini plump quickly, greens spring up in record time. And opt for Continued on Page 16

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Gardening with children Continued from Page 14 produce children can eat straight from the plant, with just a quick rinse under the hose: strawberries, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes. “They may not ever make it to the house,” Richard said. And that’s a good thing. Furuichi similarly recommends tomatoes, because they come in an array of shapes, sizes and colors – and variety appeals to young gardeners. Yellow pineapple tomatoes, tiny jewel-red cherry tomatoes and zebra-striped heirlooms are all fanciful options. Unexpected colors show up in other vegetables as well. Carrots come in purple, white, yellow and red. Beans can be yellow, striped in different shades of green or veined with crimson. In a neighborhood where many children are gardening, Richard even envisions a garden co-op, where children bring their vegetables together. “And then let them cook with them,” she urged. Bright and fragrant, flowers are another favorite. Furuichi cited sunflowers as a top choice. These cheerful giants come in red or yellow, with heads that can be shaggy or smooth-petaled. Sweet peas and nasturtiums bring fiery and pastel palettes, respectively. Marigolds, zinnias, lobelia and alyssum start well

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Children’s Corner Preschool student Alex Weyer, 5, pots a dandelion at the Los Altos Nursery.


Gardening with children from seed, according to Furuichi. Above all, Furuichi stressed the importance of gardening experiences that will give children a sense of success. Proper soil preparation is crucial to this success: compost for flowers; soil generously amended with manure for vegetables. Gardening also offers children an opportunity to learn proper watering – particularly in an environment where sound water use is vital. Key lessons: Water in the morning when it’s cool; use a one-prong cultivator to aerate the soil and allow water to penetrate; and scoop individual water rings (small troughs) around plants, so water can collect and seep down to the roots. With its artistic and engineering facets, planning a garden’s physical layout can be as much fun as sprouting and harvesting. Vegetable-patch planning involves interesting geometries – carefully spaced rows respect plants’ different heights and shapes. Those docile strawberries mustn’t disappear behind a curtain of pea vines; make sure an exuberant zucchini plant won’t crowd those lettuces. Children can also help construct raised beds and add creative touches with hand-painted popsicle-stick row markers. Flowerbed planning draws on children’s sensitivity to shape and color. Flowers can be delicate bells, puff balls, jagged stars, sculptured ballerinas or dragon jaws. They come in tall, spearlike stalks, mid-height firework clusters and spreading carpets. Differences in size and shape (the components of “texture” in

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WOrking with Interior designers Continued from Page 23 Is cost the driving factor and quality a lesser one? A designer has the knowledge and resources to find solutions in your price range. Schedule The contracted schedule and cost provide tools that you can use to control the progress of the project. Review the milestones once a month with your designer to determine where you are within the budget and schedule plan. Discuss openly anything that concerns or worries you prior to starting the adventure. The better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy the journey to your beautifully designed home, which can be enjoyed daily for years to come. I recommend “How to Work with an Interior Designer” by Judy Sheridan, ASID, CID (Gibbs Smith, 2008). To learn the difference between an interior designer and a decorator, visit www.interiordesignschoolreview.com. Magdalena Bogart, Allied ASID, NKBA, lives in Los Altos and is the owner of Magdalena Bogart Interiors. For more information, visit www.magadalenabogartinteriors.com. N

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Petscaping soft wood-chip mulch. Avoid cocoa and coir/coconut husk mulch, which can be toxic or harmful if ingested. Digging can be the most destructive behavior, especially to young plants; fortunately, you have choices. Some dogs dig to cool down, others to make escape tunnels. Many dig simply because they’re bored. Give your dog a digging pit to encourage the habit and relieve the boredom. Train the dog to dig only in the dedicated area by planting goodies like a Kong toy stuffed with pungent treats. Bury treats at incremental levels for your dog to uncover, and be sure to repeat often. Another fun idea for pets and their companions is to attend a doggie Courtesy of Julie Orr training or agility class. These types Arbors provide much-needed shade. Flagstone is a practical surface of programs keep your dog mentally that can be cooled or warmed, depending on the amount of sunlight. focused and engaged in positive beor patrolling dogs, pay attention to the paths and plantings haviors, which you can encourage at home, helping to around the fence line, because well-traveled paths will curb the less-than-ideal habits. show wear if left bare. Instead, mulch heavily along their In areas where you want to discourage and conceal paths and plant shrubs and trees several feet away from digging, plant a fast-growing vine that can be trained as a fences, keeping them pruned up from the ground to allow groundcover, like Star Jasmine or Trachelospermum jasdamage-free access. To cover the spaces under the shrubs, minoides. Continued on Page 28 create a natural lounging spot by adding a thick layer of

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Petscaping Continued from Page 27 If you have an “escape artist” digger, you may need a low, concrete barrier under the fences. As an additional precaution, especially if you live on a busy street, consider a double-entry system with auto-closers at the outer gate. In case one gate is left open, the other acts as a fail-safe obstacle. The enclosed area can double as a utility area, dog bathing station or even a temporary dog run. Once you have your dogs’ habits incorporated in your landscape base plan, you can begin to plug in their basic needs. Always consider safety, sufficient shade, dry shelter, clean drinking water, adequate fencing and a good potty and exercise area. Safety is key to any people or pet space. Prudent plant choices in your landscape mean avoiding thorny, spiny, sappy and toxic plants. Small dog breeds and puppies are especially sensitive to toxins because of their limited body size. For an extensive list of toxic plants visit the ASPCA’s Web site at www.aspca.org. Many people think a large lawn ensures exercise space. While most dogs enjoy a good run at the park, that is no reason for you to turn your backyard into one. As a water-wise alternative to traditional turf, consider a soft hardscape like decomposed granite or smooth gravel. Pea gravel with ample base rock underneath also makes a great potty area. If you still crave the greenery of grass, consider a no-mow lawn that can be created with bunch grass like California Meadow Sedge, Carex pansa, which stands up to heavy paw traffic. Regardless of your choice, never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. If you use an organic method, rinse down the area immediately after application to allow soak-in time, before the pet uses the area. Finally, consider the special requirements that may develop as your dog ages. If your dog’s breed is susceptible to hip dysplasia, consider the future need for smooth, level walking surfaces and wide corners for dog wheelchairs. Now that you have considered your pet’s needs, what are you looking for in a garden? Will you entertain, grow edibles, read or play ball with children? In other words, make another list of all the desired human activities. There’s always a way to accommodate the needs of the humans and the dogs. For example, if you want to grow edibles, think about a raised planter bed that will be out of sight and at a height away from leg lifters and dogs that mark. Petscaping is all about coexistence. When in doubt, instead of forfeiting an attractive garden, hire a professional landscape designer. We can help creatively find solutions to balance everyone’s needs. Julie Orr is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, specializing in pet-friendly, water-wise, low-maintenance gardens. Orr grew up with a petscape full of dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, chickens and a tortoise. For more information, visit www.julieorrdesign. com. N

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he orchid has a reputation as a hothouse flower that must be pampered and cultivated in a greenhouse with just the right amount of heat. And yet, its voluptuous blooms lure local hobbyists with the twin sirens of color and form. While these exotic plants flourish in the tropics, they also thrive above the North Pole and on Macquarie Island near Antarctica. And surprisingly, some orchids grow outdoors in a more temperate climate, like the one in Los Altos and environs. With proper care, orchids don’t have to be sheltered indoors on a windowsill. That means providing them with adequate amounts of dappled sunlight, water and warmth. Local aficionados have their own formulas for encouraging blooms, some swearing by fertilizer and the right bark. “You treat (orchids) with studied neglect, and you don’t overcoddle them,” said Weegie Caughlan, former president of the Peninsula Orchid Society (www.penorchidsociety.org) and Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers (www. goldcoastcymbidiumgrowers.com). She also serves as an associate state orchid society judge. Approximately 170 Peninsula Orchid Society members meet monthly to discuss the care and feeding of the world’s most fascinating flower and share tips on cultivating them in this climate. There’s an aura of luxury surrounding the orchid, the name alone evokes sensuality. The word “orchid” comes from the Greek “orchis,” or testicle, because of its tuberous root. With five petals and three sepals that enclose the petals, it differs from other flowers. A visit to Caughlan’s Los Altos Hills home reveals stunning orchids flourishing in pots of all sizes, in her greenhouses and in the inside conservatory. The 12-footby-20-foot conservatory houses select show plants, rotated in the steamy room with French windows that overlook the leafy banks of Adobe Creek. Her plants have won many awards over the years. Satin Dragon “Cinnabar” recently won the title of Grand Champion Cymbidium in the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Caughlan proudly admits she has an eye for design and regrets not having gone into landscape design. Pointing to the potted, multicolored blooms under her patio awning, Caughlan said, “The colors move into each other, they’re


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not like a pansy pot” of clashing shades. Like others who have succumbed to the seductive flower, Caughlan began simply, by tending to her mother’s remaining Cymbidiums at the family home to which she returned as an adult in the ’70s. Within a few years, she became a “fiercely, out-of-control” orchid hobbyist. Landscape architect Tommy Church originally designed the Caughlan property in the 1930s. It is now undergoing restoration. Well-known in the area because Leland Stanford hired him to design the university grounds, Church believed in creating a livable environment outdoors. He pioneered the concept of “outdoor rooms” with separate functions, such as for reading or entertaining, and oversaw landscapes at Woodside Priory, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. His touch is evident in Caughlan’s meandering paths and wooded acreage. A former teacher, Caughlan conducts repotting classes for Cymbidiums, which grow in cool-summer areas without severe frosts. She has approximately 800, many thriving outside near her 200-year-old oak trees or under an awning. As someone who evaluates orchids, Caughlan underscores the importance of both form and color. “People get carried away with (just) the color,” but that’s not enough to garner an award, she said. Continued on Page 32

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orchid growers Continued from Page 31 When applied to humans, the term “hothouse flower” refers to someone overly delicate and sensitive, easily hurt. Orchids, described as “hothouse flowers,” can intimidate hobbyists. Most orchid society members start out fearful but end up being seduced. “People are afraid of orchids. They think they’re going to kill them off,” said Los Altos resident Marlene Beumer, who calls herself a backyard hobbyist. “But we’ve all killed off a few plants.” Her personal favorites are the Lady’s Slipper, which has pocket lips, and Cattleya, otherwise known as the corsage orchid. Elliott Burr/Town Crier Jerry Rodder, a retired Los Al- Weegie Caughlan surveys orchids in one of her outdoor atriums in her tos resident who has grown orchids Los Altos Hills backyard. since 1992, agrees that one has to have a few failures to experience success. speakers and offer display tables where members can sell “You don’t become a professional without killing some or trade their plants. Rodder invented a fertilizer, Jerry’s off,” Rodder said. Grow, which he no longer manufactures. He urges novice growers to join one of the local flower Rodder spends approximately one to two hours weekly societies. Most schedule annual flower shows, invite guest on his orchids, many of which he houses in a greenhouse

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Native All-Stars Continued from Page 35 The garden show featured another All-Star, serpentine columbine, a 5-foot plant with 2-inch flowers, larger and showier than most columbines. Hummingbirds are drawn to the red and yellow flowers. Plant it in shade or part shade and water occasionally. Like many shade plants, if it gets more sun, then it will look better with more water. Other All-Stars that can grow with columbines in shadier parts of the garden include island alumroot, hummingbird sage, Canyon Snow Pacific iris and giant chain fern. For meadows, the list offers larger-scale deergrass and California fescue as well as smaller-scale blue grama grass, with its distinctive eyebrowlike flowering heads. Deergrass looks best where it has some breathing room, rather than being crowded by other plants. California fescue grows in sun or part shade, and it looks particularly good under native oaks. Blue grama is a delicate-looking but tough grass. Colorful perennials that look good in meadows include bright-yellow Cascade Creek California goldenrod, bright-blue Margarita BOP foothill penstemon, pale rose to lavender Wayne Roderick seaside daisy and vivid red-orange California fuchsia. Butterflies and beneficial insects are drawn to these plants as well. N

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Page 35 ABC Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Al Peterson Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 American Housecleaning Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Armando’s Moving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Artisitic Garage Doors, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Barreto Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Batteries N Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 BK Collections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 California Roll-Out Shelf Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 California Water Service Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Carpeteria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Clutterboy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Controlled System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 County Consumer Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Custom & Security Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Custom Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Danish Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Davis & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Design & Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Doug Walters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Dylan Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Enterprise Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38,39 Estate Sales/Sheri Galvan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Flores Garden Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Gary Paul Craftsman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Geoland Landscaping, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Greg Mostyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Graniterock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Green Patio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Grimes Natural Landscape, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Half Moon Bay Feed & Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hammerschmidt Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Ken Boyden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Kratzer Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Landscape Design by Bette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Landsystems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Leo-Michael Anshutz Landscaping, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Mervyn Salt Landscapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 New Systems Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Orkopina Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Owen Signature Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Paul’s Draperies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Pepping Cabinet Refinishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 37 Polka Dot Buggy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Poulsen Construction, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Premier Door Services, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 PTA Landscape Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Ronning Roofing & Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Samscaping, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Screenmobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Select Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Stanford Electric Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Statcomm Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Step Up J.S. Carpet Cleaning & House Cleaning . . . . . . . .37 Sterling Custom Upholstery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Steven Miles One Day Dog Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Terra Teak & Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 The Forum at Rancho San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 The Grass Farm Garden Accents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 The Pied Piper Exterminators, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 The Kitchen Crafter.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Teak Patio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Time Butler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 TLC Builders, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Tubz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Ventura Adventures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Vladimir Freiden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Walter Finnerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Western Roofing Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Zayer Quality Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Home & Garden | April 28, 2010 | Page

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