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Treeing Off I know all about Black Friday. I’ve been there with sleep still in my eye, crosstrainers laced up, elbows out as the doors open. But seeing you at the Xmas tree farm was a whole ’nother level. It ain’t like these trees are on special. Nobody gets 50 percent off because they got there first. They’re trees. Hundreds of them. And they’re pretty much all the same. So imagine my surprise when my son said “look, mommy!” and pointed at a tree he liked, and you and your tank-ass boyfriend boxed him out like you were rebounding a discount TV at Kmart. Yeah, I said it. You look like the kind of person who shops at Kmart. RE: CMT SAN JOSE TAKES OFF THE KID GLOVES, COVER, NOV. 29

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All About that Bassi SUSAN BASSI, a Santa Clara County court watchdog who says she got her hand broken by a bailiff last month, apparently had another unfortunate run-in with officials this week. The Los Gatos resident says she was on her way to her own divorce proceeding at the downtown San Jose courthouse, where a sheriff’s deputy stopped and cited her at the front-door security screening. “I literally walked into the door, and they said, ‘You’re being arrested,’” They Bassi recounts. According Did to her colleague, What? freelance journalist SEND TIPS TO STEPHEN JAMES, the FLY@ Los Gatos resident was METRONEWS. charged with violating COM a court order (Penal Code 1664a) prohibiting photography and video recording in the common areas of the Family Justice Center. The allegation stems from a Nov. 14 confrontation in which Bassi says deputies broke her thumb while trying to force her to stop recording in a family law recordviewing room. Bassi says she was trying to record a tense exchange between the cops and another local critic of the justice system, SCOTT LARGENT—who’s known for railing against judges and lawyers on his loudspeaker outside the courthouse. In an email court spokesman BENJAMIN RADA disputed Bassi’s account of the recent citation. “We understand that the cite and release of Ms. Bassi that occurred on December 4, 2017 was unrelated to events of November 17,” he wrote, referring Fly to the Sheriff’s Office for further comment. We reached out to the sheriff’s spokesflack but had yet to hear back as of press time. Bassi, who plans to sue the Sheriff’s Office for excessive force, considers the arrest retaliation for her activism. The citation requires Bassi to turn herself in at the Main Jail for booking and then return to court on Jan. 3 for an arraignment, which means she’ll have to reschedule a divorce hearing that was already set for the same day. “Now I have this to deal with,” she says, “right in time for the holidays.”

Bare Minimums BLINDED BY THE LIGHT Streetlight Records manager Paige Brodsky says no one from the city of San Jose told the business about the minimum wage increase in July.

Not all San Jose businesses aware of ongoing minimum wage increases BY CAMILLE MILLER


AIGE BRODSKY had less than a week to figure out to figure out the books at Streetlight Records. While some employers had months to prepare for July’s minimum wage increase, Brodsky caught word of the news just four days before it went into effect. As a result, the music and merch record store was caught off guard by the pay hike, which bumped San Jose’s salary floor from $10.50 to $12 an hour. “It didn't seem to make a big splash in

the media beforehand, and we weren’t contacted by the city of San Jose with any sort of notification after the vote happened,” says Brodsky, manager of Streetlight’s Bascom Avenue location. In November 2016, the San Jose City Council approved a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 2019. July’s increase was phase one of the rollout, which will climb to $13.59 on Jan. 1, 2018. But in a city with more than 70,000 businesses, getting the word out to every employer has been a difficult and imperfect task. City officials relied on business associations like the Silicon Valley Organization—formerly known as the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce—and the state Chamber of Commerce to notify businesses through email blasts. Beyond that, the city hoped the media would help spread the news. The outreach was successful for the

most part. Business owners braced for change, and employees began counting the days. Still, news of the ordinance didn’t reach everyone. “It’d be great if we could knock on every business’ door, but that just isn’t possible at this time,” says Christopher Hickey, division manager of San Jose’s Office of Equality Assurance (OEA). After July’s increase, the OEA received five complaints from employees whose salaries didn’t meet the new wage. One of them has been confirmed as a valid minimum wage violation, resulting in workers getting back pay. The other four are still being investigated, a process that can take 30 to 45 days, Hickey says. Insufficient staffing left the city unable to check the payroll records of every businesses. Enforcement of the law depends on individual workers coming forward with potential violations. Hickey acknowledges that the complaint-based system leaves room for unreported cases. “I’m sure there are individuals not being paid properly, but unless they or someone contacts us, we wouldn’t know,” he says.

In discussions preceding the November 2016 vote, business owners sought more time to help prepare for the wage hike. At the same time, the nationwide “Fight for $15” campaign was gaining steam. Minimum-wage workers said they could barely scrape by after paying bills in one the costliest cities in the nation. The median monthly cost to rent a two-bedroom apartment in San Jose right now, according to, is $2,550, making it the second-most expensive rental market in the nation. A recent study by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California Berkeley says that increasing the wage floor to $15 will raise the annual earnings of 115,000 San Jose workers by $3,000— or $350 million collectively. While many people see the raise as a victory for the city’s lowest-rung workers, businesses already struggling to meet the minimum of $12 an hour are faced with an unsettling future. The current patchwork of wages in the Bay Area has led to unfair competition between city borders, as Brodsky and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo have pointed out. Seven of Santa Clara County’s 15 cities have opted to stay out of the regional effort to accelerate a $15 wage. As budgets shrink, it also becomes harder to offer benefits like health insurance and paid leave for full-time workers, who often command higher wages than other employees. Owner Eric Johnson of Recycle Bookstore says he will hire more part-time workers to avoid the extra costs. “With a full-time person, you don't change their hours, so having somebody who is younger, somebody just starting off in college, allows us to have that added security without having to invest as much money into a full-time person,” Johnson says. Whether it be higher prices or more part-time employees, proprietors agree that the solutions are not ideal. Nonetheless, employers say the changes are necessary in keeping their doors open for years to come. “It will be a bit of a strain as it gets closer to the $15 an hour rate, just payroll wise,” Johnson says. “Bookstores are closing all over the place.” The next scheduled increase, in January, will bring San Jose’s salary floor to $13.50, giving businesses one more year to figure out how they’ll get by when workers reach the long-anticipated $15 an hour.

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Brodsky found out about the new law from one of her employees. With fours days on the clock, she scrambled to formulate a plan that would allow the beloved record store to make ends meet. Jacking up prices wasn’t an option. Much of Streetlight’s business is in used goods, which are only worth what customers are willing to pay. Not to mention, competition is just down the street. Rasputin Music is only a mile away in Campbell, where the minimum wage remains $10.50. While the statewide schedule to reach $15 by 2022 grants small businesses—defined as having 25 employees or fewer—an extra year to catch up to the new rate, San Jose’s plan doesn’t involve such leeway. This means small-scale, independent retailers like Streetlight are on the same schedule as corporate titans like Safeway. “It's another chapter of the same old story for small businesses: we must do more with less,” Brodsky says. For Streetlight, the key is to sell more products and boost their sales to help offset the increased labor cost. “As I've been telling the staff, all we have to do is sell more stuff,” Brodsky says. Other businesses have increased their prices to make up for the difference. Caffe Frascati added a quarter on each item and Pacific Car Wash, whose downtown location closed in August, raised the basic car wash price from $30 to $35. Due to new development on the property, the car wash had to move its operations to a new location on East Santa Clara Street one month after the wage increase. Pacific Car Wash manager Jason Pang says that while his employees made a $1.50 more an hour, rising prices at a neighboring taco shop, where car wash workers used to buy their lunch, basically neutralized the pay bump. Pang questions whether higher wages will actually bring about more purchasing power. However, most low-income workers were still happy to receive the extra pay. Diana D’Angelo, a former manager at Caffe Frascati, says employees were “pretty stoked about the pay increase, because a lot of them are students. A lot of them are working full-time minimum wage to try and pay their rent and cost of living in San Jose.” There is still a debate around the effect of local wage increases. Proponents of the bumps argue that higher pay is necessary to keep people out of poverty. Opponents fear that more labor costs will only hurt small businesses. | | | DECEMBER 6-12, 2017


Bad Life Choices Photographs by Greg Ramar

Drug-fueled parties. Forced labor. Shocking allegations shut down a San Jose rehab center—but the operators dispute the charges and are back in business

BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH STILL STANDING Drug treatment center Life Choices lost its license after a series of reported problems, but manager Richard Franko has persisted in launching a new facility.


VER THE COURSE of several days in June of 2011, a state agent tasked with regulating drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers made a series of phone calls to the Outcast Bar and Resort in the Gold Country town of Copperopolis. She planned to either rule out or verify troubling allegations that Richard Franko—head of Life Choices, one of Silicon Valley’s largest detox facilities—sent addicts undergoing court-ordered treatment to work at the hard-partying music venue in the Sierra foothills. One witness, whose name was withheld, reported to California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that Franko made parolees “assist in human like slave duties as a condition of not sending these

clients back to prison.” What DHCS investigator Janina Guarino heard from people she interviewed led her to conclude that Franko had indeed used clients for personal benefit and, in doing so, compromised their sobriety.

“Mr. [Franko] did not keep the [clients] in an alcohol-safe environment,” one of the bartenders, somewhat incredulously, told Guarino. “We encourage people to drink. That’s what we do here. People are here to drink.” “Yes, it is an open bar,” another worker said when asked if Life Choices clients had access to liquor. “A person getting out of rehab shouldn’t be at the bar.” Guarino asked how many rehab clients Franko would bring to the watering hole, which he reportedly co-owned with his brother and $30 million lottery winner Dennis

Sanfilippo. “Sometimes a truck full,” a staffer responded, “sometimes a limousine full.” Reports show DHCS was told that Franko would get hopped up on pills and cocktails while his clients worked the bar and the door. A female witness told regulators that the rehab director also sexually harassed her at the resort, telling her “that dress looks good on you, you should bend over in it.” He would go on to invite her to his room for drinks. Other times, Franko would recruit clients to load music studio equipment for his other side hustle, a country music label also co-owned

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by Sanfilippo called Big 7 Records. According to state records and conversations with former clients, Franko also relied on the captive pool of clientele to take care of his racing pigeons, requiring them to drive the birds several hours away and release them so they could fly back to roost. Aaron Dukes, a former Life Choices client who says he once had to ferry Franko’s pigeons out to Tracy, described the rehab as a nonstop drug-fueled party. “Meth, cocaine, pot,” he tells Metro. “All kinds of drugs were all over the place. You had to be clean to live there, yeah, but some people had

boxes of drug tests that they took for someone else.” For addicts whose freedom depended on their sobriety, Life Choices, a 31-bed residential rehab in the heart of San Jose, apparently became a pipeline back to jail. Franko allegedly let clients leave the facility before their legally mandated 30-day “spin dry” was up, setting up vulnerable addicts and alcoholics to go back to the streets, fail their drug test or risk arrest. According to a former staffer contacted by DHCS, the relapse rate among addicts who worked alongside Franko was about 80 percent.

“Every one of the clients that were close to Richard relapsed,” a rehab client told authorities. “It was out of control.” But Life Choices personnel told Guarino that if they suspected substance use among the clients who worked off-site, Franko prevented them from being drug tested. “Richard [Franko] is driving everyone crazy,” another exasperated witness said. “He is taking clients out that are detoxing.” When regulators shut down Life Choices the morning of March 5, 2014, Franko chalked it up to a “personality conflict” that began years before with the Santa Clara

County District Attorney’s Office and worked its way up to Sacramento. But a newly unearthed trove of records obtained exclusively by Metro sheds light on the problems that led to the dramatic shutdown, which forced Franko to bus clients elsewhere for treatment. Hundreds of pages of DHCS filings paint a picture of shocking dysfunction at the facility, where authorities investigated accusations of exploitation, sexual harassment, stolen medication and rampant drug use. According to public records and redacted witness statements, Franko’s

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relapses, a slew of DUIs and a felony weapons charge contributed to the chaos that inspired many of the calls to authorities about the rehab director allegedly borrowing money from clients, crashing company vehicles, urinating in the kitchen sink and, in an instance reportedly caught on video, running naked around the facility. Court records depict a man hitting every stone on the way to rock bottom, from stealing $12.99 bottles of Triple Sec from a liquor store—twice in a day—to kidnapping a woman’s dog from her Willow Glen home. Franko tells Metro he has sobered up and insists that the allegations stem from jilted ex-staffers or

‘Meth, cocaine, pot. All kinds of drugs were all over the place. People had boxes of drug tests that they took for someone else.’ disgruntled clients spreading lies. He admits to some slip-ups, just not the way they’re characterized, calling the state’s probe a “witch hunt.” The parolees were paid $100 a day for their time, he says, and the work involved remodeling the bar before it opened to customers. In an ironic twist, he adds, the resort-bar has since been converted to a lakeside rehab. And now, back in the South Bay, Franko’s back in business. In October last year, he obtained a license for a new treatment facility called Red Road Recovery, which takes its name from the Native American term for righteous path. Under the state’s whack-a-mole enforcement, problematic operators can evidently form a new entity and start over again. With its license expired in 2014, Life Choices has since reverted from a residential rehab to an unregulated

sober living facility—considered a group home for the disabled, governed only by local zoning and federal fair-housing laws. But of all the shocking details Metro has learned about the purportedly reckless rehab center, one of the more surprising is that San Jose city officials have been asleep at the wheel, leaving taxpayers to subsidize the beleaguered program.

The Money Man Tucked between the remnants of a once-vast orchard and an elevated roadway separating it from a recycling center on the other side of Taylor Street, Life Choices lies almost beyond view from passing drivers. But surrounding residents and authorities have kept a wary eye on the facility from the day it opened as a residential drug rehab in late summer of 2001. Founded by Franko and bankrolled by John and Betty Licking, an elderly Sunnyvale dentist and his wife, Life Choices took in some of the first clients under Proposition 36—a state law allowing nonviolent convicts to serve their sentence in rehab instead of jail. When California enacted sweeping prison reform a decade later, it accepted former inmates released under community supervision in lieu of incarceration. Franko—who’s 63 with a long brown mullet, stocky build and a face weathered by hard living— says the venture came from a very personal place. A self-professed alcoholic who fought for his own sobriety to avoid jail, he says he tried to remain immersed in recovery by turning it into his livelihood. “I wanted to learn the language of recovery,” Franko says. “I wanted to be able to walk other people through their detox as well as their family members and loved ones.” John Licking, who met Franko decades ago at the Church of Christ in Sunnyvale, traces his interest in working with recovering addicts to a realization early in his career during a tour of Los Angeles County General Hospital. A doctor told him that just about half of all patients at the notoriously under-resourced infirmary were there because of


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THE DEAL DOCTOR Sunnyvale dentist John Licking funded Life Choices, but he has no interest in learning about the reported bad behavior.

drugs and alcohol—be it liver disease, a car crash or a bar fight. The sheer magnitude of the crisis weighed on Licking for years, he says. So when Franko approached him about expanding Life Choices, the dentist jumped at the opportunity. “When you get the chance to do something about a problem, you take it,” Licking says, standing outside Life Choices on a recent afternoon. “This was that chance.” “I told him the church can save your soul, but the program will save your butt,” Franko says. In Licking’s telling, Life Choices’ battle with authorities began when administrators refused to comply with a local prosecutor’s request to identify a rehab center resident, which would violate patient privacy laws. From then on, he says, the district attorney’s office had Franko and the facility under the microscope, which created a cloud of suspicion that filtered up to the DHCS. “It was an uphill battle from the very beginning,” Licking says. “The city didn’t want us here, the neighbors didn’t want us here and the DA wanted to tell us

how to run the place.” Licking, who’s on the nonprofit’s board of directors with his wife, admits that he has a dim view of regulators, characterizing their citations as busywork—a way to rack up fees to fund a bloated bureaucracy. Franko echoed the sentiment. “In this business, I have been turned off at the politics involved,” Franko says. “That is why I don’t believe in the DA or the state. The DA wanted me out because I would not bow down to what they wanted me to do.” When asked what he thought of the violations that led up to the facility losing its license, however, John Licking says he wasn’t involved in day-to-day operations and doesn’t know what they entailed. When asked if he’d like to review the records obtained by Metro that recount the allegations of drugand-booze-fueled parties and forced labor, he shakes his head side to side. “All the drug recovery programs end up occasionally with some drugs in the program,” he says. “Somebody


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brings some drugs in. That’s not allowed or permitted. When that happens here, then that person is gone from the program, and anybody else associated with it. … Because you can’t tolerate that.” And what about the allegations that staff encouraged the use of drugs and alcohol? “I never saw that,” he says. Would he be interested in seeing the records detailing the allegations? “It doesn’t matter to me now,” he says. In a phone call days earlier, Betty Licking claimed ignorance, too. “The violations that happened were mostly administrative, and actually not—I don’t want to say that they weren’t important—but they were things like the files were not in the order that the state regulators requested,” she says. “Minor administrative things.” For a couple that’s invested what appears to be millions of dollars in Life Choices and, more recently, Red Road Recovery, the Lickings seem to care surprisingly little about whether the organizations have lived up to their missions. While it’s true that state inspectors noted some seemingly trivial things in their facility reports at Life Choices—a moldy apple under a desk, a pie in a bathroom dresser—civil lawsuits and regulatory filings make it clear that the DHCS had more to worry about than what the Lickings dismiss as merely broken light fixtures or cracked floors. But the proprietors of Life Choices weren’t the only ones turning a blind eye.

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Absentee Landlord Though Santa Clara County and other service providers welcomed the addition of a sizable treatment center, neighbors of Life Choices were none too keen on having the addiction center in their vicinity. The animosity, coupled with plans to someday build a freeway over the site to link with the future Berryessa BART station, led San Jose officials to dig in their heels when the fledgling Life Choices sought to grow from 31 to 120 beds. Five years after petitioning City Hall to approve the expansion, John Licking sued the city, claiming

the city’s denial constituted discrimination against the disabled. To settle the lawsuit, San Jose shelled out $2 million in 2009 to buy the property—leaving the Lickings with a tidy profit and Life Choices with an extraordinarily cheap lease. Then-Councilman Sam Liccardo, who has since become mayor, called it a win-win at the time, noting that the sale allowed the city to eschew the ordeal of claiming the plot through eminent domain. Aside from the police calls one might expect from a rehab center— psychiatric holds, drug possession, unattended deaths, the occasional scrap—the lease signing was the last known action the city took on the property. More than two years since the $1-a-month contract expired, officials have yet to renegotiate the deal. Licking says he’ll keep sending that $12 check every year, hoping the city doesn’t ask for more. “One of these days,” he says, “the city will say, ‘this is your six months’ notice,’ and this will be bulldozed. I don’t know when that will happen.” Officials from the mayor’s, city manager’s and economic development offices offered no insight on the matter, except to affirm that the lease had, indeed, expired on Sept. 30, 2015.

Rehab Reform Rehab operators like Franko and Licking find themselves at a difficult juncture. Growing awareness about chemical dependency as a disease has inspired a nationwide push to reform the $35 billion-a-year industry, with incidents of insurance fraud and overdose deaths at clinics bringing greater scrutiny to the role of residential treatment in an addict’s recovery—and to the potential for abuse. Recent revelations of labor trafficking, sexual misconduct and alarming relapse rates in California rehab centers have pressured regulators to crack down on unscrupulous clinics, while political advocacy groups debate how to raise professional standards in the field. California requires criminal background checks for


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RIGHT-HAND MAN Certified drug and alcohol counselor Joaquin Aguirre has remained faithful to Life Choices and Red Road director Richard Franko.

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acupuncturists, optometrists, veterinarians and dental hygienists, but it has no such mandate for substance abuse counselors or rehab clinic directors. Twenty-nine states have rehab reform laws in place, including licensure on sober living and stricter clinical standards for residential treatment, but legislation in California has stalled. “We’re going to regroup and continue that fight in 2018,” says Frank Jones, who founded Recovery Reform Now, which advocates for stronger consumer protections in the drug treatment industry. “There has to be a higher standard for treating a disease that requires intensive, long-term care.” Until then, virtually anyone can run a rehab business in California. There’s no educational requirement— medical or otherwise—and no need to obtain even a counseling certification through one of several industry associations. Under existing rules, aspiring counselors can work with patients for up to five years without a background check and without certification. Franko was on track to obtain a certification through the Breining

Institute, records show, but he blew the five-year deadline and never submitted any documentation about his academic history. “They won’t let me get certified,” he says during a recent interview, without elaborating on why that’s the case. “But they’ll let me run the place.” On paper, however, there’s someone else in charge. The DHCS lists a Wiley David Thorne as the former executive in charge of Life Choices and the clinical director of Red Road Recovery. Franko and his lead counselor, Joaquin Aguirre, downplay Thorne’s involvement, calling him at times a consultant or adviser—but not the head honcho. “I’m really behind the scenes,” Thorne confirms. Thorne, a certified counselor who worked alongside Franko for the better part of the past decade, speaks highly of his colleague and calls the state’s enforcement unnecessarily adversarial. “One thing I do have to say about Richard is that you could not begin to calculate the number of people that he has helped over the years,” Thorne says. “He has helped so many people get clean and sober, he has helped so many people get their lives

19 Another name that turns up only in passing within the dossier supplied by the DHCS is that of Dr. Cecil Bradley, a psychiatrist who sent referrals to Life Choices and now works with Franko at Red Road Recovery. The Medical Board of California twice has suspended Bradley’s license. The first time came in the 1990s, when the doctor refused to submit to a psychiatric test in response to accusations that he engaged in sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior with employees and patients. More recently, a probationary period ended in 2012 after Bradley was disciplined for prescribing addictive drugs to patients in the throes of substance abuse, according to the medical board. He also eschewed risk-benefit analyses. In 2003, according to the state medical board, one of his patients was hospitalized for stimulantinduced psychosis after Bradley kept prescribing her ADHD medication despite repeated signs of abuse. Today, almost the exact same team of doctors, counselors, investors and operators—give or take a few—are behind Red Road Recovery in north San Jose, raising questions about the efficacy of state enforcement. Records indicate that Red Road, which charges up to $7,900 a month per client, has met every state-set benchmark as of this week. Life Choices’ last citation, given for advertising licensed services at an unlicensed facility, came this past spring. That, too, was cleared up. “I don’t want to go to war with the state right now,” Franko says. “To be honest, I’m having a hard enough time with them as it is.” Until DHCS signs off on a petition to expand Red Road from six to another 20-plus beds, Franko says he’s going to focus on building up the number of sober homes and rehabs under his purview, thanks to investment from the Lickings and support from regional nonprofits. “The bottom line is I’ve put up with all this crap and I’m still here,” Franko says during a tour of Red Road, where a stray black-andwhite cat he calls Detox lurks in the garden. “That’s why they call me The Battleship. I’ve been hit with so many torpedoes, and I’m still standing.”

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back together. … He has more than paid his dues, both rehabilitationwise, and for any issues he may have had with the criminal justice system.” Despite his personal and professional struggles, Franko has managed to cultivate a well-funded network of support. Although he hasn’t contracted directly with the county since 2005, he relies on a considerable sum of public money channeled through some of the region’s biggest nonprofits, including Catholic Charities and Community Solutions. Indeed, a stack of letters from various officials in the charitable sector and law enforcement vouched for Franko when he faced a judge for legal troubles that coincided with the state enforcement against Life Choices. Franko acknowledges his relapses but says he always got back on track. He blames his downfall on a collision on Valentine’s Day in 2010, when, according to court records, he struck and killed a homeless man while driving a black 2007 Chevy Silverado on a suspended license. The pedestrian, who turned out to be intoxicated, darted into the offramp just south of Bird Avenue on Highway 87, according to the police report. It haunted Franko for years, he says, and led to a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder. “That really shook me,” he says. Aguirre—a loyal friend to Franko who was working at Gardner Health Services during the few years before Life Choices lost its license—says people who work in the addiction field often struggle with the disease themselves. It’s part of what qualifies them to supervise treatment centers, he says, and part of what pulled them through those difficult years at Life Choices. While the bulk of DHCS records centered on Franko’s behavior, regulators also noted a troubling association with a staffer who turned out to be a fraud. Ricky Diffenderfer, who introduced himself as “Dr. D,” worked closely with Life Choices until people wised up to his scam of posing as a counselor while bilking clients in treatment centers across Northern California. In 2016, a few years after he parted ways with Life Choices, Diffenderfer pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft and welfare fraud in exchange for a twoyear prison sentence.


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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Wed, 8pm, $22 Olinder Theatre, San Jose

San Jose’s Northside Theatre Company had a rough year. Back in February, the Anderson Reservoir spilled over, causing portions of Coyote Creek to overflow. Flood waters hit the Olinder Community Center—home to the theater company for three decades— particularly hard. Northside had to cancel productions and for a while it was unclear whether they’d be up and running in time for their annual production of A Christmas Carol, a show they’ve put on since they opened. Fortunately, the repairs were completed this fall and Northside is up and running again. The play runs through Dec. 24. Bah humbug! (NV)

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Wed, 8pm, $56+ Center for Performing Arts, Mountain View

Thu, 7:30pm, $25+ Aragon High School Theater, San Mateo

Fri, 7:30pm, $15+ Memorial Auditorium, Stanford

Wed, 7pm, $21+ Hammer Theatre, San Jose

This annual Christmas ballet is bound to get any Scrooge into the holiday spirit. For 24 years, Michael Smuin’s company has merged the diverse vocabulary of classical ballet with contemporary American dance. This year, Smuin’s acclaimed choreographer-inresidence, Amy Seiwert, pairs a new piece with Joni Mitchell’s mournful Christmas tune, “River.” The first act—‘Classical Christmas’—has dancers moving to traditional seasonal pieces, such as “Ave Maria,” and, in a nod to Hanukkah, “Licht bensh’n.” There will also be a festive medley of pop favorites, including “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and “Santa Baby.” (AJ)

Former Vice President Al Gore returns with an updated message on the looming impact of global warming. He made waves by outlining the devastating impact rising sea levels would have on the planet in his 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth—which earned him and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change a piece of the Nobel Peace Prize the following year. Kepler’s Literary Foundation brings Al Gore to the Peninsula to discuss his new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. In the film, Gore aims to expand on his initial premise with an narrative demonstrating how to take meaningful action. (AJ)

No holiday season is complete without Christmas jazz. Every cold December there’s room for the likes of Bing Crosby, Vince Guaraldi and Frank Sinatra to make the Yuletide gay. The SJSU Orchestra knows a few numbers of their own. This diverse group of music majors are well versed in diverse styles—from classical to Afro-Latin jazz. The talented collective is directed by 2015’s Silicon Valley artist laureate, Aaron Lington. Special guests include the Valley Christian High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Marcus Wolfe and tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz. Discount tickets for students, seniors and SJSU faculty and staff. (AJ)

Watch this acclaimed 1998 film while a live orchestra plays its Oscar-winning score live. The movie, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Carlo Cecchi and Sylvia Chang, tells the tale of a mysterious—and perhaps supernatural—red violin. From its birth in 17th century Cremona, to a stint in Vienna, on through to Oxford, and then to communist China, the instrument bounces around the globe as its legend grows. Canadian violinist Lara St. John and members of the Stanford Philharmonia perform the score by John Corigliano, also known for his Altered States score. (NV)

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Dec 9 at City National Civic


Dec 14 at Fox Theatre


Dec 16 at Oracle Arena


Dec 17 at Carriage House Theatre

XXXMAS 2017 W/ STRATA Dec 22 at The Ritz


Dec 31 at Fox Theatre


Jan 19 at City National Civic



Jan 21 at The Flint Center


Jan 23-28 at SJ Center for Performing Arts


ZEPPARELLA & YVETTE YOUNG Sat, 8pm, $10+ The Ritz, San Jose Join this all-female tribute band as they strive to capture the essence of the mighty Led Zeppelin. In true Zeppelin style, the group’s latest release is a live-album, titled Live at Sweetwater. The record features plenty of heavy numbers, including “Custard Pie,” “How Many More Times” and “Moby Dick.” This tribute act gets an assist from show opener and local guitar goddess Yvette Young. Young’s precision playing may not perfectly mirror the endearingly imperfect approach of Jimmy Page, but she rocks just as hard. (AJ)



Feb 7 at SAP Center

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA SYMPHONY Sat, 8pm, $63+ City National Civic, San Jose The first sights and sounds of a Legend of Zelda game are unforgettable. Horses gallop, wind blows and piano and strings strike a chord—figuratively and literally. The music of the Zelda franchise undoubtedly represents some of the best video game music ever. This fourmovement symphony draws pieces directly from the video game series and uses scenes from three decades’ worth of gameplay. They reimagine the original composer Koji Kondo’s adventurous and melodic scores from Twilight Princess, Majora’s Mask, Ocarina of Time and more. The concert features the Tuscany Symphony Orchestra, a 20-person choir. (AJ)



Sat, 7:30pm, $40+ Trianon Theatre, San Jose

Sat, 7:30pm, $10 Art Boutiki, San Jose

Just as the lanky 23-year-old Van Cliburn triumphed during the Cold War—capturing the gold medal over the Soviets in 1958—this 20-year-old pianist from Fremont is earning respect with mounting medals of his own. He’s been at it since he was just 6 years old. Hsu has grown into an eloquent performer with a detailed, natural flow to his progressions. Hsu eases over keys and has moments of bold musicianship. He’s toured with the Brentano and Verona string quartets. Hsu recently released a debut album on Decca Gold that features compositions from the 2017 Cliburn Competition. (AJ)

After years of pursuing other projects, a band of veteran San Jose musicians have come together to create a smooth and rhythmic sound. Vudajé’s debut EP, Mood, is influenced by alternative, indie, R&B and jazz—and is reminiscent of John Legend, John Mayer and Maxwell. Featuring precision playing, topnotch singing and highly polished production, it’s noteworthy that the band’s co-founders, vocalist Mitchell Luján and Amrit Mahi, recorded the entire four-song set in a bedroom using minimal equipment and only a few microphones. The band celebrates the release of Mood at the Art Boutiki this weekend. (NV)


Feb 8 at Carriage House Theatre


Feb 9 at SAP Center


Feb 21 at The Ritz



Feb 28 at Fox Theatre


Mar 15 at City National Civic


Mar 28-Apr 1 at SAP Center


May 7 & 8 at SAP Center

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Seasonal Songs HOLIDAY LIGHTS Rochelle Roberts, one of six vocalists starring in The Tabard Theatre Company's production of ‘Holiday at the Savoy: A Tribute.’

Tabard Theatre captures post-war hope in ‘Holiday at the Savoy’ BY CAMILLE MILLER


HE TABARD THEATRE Company kicks off this holiday season ’40s style with a night of big band jazz, soaring vocals and swingin’ moves. Holiday at the Savoy: A Tribute pairs period classics with beloved Christmas tunes for an uplifting segue into the new year.

The show is set in December 1945 at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. After four years of a global war that spawned nearly half a million casualties, the U.S. welcomed a holiday season filled with

hope and newfound peace. The Savoy was one of the first racially integrated jazz clubs in the country and, in the words of writer Barbara Engelbrecht, the “soul of a neighborhood.” Nestled in the heart of a bustling restaurant district, the Theatre on San Pedro Square was a fitting venue for the tribute piece. Old brick walls and a rustic mahogany bar reinforce the atmosphere of a Manhattan nightclub. A row of circular tables decked in cocktails face the stage, making the entire room feel like a set. In fact, there is no set. Nor characters, nor plot. The concert is entirely real— save the historic nuances—complete with a live jazz band and the audience. Mohamed Ismail, the charismatic emcee and conductor of the band, introduces the first number—“Stompin’

at the Savoy”—a 1934 jazz standard named after the hotspot. A flurry of 10 vocalists in brightly colored dresses and tuxedos run up to the stage as they tap, swing and snap away to the joyful anthem. Accompanied by iconic dance moves like the Charleston, Lindy hop and jitterbug, which all originated at the Savoy, the performance is an explosion of energy. Fast-paced and boldly tuned, the song embodies the spirit of a nation itching to celebrate at last. Male performers are a minority onstage, echoing the reality of the day. Many men lost their lives or served overseas during World War II. As a result, women often danced with each other. At several points throughout the show, audience members are invited to dance and sing alongside the performers. The Tabard offers free swing dance lessons before every show for those looking to brush up on their steps. All of this makes for a highly participatory experience. After the group performance is a series of solos, duets and trios that

highlight the individual talents of each vocalist. Classic tunes from the swing era, such as “Tuxedo Junction” and “Moonlight Serenade,” complement festive holiday favorites, including “Let It Snow” and “The Christmas Song”—all done big band style. Irene Trapp’s delivery of “Santa Baby” was especially endearing. Trapp, who is the Tabard’s vocal director, amuses the conductor with a sweet, sultry voice and animated movements as she goes down her extravagant Christmas list. The tongue in cheek song draws intermittent laughter from the crowd. Just as the vocalists take turns performing onstage, each musician and instrument is given a moment to shine. Depending on the song, there are saxophone solos and trumpet solos and peppy conversations between the two as they engage in call-and-response. Vibrant piano riffs and a light high-hat backbeat underpin the band. The singers and musicians hold equal weight in the show. Every player demonstrates talent and captures the Savoy spirit. However, the performance of the night goes to Tyler Okunski for his grandiose rendition of “Meglio Stasera,” and Rochelle Roberts, who silenced the room with Billie Holiday’s beautiful blues ballad “God Bless the Child.” Okunski turns up the heat with a mighty voice and exuberance that perfectly captures the buoyant Latin number, topping off the performance with a dramatic drop and kick-up of his vintage mic. In contrast, Roberts’ solo is slower and more intimate. She seamlessly traverses the low, bluesy pitches and occasional high notes of Holiday’s song, boasting the most emotive voice of the bunch. The Savoy Ballroom closed in 1958, but its spirit lives on in a little theater on San Pedro Street. Holiday at the Savoy: A Tribute is a fun and lively way for the whole family to get into the holiday mood through song, dance and the legacy of America’s epic swing-era.



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Rhapsody in Green AGE OF AQUARIUS Elisa Esposito becomes friends and then some with an amphibious humanoid in the engrossing new film from Guillermo Del Toro, ‘The Shape of Water.’

Guillermo Del Toro makes a splash with ‘The Shape of Water’ BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


EMEMBER THAT FOLK tale about how you could put a book under your pillow and the learning would simply percolate up into your brain? Imagine what dreams would come if your apartment were directly above one of the old movie palaces. In the splendid The Shape of Water, the mute heroine—Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), a Baltimore scrubwoman in 1963—has lodgings above the auditorium of a red-velvet lined theater.

What’s playing now is a biblical epic called The Story of Ruth (1960), perhaps there to remind us of the familiar wedding verse “whither thou goest, I will go.” On TV, we see Shirley Temple dancing in The Little Colonel (1935) and Betty Grable sashaying with a costumed pantomime horse in Coney Island (1943). But the most important and uncredited film here is The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and its sequel, the tragedy The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). The Shape of Water is about the passion Elisa develops while working the midnight shift at a government lab. One steel-lined tank of water contains a prisoner (Doug Jones) hauled up from Amazonia; he has

webbed hands, blue terrapin stripes on his head, transparent eyelids like a frog, and a quite kissable mouth. The military wants this amphibian humanoid vivisected pronto, while the scientist on watch, Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) tries to stall them. Del Toro, of Pan’s Labyrinth, and co-writer Vanessa Taylor show the familiar conflict between the Army and the scientists—between destroying the enemy or letting it live long enough to study it—that’s been seen in a hundred 1950s monster movies. On her late-night shifts, Elisa uses sign language to communicate with this creature, a being so “beautiful and intricate,” as Hoffstetler judges it. (“Beautiful and intricate” are the words for The Shape of Water). At last, Elisa decides to free the frogman, with the help of her gay artist neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins), and her friend and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer).

There isn’t an actor in this film who doesn’t bring their A-game, but Michael Shannon excels as the security chief, Richard Strickland, caricaturing the dangerousness and ridiculousness of a midcentury American fanatic. Shannon is a vision of Yankee awfulness: driving an oversize Cadillac, he’s as devoted to brute force as he is to Norman Vincent Peale, and he wields his dick and his cattle prod with equal gusto. Strickland covets Elisa even while insulting her to her face. Want zeitgeisty sexual harassment at the workplace? It’s here. Strickland’s bad suburban sex scene—with his dim, chipper wife is deliciously awful; it’s surprising that the fast pace of this fantasy allows time for saber-toothed politics. Brutal Soviet spies turn up as well, in case we think the critique of Cold War life is too unilateral. The Shape of Water is a rhapsody in green—algae green, bottle green, sea green, poison green, the acrid radioactive green of fast-food key lime pie. The visual scheme is hypnotic. But to use another phrase from the Story of Ruth, the movie approaches the realm of alien (movie) corn, when the beast starts to display his magic powers, as if he were ET. A badly penned wraparound narration by Giles tells us we’re about to meet a princess… but Elisa’s endurance comes from hard work, not from breeding. Later, some bad imitation St. John of the Cross wraps up the show like an awkward prayer. And yet The Shape of Water has its own visual poetry in a story of love and violence, requiring no throat clearing at the beginning, or last words of benediction at the end. Hawkins, topping even her remarkable performance in Maudie, is captivating, sad and sensual. Hawkins convinces you of this strange ardor in every scene, and she embraces the comedy of it—asked by Zelda how exactly you mate with a sea monster, Elisa gives a smile that says, “Wouldn’t you like to know?” This beauty and the beast story is sometimes worthy of the Cocteau version.




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Dark Christmas MOOD MUSIC Will Ackerman, who founded the Windham Hill record label, will commemorate the ‘A Winter’s Solstice’ series at Montalvo Arts Center.

‘A Winter’s Solstice’ performance celebrates a somber season BY NICK VERONIN


HOSE LUDDITES among us who still subject themselves to the grueling gauntlet of Christmas shopping in brick and mortar stores are well aware that from Black Friday through Dec. 24, the local mall is some kind of fresh hell.

For a lifelong music fan, a longtime musician and a professional cultural critic, it’s more than the horrifically log-jammed parking garages, the heaving mass of humanity clogging the claustrophobic corridor or the unreasonably long lines. The worst

part of the entire experience is the sounds that rain down from the overhead speakers. There are exceptions, of course. I always count myself lucky to be sprinkled with the light plunking of Vince Guaraldi’s iconic soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas; and novelty tracks, like “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” can be good for a laugh. But the bulk of popular Christmas music is incredibly grating—polished to a saccharine sheen and jingling with incessant sleigh bells. No disrespect to Sir Paul, but “Wonderful Christmastime” is way too upbeat. Great pop tunes have the power to uplift while simultaneously conjuring more somber memories. And the best Christmas songs are no different. Consider “The Little Drummer Boy.”

There are certainly some obnoxious arrangements of this song, but the song itself often inspires more powerful performances, because it is inherently a tale of humbling oneself in the face of something greater. “I am a poor boy, too,” the song’s narrator intones. “I have no gift to bring that’s fit to give a king.” Whether you believe in virgin births or child messiahs, the sentiment is still moving. And and then there’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” a truly blue holiday tune if there ever was one. Written in 1941—at a time when fascism was on the rise in Europe and the world seemed to be on the brink of collapse—the original lyric sheet began, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas, it may be your last.” Frank Sinatra reworked the words for his famous rendition, but an understanding of where the tune comes from allows the listener to hear the song as a brave smile bracing against pain and hardship. The holidays are a time for

celebrating friends and family, sure. But they are also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. The short, dully lit days, give way to long, dark nights. It’s no wonder we’ve reserved this time of year for three consecutive days of feasting and revelry. It’s all that we can really do to keep our spirits bright. One of my favorite collections of Christmas tunes can be found on Windham Hill’s A Winter’s Solstice series. Between 1985 and 2005, the Palo Altospawned new age record label released more than 20 installments of moody instrumental music under the Winder’s Solstice banner. Some of the songs are recognizable Christmas standards, while others are chilly, solo piano arrangements or sparse acoustic guitar meditations. All of it is unmistakably wintry—the perfect sonic pairing for a hearty cocktail and warm hearth. I have many fond, dreamy memories of listening to these compositions, bundled up on the couch in my childhood home. I also remember the covers of the albums—all of them snowy snapshots of rural landscapes. One stands out in particular: a dark house rises at the end of a long icy drive; the brittle, leafless branches of the trees and brush reach out to a low-slung winter sun; all is gray and black and white. But inside the cardboard sleeve, the compositions pressed onto the vinyl disc weren’t as dreary as the record’s cover might have one believe. These songs are as much stark contemplations of wintertime, as they are promises that spring will come again. The series is called A Winter’s Solstice, after all. That old maxim—“It’s always darkest before the dawn”—is never more true than it is on Dec. 21. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist Will Ackerman joins with fiddler and pianist Barbara Higbie; guitarists Alex de Grassi and Todd Boston; and cellist Ellen Sanders, at Montalvo Arts Center this Sunday to play selections from the Winter’s Solstice series.


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Every Thu, 9:30pm: DJ night w/ DJ BenOfficial & DJ Vex. Every Fri and Sun, 9:30pm: Karaoke w/DJ NoWrath. Santa Clara.



Every Wed: Wax Wednesday: All Vinyl DJ Sets. Every Sunday, 7pm, The Eulipions Jazz Jam Session. San Jose. Thu, Dec 7, 8pm: Mike Olmos Quartet. Fri, Dec 8, 8pm: Rodney Ruckus Quartet. Sat, Dec 9, 9pm: The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol. San Jose.

Fri, Dec 8, 7:30pm: Renegade Skies, XWYVZ, Carpool Tunnel. Sat, Dec 9, 7:30pm: Vudajé, Marley Collins, Azuah. San Jose.

THE BACK BAR SOFA Every Wed, 9pm: Open Mic Cypher, feat. Hip-hop, Jungle, Soul, Reggae, Dubstep, Trap, BreakBeat, House and more. Thu, Dec 7, 9pm: Bar Con 12 w/ Coast in the Clouds. Fri, Dec 8, 9pm: Boogie Money Madeoff. Sat, Dec 9, 9pm: Stevie Joe & Holiday Toy Drive. San Jose.

BRANHAM LOUNGE Fri, 10:30pm: Quality Control (indie, rock and hip hop). Every Thu, 10pm: The Weekend Warmup with DJ Sean Black. San Jose.

Every Mon: Live Music Jam with Dana’s Band. Every Tue: Karaoke / Open Mic Every Wed: Live Music Jam Funk with Michael “B” Band. Every Thu: Live Music Jam Funk with Vicious Groove. Every Sun: Live Music Jam with Michael “T”. Sunnyvale.

THE RITZ Thu, Dec 7, 8pm: Wayne Hancock, Them Slack Jawed SOB’s. Sat, Dec 9, 8pm: Zepparella, Yvette Young. San Jose.

Every Wed: DJ Hank. Every Thu: DJ Maniakal. San Jose.

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN Every Thu: DJ Benofficial. Every Fri: DJ Radio Raheem. Every Sat: DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.

THE CARAVAN Every Mon: Tooth and Nail DJ Night. Every first Tue of the month 9:30 pm: Not So Trivial Tuesday Rock DJ Set. San Jose.

THE CATS Every Sun: Joe Ferrarra. Fri, Dec 8, 8pm: BentPeter. Sat, Dec 9, 8pm: Lyin’ I’s. Los Gatos.

CHARLEY'S LG Every Fri & Sat: Live Music & DJs. Los Gatos.

MOUNTAIN WINERY Every Third Thursday: Thursdays On the Mountain. San Jose.



WILLOW DEN Every Thu: Juke Box Hero. Every Fri-Sat: No hip-hop DJ sets. San Jose.

Jazz/Blues/ World AGAVE Every Thu: Banda La Unica. Every Fri, 6:30pm: Mariachi Mariachismo, 9:30pm: DJ Norman. Every Sat: Las Mejores Bandas De La Bahia. Every Sun: 4pm-8pm: Edith Del Sol. San Jose.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO Every Tue: Jazz Tuesdays and Open Mic Night. Every Wed: Piano Night with Rick Ferguson. Sun, Dec 10, 7:30pm: Mete Tasin. Redwood City.



Every Sun, 10am-2pm: Sunday Brunch. Mon, Dec 18, 7pm: Cocktail Class.


Every Sun, 4pm: Novak-Nanni Duo. San Jose.


Every Sun: Live Jazz Show. San Jose.


Every Tue, 7pm: Open Mic Night. Every Wed, 7:30pm: Commedia Comedy Night. First Saturday of the Month, 8pm: Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience. First Friday of the month, 8pm: Art Walk and Caffe Frascati Opera Night. San Jose. Fri, Dec 8, 8pm: Felix Amirian. San Jose. Every Sat, 2pm-3:30pm: Saturday Live Music Hangout. Fri, Dec 8, 7:30pm: Scott Barnhill Group Ft. Vocalist Louise Delucchi. Sat, Dec 9, 7:30pm: Ayako Hosokawa. Saratoga.

First and Second Fri, 9:30pm: Live PRO Jam. Third and Fourth Fri: Live bands. Santa Clara.



Every Tue, 8:30pm: Live Blues Jam. Every Fri, 8:30pm: Oldies. Every 3rd Sat: Old School Night with DJ G. Milpitas.

Every Fri, 9:30pm & Sat, 9pm: Live Music. Mountain View.

THE CATS Every Sun: Joe Ferrara. Los Gatos.

CLUB FOX Every Wed: Club Fox Blues Jam. Every Fri: Salsa Spot. Wed, Dec 6, 6:30pm: Rae Gordon and the 3 Kings. Fri, Dec 8, 7pm: Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio. Sun, Dec 10, 6:30pm: Peppino D’Agostino. Redwood City.

HEDLEY CLUB Every 1st and 3rd Wed: Jazz Jam. San Jose

HUKILAU Fri-Sat, 8pm: Hawaiian music.

JJ’S BLUES Every Tue: MikeB Interactive Jam. Wed-Sun: Live Music. Every Fri: Latin Rock Nights. San Jose.

LITTLE LOU’S BBQ Every Thu, 7:30pm: Aki’s Original Thursday Night Blue Jams. Campbell.

LOUISIANA BISTRO Every Thu, 7pm: Yellow Bulb Sessions. San Jose.

MONTALVO ARTS CENTER Thu, Dec 7, 7:30pm: Keiko Matsui. Saratoga.


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DINNER + SHOWS All registered and ticketed guest names will be on The Granada Theatre VIP guest list upon check-in. All events include a pre-fixed dinner menu. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact us 72 hours in advance. Doors open at 6PM | Guest seating starts at 6:30PM | Tickets are non-refundable | Must be age 21 and over to attend.

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metroactive MUSIC MOROCCO’S Every Tue, 4pm: Live Acoustic Music. Every Wed and Fri, 7pm and Sat, 8:30pm: Belly dancing. Every Sunday: Special Dinner Shows. Mountain View.

MURPHY’S LAW Every Mon: Monday Night Blues Jam. Sunnyvale.

Friends. Every Thu: Whiskey Hill Billies. Woodside.

RODEO CLUB Thu, Dec 7, 7pm: Russell Dickerson, Jillian Jacqueline. San Jose.

THE SADDLE RACK Every Wed-Sat: DJ Tony Loco, Diablo Road. Fremont.


Every Tue, 6:30pm: Irish Seisiún. San Jose.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO Every Tue, 8pm: Aki Kumar’s Blues Jam. Every Wed: Blues & Brews w/Sid Morris & Ron Thompson. Every Tue, 6pm: PHB Open Mic Night. Thu, Dec 7, 6pm: Jonny No. Fri, Dec 8, 6pm: Rick Estrin & The Night Cats. Sat, Dec 9, 6pm: Annie Sampson. Sun, Dec 10, 3pm: Amy Lou & The Wild Ones. San Jose.

RED ROCK COFFEE Every Mon, 7pm: Open Mic Night. Sat, Dec 9, 8pm: Adam Traum & Colin Gilmore. Mountain View.


Fri, Dec 8, 9pm: South City Blues Band. Sat, Dec 9, 9pm: The Funky Godfather Blues Band. Fremont.

C&W/Folk CLUB FOX Thu, Dec 7, 6:30pm: Chris Bigford Band. Redwood City.

MISSION PIZZA Every Thu from 7-9pm: Mill Creek Ramblers. Every First Fri, 7-10pm: Cimarron Rose Band. Every Second Fri, 7-10pm: Stampede. Every Last Fri, 7-10pm: Stragglyrs. Every Second Sat 7-10pm: Canyon Johnson. Every Last Sat, 7-10pm: Beargrass Creek. Fremont

ORCHARD VALLEY COFFEE Every Thu: Acoustic Music Nights. Every Fri & Sat: Acoustic/Band Music Nights. Campbell.

PIONEER SALOON Every Sun, 4pm: Music Jam with Terry Hiatt and Brett Brown. Every Wed: Kevy Nova and

Every Mon, 7pm: Trivia Night. San Jose

Karaoke Sun-Thu, 9pm: Karaoke. Fri-Sat, 7pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

Every first Tue of the month, 6pm: Bean Creek. Every second Tue of the month, 6pm: Carolina Special. Every second Wed of the month, 6pm: Dark Hollow. Every third Tue of the month, 6pm: Cabin Fever. Every first and third Wed of the month, 6pm: Sidesaddle and Co. Every fourth Wed of the month, 6pm: Loganville. San Jose.




Fri-Sat, 8pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

AGAVE Every Sun, 4pm: Spanish Karaoke. San Jose.

ALEX’S 49ER INN Nightly, 9pm-2am: Karaoke. San Jose.

Every Wed, 10pm: Buck Night— Country music all night and $1 beers from 9-10pm. San Jose.

Fri, 9pm: Karaoke w/DJ Rob. San Jose.

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Fri: Karaoke Fridays. Sunnyvale.




Every Wed night: J.C. Smith Jam. Los Gatos.


Showcase. Thu-Sun, Dec 7- Dec 10, 8pm: Jamie Lissow. Sunnyvale.

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Every Wed, 9pm: Open mic. San Jose.

CAFFE FRASCATI Every Tue, 7pm: Open mic. Every Wed, 7:30pm: Commedia Comedy Night. San Jose.

CAMERA 3 Fri, 8pm, Sat, 7pm and 9:15pm: Comedy Sportz. San Jose.

CARAVAN Every Wed: The Caravan Lounge Comedy Show with host Mr. Walker. San Jose.

BLUE MAX BOGART’S LOUNGE Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

BOULEVARD TAVERN Every Thu, 9pm: Karaoke w/Tony. Los Gatos.

BRIT ARMS ALMADEN Every Wed, 10pm: Karaoke w/DJ Hank. Every Sun, 10pm: Karaoke w/DJ Hank. San Jose.

BRIT ARMS CUPERTINO Sun-Tue, 10pm: Karaoke. Cupertino.

BRIT ARMS DOWNTOWN Every Wed: Karaoke w/Neebor. San Jose.


Thu-Sat, Dec 7-9, 7pm: Steve Byrne. San Jose.

Sun: Sunday Fun Day Karaoke with KJ Matt. Mon: Mandatory Monday Karaoke with KJ Nik. San Jose.




Every Mon, 6pm: Open mic. San Jose.

Tue, 9pm: Karaoke with DJ Rob. Santa Clara.



Every Tue: Open mic. Sunnyvale.

RED ROCK COFFEE CO. Every third Sat, 8pm: Comedians at Red Rock. Mountain View.

ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Every Wed, 8pm: New Talent

Mon, Thu & Sat, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

DASILVA’S BRONCOS Thu, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.


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Every Thurs, 7pm-9pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

Fri-Sat: DJ or Live Entertainment. The Island Grill. San Jose.




Mon, 8pm: Karaoke. Woodside.

Tue-Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. Sun, 4pm: Karaoke. Campbell.


Every Fri, 10pm: Quality Control. Rotating DJs. San Jose.

Every Tue: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

RED STAG LOUNGE GALAXY Every Tues, Thu, Fri, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Milpitas.

Nightly Karaoke, 9pm-1:30am. San Jose.

BRIT ARMS DOWNTOWN Thu: DJ Benofficial. Fri: DJ Radio Raheem. Sat: DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.

CARDIFF LOUNGE Every Thu night, 9pm: Shakin’ Not Stirred with Roger Moorehouse. Campbell.

GILROY BOWL Fri-Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. Gilroy.

CHARLEY'S LG SHERWOOD INN Thu-Sun, 8:30pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

THE GOOSETOWN LOUNGE Fri-Sat, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Willow Glen.

KATIE BLOOM’S Wed & Sun, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Campbell.

KHARTOUM Every Wed & Thur, 10pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Campbell.

THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT Sun-Thur, 8pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET Every Thu, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Karaoke Night at Treatbot. San Jose.

Every Fri & Sat: Live Music & DJs. Los Gatos.

DIVE BAR Thu-Sat, 10:30pm: Rotating Guest DJs. San Jose.

KATIE BLOOM’S Thu-Sat, 9:30pm: DJs and dancing. Campbell.

LIQUID Fri: Crave Friday Nights with DJ Ruben R. San Jose.



Thu-Sun, 7:30pm: Live Dancing. San Jose.

Sun, Mon, Thu, 8:30pm: KOR Karaoke. Mountain View.




Thu, 9:30pm: Karaoke with DJ Izzy. Sunnyvale.

Every Tue, 10pm: Karaoke. Willow Glen.



Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

THE NEW JERSEY’S Once a month. Call bar for details. Campbell.

NORMANDY HOUSE LOUNGE Fri-Sat, 10pm: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

OASIS Wed-Sun 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.


Tue-Thu & Sat: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

THE X BAR Every Mon, 9pm: Karaoke w/ KJ Vinnie. Cupertino.

Dance Clubs AJ’S BAR DJs and dancing every night. Mon-Sat, 6pm-1am; Sun, 8pm12:30am. San Jose.

Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. Campbell.



Thu, 9pm: Club Lido. San Jose.

Tue, 9pm: Karaoke with TJ The DJ. Sunnyvale.


O’FLAHERTY’S IRISH PUB Every Mon, 9pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

O’MALLEY’S SPORTS PUB Every Thur: Karaoke. Mountain View.

Wed-Sun: DJs and Dancing. San Jose.

AVERY LOUNGE Fri-Sat, 10pm: DJs and Dancing. San Jose.

Fri: Foundation Fridays. Los Gatos.

NOMIKAI Live music every Fri and Sat night. San Jose.

NORMANDY HOUSE LOUNGE Thu, 10pm: Dancing w/DJ VexOne & DJ Benofficial. Fri-Sat, 10pm: DJ NoWrath. Santa Clara.

PARRANDA NIGHTCLUB Thu: Banda Music. Fri: Rock en Español & Live Bands. Sat: Regional Mexican & DJ. Sun: Banda Night. Sunnyvale.

SAN JOSE BAR & GRILL Every Tue: DJ Benofficial. Every Thur: DJ Shaffy. Every Fri: Live Video Mixing with VJ One. San Jose.

ST. STEPHENS GREEN Thu-Sat, 10:30pm: DJ Tony. Mountain View.

WILLOW DEN Every Fri-Sun: No hip-hop DJs. Sun: Service Industry Night (Half off w/ industry card). Willow Glen.

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EMPLOYMENT Mechanic - Diesel - Gas - Electric Diamond Mitsubishi Fuso in San Jose is seeking to hire technicians at all skill levels Central location near SJ AirportFull time / Part time Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm $17 to $34 per hr - will pay for training 408-263-7300

ENGINEERING. VARIOUS LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE. Logitech, Inc. has an opening in Newark, CA: Electrical Engineer (NW-EE), Perform electrical engineering design and analysis. 10% international travel required. Mail resume to Logitech, Inc., ATTN: Human Resources, 7700 Gateway Blvd., Newark, CA 94560. Must reference job code

PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER Design, develop, and implement complete software components for F5 products. See and CA SWA Job Number 15688366 for specific details. FT, San Jose, CA. Apply to: F5 Networks, Inc., Attn Y. Malina, #SJZH12417, 401 Elliott Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98119

Sr. Business Systems Analyst (Code: SBSA-SN) Rspnsbl for identg, dvlpg & implmentg sftwr solutions. BS+5 yrs rltd exp/BS equiv based on educ&exp +5yrs exp. Mail resume to Hien Nguyen @ Intuitive Surgical, 1020 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Must ref title & code.

Lead Backend Engineer sought by Disney Online in San Jose, CA. Resp. for backend infrastr., design, implmnt. & maint. of interactive games. Bachelors or equiv. in Comp Sci, Eng. or rel. tech field, plus 5 yrs progressively sr. SW develp., SW Eng., Backend develp. or rel exp. Send resume to: Disney Online., Attn: E. Wintner, Job ID#463010-17, PO BOX 6992, Burbank, CA 91510-6992


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Perform systems testing of F5 Application Delivery Networking products. See and CA SWA Job Number 15690773 for specific details. FT, San Jose, CA. Apply to: F5 Networks, Inc., Attn Y. Malina, # SJZH113017, 401 Elliott Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98119.

sought by Flipboard, Inc. in Palo Alto, CA. Crt & mntn tst pln fr ftres of apps on iOS wb, mob & wndws. Apply @ # 74041.

@, Inc. (Redwood City, CA). Exec on strategic sys & applic roadmap deliverables. Reqts: Master’s degree (or foreign equiv) in CS, Comp Engg or rel & 1 yr of exp in job offd, or Sr Softw Dvlpr, Sr Applic Dvlpr or rel. Alt., Employer will accept Bach’s degree in stated fld + 5 yrs of prog resp exp. Must have 1 yr exp in each of fllwng skills: Struts framework; JavaScript; HTML5; JSON, Sencha ExtJS; REST; & Web Svcs. Emp will accept any suitable combo of edu, training or exp. To apply, send res & cvr ltr to A. Davis & S. Chokshi;, Inc. - 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. Indicate job title & ref code: RP-CA. EOE

Sr. Software Engineer (Code: SSE-RG) Dsgn, dvlpmnt & supp of sftwr & algorithms used to characterize & calibrate image-sensors & cameras. MS+2orBS+5. Mail resume to Hien Nguyen @ Intuitive Surgical, 1020 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Must ref title & code.

TEST ENGINEER Perform functional testing of networkbased Application Delivery Networking products and new releases of existing products. See and CA SWA Job Number 15688343 for specific details. FT, San Jose, CA. Apply to: F5 Networks, Inc., Attn Y. Malina, #SJZH12217, 401 Elliott Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98119.

Project Manager: Changhong Research Labs Inc. in Santa Clara, CA. Research and analyze data to address economic problems related to company products. Master req. Fax resumes to 408-970-0349 or email gary.

Planner (Code:P-JHK): Dsgng the rprtg proc to ensure robust sys of eval & cntrl. Reqs MS+1. Mail resume to Silicon Valley HR, Microchip Technology, 1931 Fortune Drive, San Jose, CA 95131. Ref job title & code.

ARCHITECT Lead, review, and direct the architecture for F5 software products and components. See http://www.caljobs. and CA SWA Job Number 15704108 for specific details. FT, San Jose, CA. Apply to: F5 Networks, Inc., Attn Y. Malina, #SJZH12117, 401 Elliott Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98119.

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MANAGEMENT Logitech, Inc. has an opening in Newark, CA: Director, WW Customer Care Operations, to develop & execute test plans. Identify and advise management on world-class customer care and support policies. Mail resume to Logitech, Inc., AH/Human Resources, 7700 Gateway Blvd., Newark, CA 94560. Must reference job code (NW-LES)

ENGINEERING Logitech, Inc. has an opening in Newark, CA: Senior Software Engineer, Design and implement new customer-facing features. Mail resume to Logitech, Inc., AH/Human Resources, 7700 Gateway Blvd., Newark, CA 94560. Must reference job code (NW-RAM)

MANAGEMENT Logitech, Inc. has an opening in Newark, CA: Director, Product Marketing , to define and align the organization on strategic marketing plans. Up to 50% international travel required. Mail resume to Logitech, Inc., AH/Human Resources, 7700 Gateway Blvd., Newark, CA 94560. Must reference job code (NW-FPA)

TECHNOLOGY EntIT Software LLC is accepting resumes for the position of Software Designer in Sunnyvale, CA (Ref. #EITSUNRAVN2). Design and develop a next generation release and patch build, packaging and release system for products. Mail resume to EntIT Software LLC, 5400 Legacy Drive, MS H4-1A-01, Plano, TX 75024. Resume must include Ref. #, full name, email address & mailing address. No phone calls. Must be legally authorized to work in U.S. without sponsorship. EOE.

TEST ENGINEERS Develop and run performance and sizing tests, reproducing customer issues and analyzing test results to characterize the stability of F5 products. See http://www. and CA SWA Job Number 15693125 for specific details. FT, San Jose, CA. Apply to: F5 Networks, Inc., Attn Y. Malina, #SJZH12717, 401 Elliott Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98119.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #635729 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Nam Vang Restaurant Inc., 2477 Alvin Ave., San Jose, CA, 95121, Nam Vang Restaurant, Inc., 1221 Valley Quail Cir., San Jose, CA, 95120. This business is Catalytic & Autoglass being conductedConverter by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 11/06/2017. Refile of previous file #505601 with changes. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Nam Tien Nguyen. President. #C3528390. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/06/2017. (pub Metro 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/06/2017)





The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: PBC Systems, 2047 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA, Sell Legal California Catalytic Only 95131, Personal Business We Computers, Inc. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Open 7business Days under a Week Registrant began transacting the 408.417.8963 fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/30/1985. entity was the 952 S Above Almaden Aveformed • Sanin Jose state of California. /s/Terrance J. Purcell. President. Hablamos Español Licensed #35997725. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/13/2017. (pub Metro 11/22, 11/29, 12/06, 12/13/2017) Thug World Records explosive label based out of San Jose CA with major FICTITIOUS BUSINESS features lil Wayne E-40 Ghetto NAME STATEMENT #635647 Politician Punish. Free downloads mp3s The followingOver person(s) is (are) doing business Ringtones. 22 albums online. as: Prime Tech, Stone Ave., #23, San Jose, CA, Call or log on2179 95125, Sigma Satellite, Inc. This business is being 408-561-5458 ask for gp Registrant has not yet conducted by a Corporation.

begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Grace Lee. President. #3150250. This statement was filed with the TO County Clerk of Santa Clara County on NOTICE CREDITORS, CASE NO.: 11/03/2017. (pub Metro 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/06/2017)


16PR179712 In re the Matter of the CAPELLA FAMILY REVOCABLE LIVING NOTICE OF 30, TO1997, PETITION ADMINISTER TRUST DATED JULY by Manuel J. Capella, DecedentNotice is hereby given toOF the creditors and contingent creditors of Decedent ESTATE THEODORE ALEXANDER Manuel J. Capella that all persons having claims against the Decedent are requiredCASE to file them with17PR182196 the Superior Court of the FINLAYSON NO.

State of California, County of Santa Clara, at 191 N. First Street, San To all heirs beneficiaries creditors, contingent Jose, CA 95112, and mail or deliver a copy to David Capella, successor creditors, and Family persons who Living may Trust otherwise trustee of the Capella Revocable dated July 30, beofinterested in thewas will estate, bothLaw of: Firm, 1997, which the Decedent theor settlor, at theor Sowards Theodore Finlayson.A for the 2542 S. BascomAlexander Avenue, Suite 200, Campbell, CAPetition 95008, within Probate been filed by: Justine Pawlak in first later of four (4)has months after November 2, 2016 (the date of the the Superior of California, County of: publication of noticeCourt to creditors) or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered you, sixty (60) after thefor dateprobate this noticerequests is mailed SANTAto CLARA Thedays Petition orthat: personally delivered to you.LATE CLAIMS: If you not file your Justine Pawlak be appointed asdopersonal claim within the time required by law, you must petition to file a representative to administer the estate of the late claim as provided in Californiarequests Probate Code §19103.FAILURE decedent. The petition the decedent’s TO FILE A CLAIM: Failure to file a claim with the court and to serve will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. a copy of the claim on the trustee will in most instances invalidate The will and any codicils are available for your claim.(Pub dates: 10/26, 11/02, 11/09/2016)

examination in the file kept by the court.THE

PETITION requests authority to administer the FICTITIOUS estate under BUSINESS the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the NAME STATEMENT #622524

personal representative to business take-many actions The following person(s) is (are) doing as: Advanced without obtaining approval. Before taking Industrial Delivery LLC, 247court N. Capitol Ave., Unit 104, San Jose, very important actions, by however, the CA,certain 95127. This business is being conducted a limited liability personal representative willtransacting be required to give company. Registrant has not yet begun business under the fictitious business persons name or names listedthey herein. Above notice to interested unless have entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Gilbert Juan Garcia waived notice or consented to the proposed Managing statement was filed with action.)Member#201627010166This The independent administration authority thewill County of Santa Clara County on 10/17/2016. (pub Metro be Clerk granted unless an interested person 11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 11/23/2016) files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant

authority. A hearing on the petition will be held FICTITIOUS BUSINESS on 1/11/18 at 9 a.m. Dept 12. IF YOU OBJECT to NAME STATEMENT #622430 the granting of the petition, you should appear

atfollowing the hearing andis state yourbusiness objections or file The person(s) (are) doing as: Union Avenue Liquors, 3649 Union Ave.,the Sancourt Jose, CA, 95124, Kim written objections with before theDao Corporation, Leominster Ct., San Jose, This business hearing. 36 Your appearance mayCA, be95139. in person or isby being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yetor a your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR begun transacting business under the fictitious business name contingent creditor of the decedent, you must orfile names listed herein. Above wasand formed in the state ofto your claim with theentity court mail a copy California. /s/Michael John Perazzo President #C39443143 This the personal representative appointed by the statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County within later of11/02, either (1)11/16/2016) four months oncourt 10/13/2016. (pubthe Metro 10/26, 11/09, from the date of first issuance of letters to a

general personal representative, as defined in FICTITIOUS section 58(b)BUSINESS of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal NAME STATEMENT #622360

delivery you ofis (are) a notice under as: section 9052 The followingto person(s) doing business Soft Touch Spa, of Tully the Road, California California 1692 Suite 12, Probate San Jose, CA,Code. 95122, Other Dai Nguyen, 650 Island statutes and authority mayisaffect your rights Place, Redwood City,legal CA, 94065. This business conducted by an as a creditor. may consult with under an individual. RegistrantYou has not yetwant begun to transacting business theattorney fictitious business name or names herein. /s/Dai knowledgeable inlisted California law.Nguyen YOU This statement was filedthe withfile the County Clerk of Santa Clara MAY EXAMINE kept by the court. If County you onare 10/12/2016. (pub Metro 11/02, 11/09, a person interested in 11/16, the 11/23/2016) estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice

(DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal FICTITIOUS BUSINESS of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in section 1250. A Request for Special NAME STATEMENT #622523 Notice form is available frombusiness the court clerk. The following person(s) is (are) doing as: KT Dental Attorney1333 of Piedmont petitioner: 1030 E. Laboratory, Rd., Gerald Ste #202,Cummings, San Jose, CA, 95132, El Camino #426, Sunnyvale, CA,CA, 94087 Thao Le Phong Real Nguyen, 3562 Peak Dr., San Jose, 95127.408This business is conducted an individual. has not yet 615-8930 (Pub CCby11/29, 12/06,Registrant 12/13/2017) begun transacting business under the fictitious business name orFICTITIOUS names listed herein. /s/Thao Le Phong TranThis statement BUSINESS was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on NAME STATEMENT #636104 10/17/2016. (pub Metro 10/26, 11/02, 11/09, 11/16/2016) The following person(s) is (are) doing business

as: Golden EyeOF Studio, 16463 Los GatosOF Blvd., STATEMENT ABANDONMENT USE Los Gatos, CA, 95032, Christina M Crosby,6120 OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME #622361 Geronimo Dr., San Jose, CA, 95123 . This business

is following being conducted by an individual. The persons(s) / registrants(s) has / haveRegistrant abandoned begun transacting business under thehas usenot of theyet fictitious business name(s): Soft Touch Spa, 1692 the fictitious business name or names listed1541 herein. Tully Road, Suite 12, San Jose, CA, 95122, Minh T. Hoang, Flanigan Dr., #168,M. SanCrosby. Jose, CA, 95121. in Santa Clara /s/Christina This Filed statement wasCounty filed

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clerks office: 10/12/2016 (pub dates 11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 11/23/2016


PASCOE KELLY. CASE person(s) NO. 16PR178443To all heirs beneficiaries The following is (are) doing business as: creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who Blvd., may otherwise Arches By Design, 16463 Los Gatos Los Gatos, be CA, interested in the will or estate, or both of: MARK PASCOE KELLY. 95032, Nathan Archibald, 1410 Ridgewood A Petition for Probate has been filed by: James J. Ramoni, Public Dr., San Jose, CA, 95118. This business is being Administrator of the County of Santa Clara in the Superior Court of conducted an individual. Registrant has not yet California, Countyby of Santa Clara.The Petition for Probate requests under fictitious thatbegun James J.transacting Ramoni, Publicbusiness Administrator of thethe County of Santa business name or names listed herein. /s/Tim Clark. Clara be appointed as personal representative to administer wasThe filed with the County theThis estatestatement of the decedent. petition requests authorityClerk to of administer the estate under the of Santa Clara County onIndependent 11/17/2017. Administration (pub Metro 11/22, Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative 11/29, 12/06, 12/13/2017) to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal FICTITIOUS BUSINESS representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unlessSTATEMENT they have waived notice or consented to the NAME #635914 proposed action.) Theperson(s) independentisadministration will The following (are) doingauthority business be as: granted unless an interested person files an objection to the Wingstop, 5353 Almaden Expy, Suite N62, petition shows cause why the shouldINc. not grant San and Jose, CA,good 95118, Wings Incourt Motion, 1063 authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as Cheshire Circle, Danville, CA, 94506. This business follows: November 28, 2016, at 9 a.m. in Dept. 10 located at 191 is being Registrant has yet begun NORTH FIRSTCorporation. STREET, SAN JOSE, CA, 95113. IF YOUnot OBJECT to fictitious business thetransacting granting of thebusiness petition, youunder shouldthe appear at the hearing or names Above with entity andname state your objectionslisted or file herein. written objections thewas court formed in theYour state of California. before the hearing. appearance may be in/s/Ranjan person or byBhasin. your attorney. YOU ARE A#3524544. CREDITOR or This a contingent creditorwas of thefiled Vice IF President. statement decedent, you County must file your claim the Clara court and mail a copy with the Clerk of with Santa County on to the personal representative by the12/06, court within the 11/14/2017. (pub Metroappointed 11/22, 11/29, 12/13/2017) later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section FICTITIOUS 58(b) of the California BUSINESS Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section NAME STATEMENT 9052 of the California Probate Code.#636098 Other California statutes andThe legalfollowing authority may affect yourisrights as adoing You may person(s) (are) want consult with an attorney knowledgeable California as:toWizardrix Technology SolutionsinLLC, 3165 law. YOU MAYAvenue, EXAMINESan the file keptCA, by the court.Wizardrix If you are a person Olin Jose, 95117, interested in the estate, you mayLLC, file with court a Request Technology Solutions, 59the Dearwell Way, San for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and Jose, CA, 95138. This business is being conducted appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided by a Limited Liability Registrant in Probate Code section 1250. ACompany. Request for Special Noticebegan form transacting business the business is available from the court clerk.under Attorney forfictitious petitioner: MARK name or names listed herein on 11/01/2017. Above A. GONZALEZ, Lead Deputy County Counsel, OFFICE OF THE entityCOUNSEL, was formed inJulian the state California. /s/CA, COUNTY 373 West Street,of Suite 300, San Jose, Anna Liza Navarro. President. #201700610073. 95110, Telephone: 408-758-4200 (Pub CC, 11/02, 11/09, 11/16/2016)This

statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 10/13/2017. (pub Metro 11/29, 12/06, FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 12/13, 12/20/2017)

NAME STATEMENT #622566 TheFICTITIOUS following person(s)BUSINESS is (are) doing business as: Van Hoa Lam, 979 Story Rd., #7087, San Jose, Ca, 95122, Nuh Thuan Lam, Quoc NAME STATEMENT #635817 Anh Nguyen, 608 Giraudo Dr., San Jose, CA, 95111. This business

is conducted by an married couple.Registrant not yet begun The following person(s) is (are) has doing business transacting under the fictitious business4th name namesSan as: Sanbusiness Jose Locksmith, 115 North St.,or#101, listed herein. Refile of previous file #620681 with changes. /s/Nhu Jose, CA, 95112. Timor Klein, 724 Uvas Court, San Thuan Lam This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa by Jose, CA, 95123. This business is being conducted Clara County on 10/18/2016. (pub Metro 10/26, 11/02, 11/09, 11/16/2016) an Individual. Refile of previous file #633309 with

changes. Registrant began transacting business

under the fictitious business name or names FICTITIOUS BUSINESS listed herein on 08/24/2017. /s/Timor Klein. This NAME STATEMENT #622752 statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa

County on is11/08/2017. (pub Metro TheClara following person(s) (are) doing business as: Free11/29, Spirit, 12/06, 380 S. 1st Street,12/20/2017) San Jose, CA, 95113, Michael R. Hill, 8093 E. Zayante 12/13, Rd., Felton, CA, 95018. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the FICTITIOUS BUSINESS fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Michael R. Hill This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara NAME STATEMENT #635906 County on 10/24/2016. (pub Metro 11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 11/23/2016) The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Masage Envy, 581 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA,

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 95035, Gayathri Ventures Inc., 2631 Meta Dr., San Jose, CA, 95130. This business is being conducted NAME STATEMENT #621712 by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting

Thebusiness following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Countrywide under the fictitious business name or Carrier, 2947 Capewood Ln., San Jose, CA, 95132, Rajwinder names listed herein on 11/13/2017. Above entity was Singh. This business is conducted by an individual.Registrant formed in thebusiness state of California. /s/Ramakrishna began transacting under the fictitious business name Vedula. President. #4069043. This statement or names listed herein on 9/01/2016. /s/Rajwinder SinghThiswas filed with the with County ClerkClerk of Santa Clara statement was filed the County of Santa ClaraCounty County on (pub Metro 12/06, 12/13, 12/20/2017) on 11/13/2017. 9/22/2016. (pub Metro 10/19,11/29, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09/2016)


The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Pal The following person(s) doing Transport, 260 Pamela Ave., Aptis#1,(are) San Jose, CA,business 95116, as: MW Contractor/Builder, 503 Brooks San Jose, Jagjit Singh. This business is conducted by anAve., individual. CA, 95125, Mike This business is being Registrant has not yetWittekind. begun transacting business under by an name individual. Registrant has/s/ not yet theconducted fictitious business or names listed herein. Jagjit SinghThis statement was filedunder with the County Clerk begun transacting business the fictitious of Santa Claraname Countyoronnames 10/24/2016. (pub Metro /s/Mike 10/26, business listed herein. 11/02, 11/09, 11/16/2016) Wittekind. This statement was filed with the County

Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/16/2017. (pub Metro 11/29, 12/06, 12/13, 12/20/2017)



The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Cox Office Partners, 1372 White Dr., Santa Clara, CA, 95051, Collin Forgey, 2010 El Camino Real, #704, Santa Clara, CA, 95050, Lester Workman, 105 Auzerais Ct., Los Gatos, CA, 95032. This business is being conducted by a General Partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 11/29/2017. /s/Collin Forgey. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/29/2017. (pub Metro 12/06, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #636307 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Star Express, 165 Blossomhill Rd., SP# 125, San Jose, CA, 95123, Hector Munoz Lopez, 110 Roundtable Dr., Bldg#24, Aprt#4, San Jose, CA, 95111. This business is


To all heirs, beneficiaries creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of: XIAO-FEI FENG Petition for Probate has been filed by: JESSE CHEN in the Superior Court of California, County of: SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: JESSE CHEN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 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 courtTHE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented 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: 1/10/18, at 9 a.m. in Dept. 12 located at 191 NORTH FIRST STREET, SAN JOSE, CA, 95113. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the 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 a 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 formal Request for Special Notice (DE-154) 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 of petitioner: Ian R, Greensides, 19925 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Suite 100, Cupertino, CA, 95014, 408-660-8050 (Pub CC 12/06, 12/13, 12/20/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #635762 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: A Matter Of Tile, 3211 Golf Drive, San Jose, CA, 95127. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 11/07/2017. /s/Tim Clark. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/07/2017. (pub Metro 12/06, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27/2017)

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I’m a 35-year-old woman. I’m living with my boyfriend, who’s a freelance artist (talented but just getting started). We’ve been together for three years, and I am paying for pretty much everything. I don’t feel resentful. I feel like we’re a team and eventually his career will take off. However, my parents keep saying it’s a bad dynamic: I’m coddling him, and he’s taking advantage of me.—Worried Ideally, when one partner is the sole breadwinner, the other is the stayat-home parent to more than two rambunctious goldfish. Risk researcher and former derivatives trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb uses a term in his books: “skin in the game.” That’s what’s missing when, say, a hedge fund honcho advises you to make some big-bucks investment. If he’s guessed right, he’ll share in your profits. However, any losses are all yours—as in, you’ll find him up in his penthouse, not two cardboard boxes down from your new “home” on the corner. “Skin in the game” is also what’s missing from your boyfriend’s end of the relationship. You’re doing all of the work to keep the roof over the relationship. Your boyfriend’s doing none of the work but reaping 100 percent of the benefits. This isn’t to say relationships have to be exactly 50-50. But such a gross asymmetry in effort may be creating a breeding ground for laziness—setting your boyfriend up to go all Leisure Larry in both his work and the relationship. In fact, by making things so easy for him, you may be making it harder for

him to succeed. Consider that you put in more effort when it’s a necessity, or when you don’t have inherited wealth (or a 9-to-5-toiling girlfriend who allows you to live as if you do). Also, the fact that you’re a woman who’s paying for everything may make this more of a problem. Women evolved to seek “providers,” and men coevolved to expect that—and to expect the best women to hold out for investment. Men’s self-worth is also driven by their ability to provide. So though many couples think they “should” be OK with a woman as the sole or primary moneymaker (because equality!), it often leads to resentment in the woman and emasculation in the man. Finally, consider whether you really aren’t OK with this Vincent van No Job arrangement but are going along with it because you think it’s the good-girlfriend thing to do. It’s OK—and probably good for your relationship—to ask your boyfriend to put “skin in the game,” like by driving a bunch of runs on Uber to fork over for the electric bill. People value and feel more a part of something they have to work for it.

I’m a 28-year-old gay guy. I like to travel and go out and do stuff on the weekends. My boyfriend prefers to smoke pot and uhh…time travel on the couch. He’s a good person, and I love him, but he’s unwilling to cut back on his pot smoking. Friends tell me to dump him, but we’ve been together for three years, and bailing now would mean throwing that time away.—Frustrated The guy isn’t without ambition. He tries really hard every day to give the cat a contact high. There’s a point when love seems like “the answer”—when you’re 14 and practicing your make-out skills on a pillow. But then you grow up and get into a relationship with a man you love, and you find yourself packing for Bali while he’s packing his bong. Presumably, you’ve tried to come to some compromise. It helps to be specific about what would work for you—like proposing he come down from Weed Mountain to spend Saturday afternoon and evening out on the town with

you. If he’s unwilling to be enough of a boyfriend to make you happy, well, you have a decision to make. In making it, don’t let yourself get tripped up by “the sunk cost effect.” This is decision researcher Hal Arkes’ term for our (irrational) “tendency to continue an endeavor once an investment in money, effort, or time has been made.” But that initial investment—for example, the three years you’ve already put into your relationship with James Bong—is gone. What makes sense is looking at whether the “endeavor” will pay off in the future, say, in a willingness by your boyfriend to combine his favorite hobby and yours.

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To all heirs, beneficiaries creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of: Arnulfo Ventura LesendePetition for Probate has been filed by: Bianca Nicosia in the Superior Court of California, County of: SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: Bianca Nicosia be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented 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: 1/24/18, at 9 a.m. in Dept. 12 located at 191 NORTH FIRST STREET, SAN JOSE, CA, 95113. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the 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 a 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 formal Request for Special Notice (DE-154) 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 of petitioner: B J Fadem, Esq., 111 West Saint John Street, Suite 700, San Jose, CA, 95113, 408-280-1220 (Pub CC 12/06, 12/13, 12/20/2017)

being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 11/28/2017. /s/Hector Munoz Lopez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/28/2017. (pub Metro 12/06, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27/2017)

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): You may get richer quicker in 2018, Aries—especially if you refuse to sell out. You may accumulate more clout—especially if you treat everyone as your equal and always wield your power responsibly. I bet you will also experience deeper, richer emotions—especially if you avoid people who have low levels of emotional intelligence. Finally, I predict you will get the best sex of your life in the next 12 months—especially if you cultivate the kind of peace of mind in which you'll feel fine about yourself if you don't get any sex at all. P.S.: You'd be wise to start working on these projects immediately. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The members of

the fungus family, like mushrooms and molds, lack chlorophyll, so they can't make food from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. To get the energy they need, they "eat" plants. That's lucky for us. The fungi keep the earth fresh. Without them to decompose fallen leaves, piles of compost would continue to accumulate forever. Some forests would be so choked with dead matter that they couldn't thrive. I invite you to take your inspiration from the heroic fungi, Taurus. Expedite the decay and dissolution of the worn-out and obsolete parts of your life.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I'm guessing you have


been hungrier than usual. At times you may have felt voracious, even insatiable. What's going on? I don't think this intense yearning is simply about food, although it's possible your body is trying to compensate for a nutritional deficiency. At the very least, you're also experiencing a heightened desire to be understood and appreciated. You may be aching for a particular quality of love that you haven't been able to give or get. Here's my theory: Your soul is famished for experiences that your ego doesn't sufficiently value or seek out. If I'm correct, you should meditate on what your soul craves but isn't getting enough of.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The brightly colored birds known as bee-eaters are especially fond of eating bees and wasps. How do they avoid getting stung? They snatch their prey in midair and then knock them repeatedly against a tree branch until the stinger falls off and the venom is flushed out. In the coming weeks, Cancerian, you could perhaps draw inspiration from the bee-eaters' determination to get what they want. How might you be able to draw nourishment from sources that aren't entirely benign? How could you extract value from influences that you have be careful with? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The coming months will be a ripe time to revise and rework your past—to reconfigure the consequences that emerged from what happened once upon a time. I'll trust you to make the ultimate decisions about the best ways to do that, but here are some suggestions. 1. Revisit a memory that has haunted you, and do a ritual that resolves it and brings you peace. 2. Go back and finally do a crucial duty you left unfinished. 3. Return to a dream you wandered away from prematurely, and either recommit yourself to it, or else put it to rest for good. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The astrological omens


suggest that now is a favorable time to deepen your roots and bolster your foundations and revitalize traditions that have nourished you. Oddly enough, the current planetary rhythms are also conducive to you and your family and friends playing soccer in the living room with a ball made from rolled-up socks, pretending to be fortune-telling psychics and giving each other past-life readings, and gathering around the kitchen table to formulate a conspiracy to achieve world domination. And no, the two sets of advice I just gave you are not contradictory.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In accordance with the long-term astrological omens, I invite you to make five long-term promises to yourself. They were formulated by the teacher Shannen Davis. Say them aloud a few times to get a feel for them. 1. "I will make myself eminently teachable through the cultivation of openness and humility." 2. "I won't wait around hoping that people will give me what I can give myself." 3. "I'll be a good sport about the consequences of my actions, whether they're good, bad, or misunderstood." 4. "As I walk out of a room where there are many people who know me, I won't worry about what anyone will say about me." 5. "I will only pray for the things I'm willing to be the answer to."

By ROB BREZSNY week of December 6

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): To discuss a problem is not the same as doing something practical to correct it. Many people don't seem to realize this. They devote a great deal of energy to describing and analyzing their difficulties, and may even imagine possible solutions, but then neglect to follow through. And so nothing changes. The sad or bad situation persists. Of all the signs in the zodiac, you Scorpios are among the least prone to this disability. You specialize in taking action to fulfill your proposed fixes. Just this once, however, I urge you to engage in more inquiry and conversation than usual. Just talking about the problem could cure it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As far back as ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece, people staged ceremonies to mark the embarkation of a new ship. The intention was to bestow a blessing for the maiden voyage and ever thereafter. Good luck! Safe travels! Beginning in 18th-century Britain and America, such rituals often featured the smashing of a wine bottle on the ship's bow. Later, a glass container of Champagne became standard. In accordance with the current astrological indicators, I suggest that you come up with your own version of this celebratory gesture. It will soon be time for your launch. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may feel quite

sure that you've gotten as tall as you're ever going to be. But that may not be true. If you were ever going to add another half-inch or more to your height, the near future would be the time for it. You are in the midst of what we in the consciousness industry call a "growth spurt." The blooming and ripening could occur in other ways, as well. Your hair and fingernails may become longer faster than usual, and even your breasts or penis might undergo spontaneous augmentation. There's no doubt that new brain cells will propagate at a higher rate, and so will the white blood cells that guard your physical health. Four weeks from now, I bet you'll be noticeably smarter, wiser, and more robust.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You come into a delicatessen where you have to take a numbered ticket in order to get waited on. Oops. You draw 37 and the counter clerk has just called out number 17. That means 20 more people will have their turns before you. Damn! You settle in for a tedious vigil, putting down your bag and crossing your arms across your chest. But then what's this? Two minutes later, the clerk calls out 37. That's you! You go up to the counter and hand in your number, and amazingly enough, the clerk writes down your order. A few minutes later, you've got your food. Maybe it was a mistake, but who cares? All that matters is that your opportunity came earlier than you thought it would. Now apply this vignette as a metaphor for your life in the coming days. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It's one of those bizarre times when what feels really good is in close alignment with what's really good for you, and when taking the course of action that benefits you personally is probably what's best for everyone else, too. I realize the onslaught of this strange grace may be difficult to believe. But it's real and true, so don't waste time questioning it. Relish and indulge in the freedom it offers you. Use it to shush the meddling voice in your head that informs you about what you supposedly SHOULD be doing instead of what you're actually doing. Homework: In your imagination, visit the person you'll be in four years. What key messages do you have to convey?

Go to REALASTROLOGY.COM to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. Audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700

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Good Vibrations LAY ME DOWN People took semi-siestas on mats and sleeping bags outside of San Jose City Hall while Jessica Neideffer created meditative sounds with crystal singing bowls.

Jessica Neideffer takes the healing principles of sound to City Hall BY GARY SINGH


N A COLD evening in front of San Jose City Hall, Jessica Neideffer sits on a rug, playing a set of a crystal singing bowls. Next to her, on the sidewalk, people lie in sleeping bags to meditate on the sounds, which are based on Vedic healing principles and amplified by a microphone to help trigger the pre-programmed pulsing light patterns of the Sonic Runway art installation. Each bowl emits a different

frequency, with Neideffer improvising to take others into deeper brain waves via sound. Neideffer regularly appears at several places around town, such as parks, yoga studios and her private practice, Agada Energy Healing, where she does Reiki sessions and maintains a solid book of clients. But this time, right smack on a bustling corner in the middle of downtown’s daily commute, other factors contribute to the overall experience. The neighborhood’s perpetual ambulance sirens continue to scream. Cars honk. Skateboarders in the background attack the steps and railings outside of City Hall, as they’ve done for years. On the sidewalk, parents saunter by the performance with strollers. City employees, just coming off the clock, hang out and observe. Humans in various states of intoxication walk by,

but no one harshes the mellow one bit. As I stand there fumbling with my phone in order to blast the experience on Instagram, a cyclist rides up on the sidewalk and slows down to ask me: “What’s with the people in the sleeping bags?” I tell him it’s like meditation. Or yoga. Then he seems to understand. A few mornings later, Neideffer and I are sitting around, shoeless, in her healing studio. There’s a massage table against the wall and herbal oils on a shelf, along with books about reflexology, crystals and shamanism. She fondly talks about how wonderful it was the other night at City Hall. “Each gathering is different people, so there’s different energy and there’s a different vibe from people that are there,” Neideffer explains. “What I saw that night—I see things in my mind as I’m playing—I just see these beautiful pictures of people coming together and it doesn’t matter where they are or what they are doing or what they believe because the sounds naturally attract people.”

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It didn’t make a difference if passers-by were consciously familiar with the sounds. Once they arrived and began to focus on the experience—keying in on frequencies designed to speak to the mind and the body—a deeper state of awareness tends to emerge. It may not be dramatic, but the vibe was overwhelmingly peaceful. “I just saw it bringing all these wonderful people together,” Neideffer says. A San Jose native, she spent 20 years managing high-tech offices before going through some extreme symptoms of vertigo. After seeing a massage therapist who practiced Reiki, a Japanese flavor of healing and stress reduction, she realized her life’s purpose was to develop a healing practice. As the saying goes, when the student is ready, the teacher will somehow appear. As we talk, Neideffer articulates a laundry list of peeps and practices. Vedic philosophy. The Toltec lineage of Mexico. The New Thought self-help author Louise Hay. Don Miguel Ruiz and the Four Agreements. All the teachings of which emerge in the array of services she offers at her studio. And when it comes to the practice of sound healing, it’s all about intention. Neideffer likens the crystal healing bowls to any other musical instrument, in that they are extensions of the performer. Tapping into your intention is what drives how you share the sound or what you’re feeling. In this case, the intention is to provide resonance to help the client overcome particular issues, both emotional and physical. In the future, Neideffer envisions evolving her practice to work with kids on the spectrum. “I want to expand,” she says. “I want to be able to share this with people all over. And maybe creating some different classes for parents and children to come and attend. And to create at some point a really lovely community wellness center, where people can come and receive all services. Whether it’s yoga or sound healing.” | | | DECEMBER 6-12, 2017

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Bourbon Steak 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara 408.217.2490 Football stadiums rarely make the cut for fine dining steakhouses, but this Levi’s Stadium restaurant goes big regardless of whether the Niners are on the field. The chophouse—another Michael Mina creation—has a creative streak when it comes to American classics, and they use only dry-aged beef and the freshest local produce from South Bay farms.

Masters of Meat WHO’S THE MINA? Michelin star winner Michael Mina has two restaurants that made the cut for top South Bay steakhouses: Arcadia and Bourbon Steak.

26 steakhouses to satisfy carnivorous cravings throughout the holidays BY ANDRÉ JAQUEZ, JOHN DYKE & SATVIR SAINI


HETHER IT’S TIME for family dinners or a romantic evening for two (or three, if you’re into that kind of thing), this list of South Bay steakhouses has something for everyone. We scoured the area for all-you-can-eat churrascarias and Teppanyaki chefs who play games in between grilling to white tablecloth institutions that aged their steaks like fine wine. Take the tour and make sure the holidays stay hearty.

Alexander’s Steakhouse 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino 408.446.2222 This American steakhouse has Japanese flair and high-quality cuts of American Angus beef, which they dry-age for 28 days, as well as buttery, marbled Japanese wagyu beef. Alexander’s might be the most-awarded restaurant on this list after picking up Michelin stars three times and four consecutive “best steakhouse” awards from Metro readers. Alexander’s is also one of only 22 U.S. restaurant chains certified to carry real Japanese Kobe beef. For folks looking to offer the family a real holiday treat without the hassle of getting everyone dressed to the nines, consider pre-ordering a prime rib ($245) for pickup before Dec. 18.

Arcadia 100 W San Carlos St., San Jose 408.278.4555 Known for prime cuts of beef, fresh fish and poultry, this steakhouse—located in the downtown San Jose’s Marriott hotel—has all the Michael Mina classics, such as the lobster corn dog and ahi tuna tartare. Pair a glass of Bordeaux with a New York strip steak ($46) and the classic béarnaise sauce.

Birk’s Restaurant 3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara 408.980.6400 For more than 25 years, Birk’s has quietly served up some of the most underrated chops in the South Bay. Their USDA prime steaks are dry-aged for 28 days and cooked to order over a wood fire. However, the real hidden gem of Birk’s is the five-hour, applewood-smoked prime rib ($34-$44). The meat comes out fork-

Chicago Steak and Fish 330 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos 408.354.8858 Their certified Angus Beef cuts from Harris Ranch are broiled in an 1,800-degree oven and seared on both sides to lock in every ounce of juice. Chicago Steak & Fish also has an excellent patio for a romantic evening of dinner and stargazing.

Dry Creek Grill 1580 Hamilton Ave, San Jose 408.264.2011 Owners John and Holly Smith’s vision of upscale dining with a laid-back vibe comes to life at Dry Creek Grill. Their lineup of artisan steaks include the Midwestern Black Angus porterhouse, New York style, filet mignon and ribeye cuts, all with garlic mashed potatoes and herb-peppercorn compound butter.

Fleming’s 2762 Augustine Dr, Santa Clara 408.346.4557 ca/santa-clara Between the steak and wine expertise, this steakhouse offers hand-cut USDA prime and certified Angus beef, as well as a menu with 100 award-winning


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The Grill on the Alley 172 S Market St, San Jose 408.294.2244 Modeled after the great grills of the 1940s, this Fairmont Hotel steakhouse goes above and beyond with white tablecloth service—but the bar bites aren’t to be missed either. The wide and varied selection of steaks are prepared in eight different styles. Choices include green peppercorn sauce, béarnaise, bleu cheese herb crust and boef onions with bordelaise.

Henry’s World Famous Hi-LIfe 301 W St John St, San Jose 408.295.5414

COWBOY UP They don’t come more tender than Grandview’s 18-ounce Cowboy Steak. wines. The filet mignon, ribeye and New York strip steaks come with a classic porcini mushroom, Gorgonzola cheese rub. Order the truffle-poached lobster, diablo shrimp or jumbo lump crabmeat to add an extra savory side.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse 377 Santana Row, San Jose 408.244.7001 The founders of this steakhouse grew up on a farm in southern Brazil, where they learned the tradition of churrasco grilling. Enjoy the full dinner experience ($57) with steak cooked on skewers and cut to order. Meals come with choices from the market table and feijoada bar, which include seasonal specialties for soups, salads and antipasti.

Forbes Mill 206 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos 408.395.6434 Named after the historic mill in Los Gatos, Forbes serves up nothing but USDA prime beef while featuring an award-winning wine cellar that has more than 500 different options to please any palate. They also have a monthly prix-fixe menu (prices vary) that features a starter, meat trio and dessert. Guests can also add a three-wine flight to go along with the prix-fixe.

Grandview 15005 Mt Hamilton Rd, San Jose 408.251.8909 A throwback to old Hollywood, this Italian steakhouse on Mount Hamilton is well worth the drive. The word “fresh” doesn’t quite cut it, as Grandview serves up certified Black Angus beef that’s raised

right next door at Grandview Farms and dry-aged for 21 days. Their 18-ounce Cowboy Steak ($55) is so tender that it practically melts in your mouth. With a phenomenal menu, a cocktail menu that rotates weekly and stellar views of the entire South Bay, this steakhouse spot should be on everyone's list. (Pro tip: Make a reservation 30 minutes before sunset to really maximize the experience.)

Grill ’Em Steak House & Sports Bar 2509 S Bascom Ave, Campbell 408.371.8729 Gill ‘Em is a casual diner that allows guests to cook their own steaks—consider the T-bone strips and marbled ribeye—on a 6-foot by 30-inch communal grill. Wraparound leather booths and perched TVs make it a great place to catch the game in between bites.

A couple of blocks from SAP Center, this steakhouse is a Sharks pre-game favorite for its excellent meat selection and quality beer selection. But Hank’s isn’t just a hockey season destination. Since 1960, the restaurant’s motto has been great food and great service, and their longevity is a testament to that consistency. And as far as lunch goes, it’s pretty much impossible to beat a top sirloin steak with baked potato, salad and garlic bread for under $14.

Hiroshi 328 Main St, Los Altos 650.332.8332 The word “limited” doesn’t do justice to Chef Hiroshi Kimura’s exclusive Los Altos steakhouse. The restaurant only serves one party (max eight people) per night with A5 wagyu beef flown in weekly from Japan. What ensues is a culinary masterpiece that only a limited few have enjoyed. It ain’t cheap, but it’s a great call for a one-of-akind experience that’s sure to impress.

House of Genji Japanese Steakhouse 1335 N First St, San Jose 408.453.8120 Serving the South Bay for nearly 50 years, this Teppanyaki Japanese steakhouse has


an ice-cold bath for its jumbo Spanish olives. its very own definition for “dinner and a show.” Their highly-skilled chefs cook and flip food from beginning to end, providing entertainment throughout the meal. The Genji Combo ($19.95 to $21.95) features either a NY strip or filet, with shrimp remains a house favorite.

One need not look any further than the chairs—made from real cowhide—and the large patio area to people watch at Santana Row. LB also offers a first-rate selection of hand-cut Angus steaks from Allen Brothers, which come with a choice of four sauces: Point Reyes blue cheese butter, tarragon béarnaise, green peppercorn and red wine bordelaise.

Kyoto Palace Japanese Steakhouse Morton's 1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell The Steakhouse 408.389.0991

177 Park Ave, San Jose 408.947.7000

Another Teppanyaki favorite, chefs at Kyoto cook playfully on a 6-foot iron griddle, prepping and cooking every item while guests mingle around the U-shaped table. Come in for Karaoke Wednesday, which begins at 7pm, and order the arigato special ($32), which comes with a New York steak, chicken or scallops, soup, salad, hibachi vegetables and steamed rice on the side.

Standards at Morton’s are so high that the international chophouse actually published the Steak Bible. Cuts are required to be an inch and half to two inches thick, true red and marbled with flecks of fat. Since 1978, the Morton’s brand of quality and consistency has spread to 74 restaurants across the globe.

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A modern American steakhouse known for its steak and market oysters ($3.50 each), LB has a distinct atmosphere.

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LET’S GET HI Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life has full-course lunch specials that can’t be beat. well beyond spaghetti and meatballs. Tuxedoed waiters hustle out huge cuts of prime rib, baby back ribs, steak, chicken and seafood every day until midnight. Original Joe’s open kitchen prides itself on making every dish from scratch, and a lively bar area in the back brings together people of all stripes.

Pampas 529 Alma St, Palo Alto 650.327.1323 Pampas refers to the vast treeless plains of Brazil, where gauchos (cowboys) roamed the grasslands. This churrascaria uses a nomadic method of cooking by smoking and spicing their steaks in open flames. The rodizio-style service ($54) allows guests to sample as many of the chef’s selection of meats as they please, including the picanha, a cut of top sirloin seasoned with rock salt and olive oil.

Prime 109 Steak & LIbation House 43968 Pacific Commons Blvd, Fremont 510.544.0034 We don’t always get out to Fremont, but when Andre Revella, creator of the first Rainforest Cafe, has an operation around the corner, we make concessions. All of Prime 109’s steaks and prime rib are served bone-in. A few sides worth considering are the carnival black rice, fingerling potatoes and seasoned waffle fries. Every thick, broiled chop is accompanied by their California dreaming salad.

Rok Bistro 124 S Murphy Ave. Sunnyvale 408.733.7651 Go back to the Stone Age and personally

cook a steak to perfection. Choose one of the signature Rok steaks—sirloin, New York, filet mignon or buffalo medallion—and cook it yourself on a heated rock seasoned with Himalayan salt. Not in the mood for steak? Rok Bistro also has a fondue menu of Belgian chocolates and fine cheeses.

Spencer's for Steaks and Chops 2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose 408.437.2170 Offering 21-day aged steaks that seared in a 1600-degree infrared Garland broiler, this chophouse inside of the Doubletree Hilton over by San Jose’s airport isn’t just for business travelers. It’s hard to go wrong with their signature 14-ounce USDA prime boneless ribeye, which for an extra $12 can have an “enhancement” of


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CUT THAT MEAT! Knife-wielding gauchos serve up all-you-can-eat specials at Taurinus Brazilian Steakhouse. foie gras torchon. Chefs prepare dishes with flair in an elegant atmosphere accented by impeccable service.

Sundance The Steakhouse 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650.321.6798 Owned and operated by the Fletcher family for more than 40 years, Sundance knows the steak trade. As a house speciality, the restaurant offers slow-roasted prime rib and USDA prime steak. An excellent setting for an intimate dinner, enjoy the famous lemon drop cocktail with a 16-ounce prime ribeye steak ($62.95).

Taurinus Brazilian Steakhouse 167 W San Fernando St, San Jose 408.294.0110 Taurinus serves up hearty, coma-

inducing meals at a fraction of the price one might expect. All-you-can-eat steak lunches go for $26 on weekdays and $33 on weekends, while dinners run a reasonable $55. Knife-wielding gauchos start the rodizio by cycling through a variety of meats, including top sirloin, bacon-wrapped filet mignon and beef ribs, just to name a few. The meat is slow-cooked and basted in its own juices over a wood fire, giving it a nice smoky flavor that keeps patrons screaming, “Sim, por favor!�

Willard Hicks 280 E Campbell Ave, Campbell 408.374.5000 With a vision to serve guests quality and comfort food at truly affordable prices, Willard Hicks cooks up 100 percent Black Angus beef cooked over a wood-fired grill. Their signature steak, the fire roasted blackberry-glazed filet mignon, is served over a truffled parsnip puree, while the ginger ponzu bone-in ribeye comes topped with shiitake mushrooms and crispy onion strings.


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