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The just–released legislative audit also put regulators at the California Department of Education (CDE) on blast for failing to detect any of the violations at the nonprofit known as 4Cs, which showed reckless disregard for the terms of its grant agreements. On Friday, a CDE administrator named LISA VELARDE sent 4Cs interim director JOE MANARANG a letter informing him that the nonprofit would be defunded by July 1, and that he had 10 days to contest the decision. The CDE made its decision because of the legislative report, which found that some of 4Cs’ practices “could constitute egregious instances of fraud,” Velarde cautioned. Instead of telling stakeholders the truth, Manarang tried to make everyone scared enough to support 4Cs’ appeal. In an unsigned email riddled with exclamation points, 4Cs management professed innocence and falsely told day care providers that their livelihood is at risk. “YOUR program is in danger of being Terminated!” the message declared in bold red letters. “WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!” Contrary to what Menor and his buddy Manarang claim, however, it’s management jobs that are on the line. The imminent defunding simply means that the CDE will dispense with 4Cs and find a new middleman to administer $40 million or so in grants that, for the most part, will go to the same independent day care contractors.

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RIOR TO THE 2016 election, Marni Rubin’s political experience consisted of dutifully voting Democrat. The 47-yearold San Carlos resident, a wine seller and educator by trade, expected to cast her ballot for the nation’s first female president and then go back to teaching classes through her company, Wine One One. Instead, she found herself studying red state politics and gerrymandering in an effort to figure out how and why the country swung so hard to the right. “I quickly realized that to have my voice heard,

I’d have to get involved in races outside of California,” she says. So a few months after joining the vast, furious crowds at the inaugural Redwood City Women’s March, Rubin found her calling through a fledgling group called Sister District. The nonprofit, founded just months earlier by San Francisco public defender Rita Bosworth, 39, aimed to channel progressive energy in safely blue regions to shift the balance of power in red states. “A lot of organizations were starting to work on flipping Congress, which is vital, of course, but Sister District stood out to me because it focused on the state-level races,” says Rubin, who helms the local chapter with

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doors, Sister District helped flip the Virginia House of Delegates and state senates in Washington and Delaware. In March, Bosworth—who hung up her attorney hat to lead Sister District full time—helped Rubin form the organization’s South Bay chapter, which hopes to continue that momentum into the 2018 midterm elections. Democrats have a lot of ground to gain. The party lost about 1,000 state government seats in the past decade. And in 33 states, Republicans control both houses of the state legislature. In 25 states, the GOP controls the governorship and both legislative chambers—the trifecta. If Republicans took hold of just one more state house, they’d be able to call a constitutional convention to amend the supreme law of the land. Democrats, by comparison, have trifectas in just six states. “I was struck by how out of balance that is,” says 59-year-old San Jose resident Stephanie Brown, a lifelong activist and public relations specialist who’s handling communications for the South Bay Sister District chapter. “Of course I don’t want Democrats to rule the world, but I do want everyone at the table to have an opportunity to shape the future of our country and the future of our states, where gerrymandering is out of control to the point that elections are not equitable and not fair.” The imbalance has had widespread repercussions, allowing Republicans propelled by the Tea Party-led backlash to America’s first black president to impose voter-suppression laws and gerrymander their way to a safe lock on state legislatures. “One of the starkest examples of our impact is in Washington, which showed how one candidate could change the political landscape,” Bosworth says. Last November, activist Manka Dhingra replaced a Republican in the Washington state Senate, giving Democrats another trifecta. Freed from partisan deadlock, the blue wave led to the passage of a statewide automaticvoter-registration law and a ban on so-called gay conversion therapy. Similar transformations have taken place across the map. Since Donald Trump moved into the White House, Dems have flipped 39 statehouse seats, including four in New Jersey and 15 in Virginia.

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An inside look at San Jose politics

Evictions BY THE NUMBERS

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The number of evictions recorded in San Jose in 2016, according to a new database compiled by renowned sociologist Matthew Desmond. That comes to 1.58 households evicted every day in the city of a million-plus people, which is down from 738 evictions in 2015 and 1,097 the year before that. And it’s nowhere near the rate of little North Charleston, South Carolina, which saw the highest number of evictions in the U.S., with 3,660 evictions in the same time frame.

83 MILLION SAM BY SOUTHWEST The Liccardos during a 2016 trip to Austin, which cost the city $503.61.

San Jose Mayor Wants to Tighten City Travel Policies BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH The City Council agenda was unusually light on Tuesday and the dais nearly half-empty with five of San Jose’s elected officials off on a “sister city” junket in Japan. Their absence forced the city to cancel a committee meeting and reschedule a study session. Mayor Sam Liccardo, who stayed behind, said the city should rethink its travel policies to avoid these kinds of disruptions to city business. “Interrupting meetings for lobbying trips to Sacramento or Washington may understandably have superseding priority—for example, to obtain critical resources for our city,” the mayor wrote in a memo. “Travel on sister city trips is substantially less compelling as a public priority, however.” The delegation this week to Okayama, Japan, for the 60th anniversary of the sister city bond comprises 34 people, said the city’s

Office of Economic Development spokeswoman, Elisabeth Handler. That includes one City Hall staffer (international affairs manager Joseph Hedges), five elected councilors (Sergio Jimenez, Lan Diep, Raul Peralez, Sylvia Arenas and Johnny Khamis) and as many policy aides (T.L. Dang with Diep, Christina Ramos with Peralez, Vanessa Sandoval with Jimenez, Lauren Urhausen with Arenas and Louansee Moua from Councilman Tam Nguyen’s office). The rest are private citizens or members of the San Jose-Okayama Sister City Committee, Handler said. It’s unclear how much the trip will cost taxpayers because they have yet to submit receipts for reimbursement, but Khamis reportedly plans to pick up his own tab, and the city will only foot the cost for council members and staff. Liccardo said he’d prefer to have only one councilor join future sister city visits. If additional colleagues

plan to go, he suggests having them ask the council to sign off on the trip. And the city shouldn’t foot the bill for extra staffers, he added. With budget deficits on the horizon and voters entrusting the city to be a good steward of revenue from recent tax measures, Liccardo said it’s important to make a point of cutting back on nonessential costs. Granted, the mayor—who plans to travel to Sacramento this week to lobby for a bill that would provide more funding for cities to address homelessness—set a new pace for travel when he took San Jose’s highest office. During the first nine months of 2015, Liccardo missed four council meetings to take two trips to Europe and three to other states. The city paid for three of those trips. Since being sworn in as mayor, Liccardo has reported 19 trips to date for a total cost to taxpayers of $24,419.16.

The number of court filings from the year 2000 to 2016 that Desmond and his team combed through nationwide to come up with their Eviction Lab database. The first-ofits-kind tally showed that in 2016, landlords ousted 2,461 people a day throughout the U.S. for a grand total of 2.3 million evicted households. That’s a conservative estimate, however, because it only counts evictions that touched the legal process.

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The number of courtdocumented evictions in all of Santa Clara County in 2016, or about 2.37 evictions a day, which is a considerable drop from 1,596 in 2014 and 1,148 in 2015. But it’s way down from the 2,340 evictions recorded in the county in 2000.

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Just about 1 in every 3 households in San Jose are considered rent burdened, which means they pay more than a third of their combined income on rent. Being rent burdened puts people at greater risk of displacement.

47,079

The number of California households evicted 2016—which is less than half the number evicted during the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009.

Source: Eviction Lab


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ALLIES IN ARMS Ken Yeager has offered guidance to San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia (right), whose department sought to correct discriminatory practices such as targeted enforcement against gay men, which the city finally put a stop to just a few years ago.

TRAILBLAZER Ken Yeager, Silicon Valley’s first openly gay elected official and longtime civil rights advocate, will leave big shoes to fill when he terms out of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors later this year.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE South Bay activists protest an initative by political gadfly and cult leader Lyndon LaRouche that sought to quarantine AIDS patients and anyone diagnosed wtih HIV.

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OLANDA FRANCO-CLAUSEN avoids public restrooms. A local police officer with a slim build and a short haircut, she’d rather hold it until she gets home, or wait until her wife, Shay, can accompany her. Otherwise, because she reads masculine, strangers harass her in the women’s room, sometimes aggressively.

“It’s not a pleasant experience,” she says. Yolanda can fend for herself, but Shay’s presence—and her conscious, loud references to Yolanda as “girl”— help prevent any trouble. Still, Yolanda says, “I would appreciate the

opportunity to go to the restroom in peace.” It’s the sort of thing you might expect in North Carolina or Texas, home to so-called “bathroom bills” meant to keep people like Yolanda,

whose gender doesn’t fit neatly into a “male” or “female” box, out of public life. But even in a city where the pole at the county building flies every possible pride flag, Shay has to think about her partner’s safety. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t remember that I’m a queer woman of color, getting up and walking out into the world,” she says. “Even in San Jose. Even on my block.” The Franco-Clausens have spent a lot of time walking blocks in Cambrian Park with their 12-year-old son, Josh, as Shay aims to become the first lesbian, the first Afro-Latina, and the first LGBT person of color elected to San Jose City Council in District

9’s June primary election. County Supervisor Ken Yeager, who has been an elected official in Santa Clara County since 1992, will term out at the end of the year, leaving a void in local LGBT representation that Shay Franco-Clausen hopes to fill. On the state level, Evan Low, who was the first openly gay mayor of Campbell, represents the 28th district in the Assembly. Omar Torres, who is also gay, is running to keep his seat as vice president of the beleaguered Franklin-McKinley school board in San Jose. But no out LGBTQ person has served on San Jose City Council since 2006, when Yeager left to join the county Board of Supervisors.


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QUEER TO STAY Ken Yeager, former San Jose Councilwoman Iola Williams and San Jose State professor Wiggsy Siversten (left to right) at the inaugural gala for the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee, the LGBTQ advocacy group they co-founded in 1986.

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Pride Torch Will quiet bias keep LGBTQ candidates out of office, or has shifting consciousness made the South Bay a safe place to run a gay campaign? BY TORI TRUSCHEIT

If Franco-Clausen loses, city and county government will be without LGBTQ leadership for the first time in 17 years.

Rainbow Rising Yeager smashed Santa Clara County’s lavender ceiling, becoming the first gay everything: elected official (in 1992, when he became a San Jose-Evergreen Community College District trustee), San Jose City Council member (District 6, in 2001), and county supervisor (District 4, in 2006). He raised the first rainbow flag at San Jose City Hall, spearheaded the creation of

the county’s Office of LGBT Affairs, one of only a few such county offices nationwide, and pushed for an LGBTQ-focused homeless shelter, likely to open in San Jose before he leaves office. In the ’80s, Yeager sought the first county funding for AIDS services, alongside lesbian activist Wiggsy Sivertsen, then led the push for the county’s “Getting to Zero” program, which aims for zero new HIV infections and AIDS deaths. “Nobody anywhere in this country has been responsible for more political progress for the LGBTQ community than Ken,” says Dave Cortese, who was elected to the San

Jose City Council the same year as Yeager and joined him on the county Board of Supervisors in 2008. But Yeager will leave office at a critical time for his community. Nationally, LGBT rights that might have seemed secure before the 2016 election are in peril: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice supported groups that would discriminate against LGBT people in the name of religious freedom and removed trans people from the law that’s supposed to protect against sex discrimination. The president tried to prevent trans people from joining the military, though that has mostly failed. The

Texas Supreme Court ruled against same-sex marriage benefits, ignoring the federal Supreme Court ruling from 2015 that allowed them everywhere. Republicans in Georgia passed a state Senate bill to prevent same-sex parents from adopting, and the Kansas Republican Party voted against “all efforts to validate transgender identity” in February. And violence against LGBT people is way up in the last year, with an 86 percent increase in homicides. Just in the first two months of 2018, an attacker shot blindly into the only trans bar in Las Vegas, a neo-Nazi killed a gay college student in Orange

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County, and seven trans women were murdered. Public support for LGBT people declined in 2017 for the first time in years, according to a GLAAD annual study. It’s enough to make local LGBT people worry, despite a phalanx of strong California laws that protect housing, employment, marriage and adoption rights. The housing crisis hits LGBTQ people especially hard. “Housing is a significant issue in

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‘There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t remember that I’m a queer woman of color, getting up and walking out into the world. Even in San Jose. Even on my block.’ this area, and if you look at Santa Clara County, 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ,” says Paul Escobar, vice president of the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC), the South Bay and Central Coast’s only LGBTQ lobbying organization. In a rental market as tight as this one, when landlords have their pick of renters, it can be tough to tell whether a rejected apartment application was a case of discrimination. Mental and physical health challenges remain, as well. “Suicide rates are still too high,” says Yeager. Santa Clara County runs a health clinic for homeless transgender people, but except for those with Kaiser insurance, anyone who’s not homeless has to go to

Fremont to access hormones. “Lots of physicians still don’t know how to treat LGBT people or even have the conversation about their health needs,” Yeager says. None of the candidates vying for Yeager’s seat identify as LGBT, leaving his legacy in the hands of straight politicians. “The race to elect someone new in that position is of particular interest to us,” says Escobar. BAYMEC issued a dual endorsement for his replacement: San Jose Unified trustee Susan Ellenberg and San Jose Councilman Don Rocha. Back in 1979, religious groups put measures on the ballot to stop city and county anti-gay discrimination ordinances from passing, knowing voters didn’t really want to support gay people. They were right: 70 percent of San Jose voters and 65 percent of county voters opposed the ordinances. In contrast to San Francisco, where mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk passed an anti-discrimination ordinance in 1978, the ballot measures reminded gay South Bay residents that their neighbors didn’t want them here. Of course, San Francisco wasn’t a haven, either. Milk and Moscone became widely hailed as gay rights martyrs later that year, when disgruntled former Supervisor Dan White—the only one on the board to oppose the gay rights ordinance—shot and killed them in San Francisco City Hall a half-hour before officials planned to announce his replacement. But explicitly anti-gay politics tend not to go over well in San Jose anymore. Former Mayor Chuck Reed opposed gay marriage, leading Yeager to avoid meetings with him as recently as 2013. In 2016, Sergio Jimenez beat out Steve Brown for the District 2 council seat after Brown, who’d been endorsed by Councilman Johnny Khamis, current District 7 council candidate Van Le, and the county Republican Party interrupted a news conference to state his support for business owners who refuse to serve LGBTQ people under the guise of “religious freedom.” Still, you can count the number of LGBTQ candidates who’ve run for San Jose City Council on one hand: Yeager, the late Paul Wysocki, who lost the District 3 council seat


17 the Castro, but gay families like the Franco-Clausens have quietly populated their suburban-feeling district for years. “There’s lots of gaybies,” says Shannon Casey, a consultant for Franco-Clausen’s campaign and vice president of the South Bay Stonewall Democrats. “There’s hundreds of families in the South Bay who will be very excited to have somebody who looks like them in office.” Franco-Clausen was tickled to meet an older gay couple on the street she grew up on. They remembered her as a baby and threw her a fundraiser.

A Second Shot Twenty-four years ago, doctors told Raymond Mueller to quit his job and buy a funeral plot. Mueller, who’d tested positive for HIV in 1986, took their advice. “I had a plot on a payment plan,” he says. Like many gay men of his generation, he became an activist after his diagnosis, fighting stigmafueled government sluggishness that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths. When Lake County, Illinois, held its first World AIDS Day event, there were two speakers: Mueller and the coroner. After more than a decade of protest, scientific breakthroughs finally led to better drugs, and Mueller and his partner could think about the future. “It was pretty obvious I was no longer dying,” Mueller says, and they hoped to adopt a child in their new hometown of San Jose. The adoption agency called the day after the Silicon Valley Pride march, as Mueller was wrapping up loose ends on the pride board, and he enrolled their new 6-year-old son at Russo Academy in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District a week later. Now he’s running for school board in that same district, as the parent of a seventh-grader who calls Mueller “Papa” and his partner “Daddy.” Mueller joined the independent Citizens Oversight Committee for the Alum Rock school district as a parent representative, overseeing how the

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to David Pandori in the ‘90s, and Franco-Clausen. That might have something to do with how San Jose government is wired. “Unlike a lot of smaller cities like Palm Springs and West Hollywood, running for a City Council seat here in San Jose is almost like running for mayor of a midsize city,” Yeager says. In a jurisdiction of a million-plus people with only 10 council seats, each candidate competes to represent about 100,000 residents. In such a big race, Yeager says, “You’ve got to know what you’re talking about, you have to have a whole army of volunteers, and you have to raise a whole lot of money.” All of that can be harder to come by when you also face stigma for one or several parts of your identity. Franco-Clausen has mostly found that her District 9 neighbors have been curious about her. “People will say, ‘Oh, are you the lesbian?’” she laughs. “They want to talk about it. They want to be better informed.” One of 11 siblings raised on Rudy Drive off Blossom Hill Road, FrancoClausen has known she was gay since she was a girl. “I was in love with Amanda with the red hair,” she says. But she didn’t come out until well into adulthood, after giving birth to three kids. “I said, I want to give, but I can’t if I’m living this internal lie. So I took my chances and I came out to the world.” She lost friends and family—“the people who I thought wouldn’t support me, supported me, and the people I thought would support me didn’t support me”—and met Yolanda within a year, when they were students at Cal State-Long Beach. They recognized each other at a coffee machine outside the computer lab where Shay was writing a paper. “She’s like, ‘Do you like coffee?’ and I said, ‘I loooove coffee,’ and that was it,” Shay says. “We sat and talked, and she was telling me something intense. I grabbed her hand, and we have been together since that moment.” In addition to raising Shay’s three kids—a student at Willow Glen middle school, a student at Menlo College, and a tradesman in Los Angeles—they took in two foster kids who were phasing out of a group home and San Jose Job Corps. San Jose might not look like


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district spends hundreds of millions of construction bonds. The district is grappling with a state audit, a financial takeover by the Santa Clara County Board of Education, and a district attorney investigation. The district re-hired the scandalprone Del Terra Group to manage its bond money, despite a state fraud investigation that found that the district paid the attorneys when they weren’t providing services. And in August, the board replaced Twitterhappy President Khanh Tran with his buddy Esau Ruiz Herrera on a night when Tran’s expected successor, the reform-minded Andres Quintero, was not at the board meeting, in a move that angry parents called “scripted.” Parental frustration with the district boiled over in early March, when about 400 students and staff walked out of Alum Rock schools in protest of their “unscrupulous abuses,” according to East Side nonprofit SOMOS Mayfair. Mueller was among them. He’s running as a reformer against three incumbents this November in an election that the top three votegetters will win. “I have not been taking my child to these meetings because that’s not the representative concept I’d like him to take home and say, ‘Oh, well, that’s how we can act,’” he says. He’s frustrated with the “cronyism,

the infighting, the bickering, the immaturity,” and wants to use bond money to fix old school buildings, not just build sexy, vote-getting new ones. Last summer when temperatures spiked, he says, “children were actually in Alum Rock schools without air conditioning,” since the AC was broken, “and you couldn’t send them outside, since it was 108 degrees.” The question is whether he can win. Mueller is well aware that his neighborhood voted for Proposition 8 and against gay marriage a decade ago, but he feels comfortable on the East Side. “Nobody’s ever egged our house,” he says. “We live authentically there.” At the same time, he’s realistic. “There will be be people who support me to my face and then they go to the ballot box and they’ll support a different person,” he says. “But I think I’ve got a shot.”

Quiet Bias No one seems to agree: Will quiet bias in the voting booth keep Yeager’s successors out of office this year, or has a shifting statewide consciousness made the South Bay a safe place to run a gay campaign? Mueller isn’t sure. “My postcards won’t be rainbow,” he says.


19 on there, there’s no questions,” she says. “When it comes down to crunch time, are you going to put your neck out there and say I endorse this because it’s important?” With straight politicians, she says, “We have to wait and hope they do.” Escobar maintains that the community needs both. “If you look at the gay rights movement historically, we couldn’t have gotten where we are without strong straight allies too,” he says. “But representation is key.”

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Jeff Cardenas, president of the South Bay chapter of the Stonewall Democratic Club, is more optimistic. “We have some of the most educated voters in the country in our county” on LGBT issues, he says. Yeager’s time in office has had a clear impact on the rest of the board. “Many years ago, I got my LGBTQ values right,” says Cortese. “But I learned how to put them into action with courage and resolve by watching Ken.” Cortese has long since apologized for sending out a homophobic mailer when he ran against Yeager for a state Assembly seat in 1996, an election they both lost to Mike Honda, and the two became allies as supervisors. In San Jose’s District 9 race, Franco-Clausen, a former board member of BAYMEC, has already won the organization’s endorsement. But her straight opponents believe they can serve San Jose’s LGBT voters just as well. “Obviously—or maybe not obviously—I don’t identify as LGBTQ,” says Kalen Gallagher, a member of the Campbell Union school board. “But since college, I’ve done my best to stand up for what’s right.” He cites resolutions for marriage equality and funding for the LGBT student center at UC Davis when he was in student government there, in addition to requiring genderneutral bathrooms in Campbell high schools, as evidence. San Jose Unified trustee Pam Foley, the leading fundraiser in the District 9 race as of January, emphasized her personal connection to the community; her brother, Tim, died of AIDS in 1996. “My daughter carries his name in honor of him, as her middle name,” Foley says. San Jose Unified also created gender-neutral bathrooms in its high schools during her tenure. “I try to use the correct pronouns,” she says. Foley was unsure about what the LGBTQ community might need from a council member. “We have marriage. We have protection in so many areas, so I don’t actually have a sense of what might be out there that is an issue,” she says. District 9 candidates Sabuhi Siddique and Rosie Zepeda declined to comment. FrancoClausen argues that empathy is no substitute for lived experience. “When you have an LGBT person

The Next Generation Beyond Franco-Clausen, Mueller, and Torres of the Franklin-McKinley school board, the pipeline for LGBTQ candidates in the South Bay is less than robust. In a strongly Democratic county, the Stonewall Democratic Club is small. “We could definitely have more attendance,” says Casey. There are no trans members of the club, according to Cardenas. In fact, California’s first trans congressional candidate, Terra Snover, lives in Mountain View, but she ran for office in Stanislaus County against Jeff Denham in November, dropping out before the election. She did so without support from the South Bay LGBTQ establishment; no one interviewed for this story mentioned her. “The people in office are predominantly cis white gay men,” Casey says. Though of Torres and Yeager, the two current LGBTQ politicians in office in Santa Clara County, only Yeager fits that profile. But the future is nonbinary. A UCLA study found that 27 percent of California teenagers are gender nonconforming. Trans and gender nonconforming people are just starting to break through within South Bay politics; out of the 14 members of BAYMEC’s board, traditionally a steppingstone for public office, only one uses they/them pronouns. Cardenas pinpointed the problem his own club is grappling with. “The struggle that underserved communities face is because we’re not visible enough, therefore we don’t have a pipeline,” he says. “But we don’t have a pipeline, so how can we have people who are more visible?”

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LOVE & MURDER Wed, 7:30pm, $32+ San Jose Stage Company

The Postman Always Rings Twice comes to life on stage as never seen before. James M. Cain's 1934 novel has been given a film treatment multiple times: including in Tay Garnett’s 1946 box office success, and in the Jack Nicholson-starring 1981 movie. The Stage presents a brand new adaptation of this sadistic love affair, which follows Frank Chambers, a drifter who winds up lost and love with Cora, a waitress at a rural diner. After the pair fall for each other, they begin plotting to murder Cora’s husband—but things don’t go as planned. Runs through May 6. (SM)

PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE

Thu, 7:30pm: $41+ 3BelowTheaters & Lounge, San Jose Overseen by bestselling author and playwright Iris Rainer Dart, The People in The Picture will have its West Coast premiere in San Jose. Dart’s play follows the story of Bubbie, a Holocaust survivor who recalls her life in the Yiddish theater. As she tells stories to her granddaughter, Jenny, the audience is transported back in time to watch the tale unfold. This is the first time since its 2011 Broadway run that the show will appear on stage. Filled with completely new musical numbers, previews run through April 22; the production ends May 31. (JR)

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Fri, 8pm, $18+ Tabard Theatre, San Jose

In the wake of recent mass shootings and the supercharged political climate, KQED is exploring a number of hot button issues in a new six-part series. The public news outlet will host live conversations that explore race, gender, immigration, extremism and more at multiple locations around the Bay Area. The focus is to find what divides us—and unites us—and find ways for opposing sides to have meaningful conversations. During the gender equality segment in Mountain View, panelists will discuss the #MeToo movement and what comes next. Through interactive conversations, audience members will have the opportunity to tackle some of the most difficult questions surrounding the issue. (JR)

Danger, romance, puns and quips await Loreena and Rick in the streets, docks and nightclubs of Macao, China, in 1952. An enigmatic villain and murder mystery only adds to the musical’s affectionate parody of 1940s and '50s Hollywood film noir classics. From “Mambo Malaysian” to “Mister McGuffin,” the catchy tunes and lyrics by Peter Melnick and Christopher Durang feature hysterically ridiculous flair. Director Doug Baird’s fast-paced, farcical and shenanigan-filled Bay Area premiere of the 2007 Drama Desk award-nominated musical runs through May 6. (KL)

ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL Fri, 7pm, Free CSMA Tateuchi Hall, Mountain View During this three-day interactive festival, the Community School of Music and Arts will celebrate the intersection of music and technology. Performers include The Flashbulb, Daniel Berkman, Hurd Ensemble and a live collaboration between Paul Dresher and Joel Davel. Attendees will also be able to participate in hands-on workshops and panel discussions, where electronic music and the future of music technology will be explored. Art exhibits from Brent Townshend and Controllerism will be on display throughout the weekend. Tickets for the performances are sold out, but the exhibits will be open to everyone. Festival ends Sunday. (JR)


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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

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JOYCE MANOR

May 4 at The Ritz

TAYLOR SWIFT

May 12 at Levi’s Stadium

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May 14 at The Ritz

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EARTH, WIND & FIRE

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD

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May 30 at City National Civic

TOM JONES

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TONY BENNETT

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KESHA & MACKLEMORE Jun 14 at SAP Center

JOURNEY LIVE Fri, 7pm: $29+ Hammer Theatre, San Jose While traveling through a vast desert toward a mountain in the distance, players may get lost in the powerful, Grammynominated soundtrack of the acclaimed Playstation Network adventure game Journey. In this innovative collaboration between the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble and composer Austin Wintory, a handful of audience members playing the game will hear live musicians respond to their actions. The dynamic, interactive multimedia music performance will bring Journey— which IGN calls “the most beautiful game of its time”—to life with feeling and ingenuity. (KL)

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Sat, 2pm: Free Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose

Sun, 12pm, $7+ Hakone Estate and Gardens, Saratoga

In this show by multidisciplinary Brooklyn artist Maximilian Mueller, colorful yet dark figures take on societal and political issues. Inspired by a fusion of skateboarding, folk, low-brow and street art, Mueller’s work ranges from woodworking to sculpture. Mueller’s clients have included Arizona Iced Tea and RVCA. Previously, his work has appeared in the SoHo Arts Club, House of Vans, CanCulture and Juxtapoz. This solo art exhibition will feature paintings, prints and drawings exploring themes like romance, adventure and pure optimism. Mueller will be on hand to answer questions and sell his work. (KL)

One of the oldest Japanese gardens in the U.S., Hakone Estate and Gardens spreads across 18 acres in the Saratoga hills. Overlooking Silicon Valley, Hakone offers tours and a variety of classes. As part of a monthly series, the popular public tea ceremony will return to the gardens. Guests will learn about the Omotesenke style of tea preparation and serving—a traditional method that has been used in Japan for centuries. In a space modeled after a Kyoto tea merchant shop, authenticity will be the focus. The ceremony will take place at noon, 1pm and 2pm every third Sunday. (JR)

THE ROOTS

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COLDCLAW Sun, 7pm, $7 The Ritz, San Jose Dark, brooding and atmospheric, Punish the Blind is the first fulllength by local black metalheads ColdClaw. On it, the San Jose band mix thrash, death and black metal to create a space as forbidding as the grim death march that adorns the record’s cover. Beginning with an unaccompanied guitar intro, the album quickly drops listeners into a soupy blend of metal genres with a common theme—ferocity. To celebrate its release, the band will be headlining a night of chaos at The Ritz that also features Dolores, Home Birth and Oxnard “party punk” group Fist Fight on Ecstasy. (MH)

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COFFEE & CREAM This series of utility boxes by Amine Rastgar is at the intersection of Lincoln and Curtner avenues in San Jose.

Outside The Box Art Box Project San Jose has made the city more colorful over the years BY STEPHEN PEREZ

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INCE 2011, THE Art Box Project San Jose has been giving local artists the opportunity to breathe life into street corners all across Silicon Valley. In the process, these artists have made original masterpieces out of boring utility boxes, those clunky, gray rectangular eyesores that house electrical wiring on sidewalks. After almost seven years, and

Bible’s Book of Genesis, where light is said to be separated from darkness. Sponsored by Gateway Community Outreach, Cabana spent around 40 hours with this project before it was finished in January 2016.

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contributions from dozens of artists, it’s hard to imagine the city without them. To show our appreciation, we got the story behind seven noteworthy pieces.

Sarah Joy Cabana Bernal Road & Via Del Oro While preparing ideas for this project, Bay Area artist Sarah Joy Cabana was coping with a murder and three suicides within her own immediate community. She found solace and inspiration by channeling the creation story from the

Amine Rastgar first got in on the project in 2012, taking an abstract, psychedelic approach where anthropomorphic houses (meant to resemble the homes of Willow Glen) are swimming in coffee, with a pattern of colors floating like a school of fish in the background. But after it was vandalized in 2015, Rastgar took a different approach, hoping to, as he says, reflect the “village-like feel of Willow Glen” and “tell the story of a community.”

Laurus Myth 10th & Keyes streets For this piece, artist and San Jose native Laurus Myth drew inspiration from

Coyote Creek and the Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities Initiative. The project itself was sponsored by the Environmental Services Department’s Clean Creeks Program. Here, Myth takes Silicon Valley’s notoriety as the world’s technological epicenter and blends it with the natural splendor that is the Santa Clara Valley. All of this is conveyed through a dichotomy of lucid colors, which depict a layer of cool water against a warm sunset.

Laurus Myth Meridian Avenue & Curci Drive This project, sitting in front of a retirement home near the Los Gatos Creek Trail, was sponsored by a private investor who wanted the box beautified for her mother. Another work by Myth, the piece was inspired by the surrounding community that welcomed her as she worked. She said she wanted to incorporate “the natural colors of the neighborhood while representing the

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seeds of possibility,” and that the box is a “direct result of individuals wanting to make a difference, even in a small way.”

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eventually, after her vision for the box began to take shape, the owner’s opinion of the project shifted. Villanueva found inspiration in the children of the neighborhood and wanted to produce something that would help put a smile on everyone’s face when they saw it, so she went with a bright and colorful circus theme.

When San Jose artist David Mejia was asked to work on a box posted outside the courthouse in the heart of downtown, he was told keep things on theme. But as he Campbell & researched different Union avenues courtrooms online, all he When he heard that found were images of Campbell was taking drab rooms with horrible submissions for a lighting—exactly the prospective box, David GUILTY David Mejia’s opposite of the mission of Canavese jumped at the the community project. So project at Market and chance to participate. He he searched for courtroom St. James streets. wanted to experiment with dramas instead, and found narrative artwork by using pixel art—or inspiration from movies like The Verdict, what calls telling a story through “a Mariowhere the courtroom had a dark wood like, sidescroller format.” His work playfully finish with dynamic lighting. shows us what it’d be like if aliens came to Campbell, incorporating local landmarks like Gower’s National Bank Building, the Campbell Water Tower and Highway 17 Scott Street & Bascom Avenue Portals Project, before construction on it On the first day she started her project, began. Canavese had to enlist the help of way back in 2013, Mireya Villanueva dozens of his friends to help fill in each had the cops called on her when a square, sometimes working 12 hour days. local business owner thought she was Altogether, the project took about three vandalizing the utility box. Obviously, months to complete. she was doing nothing wrong. And

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grizzly bear and her cubs, is on display in San Jose.

Burning Man Bear UP UNTIL MARCH, San Jose was home to a popular public art installation by the Burning Man Project. The Sonic Runway attracted passers-by with flashing lights and waves of sound. The temporary installation was recently taken down, but the Burning Man Project isn’t over. A new work, dubbed Ursa Mater, stands on Paseo de San Antonio next to the Fairmont Hotel. Nicknamed “Mamma Penny Bear,” the work depicts a grizzly bear and her two cubs. Their glossy eyes and noses might catch someone’s attention from a distance, but a closer look reveals an interesting twist. The bears’ coats are composed entirely of pennies—about 200,000 of them. “I like pennies because they’re whimsical and they’re cheap to get,” says Lisa Ferguson—who, with her husband, Robert, create under the moniker Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson. “These pennies have all been in people's pockets and purses Ursa Mater throughout the country; they’ve traveled a long way. Each of them can tell a story.” Thru May 31 Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson are based in Paseo de San Antonio, Hayward. Robert Ferguson is a Bay Area San Jose native, while Lisa Ferguson was born and mr-and-mrs-ferguson.com raised in Canada. She moved to the area in 2015 after meeting Mr. Ferguson at Burning Man. With the help of 12 volunteers, they built the 12-foot-tall statue for the annual desert gathering. The mother and her cubs will be in town until the end of May and can be viewed anytime. Although this is the first time the San Jose community is getting a close look at this sculpture, Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson have created coin pieces before. The first was Penny the Goose, a 16-by-19-foot goose made up from 120,000 Canadian and U.S. pennies. The piece was created in 2013 and was modified in 2015 with U.S. coins. “When we first starting making these things we didn’t know what the reaction would be,” Mrs. Ferguson says. “It resonated with people; we’re very happy with that.” This year, Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson will be sticking with a coin theme for the upcoming Burning Man festival. The two are working on a bald eagle made of pennies, nickels and dimes. Built to strike its prey, the bird will be purposely staring right into the eyes of the viewer. —Jaleny Reyes

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BEASTMODE Dwayne Johnson stars, along with Naomie Harris, in monster mayhem movie ‘Rampage.’

Kaiju Fatigue

In ‘Rampage,’ a giant wolf, giant gorilla and giant alligator tear up Chi-town BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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HERE’S WIT IN the giantmonster movie Rampage, but it’s certainly scarce. In it, King Kong and Godzilla have a frank exchange of opinions. Not the actual Kong and Godzy, but knockoffs. King Klong and Gorezilla. It took four credited writers to explain why the critters got real big. Aboard a space station, a nefarious corporation was testing its gene-splicing program, CRISPR.

Kaboom, says the space station. Chunks of flaming DNA canisters fall from the sky and to Earth, where they squirt out their contents right into

the faces of three animals. At the San Diego Zoo, George the Albino Ape gets it first. At Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, a wolf is the next victim. Next one down is Lizzy, the alligator that grows to the size of a cruise ship, sprouting a macelike tail and poisonous spines. All three beasts converge to have a roundtable discussion about the important issues facing us all. Dwayne Johnson plays Davis Okoye, who rescued George from poachers when he was a baby and has a rapport with the massive ape. Davis is charged with talking the animal down from the rageoholism destroying him. (George knows sign language, like Koko.) Tangled up in the mission is a government man from some unknown agency. He’s played in an imitation

Tommy Lee Jones manner by Jeffrey Dean Morgan—better known as Negan from The Walking Dead—and keeps a pearl-handled pistol tucked in his waistband, just like every stud who wants to accidentally shoot his balls off. Meanwhile, at the HQ of the Very Evil Company that developed CRISPR, the scheming mannish sister Claire (Malin Akerman) and sniveling brother Brett (Jack Lacy) confer. These villains’ absolute best plan to handle the problem was to broadcast a radio signal from a Chicago skyscraper in order to draw the giant beasts into the city by giving them blinding headaches. Fortunately, an ex-scientist with a score to settle, played by Naomie Harris, is on hand to give Davis some tips on how to cure George. Director Brad Peyton (San Andreas) has been saying he didn’t want to use King Kong’s backstory. Problem is, there’s no front story, either. As Peter Biskind observed in his book Seeing is Believing, the 1950s monster movies were fantastical escapes from the anxieties caused by nuclear proliferation and Communism. But it’s unclear what the point of Rampage is— except to watch a rampage. In this way,

it’s very much akin to the videogame from which the film draws its title. In the sidescroller, originally released in 1987, the entire point was to control one of a handful of massive beasts and destroy as many buildings as possible. This Rampage induces kaiju fatigue. It’s the most boring monster movie since the Emmerich Godzilla, even if Chicago usually isn’t the city that gets demolished—yes, there was a recent alien bombardment in Jupiter Ascending. There’s nothing electrifying here, no human faces that anchor the fantasy of destruction. An ape face, yes. If there’s something done well in 2018 fantastic cinema, it’s animating and playing a gorilla, but this is still a movie based on a video game based on an arcade game based on movies. And seemingly the freshest gag, according to the audience reaction, is the giant monkey flipping the bird (1976’s A*P*E* did it first, with the giant gorilla giving the Finger of Honor to a helicopter). All that’s left here is to watch The Rock. As he ages, Dwayne Johnson is bound to get more interesting, as that preposterous body starts to decay a bit. He was fascinating because of his physical perfection, and he’ll be more fascinating when it starts to wane. When fissures of self-doubt start to crack The Rock, he’ll be doing his best work. He’s not at that stage yet, but the filmmakers seem to see that fade coming. Why else are there so many lines in the script about how hot Davis is, how much time he spends in the gym, and how the ladies can’t resist him? It’s easy to resist the irresolute director Peyton, who again demonstrates the problem of scattering the forces—scenes shift without much point, the removal of dramatic cause and effect, in favor of a story about critters being hit by stuff falling out of the sky. There’s no guilt in store for Davis, the human who befriended a wild creature. Contrast him with Robert Armstrong’s feelings about bringing King Kong to his death, as described in Son of Kong, also about a giant albino gorilla. Worse, Rampage goes upbeat at the end. The movie is as hollow as a chocolate bunny.

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OLD IS NEW French musician Jean-Michel Jarre was a trailblazer in the field of popular synth-centric music.

Synth Sultan

Jean-Michel Jarre, pioneering electronic musician, makes the most of tech BY BILL KOPP

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EAN-MICHEL JARRE built his music reputation on the strength of a series of groundbreaking 1970s albums. His second release, 1977’s Oxygène, pioneered the use of analog synthesizers in a melodic context and is widely viewed as an enduring influence upon today’s electronic artists. Jarre remains busy with music today, and his approach isn’t stuck in the past, wedded to old-fashioned methods like recording on magnetic tape. Today, Jarre is an enthusiastic proponent of the digital music revolution.

“The first digital way of recording was like the gramophone,” he says, calling the 1980s the “dark ages of digital.” But he believes that music technology has come a long way since then. “For the last six or seven years now, the digital process can compete with the analog way. It’s true for movies, and it’s true for music.” Putting his belief into practice, Jarre created Oxygène 3, a follow-up to his 1970s release, using the most modern methods possible. “Obviously the instruments are a bit different” on this new release, Jarre admits. “The idea behind Oxygène 3 was to be faithful to the concept, but also having this minimalist approach

by choosing instruments as if I was 35 and doing Oxygène for the first time.” In practical terms, that means using some physical synthesizer keyboards, but also making full use of plug-ins, computer-based software programs that model the sound and versatility of “real” synthesizers. The French composer is 69, with a career that stretches across five decades, offering him a broad perspective on the changes he has witnessed. And he believes that digital innovations have been a force for good in music. “I think it’s great that you can democratize the way of producing, recording and even distributing music these days,” Jarre says. He creates new works even while traveling, using platforms like Ableton Live, a computer-based production, creation and performance tool. “I was traveling with my Ableton Live all over the planet,” Jarre says, “recording here and there and in a very easy way. Even if it took me five years recording for this quite massive project, it was not due to the equipment; it was more due to the project itself.” Jarre

scoffs at the notion that file sharing for collaborative projects like his twovolume Electronica releases means that something is lost in the process. In fact, he traveled the world for that project, physically meeting with each of his collaborators. Jarre worked side by side with Massive Attack, Pet Shop Boys, The Who’s Pete Townshend, Hans Zimmer, Moby and many others. “Electronica was based on two principles,” Jarre explains. “The first one is sharing the creative process physically together with the collaborator.” The second was to create the basis of a track on his own ahead of time, “a demo in function of the preconceived ideas I had regarding the artists I wanted to collaborate with.” He notes that those ideas might not necessarily line up with the artists’ own ideas. “But everybody said yes,” he says with a laugh. Jarre emphasizes that while he makes full use of modern technological advancements, he’s not a slave to that technology. “I’ve always been interested in using—and, in a sense, hijacking—audio and visual technology for my performances,” he says. Early on in his career he decided that visuals were a critical component of performance. And he believes it’s even more important today. “You can listen to music everywhere these days,” Jarre says. “The challenge is to be able to offer a visual complement aspect to the music you’re playing on stage.” His current tour successfully puts that philosophy into practice; he describes his current shows as an example of “3D without glasses.” The show’s visuals are based on multiple layers of screens with complex computer animation, immersing the audience in images along with sound. “To tell you the truth, I was scared to death that it wouldn’t work,” Jarre admits. But it did; an initial run of dates in summer 2017 quickly led to the current North American tour. “The production is very complex to put together,” he says, “so we chose the arenas quite carefully to be able to present it.”

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7PM THU 4/12 STEELY NASH AND THE NEW BALLET COLLAB R&B… Rhythm & Ballet. I love it when two very different, yet awesome forces plan to collide into the same space together—creating arty feels instead of ouchy feels. SJSU School of Music & Dance, 1 Washington Sq, San Jose

8PM FRI 4/13 NOÑAMEKO & FRIENDS If you want to stay lucky tonight, stop by Forager for this stylish, talented vocalist and her musical friends. Word is Cado will be joining her. Forager, 420 S First St, San Jose

11AM SAT 4/14 MOONLIGHT ROCKABILLY CARNIVAL The Epifany Project is dedicated to promoting rockabilly culture while ending hunger in all forms. A great way to support the community—and look fantastic while doing it. Emma Prusch Park, 647 S King Rd, San Jose

9PM TUE 4/17 CIRCUS OF SIN: DEATH & TAXES One of the raunchiest, yet most endearing events ever to happen on a Tuesday in the ’Zae. Some Guy hosts this thing like nobody’s business… I swear that sentence will makes sense when you’re there. Caravan Lounge, 98 Almaden Ave, San Jose

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PIANO NIGHT: RICK FERGUSON with guest vocalist Irina Myachkin 7pm: Angelica’s Bistro 863 Main St, Redwood City

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I’m a man in my 60s. Looking back on my romantic life, I was always the guy women spent time with when their partner wasn’t paying attention to them or while they waited for the right guy to show up. I’m good-looking, but I realize from reading you that I never had enough “mate value,” never mastering the essence of Cialdini’s “scarcity principle.” I’m a retired teacher. For 20-some years, I taught kids who had severe behavioral problems. While parents, grandparents, and school personnel appreciated what I did, it didn’t hold much long-term interest for women. My wife left me for someone with much higher “mate value.” I keep thinking that all of this could have been avoided if I had only chosen a profession with high-end “mate value.”—Alone

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tends to go is the notion some younger women have that massive character flaws can be outweighed by a massive mansion. Women with a thing for bad boys may likewise come to see the excitement in a man who pays the bills the boring way— through online banking instead of online identity theft. In short, there are plenty of women who’d want a guy like you—providing you mend your ways. Going back to that “scarcity principle,” what needs to become scarce is your willingness to be a convenient option instead of a priority. Though this has been your default state— for decades—it doesn’t have to remain that way. As I explain in my new “science-help” book, “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence,”“your feelings are not the boss of you. It’s not what you feel; it’s what you do.” In fact, by repeatedly acting assertively, you’ll actually rewire your brain. This isn’t to say the old rollover kitty behaviors go away. Unfortunately, there’s no giant neural eraser that comes around once a week like the trash guys the city sends to your neighborhood. What happens is that you transform your default behavior—how you behave when you react automatically—to acting like a man instead of like the male friend who braids women’s hair while they’re waiting for the guy they are having sex with. As for the practical steps to becoming the new bold you: Figure out what seems fair and right, and then say “no” to everything outside that box. (Generosity is good. Generosity that knows no bounds is a ladyboner killer.) Assert yourself even when you’re scared to do it. Sure, you’ll feel uncomfortable, especially the first few times. However, you should slowly begin to do better with the ladies—and maybe even find love, despite it being clear that the only fur you’d ever get a woman would come with the rest of the hamster or the cat.

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has an opening in San Jose, CA for Sr. Staffing Representative (SR01): FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Establish HR staffing policies, programs NAME STATEMENT #622566and maintain and processes to develop Theafollowing is (are) doing business as: Van Hoa Lam, high person(s) impact global HR organization. 979 Story Rd., #7087, San Jose, Ca, 95122, Nuh Thuan Lam, Quoc Mail resume reference code) Anh Nguyen, 608 Giraudo(must Dr., San Jose, CA, 95111. This job business is conducted by an married couple.Registrant has not yet begun to: Cypress Semiconductor Corp., Attn: transacting business under the fictitious business name orM.S. names 6.1, AMMO, 198 Champion Court, listed herein. Refile of previous file #620681 with changes. /s/Nhu San CA 95134. Thuan LamJose, This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 10/18/2016. (pub Metro 10/26, 11/02, 11/09, 11/16/2016)

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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Ultimate Closing Realty Inc., 698 Morse Street, San Jose, CA, 95126. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 8/31/2015. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Doris L. Cope. CEO. #C3817409. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 02/28/2018. (pub Metro 03/21, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2018)

Operations Research Analyst. Reqs: Master’s degree plus one year of experience or Bachelor’s degree plus five years of experience. Submit resumes to the attention of Maricris Gatip, HR, Westgate Premier Healthcare Services, Inc. dba Amberwood Gardens, 5555 Prospect Road, Suite 221, San Jose, CA 95129

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #639490 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: DN & Son Painting, 197 Kehoe Court, San Jose, CA, 95136, My Nguyen. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/01/2018. /s/My Nguyen. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/01/2018. (pub Metro 03/21, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #639890 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Casper Professional Services, 1231 Franklin Mall #137, Santa Clara, CA, 95050, Myralee G. Shields, 65 rio Robles East #3202, San Jose, CA, 95134. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/12/2018. /s/Myralee G. Shields. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/12/2018. (pub Metro 03/21, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #639688 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Psuche Clothing, 165 Church St #170, San Jose, CA, 95037, Sonya Sonya. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on

03/06/2018. /s/Sonya Romo. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/06/2018. (pub Metro 03/21, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #639948 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Guidry T.I. Acoustics Inc., Los Gatos, CA, 95032. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 01/01/2018. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Michael Guidry. President. #4098234. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/13/2018. (pub Metro 03/21, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640052 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Posh Bagel, 125 Main St., Los Gatos, CA, 95030, Petersophal Keo, 2840 Cedardale Ct., San Jose, CA, 95148. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/15/2018. /s/Petersophal Keo. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 3/15/2017. (pub Metro 03/21, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #639888 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Bozzuto & Associates Insurance Services, 2. Cannabis Connect Insurance Services, 3. Bozzuto Benefits Insurance Services, 34 S. Second Street, Campbell, CA, 95008, Acrisure of California, LLC, 5664 Prairie Creek Drive, Caledonia, MI, 49318. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Above entity was formed in the state of Michigan. /s/Adam C. Reed. Executive Vice President. #201430810008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 02/14/2018. (pub Metro 03/14, 03/21, 03/28, 04/04/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #639436 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Girltalk, 555 Bryant Street #565, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, Popcom, LLC. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 12/01/2012. Refile of previous file #572793 after 40 days of expiration date. Above entity was formed in the state of Delaware. /s/Daniel H. Coleman. Vice President, Legal & Business. #201112710080. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 02/28/2018. (pub Metro 03/21, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640114 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Jade Galore Jewelry & Watch Co., 10821 N. Wolf Road, Altai Industries Inc., 316 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA, 95035. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 02/27/2009. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/James Wong. CEO. #2927887. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/16/2018. (pub Metro 03/21, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640147 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. CSS Corp, 2. Supportminds, 1900 McCarthy Boulevard, Suite #210, Milpitas, CA, 95035, SlashSupport, Inc. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on July 21, 2010. Refile of previous file #539304 after 40 day of expiration date. Above entity was formed in the state of Delaware. /s/ Ashish Kumar. Secretary. #C2219179. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/19/2018. (pub Metro 03/28, 04/04, 04/11, 04/18/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640983

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Accent Fintech, 152 N. San Tomas Aquino Rd., Ste A, Campbell, CA, 95014, ASJ Funding, LLC. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 04/06/2018. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Sumant Jeswani. Manager. #201807110189. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/06/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640201 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Summerhill Ventures, 47 Lester Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95125, Sandra Joann Leon, Michael Leon, 2280 Sharon Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025. This business is being conducted by a Married Couple. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Sandra Leon. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/20/2018. (pub Metro 03/28, 04/04, 04/11, 4/18/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640154

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Monarch Realty, 2939 Via Carmen, San Jose, CA, 95124, Garret Morioka, Michelle Morioka. This business is being conducted by a Married Couple. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 01/10/2013. Refile of previous file #573613 with changes. /s/Michelle Morioka. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/19/2018. (pub Metro 03/28, 04/04, 04/11, 4/18/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640348 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Dogs In Harmony, 10330 Colby Ave., Cupertino, CA, 95014, Shanni Hendler. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/22/2018. /s/Shanni Hendler. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/23/2018. (pub Metro 03/28, 04/04, 04/11, 4/18/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #639461 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Celia’s Cuisine, 1534 Berger Dr., San Jose, cA, 95112, Celia Medriz, 2312 Mt Pleasant Rd., San Jose, CA, 95148. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 02/281/2018. /s/Celia Madriz. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 02/28/2018. (pub Metro 03/28, 04/04, 04/11, 4/18/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #639872 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Parties And Petals, 1834 West Hedding St., San Jose, CA, 95126, Brooklyn Traxler. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Brooklyn Traxler. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/09/2018. (pub Metro 04/04, 04/11, 4/18, 4/25/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640563 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Casa Caribe Vacation Rentals, 783 Regent Park Dr., San Jose, CA, 95123, Allyn Karl Johnson, Celia Cruz-Johnson. This business is being conducted by a Married Couple. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 08/16/2005. Refile of previous file #482106 after 40 days of expiration date. /s/Celia Cruz-Johnson. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/29/2018. (pub Metro 04/04, 04/11, 4/18, 4/25/2018)

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Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, leading provider of high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions, has openings in San Jose, CA for Forecast Analyst Staff (FA01): Without direct reports, perform all forecasting and reporting for both revenue and units for the Asynchronous SRAM and Non-Volatile Products business units; Sr. Operations Analyst (OA01): Design and work with Finance, IT, Pricing, and Operations to build a centralized revenue recognition and reporting database that can be used by all groups and downstream systems (position will be based out of headquarters (San Jose, CA), but may be assigned at various unanticipated work sites throughout the United States on an as needed basis by management); Staff Systems Engineer (SE09): Perform device level characterization; Sr. Operations Analyst (OA05): Without direct reports, manage Business Unit’s supply chain including routine activities; and Staff Applications Engineer (AE25): Perform firmware and system development (firmware, algorithm, test, etc.) for Cypress’s industry leading solutions. If interested, mail resume (must reference job code) to: Cypress Semiconductor Corp., Attn: AMMO, 198 Champion Court, M.S. 6.1, San Jose, CA 95134.

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF EDWARD JAMES ODONNELL, JR. AKA EDWARD JAMES ODONNELL, AKA E. JAMES ODONNELL, AKA JAMES E. ODONNELL, AKA JIM ODONNELL CASE NO. 1-18-PR-182947

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of: Edward James O’Donnell, Jr., aka Edward James O’Donnell, aka E. James O’Donnell, aka James E. O’Donnell, aka Jim O’Donnell. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: James J. Ramoni, Public Administrator of the County Santa Clara in the Superior Court of California, County of: SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: James J. Ramoni, Public Administrator of the County of Santa Clara 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 action 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 as follows: May 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, Department 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 Request for Special Notice (DE154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney of petitioner: Mark A. Gonzalez, Lead Deputy County Counsel, OFFICE OF THE COUNTY COUNSEL, 373 West Julian Street, Suite 300, San Jose, CA, 95110 408-758-4217 (Pub CC 04/04, 04/11, 04/18/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640377 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Vape N Smoke, 223 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA, 95035, Abdul Qudoos, 822 Wilow Park Lane, Tracy CA, 95376. This business is being conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Abdul Qudoos. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/23/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640593 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Castros Woodworks, 147 Flintwell Ct., San Jose, CA, 95138, William Richard Castro. This business is being conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 04/02/2018. /s/William Richard Castro. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/02/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640611 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Aporo Lending, 1288 Kifer Road, Suite 205, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086, Aporo Lending, Inc. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/ Shuwu Song. President. #4127358. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/02/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640191

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Tradesmen Consulting, 6404 Camden Ave., San Jose, CA, 95120. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/20/2018. /s/ Joel M. Sousa. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/20/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640899 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Orchard City RV, 309 Brian Ct., San Jose, CA, 95123, Orchard City RV LLC. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 09/05/2012. Refile of previous file #569202 with changes. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Matt Gordon. President. #201536210442. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/05/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640767 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Compliance Engineering LLC, 2260 Zoria Cir., San Jose, Ca, 95131. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 01/03/2018. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Anusha Anusha. Managing Member. #201807410340. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/04/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640858 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Reo Mason, 7472 Dumas Drive, Cupertino, CA, 95014, Chiou-Pying Cheng. This business is being conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 04/05/2018. /s/Chiou-Pying Cheng. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/05/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 4/18, 4/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640616 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Arber & Lash, 1525 Meridian Ave., San Jose, CA, 95125, Katerina Arber, 33 Park Village Place, San Jose, CA, 95136,. This business is being conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/15/2018. /s/Katerina Arber. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/02/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #641019 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: KE Solutions, 1346 The Alameda Blvd., 7-176, San Jose, CA, 95126, David Napan. This business is being conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 05/20/2017. Refile of previous file #631095 due to publication requirement not met of previous filing. /s/ David Napan. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/09/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #640295

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Kingscape Landscape Construction, 5868 Montevino Dr., San Jose, CA, 95123. This business is being conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/01/2018. /s/Elezar Renteria. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 03/22/2018. (pub Metro 04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02/2018)

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries statesman Thomas

Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He wrote one of history's most famous documents, the Declaration of Independence. He was an architect, violinist, inventor, and linguist who spoke numerous languages, as well as a philosopher who was knowledgeable about mathematics, surveying, and horticulture. But his most laudable success came in 1789, when he procured the French recipe for macaroni and cheese while living in France, and thereafter introduced the dish into American cuisine. JUST KIDDING! I'm making this little joke in the hope that it will encourage you to keep people focused on your most important qualities, and not get distracted by less essential parts of you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the early 1990s, Australian electrical engineer John O'Sullivan toiled on a research project with a team of radio astronomers. Their goal was to find exploding mini-black holes in the distant voids of outer space. The quest failed. But in the process of doing their experiments, they developed technology that became a key component now used in Wi-Fi. Your digital devices work so well in part because his frustrating misadventure led to a happy accident. According to my reading of your astrological omens, Taurus, we may soon be able to make a comparable conclusion about events in your life. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the fictional world created by DC Comics, the superhero Superman has a secret identity as a modest journalist named Clark Kent. Or is it the other way around? Does the modest journalist Clark Kent have a secret identity as the superhero Superman? Only a few people realize the two of them are the same. I suspect there is an equally small number of allies who know who you really are beneath your "disguises," Gemini. But upcoming astrological omens suggest that could change. Are you ready to reveal more about your true selves? Would you consider expanding the circle that is allowed to see and appreciate your full range and depth? CANCER (June 21-July 22): Playwright Tennessee

Williams once spent an evening trying to coax a friend out of his depression. It inspired him to write a poem that began like this: "I want to infect you with the tremendous excitement of living, because I believe that you have the strength to bear it." Now I address you with the same message, Cancerian. Judging from the astrological omens, I'm convinced you have more strength than ever before to bear the tremendous excitement of living. I hope this news will encourage you to unleash your ability to welcome and embrace the interesting puzzles that will come your way in the weeks ahead.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Are you finished dealing

with spacious places and vast vistas and expansive longings? I hope not. I hope you will continue to explore big, bold, blooming schemes and wild, free, booming dreams until at least April 25. In my astrological opinion, you have a sacred duty to keep outstripping your previous efforts. You have a mandate to go further, deeper, and braver as you break out of shrunken expectations and push beyond comfortable limitations. The unknown is still more inviting and fertile than you can imagine.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): From Dec. 9-5, 1952,

London was beset with heavy fog blended with thick smog. Visibility was low. Traffic slowed and events were postponed. In a few places, people couldn't see their own feet. According to some reports, blind people, who had a facility for moving around without the aid of sight, assisted pedestrians in making their way through the streets. I suspect that a metaphorically comparable phenomenon may soon arise in your sphere, Virgo. Qualities that might customarily be regarded as liabilities could at least temporarily become assets.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your allies are always

important, but in the coming weeks they will be even more so. I suspect they will be your salvation, your deliverance, and your treasure. So why not treat them like angels or celebrities or celebrity angels? Buy them ice cream and concert tickets and fun surprises. Tell them secrets about their beauty that no one has ever expressed before. Listen

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to them in ways that will awaken their dormant potentials. I bet that what you receive in return will inspire you to be a better ally to yourself.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the coming weeks, I

suspect you will be able to find what you need in places that are seemingly devoid of those things. You can locate the possible in the midst of what's apparently impossible. I further surmise that you will summon a rebellious resourcefulness akin to that of Scorpio writer Albert Camus, who said, "In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger -something better, pushing right back."

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1936, Herbert C.

Brown graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in science. His girlfriend, Sarah Baylen, rewarded him with the gift of a $2 book about the elements boron and silicon. Both he and she were quite poor; she couldn't afford a more expensive gift. Brown didn't read the book for a while, but once he did, he decided to make its subject the core of his own research project. Many years later, he won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discoveries about the role of boron in organic chemistry. And it all began with that $2 book. I bring this story to your attention, Sagittarius, because I foresee you, too, stumbling upon a modest beginning that eventually yields breakthrough results.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In 20 B.C., Rome's

most famous poet was Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known to us today as Horace. He prided himself on his meticulous craftsmanship and advised other writers to be equally scrupulous. Once you compose a poem, he declared, you should put it aside for nine years before deciding whether to publish it. That's the best way to get proper perspective on its worth. Personally, I think that's too demanding, although I appreciate the power that can come from marshaling so much conscientiousness. And that brings me to a meditation on your current state, Capricorn. From what I can tell, you may be at risk of being too riskaverse; you could be on the verge of waiting too long and being too cautious. Please consider naming a not-too-distant release date.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Luckily, you have an

inventive mind and an aptitude for experimentation. These will be key assets as you dream up creative ways to do the hard work ahead of you. Your labors may not come naturally, but I bet you'll be surprised at how engaging they'll become and how useful the rewards will be. Here's a tip on how to ensure you will cultivate the best possible attitude: Assume that you now have the power to change stale patterns that have previously been resistant to change.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): May I suggest that

you get a lesson in holy gluttony from a Taurus? Or perhaps pick up some pointers in enlightened selfinterest from a Scorpio? New potential resources are available, but you haven't reeled them in with sufficient alacrity. Why? Why oh why oh why?! Maybe you should ask yourself whether you're asking enough. Maybe you should give yourself permission to beam with majestic self-confidence. Picture this: Your posture is regal, your voice is authoritative, your sovereignty is radiant. You have identified precisely what it is you need and want, and you have formulated a pragmatic plan to get it.

Homework: In what circumstances do you tend to be smartest? When do you tend to be dumbest? Testify at Freewillastrology.com.

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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PRIZED PLUMES San Jose’s bustling ostrich farm was both a tourist attraction and big business back when the birds’ billowing plumes were en vogue.

Bird’s the Word Turn-of-the-century tourists once flocked to San Jose’s ostrich farm BY GARY SINGH

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HE COSMIC MATRIX of San Jose history once again enlightens us all. This time around, after visiting the massive archives at History San Jose across from Kelley Park, I prepared to pound out some words on the San Jose Ostrich Farm that appeared at Alum Rock and King from 1904 to 1909.

But lo and behold, I soon discovered that the heroes in the California Room of the main library had already whipped out a similar story just a few months ago. As a result, I shuffled on

over there and pored through their storehouse of research materials, leading me to even more inspiring tidbits of local ostrich history. First of all, the California Room is one of this city’s most treasured locations. Every crazed tidbit anyone wants to know about this valley’s evolution lies buried in the room somewhere. You must be the kind of person that enjoys digging for stuff, but it’s not that difficult. The California’s Room’s Brandy Maldonado blogged about the ostriches for that facility’s webpage, so after I conducted some initial investigations, I wound up prowling

around for almost an hour. Quite a rocking series of digressions and tangents made themselves available to me. This is often how research works. You wind up delving into something else entirely. In terms of ostriches, Maldonado’s blog tells us that in 1904, Colwell P. Leitch brought 24 of them from South Africa to his farm at the intersection of King Road and Alum Rock Avenue. The city directories claim it was the northwest corner, right where the parking lot now sits. Apparently this was a thriving business. The ostriches were plumed every eight months, with rubberneckers from far and wide arriving to see just how this was done. The feathers and plumes brought in serious dough, often commanding $40 a pound—a fortune in those days—which led Leitch to operate a retail establishment at the Hotel St. James, across the street from St. James Park, right where the post office now sits. The feathers were sold for use in women’s hats and boas.

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Unfortunately, Leitch only kept his ostriches in San Jose for a few years before hauling them off to Sacto. Only three ostrich farms existed in California at that time. Like any scholarship correctly implemented, the California Room’s blog left me wanting to continue the journey myself, so that’s what I did. And I couldn’t stop digging. A Pat Loomis column in the San Jose News, dated Aug. 3, 1973, titled, “Back in Grandpa’s Day,” further added that the farm was a “greater tourist attraction than the electric tower at Market and Santa Clara streets or the mineral springs at Alum Rock Park.” Maybe instead of a new light tower, we should build a giant ostrich. Then came a glorious tangent. When the farm was still in operation, Mr. Adolph Heymann, a French immigrant, washed and dyed the plumes at his home-based dye works business on San Fernando Street. Additional California Room research told me that after the ostriches left town, the Heymann clan morphed their business into the DeLuxe-Imperial Dyeing & Cleaning Works at 224 E. Santa Clara St., right where City Hall now sits. By the time Eugene T. Sawyers’ History of Santa Clara County was published in 1922, the Heymanns employed about 14 people and had three wagons covering San Jose and Santa Clara. After selling off that business in the ’40s, the Heymanns started Deluxe Dye Works and Rug Cleaning at 1488 N. Fourth St., a business that still exists today, at the same address, operated by members of the original family. I believe it’s the fifth generation. Their website contains numerous historical photos, including interior and exterior shots of the original shop. The family practice goes all the way back to Adolph, who trained in French textile mills in the 19nth century. Even as recently as 2000, I vividly recall staggering by the boarded-up Deluxe Cleaners building that still existed on Santa Clara Street, between the 99-cent outlet and the Taco Bell, before all of it was bulldozed to make way for the new City Hall. This is why the California Room rocks. I shuffled over looking for ostriches and instead wound up reacquainting myself with the history of Deluxe Cleaners. I feel like a dyedin-the-feather local.


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FLAVOR EXPLOSION Though the presentation was nice, there was just too much going on, flavorwise, with Morsey’s salmon filet.

A Bit Rich

Water buffalo-fueled Morsey’s Farmhouse would benefit from some restraint BY JEFFREY EDALATPOUR

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HE FRONT DOOR of Morsey’s Farmhouse leads directly to a brightly lit case filled with macarons, chocolate truffles and pastries. Kal and Yulia Morsey, the owners, are smart to draw your attention to all these sweets. Along with the gelato bar, dessert is the star player here.

The Morseys have combined the informal drop-in hours of a European cafe (meal services shift from breakfast to lunch to dinner) with more formal menus. Some familiar plates arrive at the table that are easily recognizable as California cuisine. And then other heavier meat entrées follow that are

throwbacks to American steakhouses. From dish to dish, the kitchen is curating some mixed culinary messages and presenting them as a unified whole to the diners. Natural light filters in cheerfully through windows at the front and back entrances. The whitewashed walls, furniture and flower prints have been chosen for their generic, utilitarian qualities, which makes the inside feel family-friendly rather than intimate. When I attended, everyone seemed comfortable with kids and didn’t rush in to stop a child from jumping up and down repeatedly on an upholstered bench. The Morseys own a 50-acre farm— home to around 400 water buffalo— about 120 miles northeast of Los Altos

in Wilton. Several items on the menu, including a buffalo burger and the gelato, contain products made from those animals. The decor purposefully erases any sense of that rusticity. The only rural reference stands inside the logo, which features a horned buffalo with its tail swishing in the air. The starters, like the main plates, all have at least one additional and unnecessary ingredient or sauce muddling instead of enhancing the flavors of a dish. A prime example is the wild mushroom tart ($13). Forest mushrooms filled up a delicate cone of perfectly cooked puff pastry. But the truffle béchamel (not the chocolate kind) competed with a roasted peach gastrique. Neither sauce was a standout on its own, but together the truffle funk clashed with the sweetness of the peaches. The roasted-beet salad ($12), proportionally speaking, was uncommonly generous and included a buffalo ricotta … and mache and candied spiced walnuts and a blood orange vinaigrette. Like the mushrooms, the beets could have stood on their own with salt and pepper and some fresh citrus. The chef here isn't in favor of restraint.

A New Zealand crispy-skinned salmon filet ($28) sat on a mound of puréed parsnip that was cut with a parsley pesto and crowned with bright orange yam chips. The purée wasn’t exactly gluey, but it also wasn’t a success, in terms of flavor, or in its consistency. Nor did the dish need chips, pesto or the grilled stone fruit. Make a perfect mashed or even baked potato, squeeze some lemon on top of the fish, season both, and we’d have been good to go. Take the wild mushroom ravioli ($24). The pasta came swimming in a dense pool of porcini buffalo cream sauce that quickly began to coagulate. Caramelized shallots and truffle (again!) couldn’t save the mushroom flavor from drowning. It may not have been the best idea to have also started with Morsey’s Farm burrata ($16). The cheese itself was pure and “buttery,” as the Italian name indicates. But after pairing it with a balsamic reduction and a tomato jam and olive oil and basil, the palate was already longing for refreshment. It was not to be found in the purées and sauces that followed. But then came the gelato. Both apricot and mango were the purest of flavors (single $3.75, extra scoop $2.75). The chocolate was, as it is known to be, chocolatey. The coffee might have been suffering from freezer burn—it was icy and granular. The water buffalo milk, though often discernible in soft serve ice creams, didn’t register the same way in this gelato. For that hint of buffalo-ness, try a slice of triple chocolate cheesecake ($6). It’s much creamier than a New York version, and tangier too. Morsey’s Farmhouse is ideal for morning pastries and fresh breads, or an ice cream on a hot afternoon. With summer temperatures arriving soon, it’s hard to imagine that substantial dishes like filet mignon au poivre, veal schnitzel or New York strip will capture the attention of future diners. The meals aren’t bad. They’re just not memorable. Not in the way that the singular clean flavor of an apricot infused one perfect scoop.

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This cosplayer had a crazy good time at SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON.

Metro’s finest at THE RITZ for the Punk Rock Flea Market.

This SV COMIC CON cosplayer had the blues.

NIGHTWING swooped into Silicon Valley Comic Con.

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