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Mountain View’s top 10 stories of 2009


ike most California communities, Mountain View felt the pain when the nation’s and the state’s economies fell apart in the economic downturn of 2009. The city’s tax receipts plummeted, and school districts were hit hard while the Legislature and governor tussled over ways to reduce a deficit now projected at $21 billion. A drastically reduced budget was not adopted until well into the third quarter, and in the meantime the city and school districts have learned to make do with less. But while many of the year’s biggest stories are budgetrelated, plenty of others captured headlines in the Voice. Below, in no particular order, we present our picks for the top 10 stories of 2009:



fter seven years of meticulous planning, El Camino Hospital finally completed construction on its new, seismically safe, $480 million campus in Mountain View. The new hospital, which sits adjacent to the old one, complies with earthquake safety standards approved in the mid 1990s. It features 399 hospital


El Camino Hospital patient Emma Joy Ham, 5, is transported by staff from the old hospital building to her room in the new building.

beds and more state-of-theart technologies than before, including an improved, $20 million radiology department. The hospital officially opened on Saturday, Nov. 15, with a well-choreographed patient move and emergency room swap — the old ER closed at 6 a.m. and the new one opened at 6:01 a.m., with its first patient

arriving only minutes later. El Camino purchased the Community Hospital of Los Gatos, signing on to invest a total of $103 million on the facility. The campus was closed temporarily before reopening mid-July. With both campuses, the organization’s total bed count is up to 542.


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real estate market, 2009 was a big year for land use planning in Mountain View. Hundreds of residents gave input in general plan hearings, where many supported turning Mountain View into a network of



he holiday season can make a bad situation even worse for a battered woman, say staff members at Support Network, a Sunnyvale organization dedicated to supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence. With private donations, and



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work provides the services and guidance a woman needs to free herself from an abusive situation. “Really, emotionally, our clients are struggling right now,” said Denise Henderson, director of clinical services, who works with women on a day-to-day basis. With children See SUPPORT, page 8



he city drew ire from residents in August when a bulldozer was ordered to destroy the ad hoc dirt “Creek Trails” bicycle track known along See LOOKING BACK, page 12

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“villages” while preserving each neighborhood’s unique character was also important for many. Many welcomed news that a major redevelopment was in the works for 16 acres of San Antonio shopping center that may include 400 homes or a movie theater. Meanwhile a clash ensued between smart growthers and neighbors over a plan to redevelop Minton’s Lumber and Supply into a 214-unit apartment complex near the downtown train station, complete with dueling petitions and a heated neighborhood association election battle. A report on the city’s housing needs earlier in the year said Mountain View is “jobs rich” in regards to its jobs-to-housing ratio. The report also mentioned a state requirement for the city to zone a site for a homeless shelter, a cause that has been taken up by an 86-year-old homeless man, Jess Santana, after 173 homeless people were counted in the Mountain View-Los Altos area in January.



he city of Mountain View is bracing for a lawsuit from developer John Mozart after his lawyers sent a letter in October protesting the city’s below-market-rate housing fees.

A similar letter was the precursor of a lawsuit recently filed against the city of Palo Alto. Being challenged is Mountain View’s “inclusionary zoning” policy, which requires developSee CHALLENGE, page 6

caring for our community

A History of Caring


or fifty years, Community Services Agency (CSA) has been providing vital social services for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. We understand that hardship can come at any time and knows no age limit. We provide a safety net so that independence and self-sufficiency can be restored and maintained.

An evolving name reflects an evolving organization CSA has grown from humble origins. In 1957, a group of Mountain View residents, concerned about the welfare of low-income families in the city, gathered to talk about the plight of the local migrant farm workers. They decided to form the Mountain View Welfare Council to address the needs of this population. Within a year, the council was incorporated, and it was planning its first sharing of holiday gifts for families. By 1967, the interests of the council had expanded to include housing issues, immigration issues, and the needs of senior citizens. Accordingly, its name was changed to the Mountain View Community Council. With a move into larger, permanent office space in 1974, the organization changed its name once again, this time to Mountain View Community Services, reflecting the increasing services provided, such as meals and counseling. CSA assumed its present name, Community Services Agency, in 1982, in recognition of a client base that extends through Los Altos to Los Altos Hills.

A growing repertoire of programs and services CSA’s first program in 1958 was a holiday gift distribution called Christmas Clearance. Later called Santa Claus Exchange, the program remains today an important element of CSA’s work, now the Holiday Sharing program. 1974 was a big year for the agency. Clothing distribution was added to a growing list of Emergency Assistance services. Also, the agency moved into larger facilities at 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View. Interior painting of the building was performed by clients and board members, while volunteers from the Mountain View Police Department handled the move from the old office space to the new.

s4HEFIRST"ROWNIEAND3COUTGROUPSFORMINORITYCHILdren, now integrated into the Girl Scouts. The agency has also sought and established partnerships with other nonprofit providers, to ensure their delivery to CSA’s clients. Examples: Women Infants and Children, Lawmobile, and Rotacare.

CSA Today Another milestone occurred in 1977, with the initiation of food service to the needy. CSA’s Emergency Assistance program added crisis intervention services in 1982 and the Community Kitchen (food distribution) and financial assistance services in 1983. The Senior Services program added transportation in 1983 and case management in 1984. In 1989, the agency launched a new Homeless Services program designed to lift the homeless up from their situation to rejoin society. The Alpha Omega Shelter was the first service offered, in cooperation with 17 local churches. CSA conducted a capital campaign and dramatically upgraded its facility in 1990. Among other features, the building had greater capacity for food service, then termed the Food Closet. The Homeless Services program stepped up in 1995 with the creation of Graduate House, a transitional housing facility managed by Project Match. CSA was a partner in this facility. In 1998, CSA fundamentally changed the nature of its Food and Nutrition program by creating the Food Pantry (grocery store for the needy) at the Stierlin Road facility and discontinuing its meals program. Another fundamental change occurred in 2006, when CSA discontinued the rotating homeless shelter in favor of enhanced case management services, pursuing the demonstrated “housing first” model for serving the homeless. The revised program is now called Alpha Omega Homeless Services. Programs Originated or Facilitated by Community Services Agency Throughout its history, CSA has been a source for new, innovative social services within the community. Many of these services are now administered by other agencies. A few examples: s4HEFIRSTDAYCARECENTERIN-OUNTAIN6IEW NOW7HISman Child Care Center. s-OUNTAIN6IEW#OMMUNITY(EALTH#ENTER NOWMANaged by a community group. s 4RANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR STUDENTS IN %NGLISH AS A Second Language (ESL) classes, now operated through Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education.

Mature at age fifty, CSA now follows a strategy of first contact for the community’s needy, providing fundamental services and referring clients to other agencies for additional services.

Caring for the homeless CSA’s Alpha Omega Homeless Services provides case management, direct assistance, and referral services (most importantly housing) to individuals and families. CSA partners with numerous other county service providers, assembling a comprehensive package of assistance to the local homeless population. Caring for the working poor and unemployed CSA’s Food and Nutrition Center supplements the nutrition requirements of needy families with fresh and staple groceries. Food items are contributed by community supermarkets and by nonprofit organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank and Hidden Villa. CSA’s Emergency Assistance program provides a much needed helping hand to those afflicted with shortterm severe needs. Assistance includes rent, utility payments, short-term shelter, medical purchases, and many services for children, especially related to school. Holiday Sharing, providing food to families and fun toys to kids, is a joyful program that draws together volunteers and clients from throughout the community.

Caring for the elderly Senior Services is the fastest-growing CSA program, reflecting the growth of the elderly population in our community. Case managers deliver in-home assessments, counseling, referrals, and educational seminars, designed to allow local seniors to remain safe and independent. Our Senior Nutrition Program at the Mountain View Senior Center serves subsidized hot lunches every weekday, countering the isolation and apathy that can afflict the elderly.

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Arrest warrant issued in foundation theft case By Kelsey Mesher


n arrest warrant was issued Dec. 24 for a former Silicon Valley Community Foundation employee suspected of stealing $100,000 from the organization, according to the Mountain View police department. Frances Louise Stewart, 52, was still being sought by the police on Dec. 29, as the Voice went to press. Police spokesperson Steve McCoy said he could not give out any more information until an arrest was made. On Monday the foundation announced that it had fired an employee on suspicion of theft. “Our finance department noticed a discrepancy, and they began trying to figure out what was going on,” said Rebecca Salner, vice president of marketing and communications for the nonprofit, located at 2440 West El Camino Real near Showers Drive in Mountain View. An internal investigation was launched, and on Dec. 9 the case was turned over to the Mountain View Police Department. Stewart worked in the foundation’s human resources department, Salner said. “The theft was identified by our finance department as a result of internal controls and we intend to pursue every possible remedy to ensure that restitution is made to the community foundation,” said CEO and President Emmett D. Carson in an e-mail. “The incident remains under investigation by external authorities and the community foundation is engaging a forensic accountant to provide further assistance as needed,” said a statement on the organization’s Web site. The statement emphasized that the money taken was from “flexible spending accounts” that are used for employee See THEFT, page 7

City staff members who retired at the end of December include, from left, Kathy Farrar, Karen Burnett, and Cathy Lazarus.



uman resources director Kathy Farrar started working for the city of Mountain View in 1971 as a ‘junior typist clerk.” She was only 20 years old. “Some people think I’m crazy to stay in one place for 38 years,” Farrar said. Farrar, who is retiring this month, is often pointed to as an example of how a person can move up in the ranks of the city’s government. Her “can do” attitude was noticed at the start, and she is remembered as someone who “never met a challenge she didnít like.” Among her jobs over the years in city hall, she has been the city’s legislative analyst and director of the city’s centralized document processing center. She has been the city’s human resources director for 15 years, which means she has seen through numer-

ous employee union contract negotiations. Being a department head was Farrar’s dream job, and now her departure is “an opportunity for somebody else,” she said. The longtime Mountain View resident says she will continue to work part time for the city, and will now spend her free time with her mother and her grandchildren.

LEADING THE LIBRARY INTO THE FUTURE The Mountain View library was taken into the 21st century under the watch of director Karen Burnett, who is retiring this month. “It’s just been the most fantastic job I’ve ever had,” Burnett said. She won the Helen Putnam award for creating the library’s after-school programs for teens. She worked with Google to fund and build the city’s high-tech bookmobile,

and made use of technology to automate book checkout and book returns, leaving staff more time to help library users. City manager Kevin Duggan noted Burnett’s efficient spending of city funds. “We are serving more customers and checking out more material than we ever have with fewer people and less public cost,” Duggan said. He added that that’s unusual because “library directors can be very much into their profession and not into efficiency and effectiveness.” Before coming to Mountain View, Burnett worked for the county library in Milpitas. Her first job was as a library page when she was in high school “I always knew I wanted to be a librarian,” Burnett said. “Itís the satisfaction you get when you have helped people help themSee PROFILES, page 14

Santa Clara County bus, light-rail cuts coming VTA PLANS CUTBACKS OF 8 TO 16 PERCENT DUE TO HUGE BUDGET GAP Bay City News


ajor cutbacks in bus and light-rail service will hit Santa Clara County transit riders in January, the Valley Transportation Authority announced Dec. 21. Starting Jan. 11, VTA will reduce service to help mitigate a projected $70 million budget deficit in the 2010-11 fiscal year. Weekday service will be cut

8 percent, Saturday service 10 percent, and Sunday service 16 percent. The deficit is the result of a continued loss of state transit funding and a decline in sales tax revenue, VTA spokeswoman Jennie Loft said. VTA bus lines that operated every 15 minutes will be cut to every 30 minutes or more. Line 76, which offers service between Los Gatos and Summit Road in

the Santa Cruz Mountains, will be entirely cut. The River Oaks Shuttle will be discontinued after July 9. “In general you’re going to find service reductions primarily in areas and commute times when there’s not a lot of ridership,” Loft said. “On weekends you’re going to find times in the morning and night when there’s not a high volume of ridership.” Loft said the service reductions

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ers to build a certain number of affordable homes in every housing development, or pay a fee to subsidize affordable housing elsewhere. Mozart, owner of housing developer Classic Communities, has sued the city of Palo Alto for a similar ordinance and is threatening to sue Sunnyvale as well. The legal question was first raised in the city of Patterson, where a developer sued in response to a significant increase in such fees. A state court ruled, in a decision an appellate court recently let stand, that the fees had to be calculated in a reasonable way, effectively throwing such fees into question in many California cities, said city attorney Michael Martello. Mozart’s lawyers argue in a letter to city officials that the city has not adequately demonstrated the reasoning for its fees, which makes the fees an illegal tax on development. Mozart’s Classic Communities is demanding “prompt refund and reimbursement� of an estimated $2 million fee for its recent Miramonte Avenue development next to St. Joseph’s Catholic school, which has 58 single-family homes now for sale. “They are not entitled to a refund,� Martello said. “They proposed meeting their affordable housing requirement by paying the fee. They did have a right to object to the fee before it was imposed and argue for no mitigation.� However, developers are likely to continue to play hardball as hous-

ing development resumes after the recession, and the city may have to make some changes. Classic Communities already has a proposal in the works for 96 homes on property it owns at Calderon and Evelyn Avenue. “The court decision says if you are going to charge a fee you have to arrive at what the fee is by a certain process, called the nexus study,� Martello said, adding that the city may now have to pay consultants to come up with these studies. After 10 years of existence, the city’s inclusionary zoning, or “below market rate� housing policy, happens to be due for a scheduled re-evaluation by the City Council, Martello said. Currently it requires developers to build one affordable home for every 10 built in a Mountain View development, or pay an in-lieu fee (3 percent of the actual sales price of each unit) to subsidize affordable housing elsewhere. In Mountain View most developers find it more worthwhile to pay the fees than build affordable units. Only eight “below market rate� units have actually been built since the policy’s inception in 1999, a cause of lament for some City Council members. Bubb elementary school teacher David Franklin was lucky enough to be chosen from a long list of interested buyers (teachers and lower income emergency responders get first pick) for three units on Evandale Avenue in 2007, and said it was “like winning the lottery.� Prices for such units have been in the $300,000 range, Martello said, while the same development’s other

units, indistinguishable from the affordable ones, usually go for $800,000 or more. City Council member Tom Means, an economics professor at San Jose State University, has long opposed inclusionary zoning. He and two colleagues published a 2007 study called “Below Market Housing Mandates as Takings,� which argues that cities with inclusionary zoning produce fewer homes at higher prices. Means said that in good times, homebuyers and landowners pay the costs of inclusionary zoning, and the developer is happy to go along with it. But with the recession putting the squeeze on the housing market, it appears that developers are looking for some relief, and perhaps the ability to sell their homes for less. Because the price of each affordable unit is fixed upon resale, there is little incentive to keep it maintained or to upgrade the affordable home as it gets older, Means said. There is also little to keep a buyer from renting the home at market rate for a tidy profit. It can “lead to all kinds of arbitrage that’s not useful,� Means said. There are proponents of the practice, however, including the majority of past City Councils, who argue that it is effective in subsidizing much needed affordable housing. Through the fees, the city has accumulated millions in a below-market-rate housing fund, part of which is going towards a 51-unit affordable housing development on Evelyn Avenue and Franklin Street. V

MV: Waiting List Open

Martello takes interim gig in Los Gatos By Daniel DeBolt


ountain View city attorney Michael Martello was all set to retire at the end of December, leaving public service behind him for good. But then the city of Los Gatos came knocking. Martello told the Voice he has agreed to take an interim “town attorney” job in Los Gatos, which is looking to replace outgoing attorney Orry Korb. After interviewing several other possible interim replacements, the Los Gatos Town Council decided Martello would be a good interim town attorney while they go through a “full-blown recruitment process.” Martello served as city attorney for 16 years in Mountain View and developed a reputation for aggressively fighting for the city’s interests and building a legal department

that city officials had faith in. He successfully fought several Davidand-Goliath legal battles, defending the city’s interests against the likes of Clear Channel and AT&T. “He’s one of the most respected city attorneys in the state,” said city manager Kevin Duggan. “He’s got an incredible amount of knowledge.” As much as Los Gatos might want him to stay on permanently, Martello said he made it clear that he is “very interested in retiring.” He and three other retiring Mountain View department heads are throwing a retirement party on Friday, Jan. 8. The following Monday, Martello begins transitioning into his new temporary role in Los Gatos, taking over for Korb, who is leaving after 14 years there. Los Gatos is a good city to work for, Martello said.


ountain View could be among three transportation hubs to test out a new bike share program this spring, thanks to a $500,000 grant the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority secured earlier this month. “It’s a conceptual project at this point,” said Jennie Loft, VTA spokesperson. “There aren’t a lot of details.” VTA officials estimated that there will be about 100 bikes available through the program to start. The VTA is conducting a feasibility study before a pilot program can be implemented in 2010. The VTA said in a statement that its initial findings are that more than half of those they surveyed would use a sharing program if it was made available. The basic idea for the project is to make bicycles accessible to anyone who wants to use them — without the hassle or worry of bike parking or theft. Bicycles would be made available at three VTA transit centers — Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose — with pods or bike sharing stations scattered within a


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out of school, and an emphasis on spending even more time with family, “(the holidays) can be very discouraging.” Support Network provides an outlet for women and children who may suffer from verbal, physical, emotional, psychological or other abuse. The organization strives to back up its name with action, offering a variety of services including a crisis hotline, counseling, therapy, legal advocacy and a physical shelter, all meant to offer support to women when they need it. “We believe that women know what they need to create a family,” Henderson said, adding that they do not intervene in homes or pretend to be “experts” in others’ lives. “We support her to create a plan for what she wants to do next.” Henderson said while some clients walk through Support Network’s office doors on Tasman Avenue, most pick up the phone and call the crisis hotline first. “That’s usually the first step, to

make that call,” she said. Once a staff member has a woman on the phone, he or she will determine what kind of support services the caller may need. “We’ve had women call when they’ve been barricaded in a room,” said Laura Chyou, director of development and communications. “If they’re in immediate danger, then we encourage them to call the police.” For women who suffer from emotional or psychological abuse, Henderson said, seeking help early is just as important. “That really damages a woman’s spirit; it can take a long time to heal,” she said, adding that it is often difficult to accept the behavior as abusive. “It’s hard to think that the person who’s supposed to take care of you, who’s supposed to love you the most in the world, could cause you so much pain.” “It’s hard to leave, and leaving is the most dangerous part for a woman,” she said. Henderson said the clients they see come from diverse backSee SUPPORT, page 9

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Man faces life sentence By Daniel DeBolt


Mountain View man has been arrested for allegedly trying to choke his girlfriend to death in November, and authorities now say he faces a life sentence if found guilty on several counts, including attempted murder. Police say Reginald Ellis, 22, choked his 26-year-old girlfriend as a fight between the couple escalated at about 11 p.m. Nov. 7 in their apartment on the 2200 block of Latham Street. A relative of the victim stepped in to break up the fight, and Ellis fled before police arrived. The victim had minor injuries — abrasions on her body and neck — and was treated at the scene by paramedics. MVPD crime prevention


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grounds, most from within Santa Clara County. “People think it’s a low-income problem, but it’s not,” she said. Since the economic downturn, Chyou said, more clients than ever are experiencing domestic violence. Financial pressures can change the home environment, for families of any socioeconomic background, she said. Almost all services provided by the organization are free, she said,

Officer Steve McCoy said Ellis “self surrendered” on Saturday, Dec. 19, after a phone conversation with police in which he arranged to have himself arrested on a street corner in East Palo Alto. Last week, district attorney’s office spokesperson Amy Cornell confirmed that Ellis faces life in prison with the possibility of parole for attempted murder and six other charges. In all, Ellis is charged with attempted murder; violation of a protective order resulting in physical injury; corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant; terrorist threats; domestic violence; brandishing a deadly weapon; and removing, damaging or obstructing use of a wireless telephone used to notify or summon law enforcement or other public safety agency. V

with the exception of therapy — though cost is never a determining factor in end. Last fiscal year, Support Network took just over 7,000 crisis calls, and assisted 1,185 clients. Some 220 families lived in its apartment-style shelter, which is almost always at full capacity. The organization works with other agencies when its shelter is full. “Nobody is ever turned away,” Chyou said. “We will find them a place.” Support Network’s 24-hour crisis line is 1-800-572-2782.

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PROP 8 From left to right, Outlet members Daniel Ortega, Miguel O., Program Coordinator Jun-Fung Chueh and Karlo Reyes protest the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. IN THE SCRUM



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UPROOTED Marlen Servilla holds her daughter at the Mountain View Child Development Center, a YMCA-run preschool that lost its lease at the end of June.




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the Stevens Creek trail at Central Avenue, built over several decades by local youth. City attorney Michael Martello took responsibility for the decision, and pointed to litigation against the city of San Jose for an accident that happened at a similar BMX-biking area at San Jose’s Calabazas Park. After a city staff report said it would cost $400,000 an acre and $70,000 a year to maintain a legally

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hock spread through Mountain View with the news of Rosemary Stasek’s death on Sept. 24. The former mayor had been working in Afghanistan to improve conditions for women before she experienced several heart attacks due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Mountain View services for Stasek were attended by 279 people. She was remembered as someone who stuck to her principles at any cost as a city council member, but was very likable and unusually “hip” for a suburban politician. She founded the nonprofit, “A little help,” so she could singlehandedly bring aid from the U.S. to hundreds of women in Afghanistan. She lived in Kabul for years despite being called the “foreign whore” on a regular basis. She worked as bartender at the U.S.

embassy, supported the famous Kabul beauty school, used a Kalashnikov rifle to collect a debt from a Taliban member and delighted in being the only woman in Kabul to drive a car, smiling and waving at other women. Stasek’s assistant wrote that, “I tell American people, if all of the women are like Rosemary, be proud. She was an example of love, kindness and hard work. We learned a lot from her.”



ASA Ames kicked off 2009 with the announcement of ambitious plans to restore Moffett Field’s iconic Hangar One, possibly to house a modern airship for the department of defense, which was also tested in an Ames flight simulator this year. But those plans were derailed when negotiations broke down between NASA and the Navy about how to pay for the hangar’s restoration. The White House Office of Management and Budget is helping to arbitrate a decision, which is still in the works. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo said in November that she stands ready to push a bill in Congress for additional funding that might be needed to pay for the restoration of Hangar One. In September, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus promised to wait for the OMB’s decision before removing the hangar’s toxic siding and leaving the hangar as a skeletal structure. With siding removal expected as early as April, preservationists are anxiously awaiting a decision from the OMB — and possibly Congress — that will save Hangar One.



ssues of trust and professional conduct came into question when Maurice Ghysels, superintendent for the Mountain View Whisman School District, revealed in October his relationship with Landels Principal Carmen Mizell. At the time both were married and in the process of divorce. Ghysels and Mizell both notified the district board in the summer of their relationship. The board said it had no policy regarding the matter, and after consulting a lawyer changed Mizell’s supervisor to Assistant Superintendent Mary Lairon to avoid a conflict of interest. Only two weeks after the relationship came under public scrutiny, Ghysels announced to the board that he would be looking for work outside the district in the coming months. Craig Goldman, district CFO, was designated as the board’s choice for superintendent, though no contracts or separation agreements have been drawn up yet. Teachers eventually criticized the entire episode, saying Ghysels was guilty of a breach in professional conduct. They questioned the board’s swift appointment of Goldman without conducting an outside search or taking input from staff and community members.



firestorm of parent complaints ignited another school district personnel issue earlier in the year. Patty Polifrone, a fourth-grade teacher at Huff Elementary, was accused of yelling and ridiculing her students. At a school board meeting in March, parents asked trustees to fire Polifrone. Though much of the teacher’s case was discussed in private — officials noted that personnel matters are confidential — she was replaced as the classroom teacher by Barbara Bernie for the latter part of the school year. Though Polifrone was ultimately reassigned for the 2009-2010 school year to Graham Middle School, she resigned from the district effective Sept. 1. Officials confirmed her departure, saying she might have been thinking of moving out of the area. Unconfirmed reports said Polifrone had found another teaching position in a South Bay school district.


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t looks as if the City Council will have a hot potato on its hands when members must decide later this year whether to bend the zoning rules to permit development of a 214-unit rental apartment complex on the Minton’s Lumber and Supply site. Already, the Prometheus Real Estate Group has taken the unusual step of hiring professionals to gather signatures of people who support their Evelyn Avenue project, countering opponents who had unleashed their own petition drive, claiming that parking from the project will clog the streets in their beloved Old Mountain View neighborhood. Oddly, neither petition will carry any official weight with the council, although each side apparently will be allowed to show their work during the council’s decision process. At the heart of the decision is whether the city Planning Department was correct in reducing the project’s parking requirement from 2.3 to 1.5 spaces per unit, due to its proximity to mass transit. Prometheus argues that recent state legislation promoting such “transit-oriented development” encourages its high-density project at 61 units per acre. Without the relaxed parking requirements, the all-rental project would not be feasible, Prometheus says. The neighbors strongly disagree, and in their petition say parking is already bad and that tenants who are not guaranteed space in an underground garage will spill over into their neighborhood streets. Instead of rentals, some Old Mountain View residents say they would prefer to see Prometheus build a mix of town homes and single-family homes along with the apartments on the site. Other than the easing of parking requirements, the project needs approval to exceed density limits set by the precise plan on Evelyn, from 25 to 61 units per acre. But the city has never been reluctant to push the density envelope when it is appropriate, as it did for the 10-story Avalon Towers on El Camino Real and the five-story Park Place development on High School Way. The Prometheus project’s Villa Street neighbors will look out on two-story units, while the taller, four-story buildings will face the Evelyn Avenue side, facing Central Expressway and the Caltrain tracks. More details about the project and about neighborhood concerns are sure to come out as the day of reckoning approaches. There is merit in each side’s arguments, but we see nothing that could not be resolved if both parties made a solid effort to do so. One possibility: The developer could find a way to provide a few more parking spaces, either on the site or at a nearby location. And, the city could help by restricting parking on some neighborhood streets to residents only. This type of solution has proven successful in other communities. Over the years, Mountain View has earned high marks for its multi-modal transit hub on Evelyn. A dense housing development within walking distance of rail, light-rail and bus service is the dream of planning directors up and down the Peninsula. This one should not be scuttled due to a neighborhood parking skirmish that doesn’t seem that serious.




HOMELESS PROGRAM NEEDS MORE SUPPORTERS Editor: The letter from Ronald Jones (Dec. 18), a former police chief of Los Altos, brought back memories of his support for the program for selected single homeless people that was a joint effort between Community Services Agency (CSA) and an ecumenical group of churches, and which operated for several years. Chief Jones’ support for the concept of a shelter that would rotate around different churches for 28 days at a time was reassuring for congregations that were hesitant about inviting “those people” into their neighborhoods. The chief’s support went even further. When the program was established, first in Los Altos, he brought a team of officers to the current shelter once a month, to barbecue for the evening meal.

An action that spoke louder than words. The chief is right in saying that we still have a homeless problem in Mountain View, made more urgent and complex because of the current economic situation. So what can be done? First, no single person, no matter how well intentioned, can be effective alone. CSA has an existing structure in place on which to build. An increased number of supporters from across the general community and some more churches is needed. They would add new ideas and bring new energy. Direct input from homeless people themselves is essential, as is support from city hall. An enlightened philanthropist or two wouldn’t go amiss either. The old adage still applies: “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Ruth Polata Former co-ordinator, Churches Committee on Homelessness Mountain View



ON THE RESIGNATION OF PASTOR PAUL SHEPPARD FROM ABUNDANT LIFE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH This megachurch, other megachurches, and religionist hypocrites in general have a solid, longstanding, and deserved reputation of hostility and intolerance toward others, individual posters to one small comments forum on one article notwithstanding. I apply the same standard to everyone: I expect people to practice what they preach, or in other words, to apply to themselves the same standards they set for others. I do not apologize for calling out

hypocrisy where it’s deserved, and never have I seen it more deserved than what I’m seeing here. Spatula, a resident of another community Is Pastor Paul a hypocrite? Yes. But he’s a hypocrite who has recognized his failing, admitted it to others, is taking responsibility for it and is experiencing the consequences. In that way, I find him to be displaying more integrity than many of us. Who among us hasn’t said one thing and done another - foolishly, impulsively, arrogantly or fearfully - and then tried to excuse it or cover it up? Cathy, a resident of another community



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station constructed in Mountain View. The decision set the stage for a competition with Palo Alto and Redwood City for a mid-peninsula stop on the line planned from San Diego to San Francisco. In several workshops and hearings, Mountain View residents grappled with the technical reality of adding two additional tracks up the Caltrain corridor for the high-speed trains, and the pos-

sible effects that grade-separated crossings would have on Castro Street and Rengstorff Boulevard. As a City Council subcommittee on high-speed rail was created in October, some council members lamented that Mountain View was not being as involved as other cities in discussions about the impact of high-speed rail.



s the California state budget deficit reached some $21 billion, local schools felt the repercussions. Last February

cuts by the state Legislature translated into a $2 million slash to the Mountain View Los Altos School District’s budget. A hefty $1.2 million of that was taken from the Adult School, because most of its funding is provided by the state — the local high schools are funded primarily through property taxes. The Mountain View Whisman School District saw a cut of $250 per student in the 20092010 school year, totaling around $1.1 million. Though the district has healthy reserves, officials are expecting greater cuts next year. The slashes have been complicated

by a switch in the district’s funding structure from a “revenue limit� district, where funding is based on student enrollment, to “basic aid,� where regardless of the number of students, funding is based on property taxes and some (shrinking) supplemental funding from the state. The Foothill-De Anza Community College district also reported financial hardship in the face of growing demand. Foothill College has cut from its programming and expects to make deeper cuts in the coming year — including layoffs for tenured faculty.




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selves.� Burnett said she plans to work part time for the city for two to three months until a new director is found. She plans to spend more time gardening, mastering her drum set and being with her grand kids.

A LEADER OF UNSUNG HEROES Retiring public works director Cathy Lazarus has been running the most complex department in the city for 11 years, the one where employees endlessly repair roads, sewers and city buildings, and build all kinds of public infrastructure in the city. Lazarus, 58, has directed the development of numerous important capital projects, including several Stevens Creek trail exten-




ising No Child Left Behind standards caught up with local schools this year. Despite standardized test score gains in most subgroups, the Mountain View Whisman District itself and two of its individual school sites — Monta Loma and Theuerkauf elemen-





tary schools — entered their first year of Program Improvement (PI) under the federal plan. In a school or district’s first year under PI, parents must be notified and are given the option to transfer their student to another school in the district. The district saw no exodus from either elementary school site, and administrators said they would continue business as usual. The district saw its Academic Performance Index scores — those given by the state, based on a scale of 200-1,000 — rise in every school but Huff, which is the highest-scoring school in the district with an API of 918. Though English language learners and Hispanic students district-wide saw gains in the subgroups’ API scores, they still fell about 200 points below the API score for Caucasian students in the district, suggesting that a significant achievement gap persists. V

sions. But her proudest accomplishment was the construction of new personnel facilities at the municipal yard on Whisman Road, a project fairly invisible to the public, but that improved “terrible� working conditions for those employees, Lazarus said. Lazarus, who has a master’s degree in planning from Harvard, was initially hired away from the county, where she filled several roles, including county deputy parks director. At one point, she was executive officer of LAFCO, the agency responsible for the creation of new jurisdictions and property annexation in the county. Lazarus started in Mountain View as head of public services operations in 1995, a now-defunct department that was combined with public works. She took on the new department in 1998, and was able to develop high morale among employees despite her additional responsibilities, said city manager Kevin Duggan. Perhaps her trickiest ongoing responsibility is the continued maintenance and regulatory compliance of the city’s landfills in and around Shoreline Park, “which is very difficult to do these days,� Duggan said. Lazarus said that what she has liked most about Mountain View is how supportive the community is of public works projects, such as the water reservoir under the sports field at Graham middle school. Other cities are more “penny wise and pound foolish� about investing tax dollars in their infrastructure, she said. V

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(Guild) The Madrid-set tale begins in 2008, then bounces back and forth from the early 1990s. The constant is the protagonist, Harry Caine (Lluis Homar), a blind screenwriter still troubled by the events that led to his blindness and, with it, the abandonment of his film-directing career. The blindness is, of course, also symbolic of the insecurity of “Harry” — real name Mateo — in dealing with his reality and his art. Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material. Two hours, eight minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009)

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(Aquarius) The heroine of “An Education” sizes up life as a female in 1961 London. To 16-year-old Jenny, her choice is strictly binary: the straight edges of square, bourgeois, mundane suburban life versus cultured high society. Rejecting the childcare-anddishwashing paradigm of her mother and the lonely bachelorette life of her mousy English teacher, Jenny romanticizes the French, sneaks smokes and succumbs to the charms of a man nearly twice her age. When thirtysomething David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard) offers Jenny (Carey Mulligan) and her cello a ride in his Bristol, the girl discovers a witty and urbane alternative to her unexciting but age-appropriate boyfriend Graham (Matthew Beard), not to mention evenings spent studying Latin to achieve an all-butforegone conclusion of studying English at Oxford. Director Lone Scherfig feasts on the dramatic irony borne of the audience’s knowledge of what’s around the corner: swingin’ ‘60s London and emboldened feminism. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking. One hour, 40 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009)


(Aquarius) Little actually happens in “A Single Man,” Tom Ford’s debut film about a gay British expatriate living in Santa Monica in 1962. And yet everything happens in one day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth): grief, love, remembrance, work, fear

... Jim (Matthew Goode), George’s longtime lover, has been killed in an accident, and George sees little reason to continue living. But he goes through the motions, teaching at the college where he works, visiting his best friend, Charley (Julianne Moore), letting himself be pursued by a student who wants to confide in him, and perhaps more. Ford’s script, from a novel by Christopher Isherwood, captures not only the pain, both hidden and overt, of one gay man, but also some of the repressive spirit of the time just before the sexual revolution changed everything.Rated R for nudity, some disturbing images and sexual content. One hour, 39 minutes. — R.P. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009)


(Century 16, Century 20) James Cameron’s plot focuses on Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a disabled ex-Marine lying in a VA hospital. He’s tapped to replace his late twin brother in a multinational corporation’s avatar program, which mixes human DNA with that of the native Na’vi population living on Pandora, the company’s mining colony. The “dumb grunt,” who has no avatar training, must quickly learn how to manage his remotely controlled, 10-foot-tall body in the most hostile environment known to man. The payoff? The jarhead gets his legs back. Things get more complicated when the avatar team headed by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) realizes that science and peaceful diplomacy are only part of its mission. Rated: PG-13 for intense epic

(Century 16, Century 20) Jane (Meryl Streep), a restaurateur; Jake (Alec Baldwin), her ex, a lawyer; and Adam (Steve Martin), an architect, all have histories: families, relationships. Jane and Jake are divorced after a 19-year marriage and three grown kids. Jake is now married to Agness (Lake Bell), a ferociously beautiful, much younger woman with a bratty 5-year-old. The main action has to do with Jake’s attempt to win Jane back — or not. Meanwhile, she’s beginning to have feelings for Adam, who is designing an addition to her house. Despite the film’s glossy, money-is-noobject veneer, its characters have the feel of real people. Rated R for sexuality and some drug content. One hour, 58 minutes. — R.P. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009)


Based on Robert Kaplow’s novel, “Me and Orson Welles” transports the audience to 1937 New York, where the larger-thanlife director is staging his adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Ostensibly the story belongs to the “Me” in the title: a 17-year-old aspiring Bohemian named Richard Samuels (Zac Efron). In a moment of whimsy, Welles hires Richard off the street to play the small part of Lucius, and thus begins a whirlwind week in which the teen will live and learn from a legend while experiencing the first blush of love. Though he’s sarcastically warned, “You’re not getting anything but the opportunity to be sprayed by Orson’s spit,” Richard has a ringside seat to history and a chance to discover himself in the process. Linklater’s delightful celebration of the arts turns out to be one of the season’s most surprising gifts. Rated PG-13 for sexual references and smoking. One hour, 54 minutes. —P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009)


(Century 20) Daniel Day-Lewis does his charming best to carry this misogynist tale, based on Fellini’s classic “81/2,” as famous — and infamous — film director Guido Contini who has a disabling case of writer’s block. His new film “Italia” will star Italian bombshell Claudia (Nicole Kidman), but it’s anyone’s guess over the advent of a script, a story or a start date. While juggling the cosmic complexities of cinema verite, Guido semi-balances a hefty love life that includes ex-leading lady and current wife Luisa (Marion Cotillard), neurotic mistress Carla (Penelope Cruz) and the aforementioned starlet with whom Guido has had relations. Add the sultry ghost of his beloved mother (Sophia Loren), a kittenish Vogue reporter (Kate Hudson) and voice-of-reason costume designer Lilli (Judi Dench) and you’ve got yourself one exacting harem. Rated PG-13

8FFLFOE for some sexuality and adult themes. 1 hour, 58 minutes. — J.A. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009)



( Century 16, Century 20) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth gets a cinematic adrenaline shot for this wildly entertaining and action-packed mystery. Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is the private investigator du jour in turn-of-the-century England. The often eccentric but always brilliant Holmes works alongside his colleague Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) to solve unsolvable crimes. Convicted killer Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) seems to have cheated death through the use of dark magic, and his unexplainable powers have forced the populace into a frenzied panic. Blackwood isn’t Holmes’ only concern. Holmes’ old flame and former adversary Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) resurfaces with a request to find a missing man. As Holmes desperately tries to stave off his feelings for Adler, he begins to realize the two cases are linked. Furthermore, Watson’s forthcoming nuptials may spell the end of his partnership with Holmes. And a mysterious, manipulative professor lurks in the shadows. Rated PG-13 for violence and action, startling images and a scene of suggestive material. 2 hours, 14 minutes. T.H. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009)


(Century 20) George Clooney is professional downsizer Ryan Bingham, a certified “transition specialist� with an arsenal of pretty platitudes at his disposal for doing a company’s dirty work and salving the wounds of unemployment. Ryan meets his match in Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga), a sexy mileage junkie equally as turned on by elite status and sleekly wheeled luggage. Theirs is a match made in heaven — and hour-long intervals in Omaha, Modesto and Wichita. Ryan’s carefully crafted cocoon threatens to rupture when savvy supervisor Craig Gregory (Jason Bateman) hires wet-behind-the-ears consultant Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) to eviscerate 85 percent of the travel budget and take the company “glocal� — globalturning-local to you and me. Ryan and Natalie set off for Detroit and a series of test firings to prove their points. His that the proper sack requires face-to-face commitment; hers that a disembodied computer presence combined with a good T1 line is just as effective. Let the games begin! Rated R for language and sexual content. 1 hour, 49 minutes. — J.A. (Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009)

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(CineArts) Britain’s Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) was a charmer who defied her powerful mother (Miranda Richardson), her mother’s advisor, Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong), and much of the rest of the royal establishment, choosing her own path on becoming queen at age 18 in 1837. The film centers on the courtship of Victoria and her cousin Prince Albert (Rupert Friend), son of Belgium’s King Leopold. Albert is encouraged to woo and marry the princess, and he’s coached on what to say to her. But despite the manipulation, the two begin to see each other’s virtues, and Albert becomes Victoria’s husband and the love of her life. Rated PG for a scene of violence, mild sensuality, smoking and brief language. One hour, 44 minutes. — R.P. (Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009)

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CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Anger management with adolescents Through real life examples, learn how to teach volatile adolescents to manage anger at home, at school and in the community. A Children’s Health Council Parent Ed. Class. Wed., Jan. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. No fee (pre-registration required). Children’s Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-688-3669. Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children Learn the differences between subtypes of autism spectrum disorders, and other commonly confused diagnoses. Distinguish between autism spectrum disorders and speech/ language impairments. Learn different treatment strategies and talk about how to make decisions about what therapies are indicated. Mon., Jan. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. No fee (pre-registration is required). Children’s Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-617-3806. Pacific Art League Winter classes Register now for Winter term classes and workshops at the Pacific Art League. From painting to printmaking, sculpture to jewelry making, we have over 75 offerings for adults and kids. Classes run Jan. 4 - March 28. Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

CLUBS/MEETINGS Leads Club meeting The Leads Club, a networking organization that aims to help professionals build formal relationships with each other, meets Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45 a.m. $5. St Timothy’s Guild Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 650-428-0950. Palo Alto Scrabble Club Every Monday approximately 25 people get together to play Scrabble at Boston Market in Palo Alto. All equipment provided. 6-10 p.m. Free. Boston Market, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Spanish Immersion Parent Information Meeting The information meeting for Palo Alto’s Spanish Immersion Program will be held on Thu., Jan. 14. The SI Program is open to all families eligible for enrollment in the Palo Alto Unified School District. 7-8:15 p.m. Free. Escondido Elementary School, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford. Call 650-856-1337.

CONCERTS Fortnightly Music Club Concert Fortnightly Music Club Concert. Piano, Vocal, and chamber music works by Brahms, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Gounod, and Stravinsky. Sunday, Jan. 10. 8 p.m. free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. www.

DANCE Ballroom Dancing West Coast Swing will be taught Fri., Jan. 1, 8 p.m. Lessons for beginning and intermediate levels, no experience and no partner necessary. General dance party 9 p.m.midnight. Singles and couples welcome. Free refreshments. Dressy casual attire. 8 p.m.-midnight. $8. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-8569930. English Country Dancing Peninsula English Country Dance welcomes all, from beginners to experienced dancers. Live music, no partner needed, all dances taught. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Dance meets first, third, fifth Wednesdays through June 2010. 8-10 p.m. $15 supporters, $9 non-members, $7 members, $5 students or pay what you can. Flex-It Studio, 425 Evelyn Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-493-6012.

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■ HIGHLIGHT SAUL KAYE Singer-songwriter Saul Kaye plays “Jewish blues.” Kaye’s music is soulful and fun with deep grooves reminiscent of Dave Matthews and Sting, event organizers said. Thu., Jan. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10 OFJCC members & students, $15 non-members. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

each month. Jan. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mountain View Library Community Room, 585 Franklin St., 585 Franklin St. Mountain View. Call 650-9693720.

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EXHIBITS “Water, Light and Textures” This exhibit showcases images from John Harrison’s trip to Yosemite including his “Nature’s Firefalls”, an image of a waterfall lit up like lava. “Water, Light and Textures” images are show the different ways that light, water and rock textures in nature come together. Through Jan. 11, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Mike’s Cafe, 2680 Middlefield Road (Midtown), Palo Alto. Call 408-368-1565. Frank Lobdell Figure Drawings Nov. 11, 2009 - Feb. 21, 2010. This exhibition features about 60 figure drawings Frank Lobdell completed throughout his career as he developed his signature vocabulary of abstract expressionism. The drawings in ink, pencil, crayon and wash date from the 1960s and 1970s. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-724-3600. news_room/LobdellFigureDrawings.html Keeble & Shuchat Photography Buscando La Luz (Searching for Light)is the title of Robertino R. Ragazza” Silver Gelatin prints now showing in The Gallery. Through Jan. 12, 9 a.m.5:30 p.m. Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 290 California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-327-8996. Longing for Sea Change This series of video installations by contemporary artists living and working in Africa and the diaspora addresses broad human issues of humanity in moments of upheaval, fragmentation and transition. (Museum open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.) Through June 26, 2011, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 650- 724-3600. news_room/sea_change.html Stanford Art Spaces Stanford University Art exhibit: mixed media by Mark Engel, photomontages by Michael Golden, paintings by Anthony Ventura at the Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) Art Spaces. Through Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art Spaces, 420 Via Palou, Stanford. Call 650-725-3622.

FAMILY AND KIDS Kids Story Hour First and third Wednesday of every month on the first floor. One hour of picture-book reading and songs. 10-11 a.m. Free. RedrockCoffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

FILM Talk Cinema Palo Alto Subscription 14-part series meets Saturday mornings September 2009- April 2010, offering sneak peeks of new movies. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $129 series/ $20 general admission. The Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Call 800-551-9221.

HEALTH CPR and First Aid Classes Every Tuesday and Thursday nights, CPR and first-aid classes. CPR basic/health care professional/renewal and basic first-aid class, adult care and child care classes every Saturday by All Care Plus. Please call and preregister. Can be taken separately or in combination. Caregiver support workshops also available. 5-9:30 p.m. $75. 862 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-424-0204. www. Free Greeting Cards for Blood Donors Donate blood during the critical holiday period at any of Stanford Blood Center’s three locations and receive a free pack of five greeting cards designed by recipients of blood products. These cards, which come with envelopes, are available from Monday, from Dec. 14 through Sat., Jan. 9. 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center. Call 650-723-7265.


Ceramic Sculptures by Pancho Jimenez: Works on exhibit will include a combination of free-standing, small tabletop and wall-mounted sculptures. Jimenez teaches art at Santa Clara University and West Valley College. Through Jan. 24, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Call 650-917-6800. LIVE MUSIC Breathe California Better Breathers Club Breathe California hosts the Better Breathers Club meetings as a resource and support group for people suffering from lung disease and their family members. Featuring: “Exercise and the Older Adult” Leslie Meyers, Fitness Manager, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Mon., Jan. 11, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Avenidas Senior Center, 450 Bryant Ave., Palo Alto. Call 408998-5865. New Esterh·zy Quartet - Haydn Cycle Grand Finale In this concert, San Francisco’s New Esterh·zy Quartet conclude their historic project of performing the complete cycle of Haydn’s 68 string quartets on period instruments before embarking on their new series, “Dedicated to Haydn.” Sun., Jan. 3, 4-6 p.m. $25 gen./$20 discount (senior, disabled, SFEMS members) / $10 student. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverly St., Palo Alto. Peruvian Night DJ MGD spins Latin American songs every first and third Saturday of the month. Free. St. Stephen’s Green, 223 Castro St., Mountain View. index.html Second Tuesday Open Mic Night Bands welcome, house PA. Improv, comedy and the spoken word. Call to reserve a space. The series will continue on the second Tuesday of every month, starting Jan. 12 after a December hiatus. 6-9 p.m. Free. Jungle Copy, 542 High St., Palo Alto. Call 650-641-8947. SFCO Home Series Concert: Double Trouble A program of concerti for two instruments, including a pair of debut artists and a world premiere, plus a double-digit Haydn symphony. Fri., Jan. 1, 3-5 p.m. Free. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Call 415-248-1640. http://

OUTDOORS Arastradero Creek Hike Naturalist-led hike through the different habitats of Pearson Arastradero Preserve. Bring snacks and water for this 3.5 mile hike. Meet in the parking lot. Ages 9 and up. Heavy rain cancels. Sat., Jan. 9, 9:3011:30 a.m. Free. Pearson Arastradero Preserve, 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-3292506. Twilight Hike Explore Pearson Arastradero Preserve on a leisurely ranger-led hike as the day ends for some and the night begins for others.

Jan. 9, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Pearson Arastradero Preserve, 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-329-2423.

SPECIAL EVENTS Get in the Habit II Team in Training will provide information about opportunities to get fit while fundraising for blood-cancer research. Tai Kwan Do demo, free BP and hemoglobin testing, massage, bike safety, and prize drawings for an annual membership to YMCA, free food and more. Thu., Jan. 7, noon-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-723-7265. Living LEGO-cy: Legendary LEGO &Terrific Trains The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), The Bay Area LEGOÆ User Group (BayLUG) and Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) are again combining forces this winter to repeat last year’s holiday display at MOAH. Through Jan. 17, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2 per person, free for members. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650321-1004.

SPORTS PARC Tuesday Night Interval Training A group of 20-40 PARC runners meet at the Stanford track for interval training. Runners of all abilities are welcome. Participants are encouraged to show up earlier for warm up. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Angell Field track, Galvez St at Campus Dr, Stanford. tuesday.htm PARC Wednesday Night Run Every Wednesday, PARC holds a casual run of about 5 miles (sometimes a bit longer) starting at the Lucie Stern Community Center. The route is rotated among several favorites. 6-7:15 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, Middlefield & Melville Roads, Palo Alto. www.parunclub. com/wednesday.htm PARC’s Monday Night Run Every Monday, a run of about 5-6 miles leaves from the Stanford Track parking lot, near the corner of Campus Drive East and Galvez, on the Stanford University campus. Free. Team In Training: Information Meeting As a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, receive professional coaching and train with like-minded people to walk or run a full or half marathon, cycle a 100mile century bike ride, complete a triathlon or perform an endurance hike while supporting the fight against blood cancers. Thu., Jan. 7, 6:30-

Author Jonah Lehrer, ‘How We Decide’ Science writer Jonah Lehrer talks about the latest brain research on how the brain makes decisions. Tue., Jan. 5, 7-9 p.m. $10 OFJCC members & students, $15 non-members. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Bagels, Lox and Learning Edie Gelles will talk about her recently published double biography: “Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage.” Using Powerpoint images, she will illustrate the lives of these founders as well as the historical events that disrupted their expectations for a comfortable and conventional family life. Sun., Jan. 10, $5 suggested donation. Kehillah Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-6400. Gene Baur (President & Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary) (Part of Ethics of Food & the Environment series) Gene Baur provides firsthand accounts of conditions on today’s farms, outlines efforts to combat the current inhumane system, and puts forward a vision for a healthier and more sustainable food system. Thu., Jan. 7, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Free. Stanford Campus, Bldg 260, Rm 113, Stanford (corner of Lasuen Mall and Escondido Mall), Stanford. Call 650-7230997. Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, discusses his latest book, “Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence” (National Geographic Books). The talk will be held Jan. 12, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is $11, $12 for non-members Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-969-7215. http://tian. The History of the Stanford Museum Betsy Fryberger, Emerita Curator of the Cantor Arts Center at the Stanford University, will talk about the history of the museum. Thu., Jan. 7, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford. Call 650-725-3332. programs.shtml Waverley Writers Poetry Open Mic Poetry to be spoken and heard aloud. Every First Friday except for July and August. 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Waverley Writers, 957 Colorado (near Greer), Palo Alto.

TEEN ACTIVITIES Teen Open Gym Teen Open Gyms are open every Saturday night for various sports. Middle School and High School students only; bring your student ID. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Whisman Sports Center, 1500 Middlefield Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6410. programs_and_services/teen_services.asp The House The House is open to middleschool students to come hang out with their friends in a safe, fun environment. This free drop-in program is supervised by trained recreation leaders and offers a social atmosphere that includes homework help, billiards, arts and crafts, foosball, video games and more. 5-8 p.m. Free. The House, 298 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6410.

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Mommy and me music class 0- 4 years old. Free demo class (650)-561-3712

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) Adult German Classes Adult Japanese Classes

Donate Vehicle Receive $1000 Grocery Coupons, Your Choice. Noah's Arc, No Kill Animal Shelters. Advanced Veterinary Treatments. Free Towing, IRS Tax Deduction. NonRunners. 1-866-912-GIVE. (Cal-SCAN)

Piano Accordion Chorus Orchestra 650-722-0155 Piano Lessons Taught in your home. Member MTAC & NGPT. Specializing in beginners. All levels welcome. Karen, (650)233-9689

Chinese-Immersion Program

Piano Lessons All Levels American or European methods. Grad. Cons. of Swiss & MTAC. 650-906-3148 or 650-365-8808

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)

Vln/Vla/Clar/Sax lessons at home

Arabic Classes for Adults/Kids

Creativity & Finance Daytime Spanish Adult Classes Electric Bikes information Electric vehicle Engineering Free Reiki Open House French/English tutor Now Forming Italian Classes Painters sending THANKS Peninsula Women’s Chorus Auditions

Donate Your Car DONATE YOUR CAR: Fund! Help Save A Child's Life Through Research & Support! Free Vacation Package. Fast, Easy & Tax Deductible. Call 1-800-252-0615. (Cal-SCAN)

203 Bicycles SCHWINN CRISSCROSS - Hybrid - $275

210 Garage/Estate Sales E. Palo Alto, 279 Daphne Wy, Jan. 2nd & 3rd, 8-4 Estate Sale. . . Everything goes; living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and garage contents.

135 Group Activities

Menlo Park, 2650 Sand Hill Rd., Jan. 9, 12-3


215 Collectibles & Antiques

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER Issues with food? Men ! Sing 4 Part a capella NATURE/OUTDOORS Events Calendar

Harps for rent

MERCEDES BENZ 1980 450 SL - $6100

202 Vehicles Wanted

GAIN NATIONAL EXPOSURE Reach over 5 million young, active, educated readers for only $995 by advertising in 110 weekly newspapers like this one. Call Jason at 202-289-8484. (AAN CAN)

Adult French Classes

Lexus 2005 ES 330 - $17,495 Mercedes Benz 1992 500SL Roadster Convertible - $11500

115 Announcements

PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6293 (AAN CAN)

jeep 1986 grand waggoneer - $4600.00

Singles Wine Tasting Dance Party Square Dance Lessons

The Complete Recordings of T & B - $200

collectable and rare 45 records - $2 david winter cottage - $150

Found cell phone ear device

lithographs by Larry Elmore num - $25

Found Gray & White Cat

Muddy Waters "The Chess Box" - $20

Wed. Morning Women’s Meditation

Lost dog - Bichon Lost since early Tuesday 12/22 Neutered Male, about 20 lbs, shaggy curly white hair. took off from Redwood City near Marsh Road, might be trying to find his way home to Emerald Hills Area Call 650-867-2987 or (650) 759-7587

Quality Fine Art

GERMAN Language Class Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940 Language Classes for Adults/Kids

133 Music Lessons A Piano Teacher Children & Adults Ema Currier (650)493-4797

Sapphire & Diamond ring Found at Windy Hill open space preserve on January 30, 2009. 650-691-1200 Warm glove lost

145 Non-Profits Needs Knitters Wanted

150 Volunteers ART Dialogues Docents volunteers Couples Make Great Mentors!

Garage Sale Items - $5 Home Staging Contracts - $8.00 Lopi fireplace insert - $1200.00 Mixed Firewood 650-215-0617 - $150 NEW! BMW 335i Cabrio Toy Car - $600 The Winged and Garlanded Nike - $22

250 Musical Instruments World Guitar Show Buy, Sell, Trade. Marin Civic/San Rafael, January 9-10, OC Fair/Event/Costa Mesa, January 16-17. Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 10-4. Clip this ad! (Cal-SCAN) Epiphone SG Guitar, Rogue Bass - $225 Kawaii RX-6 grand piano - $18,000.00

260 Sports & Exercise Equipment HealthTrainer Elliptical - $100 Sleds, Scooters, and Boogy Brds. under $10

Great gift for music lovers! - $21.50

Christmas Music (lps, tapes, cds - $2


Lost/Gray Male Tabby Cat

Become A Home Stager

270 Tickets

140 Lost & Found

Lost Tortoiseshell Cat

Congo African Grey Babies Avail

cd Recordings of T & B - $200

The M.L.K. Birthday Celebration

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Fast, Affordable & Accredited FREE Brochure. Call NOW! 1-800-532-6546 Ext. 97 (AAN CAN)

DISH TV with FREE Installation - $19.99 mo. HBO & Showtime FREE - Over 50 HD Channels FREE! Lowest Prices - No Equipment to Buy! Call for Details 1-877887-6145. (Cal-SCAN)

Canned Heat 1968 Bill Graham Con - $100

Russian Classes for Adults

130 Classes & Instruction

245 Miscellaneous

Impressionist Art.

Zippo special edition lighter - $25

220 Computers/ Electronics Get Dish -FREE Installation-$19.99/mo. HBO & Showtime FREE-Over 50 HD Channels FREE Lowest Prices-No Equipment to Buy! Call Now for full Details- 877-887-6144 (AAN CAN) Get Dish -FREE Installation-$19.99/mo. HBO & Showtime FREE-Over 50 HD Channels FREE Lowest Prices-No Equipment to Buy! Call Now for full Details 1-800-943-0685 (AAN CAN) Dell Laptop - $350 O.B.O HDMI CABLE PREMIUM GOLD - $18.00

230 Freebies FREE Firewood & Mulch - FREE

Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered Little Ages home childcare An Ideal Daycare Enrolling An Ideal Daycare Enrolling Now Child Care opening in San Carlos Child loving Babysitter European nanny for hire ASAP Evening and Weekend Nanny EXCELLENT BABYSITTER AVAILABLE! Great, FUN, Loving NANNY Holiday Nanny/Sitter Looking for a great daycare? Need a date night or a get away? Perfect Daycare Enrolling Perfect Daycare Enrolling Now

Barton-Holding Music Studio Vocal instruction, all levels. Also “singing for the non-singer” class starts Jan. 6. 650/965-0139

Friendly Visitors Needed

Antique dolls

help feed homeless cats

FUN Piano Voice Violin Guitar

NASA cats need fosterers

240 Furnishings/ Household items

Top Nanny for Hire Avail. Mon., Wed., Fri. All ages, TrustLine, CPR cert., top refs. 650/233-9778

Guitar and Bass Lessons All styles, ages, skill levels 25+ years exp. 408/260-1131

Project LOOK! volunteers needed!

Guitar Lessons 650-224-3550 Your home, fun, professional $55 Hope Street Studios In Downtown Mountain View Most Instruments, Voice All Ages, All Levels (650) 961-2192 Jazz & Pop Piano Lessons Learn how to build chords and improvise. Bill Susman, M.A., Stanford. (650)906-7529 McCool Piano Studio 566-9391MP Specialize in Intermediate level+

Stanford Cats Need Foster Homes

155 Pets Dog Training Classes

For Sale 201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts BMW Sales/Consignment Any Any - 100 Honda 1993 Del Sol S - $6,800

Box Cupboard - $10 Conquistador Wall Plaque - $120 Dutalier glider and ottoman - $100

340 Child Care Wanted Nanny Wanted

iron christmas tree - $150.00 micro trim kit - $25.00

2D&3D Computer Art&Animation - 25/hour

Miscellaneous Items - $5

Chess Lessons for kids and adult

stainless sink - $450.00

French & Spanish 4 HS and Adults

The Modern Living

French Native Teacher All levels and ages. SAT, AP, conversation for travelers and business professionals. Hessen Camille Ghazal, Ph.D. 650/965-9696

Tiffany Ceiling Light Fixture - $80 viking hood - $850.00 WONDERFUL ENGLISH CHEST - $8,250.


Tutor for Writing, Math, English

350 Preschools/ Schools/Camps Holiday Horseback Riding Camps (650)854-7755 Lesson Office MVPNS Open House, January 16

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355 Items for Sale BOY 3 Years clothes winter Large Lion King stuffed animal Like New Train Table w/drawers. Size 7 Toddler winter boots Stuffed animals bag full Winter jackets /winter suits

390 Kids for Summer Jobs Looking for a great daycare?

405 Beauty Services Healthy Spray Tan Make-up Application/Instruction

Jobs 500 Help Wanted Global Communications Manager Bitdefender, LLC in Mountain View, CA seeks Global Communications Manager w/MBA & 2 yrs exp. Send res:

RN Director of Health Services F/T to replace retiring director. Avenidas Rose Kleiner Senior Day Health Center, Mtn. View. Nonprofit Adult Day Health Center. Qualifications: Current CA RN license; recent clinical or home care exp. ADHC nursing exp. and/or familiarity with Title 22 ADHC requirements preferred. Ability to work with frail seniors and as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Min. computer skills. Send cover letter and resume to

after school sitter/housekeeper

345 Tutoring/ Lessons

gas cooktop - $75.00

Stanford-Educated Expert Tutors

Holiday Babysitter

235 Wanted to Buy

2 Italian Marble Lvg Rm Tables - $299

One-to-One Tutoring Service

Little Ages

Event Marketing Volunteer

Library Volunteers Needed

Math and Science tutor


550 Business Opportunities All Cash Vending Be Your Own Boss! Your Own Local Vending Route. Includes 25 Machines and Candy for $9,995. MultiVend LLC, 1-888-625-2405. (Cal-SCAN)

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560 Employment Information $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-4057619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN) EARN $75 - $200 HOUR Media Makeup Artist Training. Ads, TV, Film, Fashion. One week class. Stable job in weak economy. Details at http:// 310364-0665 (AAN CAN) Heavy Equipment Training Learn to operate bulldozer, backhoe, loader, motor grader, excavator. Job placement assistance. Call 888-2104534. Northern California College of Construction. promocode: NCPA1. (Cal-SCAN) TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD! Become TEFL certified. 4-week course offered monthly in Prague. Jobs available worldwide. Lifetime job assistance. Tuition: 1300 Euros. (AAN CAN) Truck Drivers CDL training. Part-time driving job. Fulltime benefits. Get paid to train in the California Army National Guard. May qualify for bonus. or 1-800-GO-GUARD. (Cal-SCAN) Job Fair on: 1/7 & 1/8 from 10am - 6pm daily at: Hamptons Inn 390 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View. Looking to fill the followng positions:Janitors, Recycling, Property Disposal, Fleet Management,Shipping/Receiving & Business Office Support. Qualified candidates fax resumes to 510-222-8741. Newborn Baby Photographer Our365 has an opening for a strong sales & customer service oriented person to take babiesâ ™ first official photos at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. Must be 18. Apply online at Part Time Job Offer As part of our expansion program, NorthWest Resources LLC is in need of people to work as part time account managers, payment and sales representatives, it pays a minimum of $3000 a month plus benefits and takes only little of your time. Please contact us for more details...Requirements -Should be a computer Literate. 2-3 hours access to the internet weekly. Must be Honest and Loyal. Must be Efficient and Dedicated. If you are interested and need more information, Contact John H Churchill, Email:

601 Accounting/ Bookkeeping

Classified Advertising In 240 Cal-SCAN newspapers for the best reach, coverage, and price. 25-words $550. Reach 6 million Californians! FREE email brochure. Call (916) 288-6019. (Cal-SCAN) Display Advertising In 140 Cal-SDAN newspapers statewide for $1,550! Reach over 3 million Californians! FREE email brochure. Call (916) 288-6019. (Cal-SCAN) News Release? Cost-efficient service. The California Press Release Service has 500 current daily, weekly and college newspaper contacts in California. FREE email brochure. Call (916) 288-6010. www.CaliforniaPressReleaseService. com (Cal-SCAN)

650 Pet Care/ Grooming/Training



Complete Yard Service

• Fence Work Repair • Deck Repair • Retaining Wall Repair • Hauling • Yard Clean up • Raingutter Cleaning

Scott Hutts 408.722.8724 Beckys Landscape Weekly/periodic maint. Annual rose/fruit tree prune, clean ups, irrigation, sod, planting, raised beds. Demolition, excavation. Driveway, patio, deck installs. Power washing. 650/493-7060







All Animals Happy House Pet Sitting Services by Susan Licensed, insured, refs. 650-323-4000

Home Services 715 Cleaning Services




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Carp Upholstery, Carpet, Gutt Gutter, Windows, Pres Pressure Washing

IICRC & BASWMA certified

6650-669-7500 50-

Emily's Cleaning Services Navarro Housecleaning Home and Office. Weekly, bi-weekly. Floors, windows, carpets. Free est., good refs., 15 years exp. 650-853-3058; 650-796-0935

Orkopina Housecleaning “The BEST Service for You” Since 1985

• General Housecleaning • Laundry, Ironing, Change Linens • Meticulous, Quality Work • Windows and Screens Cleaned • Wash Walls and Ceilings • Move In/Move Out and Remodel Clean-up

(650) 962-1536

Lic. 020624

730 Electrical Alex Electric Lic #784136. Free Est. All electrical. Alex, (650)366-6924 Electrical Services Repair, trouble shoot, new install CA lic. 833594. 650/918-7524 Hillsborough Electric Small jobs welcome. 650/343-5125. Lic. #545936. Call, relax, it’s done!

743 Tiling T.A.C. Tile and Stone Owner operator, 25 years exp. All calls answered. Small jobs and repairs welcome. Lic. #C594478. 408/794-8094


757 Handyman/ Repairs ABLE HANDYMAN FRED

ASHLEY ENTERPRISES Complete Handyman Services Quality Service • Deck Repair Fence Work Repair • Raingutter Cleaning Retaining Wall Repair Yard Cleanup & Hauling WINTER SPECIAL Christmas Light Installation

Jesus Garcia Garden Service Maintenance - Sprinklers - New Fences. (650)366-4301 or (650)346-6781 ask for Jesus or Carmen

Jody Horst

Cabinetry-Individual Designs Precise, 3-D Computer Modeling: Mantels * Bookcases * Workplaces * Wall Units * Window Seats. Ned Hollis, 650/856-9475

NOTICE TO READERS California law requires that contractors taking jobs that total $500 or more (labor and/or materials) be licensed by the Contractors State License Board. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractor’s status at or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.

SCOTT HUTTS • 408-600-4747

710 Carpentry

PBM Electric Local Licensed Contractor Since 1985. Tenant improvement, all work Quality as per code. Complete electrical Services. Small jobs welcome. Lic#514961 Paul (650)269-7734 ASC Associates Tax Preparation services. ASC Associates 650-965-2359

748 Gardening/ Landscaping Ashley Landscape Design & Garden Service

Landscape Artist

856-9648 • • • • •

Design, Install, Consult Drip & Spray Irrigation Clean-up & Maintenance Lawns & Rock Gardens Edible Gardens, Veggie Boxes Lic. #725080


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Maintenance • Clean Ups • New Lawns Weed Removal • Sprinkler Systems 20 Years Experience

650-722-0564 408-254-3352 Leo Garcia Landscape/ Maintenance Lawn and irrig. install, clean-ups. Res. and comml. maint. Free Est. Lic. 823699. 650/369-1477.



ORKOPINA CONCRETE/GARDENING • General Landscape • Concrete • Clean Up • Trim • New Lawns • Sprinklers


TOTAL LANDSCAPE Irrigation Flagstone • • Lawn • Concrete • Driveways • Decks

• • Bricks • Pavers • Fences • Garden Maint.

Lic# 933852 • 650-630-3949

751 General Contracting Domicile Construction Inc.

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650-868-8492 Brady

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Just one call, because we do it all. Visa, MC, and PayPal accepted

Mike @650-906-7574 and Rick @650-481-5767


AND MORE Repairs • Maintenance • Plumbing Electrical • Carpentry • Concrete Recession Discount Prices Lic.# 468963

Since 1976

Bonded & Insured


* Honey-Do List Specialist * Rental Repairs * Problem Solver * Local Refs * Call Vicki, 650/465-9529 *

Maintenance Clean up, trim, pruning, stump removal/tree service, rototilling, aeration, landscaping, drip and sprinkler. Roger, 650/776-8666 Mario’s Gardening Maintenance, clean-ups. 650/365-6955; 995-3822

Brady Construction & Roofing Co. Lic#479385

Helping Hands Handyman Service


Business Services

645 Office/Home Business Services


Salon Chair Rental Chair Rental available in Boutique Salon Convenient Menlo Park location Private off street parking Seeking stylist with established clientele Professional standards a must Pamper your clients with espresso, fine teas, organic juice, artisan waters Creative and tranquil environment Professionally designed interior Elegant glass display case to retail your own products Contact owner at 650-346-7219

Quality Work Detailed, guaranteed. Elect., plumbing, patch, unclog shower drains and toilets. Small jobs welcome. 408/903-8180

759 Hauling a J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc. junk, office, appliances, garage, storage, etc, clean-ups. Old furniture, green waste and yard junk. Licensed & insured. FREE ESTIMATES 650/368-8810



70% Recycled

LARGE TRUCKS Dump Runs • Trees LARGE/small JOBS Free Estimate Insured

650-327-HAUL cell: 415-999-0594


Frank’s Hauling Commercial, Residential, Garage, Basement & Yard. Clean-up. Fair prices. 650/361-8773 Junk Hauling Service Yard clean-up & Maintenance service. Large & small jobs. 650-771-0213

767 Movers Armandos Moving Home, Apts, Storage. Full Service moves. Serving the Bay Area for 20 yrs. Licensed & Insured. Armando, 650-630-0424. CAL-T190632


PA: 1BR/1BA PA: 1BR/1BA Bike to Stanford. Year lease. N/P. Avail. now. $1265 mo. 650/493-9576


PA: 2BR/1BA From $1350 mo. Upstairs. Bike to Stanford. Year lease. N/P. Avail. now. 650/493-9576

MOOVERS Serving the Peninsula since 1975/Owner-Operated!

327-5493 771 Painting/ Wallpaper


Interior - Exterior “No job too small” – also – • Custom Jobs Power washing service • Texture Work Good references • Meticulous Prep

650-771-3400 BELEW PAINTING *Interior Painting *Moldings Installed *Over 30 Years Experience 650/465-0432 * CA Lic #576983 Christine’s Wallpapering Interior Painting Removal/Prep * Since 1982 Lic. #757074 * 650-593-1703 Don Pohlman’s Painting * Detailed Craftsmanship * Excel. Restorative Prep * Great Local References 650/799-7403 * Lic. 635027

Palo Alto, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,595/mo Palo Alto, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,495/Mo Palo Alto, 2 BR/1 BA - $1,500/mon Palo Alto, 2 BR/2 BA - $2100/mont Palo Alto, 2 BR/2 BA - $2,395/mo Palo Alto, 3 BR/1 BA - 1795.00 Palo Alto, Studio - $1,095/mo San Carlos, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,250.00

805 Homes for Rent Fully Furnished Home Palo Alto, 3 BR/ 1 BA - $2800/mont Menlo Park, 4 BR/2 BA - $2700. Mountain View, 3 BR/2 BA - $2,700/mon MP: 2BR/1BA Hardwood floors, frplc. Front/back yards. Gardener. N/P. $2150 mo., lease. Agent Arn Cenedella, 650/566-5329 MP: Allied Arts Partly furn. 3+BR/1.5BA. 2 decks/patios, hot tub. All appliances and utils incl. EXCEPT PGE. $3500 mo. Avail. now. 650/283-3371 Palo Alto, 2 BR/1 BA - $2800/mo Palo Alto, 2 BR/1 BA - $3,500 mon Palo Alto, 3 BR/1 BA - $2800/mont

FARIAS PAINTING Interior/Exterior. Avail. 24/7. 25 Yrs. c.(650)248-6911 Gary Rossi PAINTING Residential/Commercial. Wall paper removal. Lic. (#559953) and Bonded. Free est. 650/345-4245 STYLE PAINTING Commercial and Residential. Interior/ Exterior. Licensed (#903303) and Insured. Complete painting service. 650/388-8577 Wallpapering by Trish 24 years of experience Free Estimates 949-1820

Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $2400 Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - $3750 Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - $3300, mon Palo Alto, 5+ BR/2 BA - $3,850/mon Redwood City, 3 BR/2 BA - $2600/mo Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $2400 Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $2350

809 Shared Housing/ Rooms ALL AREAS - ROOMMATES.COM Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: http:// (AAN CAN) Palo Alto, 2 BR/1 BA - $1060.00/m

775 Asphalt/ Concrete

Palo Alto/ Portola Valley, 1 BR/1 BA

Roe General Engineering Concrete, asphalt, sealing, pavers, new construct, repairs. 30 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703 * 650/814-5572

810 Cottages for Rent

779 Organizing Services End the Clutter & Get Organized Residential Organizing by Debra Robinson (650)941-5073 PENINSULA CONCIERGE Personal Assistant on the Run

787 Pressure Washing Pressure Washing Decks * Patios * Driveways Deck Repair * Home Exterior Becky, 650/493-7060

Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $640/month

Los Altos Hills, Studio - $1850.00 Palo Alto, Studio Recently renovated studio cottage. Charming, very private, suitable for quiet life style. 2 small yards, storage shed in side yard. Basic gardener services included as well as utilities. Cable ready. Lease, references, and security deposit required. $1300/ month. Call 650-856-2410 Portola Valley (ladera), Studio - $1,350 Woodside, 2 BR/2 BA + Den/Office. $3750/mo. (Incl PGE, Water, Garbage & Gardener) No smoking/pets, 851-2381

815 Rentals Wanted

790 Roofing

Excellent Tenant Seeks 1br/1ba

All American Roofing

Large Unfurnished Room wanted

Real Estate 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - 1025.00 Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - $1125 Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - 1075.00 Mountain View, 2 BR/2 BA - $1400



Office Space Wanted Seeking cottage or in/law unit Seeking Quiet Cottage/Guest Quar

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Palo Alto, 3 BR/1 BA - $798,500 Redwood City, 5+ BR/4+ BA - $2999500

830 Commercial/ Income Property PA: California Avenue For sublease 2 prof. offices w/secretarial area. Contact Maureen: maureen@ or 650/327-0100. Psychotherapy office Beautiful, quiet office just south of downtown, $1295, 650-646-2955. Retail Space Available


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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement MELANIEINK FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 531367 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Melanieink at 344 Loreto Street, Mountain View, CA 94041, Santa Clara County: MELANIE KAYE 344 Loreto Street Mountain View, CA 94041 This business is owned by an individual. Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 23, 2009. (Voice Dec. 18, 25, 2009, Jan. 1, 8, 2010) BALSAM MOON FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 531865 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Balsam Moon at 1120 Bonita Ave., #4, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County: STEPHEN HOYLE 1120 Bonita Ave., # 4 Mountain View, CA 94040 LYNN HOYLE 1120 Bonia Ave., # 4

Mountain View, CA 94040 This business is owned by husband and wife. Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 10/01/2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 9, 2009. (Voice Dec. 18, 25, 2009, Jan. 1, 8, 2010) KUMA MANAGEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 531876 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Kuma Management at 1068 Paintbrush Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, Santa Clara County: RALPH HABURA 1068 Paintbrush Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94086 RANDOLF HABURA 1388 Montecito Avenue Mountain view, CA 94043 This business is owned by a General Partnership. Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 10/13/09. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 9, 2009. (Voice Dec. 25, 2009, Jan. 1, 8, 15, 2010)

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Mountain View Voice 01.01.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the January 01, 2010 edition of the Mountain View Voice

Mountain View Voice 01.01.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the January 01, 2010 edition of the Mountain View Voice