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Neighbors offer deal on McKelvey baseball fields By Daniel DeBolt

at Shoreline Park. Thompson said that change eighbors of McKelvey would leave plenty of room Park say they have a at McKelvey for neighborhood “win-win” solution to enjoyment and Little League the controversy about how to baseball, while also eliminating revamp their neighborhood park, noise and the bright lights used but youth baseball leagues aren’t for nighttime baseball games on entirely happy about it. the larger fields, which kids play Ever since the Santa Clara on after they turn 12. Valley Water District proposed “It seems to work out really rebuilding McKelvey Park so it’s well,” Thompson said. Little 15 feet lower, in order to use it as League teams will have two fields a Permanente Creek flood basin, at McKelvey and “we get a pretty residents of the St. Francis Acre decent space to have neighborneighborhood have been seek- hood park.” It makes for a more ing more useable space in their “neighborhood-friendly envineighborhood park. McKelvey ronment.” has been taken up completely by “We don’t want to displace” two basethe baseball fields ball teams, for over 50 McKelvey’s central location Thompson years. said. “We Last week allows a lot of kids to ride a understand the Voice that there is reported on 50 years of bike to their games. a new prohistory” of ELAINE SPENCE posal from baseball at park neighMcKelvely. bor Lloyd B u t Yu that would completely remove one of the main users of the McKelvey’s two baseball fields larger field at McKelvey was not in favor of a smaller multi-use pleased with the proposal. Elaine sports field for football, soccer Spence, president of Mountain and lacrosse. Yu argued that city View Babe Ruth Baseball, said policies say the neighborhood that the 12 and older kids “would should lead the redesign of the lose field time” under the propark, and pointed to a petition posal for a number of reasons. signed by 200 neighbors that One is that the Shoreline ball “would like McKelvey to be fields in the works have already transformed from a single-use been designated as multi-use baseball facility to a multi-use fields, which means that baseball neighborhood open space.” teams would be “lobbying socBut since then a different cer, softball, lacrosse and everygroup of neighbors has presented one else for field time.” another idea to the Voice, which The proposal would also split neighbor Elizabeth Thompson up some families when their said has been discussed for over 8-year-old is playing on the Little a year. It involves trading the League fields at McKelvey and larger of the two baseball fields their 13-year-old has to play with at McKelvey with another Little the bigger kids out at Shoreline, League-sized field proposed for she said. the Shoreline area along Garcia “Having both fields together Avenue. The result would be two near downtown Mountain View Little League fields at McKelvey See MCKELVEY, page 6 and two major league-sized fields



At the grand opening for the Day Worker Center on Nov. 18, from left, Ana Bazquez holding daughter Valeria, Alma Bolanos and Matilde Rosales pull off the ribbon



ne, two, three!” On t hat count, about 100 people — laborers, City Council members, school officials and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce — simultaneously tugged seg-

ments of the long cloth ribbon which stretched around the side of the squat building. A cry went up as the knots in the sash were undone, signifying the grand opening of the Mountain View Day Worker Center. After 14 years of bouncing from one temporary location to the next, the center finally

has its own home. Located at 133 Escuela Ave., it will serve multiple roles. It is first and foremost a community center of sorts, where day laborers can congregate in the morning and wait to be hired for odd jobs. See DAY WORKER, page 9

Church neighbors appeal cell tower decision NEIGHBORS UPSET, SAY CHURCH’S OUTREACH WAS LACKING By Daniel DeBolt


he City Council will soon weigh in on a controversy involving a cell tower approved for the top of First Presbyterian Church, near a preschool and dozens of homes where many are concerned about cancer-causing radiation.


Neighbors of the church at Cuesta Drive and Miramonte Avenue have pulled together $500 to appeal the zoning administrator’s approval of the cell tower earlier this month, said neighbor Jared Waxman in an e-mail. “Apparently, the Zoning Administrator takes the position that any owner of a residential

parcel could build a commercial telecommunications facility on that parcel without obtaining a conditional use permit, a variance, or a rezoning,” Waxman said. “That does not make a lot of sense to us, and we are eager to hear what the City Council has to See CELL TOWER, page 6


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assistant,” Brewer said. She was appointed city he City Council clerk in 1999 after eight has appointed years as deputy city clerk Santa Cruz City and jobs in the parks and Clerk Lorrie Brewer to recreation department take the reins as Mounand public works departtain View’s city clerk. Lorrie Brewer ment. Brewer said in e-mail She said she has played to the Voice that she plans to move an active role in the larger Santa to Mountain View and become Cruz community, and hopes to involved with community orga- do the same in Mountain View. nizations. She says she has been She’s been a board member of “very active” in the Santa Cruz the United Way for two years and community. serves on the board of Leadership “The Mountain View commu- Santa Cruz County. She is also nity has a very inviting appeal,” chair of the Northern California Brewer said via e-mail. “The City Clerk’s Association. beautifully tree-lined streets and Brewer was an avid softball vibrancy of the downtown are a player in Santa Cruz, playing on huge draw.” the team “The Usual Suspects.” Brewer views the City Clerk’s She is also an artist who enjoys office as the “Switzerland” of the making mosaics out of ceramic city’s government, as it is neutral in and glass. She is originally from all things as the information and Redding, and plans to retire to a administrative center of City Hall. home she has there and spend her Mayor Ronit Bryant said the days fishing. City Council had interviewed The city manager’s office said “several very qualified candidates that Brewer will be paid $123,500 for the position” and found Brew- a year, not including health and er to be the best fit for the job. She pension benefits. follows Mountain View’s 21-year E-mail Daniel DeBolt at City Clerk Angee Salvador, who retired in June. Bryant noted Brewer’s experience implementing an electronic records system in Santa Cruz as one reason the council appointed her, along with her ability to work “cooperatively with elected officials, staff and community members.” Brewer is also a certified Master Municipal Clerk, Bryant said. Brewer said she hopes to fulfill the City Council’s goal of “providing public access to the By Nick Veronin city’s records through electronic medium, as well as improving local education offiefficiencies in the agenda packet cial has been selected preparation process.” She added to serve on the newly that “I have led this charge in created California Citizens Santa Cruz, so I am familiar with Redistricting Commission. the process.” Elaine W. Kuo, a Mountain Brewer said she became involved View resident and college in city government immediately researcher for the Foothill-De following the 1989 Loma Prieta Anza Community College earthquake when the City of District’s Office of InstituSanta Cruz sought temporary tional Research and Planning, employees. At the time she was was chosen at random from a stay a home mother with a the 36 eligible applicants. 4-month-old son, Casey, taking “I feel honored that I was a break from working as an assisselected,” Kuo said, noting tant at a law firm for 10 years. that she was initially surprised “The city of Santa Cruz was in at the news. desperate need of assistance in the City Manager’s office, so I signed See KUO, page 6 on as a temporary administrative



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New special ed PTA helps parents, teachers NEW WHISMAN GROUP AIMS TO END ISOLATION, BUILD COMMUNITY By Nick Veronin


t isn’t easy raising a child with a learning disability. Nor is it a simple task to teach one. Mountain View resident Christine Case-Lo knows that first hand: Alex, her 7-year-old son, recognizes little value in doing the things adults ask of him and regularly ignores the direction of his mother and teachers. “It can be very isolating being a parent of a child with special needs,” Case-Lo said. Parents are sometimes embarrassed and unwilling to admit that their child needs help. In an effort to dispel that stigma — and to generate support and awareness for the special needs population in local elementary and middle

schools — Case-Lo has co-founded the Mountain View Whisman Special Education Parent Teacher Association, or SEPTA. About 50 families have joined the district-wide SEPTA since its launch in March, Case-Lo said. The organization was recently granted non-profit status, and although Case-Lo and co-founder Nan Recker have lofty goals, they are starting off small. ‘Fidget toys’ One of the first steps SEPTA took was to put together inexpensive care packages of simple items to help teachers with their special needs See SEPTA, page 8

Rail authority delays study of Peninsula designs By Gennady Sheyner


he California High-Speed Rail Authority will delay releasing a highly anticipated analysis of design options for the Peninsula segment of the rail line because of a recent decision to begin construction in the Central Valley. The authority had previously planned to release the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the $43 billion line in December. The report will evaluate the various design alterna-

tives for each portion of the segment and consider the impacts of the most feasible alternative.

The authority decided to start construction of the 800-mile line in the Central Valley. Preliminary versions of the report identified at-grade and

elevated trains as the most likely design options for the Peninsula, with tunneling or open trenching in some areas. Earlier this month, the authority decided to start construction of the 800-mile line in the Central Valley after a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration allocated $715 million specifically for that region of the state. The authority has yet to determine whether the voterapproved project will make its debut on the Merced-to-Fresno See HSR, page 7

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Obituary Mary M. Barcelona Mary M. Barcelona, a lifetime resident of Mountain View, died peacefully at home on Nov. 19. She was 85. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Joe Barcelona; and her sister Josephine. She was preceded in death by her sisters Rose

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and Laura, and her brother Andy. Funeral services were set for Nov. 24 at Cusimano Family Mortuary, followed by entombment at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. The family prefers memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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is a plus for families that play baseball,� Spence said. “Mom and dad can watch both games.� She added that McKelvey’s central location allows a lot of kids, including those who play Marauders football at McKelvey, to ride a bike to their games and practices. The Shoreline fields make kids more dependent on their parents to drive them there. And a lot of parents may not even want to face the traffic on Shoreline Boulevard and Rengstorff Avenue, especially during concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Spence said. Spence reiterated comments made last week by council member Laura Macias that the .7-acre carve-out for a playground and neighborhood park in the latest design for McKelvey is actually larger than other neighborhood parks in the city, including Mercy-Bush Park. Community Services Director


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Dave Muela said that an alternative proposal from neighbors won’t be the proposal city staff brings to the City Council for approval, unless the council specifically asks for such a design. Muela said city had not considered the added cost of building two major league-sized baseball fields at Shoreline. The city has budgeted $9 million in Shoreline

tax district funds for the Shoreline ball fields while the Water District says it will cost $9.1 million for its latest proposal at McKelvey. City Council meetings on both the Shoreline and McKelvey fields are expected sometime early next year.

screening; a legislative team then whittled a group of 60 potential commissioners down to 36. On Nov. 18, State Auditor Elaine M. Howle drew Kuo’s name from the pool of 36, along with the names of seven others from throughout the state. The names were divided among three sub-pools. Howle picked three from a sub-pool of Democrats, three from a sub-pool of Republicans and two from a sub-pool of individuals that are registered as a third party or decline-to-state. Kuo and her fellow commissioners are now charged with selecting

six more from the remaining pool of 28 — two from each sub-pool. After all 14 positions are filled, the commission will use census data to redraw district lines for the election of representatives for the state Senate, Assembly, state Board of Equalization, and U.S. Congress. The commission was created after the passage of Proposition 11, which took the redistricting power out of the hands the Legislature, putting it into the hands of the people. The commission will draw the district lines in conformity with rules intended to ensure representation for all Californians.


representative said at the Nov. 10 zoning administrator meeting that tenants of the church, including Little Acorn Preschool and a group of Boy Scouts, were notified and no one complained about the idea. Yee said that parents of the preschool, who did not find out about the cell tower until days before it was approved, are now being prevented from leaving notices for other parents at the church-run pre-school about the issue. In his approval, Zoning Administrator Peter Gilli said federal law prevented him from rejecting the cell tower over concerns with radiation, which he said would be well below FCC limits. The tower would be placed on top of a chapel on the southeast corner of the property, across the site from the church’s main chapel.

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say on the subject.� In an petition opposing the tower, some neighbors say they are unhappy with the church, claiming it had a “moral obligation� to reach out to the neighborhood to discuss the cell tower before moving forward with it. “This church chose cash over community,� said neighbor W. Yee. “To me it’s more of an issue of how the church has handled it. If their concern was with the community, they would have reached out to the community and said ‘How many of you are customers of Sprint-Nextel? How many of you are interested in this service?’� Pastor Tim Boyer told the Voice that a committee of church members approved of the cell tower, which would provide income for the church. Boyer would not disclose how much it is being paid. Another church


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El Camino clinical trial aims to catch lung cancer early COMBINING CT SCANS AND GENETIC TESTING COULD SAVE SMOKERS’ LIVES “It definitely validated the approach we were taking for the trial,” Cabebe said, referring to the NIH announcement. He said that prior to the NIH study, there was no hard data that would suggest CT scans could catch lung cancer earlier than X-rays. “It reassured me that CT scanning is the best modality that we should be looking at for screening of our patients.” CT scans can detect lung nodules at a much earlier stage than X-rays, giving oncologists more time to intervene. However, Cabebe said, CT scans

ance companies will only spring for the cost of a CT scan if a patient new El Camino Hospital is exhibiting symptoms of lung study, launched at the begincancer, or a doctor recommends ning of this month, aims it. to use a genetic test to determine Cabebe believes that REACT which smokers would benefit most could very well change the way from receiving regular computerthe health care industry deals with ized tomography scans. lung cancer. “I think patients — The clinical trial, called REACT especially smokers and ex-smokers — an imperfect acronym for — will be asking their providers Risk Genetic and Computerized whether it makes sense to have Tomography — was organized by them undergo screening,” he said. Dr. Elwyn Cabebe, an El Camino Dr. Laura Gottlieb, a Robert Hospital oncologist. Wood Johnson Health and Society Cabebe will enlist up to 200 Scholar, recently wrote an op-ed smokers and former smokers, 50 for the San Francisco Chronicle and older, to take in response the Respiragene to the NIH’s genetic test, ‘Smokers screened for lung cancer using CT announcement which factors about the effecin family and scanners are 20 percent more likely to survive.’ tiveness of CT personal history scans in catchNATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH and examines ing the early 20 genes associstages of lung ated with both promoting and are expensive, expose patients to cancer. defending against lung cancer. The more radiation than X-rays and Gottlieb, when contacted by the candidates will then be given a CT often find growths that are dis- Voice declined to comment specifiscan, which will search for signs of covered to be benign only after an cally on the REACT trial. tiny tumors, called lung nodules. invasive procedure is conducted. “I think that we have to be If nodules are found, the smokWith REACT, Cabebe hopes to really careful with how we use our ers will be followed for up to build upon the findings of the NIH resources,” Gottlieb said. “The three years, receiving appropriate by identifying those smokers and biggest bang for our buck would treatment and follow-up scans as former smokers whose risk of devel- be in tobacco prevention and cesneeded. oping lung cancer outweighs the sation programs, not in CT scans The study comes on the heels costs and risks associated with CT for smokers.” of a recent National Institutes scans. If his trial proves fruitful, Cabebe said he agrees that the of Health announcement that it may end up convincing private best way to prevent lung cancer is smokers screened for lung cancer insurance companies and Medic- to avoid smoking to begin with. using CT scanners are 20 percent aid to cover the cost of preemptive Those who are still smoking when more likely to survive than those CT screening for a certain subset of they enroll in the program are screened with X-rays, if tumors are smokers — thus saving lives. required to attend smoking-cessafound. Currently, Cabebe said, insur- tion classes. By Nick Veronin




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or the Fresno-to-Bakersfield portion of the Central Valley segment. Robert Doty, director of the Peninsula Rail Program (a partnership of Caltrain and the rail authority), released a statement Friday afternoon saying that the decision by the FRA and the rail authority to give Central Valley the priority “will likely impact the prioritization of the environmental review process for all high-speed-rail sections currently under study.” “This means that the scheduled December 2010 release of the Draft EIR/EIS for the San Francisco to San Jose section will need to be rescheduled for a future date,” wrote Doty, who is responsible for the design of the Peninsula segment. He did not specify when this document will be released. More time Doty wrote that the decision to delay the EIR for the Peninsula seg-

ment will give the rail authority an opportunity to further refine the document and to educate the public about the project. California voters approved a $9.95 billion bond for the project in November 2008. “For communities, this means more time (to) learn about the project and to prepare to review and comment on the environmental document,” Doty wrote. Peninsula cities have been busily preparing for the new report by hiring engineering consultants, hosting public hearings and lobbying rail officials to give more preference to underground tunnels. Earlier this month, more than 500 people attended a rain-soaked rally in Burlingame to protest the project in its current form. Peninsula critics Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt, who sits on the Peninsula Rail Consortium, had publicly called on the rail authority on several occasions in the past month to delay the EIR for the local segment, noting that the recent

decision to start the system in the Central Valley makes the Peninsula document less urgent. The rail project has been heavily criticized on the Peninsula, with Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton all suing the rail authority over the adequacy of earlier environmental documents. Burt, who also sits on the council’s High-Speed Rail Committee, warned at a recent meeting that if the rail authority goes through with its December deadline, it would run the risk of having a “stale EIR” — one that lies dormant for so long that it no longer serves any legal purpose. He emphasized at the Oct. 25 council meeting that it’s not clear when the rail authority will have the funding it needs to build the Peninsula segment. Doty noted in his announcement that the FRA had allocated $16 million in its recent grant for rail-related improvements on the Peninsula segment and said this qualification “positions the San Francisco-San Jose section well for future federal and other funding.”

CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES Mountain View City Hall 500 Castro Street Council Chambers, 2nd floor Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The City of Mountain View will host a community meeting to provide an opportunity to meet with City staff to discuss possible concerns, potential regulatory approaches, and feedback on the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries. The City will be collecting public input on the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries, presenting the framework for possible adoption of an ordinance permitting medical marijuana dispensaries, and answering questions.

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ety, which may trigger disruptive behavior. “I would say that it is not appropriate for many kids.� Alex attends a special day class at Monta Loma Elementary School, but Case-Lo said she had to push to get her son the instruction that he needs to learn. One of SEPTA’s goals is to provide parents with enough information and counseling so that they can be the best advocates for their children. The work SEPTA is doing will not only help the special needs students and their families, she said. Case-Lo said her organization will also help other students and teachers in the district, as one unruly child can throw off an entire lesson plan. Kathy Patterson, a first-grade teacher at Bubb Elementary School, said a special needs student that was mainstreamed into her class had “major behavior issues.� The child “ran around the room, putting things in

of a child, special education teachers and aides, and a district administrator. The goal of each IEP, Gingras said, is to provide the least restrictive environment for every child. “The decision for mainstreaming would never be based on the idea that the district cannot provide appropriate classes.� In answer to Patterson’s concerns, Gingras said that the district is open to moving children around if it appears that mainstreaming is not working. “We are always looking to see if the student is receiving what we call ‘educational benefit,’� he said.

students. Many of the items requested were what Case-Lo described as “fidget toys� — such as Velcro, malleable putty and specialized pencil tops that children may safely gnaw. “A lot of kids with autism need to fidget,� Case-Lo explained. “It actually helps them focus.� Some teachers requested timers that help the children with time management, or little prizes — like stickers — that they can use Future goals to reward the children for a job Although Case-Lo may diswell done. “Every little bit helps,� agree with certain district poliCase-Lo said. cies, she said she and SEPTA To complicate matters, because aren’t interested in finger-pointof budget cuts, Case-Lo said that ing. “We just want to get stuff the Mountain View Whisman done,� she said. “We want to help School District does not have our kids.� adequate resources to help chilGingras is supportive of SEPdren like Alex. As a TA, and said that the result, regular educadistrict is working tion teachers are being accommodate the “A lot of kids with autism need to to assigned more special organization’s goals. needs students with- fidget. It actually helps them focus.� “I think it’s a great out proper support, idea,� Gingras said CHRISTINE CASE-LO and parents are left of SEPTA. “Very searching for costly often the families of solutions in the prichildren with special vate sector — if they even bother his mouth and screaming and needs find that their interests looking at all, she said. throwing tantrums.� are different than what you have “Providing special education Patterson, like many teachers, with the general ed families. I is very expensive,� said Steve does not have the training, or the think that’s good.� Gingras, head of special educa- time, to deal with such children. In the future, Case-Lo hopes to tion at Mountain View Whis- “We’re not special ed teachers be helping special needs students, man. Gingras estimated that here,� she said. and their families, with free or caring for a special needs child According to Case-Lo, a lack low-cost social skills classes. She can range anywhere from $2,500 of funding for special educa- envisions a day — albeit a distant to $100,000 annually. There are tion students is the driving force day — when all special needs about 620 special education stu- behind the increase in main- students have access to an iPad or dents in the district. “Over the streaming. “We live in times similar device. Touch screen, tabyears the money that has come where it’s just very difficult,� she let computers have demonstrated from the federal government and said. promise in engaging children the state is nowhere near close to Gingras disagrees with Case- with learning disabilities with covering all the expenses that are Lo on the subject of mainstream- their colorful, tactile screens. incurred,� he said. ing. Gingras said that all deciBefore that happens, more Gingras countered Case-Lo’s sions regarding where special parents and teachers need to get claim that his district is not needs students are placed come involved. She encourages anyone adequately addressing the needs as a result of so-called individual who is interested to get in touch of special education students. “We education plans, or IEPs. with SEPTA via the organization’s are providing more special educaThe IEPs are hashed out in a e-mail, mountainvwsepta@ tion classes this year than we did group that includes the parents last year district-wide,� he said. V

Mainstreaming Case-Lo said that a practice known as mainstreaming — where special ed students are brought into regular classrooms, at least for a portion of the school day — is being implemented with increasing regularity in the district. Mainstreaming is not new, Case-Lo said, and it isn’t necessarily a bad idea. “It’s a fine line,� she said. For some special education kids, being exposed to the behaviors of the other children helps them model their behavior. For others, however, being in a large classroom can cause stress and anxi-


Christine Case-Lo tries to help her son Alex Lo get back to his music therapy session with Spencer Hardy.

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ontributions to the Holiday Fund will be matched dollar for dollar to the extent possible, and will go directly to the nonprofit agencies that serve Mountain View residents. Last year Voice readers contributed nearly $49,000, up significantly from the prior year. With an additional $20,000 from the Wakerly Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the total raised was almost $69,000, or nearly $10,000 for each of the seven participating nonprofit agencies supported by the Holiday Fund. No administrative costs are deducted from the

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■ COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ARTS Provides hands-on arts and music projects in the elementary classrooms of the Mountain View-Whisman School District. Nearly 40 percent of the students are low-income and 28 percent have limited English proficiency.

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Tara Priya, right, and Jason Cirimele perform songs from their new album at Red Rock Coffee on Nov. 15. Musician Jason Cirimele, holding his guitar, chats with local fan Will Marsden outside Red Rock Coffee on Nov. 15. MICHELLE LE

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wo local musicians are following in the footsteps of contemporary artists such as Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse by turning back the clock, with a sound that conjures images of beehive hairdos and doo-woping backup singers. Tara Priya, a singer and pianist from Los Altos, and her songwriting partner, Mountain View multiinstrumentalist Jason Cirimele, have just self-released an EP of retro soul tunes, titled “Tara Priya.�

Priya grew up in Los Altos, where ment is guitar, although he can play tunes from their new six-song she first picked up piano at age 4, bass, drums and keyboards, and debut at Red Rock Coffee. Old and began training to be an opera is familiar with music production friends, other open mic musisinger when she was 11 years old. In software. When he isn’t playing he cians and coffee shop patrons high school she took a liking to jazz teaches music at Peninsula School listened intently as Cirimele wove and frequently jazzy chords and dreamed of a bluesy penta“I love old soul. I love the way it feels. career in music. tonic flourishes She is currently together with I love the textures — the grit.� living in Los the gritty earthAngeles. tone of his FendJASON CIRIMELE Some of Jason’s er Stratocaster. earliest memoPriya demonries are of his tiny hands pounding in Menlo Park. strated a great range, jumping on a piano and clutching drumOn Nov. 15, the duo performed easily from deep and sultry soul, sticks. These days his main instru- a stripped-down version of two up to a trembling, frail falsetto

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coo, all the way back down to an assertive Aretha-esque growl. Hoop bracelets jangled on her thin arms. The 22-year-old singer and 23-year-old guitarist began writing the album in February and began recording in April. It wasn’t long before Priya began touring — around the Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles and Miami — bringing along Cirimele when he had time, and using Craigslist and friends of friends to pull together the rest of the band. “I still feel like it happened too slowly,� said Priya, whose goal is to make a living as a touring musician. Both Priya and Cirimele are fans of a variety of genres, but said that soul particularly resonates with both of them. “I love old soul,� Cirimele said, noting that he learned to play the guitar listening to soul, blues and classic rock records. “I love the way it feels. I love the textures — the grit.� “There’s no other sound that makes me feel as deeply,� Priya said. Right now, Cirimele said he is enjoying teaching a lot, but at the moment he is really enjoying playing with Priya. Priya also has a contingency plan — before she started pursuing music full time she worked in finance. However, while she acknowledged the challenges of being a full time musician, her plan is to continue forging on as a singer. “I wake up all the time with a song in my head,� she said. “What am I going to do if I can’t write that and perform it?� V



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is the season, which in retail means it’s time for customers to shop — and for storekeepers to unveil the latest and greatest in holiday clothing, accessories and décor despite the shaky economy. Cedide Olcay owns Orapa Boutique — also called the Orapa Gallery of Wearable Arts — in downtown Palo Alto. She hand-makes some of her merchandise and picks the rest from other artists’ showrooms both locally and in Europe. Olcay, who is originally from Turkey, said that almost any item in her store would be suitable to wear to a party or give as a gift. “Look at the wings on the side, how it pleats in different directions,” she said of a floor-length black dress. “This would be great for a really fancy party.” She also recommended women’s party wear for more casual get-togethers. Most of the customers she gets are looking for gifts, Olcay said, pointing to a table stocked with handmade soaps and socks with fun patterns and designs. She says it’s too soon in the season to tell whether she’ll have more or fewer customers than last year. “This location is a little offbeat,” she said. “I get some (walk-in customers) but I wish I could get more. This year I’ll have to see.” Over at Therapy on Castro Street in Mountain View, though, holiday sales are in full swing. “It’s better than last year already,” Carrie Arnold, manager, said. “We’ve seen a lot of people gift shopping and it’s only mid-November.” Home-décor products have been top gift choices, she said, indicating stainless-steel pieces,

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light-up flower displays and ecofriendly mugs. Therapy also sells trendy clothes aimed at slightly younger shoppers than those who might frequent Orapa. “This is a great holiday dress,� Arnold said, modeling a glittery beige knit garment from Therapy’s inventory. She pointed out a few other items around the store. “Sequins and beading are really in fashion right now. It’s traditional holiday glamour.� When her store, which is much smaller than Therapy, isn’t busy, Olcay makes scarves at a table near the back — and they’re anything but traditional. She takes pride in adding a unique twist or embellishment to each design, and also stocks scarves by other designers. “They can be part of holiday dress up as well as gifts,� she said. Some of her more unusual jewelry pieces include a bracelet made from newspaper comics, a pyrite necklace and broaches of “little bugs.� Olcay doesn’t sell any specifically holiday-themed items, but just around the corner at the University Art Annex, managers were busy creating a display, including a fully decorated tree, to attract holiday shoppers. “We’ve been moving furniture all day,� said Erin Dobson, assistant manager of next-door University Art. According to manager Tina Ford, even in midNovember they were slightly behind in erecting the display. “I wait until the last minute to put it up, but as soon as we do people start buying,� she said.

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up. It’s been busier for sure,� she said. Overall, though, the store is still “expecting a similar Christmas to last year.� In the front window of Afterwards, an upscale clothing and decor shop with both new and resale items in Menlo Park, window shoppers can ogle such holiday party wear as a silver-sequined Armani dress and a Dolce & Gabbana red silk dress — with accessories to match. “We carry lots of blingy evening jewelry,� said Katie Hanson, who owns the store with her husband, Bob. Pieces on display include earrings, bracelets and cuffs made of pearls, rhinestones and diamonds. The store’s designer “brings in seasonal pieces, and then there’s great year-round pieces.� They have shoes, too. “Everything’s sparkle this season,� said stylist Barbara Cameron. “Golds and metallics are always really strong.� Afterwards is transitioning in holiday items without giving up on autumn just yet: A fall flower display adorns one table, while a green candle and silver tinsel decorate the next. At Plumeria, a small consignment store just off Castro Street, Jasmine Fernandez, who buys and sells at the store in addition

Beaded cuff at Afterwards, $169.

The store sells scarves, hats, chocolates, plants, dish towels, ornaments, candles and gift wrap and bags for the holidays. Ford expects that the effort it took to put up the display will be well worth it, drawing in customers despite the down economy. “Things have definitely picked

to helping out with merchandizing, was also doing her part to attract holiday shoppers. Just before closing, she was dressing a mannequin — “doll,� as she called it. “I’m trying to bring a few more of the seasonal items out,� she said, indicating cashmere sweaters, knit dresses, scarves and a truly fabulous pair of red boots with black fur. If she were to shop for a blinged-out holiday outfit at the store, Fernandez said, she would buy one of “your not so ordinary cardigans� and some “funky slacks with a little bit of glitter to them.� “It would be really cool to wear this to a dinner party with your friends or for work,� she said of her style choice. But customers need not feel locked in by Fernandez’s taste. “That’s the attraction of it,� she said. “It’s a total mix, a little bit of everything to appeal to any age group and taste. To me it’s cool because you’re buying a one-of a kind piece.� Now that’s bling. N



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Making merry with the arts Seasonal concerts, ballets, plays and other creative endeavors abound on the Midpeninsula By Rebecca Wallace


At 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Stanford University’s Memorial Church hosts its annual visit from the Chanticleer men’s a cappella choral group. The program includes carols, gospel and chant. Admission is $52 general and $10 for Stanford students, with other discounts available for groups, youth and other students. Go to or call 650725-ARTS. SCOT GOODMAN

Smuin Ballet brings a holiday program to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts from Dec. 8 through Dec. 12.


oliday music is far more than just jingle bells these days on the Midpeninsula. Seasonal sounds around here include gospel, sacred music, dance music, Gaelic songs and Gregorian chant, for starters. Audiences will hear voices and strings, bells and harps, and a few period instruments from centuries past. Other kinds of arts groups take part in the December spirit, too. There are several “Nutcracker” ballets, of course, and special events at theaters and museums. Below is an assortment of some of the many local festivities. Music Cantor Lauren Bandman leads a program of songs to mark the first night of Hanukkah and World AIDS Day in “Don’t Let the Light Go Out.” The event also includes a presentation by author Ruthann Richter and photographer Karen Ande, who created the book “Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa.” The free event is at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-4934661 or go to The Stanford Chamber Chorale and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra perform their yearly Holiday Musicale presented by the Friends of Music at Stanford. The concert is at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the university’s Memorial Church. Tickets are $10 general, $9 for seniors and $5 for students. Go to or call 650-725-ARTS. The choral group Soli Deo Gloria performs a “Christmas Bells” concert with handbells at 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at First Lutheran Church, Homer Avenue and Webster Street, Palo Alto. Included is “Verbum Dei,” a new piece by artistic director Allen Simon. Admission is $25 general and $20 for students and seniors. Go to The Harpeggio Music ensemble performs its “Harps for the Holidays” concert of classical and seasonal music at 4 p.m. Dec. 4, at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Tickets are $15 general and $12 for seniors and children ages 4 to 12. Go to or call 408-366-8810. Stanford pipe organist Robert Huw Morgan plays an annual seasonal recital for Advent at the university’s Memorial Church. The free performance is at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Go to music.

Derek McCaw and Kevin Hull play a townful of quirky characters in Bus Barn Stage Company’s “A Tuna Christmas.”

People who aren’t content just to listen to Handel’s “Messiah” attend the “Messiah” SingAlong at Stanford’s Memorial Church, bringing instruments and voices. This year’s event is at 8 p.m. Dec. 10, with orchestral parts provided and choral scores available for purchase. Stephen M Sano conducts. Admission is $10 general, $9 for seniors and $5 for students. Go to or call 650-725-ARTS. Seasonal songs keep company with Michael Daugherty’s “Raise the Roof” timpani concerto at the California Youth Symphony’s free holiday concert. The performance is at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Go to

There’s another Messiah Sing planned locally: Schola Cantorum’s annual event is at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St., at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Tickets are $18 general, $14 for seniors and students, and $12 for children. Go to or call 650-903-6000. The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir comes to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. to present a holiday concert. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. show on Dec. 17 is $36 general, $31 for seniors and students and $28 for children. Go to or call 650903-6000. Dance For the 20th year, Pacific Ballet of Mountain View dances “The Nutcracker,” performing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Performances are Nov. 26 through Nov. 28: Friday and Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Admission is $22/$27. Go to or call 650-903-6000.

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Western Ballet’s “Nutcracker” is in its 35th production. Show times are Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Dec. 4 at 1 and 7 p.m., and Dec. 5 at 1 and 6:30 p.m., at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Tickets are $29 general, $26 for seniors, $25 for students and $24 for children. Go to mvcpa. com or call 650-903-6000. Smuin Ballet’s “Christmas Ballet” starts with a whitecostumed first act with traditional music, then turns more modern. Performances are at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St., Dec. 8 through Dec. 12: Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $62/$59/$49 for adults and $20 for students. Go to smuinballet. org or call 650-903-6000. Mountain View’s Bayer Ballet Company presents “A Winter

The men’s a cappella chorus Chanticleer performs a holiday concert on Dec. 9 in Stanford University’s Memorial Church.

Fairy Tale,” a seasonal youth ballet in the Russian style, at 5 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Performances are at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets: $30 general, $25 seniors and kids. Go to mvcpa. com or call 650-903-6000. Theater Two actors play 22 small-town Texas denizens in the holiday comedy “A Tuna Christmas,” now at the Bus Barn Theatre at 97 Hillview Ave. in Los Altos. The plot includes a Christmas Phantom, the censorship of “Silent Night” and a holiday play in peril. Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.,

Wednesdays (Dec. 1, 8 and 15) at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays (Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12) at 3 p.m. Tickets are $24-$32. Go to or call 650-941-0551. Arts & crafts and exhibits Electric trains, quilts and Meccano models are among the seasonal objects in the “Holiday Bells & Whistles” exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. The free exhibit runs through Jan. 2, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Call 650-948-9427 or go to Foothill College’s student ceramics club, Claybodies, is holding a holiday pottery sale of functional pieces and sculptures from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school’s Cesar Chavez Plaza, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7584. Kids and families Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “The Match Girl’s Gift,” the Laurie Brooks stage adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen holiday story. Show times are 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 10 (tickets $8), and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11 (tickets $10), at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Go to or call 650903-6000. N

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ast year 145 Voice readers shrugged off the sagging economy and dug deep into their pockets, donating nearly $49,000 to support seven local nonprofits in the Voiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Holiday Fund drive. Along with grants from the Hewlett and Packard foundations, as well as the Wakerly Family Foundation, about $70,000 was raised. The Holiday Fund was able to provide nearly $10,000 for each of the seven nonprofit agencies. This year, we hope readers will donate to the Holiday Fund, and surpass last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total donation for each of the nonprofit agencies. With the economy still floundering, there continues to be hundreds of local residents who are having trouble providing the basic needs of food and shelter for their families, or who are suffering from a lack of other important social services. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the Voice Holiday Fund this year, either by using the coupon in this issue or by giving directly via the link on the Voice website. Your contribution will help provide a safety net to those who are down on their luck. These are our neighbors who may have been laid off unexpectedly, or had a catastrophic illness or suffer from addiction or mental health problems. They deserve our help. The Voice Holiday Fund, now in its eighth year, provides grants to organizations that can offer a temporary home, arrange health care or provide counseling to bring an end to the substance abuse that destroys families and victimizes young children. Monies contributed to the Holiday Fund are held by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and will be distributed to the nonprofits in February or early March. No administrative costs or fees are deducted from Holiday Fund gifts, so 100 percent of all donations will be received by the nonprofit agencies. We hope that this year, as in the past, Voice readers will show their generosity by giving to these worthy causes. NLETTERS


IMMIGRANTSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CHILD RESPONDS This is in response to the letter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is immigration a factor in school performanceâ&#x20AC;? by Charlie Larson. My immigrant parents do not speak English well, and both have not completed a high school education. I am one of those children referred to in his letter. The only difference is that my parents came here legally. The assumption that enforcing immigration laws will result in improved schools is highly flawed. By forcing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad childrenâ&#x20AC;? to leave, it shows that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care. As long as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not in our midst, it makes it easier for us to sleep at night. Just because your parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak English doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doomed. What if I was treated that

way? What if someone told me, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it because I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t born into the right background? If that ever happened, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be in college, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be graduating on time, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be on the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list. I attribute all my successes to supplementary high school programs like AVID, and of course, seeing my parents struggle to make a living. And while they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help me with my homework, AVID was always there to step in. The problem is not the students. Regardless of undocumented statuses, all teachers must face teaching children of all levels. I believe that keeping a classroom diverse is the key to learning. If all the students were tracked and placed in classes of the same level, how would anyone effectively learn? We learn from others, from people different from us. The solution is

Here are the organizations that will benefit from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Fund: COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW AND LOS ALTOS

CSA assists homeless families and seniors with short-term housing, medical care and more. The nonprofit is a cooperative effort of 17 faith communities in Mountain View and Los Altos. COMMUNITY HEALTH AWARENESS COUNCIL

CHAC serves Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and seven school districts. It offers school-based programs to protect students from high-risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse. MOUNTAIN VIEW ROTACARE CLINIC

The RotaCare Clinic provides uninsured community residents with medical care and medications and is frequently the last resort for this under-served demographic. DAY WORKER CENTER OF MOUNTAIN VIEW

The Day Worker Center provides a secure place for workers and employers to negotiate wages. It serves 50 or more workers per day with jobs, English lessons and guidance. SUPPORT NETWORK FOR BATTERED WOMEN

This group operates a 24-hour bilingual hotline and a safe shelter for women and their children. It also offers counseling and other services for families dealing with domestic violence. COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ARTS

CSMA provides hands-on arts and music projects in the elementary classrooms of the Mountain View Whisman School District. Nearly 40 percent of the students are low-income, and 28 percent have limited English proficiency. PARTNERS FOR NEW GENERATIONS

Partners for New Generations matches adult volunteers with organizations serving youth in the Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area.

To give to the Holiday Fund, simply cut out the coupon provided in the paper each week and send it in with your donation. Or donations can be made online by going to that teachers need more training and support. Many of them are not equipped to handle such diverse populations in the Bay Area. Additionally, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a notion that test scores will magically go up if the undocumented students are deported. The problem with test scores is that it holds teachers to cer-

tain standards. Instead of teaching for the children to learn and grow, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re forced to teach them to a test. The education system is inherently problematic, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame it on the kids. Elizabeth Pham Plymouth Street

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lence” for five consecutive years. Bruce Schmidt and Luca Dvornik manage the operations. Overall, the decor was chic and appealing, the wine list terrific, the wait staff first-rate, the Mediterranean-themed menu interesting enough, but the food had its ups and downs and there were bothersome issues that left me wondering. Besides the regular menu, there was a loose-leaf page of Specialties from Croatia. I thought it was a monthly “foods of the wine world” program Lavanda was running. Turns out it isn’t. Dvornik hails from Croatia and his native cuisine is very much Mediterranean. The additional page was meant as a permanent addition to Lavanda’s oeuvre. I wasn’t aware of that until interviewing Schmidt just before going to press. My first date at Lavanda was for lunch. I ordered the fried Laughing Bird shrimp po’boy with remoulade sauce, romaine and pickled onions ($12). It was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. The soft but crusty bread, from Panorama Baking Company in San Francisco, made the sandwich excel. The shrimp was delightfully spicy, the sauce just right. But the accompanying fries were limp and unappealing. On a subsequent dinner date, we were shown to the back table despite the restaurant being nearly empty at an early dinner hour. I faced the wall so my companion could have


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a view. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind so much sitting at a back table, but to the left of the wall was the passageway to the restrooms, and a small space where the staff hung their coats and the restaurant stored extra chairs. There was a curtain that could have been drawn that would have lessened the visual distress, but alas, I felt I was eating in the storeroom. The menu offered about a dozen and a half hot and cold small plates, all amazingly priced at $5, a great value. The bruschetta with avocado, olive oil and sea salt was perched atop perfectly grilled bread â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a successful derivation the classic tomato-based bruschetta. Other small plates included grilled sardines, charred squid, fried okra chips that were fingerlickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tasty, a Croatian pepper and eggplant relish and roasted lamb spare ribs in lemon au jus that were a tad too fatty for my taste. The farinata, or chickpea pancake, with tapenade was delicious. Bigger plates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the grilled salm-

on wrapped in grape leaves ($24) was mouthwatering with raisins and pine nuts over a bed of couscous and grilled vegetables. It was an enticing plate with harmonious flavors, textures and aromas. The raisins added an unexpected sweetness to the slightly briny fish. My favorite dish was the roasted marinated half chicken ($23) with nearly caramelized onions, a wisp of garlic, diced roasted potatoes, lemon and olive oil. The succulent, meaty chicken had crisped skin and was rich and juicy inside and was halved again for easy knife and fork manipulation. The menu at Lavanda lacked descriptions. Each dish simply listed ingredients with no adjectival embellishments. For example, the above chicken was listed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roasted Marinated Half Chicken with Spring Onion & Garlic, Potatoes, Lemon & Olive Oil.â&#x20AC;? The components were fine but why would I choose a dish just based on a list of ingredients, there was nothing to entice, to whet the appetite. It was

disservice to the kitchen. The New York steak ($28) was served with blue cheese butter, a head of roasted garlic, truffled mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. A tender cut of meat, perfectly prepared and quite the bargain for a quality steak these days. Handkerchiefs ($17), technically fazzoletti, were little triangles of pasta, dressed with a rich, meaty ragu of beef, tomatoes, vegetables and olive oil, capped with a shower of Parmesan. There was no holding back on the meat in this thick sauce, it was extravagant and the dish was satisfying. The house-made pumpkin gnocchi ($18) with Gorgonzola cream, walnuts, fried sage and cinnamon was dreadful. The gnocchi were dense and chewy and the Gorgonzola overwhelmed any hint of pumpkin flavor. The color was an unappetizing gray and the consistency was more Elmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glue than anything edible. I sent the dish away and kitchen quickly prepared the handkerchiefs instead. For dessert, the warm raisin bread pudding ($8) with vanilla bean creme anglaise was delicious, as was the vanilla bean creme brulee ($8). The pumpkin cheesecake ($9) with caramel sauce and warm apple kuchen with whipped cream ($8) were both very good. The warm pear tart with vanilla ice cream ($9) wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as successful. The pears were underripe, and, when baked, there were no juices to caramelize and run through the pastry. It was dry and flavorless. The impressive wine list is broad and deep. Besides big bruiser Bordeaux and deliriously expensive Burgundies, the list contains scores of worthy, affordable wines. The good selection of wines by the glass is reasonably priced. Besides the disastrous gnocchi which should never have left the kitchen, there were a few other noticeable blemishes at Lavanda. The bathrooms were below acceptable for a restaurant of that caliber â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no excuses, they should be maintained throughout the evening. One wine menu I was handed

was dilapidated with a shopworn cover and brittle plastic-covered pages. I would have been hardpressed to want to choose a $500 bottle of wine from those pages.

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(Aquarius) Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” dramatizes the survivalist story of hiker Aron Ralston, as told in his book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” In the process, James Franco positions himself for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. The title refers to the time that lone mountain climber Ralston (Franco) spends trapped in Utah’s Blue John Canyon, where a boulder pins his arm to a rock wall. Rated R for language and some disturbing violent content/ bloody images. One hour, 34 minutes. — P.C.

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(Century 16, Century 20) The boy wizard who has captivated audiences since his literary introduction in 1997 is at last ready for his final curtain call. Harry Potter is officially a young man in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (“Part 2” is due out in July 2011). From the onset it is clear “Hallows” is a darker, more intense offering than past installments. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), are still reeling from the death of their beloved headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. But there is little time for grief. Dark wizards led by the serpentine Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) have seized control of the wizarding world, casting an ominous shadow on all things magical. Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action and frightening images. 2 hours, 27 minutes. — T.H.


(Century 16, Century 20) A remake of Fred Cavaye’s French thriller “Pour Elle,” this film deals with a literal escape, as Crowe’s John Brennan plots to spring his suicidal wife, Lara (Elizabeth Banks), from a Pittsburgh lockup. Early scenes establish how this middle-class woman finds herself sent up the river on what may or may not be a trumped-up murder charge. The audience has doubts, but John wills himself past those doubts. As he says of “Don Quixote,” “What if we choose to exist solely in a reality of our own making?” So John parks his young son with the grandparents (Brian Dennehy and Helen Carey, both sharp) and begins in earnest to make his own reality: that he will escape the country with his family intact. John begins the process by plying frequent escapee Damon Pennington (guest star Liam Neeson), who explains that the prison break is the easy part; escaping the post-9/11 rapid-response cordon is hard. And so begins an odyssey that presses a man to his limits. Rated PG-13 for violence, drug material, language, some sexuality and thematic elements. Two hours, 13 minutes. — P.C.

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Experimental and Theoretical Challenges to Probing Dark Energy A Workshop sponsored by the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Dec. 2-3. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Munger Residence, Paul Brest Hall, Building 4, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford. Call 650-656-5656. francestanford.stanford. edu/conferences/darkenergy Successful Bulbs for California Climate A talk on bulbs that do well in the local Mediterranean climate - flowering bulbs from South Africa and other Mediterranean climates as well as California Natives and edibles like garlic. Nov. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 408-282-3105.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Feast for the Eyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Anniversary Show Gallery 9 celebrates its 40th year in business with an all gallery exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feast for the Eyes,â&#x20AC;? on display Nov. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec. 24. Artwork by 30 Bay Area artists working in a variety of media. Anniversary and opening party for all, Thu. Dec. 2, 5-7:30 p.m. Tue.Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. Foothill Ceramics Department Pottery Sale Featuring handmade ceramic functional ware and sculpture. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7584.



Winter Wonderland Camp Make snowflakes, decorate cookies, play and more. Open to children up to 6 years old. Sessions: Dec. 4 and 11. 9-1 p.m. Cubes and Crayons, 154 E Dana St., Mountain View.

Dark Energy and the Preposterous Universe Public lecture by Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology. Dec. 1, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. conferences/dark_energy/public_lecture

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? by Western Ballet Led by Artistic Director Alexi ZubirĂ&#x152;a, Western Ballet performs â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $29 adults. $26 seniors. $25 students. $24 children (12 & under). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-4455. Latin Dance Fusion Workout Steps from many genres are folded into easy-tofollow combinations. Move to flamenco, cha-cha, cumbia, swing, merengue, salsa, samba, middle eastern, or other latin dances. Wear athletic shoes/clothing and bring an exercise mat. Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. $10. Los Altos American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos. Call 650-948-1484.

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EXHIBITS Cuba from Inside and Out In September, 18 U.S. photographers, led by art photographer and Foothill College professor Ron Herman, traveled to Cuba to participate in a research and cultural exchange program. Their photographs will be displayed. Through Dec. 6, 1 p.m. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7082. Holiday Bells & Whistles: Exhibit of electric trains, meccano models, and holiday quilts. Through Jan. 2, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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LIVE MUSIC Margaret & Victor Margaret and Victor perform bluegrass music Nov. 28, noon-2 p.m. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

ON STAGE â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tuna Christmasâ&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas eve in tiny Tuna, Texas and 22 zany citizens (played by two men) attempt to celebrate their traditional Yuletide activities in this latest in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tunaâ&#x20AC;? series of plays. Nov. 19-Dec. 18, 8-10 p.m. $24-32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-5070.

RESEARCH SUBJECTS Learning Speech Translation from Interpretation Globalization spurs the need for cross-lingual verbal communication. This is reflected in ongoing research in the field of speech translation. Speaker, Matthias Paulik is a member of CiscoĎ&#x2013;s Speech and Language Technology (C-SALT) team, where he conducts product driven R&D. Nov. 30, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, NASA Research Park, Bldg 23, Moffett Field. Call 650-335-2852. news-events/seminars/index.html

SPECIAL EVENTS Blach School Holiday Faire Blach School Holiday Faire. More than 190 students will fill 120 booths with unique, hand-crafted gifts and foods. A portion of the proceeds donated to the Blach PTA. Dec. 3, 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Blach Multipurpose Room, 1120 Covington Ave., Los Altos. Call

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650-619-6226. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Yew Chung International School Dec. 3, Mountain View Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga along with Mt. View Chamber of Commerce Officials will conduct the Ribbon Cutting. The principal, Mr. Kevin Reimer and students of Yew Chung will be assisting. This will commemorate their membership participation with the Chamber. Dec. 3, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Yew Chung International School Auditorium, 310 Easy St., Mountain View. Call 650-903-0986.

TALKS/AUTHORS Multitasking and your Tween/Teen (Grades 6-12) Talk by Clifford Nass, professor Stanford University, on todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adolescents and technology. Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. Free. Mountain View High School Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View. Call 650906-3771. PTSA/Pages/PTSAParentEd.aspx

TEEN ACTIVITIES Teen Open Gym Teen Open Gyms are open every Saturday night for various sports. Middle School and High School students only; bring student ID. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Whisman Sports Center, 1500 Middlefield Road, Mountain View. Call 650-903-6410.

VOLUNTEERS Writing Buddies Volunteers Needed Write stories with second-graders. Writing Buddies pairs adults 1:1 with Mountain View schoolchildren in a six-week program. Two hours/week, Tuesdays. All training provided. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Castro School, 505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-323-1183.

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APOLO OHNO Meet the Olympic Champion Apolo Ohno as he signs his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday.â&#x20AC;? Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.


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Bulletin Board 115 Announcements GAIN NATIONAL EXPOSURE Reach over 5 million young, educated readers for only $995 by advertising in 110 weekly newspapers like this one. Call Jason at 202-289-8484. This is not a job offer. (AAN CAN) 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 (Void in Illinois) (AAN CAN)

Piano Lessons Taught in your home. Member MTAC & NGPT. Specializing in beginners. All levels welcome. Karen, (650)367-0307 or Piano Lessons Guaranteed to make good performer. Kids & Adults. 650-739-5145 Piano Lessons Susan Jackson, Mus B. MM. Classical or Jazz. (650)326-3520 Pro Tools Recording Facility The Cave ~ Multi Track “Live” recording facility for full digital musical performance capture. Access to local musicians and recording artist for performance enhancements to your current projects. Film and ADR support. Call for rates! Angelo (650) 245-0984

135 Group Activities

Org. 1955 Mickey Mouse Club, - $20.00 PLAYER PIANO & ROLLS - make offer PLAYER PIANO & ROLLS - BEST OFFER PLAYER PIANO W/50 ROLLS - BEST OFFER PLAYER PIANO W/50 ROLLS - Make offe Royal Doulton China Pieces - $See Ad Vintage Costume Jewelry - under $100

220 Computers/ Electronics

Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered 24/7 Abundant Love Childcare

5 Disk Sony CD Player - $14

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AM Nanny - MV to Sunnyvale

IBM Selectric II Typewriter - $350

Are you looking for mature Nanny

Kush Electronics - $0

Art Birthday Parties

Nintendo Gameboy Advance with 3 - $30

Child Care opening in San Carlos

Sony Cybershot DSC - $28

Debbie’s Family Day Care - RWC

230 Freebies


Casement window screens & cranks - FREE

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C-oDependents Anonymous (CoDA)

Art classes, Winter camps

Featherettes 23rd Craft Fair


Learn to Live Pain Free - FREE

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Free Reiki to the community!

Etz Chayim Second Annual Holiday

235 Wanted to Buy

Free talk: Introduction to Reiki

Mountain View Seasoned Travelers

Free talk: Theta Healing


House Cleaning

240 Furnishings/ Household items

Meditation in Mountain View

Violin Teacher

140 Lost & Found

Bachelor Chest - $250.00 Curio or China Cabinet - $700 OBO

340 Child Care Wanted

Ready for the Year to End? Spring Down Horse Show

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201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

133 Music Lessons

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A Piano Teacher Children & Adults Ema Currier (650)493-4797 Barton-Holding Music Studio Next 6 week “singing for the non-singer” class starting soon. Call Laura Barton 650/965-0139 FUN Piano Voice Violin Guitar Glenda Timmerman Piano 23 years exp. MA. 650/938-0582 Guitar Lessons 650-224-3550 beg/int all styles your home $60 Hope Street Studios In downtown Mtn. View Most instruments, voice All ages & levels (650) 961-2192 Jazz & Pop Piano Lessons Learn how to build chords and improvise. Bill Susman, M.A., Stanford. (650)906-7529 Manzana Music School Lessons on Guitar,Violin, Vocals, Fiddle, Banjo, or Mandolin. Call us at: 650 799-7807 McCool Piano Studio 566-9391MP Near Burgess Gym Menlo Park Piano Class for Ages 2-6, FUN!

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Ford 2008 E-150 Cargo Van - $15,000 ob Toyota 2005 Corolla LE - $9990 obo

202 Vehicles Wanted

Antique dolls

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245 Miscellaneous Sawmills New Norwood LumberMate-Pro handles logs 34” diameter, mills boards 28” wide. Automated quick-cycle-sawing increases efficiency up to 40%! www. 1-800661-7746 ext. 300N. (Cal-SCAN) Back Pack - Jansport - $30.00 BIG PURGE - $5 CANON CHARGER & 4L BATTERY - $15.00 Canon 35 MM Camera - $40.00

Goose Down Comforter Warm Things (very warm) goose down comforter. (650)854-0139 $75

Baysitter/driver needed for Frid Live In Care Provider Mother’s helper for afternoons Nanny Jobs in Peninsula Part Time Nanny Position

345 Tutoring/ Lessons Chess Lessons for kids and adult French&German Tutor 608-381-0210 One-to-One Tutoring Service Stanford-Educated Expert Tutors Violin lessons & Voice Lessons

350 Preschools/ Schools/Camps

4TBlues Clues costume$10 4y BOY clothes Barbie,bratz,dolls,girltoys$10 BOY comforter/blankets $25 Boy VHS videos BOYS Jackets6mon-3years Carseat, girl’s trike, misc. Charming Doll House

Mixed Firewood-Seasoned & Split - $150.00

Crib Toy Tiny Love $15


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Doll Stroller Graco $10

Telephoto Camera Case - $25.00

large toy workbench with many to

unique and affordable - $5

Leap FrogAlphabetPalCaterpillar

Western Boots - $55-$100

lil tikes workbench and tools

250 Musical Instruments Tama 5 piece drum set - NOW $300.

260 Sports & Exercise Equipment German Hiking Boots (Men) - $45.00 OBO

1930’s Style Mickey Mouse Framed - $5.00

Pilates reformer - $50

Disneyland Wall Map Org 1984 - $25.00

Pilates reformer for sale - $50

Fairy Tale Prince Ken Doll - $20.00

volleyball set - $30

MAGNAVOX RECORD PLAYER - $50 obo Org. 1955 Mickey Mouse Club, - $20.00

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355 Items for Sale

firewood firewood, oak, seasoned, split, delivered to your driveway, 340.00 a cord, 190.00 1/2 cord, call bob 650-367-8817


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215 Collectibles & Antiques

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210 Garage/Estate Sales

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560 Employment Information $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 http://www. (AAN CAN) Able to Travel Hiring 8 people. No experience necessary. Transportation and lodging furnished. Paid training. Work and travel entire USA. Start today. www. 1-208-590-0365. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers - Company Solos and Hazmat Teams *GREAT PAY *GREAT MILES *CDL-A Required. We also have dedicated and regional positions available. Call: 866-448-1055 SWIFT. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers - Regional CDL needed. Gordon Trucking, Inc. Sign on bonus in some areas! Current Openings on our NCA Fleet. Home weekly available! Consistent Miles and Time off! Full Benefits, 401k. We have lots of Freight! 1-888-832-6484 EOE. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers -Company Solos and Hazmat Teams * GREAT PAY * GREAT MILES * CDL-A Required. We also have dedicated and regional positions available. Call 866-789-8947. Swift. (Cal-SCAN) EARN $75 - $200 HOUR Media Makeup Artist Training. Ads, TV, Film, Fashion. One week class. Stable job in weak economy. Details at 310-364-0665 (AAN CAN) EMT Free Training Plus pay, benefits, vacation, regular raises. HS grads ages 17-34. Help others. Gain financial security. Call Mon-Fri 1-800-345-6289. (Cal-SCAN) Paid In Advance! Make $1,000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! (AAN CAN) Sales Travel, Work, Party, Play! Now hiring 18-24 guys/gals for exciting travel job. 2 wk pd. training. Hotel/Transportation provided. Return guaranteed. Call today/ start today. 877-724-3713. (Cal-SCAN) Sales - Able To Travel? Earn Above Average $$$ Selling with Fun Successful Business Group. No Experience Necessary. Paid Training. Lodging, Transportation Provided. 1-877-646-5050. (Cal-SCAN)

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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) Money to Loan Do You Receive Payments On A Note? Need Cash Now? Full and Partial BuyOuts. Call Safeway Capital Toll-Free 866-241-9922. (Cal-SCAN)

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

Home Services 703 Architecture/ Design Design/Permits One stop for your remodel/design needs. Comp. plans incl structural engineering and energy compliance (T-24). ADW 650-969-4980

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

715 Cleaning Services

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728 Drywall/Plaster Summit Drywall

730 Electrical

R. Alvarez Cleaning Weekly, monthly or one time cleaning. 15 years exp. Excel. refs. Lic. #41574. 650/369-1477

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Alex Electric Lic #784136. Free Est. All electrical. Alex, (650)366-6924

(650) 799-5521


741 Flooring/ Carpeting


Aladdin Carpet and Floors Sales, installs, remodels and painting for the home. Free est. Lic. 1236 So. Abel St., Milpitas. Tony, 408-263-1988.

748 Gardening/ Landscaping 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


Kitchens Baths Doors & Windows 1 Dry Rot & Termite Specialists 1 Small Jobs Welcome 1 Multi-Unit Buildings 1 Full Service Construction 1 1 1

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(650) 271-4448

856-9648 $ Consult $DrSprayIrrigation $ Maintenance $La!RocGardens $EdibGardensV Boxes Lic. #725080 JRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Maintenance Residential clean up, trimming, new lawn and sprinkler installations. 16 yrs exp. Great refs. Jose, 650-743-0397

General Construction Services

(408) 532-8020 754 Gutters Carlson Gutter Cleaning Pressure Washing Available Servicing Menlo Park and surrounding areas CALL MARK (650)322-5030

757 Handyman/ Repairs

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




Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gardening Maintenance, clean-ups. 650/365-6955; 995-3822


RooďŹ ng, Water ProoďŹ ng, Decks and other Services.

Jody Horst

30 Years Experience

650.529.1662 3.27


R.G. Landscape Yard clean-ups, maintenance, installations. Call Reno for free est., 650/468-8859 Urielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gardening Maint., haul, poison oak, clean up, free est. 650/862-1378 Uriel


787 Pressure Washing

Lic.# 468963

Emerald City Powerwashing Exterior Surface Cleaning Wood Deck Restoration 650/787-8017

HANDYMAN Repair         Since 1976 Licensed & Insured


Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maintenance Plumbing, Painting,Tile & wall repair Free Est. No job too small! Senior Disc. 25 years Experience (650)669-3199 Small Jobs Welcome Local, refs., 25 years exp., trusted, reliable. 650/218-8181

759 Hauling A


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A Junk Hauling Service Residential & Commercial. Yard clean-up service. Large & Small jobs. 650-771-0213 CLINTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 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 Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hauling Commercial, Residential, Garage, Basement & Yard. Clean-up. Fair prices. 650/361-8773

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


GARDENING & LANDSCAPE Woodwork/Fencing, Irrigation, Aeration, Stump Grinding,Tree/Shrub Trimming, Rototilling Clean ups, Rose/ Fruit Tree Pruning. Roger:650-776-8666

Noel Leal Gardening Service Pattyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House Cleaning Service Apartments, Houses, offices. 10 years exp. Excellent Ref. Free est. Call Anytime. Lic#32563 (650)722-1043

Vidal Gardening & Landscaping Bi-Weekly, twice a month clean up. Tree removal. Fences, retaining walls, new lawn irrigation systems. Gutter cleaning. Free est., excel. refs. 650-771-0213

751 General Contracting

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327-5493 771 Painting/ Wallpaper Don Pohlmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Painting *Detailed Craftsmanship *Excel. Restorative Prep *Great Local References 650/799-7403 * Lic. 635027 Gary Rossi PAINTING Free 2 gal. paint. Water damage repair, wallpaper removal. Bonded. Lic #559953. 650/207-5292 Glen Hodges Painting Senior discount. Quality work. 35+ yrs exp. Payment plan avail. Lic #351738. 650/322-8325 STYLE PAINTING Commâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l/Residential, interior and ext., full service painting. Insured. Lic. 903303. 650/388-8577

790 Roofing Al Peterson Roofing since 1946

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Priority Roofing Solutions, Inc. Roofing and Gutters 408-532-8020

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1VCMJD/PUJDFT 995 Fictitious Name Statement eGold Solutions ThreeWiseDames FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 544041 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) eGold Solutions, 2.) ThreeWiseDames at 172 Chetwood Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): DEBRA DONOVAN 172 Chetwood Drive Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 11/01/2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 27, 2010. (Voice Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FLOWERS BY FLORES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 543833 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Flowers by Flores at 1935 Mount Vernon Ct. # 8, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): EVARISTO FLORES 1935 Mount Vernon Ct. 8 Mountain View, CA 94040 SELENE FLORES 1935 Mount Vernon Ct. 8 Mountain View, CA 94040 EUGENIA FLORES 1935 Mount Vernon Ct. 8 Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein.

This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 22, 2010. (Voice Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) DESIGN LAUGHTER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 543994 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Design Laughter at 99 Eldora Drive, Mountain View, CA 94041, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CARRIE SHAKED 99 Eldora Drive Mountain View, CA 94041 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 26, 2010. (Voice Nov. 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 2010) 2-COMPLEX FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 544775 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 2-Complex at 877 Heatherstone Way Apt. 503, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): PETERSON TRETHEWEY 877 Heatherstone Way Apt. 503 Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 16, 2010. (Voice Nov. 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 2010)

MARIA G. HOUSECLEANING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 544853 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Maria G. Housecleaning at 2235 California St., Apt. 188, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): JOSE ARELLANO 2235 California St., Apt. 188 Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 17, 2010. (Voice Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, 2010)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: EDWARD GREGORY ALTOUNEY, EDWARD G. ALTOUNEY, EDWARD ALTOUNEY Case No.: 1-10-PR-167520 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of EDWARD GREGORY ALTOUNEY, EDWARD G. ALTOUNEY, EDWARD ALTOUNEY. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: UNION BANK, N.A. in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: UNION BANK, N.A. be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice

or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on December 2, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 3 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., 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 four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Jennifer H. Friedman (SBN: 195475) 1100 Alma Street, Suite 210 Menlo Park, California 94025 (650)324-9300 (Voice Nov. 12, 19, 26, 2010) NOTICE OF BULK SALE (subject to Com. C. 6106.2) The following definitions and designations shall apply in this Notice without regard to number or gender: SELLER:

Gail Reilly 2243 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 BUYER: Ron Goodman 2243 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain

View, CA 94043

BUSINESS: THAIPHOON RESTAURANT 185 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

BUSINESS: ILLUMINATIONS 2243 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 DATE OF CONSUMMATION: December 14, 2010 LAST DAY TO FILE CLAIMS: December 13, 2010 ESCROW HOLDER: WILLIAM H. DUNN, Attorney at Law, 1350 Dell Avenue, Suite 204, Campbell, CA 95008 Notice is hereby given that Seller intends to make a bulk sale of the assets of the above described Business to Buyer including all stock in trade, furniture, and equipment used in said Business, to be consummated at the office of the Escrow Holder at the time of consummation or thereafter. Creditors of the Seller may file claims with the Escrow Holder on or before the last day to file claims stated above. This sale is subject to California Commercial Code 6106.2. Seller has used the following other business names and addresses within the last three years so far as known to Buyer: None Ron Goodman ___________________________ BY: WILLIAM H. DUNN Agent for Buyer (Voice Nov. 26, 2010) NOTICE OF BULK SALE (A.B.C. License) The following definitions and designations shall apply in this Notice without regard to number or gender: SELLER:

Bangkok International, Inc. 185 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 BUYER:

Mehmet Vural & Faith Vural 185 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

A.B.C. LICENSE: California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control license issued to Transferor for Business. Notice is hereby given that Seller intends to make a bulk sale of the assets of the above described Business to Buyer, including the A.B.C. License, stock in trade, furniture, and equipment used in the Business, to be consummated at the office of WILLIAM H. DUNN, 1350 Dell Avenue, #204, Campbell, CA 95008, on or after the date the A.B.C. License is transferred by the A.B.C. to Buyer (estimated to be 01/31/2011). This transfer is not subject to California Commercial Code Sec. 6106.2. Seller has used the following other business names and addresses within the last three years so far as known to Buyer: Thaiphoon Restaurant, 543 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 Mehmet Vural & Faith Vural ________________________ WILLIAM H. DUNN Agent for Buyer (Voice Nov. 26, 2010) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: November 19, 2010 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: GK SUSHI INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 124 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041-1202 Type of license(s) Applied for: 47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE (Voice Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 2010)

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