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MV company: firing soldier was no crime By Daniel DeBolt



Amberlin Wu, who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, grimaces in pain as she is helped back into bed by Lua Finau.



mberlin Wu is sick and tired of being sick and tired. It’s pretty safe to assume anyone in her position would feel the same — the 38-year-old Mountain View woman has been exhausted, off an on, for the past 15 years.

She has what is known as chronic fatigue syndrome — CFS for short — a complex condition that is not very well understood by the medical community, and which can present a wide range of symptoms. Patients diagnosed with CFS See FATIGUE, page 10

City seeks input on pot club rules NEW ORDINANCE WILL GOVERN HOW MARIJUANA IS SOLD IN MV By Daniel DeBolt


“very challenging” set of regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries in Mountain View needs some direction from the city’s residents, says City Attorney Jannie Quinn. A meeting for Mountain View residents to discuss a draft medical marijuana ordinance is set for Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in the


City Council chambers. The issue has urgency because Quinn said the council will likely vote on whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in February, before a temporary ban expires in early April. Quinn is drafting a set of regulations on pot clubs in case the council decides to allow them in Mountain View. Among the problems for the city is where pot clubs would be permit-

ted to operate. Quinn said a new state law requires that they be 600 feet from schools, and the council has discussed a rule requiring them to be up to 1,000 feet from homes, parks and schools. That leaves only a few small pockets in the city where a dispensary could locate, mostly in the industrial areas along Highway 101. See POT CLUB, page 13

itan Labs of Mountain View is denying charges from the U.S. Justice Department that it fired an Army reservist called to duty, saying he was never actually deployed. Last week the Justice Department said it was suing Titan Labs for firing Mountain View resident Miguel Orozco Garduño after he was deployed as an Army reservist. Through a widely circulated press release, the Justice Department claimed this was a violation of the 1994 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which prohibits employers from firing employees for being called into active military service. The Justice Department pointedly claimed in the press release that the company “terminated Orozco’s employment because of his military obligations.” But Titan’s president Harvey Berger denied that allegation, saying “this is a very unusual case, a lot of unusual things have happened. He never went, that’s the whole problem. He was never sent overseas even though we have orders he was to be gone 400 days. Had he gone, we would have hired him back immediately.” The Justice Department apparently believes Orozco did perform some military duties while he was away as the press release mentions Orozco completing “honorable military service” before being denied his job upon his return. Berger said Orozco had worked at Titan Labs for nine years and had been given his job back once before after he was deployed to Iraq for two years. “We’re mindful of our obligations,” Berger said. The Justice Department also claims that Orozco had been replaced by an employee who does not have military obligations. Berger said he was surprised by the lawsuit, which he said was “premature” as the company has been


in settlement talks with Orozco. Berger said he still hoped to reach a settlement agreement. The Justice Department had strong words of warning for companies that might fire deployed members of the military. “Rather than face discrimination because of their military obligations, our service members should be honored for the sacrifices they make, and they should know they will not have to also sacrifice their jobs to serve our country,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, in the press release. “The Justice Department is committed to vigorously enforcing federal laws that protect the employment rights of our service members.” Titan Labs is located on Wright Avenue and manufactures various degreasers, hand cleaners and solvents. V

HSR to debut in Central Valley By Gennady Sheyner


alifornia’s proposed high-speed rail line, which state officials say will compete with airplanes and connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, will make its debut between the small Central Valley cities of Borden and Corcoran under the latest proposal from California High-Speed Rail Authority engineers. The staff recommendation, which the rail authority’s board of directors is scheduled to consider on Dec. 2 (after the See HSR, page 11

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Cops collar 15 after attack with bats, chains

ASSAILANTS ARE LIKELY GANG MEMBERS FROM SAN JOSE descriptions — a Lincoln Aviator, a Ford Windstar and an ust about two hours after a Acura Integra. In the Windstar, large gang attacked two men officers found a metal bar, on California Street, Moun- knives, a baseball bat and a golf tain View police announced they club; a baseball bat was found in had arrested 12 men and three the Integra. juveniles and charged them with “We don’t know what was used assault with a deadly weapon and and what was not used,” Wylie said. conspiracy to commit assault Neither victim appeared to have with a deadly weapon. Many been stabbed with a knife, she said. were residents of San Jose. “Every available officer Witnesses told police up to 15 responded, plus officers from members of the group, wield- Palo Alto,” Wylie said. ing bats, chains and metal rods, The adults arrested are: Adriattacked the men Sunday after- an Alaniz, 22; Alejandro Alaniz, noon as they 26; Jose Barawere walking jas, 20; Fredy in the 2200 Martinez, 22; Police believe the block of CaliJose Martinez, fornia Street. Michael incident was gang- 34; The two vicMoreno, 19; tims, ages 18 Luis Ocerelated. and 25, both guera, 20 ; from MounLuis Urbina, tain View, suf28; Jesus Vega, fered injuries that sent them to 24; Tomas Rodriguez, 23; Bryan the hospital, according to Moun- Villalpando, 23; Jim Villalpantain View police spokeswoman do, 27. Two 14-year-olds and one Liz Wylie. The 18-year-old, who 17-year-old also were arrested. was taken by ambulance to the All of the suspects, many of whom hospital, had multiple lacera- are residents of San Jose, were tions on his head and face, a bro- charged with assault with a deadly ken orbital socket and a broken weapon and conspiracy to commit hand. The 25-year-old, who fled assault with a deadly weapon. the attack and was driven to Police believe the incident was the hospital by a relative, had a gang-related but are not sure of laceration on his head, a small what may have motivated the puncture wound to the stomach attack, Wylie said. Police have and two small puncture wounds not ruled out that some suspects on his hand, Wylie said. may have gotten away. All of the suspects fled the Anyone with information is scene, many of them in cars that encouraged to call the Mounwitnesses described to police, tain View Police Department at Wylie said. Police later located 903-6344. Callers may remain three cars matching witnesses’ anonymous. By Nick Veronin



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CHAC sees recession’s toll from the frontlines By Daniel DeBolt


n army of counselors on 30 school campuses in the Mountain View and Los Altos area say they are seeing higher rates of divorce, domestic violence, bullying, homeless youth and kids who are withdrawing into a world of video games and the Internet. In an interview Monday, Monique Kane, director of the Community Health Awareness Council, and two staff members described the various ways the

recession has hurt the community, according to reports from the dozens of school counselors CHAC employs.

Stewart Kiritiz, CHAC’s chief psychologist and director of training, said he’s noticed more kids are turning to video games as a way

to avoid dealing with increasingly difficult social situations. Some play video games for six to 12 hours a day. Kids with attention deficit disorder can find it very seductive, he said, because it’s an environment they feel they can control. “Parents don’t realize that can do damage to kids,” Kiritiz said. “Every hour you spend on the computer is one hour less you are spending with your peers or on hobbies.” As kids isolate themSee CHAC, page 14


City files more charges against Ideafarm By Nick Veronin


he city has impounded another of Wo’O Ideafarm’s bicycle trailers and slapped him with multiple misdemeanor charges. Ideafarm, who is known around town for the signs he posts on the sides of large white bicycle trailers, which he has dubbed “The Doghouse” and “The Doghouse No. 2,” was charged on Nov. 30 with 20 misdemeanor counts for various violations of city code, including parking his structure on city property

and trespassing, according to Mountain View City Attorney, Jannie Quinn. “The city’s concern is the safety of his structure,” Quinn said. “That has been the focus of the city’s efforts from day one.” She said he is endangering himself and the public by parking his structure on the sidewalk. Ideafarm has squared off with the city before, but this most recent spat began on Sept. 9, after he was arrested in Mountain View City Hall on trespassing charges. “The city’s real goal is to silence me,” Ideafarm said, adding that he is not con-

cerned with the charges. “The number of charges and the nature of the charges strike me as ridiculous.” Ideafarm said he believes the city was urged by local businesses to do something to silence his most recent “campaign,” which is intended to draw public attention to what he called the “replacement of a religious holiday with a commercialized shopping spree.” While Ideafarm was in court on Nov. 30, his second trailer was parked at the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street. When he returned it was gone,

having been impounded — just as his first trailer was — by the Mountain View police. This came as a shock to Ideafarm, who said no one informed him. Police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said he had been told and Quinn said the city has informed Ideafarm on multiple occasions, “verbally and in writing” that he could not park his trailer on city property. Ideafarm has constructed yet another bicycle trailer, the “Doghouse No. 3.” This iteration is merely a mobile sign; it will not provide him a place to sleep, as his previous trailers have. V




Over 1,000 new homes for Google? By Daniel DeBolt

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he City Council is expected to take a major step forward with a plan for the future of Mountain View on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Allowing zoning for as many as 1,500 new homes in the North Bayshore area among Google’s offices is one of the potential scenarios to be studied in a massive city-wide environmental impact report. The council will vote on a “strategy� for what should be studied in that EIR, and anything that is not studied is unlikely to make it into the city’s updated general plan, which will serve as a blueprint for the city’s development until 2030. On Nov. 16, the council indicated support for studying the 1,500 homes amid new shops and restaurants in Google’s neighborhood along Shoreline Boulevard just north of Highway 101 and at the west end of Plymouth Boulevard — but is not yet sold on implementing the idea. Tsuda said on Wednesday that several North Bayshore property owners, not just Google, are interested in that idea, which could create a downtown feel next to Google’s headquarters. “If half the site were to redevelop, we could expect 1,500 (housing) units by 2030,� City Planner Martin Alkyre said at the Nov. 16 meeting. “That is assuming half of those sites transition to exclusively residential,� said Planning Director Randy Tsuda. “We don’t see that happening. We plan to insert policies about maintaining a mixture in that corridor.�

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The homes could be as dense as 70 dwelling units per acre under the EIR. For comparison, the controversial two-, three- and four-story Minton’s development on Evelyn Avenue is about 60 units per acre. The city is also coming up with a traffic and circulation plan for Google’s office neighborhood to break up its “super blocks� and create a college campus feel. There could be as many as 89,000 homes built in Mountain View under the strategy the council will consider Tuesday, according to city staff, up from the 65,000 that exist now. The city’s current general plan allows up to 82,000 homes. Areas where new homes could be built include an up-zoned El Camino Real, Moffett Boulevard and a revamped San Antonio shopping Center. Traffic impacts will be studied. But the largest impact may

come from up-zoning the North Bayshore area, where nearly the entire area will see potential floor area ratios that could translate to Google office buildings seven stories high. “We’ve already been accused of having far more jobs than we have housing for,� said council member Laura Macias. “Something like 50,000 people a day come into this city for work. If we build this much office space ... what happens to the quality of life as we know it?� The city also plans to study the impacts of redeveloped “village centers� throughout town, shopping centers where neighborhoods buy food and receive other services. Their locations include the intersections of Whisman Road and Middlefield Road, Rengstorff Avenue and Central Expressway, and Cuesta Drive and Miramonte Avenue. There was some concern on Nov. 16 about the Francia family’s orchard property on Whisman Road, which is labeled as a “city/ community facility� on the general plan strategy map, even though city staff say they have not had any real discussion with the owners of the property. Council members and neighbors have been floating the idea for a bond-funded park there for years, but council member Inks called it the “first step, tip-toeing to a regulatory taking,� and urged the city not to label the property as a public facility until the owners were ready to sell. “The city should stay cool here and make sure it doesn’t do anything that could be regarded as hostile,� Inks said. V

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Dr. Hubert Upton died Nov. 16 in Roseville, Calif. He was 85. The memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 12, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mountain View. He was born in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska to Hubert Allen Upton and Mildred Mabery Upton. After his family moved to California, he received ofďŹ cer training in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a second lieutenant during World War II and then served as a naval medical ofďŹ cer during the Korean War. He attended University of California, Berkeley, for three years in engineering, and in 1945 changed his course of study to medicine. He graduated from the University of Rochester Medical School in 1951. Medicine became his lifelong career. He married Jean Cornell after meeting in Rochester, N.Y. The couple moved to California, and Dr. Upton

set up a family practice in Mountain View, Calif. He was one of the founders of El Camino Hospital, where he served the community until he retired in 1996. Dr. Upton was active in the California Academy and American Academy of Family Practice, the Boy Scouts of America and was a trustee for the United Methodist Church in Mountain View and Nevada City. He had a passion for music and started an Explorer Scout Jazz Band called the Blue Saints, which toured the world between 1964 and 1973. His interests included Japanese gardens, woodworking, boating, model and historical trains, aviation and music. Hugh and Jean had a happy marriage of 62 years and loved raising their family and traveling the world. He is survived by his wife, Jean Cornell Upton; his four children, Hubert Allen Upton, Bruce Arnold Upton, Gary Cornell Upton and Janice Upton Blumer; eight grandchildren; and brother, Dwight Upton. Memorial contributions can be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 748 Mercy Street, Mountian View, CA 94041.




Textbooks for less: FoothillDe Anza program wins award By Nick Veronin


program started in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, geared toward encouraging the widespread adoption of “open textbooks,” has grown rapidly since it was founded two years ago and was recently recognized by an interstate educational organization for its achievements. The College Open Textbook Collaborative was honored on Nov. 12 by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies Outstanding Work Award. The WOW award, as it is called, recognizes the innovative use of technology in higher education Foothill-De Anza’s Open Textbook Collaborative touts the use of digital textbooks with very flexible copyright restrictions in community colleges across the county. The seeds for the collabora-

tive were sown in 2007 after two professors at De Anza College, Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, decided that the statistics textbook they had coauthored was too expensive for many students. The two professors worked to buy the copyright back from their publisher and then published their work through Connexions, an online open educational resource repository. Students can now access their text for free and professors can pick and choose which portions of their text they would like to use in the classroom. This approach, according to Una Daly, associate director of College Open Textbook Collaborative, is helping students get a better education and graduate earlier, especially at the community college level, where the cost of a semester’s textbooks can often dwarf the cost of tuition. Students in community colleges are often there because they cannot afford to go to a four-year school, Daly said.

When those students are faced with steep textbook costs, they often choose to drop the course requiring those texts, try to get by without buying the texts or put off buying the texts until they can afford them. “For students who are at that edge this can really make a difference,” Daly said. “With an online textbook they can start using it on day one. They aren’t denied the textbooks because of a lack of ability to pay.” Many students say that that they prefer physical texts to digital ones, Daly said, but she believes as the technology improves these complaints may decrease. Daly is also a faculty member in the computer technology and information systems department at Foothill College. Since it was founded in 2008, the collaborative has identified and cataloged more than 500 open community college textbooks and now counts more than 200 community colleges across the United States as

St. Francis athlete in coma after car crash By Nick Veronin and James Tensuan


star water polo player from St. Francis High school was involved in five-car pileup on Highway 280 Saturday, according to a California Highway Patrol official. At press time, she remained in a coma at a local hospital. Caroline Hansen, a senior at St. Francis, was driving a Mini Cooper on the southbound side of 280 at about 6:35 p.m. on Nov. 27 when her vehicle was struck twice, Art Montiel, a CHP public information officer, said. The first impact apparently turned her car sideways; she was then broadsided by another car.

members. Almost 150 of the textbooks in the collaborative’s database have been peer reviewed. These open textbooks are often free when accessed online and cheap — between $20 and $60 — if students want to download a copy to their com-

Montiel said the accident is still under investigation and that officers won’t have a clear picture of what happened until all witnesses and victims are interviewed. Meanwhile, friends and fellow students at St. Francis have held prayer services for Hansen and are remaining optimistic. “There is hope,” said senior Allison Foraker, a friend of Hansen’s. Hansen’s Facebook page is filled with messages of love and well wishes from family and friends. The 17-year-old varsity water polo player has been offered scholarships to both University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Michigan. V

puter or order a physical copy. In addition, the flexible copyright rules allow professors to pull only those segments of a text pertinent to their lesson plans. “Professors don’t frequently find a textbook that matches their class exactly,” said Daly. V

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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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report frequent sore throats, allergies or sensitivity to food, irritable bowels, intense migraines and vertigo. And then there is disease’s namesake symptom: extreme fatigue that can last for months on end and which is unabated no matter how much they sleep. Wu is sitting up in her bed. It is where she spends the majority of her time these days, she says. A portable commode sits to the right of her bed. Walking the 15 or so steps to the hallway bathroom is out of the question today. Some days are worse than others. Today isn’t the worst, but it is far from a good day. Since she first began noticing symptoms, she has had periods — sometimes lasting months on end — when she has felt right as rain. Of late, however, she hasn’t left the house, or her bed, much. “I don’t have any plans,” she says in exasperation. “Everything I’ve ever planned in my life got cancelled.” Mysterious origins Wu believes she may have contracted the disease sometime in 1995, although she has no idea how. That year she came down with a bad cough that lasted months and eventually developed pneumonia. Antibiotics cleared up her cough, but Wu was fatigued for months afterward and has been battling bouts of exhaustion ever since. In addition to her ever-present lethargy, Wu said she frequently comes down with bad colds, the flu and suffers from migraines, vertigo, diarrhea and terrible stomach cramps. “Amberlin, in a number of regards, is an unusual case, but in many ways she is also very typical,” says Dr. Andy Kogelnik, a CFS specialist. He’s a physician at El Camino Hospital and director of the Open Medicine Institute, a private, Mountain View-based disease research organization. He says that Wu’s case is relatively severe, but that all of her symptoms have been known to result from CFS. Kogelnik and some of his colleagues plan on publishing a paper on chronic fatigue syndrome soon. With his paper, Kogelnik will be officially chiming in on a debate that is still in its infancy, despite the fact that the first widely publicized outbreak of CFS in the Lake Tahoe region in the 1980s. Back then, the disease was referred to as “yuppie flu” by some who felt that individuals claiming to have the disease were simply lazy. It is a stigma “that’s hard to overcome” and has inhibited progress on CFS research and prevented patients from being taken seriously, Kogelnik says.

“Most med schools don’t teach about it, actually” he says, noting that due to the perception among many that the disease isn’t real, or is all in a patient’s head, a feedback loop of sorts has been created. As long as there is a significant contingent that doesn’t take CFS seriously, getting funding for research will be difficult. “It’s so frustrating,” says Wu, who says doctors have accused her of faking her disease and says hospitals have denied her care, because they know insurance companies won’t pick up the tab for CFSrelated treatment. “People think it means you’re just tired.” Not just tired In Wu’s case it is much more than that. Toward the end of her conversation with the Voice, she is having trouble concentrating. At one point she pauses for 15 seconds in the middle of a sentence, apparently trying to remember what she was trying to say. After the interview, she asks for a moment of privacy to


To alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, Amberlin Wu takes several kinds of pills.

use her bedside commode. Shortly after the door is closed a thud and an anguished cry is heard through her bedroom door. Rushing into the room, Wu’s full-time caretaker, Lua Finau, finds that she has fallen attempting to get back into bed. Wu cries in agony, clutching her stomach, as Finau runs to the kitchen to retrieve several opaque orange bottles filled with various painkillers and nerve dampeners. She gives Wu a pill and shuts the blackout drapes to block the mid-afternoon sunlight. Later, Finau, a certified nurses assistant, explains that Wu was suffering from one of her regular stomach cramps and a migraine. “That’s how she is,” says Finau, who does not doubt the validity of CFS in the least. “That’s her illness — something that she cannot control.” Many diseases in one “This is truly a real condition and not just in someone’s head,” Kogelnik says. And slowly but surely, it seems that more people in the medical community and general population are agreeing with him. A recent study linking CFS to a retrovirus found in mice — known as xenotropic murine leukemia virus, or XMRV — received atten-

tion from the national media. Kogelnik, for his part, believes that XMRV is only part of the equation, especially in patients like Wu. “To me, (CFS is) an overlap of a number of different diseases that may be related but are probably not all the same thing,” Kogelnik says. He believes the condition may be caused by a number of different diseases that overlap synergistically, producing cases like Wu’s. Until more research is done, no one will be able to say with certainty just what CFS is, how it spreads or what causes it, Kogelnik says. Few options For now, unfortunately for Wu and others afflicted with the disease — as many as 7.5 million in the United States, according to a recent paper published in Population Health Metrics in 2007 — there is little that can be done to treat the disease, other than to hole up in bed and manage symptoms with drugs and therapy. Wu paid about $20,000 last year in medical bills. She pays $500 a month for insurance, not counting Finau’s services, which cost $4,000 a month. She has disability insurance, but it only provides her with $2,000 each month. Her mother and father, who are aging, help her pay all of her bills. “My parents’ retirement has completely changed because of my disease,” she says. “All their money goes into keeping me alive.” Not alone The disease has not only put stress on Wu and her family, but it has deeply impacted her social life. She has lost friends and romantic partners because of her disease. “I think there is so much hopelessness in it for people watching,” Wu says of the friends who have tried to help her in the past, only to give up and lose touch. “At some point people have to get back to their lives.” Wu has mixed feelings about the possibility that XMRV could be at the root of her disease. “It’s fantastic that it is getting the attention of the country,” she says. If the medical community can point to something concrete, then the disease may finally get the attention it deserves, she says. On the other hand, Wu has been on anti-retroviral drugs before — a treatment she equates to “torture.” For her part, Wu has tried to make the best of the cards she has been dealt. She has helped to organize a support group for CFS sufferers, which meets every third Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Mountain View center. When asked how she managed to muster the energy to work on anything outside of her health, she echoed the mission statement of her support group: “No one should go through this alone.” V


Here comes the sun: solar project breaks ground By Nick Veronin


ork has begun on a solar power system that will generate at least 25 percent of the power consumed by both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, according to a district official. The system, which will be designed and built by Cupertino Electric, is projected to cost about $7 million and will be paid for using funds from the $41.3 million Measure A bond, which Mountain View voters passed on June 8. Joe White, associate superintendent of business services for the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, said the system will produce about 1.27 megawatts annually — 755 kilowatts on the Mountain View campus and 515 kilowatts on the


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Voice goes to press), also calls for construction of two high-speed rail stations — one in downtown Fresno and another one east of Hanford. Staff estimates the segment to cost about $4.15 billion. The rail authority decided earlier this month to begin construction of the rail line in Central Valley — a decision driven by a Federal Railroad Administration grant that earmarked $715 million for this region. The rail authority was widely expected to

Los Altos campus — enough to power about 10 houses for an entire year. White said the 95,000 square feet of solar panels will sit atop ground-mounted canopies in the student parking lots at each school, simultaneously providing shade and environmentally friendly energy. A small segment of panels will be placed in the driveway between the Mountain View High School football field and campus. “I’m extremely excited,� White said. “A lot of work has gone into this project.� Although the project officially began Nov. 29, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on Nov. 30. Wielding shiny shovels and white Cupertino Electric hard hats, members of the school district’s board of trustees posed for photographers in the student

parking lot of Mountain View High School. Joe Mitchner, president of the district board of trustees, thanked the communities of Mountain View and Los Altos for supporting the project by voting in favor of Measure A. He said that the project will ultimately save the school district $250,000 on its energy bill each year, which means the district can spend more money on educating students. “It’s a good thing to do for the environment, and it sets an example for the students,� he said. Green tech lessons District Superintendent Barry Groves said the students will be able to take pride in knowing that their schools are helping the environment and they will be

able to learn about green technology in the process. “There’s a curriculum that goes along with the solar panels that we will implement in our science classrooms,� Groves said. Science and environmental planning classes at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools will have the opportunity to engage with PG&E and solar panel meters, in concert with energy management software, to track electricity generation and consumption on campus. “It will be cool for the future students to go out in the parking lot and see how it actually works, first-hand,� said Peter Ambiel, a senior and associated student body member at Los Altos High School. “I think it’s great,� said Cailey Stuebner, a senior and ASB

choose either the Fresno-to-Merced or the Fresno-to-Bakersfield segment as the first piece of the project. Instead, staff is now recommending that the project kick off with a 65-mile segment that begins just south of Madera (about 40 miles southeast of Merced) and ends at Corcoran, between Fresno and Bakersfield. The staff report claims the route would give the rail authority the “flexibility to build in either direction — north and west to the Bay Area or south to Los Angeles — as more federal dollars become available.�

The recommendation has already run into intense opposition from one Central Valley lawmaker. U.S. Congressman Dennis Cardoza, a Democrat whose district includes Merced and parts of Fresno and Madero counties, immediately blasted the recommendation, calling it a “fundamentally flawed� choice and a case of “Thanksgiving Day fraud� by the rail authority. “The authority staff has never vetted the Corcoran-to-Borden route with the public, and instead has wasted the community’s time and good will with endless pub-

lic workshops and meetings on the other routes,� Cardoza said in a statement just after the rail authority announced the staff recommendation. “This deceit harms the long-standing trust and support that the Merced community and others in the Northern Valley have provided. “This will completely undermine future support of the project,� he added. The high-speed rail line, for which California voters approved a $9.95 billion bond in 2008, is slated to ultimately stretch between San Francisco and Los

member at Mountain View High School. “It’s going to save the school district lots of money.� Beyond the monetary savings, Stuebner said she is pleased with how many students got behind the project. Last year the Mountain View High School ASB distributed flyers and pressed “Yes on Measure A� buttons and pushed every 18-year-old student to vote. “I’m proud that our district is invested in wanting what is best for the students and the environment,� she said. White said he hopes the solar panels will inspire students in the district to pursue careers in alternative energy. He said the project is scheduled to be completed in April of next year. V

Angeles. But the authority estimates that the project will cost about $43 billion and it’s not clear where the rest of the money will come from. The estimated price tag for the Borden-to-Corcoran segment is $4.15 billion. If future funding doesn’t materialize, the authority would connect this segment to existing rail service. In November, the authority decided to delay its environmental analyses for the Peninsula segment of the line because of the recent decision to begin construction in Central Valley. V




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The city will also decide on requiring numerous security measures and whether dispensaries would be allowed to accept cash. The police department has concerns that large amounts of cash would make dispensaries a target for robbery, and the city could require that all transactions at the dispensaries be by credit card or checks, Quinn said. “Some cities have taken that approach,� she said. Other issues include whether marijuana sold in Mountain View will have to be tested for mold or other contaminants, whether dispensaries should serve Mountain View residents only, and whether marijuana will have to be grown on site. Some council members have also called for a cap on the number of dispensaries that are allowed in the city, while other members say the city shouldn’t set a number. “This is one of the most challenging ordinances I’ve ever had to draft,� Quinn said. “At this point there are a lot more questions than there are answers.� V

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selves, they lose out on developing social skills and “social anxiety increases.” Another new problem school counselors are dealing with is “cyber bullying.” With the help of the Internet and sites including Facebook, bullying is no longer something that only happens to the unpopular kids. It is also happening to those at the top of the social hierarchy, Kane said. And with domestic violence on the rise, “it’s usually because of the bullying that’s going on at home.” CHAC counselors have come to know that there are growing numbers of kids in local schools that are homeless, living in cars with their parents. CHAC has helped some with new school supples and trips to Kohl’s for new clothes. The problems aren’t always economic. CHAC’s counselors recently counseled a child who was having meltdowns in class because his father was dying of cancer, Kane said. And counselors have noticed more kids in the area are smoking marijuana. Some use it to “self medicate” in response to stress, Kane said, and some have started in response to peer pressure. Trying to help young people deal with these sorts of problems usually involves developing their own identity that they feel good about. That way they aren’t “swept up by circumstance,” said development director Paul Schutz. A growing organization As social stress weighs heavily on the city’s families during the recession, CHAC’s services are in high demand. Parents who would have paid a private therapist before are now looking to CHAC for more affordable services, Kane said. CHAC’s affordability comes from its army of college interns that do the bulk of the counseling. CHAC has 80 student interns this year, up from 60-70 previously. They are training towards their therapy licenses or doctoral

degrees. And the intern positions are highly sought after. Kiritz said he had over 140 applications for 16 slots for his doctoral training program this year. All the activity has CHAC outgrowing its small building at 711 Church Street, where it provides walk-in counseling to anyone, with fees on a sliding scale. Sometime over the next few years CHAC will soon be moving into a larger building in a property swap. A developer wants to use the property in a project that will redevelop much of the block, which sits along Castro Street. Just a few blocks away, CHAC is set to begin offering expanded services for parents of young children. A space at Trinity United Methodist Church at Hope and Mercy streets will be renovated and opened up by CHAC in partnership with First Five Santa Clara County as the “Parent Place.” CHAC’s school counseling may also be expanding soon as well, as Sunnyvale has signed CHAC on to provide counseling at three of its school sites this year and may contract with CHAC for all of its schools in the future, Schutz said. While many non-profits are losing money during the recession, CHAC has been able to grow its revenues slightly over the last three years from $2.36 million to $2.69 million this year. Kane believes that is because the community has come to value the services CHAC has provided since 1973. The number of people served by CHAC has more than doubled since 2008, with 7,752 served last year. That’s partly because of a new program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth in local schools that served 3,951 students last year. And a new partnership with the police department that counsels families of at-risk youth using a “best practices” counseling model served 114 last year. Contributions to the Voice’s Holiday Fund will help CHAC further expand its services to help even more families and individuals through tough times. V

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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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City needs to step up on high-speed rail


ll of a sudden the multi-billion dollar high-speed rail juggernaut that has dominated the Peninsula transportation agenda since voters approved Proposition 1A in 2008 vanished into the Central Valley last week. Instead of releasing its long-awaited draft environmental impact report for the project’s Peninsula segment in December, the EIR “...will need to be rescheduled for a future date,� said Robert Doty, director of the Peninsula Rail Program, a partnership of Caltrain and the rail authority. Without the EIR, no decisions will be made on whether Peninsula trains will run on elevated tracks, at grade, in a tunnel or open trench. The stunning news came soon after the Federal Railroad Administration designated a $715 million grant specifically for a Central Valley segment. Now the Peninsula portion of the project has been pushed back, and already two Peninsula mayors have used the delay to call for much better analysis of the project’s viability before it is put back on track. At this stage, no one knows how long the Peninsula EIR will be delayed, but it easily could be a number of years, rather than months. And already the newly rejuvenated Republicans in Congress are saying funding for some of President Obama’s high-speed rail initiatives may be in trouble. Although Mountain View has not been as vociferously opposed to high-speed rail as other Peninsula cities, now looks like the time for the city to join Mayors Pat Burt of Palo Alto and Terry Nagel of Burlingame, who are asking their counterparts to “come together as a powerful force dedicated to moving forward on transportation planning on the Peninsula. And along with seeking better research to lessen the impact of the rail project, it appears there may be pressure from Washington for all Peninsula cities to accept a workable high-speed rail plan. In an open letter, Burt and Nagel said that in a meeting with five Peninsula mayors (not including Mountain View), Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier emphasized the need for local cities to agree on a plan for moving forward with high-speed rail. “They made it clear that our region will not receive federal funds for transportation projects until we demonstrate that we have a common vision for future transportation,� the mayors said, adding that the U.S. Department of Transportation is more likely to fund projects where local leaders have reached agreement. At this point it is not clear if agreement is necessary for local communities to receive any federal transportation funds, or just high-speed rail grants. Either way, it looks like at least five Peninsula communities will want the rail authority to authorize new, independent research before they will support the project. This is a position that Mountain View should support now. Specifically, the mayors want new studies of estimated ridership, a budget and business plan, assessment of freight issues on the Peninsula, restoration of the alignments originally sought by the cities, and more thorough vetting of alternative transportation options. Given that a Central Valley segment is the first to get funding, there is time for the rail authority to mount the new studies and put to rest the relentless criticism of the project’s underlying viability. Although the High-Speed Rail Authority is likely to balk at throwing out its original research, its flawed conclusions are hardly enough to justify the multi-billion dollar cost of the rail project, especially when federal and state funding is increasingly scarce. By joining Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and other Peninsula cities, Mountain View would add considerable weight to this very reasonable proposal to make sure that high-speed rail is a project worth undertaking that will produce an adequate return on investment. And, a sound reappraisal could result in uniting Peninsula cities under a clear transportation policy, an understanding that has been lacking for far too long.




LOOK DEEPER AT IMMIGRANT CONTRIBUTIONS To Charlie Larson, (Voice letters Nov. 19): Whenever you are enjoying your lovely meal — whether it be fresh produce or fast food, do you ever wonder whose blood, sweat, tears and cheap labor made this possible for you to enjoy? You comment that the “not legal resident parents� are not well educated and cannot effectively help with the education of their children (in local schools), but do you ever wonder why? Could it be because of the backbreaking exploitative labor that they are doing which interferes largely with their child’s academic performance? Could it be the draconian laws and divisive political climate that these families are faced with that once again interferes with their child’s academic performance? As for your suggested public school tuition requirements for non-legal residents, the majority are already making hefty contributions. According to the New York Times article titled, “Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security with Billions� published April 5, 2005 by Eduardo Porter, “Each year undocumented workers contribute as much as $1.5 billion to the Medicare System and $7 billion to the Social Security System even though they will never be able to collect benefits upon retirement.� With this in mind, we kindly suggest you research your con-

cern about the monetary contributions of “not legal resident parents.� We’re sure you will be astonished with what you will find. Diana Marin, Sacred Heart Preparatory; Pedro Carbajal, Los Altos High School; Jesus Caballero, Los Altos High School.

OTHER GROUPS HELP ON SCIENCE PROJECT Thank you for the wonderful article, “With science, seeing is believing� (Nov. 19). You captured the importance of science and nature-based education and brought to life for your readers the joy of discovery these programs bring to our local students. Though the article focused on just one organization, I do want to emphasize that the Mountain View Whisman Science Collaboration includes the good works of five local non-profits, each of which is a leader in science and nature-based education. Our collaboration partners, as noted in the article, are: Hidden Villa, Youth Science Institute, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and Marine Science Institute. It is because of their collective good works that this initiative is groundbreaking and successful. We invite your readers to learn more about this exciting program that is producing significant results in our local schools. Allan Berkowitz Executive Director, Environmental Volunteers







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Estrellita’s chicken Oaxaca is boneless, skinless chicken marinated for two days and then grilled.


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t was 1958. Dwight D. Eisenhower is President. Fidel Castro’s rebels are invading Havana. Elvis is inducted into the U.S. Army. And in a sleepy Peninsula town surrounded by apricot orchards, Maria Bustamante starts serving burritos out of her living room. Estrellita — a “little star” — is born. A year later, Maria’s little Victorian house-cum-restaurant was as close to bursting as one of her giant burritos, so she moved her operations to a nearby storefront at the border of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road. Estrellita hasn’t budged since. In the 1970s, the Bustamantes

sold to the Corlay family from Chiapas. The colorful eatery has remained with the Corlay family until today, serving platters of “country-style,” regional cuisine that tilts toward Mexico’s southland: Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Veracruz. Current owner Russell Corlay, who grew up working in the restaurant, took over as owner-manager in 2002. Any restaurant that has survived for decades wrestles with a balancing act: how to preserve old-school charm and timetested dishes while also staying relevant, fresh and on top of their game. The clean, festively decorated Estrellita maintains plenty of old-fashioned appeal — and who am I to quibble with what has worked since the Eisenhower

8FFLFOE administration? Indeed, the restaurant offers some interesting, regional dishes you’ll never find at a Chevy’s. However in terms of running an efficient, customer-focused operation, Estrellita could take a page from the playbook of the corporate guys. What takes center stage at Estrellita are earthy sauces and unusual marinades not usually found north of the border. The chicken Oaxaca ($13.95) typifies the meals that have defined the place for decades. Boneless chicken breasts are marinated in a blend of orange juice, chilies, Yucatan spices, and achiote, a tangy, rust-red paste made from the seeds of a tropical shrub. The marinade becomes a pungent, dark topping on the grilled chicken, calling to mind Cajun-style blackened meat. The chicken is served with rice and beans, a dollop of guacamole, and a cheese quesadilla for good measure. I enjoyed the citrusysavory flavors in this huge platter of food. However, the mole poblano ($13.95), long said to be the go-to dish here, was a surprise disappointment. The boneless, partially shredded chicken was tender and perfectly tasty, but the mole was ... well, honestly, rather strange. Our reviewer in

2002 dubbed Estrellita’s mole the best he’d ever had, so I was prepared to be blown away. The menu talks tantalizingly of 38 ingredients, of chocolate and smoked chiles, and I could just imagine the kitchen hands using a traditional molcajete to pound out their exotic concoction. However the mole I received on a recent lunch visit was watery and pale red, nothing like the nutty, rich sauce I expected. While I could detect notes of a chocolaty sweetness amid the other pleasantly piquant flavors, there was nothing complex or

interesting about what is supposed to be one of the world’s legendary sauces. My friend tried it and also shrugged. It wasn’t bad; it just didn’t taste — or look — much like mole. I should note that the waitress muttered something of an explanation (or was it an apology?) when she set down my plate, saying the mole was “very fresh� and therefore looked different than usual. Frankly, I didn’t fully understand her explanation, but it would seem that if the mole had not attained its full potential, and if an explanation was

required, then it should not have been served. During that meal, we received efficient service and the dining room hummed with a nice lunchtime buzz. Unfortunately,

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entire dining room. My surprise turned to sympathy when I realized she also was meant to be the bartender, hostess and cashier. No wonder it took almost a half hour to get our drinks. A busboy helped out at the height of the dinner rush, but the one-time waitress in me almost got up and took a few orders myself. Under the circumstances, our server did an admirable job, but it was one thing after another: our appetizer was forgotten, plates came out at different times, my vegetarian friend’s requested cheese quesadilla ($5) arrived with chicken, and the “top shelf” margaritas ($8) were weak and tasted of bottled margarita mix. We half-heartedly dipped chips into a bowl of pale guacamole ($3.75), but spirits lifted when my enormous “gourmet burrito” ($9.95) finally arrived. They say the recipe for this monster hasn’t changed in 40 years and, in this case, I can understand why. It is your basic “wet” burrito: large scoops of rice, beans, and meat enveloped by a flour tortilla and smothered in a mild red sauce and a blanket of cheese. It was

goopy and utterly satisfying. The camarones asados ($16.95) were covered in a Veracruzstyle sauce that was bright with tomatoes, peppers and capers. Unfortunately, the shrimp were puny and dry, barely enough for a meal. All of the entrees came with a small plate of lettuce drizzled with the restaurant’s house dressing, similar to a thin tomato salsa with a vinegary bite. It was good. I crossed my fingers in anticipation of dessert, but we were disappointed. Only two of the five listed desserts were available, so we went with them. The small triangle of flan ($3.50) was spongy and bland and the three diminutive churros (3.50) were served cold and tasted cardboardy. There is much that is appealing about this local mainstay and any restaurant can have a bad day or two. Still, I couldn’t escape the pervading feeling that despite owner Russell Corlay’s best intentions, the restaurant was either resting on past reputation or simply not trying as hard as it could. With closer attention paid to staffing levels and some quality control in the kitchen, I hope to see Estrellita lasting another half century. V

NDININGNOTES Estrellita 971 San Antonio Road, Los Altos 650-948-9865 Lunch: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 5-9 p.m.

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The Big Heat (1953) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. Burlesque (PG-13) Century 16: 12:30, 2:05, 3:40, 5, 6:50, 7:50 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 12:30, 2:10, 3:20, 4:50, 6:15, 7:35, 9:05 & 10:20 p.m. Due Date (R) Century 16: 11:50 a.m. & 6:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:20, 2:45, 5:25, 7:55 & 10:15 p.m. Fair Game (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 2, 4:30, 7:05 & 9:40 p.m. CinéArts at Palo Alto Square: 1:55, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m. Faster (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:45 a.m.; 2:15, 4:40, 7:15 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 8 & 10:35 p.m. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (R) (((( Guild Theatre: 5 & 8:15 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 1:45 p.m. Glenn Beck Encore: Broke (PG-13) Century 16: Wed. at 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Wed. at 7:30 p.m. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: Noon, 1, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 8 & 9 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 7 & 10:10 p.m.; Wed. also at 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 12:40, 1:35, 2:55, 3:30, 4, 4:55, 6:10, 7:20, 8:15, 9:40 & 10:35 p.m. The House on 92nd Street (1945) Stanford Theatre: Thu. at 5:50 & 9:20 p.m. In a Lonely Place (1950) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:45 & 9:50 p.m. Inside Job (PG-13) (((1/2 CinéArts at Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:40 & 7:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:55 p.m. Love & Other Drugs (R) Century 16: 12:05, 1:05, 2:45, 4:05, 5:25, 7:05, 8:20 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:25, 5:05, 6:40, 7:45, 9:20 & 10:25 p.m. Megamind (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: In 3D at 12:35, 3:35, 6:30 & 9:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:40 & 4:05 p.m.; In 3D at 12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:25 & 9:50 p.m. Morning Glory (PG-13) Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 2:10, 4:45, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:20, 4:50, 7:35 & 10:10 p.m. The Next Three Days (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 12:45, 3:45 & 7:10 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 10:15 p.m.; Wed. also at 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 1:05, 4:10, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Stanford Theatre: Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Paranormal Activity 2 (R) Century 20: 9:30 p.m. The Reckless Moment (1949) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 6 & 9:10 p.m. Red (PG-13) ((( Century 20: 2 & 7:40 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) Guild Theatre: Sat. at midnight. Secretariat (PG) ((1/2

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(Century 16, Century 20) The familiar Disney princess formula gets a contemporary rinse and perm with this delightful adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale “Rapunzel.” Impressive CGI animation (3D in many theaters) and a company of incredibly appealing characters help make “Tangled” easily one of the year’s best family films. Kidnapped as a baby by the devious and manipulative Mother Gothel and isolated from the world, Rapunzel wants nothing more than freedom when her 18th birthday dawns. Gothel hungers for the rejuvenating effects sung (literally) from the girl’s magical golden hair and forbids her from trimming her ever-growing locks. The hide-and-seek games Rapunzel plays with her pet chameleon Pascal can entertain for only so long, and a desire to see beyond her walls quickly consumes her. Fate intercedes when charming thief Flynn Rider happens upon Rapunzel’s tower after escaping from the king’s castle with a valuable object. Let the adventure begin. Rated PG for brief mild violence. 1 hour, 32 minutes. — T.H.


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(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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‘Feast for the Eyes’ Anniversary Show Gallery 9 celebrates its 40th year in business with an all gallery exhibit, “Feast for the Eyes,” on display Nov. 23 – 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. Fletcher Benton- Dynamic Rhythms SAE presents Dynamic Rhythms, a series of steel studies, maquettes and wall pieces by Fletcher Benton, a Bay Area artist with an international reputation. The exhibit features 13 sculptures ranging in size from 5 inches to 6 feet and 9 wall pieces, all from the years 19952010. Through Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Smith Andersen Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-327-7762.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS “Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film” Get a jump start on the Book Club’s January selection “Loving Frank” with this PBS film. Perhaps

the most influential and important American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright is the subject of this acclaimed documentary by Ken Burns (Baseball, The Civil War). Dec. 16, 1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center - Social Hall, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-9036330. AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course To register, come in or mail a check, payable to AARP, dated the day of the class. Dec. 14, 6-10 p.m. $12 AARP members, $14 non-members Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330. De-Stressing the Holidays for Seniors Free one-hour workshop for seniors presented by Dr. Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Ph.D. from Stanford Univ. School of Medicine on how to keep the holiday blues away. Parking is free and refreshments will be served. Dec. 9, 6-7 p.m. Free. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, 401 Quarry Road Room 3200, Stanford. Experimental and Theoretical Challenges to Probing Dark Energy A Workshop sponsored by the France-Stanford Center

NHIGHLIGHT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY The annual Tree Lighting Celebration takes place Monday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza. The city-sponsored event will feature music, refreshments, and Santa Claus. Bring your own camera for photos with Santa, and a can of food to donate to the Community Services Agency. For more information, call Henry Perezalonso at 650-903-6405.

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 Workshop: Brain Gang Learn about a program that focuses on the relationship between emotional wellbeing and mental acuity. This workshop is a preview of a free class that will begin in January. Dec. 14, 1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330. Workshop: Sleep Apnea Learn more about sleep apnea in this doctor-led workshop. Dec. 9, 1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330.



Community Meeting The public is invited to be part of a new effort to improve preventive mental health services for residents who live in the 94043 zip code. Be part of a community team that will help design new programs to support parents and help children with behavior challenges. Dec. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Alta Vista High School, 1325 Bryant Ave., Mountain View. Call 408-739-5871. 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.


Instrumental Music Concert Four concerts in one, Mountain View High School Spartan Music Dept. will perform gorgeous music featuring the Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble, a 70 piece String Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra. Thu., Dec. 9, 7-8 p.m. $8 adults, $6 students & kids under 12. Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.

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 650-9497082. Pancakes, Coffee and Heroic Actions Exhibition of drawings and paintings by artist Norm Rosenberger. Opening reception and artist talk on Friday, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Call 650917-6800 ext. 306.

Book Club Next book for review is “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. January’s book will be “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan. Dec. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330.


FAMILY AND KIDS Free Holiday Concert Holiday concert featuring ensemble groups of Merit Scholars from the Community School of Music and Arts. Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

FILM “Protektor / Protector” 2009; directed by Marek Najbrt; 102 minutes Drama. English subtitles Winner of Denver International Film Festival - Krysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Film and Best Feature Film. A Czech journalist joins a Prague radio station that broadcasts Nazi propaganda in order to protect his Jewish wife. Dec. 3, 7-10 p.m. Free. Stanford University, Language Corner, Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113, Stanford. Call 650725-2563. // czech-film.html

RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY Insight Meditation South Bay Shaila Catherine and guest teachers lead a weekly Insight Meditation sitting followed by a talk on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. free/donation. St. Timothy’s/Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 650857-0904.

SENIORS Big Bingo Big Bingo game in the social hall Dec. 6, 1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330.

SPECIAL EVENTS Breakfast With Santa Santa Claus, holiday crafts, music, and pancakes made by the Menlo Park Rotary. Dec. 4, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Adults $7 and $5 for children 12 and under. Breakfast With Santa, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-3302200. 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. “The Nutcracker” by Western Ballet Led by Artistic Director Alexi ZubirÌa, Western Ballet performs “The Nutcracker.” 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. www.


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hildren who are read to reap numerous benefits. And cold winter nights are a perfect time to curl up on the couch with a child and a book to read aloud. “The Christmas Eve Ghost” by Shirley Hughes; Candlewick, 2010; 30 pp., $16; ages 2-8. This heartwarming tale by a master British storyteller and illustrator is historical and also relevant to families today. After her husband is killed in a coal-mining accident, Mam moves with young Bronwen and Dylan to Liverpool, where she supports the family by taking in laundry and painstakingly cleaning it in the washhouse out back. Mam warns her children not to speak to the O’Rileys next door, who go to a church “for a different sort of people.” Yet it’s Mrs. O’Riley who comes to the rescue when Bronwen and Dylan need help solving a scary Christmas Eve mystery. Little ones will love the gentleness of the story and illustrations. That they may also appreciate poverty and learn tolerance are side gifts of the season. “The Boss Baby” by Marla Frazee; Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, 2010; 32 pp.; $17; ages 4-8. Here’s a laugh-out-loud book starring a baby who’s the boss of the household from the day he arrives. “He put Mom and Dad on a round-the-clock schedule, with no time off.” He makes demands. He holds meetings, “many in the middle of the night.” All of this without saying a word — until he does. Frazee’s illustrations are reminiscent of classic 1950s and 1960s picture books, but the narrative is thoroughly modern. “The Dreamer” by Pam Muñoz Ryan, drawings by Peter Sís; Scholastic Press, 2010; 372 pp.; $18; ages 8 and up. Prose, poetry and illustrations sing off the green ink adorning the pages of this f ic t iona l i z ed account of the troubled childhood of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Neruda changes his name from Neftalí Perez “to save Father the humiliation of having a son who was a poet.” Neftalí finds allies in his younger sister, a newspaper editor uncle and a sympa-



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orful, quirky characters. Penelope is so thrilled with her new home and new friend that she changes her name. Penny’s father also discovers he can cook, her mother becomes a garbagewoman, and all is hunky dory — well, except for a family money problem that Penny takes it upon herself to fix. Will she find the treasure? Or has she already? The conclusion will surprise and delight readers of all ages. “Doodlebug” by Karen Romano Young; Feiwel & Friends, 2010; 100 pp.; $15; ages 9-12. Twelve-yearold Dodo, AKA the Doodlebug, figures out — after being expelled from her school in L.A. for innocently selling the Ritalin she didn’t want to take — that she can keep her A.D.D. under control by doodling. She quickly establishes a new identity and makes friends in her much larger San Francisco middle school. The entire family loves S.F., in fact, but Mom, Dad and younger sister Momo all have to overcome personal obstacles to be able to stay. This impressive graphic novel with a local touch is filled with humor, as well

as insight into the impulses and learning style of kids who simply cannot sit still. “Turtle in Paradise” by Jennifer L. Holm; Random House, 2010; $17; ages 9-12. Family history inspired Newbery Honor author Holm, who lives in Foster City, to tell the story of a spirited girl sent to live with relatives on Key West during the Depression. Turtle has a hard shell and a level head. Most people she meets seem to be related to her (except for a certain writer named Papa). She hangs out with her cousin and his friends who run a babysitting business Continued on next page



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they call the Diaper Gang. She says theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bunch of dumb boys.â&#x20AC;? In Turtleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world, kids find their own entertainment, make do with little to nothing and search for pirate treasure. Historical references, including the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, add authenticity and flavor to this charmer, perfect for reading aloud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forgeâ&#x20AC;? by Laurie Halse Anderson; Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2010; $17; ages 10 and up. Multi award-winning author Anderson told a Peninsula audience recently that she walked barefoot in snow to get a feel for the extreme cold her characters would have experienced as soldiers camped in Valley Forge, Penn., in the winter of 1777-78. As a result, I recommend readers have a blanket â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a warm snack â&#x20AC;&#x201D; handy while reading this phenomenal historical novel. You will feel the cold, and be grateful not to have to subsist on a diet of firecake with a side of squirrel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forgeâ&#x20AC;? begins with one escape and ends with another race toward freedom for a 15-yearold former slave, Curzon, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stubborn, smart and loyal. He enlists in the Continental army, as was allowed by the Patriots. Still, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far from free and indeed is enslaved again by his former master, also in Valley Forge and working for the young Congress. There he re-unites with Isabel,

a fellow slave and friend from New York. Isabel is even forced to wear an iron collar around her neck. With a little help from Curzonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s army buddies, the pair use their wits once again to escape the chains that bind them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bamboo Peopleâ&#x20AC;? by Mitali Perkins; Charlesbridge, 2010; $17, ages 12 and up. The teen soldiers in this gripping novel are fighting in a contemporary conflict, in the troubled country of Burma. When book-smart Chiko thinks heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s applying for a teaching job, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forced to join the army and its ethnic cleansing campaign along the Thai border. Chiko makes friends with wily, street-smart Tai, who teaches Chiko how to handle beatings. Chiko, in turn, teaches Tai to read and write. They are separated, with Chiko sent into the jungle to be a land-mine clearer for a group of soldiers spying on the Karenni rebels. One of those rebels, Tu Reh, a teen seething from having his village burned by the Burmese army, finds a badly injured Chiko. Tu Reh acts, but he also struggles for the rest of this thought-provoking book with whether he made the right decision for himself or for his people. N Stanford resident Debbie Duncan has been the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books reviewer since 1997. Her latest publication is an essay in the new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Filled with Glee.â&#x20AC;?

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his year I have chosen no fancy coffee-table books, just two new cookbooks as well as three older reissued books. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone can outdo â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Day at El Bulliâ&#x20AC;? for coffee-table display, and many people are using the Internet to get immediate gratification when looking for recipes to actually make. The books chosen represent some tried-and-true authors, a book about the history of tea, a small book for the male chef, and a broad selection of types of food: vegetarian, Indian and some iconic California recipes. There is something to be said for books written by experienced chefs, which include more information than a recipe obtained online, and of course, there is comfort in actually having the book to refer to again and again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recipes Every Man Should Knowâ&#x20AC;? by Susan Russo and Brett Cohen, Quirk Books, 143 pp., 2010, $9.95 This book is a great idea: a small, fit-in-yourpocket guide to what a man (adult, since it includes recipes for cocktails) should be able to cook. Alas, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live up to expectations. It starts out with the assumption that women find men who cook sexy, which, by and large, is

true (and these days more likely necessary). It then goes on to define all the tools that a man should have in his kitchen. More than 50 items are included â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most of which are either redundant (as in four or five pots that can be used for the same things) making it simultaneously too inclusive, and not basic enough. Apparently, silverware is assumed, but two wire cooling racks are indispensable. The recipes range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Some require three ingredients and some require 15. There are no chicken recipes (sexy men donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat chicken?) There is a section on carving a turkey, but no recipe for making a turkey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it seems that someone else is supposed to make the turkey. Wonder who that would be? There is a large section on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hearty Breakfast Classicsâ&#x20AC;? (maybe for the morning after?), some other basics (sandwiches, burgers, meat-and-potato dinners) followed by a dessert section that includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Classic Cocktails.â&#x20AC;? I made the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sexy Strawberries Zabaglioneâ&#x20AC;? (p. 136), which was in fact delicious. Alas, this would not be a cookbook I would give to a man to learn how and what to cook for women. The recipes are for very heavy foods. Some may appreciate



this little book, but I would have preferred some recipes for salads and lighter foods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sunset Cookbookâ&#x20AC;? edited by Margo True, Oxmoor House, 816 pp., 2010, $34.95 The Sunset Cookbook includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;over 1,000â&#x20AC;? recipes that clearly reflect the philosophy of the Sunset organization. There are some classics, as well as some very contemporary recipes. It includes 24 â&#x20AC;&#x153;iconicâ&#x20AC;? Western dishes: guacamole, fish tacos, barbecued oysters, plank-roasted salmon and others. The book has all the main sections that one would expect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from soup to puddings, preserves and even cocktails. There are vegetarian dishes, pastas, poultry and meats included. Since I think a true test of a cook book is a nice, simple but delicious chicken recipe, I made Dijon Chicken with Panko Crust and a Dijon Sauce (p. 363). It was easy to put together and tasted wonderful. I also made Spicy Baked Penne with Sausage and Chard (p. 221), which was uncomplicated and a good hearty winter dish. The directions are easy to follow, there are some mouthwatering photos, and useful nutritional information after each recipe (calories, fat, proteins and carbs) for people who need to watch what they eat. This is a good allaround cookbook, comprehensive, using fresh ingredients where possible. It reflects the experience of the Sunset people in presenting creative recipes in a way that is easily understood while reflecting the shift to fresh, local ingredients wherever possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quick and Easy Indian Cookingâ&#x20AC;? by Madhur Jaffrey, Chronicle Books, 155 pp., 2007, $19.95 Madhur Jaffrey is the doyenne of Indian Cooking. This book, containing â&#x20AC;&#x153;more than 70 recipes which can be cooked in 30 minutes or less,â&#x20AC;? doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shy away from using the Indian

H A P P Y H O L I D AY S spices necessary to create the complex flavors of Indian food. By and large, the spices are the traditional Indian selection, including cardamom pods, cumin, cayenne, garam masala, turmeric, hot peppers, ginger, ground coriander, fresh cilantro and mustard seeds, most of which are now available at the local grocery store. I made Caramelized Cardamom Apples with Pistachio Cream (p. 126), which was a good seasonal recipe. Not only did this recipe surpass the usual baked apple, but it was a visual treat. Instead of making the pistachio cream, one could easily buy pistachio ice cream, thereby saving a bit of time. The Spicy Grilled Tomatoes (p.99) took seconds to put together, and instead of the usual Italian spices and bread crumbs, uses garam masala, cumin, cayenne, lemon juice, salt and pepper. This is an excellent book for people who want to venture gently into the realm of Indian cooking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchenâ&#x20AC;? by Deborah Madison, Broadway Books, 228 pp., 2005, $19.95 Deborah Madison is wellknown in the vegetarian food world, having written five cookbooks about vegetarian food. This is a good, comprehensive vegetarian cookbook, which is easy to use. I made the Cabbage and Leek Gratin with Mustard Cream (p.18), which was easy to put together, but somewhat bland in taste, even with the mustard sauce. The picture next to the recipe made it look mouthwatering, and it looked very good when it came out of the oven, but it lacked any distinctive taste. The Yellow Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa, Corn and Feta Cheese (p. 177), however, were both attractive to look at and delicious to eat. The mixture of the grain and feta cheese with added scallions, chiles and cilantro add a zing that made it much more interesting and could constitute an entire meal.

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oirs of a memsahib,â&#x20AC;? is a glimpse into the life of a rebel colonial wife who tries to improve the life of the workers on her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tea plantation in Assam, but is thwarted at every turn. Her sweet, somewhat naĂŻve view of the British system is nicely written and evocative of the time. Her son then takes over and writes an occasionally dry, but comprehensive history of the development of tea as an industry in India, China and the world beyond. It is a story full of violence, social change â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a testament to drink that conquers the world. Recommended for tea aficionados. N Anne Sturmthal Bergman is a freelance writer in Menlo Park.

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OMG GOTTA HAVE THAT !!... CHEAP - $5 pants press - $50.00 Pre-Teen Girls Clothing - $2.00 or L Stetson Western Hats - $35.00 unique and affordable - $5 Western Boots - $55-$100

250 Musical Instruments Black Ebony Piano - $1,750 Piano-Baldwin Excel Tone - 2,250.00

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



500 Help Wanted Advertising: Multimedia Sales The Palo Alto Weekly and Embarcadero Media are seeking smart, articulate and dedicated experienced and entry-level sales professionals who are looking for a fast-paced and dynamic work environment of people committed to producing outstanding journalism and effective marketing for local businesses. You will join our staff of talented journalists, designers, web programmers and sales people in our brand new “green” Palo Alto headquarters building in the vibrant California Ave. business district. As a Multimedia Account Executive, you will contact and work with local businesses to expand their brand identity and support their future success using marketing and advertising opportunities available through our 3 marketing platforms: print campaigns, website advertising and email marketing. The ideal candidate is an organized and assertive self-starter who loves working as a team to beat sales goals and possesses strong verbal, written, persuasive and listening interpersonal skills and can provide exceptional customer service. Duties, responsibilities and skills include: * Understands that the sales process is more than taking orders * Has a strong understanding of how consumers use the Internet * Can effectively manage and cover a geographic territory of active accounts while constantly canvassing competitive media and the market for new clients via cold calling * Can translate customer marketing objectives into creative and effective multi-media advertising campaigns * Ability to understand and interpret marketing data to effectively overcome client objections * Understands the importance of meeting deadlines in an organized manner * Can manage and maintain client information in our CRM database system, is proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and has knowledge of the Internet and social media


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unique child’s lamp $10.00


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Redwood City, 2124 Brewster Ave, December 11,2010

355 Items for Sale BOY comforter/blankets $25

Mixed Firewood-Seasoned & Split $150.00

210 Garage/Estate Sales

Holiday Horseback Riding Camps Webb Ranch (650)854-7755

Back Pack - Jansport - $30.00

Canon 35 MM Camera - $40.00


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Runaway Cat!

Spring Down Horse Show

Fairy Tale Prince Ken Doll - $20.00

Violin Teacher

140 Lost & Found

Ready for the Year to End?

Disneyland Wall Map Org 1984 $25.00

Kid’s Stuff

230 Freebies

House Cleaning Pet Photos with Santa!

1930’s Style Mickey Mouse Framed - $5.00

Mountain View Seasoned Travelers

Holiday Bake Sale! Meditation in Mountain View

215 Collectibles & Antiques

425 Health Services Hernia Repair? Did You Receive A COMPOSIX KUGEL Mesh Patch Between 1999-2007? If patch was removed due to complications of bowel perforation, abdominal wall tears, puncture of abdominal organs or intestinal fistulae, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Charles Johnson 1-800-535-5727. (Cal-SCAN)

* Ability to adapt objectives, sales approaches and behaviors in response to rapidly changing situations and to manage business in a deadline-driven environment Compensation includes base salary plus commission, health benefits, vacation, 401k and a culture where employees are respected, supported and given the opportunity to grow. To apply, submit a personalized cover letter and complete resume to

470 Psychics Will you find the one? Find out with a FREE Psychic reading! 1-800-894-3798 (AAN CAN)

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540 Domestic Help Wanted Housekeeper - Organizer For large multi-level home along Peninsula. Must know care of antiques, collectibles, marble, etc. Should know how to schedule deep cleaning, and organize closets. Laundry, light ironing and errands. If you have 2+ years of experience w/references please apply to Aunt Ann’s Staffing: 415 749-3650



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THE PENINSULAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM 550 Business Opportunities All Cash Vending Route Be Your Own Boss! 25 Machines + Candy All for $9995. Vend3 877-9158222. All major credit cards accepted. (Cal-SCAN) CASHIER NEEDED Small scale proprietorship business seeking the services of a cashiers or cash handler.Job entails and limited to receiving cash,transfers and documenting all transfer papers. Job is on call,no specific time. Applicant must be well above 20yrs. All inquiries and applications should be forwarded to:

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Business Services 620 Domestic Help Offered House Manager Available Grocery shop, drive to appts., errands, sched. and oversee hsehold vendors, manage hsehold staff (gardener, housekeeper, etc.), some cooking and light cleaning. I am active, honest, caring. Reliable transp, valid CDL, great local refs, fluent English/Spanish, legal resident, live in/out. Seeking comp. salary. Carmen, 650-576-4487

624 Financial Cash Now Cash for your structured settlement or annuity payments. Call J.G. Wentworth. 1-866-SETTLEMENT (1-866-738-8536). Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. (Cal-SCAN) crosetti funding CASH NOW we offer fast cash for your mortgage note, annuity, and business note call 1 800 391 4032

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(650) 380-4114 (650) 389-3327 Nena & Ney House Cleaning Detail Oriented, 15 yrs. exp. and driving available. CDL. good refs. 650851-7603 or cell# 650-465-2187

Pattyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House Cleaning Service Apartments, Houses, offices. 10 years exp. Excellent Ref. Free est. Call Anytime. Lic#32563 (650)7221043 R. Alvarez Cleaning Weekly, monthly or one time cleaning. 15 years exp. Excel. refs. Lic. #41574. 650/369-1477 Socorroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Housecleaning Commâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l, residential, general, move in/out. Detailed, honest, good refs, 25 yrs exp. 650/245-4052

719 Remodeling/ Additions Domicile Construction, Inc.

General Contractor T 415 999-3143 650 366-8335 since 1990 lic #627843

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) Receiving Cash Payments On A NOTE? NEED CASH NOW? Full and Partial Buy-Outs. Call Safeway Capital Toll-Free 866-241-9922. (Cal-SCAN)

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

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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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Noel Leal Gardening Service 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 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 NOTICE TO READERS It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status at www.cslb. or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board

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728 Drywall/Plaster Summit Drywall

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

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Kitchens Baths Doors & Windows Dry Rot & Termite Specialists Small Jobs Welcome Multi-Unit Buildings Full Service Construction Lic. #842550

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




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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 cleanup service. Large & Small jobs. 650771-0213

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


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(650) 271-4448

Jody Horst


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

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

MOOVERS Since1990!


650-322-7930 PL/PD STATE LIC# 608358

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

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

757 Handyman/ Repairs

ABLE HANDYMAN FRED CompleteHomeRepair Maintenanc  emodelin ProfessionalPainting Carpentr Plumbing Electrical CustomCabineDesign Deckence  AnMuchMore 30 Years Experience

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ED RODRIGUEZ (650)465-9163$(650)570-5274


748 Gardening/ Landscaping

Al Peterson Roofing



(650) 799-5521

790 Roofing


Serving the Peninsula since 1975/Owner-Operated!

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


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

795 Tree Care

Palo Alto


             25 yrs ExpLic & Ins. #819244 (650) 380-2297 THE TREE EXPERTS Tree trimming/removal. Quality tree care. 10% off. lic./Ins. (650)222-4733

Real Estate 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios Fully Furnished Sun-lit Two 2 Bedroom 2 Ă&#x201A;1â &#x201E;2 Bath Duplex Home , 2 BR/2.5 BA - $3500 Menlo Park, 2 BR/1 BA - $1,780/mo New Completed In 2010 And Beautiful Two-story Duplex Home In Midtown , 2 BR/2.5 BA - $3500 Palo Alto, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,395/mo Palo Alto, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,795/mo Sunnyvale, 2 BR/2 BA - $2100 Vadodara, 2 BR/1 BA - $15000

803 Duplex Fully Furnished New Duplex Home Available, 2 BR/2.5 BA - $4500 New 2 Bedroom/2 1â &#x201E;2 Bath In Duplex Home Available, 2 BR/2.5 BA - $3500 Palo Alto, 2 BR/2.5 BA - $4500 Redwood City, 2 BR/1 BA $1500/Mont

805 Homes for Rent Los Altos Hills, 2 BR/2 BA - $2300/mont Menlo Park, 2 BR/1 BA - $3000.00 Menlo Park, 2 BR/1 BA - $2290. Menlo Park, 2 BR/2 BA - $2600.00/m Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $4,000.00 Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA $4,000.Mo. Dining Room,Sun Room, Laundry Room,Beautiful Hardwood Floors, 2 Car Garage, Las.Lom. Schl.No Smoking or Pets,Includes Gardener,call 650-598-7047 for appt. to see. Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $4,000.00 Midtown Palo Alto New Duplex, 2 BR/2.5 BA - $3500 Palo Alto, 2 BR/2 BA - $4500/mont Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - 3700

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

779 Organizing Services End the Clutter & Get Organized Residential Organizing by Debra Robinson (650)941-5073

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

Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA Charming Old Palo Alto home. Call Colleen Foraker 650.380.0085 Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - $4995 Redwood City, 3 BR/2 BA - $729,950 Woodside, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,200.00



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809 Shared Housing/ Rooms

New 2 Bedroom/2 1⁄2 Bath Duplex Home/ Fully Furnished , 2 BR/2.5 BA - $3500

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)

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Palo Alto, 2 BR/1 BA - $1090/mont

815 Rentals Wanted Great Caretaker-Tenant - $1000 Long-Term Rental Needed

Los Altos Hills, 1 BR/1 BA - $1850.00

Stall-Paddock Wanted

995 Fictitious Name Statement 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

FULLY FURNISHED NEW 2 BEDROOM/2 Midtown Palo Alto New Duplex

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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) EPHESUS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 544955 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Ephesus at 185 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): MEHMET VURAL 815 4th Ave., #2 San Mateo, CA 94401 FATIH VURAL 815 4th Ave., #2 San Mateo, CA 94401 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Palo Alto Condo, 3 BR/3 BA - $895K

FOGSTER.COM Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 19, 2010. (Voice Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) AY CARAMBA IT’S LA BAMBA TAQUERIA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 545248 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Ay Caramba It’s La Bamba Taqueria at 580 K North Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): TAQUERIA LA BAMBA LLC 2058 Old Middlefield Way Mountain View, CA 94043 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 30, 2010. (Voice Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010)

997 All Other Legals 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) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF:

LAND LIQUIDATION 20 acres, $0 down, $99/month. Only $12,900. Near growing El Paso, Texas. Guaranteed owner financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Money back guarantee. FREE Map/pictures. 866-257-4555 (AAN CAN)

Bear Valley Loft Condo

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Woodside, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,200.00

810 Cottages for Rent


820 Home Exchanges

840 Vacation Rentals/Time Shares

850 Acreage/Lots/ Storage

Timeshares Sell/Rent Your timeshare for cash!!! Our Guaranteed Services will Sell/ Rent Your Unused Timeshare for CASH! Over $78 Million Dollars offered in 2009! www. (877) 554-2098 (Cal-SCAN)

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JOSEPHINE MORALES Case No.: 1-10-PR-167985 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JOSEPHINE MORALES. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: FRANK MORALES, JR. in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: FRANK MORALES, JR. 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 27, 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 per-

sonal 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/ Nevo F. Capitina 372 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041 (650)967-6904 (Voice Dec. 3, 10, 17, 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: Gerardo D. Galvan Gonzalez, Luis Alonso Angulo De La Cruz, and Sergio Galvan Gonzalez 580 K. North Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043 BUYER: Taqueria La Bamba, LLC 580 K. North Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043 BUSINESS: TAQUERIA TAPATIOS GRILL 580 K. North Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043 A.B.C. LICENSE: California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control license issued to Transferor for Business.

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FOGSTER.COM 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 January 15, 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: None Taqueria La Bamba, LLC ________________________ WILLIAM H. DUNN Agent for Buyer (Voice Dec. 3, 2010) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Date of Filing Application: November 23, 2010 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: TAQUERIA LA BAMBA LLC The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 580 K North Rengstorff Ave. Mountain View, CA 94043 Type of license(s) applied for: 41 - ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE (Voice Dec. 3, 2010)

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This Home Captures both Morning and Afternoon Sun.With Serene Wooded Views from Every Window, this Home is a TRUE RETREAT!

OFFERED AT $749,000


Coldwell Banker Los Altos - San Antonio

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JUST LISTED Spacious living areas inside and out on prime cul-de-sac location with sought after Loyola Elementary and Blach Middle School* s 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms including two master suites s Large-scale family room off kitchen with vaulted ceilings, ďŹ replace, eating area, views and access to expansive deck, pool and beautiful back yard

939 Clinton Road, Los Altos

s Detached guest house with full bath and two private rooms


s Steps to neighborhood park; near shopping and transportation

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Offered at: $1,450,000

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13914 MIR MIROU DR.,


Exceptional Estate includes a 1.12 Acre parcel w/ main home 6BR/5.5BA, pool, gazebo + a 1.25 Acre parcel w/ gst house, tennis court, total of 2.37 Acres adj. to the Preserve. P.A. Schools.





Experience a rare opportunity for unforgettable family living. Situated on over an acre of exquisite landscaping, vineyard, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. 4BR/3.5BA + sep. gst house.

Yarkin Realty s 152 Homer Avenue s Palo Alto, CA 94301 s License #01857154

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Priced to sell! This charming 3 BR / 1.5BA, has hardwood flrs throughout. Updated eat-in kitchen w/ granite counters. Huge private yard. Remodeled baths & New windows. Top Campbell schools.





Beautifully remodeled spacious one level home on a cul-de-sac w/ 6BR/4BA. Library w/ custom cherry bookcase. Kitchen w/ top of the line appliances & granite countertops. Close to downtown Los Altos.




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Lovely 3 BR / 2 BA home in a wonderful family neighborhood. Close to Pruneyard, Santana Row & Los Gatos Creek Trail.





Designed by renowned architect Goodwin Steinberg. 3BR/2.5BA situated on 3 acres of park-like setting w/ pool, spa & sprawling lawns.

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Updated 4BR/ 3.5BA, Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style kitchen, & spacious family rm. Pvt yard with pool & expansive lawn area, ideal for family sports. Room for guesthouse, minutes to L.A. Village, & Bullis Charter School.





Newly rebuilt custom 4BR/3.5BA home on 1 acre private park-like setting. Separate 700 sq.ft. gst hs., Tennis Court, sparkling pool w/ hot tub. 3 car garage.

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496 First Street, Suite 200 Los Altos, CA 94022 Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

Want charm? A cute neighborhood of vintage homes? To be nestled on a tree-lined Street? To be close to commute routes & major shopping? Super convenient location off highway 880, seconds from commute routes and light rail, and minutes from both Downtown and Santana Row!

Open Saturday and Sunday

1022 North 2nd Street San Jose Cross Street: Burton Avenue Central San Jose, Minutes from Downtown

Expand your horizons and view this adorable home offering: sBEDROOMS ONEBATHROOMlNISHED in era tile work (with separate tub & shower) s"EAUTIFULHARDWOODmOORS s&ORMALDININGROOMWITHBUILT IN buffet s2OOMYLIVINGROOMWITHCOZY lREPLACE s#OVEDETCHEDCEILINGS s%AT INKITCHENOFFERINGABAY window eating area s3EPARATELAUNDRYROOM s0ARTIALBASEMENTWITHINSIDEACCESS s,ARGETWOCARDETACHEDGARAGEWITH extra storage room s(UGE BEAUTIFULLYLANDSCAPEDBACK yard boasting two separate patio areas for outdoor entertaining galore!

Own a super charming home on a beautifully landscaped lot for only $468,000

Tori Ann Corbett

(650) 996-0123

Broker Associate Alain Pinel Realtors

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Beautiful 1 BR + Den currently used as BR. Enjoy the quiet & comfort of this home.

Kathleen Jarvis Pasin

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Uniquely enlarged converted garage - with high super ceilings, lots of light.

Jerry Haslam

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Brand new! In an enclave of 3 two-story craftsman inspired homes. Exquisite details.

Nancy Goldcamp



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REMODELED / REBUILT 2002 $4,795,000 10049 MINAKER CT SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $798,000 4 BR 4 full BA + 2 half Stunning gated home w/bay views on approx. 1.65 ac.Tour @ 2 BR 2.5 BA Tile entry.Liv Rm w/frplc w/ stone surround,neutral carpeting,recessed Mickey Shaevitz & Ellen Barton lights. 650.941.7040


PEACEFUL RETREAT $1,258,000 2 BR 2 BA Prestigous Creekside Oaks gated community.Spacious light filled rooms.Ideally located.

Jim Galli

650.941.7040 Judy Shen

REMODELED-NEAR SEALE PARK $1,139,000 5 BR 2 BA Expanded & remodeled 2007. Granite kitchen, stainless appl, new roof. Great location! Rod Creason


650.325.6161 Leannah Hunt


650.328.5211 Dante Drummond


PREMIUM DWNTWN TWNHM $799,000 1340 ALAMEDA SUN 1 - 4 $730,000 2 BR 2.5 BA Unique, light-filled & updated throughout! Approx 1,485 sq ft. 3 BR 1.5 BA Charming home in excellent condition. Wd flrs, FP, skylights, fresh Convenient to vibrant dntwn paint, lrg 2-car gar. Maha Najjar


Wendi Selig-Aimonetti


ELEGANT LIFESTYLE! $725,000 2 BR 2 BA Lux Condos in Dwntwn PA. SAN JOSE Exceptionl amenities. Pool, fitness rm, 427 SHEPHERD AV guest apts, 55+ community SAT 1:30 - 4:30 $695,000 Jo Jackson/Barbara Sawyer 650.325.6161 2 BR 2 BA A true Willow Glen Bungalow 115 GREENMEADOW WAY w/ upscale remodeling.Formal entry,LivRm SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $425,000 w/arched window. 650.948.0456 1 BR 1 BA Contemporary 1 level w/ hi ceil- Royce Cablayan ing, lr/dr combo, open granite kit, cheery 4158 SAMSON WAY br, garden patio SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $664,950 Barbara Sawyer 650.325.6161 3 BR 2 BA Dual pane wndws,Hrdwd Flrs thru out,Granite in Kit & baths. REDWOOD CITY

Phyllis & Jamie Carmichael


NEAR THE ATHERTON BORDER $1,095,000 3 BR 2 BA Open floor plan, updated, large lot, detached bonus room, pool, gated front yard. R. Brendan Leary

1110 LITTLEOAK CIRCLE SAT/SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $1,049,000 3 BR 2 BA Beautifully updated home on quiet,tree lined street in desirable neigh650.325.6161 borhood. Alan Huwe


1611 SIERRA ST SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $825,000 SUNNYVALE One level duplex, 2BR/1BA each. Great street. Back unit updated & in move-in 625 W REMINGTON DR condition. SUN 1 - 4 $868,000 Geraldine Asmus 650.325.6161 4 BR 2 BA Atrium model w/skylight,updated kitch w/tile counters & wood-trimmed 2323 SPINNAKER PL cabinets,Fam Rm. SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $819,000 Melanie Johnson 650.948.0456 2 BR 2.5 BA Gorgeous remodeled waterfront home. 2 BR, 2 ½ BA+ Den. Pool, spa 125 N MARY AV #110 & tennis. 2 car garage. $145,000 Kathleen Jarvis Pasin 650.325.6161 SAT 1 - 4 2 BR 2 BA Updated manufactured home 2722 WASHINGTON AV in terrific neighborhood. A great condo SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $749,000 alternative! Over 1400sf 4 BR 2 BA Ideally located near shopping, Janie & John Barman 650.325.6161 schools and major commute routes Dana Willson

650.941.7040 1549 ALMA ST

MORTGAGE SERVICES 888.370.5363 32

650.941.7040 SAN CARLOS

$850,000 DUPLEX IN MOUNTAIN VIEW! $849,000 SUN 1:30 - 4:30 Spacious duplex in Mtn. View! Each unit 2 BR 1 BA Secluded Private Home in the has 2 bedrooms,1 bath, & garage! BY Walter Hays Elem District. Fenced Yard, Hwd Flrs, Fireplace APPT. ONLY!

Joanne Fraser & Jim Milliken 650.941.7040 DiPali Shah

Terri Couture

1933 EATON AV SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $1,150,000 3 BR 3 BA Charm & Character on large idyllic creekside lot in desirable White Oaks.


Bea Waller




614 TORWOOD LN SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $1,473,000 1922 MIRAMONTE AVENUE SAT/SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $1,295,000 4 BR 3 BA Beautiful updated home in exquisite No.Los Altos.New roof,paint,carpet. 4 BR 3 BA LosAltos schls.Sep DR + FR.Amazing just refinished hrdwd Barbara Cannon 650.941.7040 flring,crown moulding,newer wndws

5BR | 3BA


3712 HERON WAY SAT 1:30 - 4:30 $838,000 3 BR 3 BA Elegant 2-year new townhome, many green built w/energy efficient features.

650.941.7040 MOUNTAIN VIEW

4:30 :301 Sun


650.948.0456 24040 OAK KNOLL CIRCLE

Ken Morgan/Arlene Gault


809 ALICE AV SAT/SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $820,000 3 BR 2 BA Updated w/granite & stainless steel in kitchen w/breakfast bar.LivRm has frplc & bay wndw

END UNIT AT THE OLD MILL $645,000 SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $3,198,000 18721 NEWSOM AV 5 BR 5.5 BA Imagine living in your own 3 BR 2.5 BA SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $747,000 amazing villa w/a personal vineyard,Bay & Best location, largest unit. Desired complex. LA sch district!! 3 BR 2 BA Bright & Airy Charmer, move hill views. 650.948.0456 right in. This is 1 of the most affordable- Jo Buchanan & Stuart Bowen 650.941.7040 Francis Rolland homes in Cupertino 25620 ELENA RD 295 FARLEY ST Grace Feng 650.328.5211 SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $2,495,000 SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $599,000 5 BR 3 BA Beautiful Hm on a sprawl- 3 BR 2 BA Granite counters with task ing flat+ acre w/captivating views of the lighting, French doors to Sunroom, New LOS ALTOS Western hills. floors & paint, Pergola Jo Buchanan & Stuart Bowen 650.941.7040 Gordon Ferguson 650.328.5211 716 N SAN ANTONIO ROAD SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $2,695,000 65 EVANDALE AV #C MENLO PARK 4 BR 3.5 BA Master suite & sitting area.Full SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $535,000 guest cottage completed approximately 1350 SHERMAN AV 3 BR 2.5 BA Located in small 4 unit comSUN 1:30 - 4:30 $2,095,000 600 sq.ft. 4 BR 3 BA Enjoy both - location and house. plex.Low HOA dues of $150.1 car garage. Terri Couture 650.941.7040 Lg. kit/great room. Formal LR+DR. Oak Inside laundry. Ric Parker 650.948.0456 floors.2 FP. ELEGANT FAMILY HOME $2,300,000 John Alexander 650.325.6161 DESIRABLE CONDO $289,000 3 BR 2.5 BA 16 years old 2 story home. 2 BR 1 BA Single level End Unit w/ Desirable setting on 1/2 an acre lot. 1020 SHERMAN AV SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $1,219,000 Lrg Liv Rm & Sep.Din Rm.Kit maple Inviting park-like garden. 4 BR 2 BA This charming home near cabinets,granite cntr tops. Dora Thordarson 650.941.7040 Downtown Menlo Park features stepping Melanie Johnson 650.948.0456 stones & towering trees. 1466 CLUB VIEW TERRACE $279,000 Cristina Bliss 650.325.6161 CREEKSIDE RETREAT SAT 2-5/SUN 1 - 4 $2,195,000 1 BR 1 BA Open patio facing redwood 224 WILLOW RD 6 BR 4 BA Spacious 3,978 sq ft.home w/ $948,000 trees, creek & pool. Near vibrant downviews of the Bay.41,400 sq.ft.lot,Prestigious SAT/SUN 1:30 - 4:30 3 BR 2 BA Tastefully remodeled home town Mountain View. street.Office. 650.325.6161 in the Upper Willows w/gourmet island R. Brendan Leary Phyllis & Jamie Carmichael 650.941.7040 kitchen & air conditioning SPACIOUS, GREAT LOCATION $92,500 Joanne Shapiro 650.328.5211 841 TERRACE DR 2 BR 2 BA Beautiful mobile home locat$898,000 ed in 55+ Park. Many custom features. SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $1,759,000 BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS HOME 3 BR 2.5 BA Beautiful, spacious 3-level 3 BR 2 BA Beautiful lvl yrd w/great bk home. Walls of glass. Large, bright kitchen Spacious floor plan. Deborah Greenberg 650.328.5211 yd,wonderful trees,xellent opportunity to w/breakfast rm. expand or build new Terri Couture

Tim Trailer

Fabulously updated home with a beautiful gourmet kitchen.

Custom built home on corner lot w/Remodeled kitchen.

Joanne Fraser


Remodeled downtown townhome w/two mastr suites located just steps frm University Ave shops


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Royce Cablayan


FARM HILL VISTA CONDO $378,000 3 BR 2.5 BA Skylights, remodeled kitchen w/granite counters & hickory cabinets. Wonderful floor plan.

650.325.6161 Sharon Witte


ELEGANT COUNTRY HOME $998,000 3 BR 2.5 BA Idyllic treasure offers a calm oasis in a secluded street close to neighborhood amenities

650.325.6161 Susan Selkirk

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Mountain View Voice 12.3.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the December 3.2010 edition of the Mountain View Voice

Mountain View Voice 12.3.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the December 3.2010 edition of the Mountain View Voice