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Preschool says goodbye and hello

City budget relatively painless this year

By Nick Veronin

in employee compensation costs expected next year. Unions had f the city’s unions can agree previously been asked for $1 milthis week to trim compen- lion in savings. If that’s unsucsation hikes next year by cessful, the backup plan involves $500,000 it appears that the city the elimination of four city jobs, will enjoy a bit of a break from two of which are filled: the fire major budget troubles, thanks department’s public outreach in part to new lease money from person and an assistant at the Google. Mountain View Center for PerCompared to the last few forming Arts. years, much less time was spent Following several tough budwrestling with last-minute city get years, and several more budget problems on Tuesday, likely to be ahead, council memthe week before the city’s 2011- bers expressed their gratitude to 12 general fund budget is due. interim City Manager Melissa With only a few minor tweaks Stevenson Dile and others for made Tuesday, coming up with the budget is a balanced budnow all set for Council members get proposal approval June that does not hope to get the final cut services or 14. The relatively lay employees $500,000 from the off. painless budget is possible partThe biggest city’s unions. ly because the controversy deficit in the apparent Tuescity’s $90 million general fund day was whether to charge a budget recently shrank from $2 facility use fee for each of $2.6 million to $2 million. The the Center for Performing Arts $600,000 difference came from tickets given to non-profits who a new estimate of next year’s use over 10,000 of the free tickets costs that showed a savings of every year for fund-raising and $257,000. Another $357,000 was to promote the arts. Mike Cobb, spared by mustering reserves to board president for the Peninsula pay for predicted takeaways from Youth Theater, said organizathe state. Interim City Manager tions would simply stop using the Melissa Stevenson Dile noted tickets because the fee would not what some council members be affordable. Council members had said in previous meetings agreed that there was no point — there’s no point in having to the fee in that case, and that reserves if you don’t use them. it wasn’t worth the potential loss To fill the new $2 million gap, of revenue to downtown restauthe council supported covering rants and shops caused by fewer 75 percent of it with $380,000 patrons at the theater. in “operational efficiencies” and $1.16 million in annual revenue Strategy will from Google’s latest lease of city reduce reserves property. Council members hope The city proposes using as to get the final $500,000 from much as $1.4 million in reserves the city’s unions, who are not next fiscal year to deal with being asked for a pay cut, but to several predicted costs. The reduce the $3.8 million growth By Daniel DeBolt


amilies and children that have passed through the Los Altos Parent Preschool over the past 13 years showed up at the school’s Los Altos High School campus for a final goodbye Sunday. The preschool, which has been in the community in one form or another for more than 55 years, was notified late last year that its lease would be terminated this summer. The organization had trouble finding a new location that would allow it to offer the same low-cost tuition it has been known for since it was founded. The preschool eventually found a new home at Covington Elementary School in Los Altos. With the move-out day of June 15 fast approaching, the preschool decided to hold a farewell day on June 6, so parents and children could come together “one last time” at the site, which had been the home of the preschool since 1998. “It was a wonderful day,” said Dara Tynefield, board president emeritus of the cooperative. Tynefield advocated strongly for the preschool to stay in its current location at multiple board meetings of the Mountain ViewLos Altos Union High School District. In the end, however, the district maintained that it needed the space occupied by the preschool to accommodate the anticipated growth in its student body. Tynfield, who had been disappointed with the district’s decision, said that everything ultimately worked out. The Los Altos Parent Preschool secured a grant to help them move everything, including their See PRESCHOOL, page 7




CELEBRATION TIME It’s a joyful time of year, as excited high school seniors, like this group of Los Altos High School students, celebrate their graduation. The Voice’s special graduation section begins in Section 2 with photos, stories and a list of local graduates.

Inks criticizes pay deal with new city manager COUNCIL AGREES TO $240,000 PLUS PERKS, BUT BALKS AT CAR ALLOWANCE By Daniel DeBolt


t Tuesday’s City Council meeting, council member John Inks criticized the $240,000 salary the council approved for new city manager Daniel Rich, saying the council missed a rare opportunity to cut employee costs. “I can’t go along with this,” Inks said. “I support his appointment, not the salary.” Inks was the sole opponent to Rich’s compensation deal approved Tuesday, but the vote on whether to

hire Rich was unanimous. “Those of us elected to council don’t get many opportunities to be assertive about containing employee compensation costs,” Inks said. With every new union contract, costs seem to be “spiraling up.” Rich was initially offered a lower salary, but a council majority accepted a higher counter-offer from Rich, Inks said. The council also took note of one Mountain View department head’s relatively high salary in making the See CITY MANAGER, page 7


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BASHED WITH BOTTLE A man broke a bottle over another man’s head in a Mountain View bar fight just after midnight Sunday, police said. The assailant was arrested; the victim, who was not knocked out by the blow, was taken to the hospital by a friend. Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said the incident began at a little after 12 a.m. on June 5 at St. Stephen’s Green on Castro Street. The victim, a 38-yearold Sunnyvale man, stepped in between the man and a woman who were engaged in a heated argument. “The suspect ... believed (the woman) had spilled a drink on his fiance,� Wylie wrote in an email. When the victim stepped between the man and the woman, the attacker “did not argue back, but instead immediately hit the victim over the head with a glass beer bottle,� Wylie wrote. “The bottle broke and caused a 3-inch laceration to the side of the victim’s head.� Several witnesses confirmed the chain of events, Wylie said. Both the man who was hit and the man accused of swinging the bottle were located outside

the bar — the former in the parking lot behind St. Stephen’s Green, the latter out in front. Police arrested Jeyel Begazo, a 27-year-old Daly City man, charged him with assault with a deadly weapon and booked him into the main jail.

POOL TABLE FRACAS A pair of brothers were arrested by police in the early morning of Thursday, June 2, and charged throwing billiard balls and stools in the Alibi Bar on West El Camino Real. According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the melee, which involved the men allegedly throwing billiards balls and bar stools, began around 1:15 a.m., when two men began arguing over the use of the bar’s pool table. A bartender attempted to intervene, but the men swore at the bartender, Wylie said. The bartender told the men to leave the bar, and they began throwing pool balls and bar stools around the Alibi. One bar patron was hit with a stool, causing a 3-inch laceration on See CRIME BRIEFS, page 8


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levels of contaminants, would be cleaned through “natural attenuupport from Mountain ation” — broken down by the View residents may be all natural bacteria in the soil over that is required to quickly the course of 15 years. clean up a small toxic groundLenny Siegel, director of the water plume at the north end of Center for Public EnvironmenSierra Vista Avenue that was left tal Oversight, said it appears behind by an early Silicon Valley that the EPA was doing a good circuit board manufacturer. job in coming up with a plan On June 15 a meeting is set for the site, with lessons learned for residents to discuss sev- from similar efforts at the MEW eral options for cleaning up the Superfund sites in Mountain trichloroethylene (TCE) contam- View’s Whisman neighborhood. ination left behind by CTS PrintMost of the contaminants are ex, which is said to have dumped moving north towards the Bay. the solvent into the ground- The highest concentration of the water in the 1970s and early plume is now under a parking lot 1980s. The conin the middle of tamination has a small complex largely moved of commercial ‘If we don’t do north from the buildings at company’s foranything, it might 935 Sierra Vista mer location, Ave. and against be 30, 40, 50 years Highway 101, now occupied by three-story where the plume town homes to reach maximum appears to have at the east end stopped flowing cleanup levels.’ of Plymouth north, Chavira Avenue. But the said. Checks of RAYMOND CHAVIRA, contamination g rou nd w at e r EPA PROJECT MANAGER still presents wells north of the potential Highway 101 of toxic vapors being released near Google headquarters have into the air and into buildings, found little or no TCE, Chavira and has made the groundwater said. undrinkable. “This mass is in the parking Depending on the methods lot there,” Chavira said of 935 used, cleanup could take any- Sierra Vista Ave. “We can install where from 15 years to 50 years, our system in there, inject the said Raymond Chavira, project microbes into the ground and manager for the Environmental recirculate it. It could take less Protection Agency. The EPA than a year. Once we get this, is recommending the fastest everything else is basically natumethod, which involves the use ral attenuation.” of microbes to break down the “If we don’t do anything, it contaminants into non-toxic might be 30, 40, 50 years to reach gases, while the slowest method maximum cleanup levels. But if relies entirely on natural bacteria we can do this, we think it will to do the same. be 15 years,” Chavira added. CTS Printex, which still exists Chavira said the EPA would take as Indiana-based CTS Corpora- into account the input of residents. tion, is on board with the EPA’s “If in the end they say, ‘We really proposal to finish the cleanup don’t care if it’s 50 years or 60 years,’ quickly, once and for all, Chavira we will consider that.” said. The $1.8 million preferred EPA tests homes alternative, which CTS would for indoor air safety pay for, involves circulating the When Regis Homes built dozmicrobes in the most concen- ens of three-story town homes at trated part of the groundwater, the east end of Plymouth Avenue, which measures 60 feet across every home was built with a suband is 25 feet deep. The rest of the See SUPERFUND, page 8 plume, which has relatively low By Daniel DeBolt


Geese scatter as Rajnish Thapar wheels his golf clubs along the tenth hole at the Shoreline golf course on June 7.

Council takes a swing at Shoreline bird nuisance By Daniel DeBolt


he city has upped the ante in its bird battle at Shoreline Park with Tuesday’s City Council decision to fill the course’s freshwater ponds with dirt. The City Council unanimously decided to fill four freshwater ponds that several thousand Canada geese and American coots flock to. It will take 115,000 cubic yards of soil. Nearly every method possible has been used to try to get rid of the birds, which chew up the course and leave droppings everywhere. The birds have been chased away by dogs,

remote control boats, fake alligator heads — even shotguns were used in the 1980s to kill hundreds of them. In 2008, draining the ponds made a big impact, a 58 percent reduction in coots and a 25 percent reduction in geese. The move comes as the cityrun golf course begins to become a drain on the city budget. The hope is that cutting down on the bird problem will increase business. The filled ponds will be landscaped to attract mice and insects to provide new hunting grounds for the area’s rare burrowing owls. About a dozen of the ground-dwelling owls still

exist in the area. Rocks, pieces of wood, plants and grass were chosen to provide the owls a place to hunt and provide golf hazards for players. The city is using the filled ponds to offset loss of 6 acres of owl habitat south of the golf course where new baseball and soccer fields are planned. A section of one of the four ponds will remain in front of the Michaels at Shoreline restaurant. The project will use $330,00 in Shoreline tax district bond revenue and $20,000 paid by Google for impacting burrowing owls with an outdoor recreation facility on the north side of Amphitheater Parkway. V

Five-story offices could replace housing project planned for Evelyn Avenue By Daniel DeBolt


s the demand for office space fills up nearly every available location in downtown Mountain View, residential developer Classic Communities has sidelined its 65-home project on Evelyn Avenue in favor of office buildings. According to a request submitted to the city planning department Friday, Classic Communities has proposed three,

five-story Class A office buildings with a total of approximately 465,000 square feet and three levels of underground parking. But just five months ago the City Council gave Classic Communities the green light for 25 town homes and 40 detached homes for the 4.3-acre site, which is near Calderon Avenue at 209-405 Evelyn Avenue. The reason for the proposal is clear: downtown Mountain View is fast becoming “start-up

central,” said Mike Cobb, senior vice president of real estate firm Colliers International. Cobb speculated that Classic Communities, which is owned by highend commercial builder Mozart Development Company, saw the property’s “value as a long term hold” as an office building “rather than build it and sell it” housing. “I think Mountain View has See CLASSIC, page 8



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deal, Inks said. The salary deal is a 20-percent raise from Rich’s previous job at the City of Campbell, Inks said, but former City Manager Kevin Duggan was set to take no raise this year, as he had last year, Inks noted. Duggan was paid $260,000 in his last year on the job, said interim City Manager Melissa Stevenson Dile. Mayor Jac Siegel said Rich’s salary was “still considerably below” what other city managers are making in comparable cities in the area.


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jungle gym and other equipment, to the new location, about a mile south of Los Altos High School. Even though the preschool will pay $25,000 per year for the space, $10,000 more than it paid for its quarters on the Los Altos High School campus, Tynefield said they plan to keep

Member Ronit Bryant said she felt Rich’s salary was appropriate. It is “commensurate with the importance of Dan Rich this job, the size of this budget and number of employees” the city has, she said. Rich’s compensation package includes a cell phone allowance of $70 a month, 22 days of vacation time annually with “an initial bank” of 100 hours of vacation. His health care, retirement health care, life insurance and disability insurance are the same as what other department

heads enjoy. He will receive a 2.7-percent-at-55 retirement pension deal, but will pay 10.5 percent of the cost from his salary. The city will also contribute to a deferred compensation plan for Rich in an amount equal to 2 percent of his salary. A $400 a month car allowance is one of the benefits Duggan received that won’t be passed on to Rich. He also will not receive money to purchase a home in Mountain View, as Duggan received 20 years ago. Rich starts his new job July 27.

their enrollment fees the same, at least for the time being. The preschool offers multiple programs for different age groups with tuition ranging from $1,900 to $3,600 annually. The farewell party featured live music by the band Banish the Dogs, a jump house, commemorative T-shirts, ice cream sundaes. Parents, along with their children, painted decora-

tive tiles that will be hung in the new Covington location. “Everybody was really happy and really looking forward to the new location,” Tynefield said. “I think everybody felt so comforted by the continuity.” The Los Altos Parent Preschool is currently accepting enrollment applications. More information about enrollment and the move to Covington can be found at


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slab system to prevent vapor intrusion, and every home was tested after construction for indoor air quality — a test every home passed, Chavira said. Just across Plymouth Avenue, and closer to the “mass� of contaminants, is a housing complex at 917 Sierra Vista that was not found to have levels of indoor air contamination as a result of the plume that would warrant action, Chavira said.

The Chinese Church in Christ across the street has not had its indoor air tested, but Chavira said the levels of contaminants in the plume, which sits under only a portion of the church, were below action levels. But if the church were to develop on its parking lot to the north, the EPA would have to review building plans, Chavira said. The EPA is also coming up with possible requirements for future development over the plume which could be required to have expensive sub-slab systems to prevent vapor intrusion,

depending on their location. Another promising cleanup method uses pieces of scrap iron, buried in the water table, to chemically break down the TCE. This method could also take 15 years, but would cost $2.8 million, the EPA reports. Another alternative is to extract the groundwater and filter it for $4.4 million, but that’s already been done and would likely be ineffective. Between 1987 and 1996, 106 million gallons of groundwater were extracted from the site and 99 pounds of TCE is believed to have been

filtered out of the water, the EPA reports. A meeting is scheduled for residents to give feedback to the EPA about its proposals on Wednesday, June 15. The meeting runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held in the second floor plaza conference room at City Hall, 500 Castro Street. For more information, EPA project manager Raymond Chavira can be reached at (415) 947-4218 or V

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taken a permanent spot on the list of the real key locations in the area� for office space, Cobb said. Small tech firms looking at downtown Mountain View are “attracted by restaurants, transportation and the theater. It’s just a good place to do business.� The office vacancy rate in downtown Mountain View shrank to 3.7 percent in April from over 7 percent the same time last year, the lowest since the boom. “I’m pretty sure when the quarter ends we’re going to see an office vacancy right around 3 percent,� Cobb said. “That’s extraordinarily low. Palo Alto is at 2.6 percent. There aren’t other parts of the Bay Area that have similarly strong occupancy rates right now.� Planning Director Randy Tsuda said the City Council is tentatively set to consider a “gatekeeper request� June 28 that may allow Classic Communities to push the office building proposal through the city’s planning pipeline. The residential zoning for the site would have to be changed. Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association committee member David Lewis criticized the proposal in an email, saying that it would be an example of “spot zoning� if the council gave Classic Communities the zoning change without considering the move as part of the city’s general plan update, which would study such impacts as increasing the city’s jobs-housing imbalance. Scott Ward of Classic Communities did not respond to a request for comment. V

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Mountain View-based Fantasy Dance Studio students perform ballets based on the fairytale Thumbelina and a traditional Jewish wedding on June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Palo Alto JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way. Fantasy Dance is one of the three Mountain View-based children dancing studios created by members of the local


ELSIE HERMINA HIRSCHER Elsie Hermina Hirscher died June 5, surrounded by her family friends, at Villa Siena in Mountain View. She was 94. Born to Charles and Lena Grolimund in 1916, she married Charles Robert Hirscher in 1945.


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city’s Shoreline Golf Course is expected to begin to lose money next year, and city officials plan to use $500,000 in reserves to keep it going until a new model for running the course can be implemented. If the state decides to force redevelopment authorities to

She is survived by her children, Annie, Rose, Heidi and Ted; her grandchildren Sonja, Tanya and Mario Solario; and one greatgranddaughter. Services were held at Villa Siena with arrangements by Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary.

close, the city will lose $538,000 in reserves to maintain services funded by that tax district. And $50,000 could be used for “employee assistance” if several jobs are eliminated this year. Taking the hit is the city’s general fund budget contingency reserve, which could go from $5.5 million to $4.1 million.

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hat a hoot! If you want a thoroughly entertaining, funny and feel-good evening, get yourself to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts ASAP to catch a performance of “[title of show]” before it leaves town. TheatreWorks has mounted a terrific production of this new musical fresh from its Broadway success. The most fun I’ve had in the theater in ages, it had the audience leaping to its feet with applause even before the finale. “[title of show]” is the clever brainchild of two would-be musical writers, Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen, who created characters based on themselves (Jamison Stern as Hunter and Ian Leonard as Jeff), who then decide to write a musical about themselves writing a musical, to be entered in a new musical festival in three weeks. Facing a seeming Everest, they nevertheless bravely forge ahead, enlisting two talented female friends to assist in developing the work (Laura Jordan as Susan and Farah Alvin as Heidi). The meta-theatrical, self-referential device just seems cute at first, but as the show develops, the witty dialogue and utterly charming characters draw you in and keep you intrigued as well as laughing with glee. The musical numbers are original enough to avoid cliche but are still singable, catchy tunes, and the jokes just keep coming. The musical chronicles the completion and eventual success of the musical, which is, in fact, itself. That means there was no doubt some revision once the musical did in fact begin to rack up ever more professional productions. But the section that questions whether or not the creators should make changes and how that question is resolved has been there from the start — which means the writers were predicting or anticipating their own success. The script keeps us guessing and enjoying the present-vs.-past conundrum. There are a few serious scenes, as the foursome face challenges in the work and their friendships, but nothing stays serious long. They endorse their instincts, defy mediocrity and band together

with a commitment to be “nine people’s favorite thing rather than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing.” The show is inspiring and uplifting, but aims mostly for the funny bone. The actors are all ideally suited to their roles, and do fabulous jobs with a high-energy, fastpaced show that runs 90 minutes without intermission. Leonard is the one local talent in the group, having performed in several TheatreWorks productions, and he shines as the rather hapless, more down-to-earth composer of the team. Stern has comic chops in spades. He’s a master of the one-liner, the snappy comeback and the double entendre, but he also shows serious skills when his character briefly turns control freak. Jordan starts off as the quiet partner in the mix, the one with a day job and more maturity. But she comes on like gangbusters in a couple of solos, and has marvelous comic timing and a deadpan to die for. Alvin fills the perky musical-theater friend role with an amazing voice and polished dancing acumen. She’s got presence, charm and power, and I could listen to her voice all day. The simple set by Kate Edmunds is mostly effective, although I wondered why there were curtains at odd times, and the glass in one door cast distracting reflections. Lighting by Paul Toben gave us fun color washes for dream scenes, but also sometimes created long shadows. Kikau Alvaro and director Meredith McDonough generated brilliant staging and choreography: lively, interesting and appropriate. It’s also great fun to see Bill Liberatore, TheatreWorks’ superb musical director, onstage and actually getting to speak. Don’t miss it: TheatreWorks has knocked it out of the park on this one. V

N I N F O R M AT I O N “[title of show],” a musical presented by TheatreWorks, at Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Runs through June 26, with shows at 7:30 Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $19-$56. Go to or call 650-463-1960.




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ould Mountain View become a victim of its own success? Just eight years ago the city welcomed Google like it would any other start-up looking for office space in the Bayshore neighborhood. Then-City Manager Kevin Duggan sat down with Sergei Brin and Larry Page, the company’s founders, and made a deal to lease city land for office space. At the time, no one predicted that Google’s secret algorithms would create an unbridled market for Internet search, pushing its stock into the stratosphere and then settling down to its current price of more than $500 a share. The company’s ease of search and advertising model helped lead to the downfall of print media and gave Google a competitive edge that it continues to maintain over every other company in the Internet search business. Today, Google is one of the most successful high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, and Mountain View continues to be its epicenter. In just the last year, Google has unveiled expansion plans that will firmly anchor its business here. Its huge presence already has driven office vacancy rates to one of the lowest levels in recent memory, and brought about a spurt of interest among developers to obtain fast-track approval for new commercial developments, just to take care of the potential tenants pushed aside by Google. The City Council is reacting quickly, and now seems open to approving large office and housing complexes, although one planned development for 65 units of housing on Evelyn Avenue may be converted to three five-story office towers totaling more than half a million square feet. A Voice compilation last week shows Google owns or leases 67 buildings in the city and has stepped up efforts to build as much as 1.7 million square feet of offices in Mountain View, including a new 565,000-square-foot campus next to its Shorebird Lane headquarters. And a company spokesperson confirmed that plans to build a 1.2 million-square-foot complex at NASA Ames Research NGUESTOPINION

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Center on Moffett Field remain on track to start in September 2013. In a break from Silicon Valley tradition, the Moffett plans include on-site employee housing, childcare and recreation facilities, a trend that we would like to see continue. For local leaders, this full-throttle development raises questions about how the city will cope with the impact of the growing Google workforce, which is said to be 10,000 and could be many more. (The company does not comment on its employee census.) Many of the hires that will occupy the new space will want to put down roots in Mountain View and they will be looking for housing in a market that is likely to tighten as more Google office space is occupied. To lessen the impact, the city should authorize more housing in areas adjacent to Bayshore, or even consider permitting multi-unit projects north of the Highway 101. It will not be possible for the city to provide housing for every new job, but now is the time to begin the effort. All of this comes as the city is desperately trying to trim its budget that is inexorably growing to keep pace with the rising costs of employee salaries and retirement benefits. The city could get some help from Google’s recent decision to pay $30 million upfront for long-term lease on a Bayshore parcel. But it will take more than the possible $1 million in interest the city could earn from banking the prepayment to close the budget gap. So far, Google has not sent any signals that it is ready to help defray any of the impact costs of its mushrooming footprint in Mountain View. In our view, Mountain View must continue to do all it can to accommodate Google, which through its long-term property leases pays millions of dollars to the city every year. But at the same time, the City Council needs to talk to Google about reaching beyond the helpful $30 million real estate transaction and think about other ways the company can contribute to the city’s longterm viability and sustainability in the years ahead.


ometimes I find I’m a lone voice in opposition to a city or school board measure when I know there are like minds out there. I was glad to see the “Shoreline revenue may be running out” editorial last week. The issue of funding our civic priorities is complex. But the Shoreline District (and downtown redevelopment district) distorts those priorities in simplistic ways. That is why I spoke up before the city to urge them to go slowly and carefully about borrowing against future diverted school-

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REAL QUESTION IS WHAT’S NEXT FOR EVANDALE BUILDING Good governance can be defined by the measure of how it performs for the least likely among the public to have a voice. The Evandale Avenue apartment building is a good opportunity to observe whether the legal maneuvering by Mountain View city attorneys to address poor conditions there will ultimately result in the complex being refurbished and maintained as affordable rental units or redeveloped into luxury condos. Last week’s article stated that “staff was concerned that people would start occupying an uninhabitable building.” Who are the “people” the city staff is referring to? Neighbors report that crime has gone down since the building was red tagged by the city and the Voice reports that the Employee Service Agency of Mountain View relocated residents of the building. The article further reports that workers performing unauthorized construction work were camping out on the site. These people are largely invisible to the majority of Mountain View residents. Perhaps we would prefer that it stay that way? Where are the dollars for affordable housing going in Mountain View? Let’s hope that the new city manager and council members have the will and vision to stand for the least likely among us to have a voice by timely and accountable expenditure of those public monies for their intended purpose. Gabriela Deeds Chiquita Avenue

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sea-level rise protection levees. Many of us take that promise with pig-headed stubbornness. This money should not be used for pension promises, development subsidies, a boutique hotel, or World Expo studies. On Monday I read that Palo Alto will receive the following from its largest employer, Stanford Medical Center, for transportation related to new development: $115.8 million, for infrastructure and housing: $23.2 million. New Shoreline District commercial development is great, but it needs to carry its own weight. If Google is slated to grow here, it needs to “assure no harm” to local elementary schools relative to the funding levels of Los Altos elementary schools.

‘NON-LEGAL’ RESIDENTS CAN’T ESCAPE ALL TAXES Last week Charlie Larson wrote: Who pays for day workers? Mr. Larson: You seem to often equate “illegal residents” with people that are out to get a free ride out of the U.S. taxpayers (with your favorite example often being the burden on public schools). Allow me to clarify that a “non-legal” resident is an individual whom the U.S. government has not granted permission to work or live in this country. It does not follow from this that the person is exempt from paying taxes, and in the majority of the cases, they do. All the goods they buy in the local economy are subject to the sales tax we all pay. Any property (cars/houses) they own are subject to taxes as well. In many cases, the salaries they earn have taxes withheld (yes, often using fake Social Security numbers, but the tax is withheld). Of course there are certain cases where their services are hired without the proper paying or withholding of taxes, but in my 16 years living as a citizen of this country, I have seen this happen in many, many other circumstances involving all kinds of individuals, not just non-legal residents. Repeating the mantra that non-legal residents get a tax-free ride in this country is just a very shallow and populist interpretation of a more complex immigration problem. Miguel Sanchez Piazza Drive

This is what I warned the Shoreline Board and their bond attorney about. I will take the matter of equal school funding to court in the matter of Shoreline District school tax diversions. If 100 percent of the diverted taxes are restored to our elementary schools, this may start to affect paying back bonds pledged against future property tax revenue from the district. Shoreline needs to be fiscally prudent — the day of judicial reckoning will come. The community that supported Share Shoreline also needs to be aware — as the Shoreline District has officially stated in their financial documents for the new bonds — that the extra money for schools will not continue past the current contract. The warning from the Voice editorial is correct and serious. Steven Nelson lives on Bonita Avenue.







La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant features camarones con mojo, spicy sauteed shrimp with piquillo and habaĂąero peppers served on Cuban toast.

onday evenings on California Avenue in Palo Alto are pretty peaceful. Many restaurants are closed; business is spotty. It was so subdued on a recent Monday that street parking was available. It was that quiet. That is, until I opened the door at La Bodeguita del Medio, the 14-year-old Cuban-inspired restaurant that packs them in six days per week. Few tables were available shortly after 6 p.m. The restaurant, conceived by Michael and Lara Ekwall, opened in 1997. Michael caught the restaurant bug while working his

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Caribbean hues. Tables and banquettes are spaced, and the place can be noisy but rarely overpowering. The bar and dining room are separated spaces, which reduces clatter without dampening spirits on either side. Colorful Cuban artwork adds to the festive air. For starters, the empanadas ($10.50) were stuffed with picadillo pork (finely chopped), roasted chilies and pepper jack cheese, then quickly fried and topped with a slightly piquant coconut jalapeno sauce atop a scoop of black beans. I’m not

habanero peppers and served on little toasts. On a warm evening, after a rum drink or two, this shrimp dish will make you sweat. The Graycliff chowder ($8) was prepared with shrimp and conch meat suffused in a roasted vegetable and habanero puree. Thick, with just enough spice to remember, it was a chowder with zing. Service was always prompt and friendly at La Bodeguita. The waitstaff took time to explain dishes, particularly the daily specials, and made suitable recommendations.

an empanada fan because usually there is more dough than stuffing. Not these. They were fat with pork and cheese. Croquetas ($9) were crispy potato fritters filled with Spanish cheese, chives and pimenton (paprika). A tamarind-chipotle dipping sauce accompanied. The croquetas were delivered piping hot and were golden-crisp outside, with creamy potato inside. The camarones con mojo ($12) were delightfully lip-smackingly spicy. The shrimp was sauteed with piquillo and

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(Guild, Century 20) Owen Wilson plays Gil Pender, an American in Paris beguiled by the notion that “every street, every boulevard is its own special art form.� A self-described Hollywood hack, Gil is a successful screenwriter who grinds out movie scripts but longs to write real literature. And then with a magical stroke reminiscent of “The Purple Rose of Cairo,� the admirer of 1920s Paris becomes immersed in his favorite period. An incredulous Gil interacts with expatriate icons of the Lost Generation and the artists who contributed to the legendary time and place. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking. 1 hour, 34 minutes. — S.T.


(Century 16, Century 20) Concentration camp survivor Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) will not rest until he hunts down the Nazi scientist — Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw — responsible for his greatest trauma. Meanwhile, child of privilege Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) becomes an expert in genetic mutation. Both gifted with powers demonstrating the evolution of the human genome, Erik and Charles will one day be supervillain Magneto and superhero Professor X. But first they will meet, bond and be tragically torn apart by their unmovable cross purposes. Charles’ childhood friend Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is already on board. So is young scientist Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) — aka Beast — who gives the telepathic Charles the technological boost he needs to find more mutant recruits. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language. Two hours, 12 minutes. — P.C.

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‘Out and About’ Palo Alto artist Carolyn Hofstetter shows new plein-air oil paintings. Working in oil or watercolors, she is primarily a landscape painter. The exhibition runs through July 2. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos. ‘Painterly Monotypes & Travel Watercolors’ Suej McCall and Cherise Thompson are the featured artists through July 2 at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. McCall’s watercolors depict travel to Europe and New Mexico. Thompson’s exhibit features painterly, party-themed monotypes. Hours: Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

BENEFITS ‘ A Sunday Afternoon Garden Party at Stonebrook Manor’ Community Services Agency presents a Sunday afternoon “Garden Party� held on the grounds of the Stonebrook Manor in Los Altos Hills. Food tasting, wine tasting, a variety of live music and silent and not so silent auction. June 12, 4-7 p.m. $115. Stonebrook Manor, Los Altos Hills, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-968-0836 ext. 115. www.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS AARP Driver Safety Course The Mountain View Senior Center hosts an eight-hour classroom driving-instruction session; students must mail in or deliver a check payable to AARP. June 21, 6-10 p.m. $14 general; $12 for AARP members. 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Basic Links and Wraps A class designed to combine wire and beads. The techniques taught in this class are a necessity to any other type of wire class. This is a beginner class that teaches how to form wire into loops, coils and wraps with emphasis on uniformity. June 15, 6-8:30 p.m. $60. Global Beads , 345 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-967-7556. www. Salsa Class Victoria Ruskovoloshina teaches Monday-evening dance classes. 8:30-10:30 p.m. $12 per class. Firebird Dance Studio,

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Grant, a member of the Community School of Music and Arts faculty, is exhibiting paintings. After an opening reception on June 17, the show runs through July 31, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 3. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Call 650-917-6800, extension 306. www.arts4all. org

CLUBS/MEETINGS Book Club The next book for review is “When Everything Changed� by Gail Collins. The book club will break for summer and resume in September. June 14, 10 a.m. Free. 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650903-6330.


CONCERTS ‘Global Heart Concert #3’ Sculptress Destiny Muhammad, joined by pianist Troy Arnett, and percussionist David DiLullo, perform June 11, 7:30-9 p.m. $25 through June 10, $30 day of. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-988-9800. www.eastwest. com/june_events.html#11a ‘Let’s Play in Spanish’ Susy Dorn, the creator of “Let’s Play in Spanish,� leads a morning of musical entertainment. June 11, 10:15-11 a.m. Free. Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call 408-370-3399. www. Hidden Villa’s Midsummer Concert Livewire Dance Band performs family-friendly, high-energy music. Farm-fresh salads and sandwiches for sale. Parking at Foothill College. Advance Registration Required. June 18, 5:308 p.m. $10 per car. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-9704. Irene Sharp, Cello Cellist Irene Sharp gives a concert June 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. www.arts4all. org/attend World Harmony Chorus The Community School of Music and Arts’ World Harmony Chorus holds a “friends and family concert,� directed by Daniel Steinberg. Music from the Americas, Africa and the Balkans. June 13, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

EXHIBITS ‘Cars, Gates & Landscapes’ Artist Alexis

‘Families Move Together’ Mercy Street Family Resource Center is hosting “Families Move Together,� an event for families with children up to age 5. Free classes and activities are planned on such topics as yoga and hiking. June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Mercy Street Family Resource Center, 748 Mercy St., Mountain View. Call 650-967-4813. www.first5kids. org/programs/Mercy_Street_frc ‘GreenKids Conference’ This conference is intended to educate children ages 3 to 18 on environmental issues. Pre-registration is required. June 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View. Call 510-793-1343.

LIVE MUSIC Live Jazz featuring Chazz Alley Live Jazz featuring Chazz Alley every Friday and Saturday night. 6-9 p.m. Vaso Azzurro Restaurante, 108 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-940-1717 . The St. Valentinez The St. Valentinez perform funk June 10, 8-10 p.m. Red Rock, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

ON STAGE ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ Over-the-hill repertory thespians George and Charlotte Hay are touring the backwaters in 1953 in “Moon Over Buffalo,� a comedy of misunderstandings, mistaken identities and madcap adventures by Ken Ludwig. Through June 18, 8 p.m. $26-32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-0551. ‘[title of show]’ TheatreWorks presents the new musical “[title of show]� written by a pair of undiscovered writers about a pair of


NHIGHLIGHT MERCY-BUSH NEIGHBORHOOD TREE WALK Certified Arborists will lead a tour through this neighborhood’s interesting trees, starting from the little park at the corner of Mercy and Bush Streets. June 11, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Old Mountain View Neighborhood, Mountain View. Call 650-450-MVT1 (6881).

undiscovered writers writing a new musical. Through June 26, with evening and matinee performances. $24 (for students)-$42. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks. org

RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY ‘Holy Yoga’ This class offers a form of experiential worship; no prior experience with yoga needed. Class meets Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Free. Los Altos United Methodist Church, Children’s Center, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-383-9322. Dr. John Bloom Dr. John Bloom is an archaeologist and professor of physics at Biola University. Presented by Reasons To Believe San Jose Chapter, his talk will discuss science and the Bible. June 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Donations accepted. First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, Room 103, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-917-9107. 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 p.m. Free. St. Timothy’s/Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 650-857-0904.

RESEARCH SUBJECTS ‘Patent Essentials for High Technology Companies’ This talk covers the basics of the patent process, including: reasons for obtaining patent protection, who is entitled to a patent, the legal standards of patent law and the procedures involved in prosecuting patents. June 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, NASA Research Park, Building 23, Moffett Field. Call 650-335-2852. www. index.html

SENIORS ‘Maximize Your Email-Account Use’ Monica Lipscomb leads a workshop on maximizing one’s email use. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and an active Google or Yahoo email account. June 15, 2 p.m. Free. 266 Escue-

la Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330. Newcomers’ Group An orientation and tour of the Mountain View Senior Center will include a review of classes, upcoming events, social services, and general information. Tour begins in the front lobby. June 20, 2 p.m. Free. 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650903-6330.

SPECIAL EVENTS Wine Tasting Event Tasting of L’Aventure’s Bordeaux blends. This is a walk-around tasting event. June 10, 4-7 p.m. $19.22. Artisan Wine Depot, 400A Villa St., Mountain View. Call 650-969-3511. ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=EVENTLAVENTURE2

TALKS/AUTHORS ‘Travel in Style’ Maureen Jones will discuss different modes of travel: guided tours, river cruising and luxury motor coach. June 18, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. SETI Institute Free Weekly Talks “Fly Cheap, Fly Often, Fly Safe - Science research & education opportunities on commercial suborbital vehicles� by Kim Ennico. June 15, noon-1 p.m. Free. SETI Institute, 189 Bernardo Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-810-0223. seti. org/talks Walter M. Bortz II The Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum presents Walter M. Bortz II speaking about his latest book, “Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health.� June 14, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is $12. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-969-7215. tian.

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Section 1 of the June 10.2011 edition of the Mountain View Voice