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Property manager charged with theft In all, Imai estimates that olice have arrested a Sunny- Morioka cost vale woman after she alleg- her $80,000 edly bilked an 82-year-old while managing Mountain View woman of more her properties than $50,000 while managing her from 1991 until properties. 2007, according Grace Morioka Grace Morioka, 50, was arrested to her statement after turning herself in to the to police. In the last four years Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Morioka managed her properoffice on Oct. 28 and was charged ties, police say Imai’s accountant with grand theft and theft against found that Morioka reported an elder, said Detective Barry $701,576 in rental income to Barner of the San Jose police the victim, but deposited only department’s financial crimes $663,431 into the bank account department. She was released on for the properties. Morioka was $200,000 bail. also allegedly charging more rent While she was acting as prop- than she reported to the victim erty manager and Realtor for for some properties. Imai claims Mary Imai, Morioka allegedly that Morioka refuses her lawyer’s skimmed rent, overrequests to provide charged for mainteall records of her sernance costs and failed ‘I thought she vices, which Morioka to pay homeowners denies. association dues for was helping In her statement to properties owned by police, Imai explained me.’ Imai in Mountain that she had signed View’s Ada Park and power of attorney to MARY IMAI Camellia Park neighMorioka for her propborhoods. According erty matters. “I signed to police, properties it without reading it,” were nearly sold at auction several she said. “I didn’t know the power times, a police report says. Police it would give her. I had a lot going say Morioka also showed phony on with my sick husband and I records to the victim to cover up thought she was helping me.” the losses. So far no significant assets belongImai said she learned of the prob- ing to Morioka have been found lems in 2007 when her handyman that could provide some restitutold her that one of her homes at tion, though authorities continue Mountain View’s Ada Park was to look. two days away from a foreclosure Morioka declined to comment auction. She learned that liens for the story, referring the request had been placed on her proper- to her lawyer, Rhesa Rubin. “We ties for delinquent homeowners are not going to try her case in the association dues, penalties and press. We are confident she will be attorney fees, costing $28,000 to exonerated in the end,” Rubin told remove. One home had nearly the Voice. been foreclosed on at least three In her statement to police, Moritimes. “Morioka would present oka claims she didn’t charge the a check at the last minute for the widow for her services after the delinquent homeowner’s fees,” See GRAND THEFT, page 14 the police report said. By Daniel DeBolt



Partners for New Generations Axel Cipres, left, says goodbye to her mentor Sue Russell, right, at Alta Vista High School, Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Mentoring brings generations together By Nick Veronin


hen she can’t turn to her teachers, family or friends for fear she’ll be reported, punished or judged, Axel Cipres is thankful that she has Sue Russell. Cipres, a senior at Alta Vista High School, is comfortable sharing things with Russell that she wouldn’t want to share with

anyone else. “With Sue, I can talk to her and I know it’s more private,” the 18-year-old said, saying that she views Russell as separate from her school, family and friends. Being able to turn to someone

outside the three main groups of people in her life is great, Cipres said. If nothing else, Cipres can share her feelings without worrying that what she says might get back to someone she doesn’t want hearing it.

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No security footage is available of the robbery, Wylie said, but the men were described as being more than 6 feet tall, of medium build and wearing all black clothes from head to toe, with their faces covered. The two customers in the restaurant at the time of the robbery left before police arrived. Wylie encouraged both patrons to contact the police department with any details about the crime. The Mountain View Police Department can be reached at 903-6344. Anyone who reports a crime to the police may do so anonymously, she said.

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Palo Alto and Sunnyvale also have such ordinances in the mokers may soon have to works. The Mountain View City curb their habits in Moun- Council decided to pursue the tain View, thanks to a city ordinance last year. proposal to nix smoking in and At Tuesday’s meeting, bar around outdoor dining areas and nightclub owners wanted and within 25 feet of publicly an exception to allow smoking accessible buildings. to continue on their outdoor At a public meeting about patios. the city’s proposal on Tuesday “I think an exception will have the only real opponents were to be made for businesses like nightclub and bar owners who mine,” said Sara Zigler, presisaid such an ordinance could dent of Zen Lounge nightclub hurt their businesses. However, on Castro Street. Zigler said the most were sympathetic to the ordinance would create several cause of reducing second-hand problems, including a loss of smoke, including one down- business from customers contown employee who said she was stantly leaving her club to smoke a smoker. and an increase in smoking on “I don’t want to harm people the street and in nearby alleybut I don’t want to quit smoking ways. either,” she said, adding that it Bar owners also objected to appeared that she would have to being put into the position of stand in the middle of the street having to “police” their patio to smoke when downtown. areas to stop smokers. The pro“I would be posed ban ask ing my would mean a employees ‘I think an exception to police my $50 citation for smokers who will have to be made patio and I stand within don’t want to 25 feet of most for businesses like put this on my public builde m p l o y e e s ,” mine.’ ings, private said the owner businesses and of Sports Page outdoor dining NIGHTCLUB PRESIDENT SARA ZIGLER on Shoreline areas, includBoulevard. ing those at “I also feel it restaurants and picnic areas in would be really insulting cuspublic parks. Smoking is already tomers who have supported me banned within 30 feet of a play- all these years.” ground. City staff said it would not As a result, smoking would be be the responsibility of busilargely banned in busy commer- ness owners to act as police, but cial areas like Castro Street and Nicole Clemens of the city attormuch of the city’s park space. ney’s office told business ownAn exception is given to smokers ers that “if you are found to be who are “actively passing by to allowing them to smoke on your another destination,” according premises you could be cited.” to a city staff report. A solution for the nightclubs Smoking would be prohibited and bars could be “designated 25 feet from the windows and smoking areas away from where doors of most publicly accessible everybody is going to be dinbuildings, including workplaces, ing and dancing and having restaurants and anywhere smok- fun,” said Hewitt Joyner, project ing is already banned. manager for Breathe California “The county doesn’t want that of the Bay Area. In the case smoke lofting into where employ- of Sports Page, city staff said ees could be exposed,” said Kim the bar’s patio appeared large Castro of the city’s parks and enough to accommodate such recreation department. an area 25 feet from the door. The ordinance is the result of The city plans to put up new a push by Santa Clara County signs and receptacles for cigaafter it received a $6.9 mil- rette butts if the ordinance is lion federal grant to reduce approved next year. The ordisecond-hand smoke exposure. nance is set to go before the City As a result, the cities of Gilroy, Council in January. By Daniel DeBolt



TRADING GREENS FOR GOLD Cleaning golf clubs al fresco is probably a more pleasant winter-time chore here than in Bob Davis’ hometown of Wolfeboro, NH. Under clear blue skies and with golden ginko leaves underfoot, Davis lugged his gear outside of his son’s house on Phyllis Avenue and tidied it up on Tuesday.

Miffed over meeting minutes By Daniel DeBolt


City Council effort to save money has apparently backfired, causing city planning commissioners call a new system of recording the city’s meetings “of little use” in a letter to the council. When the Environmental Planning Commission received its most recent meeting records or “action minutes” at the Nov. 16 meeting, members saw only a few pages of

vote tallies. Gone were the pages and pages of summarized comments from previous meetings. Commissioner Rachel Grossman said the new records were “almost useless.” “These new minutes have been consolidated down to two pages and don’t truly reflect how we feel,” said Commissioner John McAllister. “For the four to five thousand dollars we’re going to potentially save, it’s not worth it.”

Council members have said that the city’s new video recordings of meetings are a suitable replacement, but commissioners disagreed. The planning commission unanimously voted to send a letter to the City Council to recommend restoring “the old way” of doing things, as McAllister put it. Commissioners said they would also be trying to get other volunteer commissions and See MINUTES, page 7

Los Altos district continues to battle Bullis By Nick Veronin


he years-long legal battle between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School is not over yet, and the litigation could continue for years. After a state appellate court recently overturned a lower court decision in favor of the Los Altos School District, the district has decided that it will attempt to make its case before the California Supreme Court, the district’s superintendent said. If the state’s highest court accepts the appeal, it may take several years before

everything is finally resolved. The case began back in September 2008. Bullis’ lawyers claimed that the district had not equitably accounted for all of its land and facilities, shortchanging the charter school and violating Prop. 39 in the process. The charter lost the initial lawsuit, which was filed with the Santa Clara County Superior Court, but later won in an appeal to the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District. The Los Altos School District is now contesting the judgment of the appeals court. The district asked the Sixth District appeals

court to reconsider its decision; the court refused, and now LASD plans petition the state Supreme Court to hear the case. “The needs of the district students are not represented in the latest decision,” said Jeff Baier, the district’s superintendent. “We believe that there are serious errors with the decision.” Baier said that the district would likely spend between $60,000 and $70,000 battling the appellate court decision if the state Supreme Court hears the case. The superintendent said See BULLIS, page 12






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What are you looking at? This cheeky chick was spotted strutting her stuff on a fine fall day on Phyllis Avenue. Sunnyview Lane resident Marti Wright told the Voice that she couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of the chicken with the impressive headdress. The bird was looking for a bite to eat on this front lawn with a few of her henhouse bunkmates. Mountain View residents who would like to see their pictures published in the Voice may email photos as high-resolution jpg attachments to editor@ Please label them “Seen Around Town� and include caption information.

said police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The woman looked to see what was making the sound and saw a man masturbating while sitting in the passenger seat of a parked Nissan Xterra. The window was open and the man had knocked on the outside of the vehicle’s door to attract the woman’s attention, Wylie said. The woman continued walking and called 911, but when she turned to see if she could read the car’s license plate number, the vehicle was already driving away. The victim did not get a good look at the man in the car, Wylie said. Police have not received any similar reports.

MAN THREATENS COPS Police arrested a Mountain View man on Monday night, Nov. 28, after he allegedly harassed his exgirlfriend, threatened to kill officers and then attempted to flee in his car, a police spokeswoman said. The man, identified as 61-yearold William Lucas, had been drinking and was carrying a large, fixedblade knife, according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

At about 11:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a man knocking repeatedly on the door of the victim’s home in the 800 block of Calderon Avenue, Wylie said. The woman reporting the harassment believed the man to be her ex-boyfriend, Lucas. When officers arrived, they found Lucas — who matched the description the woman had given emergency dispatchers — sitting in a gold Toyota Corolla, which was parked in front of the woman’s home, Wylie said. The police attempted to talk to Lucas, Wylie said, but he yelled at the officers, refusing to cooperate. He smelled of alcohol, appeared intoxicated and became increasingly belligerent, until he threatened to kill both of the responding officers. He then started his car and attempted to put it in gear, while at the same time repeating his threats and reaching into his jacket pocket, Wylie said. The officers managed to pull the man out of his car and took him into custody. They found a knife with a 4.5-inch blade in his jacket pocket while searching him. Lucas was arrested for threatening a police officer, illegal possession of a fixed-blade knife, See CRIME BRIEFS, next page

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new program at El Camino Hospital aims to provide the most comprehensive women’s pelvic health services in the region. The Women’s Pelvic Health Care Program, which will offer a range of services at both the Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses, is the first of its kind in Silicon Valley, according to Dr. Sari Levine, a urologist and chair of the Women’s Hospital Medical Advisory Board at El Camino. For far too long, Levine said, women have considered pelvic pain to be an inevitability. “’That’s just a part of aging,’ women will say, or, ‘You’re just getting older,’” is the common view of pelvic health issues, the urologist said. It is not uncommon for the shape of a woman’s pelvis to be forever altered during child bearing, Levine said. Pelvic health disorders increase in frequency with age. They affect 40 percent of women aged 60-79 and about 50 percent of


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boards who were affected to sign the letter. “This change is discouraging to us and future potential volunteers who spend a lot of time deliberating and want the many hours we serve to be meaningful,” wrote Commissioner Todd Anderson in the letter. “Following the discussion on video is far less efficient than reading a well-prepared, complete set of minutes,” the letter reads. “Videos are also not searchable, and since they are only available live on cable or on the city’s website, they are not accessible to all residents.” Mayor Jac Siegel said the council made the decision after learning that the number of people from the general public who looked at meeting minutes was “miniscule.” But he added, “I actually agree” with the commission’s opposition to the change. “Having served on the Planning Commission for years I understand where they are coming from,” Siegel said. “I have on occasion used their minutes to see what their thinking was. I have not gone back and listened to the tapes.” Siegel said that the council would likely reconsider the decision at a future meeting. New technology the answer? Several planning commission-

women 80 and older. Changes in pelvic structure can cause a wide variety of pelvic health issues — such as incontinence, constipation, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain — which some women deal find difficult to talk about. This is partly due to the private nature of the issues, Levine said, but it is also due to the fact that the medical community has not gone out of its way to make these issues easy to discuss, as it has with impotence. “Erectile dysfunction has been acceptable to talk about forever, but women don’t talk about pelvic pain,” Levine observed. She hopes that the new El Camino program will normalize such discussions. “To me, the advantage of having an advertised, well-planned and supported pelvic health program is that it makes that conversation acceptable, so that we can get started providing the help that lots of people need,” Levine said. In addition to making the conversation easier, the new program will provide an “uncommon” level

of convenience and expertise for women seeking help for various pelvic health issues, she said. According to the hospital’s press release, the center intends to be a “one-stop resource” for a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for pelvic conditions. Levine said the new center will be able to accomplish this thanks largely to its resident pelvic floor therapist — a physical therapist that specializes in pelvic disorders. Pelvic floor therapists can offer relief when drugs and surgery are not an option. The center will also have a knowledgeable nurse navigator, who will function like “a concierge at a hotel” — answering questions and directing patients to the right doctor or specialist. “This nurse navigator knows all the services that are available within the program and the different physicians that can provide the services or facilitate and focus on the specific symptoms the patient is experiencing,” said Levine.

ers expressed interest in using voice recognition technology to automatically transcribe meeting discussions. “In 2011, there is part of me that has a problem with having someone sit and tediously type these minutes,” said Commissioner Chris Clarke at the Nov. 16 meeting. He called for using voice recognition software to do the job “as soon as the technology is available. Granted, it won’t be perfect but it would be better than nothing. It would cost money but would still be less money in the long run than actually paying a person to transcribe them.” Resident Julie Lovins commented on the mention of Google’s voice recognition technology, which many use to transcribe their voicemails. “We do have Google Voice in our household,”

she said, adding that one transcribed message was impossible to understand. Commissioner Anderson made a pitch for the voice recognition technology developed by Apple, where he is employed as a software engineering manager. “Another question is the technology aspect and I can certainly bring that up with the mayor tomorrow,” Anderson said. “It seems like with Google — and Apple has some interesting technology too — there may be something that can be done sooner rather than later.” Anderson’s pitch of his employer’s product may have been a minor violation of the Political Reform Act, but City Attorney Jannie Quinn said she couldn’t say for sure without doing a thorough analysis.


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twice the $43 billion estimate in the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 business plan. Voters approved a $9.95 billion bond for high-speed rail and related transportation improvements in November 2008. Both the bond measure and the bill authorizing it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Assembly Bill 3034 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; include a host of provisions and limitations on how the money should be spent. These include requirements that the line not rely on operating subsidies; that the rail authority has a funding plan for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;usable segmentâ&#x20AC;? of high-speed rail before construction can begin; and that trains be able to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than 2 hours and 40 minutes. The document lays out a plan

to build the line in phases, starting construction in the Central Valley, between north of Bakersfield and south of Merced. After this segment is constructed, the line would be extended either north, toward San Jose, or south to the San Fernando Valley in what the rail authority is calling the â&#x20AC;&#x153;initial operating segment.â&#x20AC;? This segment would enable the rail line to make its debut. Later phases call for stretching the line to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The plan estimates that highspeed rail would generate operating profit and draw $11 billion in private investment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; money that would be collected only after the initial segment is constructed. The new plan also extends the timeline for completing the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles line by 14 years, from 2020 to 2034. Though widely seen as a major

improvement over the 2009 business plan, the new document is facing a fresh chorus of criticism from rail experts and analysts who say that its funding proposal would violate Proposition 1A. They particularly question the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to build the $6 billion initial construction segment before getting all the funding in place for the first truly usable segment of high-speed rail. The initial construction segment would not feature bullet trains but would enhance the existing Amtrak service if the rest of the rail line doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get built. The Palo Alto-based group Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design (CARRD) submitted a letter to the authority earlier this month raising a red flag about the business plan. CARRD argued that the authority would not be able to complete all the required environmental reviews for the rail lineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first usable segment before beginning construction, as required by law. David Schonbrunn, president of the nonprofit group Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund, made a similar point in a recent interview. He said the rail authority is not meeting the Proposition 1A requirement for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;usable segmentâ&#x20AC;? of high-speed rail. At a Nov. 15 public hearing in Palo Alto, Schonbrunn compared the rail project to an emperor with no clothes and urged legislators to kill the project. The latest critical review of Continued on next page


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the business plan came Tuesday, Nov. 29, from the nonpartisan Legislative Analystâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office (LAO), which issued a report highlighting various flaws in the document. These included findings that the business planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic-impact analysis is â&#x20AC;&#x153;imbalancedâ&#x20AC;? (it â&#x20AC;&#x153;portrays the project more favorably than might be warrantedâ&#x20AC;?) and that its expected funding sources are â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly speculative.â&#x20AC;? The report notes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Congress has approved no funding for high-speed rail projects for the next year.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a result, it is highly uncertain if funding to complete the high-speed rail system will ever materialize,â&#x20AC;? the LAO report states. Perhaps most critically, the LAO concluded that the new business plan conflicts with the requirements of the 2008 bond measure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our review finds that the funding plan only identifies committed funding for the ICS, which is not a usable segment, and therefore does not meet the requirements of Proposition 1A,â&#x20AC;? the LAO report states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition, the (rail authority) has not

yet completed all environmental clearances for any usable segment and will not likely receive all of these approvals prior to the expected 2012 date of initiating construction.â&#x20AC;? LAO Analyst Farra Bracht voiced similar concerns at the Nov. 15 public hearing. At that meeting she said it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;unclear if the business plan satisfied the requirements of Proposition 1A.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proposition 1A appears to require funding available for a usable segment,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure if this meets the test.â&#x20AC;? Rail authority officials have maintained that the new business plan is a realistic and sensible proposal for advancing the project forward. Thomas Umberg, chair of the rail authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors, said in a statement that the new plan is â&#x20AC;&#x153;mindful of the economic and budgetary constraints facing both the state and the nation.â&#x20AC;? Michael Rossi, a newly appointed board member, called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a current, realistic and transparent planâ&#x20AC;? that â&#x20AC;&#x153;identifies the funds and financing necessary to implement high-speed rail in California.â&#x20AC;? Rossi and Dan Richard, another recent appointee to the board

of directors, both took part in the Palo Alto meeting and defended the planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projections and funding points. Richard said the plan includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;real numbersâ&#x20AC;? about the rail lineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital costs, operating costs and projected ridership. But the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans and projections continue to face heavy skepticism on the Peninsula, especially in Palo Alto, which has emerged over the past two years as a leading critic of the proposed line. The Palo Alto council voted unanimously last year to take an official position of â&#x20AC;&#x153;no confidenceâ&#x20AC;? in the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The city also joined Menlo Park and Atherton, and a coalition of nonprofit groups in filing a lawsuit against the rail authority, challenging its environmental analysis for the project. On Monday, Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rail Committee considered taking an even stronger stance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a request that the state should terminate the project. The four committee members all said they support this position but balked at voting on it because they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree on which of the many reasons to list to justify the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opposition.


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The California Highway Patrol is reporting that drunken driving arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend were down from 2010, while traffic deaths over the same period increased. Preliminary numbers show that 1,350 drunken drivers were arrested statewide between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11:59 p.m. Saturday, compared to 1,419 arrests in 2010.

Traffic deaths over the same period nearly doubled, with 21 people reportedly killed, compared to 12 in 2010, according to the CHP. In the Bay Area, one person was killed in a traffic related incident this year, compared to zero deaths in 2010, according to the CHP. Arrests for drunken driving in the Bay Area were up to 227, compared to 249 over the holiday weekend in 2010.


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The two were connected by the nonprofit community organization, Partners for New Generations — a Voice Holiday Fund recipient – which provides tutoring and mentorship to students in Mountain View and Los Altos schools. There are about 80 high school students in the PNG mentorship program. Around half of the mentees come from Alta Vista, while the other half come from both Mountain View and Los Altos high MICHELLE LE schools. Juliette Morizor, right, with her Mentors spend time with the kids in a number mentor Diane Gershany, speaks of ways — taking them about Partners for New Generations, to lunch, museums and Tuesday, Nov. 29. other cultural events, or just talking on the phone. “A shany has taken students to strong relationship between the aquarium and the bala caring adult and a teenager let; recently she and Morizor reduces significantly the likeli- baked cupcakes for Thankshood of the teenager engaging giving. in risky behavior,” according “I would otherwise have very to the PNG website. little contact with young people,” she said. “This really is a The experience fun volunteer opportunity.” “It’s been nice,” Cipres said For her part, Morizor said of the time she has spent with she enjoys Gershany’s comher mentor. pany, as well. When she first It’s her second year with decided to sign up, she worried Partners for New Generations that her mentor might turn and she said she has recom- out to be boring. mended the program to her “Diane isn’t boring,” she friends, telling them it is a said, laughing along with Gergood way to broaden their per- shany. spective. Like Cipres, she said she Russell is glad to hear Cipres’ appreciates the unique role her endorsement, and so is Diane mentor plays. “It’s different, Gershany, who is also mentor- obviously, because she’s not a ing an Alta Vista student this teacher and she’s not my year — Juliette Morizor. mom,” the teen said. “It’s nice Gershany has been involved to have an adult that respects in PNG for many years and you.” said that the program is very rewarding. N USE PAGO TO MAKE A As a mentor, Gershany has HOLIDAY FUND DONATION had many opportunities to help students either get back Anyone making a puron track or stay focused acachase at a participating demically. She related a story local merchant can use of one teen she “dragged” to a Pago account to make the principal’s office after a donation to the Voice the student had repeatedly Holiday Fund. Here are skipped school. The girl’s parthe businesses participatents weren’t all that concerned ing in the Pago promotion: with their daughter’s truancy, Amber India, Bajis Café, Gershany said, but after she Baskin Robbins, Best Bite, and Alta Vista’s principal Bill Bushido, Chaat Paradise, Pierce intervened, the girl El Paso Café, Han Gen, Las started attending school reguMuchachas, Neto Caffe, larly again. New York Pizza, Pasta Q, But most of the time she has and Sunny Bowl. spent mentoring, Gershany For more information on gets to have fun with the stuthe Holiday Fund go to dents, and she appreciates the with a younger holiday-fund generation. In the past, GerV


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ith the holiday season upon us, we asked local booksellers Kepler’s and Books Inc. to recommend their staffs’ top five picks for 2011. Here are some of their favorites, which range from biographies to historical fiction. “Steve Jobs,” Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster: Although written with Jobs’ cooperation, this biography offers a candid and often painfully truthful look at his life and career. Isaacson interviewed a variety of people associated with Jobs, both personally and professionally, many of whom openly painted both the good and the bad aspects of the late Apple leader. Aside from the book’s in-depth look at Jobs the man, it is also a history of the most exciting time in the age of computers, as well as a textbook study of the rise and fall and rise of Apple and the brutal conflicts that ruined friendships and careers. And it is a gadget lover’s dream, with fabulous, inside accounts of how the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad came into being. Having spent most of my life as a Silicon Valley-ite, I was fascinated by the insights into this brilliant, charming, loathsome, maddening, obsessive, complicated, and very private man. (Pam Grange, Kepler’s) “Boomerang,” Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton & Company Inc.: With his trademark readability, Lewis makes this book

about the European debt crisis easy to enjoy. He takes us through the history of the crisis, but adds to this some interesting and thought-provoking ideas about how the national traits of each troubled country may have played into the ensuing mess. You may find yourself repeating parts of this incredible story to anyone who will listen, or urging them to read it themselves. I can’t remember when I found a book about finance to be so engaging, and though ignorance maybe bliss, I think this time around it pays to be more informed. This book will help get you there, painlessly. (Linda Reid, Books Inc.) “The Cat’s Table,” Michael Ondaatje, Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.: Three young boys set off on a three-week voyage bound for England. They pursue their own interests and intrigues with only slight supervision from a distant aunt and a glamorous cousin. Their home base is established at the first ship’s dinner — they sit at the “cat’s table” set for single passengers, far from the captain’s glittery table. They take to the journey with

❉ the thrill of a chase, often underfoot and always observant. I savored the boys’ roaming and chaotic behavior, picturing their wildness and unmasked joy of youth. Ondaatje’s beautiful and elegant storytelling skills weave magic and discovery into the book’s stories; back and forth through time, from incidents during the trip to their adult reminiscences of it, and its lifealtering impact. (Marilyn Smith, Kepler’s) “We the Animals,” Justin Torres, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company: “We the Animals” is my favorite book of 2011. This short autobiographical novel about three young brothers, their Puerto Rican father and white mother, is a roller-coaster ride of powerful images, flashing before our eyes: the boys’ childhood in upstate New York, their abusive father, drinking, sex, poverty, violence, brotherhood and ultimately love. This book is made of moments of light and darkness, with a rhythm of a song, written in a language so precise, and so raw, you’ll want to read it aloud to experience the sound of its wild joy, with your “heart ticking like a bomb.” (Aggie Zivaljevic, Kepler’s) “11/23/63: A Novel,” Stephen King, Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.: The master-storyteller has done it again. And this time it’s something completely different: a time-travel tale of the highest caliber. A portal to 1958 is discovered in the pantry of a diner in a small town in Maine, and schoolteacher Jake Epping is given the task (by the dying owner of the diner), to

go back to 1958, live through the next few years, and kill Lee Harvey Oswald before Oswald shoots JFK. What Jake discovers, though, is that the past is obdurate and does not want to change. Many obstacles (and a tall, beautiful librarian) are thrown in Jake’s path as he attempts his task. Along the way we learn many details of Oswald’s life (surprisingly interesting) and are exposed to rich details of life in mid-20th-century America. The surprise ending is the finishing masterful touch to this gem of a novel. (Lori Haggbloom, Books, Inc.) “The Outlaw Album,” Daniel Woodrell, Little Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group: Daniel Woodrell has aptly called his writing “country noir,” and his newest book, “The Outlaw Album,” does not disappoint. It’s a collection of stories that I found incredibly engaging. Woodrell writes with candor and authenticity. His descriptions are lush. The dialogue is mesmerizing. The tension is metered so well, the first page is just as See BOOKS, page 16







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exciting as the last. His characters are always unique, yet somehow seem familiar, and they tend to have a great amount of depth. I have been a fan of Woodrell ever since I read â&#x20AC;&#x153; Tom ato Red.â&#x20AC;? Before that, I had never really considered myself a fan of noir.

However, his brilliant writing opened my eyes to the possibilities of the genre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Outlaw Albumâ&#x20AC;? is a perfect read for winter, when the weather is cold and the mind tends to wander. Curl up under your favorite blanket with this one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to give you chills. (Anthony Ramirez, Books Inc.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Berlin,â&#x20AC;? Erik

Larson, Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.: In 1933 Hitler is only the newly appointed Chancellor of Germany. There are no SS, no Gestapo and no concentration camps. The horror of the Third Reich is barely


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ew books for kids encourage experimentation, exploration, invention and wonder. Remember, there is no better gift for a child than a book. “Stars,” Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee; $17; Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster; ages 2-6: Stars take many forms in this gentle, glorious picture book. They’re “how you know it’s almost night,” or t hey’re drawn on shiny paper and put in your pocket. They’re found in gardens and snowflakes, and given as rewards, among other things. “Stars” will inspire little ones to look for stars in the natural and celestial world. Parents will find it a perfect bedtime read-aloud. “Eleven Experiments that Failed,” Jenny Offill, illustrated by

Nancy Carpenter; $17; Schwartz & Wade/Random House; ages 4-8: An enterprising young scientist tests her hypotheses with 11 of f-the-wa ll experiments. Children will probably figure out that a kid can’t “make it through the winter eating only snow and ketchup” or that yodeling loudly will speed up a boring car ride, but that’s the fun of this inventive book with terrific appeal for local families. Isn’t failure a prerequisite to success in Silicon Valley? “ Wonders t ruck,” Brian Selznick; $30; Scholastic; ages 9 and up: Here is a modern masterpiece that inter t w ines words and pictures to tell the story of two deaf children separated by 50 years who find each other thanks to a shared love of collecting, museums and a longing for family. “Wonderstruck” is the best book about kids running away to a New York City museum since E.L. Konigsburg’s “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” and is destined to be equally revered as a timeless classic. “Around the World,” Matt Phelan; $25; Candlewick; ages 9-12: How appropriate to use the graphic novel format to map the journeys and explain the motivation of three intrepid travelers near the end of the 19th century

who were inspired by Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days” to circumnavigate the globe. Reporter Nelly Bly staged a race against time. She also sounded like Steve Jobs when a dressmaker told her he couldn’t have a dress “that will stand constant wear for three months” made for her that day. Nelly told him: “Nonsense. If you want to do it you can do it.” He did. And she did too, completing her journey in 72 days. By riding a high-wheeled bicycle 13,500 miles over nearly three years, former Colorado miner Thomas Stevens promoted bicycling and person-to-person diplomacy like no one before him. Joshua Slocum took more than three years to sail solo around the Earth — a trip filled with rough seas, pirates and the ghosts of his deceased wife and children. Perfect, in other words, for young readers. “Bigger than a Bread Box,”

Laurel Snyder; $17; Random House; ages 9-12: Without warning and in the middle of the school year, 12-year-old Rebecca’s mother whisks Rebecca and her baby brother away from their father and their Baltimore home to Gran’s house in Atlanta. Rebecca is lost, lonely and mad as all get-out at her mom. And then she finds a magic bread box that gives her whatever she wants as long as the wished-for item fits inside the bread box. Rebecca gets a book, an iPod, a diamond, a thousand dollars — even a jacket just like the most popular girl at her new school wears. But where is

everything coming from? Is magic making things better, or perhaps worse? And what good is magic when it can’t give Rebecca what she really wants, for her parents to get back together so she can return home to Baltimore? Readers will gladly become caught in the magical trap Rebecca weaves for herself and root for her no matter how many mistakes she makes in the believable unbelievable world that is “Bigger than a Bread Box.” “Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert,”

Marc Aronson; $17; Atheneum/ Simon & Schuster; ages 9 and up: Aronson’s survival story of last year’s Chilean mining disaster and rescue chronicles events both below ground and above for the 69 days that 33 miners were trapped deep in the earth. Major characters include geologists and other scientists and mathematicians the world over, NASA isolation specialists, Chilean elected officials and citizens, and of course the miners themselves and their families. Aronson uses geology, history, psychology, mythology and firstperson interviews to make young readers feel as if they’re right there in the Chilean desert, either helping rescuers devise a successful method to bring the miners to the surface, or in the “underground burrow” with the trapped men. ■

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e were happy to see the City Council’s change of heart concerning Google’s plan to build up to three small bridges across Steven’s Creek a few weeks ago. The council roundly criticized the idea back in May, fearing, incorrectly as it turned out, that the bridges would not be open to the general public and would overwhelm the cherished and sensitive Stevens Creek trail and nearby wetlands. But in a more recent presentation, the council learned that the bridges, which would connect Google headquarters to an isolated property at NASA Ames near the Bay, would be open to full public access for walkers, bicyclists, public transit buses and police and fire trucks. Google would pay for, own and maintain the bridges for 50 years, when they would revert to the city. The company’s private shuttles would also have access to the Ames campus, which could host up to 5,000 employees in the years ahead. Construction there is scheduled to start in 2013. Google’s real estate and construction manager John Igoe may have sealed the deal when he said at October’s civility roundtable event that “enhancing the environment ... enhancing the the responsibility of the company.” And certainly the council has a responsibility to make sure the bridges have an extremely light footprint around the sensitive wetland areas and the creek, which is one of the city’s most popular attractions. In addition, Igoe told the council that there will be a park with public access just south of the new Google campus along the

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eastern edge of the creek. He added that the company has an obligation in its lease with NASA to have a park there. “It won’t be a city park but it will have public access,” he said. Accessibility for police and fire engines to the Google site at NASA Ames, which is inside city limits, was another factor that leans heavily toward approving the bridges. The company’s present growth spurt will continue in 2013 when it plans to begin building a 1.2 million-square-foot campus for up to 5,000 employees, as well as possibly 175,000 square feet of housing. The council was told that first responders to fire and medical calls would need four more minutes to reach the property without a bridge. That fact only makes the decision to approve the bridges more compelling, not to mention it would protect some $300,000 a year in county funds tied to crews reaching the scene of an emergency in eight minutes or less. Mayor Jac Siegel, who said back in July that the bridges were not compatible with the Stevens Creek Trail, which he called, “Priority 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5,” has changed his mind, now saying, “I didn’t think I was going to like it but I like it.” “I thought it was going to look overwhelming,” Siegel said after taking a look at the architect’s renderings. Finally, by not putting up a roadblock for Google to develop the Ames property, the city could see as much as $700,000 in additional property tax revenue when the project is completed in a few years.



ANOTHER PLEA TO SAVE ANNEX Why is the Cuesta Annex considered too precious a resource for the History Museum, but acceptable as a possible site for a 5-acre ditch? Ask the City Council, whose members have a track record of shrinking city parks (Rengstorff), displacing wildlife (burrowing owls at Shoreline) and giving developers carte blanche with the city’s mature oaks and heritage trees, (Grant Farm, San Antonio Shopping Center and Mayfield Mall). The Cuesta Annex is the last significant remnant of historic Mountain View. Why not involve local schools in restoring the original orchard? School children could participate in tree planting, learn about their local history and wildlife and get hands-on experience protecting their own local environment. Residents and artists could continue enjoying the solitude and beauty this space provides as our everyday lives become increasingly more stressful. The City Council has received


petitions signed by over 450 residents who want the Cuesta Annex to remain as it is. A 2006 city survey yielded the same response. Why are they considering giving this natural open space to the Santa Clara Valley Water District for a flood basin? The history of flooding of Permanente and Hale Creeks can be tied to poor maintenance of the Permanente Diversion Channel, Covington culvert and at LeHigh Cement Plant. Check out flood history (or lack of) on these two creeks at http://www.valleywater. org/Services/FloodReports.aspx. Please tell the water district and council members at their Dec. 6 meeting the Cuesta Annex is too precious and is enjoyed by too many to destroy the trees and wildlife with an enormous hole. Cynthia Riordan Saratoga

STOPLIGHT NEEDED AT MARIPOSA, VILLA At about 6:20 p.m. on a recent evening, an SUV entering Villa Street from Mariposa Avenue and a sedan traveling toward

Shoreline on Villa collided. The SUV continued over the bushes and into the parking lot of Avalon Mountain View Apartments at 1600 Villa St., opposite the end of Mariposa. The sedan, its front staved in and steaming, horn blowing, stopped at the curb, partially blocking Villa. Police and firefighters suggest there were no major injuries. In my opinion, the time has come for a stoplight at this intersection, inconvenient though it would be for residents of Avalon

such as me and my family. There have been increasing numbers of close calls at the intersection in the past couple of years, and particularly in the past few months. Hedges and parked cars block the view of Villa in both directions for drivers on Mariposa. Parked trucks and buses block the view of Villa for drivers exiting Avalon. My family and I have been in several close misses; we have seen many others. Pieter Kark Villa Street






aris Baguette doesn’t look much like Paris and, at least on one recent afternoon, baguettes were missing from its lavish collection of breads and pastries. Not that the crowd seemed to mind. Dozens of patrons lolled around the pastry buffet with trays and tongs while others filled the benches and upholstered seats in the bakery’s expansive interior to sip coffee, munch on tiny hot dogs and type away on their laptops. The atmosphere was a blur of action. Located in the eclectic, caffeineguzzling world of Palo Alto’s University Avenue, Paris Baguette

both reinforces downtown’s fastpaced vibe and stands out from the other coffee shops. With its blue neon lights, a spacious patio and prime location at the prominent corner of University and Waverley Street, the newest addition to the coffee scene practically screams out for attention. Though Paris Baguette opened less than two months ago, the company’s logo — an Eiffel Tower featuring the initials P and B on either side — is a common sight in Korea. The company was founded in 1986 by a Korean pastry chef who received his training in France. Ted Kim, who manages the Palo Alto store along with See PARIS BAGUETTE, page 20


Paris Baguette has a wide selection of pastries, including (clockwise from right) a green pea twist, pain au raisin and raspberry pastry.


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Customers at Paris Baguette select their pastries buffet-style at the Palo Alto location.

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Toby Yi, credited the chain for transforming the Korean pastry industry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and palates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by introducing the population to creamy buns, buttered croissants and other previously unheard-of French staples. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pastries didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really exist in

Korea until then,â&#x20AC;? Kim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was revolutionary in a sense that there was nothing like it there. Koreans didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really eat pastries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d eat more whole grain, barley and things of that nature. The new bakery started introducing different creams and fruit.â&#x20AC;? Over the past two-and-a-half decades, Paris Baguette has blossomed into one of Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most visible chains, with about

2,900 locations (it has another 50 in China and 17 in the United States). Even so, the Palo Alto bakery presents a major leap forward for the company. Unlike its other outlets in Korea and elsewhere, which cater mostly to Asian patrons, the Palo Alto shop is targeting a much wider and more diverse base, Kim said. Paris Baguette made its Bay Area debut in 2008, when Kim

opened a shop in Santa Clara. But that store, like its predecessors, continues to focus on Asian customers, who make up about 75 percent of its clientele. That location also looks far more quaint and traditional than the glassy, neon-lit shop on University Avenue. Kim called the Palo Alto location a â&#x20AC;&#x153;benchmarkâ&#x20AC;? store for the company and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;brand new redesign of the traditional Paris Baguette store.â&#x20AC;? With its modern, eye-catching decor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; glass walls,

mirrored ceiling, a mural featuring two lovebirds on a bicycle, and blue neon signs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Palo Alto shop bears about as much resemblance to the familiar Parisian bakery as University Avenue does to the empty, cobblestoned French street featured on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. The Palo Alto location also features a more spacious seating area, a larger menu and stronger coffee than the chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other outlets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The owner is particularly interested in the Palo Alto store because





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8FFLFOE itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the first store catering to non-Asians,â&#x20AC;? Kim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a more ethnically diverse customer base in Palo Alto.â&#x20AC;? Kim acknowledged that bringing a Paris Baguette to Palo Alto was a bit intimidating. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown artery, University Avenue, is already awash in coffee shops. Within a twoblock stretch, a caffeine-craving student has a sea of options to choose from, including the familiar Peetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Starbucks, and Euro-themed bistros such as Cafe Epi and Cafe Venetia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of prestige that comes with being on University Avenue,â&#x20AC;? Kim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were very excited but it was a little daunting.â&#x20AC;? The most significant difference between the other Paris Baguette locations and the Palo Alto one, he said, is the coffee. Asian customers, Kim said, prefer their coffee more watered down. Other Paris Baguette locations use Boydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee, which Kim said isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t particularly strong. For the Palo Alto shop, the company hooked up with Ritual Coffee, a San Francisco-based roaster with a stronger blend. Staff members are taking their coffee-making duties seriously. The bakeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baristas and managers were required to take six-week training courses to understand the different types of coffee and learn the craft of brewing, Kim said. The menu is also expanding to accommodate local tastes and appetites. The Palo Alto shop has recently added made-toorder hot sandwiches and pizzas to its long list of offerings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can try a lot of new things here that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in a lot of different stores,â&#x20AC;? Kim said. But if Palo Alto is a new venture for Paris Baguette, the reverse is also true. Other coffee shops may come with their distinct flavors, specialties and soundtracks, but each offers a comfortingly familiar experience: You walk in, you place an order, you wait. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky, you find a seat, open your laptop and enjoy a latte or a cappuccino to the sound of alternative rock, trip-hop or ballads sung in Romance languages. Paris Baguette is a different universe. To step inside the brightly lit bakery is to enter a busy, hectic world of conch pies, flaky feuilN I N F O R M AT I O N

Paris Baguette 383 University Ave., Palo Alto 650-838-0404

letines, sweet-rice donuts, walnut-raisin baguettes, cellophanecovered loaves of â&#x20AC;&#x153;milk bread,â&#x20AC;? jars of jam, brightly colored fruit pastries and cakes topped with elaborate arrangements of kiwis, strawberries, blueberries and creamy swirls. Workers wearing blue-and-white striped shirts and black berets restock the bakeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bountiful shelves while patrons amble around a buffet holding trays loaded with sesame-coated buns, sweet-rice donuts and garlic-coated mini-croissants. To the uninitiated, even a positive experience can feel a bit overwhelming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to come here every day for a year to try everything,â&#x20AC;? one seemingly satisfied customer told the cashier on a recent afternoon. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a feeling that the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bright art displays only reinforce. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the selfserving system, which requires customers to load their trays and deliver them to the cashier

who then places them into a cardboard box. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The self-serve system is very new to people and we have to educate them,â&#x20AC;? Kim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the fact that we have over 200 different items that we sell in the store, including 80 or 90 that we make fresh every day.â&#x20AC;? Paris Baguette is still a work in progress, but Kim said early results have been encouraging. Customers in Palo Alto, he observed, like to give their opinions. For some, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an adjustment, but most people have been offering positive reviews, he said. On one recent late afternoon, every seat was filled. Saturdays and Sundays are even more hectic, Kim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure how people would respond to our product or our design because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so different,â&#x20AC;? Kim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We took a gamble and the reception has been great so far.â&#x20AC;?


Kevin Han carries a tray of freshly baked baguettes from the oven at Paris Baguette in Palo Alto.


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NMOVIETIMES 2 For 1 - Moneyball/The Ides of March Century 16: Noon, 2:10, 4:45 & 7 p.m. Century 20: Noon, 2:45, 4:55, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (R) Century 16: Noon, 4:55 & 10:05 p.m.; In 3D at 2:30 & 7:50 p.m. Century 20: In 3D at 12:30, 5:30 & 10:35 p.m. The African Queen (1951) Stanford Theatre: Sat. & Sun. at 3:40 & 7:30 p.m. Arthur Christmas (PG) Century 16: 11:25 a.m.; 4:35 & 9:25 p.m.; In 3D at 2:05 & 7 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:55 & 4:25 p.m.; In 3D at 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15 & 10:45 p.m.; In 3D Sat. also at 10:20 a.m.



The Artist (PG-13) CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 2:45, 5:15 & 7:45 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. & Thu. also at 4 & 6:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9 & 10:10 p.m.

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The Descendants (R) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 1:45 & 4:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., Tue. & Wed. also at 1:15, 4, 7, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10 p.m.; Mon. also at 1:15, 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Thu. also at 7:30 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.; 12:30, 1:40, 3:20, 4:20, 6, 7:10, 8:45 & 9:55 p.m.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:50 & 9:30 p.m. Chicago The Band Presents an Evening of Holiday Music and Greatest Hits Century 16: Tue. at 7 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 7 p.m.

Desk Set (1957) Stanford Theatre: Sat. & Sun. at 5:35 & 9:25 p.m. Double Indemnity (1944) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m.


Five Graves to Cairo (1943) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 5:40 & 9:30 p.m. Happy Feet Two (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 2:25, 4:50, 7:25 & 9:50 p.m.; In 3D at 11:10 a.m.; 1:40, 4:10, 6:40 & 9:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 1:40, 4:15, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.; In 3D at 12:05, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 & 10:15 p.m.; In 3D Sat. also at 10:05 a.m. Hugo (PG) (((1/2 Century 16: 11 a.m.; 4:45 & 10:30 p.m.; In 3D at 1:55 & 7:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 5:05 & 10:40 p.m.; In 3D at 12:35, 2:10, 3:35, 6:40, 7:55 & 9:35 p.m. The Ides of March (R) ((( Century 16: 9:40 p.m. Immortals (R) Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 4:20 & 10:10 p.m.; In 3D at 1:45 & 7:10 p.m. Century 20: 1:55 & 7:30 p.m.; In 3D at 11:55 a.m.; 5:05 & 10:05 p.m.


In Time (PG-13) Century 20: 2:50 & 7:55 p.m. J. Edgar (R) (( Century 16: 12:10, 3:20, 6:30 & 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 3:50, 7:05 & 10:20 p.m. Jack and Jill (PG) Century 16: 11:35 a.m.; 2, 4:25, 7:05 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: 12:40, 3, 5:30, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. Like Crazy (PG-13) Century 16: 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:40 & 10:20 p.m.

The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) will hold two meetings to discuss the City of Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Draft 2030 General Plan, Draft Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program and Draft 2030 General Plan Environmental Impact Report. Wednesday, December 7, 2011â&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:00 p.m. Mountain View City Hall, Council Chambersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 Castro Street Introduction and public comment on all Draft 2030 General Plan materials. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wednesday, January 11, 2012â&#x20AC;&#x201D;7:00 p.m. Mountain View City Hall, Council Chambersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 Castro Street Continued public comment on all Draft 2030 General Plan materials.


The Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda Century 20: Sat. at 9:30 a.m. CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: Sat. at 9:30 a.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Satyagraha Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. CinĂŠArts at Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Midnight in Paris (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:55 a.m.; 2:15, 4:40, 7:20 & 9:45 p.m. The Muppets (PG) ((( Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:35, 4:10, 6:50 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 12:20, 1:50, 3:05, 4:35, 5:50, 7:20, 8:30 & 10 p.m. My Week With Marilyn (R) ((1/2 Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Guild Theatre: 1:30, 4:15, 7 & 9:45 p.m. Puss in Boots (PG) Century 16: 12:20, 5 & 9:55 p.m.; In 3D at 2:40 & 7:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 4:45 & 10:10 p.m.; Sat. also at 10:25 a.m.; In 3D Fri.Mon. & Thu. at 2:45 & 7:45 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) Guild Theatre: Sat. at midnight. St. Olaf Christmas Festival LIVE Century 16: Sun. at 12:30 p.m. Century 20: Sun. at 12:30 p.m. Sunset Boulevard (1950) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m.

All comments on the Draft 2030 General Plan Environmental Impact Report must be received by the Community Development Department by January 13, 2012. Copies of all Draft 2030 General Plan materials will be available Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at Copies will also be publicly available on November 30, 2011 in the Community Development Department and City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office at City Hall, 500 Castro Street, and at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin Street.

Tower Heist (PG-13) (( Century 16: 11:45 a.m.; 2:20, 4:50, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:55, 5:25, 8 & 10:30 p.m.

Following these meetings, the EPC will consider and make a recommendation on the Final 2030 General Plan, Final Greehouse Gas Reduction Program and Final 2030 General Plan Environmental Impact Report at a public hearing to be scheduled in Spring 2012. The EPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation will then be considered by the Mountain View City Council at a public hearing to be scheduled for Spring 2012. Public Comments are welcome at all meetings. Contact the Community Development Department at (650) 903-6306 for further information.

AQUARIUS: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) CENTURY CINEMA 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) CENTURY 20 DOWNTOWN: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) CINEARTS AT PALO ALTO SQUARE: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) STANFORD THEATRE: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700) For show times, plot synopses and more information about any films playing at the Aquarius, visit

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (PG-13) Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 2:10, 3:50, 5 & 10:10 p.m.; Fri., Sat., Mon., Wed. & Thu. also at 12:30, 7 & 8:20 p.m.; Sun. also at 7 & 8:20 p.m.; Tue. also at 12:30 & 7:50 p.m. Century 20: 6, 7, 7:50, 8:50, 9:45 & 10:40 p.m.; Fri. also at 12:10 & 2:55 p.m.; Sat. also at 11:10 a.m.; 2, 2:55 & 4:50 p.m.; Sun. also at 11:10 a.m.; 2 & 4:50 p.m.; Mon. & Thu. also at 11:10 a.m.; 12:10, 2, 2:55 & 4:50 p.m. Note: Showtimes for the Century 20 theater are for Friday though Monday and Thursday only, unless otherwise noted.

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HUGO ---1/2

(Century 16, Century 20) Director Martin Scorseseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-documented affection for all things cinema has never been more evident than in the enchanting and imaginative â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hugo.â&#x20AC;?Young Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives alone in the hollowed walls of a Paris train station, orphaned following the death of his father (Jude Law). Hugo is desperate to finish repairing the automaton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an old robotic figure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that he and his dad had been working on, occasionally forced to steal little mechanical parts from a toy shop at the station.The shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enigmatic owner (Ben Kingsley as Georges Melies) catches Hugo in the act and confiscates Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journal: a booklet with his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sketches of the automatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inner workings. Eager for an adventure, Georgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goddaughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) agrees to help Hugo get his journal back, setting off a series of mysterious events that click and whirl with the rhythm of a finely tuned clock. Rated PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking. Two hours, 6 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T.H.


(Guild) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Muppetsâ&#x20AC;? show, with very special guest star/co-writer Jason Segel orchestrating a fun kiddie flick and a heart-tugging nostalgia exercise for Generation X. Fans may squirm a bit at the emphasis put on the Muppetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decline (in reality, the Muppets have been absent from the big screen since 1999â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muppets from Spaceâ&#x20AC;? but have been kicking around in TV movies and in viral videos). In â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Muppets,â&#x20AC;? theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve disbanded and the Muppet Theater has fallen into (comically) sad disrepair. The realization devastates Muppet super-fan Walter (a puppet performed by Peter Linz), who â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with his brother Gary (Segel) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; makes a pilgrimage to take the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muppet Studio Tour.â&#x20AC;? When Walter overhears oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) describe his evil plan to foreclose on the Muppet Theater, demolish it and drill for crude, Walter, Gary and Garyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), set out to reunite the Muppets and save the theater by putting on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muppet Showâ&#x20AC;? telethon. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. One hour, 38 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C.


(Century 16, Century 20) Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll confess up front that â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Week with Marilynâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; derived from Colin Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diaries of sharing time with Marilyn Monroe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; inhabits guilty-pleasure territory for lovers of Old Hollywood. Amid the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showmanship, though, director Simon Curtis proves capable of some subtle points. Plus, he has four aces in the hole: Michelle Williams as Marilyn, Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Clark, and Dame Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike. In 1956, Clark actually spent a summer in Marilynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orbit, in his capacity as third assistant director on the 1957 comedic film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prince and the Showgirl,â&#x20AC;? directed by Olivier. But the week in question refers to Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brief, rather chaste fling with Monroe, which the screen Clark describes, in words lifted from his kiss-and-tell memoir, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a few days in my life when a dream came true and my only talent was not to close my eyes.â&#x20AC;? Curtisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film lovingly dramatizes those golden moments, but also serves as a backstage farce about Olivierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s war with his leading lady. Rated R for some language. One hour, 39 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C.

NMOVIECRITICS S.T.- Susan Tavernetti, P.C. Peter Canavese, T.H.-Tyler Hanley



Aerobic Dancing Classes A Jacki Sorensen fitness class incorporating strength training, abdominal work and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care provided. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 9-10 a.m. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St. (next to library), Mountain View. Call 650-941-1002. Child Development Program New Student Orientation Find out how Foothill’s Child Development Program can lead to a career working with children and families by attending the Child Development New Student Orientation Night. Dec. 2, 6-7 p.m. Free. Foothill College Middlefield Campus, Room J-2, 4000 Middlefield Road (Cubberley Community Center), Palo Alto. Call 650-949-6950. Save Japan USA -Dance! Fundraiser dance workshop for 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. Contemporary I will be offered Sundays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Western Ballet , 914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. Yoga for Moms A yoga class for moms will be held Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Donation-based. Mountain View Community Center, 201 South Rengstorf Ave. Lower Social Hall, Mountain View.

COMMUNITY EVENTS Holiday Barn Lighting Westwind Community Barn will offer home-baked cookies and hot cider and/or wine tasting with local vintners while kids participate in seasonal games, craft tables, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, equestrian expo and visits with Santa. Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m. Free. Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-

947-2518. Rengstorff House Holiday Open House Rengstorff House dresses up for the holidays and the annual open house on Dec. 6. There will be treats, carolers, Father Christmas, a Charles Dickens reader and more. 7-9 p.m. Free. Rengstorff House at Shoreline, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. World Music Night & Belly Dancing Adriana performs belly dance to world music Dec. 4 and 7, 5 p.m.-midnight. Free. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-1502.


German Holiday Market Vendors will offer their goods - an array of natural and handcrafted gift items. A visit by Santa, student performances, and holiday inspired live music, will complete the range of entertainment during the afternoon. Dec. 3, 3-7 p.m. Free. German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy St., Mountain View. www.

‘20 Harps for the Holidays’ Harpeggio Music and LAUMC present the annual holiday harp concert. The program includes festive holiday music, a studio ensemble of more than 20 harps, and classical harpist Natalie Cox as guest artist. Proceeds go to Harpeggio Music to support studio activities, including this concert. Dec. 3, 4 p.m. $12/$15. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call 408-366-8810.

DANCE ‘Jingle & Mingle Holiday Open Dance Studio’ Foothill College Repertory Dance Company presents its holiday open studio. The event showcases a diverse program of original student choreography, experimental works and repertory classics. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. Free. Foothill College Dance Studio (Room 2504), 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7354. dance/index.php ‘The Christmas Ballet’ Smuin’s Christmas Ballet includes two world premieres set to a tune by Mannheim Steamroller and Mahalia Jackson’s gospel rendition of “Oh, Holy Night.” Dec. 7-11, 8 p.m. $49-$62. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.



LIVE MUSIC Latin-infused Guitar with Vic Moraga Vic Moraga performs Latin-style guitar Dec. 2, 5-11 p.m. Free. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-968-1502. www.

ON STAGE ‘Almost, Maine’ The comedy “Almost, Maine” will be performed through Dec. 18, 8 p.m. $24-$32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. ‘Non-Self - Dance and Chamber Music Collaboration’ “Non-Self” is an art, music and dance passage backwards through time, with music composed by Josh Friedman and choreography by Bianca Brzezinski. Dec. 3, 2-10 p.m. $23-33. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650701-7757.

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION Live holiday music, refreshments, lights and the arrival of Santa Claus. Bring a can of food to help support the Community Services Agency. Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Civic Center Plaza 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6331.



‘A New Assault on the Language Divide’ Discussion on challenges and solutions to the language divide across cultures. Dec. 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, NASA Research Park, Bldg 23, Moffett Field. Call 650-335-2852. news-events/seminars/index.html Blach School Holiday Faire More than 190 students will fill booths with hand-crafted gifts and foods. A portion of the proceeds donated to the Blach PTA. Dec. 2, 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Blach Multipurpose Room, 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos. Call 650-520-4520.

Little League Baseball Registration Walkin registration on Thu., Dec. 8 at Rengstorff Community Center. Sign up boys and girls, 4 to 14 years old for the 2012 Baseball Season. Register by Dec 31 and save $25. 7-9 p.m. POB 614, Mountain View. Call 650-961-2065.

TALKS/AUTHORS ‘The Big Data Effect’ A conversation about big data. Dec. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $54 Churchill Club member; $79 nonmember. Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Call 408-265-1030. transition.churchillclub. org/eventDetail.jsp?EVT_ID=929

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130 Classes & Instruction

Tibetan Terrier Puppies 6 TT puppies for sale. Born Oct 3rd call James 650 322-0900

ALLIED HEALTH CAREER training - Attend college 100% online. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 800-481-9409. (Cal-SCAN) EARN COLLEGE DEGREE ONLINE *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 888-210-5162 (Cal-SCAN) HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Graduate in 4 weeks! FREE Brochure. Call Now! 1-866-562-3650 ext. 60 (Cal-SCAN) HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Graduate in just 4 weeks!!! FREE Brochure. Call NOW! 1-800-532-6546 Ext. 97 (AAN CAN) German language class Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

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210 Garage/Estate Sales Menlo Park , 1048 & 1050 Sonoma Ave., Sat. Dec. 3rd 9-2 ?

BMW 2008 328i Sedan - $24,188 Caddy 2002 DeVille - $2900 Honda 1999 Civic DX 4D Sedan - $2300 Honda 2005 Accord - $2700 Honda 2011 Civic LX Sedan - $15,900 Mini 2009 MIni Cooper - $19,750 Volkswagen 2007 Passat - $3500

202 Vehicles Wanted CASH FOR CARS Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3808 Tutor: elementary to early college French,Spanish Lesns. 6506919863

355 Items for Sale

Redwood City, Quartz St, ONGOING

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Avent bottles,bowls,forks,spoons Box withBoyBabyBlankets/comforte BOY24mon SUMMER only clothes Jackets BOY 6mon-3 years $5 Pink BarbieJeep1998MattelRemote Size 3T suit/tuxedo jacketReniew Stuffed animals box full only$20 Toddler shoes Size 4-6Boy - 3 Toddler Soccer cleats size13 $5

215 Collectibles & Antiques Custom Clothing - $varies Holiday Sale, ANTIQUES! Retail Showcase Cabinet For Sale

230 Freebies Garden Rocks - FREE Viewsonic 17â&#x20AC;? CRT Monitor - FREE

240 Furnishings/ Household items

425 Health Services SOCIAL SECURITY Disability Benefits. You Win or Pay Us Nothing. Contact Disability Group, Inc. Today! BBB Accredited. Call For Your FREE Book & Consultation. 877-490-6596. (Cal-SCAN)


245 Miscellaneous ATTENTION DIABETICS with Medicare. Get a FREE Talking Meter and diabetic testing supplies at No Cost, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, this meter eliminates painful finger pricking! Call 888-781-9376. (Cal-SCAN) Attention SLEEP APNEA SUFFERERS with Medicare. Get FREE CPAP Replacement Supplies at No Cost, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial infection! Call 888-699-7660. (Cal-SCAN) Save up to 50% off your next heating bill. Advanced Portable Infrared iHeaterĂ&#x201A;ÂŽ Heat 1000 sq. ft. for about 5 cents an hour! Free Shipping! Call 1-888-807-5741. (Cal-SCAN) Antique Tub - Free firewood firewood oak split seasoned delivered to your driveway $340.00 cord $190.00 1/2 cord call bob 7am-7pm 6503678817 PLANTS & TREES FOR SALE

201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

Art with Emily: Unique Lessons 650-856-9571

Menlo Park, Multi Family Sale, Sept 18, 9-12

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345 Tutoring/ Lessons

Puppy Pit Bulls - $125

250 Musical Instruments Electric Washburn Guitar BT-2 gr $200.00

260 Sports & Exercise Equipment Fit Van Homan Bmx Bike - $450-500

Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered Fun Loving Trustline Nanny

Jobs 500 Help Wanted Hotel Desk Clerk Relief, 1 day/week. MUST SPEAK AND UNDERSTAND ENGLISH. 650/322-7666 Pediatric Office Solo Pediatric office seeks front office help. Medical experience required.Should be comfortable with EMR and computer based scheduling. Flex time or 20-30 hours a week. Excellent interpersonal and phone skills, as well the ability to multitask.Interested individuals should send a resume and contact information. Salary commensurate with experience and ability

560 Employment Information $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN) ADVERTISE Your Truck DRIVER JOBS in 240 California newspapers for one low cost of $550. Your 25 word classified ad reaches over 6 million+ Californians. Free brochure call Elizabeth (916)288-6019. (Cal-SCAN) ATTN: COMPUTER WORK Work from anywhere 24/7. Up to $1,500 Part Time to $7,500/mo. Full Time. Training provided. www.workservices4. com (Cal-SCAN) DRIVER - STABLE CAREER No Experience Needed! Sign On Bonuses Available! Top Industry pay & quality training. 100% Paid CDL Training. 1-800-3262778. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers/CDL Training CAREER CENTRAL. No MONEY Down. CDL Training. Work for us or let us work for you! Unbeatable Career Opportunities. *Trainee *Company Driver *Lease Operator Earn up to $51k *Lease Trainers Earn up to $80k 1-877-369-7126. (Cal-SCAN)

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PRESCOTT PROPERTIES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 557921 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Prescott Properties, located at 922 San Leandro Ave., Ste. A, Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): PRESCOTT MILLER 922 San Leandro Ave., Ste. A Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 09/13/2002. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 8, 2011. (MVV Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 2011) WHOOPES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

File No.: 558199 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Whoopes, located at 2255 Showers Drive #132, 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): XI HAO WANG 2255 Showers Dr. #132 Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 11-16-2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 16, 2011. (MVV Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: November 7, 2011 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: BELLAS IMPORTS INC. listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage



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Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 1380 Pear Ave. Ste. D & E Mountain View, CA 94040-1306 Type of license(s) applied for: 47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE (MVV Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA Case No.: 111CV212905 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: J STEVEN YOUNG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CAITLIN ANN MARIE YOUNG to LAILA ANN MARIE YOUNG. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at

PA: Furn. Room Furn. RM quiet Palo Alto neighborhood. Priv. bath entrance, shared cooking. No Smoking or pets. 6 month lease. $625/mo 650-493-3747

820 Home Exchanges ARCHITECT - CUSTOM HOME DESIGN Palo Alto Architect Home Exchange Wanted

825 Homes/Condos for Sale

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Real Estate 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios Palo Alto, 1 BR/1 BA - $2,295/mo Palo Alto, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,595/mo Palo Alto, 1 BR/1 BA - $700/12day Sunnyvale - $1,795/mo Sunnyvale, 2 BR/2 BA - $1,895/mo

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RWC: Woodside Plaza 3 BR, 1 BA, 2 car garage, big yard.$2,200/mo. 650.967.1108 or 510.728.7661

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

the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 10, 2012, 8:45 a.m., Room: 107 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE Date: November 10, 2011 /s/ Thomas WM Cain JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (MVV Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 2011) NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE Escrow No. 11-12931-KZ NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to creditors of the within named Seller that a bulk sale is about to be made of the assets described below The name and business address(s) of the seller are: DANNY WONG, 580 N. RENGSTORFF AVE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94043 The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: SAME AS ABOVE As listed by the seller, all other business names and addresses used by the seller within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the buyer: CANTON

East Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA 2589 Emmett Way. $335K. OWNER FINANCE! FHA OK! Complete remodel! 650-619-6384

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995 Fictitious Name Statement

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1664 MULBERRY LN $1,775,000 5 BR 3 BA Remodeled hm in Willow Glen w/family rm, French doors, updtd baths, lrg backyard & patio.

CHARMING TH ON CUL-DE-SAC $617,000 4 BR 2.5 BA Rare opportunity. Charming 4BR TH on a cul-de-sac w/upgrades. End unit w/2 yards. A/C.

2951 GALA COURT $443,500 2 BR 2 BA Stunning remodel! Move in ready! Top Cupt schls! Staged! Only common wall in 2-car garage.

800 S CALIFORNIA AV $2,598,000 5 BR 3 BA Elegance & Craftsmanship combine in this newly completed home in desirable College Terrace

Tim Trailer

Niloo Karimi-James

Karen Quaid

Jerry Haslam





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521 TYRELLA AVE. $699,000 Spacious duplex in Mtn.View! Each unit has 2 bedrooms,1 bath, & garage! BY APPT. ONLY!

1905 QUAIL MEADOW RD $1,648,000 4 BR 3 BA 1/2 acre property close to town. 2200 sq ft. New carpet and paint throughout.

791 WOODSTOCK LANE $1,449,000 4 BR 2.5 BA Dual pane windows. Central air. Expansive rear yard w/patio. Pool. Los Altos schools.

3141 GAVOTA AV $410,000 3 BR 1 BA Excellent Cambrian Value. Large lot. Freshly painted, new carpeting, dual-paned windows

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Barbara Cannon

Helen Kuckens

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3370 BROWER AVENUE 11035 EASTBROOK AVENUE $829,000 SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $3,195,000 SAT/SUN 1:30 - 4:30

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Nancy Adele Stuhr

Geraldine Asmus

Terri Couture



1359SQFT ON 861 RUNNINGWOOD CIRCLE SUN 1:30 - 4:30 $789,000 5020SQFT LOT!

Eastbrook lot will be open and unattended.

2 BR 2 BA Bike to work via Steven’s Creek Trail (connecting footbridge currently underway).

Please pick up a flyer & call the listing agent.

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5 BR 3 BA Single story w/ 2 master suites. Granite kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances & more. Elena Talis


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2529 MARDELL WY SUN 1 - 4

3 BR 2 BA Wonderfully remodeled with designer touches. Spacious rooms, great floor plan, divine setting!

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Christine Hoover Sorensen

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1700 SAN CARLOS AVENUE #104 SUN 1:30-4:30 $220,500 Spacious dining area overlooking private

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410 SHERIDAN AV #447 $575,000 SUN 1:30 - 4:30


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4 BR 2 BA Desirable Monta Loma fixer upper on a 7,140 sq.ft. lot. Probate Sale. Shown by appt only.

300 SAND HILL CIRCLE #101 BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED! $995,000 1755 PEACOCK AV $1,349,000 SAT 1:30 - 4:30 SAT/SUN 10 - 5 3 BR 2 BA Open Plan. Hardwood floors.





3 BR 2 BA Beautiful remodeled ranch in Crescent Park. Hardwood floors. Updated kitchen.


5 BR 4.5 BA Spectacular custom-built home

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4 BR 2 BA Sought after Monta Loma fixer on wonderful street. Probate Sale. By Appointment Only.



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Beautiful 6880 sf lot on a wonderful street. Ready to draw plans for your dream house!


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Mountain View Voice 12.02.2011 - Section 1  
Mountain View Voice 12.02.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the December 2.2011 edition of the Mountain View Voice