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DECEMBER 23, 2011 VOLUME 19, NO. 49



Will city give business more time to move? SIMON PRINTING SAYS IT WILL HAVE TO CLOSE IF DEADLINE NOT EXTENDED By Daniel DeBolt



Simon Printing craftsman Mark Stovall preps a plate to be burned in the film storage room.

n a quiet corner of Silicon Valley you can find an original Heidelberg press, a marvel from the heyday of mechanical engineering, humming along daily to produce the sort of embossed, perforated and hot-foil-stamped stationery a Kinkos employee could only dream of. “When I say craftsmen, I’m not kidding,” said Cora Simon of the three longtime press operators at Simon Printing, which moved to Mountain View’s Mora Drive 28 years ago. “They make the impossible possible.” The shop has found success in the high-quality printing niche

More domestic violence in a bad economy SHELTER FOR BATTERED WOMEN HOPES TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF SPOUSAL ABUSE By Nick Veronin


t is a common misconception that rates of domestic violence spike during the holiday season, according to Stacy Castle, chief operating officer of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Silicon Valley. Castle, who oversees the YWCA Silicon Valley’s Domestic Violence Department, said that there is no specific time of year when spousal abuse is highest. Unfortunately, she said, it is a perennial problem, which has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Domestic violence is at an “all time high” in Santa Clara County, according to Castle — a fact she attributes, at least in part, to the recession. As the country enters yet anoth-


er year of economic turmoil — with levels of unemployment and financial insecurity especially high in California — Castle said that many families in Mountain View and the surrounding areas are feeling squeezed more than ever before. “As that stress continues to build, we continue to see a rise in domestic violence,” Castle said. In an effort to shield women from abusive partners, the YWCA Silicon Valley runs the Support Network for Battered Women. The program — one of seven local nonprofits that receive help from the Voice’s annual Holiday Fund drive — provides a variety of services for

women (and their children) who have been victims of domestic violence. The Support Network runs a 24-bed shelter, and offers professional counseling and support groups for adults and children, case management, legal advocacy, a toll-free hotline, and crisis intervention services, Castle said. It can even arrange transportation and hotel accommodations on a moment’s notice if the situation is dire enough to call for such action, she added. “Our shelter is needed to help keep people safe from domestic violence,” both in the short term and the long term, she said.


The professional counseling and support groups can be a critical source of information for domestic violence victims. Many women who are in abusive relationships grew up in households where such behavior was normal, Castle said. The Network staff work hard to break the cycle of domestic violence. “’That’s how my mom and dad interact, that’s how everyone on my block interacts,’” Castle said, explaining the thought process that can make the cycle of domestic violence seem normal to both men and women. “Dispelling those notions is crucial.” In an effort to nip domestic violence in the bud, the Network offers counseling to the children of abused women as well as to See SHELTER, page 6


as the printing industry declines. Nevertheless, it may be forced to close soon by unusual circumstances. Simon Printing is one of 17 businesses on Mora Drive that have to close or relocate by April because of an agreement made 25 years ago to allow housing development on Mora Drive in 2012. The City Council approved a gatekeeper request Dec. 13 to allow the planning process to begin for a five-acre housing project there, and several offers have already been made on the property by developers. The Simons say they can’t afford to move to a new space See SMALL BUSINESS, page 7

New Hangar One skin cheaper than demolition By Daniel DeBolt


ongress take note: a new NASA report says that demolishing Moffett Field icon Hangar One is more costly than replacing its toxic siding. Pleasantly surprising preservationists, the Condition Analysis and Rehabilitation Plan for Hangar One, released Dec. 16, puts the cost of demolishing Hangar One at $44.4 million, while doing the bare minimum to save the hangar, installing a new skin, would cost $40.7 million. The report’s “findings are See HANGAR ONE, page 12

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Returning from a call, Fire Station Five’s truck backs into the new station, located on North Shoreline Boulevard.

he recently announced $1 billion cut to the state’s budget is going to place even more strain on busing students in the Mountain View Whisman School District — a system that is already stretched far too thin, according to Craig Goldman, the district’s superintendent. “There’s no where else to cut,” Goldman said of his district’s transportation department, which he estimates will lose about $250,000 in funding from the state.

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or 13 years firefighters have spent their two-day shifts in a double-wide trailer also known as Fire Station Five, while the surrounding Shoreline area became pricey real estate, home to Google headquarters and LinkedIn. But last week, things changed when firefighters moved into a new Fire Station Five on North Shoreline Boulevard, a $5.5 million showpiece of brick and steel that will withstand the worst of earthquakes. The old doublewide structure next door, which was easily shaken by Shoreline winds, will be demolished next week. Firefighters were supposed to have to endure their temporary station for only three years. “It’s like extreme make over, fire house edition,” said fire engineer Noel Bernal on Tuesday. A committee of firefighters helped design the new station, which includes living quarters upstairs with wood cabinets, glassdoored showers and tiled bathrooms — a far cry from the cheap furnishings in the double-wide, and “easy to clean,” Bernal said. “I don’t want to bash on it, but it was a double-wide trailer,” Bernal said. “It outlived its useful life five years ago,” added fire engineer Don Graves about their former living quarters.

In the new building there are offices downstairs with a reception window to welcome the public, an exercise room, storage rooms and a workshop. Firefighters used to have to repair their water hoses elsewhere, but now there’s a room just for that. “If something fails here, we have the ability to fix it

‘It’s like extreme make over, fire house edition.’ NOEL BERNAL, FIRE ENGINEER

here,” Bernal said. In the event of a major earthquake, firefighters say, the station was designed to be a place of refuge. Firefighters imagine an earthquake causing the Highway 101 overpasses to collapse, turning North Bayshore into an island. During the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, Mountain View’s fire stations were used as refuges, with some of those arriving in need of medical help, Graves said. “In the event of a major disaster the station becomes a refuge for people,” he said. “People went to Fire Station Three because that See FIRE STATION, page 8


Terrel Tinkler is seen, from inside the new station, walking the grounds in front of the old double-wide trailer that served as Station Five for 13 years.

See BUS SYSTEM, page 11

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Altogether, school districts across the state will lose $248 million in transportation funding, according to Tina Jung, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Education. “The cuts are obviously devastating,” Jung said, noting that the state has cut about $18 billion — roughly 24 percent — from its education budget over the past four years. Those cuts have prompted Mountain View Whisman to pare back its budget for busing.



f a picture is worth a thousand words, what do you suppose the value of a video is? Robert Neivert is betting it’s worth a pretty penny, indeed. His Mountain View-based company recently released a smart phone application called HighlightCam, which he hopes will be video’s answer to the massively popular photography app, Instagram. People are always taking pictures and shooting video with their smart phones and then sharing their images and footage on social networks, via SMS or over email, Neivert says. The only difference between the two forms of media is that when a person takes a photo on a smart phone, he or she can quickly manipulate that photo using an app like Instagram — applying a series of filters with just a few finger taps. “People have learned how to edit pictures quickly and share them,” Neivert says. Editing video and then sharing it, on the other hand, requires much more time and effort — trimming clips, splicing in music

and arranging it all in a meaningful way. Neivert aims to change that with HighlightCam, which uses an algorithm to edit and sequence a group of clips quickly and automatically, with minimal input from the user. With HighlightCam, users donít have to be familiar with video editing software, Neivert explains. “The only thing you actually have to do is pick video footage. Everything else the artificial intelligence will do for you.” The app accomplishes this by using a complex and lengthy set of pre-programmed instructions that allow it to “decide” which portions of film to cut and which to keep. The app can even rearrange the order of the clips, so that a given film will go along with the flow of a song of the user’s choosing. “The artificial intelligence looks for cues the same way a human would look for cues,” Neivert says. “It measures emotional content. This isn’t just slapping clips together. It’s really thinking about trying to create a great movie.” See SOCIAL VIDEO, page 9




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teenage girls who may be in an abusive relationship. For young teens in a relationship, Castle said, it may seem “really glamorous to have your boyfriend scream at you and then drive off.” Such scenes are regularly played out in reality shows, TV dramas and music videos, Castle noted. Teens are absorbing these images, and may be seeing the same sort of behavior at home, and it all works toward shaping the teenager’s view that this is how a normal relationship works. “In any normal, healthy relationship there are disagreements,” Castle said. “But if you ever feel scared, if you ever worry about what your partner is going to do, that’s when it is time to consider seeking help.” Although the Network accepts only women into its shelter and support groups, Castle said she recognizes that men can be the victims of abuse as well. She said that men occasionally call seeking assistance, and when they do, the Network staff is always happy to refer them to a shelter

for men. Castle also noted that “a young man never grows up wanting to beat a woman.” Men who hit their spouses often grew up in violent households, she said. If the ailing economy is contributing to an increase in domestic violence, it is also decreasing the YWCA Silicon Valley’s ability to combat the trend. “Every time that there is a cut it impacts us,” Castle said — and the Network has been taking many cuts lately, as both the state and the federal government are trimming spending on social programs. Castle estimates that 75 percent of her organization’s funding comes from a state or federal source. The Network had to lay off some staff recently, and may have had to cut more employees if it weren’t for the support of the YWCA Silicon Valley, which kicks in about 25 percent of the organization’s operating budget. A strong volunteer base of more than 300 is also vital to the organization’s day-to-day operations, Castle said. For more information, visit The Network’s crisis hotline is 1-800572-2782. V

HOLIDAY FUND DONATIONS As of Dec. 19, 2011, 75 donors have given $33,990 to the Mountain View Voice Holiday Fund 14 Anonymous ......................... 4,975 Wakerly Family Foundation ....12,000 Ellen W. Wheeler ........................... 50 Irving C. Statler ............................. 50 Greg Fowler and Julie Lovins.........** Edward H. Perry .......................... 200 Thomas J. Mucha ........................ 210 Lynn Gordon ..................................** Bruce Karney ............................... 500 Rose A. Tsunekawa ...................... 100 Andrea Lacy ................................. 100 Susan Endsley .............................. 100 Kathy and Page Thibodeaux ....... 250 Edward M. Yu ........................... 1,000 Robert J. Rohrbacher .....................** Jeffrey Segall ................................ 100 Kimberly Smith-Nilsson ............. 250 Susan Perkins .................................** Amy A. Darrah ............................ 100 Randa Mulford ............................ 250 Judith Manton ............................... 50 Mark Balch .................................. 300 Mary Ellen Hasbrouck .................. 70 Tom and Barbara Lustig ............. 350 Bob Adams .................................. 500 Wesley D. Smith .............................** Judy J. Atterholt ........................... 100 E. Denley Rafferty ....................... 100 Jean A. Hrubesch ............................** Marilyn B. Smith ............................** Ronald V. Stephens .........................** Silvia Newark................................. 25 Mei Hong ..................................... 100

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within four months, saying the costs of moving their equipment and interrupting business would be “an overwhelming hardship.” “If we are forced to move with the economy the way it is right now, we’d have to close the doors and lock up,” said Vernon Simon, who founded Simon Printing in 1960 in Menlo Park (his son Scott Simon now owns it). “We could not afford to make the move, even if we could find a place at a halfway decent price. The cost of moving, it just doesn’t work for us.” “If times weren’t so bad, this wouldn’t have happened,” said Vernon’s wife Cora. “There was nothing we could do.” At the Dec.13 meeting the Mora Drive broker, Marty Chiechi of Grubb & Ellis, asked the council to allow businesses on Mora Drive to stay for 18 months, saying that’s how long it would take to have a housing project designed and permitted anyway. The Simons say that would at least give them a fighting chance if the economy improves. The request for more time was met with strong reactions that split the council down the middle. “It seems to me if I saw a deadline date where this zoning would change I would have looked at a new location,” said council member Tom Means while questioning Vernon Simon during the Dec. 13 meeting. Means, a San Jose State University economics professor, later added, “It’s finals week at my school I’m hearing all kinds of procrastination stories.” Council member Margaret Abe-Koga had a similar view. “I don’t actually support 18 months, quite frankly, given that they’ve had 25 years,” she said. Council member Ronit Bryant was on the fence, saying “I would be inclined to give the businesses time to wind down, but on the other hand, there have been 25 years so I’m still somewhat open on this one.” Mayor Jac Siegel and council member Laura Macias were the most sympathetic. “To give more time here I don’t think anybody is losing anything,” Siegel said. “I don’t see the downside, I really don’t.” “We talk a lot about supporting small business and here we have Mora Drive,” Macias said. “It just seems to me that perhaps we don’t need to rush into building yet another apartment complex. If we have some small businesses there maybe we should allow those small businesses to continue to have employees and to live their lives. I’m willing to hold



A cabinet in the printing shop holds tricks of the trade including this drawer-full of lead type.

off on Mora Drive. It’s not like we can’t find anywhere else to build apartments.” The council will vote early next year on whether Simon Printing and the other businesses will be


Mark Stovall checks the print job on a business card.

given more time. An irreplaceable business When the land Simon Printing sits on becomes housing, it is unlikely to ever see industrial uses again. Similarly, if Simon Printing is forced to close, it is unlikely that such a business would ever be re-created. It was built on the money the business made when the printing business was booming. Vernon Simon remembers when the printing industry was one of the largest industries in the area. “The offset presses in the back are really high end machines, multi-million dollar machines,” Vernon Simon said. “We bought those when the economy was quite good. If we didn’t have them paid for we could never stay in business.” The operation also runs a pair of “Original Heidelberg” presses, marvels of early 1900s mechanical engineering and one of the most versatile presses ever built, also known as “the Prince of Presses.” It was with a Heidelberg that pressman Kim Reeves was printing some business cards

on Tuesday made from thick paper stamped with a special die that left an imprint on the card. The machine can be configured almost infinitely, doing everything from stamping gold foil onto paper to cutting it in any shape with a die. Many of the jobs Simon Printing gets call for an experienced hand. One of press operators, Mark Stovall, has been with Simon Printing 22 years. Vernon Simon can recall the large printing operations that slowly went out of business in recent years, operations with hundreds of employees and huge presses. “That’s just the nature of the industry,” he said. “We have a specialty niche,” he said. “There’s nobody else in Mountain View that can do what we can.” Vernon said the business has run almost entirely on word of mouth and has never had a sales person. “There is a real demand for nice quality, corporate identity printing,” Vernon said. Simon Printing has produced business cards from high-tech companies to brochures for wineries. Vernon is now 82 and has long since retired from the helm, giving the business over to his 41-year-old son Scott, who has a degree in printing management and has brought the company into the digital age. “His dream is to continue the family business with the same integrity it was built on,” Vernon said. But Vernon still comes into work every day, making deliveries and helping in any way he can “without taking a dime.” Similarly, his wife runs the front office without pay. “We are trying anything and everything we can think of to keep our business going,” Vernon said. “We don’t want our son and his family to be put out of work.” V

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There is a wonderful song from the classic holiday musical “White Christmas” that runs on a continuous loop in the back of my head these days. The Irving Berlin lyrics might be familiar to you: “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, and I fall asleep counting my blessings.” That describes my state of mind these days: reason for worry, but also much to be grateful for as we close out 2011. We’re not out of the woods on the economy; we’re not yet at the end of the foreclosure crisis, and too many Americans still can’t find work. Despite our best efforts to hurry recovery along, large-scale change takes time. We’re making progress, though: unemployment figures are headed in the right direction; reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will make it less likely that we’ll see a repeat of the sub-prime lending catastrophe or anything like it, and early reports on holiday sales suggest that consumers are buying again. That bodes well for starting 2012 on a positive note. By any measure, Silicon Valley communities are doing well. You need only pick up a newspaper to read that we are ranked the nation’s most contented spot. According to the Gallup organization’s annual research into “well being,” which evaluates many factors like job satisfaction, work quality and emotional health, many of us are indeed lucky people. More recently, the California Department of Finance's Demographic Research Unit confirmed that we’re also a highly-educated region. In fact, of the top 10 California cities with the most educated residents, half of them are ours: Palo Alto, Los Altos, Saratoga, Cupertino and Menlo Park. As welcome as these signs of economic life are, and as impressive as our quality of life here may be, the blessings I count, the ones that give me faith in the future, aren’t about the improving economy or our academic or entrepreneurial achievements. These are all wonderful distinctions for our Valley, but what eases my worry and bolsters my confidence in the future are our less heralded attributes, traditions and individuals that make Silicon Valley a dynamic community of people who care. I am grateful: To our brave veterans, to their families and those who care for them at the Palo Alto VA. That David Packard set a defining standard for us. By serving on a school board AND founding a world-class company, he demonstrated that personal success and commitment to community go hand in hand. To librarians, teachers, coaches, classroom aides, environmental volunteers, to those who feed the hungry and shelter the homeless, and all volunteers who believe that value is found in what we put into the effort, not the money assigned to it. To the employees who get involved in local schools, and the companies who encourage them to do so, sharing their talent so that the next generation of inventors, scientists and engineers will be more creative and productive than the ones before. For our Valley culture that promotes experimentation and embraces failure as a necessary component of success and excellence. For seniors and retirees who live creatively in their “third chapters” giving back to the community with energy and wisdom and humor. That our community colleges provide a gateway to opportunity for many, including first and second generation American students whose drive has always fueled innovation. To individuals who choose to serve on boards and commissions and city councils, taking on the often thankless tasks of solving local problems and making hard choices for the rest of us – sometimes after hours of contentious testimony from neighbors and friends. For the small business owners whose shops define our downtowns, provide local color and give us a sense of place, and who have persevered through lean times to serve us. For the professionalism of our first responders who keep us safe at home and who lend their expertise to people around the world in times of crisis. I am grateful that there is an inherent decency in our interactions and an unspoken understanding that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. People here know that to those whom much is given, much is expected and they do their utmost to meet that expectation. What a blessing! Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) represents California's 14th Congressional District and serves as the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology subcommittee

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Fire Captain Matt Sohn returns to the new station with his crew after a call.

was the only light on.� Because the station sits on a landfill known to emit methane gas, sensors and alarms are located in the living quarters to alert firefighters to the gas. Another design consideration was the “liquefaction� of the landfill, which isn’t the most stable thing in an earthquake. “Liquefaction is something the structural engineers looked at,� said Terrel Tinkler, retired architecture and construction supervisor for McCrary Construction, which was putting on some final touches Tuesday. He said the steel frame, evident in the garage’s large diagonal braces, would definitely hold up in an earthquake. The station’s brick and steel shell will supposedly help resist flood damage, as city officials have discussed that potential problem in the area if climate change causes the bay’s level to rise. The station was built to be environmentally friendly to a LEED Silver standard, so it will use recycled water for the landscaping that has yet to be planted, has lots of natural light and construction materials that were purchased and shipped from less than 500 miles away. Though a bit of a novelty, firefighters wouldn’t have found the station complete without a brass fire pole for sliding down from the sleeping quarters, which shaves a few seconds off response times. Similarly, new sidewayscollapsing doors on the garage can open in only seven seconds,

Garret said. Fire truck drivers won’t have to wonder whether a roll-up door is rolled up far enough to clear the truck. The station houses three trucks, the department’s reserve truck, fire engine number five, and the city’s hazardous materials (HAZMAT) truck, which is a “giant tool box� that allows firefighters to respond to emergencies where unknown chemicals or gases are involved. Firefighters use the tools onboard to detect carbon monoxide leaks and block spilled chemicals from draining into the bay via storm drains, among other things. In front of the station is the $67,000 sculpture the City Council approved, a product of the city’s policy that all city buildings costing over $1 million have 1 percent of the budgeted cost go to public art. So there’s a bronze statue of three geese in flight created by artist Vadim Goretsky, which some council members didn’t like considering how pesky geese are at Shoreline Golf Links. There’s also a bell from a Philadelphia church made in 1903 and a wind vane for the roof that Goretsky created. The fire station project was first given a green light in 1998, but the dot-com bust of 2000 delayed the project. Once finally off the backburner, construction took just over a year to complete and came in under its $6.7 million budget, said fire department spokesperson Jaime Garrett. “It’s a pretty cool station — we’re pretty excited to have it,� Garrett said. V

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Neivert won’t reveal much about how the algorithm makes its selections, but he will say that it considers the motion, speech and whether human faces are in a shot. It is also likely that the app measures the intensity of sound and movement. “If you film a birthday party, there is a very high chance that we will catch the kids blowing out the candles on the birthday cake,” he says. “If you film a soccer game, we will catch almost every time a goal is scored.” HighlightCam doesn’t work miracles. In a test run of the app, I found that it did not take out all of the footage I wanted it to remove and many of the cuts were choppy. However, as far as being simple to use and speedy in delivering the computeredited film, Neivert’s claims are accurate. After choosing the clips and selecting the effects, the app takes about10 minutes to produce the final product, at which point the user can view the finished product and decide what to do with it. One of the app’s simplest features is its most useful — sharing raw files. “There’s always somebody else who has the shots you want,” Neivert says, giving the example of a party where multiple friends are shooting video at different points throughout the night, each of them missing things they wish they hadn’t. HighlightCam makes it easy for users to upload all their footage to a shared folder in the


cloud, so friends can access each others’ video whenever they want it, instead of having to meet in person to swap a disk or struggle with large files over email. The app got its start in 2009 when HighlightCam engineers and co-founders, Michael J.T. O’Kelly and Michael Katsevman, decided to create a program that would aid businesses in skimming through security footage. Programs already existed to eliminate video without motion in it, but O’Kelly and Katsevman wondered if they could get a computer to realize when someone was actually going to steal. According to Neivert, the two men had some success with this project, but the program didn’t make them much money. Neivert joined forces with O’Kelly and Katsevman in July 2010, suggesting that they repurpose their code to make a consumer application, and HighlightCam was born. To date, Neivert says, about 117,000 people have downloaded the application and he estimates that more than 200,000 movies have been created with it. He hopes that the app will grow in popularity and says there is plenty more in the works for HighlightCam. Right now, though users can sync music to a track, there isn’t a very efficient way to add narration. Soon, however, users will be able to overdub narration after a video is assembled. “Video is still very young,” Neivert says. “Ultimately, we think movie making is going to become more social.” With luck, HighlightCam may one day become the go-to social video smart phone app.

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“Because we’ve already experienced significant cuts in transportation funding from the state, the district currently runs in the red for both of these services,” Goldman said. “Our program has been cut back so much already that we are only providing transportation to students who most need it.” Mountain View Whisman shuttles about 400 students a day with just two buses, giving priority to those children living in a few key areas — such as the former Slater and Whisman school attendance zones — where there are no longer neighborhood schools. Cutting back on those lines of services would put many families in a lurch, Goldman said. On top of that, the district is required by law to provide transportation to about 70 special education students from all around the city. “We’re not legally able to cut back on those services,” Goldman said, adding that even if he could, he wouldn’t. “We have a moral imperative to provide transportation for those special education students who could not


otherwise get to school.” Although Goldman said he understands that California is facing a fiscal crisis, he is upset with the state’s decision to cut K-12 transportation funding — especially funding for special education transportation. “It’s shocking that the state would consider special education transportation as a program that was suitable for funding cuts,” he said. “They certainly know that we’re legally required to provide the service. The cuts are directed at children and families that are already struggling to find success in their education experience.” Goldman said that any further cuts to the district’s transportation budget will result in cuts to all students — even those who do not ride the bus — as the district would have no choice but to reallocate funds from other programs to backfill the transportation costs. “The good news is we planned for the cuts,” Goldman said. “Even though the state said we shouldn’t plan for the cuts, we did. The cuts do not come as a surprise and we built our budget to maintain the current level of the service for the remainder of the year and for next year as well.” V


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good for the hangar’s future,� said Lenny Siegel, leader of the Save Hangar One Committee in an email. “Not only does demolition not make historical sense, it would actually cost more money than making the building watertight.� The 287-page report by engineering firm CH2M Hill is the most detailed description of options for restoring Hangar

One ever publicly released, Siegel said. In a Navy-led environmental cleanup, Hangar One is currently being stripped of its laminate siding, which contains PCBs and asbestos that were found running into nearby storm drains in 1998, the report says. The report says that making certain structural and ground improvements that appear to be a priority for NASA could bring restoration costs to $45.4 million. But replacing Hangar One’s 4,638 windows with fiberglass instead of corrugated and flat

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panel glass would save $10.3 million on the base cost, while completely removing the hangar’s eight-acre concrete slab to install something thicker and stronger could add $9 million. The report also estimates the cost of covering Hagar One with 2,350,000 watts of “thin film� solar panels at $26 million. Spending another $1.4 million adds infrared heat strips to the roof to prevent Hangar One’s unique problem of condensation forming under the ceiling. Years ago the upper portion of the Hangar was painted black to combat this problem. The report assumes that restoration plans would be made in early 2012, and construction would be complete by January 2014. NASA headquarters commissioned the report, spurred by criticism in June from the congressional inspector general of a $32.8 million NASA budget

request to re-skin the hangar. The inspector general’s report said Hangar One had no proposed re-use and would put more “mission critical� projects at risk, including basic infrastructure

â€˜â€Ś Hangar One was not only very well designed but remains in sound condition after 80 years.’ NASA ENGINEER’S REPORT

upgrades at NASA Ames. Since October NASA headquarters has been sitting on a proposal from Google’s founders that would pay for restoration of Hangar One if they were given a long-term lease allowing them to park eight private planes there. Siegel and others suspect that

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the proposal faces some opposition in Washington, D.C., where some may rather see the structure demolished. If Hangar One were to be left a bare frame, the report estimates annual maintenance costs at $265,000, while annual maintenance of Hangar One with a new shell would cost $310,000. The report also gives the hangar a good bill of health. “Based on the structural evaluation and site observation of the Hangar structure, it appears that Hangar One was not only very well designed but remains in sound condition after 80 years.� The entire report can be downloaded as a PDF at or this direct link: tinyurl. com/7l62nqj.







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oes anyone think that Mountain View voters will agree to tax themselves so the city can afford to build affordable housing projects? That’s a plan that looks like a possibility after a City Council study session. But in our view, even at the relatively low proposed rate of $5 a month ($60 a year), this idea is dead on arrival, a conclusion voiced by council member Mike Kasperzak at last week’s meeting. The city already has a 51-unit affordable housing project nearly shovel-ready at the corner of Evelyn Avenue and Franklin Street, and is sitting on still more funds ($8.8 million) in the Below Market Rate Housing (BMR) account. Why waste $15,000 on a survey that is timed so that if a decision is made to go ahead, a measure would appear on the November ballot, along with the City Council election, potentially numerous statewide tax increase proposals, including the one from Gov. Jerry Brown, and the presidential election. And there is another problem with the idea of asking local property owners to pay for affordable housing. In the past, the city maintained a healthy BMR account that was replenished when rental housing projects were approved. Developers would pay BMR housing fees based on the size of their project. The funds were saved until the city could fund housing like the

complex moving forward at Franklin and Evelyn. But a Los Angeles court case found a problem with the way such BMR ordinances are written and although the city made the necessary revisions to bring its ordinance into compliance, council members have not approved it and, at least at the moment, have decided to leave rental housing developers off the hook. Instead, they decided to conduct a survey to see if voters are ready to bankroll such projects. It does not take a rocket scientist to correctly guess what the voters will say on this survey. With all the clutter on the ballot, and the recession/depression still gripping some parts of our city, we can’t imagine local voters will be in the mood to add another burden of any kind to their tax bills. While there is still time, we recommend that council members cancel plans to waste $15,000 to survey support for a ballot measure that they must know is very likely to be rejected by voters next November. Instead, the council should immediately get to work and pass a new BMR ordinance that will continue to generate funds from rental housing projects to build below-market-rate housing for the hundreds of low-income residents who cannot afford the city’s high housing costs.


IF GOOGLE LEASES HANGAR, WHO WOULD CONTROL FLIGHTS? Last week’s Voice had an interesting article about an offer from Google to save Hanger One, as well as a Voices Around Town question and a thought-provoking editorial on the topic. All of which left me with questions about how Moffett Field would operate if the Google offer was accepted. Would Google corporate flights be limited? Would there be a curfew restricting nighttime flights? Would there be opportunities for others to fly in and out of the airfield? I live near Highway 237 and Central Expressway in a new town-home which is very well insulated to shut out the freeway and expressway noise. Even with that great insulation, we were treated to the noise of a very loud jet taking off recently. You can bet I would have

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HISTORY OF POLENTA Polenta is the third most important food in Italy, behind pasta and pizza. In Roman times, polenta (or as they knew it, pulmentum) was the staple of the mighty Roman Legions and they would eat it in either a porridge or in a hard cake like form, much like today. Even though bread was widely available in Ancient Rome, the legions and the poor alike preferred the simplicity and taste of their early polenta. Buckwheat which was introduced to Italy by the Saracens, was used for a period of time but eventually fell out of favor when a crop from the New World arrived in Italy sometime in the 15th or 16th centuries known as maize. The new crop was a perfect match for the farms of Northern Italy, where landowners could grow vast ďŹ elds of corn for proďŹ t, while forcing the peasantry to subsist on cornmeal. Amazingly, this simple act of greed on the part of landowners helped shape a major component of Italian cooking. From then on most of Italy’s polenta consumption was made from corn, which ranges in color from golden yellow to the Veneto’s white polenta. This recipe, which shows Northern Italy’s French inuence, features fresh herbs and the gold of Italy- Polenta. ‌From our kitchen to yours, Buon appetito.



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The decor inside the Empire Grill includes a Honduras mahogany wood bar opposite a long, linen-lined banquette.

TVs dedicated to sports. Despite the patio’s tranquility, inside is still a barroom. The menu is sturdy, better than bar food, often approaching solid restaurant fare. But Empire underachieves food-wise, not always, but often enough to notice. One day at lunch, with the place sparsely filled, I was presented with a menu that was badly stained. Not a great calling card for a just-arrived patron. The menus were paper, too, so why not a crisp clean one? Most of the fare tasted fresh, but one evening, the Empire chocolate cake ($7.50) was covered with chocolate sauce to disguise the somewhat crusty edges indicative of a cake not the freshest. The pecan pie ($7.50), on the other hand, was deliriously good. Packed with pecans in crusty syrupy goodness, it was fork tender, yet not overly sweet. For starters, the poached artichoke





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8FFLFOE ($9.75), while noteworthy, came with a tame garlic aioli sauce. The ‘choke was perfectly poached but I didn’t bother with the empty-calorie sauce at all. Polenta cakes ($10.25) with creamy gorgonzola and Fontina cheeses and sauteed shiitake mushrooms were a robust affair. This could have been a meal itself with an added side salad. The polenta and runny cheeses were layered and cake-like, with the shiitakes heaped atop with creamy, earthy flavors that did not overpower the palate. I’ve always loved Empire’s deep-fried calamari ($13.50). The crisp, mouthwatering calamari was well-battered and fried a tempting, tawny brown. The fried jalapenos that were interspersed added an additional flavor note, yet I prefer the fried lemon slices Empire used to serve. They just made the dish tangier. Still, no complaints. One day, the soup du jour was chicken vegetable ($5.75). Large chunks of chicken breast accompanied the requisite chicken stock, onion, pepper, celery and tomato base. Good flavors overall, and a generous portion. I had an issue with all but one of the main courses I tried. Not every ingredient on the plate was a problem, but something was askew with each order. The breast of range chicken ($19.25) with tarragon Dijon mustard sauce, for example, was devoid of any tarragon or mustardy flavors. Though everything on the plate was tender, including the medallions of potato and broccoli rabe, the dish needed revving up. The grilled pork chop ($22.25) had been marinated in “Asian spices,� then grilled and glazed with a light barbecue sauce. French fries and broccoli rabe accompanied. It was pretty on the plate but the chop was too thick and too chewy; my jaw was tired halfway through. I finally gave up. Vastly better would have been two chops cut more thinly, and the presentation would not have suffered. The pricey crab cakes ($25.50) were coupled with a benign red bell pepper cream sauce. Crab was in evidence, and flecks of red and green bell pepper added to the prettiness, without too much filler. The accompanying snap peas were vibrant, but the medallions of potato were cold and hard. The penne pasta ($18.75) with asparagus, sweet red peppers, red onions, tomato and basil was simple and tasty enough. The portion size has increased over the years and it’s now more than plenty. The wine list was reasonable, with no particular regional focus or grape type. The pinot noir I ordered was out of stock. Second

choice was Educated Guess, 2009 Carneros Pinot Noir ($12 /$48). That wine retails in the $20- to $25-per-bottle range. The wine was typical of the Carneros region, light and fruity. However, it finished a tad on the bitter side. Pinot noir is still tricky business for California winemakers; it is a difficult grape to coax and most winemakers still make it as if it were a softsided cabernet. A few West Coast winemakers get it right, and more will in time. One of Empire’s main attractions is a large selection of singlemalt scotch, rum, cognac and port, as well as the 16 beers on tap. That is why that beautiful mahogany bar is ever busy. Empire Grill & Tap Room is well-rooted after nearly two decades. I wish my patio looked as inviting. But I also wish Empire’s kitchen would take the next step up in consistency and quality. It has everything else going for it.

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8FFLFOE NMOVIETIMES A Dangerous Method (R) Guild Theatre: 2, 4:30 & 7 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:30 p.m. The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Century 16: 11 a.m. & 6:10 p.m.; In 3D at 10:20 a.m.; 1:10, 4 & 7:10 p.m.; In 3D Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 1:10 & 3:45 p.m.; In 3D at 2, 4:40 & 7:25 p.m.; Fri., Sat. & Mon.-Thu. also at 10:35 a.m.; In 3D Fri., Sat. & Mon.-Thu. also at 11:20 a.m.; In 3D Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 10 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Century 16: 10 & 10:50 a.m.; 1:40, 4:30 & 7:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 12:35, 3:30, 6:20 & 8:50 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 1:30, 3:55, 6:10 & 8:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 11 a.m.; 12:25, 2:45, 5:15 & 7:50 p.m.; Fri. also at 10:05 & 10:45 p.m.; Sun.-Thu. also at 10:45 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. also at 11 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Arthur Christmas (PG) Century 16: Fri. & Sat. at 10 a.m.; Sun.-Thu. at 10:15 a.m. Century 20: Fri., Sat. & Mon.-Thu. at 10:35 a.m.; Sun. at 12:45 p.m. The Artist (PG-13) (((1/2 CinéArts at Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:40, 7:25 & 9:50 p.m. The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Century 16: Sun.-Thu. at 12:20, 5:05 & 10:25 p.m.; In 3D Sun.-Thu. at 10 a.m.; 2:40 & 7:50 p.m. Century 20: Sun.-Thu. at 1:10, 5:45 & 10:30 p.m.; In 3D Sun.-Thu. at 3:25 & 8:10 p.m.; In 3D Mon.-Thu. also at 10:55 a.m. The Descendants (R) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 1:15, 4 & 7 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 1:40, 4:20 & 7:10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:55 a.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:55 p.m. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (R) Century 16: 11 a.m.; noon, 2, 3, 4, 7 & 8:10 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:10 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 3:30, 4:35, 6:20, 7 & 8:05 p.m.; Fri., Sat. & Mon.-Thu. also at noon & 1:05 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:50 & 10:25 p.m.; Sun. also at 12:55 p.m. Hugo (PG) (((1/2 Century 16: 10:10 a.m. & 4:10 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 10:15 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Thu. at 1:15 & 7:10 p.m. Century 20: 5:05 p.m.; Fri., Sat. & Mon.-Thu. also at 11:15 a.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 10:40 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Thu. at 2:10 & 7:55 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Stanford Theatre: Sat. at 9 p.m. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Century 16: 10 a.m.; noon, 1, 3:20, 4:20, 7 & 8:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 12:45, 1:45, 4, 5, 7:15 & 8:15 p.m.; Fri. & Mon.-Thu. also at 10:30 a.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sat. also at 10:30 a.m.; Sun. also at 10:30 p.m. The Muppets (PG) ((( Century 16: Fri. & Sat. at 10:30 a.m.; 1:05, 3:40, 6:20 & 9 p.m.; Sun.-Tue. at 10 a.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 10:50 a.m.; 1:50, 4:35 & 7:20 p.m.; Fri. also at 10 p.m.; Sun.-Thu. at 1:55 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. also at 10:45 a.m. New Year’s Eve (PG-13) (1/2 Century 16: 12:40, 3:50 & 6:50 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 2:50, 5:35 & 8:45 p.m.; Fri., Sat. & Mon.-Thu. also at 12:05 p.m. Shame (NC-17) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 4:45 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:55 p.m. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 2:30, 3:30, 6:05 & 7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:20 a.m.; 12:20, 1:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun.Thu. also at 12:30 p.m. Century 20: 1:20, 3:40, 6:45 & 7:35 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:25 & 11:10 a.m.; 12:35, 2:10, 4:30, 5:20 & 8:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:45 & 10:40 p.m.; Sun.-Thu. also at 4:25 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. also at 10:25 a.m. & 12:35 p.m. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. The Sitter (R) Century 20: 2:30, 4:45 & 7:05 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 12:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:15 p.m. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (R) Century 20: 3 & 6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 11:50 a.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9 p.m.; Sat. also at 8:50 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. also at 11:45 a.m. CinéArts at Palo Alto Square: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 & 10:10 p.m. War Horse (PG-13) Century 16: Sun.-Thu. at 10:30 a.m.; 12:35, 1:50, 3:45, 5:10, 7, 8:30 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: Sun.-Thu. at 1:50, 3:20, 5:10, 6:55, 8:35 & 10:15 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. also at 10:30 & 11:50 a.m. We Bought a Zoo (PG) Century 16: 10:05 a.m.; 1:10, 4:15 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 1:50, 4:45, 6:15 & 7:40 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 10:50 a.m.; 12:20 & 3:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 9:10 & 10:35 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. also at 10:50 a.m. The Wizard of Oz (1939) (G) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:35 & 9:20 p.m. Young Adult (R) ((( Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 2:10, 4:50 & 7:40 p.m.; Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 2:20 & 4:50 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 11:45 a.m. & 7:10 p.m.; Fri. also at 9:35 p.m.; Sun.-Thu. also at 7:20 & 9:40 p.m.; Mon.-Thu. also at 11:40 a.m. 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 Note: Movie times for Century 16 are for Friday through Monday, and for Centruy 20 are for Friday through Tuesday, unless otherwise noted.






(Palo Alto Square) Any filmgoer undaunted by something a little different will surely walk out of this brand-new silent film with a big, goofy grin. Though this pastiche has been crafted by film nerds and largely for them, Michel Hazanavicius’ feature has an emotional generosity that speaks louder than words. Opening in 1927, “The Artist” begins with a premiere of the latest silent film starring the dashing George Valentin (Jean Dujardin). When Valentin stumbles into a photo op with a girl named Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), the ground for a relationship is paved. Plucked from obscurity, Peppy sees her star begins to rise in direct proportion to George’s fall, precipitated by the arrival of talkies and the market crash of 1929. Writer-director Hazanavicius mostly steers clear of comparisons to the era’s epics and great screen comics, instead inhabiting the more manageable territory of melodrama. The acting is inventive, and the film joyously celebrates the movies. Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture. One hour, 41 minutes. — Peter Canavese

(Century 16, Century 20) It’s “The Muppets” 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 at the emphasis put on the Muppets’ decline (in reality, the Muppets have been absent from the big screen since 1999’s “Muppets from Space” but have been kicking around in TV movies and in viral videos). In “The Muppets,” they’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 — with his brother Gary (Segel) — makes a pilgrimage to take the “Muppet Studio Tour.” 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 Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), set out to reunite the Muppets and save the theater by putting on a telethon. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. One hour, 38 minutes. — P.C.



(Aquarius, Century 20) George Clooney plays Matt King, a lawyer and hapless father troubleshooting domestic and business concerns in a Hawaii he drily notes is not the “paradise” mainlanders imagine. King’s petulance derives mostly from his wife being in a coma due to a boating accident, and his inability to do anything about it. As a father, he’s clumsy at best; by pampering 10-yearold Scottie (Amara Miller), Matt hopes to distract her from her mother’s decline. No such trickery works on 17-year-old Alexandra (Shailene Woodley), a borderline delinquent who won’t be handled. Matt’s business issue involves his role as trustee of his family’s ancestral land: 25,000 pristine acres in Kauai that will bring the Kings a pretty penny if they can agree on a buyer. As this subplot lingers in the background, Matt becomes obsessed with a third concern: investigating a secret about his wife that surfaces early in the picture. Three guesses as to what that might be, but it provides the excuse for the Kings to island-hop and family-bond in search of closure about Mom. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. One hour, 38 minutes. — P.C.

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(Century 16, Century 20) Director Martin Scorsese’s affection for all things cinema has never been more evident than in the enchanting and imaginative “Hugo.”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 — an old robotic figure — that he and his dad had been working on, occasionally forced to steal mechanical parts from a toy shop. The shop’s enigmatic owner (Ben Kingsley as Georges Melies) catches Hugo in the act and confiscates Hugo’s journal: a booklet with his father’s sketches of the automaton’s inner workings. Georges’ 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. — T.H.

(Century 16, Century 20) In the 1970s, Irwin Allen produced disaster movies packed with random stars. Although “New Year’s Eve” is a romantic comedy, the word “disaster” still comes to mind. Is it me or is Hollywood making movies on dares now? How else to explain all-star weirdness like this film’s nutty, chaste anti-romance between a shuckin’ and jivin’ Zac Efron and dowdy cougar Michelle Pfeiffer? Has the world gone crazy? Perhaps director Garry Marshall is crazy like a fox. On the evidence of the recent “Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Eve” is likely to pack ‘em in. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele (“Glee”) stuck in an elevator, “SNL”’s Seth Meyers tangle with German superstar Til Schweiger, and the apocalyptic signifier of a movie whose mix-n-match cast includes Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker and at least one New Kid on the Block? In terms of sophistication, it’s the movie equivalent of eight romance novels. Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references. One hour, 58 minutes. — P.C.


(Aquarius) Steve McQueen’s “Shame” is a mood piece, as abstract and engrossing as the Bach piano selections on the soundtrack. It’s another impressive showcase for the subtle work of Michael Fassbender, who literally bares all to play a sex addict. Brandon lives and works in skyscraping, hermetically sealed chambers, flashing a Mona Lisa smile to create just enough of an appearance of normality to deflect inconvenient questions. There’s one person from whom Brandon can’t hide, much as he tries: his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan). Sissy storms the castle and Brandon cannot refuse her request to stay for a spell. Quickly, we’re led to wonder if part of Brandon’s neurosis involves carrying a torch for his torch-singing sis. In a scene that competes to be Brandon’s ultimate nightmare, his manic, married boss (James Badge Dale) makes — right in front of Brandon — an aggressive bid to bed Sissy, following a languid performance of “New York, New York” that moves her brother to tears. Mulligan does her most impressive work yet in conveying her character’s sloppy, terribly sad neediness, but the picture belongs to her co-star. Fassbender

makes a strong case for himself as the next Jeremy Irons, taking on mostly serious-minded work and quietly revealing tormented men from inside-out embodiment. Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content. One hour, 41 minutes. — P.C.


(Century 16, Century 20) Director Guy Ritchie’s 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” film seemed to split viewers. Some applauded the strong cast, solid production values and interesting blend of mystery and action. Others argued Holmes was too reliant on his fighting abilities. “Shadows” probably won’t make any converts out of the second group, although the inclusion of Holmes’ nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, will be welcome to Holmes traditionalists. The first group, however, will be thrilled with this follow-up that is faster, funnier and more compelling than its predecessor. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and his sidekick Dr. John Watson, with Jared Harris of TV’s “Mad Men” as Moriarty, a genius professor with nefarious plans. The duo finds assistance in the form of knife-wielding gypsy Madam Simza Heron (Swedish actress Noomi Rapace of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”). Downey Jr. and Law make an exceptional tandem, and the musical score by Hans Zimmer is tremendous. Rated PG-13 for some drug material, intense sequences of violence and action. Two hours, nine minutes. — T.H.

YOUNG ADULT--(Century 16, Century 20) Diablo Cody knows she’s screwed up, and isn’t afraid to admit it. The Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Juno” specializes in whip-smart, selfdestructive heroines. Now “Young Adult,” starring Charlize Theron as an emotionally wounded writer of trashy YA fiction, would seem to have a whiff of confession to it. Mavis Gary (Theron) proudly wears the crown of a pop-culture princess. She guzzles two liters of Diet Coke for her morning pick-me-up, and her procrastination routines include “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” Even as her gig ghostwriting “Waverly Prep” novels nears its end, a blast from her past sticks in her craw: a birth notice from ex-boyfriend Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). Mavis jumps in her Mini and drives to small-town Mercury, Minn. The overconfident plan is to steal back Buddy, who must be miserable with an ordinary girl and the shackles of parenthood. Mavis reconnects with her prom-queen past even as she makes an unlikely friend of the biggest loser from school: Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt). Off-kilter and pat, this anti-romantic comedy has plenty to admire even though its attempt to cohere into a satisfying narrative proves clumsy. What ultimately makes the film worth the trip is Theron’s uncompromising performance, which dares to make Mavis unlikeable and, in the process, earns our pity and, more disturbingly, our identification. Rated R for language and some sexual content. One hour, 34 minutes. — P.C.

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



he holidays are here, and that can only mean one thing: hours upon hours spent with relatives you barely know. Hopefully you’ll get to hear Uncle Clifford’s hilarious reminiscences about the old days (again) or share some quality bonding time with the cousins. But what if the family get-together feels less “together” and more, well, awkward? Simple: Let Hollywood save your holiday. Gather everyone in the living room, pop in a DVD, and in two short hours, you’ll all be holding hands ‘round the Christmas tree and singing “Fah who foraze” like Whos down in Whoville. To help you find just the right movie to help your unique family recall the spirit of the holiday season, Mountain View Voice film critics Peter Canavese and Tyler Hanley have selected some of their favorites, from the classics to the not-soclassic. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) No movie says Christmas to me ... or David Packard ...or ... Well, most adult Americans like “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Director Frank Capra’s endlessly influential, constantly reinterpreted film became a Christmas classic largely with the advent of television, which made it an annual holiday tradition (so too has the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, which screens it Christmas Eve on actual celluloid and in glorious black and white). A funny-sweet-sad emotional roller coaster, “It’s a Wonderful Life” follows the development of George Bailey (James Stewart) from adolescent to family man, his love story with a girl named Mary (Donna Reed), and the misfortune that befalls the Bailey Building and Loan Association and pushes George to the brink of suicide (only to be rescued by an angel named Clarence). Yes, it’s a movie for the 99 percent, but there are other reasons to occupy Bedford Falls: vibrant characters, great performances (Stewarts’s is one of the great movie-star turns of all time), and that “what if you were never born?” story — adapted from Philip Van Doren Stern’s “The Greatest Gift” — which makes a virtue of unabashed sentiment. Some call it “Capra-corn,” but most want to return to it again and again. Certainly for me it’s one of those movies indelibly stamped on my psyche from endless childhood viewings, so familiar that it practically qualifies as family. — PC Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) This animated gem narrated by the incomparable Boris Karloff and directed by legendary cartoon auteur Chuck Jones is a Christmastime “can’t miss.” Dr. Seuss’ unique and imaginative imagery sparkles




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throughout the 26-minute short that has become a holiday staple for families around the globe. Based on Seuss’ 1957 children’s book, “Grinch” weaves the tale of a grumpy loner who dwells on a mountain peak above the jubilant town of Whoville. The Grinch bemoans the Whos’ festive Christmas celebrations, making scowling complaints to his pet pooch, Max. One Christmas, the Grinch sneakily snatches all of the Whos’ decorations and gifts, thus putting the kibosh on their seasonal bliss (or so he thinks). But the olive-hued curmudgeon has a change of heart (literally) when the Whos prove unfazed by the dearth of presents, instead reveling in the simple joys of song and fellowship. My wonderful mother does Christmas better than anyone I’ve ever met, for which I am ever grateful. And one of her regular rituals is watching this colorful short with my brother and me. I still get choked up when the Grinch, desperately clinging to a sleigh full of the Whos’ pilfered goodies, hears the Whos singing down below and finally grasps the true meaning of Christmas. Messages about fellowship, generosity, sharing and empathy toward others are wrapped nicely in the picture’s narrative. Just what the doctor ordered. — TH A Christmas Story (1983) Another more recent Christmas classic that’s become a TV tradition is Bob Clark’s comedy “A Christmas Story,” the subject of an annual 24-hour broadcast marathon. Though 12 consecutive viewings would be overkill, at least one is mandatory. Clark’s hilarious, irreverent reclamation of Rockwellian America derives from the comic tales of Jean Shepherd. Set around the turn of the 1940s, “A Christmas Story” could be the ultimate nostalgia movie, charmingly making viewers long for an innocent time most of them didn’t even live through, if it even existed to begin with. Nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) suffers the indignities of youth while being embarrassed by parents (Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon) and longing for the

ultimate gift. Though perhaps most memorable for Dad’s leg lamp, a tongue stuck to an icy pole, and a dangerous BB gun (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”), the secret weapon is Shepherd’s deliciously wry narration, a precursor to TV’s similarly rueful-wistful “The Wonder Years.” (And, having first seen this movie when I was Ralphie’s age, I get nostalgic just thinking about it.) — PC Home Alone (1990) Then-adorable Macaulay Culkin delivers one of Hollywood’s most memorable child performances in the heartwarming and often hilarious “Home Alone.” Actress Emmy Rossum (“The Phantom of the Opera”) recently Tweeted: “At 7, I was in love w/ Macaulay. I’d watch Home Alone over & over. I used to pause the video and go and kiss his virtual face.” Plenty share Rossum’s affinity for the film — for many viewers in their 20s, “Home Alone” is considered the ultimate Christmas flick. Rambunctious youngster Kevin McCallister (Culkin) is inadvertently left unaccompanied in a large house when his massive, frenzied family rushes out the door while running late for a Christmas vacation to Paris. Although Kevin initially celebrates his newfound freedom, his enthusiasm is quickly tempered by the introduction of two dim-bulb burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) and their repeated attempts to break in to the house. Meanwhile, Kevin’s distraught mother (Catherine O’Hara) desperately tries to get back to her son, turning to help from a gregarious polka musician (John Candy). Somewhat ironically, family is the binding theme in “Home Alone.” The familial undertone is not a surprise considering the subject is a common one for both screenwriter John Hughes (“The Breakfast Club”) and director Chris Columbus (“Mrs. Doubtfire”). The slapstick that ensues in the picture’s final act — when Kevin cleverly fends off the bumbling crooks — is downright riotous (Stern’s high-pitched screams are inspired). A cornucopia of Christmas tunes (such as Kevin lip-syncing Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”) also helps bring home the holiday spirit. — TH

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) I love the Muppets, so the shocking 1990 death of Muppet creator Jim Henson, at age 53, struck a terrible blow. 1992’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” then, had more riding on it than the average Christmas movie. Dickens’ heartwarming journey from bitterness to love is emotional enough as it is, but as reinterpreted by the Muppets, it became an unavoidable tearjerker for fans still mourning the loss of Henson and fellow Muppeteer Richard Hunt. Directed by Henson’s son Brian, the film casts Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire) and Miss Piggy (Frank Oz) as the Cratchits, Gonzo (Dave Goelz) as narrator Charles Dickens, and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Paul Williams, who with Kenny Ascher penned the tunes for “The Muppet Movie,” contributes seven lovely new songs, and beloved Muppet screenwriter Jerry Juhl crafts a surprisingly faithful adaptation, even while striking comedy gold with the double-act of Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat (also Whitmire). Add Caine’s powerful performance — good enough to carry a straight, human retelling of “A Christmas Carol” — and you get a heartwarming family film with serious replay value. With “The Muppets” still in theaters, there’s no better time to dig into the Muppet catalog, and no film more seasonally appropriate than “The Muppet Chistmas Carol.” — PC Die Hard (1988) Believe it folks — one of the most celebrated action films of all time also happens to be a terrific holiday movie. Granted, most people prefer their holiday offerings to have a lower body count. But “Die Hard” is Hollywood’s only edge-of-your-seat Christmas flick. New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in Los Angeles for a Christmas shindig at his estranged wife’s office building, Nakatomi Plaza. Things spiral from merry to scary when a group of armed thieves invade the plaza and take the party guests hostage. Only the wily John is able to escape, sneaking his way through the plaza’s unpopulated floors and keeping an eye on the criminals and their sophisticated leader, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). John’s guile and guts prove invaluable as he slowly picks off the terrorists, leading to a final confrontation with Hans. Willis is spectacular in the film that built his career, and the thrills are visceral as John daringly veers from one dangerous situation to the next. Rickman is a revelation as Hans, going down as one of cinema’s all-time great villains. John’s selfless actions ring true with the holiday season, even if fighting, gunfire and explosions don’t exactly elicit thoughts of Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. The dynamic that develops between John and a Twinkie-loving patrol cop proves endearing, while John’s obvious love for his wife (and vice versa) breaks through the chaos. “Die Hard” is the season’s guilty pleasure — it isn’t so much a Christmas movie as it is a “Christosterone” movie. Enjoy in moderation. — TH





‘Impressions of Costa Rica’ Barbara von Haunalter’s watercolors and the clay sculptures of Jean Prophet. Throughout December. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos. ‘Rodin and America’ An exhibit on sculptor Auguste Rodin’s influence on American artists. Through Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. ‘Seeing Red!’ Gallery 9 An all-gallery exhibit running through Dec. 24. Thirty local artists present: painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, mixed media, metal work and jewelry. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. Winter Solstice Exhibition A wintersolstice-themed exhibit will run through Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Gallery at Fibre Arts Design, 935 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650485-2121.

AUDITIONS ‘Alice’ Los Altos Youth Theatre is holding auditions for the play “Alice,” a quirky version of the classic “Alice in Wonderland.” Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue or poem showing character and humor, come prepared to move, and bring a list of rehearsal conflicts. Jan. 9 and 10, ages 10-20; rehearsal, Jan. 18-March 14; performs March 15-30, Bus Barn Theatre, 4-6 p.m. Free. Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-947-2796.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Communication Workshop (ToastMasters Orbiters) Toastmasters meet every first and third Thursday to work on communication skills in a friendly environment. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Community Center, 210 South Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. Call 408571-1844. Rose Pruning and Care Encourage profuse flowering with winter pruning and proper care. Learn about soil and amendments for healthy, happy roses. Mulches are also discussed. The class will go to a nearby garden for a demonstration and some hands-on pruning. Bring a snack; pruning shears are optional. Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m.noon. $38. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. rosepruningandcare. Yoga 101 Workshop Series This workshop is designed for beginning students or those wanting a step-by-step review. It focuses on the fundamentals of yoga, breathing and elemental versions of all poses. Thursdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 2, 7:15-8:30 p.m. $45 if paid before Dec. 31, $50 afterward. Blue Iris Studio, 3485 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-858-1440. Yoga for Moms A yoga class for moms will be held Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Donation-based. Mountain View Community Center, 201 South Rengstorff Ave., Lower Social Hall, Mountain View.

CLUBS/MEETINGS Early Risers Toastmasters (Palo Alto) Early Risers Toastmasters Club in Palo Alto meets every Tuesday. The club’s goal is to foster communication skills in a supportive environment. 6:30-8 a.m. Free. Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-561-3182.

COMMUNITY EVENTS PALY Sports Boosters Tree Lot Palo Alto High School Sports Boosters Holiday Tree Lot Fundraiser is underway. Lot open in the NW Corner of Paly’s parking lot. Through Christmas Day, 4-8 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.


Used-Book Sale The Friends of the Palo Alto Library organization is holding monthly sales of used books, CDs and DVDs on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 14-15 and Feb. 11-12. Sale hours: Sat.:, main sale room open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; children’s and bargain rooms open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., all rooms open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-213-8755. Vegetarian Dinners The Peninsula Macrobiotic Community serves a vegetarian dinner every Monday (except holidays). Full vegan meal includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert and beverage. Communal seating. Lecture monthly. Diners are asked to make phone reservations by Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12-Jan. 30, 6:30-8 p.m. $15. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650 599-3320.

CONCERTS ‘Back to Bach’ Organist James Welch performs his annual New Year’s Eve concert with the music of Bach, including Prelude and Fugue in D Major, Sonata in C Major, and settings of In dulci jubilo. Joining him is his son Nicholas, performing Bach’s Partita in B-flat Major on the piano. Dec. 31, 8-9 p.m. $10 at the door. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-856-9700. ‘I Like Ludwig’ SFCO presents a program of Beethoven selections. Jan. 1, 3-5 p.m. Free. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Call 415-692-5258.

DANCE Ballet Class For the Love of Dance studio is offering ballet classes for teens and adults. Students will stretch and learn ballet technique in a comfortable setting. Wednesdays through June 26, 7-8 p.m. $60 per month. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View. Call 650-861-0650. Beginners’ Square Dance Class No experience or partner needed for this all-levels class. First class is free, with refreshments included. Sundays, Jan. 8-March 4, 7-9 p.m. $4. Lotus Lane Recreation Hall, Mountain View. Call 408274-3833. Hip-Hop Class For the Love of Dance Studio is offering hip-hop classes for teens and adults. Mondays through June 24, 8-9 p.m. $60 per month. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View. Call 650861-0650. Jazz-Dance Class For the Love of Dance Studio is offering jazz-dance classes for teens and adults. Mondays through June 24, 7-8 p.m. $60 per month. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View. Call 650-861-0650. New Year’s Eve Contra Dance Hosted at a special location, this event features caller Tina Fields and Star Thistle (Chetani Cheryl McKinney, Dave Kistler, Lonna Whipple, David Wright). Attendees are asked to bring a dish for the potluck. Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-midnight, $20 general, $16 for members, $10 for students. Palo Alto Masonic Center, 461 Florence St., Palo Alto. Social Ballroom Dancing Friday Night Dance at the Cubberley Community Center Pavilion. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. Fox-trot lessons for beginning and intermediate dancers start at 8 p.m., followed by open dancing. Dec. 23, 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-395-8847. Tap Dance The studio For the Love of Dance offers a tap class for teens and adults. Students will learn routines to upbeat music. Fridays, Jan. 6-June 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $60 per month. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View. Call 650-961-6715.


Tiny Tots Dance Class The studio For the Love of Dance offers “tiny tots” classes for 3- and 4-year-olds. Pre-ballet and tap, using activity songs and exercises that teach dance terminology; basic rhythm patterns and selfexpression; listening skills and self-confidence; and an introduction to classical music. Mondays, Jan. 2-June 25, 4-5 p.m. $60 per month. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View. Call 650-861-0650. Twirlybirds Square Dance Class An adult beginners’ modern square-dancing class (no experience necessary) will be taught by John Caywood with Linda Caywood. Sundays from Jan. 8 through Aug. 26, 7-9 p.m. $4 per class. Recreation Hall, 425 Lotus Lane, Mountain View. Call 408-274-3833.

ENVIRONMENT Mountain View Green Garden Showcase Share and explore sustainable landscapes in Mountain View. Call or visit website for more information. Event is ongoing through Dec. 30,

EXHIBITS ‘Clear Story’ The Palo Alto Art Center presents “Clear Story,” a temporary site-specific installation by artist Mildred Howard, on view through August 2012, 3-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto City Hall’s King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-329-2366. www.cityofpaloalto. org/artcenter ‘Rodin and the Dancing Body’ Rodin’s friendship with dance artist Isadora Duncan is the starting point for this installation, during which students will move through the museum’s auditorium with their dancing bodies, providing visitors with a perspective on a significant aspect of Rodin’s work. Through Jan. 1, open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford. ‘The Legend of Rex Slinkard’ An exhibition focuses on the works of the early-20thcentury California artist Rex Slinkard. During his life he emerged from his roots as a rancher to become a painter who helped influence the modernist bent of the nascent California art scene. Through Feb. 26, open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford. Antique Toys, 1870-1930 In addition to early American toys, the exhibit also features turn-of-the-century toy trains and accessories from fine European toymakers such as Marklin and Bing. Through April, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004.

FAMILY AND KIDS Information Night for Parents Bullis Charter School is a small K-8 public school based in Los Altos. Open enrollment ends Feb. 3, and an information session for parents is Jan. 10, 7-8 p.m. Free. Bullis Charter School, 102 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-947-4939. LEGO Holiday Display The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), The Bay Area LEGO User Group (BayLUG) are co-hosting the 2011 LEGO Holiday display at MOAH. Weekends through Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Ongoing exhibits at the museum and zoo include “Bobcat Ridge,” “Africa’s Bats,” exhibits on physics and math, and a “Buzzz” display on insects and spiders. Museum hours: Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

NHIGHLIGHT ‘THE SECRET GARDEN’ TheatreWorks presents the musical adaptation of “The Secret Garden,” based on the classic novel about a young orphan who discovers a hidden garden. Through Dec. 31, 8-9:45 p.m. $19-$72. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960.


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‘Last Call at the Oasis’ Castilleja School will host a screening of the film “Last Call at the Oasis” by director Jessica Yu (“Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien”), followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is part of Castilleja’s “Global Week: Fresh Water-Commodity or Human Right?” Jan. 3, 7-9 p.m. Free. Castilleja School, Chapel Theater, 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-328-3160.


HEALTH John’s Zumba Class Zumba classes every Thursday night, 8-9 p.m. $10. John’s Zumba Class, 2584 Leghorn St., Mountain View. Call 415-990-9965.

ON STAGE ‘Chopshticks’ Comedy and a Chinese buffet are scheduled for the annual “Chopshticks” evening. New York comedian Brad Zimmerman headlines with his solo show “My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy.” San Francisco-based comedian and cartoonist Michael Capozzola performs the opening act. Tables for 10 available. Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m. $50-$65. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-223-8609. www.paloaltojcc. org/chopshticks Michael Fosberg’s ‘Incognito’ After being raised white, Michael Fosberg discovers his father is black. He explores this in his autobiographical play. Jan. 14, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$20. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY ‘Insight Meditation South Bay’ Shaila Catherine and guest teachers lead a weekly “Insight Meditation” sitting followed by a talk on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays through Feb. 7, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. St. Timothy’s/Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 650857-0904. Christmas Day Family Worship Service A cast of children and adults illustrates the Christmas story as Asha narrates. Dec. 25, noon-1 p.m. Free. Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. Christmas Eve Meditation & Service Ananda hosts a devotional evening of meditation from 5 to 7 p.m. and worship service at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. New Year’s Eve Service The evening — which will focus on the question “What pattern do you want to set in the coming year?” — includes a talk by Asha Praver, chanting, meditation, affirmation and a fire ceremony intended to give strength to positive resolutions. Dec. 31, 7:30-8 p.m. Free. Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363.

SENIORS ‘Senior New Year’s Eve Day Bash’ Dancing and a buffet lunch, with a champagne toast at 1:30 p.m. Tickets available at the Lucie Stern and Cubberley community centers, Avenidas and the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $13 pre-sale/$18 day of event. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-4953. www.

SINGLES ‘Pre-New Year’s Eve Singles Dance’ Singles celebrate New Year’s Eve one night early. Dancing and DJ, hats and horns. Adults of all ages are welcome. Dec. 30, 8 p.m.-midnight. $15 if bought by Dec. 29, $20 at the door. Sheraton Hotel, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

‘Chopshticks’ Stand-up comedy with a Chinese buffet. New York comedian Brad Zimmerman headlines with an opening act by San Francisco-based Michael Capozzola. Dec. 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $50-$65. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley holds an open house Jan. 4, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, NASA Research Park, Bldg. 23, Moffett Field. Call 650-335-2852.

TALKS/AUTHORS Ethics & War Series: Lawrence Wright Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. Jan. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center, Stanford. Call 650-723-0997. Jacqueline Widmar Stewart Jacqueline Widmar Stewart shares “The Parks and Gardens in Greater Paris,” benefiting East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. Linda Grey Sexton Linda Grey Sexton shares “Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide.” Jan. 11, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. Niobe Way The MVLA School Speaker Series presents author Niobe Way speaking on “Boys and the Crisis of Connection.” Topics will include stereotypes about boys and men, and what roles boys’ friendships play in their development. Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos. ptac.

TEEN ACTIVITIES ‘Static Spring Bonfire’ Static’s 2nd Bonfire is hosted by Break Through the Static’s Teen Advisory Board. Live music by a Palo Alto teen band. Hip-hop by a local teen artist. S’mores and games. Dec. 28, 8-10 p.m. Free. Boy Scouts’ Outdoor Fire Pit. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 415-501-0710. www. Teen Vacation Art Camps Teen art camps are being held. “Claymation” is from 1 to 4 p.m.; participants will create an animation CD using stop-motion techniques. “Glass Fusing” goes from 9 a.m. to noon, with glass cutting, fusing and safety techniques. Dec. 27-30. $140 per camp plus a $10-20 materials fee. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 650321-3891.

VOLUNTEERS Deer Hollow Farm Docent An introduction for prospective docents will be held at the Mountain View Library on Mon., Jan. 9. Three training dates follow: Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at Deer Hollow Farm. 10:30 a.m. Free. Deer Hollow Farm, Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. Call 650-903-6430. search Deer Hollow Farm Nature Volunteer in Local Schools The Palo Alto- and San Jose-based organization Environmental Volunteers is seeking people to help kids love science and nature. In various schools, volunteers work with small groups of children and involve them in hands-on, discovery-based learning. Next training is Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Environmental Volunteers. Call 650-961-0545. Tutor with JustREAD JustREAD is a nonprofit, literacy program dedicated to improving the reading/writing skills of students. Volunteers are trained by JustREAD and work one-on-one with students. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. JustREAD Tutorial Center, 1299 Bryant St., Mountain View. Call 650-691-0416.

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1VCMJD/PUJDFT 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) QUINCE AND BRIDAL EVENT EXPERTS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 558630 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: QUINCE AND BRIDAL EVENT EXPERTS 1650 Zanker Rd, Suite 100-C San Jose, CA 95112, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): FELICIANO ZAVALA 556 Farley St. Mountain View, CA 94043 JUAN C. MORDUENO 4901 Wayland Ave. San Jose, CA 95118 MIGUEL V. LUNA 1897 Ocala Ave. San Jose, CA 95112 ALFREDO TRINIDAD 2356 Thayer Ct. San Jose, CA 95118 CESAR VIRGEN 1898 Center Rd. San Jose, CA 95102 JORGE FLORES 669 W. Tennyson Rd. Hayward, CA 94540 GERALDINE MARTINEZ 681 Jasper St. San Jose, CA 95116 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 1, 2011. (MVV Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) CYPRESS C. PROPERTIES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 558675 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: CYPRESS C. PROPERTIES 100W. EL CAMINO REAL #34 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: Husband

and Wife. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): Kai Chung Cheng 100 W. El Camino Real #34 Mountain View, CA 94040 Chuanfang Yang 100 W. El Camino Real #34 Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 2, 2011. (MVV Dec.9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) SOUTH BAY SYSTEMS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 558539 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: South Bay Systems located at 206 Central Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ARDREN CONSULTING, INC. 206 Central Ave. Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 07/01/2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 29, 2011. (MVV Dec. 16, 23, 30, 2011, Jan. 6, 2012) DISASTERSCORE DISASCORE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 558803 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Disasterscore, 2.) Disascore, located at 80 Descanso Dr. Unit 1315, San Jose, CA 95134, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CEPAND, INC. 80 Descanso Dr. Unit 1315 San Jose, CA 95134 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 7, 2011. (MVV Dec. 23, 30, 2011, Jan. 6, 13, 2012) YUME-YA JAPANESE RESTAURANT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 558861 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Yume-ya Japanese Restaurant, located at 150 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): MEGUMI AKAE

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997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ANN M. WELLS Case No.: 1-11-PR 169479 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ANN M. WELLS. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: LINDA SINATRA in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: LINDA SINATRA be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on January 26, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: Probate 3 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing

and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Edward D. Thirkell Thirkell Law Group 181 2nd Ave., Suite 625, PO Box 190 San Mateo, CA 94401 (650)348-1016 (MVV Dec. 16, 23, 30, 2011) NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TS No. 11-0097578 Title Order No. 11-0078890 APN No. 148-32-265 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/23/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by LUIS GUERRERO, dated 08/23/2005 and recorded 8/30/2005, as Instrument No. 18549242, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Santa Clara County, State of California, will sell on 01/17/2012 at 10:00AM, At the Market Street entrance to the Superior Courthouse, 190 North Market Street, San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA at

public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 49 SHOWERS DRIVE # A242, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, 94040. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $498,550.71. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier's checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an "AS IS" condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee's Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder's Office. DATED: 12/20/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: December 9, 2011 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: FRANCES MARIE ITEN The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 2135 Old Middlefield Way Mountain View, CA 94043-2403 Type of license(s) applied for: 48 - ON-SALE GENERAL PUBLIC PREMISES (MVV Dec. 23, 30, 2011 Jan. 6, 2012) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: December 13, 2011 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: DFG MANAGEMENT INC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 160 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041-1202 Type of license(s) applied for: 47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE (MVV Dec. 23, 30, 2011, Jan. 6, 2012)


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Mountain View Voice 12.23.2011 - Section 1  
Mountain View Voice 12.23.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the December 23.2011 edition of the Mountain View Voice