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members in the ongoing districtcharter school dispute. he Los Altos School DisRaymond Cardozo, the district appears to be the trict’s lawyer, shared Mesel’s victor in the latest round sentiment. “I’m very pleased with of court decisions in its ongoing both rulings,” he said. legal battle with Bullis Charter But according to Arturo GonSchool. But if the history of this zalez, lawyer for Bullis, Mesel years-long disagreement over and Cardozo might not have long facilities allocation is any indi- to celebrate, as he is certain that cation, this is merely another both rulings will be overturned chapter in the dispute. by an appellate court. Before the pro-district par“There is no question that ent organization, the the trial court has Huttlinger Alliance, erred,” Gonzalez had even sent out a said. Trial courts ‘There is no are “over worked press release touting the decision, the and under-funded,” charter school’s legal question that he said. “They don’t team had already set the resources the trial court have appeals in motion to they used to have, challenge two sepaand from time to has erred.’ rate rulings recently time, judges make ARTURO GONZALEZ, handed down by mistakes.” ATTORNEY FOR BULLIS Superior Court Judge The way GonPatricia Lucas. zalez explains it, the The first of Lucas’ district is simply tryorders, filed on Nov. 13, compels ing to “intimidate Bullis Charter the charter school to turn over School and bully the parents” by information on donations it col- asking for information on donalected that might have been used tions collected by the charter to fund its legal team over the school to fund its legal costs. past four years and also levies a “In our view that information sanction of about $51,000 against is completely irrelevant and is Bullis. being sought only for harassThe second order, filed on Nov. ment and publicity purposes,” 21, denies Bullis’ attempt to force Gonzalez said. “The sanction is the district to provide Bullis with completely unjustified.” the facilities and equipment to The real issue, according to which officials from the char- Gonzalez, is that the district has ter school say they are legally not complied with an appeals entitled. court ruling from November “The ruling yesterday was a 2011, which instructed the dismajor win for LASD and a major trict to provide BCS with “reawin for the families whose chil- sonably equivalent” facilities. dren depend on LASD schools,” That’s not how LASD lawyer said Noah Mesel, a representative Raymond Cardozo sees things. for the Huttlinger Alliance — an He said that the district complied organization that says it represents the interests of community See BULLIS, page 8




A Mountain View holiday tradition is on again as resident Ernie Bianco brings his model trains out to his front yard for a display that always draws a crowd. Since 1977, Bianco and his son have run the model trains at 2387 Adele Ave., changing cars and trains daily on two tracks. The display can be seen every night except Mondays until Dec. 25, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., possibly staying out later as crowds grow. The Biancos take Monday nights off to watch football. More photos are on page 9

Council ponders big changes after slew of car-pedestrian collisions By Daniel DeBolt


ouncil members finally weighed in on the community’s discussion of bike and pedestrian safety last week, with some members pushing for big changes, including narrower streets and 15 mile-perhour speed limits near schools. Council members made the comments in a Nov. 20 study session following months of community-wide discussion after three children were hit on the four-lane road in front of Graham Middle School in


recent months, and three pedestrians were struck and killed by cars on California Street and Shoreline Boulevard earlier this year. The most impassioned remarks came from council member Ronit Bryant. “We have lots of great plans, the time has come to move forward and do it,” Bryant said. “I would really like to see the schools and public works and the city and the neighborhood all working together. Studies are great, but let’s put stuff on the ground and let’s see how it works.”

Graham Principal Kim Thompson said she was motivated to speak in front of the council because three of her students were hit on the four-lane stretch of Castro Street in front of her school, a road seen by many as wide enough to encourage unsafe speeds. “I’ve never experienced anything quite like this,” Thompson told the council. “I was behind the car that hit one of my students, so I saw it happen. It’s a very short (stretch of road) See PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, page 6


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FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT The California Highway Patrol was investigating a fatal motorcycle collision in Mountain View Monday night. The collision was reported at 5:12 p.m. Nov. 26 on southbound state Highway 85 near the Central Expressway. A 2004 Triumph motorcycle collided with a 2011 Mini Cooper there and the motorcycle went down and caught fire, according to the CHP. The fire was put out quickly, but the motorcyclist was killed in the collision. Multiple lanes of the highway were blocked for hours as CHP officers investigated. The Santa Clara County coroner’s office identified the motorcyclist as Mitsutoshi Nakahara, 41, of Sunnyvale, and said that multiple blunt force injuries were the cause of death.

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District cuts Cuesta Annex from flood project


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By Nick Veronin


uperintendents from both Mountain View school districts are welcoming the passage of Proposition 30, even as they acknowledge that the new legislation won’t change all that much when it comes to daily operations. Proposition 30, which will help the state fund schools by combining a progressive income tax with overall increases to sales tax, among other provisions, doesn’t mean more money will suddenly come flooding into the coffers of the Mountain View Whisman and Mountain View-Los Altos school districts. However, it will stop each of the districts from losing a significant amount of money on an annual basis, according to the superintendents. “Prop. 30 does not give us any additional money,” said Craig Goldman, Mountain View Whisman superintendent. “It keeps funding flat.” Under the new tax, which is scheduled to last six years, Goldman’s district will hold onto $2.3 million annually, or about $457 per student per year. It’s nice that the distrct will be able to keep that money, Goldman said. But at the same time, he noted parents should not expect to see any new programs or class size reductions as a result. That’s because California is still working to get its finances in order and the district needs to budget to plan for that. Goldman said the district will continue along with its current budget, which had anticipated that Proposition 30 was not going to pass. By doing so, Goldman said the district will be better prepared for future cuts and won’t have to dip so deeply into its reserves if the state continues to underfund schools — which, he said, is a very real possibility. See PROP 30, page 11


Two vehicles wait to turn left onto El Camino Real from Clark Avenue on Nov. 27.

No quick fix for dangerous intersection COUNCIL DELAYS VOTE ON STOPLIGHT AT CLARK AVENUE AND EL CAMINO REAL By Daniel DeBolt


espite discussion over two meetings, City Council members have yet to agree on a way to stop collisions at Clark Avenue and El Camino Real. Because 27 collisions — 18 preventable — have occurred over five years at the intersection, which resulted in 14 injuries and one death, Caltrans is set to install a stoplight there and had even awarded a contract for its installation. “It’s the 27 accidents,” said Nick Saleh of Caltrans, explaining Caltrans’ push for the stoplight. “It’s a safety issue and we need to take action.” But on Nov. 20, City Council members asked Caltrans to delay the stoplight so the city could gather more information on alternatives. The scrutiny came after outcry from residents of the neighborhood along Clark who said the light would increase traffic on side streets where there are already frustrations over speeding cars. “If you make it easy (to make

lefts onto Clark) by putting in a light, there’s going to be an explosion in traffic,” said resident Alan Limbach. There are now 4,000 cars a day using Clark Avenue near El Camino Real, including trips to and from Almond Elementary School and Los Altos High School. Residents say Clark and streets connected to it, such as Marich Way, would be used even more heavily if a stoplight allowed left turns.

‘The traffic never stops.’ COUNCIL MEMBER RONIT BRYANT

“I have kids and they are not allowed to play in the front yard because of traffic,” said resident Paul Lesti of Marich Way. “If you make that left turn very easy (from El Camino onto Clark), Marich will just become a freeway and it’s already bad.” Residents called for blocking

unprotected left turns at the intersection. But Caltrans said that could hurt businesses along El Camino Real, including two adjacent shopping centers. The idea of installing a stoplight came up in 2001 but neighborhood residents fought it off. It came up again this year with the proposal of a Chick-Fil-A at the intersection and may have been quietly approved without the resulting scrutiny. According to a study of the 27 collisions at the intersection between Oct. 2001 and Sept. 2006, broadsides were the most common, with 15 cars getting hit by oncoming traffic while turning. “When I sit on El Camino trying to make a left turn onto Clark, the traffic never stops,” said council member Ronit Bryant. A stoplight would cost the state $500,000. “Spending a half million isn’t going to help if we allow the left turns,” said council member Tom Means. “We just need See INTERSECTION, page 10

Permanente Creek flood protection project was approved Nov. 20 by the Santa Clara Valley Water District without the controversial Cuesta Annex flood detention basin, though board members didn’t completely shut the door on the possibility that it might one day be built. With board member Patrick Kwok opposed, the board voted 4-1 in favor of the project, which will divert a rare 100-year flood into basins at McKelvey Park in Mountain View and upstream at Rancho San Antonio County Park. The vote also included an order for Water District staff to examine ways to provide flood protection for El Camino Hospital, which could be flooded along with over 300 other properties in the area without a flood basin at the Annex. Board members noted a letter from El Camino Hospital’s chief administrative services officer, Ken King, which said, “The Cuesta Annex flood detention facility is vital to ability to provide hospital and health care services.”

‘Given the recent weather-related disasters across the country, this decision is questionable at best.’ JIM FOROUDIAN, LEONA LANE RESIDENT

“I am prepared to request the El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors to consider funding up to 50 percent of the cost of the Cuesta Annex flood detention facility,” King said. “This is money I’ve never seen or heard of,” said board member and Mountain View See FLOOD PROJECT, page 8

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between Castro (downtown) and Graham, and yet it’s like a speedway.” The stretch of four-lane road in front of Graham is on a list of streets that could lose lanes to make room for protected bike lanes, also known as a “road diet,” in a draft of the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan which may be approved by the City Council in December. Council members Laura Macias and Ronit Bryant expressed some support for protected bike lanes or road diets. Similarly, Mayor Mike Kasperzak said he hoped to see “lots of green paint in our future,” referring the brightly painted bike lanes that have sprung up in other cities. Macias presented pictures of separated bike lanes on a city street in Long Beach to show what might be possible. “We might want to do a separated bike lane just for that area to Graham from El Camino,” Macias said. Castro Street in front of Graham is “one of the streets where a road diet makes sense,” said Jarrett Mullen, a bike advocate behind the Rengstorff Great Streets Initiative, which is calling


Graham Middle School students cross Castro Street at the intersection of Harpster Drive.

for road diets to reduce car speeds and make room for bike lanes. ‘Speed matters’ When a car hits a person at 40 miles per hour, “80 percent of pedestrians die,” Mullen said, “At 30 miles per hour, 40 percent die. Just by reducing speed from 40 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour, you’ve cut deaths in half. At 20 miles per hour, only 5 percent

die. That is why speed matters. It impacts stopping distance.” The reduction from four lanes to three on Arastradero Road in Palo Alto “reduced the number of cars going over 37 miles per hour by 50 percent,” said Menlo Park bike advocate Adina Levin, adding that it reduced chances of death and injury. The change is also cited as a factor behind the higher rates of students biking to

Gunn High School compared to Mountain View High School. Council member Margaret Abe-Koga, who said her daughter just started at Graham, raised the possibility of reducing speed limits in front of Graham and other schools in the city. All have 25 mile-per-hour limits. City staff members said it was possible to go as low as 15 miles per hour and would increase safety

if police could enforce it, said police Chief Scott Vermeer. But to those advocating for road diets, lower speed limits arenít enough. “If it feels comfortable to be doing 40 miles per hour then we need to change the street, that’s it,” Bryant said. “We need to decide how quickly we want people to drive here and design the street accordingly. I want to see pilot projects in place this coming year,” she said, referring to street narrowing. “If it doesn’t work, we’ll take it out and try something else.” Bryant said a road diet may costs as little as $100,000 per mile if San Franciscoís experience is any indication. “We’re gathering a committee to figure out what our next moves are,” Thompson said. “We know something needs to be done, whether it is lowering the speed, narrowing the road or flashy lights, we donít know. We donít want a knee-jerk reaction, but what is best for our kids and the community.” Increasing student population Thompson said the problem is “not going to go away,” as the number of students at Graham is projected to reach 900 kids soon

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with that ruling and that only after the fact did Bullis use the court in an attempt to get more than they were legally entitled to have. “Basically, when we don’t do what the charter school wants, they sue,� he said. “The district is just trying to solve this problem and take care of all the kids that it has an obligation to educate.� And so it goes — the two sides remain deeply entrenched,

unwilling to give ground in a battle that has been ongoing since Bullis first applied for its charter. Lawyers from each camp were able to agree on one score: that the pride of adults seems to have taken precedence over the education of children — they just can’t agree on which side is more interested in winning and which is working hard for a win-win. “We actually had a settlement agreement in this case,� Gonzalez said, referring to the mediated negotiations between the


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representative Brian Schmidt. “We really need to take a serious look at this.� The board received a dozen letters about the Annex flood basin, and all but one was in support of a flood basin at the Annex. Most came from residents of the neighborhood who would not receive flood protection without it. “Leaving our neighborhood and community hospital out of the f lood protection project is short-sighted and frankly, appalling,� said Leona Lane resident Jim Foroudian. “Given the recent weather-related disasters across the country, this decision is questionable

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of thought at BCS that they do it better than anybody else.� Mesel said this attitude has resulted in a belief that the school must continue to grow like a business. Treating Bullis like a business, expanding year after year, is inevitably going to lead to conflict, he reasoned,

at best. And given the fact that we voted for increased parcel taxes specifically to prevent a f lood, I feel we should be given what we voted for and are paying for.� Opponents of the Annex basin include Los Altos resident Robert Schick, who said the need for it was based on “inf lated f lood predictions� and that it would require the removal of too many old trees. The 12-acre former orchard now used as a park would lose 18 trees, including one large, heritage-size tree. Kwok, who represents a small portion of Mountain Vew, questioned whether the staff of the Santa Clara Valley Water District caved in to political pressure to remove the Annex flood basin, noting that staff

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as there is limited space in the school district to sustain that growth. “Growth for growth’s sake is not what public education is about,� he said. Mesel said he thinks the community isn’t likely to see an end to the BCS-LASD battle until city governments get involved to finally settle the fight for facilities once and for all. If representatives from Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills all got together with a handful of representatives from the district and the charter school, and had a mature conversation, they just might be able to come up with a solution that is suitable for everyone, he said. V

members originally said the project required four f lood basins, including one Los Altos school board members rejected for Blach Middle School. “The majority of people really supported the Cuesta Park Annex� flood basin, Kwok said, noting that majority of City Council members have supported the project. “All council members who supported the Cuesta Park annex project� were re-elected. “The voters supported this project. All of a sudden we change our minds. Was it because of revised technical data or pure political interference on the project?� he asked. The Water District’s Beau Goldie defended the project by saying that it exceeds the goals of protecting over 1,600 properties in a 100-year flood north of El Camino Real. District engineers have also updated their models of how water runs off the nearby hillsides and found less of a need for the Annex basin. But Goldie added, “If the district is going to provide as much protection as we can, the Cuesta component should be included as part of this project.� The latest proposal uses all of the project’s $40 million budget from the voter-approved Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Act of 2000. The Annex basin would have cost an additional $6 million to dig and landscape the 8- to 12-foot deep, 4.5-acre basin and run pipelines to and from Permanente Creek. The Mountain View City Council may take up the issue on Dec. 11 when a vote on the McKelvey Park flood basin is also scheduled. V

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Whistle-stop display brings holiday cheer From top: People gather outside Ernie Bianco’s house at 2387 Adele Ave. to watch his model train display on Nov. 27; John Bianco, left, chats with neighbor Frances Laursen about his father’s trains, which run nightly until Christmas, Mondays excepted; Little neighbor Madeline, 3, comes out almost every night to watch the trains with her brother Maddox, 5. Photos by Michelle Le

CALL FOR ARTISTS SUBMITTAL DEADLINE: JANUARY 17, 2013, 5:00 P.M Submit To: The City of Mountain View’s Visual Arts Committee is seeking Bay Area solo or collective artists to exhibit public art in the lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts for the 2013 14 season. The rotating exhibits are approximately nine weeks in length and are viewed by thousands of people visiting and attending shows at the Center for Performing Arts. The Committee particularly wants to encourage exhibits by professional artists or collectives and only media that can be hung on the exhibition walls will be accepted for this space. The City will provide insurance, installation and offer a small stipend to help defray transportation and/or shipping costs. Site visits to the Center for Performing Arts Lobby are encouraged in order for the artist(s) to get an idea of the exhibition space. The lobby is open on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 12pm to 1pm and one hour prior to every public performance. All exhibited artwork will now be sold through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office for a 20 percent commission. In addition, credit card and debit card processing fees will be deducted from the sales price. Further, the City of Mountain View does not collect sales tax on the sale of merchandise and the artist is responsible for all taxes due on any sale of art by the City. All sale and delivery arrangements will be made by the Center for Performing Arts staff with buyers. Artists should submit the following: 1. One-page résumé in PDF format (titled Last name, First name) 2. 10 digital photos in JPEG format ONLY (numbered 1 through 10 and no larger than 10 MB total). Five (5) of the 10 digital photos must be of art that would be exhibited; the remaining 5 photos should be samples of other past works. 3. One-page inventory list of JPEGs in PDF format listing: a. Title b. Dimensions c. Type of media d. Date of art piece The Visual Arts Committee asks that all work considered for exhibition be appropriate for the space, both in size and subject matter. The Committee reserves the right to combine one or more artist’s work into one exhibition if size of artwork is too small to fit the exhibition space on its own. The Committee also reserves the right to visit any chosen artist at their studio to review their work prior to exhibition. For dimensions of the exhibit space please refer to the schematic listed on our website homepage under “All Announcements” at Do not send any materials not specifically requested as part of this application; e.g., drawings, videos, catalogs, binders, etc. They will not be considered as part of your application packet and will not be reviewed by the selection panel. The City of Mountain View is not responsible for loss or damage to material. Incomplete entries will not be reviewed. ALL SUBMITTALS WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW AND WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

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signs that say ‘no left turns.’ If this helps the state balance their budget by spending less, I’m also for that.� Council members wanted more detail about how the broadsides were occurring before deciding how to change the intersection. Ideas included a new traffic island preventing access across the middle of El Camino Real in certain directions. Mayor

Mike Kasperzak suggested a porkchop-shaped median on Clark to prevent lefts onto El Camino Real. “After driving this intersection 35 years, my guess is most of those broadsides are people turning left off of Clark onto El Camino,� Kasperzak said. “You get four or five cars sitting out in the middle of the road, playing chicken.� V

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Currently, the district is supposed to receive $6,700 per student per year from the state, but it only gets $5,200, Goldman said. Mountain View Whisman officials have worked hard to make their district work, despite being underfunded. “At this point, we’re pleased to be able to maintain what we have,� Goldman said. Officials at Mountain ViewLos Altos said they are also pleased that Proposition 30 won voter approval. “It is undoubtedly great news,� said Joe White, superintendent of business services with the high school district. Unlike Mountain View Whisman, White’s district did not anticipate Proposition 30 failing in its budget. Instead, White said, they set aside savings to deal with the potential loss of funding that would result if the proposition had been shot down. Still, even with that money set aside, White said, its failure would have been hard on the district, as it would have lost an additional $1.8 million annually, or $482 per student per year. That would have come on top of the $2.5 million in cuts the state already dropped on the district. “Having to pay out another $1.8 million would have been a problem in the long term,� White said, adding that the district would have only been able to sustain that for a few years without taking serious cost-cutting measures. V

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that his Kindle Fire, along with many of his video game systems and accompanying video games, had been stolen, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. In addition to the Kindle Fire e-reader, the items reported missing are a Playstation 3, a Nintendo DS, and various games for Playstation, DS, Nintendo Wii and Xbox, Thompson said. Investigators believe that the burglar broke into the apartment through a bedroom window.

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TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY On Monday, Dec. 3, the city of Mountain View will be holding its annual Community Tree Lighting Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Plaza at 500 Castro St. There will be refreshments, live music and a visit from Santa Claus at 5:45 p.m. Children may visit with and pose for pictures with Santa Claus for free. Participants are encouraged to bring a can of food to help build the “Giving Tree� for the Community Services Agency. For more information, contact Kristine Pardini, the city’s recreation coordinator, at 903-6410 or go online to —Ashley Finden

WINTER HOMELESS SHELTERS OPEN As winter approaches and the weather gets colder, thousands of homeless people will now be able to seek shelter at three locations in Santa Clara County. Starting Nov. 26, the Silicon Valley nonprofit EHC LifeBuilders is operating its Cold Weather Shelter Program, which will be in effect through March. Under the annual program, which has been in place for two decades, shelters providing nightly emergency beds are opening at the Boccardo Reception Center in San Jose and at the National Guard armories in Gilroy and Sunnyvale. EHC representatives said the program serves about 2,800 people each year, with a portion of the beds reserved for veterans and people who have been living in homeless encampments. This year, EHC is rolling out a new strategy to help keep homeless people off of the streets by reserving 200 beds nightly for those enrolled in programs at the Boccardo Reception Center, geared toward setting people up with employment and permanent housing. “The Cold Weather Program provides life-saving shelter to thousands during the winter months and is absolutely critical,� Jennifer Niklaus, CEO of EHC LifeBuilders, said in a statement. She said the change in the ratio of beds at will allow clients to more successfully gain self-sufficiency and permanent housing. “We are providing a pathway for our clients to end their homelessness permanently,� Niklaus said. Organization officials said more than 7,000 people countywide find themselves homeless on any given night. The EHC shelters are located at the Boccardo Reception Center at 2011 Little Orchard St. in San Jose, the National Guard Armory at 8940 Wren Ave. in Gilroy, and the former National Guard Armory at 620 East Maude Ave. in Sunnyvale. —Bay City News Service







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avid Harrington was practically on the edge of his seat. “I can’t wait to play here,” the Kronos Quartet violinist said at Stanford University’s new Bing Concert Hall earlier this week. “To walk in here and know that music has been valued in this way, it’s really beautiful,” he said. Harrington’s emotions were in concert with many others last Tuesday, when a small, enthusiastic crowd gathered for a media preview of the hall before its official opening in January. Violinist Geoff Nuttall of the St. Lawrence String Quartet called the 842-seat venue “devastatingly good,” and Stanford music department chair Stephen M. Sano said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have this kind of space.” Large student ensembles have been rehearsing in the new hall for about a month, and Sano is already finding it excellent for teaching and learning, thanks to its acoustic design and its relatively intimate size and layout. One violinist, he said, reported being able to see — and hear — a faraway bassoonist breathe, which makes for fine interorchestra coordination. With the opening-night concert approaching on Jan. 11, the $112 million venue looks nearly finished, scented with the perfumes of fresh paint, wood


A panel of speakers discuss the features of the new Bing Concert Hall during a tour of the grand auditorium on November 27.

and carpets. In the oval-shaped concert hall, the soft yellow Alaskan cedar on the stage is as bright as promised. Seats rise away from it in the separate terraced sections that give the “vineyard-style seating” its name. “We face each other. I think this is very important. We see other audience faces,” said Yasuhisa Toyota, whose Los Angeles-based Nagata Acoustics firm is responsible for the hall’s acoustics.

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ment housed behind it. The effect is grand, drawing the eye upward. The lobby surrounding the concert hall feels spacious as well. High windows let in lots of natural light filtered through trees, and bamboo plants grow in picturesque atrium spaces. Tables and chairs dot the patios outside. On Tuesday, two construction workers with hard hats were already enjoying the al fresco seating. Though a dump truck temporarily blocked the view, soon visitors will be able to stand at the hall’s front entrance and look across to the Cantor Arts Center. The venue also houses artists’ suites, a music library, rooms for practice and instrument storage, a recording studio, and restrooms with a touch of hightech (26 women’s bathrooms, 16 for men, and four family facilities). Green lights over the stalls go red to show that stalls are occupied; the color change happens when a visitor locks a stall door. On another tech topic, it seems difficult if not impossible to get a cellphone signal once you leave the lobby and enter the concert hall. Some people, of course, may like this. Rick Warren, patron-services manager at Stanford Live, said that signals are not purposely blocked. (The phenomenon may have something to do with the fact that the hall is acoustically isolated from exterior sounds by a 12-inch-thick concrete enclosure.)

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Warren said that officials will look into possibly allowing wireless access during student performances. As for “tweet seats,� where some theaters allow patrons sitting in a special section to post to Twitter during a show, the jury’s still out. “Those are controversial,� Warren said in an understatement. Stanford Live (previously named Stanford Lively Arts) begins its arts-presenting season on Jan. 11 with the concert hall’s opening concert. The sold-out event will feature the San Francisco Symphony and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. A free community open house on Jan. 12 has also sold out, but tickets are still available for a Los Lobos concert that night. While Stanford Live has presented many dance and theater performances in the past, Bing’s

inaugural season will focus on music. Stanford Live artistic director Jenny Bilfield said the organization plans to bring back visiting dance companies and other types of performers in future seasons. “We’re learning how to use the space,� she said. The university broke ground in May 2010 on the concert hall, which is named for alumni donors Peter and Helen Bing and built on 5.5 acres. The site housed the Stanford Men’s Gym before the 1906 earthquake. A photo mounted outside depicts the grand gym in black and white, all triangular pediments and columns. Info: For more about the Bing Concert Hall and the Stanford Live and student events planned there, go to binghall.

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Art is fundamental COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ARTS EXPANDS ACCESS TO THE ARTS By Nick Veronin Mountain View Voice


ith its many classes and workshops in new media, the Community School of Music and Arts is a place where the boundaries of expression are constantly pushed in innovative directions. But as much as the Mountain View-based organization is always looking forward, officials at CSMA say they know the importance of remembering the past. In that spirit, the CSMA is offering a week-long course for adults and teenagers in shooting and developing photographs taken on black and white film. The Black & White Photography Workshop is scheduled to run from Dec. 3-7 at the school’s main campus at Finn Center. In addition to learning techniques for taking better photographs, students will learn how to develop their own film and even to manipulate photos in a darkroom setting — adjusting their images without the aid of Adobe Photoshop. Instructor Paul Cartier works pre-



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dominantly with digital cameras these days, and said he believes that digital cameras are superior to film in many ways. And yet he still wanted to teach

the class, because there is a lot photography students miss out on if they don’t study the history of the medium, he said.

There is something powerful about dipping the photo paper into the solution and watching a picture emerge from the void, he said. “There’s a kind of meditative aspect to it for me,” Cartier said, reflecting on working in a darkroom. “There is a magic there that is entirely different from any kind of magic you would get from digital.” Cartier said he believes that working with film and in the darkroom has the potential to make someone a better photographer. Younger people who have never worked with film before have had the miracle of photography “handed all to them on a plate,” he said. To them, the camera is simply a “black box.” Continued on next page

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going to be better off, because then they are going to have a much clearer understanding of what is going on inside the camera, I think.� It’s because of classes like the Black & White Photography Workshop, along with the arts education work that the organization conducts in the community, that the CSMA has been chosen once again as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Holiday Fund. Donations made by readers and local foundations to the Mountain View Voice’s Holiday Fund help CSMA and six other local organizations that are making a difference in Mountain View. In addition to the many workshops and classes held at its main campus at the Finn Center, CSMA is active in fostering art appreciation in the community. CSMA provides performance, visual art and music education at schools in Mountain View and the greater Bay Area, with teachers who lead art and music classes embedded within the public schools’ regular curriculum. Without them, the Mountain View Whisman School District’s art curriculum would be greatly diminished. CSMA also provides scholarships for local students who have demonstrated an ability and interest in the arts. These scholarships range from free seasonal camp sessions to more extensive merit scholarships for those with great talent in music, performance or the visual arts. CSMA offers private lessons and group classes for children and adults, ranging from art classes, which cover painting, ceramics and fashion, to musical instrument lessons. The school also puts on live performances, concerts and hosts art shows — many of them free or low-cost. All of this is done in the interest of upholding the school’s motto — “Arts for all.� CSMA’s guiding principle is that the arts should not be something limited only to those who can afford to take expensive courses or buy tickets to museums. “We want people to think of music and art as just natural extensions of their daily life,� according to Mary Holmes, director of the CSMA’s music school. “The arts are fundamental, not ornamental.� V




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t is tempting to embrace the decision to drop a flood control plan that would have taken out 18 trees and dropped the floor of 4.5 acres at Cuesta Annex by 8-12 feet, but despite its obvious appeal, the new plan still leaves the door wide open for flooding at El Camino Hospital and 300-400 other properties near Permanante Creek. Faced with wide displeasure over creating a basin out of one of the city’s most rustic parks, a 12-acre remnant orchard, the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted 4-1 last week to drop the park from its plan to protect a large swath of the city from a so-called 100-year flood. But in doing so, the possibility was left open that the board could come back later and use Annex property to protect an additional 300-400 homes and the hospital from flooding. The board’s decision was presumably based on hard science, although Afhsin Rouhani, project manager, cited years of public opposition to the project and a $6 million cost overrun as major factors. What had started as protective flood basins at four area sites had dwindled to two — McKelvey Park in Mountain View and Rancho San Antonio park in unincorporated Los Altos. Hydrologists had announced earlier that new calculations made the Cuesta Basin unnecessary to meet water district goals of protecting 1,664 properties north of El Camino Real, including four schools, plus another 1,000 properties south of El Camino in Mountain View and Los Altos. Projections show that some areas on the south side would get not get the full 100-year flood protection, Rouhani said. Another 50 properties would remain in FEMA flood zones and would have to buy flood insurance. But while this decision may make a lot of Cuesta Annex fans happy, El Camino Hospital is decidedly nervous about not being protected if a major flood occurs in the Permanente Creek watershed. The vote to remove Cuesta did carry an order for water district staff members to look at other ways to protect the hospital and the 300plus homes in the area that could face the threat of a catastrophic flood. And the hospital’s chief administrative services officer, Ken King,

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SEND VARGAS HOME I read your interesting article last week about Jose Antonio Vargas who came to Mountain View at age 12 to live with his grandparents. He did well in school, and went to college to learn journalism and became a good journalist. He admits that he does not have proper immigration papers, so he is undocumented. He also went to Oregon where he could “lie about his identity to obtain a driver’s license.” Vargas also was able to obtain false Social Security numbers. His objective now is to become a U.S. citizen via President Obama’s “immigration reform.” Many of us believe that we have reasonable immigration laws, which allow many people to come here legally from their home countries, but that those laws should be enforced.

Undocumented immigrants who lie to get driver’s licenses and false Social Security numbers should be sent “home,” not rewarded with U.S. citizenship. I hope our politicians will honestly and realistically enforce immigration laws, and not encourage more people to come here illegally. Charlie Larson Sylvan Avenue

told the district in a letter, “The Cuesta Annex flood detention facility is vital to our ability to provide hospital and health care services.” “I am prepared to request the hospital board of directors to consider funding up to 50 percent of the cost of the Cuesta Annex flood detention facility,” King said. The flood basin projects at McKelvey and Rancho San Antonio parks are expected to use up the entire $40 million included in the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Act passed by voters in 2000. To fund the $6 million Cuesta project, the district would have to find other revenue sources, so the offer from El Camino would be more than welcome. Board member Brian Schmidt was impressed. “This is money I’ve never heard of,” he said, adding, “We really need to take a serious look at this.” And there are other indications that despite public opposition here, the Cuesta project could be back on the table. Water board member Patrick Kwok, whose district includes a portion of Mountain View, cast the lone dissenting vote when Cuesta Annex was dropped from the project list. Kwok was outspoken in his opposition. “The majority of people really supported the Cuesta Park Annex” flood basin, he said, including the City Council. “The voters supported this project. All of a sudden we change our minds. Was it because of revised technical data or pure political interference on the project?” Kwok asked. It is easy for opponents of the project to cast doubt on the research. Los Altos resident Robert Schick said the district used “inflated flood predictions” to make its case. But when it comes to protecting local neighborhoods and El Camino Hospital from even a 1 in 100 chance of flooding, most homeowners would cast a resounding “yes” vote for the Cuesta Annex project. We agree, and hope the water district can partner with El Camino Hospital to use Cuesta Annex for a second flood basin in Mountain View. It may not be the best solution for park lovers, but it would be in the best interests of the community. we will bulldoze this little gem. I do not know how to get a Web or Facebook page going, but I am looking for a way to save this treasure that will be gone forever because no one cares enough to save it. I need help from the community.

Has not Mountain View become generic and overbuilt enough? Help me save a piece of history so we can remember a gentler time, and respect our past. Josephine Manoli Bonita Avenue

HELP ME SAVE PEARSON HOUSE What a surprise. No one will come to the aid of the historic Pearson house in the heart of old Mountain View at 902 Villa St. Have we learned nothing from the past? In the east, due to Hurricane Sandy, many old wonderful landmarks were lost and people are devastated. Here, is it just business as usual. In the name of progress, greed and selfishness, November 30, 2012 ■ Mountain View Voice ■ ■





Fharzana Elankumaran cuts up an onion for tomato chutney in her Mountain View kitchen.




ver the past year, a cooking teacher in Mountain View has slowly been taking the fear out of making traditional Indian recipes while offering a healthier way of eating. Fharzana Elankumaran, who moved to the United States from Bangladesh in 2000, is the instructor and founder of I Heart Curry, Indian cooking classes she offers in her home. Elankumaran said she studied chemistry at University of Maryland, College Park and used to do full-time marketing for a large


company until she decided to follow her passion — cooking and what she calls “food investigating,” her study of the ingredients to make sure there are no unnatural additives. “I felt so strongly about doing something on my own, doing something I look forward to every day,” she said. She quit her marketing job and taught her first I Heart Curry class on Nov. 30 last year. To celebrate the first anniversary of I Heart Curry, Elankumaran is offering a special four-hour class on Dec. 4, longer than her typical three-hour classes.

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Tomato chutney is topped with red chilis, curry leaves and dal with brown mustard seeds.



Seasonings include, clockwise from left, coriander seeds, yellow mustard seeds, cloves, green cardamom, brown mustard seeds and cumin with fennel in the center.

During the anniversary class, she will be teaching more timetaking recipes — potato samosas and roshgolla from scratch, including making the cheese used in it, and goat rezala. Elankumaran announces her classes two to three weeks in

advance on her website, She said she is currently planning her Christmas/ holiday class. Her classes usually include lessons on cooking three different dishes, whether it is two appetizers and an entree or a three-

course meal. Elankumaran said she makes sure her students get a full meal they can enjoy and make again outside of her class. Rarely, she will offer a two-hour course where she teaches how to make two appetizers or desserts.


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She says she starts her classes by offering students a warm cup of chai tea while everyone gets acquainted. She said she treats all of her students as if they know nothing about Indian food, so that every one is taught at the same level. Elankumaran said she makes sure that her students have fun while they learn in her class. “I actually go through great pains to make sure my house feels like a get-together as opposed to a classroom,� Elankumaran said. Elankumaran said she has asked her students who have taken other cooking courses what the difference is between I Heart Curry and ones taught at a facility. She said some of her students told her that other classes were intimidating and they didn’t feel comfortable. During her classes, Elankumaran keeps her kitchen, living and dining room open so that class registrants feel invited and can get acclimated. Her home is able to accommodate up to 15 students per class. She also offers private lessons. Recently, she said has been getting requests for larger classes and is figuring out how to teach in a bigger location that offers the same kind of environment as her home. She said she has a variety of

people register for her classes. Students come in for date night, birthday or wedding presents, company team events or family classes. Elankumaran said her main goal is to teach each class, “You deserve the best of the best for your body.� Saying that Elankumaran is an advocate for healthy eating almost seems to be an understatement. She calls herself a “food nerd� and refuses to use any canned or frozen food. Even when she was in college, she said her grocery trips would be hourslong because she would have to read the ingredients on every item and then research the ingredients she didn’t know. “All of us should pay attention to what we eat, even the smallest detail,� Elankumaran said. In her classes, Elankumaran explains every detail of how she cooks her meals. She describes why each individual ingredient goes into the recipe and why substitutes will not suffice. “That’s just going to sacrifice the integrity and taste of the dish,� she said. Elankumaran said she is against using any shortcuts while preparing food. “The original, awesome recipes Continued on next page

Recipe from Harry’s Bar in Venice Harry’s Bar opened in 1931 when Giuseppe Cipriani, an enterprising bartender at the Hotel Europa in Venice, got some ďŹ nancial assistance from a rich, young American from Boston named Harry Pickering. According to Cipriani company history, Pickering had been a customer at the Hotel Europa for some time, suddenly stopped frequenting the hotel bar. Cipriani saw Pickering one day and asked why he no longer patronized the bar. Pickering was broke, he explained to the bartender -- his family cut him off when it was discovered he had not curtailed his recklessness and fondness for drinking. So, Cipriani loaned his patron a chunk of cash -- about 10,000 lire, or $5,000 U.S.. Two years later, Pickering walked back into the Hotel Europa, ordered a drink at the bar, handed 10,000 lire to Giuseppe Cipriani – he then handed Cipriani more. “Mr. Cipriani, thank you. Here’s the money. And to show you my appreciation, here’s 40,000 more, enough to open a bar. We will call it Harry’s Bar,â€? Located on Calle Vallaresso, close to the Piazza San Marco, the bar -- as the Cipriani’s have always called it -- was ďŹ rst conceived as a hotel bar, serving no food, and later transformed into a restaurant. There are many imitators, but only one Harry’s Bar. To honor this famous Italian culinary icon, we submit our version of one of Harry’s Famous recipes‌

Tagliolini with shrimp and zucchini from Harry’s Bar (TAGLIOLINI CON I GAMBERI E LA ZUCCHINA DALLA HARRY’S BAR) sPOUNDFRESHYOUNGZUCCHINICUT into 1-inch by 1/4 inch strips sPOUNDABOUT MEDIUMSHRIMP



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Bring a large pot of water to boil before preparing the sauce. If using dry pasta salt boiling water and add pasta. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, let it cook until golden, about 30 seconds, and discard it. Add the zucchini and cook for two minutes. Add the shrimp, the pepper  akes, and some salt, the wine and cook for three minutes, tossing constantly, until the shrimp are bright pink and ďŹ rm to the touch. Reserve 1/4 cup of the mixture for garnish. Set aside. If using fresh pasta, salt the boiling water, add the pasta, and cook until “al denteâ€? (about 2-3 minutes). Drain well in a colander. Toss the pasta with the zucchini-andshrimp mixture, add the butter and the Parmesan, and toss well. Transfer to a heated serving platter dish and garnish with the reserved shrimp-andzucchini mixture. Pass around a small bowl of grated Parmigiano cheese. November 30, 2012 â– Mountain View Voice â– â– 


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from our grandma’s time are just getting lost,� she said. To her, it is crucial to know exactly what is going in your body and to use the purest and most natural ingredients. She said she loves teaching people how to eat better and to see improved cooking and eating habits from her students. “I want to really find the relationship between food and you — it’s getting lost,� Elankumaran said. “It’s my small effort.� V

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1. Rinse the chickpeas three times and soak for eight hours or overnight. 2. Drain and allow the chickpeas to stand in a sieve for 30 minutes. If the peas are still wet, pat them dry using a paper towel. 3. Heat up the oil on medium heat. Deep-fry the peas until golden. Uncooked peas sink to the bottom of the pan and as they are done cooking, they float up. Be sure that the oil is not too hot; otherwise the peas will burn on the outside and not get cooked on the inside. 4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the deep-fried peas to a papertowel lined bowl. Sprinkle some salt and red chili powder over them. Cover the bowl with a lid or plate, and shake gently. 5. Serve hot or at room temperature as an appetizer or snack. Phoolkopi Aar Dal Torkari (cauliflower with splitpea curry) Daal ingredients: 1/2 cup split chana dal 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder Cauliflower Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oil 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 medium onion, finely diced 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 cauliflower, cut into florets 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup hot water 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder 1. To cook dal: wash the daal four times and soak for an hour. Combine dal, water, salt, and turmeric powder in a saucepan. Cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat. You need the dal to be al dente. You also may use a pressure cooker to cook the dal. Set it aside. 2. Heat up oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add fennel and cumin seeds. Once you smell the spices’ aroma, add onion and saute for four minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. Stir in turmeric and chili powder. Add cauliflower florets and stir well. Saute for one minute. 4. Add hot water, cover the pan, and cook on medium-low heat till the cauliflower florets are al dente, stirring occasionally. 5. Add dal and continue to cook for five more minutes. Remove from heat. 6. Garnish with a sprinkle of coriander powder. You can either serve this as a curry or process it to a coarse/ smooth consistency using a food processor and serve it as a soup. This curry goes well with rice, roti, or simply by itself. Serves two to four people.


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8FFLFOE NMOVIETIMES All showtimes are for Friday through Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, as well as reviews and trailers, go to 100 Men and a Girl (1937) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:55 & 9:05 p.m. A Christmas Story (1983) (PG) Century 20: Wed. at 2 & 7 p.m.

Century 16: Wed. at 2 & 7 p.m.

Anna Karenina (R) (( Aquarius Theatre: 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 12:55, 3:55, 7:05 & 10:05 p.m. Century 16: 10 a.m.; 12:45, 3:30, 6:45 & Argo (R) (((1/2 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 1:05, 3:50, 6:40 & 9:30 p.m. Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh’s Daughter Century 20: Sun. at noon; Tue. at 7 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Sun. at noon. Chasing Mavericks (PG) ((1/2

Century 20: 3:40 & 9:40 p.m.

Chip Off the Old Block (1944) & 9:30 p.m.

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 6:05

Flight (R) ((( Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 3:10, 6:50 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 3:15, 6:25 & 9:35 p.m. Follow the Boys (1944)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m.

Hitchcock (PG-13) Guild Theatre: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Killing Them Softly (R) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:10 p.m. Life of Pi (PG) (((1/2 Century 20: 12:40, 2:40, 6:30 & 8:40 p.m.; In 3D at 11:40 a.m.; 1:40, 4:40, 5:40, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.; In 3D at 4 & 7 p.m.; In 3D Fri. & Sat. also at 10 p.m.; In 3D Fri. also at 1 p.m. Lincoln (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 10 & 11 a.m.; 12:50, 3, 4:30, 7, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 12:20, 2:35, 3:35, 5:55, 6:55, 9:15 & 10:15 p.m. Mad About Music (1938)

Stanford Theatre: Tue.-Thu. at 7:30 p.m.

The Metropolitan Opera: La Clemenza di Tito Century 20: Sat. at 9:55 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Sat. at 9:55 a.m. The Nutcracker Mariinsky Ballet (PG) Century 20: Mon. at 2 & 7:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Mon. at 2 & 7:30 p.m. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:30 a.m.; 1:05, 3:40, 6:20 & 9:15 p.m. Century 16: Thu. at 7 p.m. Century 20: Pulp Fiction (R) (( Thu. at 7 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Thu. at 7 p.m. Red Dawn (PG-13) (1/2 Century 16: 10:40 a.m.; 1:30, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Reservoir Dogs (R) Century 16: Tue. at 7 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 7 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Tue. at 7 p.m. Rise of the Guardians (PG) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:50 a.m.; 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 8:40 & 9:40 p.m.; In 3D at 10 a.m.; 12:30, 3:05 & 5:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 12:30, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45 & 9:10 p.m.; In 3D at 3, 5:25, 7:55 & 10:25 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) Guild Theatre: Sat. at midnight. The Sessions (R) ((( Century 16: 1:35, 4:10, 6:30 & 9:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 2:10, 4:45, 7:30 & 9:55 p.m. Silver Linings Playbook (R) Century 16: 10 a.m.; 12:45, 3:35, 7:20 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 2:15, 5 & 7:45 p.m. Skyfall (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 10 & 11:20 a.m.; 1:40, 3, 5:20, 7, 9 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:45, 2:25, 4:05, 5:35, 7:20, 8:45 & 10:30 p.m. That Certain Age (1938) 9:20 p.m.

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Three Smart Girls (1936) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 4:20 p.m. Century 16: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (( 10:20 a.m.; 1:20, 4:20, 6:40, 7:40, 9:50 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 2, 3:25, 4:55, 6:20, 7:50, 9:20 & 10:45 p.m.; Fri. also at 12:35 p.m. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) ((( Century 16: 10 a.m.; 12:40, 3:20, 6:10 & 9:10 p.m.; In 3D at 10:10 a.m.; 1:15 & 4 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m.; 12:10, 1:50, 2:45, 4:30, 7:10, 8:10, 9:50 & 10:45 p.m.; In 3D at 5:20 p.m. -Skip it --Some redeeming qualities ---A good bet ----Outstanding

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(Aquarius) There’s a peril that, in chasing a fresh concept, a director will come up with something foolhardy (like doing “Macbeth” on the starship Enterprise), which brings us to Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” No one has a bigger concept this year than Wright, who has transformed Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina” into something conspicuously theatrical. Set amongst the aristocracy of Imperial Russia circa 1874, the novel concerns parallel romantic strivings and the pitfalls that threaten the maintenance of the respectable and stable lifestyle of the upper class. One storyline follows the titular socialite (Keira Knightley), whose dull marriage to Karenin (Jude Law) pales in comparison to a passionate affair with Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). “Anna Karenina” begins with an orchestra tuning up, then plays out entirely in a derelict theater. Wright employs boldly colorful costumes, twirling cameras, tableaux vivants, and whoosh-y, thump-y sound effects as if to say, “Take that, Baz Luhrmann!” In particular, the ballroom sequence technically marvels. But I’d trade in an instant all this tiresome artificiality for some potent empathy. We’re able to intellectualize why we should care, but we’re too distracted to be moved. Certainly, the production design blunts the actors, but Knightley’s not much help giving what increasingly seems to be one of two performances in her repertoire (and still-callow TaylorJohnson’s a bit out of his depth). Suckers for fashion shows and cinematic dazzle, have at it, but others be warned: “Anna Karenina” may have you longing for the sweet release of a speeding train. Rated R for some sexuality and violence. Two hours, 10 minutes.— P.C.

LIFE OF PI ---1/2

(Palo Alto Square) In Ang Lee’s exhilarating “Life of Pi” — based upon the bestselling novel by Yann Martel — a boy adrift reads a “Survival at Sea” manual. “Telling stories is highly recommended,” it says. “Above all, do not lose hope.” In the hands of Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” elegantly walks Martel’s philosophical line while also brilliantly using every modern cinematic tool to tell an epic yarn. Most prominent among these tools is 3D. Lee joins the ranks of auteurs using new 3D cameras, gainfully employing the technology for its full ViewMaster “pop” effect, but also in more magical ways. Suraj Sharma plays the teenage Piscine Molitor (a.k.a. “Pi”), who, having been raised in South India, winds up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, warily sharing a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. As a boy, Pi (Ayush Tandon) becomes something of a “Catholic Hindu,” who sees the gods of various religions as his “superheroes.” Pi’s spiritual picaresque shifts into a high gear once he’s fighting for survival on that “life”boat. Pi’s attempts to reach detente with the tiger (dubbed “Richard Parker”) create a fearful intimacy analogous to some people’s experience of God. “I have to believe there was more in his eyes than my own reflection staring back at me,” Pi says, but the film’s visual

motifs of mirrored surfaces might just as well suggest that people under sufficient emotional duress see what they want to see. “Life of Pi” succeeds as a grand adventure, but also as a provocation, about what we need to believe. It is a lot to take in, but that’s a good thing where moviegoers are concerned. Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril. Two hours, seven minutes.— P.C.

LINCOLN ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Spielberg’s “Lincoln” — which focuses on Lincoln’s tragically shortened second term in office, the conclusion of the Civil War and the president’s fight to pass the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery) — plays a bit like a $50 million history lesson. And while that’s a boon for history buffs, the pacing suffers sporadically. Still, Spielberg and his team (including an A-list cast that features a spotlightstealing performance by Tommy Lee Jones) deserve a wealth of credit for embracing a monumental task and succeeding admirably. The film follows Lincoln (Day-Lewis) as he seeks to outlaw slavery and, thus, end the bloody Civil War. Lincoln juggles nation-changing decisions with personal-life issues: his wife Mary’s (Sally Field) debilitating migraines, his older son Robert’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) military ambitions and his young son Tad’s (Gulliver McGrath) upbringing. Day-Lewis captures Lincoln as well as any actor could. From his vocal inflections to his mannerisms, it’s clear he truly immersed himself in the difficult role. But it’s Jones’ performance that lends the film the vibrant spark it needed and would not have otherwise had. Four score and seven years from now, Spielberg’s “Lincoln” may well be considered the most accurate and honest film ever made about the 16th president. Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of war violence, brief strong language and some images of carnage. 2 hours, 29 minutes.— T.H.

RED DAWN -1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Oh boy, are we in for it. A second recession here, a bit of cyberterrorism there, and we’ll be weak enough for North Korea to invade Spokane, Wash. Or so the new remake of “Red Dawn” would have it. Chris Hemsworth plays Jed Eckert, a Spokane-bred Marine recently returned from Iraq. Having barely checked in with brother Matt (Josh Peck) and their father Tom (Brett Cullen), Jed steps up to lead the local Resistance against North Korean occupiers, training scrawny boys to become militarized men. Since Jed accomplishes his task with the relative ease of a montage “Red Dawn” swiftly loses dramatic tension. To be fair, the picture kicks off with one helluva invasion sequence that delivers scary, visceral thrills, but one would have to go a long way to suspend disbelief at the premise’s numerous implausibilities, which swiftly pile up. The notion that Americans used to being occupiers have now become homeland-defending insurgents remains either comfortably subtextual or deliberately muddled. The women folk (including Adrianne Palicki) remain demonstrably less tough-minded than the foregrounded men. The film is as desensitizing as the first-person shooter one of the teens says he misses. “Dude,” his friend replies, “we’re living ‘Call of Duty’ — and it sucks!”

Rated PG-13 for intense war violence and action, and for language. One hour, 33 minutes. — P.C.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) “Rise of the Guardians,” a flashy new animated adeventure based on William Joyce’s “The Guardians of Childhood” book series, takes Joyce’s high concept — a superheroic team-up of kid-myth characters — and runs with it, allowing surly teen Jack Frost to discover himself and locate his vocation with the help of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman. Though not religious, it’s a faith-based tale of sorts, with baddie the Boogeyman (Jude Law) — aka Pitch, the Nightmare King — threatening to make kids believe only in fear and no longer in the heroes who “guard” them. Jack Frost (Chris Pine) must overcome his own personal darkness to stop Pitch from plunging the world into what could be literal darkness. All this talk of darkness signifies something slightly weightier than a “Shrek” or “Madagascar,” which is wise. But Ramsey is no Tim Burton. The knock against “Rise of the Guardians” is its loose narrative’s lurching pace, but at a trim 97 minutes, the story’s awkward patches don’t do much damage. Those bred on the warmer classic Disney style may find this venture a bit icy in its nearphoto-real CGI, but one can’t deny the film is frequently visually resplendent and imaginative. So even if the cause and effect of the plot proves fairly impenetrable, focus attention on the peppy vocal performances, the eye candy and the cute critters: puttering elves and flitting fairies straight out of CGI Central casting. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. One hour, 37 minutes.— P.C.

THE SESSIONS --(Century 20) This independent comedydrama gets it right, in the essence of its true story as well as the social discomforts surrounding disability and sane discussion of sexuality. U.C. Berkeley grad O’Brien (John Hawkes) begins the film as a 38-year-old virgin. This is a recipe for gentle comedy edged with melancholy, but the hero of “The Sessions” spends most of his waking hours at home in an iron lung. His declarations of love have thus far been unreciprocated, which leads him to sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene (Helen Hunt). She coaches her client through “body awareness exercises” and sexual acts with her. All the while, Mark confides in local Catholic priest Father Brendan (William H. Macy), from whom Mark hopes he will get humane extra-papal permission for his sexual odyssey. “The Sessions” finds firm ground in its exquisitely naturalistic sex scenes that provide a twist on the usual patient-therapist relationship while also exploring male-female friendship and a kind of spiritual love that, while easily confused with romance, transcends it. Hawkes crawls into O’Brien’s skin, changing the timbre of his voice and painfully contorting his body but more importantly feeling each emotional ache. It’s the story of a man, one who feels he doesn’t deserve love and will never get it, but discovers he’s wrong. You don’t need an iron lung to make that story inspirational ... but it helps. Rated R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue. One hour, 35 minutes.— P.C.

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115 Announcements Did You Know that Ten Million adults tweeted in the past month, while 164 million read a newspaper in print or online in the past week? Advertise in 240 California newspapers for one low cost. Your 25 word classified ad will reach over 6 million+ Californians. For brochure call Elizabeth (916)288-6019. (Cal-SCAN) HAVE A $1000 IDEA TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA? SUBMIT IT TODAY AT TO WIN CASH+TRIP TO KICKOFF. REGENSTRIEF INSTITUTE WILL CONDUCT STUDY ON WINNING IDEA. PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families Nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby's One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6293 Void in Illinois (AAN CAN) Chanukah Dance for Jewish Single Infidelity Support

Lost Bracelet Hawaiian gold bangle. 11/11, vic. Florence/Marsh, RWC/MP border, near Starbucks. Reward. Huge sentimental value. 650/326-4990 Lost Man’s Ring Gold, engraved w/EIMAC. 11/12, vic. El Camino/85, Central and Rengstorff or Trader Joe’s MV. Reward, huge sentimental keepsake. 650/948-2239

145 Non-Profits Needs Caregiver and Safety Training


For Sale 201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

PALY Music DEC Flea Market Spring Down Horse Show

202 Vehicles Wanted

Stanford music tutoring

CASH FOR CARS Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3808 (AAN CAN)

130 Classes & Instruction *Hospitality ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized. Call 800-481-9472 (AAN CAN) Attend College Online 100% *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality, *Web. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized. Call 888-210-5162 (Cal-SCAN) Aviation Maintenance Tech Airline careers start here. FAA approved training. Financial assistance available. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-242-3382. (Cal-SCAN) German language class

DIRECTV for $29.99/mo for 24 months. Over 140 channels. FREE HD-DVR Upgrade! FREE NFL Sunday Ticket w/CHOICE Package! Call TODAY for details 1-888-721-2794. (Cal-SCAN) Highspeed Internet by Satellite! Speeds up to 12mbps! (200x faster than dial-up.) Starting at $49.95/mo. CALL NOW & GO FAST! 1-888-718-6268. (Cal-SCAN) Christmas Festival

BMW 19 inch M5 rims & tiers like new 2006 BMW Pirelli ZR19, 99Y, PZero

Mature female driver available t

Cable TV-Internet-Phone Packages start at $89.99/mo (for 12 months.) Options from ALL major service providers. Call Acceller today to learn more! CALL 1-888-897-7650. (Cal-SCAN)

Donate Your Car, Truck, Boat to Heritage for the Blind. Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Paperwork Taken Care Of. 888-902-6851. (Cal-SCAN) Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai 20002005 Altima, Prius, Accord,Sonata - $ negotiab

210 Garage/Estate Sales Los Altos Hills, 12516 Robleda Rd, Dec 1 & 2 from 9am-4pm Los Altos Hills Estate Sale Furniture, Housewares, Antiques, Lamps,Vintage items, misc.

215 Collectibles & Antiques

oak firewood seasoned oak firewood, delivered to your driveway, #350 a cord, $195.00 per 1/2 cord, call bob 650-367-8817

Barton-Holding Music Studio Accepting new students for private vocal lessons. All levels. Call Laura Barton, 650/965-0139

250 Musical Instruments Free upright piano - $0

Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered French au pair available- nurse Childcare Provider/Baby Sitter Mother helper!!!! Venus’ Little Stars Daycare.

345 Tutoring/ Lessons College Admissions Counseling PIANO AND RECORDER LESSONS Spanish tutor

BabyBlanketsThick/ThinBagfull$20 Boy shoes 8-13 toddler $4each

Hope Street Music Studios In downtown Mtn.View. Most Instruments voice. All ages & levels 650-961-2192 Jazz & Pop Piano Lessons Learn how to build chords and improvise. Bill Susman, M.A., Stanford. (650)906-7529 Music lessons for children

Made by Collinson of England, personally restored for me. Dim: 46”tall, 33”long. Swingstand 54”x 18”. Beaut & excl cond. Serious inquiries only; Photos via e-m.


Bedframe For Sale - $100.00

PowerRanger outfit$5

420 Healing/ Bodywork Schwinn Airdyne Comp bicycle - $340

425 Health Services

Simple human red trash can - $60

Female Hair Loss Over 30 Million Women Suffer From Hair Loss! Do you? If So We Have a Solution! CALL KERANIQUE TO FIND OUT MORE 888-690-0395. (Cal-SCAN)

Wilton Armetale medium round bow $35

Jobs 500 Help Wanted Restaurant Cafe Borrone is now hiring enthusiastic individuals who enjoy working in a fast paced environment and providing excellent customer service. Full and Part time positions available. Will work with school schedule. Apply in person, 1010 El Camino, Menlo Park.

550 Business Opportunities Wish Your Car Could Pay You Back? Get paid to help us advertise by helping others do the same. Make up to $4,600 monthly + bonuses. Call Kim 831-238-6448 (AAN CAN) Start Now! Open Red Hot Dollar, Dollar Plus, Mailbox, Discount Party, $10 Clothing Store, Teen Store, Fitness Center from $51,900 Worldwide! 1-800-518-3064. (Cal-SCAN)

560 Employment Information $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 http://www. (AAN CAN) AIRLINE CAREERS Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified – Housing available. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-492-3059 (AAN CAN) Driver: Quarterly Bonus $0.03 enhanced quarterly bonus. Get paid for any portion you qualify for: safety, production-, MPG. CDL-A, 3 months- current OTR exp. 800-414-9569 (Cal-SCAN)

Drexel Heritage sofa and arm cha - $700 Wicker vase with metal base - $20


Kids Accordian and zylophone$15

Microwave - FREE

3 tier wrought iron basket stand - $20

Piano Lessons in your home Children and adults. Christina Conti, B.M. 15+ yrs exp. 650/493-6950


230 Freebies 240 Furnishings/ Household items

Counseling Services Mental Research Institute clinics offer low cost counseling services by appointment for individuals, couples, families and children in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Location: 555 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto. For information, call 650/321-3055

Business Services 615 Computers My Computer Works Computer problems? Viruses, spyware, email, printer issues, bad internet connections - FIX IT NOW! Professional, U.S.-based technicians. $25 off service. Call for immediate help. 1-888-865-0271 (Cal-SCAN)

Credit Card Debt? Get free now! Cut payments by up to half. Stop creditors from calling. 888-416-2691. (Cal-SCAN)


Vintage Edwardian Rocking Horse

475 Psychotherapy & Counseling

624 Financial

4 Thomas and Friends DVD’s

A Piano Teacher Children and Adults Ema Currier, 650/493-4797

Suffer from Arthritis? Local doctors need volunteers for research study comparing FDA-approved Arthritis medications. Compensation up to $50.00 per visit. Call: 866-925-6576 (Cal-SCAN)

Help Wanted!!! Make $1000 a week mailing brochures from home! FREE Supplies! Helping Home-Workers since 2001! Genuine Opportunity! No experience required. Start Immediately! (AAN CAN)

Tissot watch - brand new - $400


133 Music Lessons

Sleep Apnea Sufferers with Medicare. Get FREE CPAP Replacement Supplies at No Cost, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial infection! Call 888-699-7660. (Cal-SCAN)

Drivers: No Experience? Class A CDL Driver Training. We Train and Employ! Experienced Drivers also Needed! Central Refrigerated. 1-877-369-7126. (Cal-SCAN)

Persimmons - $0.25 each

355 Items for Sale

Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

Medical Alert for Seniors 24/7 monitoring. FREE Equipment. FREE Shipping. Nationwide Service. $29.95/ Month CALL Medical Guardian Today 866-944-5935. (Cal-SCAN)

Drivers: 13 Positions Apply now, top 5% pay and benefits. Credential Fuel and Referral Bonus Available. Need CDL Class A Driving Exp. 877-258-8782 com (Cal-SCAN) To place a Classified ad in The Almanac, The Palo Alto Weekly or The Mountain View Voice call 326-8216 or visit us at

Reverse Mortgage? At least 62 years old? Stay in your home and increase cash flow! Safe & Effective! Call Now for your FREE DVD! Call Now 888-698-3165. (Cal-SCAN)

645 Office/Home Business Services Classified Advertising The business that considers itself immune to advertising, finds itself immune to business. Reach Californians with a Classified in almost every county! Over 270 newspapers! Combo~California Daily and Weekly Networks. Free Brochures. or (916)288-6019. (Cal-SCAN) Display Business Card Ad Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising – Mark Twain. Advertise your business card sized ad in 140 California newspapers for one low cost. Reach over 3 million+ Californians. Free brochure (916)288-6019. (Cal-SCAN)

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

715 Cleaning Services Family House Service Weekly or bi-weekly green cleaning. Comm’l., residential, apts. Honest, reliable, family owned. Refs. Sam, 650/315-6681.

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TIDY CLEANERS House cleaning, offices, movein/out, windows. 20 yrs., Exp., 650-839-3768 or 650-630-5059

730 Electrical A FAST RESPONSE! lic #545936 Bob 650-343-5125. www.

748 Gardening/ Landscaping Beckys Landscape Weekly/periodic maint. Annual rose/fruit tree pruning, clean-ups, irrigation, sod, planting, raised beds. Power washing. 650/444-3030 LANDA’S GARDENING & LANDSCAPING *Yard Maintenance*New Lawns*Clean Ups*Tree Trimming*Wood Fences* Rototilling*Power Washing*irrigation timer programming. 17 years experience. Call Ramon 650-576-6242

Mario’s Gardening Maintenance, clean-ups. Free 650/365-6955; 650/995-3822


Tired of Mow, Blow and Go? Owner operated, 40 years exp. All phases of gardening/landscaping. Refs. Call Eric, 408/356-1350

751 General Contracting A NOTICE TO READERS: It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractor’s status at or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.

757 Handyman/ Repairs AAA HANDYMAN AND MORE Repair        

Lic.# 468963

Since 1976 Licensed & Insured


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




30 Years Experience 650.529.1662 650.483.4227


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ED RODRIGUEZ (650)465-9163$(650)570-5274 Jeff’s Handyman and Repair Free est. 10% SENIOR Discount. “No Job Too Small.� Call Jeff, 650/933-7021

759 Hauling # J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc., office, garage, storage, old furniture, mattress, green waste and yard junk. clean-ups. Licensed & insured. FREE EST. 650/368-8810 (see my Yelp reviews)

771 Painting/ Wallpaper

775 Asphalt/ Concrete Roe General Engineering Concrete, asphalt, sealing, pavers, new construct, repairs. 34 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703 * 650/814-5572

Real Estate

779 Organizing Services

801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios

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

Menlo Park, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $4500/ mont

790 Roofing

Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $5,000.00

Al Peterson Roofing since 1946

Specializing in  ng        

650-493-9177 To place a Classified ad in 4HE!LMANAC 4HE0ALO!LTO7EEKLYOR 4HE-OUNTAIN6IEW6OICECALL326-8216 or visit us at

805 Homes for Rent Palo Alto, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $4980/mont

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Luxury 2BR/2BA oceanfront condos. Was $850k now $399,900 Resort Spa. Restaurant, Golf, Marina. 1-888-996-2746 x5464. (Cal-SCAN) Los Altos, 3 BR/2 BA - $799000 Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000 Palo Alto - $1250.00 Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $899000 Palo Alto, 4 BR/3.5 BA - $3295000 Redwood City, 3 BR/2 BA - $8399 Redwood City, 3 BR/2 BA - $839950 Redwood City, 3 BR/2 BA - $599000

Woodside - 2,200 mont

Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $599999

809 Shared Housing/ Rooms

Woodside, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000

ALL AREAS - ROOMMATES.COM Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: (AAN CAN) Redwood City, 2 BR/1 BA - $900/mth

840 Vacation Rentals/Time Shares Christmas Week - Rancho Mirage

850 Acreage/Lots/ Storage 20 ACRES FREE Buy 40-Get 60 acres. $0-Down, $168/ month. Money back guarantee. NO CREDIT CHECKS. Beautiful views. Roads/surveyed. Near El Paso, Texas. 1-800-843-7537 (AAN CAN)

781 Pest Control

Glen Hodges Painting 45 yrs. #351738. 650/322-8325 STYLE PAINTING Full service painting. Insured. Lic. 903303. 650/388-8577

West Texas 20 acres free! Own 60 acres for 40 acre price/payment. $0 Down, $168/mo. Money Back Guarantee, no credit checks. Beautiful Views, 1-800-343-9444. (Cal-SCAN)

1VCMJD/PUJDFT 995 Fictitious Name Statement LORIC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 571850 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: LORIC, located at 3333 Bowers Ave., Suite 130, Santa Clara, CA 95054, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): RODRIGO CANIDO 199 Easy St. #A Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 16, 2012. (MVV Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14, 2012)

Call Alicia Santillan (650) 326-8210 x6578 to assist you with your legal advertising needs. Or e-mail her at:

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: MICHAEL DAVID BLUE Case No.: 1-12-PR171637 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of MICHAEL DAVID BLUE. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: EDWIN BLUE in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: EDWIN BLUE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on December 26, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 3 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara,

located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Peter LaBoskey (SBN:71571) Hopkins & Carley, ALC 200 Page Mill Road #200 Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650)804-7600 (MVV Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 2012)


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Deadline: 5 p.m. the previous Friday To assist you with your legal advertising needs. Call Alicia Santillan (650) 326-8210 x6578 or E-mail:

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SAN ANTONIO VISIONING PROCESS PUBLIC WORKSHOP #2 Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For a complete list of classes and class fees, lectures and health education resources, visit

The workshop will be held at: Silicon Valley Community Foundation – Meeting Room 3F, 2440 West El Camino Real, 3rd Floor (Suite 300). All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Dec. 2012

Beauty Secrets of the Stars Friday, Dec. 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mountain View Center 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View

Presented by Cindy Russell, M.D. PAMF Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery 650-934-7380

Do you want to know the real secrets of the stars? We will look into the lifestyles of a few of the rich and famous to see how they stay younger looking and feeling healthy. Topics will include “Skin Secrets,� “Surgery Secrets,� “Kitchen Secrets,� “Exercise Secrets,� and more.

Advancements in Cataract Surgery Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 1 to 2 p.m. Sunnyvale City Senior Center 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale

Presented by Yichieh Shiuey, M.D. PAMF Ophthalmology

The San Antonio Visioning Process will result in community-defined objectives and strategies, and is the first step in implementing 2030 General Plan goals and policies for this area. This input will help guide creation of a new San Antonio Precise Plan, beginning in early-2013. San Antonio Visioning Process and related General Plan information may be found on the project website: PRE-WORKSHOP WEB SURVEY # 2 The San Antonio Visioning website will be updated with a “Visual Preference� Survey before Workshop #2. The Survey is intended to gather community input on desirable characteristics of future San Antonio Area open space, streetscape and buildings. Interested parties are encouraged to complete this survey before the workshop. Contact the Community Development Department at (650)903-6306 or if you have questions or to sign up for notifications of future meetings.


Join us for this educational presentation where you’ll learn what a cataract is, what are the new advancements in cataract surgery and what is the outcome for vision after surgery.

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Section 1 of the November 30.2012 edition of the Mountain View Voice

Mountain View Voice 11.30.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the November 30.2012 edition of the Mountain View Voice