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Council deadlocks on Google bridge MAJORITY BALKS AT STUDYING PEDESTRIAN, SHUTTLE LINK OVER STEVENS CREEK By Daniel DeBolt
fact-based decisions, that really bugs me,” said council member hough it might stop them Chris Clark, calling it a “misfrom meeting goals for take” to not study the bridge. A keeping cars out of North study would find out how effecBayshore, a slim majority of tive it would be, he said. “And if council members are so dead- it’s going to be effective, what are set against building a shuttle the environmental costs?” bridge over Stevens Creek that “It’s obvious this bridge touchthey refuse to allow a study of its es us in places we really care environmental impacts. about,” said council member Council members argued Bryant, who noted that it was the about the bridge late into the third meeting in which council night Tuesday, Dec. 10, in a members opposed the bridge. study session on land use and “My vision for North Bayshore transportation plans for the is nature and high tech together North Bayshore area north of in a campus-like environment. Highway 101. The mode share Originally, the (car traffic reducbridge was protion) is a tool. If posed by Google ‘It’s obvious this that tool degrades to connect the east environment, bridge touches the end of Chareslton even if it’s the Road across Steefficient tool us in places we most vens Creek to a possible, it’s not new Google cam- really care about.’ for me.” pus at NASA Ames The council RONIT BRYANT Research Center. was reminded by The bridge was consultant Jeffrey touted Tuesday as Tumlin of Nelson one of the keys to Nygaard that they getting North Bayshore employ- would have to make use of all the ees out of their cars if it were best options available to them to restricted to shuttles, cyclists and reduce vehicle traffic. Planning pedestrians — no cars allowed. Director Randy Tusda said the The bridge would provide a bridge may be needed to reach connection from the heart of the council’s goal of reducing the North Bayshore to downtown percentage of North Bayshore Mountain View and Highway employees using cars to only 101 along Moffett Boulevard — 45 percent. Google has already bypassing the Shoreline Boule- taken aggressive measures in vard gridlock. this regard, and has 61 percent of Opposing the study of the employees driving cars. bridge’s environmental and traf“It’s already an aggressive tarfic impacts were members Ronit get — our concern is we are not Bryant, Jac Siegel, Margaret Abe- going to be able to meet it” withKoga and John McAlister, argu- out the Charleston Road bridge, ing it would ruin the “character” Tsuda said. He reminded council of North Bayshore that draws that they had decided against a businesses there, and impact “hard cap” on vehicle trips into wildlife habitat in the area. See BAYSHORE, page 13 “As someone who likes to make
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SANTA’S BIGGEST FAN Gaia Sumner, 5, gives a huge cheer for Santa at the city’s annual tree-lighting ceremony in the Civic Center Plaza on Monday, Dec. 9. Crowds of people braved the unusually cold weather to celebrate the season with music and a visit from St. Nick.
College-bound students learn life lessons PROGRAM TEACHES MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS By Nick Veronin
earning to manage money is one of the most important skills anyone can learn. But for first-generation college students working to earn an undergraduate degree, it’s all the more vital — as the ability to
budget can make the difference between success and failure. That’s why Candace Lublin is so excited about a new program that teaches money management skills to local high school juniors on track to become the first in their families to attend a four-year college. A board
member and grant writer for the Mountain View Los Altos Community Scholars, Lublin said the new class — offered during the school day and in partnership with FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) — is giving See MONEY, page 6
Students turn into programmers for a week COMPUTER CLASS AT LOS ALTOS HIGH JOINS NATIONAL ‘HOUR OF CODE’ By Nick Veronin
he maniacal cackle of Red — one of the most recognizable of the Angry Birds — can be heard periodically springing from laptops around the classroom. One student pumps her fists in celebration after successfully completing a challenge;
another sighs in frustration. And Los Altos High School math teacher Daniel Oren is totally cool with it. That’s because his students aren’t playing a game so much as they are programming one. The students in Oren’s third period Algebra 2 class are all working in Blockly, a “visual programming
editor” designed to introduce the uninitiated to the basic concepts that underpin computer coding. In between exercises, the kids watch videos touting the virtues of learning to code and the benefits of pursuing a career in computer science. See CODE, page 11
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RECOGNIZE THIS MAN? Police are looking for help tracking down two men who stole tools and equipment from a workshop in the 2000 block of W. El Camino Real. Surveillance video taken from the workshop captured an image of one of the suspect’s faces, as well as a tattoo on the back of his right calf. According to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department, the men broke into the workshop on Nov. 25, between 7:32 a.m. and 7:52 a.m. The men apparently used a pry tool to break a lock securing a door and then entered the workshop. They left with various tools, Jaeger said. The man captured on video appears to be Hispanic or Asian. He wore a dark, long-sleeved sweatshirt, black shorts and blue tennis shoes at the time. The image of the man’s tattoo is grainy, but it appears to be the Pittsburgh Steelers logo.
MAN ATTACKED OUTSIDE BAR A San Mateo man told police that he and a friend were jumped by a group of 10 or more men outside of a downtown Mountain View bar early Sunday morning. The 27-year-old victim suffered a broken tooth, small cuts and bruises after the fight, but was not seriously injured, said Mountain View Police Department spokeswoman Shino Tanaka. His friend was not hurt. According to the police report, the two men were leaving Molly Magee’s at about 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 8, when they were “attacked by 10 to 15 unknown Asian males” outside the bar on the 200 block of Castro Street. The man reported the incident the following afternoon, at about 1 p.m. Tanaka said the victim had “no idea” what the fight was about and told police he suspected his assailants were “looking to start something.” There was no additional description of the attackers. See CRIME BRIEFS, page 13
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Rotacare clinic a ‘godsend’ VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE FREE HEALTH CARE TO THOSE IN NEED By Daniel DeBolt
Elena Pacheco breaks down as she talks about being evicted from the Mountain View apartment where she’s lived for 23 years.
Affordable housing more scarce than ever REPORT SHOWS COUNTY FALLING FARTHER BEHIND IN HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS By Daniel DeBolt
n Dec. 5, one of Elena Pacheco’s biggest fears came true — she received an eviction notice for the California Street apartment where she has lived for 23 years. “Basically I have to get out of my apartment in 60 days,” said Pacheco, “I am a part-time teacher — where are the houses in Mountain View that I can afford?” Pacheco said. “I taught for 20 years in schools, it’s time
for me to retire. I should be enjoying my part-time teaching and my work with the Dreamers (undocumented students), but instead I’m trying to find a decent place to live.” Besides teaching in local schools, Pacheco has long been a community leader and activist for local “Dreamers” — immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children, but cannot obtain citizenship. According to her eviction notice, her landlord wants to move into her three-bedroom
apartment, which she shares with housemates to defray rental costs. Pacheco’s situation is emblematic of a growing crisis in Santa Clara County for low-wage workers, say those involved in building subsidized housing. Pacheco has held out hope — she’s been on a waiting list since 2007 — that she might get a unit in a place like the apartment complex recently built at the corner of Evelyn and See HOUSING REPORT, page 7
ven with Obamacare expanding health insurance to many who otherwise could not afford it, the director of the RotaCare free health clinic in Mountain View does not expect to see fewer patients anytime soon. “Demand (for the clinic) has definitely continued to go up,” said interim director Dr. Michelle Luttrell, speaking of the years since the recession. “Even with the Affordable Care Act, we anticipate it to go up. Many of our patients, even with subsidies, cannot afford to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act.” With many still jobless in Silicon Valley — or without a job that provides health care benefits — the free health clinic saves countless local residents and their families from the effects of disease, and even death. Located at the end of a long hallway in the basement under the El Camino YMCA, the clinic sees 530 patients a month, and 1,200 new patients a year. It is run by the Rotary Club, along with 11 other clinics like it in the Bay Area, and relies on donations and 265 active volunteers to stay afloat. RotaCare is one of several recipients of the Voice’s Holiday Fund this year, which raises money for local non-profit service agencies. If it were to receive an influx of cash, Luttrell said the clinic would spend it on orthopedic expertise and equipment, as well as casting equip-
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ment and training for broken bones so patients don’t have to be sent to the county hospital in San Jose. “Honestly, one of our biggest needs right now is for an orthopedic doctor,” Luttrell said. “Our patients are at very high risk of musculature injury. Many of our patients are laborers and are high risk for a back injury, a shoulder injury, a knee injury. Having physical therapy would be amazing.” The clinic asks patients to write about how the clinic has been beneficial to them. “I attribute my survival and quick recovery” to RotaCare and Dr. Michelle Whetzel, wrote one patient. The doctor diagnosed his Type 2 diabetes while he was unemployed and without health insurance and took an “aggressive stance” in treating it. “I am alive because of RotaCare,” wrote a woman whose breast cancer was discovered by a RotaCare doctor. One family wrote that they did not qualify for government health-care, but during during a period of unemployment and uncertainty, RotaCare provided their young children with checkups, immunizations, flu shots and free medication. One patient said she had waited on the phone 30 minutes just See ROTACARE, page 13
Stylish workspace has merits for tiny companies By Nick Veronin
t DesignSpaces, the Mountain View-based co-working office, size isn’t important. It’s all in how you use it. The office, which occupies a compact second-floor unit in a Shoreline Boulevard business complex, seems tiny at first — and it is, at just over 800 square feet. But then again, as DesignSpaces co-founder Yana Mlynash points out, Silicon Valley companies often don’t need much space. All they need is a great idea.
DesignSpaces has only 14 members, who together comprise eight companies. There’s Waygo, an app that uses a smart phone’s camera and processing power to translate printed Chinese to English in real time; Attune, a cloud-based tool to help businesses optimize and track online sales; CustomSLR, which makes performance gear for shutterbugs; and BinPress, a company dedicated to helping software developers monetize their creations. The co-working space is also home to a few freelance creatives,
including Mlynash — who runs her own interior design consultancy — and her co-founder, Yaroslav Kofman, a freelance cinematographer and director. DesignSpaces prides itself on being unique, billing itself as a co-working environment that values aesthetics far more than your average shared office space. Talking to the three employees of Waygo, who work out of the office, there is certainly something to this claim. “It’s a lot nicer than a lot of See DESIGN SPACES, page 10
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MOSAIC FOR TEEN CENTER The City Council voted Tuesday night to have artist Leslie Scott create one of her signature mosaic murals made of broken bits of tile for “The View” teen center set to open next year. In a unanimous vote, council members said they liked that Scott often collaborates with youth in creating her murals, and plans to include members off the city’s Youth Advisory Committee in the process. YAC member Diana Marin said she showed Scott’s work to her friends and “they absolutely loved Leslie Scotts work. I am excited
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students access to skills they may have never even thought about before. “Many of these students have not had the opportunity to
about getting to be involved in something hands-on,” she said. Scott’s proposal for a mosiac on the front wall of the former church building was selected over a proposal for several painted murals and another for a “video mural” that would have shown a changing montage of the eyes of local teens. The project is funded with $17,000 under the city’s policy of providing 1 percent of a capital project’s cost towards art if the project’s cost is over $1 million. The church’s renovation to become a teen center at 263 Escuela Avenue has been allocated $1.7 million. —Daniel DeBolt
manage income,” Lublin said, and many come from lowincome families. The course in money management is part of a larger program aimed at helping students prepare for college. It is taught by mentors from the MVLA Community Scholars,
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who come to AVID classes at both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools on a regular basis. AVID is the high school district’s program focused on preparing first-generation college students for the challenges they will face in four-year schools. The Community Scholars mentors discuss money-related topics with the students, such as how to open a bank account, the difference between checking and savings, banks versus credit unions, the positives and negatives of credit cards, what it means to take out a loan and how to pay for a car. “These will be critical issues they will be faced with as they enter their college career,” Lublin said. The mentors also help guide the students through a curriculum called “Money Smart,” which was designed by the FDIC. In addition, students who qualify are given the chance to benefit from an earningsmatching program from San Jose-based non-profit Opportunity Fund. Through the program, students may have the income they earn at a summer job tripled in matched funds. Lublin said students can max out at $2,000 of earned income, meaning that they may reap a total of $6,000 dollars. The money they earn, along with the Opportunity Fund matching funds, is then placed in an account that Opportunity Fund helps the students manage. The students must use the money only for college-related expenses. “We have found this to be enormously useful to the students,” Lublin said of the Community Scholars mentors and the Opportunity Fund matching program. By reaching out to the junior class students and getting them thinking about their college careers and what it is going to take to reach them, Lublin said she hopes more students will find success in higher education and beyond. V
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TAKIKO ELLEN FUKUSHIMA Services for Takiko Ellen Fukushima are set for Dec. 14 at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, where she was a longtime member. She died Nov. 8 at the age of 98. Born Dec. 7, 1914 in Watsonville, she withstood the Great War, the Great Influenza epidemic, the Great Depression and the Japanese-American internment during World War II at the Poston relocation camp in Arizona. She was one of nine children born in the United States to Japanese immigrants Midori
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Franklin streets, which houses 51 low-income families. But so far, no luck. The demand for such homes is â€œjust overwhelming,â€? said Matt Franklin, president of MidPen Housing Corp., which manages nearly 1,000 affordable units in Mountain View. â€œThe waiting lists are so long,â€? said Beth Fraker, communication director for MidPen. Applicants could be on a wait-list for â€œa minimum of three years and could be seven years for our family properties.â€? Making matters worse are state and federal budget cuts to affordable housing funds, along with the elimination of redevelopment agencies that were required to provide 20 percent of their tax revenue to affordable housing. According to a recent report by the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, funds for subsidized low-income housing projects have dropped by 64 percent since 2008, down from $126.2 million available in 2008 to only $47.3 million a year. That is enough to subsidize only 313 homes throughout the county, far fewer than the 2,000 a year needed to meet new demands, according to goals set by the Association of Bay Area Governments. Franklin called on Google and other large employers to help fund subsidized housing, as explosive job growth has driven up the demand and cost of housing. â€œWe hear from the business community that they understand the problem,â€? Franklin said. â€œFor the last five years the lack of affordable housing in the area has been among their top three policy concerns. But weâ€™re not seeing investment from those corporations in the Silicon Valley Housing Trust at the level you would expect.â€? â€œIf they put $10 million into (the Housing Trustâ€™s) fund they could
and Somekichi Ikeda. She, her parents and her siblings spent many happy years in Watsonville prior to World War II within a community of hardworking farmers and friends, her family said. After the Takiko war, she marFukushima ried Hatsugoro (Happy) Fukushima and raised two sons. She was accomplished at sushi-making, ikebana and tailoring, as well a devout Buddhist active at her church, according to
family members. Known as Tee, she was a source of admiration and inspiration for her children and three generations of nieces and nephews, her family said. She is survived by her two sons, Stephen of San Jose and Dick of Sunnyvale; her youngest sister Janice Tao; and step-granddaughter Megan of Chicago. Family and friends are invited to services and a reception at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. There is an online guest book at www. cusimanocolonial.com.
help create another 150 units,â€? Franklin added. â€œWe just fundamentally have an under-supply of affordable units and weâ€™ve got to do something about it.â€? Pacheco has noticed all the the new luxury apartments being built in Mountain View, like the â€œCarmel at the Villageâ€? on San Antonio Road and the Madera complex that opened this year at 455 West Evelyn Ave, where rents are as high as $8,000 a month for a two-bedroom apartment. Developer Prometheus plans to build two other such complexes with similar rents, and several other developers also have luxury complexes in the works. â€œThey are building more for the rich community versus the poor community,â€? Pacheco said. Zwick said most people imagine job growth in Silicon Valley as for software programmers and engineers, but in reality, â€œfor every high tech job that gets created, thereâ€™s four other jobs created in the economy. The majority of jobs that are going to come are low-wage professions.â€? Job growth exacerbates the need for for affordable housing, Zwick said. â€œThe market does a really good job at providing housing for people at middle- and upper-income levels,â€? Zwick said. â€œIn order to get new housing available to people earning below $50,000 a year, which is a tremendous amount of households in the Valley, you need tools.â€? There is no single program that is going to solve the whole problem, but Zwick said there are a lot of individual things that can be done. The Housing Trust report calls for cities to increase fees on development for affordable housing, to use surplus public property for housing, and to get state legislation passed that would allow cities to pass tax measures for affordable housing, among other things. The report
notes the example of a recent survey commissioned by the city of Mountain View which showed that a majority of voters would pass such a tax measure, but that it would fail to garner the required two-thirds vote needed to pass it. Franklin said low-wage workers who cannot afford the $2,467 average monthly rent in the county are essential to the future of the Valley but they are being driven out of Santa Clara County. â€œWe know what the impacts are. They are living in inadequate and unsafe and overcrowded housing, many families are doubled or tripled up, many are homeless, others are driving an hour to two hours from the East Bay, which clogs our roads or pollutes our environment. Folks still need to work, and they are doing their best, but itâ€™s not a sustainable dynamic.â€? Zwick said other cities should follow Mountain Viewâ€™s lead in raising â€œhousing impact feesâ€? on commercial development, which was done a year ago. â€œIf every city follows Mountain Viewâ€™s lead and passes a housing impact fee increase â€” that would almost fill the whole need for affordable housing we identified,â€? Zwick said. But Franklin said the City Council should have gone even farther in raising the fee, as city staff had recommended, to $15 a square foot. Council members voted instead to increase it from $7.43 to $10 per square-foot, equal to $1 million for every 100,000 square feet of new commercial development. Council members also refused to raise affordable housing fees on rental developments as high as recommended by city staff, going with $10 per square foot instead of the $21.94 recommended. Email Daniel DeBolt at firstname.lastname@example.org
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heatreWorks has done it again. With a superb ensemble, beautiful production values, and a warm, inspirational message fitting the season, “Little Women” will capture your heart and fill it with joy. The book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein do a great job of capturing the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, and the songs truly underscore the emotions and thoughts of the characters. It’s a charming musical, and TheatreWorks gives it first-class treatment. Alcott’s fictional family of Marmee (Elizabeth Ward Land) and her four daughters struggles to maintain hope and positive spirits while father serves as a chaplain for Union forces during the U.S. Civil War. Rural Concord, Mass., provides a genial backdrop for the young girls’ antics as they play together, argue, learn and grow. Our storyteller is Jo (Emily Koch), the tomboy of the group. An ambitious writer, she loves to write “blood and guts” stories for the girls to melodramatically act out, playing roles matching their personalities: Meg (Sharon Rietkerk), the oldest, shy and pretty; Beth (Julia Belanoff), sweet, kind and supportive; and Amy (Palo Alto High School graduate Arielle Fishman), the youngest, with social ambitions of her own. Amy is aided by Aunt March (Elizabeth Palmer), a bastion of society who tries in vain to convert Jo and then shifts her focus to willing and pliable Amy. When the curmudgeonly Mr. Laurence (Richard Farrell) across the street takes in his orphaned grandson, Laurie (Matt Dengler), the girls acquire a brother/friend, and potential mate. Meg finds her mate in Laurie’s tutor, John Brooke (Justin Buchs), but Jo’s sights are fixed on fame instead of marriage, and that takes her to a New York boarding house and an unlikely friendship with N I N F O R M AT I O N “Little Women” runs through Jan. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19$73. Go to theatreworks.org or call 650-463-1960.
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