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Heartfelt send-off for retiring priest FR. BOB MORAN PRAISED FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE By Daniel DeBolt


t a potluck dinner with over 200 adoring parishioners, Father Bob Moran celebrated 50 years as an ordained Catholic priest last Friday, but also said goodbye to a crowd that lined up all evening to wish him farewell. There was no shortage

of praise for the man, who was ordained a priest on the same date 50 years ago, June 13, 1964. He is retiring at age 75 and was honored at a Mass on Saturday. He first joined the local Catholic parish in the early 1980s,

which includes downtown’s St. Joseph church and the St. Joseph school on Miramonte Avenue, where Friday’s dinner was held in the auditorium. “He is the most wonderful priest we have ever known,” said Job Lopez, longtime church member and community orgaSee PRIEST, page 13

he July 1 City Council meeting, where Merlone Geier hopes to get City Council approval for its big San Antonio shopping center redevelopment proposal, is quickly approaching. For over two years, the San Francisco-based developer has been pitching its plan for a 70,000-square-foot movie theater, 1,480 space parking garage, a seven-story hotel, a pair of sixstory office buildings and new ground-floor shops around a public square designed with an eye towards “place-making” — all on a 9.9-acre portion of the San Antonio Shopping Center at the corner of San Antonio Road and California Street. It would replace the Ross, BevMo and several small properties on the corner, all of which Merlone Geier now owns — except for the Milk Pail market. The project may not slide through very easily. The potential consequences for the Milk Pail market — which is facing closure without an agreement to lease parking spaces in the project or a workable deal to relocate the

business— have drawn outcry from numerous patrons of the popular European-style open air market. Meanwhile, a group of residents concerned with the city’s jobs-housing imbalance say they will seek a referendum on the project, putting it on the ballot for voters to decide on — but only if it is passed before a “precise plan” is done in December. That plan would consider larger needs in and around the shopping center, such as the need for park space, bike and pedestrian access and a school for the 600 kids expected to move to the area. The City Council is holding a study session on the precise plan June 24. Merlone Geier’s Mike Grehl told the Voice on Monday that his company may pull the project if it appears the referendum would delay it, and would also halt its efforts to help the Milk Pail. Grehl said that pleasing the referendum backers, who want housing added to the project, would mean delaying construction for two years so the staterequired environmental impact report can be modified to study See SAN ANTONIO, page 11

Fight and flight: the new approach to school shooters SCHOOL DISTRICT INCLUDES NEW OPTIONS IF THERE IS GUNFIRE ON CAMPUS By Kevin Forestieri


fter the school shooting at Sandy Hook, as many as 74 school shooting incidents have occurred in the United States, most recently in Seattle and Oregon. With the spike in shootings, local school districts are looking at new ways to prepare and react if there is an


active shooter on campus. A few weeks ago, Mountain View Whisman School District board members unanimously approved a newly revised emergency response policy if there is a shooter on campus. According to Kathi Lilga, executive assistant to the superintendent, the new response goes well beyond the traditional “lock-

down” strategy, and suggests teachers and students find ways to flee the campus or, at worst, defend themselves against an attacker. In a presentation to the board titled “Run Hide Defend,” Lilga explained that based on recent school shootings, students taking shelter in a lockdown had a lower rate of survival than


people who assessed the situation and decided between evacuation, lockdown and defensive measures. Lilga said the Sandy Hook shooting was a prime example: the students did everything “right” in a lockdown-only response and it was one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, with 20 students and 6

staff members killed. So what should teachers and students do instead? In the revised plan is a simple flow chart. The first option is to attempt a safe evacuation. If the shooter is far away or the sound of gunshots is distant, students and staff are advised to lead stuSee LOCKDOWN, page 13




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Landlords to pay more for displaced tenants By Daniel DeBolt

room apartment in Mountain View is $2,310. he City Council voted The council also voted to Tuesday to require land- increase compensation for dislords to compensate a placed tenants. Previously tenlarger number of tenants who are ants would receive their full evicted during renovations and deposit plus two months of their redevelopments, and to increase current rent. Now, displaced compensation to as much as tenants will receive the deposit $13,000 per household. plus three months of median After hearing of more than a market rent, which would equal few instances where tenants have $1,690 a month ($5,070 total) been evicted from entire apart- for a studio apartment and ment complexes to allow land- $3,390 a month ($10,170 total) lords to renovate and raise rents, for a three bedroom apartment. the council voted to significantly “Special needs” households beef up the city’s tenant relocation with a senior citizen or disordinance that was first adopted abled member will now receive in 2010. It remains the only an additional $3,000, up from such ordinance in Silicon Valley. $2,154. The City Council voted 5-1 to “We are a small city with a big adopt the changes, which member heart and we are causing this disJohn Inks opposed. placement someMayor Chris Clark what ourselves,” was absent. said council memA key change is a ber Siegel, appar‘We are raise to the income ently referring to causing this limit for those who the city’s land use would qualify for favoring displacement policies help, which was office developpreviously set at 50 ment, adding to somewhat percent of the area pressure on the median income, housing market. ourselves.’ equal to $101,900 There was little JAC SIEGEL for family of four. sympathy for the Few households growing number of qualified at that displaced tenants level, so a raise to from Don Bahl, a 80 percent of AMI property manager was approved Tuesday, which and developer who helped elect doubles the number of qualified John Inks to council. tenants in one particular down“People are saying, ‘It’s not town complex where evictions my fault,’ but they are really are taking place, said city planner suffering the consequences of Linda Lauzze. their freely chosen actions they Council member Jac Siegel took earlier in life,” Bahl told the moved to increase the income council. limit to 100 percent AMI, but no Inks said it would put a financouncil member seconded his cial burden on landlords wantmotion. ing to renovate or upgrade their The local chapter of the League properties, though Lauzze said, of Women Voters supported rais- “I’m not sure the ordinance ing the income limit to 100 per- would be a disincentive to doing cent of the AMI, because “there remodeling or upgrading.” is still a gap between what these The ordinance applies any time tenants can afford and market a landlord evicts four or more median rent, particularly with tenants within a year. Environlarger units,” the group said in a mental Planning Commission letter to the council. members can be credited for “Unfortunately at this point, 80 catching a possible loophole percent AMI is also low income,” in a previous iteration of the said council member Ronit Bry- ordinance, which would have ant. allowed landlords to get around According to a city staff report, the requirement by evicting only a household earning the AMI for three households at a time. two people, $81,500, could afford Email Daniel DeBolt rent of $2,037. But median rent at for a two-bedroom, one-bath-



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chool may be out for the summer, but some kids are back in class and taking a curious course at the Community School of Music and Arts: environmental science taught through music and art. The class, which runs through the end of June, shows that science and art are not mutually exclusive, according to Hillary Orzell McSherry, who teaches the class and has a masters degree in environmental policy. The class is part of an ongoing effort to bridge the gap between STEM courses and the arts.

McSherry got the idea to create the class in Monterey when she participated in a 2010 grant program by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The goal of the program was to get art and music teachers together to design a curriculum that encourages environmental stewardship. McSherry said she designed her course to to fit STEAM — an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. STEAM is an adaptation of the widely popular STEM fields that injects some of the arts back into the tech-focused curriculum.

One of the guiding principles in her curriculum was to emphasize the gap between policy changes and the social change that adapts to it. “It takes a while for people to get used to it,” McSherry said, explaining that people change their habits based on personal values on the environment rather than by forceful changes in policy or laws. She started teaching the course back in 2010 and tracked kids through surveys to see if they changed their personal values. She said that the course See CSMA, page 14

Parents shocked at after-school care rate hike FEES FOR YMCA PROGRAMS AT MOUNTAIN VIEW WHISMAN SCHOOLS JUMP BY UP TO 111 PERCENT By Kevin Forestieri


aria Schexnayder didn’t think much of it when the YMCA delayed registration for after-school daycare by a few weeks. When she finally got the registration packet, everything looked normal until she got to the price. Rates had jumped from $333 a month to $572 — a 72 percent increase for three days a week. “The biggest issue I’ve had with

this fee increase is that there was no notice or heads-up that this was coming,” Schexnayder said. Hundreds of families across Mountain View who use the YMCA “Kids Place” after-school program, which works with Mountain View Whisman elementary schools to provide onsite daycare, were hit with a similar increase. The fewer the number of days per week a child is enrolled, the larger the fee increase.

But the price hike won’t stick around for long. A YMCA official contacted the Voice Wednesday and said prices will be significantly reduced because of the outcry. Dorothy Lin, a mother of two, uses the program two days a week. She saw her monthly fee increase from $223 to $471 — a 111 percent increase over last year. She said the pricing strucSee YMCA, page 14

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ity Council members spent a considerable amount of time Tuesday night wrestling with a potentially huge parking problem in downtown Mountain View during events at the new Levi’s 49er stadium in Santa Clara. Thanks to expensive and limited parking at the stadium, city officials expect 500 to 600 drivers will be seeking parking spots in downtown Mountain View before taking light rail to the new stadium starting in August. From the light rail station downtown, the Valley Transit Authority (VTA) is going to be running 80 trains to and from the events on game days, instead of the usual 20, while making limited stops. As many as 3,400 Caltrain riders are expected to make the transfer to light rail in downtown Mountain View as well. The new stadium holds about 68,500 people, and VTA expects to carry 10,000 people to events on buses and light rail. The first 49er game at the stadium is set for Aug. 17 and there will be a total of 17 events by April of next year. City staff proposed that several parking lots near the downtown train, bus and light rail station be reserved for stadium goers, without the usual two-hour time limits. “Our belief is there are a lot of unknowns,” said City Manager Dan Rich. “One major concern is if we charge a substantial amount for parking in our lots it will drive a lot of those cars into the neighborhood, which we don’t want to do.” But council members weren’t satisfied with that approach, voting 5-1 to more actively manage

the parking situation, potentially charging for parking and enforcing time limits in neighborhoods. Member John Inks voted no and Mayor Chris Clark was absent. Council members asked city staff to come back July 1 with a plan to charge for parking and keep cars off nearby residential streets. Some said that such time limits might have to be extensive, given how far some people are willing to walk for free parking. Council member Mike Kasperzak said the city needs to send a message early on to stadium users that “if you want to use Mountain View as event game staging, you need to pay.” “I have a little bit different take on this than staff,” said Kasperzak, who led a shift away from the recommendation Rich supported. “I think Mountain View is really being put upon by the city of Santa Clara. I think this could potentially have some negative impacts on Mountain View.” Kasperzak said he thought the easiest way is to have stadiumgoers use the city’s new paperless online parking permit system that has been directed at downtown businesses who want their patrons or employees to be able to park longer than the two-hour time limits downtown. Others said the city needed to hire someone to stand in parking lots and take the fees. Either way, Kasperzak said parking fees should be 25 percent higher than whatever Caltrain decides to charge at its lot downtown. City staff said it may take several months to see how stadium goers settle on preferred ways for getting to the stadium, which will be hosting other large events, like Wrestlemania, monster truck rallies and Supercross racing.

“It’s just going to get worse,” said council member Jac Siegel. There was some concern about stadium-goers drinking or having tailgate parties before the game in downtown. Barbecues and drinking alcohol won’t be allowed, Rich noted. And while drinking is allowed on Caltrain, it won’t be allowed on light rail, which will mean large bins will be provided for people to dispose of their drinks, city staff said. There is also the significant problem of finding a new place for the Mountain View farmers market, which has been held on Sunday mornings at the Caltrain and light rail parking lot for many years. City Council members approved a plan to move the market when stadium events are in conflict on nine Sundays though April 2015. It would be held on a parking lot on Bryant Street between California and Mercy streets, where city staff say there would be plenty of parking in the Bryant Street garage and under City Hall. But it would have to be considered temporary, as the lot may be redeveloped at some point, Kasperzak said. “It’s a large animal to move. It’s the second largest farmers market in the state of California,” said Gail Hayden, director of the California Farmers Market Association. Farmers Market director of operations Doug Hayden said the parking lot would be large enough for 160 stalls at the event, which usually has 170 stalls (some would be moved to the street). He told several residents who live directly behind the lot that noise complaints would be addressed immediately. Email Daniel DeBolt at


CUBBERLEY OPENS TO MV ARTISTS The Cubberley Artist Studios Program is opening its doors to artists from Mountain View as well as the rest of the Bay Area. The program, previously limited to artists living in Palo Alto, is accepting applications through July 1 for a residency at one of 23 citysponsored studio workplaces at the Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road. Current CASP members are also permitted to re-apply for a residency. Accepted applicants will begin a four-year term in October. The announcement comes at a time Cubberley and Palo Alto city officials have begun developing a Cultural Cafe as well as events like arts panels, workshops, lectures and film screenings, according to the program’s press release. Officials say they believe these additions will help enhance the program. “With the visibility and accessibil6

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ity of the program raised, more members of the Palo Alto community and beyond will get to enjoy the Cubberley studios, meet the artists and attend events,” said Rhyena Halpern, the community services department assistant director. Artists in the program donate one work of art for each residency to the city of Palo Alto’s Public Art Program and perform fours hours of service monthly. Application information is available on the Cubberley Artist Studio Program page on the city of Palo Alto website at —Cooper Aspegren

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Abe-Koga to run for El Camino district CITY COUNCIL MEMBER CAMPAIGNS FOR A SPOT ON LOCAL HOSPITAL BOARD By Kevin Forestieri


t’s still a month before candidates can pick up their nomination papers, but Margaret Abe-Koga is already booting up her campaign for a seat on the El Camino Hospital Healthcare District board. Two seats on the district board are up for grabs this year. Both David Reeder and Patricia Einarson have terms that expire in December 2014, and while Reeder has not announced whether he will run for re-election, Einarson announced at a board meeting that she will leave the board when her term ends. Abe-Koga has been on the Mountain View City Council since 2006, and served as vice mayor in 2008 and mayor in 2009. She’s served in public office in Mountain View since 2000, starting as a a member of the Human Relations Commission. She has also served as various roles on the county Board of Education, as well

as the vice-chair of the Valley Transportation Authority. As a council member, AbeKoga worked on the city’s general plan update and in 2010, the council recognized Abe-Koga for building “health and wellness initiatives to promote healthy living in a healthy community,� according to a resolution of appre c i at ion she received. Her campaign website says that she helped institute health and wellness Margaret programs for Abe-Koga city employees and the greater community. During her time on the Local Area Formation Commission, or LAFCo, Abe-Koga said she and the commission worked as an oversight body for the El Camino Healthcare District that put out a “service review� for district improvements. She said at that time, there was a

lot of confusion between the healthcare district and the hospital, which has its own hospital board made up of the same members as the district board. The healthcare district didn’t even have its own website, which further added to the confusion. Abe-Koga recommended that the district become more transparent in its actions, better explain to the public what the taxpayerfunded healthcare district does and where its money goes. Abe-Koga said since the recommendation, the district has done a good job alleviating the problems, but the board has to keep improving its accessibility and transparency. “I think it’s important to be accessible and listen to what people have to say, and provide services that reflect the needs of the community,� Abe-Koga said. Abe-Koga will have a campaign kickoff event Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at Stein’s Beer Garden with State Sen. Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Rich Gordon. V

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Chief building official Anthony Ghiossi dies at 49 By Daniel DeBolt


ountain View city employees are mourning the loss of the city’s chief building official, Anthony Ghiossi, who died June 10 after a year-and-a-half long battle with cancer. He was 49. Ghiossi had worked for the city of Mountain View for nearly two decades, starting out as permit technician at the building department’s front counter in 1991, then became a building inspector before leaving to work as the head of Los Gatos building department between 2004 and 2010, when he returned to Mountain View as chief building official. “He was one of our great success stories,� said planning director Randy Tsuda. “He worked his way all the way up. He was tremendous person. He loved Mountain View and was passionate about the community. And he was full of energy.� Ghiossi was a San Jose resident, was married to Deirdre Boyle in 2003. They had two sons, Caden and Shane, born in 2005 and 2008. “He truly loved his wife and two boys, he talked about them all the time,� Tsuda said. As building official, Ghiossi and his team of inspectors were responsible for making sure the city’s buildings met building codes and were safe — the massive task of reviewing, checking and approving building permit


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applications and conducting building safety inspections of all kinds. “The building division does 24,000 inspections a year, it’s a lot,� Tsuda, said. “And they process right around 7,300 building permits a year. They are incredibly, incredibly busy. Anthony ran a very, very efficient group. It’s one of those things you never think about. Buildings get built and you assume someone is inspecting it.� Shellie Woodworth worked directly under Ghiossi as development services coordinator. “He was a great boss and he always thought about how what he did affected his staff. He had a big heart,� she said. “He ended up being mentor more than anything, which is not something you decide to be. People just start looking to you for advice.�

Ghiossi was born in Fort Bragg on Aug. 27, 1964, where was also a standout basketball and baseball player in high school. He studied engineering technology at San Jose State University, was an outdoorsman, a photographer and fan of the San Jose Sharks hockey team, according to his family. Tsuda says Ghiossi talked about the Sharks so much that he eventually attended a game with him, and got hooked. He also held numerous leadership positions in a nonprofit trade association, the International Codes Council, including as president. “He was definitely a super dad, he had two kids going 1,000 miles per hour at all times,� Woodworth said. “He really had a good work-life balance and he would remind his staff to have the same work life balance. He was really good in that respect.� Tsuda also noticed Ghiossi’s way with people when he worked with Ghiossi in Los Gatos, which is “a community with a very demanding constituency. We would send him out to a neighborhood meeting on a difficult construction project and the feedback we got was always fantastic.� “He was somebody who was trying to leave this place a better place than when he found it — a safer place,� Woodworth said. “He always wanted to employ a reasonable and fair approach to the building code but also leave things safe for everybody.� V

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ountain View police raided a building on Independence Avenue Thursday night, June 12, on a search warrant and seized over 800 marijuana plants. Three adults were later arrested in San Jose in connection with the investigation. At around 3 p.m. Mountain View police entered suite B at 1132 Independence Ave., and seized marijuana with an estimated street value of $500,000, according to a Mountain View police blog post. Police also seized illegal weapons, some of them stolen, including assault rifle and a number of handguns. Marijuana grow equipment, such as large industrial lamps, fans and electrical equipment, were also stripped from the building. Police searched two San Jose residences in connection with the Mountain View operation at 3 p.m. yesterday. In one residence they located more firearms, over 30 pounds of dried and packed

marijuana and a “honey oil lab,” used to produce a concentrated form of marijuana, according to the blog post. Police also found a toddler present in the home and took the child into protective custody. In the other residence, police found more illegal weapons, methamphetamine and two military-grade “flash-bang” stun grenades. Three people were arrested during the San Jose search, including 33-year-old Semir Metovic, 32-year-old Tito Hernandez and 29-year-old Abby Rose. The charges included possession of marijuana for sale, a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a destructive device, felony child endangerment and manufacturing a controlled substance. Hernandez’s bail is set at $385,000, and no bail had yet been set for Metovic and Rose. The building is in the industrial part of Mountain View behind


Costco, with a sign over the door that reads “Monarchy Arcade Game Restoration and Collector.” Police said they did not know how long the operation has gone on. One witness, who works a few offices away from the building, said people in the church next door could smell marijuana. The drug bust was a joint effort conducted by the Mountain View Police Department, the Milpitas Police Department, the San Jose Police Department’s Bomb Unit, Mountain View’s Crimes Against Persons, Gang Suppression Unit and Youth Services Units, the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team and the Regional Auto Theft Task Force. E-mail Kevin Forestieri at

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treatment on Tuesday, June 24 at 1 p.m. The ground fogging, which will include spraying a fine mist of pesticides, will be conducted in parts of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos and Cupertino. The exact area is bordered by Lynn Way, Cambridge Avenue, Brookline Drive and Hyde Park Drive on the north; Tilton Drive and Yukon Drive on the east; West Homestead Road on the south; and Alford Avenue, Park Hills Avenue and Wessex Avenue on 8

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the west. The fogging is expected to last several hours, and is centered at St. Mary and Fremont Avenues. The fogging plans were prompted by a confirmation on June 17 from the Vector Control District that adult mosquitoes in the area tested positive for West Nile virus, according to a press release by the county Public Affairs Office. West Nile virus causes mild to severe flu-like symptoms, like fevers and aches, and in some severe causes can cause neurological damage and death. The elderly are most susceptible to

catching the virus, and since 2003, over 4,000 people have contracted the disease in California. Of those cases, 145 were fatal. According to the manager of the Vector Control District, West Nile virus activity is very high, and residents should avoid mosquito bites throughout the county. Information packets will be distributed Friday to notify residents in the fogging area. Staff will be available to answer questions from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. via phone at 800-314-2427. —Kevin Forestieri


Renters pour out woes at housing event BOTTOM LINE, MORE HOUSING NEEDED TO MEET HUGE DEMAND By Daniel DeBolt


n an event at the Adobe building Monday night, Mountain View residents spoke about their struggles to find housing and afford rising rents before an expert provided some perspective on the recurring housing shortage in the area. Egon Terplan of SPUR, a San Jose- and San Francisco-based housing and tenant advocacy group, was invited by a coalition of groups concerned with Mountain View’s housing crisis. “He is not parachuting in from San Francisco to tell us what to do and how to think,” said Adina Levin of Friends of Caltrain, one of the sponsors. Other sponsors included the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning, Peninsula Interfaith Action and the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View. Though focused on land use, the event was titled “The Google Bus / Mountain View connection — Housing Affordability and Transit.” In a city where just over 60 percent of residents are renters facing continual rent increases, emotions at the meeting ran high. Wendee Crofoot, a community activist and resident for 20 years, said her rent went up $100 recently. “I have a feeling it’s going to go up by about $300. This is terrifying and I’m not sure where I’ll go,” she said. “A lot of my friends and colleagues have been taken aback by this issue,” said a younger Google employee named Jeremy, who says he shares his apartment with his Google-employed girlfriend. “It never occurred to me that people couldn’t live near their work. I don’t want Mountain View to become a place where only dual Google incomes can afford to live.” “I hope to raise a family here someday, but it is hard to put down roots when everything is so uncertain and there is all this office space increasing with no housing to back it up,” he said. In the next decade the city plans to authorize millions of square feet of new office space to house thousands of jobs, but zoning allows for only a few thousand homes. A single mother named Anna said she’s concerned that rent hikes will soon force her out of Mountain View after 15 years. She said she works every day and to pay higher rents, “I would need to look for another job but in reality I can’t do that because

I need to watch over my kids.” One of her children has special needs, she said. “She’s really close to her school here, her teachers, her psychologist, and she’s been talking to her about this issue. It would be really detrimental for her to start from scratch.” Marylin Signa, a resident of the Moffett mobile home park, said “We’re starting to wonder is if this town is going to be a place for all people or just the most wealthy. We don’t necessarily want to be downsized and stuffed into shoebox-sized housing either.” Why is it becoming so expensive? As for why Mountain View is becoming so expensive, “the main answer is we don’t build enough (housing), Terplan said, adding that it should be no surprise that prices are growing rapidly given the number of people wanting to move to Mountain View and the Bay Area. And it isn’t because there is a lack of interest from developers. Terplan pointed the finger at regulations

‘We’re starting to wonder is if this town is going to be a place for all people or just the most wealthy.’ MARYLIN SIGNA

and restrictions. For example, he said people in San Francisco have become “experts” at restricting housing supply, with voters and residents often taking political action against housing development, and the city of 825,000 has never built more than 2,000 homes a year despite explosive tech job growth. Terplan said the Bay Area saw a huge amount of housing development between 1950 and 1980. Projected to grow from 7 million to 9 million people by 2030, Terplan said the Bay Area is undergoing a transformation that hasn’t been seen since World War II, after which housing was built as if the American Dream depended on it, and it did. Terplan said that people in San Francisco still argue that increasing housing supply will not lower prices. “That’s still a debate in San Francisco. People will get up and say, ‘I’m not sure there’s a

relationship,’” he said. Terplan presented a chart which shows that the most expensive communities in the U.S. added relatively little housing since 1990. The worst offenders were the metro areas of San Francisco, San Jose, Honolulu, Orange County, Oakland and New York, in that order. Those metro areas, regions that extend past city limits, saw fewer than 10 homes built every year per 1,000 existing homes, since 1990. And prices were the highest at more than $300 per square foot. The places with the cheapest and most plentiful new housing built since 1990 are Las Vegas followed by Raleigh, North Carolina, then Atlanta and Phoenix, in that order. Homes in those cities cost less than $150 per square foot and since 1990, those metro areas saw greater housing development: between 30 and 72 homes built per 1000 existing homes. “No metro that builds a lot of housing is expensive,” writes Jed Kolko, the chief economist at the real estate website Trulia, which originally posted the graph. He concludes that it will take many years of significant housing growth to change housing prices in the most expensive cities. In recent years, some Bay Area cities have been better at meeting housing demand and Terplan pointed to Dublin — called an “urban suburb” by its mayor — and San Jose as examples of places allowing the most housing to be built. There are also solutions on a smaller scale. In San Francisco, there have been a few developments that have attempted to make housing more affordable by leaving out parking and creating smaller units with shared living room areas to reduce construction costs in a city where they are eye-popping — $469,000 to build an 800-square-foot unit in a 100unit building, Terplan said. Rent control After Terplan’s talk, the merits of rent control were raised by resident Edie Keating. “That balance is not going to be restored right away,” she said of the area’s housing shortage. “The problem isn’t which city you fall in love with. It’s that you think you can afford a place, then the rents go up and you can’t afford it. I see rent control as providing that stability.” She said she didn’t know why anyone would oppose rent control under the 1996 Costa


This graph is said to prove a relationship between housing supply and housing prices.

Hawkins Act, a state law which has sharply weakened rent control laws by allowing landlords — through “vacancy decontrol” — to raise rents as high as they’d like when tenants move out. “Especially with vacancy decontrol, I don’t see the problem,” Keating said. The Costa Hawkins Act also makes all housing units built after February 1, 1995 exempt

from rent control. She said the law needed to be reformed. Terplan said there were no well organized groups working to expand renters rights on the state level. “The coalitions that care most about rent control, they want to preserve what they have without (changing) any of it,” Terplan See HOUSING WOES, page 12

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Milk Pail in jeopardy While Milk Pail owner Steve Rasmussen said he had not heard from Merlone Geier since February, Grehl said Merlone Geier continues to search for properties that the Milk Pail could move to, and hopes to line something up before the July 1 meeting in order to get Rasmussen’s support for the project. “The Milk Pail’s fate and Milk Pail’s future are completely outside the hands of things in my capacity to control.” Rasmussen said Monday. “I continue to look for alternative sites that the Milk Pail could relocate to because of the enormous uncertainty of working with Merlone Geier. We are at the end game and it has come fast.” Rasmussen is hoping to get the City Council to require a shared parking arrangement with Mer-

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said. “A new coalition needs to be formed among cities willing to go to Sacramento.” City’s new housing As emotions ran high at the meeting, City Council member Ronit Bryant nearly lost her temper at one point. She was starting to tell attendees how they could be involved in developing three “precise plans” — road maps for development along El Camino Real, in and around San Antonio shopping center and the North Bayshore area north of Highway 101. North Bayshore is the only precise plan area where new residential zoning is not proposed, as Bryant and three other council members voted against it in 2012. “Why no housing in North Bayshore?” shouted Doug Delong of Advocates for Affordable Housing as Bryant began speaking. “I’ll be really, really happy to talk about it some more,” said Bryant, raising her voice for a few seconds. “I am really, really tired, quite frankly, I don’t usually let my temper get away from me, but to think that the 1,100 units that the businesses in North Bayshore and the city were interested in putting in North Bayshore — that that would have resolved the problems of the Bay Area, really makes absolutely no sense.” “We are putting a lot of housing on El Camino Real,” Bryant said. “We have hundreds of units coming in on El Camino.” Earlier in the meeting, Terplan pointed out that the city saw only 37 new homes actually built in 2013, though that doesn’t capture the full picture. According to a chart the Voice received from Mountain View planning director Randy Tsuda, Mountain View has approved more than 2,300 housing units since 2009, while about 600 of those units have been part of projects that have been abandoned by developers. This year the city also identified areas where zoning could allow 2,926 more homes to be built by 2023. It still appears that the approved housing stock will be far less than what is needed to accommodate the city’s explosive development of office buildings — over 6 million square feet is either being built, proposed or expected to be developed under new zoning — potentially bringing over 35,000 jobs to Mountain View by 2030. Mountain View had about 35,000 homes in 2009 and now has nearly 70,000 jobs. At one point, candidates for City Council were asked to stand, and Greg Unangst, Lisa Matichak, Ken Rosenberg, Jim Neal and Margaret Capriles all stood up. Someone demanded that each one say whether they sup-


Mountain View’s housing growth over the years.

ported rent control, but none of the candidates stated a position. Resident Patrick Marr urged people to attend City Council meetings and and counter the opposition to housing projects that is commonplace. As Terplan noted, opponents usually have similar concerns in all Bay Area cities: traffic and parking impacts, fears about lowered property values, a desire to preserve the character of the neighborhood and fears about inviting gentrification to the neighborhood. Terplan said housing projects are regularly being trimmed back all over the Bay Area to please such residents, and the small losses add up. “I have never seen a room filled as much as this with speakers advocating higher-density housing,” Marr said of what he’d observed in City Council meetings. When housing projects are scaled back in Mountain View “it’s a case of five units here, 10 units there. Pretty soon you are talking about real numbers.” Resident Konrad Sosnow suggested that the city identify how much housing it could reasonably build and not allow office growth that creates a jobs-housing ratio of more than two jobs to every home, which is about what the city has now. He acknowledged that a compromise could be made with residents who wanted the ratio closer to 1:1. Terplan cautioned against a moratorium on office development, saying it could “backfire.” A woman whose comments received a lot of applause said her family of five was facing eviction. Speaking through a translator, she said she could not find a new twobedroom apartment in Mountain View because landlords were requiring that she prove that her family earned three times their rent per month, equal to about $6,000 a month for her, she said. “Why do I have to prove to the landlord that I can pay $6,000 when I know I can pay my rent?” she asked. “It is unfair.” She said landlords were now evicting households who have to squeeze more than two people in

a bedroom. “I know it is the law that there can only be two people per room but they didn’t enforce it before. Now they are trying to suffocate us,” she said. “For me it was surprising to read in the newspaper about a family that worked at Google actually complaining about the rents,” she said, referring to a recent story in the Voice. “Can you imagine then how we live? We don’t live, we survive, every day.” “I don’t know what we are going to do,” she said. “What is happening here is inhumane.” She added that she could not comprehend how her family is being pushed out of the city but will then be asked to come back to clean homes and do the gardening and cooking for those who are able to stay. She thanked the white people who came to the event, and congratulated the Google employee who spoke, saying it was evidence that he had “a big heart.” “Often when our community speaks up we are not heard,” she said. “Together with your voice we can actually make an impact.” V

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OFFICER THREATENED Police arrested a Mountain View man Sunday after he allegedly drove past a barricade and into pedestrians following a concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre. At around 10:23 p.m., 57-yearold Peter Obrien was stopped by police officers when he drove into the path of pedestrians after a Lady Antebellum concert. The man was suspected of driving under the influence, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department. Upon being arrested, Obrien threatened to kill assisting officers when he was released from jail. He was booked into San Jose Main Jail on charges of threatening a police officer and driving under the influence. —Kevin Forestieri and Bay City News Service


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dents away to a nearby, safe location. This could be someone’s backyard or a nearby building. Fleeing the campus means running as fast as possible from the shooter, according to a presentation by the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs Association. If students cannot safely flee the campus, the well-known lockdown strategy is still in effect. This includes locking and barricading doors, lights turned off and students sheltered behind a secondary barricade. Lilga said the police chiefs’ presentation also suggested students wedge textbooks behind their heads if


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nizer. “Many priests, they do what they need to do as priests, but he goes beyond the churchly duties and works to help people out in any way he can.” Moran had a larger than life presence all evening as he greeted people in the crowd. The fact that Moran is Irish didn’t hurt his ability to earn the adoration of Mountain View’s largely Latino and Filipino Catholic community, where he plays the role of the bald and beloved Irish grandfather. With a bit of humorous hyperbole, longtime community organizer Elena Pacheco called Moran “the numero uno revolucionario” in the community, noting that Moran always helps to organize the annual May Day march for immigration reform in Mountain View. At this year’s rally, former

they’re leaning against walls to further protect themselves. If the shooter enters the room, the new strategy suggests teachers and students should “believe that they should survive” and defend themselves. This could mean discharging a fire extinguisher at the intruder or throwing books and other objects in an attempt to disrupt him or her. The county police presentation suggests students “commit to their actions,” attack as aggressively as possible, improvise weapons and make loud noises to disorient the shooter. Defending can mean different things depending on the grade level. Because the policy is designed for students from 5 to 14 years old, there is no “one size

Based on recent school shootings, students taking shelter in a lockdown had a lower rate of survival. fits all” for how to react. Lilga said it’s likely that kindergarteners will be told to just run if a shooter makes it in. Eighth graders, on the other hand, might be more capable of throwing books or taking someone down. The three-tiered response puts more responsibility on teachers and faculty to assess the situation and figure out the best course of action, which means they’ll need training. Lilga said teachers, along with classified staff like janitors and secretar-

ies, will have to go through training seminars with local police officers on the new plan in the coming fall. It also means a bad call could put lives at risk, but Lilga said that should not affect staff decisions. She said they are covered by Good Samaritan laws, which prevents people from being liable for civil damages if they act in good faith to help in emergency situations. Currently the district has no plans to tell students about the

newly revised response. Lilga said teacher input during staff training will help determine “age appropriate discussions” that could be held with students. Students will continue to practice lockdowns, which the school has down for the last eight or nine years. Board trustee Chris Chiang voiced concerns over whether details for the revised response should be openly released to the public, which could benefit an attacker. But the new strategy was presented publicly by the police chiefs and is available online, and Lilga said there was also local television coverage of the change. E-mail Kevin Forestieri at

Mountain View mayor and state senator Sally Lieber said Moran “has an Irish name but a Latino heart.” Lopez said that the heart of the people’s respect for Moran is his dedication to social justice. “He is always trying help lowincome people, those who have housing problems, unemployment problems, immigration problems. He has worked for immigration reform in any way he can,” Lopez said, “There are not many priests left like him. That is why we love him so much.” Lopez said Moran’s original mentor was Donald McDowell, a priest who worked with Caesar Chavez in his struggle to unionize farm workers in the Central Valley. Parishioner Liz Joves said it will leave “a huge void” when Moran is gone, especially because he gets things done and has been the glue keeping the


Bob Moran is greeted as he walks into the celebration of his 50th anniversary of being ordained a priest.

Fr. Bob Moran speaks to parishioners at St. Joseph Church at a Mass celebrating his 50 years of priesthood.

parish together. Moran said he had moved to a retirement community in San Jose. Lopez said Moran wouldn’t be able to be around for the community in the same way he had been all these years. People came from Arizona and even Ireland to celebrate with Moran. “He’s more then a friend, more like father, a grandfather — a fun guy,” said Emmanuel Mejia, who came from Mesa, Arizona with his family to celebrate with Moran, who has visited them in Arizona, he said. Moran has also traveled to Ireland, where his grandfather fought in the 1916 Easter uprising against British rule of the country, said Sister Mary Delargy, who traveled from

Downpatrick in Northern Ireland to attend the weekend’s celebrations for Moran. He has a real interest in Irish history, she said. She recalled her initial impression of him when they

always been very strong.” St. Joseph School’s principal Stephanie Mirenda-Knight spoke to the crowd Friday, saying Moran had been a part of numerous school ceremonies, graduations and of course took

‘There are not many priests left like him. That is why we love him so much.’ JOB LOPEZ

first met years ago in Ireland: “He didn’t make any distinction between professors and ordinary people who worked in the fields. He has a very common touch for ordinary people. He has a capacity to make people feel welcome. His interest in social justice has

confessions from many students. “You have been the heart and the soul of this place for a very long time,” she said. In a prayer at Friday’s dinner, Moran said, “May we always realize that, as a family and community, we can make a difference in each other’s lives,”

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was very successful at not only changing how kids see their environment, but also finding ways for kids to adopt lifestyle habits and act upon their newly developed values. Things got a little tricky for McSherry when she started teaching summer camp to a different age group. The curriculum was designed for fourth and fifth graders, and suddenly she found herself teaching kindergarteners and first graders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids at 10 years might be more analytical and scientific, but environmental science is accessible to everyone,â&#x20AC;? McSherry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have a connection to our environment.â&#x20AC;? This week, students learned about the rainforest, and how it covers 7 percent of the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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ture also changed so that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more expensive for anyone who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a YMCA member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a convenient and great program, but at this rate I wonder if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it,â&#x20AC;? Lin said. Another parent, Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lynn Lee, said she only needs the program on Thursdays, and two years ago there was a one-day per week option that was perfect for parents like her. The YMCA has since done away with the oneday option. Lee said the steep, sudden increase puts parents like her in a difficult position. She said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

surface but holds 50 percent of all life. McSherry taught them about the different canopy layers, the animals that live there and some of the plants students might recognize â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like fruits. Then students applied their new-found knowledge to art projects. They made paintings of the floor, understory and canopy layers of the rainforest. Then they painted in all the wildlife, most of which are in the understory and canopy. They learn about the bright colors of animals in the rainforest that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; blue frogs, yellow butterflies. Through their paintings, McSherry said kids can visualize how much life is concentrated in these rainforests. Other times, the teaching and art activity are one in the same. McSherry said she and her students will listen to and even create music, mostly folk music, that

reflects the natural environment. Students listen to songs from New Zealand that use sounds that imitate the ocean waves, or percussion instruments that sound like beetles. Sometimes they play the instruments themselves, or McSherry will play songs on the keyboard. Through this, she said students learn that indigenous people used whatever was at their disposal in the natural world to make music, and were interconnected with their environment. McSherry said she focused on this musical aspect of the course when she taught in Monterey, but started to incorporate more visual arts when she moved her lessons over to CSMA. She said of the hardest things about teaching the class is telling kids as young as kindergarteners about negative environmental impacts going

on around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super challenging to teach them about the bad things going on,â&#x20AC;? McSherry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I teach them that forests are being burned down, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be worried that the forests they visit are going to be burned down.â&#x20AC;? So McSherry has a two-pronged approach: explain negative things in the least scary way and follow it up with proactive solutions. If she teaches kids about land degradation, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll use images of dry and cracked dirt rather than dead animals to show the effect, then tell students what they can do to fix the problem. These proactive solutions include watching the use of electricity at home, picking up trash and sending letters to people who run palm oil businesses. Because the kids are so young, McSherry said they are the most impressionable and more likely to adopt

new behaviors. McSherry said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never felt compelled to go on a negative rant about people destroying the environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids are too sweet and positive,â&#x20AC;? McSherry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing and ready to be empowered by what they learn.â&#x20AC;? McSherry said she also takes care not to push any sort of political agenda. She said she tries to stay scientific, and none of what she teaches is considered extreme in the scientific community. In the future, McSherry said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to adapt her curriculum for Santa Clara County. The local curriculum focuses on building and designing tech solutions to solve problems. She said this year sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to capitalize on that problem-solver mentality and do a project called â&#x20AC;&#x153;design your own green techâ&#x20AC;? for kindergarteners.

hard to find a reliable babysitter to drive and work for the 10 hours of day care they need each month, so the YMCA program is the only feasible option. But she said the cost increase is not something many families can afford right now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cost of living here in Mountain View is already outrageous,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many families have both parents working outside the home to afford their homes.â&#x20AC;? Lee said many employers are unwilling to allow employees to leave work to pick up their kids. Elizabeth Jordan, Chief Operations Officer at the YMCA of Silicon Valley, said they reviewed the new prices and on Wednesday

decided to reduce it to a small, incremental increase from last year. Parents who sign up in two days a week will pay $290 instead of the original $471 price figure, and parents who sign up for three days a week will pay $399 instead of $530. The YMCA will send a letter out to all parents who signed up for after-school care last year with the revised prices. Jordan said when they originally reworked the prices for the coming school year, they had no idea it would affect parents so much. They became aware of the problem last week when a parent contacted the YMCA with concerns over the program new rates. Part of the reason why the

prices went up is because the program is essentially designed to be a five-day-a-week program. Jordan said when parents sign up for two or three days per week, their kids â&#x20AC;&#x153;take up a spotâ&#x20AC;? for the entire week. As a result, the fewer number of days per week, the bigger the fee hike for the coming school year. Parents who enroll their students in the program all five days of the week saw a nominal increase of about 6 percent. Of the roughly 650 families that participate in the program, about 100 to 150 of them sign up for either two or three days a week. Jordan said that means the YMCA of Silicon Valley has subsidized these families who

participate for only part of the week, and with the newly revised prices will continue to subsidize them through next year. Jordan said subsidizing these parents will cost an estimated $170,000 next year. Lin said she received a response from the YMCA that said market research shows the new prices are comparable to what similar program charge. The response also stated that the program must pay for staffing and programming for five days per student, regardless of how many days per week parents sign up for. But Jordan said the YMCA after-school program is not like other programs on the market. She said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not looking to turn a profit, and do not set prices based on similar day care programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compare ourselves to other â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;market prices.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We are a community-based not-forprofit,â&#x20AC;? Jordan said. The outrage and subsequent price changes may be a problem of communication. On one hand, parents felt there was little communication from YMCA regarding the price hike. On the other hand, Jordan said there was very little communication from parents that indicated the new prices were too high to handle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just heard it through the grapevine and from (the Voice). We only recently had a parent come out and tell us other parents are upset,â&#x20AC;? Jordan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenging not knowing who to communicate to.â&#x20AC;? Jordan said in addition to the subsidies, there is financial assistance available for people who have trouble paying for the services. YMCA of Silicon Valley has awarded $236,000 in financial assistance through scholarships to Mountain View.

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ast week, the City Council agreed to throw the controversial question of a pay raise to the voters, a move that caps a discussion started in November about whether a higher wage would attract â&#x20AC;&#x153;workingâ&#x20AC;? residents to run for council. Ultimately, the move for something closer to a living wage failed, leaving a watered-down raise from $600 to $1,000 a month up to voters, with a built-in cost of living allowance, based either on the consumer price index or city employee cost of living adjustments. If council members spend an average of 30 hours a week on city business, as four members told the Voice they do, they will earn $8.33 an hour, which will be less than the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minimum wage when it is raised from $8 to $9 on July 1. The pay raise measure will appear on the November ballot, along with a final list of people running for three open council seats. A ballot measure passed in 1984 prevents the council from simply taking a vote on a pay raise, forcing members to send such a proposal to the voters. The 1984 vote also set the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary at $500 a month, which in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dollars would be worth $1,137. This led member Mike Kasperzak to say $1,000 a month is simply restoring what the voters already approved. In his opinion, the council has gotten an annual decrease in pay, as the buying power of their monthly $600 is eaten away by inflation. The council has also heard from some residents who believe that serving on a public body is a privilege and should not be more or less attractive based on compensation. Others were opposed to the near doubling of council pay, from $7,200 a year at $600 a month to $12,000 a year if the voters approve $1,000 a month. Few, if any, members of the current council could be said to rely on the council salary. Mayor Chris Clark is a business executive, John McAllister and Mike Kasperzak own businesses, John Inks and Jac Siegel are retired business executives and Bry-

ant and Margaret Abe-Koga are supported by their spouses. In April Ronit Bryant said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;lost a lot of moneyâ&#x20AC;? by giving up work as a technical writer to serve on the council. It is not likely that $1,000 a month will make any difference in the make-up of the council in the years ahead. A stipend of $1,000 is more than pocket change, but compared to the income of the current council members and their families, it would not be a significant percentage. Except for Sunnyvale, which pays council members almost $2,000 a month, other cities of similar size in the area pay council members less than $1,000-a-month. Palo Alto and Campbell currently pay about the same as Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $600 a month, although Palo Alto is considering its own raise to $1,000 a month. Los Altos, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills pay $300 a month or less. In addition to Sunnyvale, those paying slightly more are Cupertino, Santa Clara, Milpitas and Gilroy. San Jose pays $10,583 a month, reflecting its status as the largest city in the Bay Area. Another way to view compensation is to consider the council as a low-paid board of directors who set policy and oversee an executive branch made up of highly-paid professionals. The city manager, who is paid $250,000 a year, and his top staff, many of whom earn well over $100,000 a year, are at the top of a team of more than 600 employees, and oversee a general fund budget of nearly $100 million, which must be approved every year by the citizen-city council. When considering who to elect and how much to pay the citizens who are responsible to the voters for keeping the city running on an even keel, it might be appropriate to consider candidates from all walks of life, not just those who have a successful record in business or technology. And if a higher salary will help attract such candidates, it probably will be worth it. V

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If the City Council wants a pay raise, tell them to ask Google, Linked In, Sobrato, Merlone Geier Partners and all the other large corporations and special interests to which they kowtow to foot the bill. Corporations are not people and as a real live person and long time resident of Mountain View I am tired of being ignored. I, for one, am certainly not going to vote for any pay raise. In addition, any incumbent will not warrant my vote. I encourage all the real live citizens of Mountain View to join me in protesting the plutocracy the council has created. Kay Ritchey Space Park Way

We need to face the fact that $440,000 one-story, single family homes and $2,500 per month, three-bedroom apartments, are part of Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and will not occur again. We do need more housing, but how much is enough? Some will say we need one additional residence for each new job (13,000 for LinkedIn and 15,000 to 20,000 for Google). Others would prefer things as they are. Somewhere between is the solution. No one will be overjoyed with the result, but we can achieve a compromise that we all can live with. We need a Light Rail connection from the downtown transit center to North Bayshore. That way, residents of other communities can take Caltrain and Light Rail. Soon, East Bay residents

could take BART and Light Rail. This need is obvious. Limit office construction. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add three new offices for every new residence. Housing prices and traffic will continue

to go skyward. The only sane way forward is through accepting reality and forming compromises. Konrad Sosnow Trophy Drive

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he food was mighty impressive. Bold, expressive flavors without the mask of over-saucing, overcheesing, or overcooking. Textures and flavors were beautifully balanced, ingredients spoke for themselves. My visits to Lure + Till, the snazzy restaurant tucked into the side of the newish Epiphany Hotel, didn’t start off well. On a gorgeous evening, having made an advance reservation, we were ushered to a back corner table. We didn’t merit one of the patio seats that line the Hamilton Avenue side of the restaurant.

Understandably, someone has to occupy those seats when the restaurant is busy. Nonetheless, the younger couple that walked in ahead of us had no reservation but were seated on the lovely indoor/outdoor patio. On this visit we were cornered by tables of booming baritone young men who were enjoying themselves. Sporadic roar after crackling bellow, the restaurant was loud. We couldn’t make head nor tail out of what the waiter said. Nor he, us. We ordered the quail salad and were delivered the kale salad. When he poured the wine for me to taste, I noticed that

the glass was filthy. He brought another but failed to take away the soiled one until the entrees arrived. He also forgot his corkscrew on the table. Little things, but I expected better attention to detail in this upscale operation. Executive Chef Patrick Kelley previously cooked at Mediterranean-themed Gitane in San Francisco and French-inspired Angele in Napa. Lure + Till is all-American, though, with nods to European technique. The interior of the 80-seat restaurant and bar is simplicity chic. There are floor-to-ceiling windows that open to form the

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Desserts, including this chocolate mousse, are all $8 at Lure + Till.

half-in, half-out patio, a sleek but fully stocked bar, baretopped tables, and artistic wood and metal elements. The corner where I was seated was so dark I had to hold the menu shoulder high to gather enough light to read. For appetizers, the flatbread ($12) was large enough to share. Flatbread was a slight misnomer, as it was thicker than traditional flatbread, more akin to pita bread. It was tasty, though, and

the romesco, fennel and dill, and fire-roasted eggplant spreads were creamy and appetizing. Another fun starter was the deviled eggs, (three for $5) with chives and shallots, mustard and aioli. The eggs were creamy and soothing with a slight bite to them. Despite not ordering the dinner-size kale salad ($12), we kept it. The salad was tossed with currents, ricotta salata (moist, fresh cheese with a salty, milky, nutty

Cobia, also called lemonfish or ling, is crusted with mushrooms.

flavor), toasted almonds and a delicious Banyuls vinaigrette. Banyuls is an aged French savory vinegar. The California quail ($16) weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d intended to order, secured on a subsequent visit, was worth the protracted wait. The official state bird was crisp and meaty, served with morel mushrooms, asparagus and radish wedges. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share this plate. The restaurant offered three pasta dishes. I tried two. The

tagliarini ($14) with hen jus (roasting juices), a slow-cooked egg and turnip was lush and gratifying. The pasta was a vibrant yellow, with the egg bound in the turnip. The mafalde ($15) was mouthwatering with pancetta Bolognese sauceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; a simple dish, perfectly wrought. The pasta was made in-house and nothing beats fresh-made pasta. Main courses were not disappointing. I went meatless with

the most excellent fire-roasted farro risotto ($20) with crispy kale, roasted kohlrabi, sage and egg yolk. Crispy skinned orata ($26), also known as sea bream or dourada, was fresh-tasting and flaky. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most popular Mediterranean fish. Here, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s served with Manila clams, baby artichokes, cocoa beans and spring onion. Continued on next page



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Organic chicken ($23) was compressed white and dark meat with barley, Bloomsdale spinach, fresh peas and a hint of garlic. The chicken was succulent and satisfying. It was a large portion that I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish. I thought the chicken was the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best dish until I tried the roasted duck breast ($32). Two fat pieces; juicy, pink and ambrosial. The accompaniments didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow the menu script of sunchokes and charred baby leeks. Instead, rhubarb, kohlrabi, cherries, string beans, wax beans

and artichoke cake â&#x20AC;&#x201D; citrusy, exciting and delicious. The $8 desserts were worth saving room for. Gianduja, a spread of chocolate and ground hazelnuts, was served with cajeta caramel (a thickened goatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk syrup), walnuts, hazelnuts and

banana-rum ice cream. The chocolate mousse had crunchy hazelnuts, malt ice cream, black peppercorns, meringue, and huckleberries. Nice balance of sweet and peppery, creaminess and crunch. Carlos Yturria, the bar master,


contrived an excellent cocktail menu of refreshing summery melanges that paired well with the food. The well-conceived wine list was an international affair, a tad on the pricy side, but the wines were a cut above. After the initial snafus, ser-

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Jersey Boys --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Let’s face it: “Jersey Boys” has never been high art. The wildly successful jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ran on chart-topping hit songs and ample corny shtick in nominally telling the story of the beloved pop act. Now, it’s all been folded into a Clint Eastwood film that’s neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony-winning role as Valli, the boy with the golden whiny falsetto and the friends who are “bad influences.” Local tough Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) first ropes sixteenyear-old Frankie into a crime (though Valli narrowly escapes the “revolving door” of prison) and then into performing with Tommy’s band. When Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) comes along with a head for musicianship and business, the act reaches a new level. Soon, the Four Seasons — rounded out by Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) — are a sensation. The film, scripted by “Jersey Boys” playwrights Marshall Brickman (“Annie Hall”) and Rick Elice, retains much of the play in alternating musical numbers “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” from the group’s deep bench and compacted drama that strives for efficiency in explaining the band’s origins, challenges, and resolution (such as it is) in the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reunion. On the whole, this results in a “Greatest Hits” gloss both with the music and the drama. Literalized on film, the theatrical reduction of the band’s story has an anemic cast, as does the bleached photography of East-

wood’s go-to cinematographer Tom Stern. The film is least interesting when it feels like an impressionist’s act complete with put-on mook accents and more interesting when it captures the dynamics of a group with strong egos and competing concerns. The inevitable “group argument” scenes — one refereed by Joe Pesci (Joey Russo) (the “Goodfellas” actor grew up with the Four Seasons guys) and the other by reallife mobster “Gyp” DeCarlo (Christopher Walken) — offer the clearest signs of life. It’s all rather square, with Valli characterized as effectively saintly, other than leaving his daughter in the care of an alcoholic “ex,” which gives an opportunity for scenes of redemption and tragedy. Indeed, he’s waggishly dubbed “Saint Francis.” The big idea here is that it’s quite something how the Four Seasons had loose mob ties and a criminal record, but that turns out to be a nonstarter in dramatic terms. More useful are the competing takes of each of the Four Seasons, afforded in monologues spoken directly to the camera and creating a light “Rashomon” effect. Lovers of “Jersey Boys” and its music will no doubt appreciate the film, which benefits especially from the practiced performances of Young, Bergen, and Lomenda, all veterans of the stage play. It’s unclear whether the corny gloss of the play would have worked any better than Clint’s lower-key grasp at realism (probably not), but there’s a palpable release when Eastwood stages one of those full-cast curtain calls under the closing titles. No movie can’t be improved by Christopher Walken doing a shuffle. Rated R for language throughout. Two hours, 14 minutes. — Peter Canavese


Obvious Child --1/2 (Guild) Aside from every indie rom-com filmmaker’s well-judged affinity for Paul Simon, the title of “Obvious Child” refers to its heroine, another protagonist suffering from severely arrested development. What makes “Obvious Child” different is that this protagonist is a woman saddled with an unwanted pregnancy: yep, another “obvious child.” When in trouble, wineswilling New York stand-up comic Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) habitually crawls into the arms of her best friend Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann, always welcome) and her gay friend and colleague Joey (Gabe Liedman), or back into the cradle of her warmly funny and supportive dad (Richard Kind) or her micro-managing but loving mother (Polly Draper). So when a nice-but-square onenight stand Max (Jake Lacy) unwittingly knocks up Donna, her trips around her circuit of support intensify. But for all the advice in the world, this is a problem only a woman, herself, can solve, which forces Donna kicking and screaming into a stronger sense of self. That’s all well and good, and “Obvious Child” deserves credit for being just what it is: an urban romantic comedy that deals matter-of-factly with the truthful situations of pregnancy and abortion (as opposed to the usual contrived crises that bear no resemblance to reality). And it’s terrific to see Slate own a film in the starring role (she most recently has acquitted herself well as the horrific Mona-Lisa Saperstein on “Parks and Recreation”). But “Obvious Child” is one of those pictures that’s just good enough to make you dearly wish it were better. Director Gillian Robespierre announces her lack of preciousness or pretension by laying fart sounds under her credit, but too often in the film she resorts to fart jokes and diaper jokes. In one case, Robespierre gives up on writing a snappy ending to a scene, instead just having a character step in a pile of dog doo to end a conversation. Hilarity does not ensue. “Obvious Child” has a pleasantly prevailing wryness (Donna must schedule her abortion for Valentine’s Day), but few quality jokes (least of all in Donna’s stand-up comedy, which at its best feels like a weak-tea knockoff of Sarah SilContinued on next page

22 Jump Street (R) (( Century 16: 9:15, 10:45 a.m., 12:10, 1:45, 3:15, 4:40, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:20, 11:20 a.m., 1, 2, 3:40, 4:35, 6:25, 7:15, 9:10 & 10 p.m. In XD at 12:05, 2:45, 5:25, 8:05 & 10:45 p.m. A Damsel in Distress (1937) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri: 5:35 & 9:10 p.m. A Million Ways to Die in the West (R) Century 16: 1 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m., 4:55 & 10:45 p.m. Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun: 3:55 & 7:30 p.m. Chef (R) Century 20: 11:15 a.m., 2:10, 5, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9, 11:45 a.m., 5:15 & 8 p.m. In 3D at 2:30 & 10:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m., 2:20, 5:10, 7:55 & 10:45 p.m. In 3D at 12:55 & 6:10 p.m. (No 3D on Sun.) The Fault in Our Stars (PG-13) Century 16: 9:55 a.m., 12:55, 3:55, 7:10 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m., 1:50, 4:45, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m. Flying Down to Rio (1933) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri: 7:30 p.m. The Godfather (1972) (R) Century 16: Sun: 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun: 2 p.m. The Godfather: Part II (1974) (R) Century 16: Sun: 7 p.m. Century 20: Sun: 7 p.m. Godzilla (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 10 a.m., 4:05 & 7:25 p.m. Century 20: 1:55 & 7:55 p.m. The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 5 & 9:55 p.m. The Grand Seduction (PG-13) Aquarius Theatre: Fri: 7:30 p.m. Sat-Sun: 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) ((( Century 16: 9:50 a.m., 12:25, 1:15, 3, 5:35, 6:30, 8:10, 9:05 & 10:45 p.m. In 3D at 9, 10:40, 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 3:50, 4:45, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m., 12:10, 1:35, 2:55, 4:15, 5:35, 7, 8:20 & 9:40 p.m. In 3D at 10:20, 11:40 a.m., 12:55, 2:30, 3:30, 5:05, 6:10, 7:50, 8:55 & 10:30 p.m. Jersey Boys (R) Century 16: 9, 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3:30, 5, 7, 8:30, 10:15 & 11:45 p.m. (No 11:45 p.m. Sun.) Century 20: 11:10 a.m., 1, 2:25, 4:05, 5:30, 7:10, 8:40 & 10:15 p.m. The Lunchbox (PG) ((( Palo Alto Square: Fri: 1:45, 4:20, 7:00 & 9:35 p.m. Sat: 4:20, 7:00 & 9:35 p.m. Sun: 1:45, 4:20 & 7:00 p.m. Maleficent (PG) (( Century 16: 9:20 a.m., 12, 1:20, 2:45, 5:20, 6:40, 7:50 & 10:25 p.m. In 3D at 10:35 a.m., 4 & 9:20 p.m. (No 3D on Sun.) Century 20: 10:30, 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 3:35, 4:50, 7:25, 8:50 & 10:10 p.m. (No 3:35 p.m. on Sun.) Million Dollar Arm (PG) ((( Century 16: 9:30 a.m., 12:30, 3:35, 7:05 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 1:45, 4:40, 7:35 & 10:35 p.m. Obvious Child (R) Guild Theatre: Fri 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Sat-Sun: 2:45, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Sun 2:45, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. The Railway Man (R) Palo Alto Square: 1:40, 4:30, 7:15 & 10 p.m. (No 10 p.m. on Sun.) The Rover (R) Century 16: 9:05, 11:40 a.m., 2:15, 4:50, 7:40, 10:20 & 11:50 p.m. (No 11:50 p.m. on Sun.) Century 20: 11:30 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 & 10:05 p.m. The Sky’s the Limit (1943) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun: 5:50 & 9:25 p.m. Think Like a Man Too (PG-13) Century 16: 9:10, 11:50 a.m., 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:40 & 11:40 p.m. (No 11:40 p.m. on Sun.) Century 20: 10:50 a.m., 12, 1:30, 2:40, 4:10, 5:20, 6:50, 8, 9:30 & 10:40 p.m. Words and Pictures (PG-13) Aquarius Theatre: Fri: 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Sat-Sun: 1:45, 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 9:25 a.m., 12:45, 4:15, 7:30 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 1:25 & 7:30 p.m. In 3D at 10:25 a.m., 4:25 & 10:35 p.m. AQUARIUS: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) CENTURY CINEMA 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) CENTURY 20 DOWNTOWN: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) CINEARTS AT PALO ALTO SQUARE: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) STANFORD THEATRE: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700) For show times, plot synopses and more information about any films playing at the Aquarius, visit -Skip it --Some redeeming qualities ---A good bet ----Outstanding

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 --A good children’s film doesn’t talk down to kids; it tells a story that’s palatable to adults, while serving as training wheels for kids to move on to yet more challenging fare. The animated adventure “How to Train Your Dragon 2” fits this bill. Five years have passed since the events of 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” in which inventive 15-year-old Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) waged peace between his Viking village of Berk and dragonkind, represented by Toothless. Hiccup and Toothless are still joined at the hip, practicing new flying stunts as they explore and map outlying regions. Hiccup still faces pressure from dad Stoick (Gerard Butler), who lovingly wishes for his son to become chief. Then trouble arrives — in the form of dragon trappers who don’t share Berk’s enlightened view of living with the fire-breathers. Pompous, all-bark-no-bite Eret (Desmond Harrington) turns out to be merely a lackey to the fearsome Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou), who has history with Stoick. The bigger shock comes when Hiccup discovers a hidden dragon sanctuary watched over by someone with even more significant history with Hiccup’s family: the guarded Valka (Cate Blanchett). Hiccup again casts himself in the role of peacemaker, now protecting a hard-earned new way of life, but can war be averted if people won’t come to terms? As with the previous installment, the film

functions as a coming-of-age story, with this chapter focused on earning leadership and loyalty through earnest self-improvement. DreamWorks Animation ups the ante visually (under the sharp direction of Dean DeBlois, who also penned the script). The flight scenes are truly wondrous, especially the quieter ones — though scenes of dragon races and high-flying battle are certainly spectacular. The character acting has also leaped and bounded over the uncanny valley, helping this sequel to be surprisingly emotional. Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor. One hour, 42 minutes. — P.C.

22 JUMP STREET -Bound to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair, “22 Jump Street” delivers on the threat made by its predecessor: to transplant narcs Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) from high school to college. Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) lays down the groundwork about where the first movie has been and how this one will re-tread it with more money. And so it’s off to 22 Jump Street, a pricier, bigger if not necessarily better undercover HQ right across the street from 21 Jump Street. There, Dickson dispatches the decidedly overgrown boys to Metro City State College to track the source of a dangerous new drug called “Whyphy.” Again, school life has a way of driving a wedge between Jenko, a blissful jock, and squat, sharp-tongued Schmidt, who nevertheless somehow pulls off a hookup with a girl named Maya (Amber Stevens). For his part, Jenko “hooks up” with a football bro named Zook (Wyatt Russell) who just may be implicated in the drug ring. The crime plot proves even more halfhearted this time around, except as a self-conscious excuse



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for vehicular chases, gunfights and explosions. Making fun of having more money to do the same old shiznit isn’t a new idea, and once the movie has slapped itself on the wrist a few times, it has nowhere to go except to be what it disdains: a pointless money-grabber. Instead of pursuing edgier material, the picture is content to go through the motions of football practice, a frat initiation and a big finale at Spring Break in Puerto, Mexico. If there’s a saving grace here, it’s revisiting the oddcouple chemistry of Hill and Tatum. Still, “22 Jump Street” can wink all it wants, identifying its own cliches as it succumbs to them, but the movie is still contemptuous of its audience. At least the end credits sequence shoots any sequel potential in the foot — we hope. Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence. One hour, 52 minutes. — P.C.

EDGE OF TOMORROW --The new sci-fi action movie “Edge of Tomorrow” uses the narrative structure of a video game to present a “what-if” scenario: What if we could keep pressing “start” every time we fail? That’s a fantasy that’s been explored before in works like David Ives’ “Sure Thing” and Harold Ramis’ “Groundhog Day.” “Edge of Tomorrow” — based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s light novel “All You Need Is Kill” — doesn’t have anything new to contribute, but it’s a good fit, resulting in an eye-popping futuristic war story with a clever (to a point) structure. Tom Cruise stars as Major William Cage of U.S. Army Media Relations. With Earth losing a war to powerful tentacular, mouth-glowing aliens, Cage is content

being just shy of a draft dodger, with little more than never-applied ROTC training to fall back on should he find himself in combat. And he does when he ticks off General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), gets busted down to private and winds up on a suicide mission. Cruise nicely plays Cage’s anti-heroic freak-outs, which stoke a rooting interest in his surviving long enough to redeem himself. In a sequence recalling D-Day, the Army lands on the West Coast of France and proceeds to get slaughtered by the aliens. But when Cage gets facefried with alien goop, he reawakens with a start a day before the battle. As he repeatedly relives the day, he eventually discovers that Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) holds the key to the mystery of what’s happening to him, and that they may be the only two people who can save humanity. The acting is expectedly solid (Bill Paxton has fun with the role of Cage’s befuddled master sergeant), and thanks to director Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”), the battle sequences are rip-roaring. It’s all a bit wearying by the home stretch, with a resolution that only sort of makes sense. But it’s summer, and we’re not supposed to think too much at the movies. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material. One hour, 53 minutes. — P.C.

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verman). The picture, based on a short directed by Robespierre and starring Slate, can also be eye-rollingly obvious, as in the

packing scene in which Donna chooses to literally put herself in a box. Of course, by daring to tackle the culturally radioactive issue of abortion, “Obvious Child” also acquiesces that it’s not going to please everyone, and that’s okay. Donna’s choices will naturally be divisive, both on the question of reproductive choice and how she fumbles her emotional responses to her situations and her lingering relationship with the sweetly clueless father. The biggest potential problem for audiences may not so much be the narcissistic protagonist who at times displays hateful behavior (most notably passive-aggressive public use of her stand-up to hide behind when delivering difficult personal news) as the film’s implicit endorsement of that behavior as “girls will be girls” excusable without so much as an apology to those Donna childishly and selfishly exploits or hurts. Or maybe that’s just me. At any rate, Robespierre has conceived something you don’t see every day: a feminist rom-com that unapologetically allows its flawed protagonist to let it all hang out. As such, “Obvious Child” makes a solid choice. Rated R for language and sexual content. One hour, 24 minutes.


ART GALLERIES ‘From Burma to Myanmar’ Foothill College will host a photography exhibit entitled “From Burma to Myanmar: Portrait of a country in transition” with the work of many photographers. May 15-June 21, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation Gallery, Foothill College, Building 4000, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7082. FromBurmaToMyanmar.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Adult Studio Production Through this class, students can get hands-on, practical experience safely operating cameras and teleprompters and managing audio, switchers and character graphics. Wednesdays, June 4-25, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $99. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View. Call 650-9681540. Animation & Special Effects Camp At these one-week-long Digiquest camps suited for children from grades 5 to 12, participants will learn green-screen techniques and use industry software to create animations and special effects. See website for more details. Monday-Friday, June 9-27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $450/one-week session. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-8686. Basic Bike Maintenance and Repair Professional bicycle mechanics will share knowledge on repair and maintenance, covering such topics as flat tires and gear adjustments. Space is limited, and registration is required. June 20, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call 650-526-7020. UyqijY Health care programs orientation In this workshop for those interested in health care careers, information will be provided on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant paths and what programs are offered through the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. June 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View. Call 650-940-1333.

COMMUNITY EVENTS ‘Growing a Living Classroom’ This event will share the experiences of Mountain View students who are learning about the world through gardening. It will begin with a talk at the library, followed by a walk to Mariano Castro Elementary School and a tour of its garden. June 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call 650-5267020. Conversation about death The Bay Area Funeral Consumers Alliance will sponsor a discussion about fears, concerns and wishes surrounding death. The program is funded by a grant from the Los Altos Community Foundation. Refreshments will be served. June 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Public Library, Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 650-4244427. ESL Conversation Club Those learning or improving English are invited to come practice at club meetings with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome; no registration required. Wednesdays, year-round, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call 650-526-7020. Foothill College Commencement Ceremony The 54th annual Foothill College Commencement Ceremony will feature the graduation of more than 900 students. Tickets are not required, and event parking is free. Guest seating is first come, first served. June 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Library Quad, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7282. Kids’ Fun Run at Summer Scamper The fourth annual Summer Scamper, which benefits

the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, will include a kids’ fun run at Cobb Track near the Family Festival. See website to register. June 22, 9:30 a.m. $15. Cobb Track, Stanford Unviersity, 295 Galvez St., Stanford. www.summerscamper. org linkAges TimeBanking orientation linkAges will give a talk on TimeBanking, a system of currency in which individuals earn one credit for each hour of help they give. It is designed to help people learn a new skill, assist a neighbor or person in need, and generally connect with others. June 25, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call 650-934-3556. See Spot Work: Police Dog Officer Hansen and Odin, a Mountain View police dog, will give a demonstration on how these dogs help the police force in their work. June 28, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call 650-526-7020. L3YGJ7 Sew Sew Saturday The library invites community members to come sew on Saturday mornings; four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger are available for use. Please register on the website. No instruction will be provided. Saturdays, year-round, 10:15-11 a.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6337. www. Thursday Night Live Castro Street between California Street and Evelyn Avenue will be closed to traffic for Thursday Night Live, where there will be dining, shopping, children’s activities, a farmers’ market, live music and a car show. June 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Mountain View, Castro Street, Mountain View. Call 650-9036331. thursdaynightlive.asp

CONCERTS ‘Bach, Beethoven & Brahms’ with Irene Sharp Cellist and master teacher Irene Sharp will perform pieces from the renowned composers, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. June 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. ‘Way Out West’ outdoor concert The Peninsula Symphony will hold an outdoor family concert featuring a number of western-themed pieces, including Aaron Copland’s “The Red Pony” and “Rodeo,” Richard Rogers’ “Oklahoma” overture and other works by Antonin Dvorak, John Williams and John Philip Sousa. The symphony will also feature cellist Catherine Kim, who won its Young Musicians’ Competition. June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Park, Hillview Avenue, Los Altos. Call 650-941-5291. www. Kenny Barron Trio with Dayna Stephens In this Stanford Jazz Festival concert, recognized jazz pianist Kenny Barron will perform alongside George Mraz on bass, Lewis Nash on drums and guest saxophonist Shayna Stephens. June 21, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$120. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. www.stanfordjazzfestival. org/mainevents/2014/6/21/kenny-barron-triowith-dayna-stephens Sorella String Quartet The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA, will host the Sorella String Quartet as they perform works by local composers. The concert will include pieces by Mark Alfenito, Greg Bartholomew, Antonio Celaya, Sondra Clark, L. Peter Deutsch, Max Simoncic, Greg Steinke and Dale Victorine. June 28, 8-9:30 p.m. $17 general; $12 student/senior. Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos. Call 408768-1941.

EXHIBITS ‘Stonewalled in Jerusalem’ Santa Cruz mixed media artist Sara Friedlander will have on display her visually arresting and socially focused artwork, which contemplates the Israeli/Palestin-

NHIGHLIGHT FIRST FESTIVAL OF FRENCH CLASSICAL MUSIC Alliance Francaise of Silicon Valley has organized two nights of French classical music: the San Francisco Ensemble with “Une Soiree Parisienne” and four soloists with “Musique de Chambre Virtuose.” Pieces to be performed will include works by composers Ravel, Poulenc and Faure. June 20 and 21, 8 p.m. $20-$50. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

‘Pygmalion’ In honor of the work’s 100th anniversary, the Pear Avenue Theatre will put on a production of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” in which a flower girl transforms into an independent heroine. June 20-July 13, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m. $10-$35. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View. Call 650-254-1148. ian impasse. Using original and archival images, she explores both sides and welcomes viewers’ ideas about moving forward. May 16-August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 831-427-2650. www.

FAMILY AND KIDS Youth Studio Production Camp This summer KMVT 15 will hold week-long camps for students ages 10 to 14, where students can use professional studio equipment to gain skills in camera work, directing, sound design, acting and producing. By the end of each camp, students will have produced segments which will be broadcast on cable Channel 15. Monday-Friday, June 9-August 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $369. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View. Call 650-968-1540.

FILM Hidden Villa Film Series: ‘Soul of Justice’ Local nonprofit Hidden Villa will hold a film series this summer, featuring films that center on both local and international agents of change. The first film, “Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey” will be screened at this event, with a potluck and Q&A with the filmmaker to follow. June 29, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-9702. public-programs/duveneck-forum

FOOD AND DRINK Friday Farmers’ Market The Oshman Family JCC will hold a weekly Friday Farmers’ Market that will feature fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, performances, Shabbat surprises, food trucks and more. Fridays, through August, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. community-events/friday-farmers-market-atthe-ofjcc

LIVE MUSIC Outdoor Summer Concert Series Jazz musicians Dmitry Greeberg and Paul Granin will perform a free blues concert, as part of the Palo Alto JCC’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series. June 21, 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo

Alto. Call 650-223-8609. events/2014/06/21/cultural-arts/all-blues/

ON STAGE ‘Company’ The Los Altos Stage Company will perform the Steven Sondheim musical “Company.” The story follows Bobby as he experiences difficulty committing to a long-term relationship. May 29-June 28, 8 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-9410551. ‘Godspell’ Mountain View High School Choir Department will put on three performances of “Godspell” by Stephen Schwartz, set in San Francisco in 1975. The production features the modern, updated score. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to help build a city skyline and support Second Harvest Food Bank. June 26, 7:30 p.m.; June 27 and 28, 8 p.m. $15 general; $10 youth; $2 infants (0-2 years old). Mountain View High School, Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-940-4649. ‘Marry Me a Little’ TheatreWorks will present a production of “Marry Me a Little,” a tale of love and possibility by musical master Stephen Sondheim. Tuesday-Sunday, June 4-29, 8-11 p.m. $19-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-463-1960.

SENIORS Dementia care lecture David Troxel, an expert on dementia care, and a panel will participate in a discussion called “What now? Steps to take after the diagnosis of dementia” at the new Health Center at The Terraces of Los Altos. June 21, 10:00 a.m.-noon. Free. The Terraces of Los Altos, 373 Pine Lane, Los Altos. www.abhow. com/tlagrove. Heat exposure lecture Emergency medical technicians will give a lecture on the dangers of too much sun exposure, the signs of heat exhaustion and how to keep cool. June 26, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. cs/rec/senior/default.asp

SPECIAL EVENTS Palo Alto University graduation Palo Alto University will hold a graduation ceremony for its students receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The event will be led by Provost Dr. Wil-

liam Froming. June 21, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. Call 650-520-3451. www.

SPORTS Mountain View Tennis Club tennis tournament The Mountain View Tennis Club will hold a one-day mixed doubles tournament at Rengstorff Park, open to both club members and the local community. Entry deadline is June 18 at 6 p.m. See website for details. June 21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $15 MVTC members; $20 nonmembers. Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.

LECTURES & TALKS ‘Disrupting Automotive Transportation: The Road Ahead’ This program will bring together four speakers close to the industry to discuss how automotive transportation will transform over the next 10 years. June 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $54 Churchill Club member; $79 nonmember. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Call 408-2650130. jsp?EVT_ID=1016 Astronomy for Everyone Astronomer Kevin Manning, a former consultant for NASA, will share his passion for the field. He will elaborate on the universe’s size and scale, the stars and other topics using hands-on activities and visual representations. June 20, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. www.

VOLUNTEERS Silicon Valley Tour de Coop preparation Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a variety of volunteer activities leading up to and during the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a bike ride between chicken coops and home gardens on September 21. Volunteer opportunities include putting up fliers and posters, doing test bike rides, organizing other small events to spread the word and staffing stop locations on tour day. The organization is also looking for community members with chicken coops, beehives and home gardens to host stops. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View. Call 650-283-0270.

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Pregnant? Thinking of 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/ New Mexico/Indiana (AAN CAN) BOOK SALE - MPL Friends Computer Assistance for Seniors Fundraiser For Bay Area Students new Holiday music

Having Sleep Problems? If you are 60 years or older, you may be eligible to participate in a study of Non-Drug Treatments for Insomnia sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and conducted at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Medical Center. Participants will receive extensive sleep evaluation, individual treatment, and reimbursement for participation. For more information, please call Stephanie at 650/849-0584. (For general information about participant rights, contact 866-680-2906.)

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130 Classes & Instruction Airline Jobs Start Here – Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Housing and Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 844-210-3935 (AAN CAN) Medical Billing Trainees Become a Medical Office Assistant! No Experience Needed! Online training gets you Job ready! HS Diploma/GED and PC needed! 1-888-407-7063 (Cal-SCAN) German language class Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

133 Music Lessons Christina Conti Private Piano Instruction (650) 493-6950 Hope Street Music Studios In downtown Mtn.View. Most Instruments voice. All ages & levels 650-961-2192 Piano Lessons Senior Special! Fulfill your dream! Start from scratch or refresh skills you learned as a child. Enjoy a relaxed, fun time. Dr. Renee’s Piano 650/854-0543 Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

135 Group Activities music theory course thanks St. Jude

140 Lost & Found LOST Brown Tabby Cat My indoor cat has been missing since 10PM Tuesday night. He is BIG - about 18 pounds - with brown/black stripes. His name is Marleau and is not wearing a collar. He is friendly bu timid. If you have him or see him, PLEASE call me. He is so missed and I want him home. 650-380-0439 peach-headed love bird Peach-headed love bird is hanging around our yard. Did it escape from you?


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For Sale 201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts Chevy 2004 Tahoe - $7300 Polaris 2005 Sportsman - $1800 Toyota 1999 Sienna Single Private owner, 110k miles Leather, automatic, AC, clean

202 Vehicles Wanted Cash for Cars Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3808 (AAN CAN) Donate Your Car, Truck, Boat to Heritage for the Blind. Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Paperwork Taken Care Of. 800-731-5042. (Cal-SCAN)

203 Bicycles Vintage ‘59 Schwinn Corvette - $500.00

210 Garage/Estate Sales

RWC: 1228 Douglas Ave. Fri. 6/20, 11-2; 6/21, 9-1 BIG RUMMAGE SALE benefits Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. (Just south of Woodside Rd., bet. Broadway and Bayshore Fwy.) CASH ONLY. 650/497-8332 or during sale 650/568-9840

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245 Miscellaneous DirecTV 2 Year Savings Event! Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Only DirecTV gives you 2 YEARS of savings and a FREE Genie upgrade! Call 1-800-291-0350 (Cal-SCAN) DISH TV Retailer Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) and High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-357-0810 (Cal-SCAN) Kill Bed Bugs! Buy Harris Bed Bug Killer Complete Treatment Program/ Kit. (Harris Mattress Covers Add Extra Protection). Available: Hardware Stores, Buy Online: Reduce Your Cable Bill! Get a whole-home Satellite system installed at NO COST and programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR Upgrade to new callers, SO CALL NOW 1-866-982-9562. (Cal-SCAN) Sawmills from only $4397.00- Make and save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info/DVD: 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N (Cal-SCAN)

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Redwood City, 924 7th Ave, 06/20 and 06/21 8-3 ESTATE SALE ALL MUST GO

Fundraiser For Bay Area Students WISH LIST FRIENDS PA LIBRARY

Happy Birds Daycare Happy Years Day Care

345 Tutoring/ Lessons 350 Preschools/ Schools/Camps Fun Programming Summer Camp Laces Soccer Camps Youth summer soccer camp in Palo Alto. All proceeds donated to Right to Play Charity. $100 per week for 1/2 day camp. Martial Arts Summer Day Camps Outdoor Painting Summer Camps Piano Summer Camp SonWorld Adventure ThemePark VBS Summer Chinese Program

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240 Furnishings/ Household items

Menlo Park, 43 Sneckner Court, Jun 21, 8 - 12 Moving Sale; no early birds Quality items, great condition. Furniture, books, household items, costumes, more

Palo Alto, 925 Lincoln Ave, Sat. June 21, 8:45-1 Electronics, toys, books, clothes, fixtures, sink, running shoes, sports gear, lamps, furniture, baby stuff

403 Acupuncture

Film Cameras for Sale - $450.00 &

330 Child Care Offered

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220 Computers/ Electronics

Menlo Park, 1054 Marcussen Dr, June 21, 8am-12 ESTATE SALE Dining Room Set, Hutch, Desk, Kitchen cart, misc. kitchen items, books & more.

Palo Alto, 3373 Middlefield Rd, June 28, 8-2 Amazing collection of items for sale. Find useful stuff and precious treasures. Help us send a child to summer camp.

410 Chiropractor

Acupuncture in Los Altos If you are bothered by any health condition and haven’t found effective treatments, call Jay Wang PhD 650-485-3293. Free consultation. 747 Altos Oaks Dr.

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Jobs 500 Help Wanted Multimedia Sales Representatives Embarcadero Media is headquartered in Palo Alto and operates diverse media enterprises, including the region’s most respected and award-winning community newspapers and specialty publications, websites and e-mail marketing products. Locally-owned and independent for 34 years, we publish the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and Almanac on the Peninsula and the Pleasanton Weekly. In each of these communities our papers are the dominate, bestread and most respected among its various competitors. We also operate extremely popular interactive community news and information websites in all of our cities, plus unique online-only operations in Danville and San Ramon. Our flagship website, Palo Alto Online (, attracts more than 150,000 unique visitors and 600,000 page views a month. As the first newspaper in the United States to publish on the web back in 1994, the Palo Alto Weekly is recognized throughout the state and nation as a leader in transforming from a print- only news organization to a innovative multimedia company offering advertisers and readers new and effective products. In 2013, the Weekly was judged the best large weekly newspaper in the state by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Its web operation, Palo Alto Online, was judged the best newspaper website in California. The Palo Alto Weekly and Embarcadero Media are seeking smart, articulate and dedicated experienced and entrylevel sales professionals who are looking for a fast-paced and dynamic work environment of people committed to producing outstanding journalism and effective marketing for local businesses. As a Multimedia Account Executive, you will contact and work with local businesses to expand their brand identity and support their future success using marketing and advertising opportuni-

ties available through our 3 marketing platforms: print campaigns, website advertising and email marketing. The ideal candidate is an organized and assertive self-starter who loves working as a team to beat sales goals and possesses strong verbal, written, persuasive and listening interpersonal skills and can provide exceptional customer service. Duties, responsibilities and skills include: * Understands that the sales process is more than taking orders * Has a strong understanding of how consumers use the Internet * Can effectively manage and cover a geographic territory of active accounts while constantly canvassing competitive media and the market for new clients via cold calling * Can translate customer marketing objectives into creative and effective multi-media advertising campaigns * Ability to understand & interpret marketing data to effectively overcome client objections * Understands the importance of meeting deadlines in an organized manner * Can manage and maintain client information in our CRM database system, is proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and has knowledge of the Internet and social media * Ability to adapt objectives, sales approaches and behaviors in response to rapidly changing situations and to manage business in a deadline-driven environment Compensation includes base salary plus commission, health benefits, vacation, 401k and a culture where employees are respected, supported and given the opportunity to grow. To apply, submit a personalized cover letter and complete resume to: Tom Zahiralis, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Embarcadero Media, 450 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306. E-mail to:


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775 Asphalt/ Concrete

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771 Painting/ Wallpaper

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801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios

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825 Homes/Condos for Sale Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000

779 Organizing Services End the Clutter & Get Organized Residential Organizing by Debra Robinson (650)390-0125

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1VCMJD/PUJDFT 995 Fictitious Name Statement SERENITY EXECUTIVE RENTALS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592085 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Serenity Executive Rentals, located at 1712 Kimberly Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94087, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): PILLOW OF WINDS, LLC 1712 Kimberly Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94087 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 04/19/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on May 15, 2014. (MVV May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 2014) ROLFING TRAIL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592130 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Rolfing Trail, located at 1125 Burgoyne St., Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): MEIKE GRUNDMANN 1125 Burgoyne St. Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 05/01/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on May 16, 2014. (MVV June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014) TERRAIN BIOMETRICS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 593055 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Terrain Biometrics, located at 675 Campbell Technology Parkway, Campbell, CA 95008, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): AOptix Technologies, Inc. 675 Campbell Technology Pkwy. Campbell, CA 95008 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business

name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on June 11, 2014. (MVV June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2014) SONGGOTU INTERNATIONAL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 593102 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Songgotu International, located at 2005 West Middlefield Rd. Apt. #2, Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): JIANDU WEN 2005 West Middlefield Rd. Apt. #2 Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on June 13, 2014. (MVV June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2014) CUSTOM CLEAR BRA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592893 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Custom Clear Bra, located at 151 East Evelyn Ave #I, Mountain View, CA 94041, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): WILLIAM WORTZ 151 East Evelyn Ave. #I Mountain View, CA 94041 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 6/6/14. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on June 6, 2014. (MVV June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2014)

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Pam Blackman is truly a breath of fresh air. She is an excellent listener and communicator, surrounds herself with great help and is highly scalable as she has demonstrated. Dick Chow, Seller

Tori Ann Atwell



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BRANDON SCHAEFFER 650.906.4939 BRE# 01045457


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458 Poppy Place




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328 Central Avenue


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Experience the difference — Visit my website for information on property listings, virtual tours, buying, selling and much more.

JERYLANN MATEO Broker Associate Realtor Direct: 650.209.1601 | Cell: 650.743.7895 | BRE# 01362250

The True Team Approach to Real Estate

Local Knowledge Global Marketing Professional Advice Comprehensive Solutions Exceptional Results

Surpassing Your Expectations | LOS ALTOS 167 S. San Antonio Road | 650.941.1111

Aggressive, strategic and thoughtful representation... 5th generation Bay Area resident, 17+ years of local, sales, marketing and negotiation experience For a consultation on what your home may be worth in today’s market call or text (650) 400-7412

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2 BEDROOM / 2 BATHS / 1,541 SQFT / OFFERED AT $1,095,000 This spectacular 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo features 1541 square feet on a single level with soaring vaulted ceilings that raise the spirits and large windows and sliding doors that bring the outdoors indoors! Unlike many alternatives this home has a spacious and airy feel thanks to 3 separate balconies, large rooms, and generous storage. Thoughtful updates such as LED lighting, quartz countertops in the renovated Bathrooms, and granite countertops in the Kitchen will provide many years of enjoyment. The Kitchen has a thoughtful layout with everything you need including NEW LG Refrigerator, Gas Range and Microwave, there is also the added convenience of Bosch Dishwasher. A Laundry Room this large and well lit featuring a NEW LG Washer and Dryer set is usually only reserved for the best custom homes, but it yours to enjoy here. This may be the best location in the complex with a setting that many describe as ‘Serene’. Surrounded by towering redwoods and lush landscaping this home will surely recharge your energy levels. Don’t miss your rare chance to own in the wonderful Barron Square community. With amenities such as a well maintained tennis court, swimming pool, hot tub & even a sauna it can be spa day every day



KELLER WILLIAMS SILICON VALLEY Scan here for testimonials Each Office Independently Owned and Operated. If your property is listed with another Broker, This is not a solicitation. Keller Williams Realty does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size, or other information concerning the condition or features of the property provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection with appropriate licensed professionals.

650.887.3721 Cal BRE# 01352506

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LOS ALTOS Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $4,950,000 789 Manor Way 6 BR 6.5 BA EXCLUSIVE Outstanding new construction! Lots of impressive features throughout home! Rod Creason CalBRE #01443380 650.325.6161

PALO ALTO Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,695,000 721 Webster 3 BR 2.5 BA ±2020sf Stunning new construction in prime Downtown PA. High-end finishes throughout. Zach Trailer CalBRE #01371338 650.325.6161

PALO ALTO Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,400,000 2353 Webster St 3 BR 2 BA Designed & blt by renowned Stedman & Stedman. Spacious kitchen w/blt-in desk, 2 car garage Barbara Sawyer CalBRE #00582352 650.325.6161

LOS ALTOS Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,195,000 10 Alma Ct 4 BR 2.5 BA Beautiful remodeled home ,chefs kitchen, wood floors, Top Schools, move in condition. Ellen Barton CalBRE #00640629 650.941.7040

PALO ALTO Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,995,000 725 Webster 3 BR 2.5 BA Stunning new construction in prime Downtown PA. Two-car parking. PA schools. Zach Trailer CalBRE #01371338 650.325.6161

MOUNTAIN VIEW Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,975,000 1915 Golden Way 4 BR 2 BA 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in quiet MV location. Separate FR, LR/DR combo, pool and hot tub. Alan & Nicki Loveless CalBRE #00444835 & 00924021 650.325.6161

SUNNYVALE Sat 12-3/ Sun 1-4 $1,699,000 1443 Prince Edward Way 4 BR 2 BA Gracious curb appeal. A gated courtyard entry. Expanded gourmet kitchen. Solar heated pool Lizbeth Carson CalBRE #01014571 650.325.6161

LOS ALTOS Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,550,000 651 Palm Ave 5 BR 2 BA Remodel or rebuild in highly coveted Old Los Altos. Spacious rear yard, close to town. Susan Marsella CalBRE #001182345 650.941.7040

LOS ALTOS Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,499,000 1932 Alford Ave 3 BR 2 BA This hm has had 1 owner for many yrs & is ready for someone to remod/rebuild on this lot. Marcie Soderquist CalBRE #01193911 650.941.7040

MOUNTAIN VIEW Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $988,000 1893 San Luis Ave 3 BR 2 BA Lovely backyard w/new landscaping, large master suite w/ jet tub updated kitchen Elizabeth Thompson CalBRE #01382997 650.941.7040

SUNNYVALE Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $849,000 1511 Yukon Dr 2 BR 2 BA Fantastic Bahl Patio home w/walls of glass. Very private home w/open floorplan David Blockhus CalBRE #01169028 650.941.7040

SUNNYVALE Sun 1 - 4:30 $728,000 547 Pine Av 3 BR 1.5 BA Bright & updated kitchen w/granite counter top/Eat-in Breakfast bar/Stainless steel appl Peggy Lee CalBRE #00970832 650.941.7040

SUNNYVALE Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $649,000 125 Connemara Way #39 2 BR 1 BA Stocklmeir Elem (buyer to verify), updated townhome, tons of natural light Elizabeth Thompson CalBRE #01382997 650.941.7040

CENTRAL SAN JOSE Sun 1 - 5 $624,900 307 Bautista Pl 3 BR 3 BA Stunning townhome! Open flr plan w/ LR/DR combo, high ceilings & numerous upgrades. Marli Szpaller CalBRE #01197637 650.941.7040

MOUNTAIN VIEW Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $599,000 2188 Stanford Ave 1 BR 1 BA Charming cottage in MV, tastefully updated with entertainers dream backyard. Tim Trailer CalBRE #00426209 650.325.6161

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