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Larry Ferguson settles into the new Sunnyvale Cold Weather Shelter on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The 125-bed facility opened Monday and will stay open through March 31.



ore than a hundred homeless people in the northern end of Santa Clara County now have a warm, reliable place to sleep

each night, after the Sunnyvale Cold Weather Shelter opened its doors for the first time Monday. Sandwiched between Highway 101 and 237, and several tech offices, the shelter at 999

Hamlin Court is the only large shelter space in the county north of San Jose. The shelter effectively replaces the Sunnyvale Armory, which used to See SHELTER, page 10

omeless encampments are a common sight along Stevens Creek in Mountain View. In the southern end of the city near Waverly Park, one such encampment sits across the creek from homes worth more than $2 million, representing the major gulf between the haves and the have-nots in Silicon Valley. But in a move that appears likely to win support from board members, the Santa Clara Valley Water District could be bridging that divide by opening the doors of those multi-million-dollar properties to the homeless. Many of these single-family houses Mountain View along the creek are owned by the water district and leased out to tenants, and board members argue that offering these homes to the homeless as they become vacant is a small but meaningful way to help address the countywide homelessness problem.

The plan is meeting strong resistance from some Waverly Park residents, who say their neighborhood lacks services needed by the homeless and generally is an inappropriate for housing homeless people. Others say not enough details have been provided, and that the district didn’t notify nearby residents of the unusual plan. A regional water agency may seem like an unlikely ally in the fight to end homelessness and bring more affordable housing to Santa Clara County, but the Santa Clara Valley Water District is focused on several new efforts aimed at doing both. At their Nov. 22 meeting, water district board members agreed to declare five district-owned sites throughout the county as “excess land,” which cities and the county will be able to buy for permanent housing. Another proposal, which board members praised as a great See HOMELESS, page 12

Google veers from city’s vision for North Bayshore COUNCIL MAY YIELD ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING REQUIREMENTS, PARKING LIMITS By Mark Noack


or the last two years, North Bayshore has represented Mountain View’s testing ground for creating an idyllic neighborhood for tomorrow. City leaders envisioned a diverse community where tech engineers and kitchen staff could live and work next to one another in the same high-density neighborhood. They spoke of creating European-style promenades, thousands of micro-apartments


and a people-mover that would help eliminate the need for vehicles. And to fund that grand vision, the city looked largely to one company — Google — which had long expressed interest in creating a mixed-use neighborhood as part of its showpiece headquarters. But a review of the city’s precise plan on Tuesday, Nov. 29, left some council members secondguessing this vision and wondering if they were asking too much of one of the world’s wealthiest

companies. Could their ambitious road-map for North Bayshore wind up as a lovely dream without any help from private developers, asked Councilman Mike Kasperzak. “From an economic perspective, what I’m hearing is this plan is great, but no one will do anything,” he said. “Yes, Google wants employees to live out there, but they’re not going to subsidize it. Any development has to be economically viable in a market setting.”

The Nov. 30 meeting to review the North Bayshore precise plan threw a wet blanket on some aspects of the city’s latest vision. That master plan now calls for creating three new mini-neighborhoods totaling 9,850 homes centered around Joaquin Road, Shorebird Way and Pear Avenue. During their review, council members signaled that they may need to loosen some aggressive goals for affordable housing and parking. Google’s team was conspicuously absent from the study


session meeting, but the company sent a lengthy letter just hours beforehand that fueled some frustration among council members. John Igoe, Google’s real estate director, said in the letter that the city’s affordable housing goals for North Bayshore may not pencil out. For the maximum density bonus for offices, Mountain View planners wanted Google and other developers to See GOOGLE, page 7


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Patrick Dougherty’s new art installation “Whiplash” in Palo Alto.

WILLOW ‘WHIPLASH’ By popular demand, artist Patrick Dougherty returned to the Palo Alto Art Center in November to create another outdoor, largescale, temporary art installation. Like the beloved “Double Take” installation, which stood for several years and was dismantled in June, “Whiplash” has the whimsical look of an enchanted woodland village or giant bird’s nest and is made of tens of thousands of willow branches. Dougherty assembled the piece with the help of community volunteers and was commissioned to build anew in Palo Alto after the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise $15,000. “Patrick Dougherty’s sculptures capture the imaginations of all who experience them,” Art Center Director Karen Kienzle said in a press release. “It is art that transforms the landscape, but also respects the environment. Made completely of natural materials, these works are ultimately part of the land. At the end of their life, the works are wood-chipped to return to the earth as landscaping material.” The project is a collaboration between the art center and the Palo Alto Public Art Program, which is responsible for placing and maintaining artworks on the art center grounds. “Whiplash” is situated on the Embarcadero lawn of the art center, which is located at 1313 Newell Road. Go to

PALY’S ‘MADRIGAL FEASTE’ Hear ye, hear ye: Palo Alto High School’s Madrigal Singers, celebrating the 30-member group’s 50th anniversary, will offer its 14th-annual “Feaste” (ye olde concert and refreshments) on Dec. 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. at the

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RED ROCK ROCKS Downtown Mountain View will host an all-ages night of eclectic, original pop music from three bands, ranging from local to international, performing for the coffee-and-tea sippers on Castro Street this Friday, Dec. 2. East Bay-based New Spell’s sound is keyboard-centric dark indie pop with female vocals by Oakland’s Leanne Kelly, while Redwood City’s The Corner Laughers (led by Palo Alto Weekly Arts and Entertainment Editor Karla Kane) has been called by the Guardian “sassy and smart, intelligent and intricate, twee with bite.” Both acts have recently released new singles, the proceeds of which are being donated to charity. Joining the bill, all the way from Berlin, Germany, is Sacramento-native and frequent Corner Laughers collaborator Anton Barbeau, whose psychpop music has been described by PopMatters as intelligent, quirky and “never ever boring.” The free performances run 8-10 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Go to

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Village Lake project wins nervous council support

REPLACING AGING APARTMENT COMPLEX COULD DISPLACE HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS, SNARL TRAFFIC forward, despite its odd background. Last year, a so-called he Mountain View City gatekeeper request to build as Council gave the initial many as 650 units on the site go-ahead to a mixed-bag was approved, signaling that city development — it might be the officials were amenable to rezoncity’s largest affordable-housing ing the land for high-density project to date, but it could development. Last December, displace more than 200 middle- the gatekeeper application was suddenly withdrawn and the site income households. But despite plenty of misgiv- sold for a reported $145 million ings and public concern, the to the Los Gatos-based developcouncil is allowing a gatekeeper ment firm FortBay. FortBay submitted a retooled proposal to redevelop an aging apartment complex to move for- development plan that increased ward. The project by Los Gatos the total number of apartments developer FortBay would build a to 711, which would be spread out total of 711 housing units at 777 between four buildings of fourW. Middlefield Road, including and five-stories, each with two levels of underground parking. at least 144 subsidized homes. Council members reviewing About 144 affordable units were the project last week repeatedly added to the project instead of described the developer’s com- the public park promised in the mitment to low-income hous- earlier proposal. The previous project would ing as generous, have been built yet they still phases, but said they had ‘We’re taking care in FortBay’s plan doubts. Memcalls for conbers lamented of the extremes, structing it all that the project would demol- but we’re not taking at once. Numerous ish the Village Lake Apartcare of the people residents, from Village Lake ments, which in the middle.’ as well as the is regarded as su r rou nd i ng one of MounCOUNCILMAN KEN ROSENBERG neighborhood, tain View’s warned the few “naturally council that affordable” apartment sites. But they con- the project would bring more cluded the sacrifice was probably harm than good. Current residents warned that the project’s worth it. Current tenants living at the approval would throw hundreds Village Lake’s 208 units would of middle-income residents at the receive between $10,000 and mercy of the city’s tight rental $15,000 to move out, depending market. “We’re talking about the dison income level, which is more than required by the city’s relo- placement of hundreds of people, cation ordinance. FortBay rep- and we need to make sure they resentatives pledged that those have a place to live,” said John same residents would get priority Keen, a Village Lake resident. to rent out the new apartments at “If 200 households are going to disappear, where are they going the same price. It seemed like the best deal to go?” Those concerns were echoed by possible since the site could have been redeveloped into million- Daniel DeBolt, an organizer with dollar townhouses, said Council- the newly emboldened Mountain View Tenants Coalition, which man Chris Clark. “The question is whether the recently shepherded the Meaextra market-rate housing and sure V rent control measure to the affordable units, does that victory. While the group hadn’t outweigh the costs?” Clark said. taken a stance on the project, The Nov. 22 approval will allow See VILLAGE LAKE, page 6 the Middlefield project to move By Mark Noack


Marsha Deslauriers, the new executive director of CHAC, chats with Mayra Barragan at the nonprofits’ headquarters in Mountain View.



or decades, the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) has been a one-stop shop for adults and kids who are struggling with mental health problems. Whether it be in discreet locations on school campuses or tucked into offices at CHAC’s headquarters in Mountain View, each year therapists and counselors help thousands of people work through their anxiety, find new ways to cope and learn how to maintain their social and emotional well-being.

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But there’s still plenty of room for the nonprofit to grow, and better ways handle the fast-increasing number of people on wait lists seeking these invaluable services, says Marsha Deslauriers, CHAC’s new executive director. Deslauriers said she’s not content to have CHAC tread water — it’s time to start investing in infrastructure, convert to electronic medical records and find new

ways to assess just how useful the organization’s counseling services are for the community. CHAC offers a myriad of mental health programs, therapy and counseling aimed at helping children, teens and their families handle a broad range of problems including depression, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, bullying and academic pressure. The organization has a presence at 34 schools across Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, and provides counseling at its office at the corner of El See CHAC, page 8

Caltrain, Crisis Text Line team up to help prevent suicides By Elena Kadvany


tarting next week, the nowubiquitous “There is Help” signs with suicide hotline numbers posted at local Caltrain stations and along the railroad tracks will be joined by a new resource for those in crisis: Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential, 24/7 support service accessible by simply texting the number 741741.

Caltrain and Crisis Text Line announced a new partnership Wednesday at a press conference held outside Palo Alto City Hall. New posters and flyers advertising the text line will be posted at all Caltrain stations and on board trains starting next Monday, Dec. 5, in addition to the 250 “There is Help” signs that were installed several years ago. “At Caltrain, every death on our rail system sends a ripple

of pain through our organization, and that’s why we have a longstanding commitment to try and work collaboratively throughout our community to help address the difficult and challenging problem of death by suicide (and) mental health issues in this community,” said Caltrain Chief of Staff Mark Simon. “It is a problem that See SUICIDES, page 6

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requires a community solution.” Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit that launched in 2013, connects people in crisis with trained volunteers who seek to listen, empathize and validate, then help the texter identify, on their own, coping skills. They also connect texters with local resources and referrals, if appropriate. If a texter is deemed to be at imminent risk for suicide — a person has a plan, method and immediate access to means — the counselor flags the conversation to a supervisor, who has more extensive mental-health training and can call the local authorities to send help in person. Libby Craig, director of Crisis Text Line’s Bay Area efforts and a Gunn High School graduate, described this Wednesday as “strangers helping strangers in their darkest moments.” Crisis Text Line, a service that is anonymous, also collects, aggregates and publicizes data around types of crisis, age range of texters and other trends. In the Bay Area, 75 percent of texters are under the age of 25 years old, Craig said. “School” is the No. 1 location mentioned by suicidal texters, according to Crisis Text

Line. And two-thirds of texters have said they shared something with a counselor that they had never shared before. Sally Longyear, whose daughter, a Gunn graduate, died by suicide at Caltrain in April, urged others to use and proliferate the text-based resource. She described texting with friends as a critical source of support and encouragement for her daughter as she struggled with anxiety, depression, insomnia and physical illness. It would have been helpful for not only her daughter to have known about Crisis Text Line as a resource, but also Longyear herself and her daughter’s friends, who were unsure how to respond and help, she said. “I urge all of you who know someone who is hurting inside not to hesitate to ask for help,” Longyear told a small crowd gathered outside City Hall for the press conference. “It’s the right thing to do. If you have a friend in need who confides in you, do not be afraid to break that confidence. That’s the right thing to do.” Crisis Text Line is also now partnering with Palo Alto youth well-being collaborative Project Safety Net. The group’s executive director, Mary Gloner, said the

partnership adds to the fabric of a growing “safety net” for youth in Palo Alto and beyond. “As one young person shared with me, ‘Crisis Text Line places an emphasis on providing help to everybody, any time and anywhere,’” Gloner said. “The ability for people to seek help whenever they need it is extremely important. It spreads the message that help is always available and that someone is willing to listen.” Other new local partnerships with Crisis Text Line include Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto; nonprofit Adolescent Counseling Services, which provides on-campus counseling at Palo Alto Unified School District’s middle and high schools; and SafeSpace, a new youth mental health clinic opening in Menlo Park. People can reach trained Crisis Text Line counselors by texting “BAY” to 741741. Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal can also call 1-800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can call 1-855-278-4204. Spanish speakers can call 1-888628-9454. Email Elena Kadvany at V


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DeBolt urged the city to be sensitive to the current tenants and consider restricting a number of the future apartments to be rent-controlled. “I’m worried that the city won’t do everything in its power, beyond what’s in this proposal, to protect these residents from displacement,” he said. “We’ve had this mandate from voters. I’m hoping the city will create a marriage between housing construction and preserving the community.” The potential traffic from the project emerged as a big concern. The high-density apartments would be right between Shoreline Boulevard and Middlefield Road, an area already considered the city’s worst traffic spot. FortBay representatives promised they would do everything possible to encourage future residents to avoid driving, such as providing incentives for transit, ride-sharing and bike-sharing programs. City staff members said they would pursue a study of the project’s traffic impacts as the project develops. They also pointed out that a new system of dedicated, reversible

bus lanes on Shoreline would be launched soon and are expected to improve the area’s traffic problems. Hearing those concerns, Councilman John McAlister balked at the “cumulative” effects the city was creating by approving a series of dense apartments. “We’re continuing to grow, and look at what’s happening,” he said. “We just keep approving projects — I hope the council starts looking at the big picture, because things are going to get worse for traffic and open space.” But as has happened so many times before, ultimately the council members couldn’t say no to a project with so much to admire. Elected officials roundly praised the project’s huge number of affordable homes, but they warned many current residents could be left in a lurch. They encouraged the developer to help relocate these households. “We’re taking care of the extremes, but we’re not taking care of the people in the middle,” said Councilman Ken Rosenberg. “I’m not sure how we address them.” Email Mark Noack at V

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dedicate one-fifth of their new apartment units as affordable housing. This bonus “may not be financially feasible” given the high land costs, Igoe warned, and he encouraged the city to drop its density requirements. Google is the major landowner in North Bayshore. The council was split on this issue. Kasperzak and council members John Inks and Ken Rosenberg suggested pulling back from the 20-percent affordable housing requirement for the maximum density bonus. On the other side, Councilman Lenny Siegel said he didn’t fear demand would evaporate, given Google’s stake in adding housing and the race to build housing nearby. But he worried that the template proposed by the precise plan could exclude middleincome households and create few opportunities for families to settle in the neighborhood. “People at Google believe North Bayshore is never-never land, in the sense that you never grow up — everyone is going to be child-free and living like a college student,” he said. “I’d like this to be an area with families and not just tech workers.” For the first time, Google representatives also revealed they wanted some guarantee that the new housing they would build would primarily benefit the company’s own workforce. For years, Mountain View officials had resisted the idea of allowing tech companies to build worker dormitories, saying it would create a community disconnected from the rest of the city. But Igoe, in the letter, said that his company needed a priority system giving first dibs on new housing to those working in the area. He said it made sense to give North Bayshore workers priority since they would be able to walk or bike to work, reducing the amount of traffic in the area. “To be clear, Google does not propose to prioritize North Bayshore housing for employees of any particular company,” he wrote, suggesting a system similar to what Stanford University uses for its off-campus housing. But that may be a moot point now that Google has edged out its main competitors in North Bayshore. In July, Google agreed to a generous land swap with LinkedIn, which gave LinkenIn ownership of seven buildings near Sunnyvale in exchange for development rights and leased offices in North Bayshore. As a result, Google had acquired nearly all the allotted space for development in North Bayshore, the office park north of Highway 101. The city’s traffic plans became

one of the most difficult issues of the evening, especially a proposed “aggressive” restriction on parking that in most cases would force developers to provide fewer parking spots than the number of apartment units. The Sobrato Group, the only developer other than Google interested in developing housing, warned that the parking restrictions would be extremely difficult to implement, especially since it would be years before the city completes masstransit connections into North Bayshore. Sobrato is currently working on plans for the neighborhood’s first major housing project, about 800 housing units near Space Park Way. “I’ll have to tell (the residents of) two, one-bedroom units they’ll be sharing one parking space between their two cars,” said Tim Steele, a Sobrato vice president. To impose that kind of restriction on the project before any transit alternatives are in

place would be “very difficult,” he said. But city planners and traffic consultants urged city leaders to stick with the onerous parking restrictions, describing it as the most effective way to limit the number of solo drivers clogging the roads. Speaking at the meeting, Jeff Tumlin, a city consultant

‘I’d like this to be an area with families and not just tech workers.’ COUNCILMAN LENNY SIEGEL

from the traffic firm Nelson\ Nygaard, suggested it would be the most aggressive parking system for any suburban neighborhood in the country. “This would be the pushing the envelope farther than anyone’s

ever pushed it,” he said. “Making sure the cost of providing parking isn’t hidden in the cost of providing housing, that’s one of the critical ways we can address housing affordability and meeting our traffic goals.” But council members were largely sympathetic to the developers’ concerns, and they agreed that parking restrictions needed to be loosened, at least for the initial wave of housing developments. In an idea embraced by her colleagues, Mayor Pat Showalter proposed a 20-year plan to gradually tighten parking standards as more transit infrastructure comes online. Among those plans, VTA is currently studying a light-rail extension into North Bayshore. Meanwhile, the city of Mountain View is going to implement reversible, dedicated bus lanes along Shoreline Boulevard, and is also studying long-term plans for an automated-guideway

transit system. “We’re on the cusp of major changes in people’s driving and parking habits between people primarily using their own vehicles and having the sharing economy really take off,” Showalter said. “We still don’t know how that’s going to play out as far as parking management.” For being some of the most highly sought property in Silicon Valley, tech companies in North Bayshore seem to be waiting to bring forward new developments, city staff said. Back in 2015, Google and several other firms fiercely competed for about 2.2 million square feet of bonus development. But since then, most of those companies have held back on any projects using that space. In an idea mostly supported by the council, planning staff recommended imposing a Dec. 2018 deadline for developers to either submit their projects or file for an extension. V

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Sights and sounds of t he season (part 2) A GUIDE TO LOCAL HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS By Karla Kane


he holiday season has begun, with a surfeit of arts events in the Midpeninsula. Here is the second installment of our suggestions. Musical, eye-dazzling and laugh-inducing options to take you through the remainder of December are listed below; for the most up-to-date listings, or to submit your own, check out ‘The Christmas Ballet’ Smuin, the Bay Area-based contemporary ballet company, presents its annual “Christmas Ballet,” this year featuring three world premieres. The show’s highlight may be its beloved “Santa Baby” number, which this year stars Redwood City native Erica Felsch (along with Erin Yarbrough-Powell and Nicole Haskins) dancing with the “world’s longest feather boa” to the sultry Eartha Kitt song. Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. When: Dec. 7-11 at 8 p.m. (plus weekend matinees at 2 p.m.) Cost: $56-$72 Info: ‘Holiday Musicale’ Stanford’s Early Music Singers, members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and harpist Selina Her will perform a program of seasonal works and carols, sponsored by the Friends of Music at Stanford and the university’s music department. Where: Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford When: Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2:30 p.m. Cost: $10-$15 Info: events/618/61859/ Ragazzi Continuo Ragazzi Continuo, the men’s spinoff of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, will perform its own holiday concert, “Christmas Time is Here,” at performances in Redwood City and Palo Alto. Where: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City and Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto When: Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. (Redwood City) and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. (Palo Alto) Cost: $15-$25 Info: Y-Studs a cappella group The Y-Studs, or “Yeshiva Students,” an a cappella group from Yeshiva University, will perform a Hanukkah concert alongside beatbox duo Ilan and Josh (seen on “America’s Got Talent”). Where: Oshman JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 8

When: Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $18-$25 Info: Events/y-studs-a-cappella-group Palo Alto Ballet School’s ‘Nutcracker’ Palo Alto Ballet School will perform its abbreviated version of “The Nutcracker Suite” with guest artist Francisco Preciado. Where: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto When: Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 and 6 p.m. Cost: $10-$25 Info: ‘It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker’ Menlowe Ballet combines two Christmas classics into one: “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” blends the beloved Frank Capra film with the magical Tchaikovsky ballet. Where: Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton When: Dec. 9-11 and 16-18 at 7 p.m. (plus weekend matinees at 2 p.m.) Cost: $35-$65 Info: ‘From Us to You: A Musical Celebration of the Holidays’ Local youth performers join adult actors for Los Altos Stage Company’s holiday musical, which features a visit from Father Christmas himself (including a sing-along, photos with Santa and holiday treats). Where: Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos When: Dec. 16-18, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost: $15-$20 Info: ‘A Certain Slant of Light’ The Peninsula Women’s Chorus will perform works by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds, Ernst Bacon, Joseph Haydn and Ron Jeffers, among others, and conclude with a holiday sing-along. Where: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto When: Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. Cost: $10-$35 Info: ‘Winter’s Gifts’ The Choral Project and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra join forces to present “Winter’s Gifts,” a concert of live holiday music that honors winter traditions from around the world. Where: First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St. When: Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. Cost: $10-$35 Info:

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I care to mention,” Deslauriers said. School districts are responding to Continued from page 5 these mental health concerns in kind. Camino Real and View Street. Services The Mountain View-Los Altos High are offered on a sliding scale for fami- School District has been contracting lies who wouldn’t otherwise be able with licensed therapists, and recently to afford psychiatric help, and CHAC hired a new clinical services coordiwon’t turn people away based on their nator to better manage the district’s mental health programs. Deslauriers ability to pay. CHAC is one of seven local non- has worked with school districts to profit organizations that benefit from stake out any possible locations for the Mountain View Voice’s annual counseling services on campus, and Holiday Fund. Donations are divided said she’s gone building-to-building equally among the nonprofits and are at schools — keys in hand — trying to administered by the Silicon Valley find new spaces that CHAC can use. Community Foundation at no cost, so The rooms may not always have win100 percent of contributions go to the dows or ventilation, but there’s always a willingness to try and make it work, recipient agencies. Over the last two years, CHAC has she said. Services go well beyond schools gone through some big leadership changes. Former Executive Director as well. CHAC’s Family Resource Monique Kane led the nonprofit for 14 Centers are designed to help parents and caregivers years before retiring learn more about the in 2014, prompting CHAC to hire the ‘We intervene on importance of physical and social-emoexecutive director of more suicides than tional development West Valley Comkids before they munity Services, I care to mention.’ for reach kindergarten. Naomi NakanoThe program teaches Matsumoto, in May MARSHA DESLAURIERS OF CHAC parents about posi2015. But her tenure tive parenting, early ended less than a year later, when she stepped down literacy and language development, and healthy lifestyles, and is wellunexpectedly in March. Deslauriers, who joined CHAC as attended by more than 10,000 people director of administration earlier this each year. CHAC also provides services to year, took over as acting executive director in May, and was chosen by plenty of clients who work at the big CHAC’s leadership board to head the tech firms in the area, seeking help nonprofit in September — just five coping with a lifestyle that includes months after she was initially hired. long and stressful work days. Many Deslauriers said she spent many years of these clients also have kids who are in finance and operations for Fortune essentially alone all day because their 50 companies, working on transition- parents work until as late as 11 p.m., ing and turning around companies. Deslauriers said. Looking forward, CHAC will be She later moved to the nonprofit sector, and said she feels privileged to lead focusing on efforts to educate the an agency that has such a strong influ- community on anti-bullying and ence on the lives of so many children inclusion programs, as well as drug prevention programs aimed at curbing and families. “It’s a field I’m passionate about. It prescription drug abuse — a problem affects kids, juvenile justice, veterans, that CHAC staff has said is likely to legislative policy issues,” Deslauriers “explode” in Santa Clara County in said. “It allows people to have a rich life.” the coming years. The nonprofit will Despite the leadership changes, also be looking to expand its mental CHAC’s mission remains the same. A health services to Spanish-speaking total of 75 interns — often psychology residents, with more bilingual staff graduates and marriage and family and a greater emphasis on “culturally therapists looking to fulfill academic sensitive” services. Anxiety among requirements — spend over 20,000 students in the Latino community has hours providing counseling services to been particularly troubling since the thousands of students and their fami- presidential election, Deslauriers said. “What we are seeing in the last lies each year, according to CHAC’s annual reports. The annual value of couple weeks is an enormous amount the internship time is estimated to be of fear among groups of students who are Latino,” she said. about $400,000. While CHAC’s annual reports are The challenge for CHAC, Deslauriers said, is that the demand for mental full of data on how many hours they health services in the community is spend helping students, and how many so high, and the nonprofit is the first students receive services in a given year, place people look to for help. She said Deslauriers said she also wants to find CHAC’s staff is overwhelming by new ways to judge just how well CHAC case loads in the schools, and they is serving the needs of the community, aren’t light cases either — interns are and learn how effective the organizadealing with kids as young as as first, tion’s counseling and therapy services second and third grade who are suffer- are at improving the lives of children ing from severe trauma. Teens are also and families in Mountain View. “We have to be better tomorrow dealing with more academic stress, and need CHAC’s help in coping with than we are today,” she said. depression and anxiety. 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house around 125 homeless people each night during the cold winter months but closed in March 2014, dealing a significant blow to the county’s already inadequate number of shelter beds. But to homeless resident Annamae Thomas, parting ways with the Sunnyvale Armory for a brand new shelter didn’t seem like a bad deal at all. Thomas recently had to leave her apartment in San Jose when her rent

jumped to $2,200. She has been living in motels, on buses — including the infamous “Hotel 22” VTA route that runs from San Jose to Palo Alto — and with her daughter before finding her way to the Hamlin Court shelter. About 25 years ago, she said she also found herself homeless and sleeping at the armory, which hardly had the same kind of amenities. “Compared to (the armory), this is awesome. We’ve got laundry machines, brand new bathrooms,” Thomas said. “We don’t have to share the showers

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with the men.” Earlier this year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors set aside $3 million to build the cold weather shelter, which operates from late November through March, giving homeless residents a place to stay during inclement weather. The 125-bed shelter is a 6,500-square-foot facility that was carved out of a county-owned warehouse and broken down into sections for men, women and families seeking refuge from the cold. County Supervisor Joe Simitian has spearheaded the effort to create a permanent cold weather shelter to replace the armory, which he said is largely responsible for the large recent increase in homelessness in Mountain View. Last year, the county hastily constructed a temporary homeless shelter on the edge of Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, but efforts to retain a facility on the cityowned land fell flat earlier this year when the Sunnyvale City Council backed out of the deal. The new shelter is certainly an upgrade from the temporary one last year, said Stephanie Demos, the chief development officer for HomeFirst, which operates the shelter. She said this one has a bigger kitchen,

warming stations, separate bathrooms and a row of washers and dryers running all day. They also have kennels available for pets, because homeless people would rather stay out in the cold than part ways with their pets, Demos said. Although the shelter hadn’t reached capacity in its first few days of operation, Demos predicts it will be packed soon enough. “People are wary of a new place,” Demos said. “But then the word spreads on the street, they tell each other it’s a good and safe place to stay, and it starts filling up.” Larry Ferguson, who came to the shelter for his first night Tuesday, said he used to live at an RV park in Sunnyvale and got kicked out after falling behind on the rent. On top of that, he said he recently suffered from a seizure and lower back injury and spent time at both Kaiser and El Camino Hospital before heading directly to the shelter still wearing his hospital wristbands and IV bandage. Ferguson, 65, said he’s been relying on Social Security checks, and hopes to have an apartment of his own soon. He doesn’t miss his trailer back at the Aloha RV

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park — it was falling apart and damaged anyway, he said. The shelter space is badly needed in Santa Clara County, where a staggering 71 percent of the county’s 6,500 homeless residents are considered unsheltered — meaning they are living on the street, in vehicles, encampments or along creeks. Although homelessness per capita is higher in counties like San Francisco and Los Angeles, the proportion of unsheltered homeless people is lower. The problem is more acute in Mountain View, where 271 of the 276 homeless people surveyed in Mountain View last year were considered unsheltered, according to Santa Clara County’s 2015 “Point in Time” homeless census. The shelter space is particularly critical during the cold winter months, when homeless residents face big health risks by staying outside, Andrea Urton, CEO of HomeFirst, said in a statement last week. “One of the key things we do to prevent illness and death is to operate the Cold Weather Shelter Program for the County of Santa Clara,” Urton said in a statement. “Shelters save lives and give us a critical opportunity to engage with clients. For many people experiencing homelessness, a shelter stay is the first step on the path to a permanent home.” Email Kevin Forestieri at V


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Nov. 22 meeting. “Along with Measure A ... a lot of good things are coming.” The water district, like many cities in the county, signed a resolution this year calling homelessness a “crisis,” and board members vowed to find ways to help house the roughly 6,550 homeless residents by way of a new Homeless Encampment Ad Hoc Committee. The water district has a vested interest in reducing the number of the homeless, in part because the county’s creeks and waterways are home to hundreds of homeless individuals and families who build encampments and leave trash and debris in their wake. During the 2014-15 fiscal year, the district removed 1,209 tons of trash from 368 encampments, costing an estimated $1.3 million. Under the district’s charter, called the District Act, the agency can’t construct affordable housing on its land, but there are creative options that could circumvent that limitation. Over the last six months the Homeless Encampment Committee has considered everything from peppering creekside property with 200-square-foot “tiny” homes to establishing sanctioned, permanent encampment sites with designated trash pickup and stringent requirements for all homeless residents to perform hours of creek cleanup each week. The proposal to offer district-owned residential properties as housing for the homeless is one of several recommendations to come out of the Homeless Encampment Committee. But the plan to house homeless people in the east end of Waverly Park didn’t sit well with nearby residents, many of whom sent letters to the water district opposing the idea and arguing that the location was nowhere near public transit, grocery stores and other services. Waverly Park resident Kathy Thibodeaux told board members in a letter that she believes the

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neighborhood will never be a good location for homeless housing under any circumstances and should be exempt from the water district’s proposal. Thibodeaux, a member of the leadership team for the affordable housing advocacy organization SV@Home, said that while she is a staunch supporter of the Measure A affordable housing bond, putting homeless housing in Waverly Park would be a mistake. “Without support and diligent property management, this could lead to problems that would create unfortunate social tensions in this well-established and stable neighborhood,” Thibodeaux wrote. “I do not see any scenario in the foreseeable future under which the 19 district-owned homes in this location could ever be deemed suitable for housing the homeless.” City Councilman Ken Rosenberg sent a letter to the water district in September commending the district for seeking solutions to the affordable housing crisis, but also questioning how well-suited the properties are for traditional homeless housing given the distance from services and transportation. He suggested that the district could work with the city to provide the homes to low-income families, which would be a more effective use of the residential properties along the creek. Waverly Park resident Carmen Bryant also asked board members to ditch the plan, saying that the neighborhood is a tight-knit community full of families who have put down millions of dollars for their properties, and risk seeing their home values decline because of a “perceived exposure to the danger, the drugs, and the ‘Skid Row’ feeling” that would result. The real estate websites Zillow and Trulia estimate that homes in the neighborhood are worth about $2.2 million each. Other residents called out the district for failing to inform the neighborhood residents about the proposal prior to the

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opportunity to show compassion for the county’s homeless population, is to provide districtowned residential rental properties as housing for the homeless. Through various land acquisitions over the last four decades, the water district owns and leases out 53 residential properties in the county — 19 of which are in the northern end of Mountain View’s Waverly Park neighborhood, along the edge of Stevens Creek. These properties were purchased by the water district from 1974 through 1989 as an alternative to constructing a project to address creek erosion, according to a district staff report. The district bought the first two homes in August 1974 when the board agreed to acquire 25 creekside properties at risk from “severe erosion and bank failure” that made them a hazard, according to board meeting minutes. The district determined that buying and maintaining the properties would be an environmentally sound and cheap alternative to a major construction project to install a concrete-lined channel and high retaining walls. None of the creekside property owners was compelled to sell during the two decades of acquisitions, according to district spokesman Marty Grimes, and the properties were purchased for fair market value “based on comparable sales of the nearby “unendangered properties.” The water district bought 21 properties in Mountain View for a total cost of $2.6 million, and the estimated value of the 19 homes has since grown to an estimated $24.7 million, according to a staff memo last year. The water district collects $700,000 in rent each year, bringing in nearly $6.4 million in revenue over the last 11 years. If the plan to shelter homeless people is approved, the district will contact the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing whenever one of the houses becomes vacant; the agency would determine whether the dwelling would be appropriate for housing the homeless. The decision would affect Mountain View in particular, because the water district has no plans to sell or demolish the 19 houses. Other district-owned residential properties are on project sites along the Guadalupe River, and are scheduled to be razed in the next few years. “We’re spending huge amounts of money on cleanup in our creeks, and we’ve got a chance to get people employed and get them some housing,” board member Dick Santos said at the

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meeting, and leaving them in the dark about the finer details of the plan. Laura Brown, the chair of the Waverly Park Neighborhood Association, said she was never notified by the district. A neighbor told her about the homeless housing proposal just days before the Nov. 22 meeting. “It was very hard to get the word out to people that any of this was going on,” Brown told the Voice. “The (district) needed more transparency and more information, and to reach out to the community and give us their plan and more specifics on it.” At the board meeting, Brown said she understands the need for more homeless housing and services, and that she spent many years as a manager of Social Security offices in Sunnyvale and Palo Alto, and had plenty of faceto-face interactions with “some of the most destitute homeless” in the area. But she said there are still far too many unknowns in the plan. She said it’s not clear what criteria will be used to assign people to the 19 homes, whether families or a collection of unrelated people are going to reside in each home, and what ongoing services the county will provide once they move in. A majority of board members supported the plan, but ultimately decided to table a decision until the nearby residents are better informed about the plan to earmark the 19 homes for homeless housing. Board member Gary Kremen said the district ought to consult with Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich and other city staff

before making a decision, and wondered if there would be any legal conflicts with the plan now that the city’s rent control ordinance, Measure V, has passed. Santos said he wasn’t buying the argument that offering the houses for homeless dwellings would change the complexion of the neighborhood and uproot the existing community, calling it a “scare tactic” focused on anything other than helping the people who are “down and out.” District staff estimate that in any given year, only one or two tenants move — leaving little chance for a sudden surge in homeless residents moving in, he said. Board member Tony Estremera said the district is offering what it can as a public organization to solve the county’s homeless crisis, and argued that leveraging the residential properties that the district owns is a small but important part of that plan. Although some of the neighbors alluded to drugs and things like “Skid Row,” Estremera said, it’s important to understand that people living on the county’s waterways are from all walks of life. “These people do not have a place to stay, most of them are families, and unlike what most people think, they are all employed,” Estremera said. “These people get up from the creek, out of their tents, and they go to work every day and take their kids to school. That’s a majority of the people who live in our creeks.” Email Kevin Forestieri at V

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t’s finally beginning to look a lot like winter in the Bay Area — or at least as wintry as it gets in this neck of the woods. As the North Pole makes its annual tilt away from the sun and the days get increasingly shorter, avoid the urge to hibernate and sign up for a class or two to remind yourself that just because it’s dark and chilly outside, it doesn’t mean the day is over! Perhaps you’d like to sign up for dancing lessons or take some fitness classes to work off all that pie you ate for Thanksgiving. No matter what you’re looking for, this guide has you covered.


ALBERTO’S SALSA STUDIO & ULTRA LOUNGE 736 W. Dana St., Mountain View, 650-968-3007,, Alberto’s holds lessons throughout the week for salsa (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), bachata (Wednesdays) and tango (Sundays) styles of dancing for beginners and those with more experience.

CASSAND BALLET 1411 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 415-5055659,, cassandballet. com This ballet school and company follows the classical French tradition and teaches boys, girls, teenagers and adults starting at age 3. The year-round schedule for children includes fall and spring semesters and a summer intensive course.



Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View, 650-969-4110, livelyfoundation@, The Lively School offers private and small group classes for adults in all levels of contemporary dance, ballet, yoga and meditation, as well as classes in ballet and creative movement and storytelling for youngsters.

MAMBONOVA DANCE STUDIO 223 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View, 925-250-9552,, MamboNova Dance Company offers group lessons in salsa and bachata. Private dance classes are also offered for individuals and couples.

PACIFIC BALLET ACADEMY 295 Polaris Ave., Mountain View, 650-969-4614,, The Pacific Ballet Academy instructs students ranging in age from 3 1/2 to 18 in the Russian ballet method. Adult classes are also offered, for beginning and intermediate dancers.

Open for boys and girls of all abilities, Kidz Love Soccer provides soccer classes that encourage sportsmanship, esteem, learning and fun. Winter classes start in early February.

MOUNTAIN VIEW TENNIS Cuesta Tennis Center, 685 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, 650-967-5955, info@mountainviewtennis. net, Taught by certified professionals, Mountain View Tennis’ affordable programs for youth and adult tennis players of all levels are held at Cuesta, Rengstorff, Whisman and Cooper courts. The winter session starts January 4.


Health & Wellness JACKI’S AEROBIC DANCING Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St. Mountain View, 650-941-1002, joanier@pacbell. net, Jacki’s Aerobic Dancing offers dance classes with abdominal work, strength training and easy-tofollow aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Classes meet at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays year-round.

KIDZ LOVE SOCCER Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, 1-888-277-9542,

1910-F W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 650961-8100,, The Little Gym offers a range of classes for children from four months to twelve years of age with a mission to facilitate holistic skill development through movement, music, learning and laughter. Classes combine physical activity, gymnastics, games and arts and crafts.

REI 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View, 650-9691938, REI regularly offers classes on topics such as cycling, bike maintenance, camping and snow skills, outdoor navigation and more.

YOGA BELLY 455 Castro St., Mountain View, 650-862-3976,, Yoga Belly offers yoga classes in heated and nonheated rooms, more physical YBX classes and Yoga Tune Up sessions, which combine yoga, corrective exercise and self-massage.

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COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC & ARTS Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, 650-917-6800,, The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) offers classes year-round in music, visual and digital arts, with courses suited for adults and children as young as preschool-age. There are a variety of classes and registration for December and camps and Spring classes (which start in early January and February) is now open.

CUSTOM HANDWEAVERS 2263 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, 650967-0831,,

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Ongoing classes — both day and evening sessions — are offered in weaving for all experience levels. Workshops on different weaving techniques (Navajo, tapestry and Temari) are held periodically.

SAVVY CELLAR WINES 750 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View, 650-969-3958,, Savvy Cellars Wines holds occasional classes on various wines and wine topics, including regional wines, wine-food pairing and wine tasting for novices. Students must be 21 or older to attend.

VEKSLER ACADEMY OF MUSIC & DANCE 1710 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, 650-2540777, This school program teaches ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop dance classes for youth ages 3 and up. Group music programs include preschool music classes and a children’s choir. Private music lessons are also available.

service. It also supplies a range of enrichment and athletic opportunities.


WALDORF SCHOOL OF THE PENINSULA Mountain View Campus, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, 650-417-7600,, Waldorf School of the Peninsula serves children from nursery up through high school. Areas of focus include fostering self-discipline, critical thinking, independence and cooperation, creative expression and a love of learning.

575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, 650-9649426,, mountainview. gov/seniors The Seniors Acitivty Program at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple holds activities and crafts on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. A community of over 50 seniors meet weekly to socialize and congregate. Lunches, trips and special activities are also planned during the year.

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1350 Grant Road, #5, Mountain View, 650-6259955 (Mountain View), Opus1 Music Studio holds group music lessons for young children, including classes for first-time music learners (ages 3 to 6) and sessions on piano performance and music theory. Private lessons are also offered.

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250 E. Dana St., Mountain View, 650-967-8000,, Building Kidz School provides infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten and school age care that encourages a lifelong interest in learning through academics and performing arts. Before- and afterschool programs are also offered.

SAINT SIMON PARISH SCHOOL 1840 Grant Road, Los Altos, 650-968-9952, school. Saint Simon Parish School educates children from preschool through eighth grade, combining academic rigor with Catholic values and providing an emphasis on social justice and

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2462 Wyandotte St., Mountain View, 650-493-7071 ext. 102,, Palo Alto Prep School is a private high school that offers a mixture of flexibility and structure, embraces differences, facilitates academic and social success, and prepares students for college.

333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View, 650-940-1333,, The adult school offers courses in arts and crafts, computer skills, vocational skills, English as a second language, music, dance, needlework, family education, physical fitness and more. The school also has high school diploma and GED preparation programs. Winter registration is now open, and classes start on Jan. 3.

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or many, Silicon Valley life in 2016 is the storied Good Life, supported by the tech-driven economy that ensures a solid paycheck, good schools and a stable place to call home. But many others continue to struggle. These are the unemployed, or workers stuck in stagnant, low-wage jobs that don’t allow them to keep up with the soaring cost of living. The small business owner whose unexpected medical crisis and its crushing financial burden put both home and livelihood at risk. They are members of our community trying to struggle through setbacks that can poke holes in anyone’s life without warning. Voice readers have for years stepped up to support their neighbors in need during the holiday season with donations to our Holiday Fund, which benefits seven local nonprofit agencies that address vital needs in the areas of health, homelessness, education, employment and domestic violence. Last year, our readers and the Holiday Fund’s supporting nonprofit foundations raised some $98,000, which was divided equally among the seven recipients. The program is supported by donations from the Wakerly Family Foundation (in memory of Voice co-founder Kate Wakerly), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The donated funds are processed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which doesn’t charge for administration of the program, ensuring that 100 percent of your gifts go straight to the nonprofits. Please consider making a donation to the Holiday Fund by using the coupon on Page 9 of this newspaper, or going online at The program this year will support the following organizations:

COMMUNITY HEALTH AWARENESS COUNCIL The CHAC partners with seven local school districts operating 33 schools in Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Sunnyvale to address problems that affect children and teens, and cause stress within their families, such depression, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, economic hardship, and bullying.


PRAISE AND GRATITUDE FOR COUNCIL ACTION I and many members of the Mountain View Tenants Coalition would like to thank the six Mountain View City Council members who recently voted “yes” to approve an urgency ordinance Nov. 15. This ordinance will immediately protect our city’s renters who were getting high rent increases or being unjustly evicted by greedy landlords before Measure V, approved by voters on Nov. 8, becomes law in the full sense of the word on Dec. 23. Also, we want to thank all members of the city staff who worked hard preparing that

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urgency ordinance for the City Council to approve and put into effect right away. For all tenants and their advocates, it is a priceless item to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving Day! Measure V will become law on Dec. 23, and it will be a wonderful Christmas present for all Mountain View tenants in need of social justice. Even though the council members have the moral obligation to work for the common good as public elected servants, it is only fair for us to recognize and praise them when they do the right thing. And this is what I am doing now. Job Lopez McCarty Avenue

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ARTS Founded in 1968, CSMA provides hands-on art and music education, and reaches kids of all socio-economic levels. Its arts-in-theschools programs serve more than 16,000 children at close to 40 schools throughout the region, including students in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY This nearly 60-year-old nonprofit provides an urgently needed safety net for area residents of all ages. It provides emergency financial help with rent and utilities, homeless support, a food pantry for low-income families and individuals, and a range of services for seniors, serving about 6,500 people each year.

DAY WORKER CENTER The Mountain View-based center serves about 70 workers on an average day, offering job training and placement services, English language lessons, workshops and guidance. It provides a secure place for workers and employers to negotiate wages and work conditions.

MAYVIEW COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER This medical clinic offers primary care services for low-income, uninsured North County residents. Among its services are prenatal and pediatric care, cancer screening and chronic disease management. It serves all low-income and poor residents regardless of their ability to pay.

MENTOR TUTOR CONNECTION This organization matches adult volunteer mentors and tutors with under-served students in Mountain View, Los Altos and the Los Altos Hills area. The participating students range in class level from elementary school through high school.

YWCA SUPPORT NETWORK FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE This group provides safe shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. It operates a 24-hour bilingual hotline, and offers counseling and other support programs for its clients. V






was fighting a cold, so I ordered the sopa de gallina india ($12.50), or chicken soup at Zipotes in Redwood City. A plate arrived with half a roasted chicken, yellow rice, some iceberg lettuce and one slice each of cucumber and tomato. The caldo (broth) is coming, the server told me. After a long wait, during which the chicken cooled completely, the caldo arrived — a bowl of steaming chicken broth filled with long slices of chayote squash, rounds of zucchini and carrots, and strips of white onion. What was I supposed to do with it? Eat the chicken and soup separately? Cut off pieces of chicken and put them into the soup? And what about the rice? “Maybe you’re supposed to put it in the soup,” my friend suggested as she swallowed a mouthful of her pupusa. Zipotes is little Salvadoran restaurant in the middle of a strip mall, a few yards from a Latino grocery store. It’s a casual, orderat-the-counter spot that draws a loyal crowd. On a recent Sunday around noontime, diners filled the tables, their eyes glued to a large television playing a soccer game. The name “Zipotes” is a riff on “cipotes,” which means children in Salvadoran Spanish. Owner Gilbert Mestizo opened the restaurant two years ago and named it for his three sons. He changed the “c” to a “z” in a nod to his wife’s hometown of Zacatecas, Mexico. Mestizo, who trained as an aeronautical engineer and works full time for Recology, grew up in Mejicanos, El Salvador. About 85 percent of the dishes at Zipotes are Salvadoran. The other 15 percent are Mexican. “(We wanted) to add a little variety to the restaurant,” said Mestizo.

Even though many of his customers are of Mexican descent, most people order El Salvador’s most popular snack: pupusas ($2.75). A pupusa is a round cake made of masa, or cornmeal dough, that’s stuffed with beans, cheese, meat and/or vegetables. At Zipotes, you can see the pupusa masters slapping masa between their hands and then onto the hot griddle until it turns crisp on the outside and melty on the inside. All pupusas come with curtido, a tangy slaw of cabbage, carrots, oregano and vinegar. The sharpness of the slaw cuts the heaviness of the pupusa. The Zipotes version includes a little hot chile, an atypical but welcome addition. In general, Salvadoran food is mild. Heat seekers will want to give a few whacks to the bottle of Encino hot sauce on the table. There’s a housemade watery red sauce that doesn’t taste like much but is available to add to your pupusas. While most Salvadoran restaurants, at least in the Bay Area, only serve pupusas made with corn masa, Zipotes also makes them from rice. According to Mestizo, rice pupusas originated in his mother’s hometown of Olocuilta, El Salvador. “Now that town is very famous for making that kind of pupusa,” he said. Famous or not, the rice pupusas had a gummy quality not present in the corn ones. As for fillings, you can’t go wrong with mild melted white cheese and loroco, a tender green flower. Yet the table favorite was the revueltas, an even mix of fried pork, black beans and melted cheese. Eat one, and you’ll be full for the day. Another Salvadoran staple is the tamale. Unlike the Mexican version cooked in a corn husk, these are steamed in banana


Zipotes’ sopa de gallina india is a bowl of chicken broth with carrots, potatoes, zucchini and chayote, and served with chicken, rice and homemade tortillas.

leaves. The masa becomes supple — almost creamy — encasing hunks of moist chicken. Eat yours carefully, as we did find a large bone during one visit. You can order the tamales a la carte ($2.50) or as part of the filling Salvadoran breakfast ($11.50) of scrambled eggs (with chopped vegetables, upon request), a square of springy queso fresco, black beans mixed with rice and thick homemade

tortillas. The beans and rice were the surprising stars with a distinctive meaty quality. Fried plantains came on the side. Plantains are the banana’s starchier cousin, and when you fry ripe ones, they turn deeply caramelized on the outside and soft and delectable on the inside. The tortillas were made from the same dough as the pupusas and also griddled. They’re bland but cushy and filling. You should tear

off pieces; don’t attempt to roll them burrito-style. On the subject of how to eat things correctly, let’s go back to that chicken soup, another Salvadoran classic. Mestizo explained that you can eat the chicken separately or put it in the soup. The same goes for the rice. Because my chicken and rice were cold from waiting for so long for the See ZIPOTES, page 18

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City of Mountain View EAST WHISMAN PRECISE PLAN COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the German International School (310 Easy Street) The City is developing a new Precise Plan for the East Whisman area to implement the 2030 General Plan vision. This includes studying the addition of residential land uses and creating new standards for future development in the area (e.g. building height, streetscape improvements, open space, etc).


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soup to arrive, I added them to the soup where the mild, hot broth instantly moistened the meat. It’s worth noting that even when cold, the rice at Zipotes is amazing. Soft and flavorful, it comes with nearly every dish, usually along with equally good refried black beans. Another chicken dish, the pollo encebollado ($10.50), required no added moisture. The roasted half-chicken was very tender, canvassed with a layer of cooked onion slices. The onions, like most foods that hit the flattop here, were a little greasy, but they did retain some crunch. One of the Mexican entrees, camarones a la diabla ($12.75) earns its names from the crimson chile sauce pooled underneath the shrimp. Its heat comes from chile de arbol. Tame it with tortillas, beans and rice, but avoid it if you can’t handle spicy dishes. Try a round of empanadas de platano ($5.50). These two eggshaped fritters made of sweet fried plantains and filled with either refried black beans (my choice, for the sweet and savory contrast) or a virtually tasteless white milk pudding. Another heavy appetizer meant for sharing is the yuca frita con chicharrón ($8). Yuca is a starchy vegetable, which is cut into thick cuboids, fried and decorated with chewy hunks of pork. Sometimes chicharrones, which are often made from pig skin, can be dry, but these ones came from the leg of the pig for superior meatiness. On multiple visits, service lagged. We received dishes piecemeal, with long waits between each one. Our drinks came well after we’d already started working on our meals, but several


Margaret Tum plates the Zipotes breakfast, which includes eggs and chorizo, refried black beans, queso fresco and fried plantains.

were worth the wait. If you’ve only had Mexican horchata, try the Salvadoran version. It incorporates six kinds of Central American fruit seeds which are toasted, finely ground and combined with cinnamon, milk and rice to create a very thin, fragrant drink ($3). On a cold day, try the corn atole ($2.50). Described on the menu as oatmeal, it’s actually a sweet corn milk with kernels of corn and, sometimes, a rogue cinnamon stick. For something fruity, there are aqua frescas ($3), light drinks made from fruit and water. On weekends only, you can try the ensalada de frutas ($3.75), a very sweet juice teeming with diced fruits including red and green apples, pineapple, and Central America fruits like marañón, or cashew fruit. I prefered the slightly tangy tamarindo, which looks like dark ice tea. Ultra fine and slightly grainy tamarind pulp collected at the bottom of the glass. Soda drinkers will find the popular Mexican brand Jarritos as well as the old-fashioned glass-bottled Coca Cola. When you go to Zipotes — which you absolutely should

— try to be patient. Order some pupusas, some appetizers and maybe an entree to share. Know that not everything will come at once or in the order you intended it, but once it arrives, it will be tasty, hearty and fill you up well into the next day. Email Alissa Merksamer at V

QDININGNOTES Zipotes 828 5th Ave., Redwood City 650-216-0010 Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Credit Cards Alcohol Children Takeout Reservations No Noise Level Moderate Bathroom Good Cleanliness

The City welcomes your participation in the second East Whisman Precise Plan Community Workshop. The workshop will include an overview of the East Whisman Precise Plan process and input received to date from the community and decision makers. Workshop participants will discuss the preferred locations and intensity of new development, the preferred character of several locations PU[OL7SHUHYLHHUKPKLHZMVYJVTT\UP[`ILULÄ[Z A meeting agenda and workshop materials will be available on the City’s website by 5 p.m. on Monday November 28, 2016 at Additional East Whisman Precise Plan public meetings will be held by the Environmental Planning Commission and City Council in early 2017. For any questions, please contact Lindsay Hagan of the City of Mountain View Community Development Department at 650-903-6306 or via email at 18

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Angelica Muro-Mestizo, the co-owner of Zipotes restaurant in Redwood City, stands by the counter in the restaurant’s dining room as customers eat breakfast on Nov. 29.




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(Century 16 & 20) “Never check an interesting fact.” With these words, Warren Beatty returns to the silver screen, after a 15-year absence, in his film “Rules Don’t Apply.” They are, we’re told, the words of Howard Hughes, the mercurial movie producer and aviation industrialist known as much for folly and madness as for his impressive financial empire. Writer-director-producer-star Beatty’s passion project has been gestating for four decades, and wrapped shooting in 2014. In his screenplay and performance as Hughes, Beatty offers a canny, sharply drawn, and highly personal take on the billionaire, with strong elements of lacerating self-parody. The movie star seems to empathize with Hughes in his second-guessed genius and compulsive, quirky hedonism (from sex with starlets to foil-covered TV dinners), while hardly letting him off the hook for his stunningly selfish failures. As its epigraph suggests, COURTESY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

Warren Beatty (right) plays eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes and Alden Ehrenreich plays his driver in “Rules Don’t Apply.”

“Rules Don’t Apply” doesn’t let niggling historical details get in the way of a good story. For the most part, this spells comedy, with Hughes unwittingly taking two fresh-faced innocents on parallel journeys from naïve, eager-to-please idealism to hardwon, clear-eyed realism. Alden Ehrenreich plays Frank Forbes, a driver for the Hughes organization and would-beentrepreneur who hopes to interest his boss in a housingdevelopment scheme. While waiting for an audience with the boss, Frank becomes the go-to driver for Baptist-girl-turnedactress Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), one of Hughes’ large stable of aspiring starlets. Much of the story’s tension comes from the twin certainties that

the attractive, young Frank and Marla will develop feelings for one another, and that Hughes will call upon Marla for a sexual dalliance. Both scenarios play into the titular theme of flexible ethics and selfish entitlement: a little bit of power goes a long way to ambition, and a great deal of power knows no bounds. It’s probably fair to deem the story slight, with little in the way of universal relevance, but it’s also delightfully entertaining, and well attuned to the struggle of contending with a destabilizing influence on one’s work life and, worse, one’s personal life. Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements, and drug references. Two hours, 6 minutes. — Peter Canavese

MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTRAL SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturday Services: Worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Study Groups: 10-11 a.m. Pastor Kenny Fraser, B.A.M. DIV 1425 Springer Rd., Mtn. View - Office Hrs. M-F 9am-1pm Phone: 650-967-2189

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QNOWSHOWING Dear readers: We have heard you. We are again publishing a list of the movies that are playing in local theaters over the weekend. However, we are not restoring the specific movie times, given that theaters often change the times after our press deadline, resulting in errors. To find out when movies are playing, we ask instead that readers call the theaters, check the theaters' websites or look on movie sites such as The Accountant (R) + Century 20: Friday Allied (R) Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Almost Christmas (PG-13) Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Animal Crackers (1930) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:40 & 9:30 p.m. Arrival (PG-13) ++++ Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Bad Santa 2 (PG-13) Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Believe (PG) Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (R) Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Doctor Strange (PG-13) +++ Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. The Eagle Huntress (G) ++ Aquarius Theatre: Fri.-Sun. The Edge of Seventeen (R) Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. The Gay Divorcee (1934) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 3:40 p.m. Hacksaw Ridge (R) Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Incarnate (PG-13) Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Loving (PG-13) +++1/2 Palo Alto Square: Fri.-Sun. Manchester by the Sea (R) +++1/2 Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Guild Theatre: Fri.-Sun. MET Opera: The Magic Flute Encore (2016) (Not Rated) Century 16: Saturday Century 20: Saturday Palo Alto Square: Saturday Moana (G) +++1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Moonlight (R) Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Palo Alto Square: Fri.-Sun. Nocturnal Animals (R) Aquarius Theatre: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 327-3241) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City CineArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (For information: 493-0128) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (For recorded listings: 266-9260) Stanford Theatre: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 324-3700) +Skip it ++Some redeeming qualities +++A good bet ++++Outstanding For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more movie info, visit and click on movies.

Monday, December 5th 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Civic Center Plaza 500 Castro Street Live Music Refreshments Food Trucks Snow zone Crafts and more!

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QHIGHLIGHT SMUIN’S ‘THE CHRISTMAS BALLET’ The Smuin Contemporary American Ballet’s Christmas show features everything from ballet and tap to swing and jazz. This year’s 21st anniversary edition of “The Christmas Ballet” starts out with dancers performing classical favorites such as “The Gloucestershire Wassail” and “Ave Maria.” The second half’s red-costumed dancers let loose with a collection of fresh, fun and fantastical numbers, inspired by tunes like “White Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Santa Baby.” Dec. 7-10, 8 p.m.; Dec. 10 and 11, 2 p.m. $31-$44. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

THEATER ‘A Christmas Carol’ This stage adaptation created especially for “Stories on Stage” by Dexter Fidler brings out the wit and warmth of Dickens’ classic tale that follows Ebenezer Scrooge, the meanest stingiest man in London. Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m. $10. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ Los Altos Stage Company presents “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Annie Baker that tells the story of an “Adult Creative Drama” instructor who leads an unlikely collection of strangers through theater games which begin to reflect the characters’ real-life issues. Nov. 17-Dec. 11, times vary. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. ‘Daddy Long Legs’ An intimate portrayal of love, “Daddy Long Legs” traces the development of a young girl’s emotional and intellectual growth, told in the spirit of Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters and “Downton Abbey.” Set in the early 1900s, the musical is based on the classic

novel. Nov. 30-Dec. 11, times vary. $20-$36. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. ‘From Us, To You: A Musical Celebration of the Holidays’ The Los Altos Company’s production of “From Us, To You,” tells the story of an enthusiastic group of holiday-lovers as they prepare to put on their annual Christmas show. Dec. 16 and 17, 7 p.m.; Dec. 17 and 18, 2 p.m. $15, children under 17; $20, general. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. ‘Geeks vs. Zombies’ “Geeks Vs. Zombies” is described as a gory fun-fest and a radical departure from the standard Christmas fare. “Geeks Vs. Zombies” is recommended for ages 13 and up. Thursdays-Sundays, Dec. 1-18, 8 p.m. $20. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida, Mountain View. ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ This story by C.S. Lewis is dramatized by Joseph Robinette and offers an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with this story of love, giving and courage. Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 1-18, times vary. $10, children; $12, adults. Palo Alto

Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Palo Alto Dance Connection’s ‘The Nutcracker’ This classic rendition of “The Nutcracker” features dancers ages 6 to 18. The season’s performance includes Tchaikovsky’s music, colorful costumes and sophisticated choreography. Dec. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.; Dec. 3, 4-5:30 p.m. $15-$35. Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Third Annual Los Altos Library Story Fest This event features an afternoon of traditional storytelling with nationally acclaimed teller, Tim Ereneta. “Classic Folk and Fairy Tales” is the theme and 14 talented local tellers will also be on hand. Children over 4 years of age and all adults are welcome. Dec. 3, 1-5:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

CONCERTS 20 Harps for the Holidays This program features festive classical and holiday music, including the studio’s ensemble of 20 harps and

guest artist jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako. Dec. 3, 4-6 p.m. $15, general; $12, seniors over 60; $12, children 4-12. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Master Sinfonia Special Concert David Ramadanoff, music director and conductor of Master Sinfonia, leads a special concert that will feature Edward Luengo, the 2nd prize winner of the 2016 concerto competition, playing the Walton cello concerto. It will also include a performance of the Mendelssohn 4th symphony “Italian.” Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m. $20-$25. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.

Social and Planetary Transformation” and director of the Gaiafield Project, will lead an exploration of the transformative potential of consciousness. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. East West Book Store, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.



Celtic Rose: Rare Holiday Gems This educational musical presentation will feature songs from many times, places and traditions. These rare holiday songs will be played on lute, recorder, guitar and drum. Dec. 8, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Community Tree Lighting Celebration This event offers the community a time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family at the Mountain View Community Tree Lighting Celebration. It will feature live holiday music, refreshments, lights and the arrival of Santa Claus. Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Hurd Ensemble Performing original music by composer George Hurd, The Hurd Ensemble unifies the worlds of electronic and classical music. Dec. 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. New Spell, Anton Barbeau and The Corner Laughers East Bay band New Spell is joined by the Peninsula’s own The Corner Laughers and, all the way from Berlin, Anton Barbeau, for an evening of original, independent music full of catchy melodies, intelligent lyrics and interesting rhythms. Dec. 2, 8-11 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. The Trouble With Monkeys & The Hormones In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Monkees, The Hormones — an all-girl Ramones tribute band — will join The Trouble With Monkeys. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Free. O’Malley’s, 2135 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Storytime with Jim LaMarche This storytime features special guest author and illustrator Jim LaMarche reading from his new picture book, “Pond,” for ages 4 and up. Dec. 3, 3-5 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

FESTIVALS & FAIRS Annual Holiday Faire at Waldorf School of the Peninsula This annual holiday faire is an experience for all ages to enjoy. It features a Gnome Adventure, beeswax candle dipping, wreath making, games, prizes, handcraft workshops for all ages, a puppet show and more. Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission, crafts and items vary in cost. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.

TALKS & LECTURES Author Event: Julian Guthrie Awardwinning journalist Julian Guthrie discusses her new work, “How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight.” It follows test pilot Mike Melvill who, alone in a Spartan black cockpit, rocketed toward space. Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View. The Preservation Game Sue Black will discuss her book, her life and career and the campaign that saved Bletchley Park, the headquarters for British decryption programs during World War II. Dec. 7, noon-1:30 p.m. Free, but register online. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Subtle Activism David Nicol, Ph.D., author of “Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of


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FUNDRAISERS Holiday Boutique This annual fundraiser benefits financial aid programs and will showcase artisans from around the Bay Area, and the event will also feature student performances. Dec. 2, 1:30-8 p.m. Free. Saint Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Winter 2016 Cubberley Artists Open Studios Visitors are invited to glimpse into an artist’s active work space when Cubberley artists open their studio doors to art lovers. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cubberley Artist Studio Program, Artist Wings: E, F & U, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

FILM NAATAK presents MELA 2016 Every November, NAATAK presents plays in multiuple Indian languages and explores new ways of engaging with its audience. Dec. 2, 8-10:30 p.m.; Dec. 3, 6-8:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 2-4:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, T2, Palo Alto.

FOOD & DRINK Cow Wow! Ages 5 and up are welcome to help milk Vida the Cow. Participants will learn fun cow facts while helping to feed and care for the dairy queen. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Dec. 3, 3:305 p.m. $25 per person. Hidden Villa, 26870, Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. programs/calendar-of-events

LESSONS & CLASSES Last Minute Tax Saving Strategies for 2016 At this workshop, attendants will learn the latest updates to the tax law. Attendants may be able to save on their taxes if they make the right moves before the end of the year, but they need to act before Dec. 31. Dec. 8, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

HEALTH & WELLNESS Finding Joy in All Parts of Your Life Local author Joy Rewick helps people discover all the places in their lives that joy lives. Dec. 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Body Image and Eating Disorder Support Group This group is for those struggling with eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction. The group is open to all ages, genders and types of eating issues. It is not a structured group; rather it is open for sharing, asking questions, offering and receiving support or just listening. Dec. 6 and 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Conference Room C, Mountain View. Integral Shri Vivek Yoga Shri Vivek Yoga is an integral yoga to learn how to balance three dimensions of body and life. No previous yoga experience is required. Registration is required, and attendants are encouraged to bring their own mat or towel. Dec. 6 and 13, noon-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. mountainview. gov/librarycalendar

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235 Wanted to Buy 13” MacBook Air

240 Furnishings/ Household items Official Meijer Nightstand - $749

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560 Employment Information PAUSD Coach Openings

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995 Fictitious Name Statement

TreeLight PenWorks FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623456 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: TreeLight PenWorks, located at 325-84 Sylvan Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94041, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): ERIC ARMSTRONG 325-84 Sylvan Avenue Mountain View, CA 94041 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 14 Nov. 2016. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 14, 2016. (MVV Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2016) MESSY PLAY KITS MESSY PLAY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623374 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Messy Play Kits, 2.) Messy Play, located at 1647 Morgan Street, Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): HANDS ON PARENTING LLC 1647 Morgan Street Mountain View, CA 94043 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 10/1/16. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 10, 2016. (MVV Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2016)

ZEN HAIR FASHION FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623518 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Zen Hair Fashion, located at 1253 W. El Camino Real #F, Sunnyvale, CA 94089, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): DAN YOU 1220 Tasman Dr. Spc. 29 Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Registrant 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 November 16, 2016. (MVV Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2016)

SASCON FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623202 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: SASCON, located at 335 S. Bayview Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): SECURITIZATION ANALYTICS AND SYSTEMS CONSULTING, LLC 335 S. Bayview Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on Nov. 3, 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 3, 2016. (MVV Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2016)

RG ENGINEERING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623594 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: RG Engineering, located at 1691 Notre Dame Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): ROBERT JOHN GARABEDIAN 1691 Notre Dame Drive Mountain View, CA 94040 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 11/17/2016. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 17, 2016. (MVV Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2016) MELENDEZ CLEANING SERVICE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623666 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Melendez Cleaning Service, located at 809-B Cuesta Drive #2107, Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): CHRIS MELENDEZ 685 Mariposa Ave. Apt. 4 Mountain View, CA 94041 Registrant 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 November 21, 2016. (MVV Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016)

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31 Deep Well Lane, Los Altos

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Sought-after Creekside Oaks Living Ideally located in the gated community of sought-after Creekside Oaks, this luxurious condominium is tranquil and serene. With two large bedroom suites, a spacious study or den, inside laundry room with storage, and a beautiful atrium, this home offers 1,840* sf of living space. Featuring new flooring and baseboards throughout, eat-in kitchen with bay window, a grand living room with fireplace, and a formal dining room with views to the patio garden and community pond, this unit is filled with light from multiple skylights and expansive sliding glass doors. The finished 2 car garage has newly painted floors, abundant cabinetry, and ladder to a loft for endless storage potential. Just minutes to Los Altos Village with easy access to 280 freeway. â&#x20AC;˘ Serenely located with 1,840* sf of living space â&#x20AC;˘ Open yet private patio looking out to rolling lawns, community pond and waterfall â&#x20AC;˘ Two bedrooms, two baths with spacious study or den â&#x20AC;˘ New flooring throughout including hardwood floors in entry and kitchen â&#x20AC;˘ Light filled rooms with skylights and expansive sliding glass doors â&#x20AC;˘ Air conditioning, forced air heating, and radiant heating â&#x20AC;˘ Gated community, professionally landscaped with lush greenery, two pools, and a spa â&#x20AC;˘ Minutes to Los Altos Village and Excellent Los Altos Schools *buyer to verify

Offered at $2,098,000 | For further information contact Cindy Bogard-Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Gorman 650.924.8365

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Offered at $1,548,000

Debbie Rossetto 408-891-9977 cell/text BRE 00985361


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Over $1 Billion in Sales Serving you since 1988

Your UPDATED Sunnyvale Townhome awaits! -5 n 12 u S d at an S n Ope

620 N. Ahwanee Terrace, Sunnyvale


ffering 2 large bedroom suites with expanded closets, this spacious and centrally located townhome delights with a bright updated Kitchen, impresses with a remodeled Master Bathroom, and it shines with glorious Hardwood Floors throughout! Additional details include: Tankless Water Heater, Private rear Yard, 2 car Garage, Dual pane Windows, Laundry Room, Balcony, Newly Painted, all Appliances included, All within a well maintained complex and a short commute distance to major high tech campuses such as Google, Apple, Yahoo, Motorola, & Cisco Systems. It is ready for you to move right in! List price $718,000

Kim Copher 650.917.7995 CalBRE #01423875

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STUNNING MEDITERRANEAN STYLED HOME IN THE CUERNAVACA COMMUNITY! Tucked inside the highly desirable Cuernavaca community, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home of approximately 2,249 sq. ft. of living space teems with features like an entr y garden, art niches, and a gracefully cur ving wrought iron staircase, coupling a luxurious ambience with fine functionality. A fully customized of fice may convert to a fourth bedroom. Spacious, open concept design makes it easy to entertain in the formal dining room. Enjoy two cozy fireplaces (one in the living room and the other located in the Master Suite) , a private rear garden, and an attached two-car garage. Private cul-de-sac setting allows plenty of room for children to play safely. Within this enclave, you can access a variety of recreational options, including tennis courts, a fitness center, a pool, two spas, barbecue area, and lush grounds all within close proximity to the Stevens Creek Trail. Award winning schools include Huf f Elementar y, Graham Middle and Mountain View High School (buyer to verif y enrollment) .

For video tour & more photos, please visit:

DIANE SCHMITZ (650) 947-2955 | | CalBRE # 01235034 This information was supplied by reliable sources. Sales Associate believes this information to be correct but has not veriďŹ ed this information and assumes no legal responsibility for its accuracy. Buyers should investigate these issues to their own satisfaction. Buyer to verify school availability.


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The decision to go with David was easy...

Over the years, I had been impressed by the quality of David’s flyers and marketing, so I knew I was going to look him up when I was ready to sell. I evaluated some other Realtors but the decision to go with David was easy. David’s group did an excellent job preparing and selling my house – working quickly and efficiently. I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and easy it was.

I was very happy with the outcome and highly recommend David and his group! – Adam B., Mountain View 5-Star Yelp Review, 11/17/2016

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SUNNYVALE Sat/Sun 12 - 5 $718,000 620 N. Ahwanee Terr 2 BR 2.5 BA UPDATED Townhome style condo w/ 2 Master Suites*Hardwood Floors* Yard & 2 car Garage! Kim Copher CalBRE #01423875 650.941.7040

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