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Police lawsuit claims department quotas OFFICER SUING MOUNTAIN VIEW OVER 2014 FIRING By Mark Noack



STUDENTS DIVE INTO STARTUP CULTURE Nithila, left, and Sriya work on a new product during Startup Weekend at Crittenden Middle School on Saturday. The annual, fast paced three-day event is designed to get middle school-aged kids excited about entrepreneurship and new inventions. Nithila and Sriya were part of team MyLine, which eventually won the weekend-long event for their new app, which is designed to reduce wait times at school lunch lines.

lawsuit filed by a fired Mountain View police officer alleges that department officials embraced statistics-based law enforcement, which was tantamount to an illegal quota system. A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge is expected to decide on Thursday, Feb. 2, whether the civil lawsuit over his termination should go forward to a full jury trial. Nicolas Emmerling, 36, filed a lawsuit against the city of Mountain View in 2015 after he was fired in 2014 from the police department, where he worked since 2008. The department has publicly given no specific reason for why he was terminated, but Emmerling and his attorneys argue it came as a result of his service in the California Army National Guard.

Storms bring downed trees and collapsed creek bank COUPLE’S BED DESTROYED AS TREE FALLS THROUGH ROOF, CREEK TRAIL REPAIRS COULD BE MONTHS AWAY By Kevin Forestieri


ountain View residents Bert and Sylvia Sutherland got a big surprise when they returned home from Seattle last month — a giant hole in their roof. The wet and windy weather caused a large redwood tree branch to split off and come crashing down onto their home on View Street, smashing right into a bedroom inside. It’s a stroke of bad luck, but there’s certainly a silver lining. “We were out of town at the time. If we had not, we would be dead,” said Bert Sutherland,


noting that the bed where they slept had been completely demolished. As the Bay Area gets hit with another series of storms at the start of February, some Mountain View residents are still feeling from the effects of the stormy weather that tore through the region over the last two months. Trees and tree branches throughout the city have come down, and a segment of Stevens Creek Trail will likely be closed for months because of severe bank erosion. All told, an estimated eight trees were downed in the last few sizable storms to come through

Mountain View, and there have been about eight to 10 “large branch failures,” as well as broken and hanging branches, that needed to be cleared out, according to Jakob Trconic, the city’s parks section manager. Several of the trees had signs of decay and compromised root systems. Considering that the city has roughly 28,000 street trees, the wind and rain didn’t cause any sort of havoc for the city, Trconic said. “We had a few emergency after-hour calls, but by no means See STORMS, page 6


Now nearly two years old, the case and its allegations have brought to light accusations of some questionable operations at the police department. In depositions brought forward by Emmerling’s attorneys, officers indicated the department was running an off-the-books quota system, tying advancement for rank-and-file officers to how many arrests, tickets and traffic stops they were making. In testimony given last February, Officer Ranjan Singh told the court that all officers were aware the department had a “de facto quota” in effect. “They don’t give you a number, but if you don’t write more, your job is on the line,” Singh told the court. “It’s a performance metric. A loan company keeps a loan officer ... who gets See LAWSUIT, page 7

Googlers unite against Trump’s travel ban By Mark Noack


ollowing a wave of weekend protests at airports across the U.S., Google staged its own political rally Monday in Mountain View to push back against new immigration measures by President Donald Trump’s administration. On Monday afternoon, Jan. 30, an estimated crowd of 2,000 Google employees rallied at the company’s main quad off Charleston Road to protest the new president’s recent executive orders. Those actions include plans for a wall along the Mexican border and the surprise order barring refugees,

migrants and foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. “So many people were obviously outraged by this order, as I am myself, being an immigrant and a refugee,” Google cofounder Sergey Brin reportedly said at the rally. “I came here to the U.S. at age 6 with my family from the Soviet Union, which at that time was the greatest enemy the U.S. had — maybe it still is in some form.” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a memo to employees that more than 100 employees were affected by Trump’s travel ban. Similar protest events were held Monday at Google’s campuses across the country.


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Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? In Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s new production of “The Three Little Pigs,� that charming wolf (played by local actor/singer Nathaniel Rothrock) dresses and croons like a 1950s greaser, earning big laughs and claps from the pint-sized audience. It’s a poprock musical version of the classic story, in which three piggies (here named Cha, Siu and Bao, after the Cantonese pork-filled bun) and their loving mother pig construct their houses out of straw, sticks and bricks while that wolf tries to huff, puff and blow them down. Everyone learns some lessons about family, cooperation and even a bit of ecology in the end. The show has an impressive pedigree: It’s the West Coast premiere of the recent West End musical by Stiles and Drewe, the British team responsible for hits such as “Honk!� and Broadway’s “Mary Poppins.� The show is running at the Children’s Theatre main stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Wednesdays-Sundays through Feb. 12. Tickets are $12 for children/$14 for adults. Go to

The Gunn High School Choir, along with select Gunn staff members, present their annual musical extravaganza, “And Then There Were Nuns,� Feb. 7-9 at 8 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto (yes, it’s at Paly, not on the Gunn Campus). The musical comedy follows Dorothy and Toto as they make their way from Kansas to New York for a Broadway audition. After accidentally witnessing a mob hit, they’re forced to join the witness-protection program and pose as nunnery residents. Will they ever make it to the Big Apple? The JLS Middle School choir will also be featured on Wed., Feb. 8, and the Terman Middle School choir will be featured during the Thursday, Feb. 9 performance. Tickets are $10 for students/$20 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance so that all choir students can participate in the concert tour to Ireland in June. Go to —Karla Kane

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Council lays out battle plan for trip to capital ALL BETS ARE OFF AS LOCAL LEADERS PREPARE FOR ANNUAL TREK TO MEET WITH FEDS By Mark Noack


Tenants in below market rate units at the Avalon on Villa Street are facing a huge increase in rents.

‘Weak links’ in city’s affordable housing program AVALON OWNER NOTIFIES TENANTS THAT SUBSIDIZED RENTS WILL END SOON By Mark Noack


ubsidized affordable housing might not be quite the panacea for the Bay Area’s housing crunch that some of its supporters make it out to be. Case in point: about 45 tenants at the Avalon Mountain View apartment complex on Villa Street were recently notified that the below-market status of their homes would be “expiring” in the months to come. That means rents on their apartments, which for the last 30 years have been marked down as much as $1,000 per month below the going rate,

would be hiked up to the market rate. For Mountain View leaders, the news came as a reminder that most of the city’s roughly 1,200 affordable-housing units have a limited lifespan. After a set number of years, owners of apartment complexes are authorized to bring those units up to market rate. “Most of the (affordable) housing isn’t permanent; it’s just restricted for a really long time,” said city Housing Director Wayne Chen. “For some other folks living in (affordable) units, there may be a situation down the road like what’s

happening at Avalon.” But city officials say that the situation at the Avalon apartments is unique in Mountain View. The 248-unit complex was reportedly built in 1985 under a now-retired Fannie Mae bond program that provided the capital for its construction. As part of the loan, developer AvalonBay Communities agreed to keep a subset of the units at below-market rates, meaning they are considered affordable to households earning about 80 percent of the area median income. See HOUSING, page 9

School parcel tax heads to voters BOARD AGREES ON $191 PARCEL TAX FOR MAY MAIL-IN BALLOT By Kevin Forestieri


he Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking to pass a $191 parcel this spring, designed to hold education funding steady at a time when state and federal funding seems uncertain. In a unanimous vote at a special board meeting held Saturday, Jan. 28, the school board agreed to put the parcel tax measure on the May 2 special mail-in

election ballot. If passed, the measure would generate close to $2.8 million in local funding each year, and would effectively replace the existing Measure C parcel tax, which expires at the end of June. The language of the ballot summary is similar to Measure C, and calls for additional funding for struggling students, class-size reduction and support for “struggling” students, as well as support for art, music, and

hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The full ballot text also specifically calls for supporting English language learners, after-school programs and maintaining school libraries. The biggest divergence between the new parcel tax and Measure C is the tax structure. The parcel tax heading to voters in May is a flat $191 tax for See PARCEL TAX, page 8

t’s certainly an interesting time for Mountain View leaders to pack their bags to head to Washington, D.C. A delegation of Mountain View City Council members will trek out to the nation’s capital for a few days in March for the National League of Cities Conference. Each year the visit provides an opportunity to mingle with other elected leaders and to lobby federal departments about local needs. But like practically everything else in national politics, that tradition has been thrown into limbo with President Donald Trump’s administration. Barely a dozen days in office, the new president has already provoked a backlash against his executive orders calling for a wall along the Mexican border, punitive measures against sanctuary cities and a travel ban for refugees and immigrants of several nations. The actions have already sparked an exodus of government workers, lawsuits from cities and protests in Mountain View and across the country. Given the current situation, council members indicated that all bets were off as to what they could achieve when they headed out to Washington, D.C. next month. The council mulled over its priorities for the trip at its Tuesday, Jan. 31, meeting. “I’m trying to figure out what we can accomplish,” said Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga, who teleconferenced into the meeting. “In the past, we tended to focus on local issues only, but more and more over time, who we are as a city has changed. What is happening on the national level is affecting our residents.” A series of speakers at the meeting urged city leaders to advocate on behalf of local undocumented residents at risk of deportation. But council members said they couldn’t expect much success if they attempted to meet with White House officials. A better priority, suggested Councilman Lenny Siegel, might be to meet with representatives from other sanctuary cities to collaborate. “The new administration has talked about punishing cities, so

we should work with other cities to resist that,” he said. “This will be an opportunity ... to develop strategies through which we can defend our interests against an unfriendly administration.” In the last fiscal year, Mountain View received just over $2 million in federal grants for affordable housing, traffic-safety improvements and law enforcement, according to the city staff report. Preserving that local investment should be a top priority, city staff recommended. As in past years, council members said they should advocate on behalf of nearby federal agencies at Moffett Field, including the NASA Ames Research Center and also the U.S. Geological Survey, which has plans to relocate to the site from Menlo Park. For those agencies, perhaps the most pressing issue right now is President Trump’s order for a sweeping hiring freeze at all federal departments except for those involving military and national security. Media contacts at Ames told the Voice they could not comment on the impact of the freeze, and they directed questions to NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. “The current guidance says we’re under a hiring freeze until the implementation of a longterm plan from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget,” NASA officials said in a statement to the Voice. “Our future hiring will follow the guidance we’re given when the hiring freeze order is lifted.” Over the next three months, the Office of Management and Budget plans to put forward a long-term plan to reduce the size of the federal workforce. In a related issue, the council also agreed to reach out to the U.S. Navy on the ongoing Superfund cleanup site at Moffett Field. Several public speakers also urged the city to reach out to the Federal Aviation Administration to do something about the increased noise from flight paths that were modified two years ago. Local resident Robert Holbrook, who organized a public town hall See CAPITAL TRIP, page 9

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were we ever in a situation where we had to do overtime, extended work hours or break out into multiple crews,� he said. Sutherland said the Mountain View fire crews, along with the contractor who built the second story of his house, came out and were able to pull down the tree branches that came down on his home, and the roof has since been patched up with a plastic sheeting. The couple will be camping out in

the guest room for now, he said. On the plus side, none of the city’s streets turned into rivers during the course of the storms, said Gregg Hosfeldt, the city’s assistant public works director. Public works staffers start storm preparation in the fall, clearing out leaves on an ongoing basis so when the big storms hit in December and January, there will be hardly any leaves or branches left to clog up storm drains. Streets notorious for flooding are given top priority ahead of rainy weather. “If we know a storm is coming in,

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lot of good news. Engineers from the Santa Clara Valley Water District have reviewed the conditions and agree that the trail is still unsafe for the public, according to Devin Mody, the district’s watersheds operation and maintenance manager. Because of the large scale erosion and the difficulty of doing bank repairs during the wet winter season, Mody said a quick fix is highly unlikely. The earliest time the district could begin repairs is around mid-June. The more immediate problem right now is that the trees and

branches along the eroded bank are now squarely in the middle of the creek, shunting water flows. This can create even more erosion problems in subsequent storms, Mody said, and worsen conditions along the trail. “We’d like to cut up some of those downed trees and get it to the point where, at a minimum, those trees aren’t causing more of a problem for the affected bank,� he said. “While more erosion may still happen, it hopefully won’t occur as much as it has these last couple of storms.�


to drive off. The woman took a photo of Boonyagarn before he fled the area, Nelson said. Officers found Boonyagarn on Castro Street and identifed him as the suspect. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking.

28. Patrons in the club identified the suspect, 23-year-old Ramon Felan, as the person who allegedly tried to start a fight, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. Officers said Felan showed signs of being under the influence, had slurred speech, smelled of alcohol, and could not walk in a straight line or keep a steady gait. Felan also refused to obey orders from officers to sit down and was very agitated, Nelson said. Felan was eventually arrested on charges of being drunk in public and resisting arrest. —Kevin Forestieri

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California Avenue and Shoreline Boulevard on 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, when the suspect, later identified by police as 36-yearold Anothai Boonyagarn began crossing the intersection. Boonyagarn allegedly stopped in the intersection and made eye contact with the woman before attempting to open the passenger side door, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. The woman told police that Boonyagarn tried to enter the vehicle several times, but the door was locked and she was able

OPAL SUSPECT ARRESTED A San Jose man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly tried to start a fight at the Opal Nightclub in Mountain View. Officers received reports of a disturbance at the night club in the 200 block of Castro Street at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan.



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system was due for replacement in 2010. While the condition of the buildings is hardly ideal, Beckert later told the Voice that limited space is a bigger problem. Both the German school and its cotenant, the Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley, are hard-pressed to find any space for new enrollment, and plans to add a third “track” of classes from first to fourth grade hinge on new construction plans. “We’re genuinely out of space, so the sooner we get this project off the ground the better,” Beckert said. The offer by the German government to help finance new school construction is a “unique opportunity,” Beckert said, and likely stems from the decision by the Mountain View Whisman school board in 2015 to extend the lease to 30 years. But with the possibility of an early termination hanging over the school’s head, it’s no wonder the government would be reluctant to invest in what could end up



he former site of Whisman Elementary has turned into a thriving center of multicultural education over the years, after the Mountain View Whisman School District began leasing the campus out to two international schools. But with aged facilities dating back to the 1960s and limited space to grow, one of the tenants — the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) — is struggling to fix up the old buildings without assistance. The district has been leasing out the Whisman campus to the German school since 2000, giving the nonprofit a home for its dual-language program. Since then, the school has expanded to serve 450 kids from ages 2 to 18, and has been recognized as a “MINT-freundlichen” school, the German equivalent of a STEM school.


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the most loans.” Singh said the emphasis on numbers would influence officers to give out citations in situations where they might normally let off people with a warning. Commanding officers didn’t give out specific number targets to officers, he said, but rather they would press their officers to produce more “self-initiated” activity on a regular basis. City officials define this activity as actions taken by an officer beyond responding to dispatch or 911 calls. “It’s clear they’re very driven by a desire to have high stats, and they’re encouraging officers to have those stats,” said Frank Busch, an attorney representing Emmerling. “To me, that’s the same thing (as a quota).” Representatives of the Mountain View Police Department and city attorney’s office declined the Voice’s request for comment because the litigation is pending. According to his superiors at the department, Emmerling was fired in 2014 for showing a lack of initiative. Lt. Frank St. Clair, who served as Emmerling’s supervisor, testified that he doubted the quality of Emmerling’s police work based on his failure to produce enough arrests or reportable activity over a six-month term. St. Clair later recommended he be terminated, but he said the decision was never linked to a specific number target. “The fact that he has zeroes in

The school has invested a few million dollars over the years as a long-term tenant, making minor improvements to the facilities and adding a few more modular classrooms. But now German school officials are seeking to make a big investment in new school facilities. New school construction plans have been drawn up, but when it came time to secure the funding, the school hit a snag. At the district’s Jan. 19 board meeting, Michael Koops, the head of the Mountain View GISSV campus, came to the board with an urgent plea to change the terms of the lease agreement for the Whisman school. The German government would be willing to provide millions in construction money for building new facilities, Koops said, but only if they could lock in better lease terms with the district. The key problem with the lease

is the date of early termination, he said. The 30-year lease agreement lasts until 2045, but allows the school district to kick out the GISSV as early as July 1, 2030, and can deliver the advanced notice for early termination as soon as 2025. The German government is already uneasy granting construction money to any German school that doesn’t own the land it operates on, Koops said, and the possibility that the GISSV could get an eviction notice in eight years makes negotiating with the German government impossible. “If I don’t get this extension, we have to stop the whole plan. There won’t be any new school,” Koops said. “There’s no room for negotiations for me with Germany.” Families and staff from the German school made a big show of support over the weekend at the district’s board retreat, filling the board room early Saturday

morning in between the agenda items “Coffee+” and review of the district’s mission and strategic goals. Rachel Beckert, a GISSV board member and Mountain View resident, said the campus is in a great location, but the wear and tear of the aging facilities is starting to become a serious problem. “The quality of our program has really grown, but the facilities have not. At some point our parents are expecting a little bit more when they come to the school,” Beckert said. The school district hasn’t kept a close eye on the conditions of the Whisman school buildings in recent years. The most recent study, done in 2009, found several problems. The built-up roofing and rusting gutters, along with the doors, windows and vinyl floor tiling of the classrooms, were all in poor condition at the time, and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

most months that he works under arrests is extremely disconcerting,” St. Clair said in his testimony. “He had ample free time and nothing is happening during that ample free time. That’s the disconcerting part of it.” Allegations of an unofficial quota system are just one facet of Emmerling’s case against the city. The lawsuit focuses mainly on his attorneys’ charge that he was terminated as a result of his military service. Under federal law, civilian employees are supposed to be entitled to up to five years of unpaid leave to serve in the military, with the guarantee they can return to their jobs afterward. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees who enlist in military service. Emmerling, a former U.S. Marine who served two tours in Iraq, was originally hired in 2008 as a Mountain View police reserve officer. He was later promoted to a full-time sworn officer position in 2012, but he was left on employment probation for nearly two years. During this time, he joined the Army National Guard and balanced this with his police work. His lawyers contend that Emmerling had strong performance reviews from his supervisors, based in part off his comparatively high number of arrests, citations and field contacts. But their opinion of him reportedly soured he began to request more time off for National Guard service as well as paternity leave. Emmerling’s lawyers allege

that around this time St. Clair and other commanding officers conspired to create a paper trail of poor evaluations and reprimands to create the grounds to terminate him. His legal team is seeking to get Emmerling reinstated in his job with compensation for damage to his professional career — the precise amount isn’t been specified. In legal briefs, city attorneys argued that Emmerling was terminated because he failed to show improvement in his performance, and they dispute the notion that his military service had anything to do with his firing. Police officials knew about his military status before he was hired, and they allowed him to take a full year off in 2009 to serve in Iraq. Judge Maureen Folan is expected this week to decide whether the lawsuit should move to a full trial, following a motion by the city for an immediate ruling on the case. The hearing is scheduled to take place after the Voice’s Wednesday press deadline. Another, unrelated lawsuit filed against the police department is also pending. A sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by former police dispatcher Annie Lohman. Lohman’s suit alleges that police Chief Max Bosel made unwanted advances toward her and encouraged lewd jokes and behavior among the officers. That case is currently in the pretrial process. Email Mark Noack at



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IMMIGRATION-RIGHTS EVENT The Mountain View Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 4, will

host a pair of legal experts for an educational lecture on immigrant rights. Attorneys Esther Kang and Thi Do, who both specialize in immigration law, plan to give a walkthrough of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump and what those policies mean for local residents. The event will be translated into Spanish. The event is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the library Community Room. —Mark Noack


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each parcel, whereas Measure C was a tiered system. Measure C levied a $127 tax on anyone owning property under 8,000 square feet, up to $1,016 for the largest parcels over 44,000 square feet. Shifting away from the tiered system was seen as a necessary move by the district’s legal counsel to avoid a lawsuit, following a 2012 California court case that ruled school districts could not impose a non-uniform tax on property owners. For most homeowners in the district, the new measure will amount to a $64 tax increase over previous years, even though the district will receive roughly the same annual tax revenue. Last year, two of the five board members — Greg Coladonato and former board member Steve Nelson — made a strong case for a per-square-foot parcel tax, creating split vote among the trustees. The board ultimately put the parcel tax plans on ice until December, when the board agreed to pursue a flat parcel tax in the May election. Board members agreed last month to stick with the safer option, a $191 parcel tax, instead

of trying to boost revenue through a higher tax. Polling data showed that only 65 percent of likely voters would have voted in favor of a $225 parcel tax, leaving board members uneasy over the prospect of falling short of the needed two-thirds yes vote. The measure will retain tax exemptions for homeowners who are either age 65 or older, on Supplemental Security Income for disability, or receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Mistral parent Jill Rakestraw told board members that community engagement for the parcel tax has been meager up to this point, and that efforts to get the word out and engage the community about why the parcel tax is important simply haven’t materialized. Up until the last minute, Rakestraw said, she wasn’t even aware the board was approving a new parcel tax in a special meeting on a Saturday, and the parcel tax language was buried at the bottom of a tremendous, 250-page agenda packet. “I think people agree that the amount of money is right and that the need is there, but we want to make sure that all the people who don’t have

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kids in the district ... are given more comfort about why this is important,” Rakestraw said. The parcel tax measure comes right on the heels of California’s draft budget for the 2017-18 year, which shows that state revenue has lagged behind projections for the first time in years. Governor Jerry Brown is calling for billions of dollars in cuts in order to pass a balanced budget later this year, and one-time bonuses in funding for local schools has essentially dried up this year, according to Robert Clark, the district’s chief business officer. At a board meeting last month, Clark also noted that the new administration in Washington, D.C. could also hurt the district’s state funding. Changes to the Affordable Care Act and Covered California, and the potential loss of federal funding for Medicaid expansion, could mean that the state will take money out of education funding for pay the difference. Even though Proposition 98 guarantees a stable level of education funding, Clark noted that during the 2008 recession, districts only received 78 cents for every dollar they were owed. Email Kevin Forestieri at V


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Under the terms of the Fannie Mae program, AvalonBay no longer needs to provide belowmarket homes when its bond debt is repaid, Chen said. That is expected to happen later this month, allowing the firm to raise rents starting next year, according to company’s attorneys. City staffers had already learned some disconcerting news of the changes taking place at the Avalon. One household was reportedly told its rent would be jumping as much as $1,000 per month, Chen said. City staff directed those tenants to Project Sentinel for assistance. Allen Conrad, an Avalon tenant living in one of the below-market units, said no one was really sure how this situation would play out. He was hopeful that the city’s new rent-control program would prevent the property owner from raising their rents more than 5 percent each year. “I’m hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,” he said. City housing officials are looking into how the Measure V rentcontrol program should factor into this discussion, Chen said. For now, implementation of the rent control measure is stalled by a lawsuit filed by the California Apartment Association. Unlike the situation at Avalon, Chen said most affordable and below-market rate housing in Mountain View will remain that way for decades to come. Most of the housing in that category has been built in the last eight years. In that time, housing developers have typically agreed to a 55-year deed

restriction — a standard commitment, Chen said, that keeps a percentage of the units under market rate. One such a deal was forged recently between Prometheus and the city for 48 below-market units at a proposed 583-unit complex at 400 San Antonio Road. But with so many new housing projects with similar 55-year restrictions, a lot of that affordable housing will be retired around the same time. What happens in 2060, when hundreds of affordable homes suddenly jump up to market rate? Chen said that city officials weren’t too worried about that scenario. In the larger housing market, it shouldn’t be disruptive because most large housing projects were staggered over the years, he said. Nevertheless, council members signaled some concerns about the loss of below-market units at Avalon. Councilman Lenny Siegel said the news served as a reminder that the council should aim to make affordable-housing permanent whenever possible. He singled out a recent housing proposal at 777 W. Middlefield Road by the Los Gatos firm FortBay because it promised to provide 144 affordable housing units that would remain affordable in perpetuity. “Avalon isn’t breaking any rules, but it’s just a reminder that there are weak links in our affordable housing program,” Siegel wrote in an email. “Any occurrence where our supply of BMR units is reduced is concerning,” said Mayor Ken Rosenberg. “We are fighting tooth and nail to retain and expand our affordable housing choices.”



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on the subject on Monday, shared his findings with the City Council that the FAA’s flight-path changes had dramatically increased the number of flights, as well as noise levels, over Mountain View. “We had 72 percent more flights over a corridor that covers a very good chunk of Mountain View — that’s why you’re getting the complaints that you have,” he said. “Don’t let the current situation become the new normal.” Building off those comments, Siegel suggested a visit to the FAA to propose creating a permanent local forum for local

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being a short-term occupancy. Patrick Heinz, the German consulate general for the San Francisco Bay Area, said the German government is interested in maintaining its school presence in the Bay Area, which he said can play an important role in enriching the educational landscape of the city. Despite the requirement to speak both German and English, GISSV officials said that the school is welcome to all interested families, and that about 50 percent of the students enrolled in the school don’t have a German background. Heinz said the German government is prepared to make a big investment in the GISSV for the years to come, but only if it comes with some security. “We have a (lease) agreement, but if it would be possible for you

stakeholders to comment on aircraft disturbance. Adding to the priority list, Councilman John McAlister suggested visiting the Small Business Administration to communicate concerns from local merchants over unscrupulous lawsuits. The councilman said his ice-cream shop and several other businesses along El Camino Real had been targeted in lawsuits filed by the same attorney over minor violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Councilman Chris Clark suggested making some effort to build contacts at the White House, “even if we’re going to be at each others’ throats.” Having some

contacts there could be helpful, he said, suggesting Mountain View attempt to reach out to the president’s Intergovernmental Affairs team. Raising what he called a minor point, he also asked the council to strike out a priority added by staff to end a federal ban on Internet access taxes. The council approved its priorities in a unanimous vote, but City Manager Dan Rich warned they shouldn’t expect every hoped-for meeting to take place. Six Mountain View council members are set to attend the National League of Cities conference from March 11 to March 15. Email Mark Noack at

to add some more years to that, it would be essential to us,” Heinz said. “People in Berlin are now waiting for your decision.” Beckert said the German government has assured the GISSV that it will receive funding — somewhere along the lines of $5 million — for the first phase of construction, which would ideally pay for construction of new classrooms by the 2018-19 school year. Subsequent phases hang in the balance, and depend on continued support from the government that likely hinge on the district’s lease agreement. The capital campaign will also include requests to private donors and corporations for additional construction money. Changing the terms of the lease would help the school receive funding for subsequent construction phases. Throughout each phase, the German school intends to send the designs to state regulators for

approval, ensuring that any new construction can be used by the school district at the end of the lease. The school has been hesitant to reveal its master plan for construction, Beckert said, because the budget is likely to change over time and the scope of each project has to remain flexible. But the vision, she said, is to build an entirely new school with facilities that the whole community can use, including a brand new multipurpose room and a small-scale amphitheater on the campus. The field could also be re-done with new turf for use as a city park. The board is scheduled to discuss the German school and the lease agreement on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., shortly before going into closed session to discuss the terms of the lease. Email Kevin Forestieri at


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City is sending the right message against intolerance


ven before he moved into the White House, Donald Trump created an unhealthy climate of fear and anxiety among many U.S. residents who embrace values of compassion and inclusiveness. Over the course of the presidential campaign, Trump’s use of shameful propaganda techniques — name-calling and inflammatory pronouncements that demeaned, ridiculed and threatened “the other” — tainted political discourse and left many of us fearful about the future of the commonweal. Uncertainty over the future of immigrants in our communities is a deep concern throughout the Bay Area, and many people are taking to heart the political activist mantra to “think globally, act locally.” City leaders and private citizens alike are considering how to resist actions that Trump threatened before and after the election: a mass deportation of undocumented residents and the implementation of new rules for Muslims. Locally, the City Council in December declared Mountain View a “human rights city.” It was a largely symbolic gesture but one that, in the face of the increasing displays nationwide of intolerance and anti-immigrant sentiment, took a clear position: All people must be treated with dignity, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, personal circumstances and economic status. Referring to the climate of growing intolerance, then-mayor Pat Showalter said: “We are facing a time when the kinds of speech have now become commonplace that, for 20 years, were not said publicly.” In January, Police Chief Max Bosel spoke before a crowd at the nonprofit Mountain View Day Worker Center, a gathering place for workers, many of whom are undocumented, to find employment and job training, among other things. Bosel assured those present that his department would not cooperate with federal immigration agents looking to round up the city’s undocumented residents, and that the police do not ask about the immigration status of someone who calls 911 for help. “My responsibility is the safety of the Mountain View community,” he said. “It does us no good to have you fearful that you’ll be deported if you call the police.” The police chief ’s assurances and the post-election actions taken by city leaders to stand up to the rhetoric and threats coming out of Washington are not likely to completely dispel the fears of those in our community who increasingly are targets of intolerance and disrespect. But they send the right message during a time those community members feel vulnerable and frightened. And they help firm up the resolve of the community as a whole to confront hatred and intolerance directed against our neighbors.

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‘LEFT RIGHT LEFT’ IS A WISE WAY FORWARD Everyone is so upset about lack of lights, lanes, and police for school children and others walking their dogs, etc. Teach your children well. If the light is green, children need to implement what may save their lives: Look left right and left. Then cross. A small child on his way to St Joseph’s years ago was killed because he didn’t know to look left right left, and while of course (it was) no fault of his own, do we really need to add another to our memory banks? It is by far better to teach this than to wait on the ever-slowing Mountain View government. Lyn Waters Lola Lane

TEACHING ALGEBRA IS NOT ELEMENTARY, WATSON The more things change, the more that stay the same. Trite, but sadly true. I taught community college math for over 30 years. The problem at the math departments at the middle schools and high schools has one more dimension to it: the students who still didn’t learn the necessary algebra in high school and are taking it, once again, in community college. The sad thing is that the majority of students who didn’t master algebra in high school won’t master it once again in community college. So what is to be done? Other

than go back to the mid-20th century tracking of students to two paths, one vocational, one academic, I, along with all my colleagues, have no solution. It isn’t a question of smart and stupid, but rather a difference in the way people think. Algebra requires one to think symbolically and some of the smartest folks just can’t think that way. Computer science requires symbolic thinking as well. I once had a wonderful colleague taking my introductory computer science class. She could calculate how much someone would earn if given rates of pay at regular and overtime, and the number of hours worked. But she could not write that problem with variables for each problem creating a simple equation. Computer science requires algebra. I wish the frustrated faculty members all the best in the world. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone could figure out this age-old problem! Micki Miller Mountain View Avenue

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Bonbons made on site at Timothy Adams are a sweet way to end a progressive Valentine’s Day dinner in Palo Alto’s downtown.


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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the idea of a mobile dinner party got us thinking: What about a progressive Valentine’s date? This Feb. 14, ditch the box of chocolates and flowers for a plan to hop from one restaurant to another for food and drink. The best part? It works just as well for groups as couples. Read on for our recommendations for a progressive Valentine’s

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0ƞƧƥƨ3ƚƫƤ Head to the bar at the upscale Rosewood hotel on Sand Hill Road for a pre-dinner cocktail with a view. If it’s a clear night, catch the sunset from a

second-story deck that overlooks the pristine hotel pool, with the rolling foothills in the background. Get in the car (or call a Lyft) to head into downtown for appetizers at a Menlo Park favorite, Cafe Borrone at 1010 El Camino Real. Triple-cream cheese board, anyone? The cafe also often offers

specials and live music in the evenings, so check cafeborrone before you go. When you’re ready for dinner, make your way next door to the newly reopened British Banker’s Club, more commonly known as the BBC. What used to be a dark, old-school bar that had its liquor license suspended several years ago has been transformed under new ownership into a sleek, open space serving dishes like linecaught hamachi crudo and hibiscus-brined pork porterhouse. On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will serve its regular menu as well as a special tasting menu created by Chef Tylor Urias. Stay for dessert and an after-dinner digestif or a glass of more than 20 listed scotches. After a very quiet soft opening in December, the restaurant is now accepting dinner reservations; call 650-382-3191.

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Weekend two-story Victorian house on Kipling Street, removed from bustling University Avenue. Start your progressive date with a wine flight, and add a cheese pairing for $10. Get there early enough for happy hour from 5-6:30 p.m. and enjoy $3 off all appetizers, $7 and $10 wines, a $16 wine flight (so you can try all four red and white wines offered during happy hour) and $5 beers (for those more into hops than grapes). If you feel like staying for dinner, Vino Locale will be offering a special Valentine’s Day four-course tasting menu with optional sommelier-selected wines from Yorkville Cellars. Make a reservation online at If not, make your way down University Avenue for a Greek meal at Evvia, a favorite specialoccasion restaurant for many on the Midpeninsula. Rustic decor, fireplaces and an open kitchen make Evvia an ideal date spot — not to mention the always impeccable food. On Valentine’s, the restaurant will serve its normal menu along with a few special dishes. To make a reservation, go to Save room for dessert — and a nightcap of prosecco — at Timothy Adams Chocolates, where handmade bonbons are king. Bonus: The Bryant Street shop stays open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.

0ƨƮƧƭƚƢƧ9Ƣƞư You can’t go wrong with predinner drinks and appetizers at downtown Mountain View’s Cascal, popular for its mojitos, housemade sangria and tapas.

two at California-French eatery Bistro Elan (, a group dinner at Cuban favorite La Bodeguita del Medio (don’t miss the mojitos; or sushi at Jin Sho ( You could also start or end the evening with a glass of wine at California Avenue’s wine bar, Calave. Don’t miss the train to head into Menlo Park around 9 p.m., when late-night happy hour starts at the Left Bank ( on Santa Cruz Avenue. Get the happy hour deals ($5 wine, $4 beer, $6 well cocktails) until closing, when you can hop back on the train for a safe ride home.


La Fontaine is a reader favorite for romantic dinners on Castro Street in Mountain View.

Try a caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil (made with cachaça, sugar and muddled fresh limes) before you head out for dinner. If you’re there on Feb. 14, don’t miss happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you’re saving your date for the weekend, there’s also live music every Friday and Saturday night. Stroll down Castro Street for a French-Italian fusion dinner at the cozy La Fontaine. The restaurant took home best fine dining and best patio/outdoor dining in the Voice’s 2016 Best Of Mountain View poll. Popular dishes include the Burgundybraised short ribs and the salmon Wellington, or salmon stuffed with leeks and rock shrimp that’s wrapped in puff pastry

date spots. Start (or end) the evening with a glass of wine and a snack at Savvy Cellar, a wine bar located inside the Mountain View train station. Don’t miss the cleverly named wine flights (“I’m Drawing a Blanc”) or small bites of olives, charcuterie, pâté and the like. Bonus: If you’re there on Valentine’s Day, it’s one of the weekly “Italian Tuesdays,” with 20 percent off of all Italian wines. Happy hour runs from 2-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Hop on Caltrain for a quick ride to California Avenue in Palo Alto, where dinner options abound. The good news is that in Palo Alto’s second downtown, there’s something for everyone, whether it’s a romantic meal for

and served over saffron risotto. To make a reservation, go to For those who prefer a postdinner cafe au lait to a digestif, head into Red Rock Coffee for some caffeine. The popular cafe stays open late on both weekdays (Monday-Thursday until 10 p.m.) and weekends (Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.). On Valentine’s weekend, a local musician will perform on Friday and comedians do a free stand-up show on Saturday. For more information, go to

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For those of us who would prefer a night in to a night out, much less a night out at multiple locations, go on a progressive shopping excursion for a romantic home-cooked meal. Head to Town & Country Village in Palo Alto to cover drinks, dinner and dessert in one fell swoop. Pick up a bottle of Italian wine from the new Biondivino Wine Boutique (try a Ligurian red or white, perfect food-pairing wines, owner Ceri Smith said in a recent interview), walk next door for a prime cut of sustainably raised meat from Belcampo Meat Co., where you can ask the butcher for expert advice about how to cook it, and then grab a pint or two of small-batch ice cream from Tin Pot Creamery. Email Elena Kadvany at V 66 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos

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The fling of comedy DE NIRO’S ‘COMEDIAN’ A SADLY STANDARD-ISSUE ROMANTIC-COMEDY 01/2 (Century 16 & 20) It takes a special sort to be stand-up comic, a sort that’s not easily faked by even the best of actors, including Robert De Niro, who attempts to play a stand-up in the unfortunately unexceptional “The Comedian.” Comedians are a notoriously unhappy lot, so “The Comedian” starts off on the right foot by establishing De Niro’s character Jackie Burke, the 67-year-old former star of the hit sitcom “Eddie’s Home,” as a surly cynic and pessimist. On stage, Jackie comes from the insult-comic mold of Don Rickles, and it’s apparent “The Comedian” was developed expressly for the star to get to play in the arena of his “Casino”

co-star Rickles, who tickled De Niro to no end (ironically, Rickles has a reputation for being very sweet in real life). But De Niro, while at times a skilled comic actor, is not the naturally funny type to embody a stand-up comic. His caustic routines have been scripted by topdog roaster Jeff Ross (thank him for the movie’s only witty lines; blame three other screenwriters for the rest), and I suppose in a world in which De Niro didn’t exist, Jackie Burke’s idiosyncratic persona might have a novelty. Mostly, though, this is the kind of movie about stand-up at which actual stand-ups scoff. The meandering, some might say aimless, narrative begins in

earnest once Jackie gets baited by a heckler and lands an assault charge. While doing community-service hours serving meals at a homeless shelter, Jackie meets fellow parolee Harmony (Leslie Mann), and the two strike up an unlikely romance, to the chagrin of her father (De Niro’s “Mean Streets” and “Taxi Driver” costar Harvey Keitel). They meet cute, date cute, argue, reconcile ... surprise, this is a romantic comedy. “The Comedian” has its notunpleasant distractions, but it’s all distraction and no content: the score by accomplished composer Terence Blanchard, New York City locations, about a dozen stand-up comic cameos, and a star-studded supporting cast (Danny DeVito and Patti LuPone as Jackie’s brother and sister-in-law, Edie Falco as his agent, Charles Grodin as Abbot of the Friars Club, Cloris Leachman as a comedy-world legend). None of it can make us forget the movie’s essential corniness. There’s a reason why directors Martin Scorsese, Sean Penn, and Mike Newell all flitted on and off this weakly defined story before it landed with the obviously illsuited Taylor Hackford (“Ray”). “The Comedian” is fluffy when it should be dark-tinged, and laughably self-serious when it should be funny. Spoiler: it turns out Jackie is a “stand-up” guy after all. If only De Niro had something to work with, he might have given us one of his subtler and superior performances. As it is, this stand-up gives you no reason to sit down. Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout. One hour, 59 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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QHIGHLIGHT ‘CRIMES OF THE HEART’ Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and NY Drama Critics Circle Award, this play follows three hard-luck Mississippi sisters who are betrayed by their passions. This Southern Gothic classic tells a tale of relationships run amok and dreams gone awry. Jan. 11-Feb. 5, times vary. $35-$85. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

THEATER Film Series: Surrealist Cinema In conjunction with the exhibition “The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism,” this four-part film series will explore the tradition of Surrealist cinema, spanning from the movement’s origins in 1920s France through the 1980s and encompassing a mix of genres and styles including experimental narrative, found footage, essay films, animation and collage. Fridays, Feb. 10-March 31, 1 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Jewish Women’s Theatre: ‘The Matzo Ball Diaries’ The Oshman Family JCC presents three plays from the Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT). “The Matzo Ball Diaries” is the first of these plays and reveals delicious secret stories of food and home. Viewers will discover the power of food to nourish, heal or move us to action. Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. jwtmatzo Manual Cinema In a CGI era, the Manual Cinema artists’ collective uses paper cutouts, transparencies, and overhead projectors to tell a haunting tale of elderly twins separated by death -- or perhaps not. The New York Times wrote “Ada/Ava” is “an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty.” Feb. 1-4, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m., matinee. $50. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Palo Alto Players: ‘A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine’ Nominated for nine Tony Awards, these two comedic one-act musicals provide a “double feature” that starts in the lobby of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the 1930s where the ushers sing a musical tribute to the screen stars and productions of that era. The second act is set in Russia and features a musical with all the usual Marx Brothers suspects. Preview, Jan. 20; opening night, Jan. 21; Jan. 21-Feb. 5.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Stiles & Drewe’s ‘The Three Little Pigs’ From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind “Honk!” and Broadway’s “Mary Poppins,” comes a musical tale featuring topics about home and family. Jan. 26-Feb. 12, Wednesday-Sunday, times vary. $10, children’s tickets; $12, adults. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. ‘Uncanny Valley’ The drama “Uncanny Valley” portrays a synthetic being during the slow process of becoming a human analogue. It explores the divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century. Jan. 1-Feb. 12; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida, Mountain View. ‘Yellow Face’ Fresh off its production of the Obie Award-winning “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Los Altos Stage Company (LASC) lines up another Obie recipient (2008 for playwriting) with David Henry Hwang’s “Yellow Face.” Based on events in Hwang’s life, “Yellow Face” takes the audience on a journey with DHH, a playwright who is struggling with the complex and ever-changing role that “face” plays in modern American society. Jan. 26-Feb. 19, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $18, students; $36, general. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

CONCERTS Enchanting Melodies and Motion Singer Mojgan Shajarian (daughter of Mohammad Reza Shajarian) will perform with a hand-selected ensemble that showcases Iranian traditional music. World-renowned dancers Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Sahar Dehghan and tombak artist Pezhham Akhavass will also share their talents for a night of music and motion. Feb.

4, 7:30 p.m. $30-$40. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Family Concert: Singing, Drumming & Dancing from Iran This is an interactive concert that will introduce families to performing arts traditions from Iran. Some of the artists who will be featured include singer Mojgan Shajarian, dancers Sharokh Meshkin Ghalam and Sahar Dehghan and drummer Pezhham Akhavass. Feb. 4, 2:30 p.m. $20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Kremerata Baltica The chamber orchestra of 23 gifted young string players, all from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, celebrates its 20th anniversary at Bing with a program that highlights works from its most recent and critically-acclaimed albums, Chiaroscuro and New Seasons. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. $30-$80. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. events. Pan-Asian Music Festival – Chinese New Year Concert The Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival presents “Music from Shanghai” in celebration of the Chinese New Year for 2017, the Year of the Rooster. This performance will feature Symphony Silicon Valley conducted by Jindong Cai with a 120-person chorus from the local Chinese community and a group of soloists from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Peking Opera Company. Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. $15$40. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

MUSIC Black Arm Band: ‘dirtsong’ Dirtsong is a musical journey through Australia’s cultural heartland set against a backdrop of imagery and text. The performance features songs performed in 13 different indigenous languages, backed by an ensemble of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians. Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. events. Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Distinguished Lecture for 2017: Trevor Paglen Trevor Paglen discusses his genre-defying work: imagemaking, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering and other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Kyle Bruckmann: New Works Kyle Bruckmann presents new works for oboe and English horn with live electronics. Oaklandbased composer/performer Bruckmann’s work extends from a Western classical foundation into gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. He is a member of music collective sfSound, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, Splinter Reeds and Quinteto Latino, and Lecturer in Oboe at University of California, Santa Cruz. Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Open Mic Open Mic takes place every Monday on the 2nd floor of Red Rock Coffee in downtown Mountain View. It features free live music, comedy, poetry and a supportive atmosphere for experienced and new performers. Mondays, ongoing, 6:30 p.m., sign-ups; starts at 7 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Opera for Families: ‘Sounds of the Earth’ Opera for Families will celebrate the beauty of nature in music with songs from “The Sound of Music,” “Frozen,” “Le Nozze di Figaro” and more. Feb. 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Violin Masterclass with David Kim, Concertmaster of Philadelphia Orchestra This event will feature five ECYS Symphony violinists, and viewers will have the opportunity to observe a master teacher at work as he helps the students polish their pieces. Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim has presented masterclasses at

schools such as Juilliard, Yale and the Korean National University of Arts. Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Free Fourth Floor, Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. com/events

TALKS & LECTURES Creating True Love at Home and Peace on the Planet Dorothie and Martin Hellman will reveal the life lessons detailed in their new book “A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home and Peace on the Planet.” Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. David Lee at Books Inc. Local author David Lee shares his action-packed novel, “Primrose Courier.” It explores the different paths of two best friends that merge when Mitchell Montigarde finds that the safety of his lifelong friend Belinda Rusco may be at stake because of him. Feb. 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Mountain View, 301 Castro St., Mountain View. booksinc. net/event/david-lee-books-inc-mountain-view David Montesano at Books Inc. Renowned college admissions adviser David Montesano will share his guide, “Brand U: 4 Steps to the College of Your Dreams.” In “Brand U,” David’s “Montesano Method” takes the fear and uncertainty out of the admissions process and is a guide that addresses the goals and concerns of both students and parents. Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View. Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater Workshop Justin Burks, Water Conservation Specialist and trained graywater-system installer and ecologist, manages the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s graywater laundry to landscape rebate program. He will lead a workshop, which will go over what is needed to know to install one in a home and how to apply for a $200 rebate. Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. LinkedIn For Professionals: LinkedIn 101 Oscar Garcia of LinkedIn will show participants how to build a great profile, provide ideas on how to increase connections and show how to share information in a way that will get others interested. Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Ruth Andrew Ellenson in conversation with Ari Y. Kelman Author Ruth Ellenson and Ari Kelman, Stanford’s Jim Joseph Chair in Education/Jewish Studies, discuss the late Edgar Bronfman’s book “Why Be Jewish?” Ellenson was Bronfman’s literary collaborator on his reflection on what it means to be Jewish in the modern age. The topics of Jewish identity, ritual, faith, secularism and the future of the Jewish world will be addressed. Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Exhibit: ‘Inspired by Zen Spirits’ Gallery 9 in Los Altos presents, “Inspired by Zen Spirits,” featuring recent artwork by Mami Weber which is based on the roots of her Japanese culture. Mami uses the traditional Japanese color combination of red and black and minimalist design to express strong messages. “Inspired by Zen Spirits” represents a new approach in the artist’s work. The artist’s reception will be held on Feb. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m., Sunday. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. ‘Insensatez’ -- Sculpture and Collage by Cristina Velasquez and EfrenAve This exhibition of soft sculpture by Cristina Velasquez will also feature collages made of fruit stamps by EfrenAve. The opening reception is on Friday, Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. Feb.-March, ongoing, MondayFriday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. ‘Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast’ “Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” is a traveling exhibit from the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah featuring foods important in the lives of Native Californians; its final showing is at the Los Altos History Museum. Jan 12-April 16, ThursdaySunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. What’s Not to Love? The Pacific Art League will host a celebration of art with a focus on February as the month of love. PAL is encouraging artists to submit works based off of their feelings and expression of love. Feb. 3, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

DANCE ‘In a Winter Garden’: A Contemplative Performance Work for Dance, Music and Sculpture “In A Winter Garden” is both a music concert with dancers and a sculptural installation. The collaboration investigates the shared signature elements of Will Clift’s largescale sculptures, Diane Frank’s site-specific choreography and Jarek Kapuscinski’s music: intervals of balance, imbalance and breathed connection within an ever-shifting environment. Feb. 4, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

COMEDY Comedy Night at O’Malley’s This event features comedians in the Bay Area as they work out material and polish their act. It’s hosted by Wes Hofmann, and there is no cover charge.

Tuesdays, ongoing, 8 p.m. Free. O’Malley’s, 2135 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Poetry as Satire Hadi Khorsandi, an acclaimed Iranian satirist and poet, published “Asghar Agha” weekly for 30 years. He is the recipient of several awards and continues to perform comedy shows in Europe and the U.S. while living in exile. Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

FOOD & DRINK Los Altos History Museum’s 30th Annual Crab Feed Lost Altos History Museum’s 30th Annual Crab Feed benefits exhibits and programs at the museum. It will feature all you can eat crab, salad, bread and dessert as well as live and silent auctions. Feb. 4, 6 p.m. $95-$110. St. William Church, 611 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. events/annual-crab-feed-auction-2/

LESSONS & CLASSES Love Letters: The Art of Brush Pen Calligraphy Students will learn the simple strokes for Brush Pen Calligraphy and create bold capitals and a modern copperplate script. Paper, pen and handouts will be provided. Feb. 6, 2-4:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 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. First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road., Conference Room C, Mountain View. edrc-ed-and-body-image/ Eat the MyPlate Way During this workshop, participants will learn some tricks and tips on how to build a healthy plate using MyPlate. Feb. 7, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

HOME & GARDEN Early Spring Fruit Tree Grafting Jesse Imbach and James Lalikos will lead a workshop on fruit tree grafting, with a focus on using scions to build up a fruit collection. Following the discussion, students can try their hand grafting scions supplied by the California Rare Fruit Growers Association to potted root stock. Participants can take home grafted root stock, and surplus scions may be available to take home. Feb. 4, 2-4 p.m. $29-$34. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

FUNDRAISERS 2017 OFJCC Annual Benefit Featuring Michael Franti The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center hosts its annual benefit and largest fundraiser, which supports its ongoing educational, cultural and social programs. This year’s benefit features Michael Franti, a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. He will perform with the Michael Franti Trio. Feb. 4, 6 p.m. $300. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

FAMILY Valentine’s Storytime Auntie Dori will host a sweet and story-filled Valentine’s Day Storytime featuring themed activities and snacks, which will be a part of the fun. The storytime is open to ages 3 and up. Feb. 8, 10-11 a.m. Free. Books Inc. Mountain View, 301 Castro St., Mountain View. valentines-storytime-books-inc-mountain-view

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The length of time to sell a home increased just slightly at a median of 9 days. However, some individual areas saw increases as high as 23. There was a direct correlation between days on market and pricing. For the 29 homes that were not accurately priced when listed and therefore required a price reduction, the median days on market was 50. All other homes had median days on market of just 9. Even in a record-breaking market like this, setting the correct price based on local market knowledge is essential for obtaining maximum value and a timely sale.


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The average price in Mountain View increased 3% to a new record high of $1,832,545, exceeding the record set in 2015. Since the recession and the most recent low in 2009, the average price is up 94%. The median price also set a new record at $1,725,000 and is almost double what it was in 2009 during the recession. There were 4 sales in excess of $3 million, compared


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While there were just 5 homes sold in Rengstorff (compared to 8 the previous year), this area showed the strongest price appreciation in all of Mountain View. The median and average prices increased a dramatic 41% and 27%, respectively, reaching significant new highs of $1,725,000 median and $1,656,000 average. Only 1 home sold for more than list price, and 4 of the 5 sales were between $1,650,000 and $1,820,000. The median days on market here was the highest in all of Mountain View at 23 days due to 2 of the homes taking more than 4 months to sell.



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Both the median and average prices reached new highs once again in 2016. The increases were slight, between 1% and 1.5%, compared to the 24%+ increases in 2015. The number of sales was down almost 50% with just 13 sales compared to 25 the previous year. There were 5 sales for more than $1.5 million with the highest priced sale at $1,599,000. The length of time to sell a home increased just slightly from a median of 7 days to 8 days. Plus, demand was also clearly evidenced by the fact that 6 of the 13 homes sold for more than list price and by as much as 35% more.



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This neighborhood had the second strongest appreciation in prices in all of Mountain View. The median price increased 26% to a record high of $1,486,944 and a dramatic 69% increase in just 2 years. The new record average price of $1,398,989 represents a 12% increase and a 43% increase in just 2 years. There were 10 sales, compared to 7 the previous year, and 7 of these sold for more than list price. On average, homes here sold for 8% more than list price and they sold very quickly with a median of just 9 days. The highest priced sale of $1,880,000 did not set a record; that was $2,125,000 set back in 2008.

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More homes were sold in the Downtown area than in any other area. There were 45 sales compared to 34 the previous year, representing a 32% increase. Once again, record high prices were reached. The average price increased 5% to $1,795,689 and the median price increased 7% to $1,680,000. There were no sales for less than $1,100,000. A significant 71% of the homes sold for more than list price and by as much as 132% of list price. On average, homes sold for 108% of list price. Homes sold very quickly with two-thirds of all the sales occurring in 2 weeks or less.

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As is typical, this area had the highest prices in all of Mountain View. And, once again, record highs were set here with the median and average prices each increasing 7%. The average price reached $2,361,030 and the median reached $2,299,000. There were no sales for less than $1,700,000 and 71% of the homes sold for more than list price. On average, homes sold for 106% of list price. While this area often has the most number of sales, in 2016 sales fell 32% with 38 sales compared to 56 in 2015.

• 68% sold for more than list price


The second highest average price was in this area and it set a new record at $2,209,173 – an increase of less than 1%. This area, however, was the only area in Mountain View to have a decline in median price even though it was still in excess of $2 million. The highest priced sale was $2,818,000 and there were no sales for less than $1.7 million. The price per square foot of $1,299 was the highest in all of Mountain View. Demand was exceptionally high with 74% of the homes selling for more than list price.

• Far fewer homes for sale

209 MIRAMONTE–MTN VIEW SCHOOLS The average price increased 10% to a new record high of $1,958,271 and the median increased 7% to $1,887,500. For the first time ever, a home sold for more than $3 million and only 6 of the 32 homes sold sold for less than list price. The average price per square foot reached a record high of $1,236, the second highest in all of Mountain View. Homes also sold quickly with 75% selling in 2 weeks or less.




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