South Valley Review
VOL. 2, NO. 14
August 25, 2018
Better at knowing what matters to you Local Heroes
A 2012 Homestead High School graduate and San Jose, California native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise known as the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Orrock is a fire controlman aboard USS Lake Champlain,
currently operating out of San Diego, California. A Navy fire controlman is responsible for maintaining the firing system of the ship’s defense system, ensuring it’s safe operation. Orrock is looking forward to applying the lessons learned from San Jose to working in the Navy.
Page # 4 “I learned the value of punctuality growing up and that has definitely carried with me into the Navy,” said Orrock. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners,” according to Navy officials. The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations,
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Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (MCOSJ) opens its “Spotlight on America” concert season with “Costa Concordia”, on Saturday, September 22nd at the Trianon Theatre. The concert is named for the Concerto for Violin and Strings by Colorado composer Jeffrey Nytch, receiving its West Coast Premiere with Claudia Bloom as the solo violinist. The concerto was inspired by the story of Hungarian violinist Sandor Feher who was lost with the Costa Concordia cruise ship in 2012. He first helped others escape, then turned back to his cabin to retrieve his beloved violin, and never returned. “I heard this story and felt that I had to respond to it in a musical way,” says Nytch. He tells the tale from the point of view of the violin, expressing the universal moods it passes through– the joy of good times, the loneliness of separation, and finally a vision of reunion in another realm. The first performance in April this year was met with “a stomping, cheering, standing ovation” from the audience. As part of MCOSJ’s focus this season on works by American composers, the concert also features a work inspired by Northern California landscapes in local composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen’s
Trinity Alps. Along with works by Hamilton Harty, Mozart, and Beethoven, this concert continues the orchestra’s tradition of presenting new and less well-known works alongside classical favorites. About the Soloist. Violinist Claudia Bloom began her studies in Berkeley with Anne Crowden. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music as a full scholarship student under Raphael Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. Upon graduation, Ms. Bloom received the Karl Kraeuter Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chamber Music. She completed her Master of Music degree as a teaching assistant at the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Syoko Aki Erle. From 1982-1990 Ms. Bloom was a member of the Ciompi Quartet in residence at Duke University and a full-time member of the faculty. From 1990 to 1992 she was co-concertmaster of the Zurich (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Bloom has performed as a member of the Bloom Duo and Trio with twin sister Madeline Bloom (piano) and brother Jonathan Bloom (cello). Concert engagements as a member of the Bloom Duo have included performances in the United States, Canada,
and Colombia, and South America. Currently she plays principal second violin in Opera San Jose, is a member of the Grace Note Chamber Players, the Corina Quartet, and the Kineret Quartet, and performs as a recitalist. Ms. Bloom teaches privately and directs a chamber music program for children and adults in Palo Alto. http://www. claudiabloomviolin.com About Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose Founded by conductor and musical director Emily Ray in 1996, Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (MCOSJ) is a volunteer orchestra performing professional quality concerts in the South Bay. The 35- to 50-piece orchestra is known for its innovative programming that surprises and delights
its listeners. In May 2011, the San Francisco Classical Voice praised MCOSJ’s performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, calling it “thrilling to hear.” MCOSJ features world class artists as well as emerging professional soloists. MCOSJ has given the world premieres of more than twenty works and the West Coast or South Bay premieres of many others. Brilliant Classics recently released a disc of A.J. Fernandes’ Violin Concerto featuring violinist Carlos Damas accompanied by the orchestra. MCOSJ caters to a broad audience, featuring classical repertoire and modern works by composers from around the world. Select high school musicians are invited to join the orchestra in many of its concerts.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, 7:30pm Claudia Bloom, violinist Conducted by MCOSJ Music Director Emily Ray Trianon Theatre, 72 N. 5th St., San Jose Free parking available across the street.
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Local Heroes Cont’ gunnery, missile, antisubmarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations. “I’m looking forward to firing the weapons system that I maintain during RIMPAC,” said Orrock. This is the first time Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts include New Zealand serving as sea combat commander and Chile serving as combined force maritime component commander. This is the first time a non-founding RIMPAC nation (Chile) will hold a component commander leadership position. This year will also feature live firing of a Long Range AntiShip Missile (LRASM)
from a U.S. Air Force aircraft, surface to ship missiles by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the U.S. Army. This marks the first time a land based unit will participate in the live fire event during RIMPAC. RIMPAC 2018 will also include international band engagements and highlight fleet innovation during an Innovation Fair. “I’m proud to be able to provide for my family while serving on active duty,” said Orrock. Twenty-six nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise. This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei,
Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. As a member of the U.S. Navy, Orrock and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. “I’ve learned that I’ve become less selfish in the Navy,” said Orrock. “I’m working towards team goals and family goals instead of just focusing on myself.” “Serving in the Navy means I get to honor those who’ve gone before me,” said Orrock. “Both my uncle and my grandfather were in the Navy, so it gives me a sense of pride to be able to carry on their legacy.”
Summer Fun After School Specials Film Series - Last Chance Always informative and often entirely mockable, the television “After School Specials” during the 1980s paved the way for legit cool movies starring “teens” to really show kids the ropes when it came to relationships, friendships, hating your parents, understanding your parents, sex, drugs, and alcohol, and other challenges. From The Breakfast Club to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, from The Goonies to Clueless, these favorite teen angst and teen comedies form a modern-retro After School Special film series for the summer with more wonderful films to come in the Fall.
Film Schedule August 29 at 5:15pm & 7:30pm: The Goonies
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Neal Traylor is a nice guy, but there is more to it when you get to know him. He is a killer for hire and, by all accounts, a pretty good one at that. Neal owns Winchester Pest Control and has built that business into a success over 30 years of eliminating all those icky and creepy-crawly things we mere mortals can’t
deal with. This man is a professional at what he does and has the credentials to back this up. Neal is singularly unique in that he holds 4 separate state licenses in: Structural Pest Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, EPA, Renovator Certification, Department of Fish & Wildlife. “I am very proud of this achievement, because I have worked hard to learn my business over the years.” As of May 2018, Neal has officially been a Small Business Owner for 30 years. Work for Neal started early in life, because
he “had to, we were very poor as a family.” He grew up in New Jersey and found there was no future in his grandfather’s farm or father’s Gas Station business. So he joined the ARMY which brought him to Fort Ord in 1973. Neal was a member of the 101st Airborne for 8 years and fought in 2 Wars during his military service. Neal Graduated USF in 1982 with a BA in Business Administration. He met Linda in 1975, his soon to be wife, and they raised two sons; Robert and Joey. They lived in the South Bay for 27 years and 4 months until her passing. Neal speaks warmly of their life together, “we were a team and that relationship is an important part of who I am today.” Thus, Neal has cultivated a small likeminded group of men as genuine friends. Men
of similar “up by your bootstraps” backgrounds and a no-nonsense candor. Neal says each member looks for ways to contribute to their community as they identify a need or opportunity to make a difference. Neal has even purchased prescription glasses for the homeless over the years. It’s not unusual for him or his friends to donate 25 turkeys and hams to a chosen Non-Profit during the Holidays. But Neal says its time to think about retirement. He looks forward to the day of “cashing out while still young enough to enjoy life. My business may not be glamorous but it’s very lucrative so I can look forward to having a pretty good quality of retired lifestyle.” So there is your profile of a local small businessman who believes success
in life comes through lessons well learned and the ability to handle what life will Fly, Creep or Crawl your way. Neal Traylor is a man with a good attitude and determination to “if you know what’s right, do what’s right.” All you creepycrawly things out there, BEWARE... at least for the next couple of years while this guy is around.
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Achievement EASTRIDGE CENTER AWARDED 2018 BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS AWARD FOR SIGNIFICANT AND LONG-LASTING IMPACT ON SAN JOSE’S ART AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPE The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Arts Commission, has announced honorees of the 2018 Cornerstone of the Arts Awards, recognizing businesses and individuals who have a made a significant and long-lasting impact on San Jose’s art and cultural landscape. Eastridge Center, owned and operated by Pacific Retail Capital Partners, was selected as the honoree for the 2018 Business Support for the Arts award. Once a year, this award is bestowed upon a business that has provided enduring leadership in the advancement of arts and culture in San Jose and increased the understanding of the value of the arts in creating a thriving community. Eligibility for the Business Support for the Arts Award requires a business to establish strong partnerships with the arts community in San Jose and demonstrate support of the arts in the form of financial, in-kind, promotional, or other types of support. Criteria is based on significance of support, community impact, duration of support, and collaboration. The 2018 Cornerstone of the Arts committee was
comprised of past honoree and Arts Commissioners. Elisa Marina Alvarado, founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Visión; past honoree Richard James, San Jose Arts Commission Chair; and Ramona Snyder, San Jose Arts Commission Vice Chair. “I was proud to nominate Eastridge Center for the Business Support of the Arts Award as I’ve seen its significant impact on our Eastside community,” said Richard James. “Eastridge management understands how the power of art can create and engage a community, and that is seen weekly through its diverse menu of festivals, performances and its wonderfully-inspired murals.” Opened in 1971, Eastridge Center has served as a cultural hub for the diverse San Jose community for decades. Pacific Retail Capital Partners purchased the 1.4-million square foot center in 2016 and completed an intensive multimillion-dollar transformation, which included numerous projects and programs aimed at positively impacting the San Jose arts community. The Eastridge Mural Program and bi-weekly Open
Space event at Eastridge Center are just two of the new platforms celebrating the arts community. The Eastridge Mural Program added 20,000 square feet of exterior murals, spotlighting California artists and establishing the center as the largest facade of mural space on a shopping center in the country. Open Space is a twice-monthly open mic night open to everyone, every age, and every art form. Each week, local musicians, spoken-
word artists, dancers, poets, filmmakers, and comedians gather to share, collaborate, and perform. Other Eastridge signature events and monthly programs – including Make Music Day San Jose, a collaborative festival with Pow Wow San Jose, cultural performances, monthly featured artists, and Art Wednesdays – provide opportunities for artists to perform for larger audiences, increasing the impact of the artists’ work and increasing awareness about access to this multi-generational, community platform. As Eastridge continues to partner with San Jose arts leaders to bring diverse platforms, resources, and
audience opportunities to a community eager for art, its initiatives demonstrate leadership in the arts community and a commitment to positively impacting society. Najla Kayyem, senior vice president of marketing at Pacific Retail Capital Partners, said, “We are excited to be recognized for this prestigious honor. By supporting local artists and the arts, we hope to encourage creativity while fostering a love of art that will resonate within the community and bring people together for years to come.” The 2018 awards will be presented at the Cornerstone of the Arts event at the Hammer Theatre on October 12, 2018.
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Worship Directory First Congregational Church of San Jose United Church of Christ 1980 Hamilton Ave., San Jose, CA 95125 (At the corner of Hamilton and Leigh) (408) 377-7121 www.firstccsj.org
We are a progressive, Open and Affirming, welcoming congregation of faithful people who seek to wrestle with scripture, and live out our faith, in the real world. We are far from perfect, but we try to offer as wide a welcome as possible, and invite you to join us on the community path, wherever it takes us. We offer lively, multi-generational worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM (nursery care provided). We have regular educational programs for all ages, children through adults, and a variety of groups and offerings for spiritual development and service. Come check us out and find a community for the journey.
Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church 5370 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95123 (2 blocks north of Blossom Hill Rd on Snell) (408) 629-5906 Email: email@example.com
We are a friendly, progressive, multicultural church striving to understand and apply the teachings of Jesus Christ. All are welcome!! Come visit us and participate in opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and community outreach. We can pursue our faith journeys together! Sunday services are at 10:00AM with children’s Sunday school and nursery care available on site. Handicapped and hearing impaired services available. Visit our website for sample sermons, photos and a lot more information www.sthpc.org We look forward to meeting you!!
Hillside Church San Jose 545 Hillsdale Avenue San Jose, CA 95136 (408) 269-4782 www.hillside.org
At Hillside Church, we take God and His Word seriously. We are a growing congregation of friendly people who are taking the hope of the Gospel to a world that desperately needs it. Join us in our mission to change this world one soul at a time. Our Sunday services are at 9:00 AM (acoustic/quiet) and 10:45 AM (more high energy). Make a difference in the live of people in our community. Help us as we point others to Jesus Christ, teaching them to live for Him. Visit our website, listen online, or join us this Sunday!
Sunrise Valley Baptist Church
5860 Blossom Avenue (at Blossom & Calero) San Jose, CA 95123 (408) 225 - 0200 www.sunrisevbc.org “Rejoice in the Lord always! And again I say rejoice!” Come join us in a traditional worship service that is steeped in the old hymns of our faith and rooted in expository Bible preaching. A friendly congregation will encourage your heart. Our Wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ, offers peace, love & joy. On Sunday we have Sunday School at 9:30 am; Sunday Morning Worship at 10:45 am; and Sunday Evening Worship at 6:00 pm. On Wednesday Evening we have Awana at 7:00 pm (Children’s Bible Clubs K-6; Sept May) and Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm.
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Ballot Tracking Bill Approved by Legislature The Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 2218, authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), which would enable California voters to track their vote by mail ballots by 2020. “With more than two-thirds of California voters choosing to vote by mail at this year’s primary election, it is time for the state to better utilize technology to
help voters track their vote by mail ballots,” said Assemblymember Berman. “AB 2218 will give voters greater peace of mind that their ballots are counted, while cutting down on the number of vote by mail voters who are disenfranchised due to correctable errors.” In all but one statewide election since 2010, a majority of California voters cast their votes using vote by mail ballots,
and as of November 2016, 51% of California voters were registered as permanent vote by mail voters. That number is expected to climb as the California Voter’s Choice Act is implemented. Under this bill, the Secretary of State would be required to develop a tool that allows vote by mail voters to opt in to receive email or text notifications about the status of their ballots.
County elections officials would be able to send reminders to voters who have not returned their ballots and quickly contact voters who need to provide additional information – a signature, for example – in order to have their ballots counted. AB 2218 was inspired the Denver Elections Department’s Ballot TRACE (Tracking, Reporting, and Communication
Engine) System, which similarly enables voters to track their ballots and allows elections officials to deliver important information about steps voters can take to ensure that their ballots are counted. Governor Brown has until September 30th to act on the bill.
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District 15 News New Santa Clara County Mental Health Program Obtains $15 Million in State Funding to Help Youth With an assist from Senator Jim Beall, Santa Clara County was granted $15 million in state funding today to help youth and young adults, gain increased access to treatment for emerging mental health needs. The four-year grant was unanimously approved by the Mental Health Services and Oversight & Accountability Commission, which directs Proposition 63 funding. Beall, who serves on the commission, voted in support of the grant award. “Santa Clara County is forging a legacy as the
mental health leader in the state and in the country,” Beall said as he cast his vote. The funding allows the county to implement the headspace project, modeled after an Australian national network of centers that serve as a “one-stop shop’’ for youth to ensure they have the coping skills and support system in place for a successful transition into adulthood. The need for these services was identified by Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department, which solicited the
public and mental health service organizations for opinions on local needs for services. The department found young people seldom received services that addressed not only their mental health problems but also co-existing social, physical, and emotional challenges. The headspace project is intended to provide youth with ageappropriate strategies that reduce stigma, support wellness, engage youths
with their families, and reduce their involvement in the justice and child welfare systems. The project proposes to have health care and mental health providers who are culturally competent. The project will provide walk-in service and help youth and young adults no matter their health insurance status.
Thurmond Bill Protecting Social Services Determinations Against Privatization Passes Legislature AB 3224, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), will protect Californians against private sector employees determining eligibility for Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and CalWORKs applicants. The bill passed out of the Legislature with bipartisan support and now heads to the Governor for consideration. “This bill will ensure that Californians that need safety-net programs are protected,” Thurmond said. “Privatization of eligibility incentivizes companies to prioritize
making profit at the expense of people that depend on assistance programs. AB 3224 guarantees that these positions are filled by our public servants who care about helping our neediest Californians.” AB 3224 is a direct response to President Trump inviting states to request a waiver to a longstanding regulation that prevents the privatization of the workers who determine eligibility for government assistance programs. When for-profit companies compete for
contracts in social safetynet services, the products they develop and the information collected from their clients is deemed proprietary to the company. Any data collected is not subject to Public Records Act requests or other forms of public inquiry. This undermines the government’s role in monitoring compliance with civil rights enforcement and other program rules or goals. “The merit or civil service status of personnel who
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determine whether or not someone is eligible for benefits and how much they receive is an essential feature of America’s safety net program, providing essential protections for people served by these programs and ensuring the integrity of government investments,” says Jessica Bartholow of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the bill sponsor.
Santa Clara County’s headspace program would be the first in the U.S. The program originated in Australia in 2006 to provide help for people, 12 years to 25, who problems that range from mental and physical health to work, school, alcohol or drugs. The idea for the county’s grant proposal was submitted by Steven Adelsheim, M.D., from the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health, and Wellbeing.
“AB 3224 will protect this important standard for California’s low-income families at a time when federal proposals seek to weaken it.” AB 3224 ensures that Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and CalWORKs employee determinations will remain unchanged, regardless of federal law. This bill is sponsored by the Western Center on Law and Poverty and is supported by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.
San Jose Jazz Fest
Main Stage Festivities
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Christian Tamburr & Dominick Farinacci Quartet, so entertaining and funny
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Benjamin Grosvenor and Charlie Albright Highlight Steinway Society Season 24 A line-up of international piano stars awaits classical music lovers in the 24th season of Steinway Society - The Bay Area. The season launches on September 15 and includes a concert each month through May 11, 2019. “This season’s artists are all top international performers who are widely praised for their depth of artistry as well as their audience appeal,” said Lorrin Koran, MD, President of the Board for Steinway Society — The Bay Area. “They are artists that add greatly to the luster of the classical music coming to Silicon
Valley next season.” THE CONCERT LINE-UP: • September 15 (Saturday) - Zlata Chochieva • October 13 (Saturday) - Vladimir Ovhinnikov • November 11 (Sunday) - Henry Kramer • December 8 (Saturday) – Sandra Wright Shen • January 12, 2019 (Saturday) - Kate Liu • February 10 (Sunday) – Vyacheslav Gryaznov • March 12 (Tuesday) – Benjamin Grosvenor • April 6 (Saturday) – Nikolay Khozyainov • May 11 (Saturday) – Charlie Albright
PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS: All performances in the 2018-19 season will be held at the Trianon Theatre, 72 North 5th Street in downtown San Jose, with the exception of the October 13 and March 12 concerts which will be held at McAfee Performing Arts Center at 20300 Herriman Avenue (just off Saratoga Sunnyvale Road) in Saratoga.
International piano star Benjamin Grosvenor
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The Bay Area Review, formerly South Valley Review Volume 2, Number 14