The Bay Area Review December 20, 2017

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South Valley Review

VOL. 1, NO. 21

December 20, 2017

Better at knowing what matters to you.

50th Anniversary of Christmas Tree Elegance

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Ensalada de Noche Buena Christmas Eve Salad

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Linda and John Conover

Welcome all to the 50th Anniversary of Christmas Tree Elegance for Valle Monte League. This highlights 50 years of commitment to raising funds to support mental health agencies for South Bay communities. “I am personally grateful for and appreciate your support of our

mission as, a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help provide and promote better mental health within the community through mental health agencies.”

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Ensalada de Noche Buena Christmas Eve Salad SVR Home Delivers Papers To These ZIP CODES 95119 95123 95124 95125 95032 95008 95037 95051 *COMING SOON* 95126 95128

When...Where The Nutcracker

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The ballet. A child’s wonderment. Costumes. Colors. What more can you ask for? This year, Ballet Stars of Moscow USA 2017 put on a beautiful rendition of The Nutcracker at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in downtown San Jose accompanied by

Symphony Silicon Valley. Vera Sharipova and Ekaterina Bortyakova give beautiful performances as the main lead, Marie, accompanied by her prince, Andrey Bolotin. Mikhail Mikhailov brings a chilling performance as the Mouse King. Every dance gives new experiences to the audiences. All of the dancers portray strong emotions in every move that have the audience right there with them as the classic story plays out on stage. The dances were choreographed by Vasily Vainonen and very well done. All in all, this show was absolutely stunning. The colors of the costumes and set were

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Friday, December 22 at 7:00pm Saturday, December 23 at 2:30pm and 7:00pm Sunday, December 24 at 2:30pm Tickets: $38 - $100 Box Office: 408.286.2600 x23 or bright and plentiful. The dancers were poised and enchanting. The orchestra, lead by Maestro George Daugherty, only heightened the enchantment through their instruments. If you, our community members, have never seen The Nutcracker live at the ballet, I highly recommend taking the chance too. Each show is a once in a lifetime experience. There is still time to see the show this Holiday Season.

Photos: Nutcracker guests enjoying their time.

District 2 News Dear District 2 Residents... The City Council voted to move forward with Bridge Housing Communities (BHC) as a way to temporarily house our most vulnerable residents. The following direction was given to the Housing Department as next steps in the implementation of BHC: Full adoption of the recommendations made by the Mayor, Vice Mayor and Councilmembers Jones, Peralez, and Arenas in their memorandum. In addition to the recommendations described above, we also adopted the following recommendations from my memorandum. • Direct staff to evaluate cost-cutting measures and seek alternative funding sources that would not divert funds already appropriated for permanent housing. • Direct staff to determine if housing a targeted population in the BHC pilot site would violate Fair Housing laws. Specifically, consider using the Kenton Women’s Village in Oregon as a model for the pilot site. • Direct the Planning and Housing Departments to concurrently focus on diverse solutions to solving our homeless crisis: Explore an emergency ordinance for the implementation of safe parking programs and come back to Council with a timeline for implementation. Additional recommendations from Councilmembers Nguyen and Diep were also included. I am motivated by the community engagement that I have seen in the past weeks. My staff and I are actively listening to your concerns and comments. I understand that many of you might feel that this is not the case, but the reality is that just because we do not agree does not mean I am not listening. My ultimate goal is to influence what moves forward to the best of my ability, given that I represent only one of eleven votes. My memo outlined what I felt to be the most desirable way to move forward. I did not put forward these recommendations lightly. Many of them came from community input from residents across our district. I am glad that many of my recommendations were accepted by the Mayor and City Council. I agree with many of you that the price tag for this project was far too high, and that we should pursue more affordable options. Therefore, I will continue to push for more cost effective building models and development plans. I also agree with many of you that before considering the expansion of BHC across the City, we have an obligation to our residents to prove that we can effectively and efficiently build and manage such a community. We will all benefit from a successful program. You can see my full memorandum and recommendations as well as more information on homeless resources on my website. I remain fully committed to implementing a multitude of programs Awarded Best Mortgage Broker 2016 and resources to address our homeless crisis. As a City and as a community, we have a long way to go to fully eliminate homelessness. I believe BHC’s are worth pursuing, and the fact that my colleague Councilmember Peralez offered to host the first pilot project in his district is admirable. If you have any questions regarding the Council’s vote, please contact my office at or at 408-535• 1% Down * 4925.

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Sports Take Oakland’s Plan to Save Their Beloved Team

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The city of Oakland has now come up with a plan to save their beloved team from leaving. Early estimates for a stadium renovation project in Oakland have emerged, as the city attempts to keep the NFL’s Raiders from leaving for Las Vegas. According to the

San Francisco Chronicle, the project would cost an estimated $1.3 billion dollars. That is $600 million cheaper than the stadium deal already in place in Las Vegas. This plan sets aside 90 acres for the stadium and about 8,500 parking spaces. 35 acres for commercial development. The A’s would be expected to

build their own stadium at Howard Terminal. Here is the reported break down for the city of Oakland’s stadium renovation program: $600 million would come from Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott’s private investment group (Fortress Investment Group), $200 million from public funding, $200 million from the NFL, and $300 million from Raiders owner Mark Davis. If this deal goes through, Davis could be asked to sell some stake in his team to Lott’s investment group. Lott has stated Mark Davis told him, if he can deliver the land that he

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could work with that. Davis, who has cut off negotiations with the City of Oakland, has already pledged $500 million to the stadium project in Las Vegas, which was signed into Nevada state law in October. The rest of the funding would come from a hotel-tax hike ($750 million) and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson ($650 million, plus overrun costs). There have been reports of some conflicts between Davis and Adelson when it comes to ownership of a potential Las Vegas Raiders franchise. This factor, along with several others, could have the

NFL leaning heavily toward doing business with Lott’s group and keeping the team in Oakland, where it has played its home games since 1995 (and before that from 1960-1981). Although Davis has said he is committed to moving his team to Las Vegas, the NFL will ultimately decide the fate of the Raiders. All relocations must be approved by a threefourths vote by the league’s owners. If Oakland is able to put forth even a remotely competitive offer for a new/renovated stadium, the league will likely vote for the Raiders to stay put.

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Gabriel The Violinist I’m 55, gay, single, Catholic and 1st generation Mexican. At this juncture in my life I feel I can comfortably say that I am completely satisfied. That is, I did the money career gig; I know what it takes to be in a committed relationship; and Family and faith are truly the most important elements of my life today. That said, how does my violin music come in into play? I was in the 4th grade when I first discovered the violin. I knew in my gut that I would spend the rest of my days playing music. I wasn’t concerned about being the best, I simply knew that the violin made me happy. From the 4th grade up until the 7th grade I trekked on with my commitment to playing. Though I didn’t have my own violin nor could afford private lessons each school year, I did what made me happy - practicing my heart

out. I drove all of my family crazy with my diligent practicing! At the end of my 7th grade year, I entered a music competition and won 6 months of private violin lessons with a San Jose State professor, and in that same competition I won my own violin. I was in heaven...what a moment that was for me! Just before starting high school, I participated in a summer music program. It was then, when Ms. Gilda Mazantti, one of the music teachers in the program who was also a member of the San Jose Symphony told me she would provide me with a full scholarship of free violin lessons all during my high school career - what a blessing! Ms. Mazantti was the first person who first encouraged me to never give up. I will always remember her and I am forever indebted for her kindness and generosity. I was the first of 9 children to enter

college - I was terrified! The experience was bittersweet. I never finished college sadly, but I did discover that me and my violin had “a thing going on”, I could make my violin sing! My violin coach in college told me that I have a gift of making music and not simply playing the notes. He spoke to the music conductor of the Santa Cruz County Orchestra and Mr. Klein, the director offered me a first violin section position. Yahoo! After my first year in college I auditioned for the S.F. Conservatory of Music - my audition went well. So I thought. I was rejected. At 20 I was bit rattled by this experience. By mere osmosis I became distracted entirely from music after being hired at my first legal job. I have to admit that I was still emotionally a bit immature and that got the best of me. Fast forward to adulthood. I became well trained in the legal arena as paralegal. It was at this point when my priorities to a nose dive. I still played violin (which mostly consisted of playing at Mass at Mission Dolores Basilica in S.F. I still played, but it was usually only for my own personal pleasure or during parties. For 35 years I remained devoted to my paralegal career - during those years, I lived life on life’s terms without major complaints. (Maybe a


couple) Then, I discovered with the observances of very dear friends that I was not a happy person. I became very good at my work and held respectful high profile positions in the private sector and as a civil servant. Still I was not happy with my life. In 2011, I reached an impasse - I said goodbye to the legal arena. Since then, I downsized all aspects of my lifestyle and all ways. I became dedicated to growing and improving as a performer and violin teacher. My specialty as a solo artist is improvisation. I play Jazz, classical, blues, and romantic lounge/ dinner music. I was all about “The Treble - my violin” Current work and projects Since 2011 • Private violin teacher. • Violinist at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Basilica in San Jose (Weddings and Masses) • I have regular private parties scheduled throughout the year in San Jose and Los Gatos. (My hourly rate is $40 for violin lessons and $100 for private parties and

non-profits $75.00) • I busker in Willow Glen - Lincoln Avenue (hot spot) in San Jose and other businesses have hired me for special events and just playing as much as I can in front of their businesses to entice patronage. Past work: • 1975-1980: Concertmaster of San Jose Youth Orchestra under Music Director, Eugene Stoia • 1980-1982: 1st Violin Section Member with Santa Cruz County Orchestra • 1983-1986: 1st Violin with Mariachi Moctezuma - San Jose I have manicured my life full circle now. I live a very simple life and have made myself content and satisfyingly happy once again. My best regards, Gabriel Partida

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Valle Monte 50th Anniversary of Christmas Tree Elegance Cont’ Your support has enabled Valle Monte League to raise upwards of $9.5 million dollars over these years for our beneficiaries; • Family & Children Services • Centre for Living and Dying • Alzheimer’s Activity Center • Services for Brain Injury

in need within Santa Clara County. Each year, attendance and support of Christmas Tree Elegance results in a very positive difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health issues. On behalf of Valle Monte League, I thank you and wish you and your families a Holiday Season filled with Peace, Joy and Love.”

“Valle Monte League salutes these agencies for providing mental health services to those

Linda Conover, President Valle Monte League, Inc. Denise and David Moyles and Guests

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Valley Extra Our Corner of the Valley By Scott Taper

This is a reprint from an article I wrote for Nerac The growing market for wireless medical devices is rife with the security issues that are endemic to wireless communication. The size of the market defines the size of the issue: an estimated one hundred sixty million Americans will be monitored for chronic conditions by 2020, many of them wirelessly. The technology of the wireless devices must necessarily encompass the technology to supply patient security. There is a growing body of intellectual property rights addressing medical device security, involving both hardware and software patent rights. Over 9,000 patents have been issued that describe an embodiment of wireless communication or wireless connectivity that could be vulnerable to attack or spurious disruption. With patient safety and reliability of medical device connectivity at stake, it is important that smart, wireless medical monitoring devices have access to the best available secure communications technology or be designed to minimize the possibilities of patent infringement. Patent Rights and Wireless Medical Devices

Our current estimate of patent rights indicates that over 9,700 issued patents address wireless communications or connectivity for medical devices. These range from advanced orthotic knee braces that are wirelessly synchronized with the upper and lower leg to wireless cardiac monitoring devices. If we add to this total the uses for RFID tagging for medical device and specimen tracking and management, it is clear that a potentially insurmountable mountain of intellectual property could slow innovative product development. While larger companies are able to absorb the cost of potential litigation, smaller companies, that have been the innovators in the field, may be severely slowed or halted due to threats of litigation or the burden of royalties. One workable solution might be a consortium

of patent owners willing to put their patents into a patent pool. Members then determine a reasonable uniform royalty that will be paid by members and what nonmembers will pay. Several patent pools that currently exist may affect wireless medical devices, such as the Bluetooth Special Interest group (SIG) established in 1995 and modified in 1997, and the 3G Patent Platform Partnership (3G3P) established in 1999. More recently, Essential Medical Inventions Licensing Agency (EMILA) was proposed in 2006 to address access to new medical technology in developing countries. It has yet to be established, and does not address wireless technologies, although such technology would be essential in developing countries with little communication infrastructure. Patent pools could

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resolve more than royalty payments; they could also address the issue of standardization and interoperability. This is especially critical in light of the federal government’s initiative to establish standards for electronic records (75 percent of which are currently on mobile devices) to simplify health care and lower overall healthcare costs. Equal access to a common pool of patents would encourage the formation of standards and enable interoperability. Standard protocols will allow medical records to be retrievable wirelessly over the Internet via secure access by doctors, pharmacists and insurance providers. The Obama administration is pushing hard to create a national electronic database of medical records and medication control for patients taking multiple medications, as mandated by Medicare and Medicaid. Drug delivery, such as insulin and other metered outpatient

medications, may be electronically synched with the recordkeeping system to monitor patient medication dosages and number of prescriptions taken daily per patient. Advanced Techniques for Incorporating Technology Trends in Valuation are Key Product development from the emerging or embryonic stage is difficult to predict. By examining a comparable model of product development, we can gain insights into the future value of a technology. For example, rapid prototyping technology has closely followed the same development pattern as computing, from large mainframes to desktop and laptops. Nerac uses several indicators to create a visual representation of product development from the first seminal patents and funding to the emergence of the first commercial embodiments of the technology. Figure 1 below exemplifies the results of the method for a product that was first patented in 1990. By tracking and compiling data on the leading indicators of product development from the lab to commercialization, one can ascertain when products may first start to appear on the market, which was sometime between 2005 and 2006. Note the increase in patent activity and the corresponding increase in business investments. The technology modeled

here was first developed at a government lab and has found its way into the private sector. In common with wireless medical monitoring, incipient diagnosis—the early detection of potential device failures or patient health problems—is also in its relative infancy, although it has been a concept for a long time. Like the technology pictured here, there are many factors that may affect its entry into the market which can be detected as early as possible by tracking some of the leading indicators. Innovations such as smart medical devices that help users keep track of their medications and monitor their chronic conditions may be materially impacted by blocking patents that may slow the introduction of the best available technology for such wireless medical devices and applications in this new era of wellness monitoring. For medical device developers, there are some key questions: What is your plan for participating in the developing wireless medical device market and how will you

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cope with the issues of safety and security, interoperability and patent infringement issues? What adjacent technologies may need to develop in order to see a true commercial product? Will pen injectors give way to infusion pumps that can be monitored anywhere in the world via wireless communications and Internet access via local WiMax or Wifi portals? Maybe not entirely, but it’s possible that injector pens could be made smart enough to reorder themselves wirelessly over the internet based upon patient’s usage and the remaining number of pens. As the number of smart medical devices continues to grow, so too grows the possibility they will be blocked by patents, slowing the introduction of the best available technology. For companies developing such wireless medical devices and applications in this new era of wellness monitoring, it is advisable to track important leading indicators to determine the patent and competitive landscape as early as possible.

Un Día en El Campo

Mi día en el campo Hace treinta y tres años, decidí ir a trabajar en el campo de la zanahoria en México. Quería ganar algo de dinero para mi familia. Tenía 12 años. Fui con mis amigos porque el propietario empleaba niños que ganaban sueldos bajos, lo que le permitía contratar a más niños y hacer el trabajo más rápido. Llegué al inicio $ me, a las 4:00 a.m., en el campo. Las zanahorias son más frescas y tienen un sabor dulce y jugoso. Me dieron un Surco (fila) para escoger, pero era difícil de ver, porque estaba oscuro. Entonces

mi jefe me ayudó a limpiar mi surco (fila). Mi jefe decidió llevarme al río para lavar las zanahorias. Hicimos un círculo de rocas en el río para que las zanahorias no se fueran. El agua estaba fría, pero esto era bueno para las zanahorias. El propietario me dio una advertencia: “Tenga cuidado porque los toros vienen a beber agua al mediodía”. Me reí, porque pensé que estaba bromeando. Empecé a sacudir los sacos para lavar las zanahorias. De repente oí muchos toros corriendo hacia el río. Tenía miedo y corrí

al otro lado. ¡Entonces los toros tenían agua y zanahorias gratis! Cuando mi jefe regresó, le conté lo que había sucedido. Casi se cae de la sorpresa enojado. Al final del día, él me llevó a casa, pero estaba molesto porque no me pagó. Le dije a mi madre lo que pasó. Agradeció a Dios que el propietario no le haya hecho pagar las zanahorias. Ese fue mi primer y último día en el campo de la zanahoria. Por: Gerardo VázquezPadilla Historia verdadera


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Worship Directory 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:

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 We look forward to meeting you!!

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

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.

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Wishing you Happy Holidays! Our family eats this traditional refreshing salad with fresh fruits, peanuts & pomegranates every Christmas eve with homemade By Darlene Tenes tamales, beans and rice. Ensalada de Nochebuena Ingredients: 1 small head of Iceberg or Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced 1 med-sized pineapple, sliced or 1 (20 oz.) can sliced pineapple, drained 3 med-sized oranges, peeled & thinly sliced 3 small bananas, peeled & sliced 2 small Red Delicious apples, cored & cut into thin wedges 1/4 pound jicama or additional red apple 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 1/2 cup of peanuts Dressing: 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup crema Mexicana or sour cream 1/4 cup lime juice 2 tablespoons orange juice 2-3 canned chipotle chiles, minced salt & pepper to taste

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