The Bay Area Review July 27, 2018

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South Valley Review

VOL. 2, NO. 12

July 27, 2018

Better at knowing what matters to you Local Navy Hero

Page # 4 Los Gatos Events

Page # 10 Worship Directory

Page # 15 Free Coding Camp for Girls at the Library Powered by Alaska Airlines

A 2013 William C. Overfelt 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, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). Petty Officer 2nd Class Yoon Nam Saetern is an information systems technician aboard USS Lake Champlain, currently

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The Bing Concert Hall Ticket Office will be closed beginning Monday, July 30 and will reopen on Tuesday, August 14 with a reduced schedule (Tue–Fri, 12–3:00PM). Regular operating hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4. Tickets are always available online and essential messages can be sent to bingboxoffice@stanford. edu.

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Bing Studio Cabaret: John Lloyd Young

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Sat, October 27 @ 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Tickets: $ 50 General Admission $ 75 Reserved Section Call Box Office: (650) 724-2464 A “Reserved Section” ticket guarantees one seat at a table in the first two rows. Tables accommodate 4 patrons. General admission seats at tables are first come, first served. John Lloyd Young, the multiple award winner from Broadway’s Jersey Boys, comes to the Bing Studio with music from the ‘50s and ‘60s all in the authentic style of rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop, and R&B. For his role

as Frankie Valli, Young won the Lead Actor Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards—becoming the only American actor in history to win all four leading actor awards for a Broadway debut. He


re-created his awardwinning Broadway turn onscreen for director Clint Eastwood in the film adaptation of Jersey Boys, which premiered in 2014. This performance takes

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World Impacts Local Navy Hero Cont’ operating out of San Diego, California. A Navy information systems technician is responsible for the ship’s computer network and all external communications. Saetern applies the lessons he learned from San Jose to his work in the Navy. “Where I grew up, it was really diverse,” said Saetern. “It was easy to transition to the Navy.” 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 oficials. The participating nations and forces 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, gunnery, missile, antisubmarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counterpiracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations. “It will be fun meeting new people and learn more about my job as well as learning about the systems I use to communicate with others,” said Saetern.

This is the first time Brunei, Canada, Chile, As a member of the Colombia, France, Israel, Sri Lanka and U.S. Navy, Saetern and Germany, India, Indonesia, other sailors know they Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC. Additional Israel, Japan, Malaysia, are part of a legacy that firsts include New Zealand Mexico, Netherlands, will last beyond their New Zealand, Peru, serving as sea combat lifetimes providing the the Republic of Korea, commander and Chile Navy the nation needs. serving as combined force the Republic of the “I learned that I can Philippines, Singapore, Sri be really resilient,” said maritime component Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, commander. This is the Saetern. “You can’t just first time a non-founding the United Kingdom, brush things off in the the United States and RIMPAC nation (Chile) Navy, you just have to deal Vietnam. will hold a component with it and move on.” commander leadership position. “My biggest achievement so far is making second class petty officer,” said Saetern. Twentysix nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise. SS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and the Republic of Korea Navy’s This year’s exercise ROKS Yulgok Yi (DDG 992) conduct a replenishment-at sea with Royal Australian Navy multi-product replenishment oiler HMAS includes forces Success (OR 304) during RIMPAC. from Australia, Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy/MC2 Craig Z. Rodarte


Summer Fun After School Specials Film Series 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 1 at 5:15pm & 7:30pm: Clueless August 8 at 5:15pm & 7:30pm: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off August 15 at 5:15pm & 7:30pm: The Goonies August 22 at 5:15pm & 7:30pm: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off August 29 at 5:15pm & 7:30pm: The Goonies

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Bill on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Signed by Governor Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill by Assemblymember Marc Levine that will make it easier for nonprofit organizations to care for unaccompanied minors, keeping them out of detention and helping them obtain special immigrant juvenile status that allows them to remain in this country legally. The measure, Assembly Bill 2642 by Assemblymember Levine, D-Marin County, enjoyed bipartisan support in both the State Senate and Assembly. Under current law, only non-profits that are incorporated in

California can serve as a legal guardian for unaccompanied minors. This bill will allow non-profits operating in California but incorporated in other states to help meet the growing demand to protect immigrant children that is straining the capacity of Californiabased organizations. “California has made the right choice in helping children stay here legally and avoid deportation while finding a path for long-term legal status, including asylum,” said Assemblymember Levine. “As Californians, we should ensure that

abandoned, abused or neglected children are able to obtain the support they need from social institutions to seek immigration status,” said Lucia Martel-Dow, Director of Immigration Legal Services at the Canal Alliance. “We work with children who have not been able to find guardians and are at risk of being deported despite the fact that they would qualify for relief.” In the previous legislative session, Levine authored a bill, AB 900, that aligned state law with federal law by providing probate courts with expanded jurisdiction for

youth, who are older than 18 and younger than 21, and who are also eligible to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The bill was signed into law in 2015. “The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is proud to co-sponsor AB 2642. With a narrowly tailored change to the Probate Code, AB 2642 will allow more children to be able to have the non-profit caring for them appointed as their guardian, which will also open the path for them to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, an important form of protection from deportation for many children,” said Rachel Prandini, Staff Attorney of Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Legal Services for Children. “AB 2642 will bring crucial protection to some of

the most vulnerable children in our state – those without family and without legal status, who fled unspeakable violence and threats in their home countries, and who are now residing in federal foster care homes.” “There are more and more children who are not released from federal detention to family members because there is so much fear of coming forward. We do not want those children in shelters or detention facilities, we want them with families,” said Abigail Trillin, Executive Director of Legal Services for Children. “These are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable immigrants. We want to make sure they are in the best possible environment – which are these family homes.”

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Stronger Support For Kids in Placement Proceedings Governor Pens Beall’s SB 925 When a child moves through the placement process in dependency court, Court Appointed Special Advocates stand by the child to protect their best interests and provide recommendations that best serve the child’s needs. Yet these advocates are not required to participate in one of the most crucial junctures in the placement process: family team meetings that include the child and parents, child welfare personnel as well as counselors, extended family, friends, and others. To correct this oversight, Governor Brown today signed SB 925, Senator Jim Beall’s legislation requiring assigned Court Appointed Special

Advocates, also referred to as CASAs, participate in the family team meetings. Under the bill, trained and qualified CASAs will be able to help tailor a child and family plan that is needsdriven and culturally relevant, and take part in the placement decision and the support services to be provided for the child or youth. “Many child and family team meetings, but not all, already include CASA volunteers,’’ Beall said. “This bill will make CASA participation routine. The involvement of the advocates, who are nonpaid,

appointed by dependency court judges, trained and screened volunteers who regularly meet with the children to make sure their needs are met. Some describe CASAs as the ‘ears and eyes for children in foster care.’ “CASA volunteers ensure the child’s interests are not overlooked in


dependency courts or left to languish in the child welfare system. Their presence at the meetings enables them to share crucial insights and information about the child with others, and gather information that can improve their reports to the court.” SB 925 continues Beall’s work to improve California’s foster care system. In 2010, he authored and passed

Assembly Bill 12 to extend foster care benefits to age 21 in order to increase college graduate rates of foster youth or enable them to enroll in skilled trade programs. AB 12 also aligned California’s Kin-GAP Program with the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act to allow the state to access federal funds for extended foster care to improve outcomes.

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

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:

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!!

Hillside Church San Jose 545 Hillsdale Avenue San Jose, CA 95136 (408) 269-4782

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) 255 - 0200 “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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Community Reality Check By Sumant Pendharkar

While working in high tech during the ‘90s, I wondered why the local youth was unprepared for well-paying careers in technology as it was clear that the US led the world in technological advancements. As I worked in management positions in Bay Area high tech companies, I had the unenviable task of finding tech savvy hires. Unable to find talent in the US, I had no choice but to travel to Canada to recruit technical writers and, out of desperation, outsource development and technical support functions to the UK and India. Pursuit of higher education brought me to the US, and after seeing what this country has to offer – easy access to post-secondary education, libraries, etc. – , I could not understand why the US was unable to develop its own workforce. I set about to understand what guidance the youth needed to make better choices about their education, which would then lead to employability. Shockingly, I learned from my co-workers that kids in the US make up their minds to complete high school education between the ages of 10 and 14. This led me to write a self-parenting book for teens, ‘Raising Yourself: Making the

Sumant is an award-winning author of 9 books and uniquely qualified to advise teens and adults on education, career and financial planning. Contact him at Right Choices’. Maximum feedback has been from parents who have told me they have been learning something new from the book. Which then raises the question, if these parents are learning from a self-parenting book for pre-teens and teens, what are they teaching their kids and how are they helping with their child’s educational journey? With like-minded volunteers, I spent 16 months at a High School in San Jose to work toward parentengagement. The experience from this High School connected the dots between the education of a child in the US and their workforce development. My good friend Paul was raised in the heart of Silicon Valley. His parents owned an electronics company, yet they did nothing to help with his academics or career planning. Many children born in this country get no timely guidance from their parents on choosing careers. They miss out on jobs that could be theirs with

the right advise, which frustrates industries that need their talent. The shores of the US have been breached; the implications are profound. The worldwide web instantly connected remote corners of the world, attracting a skilled workforce for highly lucrative American jobs during the ‘90s dot com boom and continues to do so even now, 20 years later. I am where I am today thanks to a series of timely moves by my parents and an older brother. They used social capital (aka networking) to shape my educational and professional development. Opportunities to succeed in the US are boundless; the students just need to know how to get to them.

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District 2 News Sale of Hayes Mansion for $30 Million Relieves City of Large Debts On June 26, the City Council approved the sale of the Hayes Mansion, located in District 2, for $30 million. Since I took office in December of 2016, I have been working diligently with City Staff in the Office of Economic Development to create a sale agreement that allowed us to pay our outstanding debt, protect the workers — many of whom have served at the Mansion for over ten years — and preserve community access to the Mansion. Here are the positive outcomes of the sale to JMA Ventures, LLC: • The City will

receive $30 million, which will be used to pay outstanding bond debt from restoration and renovations. • JMA Ventures has expressed commitment to maintain the current no-cost City and community use of conference space. This means that community events like National Night Out and Neighborhood Association Meetings will continue free of cost at the Hayes Mansion. • JMA Ventures has signed a labor agreement with Unite Here to preserve the employment,

protections, and benefits of current employees. This was a victory for our workers. I appreciate JMA for recognizing the value that Hayes employees add to the hotel, restaurant, and conference center. • JMA Ventures will assume the responsibility for maintenance, repairs, and improvements to the parking lot adjacent to the Hayes Mansion.

am sad to see the property change hands, I know that this sale is necessary for the financial stability of our City and the future viability of the Mansion. -Sergio Jimenez District 2 Councilmember

At the GSMOL Mobilehome Conference I spoke passionately about how mobilehomes, which are homes to 1,662 residents in District 2, are an integral part of our affordable housing stock.proposal.

Community Stories

Fiona Ma, Member of the CA Board of Equalization, joined us to discuss the Cannabis industry -- Excise Tax, licensing, governmental issues, and more -- at the state and local level. We look forward to furthering these discussions in the near future.

• The Edenvale Garden Park is not included in the sale and will remain open to the public. • The Hayes Mansion will continue to be a Historical Landmark. The Hayes Mansion is a historical gem. Though I

The second San José Diridon Station Community Forum was held Thursday, June 21 at the Southside Community Center. Community members shared their input with the City about the development of the Diridon Station Area, including Google’s development proposal.

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Thank you to the San José Police Department Crime Prevention Unit for their presentation on personal safety to the Cottle to Lean Neighborhood Association on Saturday, June 16.

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Free Coding Camp for Girls at the Library Powered by Alaska Airlines San José Public Library (SJPL) is excited to offer its first-ever Summer Coding Camps, thanks to the generosity of Alaska Airlines and the work of the San José Public Library Foundation. Students, teachers, City representatives, and corporate sponsors will gather at a press conference to announce the partnership and kickoff the first day of coding camp. The Summer Coding Camps gives San José students, ages 9-11, the opportunity to explore computer coding, art, literacy and physical fitness.

The all-girls class will run from July 30 – August 3 at the Educational Park Branch Library, 1772 Educational Park Dr., San José, CA 95133. The library will offer classes Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Students will be provided meals and snacks through the Library’s Summer Lunch Program. The coding camp will be led by credentialed teachers who have been trained by SJPL staff and will follow a specially designed curriculum. The Summer Coding Camp will count as part of

the Coding5k Challenge, a new city-wide initiative presented by Mayor Sam Liccardo with the purpose to further enhance access and opportunities for free, quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) learning programs for K-12 students. Alaska Airlines has partnered with the San José Mayor’s office and the San José Public Y 15 Z

Library to open the talent pipeline for local students looking to pursue STEAM-related education and career opportunities with a special emphasis on minorities and girls. According to the National Science Foundation,

minority women comprise fewer than 1 in 10 employed scientists and engineers, and the proportion of women is lowest in engineering, computer sciences, and physics.

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