The Bay Area Review June 1, 2018

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South Valley Review

VOL. 2, NO. 8

June 1, 2018

Better at knowing what matters to you. Local Heroes

Page # 4 Los Gatos Events

Page # 9 Vicious Attack of Pierluigi Oliverio Unwarranted

Page # 11 Luis Morales A 2010 Santa Teresa High School graduate and San Jose, California, native is currently serving with a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron which flies one of the world’s most advanced warplanes. Airman Luis Morales is an aviation structural mechanic with the Mighty Shrikes of VFA 94, which operates out of Naval Air Station

Lemoore. A Navy aviation structural mechanic is responsible for repair and maintenance of the hydraulics, wheels and complete outside structure of the jet. “Growing up, I learned to show up on time and apply myself and see things all the way to the end,” Morales said. “Commitment is important. It has helped me in every way in my

military service.” Members of VFA 94 work with the F/A 18 Super Hornet, one of the most advanced aircraft in the world. The Super Hornet takes off from and lands on Navy aircraft carriers at sea and is

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3Below Theaters & Lounge presents “Keith Moon: The Real Me” (The true story of the legendary drummer for The Who). Please Note: This show includes explicit language and mature themes of drug use and sexuality. Parental discretion is advised. Keith Moon: The Real Me (the true story of the legendary drummer for The Who) explodes on the stage with the turmoil and excitement of the wildest drummer in rock and roll history. A living legend during his lifetime, Keith Moon still stands as the pinnacle of rockstar extremism—both in life and music. The play explores the mind of Keith Moon, as he attempts to save himself from the unbearable burden of living up to (or down to) his self-created legend of ‘Moon the Loon’. As Keith fights his demons, he takes the audience on a journey through his early struggles, his joining The Who, and their rise as one of the world’s greatest rock bands. By the show’s end, the audience intimately knows the

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District 2 News Housing Town Hall Recap & Resources Thank you to the community members who joined my office, retired Santa Clara County Principal Planner Don Weden, and City of San Jose Housing Department Know Your Rights representatives at last Thursday’s District 2 Housing Town Hall. I hope you found it as informative as we did! For those of you who were not able to make it, I would like to share with you the meeting recap and resources. You may view the entire District 2 Housing Town Hall meeting on my Facebook page and view the Housing Department

Know Your Rights PowerPoint presentation online. Here are the highlights of the meeting: Santa Clara County is changing. Why? • Santa Clara County is projected to add 300,000 people (the equivalent of two Sunnyvales) over the next 10-15 years • Two-thirds of the population growth will come from people ages 65 and older – because people are living longer • Santa Clara County is becoming more urban to keep up with the demand of the population • We need to act urgently to prepare for

our rapidly increasing and aging population • We must plan our City not for what we see now, but for the future Rental rights and recent changes for tenants and landlords in San Jose • Rent Stabilization Program • Mobilehome Rent Ordinance • Apartment Rent Ordinance • Tenant Protection Ordinance • Ellis Act Ordinance


Serving Well Local Heroes capable of conducting air-to-air combat as well as striking targets on land. It is approximately 61 feet long, has a loaded weight of 51,000 lbs., and a max speed of 1,190 miles per hour. Operating from sea aboard aircraft carriers, the Super Hornet gives the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, at any time. The versatile jet has the ability to destroy targets located hundreds of miles inland, without the need to get another country’s permission to operate within its borders. “Strike Fighter Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, is the heart of Naval Aviation,” said Capt. James S. Bates, Deputy Commodore, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific. “The sailors assigned to SFWP always exceed expectations and

produce amazing results through team work and dedication to their department, squadron, the U.S. Navy and their family. Naval Aviation is a challenging occupation, but our sailors work day in and day out to provide fully mission capable aircraft and fully qualified aircrew to ensure leadership is able to answer national level tasking. I am humbled to be able to lead the sailors of SFWP and I am proud to call Lemoore my home.” As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Morales and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. “I am the first one in my family to join the military,” said Morales. “I wanted something different and to change

my surroundings with a new challenge.” What Morales likes the most about this command is the way they all take care of each other. “Serving in the Navy makes me proud to be a part of something bigger than myself,” Morales said.

Christen Castro A San Jose, California, native and 2016 Independence High


School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy forwarddeployed aboard USS Blue Ridge. Seaman Christen Castro is serving aboard the ship operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. The ship routinely deploys to protect alliances, enhance partnerships, and be ready to respond if a natural disaster occurs in the region. A Navy seaman is responsible for maintaining the material readiness of the ship. Castro is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of San Jose. “I was always taught to respect my elders, the importance of getting my daily duties completed and keeping everything maintained,” said Castro. Moments like that makes it worth serving around the world ready at all times to defend America’s interests. With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. The Navy’s presence in Yokosuka is part of that long-standing commitment, explained Navy officials. USS Blue Ridge serves as the flagship for

the U.S. Seventh Fleet. It is one of only two U.S. Navy command ships in the world, providing command and control for fleet commanders. “Being forwarddeployed feels great, I feel like we are actually making a difference,” said Castro. As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Castro and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. “Being in the Navy, I learned how to get out of my shell and build leadership roles,” said Castro. “Serving in the Navy means I get to continue my family’s tradition of service. I have six uncles in the military and I am the first female in my family to join. I want to be a role model for my siblings and family.” Seventh Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/ Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 Sailors in the 7th Fleet.

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Opinion Vicious Attack of Pierluigi Oliverio Unwarranted

Ones’ good name and reputation is a most prized possession It is unconscionable for any person or entity to maliciously endeavor to destroy another persons reputation The lack of integrity the public special interest groups showed recently when they maliciously sought to destroy the reputation of Pierluigi Oliverio, candidate for Santa Clara County Supervisor, is a disgrace. The “hit pieces” compared a man of honor to a predator. The Mercury News, that actually endorsed another candidate in this race, spoke out eloquently against the public employee groups shocking and untrue attack on Pierluigi Oliverio (5/20/18 editorial). It is hard to believe that Mr. Oliverio’s opponents would condone such disgusting tactics-but do so by remaining silent. All candidates have to campaign on political records and differences, but one’s reputation is precious. It is shocking that the union leadership

would allow such an attack. This speaks volumes about them as individuals. Money rather than what is true must be very important to them. We all admire those honorable people who work in local government. We trust them and are grateful for their service. We hold them in esteem and teach our children to respect them. It is hard

for us to believe that they could have known about this disgusting and completely untrue attack on Pierluigi Oliverio. So with that said, why haven’t the opposition candidates and the union membership come out and condemned this material? Keep in mind it may be Mr. Oliverio today, but it might be you or your family tomorrow. We

have to restore honesty, decency and integrity in politics by electing representatives that do not condone this kind of tactic. To paraphrase: Pierluigi said, why would anybody who honestly wants to represent the people ever agree to run for office if only those who represent special interests are left

unscathed. We are the folks who pay the taxes to support the city and county. It is time for us to speak up for what is right. The #MeToo.. movement is very serious and courageous and far too long in coming but should not be used as a weapon for unscrupulous personal gain. Soon those who have a real case of abuse will not be believed. As women and mothers we are frightened that anyone could make any unsubstantiated or untrue statement against a male member of our family that causes them to be condemned, maligned and considered guilty in the public arena. Horrifying. The public employee leadership and those they represent who wrote, approved and funded the flyer that dishonestly discredited Pierluigi Oliverio should hang their heads in shame. Sincerely,

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The stage show incorporates the best Candid Camera clips in a fast-paced, laugh-filled romp through the decades. Peter’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show a great night of gun. Peter joined his dad as co-host in the 1980s and took over as host in the 90s. Over his own four decades, peter has hosted more than 200 network episodes. He also appears on numerous talk shows, authored the book “Cautiously Optimistic,”

and writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column. Peter joined his dad as cohost in the 1980s and took over as host in the 90s. Over his own four decades, Peter has hosted more than 200 network episodes. He also appears on numerous talk shows, authored the book “Cautiously Optimistic,” and writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column. The premise of the show involved concealing cameras so as to film ordinary people being confronted with unusual (sometimes outlandish) situations. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show’s catchphrase,

“Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.” A “secret” of the show is that much of Candid Camera was shot in and around downtown Monterey, California. Monterey is the home of the Funt family and they kept offices there even when working in Los Angeles. Why Monterey? Well, according to an

interview given earlier this year by Peter Funt to Monterey County NOW, Monterey was a crosssection of the U.S.. “It’s all here,” Funt explained. “There is no identifiable accent, no tilt toward one generation. So many people are transplants, anyway. That’s our secret ingredient.”

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Summer Eats Children & Teens Will Receive Free Lunch at the Library this Summer San José Public Library Vows to Combat Malnutrition through its Free Summer Food Program

The San José Public Library kicked-off its 5th annual Free Summer Food Program during a community celebration

that marked the beginning of an important 9-week program which aims to combat child hunger and is designed to fuel

a child’s future through healthy meals. The kick-off event began with a story time featuring the San Jose

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Earthquakes, followed by opening remarks by community leaders who then helped serve lunch to children and their families. The goal is to reach 250 students per day across the seven participating library locations that are set to serve lunch five days per week from June 11 – August 10, 2018. Locations for the program are selected based on percentage of low income residents and individuals eligible for the free and reduced-price meals program in their service area. The participating branches are: Biblioteca Latinoamericana, Dr. Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock, Educational Park, Edenvale, Hillview, Joyce Ellington and Tully Community. Last summer, the library served 18,688 meals and has served nearly 50,000 meals

since its launch in 2014. Summer lunch studies show that nutrition is directly connected to the academic success of students. In Santa Clara County, 30% of our youth is living in food insecure households. When being out of school, many students may not have access to healthy meals. SJPL and its partners (YMCA, California Summer Meal Coalition, Revolution Foods, Second Harvest Food Bank) are committed to nourishing the development of students and ensure kids are well nourished before heading back to school. In addition to receiving nutritious meals, children and teens are provided with recreational and learning activities to support their holistic development. For more information, visit:

Senate Passes Preposal to Boost Mental Health Funding in Schools

Sen. Beall’s Bill Creates Partnership Between Schools and Counties to Help Students

Action to bolster mental health services in schools and help students was approved by the Senate today. By a 32-0 vote, Senator Jim Beall’s legislation to fund children’s crisis mental health services at equal levels to adult services, advanced to the Assembly for consideration. Under Senate Bill 1019, a competitive

grant program would be established to fund partnerships between county MediCal providers and local education agencies, including crisis outreach services for students with behavioral health needs. The proposal will generate tens of millions of dollars in federal health funds by partnering schools with eligible MediCal

providers who can be reimbursed for services. “Schools are the best place to identify children in need of mental health treatment and link them to services. Early intervention and prevention will improve student outcomes both inside and outside the classroom.’’ Beall said, “SB 1019 provides the needed resources so

kids can excel in their academic and personal lives.’’ SB 1019 brings parity in the division of Proposition 63 grant funding under previous legislation passed in 2013, creating a 50-50 split in spending between juveniles and adults. The bill solves an issue raised by state Mental Health Services Accountability Commission findings that found just 15 percent of the funding available from the first round of

Peer Provider Certification Bill Advances to Assembly Senator Jim Beall’s bill to increase the effectiveness of mental health and addiction supportive services that also reduces state costs was approved today by the Senate. Senate Bill 906 passed on a unanimous vote. SB 906 proposes to certify qualified peer providers -- people with lived experiences as family members, clients, or caretakers of individuals recovering from addiction or mental

illness – to provide support services that help their clients complete their treatments or therapies. “A peer provider who has a unique understanding of the challenges their client faces can make all the difference in that person’s path toward a healthier life,’’ Beall said. “Often peer providers share not just lived experience but the language and culture with the people they serve.”

If SB 906 is signed into law, California would join more than 40 other states that have already adopted such peer provider programs, establishing clear and basic standards for peer training and certification. “California inexplicably has fallen behind the rest of the nation on this issue,’’ Beall said. “The federal government urges states to adopt certification programs because they help standardize best Y 15 Z

practices.’’ Research studies have determined peer support car improve client functioning and satisfaction, and reduce both depression and hospitalizations. Under SB 906, the Department of Health Care Services would establish a certification program and standards for peer support providers. In addition, the bill also directs to seek federal waivers to dramatically reduce state costs. A 50

triage grants issued under the wellness act went to programs serving schoolage children. The findings revealed that out of a total of $32 million in funding, fewer than $5 million went to programs serving children. The Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act, ratified in 2013, expanded California’s ability to provide crisis intervention assistance, including mobile crisis support teams and triage personnel. percent match for state peer support provider programs is available under guidelines established by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. SB 906 is sponsored by the Steinberg Institute and supported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Senator Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, is a joint author. Senators Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Dr. Richard Pan, (D-Sacramento) are co-authors. The bill now goes to the state Assembly for consideration.