The Bay Area Review June 2, 2017

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South Valley Review

VOL. 1, NO. 6

June 2, 2017

Better at knowing what matters to you. Why Memorial Day?

Page # 4 Nerd Nation: Memories of a Fanime Convention

Page # 7 Take a Wild Uber Ride

Page # 8 YMCA Summer Food Program A three day weekend. Don’t you love it? Well…don’t forget why we have this three day weekend. Monday was Memorial Day. Over 2,852,901 people have died serving our country in the last 241 years so we could live the life we do today… you heard right, nearly 3 million people have died so we can live. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868. Today we all need to pay respect, honor, and remember those who

died defending us. Think about it…they died so we could have the life and opportunities we have today. Today as we are enjoying a day of grilling burgers and spending time with family and friends, take some time to remember those who gave up their lives so we could live ours. Here is the question we need to ask ourselves. Would those who’ve died so we could live say it was all worthwhile if they were with you today? To

see how you are living your life? To see how you are making a difference? They died so we could live. They left their families behind. They were only kids. Don’t let them down. Make them proud of what you do and the difference you are making in this life. Make the most of it. They gave their lives so we could!

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MidPen Board voted on a proposal which would: • Cap the amount MidPen would pay for the Tower assessment at 10% of the cost • Require the Umunhum Conservancy to pay the other 90% of the assessment • Require the Umunhum Conservancy to pay for ALL needed Tower repairs, now and in the future Why this sudden change? Well, it seems that MidPen’s project at Bear Creek Stables is over budget by $500,000. The Tower assessment will cost $472,000. So if they simply don’t pay for the Tower assessment

that they previously agreed to the books will balance! Abdicating their responsibility to pay for the actual repairs will of course improve their books even more. Please remind the MidPen Board that they cannot walk away from their responsibility to maintain historic buildings that they own! Please contact them TODAY! You can contact them by: • The form at https:// board-member-contactform • Email to the District Clerk at jwoodworth@ • By phone at (650) 691-1200

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that MidPen recognized their responsibility to preserve and repair the Tower. Both the Conservancy and MidPen agreed that once the assessment was complete there might be an opportunity for the Conservancy to provide funding to accelerate repairs or perform repairs to a higher standard than MidPen might want to. But fundamentally if you own a building you are responsible for its upkeep, and there was no disagreement on this. Sadly they are now trying to abandon that responsibility. At the Action Plan and Budget Committee meeting held on Wednesday 31st, the

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Memories of a Fanime Convention By Matthew Lindsay

For those of you who don’t know, the area of San Jose, California is never known to house many events or conventions for those who are more into the comic books, anime/ manga, or other “nerdy” hobbies. But over the last few years, Memorial Day Weekend has graced those in and around the area with a certain special convention for fans of all ages, sizes, and geekdoms to meet up and enjoy their passions. The Fanime convention is something to look forward to attending every year for various reasons. One is because it is one of the few conventions that pop up for people to experience and enjoy. Another is due to seeing people dressed up in elaborate costumes of

characters based on movies, television shows, videogames, comics, and other pop cultures. Maybe it is for a panel where you can meet a famous person or group, or maybe it is simply to meet new people and form both business and personal friendships while grabbing some sweet merchandise and other apparel. Myself? I go for more personal reasons. Three years ago was my first Fanime experience. My sister had bought me a ticket for my birthday and I took a few days off of school to make sure I would be able to attend. Upon stepping onto the first step of the San Jose Convention Center, I could not believe just how many different individuals were attending. Cosplays from Five Nights at Freddy’s, Legend of Zelda, Star

Wars, and so many other fandoms covered the front and were swarming to get inside. And inside was even bigger than the outside with tons of stores, food, artists, guest speakers, videogame tournaments, a full blown arcade…this place was a dream come true for a guy like me! By the time it was over, Fanime had given me: new fandoms to enjoy and delve into, new friends who I still keep in touch with, an experience of having seventy people line dance to the videogame “Just Dance” for four hours straight, a chance meeting with one of my favorite Youtubers (The Nostalgia Critic), and also gave me a personal feeling of kindred spirits with everyone who was there. In short, Fanime gave me memories I would

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never forget. And every year, new memories are added which I will cherish for many years to come. Years ago, I thought that being a geek meant that you were a part of a small group of individuals that did not really matter in the grander scheme of things. However embracing geekdom was something I took hold of, and even though it came with many downsides, there were many positives that molded me into the kind of person I am today. Fanime showed me that being a geek means that there is a place where others like you can respect and appreciate things similar and different to your passions. Being a geek means that you can party with others and enjoy life to a new meaning. Being a geek means that you are cool.

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Birthdays: 926 - Murakami, Emperor of Japan (d. 967) 1624 - Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96) 1740 - Marquis de Sade French philosopher and writer. 1815 - Philip Kearny, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862) 1824 - Samuel Wilks, British Physician and founding father of clinical science 1835 - Pius X, [Giuseppe Sarto], 257th Roman Catholic pope (1903-14) 1857 - Edward William Elgar, English composer (Pomp & Circumstance) 1869 - Jack O’Connor, baseball player (d. 1937) 1879 - Adolf Herckenrath, Flemish playwright/poet (Avondvlam) 1901 - Michael Todd, producer (Around the World in 80 Days) 1913 - Barbara Pym, romantic author (Very Private Eye), (d. 1980) 1915 - Walter Tetley, American animation voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show) 1920 - Michael James O’Hehir, commentator/journalist 1922 - Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer 1927 - Phillip Burton, historian (Vanishing Eagles) 1935 - Dimitri Kitsikis, Greek turkologist 1941 - Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones) 1951 - Gilbert Baker, American gay activist, designed the rainbow flag 1957 - King Lizzard, American entertainer and songwriter 1970 - Marty Mcinnis, Weymouth, NHL left wing (NY Islanders) 1972 - Wayne Brady, American actor and comedian (The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?) 1980 - Abby Wambach, American Soccer player (world record for international goals) 1983 - Christopher Higgins, American ice hockey player

1953 - England Queen Elizabeth II Following the death of her father Queen Elizabeth II is formally crowned as The Queen in England with hundreds of millions listening on radio and for the first time watched the proceedings on live television. After the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey , millions of rain-drenched spectators cheered the 27-year-old queen born in 1926 and her husband, the 30-year-old duke of Edinburgh, as they passed along a five-mile procession route in a gilded horse-drawn carriage. 1935 - U.S.A. Babe Ruth Retires Babe Ruth, retires ending his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. 1924 - U.S.A. Indian Citizenship Act The Indian Citizenship Act, which confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country is passed in Congress. 1924 - Canada Japanese Immigrants The Canadian government considers making an agreement with Japan that would essentially ban the majority of Japanese immigrants coming into the country. The Canadian government would permit a total of 150 Japanese immigrants to come into he country each year to work as farm laborers or household servants. 1931 - France Suspension Bridge Collapses Ten people were killed in France during the testing of a new suspension bridge that was built. Nine trucks fell into the Gironde river when the bridge collapsed at its opening. The builder of the bridge was included among the dead. 1949 - U.S.A. Uranium-235 Missing An atomic bottle holding one ounce of uranium-235 that was missing was found. Seven-eighths of the uranium-235 that was in the bottle was accounted for, while one-eighth was still missing. The laboratory in Chicago which originally lost the bottle reported it lost in February. 1965 - Vietnam Australian Troops Arrive The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives by plane in Saigon as Australia takes a more active role in the Vietnam War. 1972 - U.S.A. Plane Hijack In Reno, Nevada a United Airlines jet was hijacked by one man. He demanded a $200,000 ransom while the plane remained grounded. His only hostages were crew members since passengers had not boarded yet. 1987 - U.S.A. Alan Greenspan President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. He retired from the position on January 31st, 2006, handing over the chairmanship to Ben Bernanke. 1997 - U.S.A. Timothy McVeigh Timothy McVeigh, a former U.S. Army soldier, is convicted on 15 counts of murder for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 2002 - U.S.A. FBI Expanded Powers The US Attorney General John Ashcroft has defended the FBI expanded investigative powers to monitor the activities of people and organisations suspected of plotting terrorist acts. FBI agents will now be able to monitor people at any public event or place if they suspect a terrorist plot without seeking approval from FBI headquarters. 2002 - U.S.A. End of Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty The United States has formally withdrawn from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty signed in 1972 by the US and the then Soviet Union. President George W Bush has said the ABM treaty is an outdated relic of the Cold War

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Charter Schools are a business. There it is. It’s the unspoken truth about charter schools in California and across the United states. In California the average allocation of funds per student varies from neighborhood to neighborhood, but the average student allocation is $9,595 per student. When a charter school is granted a charter, it receives those funds instead of the public schools in the districts in which they are started. Do the math. A 200 student charter school receives $1,919,000, instead of those funds going to the traditional public school. Charter schools are not private; indeed, they are public schools that are created to better educate children, maybe. They rent facilities from the school district or in the case of a few, they may build their own. However, in all cases they promise to offer a better opportunity for education than the local public school. Many do not offer such education opportunities because they are failing as badly as some public schools or worse. In my opinion, in many schools, both traditional public and charter schools, the art of teaching has been abandoned and relegated to computer application education such as Khan Academy, which was meant to supplement

teachers, not replace them. Each student is supposed to follow a personalized learning program, or PLT, that permits that student to progress at his or her rate of learning. Now imagine that Trump’s appointed Secretary of Education Betsy Devos makes it even easier to for parents to use the money to intended for charter schools and uses it instead for private, nonpublic schools. The public school system that is already under assault from charter schools will become focused even more on getting students to graduate high schools, not prepare them for college. Charter schools will place even greater emphasis will be on getting more students, not education. There have already been terrible examples of such schools nationwide, which I hope parents and school officials are paying attention. Right here in Northern California, Livermore had a charter school that was caught sending undesirable students to another public school allegedly for racial reasons. Parents, choose your schools wisely, whether they are charter or traditional. Base your decision on what you have heard from other parents and from students because your son or daughter may find themselves woefully behind if they are able to make it college because they have not taken the required courses.

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Beautiful 3/2 home on quiet Cul de Sac, 1409 sq ft home with 6000 sq ft Lot with great schools, and in the heart of 95123/Blossom Valley

Tom Merigan Realtor/Altas Realty

Office: (408) 559 - 1069 Cell: (408) 329 - 3150 Email: BRE# 01319061

Tom is your 95123 Area Specialist!!








1118 Chicory Court, Almaden Valley JUST LISTED! Fabulous single story townhome in the desirable Copperwood complex in Almaden Valley! This 2 bedroom / 2 bath end unit features a spacious living room & dining room with fireplace & vaulted ceiling, central forced air heating and air conditioning, large private rear deck, 2 car attached garage and more! Award winning schools, Williams Elementary, Bret Harte Middle and Leland High School. Conveniently located close to shopping, post office and many other amenities. Offered At $750,000 FOR SALE

1118 Abbott Avenue, Campbell Gorgeous custom home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3,826 square feet of living space, huge 12,002 square foot lot with refreshing pebble tech pool & spa, covered front & rear porches, gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances & granite counters, A L M A formal D E N N Aliving T I V Eroom & separate B R O K E R A S S O C I A Tfamily E , M Broom, A dining room with soaring ceilings, separate large 408-685-5990 master suite, hardwood floors, car RV BFBYN3 UM @ garage G M A I L .including COM B Y N U M R E A L E S T A T E . C O M garage, beautifully landscaped and so much more!


Offered C a l BAt R E$2,400,000 #01728689



CAMBRIAN - 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,209 SF single story townhome in the popular Pepper Tree complex: $725,000 BLOSSOM VALLEY - 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,826 SF ranch style home close to the Santa Teresa foothills: $950,000 PENDING



883 Furlong Drive, Blossom Valley

1112 Pine Avenue, Willow Glen

21292 Bertram Road, Almaden Valley

4 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 1,426 SF | $849,000

2 Bedrooms | 1.5 Baths | 1,273 SF | $995,000

Beautiful 2.02 Acre Lot | $675,000



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