The Bay Area Review June 22, 2018

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South Valley Review

VOL. 2, NO. 9

June 22, 2018

Better at knowing what matters to you. Selfless Service

Page # 4 Los Gatos Events

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Zurich Pride Festival By Pearl Baeni

Page # 14 Nathan Ganeshan, Founder & President recieving the Non-Profit of the Year Award from Ash Kalra

In brief, Community Seva Inc., is a US registered 501 (c) (3) organization, founded and incorporated in California. We are an official certifying organization for the U.S. President’s Volunteer Services Award Program. “Seva” in Sanskrit simply means “selfless service.” Our mission is to serve and feed the homeless in our community. We have served, so far, 55,000 meals as well as distributed thousands of blankets, winter backpacks, and hygiene kits. We are a completely volunteer driven organization with a team of 1500+ volunteers. Our organization is very transparent and obtained “Seal of Transparency-Gold” from GuideStar and we are awarded

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District 2 News

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When...Where Stanford Live Goes Outdoors This Summer

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Series includes a return by Classic Albums Live and the Merola Opera Program, co-presentations with the Stanford Jazz Festival, HBO star Lucia Micarelli and KQED Silicon Valley Conversations After the success of last year’s Woodstock concert with Classic Albums Live, Stanford Live returns this summer with more outdoor performances in anticipation of the re-opening of Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater in 2019. Audiences are invited to pack a blanket, come early and soak up the summer sun. “Our summer lineup offers a tip of the hat to a few of next year’s programs,” says Stanford Live Executive Director Chris Lorway. “Classic Albums Live returns to the lawn outside the Bing with music by artists who have played Frost to whet the appetite for its re-opening next summer.” Known for their faithful note-for-note re-creations, Classic Albums Live will offer two nights of rock favorites: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours on July 20 and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle Volume 1 on July 21. Stanford Live kicks off its outdoor concert series the previous weekend, on July 13, with a copresentation by Stanford Jazz Festival entitled Jazz on the Green: Miles to Hip-Hop. Three bands

will perform including the Miles Electric Band, several of whose personnel performed with Miles Davis during his electric period; Kev Choice, a musician, emcee and hip-hop artist; and Sidewalk Chalk, a horndriven unit that blends elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop and R&B. The next night, July 14, Grammy Award-winning rapper Mala Rodríguez and Mexican electronica band Sotomayor take the stage for Musica en el Jardin: Latinas Take Over!— an evening of Latin hip-hop and dance. Then on July 15, indie family music all-star Justin Roberts and his Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. As for the indoor shows, Stanford Live


welcomes Lucia Micarelli to the Bing stage on July 8. The young violinist, whose influences range from classical and jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana, is best known for her collaborations with Chris Botti and her role in the HBO series Treme. Also that weekend, San Francisco’s acclaimed Merola Opera Program returns with another Schwabacher Summer Concert. The evening will feature young artists performing staged scenes from Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Puccini’s Il tabarro, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with full orchestra. Stanford Live teams up with the Stanford Jazz Festival again with four additional shows at the Bing. The festival opens June 23 with

Grammy-nominated saxophone master Joshua Redman and his quartet on the mainstage. Also in the lineup are the Or Bareket Duo (July 1) and Terrence Brewer Acoustic Jazz Quartet (July 27) in the Bing Studio and Andrea Motis Quintet with Wycliffe Gordon and the Stanford Jazz Workshop 50/50 Jazz Orchestra (August 4) on the mainstage. On July 19, discover how A.I. and machine learning technologies are creating radical new possibilities for music making in the 21st century and beyond with KQED Silicon Valley Conversations at the Bing. Hosted by Tonya Mosley, KQED’s Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, this evening of conversation and performance will feature classicallytrained composer Amy X Neuberg, Doug Eck, a research scientist working on Google’s Magenta project, and Stanford associate professor of music Ge Wang, director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra. In addition, as part of its annual summer seminar, Stanford’s prized St. Lawrence String Quartet is joined by internationally renowned artists for a celebration of chamber music with four free concerts at the Bing on June 25, 27, 29 and 30.

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Bill to Restrict Gun Possession for People at Risk of Harming Themselves or Others Passes Assembly Assemblymember Evan Low’s (D-Silicon Valley) legislation to restrict firearm possession among people admitted under multiple 5150 holds, an involuntary psychiatric hold for individuals at risk of harming themselves or others, passed the Assembly yesterday by a bipartisan vote of 64-1. AB 1968 would remove the firearms of someone who has been placed on a 5150 hold twice in one year and prohibits the admitting facility from filling out the petition form on the individual’s behalf. The individual could still petition the court for a hearing to have his or her

guns returned. “People at risk of harming themselves or others should not have easy access to firearms,” said Assemblymember Low. “AB 1968 tightens our laws to keep firearms out of the hands of people who may be suicidal or violent. Restricting their access to firearms will save lives.” A 5150 hold is named after the section of the California Welfare and Institutions code that authorizes people who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others to be placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold for 72 hours. Under current law,

people who are admitted under one 5150 hold have their firearms taken away for five years but the law allows for them to petition the court for a hearing to have their guns returned. Anecdotal evidence indicates that some mental health institutions fill out the petition on behalf of the individual upon release. Under current law, hearings must take place within 30 days of the petition’s submission, which is often not enough time to obtain the necessary medical and psychiatric records and prepare for the hearing. Assembly Bill 1968 indefinitely removes the firearms of an individual

who has been placed on a 5150 hold twice in one year, with the option to petition the court every five years for a hearing to have them returned. The admitting facility would be prohibited from filling out the petition form on the individual’s behalf, and the petition would include an authorization for the release of the person’s mental health records to the appropriate district attorney. The hearing would take place within 60 days of receipt. The bill is supported by the California District Attorneys Association, the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, the California Federation

of Teachers, the California Psychological Association, the California State Sheriffs Association, the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Coalition Against Gun Violence, and the Police Officers Research Association of California (PORAC). The 5150 statute deals particularly with people having acute mental health episodes and allows the state to evaluate the individual in question. In addition, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention mental health afflictions are a leading contributor to suicide, and 51% of suicides are committed with firearms.

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Serving Well Selfless Service Cont’ “2017-Top Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits. We have secured a Commercial Kitchen working with City of San Jose and Parks & Recreation department of San Jose. We recently held our opening Ceremony on June 2nd. Congratulations Community Seva Inc. for your great achievement. Keep up the good work! - From Your Neighbors at South Valley Review

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Have Pride Zurich Pride Festival Special Assignment : Pearl Baeni, Editor at Large

Gay Pride Week In Zurich June 8th - 16th Pride week in Zurich kicked off to a festive start. Zurich is the home of the most liberal and accepting of people whom most society and religions consider not the norm. On the 10th of June events kicked off with a peaceful demonstration. The path the parade takes is unique, it passes Political offices, through neighborhoods and businesses even on the world famous Banhofstrasse. This is to make their presence felt by those who are still homophobic , this is their choice and they are proud of it. In the old town in Zurich (Niederdorf) is the Oldest LGBT Bar. (Barfüsser) in the entirety Europe In the land of Neutrality, it is still forbidden to adopt children if you are a gay couple, but they working on it. The Swiss believe in talking things over first and that could take awhile. Participants come from all over Europe to this event. The costumes are very colourful and creative. The theme NO FEAR TO BE YOU. Seeking rights for LGBT refugees as well as political asylum. This event is 23 years old, it started back in 2009 and this year record numbers attended. There was also an after party where you could dance your shoes off! Photos Courtesy of Pearl Baeni.


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Worship Directory Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church

Hillside Church San Jose

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!!

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!

5370 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95123 (2 blocks north of Blossom Hill Rd on Snell) (408) 629-5906 Email:

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

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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District 2 News City of San José 2018-2019 Budget: How I propose we invest resources in District 2 On Tuesday, June 12, the City Council approved the Mayor’s June Budget Message for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. This budget provides direction for how the City of San Jose and District 2 will allocate money in the upcoming fiscal year. Each year, Councilmembers submit funding requests for community programs and capital improvements. I am thrilled to share that my following budget priority requests were approved: 1. $1.5 million for the San José Police Department South Substation: The Mayor has agreed to allocate $1.5 million from the Essential Services Reserve for commencing the transition to a fully operational San Jose Police Department South Substation. This is a major victory for public safety in South San Jose. During the next few months, the City Manager is directed to complete an analysis to determine whether a new training facility should be purchased or leased. The City Manager will bring forward the results by Fall 2018. I have been very vocal about my desire to open the Substation for many reasons, including the fact that our community approved it -- and has been paying

for it for years -- through the 2002 Bond measure. A key step in opening the Substation is to relocate the Police Academy and Training Unit so that we can free up the Substation for its original intended use and find a more suitable location for recruits and cadets. I am happy that we are making the investments necessary to initiate a phased approach for activating the Substation. 2. $32,500 for District 2 Fire Station Improvements: In addition to securing funds to support the SJPD Substation, we will be receiving money for two of our District 2 Fire Stations. Station 35 will receive 2 new ovens, 1 refrigerator, and 4 recliners; and Station 27 will receive 4 recliners. These enhancements will contribute to a better work environment for our local firefighters. 3. $90,000 for the Downtown Streets Team (DST) Monterey Road Clean-Up: Like many residents, I know Monterey Road is a notoriously blighted stretch of road in District 2. We have committed to change this by enlisting DST to clean up Monterey Road while engaging homeless and at-risk individuals. This project

lead by DST would be a one-year agreement with them to clean-up illegal dumping, litter, and graffiti three times a week along Monterey Road from Branham Lane to Ford Road. 4. $915.00 for Signage for Identification of Wildlife Crossing on Monterey Road: Monterey Road, in particular the intersections at Metcalf Road and Bailey Avenue (a stretch approximately 1.7 miles long), are documented “hotspots’’ for roadkill. Because there is no safe wildlife crossing at these intersections, there are several wildlife deaths that are impacting traffic safety. We have dedicated funds for the installation of 4 signs leading up to Bailey Avenue to alert drivers about the wildlife crossing in the area. 5. $250,000 for Census 2020 in San José: An accurate census count is imperative in San José. $700 billion in Federal Programs and $76 billion in State Programs are on the table for local communities to benefit from. The City will hire a full-time Senior Executive Analyst and an Office Specialist to lead the census work at the City for Fiscal Year

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2018-2019 and expand the work in 2020 with additional contract support and resources as needed to meet key milestones. While I am certainly excited to share with you our successes this budget season, there were three proposals I pushed for that unfortunately did not make it into the final budget. I will continue working hard to create more funding for community engagement, senior transportation, other district improvements. 1. District 2 Movie Nights: Park activations with movie showings and energetic activities to reach our diverse population and provide a

safe place for families to play. 2. District 2 Bike Ride Share Subsidy: A 6-month pilot project to provide free dockless ride share bikes to District 2 residents and visitors. 3. Driver for Southside Community Center: A driver to transport seniors to social activities, community events, and open space around the Southside Community Center. Thank you for your continued engagement through this and other City processes. Your voices are important to all of us here at City Hall, and we highly value the input you have given us.

District 2 News Transforming D2 Parks by Bringing Free, Fun & Safe Activities to the Community All Summer Long We are rolling, bouncing, playing, and running around District 2 parks, and everyone is invited! At our District 2 Viva Parks events, we are embracing the meaning of summer fun and transforming our local community. Viva Parks provide free food, games, entertainment, and resources at local parks on 9 different weekday evenings from June - August 2018. View our flyer for exact dates, times, and locations.

Join your neighbors for great company and activities, including: Inflatable Obstacle Course, Bike Track, Zorb games, Dart Soccer, Sumo Suits, Extreme Air, Arts & Crafts, and more! I would like to thank the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department, our sponsors Astrid Tromp and Amanda Newlove, and community leaders who make it possible for neighbors to gather in a safe and fun space.

Artistic Achievements

Hannah Cho, a talented Santa Teresa High School senior, was one of 20 San JosÊ students selected for the 2018 Downtown Doors exhibition to have their art added to the downtown landscape. We were so proud to join the reception honoring her work and then finding it on a Digital Realty Downtown Door! Congratulations to all winners, who received funding for their schools’ art program!

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