The Bay Area Review March 12, 2019

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South Valley Review

VOL. 3, NO. 5

March 12, 2019

Better at knowing what matters to you Come One...Come All

This year is a fantastic Mash-up for all Film Lovers in the South Bay and folks near Redwood City locale. A multitude of Venues to check out any genre of Film & Creativity are yours for adventures in viewing -so check out something not in your regular programming diet.

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When...Where SVR South Valley Review 2059 Camden Avenue Suite 219 San Jose, CA, 95124 (408) 898 - 7534 Minority Owned Business President: Richard Pugh Publisher: Brigitte Jones

We're adding to our 2018-19 season with more cabaret nights and a special theater event at the Coupa Cafe at Stanford's Golf Course!

Emmet Cohen Trio with Sheila Jordan

Emmet Cohen Trio with Tootie Heath

Fri, Apr 12 at 7:00 PM Sat, Apr 13 at 9:00 PM Bing Studio

Fri, Apr 12 at 9:00 PM Sat, Apr 13 at 7:00 PM Bing Studio

Comedy Night Adam CaytonHolland

Two Pints Abbey Theater on Tour

Sat, May 4 at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Bing Studio

Wed-Sat, May 15-18 Coupa Cafe at the Stanford Golf Course

Executive Editor: Sonya Ruffin Operations/Accounting: Dorothy Pugh Graphic Design Director: Amanda Faris Photographer Andy Nguyen Editor at Large: Pearl Baeni Editor, Public Affairs Liaison: Pamela Gustava Curry

SVR welcomes letters to the Editor Please limit content to 200 words or less. Submissions are subject to scrutiny for content and grammar but all effort will be made to retain intended meaning of such letters. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Articles so published reflect the views of the authors - not necessarily those of South Valley Review. All submissions become the property of B & R Media Group, Inc. and cannot be acknowledged.

Bing Fling The History of Frost Sat, May 11 at 8:00 PM Bing Concert Hall

Comedy Night Gina Brillon Fri, Jun 7 at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Bing Studio

Donny McCaslin Sat, Jun 8 at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Bing Studio


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) 225 - 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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District 1 News Saint Louise Hospital Saved! Today, the United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner of the Central District of California denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s emergency motion to stay the Bankruptcy Court’s order authorizing the sale of O’Connor Hospital and Saint Louise Hospital to the County of Santa Clara. This action allows the County to complete the sale and continue offering high-quality, critical health care services to

all Santa Clara County residents. “These two hospitals are essential to the continued health and well-being of folks in our region,” said Supervisor Joe Simitian, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “Continued litigation by the Attorney General is a distraction from the important work we have to do. It’s time to stop arguing about who’s right, and start focusing on what’s right. And that’s

taking care of the folks here in the county who need our help.” “Losing Saint Louise Hospital simply was not an option for me and for the 100,000 Gilroy and Morgan Hill residents who would have lost their local hospital,” said Supervisor Mike Wasserman. “I am grateful to the many people who joined our fight!” “The ruling by the U.S. District Court Judge means we can keep San Jose’s O’Connor Hospital,

Gilroy’s St. Louise Regional Hospital and the De Paul Health Center in Morgan Hill open. This is all about the thousands of patients who need our services, 451 hospital beds

and 1,700 highly trained and dedicated nurses, doctors and other health care industry workers who provide those services,” said Supervisor Cindy Chavez.

6th Annual Whiskies of the World® Benefitting Casa Circulo Cultural

March 21, 2019 6:00PM–10:00PM Join us on April 13 for two great spring events! You may have attended the Spring Celebration at Martial Cottle Park the last couple of years, and we are very excited to host this year’s event in conjunction with Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Market. Both events will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The Spring Garden Market will open at 9:00 a.m. and the Spring Celebration begins at 10:00 a.m., with both events ending at 3:00 p.m. Martial Cottle Park | Santa Clara County Parks 5283 Snell Avenue | San Jose, CA 95136 | Park Office: 408-535-4060 Reservations Office (Monday-Friday): 408-355-2201 |


Forager Tasting Room & Eatery 420 S 1st St, San Jose

VIP: $140 6-10pm General Admission: $115 7-10pm Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Valid photo ID required.

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Lights, Camera, Action Come One...Come All Cont’ Be a Maverick ... get out to Cinequest. Indulge in this year’s expansive offerings. NOW PLAYING THROUGH MARCH 17, 2019


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Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers is a cooperative effort between law enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County, local media, and a volunteer board of directors. Our program operates a 24-hour telephone line (408) 947-STOP (7867), a website (, and the P3Tips app for citizens to report crime tips anonymously. Our program allows citizens with information about serious crimes to report without giving their name or personal information. Crime tips resulting in an arrest of suspects entitle the caller (identified by a code number given to them) to a cash reward. Citizens are urged to call (408) 947–STOP or submit their crime tips using P3Tips if they have information on a serious crime. Rewards up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to an arrest.

About Us

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization. The first Crime Stoppers program began in September 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has since grown to include over 1,000 cities and 13 countries worldwide. The mission of Crime Stoppers is to work with law enforcement, the media, and the community to promote safety for all. In September 1982, San José launched our local program originally the San José Crime Stoppers in partnership with the San José Police Department. On August 17, 2000, San José Crime Stoppers changed their name to The Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers (SVCS) to reflect the newly expanded program and partnerships with all of the law enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County, including the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol. Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers Board of Directors The Board of Directors oversees the program and is responsible for fundraising, engaging with our communities, and building stronger networks with our State (California Crime Stoppers) and National Programs (Crime Stoppers USA). The Board of Directors is a non-paid volunteer board made up of dedicated volunteers who share the public safety mission.

How it works

Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers works by offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes. We gather information from a tipster who calls our answer line or submits a tip online at or using the P3Tips app. This information will always remain anonymous. Our Crime Stoppers Liaison, staffed by the San Jose Police Department, will take the tips received and forward the crime tips to the appropriate detective or agency. Crime Stoppers pays rewards up to $1,000 when the information supplied leads to an arrest. Once the tipster is contacted to collect a cash reward, they have a maximum of 90 days to retrieve their cash reward from the location specified.

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7th Annual

Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers



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Friday April 5th 2019 6:00 - 9:00 PM 6:00 Check-In / Cocktail Hour 7:00 Dinner Served San Jose Police Officers Association Hall 1151 N. 4th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Purchase tickets through EventBrite by March 28th, 2019 @ 7th Annual Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers Crab and Pasta Feed

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Mail checks payable to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers: P.O. Box 753, San Jose, CA 95106 Questions: (408)761-2997 Limited tickets available at door 100% of proceeds go to our Crime Stoppers Reward Fund Donations are Tax deductable Tax ID# 94-2844442

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Night Out California Pops Orchestra Presents Swingtime at the Pops! California Pops Orchestra, celebrating it’s 30th season as the country’s only all-request pops orchestra, joins forces with the Black Tie Big Band to perform “Swingtime at the Pops” at Flint Center for the Performing Arts. The Pops’ Great American Big Band tribute and a perennial audience favorite features the hits of the 30’s, 40’s and beyond - when swing was the thing! This concert includes masters of yesteryear such as Ellington, Miller, Dorsey, Goodman, Artie Shaw as well as pieces from newer composers and musicians with the Big Band sound. “Swingtime at the Pops” will be performed on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at 3pm. Tickets are $20-55, (standard ticket service fees apply), the public can visit http:// or in person at the Flint Box Office Tues-Fri 104pm at a reduced service fee. Free 20 minute

parking is available in the Flint Garage for ticket purchasers. Musical theater songstress Carly Honfi and singer Matthew Hall join the Pops and the Black Tie Jazz Band to bring to life toe-tapping tunes from famous Big Band composers and band leaders. Carly Honfi first performed with California Pops Orchestra in 2013, and has been a favorite of Pops’ audiences ever since. She’s also been seen locally with South Bay Musical Theatre in “Jerry’s Girls” and as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl,” as well as singing in their annual musical showcase, Broadway by the Decade, for many years. Tenor Matthew Hall continues to enchant Pops’ audiences with his vocal talent for the Big Band hits of Sinatra, Tex Beneke and Michael Buble. Hall was seen as Jinx in “Forever Plaid” with South Bay Musical

Theatre as well as in “The Drowsy Chaperone” with Sunnyvale Community Players. He also appeared in the ongoing musical review Broadway by the Decade (1920’s). Venaas describes Hall as, “very, very talented, is passionate about this music and is fearless, up for any idea I throw at him.” The 65-piece California Pops Orchestra will be joined for this twohour show by the Black Tie Jazz Band, which has delighted big band audiences throughout the Bay Area. From the grand hotel ballrooms of San Francisco to the stage at Davies Symphony Hall, the Black Tie Jazz Band has brought the Big Band Era to life with sparkling arrangements of the American music that kept a nation energized in the 30’s, 40’s, and beyond. This is the band San Francisco icon Herb Caen called “that great swingin’ band.” Seen on the big screen

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in the movie “Swing,” the Black Tie Jazz Band includes violins and cello in its usual ranks, just like the Glenn Miller Army Air Corps band when they recorded the moraleboosting V-disks for our fighting forces. This band makeup allows them to perform not only the original big band charts but also the vast number of Broadway, Hollywood, and vocal arrangements that sound best with a lush compliment of strings. Conductor and emcee Kim Venaas leads both the Black Tie Big Band and the California Pops in their separate endeavors but revels in the opportunity to bring

them together, just once each year, in a show of special arrangements that Venaas calls “the biggest big band in the country.” And capitalizing on the unique configuration of symphony orchestra plus big band gives the California Pops the enviable opportunity to bring special arrangements, originally created for live radio broadcast, to be heard and enjoyed for the first time in 70-80 years. These arrangements are a key part of the Pops’ ability to delight their audiences and bring those heady, swinging years to life. Like so many other forms of American

Night Out music, big band was born out of jazz – organized around rhythms and accents which could change within a single musical piece, shifting in relation to one another, open to improvisation, influenced by the musicians and even the audience themselves. As the popularity of jazz grew, many bands began expanding their size, adding more and more musicians until they were considered orchestras. New and different instruments were added – trumpets, trombones, saxophones, drums (according to at least one historian, a result of military bands at the end of the SpanishAmerican war having many instruments to sell), guitars, pianos, and more. These “big” bands began creating a sound which was a combination of jazz, blues, ragtime, black spirituals, European music, and the very popular hotel dance bands of the day. Unlike jazz, which was often small groups of musicians playing ‘off the cuff,’ these larger groups required more structure. The arrangers became key partners in

creating music where each section had its place, but still left ample room for individual improvised solos. As the country entered the Depression, bands toured less and less, and turned more and more to the relatively new and very affordable phenomenon of radio, which allowed large bands to play and be heard coast to coast; and when bands did play live, fans who had enjoyed their music by radio were more likely to spend their limited cash to attend. Big band, although existing as a sound as early as the 1920s, really took off in the United States in 1935 with Benny Goodman, who became known as the “King of Swing,” who began playing arrangements by Fletcher Henderson and other talented artists with his new band on the radio. He was soon followed by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others; and a new style of dancing – swing dance – followed fast on their heels. To this day, Big Band has remained a popular sound with American audiences, and a modern

resurgence with Michael Buble, Harry Connick, Jr and Gordon Goodwin is gaining a following among younger audiences, performing new compositions as well as big band arrangements of popular music by Beyonce and others. About the California Pops Orchestra California Pops Orchestra has spent three decades proving that orchestral performances by highly trained and talented musicians do not have to be stuffy affairs! The Pops includes many of the Bay Area’s leading musicians with training from very distinguished conservatories including Oberlin, Julliard, and the Eastman School of Music. The Pops also draws from talented musicians who also happen to be scientists, educators, engineers, marketers, technology leaders, and other highly creative individuals. This diversity in background plus a single-minded purpose makes the Pops a delight to play with and a never-ending source of ideas, inspiration, and humor. The California Pops

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Sunday, March 24th at 3:00pm Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd in Cupertino Individual reserved seat tickets ($20-55, standard ticket service fees apply). Senior & Group Discounts are available. To Purchase Tickets: • Visit or california-pops-orchestra-tickets/ artist/2260227 • Go in person to the Flint Center Box Office Tues-Fri 10am-4pm. The box office has a reduced service fee. The Flint Center Garage has FREE 20 minute parking while purchasing tickets. Ticketmaster customer service: 1(800) 745-3000 Orchestra’s musicians and featured guests bring fun, familyfriendly shows to the live stage with selections from the full range of the popular music repertoire. Every one of the Pops performers loves the music of Broadway musicals, television, Hollywood movies, jazz, pop, comic novelties, and big band. This popular

music is often scored for a unique set of instruments found in movie and recording studios but not in classical symphony orchestras: so concerts often include flugelhorns, a saxophone section, harmonicas, congas, taxi and car horns, whips, theramins, accordions, marching machines, thunder sheets, sirens and other colorful instruments.

Fostering a pet can be a great way for animal lovers to support their local shelter. It can also be a unique way to see what it feels like to care for a pet without the commitment to adopt. How can people know if they’re ready to be a pet foster parent? Anyone who is interested in fostering homeless pets can answer these questions to see if they’re a good fit. 1. Do you have a separate room or area of your home where you can keep your foster pet isolated for at least two weeks — an area that is away from other resident pets? 2. Can you transport your foster pet to and from his/her designated shelter for routine veterinary care, as well as to meet with prospective adopters? 3. Are you willing and able to care for a foster animal until he or she is adopted or adoption space becomes available? This time period can range from several days or weeks to months. 4. If fostering a dog, are other resident dogs in your home vaccinated for Canine Influenza Virus (H3N2)? The vaccine isn’t required, but it is highly recommended. If you answered YES to all of the above, consider fostering!

March luncheon with main speaker Mark Montgomery, Founder and CEO of Bridgewater Consulting Group March 20, 2019 @ 11 - 1 $35 for members $45 for non-members $50 for walk-ins

All Star Dental Office Mohsena Ahmad D.D.S., FICOI, DICOI Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Biltmore Hotel and Suites 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054 Mark will share his insights about "Beyond the Supplier Diversity Portal: Relationship Building Tactics". • Prepare: Determine the Available Channels to Engage the Prospect • Engage: Best Practices for Developing & Cultivating a Relationship with the Prospect • Magnify: Choosing the Right Supplier Partnerships to Leverage Existing Relationships • Network: Selecting Conferences that Drive Value for Your Organization Mark leads Bridgewater Consulting Group (BCG), a full-service management consulting company that works exclusively with clients within the Utilities industry. Its mission is to provide advanced business solutions for our clients that drive collaboration and add value, while exceeding expectations. Mark is a highly talented, dedicated, results-driven executive with over 20 years of Utilities industry-related leadership and client relationship management experience. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated expertise in corporate strategy development resulting in multimillion-dollar savings and operational efficiency improvements. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and an MBA from the University of Redlands. He also obtained the MIT Sloan Executive Certification in Innovation and Strategy as well as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification.

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A Healthy 2019

One Step Further Johnny Khamis Announces Run for State Senate District 15

Johnny Khamis, who has served as San Jose City Councilmember since 2012, announced in front of a crowd of several hundred people last night at the Campbell Community Center, that he is running for California’s Senate District 15. He is running

as an Independent. Khamis immigrated to the U.S. as a Christian from Beirut, Lebanon when he was eight. He shared how his family chose the U.S. because they loved the idea of the American dream, where if you work hard, you can get ahead regardless of your religious background or political party. Today he works in a unifying capacity and leverages his experience of bringing people together for the betterment of the community. As Senator, Khamis will focus on a few key issues: • Homelessness–he has voted for all

housing projects presented to him to resolve this issue, after carefully considering the merits of each one. He also worked on legislation to allow churches to house and feed the homeless, and vouchers that will help people “on the edge” keep their homes. On top of this, he is working for solutions for the mentally ill. He expressed that we can’t let people who can’t help themselves stay on the streets. • Crime/Public Safety – Khamis noted that the pendulum has swung too far to the

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side of criminals when it comes to offenses ranging from date rape, to serial burglary to assaulting police officers. Current legislation minimizes the amount of time these offenders spend in jail, and places them back on our streets to further victimize the community. He is working to rectify this by supporting commonsense criminal justice reforms and, if elected, will introduce legislation to remedy these

loopholes. • Fiscal Responsibility– In San Jose, Khamis worked with his colleagues on reforms to refinance $2B in debt and save $32M in interest per year. While serving on the board of the VTA, he insisted on an audit that uncovered $3M annually in unsubstantiated reimbursements to one vendor. Known as “the money guy,” he is focused on watching how taxpayers’ dollars are spent. Khamis has served as

One Step Further Councilmember for San Jose’s District 10, encompassing the Almaden Valley and Blossom Valley areas of South San Jose, since 2012. During his tenure as Councilmember, Khamis has been actively engaged in improving public safety, making it easier for individuals and companies to do business in San Jose, growing the San Jose economy, and keeping San Jose a great place to live, work and raise a family. In 2017, Khamis was recognized by the Silicon Valley Organization as San Jose’s Business Advocate of the Year. Prior to serving as Councilmember, Khamis was CEO of Western Benefit Solutions, an employee benefit brokerage and consulting services company that he founded. Before this, he was a financial advisor and personally managed over 200 individual and business accounts. Khamis received a B.S. in Business Management and Communication from San

Jose State University. He, his wife Joulyana, a teacher at Dartmouth Middle School in San Jose, and their two teenage sons live in South San Jose, where Johnny grew up after coming to the USA. State Senate District 15 encompasses a large portion of Santa Clara County, stretching from Cupertino east to Mount Hamilton and from Los Gatos north to San Jose’s Alum Rock District. It includes Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, the San Jose communities of Willow Glen, Almaden, Evergreen, East San Jose, and Downtown, and unincorporated areas that extend to the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Stanislaus County border.

Spend this summer learning or perfecting your Spanish in Spain! Come to a free orientation at Gavilan College to learn about the opportunity to study Spanish at the Giralda Center in Seville, Spain this summer. Classes are offered at all levels, and students may earn up to 5 transferable units. The program includes classroom instruction and local immersion in the Spanish language. Participants will live with a host family, enjoy family meals, and exposure to the life and culture of Spain. The program runs from June 3 June 28. The price is approximately $1500, plus airfare and college fees. Call 408.848.4794 or 408.848.4842 Email or Y 15 Z