The Bay Area Review March 28, 2019

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South Valley Review

VOL. 3, NO. 6

March 28, 2019

Better at knowing what matters to you

RLEI Champion Recognition Event held in Rotunda at San Jose City Hall

In cooperation with Catholic Charities Santa Clara County, the awards ceremony was meant to feature this local NON-PROFIT that does work engaging local neighborhood residents, landlords and business owners; help keep their areas safe and healthy for all. Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative (RLEI)

is the concerted, committed and constructive efforts by neighbors, law enforcement, local government and any/all individuals who value and support thriving communities. Jaime Angulo, with Catholic Charities is the Program Director of RLEI and helped create it back in 2012.

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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!

Malpaso Dance Company Fri, May 1, 7:30 pm Sat, May 2, 7:30 pm Memorial Auditorium

Lang Lang Sun, May 3, 2:30 pm Bing Concert Hall

Executive Editor: Sonya Ruffin Operations/Accounting: Dorothy Pugh Graphic Design Director: Amanda Faris Photographer Andy Nguyen

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

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

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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 10 News

In Memoriam I mourn the loss of a San Jose resident who was a beloved mother and friend to many, Bambi Larson, who was the victim of a violent repeat-offender. More must be done to stem the increase in crime we’ve experienced due to changes in State policies that have allowed the pendulum of justice to swing too far in the favor of the criminal, such as AB109 and propositions 36, 47, and 57. I also renew my 2015 call for the County Board of

Supervisors to change Board Policy 3.54 that prevents county personnel from picking up the phone and responding to requests from Federal immigration authorities in the limited circumstances of violent felons who are not authorized to be in the United States. Had this de facto non-cooperation policy been fixed in 2015, as Mayor Liccardo, DA Rosen, Sheriff Smith, and Supervisors Simitian and Wasserman suggested, we would not be a community in mourning today.

A MESSAGE FROM JOHNNY It is an honor to serve our community as a San Jose City Councilmember. During this time, I have come to appreciate that the issues faced by the residents of San Jose are shared by the people of our surrounding communities. I want to keep working on solving problems our communities face, especially those that Sacramento has exacerbated. As the next state senator for district 15, my focus will be on reducing crime, providing housing, and properly funding our streets and schools.

City Council votes to Raise the Roof(s) in Downtown After months of research and careful deliberation, I decided to support Scenario 4 from the Downtown Airspace and Development Capacity Study to allow taller buildings in downtown and near Diridon Station. This change will allow developers to increase building heights up to 35 feet downtown and up to 150 feet in the Diridon Station Area, without any impact to passenger safety, as heights would remain below the FAA’s safety thresholds. I applaud the work of our volunteer Airport Commissioners who spend dozens of hours of their own time poring over highly technical reports, as well as the work of airport staff, to ensure that we went into the vote with our eyes open as wide as possible, having considered the tradeoffs Y4Z

between higher downtown growth and the growth of international routes. Taller buildings will have a positive economic impact on our City by creating greater opportunities for office space, retail, and housing, helping us make progress on our City’s jobs-housing imbalance by increasing the jobs capacity of our downtown and Diridon areas. With Scenario 4 in place, development capacity is increased by up to 8.6 million square feet, resulting in net new construction value of $4.4 billion. Once the 8.6 million square feet are fully built out, net new annual property tax revenues of $5.5 million per year are expected to flow to the City to help us pay for the essential services we deliver, such as police, parks, fire, community centers, libraries, and trails. One-

time revenue for building fees, development taxes, park impact fees, and school district fees would also be collected. The Airline Pilots’ Association, which represents 61,000 pilots and 33 airlines, reported that the financial impact to airlines flying out of San Jose would be minimal. In my opinion, the development of downtown would bring in more people which, in turn, spurs a higher deman for flights out of San Jose International Airport, thus creating more business for the airlines. While we may sacrifice the development of new extra-long-distance routes, such as to Shenzhen and Shanghai in China or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the business activity we gain should more than make up for such losses.

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Good Neighbors Catholic Charities and RLEI Cont’ Greg Kepferle, CEO of Catholic Charities kept the event moving with his skills as Master of Ceremonies to gathering that included; members of San Jose Police, various community leaders and political leaders. Such as Sylvia Arenas, City Councilmember, (D8) passing the “gavel” to Magdalena Carrasco, City Councilmember, (D5) which appoints her representative for the City with RLEI committee meetings. If you see something not quite right in your neighborhood ... this is who you contact - RLEI.ORG Abandoned property ** Suspicious Activity ** Problem property

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8th Annual Small Business Summit of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Join the Silicon Valley SBDC, the County of Santa Clara, City of San Jose and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley and the Industry Council for Small Business Development, for informative and inspirational workshops, networking and resources for you and your business, in celebration of National Small Business Week.

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Upcoming Event April 30, 2019 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT Santa Clara County Building 70 West Hedding Street San Jose, CA 95110 For any questions regarding the event, please contact: Antoinnae Comeaux at 408.491.7418 or Christina Romero at 408.338.5058


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Join us for the second annual Silicon Valley Half Marathon, 10K, Food Truck 5K and Kids Run races

Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Downtown San Jose!

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a celebration of the indigenous American art form known as Jazz. Over the past decadeplus, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has become a favorite local tradition with a growing national reputation. This 10-day festival of public performances by world-renowned musicians in diverse settings, including the historic Raven Theater, the glamorous Hotel Healdsburg, and several boutique restaurants and wineries, has grown into one of the North Bay’s most celebrated annual musical events.

Represent Running presents the second annual Silicon Valley Half Marathon with Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) as the official benefitting nonprofit partner. This year, all Silicon Valley Half events will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Downtown San Jose at East Arena Green. Run or walk any distance! This day of family-fun includes a Half Marathon, 10K, Food Truck 5K, and a Kids Run race, as well as a post-race festival featuring live music, artists, food trucks, craft beer and wine. Don't want to participate in the run, but still want to be a part of the fun? Volunteer for the event instead! Non-runners, over the age of 18, age are encouraged to volunteer as 'course monitors' to help keep runners stay on-track! Additionally, we invite anyone to help as a 'water station' volunteer. After volunteering, we invite all course monitors to join us at the post-race festival.

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District 1 News Fighting Fraud Loving Libraries

More than 100 Seniors, caregivers and other residents attended our South County Fraud Prevention Seminar at the Gilroy Senior Center last month. Led by experts from the District Attorney’s office, the seminar covered various insurance fraud schemes impacting our County, how to avoid being a victim, as well

as how to detect and report fraud. Learn more about some of the fraud schemes targeting Seniors, including insurance fraud, elder abuse, and resources for where to get help if you are the victim of fraud on the District Attorney’s Website https://www. DA-office-site-homepage.aspx

I am pleased to announce that the Gilroy and Campbell Libraries will now be open on Sundays. This means that all County libraries (Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and Woodland Branch) are now open seven days a week. Libraries are powerful community conveners, offering a safe place for teens after school,

social interaction for Seniors, free classes for all interests, free computer use, meeting space, and of course books and other lending materials. As the chair of the Santa Clara County Library District, strengthening these vital public institutions has been a longstanding priority of mine and with the help of the outstanding library administrative

staff, we are making this happen! I encourage all residents to visit a County library and experience everything that these “Palaces for the People” have to offer. Learn more on the Library District Website https://www.sccl. org.

Seeing Strokes Do you know the symptoms of a stroke and what to do? Thanks to organizations like the Stroke Awareness Foundation (SAF), more and more people can

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quickly identify when someone is having a stroke and call 911. Stroke is an emergency and it can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Stroke is the #1 cause of

adult disability and the #5 killer in the United States. Additionally, 1:5 men and 1:6 women will suffer stroke in their lifetime – that’s nearly 795,000 people each year. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds, and every 4 minutes someone dies from it. To learn about the signs and symptoms of a stroke and what steps to take, please visit the Stroke Awareness Foundation website https://www. and/ or download SAF’s FREE Lifesaving App and you might help save a life one day.

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Making a Difference Public Libraries Are Teaming Up to Prepare Middle Schoolers for 21st Century Careers and Increase Access to STEM Learning Opportunities Public libraries launch pilot programs and partnerships to strengthen STEM learning engagement for low-income middle school students. The Urban Libraries Council convened leaders from 11 public library systems in Chicago on March 13-14 to kick off pilot programs designed to test new approaches to engaging low-income middle school youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. These programs are extensions of ULC’s Partners for Middle School STEM initiative – a two-year project focused on building multi-sector community partnerships to increase STEM learning opportunities

for underserved middle school students. “Active engagement with STEM education is vital for today’s middle school students. These young learners are just starting to develop the mental capacity to process higher-order STEM concepts and they are giving serious thought to their future careers for the first time,” said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. “STEM education is critical to individual, local and national success in the 21st century. This initiative is aimed at bringing together library, school,

local government and business leaders to engage students in robust STEM learning opportunities – particularly lowincome youth who face the greatest hurdles to pursuing their interests and career goals in STEM fields.” The participating library systems have proposed the following projects to explore ways that libraries, local governments and schools can partner to increase STEM learning opportunities for lowincome middle school youth: • Algona Public Library (Iowa) will develop STEM Kits and programming to expose young patrons to a wide range of STEM topics, learning

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channels and career paths. • Chicago Public Library’s (Ill.) STEAM-ed and Chopped program looks to build deeper community engagement with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) through challenges that will put kids into teams, train them and have them design solutions to a given problem using pre-selected materials. • Durham County Library’s (N.C.) STEAM OFF summer camp will feature themed weeks aimed at building the STEAM knowledge and interest of 10- to 13-year-old youth. • Gwinnett County Library’s (Ga.) Spanish Language STEM programing will aim to increase the number of Spanish language programs offered by the library, the awareness of STEM learning opportunities

provided by the library and the involvement of caregivers in students’ education. • Hartford Public Library’s (Conn.) STEM Lab on the Go initiative will build a mobile STEM laboratory, support youth staff in programming and offer varied science learning opportunities at all library branches. • Mount Vernon City Library’s (Wash.) TechVenture program will build tech literacy in a welcoming and encouraging environment in order to expose youth to basic domains of STEM careers and help offer further steps to participate in STEM. • Pioneer Library System (Okla.) and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (Md.) will collaborate to develop a program – STEM Pals – that will expose students to experts in STEM fields, engage students

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in STEM design projects with ties to real-world applications and strengthen the relationship between library branches and their school districts. • The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s (Ohio) Game On! Program will engage youth in game-based math challenges developed in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools’ math teachers and coaches. • San José Public Library’s (Calif.) Coding Challenge 5K will seek to increase local access to coding focused programs and deepen the quality of programming through the use of vetted curricula, assessment tools and expert volunteers. • St. Louis County Library’s (Mo.) STEM Club partnership with Ritenour School District provides after-school STEM programming at two middle schools for 90 minutes weekly. The project aims to develop workforce skills and engage the community and students who are library non-users. The National Center for

Interactive Learning at the Space Sciences Institute is the STEM education expert for the Partners for Middle School STEM initiative and will work with these libraries to support STEM programming design and implementation. This initiative is made possible in part by an Institute of Museum and Library Services Leadership Grant (LG-9518-0025-18). About the Urban Libraries Council The Urban Libraries Council, founded in 1971, is the voice for public libraries and the force that inspires them to evolve. ULC creates the tools, techniques and ideas to make ongoing improvements and upgrades in services and technology. ULC also speaks loudly and clearly about the value public libraries bring to communities, and secures funding for research that results in the development of new programs and services. And by serving as a forum for library leadership, ULC produces innovative ideas and best practices that ensure community impact. Y 13 Z

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A Healthy 2019

One Step Further US Clean Energy Jobs Grow 3.6% to Nearly 3.3 Million Top 10 States: Calif, Texas., Fla., N.Y., Mich., Ill., Mass., Ohio., N.C., Va. • Energy efficiency added the most new jobs in 2018 across all energy sectors • Clean energy jobs outnumber fossil fuel jobs by nearly 3 to 1 • Clean storage and vehicle industries saw 14% and 15% growth in 20 Nearly 3.3 million Americans now work in clean energy in every state in the country, according to a new analysis of energy jobs data by the national nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). Across the country, nearly every state saw an increase in clean energy jobs in 2018, combining to add about 110,000 net new jobs for a growth rate of 3.6 percent. Overall, clean energy jobs totaled more than 3.26 million at the end of 2018, growing despite the impact of the Trump administration’s tariffs on solar panels and market uncertainty from the administration’s inaction and planned rollbacks of energy efficiency and

clean vehicles policies. Clean jobs outnumber fossil fuels jobs nearly three to one (3.26M to 1.17M) and clean energy employers said they anticipate 6 percent job growth for 2019. Two sectors in particular – clean energy storage and clean vehicles – saw job totals increase sharply from last year (14 and 15 percent respectively), driven by growing consumer EV adoption, state expansions of charging infrastructure, falling battery prices and increased solar-storage installations. Clean storage’s 75,000 jobs are its highest ever, while clean vehicles added 34,000 jobs. “Clean energy jobs continued to grow across

the country in 2018. But this growth is in jeopardy because of misguided Trump policies such as tariffs on solar panels and rollbacks of popular fuel economy and energy efficiency standards,” said Bob Keefe, E2 executive director. “The 3.3 million Americans who now work in clean energy industries – and all of us – are counting on Congress to take action that helps this giant sector continue to expand our economy. America’s ability to lead the world in innovation and compete globally in this booming market depends on it.” The analysis expands on data from the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) released last

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week by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and Energy Futures Initiative (EFI). E2 is a partner on the USEER, the fourth installment of the energy survey first released by the Department of Energy in 2016 and subsequently abandoned under the Trump administration. Clean energy jobs have grown every year since the first report was released in 2016. According to E2’s 2019 Clean Jobs America analysis, energy efficiency added the most new jobs in 2018 of any energy industry, accounting for half (76,000) of the sector’s total job increase (151,700). Energy efficiency’s dominance in clean energy employment continues to be driven by construction (1.3 million) and manufacturing (321,000). Energy efficiency-related jobs make up more than one out of every six US construction jobs. Solar jobs decreased for the second year in a row, falling by nearly

15,000 in 2018, while wind energy jobs grew by 3.5 percent. About 90 percent of solar job losses occurred in California and Massachusetts, while 18 other states saw growth. Solar remains the top U.S. job provider in electric power generation— leading natural gas by more than 200,000 jobs —while wind is third, trailing natural gas by fewer than 1,500 jobs. Traditionally strong clean energy states dominated the job rankings again in 2018, with nine states now topping the 110,000job mark for clean energy employment. States outside the top 10, including Kansas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, saw growth rates above 5 percent while Nevada experienced a meteoric 32.43 percent growth in jobs in large part because of growth in battery-storage jobs related to Tesla’s Gigafactory. E2 will hold a webinar (open to media) on March 20 to discuss the detailed findings of the 2019 Clean

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Jobs America report and the just-released 2019 US Energy Employment Report (USEER).Speakers include USEER co-authors, energy efficiency experts and E2 staff – and will include discussion of pending state and federal policies that will impact the clean energy industry and jobs. Contact Michael Timberlake (mtimberlake@ if you would like to attend or for a recording of the discussion. Other key findings: • Solar alone employs more than twice the number of coal workers • Wind and solar account for nearly 2 out of every 5 construction jobs in the electric generation sector • Not included in the clean vehicles sector are 486,000 employees in the motor vehicle industry who work with parts making vehicles more fuel efficient • Jobs in grid modernization grew 3.3 percent in 2018, adding more than 2,000 jobs • More Americans work in energy efficiency (2.3 million) than there are waiters and waitresses in America’s bars and restaurants (2.25 million)

• All but two of America’s 3,007 counties are home to jobs in clean energy • More than one out of every three employees working in the energy sector (from traditional energy to motor vehicles) are involved in energy efficiency • After two years of losses, solar energy employers predict 8 percent job growth for 2019 • Two-thirds of U.S. clean energy jobs (67%) are involved in construction and manufacturing • There are now more Americans working in clean energy than there are school teachers To speak with E2 members and business leaders who support strong investments in clean energy and their impact on America’s economy, please contact Michael Timberlake at (202) 289-2407. More information about E2’s clean energy jobs research can be found at About Environmental Entrepreneurs. Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.

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.

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