The Bay Area Review May 22, 2018

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South Valley Review

VOL. 2, NO. 7

May 22, 2018

Better at knowing what matters to you. Rebuilding Together

Page # 4 Los Gatos Events

Page # 5 Legacy for Children Award 2019

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Celebrated Service

UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, supported Rebuilding Together and their upcoming local build in Silicon Valley. Inspired by and committed to helping patients with fragility fractures and

beyond, UCB along with Rebuilding Together modified a home for local resident, Marilyn. Marilyn, a 74-year-old widow with no relatives in the area, endured a hip fracture six years ago and then suffered additional

rib fractures three years ago when she fell from standing position. In addition to these injuries, she has major hearing loss

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Fly Guy Legacy for Children Award 2018 Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose honored Steve Smith with the Legacy for Children Award 2018 at the annual fundraising gala on May 18. Marilee Jennings, executive director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, “People say Silicon Valley embraces failure, but I think what we do is respect and reward resilience - the ability to bounce back, adapt, and innovate. Steve’s dogged persistence and remarkable courage and leadership skills make him an outstanding role model for inspiring today’s children to pursue their dreams and to never give up.” “The wonderful thing about Steve is that his legacy is far beyond his astronaut experience,” said Jennings. “He’s simply an incredible human being that is guided by a set of profound values and principles.” Steve Smith said “I’m deeply honored to be recognized for my work in helping young people pursue their dreams with confidence, strength and tenacity. Space travel changed my life in so many magical ways. I’m humbled that Children’s Discovery Museum, an organization that sets youngsters up for success with what I call ‘the explorer’s mindset’ – creative thinking, resilience, and persistence - is recognizing me.” Our San Jose neighbor, Steve is one of America’s most experienced astronauts who now inspires audiences around the country as a motivational speaker. Each year the Legacy for Children Award honors an individual who has made a tremendous difference in the lives of children. The event supports the museum in its mission to provide hands-


on educational exhibits, in-depth programming, and cultural events designed to give our community’s children the tools that will help them grow into the talented, creative, and diverse workforce of tomorrow. The Museums for All program supported by Legacy for Children sponsorships ensures that all families can visit the Museum regardless of ability to pay. Last year’s 17th annual event raised $1.4 million. About Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose With over 150 interactive exhibits and programs, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation. Since opening its doors in 1990, the museum has welcomed over 8.6 million visitors and has offered new exhibits each year that respond to children’s diverse educational needs. The striking 52,000 square foot purple building was designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta and is a beacon of discovery. Encompassing the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, handson exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations. For more information about the Museum, visit

Helping Hands Rebuilding Together Cont’

and is often on oxygen for COPD. Despite these several rather serious health issues and use of a cane and walker, Marilyn remains determined to be independent and

loves to volunteer in the community. The team performed structural repairs and maintenance including replacing steps and carpeting, roof repairs,

bathroom safety updates, power washing the exterior of the home, painting and more. UCB’s goal not only to help “fall proof ” Marilyn’s home, but also to help her stay active and independent in a safe home she feels proud to live a quality house. “UCB is committed to helping patients living with osteoporosis and other severe diseases live their best lives, and we were inspired by Marilyn’s story and enjoyed working to make her home more livable and prevent future falls,” said Allyson Funk, Head of U.S. Communications and Public Relations at UCB. “I’m proud UCB was able to support Rebuilding Together to give back to the local community where we work.” The team consisting of 30 volunteers from UCB and O’Connor Hospital performed many


duties including but not limited to repairing and recovering front steps, building a new back stair case, creating a walkway from driveway to front steps, adding grab bars in bathroom, removing carpet and replacing flooring with hardwood are some of the tasks. Before the projects were performed, an occupational therapist volunteer from O’Connor Hospital came by to assess and recommend the myriad of changes. In addition to sponsoring the build, UCB brought other local healthcare stakeholders to the table including O’Connor Hospital. Part

of Verity Health System, O’Connor Hospital is a nationally recognized, 358-bed acute care facility offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty programs to the residents of San Jose. In addition to UCB team members volunteering for the day - long project, members of the O’Connor community will also join the Rebuilding Together efforts at Marilyn’s home. Together, the teams look forward to having an impact and raising the profile of living with osteoporosis post fracture.

A very special thanks to the Betty Moates Trust. This amazing gift of $100,000 will help so many of our neighbors in need. Below is just one of the homeowners who will be helped by Betty's generous bequest. Our Marine Veteran, Art, and his wife Athalia had their home painted by many volunteers, including our Mayor Sam Liccardo!

Homeowners...Vivian and Veteran Robert had their home painted, damaged skirting repaired, hand railings and steps rebuilt, safety modifications made to their bathroom, and smoke and CO detectors installed.

Thank You For Your Continued Support! With your help, we successfully repaired and transformed 24 homes and 6 nonprofits on Rebuilding Day, April 28th.

Uplift Family Services had volunteers paint the interior of 4 meeting rooms, replace carpet, and add storage to their kitchen.

Good Health What Matters Most

Featured speaker for evening was Dr. Thomas G. Plante, Phd, ABPP “Do the Right Thing. Living Ethically in an Unethical World” title of his new book. Also Dr. Plante is the Director, Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University; author, psychologist, ethicist, University

Professor and Adjunct Clinical Professor, Stanford University of Medicine. And quite a lively speaker to boot! Why don’t we do better as individuals and society at large to behave ourselves? It seems a gradual loss of ethical boundaries has led to a present time of intentional

dishonesty and deceptive behavior. Dr. Plante is also the Civility Ambassador for the American Psychological Association - and it seems that Americans are stressed out! May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the data suggests that deciding to misbehave is deep rooted in our psyche. Anxiety and/or depression with its coping mechanism of drug and alcohol dependence provide a ripe environment to relax ethical boundaries


just to cope with the situation at hand. According to Dr. Plante his data is telling us that people who identify themselves as in search of Mental Health services as many as 50% - are not getting that assistance. Dr. Plante asks “how our actions and choices dramatically affect our thoughts and feelings about ourselves and the world around us; few things promote good mental health better than a clear conscience and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve done the right thing.” It’s a BIO * PSYCHO * SOCIAL approach to treating all that ails the American public -- given the opportunity. Dr. Plante believes when you are asking yourself the following questions, as often as possible, life won’t

trip you up so much. Who do you admire ... and why? What principles are important to you ... and why? Who are you? How would others describe you? What is your calling ... your purpose? What do you have to do to apply, practice and share your talents, skills and gifts? These answer that honest pursuit as the foundation for your life - and leaves no room for not DOING THE RIGHT THING. So how do you want to live in this world where you are always on display? *RESPECT * *RESPONSIBILITY * *INTEGRITY * *COMPETENCE * *COMPASSION *

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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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Jefferson Award Celebrated Service Edita Cruz, who has been Executive Director of the highly productive soup kitchen, Martha’s Kitchen, for 16 years, has been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award this year for her outstanding community service in the Silicon Valley area. Ms. Cruz has successfully run the kitchen to service over 400,000 meals a year to the disadvantaged members of our Bay Area through the soup kitchen in San Jose and throughout the surrounding valley. Cruz’s background is in the tech industry. She states,“Shortly after completing my bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of the Philippines, I immigrated to the US in 1974. I spent over two decades of my career in the high-tech industry working at IBM, Apple Computer, HewlettPackard and at a start-up. I was laid off during the

tech bust in 2001. I met a board member of Martha’s Kitchen who asked if I wanted to work at a nonprofit. I started in August 2001 as Associate Executive Director until the muchloved Brother Joseph Nu’uanu retired as Executive Director in 2002.” Cruz goes on to say, “I have been active in the community. I sit on the board of Hunger at Home as Vice President, a member of the Silicon Valley Food Rescue Forum Steering Committee and the Second Harvest Services Advisory Committee for Santa Clara County. I have been president of the Phil-Am Community of Gilroy of St. Mary Parish. I am a Third Order Secular Carmelite, mother of 3 and grandmother of 15.” Cruz has many dreams for the future of Martha’s Kitchen. Her goal is to

leave Martha’s Kitchen with a legacy of growth and outreach. She also wants to leave her successor a financial cushion on which to continue the tremendous work put into motion by the founder Louise Benson who created Martha’s Kitchen by giving out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from her garage. The former president Gerry Ferrari states, “During her tenure, her leadership has moved our organization

to the next level. Her very first project was to tear down our small kitchen and replace it with a new commercial kitchen with four times the capacity of the old one. This project had been considered for ten years and she got the project started within her first year as Executive Director. She was also able to get cash grants and in-kind donations valued at over half of a million dollars for the project. With this major development plus the collaboration she developed, the number of meals served from our kitchen has increased exponentially. Our impact is no longer just to feed the hungry in our county but in three other surrounding counties as well. The business model Edita inspired is not to build more soup kitchens but to collaborate with and supply meals to other nonprofits

in the communities where hunger is a problem. Edita has also helped and mentored smaller nonprofit organizations by helping them become approved agencies of the local food bank thus allowing them to receive more food that they can serve in their neighborhoods. She works quietly with the network she has developed to help the communities we reach become better places in which to live.” For more information, or to donate go to or call 408-293-6111 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35. Please consider including Martha’s Kitchen in your will. Thank you.

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Sweet Notes 29th Annual Jazz Summer Fest Silicon Valley’s premier annual music event, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018 returns for its 29th festival season from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 in and around Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose, Calif. A showcase for jazz, blues, funk, R&B, salsa, world and related genres, SJZ Summer Fest is nationally recognized as one of the biggest Latin festivals in the country. Always guaranteed to be an ecstatic annual celebration of diverse Latin styles, the Salsa Stage is one of San Jose Jazz Summer Fest’s musical and social pillars. For 2018, the stage’s bookings are in the incredible hands of beloved national radio personality, Betto Arcos. Whether it’s the traditional sounds of Changüi Majadero, the modern timba styling of Rumbankete or the Stage’s titular salsa courtesy of Orquesta Son Mayor, Arcos has San Jose Jazz Summer Fest patrons covered for the most anticipated epic Latin dance party of the year. Together with many Bay Area acts including East Bay native and recent GRAMMY Award nominee Doug Beavers,

the Salsa Stage remains one of the cornerstones of San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. The featured acts are sure-fire artists ready to keep spirits high, feet moving and good will flowing at Summer Fest 2018. The three-day event includes 120+ performances on 12 stages, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to downtown throughout the weekend. Get ready for an electrifying lineup of acclaimed artists appearing at the 29th San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018! Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. About San Jose Jazz Founded in 1986, San Jose Jazz is a public benefit corporation celebrating jazz as a dynamic, evolving art form and is producer of the annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and Winter Fest. With its singular music programming and innovative educational offerings, San Jose Jazz preserves the jazz tradition while actively supporting the next generation of performers within the genre and beyond. For more information, please visit

Friday, August 10 - Sunday, August 12, 2018 Plaza de César Chavez Park, Downtown San Jose, Calif. Event Info:


3-Day Pass Adult VIP ($385 advance; $425 gate) Includes Reserved Main Stage Seating Sat & Sun, Free Food & Beverages in Exclusive VIP Pavilion, Priority Access to All Indoor Fest Venues, Complimentary Garage Parking During Festival Hours 3-Day Pass Adult PRIORITY ACCESS ($220 advance; $240 gate) Skip the Line at All Indoor Fest Venues, Access to Music Lounge performances, $20 in Beverage Tickets 3-Day Pass Adult ALL STAGES ($90 advance; $110 gate) Access to ALL Indoor & Outdoor Fest Venues 3-Day Pass Adult GENERAL ADMISSION (GA) ($55 advance; $70 gate) 3-Day Pass Child ($15) Admission for one child aged 5-12, with access to stages and hospitality areas at SJZ Summer Fest according to the access level of an accompanying adult. This low-priced ticket is designed to allow families to affordably enjoy the Fest and is not discounted from the Gate Price. Single Tickets (On sale now) Friday, August 10: VIP: $75 advance, May 16-July 31, $90 beginning August 1 Priority Access: $45 advance, $55 beginning August 1 All Stages: $30 advance, $35 beginning August 1 GA: $15 advance, $20 beginning August 1. Saturday & Sunday, August 11-12: VIP: $175 advance, May 16-July 31, $190 beginning August 1 Priority: Access $95 advance, $110 beginning August 1 All Stages: $40 advance, $45 beginning August GA: $20 advance, $25 beginning August 1. Y 13 Z

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$5 Billion Senate Housing Proposal to End Homelessness and Fund Affordable Home Construction Passes First Test

A new Senate housing proposal to invest $5 billion to increase affordable home building and housing for people who are homeless will also create thousands of jobs to bolster California’s economy, said Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) who drafted the budget proposal with Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley). Beall and several senators spoke to reporters today following the approval of the 2018-2019 Senate Affordable Housing and Homelessness Proposal by a Senate Budget

and Fiscal Review subcommittee. The proposal is supported by Senate President Toni Atkins. The proposal, designed to be spread out over four years, utilize one-time revenue and funding from Senate Bill 2 (Atkins). “At a time when our treasury is flush with cash, it would be unconscionable not to take advantage of it to house the growing numbers of seniors, families, and people with untreated mental illnesses who spend night after night on the streets,’’ Beall said. Beall pointed out the

Senate proposal will backfill the $540 million in lost federal tax credits that have historically assisted the state to build housing for low-income earners. Using one-time revenues for housing would result in about 34,000 new homes and rehabilitated affordable homes; 94,000 jobs; and $16 billion in economic activity, according to estimates by the California Housing Partnership Corporation. “Let’s remember,’’ Beall said, “when we generate homes . . . we are building California’s

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economy for everybody.’’ Said Cesar Diaz, Legislative Director of the State Building and Construction Trades Council: “The Senate’s housing proposal is critical to improving the lives of working families. This investment will generate thousands of jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for Californians who will build these projects and address the need for workforce housing.” Besides creating homes by investing in existing state programs with solid records of creating housing, the proposal

provides quick action to help the homelessness. But it also includes longterm solutions by funding supportive services and care supports for homeless MediCal beneficiaries. “The Senate housing and homelessness budget proposal – the largest in state history – is the bold response Californians have been waiting for,” said Housing California Executive Director Lisa Hershey. “Its magnitude demonstrates the state is ready, with both immediate and long-term solutions, to finally end the crisis for the one in three families who struggle to afford their rent and the 134,000 Californians who are homeless right now. Stable, affordable housing is the solution to homelessness, and brings with it economic security, educational opportunities, and better health outcomes. It is the key component we need to restore the California dream.”