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Colleges prevail
in Katz lawsuit
 JUDGE REJECTS CLAIMS                 that requires Measure C oppo-
   AGAINST FOOTHILL-                  nents to challenge it in court or
                                      give up the opportunity.
  DE ANZA’S MEASURE                     “The objections of defendants
  C, BUT LITIGANTS SAY                and cross-complaintants are
                                      overruled, and the district bonds
     THEY’LL APPEAL                   are validated,” Judge Schneider
       By Alexa Tondreau              concluded in his 30-page ruling,
                                      which covered a wide range of

R       esidents of the Foothill-De
        Anza Community College
        District passed Measure
C back in June; six months and
one lawsuit later, the district can
                                      complaints from the litigants
                                      — Saratoga attorney Aaron Katz,
                                      who owns property in Mountain
                                      View, and Mountain View attor-
                                      ney Gary Wesley, representing
begin to issue the measure’s $480     Melvin Emerich.
million in bonds thanks to a rul-       The two parties now have 30
ing Monday in Superior Court.         days to appeal the ruling, which
  Judge C. Randall Schneider          at least one party says it will do
ruled in favor of the college dis-    — potentially causing the dis-
trict following a two-day trial       trict to hold off further on issu-
over the district’s validation law-   ing the bonds.
suit, a “come one, come all” suit       Katz and Wesley had claimed
                                                                                                                                                                    NORBERT VON DER GROEBEN
                                      in court that Measure C was not
                                      in compliance with Proposition          JOY TO THE WORLD:                 Members of the Mountain View High School Madrigals perform at
    ■ CITYCOUNCIL                     39 of the California Constitu-          the City of Mountain View Community Tree Lighting celebration at Civic Center Plaza on Monday. Santa,
                                      tion, which permits a school            council members and hundreds of residents were in attendance.
                                      bond measure to be approved
 Thumbs-up                            by as little as 55 percent of vot-

                                      ers as long as it includes certain
                                      “accountability” provisions and
                                      a list of the specific school proj-
                                                                             Success in tackling homelessness
                                      ects to be financed.
                                        They claimed Foothill-De
                                                                                AS WINTER GETS COLDER, CSA SAYS NEW SHELTER PROGRAM IS WORKING
  for condos                          Anza did not provide a thorough
                                      and accurate list of funded proj-
                                                                                    By Daniel DeBolt
                                                                                                                             ■ INSIDE
                                                                                                                                                       ing for 65 homeless people in its
                                                                                                                                                       first five months. In previous
                                      ects to voters and were going to
                                      misappropriate funds. But in his
                                      ruling, Judge Schneider found
                                      that “The ballot proposition for
                                      Measure C contained a list of
                                                                            W           hen the city’s church-
                                                                                        based Alpha Omega
                                                                                        homeless shelter closed
                                                                            earlier this year, church members,
                                                                            some of whom helped start the
                                                                                                                    Despite the shelters available,
                                                                                                                    at least one homeless man in
                                                                                                                    Mountain View says he’d rather
                                                                                                                    be on his own. See p.12
                                                                                                                                                       years, the Alpha Omega program
                                                                                                                                                       served 37 to 42 homeless people,
                                                                                                                                                       some of whom “fell through the
                                                                                                                                                       cracks” as they battled unemploy-
                                                                                                                                                       ment, addictions and domes-
        By Daniel DeBolt              specific projects to be funded        program 17 years ago, expressed                                            tic violence. The agency is still
                                      which satisfied all requirements      mixed feelings about its ending.                                           tracking the success of the new

  B      y all indications, the
         city council is likely to
         approve a development
  project next week that would
  displace 250 people from
                                      under California law.”
                                        In a written statement, Foot-
                                      hill-De Anza Chancellor Martha
                                      Kanter said that “Judge Sch-
                                      neider’s broad ruling validates
                                                                              But a new “housing first” Alpha
                                                                            Omega program has since been
                                                                            established, and officials say it’s
                                                                            already served nearly double the
                                                                            number of homeless people the
                                                                                                                  bigger population than we did in
                                                                                                                  the past. The client case load has
                                                                                                                  more than doubled.”
                                                                                                                    The program does that by pro-
                                                                                                                  viding more than just a walk-in
                                                                                                                                                       program, which is part of a grow-
                                                                                                                                                       ing trend to provide the homeless
                                                                                                                                                       with housing instead of relying
                                                                                                                                                       solely on temporary shelters.
                                                                                                                                                         The Alpha Omega shelter that
  their homes at 291 Evandale         the election process and the          old shelter did in a year.            shelter: homeless people who qual-   closed in March was started by
  Ave. in order to make way           bond issuance.” She added, “We          “Its going wonderfully well,”       ify can receive their own housing,   local churches joining forces. A
  for a large condominium             complied with all of the require-     said Tara Chua, Alpha Omega           as well as assistance in finding a   unique system was adopted, with
                                      ments of Proposition 39 related       homelessness services director        job or in getting government aid.    the shelter moving to a different
       See EVANDALE, page 8                                                 for the Community Services              Maureen Wadiak of CSA said
                                                See KATZ, page 6            Agency. “We are able to serve a       the new program has found hous-            See HOMELESS, page 12


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                                                                                                                                    DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■   3

                                                                      ■ QUOTEOFTHEWEEK

                                                      “The ballot proposition
                                                     for Measure C contained
                                                      a list of specific projects
                                                   to be funded which satisfied
                                                      all requirements under
                                                           California law.”
                                                                  — JUDGE C. RANDALL SCHNEIDER,
                                                IN HIS RULING AGAINST AARON KATZ, GARY WESLEY AND MELVIN EMERICH IN THEIR
                                                    CASE CHALLENGING FOOTHILL-DE ANZA’S MEASURE C, WHICH PASSED IN JUNE.

                                                                           ■ C R I M E WAT C H
                                               RAPE, FORMER HEWLETT                   with a thin build. He was wear-
                                               PACKARD/MAYFIELD SITE,                 ing a gray hooded sweatshirt,
                                               12/03                                  blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
                                                 Palo Alto Police responded to        ARMED ROBBER, CLARKE’S
                                               the report of a woman wander-          CHARCOAL BROILER, 615 W.
                                               ing in traffic on San Antonio          EL CAMINO REAL, 11/30
                                               Road on Sunday morning.                  After Clarke’s Charcoal
                                               Once out of traffic, she told          Broiler had closed at 9:26 p.m.
                                               police that she was the victim of      Thursday, two men, one carry-
                                               sexual assault. She said she left      ing a sawed-off shotgun, entered
                                               the Cubberly School Homeless           the place and conducted a take-
                                               Shelter sometime after 5 a.m.          over-style robbery.
                                               and was walking on foot with             The men ordered the employ-
                                               a group of people. She left the        ees to the ground and took
                                               group and walked through the           cash from the registers, as well
                                               HP site when a male member of          as cell phones and other per-
                                               the group followed her. The man        sonal items from the employ-
                                               sexually assaulted her while on        ees. They promptly left on foot.
                                               the site outside of the buildings.     There were no injuries and the
                                                 After the assault, the woman         case is still under investigation.
                                               was able to flee the area. The         Both suspects were reported as
                                               man who attacked her described         being tall black men in hooded
                                               as a white male adult who is tall      sweatshirts.

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                                                                                      COMMERCIAL BURGLARY
                                                                                      10 block E. El Camino Real, 11/28

                                                                           ■ CORRECTION

                                                 In last week’s council story on      that was approved. The council
                                               affordable housing for Evelyn          approved family homes, not
                                               Avenue, the Voice incorrectly          efficiency studios, at its Nov. 28
                                               reported the type of housing           meeting.
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                                                                                                                                           ■ CITY COUNCIL UPDATES

                                                                                                                                           ■ COMMUNITY

                                                                                                                                           ■ FEATURES

     From the
                                                                                                                   School chiefs:
                                                                                                                  Hills idea a dud

                                                                                                                    GROVES JOINS PEERS IN                counter to current education pol-
                                                                                                                   CALLING PROPOSAL BAD                  icy trends in the state and nation
                                                                                                                                                         — and that it poses “enormous

Jammie                                                                                                            FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING
                                                                                                                       LOS ALTOS HILLS
                                                                                                                                                         negative consequences.”
                                                                                                                                                           A school district designated
                                                                                                                                                         exclusively for Los Altos Hills
session                                                                                                                   By Alexa Tondreau              would “serve as clear precedent to
                                                                                                                                                         reverse 75 years of state policy,” the
      By Don Frances
                                                                                                                  T      he Los Altos Hills redis- statement read.
                                                                                                                         tricting effort, which took       Large districts, it continued,
                                                                                                                         another step forward this “have the resources to provide

N         ORMALLY,
          PAJAMA parties
          are held in the
home, and involve young
people. That’s why the one
                                                                                                                  week, is bad policy and “no longer the robust mix of programs and
                                                                                                                  even necessary,” according to a services California public school
                                                                                                                  statement released Monday by students deserve.”
                                                                                                                  Mountain View-Los Altos Super-           Beyond policy issues, the
                                                                                                                  intendent Barry Groves and two superintendents expressed con-
being held this weekend at                                                                                        of his peers.                                        cern over “drastic
a local architectural firm is                                                                                       Groves joined                                      changes to an edu-
so great:                                                                                                         Superintendent Tim                                   cation system that
   “For the past five years                                                                                       Justus of the Los            “At best it’s           has served the area
our firm, Spectrum Fine
Homes, Inc., has hosted a
                                                                                                                  Altos School District
                                                                                                                  and Superintendent
                                                                                                                                             unclear right well for decades.”The redistrict-
Pajama Party as our annu-
al holiday event,” wrote
                                                                                                                  Mary Frances Callan
                                                                                                                  of Palo Alto Unified
                                                                                                                                            now that they exclude Los Altos
                                                                                                                                                                       ing effort would

Susan Davis. “We call                                                                                             in denouncing the understand the Hills students from
this holiday open house a                                                                                         recent moves by Los                                  attending Loyola
“pajama party” because                                                                                            Altos Hills, which         situation and Elementary School
our guests are asked to                                                                                           has sought to carve                                  and Egan and Blach
bring a pair of new PJs                                                                 NORBERT VON DER GROEBEN   out its own district the unintended middle schools. In
for a child, which we then       Dr. Tracy Ferea                                                                  ever since a rift over                               an interview with
donate to the Mountain                                                                                            the closure of Bullis consequences.” the Voice, Groves
View Community Services
   Then Davis explained
that she and her husband
                                  Prepared for the worst                                                          Elementary School.             BARRY GROVES,
                                                                                                                    Groves and other MOUNTAIN VIEW-LOS ALTOS Los Altos Hills’ resi-
                                                                                                                  educators released
                                                                                                                  the       statement
                                                                                                                                                                       said he doesn’t think

                                                                                                                                                                       dents would really
                                                                                                                                                                       want such a drastic
                                    BIOLOGIST FORMS COMPANY TO FIGHT BIRD FLU
Bob, the owners of the                                                                                            (printed on page 21)                                 change.
firm, “wear PJs during the               By Alexa Tondreau             Ferea and seven volunteers who             to local newspapers                                    “At best it’s unclear
event, and frequently our                                              want to prepare the public for             such as the Voice and San Jose right now that they understand the
guests show up in their
jammies, too — making
this a very casual, fun, and
funny holiday event.” On
top of all that, the party “is
                                 D       r. Tracy Ferea, Mountain
                                         View resident and biolo-
                                         gist, is worried about avi-
                                 an bird flu. So worried, in fact,
                                 that this summer she decided she
                                                                       what she believes will be the
                                                                       deadly onslaught of an avian flu
                                                                         As founder and director, Ferea
                                                                       brings to Bird Flu Smart a
                                                                                                                  Mercury News just days before situation and the unintended con-
                                                                                                                  the County Committee on School sequences,” of the redistricting, he
                                                                                                                  Organization was scheduled to said. Groves added that he thinks
                                                                                                                  hear the Town Council’s proposal many of the residents purchased
                                                                                                                  for reorganization. (The Thurs- homes in the Hills in large part
open to the community.”          could no longer sit idly by and       scientist’s perspective coupled            day hearing took place after Voice because of the excellent public
   Grownups in pajamas,          wait for the worst to happen.         with a survivalist approach. Her           went to press.)                        schools offered there.
hosting a holiday party at         Ferea founded Bird Flu Smart,       research in microbial genomes                Their statement says the effort to     At the high school level, it is still
their own business, opening      a grassroots, Mountain View-                                                     form a new kindergarten-through-
it to the public and serving     based company consisting of                   See BIRD FLU, page 17              eighth grade district in the Hills is       See LOS ALTOS HILLS, page 19
a charitable cause — this is
why I love America.
   Davis added that she and
her husband are 30-year
residents of Mountain View,                Navy wants lid on comments                                                                                       Wayne Arny, deputy assis-
                                                                                                                                                          tant secretary of the Navy,
and have owned Spectrum                                                                                                                                   wrote a letter in response to
Fine Homes — a residential       PUBLIC INPUT ON HANGAR ONE REPORT MAY HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING                                                    Eshoo’s questions, stating that,
remodeling firm focusing                  By Daniel DeBolt               Public comments will be                  airships, the USS Macon.                “We believe that offering the
on green building — for                                                received in writing only, he                 Congresswoman Anna Eshoo              community an opportunity to
almost 20 years.
   The 5th Annual Pajama
Party is this Sunday, Dec. 10,
from 1 to 5 p.m. Spectrum
is located at 188 S. Whisman
                                 W          hen the Navy announc-
                                            es whether it wants
                                            to demolish or save
                                 Hangar One this spring, a meet-
                                 ing will “probably” not be held
                                                                         “There are a lot of people
                                                                       out there that if you tell them,
                                                                       ‘Write a letter,’ are going to feel
                                                                       disenfranchised,” said Steve
                                                                                                                  has been prodding the Navy
                                                                                                                  for months about how it will
                                                                                                                  go about its revised Environ-
                                                                                                                  mental Evaluation and Cost
                                                                                                                  Analysis (EE/CA) for the han-
                                                                                                                                                          respond in writing is the best
                                                                                                                                                          means for complete and thor-
                                                                                                                                                          ough consideration of their
                                                                                                                                                            When the Navy announced it
                                 to receive public comments, the       Williams, an advocate for saving           gar, which ranks several alter-         wanted to demolish Hangar One
  See EDITOR’S DESK, page 18     Navy’s Rick Weissenborn said          the historic hangar which once             natives, including demolition
                                 this week.                            housed one of the world’s largest          and restoration.                              See HANGAR ONE, page 19

                                                                                                                                              DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■       5
                         City of Mountain View Mayor and City Council,
                                 Mountain View Whisman School
                          District Board President and Trustees and the                                             While Katz would not com-
                    City of Mountain View Parks and Recreation Commission                   KATZ                  ment on whether he will appeal
                                                                                     Continued from page 1        the decision, Wesley said he and
                                      Cordially invite you to attend the                                          Emerich were “certainly going
                    GRAHAM SPORTS COMPLEX AND RESERVOIR                     to Measure C, [and] our detailed to look into the appeal,” and
                                                                            list of bond projects is valid.”      believed that “all parties intend-
                           DEDICATION CEREMONY                                 Foothill-De Anza attorney Sean ed to appeal.”
                                                                            Absher seconded Kanter’s senti-         The Foothill-De Anza vali-
                     Saturday, December 16, 2006 11:00am—1:00 pm            ment, saying he was “pleased with dation lawsuit has “priority”
                        1185 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA               the well-reasoned decision.”          ranking in the county’s Superior
                                                                               Katz used a different approach Court in order to get it through
                                      Games, Food and Entertainment         in this lawsuit, after years of fil- the system more quickly.
                                                                            ing lawsuits based on another           “Anyone can sue over a traffic
                                                                            contention: that he shouldn’t have accident,” Wesley said. “This case
                                                                            to pay a district’s taxes when, as involves a lot more money and
                                                                            a Saratoga resident, he was not special interests.”
                                                                            allowed to vote on                                        Although in her
                                                                            the measure.                                          statement, Kanter
                                                                               Previous Katz                                      said the district
                                                                            suits led to set-          “It would be               will “move ahead
                                                                            t lements        of                                   to sell the bonds to
                                                                            $200,000 with the            like selling             renovate and con-
                                                                            El Camino Hos-             junk bonds.”               struct our college
                                                                            pital District and                                    facilities,” Wesley
                                                                            $60,000 with the               GARY WESLEY            thought it unlike-
                                                                            West Valley-Mis-                                      ly that they will
                                                                            sion Community                                        do so while the
                                                                            College District,                                     appeals process is
                                                                            based on his agreement to drop still ongoing.
                                                                            legal action.                           “Their problem is that the bonds
                                                                               Katz wouldn’t comment directly won’t sell at a reasonable rate of
                                                                            on the ruling in the Foothill-De interest if there is the prospect of
                                                                            Anza case, but did say in an e-mail an appeal pending. It would be
                                                                            to the Voice,”It’s people like Mr. like selling junk bonds.”
                                                                            Emerich, Mr. Wesley and I that          An official appeal in this case has
                                                                            helped found this country because to be filed 30 days after the court’s
                                                                            if the system doesn’t work for us, it judgment is filed, and it could take
                                                                            certainly won’t work for you.”        six months to a year for the appeal
                                                                               He continued, “You should be process to run its course.                                     V

                                                                            reveling in a system that allows
                                                                            objectors to be heard as opposed          E-mail Alexa Tondreau at
                                                                            to ridiculed.”                  

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                                                                            MIYUKI NAKANO                                         Nakano and Dale Nakano; five
                                                                              Miyuki Nakano, a Mountain                           granddaughters, Renee, Erin,
                                                                            View resident, passed away on                         Bubbles, Lynette and Pamela;
                                                                            Dec. 2 in Mountain View. She                          and one great-grandson, Louie.
                                                                            was 90 years old.                                     She is preceded in death by sib-
                                                                              Born in 1916 in Centerville,                        lings George Nakamura, Kiyoto
                                                                            Calif., Nakano was married for                        Nakamura and Mutsuye Sasaki.
                                                                                                                                    A funeral service was held on
                                                                            29 years and widowed by the                           Thursday, Dec.7 at the Moun-
                                                                            late Megumi Nakano in 1969.                           tain View Buddhist Temple.
                                                                            She is survived by her sisters,                       Inurnment services will be held
                                                                            Eleanor Kubo and Hisaye Shiki;                        on Friday, Dec.8 at 10:30 a.m.
                                                                            her children, Bud Nakano, Peg-                        at the Alta Mesa Cemetery in
                                                                            gy DuBios, Lois Banks, Phyllis                        Palo Alto.

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to come out,’’ Burns said. He
said Davis, 25, crawled out of a
                                                           S H O P P I N G

                                             B O R I N G?
garage window and was taken
into custody without incident
by members of the SWAT
  His arrest capped a three-
week manhunt for the suspect
in the Nov. 18 incident, during
which Harvey King, the bowling
alley manager, was shot in the
                                                                         THEN GO
neck. Originally listed in critical
condition at Stanford Hospital,
King has been released and is
  After last Friday’s arrest, Davis
was handed over to Palo Alto
police and booked into Santa
Clara County jail on attempted
murder and robbery charges. He
had been wanted on a $1 million
  Palo Alto and Sunnyvale police
had located Davis at the home
                                                                                                                            ofDESIGNER PIECES
after following several leads
during a nearly two-week-long
investigation, Burns said.                                                                                                  New Stock Everyday
  A janitor at the bowling
alley, 52-year-old Roosevelt                                                                                                All at Consignment Prices
Reed, was arrested on a parole
violation the Sunday after the
robbery attempt. He has been
accused of being an accom-
plice to Davis and letting him
into the bowling alley before it
  On the day of the shooting,
officers from five jurisdictions
cordoned off the bowling alley,
blocking traffic on El Camino
Real for more than six hours
until they were able to rescue a        Danville                     San Mateo                                 Los Altos                 San Rafael                Saratoga
young woman who had been              925-866-6164                  650-577-8979                             650-917-8526              415-456-2765              408-871-8890
hiding inside.  V                     1901 Camino Ramon                1888 S. Norfork                             400 Main St           863 E. Francisco       600 El Paseo de Saratoga

Palo Alto Weekly staff contributed
to this report.
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                                                        Is your
                                                                                                This apartment
                                                                                                complex at 291
                                                                                             Evandale Ave. could
                                                                                              be cleared for new
                                                                                            condos if the council
                                                                                           approves the proposal
                                                                                                      next week.

                                                                                                       KARNA KURATA
          HE SEQUOIA CENTER helps families recover the
          balance in their lives from the effects of abusing alcohol                                                             Gama said he doubts it will be           An environmental impact
      and other drugs. Our services are offered in a warm and caring                                EVANDALE                     easy to find new housing for that     report said benzene vapors in the
      environment by trained staff dedicated to helping individuals                                Continued from page 1         price elsewhere in the city. “We      soil were above the legal limit on
                                                                                                                                 got jobs here,” he said. “We would    the approximately three-acre site,
      gain control over their lives.                                                       complex.                              still like to live in this city.”     and a staff report said a vapor
      The Sequoia Center is licensed through        –Call today 1-800-997-5504               The Summer Hill Apartments,           For years the city council          barrier will be installed under
      the State of California to deliver:         to schedule a free, confidential          at the northern end of Whisman        has wrestled with the growing         the parking garage to stop vapors
                                                        assessment with one                Road near Highway 101, are a          popularity of “condo conver-          from intruding into homes.
      • Medical Detoxification                            of our Specialists.               rare nook of cheap housing in         sion” developments, which are            The complex is also right across
      • Outpatient Treatment (Day & Evening)                                               the city, with rents in the $900 to   lucrative, but cut into the city’s    the street from the superfund
                                                                                           $950 range for two- to three-bed-     affordable housing.                   site called the MEW — within
      • Residential Treatment
                                                                                           room apartments. If approved,           “When we are displacing peo-        Middlefield Road, Ellis Avenue
      • Integrated Behavioral Health                              CENTER                   the development would replace         ple that are the working poor, I      and Whisman Road — and tri-
        Programs /Partial Hospitalization        CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY TREATMENT SERVICES
                                                                                           the 64 apartments there with 144      don’t think that’s the right direc-   chloroethylene has been found in
        /Day Treatment                              650 Main Street, Redwood City
                                               2660 Solace Place, Suite A, Mountain View
                                                                                           condos of 1,100 square feet each.     tion to go,” Macias said.             the groundwater there. However,
                                               800-997-5504 •        The new units are expected to sell      Macias said she hopes the coun-     that groundwater is not used for
                                                                                           for $500,000 or more.                 cil will come up with a policy to     drinking water, and vapors have
                    H E A LT H • H O P E • R E C O V E R Y                                   City council member Laura           address increasingly common           not been detected in the soil.
                                                                                           Macias has raised concerns about      “condo displacements” when the           Last September, the city’s
                                                                                           whether Summer Hill residents         new city council sets goals in        planning commission recom-
                                                                                           have been notified about the          January. Among the suggestions        mended re-zoning the site to R4,
                                                                                           potential changes in their native     she has are to set requirements       which would allow a maximum
                                                                                           language. During a recent visit to    for how residents are notified        of 178 units on the 2.97-acre site.
                                                                                           the mostly Latino complex, four       and come up with a way to make        Part of the justification for the
                                                                                           of the seven residents contacted by   sure residents are compensated        high density zoning is its loca-
                                                                                           the Voice could not speak English.    for moving expenses. She said         tion on the No. 35 bus line and
                                                                                           A 10-year resident of the complex,    she has seen widely varying com-      proximity — about a half mile
                                                                                           Rigo Basquez, said the only notice    pensation offers, from nothing to     — to light rail.
                                                                                           residents received came several       $1,000 per unit.                         But Macias criticized label-
                                                                                           months ago and was printed in           Compensation for each unit at       ing the decision as an example
                                                                                           English.                              Summer Hill Apartments will           of “smart growth,” because it’s
                                                                                             Basquez said residents knew the     reportedly be $500, along with        not near major transit corridors
                                                                                           apartments would eventually be        a full deposit refund, free advice    or grocery stores. The nearest
                                                                                           torn down and that they would         on renting and a free subscrip-       store is a 7-11 on Middlefield and
                                                                                           have to move. “We just know we        tion to a rental guide.               Whisman roads.
    Namely, what do you want to do in the years
                                                                                           will, but we don’t know when,” he       Three council members, Mike            The property owner, Sal Teresi,
    ahead? Maybe join the Peace Corps? Make                                                said. He added that rumors about      Kasperzak, Tom Means and Greg         and his architect, Salvatore Caru-
    your own movie? Start a new business,                                                  the proposed development have         Perry, have already expressed sup-    so Design Studios, could not be
    perhaps? Or maybe you’re not even sure.                                                circulated for three years.           port for the project. The council     reached by press time.   V

                                                                                             Ganzalo Gama, another resi-         will vote on the proposal after a
    As an Ameriprise financial advisor, I am proud                                          dent, said he and his large family    public hearing Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.          E-mail Daniel DeBolt at
    to exclusively offer the Dream Book.SM It’s a                                          rent a unit for $900 a month, and     on the second floor of City Hall.
    guide to help you figure out what exactly you
    want to do in the years ahead, and it’s the per-
    fect starting point for you and me to develop a
    financial plan that can help you get there.                                                                                         ■ CITYBRIEFS

                                                                                           SCHWARZENEGGER                        Mountain View since 1991. He          dedication ceremony Dec. 16.
    So call (408) 371-8666, Ext. 325 today or stop by our office                            ENLISTS CITY STAFFER                  is well connected in the business       The reservoir already received
    for your complimentary copy of the Dream Book.                                                                               and technology community and          an award from City and County
                                                                                             Thanks to Gov. Arnold               will be asked to give input on        magazine, which gave the award
                                                                                           Schwarzenegger, economic              opportunities to increase broad-      to the city earlier this week at
                                                                                           development director Ellis            band use.                             the national League of Cities
                                                                                           Burns has a new job on top of                                               conference.
                                                                                           his duties for the city: He has                                               The ceremony will be from 11
                                                                                           been selected to serve on a task      GRAHAM RESERVOIR
                                                                                                                                                                       a.m. to 1 p.m. at Graham Mid-
                        Mountain View Resident                                             force to help remove the red          RIBBON-CUTTING DEC. 16                dle School, 1185 Castro Street.
                                                                                           tape around broadband tech-             The marvel under Graham             After a ribbon-cutting, the track
                                                                                           nology.                               Middle School’s playing fields,       and field will be officially ready
                                                                                             “This is a great recognition for    an eight-million-gallon, $12          for use. Entertainment and food
                                                                                           Ellis and the city,” said Kevin       million reservoir that will           will be provided.
                                                                                           Duggan, city manager.                 increase the city’s water supply
                                                                                             Burns, 57, has worked for           in an emergency, will have its                        — Daniel DeBolt
                                   We look forward to serving
                                   you in your beautiful new
                                   Nob Hill Store in Mountain
                                   View. See you soon!

    Steven Moore, Store Director

       Now Open at
     1250 Grant Road.
    Mountain View, 94040
       (650) 390-9222

     Daily Store Hours
                                                                                  Fine Meats and Seafood
      6 a.m. – 11 p.m.                                                           We offer the quality and selection you’re looking for
                                                                                in our meat and seafood departments. In fact we have
                                                                                     the toughest seafood standards in the industry.

        Visit our Full Service Post Office.
       for all your holiday mailing needs.
                                                                                                     Fine Bakery
                                                                                                     Experience true decadence with
                                                                                                     desserts like our Mile High Apple
                                                                                                     Pie. Or pick up a loaf of our freshly
                                                                                                     baked European Style Bread.

                                                                       Fine Wines
                                                                 Need to find the perfect wine?
                                                                Our extensive wine department
                                                                  boasts choices from famous
                                                                  wineries around the globe to

Farm-Fresh Produce                                                             local favorites.

Choose from hundreds of ripe, wholesome choices
each week. We’re also passionate about organic                                                We’re proud to offer you Peet’s
produce and carry a wide selection of your favorites.                                         Coffee & Tea. Jumpstart your
                                                                                              morning with Peet’s to go or sit and
                                                                                              relax in our café style seating.

                                   More in store in Mountain View! Visit
                                                                                                       DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■   9
                                                                DECEMBER 2006
                                                                 Class Schedule
           SUNDAY                     MONDAY                    TUESDAY              WEDNESDAY                 THURSDAY                      FRIDAY                    SATURDAY

                                                                                                                                                           1                          2

                                                          5 Secrets to              Gluten-free               Holiday Truffles                                         Kids Holiday
                                                          Permanent                 Baking                                                                           Cookie
                                                          Weight Loss                                         6:30–8:30 p.m. $28                                     Decorating
                                                                                    6:30–8:30 p.m. $28
                                                          6:30–8:30 p.m. $10                                                                                         1–3 p.m. $25
                          3                          4                         5                         6                     7                           8                          9

                                   Crab Crackin’ &                                   Stress Reduction         A Night in
                                   Sampling                                          for the Holidays         Oaxaca
                                   6:30–8 p.m. $10                                   7–8 p.m. FREE            6:30–8:30 p.m. $29

                        10                           11                    12                         13                      14                          15                        16

                        17                           18                    19                         20                      21                          22                        23

                        24         Merry Christmas!

      New Year!                    STORE CLOSED
       31                                            25                    26                         27                      28                          29                        30

     5 Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss                          making chocolate truffles and confectioneries. Experi-          cracking crab, students will be invited to dip the crab in
     Tuesday, December 5th, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $10                   ence how to temper chocolate, hand dip center, and use        various butters to taste and enjoy. If you’re a crab lover,
     Do you suffer from fluctuating weight, being over-            several different kinds of molds. We will make over ten        this class is for you. People of all ages are invited to join
     weight or thyroid problems? Join Jenny C. Lee, L. Ac.       varieties of confectioneries using a variety of methods       us!
     in her discussion of 5 Secrets to Permanent Weight          to flavor the ganache. You will learn the very best reci-
     Loss. Jenny will talk about how to lose weight and          pes for fabulous chocolate truffles; Amaretto Truffles;           Stress Reduction for the Holiday Season
     increase your energy level leaving you feeling in better    Ivory Truffles (with white chocolate centers); Crème de         Wednesday, December 13th, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Free
     health.                                                     Menthe Truffles; Bourbon-Pecan Truffles; Milk Choco-              Learn a simple practice that you can do through the
                                                                 late; Cappuccino Truffles; Rum-Raisin Truffles; Rocky             holidays to relax, quiet your mind and body and feel
     Gluten-Free Baking                                          Road and more.                                                better fast. Instructor Dana Ben-Yehuda, M.AmSAT,
     Wednesday, December 6th, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $28                                                                               teaches you to undo everyday stresses using the Alexan-
     Join Kathleen Levitt as she teaches us how to prepare       Kids Cookie Decorating                                        der Technique.
     tasty and gluten-free treats! This class will feature       Saturday, December 9th, 1:00–3:00 p.m. $25
     hands-on participation, demonstration, and delicious        Have fun with cookies! Join Hallie, our Bakery Chef,          A Night In Oaxaca
     sampling. Items include:                                    as she shows us fun and easy ways to decorate festive         Thursday, December 14th, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $29
       • Corn Cakes with Black Bean Salsa                        sugar cookies. Both parent and child are invited to par-      Instructor: Ron Kent (
       • Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes                                  ticipate. Items on the agenda include decorating sugar        Experience some of Mexico’s extraordinary and surpris-
       • Endive Boats                                            cookies and multi-colored chocolate dipped sandwich           ingly subtle flavor combinations with Oaxacan expert
       • Holiday Chocolate Torte                                 crèmes (first you’ll dip the sandwich crèmes, and then         chef Ron Kent. He will guide you through an elegant
       • Clementine Cake                                         you’ll decorate them). Learn how to create fun and fes-       menu that will include Tiny Hors d’Oeuvres Tama-
       • Sugar Cookies                                           tive cookies during the holiday season! Each child must       les; Antojitos of Molotes with Chorizo and Potatoes,
                                                                 be accompanies by his or her parent/guardian.                 topped with Black Beans and Fresh Guacamole; Braised
     Holiday Truffles, Truffles, and More                                                                                          Red Snapper Fillets Wrapped in Banana Leaves with
     Truffles...                                                   Crab Crackin’ Class                                           Hoja Santa Leaves; Spanish Rice; and “Popocatepetl”
     Thursday, December 7th, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $29                  Monday, December 11th, 6:30–8:00 p.m. $10                     Mexican Chocolate Lava Cake. Quench your thirst
     Instructor: Ron Kent (                   Join Mario Guerrero and our Seafood Team as they              with Agua de Horchata.
     Have a great time learning the fine art and technique of     show us the proper and fun way to crack crab! After

                                      4800 El Camino Real                             To sign up for a class or to receive more information regarding a class, please
                                       Los Altos, CA 94022                            contact Customer Service at 650-559-0300. To guarantee your place in a
                                          650-559-0300                                class, payment must be received when you enroll. If a class is full, please ask
                                                    to be put on the wait list or send am e-mail to

The only means of support                                                                                                                About the Holiday Fund

                                                                                                                                       oice readers who want to increase the         on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Last year, Voice
              STRUGGLE AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE                                                                                       impact of their charitable donations          readers gave $23,000, which after the match-
               By Amber Cleave                                  implemented at three Bay Area                                          this season can give to the Holiday           ing grants created a total contribution of
                                                                high schools. In that program                                  Fund, which helps arrange dollar-for-dollar           $46,000, or $7,600 for each of the six non-
  T        here are three times
           more animal shelters
           than there are shelters
for women,” said Chata Alfaro,
executive director of the Support
                                                                — which touts the slogan “Love
                                                                Doesn’t Hurt” — several teens
                                                                at the schools take a 10-week
                                                                training course and spread the
                                                                word of healthy, functional rela-
                                                                                                                               matching grants that can double the size of
                                                                                                                               contributions to six local nonprofit agencies.
                                                                                                                                 This year, the Wakerly Family Foundation,
                                                                                                                               the David and Lucile Packard Foundation,
                                                                                                                                                                                     profit agencies.
                                                                                                                                                                                       This year, all funds received will be held by
                                                                                                                                                                                     the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and
                                                                                                                                                                                     be dispersed to the six nonprofit agencies in
Network for Battered Women.                                     tionships around campus. Some                                  and the William and Flora Hewlett Founda-             February or early March. No fees are assessed
“Every time I say that statistic it                             schools have even presented a skit                             tion will match, to the extent possible, all          by the foundation, so that 100 percent of every
makes me sick to my stomach.”                                   designed to raise awareness about                              contributions to the Voice Holiday Fund               contribution will go to the nonprofit agencies.
   Still, it could be argued things                             domestic violence and abuse.
have improved since 1978. Back                                    Alfaro was hired three months
then, when the Support Network                                  ago as the new executive director
began — with one woman and one                                  for the Support Network, and
phone in a rented church room
— domestic violence was barely
reprimanded by society, and there
                                                                brings a strong multicultural
                                                                and multilingual element to the
                                                                program. She says she believes an
                                                                                                                                   How to Give                                              Holiday
                                                                                                                                   Your gift helps children
were almost no legal avenues for
   It was in that environment
that Geri Catherine Rivard, the
                                                                alternative perspective is impor-
                                                                tant because different cultures
                                                                handle domestic violence in dif-
                                                                ferent ways, and women in some
                                                                                                                                   and others in need
founder and mastermind behind                                   cultures feel they need to “save                                      Contributions to the Holiday Fund will         $46,000, or $7,600 for each agency.
the organization, dedicated her                                 face” and hide the violence.                                       be matched dollar for dollar, to the extent          No administrative costs are deducted from
life to helping give women the                                    “This is common in many                                          possible, and will go directly to the nonprofit   the gifts, which are tax-deductible as permit-
support, strength and help they                                 cultures, including the Asian                                      agencies that serve Mountain View residents.      ted by law. All donations are shared equally by
needed get out of violent and                                   culture — not just the Latino
abusive situations.                                             culture,” Alfaro said.                                             Last year, readers contributed $23,000, which     the six recipient agencies listed here.
   The Support Network for Bat-                                   Another program, La Familia,                                     was matched dollar for dollar for a total of
tered Women has since grown                                     offers preventative services in
to help thousands of women and                                  local Latino communities by                                        This year, the following agencies will be supported by the Holiday Fund:
children every year. In 2000, the                               encouraging women to inform
Sunnyvale-based nonprofit served                                family and friends about the                                       ■ THE COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY OF                ■ DAY WORKER CENTER OF MOUNTAIN VIEW
985 clients and responded to 5,405                              occurrence of domestic violence.                                     MOUNTAIN VIEW AND LOS ALTOS.                      Provides a secure place for workers and
calls throughout the Bay Area,                                  The program currently functions                                      Assists homeless families and seniors with        employers to negotiate wages. Serves 50
including in Mountain View. That                                in the Columbia neighborhood in                                      short term housing and medical care;              or more workers per day with job-match-
same year, the shelter housed 113                               Sunnyvale, but the word is spread-
women and 133 kids. Currently,                                  ing, and many Latino women are                                       the CSA shelter is a cooperative effort           ing, English lessons and guidance.
the shelter (its exact location is                              reaching for its benefits.                                           between 17 faith communities in
undisclosed) can house eight fami-                                Alfaro says any money raised                                       Mountain View and Los Altos.                    ■ THE SUPPORT NETWORK
lies at a time.                                                 through the Voice’s Holiday Fund                                                                                       FOR BATTERED WOMEN
   The list of programs and aid                                 will go to client services and the                                 ■ THE COMMUNITY HEALTH                              Operates a 24-hour bilingual hotline, a
offered by this charitable group is                             Domestic Violence Continuum                                          AWARENESS COUNCIL                                 safe shelter for women and their children
long. Topping that list is the shel-                            of Counseling Program, which                                         Serves Mountain View, Los Altos,                  and offers counseling and other services
ter itself, created for women and                               provides ongoing counseling.                                         Los Altos Hills and seven school districts.       for families facing this problem.
children suffering from domestic                                  “I really believe in this cause
violence and abuse in Santa Clara                               and we appreciate the commu-                                         Offers school-based programs to protect
County. But the group also offers                               nity’s continual support,” Alfaro                                    students from high-risk behaviors, such as      ■ COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF
drop-in services designed to foster                             said.                                                                drug and alcohol abuse.                           MUSIC AND ARTS
community support among bat-                                      For more information on the                                                                                          Provides hands-on arts and music
tered women; the only 24-hour                                   Support Network, call the office                                   ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW ROTACARE CLINIC                     projects in the elementary classrooms
toll-free English-Spanish hotline                               at (408) 541-6100, or visit www.                                     Provides uninsured community residents            of the Mountain View-Whisman School
in Northern California; a Victim’s                     The group’s crisis line                                    with medical care and medications and is          District. Nearly 40 percent of the students
Advocacy Program; and much                                      is (800) 572-2782. There is also                                     frequently the last resort for this under-        are low-income and 28 percent have
more.                                                           a “National Violence Domestic
   “We are trying to reach out                                  Hotline” at (800) 799-7233.                                          served clientele.                                 limited English proficiency.
further,” Alfaro said, speaking
of the group’s new Teen Dating                                          E-mail Amber Cleave at                                     Name of donor ___________________________________________ Amount $ __________
Violence Prevention Program                                   
                                                                                                                                   Street address _______________________________________________________________

                                          ■ FUNDDONORS                                                                             City _____________________________________________ State _____ Zip __________

Holiday Fund Donations through Dec. 5                           Mary and Christopher Date ................. $250                   ❏ I wish to contribute anonymously. ❏ Don’t publish the amount of my contribution.
are $5,232 from 30 donors.                                      Dan Shane........................................... $100
                                                                Carmel Mould ........................................... *         ❏ I wish to designate my contribution as follows:
Weeks of Nov. 20 thru Dec. 5                                    Xinh Huynh ............................................... *
                                                                Greg Fowler and Julie Lovins ..................... *               ❏ In honor of:        ❏ In memory of: ____________________________________________
Anonymous (11) ............................... $1,495           Randa Mulford .......................................... *
Ben DeBolt ............................................ $50     John and Rada Ford .................................. *            ____________________________________________________________________________
Barbara and Tom Lustig ...................... $300              Karen DeMello .......................................... *
Stephen and Ruth Anderson ............... $250                  Linda and David Williams .......................... *
Anthony and Wendy Chang ................ $500                   Tom and Betty Zeidel ................................ *            ____________________________________________________________________________
Rudolph and Jane Bahr ............................. *
James and Marilyn Lane ...................... $250              In Memory/Honor:                                                   ____________________________________________________________________________
Linda Cook ................................................ *   Rudolph and Jane Bahr in memory of
Ron Stephens ...................................... $200        Kate Wakerly; James and Marilyn Lane                                Please make checks payable to The Holiday Fund. Enclose this coupon and send to:
Silvia Newark............................................. *    in memory of Mildred Moellinger;Ed
Ed Perry and Laurie Bonilla .................. $400             Taub in memory of Constance Gish; Greg                                                          The Voice Holiday Fund
Anne Johnston .......................................... *      Fowler and Julie Lovins in honor of Anne                            The Mountain View Voice, 655 West Evelyn Ave., Suite 3, Mountain View, CA 94041
Ed Taub ................................................. $72   Bakotich; Linda and David Williams for the
Bruce and Twana Karney..................... $100                Community Services Agency (MV-LA).
                                                                                                                                                                                           DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■    11

                                                                                                                     Homeless, but not hurting
                                                                                                                       AFTER 12 YEARS CAMPING AT STEVENS CREEK,
                                                                                                                     MOUNTAIN VIEW MAN SEES NO REASON TO CHANGE
           A Guide to the Spiritual Community                                                                                 By Daniel DeBolt               the area. He’s one of many in
                                                                                                                                                             a network who help Nelson if
      Join us for our Christmas Cantata “Ceremony of Candles”
     and Christmas carol sing-a-along at 7 pm, Sunday, Dec. 17th

        Family, Friends, Faith                             SUNDAY:
                                                                                           Los Altos
                                                                                                                     V         aun Nelson, 63, may be
                                                                                                                               homeless, but he has lived
                                                                                                                               in the same spot along
                                                                                                                     Stevens Creek in Mountain View
                                                                                                                     for 12 years. He is a quiet, easygo-
                                                                                                                                                             he winds up injured or in some
                                                                                                                                                             other trouble.
                                                                                                                                                                If Nelson needs a sleeping bag,
                                                                                                                                                             Matteo will tell someone in local
                                                                                                                                                             community services, such the
                                                                               Pastor David K. Bonde
        It’s what’s important.                         Sunday School 9am            Outreach Pastor                  ing man who has made the deci-          Community Services Agency. One
                                                        Worship 10:30 am             Gary Berkland
        It’s who we are.                                                             9:00 am Worship                 sion to live this way even though       San Jose social worker recently
                                                                                    10:30 am Education               there are alternatives for him.         got Nelson a copy of his birth cer-
                                                                                   Nursery Care Provided                “This is all I know,” he said.       tificate so he could receive Social
                                                         First Presbyterian
                                                       1667 Miramonte Ave.
                                                                                      Alpha Courses                     Nelson is admittedly an alco-        Security money. With that money,
                                                          (650) 968-4473               650-948-3012                  holic. He said he was married for       Nelson says, he could afford hous-
                                                           460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos    22 years and held steady jobs at        ing in the area, such as the $250 for
                                                                                                                     the San Francisco shipyard, Stan-       a room in Palo Alto.
                                                                                                                     dard Oil and various electronics           “But I’m so used to this I don’t
                                                                                                                     companies. That was 20 years            want to go,” Nelson said, adding
                                                                                          Sunday                     ago, he says, and he hasn’t seen        he’d rather spend it on booze.
      FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST                                                                               his daughter in many years.                Across from Nelson’s camp is a
             “We must form perfect models in thought and
                                                                                       Mornings for
                                                                                      Spiritual Health                  “It’s all gone now,” he said.        small shack made out of discarded
            look at them continually, or we shall never carve                                                           He emphasized that many              doors, tucked away under a pepper
                   them out in grand and noble lives.”                              Meditation 9:15-9:45am
          (Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy)            Service       10-11am          people have tried to help him, but      tree. This is where Harold, “the
            Hear healings Sundays: KNEW AM 910 – 6:30 am;                               Non-denominational           somehow nothing seems much              man of doors” lives. Harold has
                                                                                     and Inclusive Spirituality.     better than the life he has found       housing somewhere else, Nelson
                        KSTE AM 650 – 7:30 am                                          Thursdays 7-8pm
                                                             Meditation &              in his tent under some trees in         said, though he still stays in the
                                                                                         Self-Development            “mellow Mountain View,” as his          area, as do several others who have
      Sunday Church & Sunday School 10 a.m., Wednesday Meetings 7 p.m.
                                                                                    Pathways to Self Healing         friend Matteo put it. (The Voice        moved on to housing. But Nelson
       221 Bryant Ave. (off Grant Rd.) in Mountain View, 650-968-2229
              The Bible and Science & Health are the Pastor for
                                                                                      4153A El Camino Way            chose not to disclose the location      is the only one who stays in the
                                                                                     Palo Alto (650) 424-1118
                   Churches of Christ, Scientist, worldwide.                    
                                                                                                                     of Nelson’s home.)                      area regularly.
                                                                                                                        Nelson prefers to be home-              He pointed across from his
                                                                                                                     less here. He said he’s heard           camp to another stand of trees.
                                                                                                                     what it’s like in other cities with        “A friend of mine died over
                                                                                                                     “people killing each other,” and        there,” he said. “He just drank
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                                                                               11:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary,       His friend Matteo was visiting          “What part of ‘give me a break’
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                                                                                                                     site. Matteo has found housing          said.
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                                     tening to his Walkman radio.
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                                                                                                                                                                     Left: Nuns and
                                                                                                                                                                     monks at the Dolma
                                                                                                                                                                     Ling nunnery debate
                                                                                                                                                                     Buddhist doctrine
                                                                                                                                                                     for upcoming

                                                                                                                                                                     Right: Candles are
                                                                                                                                                                     lit at the butter-lamp
                                                                                                                                                                     DIANA REYNOLDS ROOME

                                                                                                                                                                     town of Dharamsala is a mael-         sitting at desks. Instead, they’re
                                                                                                                                                                     strom of activity, with Indian        out in the spacious courtyards,
                                                                                                                                                                     and Tibetan street stall holders,     stamping and clapping their hands
                                                                                                                                                                     cows, beggars, monks (some-           to emphasize obscure points of
                                                                                                                                                                     times on motorcycles), tourists,      Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
                                                                                                                                                                     automobiles, and dogs jostling        Until recently only monks have
                                                                                                                                                                     for passing space among strong        practiced this form of debate, but
                                                                                                                                                                     odors of exhaust, incense, cow        nuns are now taking on many of
                                                                                                                                                                     dung and cooking oil. Just smile      the same academic challenges.
                                                                                                                                                                     at a Tibetan, and you’re likely to    For the exams, they will have
                                                                                                                                                                     be asked to join in a cup of salt-    to engage in rigorous argument
                                                                                                                                                                     butter tea or a plate of steaming     against an opponent on points of
                                                                                                                                                                     momos — dumplings stuffed             Buddhist doctrine.
                                                                                                                                                                     with vegetables or buffalo meat.         Many were expelled from
                                                                                                                                                                     Or you might find yourself            their nunneries in Tibet or had
                                                                                                                                                                     charmed into buying — as I did        few educational opportunities

 View of a different mountain                                                                                                                                        recently — a carved image of the
                                                                                                                                                                     Buddha, an intricately painted
                                                                                                                                                                     thanka (devotional image), or a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           there, so the chance to learn here
                                                                                                                                                                                                           is precious. The nuns also learn
                                                                                                                                                                                                           English and computer skills,
     By Diana Reynolds Roome                    with an early sprinkling of snow.                                             Many know these mountains              striped Tibetan apron tradition-      as well as carrying out more
                                                As the sun comes up behind its                                                only too well, having traveled         ally worn by married Tibetan          practical duties such as cook-
  Editor’s Note: Diana Reynolds                 sharp profile, it sparkles under                                              over them on foot or by yak from       women.                                ing, cleaning, milking the cows,
Roome, a Mountain View resident                 the blue sky. At around 9,000                                                 Tibet, a journey that takes weeks        Life is calmer here at Dolma        or making handicrafts to sell.
and longtime contributor to the                 feet, this is a mere foothill in the                                          and is fraught with dangers.           Ling nunnery, which was com-          I’ve already bought handmade
Voice, has been traveling in India              Dhauladar section of the Hima-                                                  They come to escape a foreign        pleted last December and inau-        incense, little embroidered bags,
and Nepal, retracing steps she took             layan range, which stretches for                                              occupation that has marginalized       gurated by His Holiness. Kalij        and Christmas decorations in the
there many years ago and discov-                thousands of miles east towards                                               most of them in their own country.     pheasants swoop from tree to          form of vajras or dharma wheels
ering much that has changed.                    Afghanistan, west towards Ever-                                               Some have been imprisoned — for        tree with their long tails sweep-     (Buddhist symbols) from their
                                                est and Bhutan, and north to                                                  demonstrating, or just for own-        ing behind them, and mynah            small shop.

D      HARAMSALA, India
       — The mountain I see
       from the grounds of
the Tibetan Buddhist nunnery
where I’m staying is crowned
                                                  This is the direction that matters
                                                most to the nuns here (called ani-
                                                la), as well as to the 100,000 Tibet-
                                                ans living in exile in Dharamsala.
                                                                                                                              ing pictures of their spiritual and
                                                                                                                              secular leader, the Dalai Lama.
                                                                                                                                Here in Dharamsala, even
                                                                                                                              though it’s not their country,
                                                                                                                              they can live close to the Dalai
                                                                                                                                                                     birds, with bright yellow eyeliner,
                                                                                                                                                                     whistle cheekily. Orange lantana,
                                                                                                                                                                     scarlet hibiscus and bougainvil-
                                                                                                                                                                     lea grow everywhere. However,
                                                                                                                                                                     the nuns, in maroon robes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Watching the smiles on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           nuns’ faces, it’s hard to believe
                                                                                                                                                                                                           that many suffered severely
                                                                                                                                                                                                           under the Chinese commu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           nist regime in Tibet — prison,
                                                                                                                              Lama (though he is often abroad,       with shaven heads, have been          destruction of nunneries, deaths
                                                                                                                              teaching Tibetan Buddhism and          up since 5 a.m., attending puja       of friends by torture or execution
                                                                                                                              promoting understanding and            (prayer session) with melodious       — and risked their lives getting
 A Beautiful Smile                                                                                                            peace — he visited Mountain
                                                                                                                              View and gave teachings at Shore-
                                                                                                                              line Amphitheatre in May 2001).
                                                                                                                                                                     chanting in the gompa (temple)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                           out. (More about the Tibetan
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at Stanford puts her in a bet-
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   Ferea believes every house-         has predicted that in the event        bit every day, or once a week.”     V      Jean Gordon, M.D. Ph. D.
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                                                                                                                            2660 Solace Pl, Suite C, Mtn. View
            City drafts its own plan of action                                                                                 Next to El Camino Hospital

         By Alexa Tondreau             school and any social activities.      principles of emergency man-
                                       Young said the criteria for a sick     agement.

  M           ountain View’s first
              responders are also
              ready for the worst,
  with Michael Young, the city’s
  interim fire chief, working to
                                       person to stay home are if “they
                                       are actively coughing and have
                                       a fever.” He also said respiratory
                                       masks are best used by the sick in
                                       order to keep infectious germs to
                                                                                 Meanwhile, Young said,
                                                                              “We’d really like folks to get
                                                                              one of our brochures,” because
                                                                              the county health department
                                                                              takes the avian flu threat very
  prepare residents in case of an      themselves.                            seriously — and “is way ahead
  avian bird flu pandemic.               And because “health care sys-        of most of the state” on its
    After close collaboration          tems will be overloaded very           preparation plan.
  with the county Department of        quickly,” Young said, Mountain            Prepared by the county, the
  Health to develop an emergen-        View is developing plans for           brochures include instruction
  cy plan, Young said Mountain         interim care centers. Currently        on how to isolate and care for
  View is “really trying to make a     the city wants to use the gyms at      sick family members in the
  major outreach effort. It’s really   Graham and Crittenden middle           home, how to prepare a pan-
  important.”                          schools, Senior Center on Escuela      demic flu emergency kit, how to
    Although individual prepara-       Drive, and the Community Cen-          distinguish between pandemic
  tion is the key component to the     ter on Rengstorff for patient          and seasonal flu, and more.
  effort to fight off a pandemic,      treatment and vaccination. There          Residents can find the bro-
  the city does have a plan in place   is also talk of using the large        chures at any of Mountain View’s
  should an outbreak occur. In the     parking lots at Shoreline for          fire stations, as well as at the
  wake of the first reports of avian   “drive-through vaccinations.”          Police and Fire Administration
  bird flu sickness, Young said, the     As always, citizens looking to       Building at 1000 Villa Street and
  city will set in motion a plan to    brush up on their emergency            at City Hall on Castro Street.
  keep essential social services,      preparedness skills can take the          For more information on the
  like the fire and police depart-     city’s Community Emergency             CERT training and pandemic
  ments, staffed and running.          Response Team (CERT) course.           preparedness, visit the city’s
    Next, “social distancing” will     The 18-hour course — provided          official Web site at
  be implemented, with the city        over one weekend or spread out   V

  urging all sick persons, even        over seven weeks — features
  those not yet diagnosed with         training in fire control, search         E-mail Alexa Tondreau at
  bird flu, to stay home from work,    and rescue, basic first aid, and
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                                                                                                              S       anta Claus creates quite a
                                                                                                                      stir each year as thousands
                                                                                                                      of people, naughty and nice,
                                                                                                              try to contact him directly at his
                                                                                                              alleged home in the North Pole.
                                                                                                                                                           master, 5400 Mail Trail, Fairbanks,
                                                                                                                                                           AK, 99709, before Dec. 15.
                                                                                                                                                             Beginning in 1912, letters
                                                                                                                                                           addressed to Santa were turned
                                                                                                                                                           over to volunteers or charities that
                                                                         Certificates and Vouchers                While Santa is rumored to                 attempted to respond to them.
                                                                         Accepted.                            have elves helping him with the              However, today the volume of
                                                                                                              gifts he leaves for children under           letters is such that sometimes
                                                                                                              Christmas trees aplenty, postal              responding to all letters is impos-
                                                                      Friends of the Mountain View Library    workers at 325 S. Santa Claus                sible.
                                                                                                              Lane in North Pole, Alaska also                Debra Cornelius, a customer
                                                                       “BOOKMOBILE GARAGE”                    find themselves doing his bid-               service employee at the post office
                                                                       BOOK SALE
                                                                        BOOKS AND MEDIA
                                                                                                              ding each year, postmarking and
                                                                                                              moving letters the white-haired
                                                                                                              gentleman neglected.
                                                                                                                                                           in Fairbanks, says she is already
                                                                                                                                                           receiving 8,000 “Dear Santa’’ let-
                                                                                                                                                           ters per day. She said residents
                                                                                                                 “If it says ‘Santa,’ if it says ‘Noel,’   of North Pole, Alaska live in
                                                                           ONE DAY SALE                       if it’s a page that’s ripped out of a        Christmas’ happy shadow year-
                                                                                 Sunday                       Christmas coloring book without              round, with candy canes adorn-
                                                                              December 17                     any postage, they send it here,’’            ing the outside of the post office
                                                                           10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.               North Pole post office branch                and Christmas decorations up all
                                                                                         •                    manager Donna Mathews said.                  year.
                                                                          SALE TO BE HELD IN THE BOOK-           Mathews says the North Pole is              “Did you not know this is where
                                                                          MOBILE GARAGE BETWEEN THE           inundated with around 100,000                Santa lives?” Cornelius asked. “Of
                                                                          REAR OF THE LIBRARY AND THE
                                                                           PERFORMING ARTS CENTER             letters each year, in many lan-              course reality comes along too fast
                                                                                         •                    guages. If postal workers around             for all of us, so if that little cancel-
                                                                            Shop Friends Online Book Store    the country look at letters think-           lation helps to prove that there is a
                                                                   ing, “’I don’t know what it says             Santa, we are OK with that.’’
                                                                        585 Franklin St. at Mercy St.         but it looks like it might be                  In the Bay Area, volunteers
                                                                         More Info: (650) 967-8222            associated with Christmas,’’’ said           wishing to respond to the 30,000
                                                                                                              Mathews, “they send it to me.’’              letters Santa receives should con-
                                                                                                                 To assuage Santa’s workload,              tact the San Jose post office at
                                                                                                              postal workers are asking people             (408) 723-6110, the Oakland post
                                                                                                              wishing to receive the North Pole            office at (510) 251-3373 or the
                                                                                                              postmark on their letters to mail            San Francisco post office at (415)
                                                                                                              the stamped, addressed envelope              371-5160.   V

                                                                                                                                                             The Davises hope to collect at
                                                                                                                          BIRD FLU                         least 100 pairs of pajamas this
                                                                                                                       Continued from page 5               year, and Susan Davis said “We
                                                                                                                                                           try to focus on the larger sizes as
                                                                                                              Rd., Building A. Call (650) 960-             they are the ones in shortest sup-
                                                                                                              2449 or visit www.spectrumfine-              ply.” So come wearing pajamas
                                                                                                     for more.                          (as opposed to whatever else it is
                                                                                                                (By the way, there’s a New                 you wear to bed) and carrying a
                                                                                                              Orleans/Katrina-relief compo-                pair as well.   V

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                                                                            tricting movement, which was
                                                                                                                                                        (650) 691-4770
in May, dozens of people were         up in the air where Hills students the closing of Bullis Elemen-
turned away from a packed pub-        would go, but Groves said the Los tary in 2003. With the “multi-
lic hearing attended by some of       Altos Hills Town Council is push- million dollar redesign and
the Navy’s top officials, said Bob    ing for one of two options: either modernization effort to reopen           BALDEV MANN
Moss, co-chair of the Moffett Field   a split between Palo                             Bullis School” under-      Insurance Agent
Restoration Advisory Board. Moss      Alto and Mountain                                way and scheduled for
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said the Navy called it a “required                                                                               MOUNTAIN VIEW
meeting” then, and wonders why a      districts, or all students
meeting is not required this time.    going to Palo Alto.         on a life of dents wrote, there is
                                                                                       not longer any reason
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   “When I get a Navy letter say-        If all Los Altos Hills’                          redistricting.
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being kind hearted,” Moss said.       District, Groves said,                           mous negative conse-
   Weissenborn said federal laws      it could spell disaster                          quences at stake for the
do not require a public meeting       for MVLA, because the district local communities, the county,                   Holiday Boutique on the Mezzanine
for the revised environmental         would lose upwards of 200 stu- and the state,” they wrote. “Given                       Vintage Decorations, Collectibles, & Gifts
evaluation and cost assessment.       dents and $4.2 million in funds.      these consequences, it is now time
   The Navy said the revised plan        Groves said a substantial loss for the County Committee to step                                                 Now through December 23
was scheduled to be released in       of this sort would result in “the in and to stop this effort before it
late spring, but Moss said he can’t   layoff of lots of staff.” He said goes any further.”      V

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                                                                          THE OPINION OF THE VOICE                                              VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY

                                                               A good move on
       Founding Editor, Kate Wakerly
                                                                                                                               MONEY CORRELATION                      FAMILY HOUSING APPROVED,
                 ■ S TA F F
                                                                                                                               IS A LOGICAL ERROR                     NOT STUDIOS — AND
                                                                                                                               Editor:                                IT’S ABOUT TIME
                     Tom Gibboney
                  Managing Editor
                       Don Frances
                                                              affordable housing                                                  I am writing in regard to the
                                                                                                                               Nov. 24 guest opinion by Bruce
                                                                                                                               Karney (“Money matters, even
                                                                                                                               in local elections”). Mr. Karney
                                                                                                                                                                         No doubt others were dis-
                                                                                                                                                                      tressed, as I was, to read on the
                     Staff Writers                                                                                                                                    front page of the Dec. 1 Voice that

                      Daniel DeBolt                                   ith its affordable housing bank account overflowing      reported on the very strong            the city council voted unani-
                     Alexa Tondreau
                                                                      with cash from developers of large condo and other       statistical relationship between       mously to designate the Evelyn
                      Amber Cleave                                    projects, the city council did the right thing last      the amount of money spent by           site for 50 efficiency studios.
                     Contributors                                                                                              city council candidates and the           My distress was due to the
                       Angela Hey                        week when members unanimously agreed to provide a valuable            number of votes received and           designation of “efficiency stu-
                     Sheila Himmel
                   Forrest Linebarger
                                                         piece of property for a new family housing project at Evelyn          concluded that “almost all of the      dios” (single room occupancy)
                     Elaine Rowland                      Avenue and Franklin Street downtown.                                  variation in votes is explained by     when, indeed, the housing was
                      Kathy Schrenk                                                                                            money and money alone.” His
                    Photographers                          The decision broke a logjam on the six-member council over                                                 supposed to be affordable hous-
                                                                                                                               statement that this result should      ing for low income families
               Norbert von der Groeben                   the project’s location. Previously the members deadlocked             make readers mad implies that he
                 Nicholas Ryan Jensen                                                                                                                                 (earning up to $54,000 for a
                   Design Director                       over whether to use the 1-acre site                                   thinks that the amount of money        family of four).
                        Raul Perez
                                                         on Evelyn or a slightly larger site                                   spent caused people to vote for           Fortunately, the council voted
             Assistant Design Director                                                                                         some candidates over others.
                    Katie Cvitkovich                     nearby at Bryant and California             The best option              I believe that Mr. Karney has
                                                                                                                                                                      for family housing.
                       Designers                                                                                                                                         Compelling evidence abounds
                      Linda Atilano
                                                         streets. But Mayor Nick Galiotto,              is to collect          made a logical error in confus-        that new housing units that are
                     Elise Eisenman                      along with council members Mike                                       ing correlation with causation.        affordable for families earning
                      Nancy Hwang
                       Eric Kinnaird                     Kasperzak and Laura Macias,                   BMR funds,              As a psychologist and behavioral       $54,000 or less have not been
                    Tanya A. Ortega                                                                                            researcher who used to teach           built in Mountain View for
                      Gail Thoreson                      switched their support, leading to a       then spend them            research methods to undergradu-        decades. Thus our service sec-
               Advertising Manager                       unanimous vote for the Evelyn site.                                   ates, I found this error to be very    tor of relatively low-paying jobs
                      Britt Callaway
       Senior Advertising Representative                   By pledging the property and an            appropriately.           common and tricky to clarify.          continues to find itself short of
                   Judie Rachel Block
                                                         additional several million dollars,                                      Two things can be strongly          employees who cannot afford
       Real Estate Advertising Executive                                                                                       related in a statistical sense, but    housing here, and, increasingly,
                    Pooja Bhardwaj                       the council continued the city’s                                      not have a direct causal relation-
      Real Estate Advertising Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                                      cannot afford to commute from
                    Charito Mabutas
                                                         crucial support of subsidizing affordable housing. The last           ship. One way that can happen is       affordable housing far distant to
                Advertising Services                     such project to be completed was in 2005, when 120 efficiency         when a third variable causes both      those low-paying jobs here.
                       Bill Rayburn                                                                                            observed outcomes. For example,           Housing is deemed affordable
            Classified Representatives
                                                         studio units at San Antonio Place became available.                   it may be that the most highly         by the Dept. of Housing and
                     Irene Schwartz                        With a projected 50 units of family housing, the Evelyn Ave-        regarded candidates were also          Urban Development if it does not
                        Blanca Yoc
                 Office Coordinator                      nue project will likely cost less, leaving the city with a signifi-   the most effective at fundraising,     exceed 30 percent of the family
                      Diane Martin                       cant balance in its “below market rate” fund, which topped            so both the money spent and the        income (including rent and utili-
                Circulation Director                                                                                           votes were caused by the charac-       ties or mortgage, HOA fees, utili-
                      Bob Lampkin                        $10 million this year. And it is likely that the fund will grow       teristics of the candidates.
                             •                                                                                                                                        ties, taxes and insurance).
           HOW TO REACH THE VOICE                        substantially in the next few years, as more than 3,000 units,           There could be many other              I am pleased that the council
             655 W. Evelyn Ave., Suite #3                already approved, are built.                                          possible explanations, but I           agreed unanimously to go ahead
                      P.O. Box 405
              Mountain View, CA 94042                      Perhaps that money will finally be put to good use, as              would argue that none of them,         with affordable family housing.
           News/editorial department                                                                                           nor Mr. Karney’s hypothesis,                              Joan MacDonald
                    (650) 964-6300
                                                         incoming city council members Margaret Abe-Koga, Ronit                can be confirmed or ruled out                               Emmons Drive
                  fax (650) 964-0294                     Bryant and Jac Siegel said during the campaign that the BMR           by the observed correlation.
             Display Advertising sales
                    (650) 964-6300                       funds should be used now, rather than held until a perfect                                     Eve Carlson
                                                                                                                                                        Awalt Drive           See LETTERS, next page
           Classified Advertising sales                  project comes along.
                    (650) 964-6490
                    (650) 326-8216                         At one point earlier this year, council member Greg Perry
                  fax (650) 326-0155
                   E-mail Editorial
                                                         made an attempt to repeal the BMR regulation. That attempt
                            failed, but if the BMR fund is allowed to grow on and on —
                   E-mail Classified
                               with developers forever opting to pay the city fees rather than
                 E-mail Circulation                      including affordable units in their projects — maybe he had
                             •                           the right idea. After all, money in the bank isn’t helping our
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                                           ■ GUESTOPINION

       Los Altos Hills secession                                                                                                                                     PER F O R MA N C E

       movement is a bad idea                                                                                                                                        Bring in this ad for
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   By Barry Groves, Tim Justus            In the 1930s, when California        clearly a high price to pay for                                                        Your First
    and Mary Frances Callan             bore less than one-sixth of its        the experiment in local control                                                       Two Personal
                                        current population, the state had      offered by the reorganization.                                                          Training

O         n Thursday, Dec. 7, the
          town of Los Altos Hills
          moves forward with a
school reorganization proposal
that has enormous consequences
                                        more than 3,500 school districts.
                                        Today, that number has dropped
                                        to less than 1,000 districts. This
                                        reduction is not accidental; it is
                                        the result of decades’ worth of fis-
                                                                                  The secession movement
                                                                               began in 2003, in reaction to
                                                                               the LASD’s decision, after long
                                                                               and open deliberation, to close
                                                                               Bullis Elementary School in
                                                                                                                                                                     Discount applies to
                                                                                                                                                                      first two sessions
                                                                                                                                                                      with an AXIS staff
                                                                                                                                                                    trainer. For new AXIS
                                                                                                                                                                       clients only. Not
not merely for its residents, but for   cal and statutory policies adopted     Los Altos Hills. A promise was          AXIS Mountain View                           valid with any other
                                                                                                                                                                      offer or discount.
Santa Clara County — and per-           to promote the consolidation of        made at that time to re-open it         544 San Antonio Rd                             Expires 11/30/06.
haps the entire state. The Town         smaller entities into larger, more     as a neighborhood school as soon          (650) 229-1100                                  Code: Voice

Council has asked the Santa Clara       efficient organizations that have      as possible. And that moment
County Committee on School              the resources to provide the           arrived in the spring of this year.        A X I S M e n l o Pa r k
                                                                                                                       5 5 0 R a v e n s w o o d Av e               Learn about Adin
Organization to approve on that         robust mix of programs and ser-        A thoughtful and comprehensive
                                                                                                                                                                     and all the AXIS
date its controversial plan to          vices California public school stu-    multi-million dollar redesign               (650) 463-1920
                                                                                                                                                                    personal trainers!
secede from the Palo Alto Unified       dents deserve, while generating        and modernization effort to
School District and the Los Altos       student enrollments of sufficient      reopen Bullis School is already
Elementary School District, and         size and diversity to prepare these    well underway, with the re-open-
to form a standalone kindergar-         students for their futures.            ing now set for August 2008, less

                                                                                                                       Simply Exquisite
ten-through-eighth grade district         These priorities take clear pre-     than 20 months away.
serving the Hills alone.                cedence over municipal bound-             So the reorganization move-
   Los Altos Hills, the seces-          aries, as evidenced locally by the     ment, which was founded on the

                                                                                                                       Home Furnishing
sionists argue, deserves its own        numerous communities served by         principal of “returning public
school district with its own iden-      multiple school districts, includ-     education to the Hills,” is no lon-
tity, just like other similar towns     ing those mentioned above. These       ger even necessary. It has taken on
such as Woodside, Atherton,             municipalities maintain strong         a life of its own, however, heedless
and Los Gatos. So they want the         community identities despite the       of the enormous negative con-            Beautiful products made from the highest
County Committee to carve out           multiple school districts provid-      sequences at stake for the local            quality from all around the world
a new school district reflecting        ing their educational services.        communities, the county, and the
their town boundaries. In reality,        The proposal in question isn’t       state. Given these consequences, it
however, virtually no California        just bad policy, however. Splitting    is now time for the County Com-
municipalities are served by their      away from LASD and PAUSD               mittee to step in and to stop this
very own, dedicated school dis-         would force drastic changes to an      effort before it goes any further.
trict. Woodside schoolchildren          education system that has served
attend no fewer than five school        the area well for decades. Los Altos   The County Committee on School
districts; the town of Atherton         Hills residents would be excluded      Organization was scheduled to
is served by four school districts,     from attending LASD’s extremely        consider the Los Altos Hills Reor-
Los Gatos by five.                      high-performing schools such           ganization Proposal Dec. 7 at the
   There is a strong reason why         as Loyola Elementary, or Egan          Santa Clara Office of Education
California doesn’t have indi-           and Blach Intermediate schools.        at 4 p.m.
vidual school districts for each        PAUSD Hills residents would lose
community. And establishing a           access to the exceptional educa-       Tim Justus is superintendent of the
standalone Los Altos Hills School       tions offered at Nixon Elementary      Los Altos School District; Barry
District, which wouldn’t even           and Terman Middle School, and          Groves is superintendent of the
meet the state minimum size
requirements for a new district,
                                        would be locked out of Gunn
                                        High School, identified by News-
                                                                               Mountain View-Los Altos Union
                                                                               High School District; Mary Frances
                                                                                                                                    We’re Local
would serve as clear precedent to
reverse 75 years of state policy.
                                        week recently as one of America’s
                                        100 finest high schools. This is
                                                                               Callan is superintendent of the
                                                                               Palo Alto Unified School District.
                                                                                                                                  We’re Convenient
                                                                                                                                  We’re Competitive
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     Continued from previous page       “mobile home” to R2 or R3 to           with the recent announcement
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   The closing of Oasis Mobile          mayor and now as mayor, Mr.            in Sunnyvale during the past 11               Faberge                             Crystals
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announcement of the closing             This gives an appearance of con-          By contrast, the protection
of Flick’s mobile park (the sixth       flict of interest.                     offered mobile home residents in              Gifts & More
closure in recent years), are fur-         Also disturbing is the fact that    Mountain View is outstanding,
ther examples of the disgraceful        400 acres had been specifically        with no park closures and loss
                                                                                                                      Z CASTLE GALLERY           ARCHITECTURAL
loss of affordable housing for          designated for mobile home use         of affordable housing in over 12                                  INTERIOR DESIGN
seniors.                                only. However, in order to com-        years. Mountain View is truly a        Home Decor & Design Center HOME STAGING
   Twice in the period of one           ply with park owners’ desire to        city that cares.
year, the Sunnyvale City Coun-          close their parks, the 400-acre                                 Al Steutzle   127 First Street, Los Altos | 650.917.1441
cil and Mayor Ron Swegles have          rule was deliberately violated                          E. El Camino Real |
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                                                                                                                                                     Whole lotta foods
                                                                                                                                              SHOPPERS DAZZLED BY AMAZING DISPLAYS
                                                                                                                                                AT NEW WHOLE FOODS IN LOS ALTOS
                                                                                                                                               By Sheila Himmel                   a number to match the plastic
                                                                                                                                                                                  bin your groceries go in, and you

                                                                                                                                        W         hole Foods burst into
                                                                                                                                                  the Los Altos-Moun-
                                                                                                                                                  tain View borderland
                                                                                                                                        on Sept. 13, with grocery fea-
                                                                                                                                        tures rarely seen around these
                                                                                                                                                                                  swing by the handy pickup sta-
                                                                                                                                                                                  tion. Lug no more.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The scope and beauty of take-
                                                                                                                                                                                  out and made-to-order foods
                                                                                                                                                                                  make most other markets look
                                                                                                                                        parts.                                    like Piggly Wigglies.
                                                                                                                                          The flattering lights and zig-            One night at the new Whole
                                                                                                                                        zag traffic patterns feel like            Foods, a teenager’s first words
                                                                                                                                        Vegas, baby. You and the apples           were, “I’ve never seen so much
                                                                                                                                        look marvelous, but good luck             food in my life!” Few supermar-
                                                                                                                                        shopping without spending way             kets have the ability to astonish
                                                                                                                                        more time and money than                  a teenager.
                                                                                                                                        you’d planned.                              Still, three tours of Whole
                                                                                                                                          This Whole Foods has ample              Foods’ swank Prepared Foods
                                                                                                                                        parking, most of it underground.          section yielded surprisingly little
                                                                                                                                        To soften the blow of separating          to love.
                                                                                                                      NICHOLAS JENSEN
                                                                                                                                        us from the sight of our cars,              At lunch, my companion
The new Whole Foods Market in Los Altos features a huge section of prepared foods including oven
                                                                                                                                        Whole Foods offers drive-up
roasted meats and vegetables.
                                                                                                                                        service. The checker gives you                  See WHOLE FOODS, page 23

                                                                                                                                                                                        (with min. order)

                                                                                                                                            790 Castro Street
                                                                                                                                             Mountain View                                 THE BEST
                                                                                                                                           (1 block from El Camino)                     PIZZA WEST OF
                                                                                                                                                                                          NEW YORK
                                               Mountain View • San Jose • Fremont • Milpitas • 408-244-0665
                                               Limit one coupon per customer. Expires 12/28/06. No Internet Coupons Mountain View.          (650) 961-6666                             —Ralph Barbieri KNBR 680

                               CALIFORNIA ROADHOUSE
                                BAR & STEAKHOUSE
                           Open for lunch at 11:30 till 3pm. Dinner at 4pm till 10pm
                                • USDA CHOICE MIDWESTERN BEEF •
                                                                                                                                         OPEN 7
                                                                                                                                          DAYS “Enlightend Flavoring” and a new
                                     WEEKEND CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH
           EARLY BIRD                SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM-3PM                                 LIVE BLUES                                 LUNCH:
                                                                                                                                        11am - 2:30pm
                                                                                                                                                          and unusual dining experience!

                                                 COMES WITH:
                                                                                                                                                                 LAVISH LUNCH BUFFET & MENU
                                     FRESH FRUIT, MUFFINS, CHOICE OF ONE
                                                                                                                                                          36 Feet Long, Delicious , with lots of variety
       4:00 – 6:00 P.M.                OF OUR CLASSIC BRUNCH CHOICES                       FRIDAY & SATURDAY                             5pm - 10pm
                                                                                                                                                                         BANQUET ROOM
                                           LUNCH MENU AVAILABLE                             9:30 – 1:00 A.M.                                     for Business Meetings, Weddings, Graduations and more
       •    $9.99         •             $12.99/
                                                             A LA CARTE
                                                                                        •LATE MENU TILL 1 A.M.•                                                             CATERING
                                                                                                                                            We Specialize in catering private and corporate parties and take-out.
                                                                                                                                                        110 Castro St. Mountain View 650-961-0400
  Happy Hungry Hour 4pm to 6pm • 1/2 Price Appetizer of the day & drink specials
                                                                                                                                          Taking Holiday Reservations Now! New Year’s Eve Parties!
         401 Castro Street, Mtn. View CA 94041 • 650.254.8981
                                                                                                                   $2.00 Off Weekend Lunch Buffet

                                                                                                                                      on         the

                                                                                                      dining                                                  town
                                                                                       american                              chinese food                                mexican
                                                                                Clarkes Charcoal Broiler                New Tung Kee Noodle House                La Fiesta Restaurant
                                                                                615 W. El Camino Real,                  520 Showers Drive,                       240 Villa St., Mtn. View
                                                              NICHOLAS JENSEN   Mtn. View. 650/967-0851                 Mtn. View. 650/947-8888                  650/968-1364
The new Whole Foods Market in Los Altos features a huge section of              Voted Best Hamburger 14 Yrs             (Inside San Antonio Center)              The best Mole Poblano and Margaritas
                                                                                in a Row. Beautiful Outside             Voted Best Noodle House in               in town.
pre-packaged salads and soups.                                                  Patio Dining.                           2003/2004 Mountain View Voice.

                                        gets there) and the hefty Whole
                                                                                Hobee’s Restaurants                                                                         pizza
                                                                                2312 Central Expwy.
     WHOLE FOODS                        Meal Deal ($9.99 for meat and           Mtn. View. 650/968-6050                            french                        Kapp's Pizza Bar & Grill
       Continued from page 22           two side dishes, but they have          Voted Best Breakfast/Brunch                                                      191 Castro Street
                                        to be vegetables). Macaroni and         9 years in a row!                       Chez TJ                                  Mtn. View, 650/961-1491
ordered a barbecued beef satay          cheese ($6.99 a pound), and                                                     938 Villa Street,                        Happy Hours Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm and
($7.95) while I went to the sand-       chicken from the tandoor oven           Marie Callendar's                       Mtn. View. 650/964-7466                  11pm-2am.
wich area, picked out a smoked          also are good options.                  4710 El Camino Real                     “Outrageously good” New French-
                                                                                (just south of San Antonio)             American fare “in a charming little
turkey panini ($6.99) and took up
the counterperson on her offer to
                                          In the refrigerated section of
                                        Prepared Foods, autumn toasted          650/941-6989                            Victorian house” – Zagat 2003.                   tex-mex
grill it. By the time his satay was     couscous ($5.99 a pound) is             Sports Page                             Le Petit Bistro                          El Paso Cafe
ready, my panini had gone cold.         Thanksgiving for vegetarians.           1431 Plymouth Street                    1405 W. El Camino Real,                  1407 El Camino Real,
  A quicker route would have            Butternut squash, dried curries         (exit at Shoreline off 101)             Mtn. View. 650/964-3321                  Mtn. View. 650/961-8858
been through the retro cafeteria        and cranberries integrate the           Mtn. View. 650/961-1992                 Casual and cozy French                   Fax: 650/961-3439
line of steam-table all-stars like      chewy couscous balls. A tangy                                                   restaurant. 15 tables.                   (Between Rengstorff and Shoreline)
turkey Tetrazzini and tamale pie.       dressing with sherry vinegar and             chinese food                                                                Happy Hour 2:30pm - 6:30pm.
Pizza slices also stand ready, but
they have a tired look, born out
                                        fennel brings it together.
                                          Parsnip pancakes ($5.99 a
                                                                                                                                 mexican                                ice cream
by a flat taste.                        pound) are crisp, and a small           Chef Chu’s                              Fiesta Del Mar- Seafood,
  The hot food station offers           amount of seared tuna with ginger       1067 N. San Antonio Road,               Mexican Cuisine & Cantina                Gelato Classico
good beef brisket ($12.99 a                                                     on the corner of El Camino,             1005 N. Shoreline Blvd.,                 241 B Castro Street
pound, weighed before the gravy             See WHOLE FOODS, page 24            Los Altos. 650/948-2696                 Mtn. View. 650/965-9354                  Mtn. View. 650/969-2900
                                                                                Zagat Review: “Gold Standard in Fresh   Open Daily, Lunch & Dinner.
                                                                                Chinese Cuisine.”                       Voted Best Seafood for 7 years.

                       ■ DININGNOTES                                            Golden Wok
                                                                                895 Villa St., Mtn. View.                        mexican
  WHOLE FOODS                            Credit Cards                           Distinctive Chinese Cuisine
                                                                                Dim Sum Daily 10-3                      Fiesta Del Mar Too
  4800 El Camino Real,          Wheelchair Access                               Open Daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.           Rotisserie & Cantina
  Los Altos                                                                     Delivery/Take-Out (Daily)               735 Villa St., Mtn. View
                                      Outdoor Dining
  (650) 559-0300                                                                Now Online Order Available              650/967-3525
  www.wholefoodsmarket.                      Parking     street level, and                    Fresh Lime Margaritas, 200+ Tequilas,
  com                                                    underground lots       By phone: 650/964-2222                  Open Late.
                                Bathroom Cleanliness good
  8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily                   Noice Level     supermarket
                                                                                      If you would like to be listed in DINING ON THE TOWN please call Judie Block at the Voice at 964-6300

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         Chili                       House                           Late                                                                                                 which turned out to be next to
         Verde                      Margarita                       Dinner                                                               WHOLE FOODS
                                                                                                                                           Continued from page 23
                                                                                                                                                                          the frozen dog food.
                                                                                                                                                                            A display marked “Buy Local”
                                                                    Special                    Let us hear yours.
      $5.   95                        $3.
                                                                  (8pm-9:30pm)                 E-mail
                                                                                                                                    ($16.99 a pound) is all you need.
                                                                                                                                       Takeout containers list ingre-
                                                                                                                                                                          featured fennel and cippolini
                                                                                                                                                                          onions from Hollister, next to
                                                                                                                                                                          asparagus from Peru and chest-
       reg. $9. 75                   On the rocks                 House Margarita                                                   dients to anticipate all allergies,   nuts from Italy.

                                                                                                                                    down to the sea salt and black          However, hot soup is easy to
     Ser ved with rice,
     pinto beans, and
       corn tortillas
                                  el paso         $2.00               On the rocks
                                                                                                                                    pepper. They also come with
                                                                                                                                    an owner’s manual: “Our clear
                                                                                                                                                                          find in the seafood section, the
                                                                                                                                                                          meat department, and in Pre-
        Please present coupon
     Offer Expires 12/22/06 MVV      4c Please present coupon
                                     Offer Expires 12/22/06 MVV
                                                                     Please present coupon
                                                                  Offer Expires 12/22/06 MVV
                                                                                                                                    containers are NOT microwave
                                                                                                                                    safe. Our black containers ARE
                                                                                                                                                                          pared Foods. We tried carrot-gin-
                                                                                                                                                                          ger, clam chowder and black bean.
                                                                                                                       All Sports   microwave safe. Our soup con-         Each was either bland or salty.
                                   REGULAR HAPPY HOURS
                                                                                                                        on our
                                                                                                                      Big Screens
                                                                                                                                    tainers ARE microwave safe.”
                                                                                                                                       In the sushi section, the Tsu-
                                                                                                                                                                            A few final hazards to avoid
                                                                                                                                                                          at the new Whole Foods: flabby
                                             2 pm - 6:30 pm                                                                         nami Combo ($9.40) is fresh and       seafood salads including cevi-
                                    Glass Domestic Beer $1.50                                  Daily Lunch                          filling.
                                                                                                                                       The salad bar ($7.49 a pound)
                                                                                                                                                                          che ($10.99 a pound); creme
                                                                                                                                                                          brulee ($4.49); knife-resis-

                                                                                                                                    has something for everyone,           tant shallot-dressed Brussels
                                   Pitcher Domestic Beer $7.00                                                                      from fresh fruit to falafel. And      sprouts. In eggplant Parmesan
                                      After 25 years in Business,                                                                   unlike the rest of the store, it is   ($6.99 a pound), slabs of egg-
                                  we now accept Visa and Mastercard!                                                                very well organized.                  plant were thick and bitter.
                                                                                               College & Pro Football                  A man on a cellphone: “I’m in        While enjoying the sights, try
                                          650-961-8858                                                      ✦✦✦                     the food court area. Where are        to keep in mind that just as
                           1407 El Camino Real, Mtn. View • Mon-Sat 11am – 10 pm               Every Broadcast Game                 you?”                                 everything isn’t cheap at Cost-
                                                                                                                                       That person may have been          co, everything isn’t healthy at
                                  EL PASO CAFE RESTAURANT                                                                           looking for organic chicken soup,     Whole Foods.       V

                                                                                               Big Screens + 12 T.V.s

                                                                                                   Full Bar & Menu

                                                                                                  Breakfast Served

                                                                                                    Monday Night
                                                                                                    Steak Special

                                                                                                 DANCE FLOOR
                                                                                                      FULL MENU
                                                                                                 Lunch served all day
                                                                                                Kitchen Open until 8:30pm
                                                                                                1431 Plymouth St., Mtn. View
                                                                                                  (Exit at Shoreline off 101)
                                                                                                  Only Bar on Shoreline Blvd.

                                                                                               TIED HOUSE CAFE & BREWERY                                                               SINCE 1945
                                                                                                                                                                               CHARCOAL BROILER

                                                                                                South Bay’s                                     Your Place for:              Voted “Best Burger”
                                                                                                                                                                                 for 14 years
                                                                                                 Original                                      Garden Patio Dining                 in a row
                                                                                               Microbrewery                                     Eight Microbrews           as reported in the Mtn. View Voice

                                                                                                                                                     on Tap
                                                                                               Happy Hour:                                                                                        Daily
                                                                                                                                                Fresh Beer To Go                                  Lunch
                                                                                               Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm
                                                                                                 Saturdays–                                     Corporate Parties                                Specials
                                                                                                                                                                                                 11am to 2pm
                                                                                                 9pm - close                                        Catering                                       Mon-Fri

                                                                                                                                                                           Breakfast on Weekends
                                                                                                            Voted                                                              Open 7 days for
                                                                                                   “Best California Cuisine”                                                  Lunch & Dinner
                                                                                                                                                                           Mountain View • 615 W. El Camino Real
                                                                                                                  in Mountain View                                                  (650) 967-0851

                                                                                                                Check out our menu online @
                                                                                                                                                                                  SPEAKING UP
                                                                                                                                                                                   SINCE 1992
                                                                                                 Live Music Every 3rd Saturday
                                                                                                       Open Daily: M-Th & Sat 11:30-10:00,
                                                                                                         F 11:30-11:00 & Sun 11:30-9:30
                                                                                                   (650) 965-BREW 954 Villa St. Mountain View



APOCALYPTO (R) ✭✭✭✭ Century 16: 11:25 a.m.; 12:50, 2:35,
  4, 5:45, 7:10, 9 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 12:40, 1:40, 2:45,                   ■ MOVIEREVIEWS
  3:45, 4:45, 6, 7, 8:05, 9:10 & 10:10 p.m.
BABEL (R) ✭✭✭1/2 Century 16: 12:45 & 9:15 p.m.                                           BABEL ✭✭✭1/2
  Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.                                         (Century 16, Century 20) On a remote
BLOOD DIAMOND (R) ✭✭✭ Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 12:40,                                     Moroccan mountain, a young goat herder
  2:40, 3:50, 5:55, 7:20, 9:20 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 12:25,               mindlessly fires his father’s newly acquired
  1:25, 2:35, 3:35, 4:35, 5:45, 6:45, 7:55, 9 & 9:55 p.m.                                rifle at a tour bus. The bullet hits an Ameri-
BOBBY (R) ✭✭ Century 16: 1:50, 4:35 & 7:15 p.m.                                          can passenger (Cate Blanchett), whose
  Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 2:20, 4:55, 7:40 & 10:05 p.m.                                  distraught husband (Brad Pitt) exhibits the
BORAT (R) ✭✭✭1/2 Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 1:45, 3:50, 5:50, 8 &                           same mix of fear and entitlement as his             modern mediterranean cuisine
  10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 1:55, 4, 6:15, 8:20 & 10:20 p.m.                    fellow Western travelers. In San Diego, the                  Lunch • Dinner • Friday & Saturday–Late Night Menu
                                                                                         couple’s Mexican nanny (Adriana Barraza)               186 Castro Street, Downtown Mountain View
CASINO ROYALE (PG-13) ✭✭✭1/2 Century 16: 11:05 a.m.;                                     gets word that they won’t return in time for
  12:30, 2:20, 3:45, 5:40, 7:05 & 9 p.m. Century 12: 12:10, 1:30, 3:40, 5:20,                                                                     650.864.9940 •
  7:10, 8:40 & 10:25 p.m.                                                                her to attend her son’s wedding across the
                                                                                         border. Having cared for their two children
DECK THE HALLS (PG) (NOT REVIEWED)                                                       since birth, she decides to take them with
  Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:45, 4:20, 6:55 & 9:15 p.m.
                                                                                         her. Her gun-toting, easily startled nephew
DEJA VU (PG-13) ✭✭✭ Century 16: 1:05, 3:55, 6:50 & 9:45 p.m.
  Century 12: 12:20, 4, 7:30 & 10:20 p.m.
THE DEPARTED (R) ✭✭✭1/2 Century 16: 10:15 p.m.
  Century 12: 11:30 a.m. & 10:10 p.m.
                                                                                         (Gael Garcia Bernal) makes the return trip
                                                                                         complicated. They, too, are stranded in a
                                                                                         wilderness. Meanwhile, a deaf Japanese
                                                                                                                                          D       iscover the exotic and fascinating taste of

                                                                                                                                          Thai cuisine nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley
                                                                                         teen (Rinko Kikuchi), desperate for love,
FLUSHED AWAY (PG) ✭✭✭ Century 12: 12:30, 2:40, 5:30, 7:50 & 10 p.m.                      wanders through the neon wasteland of
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION (PG-13) ✭✭1/2                                                     Tokyo. Her widowed father (Koji Yakusho)
  Century 20: 2:40, 4:45 & 7 p.m. Aquarius: 2:55, 5:05, 7:35 & 9:50 p.m.;                was the former owner of the gun that
  Sat. & Sun. also at 12:50 p.m.                                                         started the disaster-chain of events. Direc-
THE FOUNTAIN (PG-13) 1/2 Century 12: 2:30, 4:50 & 7:25 p.m.                              tor Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu criticizes the
                                                                                         way of the gun and the clash of cultures
GUADALUPE (PG) (NOT REVIEWED)                                                            in a world where bad things happen to
  Century 12: 11:45 a.m.; 2:20, 5, 7:40 & 10:15 p.m.
                                                                                         good people. Rated: R for violence, some
HAPPY FEET (PG) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16: 11:15 a.m.;                                   graphic nudity, sexual content, language
  2, 4:40, 7:25 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:35, 2, 3:05, 4:30, 5:40,            and some drug use. In English and French,
  7:05, 8:10, 9:30 & 10:30 p.m.
                                                                                         Spanish, Japanese, Berber, Arabic and
THE HISTORY BOYS (R) (NOT REVIEWED)                                                      Japanese sign language with English sub-
  Century 20: Noon, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:10 p.m.                                        titles. 2 hours, 22 minutes. — S.T.
  Palo Alto Square: 2:15, 4:45, 7:30 & 10:10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 11:35 a.m.
THE HOLIDAY (PG-13) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16: 11 a.m.;                                                                                                                                                         ★★★½
                                                                                         BOBBY ✭✭                                                                                                               San Jose
  12:30, 2:15, 3:40, 5:20, 7, 8:30 & 10:10 p.m. Century 12: Noon, 1, 1:55,               (Century 16, Century 20) One of the iconic                                                                           Mercury News
  3:10, 4:10, 5:10, 6:20, 7:20, 8:20, 9:30 & 10:30 p.m.                                                                                                             For the
                                                                                         images of 1968 is U.S. Sen. Robert F. Ken-
LITTLE CHILDREN (R) ✭✭✭✭ Guild: 1, 3:40, 6:30 & 9:20 p.m.                                nedy, sprawled on the kitchen floor of the
                                                                                                                                                                    7th consecutive year.
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VAN WILDER: THE RISE OF TAJ (R)                                       Ambassador Hotel after being gunned                               174 Castro Street, Mountain View
  (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16: 11:30 a.m. & 9:55 p.m. Century 12:                          down by Sirhan Sirhan. The 42-year-old
  2:50, 5:15 & 7:45 p.m.                                                                 presidential hopeful had just delivered his
                                                                                                                                                         Tel. 650-988-9323 Fax. 650-966-8309
THE NATIVITY STORY (PG) ✭✭ Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:40,                                 victory speech for the California primary in
  4:20, 6:55 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 12:45, 2, 3:10, 4:30, 5:35,             the hotel’s ballroom. Revisiting the routine     4300 Great America Parkway #180, Santa Clara   5205 Prospect Road #110, West San Jose
                                                                                                                                             Tel. 408-988-2982 Fax. 408-988-4292          Tel. 408-253-8424 Fax. 408-253-8833
  7, 8, 9:25 & 10:30 p.m.                                                                day leading up to the peace-and-justice
THE PRESTIGE (PG-13) 1/2 Century 20: 11:45 a.m. & 9:10 p.m.                              politician’s assassination, screenwriter-
THE QUEEN (NOT RATED) ✭✭✭✭ Century 20: 12:15, 2:35,                                      director-actor Emilio Estevez doesn’t shad-
  4:50, 7:15 & 9:35 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:35 p.m.; Sat. &                ow Bobby Kennedy, the heir apparent of his
  Sun. also at 11:30 a.m.                                                                older brother’s Camelot. Instead he focuses
                                                                                         on the dozens of campaign supporters
  REVIEWED) Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 1:55 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 4:25 p.m.              and hotel employees whose lives touched
                                                                                         and exploded with a bang shortly after
SHUT UP AND SING (R) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 20: Fri.-Mon. at                             midnight on June 5 in Los Angeles. A cross
  6:50 & 9:05 p.m. Aquarius: 2:35, 4:45, 7 & 9:15 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 12:30 p.m.
                                                                                         between a Robert Altman ensemble piece
  Century 16: 4:05 & 6:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 2:25, 5, 7:30 & 10 p.m.
                                                                                         like “Nashville” and the classic “Grand
                                                                                         Hotel,” the star-studded drama moves at a
                                                                                         fast clip. The reel rendition fails to capture
  Century 12: 11:55 a.m. & 9:50 p.m.
TURISTAS (R) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16: 12:15, 2:45, 5:10,
  7:55 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:50 & 10:15 p.m.
                                                                                         the reality of the times but conveys an
                                                                                         earnest message against violence, as timely
                                                                                         today as almost 40 years ago. Rated: R for
                                                                                                                                                         the Season
  Century 16: 11:50 a.m.; 2:25, 4:45, 7:35 & 9:50 p.m.
  Century 12: 11:40 a.m.; 12:40, 2, 3, 4:30, 5:40, 7, 8 & 9:20 p.m.
                                                                                         language, drug content and a scene of
                                                                                         violence. 1 hour. 51 minutes. — S.T.                            at Cascal!
                                                                                         FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
           Note: Screenings are for Friday through Tuesday only.
                                                                                                                                                                  Warm up with cocktails,
              AQUARIUS: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260)
  CENTURY CINEMA 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (960-0970)
                                                                                         (Aquarius, Century 20) Christopher Guest
                                                                                         knows a good spoof when he sees one.
                                                                                                                                                                  music and friends in a
     CENTURY PARK 12: 557 E. Bayshore Blvd., Redwood City (365-9000)
 CENTURY 20 DOWNTOWN: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (369-3456)                      Unfortunately he’s seeing them in every
                                                                                         conceivable nook and cranny, and his
                                                                                                                                                                   festive atmosphere
CINEARTS AT PALO ALTO SQUARE: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456)
             GUILD: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260)                            shtick is getting stale. “Consideration”
    SPANGENBERG THEATRE: 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto (354-8263)                      touches on a topic that’s rife with comic                                             Open Daily from
For show times, plot synopses and more information about any films playing at the        possibilities: the nauseating egos inherent
           Aquarius, Guild and Park, visit                      in the film business. The project in ques-
                                                                                         tion is a low-budget indie by the name
✭ Skip it                                 For show times, plot synopses,                 of “Home for Purim,” an intimate drama
✭✭ Some redeeming qualities               trailers and more movie                        about a Jewish family’s troublesome
✭✭✭ A good bet                            info, visit
✭✭✭✭ Outstanding                                                                                See MINI REVIEWS, page 26
                                          and click on movies.
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                                                                                           1100 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View        Tel: 650.964.5534 • 650.964.5532                 Continued from page 25
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                                                                                                                                                                                repetitive loop forever delivering the
                                                                                                                                                                                same information. Alluding to Genesis
                                                                                                                                                                                and the biblical Tree of Life that offers
                                                                                                                                                                                immortality, Aronofsky’s script sets
                                                           D R . C U LV E R ’s                                                                                                  up three stories with the same actors,
                                                  C ASE   STUDY OF THE           WEEK
                                                                                                                                                                                themes and visual look. Hugh Jackman
                                                                                                                                                                                takes on triple roles: a doctor conduct-
                                                                                                                                                                                ing medical research with monkeys
                                           “I was bent over severely                                                                                                            and Guatemalan tree bark in hopes of
                                                                                                                                                                                curing his wife’s (Rachel Weisz of “The
                                                                                                                                                                                Constant Gardener”) brain tumor; a

                                            and in so much pain                                                                                                                 Spanish conquistador searching for the
                                                                                                                                                                                Fountain of Youth at Queen Isabella’s
                                                                                                                                                                                (Weisz’s) bequest; and a Buddhist eat-
     Dr. Culver has recently
                                                                                                                                                                                ing small chunks of the dying Tree of
     opened a new facility in
     Mountain View where
                                            that I couldn’t stand                                                                                                               Life and floating through the cosmos in
     he provides natural                                                                                                                                                        a bubble. It’s even sillier than it sounds.
                                                                                                                                                                                Aronofsky may have tried to construct
     healing processes                      but a few minutes. I’m only                                                                                                         the cinematic equivalent of meditation,
     utilizing modern
     chiropractic neurology                 82 and not ready to spend the rest                                                                                                  hoping to encourage a transformation of
     and new biomechanical                                                                                                                                                      consciousness in the viewer. But enlight-
     techniques that produce
                                            of my life trapped inside the house or
                                                                                                                                                                                enment comes in the realization that this
     lasting results.                       in a wheelchair.”                                                                                                                   feature contains about 20 minutes of
                                                                                                                                                                                thematic and emotional sustenance. Rat-
 • Recent recipient of                      LaVonne knew there was more to life                                                                                                 ed: PG-13 for some intense sequences
   Top Chiropractors                        than that and made a commitment to a                                                                                                of violent action, some sensuality and
   Award                                                                                                                                                                        language. 1 hour, 36 minutes. — S.T.
                                            corrective plan of care. Eight weeks later
 • Over 40 years in practice                she returned home to Southern California                                                                                            LITTLE CHILDREN ✭✭✭✭
 • Board Certified                          an inch taller and able to walk and                                                                                                 (Guild) Todd Field’s adaptation of Tom
   Chiropractic Neurologist
                                                                                                                                                                                Perrotta’s exacting novel of dubious adult
 • Applied Kinesiologist                    stand without pain.                                                                                                                 behavior is a dark and delicious treat.
 • Pettibon Practitioner                                                                                                                                                        “Children” opens with the idyllic picture of
 • Certified in Neuro                       Today, LaVonne has a full and vital life.                                                                                           innocence as toddlers navigate the local
   Emotional Technique                      She shops, walks, cooks, and exercises.                                                                                             playground under the eyes of their pretty
 • Chiropractic Sports                      She smiles and laughs while moving                                                                                                  suburban mothers. On closer inspection,
   Physician                                                                                                                                                                    the women are snide and snippy gos-
                                            rather than grimacing in pain.                                                                                                      sip-mongers, waxing less than rhapsodic
 • Spinal Decompression
 • Thermography                             Her response,  “Its incredible.                                                                                                     about sex, marriage and things that go
                                                                                                                                                                                bump in the night. Enter Brad Adamson
                                            I feel as though I had plastic surgery on                                                                                           (Patrick Wilson), dubbed “The Prom
                                                                                                                                                                                King,” a handsome, married Mr. Mom
                                            my back I’m so much more flexible.”                                                                                                 whose devotion to his own little guy is
                                                                                                                                                                                exceeded only by his studly good looks
                                            In fact, LaVonne’s spinal discs are 20 years                                                                                        and his delightfully puzzling background.
                                            younger in terms of flexibility. Yet another                                                                                        Not one for standing on ceremony, free-
                                            possibility of the “new Chiropractic.”                                                                                              spirited mom Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet)
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                                                                                                                                                                                tasy, a stark adulterous reality with darkly
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                                                                               ders with cinematic fever and the        what faces: chiseled, proud and        interpretations. The violence is
                                                                               putrid stench of civilized decay.        infinitely expressive.                 outrageously gory but never gratu-
                                                                                 At this juncture, “Apocalypto”           Youngblood is a daunting hero,       itous, perfectly in keeping with the
                                                                               segues into an intense manhunt, an       all sinew and primal heat with a       anguish of a disintegrating civiliza-
                                                                               epic pursuit fraught with unbear-        sultry-sweet sensitivity. The Hol-     tion and the survival of the fittest.
                                                                               able tension and the cunning art         cane are a different story, monsters      Vivid, provocative and utterly
                                                                               of the stalk. It’s an intrepid action-   of mindless fury with an insatiable    breathtaking.   V

                                                                               adventure, a heady adrenaline            thirst for the kill. The magnificent
                                                                               rush that never loosens its grip on      skeletal structure of Raoul Trujillo         ■MOVIENOTES
                                                                               a palpable dread that accelerates        will inspire nightmares long after
                                                                               with blistering force.                   the lights have come up.                 Stars: ****
                                                                                 Performances are remarkably on-          Underscoring all is the nuance         Rating: R for extreme violence,
                                                                               point considering the assemblage of      of despair — and Gibson’s not-so-        bloodshed and nudity
                                                                               indigenous unknowns and a mood           subtle allusions to contemporary         Run Time: 2 hour, 16 minutes.
                                                                               established primarily through facial     politics and rage, which leave the       In Mayan Yucatec with
                                                                               expression and body language. And        movie open to inevitable negative        English subtitles
Mayra Serbulo in a scene from Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto.”

         ‘Apocalypto’ now                                                                            or
                                                                                                  n f begin 7
                                                                                            rat rses ber 2
       By Jeanne Aufmuth
                                                                                      egi Couovem
M          el Gibson combines his
           infamously twisted sen-
           sibilities and mammoth
talents to create a bold and vision-
ary telling of the tragic downfall
                                        is charismatic tribesman Jaguar
                                        Paw (Rudy Youngblood) whose
                                        father is brutally murdered
                                        before his eyes and who man-
                                                                                    R er N
                                                                                    int day,
                                                                                   W on
of the Mayan civilization.              ages to conceal his pregnant wife          M
  “Passion of the Christ” meets         and young son before setting off
“The Naked Prey” in this ambi-          on his tortuous death march.
tious morality tale of violence           Their destination is a Mayan
and greed and a culture on the          city of great splendor where gaily
verge of a nervous breakdown.
  The film begins by establishing
                                        painted warriors rub shoulders
                                        with loud-mouthed slave traders                       Common Ground
the Mayans as fun-loving, intimate      and tattooed shanty-folk. Mayan
folk with a deep sense of family and    pyramids are being erected stone                       for Uncommon Minds
innate spiritual beliefs. Soon enough   by stone as grisly human sacrifices
their idyll is shattered by a vicious   are made to appease the gods and
attack at the hands of the Holcane      ostensibly put a stop to the scourge
Warriors, ruthless predators who        of famine, plague and rot that’s
torch their village, rape their women   destroying an entire society.
and take the men captive.                 Corrupt rulers govern with an
  The Mayans, whose descriptive         iron fist and never miss a chance
monikers (Cocoa Leaf, Curl Lip,         to eviscerate and maim in the
Flint Sky, etc.) reflect their col-     name of an unforgiving deity. It’s
orful identities, gather strength       here that Gibson’s gifts are most
from chaos thanks to the fervor         evident; his visualization is so
of their beliefs. Leading the pack      audacious that it positively smol-
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         Continued from page 26                to Joseph (Oscar Isaac), a humble and         Herod (Ciaran Hinds), who is desperately        credo is put to the test when Princess       Mirren deserves every year-end award
                                               honorable carpenter. Uneasy about her         trying to quash a prophecy that would           Diana is killed in a dramatic car crash      available for her spot-on portrayal of
curling comic edges. Original, challenging     arranged marriage, Mary finds solitude in     threaten his power. People curious about        inside a dark tunnel in Paris while being    a reigning royal caught between the
and resonant. Rated: R for language,           a nearby grove where she is visited by an     the original Christmas story or eager for       pursued by paparazzi. Newly elected          crosshairs, forced by a country in mourn-
nudity and sexual situations. 2 hours,         angel (Alexander Siddig as Gabriel) who       a dramatic re-telling of the birth of Jesus     British Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael   ing to put protocol aside and break with
17 minutes.— J.A.                              informs her that she will bear the child of   will appreciate this visually impressive fea-   Sheen) is between a rock and a hard          long-standing tradition. Rated: PG-13 for
                                               God and name him Jesus. Life is tough for     ture. But don’t buy a ticket if you’re prone    spot, anxious to spit-polish his image       language and adult situations. 1 hour,
THE NATIVITY STORY ✭✭                          the young peasant girl. Forced to wed a       to dozing. Rated: PG for some violent           with a face of public concern yet clash-     43 minutes. — J.A.
(Century 16, Century 20) The timeless tale     man she doesn’t love, impregnated by a        content. 1 hour, 41 minutes. — T.H.             ing with the ritual-bound world of his
of Jesus, Mary and Joseph comes to cin-        deity and all but ostracized by the suspi-                                                    Queen. Blair and Her Royal Highness
ematic life thanks to sweeping cinematog-      cious townsfolk. But Joseph’s love for        THE QUEEN ✭✭✭✭                                  do emotional battle while a staid Prince
raphy, exquisite costuming and a fantastic     Mary runs deep, and a dreamtime visit by      (CineArts, Century 20) Helen Mirren is          Philip (James Cromwell) staves off reality       ■ MOVIECRITICS
score. Unfortunately, the film is also about   Gabriel encourages Joseph to support his      perfection as Queen Elizabeth, not the          by stalking an elk that’s furtively roam-
as exciting as an afternoon nap. The story     wife wholeheartedly. Together Mary and        be-wigged and Tudored version but the           ing his summer estate. What ensues is                  S.T.-Susan Tavernetti,
is familiar even to atheists. The Virgin       Joseph set out for Bethlehem — Joseph’s       contemporary royal for whom a stiff             a captivating fictional account of real        J.A.-Jeanne Aufmuth, J.S.-Jim Shelby,
Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is betrothed       native land — by order of the vicious King    upper lip is the order of the day. That         events that transpired in August of 1997.                 T.H.-Tyler Hanley

                                                          M O U N TA I N V I E W V O I C E                                                                                                         ■HIGHLIGHT

                                                                                                                                                                                            “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
                                                                                                                                                                         Charles Dickens’s classic presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre.
                                                                                                                                                                    By PYT Artistic Director Dexter Fidler. Dec. 15, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; Dec. 16,
                                                                                                                                                                    11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $5-$7. Mountain View Center for the Perform-
                                                                                                                                                                           ing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

SPECIAL EVENTS                                                                                                                                                                                                   Brittan’s. Performed by the Church of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Epiphany Chancel Choir with Emily Bender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Mari Marjamaa, soloists, Janice Ortega,
ARTIFACTORY HOLIDAY FAIR Fine crafts by                                                                                                                                                                          harpist, and Todd Troutman, organist. Dec. 10,
local artists. Dec. 8-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hoover                                                                                                                                                                  3:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. congregational Christ-
House, 1120 Hopkins, Palo Alto.                                                                                                                                                                                  mas carol singing. Reception to follow concert.
HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIO Hosted by Pigs                                                                                                                                                                               Free will offering Church of the Epiphany, 1839
Wings and Promises. Pet related items, flying                                                                                                                                                                    Arroyo Ave., San Carlos. Call 591-0328 ext.
pigs, journals, fabric art, jewelry, photography,                                                                                                                                                                101.
treasure boxes. Artist include Jaki Ernst, Stepha-                                                                                                                                                               “SNOWFALL” Presented by San Francisco Con-
nie North, Susan Charles, and the team of Hud-                                                                                                                                                                   cert Chorale. An evening of carols and Christmas
Stone Images. Saturdays and Sundays, through                                                                                                                                                                     classics, featuring Dan Levitan on harp, including
Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pigs Wings and                                                                                                                                                                     Rutter’s Dancing Day, and Wood’s Carol from
Promises, 247 Velarde St., Mountain View. Call                                                                                                                                                                   an Irish Cabin. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. $15 advance/$20
965-0869.                                                                                                                                                                           at the door. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555
MODEL TRAIN SHOW The West Bay Model                                                                                                                                                                              Waverly Ave., Palo Alto. Call (415) 840-0675.
Railroad Association’s Christmas Show Dec. 8,                                                                                                                                                          
7-10 p.m.; Dec. 9, noon-6 p.m.; Dec. 10, noon-5                                                                                                                                                                  20 HARPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS 8th annual
p.m. Model Trains will be operating plus railroad                                                                                                                                                                holiday concert presented by Harpeggio Stu-
artifacts and photos on display. Free; donations                                                                                                                                                                 dios. Program includes classical and holiday
accepted. West Bay Model Railroad Building,                                                                                                                                                                      music, harp solos and ensembles, our studio
1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 322-9335.                                                                                                                                                                     ensemble of more than twenty harps, and
THE HERITAGE OF CHRISTMAS Sun., Dec.                                                                                                                                                                             guest artist John Metras on the cross-strung
10, 7:30 p.m. A musical concert including an 80-                                                                                                                                                                 harp. Sponsored by LAUMC. Dec. 9, 4-6 p.m.
voice choir, a 40-voice girls’ chorus, a bell choir,                                                                                                                                                             $10-$15. Los Altos United Methodist Church,
and other instrumentalists and soloists; directed                                                                                                                                                                655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call (408)
by Russell Hancock with James Welch on the                                                                                                                                                                       366-8810.
organ. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-                                                                                                                                                               A CHRISTMAS ORATORIO CELEBRATING
day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park.                                                                                                                                                                    CHRIST’S LIFE A 60-voice choir with instru-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mentalists Dec. 9, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Ananda,
ART GALLERIES                                                                                                                                                                                                    2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 323-
“FLOWERS, FRUIT AND FUNGI, TREES                                                                                                                                                                                 CELTIC, RENAISSANCE AND MEDIEVAL
AND TRAVEL” Photographs by Dawn Ishi-                  MESSIAH SING-ALONG:                       Handel’s masterpiece under the direction of Gregory Wait, music direc-                                          MUSIC CONCERT Four-part vocal and instru-
maru Frazier on display through Jan. 13. Free.         tor of Schola Cantorum, with the musicians of Redwood Symphony. Dec. 11, 7:30-10 p.m. $16/$2 facility use fee.                                            mental harmonies, Broceliande will bring Celtic
Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.             Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 903-6000.                                                 favorites. Dec. 9, 8-10 p.m. $12 advance/$18 at the
Call 326-2025.                                                                                                                                                                       door. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Moun-
“MERRY ART AT MAIN” Holiday show fea-                                                                                                                                                                            tain View. Call 988-9800.
tures contemporary art and fine crafts by 23            “SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN                           ANNUAL HOLIDAY SOIREE Holiday decora-            Atherton. Call 321-7140.                            FOOTHILL SYMPHONIC WINDS FALL CON-
artists. Through Dec. 23. Holiday hours: Mon.-         DWARFS” Auditions open to ages 8 to high             tions, food, caroling, parlor games, seasonal                                                        CERT “REJOICE” The Foothill Symphonic
Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.        school. Presented in celebration of the Palo Alto
                                                       Children’s Theatre’s 75th Anniversary. Dec. 12-13,
                                                                                                            reading and father Christmas. Dec. 10, 6-8
                                                                                                            p.m. Call 968-3110 for reservations or send
                                                                                                                                                             CONCERTS                                            Winds, David B. Adams, conductor. Program
The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood                                                                                                                                                                         features music by Shostakovitch, Milhaud,
City.                           3:45-6 p.m. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305       check, payable to Friends of ‘R’ House to 3070   “A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS” Chanticleer,              Holsinger,Burkhart, Hazo, van der Roost, Leroy
“SERIGRAPHS AND DRAWINGS” Pre-                         Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 463-4930.          N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043.      a capella ensemble performs a yuletide concert.     Anderson, Percy Grainger. Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.
sented by artist Susan Trubow. Landscapes                                                                   $18. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline         Features renditions of Gregorian chant, medieval    $10-$5. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield
                                                                                                            Blvd., Mountain View.            and Renaissance music, contemporary classics        Road, Palo Alto.
of the Mendocino coast. Thu.-Sun., through
Dec. 31. Free. 1870 Art Center Gallery,                BENEFITS                                             ONE WARM COAT DRIVE Hosted by The Girl           and carols. Dec. 12-13, 8 p.m. $44/$40. Memo-       GUNN HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CHORAL
1870 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Call 261-1086.                                                                  Scout Troops of Encinal Elementary School.       rial Church, 459 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 725-    CONCERT Featuring the Treble Choir, the                                  GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER Sponsored by                   Dec. 4-8. Donations of coats are needed.         2787.
                                                       Mountain View High School. Sat., Dec. 9, 9           Encinal Elementary School, 181 Encinal Ave.,                                                                    Continued on next page
“WINTER SALON” 30 artists present contem-              a.m.-noon. 20% of purchases before noon                                                               “CEREMONY OF CAROLS” By Benjamin
porary art and fine crafts for Holiday shopping.       will be donated to help with graduation funds.
Wall art, jewelry, sculpture and ceramics cre-         Books, Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
ated by local artists. Through Dec. 24. Hours:
Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main          SUPPORT AMIGOS The Peninsula chapter of
St., Los Altos.               Amigos de las Americas is selling grapefruit
                                                       and poinsettias to help with costs of working
ART 21 Bruni, known for painting jazz and              and living in Latin American communities.
folk singers, including Bay Area natives Dave          $20 box of grapefruits/ $15 each poinsettia.
Brubeck, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Garcia. On          Through Dec. 9. E-mail
display through Dec. 31. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 10          or call for more information. Call 387-6288.                                                                             Brought to you by
a.m.-6 p.m. Art21 Gallery, 3145 Alma St., Palo
Alto. Call 566-1381.                                                                                                                                             Larry & Laurie Moore
ART21 Artist Kate Curry shows her latest work          CLASSES/WORKSHOPS
of sky scenes on display through Jan. 30. Art21
Gallery, 539 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 566-1381.       “UNLOCK THE EQUITY IN YOUR HOME”                                                                      SNAKES ON CARS                  Wed., Dec. 13, 1 p.m. Lunch and an informative
ARTSYNERGY GROUP SHOW Nine mem-                        workshop with Merrian Nevin and Jim Galli of                Many vehicles are equipped with a single drive belt                     Serpentine belts are depended on for many of the
bers display through Dec 22. Pacific Art               Coldwell Banker. Free. Los Altos Senior Center,         that is used to drive multiple accessories (alternator, water            accessories, including crucial ones such as power steer-
League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.                     97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 917-6855.             pump, air-conditioning compressor, etc.) instead of having               ing. With this in mind the professional mechanics at
SPIRIT DANCERS AND TREE DWELLERS                       A NIGHT IN OAXACA Learn to make Tama-                   a separate belt drive for each accessory. This so-called                 Larry’s AutoWorks, located just off the 101 Freeway
Ceramic Sculptures by Jean Prophet and water-          les. Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45. Whole Foods           “serpentine” belt gets its name from the way it snakes                   on Leghorn between San Antonio and Rengstorff in
colors by Floy Zittin. Through Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-       Market, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Call            around the various pulleys. The advantage to having the                  Mountain View, recommend that you routinely have your
5 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St.,        559-0300.                          serpentine belt is that it is simpler and generally easier to            vehicle’s belt(s) inspected to prevent complete belt fail-
Los Altos.                   FAMILY JEWELRY MAKING Designing,                        replace than the multiple belts in older vehicles. However,              ure. Every car our customers bring to us for service has
STEPHEN ACHIMORE: COLOR FIELD                          stringing beads and basic wire-bending tech-            if the serpentine belt were to fail, there would be an inter-            a technician who is factory qualified and trained on that
PAINTINGS Features abstract paintings of               niques will be covered. Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-noon.          ruption in power to all accessories driven by the belt,                  vehicle. Keep that in mind.
New York-based artist. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6            $40. Community School of Music and Arts at              including some critical ones. Thus, it is very important to
p.m. through Jan. 27. Free. Stellar Gallery, 539       Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain                                                                                     HINT: A screeching noise coming from beneath the hood of your vehicle
                                                                                                               regularly check the condition of this important belt and
Bryant St., Palo Alto.                                 View.                                                                                                            may be a sign of a loose belt.
                                                                                                               replace it when recommended.

AUDITIONS                                              COMMUNITY EVENTS                                                                                      LARRY’S
                                                                                                                 American • German • Japanese
                                                       A MUSICAL SOLSTICE A candlelit, participa-
INGS For advanced players of all instruments.
                                                       tory winter solstice ritual. Choral music by Joan
                                                       McMillen, sung by Voices of the Coming Tribe.
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                                                       Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charles-
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                                                               Continued from previous page                Ballet and guest artists Katherine Wells, Travis
                                                                                                           Walker, Ramon Moreno and Olivier Munoz. Dec.
                                                        Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers under        8, 7 p.m.; Dec. 9-10, 1 and 6 p.m. Adults $23/
                                                        the direction of William Liberatore. Thu., Dec.    children/seniors $18. Mountain View Center for
                                                        14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5/$3 students. Span-           the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain
                                                        genberg Theater, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo        View. Call 903-6000.
                                                        Alto. Call 269-4194.            ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING Traditional
                                                        HORNS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Quadre,                     and modern set dances to live music. Begin-
                                                | | |   performs seasonal music for four horns and         ners welcome; no partner required. $9. First,
                                                        band with local students. Quadre partners          third and fifth Wednesdays, through June,
                                                        with Mountain View public schools for the          8-10 p.m. Flex-It Studios, 425 W. Evelyn Ave.,
                                                        holidays. Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m. $15 adults/$7          Mountain View. Call 493-6012. www.bacds.
                                                        students/seniors. Mountain View Center for         org/series/english/mountain_view/
                                                        the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain      VINTAGE DANCE PARTY Dec. 10, 4 p.m. $15.
                                                        View. Call 969-4242.                Presented by The Varsity Dance Club. A holiday
                                                        PALO ALTO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA                   vintage dance party, with live music by Paul
                                                        CONCERT I Sat., Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Faure: Suite       Price’s Society Orchestra, featuring singer Ann
                                                        from Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 80 Lalo: Cello      Gibson. Refreshments, dance lesson included.
                                                        Concerto in D minor; Thomas Shoebotham,            Palo Alto Masonic Center, 461 Florence St., Palo
                                                        soloist Dvooak: Symphony No. 8 in G major,         Alto.
                                                        Op. 88. $16/$14/$7 Cubberley Theatre, 4000
                                                        Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
                                                        PENINSULA POPS “JOLLY HOLIDAY”                     ENVIRONMENT
                                                        SHOW The Pops with conductor Kim Venaas
                                                        features holiday music made by Bing Crosby,        NATURE THROUGH A LENS Amateur pho-
                                                        Mel Torme and the Grinch. Guests the Bay           tographers and docents Frances Cleveland
                                                        Bells Handbell choir. Tickets available online.    and Jack Zirker lead a 2-mile photography hike
                                                        Dec. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Adults $20/seniors          along trails near Horseshoe Lake. Dec. 9, 10
                                                        $16/students $10/kids free with adults. Span-      a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Skyline Ridge Open Space
                                                        genberg Theater, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo        Preserve.
                                                        Alto. Call 856-8432.
                                                        PENINSULA WOMEN’S CHORUS FALL/
                                                        WINTER CONCERT “Carols, Lullabies,
                                                        Landscapes” St. Patrick’s Seminary showcases       “BOUNTIFUL BOWLS, PLATTERS OF PLEN-
                                                        the PWC’s rich choral sound. Aleatoric voices      TY” A collection of distinctive serving pieces.
                                                        accompanied by handbells. Dec. 10, 4-6 p.m.        Tue.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 24. Free.
                                                        $20 general/$15 students/seniors. St Patrick’s     Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo
                                                        Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.        Alto. Call 329-3168.
                                                                                                           “CLASSIC AND TIMELESS TOYS” Palo Alto
                                                        SCHOLA CANTORUM AND MENLO BRASS                    Sport Shop and Toy world and the Museum of
                                                        Sun., Dec. 10, 4-6 p.m. 100 voices of Schola       American Heritage present “Classic and Timeless
                                                        Cantorum with Menlo Brass Quintet present          Toys,” an exhibit featuring over 75 classic toys
                                                        Brian Holmes’ nostalgic “Now is the Time,”         of the 20th century. Learn the history of toys
                                                        and arrangements of Christmas music, and           and the story behind their inventions. Fridays-
                                                        carols. Dec. 10, 4-6 p.m. $22/$18 for seniors      Sundays, through Jan. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
                                                        and students. Los Altos United Methodist           Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave.,
                                                        Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call        Palo Alto. Call 321-1004.
                                                                                                           “RAIL GARDENERS RUN TRAINS” Fridays-
                                                        THE NEW CHOIR Christmas carols from Asia,          Sundays, through Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The
                                                        Africa, Europe and the Americas. Dec. 9, 8-10      Bay Area Garden Railway society will present a
                                                        p.m. $12-$20. St. Mark’s Episcopal, 600 Colo-      double track garden gauge layout. Museum of
                                                        rado Ave., Palo Alto. Call 330-0414.               American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
                                                        WOODSIDE VILLAGE BAND 20TH                         Call 321-1004.
                                                        ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT Sat., Dec.                “SLIDING SCALE” By Gail Wight. Objects
                                                        9, 3 p.m. Program includes seasonal works          of scientific research and the larger field of sci-
                                                        by Holst, Irving Berlin, Leroy Anderson, and       ence in a new light. Mice eat through a repre-
                                                        others. Free. Woodside Village Church, 3154        sentation of their genome, butterflies struggle
                                                        Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 851-1642.            to escape their pins, and beetles tell their
                                                                       stories. Through Dec. 10. Hours: Tue.-Fri., 10
                                                                                                           a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Free. Thomas
                                                        DANCE                                              Welton Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Laseun Mall,
                                                                                                           Stanford. Call 723-3404.
                                                        “SNOWFLAKE BALL” Thu., Dec. 14, 7                  ANN MCMILLAN, OPEN STUDIO Includes
                                                        p.m. Music by Mike Johnson and the Sound           oil and pastel landscape and figurative paint-
                                                        Wizards. Formal attire. Tickets at the door. $7.   ings. Dec. 9-10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Open
                                                        Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.         Studio, 328 Aldean Ave., Mountain View. Call
                                                        Call 326-2025.         438-2752.
                                                        “THE NUTCRACKER “ Presented by Western             OPEN STUDIO Recent works by Ann McMil-
                                                        Ballet. Featuring choreography by Gonzalo          lan Dec. 9-10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oil and pastel
                                                        Espinoza, with students of the School of Western   landscape and figurative paintings. Free. Open

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Alto photographer, Nancy Wong, exhibits land-
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shots. Through Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.
Books Inc., Cafe, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
                                                     THEATREWORKS’ “STUDENT SPEAK: THE
                                                     PLAYWRIGHT’S PROJECT” Producing eight
                                                     plays written by Gunn High School students.
                                                     The program gives emerging young writers the
                                                     opportunity to “speak up” about their lives
                                                     and their communities. Plays will be staged by
                                                     local professional actors and directors. Dec.
                                                     11, 7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Center for the
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K-5 students. Dec. 13, Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m. Free.
Starbucks, 750 Castro St., Mountain View.
STORYLAND” Sun., Dec. 17, 2 p.m. The Sippy
Cups present a blend of rock music, juggling,
comical stunts and characters, giant puppets,
                                                     “YOUR ANGELS GIFT” By Angel Mediator
                                                     Genevieve Vulser. Dec. 11, 7:30-9 p.m. Free.
                                                     East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain
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                                                     Global Interactive. Wed., Dec. 13, 6-9 p.m.
                                                     Members free/$15 for non-members/add $5 for
Call (415) 335-4422.
                                                     onsite registration. Google Inc., 900 Alta Ave.,
                                                     Mountain View.
LIVE MUSIC                                           RAPID PAIN ELIMINATION: HEALING
                                                     CHRONIC PAIN AND FIBROMYALGIA Elijah
BROCELIANDE HOLIDAY CONCERT Christ-                  will demonstrate “Freeing,” a structural body-
mas and Yuletide show Dec. 9, 8-10:30 p.m. Res-      work, that reconstructs the spine and the mus-
ervations suggested. $12 advance/$18 at the door     culoskeletal system. Dec. 12, 7:30-9 p.m. Free.
East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain         East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain
                                                     View. Call 988-9800.
                                                                                                           • Over 70 Group Exercise Classes per week           • Kids’ Club & Childwatch
View. Call (510) 569-0437.
                                                     SOULS ON SAFARI With Sean O’Laoire, a                 • Over 50 pieces of Cardio Equipment                • Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steamroom, Massage
                                                     story-teller priest. Dec. 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Free.
                                                                                                           • Certified Personal Trainers                        • Indoor Cycling
ON STAGE                                             East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain
                                                     View. Call 988-9800.                 • Basketball, Volleyball & Racquetball Courts         Call Today or Visit on the Web!
Red Lantern Theatre presents John Patrick
Shanley’s drama about two lonely and defen-                ■MORELISTINGS
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                                                M O U N TA I N V I E W

               Where will she discover
              that to give is to receive?
                                                         You can picture it now. The squeals of delight
                                                         with each gift she opens. In just minutes,
                                                         wrapping paper and ribbon expertly applies
                                                         to every package, lie scattered throughout
                                                         the entire room. That’s your picture of home.
                                                         And whatever it is that means home to you,
                                                         Windermere will help you find it!

                          We appreciate your past business and we look
                  forward to working with you in the future. Happy Holidays from
                      Windermere Silicon Valley Properties, Mountain View.

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