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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
ing for 65 homeless people in its
first five months. In previous
LOSE THEIR HOMES
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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“The ballot proposition
for Measure C contained
a list of specific projects
to be funded which satisfied
all requirements under
— 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.
AUTO BURGLARY GRAND THEFT
1700 W. El Camino Real., 11/28 2000 block W. Middlefield Rd., 11/27
1300 block Pear Ave., 11/29 2400 block Bayshore Pkwy., 11/29
1300 block Pear Ave., 11/29 900 block Miramonte Ave., 11/29
300 block Easy St., 11/29 1100 block Miramonte Ave., 12/01
300 block Easy St., 11/29 20 block San Antonio Circle., 12/02
300 block Easy St., 11/29
10 block Beverly St., 12/02
500 block Showers Dr., 11/29
100 block Chetwood St., 12/03
2000 block California St., 11/29
BATTERY 200 block Castro St., 12/03
Lozano’s Carwash, 11/29
70 block Palo Alto Ave., 12/02
100 block W. Middlefield Rd., 11/27
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 1200 block Dale Ave., 11/27
1400 block Isabelle Ave., 12/01 1700 block Evandale Ave., 11/29
20 block Monroe Dr., 12/02
10 block E. El Camino Real, 11/28
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.
4 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ DECEMBER 8, 2006
MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE
■ CITY COUNCIL UPDATES
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
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
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
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-
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.” email@example.com
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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DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ 7
complex at 291
Evandale Ave. could
be cleared for new
condos if the council
approves the proposal
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.
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condos of 1,100 square feet each. tion to go,” Macias said. the groundwater there. However,
800-997-5504 • www.sequoiacenter.com 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
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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
8 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ DECEMBER 8, 2006
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
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.
Experience true decadence with
desserts like our Mile High Apple
Pie. Or pick up a loaf of our freshly
baked European Style Bread.
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 nobhill.com
DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ 9
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
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 (www.oaxanfoods.com)
• 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 (www.oaxanfoods.com) 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
www.wholefoodsmarket.com to be put on the wait list or send am e-mail to email@example.com.
10 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ DECEMBER 8, 2006
The only means of support About the Holiday Fund
SUPPORT NETWORK CARRIES ON LONELY
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,
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 snbw.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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
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
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-
www.fpcmv.org 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
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
www.spirituality.com 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. www.psh.org
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
Los Altos Union he doesn’t want any part of it. himself to death. Next thing I
MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTRAL Presbyterian Church Even here, however, he’s had to know a garbage truck will show
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 858 University Avenue 650.948-4361
deal with a few “crazies” camp- up and take everything I own.”
Saturday Services, Worship 11:00 am WWW.UNIONPC.ORG
ing near his home over the It was just last month that Nel-
Turn East on University
Sabbath School, 10 am off El Monte Ave. years. One pulled a knife on him son was given a four-day-notice
Wednesday Study Groups, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm between I-280 and Foothill Expwy because he wanted some of the to clear out. “They could do it
1425 Springer Rd., Mtn. View Office Hours 9-1, M-Fri Sunday Schedule: 3 Worship Times! bicycle parts Nelson was collect- anytime they want,” he said. “A
8:00 am Breakfast@Union #1 Worship
650-967-2189 9:30am Breakfast@Union #2 Worship
ing. Nelson told him to just take Bobcat scoops everything up and
9:45 am Church School Nursery the parts. dumps it into a garbage truck.”
11:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary, His friend Matteo was visiting “What part of ‘give me a break’
Club Sunday for Children, Nursery when the Voice first found the don’t they understand,” Matteo
site. Matteo has found housing said.
in San Jose, but keeps in contact
Find Your Spiritual Home with many of the homeless in See NELSON, next page
from $100 to $700 a month.
- Realize the abundant potential of your life.
- Recognize the divinity in yourself and others.
HOMELESS Some homeless people — such
- Welcome to Life, Love and God. Welcome to Unity. Continued from page 1 as Vaun Nelson, profiled in this
issue — say they’re so set in their
Services Sunday at 8:45 and 11 a.m. church every month. ways that they don’t even want
Childcare and youth programs available. “It gave our people a much shelter.
3391 Middleﬁeld Rd., Palo Alto; 650-494-7222 greater appreciation for what “You’ll find that’s going to
homelessness is like,” said Jim happen a lot,” Chua said. “Those
www.UnityPaloAlto.org. Gaderlund, pastor at Foothill who are homeless for a number
Covenant Church near Moun- of years tend to be content with
tain View High School. “They their situation.”
are people you can care about.” Large portions of the home-
The new program provides the less population are the newly
To include homeless with greater assistance homeless, living in their cars or
your Church in in finding a home, negotiating on people’s couches, Wadiak
a lease and acquiring the skills said. According to the National
Inspirations needed to stay housed. Alliance to End Homelessness,
Please call Blanca Yoc at Just as they did with the old the fastest growing homeless
650-326-8210 ext. 221 program, the homeless must go population is families with
through an interview process to children, partly because of the
or e-mail receive help. There are waiting lists decreased buying power of low-
email@example.com for much of the housing, which wage jobs and the lack of
is in affordable housing develop- affordable housing. V
ments such as San Antonio Place
in Mountain View or in surround- E-mail Daniel DeBolt at
ing cities. Chua said rents range firstname.lastname@example.org
12 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ DECEMBER 8, 2006
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Nelson has been homeless in Mountain View for 12 years.
Vaun Nelson stands alongside Stevens Creek near his camp site. we’re good for it.
used to try and get out everyday
NELSON to go canning, but now he finds
Continued from previous page himself at home more often lis-
tening to his Walkman radio.
Before Nelson got Social Secu- Even though the weather’s Meet us at our newest location on December 15,
rity, he used to “can” for money, turned cold, Nelson is still wear-
meaning collect cans for recy- ing his open-toed sandals. After 2006 between 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and you could
cling. 12 years he’s learned to adjust to
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much does it cost to fill your gas “I’ll just put on a couple more
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But the thought of housing 2510 W. El Camino Real, Suite 1
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trailer he uses for carrying is still “dangling” in his head.
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But ever since Nelson started
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Left: Nuns and
monks at the Dolma
Ling nunnery debate
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)
under a magnificent wall paint-
ing of the Green Tara, the female
out. (More about the Tibetan
Nuns Project, a nonprofit that is
helping to support and educate
Makes A Difference His yellow and red monastery, emanation of the Buddha of Buddhist nuns in exile, can be
Namgyal, sits atop a hill here, sur- compassion. found at www.tnp.org.)
Dr. Maryam Hashemi with 17 years rounded by colorful prayer flags. Today they are preparing for If I go through a gate at the
of experience Provides cosmetic and
family dentistry with highest Stan- Beneath the monastery, the exams — but that doesn’t mean back of the nunnery, I can walk
dard of quality, comfort, and care to up the hill and see the locals
her patients. — members of the indigenous
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Continued from page 5
at Stanford puts her in a bet-
ter position to understand the
nature of a virus than many oth-
ers — and has led her to believe
that the chance of an outbreak is
In an interview with the Voice,
Ferea said it’s in a virus’s basic
nature to evolve and spread.
Right now, she said, the H5N1
flu strain in birds could mix with
a flu strain carried by a human
host, creating a virus as easily
transmittable among humans as NORBERT VON DER GROEBEN
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something will occur, and right will help protect a family for two to 600,000 people in the county
now we are throwing the dice in weeks. Bird Flu Smart offers such — will become ill.
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nearly inevitable, Ferea wants to virus. The kit includes 20 masks, non-perishable foods to last two
help arm the local community 100 quality latex or nitrile gloves, weeks, as well as extra quantities
with the necessary tools to stay eye goggles, and 21 hospital- of prescription drugs if needed.
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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 www.ci.
be implemented, with the city over one weekend or spread out mtnview.ca.us. 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
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DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ 17
MV: Waiting List Open
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Dear Santa ...
LETTERS TO JOLLY OLD ELF SWAMP
2005 San Ramon Ave., Mtn. View
(650) 966-1060 ALASKAN TOWN’S POST OFFICE
Every Tues. 9am-12pm Only Bay City News inside another envelope to: North
Every Thurs. 1-4pm Only Pole Christmas Cancellation Post-
To Open Permanently
*Income limits and monthly
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median income of
Santa Clara Co. Section 8
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
BOOKS AND MEDIA
ding each year, postmarking and
moving letters the white-haired
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
www.amazon.com/shops/mvpl-friends 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
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Continued from page 5 year, and Susan Davis said “We
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Continued from page 5 Continued from page 5 the initial impetus for the redis-
tricting movement, which was
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
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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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Viewpoint ■ EDITORIAL
■ YOUR LETTERS
■ GUEST OPINIONS
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
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-
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-
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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) 326-8216 At one point earlier this year, council member Greg Perry
fax (650) 326-0155
made an attempt to repeal the BMR regulation. That attempt
editor@MV-VOICE.com failed, but if the BMR fund is allowed to grow on and on —
ads@MV-VOICE.com 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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2 years, are welcome from residents of Mountain
View. Subscription rate for businesses and Martello told the Voice this week that a simple city council
for residents of other communities is
$50 per year, $80 per 2 years. resolution could start the process.
20 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ DECEMBER 8, 2006
Los Altos Hills secession PER F O R MA N C E
movement is a bad idea Bring in this ad for
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
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
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
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
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.
LETTERS voted to change the general with the closure of Oasis Mobile Bring this ad for special 20% discount.
plan and zoning district from Home Park and violated again
Continued from previous page “mobile home” to R2 or R3 to with the recent announcement
permit the closing of mobile of the closure of Flick’s mobile Fine European Oil Paintings
SUNNYVALE ACTING home parks and loss of badly park. This is an almost unbe-
needed affordable housing. This lievable display of arrogance Furnishings Fine Jewelry
SHAMEFULLY TOWARD is a sad display of favoritism by the city council and Mayor
MOBILE HOME PARKS toward park owners. Swegles. Chandeliers Bronzes
Editor: It should be noted that as vice The amount of park closures
The closing of Oasis Mobile mayor and now as mayor, Mr. in Sunnyvale during the past 11 Faberge Crystals
Home Park in Sunnyvale ear- Swegles is employed as manager years exceeds any city of compa-
lier this year, and the recent of one of Sunnyvale’s larger parks. rable size in California. Home Accessories Carpets
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
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DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ 21
MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ RESTAURANT REVIEW
■ MOVIE TIMES
■ BEST BETS FOR ENTERTAINMENT
■ R E S TA U R A N T R E V I E W
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.
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
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Limit one coupon per customer. Expires 12/28/06. No Internet Coupons Mountain View. (650) 961-6666 —Ralph Barbieri KNBR 680
BAR & STEAKHOUSE
Open for lunch at 11:30 till 3pm. Dinner at 4pm till 10pm
• USDA CHOICE MIDWESTERN BEEF •
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!
LAVISH LUNCH BUFFET & MENU
THREE COURSE MEAL COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE,
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
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
www.CaliforniaRoadhouse.com $2.00 Off Weekend Lunch Buffet
22 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ DECEMBER 8, 2006
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
(650) 559-0300 Now Online Order Available 650/967-3525
www.wholefoodsmarket. Parking street level, and www.goldenwokusa.com 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
DECEMBER 8, 2006 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ 23
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
($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
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
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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
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
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
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
Happy Hour: Daily
Fresh Beer To Go Lunch
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 @
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
24 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ DECEMBER 8, 2006
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 • zuccaristorante.com
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
THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE (G) (NOT
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
STRANGER THAN FICTION (PG-13) ✭✭
Century 16: 4:05 & 6:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m.; 2:25, 5, 7:30 & 10 p.m.
TENACIOUS D: THE PICK OF DESTINY (R) (NOT REVIEWED)
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
UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (PG) (NOT REVIEWED)
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
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 www.LandmarkTheatres.com 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 www.mv-voice.com
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C ASE STUDY OF THE WEEK
themes and visual look. Hugh Jackman
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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
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ROBERT L. CULVER D.C., D.A.C.N.B.
and in so much pain Spanish conquistador searching for the
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Aronofsky may have tried to construct
healing processes but a few minutes. I’m only the cinematic equivalent of meditation,
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
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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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
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
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
28 ■ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ DECEMBER 8, 2006
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. www.pytnet.org
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. www.churchoftheepiphany.org
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. www.pigwingsandpromises.com/ 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, www.sfconcertchorale.org
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. www.harpeggio.com
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. www.mvcpa.com favorites. Dec. 9, 8-10 p.m. $12 advance/$18 at the
Call 326-2025. www.peninsulavolunteers.org door. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Moun-
“MERRY ART AT MAIN” Holiday show fea- tain View. Call 988-9800. www.eastwest.com
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. www.themaingallery.org 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. www.r-house.org and Renaissance music, contemporary classics Road, Palo Alto. www.windband.org/foothill
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
www.1870artcenter.org GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER Sponsored by Dec. 4-8. Donations of coats are needed. 2787. livelyarts.stanford.edu
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. www.gallery9losaltos.com 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 email@example.com
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. www.art21.us 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
www.art21.us/539_Alma/curry_panel.htm 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. www.oaxacanfoods.com serpentine belt is that it is simpler and generally easier to vehicle’s belt(s) inspected to prevent complete belt fail-
Los Altos. www.viewpointsgallery.com 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. www.arts4all.org 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-
PENINSULA POPS ORCHESTRA OPEN-
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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. www.mvcpa.com
Alto. Call 269-4194. www.gunn.pausd.org 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. www.quadre.org 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. www.PaulPriceOrchestra.com
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. www.openspace.org
Alto. Call 856-8432. www.peninsulapops.org
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. www.paacf.org
“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. www.moah.org
“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. www.moah.org
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
www.windband.org/woodside/ 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. art.stanford.edu
“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. www.peninsulavolunteers.org 438-2752. www.amgallery.net
“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
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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
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PACT SCHOOL COFFEE NIGHT Accepting
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Starbucks, 750 Castro St., Mountain View.
THE SIPPY CUPS LIVE IN “ELECTRIC
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.
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onsite registration. Google Inc., 900 Alta Ave.,
Mountain View. http://www.webguild.org
LIVE MUSIC RAPID PAIN ELIMINATION: HEALING
CHRONIC PAIN AND FIBROMYALGIA Elijah
BROCELIANDE HOLIDAY CONCERT Christ- will demonstrate “Freeing,” a structural body-
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East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain
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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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