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Commission                               Find us online at www.almadentimes.com                                                                                       Jan. 18 – Jan. 24, 2008     Volume 22, Number 4
     By Lorraine Gabbert
          Staff Writer
                                                                 Almaden Valley's Weekly Community Newspaper - Since 1986
T
      he success of the Strong
      Neighborhoods Initia-
      tive has led to the idea
of forming a District 10 Neigh-
borhood Commission; its ad-
visory forum to the San Jose
City Council was the focus of
Monday night’s Almaden
Valley Community Associa-
tion meeting held at the
Almaden Community Center.
   The Neighborhood Com-
mission’s vision is to empow-




“The City Council has stated their
intent to assure that the views of all




                                                                      San Jose’s future is bright
neighborhoods are considered on
issues related to community quality
of life,” said Work Plans Committee
Chair and Naglee Park Campus
Community Association President
Beth Shafran-Mukai.
                                         Mayor Chuck Reed receives a standing ovation from city council members after his introduction by San Jose State University President Don Kassing and before his State of the City
er neighborhoods by provid-              speech. Reed spoke to about 1,400 people at the San Jose Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16 about 2007 and the city's strengths and weaknesses. Photos by Carol Rosen
ing them with a say in the
city’s decision-making pro-                                                                                                                                         of Supervisors as an example, Reed compli-
cess and a formal voice at City
Hall on issues ranging from
                                         Mayor offers good                                                                                                          mented a “renewed spirit of collaboration
                                                                                                                                                                    between the city and the county; we’re working
spending to infrastructure.
The hope is that the commis-             and bad news in State                                                                                                      together on a long list of issues. Among those
                                                                                                                                                                    attending were County Supervisors Liz Kniss,

                                         of the City address
sion will enhance communi-                                                                                                                                          Pete McHugh and Ken Yeager.
cation and the resolution of                                                                                                                                           Others receiving thanks for their help with
issues between neighbor-                                                                                                                                            city business were Assemblyman Jim Beall, City
hoods and the city.                                       By Carol Rosen
                                                                                                                                                                    Manager Debra Figoone, Redevelopment
   “The City Council has stat-                                 Editor
                                                                                                                                                                    Director Harry Mavrogenes, council appointees,


                                         M
ed its intent to assure that the                  ayor Chuck Reed pronounced the
                                                                                                                                                                    all 10 city council members and city employees.
views of all neighborhoods                        future of San Jose as bright and said
                                                                                                                                                                    Others attending included a number of business
are considered on issues relat-                   he’s looking forward to more success
                                                                                                                                                                    leaders such as Chamber of Commerce
ed to community quality of               and turning around the financial problems that
                                                                                                                                                                    President and CEO Pat Dando and former may-
life,” said Work Plans Com-              have plagued the city in recent years during his
                                                                                                                                                                    ors Susan Hammer and Tom McEnery.
mittee Chair and Naglee Park             State of the City address presented on
                                                                                                                                                                       Changes
            See AVCA, page 13            Wednesday at the Convention Center.
                                                                                                                                                                       Reviewing 2007, Reed commented on the
                                           He led off the speech telling the audience that
                                                                                                                                                                    city’s ethics changes, budgeting reforms and

 THIS WEEK:                              he has the “best job in the world,” and joked that
                                         despite news reports to the contrary “there is no
                                         truth to the rumor that I have asked Body
                                                                                                                                                                    land use… as well as launching a major update
                                                                                                                                                                    of the General Plan with a community wide task
                                                                                                                                                                    force.
  Almaden Meetings               27                                                                  Council member Pierluigi Oliverio compliments Mayor
                                         Worlds to find me a double to sit through our
                                                                                                     Chuck Reed on his State of the City speech. Reed spoke            He also commented on the successes over the
  Ask the Lawyer                 19      long council meetings.”
                                                                                                     about the changes in 2007 and the most difficult problem       past year including the city’s economic develop-
                                           The year 2007 was full of cooperation and col-
  Borowitz Report                24                                                                  facing the city-the structural budget deficit. San Jose res-   ment, $5 billion worth of new projects in down-
                                         laboration, he told the audience of more than
                                                                                                     idents and their government officials need to learn to live    town, North San Jose and Edenvale, six million
  Chamber Connection             18      1,400 people. Using Santa Clara County’s Board
                                                                                                     within our means, the mayor told the attendants.                                See STATE OF THE CITY, page 4
  Community Calendar             22
  Places of Worship
  Shana Moore Column
                                 18
                                 15
                                                                       Governor seeks                                                Councilmember                                              Simonds 5th
  Sports Report                  20                                    budget reform,                                                Nancy Pyle                                                 grader Bethany
  Street Talk                    24                                    asks for help                                                 rewards District                                           Valderrama wins
  Times Classifieds
  Weather Report
                                 28
                                 26
                                                                       from citizens                                                 10 volunteers                                              logo contest
                                                                       See page 10                                                   See page 6                                                 See page 11
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         I
            n 2007, according to                           Margaret represented the buyer and/or
            Multiple Listing                                seller in the following sales in 2007:
            Statistics, Margaret                        19964 Douglass Ln
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                                                                                    $4,725,000
                                                                                    $2,700,000
                                                                                                 buyer
                                                                                                 buyer
         Yost sold many more                            1089 Queensbridge Ct        $1,350,000   seller
                                                        1089 Queensbridge Ct        $1,350,000   buyer
         Almaden homes than                             6992 Burnside Dr            $1,325,000   seller
                                                        6516 Camelia Dr             $1,280,000   seller
         any other agent! Call                          7171 Stoesser Ct            $1,275,000   seller

         Margaret to find out                           1219 Valley Quail Circle
                                                        1123 Valley Quail Circle
                                                                                    $1,260,000
                                                                                    $1,220,000
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                                                                                                 seller

         how she can help you.                          6956 Burnside Dr
                                                        6841 Tunbridge Way
                                                                                    $1,196,000
                                                                                    $1,155,000
                                                                                                 seller
                                                                                                 buyer
                                                        6731 Worthing Ct            $1,120,000   seller
                                                        7132 Anjou Creek Circle     $1,108,000   seller
                                                        7071 Martwood Way           $1,053,000   seller
                                                        7071 Martwood Way           $1,053,000   buyer
                                                        1060 Via Valiente           $1,049,000   seller
                                                        1060 Via Valiente           $1,049,000   buyer
                                                        1385 Redmond Av               $995,000   seller
                                                        6536 Jeremie Dr               $991,000   seller
                                                        1279 Poker Flat Pl            $949,000   seller
                                                        9034 Village View Dr          $945,000   buyer
                                                        6487 Trinidad Dr              $925,000   seller
                                                        7010 Silver Star Ct           $729,000   seller
           Thank you Almaden                            7010 Silver Star Ct           $729,000   buyer
                                                        7248 Sleepy Creek Dr          $660,000   seller
          friends and neighbors.                        5945 Cahalan Av               $645,000   seller
                                                        26 Pond Ct                    $510,000   seller
         Your referrals make such                       806 Owens Lake Dr             $455,000   seller

               a difference.                            4661 Albany Circle #00103     $310,000   seller
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                                                                                          Times Local News




                                                        Cole Bayer, 11, a sixth grader at Union Middle School discusses the city's Green Vision with Mayor
                                                        Chuck Reed. Bayer was one of 10 students that won a contest turning the city's Green Vision goals
                                                        into artwork. His win netted Bayer tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Rosicrucian Egyptian
                                                        Museum as well as the honor of leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

                                                                                                           ommend that we ‘grow the department’
                                                        State of the City                                  when we take up the budget in March.”
                                                                                                              He suggested that adding police officers
                                                        Continued from page 1                              isn’t enough to eliminate the problem of
                                                        square feet of new office space and nearly         too few officers as service calls grow. He
                                                        9,000 units of housing in North San Jose as        suggested the city increase its recruiting
                                                        well as new high-rise housing and office           efforts, hire additional civilian staff to help
                                                        developments downtown.                             beat officers and to make better use of
                                                           In addition, Reed mentioned that trans-         those officers we have. “Our new substa-
                                                        portation plans are advancing with the             tion will help by putting officers closer to
                                                        assurance that the California high speed           the neighborhoods and making the depart-
                                                        rail goes from San Jose to Los Angeles and         ment more efficient, but more remains to
                                                        bringing BART to San Jose as well as addi-         be done.”
                                                        tional state funding for major freeway                Pluses
                                                        improvements.                                         Reed cited recent public demonstrations
                                                           Reed also noted a shorter permitting            as proof the democracy is alive and well in
                                                        process including the promise he made to           San Jose. “Public demonstrations are visi-
                                                        strongly improve the city’s permitting             ble proof of difference between life in San
                                                        process and seeing early “encouraging              Jose and life in Vietnam. Here people are
                                                        results. If you want a permit to open a            free to speak their minds, in Vietnam they
                                                        restaurant it only takes 14 days. If you           are persecuted for speaking up.”
                                                        want a permit to install equipment in your            At the same time, he said the city must
                                                        factory, it only takes four days. If you want      encourage and facilitate private sector
                                                        a permit for new tenant improvements in            investment. One method is through green
                                                        your office building it only takes one day.        technologies with 25,000 clean tech jobs.
                                                        And, more than 75 percent of our building          To ensure the investment continues and
                                                        inspections were completed within 24               strengthens, Reed plans to recommend the
                                                        hours. “                                           Redevelopment Board create a Clean Tech
                                                           He thanked the Planning, Building and           jobs investment fund to carry on building
                                                        Code Enforcement Department, the                   the new industry here. That already has
                                                        Chamber, the Home Builders Association,            started with NanoSolar, SunPower and
                                                        NAIOP, the Downtown Association and                SoloPower creating a number of new jobs
                                                        the AIA for contributing their help in driv-       in San Jose.
                                                        ing down permitting times.                            But he hopes to continue to encourage
                                                           Problems                                        other green projects. “Our goal is to build
                                                           However, the city still has problems,           or retrofit 50 million square feet of green
                                                        Reed said. He is troubled by the increase in       buildings,” he said, citing Legacy’s River
                                                        gang violence and homicides. “That’s why           Park Towers II, which is a LEED-certified
                                                        I recommended and the council approved             gold standard green building.
                                                        an additional $1 million for the work of the          The budget
                                                        Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.                   Noting the city is the 10th largest and
                                                           “Keeping our city safe is a challenge that      one of the safest, in the United States, he
                                                        all big cities are facing. There is no simple      also listed a number of facts; “San Jose has
                                                        solution to crime and violence, but don’t          the highest median household income of
                                                        be mistaken, as our city grows so must our         all big cities in the country; the city is the
                                                        police department. Depending on our                first in the nation for nanotechnology R&D,
                                                        budget constraints, I hope to be able to rec-                   See STATE OF THE CITY, page 6
Almaden Times Weekly   Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008   Page 5
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                                                                                     Times Local News

                                                                                                                                                             The winners and their goals are:

Green visioners                                                                                                                                              * Jennifer Huang, age 13, Moreland
                                                                                                                                                           Middle School, Goal #1, “Going Green”
                                                                                                                                                             * Hannah Conradt, age 9, Almaden


take part in
                                                                                                                                                           Country School, Goal #2, “A New Kind of
                                                                                                                                                           Light”
                                                                                                                                                             * Maren Stubenvoll, age 10, Almaden
                                                                                                                                                           Country School, Goal #3, “Natural


State of the City                                                                                                                                          Powers”
                                                                                                                                                             * Cole Bayer, age, 11, Union Middle
                                                                                                                                                           School, Goal #4, “Energy-Efficient”
                                                                                                                                                             * Hyeongshin Jou, age 8, Parkview
              By Carol Rosen                                                                                                                               Elementary School, Goal #5, “Which
                    Editor                                                                                                                                 World Do You Want?”


I
   t was a bit early in the morning, but 10                                                                                                                    * Ashley Brown, age 9, Almaden
   children from the San Jose area gath-                                                                                                                   Country School, Goal #6, “Recycle Water”
   ered at the Convention Center to meet                                                                                                                       * Nicholas Pombo, age 9, Almaden
the press and receive congratulations for                                                                                                                  Country School, Goal #7, “Me and My
their winning artwork from Mayor Chuck                                                                                                                     Family”
Reed.                                                                                                                                                          * Abigail Usita, age 11, Evergreen
  Last fall, the mayor asked children 13                                                                                                                   Elementary School, Goal #8, “Talking
and younger to submit their artwork inter-                                                                                                                 Cars?!?”
pretations of the city’s Green Vision            Almaden Country School student winners of the city’s Green Vision contest gather with Mayor Chuck
                                                                                                                                                               * Kelsey Morris, age 9, Almaden
Goals, and about 135 of them complied,           Reed at a meet and greet with the press before the State of the City program on Wednesday. Pictured
                                                                                                                                                           Country School, Goal #8, “Plant 100,000
including 35 from Almaden Country                with the mayor are, from the left, Maren Stubenvoll, Hannah Conradt, Markus Rocca, Kelsey Morris,
                                                                                                                                                           New Trees!”
School, which boasted six winners (see           Nick Pombo, and Ashley Brown. Below: The 10 winners of the city’s Green Vision contest stand at atten-
                                                                                                                                                               * Markus Rocca, age 10, Almaden
Almaden Times, Jan. 11-17).                      tion on the stage reciting the pledge of allegiance as part of their prize for winning the art contest.
                                                                                                                                                           Country School, Goal #10, “Welcome to
  Almaden Country School art teacher                                                                                                                       the 100 Mile City”
Sharon Wilkus made the contest a fourth                                                                                                                      Besides recognition at the State of the
grade project. “It gave them an opportuni-                                                                                                                 City, the winners each received four tick-
ty to think about the subject. They made                                                                                                                   ets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the
their choices from the 10 Green Vision                                                                                                                     Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, donated
goals and moved forward,” she told the                                                                                                                     by both organizations.
Times.                                                                                                                                                       The 10 winning entries can be viewed at:
  Entries came into the mayor’s office,                                                                                                                    http://www.sanjoseca.gov/mayor/gvac.asp.
which narrowed the selections down to
three for each goal. City staff and council
members and their staffs voted on the              Besides have a special time to meet and
finalists said Michelle McGurk, the              talk with the mayor as well as say the
mayor’s public information officer.              pledge of allegiance on stage, the students
  “Part of the goal was to inspire kids          had breakfast at the event. “Having the
about the environment. We had hoped              students here made the day even more
teachers would take it on as a class proj-       special for the kids and for the mayor,
ect,” she added.                                 McGurk said.



                                                 Mayor Reed asked residents
State of the City                                “to accept fiscal reality while
Continued from page 4                            we work together on our budget
it leads the nation in patents, it’s one of      problems. We all have to work
America’s most playful cities, best fitness
walking cities and the best place in the         together. When we do, we will
country for women to meet men.”                  eliminate our structural budget
   However, the structural budget deficit        deficit. We can do it. We should
will hold back the city from reaching great-
ness, he said. “Next year will be the eighth     do it. We will do it.”
year in a row of budget shortfalls…We are
                                                 employees 6 percent raises, he said.
facing future operating budget shortfalls of
                                                    He asked council members and San Jose
over $137 million…plus a General Fund
                                                 residents “to accept fiscal reality while we
backlog of over $500 million for repairs and
                                                 work together on our budget problems. We
other work to fill potholes and get our
                                                 all have to work together. When we do, we
buildings, parks, pools and streets back
                                                 will eliminate our structural budget deficit.
into good condition.”
   Spending more than the city takes in will
                                                 We can do it. We should do it. We will do
                                                 it.”
                                                                                                        Pyle rewards District 10 volunteers
                                                                                                        T
not relieve these problems, he said. But                                                                       he Good Neighbor Awards are typically part of the State of the City program
                                                    Ending on a high note, the mayor
“the good news is we have the ability to                                                                       and 2008 was no different. The awards go to those within each council dis-
                                                 announced a number of coming attractions
change our ways and we will.” The meth-                                                                        trict who have done an exceptional job making things better. Councilmember
                                                 to San Jose including the Tour of California
ods to do so already are in place, such as                                                              Nancy Pyle honored three community members and recognized the Kiwanis Club
                                                 with cyclists riding through San Jose
faster revenue growth through a vibrant                                                                 of Almaden and the Key Club at Leland High School for working to make their
                                                 streets; the Zero One festival combining art
economy and more jobs; the use of tech-                                                                 community better. Carla Lucarotti, center, is the Key Club advisor at Leland and
                                                 and technology; a clean, safe and friendly
nology to increase productivity and invest-                                                             she’s also the wife of Jim Lucarotti, right, a past president of the Kiwanis Club.
                                                 downtown; solar panels on The Tech
ing to save energy and reduce maintenance                                                               Carla has worked hard for the past 30 years as the club’s advisor and provided the
                                                 Museum; the city’s BioCenter doubling in
costs and by slowing increased expenses by                                                              impetus for Leland students to give back to the community through service work.
                                                 size; renovation of the historic Civic
sticking to spending only what the city has.                                                            The club donates toys to the Family Giving Tree every year, and some years has
                                                 Auditorium; scientists and engineers in
   Since Reed is against solving the budget                                                             managed to nearly match large corporate donations. Carla and Key Club President
                                                 school classrooms; and bringing back the
problems with layoffs and salary cuts, it                                                               Chris Verberg received the commendations for the Key Club. The Kiwanis club
                                                 Earthquakes.
makes sense for the city to live within its                                                             offers community service to various groups as well as providing annual scholar-
                                                    One of the most exciting things to hap-
means. For example, Reed asked the staff not                                                            ships for students that have managed to turn their lives around. Jim Lucarotti
                                                 pen here will be next summer when all the
to hand out raises that are larger than rev-                                                            received the Kiwanis Club commendation. Despite busy lives both Lucarottis take
                                                 U.S. Olympic athletes will be housed at
enue growth. If the city’s projected revenue                                                            time to help out the community in a variety of ways. –By Carol Rosen
                                                 San Jose State University to prepare them
growth is 3- to 4 percent annually, don’t give
                                                 for their trip to China’s summer Olympics.
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     (408) 494-7000 ex. 216
             Editor

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      Lorraine Gabbert
  lorraine@timesmediainc.com
     Joe Proudman
  Shana McLean Moore
          Staff Writers


       Donald DeVries
       Edward Koetitz
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                                        In a room at the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met with a crowd of business leaders, mainly the Chamber’s board of direc-
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                                     Governor seeks budget reform, asks for the people’s help
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                                     G
      (408) 494-7000 ex. 218                 ov. Arnold Schwarzenegger found his                          not a party servant, and to represent all the peo-                   the problem is excessive spending.
    linda@timesmediainc.com                  way to San Jose on Tuesday to talk with a                    ple.                                                                    Schwarzenegger’s polished presentation was
         Account Executive
                                             group of city leaders about the current                         In response to a question about term limits,                      complemented by a well-versed knowledge of
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                                     state deficit and the budget reforms necessary to                    he says he was for them when he first ran for                        issues during the question-and-answer session.
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    lisa@timesmediainc.com           preclude future financial problems.                                  office. He now favors a refinement of term lim-                      He responded to the need for preventive meas-
   Classified Account Manager           In a meeting room at the San Jose/Silicon                         its and supports Proposition 93.                                     ures in health reform and stability in children’s
         Candy Richter               Valley Chamber of Commerce, Schwarzenegger                              Current terms, he said, don’t allow legislators                   education, the state’s water supply and its infra-
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                                     the Chamber’s board of directors, local public                       the power has transferred to special interest                        behind in our infrastructure, a major problem
                                     officials and media. Pat Dando, Chamber presi-                       groups with undue influence over the process.                        for economic power. We have to build for the
          Sandy Bellou
         (408) 494-7100              dent and CEO, introduced Schwarzenegger by                              Schwarzenegger is firmly against raising                          future,” he said.
      Chief Financial Officer        expressing her confidence in his leadership to                       taxes. His math says that during his term, $34                          He emphasized that continued investment in
         Sonia Pineda                solve California’s issues. Mayor Chuck Reed                          million has been returned to the people from tax                     California was necessary and could be done
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                                     enues, showing spending outpacing income.
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                                                                                                Times School Scene

Pioneer students to                                                                                                                                                    The questions were tough and required a
                                                                                                                                                                       thorough knowledge of United States and
present ‘One Flew Over                                                                                                                                                 world geography.
the Cuckoo’s Nest’                                                                                                                                                        This year’s champion is eighth grader
                                                                                                                                                                       Matthew Foster with seventh grader,
   Pioneer High School’s drama department
                                                                                                                                                                       Tommy Baer, runner-up in a very close
will present the play “One Flew Over the
                                                                                                                                                                       championship round. The winning ques-
Cuckoo’s Nest” on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30
                                                                                                                                                                       tion was: “India borders two landlocked
p.m. at the school’s new Performance Arts
                                                                                                                                                                       countries to the north. Name one of them.”
Center at 1290 Blossom Hill Road.
                                                                                                                                                                       (The correct answers were: Nepal and
   The play’s three major roles feature
                                                                                                                                                                       Bhutan).
Thomas Bowring, who will play R.P.
                                                                                                                                                                          Foster moves on to the next round where
McMurphy (the role made famous by Jack
                                                                                                                                                                       he will take a written test to qualify for the
Nicholson; Chief Bromden will be portrayed
                                                                                                                                                                       State Bee in April, where he will be eligible
by Andrew Terkelsen; and Claire Hein will
                                                                                                                                                                       to move on to compete in the national
play Nurse Ratched. David Danning, Peter
                                                                                                                                                                       championship, win a college scholarship
Spoelstra, Kyle Plum, Jazzie Morris and
                                                                                                                                                                       and a trip in May to Washington, DC to com-
Britni Grellman will act the remaining
                                                                                                                                                                       pete.
leads.
   In fact the only adult involved with the
play is director and teacher Steve Dini.                                                                                                                               Edenvale Elementary
Students from the drama department are                                                                                                                                 celebrates Adopt-A-College
taking care of everything else from lights
and sound to scenery, props and all other                                                                                                                              Program anniversary
backstage activities.                                                                                                                                                    In the past 20 years, Adopt-A-College has
   “I toned down the language and softened                Logo contest winners for Simonds Elementary School’s                                                         awarded scholarships to former Edenvale
some of the themes,” said Dini, who added                 spring auction are pictured here. From the left are Roy Blume,                                               students who have graduated from high
that the play presents “tough subject mat-                Sanah Shah, Bethany Valderrama, Calvin Nguyen, Andrew                                                        school and want to go to college. To date, it
ter.” But I kept a lot of the original power of           Jiang and Janice Samuels, principal. At right: Bethany                                                       has awarded 428 scholarships totaling
the play without the profanity and other                  Valderrama’s winning artwork.                                                                                approximately $246,500.
things that are inappropriate for high                                                                                                                                   The largest event to raise money for col-
school.”                                                   Spring Auction theme, The Wild, Wild                   on sale now. To purchase tickets to the auc-         lege scholarships and to bring the commu-
   Auditions began in October, with practice               West. Fifth grader Bethany Valderrama won              tion, contact Janet LaValley (jemsmac@               nity together is the organization’s annual
starting toward the middle of the month.                   first place and a $25 Barnes and Noble gift            comcast.net).                                        pancake breakfast. As far as Adopt-a-
Forty students auditioned for the 18 roles,                card.                                                                                                       College program officials are aware,
and while the majority of play practice was                   Students receiving honorable mention for            Holy Spirit School                                   Edenvale is the only elementary school in
directly after school, since the winter break              their artwork included Sanah Shah, Roy                                                                      the United States that promises a scholar-
the students have been working after school                Blume, Calvin Nguyen, and Andrew Jiang.                participates in the                                  ship to students who graduate from our
and into the evenings.                                        Valderrama’s artwork will be displayed on           National Geographic Bee                              sixth grade, finish high school and go on to
   Tickets for the play are available at the               all auction marketing material, the bidders’                                                                college,.
                                                                                                                     For the 20th year, the National
Performing Arts Center and cost $10 for                    program and the auction promotion display                                                                     The 20th annual pancake breakfast is
                                                                                                                  Geographic Society is holding the National
adults and $5 for students and seniors over                board on school campus.                                                                                     Saturday, March 8 at Edenvale Elementary
                                                                                                                  Geographic Bee for students in the fourth
age 65. Seating is all general admission.                     The Simonds Music and Technology                                                                         School from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will be
                                                                                                                  through eighth grades. Holy Spirit School
                                                           Foundation will host its annual Spring                                                                      door prizes, raffles and entertainment, fea-
                                                                                                                  this year crowned a school champion for the
                                                           Auction on Saturday, March 8 at The ARC
Bethany Valderrama                                         in Willow Glen. Foundation volunteers are
                                                                                                                  annual bee from 10 contestants, who are              turing the Oak Grove High School Jazz
                                                                                                                  winners of the classroom competitions from           Band, Edenvale students and more.
wins contest at Simonds                                    collecting auction items now. To donate to
                                                                                                                  fifth through eighth grades.                           To make a donation to the program, mail
  Simonds    Music      and    Technology                  the Simonds Auction, contact Gina Tsouris                                                                   a check to Edenvale School at 285 Azucar
                                                                                                                     After the students battled it out over sev-
Foundation held a logo contest for students                (gina@tsouris.com). Tickets, $60 per per-                                                                   Ave., San Jose, CA 95111, or contact Tina
                                                                                                                  eral rounds of competition, just two
to create a logo supporting the annual                     son now or $75 per person after Feb. 15, are                                                                O'Hara at (408) 227-7060, x205.
                                                                                                                  remained to enter the championship round.




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                                                                                               Times Local News


Home sales drop will
linger, industry experts say
T
       he pace of home sales in                      cent and sales of condominiums
       California’s    new-home                      were down 70 percent.
       communities in November                          Compared with the same peri-
continued to be dramatically                         od last year, the median base
lower than it was a year ago,                        price of homes sold dropped by 7
according to the California                          percent.
Building Industry Association.                          Non-seasonally adjusted total
   The monthly CBIA/Hanley                           new-home sales were 10 percent
Wood       Market     Intelligence                   lower than levels seen in October,
(HWMI) New Home Sales and                            although it is not unusual for
Pricing Report showed that new                       November to show a slower pace
home sales in November were                          of sales activity than October.
nearly 55 percent below sales in                     Median base sales prices
November 2006, down from the                         statewide were 2 percent higher
46 percent year-over-year decline                    than in October, but the small
seen in October.                                     gain is largely due to the unit mix
   During November, 2,968 homes                      of homes sold and not an actual
and condominiums were sold in                        rise in pricing.
the subdivisions tracked by Costa                       Jonathan Dienhart, director of
Mesa-based HWMI, compared to                         Published Research for HWMI,          and inventories building, thanks         Robert Rivinius, CBIA’s presi-     cost housing markets.
6,536 in November 2006. Sales of                     said the housing market appears       in part to the ongoing problems in    dent and CEO, said the continued         About California Building
single-family homes dropped 52                       to have a tough road ahead.           the credit markets and poor con-      fall-off in new-home sales is hurt-   Industry Association
percent, while sales of town                            “The market has not reached a      sumer confidence, we are not          ing the state’s economy and poli-        The     California      Building
homes and “plexes” --duplexes,                       turning point,” Dienhart said.        likely to see signs of recovery any   cymakers need to take quick           Industry Association is a
triplexes, etc. were down 39 per-                    “With sales declines continuing       time soon.”                           action to help the industry recov-    statewide trade association repre-
                                                                                                                                 er quickly.                           senting more than 7,000 busi-
                                                                                                                                    “In 2005 the homebuilding          nesses--homebuilders, remodel-
                                                                                                                                 industry produced about 209,000       ers, subcontractors, architects,
                                                                                                                                 housing units, generated nearly       engineers, designers and other
                                                                                                                                 $68 billion to the state’s economy    industry professionals. A recent
                                                                                                                                 and employed nearly 500,000           study determined that home-
                                                                                                                                 California workers,” Rivinius         building generates approximately
                                                                                                                                 said. “But in 2007 only 112,000       $68 billion a year to the California
                                                                                                                                 new homes were constructed and        economy and creates an estimat-

                                                                                    $100 DEPOSIT                                 the economic activity has
                                                                                                                                 decreased commensurately.
                                                                                                                                                                       ed 487,000 jobs statewide. More
                                                                                                                                                                       information is available at


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                                                                                                                                 tax revenues that will help           leading provider of rich data and
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                                                                                                                                                                       real estate development and new-
                                                                                                                                 industry recover quickly, expand      home construction and is a divi-
                                                                                                                                 the tax base and drive revenue to     sion of Hanley Wood, LLC, the
                                                                                                                                 bridge the state’s projected $14      premier media company serving
                                                                                                                                 billion deficit.”                     housing and construction. More
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                                                                                                                                       Make housing a priority and     ligence (HWMI) collects data
                                                                                                                                 emphasize the importance of           from new for-sale production sub-
                                                                                                                                 homeownership to the state.           divisions of 10 units or more on a
                                                                                                                                      Enact policy reforms that will   monthly basis. HWMI Net Sales
                                                                                                                                 make homes more affordable,           represent sales contracts signed
                                                                                                                                 such as making more land avail-       during the period indicated
                                                                                                                                 able, streamlining environmental      minus any reported cancellations.
                                                                                                                                 regulations and controlling outra-    Median and average prices are
                                                                                                                                 geous fees that can reach well        based upon the minimum asking
                                                                                                                                 over $100,000 per home or condo.      price of the plans sold during the
                                                                                                                                      Take immediate steps to help     period and do not include the
                                                                                                                                 the industry begin to climb out of    cost of any lot/view premiums or
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                                     Times Local News




Members of local neighborhood groups joined with the AVCA to learn about the newly formed Neighborhoods
Commission. Photo by Lorraine Gabbert

                                                     bers will serve on the commission. Two
AVCA                                                 alternates will also be selected. All members
                                                     must reside within San Jose.
Continued from page 1                                   The commission appointments will be on
Campus Community Association President               a two- and three-year term basis, with a max-
Beth Shafran-Mukai. The Neighborhood                 imum of four two-year terms served. All
Commission would make recommendations                groups or individuals interested in being
to the city council and Redevelopment                considered for a seat are required to com-
Agency regarding issues impacting neigh-             plete an application form available from the
borhoods. For instance, more neighbors               city clerk. Every city-recognized neighbor-
would be alerted to development in their             hood group will receive one vote at the cau-
neighborhood in time for participation in the        cus.
planning process.

                                                                                                          Explore the questions of life
                                                        The Almaden Valley Community Asso-
   “This is a work in progress,” said Shafran-       ciation invited representatives of local
Mukai. “We are doing something new that              neighborhood organizations to the meeting
has never been done before.”

                                                                                                             at our Alpha course...
                                                     and held an impromptu caucus following it.
   As defined in the city’s Planning Outreach        The question remains as to whether the
Policy, a “Neighborhood Group” is a group or         association, alone or grouped with other
organization that represents its specific            neighborhood groups, could be considered a
neighborhood and whose primary purpose is            neighborhood group itself.
improving that neighborhood. Given that
more than a dozen neighborhood associa-
                                                        The goal of the Neighborhood Commis-
                                                     sion is to make San Jose a better city, revital-
                                                                                                          With 10 thought-provoking weekly sessions, Alpha
tions currently exist within District 10,
neighborhood caucuses and an election
                                                     ize neighborhoods and create an effective
                                                     working relationship with the city. “When
                                                                                                          guests share meals, listen to a series of video pre-
would take place to select district represen-
tatives. The process is expected to be final-
                                                     you work together you are more productive,”
                                                     says Shafran-Mukai. “When you see all of
                                                                                                          sentations and then have small group discussions.
ized by the end of April.                            these people and neighborhoods working
   With three representatives from each of

                                                                                                                     And it’s all Free!
                                                     together in the larger community, it’s a beau-
the 10 council districts, a total of 30 mem-         tiful thing.”




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                                                                                                     Times County News

                                                                                                                   by federal and state government to be self
                                                                   County postpones                                sufficient in disasters and be prepared for
                                                                                                                   disasters. There is a limit to the services we
                                                                   emergency                                       can provide without additional funds.”
                                                                                                                      The proposed fee would be applied to an

                                                                   response, disaster                              estimated 2.3 million telephone lines in
                                                                                                                   Santa Clara County, including land lines,
                                                                                                                   wireless numbers, trunk lines and voice
                                                                   preparedness fee                                over internet protocol (VOIP) access.
                                                                                                                   Approximately 250,000 lines would be
                                                                   Elects Pete McHugh as chair exempt, includingcustomers; pay“Lifeline”
                                                                                                                   telephone service
                                                                                                                                         low-income
                                                                                                                                                          phones;
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                                                                          he Santa Clara County Board of nonprofit, tax-exempt hospitals; nonprofit,
                                                                          Supervisors voted Tuesday to post- tax-exempt schools; government agencies;




              15% Off
                                                                          pone its decision on establishing an and service suppliers.
                                                                   Emergency Response and                                           Added revenues
                                                                   Disaster Preparedness Fee to                                     The ordinance will add
                                                                   allow for additional public                                   approximately $3.1 million for
                                                                   comment on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.                                  fiscal year 08 (March-June
          Mondays Only Special                                        It also selected Supervisor
                                                                   Pete McHugh as chair of the
                                                                                                                                 2008) and $9.3 million in rev-
                                                                                                                                 enue annually, approximately
                           with this ad                            Board of Supervisors for 2008.
                                                                   McHugh will complete his
                                                                                                                                 25 percent of the county’s
                                                                                                                                 anticipated expenditures to
     Excludes alcohol. Not valid with other offers. Exp. 1/31/08   third and final term as a coun-                               provide emergency communi-
                                                                   ty supervisor this year. He has                               cations and disaster prepared-
                                                                   already served as board chair                                 ness services.



              10% Off
                                                                   twice.                                                           While the disaster prepared-
                                                                      Recover some costs                                         ness cost component of the fee
                                                                      The proposed 20-cents -               Pete HcHugh
                                                                                                                                 would be a flat fee to recover
                                                                   $1.01 fee for residential users, $1.50-7.58 the annual costs for disaster planning and
                           with this ad                            per month for trunk line users, and $4.80- preparation, the emergency communica-
                                                                   24.24 for high-capacity trunk line users, tions fee component would vary by city
     Excludes alcohol. Not valid with other offers. Exp. 1/31/08   would recover a portion of costs for provid- based on the level of emergency communi-
                                                                   ing 911 emergency communications and cations services received by the community.

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                    (408) 997-7727                                 disaster preparedness services for residents The 15 cities and unincorporated areas of
                                                                   in the 15 cities and unincorporated areas Santa Clara County receive varying levels of
                                                                   within the county.
                   www.amatopizzeria.com                                                                           service that may include: 911 call answer-
                                                                      “The Emergency Response and Disaster ing, law enforcement dispatching, fire dis-
                    6081 Meridian Avenue                           Preparedness Fee is designed to recover patching, ambulance dispatching, pre-
                     Corner of Meridian and Redmond                costs for services used by residents in Santa arrival medical instruction, disaster pre-
                                                                   Clara County. This is not a tax. It is a fee paredness and backup 911 call answering.
                                                                   determined by careful analysis of services,”       Revenues from the Emergency Response
                                                                   said County Executive Pete Kutras. “More                             See COUNTY, next page
                                                                   and more, local counties are being called on
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                                     Times Local News

                                               must be prefaced with a few disclaimers:

Vine-ripened                                      #1 My hair was in full highlight mode,
                                               meaning that the aluminum sheets separat-
                                               ing the strands gave me a foil mane that


realities
                                               made me look like the love child of the
                                               Wizard of Oz’s Cowardly Lion and Tin Man.
                                                  #2 I was down to the last few drops of
                                               foundation in my make-up drawer. I
          By Shana McLean Moore                stretched it that morning by adding a few
             Special to the Times              drops of water, hoping that thin coverage


I
    am constantly perplexed by how the was better than none at all. This was appar-
    inner me can feel like a plump, delicious ently as effective as adding water to your
    Napa grape still flourishing on the vine gas tank to tide you over until your next fill-
while the outer me looks not only post-har- up.
vest, but ready to be cast past the               #3 The salon lighting is as harsh and
Chardonnay barrel and straight into the unforgiving as that of an operating room. I
raisin bucket.                                 refer to it as for-your-own-good lighting
   Though my delusions don’t                                     because it allows the profes-
go so far as to make me expect                                   sionals to have a clear view
an invitation to the next                                        of what ails you, whether it
school dance or slumber                                          be a split chin in need of
party, I do feel as though I                                     stitches or split ends in need
have scads of time to become                                     of trim.
the next best-selling author,                                       #4 Mrs. C could be suffer-
start my own event-planning                                      ing from vision or cognitive
business or turn down                                            problems. While I, personal-
Matthew        McConaughey’s                                     ly, do not wish these prob-
offer to shack up with him in                                    lems upon her, my evil little
his trailer because I’m already                                  ego, in fact, does.
happily married.                                                    I gave Mrs. C a friendly
   Occasionally, though, there                                   hello by saying, “Are you
are dings to my sense of
denial. And, God willing,
                                     Confessions Debbie’s mom?” “I know her
these dings will eventually              from the                from     Homestead        High
                                                                 School. I’m Shana Moore,
join together inside my brain            Carpool                 previously Shana McLean.”
to chime like a church bell,         Shana McLean Moore
                                                                    And then? The kind of
whoop like a siren or blare                                      pause that my brain should
like a code-red evacuation drill until I come have interpreted as a sign to cue the first
to terms with the fact that my youth has not few notes of the “Jaws” soundtrack to signal
just passed—it has passed out cold.            the impending doom.
   One recent ding was so big that it was         “Wait a minute. Are you Shana or
more like a dong. Last month, as I strove to Shana’s mom?”
regain the blonde highlights that used to         Remember the for-your-own-good light-
come as naturally to me as they now do my ing I described earlier? I might point out
daughters, I ran into the delightful Mrs. C that it does a splendid job of spotlighting a
who, like me, has been having her hair face that looks like it has just seen the sec-
done at the same salon for the past 26 years. ond rising of a vampire who somehow sur-
Though our appointments have only coin- vived the garlic-dipped iron cross you just
cided about five times over all these years, pierced through his heart.
the woman is memorable to me because she          I say this, of course, with no disrespect to
is the mother of a high school acquain- my mom, who is a lovely woman both
tance.                                         inside and out. But until I am 90 and she is
   I eyed her in the mirror for a while as she 115, this kind of question is going to leave
sat under the hairdryer before deciding that me sailing past the raisin bucket and right
she had to be an older version of the into the pile of sour grapes.
woman who was my ol’ pal’s mom. It was a          Shana McLean Moore is a resident of
quiet and gentle realization that was in no Almaden Valley. She invites you to listen to
way deserving of any sort of cruel karmic her free podcast and read more of her
payback. Please make a note of this.           columns by visiting www.caffeiantedponder-
   My ego insists that what happened next ings.com.


                                                     The board will consider the Emergency
County                                            Response and Disaster Preparedness Fee on
Continued from previous page                      Jan. 29 at 2 p.m., in the Board of Supervisor                                                                                                                                               +tax

and Disaster Preparedness Fee Ordinance           Chambers at 70 W. Hedding in downtown
will recover costs directly associated with       San Jose.
services provided by County Communi-                 McHugh named chair
cations, the Office of Emergency Services            “I am honored to be chair of the board
(OES) and Public Health services. OES is          again,” said McHugh. “I fully realize that
responsible for coordinating with county          2008 is going to be another challenging year                                                We Live Where You Live
departments, cities and special districts in      for us; however, I am confident that the
mitigating against, preparing for, respond-       diversity, talent and dedication of our
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ing and simulated disaster exercises. As part     ty. He will outline initiatives and strategies
of its responsibility to coordinate all emer-     at the State of the County Address on
gency medical activities in Santa Clara           Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m., during the next
County, the Public Health oversees disaster-      Board of Supervisor’s meeting.
medical health planning and response,                Prior to joining the board of supervisors,
including multiple-patient management,            McHugh served for 20 years on the Milpitas
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emergency public health operations and            City Council, and became the first elected
medical-health mutual aid coordination.           mayor of Milpitas in 1978.
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                                                         Special discount for Seniors!




                                                         Humane Society to
                                                         offer discounted
                                                         spay/neuter surgeries
                                                         in February

                                                         H
                                                                umane Society Silicon Valley
                                                                (HSSV) and participating local vet-
                                                                erinarians are offering 50 percent
                                                         discounts on all spay/neuter surgeries dur-
                                                         ing February.
                                                            HSSV is offering the discounts to
                                                         encourage the public to sterilize their pets
                                                         to prevent unwanted litters and help
                                                         reduce pet overpopulation. “Our message
                                                         to pet owners is: don’t delay spay/neuter
                                                         today,” says Christine Benninger, presi-       HSSV veterinary technician Ben Munoz com-
                                                         dent of HSSV. “We’re hoping the discount-      forts Gus after surgery.
                                                         ed prices will encourage people to take
                                                         action.”                                       Appointments can be made by calling
                                                            Throughout the month, female cat spays      408.727.3383, ext. 828.
                                                         are $62.50 while male cat neuters are            “When you consider that an unspayed
                                                         $37.50. Spay/neuter surgeries for dogs are     cat can give birth to 18 kittens each year
                                                         priced by the animal’s weight and sex and      and an unspayed dog can give birth to 20
                                                         range from $57.50 for a male dog under 30      puppies each year, and that the average
                                                         pounds to $92.50 for a female dog weigh-       cost for shelters to handle each homeless
                                                         ing between 76 and 99 pounds. Prices           animal is $176, it’s clear that spaying and
                                                         include a brief pre-op exam, pre-anesthet-     neutering prevents millions of surplus
                                                         ic, anesthetic, spay/neuter surgery and        births nationwide and saves millions of
                                                         hospitalization on the day of surgery.         taxpayers’ dollars,” Benninger says.
                                                            There are additional charges for those        Benninger notes that while many pet
                                                         animals in heat, pregnant, cryptorchid         owners are responsible and do alter their
                                                         (males whose testicles have not descend-       pets, there is still a small percentage who
                                                         ed) and/or obese and all animals must be       delay the operation for a variety of reasons.
                                                         current on all vaccinations. More informa-     “Some people worry their pet is too young
                                                         tion can be found at www.hssv.org.                                      See SPAY, next page
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                                                           certain cancers. Neutering can also make pets less like-
Spay                                                       ly to roam the neighborhood, spray, run away or get
Continued from previous page                               into fights,” Benninger says.
or will get fat and lazy after the operation,” Benninger     To make the scenario even better, Dr. Beth
says She adds that it is safe to alter healthy cats and    Wildermann is one of those rare veterinarians who has
dogs as young as eight weeks of age. All animals are       made it her mission to reduce the unnecessary
spayed or neutered before they are adopted from the        euthanasia of unwanted animals in Santa Clara County
shelter.                                                   through spay/neuter surgeries. During her professional
  With regard to pets getting fat or lazy, Benninger       career as a spay/neuter specialist, she has performed
says most pets get that way because their owners over-     more than 20,000 surgeries, preventing the potential
feed them and do not exercise them enough.                 births of more than 1 million dogs, cats and rabbits.
“Spaying/neutering actually helps pets live longer,          More information about HSSV can be found at
healthier lives and can greatly reduce the incidence of    www.hssv.org.
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                                                                                                               Times Local News
                                                                  San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of                               introduce Business Referral Networks in geo-                      again take the voice of business in San Jose to

CHAMBER CONNECTION                                                Commerce programs, continued financial
                                                                  growth and stability and significant legisla-
                                                                                                                                   graphic areas, which need them. Our recent-
                                                                                                                                   ly expanded Advocate newspaper and new
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the decision makers in Sacramento and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Washington, DC. And, as the health care
                                                                  tive accomplishments.                                            in 2007 weekly Member Highlights offer                            needs of all of our members continue to be a

A good 2007…                                                         In 2008, those programs will grow and our
                                                                  focus on small business engagement, mem-
                                                                  bership retention and relevance will posi-
                                                                                                                                   members a variety of affordable and effective
                                                                                                                                   marketing vehicles.
                                                                                                                                      We will continue to broaden the scope of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     challenge, we will continue to work at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     local and state levels on the complex issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of health-care reform.

and an even                                                       tively affect our member businesses and
                                                                  community.
                                                                     We begin this year with a renewed com-
                                                                                                                                   opportunities for Chamber members with
                                                                                                                                   expanded networking events and access to
                                                                                                                                   legislative leaders. The CEO Roundtable and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        These are just a few of the programs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     activities planned for the months ahead,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and I encourage you to stay tuned to all

better 2008                                                       mitment to actively reach out to small busi-
                                                                  nesses through targeting marketing efforts
                                                                  and the new Chamber 101 Lunch and Learn
                                                                                                                                   strengthened Ambassadors program are valu-
                                                                                                                                   able members-only resources, which provide
                                                                                                                                   business-building tips, individual mentoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Chamber publications for more information
                                                                                                                                                                                                     on opportunities and activities to help you
                                                                                                                                                                                                     grow your business and build your commu-
               By Pat Dando                                       series. The formation of a Young                                 and peer feedback for both the new and vet-                       nity. As we work to attract, retain and
 President & CEO, San Jose Silicon Valley                         Professionals Group will address the needs of                    eran business owner. As a charter partner of                      develop business in Silicon Valley, the
          Chamber of Commerce                                     the emerging leaders of our community                            www.businessownerspace.com we are proud                           Chamber will continue to play a critical
            Special to the Times                                  through social and professional networking                       to support and promote this one stop collab-                      role in advocating for measures that lay the


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      s with all beginnings, we often take a                      activities.                                                      orative Web site, which houses a wealth of                        foundation for a strong local economy and
      moment to reflect on the past and pre-                         We will take an even more active role with                    information and resources for prospective                         an outstanding quality of life for everyone
      pare for the future. The year that just                     the Neighborhood Business Associations                           and existing San Jose area businesses.                            in the greater Santa Clara Valley.
ended, 2007, was filled with successful new                       through cooperative advertising options and                         Through our annual Access trips we will




  ALMADEN HILLS UNITED METHODIST                       Carpenter, Pastor. Office/Namaste' Bookstore:      Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., phone                your life experience... you have choices. We        came fully into being at Pentecost (Acts 2),
  CHURCH                                               2125 Curtner Ave., San Jose, CA, 95124.            997-5101. Recorded Mass times 997-5100.           help you explore those choices.                     the Church of the New Testament. Today it
  1200 Blossom Hill Road (two blocks west of           408-371-1300. Healing Prayer Line: 408-            Religious Education for Early Childhood                                                               has unity and continuity with this original
  Almaden Expressway) 269-2345,                        371-1367. Offering spiritual counseling,           through Adults can be obtained by calling         SANTA TERESA HILLS PRESBYTERIAN                     Church in all aspects of church life. There are
  www.almadenhillsumc.org. Sunday worship              weddings, classes, memorials, workshops.           our Catechetical Office Monday - Thursday         CHURCH                                              about 300 million Orthodox Christians
  services: 9:00 and 10:30 am (childcare avail-        www.scvcrs.org.                                    10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 997-5115. 3Sixty Youth        5370 Snell Avenue, San Jose, CA 95123, two          throughout the world, including more than 6
  able at both times) Fellowship coffee time:                                                             Ministry serving High School Youth in the         blocks north of Blossom Hill. Rev. Tom Coop,        million in the United States. Still the Orthodox
  10:00 - 10:30 am. Adult classes and Sun.             EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN ALMADEN                        Almaden Valley (grades 9-12) can be               Pastor. 629-5906. Sunday worship service            Church has been known as “America’s best-
  School for children and youth: 10:30 am.             Are you looking for a wonderful family worship     reached at 997-5106. Holy Spirit School           10:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Full             kept secret.” Come to know that Church. Find
  Serving, worshiping, and growing together with       experience, an ecumenical Sunday School, and       serving grades Pre-K - 8 at 1198 Redmond          range of church activities including special        the truth and its treasures, which will heal
                                                       a theology complex enough to allow you to ask      Avenue. Phone 268-0794.                           classes for children, adult Bible studies, choir,
  open minds, open hearts, and open hands are                                                                                                                                                                   and save you. It might be the best thing you
  hallmarks of our Christian congregation. The         questions and explore your own spirituality?                                                         and social activities. Families welcome. Visit      have found in your life. May God give joy to
                                                                                                          THE JOURNEY
  power of faith is celebrated through pastoral        Episcopal Church in Almaden, located off the                                                         online at: www.sthpc.org.                           you who seek the truth! On Sundays: Matins
                                                                                                          www.talkinchurch.com; Jeff Wenke, Pastor.
  ministries, local mission, and social justice in,    Almaden Expressway near the intersection of        Call 499-9790 or email                                                                                at 8:15 am and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.
                                                       Camden and Redmond , offers two opportuni-                                                           SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN
  to, and with our local and global community.                                                            info@talkinchurch.com for church informa-         1281 Redmond Avenue, San Jose, CA                   Office hours Tuesday through Friday, 10am to
  There is a variety of joyous music for children      ties for worship on Sunday mornings. Our 7:30      tion. The Journey meets Sundays at 9:00                                                               2pm. For more information call 268-3214 or
                                                       a.m. Eucharist is short and followed by a coffee                                                     95120.        (408) 997-4848.
  and adults, many special events/activities, and                                                         and 10:45 a.m. at Pioneer High School,            Sunday mornings:                                    e-mail stbasilschurch@sbcglobal.net. You
  programs for all ages, including exciting youth      hour for socializing and discussion. Our 11:00     1290 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, 95118.                                                              can visit us at: 6430 Bose Lane, San José,
                                                       a.m. family Eucharist offers great music, laugh-                                                     8:30 a.m.: Traditional Worship Service
  ministries. People of all backgrounds, traditions,                                                      Come be a part of this exciting new group of                                                          CA 95120.
                                                       ter and hope. At 10:10 a.m. during the school                                                        9:45 -10:45 a.m.: Adult Bible Study and
  cultures, and lifestyles are welcome. Please join                                                       people on the journey of life! The atmos-
                                                       year, we have a joint Sunday School with our                                                         Sunday School                                       ST. TIMOTHY'S LUTHERAN CHURCH AND
  us at any time and for any event, no matter                                                             phere is laid-back and non "churchy." We
                                                       sister church, the Almaden Valley United Church                                                      11:00 a.m.: Contemporary Worship Service            SCHOOL
  where you are in your spiritual journey.                                                                have a full band and large projection screen
                                                       of Christ. For more information, please call the   on the stage for multi-media. No church           SOUTH HILLS COMMUNITY CHURCH                        Come join us for worship at one of our four
  ALMADEN NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH                          church office at 268-0243. The Reverend            experience is required! We offer a compre-        A caring community of believers who enjoy           weekly services. Saturday: 6:00 pm (contem-
  Welcome to the neighborhood! We are a                Stephen Mills, rector. We are located at 6581      hensive children's program called                 living and growing in Christ’s love and shar-       porary). Sunday: 8:15 (traditional) 9:45
  church family made up of diverse people who          Camden Avenue, San Jose , CA 95120, (east of       "Journeyland" as well. Visit our Website for      ing that love with others. Our goal is to           (blended) and 11:15 am (contemporary).
  are united by the hope and joy that we have          Almaden Expressway). www.eca-sj.org                more information.                                                                                     Sunday school for all ages: 9:45 am. Our day
                                                                                                                                                            become fully devoted followers of Jesus and
  experienced in Jesus Christ. We invite you and                                                                                                            our programs are designed to meet the needs         school offers a high quality educational expe-
                                                       GATEWAY CITY CHURCH                                VENTURE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
  your family to come and explore faith and life                                                          www.venturechristian.org 16845 Hicks              of people wherever they are in their spiritual      rience from preschool to grade 5. We are
  with us.                                             Rekindle a Sense of Hope! If you’ve been                                                                                                                 located at 5100 Camden Ave. San Jose CA
                                                       wondering what’s missing in your life, the         Road, Los Gatos. Just 1 block west of             journey, from the curious to the committed.
  Our worship service begins every Sunday at                                                              Camden Avenue near Coleman Road. 408-             We offer ministries for all ages and stages of      95124 with easy access from highway 85.
  11:00am. During worship, we have engaging            solution may be spiritual. Having a relation-                                                                                                            Church: 264-3858, School: 265-0275.
                                                       ship with God makes all the difference. He’s       997-4600. Weekend services: Saturday—             life - from Cornerstone Pre-school to seniors,
  children's programs for preschoolers and ele-                                                           5:00 P Sunday—9:00 and 10:45 A.M. A
                                                                                                                 .M.                                        plus thriving children’s and student programs       Pastors Dan Selbo, Jim & Judy Bangsund.
  mentary aged kids.                                   much more loving and powerful than we real-                                                                                                              Website: www.st-tims-lutheran.org.
                                                                                                          growing, caring diverse congregation on a         that your family will love; and through coun-
  Visit us at 19550 McKean Rd San Jose CA              ly know. Life should be more than work, bills
                                                                                                          spiritual journey to know Christ and make         seling, support and recovery groups we try to
  95120 (Located off of Almaden Expressway             and stress. You can strengthen the spiritual                                                                                                             TWIN OAKS CHURCH
                                                                                                          Him known throughout Silicon Valley.              meet the needs of hurting people. Starting in
  between Old Almaden Rd and Harry Rd.) Pastor         side of your life, connect with great friends,     Serving this community for over one hun-                                                              20 Great Oaks Blvd, San Jose 95119. Church
                                                       and have a lot of fun at GateWay City Church.                                                        February: ESL classes, Celebrate Recovery,          Office (Mon-Thur): 227-9500.
  Jordan Wong: (408) 268-5200                                                                             dred years. Home of Los Gatos Christian           and the Alpha Course - an opportunity to
  www.almadenchurch.org                                Enjoy great music and relevant messages.           School (pre-K – 8th grade). Ministries for                                                            www.twinoakschurch.com. eMail Address:
                                                       Help your loves ones take a more positive                                                            explore the Christian faith. Join us at 9:00 or     info@twinoakschurch.com Sunday Worship:
                                                                                                          children, teens, and adults of all ages.          11:00 am for our Sunday services, with life-
  CAMPBELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH                     and inspiring direction in their lives. At                                                                                                               10 a.m. (Nursery and Children's Sunday
  1675 Winchester Boulevard (near Hamilton),           GateWay City Church, you will feel welcomed        SANTA CLARA VALLEY CHURCH OF                      related Biblical teaching, contemporary wor-        School - all ages) High School "Satellite"
  Campbell, 95008. Office: 378-3472.                   and supported, not judged or left behind. Its      RELIGIOUS SCIENCE Center for Spiritual            ship and creative arts. (Nursery, children’s        Service: 6 pm Sunday. Junior High School
  www.campbell-umc.org.                                church the way you’d hoped it could be, life       Discovery                                         and youth programs available) 6601 Camden           "Powerhouse": 7-9 pm Friday. Who Are
  E-mail: campbell_umc@earthlink.net SUN-              more fulfilling than you’ve dreamed. Dr. David     (Formerly Valley West Church)                     Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120. Phone: 268-             We? We are a group of people who face
  DAY WORSHIP: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.                     Cannistraci, Senior Pastor. GateWay City           2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA. 95125.          1676. To find out more, visit www.south-            everyday issues hoping to find real answers
  Handicapped, hearing-impaired friendly facili-       Church is located in South San Jose at 5883        408-978-6800. Times: 10:30 Sunday Service,        hills.cc.                                           to real problems by looking closely at our
  ty. (Nursery Care available). SUNDAY                 Eden Park Place, behind the Holiday Inn, near      Youth Church 10:45, Quiet Meditation 9:30-        ST. ANTHONY CATHOLIC CHURCH                         world and being honest about the things that
  SCHOOL for every age at 9:00 a.m. WHAT               the intersection of Hwys 101, 85 and Bernal /      10:15, Classes Monday evening. Pastor: Rev.       We invite you to become a part of our grow-         make life difficult. We then apply time proven
  YOU WILL FIND: Youth/Young Adult pro-                Silicon Valley Road. Catch our radio broad-        Alice Carpenter. Discover your best self in our   ing, active Parish. We are a caring and wel-        principles from the Bible in ways that are rel-
  grams, Choirs for all ages, Active Senior            cast Sunday 10:30 a.m., “Life in the Spirit”       welcoming Spiritual community. Wherever you       coming community that promotes spiritual            evant to our culture. Twin Oaks Church has
  Fellowship, A dynamic and diverse congrega-          on 1100 AM KFAX. Get the latest information        are on your Spiritual Path, we welcome you to     growth and reaches out to those in need. St.        dynamic children's programs and clean, well-
  tion of seekers motivated to explore the ques-       online: www.GateWayCityChurch.org                  our service. Our teaching is based on New         Anthony’s is located in the Almaden Valley at       staffed nurseries. Women's Bible studies and
  tions of faith and life; opportunities for fellow-                                                      Thought teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson,         20101 McKean Rd. Sunday Masses are at               Men's events are great ways to connect with
  ship, study, spiritual growth and outreach.          HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC CHURCH                        Ernest Holmes, Wayne Dyer as expressed on                                                             other people during the week. In just one
                                                       Looking for an active Christian faith commu-                                                         8:30, 10 and 11:45 AM. Saturday Mass is at
  Campbell UMC is a Reconciling Congregation                                                              the TV shows of Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil.       4 PM at our small, historic church, 21800           visit, you'll see our music rocks and our peo-
                                                       nity...we invite you to experience Holy Spirit     Ours is a loving organization. You owe it to
  ~ ALL ARE WELCOME! Campbell UMC                                                                                                                           Bertram Rd. in New Almaden, CA 95042. For           ple are friendly!
                                                       Parish Community. We are located at 1200
  sponsors Bright Days preschool, offering a                                                              yourself to check us out. We have a traditional   information call the church office 997-4800.
                                                       Redmond Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120.                                                                                                                      To advertise your place of worship in
  play-based, developmentally appropriate cur-                                                            service, preceded by private meditation if you    Fr. Larry Hendel, pastor.
                                                       Mass is celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Monday -                                                                                                                 this section please contact the Times at
  riculum. Call 378-8422 for information.                                                                 wish, and followed by hospitality hour. We
                                                       Thursday, with Communion Services on
                                                                                                          have a New Thought Bookstore on Sunday            ST. BASIL GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH                     494-7000, ext 221. All phone numbers
  CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY                       Friday. Our weekend Mass schedule is
                                                       Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,         mornings. We welcome you to our classes,          “Come and See” unaltered Christianity. The          are in the 408 area code.
  All are welcome to join us for Sunday service                                                           and encourage you attend our Essence class-       Orthodox Church is the one holy, catholic and
                                                       11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Rite of Reconciliation
  at 10:30 a.m. at the Los Gatos Senior Center,                                                           es, on the first Sunday of the month. This is     apostolic church, founded by Jesus Christ
                                                       is every Saturday at 4 p.m. or by appoint-
  550 Hubbell Way, Los Gatos, CA. Rev. Alice                                                              not your regular church! You are in control of    and His Apostles. It is the same Church that
                                                       ment. Our Parish Office is open Monday-
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                                      Times Feature



Form wills online may create
issues of misunderstanding
  This week’s question:                             sound like a good deal?
  I keep seeing ads on TV and online                   Now, had you invested in a living trust
about LegalZoom.com and Quicken Will
Maker. The Legal Zoom ad talks about
wills for $69. That sounds like a pretty
                                                    you would have avoided all of the probate
                                                    fees, lost time, stress and other problems.
                                                    In the short run you may have thought
                                                                                                      Give Your Child a Foundation For Life.
good deal to me, but I was wondering                that $69 will was a good deal but in the
what you think about it. It seems to me             long run I’m not so sure.                                                     ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
you can’t really go wrong with $69.                    And if that is not enough, talk with
  Lori L.                                           your CPA or tax advisor about the dangers                                      NOW FOR GRADES PK-7
  Almaden Valley                                    of capital gains tax with joint tenancy
                                                    property that is not covered by the will.                                        FOR the 2008-09
   Dear Lori,                                       Don’t take my word for it. The $69 will
   In order to make a long story short, Lori, that you thought was such a bargain may                                                  SCHOOL YEAR
I do not think very much of any $69 will. cost you big time in capital gains tax; per-
I will be happy to explain                                        haps thousands of dollars.
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                                                                                                        Extended Care Program on-site * After School Sports and Activities
one of the most important                                         you are thinking about your
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sumers have during their                                          ing a product but investing in
lifetime. And if things are
not done properly, disastrous
                                                                  a service for your own best
                                                                  interests. If you think that I                                HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL
results can happen to the                                         am just trying to drum up
consumer.                                                         business for the legal profes-
                                                                                                                                       1198 Redmond Avenue
   I guess it comes down to           Ask The                     sion, I am sorry you feel that                                        San Jose, CA 95120
whether you are buying a
product or a service when
                                      Lawyer                      way. But I do need to be hon-
                                                                  est and tell it like it is. I                            (408) 268-0794        www.holyspirit-school.org
                                    Donald J. DeVries,
you are talking about wills.         Attorney at Law              would of course say the same
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more that a packet of papers          visit our web site at
                                                                  friends everywhere.
that you fill out and then www.almadenvalleylawyers.com              I am not saying that all will
hope that it works. You as a                                      or trust packages are bad.
consumer need general                                             Some may be OK, but I am
advice from a qualified legal representa- not sure. I just know that what is best for
tive and only your own attorney can help you is good legal service. Try to resist the
you with this.                                      temptation to do it the cheapest way.
   For example, let’s say you buy that will Strive for excellence in your will or trust
packet for $69. You fill it out exactly as planning.
the instructions say to do, with two wit-              I hope it all works out well for you,
nesses and the whole thing. You read all Lori. Best wishes in your decision-mak-
the disclaimers. It even says that it’s a ing.
good will for California residents. You                Donald J. DeVries
sign it and the witnesses sign it and you              Almaden Valley
think you are all set to pass on. You, like
all of us, eventually do in fact pass on.              Donald J. DeVries is an attorney practic-
   Your son then comes in to see me with ing law in the Almaden Valley. Past
the form will and explains the situation. Almaden Times articles since 1986 can be
The first question is about the house you accessed                through      his    web     site:
had in joint tenancy. You were totally www.almadenvalleylawers.com. If you
unaware that joint tenancy passes by would like him to answer your question in
operation of law to the surviving joint ten- his next column, you can reach him by e-
ant and that surviving joint tenant is your mail at don@almadenvalleylawyers.com,
daughter and not your son. Your will said with “Almaden Times” in the subject line,
one-half of everything to your son and the fax at (408) 268-6502, telephone at
other half to your daughter. There is noth- (408)268-9500, or mail at DeVries &
ing I can do about joint tenancy. So, I Horowtiz, 6475 Camden Ave., Suite 200,
have to say to your son, sorry, the house San Jose, CA 95120. Your matters are per-
goes to your sister. There is nothing I can sonal and private, so of course, he will not
do.                                                 disclose your identity or any details about
   Or let’s say that you sign that $69 will your situation. DeVries writes this column
and think that everything will be fine. to provide you with general information
You die and everything in your name about important legal matters affecting
must go through probate court at 191 California residents—not to give you legal
North First Street, San Jose, Department advice about your specific matter. These
15 at present. That is if you live in San articles create no attorney-client relation-
Jose. The probate procedure will take one ship. The law is complex and constantly
to two years in all probability to finish changing and varies from state to state. So
and along the way your family will have you should consult an attorney before tak-
thousands of dollars in probate attorney’s ing any action that would affect your per-
fees, administrator fees, bond fees and sonal or business matters.
related items. Does that $69 will still
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                                                         TimesSports
                                                                                                       Almaden Stealth Boys U12,
                                                         High School                                   Class 3 soccer Tryouts
                                                         Sports Schedule                                  The Almaden Stealth Boys U-12 soccer team in Almaden Valley
                                                                                                       will be holding tryouts for the upcoming season for boys born after
                                                                                                       8/1/96.
                                                         Jan. 18 –Jan. 24                                 Jan. 26 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Steinbeck Middle School
                                                                                                          Feb. 2 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) at Steinbeck Middle School
                                                                                                          In order to obtain more information, please contact Robert
                                                         Leland High School                            Cerone (408)268-9547 (ncerone@sbcglobal.net) or Tom Geraghty
                                                                                                       at (408) 204-7475.
                                                         Friday—Boys basketball vs. Pioneer—JV
                                                         at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 at Leland
                                                                                                       Boys U12 Class 1 Select tryouts
                                                         Friday—Girls basketball vs. Evergreen—          The Almaden Venom - Boys U12 Class 1 Select - are looking for
                                                         JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7 p.m. at           highly competitive soccer players with birthdates between Aug. 1,
                                                         Evergreen                                     1996 and July 31, 1997. The Venom are part of Almaden Valley
                                                         Friday, Boys soccer vs. Mt. Pleasant—JV       Youth Soccer League and CYSA North -Abronzino District II .
                                                         at 3:15 followed by varsity at Mt. Pleasant     We are a Select team that plays and practices in Almaden Valley
                                                                                                       and attend numerous tournaments, District Cup and State Cup. We
                                                         Tuesday—Boys basketball vs.                   are holding tryouts at the following time and date:
                                                         Westmont—JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7            Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Gunderson High
                                                         p.m. at Leland                                School.
                                                                                                         Please send an e-mail to sabra.underwood@sbcglobal.net for
                                                         Tuesday—Girls basketball vs.
                                                                                                       more information and get on the list. See you then!
                                                         Westmont—JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7
                                                         p.m. at Westmont
                                                                                                       The De Anza Force Soccer Club
                                                         Tuesday—Girls soccer vs. Pioneer—JV at
                                                         3:15 with varsity after at Leland             tryouts for the 92 Girls age group
                                                                                                         De Anza Force announces tryouts for the 92 Girls group. The
                                                         Wednesday, Boys soccer vs. Branham—
                                                                                                       dates are:
                                                         JV at 3:15 followed by varsity at Leland        Saturday, March 1 and 8 from 10 a.m. - noon at Garden Gate
                                                         Wednesday—Wrestling vs. Pioneer at            Elementary in Cupertino.
                                                         6:30 at Leland                                  Both teams will be Division 1 Abronzino in the fall. All positions
                                                                                                       will be looked at - for State Cup and beyond. Both teams will play
                                                         Thursday—Boys basketball vs. Sobrato—         Y-League and attend top tournaments, including Las Vegas
                                                         JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7 p.m. at Sobrato   Showcase March 14-16, and the Texas Shootout, May 30 - June 1st.
                                                         Thursday—Girls basketball vs.                   Force Black is coached by Owen Flannery, head Women's coach
                                                         Gunderson—JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7         at Foothill College, and by Colin Corstorphine. Force Blue is
                                                         p.m. at Leland                                coached by former MLS Player Shawn Medved. For more infor-
                                                                                                       mation, contact either Shawn at shawnmedved@hotmail.com,
                                                         Thursday—Girls soccer vs. Del Mar—JV          Owen at owenflannery@hotmail.com, or Colin at colin.corstor-
                                                         at 3:15 followed by varsity at Leland         phine@gmail.com.

                                                                                                       Almaden Wildcats Girls
                                                         Pioneer High School
                                                                                                       U-13 soccer tryouts
                                                         Friday—Boys soccer vs. Piedmont Hills—            The Almaden Wildcats girls under-13 soccer team will hold
                                                         JV at 3:15 followed by varsity at Piedmont    tryouts for girls born after July 31, 1995 at the following dates,
                                                         Hills                                         times, and locations;
                                                         Tuesday—Boys basketball vs. Piedmont             Jan. 20 (3 to 5 p.m.) at Bret Harte Middle School,
                                                                                                          Jan. 23 (4 to 5:30 p.m.) at DeAnza Park
                                                         Hills—F/S at 5:30 and varsity at 7 p.m. at
                                                                                                          Jan. 26 (Noon to 2 p.m.) at DeAnza Park.
                                                         Pioneer
                                                                                                          The Wildcats will be moving up to Class 1 (Select level) play in
                                                         Tuesday—Girls basketball vs. Branham—         2008. In order to obtain more information and pre-register, con-
                                                         JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7 at Branham        tact Ron Richardson at 997-6168 or rkrichardson@sbcglobal.net
                                                         Tuesday—Girls soccer vs. Leland—JV at
                                                         3:15 with Varsity to follow at Leland         Almaden Valley Girls’ Softball
                                                         Wednesday—Boys soccer vs. Sobrato—            League holds Sign-ups
                                                         JV at 3:15 followed by varsity at Pioneer        The Almaden Valley Girls’ Softball League is holding sign-ups.
                                                                                                       Our league is a Santa Clara County-wide League and available to
                                                         Wednesday—Wrestling vs. Leland at 6:30        all Santa Clara County girls which means we are not restricted by
                                                         at Leland                                     territory. The age range is 5 to 16 years. We welcome all applica-
                                                         Thursday—Boys basketball vs.                  ble ages and every skill level. We will be holding sign-ups on the
                                                         Westmont—F/S at 5:30 and varsity at 7 at      following dates at Greystone Elementary School, 6982 Shearwater
                                                         Westmont                                      Drive in San Jose.:
                                                                                                          Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                                                         Thursday—Girls basketball vs. Sobrato—           Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.
                                                         JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7 at Pioneer           For more information, please visit our website at www.avgsl.org

                                                                                                         Sports Briefs listings are subject to the following fee structure:
                                                         For more information about Leland and         $25 per month, per publication for the Evergreen and Almaden
                                                         Pioneer sports events, go to:                 Times; $10 per month, per publication for the monthly newspapers.
                                                         Pioneer athletics:                            Indicate publication placement at the time the listing/payment is
                                                                                                       submitted. Sports Briefs accepts checks – payable to Times Media,
                                                         www.phsathletics.com                          Inc – VISA or MC. To charge your payments call Sonia Pineda at
                                                         Leland Athletics:                             494-7000 x205. Be sure to reference your team/organization with
                                                                                                       your payment. Listings appear once payments are received. TMI
                                                         www.lelandathletics.com                       sponsored events and full-proceed charity fundraisers exempted.
                                                         Blossom Valley Athletics League:              Email, fax or mail listing text to: candy@timesmediainc.com 1310
                                                                                                       Tully Road, Suite 107, San Jose, CA 95122. 408-494-7078 (fax)
                                                         www.bval.org                                  Limit 200 words. Questions? Call 494-7000 x225.
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CommunityCalendar                                                                                                                                                    Jan. 18—
                                                                                                                                                                     Jan. 24
Unless otherwise noted all phone numbers                                                                                                         or advanced degree from an accredited col-        Jan. 26 – 27
are in the 408 area code.                                                                                                                        lege or university. For more information
                                                                                                                                                 contact Linda Goldberg, rich-linda@veri-          2nd Annual Arlen Ness Bike Show & Parts
                                                                                                                                                 zon.net, 408-353-1916.                            Expo at the McEnery Convention Center:
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Over 225 bike show entries, national &
MUSIC                                                                                                                                            Jan. 25 – 27                                      local vendors will fill over 100,000 square
                                                                                                                                                 The Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001           feet. Arlen and Corey Ness, along with spe-
Jan. 29                                                                                                                                                                                            cial guest Donnie Smith, will be at the show
                                                                                                                                                 Great America Parkway, hosts the South
Free Opera Preview of Verdi’s                                                                                                                    Bay Home & Garden Show: Discover the              signing autographs and talking motorcy-
“Rigoletto”- Singers from Opera San José                                                                                                         newest, most innovative products for              cles. This year the Pro Class has turned in
and lecturer Larry Hancock preview Verdi's                                                                                                       remodeling, decorating or landscaping your        to the Premium Class, allowing more styles
Rigoletto. Event time is noon, at the                                                                                                            home at this annual event. Featuring over         of motorcycles to participate in the show.
Beethoven Center in MLK Library, 4th and                                                                                                         300 exhibits, attendees can meet celebrity        There will be everything from old school to
San Fernando in downtown San José. No                                                                                                            presenters Vern Yip, host of HGTV’s               no school, from mild to wild. With every-
reservations needed. For more information,                                                                                                       Deserving Design and Karl Lohnes, found-          thing this show has to offer, you are not
visit www.sjoperaguild.org or call 275-                                                                                                          ing editor of Canada’s Style At Home mag-         going to want to miss this year’s Arlen
6199.                                                                                                                                            azine, who will offer practical tips on ways      Ness Bike Show & Parts Expo. Admission
                                                                                                                                                 to add value to your home. Hours are 1/25,        is $5 - $15. For more information, call 866-
                                                                                                                                                 from noon – 8 p.m.; 1/26 from 11 a.m. to          907-7790 or visit www.arlenness-
ART                                                                                                                                              7 p.m. and 1/27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.            bikeshow.com
                                                                                                                                                 Tickets are $10/Adults, children 12 years         Ongoing
Jan. 9 – Feb. 24                                                                                                                                 and under are free. For more infromation
                                                                                                                                                 including ticket purchasing, call 748-7000        Princeton Plaza Fair: (Meridian, at Kooser
The Triton Museum, 1505 Warburton                                                                                                                                                                  and Blossom Hill) inside the Mervyn’s
Avenue in Santa Clara, presents "David                                                                                                           or visit www.southbayhomeshow.com
                                                                                                                                                 <http://www.southbayhomeshow.com/>.               Plaza. Fairs will be held on the last Saturday
Ogle: Works on Paper - A Survey"                                                                                                                                                                   of each month unless noted. Coffee and
Exhibition. Reception is Jan. 18 from 7 – 9       American Musical Theater San Jose presents “Little Shop of                                     Jan. 26                                           donuts for early bird shoppers. For more
p.m. Museum hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.,           Horrors” at the Center for the Performing Arts from Jan. 22 –                                                                                    information, visit www.aplhazetaevents.com
                                                                                                                                                 Free electronic waste drop-off event at
open until 9 p.m. Thursdays.                      Feb. 3: Nerdy floral assistant finds romance with the help of an                                                                                 or call 761-6913.
                                                                                                                                                 Williams Elementary: Help raise money for
Jan. 12 – Mar. 2                                  enormous man-eating plant who was sent from outer space to                                     Williams Elementary School and benefit the        Come join The Humane Society Silicon
                                                  take over the world. Not your average-sounding musical, but are                                environment at the same time. Our free            Valley for our weekly “Meet and Treat!”
History San José hosts “Becoming
                                                  all part of “Little Shop of Horrors,” the comedy classic that will                             electronic waste drop-off will be held in the     every Wednesday at HSSV, 2530 Lafayette
American: Teenagers & Immigration,” an
exhibition of photographs from
                                                  have you singing along to the rock’n’roll doo-wop sounds of the                                Williams Elementary parking lot, 1150             Street, in Santa Clara from 5 – 7 p.m. Not
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition      1960s. For tickets and additional information, call 1-888-455-                                 Rajkovich Way from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.               sure about adopting just yet? Come down
Services, featuring photographs by Barbara        SHOW or visit www.amtsj.org Photo Jana Marcus                                                  Items accepted include televisions, comput-       and visit with animal guests outside their
Beirne. This exhibit will be open to the pub-                                                                                                    er monitors, CPU’s, VCR’s, DVD players,           kennels. Play with canine companions
lic at History Park. Students from Andrew                                                                                                        microwaves, stereos, printers, laptops, and       throughout the shelter, or experience cuddly
                                                Jan. 31                                          glazes, use of tools, and kiln firings. The     other electronic devices. These items con-        cats in your lap. And of course we have our
Hill High School, Downtown College Prep,                                                         classes are held in the teacher's studio in
Notre Dame High School, Oak Grove High          Join Assembly Member Jim Beall for an                                                            tain significant amounts of lead and have         adorable rabbits too. We will have tasty
                                                                                                 Almaden. For more information call (408)        been banned from going into landfills. All        treats for people as well. For more informa-
School, Overfelt High School and Santa          Open House event at his local district           679-0238. Space is limited to only four stu-
Teresa High School will also be exhibiting      office - Alfred E. Alquist State Building, 100                                                   electronic waste will be recycled by ASL, a       tion, call 727-3383 or visit www.hssv.org
                                                                                                 dents for each class, so register early!        San Jose based electronics recycler.
their first-hand experience with immigration    Paseo de San Antonio, Suite 300 in San                                                                                                             MOMS Club of San Jose - Blossom
expressed through their photography.            Jose. The public is invited to drop by from                                                      Jan. 26                                           Hill/Santa Teresa chapter: We are a play-
Their assignment, with their families’ per-     4 – 6:30 p.m. to say hello and discuss                                                                                                             group that meets a few times per week for
mission, was to select a friend or peer to      community and legislative issues.                VOLUNTEERS                                      The public is invited to the 2008 Silicon         many fun, social activities. Our website is
                                                Informational brochures will be available                                                        Valley Digital Clubhouse Vietnamese               www.bayareamoms.org, Contact Victoria
photograph and document their experience
of immigration into the United States.          and light refreshments will be served. For       Jan. 22                                         American Heritage Project. Hosted by              Meline for more information 888-5838.
                                                more information please call 282-8920.                                                           the Silicon Valley Digital Clubhouse, History
Sometimes the subject matter was the stu-                                                        Friends of Guadalupe River Park &                                                                 The Almaden Valley Al-Anon Family
                                                RSVP is appreciated.                                                                             San José and the Museum of the Boat
dent himself. Exhibition descriptions and                                                        Gardens to hold Volunteer Coffees: Two                                                            Groups meet every Friday from 10to 11:45
                                                                                                                                                 People and the Republic of Vietnam, the
tour schedules are available at                                                                  Volunteer Coffees will be held at the Visitor                                                     a.m. and on Sundays from 7:30 to 8:30
                                                                                                                                                 kick off and reception of this project will be
www.sites.si.edu.                                                                                & Information Center, 438 Coleman Avenue                                                          p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 1198 Redmond
                                                CLASSES                                          in San Jose, to introduce prospective vol-
                                                                                                                                                 at History Park on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to
                                                                                                                                                 noon at the Empire Fire House Building. The       Avenue, San Jose. Al-Anon helps families
                                                                                                 unteers to the many opportunities that are
CHILDREN/FAMILY                                 Jan. 25                                          available. Event times are 11 a.m. and
                                                                                                                                                 youth of the Silicon Valley Digital Clubhouse
                                                                                                                                                 Network will share with the public their digi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and friends learn what they can do about
                                                                                                                                                                                                   excessive drinking, alcoholism and its
                                                                                                 6:30 p.m. These Coffees are informal, and                                                         effects on the entire family. Meetings do not
Jan. 24 - 26                                    The nonprofit Katydids Square Dance                                                              tal stories and will invite community mem-
                                                                                                 will present an overview of the park’s histo-                                                     require appointments. There is no charge
                                                Club is offering a 16-week beginner                                                              bers to participate in the project. All digital
Pioneer High School Advanced Drama                                                               ry, design and development, as well as                                                            for attendance. For more information, call
                                                square dancing class. Get the fun, friend-                                                       stories will be archived by History San José
presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's                                                             information on volunteer opportunities.                                                           379-1051 or visit the web site at
                                                ship and fitness of learning to square                                                           to sharing with schools, libraries and the
Nest,” directed by Steve Dini. All perform-                                                      There is no obligation to sign up. To RSVP                                                        http://www.ncwsa.org/scvafg/
                                                dance with the Katydids. Classes are 7-                                                          community.
ances will be in the PHS Performing Arts                                                         or get more information, contact Lucy
                                                8:30 p.m. Fridays, beginning January 25, in                                                      Jan. 26                                           12-Step Christian Program - Celebrate
Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at                                                     Perez, Volunteer Coordinator, at
                                                the hall at the United Church of Christ, 400                                                                                                       Recovery! Program held every Monday night
the door for $10/Adults, $5/Seniors and                                                          lperez@grpg.org or 298-7657.                    St. Timothy's Lutheran School is hosting
                                                West Campbell Avenue, Campbell. The                                                                                                                at 7 p.m. at Generations Foursquare Church,
Students w/ ID. This is an open seating per-    first two evenings are free, then $4 per per-                                                    an Open House: Located at 5100 Camden
                                                                                                                                                                                                   133 Bernal Road in San Jose. For more
formance. For more information, call 978-       son. No partner, experience or special                                                           Avenue in San Jose, event hours are 9 a.m.
8499.                                           clothing required. For more information, call    MISCELLANEOUS                                   to noon. St. Timothy's Lutheran School was
                                                                                                                                                                                                   information, call 504-7687 or visit cele-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   braterecovery@generationsfoursquare.org
                                                Lloyd at 241-7567 or visit http://www.katy-                                                      founded in 1979 with a commitment to pro-
Jan. 25                                                                                          Jan. 20, 27 & Feb. 3, 10 and 17                 viding a high quality educational experience,
                                                dids.info/
The Friends of Guadalupe River Park &                                                                                                            within the framework of the Christian faith,
Gardens presents “The World Next Door.”         Ongoing                                          Lawn Bowling competition at Willow
                                                                                                 Glen’s Frank Bramhall Park. Event time is
                                                                                                                                                 to members of the congregation and the            HAVE AN ITEM FOR
Bring your imaginary passports for an
afternoon of global travel as we explore the
                                                The Committee to Promote Square                  10 a.m., and the public is welcome to
                                                                                                                                                 community. For more information, call 265-
                                                                                                                                                 0244 or visit www.st-tims-lutheran.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                   OUR CALENDAR?
                                                Dancing is sponsoring a square dance             watch free of charge. Complimentary
seven sister cities of San Jose. Join us as     refresher class for experienced dancers:                                                                                                           We are seeking calendar items pertaining
we discover the history and culture of these
                                                                                                 refreshments will be available. For more        Jan. 26
                                                Fees are $2.50/seniors and youth,                information, call Jerry at 499-5423.                                                              to the South Bay communities we cover in
unique places around the world. Hear tradi-     $5/adults. Classes meet Tuesdays, 6:30-9                                                         Electronic Waste (e-waste) Recycling:             our seven monthly community newspapers:
tional stories, make crafts, listen to music,   p.m. in the Camden Community Center              Jan. 24                                         Live Oak Academy is hosting a free recy-          Blossom Valley, Cambrian, Campbell,
and sample breads from Russia, Mexico,          Multipurpose Room, 3369 Union Avenue,                                                            cling event to be held at Foxworthy Baptist       Evergreen, Santa Teresa, Willow Glen, and
                                                                                                 The American Association of University
Costa Rica, Japan, Taiwan, India and Ireland.   San Jose, 95124. For more information,                                                           Church, 1774 Foxworthy Ave., from 9:30            our weekly publication, Almaden Times
                                                                                                 Women San Jose invites you to an Open
Learn to play a new game and say hello and      call 723-0315.                                                                                   a.m. - 4 p.m. This is a simple and conven-        Weekly. Items must be submitted by e-mail
                                                                                                 House from 6 -7:30 p.m., at AAUW-SJ
goodbye in another language. Time is 3:30 –                                                                                                      ient way to get rid of any old computers or       or fax several weeks before the event. Send
                                                Ceramics classes for adults. Do some-            Headquarters, 1165 Minnesota Avenue, in
5 p.m. fees are $8/members and $15 non-                                                                                                          electronics that may be cluttering up your        an email to candy@timesmediainc.com or
                                                thing totally fun and creative for yourself in   Willow Glen. Meet members and hear how
members. Workshops take place at the                                                                                                             space, and help our school raise funds. So        fax to Candy Richter at 494-7078. Photos
                                                2008...Hands On Clay classes in Almaden          AAUW-SJ promotes lifelong education and
Visitor and Education Center located at 438                                                                                                      bring your old TV's, stereos, telephones,         should be sent digitally as jpegs or mailed
                                                is now accepting applications for its small,     advances equity for women and girls
Coleman Ave, San Jose. Pre-registration is                                                                                                       computers, monitors, peripherals, printers,       to Calendar, Times Newspapers, 1310 Tully
                                                relaxing clay classes in January on Tuesday      through advocacy, research, and local
required - call 298-7657 or visit                                                                                                                etc. All items recycled locally by a state        Rd., Suite 112, San Jose, CA 95122. Due
                                                & Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m.,            school enrichment programs. A buffet sup-
www.grpg.org to learn more. Appropriate for                                                                                                      authorized recycling company. For ques-           to the large volume of items received cal-
                                                and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11              per will be served at 6 p.m. Membership in
children 5 – 10 years. Parents need not be                                                                                                       tions, call 355-4935.                             endar requests left on voice mail cannot be
                                                a.m. The fee includes instructions, clay,        AAUW requires an Associate, Baccalaureate
present during the workshop.                                                                                                                                                                       used. Space is limited.
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TimesFeatures
                                                                   Mr. Bloomberg even floated a
HUMOR
                                                                                                      StreetTalk by Carol Rosen
                                                                possible campaign slogan: “Vote
                                                                For Me and I’ll Give you $10,000.”
                                                                   Aides close to the mayor indi-
Bloomberg still                                                 cated that there were other posi-
                                                                tive signs as well, noting that Mr.   Mayor Chuck Reed has been in office for about
deciding                                                        Bloomberg had recently trans-
                                                                ferred $2 billion into his day-to-    a year now. What kind of a job do you think he
whether to buy                                                  day checking account.
                                                                   “With that kind of money, you      is doing? Anything he could be doing better?
presidency                                                      could either buy the White House
                                                                or ten Mitt Romneys,” said one
                                                                                                      (Asked at Via Valiente Plaza)

                                               The              aide familiar with the cash trans-    “I think he’s                          “From what I’ve
Price remains sticking                                          fer.                                  doing fine. He’s                       been reading,
                                          Borowitz
point, aides say                            Report
                                                                   But according to one of Mr.        trying to be fis-                      he’s been trying,
                                                                Bloomberg’s advisers who spoke        cally responsible                      but he’s not up


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        ew York Mayor Michael              Andy Borowitz        on condition of anonymity, falling    and work on city                       the expectations
        Bloomberg is “still trying                              real estate prices in the U.S. may    affairs. I want to                     about him. He’s
        to decide” whether to buy the U.S. pres- have given the mayor cold feet about buying          hear more about                        hit a few road-
idency, aides to Mr. Bloomberg confirmed the presidency.                                              rapid transit. I would ride it if we   blocks within the council. I’d like
today, with the sticking point reportedly being      “At this point, buying the United States isn’t   had it.”                               to see the downtown area come to
the steep price of such an acquisition.            looking like such a good investment,” the          Barbara Henry                          life. I think a lot of people would
  In recent weeks, Mr. Bloomberg had been adviser said. “At the end of the day, Mike might            Almaden                                like to see a livelier downtown. It
sending out positive signals about his interest be better off buying Canada.”                         Retired                                still needs a little something. I also
in buying the highest office in the land, raising    Elsewhere, in a positive development for                                                hope the new airport will live up to
hopes among supporters that he might be Vice President Dick Cheney, scientists in a lab-              “He’s doing bet-                       international standards.”
preparing to throw his wallet in the ring.         oratory at the University of Minnesota created     ter than Ron                           Frank Loya, 65
  In a speech in Oklahoma last week, for exam- a living rat’s heart.                                  Gonzales. I                            Almaden
ple, the mayor told an enthralled crowd, “In         Read more of Andy Borowitz at www.borow-         would like to see                      Wine
these divisive times, I believe that the itzreport.com. Andy Borowitz is a nationally                 cleaner roads
American people are yearning for the leader- syndicated humor columnist whose work can                here in the                            “He’s been quiet
ship of a whiny billionaire.”                      be found in Newsweek and other publications.       southern part of                       compared to Ron
                                                                                                      the city. Our                          Gonzales, who
                                                                                                      roads need the weeds and trash         I’m embarrassed
                                                                                                      cleaned from them.”                    to say I voted for
                                                                                                      Gloria Howell, 58                      twice. What I’ve
                                                                                                      Almaden                                seen of Chuck
                                                                                                      Homemaker                              Reed is that he’s
                                                                                                                                             doing well. He’s fiscally conserva-
                                                                                                      “This year I’ve                        tive [which is a good thing]. I don’t
                                                                                                      been following                         see him creating stories about him-
                                                                                                      national politics                      self. He’s low key and I think he is
                                                                                                      a lot closer than I                    the opposite of a publicity hound.
                                                                                                      have city politics.                    But I’d like to see him voice the
                                                                                                      I’m fine with the                      issues more and get more cover-
                                                                                                      way things have                        age.”
                                                                                                      been going. At                         Jay Wiener, 62
                                                                                                      least we’ve had no major scandals.”    Almaden
                                                                                                      Rona Buschbaum, 38                     High tech start-up
                                                                                                      Almaden
                                                                                                      Nursing student at San Jose State      “He’s doing better than the last guy,
                                                                                                                                             Ron Gonzales. I didn’t like him at
                                                                                                      “I think he’s                          all. He cheated on his wife. I think
                                                                                                      doing a good job.                      Reed has really good intentions
                                                                                                      I haven’t heard                        and feel bad that he doesn’t have
                                                                                                      people complain-                       the tax base to accomplish the
                                                                                                      ing about him.                         things he wants to get done like his
                                                                                                      From the things                        Green Vision.”
                                                                                                      I’ve read about                        Steve Boyer, 58
                                                                                                      him, he’s smart                        Almaden
                                                                                                      and he seems to be getting things      IBM research scientist
                                                                                                      done, unlike the recent past."
                                                                                                      Perry Segal, 63
                                                                                                      Almaden
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104 MOJONERA CT                                   118 NARAMORE LANE                              472 DANNA CT                                   835 WILLOW GLEN WAY
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5 BR, 3 BA, 2,472 SqFt.                           3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1,905 SqFt.                      3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1,653 SqFt.                      5 BR, 3.5 BA, 3,300 SQFT.

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1091 CAMINO RICARDO                               1484 BULLION CL                                1738 DRY CREEK RD                              2435 COTTLE AVE
$2,165,000                                        $979,000                                       $1,699,000                                     $1,888,000

4 BR, 4+ BA, 3,000 SqFt.                          3 BR, 3 BA, 2,454 SqFt.                        5 BR, 3 BA, 3,099 SqFt.                        5 BR, 3 BA, 3,500 SqFt.

Terry Kelly, TERRENCE KELLY, BROKER               Richard Hamilton, ALAIN PINEL REALTORS         Jan Kollenborn, ALAIN PINEL REALTORS           Steve Kent, INTERO REAL ESTATE
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3729 MACBETH DR                                   5230 BIRKDALE WAY                              5933 DRYTOWN PL                                6339 MENLO DR
$889,000                                          $1,349,950                                     $874,950                                       $999,950

3 BR, 2 BA, 2,241 SqFt.                           4 BR, 3.5 BA, 3,114 SqFt.                      3 BR, 2 BA, 1,802 SqFt.                        4 BR, 2.5 BA, 2,139 SqFt.

Charlene M. Pascoal, ASANTE REAL ESTATE GROUP     Alana Lam, INTERO REAL ESTATE                  Dawson/Schwartz, COLDWELL BANKER               Baniani & Bonetti, ALAIN PINEL REALTORS
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7175 MARTWOOD WAY                                 18010 HARVEST LN                               18650 FARRAGUT LANE                            21079 MICHAELS DR
$999,990                                          $1,295,000                                     $4,795,000                                     $2,490,000

4 BR, 2 BA, 1,797 SqFt.                           3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1,886 SqFt.                      5 BR, 4+ BA, 5,000 SqFt.                       5 BR, 4+ BA, 4,015 SQFT.

Carol Mauldin, ALAIN PINEL REALTORS               Carol Mauldin, ALAIN PINEL REALTORS            Lillian Soleimani, SYNOPTIC REAL ESTATE        ISMAR MASLIC, MONTALVO REALTY
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Almaden Area Meetings                                      Oakridge Century Theatres in association with Las
Almaden Helping Hands Networking Group                     Madres Neighborhood Playgroups presents
We are Almaden's premier exclusive business network-       CineMamas! A morning out to the movies for moms
ing group, leveraging social networking within a com-
munity to generate business for members and at the
                                                           and their little ones. This group meets every Tuesday at
                                                           10 a.m., There are three showings to choose from, baby-              Shocking Truth Revealed...
same time serving the community by reaching out to         safe sound levels, cheerios at the concession stand and
help the poorer members of a community and help            a relaxing atmosphere with other moms who under-
them be a productive part of the community. Each pro-      stand kids are kids! Check CineMamas.com for a week-         If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, please keep
fession will have only one representative within the       ly update on what is showing. Kids under 3 are free!         reading...it may be the most important thing you read
group and such focused one-on-one networking will
help the members strengthen and extend relationships,      Le Tip International, a business leads networking            this year! What’s about to be revealed can save you from
bringing the community together. Meets once a month,       group meets every Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. at Denny’s            years of pain, suffering, even arthritis.
Please contact us at info@almadennet.org or visit our      Restaurant, 1140 Hillsdale Avenue. For more informa-
website for more info: www.almadennet.org                  tion, call 298-9131.

Almaden Valley Singles meets monthly to plan upcom-
                                                                                                                        What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About These
                                                           The Kiwanis Club of South San Jose meets at the Cup
ing activities. Some of our activities include monthly     and Saucer family restaurant community room, 1375            Hidden Injuries CAN Hurt You!
Pot Lucks, helping to clean up trash at Parma Park,        Blossom Hill Rd., on Tuesday night at 5:30 and also          No matter if you go to the Emergency Room or to your
Movie Nights, as well as an Out to Dinner group. Come      Thursday morning at 7 am. Kiwanis is a worldwide
join us this Saturday and get to know us better. All       service organization whose motto is “Serving the             family doctor, odds are whoever you’ll be talking to was
95120 singles are welcome. Call 268-8987 to RSVP.          Children of the World.” We are actively seeking new          never taught how to detect these injuries by covering up
                                                           members. Contact: Ros Higgins, Club President at (408)
The Santa Clara Co. Horsemen’s Association, founded        445-5121 for more information or feel welcome to show        your symptoms with medication, physical therapy, and
in 1939, meets the third Friday of each month at its
property located at 20350 McKean Road, San Jose.
                                                           up at the meeting.                                           even surgery that simply doesn’t work. And while these
Increase your knowledge of horses and enjoy the kin-       The Almaden Valley Al-Anon Family Groups meet                treatments are going on, you’ll only feel worse because
ship of fellow equestrians. You don’t need to own a
horse to be a member. Call 268-4215 or check out our
                                                           every Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and Sunday
                                                           from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Church, 1198
                                                                                                                        your treatments aren’t meant to fix your problem in the
web site at www.horsemens.org.                             Redmond Ave., San Jose, CA 95120. Al-Anon helps              first place.
                                                           families and friends learn what they can do about
Leads Club, the original business referral networking      excessive drinking, alcoholism and its effects on the
organization meets every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. on        entire family. Meetings do not require appointments.         FREE Report Reveals The Truth About Hidden
Hillsdale near Almaden Expressway. For location
details and more information, call Yvonne at 239-6385.
                                                           There is no charge for attendance. For more informa-
                                                           tion, contact the Al-Anon Family Groups office at (408)
                                                                                                                        Car Accident Injuries
                                                           379-1051 or visit the Web site at                            This report reveals the biggest mistake all auto accident
The Las Madres Adoptive Moms Group meets twice a
month on Friday mornings for play dates and lunch.
                                                           http://www.ncwsa.org/scvafg/
                                                                                                                        victims make and how you can avoid them all. Don’t sign
Once per month we also have Mom’s Night Out, a fami-       The Almaden Valley Community Association (AVCA)              away your rights. Most health problems take weeks to
ly activity and a newsletter with stories written by       will meet on Monday, Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the
members as well as informative articles and book           Almaden Library/Community Center, 6445Camden Ave.
                                                                                                                        show up; they wind up costing you a fortune, and lead to
reviews on adoption. For more information, visit           There will be no speaker at this meeting, and the topic      a lifetime of suffering. To order your copy of the report
www.lasmadres.org or contact Barb Griswold at barb-        will be the plan for community action by the AVCA for
gris@aol.com or call toll free 1-877-LasMadres.            2008. The January AVCA meeting will be held on Jan.
                                                                                                                        that many lawyers and insurance companies were hoping
                                                           14. For more information, contact Art Boudreault, presi-     and praying that you never see, call toll free 877-251-3537
Business Leads Unlimited (www.onlineblu. com) meets        dent at (408) 268-1714 or artb@netwiz.net or Ron
at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday, at the Denny’s Restaurant on   Blake, vice president at ronblake@sbcglobal.net or visit
                                                                                                                        and listen to the 24 hour recorded message.
Blossom Hill Road approximately one half mile east of      the Web site at www.avca-sj.org.
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