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Empowering Looking to make a move? Check this week’s Open Houses—pg. 25 PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID neighborhoods Permit No. 5187 San Jose, CA AVCA focus on new Neighborhood 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 Page 2 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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 7295 Via Brezzo $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! 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Award winning Saratoga Schools. $1,550,000 (408) 335-1405 Visit us on our website at www.scperry.com 214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road Los Gatos, CA 95030 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Page 4 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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 Page 6 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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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Photo by Kymberli Brady (408) 494-7000 ex. 224 Graphic Artists Valentino Esquivel (408) 494-7000 ex. 207 Governor seeks budget reform, asks for the people’s help firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Associate By Bill Highlander raise taxes.” He stressed that politicians must cuts, money that helped California’s economy. Linda Mancuso Staff Writer realize the importance of being a public servant, He claims the cuts didn’t hurt revenues, because 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. email@example.com way to San Jose on Tuesday to talk with a ple. 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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 (408) 494-7000 ex. 205 echoed that sentiment. without raising taxes. Se Habla Español Schwarzenegger, an articulate and passionate While the governor seeks bipartisan support firstname.lastname@example.org Billing Manager advocate for his budget reform, used charts to “He’s a caring, charismatic to curb spending and balance the budget, the demonstrate the gap between spending and rev- people will get a chance to vote on his reforms William Bellou (408) 494-7000 ex. 201 enue. He pointed to a continuing rise in rev- person who truly wants to in an election during 2008. email@example.com Publisher/CEO enues, showing spending outpacing income. “We have to learn to live within our means,” he make a difference and he In answering a question about the presiden- tial campaign, Schwarzenegger said that with Copyright © 2008 Times Media, said. Noting that there are peaks and valleys in does. We need to do what we the early primary election, California now has the ability to help choose the Republican and Inc. All rights reserved. The Almaden Times Weekly prefers annual revenue streams, he warned that spend- can as a city to support him.” Democratic nominees. “Now they have to come letters to the editor and submis- ing it all in good times leaves nothing for a to us.” sions of guest articles and columns for possible publication shortfall. He emphasized that the budget prob- —District 10 Councilmember Nancy Pyle Afterwards, District 10 Councilmember to be sent by email or fax. All lems are a mere bump in the road, if the budget Nancy Pyle commented that she was impressed submitted materials become the structure is fixed. with Schwarzenegger’s ability to connect with Have an opinion? property of Times Media, Inc., and receipt of unsolicited materi- The current deficit must be resolved this year, the audience. “He’s a caring, charismatic person als cannot be acknowledged. he said, making the point that the current who truly wants to make a difference and he deficit is $3.3 billion, not the $14.5 billion wide- does. We need to do what we can as a city to ly reported. He says that number happens only Let the Almaden Times hear from you! 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We promote sound economic development, well researched planning, transparent government, cultural diversity, quality education and community awareness. Almaden Times Weekly Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Page 11 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. 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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 SPECIAL! “By expanding homeownership www.cbia.org. opportunities, the industry will Hanley Wood Market Intel- rebound and generate additional ligence is the housing industry’s tax revenues that will help leading provider of rich data and (Jan 21 – Feb 4) improve the state’s budget out- look. Acting now will help the consulting services on residential 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 The CBIA is calling on the gov- information is available at ernor and legislative leaders to www.hanleywood.com/ hwmi. pursue immediate action: Hanley Wood Market Intel- 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 its slump, such as extending upgrades. Because this data is col- ALL OF THIS AND MORE FOR ONLY: expiring subdivision maps, allow- lected monthly and based upon Outside Stateroom w/Balcony from USD $2849.42 pp ing payment of impact fees at cer- sales contracts that represent Ocean View Stateroom from USD $2399.42 pp tificate of occupancy. future closings, HWMI data is the Inside Stateroom from USD $1549.42 pp Ask Congress to increase lim- most forward-looking data source (No hidden charges: prices include tax and port charge fees) its on federally guaranteed loans available for new home informa- to better reflect California high- tion in the state of California. Times Classifieds Work! 494-7000 Almaden Times Weekly Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Page 13 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.” Come to our Alpha Introduction Party for food and fun to check it out. Thursday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. Call Joan at (408) 268-3490 for reser- vations or more information. Hurry - space is limited! Children’s program also provided through 5th grade. Improve Your Bottom Line: Advertise in the Times. 494-7000 Page 14 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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; Voted best pizza restaurant Almaden Times 2007 T 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. 7 (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 Almaden Times Weekly Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Page 15 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 ing to and recovering from disasters. employees will enable us to continue deliv- Regular Price This responsibility includes maintaining ering essential services.” PLUS CERTIFICATE. county and city emergency operations cen- McHugh’s focus in 2008 will be to *Must present coupon before work is performed. On most vehicles, trucks, vans. ters in a state of readiness, evaluating train- improve the county’s financial sustainabili- Motorhomes & 4x4's extra. Hazardous material disposal fee $3. Expires 1/31/08 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 Techron registered TM for fuel additives licensed to Chevron Products Company emergency public health operations and City Council, and became the first elected medical-health mutual aid coordination. mayor of Milpitas in 1978. Page 16 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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 Almaden Times Weekly Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Page 17 Now Accepting Credit Cards 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. Page 18 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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 A 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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- Almaden Times Weekly Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Page 19 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. just why I feel that way. 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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 You actually need much thing for my family and For past articles, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Page 20 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, Thursday—Girls soccer vs. Del Mar—JV Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Colin at colin.corstor- at 3:15 followed by varsity at Leland email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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. Almaden Times Weekly Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Page 21 Page 22 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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 firstname.lastname@example.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- email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Almaden Times Weekly Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Page 23 Page 24 Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Almaden Times Weekly 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 N 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 Retired Almaden Times Weekly Jan. 18–Jan. 24, 2008 Page 25 0 32 0 32 1 38 1 25 95 95 95 95 OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20 15, 1:30 - 4:30 pm OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 PM 104 MOJONERA CT 118 NARAMORE LANE 472 DANNA CT 835 WILLOW GLEN WAY $1,399,997 $885,000 $738,000 $1,799,000 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. Leo Riordan, COLDWELL BANKER Karen McDermott, ALAIN PINEL REALTORS Frank Liu, RE/MAX VALLEY PROPERTIES SUSAN & SHAWN, COLDWELL BANKER (408) 209-0269 (408) 741-1111 (408) 313-2688 (408) 399-1062 1 25 1 20 1 25 1 25 95 95 95 95 OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm OPEN SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm OPEN SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:25 pm OPEN SAT FEB 19 & SUN FEB 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm 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 (408) 529-0234 (408)482-2415 (408) 828-0043 (408) 979-5979 2 7 1 38 2 0 1 20 9 51 95 9 51 95 OPEN SUN JAN 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm OPEN SAT JAN 19, 1:30 - 3:30 pm OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm 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 (408) 398-5923 (408) 342-3118 (408) 399-1046 (408) 313-6680 1 20 70 0 30 0 70 95 0 95 95 95 OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 pm OPEN SAT JAN 19 & SUN JAN 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm OPEN SUN JAN 20, 1:30 - 4:30 PM 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 (408) 219-1713 (408) 219-1713 (408)314-7468 (408) 877-6060 Get Listed! To place an ad in the Open House Directory, call Val Esquivel at (408) 494-7000 x207. 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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 email@example.com 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. 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