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     MARCH 28, 2008 VOLUME 16, NO. 12                    INSIDE: HEALTH & FITNESS | PAGE 25                                 650.964.6300                  MountainViewOnline.com

   School                                                                                                               Police see dip
 bus fares
  to jump                                                                                                               in gang crime
                                                                                                                          DEPARTMENT’S ‘GANG SUPPRESSION TEAM’
TEACHERS ALSO AGREE                                                                                                       CREDITED WITH KEEPING NUMBERS DOWN
DISTRICT TRIMS BUDGET                                                                                                       By Daniel DeBolt             by 6 percent in 2006, and another 7
                                                                                                                                                         percent in 2007.

           By Casey Weiss

      acing a loss of $3 million in
      next year’s budget, local school
      administrators plan to double
                                                                                                                    D     espite two murders in Feb-       One bust that may have made
                                                                                                                          ruary involving gang mem- an especially big impact was the
                                                                                                                          bers, police say gang-related January 2007 arrest of the “zip-tie
                                                                                                                 crime in Mountain View has actu- robbers,” a group of seven gang
                                                                                                                 ally been on a slow and steady members active in Mountain View
school bus fares for several hundred                                                                             decrease since 2005, likely thanks who were robbing stores from here
students and eliminate one route                                                                                 to the efforts of a special unit within to San Jose.
all together. Teachers, meanwhile,                                                                               the department.                           “You will have some very high-
have agreed to skip a raise in order                                                                                “The slow decrease is, in part, due end gang members stirring the
to help balance the books.                                                                                       to the gang suppres-                                  pot and it tends to
  The Mountain View Whisman                                                                                      sion team,” said police          ■ INSIDE             get bad,” said Bruce
school district hopes to reduce its                                                                              spokesperson Liz                                      Barsi, a former officer
transportation costs by $100,000,                                                                                Wylie. “It absolutely A TALK WITH A                   of the gang suppres-
which administrators say is impor-                                                                               has had something to GANG MEMBER sion team and cur-
tant as they face the cuts likely                                                                                do with that.”                                        rent board president
under the current state budget                                                                                      Police formed the               See p.13           of the Community
proposal. The district hopes to save                                                                             gang suppression                                      Health Awareness
another $500,000 through salary                                                                                  team following Mountain View’s Council, which councils at-risk
negotiations with staff members                                                                                  only gang-related murder in recent children and youth. “Maybe these
and the teacher’s unions.                                                                                        years, the shooting of Alejandro members move on, but the cycle
  “If we have to remember one                                                                                    Fernandez in 2004. By 2005, a continues. We haven’t been very
thing in this cost-cutting, it is that                                                                           group of specially trained detectives successful at getting at the root of
this is another sign of the state                                                                                and patrol officers started collec- that cycle that keeps repeating.”
inadequately funding us, and it                                                                                  tively tracking gang activity.            As criminals like the zip-tie rob-
is embarrassing,” Superintendent                                                                                    Police say gang-related crime bers are tracked and prosecuted,
                                                                                                 DANIELLE VERNON
Maurice Ghysels said at last week’s                                                                              peaked in 2005 with 71 incidents, police are compiling a list of known
meeting. “It is disheartening to see       WIND UP: Joe Squatritto (left) and Ira Duran (top) of Duran           nearly double the number from gang members in the city, and
that kids don’t have better access.”       Construction build a non-functional windmill behind the historic      previous years and nearing the all- its number has risen since 2005.
  Approximately 500 of the 4,300           Rengstorff House on Friday, March 21.                                 time highs seen in the 1990s. But Currently, police say, there are 26
students in the district use the                                                                                 then gang-related crime dropped registered active gang members
buses. By cutting a bus route, the                                                                                                                       in Mountain View, although they
district will have an extra driver                                                                                                                       say it’s nearly impossible to have
to transport special education stu-
dents, who currently use a private,
more expensive provider.
                                             Google buys Pear Avenue Theatre                                                                             an exact number, and difficult
                                                                                                                                                         to distinguish which are serious
                                                                                                                                                         criminals and which are just “pos-
  Under the fare hike, full-year                              ARE TECH TITANS IN A FIGHT OVER REAL ESTATE?                                               ers” — young teens trying to fit in.
passes will increase from $180 to                                                                                                                          “We certainly haven’t noticed a
$360 for the 2008-09 school year,                 By Daniel DeBolt           are for the building that houses has a large campus a block south           decrease in gang members,” Wylie
and half-year passes will cost $200.                                         the Pear Avenue Theatre play- of Pear Avenue on La Avenida.                 said. “Their numbers appear to
Trustees decided on the changes
last Thursday after debating equity,
safety and transparency regarding
the new costs.
  The school will also stop serving
                                         I   n what may be a competition house. Some speculate it may be Google’s headquarters, and a
                                             with Microsoft over real estate part of a strategy to block Micro- dozen other Google buildings,
                                             in the North Bayshore area, soft from buying up all of the are less than a mile away.
                                         Google recently purchased the property in the neighborhood.
                                         building that houses a small local
                                                                                                                   In an e-mail, Google spokes-
                                                                                A Microsoft sign recently person John Murchinson said
                                                                                                                                                         have increased.”
                                                                                                                                                           The significant gang crimes this
                                                                                                                                                         year include the non-fatal stabbing
                                                                                                                                                         of a perceived Sureño in January.
                                                                                                                                                         Alleged Norteños George Oseida,
four stops: California/Mariposa,         theater group at 1220 Pear Ave.     appeared on another Pear Avenue                                             21, and Jacob Dewitt, 19, were
                                           It is unclear what Google’s plans building, and Microsoft already              See GOOGLE, page 9
         See BUDGET, page 10                                                                                                                                       See GANGS, page 13

                                             We bet you’ve never seen this headline in any recent
                                             media coverage of the real estate market. Yet it is
                                             fact—92.7 percent of all mortgages in the United
                                             States are current. What’s more, the “sub-prime
                                             mortgage crisis” refers to a tiny portion of sub-prime
                                             mortgages. Sub-prime mortgages represent only a
                                             fraction of all mortgages—and the vast majority of
                                             these are current.

                                             • Percent of U.S. mortgages that are current
                                             • Percent of U.S. mortgages that are sub-prime
                                             • Percent of sub-prime mortgages that are current

                                             Source: Mortgage Bankers Association, 3Q07 Report

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                                                                                  BATTERY, THEURKAUF                            look at them or a description. The two men
                                                                                  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 3/21                       left. The woman did not see a weapon and
                                                                                  A relative of a student pushed a school       could not be sure it was even a weapon
                                                                                  staff member and then left. An investiga-     pushed into her back.
                                                                                  tion is in progress.
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                                                                                  ROBBERY, 500 BLOCK                            MOFFETT BLVD., 3/23
                                                                                  WALKER DR., 3/22                              Two adolescents stole a golf cart from the
                                                                                  Two men approached a women from               apartment complex and drove off in it.
                                                                                  behind and stuck a hard object in her back.   They were last seen headed westbound on
                                                                                  They told her they wanted her money. The      Cypress Point from Moffett Blvd. They were
                                                                                  woman gave them her money from her            about 5 feet tall and had on black hooded
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        From the
   Going                                                                                                                                                        whacked
                                                                                                                                                                    CITY ALSO ADOPTS
somewhere?                                                                                                                                                         RATINGS FOR GREEN
         By Don Frances                                                                                                                                               DEVELOPMENT

T      HE HEAD OF Mountain
       View’s well-used downtown
       post office has informed
us that the office will be hosting a
“Passport Fair” next weekend.                                                                                                                                  I
                                                                                                                                                                         By Daniel DeBolt

                                                                                                                                                                   n a meeting Tuesday night
                                                                                                                                                                   that lasted almost seven hours,
                                                                                                                                                                   the City Council killed a pro-
  Postmaster Debra Powell said                                                                                                                                 posal for a community garden
the post office, located at 211 Hope                                                                                                                           between Bonnie and Beatrice
Street, holds the event to accom-                                                                                                                              streets, adopted standards of
modate residents who are otherwise                                                                                                                             measurement for green buildings
unable to apply for passports dur-                                                                                                              DAVID CENZER
                                                                                                                                                               and discussed the Day Worker
ing weekdays (when the post office     A picture of Lt. Ken Ballard of Mountain View stands behind lit candles during a vigil Monday evening                   Center’s new building.
has its normal hours for passport      honoring the 4,000 American soldiers killed in Iraq.                                                                      After several years of pursuit by
service).                                                                                                                                                      the city, the proposed community
  The event is next Saturday,
April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
and will include light refresh-
ments. When I got my new
                                        Grim milestone for Iraq war                                                                                            garden was stopped in a 5-2 vote,
                                                                                                                                                               with council members Matt Pear
                                                                                                                                                               and Ronit Bryant its only support-
                                                                                                                                                               ers. The garden was supposed to
passport a couple years ago, there
                                          VIGIL HELD DOWNTOWN FOR THE 4,000 U.S. SOLDIERS LOST IN THE CONFLICT                                                 ease the high demand for the two
were no light refreshments.                     By Casey Weiss                 son, Lt. Ken Ballard, died during       of Ballard, who graduated from          existing city gardens, which have a
  The idea of traveling outside                                                a firefight in Iraq nearly four years   Mountain View High School in            waiting list several years long.
the country leads me to wonder:
How will you be paying for this
trip? As of Wednesday, the U.S.
dollar “traded within a cent
of the record low against the
                                       S     tanding in front of a make-
                                             shift wall covered with the
                                             names of Americans killed
                                       in the Iraq war, Karen Meredith
                                       told a small group of demonstra-
                                                                                  On Monday evening, less than
                                                                               24 hours after the toll of Ameri-
                                                                               can soldiers killed in the Iraq war
                                                                               reached 4,000, approximately 50
                                                                                                                         With the casualties steadily
                                                                                                                       mounting, the Mountain View
                                                                                                                       group’s members, and their coun-
                                                                                                                       terparts in Los Altos and Sunny-
                                                                                                                                                                 City staff had recommended
                                                                                                                                                               that the garden be rejected after the
                                                                                                                                                               Parks And Recreation Commission
                                                                                                                                                               voted 3-1 in opposition in January.
                                                                                                                                                                 “It’s the wrong place for a garden,”
euro,” according to Bloomberg.         tors that ever since the day her son    local residents held a candlelight      vale, say they had been expecting       said resident Nora Rudin.
So I hope you’re not going to          was killed in the conflict, she feels   vigil on the corner of Castro           the number to soon reach 4,000,           Neighbors of the site said there
Europe.                                the loss of life deep down.             Street and El Camino Real to            and organized the vigil in one          was almost unanimous opposition
  Whatever the case, it’s always         “When another soldier dies, a         remember them. Meredith and             day. They came prepared with            there, with 92 neighbors signing a
good to have a passport handy.         part of me dies,” said Meredith,        the other demonstrators read the        anti-war songs and candles for          petition opposing the garden. They
Call (650) 938-6922 for more           a Mountain View resident and            names of the 426 Californians           participants, although the event        said they didn’t oppose gardens in
information on next weekend’s          prominent member of Mountain            who have died since the war start-                                              theory, but that the neighborhood
event.                                 View Voices for Peace. Her own          ed in March 2002, including that                  See VIGIL, page 6             of single-family homes would not
                                                                                                                                                               be served as well as a more high-
THIS WEEKEND, stay home and                                                                                                                                    density neighborhood would.
plant a tree. Mountain View Trees, a                                                                                                                             Council member Ronit Bryant
local tree-hugging group, will hold
a tree-planting event this Saturday,
March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon
                                       MVHS picks new assistant principal                                                                                      said she supported the garden
                                                                                                                                                               because open space was limited in
                                                                                                                                                               the city. But others on the council
along Steven’s Creek Trail.                             MIKE MATHIESEN TO BEGIN NEW ROLE THIS SUMMER                                                           used the same argument to say
   “Mountain View Trees is work-                                                                                                                               that the piece of land, currently a
ing with the city to offer one last             By Casey Weiss                 July he will replace current assis-       Mathiesen has held many               “weed patch,” should be turned
planting occasion before warmer                                                tant principal Gayle Larson, who        leadership roles at the school,         into a community park instead,
weather sets in for good,” wrote
group member Donna Davies.
   Volunteers will be taught how
to plant, and tools, water and
snacks will be provided. Remem-
                                        M         onday was a big day
                                                  for local teacher Mike
                                                  Mathiesen: His wife
                                        had a baby, and he was named
                                        the new assistant principal of
                                                                               is retiring.
                                                                                  Mathiesen, who has been a
                                                                               social studies teacher at the
                                                                               school for seven years, said he
                                                                               hopes to encourage collaboration
                                                                                                                       including a position as co-leader
                                                                                                                       of an accreditation focus group.
                                                                                                                         He is “a dedicated and pas-
                                                                                                                       sionate educator at our school
                                                                                                                       whose judgment and perspective
                                                                                                                                                               something everyone in the neigh-
                                                                                                                                                               borhood could use.
                                                                                                                                                                 Five public speakers opposed
                                                                                                                                                               the garden, but 14 were support-
                                                                                                                                                               ive, many of them Willowgate
ber to wear sturdy shoes and work       Mountain View High School.             among staff members as assistant        on critical matters are valuable        gardeners.
clothes.                                  Although Mathiesen was at the        principal. His role will be to          assets,” said MVHS Principal              “I know people who say they
   Call (650) 969-3697 or e-mail        hospital with his family, trustees     supervise instructional leader-         Keith Moody in a press release.         would love to garden, but the list is
info@mountainviewtrees.org for          at the Mountain View Los Altos         ship, attendance and discipline,          Students, staffers and parents        so long,” said resident Judy Leavey
details on exactly where to meet. V     High School District confirmed         school activities and a curricular      in the hiring committees were           about the 140-person waiting list
                                        him as the assistant principal         department, which has yet to be                                                 for the Willowgate and Senior Cen-
 Don Frances can be reached at          during Monday’s meeting. In            designated.                                   See MATHIESEN, page 10
   dfrances@mv-voice.com.                                                                                                                                               See COUNCIL, page 8

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                                                                  Lisa Whitfield, a parent volunteer at Theurkauf Elementary School’s Chess Club, sent in this photo
           ANNUAL                                                 of the club doing what it does best. “We meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school and
                                                                  have a lot of dedicated players,” she wrote. “Parent volunteers monitor the club and we also have a

                                                                  member of the school board who attends once a week.”
                                                                    Whitfield also said the club is gearing up for one of its most important yearly events, the District
                                                                  Chess Tournament, to be held at Graham Middle School this Saturday, March 29.
         May 3, 2008                                                 If you have a photo taken around town which you’d like published in the Voice, please send it
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                                                                                                       Meredith, who coordinates local        Reader, president of the Peninsula
          May 10, 2008                                                      VIGIL                      vigils and peace protests, and also    Peace and Justice Center, noted that
                                                                      Continued from page 5            helped organize a memorial at the      in addition to 4,000 American
                                                                                                       same location last week to mark the    deaths, nearly 30,000 soldiers have
                                                              attracted fewer locals than usual.       fifth anniversary of the war.          severe physical injuries, and many
                                                                 The demonstrators walked up              “We are fairly prosperous and       more have suffered psychological
                                                              and down Castro and El Camino,           most people have choices here,” said   trauma.
                                                              chanting and holding signs reading       Los Altos resident Leslie Keenan,        “Sometimes, we don’t even begin
                                                              “Peace instead,” “End the war” and       whose son is returning to the Unit-    to see the damage,” she said. “There
                                                              “Honk for no more war.”                  ed States this week after serving in   have been so many stresses on their
                                                                 Drivers honked constantly in          the Air Force in both Afghanistan      marriages.”
                                                              support during the almost two-           and Iraq. “Fewer of them [local          “We already have substantial
                                                              hour vigil.                              people] end up in the military.”       numbers of homeless Iraq veterans
                                                                 “It feels really good that people        Even so, “California has had its    on the street,” said Paul George of
                                                              come out to honor the troops and         fair share of casualties,” Meredith    the Peace and Justice group.
                                                              show outrage that this war has           said.                                    Many of the same activists gath-
                                                              lasted for five years,” Meredith said.      Meredith and the Rev. Archer        ered last week for vigils in Palo Alto,
                                                              “The Iraq war has seemed to have         Summers, senior pastor of the First    Mountain View and Los Altos on
                                                              fallen off the front page, and people    United Methodist Church of Palo        the fifth anniversary of the war.
                                                              need to be reminded that young           Alto, spoke against the war before     More than 100 people came to a
                                                              men and women are dying in their         the names of the fallen Californians   Mountain View vigil on, Wednes-
                                                              name.”                                   were read. Dozens of candles in red    day, March 19.
                                                                 Ballard, who died in April 2004,      cups surrounded the makeshift            “Every time we do this, we say we
                                                              is the only Mountain View resident       display, and a photograph of Ballard   hope someone shows up,” said Ray
                                                              to be killed in Iraq. There are 50       stood in the middle of the plaza.      Shuster of Los Altos Voices for
                                                              casualties from the Bay Area, said          With a sign in hand, Stephanie      Peace. “And they always do.”    V

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                                                              on March 28 to 31 and April 4
                                                                                                       Crisanto Avenue by Rengstorff
                                                                                                       Park for eastbound foot traf-
                                                                                                                                              Antonio and downtown Moun-
                                                                                                                                              tain stations will board from the
             (650) 903-6227                                   to 7 while workers reconstruct
                                                              the crossing.
                                                                                                       fic, and at the gas station at the
                                                                                                       corner of Rengstorff and Central
                                                                                                                                              north platform during the first
                                                                                                                                              weekend and the south platform
                                                                Drivers will have to use nearby        Expressway for westbound foot          the second weekend.
                                                              crossings, including at Shoreline        traffic.                                                    — Casey Weiss
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       By Nicole Baldocchi

        hese days, Jimi Simmons
        is living the good life in
        Los Altos with his wife and
                                         committee to raise money for
                                         Simmons case. The two later
                                            “It’s just amazing that Jimi’s
                                         out and he’s able to have a regular
                                                                                               Sen A P
two children. But it’s been a long       conversation with somebody,”
hard road to get there.                  said Paul Stoll. Stoll, 26, produced
   Simmons spent much of the             “Making the River” while Sarah
first 30 years of his life in institu-   Del Seronde, 30, directed. The
tions, mostly orphanages and             Arizona residents kept a tempo-
prisons. Following the poor treat-       rary office in Mountain View
ment of his Native American              while they worked on the film.
tribe, which resulted in its dis-           The film was shot on a $200,000
bandment in the 1940s, Simmons           budget through production com-
was born into a troubled life, and       pany Aboriginal Lens. “It was a
wound up in an orphanage as a            challenge,” said Stoll. “A lot of the
toddler. By 18 he was in and out         cost was traveling and trying to
of jail for stealing, and later he       find these people.”
went to prison for more violent             Last week’s screening, with
robberies.                               tickets at $45 each, went toward
   A new documentary film,               funding the expansion of the Bill
“Making the River,” follows the          Wilson Center into Mountain
story of Simmons’ life. It aired last    View. The center will be taking
week in San Jose, with proceeds          over the Casa SAY shelter at 509
from the showing going to the
Bill Wilson Center, a foster care
                                         View Street, according to Judy
                                         Whittier, director of community
                                                                                                       Photo of Mr. Stan Adermann's 4th grade class
and youth services agency serv-
ing Santa Clara County. Some-
                                         resources for the Bill Wilson Cen-
                                         ter.                                                              (PACT School) on a field trip at the
time next month, the Bill Wilson            Casa SAY is set to reopen some-
Center is taking over operation
of Mountain View’s Casa SAY
                                         time in mid to late April, with its
                                         focus on becoming a group home
                                                                                                         Pinnacles National Monument, California.
youth shelter on View Street.
   While Simmons and his broth-
                                         for runaway kids, said Whittier.        V
                                                                                                            They were doing a study of condors.
er were serving time — together            E-mail Nicole Baldocchi at
they were arrested for mugging             nbaldocchi @mv-voice.com                                   Take a photo with the Mountain View Voice on your next trip and email to
someone, and eventually for                                                                     dmartin@mv-voice.com or mail to Postcards, P.O. Box 405, Mountain View, CA 94042.
stabbing an undercover officer             ■ I N F O R M AT I O N
— they were accused of killing
                                           “Making the River,” directed by
a prison guard. Jimi’s brother,            Sarah Del Seronde and produced
George, confessed, but to this
day it’s not known if he really did
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                                                                                                                                           ter gardens.
                                                                                                                                              Several neighbors of the Willow-
                                                                                                                                           gate garden spoke in support of the
                                                                                                                                           garden. “I find it to be the greatest
                                                                                                                                           neighbor,” said one woman with a
                                                                                                                                           view of it through her window.
                                                                                                                                              Many were shocked that anyone
                                                                                                                                           would oppose the garden, saying
                                                                                                                                           that neighbors were simply “afraid
                                                                                                                                           of the unknown.”
                                                                                                                                              Neighbors had raised concerns
                                                                                                                                           about traffic, but at Willowgate,
                                                                                                                                           which has more than 80 plots, neigh-
                                                                                                                                           bors said gardeners trickle in and out
                                                                                                                                           and they never see more than three
                                                                                                                                           cars parked there at a time.
                                                                                                                                              Mayor Tom Means said he agreed
                                                                                                                                           that the pictures they had shown of
                                                                                                                                           the Willowgate garden “didn’t look
                                                                                                                                           very nice,” and that the new garden
                                                                                                                                           would have to look better.
                                                                                                                                              Means and council member
                                                                                                                                           Laura Macias supported pursuit of
                                                                                                                                           another site which staff has looked
                                                                                                                                           into, also on the Hetch Hetchy right
                                                                                                                                           of way, adjacent to Stierlin Road.
                                                                                                                                           But city manager Kevin Duggan
                                                                                                                                           said the San Francisco Public Utili-
                                                                                                                                           ties Commission doesn’t want a
                                                                                                                                           garden there because it already has
                                                                                                                                           a good tenant, a nearby Buddhist
                                                                                                                                           temple that uses it for parking on
                                                                                                                                              The council voted 6-1 to discuss a
                                                                                                                                           new location for a garden, with one
                                                                                                                                           possible site being the open space
                                                                                                                                           between Highway 85 and Stevens
                                                                                                                                           Creek just south of El Camino Real.
                                                                                                                                           The heritage farm, which also has
                                                                                                                                           been proposed for that site, will be
                                                                                                                                           discussed as well.

                                                                                                                                              Worker Center reaches
                                                                                                                                                  first funding goal
                                                                                                                                              While Mountain View’s council
                                                                                                                                           met Tuesday night, the Los Altos
                                                                                                                                           council approved $50,000 in fund-
                                                                                                                                           ing for a new Day Worker Center
                                                                                                                                           at 117 Escuela Ave., bringing the
                                                                                                                                           center to its goal of $350,000 to
                                                                                                                                           purchase the building. Neighbor-
           Your idea of Keeping Up                                                                                                         ing Los Altos Hills had approved
                                                                                                                                           $25,000, conditionally, last week.
           With The Morning News.                                                                                                             Mountain View did not provide
                                                                                                                                           money last night, which would have
           At 899 Charleston, our idea of retirement living is creating a                                                                  had to be over $200,000 to meet the
                                                                                                                                           conditions of the donation from
           progressive environment that goes beyond anything you’ve imagined.                                                              LA Hills. But in closed session, the
           A vibrant intergenerational setting just outside your door. An                                                                  council discussed a long-term lease
           emphasis on staying active in mind, body and spirit. An unlimited                                                               for the small city-owned lot next
           opportunity to stay connected with the world around you. And an                                                                 to the building which would be
                                                                                                                                           required for parking. A conditional
           atmosphere that encourages you to be as involved as you choose to be.                                                           use permit will also have to be
                                                                                                                                           issued for the building, because it is
           Visit www.899charleston.org for an interactive map of our floor plans                                                            currently zoned for residential use.
           to see which residences are still available. We’re more than 65%                                                                   “It’s zoned residential for a rea-
           reserved, and construction is well underway. If 899 Charleston sounds                                                           son,” said a neighbor who said he
                                                                                                                                           lives on the 100 block of Escuela.
           like your idea of retirement living, don’t wait too long to learn more.                                                         He and another speaker alleged that
                                                                                                                                           the Worker Center increases crime
                                                                                                                                           rates wherever it goes, and that it is
                                                                                                                                           simply illegal for it to provide work
                                   899 Charleston has filed an application for a Certificate of Authority and has been issued                for illegal immigrants, citing state
                                        a permit from the California Department of Social Services to accept deposits.                     and federal law.
                        899 Charleston welcomes and admission is open to older adults of all faiths, ethnicities and racial backgrounds.      City attorney Michael Martello
                                                                                                                                           assured council members that
                                 You’re invited to an informational seminar
                                on April 1 or April 9. Call (650) 321-3188 to R.S.V.P.                                                             Continued on next page


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                                            “We assume that at some point                                                                             SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE
the purchase of the small ware-          there is a good chance Google                                                                                                                                                            G G
house is part of Google’s “long-         will want to do something with                       SHORELINE PARK
term growth strategy and it will         that space,” said Diane Tasca,                                                                                                                                                       G
be treated as an investment.” The        artistic director of The Pear.                                                                                                                            CRITTENDEN LN                      G
price and exact size of the parcel       “They also bought the building
were not immediately available.          next to us.”                          G                     AMPH                                                                                    PROPOSED HOTEL CONFERENCE CTR
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company already owns a third             ing has several other tenants,
of the six million square feet           including a photo studio, a glass                       ALZA                                                                  G
of office space in the Shoreline         shop and a Pilates studio, some
                                                                                   LANDING DR
district. That could increase if         of which have longer leases than                                                                                                                    G       G
Google leases the now vacant             The Pear, Tasca said. The longest                                              CHARLESTON ROAD                                                                                                G
450,000-square-foot Alza build-          lease runs until July 2009.                                              G                                                                           G

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ing next to the Googleplex.                 Zoning administrator Peter                                                                                                                                          G
   A block north of Pear Avenue,         Gilli said in an e-mail that                                                                                 G            G                         G G                                           G
Google owns 64 acres of land             Google would have to rezone the                                                                                                                                                 SHOREBIRD

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                                                                                                                                                          JOAQUIN RD
ing Shorebird Way, where, like              After talking to someone close                                 W
                                                                                                                                   G              G                                              SPACEPARK WAY
many of its other properties,            to the deal, Tasca speculated that
                                                                                                                                       PLYMOUTH ST
there is not a clear timeline for        Google bought the building in a                                                           G
development.                             “strategic” move — in order to                                                                                                                             MS             G
                                                                                                                                                                                  PEAR AVE
   “To me the line will be crossed       keep Microsoft “in check.”
when they are given massive up-             Tasca said she was planning                                                                                   PEAR AVENUE THEATRE
zoning in return for building a          to meet with Google representa-
hotel,” said former City Council         tives to find out how long The                             GOOGLE OWNED OR                                                        MOBILE HOME PARK                                          LA AVENIDA
member Greg Perry, referring             Pear would be able to stay.                      G         LEASED PROPERTIES
to Google’s desire to triple the            “If they are going to keep the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MACON AVE
density on Shorebird Way while           building so The Pear can keep
also negotiating with the city to        running, that’s great,” Perry                              MICROSOFT OWNED OR                                                                                                               MS
                                                                                         MS         LEASED PROPERTIES
build a hotel and conference cen-        said. “I used to go to The Pear
ter, long desired by the city at the     frequently. It’s a great local the-
corner of Shoreline Boulevard            ater.”V

and Charleston Road.
   What will happen to The Pear              E-mail Daniel DeBolt at
is uncertain. Its lease expires this         ddebolt@mv-voice.com                                                                                                                                 SOURCE: VOICE STAFF AND THE CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW.

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“there’s nothing illegal about a Day
Worker Center.”
   Council member Nick Galiotto,                        Community Wellness Lecture Series
a former police officer and lawyer,                     Presented by the Health Library & Resource Center — A PlaneTree Affiliate
concurred with Martello.
   “There’s no way I could support
an illegal organization with my                         Wednesday, April 2                                        7–8 pm
background,” Galiotto said.
   Council member Jac Siegel
seemed convinced that the build-
                                                             Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough?
ing would have to be demolished
and rebuilt, but supporters of the
                                                             Jerry Manoukian, MD
center said they were confident it                           El Camino Hospital Internist
could be restored — for another                              City of Sunnyvale Council Chambers, 456 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale

    City’s green checklist                              Wednesday, April 16                                           7–8 pm
  To familiarize local developers
with green building techniques,
builders will now have to fill out
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a checklist as part of a building
application that will ask questions
                                                             and Treatment for Low Back Pain
about things like open space, natu-
ral light and energy efficiency.
                                                             Norman Kahan, MD
  The council passed the proposed                            El Camino Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation
rating systems from Leadership                               El Camino Hospital, back of cafeteria, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View
in Energy and Environmental
Design, put forth by member Ronit
Bryant, in a 6-1 vote. Member Nick
Galiotto said the ratings should                        To register and for more information call                                                         800-216-5556
go the environmental sustain-
ability task force for analysis first,
but other members said it was time                                                                                                                the right care. right here.
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industry standards.
  The new checklist does not make
green building in Mountain View
a requirement.   V

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                                        those costs.                             children who would have to walk            of-living adjustment earlier this        Salaries make up 80 percent of the
            BUDGET                        “By comparison to neighboring          across freeway overpasses to new           month. Teachers in the Mountain          district’s budget.
        Continued from page 1           districts, we think it is reasonable,”   stops. Seven students from Space           View Educators Association will            The cost-of-living adjustments
                                        a district official said.                Park Way would have had to cross           still receive the adjustment if the      vary year to year, depending on the
Devonshire Park, San Vernon/San           The fare increase will not affect      an overpass and on- and off-ramps          district’s cuts are less than pro-       economy and the district’s finances,
Lucas and Wyandotte/Reinert.            students with disabilities or those      to reach their new bus stop.               jected, but administrators say they      an official said, and have been as
  The district’s bus fares — cover-     who are already exempt from pay-            If students do not have any alter-      are anticipating steep cuts.             low as 1 or 2 percent in the past.
ing five buses giving rides to and      ing the fees because of economic         nate transportation, “because they            Instead of the adjustment, teach-       The board is hoping that Moun-
from school — were among the            restraints.                              are low-income and that is how             ers — along with school admin-           tain View residents will approve
lowest in the region, with Palo Alto      The board agreed not to cut the        they get to school, I feel this is going   istrators, who are not in a union        renewal of a parcel tax, which they
Unified, by comparison, charging        Space Park Way stop after trustee        to be an ill-effected move,” Palmer        — will receive a one-time bonus of       say will help compensate for the loss
around $700 a year. To help about       Philip Palmer said he did not think      told other board members. “There           1 percent of their salary.               in state funding. No other cuts or
400 students, the district was cover-   the board was being “transparent”        is some issue for equality.”                  The district’s “classified staff”     budget restrictions have been made
ing $80,000 in transportation costs     enough about the rise in fares,             The district made an even bigger        union is still in negotiations, but if   yet.V

out of its own funds. There are 80      which could substantially impact         stride toward improving its budget         they make the same agreement, the
other students from Moffett Field       some low-income families. He             situation after the local teacher’s        district will save around $500,000,              E-mail Casey Weiss at
who use the bus, but Moffett covers     was also concerned over safety for       union agreed to forgo a yearly cost-       according to a district official.                cweiss@mv-voice.com

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                                                                                                                                                                     impressed with Mathiesen’s service
                                                                                                                                                                     in these positions, as well as with
                                                                                                                                                                     his personality, according to Super-
                                                                                                                                                                     intendent Barry Groves. The com-
                                                                                                                                                                     mittee recommended Mathiesen,
                                                                                                                                                                     who then met with district and
                                                                                                                                                                     school administrators for a final
                                                                                                                                                                       “He has a very positive reputation
                                                                                                                                                                     among the students and staff as
                                                                                                                                                                     someone who listens and is passion-
                                                                                                                                                                     ate,” Groves said. “He has a calm
                                                                                                                                                                     demeanor, but can be decisive, and
                                                                                                                                                                     he is extremely well-liked.”
                                                                                                                                                                       Mathiesen, who comes from a
                                                                                                                                                                     family of teachers, currently teaches
                                                                                                                                                                     economics and world studies at the
                                                                                                                                                                     high school. His father and grandfa-
                                                                                                                                                                     ther were educators in Fremont.
                                                                                                                                                                     Mathiesen studied history and eco-
                                                                                                                                                                     nomics at Stanford University, and
                                                                                                                                                                     earned masters degrees from Stan-
                                                                                                                                                                     ford and San Jose State University.V

                                                                                                                                                                             E-mail Casey Weiss at

                                                                                                                                                                              ■ OBITUARY

                    Ants have invaded your home and you want to fight back.                                                                                          FRANCES C.E. CAMERON
             Keep them out using ant control products and pest control services that                                                                                   Longtime Mountain View resi-
                  really work and are safer for your family and the environment.                                                                                     dent Frances C.E. Cameron died
                                                                                                                                                                     in Oklahoma City on March 14.
                                                                                                                                                                     She was 95 years old.
                                                                                                                                                                       Cameron was born Nov. 2,
                                                                                                                                                                     1912 in Winters, Calif. She was
                                                                                                                                                                     raised in Winters and lived in the
                                                                                                                                                                     Mountain View area for many
                                 Do It Yourself —                                                    Hire a Pro —                                                    years.
                                 visit www.ourwaterourworld.org                                      from an EcoWise Certified                                         Cameron was married to Lt.
                                 for fast facts on pest control and                                  pest control company. Visit                                     Col. Don I. Cameron. Together
                                                                                                                                                                     they attended many military
                                 expert advice. Look for this symbol                                 www.ecowisecertified.org                                        functions, and she was very
                                 before you buy at local hardware                                    or call 866.858.6386 for                                        active in her community, family
                                 and garden centers. These                                           companies that control pests                                    members said.
                                 products are less toxic to your                                     using less toxic products and                                     She is preceded in death by
                                                                                                                                                                     her parents, sister, brothers and
                                 family, pets and the environment.                                   techniques that really work.                                    her husband. She is survived by
                                                                                                                                                                     her daughters Francine Wagner
                                                                                                                                                                     and her husband George, Dixine
                                                                                                                                                                     Sanford and her husband David;
                                                                                                                                                                     her grandchildren Ryan Wagner,
                                                                                                                                                                     Blaine Wagner, Shalene Smith,
                                                                                                                                                                     Micah Sanford and Noel Medina;
                                                                                                                                                                     and her great-grandchildren.
                                                                                                                                                                       The service was scheduled to
                                                                                                                                                                     be held in San Diego.

        Local administrators say ruling won’t stop home schooling
         By Casey Weiss               Hashimoto to receive teaching        She added there is no informa-           “We have an excellent program     To qualify, the students must get
                                      manuals and textbooks, and stu-      tion on how home schoolers            ... which is monitored by the        an affidavit through the state,

U        rged on by the state’s top
         education official, local
         schools are continuing
to support families who teach
their children at home, despite a
                                      dents come to the homeschool-
                                      ing office at Crittenden Middle
                                      School for field trips and science
                                        Since they are all enrolled in
                                                                           perform as a group.
                                                                             The state’s education depart-
                                                                           ment allows parents to register
                                                                           home schoolers through char-
                                                                           ter, private and public schools,
                                                                                                                 state,” said Stephanie Totter, the
                                                                                                                 district’s director of administra-
                                                                                                                 tive services. “We are going to
                                                                                                                 proceed as usual.”
                                                                                                                    Administrators at the local
                                                                                                                                                      according to Brigitte Sarraf,
                                                                                                                                                      associate superintendent of edu-
                                                                                                                                                      cational services.
                                                                                                                                                        “It has been a non-issue for
                                                                                                                                                      us,” Sarraf said. “Most parents
recent appellate court ruling that    the public school system, home       Hashimoto said. District officials    high school district, which cur-     opt for public or private educa-
says only parents with teaching       schooling students must also         must verify that there is a respon-   rently has only one home school-     tion once the student becomes a
credentials can do so.                take standardized tests.             sible adult at home to teach the      er in its ranks, said that because   teenager.” V

  Mountain View Whisman                 “Because we are a public school,   student before families can reg-      it’s rare for older students to
School District administrators        we are pretty defined in terms of    ister with the independent home       learn at home, the district only          E-mail Casey Weiss at
say the 50 students who partici-      expectations,” Hashimoto said.       schooling program.                    receives a few requests each year.        cweiss@mv-voice.com
pate in the district’s independent
home schooling program will
not be affected by the appeals

                                                      BUILD SUCCESS
court ruling. The district is
following directions from Jack
O’Connell, state superintendent
of public instruction, who said
in an announcement last week
that there is no legal basis for

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the ruling, and that all parents
still have the right to make the
best educational choice for their
  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
also condemned the February
ruling, which was made in Los
Angeles County after a par-
ent was accused of neglect and
  “Unless we receive a directive
from [the California Depart-
ment of Education], we are not
reporting whether our parents
of students in our home school-
ing program have teaching cre-
dentials, and we currently don’t
possess this information,” Super-
intendent Maurice Ghysels said
in an e-mail to the Voice.
  Ghysels does not think the
ruling will affect the elementary
school district or other indepen-
dent study programs supervised
through public schools, since the
district provides credentialed
supervisors to work with home
schooling families. However,
there is some confusion regard-
ing what programs will be affect-
ed by the ruling. Mountain View
Whisman administrators say
they are waiting for more infor-
mation from the state Depart-
ment of Education.
  “I personally didn’t get a direc-
tion, but we are just operating
as we always have done,” said                                 University Transfer π Career Programs π Online Degrees π Personal Enrichment
Michiko Hashimoto, the dis-
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ing. “As with all court rulings,
it is going to take a long time
and there are going to be chal-
  The ruling has no impact on
the Mountain View Los Altos
high school district, which rarely
                                                              Affordable tuition. $13 per unit for CA residents. Financial Aid available
has home schoolers.
  The elementary school district
offers “independent study” home
schooling programs to Mountain
View and Los Altos kindergarten
through eighth grade students
as part of its elective choice pro-
grams. These families work with
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            Skin Cancer
            “For Your Health” Community Lecture Series
            Wednesday, April 9, 7 - 8 p.m.
            Mountain View Center, 701 E. El Camino Real, Third Floor
            Conference Rooms C & D
            Presented by Tin Tin Tun, M.D., dermatology specialist.
            For more information or to reserve your space, visit caminomedical.org or
            call 408-523-3295.

            Turning No Into Yes
            Free Parent Workshop Series
            Tuesday, April 1, 7 - 9 p.m.
            Mountain View Center, 701 E. El Camino Real, Third Floor,
            Conference Rooms C & D
            Presented by Heidi Emberling, MA (Ideal for ages 18 months
            to 4 years)
            For more information or to reserve your space, visit
            caminomedical.org/healtheducation or call 650-934-7380.

                                                      Mind-Body Stress Management
                                                      Mondays (3-week sessions) Begins April 14, 7 - 9 p.m.
                                                      Mountain View Center, 701 E. El Camino Real, Third Floor
                                                      Conference Rooms
                                                      Cost: $90 (includes class materials and CD)
                                                      For more information or to reserve your space, visit
                                                      caminomedical.org/healtheducation or call 650-934-7373.

                                                      Early Pregnancy
                                                      Monday April 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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            GANGS                                                    GANG RELATED CRIMES
                                                                                                                                                  Was Merales’ murder
        Continued from page 1                                         JANUARY - DECEMBER, 2001- 2007

arrested and charged in the crime.
  There was also an incident Jan.
                                                                                                                                                   a crime of passion?
22 when a gang member took a                 60
                                                  (-1.8%)    25
                                                                                    (+33%)                                                      POLICE: VICTIM CAUGHT IN ‘LOVE TRIANGLE’
baseball bat to a rival member               40             (-24%)
and his car, and another on Jan.             20
                                                                                                                                                 By Daniel DeBolt                But because Merales and Garcia
14 when a gang member tried to               10                                                                                                                                  were believed to be affiliated with the

dissuade a witness from testifying                 2001     2002        2003         2004          2005    2006       2007                     olice are looking into the pos-   same gang, the Surenos, police say
about a gang-related robbery. So                                                                                                               sibility that 17-year-old Jose    the shooting was not gang-related.
far this year there have been three                                                           SOURCE: MOUNTAIN VIEW POLICE DEPARTMENT          Merales, shot to death Feb. 26       Garcia, a San Jose resident, is in
“significant” gang-related crimes,                                                                                                      near his home on Higdon Avenue,          a “common law marriage,” which
police say, down from four during       member, but in fact the shooting,               block of Easy Street in front of two            was murdered because he was              is not legally recognized in Califor-
the same period last year.              which occurred during a drug                    witnesses. Both the victim and                  sleeping with another man’s wife.        nia but may have been recognized
  Even so, worry about gang vio-        deal, probably was not motivated                suspect were affiliated with the                   Police said last week that Merales    by their church. He and his wife
lence spread through the commu-         by gang activity. Because the case              Sureños.                                        was dating the wife of his suspected     have a child.
nity on the heels of two murders        is still under investigation, police              Last year police started to track             murderer, 19-year-old Hugo Gar-             Police found Merales dead on
in February that involved gang          would not disclose further details,             crimes like these, done by gang                 cia. Investigators believe Garcia        the sidewalk near his home on the
members, but were not technical-        although one suspect, 19-year-old               members but not considered to be                acted alone and are not looking for      100 block of Higdon Avenue, near
ly considered to be gang-related.       Nathan Talarico, faces murder                   specifically gang-motivated. There              any other suspects.                      Rengstorff Park, at 6:15 p.m. on
The subject of gangs was a top          charges and remains in custody.                 were 148 such crimes in 2007, and                  “There was a love triangle, that’s    Feb. 26. He was shot in the head and
concern for the City Council last          Last week, police revealed that in           105 in 2006. The crimes appear to               a fact,” said police spokesperson        chest multiple times.
week during a discussion on city        the Feb. 26 murder of 17-year-old               be significantly down so far this               Liz Wylie. “We don’t know if that’s         A court hearing for Garcia is
goals.                                  Jose Merales, the likely motive was             year.                                           a motive for this — it’s one of the      scheduled for April 14.  V

  Monique Kane, executive direc-        a “love triangle”: Merales, a Sureño,             Police anticipate a possible jump             theories.”
tor of CHAC, told council members       was apparently sleeping with a                  in gang activity next month and                    Garcia may have been involved              E-mail Daniel DeBolt at
that “We’ve seen the gang issues        fellow Sureño’s wife. Police have               through the summer, a trend                     in gang activity in Mountain View.            ddebolt@mv-voice.com
worsen each year for the last six       charged 19-year-old Hugo Garcia,                shown in previous years.
years. Kids are telling us they can’t   a San Jose resident, with the crime.              But with the gang suppression
get away from it.”                         Inter-gang violence also occurred            team at work, the City Council
  Police said the Feb. 7 mur-           last September when Marco Jau-                  focused on the problem and offi-
der of 20-year-old Jeffrey Johnson      regui, 25, of Milpitas, was arrested            cers patrolling Rengstorff Park,
may have had “gang undertones”          for fatally shooting Rene Escalante,            “We’re just hoping for a nice peace-
because it involved at least one gang   24, at Whisman Park in the 300                  ful summer,” Wylie said.              V

                        A window on gang life                                                                                                    C I T Y OF MOU N TA I N V I E W
                 TALKS ABOUT HIS OWN PREDICAMENT AS NORTENO                                                                                COUNCIL NEIGHBORHOODS COMMITTEE
         By Casey Weiss and             View, but went to jail before                  just inspired him to rebel even                             Community Meeting For
            Daniel Debolt               graduating from high school.                   more.                                                    Mobile Home Park Residents
                                        He has a sibling who attends a                    “If kids are considered at-risk

  T       he Voice received an unex-
          pected visit last week from
          a Mountain View Norteño
  who says he is trying to clean up
  his life for the sake of his child.
                                        local high school. The sibling
                                        is a good student, he said, but
                                        is vulnerable to being labeled a
                                        gang member.
                                           Although he moved back to
                                                                                       there is no way to stop them,” he
                                                                                       said. “I wanted the friends, the
                                                                                       cars and the money you get as a
                                                                                       gang member.”
                                                                                          “People think all gang mem-
                                                                                                                                                 MOUNTAIN VIEW SENIOR CENTER
                                                                                                                                                           266 Escuela Street
                                                                                                                                                  April 3, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
    Although gang life has become       Mountain View to raise his fam-                bers are abused, but I wasn’t,” he
  too dangerous now that he has a       ily, he was forced to leave when               added.                                                     The City of Mountain View Council
  family, he said, it is no longer a    his rent increased by over $600                   He grew up with Alex Fernan-
  choice he is able to make.            a month. It was difficult finding              dez, the youth who was killed                             Neighborhoods Committee will be holding a
    The gang member, whose              jobs with his gang history and                 in 2004 in “the first real gang                           community meeting with mobile home park
  name is being withheld for his        tattoos, and before he found his               shooting in Mountain View,” he
  safety and his family’s safety,       current job, he said selling drugs             said. The two had been friends,                           residents starting at 6:30 p.m. on April 3, 2008
  wanted to shed light on the           was seductive because it was a                 but joined different gangs just
  gang culture, and to discuss the      steady supply of money.                        before middle schools.                                       Residents are encouraged to participate in
  failures of traditional school-          “If I didn’t have it, I could have             “We split up in fifth grade just
  ing and traditional city gang         a fresh start,” he said of his past            because of our different colors,”                         this meeting to discuss your thoughts about
  prevention programs. He also          experiences and criminal gang                  he said.                                                  City services and how they might be improved.
  said he wanted to help local          records.                                          He is trying to keep his young
  youth who were headed down               Although he grew up in a poor               child out of that scene, but it will                      Council Committee members, City staff,
  the same path.                        neighborhood in Mountain                       be difficult. He said he hopes to                         and Project Sentinel staff will be available to
    The Norteño was wearing his         View, he had a normal upbring-                 get his child involved in soccer
  gang color, red, and his body         ing, and his parents were well-                and boxing, which helped him                              respond to your questions and comments. This
  was covered in tattoos, includ-       respected in the Latino com-                   to find a release for his own                             is an opportunity for you to express your ideas
  ing one with four dots that           munity. By fifth grade, however,               anger. But he worries these out-
  Norteños receive for various acts     he started associating with gang               lets may not be enough.                                   about ways to make your mobile home park
  of violence toward Sureños.           members, and there was no                         Gang violence, he said, is
    “There’s no denying that if you     stopping him, he said. He was                  closely connected with poor
                                                                                                                                                 and the community a better place to live.
  are a gang member you have to         too attracted to the money and                 neighborhoods, and the city
  do those things,” he said. “When      the violence.                                  needs to invest more money in                              For further information, please call the City’s
  I started it was bad, we used to         His parents tried to distract               improving the quality of life                             Neighborhood Preservation Division at (650)
  look for people to beat up.”          him by giving him jobs to do,                  there to keep kids out of gangs.
    Now in his early 20s, he            and by arranging meetings with                    “Just because I can’t afford to                        903-6379
  attended elementary, middle           older gang members who told                    live in a safe place, I have to be
  and high school in Mountain           their stories — but he said this               violent,” he said.         V

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Viewpoint                                                                        ■ EDITORIAL
                                                                                                                                                           ■ EDITORIAL

                                                                                                                                                           ■ YOUR LETTERS

                                                                                                                                                           ■ GUEST OPINIONS

                                                                                                                                                                ■ LETTERS
                                                                           THE OPINION OF THE VOICE                                                 VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY

                                                                                                                                  ‘ANONYMOUS’ VANDALIZED                   them. The local police and the FBI
                                                         What to do about gangs
     Founding Editor, Kate Wakerly
                                                                                                                                  MY CHURCH                                are investigating them.
               ■ S TA F F                                                                                                                                                    I just hope these teenagers wake
                                                                                                                                  Editor:                                  up before the real criminals talk
 Publisher                                                                                                                           It is amazing to me how convo-

 Tom Gibboney                                                      s a growing city, with a substantial population of teen-                                                them into something that they
                                                                                                                                  luted this story can become (“Sci-       never really intended to do and
                                                                   agers ripe for recruitment into gang activity, Mountain        entology center draws downtown
 Editorial                                                                                                                                                                 destroy their lives. When that
 Managing Editor Don Frances                                       View has some serious thinking to do about how it will         protest,” March 21).                     happens, the actual criminals will
 Staff Writers Daniel DeBolt, Casey Weiss                counter the trend.                                                          The fact is that “Anonymous” is       walk away anonymously while LOL
 Intern Nicole Baldocchi
                                                            Although police say the recent murders of two young men are           a cyber-terrorist group that does        (“Laughing Out Loud” at someone
 Contributors Andrew Doerschuk, Angela                                                                                            just that — terrorizes people using      else’s misfortune).
 Hey, Sheila Himmel, Forrest Linebarger,                 not the direct result of gang activity, the incidents nonetheless have   the Internet. It’s in their manifesto,
 Jennifer Pence, Elaine Rowland                                                                                                                                                                John Allender
 Photographers Norbert von der Groeben,
                                                         many residents worried about gang violence. The City Council             it’s in their videos. They clearly                            Thorton Way
 Marjan Sadoughi                                         spent time last week talking about the issue, with a majority saying     state that they laugh at others’
                                                         gangs are a top priority for them during this council year.              pain. They pick individuals and
 Design & Production
                                                                                                                                  groups randomly. A few years ago         TRAIN STATION DESERVES
 Design Director Raul Perez                                 The most compelling testimony at the council meeting came             it was the NFL, then Fox News,           MORE RESPECT
 Designers Linda Atilano, Laura Don,
 Eric Kinnaird, Joanne Lee, Gail Thoreson,               from Monique Kane, executive director of the Community Health            today it is the Church of Scientol-      Editor:
 Gary Vennarucci                                         Awareness Council, or CHAC, which counsels children and fami-            ogy, in between random citizens.           I couldn’t agree with you more
 Advertising                                             lies in some of the neighborhoods near Rengstorff Park.                  Tomorrow it will be ... you?             about the “depot” downtown
 Advertising Representative Anna Mirsky                                                                                              Then you have the few people          (“Depot should serve passengers,”
                                                            Rengstorff Park is a favorite hotspot for gang activities. The        who simply hate religion. Blend
 Real Estate Advertising Coordinator                                                                                                                                       March 21). That the building sat
 Charito Mabutas                                         park is near neighborhoods that are home to many local mem-              these two together and you get           idle for so long is a scandal. Train
 Advertising Services Bill Rayburn                       bers of the Surenos and Nortenos, the two Latino-dominated               what looks like a dysfunctional          riders need shelter (I’m not talk-
 Office Coordinator Diane Martin
                                                         gangs prevalent on the Peninsula.                                        Oakland Raiders pep rally.               ing about some perforated metal
                                                            “We’ve seen the gang issues worsen every year for the last six           I took a peek at their message last   so-called shelter here), a nice place
 Published every Friday at
 655 W. Evelyn Ave., Suite 3                                                                                                      week and it was all over the map.        to hang out while waiting for the
 P.O. Box 405                                            years,” Kane said. “Kids are telling us that they can’t get away         Some said that Scientology worked        next train which won’t come for
 Mountain View, CA 94042
 (650) 964-6300
                                                         from it.” She also said her staff members are seeing younger             and it should be free, others said       one-plus hours, and most impor-
 fax (650) 964-0294                                      children, some as young as fourth grade, come under the influ-           Scientologists should be refused         tantly, restrooms.
 E-mail news and photos to:
                                                         ence of gang culture.                                                    their First Amendment right to             One might also ask why the
 editor@MV-Voice.com                                                                                                              practice their own religious beliefs.
 E-mail letters to:                                         Those are disturbing words, and at least four council mem-                                                     building was placed so far from
 letters@MV-Voice.com                                                                                                                In my opinion what you actu-          where folks wait for the train,
 News/Editorial Department                               bers — Ronit Bryant, Nick Galiotto, Margaret Abe-Koga and                ally have here are a few con artists     but that would simply beg some
 (650) 964-6300                                          Jack Siegel — made dealing with gangs a top priority in the              who have hijacked a rather nutty         bureaucratic response about inter-
 fax (650) 964-0294
                                                         goal-setting session last week. We hope the other council mem-           group of high school cyber-geeks         agency complications.
 Display Advertising Sales
 (650) 964-6300                                                                                                                   and convinced them that they can           When we look at the bucks lav-
                                                         bers follow suit and agree to take all reasonable steps to keep a        commit some petty crimes with
 Classified Advertising Sales                                                                                                                                              ished on the 85/101 interchange
 (650) 964-6490 • (650) 326-8216                         firm grip on the growth of gang activity.                                impunity. Their activities are pro-      and compare it to this situation, it’s
 fax (650) 326-0155
                                                            The most discussed option that could come from the city is cre-       moting criminal actions.                 clear why this country is the laugh-
 E-mail Classified ads@MV-Voice.com
                                                         ating a new youth center at Rengstorff Park. But such a building            How do I know? My church was          ingstock of developed nations
 E-mail Circulation circulation@MV-Voice.com
                                                                                                                                  vandalized. I scrubbed the spray-        when it comes to rail transport.
 The Voice is published weekly by Embarcadero            would be expensive and take up to four years to plan and build, a        painted “Anonymous” off the walls                                 Bill Michel
 Publishing Co. and distributed to residences and
 businesses in Mountain View. If you are not current-
                                                         lag time that is unacceptable to some council members.                   personally and I paid to replace the                         Ortega Avenue
 ly receiving the paper, you may request free delivery      A better short-term option, we believe, is to find space at           windows that were broken. The
 by calling 964-6300. Voluntary subscriptions at                                                                                                                                   Continued on next page
 $30 per year, $50 per 2 years, are welcome from         schools or on city property to locate after-school activities or         bomb threats are real. I’ve heard
 residents of Mountain View. Subscription rate for
 businesses and for residents of other communities is
                                                         other programs that might counter the appeal of gang activity.
 $50 per year, $80 per 2 years.                          Here are some ideas to counter gang recruitment:
 Copyright ©2007 by Embarcadero
 Publishing Company.
                                                            ■ Increase funding and support for after-school youth sports
 All rights reserved.                                    programs, including soccer and boxing, to entice kids away
 Member, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
                                                         from gang activity; the Police Activities League is already work-
                                                         ing in this direction.
                                                            ■ Vigorously pursue every gang-related crime, particu-
■ WHAT’S YOUR VIEW?                                      larly by adding community-based policing in problem-prone
 All views must include a home address and contact       neighborhoods.
 phone number. Published letters will also appear
 on the web site, www.MountainViewOnline.com,
                                                            ■ Ramp up support for Partners for a New Generation, the
 and occasionally on the Town Square forum.              already established mentoring program designed to help kids
 TOWN SQUARE FORUM                                       who need a supportive, caring adult.
        POST your views on the
        Town Square forum at
                                                            ■ Acknowledge and support school programs already under-
        www.MountainViewOnline.com                       way that intervene as early as fourth grade to get kids on the
 E-MAIL your views to                                    right track.
        letters@MV-Voice.com. Indicate
        if it is a letter to be published.                  ■ Launch an outreach campaign urging community mem-
 MAIL to: Editor                                         bers to speak out about gang activity in their neighborhood
        Mountain View Voice,
        655 W. Evelyn, Suite 3,
                                                         and to help police find the criminals in their midst and testify
        Mountain View, CA 94042.                         against them in court. Without this support, it is very difficult
 CALL the Viewpoint desk at                              to mount successful investigations and gain convictions in
        964-6300, ext. 26.
                                                         gang-related cases.
     Continued from previous page       SOME TIPS ON WALK-
                                                                                                                           ■ GUESTOPINION
                                        ABILITY NEAR RENGSTORFF
                                                                                      Six reasons to keep Annex level
FROM EL CAMINO                            Thanks to John Inks for hav-
Editor:                                 ing joined us at the “Walkability
  My wife underwent surgery at          Workshop,” which I participated
El Camino Hospital in Mountain          in on March 15 at the Mountain                     By Bob Schick                oak savanna experienced by Native       to Cuesta Drive. By lowering the
View. When she got out of surgery,      View Community Center.                                                          Americans and Spanish explorers         ground level (and eye level) in the
                                          Hopefully, matters/problems

she used the phone next to her bed                                                   n a recent edition of the Voice,   co-exists with the remains of a         proposed basin, annex walkers
to call our residence in Sunnyvale,     of concern which we noted as we              I read that Save Open Space        19th century prune orchard, con-        will lose mountain views they
which is only four miles away. For      walked around the immediate                  Mountain View and our histo-       necting current and future visitors     currently enjoy.
this half-hour collect long distance    neighborhood during the work-           ry association endorsed the Santa       (and artists) to past generations via      5) Level surface. Long shad-
call, we were billed $55.81. (That      shop will be delivered to City          Clara Water District’s proposal         a shared sensual landscape experi-      ows will fill the deep basin if the
adds up to over $100 an hour!)          Hall to those responsible for the       to create a tiered flood retention      ence. Among artists, the popularity     ground slopes steeper than 35
  The hospital advises patients to      running and maintenance of city         basin ranging from five to 20 feet      of the Annex has greatly increased      degrees on the south slopes. If
leave money at home, so my wife         affairs, as well as for looking after   deep in the front one third of the      over the last three years. These        parts of this basin never receive
had to use that phone. AT&T (who        the safety and well being of our        Cuesta Annex (“Support surges for       visiting artists increase our local     direct sun, will plant life decrease,
sent us the bill) says they have        residents as a whole.                   Cuesta flood basin,” Feb. 29).          economy, and their paintings of         and erosion increase?
no jurisdiction over the hospital         On south Rengstorff, starting            These two organizations have         the Annex advertise the beauty of          6) Mosquito abatement. If a
phones, even though they are the        at the railroad tracks and ending       noble motives: increase natural         Mountain View in local museums.         new basin holds standing water,
ones who billed us. Apparently,         at the apartment complex at 2060        habitat, provide flood protection         3) Annex visibility from the          is there a plan to prevent mos-
AT&T can have our phone discon-         California Ave., we noted three         and preserve mountain views             street. Thousands of current com-       quitoes that does not require
nected, but can’t tell us to whom the   dangerous situations:                   from Cuesta Drive. But as an art-       muters and pedestrians traveling        harmful pesticides?
hospital phones are connected.            1. The long angled crosswalk          ist and an Annex user for 40-plus       on Cuesta Drive have been fortu-           A possible solution: Place the
  Other parties claiming to have        across Rengstorff to Crisanto/          years, allow me to list the positive    nate to witness great blue herons       bulk of the new flood basin under-
no jurisdiction are El Camino           Rengstorff Park does not allow          attributes that will be decreased       hunting for gophers in the Annex’s      ground, beneath the back half of
Hospital, the Palo Alto Medical         sufficient time for pedestrians to      by this proposal.                       front meadow, and observe the           the tennis court parking lot and
Foundation, Sprint and the Cali-        make it completely across, and             1) A gentle flat topography. Many    blossoming of fruit trees. The 2006     the adjacent Cuesta Park practice
fornia Public Utilities Commis-         they are left in dangerous situa-       natural open spaces, like Rancho        “plan B” proposal would have            field. This will allow terracing of
sion — and something known              tions because not all drivers will      San Antonio, have dramatic eleva-       planted more fruit trees closer to      the Annex to be minimal, with
only as “ILD Teleservices.”             stop for them. There is need for        tion changes; the Annex provides        the street, increasing Annex vis-       the goal of enhancing its natural
  I can call home from Japan for        an island and a push button at          a unique rural valley floor view of     ibility. The proposed flood basin       beauty the number one priority.
less than I can call home from El       the center of the roadway there.        the Santa Cruz Mountains.               will actually push the tree line
Camino Hospital. What’s wrong             2. A section of the side-                2) A historic veneer. The Cuesta     farther from the road.                  Bob Schick leads art classes at CSMA
with this picture?                      walk along the main driveway            Annex has been evolving since             4) Mountain views. The moun-          and in the Cuesta Annex. A former
                              El Sabb                                           human beings first encountered          tains appear to rise above the          Mountain View resident, he now
    W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale                   See LETTERS, page 16           the Santa Clara Valley. Today, the      annex tree line, as you get closer      lives in Los Altos Hills.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                               dangerous situation.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               real need for speed bumps along
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the long driveway beginning at
 Let one of our expert personal trainers show you how.                                                                                                                                                         Escuela, at the Senior Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                               entrance and ending up at the back
                                                                                          ‘08 Hydrant Flushing                                                                                                 parking lot where the park begins.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Not every driver or pedestrian
                                                                                          The City of Mountain View will begin its annual                                                                      using the area is mindful or
                                                                                          flushing of hydrants in your neighborhood                                                                            careful of what they are doing
                                                                                          beginning Tuesday, February 19, 2008, finishing all                                                                  as they go through.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frances Trimmer
                                                                                          areas within the City by the end of June 2008 or until                                                                            S. Rengstorff Avenue
                                                                                          all hydrants are successfully refreshed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               IN KIND RESPONSE TO
                                                                                          Water main flushing is a process used to clear water
                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE RAGING GRANNIES
                                                                                          lines of sand and sediment that may have accumulated
                                                                                          during the year. Signs and barricades will be posted in                                                                My letter is in response to the
                                                                                          neighborhoods the day before flushing is to take place                                                               recent Raging Grannies column
                                                                                          to alert residents.                                                                                                  (“Why we protest at recruitment
                                                                                                                                                                                                               centers,” March 7).
                                                                                          If you would like more information about the City’s                                                                    I understand her concern
                                                                                          water main flushing program, or have questions or                                                                    with the different tactics that
                                                                                                                                                                                                               some (please emphasize some)
                                                   Bring in this ad to receive            concerns while City personnel are in your neighbor-                                                                  recruiters use to enlist our
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                                                  Your First Two                          Public Services Division at 650-903-6329, or visit                                                                   military. As the wife of a local
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               sure you of this:
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 As for promises of college
                                                                                                                                                                                                               money, health care and career
                                                                                                                                                                                                               training, these are not false
                                                                                                                                                                                                               promises; these are the true
                                                                                                                                                                                                               benefits of serving our country.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               I know this because my husband
                                                                                                                                                                                                               has served his county for the last
                                                                                                                   The Bowman program builds                                                                   10 years and we have seen all of
                                                                                                                    confidence, creativity and                                                                 these benefits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Of course, a percent of the mil-
                                                                                                                       academic excellence.                                                                    itary disagrees with this current
                                                                                                                                                                                                               war. They have either seen their
                                                                                                                          Lower School - Grades K - 5                                                          brothers die or become seriously
                                                                                                                                                                                                               injured, or have sustained inju-
                                                                                                                          Middle School - Grades 6 - 8                                                         ries themselves. However, they
                                                                                                                                                                                                               know what their job is and they
                                                                                                                          Individualized, self-directed program                                                continue to fight for us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I want to thank some of the
                                                                                                                          Rich international and cultural studies                                              Grannies for their loved ones’ ser-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               vice to our country. Without these
                                                                                                                          Proven, Montessori approach                                                          brave men and women, most of
                                                                                                                                                                                                               whom went through a recruiting
                                                                                                                          State-of-the-art facility                                                            office, our country would not be
                                                                                                                                                                                                               as beautiful as it is today. They
                                                                                                                          Low student-teacher ratio                                                            defend our freedom to write our
                                                                                                                                                                                                               opinions, speak our minds and
                                                                                                                  www.bowmanschool.org                                                                         walk the streets freely.
                                                                                           4000 Terman Drive                         Palo Alto, CA                  Tel: 650-813-9131                                        Kim Honigschmidt
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Whatsamatta you?
 By Andrew MacLeod Doerschuk           Upon return to Gumba’s, I was
                                     reminded how much I enjoyed

M          emories can be so
           imprecise, selectively
           glossing over certain
experiences while romanticiz-
ing others. Case in point: It
                                     this throwback to Italian-Amer-
                                     ican restaurants of yore. Chains
                                     like Bucca Di Beppo and Olive
                                     Garden are mere corporatized
                                     imitations of Gumba’s authen-
had been a couple years since I      tic decor, with its red checked
last ate at Gumba’s Restaurante      oilcloth tablecloths and dusty
Italiano in Sunnyvale, a home-       array of memorabilia — empty
style establishment that I’d         Chianti bottles, garlands of
enthusiastically recommended         garlic cloves, old photographs,
to friends more than once.           bunches of plastic grapes —
Yet after recent visits, I’m now     crowding the walls and ceilings.
convinced that either the food       On our recent visits, the dining
underwent a change, or I had         room was packed with work-
successfully erased a few unfa-      ing class families and college-
vorable impressions of it from                                                                                                                                                                                                          NORBERT VON DER GROEBEN
my memory banks.                             See GUMBA’S, page 18                                                                     Blackened catfish at Gumba’s in Sunnyvale.

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                                                                        on       the

                                        dining                                               town                                             Renoldo Garcia, chef at Gumba’s, prepares a pizza.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   NORBERT VON DER GROEBEN

                        afghan                                      chinese                                    mexican                                                         cessed American cheese right
                                                                                                                                                       GUMBA’S                 out of a package — an omen of
                Paradise Afghan/Persian Kabobs             Chef Chu’s                                  Fiesta Del Mar Too                             Continued from page 17   things to come). You could eas-
                604 S. Mary Avenue                         1067 N. San Antonio Road,                   Rotisserie & Cantina                                                    ily fill up just on just this huge
                (at El Camino Real)                        on the corner of El Camino, Los             735 Villa St., Mtn. View                                                plate of munchies.
                Sunnyvale 408/733-5262                     Altos. 650/948-2696                         650/967-3525                           age couples talking loudly and     My companion ordered the
                Charbroiled Kabob                          Zagat Review: “Gold Standard in Fresh       Fresh Lime Margaritas,                 laughing, while a line of hungry minestrone while I chose the
                Lunch Special $7.95                        Chinese Cuisine.”                           200+ Tequilas,
                www.paradiseafganpersiankabobs.com                                                     Open Late.
                                                                                                                                              people waited for tables.        salad on our first visit, and both
                                                           New Tung Kee Noodle House                                                            Be prepared to read. Gum- proved to be disappointing. My
                                                           520 Showers Drive,                          La Fiesta Restaurant                   ba’s menu is enormous, brim- salad couldn’t have been more
                      american                             Mtn. View. 650/947-8888                     240 Villa St., Mtn. View               ming with vast pasta offerings, boring, composed entirely of one
                                                           (Inside San Antonio Center)                 650/968-1364                           meat dishes, pizzas, calzones, tomato slice atop a thin layer of
                                                           Voted Best Noodle House in                  The best Mole Poblano and
                Clarkes Charcoal Broiler                   2003/2004 Mountain View Voice.              Margaritas in town.
                                                                                                                                              fish and, incongruently, “New chopped iceberg lettuce dressed
                615 W. El Camino Real,                                                                                                        Orleans Cuisine.”                with Italian vinaigrette. And
                Mtn. View. 650/967-0851                                                                                                         We started with bruchetta for- while the minestrone looked like
                Voted Best Hamburger 14 Yrs                         french                                       pizza                        maggio ($5.50),                                  minestrone, with
                in a Row. Beautiful Outside
                                                                                                       Kapp's Pizza Bar & Grill
                                                                                                                                              one of the high-                                 chunks of veggies
                Patio Dining.
                                                           Le Petit Bistro
                                                           1405 W. El Camino Real,
                                                                                                       191 Castro Street                      lights of our
                                                                                                                                              meals. Gumba’s
                                                                                                                                                                     Gumba’s menu in a tomato broth,
                                                                                                                                                                                               it was otherwise
                Hobee’s Restaurants                                                                    Mtn. View, 650/961-1491
                2312 Central Expwy.
                                                           Mtn. View. 650/964-3321
                                                           Casual and cozy French
                                                                                                       Happy Hours Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm.           slathers pesto
                                                                                                                                              sauce onto thick
                                                                                                                                                                       is enormous,            watery and so taste-
                                                                                                                                                                                               less that neither salt
                Mtn. View. 650/968-6050
                Voted Best Breakfast/Brunch
                                                           restaurant. 15 tables.
                                                                                                               tex-mex                        slices of garlic       brimming with nor pepper could
                9 years in a row!
                                                                                                                                              French bread,                                    rescue it.
                                                                   mexican                             El Paso Cafe                           and then tops vast pasta offerings,                   On my second
                Marie Callendar's                                                                      1407 El Camino Real,                   it with diced                                    visit I tried the
                4710 El Camino Real                        Celia's Mexican Restaurant                  Mtn. View. 650/961-8858                tomato       and meat dishes, pizzas, clam chowder, a
                (just south of San Antonio)
                                                           3740 El Camino Real,
                                                           Palo Alto. 650/843-0643
                                                                                                       Fax: 650/961-3439
                                                                                                       (Between Rengstorff and Shoreline)
                                                                                                                                              melted mozza-
                                                                                                                                              rella. Unfortu-        calzones, fish ... much more with
                                                                                                                                                                                               cessful effort

                                                           1850 El Camino Real,                                                               nately, we didn’t                                chunks of potato,
                Sports Page                                Menlo Park. 650/321-8227
                                                                                                              ice cream                       read the menu                                    celery slices and
                1431 Plymouth Street                                                                                                          closely enough to realize that clams in a mildly seasoned thick
                (exit at Shoreline off 101)                Fiesta Del Mar- Seafood,                    Gelato Classico                        our server would also deliver a white broth.
                Mtn. View. 650/961-1992                    Mexican Cuisine & Cantina                   241 B Castro Street                    half loaf of garlic bread, which   With veiled trepidation, we
ning                                                       1005 N. Shoreline Blvd.,
                                                           Mtn. View. 650/965-9354
                                                                                                       Mtn. View. 650/969-2900                comes with all meals (except moved to the main courses. Our
                                                                                                                                              pizza, sandwiches and calzones) fettuccini arrabbitti ($9.95) was
                                                           Open Daily, Lunch & Dinner.                                                        along with a choice of soup or a simple concoction featuring
                                                           Voted Best Seafood for 7 years.                                                    salad, and ice cream.            slivers of basil, chopped tomato,
                                                                                                                                                On our next visit, we sampled red pepper slices and a heap of
                                                                                                                                              the antipasto Italian delacasa diced garlic tossed with fettuc-
                                                                                                                                              ($6.95) — an enormous plate cini in olive oil. It would have
                                                                                                                                              of sliced broccoli, red pepper been easy to salvage this recipe
                                                                                                                                              strips, tomatoes, mushrooms, by using a fraction of the garlic
                                                                                                                                              carrots, zucchini, cold Italian that the chef threw into the pan,
                         If you would like to be listed in DINING ON THE TOWN please call Britt Callaway at the Voice at 964-6300             salami and cheese (including,
                                                                                                                                              strangely, thin slices of pro-            Continued on next page

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                                                                                                                                                                            (with min. order)

                                                                                        NORBERT VON DER GROEBEN
Mike Buchanan has lunch at Gumba’s amid the Old World ambience.                                                    790 Castro Street
                                                                                                                    Mountain View                                             THE BEST
                                                                                                                  (1 block from El Camino)                                 PIZZA WEST OF
    Continued from previous page     comes from combining pan-           We found the tomato, garlic and                                                                     NEW YORK
                                     cetta with parmesan and egg         basil in the margarita topping            (650) 961-6666                                         —Ralph Barbieri KNBR 680
but instead the plate veritably      yolk in steaming hot pasta. But     to be very refreshing, while the
radiated with the stuff. A garlic    I couldn’t believe my eyes when     all-meat side was packed with
aftertaste still lingered on my      the plate arrived as nothing        salami, pepperoni, Italian sau-                                                                    "Most Excellent Italian
palate the next morning.             more than fettuccini alfredo        sage and linguisa.                                                                                 Restaurant in Silicon Valley"
  The eggplant parmigiana            with some pancetta thrown into        So come to Gumba’s for the                                                                               – Silicon Valley Concierge Association
($10.95) was a revelation by         the buttery cream sauce.            Old World ambiance, great
comparison. One-inch chunks             We had all but given up on       prices, enormous portions —
of tender eggplant swam in a         Gumba’s until we noticed that       and the pizza. Your kids will                   PRIME RIB & SEAFOOD
tomato sauce, topped with a          most diners were eating pizza.      have a ball, and your pocket-                                                                    Tues-Thurs: Yelena on Grand Piano
sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.       So we ordered a medium pie          book will thank you for it.    V
                                                                                                                  ROMANTIC CANDLELIGHT                                    Fri: 6pm–9:30pm Tibor & Yelena
                                                                                                                                                                          strolling Gypsy Violin
The dish came with a healthy         with half margarita/half all-meat
portion of rigatoni in a thick       toppings ($17), and hit pay dirt.
                                                                                                                  DINING                                                  Sat: Kaye Devrie & Friends
                                                                                                                                                                          1st Sat of the month - Opera,
marinara served on the side.         First of all, there was nothing                                              PREPARED TABLESIDE                                      Broadway & Italian Love songs
While the eggplant’s tomato          “medium” about the size of this                                               Unique Flambé Entreés                                  2nd Sat of the month - Smooth
sauce was thin and bland, the        pizza, which in any other estab-       We’ve just added another               Spinach & Caesar Salads                                Contemporary vocals

                                                                                                                                                                          3rd Sat of the month -
richer marinara atop the riga-       lishment would be considered                                                  Cherries Jubilee                                       Instrumental Trio with
toni saved the day.                  large. And fans of either thin or                                                                                                    Dancing
                                                                                                                                                                  Sat     4th Sat of the month -
  We had a taste for fettuccini      thick crust needn’t worry — we                                                                                                       Jazz and Standards
carbonara ($10.95) on our next       got both in one package, since
                                                                                                                  Tel: 408.734.5323
visit, and looked forward to         the center crust was thin and                                                1228 Reamwood Ave., Sunnyvale
that salty, heavy richness that      the edges were round and thick.                                              Off Tasman between Lawrence Expwy & Great America Pkwy

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                                                                                                                   4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.                                                                1971 Baker Street bank robbery in
 near Hwy 85
                                                                                                                 THE BANK JOB (R) ✭✭✭ Century 16: 1:20, 4:05, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m.                        London. The film starts slowly as Terry
 Mon-Fri 8-6                                                                                                       Century 12: 1:20, 4:10, 7:20 & 10:05 p.m.                                          Leather (Statham), a family man with a
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      flame Martine Love (Saffron Burrows)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      with a lucrative job offer. Terry and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ragtag group of thieves are to tunnel
                                                                                                                 THE COUNTERFEITERS (R) ✭✭✭1/2 Guild: 2:15, 4:45, 7:10 & 9:40 p.m.                    into the vault of Lloyds Bank and plun-
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                                  Emerson School                                                                 DOOMSDAY (R) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16: 1:40, 4:35, 7:15 &
                                                                                                                   10:10 p.m. Century 12: 1:05, 3:50, 7:25, 9:20* & 10:10 p.m. *Spanish subtitles
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the bank, Terry and company jackham-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      mer through the concrete and soon
                                  brings out the extraordinary in every child.
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                                                                                                                   12:30, 1:15*, 1:55, 2:50, 3:35*, 4:20, 5:05, 5:55*, 6:45, 7:30, 8:10*, 9, 9:45 &   wealth of valuables is there for the tak-
                                                                                                                   10:25 p.m.* *Spanish subtitles Century 20: Noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 2:55, 3:05,    ing. “The Bank Job” quickly reaches a

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                                                                                                                 DRILLBIT TAYLOR (PG-13) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16:                                   the heist. Turns out two of the safety-

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 . International Curriculum (Chinese, Spanish)
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                                                                     March 13     5:00
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Michael X’s photos of the British prin-
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                                                                    Palo Alto . San Jose . Pleasanton            MEET THE BROWNS (PG-13) (NOT REVIEWED) Century                                       and legs to get their goods back. Strong
                                                                                                                   16: 1, 3:50, 6:55 & 9:25 p.m. Century 12: 12:40, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:45, 7,        acting, excellent production values, a
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                                                                                                                   Century 16: 12:50, 3:20, 5:40, 8 &10:15 p.m. Century 20: 12:30, 2:45,
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                                                                                                                 THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL (PG-13) ✭✭ Century 20: Noon,                                   UNDER THE
     HeadsUp! Child Development Centers offer children an enriched                                                 2:40, 5:20, 8:05 & 10:40 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:50 & 7:10 p.m.                   SAME MOON ✭✭✭1/2
     environment in which they can grow to fulfill their full potential.                                         RUN, FATBOY, RUN (PG-13) ✭✭1/2 Aquarius: Noon, 2:30, 5,                              (Aquarius) “Under the Same Moon”
     The goal of the centers is to help make every child a HeadsUp! child:                                         7:30 & 10 p.m.                                                                     puts human faces on immigration woes.
     bright, alert, motivated, independent, self-confident, and social. Our
     dual-career families know their children are receiving the finest care
                                                                                                                 SEMI-PRO (R) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 20: 4:10 & 10:05 p.m.                            Adrian Alonso plays 9-year-old Carlitos
                                                                                                                 SHUTTER (PG-13) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16: 12:45, 3:10, 5:30,                        with the perfect balance of childhood
     and developmental guidance available.
                                                                                                                   7:45 & 10 p.m. Century 12: 12:50, 2, 3, 4:20, 5:15, 6:30, 7:30, 9 & 10 p.m.        charm, big-hearted spirit and wisdom
           Palo Alto                       San Jose                  Pleasanton                                  THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (PG) ✭✭✭ Century 12:                                       beyond his years. Every Sunday Carlitos
                                                                                                                   12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50 & 10:20 p.m.                                               excitedly waits for the pay phone to
           2800 W. Bayshore Road           2841 Junction Avenue      4671 Chabot Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ring. It’s the lifeline that connects him,
           650-424-1221                    408-432-1644              925-463-2885                                STOP-LOSS (R) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 20: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 & 10                       living in Mexico, with his mother Rosa-
           Tania Azevedo, Dir.             Danielle Ewing, Dir.      Imelda Acosta, Dir.
                                                                                                                   p.m. Sat. also at 10:40 a.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:15, 7:05 & 9:50 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      rio (Kate del Castillo) who works in East
                                        www.headsup.org                                                          SUPERHERO MOVIE (PG-13) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16:                                   L.A. and sends the family $300 each
                                                                                                                   12:35, 2, 3:30, 4:50, 6:30, 7:40, 9:20 & 10:30 p.m. Century 12: 12:30,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      month. Carlitos lives in a vibrant Mexi-
 Affiliated Programs: Emerson School - Palo Alto                  Hacienda School - Pleasanton                     2:45, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      can village with a loving grandmother
                                                                                                                 THERE WILL BE BLOOD (R) ✭✭✭✭ Century 20: 12:40 & 6:45 p.m.                           (Angelina Pelaez) and the saucy “La
                                                                                                                 UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA)                                                  Coyota” (Carmen Salinas) who refuses
      WRITE NOW!
                                                                                                                   (NOT RATED) ✭✭✭1/2 Century 20: 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8 & 10:35                        to put the young boy into harm’s way,
                                                                                                                   p.m. Aquarius: 1:45, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.                                           despite his pleas to let a novice (Amer-
                                                                                                                 VANTAGE POINT (PG-13) ✭✭✭1/2 Century 16: 1:35, 4:25,                                 ica Ferrera) smuggle him across the
                                                                                                                   7:10 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 1, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55 & 10:15 p.m.                      border. The death of his grandmother
                                                    Summer Writing Camps
  Emerson School, Palo Alto                                                                                      ZULA PATROL: ANIMAL ADVENTURES IN SPACE                                              changes everything. With a handful of
 Hacienda School, Pleasanton                                                  for grades 2-8
                                                                                                                  (NOT RATED) (NOT REVIEWED) Century 16: Sat. at 10 a.m.                              savings and a return address ripped off
                                                                                                                   Century 20: Sat. at 10 a.m.                                                        a letter from his mother, Carlitos sets
                                                                                                                                                                                                      off to find her. Tense moments alternate
                                                                                                                           Note: Screenings are for Friday through Tuesday only.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      with funny incidents. Even when Carli-
                                                                                                                            AQUARIUS: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260)                           tos seems most lost, you’ll know exactly
              ollin                                                                                                CENTURY CINEMA 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (960-0970)               where this movie is headed. And noth-
          enr                                                                                                        CENTURY PARK 12: 557 E. Bayshore Blvd., Redwood City (365-9000)
     Now 2008!                  Hacienda School   Emerson School                  FEES                                                                                                                ing is more satisfying than the moment
        for                       Pleasanton,       Palo Alto,                                                    CENTURY 20 DOWNTOWN: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (369-3456)
                                                                          1 week           $500                                                                                                       when the precocious little boy and his
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      Expository Writing            7/28-8/1         7/7-7/11             2 weeks          $950                             GUILD: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260)                          devoted mother are under the same
      Creative Writing              8/4-8/8          7/14-7/18
                                                                          3 weeks        $1,350
                                                                                                                                                                                                      moon, in the same place. Rated: PG-13
      Presentation Skills           7/14-7/18        7/21-7/25                                                                                                                                        for some mature thematic elements. In
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                                                Cinderella-style, Pettigrew deftly cuts a      genuine — and simply hopes her husband
              MOVIES                            swath through her jumbled social clutter.      will love her. She lurks in the shadow of
         Continued from page 20                 Pettigrew also endures an unexpected           her star-wattage sister. Papa Boleyn can’t
                                                makeover while skillfully choreograph-         arrange a marriage fast enough for her.          $18 Admission
                                                ing the hazards of Delysia’s romantic          The plot turns when the ambitious Duke           $15 Seniors
DR. SEUSS’ HORTON                               roundelay in a manner both madcap and          of Norfolk (David Morrissey), uncle to the       $ 5 Students                                        Presents
HEARS A WHO!✭✭✭                                 merry. The farce frays a bit at the edges      Boleyn girls, arranges for a royal visit so                                             David Ramadanoff, Conductor
 (Century 16, Century 20) Blue Sky Stu-         as it telegraphs unmistakable idealisms,       that Anne can catch the king’s roving eye.
                                                                                                                                                                               Faure Pelleas and Melisande, Pamela Martin conducting
dios’ (“Ice Age,” “Robots”) production          a tidy set-to of boy-meets-girl and girl-      A hunting accident puts the now-married
of “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!”             reserves-the-right-to-equivocate. A spare      Mary into the position of nursing King                                       Craig Bohmler Saints, Layna Chianakas, mezzo-soprano
is a wonderfully faithful adaptation and        little trifle, clean and sweet. Rated: PG-13   Henry VIII (Eric Bana) back to health. A                                        Richard Strauss Der Burger als Edelmann
expansion of the Seuss universe. Hor-           for some nudity, language and mature           historical drama without much political
ton, a good-natured elephant (voiced            themes. 1 hour, 32 minutes. — J.A.             intrigue, “The Other Boleyn Girl” pays lip                                               SATURDAY, Mar 29 – 8:00 P.M.
by Jim Carrey), takes a sudden interest                                                        service to the king who wielded tremen-                                                     Valley Presbyterian Church
in the well-being of a speck of dust, or        THE COUNTERFEITERS ✭✭✭1/2                      dous power and ushered in the English
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rather the world of Who-ville that exists       (Guild) Oscar’s Best Foreign Film winner       Reformation. See this only if you prefer
on the speck. But Horton’s newly discov-        plays the concentration-camp drama to          histrionics to historical accuracy. Rated:                                                SUNDAY, Mar 30 – 3:00 P.M.
ered world is in jeopardy when the most         dynamic effect. Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl       PG-13 for mature thematic elements,
                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Altos United Methodist Church
bitter kangaroo in recent film history          Markovics) is a counterfeiter extraordi-       sexual content and some violent images.
(voiced by Carol Burnett) becomes bent          naire, a Russian Jew who’s the best in the     1 hour 55 minutes. — S.T.                                                             655 Magdalena Ave. (corner Foothill
on destroying what she deems a non-             business. False passports and documents                                                                                                    Expressway), Los Altos
existent menace that “has those kids            are all in a day’s work until Sorowitsch’s     THE SPIDERWICK                                                                       For more information visit our website:
using their imagination.” Meanwhile,            confidence gets the better of him and the      CHRONICLES✭✭✭                                                                               www.MasterSinfonia.org
on the speck, the mayor of Who-Ville            Nazis come calling, sentencing him to the      (Century 12, Century 16) Jared Grace (Fred-
(voiced by Steve Carell) is struggling          Sachsenhausen labor camp in Berlin. The        die Highmore of “Finding Neverland”) is a
to convince his town that a giant invis-        Germans amass a large crew of Europe’s         troubled and troublesome young boy forced                      This ad sponsored by Ginny Kavanaugh of Coldwell Banker
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world. Blue Sky has expanded Seuss’             graphic artists, printers, copper engravers,   split. Jared, his identical twin brother Simon
drawings into a rich, three-dimensional         etc. — with the concept of forging their       (also Highmore), his sister Mallory (Irish
Seussiverse. “Horton” redeems the               own English pounds and American dol-

                                                                                                                                                            ay Night *
                                                                                               actress Sarah Bolger) and his mother Helen
Seuss film franchise with a moving tale         lars and destabilizing those economies by      (Mary-Louise Parker) settle in the secluded
                                                                                                                                                 It’s Satu
that has something for every-sized Who.         flooding their markets with bogus bucks.       countryside mansion left to Helen by her                                                                            MARCH MAD

                                                                                                                                                            FREE AT
Rated G. 86 minutes. — D.D.                                                                                                                                                                                                   NESS
                                                Supporting the Nazi war effort is incon-       great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick (David                                                                                   SPECIAL
                                                ceivable but cooperation, and survival, is
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             on   2 TVs
                                                                                               Strathairn). The restless Jared scours the
MARRIED LIFE✭✭✭                                 the inmates’ psychological trump card. An      house and discovers a path to Spiderwick’s
(Century 16) A stellar cast puts vintage        ethical tug of war is the crux of the camp’s   dust-filled office, where he finds a “field
spin on the ubiquitous underbelly of love       infrastructure as the prisoners battle one     guide” littered with magical recipes and
and marriage. On the surface, 1949 is an        another for moral high ground while            sketches of strange creatures. Turns out Spi-
era of post-war liberation and enduringly       struggling with harsh conditions and the       derwick spent his life investigating bizarre
wedded bliss. Pat and Harry Allen (Patricia     day-to-day reality of exhaustion and mal-      phenomena, eventually uncovering a world
Clarkson and Chris Cooper) appear to be         nutrition. There’s not a lot of fresh ground   populated by elves, ogres and hobgoblins.
the picture-perfect couple, the envy of all     to cover, but what there is is crafted with    Once Jared opens the “field guide” he finds
their peers. But there are skeletons lurking    exacting detail and fervor. Rated: R for       himself immersed in the otherwise invisible
in their closets, as Harry admits to best       violence, profanity and nudity. 1 hour,        world. This fantasy-infused adventure is
                                                44 minutes. In Russian and German with
                                                                                                                                                                  Corner of State & 4th Streets
friend Richard Langley (Pierce Brosnan)                                                        rich with visual effects, colorful characters                           Tel: 650-917-8777
when he confesses that he’s found love          English subtitles. — J.A.                      and tear-jerking family dynamics. But                                  www.maltbys.com
with another woman (Rachel McAdams                                                             adults should be warned that the depth
as the coolly breathtaking Kay Nesbitt).        THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL✭✭                        stops there — compared to other myth-
                                                                                                                                                            * Dine in only, from kid’s menu, under 12 please,
                                                                                                                                                                   when accompanied by paying adult
One look at Kay is all it takes for the rapa-   (Century 16, Century 20) Natalie Portman       and-magic flicks such as “The Lord of the
cious Richard to fall down the rabbit hole      plays Anne Boleyn, who lost her head           Rings” or “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Spiderwick”
himself: Voila! A messy little love triangle    over England’s King Henry VIII, after being    feels like “Sesame Street.” Rated: PG for
pitting husband and wife, friend and            married to him for 1,000 days. Scarlett        scary creature action and violence, peril

                                                                                                                                                                     nd Opening
lover, cat and mouse. Harry is desperate        Johansson slips into the role of the other     and some thematic elements. 1 hour, 37
to untangle himself from his stifling union     Boleyn girl — the one who lost only her        minutes. — T.H.

but can’t bear to see his wife suffer. Which    heart to the Tudor monarch. Anne is the
she won’t, he reasons, if he puts her
out of her misery once and for all. What
goes on behind closed doors? Only the
                                                high-spirited, “special” sister. Her father
                                                (Mark Rylance) denies run-of-the-mill
                                                requests for her hand in marriage, as
                                                                                                    ■ MOVIECRITICS
                                                                                                         S.T.-Susan Tavernetti,
shadows know. Rated: PG-13 for some             he has higher hopes for his dark-haired                                                            FREE
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                                                                                                                                                    value FREE                                                     or more
(Century 16, Century 20) Guinevere
Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) is a full-
                                                                              Gratinee Onion Soup $6.25
                                                                                     `                                                          Must present coupon,
                                                                                                                                                  limit 2 coupons                                               35 to 40 item
blown failure as a governess: scalding                                                             Veal Sweetbreads                                   per table                                                  Lunch Buffet
the porridge, losing her young charges in
local parks, etc. The nanny service refuses
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                                                                                                                                                 Not valid on FRI or SAT                                          everyday
to recommend her, so as a last resort                                                                       FREE glass of house wine
                                                                                                                    with this entrée.
Miss Pettigrew nips a business card off
the matron’s desk and presents herself at
the doorway of one Delysia Lafosse (the
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enchanting Amy Adams). Delysia isn’t
looking for a nanny, per se, and there’s                                                                                                                            2700 W. El Camino Real
not a rugrat in sight. Instead the flighty                                                                                                                         Mountain View, CA 94040
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proper social secretary to make sense of
her hectic agenda. Miss Pettigrew to the
rescue! As Delysia flutters through things

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

                                                                                                                                                                                   THEATREWORKS PRESENTS “CAROLINE, OR CHANGE”
                                                                                                                                                                            TheatreWorks closes the season with the Tony-nominated musical “Caroline, or Change.”
                                                                                                                                                                            This production is a celebration of chutzpah and human fortitude by Pulitzer Prize-winning
                                                                                                                                                                           playwright Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. Wed., April 2 through Sun., June 27, Tue.-Wed.,
                                                                                                                                                                           7:30 p.m., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 and 7 p.m. $20-61 TheatreWorks at the Mountain View
                                                                                                                                                                              Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks.org

ART GALLERIES                                        Women and Leadership AAUW-PA,
                                                     the LWV, and Stanford’s Claymen Institute                           KIMONO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        329-2506. http://enjoyonline.cityofpaloalto.org
                                                     for Gender Research co-sponsor. Speakers:                                                                                                                          Tom Chapin Family Concerts Two
“Compositions from the Mind’s Eye”
Photographs by Jessica Lord are on exhibit
                                                     Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford professor of law                          DESIGN                                                                                        performances by Tom Chapin. Celebrating 20
                                                     and local women leaders. Sat., March 29, 10                                                                                                                        years of performing for kids, these are Tom’s
at Books Inc. Cafe Gallery through April 2. 9
a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Cafe Gallery, 301
                                                     a.m.-noon. Free. Mitchell Park Community                             BOOKS                                                                                         only Bay Area performances. Tickets available
                                                     Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call                                                                                                                     at the door. Sun., March 30, 1-2 p.m.; 4-5
Castro St., Mountain View.
‘Naomi Mindelzun - Selected Works’
                                                     650-961-6426. www.aauw-paloalto.org                                    FROM                                                                                        p.m. $14. Smithwick Theater, Foothill College,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos. Call 650-
Naomi Mindelzun is exhibiting recent mixed                                                                                 KYOTO                                                                                        949-3390. www.lindentreebooks.com
media and encaustic paintings. Depicted are          COMMUNITY EVENTS                                                                                                                                                   Wild Cat Adventure Presentation Fea-
images inspired by the Adriatic and other
waterscapes, construction sites and wildlife.                                                                                                                                                                           tures five live wild cats from Leopards, Etc. Learn
                                                     “Beyond Tolerance in Muslim Spain”
Through March 30, Gallery 9, 143 Main St.,                                                                                                                                                                              about their habits, habitat and survival issues and
                                                     “Beyond Tolerance: When Muslims, Christians
Los Altos. www.gallery9losaltos.com                                                                                                                                                                                     what can be done to save these animals from
                                                     and Jews Built a Magnificent Civilization in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        extinction. Sun., March 30, 2 p.m. Adults $10;
“Plein Air-Here and There” Scenes of                 Muslim Spain” by Audrey Shabbas, director of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        children under 12 $5. Foothill College, 12345 El
California and Provence, painted on location         Arab World and Islamic Resources (AWAIR).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Monte Road, Room 5015, Los Altos Hills.
by Carol Mead. Through March 29, 11 a.m.-5           Presented by Los Altos Voices for Peace and
p.m. (closes at 3 p.m. on Sundays) Free. View-       the Los Altos Library. Wed., April 2, 7-9 p.m.
points Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos. www.
                                                     Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio
                                                     Road, Los Altos. Call 650-948-7683. www.
                                                     santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos                                                                                                                                   “Darwin’s Nightmare” Part of “The Ethics of
                                                     How To Adopt Internationally Informa-                                                                                                                              Food and the Environment” series. Post-film discus-
BENEFITS                                             tional meeting sponsored by Bay Area Adop-                                                                                                                         sion led by Rosamond Naylor (Food Security and
                                                     tion Services. Mon., March 31, 7:30-9:15 p.m.                                                                                                                      the Environment). Thu., April 10, 7-10 p.m. Free.
A Salute to Maestro Donald Runnicles                 Free. Mountain View Business Center, 465                                                                                                                           Cubberley Auditorium, Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call
Tenor Eleazar Rodriguez performs at this event to    Fairchild Dr., Suite 214, Mountain View. Call                                                                                                                      650-723-0997. http://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu
benefit San Francisco Opera Guild’s Music in the     650-964-3800. www.baas.org
Schools programs. The fundraiser, which features     Los Altos Art Docents Student Art
a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception,            Show Featuring artwork by every student in the                                                                                                                     HEALTH
honors Donald Runnicles for his contributions to     Los Altos Elementary School District. Artwork by                                        Exhibition       of      woodblock-printed
San Francisco Opera over the past two decades.       Blach and Egan Junior High School students will                         “zuancho,” design idea books, used in the textile                                          Yoga and Meditation Cora Wen blends the
Sun., March 30, 3-5 p.m. $50 - $100. Vidovich                                                                                                                                                                           meditative, educative and transformative aspects
estate, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-325-8451.
                                                     also be on display. April 4-6, Fri. 2:30 to 5 p.m.;           trade in Kyoto ca. 1890ñ1940. Works on display show a transition
                                                     Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hillview Com-                                                                                                                   of yoga. Wednesdays through May 7, 7:30-9 p.m.
                                                                                                                   in surface design for kimono from a painterly style to a “modern,”                                   $15-drop in, $13-series. California Yoga Center,
                                                     munity Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call
                                                                                                                   graphic approach featuring bold synthetic colors, kinetic lines,                                     570 Showers Drive Suite 5, Mountain View. Call
CLASSES/WORKSHOPS                                    650-947-1195. losaltosartdocents.org
                                                     Tree Planting on Stevens Creek Trail
                                                                                                                   and geometric shapes. Through April 16, no charge Peterson Gallery,                                  650-383-5103. www.corawen.com
                                                     Instructions on how to plant a tree and tools will            Green Library, Stanford University, Stanford. Call 650-725-1020. http://
Home Farming Workshop A hands-on
workshop to give the skills needed to grow           be provided. Snacks will be provided. Call 650                www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/exhibits/kimono_exhibit.html                                          LIVE MUSIC
a “home farm” in a yard using Biointensive           969 3697 or e-mail info<\@>mountainviewtrees.
techniques. Three-day seminar: April 4 6:30-8        org for specific directions. Sat., March 29, 10 a.m.-                                                                                                              Amy Obenski: Poetic Jazzy Folk-Rock
p.m.; April 5 and 6 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $145.           noon. Free. Visit www.mountainviewtrees.org.            Ballroom Dancing West Coast Swing (Cali-              Lucile, David Packard: Valued Part-                  Obenski, whose song, “Carousel”, was recent-
Common Ground Garden Supply and Educa-               Mountain View Trees                                     fornia state dance) will be taught Fri., Mar. 28,     ners Personal, business, and philanthropic           ly played on the hit TV show, Grey’s Anatomy,
tion Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. www.       Tree Planting on Stevens Creek Trail                    8 p.m. Lessons for beginning and intermediate         legacy of Lucile and David Packard. A replica        will perform on March 28 at Mountain View’s
commongroundinpaloalto.org                           Instructions on how to plant a tree and tools           levels, no experience and no partner necessary.       of the historic HP garage, new video interviews      Red Rock. 8 p.m. Free Red Rock, 201 Castro
Jewelry Making Learn stringing, knot-                will be provided. Snacks will be provided. Call         General dance party 9 p.m.-midnight. Singles          with Packard associates, business and personal       Street, Mountain View. Call 650-967-4473.
ting, basic wire techniques. Bring pictures          or e-mail for directions. Sat., March 29, 10            and couples welcome. Free refreshments. Casual        artifacts, interactive children’s area, talks by     http://www.redrockcoffee.org
and design ideas to create different styles of       a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Trees. www.              attire. $8. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion,      Julie Packard, early HP executives, Lucile Pack-     Braeburn Rock /alternative/pop. Fri., April
jewelry. Learn about significance and history of     mountainviewtrees.org                                   4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-856-       ard panel, and more. Through June 22, noon-4         4, 8 p.m. Free. Dana Street Roasting Co, 744
beads. Beginners welcome; for ages 10-adult.                                                                 9930. www.readybyte.com/fridaynightdance              p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San       W. Dana St., Mountain View. http://www.
Sun., April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $105. Community                                                                Music of the Big Band Era Dance to the                Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 650 948-9427           myspace.com/thebraeburnyoulove
School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230         CONCERTS                                                music of the Big Band era, including popular          ext. 10. www.losaltoshistory.org/packard.htm         Wicker Vault Wicker Vault will play their
San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Call 650-                                                                 hit songs from the ‘40s and beyond: Glenn             Moffett Field Historical Society Muse-               blend of classic rock, pop standards, country
917-6800. www.arts4all.org                           How Studying Theory Makes You                           Miller, Duke Ellington, Bert Kaempfert, Nelson        um Museum displays memorabilia, artifacts,           and requests. Fri, April 5, 8-11 p.m. Free. The
                                                     Musical Not sure why studying music theory is           Riddle and others. La Comida. Fri., April 4,          photos and aircraft models; tours of museum          Cantakerous Fish, 420 Castro St., Mountain
Photographic Genres Analyze the techni-              important? Find out as CSMA faculty members
cal and aesthetic evolution of the photographic                                                              2-3:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St.,           and view of the exterior of Hangar One. 10           View. www.wickervault.com
                                                     Carrie Campbell, Daniel Wood and Richard                Palo Alto. Call 650-289-5427. Avenidas.org            a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free. Moffett Field Histori-
image in the 20th century through various            Roper demonstrate how studying theory makes
genres and specialization of the photographic                                                                Scottish Country Dancing Classes                      cal Society Museum, Building 126, Moffett Fed-
work: artistic, documentary, advertising.
                                                     you a better performer. Thu., April 3, 7 p.m. Free.
                                                     Community School of Music and Arts at Finn
                                                                                                             Beginning and experienced classes in Scot-            eral Airfield, off Highway 101, Mountain View.       ON STAGE
Instructor: Jano Cortijo. Sat., March 29, 9:15                                                               land’s traditional ballroom dance style. Good         The Art of Larry Gonick The Gallery at
                                                     Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.                                                                                                                     “And Baby Makes Seven” Helen and Ruth,
a.m.-3:15 p.m. $90. Community School of                                                                      exercise, no partner necessary, casual attire.        Cogswell is showcasing the works of nonfiction
                                                     Call 650-917-6800 x305. www.arts4all.org                                                                                                                           along with their friend Peter, are expecting their
Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Anto-                                                                 Parties with live music. Wednesday evenings in        cartoonist Larry Gonick through Mar. to Apr. 19,
nio Circle, Mountain View.                           Piano concert Pianist Carmencita Apiras                 Mountain View. Through May 21, 7:45-10 p.m.           10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery at Cogswell, 1175       first child. The trio of adults currently lives with
                                                     presents a concert. Benefit for Children’s              $5 per night. Mt. View Sports Pavilion, 1185          Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale. www.cogswell.edu          three imaginary children and make the decision
Self Defense for Women Jennifer Schach-              Library in Palo Alto’s sister city of Palo, Leyte,                                                                                                                 to get rid of the pretend kids before the real
ner, M.S. and professor at San Jose State will                                                               Castro Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-962-
                                                     the Philippines. Fri., April 4, 7-9:30 p.m. $15.        1939. www.mtview-rscds.org                                                                                 baby arrives. When the imaginary kids find out,
teach a small group class that will teach theory
as well as practical skills for self defense for
                                                     Palo Alto Cart Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo
                                                     Alto. Call 650-326-8885.
                                                                                                                                                                   FAMILY AND KIDS                                      though, they have other ideas. March 16-April 6,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2-3:30 p.m. $20. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St.,
women. Wednesdays through April 30, 7-8:30
p.m. $125 ; $85 for YMCA members. Palo Alto                                                                  ENVIRONMENT                                           Little Acorns Preschool Spring Fes-                  Palo Alto. Call 415-433-1235.
                                                                                                                                                                   tival Jump house, face painting and children         “The Magic Fish-Bone” In this Dickens story,
Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto. Call
650-842-2706. www.ymcamidpen.org
                                                     DANCE                                                   The Greening of the Bay Area The Los                  games. Food for sale. Raffle and silent auction.     the Fairy Grandmarina helps the penniless King
                                                                                                             Altos Library presents Richard A. Walker, professor   Sat., April 5, 9 a.m.-noon. Little Acorns Pre-       and his daughter Princess Alicia by offering her
                                                      English Country Dancing Traditional and                of geography at U.C .Berkeley and author of “The      school, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.          a wish via an enchanted fishbone. Performed by
CLUBS/MEETINGS                                       modern set dances to live music in a contem-
                                                     porary social atmosphere. Beginners welcome.
                                                                                                             Country in the City: The Greening of the San Fran-
                                                                                                             cisco Bay Area,” talks about the greenbelt and
                                                                                                                                                                   Call 415-341-4950.                                   Nixon students at Nixon Elementary School: Thu.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        April 3, at 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 4, at 4:30 and 7:30
                                                                                                                                                                   Palo Alto Junior Museumand Zoo Dads
                                                     All dances taught, no partner required. First,          how the Bay Area got 900,000 acres of publicly                                                             p.m., Sat., April 5, at 2:30 p.m. $8 adult, $4 child.
Inked Books: The Graphic Novel Book                                                                                                                                and donuts: Krispy Kreme donuts, coffee,
                                                     third and fifth Wednesdays through June. 8-10           owned open space, the most in the country. Wed.,                                                           Nixon Elementary School Theatre, 1711 Stanford
Club Inked Books is a drop-in discussion group                                                                                                                     juice, Dan Chan the Magic Man. Members of
                                                     p.m. $9 (students $5). Flex-It Studio, 425 Eve-         April 9, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S.                                                        Ave., Stanford. Call 650-463-4930. www.cityof-
for those interested in graphic novels and comics.                                                                                                                 the Friends of the PA Junior Museum are Zoo
                                                     lyn Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-493-6012.             San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 650-948-7683.                                                            paloalto.org/depts/csd/activities_and_recreation/
They meet on the second Wed. of each month.                                                                                                                        are free. Join at the door. Sun., April 6, 9 a.m.-
This month they will discuss Alan Moore’s “The       “Urban Nights Dance Fusion” Cardinal                    www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos                  noon. Free. PA Junior Museum and Zoo, 1451           attractions/childrens_theatre.asp
Watchmen.” Wed., April 9, 4 p.m. Books Inc Palo      Ballet Company presents “Urban Nights Dance                                                                   Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-326-           “The Pirates of Penzance, Junior” Lyrics
Alto, 855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto. Call 650-   Fusion.” The performance features 11 of Stanford                                                              6338. www.friendsjmz.org                             and book by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert; music
321-0600. www.booksinc.net                           University’s student dance groups and showcases         EXHIBITS                                              Seining the Lagoon Work as a team pull-              by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan. Tickets on sale at
                                                     a dozen different dance styles. One-hundred-                                                                                                                       door. Presented by Graham Middle School. March
Palo Alto Scrabble Just for fun. Open to                                                                                                                           ing the seining net to capture aquatic creatures.
                                                     and-fifty dancers take the stage together in a          Bonfires a nd Bugs The history, science                                                                    23-29, 7-9 p.m. $5 students; $7 adults. Graham
players of all levels. All equipment provided.                                                                                                                     Wear boots or old shoes and be prepared
                                                     collaborative work. April 4-5, 8-10 p.m. General        and art of camping. March 7-Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-4                                                              Middle School, 1175 Castro St., Mountain View.
Mondays, ongoing, 6-10 p.m. Free. Boston                                                                                                                           to get a bit wet and muddy. Ages 8 and up.
                                                     admission $10, (Free with SUID). Dinkelspiel Audi-      p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351
Market Restaurant, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo                                                                                                                       Pre-register at Lucie Stern or Enjoy online. Sat.,   TheatreWorks presents “Southern
                                                     torium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-         Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004.
Alto. Call 650-326-6243. http://groups.yahoo.                                                                                                                      April 26, 9-10:30 a.m. $9 Palo Alto residents        Comforts” TheatreWorks presents the
                                                     996-1572. cardinalballet.group.stanford.edu             www.moah.org
com/group/pa-scrabble                                                                                                                                              / $12 nonresidents. Baylands Nature Preserve,        West Coast Premiere of late-in-life love story
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“Southern Comforts.” Weds., March 5 through          7-9 p.m. $10. Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.,       Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lecture                 3070 N. Shoreline, Mountain View. Call 650-        den and farm animals. No experience needed.
Sun., March 30, T-W, 7:30pm, Thu. ñ Sat.,            Los Altos. Call 650-948-9427. www.losaltosh-        Larry Abbott, professor of theoretical neurosci-   903-6073. http://www.ci.mountainview.ca.us/        Training is provided. Opportunities ongoing.
8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. $20-56. TheatreWorks            istory.org/packard.htm                              ence at Columbia University, will give a free                                                         Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos.
                                                                                                                                                            Interpretive Tour Leaders Develop
at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield         Living Healthy in a Toxic World Mr.                 lecture entitled, “Remembering the Future,                                                            Call 650-949-8655. www.hiddenvilla.org
                                                                                                                                                            and lead outdoor nature walks, this spring
Road, Palo Alto. www.theatreworks.org                Michael Wisner, author and environmental            Predicting the Past” at Stanford University.
                                                                                                                                                            and beyond. City of Mountain View, 3070 N.         Volunteer Rangers Shoreline at Mountain
                                                     health expert, discusses ways to live healthier.    A lecture on how cellular processes work
                                                                                                                                                            Shoreline, Mountain View. Call 650-903-6073.       View seeks volunteer rangers to educate the
                                                     Also discusses program to expel toxins from the     together to retain and recall memories. Mon.,
RELIGION/                                            body. Fri., April 4, 7-9 p.m. Free. Dianetics and   April 7, 8-10 p.m. Hewlett Teaching Center at
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.ci.mountainview.ca.us/                  public and assist visitors at the 750-acre wildlife/
                                                                                                                                                                                                               recreation area and nearby Stevens Creek Trail.
                                                                                                         Stanford University, 370 Serra Mall, Rm. 200,      REI Service Project Join REI and the City
SPIRITUALITY                                         Scientology Life Improvement Center, 331 Cas-
                                                     tro St., Mountain View. Call 650-605-9000.          Stanford. Call 650-723-4347.                       of Mountain View for a community service
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Flexible scheduling for gatehouse, bicycle and/
                                                                                                                                                                                                               or foot patrol positions. City of Mountain View,
                                                                                                                                                            project at Shoreline Regional Wildlife and
Freedom Seder to End Human Traf-                     Madeline Levine - Price of Privilege A                                                                                                                    3070 N. Shoreline, Mountain View. Call 650-
                                                                                                                                                            Recreation Area. Remove Russian thistle, stink-
ficking Interfaith freedom Seder using stories,      presentation by Dr. Madeline Levine, psycholo-                                                                                                            903-6073. http://www.ci.mountainview.ca.us/
music, prayer, film and speakers to celebrate        gist and author of “The Price of Privilege: How     VOLUNTEERS                                         wort and other invasive plants to help restore
                                                                                                                                                            native habitat in the Northeast Meadowlands
freedom and learn how to fight modern-day            parental pressure and material advantage are
                                                                                                                                                            section of this 750-acre wildlife area. 9 a.m.-
slavery. Accompanied with a traditional Pass-        creating a generation of disconnected and           Environmental Docents Training
                                                     unhappy kids.” Wed., April 9, Spanish translation   Shoreline at Mountain View is launching a
                                                                                                                                                            noon. Free. Shoreline Park, 3070 N Shoreline             ■MORELISTINGS
over Seder meal. Sun., March 30, $18. Christ                                                                                                                Blvd., Mountain View. Call 650-969-1938.
Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los              available. Parking is limited, carpooling recom-    new Environmental Docent program. To get
                                                     mended. 6:15-9 p.m. Free. Spangenberg Theater
                                                                                                                                                            www.rei.com/mountainview                                      For a complete listing of
Altos. Call 650-961-1922. www.jvalley.org                                                                involved as a docent, please call to participate
                                                     - Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Ave., Palo      in training and a test walk on Sat., March 30,     Volunteer guide opportunity Volunteer                     local events, see our website at
                                                     Alto. Call 650-380-0200. www.paloaltopta.org        9-11 a.m. Free. Shoreline at Mountain View,        to introduce children to nature, an organic gar-            www.PaloAltoOnline.com.
Tax-return Assistance Free preparation of
state and federal tax returns provided by IRS/
AARP trained volunteers during tax season at
Mountain View Senior Center every Tuesday
and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon. 266 Escuela
Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330.

Create a Birdhouse: Call for Entries
Create a unique birdhouse for auction at the
Environmental Volunteers Birds and Blooms
party and auction on Sun., June 1, and support
science education at local schools. Ribbons
awarded. Entry forms due May 16. Forms,
rules and resources available at Web site. Envi-
ronmental Volunteers, 3921 E Bayshore Road,
Palo Alto. Call 650-961-0545. www.evols.org
Dwell Open House in MountainView The
Dwell NextHouse by Empyrean is holding an open
house. Register online. March 29-30, 10 a.m.-6
p.m. $8 online/$10 in person. Dwell NextHouse,
850 California Ave., MountainView. Call 415-871-
1662. www.Dwell.com/siliconvalley

St. Francis Track Alumni Event St. Fran-
cis High School in Mountain View welcomes
track and field alumni to the 25th annual St.
Francis Invitational Sat., March 29. Photo tak-
en at 12:30 p.m. RSVP by March 27. 8 a.m.-5
p.m. St. Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte
Ave., Mountain View. www.sfhs.com

DBSA Bipolar/Unipolar Support Group
DBSA Bipolar and Depression Support Group for
consumers only. First, second and third Wednes-
days of month, ongoing. Katherine Lerer, Facilita-
tor. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. DBSA Bipolar/Unipolar
Support Group, 4153A El Camino Way, Palo Alto.
Call 650-326-6313. www.DBSAPaloAlto.org

Foreign-born entrepreneurs share
their story The panelists will discuss what
influenced them in their lives, how they
persevered and how they give back to com-
munities that helped them succeed. Wed., Apr.
9, 6-9 p.m. $15 members, $20 nonmembers,
$30 at the door. SAP Labs, Building D, 3410
Hillview Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-386-5015.
Gender Inequality: Continuing Prog-
ress? The Stanford Center for the Study of
Poverty and Inequality is hosting a talk by
Francine Blau (Cornell University) on the cur-
rent status of gender inequality in the United
States. Wine and cheese reception will follow
the talk. Wed., April 2, 5-6:30 p.m. Free.
Stanford University, Room 370, Building 370,
Stanford. Call 650-724-6910. http://www.
HP Phenomenon Six Hewlett Packard
pioneers talk about their experiences and
anecdotes working with David Packard and
helping to shape the company. Wed., April 9,
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                           Coming Soon in Los Altos

                                                                                    Upcoming fabulous 3200 sf North Los Altos home
                                                                                    beautifully remodeled and expanded in 2005. Grand
                                                                                    marble entry, 2 granite fireplaces, chef ’s kitchen with
                                                                                    top of the line appliances and granite counter tops, huge
                                                                                    family room, formal dining room, nook with romantic
                                                                                    windows, master suite with granite bath, walk-in closet
                                                                                    and den. Freshly painted interior and exterior. Paver
                                                                                    bricks walkway and driveway.

                                                                                                  New Listing in Palo Alto

                     This cozy ranch-style home in Barron Park is walking and
                       biking distance to Gunn, Terman, Juana Briones schools
                      and Juana Briones park. This 3BR/2BA house with bonus
                     room and detached 2-room shed is surrounded by mature
                        trees and beautiful landscape. A deep lot with a private
                          paved courtyard, wood deck facing the backyard and
                     abundant tranquility. An unique sunken dining room area
                                          with a vintage, curved brick fireplace.

                                         551 Maybell Avenue, Palo Alto

             Commercial Real Estate in Mountain View

                                                                                    7000sf office warehouse near downtown Mountain View.
                                                                                    5 roll-up doors. ML district of Mountain View
                                                                                    230 Polaris Avenue, Mountain View

                         LOCATED                 IN THE              HEART          OF THE             SILICON VALLEY
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