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Mission City Bowl at Levi’s Stadium Brings Community Together
By Robert Haugh

All streaks eventually are broken. The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak. Cal Ripken, Junior’s consecutive games played streak. Streaks come to an end.

Seemingly a massive family reunion, this year’s Mission City Bowl game between the Wilcox Chargers and Santa Clara Bruins had plenty to cheer on, a homecoming of sorts, with alumni from years gone by bringing the community together to support the City’s two high school football programs - some fans traveling over 500 miles for the game.

Held at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 10 as part of the 49ers’ inaugural Friday Night Lights event, going in, the Chargers carried a 28-year and 29-game winning streak.

Though the Chargers have dominated the cross-town rivalry for the past three decades...

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Target Opens to Large Crowds and Applause at Former Mervyn's Plaza
By Robert Haugh

Target Opens to Large Crowds and Applause at Former Mervyn’s Plaza

Open, open, open.

Hundreds of Santa Clarans were thinking, some actually chanting it aloud, as they awaited the doors to open of the 140,000-square foot Target in Santa Clara Town Centre at 2004 El Camino Real at Scott.

With little advance advertising or notice, Target opened on Oct. 7...

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Peterson Principal Gets Her Day in Court: “I Was Afraid For My Safety”
By Carolyn Schuk

Peterson Principal Gets Her Day in Court: “I Was Afraid For My Safety”

Peterson Middle School Principal Susan Harris testified repeatedly in court on Tuesday about her fear of Santa Clara Unified Trustee Christopher Stampolis, I did not want to become another statistic of school violence...

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Librarians Seal Time Capsule To Be Opened in the Year 2064
By Cynthia Cheng

Librarians Seal Time Capsule To Be Opened in the Year 2064

“What will life be like in 2064?” ponders Mary Boyle, local history and genealogy librarian at the Santa Clara City Library. “Will people then still read books at the library? Will they come to study and learn new things? Libraries are places that turn around your life and increase your knowledge. Since we spend so much time alone using computers, libraries are great places for meeting up with others. Will it be like that in 2064?”...

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Following the Money - Where Campaign Contributions Come From
By Robert Haugh

Following the Money - Where Campaign Contributions Come From

Following the money can sometimes alert people where politicians stand on certain issues, though reading between the lines offers much ambiguity...

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SummerHill Homes Breaks Ground on El Camino Development

SummerHill Homes Breaks Ground on El Camino Development

SummerHill Apartment Communities celebrated the beginning of construction for its Villas On The Boulevard apartment homes with a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 8...

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Levi's Stadium Neighbors Seek Solutions to Event-Day Issues
By Diane Andrews

Levi's Stadium Neighbors Seek Solutions to Event-Day Issues

About 125 Sunnyvale, San Jose and Santa Clara residents living in the shadow of Levi's Stadium voiced their frustrations about event-day issues affecting the quality...

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This Week's Letters

We both proudly endorse Noelani Sallings for the SCUSD Governing Board (Trustee Area 2). Our Students will greatly benefit from Noelani's passion, professionalism & innovation. Noelani's knowledge and understanding of the district helped her shine during the recent candidates forum. We are voting an enthusiastic YES for Noelani! Noelani is clearly the energy and experience we need on the SCUSD Governing Board!

In Trustee Area 2, voters will vote for two candidates. Jodi Muirhead's successful grassroots campaign and her clear understanding of our school district have resonated with our community. We have every expectation that Jodi will be an excellent Governing Board Member and many have told us they plan to vote YES for Jodi on Nov. 4. We would be honored to serve with Jodi!

Andy Ratermann has been a powerfully effective Governing Board Member (Trustee Area 3). Andy usually declines personal endorsements. However, we both strongly support Andy and he has truly earned your YES vote!

Sallings, Muirhead & Ratermann need your YES votes on Nov. 4.

Albert Gonzalez
Vice President of the Governing Board SCUSD

Jim Canova
Former President & Governing Board Member SCUSD

I am a mom to an 11-year-old boy with autism, writing to support Santa Clara school board members Chris Koltermann and Ina Bendis.

About four or five years ago, Ina was the only school board member who gave parents of special needs kids in Santa Clara the time of day. Chris joined the board shortly thereafter, and was instrumental in making key personnel changes that have vastly improved the lives of special needs children in our district.

I also know, from chatting with friends and neighbors, that other parents, not just special needs, are happier. Because of programs such as STEM at Cabrillo Middle School and PLUS at Peterson Middle School, parents in our district who would have sent their kids to private school starting at middle school age, now see Santa Clara schools as a viable option.

Chris and Ina really do care about all children, and I hope they are re-elected.

- Catherine Capati

Dear Editor,
Month after month, the Santa Clara WEEKLY accurately reports and exposes the desperate need for change on the Santa Clara Unified School District board. For this reason, I urge readers to vote for Mr. Ratermann, Ms. Muirhead and Ms. Sallings for SCUSD school board.

Andy Ratermann has proven to be a voice of reason on our board and has earned my vote for Trustee Area 3. In Trustee Area 2, Jodi Muirhead and Noelani Sallings will bring fresh perspectives and collaborative experience in education.

These three candidates will help our school board do their best work in overseeing the district’s business of educating children. They do not hold personal agendas to better only one school or group of people but will strive to provide the best educational environment for all students. They will listen respectfully to all stakeholders and work collaboratively to achieve consensus.

For respectful, responsible and reasonable people on the SCUSD board please join me in voting for Andy Ratermann, Jodi Muirhead and Noelani Sallings.

- Kate Grimes

The candidates running for Santa Clara City Council seat 5 are getting their campaigns going at this point. It’s ironic that a person would run for city council after a layoff of several years and I would hope that running is not just a stepping stone for higher office.

I truly hope we get some new faces in there with new ideas and that’s why I’m voting for Roseann Alderete LaCoursiere. Roseann has been very active in the community with being president of PAL, on the Parks and Rec commission, and belonging to various charitable clubs around Santa Clara. I urge all of you to take a closer look this year and vote your conscience. A vote for Roseann is a vote for Santa Clara First.

- Grover Wolk

Amateur Radio Emergency Services Volunteers Ready for the Next Big One
By Diane Andrews

Amateur Radio Emergency Services Volunteers Ready for the Next Big One

Terry Hoffman will always remember when he decided to become an amateur radio operator. It was 25 years ago in the aftermath of the Oct. 17, 1989, Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked the Bay Area with a 6.9 magnitude jolt, killing 63 people and injuring 3,757.

"I didn't know what was going on during the Loma Prieta earthquake. I was in the dark, and I decided I wasn't going to be in the dark anymore. I was going to be in the know," says Hoffman, who is now co-emergency coordinator for the City of Santa Clara Amateur Radio Emergency Services.

Santa Clara ARES members are licensed amateur radio operators who train and prepare to offer their services as emergency communicators to the city. The volunteers register their qualifications and equipment, which they purchase themselves, with ARES and are on standby for duty when disaster strikes, from floods to earthquakes...

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Cheerleaders Work It at Competition Held at Great America
By Cynthia Cheng

Cheerleaders Work It at Competition Held at Great America

On Oct. 12, cheerleaders at United Spirit Association’s USA Regional Competition, held at California’s Great America, showed audiences that the sport of cheerleading is much more than just shouting cheers and waving pom-poms. The competing girls, ages 5 to 17, demonstrated physical strength and agility in their choreographed show numbers, which came with spirited dance sequences, ambitious pyramids, coordinated tumbling, and high jumps.

“Cheer today is different from cheer 50 years ago,” says Roger Ross, public relations manager for California’s Great America. “It’s not surprising that some cheerleaders would be even [stronger] than the athletes they’re cheering for who are playing a sport on the field. One of the highlights of the competition is seeing how cheer has progressed over the years. It has become a major competitive sport. The kids coming here are true athletes in the purest form. They practice year-round to be the best they can be. They take cheer as seriously as a football or basketball player would take their sport.”

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2014 Sister Cities Barbecue a Tasty Mix of Food, Fundraising, and Politics
By Diane Andrews

2014 Sister Cities Barbecue a Tasty Mix of Food, Fundraising, and Politics

A generous dash of politicians may have been the special seasoning in the sauce for the well-attended Santa Clara Sister Cities Association's 33rd Annual Chicken Barbecue Oct. 12 at the Elks Lodge on Martin Avenue.

"There's no secret to the chicken. We just cook it low and slow so it gains all the flavor from the mesquite wood we cook it over," says volunteer Charlie Atherton who, with his teammates, cooked 130 chicken quarters seasoned with Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce.

The recipe for Ray and Gerri Gamma's Portuguese baked beans with linguia is, however, a secret; so buying a ticket to the barbecue is one of few opportunities to savor them. The Gammas have provided the baked pinto beans for the last 10 of the 40 years they have been SCSCA members.

"The chicken is always good, as is the excellent garlic bread made by my friends Elise and Mike DeYoung," says Pat Flot, winner of two donated gift baskets in the opportunity drawing...

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Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Holds Annual Member Show

Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Holds Annual Member Show

The Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is holding its 47th annual member show at the Triton Museum of Art’s Rose Shenson Community Gallery from now until Oct. 26.

Featuring all watermedia (watercolors and acrylics) the show features work from nearly 100 members of the society and was juried by Robert Semans, a painter with works displayed at the California State Senate, NASA-Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, History Museum of San Jose and San Jose State University, among others.

An artist reception and awards ceremony was held on Oct. 11 with the following artists taking prizes:

First Place: Michael Rogan’s “Room with a View”

Second Place: Jan Grady’s “Colored Bottles in Sunlight”...

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