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Nightmare @tritonmuseum Offers All-Ages Scares, Delights
By Melissa McKenzie

Continuing with the widely popular Night @tritonmuseum events, the Triton Museum of Art bumped it up a notch with the Halloween-themed Nightmare @tritonmuseum of Oct. 23.

With dramatic readings by the Santa Clara Players and art demos by some of the most up-and-coming artists in the area, Nightmare @tritonmuseum was the place to be for Santa Clara’s oft-overlooked 20- and 30-something crowd.

In addition to the sought after portrait sketches drawn live by Mei-Ying Dell’Aquila, costumes and trick-or-treating on the Triton grounds were encouraged as local businesses doled out candy to dressed-up guests searching for treats.

Perhaps the most unique feature of Nightmare, however, was what may possibly be the first scare maze created by a museum. For $3, with all proceeds going to benefit the Triton’s exhibition and education programs, thrill-seekers toured the haunted Perish Museum. As the back story goes, little Lilith went into the museum, jumped into a painting and run amuck; causing heart-stopping chaos complete with blood, guts and masked figures...

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Halloween Events

Halloween Events

Following is a list of several Halloween-related events.

Friday, Oct. 31

Halloween Costume Parade & Crafts For Ages 0-5
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Redwood Room at the Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road
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Westwood Elementary School Celebrates 60th Anniversary
By Cynthia Cheng

Westwood Elementary School Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Before school ended on Oct. 24 at Westwood Elementary School, students, faculty, and staff gathered on the field and assembled into the shape of the number 60 to announce the school’s 60th anniversary. After a photo session, students ran to grab some cake, offered by the school’s PTA. About 700 slices of plain vanilla cake were provided.

“It’s important for our students to understand where things have come from, and to understand there was something that came before them,” says Pamela Galano, principal of Westwood Elementary School. “Many families have grown up in this same area....”

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SCUSD Trustees Censure Christopher Stampolis for Harassing Principal
By Carolyn Schuk

Education Desk

Last Thursday Santa Clara Unified School District’s Board of Trustees officially censured Trustee Christopher Stampolis for his belligerence to Peterson Middle School Principal Susan Harris. On Oct. 16, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge found Stampolis guilty of civil harassment, issuing a one-year restraining order against him...

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Pianist Hans Boepple Delights at SCU
By Carolyn Schuk

Pianist Hans Boepple Delights at SCU

Contrary to what you may have heard to the contrary, classical music is alive and well. You don’t have to look any further for confirmation than pianist Hans Boepple’s standing-room-only concert on Oct.4 at the Santa Clara University Recital Hall...

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MAYOR AND COUNCIL CANDIDATE BALLOT STATEMENTS POSTED ONLINE

MAYOR AND COUNCIL CANDIDATE BALLOT STATEMENTS POSTED ONLINE

Translated into seven major minority languages

With the Nov. 4 municipal election less than a week away, now is the time to get as much information as you can about the candidates and issues competing for your vote. A quick and concise resource can be found in the “statements of qualifications” found in your Voter Information Pamphlet...

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Main Street Bagels Celebrates Grand Opening of Santa Clara Location

Main Street Bagels Celebrates Grand Opening of Santa Clara Location

Offering traditional water boiled and stone baked bagels, Main Street Bagels - founded by a first-generation immigrant - recently opened its fifth location in Santa Clara.

A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting attended by Mayor Jamie Matthews and several Santa Clara Chamber ambassadors was held on Oct. 23...

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This Week's Letters

Dominic Caserta seems to have problems following the law when it comes to political fundraising. He’s raising tens of thousands of dollars from the 49ers and developers -- groups who have an interest in developing our soccer park and putting greater density in our neighborhoods, leaving Santa Clarans with fewer recreational opportunities and more congestion.

At the Santa Clara Candidates Forum on October 9, 2014, Caserta responded to a question from our city ethics advisor about why he raised almost twice as much as the legal fundraising expenditure limit for city council candidates.

Caserta said that he was instructed by our city clerk that he could not return contributions after 14 days or it would count against his expenditure limit. Further, he says he raised money in excess of the voluntary contribution limit because he did not understand the "minutiae of state law."

According to California's Fair Political Practice Commission, contributions may indeed be returned. This is something Caserta should know since he ran for the state Assembly in 2010 and previously ran for council in 2002, when he also raised substantially more money than he could legally spend.

Tino Silva

Parks and Recreation Commission
President, Santa Clara Youth Soccer and Westside Little League

Proposition 2 contains a poison pill preventing local school boards from planning for economic downturns. Tacked on to Proposition 2 is a budget trailer, limiting district reserves to 6% of their general fund budget - about two to three weeks of payroll. The California Associations for School Administrators (ACSA), School Finance Officers (CASBO), and School Board Members (CSBA) all oppose the reserve cap. The Santa Clara Unified School District Board Of Education joined school boards across the state, passing a resolution opposed to the cap on local reserves.

As the San Jose Mercury News stated about the 6% cap (7/25/14): "It was slipped into this year's budget deal, with no real public vetting, as a political payoff to labor unions that whine about districts supposedly hoarding money they could use for raises."

Creating a state rainy day fund should not prevent local school districts from doing the same.

Christine Koltermann, Ph.D.

President, Board of Education

Santa Clara Unified School District

Robert Haugh’s Oct. 15 article “Following the Money - Where Campaign Contributions Come From” is certainly an eye-opener for the potential for special-interest donations to influence City Council judgment. Here’s another perspective: many candidates claim long and deep-rooted support by Santa Clarans, however a cursory look at the geographical source of the campaign contributions paints a another picture. Based on line item FPPC Form 460 declarations, candidates accepting contributions from OUTSIDE Santa Clara are led by Caserta (85% of total $$), Matthews (77%) and Kolstad (70%). Is that “Santa Clara for Santa Clarans” as many claim? We need a City Council free of outside influence to do what is best for Santa Clara. Join me in voting Deborah Bress for Mayor, Karen Hardy for Seat #2 and Kevin Park for Seat #5. These candidates enjoy virtually 100% campaign funding from Santa Clarans - NOT outside sources.

Craig Larsen

Seat 5 in Santa Clara has become a hot bed of contention. One candidate has raised over 60,000 dollars mostly from developers and the 49ers. The other candidate has put up 20,000 dollars of her own money. Now who would you trust with your tax dollars? Someone who can put up their own money has a better idea of how to manage money. With the 38,300 dollars voluntary spending limit in Santa Clara, how can a candidate not give the money back to the contributor’s right after they receive it? Let the contributors give it to charity. I’m voting my conscience. I’m voting for Roseann Alderete LaCoursiere for Santa Clara City Council Seat #5. Santa Clara first, not the 49ers or developers.

Vern Deto

At the first Candidate Forum and at council meetings I have heard Mayor Matthews and Pat Kolstad inform the public that City Council and staff, employees cannot even accept a cup of coffee from anyone.

How then are contribution to campaigns of Caserta, Matthews and Kolstad different? Over $15,000 dollars has been given to these candidates from people who work for the 49ers, and even more than that has come their way from developers; like Summerhill, Devcon, Citation Homes and countless real estate agents. To me, these contributions to their campaign are just a bigger cup of coffee with ‘sweet’ promises attached. The candidates with true grassroots support will be getting my vote: Bress, Hardy & Park. It’s time to vote for anyone who has no ties to Developers or 49ers. We need independent voices in Council to hear our concerns not theirs.

Richard Evangelho

"My eight year tenure as a member of the Santa Clara Parks and Rec. Commission ended on June 30, 2014. As a member, we all had to attend an Ethics Class and thereafter I decided not to support any persons running for City Council during our last election even though there were two who were qualified and thankfully they easily won without my help. Now as a citizen with no attachment to our City government I would like to sincerely endorse Roseann LaCoursier for City Council. I do so because I had the privilege of working with her on the Parks and Rec. Commission. During that time I observed a person who is not only dedicated to children of our City not only because of her involvement with PAL but t all. She also has shown true commitment to all the citizens of our great city. In her using mostly her own funds in this election tells me that she is not beholding to any special interest group. This to me is not only highly ethical but a true sign of someone who cares and will represent is all; therefore, I urge everyone to vote for Roseann LaCousier for City Council."

Ray Gamma

I wish to commend Associate Editor r and writer Carolyn Schuk for her fair and objective reporting of events in the Santa Clara Unified School District. I have been at many of the meetings (and hearings), which she also attended and then reported on. Her grasp of the issues is accurate and unbiased. Than you, Carolyn!

Sandy Krakowski

As a small business owner in Santa Clara for many years, I would like to send my congratulations to the publisher of the Santa Clara Weekly. Finally someone in our community is realizing that special interest has been trying to receive favors from some are elected officials by buying their votes. One of the things I have noticed in this election cycle is that we have a recycled long time politician who agreed to the spending cap of $38,300. He has received almost twice that amount and justifies doing this by saying he is going to donate this extra money to other special interest groups in our community; this is just a way for a politician to try buying votes from these special interest organizations. If he would really like to do something for our community he would be returning these monies to the people who gave it to him and telling them to donate to a charity of their choice in the city of Santa Clara instead of buying items at charity auctions and giving them to people he owes favors to. This just goes to prove that the publisher of the Weekly as he has stated in his article (follow the money) and you will know how to cast your vote on Election Day. Your vote counts. (Vote for your community not for special interest.) Congratulations again to the Weekly.

Larry Lee

Experience counts! That is why I will be voting to re-elect Mayor Jamie Matthews and Councilmember Pat Kolstad as well as former Councilmember Dominic Caserta on November 4th. In my over 30 years of service with the city, I saw time and again that it was experience and leadership that brought the city through difficult times and, equally important, make wise decisions during bountiful times. Today, as a result of those wise decisions, our public safety service is strong and our other city services are the envy of neighboring cities. Keep Santa Clara strong. Vote experience and leadership! Vote for Mayor Matthews, Councilmember Kolstad and Dominic Caserta.

Steve Lodge
Santa Clara Chief of Police (ret)

I am writing regarding the upcoming elections in Santa Clara.

Re-electing Mayor Jamie Matthews and Council Member Pat Kolstad is absolutely critical for the future success of Santa Clara.

They are the only candidates with the experience and leadership to make the difficult decisions facing our city. They are fiscally responsible and have a record of accomplishment that is unequalled.

Please join me in voting for Mayor Jamie Matthews and Council Member Pat Kolstad.

Jerry Marsalli
Vice Mayor, City of Santa Clara

Although the Mariani’s Development plan has been “suspended” as the application is currently not moving forward, please note the project has NOT BEEN CANCELLED. I’m fairly certain that the residents of Santa Clara are smart enough to realize that this is both a political ploy and delay tactic. First to satiate developers with the knowledge that their investments made to candidates have been well spent and won’t be lost; and second, to calm the fears of those residents and businesses immediately impacted by construction by taking a little time to review details. There is far too much money involved for certain parties to simply walk away.

After the November 4th elections, I am quite sure the project will again be put on track; which track depends upon the election results.

Vote Bress for Mayor; Hardy Seat #2 & Park Seat #5 for City Council to choose the right path.

Rozane Bey-McCurdy

I am a teacher. I have taught at Ponderosa Elementary School since 2000. I am a product of Santa Clara schools (Millikin Elementary, Peterson Middle and Wilcox High School). I am also a mother of two children, and live in Santa Clara.

Why am I and other teachers of SCUSD endorsing Jodi Muirhead, Noelani Sallings and Andy Ratermann for school board?

It's simple. We want a board who will work collaboratively with district administration to make the best decisions for the students of SCUSD. We want a board who treats staff with respect. We want a board that will help us to provide the best education possible to our students by addressing educational issues in a timely manner.

It's time that we elect a board who will put children first, not just in their words, but with their actions. Join teachers and parents in supporting Jodi, Noelani and Andy.

Becky Pereira

I am a teacher. I have taught at Ponderosa Elementary School since 2000. I am a product of Santa Clara schools (Millikin Elementary, Peterson Middle and Wilcox High School). I am also a mother of two children, and live in Santa Clara.

Why am I and other teachers of SCUSD endorsing Jodi Muirhead, Noelani Sallings and Andy Ratermann for school board?

It's simple. We want a board who will work collaboratively with district administration to make the best decisions for the students of SCUSD. We want a board who treats staff with respect. We want a board that will help us to provide the best education possible to our students by addressing educational issues in a timely manner.

It's time that we elect a board who will put children first, not just in their words, but with their actions. Join teachers and parents in supporting Jodi, Noelani and Andy.

Becky Pereira

This is a letter of support of Dr. Nadeem for Santa Clara City Council seat #2. Living in Santa Clara for the past few years, my family and I felt like the current City Council does not have enough diversity in it's members. Dr. Nadeem will bring fresh new ideas that will represent the growing diverse community in Santa Clara. It's time to we elect someone who doesn't accept money from special interest groups rather someone who represents the interests of the growing community. Let's all make the right choice to elect this long time Santa Clara volunteer. Dr. Nadeem, you have the support of the Reynolds family.

Bayann Reynolds

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dominic Caserta for 10 years as his colleague at Santa Clara High School. Dominic is one of the most passionate teachers I have ever met. Dominic’s greatest strength is his unique ability to motivate his students. I have had numerous students talk about how Dominic makes government and economics come alive for them. They feel they have learned so much from having Dominic as their teacher.

Dominic also motivates his students to get involved in our Mission City. He empowers our students to believe that they have a voice and that they can make a difference. Dominic’s passion radiates and students that take his class become civic-minded citizens. Dominic’s amazing ability to empower and motivate our students is why I am enthusiastically supporting him for City Council. Empower our youth and vote for my colleague and friend Dominic Caserta for Seat 5.

Krista Keneman

Vote yes on Measure H for Santa Clara schools

Voters in the Santa Clara Unified School District will have the opportunity to vote yes on Measure H on Nov. 4. Measure H is a $419 million bond that will provide the resources to repair, rehabilitate, improve, modernize, support, upgrade and update our schools and classrooms throughout the district.

Measure H will also provide the resources to cross the finish line and build a new 21st century K-8 and high school at the recently purchased Agnews property right next door to the Cisco campus in North San Jose.

Students from North Santa Clara, North San Jose and Alviso will be served by these two new schools.

Vote yes for a new 21st century K-8 and high school campus in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Vote yes for Measure H.

Kansen Chu

Member, District 4 San Jose City Council

Jim Canova

Member, Area 1 Santa Clara Unified School District Governing Board

There are several races that people need to pay attention to in Santa Clara and much has been written in support of Muirhead, Sallings and Ratermann for Santa Clara Unified but there is one more race that needs support and that is the 17th District Congressional race. Ro Khanna has gone from being a virtual unknown almost two years ago to tying the Congressional race against Honda. That only happens through making yourself visible to voters and talking about what is important to them. Some say Ro isn’t qualified. However, he has taken the time to learn what is important to communities through his teaching, serving with the Commerce Department and using his time to learn about manufacturing in the USA as well as working in Silicon Valley. Ro comes from a lineage where service to the people comes first. It is time for Ro to take his place in public service.

Kathy Watanabe

Saint Lawrence Academy Changes It Up, Produces Fall Drama
By Melissa McKenzie

Saint Lawrence Academy Changes It Up, Produces Fall Drama

For a smaller school like Saint Lawrence Academy, it’s often difficult to find enough students to participate in activities, but for Santa Clara’s Saint Lawrence Academy, talent and interest comes in droves. In fact, the Visual and Performing Arts program, run by Mary Carroll, is so popular that starting this year the department is performing a fall drama in addition to the spring musical.

“Saint Lawrence is adding a fall drama production to its annual performing arts calendar, starting this year” said Carroll. “It’s a smaller scale show, with a smaller venue - the Little Theater classroom on campus - and has a cut-policy, unlike the spring show, which has no cuts.”

For its inaugural performance, St. Lawrence chose to put on Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace. The play, written in 1939, is a black comedy revolving around the Brewster family and the sisters, Abby and Matha, who murder lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and “just a pinch” of cyanide. The story is complicated by the brother, Teddy, who believes he is actually Theodore Roosevelt, and spends much of his time digging locks for the Panama Canal in the basement - which unbeknown to him, is the location where the sisters bury their victims. The story turns when Jonathan Brewster, the trio’s homicidal brother, shows up unannounced...

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Santa Claran Earns 2014 Non-Profit Marketer of the Year Award

Santa Claran Earns 2014 Non-Profit Marketer of the Year Award

Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant was recently recognized by the American Marketing Association (AMA) and American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) for her visionary leadership of the Fistula Foundation for the past nine years. Grant is the eighth nonprofit leader to receive the honor since the establishment of the award in 2008.

Based in San Jose, Fistula Foundation funds curative surgeries for obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury common in the developing world that renders a woman incontinent. Left untreated, a woman with fistula can too often face a life of shame and isolation. When a woman has access to surgery that Fistula Foundation provides, which costs $450 on average, her life can be transformed and her health restored. One million women in Africa and Asia suffer from untreated obstetric fistula.

The AMA/AMAF Nonprofit Marketer of the Year Award honors extraordinary leadership and achievement in the field of nonprofit marketing. Grant was selected from a pool of 25 finalists and was recognized at a luncheon held during the Nonprofit Marketing Conference in Arlington, VA...

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Santa Clara Chorale Honors Hogan's Heroes in 2014 - 2015 Season Debut
By Diane Andrews

Santa Clara Chorale Honors Hogan's Heroes in 2014 - 2015 Season Debut

No, it wasn't that Hogan. It wasn't Colonel Robert E. Hogan of the 1965-1971 Hogan's Heroes television sitcom set in a WWII German POW camp. This Hogan is Moses Hogan, a 20th century, Louisiana-born musician who brought American spirituals to the concert stage and, before his death in 2003, was considered the world's foremost authority on the concert spiritual.

The Santa Clara Chorale's first concert of its 53rd season, held Oct. 25 at Mission Santa Clara, was unique in that it consisted entirely of spirituals arranged either by Hogan or Hogan's spiritual heroes—Jester Hairston, Harry Burleigh, Undine Smith Moore, Edward Boatner, Hall Johnson, Nathaniel Dett, Marvin Mills, Margaret Bonds and William Dawson.

"Moses Hogan may be responsible for injecting the concert spiritual into standard choral repertoire and for introducing professional choral spiritual singing to the world," wrote Santa Clara Chorale Artistic Director Scot Hanna-Weir in the concert notes...

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Caserta Re-Cycled Campaign Donation History Raises Questions
By Carolyn Schuk

Caserta Re-Cycled Campaign Donation History Raises Questions

South Bay journalists are getting a lot of mileage out of recycled stories about Dominic Caserta’s re-cycled 2006 campaign donations, with speculation about what he’ll do with money he’ll have left after the 2014 Santa Clara City Council election. As of Sept. 30, Caserta had raised about $64,000, more than $24,000 over the $38,000 limit.

San Jose Inside headlined the $60,000+ donations for the 2014 election, and then fell back on tried-and-true snipes at Caserta’s 2007 expense reports. Unfortunately, the City of Santa Clara doesn’t have those records anymore, so Caserta’s can’t be compared with anyone else’s.

San Jose Mercury columnist Scott Herhold dusted off a 2008 column - written when Caserta was running against Paul Fong for the State Assembly - and spruced it up with a new headline and this year’s donation records.

But so far no one has provided the detail on how Caserta donated the money - categorized as civic donations - or reported how any other candidates donated excess campaign money. (All of this is public information, and accessible through santaclaraca.gov.)...

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