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City Desk: April 29, 2015
By Carolyn Schuk

Verbal Soccer Melee Dominates Santa Clara Spotlight
The immediate outcome of April 21's Santa Clara City Council study session on the 49er's soccer fields-for-parking proposal was that anyone inclined to act on it beat a hasty retreat, and the Council unanimously referred it to a sub-committee and future public study...

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1,600 Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day at Central Park
By Diane Andrews

1,600 Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day at Central Park

Mother Earth must have been pretty pleased April 24th when 1,600 Santa Clara students, teachers, community members and city dignitaries turned out to honor her and accept Santa Clara's 28th Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

In a change of venue, the dual Arbor Day and Earth Day celebration, held annually on Arbor Day, took place...

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Long Jumps and High Spirits at Sutter's 50th Annual Frog Jump
By Diane Andrews

Long Jumps and High Spirits at Sutter's 50th Annual Frog Jump

"If you ever want to get rid of me, just hold one of those things in my face!" exclaims a fifth grade girl to a classmate at John D. Sutter Elementary School's 50th Annual Frog Jump on April 24.

"I just kissed a frog!" exclaims a braver girl, perhaps hoping to turn it into Prince Charming....

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Northside Library Prom Time Travels to the 80s
By Cynthia Cheng

Northside Library Prom Time Travels to the 80s

At the Northside Library on April 25, prom goers immersed in musical and cinematic nostalgia. They danced to 80s hits, such as Earth, Wind, & Fire’s “September,” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” in front of a projector screen airing clips from old movies like “Back to the Future.” Over 80 people went to the library’s adults–only Northside 80’s Prom, a fundraiser which raised about $1,300. ...

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Apprenticeship Program Provides Benefit to High School Students; Innovative Donor Facilitates Collaboration

Apprenticeship Program Provides Benefit to High School Students; Innovative Donor Facilitates Collaboration

The District Council 16 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Apprenticeship Program has partnered with Saint Lawrence Academy to complete the final phase of the school’s weight training room renovation. With funding from an anonymous donor, the program installed mirrors while providing a training opportunity for apprentice glaziers....

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This Week's Letters

Dear Editor,

Youth Soccer Park Relocation – 49ers pay

Although the 49ers have reneged on their spoken and written commitments to provide replacements for stadium event displaced soccer fields, there is one contractual commitment in place. As agreed to in the DDA proper and stipulated in Resolution No. 10–7785 as a condition of approval, the 49ers, as “applicant” must abide by the following, which states, in part:

"Exhibit W: Design/Construction Mitigation Measure and Conditions of Approval

J. Engineering Conditions of Approval

E1. If relocation of an existing public facility (which does not include any investor owned utilities) becomes necessary due to a conflict with the applicant's new improvements, then the cost of said relocation shall be borne by the applicant."

As a public facility, if relocation of the Youth Soccer Park becomes necessary, it is the 49ers who are required to bear the costs – no one else.

– Craig Larsen

The 49ers’ persistent demands for the Youth Soccer Park to become their parking lot say a lot about the organization, the city management, and their values. 1. They should have told us this in the first place. 2. They should think beyond cars. 3. They should be more creative about parking/travel and about having an image that is related to sports and fitness. Pro sports is acting anti–sports. 4. They should make friends, not make enemies to gain a parking lot. A parking lot! 5. They should build down, build up, and be prepared to walk. Fitness!

Santa Clara should rise up and say NO.

– Todd Dickson

I voted for Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews. My children don't play soccer. I don't live near the stadium. And I have strong feelings about the 49er/soccer park proposal. It's not a win–win solution. The 49er VIPs win with this proposal. The city gets some money. The kids lose a place to play soccer. It lacks necessary details –– studies, schools where the fields will be located, and a future location of a new soccer park. The amount of money offered for the three fields is embarrassing. Also, the decision on the proposal depends on the Santa Clara Unified School District agreeing to give up three fields to the soccer program at the expense of their own school programs. If a Matthews supporting, non–soccer playing, south–of–the–101 resident can't support the proposal, it only make sense that the soccer players and parents should storm Santa Clara City Hall today. Let's come up with a proposal where everyone wins, especially the kids!

– Vickie Fairchild

Santa Clara Weekly is privy to the details for a very last minute April 6th PR release from the 49ers alluding to a 'proposal' and interviews with Mayor Matthews, Council Member Caserta and SCUSD Sallings? NO MATERIALS were ever publicly released in arrears of the 72–hour requirement for distribution & review at the time the actual official public meeting taking place is noticed.

One can only assume by reviewing the donations made by certain organizations and companies to certain elected officials that these unofficial meetings are actually planning meetings and these press releases are merely formalities to notify residents of Santa Clara what dealings have been going on. These “open forums” the Council believes are being presented are merely a fa├žades for Done Deals.

Please don’t believe the entire electorate to be ignorant of the Brown Act; as all are not with short–termed memories as to cause and effect.

– Rozane Bey–McCurdy

Krista Van Laan Presents Frank Delos Wolfe’s Architecture
By Cynthia Cheng

Krista Van Laan Presents Frank Delos Wolfe’s Architecture

Krista Van Laan compares knowing the architect of your home to knowing the artist of a cherished painting. Living in a prairie home designed by the late San Jose architect Frank Delos Wolfe, Van Laan spent five years researching him before writing her book, Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture. At the Central Park Library on April 21,Van Laan spoke about Wolfe and his work.

Born in 1862 in Ohio, Wolfe moved to San Jose in 1888 where he later became an architect. He worked on about 1,000 projects, of which about 50 featured prairie designs. William Higgins, a Santa Clara-based architect, was Wolfe’s last architectural partner.

“My talk is about a 10 year period [from 1912 to 1922] in Wolfe’s life where he designed prairie style houses influenced by the great mid-western architect Frank Lloyd Wright,” says Van Laan, who wants to educate others about prairie style architecture so prevalent in San Jose and its surrounding cities. ...

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Santa Clara Partnership Enables Acceptance of Those With Autism; Morgan Autism Center has Hosted 22 Students From Arrupe Program
By Shannon Carr

Santa Clara Partnership Enables Acceptance of Those With Autism; Morgan Autism Center has Hosted 22 Students From Arrupe Program

Santa Clara University students are stepping off campus and signing into Morgan Autism Center’s Adult Program for valuable real–life lessons around social justice.

“Making connections beyond the boundaries of their classrooms and our campus, Santa Clara students have found it rewarding to learn with and from the community,” says Tam Hixson, Program Director for Santa Clara University’s Community–based Learning.

In collaboration with local community organizations and faculty, she co–manages the Arrupe Weekly Engagement Program, to support integration of community engagement into the program. Hixson also co–supervises the Arrupe Internship Program, facilitating paraprofessional development opportunities for interns each year.

“(This is) an opportunity for them to really get out and learn about the realities of the world that we live in in a very direct and meaningful way,” she says...

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Santa Clara Vanguard Wins Again

Santa Clara Vanguard Wins Again

Santa Clara Vanguard has done it again.

For the second time in its 10–year history, the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard has won the 2015 Winter Guard International Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

SCV won the April 18 competition, outperforming 30 guards from across the United States and Japan, with its 2015 show, “You’ll Never Be Alone.” With a score by Ezio Basso and vocal arrangement by The Books, “You’ll Never Be Alone” dazzled the judges and secured the top spot. Vanguard scored a 98.25 – enough to knock off defending champion Onyx of Dayton, who came in second. Prince of Cincinnati took third place.

Santa Clara Vanguard Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fiedler believes part of this year’s success was due to the extraordinary talent among the performers....

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