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Keepers of the Children: Bikers Against Child Abuse Giving Children Renewed Hope
By Robert Haugh

Rumbling down the streets, dozens of Silicon Valley bikers are helping fight child abuse, one child at a time.

The skull and flame-adorned bikes, tatted arms and unique monikers such as Billy Goat, Hoss and LooseNut show vast personalities. This local group of bikers is standing up for the rights of abused children and making a difference in the community; debunking the negative myths generally associated with bikers.

Giving children a safer feeling, many children that Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) of Silicon Valley encounters connect with BACA members for comfort and support. This support is sometimes the deciding factor for a child reporting abuse...

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Studio Bongiorno Hosts Two Nights of Music
By Melissa McKenzie

Studio Bongiorno Hosts Two Nights of Music

A weekend of music was on tap at Santa Clara’s Studio Bongiorno, as six musical acts took center stage over two nights Oct. 17-18.

Kicking off the Friday evening performance was The Residuals, a thrash metal band from San Francisco. Stripping down their hard sound, Joshua Lykkenberg...

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Judge Grants Restraining Order for Peterson Principal, Same Day Second Harassment Complaint Filed Against SCUSD Trustee Christopher Stampolis
By Carolyn Schuk

Judge Grants Restraining Order for Peterson Principal, Same Day Second Harassment Complaint Filed Against SCUSD Trustee Christopher Stampolis

The same day that Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Kuhnle granted Peterson Middle School Principal Susan Harris a permanent.

Rose testified in Harris' Oct. 16 hearing that Stampolis had threatened him as well. While his public testimony was brief, Rose's written statement supporting Harris' claim described threats to both Rose and his wife, including Stampolis' wish "to inflict as much pain as possible...

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Author Andrew X. Pham Speaks at Mission College
By Cynthia Cheng

Author Andrew X. Pham Speaks at Mission College

Award-winning Vietnamese-American author Andrew X. Pham is a former resident of Santa Clara. He dropped out of the M.B. A. program at Santa Clara University to be a writer.

“I did a lecture here about 12 to 13 years ago, and the student body’s diversity has changed significantly since then,” Pham says. “The school’s more diverse now. I was surprised [that interest in] my work transcends racial lines...”

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49ers Focus
By Robert Haugh, Photos by Robin Alam

49ers Focus

After putting together a trio of hard-fought wins, the 49ers (4-3) couldn’t overcome a myriad of injuries, as reigning AFC champion Denver routed the red and gold 42-17.

Though the 49ers showed greatness, with a depleted Fog City Wrecking Crew defense (minus defensive signal caller Patrick Willis among others), as well as an injury-marred O-Line, the 49ers couldn’t put the elements together against the high-powered Broncos offense...

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Kaliterna

Kaliterna

Milton Henry “Mickey” Kaliterna passed away in Santa Clara, California on Sept. 30, 2014 of natural causes, surrounded by his family. He was 93 years old...

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49ers and California Dairy Families Give $10,000 Grant to SCUSD

49ers and California Dairy Families Give $10,000 Grant to SCUSD

On Oct. 8, the San Francisco 49ers, in collaboration with the California Milk Advisory Board, presented Santa Clara Unified School District with a $10,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) “Hometown Grant” to support healthy nutrition and physical activity programs in schools throughout the district...

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This Week's Letters

I am writing on behalf of Mr. Tom Goodson, a 70-year-old resident of Santa Clara who is facing the possibility of becoming homeless after 23 years of residency at the Civic Plaza apartments in Santa Clara. Mr. Goodson has been notified by the management company, Goldrich & Kest that they will no longer be accepting his housing voucher as of December 31st. Therefore, he must now find a new home.

As a community member, I very concerned that Mister Goodson is facing the possibility of becoming homeless. He has provided over 50 years of volunteer service as a youth coach for Santa Clara Unified School District and in addition has provided hours of service to Pomeroy School helping children to read. Now he needs community support to help him navigate the bureaucratic red-tape. If you can help, please contact Tina Rosenthal at tina@tinaandmike.net

Sincerely,
- Sharon Vergho

Our mayor and City Council have accomplished much over the past four years. For example, the revitalization of the former Mervyn’s Plaza and the new Northside Library are exciting, beneficial additions to our city. However, the City Council has created significant problems: they have given numerous developers permission to build massive apartment complexes which have destroyed the character of many neighborhoods. Levi’s Stadium has caused overwhelming traffic problems, disrupted neighborhoods, and required the city to find a new home for the Youth Soccer Park. Amazingly, the City Council believes that constructing a shopping center larger than Santana Row near the traffic-congested vicinity of Levi’s Stadium will benefit everyone. The City Council wants to serve residents by creating a robust healthy economy and by increasing affordable housing. However, the problems they have caused are greater than their accomplishments. I do not support re-election of Jamie Matthews, Pat Kolstad or Dominic Caserta.

- Nick Dellaporta

It is no secret that the Santa Clara Unified School District governing board has been in a sorry state in recent years. Outstanding teachers and administrators have left in droves to seek employment in districts where they will be respected and valued as professionals.

The solution must begin with the election of two outstanding candidates for area 2 -- Noelani Sallings and Jodi Muirhead. Andy Ratermann deserves to be retained in area 3, as he is one of the voices of reason on the Board.

- Clare Callejon

The two candidates for Santa Clara mayor just visited my residential complex. Both were knowledgeable; however, incumbent Jamie Matthews came across as a slick politician, and his plan for bus-only lanes on El Camino Real would stall traffic on and near El Camino. It will be like trying to exit a 49er game. I prefer challenger Deborah Bress. She will not just go along with the program.

- H, Cohen

After careful research and consideration, I am supporting and recommending you support Dominic Caserta for Santa Clara City Council. Not only is he experienced as a council member, he is a long-time lover of our community and will continue to work effectively to enable us to maintain our quality life style, while at the same time helping others become comfortable members of our community.

- ArLyne Diamond, Ph.D.

I think that Mr. Bailey is a little confused by the concerns expressed about the SCPF endorsements. I understand that he stands by his endorsements. However, as I pointed out previously, there wasn't a process or even transparency about how their candidates were chosen. Most people do not realize that board members of SCPF are just endorsing themselves or their friends for the political positions that they want to have. It is unfortunate that a group that was motivated by honesty and integrity in government have become what they were once fighting against. To be clear, I opposed the stadium and supported SCPF initially. I wish that they would take a hard look at what they have become and have the courage to return to their roots. Their current endorsements for city council and school board prove that they are not looking for the best candidates. Rather, they are trying to achieve a monopoly on power.

- Vickie Fairchild

Everyone living in Santa Clara should have an interest in the school board race irrespective of whether one has a child in a city school. Nothing effects the desirability of a community more than the perceived quality of the schools. I’m voting for Christine Koltermann to remain in her post as board president because she is willing to resist pressure from special interests, and she fairly represents all stakeholders in the system. Christine understands better than anyone that a dollar in the school budget can only be spent once and as a board member she is independent and not beholden to anyone when it is time to make difficult spending decisions. This doesn’t always make her popular with certain groups but I feel confident that she is realistic in viewing budgets and making outlays and in doing this reflects the interests of the broader community.

Sincerely,
- Jay Keehan

I have great confidence that Christine Koltermann will continue to be a significant asset to the Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Education. Christine and I have been volunteers at the Synopsis Santa Clara County Science Fair for many years. Christine has been a very dedicated judge at the science fair. I applaud her accomplishments in helping to restore the financial stability of the Santa Clara Unified School District.

- Nancy Lang

When I attended the Santa Clara City Council and Mayoral Candidates' Forum, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and our city's Ethics and Values Program on October 9, 2014, I was greatly impressed by the leadership qualities exhibited by the candidates as well as their extensive knowledge of the important issues which face our city today. I urge each of our city's voters to review the video of that forum which our city has made available to us at http://sireweb.santaclaraca.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1515&doctype=AGENDA and which will be rebroadcast by Cable Channel 15 and U-Verse Channel 99 on October 24th (7 pm) and November 2nd (11 am). The opening statements of the candidates begin in the 17th minute of that video. The government of our city is vitally important to each of us. An informed voter is a powerful voter.

- John K. Haggerty

Whether or not I agree with them, I always look forward to reading Miles Barber's enthusiastic editorials. However I was disappointed to note that some worthy candidates weren't even mentioned in his 10/7/14 editorial. I want to make 2 points here: 1) It is difficult to challenge Santa Clara's "eternal college/club/machine" of recycled "good old boys/girls" and costs those dearly who should be admired for attempting it. 2) Wanting to do due diligence and not be swayed by visual graffiti (signs & flyers) or endorsement groups potentially looking for a puppet, I watched the 9/11 Candidates Forum on the City website. I was open to hearing everyone before making decisions how to vote and was surprised how influential the Forum was. I am now investigating my initial choices further and plan to attend or watch the Forums on 10/9 and 11/3. Although each Forum is 2 hours of valuable time, these are people who will make important decisions that affect us one way or another. Please take the time to attend or watch on TV or the website at least one of the Forums which may cement or change your votes.

- Judy Tucker

Gabriel Ibarra’s Historic Home Photography Shown at Senior Center
By Cynthia Cheng

Gabriel Ibarra’s Historic Home Photography Shown at Senior Center

Santa Clara residents eagerly awaiting the Historic Home Tour in December can get an early fix of the city’s historic architecture by visiting photographer Gabriel Ibarra’s 3rd Annual Santa Clara Photography Exhibit at the Santa Clara Senior Center, 1303 Fremont Ave. This exhibit, set up behind the display cases in the reading area, shows 15 photographs depicting the city’s historic homes. The exhibit will run until Oct. 31.

“My work displays the diversity and character of the homes we have here in Santa Clara,” says Ibarra, a Santa Clara resident. “Most homes [in my exhibit] were built in the late 1800s. These homes have roof lines and trims around the windows. Each home is unique. The City of Santa Clara has about 38 different homes on their historical homes list. I got pictures of 15 of them. I would normally take three to seven images of a house to get an image I’d be happy with...

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Yuki Sushi-Satisfying Santa Clara's Yen for Fresh Sushi for 27 Years
By Diane Andrews

Yuki Sushi-Satisfying Santa Clara's Yen for Fresh Sushi for 27 Years

Yuki Sushi restaurant in Santa Clara is a cozy, neighborhood sushi bar that has built up a faithful following since its opening 27 years ago on September 15. On Fridays, customers sometimes line up outside waiting for a seat.

George Romanowsky from San Jose has been satisfying his yen for fresh fish at Yuki Sushi for 20 years.

This place reminds me of going to ‘Cheers’, Romanowsky says, referring to the old TV sitcom.

Everyone here is friendly and knows who you are. They treat you like family. I have fun and the food is great. I bring my family, too. It’s a wonderful place, says Romanowsky, sitting at the sushi bar and nibbling at his sashimi.

Family-owned and operated, Yuki Sushi is an American immigrant dream come true...

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Dr. Morris Collen -- Medical Pioneer: 1914 - 2014

Dr. Morris Collen -- Medical Pioneer: 1914 - 2014

Long before Steve Jobs and Bill Gates became well known in the Silicon Valley, Kaiser Permanente’s Dr. Morris Collen was using computers to enhance health care, store medical records, and track diabetes and heart disease. He was the founder of the science of medical informatics (medicine and computers), the last living partner that originally started The Permanente Medical Group, and the founder of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland.

Collen died recently of cancer, approaching his 101st birthday, and up until nearly the end of his life he was still active in Kaiser Permanente...

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Express Employment Professionals Opens in Santa Clara

Express Employment Professionals Opens in Santa Clara

Express Employment Solutions, an employment staffing company, celebrated its new location at 5145 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 130 near Lawrence Expressway with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 9.

Attendees included Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews, Convention Center GM Steve Van Dorn and several Chamber Ambassadors.

Express Employment Professionals serves local businesses with full-time and temporary staffing and job placement services, in addition to providing human resource services and consulting. The business’ full range of employment solutions for area businesses and job seekers includes: professional search and contracts, temporary and contract staffing, evaluation and direct hire, flexible staffing, and onsite services. For employers, Express can also provide HR solutions such as compliance audits, employee handbook creation, organizational effectiveness surveys, onsite client training programs and affirmative action plans...

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Reloadable Cash Cards Offer Fraudsters New Opportunities for Digital Theft
By Carolyn Schuk

Reloadable Cash Cards Offer Fraudsters New Opportunities for Digital Theft

It’s a safe rule of thumb that any new way to pay for things is a new route into your wallet for fraudsters and con artists. The latest is a variant that involves reloadable Green Dot cash cards. This new scam has already caught local victims in its net, according to the Santa Clara Police Department.

First, you get a phone call from someone saying he’s from Silicon Valley Power, or any other public agency or utility that you could reasonably owe money to. Then he tells you that your account is overdue and will be disconnected immediately; or you have an outstanding traffic ticket and a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

Regardless of the angle, you’ll be told that the best way to avoid these unhappy consequences is to buy a Green Dot cash card, load it with money, and call back with the unique 14-digit access code on the back of the card. Then - presto! - your money disappears...

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Burglary
By Diane Andrews

Burglary

On Oct. 2, at about 3 a.m., officers responded to an interrupted burglary in the 3100 block of Cabrillo Ave. Investigators learned that Ignacio Aguilar Maldonado forced open a screen from an open kitchen window of a residence. Maldonado was confronted by female and male occupants who were inside the home. The 54-year-old male victim was confronted by Maldonado and was stabbed several times. The female occupant of the home was not injured.

Maldonado fled from the home and was located nearby hiding in shrubbery. He was taken into custody by officers and will be later booked into county jail. The male victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries...

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