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SF TV Station – Not Public – Gets Personal Invitation to Audit Committee Meeting
By Carolyn Schuk

The TV news story about last week's City Council's Ad Hoc Stadium Audit for Measure J Committee was truly one Santa Clarans wouldn't hear anywhere else but KPIX Channel 5. That's because the San Francisco-based TV channel and candidate for police chief Patrick Nikolai appear to be the sole invitees to the meeting.

The meeting wasn't listed on the City of Santa Clara website. It wasn't held in City Council Chambers. Instead, the committee met in the adjacent conference room, which isn't equipped for video or audio recording. And the only record is the private property of KPIX.

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A Peak at the Past Piques Interest in Local History
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

A Peak at the Past Piques Interest in Local History

The Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara, which is all about preserving and piquing interest in local history, showed the documentary "Million Dollar Dirt" at its annual free movie night September 16. The 18-minute film was shown in the 1867-era barn on the grounds of the Harris Lass House Museum (www.harrislass.org), 1889 Market Street.

The 2004 film chronicles the transition of Santa Clara Valley from an agricultural paradise known as the Valley of the Heart's Delight to today's Silicon Valley...

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Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates
The Santa Clara Weekly is running a series of profiles on political candidates in the November election -- this article focuses on city council seat seven candidate Ahmad Rafah.
Seat 7 candidte Ahmad Rafah
By David Alexander

Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates

Ahmad Rafah wants to represent you on the Santa Clara City Council...

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Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates
The Santa Clara Weekly is running a series of profiles on political candidates in the November election -- this article focuses on city council Seat 6 Mario Bouza.
By David Alexander

Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates

Mario Bouza wants to represent you on the Santa Clara City Council...

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Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates
The Santa Clara Weekly is running a series of profiles on political candidates in the November election -- this article focuses on city council seat four candidate Raj Chahal.
By David Alexander

Getting to know the Santa Clara City Council candidates

Raj Chahal wants to represent you on the Santa Clara City Council...

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Voyager Craft Coffee Opens in Santa Clara
Story and photos by Larry Sacks

Voyager Craft Coffee Opens in Santa Clara

On Saturday, September 17, while many enjoyed the Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival, others took a break from the day and had a chance to participate in a grand opening of Santa Clara’s newest coffee shop, Voyager Craft Coffee...

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10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Story and Photos by Larry Sacks

10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Restaurants face a constant struggle of maintaining a quality customers demand, along with ever-increasing costs of doing business. Celebrating 10 years as a business is definitely a milestone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than 35% of business survive 10 years, with 50% failing in the first five years. But that’s precisely what A Slice of New York (3443 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose) has done. During that time, they also opened a second location (1253 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale)...

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AAUW Tech Trek Camp Inspires Girls to STEM Careers
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

AAUW Tech Trek Camp Inspires Girls to STEM Careers

Hannah Mathew's parents thought the opportunity for their daughter to attend the American Association of University Women's summer Tech Trek Science and Math Camp for Girls was so important that they cancelled their July vacation to India, paying a $1,000 trip cancellation fee, when Hannah was awarded a 2016 camp scholarship.

Mathew, along with Melanie Gichane and Maria Kozar–all eighth graders at Santa Clara Unified’s Peterson Middle School, were among 80 Bay Area girls who lived on the Stanford University campus July 3 through 9, participating in hands-on science and math workshops led by women professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

"We're all about empowering women," says AAUW member Ilse Pollet at the Sunnyvale-Cupertino Branch fall picnic September 10 at Raynor Park, Sunnyvale. A highlight of the picnic was getting feedback from some of the Tech Trek girls and their families...

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Good Vibrations at Santa Clara's 36th Art & Wine Festival
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

Good Vibrations at Santa Clara's 36th Art & Wine Festival

Everyone was picking up good vibrations on the last weekend of summer at Santa Clara’s 2016 Art & Wine Festival in Central Park September 17 and 18. Continuous live music from the Pavilion Stage could be heard blocks away, as families and friends walked and biked to the park to avoid the parking crunch of an anticipated 50,000 people converging on Central Park over two days.

“The City Parks & Recreation Department loves to produce the festival with the valuable help from community non-profit organizations, great citizen volunteers and generous corporate sponsors under the leadership of the Parks & Recreation Commission,” wrote Parks & Recreation Director Jim Teixeira in an email.

The most popular addition to the 36th annual festival was a covered craft beer garden offering a choice of six beers from four breweries. The shade of the beer garden was also a draw on a weekend when the temperature hit 93 degrees.

“We like the different options of beer,” said Santa Claran Albert Borbon on Saturday, hanging out in the beer garden with Sylvia Gabaldon. “This is an upgrade for those who like craft brew–local, independent breweries that have organic ingredients and don’t use additives...”

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Headline: Santa Clara High School opens Fab Lab
Story and photos by: Alissa Reyes

Santa Clara High School opens Fab Lab

Last week the San Francisco 49ers, in partnership with Chevron, opened the doors of Santa Clara High School’s STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) to its first freshman class.

“It’s really exciting today to be able to finally unveil [the lab] to the public and show off the work that our students have been doing, all teaching staff, and especially all the partners are involved in supporting this,” said SLI teacher and director of the program Jennifer Lee.

The 49ers SLI program is a six-year curriculum that begins in seventh grade at Cabrillo Middle School and continues through 12th grade at Santa Clara High School. It seeks to prepare students with high academic potential to be outstanding in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The 60 freshmen students that are utilizing this lab were the first SLI class at Cabrillo Middle School’s Chevron STEM Zone back in 2014...

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Kristin Lindseth Depicts “Encounters” at Mission College’s Vargas Gallery
By Cynthia Cheng

Kristin Lindseth Depicts “Encounters” at Mission College’s Vargas Gallery

When asked why her ink wash drawings of human figures in contemplative poses don’t have faces, artist and Mission College faculty member Kristin Lindseth responds, “These paintings really reflect the inner world of a person. They’re not about appearances but about the human experience.”

These pieces are part of “Encounters,” Lindseth’s art exhibit featuring 13 ink wash drawings and two bronze sculptures. Until Oct. 15, this exhibit will be at Vargas Gallery, located inside Mission College’s Gillmor Center.

“The show is called ‘Encounters’ because the paintings are about either encounters with another or encounters with oneself; some of the pieces are landscapes without an overt human presence and some are surreal,” Lindseth continues. “Much of my work takes a long time period to complete. But the drawings allow me to work quickly...”

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“Santa Clara’s Parks Department Plants Seeds for New Growth”
Story by Maria Judnick

“Santa Clara’s Parks Department Plants Seeds for New Growth”

“Gardening is as much science and art as it is dedication,” said Jim Teixeira, Director of Santa Clara’s Parks and Recreation Department, in a recent telephone interview. Thanks to the City of Santa Clara anticipating further growth, the Parks Department conducted a study of the area’s land usage in 2014. Upon discovering a need for 97 to115 new acres of neighborhood or community park land, the Parks Department has been hard at work filling that gap. One of its upcoming projects, the new proposed park at San Tomas and Monroe Street, received approval on the final schematic design in July 2016. Once the initial study portion including the California Environment Quality Act (CEQA) checklist are complete, Teixiera estimated that work may begin on the park within six to nine months...

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