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Vanguard Debuts New Look to Hometown Crowd a Pacific Procession
By Melissa McKenzie

Vanguard Music and Performing Arts has a new look for 2017. Doing away–at least temporarily–with its signature Aussie hat, and exchanging the red “V” on Vanguard’s star badges for a black one, the new look and 2017 show, Ouroboros, was locally debuted at Vanguard’s “family day” Pacific Procession show at Santa Clara High School on June 26.

Performing to David Gillingham’s Interplay for Piano Four Hands, Peter Graham’s The Triumph of Time, Zhou Long’s Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets, Amin Bhati’s Into a Virtual World and Stephen Melillo’s Remembering the Future (from Wait of the World), Ouroboros celebrates Vanguard’s history while looking ahead.

“The word and title came about from an image that I saw with the circle on it and I think that for Vanguard’s 50th anniversary it’s important to look forward into the future but to also look back and it just so happens that this particular image is just about that,” sand Visual Program Coordinator Andy Toth. “It’s about looking forward and recreating yourself but in order to do that you have to look back and have some introspection.”

When it came to uniform changes, Vanguard’s visual team chose to do away with the Aussie hat fans have come to associate with Vanguard–partially to give Vanguard members a closer connection to the audience and partially to avoid on-field mishaps with corps members who perform on Rhönrads, or gymnastics wheel props used throughout the show.

“The best part is that we can see their faces this year and that has been a great surprise so far, working with the brass and the percussion who are typically below their hat and now they have the ability to make eye contact with people and affect people that way and that’s just going to open up a who other door for the performance for Vanguard,” said Toth...

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Local Businesses Team Up for Where’s Waldo Event
By Melissa McKenzie

Local Businesses Team Up for Where’s Waldo Event

Waldo is hiding around the Mission City and it’s the job of Santa Clarans to find him.

Throughout the month of July, Santa Clarans have been tasked with finding Waldo–of Where’s Waldo? Fame–in 20 local businesses, getting residents out into the community and getting local businesses some extra exposure.

This year, Where’s Waldo? turns 30. Martin Handford’s books and drawings of the loveable lad in a striped red sweater and glasses...

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World Health Organization Designates Santa Clara an Age-Friendly City
Story by Diane Andrews

World Health Organization Designates Santa Clara an Age-Friendly City

Santa Clara has a new commitment to the well-being of its senior residents. Thanks to the efforts of the Senior Advisory Commission (SAC), Santa Clara has been officially recognized as a member...

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Marion Quetano Becomes a Centenarian

Marion Quetano Becomes a Centenarian

Marion Quetano was born on July 7, 1917, in the Mission District of San Francisco to Italian parents.

Quetano is music lover and she often went dancing. Her dancing feet lead her to meet her husband...

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Getting to Know Veteran John "Jack" Moore
By Cynthia Cheng

Getting to Know Veteran John "Jack" Moore

At the end of this month, John “Jack” Moore will celebrate his 92nd birthday. During World War II, Jack Moore served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima...

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Working with Autism in Cyber Security
Story and photo by Erasmo Guerra

Working with Autism in Cyber Security

In February of this year, at the age of 34, Mike King was diagnosed with autism. He'd seen psychologists before, like, that time in grad school when he was prescribed anti-depressants...

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This Week's Letters

Just because Robert Rubin thinks a two-district system of three City

Council members each doesn't provide a safe harbor from the CVRA doesn't mean he's correct.

The plain language of the CVRA is in sections 14025 through 14032 of the Election Code, available at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=ELEC&division=14.&title=&part=&chapter=1.5.

I urge people to read it for themselves.

It defines an "At-large method of election" as one where "the voters of the entire jurisdiction elect the members to the governing body," whether or not the candidates are required to live in districts, or even if some of the members are elected by voters in districts and some are elected by voters of the entire jurisdiction. (Section 14026(a).)

It defines "District-based elections" as those where the elected members "must reside within an election district that is a divisible part of the political subdivision and is elected only by voters residing within that election district." (Section 14026(b).)

It says a violation can only occur if an at-large method is used.

(Section 14027.) It says nothing about the number of members elected by a district.

Dividing the City into two districts, where only voters living in a district get to elect City Council members who live in that district, complies with the letter of the CVRA. Using a proportional system within those districts complies with the spirit.

Steve Chessin
President, Californians for Electoral Reform

Why aren’t we building more homes? The demand is greater than the supply.

Today I spoke with a woman who was complaining about the price of housing locally. When I mentioned that we needed more housing she exploded saying: “no more housing, just reduce prices so I could afford to continue to live here.”

I replied don’t you see that with more housing the prices will come down. “No, no more houses, it is too crowded already” she retorted.

Why are so many people against growth, but want everything growth creates?  More businesses bring more taxes which allow for increased services. More people living near means more stores and restaurants and our choices in what we buy increases.

Yes, also more cars on the road. That’s the downside. But, have you considered that if more people lived near where they worked they could walk or bike to work and home?

ArLyne Diamond

What Shakespearean drama is Miles suggesting?  David Tobkin limping into the Council Chamber and saying, “Now is the time of Santa Clara’s discontent, soon to made glorious by the Young York.  I, during this piping time of peace have laid plots, inductions and dangerous to set candidates in deadly hate against the Mayor about a prophecy which says that ‘G’ shall no longer prevail!”  Is Miles setting himself as the Falstaff to address the Merry Wives on the City Council warning them about the Ides of 2018?  Shall Gary of Gaunt discuss this great isle of the Mission City while the Chamber attempts to teach Lisa about the City’s stage where everyone enters and exits and plays many parts as we hear the Raven above Miles’ desk say “Nevermore!”  Careful, Miles, you may just may have to meet the Mayor at Philippi, or Mayor Hamlet may appear in spirit at the Weekly office to speak of a tale to unfold whose lightest word would harrow up the staff’s soul as he is doomed to stalk the city by day and night.  Really, Miles.

James Rowen

Westside All Stars Are District 44 Champions!
By Andrew Bensch

Westside All Stars Are District 44 Champions!

After four straight days of baseball, the Santa Clara Westside 11-12 All Stars are District 44 Champions. Having lost to Los Altos on Wednesday, Westside had to come back the next three consecutive days in order to advance. After beating Briarwood on Thursday, Westside beat Los Altos twice in a row, culminating in Saturday’s championship win, 10-7.

On Friday, Westside made quick work of Los Altos with an 11-0, 10-run-rule victory in four innings. Jayce Dobie was fantastic on the mound and his teammates behind him came up with multiple displays of defensive brilliance. Second baseman Jake Ellegood made an amazingly quick feed to shortstop Jarren Advincula, kick starting an extremely impressive double play. Meanwhile Ellegood and right fielder Mitchell Gonzalez combined on a picture-perfect relay to throw out a runner trying to stretch a double into a triple.

“We play quick catch, they know they have to have a sense of urgency [on those double plays],” commented Head Coach Jeremy Advincula. “And thank goodness that Mitch busted his butt to the ball and hit his cutoff man. And then Jake, one of, if not our best infielder, gets the ball and relays it like he normally does, throws the ball on the money...”

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Briarwood Eliminated, Westside Advances to Championship
By Andrew Bensch

Briarwood Eliminated, Westside Advances to Championship

Less than a week after limping off the mound in Westside’s previous victory on Monday, starting pitcher Jayce Dobie returned to the mound once again to stymie Briarwood batters. Dobie induced two double-play grounders en route to helping Westside advance to the District 44 All Star championship with a 13-3 victory.

“[Dobie] went to some guy up in Orinda and I get a text from his dad saying, ‘hey, he’s ready to go’ and I’m like, ‘no he’s not, he’s not ready to go,’ and he’s all, ‘no, I just threw with him, just hit with him’” noted Head Coach Jeremy Advincula. “This guy did some sort of release of the muscle, some Mr. Miyagi stuff and he was healthy and ready to go.”

Dobie’s quick healing helped set the tone, while second and third inning home runs by Kailan Chao and Nate Escalada basically put the game away. Chao’s second inning grand slam increased the lead from 2-0, to 6-0.

“It was a 1-2 count, I was seeing a lot of sliders,” recalled Chao on his grand slam. “I adjusted after a foul ball and scooted up in the box. Got up in the box and did my job.”

Chao’s “job” has indeed been to drive in runs and he’s done it all year long, for both the Giants during the season and now for the 11-12 All Stars. Westside’s catcher, Escalada, deposited one over the wall in left-center to push a 7-0 lead to 10-0...

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Santa Clara United Methodist Church’s Free Family Storytime Welcomes All Families
Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng

Santa Clara United Methodist Church’s Free Family Storytime Welcomes All Families

On June 20, local families stopped by for a free family storytime group, usually meeting twice a week, at the Santa Clara United Methodist Church (www.santaclaraumc.com).

Mothers and their children trickled into the church nursery and busied themselves with toys and games. Next, Julia Borjeson, the church’s lay pastor and children's ministries director, led the children through circle time with songs and storytime. Today’s read-aloud story was “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush” (retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola), a story about a Native American boy who painted. A painting activity in the Sunday School classroom followed. Then families shared snacks outside in the cooling shade of a tall tree by the playground.

“The purpose of this program is to reach our community’s families with children,” Borjeson said. “We could see moms coming to our playground and people would ask if we have a preschool because of our playground. We saw that there was a need in the community and we got our heads together and came up with family storytime so that people from every culture with every language can participate. We have a new pastor–Pastor Vathanak Heang–who brought a new vitality to our church. One of his awesome ideas was to reach out to our community with this program...”

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