STCC Weekly Newsletter

Updated March 10th 2019

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SHTCC weekly classes - lineup for this Sunday

ANNOUNCING TICKETS FOR 5th annual SILICON VALLEY’s GOT BOLLYWOOD

You are invited to join our 5th annual Silicon Valley’s got Bollywood, also our 7th annual Saratoga Hindu New Year celebration

Tickets are available. You can purchase tickets from here

Hurry Early Bird special expires midnight of February 28th

Want to perform on the big stage?

Submit your audition videos today

SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION VIDEOS...WIN CASH AWARDS

5th Annual Silicon Valley’s got Bollywood

Committee Chairs: Lali Cherukuri, Megha Manohar, and Preeti Dhawan

**Join the Silicon Valley's got Bollywood annual competition in it's 5th year. Cash prizes total $1,000  

SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION VIDEOS. http://tinyurl.com/SiliconValleyBollywood  Audition is free

All ages 5 to 105, from anywhere can compete for trophies

Venue : Saratoga Community Center (19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga CA)

Saturday, MARCH 23rd, 2019

Time : 6:00pm to 10:30pm

Audition for Silicon Valley's got Bollywood Annual Competition

  ****NOTE: OPEN TO ALL (not just Saratoga residents)

Contestant tickets are available for purchase by invitation only after you are approved as a contestant

What is an audition video?

Audition videos are meant to be a sample video to showcase your scintillating talent - just showcase your best act.

The length of the video, costume  you are wearing etc does NOT matter.

What you perform on the big stage can be totally different than your audition video.

Weekly BALAGOKULAM class

This is a tried and tested program currently conducted throughout the nation at more than 200 branches by parent volunteers. It is an organization where kids learn discipline and the best practices of Hindu culture to adopt them in day-to-day life.

Age group

Recommended for kids 4-13 yrs. We suggest parents of younger students staying on premises during the class.

When and Where?

Sundays from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in the Saratoga Community Center

Why kids love it?

Kids  get to participate in activities like games, listening to stories, learning shlokas, arts and crafts, and many more. They are surrounded by kids of their age group and have fun and interaction while learning. It is not just another instructor led sit-down class.  

Why parents love it?

Kids receive long-term and proven benefits experienced by kids who have graduated from Balagokulum. Learnings include discipline, Hindu values, sanskrit shlokas, knowledge of Indian historic figures and heroes. Kids exhibit leadership, are introduced the family values, respecting elders, our traditions and values.  Your kids will be proud of their heritage and will evoke curiosity in them to learn more.

Published Curriculum?

Visit http://www.balagokulam.org/ for more information and the curriculum

RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/saratogaclass

Become the UNIQUE applicant that colleges look for!

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SEMINAR BY UCEAZY  https://uceazy.com/

Speaker David Campos, High School College Counselor & Stanford Graduate

****SEGMENT 1: Colleges are thinking differently! Are you?

Target Audience: Students (and families) in Grade 11

Why should you attend: The college admissions scene is changing rapidly.

Examples: 1. University of Chicago, ranked #3, has made test scores (SAT/ACT) as optional.

2. Last year's admissions season saw unprecedented growth in number of applicants to certain universities including the UC's.

Sunday Feb 24th, 2:00 pm –2:45 pm

Where: Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

Register at www.tinyurl.com/SiliconValleySteam

****SEGMENT 2: Become the unique student that top colleges look for

Target Audience: Students (and families) in Grade 8-9-10

Why should you attend: Colleges look for a UNIQUE and multi-dimensional student. The foundation for such a student is laid as early as 8th grade

Sunday Feb 24th, 3:15 pm –4:45 pm

Where: Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

Entrepreneurship bootcamp - Spring semester begins
Locations: Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City

***ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOTCAMP

Your child is invited to enroll in the Startup Bootcamp for Young kids that begins Jan 27th at various location

RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/siliconvalleysteam

WHEN: 3pm to 4pm, every Sunday

WHERE: Joan Pisani Community Center in Saratoga + Multiple other locations

****Here is the the week by week agenda for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Module 1: Entrepreneurship 101

Module 2: Build your product

Module 3: Silicon Valley Youth Tech Day

Details at siliconvalleycoders.org

DETAILS OF MODULE 1

Session 1 What is creativity? What sparked Facebook, Google, and others? What is my passion?

Session 2 Behavior traits for a successful entrepreneur

Session 3 Turning your passion into a business opportunity

Do what you love and create a new future. Can my passion create money? Is money needed? What is the business opportunity?

Session 4 Steps needed for your startup: 1,2,3 GO!

Learn the possibilities of what a startup can generate.

Make the world better, get acquired, initial public offering (IPO), etc.

How do you price your product? How do you plan your first and second year of operation?

Session 5 Financials of the business opportunity

Session 6 Presentation skills, successful pitches, and what ideas got funded Showcasing the pitch template

Session 7 Filing your patent, patent gotchas, successes and failures

The day to hand your business plans for evaluation to the instructor

Instructor will pick the top 12 business plans from the class and invite the student to present to a panel of Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs.

Session 8 Tweaking business plans and getting it presentation-ready

Session 9 Twelve teams pitch to a panel of VCs / Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with one emerging as the top startup idea.

Session 10 Development overview

SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION VIDEOS...WIN CASH AWARDS

5th Annual Silicon Valley’s got Bollywood

**Join the Silicon Valley's got Bollywood annual competition in it's 5th year. Cash prizes total $1,000  

SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION VIDEOS. http://tinyurl.com/SiliconValleyBollywood  Audition is free

 All ages 5 to 105, from anywhere can compete for trophies

Venue : Saratoga Community Center (19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga CA)

Saturday, MARCH 23rd, 2019

Time : 6:00pm to 10:30pm

Committee Chair: Madhavi Deshmukh, Megha Manohar, and Preeti Dhawan

Audition for Silicon Valley's got Bollywood Annual Competition

   ****NOTE: OPEN TO ALL (not just Saratoga residents)

Contestant tickets are available for purchase by invitation only after you are approved as a contestant

What is an audition video?

Audition videos are meant to be a sample video to showcase your scintillating talent - just showcase your best act.

The length of the video, costume  you are wearing etc does NOT matter.

What you perform on the big stage can be totally different than your audition video.

We served a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner to 141
Let us push back homelessness

Hello friends,

Many of us are very fortunate, while so many around us in Silicon Valley are just seeking to address basic needs of food and shelter

A smile on our face, a welcoming look, taking a few hours to help can go a long way…

That is exactly what we did; the Saratoga Hindu Temple team today was  prepping, cooking and serving 141 homeless residents of Silicon Valley at the Orchard Road shelter today. We teamed up with Community Seva that has been pushing this effort very successfully for more than five years and making a huge difference.

I am very inspired and would love to do some more…It is raining, getting cold and this is definitely the time we can all help

Let us do our bit. How about doing this as a weekly/monthly event?

Please contact me if you are interested to do any of the following:

- Donate money that will be used to purchase groceries to feed the Silicon Valley homeless. I promise you, 100% of your funds will be going towards purchase of the grocery. Pick a birthday, an anniversary or to commemorate the amazing life of a dear departed…your support will go a huge way.

- If you would like to volunteer at a soup kitchen once a month or perhaps more often.

It is painless, and I promise you, you will find it very fulfilling, and helps set the path for our kids as well.

Let me know please

Registration fees

Annual family registration fee (all Saratoga classes): $190 gets you registered for all our classes for every member of your family

All the Saratoga classes are still free, but we are recommending an annual registration fee (JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBER 2017).  Our instructors will be checking with our students at the class and every student should be paid.

Please make your payment at www.SaratogaTemple.org/donate

: Yoga, Bollywood Fitness, Pranic Healing $45 per person Annual Registration fee to enroll in all these programs

: Youth programs (except Hindi) $45 per person Annual Registration fee to enroll

This registration fee will provide you access to all STE(A)M youth program we launch

:  Hindi class $95/child Annual Registration fee to enroll in this program (new batch starts Fall)

InfoBytes

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: CALLED TO RESCUE

Dear neighbors,

Please join us for a heartwarming and inspiring documentary film screening at the Saratoga public library on March 3, 2019 at 1:30pm.

Register for a spot here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-film-screening-of-called-to-rescue-tickets-56524493281

All ages welcome! Only 120 seats are available so please register in advance.

The film will be screened in the community room at the Saratoga Library.

More information about the film:

Called to Rescue is a documentary film that showcases the incredible work being done on animal sanctuaries for the fortunate farm animals who have been saved from the modern animal agriculture production machine.

Sanctuaries depend on volunteers, donations and tireless work of staff to save and shelter as many animals as possible. Our film provides an inside look into life on a sanctuary, the dedication needed to maintain a safe haven for these animals...and of course, the incredible stories of how these animals are saving lives.

​Every animal we've met during our travel has a name and a story. Their journeys range from the remarkable, to the heartbreaking, but all end within a safe haven. ​

We are grateful for the undercover film work that has been done on factory farms, often awakening viewers to a look at what "life" used to be like for many of the animals that we've met during filming. Our film focuses on the stories that unfold afterward, and the remarkable humans who dedicate their lives to saving a life.

While the first chapters of these stories are often heartbreaking, the spirit of these incredibly strong animals is nothing short of inspiring. Our intention is to re-awaken our innate knowledge that animals are sentient beings, with families and a desire to live out their natural life free from suffering.

There will be a Q&A session after the film with people knowledgeable about farm animal sanctuaries, and what you can do to make a difference in the lives of these animals.

The film will be screened in the community room at the Saratoga Library.

The film does not contain graphic content and is suitable for all ages.

The film duration is 1 hour and 13 minutes.

See Amazon reviews of the film here: https://www.amazon.com/Called-Rescue-Redefining-Barnyard-Story/dp/B01NA6A4QF

Hope to see you

- Rishi

Call to action reference our water predicament

 please email and also try to attend the meeting

SENDING YOUR EMAILS

OPTION A: You can download the app

Download the app on your Apple iOS phone

Download the app for Android phones

OPTION B:  Use the Google Doc link

Don’t want to download the app - but still want to send the email?

Click here to find the Google Doc  with the protest email details

or find it here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vPdvH2dQYoayrS0xgfxToIBsBS0cTAUAp-Hj1M2TMAw/edit?usp=sharin

Please send the protest email and also join the public hearing

Your involvement in this effort will make a big difference

Thanks,

Rishi

 

ADVISORY

Contact: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or 866-849-8390

Docket #: I.18-07-007

           

CPUC TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON PROPOSED SAN JOSE WATER COMPANY AND CONNECTICUT WATER SERVICES MERGER

 

SAN FRANCISCO, January 23, 2019 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a public forum for customers of San Jose Water Company (San Jose Water) to give their perspective and input to the CPUC regarding the investigation of the proposed merger by the water companies, as follows:

 

When:                 January 31, 2019, 6 p.m.

 

Where:                San Jose City Hall - Rooms 118, 119 & 120

200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

 

On July 12, 2018, the CPUC opened Investigation (I.) 18-07-007 to review the proposed merger of San Jose Water and Connecticut Water Services, Inc. (Connecticut Water). As originally announced on March 15, 2018, the merger would have occurred through an exchange of stock, which would have made San Jose Water Group (SJW Group) the holding company parent of both San Jose Water and Connecticut Water.

 

On August 6, 2018, SJW Group and Connecticut Water disclosed they had changed their previously announced merger agreement from a stock-for-stock conversion to an all-cash acquisition. SJW Group now plans to purchase all Connecticut Water’s outstanding common shares for $70.00 per share. The transaction will create the third largest investor-owned and wastewater utility in the United States, with ongoing public utility operations serving more than 1.5 million water users in the states of California, Connecticut, Maine and Texas.

 

This is not a rate proceeding and will have no immediate impact on San Jose Water’s rates. The proceeding will investigate, gather, and analyze information relevant to the merger. The investigation will determine how the merger will change San Jose Water Group’s ownership and the impacts it may have on CPUC’s authority over the water company.

 

The CPUC welcomes attendance and comment on the proposed merger at these public forums (called Public Participation Hearings), as public comments will help the CPUC reach an informed decision.

 

While a quorum of Commissioners and/or their staff may attend, no official action will be taken on this matter at the public forums.

 

For those unable to attend in person, written comments may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov. Please refer to proceeding numberI.18-07-007 on any written or email correspondence. All public comments received are provided to the CPUC’s Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judges assigned to the proceeding.

From the city of Saratoga: How can I prepare for the Winter Storm?

Temperatures are dropping, raindrops are falling, and we’re reminding all Saratogans that it’s important to be prepared for winter weather! Flooding, fallen trees, power outages, and landslides are all possible outcomes of winter storms.

If you live in a flood-prone area, please prepare your property in advance of heavy rain. A free, 24-hour sandbag station is available right outside of the City’s Corporation Yard ) where you will find bags, sand, sandbag fillers, and shovels. There is a 25-bag limit per household. You can find more information and learn about proper sandbag techniques on the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s website at www.valleywater.org/sandbags.

You can report fallen trees, landslides, and flooding on roads and public property to the City of Saratoga by calling 408.868.1245 on weekdays between 6:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. At all other times, contact Santa Clara County Communications at 408.299.2507. Report power outages and damaged power lines to PG&E at 800.743.5000, and always call 9-1-1 to report downed power lines or any other emergency. For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/storms.

From Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services

Dear Neighbors,
Santa Clara County is expecting extended rain beginning Sunday, January 13 lasting through Friday of next week. The rain, along with cold temperatures, puts many people at risk for serious health conditions, including hypothermia, which is caused by dangerously low body temperature.

We encourage anyone who needs a warm place to stay to take advantage of daytime and overnight warming centers and expanded shelters services that will be available starting Sunday, January 13 through Friday, January 18, 2019. For a printable PDF listing of facilities click here:
 http://bit.ly/WarmCenters1-2-2019.

For more information on shelter locations and warming centers around Santa Clara County, visit the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing at

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/osh/NeedAssistance/warmingcenters/Pages/home.aspx


Please do not use BBQ’s, kerosene lamps or any items that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and potentially death inside your home or vehicle.


Who is at risk from hypothermia:
•        Elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating
•        Babies sleeping in cold bedrooms
•        People who remain outdoors for long periods — the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.
•        People who drink alcohol or use drugs

Don’t wait – take action:
If a person’s temperature is below 95° F, the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately. If medical care is not available, begin warming the person, as follows:
•        Get the victim into a warm room or shelter.
•        If the victim has on any wet clothing, remove it.
•        Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin—using an electric blanket, if available. You can also use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets.
•        Warm beverages can help increase body temperature, but do not give alcoholic beverages. Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person.
•        After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.
•        Get medical attention as soon as possible.

Please check on family, friends, neighbors and others who might be at risk of cold-related health conditions. Older Adults and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions are very vulnerable to the cold. Take a few minutes to check in on elderly family, friends and neighbors and those with medical conditions to ensure they are warm and safe. Ensure that proper access to heating is available to them.

Thank you for helping to keep our communities safe.

Stay safe and warm!
Office of Emergency Services

What should I do if I see a down power line?

(Thanks to Janice Down and the City of Mill Valley for this one)

 

Can I drive over the power line?

 

What do I do if the power line is on my car or house?

                                                                                                                                     

 

Check out the information provided by PG&E 

https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/electrical-safety/electrical-safety.page


Donation to Fire Victims at Saratoga High
To our Saratoga community:

The Leadership class is working in conjunction with the Red Cross Club to quickly raise funds for victims of the California Fires. We are focusing our efforts on three families that have direct connections to SHS staff, as well as the Butte County Office of Education, and the Red Cross.

Each teacher and the Main Office have a simple jar where we are collecting cash and coins. Checks can be donated but must be made out to the "Red Cross" (not SHS). We will collect the cash and coins to purchase gift cards for the 3 families and school district, which has lost 2 schools. The checks will be hand delivered to the Silicon Valley Red Cross. We have reached out to the three elementary schools and Redwood Middle School to join us in this effort. We would greatly appreciate students' donations in the jars so we can consolidate our efforts to have the most impact.

Due to some restrictions, we are not able to run a GoFundMe or other online donations. Here is a document with other additional donation sites that you and your family could also donate to--this list was compiled on Monday and some information may have changed in 24 hours.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/18UBKzWp2NAwVBEUKls_CO1cDKgrAPJnz4uLICupu-wc/edit



Matt Torrens
Activities Director

Safety first before your vacation

As we gear up for the holiday season, please spend a few minutes thinking about home safety.

A few safety suggestions, before you head out on your vacation:

Crime continues to be a concern in Saratoga and every neighborhood of Silicon Valley.  

We are currently at 56 Saratoga burglaries, in comparison to 69 in 2017 and 130 in 2016

Here is an incident from earlier this month Tuesday, November 6th (from the sheriff report)

Please take action today to better protect your home.

Have a great Holiday season!

Get High School Hindi Credit

Are you fluent in Hindi? Can read and write?

Why don’t you get credits towards your high school?

Juniors and Seniors in High School can enroll in to Professor Nilu Gupta’s Hindi class in De Anza Community College. Contact her at nilugupta@yahoo.com