Cupertino Courier

April 18, 2014

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Dr. Soohoo Specializes in general, cosmetic and pediatric dermatology and is also on the clinical faculty of Stanford Medical School. She welcomes new patients, as well as former patients to The Menkes Clinic, a state-of-the-art dermatology ofKce. The Menkes Clinic | 650.962.4600 2490 Hospital Drive, Suite 201, Mountain View Adjacent to El Camino Hospital | Dr. Lillian Soohoo Board CertiAed Dermatologist Volume 66, Number 19 u April 18, 2014 u Cupertino, CA u Est. 1947 u $1.00 182 An edition of the BY MATT WILSON Check your mail, because it is time to vote up or down on the Cupertino Union School District's latest parcel tax initiative. Ballots for Measure A should have arrived or should soon be arriving in the mailboxes of voters in the Cu- pertino Union School District attendance boundary. The measure is asking voters to extend one parcel tax and merge it with another already on the books. The elementary and middle school district's board of education voted in January to adopt a resolution to combine and extend the district's Measure B and C parcel taxes for eight more years at a combined level of $250 per parcel. Mail-in ballots for Measure A must be returned by May 6. A parcel tax requires a super-majority vote of more than two-thirds for passage. With the district reeling from budget cuts, parcel owners in the school district boundary voted in 2009 and 2011 to support Measures B and C, each of which levy a $125-per-parcel tax. The district takes in about $8.8 million annually from both taxes. The taxes are assessed against each parcel of taxable land in the district's attendance boundary. A parcel is defined as any unit of land in the district that now re- ceives a separate tax bill from the Santa Clara County CUPERTINO UNION BALLOTS SHOULD BE IN THE MAIL FOR MEASURE A Measure asking to combine, extend existing parcel taxes Fruitful Returns: Cherry Blossom Festival connects Cupertino with Toyokawa ................ page 5 Incoming Eats: Off the Grid trucking to the South Bay for weekly food festival ................. page 9 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Culture Connection Culture Connection Traditional dance group links youth to their heritage Traditional dance group links youth to their heritage page 12 page 12 Stephanie Hoyos, left, and Giselle Sainz practice their dancing during a Baile Folklorico practice at the Gateway Neighborhood Center in Sunnyvale. Parcel, page 9

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