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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 66, Number 46 u October 24, 2014 u Cupertino, CA u Est. 1947 u $1.00 182 An edition of the BY MATT WILSON W ith voter decisions only a handful of days away, seven of the eight Cupertino City Coun- cil candidates stopped by the Cupertino Civic Center Oct. 16 to make their case as to why they should lead Cupertino for the next four years. The nonpartisan League of Women Voters Cuper- tino-Sunnyvale hosted and moderated an event that saw participation from all but one council candidate. All eight candidates will compete for three city coun- cil seats on Election Day, Nov. 4. Incumbents Barry Chang and Mark Santoro are working to retain their council seats. Councilman and two-time mayor Orrin Mahoney terms out this year after having served since 2005. The three winners will join Mayor Gilbert Wong and Vice Mayor Rod Sinks on the dais in December. New candidates include: former Cupertino Rotary presi- dent Savita Vaidhyanathan; Robert McCoy, a CERT mem- ber and public safety commissioner; Andy Huang, chair of the public safety commission and also a CERT volunteer; Darcy Paul, current president of the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and a parks and recreation commissioner; and Don Sun, chairman of the planning commission. Candidate Michael Hunsweck declined to participate in the forum. Candidates answered about a half-dozen prepared questions posed by the League of Women Voters and by the roughly 50 residents in attendance at Cuper- tino Community Hall. The growing size of Cupertino was on the mind of each candidate, and a common thread in more than a few of the questions asked by moderator Roberta Hol- limon. Candidates were asked about combating traffic near schools and the fallout from Cupertino's still-to- be-approved General Plan amendment. Candidates were asked for their solutions to curb congestion near schools. Santoro mentioned his suc- cess with the issue during his six years on the council, particularly in bringing funding to promoting biking, walking and carpooling to school. Santoro also mentioned his assistance in helping usher in the Walk One Week program that was initiated by local high school students and teen commissioners. Paul also cited his and the parks and recreation com- mission's work with the teens on the WOW program, CUPERTINO COUNCIL CANDIDATES ADDRESS TRAFFIC, CRIME IN LEAGUE'S FORUM Seven of eight candidates participate in Oct. 16 forum Zhang Responds: In run-up to election, school board candidate opens up about past incident.... page 8 Haunted Farm:Full Circle prepares community farm for pumpkin patch and corn maze ...... page 16 Forum, page 6 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Dearly Departed Dearly Departed Indigenous Mexican holiday gains popularity locally page 12 page 12 A representation of 'Catrina,' one of the most popular figures of the Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico, is seen here at the Ay. Dios. Mio! boutique at San Pedro Square Market. The iconic image of an elegant female skeleton dressed in a beautiful hat was created just over a century ago by José Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican printmaker and engraver.