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November 14, 2014

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 1 8 5 Ruchi Pandya wins Siemens Regional Competition, heading to nationals * page 16 Vol. 59, No. 46 Friday, November 14, 2014 $1.00 An edition of the BY KHALIDA SARWARI AND MATT WILSON A major toll lane project that could bring congestion relief to Highway 85 is at a standstill at least until January after the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority board of directors moved to temporarily suspend the project. That decision was made at a meeting on Nov. 6 following a presentation by VTA's John Ristow, a public hearing, and a lengthy—and at times impassioned—discussion by board members. Despite Ristow's recommendation of a single- lane conversion, the board approved a motion by San Jose District 10 director Johnny Khamis to postpone the project and direct staff to prepare a side-by-side comparison of the one lane versus two lanes plan and conduct additional com- munity outreach. "I want to make sure that the city of San Jose's constitu- ents and my constituents and the voices of the many people who are sick and tired of congestion on this road are heard," Khamis said. "I don't necessarily agree with the staff recom- mendation to go with changing the one lane to an HOV lane. TOLL LANE PROJECT ON HWY 85 HITS STANDSTILL, AT LEAST UNTIL JANUARY County's VTA board decides to temporarily suspend the project A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE SAKKESTAD Field of Dreams Field of Dreams Falcons celebrate a goal, a win and a CCS field hockey berth Falcons celebrate a goal, a win and a CCS field hockey berth page 22 page 22 Second place in the league standings and positioning in the Central Coast Section playoffs was on the line when Saratoga took on Cupertino in an SCVAL field hockey game last week. The Falcons pulled out a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Pioneers, and Erin Norris (9) celebrates with Tina Miller (3) after scoring one of Saratoga's two goals. VTA, page 6

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