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Readers' Survey Winners

People, Places & Ideas

When we saw that San Francisco won as "Best Place to Bring Visitors from Out of Town," we cried salty tears. Great--another chance for the fancy glasses crowd to sneer at the Vals. But you redeemed yourselves promptly by voting for "diversity" as the third best reason to live here. How enlightened! How hipsterishly multi-culti! Of course, there were ruder answers: "We, the Silicon Valley, control the nation," opined one vicarious power-tripper. And there was precisely one vote for "quality of life." Speaking of which, we got some laughs out of "Best Place to Shock Your Parents"--"rent deposit" and "real estate classifieds" being our favorites.

Um, here's a note: Third-place "Best Politician" honoree Susan Hammer is no longer in office. Enough said. Although it should be marked that we're considering changing this category to "Best Name Recognition." How else could Ron Gonzales have won it?

"Best Solution to Traffic Problems" certainly touched a nerve. One vote for "killing spree" was a little worrisome. The "God grant me the serenity ..." entry got a few knowing chuckles around the shop. Interestingly, "telecommuting" and "bikes" tied for fourth place; and we remember how we chided you back in 1990 for voting for "home" as the "Best Place to Work." How times change.

But readers were at their most venomous and, perhaps, funniest in the "Best Example of Conspicuous Consumption" category, in which Hummers received four votes (no other automobile brand was singled out). Quite an honor, that. We also appreciated the "Phish concert Shoreline parking lot" vote. Some of us always knew the truth about Deadheads.

Best Place To Get Hitched

First Place
Villa Montalvo
15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga * 408.961.5800

Second Place
Las Vegas

Third Place
Mission Santa Clara
Santa Clara University * 408.554.4023

Best Place To Bring Visitors From Out Of Town

First Place
San Francisico

Second Place
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Park Avenue & Market Street, SJ * 408.279.7150

Third Place
Winchester Mystery House
525 S. Winchester Blvd., SJ * 408.247.2101

Best Reason To Live Here

First Place
weather

Second Place
money

Third Place
diversity

Best Reason To Leave Here

First Place
too expensive

Second Place
traffic

Third Place
too crowded

Best Place To Shock Your Parents

First Place
Leather Masters
969 Park Ave., SJ * 408.293.7660

Second Place
Pink Poodle
328 S. Bascom Ave., SJ * 408.292.3685

Third Place
Watergarden
1010 The Alameda, SJ * 408.275.1215

Best Radio Station

First Place
KSCU/103.3

Second Place
KBRG/104.9

Third Place
KSJO/92.3

Best Newscast

First Place
KTVU/Ch 2

Second Place
KNTV/Ch 11

Third Place
KRON/Ch 4

Best Street For All Your Dining And Entertainment Needs

First Place
S. First Street (San Jose)

Second Place
N. Santa Cruz Avenue (Los Gatos)

Third Place
University Avenue (Palo Alto)

Best Politician

First Place
Ron Gonzales

Second Place
Zoe Lofgren

Third Place
Tom Campbell

Third Place
Susan Hammer

Best Politician To Vote Out Of Office

First Place
Tom Campbell

Second Place
Willie Brown

Third Place
Bill Clinton

Best Venture Capital Firm

First Place
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Second Place
Hummer-Winblad

Third Place
U.S. Venture Partners

Best New Company

First Place
eBay

Second Place
Redhat.com

Third Place
photoloft.com

Best Solution To Traffic Problems

First Place
public transportation

Second Place
BART

Third Place
Light Rail

Most Annoying Event Of 1999

First Place
Monica Lewinsky

Second Place
JFK Jr. & Co, demise of

Third Place
Columbine/kids shooting kids

Best Example Of Conspicuous Consumption

First Place
SUVs

Second Place
monster houses

Third Place
expensive cars

Best Thing To Do When You Cash In Your Stock Options

First Place
buy a house

Second Place
travel

Third Place
move

Best Neighborhood For Garage Sales

First Place
Willow Glen

Second Place
Los Gatos

Third Place
Saratoga

Best View Of The Valley

First Place
Mt. Hamilton

Second Place
Skyline Blvd.

Third Place
Mountain Winery

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From the September 30-October 6, 1999 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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