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Jean and Nina Cornil and Jean-Francois and Lindsay Gerber Cornil of Portola Valley and Woodside are thrilled to announce the engagement of their son and brother, Julien, to Ashley Kellenberger, daughter of Steve and Annie Kellenberger of Los Altos Hills as well as sister to her twin Sara and brothers Justin and Shawn and wife Kari. The bride is a graduate of St. Nicholas School, St. Francis High School and the University of San Diego, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics and Art History. Ashley currently works in San Francisco where she is an account manager at Godfrey Q and Partners, a tech advertising firm. The groom is a graduate of Woodside Elementary, MenloAtherton High School and the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications. Julien currently works as a Commercial Market Developer with Comcast Inc. in San Francisco. Julien and Ashley reside in San Francisco and are planning a September 10, 2011 wedding in the Chapelle de St. Jeannet, France (South of France) Both American and French relatives will be attending the wedding there. Courtesy of the Harold Zwierlein family

Harold Zwierlein was a rodeo star as a young man, traveling the national rodeo circuit, winning big prize money and breaking many of the bones in his body. This photo was taken in 1950.

Harold Zwierlein, Woodside farrier, councilman and rodeo star, dies at age 83 By Barbara Wood

road commissioner. Mr. Zwierlein was a thirdgeneration native Californian, and his grandfather, William Pajaro King, was the first white

Zwierlein, owned shoe stores. The family moved to Woodarold Zwierlein, who side in 1941 and the teenage lived in Woodside for Zwierlein went to work for nearly 70 years, died at Holt’s Country Store afternoons his home in Woodside and weekends. Mr. Zwion Nov. 9. A rodeo star as erlein said he worked Harold Zwierlein in the a young man, Mr. Zwierat the Holt gas station, back yard of his home in lein toured the country ice house and the soda Woodside in October. on the rodeo circuit, fountain — all at the competing in venues same time. “It wasn’t that Memorial services as exalted as Madison busy, so basically I could Memorial services will be Square Garden. handle all three,” Mr. held at the Mounted Patrol Mr. Zwierlein spent Zwierlein said. Grounds, 521 Kings Moundecades as a farrier When he moved to tain Road in Woodside, at 2 in Woodside, shoeing Woodside, a decade and p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. many of the horses in a half before the town Photo by Barbara Wood town until he retired in was incorporated, the 1991. population was under He also served a term on the child born in Watsonville, fam- 500, he said. In those days, it was Woodside Town Council, for a ily members said. considered a building boom, he short time owned the Hitchrack In an interview on Oct. 19, Mr. said, “if three houses were built saloon, was a volunteer fire- Zwierlein reminisced about his in Woodside at one time.” fighter and a founding member life. Mr. Zwierlein grew up around of the San Mateo County Horse- He was born in Palo Alto on horses and he began competmen’s Association, running the Dec. 24, 1926, and attended ing in rodeos at a young age. “I Junior Rodeo for them for 31 Addison, Lytton, Channing and started riding calves at the age of years. Palo Alto High schools. His 10,” he said. He also served on Woodside’s mother was Elfleda King ZwiContinued on page 10 History Committee and was a erlein and his father, Edmund

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6-year-old girl riding in a car with her parents died after a street racer broadsided their Toyota Camry at the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road early on a clear fall afternoon last year. Lisa Xavier was her parents’ only child. The family still lives in Menlo Park, according to acquaintances. Despite witnesses and video recordings of the Nov. 12, 2009, accident, there’s still no sign of an arrest. Witnesses saw the driver of the black 1989 Ford Mustang that struck the family’s car exit his vehicle and jump into a white Honda involved in the race, which then fled the scene, police said. Video from a surveillance camera at Sun Microsystems showed heavy traffic at the scene of the collision, and that at least one vehicle ran a red light before colliding with the vehicle carrying the family, according to police. Shannon Fox, the 25-year-old East Palo Alto man who drove the Mustang and named a “person of interest” by police, is no longer in the Bay Area. “We are working nonstop to find him,” said Cmdr. Lacey Burt of the Menlo Park Police Department. Mr. Fox is described by police as a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 220 pounds and muscular. The police also know him by other names: Shanon Steven Hodgson

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Photos of Lisa Xavier with family and friends adorn poster boards at vigil at Laurel School in 2009.

Fox; Shannon Steve Brooks. Wherever Mr. Fox currently is, he remains a source of anguish in Menlo Park. “It still is an open wound. It’s an open wound for me personally, an open wound for our community, this wonderful small child of ours we couldn’t

protect,” said Councilman Heyward Robinson. “I feel like we failed her. And now ... we can’t even apprehend (the people responsible) so they can be held responsible for their actions, and that keeps it an open wound,” he said. The councilman called for the

community to remember Lisa and her parents. “I think there ought to be some kind of public display. ... (We need to say) that we’re just not going to tolerate this in our community. We’ve got one of the best police departments around; if they can’t track these people down, it’s not for

lack of effort.” A public display, Mr. Robinson hopes, may put pressure on anyone who knows where Mr. Fox is to help deliver justice in the death of a little girl. Go to AlmanacNews.com to see pictures of suspect.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage acquires Cashin Company Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced Nov. 11 that it has acquired the assets of Cashin Company Realtors. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 1995 by Emmet J. “Skip” Cashin III, Cashin Company has 270 real estate agents in seven offices in San Mateo County and accounted for more than $1 billion in sales volume in the last 12 months, said Coldwell Banker spokesman Steve Maita. Cashin offices will now oper-

ate under the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage name, he said. Cashin, which is owned by Skip Cashin and his partner Chuck Alloo, is headquartered in Menlo Park and has offices in Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside. Coldwell Banker, whose Bay Area operation is headquartered in San Ramon, has offices in Menlo Park and Woodside. Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Bay Area, announced

the acquisition to Cashin staff, agents and managers at the Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park. For Cashin, the benefits are the “added technology and tools and vast network of Coldwell banker agents,” said Mr. Turley in an interview. “For Coldwell Banker, we’re going to enjoy the distinction of the wonderful clientele (Cashin has) built up over the years.” Mr. Turley also noted Coldwell Banker’s name recognition around the world, which is criti-

cal to the Silicon Valley market. A prospective client in China, for example, might not know to search for Cashin. There are no immediate plans to close offices or lay off people, “but it would be silly to say we are not evaluating” duplications and possible synergies, he said. With this acquisition, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has 60 offices in the Bay Area with 3,500 sales associates who accounted for more than $11 billion in sales last year, Mr. Maita said.

Cashin Company is “a perfect fit with Coldwell Banker in terms of our respective cultures, our core values and our strength in the local marketplace, especially in the luxury market,” Mr. Turley said in a press release. “During this economic climate and challenging real estate market, it’s more important than ever to be the clear industry leader.” Mr. Cashin said in a press release that his firm had many See coldwell, page 7

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nother voice — the Portola Valley Town Council — has joined the chorus of opposition to a proposal by Minneapolis-based Cargill Salt Corp. and an Arizona developer to convert 1,436 acres of salt flats off Redwood City into five residential communities that would house up to 30,000 people. Residents and officials in Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park have let their opposition be known. Portola Valley’s contribution came Wednesday, Nov. 10, at a council meeting before a group of about 30 residents of The Sequoias retirement community at 501 Portola Road. (The council meets at The Sequoias about once a year, usually in the fall.) Jon Silver, a former mayor and former San Mateo County planning commissioner, captured the mood as the first speaker in the public comment period. “There are certain ideas that are so bad that you just don’t need to study them much,� he said. “The days of pillaging the Bay for money ought to be over. ... If we can’t oppose something this bad, we might as well pack it up.� There could be as many as 19 regional and six federal agencies with oversight, including the town of Woodside (which borders Redwood City), according to a 99-page study by the Redwood City Planning, Housing and Economic Development Department. Portola Valley is not listed but as a member of the public, the town can submit comments ahead of the Feb. 28 deadline for this first stage in a lengthy environmental study. On Dec. 8, the Portola Valley council also plans to take a step that the Woodside council considered but declined: issuing a strongly worded resolution in opposition to the project. A staff report recommended that Portola Valley monitor

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suitors in recent years, but decided that Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was the right choice in terms of the scale and scope of the company, agent support, technological tools, networking opportunities, and cultural fit. Mr. Cashin will not have a “leadership role, but will certainly be consulting for us,� Mr. Turley

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Woodside’s ongoing monitoring of the project, but that idea faded after members of the public reminded the council of Portola Valley’s view of itself as an environmental leader. “It’s not Portola Valley and Woodside. It’s Portola Valley,� resident Ward Paine said. “It’s not Palo Alto. It’s Portola Valley. We have more stroke than the 4,500 people who live here. What we do will be a lot more important that what other people do.� “It’s not a time to meditate,� added resident Marilyn Walter. “It’s a time to act.� Climate-change-induced sea level rises “should be a far more important element in this discussion than it has been,� said Portola Valley resident Marion Softky. Council views

“I can’t believe we’re sitting here and that this (project) is even a possibility,� said councilman and architect John Richards after the public had spoken. Councilwoman Maryann Derwin, who summarized the topic for the council ahead of the discussion, noted that she has read the Redwood City study. “After I was done, I was even more alarmed than when I began,� she said. The traffic in and out of the communities would be “a nightmare.� Fresh water would come via a swap with Kern County, where the developer owns water rights for up to 70 years, but getting it to Redwood City will require the participation of intermediary public agencies that get their water from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir and the San Joaquin Valley, Ms. Derwin said. The project’s location on a salt flat would necessitate a levee, she added. The study describes a perimeter levee 14

said in the interview. Chuck Alloo, who has served as chief operating officer and co-founded the firm with Mr. Cashin, will continue in a senior management role, Coldwell Banker said. Cashin is the latest in a list of acquisitions of Northern California brokerages by Coldwell Banker. Others include Fox & Carskadon, TRI, Contempo, Del Monte Realty, Cornish & Carey Residential Real Estate, Grubb

feet high, including an extra 4 feet to deal with “anticipated sea-level rise.� Go to tinyurl.com/CargillStudy for a copy of the study. A U.S. Geological Survey map depicts the site as bright red, Ms. Derwin noted, meaning that it’s vulnerable to seismic rupture and liquefaction — sedimentary soil liquefying by a sudden infusion of ground water. Ms. Derwin contended that a combination of a major earthquake and a break in the levee could be disastrous for that community. Liquefaction is a problem, resident and geophysicist Sheldon Breiner said in an interview, but such land can be made safe by piling on soil and driving long stabilizing posts deep into the ground. “There are solutions to it, but it takes money and it takes engineering,� he said.

You Fix It! Dear Gloria, We bought our house five years ago and actually paid over asking for it. We bought it with no contingencies and there were a number of things we had to fix, although they were fairly minor. We have now had to put our house back on the market for financial reasons. We are fortunate that we have an offer, although it is below our asking price and the buyers are asking us to fix everything that was in the inspection report. We are just livid and tempted to tell them to forget it. Do buyers have the right to do this? Dana W. Dear Dana, Two things you mention are most illustrative of the change in the market from when you bought in 2005 and here at the end of 2010. What a difference five years makes. We’ve gone through an enormous stock market plunge, amassed huge national debt, have

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BevMo fight really over? n Store plans February opening. By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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ven before voting to let BevMo keep its use permit for a store the chain wants to open in a strip mall at 700 El Camino Real, the Menlo Park City Council was bracing for the consequences. City Attorney Bill McClure explained the options remaining to anyone who didn’t like the outcome. Either side could contest the decision in court; those asking for a denial of the use permit could also go before the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board. He also told the council that legally they weren’t allowed to protect one business from competition, citing a case where the courts upheld the Davis City Council’s decision to allow a Borders bookstore to open. Maureen Hogan, who filed the appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval that brought the decision to the council, said she won’t file an appeal of the council’s decision with the ABC. At the Nov. 9 council meeting, Ms. Hogan presented a succinct argument for denial based on lack of need and convenience, but in the end lost the appeal with a 3-2 vote by the council to uphold the permit. “I appreciate that the City Council faced a difficult decision and deliberated at length. †While

I wish the outcome had been different, I respect their decision,” Ms. Hogan said. Council members Kelly Fergusson and Heyward Robinson disagreed with their three colleagues. Mr. Robinson later sent an opinion piece to local newspapers, saying he wishes he’d been able to persuade his colleagues to deny the permit. He cited high rents charged by the property owner as the primary reason the spot has sat vacant for 18 months, and doesn’t think it was, as Mayor Rich Cline said at the meeting, “a choice between BevMo or nothing.” Dan Beltramo did not respond to questions about whether his family’s company will appeal the decision to the ABC. The amount of correspondence the city received from the public before the Nov. 9 meeting, much of it from Beltramo’s supporters, filled a 5-inch binder, such an “overwhelming amount” that management decided it would be a huge time drain for staff to count the total number of comments received, according to the city clerk’s office. Jeff Sealy, vice president of real estate for BevMo, said the company was excited, and anticipates opening the store by mid-February. “It was never our intent to come to Menlo Park with an eye to Beltramo’s,” he said. “They have a respected business, as do we.”

Menlo College president resigns Menlo College President G. Timothy Haight is resigning his post on Dec. 31, to be replaced by the college’s provost and executive vice president, James Kelly, according to the college. Mr. Haight began his tenure in December 2006. Responding to the question of whether Mr. Haight was leaving voluntarily, Julie Filizetti, president of the board of trustees, said: “It is not Menlo College’s policy to discuss personnel matters; however, it is important that we recognize the valuable contribution Dr. Haight has made to Menlo College during his four-year tenure as president. “The most essential issue is that we have continuity moving forward with the leadership of the college.” Menlo College, located at 1000 El Camino Real in Atherton,

announced the change in leadership in a press release issued the night of Nov. 10. The announcement noted that Mr. Kelly has worked closely with the current president “in carrying out Menlo’s mission and regaining its reputation as a premier, nationally recognized business college.” In a prepared statement, Ms. Filizetti said: “We are deeply grateful to President Haight for his leadership during this time of transition and growth for Menlo College. He was faced with a number of significant challenges over the past few years and has worked with the faculty and staff to make sure we are in a much stronger position academically and financially, as well as with our enrollment, our faculty and our accreditation agencies. We owe a great deal of our success to President Haight.”

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Junior League to tour Atherton homes The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold its third annual fundraiser, “Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes and Boutique” from Dec. 2 to 5. The tour will include several homes in the Atherton area decorated for the holiday season by local interior and floral designers, as well an expanded boutique for holiday shopping. “Finishing Touches” is based at Sacred Heart Schools, 50 Emilie Ave. in Atherton, where guests can park and check in, and then take a shuttle bus to each home. Guests can shop in the holidaythemed boutique, which features local vendors. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5. Sponsors include Emily Joubert, Florabella, Sprinkles, Frette, Tomís Teak Furniture and Tiny Prints. An opening night celebration at a local residence kicks off the event Thursday, Dec. 2, and features cocktails, gourmet food, and a raffle. In addition, the League will throw a festive luncheon Friday, Dec. 3, at the Menlo Circus Club Krista Skehan, Personify Visual Communications. in Atherton. It includes a home- Florabella’s floral design and decor creates a welcoming entry. tour ticket that can be used for a Friday-only, self-driven tour, or for the shuttle-guided tour on Tickets for the weekend tour are $40 in advance Saturday or Sunday. and $50 at the door. “Finishing Touches” supports such League The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula projects as Done in a Day, First Teachers, Fos- is made up of about 1,200 local women. Each year, tering Families, and Shelter Network, as well as the League contributes more than $400,000 and community grants the League makes to non- an estimated 35,000 volunteer hours to the comprofit organizations. munity, a spokesperson said. Its offices are at 555 Go to juniorleaguehometour.com to buy tickets. Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

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In wake of fatality, bike lane could be coming to Alpine Road/Interstate 280 By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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bike lane could be in the works for the ambiguous two-and-a-half-lane section of Alpine Road that runs westbound under Interstate 280. The road is two lanes at a stop sign before the ambiguous section and two lanes after it: one for through traffic into Ladera and the other for traffic headed on to I-280 southbound. Bikes headed into Ladera must somehow get to the through lane by crossing the freewayentrance-ramp lane, a dangerous maneuver in traffic. The half lane between these two lanes is where Los Altos cyclist Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, died on Nov. 4 after colliding with the left side of a big-rig cab headed for the freeway. Investigators from the California Highway Patrol have not yet determined what happened. Will that half lane will be re-striped with a bike lane? It depends on whether the California Department of Transportation and the local public works department agree that there ■ Briefs

Trial set for BBC assaults A busboy and a cook at the British Bankers Club will stand trial for four counts of sexual assault on Monday, Dec. 6, in San Mateo County Superior Court. Moises Rojas, 26, and Juan Gustavo Robles-Alejo, 30, allegedly assaulted two women at the club on June 9, according to the district attorney’s office. The women went to an upstairs room to sleep after becoming intoxicated, and reportedly awoke to find Mr. Robles-Alejo fondling them while Mr. Rojas kept a lookout. The district attorney’s office said the incident was caught by the club’s security cameras.

Downtown plan update Members of the Menlo Park Downtown Alliance, a group of local business and property owners, told the city they’re concerned that the draft environmental impact report and fiscal impact analysis of the proposed downtown specific plan could be publicly released in early December, when most people are preoccupied with holiday celebrations. Nancy Couperus, founding member of the organization, listed several components of the plan that the alliance thinks needs closer scrutiny, including eliminated parking in the plaza behind

is room for one, said Caltrans spokeswoman Gidget Navarro. How can a cyclist safely negotiate such an interchange? “(It) depends on the skill level of the cyclists, road conditions, traffic volumes (and) road design,” Ms. Navarro said. Asked to comment, former Menlo Park mayor and prominent cyclist Steve Schmidt noted that cyclists of all skill levels use that intersection on Alpine Road. “There’s very little guidance on the road in the form of striping to put or direct cyclists into that situation where they’re not in conflict with vehicles headed for the freeway,” he said. A boldly striped bike lane sets some ground rules for traffic, Mr. Schmidt said. Several days after the accident, he and representatives of the San Mateo County Public Works Department stood at the Alpine Road/I-280 intersection for about 45 minutes to watch cyclists’ behavior. “A lot of people stay to the right too long and get trapped (in the approach to) the southbound onramp,” Mr. Schmidt said. At the other end of the spectrum are “hyper-experienced

or hyper-assertive” cyclists, Mr. Schmidt said. These cyclists make the crossing early by approaching the stop sign on the white line separating the two lanes. As they bravely thread the needle in this cramped space, the advantage as they head into the two-and-a-half lane section is that everyone starts from zero, Mr. Schmidt said. There are mid-road bike lanes where I-280 meets Woodside and Sand Hill roads. The first was done in cooperation with the town of Woodside and the second with Menlo Park and the San Mateo County Bikeways Committee, Ms. Navarro said. One scenario that Mr. Schmidt found agreeable in making the Alpine Road intersection safer would restrict the left-hand through lane to Ladera traffic and the right lane to freeway traffic, with a dedicated bike lane in between that begins before the stop sign. Caltrans is aware of the safety issue for “non-motorized users” of the roads. “We are in the process upgrading freeway interchanges to better provide for cyclists and pedestrians,” Ms. Navarro said.

Trader Joe’s, a lot used by farmers’ market shoppers on Sundays, and the partial closure of Chestnut Street, which may interfere with vendor traffic.

long webinar on Thursday, Nov. 18, that will offer tips on staying healthy during the holidays. Dr. Bradly Jacobs will host. Register at https://cc.readytalk. com/r/2n3r5q2gay7o

City seeks planning commissioner With Kirsten Keith elected to the City Council, Menlo Park’s Planning Commission has a seat to fill. The city is now accepting applications; the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 8. The newly appointed commissioner’s term will last until April 30, 2012. Applications are available on the city’s website. Residents can also obtain copies by e-mailing City Clerk Margaret Roberts at msroberts@menlopark.org, or at the Civic Center 701 Laurel St. For more information, call 330-6620.

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Twisted Christmas If the grocery store decorations didn’t give it away, the holiday season is now in full swing. The Menlo Park Chorus will hold its free winter concert, titled “Twisted Christmas,” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. Why the concert title? According to the flier, “The Menlo Park Chorus will perform seasonal songs that you know, but not like you’ve ever heard them sung before.” April McNeely will serve as musical director, and John Iosefa as accompanist. Free van service is available for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 or e-mail rlroth@menlopark. org for more information

Sunday memorial for Diana Real Goldberg A memorial service for 10-year Woodside resident Diana Real Goldberg is set for Sunday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the headquarters of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside. Ms. Real Goldberg, 46, was a native of Ottawa, Canada, who earned a bachelor’s degree in

geology and a master’s degree in psychology and did consulting work for the high-technology industry. Ms. Real Goldberg is survived by her husband Stan Goldberg; her father Roderick Real of Victoria, Canada; and her brother Robert Real of Ottawa, Canada. The couple have two children. November 17, 2010 ■ The Almanac ■ 9

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Woodside rodeo star, councilman Harold Zwierlein dies at 83 Continued from page 3

From there he progressed to steers until, at the age of 18, he could ride bulls. He also competed in bareback bronc riding and steer wrestling. He practiced at least three or four nights a week in his father’s lighted arena. “My dad had a big ring on his property. He had 10 acres on Olive Hill Lane.” From 1946 to 1952, Mr. Zwierlein competed as an amateur and was the Tri-State bareback champion of the Cowboys Association of America in 1952, when he was 26. The next year he turned professional, the beginning of a 12-year career. “I was a very good cowboy,” he said. “I was probably one of the 10 best bronc riders in America.” He competed all over the country, sometimes in two or three rodeos in a weekend. He won in several big rodeos — and lots of small town ones. In Madison Square Garden, at a 28-day competition, Mr. Zwierlein came in sixth out of 80 bronc riders. He placed second

in bronc riding at the world’s biggest one-day rodeo at the Los Angeles Coliseum, in 1956. The rodeo days weren’t all glory, though. “When I first started out I basically didn’t have any money,” Mr. Zwierlein said. Instead of paying for hotels and restaurant meals, he brought a sleeping bag and sandwich along. With wins came prize money and improved traveling conditions, until finally he found himself able to “travel in a friend’s airplane, a Cessna 171.” “I was probably the best bronc rider that ever came out of San Mateo County,” Mr. Zwierlein said, rather matter-of-factly. In steer wrestling, “I still hold the record down at Redwood City,” he said. “I have the fastest time ever recorded in the 30 years of rodeo,” at 4.4 seconds. Injuries suffered in the rodeo days, including a broken toe, ankle, elbow, left arm and ribs (twice), a wrecked knee and a fractured spine, have kept Mr. Zwierlein off horses for the past six years. “I can’t touch my toes and I can’t put my foot up high enough for the stirrup,” he said. The injuries weren’t what got

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sent California at the finals in Reno,” he said, one of only five cowboys from California. Then he retired for good. Except Ö “I still wrestled (a steer) at the Mounted Patrol at the age of 50. They asked me to fill an event,” Mr. Zwierlein said. “I did it — I did very well — I threw one in 9.6 seconds — and that was the first time I’d steer wrestled in probably 12 years.” Mr. Zwierlein competed in four sports in high school — basketball, baseball, football and swimming. In Woodside, he formed a men’s basketball league, soon after what is now the Sellman Gymnasium was completed. “I played in that gym from (when) I was 21 until I was 50,” he said. “We played any team that would volunteer to come up.” Two memorable games were against 49er football players, which the public was charged admission to watch. “They beat us,” he admits.

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Others on the team included: Cliff Andrews (recently deceased); Ross Stewart, Gene Decker (a vet), Don Acker (a horseshoer), and Tom Lagerquist (an attorney who still lives in Woodside). Mr. Zwierlein served as president of the San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association in 1970 and 1973, a position his father Ed had held before him. Ed Zwierlein was a professional baseball player, announced at the Fourth of July rodeos, and was twice captain of the Mounted Patrol. The Zwierlein picnic area in Huddart Park is named after Ed Zwierlein, in honor of his work promoting recreation, including serving on the Riding and Hiking Trails Committee of the state parks commission. Harold Zwierlein always loved to tell a good story. Some of his oft-repeated favorites include the time he rode his horse into the Pioneer Hotel bar at the age of 16; the time he was baptized by an old classmate who had become a preacher who was just supposed to be baptizing his daughter, or the time a bucking bronco fell on him, fracturing his spine, and the rodeo doctor, who Mr. Zwierlein suspected was actually a vet, wanted to shoot him up with morphine and send him back into the arena. Mr. Zwierlein said he led a good life. “I’ve been a very, very lucky person,” he said. “I had good parents. Moved up here to Woodside. Went to Palo Alto High School, I enjoyed that.” He was able to spend his working life outdoors, he said, adding: “I don’t think I’ve had too many bad days in my life.” Mr. Zwierlein is survived by his wife, Irenne Zwierlein of Woodside; his daughter, Carolyn of Ben Lomond; son Kurt; granddaughters Allison and Ashley of Acampo; his older brother, Edward Zwierlein of Palo Alto; and three stepchildren, Garrett Auger, Danniel Auger and Michelle Zimmer, who all live nearby with their children, Garry Zimmer, Andrew Mendez, Phoenixx Auger, Christopher Zimmer, Nora Whiting, Shelby Zimmer, Hailee Auger, Preston Auger, Kylie Auger, and Kaitlynn Lane. Memorial donations may be made to Sutter VNA & Hospice (suttervnaandhospice.org) or the San Mateo County Horseman’s Association (sncha.org). A

Barbara Wood is a freelance writer, photographer and gardener from Woodside

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Woodside merchants seek exemption from new rules restricting parking By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer

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otorists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; potential customers, actually â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have been seen driving away from downtown Woodside after not finding a place to park, according to members of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail business community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They make two or three circuits (of the full parking lot) and leave and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come back,â&#x20AC;? Jamis MacNiven, the owner of Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Woodside restaurant, told the Town Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 9, meeting. With Mr. MacNiven were Roberts Market owner George Roberts and several other retailers who do business at the corner of Canada and Woodside roads. No-parking signs have been up along Woodside Road west of the intersection since September. The signs, along with more oncampus parking at Woodside Elementary School, seem to have ended an endemic 10 to 15 minutes of stop-and-go crawl that occurred twice a day as parents arrived at the school to drop off and pick up their kids. The California Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over Woodside Road. The town, which erected the signs at Caltransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; behest, did so in antici-

pation of feedback. A Sept. 10 letter to Town Manager Susan George provided some. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We merchants ... would like the town to consider helping us with the lunch parking by exempting the no-parking restriction between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seven days of the week,â&#x20AC;? the letter said. The town has some discretion in making exemptions to the no-parking rules. The letter to Ms. George was signed by Mr. MacNiven, Mr. Roberts and five other retailers. Their proposal would allow a total of about 200 feet of bike lane on both sides of the road, thereby increasing capacity by about 10 spaces. The council agreed on a temporary exemption while town staff discusses the matter with Caltrans. The parking problem came to Caltransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention when at least one cyclist complained about the blocked bike lanes that had been the consequence of the school traffic twice a day. Caltrans wrote to the town in September 2008 to propose noparking signs to â&#x20AC;&#x153;remind drivers of the prohibitionâ&#x20AC;? on parking in bike lanes not wide enough to accommodate vehicles. A

Ormondale Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turkey Trot set to run and walk on Saturday Rain or shine, the sixth annual Turkey Trot is all set for Saturday morning, Nov. 20, at Ormondale School in Portola Valley. Once again, the fun run and walk will loop around Shawnee Pass and Cervantes Road, and traffic will be blocked off in the area. Volunteers with the Portola Valley Parent/Teacher Organization have just extended the registration deadline, allowing all community members to sign up for a discount as long as the forms are handed in to the Ormondale or Corte Madera school offices by Nov. 19. The race starts with check-in and registration at Ormondale, at 200 Shawnee Pass, at 8 a.m. The 5K Fun Run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to all runners and walkers (no bikes

or scooters). The 1K Fun Run/walk will then start at 10. It is only open to those in kindergarten through third grade, and closed to adults, bikes and scooters. Afterward, the awards ceremony will include prizes for the 5K male and female winners in each grade level up to eighth grade, and in the high school and adult categories. Go to pvsd.net to get registration forms. The entry fee includes food and refreshments. Individuals may enter for $10 before race day, or for $15 the day of the race. The family rate is $20 before race day and $25 on race day. Long-sleeved T-shirts featuring student art will be for sale at the race for $15.

Priory presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Huck Finnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Woodside Priory School Theater will present the play, ĂŹThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,ĂŽ at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18-19, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Performances will be at the Rothrock Performance Hall at the school, 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Among those in the cast are Bruno Geoly, left, as Tom Sawyer and Graham Hughes as Huck Finn. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. The Mark Twain classic was adopted by Matthew Francis for the stage. John Sugden is chair of the Performing Arts Department at Woodside Priory.

Committee for Green Foothills celebrates life of Mary Davey The Committee for Green Foothills is holding a ĂŹWonderful, Marvelous Celebration of LifeĂŽ in memory of Mary Davey, a longtime local environmentalist and a founder of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, who died of heartrelated illness on Oct. 2. The family of Mary Davey and Hidden Villa are joining in the event, which will be held from 2 to

4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton. There will be light refreshments and an open mike for ĂŹshortĂŽ memory sharing, according to Cynthia Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agosta, executive director of the Committee for Green Foothills. Car pooling is highly recommended as parking is extremely limited.

E-mail info@greenfoothills.org or call 968-7243, ext. 314, to contact the Committee for Green Foothills for more information. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Committee for Green Foothills and Hidden Villa in lieu of flowers. Go to tinyurl.com/MaryDavey2010 to read more about Mary Davey.

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Town wants to drop Carlson from lawsuit By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor

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he attorney defending Atherton and Councilman Jerry Carlson in a federal lawsuit filed by Jon Buckheit is attempting to get a judge to rule, before the trial begins next year, that the plaintiff has no legal basis for his claim against Mr. Carlson. Mr. Buckheit named the town and San Mateo County as defendants in his original lawsuit, but later added three Atherton police officers and Mr. Carlson — the latter for allegedly retaliating against him because of his lawsuit. The claim stems from Mr. Carlson’s resistance to appointing Mr. Buckheit to the town’s Finance Committee when the City Council appointed public members in April. Although three seats were open, only two applicants received the three necessary council votes. Two, Mr. Buckheit and Alain Enthoven, received two votes each. Mayor Kathy McKeithen urged the council at that time to expand the number of public seats to four, and appoint both Mr. Buckheit and Mr. Enthoven, but the council majority declined to do so. Later, Mr. Buckheit was told by someone he trusts that Mr. Carlson said he wouldn’t appoint him because of his litigation against the town, Mr. Buckheit told The Almanac. “The government is not supposed to retaliate against people who air grievances,” Mr. Buckheit said. “It’s actually against the law — the Civil Rights Act — and for obvious reasons.” Jeffrey Vucinich, the attorney

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defending the town against the lawsuit, filed a motion of summary judgment last month to convince a judge that Mr. Carlson should be dropped as a defendant in Mr. Buckheit’s lawsuit, claiming, among other things, that the councilman’s decision not to support Mr. Buckheit’s committee appointment “did not result in the requisite ‘chilling effect,’ as lawfully mandated for alleged civil rights violations brought under the First Amendment.” The motion also states that Mr. Carlson “is entitled to the defense of qualified immunity for his discretionary acts as a public official.” Although a court hearing on the motion had been set for Dec. 3, it was recently pulled from the court calendar, City Attorney Wynne Furth confirmed, although she said she couldn’t provide more information because she is not handling the case. Repeated calls to Mr. Vucinich

went unanswered. Ms. Furth was quoted in another local newspaper that the town plans to refile the motion next year. Mr. Buckheit’s lawsuit stems from his 2008 arrest during a domestic violence incident; he had called police out to his home to help during a dispute with his then-girlfriend in which he was injured. The police arrested him instead of the woman, then refused to give him the police report on the incident until he sued to obtain it. When he did, he was stunned: In addition to a charge that he had been the aggressor during the incident, the report included a charge of child abuse against the girlfriend’s young son. Mr. Buckheit was never charged, and early this year obtained a declaration of factual innocence in Superior Court. During the court hearing, police officer Tony Dennis testified that he had not included the child abuse charge, although he had written the report.

Employee contracts on Atherton council agenda Contracts with two groups of town employees are on the agenda when the Atherton City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Both two-year contracts allow for no pay increases for the first year, and a small increase in the next. Rather than the council chambers, the meeting will be held in the Jennings Pavilion in Atherton’s Holbrook-Palmer Park at 150 Watkins Ave. The council must vote on the proposed contracts, which cover the fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11. Because the second year began in July, the pay increases would be retroactive to that month. For both groups, the pay increase will reflect an amount that will place them at the 70th percentile pay range for comparable positions in other towns. That means an average

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he appointment of an interim city manager who would oversee operations in Atherton Town Hall for several months, until a permanent manager is found, may be made as early as Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the City Council meeting. The council interviewed five

candidates — among them the town’s current “bridge” interim manager — for the interim city manager position when it met on Monday, Nov. 15. The special meeting began in open session, but the interviews were conducted in closed session after a public comment period. In a departure from the typical hiring practices in most cities, the council released the

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names of the candidates last week. They live in California cities large and small. In addition to Nadine Levin of San Mateo, who was appointed to oversee Town Hall operations until a longer-term interim manager is found, the candidates are John Danielson of Elk Grove, Martha Debry of San Jose, Eli Naffah of Crescent City, and Gene Rogers of Pebble Beach. Among the duties the longerterm interim manager will be charged with is overseeing the process of recruiting a permanent city manager. The council decided to appoint an interim town manager while launching a more intensive process to find a permanent manager soon after then-City Manager Jerry Gruber announced his resignation, effective Oct. 22. But before the Oct. 29 application deadline for the interim position closed, Assistant City Manager Eileen Wilkerson unexpectedly announced her retirement, giving only one week’s notice, leaving the town without leadership. The council scrambled to find someone to manage town operations until a longer-term interim manager could be found, and

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2.4 percent increase for nonmanagement, non-police, and miscellaneous employees. The estimated cost of the increase is $52,000 for this fiscal year. Management staff would average a 5.4 percent increase, at an estimated cost of $72,000 this year, a sum based on all positions being filled. (The town’s assistant city manager and building official positions are now vacant.) The management contract also requires those employees to pay 3 percent of their medical coverage; the town currently pays 100 percent of that cost. The council will also vote on a new water-efficient landscaping ordinance, and an ordinance that would change building rules on Parker Avenue. The appointment of a new interim manager is listed as a tentative agenda item.

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Ms. Levin, who retired earlier this year as Mountain View’s assistant city manager, was hired and on the job by Oct. 22. During the public comment period at the Nov. 15 meeting, resident Jon Buckheit challenged the council’s earlier decision to put City Attorney Wynne Furth in charge of overseeing the hiring process. Ms. Furth, who did background checks on the candidates, will also have to reapply for her job soon, and that fact might influence her work in helping to choose a new interim manager, he said after the meeting. The candidates

The town provided brief background information on Ms. Levin and the other four candidates, including the following. Mr. Danielson is a former city manager of Elk Grove and Wildomar. He operates Danielson Associates in Sacramento. Ms. Debry is public works director of Hillsborough, and previously served as that town’s assistant city manager. Mr. Naffah is a former city manager of Crescent City and Rio Dell. He now operates Naffah Consulting. Mr. Rogers was city manager of Moreno Valley, and served for five years as Sunnyvale’s employment development director. He now works with Local Government Management Consultants. Go to tinyurl.com/2eh4hwn for more information about the candidates. A

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ithout funding to stabilize Caltrainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operating costs, commuters could find themselves without the rail line on the Peninsula for the first time since 1864, when two trains a day carried riders between San Francisco and San Jose. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the message a new group, Friends of Caltrain, told nearly 100 people at the Menlo Park Library on Nov. 9. The grassroots coalition of cities, neighborhood groups, employers, environmentalists, transit advocates and residents is seeking ways to find a permanent and dedicated source of operating funds for Caltrain. The commuter service could face a $30 million deficit in 2012, its next fiscal year, said former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, who is leading the coalition. Caltrain is facing a tipping point, coalition members said. It lacks funds to either run an existing service so as to keep rider levels up or modernize services so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d attract and increase ridership and revenues. Caltrain is operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers

Board, made up of representatives from three counties: San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco. The Friends are working on a ballot measure they hope to put before voters in 2012 that would institute a tax to provide a steady source of revenue for Caltrain, Ms. Kishimoto said. The rail line also has costly plans for electrification, which would increase the lineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efficiency, reduce emissions by up to 90 percent, and attract more riders, coalition members said. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in a March 2009 report, found that the regional transit systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longterm viability is at risk and not sustainable, based on current projections of transit costs and anticipated revenues. The report, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transportation 2035 Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area,â&#x20AC;? outlined how $218 billion in anticipated federal, state and local transportation funds would be spent in the ninecounty Bay Area during the next 25 years. Caltrain has the second highest ticket-sales revenue among 28 transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Carolyn

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Some like it hot The Hot Club of Palo Alto keeps the gypsy-jazz tradition alive and swinging By Rebecca Wallace Embarcadero Media

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The Hot Club of Palo Alto’s musicians play a tune at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park.

providing a rhythmic anchor on bass. Both also jump in with solos from time to time. Alen Cieli of Palo Alto alternates between bowing and strumming his violin, with Don Dias providing that distinctive Continental sound on the accordion. Chazz Alley, who grew up in Palo Alto, plays saxophone and shaker. When a song needs words, he’s the vocalist. “Chazz has a beautiful voice,” Cafe Zoe owner Kathleen Daly says. She describes the band’s music as “really happy, feel-good stuff,” and adds, “We fight over who’s going to work Sunday afternoons because we all enjoy them so much.” All the band’s instruments add up to a textured sound that appeals to many players because of the chances for lengthy improvisation and technically difficult solos. “I’m a rock and roll guitarist,” says Mr. Getty, who toured with Stevie Wonder in the early 1970s. “Django’s style is hard to play. We like the challenge.” Mr. Getty and Mr. Brown have known each other for 15 years. In fact, Mr. Brown used to give Mr. Getty lessons. The other musicians connected more recently, bringing backgrounds in traditional jazz, rock and classical. “Ken kind of got us all

playing this kind of music,” Mr. Getty says. “It’s very accessible,” Mr. Brown says of gypsy jazz. “It’s got a great feel and a great tradition.” If these musicians live in different towns, why name the band after Palo Alto? Someone had already taken the domain name for Menlo Park, Mr. Getty says. And “The Hot Club of Atherton” just didn’t sound right. On this Sunday afternoon, the band sounds just fine to the crowd at Cafe Zoe. The musicians play the warm “Blue Bossa,” the dreamy “Nuage” and other tunes, communicating with each other through eye contact and nods, taking turns on solos. A boy in a baseball cap too big for him watches so intently that he forgets to eat his chocolate-chip cookie. Mr. Getty seems to enjoy his emcee role as he calls out each song title. Before the band plays “Midnight in Moscow,” Mr. Getty announces: “We’re going to take you back east of the Volga for the next tune. ... It’s older than dirt. Probably a greatest hit in 1870.” “Top 10,” another musician agrees. During “The Sheik of Araby,” Mr. Alley commands the microphone like an old-timer. “At

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night when you’re asleep, into your tent I’ll creep,” he croons, garnering appreciative laughs from the audience. After the show, the musicians chat with patrons as the cafe quiets down and the cozy room begins to empty out. Instruments get packed up, and the players start talking about their next gig. They’ll play over at Red Rock, then back at Cafe Zoe, then back at Red Rock. Other gigs might pop up. Mr. Brown has music lessons to teach. Some of the guys have day jobs. It’s a traveling band for travelers’ music. A

■ p erf o rma nc es n The Hot Club of Palo Alto’s upcoming local gigs include a performance planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. > Go to redrockcoffee.org or call 967-4473. n The band also regularly plays at Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. The next scheduled gig is Sunday, Nov. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. > Go to cafezoemenlopark.com or call 322-1926. > Go to hotclubpaloalto.com for the band’s website.

Art Lloyd talks on railroad history and Menlo Park Arthur Lloyd, a man who for decades has been immersed, by vocation and avocation, in the world of railroads and public transportation, will speak at a program sponsored by the Menlo Park Historical Association at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The program, “Menlo Park and the Railroad: The First Hundred Years,” will be present-

ed in the Fireside Room of the Menlo Park Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., in the Menlo Park Civic Center. Mr. Lloyd, a longtime advocate for rail travel, was director of public affairs for Amtrakís Western operations for 20 years before retiring in 1991. He continues to be involved with public transportation mat-

ters as a director of the San Mateo County Transit District, and a director of Caltrain’s Joint Powers Board, according to the historical association. A railroad buff, he also is a member of numerous railroad history groups and museums. The event is free and open to the public.

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In Portola Valley: images of the American West Portola Valley nature and travel photographer David Cardinal will exhibit his images of the American West at Allegro Gallery in Portola Valley from Nov. 21 through Dec. 31. A reception for the artist will be held Sunday, Nov, 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the gallery, 3130 Alpine Road, #370, in Portola Valley. For this show, Mr. Cardinal has selected images from Texas, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska and California. Subjects range from scenics to rare bird species with a variety of “Old West” subjects as well. “I was particularly inspired this spring by a road trip to the Western United States that my daughter Annie and I took along the lines of Steinbeck’s ‘Travels with Charley,’” he said. “While we didn’t lodge in an RV like Steinbeck did, we did amble our way through parks and small towns with an eye for appreciating special sights that may not be there much longer.” Mr. Cardinal leads small-group photo safaris to Africa, Asia and Alaska, as well as to destinations in

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the continental United States. He specializes in rare and endangered animals and environments. The Allegro Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Go to cardinalphoto.com for more information on David Cardinal.

Persimmon sale for charity Local youth Lisa and Sara Hewitt, members of their philanthropy group, ChAngels, are hosting their third annual persimmon sale at the family-owned shop, Beltramo’s Wines and Sprits, 1540 El Camion Real in Menlo Park, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The sale of organic, locally harvested persimmons is a tradition started by the girls’ mother, Diana Beltramo Hewitt, who peddled persimmons as a girl. Her stand featured the fruit accompanied by a family dessert recipe incorporat-

David Cardinal’s special perspective on a Portola Valley vineyard is among his American West images on exhibit at Allegro Gallery. The image, says Mr. Cardinal, is an “infrared digital capture” converted to black and white.

ing the persimmons. Her daughters and friends are carrying on the tradition, this time for charity. ChAngels is a mother-daughter philanthropy group, founded in 2007 with the goal of effecting change on both a local and global

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level by collecting and earning spare change. Other members are Atherton and Menlo Park residents Annie and Lily Barnett, Sarah and Kate Lucas, Melissa and Alison Freeman, and Kim Guthrie and daughters Jessie and Clara. Go to thechangels.blogspot.com for more information or call Kate Lucas, founding member of ChAn-

gels at 568-0395. Members, who range in age from 8 to 11, have been involved in a number of charitable activities, including collecting shoes for homeless children, donating books to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, and making toys and collecting supplies for animals at Pets in Need.

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ere is the question I have been safely inside. I try to venture out to asking myself lately: Do other latch the coop door just before full normally rational and mature dark each night, so I can see to round adults routinely indulge in dangerous up any who haven’t made it inside. and embarrassing activities for the sake I started this routine after the night of their animals — or is it just me? that two chickens fell on my head as It started the night I found myself I shut the coop door, which they were teetering on top of the bunny hutch roosting on. attached to our chicken coop, stretch Then, a few days ago, I found ing one arm as far myself scrambling down a steep as it would go in a embankment that I wasn’t sure I vain attempt to grab could get back up. The dog’s ball was a chicken with the stuck somewhere down there in the hand not holding Photo by Barbara Wood poison oak. the flashlight, when Barbara Wood’s dog It wasn’t a case of life or death, but I heard an ominous Wheeler seems to have I knew that Wheeler, my 90-pound cracking sound, and the ability to inspire her lap dog of a Labrador retriever, would Barbara began to think about to embarrassing and be nervous and unhappy the entire wood dangerous actions just to my obituary. mile and a half back home without “Woodside woman make him happy; but then, a ball to carry. Plus, that grocery-bag dies after crashing through roof of so do her chickens. full of lacrosse balls a friend had given chicken coop in the dark” the headline us was being depleted as Wheeler lost would say. This is not how I want to be remem- the balls in drainage ditches, under fences or down bered. embankments even a dog wouldn’t attempt. So why, instead of going inside and crawling into So I abandoned common sense and decorum and bed right then, did I persist in grabbing chickens, headed downhill — just as I had a few weeks earlier tucking them under my arm, climbing down, taking when I scaled a 6-foot-high fence to retrieve a ball them into the coop and putting them on their perch, that had gotten away from him. where they should have been to start with? (After the This time, the ball was under a root, deep in a hole hutch roof cracked, I did fetch a step ladder.) that probably was the front door for some dangerous Four times I repeated the maneuver, placing the form of wildlife. I bravely stuck my arm in halfway to silly birds safely inside, where they were safely off the the elbow to grab the ball. dinner menu of the neighborhood raccoons. “Woodside woman starves to death with arm stuck Job completed, I snuck back into the house, my in gopher hole,” that headline would have read. hand bleeding from a chicken wire scratch, grateful Barbara Wood is a freelance writer, photographer and that I had escaped the embarrassing headlines. For some reason, my eight young hens keep trying gardener from Woodside. Her column runs the third to roost on the roof of the chicken coop instead of week of the month.

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The chemotherapy they tried worked. “It worked so well, they were surprised,” Revier said. “They started in March or April and by August they could no longer see the tumor.” Revier received radiation treatments, too, and after five years of clean check-ups, his Stanford doctors told him there was no reason for him to come back. In 1983, fewer than 20 percent of lung cancer patients survived for five years after the diagnosis. One of those lucky few, Revier picked up his life again, although he was no longer the two-packa-day smoker he had been. The one thing that was still with him, however, was indigestion. “I’ve always had indigestion,” he said. Millions of other Americans have it, too. It’s a word that describes a handful of unpleasant feelings centered in the body’s core the bloating, burning and belching that can make meal times miserable. Sometimes it’s called heartburn, a label that’s erroneous,

of course, because it’s acids from the stomach that are the problem; the heart isn’t involved at all. Some digestive problems are more common in older age, but there is no gender or age category for distress around eating.

Why it happens The causes for gastric upset are many: irritable bowel syndrome, stomach infection, medications, eating too fast, eating high-fat foods, stress, alcohol and smoking. In many cases, it’s what doctors call GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease. Each part of the digestive system has its own particularities, of course; trouble starts when there’s interaction that goes in the wrong direction. With heartburn, acid from the stomach, designed to break down food, moves into the esophagus, whose tissues are seriously altered by the corrosive effects of regular acid reflux.

“The treatment for Barrett’s involved removing a part of the esophagus and pulling up the stomach to attach it to the remaining esophagus. That can be a risky procedure.” – Ann Chen, MD, Director, Stanford Hospital Barrett’s Esophogus Center

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After minimally invasive treatment for damage done by indigestion to his esophagus, James Revier is back at work in the Food Services Office at a local school district. 16 ■ The Almanac ■ November 17, 2010

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James Revier’s timing, some might say, couldn’t be better. When he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1983 and told he had six months to live, he ended up at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, where physicians offered him the chance to try some new treatments just out of research.

Most of us will experience that sensation at least once in a lifetime. When it begins to happen on a regular basis, the problem is serious. Typical treatments include medications that counteract the acids and promote the healing of damaged esophageal tissue. And more than $1 billion in over the counter medications are sold each year for acid relief. But while antacids offer pain relief, they do not reverse the potential damage to the esopha-

James Revier survived lung cancer only to discover that years of indigestion had left their mark on his esophagus. gus. Once someone has suffered from acid attacks for five years, physicians recommend an endoscopy to look for signs of change. What worries them are the changes that can happen to the esophagus after long-term exposure to acid. The rate of esophageal cancer in the lower esophagus has more than doubled in the last 25 years, making it by far one of the fastest increasing cancers in the U.S. The National Cancer Institute estimates 16,640 new cases this year. When someone has GERD, the odds increase for the development of a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, a signal of tissue changes that raise the risk that cancer will develop there. Early detection, as with all cancers, is tied to the most effective treatment. People like Revier, for whom gastric discomfort was the norm, may go for years without knowing about the changes taking place inside their esophagus. He found out only because he swallowed a piece of meat that was too big and he ended up in the emergency room. The physician who examined him noticed immediately that something was wrong. Revier was later diagnosed with Barrett’s that had produced pre-cancerous cells in his esophagus.

Better options Revier’s health history and current medical conditions raised very high the risks for invasive surgery. By the time he found Ann Chen, MD, at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, he had gone through a series of unsuccessful hot laser treatments and the pre-cancerous cells were progressing toward cancer.

Chen, MD, who leads the Hospital’s Barrett’s Esophagus Program, became Revier’s physician. For decades, “the treatment for Barrett’s involved removing a part of the esophagus and pulling up the stomach to attach it to the remaining esophagus,” she said. “That can be a risky procedure and cause long-term nausea, vomiting and complications. Nor has it been shown to prevent further Barrett’s in the remaining esophagus.”

“Endoscopes have long been neglected in terms of the biotech and device industry, but things are beginning to change.” – Pankaj Jay Pasricha, MD, Chief of Stanford Hospital’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology The biggest change since those days has come because of the endoscope a slender, flexible wand that can be sent into the esophagus with light-projecting optics and surgical tool attachments. Stanford opened a new endoscopy center in 2009, where patients can be treated for a wide range of conditions, with the endoscope’s minimally invasive approach taking the place of traditional and more invasive surgical procedures. Pankaj Jay Pasricha, Chief of the Hospital’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been working to improve endoscopic tools since he entered the field. “Endoscopes have long been neglected in terms of the biotech and device industry,” he said, “but things are beginning to change.”

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Inside Your Digestive System t Our digestive system has its own brain. Within the nearly 20 feet of tissues that line our food-processing organs are nerves that run the show. In fact, there are 500 million nerve cells and 100 million neurons that, if consolidated, would be about the size of a cat’s brain. t This enteric (meaning: within the intestines) brain has its own senses, responding to food with the appropriate actions—controlling the system’s muscles, enzymes and hormones. t Research into neurogastroenterology holds potential in important ways. Among its other functions, our digestive system represents 70 percent of our immune system’s response to unrecognized intruders.

What is Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease? t Commonly shortened to GERD, this condition happens when stomach contents come back up into the esophagus. Because the stomach contains acids whose job is to dissolve food into digestible material, the esophageal tissue can be damaged as it comes into contact with those harsh acids.

t This reverse action usually takes place because the valve between the esophagus and the stomach fails to work properly. Instead of closing after allowing food to move through to the stomach, it stays open, allowing reverse movement. t Most of us will experience digestive discomfort on occasion. If we eat too fast or too much all at once, or lay down less than three hours after eating, we are more likely to feel that burning sensation. Sometimes, medications can disrupt digestion, too. t Smoking can also affect the valve muscle’s function. Tobacco relaxes that muscle and stimulates stomach acid production. t Women secrete fewer stomach acids than men; they also have stronger valve muscles. Those two elements help reduce the damage done if acids do reach the esophagus.

When Should I See a Doctor? t If you suffer such upset on a regular basis, physicians recommend that you see your doctor. The longer stomach acids are in contact with your esophagus, the more likely it is that damage will occur.

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that support how humans process food and the pain we might feel in our intestines. The nerves are wired differently in each person, Chen said, which may explain why some people with just a bit of acid reflux experience severe pain while others with large amounts of acid reflux don’t know they have a problem until cancer is already developed. Pasricha leads research at the Enteric Neuromuscular Disorders and Pain Laboratory at Stanford, also home to the NIH-funded Digestive Disease Center.

The digestive system is far more complex than most would assume. In fact, the nearly 20 feet that run from end to end contain an independent brain not a solid organ like the one in the skull, but a system of 100 million neurons, an integral part of the tissues. This enteric (which means relating to the intestines) brain controls all the contractions and biochemical processes

– James Revier, Stanford Hospital & Clinics patient It was Pasricha who developed the endoscopic technology to deliver the first round of successful treatment for Revier. Instead of removing the Barrett’s tissue with a scalpel, Chen was able to spray the pre-cancerous cells with a very cold gas to freeze them in a technique called cryotherapy. She followed that a few weeks later with radiofrequency therapy, burning off any residual Barrett’s tissue with quick, short pulses of heat directed with an endoscope. There was no blood loss, she said, and less post-procedure pain, too. Norbert von der Groeben

ord physicians didn’t use a scalpel to repair Revier’s aged esophagus. Instead, they carefully inserted a slender called an endoscope to carry both heat and freezing gas to ve unwanted tissue. Revier was back at work within days.

“I keep thinking about what would have happened if it hadn’t been for that piece of meat getting stuck.”

“It really improves the care we can offer patients,” Pasricha said. “We are

able to do many more things than just surgery.” Revier did not need to be fully anesthetized for the cryoblation, which he was very happy about. “They did it and it went well,” he said. “Everything went fine,” Revier said, “and things are looking very good.” Chen said checkup endoscopies of Revier’s esophagus showed healthy new tissue regrowth and no sign of the Barrett’s.

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New tools, like a flexible suturing device, have made endoscopicallyperformed surgical procedures more durable.

The rate of esophageal cancer has risen dramatically in the last few years, sending physicians looking for new ways to detect changes in the esophagus and to remove damaged tissue with more precise and minimally invasive procedures. Revier’s care at Stanford made his recovery a quick one.

Next steps The next step will be to refine who is at risk and who to treat, Chen said. Stanford is involved in research to follow patients and develop new techniques to diagnose patients earlier and to build preventive care strategies. “We think tobacco and alcohol are factors, and genetics likely plays a significant role,” she said. “There are people who have acid reflux for years but never develop Barrett’s or pre-cancerous changes. Then there are those who have only mild acid reflux and develop esopha-

geal cancer at a young age. We just have not yet found the answer to why. We just can’t predict it yet.” Revier still needs to watch what he eats. “I’ll probably always take my medications, just to make sure I don’t have anything going back up to irritate that area,” he said. “I keep thinking about what would have happened if it hadn’t been for that piece of meat getting stuck.” Having a place like Stanford, he said, “is one very good thing about living where we do if something comes up.”

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. Consistently ranked among the top institutions in the U.S. News & World Report annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. It is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. For more information, visit stanfordmedicine.org.

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ner are filled with unusual dishes such as shiitake mushroom gravy, cranberry orange chutney and mashed potatoes with chilies and jack cheese. Robertsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recipes come from a variety of sources, including family specialties and culinary magazines. Her personal favorite is potatoes gratin with porcini mushrooms and mascarpone cheese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It incorporates one of the traditional elements of Thanksgiving â&#x20AC;&#x201D; potatoes, but with an Italian twist. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so far off tradition, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate, but it also appeals to the people who have more

eccentric palates.â&#x20AC;? Scott Nishiyama, executive chef at Chez TJ in Mountain View, likes to stick with the basics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a traditional time when we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to stray from the comfort food that everyone enjoys,â&#x20AC;? he said. His favorite dish is gravy, which he always makes from scratch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key to a good gravy is making a nice aromatic broth from poultry bones and giblets, using lots of fresh vegetables,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to simmer it a long time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those things you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush.â&#x20AC;? He then makes a roux with butter and flour, cooks it until it is nice and brown and then slowly adds the stock, stirring so it is smooth. Another fan of traditional sides is Sarah Kottmeier, event coordinator at Catering by the Other Woman in

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Menlo Park. “I could pass on the turkey, but I love mashed potatoes with gravy,” she said. “And they have to have lots of butter and cream.” It’s not surprising that Antonio Flores Lopez, executive chef at Cascal in Mountain View, likes to add a little Latin flavor to his Thanksgiving dinner. He usually hosts a large family gettogether, roasting two or three turkeys braised in a sangria mixture of red wine, sugar and juice, stuffed with zucchini, breadcrumbs and chorizo. He serves the turkey with a mole verde sauce made with pumpkin seeds, jalapeños, cilantro, green onions and peppers. His family’s favorite dish is the same every year: dessert. They always serve Lopez’s signature pumpkin cheesecake that also appears on the menu at Cascal every year at this time. A lucky accident led Charlie Ayers, chef at Calafia Café in Palo Alto, to create his favorite Thanksgiving side dish. “Years ago when I was at Google, we ran out of a side dish for that day’s service, so I threw together some random ingredients,” he said. His butternut chilijack recipe was a huge hit and is included in his cookbook, “Food 2.0.” “It’s a wonderful, balanced, savory dish that combines butternut squash, corn, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cilantro baked in a casserole. The end result is yummy, creamy, fullmouthed happiness.” Ayers also has a favorite holiday recipe for vegans. “I make a Swiss chard dish with almond butter, mustard seeds, turmeric, chili flakes, onions and a touch of lime pureed and folded into the chard. The taste fools your brain into thinking you’re having dairy products.” The favorite of Craig Kozy, owner of DeMartini Orchard in Los Altos, is reflective of the season’s bounty of fresh produce. “My favorite side dish is green

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much. They want good quality for their money.” Believeau suggests combining items to create custom gifts, like giving a homemade cake on a hand-painted cake plate or a vino carafe with a bottle of wine. Maria’s also sells a wide variety of gifts, including illustrated cookbooks, such as”500 Italian Recipes” for $19.99, or a set of six dessert plates decorated with Parisian landmarks for $180.

Also at Stanford, and in Redwood City, Sigona’s Farmers Market offers specialty foods ranging from freshpressed olive oil to locally produced cheeses such as the Moo-Na Lisa, from Central Coast Creamery. Many of these gifts can be thoughtfully paired by the market’s staff and custom packed into gift baskets, said Carmelo Sigona, president of Sigona’s. Want just the right sauce to go with whole wheat pasta? How about a tasty cheese to complement locally grown apples? The cost is $15 to customize a basket, plus the cost of the basket and the products. Also of note, Sigona said, are the market’s olive oils. They’re so popular, customers buy $6,000 worth of olive oil each week. “They’re flying off the shelves,” Sigona said. The reason is that the olives are pressed within three to six hours of being picked, and the oil is bottled at the stores so it doesn’t start to degrade sitting too long in the bottle, he said. With varieties of olive oil from across the globe, Sigona’s oils boast all sorts of tones, from fruity to buttery. Bottles of 750 ml cost $14.99. For gifts with a Mediterranean flair, Mountain View’s Casablanca Market offers gourmet foods from Morocco and Spain, Moroccan glassware and ceramics and cooking classes. Distinctive selections include their ceramic tagine pots ($25-$89), used for traditional Moroc-

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Celeste Mariana Schmitt Henzel of Portola Valley, a top ranked real estate agent on the Peninsula, died Nov. 6 of cancer at age 60. Born in Chicago, Ms. Henzel received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1986, she graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Henzel began her career in real estate in Laguna Beach, California. After five years there, she moved to Portola Valley in 1977 and joined Cornish & Carey.

When the Portola Valley office was acquired by Coldwell Banker, she then worked as a real estate agent and broker for that company. She also served in various leadership positions with the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, including as Menlo Park district chair. Ms. Henzel is survived by her husband and running partner of 23 years, Robert Grey Henzel of Portola Valley; her brother, Russell F. Schmitt of Anaheim, California; and several nieces and nephews. A service was held Nov. 12 at Memory Garden Memorial Park in Brea, California. In lieu of flowers, her family prefers donations to Rhema Bible Training Center, P.O. Box 50126, Tulsa Oklahoma 74150-1026.

Alumni basketball at Woodside High The public is invited to Woodside High School’s annual alumni basketball game Wednesday night, Nov. 24, in the new gym at Woodside High School. Former Utah Jazz center Rich Kelly will face his son, senior Sam Kelly. The alumni women take the court against the varsity girls at 6 p.m.

Vikings wrap up Pop Warner season The Junior Midgets team (12/13 year-olds) made it to the second round of the playoffs, playing the Cambrian Valley Longhorns at Gilroy High on Nov. 6 in a hard-fought and exciting game. In the first half, the Vikings scored, but missed the extra point. Then the Longhorns scored and made the extra point. At halftime the score was 8-6.

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The Kelly men will go head-to-head at 8 p.m. as the alumni attempt to maintain their undefeated record against the varsity boys. All proceeds will benefit the basketball program. There will be food, a drawing for prizes, and entertainment by the cheerleaders, dance team and marching band. In the second half, Vikings scored and took the lead 14-8. Then the Longhorns crossed the goal-line with less than two minutes to go, edging the Vikings, 16-14. The Vikings finished the season 8-2. Running back David Teu had an unbelievable season, scoring 21 touchdowns. Submitted by Adam Greenlow of Menlo Park, a player on the Junior Midgets team and an eighth-grader at St. Raymond School.

RESOLUTION NO. 1745 (2010) RESOLUTION OF INTENTION TO ANNEX CERTAIN TERRITORY TO THE WEST BAY SANITARY DISTRICT ON-SITE WASTEWATER DISPOSAL ZONE Lands of Golden Oak Partners The District Board of West Bay Sanitary District finds and determines as follows: A. This Resolution of Intention is adopted pursuant to the District’s “Zone Master Annexation Resolution” (“ZOMAR”), which was adopted by the District Board August 12, 1996. The provisions of ZOMAR are incorporated by reference into this Resolution of Intention. B. The District has received an application to annex a parcel of real property (the “Parcel”) to the District’s On-Site Wastewater Disposal Zone (the “Zone”). The Parcel is described in Exhibit “A” attached to this Resolution of Intention and the description contained in the Exhibits are incorporated by reference. The name and address of the applicants and the number, type, volume and location of on-site wastewater disposal systems which are proposed to operate on the parcels to be annexed are described in Exhibit “B” attached to this Resolution of Intention and the information contained in the Exhibit are incorporated by reference. C. X

The applicants have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the District Board that the Parcel constitutes “real property” for the purposes of Section 2(b) of ZOMAR in that: All of the conditions described in Subsections i., ii., iii., iv. and v. of ZOMAR Section 2(b) are satisfied; or Other conditions exist which demonstrate that the Parcel will benefit directly or indirectly from the activities of the Zone. If applicable, those conditions are also set forth in Exhibit “B” and are incorporated by reference.

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All of the conditions and requirements of ZOMAR Sections 2(a), 2(c), 2(d) and 2(e) have been fully satisfied.

In consideration of the foregoing findings and determinations, IT IS RESOLVED by the District Board as follows: 1.

It is the intention of the District Board to annex the Parcel to the Zone pursuant to the provisions of ZOMAR and applicable provisions of law.

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This Resolution of Intention shall be published and copies shall be delivered to the persons and entities as specified in ZOMAR Section 2(e)(i.).

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A true copy of this Resolution of Intention shall promptly be filed for record in the office of the County Recorder of the County of San Mateo.

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The Interim District Manager shall cause the matters set forth in Sections 3 and 4 of this Resolution of Intention to be completed as directed.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Menlo Park, California, will hold a Public Hearing to consider amending the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master Fee Schedule concerning proposed changes in fees for the Community Development Department. The primary fees under consideration are as follows: UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x153;Ă&#x160; viiĂ&#x160; vÂ&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x160; iĂ?ÂŤi`Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;i`Ă&#x160; ÂŤÂ?>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160; VÂ&#x2026;iVÂ&#x17D;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160; LĂ&#x2022;Â&#x2C6;Â?`Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x160; ÂŤiĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160; vÂ&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x160; commercial and industrial tenant improvements to provide an enhanced service. UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x160;/Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x160; Ă&#x20AC;iiĂ&#x192;Ă&#x152;>LÂ?Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x201C;iÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160; Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x160; LĂ&#x2022;Â&#x2C6;Â?`Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x160; ÂŤiĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160; Ă&#x20AC;iÂ&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x152;>Ă&#x152;iÂ&#x201C;iÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160; viiĂ&#x160; vÂ&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x160; iĂ?ÂŤÂ&#x2C6;Ă&#x20AC;i`Ă&#x160; ÂŤiĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160; Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;>Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160; Ă&#x153;>Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;>`Ă&#x203A;iĂ&#x20AC;Ă&#x152;iÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x152;i`Ă&#x160; `Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x20AC;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x160; >Ă&#x160; ÂŤĂ&#x20AC;iĂ&#x203A;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x153;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160; round of updates to the Master Fee Schedule. The amounts of the proposed fees are based on information which will be available to the public at least 10 days in advance of this Public Hearing at the Finance Department. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Menlo Park will hold this Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., or as near as possible thereafter, in the City Council Chambers of the City of Menlo Park, Civic Center - 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, California, at which time and place interested persons may appear and be heard thereon. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that â&#x20AC;&#x153;if you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Menlo Park at, or prior to, the Public Hearingâ&#x20AC;?.

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the film is a collection of stories about Native Americans and their efforts to combat injustice. Ms. Fadiman, producer and director of the film, runs a nonprofit video production company called Concentric Media. American Indian MovementWest is sponsoring the first showing of the film at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Bahai Center, 170 Valencia St. in San Francisco. The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center is hosting a showing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the Fireside Room at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road in Palo Alto. Go to tinyurl.com/reclaimingsynopsis for more information about the film.

Amy Sedaris gives talk Amy Sedaris, comedienne, playwright, actress, and now author of the new book, ĂŹSimple Times: Crafts for Poor People,ĂŽ is speaking at a benefit for Breast Cancer Connections at Gunn High School at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. The talk will take place in Spangenberg Theatre at Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto. Go to keplers.com for tickets at $38 for one person and one copy of her latest book, and $45 for two tickets and two books. www.TheAlmanacOnline.com your online source for local news about MENLO PARK, ATHERTON, PORTOLA VALLEY, WOODSIDE

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Filoli estate celebrates holidays By Samantha Bergeson Special to the Almanac

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iloli, the historic estate in Woodside, holds its nine-day Holiday Traditions fundraising celebration from Nov. 26 through Dec. 4. This year’s theme is “Visions of Sugarplums Dancing,” with decorations and merchandise inspired by classic tales of past holidays. Holiday Traditions is centered on the first floor of the 36,000square-foot mansion, with each room transformed to showcase the merchandise on sale for the Holiday Boutique. The Filoli house courtyard will be turned into a 19th century winter park with gas lamps, park benches, and ice skaters, said Filoli spokeswoman Christina Syrett. Highlights of the nine-day event include a dinner party with live music on Saturday, Nov. 27, and a Filoli Children’s Party on Saturday, Dec. 4. Buffets lunches and bistro dinners are held at select times throughout the event. Proceeds support the preservation of Filoli, a 654-acre property that is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Go to filoli.org or call 364-8300, ext. 508, for more information or to purchase tickets. Space is limited. Tickets are non-fundable and non-exchangeable.

“Visions of Sugarplums Dancing” is the theme of this year’s Holiday Traditions, Filoli’s largest fundraiser of each year. Photo by Margaret Mitchell

Filoli’s mansion is transformed during the nine-day Holiday Traditions event. Photo by Ned Gault

More than 700 volunteers help create Holiday Traditions, Filoli’s largest fundraiser of the year.

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OF THE PENINSULA The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula offers places where young people from six to 18 are welcome every day after school and all day in summer. At each of the Club’s three clubhouses and five school-campus sites, trained and caring staff and a cadre of volunteers work through a broad range of programs helping kids develop attitudes and life skills they need for good educations and productive lives. Now in its 50th year, the Club focuses on academics, science and technology, social education and life skills, athletics and fitness, and the arts. The club also offers programs designed specifically to engage and support teens from 13 to 18. These include COLLEGE BOUND, which provides mentoring and guidance to help teens graduate from high school with a plan for their futures. Many of the Club’s programs are offered in partnership with local schools and community organizatioins. The Club’s annual budget, this year nearly $5 million, depends on support of individuals, foundations, corporations and public partners.

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t Club offers safety and support for children at eight sites in the community. t Too few places for children t Provides after-school academic programs, focuses to learn and play. t 80% of students score below on literacy, and aligns with programs at schools. grade level in reading and math. t Runs prep operations like COLLEGE BOUND, designed for teens. t Nearly 70% of kids don’t t Volunteers and staff mentors offer positive adult graduate from high school. t Average per capita income is role models for youth at all ages. $19,000 (in a normal economy). t Provides “Whole Child” nurturing, that blends technology, science, social and leadership skills, t Many families are working graphic and performing arts, as well as fun, healthy multiple jobs. t Too few affordable childcare games and sports. t Encourages full Club membership at affordable options. fees so young visitors can participate in all t Many families don’t speak programs to benefit from added continuity and English or have limited progress measurement. education and cannot help children with homework. 3,000 kids participate in the Club’s programs t Gangs are prevalent. annually. 1,000 attend daily. HOW CAN YOU HELP? Volunteer -- The Club has both ongoing and done-in-day opportunities. Become a Mentor -- Inspire a young person ro realize his or her potential. Donate -- Support us in maintaining the youth development so families depend on.

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Celeste is survived by her husband, Robert Grey Henzel of Portola Valley, California, her brother, Russell F. Schmitt of Anaheim, California, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell G. and Rose Schmitt. In lieu of flowers, Celesteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family requests donations be made to Rhema Bible Training Center, P.O. Box 50126, Tulsa Oklahoma 74150-1026. A service for Celeste will be held at: Memory Garden Memorial Park, 455 West Central Avenue, Brea, Ca. 92821 Friday, November 12th, 1 PM. 714-529-3961. Meal will follow for family and friends. For more information refer to Spangler Mortuaries, 399 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, Ca. 94022. 650-9486619. PA I D

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She hopes her students leave her classroom every day with a sense of accomplishment, a desire to improve, and to develop a deep and lifelong love of making music. When Tina isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t teaching, she loves to sing, read, play piano, hike, and run. She also attends as many concerts and theater events as she can and loves to go dancing. Tinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate goal as an educator is to let her students experience, create, and participate in as many â&#x20AC;&#x153;musical momentsâ&#x20AC;? as possible. She wants her students to learn that when many voices come together as one, it creates beauty that is transcendent.

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UC Berkeley. They married in 1946. They lived on the Peninsula, first in Atherton, then in Menlo Park where they raised 2 sons. They were married for 64 glorious years, and traveled the world. Dick worked for Chanel, then Guerlain as Vice President of Sales on the West Coast. Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara. Adored father of Gary, of San Carlos, and Dean of Carefree, Arizona, their spouses, as well as a brother, John, of San Carlos. Preceded in death by his brother, George. Dick will be remembered for his infectious laugh, his warm personality and his love of family. Private family services are planned. Donations in his memory may be made to The Salvation Army. PA I D

TINA GRADUATED SUMMA CUM LAUDE FROM WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELORS OF MUSIC IN VOICE PERFORMANCE, THEN WENT ON TO EARN AN M.A. ALSO IN VOICE PERFORMANCE FROM SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY.

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The difficult decision on BevMo

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here are no doubt plenty of local residents and merchants who are disappointed that on a 3-2 vote the City Council approved a new Beverages and More (BevMo) store on El Camino Real last week. But clearly the three council members who voted in favor, Rich Cline, Andy Cohen and John Boyle, felt they had no basis for making the findings that having an additional liquor store was NOT a convenience to Menlo Park residents. The requirement is a vague and unhelpful legal standard, and it worked against those who wanted to put a lid on opening an additional liquor store in town. Now it will be up to Menlo Park shoppers to vote with their feet Ed itori al and support locally owned liquor The opinion of The Almanac establishments like Beltramo’s, the company that helped gain wide public support for their contention that BevMo would be an unfair competitor. For its part, BevMo says its 9,000-square-foot store at the old Chili’s location will provide jobs and only make life easier for the many Menlo Park customers who now shop at BevMo’s Redwood City store. The company also agreed to a request by council member Heyward Robinson, who along with Kelly Fergusson voted against BevMo, to lock up its display of miniature “airplane” liquor bottles to keep them away from potential underage shoplifters. And the city will reconsider BevMo’s use permit in two years, rather than the traditional three, a stipulation the company readily agreed to. There were good arguments against adding another liquor outlet to the 17 already doing business in Menlo Park, although whether one modest-sized BevMo will cause any of them to suffer greatly is far from certain. Costco and other nearby chain and big-box stores sell virtually the same merchandise as BevMo, and sometimes at even lower prices. Despite the proximity of such competitors, including the Redwood City BevMo, Menlo Park stores like Beltramo’s, Draeger’s and others have survived by providing superior quality, selection and extraordinary service.

Some customers might trickle away to BevMo, but only if local businesses are complacent. Long-established merchants have a great selling advantage in Menlo Park, with its discriminating shoppers who often look for quality first, not price. Local stores have a compelling story to tell and should tell it again and again to their customers via the myriad information channels available today. Look back at the rebirth of Kepler’s Books and Magazines in 2005 when Clark Kepler was ready to throw in the towel, and actually did for a few days. But the community refused to let it happen and now Kepler’s is working hard to stave off competition from behemoths like Amazon and other major online retailers that often have an unfair advantage over local booksellers. Now Mr. Kepler is president of Hometown Peninsula, a group of businesses, including The Almanac, which is promoting a Shop Local campaign that points out why dollars spent in our community stay here, while those spent at big-box chains go back to the home office. When money circulates here, local jobs are created because merchants live and do business here. In small towns like Menlo Park, shoppers can get to know local store owners, who are eager to serve them and are uniquely able to provide the kind of personal service that is not available at a chain store. Menlo Park merchants can also avail themselves of a new ShopMenloPark.com website and directory that allows them to conduct all kinds of business online at virtually no cost. Similar sites are up and running in Palo Alto and Mountain View. All the sites are supported by Hometown Peninsula, the Chambers of Commerce, the three cities and Embarcadero Media, the Almanac’s Palo Alto-based parent company. Using these and other channels, local merchants and BevMo can engage in healthy competition that will only be good for consumers. There was strong sentiment that another liquor store was the last thing Menlo Park needed. But the law imposes a great restraint (and legal risk) on city governments in these circumstances. The council majority cannot be faulted for being concerned about that risk, nor should BevMo be faulted for wanting to have a store in Menlo Park.

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Measure T tab: $80 per vote Editor: The recent election campaigns offer interesting food for thought about how much spending is necessary to win. If the report that Dave Bohannon spent $475,000 to support Measure T is accurate, his winning total of about 6,000 votes cost him almost $80 a vote. In contrast, the $141.6 million Meg Whitman spent amounted to only about $35 for each vote in her favor. Imagine what the outcome of the gubernatorial race might have been if Whitman had been willing to spend as much per vote as Bohannon. On the other hand, if Bohannon had limited his investment to the Whitman level, it would have yielded on a straight line extrapolation only about 2,700 votes and not have been enough to buy Measure T. James R. Madison Holly Avenue, Menlo Park

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This 1910 photo shows the just-completed, two-room Woodside School at 3195 Woodside Road. The school served the community into the 1960s, when it was taken down to make way for a new administration building and library.

Something is terribly wrong Editor: The release of comparative math scores from students around the world is shocking. The U.S. ranks 31st in the world rankings and the picture is even worse in California. I guess we should get ready for

more education bond measures with the implied message of “just a little more money and we will get it right.” Wrong! The problem is in the home and in the schools. Maybe we should give grades for cell phones and electronic games. We as a community need to figure out that

being able to add, subtract, multiply and divide without the aid of a calculator, and basic language skills are building blocks to successful lives. The educational system is obviously broken and we need to quit pouring more money into it. I see that recently we have deemed See letters, next page

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that the schools had to have huge theatrical arts facilities costing millions of dollars, at the same time that kids could not serve as cashiers without electronic cash registers to tell them how much change to give a customer for his or her ticket. Something is wrong with that, terribly wrong. Pat White Fremont Street, Menlo Park

Striping may not improve bike safety at I-280 Editor: Will a bike lane or restriping improve safety on Alpine Road? I doubt it. In the past few years, I’ve seen modifications to the interchanges at Page Mill Road and Interstate 280, and Woodside Road and 280, but really see little if any change in the hazards presented to cyclists at those locations. Some restriping was done on Woodside Road after the 2005 death of Menlo Park teacher Michelle Mazzei, but westbound bicyclists still must negotiate through traffic, which is turning right onto 280 north, often with a blinding sun in their eyes. On Page Mill Road, westbound bicyclists must cross two lanes of high-speed traffic in order to access the bike lane, which runs between car lanes going under Interstate 280. This can be unnerving and very dangerous. I bicycled past the accident that took the life of Lauren Ward on Nov. 4. The truck that killed her was still there and was positioned straight in its lane. It was exactly where you’d expect it to be in approaching the southbound ramp to Interstate 280.

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n Nov. 9, I voted against approving BevMo’s request to open a liquor store in Menlo Park. I believe that another liquor store, even if it might provide added convenience for some, is not desirable and will result in an overall detriment to the city. I regret that I was not more articulate or persuasive in convincing a majority of the Guest City Council of this view. Opinion The BevMo permit was approved by the Planning Commission (and then appealed to the City Council) because BevMo wants to open a liquor store. City code wisely requires that liquor stores, gun shops, and massage parlors receive explicit approval to operate here. Any other type of retailer would not have been subject to review. The density of liquor stores in downtown Menlo Park also exceeds state regulations. Opening an additional liquor store in this area I don’t know exactly where Lauren Ward was when she was struck, but safety dictates that she should have been well to the left of the truck. No amount of striping or addition of bike lanes is going to change the dangers presented in crossing over lanes at busy interchanges. As cyclists, it is our responsibility to negotiate these traffic situations in a manner that put us at least risk. This means paying extra attention to where auto traffic is and adjusting to it accordingly. There are times to take charge and take your right-of-way when you are sure you are being seen by drivers, and there are times to slow down and wait for traffic to clear around you before you proceed. Don Fabiano Watkins Avenue, Atherton

requires an affirmative determination by the local governing body (the Planning Commission or City Council) that another store is desirable The process for approving the permit is to first decide if the proposed use would be desirable or have any potential detriments, and then to make a finding that a new liquor store is either “necessary” or provides greater “convenience.” Unfortunately, the council spent little time debating this question and I believe came to an incorrect determination. For some of my colleagues, the choice was viewed as approving BevMo or leaving the space vacant. I believe there were other options. The landlord at the location of the proposed store (700 El Camino Real) charges some of the highest rents in downtown Menlo Park. Other retailers (non-liquor stores) have expressed interest in locating there but chose other locations, at least in part because of the rent. If the landlord was truly desperate to fill the vacancy, he could lower the rent. He has not

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t’s been approximately two years since the battle against high-speed rail began. Opponents have worked diligently to expose the rail authority’s suspicious ridership Guest numbers and financial plans. Legal battles have been waged, Opinion some partially won, others dismissed or lost. Decision-makers in Washington, D.C., heard the rumble of discontent and sent the project to the Central Valley, and with it the jobs and the federal funding. In the waste pile left behind is Caltrain, our dependable link between San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy. Every weekday, 40,000 commuters rely on this system. That’s 40,000 fewer people in cars on our roads. On Nov. 3, Caltrain once again was there to carry an extra 30,000 baseball fans to and from San Francisco to celebrate the Giants winning the World Series. Without the improvements provided by high-speed rail, we are left with the problems that have plagued the neighbors along the

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Heyward Robinson is a member of the Menlo Park City Council.

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‘Friends’ seek to avert Caltrain demise

Posted by Morris Brown, a resident of the Menlo Park, Park Forest neighborhood. The Friends of CalTrain should not be supported, nor should a ballot measure to support CalTrain be supported, so long as CalTrain continues to support running the high-speed rail line along their corridor. Making it very simple, if you support CalTrain with their present alliance with the high-speed rail authority, you are supporting the high-speed rail project. Now that high-speed rail will not come

Rail foes: Don’t forget about Caltrain

By Steve Schmidt

done so, even though the property has been vacant for more than a year. The only tenant willing to pay the high rent is BevMo, whose presence will do little to enhance our quality of life. By approving this permit, we become complicit in the landlord’s high-rent strategy, extending the life of a building that should be demolished, and putting upward pressure on other downtown rents. There is much talk about the uniqueness of Menlo Park. In bringing in BevMo, we diminish that uniqueness, becoming more like other communities so desperate for revenue that they leap at the first opportunity instead of thinking long-term. BevMo will likely want to remain at this location in perpetuity. Over the years, as the El Camino corridor transforms, BevMo, and the 700 El Camino building, will become more and more out of place. We can only hope that when BevMo’s permit comes up for renewal in 10 years, a future City Council will say no, allowing the space to be filled with a retailer Menlo Park’s residents truly desire, not just one willing to fill a high-rent space.

tracks: loud diesel engines, blaring horns, and air pollution as well as the tragic deaths from grade-crossing accidents and suicides. While the Civil War was still being fought in 1865, the mainline between San Francisco and the Peninsula was completed on what is now Caltrain’s right-of-way. Towns cropped up around the rail stations and invited the founding of Stanford University in 1885. After 145 years of operation, we might now be witnessing and sadly even participating in the demise of Caltrain. A group of Peninsula leaders have formed an organization, Friends of Caltrain, to address the need for a dedicated source of funding specifically for Caltrain operations. An anticipated annual operating deficit of up to $30 million is due to declining sales tax revenues, increasing operating expenses, and competing primary obligations of the agencies that provide the funding for Caltrain: San Francisco Muni, Samtrans and VTA. The vocal opponents to high-speed rail are now demanding that the Friends of Caltrain denounce, renounce and repudiate high-speed

to the Bay Area anytime soon, if ever, CalTrain should wise up, dissolve their agreement with the rail authority, and get going on a new business model. Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident of another community. Morris Brown’s opinion that Caltrain should not be supported is one of the most self serving, shortsighted comments I’ve ever seen. Don’t support a service that serves millions of people each year, keeps hundreds of thousands of cars off

rail and any agreements that have been made between Caltrain and HSR. I am asking the anti-high-speed rail insurgents to stop their attacks and join us in saving Caltrain. I refuse to believe that these opponents have all along wanted Caltrain to curtail service or even stop running. A reliable source of Caltrain operating money as advocated by Friends of Caltrain is needed regardless of the fate of high-speed rail or its relationship with Caltrain. It is time for San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara County residents to stand up for the system that connects the region and enables us to live, work and enjoy life in this remarkable sprawl-free environment. Let’s keep Caltrain rolling! Friends of Caltrain is planning a Summit on Jan. 29, 2011. Prominent elected officials, transit experts, and community advocates will be exploring all ideas for sustaining and improving Caltrain’s service to the Peninsula and Silicon Valley. Stay tuned for details, time and place. A

Steve Schmidt is a former mayor of Menlo Park who served on the Joint Powers Board, the organization that manages Caltrain.

near the railroad track! I don’t care how you feel about high-speed rail, we (all of us on the Peninsula and south) must support Caltrain.

Who should be the next Menlo Park mayor? Posted by who knows?, a resident of the Menlo Park: Fair Oaks neighborhood. The next big City Council decision will be who will be the next mayor of Menlo Park. With two new council persons to be seated, under usual policy, neither should serve as mayor until they have had at least a year of experience. Current Mayor Rich Cline would also be eliminated as policy says a new mayor should not be the previous mayor. So that leaves members Andy Cohen and Kelly Fergusson. Ms. Fergusson is out actively looking to be elected. To me, she is out of touch with the community. Not only did she oppose Measure L, the pension reform, she wrote the arguments against it (by herself), and continues to push for union perks and salary increases. I don’t think the voters of Menlo Park need her to be mayor again. Previous councils have gone against mayoral succession policy, which is not city code, but just an informal set of previous rules. Remember the Lee DuBoc, Mickie Winkler and Nicholas Jellins era, when in eight years Mr. Jellins managed to be mayor three times (very unfortunately). With newly elected members Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki perhaps becoming a voting block, maybe they will want to violate policy and be appointed mayor immediately. You only need three votes. We shall see.

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