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Schools take safety precautions By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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ocal schools reacted quickly to reassure parents they are taking precautions to prevent the tragedy that happened at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14. The shootings, said Portola Valley School District Superintendent Carol Piraino in a message to parents, remind us “of the critical importance of being prepared for the unthinkable. Part of our ongoing disaster preparedness includes reviewing classroom lock down procedures and conducting practice drills with our students.” Beth Polito, superintendent of the Woodside Elementary School District, sent a similar message “to alert the commu-

nity to the steps we are taking to make sure our students and staff are safe.” In addition to a Monday staff meeting to review “dangerous intruder protocol,” Dr. Politio said the school already has rules in place for students to travel outside the classroom in pairs and all K-2 students be escorted to and from classes. She asked parents to “sign in at the office if you need to be on campus for any reason. If you notice anyone suspicious on or near the campus, alert school staff immediately. ... Discuss stranger danger with your child. Remind them to be cautious of adults they do not know and to enlist the support of a trusted adult whenever they feel unsure about a situation or person.”

In the Menlo Park City School District, Superintendent Maurice Ghysel told parents “we have ongoing training and drills regarding the safety of our students, and this incident will further heighten our attention and measures of prevention.” “We will continue to work very closely with our police to maintain, update and practice lock down procedures when dealing with a possible armed intruder. Our police will continue to have a strong presence in and around our local schools and understand the concerns,” Dr. Ghysel wrote. “What happened in Connecticut greatly saddens all of us, and we remain vigilant in protecting our students, staff, and community,” he concluded.

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ow does one talk with a child about an event as horrific as Friday’s Connecticut school shooting? The most important thing is to talk to your child, says Janet Childs, the director of critical incident stress management for the Centre for Living with Dying program of the Bill Wilson Center in San Jose and Santa Clara. Children, even very young ones, will have heard about what happened. “Make time to sit down and address it,” she says. “To think that we can protect them from it is, I believe, unrealistic.” “They do understand that a tragedy has happened and that adults are upset,” she says. Other experts warn, however, to not push a child to talk if they do not want to do so. Children, Ms. Childs says, often worry that something that happened elsewhere could happen to them, so we need to let them know it will not happen

often, or everywhere. With small children, she says, keep the conversation simple and short. “It is beyond our comprehension. It’s OK to tell the kids that,” she says. Next, she says, allow children to take some sort of action

Janet Childs says she hopes students can discuss the events at school. responding to what has happened, if they feel the need. “We can send our concern, our love and our energy,” she says, perhaps in the form of a letter or a poster with their wishes and thoughts. Ms. Childs says she hopes students can discuss the events at school. “It is very important for them to be able to talk about it,” she says, and often children won’t talk with parents. Among resources available to parents who want to know more about recovering from a

traumatic event are sites shared by Cynthia Shaw, regional communications director for the American Red Cross: Visit tinyurl.com/Tips-121 to see “Tips for Talking to Children After a Traumatic Event,” a publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Among the tips: N Provide children with opportunities to talk about what they are seeing on television and to ask questions. Do not be afraid to admit that you cannot answer all of their questions. N Answer questions at a level the child can understand. N Provide ongoing opportunities for children to talk. They probably will have more questions as time goes on. N Use this as an opportunity to establish a family emergency plan. Feeling that there is something you can do may be comforting to both children and adults. A

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TOWN OF WOODSIDE INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING COMMISSION Districts 1 Unexpired term to February 2016 The Planning Commission participates in the administration of the planning laws and policies of the Town. It is responsible for recommending to the Town Council ordinances and resolutions necessary to implement the General Plan and adopted development policy. The Commission also conducts necessary public hearings to administer the planning laws and policies of the Town and acts upon applications for zoning amendments, conditional use permits, variances, subdivisions and other related functions as may be assigned by the Council. The Planning Commission meets on the first and third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Commissioners are appointed for a four-year term; one member is appointed from each Council district. A listing of district addresses is provided on the Town’s web site at www.woodsidetown.org, Town Hall, Boards and Committees, Planning Commission, Districts. Interested residents may request information and applications Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-12 noon and 1-5:00 PM at Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, at the Town’s web site, www.woodsidetown.org, Residents, Volunteer Opportunities, or telephone the Town Clerk at (650) 851-6790. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 5:00 PM. December 19, 2012NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN3

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An architect’s drawing shows a conceptual plan for the Las Lomitas School (K-3) campus that would include new (shown in yellow) two-story buildings and an additional multi-use room while retaining many existing buildings (shown in white).

Las Lomitas examines two-story option By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac

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lexible-use two-story classrooms clustered around outdoor spaces could be used to reduce the squeeze put on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District by a 40 percent growth in the number of students during the last decade, if a plan previewed for the district’s board on Dec. 12 is adopted. The two-school district, for children in kindergarten through eighth-grade, needs to approve a facilities master plan as the first step in asking voters to consider a bond measure to finance construction. “This is the beginning of

a very, very long process,” Superintendent Lisa Cesario told the board. The conceptual plans presented to the board show that some current classrooms and other buildings would remain, while new two-story classrooms and multi-use rooms would be built on both campuses and all portable classrooms would be removed. Consultants on the plan include Blach Construction, Architects of Achievement and WRNS Studio Architects. In earlier meetings with the community and with teachers at Las Lomitas (K-3) and La Entrada (4-8) schools, all three groups chose more classroom

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space, innovations for 21st century learning, and green space as their top three priorities in the facilities plan. The input resulted in conceptual plans, which, in addition to making permanent classrooms for all those new students, respond to changes that have taken place in education and include flexibility to meet future needs. Victoria Bergsagel from Architects of Achievement said planners looked at research about how children learn, how teachers are energized, and how to plan for ever-changing technology,

as well as what is a “joyful and durable space.” More practical considerations include plenty of parking and sensitivity to neighbors. Proposals that could be considered when the buildings are actually designed could include, according to Pauline Souza of WRNS Studio Architects, flexible workspaces with walls that move and can be written on; furniture that moves; walls that open to let spaces be either outdoor or indoor and other “places that support learning and curiosity.” Once a facilities plan is approved, the board would next vote to issue a bond and decide whether to go for a

November 2013 or June 2014 vote. Only once a bond measure is approved would the actual plans for the schools be designed, and construction could probably not start, at the earliest, until the summer of 2015, Superintendent Cesario said. She said that construction would probably have to be done in phases because fulfilling all of the district’s desires would exceed the amount of a bond measure that the district could legally submit to voters. A study session on the facilities master plan is scheduled for Jan. 9, and will include discussion of phasing of construction and priorities, she said. A

Police: Motorist who struck pedestrians had suspended license Driver said he was unaware that license was suspended. N

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he 89-year-old driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured two pedestrians in an El Camino Real crosswalk in Atherton on Sept. 30 was driving with a license that had been suspended two months earlier after he was diagnosed with a disability, according to the Atherton Police Department report on the incident.

Willie Haynes of Palo Alto was returning home from church in Redwood City at around noon that Sunday when the Chevy Blazer he was driving struck Namita Nalin Dalal, 47, of Atherton, and her sister, Rupal Ria Dalal, 45, of Mountain View, in the crosswalk where the six-lane El Camino intersects with Isabella Avenue. There is no signal at the intersection. The police report shows that Mr. Haynes was traveling at 48

mph up to two seconds before the collision, slowing to 37 mph a second before striking the women. The speed limit is 35 mph. The women were rushed to the hospital with major injuries, but survived. Mr. Haynes and his wife, who also spoke with police, said Mr. Haynes was unaware that his license had been suspended. They said the Department of Motor Vehicles had sent a letter to him after his medical provider informed the state agency of Mr. Haynes’ disability last June, but they told police they

believed the letter was merely to inform him of a hearing date to review his driver’s license status, the report said. Mr. Haynes told police he saw the two women in the crosswalk, but that “it looked as if they were going to stop (walking) for him to continue,” according to the report. The driver “did not expect them to walk out in front of him,” the report said. After striking the two women, Mr. Haynes remained on the scene, and voluntarily submitted to a blood test for drugs and alcohol.

The women were walking east in the crosswalk, apparently returning from downtown Menlo Park. Neither woman said they remembered the collision when interviewed by police, but details of the police investigation suggest that they were returning from Starbucks in downtown Menlo Park. The case has been forwarded to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office for review, but the police department is not recommending that criminal charges be filed against Mr. Haynes, according to Police Lt. Joe Wade. A

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unanimous San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 23 introduced a measure to raise the annual salary of the county manager to $300,000. If the board approves the measure in January, the $30,000, 11-percent raise would benefit John Maltbie, the county manager for 20 years prior to his retirement in 2008 and who the board has rehired after 13 months as interim manager. But while $300,000 is a raise, it is actually a cut in Mr. Maltbie’s pay, for both his interim managerial work and when he was in the position permanently. As interim manager for the year that began in November 2011, Mr. Maltbie made around $325,000 during the 12 months, if you include his retirement pay, according to calculations confirmed by supervisors Don Horsley and Dave Pine. He received $133,000 in retirement money, which he is entitled to draw from the county provided he worked as interim manager fewer than 960 hours per fiscal year. Because he began and is terminating his interim position around the middle of two fiscal years, 2011-12 and 2012-13, he met the 960-hour requirement for both years and earned $192,000 at $100 an hour during the 12 months. As permanent manager, Mr. Maltbie was paid $270,000 but regularly made around $342,000, Mr. Horsley told the

Almanac. How? By exercising a privilege granted to the county manager and the county counsel: they receive nine weeks of vacation per year (another singular privilege) and they can cash in unused vacation and raise their salaries while retaining their jobs. These privileges are still in effect for both Mr. Maltbie and County Counsel John Beiers, which Mr. Beiers confirmed in an email. If Mr. Maltbie exercises this privilege, he could increase his new salary to $352,000, but the board has suggested, and Mr. Maltbie apparently agrees, that he will not do that. The contract includes the following sentence: “It is the intention of the County Manager and Board of Supervisors that the County Manager fully utilize his annual vacation accrual.� “These were the terms that were negotiated to retain him,� Mr. Pine said in an interview. “One of the most important decisions a government board will ever make is (choosing) the chief executive officer. From my perspective, you want to find the best person you can and have confidence in that person’s abilities.� Had Mr. Maltbie not been interested in the job, a recruiter would likely have done a salary survey and returned with a figure close to $300,000, Mr. Beiers said. The salary has been unchanged for five years, he said, adding that the county did do an “informal� salary survey. “We want to attract top talent.� A

Elizabeth Lewis in line to be Atherton’s mayor By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor

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he town of Atherton will have a new mayor this week, and it’s likely to be current Vice Mayor Elizabeth Lewis. Mayor Bill Widmer will turn in his gavel after a vote by colleagues determines his replacement on Wednesday, Dec. 19. But first, Ms. Lewis will be sworn into office for her second term, and Cary Wiest will take the oath for his first term. The two were the top votegetters in a field of four in the Nov. 6 election. After three-term councilwoman Kathy McKeithen steps down and Mr. Wiest takes her seat, the council will reconsider

a resolution passed last month that requires the town’s unrepresented employees to pay for more of their retirement costs, caps vacation and sick-leave accrual, caps the town’s contribution to health-care premiums, creates a two-tier retirement system for new hires, and eliminates post-retirement health benefits for new hires, among other things. The council unanimously approved the resolution on Nov. 28, but Ms. Lewis and Councilman Jerry Carlson, who were unhappy with some of its terms, promised to call for a reconsideration this month. (Only a council member who has voted in favor of a See MAYOR, page 10

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Sobrato development moves ahead By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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enlo Park’s M2 industrial district on the east side of town probably ranks second on the list of areas the city would most like to see revived, with the empty car lots on El Camino Real claiming the top spot. A cautious council took steps during its Dec. 11 meeting to help that happen. The Sobrato Organization submitted a proposal in March to redevelop 151 Commonwealth Drive and 164 Jefferson Drive. The company bought the site about 18 months ago from alcohol producer Diageo. Sobrato wants to build two four-story research and development buildings totaling 259,919 square feet on 13.3 acres after demolishing structures currently on the site. Since the height of the buildings would exceed 35 feet, the developer needs a conditional development permit. What the developer doesn’t need is a development agreement — a contract between an applicant and Menlo Park for community benefits in exchange for project approvals. The city can’t require developers to apply for such a contract, and the Planning Commission had noted in its review of Sobrato’s proposal that the applicant hadn’t asked for one. Representatives from Sobrato met with several council mem-

bers individually in the weeks prior to the Dec. 11 meeting. When asked if she had done so, Councilwoman Catherine Carlton said, “Yes, I believe that the city manager suggested that we meet with them individually, so that we would fully understand what they want to build in Menlo Park.� Colleague Ray Mueller also met with Sobrato, as did Councilman Peter Ohtaki, who said, “I meet both with applicants and opponents, if any, to make sure I’ve learned about both

Menlo Park council greenlights environmental review. sides on larger projects.� But Councilman Rich Cline said he declined the invitation. “I typically avoid meeting developers. I get all the plans and all the info I need and I try to spend time preparing by talking with impacted community members. Menlo Gateway was the one exception.� Project representatives told the council during the Tuesday night meeting that they’re concerned about potentially paying $3.8 million for traffic impacts that they estimate should be mitigated by a fair share contribution of $300,000 to $500,000. Sobrato Development Direc-

tor Richard Truempler said a preliminary estimate showed the project could yield $100,000 in annual benefits for Menlo Park, plus $163,000 for the fire district and $135,000 for the Sequoia Union High School District. A fiscal analysis will be conducted as part of the environmental impact review approved by the council. Mr. Truempler did not respond to the Almanac’s request for comment on the possibility of a development agreement and why the company chose to meet individually with council members prior to the public meeting. Community members praised the Sobrato Family Foundation’s philanthropy. Peter Fortenbaugh of the Peninsula Boys and Girls Club highlighted “its incredibly generous support� of more than $1 million to the nonprofit. Councilman Cline commented that he was worried about what sort of tenants would lease the office space. “I get starry eyed, then projects come out filled with lawyers ... which don’t produce sales tax.� Overall, though, the council appeared excited about new development in the industrial district, and voted 5-0 to move the proposal forward for environmental review. Go to tinyurl.com/MP-Common to review reports associated with the project on the city’s website. A

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Lawsuit alleges Menlo Park dog attack By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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woman who said she was maimed during a dog attack at Nealon Park in Menlo Park filed a lawsuit Dec. 4 against the owner of a German shepherd that she said bit her. A recue organization that adopted out the dog was also named as a defendant. Angela Otero’s lawsuit alleges that while her dog Ollie, a Golden Retriever-poodle mix, was playing in the park on Nov. 6, another woman — defendant Laurie Furman — dropped off the German shepherd and then walked outside the fence to talk on a cellphone. The German shepherd then attacked Ollie, according to the court filing, biting the smaller dog around the throat. Ms. Otero said she was bitten on her right hand as she tried to separate the dogs, the com-

plaint states, and lost part of her middle finger. Peninsula Humane Society spokesman Scott Delucchi told the Almanac the shepherd was ordered quarantined at home for 10 days as a standard procedure to rule out rabies; the dog was current on vaccinations and neutered. Neither Ms. Furman nor the rescue organization were immediately available for comment. According to Ms. Otero’s complaint, during the attack Ms. Furman remained outside the fence in violation of posted dog park rules that require owners to supervise and maintain control at all times. Ms. Otero said other people at the park reportedly tried and failed to get the owner’s attention. The complaint also names German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California. Ms. Furman allegedly adopted her dog through the organization in

October. The lawsuit states that the organization as well as the owner should have known the dog was dangerous, and therefore acted negligently by failing to make sure the German shepherd would be kept in a safe manner. According to documents posted on the rescue organization’s website, prospective owners must complete a questionaire, interview and home visit before being allowed to adopt a dog. The website notes that many of the dogs come from unknown backgrounds and “cannot warrant or guarantee any dog’s future behavior� as a result. The lawsuit asks for damages, including punitive, and court costs. The Lanier Law Firm of Palo Alto is representing the plaintiff. The defendants have not yet retained attorneys. A case conference has been scheduled for May 10 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

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A pause in Portola Valley’s affordable housing plans N Council to let contract expire for purchase of 900 Portola Road for moderate-income housing.

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pplause from a group of maybe 10 Portola Valley residents greeted a late-night decision Dec. 12 by the Town Council to allow the expiration of a contract to acquire a former plant nursery at 900 Portola Road. By agreeing not to extend the contract, the council has sidelined — but not discarded — a proposal to buy the property to address a state mandate that requires communities to create zoning for homes affordable to people of moderate incomes. The council also announced plans to form an ad hoc committee in January to examine the issue of affordable housing in the community. The site is “not necessarily” off the table, Mayor John Richards told the Almanac. “We’re trying to leave the door open in case they manage to get it cleaned up in time,” but the results of the ad hoc committee will be an important factor, he added. The town’s purchase agreement for 900 Portola Road

included a stipulation that San Mateo County environmental authorities provide a letter, before Dec. 19, attesting to the proper clean-up of pesticide residues in the ground. That deadline faded into insignificance after a Nov. 6 letter in which county officials declared the clean-up so far to be inadequate and gave the environmental consulting firm until May 2013 to come up with a detailed work plan. The council had not yet acted on that news. Town Hall is facing a 2013 deadline to prepare the next affordable housing update to its general plan; the toxic clean-up at 900 Portola Road would have complicated that effort, Mayor Richards said. The topic of affordable housing is located in a chapter called the housing element, which must be certified every seven or eight years. To be certified, it needs an up-to-date quota for low- and moderate-income homes. The homes need not be built, but the law specifies sanctions a judge can impose if a city or town is sued over its inaction.

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Portola Valley resident Mark Bronder, left, who opposes the project, and Mayor John Richards.

The council reported its decision after a closed session of about 45 minutes. The open meeting that preceded it included a packed audience and a public hearing when neighbors of 900 Portola Road aired their negative opinions of the council’s proposal. The council had acted hastily, they said, and in secret, complaints that are at odds with the record. In a related matter, a unanimous council voted to sell two properties that had been intended for affordable housing.

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Developers cited topographic nearby in the planning stage complexity among the problems for five small homes for seniors, mitigating against moderate- Resident Mark Bronder said income homes there, council that he and his neighbors “will members said; some project no longer live in the real Portola opponents disagreed. The coun- Valley.” Resident Bud Eisberg: “Our cil had been planning to use the $2.88 million in proceeds to buy neighborhood became con900 Portola Road, but now the cerned when we could see that money will be banked in a fund the burden was going to fall on to be used to address affordable us. We’re concerned, as any one of you would be.” housing mandates. The Wyndham Drive comSingle-family homes are a tradition in Portola Valley. Hom- munity is a “model of diversity,” eowners on Wyndham Drive say resident Louis Ebner said, addthey do not oppose affordable ing that he preferred Windmill housing in town, but that build- School (a private preschool) at the site “because ing it at nearby it’s really what Al 900 Portola Road (of Al’s Nursery) could lower their Portola Valley would have preproperty values. is facing a 2013 ferred.” In response, Town The counAttorney Sandy deadline to prepare cil took on too Sloan said she has seen data showing the next affordable much, he added. that not to be the housing update to “Let us share the responsibi lit y case for moderateits general plan. for making these income housing. decisions. ... You Opponents suggest that state mandates be met don’t have to operate behind with second units, a common closed doors. ... Do the right practice for very-low and low- thing: (commission a) common income housing. But the state sense economic feasibility study requires zoning for “a variety for the use of 900 Portola Road of housing types, including and let us see it.” Finding a middle ground, multi-family,” state Department of Housing and Community Annaloy Nickum, a renter since Development (HCD) spokes- 1976, suggested matching the man Colin Parent told the number of small homes to the maximum size of a single-family Almanac. In San Mateo County, accord- home on the 1.68-acre property. In support, former mayor ing to the HCD, a moderate income is around $86,500 for George Comstock asked the an individual and $123,600 council to consider the views of for a family of four. Prices for Jesus, “an outstanding teacher moderate-income homes are of mankind.” Portola Valley schools are adjusted to reflect the incomes of the buyers, Town Planner good, resident Andy Browne said, but expanding the demoTom Vlasic said. graphics to include people of Public comment moderate incomes would help Public comment on the pro- students compete in the “real posal reflected pro and con world.” arguments among the first sev“I think there’s no basis to eral speakers, but most speakers things that have been said that opposed it, many of them resi- you haven’t acted in an open and dents of Wyndham Drive. public spirited way,” said former With this project and one mayor Jon Silver. A

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Bohannon making ‘good faith effort’ on Menlo Gateway, staff says N

Menlo Park Planning Commission conducts annual review of progress.

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t’s the time of year when some list-checking is going on, and the Menlo Park Planning Commission is no exception — they’re taking a look at whether the Bohannon Development Company is making a “good faith effort” to meet the terms of the development agreement associated with the Menlo Gateway project. The project last made major headlines in 2010 with the passage of Measure T, which allowed developer David Bohannon to build the nearly 1-million-square-foot officehotel complex. Sixty-five percent of voters favored the measure. The complex would be built on 16 acres spanning Independence and Constitution drives on the east side of U.S. 101. Features include office buildings, a seven-floor hotel, a restaurant, parking garages and a fitness club. The development agreement estimates that Menlo Gateway will provide an estimated $1.4 million in annual hotel revenue, and also required a $1.25 million contribution toward Belle Haven and Bedwell Bayfront Park improvements. There’s a catch, of course — to capture hotel revenue, you first have to build the hotel. In the current economic climate, Mr. Bohannon maintains that leasing office space is easier

than financing construction of a hotel — but the development agreement specifies that one can’t happen without the other. “We continue to meet with office prospects who have expressed interest in leasing office space. Unfortunately, we have to advise them that, because the office component cannot proceed without the hotel, and the financing of the hotel component remains problematic, we are not able proceed with the project just yet. However, these contacts have encouraged our belief that, when the hotel is able to proceed, we will have the necessary interest from credit(worthy) office tenants to be able to finance the office component,” Mr. Bohannon wrote in a memo to city staff on Nov. 21. “... hotels are still selling at less than replacement cost. For example, as was noted last year, the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto, which cost approximately $450,000 per room to build, sold in early 2011 for under $200,000 per room,” the memo notes. “Because of these market realities, financing remains virtually non-existent for hotels outside New York City and Washington D.C. Consequently, industry experts do not anticipate construction of any major new full service hotel in the Bay Area for the next 12 to 24 months.” Meanwhile interest in the complex’s office component,

Woodside man fled to neighbor’s after attack A Woodside man fled into a neighbor’s house after he was attacked with a shovel Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 12, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was later Tased by sheriff’s deputies while he was taken into custody. The Sheriff ’s Office first learned of the incident when an alarmed neighbor on Brookwood Road called to report an intruder in the house at 2:05 p.m. The man who had fled into the house told deputies that his relative, identified as Milo Imrie, 23, of Richmond, a veteran with combat training, had hit him in the back with a shovel near his home in the area of 150 Wildwood Way, sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenb-

latt said. The victim was treated for injuries at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office had issued a warning to residents that the perpetrator could still be in the area with the shovel and was potentially dangerous. Deputies searched the neighborhood and found the suspect at about 4:20 p.m. in the 2300 block of Woodside Road. When deputies tried to take him into custody, he resisted, and deputies used a Taser to subdue him, Ms. Rosenblatt said. Mr. Imrie, who was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injures and to undergo psychiatric evaluation, is expected to be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Ms. Rosenblatt said. — Bay City News Service

particularly by commercial real estate financiers NorthMarq Capital, remains steady, according to the memo. Leisure Sports also still wants to open a Renaissance ClubSport franchise — a combination of boutique hotel with fitness club, bar and spa — on the site. Staff recommends that, as it did last year, the Planning Commission’s annual review determine that good faith efforts to follow through are being made. The development agreement expires in January 2016 unless Mr. Bohannon submits a building permit application for the hotel or pays $300,000 to gain another two to three years.

‘Small Works and Treasures’ “African Sunrise,” a photo by Frances Freyberg Blackburn, is included in “Small Works and Treasures,” an exhibit of smaller works for gift giving on display during December at Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. The gallery features paintings, pastels, photography, ceramics, glass art and sculpture by 14 Bay Area artists.

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Wrong-way driver pleads not guilty By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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N N OT E S This information is from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.

MENLO PARK Residential burglary report: Losses estimated at $320 in break-in by prying open kitchen window and theft of watch, iPod and gym bag, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor St., Dec. 10. Auto burglary report: Losses estimated at $741 in theft of camera, headphones, phone charger, digital camera charger and sunglasses from unlocked vehicle, 100 block of El Camino Real, Dec. 10. Theft reports: N Losses estimated at $3,500 in theft of three new dresses and workout bag containing workout gear from trunk of unlocked vehicle, Elder Ave., Dec. 10. N Losses estimated at $1,100 in theft of breathing device for sleep apnea, 1000 block of El Camino Real, Dec. 10. N Losses estimated at $500 in theft of cell phone from unlocked vehicle, Oak Grove Ave., Dec. 10. N Losses estimated at $350 in theft of bicycle from in front of apartment building, Willow Road, Dec. 13. N Losses estimated at $100 in theft of unlocked bike from area next to gas pumps, Willow Road, Dec. 10. N Losses estimated at $150 in theft of internal hard drive contained in package on porch, Greenwood Place, Dec. 13. N Loss estimated at $60 in theft of two pairs of shoes from package on doorstep that was later discovered opened and empty, Pope St., Dec. 7.

N Loss estimated at $30 in theft from porch of package containing board game, Greenwood Place, Dec. 13. Stolen vehicle report: Black 2003 Honda Sportster Motorcycle from garage, Campo Bello Lane, Dec. 12. Indecent exposure report: Santa Cruz Ave. and University Drive, Dec. 10. Adult Protection Service report: Crane St, Dec. 6. PORTOLA VALLEY Theft report: Losses estimated at $1,000 in theft of tools from construction site, Bolivar Lane, Dec. 6. Accident report: Fire hydrant sheared off and large volume of water escaped after struck by rear bumper of vehicle that failed to make turn, Horseshoe Bend and Coalmine View, Dec. 6.

WOODSIDE Auto burglary report: Losses estimated at $450 in theft of three backpacks, Canada College at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Dec. 6. Accident report: Driver taken to hospital for possible concussion after failing to negotiate turn and running vehicle off road and down 30-foot embankment, striking tree and coming to rest on its side, 100 block of La Honda Road, Dec. 6.

LADERA Commercial burglary report: Male suspect of medium height and weight being sought after losses of $931.40 in break-in to gas station and theft of cash from cash register, Portola Valley Shell at 201 La Cuesta Drive, Dec. 9.

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measure can call for its reconsideration, according to City Attorney Bill Conners.) The council will also hear reports and staff suggestions on how to proceed with library reconstruction and Town Center projects, and the proposed Little League project in Holbrook-Palmer Park. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road in the Town Center.

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Firefighters duck gunfire By Sue Dremann Palo Alto Weekly

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concerted violence-reduction campaign called Operation SMART. Palo Alto and Menlo Park police agencies are working with East Palo Alto to quash the crime wave. Other programs, including Operation Ceasefire, call in gang members for face-to-face discussions with police and contact with faith leaders and social services agencies to bring services to those who want to opt out of the gang life. At a recent officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conference, chief officers and company supervisors with the fire district reviewed and discussed precautionary safety measures related to gunfire incidents. Personnel don body armor when they respond to medical calls about shootings and extra police secure the scenes before emergency personnel and firefighters arrive, Mr. Fraone said.

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Santa arrived early for Menlo Park’s annual Breakfast with Santa, held Dec. 1 at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, a popular local tradition since 2002. More than 450 kids, moms, dads and doting grandparents attended the breakfast, which offered pancakes and sausages prepared by members of the Menlo Park Rotary Club. Visiting Santa was, of course, the highlight of the morning. Maddy, 7, Kyle, 5, and Jake Chai, 2, stood in line to present their wish lists to Santa in his “throne room.” The kids were familiar with

the rec center, said mom Sarah, since Maddy and Jake take gymnastics and Kyle plays basketball there. The Chais have lived in Menlo Park for about a year. “This is a great family place,” said Ms. Chai. Other Menlo Park newcomers making a visit to Santa were Robin and Ed Newman, there with son, Robert, 5, and the Lenihan family with sons Frank and Bob. Originally from Ireland, the Lenihans have also enjoyed the town’s Halloween parade and the fireman’s pancake breakfast this fall. Hannah Silberman, 3, chose her own floor-length party dress to wear to see Santa. “She loves to dress up,” said grandpa Don Albers, who accompanied Hannah, along with his wife, Geri.

Greta Cooney brought Finn, 6, Hayes, 3, and Charlie, 6 months, for their turn to sit on Santa’s lap. “Santa recognized me,” said Lia Gemmet-Young of Menlo Park, who said she’d been to Breakfast with Santa several times before. In the arts and crafts room, students from Kuk Sool Won martial arts helped kids create red-nosed reindeer from candy canes, and fashion Christmas ornaments. Among those lending a hand were Garrett Pohlman, Max Kaufman and Alex King. The breakfast was a big success, said Sandy Crittenden of Atherton, who donned a chef’s hat and jacket to flip pancakes with other Rotarians. “This was Continued on next page

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the best year. This is the first time we had to go to Safeway to buy extra supplies,” says Mr. Crittenden, who had been on kitchen duty since 6 a.m. The breakfast was sponsored by city of Menlo Park Commu-

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Start with six or seven large white coffee filters; fold circle in half, then again and again. Grasping the point, cut the edges into either rounded shapes or points (think snowflake). Open. Repeat with other filters. Place one filter on the table and dab some glue from a glue stick in the center. Press the second cut filter on top, rotating the cut edges. Repeat until all layers are glued together. When dry, pouf the bow by lightly crushing the fronds. You can then glue a bead or button in the center.

Gift tags can be made from mat board (or the insides of old cereal boxes), with glued-on designs made from torn newspapers or magazines or junk mail. They can be enhanced with bottle caps or stickers, or colorful twine wound around the tag.

A book bow

A simple bow can be easily created from a strip cut from an old book (these can be cut at Office Depot for $1/cut, Yuki said). Break off about 1/2 inch of the book at the spine. Then fold each sheet into the spine. You can alternate and double fold every two or three. When finished, the bow can be fanned nity Services, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, and Menlo Park Rotary. Less fortunate children also benefited from the breakfast, with several families bringing toys for the firefighters toy drive. A

Rose bow

To make a rose bow, begin with about an 8-inch square of colorful paper, perhaps taken from last year’s wall calendar. Round out the four edges. Then cut a continuous spiral, beginning about 3/4-inch from the edge (“It doesn’t have to be straight,” Yuki said; in fact it’s better to cut a wavy line.) Beginning with the outside edge, with the side you want to see on the inside, start rolling tightly, all the while keeping the bottom edge together. When you get to the end, twist the end flat, add a dollop of glue (from the glue gun) and press down. “A rose petal is never ever, never

exact,” Yuki said. And no two “roses” are ever the same. One can cluster a trio in different sizes at the corner of a package, and glue in place. Paint-strip bow

Wondering what to do with all those paint strips you’ve brought home over the years, only to discard? You can create a fan of color by folding along the white strips between the colors (a “mountain” fold), then folding halfway along each color square in the opposite direction (a “valley” fold). Repeat for a second strip. Then fan each out and glue ends together to make a round bow. Add a button to the center with hot glue. Scrap-paper tree

You can create a little Christmas tree, beginning with a skewer attached to an old cork. Tear up scraps of paper in different sizes. Beginning at the bottom (the cork end), pierce one scrap at a time and push down the skewer, using larger pieces at the bottom and smaller

ones as you near the top. Every few pieces, add a folded piece as spacer. “This is a great project for grandkids. It’ll keep them busy for days,” noted Jonathan Cranch, president of FabMo, who participated in the workshop. Wallpaper ornament

A quick tree ornament can be made from 3/4-inch strips of wallpaper. Begin by cutting strips 8 inches long, 7.5 inches, 7 inches and 6.5 inches. Make a loop from red string and knot at one end. Gently fold the shortest strip, capturing the knotted string at the end; fold the next three strips around the first one. Staple the end. Then push down from the center on the bottom, lining up the strips at the other end, and staple that. Just think how happy the recycle crew will be when they find a gift wrapped in an old paper bag, with a coffee-filter bow and matboard tag. Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at cblitzer@ paweekly.com. A

Visit AlmanacNews.com to see more photos. Photo on the cover: Angie Kenny holds her 18-month-old daughter Avery, while she reacts to meeting Santa Claus during the Breakfast with Santa event at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park on Dec. 1. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

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Menlo hires business development manager By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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im Cogan started a new job on Monday, Dec. 17 — he’s been hired as Menlo Park’s business development manager. The position pays $108,000, with a “2 percent at 60” retirement plan that meets the provisions of Measure L. He’ll be leaving a job as government relations representative for Pacific Gas & Electric. Mr. Cogan worked as chief of staff for San Jose City Council members from 2007 to 2010, according to a city of Menlo Park press release, and as a paralegal for law firms in Menlo Park and Chicago. His civic involvement includes the Foster City Chamber of Commerce and the policy commit-

tee for the San Mateo County Economic Development Association. Mr. Cogan earned a b a c h e l o r ’s Jim Cogan degree in political science from Wheaton College in Illinois, the press release said. “I am excited about quickly developing strong relationships with the business community of Menlo Park,” he said. “Menlo Park has great momentum thanks to the extraordinary efforts to attract Facebook and it will be my goal to work with the business community, City staff and the Council to maintain the momentum.” As the Almanac first reported in November, City Man-

ager Alex McIntyre decided to replace the city’s first business development manager — Dave Johnson, who retired in 2011 — to maximize the opportunities presented by the new downtown/El Camino Real specific plan and Facebook’s arrival in the community. Mr. Cogan was chosen from a field of about 100 candidates that reportedly included a former director of San Jose’s Redevelopment Agency. “Jim is a proven advocate for large and small businesses and brings a broad range of skills to this position,” Mr. McIntyre said in a written statement. “He has managed policy initiates affecting business entities and is skilled at coordinating the often competing interests of diverse stakeholders to find common ground.” A

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ith a few members declaring themselves unimpressed with the return on their investment in lobbyist Ravi Mehta’s Capitol Advocates firm, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-1 to terminate his $5,000 a month contract. The city hired the firm in 2010 to help with high-speed rail. Although Palo Alto and Atherton also used Capitol Advocates, those jurisdictions terminated their contracts earlier this year. Mr. Mehta did not respond to a request for comment. “I’ve spoken out against this contract for a couple years now and I’m not in support of it,” Councilwoman Kirsten Keith said, declaring that while it was “probably useful at one point in time” she didn’t feel the city was getting enough for its money. Even the sole dissenter, Councilman Rich Cline, agreed that Mr. Mehta’s performance left something to be desired. “It’s not the best report in the world, but it is the report,” he said, noting that the reports were not as thorough or frequent as the city wanted. But, he argued, the city does need an advocate in Sacramento. The issue of whether the high-speed rail project should be exempt from California

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Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) remains hotly contested in the state’s capital. Councilwoman Catherine Carlton said that while Capitol Advocates was not worth keeping, she supported finding another lobbyist capable of representing Menlo Park’s position on a broader range of issues such as housing as well as high-speed rail. “This person is extremely expensive. You can get a pretty good general lobbyist ... for about $3,000 a month,” she said. Mr. Cline later suggested that Menlo Park explore sharing Palo Alto’s new $15,000 a month lobbyist since the two cities maintain similar positions on high-speed rail. “My experience is that you get what you pay for,” he said. “It depends on what level you want to play at ... for big issues like CEQA, (the redevelopment agency), it’s going to cost more.” City staff told the council that they would find out how quickly another lobbyist could be hired through a request for proposals. Vice Mayor Ray Mueller, attending the meeting via telephone, did not vote due to a conflict of interest — he owns property in Menlo Park that could be impacted by highspeed rail development. A

Wrong-way driver pleads not guilty By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer

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t was a fine Wednesday afternoon in Menlo Park as 26-year-old Efrain Avalos Moreno-Avalos drove along Marsh Road. Trouble was, he was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the street. Police, responding to a 911 call about the wrong-way driver, arrived to find the Menlo Park man sitting in a car “parked crookedly on the street” with his 10-year-old brother beside him, according to the district attorney’s office. Although Mr. Moreno-Avalos denied being behind the wheel, both the person making the 911 call and his brother contradicted him, the police report said. A breathalyzer allegedly measured a blood alcohol level of .21 percent. In California a level of 0.08 percent is considered above the legal limit for driving.

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He pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday, Dec. 14. Mr. Moreno-Avalos remains in custody on $7,500 bail, the district attorney’s office said, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 28.

New blood center The Stanford University School of Medicine’s newest blood donation center is now open. The university relocated its 780 Welch Road center to 445 Burgess Drive in Menlo Park. Call 888-723-7831 for more information. The Menlo Park center is open six days a week, from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. A

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Almanac Holiday Fund 2012 65 donors through Dec. 10 totalling $57,056 10 Anonymous .................... 21,750 Margo Ritter ............................... 25 Maris Smith ............................... 35 Diane Gibbs and The Herrick Family . ** C. M. MacIntosh ......................... 40 Karen Price ................................ 50 Anna Marie McSweeney .............. 50 John and Carmen Quackenbush ... ** Marc and Mary Ann Saunders ...... ** Diane Gibbs and The Herrick Family . ** Ms. Kathleen J. Elkins ............... 100 The Novitsky Family .................. 100 Andrew C. Hall ........................... ** Barbara and Carl Johnson ......... 100 Bob and Marion Oster ................. ** Kathy and Bob Mueller .............. 100 Dorothy B. Kennedy .................... ** Joe and Julie Zier ..................... 100 Karen Kang and Jon Ferraiolo .... 150 Sybille Katz ................................ ** William J. Wagner ..................... 150 Anne Moser ............................... ** Lucy Reid-Krensky .................... 200 Mrs. Diana Laraway .................... ** Mary and Bob Dodge ................ 200 James E. Esposto ...................... ** Robin Quist Gates..................... 250 J. and Renee Masterson............ 250

Gail B. Siri ................................. ** Ms. Andrea G Julian .................. 300 Bruce and Donna Whitson ......... 300 Gail and Susan Prickett ............. 300 Harry and Carol Louchheim ....... 300 Janice E. Jedkins ...................... 400 Mrs. Erika L. Crowley................ 500 Penny and Greg Gallo ............... 500 Barbara and Robert Simpson ...... ** Jane Land .................................. ** George and Anne Comstock ... 1,000 Lenore Horowitz .................... 1,000 Pegasus Family Foundation .... 1,000 Nita and Clay Judd...................... ** Robert and Marna Page .............. ** Arthur and Ruth Barker .......... 2,000 Mark and Karen Weitzel .............. ** In Memory Of Annie Strem ............................... ** Esther Johnson .......................... ** Peter Wong ................................ ** Janice M. Pausa ......................... ** Carl Wright .............................. 100 Bill Land .................................... ** John, Annmarie, Richard Sisson ... ** Businesses & Organizations The David and Lucile Packard Foundation ................................. 15,000 Griffin and Sons Construction, Inc. ... 100

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Helping families in need By Sue Mitchell, board member, St. Francis Center.

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he St. Francis Center in Redwood City is a nonprofit organization helping families in need to live in dignity and become self-supporting members of the community. Since 1986, the Center has provided women and children with a hospitable place to receive support and guidance. Our original food and clothing program has grown to include immigration services, laundry and shower facilities, fresh produce from our community garden, 32 low-income housing units, and personal counseling. The St. Francis Center is proud to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Siena Youth Center. Our new neighborhood gym offers after-school tutoring and mentorship to the at-risk kids in our community. Led by Program Director Rafael Avendano, the youth engage in healthy activities such as soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball and fitness training, as well as field trips, nutritious cooking classes, and Sheriff’s league sponsored activities. Serving the poor takes many hands. Our 122 volunteers help bag groceries, stock shelves, sort and hang clothes, organize our clothing “store,” tutor our Holy Family School students, and teach ESL and GED curriculum to adults. We couldn’t survive with-

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out the support of these warm, giving people ... people like you. With more than 2,600 people to feed, and 25,000 bags of clothing to re-home each year, the St. Francis Center is especially grateful to the many organizations and individuals who donated Thanksgiving turkeys to the 900 families we served in November alone. The St. Francis Center is gearing up for our annual Holiday Toy Program, to be held at the Siena Youth Center on Dec. 18 and 19. Five hundred low-income families will receive brand new toys and accessories including dolls, trucks, hair accessories, scarves and mittens, make-up, sporting goods, pajamas, electronics and more. That equates to a daunting 2,500 items, made even more challenging as our largest donor is unable to support our program this year — a 1,200 toy deficit! The St. Francis Center is at 151 Buckingham Ave. in Redwood City. Please call us at (650) 3657829, or email us at schristina@ aol.com. A

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ontributions to the Holiday Fund go directly to programs that benefit Peninsula residents. Last year, Almanac readers and foundations contributed $167,000 for the 10 agencies that feed the hungry, house the homeless and provide numerous other services to those in need. Contributions to the Holiday Fund will be matched, to the extent possible, by generous community corporations, foundations and

individuals, including the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. No administration costs will be deducted from the gifts, which are taxdeductible as permitted by law. All donations to the Holiday Fund will be shared equally among the 10 recipient agencies listed below.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

Provides after-school and academic support and activities for 3,200 young people, 6 to 18, at clubhouses in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood, East Palo Alto, and Redwood City, and offers programs at Flood and Belle Haven schools in Menlo Park, Hoover Community School in Redwood City, and McNair School in East Palo Alto

Serves hundreds of hot meals six days a week to people in need who walk through the doors. Funded entirely by voluntary contributions, St. Anthony’s is the largest dining room for the needy between San Francisco and San Jose. It also offers emergency food and clothing assistance.

Ecumenical Hunger Program

The largest collector and distributor of food on the Peninsula, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 30 million pounds of food last year. It gathers donations from individuals and businesses and distributes food to some 162,000 people each month through more than 700 agencies and distribution sites in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Provides emergency food, clothing, household essentials, and sometimes financial assistance to families in need, regardless of religious preference, including Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for more than 2,000 households.

Project Read

Second Harvest Food Bank

Provides free literacy services to adults in the Menlo Park area. Trained volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups to help adults improve their basic reading, writing and English language skills so they can achieve their goals and function more effectively at home, at work and in the community. In 2007-08, a total of 120 tutors assisted more than 300 students.

InnVision Shelter Network

St. Francis Center

Provides training and job placement for people with the biggest problems, including returning parolees, long-term unemployed, homeless, welfare clients, marginalized youth, and those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.

Provides services for families in need with the goal of helping them to live in dignity and become self-supporting community members. The center assists 2,400 people each month with such services as low-income housing, food and clothing, shower and laundry, counseling, community garden, and education.

Ravenswood Family Health Center Provides primary medical and preventive health care for all ages at its clinics in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto. It also operates a mobile clinic at school sites. Of the 16,500 registered patients, most are low-income and uninsured and live in the ethnically diverse East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks areas.

Provides shelter/housing and supportive services across 18 sites in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. Serves thousands of homeless families and individuals annually on their path back to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

JobTrain

StarVista (formerly Youth and Family Enrichment Services) Provides 22 programs to help people who struggle with substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and relationship and communications issues. Helps strengthen youth, families, and individuals to overcome challenges through counseling, education, and residential services.

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The Almanac will make every effort to publish donor names for donations received before Dec. 31, 2012, unless the donor checks the anonymous box. All donations will be acknowledged by mail.

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CHRIST CHURCH

The Episcopal Parish of Portola Valley & Woodside

CHRISTMAS EVE: Petting Zoo @ 1:30 p.m. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pageant @ 3 p.m., Candlelit Eucharist @ 5:30 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY: Holy Eucharist with Carols @ 10 a.m.

Peninsula Christmas Services

815 Portola Road, Portola Valley; tel. (650) 851-0224; <www.ccpvw.org>

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5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Children tell the story of Jesus, as shepherds, angels, wisemen, and the holy family. Join us between services to enjoy wonderful food and Christmas cheer!

7:00 p.m. Musical Christmas Joy-ďŹ lled music to honor and remember the birth of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son.

10:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas A quiet, contemplative time to refocus your evening with familiar hymns in the glow of candlelight.

BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH 1095 CLOUD AVENUE MENLO PARK at the corner of Avy & Cloud

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4:30pm ~ Choir Singing Carols & Anthems (Sanctuary) 5:00pm ~ Service of Lessons & Carols (Sanctuary) 6:00pm Festive Reception & Holiday Treats (Fellowship Hall)

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Join us in hope and joy! Sunday, 12/16

4pm Christmas Lessons & Carols

Celebrate Christmas With Us! Wherever you are in your journey, whether church is familiar or not, we welcome you to join us for one of our Christmas services. Whether you prefer a simpler childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service or a more traditional one with the Church Choir, infused with a sense of the sacred that fills Christmas Eve night, we invite you.

Christmas Eve (All services will be about an hour) 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:30 pm 10:00 pm

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Communion Service with Pageant Christmas Communion Service with the Festival Choir Carol Sing Christmas Communion Service with the Festival Choir

With Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ceremony of Carolsâ&#x20AC;? with harp, organ, and choir followed by reception with holiday treats

Monday, 12/24, Christmas Eve

4pm Festive Child-Friendly Service & Eucharist Simpler service with childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pageant, carols, and St. Nicholas

8pm Candlelight Choral Eucharist Stately service with organ and trumpet, preceded by carols at 7:30

Tuesday, 12/25, Christmas Day 9am Holy Eucharist with Carols

Service with traditional language, organ, and trumpet

Sunday, 12/30, 1st Sunday after Christmas 9am Holy Eucharist with Carols Service with modern language

Canned food donations for area food banks welcome

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Christmas Day 10:00 am

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CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES Family Worship Service & Reception Sunday, December 16, 9:30 a.m

Inspirations is a resource for ongoing religious services and special events. To inquire about or to reserve space in Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc at 223-6596 or email byoc@paweekly.com

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service & Reception Monday, December 24, 10 p.m

Woodside Village Church 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA

650.851.1587 www.wvchurch.org

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he busy stretch of El Camino Real between Valparaiso The representative did have some good news — that the Avenue and Selby Lane is a dramatic contrast to most Selby Lane intersection at El Camino qualifies for a traffic Atherton streets, where speed limits are in the 25 miles- signal. But although council members eventually agreed that per-hour range. Caltrans should begin the funding-approval process in case But with six lanes and high rates of speed, El Camino is a the town decides to proceed on the costly signalization projgiant obstacle between east and west Atherton, and presents any ect, it is crosswalk safety that is desperately needed now, they pedestrian or cyclist who wants to use an unsignaled crosswalk said. with a huge risk, especially during peak commute hours. It is Atherton and Caltrans need to address these dangerous not uncommon to see cars whizzing by at 40 or even 50 miles intersections to protect the safety of residents and to guard per hour, a challenging crossing for even the against lawsuits alleging negligence for most daring pedestrian. allowing these problems to go unaddressed. EDI TORI AL El Camino has become one of the town’s One such lawsuit has been filed on behalf of The opinion of The Almanac toughest problems in the last few years after a a Sacred Heart Prep student who suffered a spate of deaths and serious injuries to pedestribroken pelvis and brain injuries when she was ans and cyclists hit by motorists who either didn’t see them, or hit by a motorist in the crosswalk at El Camino and Alejandra could not stop in time if they did. The situation is complicated Avenue last year. The suit names Atherton, Menlo Park, the by the fact that El Camino is a state highway, so Caltrans is in county and the state, who, the suit claims, “were negligent and charge of installing signals of any kind along its length. careless in the design, construction, maintenance, inspection, At a recent meeting with a Caltrans representative, the City repair and control” of the road at that intersection. Council hoped to convince the state agency to work quickly This and similar lawsuits are a wake-up call for Atherton to install flashing lights that could warn motorists to stop for and the state. Serious discussions need to begin soon to find someone in the crosswalk. Caltrans officials say they are consid- ways to make these dangerous crosswalks safer and to warn ering installing a flashing beacon at only one of the uncontrolled motorists when someone is preparing to walk or bike across crosswalks along the 1.6-mile stretch of El Camino, although El Camino. Reducing El Camino from six to four lanes is an serious accidents have occurred at numerous locations. And option Caltrans is studying and at least some council members even that safety measure would take four to five years to put in appear to support. But the bottom line is that pedestrians must place, the agency representative told the council. be able to cross without fearing for their lives.

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therton is at a crossroads. We can else was at play. What I found was that we continue down the road we have were understating building department been traveling in recent years where revenues by some $400,000, resulting we have treated our employees very badly, in overstating our budget deficit by that or we can go down a new road to finan- amount. The interim city manager did not cial stability and strength, while showing disclose this discrepancy to the council respect and appreciation for our dedicated until two days after my op-ed appeared in and loyal employees. the Almanac’s July 20, 2011 edition. A year ago we fired a majority of our Our employees were fired based upon non-police staff on the premise that we faulty information. Some of these employfaced a budget deficit of $856,000. ees had worked loyally for the We were told that revenues had town for more than 20 years. declined reflecting lower real This is not how any employer estate values. Having served on should treat their employees. the council for 24 years, where This lack of respect for employwe balanced budgets every year, ees impacts the morale of every and at the same time recognized other employee. the value, dedication and loyalty Now one year later the town of our outstanding employees, has passed a resolution reducing GUEST I felt something fundamentally the salary and benefits for the OPINION had gone wrong. In order to remaining non-police employunderstand the issues I made a ees. Again this action is based thorough analysis of our finanupon faulty data and assumpcial statements and found that contrary tions. It was reported to the Almanac that to what we had been told, our secured we faced an unfunded retirement deficit property tax revenues had not declined, of $14 million. At the council meeting it they had actually been increasing at an was suggested that we might face deficits annual rate of 3.18 percent. of $20 million or $30 million, thus creatNext I analyzed our operating expenses ing a need for the town to severely reduce and found that they had been increasing employee salaries and benefits. at the very modest annual rate of 1.28 perOne council member implied that the cent. With operating revenues increasing real target is our police department, as at three times the rate of increase for oper- that represents some 50 percent of our ating expenses, it was clear that something budget. The council is obviously consider-

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ing substantially reducing police salaries and benefits, which would surely drive some of our most qualified and dedicated police officers to seek employment with other agencies. In my research, including reviewing the work of Nicolay Consulting, CalPERS and Moodys, I have learned that the most realistic unfunded liability for Atherton is $7,599,453, which is made up of retiree coverage and active projected needs. The active projected needs number ($2.5 million) was based on 2010 census data where it included building and public works staff. They are no longer with us so that number will be significantly reduced (likely by as much as two-thirds). Nicolay Consulting will be doing a “refresh” in January for a more accurate – and substantially lower number. Without the parcel tax revenue, the town has a projected deficit in 201213 of $600,540. The parcel tax is a key component of the town’s revenue stream. Rather than cutting salaries and benefits to eliminate this deficit it would be far better for the town to adopt a small increase in our parcel tax. We need to focus on paying our employees a fair and competitive salary and benefit package so that we can maintain quality service. Malcolm Dudley is a former mayor of Atherton

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OBUJEN & MCCUTCHEON FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 253490 The following Person(s) is (are) doing business as: Obujen & McCutcheon, located at 112 Jane Drive, Woodside, CA 94062, San Mateo County; Mail Address: P.O. Box 610141, Redwood City, CA 94061. Is (Are) hereby registered by the following owner(s): KIRBY REPORTING SERVICES, INC. 112 Jane Drive Woodside, CA 94062 This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 12/05/2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on December 06, 2012. (ALM Dec. 12, 19, 26, 2012, Jan. 2, 2013)

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A LAWYER. On 12-26-2012 at 01:00 PM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 04-29-2004, Book N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 2004-084414, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of SAN MATEO County, California, executed by: DEBORAH GILSON, TRUSTEE OF THE DEBORAH GILSON REVOCABLE TRUST DATED SEPTEMBER 5, 2003., as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: THE MARSHALL STREET ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OF JUSTICE AND RECORDS, 400 COUNTY CENTER , REDWOOD CITY, CA Legal Description: PARCEL ONE: PARCEL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, AS DESIGNATED ON THE MAP ENTITLED, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;PARCEL MAP OF A SUBDIVISION OF THE SAN GREGORIO RANCHO AND A PORTION OF SECTION 33, T. 6. S, R. 4. W, M. D. B.and M.,

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, ON MAY 22, 1967, IN BOOK 7 OF PARCEL MAPS, AT PAGE 52. EXCEPTING THEREFROM, THAT PORTION LYING NORTHERLY AND NORTHWESTERLY OF THE TRUE COMMON BOUNDARY LINE DESCRIBED IN THAT CERTAIN BOUNDARY LINE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ELLIOT ROBERTS, PARTY OF THE FIRST PART, AND NORMAN E. OAKS AND BEVERLY M. OAKS, PARTIES OF THE SECOND PART, RECORDED MAY 17, 1988, AS RECORDERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DOCUMENT NO. 88060035, RECORDS OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. PARCEL TWO: THAT PORTION OF THE LANDS CONVEYED TO NORMAN E. OAKS AND BEVERLY M. OAKS, HIS WIFE, BY THAT CERTAIN DEED RECORDED OCTOBER 19, 1967, IN VOLUME 5380 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS, AT PAGE 227 (FILE NO. 89926-AA), RECORDS OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, LYING SOUTHERLY, SOUTHEASTERLY AND EASTERLY OF THE TRUE COMMON BOUNDARY LINE DESCRIBED IN THAT CERTAIN BOUNDARY LINE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ELLIOT ROBERTS, PART OF THE FIRST PART, AND NORMAN E. OAKS AND BEVERLY M. OAKS, PARTIES OF THE SECOND PART, RECORDED MAY 17, 1988, AS RECORDERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DOCUMENT NO. 88060035, RECORDS OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, AND LYING SOUTHWESTERLY OF THE SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY OF THE LANDS CONVEYED TO NORMAN E. OAKS, ET UX, BY THAT CERTAIN DEED RECORDED MAY 17, 1988, AS RECORDERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DOCUMENT NO. 88060036, RECORDS OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. PARCEL THREE: A NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT FOR INGRESS, EGRESS AND PUBLIC UTILITIES OVER THAT CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY CONVEYED TO ELLIOT ROBERTS BY DEED RECORDED MAY

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17, 1988, SERIAL NO. 88060037, SAN MATEO COUNTY RECORDS. PARCEL FOUR: A NON-EXCLUSIVE RIGHT-OF-WAY OVER ALL EXISTING ROADS WITHIN THE 60-ACRE TRACT DESCRIBED IN DEED TO VICENTE R. PALOMO AND ROSARIO S. APLOMO, HIS WIFE, DATED DECEMBER 9, 1953 AND RECORDED JANUARY 12, 1954, IN BOOK 2522 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS, AT PAGE 683 (FILE NO. 29637-L), RECORDS OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, AS ARE NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT FOR ACCESS, AS SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY WAS SET FORTH AND CREATED IN AGREEMENT BETWEEN JOHN E. OLSEN AND EVELYN C. OLSEN, HIS WIFE, AND VICENTE R. PALOMO AND ROSARIO S. PALOMO, RECORDED FEBRUARY 3, 1954, IN BOOK 2533 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS, AT PAGE 13 (FILE NO. 34357-L), RECORDS OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. PARCEL FIVE: A NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT FOR THE INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE, REPLACEMENT AND OPERATION OF A WATER PIPELINE, TOGETHER WITH ALL REASONABLE RIGHTS OF INGRESS AND EGRESS THERETO, OVER, UNDER AND UPON THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PARCEL: BEING A PORTION OF PARCEL C, AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN PARCEL MAP FILED IN VOL. 7 PM 52, RECORDS OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, SAID EASEMENT BEING A STRIP OF LAND, 10 FEET IN WIDTH, LYING 5 FEET ON EACH SIDE OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LINE: BEGINNING AT THE MOST EASTERLY COMMON PROPERTY CORNER OF PARCELS C AND D, AS SHOWN ON AFOREMENTIONED PARCEL MAP; THENCE NORTHERLY ALONG THE COMMON PROPERTY LINE OF SAID PARCELS C AND D, NORTH 25° 00â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 00â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; WEST, 19.50 FEET TO THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING. THENCE FROM SAID TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING NORTH 49° 26â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 38â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; EAST, 181.56 FEET; THENCE NORTH 45° 58â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 22â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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THE PENINSULA’S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM EAST, 107.85 FEET; THENCE NORTH 38° 32’ 16’’ EAST, 275.10 FEET; THENCE NORTH 51° 11’ 21’’ EAST, 71.73 FEET; THENCE NORTH 64° 54’ 16’’ EAST, 145.22 FEET; THENCE NORTH 74° 33’ 42’’ EAST, 160.96 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EASTERLY PROPERTY LINE OF AFOREMENTIONED PARCEL C, SAID POINT BEING DISTANT SOUTH 19° 02’ 00’’ WEST, 165.86 FEET FROM THE MOST EASTERLY PROPERTY CORNER OF AFOREMENTIONED PARCEL C. THE SIDE-LINES OF ABOVE DESCRIBED EASEMENT TO LENGTHEN OR SHORTEN TO TERMINATE AT THE PROPERTY LINE. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $588,193.11 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 3155 BEAR GULCH RD WOODSIDE, CA 94062 APN Number: 081-170010-3 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 11-30-2012 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee DEREK WEARRENEE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA24379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-8926902 For Sales Information: www. lpsasap.com or 1-714-730-2727 www. priorityposting.com or 1-714-573-1965 www.auction.com or 1-800-280-2832 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, this information can be obtained from one of the following three companies: LPS Agency Sales and Posting at (714) 730-2727, or visit the Internet Web site www.lpsasap.com (Registration required to search for sale information) or Priority Posting and Publishing at (714) 573-1965 or visit the Internet Web site www.priorityposting.com (Click on the link for “Advanced Search” to search for sale information), or auction.com at 1-800-280-2832 or visit the Internet Web site www.auction. com, using the Trustee Sale No. shown above. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. A-4330103 12/05/2012, 12/12/2012, 12/19/2012 ALM

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S No. 1327979-35 APN: 077-202-130-9 TRA: 61014 LOAN NO: Xxxxxx3026 REF: Bain, Dianne IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED January 09, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On January 03, 2013, at 12:30pm, CalWestern Reconveyance Corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded January 19, 2006, as Inst. No. 2006-008335 in book XX, page XX of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of San Mateo County, State of California, executed by Dianne Carol Bain, a single woman, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashierâ ™s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial code and authorized to do business in this state: At the main entrance of the City Hall of Records, 401 Marshall Street, Redwood City, California, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: Completely described in said Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 171 Erica Way, Portola Valley, CA 94028. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $557,391.78. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (619)590-1221 or visit the internet website www.rppsales.com, using the file number assigned to this case 1327979-35. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately

be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web Site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. For sales information: (619)590-1221. Cal-Western Reconveyance Corporation, 525 East Main Street, P.O. Box 22004, El Cajon, CA 92022-9004 Dated: November 26, 2012. (12/12/2012, 12/19, 12/26) R-422987 ALM NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. 12-32428-JP-CA YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05/02/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, (cashier’s check(s) must be made payable to National Default Servicing Corporation), drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state; will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made in an “as is” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: CHRISTIAN ENSTAM, AN UNMARRIED MAN Duly Appointed Trustee: NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION Recorded 05/11/2006

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as Instrument No. 2006-070557 (or Book, Page) of the Official Records of SAN MATEO County, California. Date of Sale: 01/03/2013 at 1:00 P.M. Place of Sale: At the Marshall Street entrance to the Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $656,935.27 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 1108 LOS TRANCOS ROAD, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 A.P.N.: 080-082-080-5 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.5(b) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee’s or beneficiary’s authorized agent has either contacted the borrower or tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as required by California Civil Code 2923.5. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of

which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714-730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site www.ndscorp.com/ sales, using the file number assigned to this case 12-32428-JP-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 12/03/2012 NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION 7720 N. 16th Street, Suite 300 Phoenix, AZ 85020 phone 602-264-6101 Sales Line 714-7302727; Sales Website: www.ndscorp. com/sales Nichole Alford, TRUSTEE SALES REPRESENTATIVE A-4333027 12/05/2012, 12/12/2012, 12/19/2012 ALM NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: DAVID J. LADD Case No.: 122932 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DAVID J. LADD. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: KATHLEEN A. LADD in the Superior Court of California, County of SAN MATEO. The Petition for Probate requests that: KATHLEEN A. LADD be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s

will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on January 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 28 of the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Robert A. Biorn 917 Alma Street Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650)321-5001 (ALM Dec. 19, 26, 2012, Jan. 2, 2013)

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1131 Sherman Avenue, Menlo Park 262 Stanford Avenue, Menlo Park 2332 Crest Lane, Menlo Park 355 Old La Honda Road, Woodside 2 Perry Avenue, Menlo Park 2124 Cedar Avenue, Menlo Park 211 Gabarda Way, Portola Valley 212 Selby Lane, Atherton 2108 Camino a los Cerros, Menlo Park 2156 Sterling Avenue, Menlo Park 1345 Johnson Street, Menlo Park *Sherman Avenue, Menlo Park 2156 Harkins Avenue, Menlo Park 1062 Del Norte Avenue, Menlo Park 274 Willow Road, Menlo Park 124 Blackburn Avenue, Menlo Park 912 Timothy Lane, Menlo Park 1021 Cloud Avenue, Menlo Park 441 Emerald Avenue, San Carlos 395 Newcastle Drive, Redwood City 1280 Sharon Park Drive #40, Menlo Park 167 Finger Avenue, Redwood City 3003 Melendy Drive, #2, San Carlos 315 Homer Avenue #204, Palo Alto 2010 Sand Hill Court, Menlo Park 918 College Avenue, Menlo Park 4 Williams Court, Menlo Park *Edgewod Lane, Menlo Park 765 Woodside Drive, Woodside

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