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Section 1 of the January 1, 2010 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto January 1, 2010 50� INSIDE THIS ISSUE Our Neighborhoods 2010 w w w.PaloA ltoOnline.com Page 20 Page XX 10 FILMS 5 HITS OF THE Weekly critics rate the movies of '09 YEAR MISSES MISSES PAGE 12 Movies 17 Puzzles 25 Upfront City faces challenges in 2010 Page 3 Sports Gerhart -- an athlete for all seasons Page 18 Home South of Midtown: What's in a name? Page 22 Meadow Wing & Focused Care a tradition of caring PALO ALTO COMMONS offers a comprehensive program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in our Meadow Wing. Here, residents enjoy daily walks on beautiful garden paths and a full program of activities to engage mind, body and spirit. For residents in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease, our Focused Care Program provides for all of the resident's unique needs. Here, families are assured that their loved one will get the best care in the most appropriate environment now and in the future as needs may change. Call today... 650-494-0760 24 Hour On-site Licensed Nurse Services 4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306 650-494-0760 www.paloaltocommons.com License #435200706 Page 2 Upfront by Gennady Sheyner Local news, information and analysis Palo Alto expects budget woes, green momentum in 2010 Stanford Hospital expansion, future of composting and Comprehensive Plan upgrade to dominate city agendas D epending on whom you ask, 2010 will either be a year of painful adjustments in Palo Alto or a time of unprecedented opportunities. For members of the City Council, it promises to be a bit of both. With the city facing a structural budget deficit of about $10 million and just about every major revenue source on the wane, city officials are bracing for service cuts, tough negotiations with labor unions and a growing infrastructure backlog. The city's quest for new police headquarters has stalled and is back to square one; its largest labor union is reporting a crisis of morale; and downtown's vacancy rate is hovering around double digits for the first time in recent memory. But city officials also told the Weekly they have reasons for optimism. After a disastrous 2009, business leaders expect some of the empty buildings on University Avenue to start filling up in early 2010. Palo Alto expects to make significant progress in the coming year on rebuilding its libraries at bargainbasement construction prices. City Council members also hope that some of the green initiatives the city has recently undertaken will bring both environmental and economic benefits to the city. "There's both an uncertain future ahead and a window of opportunity," Mayor Peter Drekmeier said. "We've got great resources, great minds and people who are very dedicated to helping out, which could be a huge boost." Drekmeier, who is concluding his council term this month along with council members Yoriko Kishimoto, Jack Morton and John Barton, said he expects budget issues to dominate council agendas throughout 2010. This includes negotiations with the Service Employees International Union, which represents 617 city workers. (continued on page 10) EDUCATION Schools look to growth, budget cuts Kickoff of `Springboard to Kindergarten' gives year a happy start by Chris Kenrick alo Alto schools will open the new year with a fresh dose of childish enthusiasm. Springboard to Kindergarten, a "crash course in kindergarten readiness," will be launched in January. Springboard is one bright spot in a new year otherwise dominated by school-budget uncertainty. With rising enrollment and shrinking revenues, cuts will be necessary even if voters this spring renew and boost the parcel tax that provides 6 percent of the district's operating budget, school leaders say. Palo Alto's 17 schools are seeking ways to bridge an anticipated $5.1 million "structural deficit" in the district's $154 million operating budget for 2010-11. "It's a challenge to shrink the budget knowing that 85 percent of it is your staff," school board member Camille Townsend said this week. "The strength of our program is in our staff." The school district is seeking the public's budget-cutting suggestions by e-mail at balancedbudget@pausd. org. Officials will gather the ideas for a school-board study session to be scheduled early in the year. Schools already have saved more than $2 million through an informal hiring freeze, a slight increase in class sizes, swimming-pool closures and reduced food budgets. Palo Alto does not get additional state revenue even if enrollment goes up because it is funded under the "basic aid" formula, which is based on property taxes. The district educates 11,565 students in 12 elementary schools, P Veronica Weber Hats off to a brand new 2010! Jack Elarde, 6, and his sister Caroline try on snazzy hats at Diddams in Palo Alto while shopping for their family's New Year's Eve party. LAND USE Push to rename Lytton Plaza debated and delayed Attempt to name downtown plaza after Thoits family faces setbacks after procedural error by Gennady Sheyner n effort by downtown business leaders to rename the newly renovated Lytton Plaza at University Avenue and Emerson Street after the Thoits family hit an unexpected obstacle two weeks ago, when Palo Alto officials learned that they haven't been following A the proper procedure for renaming a public place. The proposal to change Lytton Plaza to Thoits Plaza has been pushed by a group of downtown developers and business leaders, including developer Chop Keenan, hotelier Barbara Gross and former Mayor Leland Levy -- all of whom belong to Friends of Lytton Plaza, an organization that partnered with the city on the recent $750,000 renovation of the prominent plaza. City officials such as Councilman Sid Espinosa and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Sunny Dykwel (who is also in the Friends group) have also endorsed the proposal to name the proposal after the Thoits family, who have owned and operated downtown businesses since 1893. But at a Dec. 15 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission, commissioners were shocked to learn that they don't have the power to consider renaming requests unless the City Council specifically directs them to do so. The commis- sion and staff from the Community Services Department were preparing to recommend renaming the plaza when watchdog Herb Borock pointed out that they're not following the protocol. The city's policy on renaming facilities specifies the "City Council shall initiate the renaming process by referral of the public or staff request to the commission or committee whose sphere of influence is most closely associated with the facility in question." In the case of Lytton Plaza, several groups -- the Palo Alto Historical Association, the Friends of Lytton Plaza and city staff -- all endorsed renaming of the plaza without wait(continued on page 7) (continued on page 5) Page 3 PUBLISHER William S. 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Palo Alto CA 94302 SUBSCRIBE! www.bowmanschool.org 4000 Terman Drive l Palo Alto, CA l Tel: 650-813-9131 Page 4 `` Take care of your legal document needs and have money to spare! Upfront 450 CAMBRIDGE AVE, PALO ALTO, CA 94306 (650) 326-8210 QUOTE OF THE WEEK `` There's both an uncertain future ahead and a window of opportunity. -- Peter Drekmeier, Palo Alto mayor, on what the city council will be facing in 2010. See story on page 3. OF DOGS AND MEN ... Dog people, unite! Pretty please? That's a request from Palo Alto's recreation officials, who have been debating ways to create more play space in the city for local dogs and dog owners. Last month, about 100 people (including six who don't own dogs) attended a meeting on the subject organized by the Parks and Recreation Commission and staff from the Community Services Department. At its Dec. 15 meeting, the commission digested the feedback from the public and agreed with a staff suggestion to explore ways in which users of local fields can share park space with dog owners. One of the challenges staff has discovered is the scattered nature of local dog owners. Unlike bicyclists and athletic groups, dog owners don't have a coherent team or organization that the city can tap for assistance. Rob de Geus, the city's golf and recreation manager, said the city will attempt to change that. "We'll see what we can do to get the dog owners organized in some fashion," he said. "We'll reach out to them and give them some guidance and some of the history we've had with field users and other groups who pulled together on a particular topic to find solutions." Around Town can't hire anybody." City officials, meanwhile, are still scrambling to cut costs in order to close a $5.4 million deficit in the current fiscal year. The tense atmosphere has promoted the city's Human Relations Commission to put out a special memo asking the two sides to respect one another and to avoid stereotypes. "Though highly structured, collective bargaining and those involved in it exist in a context," the memo stated. "The elements of the context that the HRC would like to emphasize in this letter to the Palo Alto community, namely, the danger of stereotypes, the essential importance of respect, the meaning of work, and the manysided significance of community deserve, we believe, careful and continuous consideration now and in the future." PLAY NICE, PEOPLE ... Palo Alto's tense negotiations with its largest workers' union are set to resume on Jan. 11, when city representatives and Service Employees International Union negotiators are scheduled to meet in a closed session. The negotiations ended on an acrimonious note in November, when the City Council voted to forego mediation and impose new conditions on the union, which represents 617 city workers. Earlier this month, Greg Schultz, a lineman in the Utilities Department and a negotiator for the union, told the City Council that the imposed conditions (which create a less lucrative pension formula for new hires and force employees to contribute to their health care) have made it difficult for the department to attract new employees. "When your lights are out and we can't get anyone to get in, hold the candle to the mirror," Schultz said. "You guys are responsible because we THE COLORS OF PALO ALTO ... Want to show your Palo Alto spirit? Whip out your favorite HSV 108, 52, 37 sweater, or perhaps a jacket with a hint of HSV 106, 46, 46. Both colors are among the four types of green artist Sam Yates chose as the"Color of Palo Alto." To arrive at the choices, Yates took photos of all 17,729 parcels in the city, tallied up the average color of the parcels through four different methodologies (mode of means, mean of means, mean of modes, and mode of modes), and then had voters choose the color they like best. Mean of modes, which can be described by a non-artist as "GI Joe-green," won. Earlier this month, Yates earned a standing ovation from the City Council and members of the public for his efforts. He also went through a list of options the city has, now that it has official colors and a photo catalogue of every parcel. City officials can now tally up the number of white picket fences and basketball hoops around town. They can also promote Palo Alto's colors through clothing patterns and paint colors. But Yates said he struggled with the question of whether the "mean of modes" is in fact more Palo Altan than the other three "average" colors, the vote notwithstanding. "We have the people's choice, but in the end all of these are equally valid answers," Yates said. Upfront CITY COUNCIL Tired of High Utility Bills? GreenQuest Home Solutions can help you: Palo Alto considers `prevailing wage' experiment Proposed study would weigh impacts of union wages on local capital projects by Gennady Sheyner alo Alto may soon become a laboratory for studying the impacts of union-level wages on local capital projects. A City Council committee has recommended a pilot study that would split certain upcoming projects -- including street maintenance, sidewalk resurfacing and sewer-main replacement -- into two different contracts. One of these would require contractors to pay their workers a union-equivalent "prevailing wage," while the other would not. The study should help the City Council determine whether to adopt a prevailing-wage policy for local capital projects, members of the council's Policy and Services Committee said at a Dec. 15 committee meeting. Most California cities are already obligated to have such a policy, but Palo Alto is exempt from the requirement because of its status as a charter city. Some members of the council have long argued that the city is morally obligated to make sure contractors on public projects provide adequate training, health insurance and retirement packages for their workers -- factors that are typically integrated into union wages. Councilman John Barton, whose term concluded in December, has been the council's most vehement advocate for a prevailing-wage policy. The pilot study, which the committee endorsed by a 3-0 vote, could serve as a powerful tool, Barton Lower your utility bills Make your home green Make your home more healthy and comfortable year-round Assist with home rebates Call us for a FREE 18 point HomeHealth Check-Up P said, particularly if the city collaborates with Stanford University statisticians and other local experts to carefully evaluate the gathered data. The full council would have to approve the study before it's initiated. Among the most critical questions the study would evaluate is the cost of requiring a prevailing wage. Staff from the Public Works Department estimated that requiring a prevailingwage would raise the costs of local capital projects by 5 to 10 percent. This would add about $1 million total to capital projects in the city's General Fund and about $2.8 million to those in the city's Enterprise Fund. But Neil Struthers, chief executive officer of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Santa Clara and San Benito counties, disputed these numbers. At previous meetings, staff has also acknowledged the existence of various studies on the subject, some of which reached conflicting conclusions. Struthers, whose group represents construction workers, argued that the best way to determine the cost impacts of a prevailing-wage requirement in Palo Alto is through real, empirical data. "I disagree with the fact -- until we prove it -- that there is a cost associated with (prevailing wage)," Struthers said. Committee members also argued that staff estimates were based on unproved assumptions and said the pilot study should give the city a Amid the budget concerns, the school board last year backed off on a plan to refurbish and reopen the former Garland Elementary School campus, at 870 N. California Ave., as the district's 13th elementary school. Officials are keeping a nervous eye on enrollment as they significantly renovate the other campuses for expected growth. Funds for that major construction come from the Measure A "Strong Schools for a Strong Community" $378 million bond measure backed by 78 percent of voters in June 2008. The funds already have paid for major new building at Gunn, and district families will see much more evidence of construction on every campus over the next 10 years. The new Springboard to Kindergarten starts later this month, when families begin registering their children for kindergarten in September. At the time of registration, the foundation-funded, trial program will identify 40 children who lack a solid pre-K foundation. Commitment To Excellence more accurate picture of the costs and benefits associated with prevailing wages. The committee has been considering adopting a prevailingwage policy for more than a year -- a debate that has pitted its members' moral considerations against their fiscal responsibilities. Palo Alto is already wrestling with a $5.8 million deficit in the current fiscal year, and the council is expected to institute service cuts in the coming months to ward off wider budget gaps in future years. "If we find almost no or little difference in costs, I'd assume that Palo Alto will be very happy to go in the direction of prevailing wages," said Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto, who is also on the Policy and Services Committee. Mike Sartor, assistant director of the Public Works Department, said the pilot study would include specific projects the city expects to ask for bids on in the spring. Sartor said the city also plans to mail out surveys to the various bidding contractors to determine what types of wages, benefits, training and work environment they offer their workers. If adopted, the prevailing-wage policy could affect local projects such as Greer Park improvements, library renovations and storm-drain rehabilitation. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com. The 40 will be enrolled immediately in a five-day-a-week preschool running from February until August, when they actually start kindergarten. Activities will stress social-emotional skill-building, the kind of skills Palo Alto school officials view as key to kindergarten success. Officials hope "Springboard" will prove to be a cost-effective way to narrow the achievement gap -- that the crash course will give kids a jumpstart and help to avert the need for costly remedial help in later grades. "I really hope for these kids that this is it -- they will be able to be where everyone else is. They won't need all this intervention later," said Sharon Keplinger, director of the school district's popular Young Fives program. Keplinger also will oversee Springboard to Kindergarten. Both programs are at Greendell School. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at email@example.com. "Saving The Earth One Home at a Time" (650) 493-6000 Member of Build It Green and Northern CA Green Builders School budget (continued from page 3) three middle schools, two high schools plus alternative high-school programs and a school at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. In December, Gunn and Palo Alto high schools both earned ranking on U.S. News & World Report's list of "top 100" public high schools as measured by student participation and performance on Advanced Placement tests. Even with the cuts, renewal of the district's parcel tax this spring is critical if Palo Alto is to continue offering the high-quality program for which it is known, school officials said. The current $493-a-year-perparcel levy generates $9.4 million a year, about 6 percent of the district's operating budget. It expires in 2011. Superintendent Kevin Skelly has asked to replace the current tax with a $589-a-year-per-parcel levy, which would need voters' approval in a May election. The new tax would have a six-year life span and carry an optional exemption for seniors as well as a 2 percent per year growth adjustment to keep up with enrollment growth and cost increases. Even with passage of the parcel tax, "We're probably going to have to make some choices that are really tough, that we don't want to have to make," school board member Melissa Baten Caswell said in a December meeting. 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Students are encouraged to bring their own guitar, but both nylon-string and steel-string loaner guitars are available. Other classes at more advanced levels are also offered. A full brochure is available at Gryphon. LAND USE Developer sues Palo Alto over housing policy City's requirements for low-income housing called `excessive' and `arbitrary' by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto policy that requires developers to dedicate portions of their residential projects to affordable housing is facing a legal challenge from a developer who is calling the policy excessive, onerous and arbitrary. Sterling Park is the second developer to protest the city's policy for below-market-rate (BMR) housing in recent months. On Dec. 14, the Palo Alto City Council voted 7-1 (with Mayor Peter Drekmeier dissenting and Councilman Yiaway Yeh absent), to approve a settlement with SummerHill Homes, builder of a 45-home complex on the former Elks Lodge site on El Camino Real. SummerHill argued that the city's affordablehousing requirement "would severely undercut" its ability to complete the project. The settlement allows SummerHill to pay the city about $4.4 mil- A Stringed Instruments Since 1969 650 493 2131 www.gryphonstrings.com lion in in-lieu fees instead of constructing the required seven units of below-market-rate housing. But while SummerHill's challenge focused on the economic viability of its particular project, Sterling Park's lawsuit targets the affordable-housing policy itself. Sterling Park claims that the policy -- which requires developers to set aside between 15 and 20 percent of the housing units for below-market-rate units -- essentially amounts to a "special tax" against homebuilders. Sterling Park claims Palo Alto has failed to demonstrate a connection between the new project and the shortage of affordable housing in the city. The suit also claims that the city's policy "unlawfully required the project to bear costs and burdens necessary for the city to cure its existing perceived deficiencies of `affordable housing' in the community." Everything for the New Year Look inside today's insert for savings. Low Prices on Page 6 NC "The city's demand for 20 percent of the homes in the Project to be restricted by its BMR housing exaction policies (including payment of alleged BMR in-lieu fees) was arbitrary and capricious, not supported by substantial evidence and excessive," the lawsuit states. The Sterling Park project, located on West Bayshore Road in Midtown, was approved in 2006. As a condition of approval, Sterling Park agreed to include 10 BMR units in the development as well as pay in-lieu fees to avoid having to build additional BMR units. The developer has been reluctantly paying these fees since June 2009 in order to obtain building permits for the new houses. City officials have disputed Sterling Park's lawsuit and argued in a demurrer that the city's BMR program fully complies with state law. The demurral, filed by attorney Scott Pinsky on behalf of the city, also notes the developer submitted his claim against the city after the three-year limitation period has expired. The initial contract between the city and the developer was signed in June 2006, according to the demurrer. The BMR program, which has been producing about 7.5 BMR units a year, is needed to address the city's severe shortage of affordable housing, Pinsky wrote. A recent study by consultant Keyser Marston Associates found that an even greater effort is needed to meet the needs for affordable housing in the city. Assistant City Attorney Don Larkin said the city's recent settlement with SummerHill in no way acknowledges any flaws in the city's BMR policy. The agreement was to avoid costly litigation and get a good deal for the city, Larkin said. The inlieu fees will go to the city's Housing Fund and will be used to support two affordable-housing projects: an Eden Housing development at 801 Alma St. and the Treehouse development at 488 West Charleston Road. Larkin also disputed Sterling Park's claim that the city's BMR program is flawed. "We don't accept that our ordinance is invalid and we have no plans to end or significantly revamp the BMR program," Larkin said. Upfront Lytton Plaza (continued from page 3) ing for the City Council to initiate the process. Both Borock and conservationist Emily Renzel said the item should have never been on the commission's agenda and that members' discussion of the topic also violated city rules. "That's one of the problems of failing to follow the correct process is that there's a temptation to say that -- since a mistake was made and this has come before the commission and before the Historical Association -- the City Council should also violate the process and staff should continue to violate the process by bringing the record of this meeting to the council," Borock said. It was the second time in recent months that Borock prevented downtown leaders and Palo Alto officials from making changes to Lytton Plaza in violation of city rules. In August, Borock forced the city to delay its scheduled groundbreaking for the new plaza because the city failed to grant residents a 30-day waiting period to appeal the park-improvement project. The council had to call a special meeting to ensure the renovation could start on time and be completed before the end of the holiday season. The renovated Lytton Plaza -- featuring new landscaping, new City View There were no public meetings in Palo Alto this week. street furniture, fresh paving and a fountain -- was officially unveiled on Dec. 18. On Dec. 15, Keenan, Gross and Levy catalogued the many local accomplishments of the Thoits family. Keenan said the Thoits family is virtually synonymous with the economic prosperity of downtown Palo Alto. "When I think about commerce in Palo Alto and I think about downtown and civic engagement, the Thoits family jumps off the page for the city and the downtown in particular," said Keenan, who filed the formal request to rename the plaza. Duncan Matteson, who cofounded Mid-Peninsula Bank with Warren Thoits, called his former business partner Palo Alto's "finest gentleman." Levy noted that by renaming Lytton Plaza the city would not only honor a great family but also help stave off confusion from visitors (Lytton Plaza, both he and Keenan pointed out, is not on Lytton Avenue). Dykwel called the family members "pioneers." The rest of the commission was generally sympathetic to the proposal, but members decided to hold off on making any recommendations until directed by the council. Both Borock and Renzel asked the commission to carefully consider whether or not to change the plaza's name. Under the city's criteria, the person for whom a place is renamed must have made a significant contribution to the "protection of natural or cultural resources" in Palo Alto; substantial contributions to "the betterment of a specific facility or park," or substantial contributions to "recreational opportunities" in Palo Alto. Renzel argued that the Thoits fam- ily, for all its contributions, doesn't meet these criteria. Borock said that Bart Lytton -- a banker who opened Lytton Savings and Loan and who built the plaza -- may still have a stronger claim to the plaza's name. "Bart Lytton had a vision to have public spaces like this one in a downtown area," Borock said, "We're also celebrating the fact that all historic events are associated with Lytton Plaza." Espinosa, the council's liaison to the commission, said he expects the council to initiate the renaming process in the coming weeks. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com. FREE DELIVERY (with min. order) "THE BEST PIZZA WEST OF NEW YORK" --Ralph Barbieri KNBR 680 880 Santa Cruz Ave Menlo Park (at University Drive) 790 Castro St Mountain View (1 block from El Camino) (650) 329-8888 (650) 961-6666 L U C I L E PA C K A R D C H I L D R E N ' S H O S P I TA L Your Child's Health University Lucile Packard Children's Hospital offers classes and seminars designed to foster good health and enhance the lives of parents and children. INFANT MASSAGE Learn the techniques of infant massage along with tips to relieve gas, aid digestion and soothe the soreness of vaccination sites on your baby. Class is recommended for infants from one month of age to crawling. New classes begin at the end of January. Public Agenda PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to swear in City Council members Karen Holman, Larry Klein, Gail Price, Gregory Scharff and Nancy Shepherd. The council also plans to elect a new mayor and vice mayor and to read resolutions commending outgoing council members Peter Drekmeier, Jack Morton, Yoriko Kishimoto and John Barton. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). UTILITY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss a City Council colleagues' memo about reducing potablewater use in Palo Alto by 20 percent by 2020. The commission is also scheduled to hear a report on converting electric lines from overhead to underground. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PALO ALTO ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss proposed streetscape improvements at the intersection of El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue. The improvements include bulb-outs, enhanced pedestrian crosswalks and street furniture. The board also plans to discuss 340 University Ave., a request by Bohlin Cywinski for a minor architectural review of exterior building improvements, including a new fa�ade and roof. The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PEDIATRIC WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAM Start the new year with a family-based, behavioral and educational weight management program that promotes healthy eating and exercise habits for overweight children and their families. More than 80% of children achieve long-term weight loss through this program � and parents lose weight too! The new session starts soon, call (650) 725-4424 to register. Spaces are limited. NEWBORN CARE 101 This interactive program teaches the specifics of newborn care including bathing, swaddling, soothing, and more. Infant doll models are used to allow for hands-on practice. - Saturday, February 27: 9:00 am � 12:00 pm STAYING CLOSE WHILE STANDING BACK Julie Metzger, RN, creator of our "Heart to Heart" program, hosts an evening for parents of adolescents and young teens with a discussion of ways we can encourage our children to be resilient, accountable, and independent people in a fast-changing world. - Tuesday, March 9: 7:00 � 8:30 pm Call (650) 723-4600 or visit www.lpch.org to register or obtain more information on the times, locations and fees for these and other courses. L U C I L E PA C K A R D C H I L D R E N'S H O S P I T A L C A L L TO D AY TO S I G N U P F O R C L A S S E S ( 6 5 0 ) 72 3 - 4 6 0 0 Page 7 Buy 1 entree and get the 2nd one Upfront with coupon (Dinner Only) These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click on "News" in the left, green column. Online This Week YEAR IN REVIEW 2009 in quotes "There is gossip, and then there is gossip on Facebook, where everyone hears about it." -- Malaika Drebin, Palo Alto High School junior, speaking in January about the power of the Palo Alto-based social-networking site Facebook. Woodside attorney named Superior Court judge 369 Lytton Avenue Downtown Palo Alto 462-5903 Woodside resident and trial attorney Theodore C. Zayner has been appointed as a judge on the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday. (Posted Dec. 29 at 5:26 p.m.) Palo Alto offers holiday-lights trade Palo Alto utilities customers can trade in their old holiday lights for a free string of new, energy-efficient LED bulbs. While supplies last, the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department will hand out a new LED string in exchange for an old string of working incandescent lights. (Posted Dec. 29 at 11:37a.m.) Family owned and operated for 15 years w w w. j a n t a i n d i a n r e s t a u r a n t . c o m "There is no way to describe how cool that was. Just, yay." -- Jessica Brooks, a Palo Alto High School senior, who tweeted her feelings on Twitter upon seeing President Barack Obama during the Inauguration in January. County debuts drug-discount program All residents of Santa Clara County can now use a new, free prescription-drug discount card, which allows them to save an average of 22 percent on drugs purchased at participating pharmacies. Residency is the only eligibility requirement, Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss said in a press release. (Posted Dec. 29 at 9:55 a.m.) 47 Bay Area residents fail to Spare the Air The Bay Area Air Quality Management District recorded 47 potential violations of the regional no-burn restriction on Christmas Day, air district spokesman Ralph Borrmann said this week. A citation, if issued, carries a $400 fine paid to the air district. (Posted Dec. 29 at 9:37 a.m.) "Seems to me they're on an express train and we're on a bicycle trying to catch up." -- Palo Alto Vice Mayor Jack Morton speaking in February on Palo Alto's efforts to address its concerns with the California HighSpeed Rail Authority. Man could get life in attempted homicide Mountain View resident Reginald Ellis was arrested late last week for allegedly trying to choke his girlfriend to death in November, and authorities now say he faces a life sentence if found guilty on several counts including attempted murder. (Posted Dec. 28 at 9:07 a.m.) "It's sort of like a mosquito on an elephant." -- John Barton, Palo Alto City Council member, arguing in March that the city's new ban on plastic checkout bags is too limited because it affects only four supermarkets. Caltrain offering free rides New Year's Eve Caltrain is offering free rides to passengers after 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve to encourage revelers not to drive, according to agency officials. (Posted Dec. 28 at 9:03 a.m.) Drunk-driving arrests up in Bay Area The California Highway Patrol has arrested 160 impaired drivers in the Bay Area since Thursday evening. (Posted Dec. 28 at 9 a.m.) "It's like the Fire Department is giving the city the finger." -- Vice Mayor Jack Morton criticizing in April the minimal budget cuts volunteered by the Palo Alto Fire Department despite the city's fiscal crisis. Train fatality is 26-year-old Mountain View man The man killed late Wednesday afternoon by a southbound Caltrain has been identified as Alejandro Escobar Samayoa, 26, of Mountain View, the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office announced Thursday. (Posted Dec. 24 at 8:55 a.m.) "This is a real black eye for the city process." -- Bern Beecham, former Palo Alto mayor, on Stanford's announcement in April it would indefinitely shelve plans to expand the Stanford Shopping Center . The city had hoped to gain additional tax revenues from the center. Watch your parents blossom! "It's a really, really dumb idea." -- City Councilman John Barton on a May proposal to ease California's $21.3 billion budget gap by borrowing money from cities and counties. State lawmakers in July approved a compromise, diverting $2 billion in local funds to the state. "Hopefully ... we can put this difficult episode behind us." Daily Health Monitoring Exercise Therapies Socializing Music Arts Gardening Nutritious Lunch Local Transportation ... and more! -- City Manager James Keene of Palo Alto on a May police auditor's report that detailed flaws in the police investigation into the Children's Theatre. "I'm going to the East Coast for college because I feel like once Palo Alto sucks you in you end up living here for 20 years." -- Grace LaPier, a June Palo Alto High School graduate, on her thoughts about the future. The Family Choice for Adult Day Care 270 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040 (650) 289-5499 www.avenidas.org Page 8 Upfront "Hug your kids. Tell them you love them. ... And celebrate any passing grade." -- Philippe Rey, executive director of the nonprofit Adolescent Counseling Services, in October following the fourth death of a Palo Alto teenager on the train tracks. News Digest Palo Alto council to choose new mayor Palo Alto will swear in newly elected members Karen Holman, Larry Klein, Gail Price, Gregory Scharff and Nancy Shepherd as well as elect a new mayor and vice mayor at its first meeting of the new year Monday, Jan. 4. The council will also read commendations for outgoing council members Peter Drekmeier, Jack Morton, Yoriko Kishimoto and John Barton. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, beginning at 7 p.m. -- Palo Alto Weekly staff The Peninsula's Premier Funeral Service Provider Serving families since 1899 980 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, California 94301 "It's not just a horse of a different color; it's a zebra." -- Judith Wasserman, a member of Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board, speaking on revised designs for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in August. The city is still negotiating with Stanford University and is working the Environmental Impact Report on the $3.5 billion rebuilding of the medical center and hospitals. (650) 328-1360 www.rollerhapgoodtinney.com Funeral Home FD132 County debuts drug-discount program All residents of Santa Clara County can now use a new, free prescription-drug discount card, which allows them to save an average of 22 percent on drugs purchased at participating pharmacies. Residency is the only eligibility requirement, Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss said in a press release. Most local pharmacies are participants, including Costco, CVS Caremark, Maximart, RiteAid, Safeway, Target and Walgreens. For a complete list, as well as a price estimate for an individual prescription, druginteraction information and news articles about health issues, visit www. caremark.com. The free cards are available at county libraries and social-service agencies, as well as at participating pharmacies and online. Copies can also be downloaded at www.sccgov.org and printed out. Residents can also call 877-321-2652. The plan is not limited to people who are uninsured or underinsured; any resident can use the card to save money on prescription drugs not covered by their health plan. Anyone in the household may use the card. The discount drug program is funded by drug distributors and pharmacies and will incur no costs for Santa Clara County, Kniss said Tuesday, noting that drug companies and pharmacies want to sell their products. "The reason we are pushing it so hard is that for anyone who is uninsured or who falls into the `donut hole,' this provides that discount," she said. "The purpose is to assure that the uninsured get covered." The discount-card program is open-ended and not part of a pilot or experiment, Kniss added. It is offered by Santa Clara County and the National Association of Counties. San Mateo County launched a similar program in December, offering greater discounts than the Caremark/NACo card with its Coast2Coast Rx Card, according to Martin Dettelbach, chief marketing officer for Financial Marketing Concepts Inc. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., which markets discount benefit programs. The card also offers discounts on lab and imaging tests, he said. The discount card can be printed from the website, www.coast2coastrx.com/sanmateoca. -- Carol Blitzer PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 (TENTATIVE) AGENDA SPECIAL MEETING-COUNCIL CHAMBERS JANUARY 04, 2010 - 7:00 PM AT THIS POINT IN THE MEETING THE SWEARING IN OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS KAREN HOLMAN, LARRY KLEIN, GAIL A. PRICE, GREGORY SCHARFF AND NANCY SHEPHERD WILL OCCUR 1. 2. Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor Adoption of a Resolution Commending the Outstanding Public Service of Peter Drekmeier as Mayor and Council Member Adoption of a Resolution Commending the Outstanding Public Service of Council Member John Barton Adoption of a Resolution Commending the Outstanding Public Service of Council Member Yoriko Kishimoto Adoption of a Resolution Commending the Outstanding Public Service of Council Member Jack Morton "We're at a dangerous point right now." -- Superintendent Kevin Skelly of the Palo Alto Unified School District in August -- after the third suicide involving a school child in 2009 -- on comforting grieving students while not making suicide seem normal. "We're dealing with a crisis ... and there's no audience." -- Vice Mayor Jack Morton regarding a sparsely attended City Council meeting in October, at which the city's fiscal crisis was discussed. Since then, the city discovered an additional $4.8 million hole in the previous year's budget. "We're not a community that beats down doors to collect $75." -- Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier regarding fears in October that a business-license tax would prompt audits of home-based businesses. The tax proposal, Measure A, was defeated by nearly 57 percent of city voters in November. 3. 4. 5. "We've only had one dog so far, and no babies." -- Robert Archibald, an election inspector, regarding the sparse walk-in voting for November's election, where mail-in ballots were heavily used. Warrant issued in philanthropy embezzlement An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 24 for a former Silicon Valley Community Foundation employee suspected of stealing $100,000 from the organization, according to the Mountain View Police Department. Police spokesperson Steve McCoy said he could not give out any more information until the former employee, Frances Louise Stewart, 52, was arrested. On Monday the foundation announced that it had fired an employee on suspicion of embezzlement. "Our finance department noticed a discrepancy and they began trying to figure out what was going on," said Rebecca Salner, vice president of marketing and communications for the nonprofit, located in Mountain View on El Camino Real near Showers Drive. An internal investigation was launched and less than a week later the case was turned over to the Mountain View Police Department. Stewart worked in the foundation's human-resources department, Salner said. "The theft was identified by our finance department as a result of internal controls, and we intend to pursue every possible remedy to ensure that restitution is made to the community foundation," CEO and President Emmett D. Carson said in an e-mail. "The incident remains under investigation by external authorities, and the community foundation is engaging a forensic accountant to provide further assistance as needed," a statement on the organization's website read. The money taken was from "flexible spending accounts" used for employee health care and dependent care expenses. The monies were not budgeted for philanthropic grants or programs. Any money not recovered will be covered by insurance, the statement said. The Community Foundation oversees donations to numerous local nonprofit organizations and in 2008 awarded $264 million in grants. -- Kelsey Mesher LET'S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at www.PaloAltoOnline.com "The only other thing we can do in this city is eat." -- Donna Berryhill, objecting to a plan in November to replace Palo Alto Bowl with a hotel and townhouses. The City Council approved the plan in December, which will replace the bowling alley and the Thai Garden restaurant with a 167-room hotel and 26 townhouses. International School of the Peninsula French Immersion and Chinese Immersion "While a number of serious mistakes were made, they were made with good intentions." -- Palo Alto Public Works Director Glenn Roberts in December on clearcutting California Avenue trees in mid-September. Seventyfive new trees will be planted this winter along the three-block stretch of the California Avenue business district. th required Page 9 Upfront Budget 2010 (continued from page 3) On Jan. 11 -- just three months after the council unilaterally imposed new conditions on SEIU employees -- negotiations between the two sides are set to resume. Councilman Pat Burt said the council also plans to re-evaluate the entire government structure in the coming year. "We're going to look at the whole city government and ask if there are any ways in which we can run more efficiently," Burt said. Other cuts will stretch far beyond City Hall and could prove more painful for the average resident. The city is facing a $5.4 million gap in the 2010 fiscal year, which ends on June 30. So far, city officials have transferred money from reserve funds, withdrew funds from the Public Safety Building project and made other one-time, under-theradar adjustments to close the gap. But City Manger James Keene said closing future gaps would almost certainly involve elimination of some programs and services. "We're really at the end of the line as far as shuffling things around and making cuts that don't require a serious prioritization of our programs," Keene said. "This is not a year where there's going to be opportunities to say, `Yes,' to people a lot." The council's Finance Committee has already identified several programs that may be on the chopping block if the budget picture worsens. These include the Fire Department's emergency-preparation program, the Police Department's community-outreach services and the city's shuttle service. The list may change or expand in 2010, when new council members Karen Holman, Gail Price, Nancy Shepherd and Greg Scharff bring their own views and priorities to the dais. f there is a positive aspect of the economic downturn, it's lower construction costs, Drekmeier said. With Palo Alto preparing to rebuild its libraries, expand the Art Center and upgrade the streetscape along California Avenue, city officials have been heartened by the lower bids they've been receiving for the various capital projects. "Capital projects can now be done much cheaper," Drekmeier said. "We're seeing a lot of bids 30 percent lower than expected, so this could be a good time to move forward with those projects." Keene said the city's Adminis- I A Guide to the Spiritual Community First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto Sunday Services � 8:30 & 10:25 Sunday School � 9:00 Rev. Love & Rev. McHugh Office Hours: 8-4 M-F trative Services Department is now considering other infrastructure and maintenance projects to take advantage of the lower construction costs. While the Public Works Department coordinates the city's multitude of infrastructural projects in 2010, city planners and the City Council will be spending large chunks of the year debating the city's longterm future. Palo Alto's upgrade of its Comprehensive Plan -- the city's land-use bible -- is scheduled to accelerate in February when the council and the Planning and Transportation Commission meet to discuss the $850,000 revision effort. Burt, a former planning commissioner, said the upgrade is critical because it will dictate the city's approach toward building new housing and protecting residents' quality of life. Keene said the revision process would help city officials make long-term choices about the future of Palo Alto. The council also plans to spend much of the coming year struggling with another big-ticket land-use issue: Stanford University Medical Center's $3.5 billion expansion of its hospital facilities, which would bring 1.3 million square feet of new development to the city. The city's long-awaited environmental review for the project is scheduled to be released in March. That's also when negotiations between Stanford and Palo Alto over a development agreement are expected to heat up, since the project far exceeds what the city's zoningcode allows. "It's a project of such a scale that it's transformational," Kishimoto said at a Dec. 7 discussion on the Stanford expansions. "The challenge is, how do you make it into a project that's transformational in a positive way, rather than a negative way?" So far, the two sides remain at odds over the "public benefits" Stanford should be required to provide to get the city's permission for the project. Keene predicted at the Dec. 7 meeting that the release of the environmental study in March should help the two sides resolve these issues. "It's safe to say, we mutually recognize that moving the discussion through an eventual resolution can't effectively take place until the Draft Environmental Impact Report is out," Keene said. he new year will also force city officials to grapple with an assortment of hold-over issues from 2009. California's proposed high-speedrail system, which would pass through Palo Alto, will continue to dominate public hearings in Palo Alto throughout 2010. The city's debate over the future of composting is scheduled to resume in February, when the City Council considers whether it's feasible to build a new waste-to-energy facility. Residents around California Avenue will have a chance to express their views about the city's streetscape improvements in the summer, when the city plans to replace street furniture and change the lane alignments on the busy street. The word "green" will also likely continue to dominate the council lexicon. Burt said he'd like to see the city put together a "master plan" for the city's panoply of environmental initiatives -- a document that could both coordinate the city's environmental policies and showcase the city to outsiders as a leader in the field. The city's leadership on green issues has already attracted great attention from other cities, states and nations, Burt said, and was the main reason the U.S.-China Green Energy Council chose Palo Alto as the host city for its annual forum in October 2009. Stanford University and businesses such as Tesla Motors (which announced its move to Palo Alto in April) and Better Place further reinforce this image, he said. The city's environmental leadership, he said, may be the key to attracting new businesses to Palo Alto and promoting economic growth in a year filled with financial anxieties. "We don't have to start any new programs, but we need to continue our momentum in this arena and tie it with economic benefits in our community," Burt said. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com. (650) 323-6167 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC T This Sunday: Raising a Gifted Child David Howell preaching An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ Stanford Memorial Church University Public Worship Stanford Memorial Church Sundays, 10:00 am There will be no 10:00 am UPW services on December 20th, December 27th and January 3rd UPW will resume Sunday, January 10th Happy Holidays from Stanford Office for Religious Life http://religiouslife.stanford.edu A resource for special events and ongoing religious services. To inquire about or make space reservations for Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc at 326-8210 x6596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org INSPIRATIONS We Invite You to Learn and Worship with Us. FPCMV welcomes our new Pastor Timothy R. Boyer. Biblically based Sermons and Worship Service 10:30 AM. www.fpcmv.org 1667 Miramonte (Cuesta at Miramonte) 650.968.4473 Page 10 Transitions Births, marriages and deaths Frank Greene, Silicon Valley technology pioneer, dies Chip designer, CEO and activist inducted into Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame F rank S. Greene, a pioneering Silicon Valley technologist, died unexpectedly Saturday at El Camino Hospital. He was 71. G r e e n e stood among technology giants Robert Noyce, David Packard, William Hewlett and the Varian brothers as one of 63 inductees into the Silicon Frank S. Greene Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, conferred by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council. He was also hailed as one of the first black technologists, breaking the color barrier in local industry. He developed high-speed semiconductor computer-memory systems at Fairchild Semiconductor R&D Labs in the 1960s. He started two technology companies and later founded NewVista Capital, a venture firm with a special focus on minority- and female-headed firms. Its headquarters, now in Sunnyvale, were previously located in Mountain View and Palo Alto. Greene also launched the GOPositive Foundation, which offers leadership programs with "core positive values" for high school and college students. "Success in life is not about `me' but about what you can do to help others," he told the Palo Alto Weekly earlier this year when he was honored as one of the 50 most important African-Americans in technology in an exhibit at Palo Alto City Hall. Greene grew up in the highly segregated St. Louis of the 1950s, where "making it through life was a civil-rights activity in itself," he said. When Washington University opened up to people of color, Greene said the top 10 to 15 percent of students from his high school received scholarships. He was in the second class that included black students at the university. "We went to sit-ins to see if we could integrate some places around the school. We would sit there until the cops closed the place." One time, Greene and his friends went to a pizza joint, where the owners were willing to serve them. "The problem was that between us we didn't have enough money for one order, so from that day, I've always said, `You have to be prepared for opportunity when it arrives. ... You've got to be prepared for success.' We weren't expecting to succeed, so we didn't take any money." Greene said his technology career grew out of being in the right place at the right time. "When (the Soviet satellite) Sputnik launched, we felt we'd be attacked from space. There was a big call to teach science, and I got a job to teach physical science," he said. teenager. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. While stationed in Hawaii, he met his future wife, Dorothy, on Waikiki Beach. They were married in 1962. They settled in Palo Alto, where he worked as a carpenter for approxi- Greene was the first black cadet to make it through the four-year U.S. Air Force ROTC program in 1961. He became an Air Force captain. Armed with a master's degree from Purdue University, he started as a test engineer at Fairchild then moved into research and development in chip design. Greene holds the patent for the integrated circuit that made Fairchild a semiconductor leader in the late 1960s. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University and taught electrical engineering and computer science at five universities: Howard University, Santa Clara, Stanford University, Northwestern University and Washington University at St. Louis. He founded two software companies, Technology Development Corp., which went public in 1985, and ZeroOne Systems Inc., which was sold to Sterling Software. He sat on the boards of many technology start-ups as well as of Santa Clara University. He was past chairman of the board of the American Musical Theatre of San Jose and a board member of the National Conference of Community and Justice. More recently, Greene laid out some of his ideas about leadership in his "VRE Leadership" workbooks, standing for "Vision," "Relationships" and "Execute." "All successful leaders meet their challenges by starting with a clear vision that creates value for others," he said last year in an interview with author Tom Marcoux. A "celebration of life" for Greene, a Sunnyvale resident, is being planned, a family member said Monday. mately 30 years. He was an avid reader who appreciated the simple things in life, such as good food and spending time at Mitchell Park with his golden Labrador dog, loved ones recalled. He enjoyed solving home-repair problems and using his ingenuity to help many in his community over the years. He took great pride in his work and what he built or repaired lasted a lifetime, while thoughtfulness and humor were his trademarks, loved ones said. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy Parker of Palo Alto; children, Cathleen Samora of Dacono, Colo., Brion Parker of Mountain View, and Hilari Gaines of Walnut Creek, Calif.; five grandchildren; and many friends and neighbors. A "celebration of life" memorial will be held Sat., Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. in Mountain View. For more information, call 650-400-4482. Donations may be made to Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR Donations, P.O. Box 2646, Menlo Park, CA 94026) or Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306. Sara Pindar Sara Burks Pindar, 95, a resident of Stanford, died Dec. 10 following a long illness. She moved to Palo Alto in 1948, when her husband accepted a position at Stanford University, and she lived in Stanford from 1950 until her death. She had a lifelong interest in literature and art which she loved to discuss with her devoted friends. She was married to Frederick Van Loan Pindar, who preceded her in death, as did her son Frederick Van Loan Pindar Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Maia Pindar, of Redwood City. tos at St Nicholas Church with a reception at Hotel Los Gatos, Los Gatos. The bride's daughter, Alexis, walked her mother down the aisle for both ceremonies. The bride and groom first met as teenagers through a mutual friend. The bride is the daughter of the late Kathleen and Carl Westrum and a lifetime resident of Palo Alto. She graduate from Palo Alto High School and Foothill College. She works for PACCC as a subsitute teacher. The groom is the son of Solange Cartal and Guy Roucoule of St. Raphael, France. He moved to Palo Alto in 1996. He is the manager of Joanie's Caf� in Palo Alto. The couple resides in Palo Alto. Weddings Westrum-Roucole Andrea Westrum and Maxime Roucoule married in a civil ceremony with family March 21, 2009, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. This was followed by a formal church wedding July 25, 2009, in Los Al- Resident of San Mateo, CA Special son, brother and friend, Freddie Pierce has gone to be with his heavenly Father. Freddie was blessed with 20 years of life. Quiet hour was held Tuesday, Dec. 22nd from 6pm-8pm at Crosby- N.Gray & Co., 2 Park Road, Burlingame. Service was held on Wednesday, Dec 23rd @ 11am at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 217 N. Grant St, San Mateo. Interment was at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo. Arrangements by Crosby-N Gray & Co., Burlingame, CA 650-342-6617 PA I D O B I T UA RY Deaths Troy Parker Troy Gene Parker, 69, a resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 23. He was born in Laredo, Texas, raised in Heavener, Ok., and moved to California with his cousin as a Answers to this week's puzzles, which can be found on page 25 1 7 5 3 9 2 4 6 8 6 8 4 7 1 5 2 3 9 2 3 9 6 8 4 5 1 7 9 4 7 1 2 3 8 5 6 8 1 3 5 6 9 7 4 2 5 6 2 8 4 7 1 9 3 4 9 1 2 3 8 6 7 5 3 5 8 4 7 6 9 2 1 7 2 6 9 5 1 3 8 4 Fresh news delivered daily Sign up today www.PaloAltoOnline.com Bill passed away at Stanford Medical Center surrounded by his family and close friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Gene and Ann Zisko of Thousand Oaks. He is survived by his wife, Cara Fonteyne along with stepsons, Matthew and Christopher Vistnes of Los Altos Hills, daughters, Allison and Natalie Zisko of San Jose, brother Richard Zisko and niece Laura Zisko of Thousand Oaks. Bill practiced law in Palo Alto for 29 years and was a founding partner of Tomlinson, Zisko, Morosoli, and Maser LLP. He was a sports enthusiast and a loyal fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was an avid fan of collegiate sports and attended several final four basketball tournaments with his daughters. Bill enjoyed traveling abroad with his family, as well as attending outdoor musical concerts. He was known by many, and will be greatly missed by all. A celebration of his life will be held at La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave, Palo Alto on Sunday, January, 3rd 2010 between 1 and 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to the San Jose Family Shelter. PA I D OBITUARY Palo Alto Weekly � January 1, 2010 � Page 11 A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace Jeremy Renner is suited up to defuse a bomb in "The Hurt Locker." NOTABLES and I FORGETTABLES WEEKLY CRITICS LOVED `A SINGLE MAN,' `THE HURT LOCKER' -- AND HATED `NINE' Jeanne Aufmuth's top films 10. The Cove Intrepid activists set out for Japan to rescue dolphins being slaughtered for "pest control." Louie Psihoyos' harrowing expos� of courage and might is a heroic and unforgettable (and terribly gruesome) tribute to those trying to make the world a better place by preserving all of God's creatures. 9. The Hangover Snaps to the movie that made me laugh longest and loudest in 2009. But Todd Phillips' whacked-out buddy pic is more than genre formula; its unique narrative structure and "Where's Waldo?" intrigue make for compelling movie-going. And Bradley Cooper in that sexy black suit -- can I hear a hallelujah? 8. This Is It I was haunted by Kenny Ortega's behind-the-scenes homage to the departed King of Pop. The sheer force of Michael Jackson's gargantuan talent combined with his laser-focused physical effort left me frozen with joy and grief. An essential tribute to the world's all-time greatest act. 7. An Education Carey Mulligan's blistering performance as a brilliant and bored Eng(continued on next page) Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) goes "Up." t was an "Up" year for Pixar, an up-in-the-air year for George Clooney, and a time of particular praise for "The Hurt Locker" and "A Single Man." But 2009 was also the year that "Nine" landed with a thud in theaters. In our annual "best" and "worst" lists, Weekly film critics Jeanne Aufmuth, Peter Canavese and Susan Tavernetti give the lowdown on the good and the rotten in 2009's movies. Meanwhile, critic Tyler Hanley rounds up the best cinematic heroes and villains of the year. Susan Tavernetti's top films 10. Precious Dedicated to "Precious girls everywhere," the powerhouse indie deals with a Harlem teen struggling with illiteracy, poverty, unwanted pregnancy and abuse. Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe in the title role and mommie dearest Mo'Nique deliver performances of unflinching honesty. The gritty subject matter transcends the unnecessary fantasy scenes that first-time scribe Geoffrey Fletcher and director Lee Daniels tacked on to the novel "Push" by Sapphire. Faces from top 2009 films: Colin Firth in "A Single Man," Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard in "An Education," Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in "(500) Days of Summer," Ursina Lardi in "The White Ribbon." Page 12 Peter Canavese's top films 10. A Single Man Colin Firth shot to the top of the Best Actor short list with his performance as a gay professor reeling from the death of his lover. Julianne Moore, equally good, nails the role of his boozy bosom bud(continued on next page) 9. Up in the Air Things click like airplane seatbelts in Jason Reitman's dramedy. Although based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel, the film rides the zeitgeist of the current economic downturn. George Clooney has never been better. Playing a carefree traveling man who would rather fly the friendly skies than befriend a neighbor, he effortlessly folds all of his talent into one piece of luggage. His job is (continued on page 14) Jeanne Aufmuth lish high-schooler who falls for an older man is fiercely pitch-perfect. Peter Sarsgaard chews up the scenery with his silky veneer. Betrayal never looked so good. 6. Ponyo Hayao Miyazaki's crafty take on the Little Mermaid legend is a magnificent master class in surreal Japanese anime featuring a clever and calculating goldfish as its perky protagonist. A strikingly poignant study of skill and will. 5. A Single Man Colin Firth gives the performance of a lifetime as a gay English professor suffering the jagged slings and arrows of grief. Designer Tom Ford's gauzy visuals and stream-of-consciousness approach lend stylistic beauty to the subtle notion of veiled passion and existential desperation. 4. Away We Go Sam Mendes' little movie-that-could puts tight focus on dark humor tinted with the desperation and anxiety of laying down roots, drawing on rich reserves of drama and family history to shape a dogged desire for a happy home. All packaged with a fresh indie feel more Coen brothers than classic Mendes. 3. Coraline Henry Selick snares a timeless disenfranchised youth theme and turns it on its ear with psychotic angst and spooky dark corners. Moody, brilliant and eminently frightening, this one will leave its mark on me. 2. (500) Days of Summer Not your mother's romantic comedy! Newbie helmer Mark Webb takes square aim at the ups and inevitable downs of Gen-Y relationships featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel as young lovers on different quixotic planes -- or is it planets? 1. The Hurt Locker Jeremy Renner turns up the heat and puts the S in swagger as a hyper-intense military bomb specialist who can't let go of the job. Director Kathryn Bigelow (woman does war!) gets to the heart of the matter with sensitivity, brutality and an unerring sense of futility and despair. Say hello to Oscar! Phoenix's disingenuous oddities and Gwyneth Paltrow's overcooked pretension did me in. Where the Wild Things Are Granted, it's a challenge turning a 48-page classic into two hours of silver-screen magic. But Spike Jonze's take on Maurice Sendak's timely standard is maddening, self-serving and downright dull. sulting film packs a gut punch. Astonishing performances (particularly those of Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as father and son) power this morality play about humanity's emotional and behavioral limits. 5. In the Loop One part "Dr. Strangelove" and two parts "The Office," "In the Loop" was the year's top comedy, a political satire savaging government movers and shakers on both sides of the Atlantic. This loose spinoff of the BBC comedy series "The Thick of It" is the brainchild of director Armando Iannucci and his team of co-writers, though it also benefits from improvisational flexibility. 4. Tokyo Sonata Though "Up in the Air" is hoarding all the awardsseason attention with its disingenuous concern for the downsized, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's domestic drama puts it to shame. Kurosawa explores a family under strain as a shamed father attempts to hide his joblessness: Disturbed by the duplicity they intuit, the man's wife and children lose their moorings and begin to act out. 3. Still Walking Taking an understated tack, Hirokazu Kore-eda delivered another affecting domestic drama from Japan, this one taking place over a period of one day in the life of a family. When grown children grudgingly visit their parents, generational conflict arises as young and old sift through past and present only to find that their individual hopes and family ties have mostly escaped them. 2. Coraline Local hero Henry Selick helmed this stop-motion animated adventure distinguished by its serious girl-power and otherworldly circus vaudeville. Based on the Neil Gaiman book, "Coraline" offers up a wild and woolly wonderland while also telling a tight tale that looks like Halloween but endorses thanks-giving. It's like "Faust," if it were a comedy ... for kids ... in 3-D. 1. Sita Sings the Blues Notice a theme here? 2009 was a banner year for animated films, and the most creative was this little charmer written, directed, produced and animated by Nina Paley (it's legally available for free online, but don't be a cheapskate; make a donation or buy the DVD). Paley approaches the Indian epic "The Ramayana" from a number of angles, all thought-provoking and highly entertaining. Paul Blart: Mall Cop Who wants their kids to grow up to be idiots? Have I got the movie for you! (Parental guidance suggested.) Hannah Montana: The Movie A crassly commercial enterprise that's supposedly about embracing authenticity: confused and confusing (but candy-colored ... yay!). Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Everything that's wrong with the movie industry today in an efficient ... 150 minutes?! Wake me when it's over. Peter Canavese's pans Bride Wars Four things we hate about so-called "chick flicks": anti-feminism, shrill characters, rampant superficiality and consumerism, and behavior too weird for Venus, much less Earth. I Love You, Beth Cooper Did director Chris Columbus lose a bet? It's the only explanation for this odious teen comedy. Peter Canavese dy. First-time director Tom Ford overdoses on style, but "A Single Man" is also a thinking person's picture about love, loss and the mortal ravages of time. 9. Where the Wild Things Are How do you make a 95-minute film out of a 10-sentence children's book? Very carefully. At least that's what we can gather from Spike Jonze's well-considered, well-designed, well-performed youth psychodrama. Taking its cues from Maurice Sendak's book, the screenplay by Jonze and novelist Dave Eggers projects childhood emotions onto a not-terribly inviting landscape and its monstrous denizens. For the inner child in all of us. 8. Up Pixar, on the other hand, tapped into our inner senior citizen for its annual gift to the masses. Few images were as indelible this year as the four-minute montage that economically dramatizes the 60-year relationship between Carl and Ellie, or the keen symbol of an elderly, grief-clouded Carl dragging the baggage of their lives -- a home lifted by thousands of balloons -- toward the destination of their dreams. 7. The Hurt Locker The top suspense picture of the year turned out to be this well-wrought Iraq War drama from Kathryn Bigelow. In Mark Boal's script and Jeremy Renner's leading performance, we got more than an armrest-gripping workout. We also got a pithy representation of the modern grunt: sadly disposable, highly skilled, soul-bruised, and with each tick of a bomb timer, just a bit more addicted to the drug of war. 6. The Road Screenwriter Joe Penhall and director John Hillcoat dared scale the lofty terrain of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and the re- "There`s no place like home." Redwood City - San Mateo - San Jose www.matchedcaregivers.com Jeanne Aufmuth's pans Nine Rob Marshall lays a big Christmas goose-egg with this frazzled and frenetic adaptation of the 1982 stage play that features a petulant philanderer, his curiously cloying harem, tired scripting and a migraine-inducing score. Clunk. Public Enemies My husband claims it's the one and only time he's heard me complain of wanting three hours of my life back. What should have been A-list magic (Michael Mann! Johnny Depp!) is soporific slop. The Soloist Joe Wright's mawkish melodrama is desperately seeking visceral effect, but Robert Downey Jr.'s magnetic charms and concentrated scrabble up a slippery ethical slope can't salvage the wreckage. Two Lovers I wanted to love James Gray's twisted ensemble drama of unrequited love, but Joaquin GOT WRINKLES? The Aesthetics Research Center is participating in a research study for crow's feet and forehead lines. Looking for women, age 30-70, with slight to deep wrinkles. The Aesthetics Research Center Please Contact Stephanie for more information: 800.442.0989 or email@example.com Page 13 Arts & Entertainment A Mandarin Immersion Preschool bringing a world of opportunities to your child. Come see our 12,000sf First Class Brand New Facility! 2010 New Preschool Enrollment Open House Saturday, January 2 1pm - 3pm CHAMPION KINDER INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 1055 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd., Sunnyvale (408) 735.8333 www.championyes.com Daily Walk-In Tour Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm Office: 408-735-8333 Cell: 650-353-0882 One of the 2009 stinkers: "Nine," starring Daniel Day-Lewis. ers digs deep beneath the surface of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book. The insightful "Mr. Fox" runs with this year's pack of strong animated features. 4. (500) Days of Summer Marc Webb's charming comedy is both "Annie Hall" retro and playfully original. The boy-meets-girl story features lovesick Joseph GordonLevitt and love-skeptic Zooey Deschanel in an impish office romance that joyfully shuffles time, splits the screen and mounts the most gleeful musical number of the year. Expectations clash with reality, but the Generation-Y love story offers solace that for everything there is a season. 3. An Education Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig and screenwriter Nick "High Fidelity" Hornby team-teach the life lessons outlined in British journalist Lynn Barber's memoir. A smart English schoolgirl falls for a charming older man in the soon-to-be-swinging `60s. Carey Mulligan earns top marks for her portrayal of the sweet 16 who thinks she knows all the answers. The complex, cautionary coming-ofage tale should be required viewing for young women on both sides of the pond. 2. A Single Man Fashion designer Tom Ford's auspicious directorial debut rivals "Mad Men" in stylish look and "Brokeback Mountain" in tenderness. Adapted from Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel, the drama focuses on a gay British professor who has lost his partner. In the role of a lifetime, Colin Firth wears loneliness, grief and heartache on his French-cuff sleeve. The film's emotional power and political subtext emanate from Ford caring as much about the protagonist as his impeccable clothes. 1. The Hurt Locker In the fog of the Iraq War, everyone is a potential enemy. Action director Kathryn Bigelow expertly modulates Mark Boal's taut script, creating white-heat suspense one moment and sudden death the next. Hair-trigger bombs detonate with explosive power. Anything can happen. There's no safety zone for the Baghdad-based Bravo Company, an elite bomb-defusing unit, or for viewers placed within the combat boots of these American soldiers. But gut-wrenching situations spawn provocative questions: Is Jeremy Renner's cocky bomb-disposal specialist a brave hero or danger junkie? And how does one cope with the pain of war? "The Hurt Locker" makes you think and sweat bullets at the same time. Looking for Preschool Teacher who speaks native English and ability to teach Phonics "Where the Wild Things Are": hit or miss? ear, New Y ou! New Y January is a FREE TRIAL month! Come anytime in January and try the Y FREE for the rest of the month. The earlier you come, the longer your free trial! Offer ends January 30. Win a 6-month membership! Visit www.ymcasv.org/giveaway by January 15. Susan Tavernetti (continued from page 12) Expect results. Your New Year's Solution... The YMCA will help you and your family get moving and feel great! to inform others that they no longer have one. Up in the air at best and in free fall at worst, ungrounded characters define the postmodern condition. Never has a movie about detachment and failed relationships been so enjoyable to watch. 8. The Maid (La Nana) Catalina Saavedra burns up the screen in her riveting portrayal of a middle-aged housekeeper who has cooked and cleaned half her life away for an affluent Chilean family. With anger bubbling beneath the surface, she's a woman on the verge -- of who knows what. Writer-director Sebasti�n Silva conjures up a drama boasting one of the most fearless performances of the year. 7. The White Ribbon Michael Haneke invites reflection. With the painterly look and understated eloquence of a Bresson classic, this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner focuses on the puzzling acts of violence in a northern German village before World War I. As in "The Time of the Wolf" and "Funny Games," Haneke examines the dark side of society. The menacing political parable allows you to ponder issues of patriarchy, class, religious beliefs and collective cruelty. Only the film stock is black and white. 6. The Beaches of Agn�s (Les Plages d'Agn�s) "To love cinema is to love Jacques Demy, painting, family and puzzles" -- and Agn�s Varda's autobiographical documentary. The octogenarian French New Wave filmmaker walks through the sands of time, free-associating and re-imagining her past in the most inventive ways. A spirited and curious sprite, she pieces together shards of memory from Belgium to Cuba, from Jean-Luc Godard to Harrison Ford. Her �lan for the cinema and life, underscored by the sadness of loss, makes for an affecting, mature masterpiece. 5. Fantastic Mr. Fox Imaginative, quirky and brimming with visual wonder, Wes Anderson's tale about a fox that loses his tail -- but gains the love and respect of wild things -- epitomizes Fantastic-ness. The stop-motion adventure of furry creatures outwitting corporate farm- Expect results! Be part of a charitable organization focused on helping the community. For details call (408) 351-6400 or visit www.ymcasv.org Financial assistance available IT P Graduate Education at the Frontier of Psychology and Spirituality Steve is passionate about working to help lift children out of poverty, violence, and neglect. After earning his M.A. from ITP, Steve founded a counseling program in East Palo Alto, a culturally rich but underserved community. "ITP changed my life, and now, working together with wonderful ITP interns, we are changing the lives of hundreds of kids by helping their families strengthen and stabilize." Find out more: www.itp.edu/steve Academic Programs: On-Campus & Online Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Institute of Transpersonal Psychology 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto CA 94303 [ph] 650.493.4430 [email] info@.itp.edu First Tuesday of Every Month 7:00 P.M. Open House accredited by the western association of schools and colleges Page 14 Arts & Entertainment Susan Tavernetti's pans This year, just one film stood out for Tavernetti as particularly awful. Nine Add these up: A narcissistic film director (Daniel Day-Lewis) with writer's block; a parade of scantily dressed female stars (Pen�lope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Fergie); a nonsensical narrative; show-stopping (in the worst way) musical numbers; and a mountain of hype courtesy of the Weinstein Company. The sum equals Rob Marshall's disastrous, disappointing "Nine" -- a jazz-hands insult to Federico Fellini's narrative and stylistic 1963 groundbreaker, "8 1/2." Marshall should have stuck to "Chicago" instead of venturing to Rome. CINEMATIC SAINTS AND SINNERS The 10 most memorable heroes and villains of 2009 by Tyler Hanley The year in film offered moviegoers an array of characters to cheer for and cringe at. This year's list of notable heroes and villains includes a sadistic mutant, a selfless boy scout, a devoted father and a distorted mother. And Charles Dickens' iconic character Ebenezer Scrooge earns both accolades and ridicule. Heroes Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), "Taken" Irish-born actor Liam Neeson brought physicality and confidence to one of the year's best action films. The no-nonsense father wouldn't let distance or armed adversaries deter him from rescuing his abducted daughter. Ebenezer Scrooge (voice of Jim Carrey), "Disney's A Christmas Carol" A specter-induced epiphany on Christmas Eve turned this miser into a do-gooder. Carrey's unique flair helped bring heart and humor to Dickens' classic protagonist. Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), "Invictus" The Nobel Prize-winning president used rugby to help unite a fractured South Africa. Freeman's Mandela exemplified the word "hero" by living and teaching selfsacrifice, perseverance and compassion. Russell (voice of Jordan Nagai), "Up" Cinema's favorite junior wilderness explorer was all courage, constantly putting himself in harm's way to help rescue his newfound friends. Russell's energy and valor helped revitalize a man who had all but given up. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.), "Sherlock Holmes" Downey Jr. infused one of literature's most notable heroes with charm and bare-knuckle tenacity. Holmes used his unparalleled observation and deduction skills to foil a sinister plot that would have dangerously altered civilization. Robert Downey Jr. Teri Hatcher Villains Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), "Inglourious Basterds" Soon-to-be Oscar nominee Waltz brought a creepy calm demeanor to his heartless Nazi. The grinning deviant proudly backed a reputation that included abuse, intimidation and murder. Ebenezer Scrooge (voice of Jim Carrey), "Disney's A Christmas Carol" An overdue transformation doesn't give Ebenezer a pass for years of spite. This sour curmudgeon grumbled and cursed during times of joy and hoarded riches when generosity was needed most. John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), "Public Enemies" The gun-toting bank robber had the hypnotic allure of a Hollywood celebrity. As portrayed by the alwaysentertaining Johnny Depp, Dillinger used his charisma to parlay a life of violence and thievery. Johnny Depp Jim Carrey Morgan Freeman Outside the cinema, Weekly arts editor Rebecca Wallace spent much of her year in art galleries, theaters, museums and concert halls. Her Top Ten list features her favorite arts events from the past 12 months in the Palo Alto area. To read her list, check out her blog, Ad Libs, at blog.paloaltoonline.com/adlibs/. Musician Saul Kaye brings his brand of "Jewish blues" to Palo Alto with a Jan. 7 concert at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. To read a profile of Kaye, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Jordan Nagai Other Mother (voice of Teri Hatcher), "Coraline" The at-first tender, button-eyed mother eventually shed her synthetic skin to reveal a nightmarish inner self. A slender, distorted frame and fingers capped with jagged blades made it clear this was no mommy dearest. Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Schreiber clawed and snarled his way into the skin of Marvel Comics' vicious mutant with aplomb. Schreiber's Sabretooth displayed a sadistic bloodlust that tore innocent lives and lifelong loyalties asunder. DINNER BY THE MOVIES AT SHORELINE'S ble! ing availa cater ns eservatio cepting r ! now ac day party holi for your Pizzeria Venti Holiday Menu CHEF'S SPECIALTIES OSSOBUCO a classic dish from Milan, features Braised Veal shanks in a White Wine and Tomato sauce over Risotto. GRILLED MAHI MAHI over Jalapeno Mashed Potato and saut� Spinach topped with tropical Salsa. GRILLED SALMON over Garlic Mashed Potato and Saut� Mixed Greens. GREEN AND APPLES Crisp Garden Lettuce topped with Bleu Cheese, Walnuts, Cranberries, Granny Smith Apples and a sweet Vidalia Onion Dressing. FETTUCCINI CARBONARA Pancetta, mushrooms, green peas, and tomatoes in alfredo sauce. LINGUINE LEONARDO Chicken Breast, Fresh Spinach in a Caper Sauce. PENNE FRANCESCA Shrimp and Fresh Asparagus Tips in a Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce made with Fresh Sliced Mushrooms. Served over a Bed of Penne Pasta. SCALLOPS AND FETTUCCINE Seared Jumbo Scallops with Lemon, Thyme, White Wine Butter Sauce over Fettuccine Pasta. SEAFOOD RAVIOLI Served with Roma Tomatoes, Asparagus and Lobster Cream Sauce. PASTAS DESSERT Tiramisu , Gelato & Sorbetto Whether it's a Private party Open New Year's Eve for 20 or quiet dinner for two, PV has you covered. Off menu and special request items available. -- Don't let the Holidays stress you out. Pizzeria Venti is Holiday Pary Central! Please call (650) 254-1120 to make your reservation. Page 15 MEXICAN The Oaxacan Kitchen 321-8003 Authentic Mexican Restaurant 2323 Birch Street, Palo Alto of the week also visit us at 6 Bay Area Farmer's Markets www.theoaxacankitchen.com PIZZA Pizza Chicago 424-9400 AMERICAN Armadillo Willy's 941-2922 1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos Range: $5.00-13.00 Hobee's 856-6124 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Also at Town & Country Village, Palo Alto 327-4111 CHINESE Peking Duck 856-3338 2310 El Camino Real, Palo Alto We also deliver. 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Voted MV Voice Best `01, `02, `03 & `04 Prices start at $4.75 947-8888 ITALIAN Spalti Ristorante 327-9390 417 California Ave, Palo Alto $6.95 to $10.95 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park 650-325-0604 or 322-2231 www.cooksseafood.com THAI www.spalti.com Thaiphoon Restaurant 323-7700 Pizzeria Venti 650-254-1120 1390 Pear Ave, Mountain View www.MvPizzeriaVenti.com Fresh, Chef Inspired Italian Food 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto Full Bar, Outdoor Seating www.thaiphoonrestaurant.com Best Thai Restaurant in Palo Alto 3 Years in a Row, 2006-2007-2008 JAPANESE & SUSHI Fuki Sushi 494-9383 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Open 7 days a Week STEAKHOUSE Sundance the Steakhouse 321-6798 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:00pm Dinner: Mon-Thu 5:00-10:00pm Fri-Sat 5:00-10:30pm, Sun 5:00-9:00pm www.sundancethesteakhouse.com MEXICAN Palo Alto Sol 328-8840 408 California Ave, Palo Alto Search a complete listing of local restaurant reviews by location or type of food on PaloAltoOnline.com Page 16 Movies A Single Man (R) An Education (PG-13) Avatar (PG-13) The Blind Side (PG-13) Broken Embraces (R) Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Disney's A Christmas Carol (PG) Invictus (PG-13) 1/2 It's Complicated (R) Century 20: 11:20 a.m. Nine (PG-13) 1/2 Precious (R) 1/2 THEATER ADDRESSES Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, theater addresses, trailers and more information about films playing, go to Palo Alto Online at http://www. PaloAltoOnline.com/ MOVIE TIMES Fri - Sat ONLY The Young Victoria 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 1/1 - 1/2 Nine 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 Wed ONLY The Young Victoria 2:15 1/6 Nine 1:45 Sun - Tues & Thurs The Young Victoria 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 1/3, 4, 5 & 7 Aquarius Theatre: 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 2 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 10:15 & 11:20 a.m.; 12:25, 1:35, 2:40, 3:50, 4:55, 7:15 & 9:35 p.m. Century The Squeakquel (G) 20: 11:05 a.m.; 12:20, 1:25, 2:40, 3:45, 5, 6, 7:25, 8:20, 9:45 & 10:40 p.m. (Not Reviewed) Aquarius: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 2:30 p.m. Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 11:15 a.m.; 12:45, 2:50, 3:10, 4:20, 6:25, 6:40, 7:55 & 10 p.m. In 3D at 10:30 a.m.; noon, 2:05, 3:30, 5:55, 7, 9:30 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 1:45, 3:25, 5:20, 8:55 & 10:20 p.m. In 3D at 11:15 a.m.; 12:55, 2:15, 2:50, 4:30, 5:50, 6:25, 8:05, 9:25 & 9:55 p.m. Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 10 a.m.; 1, 4:10, 7:10 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 1, 4:05, 7:30 & 10:25 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2, 5 & 8 p.m. Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 10 a.m.; 12:30 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 12:35, 3:05, 5:40, 8:15 & 10:40 p.m. Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 12:50, 4, 7:05 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:10, 3:15, 6:40 & 9:50 p.m. Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 10:10 & 11:30 a.m.; 12:55, 2:15, 3:40, 5, 6:20, 7:50, 9:10 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 12:40, 2, 3:30, 4:50, 6:20, 7:40, 9:10 & 10:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Century 20: Wed 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Les Contes d'Hoffman (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 1:30, 2:20, 4:20, 7:10 & 10:05 p.m. Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 5:30 & 8:40 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat. also at 10 p.m. Aquarius: 5 & 9:55 p.m. The Princess and the Frog Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 10:05 a.m.; 12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; (G) 1:55, 4:30, 7 & 9:40 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Guild Theatre: Sat. at midnight. Show (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) 1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 10:50 a.m.; 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 6:45, 7:35, 9, 9:45 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 & 11:55 a.m.; 1:05, 2, 3, 4:10, 5:10, 6:10, 7:15, 8:10, 9:20 & 10:15 p.m. The Twilight Saga: New Century 20: Noon. Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 7:05 p.m. Moon (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Up in the Air (R) The Young Victoria (PG) 1/2 1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 10:45 a.m.; 12:05, 1:25, 2:45, 4:05, 5:25, 6:50, 8:05, 9:40 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 1:40, 2:25, 4:15, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:30 & 10:35 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 2:15 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 4:45 & 7:20 p.m. Fri. & Sat. also at 9:50 p.m. Happy New Year May 2010 be a great year for you From all of us at Palo Alto Hardware 875 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA (650) 327-7222 www.paloaltohardware.com CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR THEATERS AND SHOWTIMES NOW PLAYING How To Clinics Sign up to reserve your seat Page 17 Sports Shorts THE YEAR IN SPORTS SHRINE GAME . . . Stanford seniors Chris Marinelli and Ekom Udofia have accepted invitations to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game to be held in Orlando, Fla. on January 23rd. Kickoff is set for 12 noon (PT). Marinelli and Udofia join an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway of Stanford, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America's longestrunning college all-star football game. Marinelli earned first team All-Pac-10 Conference honors and was selected as a second team AP All-American after starting 12 games on Stanford's offensive line that paved the way for a Cardinal ground game that totaled a school-record 2,692 yards this season. Udofia, a nose tackle, started all 12 games and finished the regular season with 35 tackles, tops among Stanford's interior linemen. He has made 43 career appearances, including 38 starts. FOOTBALL HONOR . . . Palo Alto native Scott Preston won't be remembered as an offensive genius during his playing and coaching days at Palo Alto High. Playing quarterback from 1977-79, Preston led the Vikings to a 6-24 record. His two-year record as head coach from 1989-90 resulted in a 10-10 mark. If there is a link to any fame in his prep days, it's the quarterback who replaced him in 1980 -- Jim Harbaugh, who went on to star at Michigan, the NFL and now as the head coach at Stanford. Preston, 48, just finished his third season as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas Tech University, an NCAA Division II program that set all kinds of offensive records this past season that earned Preston the 2009 FootballScoop D2 Coordinator of the Year award. OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Gunn High grad Mehdi Ballouchy of Santa Clara University and Stanford grad Todd Dunivant have been named by College Soccer News to the publication's Team of the Decade (2000-2009). Ballouchy, who graduated from Gunn in 2002, was the 2005 West Coast Conference Player of the Year. He was named to the All-Decade Second Team while Dunivant, a defender, was named to the AllDecade Third Team. The year of the streak Gunn girls' basketball, Paly girls' volleyball grabbed our attention by Keith Peters N The end of 2009 not only brings us to the end of the decade, but most likely to the final athletic event for Stanford senior two-way standout Toby Gerhart in Thursday's Sun Bowl. It has been an outstanding run for the versatile athlete. THE YEAR IN SPORTS An athlete for all seasons by Rick Eymer et this year be forever known as `Year of the Toby.' Stanford's fabulous senior running back, Toby Gerhart, opened the year as the school's single-season rushing recordholder. He ends the year with that and much more. Gerhart spent part of the year playing baseball at Stanford, hitting .288 with seven home runs and 36 RBI, both third best on a team that finished 30-25 overall. He was 7of-7 in stolen base attempts and made one error in 107 chances for a .991 fielding percentage. The dude can play, and that got the creative minds on campus thinking and collaborating on what has turned out to be the advertising sensation of the decade. Sometime between the baseball and football seasons, Senior Director of Media Relations Jim Young Toby Gerhart and Director of Creative Video Bud Anderson masterminded the creation of a series of "Toby Gerhart, Multi-Sport Athlete" promos that took on a life of their own as they were revealed over the summer and fall. The videos were never designed to promote Gerhart's Heisman Trophy candidacy, and yet they sparked a grass roots campaign that helped put a face to the Gerhart legacy. Gerhart was filmed with members of the men's tennis team, the men's golf team, the field hockey team, the men's swimming team and the synchronized swimming team -- each becoming an instant classic. Visit Stanford Athletics' official web site for more information. Gerhart might not have needed the support of outside influences. His Cardinal football teammates L ON THE AIR Saturday Women's basketball: Cal at Stanford, noon, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area; KZSU (90.1 FM) Men's basketball: Stanford at Cal, 4 p.m.; XTRA Sports (860 AM); KZSU (90.1 FM) Wednesday Men's basketball: USC at Stanford, 7 p.m.; XTRA Sports (860 AM); KZSU (90.1 FM) SPORTS ONLINE For expanded daily coverage of college and prep sports, please see our new site at www.PASportsOnline.com came to the aid of the Toby in his time of need. They blocked, threw and ran the ball and produced the most-prolific offense in school history. In college years, a generation lasts but four years and so when Gerhart was named the Heisman runnerup, it seemed like a lifetime ago that Jim Plunkett accepted the school's only Heisman Trophy. It's been a couple of generations since Stanford has been seen in a bowl game. That changes on the final day of the year: Toby's year. Let's go back to the more innocent days of 2009, when Barack Obama was already making decisions as President of the United States and he hadn't even taken the oath of office. (Here's hoping Menlo School and (continued on page 19) o state champions and no national players of the year. That, however, didn't mean the 2009 high school sports season was lacking because it wasn't. There were plenty of team and individual highlights to mark the end of this decade. For those who like streaks, about these? The Menlo School girls' tennis team won its 168th straight league match since 1994. The Pinewood girls' basketball team improved to 149-0 in league games since 1995. The Palo Alto girls' volleyball team compiled a 33-match winning streak and the Gunn girls' basketball team went 28-0 before finally losing. Since the tennis and basketball streaks are ongoing, perhaps the co-stories of the year involved the Paly volleyball and Gunn basketball squads. The Gunn streak actually started in late 2008, but the Titans carried it into `09 and were still undefeated heading into the Central Coast Section playoffs. Gunn won its first-ever SCVAL De Anza Division title, beating defending CCS champ Wilcox twice during the season. With senior Jasmine Evans leading the way, Gunn advanced to its first-ever CCS final before finally losing to Mitty. The Titans did qualify for their first trip to the NorCal playoffs before losing in the semifinals to end a magical 29-2 season under coach Sarah Stapp. The Palo Alto girls' volleyball team had a similar season, which started off with an unspectacular o 2-3 beginning in the first tournabegi ment of the year. After that, the just Vikings j didn't lose. They swept through the SCVAL De Anza Diseason undefeated and took vision se 31-game a 31-gam winning streak into the playoffs. After two victories, CCS play Paly ran up against the nation's No. 1 team in Mitty (the same school to end Gunn's magic) in the section finals. Despite putting up a battle, Paly's streak ended at 33. Coach Dave Winn took his team and senior standout Marissa Florant into the NorCal playoffs, where a remarkable 36-5 season ended in a semifinal loss to St. Francis (Sacramento). While the Gunn and Paly squads didn't win CCS or NorCal titles, their respective winning streaks grabbed the headlines as well as the attention of their fans and followers -- making for an entertaining year. Among the other winter highlights qualifying for stories of the year: * The aforementioned Pinewood girls' basketball team won CCS and NorCal titles and took a 21-game (continued on page 21) Daniel Harris/Bob Drebin Page 18 � January 1, 2010 � Palo Alto Weekly 2009 - The Year In Sports College (continued from page 18) Stanford grad Nate Wilcox-Fogel found his dream job in the Obama administration. He planned to head off to Washington D.C. after graduating last December). January brought high expectations for both the men's and women's basketball programs. Rookie coach Johnny Dawkins had the men playing well and winning a lot. The Cardinal was 10-0 when Father Time turned over the keys to the new year. It turned into another 20-win season as one of the finest senior classes in program history took its final bows. Lawrence Hill, Mitch Johnson and Anthony Goods were recruited by Mike Montgomery, played for Trent Johnson and finished with Dawkins. Kenny Brown, the former walk-on turned dental student, merely added to their legacy of integrity and staying the course while others left for parts known. They had magnificent wins over California and Arizona and at Arizona State. The Cardinal completed its season with a semifinal game in the College Basketball Invitational, a postseason tournament without much history but no one affiliated with Stanford was complaining. Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer had her women wipe the sleep out of their eyes after a rough yearending road trip gave Stanford a 9-3 mark heading into conference play. The Cardinal finished 33-5, reaching its second consecutive NCAA Final Four before losing in the semifinals. The game of the season belonged to, of course, All-American center Jayne Appel. The Pac-10 Player of the Year scored a career-high 46 points in Stanford's 74-53 victory over Iowa State in an NCAA regional final on March 30. It was the third-highest total of any NCAA contest. The women's basketball play of the year needs no set up. Just mention Lindy La Rocque's name and it conjures up her defensive hustle play against California that helped set in motion Stanford's path to the conference title. She got the assist on Jillian Harmon's ensuing layup. (Roll tape and ask to see the `Lindy loves 3's' promo Anderson put together while you're at it). The men's gymnastics team and the women's rowing team gave Stanford two more NCAA titles last year. Thom Glielmi was named the College Gymnastics Association's National Coach of the Year and his assistant coach, J.D. Reive, was honored as the National Assistant Coach of the Year. Redshirt senior Sho Nakamori was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year. He finished his Stanford career with eight All-American Sho Nakamori honors. Nick Noone, Tim Gentry, Alex Buscaglia, Kyle Oi, Ryan Lieberman and Bryant Hadden also earned AllAmerican honors. Jenna Levy, Erika Roddy, Di Eaton, Olympian Elle Logan, Grace Luczak, Julie Smith, Lindsay Meyer, Michelle Vezie and Adrienne Fritsch earned an NCAA title in the I Eight division in leading the Cardinal to the team championship, the school's first. The winter sports season turned `cardinal' hot for the Cardinal, which also had significant contributions from several other teams and individuals who helped the school claim its 15th consecutive Director's Cup for the best overall athletic program. The men's swimming team finished third in the nation. Austin Staab won an NCAA title in the 100 fly. The women's swimming team placed fourth at the NCAA championships. Olympians Elaine Breeden (200 fly) and Julia Smit (200 IM) won individual titles. Smit went on to establish world and American swim records and she's not done yet. The women's gymnastics team reached the NCAA championships, finishing in a seventh-place tie, and Carly Janiga finished second on the uneven bars. The coed fencing team was ninth in the nation. Lucas Janson (ninth in men's saber) and Eva Jellison (15th in women's saber) were the top individuals. Stanford's Nick Amuchastegui and Luke Feist represented the school at the NCAA wrestling championships. Stanford senior Kelley O'Hara led the Cardinal women's soccer team to a 24-0 record before suffering a 1-0 loss in the NCAA finale. The synchronized swimming team finished second at the national meet, and the women's squash team was seventh. In indoor track, the men placed 11th and the women were 12th at the NCAA finals. The men's volleyball team recorded 21 victories and Erik Shoji was the national leader in digs. Stanford's athletic department continued its winning ways as spring sports took center stage. The rowers led the way as the women's water polo team finished third in the nation, the softball team reached a NCAA Super Regional and won 40 games behind All-Americans Missy Penna, Alyssa Haber and Ashley Hansen, the women's golf team competed at the NCAA Central Regional and Lauren Centrowitz was third in the 1,500 at the NCAA women's track and field finals. We'd love to write about the women's lacrosse team making the NCAA tournament and they deserved to go, especially after beating one of the nation's top teams in Penn State. Unfortunately the Cardinal was overlooked by the selection committee. In our book, we're calling the lacrosse team winners regardless. They won their conference title, played a competitive schedule, and, well, darn it, they're just good players. The women's tennis team has a legacy of success and reached the NCAA Round of 16 last spring. Hilary Barte reached the Sweet 16 in singles and, with partner Lindsay Burdette, was the national doubles runnerup. The men's tennis team also finished its season in the Sweet 16 as Bradley Klahn was named national Rookie of the Year. Paul Clayton reached the quarterfinals of the singles tournament. Garrett Heath ran second at the NCAA men's track and field finals, earning his ninth All-American honor. Stanford was seventh as a team. The men's golf team finished 20th at the NCAA finals while the baseball team, despite a 30-25 record, failed to qualify for postseason. Closer Drew Storen continued playing as the Washington Nationals' second pick of the first round. He agreed to terms in about 30 seconds and got his professional career underway in a big way, advancing to the Triple-A level before it was all over. While the football team and Gerhart generated most of the headlines this fall, every other sport had their day in the sun (or the pool or the court) to round out the year. Kelley O'Hara is the frontrunner for the National Player of the Year Award in women's soccer. She's already been named the best by Soccer America as she and Christen Press combined to write a new chapter, co-authored by coach Paul Ratcliffe. Stanford reached its first ever national championship match and was undefeated until North Carolina won the final, 1-0. Olympian Ali Riley and Mariah Nogueira were also named All-Americans by Soccer America in addition to O'Hara and Press. The men's team reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight years and reached the Round of 16 before falling to topranked Akron. Bobby Warshaw was a semifinalist for the National Player of the Year award and was named an All-American. The women's volleyball team also reached the Round of 16 and junior libero Gabi Ailes became the school's all-time digs leader. Alix Klineman, Cassidy Lichtman and Janet Okogbaa were named AllAmerican. The field hockey team qualified for the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years and there's a pattern developing there. The men's cross country team was ranked first heading into the NCAA championships, winding up 10th overall as Chris Derrick finished third and was joined on the All-American list by Elliott Heath. The women's cross country team finished 16th. The men's water polo team were never ranked lower than third in the nation at any point in the season but were knocked out of the NCAA Final Four on the final day of the MPSF tournament. Jimmie Sandman, Drac Wigo and Janson Wigo were named All-American. We come back to football, which completes the season on Dec. 31 with an appearance in the Brut Sun Bowl against Oklahoma. What do Stanford and Gerhart have in store? We'll be watching to find out. NOTICE OF A SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a special meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, January 13, 2010 in the Civic Center, Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City's main website at www.cityofpaloalto.org. and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. NEW BUSINESS. Public Hearing 1. Stanford Avenue/El Camino Real Intersection Improvements Project: Planning and Transportation Commission review and recommendation of the Stanford Avenue/ El Camino Streetscape Project consisting of improvements at the intersection of El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue, extending approximately 100 feet on each leg of Stanford Avenue and between Oxford and Leland Avenue on El Camino Real. The project includes removal of the existing pork chop islands and the installation of new corner bulbouts; realignment and enhanced paving of pedestrian crosswalks; widened landscape medians and sidewalks with plantings and street trees; and street furniture. The project also includes new ornamental street and sidewalk lights and replacement of the traffic signal poles. Study Sessions: 2. Review of Business Element Programs and Policies for the Comprehensive Plan. Other Items 3. Annual Report to Council APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of December 2 and 9, 2009. NEXT MEETING: Regular Meeting of January 27, 2010 Questions. Any questions regarding the above applications, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2440. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. 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It was Gunn's best postseason run since 1981. * The Menlo boys' basketball team captured the CCS Division IV title before dropping its NorCal opener, finishing 23-4, while top-seeded Eastside Prep defeated Priory for the CCS Division V title and reached the NorCal semifinals before losing. * The Palo Alto boys and girls plus the Sacred Heart Prep girls all reached CCS soccer title matches in 2009. The top-seeded Paly boys, who allowed only one goal in 12 league matches, wound up tying Bellarmine, 0-0, for the CCS Division I crown. Sacred Heart Prep won its first-ever West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) title and advanced to its first section finale where the Gators capped a 15-3-5 season with a 2-1 victory over top-seeded Santa Cruz on two goals by up-and-coming standout Abby Da h l kemper. The Paly girls played in their first CCS finale Abby Dahlkemper in 20 years, but fell to powerful Monta Vista. * Gunn senior Zack Blumenfeld set his sights on winning a CCS title and qualifying for the state meet, and did just that. The spring brought us remarkable Paly freshman Jasmine Tosky, who lived up to every expectation during the season while re-writing the school and section record books. She won two individual titles and had a hand in seven section records while helping the Vikings finish second to Mitty in the CCS meet, missing first place by a mere three points. In other spring highlights: * The Menlo School boys' tennis team also lived up to expectations by winning its eighth CCS team title with a 4-3 win over Bella r m ine. With senior Daniel Hoffman Daniel Hoffman helping lead the way, the Knights went on to beat the Bells again in the NorCal finals to cap a sensational 27-2 year. * Pinewood junior sprinter Angela Gradiska was sensational, as well, Keith Peters The Gunn girls' basketball team produced the best record in school history, winning 28 straight games before finishing 29-2. as she won CCS titles in the 100 and 200 meters and ran some of the fastest times in the state. She moved on to the state meet, where she took second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 to cap a remarkable track and field season. * Senior golfers Nick Sako of Menlo-Atherton and Martin Trainer grabbed the spotlight in the spring, as well, as the two friends qualified for the CCS, NorCal and state tournaments. They tied for the NorCal crown (Trainer won it in a playoff) before capping their fine prep careers in the state tourney in Pebble Beach. * The softball story of the spring was all about Castilleja junior pitcher Sammy Albanese. Her many highlights included pitching a 14-inning game where she str uck out 37 hitters and threw 176 Sammy Albanese pitches. For that effort she landed in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd." The fall brought us cross country, football and water polo, among others. Gunn senior Paul Summers capped his fine prep career by winning the CCS Division II individual title and helping his team reach the state meet. Palo Alto senior Philip MacQuitty also capped his final year of running the hills with a top15 finish at the state finals. Football brought us the recordbreaking campaign of Menlo senior quarterback Danny D i e k r o e g e r, who led the Knights to their first-ever appearance in the CCS playoffs and into their first sec- Danny Diekroeger tion championship game. While Menlo (9-4) was thumped by No. 1 Carmel in the title game, 56-35, Diekroeger broke all kinds of records with 470 passing yards and five touchdowns. His 4,187 passing yards (with 35 touchdowns) was a Bay Area record. * In other football highlights, Palo Alto toppled Los Gatos and Milpitas during the regular season and earned a berth into the CCS Open Division. There, however, the Vikings ran up against eventual champion and state finals participant Bellarmine and saw its 7-2-2 season end. Sacred Heart Prep made a strong showing in its first appearance in the PAL Bay Division, finishing second and reaching the CCS playoffs for a second straight season before falling to Menlo and finishing 8-4. * Gunn saw a resurgence in its football program under first-year coach Bob Sykes. The Titans tied for the SCVAL El Camino Division title and qualified for the CCS playoffs for only the third time in school history. A loss to Leland in the opening round capped the Titans' fine season at 7-4. * The Sacred Heart Prep boys' and girls' water polo teams set their sights on winning a third consecutive CCS championship and both teams succeeded in their quest. The SHP boys became the first Division II teams to win three in a row with a surprisingly easy 15-6 romp over rival Menlo. The SHP girls won a defensive battle with St. Ignatius, 6-2, with both Sacred Heart teams sending their seniors off the best way possible. The Gators' David Culpan and Ben Dearborn shared MVP honors on the CCS Division II team while Heather Smith Ben Dearborn was the girls' CCS Division II MVP. As 2009 comes to a successful end, the 2010 season is ready to take its place. There are no monumental winning streaks under way just yet, but there's plenty of time. There are plenty of quality athletes, coaches and teams to make the coming year a special one. For all the up-to-the-minute basketball scores and stories of this week's high school action, go to www. PASportsOnline.com. Palo Alto Weekly � January 1, 2010 � Page 21 Home Front POST-CHRISTMAS CLEANUP ... Live Christmas trees (not the plastic varieties) may be cut into 4-foot lengths and left at the curb in Palo Alto on regular trash-collection day -- minus the tinsel, ornaments, tree stands and nails. Pick-up scheduled for New Year's Day will be done on Saturday, the next day. Trees may also be dropped off at no cost at the compost area of the city's landfill, at the east end of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto, until Feb. 1. The landfill is open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call GreenWaste at 650-493-4894. NEW YEAR, NEW SKILLS ... Palo Alto Adult School is offering a variety of classes designed to improve one's skills in gardening and home arts, including: "Floral Design with Ikebana," Tuesdays, Jan. 5-March 9, 1 to 4 p.m. (Thanh Kosen Nguyen, Cubberley B-2, $65 + $100 flower materials fee payable to instructor); "Upholstering: Basic Techniques," Tuesdays, Jan. 5-March 9, or Thursdays, Jan. 7-March 11, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Marjorie DuBois, Ann Laveroni, Kathleen Koenig and Ann Rose, Palo Alto High School Upholstering Room 904, $195); "Gardening," Wednesdays, Jan. 6-March 10, 10 a.m. to noon (Sherri Bohan, Cubberley A-2, $35); "Sewing," Wednesdays, Jan. 6-March 10, 7 to 10 p.m. (DeAnne Appleton, JLS Middle School Sewing Room 140, $65 +$10 materials fee payable to the instructor). To register, visit www.paadultschool.org or call 650-329-3752. TRACKING STORMS ... If you live near a creek, you might want to keep your eye on creek levels during major storms. Visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/earlywarning/creekmonitor.html for real-time information at five locations, including San Francisquito, Matadero and Adobe creeks, rainfall at Foothills Park and tide levels. Sandbags will be available at the Palo Alto Airport (end of Embarcadero Road) and Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. To contact Palo Alto Public Works about blocked storm drains (and mudslides), call 650-496-6974 weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. or 650-329-2413 after hours. Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail email@example.com. Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. HOME& REAL ESTATE Left, Richard, left, and Jean Griffiths rake leaves and trim flowers at their South of Midtown home. Below, Architecture in the South of Midtown neighborhood is eclectic, much dating from post-World War II, along with more recent remodels and tear-downs. PA L O A LT O W E E K LY Shawn Fender Despite no agreement on the name, the neighborhood is peaceful South of Midtown NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOT Mary Saxton moved in 2000 "because the Palo Alto public schools were better than Menlo's." "I generally feel safe here. ... It's a pleasant quiet neighborhood," she said. She likes the amenities such as the library, grocery and nearby Mitchell Park. "There are quite a few events at the park. They have concerts and a Fourth of July picnic," she said. According to Jacobi, the whole neighborhood gets into the act for the annual block party. "We've got singers and a band. There's a cabaret singer down the street. Of course there are professors. One made ice cream out of air. The kids loved it." Residents have high standards for their neighborhood and are always looking for ways to improve it. Saxton said there should be an update to the city library on Middlefield Road. "I wish they'd get around to it. There were these drawings and mock-ups, and they all looked beautiful. They've done nothing," she said. Jacobi doesn't want Middlefield Road and Alma Street turned into thoroughfares and worries that the shuttle that goes downtown might get cut from the city budget. According to Griffiths, "the Safeway on Middlefield is, I believe, the smallest one in Northern California. We had hoped for a substantial grocery store at Alma Plaza, with many features not currently available in Palo Alto, but that plan is now being thwarted." T by John Squire he front yards of the South of Midtown neighborhood are littered with Razor scooters and half-sized dirt bikes. "It's an Ozzie-and-Harriet type of place," Rusty Jacobi said as he washed his car on a crisp, autumn morning. "You can't have Palo Alto anywhere else," he said. Jacobi has lived all over the western United States, but he and his wife moved back to the neighborhood where they grew up. South of Midtown is the type of place where the biggest problem is what to call the neighborhood. Longtime resident Jean Griffiths says that the area is named "Barron Creek," and Sheri Furman, chair of the Midtown Residents Association says that "South of Midtown" is nothing more than "a real estate marketing designation." Whatever you want to call it, the neighborhood is bordered by Middlefield Road, Alma Street, Loma Verde Avenue and East Meadow Drive. Griffiths has been a resident for more than 45 years and remembers that when the neighborhood first got started many residents were World War II veterans. "The success of the Silicon Valley brought about the biggest changes, with housing prices soaring and pricing out of the market our previous neighbors," she said. There are similar remodels to those seen around the valley, but the cottage feel of the neighborhood is still intact. Griffith sees the remodels as an improvement South of Midtown needs. She said the houses were cheap rush jobs when they were built in the '50s and could benefit from some green retrofitting. Shawn Fender Though there are always ways the neighborhood can be improved, residents are happy with the way their safe, quiet neighborhood is run. "It's two steps above everywhere else. That's what makes Palo Alto Palo Alto," Jacobi said. Editorial Intern John Squire can be e-mailed at jsquire@paweekly. com. READ MORE ONLINE For more Home and Real Estate news, visit www.paloaltoonline.com/real_estate. FACTS CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS (NEARBY): Bessie Bolton's Kids Club, 500 E. Meadow Drive; C.A.R. Milestone Preschool, 3864 Middlefield Road; Covenant Children's Center, 670 E. Meadow Drive; El Carmelo Kid's Club, 3024 Bryant St.; Grace Lutheran Preschool, 3149 Waverly St. FIRE STATION: No. 4, 3600 Middlefield Road LIBRARY: Mitchell Park branch, 3700 Middlefield Road LOCATION: bounded by Loma Verde Avenue, East Meadow Drive, Middlefield Road and Alma Street NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: part of Midtown Residents' Association, Sheri Furman, 650-856-0869, midtownresidents.org PARKS: Mitchell Park, 3600 E. Meadow Drive; Hoover Park 2901 Cowper St. POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave. PRIVATE SCHOOLS (NEARBY): International School of the Peninsula, 3233 Cowper St.; Challenger School, 3880 Middlefield Road; Keys School Lower Campus, 2890 Middlefield Road PUBLIC SCHOOLS: El Carmelo and Fairmeadow elementary schools, J.L. Stanford Middle School, Gunn High School Page 22 SALES AT A GLANCE East Palo Alto Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $198,000 Highest sales price: $470,000 Mountain View Total sales reported: 19 Lowest sales price: $240,000 Highest sales price: $1,340,000 Los Altos Total sales reported: 13 Lowest sales price: $600,000 Highest sales price: $2,720,000 Palo Alto Total sales reported: 14 Lowest sales price: $429,500 Highest sales price: $3,000,000 $1,200,500 on 11/24/09 300 Sand Hill Circle #203 Noren Trust to Bennett Trust for $1,050,000 on 11/6/09; previous sale 1/07, $1,300,000 1970 Santa Cruz Ave. Anderson Trust to R. Mueller for $868,000 on 11/10/09; previous sale 4/89, $350,000 1360 Sevier Ave. Nomura Home Equity to L. Shi for $310,000 on 11/13/09 Palo Alto 4042 2nd St. S. Stephen to Q. Cheng for $1,010,000 on 12/8/09 102 Coleridge Ave. Traugott Trust to K. & L. Latour for $700,000 on 11/25/09; previous sale 8/90, $300,000 905 Cowper St. Wong Trust to R. & P. Storch for $1,100,000 on 12/3/09; previous sale 6/04, $920,000 155 Embarcadero Road R. & A. Holder to R. Peon for $1,300,000 on 11/25/09; previous sale 7/05, $1,175,000 1216 Forest Ave. R. Blatman to M. & S. Buchwitz for $3,000,000 on 11/25/09 455 Grant Ave. #18 J. Stoltz to C. Chang for $429,500 on 11/30/09 780 Loma Verde Ave. T. Mock to S. Giridhar for $1,501,000 on 12/10/09 1320 Middlefield Road C. Mccosker to H. Salazar for $980,000 on 12/9/09 4388 Miller Court Brookshire Trust to P. & S. Cheang for $1,065,000 on 11/30/09 2585 Park Blvd. #Z218 I. & V. Henderson to Shetty Trust for $588,000 on 11/30/09; previous sale 9/04, $583,000 567 Stanford Ave. Coldoff Trust to M. & S. Chernyak for $1,450,000 on 12/2/09 823 Sycamore Drive Donald Trust to E. & Z. Yip for $1,125,000 on 12/2/09 144 Tasso St. F. Walshe to M. & C. Jojarth for $1,000,000 on 12/2/09 555 Thain Way Mankin Trust to R. & P. Luo for $705,000 on 12/2/09 Menlo Park Total sales reported: 10 Lowest sales price: $300,000 Highest sales price: $1,200,500 Redwood City Total sales reported: 28 Lowest sales price: $280,000 Highest sales price: $1,333,000 Source: California REsource HOME SALES Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks. Los Altos 1507 Arbor Ave. L. & A. Crawford to P. & S. Blanchfield for $1,800,000 on 12/4/09 1640 Dallas Court HesselgraveNelson Trust to K. & L. Noujeim for $1,450,000 on 12/4/09 4388 El Camino Real #389 Los Altos West to H. Chow for $600,000 on 12/10/09 4388 El Camino Real #398 Los Altos West to J. Rowland for $455,000 on 11/30/09 305 Fremont Ave. Beltramo Trust to L. Blaydes for $1,390,000 on 11/25/09; previous sale 6/85, $145,000 222 Hillview Ave. Chase Trust to A. & Z. Bardin for $1,600,000 on 12/1/09 305 Langton Ave. D. Stellenberg to W. & R. King for $1,499,000 on 12/3/09; previous sale 3/03, $1,083,000 1035 Leonello Ave. S. Stein to F. & R. Fry for $1,700,000 on 12/8/09; previous sale 11/03, $1,131,000 2 Los Altos Square Wilson Trust to L. Wong for $785,000 on 12/3/09; previous sale 11/03, $525,000 1530 Medford Drive R. Corbett to T. & A. Frehner for $1,390,000 on 12/9/09 881 Parma Way H. Adipardar to X. Huo for $2,720,000 on 11/25/09; previous sale 3/04, $115,000 1065 Ray Ave. Safer II Corporation to J. & Y. Fadely for $980,000 on 12/9/09 111 South El Monte Ave. Jacobson Trust to B. Tran for $1,025,000 on 12/4/09 Menlo Park 656 9th Ave. Litton Loan Servicing to F. Kolokinsky for $800,000 on 11/6/09; previous sale 12/94, $175,500 658 17th Ave. D. & M. Rummler to E. & K. Kingham for $651,000 on 11/13/09; previous sale 12/02, $510,000 709 17th Ave. U. & K. Sarid to D. Jensen for $940,000 on 11/24/09; previous sale 6/02, $875,000 754 17th Ave. G. & A. Velarde to F. Lukas for $500,000 on 11/13/09; previous sale 6/87, $120,000 120 Haight St. D. & C. Sparrow to T. & H. Lofano for $590,000 on 11/20/09; previous sale 2/06, $862,000 230 Market Place Habitat For Humanity to T. Vanhook for $300,000 on 11/18/09; previous sale 8/04, $420,000 230 Morgan Lane Taylor Morrison of California to S. & N. Prakash for East Palo Alto 140 Aster Way A. Arteaga to L. Nay for $198,000 on 11/16/09; previous sale 6/05, $479,000 796 Avelar St. Washington Mutual Bank to L. Zhang for $470,000 on 11/20/09; previous sale 2/05, $785,000 2140 Clarke Ave. Azalia Trust to M. Quezada for $230,000 on 11/18/09 1765 East Bayshore Road Cummings Park Associates to T. & K. Burns for $410,000 on 11/23/09; previous sale 4/08, $549,000 1119 Gaillardia Way Azalia Trust to S. Estrada for $265,000 on 11/24/09; previous sale 8/95, $145,000 168 Wisteria Drive CWMBS Inc. to J. & N. Fiala for $220,000 on 11/18/09; previous sale 7/02, $380,000 Wishing You a Happy and Prosperous 2010! 2775 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306 PALO ALTO WEEKLY OPEN HOMES FOSTER CITY 4 Bedrooms 257 Puffin Ct Sun 2-4 Cashin Company $1,065,888 343-3700 Unless otherwise noted, times are 1:30-4:30 pm 4 Bedrooms - Townhouse 223 Granada Park Ci Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors $799,000 323-1111 Silicon Valley REALTORS� Charitable Foundation Donations Total For 2009 The Silicon Valley REALTORS� Charitable Foundation donated $36,250 in 2009 to different non-profit organizations that help homeless and low-income individuals and families in Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley REALTORS� Charitable Foundation is a trust which makes grants available to organizations from donations by its REALTORS�, affiliate members and friends of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS�. The 2009 grant recipients are from SILVAR's five districts Los Gatos/Saratoga, Cupertino/Sunnyvale, Los Altos/ Mountain View, Palo Alto and Menlo Park/Atherton. The recipients included Abilities United - formerly known as Community Association for Rehabilitation C.A.R), Asian Business Association of Silicon Valley, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), Community Services Agency, Family & Children Services-F&CS - (including FASTFamilies and Schools Together), Friends of Deer Hollow Farm, JustREAD (on Campus of Mountain View/Los Altos Union High School District), O'Connor Hospital Foundation, Peninsula Association For Retarded Children & Adults (Parca), Reading Partners, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley (Formerly Christmas In April), Support Network for Battered Women, Westwind 4-H Handicapped Riding Institute, Youth Science Institute, and Tom Rourke Funds � West Valley College. Also in 2009, as part of its Scholarship Program, the Silicon Valley REALTORS� Charitable Foundation presented a $1,000 to18 graduating seniors from public high schools in the Silicon Valley communities. 2009 Silicon Valley REALTORS� Charitable Foundation president Joanne Fraser thanked members for their donations and urged them to continue with their donations in 2010. "Local nonprofits have been hit exceptionally hard by the economic crisis. Many nonprofit organizations are reporting more families seeking their assistance for the first time," Fraser said. Non-profit organizations operating within the areas served by SILVAR are eligible for grant consideration provided they meet certain guidelines. expenditure, as well as the number of people who will be served; PALO ALTO 2 Bedrooms Townhome 1128 Tahoe Ln Daily 10-5pm Galen Carnicelli $704,950 251-0001 LOS ALTOS 5 Bedrooms 50 Pine Ln Sun Coldwell Banker $3,988,000 941-7040 5 Bedrooms 2430 Ross Rd $1,628,000 Sun 1-4 Economic Concepts 208-0669 LOS ALTOS HILLS 4 Bedrooms 24269 Dawnridge Dr Sun Coldwell Banker $2,699,000 941-7040 3182 Fallen Leaf St Daily 10am-5pm Galen Carnicelli $1,319,950 251-0001 $4,650,000 324-4456 $1,795,000 796-4732 $1,019,950 251-0001 MENLO PARK 2 Bedrooms - Townhouse 2357 Sharon Oaks Dr Sun Coldwell Banker $1,089,000 941-7040 $1,649,000 323-1111 $1,850,000 851-2666 $1,975,000 462-1111 $2,250,000 558-4200 $2,995,000 462-1111 4 Bedrooms 2050 Waverley St Sun Coldwell Banker 917 Oregon Av Sun Keller Williams 1115 Tahoe Ln Daily 10am-5pm Galen Carnicelli 4 Bedrooms 1080 Deanna Dr Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 822 College Av Sun Coldwell Banker 2009 Sterling Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors REDWOOD CITY 3 Bedrooms 2014 El Prado St Sun Cashin Company $1,200,000 614-3500 the organization; tion; level of volunteer support. Applications must be received by Feb. 15, May 15, Aug. 15, and Nov. 15 in order to be considered at the quarterly meeting. For more information and details about the Charitable Foundation grants and an application form, visit www.silvar.org, or call the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS� at (408) 200-0100. INFORMATION OF PROVIDED IN THIS COLUMN IS AT WWW.SILVAR.ORG. PRESENTED BY THE 5 Bedrooms 1330 Sherman Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 1775 Valparaiso Av Sun Alain Pinel Realtors SUNNYVALE 4 Bedrooms 1244 Mandarin Sun Willow Hopkins $1,159,500 408-681-7426 MOUNTAIN VIEW 2 Bedrooms - Condominium 509 Sierra Vista Av #10 Sun Coldwell Banker $499,000 941-7040 $465,000 948-0456 $648,000 948-0456 $1,425,000 343-3700 SAN CARLOS 3 Bedrooms 49 Fay Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker $832,000 596-5400 $899,000 558-4200 3 Bedrooms - Townhouse 88 Flynn Av #C Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 30 Wellington Ct Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 19 Whitman Ct Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker WOODSIDE 1 Bedroom 220 Allen Rd Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker $899,950 596-5400 4 Bedrooms 638 Mountain View Av Sun 1-4 Cashin Company RMEILY@SILVAR.ORG. 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