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VERONICA WEBER

Veronica Weber, a Los Angeles native, first began working at the Palo Alto Weekly in 2006 as a photography intern. Following the internship, she was a photographer for The Almanac in Menlo Park. She is currently the Weekly staff photographer responsible for covering daily assignments and producing video and multimedia projects for PaloAltoOnline.com. She has a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and currently resides in San Francisco.

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Angela Buenning Filo, a Palo Alto resident, photographs changing landscapes, most recently focusing on Silicon Valley and Bangalore, India, during their respective tech booms. Her photographs are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and were included in the book "Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl." Her installation titled "1,737 Trees," focusing on one of the last orchards in Silicon Valley, is on permanent display in the lobby of the San Jose City Hall. Photographs from her Silicon Valley and Bangalore series are on view in the new terminal of the San Jose airport.

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David Hibbard, a Menlo Park resident, has photographed natural landscapes and wild places most of his life. He is the author of "Natural Gestures," a book of images from the beaches and coastal forests of northern California. A major retrospective of his work was shown last year at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto. Website: www.davidhibbardphotography.com.

BRIGITTE CARNOCHAN

Brigitte Carnochan's photographs have been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally and internationally and has recently been featured on the covers of Lenswork, Camera Arts and Silvershotz and in Color, View Camera, Black and White UK, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Zoom magazines. Brigitte's newest series, Floating World: Allusions to Poems by Japanese Women from the 7th to 20th Centuries, will be on view at Modernbook Gallery at their new location at 49 Geary Street, San Francisco, until February 26.

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Cell-tower foe to axe city’s Web connection Angered resident ends 17 years of free service he enabled for the City of Palo Alto by Sue Dremann

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tephen Stuart, a Palo Alto resident who has provided the City of Palo Alto with a free connection to the Internet for 17 years, gave notice Tuesday (March 29) that a nonprofit organization he works with, Internet Systems Consortium

(ISC), will sever the city’s connection in two weeks. The decision is a consequence of the planning department’s conditional approval last week of a 50foot cell tower, to be erected at St. Albert the Great Church across the

street from Stuart’s home. The permit is scheduled to be considered by the Architectural Review Board on April 7. Stuart maintains the planning department chose to ignore city laws when it approved the AT&T tower. City planners have said they have little legal leeway to deny the permit and cannot under federal law deny the permit on the basis of radiation levels, so long as those levels are within federal guidelines.

But Stuart and his wife, Tru Love, said that the city is misreading the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and ignoring ordinances it has in place that would protect residents. “This is not a threat. This is not a punishment. This is the consequence of the city not enforcing its laws,” Stuart said. That failure “has vaporized 17 years of good will in one thoughtless act,” he said. “This e-mail is to inform you that

ISC, which provides the City of Palo Alto with Internet connectivity via the I-Net, is going to terminate transit service for the City (the service of announcing the City’s IP prefix to the Internet),” the e-mail to City Manager James Keene reads. “Additionally, the fiber connection between the Arts Center and ISC at PAIX (Peering And Internet eXchange — formerly Palo Alto In(continued on page 9)

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Palo Alto trash rates face years of hikes New study shows costs of residential garbage service far exceed what residents pay for it by Gennady Sheyner

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Embracing rejection Gunn High School students read their classmates’ college rejection letters at the “Wall of Rejection” during lunch on March 30. Given Stanford University’s 7 percent acceptance rate, it’s no surprise that some of its letters were posted.

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Refuting stereotypes through ‘Not in Our Schools’ In effort to stem bullying, discrimination, students offer opinions on ethnic and religious bias by Chris Kenrick

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ot everyone is smart.” “Not all Jewish people are rich.” Students at JLS Middle School offered those suggestions when asked to name stereotypes they thought should be “dissolved” or “buried.” The exercise is part of “Not in Our Schools Week,” an annual observance on Palo Alto secondary school campuses around this time of year. Through art, rallies and teacherguided activities, students consider how to recognize and refute discrimination and stereotypes — and reach out to get to know people they see as different from themselves. In the Gunn High School quad

this week, students posted anonymous recollections of times they’ve felt slighted because of their religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. “It felt really bad when this girl was, like, ‘You’re actually proud to be Asian?’” one student wrote. “And I felt really bad about myself because I felt she was insulting my entire life, culture and heritage.” With enrollment from all over the world — and an Asian/Caucasian mix of 41 percent and 49 percent — Gunn has many teens who said they’ve had occasion to feel stereotyped or excluded. One student, born overseas to German parents, said it hurts to be called a “Nazi,” even as a joke.

“I don’t like it because I don’t want to be associated with those people,” the student wrote. Another student said she was devastated when a classmate at her previous school, not in California, called her a “half-breed b----” because of her mixed Chinese and European heritage. She wrote that she wished her friends — and the teacher — had taken a stronger stand against the taunting classmate. A Muslim student said, “The thing I want is for everyone to stop judging us all based on what only a fraction of our population did.” Before returning a quiz Wednesday to her class of 30 freshmen, Gunn math teacher Gopi Tantod took time for a discussion about stereotypes. “It’s important for me that we think about this,” Tantod told the class, asking students to put their heads down and close their eyes while she took a short poll. Twelve of the 30 students raised their hands when asked whether they or a friend at Gunn had ever felt “unfairly judged or treated differently” because of their ethnicity. (continued on page 8)

alo Alto residents could soon be asked to pay for recycling and see their garbage rates soar by nearly 80 percent in the coming years as part of the city’s effort to bring fairness and stability to its trash-collection service. The city’s Refuse Fund has been bleeding money in recent years thanks to a combination of longterm landfill contracts and aggressive conservation efforts that have taken a hit out of the city’s bottom line. Palo Alto’s aggressive “zero waste” program, which seeks to reduce the amount of local garbage heading to landfills, has been wildly successful on the environmental front but completely unsustainable when it comes to finances. The city offers residential recycling services for free. As residents continue to switch to smaller (and cheaper) trash cans and recycle more of their waste, the city’s revenues plummet. As a result, the Refuse Fund faced a $6.7 million deficit last year, prompting the City Council to raise residential rates by 6 percent and commercial rates by 9 percent in October. The council narrowed the gap further by reducing its Zero Waste budget and delivering more trash to the local landfill with the goal of closing it sooner. Now, city officials are looking for grander changes. Next Tuesday night the City Council Finance Committee will get a look at the early results of a “cost of service” study for the Refuse Fund — a study that could have a profound effect on the future of the local garbage service. Its early findings show that the city’s cost of providing residential service exceeds its revenues from these services by

79 percent. The city is projected to spend about $17.7 million on residential service but collect only $9.9 million in revenues. Meanwhile, commercial customers have been paying more than their fair share of the costs. Palo Alto is projected to collect about 42 percent more in revenues from commercial customers than it expects to spend on these customers. Its expenses for commercial customers in the current fiscal year are estimated at $12.1 million, while revenues are projected at $20.7 million. Phil Bobel, the city’s interim assistant director for Public Works, wrote in a report that it will take several years to address this discrepancy. Staff is proposing that the city achieve “full parity” among ratepayer categories within the next five to 10 years. “This comparison demonstrates that an estimated 79 percent increase in residential rates would be needed to immediately achieve full parity among these categories of rate payers,” Bobel wrote. “Staff concludes that such change cannot be made in the near term and that a long-term strategy will be needed to correct the causes of all the problems identified above.” For ratepayers, this means several years of rising rates. Staff is proposing that the city maintain last October’s rate increase and supplement it with a “modest increase” above that. While the need for financial stability is the primary driver for these changes, state law is providing its own incentives. Proposition 218 requires that a city’s water, wastewater and refuse rates reflect the costs of providing the services. (continued on page 12)

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This is not a punishment. This is the consequence of the city not enforcing its laws. — Stephen Stuart, a Palo Alto resident, regarding his decision to stop providing a free Internet connection to the City of Palo Alto. See story on page 3.

Around Town DO YOU THINK “I” IS SEXY? ... Palo Alto residents get excited when it comes to schools and libraries. But it takes a much greater effort to keep them awake, much less engaged, about that nebulous something called “infrastructure.” Both the Planning and Transportation Commission and the city’s recently appointed Infrastructure Task Force delved into the city’s capital needs this week and discussed ways to reduce the infrastructure backlog — a $500 million list that includes deferred maintenance projects and new facilities such as a public-safety building and a Municipal Services Center. One idea is asking residents to authorize a major bond project, much like the $76 million library-renovation project voters approved in 2008. That’s where the word “infrastructure” creates a problem. “Part of the reason why those (previous bond) efforts were successful was because those are things this community thinks about, cares about and values,” planning commission Chair Samir Tuma said Wednesday night. “Then there’s infrastructure.” Ray Bacchetti, co-chair of the citizen task force, asked Thursday how the city could “make infrastructure assets sexier so that the public can respond to them.” He noted that when the city polled the voters several years ago to see if they would pass a bond for a new police building, less than two-thirds said they would. Financial consultant Bob Gamble said that in some communities, including San Francisco, public-safety agencies typically get anything they want and acknowledged that in some cases “fear comes into play” when it comes to wooing the voters. “So we should raise the crime rate in Palo Alto?” joked John Melton, member of the task force. COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN ... Palo Alto residents love their cell phones and iPads, but their appetites for new cell towers and WiFi antennas are far less voracious. Now they are taking their complaints about new towers to City Hall. This week, a well-connected resident of Channing Avenue threatened

to cut off the City of Palo Alto’s free Internet hook-up after city planners approved an AT&T plan to erect a cell tower on his block (see story on page 3). On Monday, the City Council will consider another controversial AT&T proposal — a plan to install WiFi antennas at Hotel President at 488 University Ave. Several Hotel residents attended the March 21 council meeting and criticized the company’s communication: “I’ve been frankly stunned by the lack of real community outreach by a company that purports to really want to be doing something for Palo Alto,” resident Jeffrey Jones said. AT&T officials and business leaders maintain that the new infrastructure is desperately needed to improve wireless connections. Leon Beauchman, a retired AT&T executive who directs the “Wireless Communication Initiative” for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network said a recent study found that the region is “woefully underinvested” in wireless infrastructure. “The most famous example was riding down 280, and no one could maintain a call all the way down 280,” Beauchman said. The argument is set to resume Monday night. ROAD RAGE ... Palo Alto’s lanerestriping experiment near Gunn High School, now in its eighth month, is still netting mixed results from the community. The trial project has turned what was once a four-lane stretch on Arastradero Road between El Camino Real and Gunn into a three-lane roadway with center turn lanes. According to a new staff report, this has created a more bike- and pedestrianfriendly environment. But the traffic-calming project has frustrated drivers and increased complaints about traffic jams near Gunn. To deal with the problem, staff deleted a recently installed bike lane and added lanes to a portion of Arastradero Road between El Camino and Alta Mesa-McKellar Lane. Staff is also recommending extending the trial period by another six months to a year. A decision will then be made as to whether to keep the new configuration or to go back to the original design. N

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Google fiber: Palo Alto loses out to Kansas City Midwest community to get ultra high-speed Internet project instead of Silicon Valley by Sue Dremann Midwest city has beaten out to other cities across the country,” all Silicon Valley contend- she said. ers, including Palo Alto, to Palo Alto City Manager James become Google’s first fiber-optics- Keene said he congratulates Kanwired city, executives announced sas City. on Wednesday. “To bring fiber to the heartland of Kansas City, with a population the country, I appreciate the symof 145,786, was chosen out of 1,100 bolism,” he said. cities that applied in 2010 for the “We hold out hope again in the “Google Fiber for Communities” next phase that Google will be project, sponsored by the Mountain thinking about us. We look forward View tech giant. to the opportunity in the next wave” The ultra high-speed fiber-to-the- of city selections, he said. home connections will provide InPalo Alto has been working on ternet access at 100 times faster than a high-speed Internet project for typical broadband services, the com- nearly 15 years but has not yet been pany said. Fiber transmits light over able to garner the funding for its fiber-optic cable — a strand of glass “Fiber to the Premise” (formerly as thin as a hair — to send and re- “Fiber to the Home”) project. ceive data. It is far faster than electric Funding through a consortium of signals sent over metal wires. telecommunications companies colPalo Alto officials and technophiles lapsed in 2009 after one of the partaggressively wooed Google, creating ners dropped out and the city was a video and delugasked to coning the company tribute between with e-mail in sup$3 million and port of bringing ‘We hold out hope $5 million per fiber to Palo Alto. year for the netThe city sent a let- again in the next work. City ofter to the company phase that Google ficials decided last month seeking not to fund it. to further define its will be thinking about City Council history and connec- us. We look forward members have tions with Google to the opportunity in called for little in a last-ditch bid or no expendithe next wave’ of city for the project. ture from the But in the end, selections. city’s general less tech-connect— James Keene, Palo Alto fund for the fied Kansas City city manager ber project. won out. In July 2009, “We were absothe city conlutely blown away by the leader- sidered trying to get $8.8 million ship — the mayor, the city staff, the in federal-stimulus money, but that utilities as well,” Google General plan fell through when funding Manager Kevin Lo said in a You- guidelines restricted the money to Tube video. Internet-deprived communities. A company spokesperson did not City officials had hoped a Google elaborate on the reasons the Mid- fiber-to-the-home project anwest city was chosen or where Palo nounced last fall for Stanford UniAlto ranked in the contest, but Kan- versity would make fiber to Palo sas City Mayor Joe Reardon said in Alto the next logical step. a press release that “the wonderful Google announced it would indiversity of our community, neigh- stall the fiber network to about borhoods and industry make Kan- 850 on-campus faculty residences. sas City, Kansas, a microcosm for Palo Alto is currently working with the rest of the country.” Stanford to become the fiber-optic In selecting a city, the goal was to carrier for the project, Josh Wallace, find a location where Google could account representative for the city’s build efficiently, make an impact fiber service, said Wednesday. on the community and develop reIn the next two months, the city lationships with local government expects to receive results from two and community organizations, the studies evaluating the potential company stated in its blog. market for a municipal fiber sysThe Kansas City project will be tem and to attract private investthe first of a handful of cities to ment dollars. receive Google fiber, the company The city submitted a proposal last spokesperson said. week to the Palo Alto Unified School “We want to thank Palo Alto and District, seeking to become its fiberthe hundreds of other cities across optic Internet carrier, Wallace said. the country that expressed interest Google was briefly located in Palo in our project. This was a tough Alto in 1999 and many company exdecision, and we want everyone to ecutives call Palo Alto home. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann know we carefully considered every application. We’ll be looking close- can be e-mailed at sdremann@ ly at ways to bring ultra high-speeds paweekly.com.

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Learn the fundamentals of football with Earl Hansen, Palo Alto High School and State Champion coach. This is a noncontact camp where kids develop fundamental skills with proven drills and techniques. Full practices in the mornings with 7 on 7 games in the afternoon. July 11 to 15 @ Palo Alto High School. Ages 10 to14. Lunch provided daily. www.earlhansenfootballcamp.com 650-269-7793

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MLLS offers high-level, high-energy basketball instruction for ages 6-16. This summer we celebrate the 8th year!! With two to three “leagues” in each session, young beginners to advanced elite players get to learn fundamental skills, advanced footwork and valuable life lessons from an unparalleled staff of Pro and Collegiate level players. Camps at Woodside Elementary and Sequoia High School. Early bird, multi-session, and group discounts available. www.mllscamp.com 1-888-537-3223

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Spring Down camp teaches basic to advanced horsemanship skills. All ages welcome! Daily informative lecture, riding lesson, supervised hands-on skill practice, safety around horses, tacking/untacking of own camp horse, and arts/crafts. www.springdown.com 650-851-1114

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Summer at Saint Francis

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Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camps designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skill and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 ext. 446

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Ages 7-17 create video games, iPhone apps, C++/Java programs, websites and more. Weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara, UCLA and others. Also special Teen programs held at Stanford in gaming, programming and visual arts. Free year-round learning! Save with code CAU22L. www.internalDrive.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

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Palo Alto

International School of the Peninsula camps offered in French, Chinese, Spanish or ESL for students in Nursery through Middle School. Three 2-week sessions, each with different theme. Students are grouped according to both grade level and language proficiency. www.istp.org 650-251-8519

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Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Classes Monday-Thursday and limited to 15 students. Every Thursday there’s a BBQ lunch. The Science and Art classes will have weekly field trips. www.mid-pen.com 650-321-1991 ext. 110

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! www.sfhs.com/summer 650-968-1213 ext. 446

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Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new!) Media Production. Call or visit our website for details. www.headsup.org 650-424-1267, 925-485-5750

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Celebrate Indian culture, languages, arts, festivals, literature, cuisine, and leaders. Weekly themes are brought to life through related arts, dance, games, projects, stories and theatre in a very unique, exciting, creative, interactive, and structured style. June 13-August 5. Age 5 to 14. www.janoindia.com 650-493-1566

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ternet Exchange) will be physically disconnected.â&#x20AC;? Stuart founded Palo Alto Internet Exchange. Unless the city finds another transit connector, e-mails to and from City Hall would not go through. Any e-mail systems within city departments would also shut down, he said. Keene said Wednesday he called Stuart after reading the e-mail, which did not mention the cell tower as the reason for terminating the service. He asked Stuart if they could continue to discuss the celltower issue, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That application has not reached the end of its review in the city,â&#x20AC;? Keene said, indicating that the city will look at all issues related to the tower and that there could be opportunities for appeals. tThe city has used the free service since launching its website around 1994, Keene said. Stuart said he developed the service while working as a researcher for Digital Equipment Corporation, which ran Palo Alto Internet Exchange. He built the first Web server for the city, he said. When Digital Equipment was purchased by Compaq in 1999, the city risked losing the service, Stuart said. He moved it to ISC. ISC provides Internet connections for the city, the Palo Alto Unified School District, the Media Center, Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park City School District and Sequoia Union School District. Those services wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be affected, Stuart said. The city cannot grant a conditional-use permit to AT&T because such permits are granted to utility facilities that are essential services to the neighborhood. Wireless facilities are not essential neighborhood utility services, Stuart said. The tower is also not compatible with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comprehensive Plan because the church property is to be considered for future residential development, not for a commercial tower, Stuart and Love said in a March 22 letter to the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cities can deny facilities for any grounds except for on the basis of environmental effects if the facility complies with emissions regulations. This proposal must be rejected because the Municipal Code says it must be rejected, and there is case law that supports this conclusion,â&#x20AC;? Stuart and Love wrote. Keene said he did not consider the cell tower and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Internet service linked issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dealing with this in this context,â&#x20AC;? he said. Even if the city were to deny AT&Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permit, Stuart said he would not reconnect the city. When the city failed to exercise its own laws, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it discouraged people from investing in the city. I have invested my time. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m done,â&#x20AC;? he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@ paweekly.com.

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Public Agenda A preview of government meetings next week RAIL COMMITTEE ... The council plans to discuss Caltrainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passenger counts, hear an update on Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed high-speed-rail project and consider taking a position on Caltrainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed service cuts. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, April 4, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to discuss labor negotiations. The council also plans to interview candidates for the Public Art Commission and to hold a public hearing on AT&Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to install wireless fidelity antennas at Hotel President, 488 University Ave. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, April 4. The rest of the meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. or as soon as possible after the closed session in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to review the funding proposals for the Human Services Resources Allocation Process, amend the rate schedule for storm and surface-water drainage, and discuss the preliminary results of the cost of service study on the Refuse Fund. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss a

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 30)

Capital plan: The commission reviewed and commented on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capitalimprovement program for fiscal years 2012 to 2016. Action: None Housing Element: The commission considered changes to the Housing Element chapter, which is part of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revision of its Comprehensive Plan. Action: None

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RAIL CORRIDOR TASK FORCE ... The task force will continue its discussion of Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for the Caltrain corridor. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Lucie Stern Community Room (1305 Middlefield Road).

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After weeks of stormy weather, the forecast for the coming days calls for sunshine and high temperatures that could break records, a National Weather Service forecaster said Wednesday morning (March 30). (Posted March 30 at 1:20 p.m.)

Menlo man arrested in alleged home drug deal A Menlo Park man was arrested Monday (March 28) at his home on Terminal Avenue for possession and sales of marijuana and committing a felony while armed with a firearm, according to a press release from the Menlo Park Police Department. (Posted March 30 at 9:41 a.m.)

Stanford Avenue crash hampers rush-hour traffic A two-vehicle head-on crash snarled traffic during rush hour Wednesday (March 30) morning at Stanford Avenue and El Camino Real. (Posted March 30 at 9:39 a.m.)

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Brazen burglars swipe $20,000 in valuables About $20,000 in jewelry, electronics, furniture and art was taken from a Mountain View home over the weekend in a brazen burglary that police said could have been avoided. (Posted March 30 at 9:14 a.m.)

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Palo Alto OKs cell tower on Channing Avenue A proposal to build a new 50-foot-tall cell tower and nine antennas at St. Albert the Great Church on Channing Avenue has received Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval despite opposition from area residents. (Posted March 29 at 9:49 a.m.)

Cyber-nonprofit pairs college students, mentors As a young entrepreneur, Ashkon Jafari says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learned that â&#x20AC;&#x153;you get 100 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for every â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yes.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But the cofounder of a Web-based nonprofit aimed at building mentorships said things are getting easier now that his group has gained some momentum. (Posted March 29 at 9:55 a.m.)

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aul Baran, 84, a resident of Palo Alto, died March 26, 2011, of lung cancer. He is best known as a co-creator of the technology behind the Arpanet, a precursor to the modern Internet. He was born in Poland and grew up in Philadelphia, Penn., his daughter-in-law, Jane Baran, said. He earned a bachelor’s degree in

Eugene Bulf Eugene John Bulf, 91, a resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 30, 2010, after a long struggle with vascular dementia. Born in 1919 in Clairton, Penn., he moved to California after graduation. He attended San Francisco Junior College for two years and graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in political science. He joined the Navy during World War II, working in Naval Air Ordinance in Okalahoma and California. During the war, he married his first wife, Nancy Deering. The couple raised three children and lived in

electrical engineering from Drexel University and a master’s degree from UCLA. While working at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., he developed the idea of packaging data into discrete bundles, which are then sent on various paths around a network and reassembled at their destination, according to a New York Times article. The U.S. Department of Defense eventually built its Arpanet network, which was eventually replaced by the modern Internet, based on the

ideas of Baran and others. “I’m tremendously proud of him. It was an entire change of thinking,” his son David Baran said of his father’s groundbreaking work. He also founded a nonprofit and seven companies. He and his family moved to the Palo Alto area in 1970, David Baran said. His wife, Evelyn, predeceased him in 2007. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Jane Baran of Atherton; three grandchildren; and his companion, Ruth Rothman. N

Palo Alto, where he worked as a salesman at Werry Electric Shop and volunteered with the Appliance Dealers’ Association, Camp Unalayee and Friends of the Library. Bulf and Deering divorced and he married Mary Suransky Kimball in 1964. The pair attended plays, concerts and ballets and traveled around the United States and abroad. He had a lifelong love of music, having taught himself to play accordion as a child, and enjoyed gardening and the arts. Remembered by family for his warmth and willingness to help others, he was an active volunteer with the Stanford International Center, the Environ-

mental Volunteers and Jasper Ridge Stanford Biological Preserve. He is survived by his wife Mary of Palo Alto; his three children Jeff, Ellen and Carolyn; one granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. N

Laurel E. Crittenden Sept 17, 1952- March 18, 2011

Laurel E. Crittenden, 58, of Custer, WA, formerly of Portola Valley, CA, died unexpectedly of natural causes. A Celebration of Laurel’s life will be held on Sun., April 17th at 3:30 pm at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, CA. View full obituary, photos of Laurel and share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com PA I D

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Mary Ann Rundell Oct. 30, 1952 - March 20, 2011 Mary Ann passed away on March 20, 2011, after battling cancer for several years. She was a wonderful mother, dear friend, and valued colleague. Mary Ann is survived by her husband Daryl and four sons, James, Charles, Patrick and Michael, her mother and stepfather, Bernice and Loren Nicholson, her siblings, Kevin Loughran, Joe Loughran, and Betsy Whitehall, and their families. Mary Ann was born October 30, 1952 and grew up in San Luis Obispo, the daughter of a minister and college professor. Mary Ann’s youth was filled with enriching experiences and travel abroad. Mary Ann moved to the Palo Alto area after high school, where she married and started her family. She devoted herself to raising her sons, taking pride in their many accomplishments. She volunteered as a soccer coach, Boy Scout leader, and Sunday school teacher. Mary Ann worked at the Stanford Law School where she enjoyed her close relationships with her colleagues. Mary Ann expressed appreciation for everyone who supported her through her illness. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 9th, 1012:00 at the Unity Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Donations to the Michael Rundell College Fund can be made at http://maryannrundell.weebly.com/ PA I D

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Priya Lina Sarah Sadrozinski January 16th, 1987 – March 25th, 2011 Priya Lina Sarah Sadrozinski passed away peacefully the morning of March 25, 2011 at the age of 24, surrounded by her adoring family. A lifelong resident of Palo Alto, Priya was a young woman with many abilities and disabilities. She took an interest in everything and everyone, showing unconditional love to each and every person she met. Diagnosed at two months old with septooptic dysplasia, she had to deal with numerous medical issues, including epilepsy, endocrine problems, developmental delay, visual, auditory and orthopedic problems, ambulance rides, surgeries and hospitalizations. Through all these challenges, Priya rarely complained, in great part due to the kindness and caring of the many wonderful caregivers, doctors, teachers, aides, therapists, and nurses who have been such an important part of her life. Despite her disabilities, Priya lived a full life and was an inspiration and joy to her family and her many friends. She loved to draw and had a passion for making up rhymes. A book of selected drawings and rhymes was published just before she passed away. Her creativity and whimsical sense of humor allowed Priya to face immense challenges. In addition to drawing, taking art lessons, riding lessons at Westwind Barn in Los Altos Hills, and composing rhymes, she had a deep affinity for music. She had perfect pitch, and memorized biographical details of her favorite composers. Priya enjoyed taking piano lessons, playing her own compositions, teaching herself about music using her computer, and playing her drums. After attending the special day program at Greendell and Juana Briones elementary schools, Jordan Middle School, and Paly, where she sang in the choir, Priya thrived at the Abilities United adult day program,

where she benefited from its aquatic services for about 20 years. One of her proudest moments was swimming the opening lap of the 2010 Abilities United aquathon as the honorary swimmer. Her outgoing, loving nature and enthusiasm for life made her well-loved at Abilities United. During her short life, Priya traveled the world with her loving family, making friends all along the way. There were annual trips to Europe, she visited the Taj Mahal and saw elephants in India, saw the cherry blossoms in Hiroshima, went deep-sea fishing in Hawaii...Despite frail health during the last months, she had a heartwarming experience visiting friends in New Zealand and seeing the glaciers from her wheelchair. Her death comes as a terrible shock even though we knew she hadn’t been well for some time. She was a truly remarkable person and will be so sorely missed by everyone who met her. Her life was short, but happy. She is survived by her mother Shaila and father Hartmut of Palo Alto; older brother Ashok of Carmel, CA; aunt Priya Thirkell, uncle Nicholas Thirkell, and cousins Nisha and Maya Thirkell of London, England; uncles Guenter Sadrozinski and Rainer Sadrozinski, cousins Christian, Caroline, Joerg and Heike Sadrozinski of Germany; as well as her orange tree and her orchids. See ya, Priya, we’ll miss ya. A memorial celebration of Priya’s life is planned for Sunday May 1, at 2 p.m. at the Stanford University Faculty Club. In lieu of f lowers, donations may be made in Priya’s name to Abilities United, www.abilitiesunited.org. PA I D

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“SPOOKY ACTIONS AT A DISTANCE”

Einstein‘s real complaint about the quantum theory was not that it required God to play dice, but that it failed to ”represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance.” I shall use the rhetorical device of a computer-simulated lecture demonstration to explain both the power of Einstein‘s criticism and the remarkable fact that the ”reality” he insisted upon is nevertheless impossible. Afternoon Colloquium: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM in the Hewlett Teaching Center Room 201, Bldg 370, Serra Mall, Stanford University

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Louise Preusch Herring 1919-2011 Louise Herring was born Louise Catherine Preusch, April 28, 1919 and grew up in the Queens borough of New York City. She graduated from Newtown High School, Elmhurst NY in 1936. As a graduating senior, she received an award for having got 100% on her Regents’ math examinations for six years in a row, culminating in advanced algebra. She attended Barnard College on a full-tuition scholarship, graduating in 1940 with a major in mathematics and a minor in physics. She was inducted into the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Louise did actuarial work for a firm in New York City for several years after college. In 1946 she married Conyers Herring. Not long afterward she left the work force in order to spend full time raising her children (Lois, Alan, Brian, and Gordon). The family lived in Fanwood, NJ for a few years, then moved to Summit, NJ. In Summit she joined the local branch of American Association of University Women and eventually became an officer. She was active in that group’s operation of a very large annual used-book sale, proceeds of which were used to provide college scholarship money for local girls. She was also very active in her local church and participated in her local PTA and other organizations. She consistently encouraged her children to excel in school and also took them on outings to parks, museums, and other places of interest. As a wife and mother, she met challenges with love, fairness, and practicality. After moving to Palo Alto in 1978, she became a member of First Congregational Church of Palo Alto and was active in its Women’s Fellowship. She served as Treasurer of the Women’s Fellowship for several years. She was also active in the Civic Affairs Committee of the Greenmeadow Community Association, advocating for the interests of her neighborhood before local planning and zoning authorities. She received a service award from her neighborhood association in 1992 for this

work. Louise co-Chaired the Greenmeadow Community Association Civic Affairs Committee for over two decades. In that time her committee successfully led a community initiative to get a single-story overlay added to the neighborhood zoning. They prevented the school district from selling Cubberley School to a housing developer, so that today there is a vibrant community center in that location. She worked on the first Charleston Road study that was the impetus for the restriping that has gradually rolled out over the last ten years, creating a safer environment for school commuting children who attend the many public and private schools on the corridor. Louise, together with her good friends and colleagues on the Civic Affairs Committee, established a tradition of excellent relations between Greenmeadow and Palo Alto City Hall. She worked diligently for her community and leaves behind many friends who deeply value their long association with her. We will miss her good-humored and gentle nature that, coupled with steely resolve, accomplished wonderful things for the community. Louise was a long-time active member of the Stanford Faculty Women. She also enjoyed playing tennis with her friends until the age of 85. During about the last five years of her husband’s life, both his health and mental clarity declined seriously. Louise devoted most of her time to caring for her husband Conyers at their home, a job which she accomplished with love, skill, and patience. A little more than a year after her husband’s death, she herself became ill, and she died at her home with the comfort of beloved family members on March 19, 2011. A memorial service will be held on Sunday April 10 at 2:00PM, First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303. PA I D

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Palo Alto March 8-30 Violence related Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Assault with a deadly weapon . . . . . . . .2 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Sex crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Prowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Residential burglary attempts . . . . . . . . .4 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Abandoned bicycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . 15 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . .26 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . .40 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Miscellaneous Animal bite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbing/annoying phone calls. . . . . . .1 Elder abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Firearm disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Psych subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Restraining order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 13 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Terrorist threats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Menlo Park March 8-29 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft related Burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . 14 Driving without a license . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 10 Vehicle hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Narcotics registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Meri Ehrlich Meri Ehrlich, of Palo Alto, died peacefully on March 14, 2011 after a brief illness. Married for 69 years to Palo Alto architect Joseph Ehrlich, who preceded her in death six months earlier, Meri was a devoted wife, loving mother, protective sister, adoring aunt, and dear friend. Born Miriam Kantorovich in Waterbury, CT on July 4, 1922, she grew up in various parts of the eastern U.S., including Baltimore, MD, and the Bronx and Brooklyn in New York City. Following their marriage in 1941, Meri remained in New York while Joseph subsequently served in the U.S. Army infantry in Europe in World War II, from which he returned in 1945 having earned both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Following the end of the War, Joe and Meri relocated to Chicago, where Joe studied architecture. In 1950 they moved to California, soon settling in Palo Alto where Joe would establish his successful career as one of the pioneer ‘Silicon Valley’ architects, due in no small part to Meri’s counsel and support. The “unsung hero” of a wonderful life full of challenges and good fortune, Meri was a storyteller extraordinaire with an impeccable memory, a love of ‘her California’ and a passion for Native American artifacts. An avid reader and deep thinker, she was always teaching and guiding. Generous and giving, she was always helping others. And through it all, she maintained a brilliant and entertaining sense of humor that bound together generations, kept everyone smiling, and shared her joy of life. Her presence will be missed, but not forgotten. Meri is survived by her son, Jeffrey Ehrlich of San Francisco, along with her nieces, nephews, and many good friends. Her family requests anyone wishing to honor her memory offer a contribution to the Weizmann Institute of Science (www.weizmann.ac.il). PA I D

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SEAFOOD Cook’s Seafood 325-0604 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Seafood Dinners from $6.95 to $10.95 Scott’s Seafood 323-1555 #1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Happy Hour 7 days a week 4-7 pm Full Bar, Banquets, Outdoor Seating www.scottsseafoodpa.com

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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

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Editorial Parkland initiative merely gives options November vote will give Palo Alto the chance to consider innovative composting alternatives

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alo Alto residents can be forgiven if they are still trying to sort out why they will be asked to vote this fall on rescinding parkland status of about 10 acres at the city dump before there is agreement on its

use. If voters agree, the 10 acres that was to have become part of Byxbee Park when the landfill closes next year will instead be available, but not committed, for a facility that would process all the city’s table scraps and yard clippings, as well as sewage sludge. The process would also create a significant amount of energy, possibly enough to supply 1.2 to 1.5 percent of the city’s annual electricity usage. A favorable vote on the initiative is a necessary step to give the City Council a viable site if a decision is made to build a state-of-the-art composting facility in Palo Alto. The effort to “undedicate” 10 acres of previously planned parkland, which just qualified for the ballot, has divided the city’s environmental community, with one side fervently opposed to taking away parkland for an industrial facility like an anaerobic digester. Former City Council member Emily Renzel and others have said the current partnership with Mountain View and Sunnyvale to process the city’s compost is working just fine, and that a digester on land due to be part of Byxbee Park would interfere with the park’s view shed and degrade the experience of visitors. But many others, led by former Mayor and City Council member Peter Drekmeier, advocate setting aside a small portion of what is now landfill for a facility that could process all of the city’s table scraps and yard trimmings, as well as sludge from the nearby sewage plant. By processing the sludge, the city finally would be able to shut down its long-outdated incinerator, an embarrassment for a community that takes so much pride in its environmental policies and accomplishments. No matter how much the city wants to be green, in the end financial projections and budget constraints are likely to play a major role in whether the compost facility will ever be built. The preliminary findings of a consultant study shows that in its first year of operations a digestion plant would cost ratepayers about $100 a ton to process compost, while it could be shipped away for around $70 a ton. And even though a 30 per cent contingency was included in the digester cost and trucking carried no inflation factor for fuel cost increases, there could be a significant cost premium in the digester option. At this point, the City Council has not lined up behind any option. At a recent meeting, there was no consensus on whether the digester was the only viable solution. Some members were concerned about cost, and some about the loss of parkland. Others said the digester proposal is a narrow path that may not give the council enough alternatives given new technologies under development. At the same meeting, members of the public had plenty of suggestions for the consultants, like including “carbon adders” (placing a price on carbon emissions resulting from the process), contingency costs for the export options and the likely costs of replacing the city’s generators. Drekmeier has argued that costs of a digestion plant would be significantly less (up to $38 million per ton) if it was publicly financed and the carbon and contingency costs were added to the trucking alternative over a 20-year period. Renzel and her supporters believe that the lower cost for shipping compost out of town is a strong argument against building a digester plant. “Don’t ruin Byxbee Park with an industrial anaerobic digester,” she told the council. “It makes no sense for every small city to make massive capital improvements rather than recognizing economies of scale regionally.” That may be true, but many Palo Alto residents are concerned about continuing to fill faraway landfills if there is a viable, though potentially expensive, solution that could contain most of the city’s waste at home, including sewage sludge, and even generate some electricity. The question is whether enough voters will be willing to give up a slice of potential parkland to make it possible. Anaerobic digester plants are installed at many locations in Europe, where it is worth the extra cost to dispose of waste due to a lack of landfill sites. A similar trend is likely to begin in this country, as cities find it is more and more expensive to truck their garbage to landfills many miles away. The issue will be before the public often in the coming months. After spending four hours on the subject March 21, the council plans to continue the discussion next week, and has promised to give staff more direction. Then in June, staff members and the consultants are scheduled to present a feasibility study and will release the final version in the fall. In the ideal world, the pros and cons of building a facility will be well identified and studied prior to the November election. But in any case, passage of the initiative to undedicate 10 acres next to the sewage treatment plant should not be viewed as an endorsement of a particular strategy but merely as a vote to create the option of moving forward when and if agreement is reached on the best path forward. Page 16ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊ£]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Local tsunami? Editor, When former editor Jay Thorwaldson (March 18) wrote about envisioning the Hayward Fault causing a tsunami in San Francisco Bay, he probably didn’t realize that what he was envisioning needed a suspension of the laws of physics. The problem is that Bay Area faults are ones in which segments of the earth’s crust slide past each other horizontally. For an earthquake to generate a tsunami, you need vertical motion, not horizontal motion, with most tsunamis being generated at subduction zones, where one tectonic plate moves under another. To see what is going on, fill a tub or bucket with water and hold a flat plate oriented horizontally in the water. If you slide the plate back and forth hardly anything happens. If you pull the plate upwards suddenly, water will start sloshing back and forth noticeably. Bill Zaumen Clara Drive Palo Alto

Kudos to police and fire Editor, On Saturday evening, March 26, just after 6 p.m. I was involved in an auto accident on the corner of University and Bryant, when the accelerator of my car stuck as I was parking. I called 911 and both the police and fire departments were dispatched and arrived promptly. They and the city should be commended for their professionalism as well as care and concern about me. Although no one was injured this was a traumatic incident for me and they were sensitive to the situation. I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to the officers and firemen who assisted me, took a statement from each of two witnesses and called for towing service. I don’t think these civil servants get enough credit for the good things they do in our communities. Claire Houston Eaton Avenue San Carlos

Parking projects Editor, I am supportive of the Planning and Transportation Commission’s decision to initiate the zoning change for the five-story, mixed-use building proposed opposite the University Avenue Caltrain Station. The March 18 article was interesting, balancing opinions of the two “persistent critics” of planned-community zone projects with that of newcomer (to commission meetings) Jerry Schwarz who, unlike the naysayers, actually lives near the property. Schwarz indicated that he had no problem with the height and liked the addition of retail and residential. I would caution on the issue of

parking, though. The proposed 123 parking appears excessive considering the Caltrain station is literally “across the street.” I’d like the developer to be given the opportunity to reduce the number of spaces by providing Caltrain “eco-passes” to both the residential and commercial tenants. I realize a parking reduction could be perceived as placing strain on the neighborhood but that should provide an incentive for the city to initiate a residential parking-permit district as I believe is being done in College Terrace. I would like to see the developer help pay for the permit district as a “community benefit” that the zoning requires. I can’t stress enough that there will never be a “supply” solution to parking. Just as Caltrans learned with urban freeways, cities need to apply the same principle to parking. The solution to the parking problem is better management that includes pricing, not providing more free spaces that only serve as an enticement to drive. Irvin Dawid Alma Street Palo Alto

GO Pass program Editor, We appreciate the opinion piece by Yoriko Kishimoto expressing support for the importance of Caltrain and its employer GO Pass program. It is important to point out however, that the article omitted a key fact — Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have already proposed to the City of Palo that GO Passes would be provided to all their employees working at least 20 hours per week beginning in 2015, as part of the approval process for the Stanford Medical Center Renewal Project. It is expected this will begin to increase the use of Caltrain long before the hospitals’ expansions are complete and the projected new employees are added. The hospitals proposed this in June 2009, in advance of the city’s Draft Environmental Impact report being released. It is important for the community to be aware that this significant offer has already been made by the hospitals and we look forward to seeing it implemented following project approval. Michael J Peterson Vice President, Special Projects Stanford Medical Center Renewal Project

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Guest Opinion On Deadline: Cooley Landing at last is about to become a jewel of a park by Jay Thorwaldson y summer 2012 a new bayfront park will begin to emerge in the Midpeninsula: Cooley Landing, the bulb-shaped end of an historic, man-made peninsula that stretches east from the end of Bay Road in East Palo Alto. Phase 1 includes nearly a mile of trails, picnicking and wildlife viewing areas on nine acres, and a parking lot and benches. Future phases will come over the next six years, depending on funding. Those include converting the former boatworks building into a nature center. There will be an outdoor classroom, permanent restrooms, interpretive displays and road improvements. The longtime dream took a tangible step toward becoming real Saturday, March 19, when officials, citizens and young persons gathered at the East Palo Alto Charter School to prepare seedlings of trees to be planted next year as part of a renewed landscape on the bulb-shaped projection into the bay. The site has been the subject of dreams and disappointments for almost as long as its modern history, starting with a vision of creating “another San Francisco” in the mid-1800s, and major losses of investors’ money. A richly detailed history commissioned by East Palo Alto was published in August 2007 (see www.paloaltoonline. com/media/reports). Its history includes some ship-building and being a shipment point for about 40 million bricks sent north to build the big cities of the Bay Area. But current plans will create a shining addi-

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tion not just to East Palo Alto but to neighboring communities that value the baylands experience. For years it was a regional shipping port for wheat, sheep, lumber and other goods from the South Bay. More recently it was a dump and the site of a first-class boatworks. One community dream was to turn Cooley Landing into a marina, but that was not to be for various reasons. Today’s emerging reality is due to an unlikely coalition of agencies and organizations. Those include the City of East Palo Alto, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD), the Nature Restoration Trust (a collaboration between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Pacific Gas & Electric Company, which in recent years has contributed $1 million to similar efforts in the bay region). In February, the San Francisco Bay Trail Project awarded a $244,649 grant for the project. The Fish and Wildlife Foundation just announced a $40,000 grant. On March 19, Community leader Elizabeth Jackson recalled early efforts to create something good at Cooley Landing: “For a long time, we had nothing — no money — to start this project. “A nature park is a beautiful product. Something is finally happening. These funds will go a long way during the clean-up process.” A key in the progress is Lily Lee, who is working with the City of East Palo Alto on loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which since 1996 has been supporting the cleanup and restoration effort with loaned staff, grants and soil testing. “It’s exciting to be so close to starting construction!” Lee declared at the March 19 event. The nonprofit Collective Roots is also engaged. The MROSD owns the sides of the bulb and

nearby former salt pond. I have a personal interest in the landing, dating from 1980-1981, just after I left the Palo Alto Times in 1979. Having written numerous stories over a dozen years about community dreams for a marina there I decided to see if I could help move that dream forward. The idea was to create a nonprofit entity and add levees to protect the boats. I consulted a former biology teacher of mine, the late Tom Harvey of San Jose State University, about marsh restoration, and began discussions with two agencies that owned land surrounding the landing: Utah Mining Company based in Salt Lake City, and Leslie Salt Company, which owned an adjacent 145-acre former salt pond. Harvey and I explored an interesting concept: to create a self-flushing marina. A tide gate would let silt-laden bay water into a restored marsh, then close when the tide turned. Another gate at the back of the marina would open and let the cleansed water flow back to the bay through the marina. Sounded great, in theory. I also talked with Carl Schoof, who operated the boat works, about a six-acre strip he owned down the middle and out to a channel. He and his wife, Shirley, lived aboard the old dredge at the end of the landing. But the deal stalled over price, and I offered the Utah Mining and Leslie Salt options to the MROSD, which completed the acquisitions. Schoof later sold his land to become part of the present public-ownership package. A follow-up city marina effort fell flat. The concept of a regional park and museum replaced the marina dream in the 1990s, and with the arrival of Lee three years ago began to move quickly. There are some remaining historical questions. One is its reported early name of Martin’s Landing, after an Irishman who lost his mon-

ey on a flawed Spanish land grant. Another is whether the huge dredge was once used to dredge the Palo Alto Yacht Harbor. The story is that a family lived aboard and the operator would row his children ashore to catch a school bus. Today a new generation (of adults and children) is getting jazzed about the site’s future, and many people are an active part of that future. “It takes a village,” Leigh Ann Gessner, MROSD communications specialist, said March 19. “It’s great to see the youth out here rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty to make their village a better place.” East Palo Alto Councilman Ruben Abrica also got his hands into planting soil: “A Cooley Landing nature park has been in the hearts and minds of East Palo Altans for a long time, and the strong partnerships are making this a reality,” he said. Claire Thorp, assistant director of the Western Partnership Office of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, said PG&E funding “is making all the difference” to progress. She said the project “meets all the program criteria,” including community-support; benefits for threatened species such as the California clapper rail; partner contributions; and “wellthought-out plans for involving the community and underserved youth as stewards of the project site. “If we don’t get the next generation involved, protection of our wonderful natural resources is not going to be possible.” N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be e-mailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com. He also posts online blogs at www. PaloAltoOnline.com (below the Town Square forum).

Streetwise

How do you feel about doing your taxes; how up-to-date are you? Asked on S. California Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Kareem Yasin and Zohra Ashpari.

James Lee

Entrepreneur College Avenue, Palo Alto “I’ve already started doing it. Usually I wait around as late as possible. The tax code is horrific and taxes take a long time.”

Heike Enders

Substitute Clerk Grove Avenue, Palo Alto “I’m still waiting for a form I need because I’m actually from Germany.”

Jane Buechel

Clinical Lab Scientist at Stanford Hospital College Avenue, Palo Alto “It’s all done. I’m distraught and going to mail them now. They shouldn’t take so much of our time.”

Mike Willemsen

Semi-retired Attorney Elsinore Drive, Palo Alto “It’s a lot of work to do and very complicated. I’m an attorney with a master’s in economics and I have difficulty doing my taxes.”

Islay Knapp

Researcher Waverley Street, Palo Alto “It’s not a big deal, I just hand it off to an accountant.”

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Cover Story Western Bluebird

Wildlife and livestock, runners and researchers intersect at Stanford’s Dish Area Academic Reserve

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grass, gathering seeds and flowers and playing games of chase, while a hawk, no doubt in search of a squirrel snack, swooped overhead. Runners braved the fickle weather, getting in some fresh air and exercise. Charles Carter, Stanford University’s director of land use and environmental planning, said up to 400,000 human visitors enter the Dish Area each year. “I love that this trail is all open land; it looks just like a backdrop. It’s so peaceful here. You don’t have to worry about cars or deal with traffic lights, bikes or dogs. You can just zone out,” weekly hiker Laura Hamilton said. “It’s an hour to hike the loop, and it’s an hour where you can’t turn on Page 20ÊUÊ«ÀˆÊ£]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

the TV and you leave the cell phone behind. You can solve any of life’s problems out here walking the loop. Whenever my friends have ... problems I say, ‘Go to the Dish,’” said Jenn Shoup, who hikes the Dish four to five times a week. Besides the visible birds and small mammals, other creatures are present. Stanford conservationists have installed breeding ponds for the endangered California Tiger Salamander, although the elusive amphibians are only active on winter nights, Carter said, and visitors have reported seeing bobcats and coyotes. As the trails from the entrances to the Stanford Dish Area rise in elevation, the wooded areas give way to open fields. The titular Dish itself, a massive radiotelescope still in active use, crowns the hilltop. Around the

trail and visible from bustling Interstate Highway 280 on the other side of the hills are the cows. The gentle-eyed cattle — often motionless save for their flickering tails and eagerly munching mouths — are members of a herd numbering several hundred (mostly of mixed breeds including Angus and Hereford). They belong to local rancher David Murdoch, who owns the nearby Glenoaks Equestrian Center in Portola Valley, and his two partners, George Parker and Jeff Graham. Murdoch and his partners have leased some of the land that formerly made up Piers Ranch from Stanford for the past five years. Each winter and spring, from about November to May, young cattle, recently weaned from their mothers and purchased from breeders, are

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Great Blue Heron set out on the Dish land to graze the grass, which is plentiful during the rainy season. The cows perform the valuable service of keeping the grass trimmed, reducing fire risk to the area, Murdoch said. As spring turns to summer and the grass dries up, they’re sent to a feedlot for the remainder of their lives, until they reach a marketable size for slaughter and beef sale. “These cows spend that time there this year, then next year we’ll get another group,” he said of their time at Stanford.

‘I love that this trail is all open land.’ -Laura Hamilton, hiker Murdoch, originally from New Zealand, grew up on a beef farm and is now a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. His interest in having cattle graze the land is based on a desire to preserve the land, keeping it close to its rural roots. “It’s really land management, not something that brings in an income. In a good year we might bring in a little money, other years we may break even. We do it because the land needs to be looked after and maintained,” he said. “We’re so fortunate to have the open space in this area; it’s very enjoyable. The cattle are more of a hobby. We’re not planning our retirement from it. Our interest is in taking care of the land as opposed to being beef farmers.” Murdoch said the cattle do attract a good amount of comment and interest, as the public trail runs through their pasture. But generally the cows don’t bother the people and vice versa. People, he said, seem to enjoy the pastoral site of the browsing bovines. And so far he’s had no problem with mountain lions or other predators. Once the cattle move on from the Dish area to the feedlot, Murdoch’s involvement with them ceases. “I have a love for all animals,” Murdoch said. “But when they’re going to go, you try not to get too

personal. The reality is they’re here for some time, then they go.” Though Murdoch’s livestock remind visitors of “The Farm’s” bucolic days, other fans of the Dish incorporate the high-tech into their hiking experience. Palo Alto company GlobalMotion Media, Inc., which develops mobile travel applications, has created a Dish Hike app, which gives maps and other helpful information, available at www.everytrail.com. “When I was a student in business school, classmates and I would routinely meet up at the Dish for exercise and to connect — either socially or to work through a project,” EveryTrail.com founder and Stanford alum Joost Schreve said. “The Dish offers both casual and competitive hikers and runners a challenging workout with incredible views.”

“I always like seeing the Golden Eagles in the winter time. And in the spring time you have wildflowers,” Carter said. “The views after a storm are pretty spectacular; you can see the San Francisco skyline when it’s clear. It’s just open space with a view. People tend to like that.” Hiker Jeff Schwegman put it simply. “It’s instant transcendence out here.” N Staff Photographer Veronica Weber can be e-mailed at vweber@ paweekly.com. Editorial Assistant Karla Kane can be e-mailed at kkane@paweekly.com.

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Clockwise from top left: Fiddler/singer Richard Chon and guitarist Gordon Clegg perform with The Saddle Cats in the Stanford Hospital atrium; bassist Bing Nathan; patients, staff and visitors watching the band play in the atrium; Greg Kaufman, director of the hospital music program.

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Some people believe that music has scientific healing properties. Others say it simply makes us happier and more relaxed. Either way, music can warm the days of people who are ill, and it has become a popular feature of many hospital programs. What’s interesting about Stanford’s music program is its diversity. It features the traditionally soothing sounds of piano, harp and voice, including ambient piano music at the Stanford Cancer Center, and harpists and singers who visit patients’ rooms. In addition, patients can also request CD players and CDs, with program coordinators suggesting albums for different moods. In December, the Marin Dance Theatre performs a holiday ballet in the atrium. Beyond that, though, the program hosts three public concert series with many flavors of sound. The Bing Music Series in the Hospital Atrium, which has featured The Saddle Cats a number of times, encompasses styles as different as Hawaiian and Irish music, French country songs, Cuban salsa and classical. There’s also a summer outdoor concert series with a variety of musicians. And new this year is a third program: the Caregivers Concert Series, in which the musicians are Stanford doctors, nurses, therapists, administrators and technicians. Music has benefits not only for the patients, but for the people who care for them, says Greg Kaufman, director of the music program.

The caregiver series kicked off in January with a sextet from the neurosciences department: the rock group HyperTonics. On May 26, the scheduled act is the Pipette Quartet, playing Mozart. “This is for the performers and their colleagues, a way to de-stress and have fun,” Kaufman says in the atrium, after The Saddle Cats’ concert is over. “It’s a pilot program. There’ll be four (caregivers’ concerts) this year.” Kaufman says that increasing musical diversity has been a goal of his throughout the music program. Community donations have helped, especially those from Helen and Peter Bing, after whom the atrium series is named. “We wanted to introduce folks to new music forms,” Kaufman says, “and we have patients from all over the world.” Foreign-language skills are not necessary for concert audiences, of course. “Once we had a Latin singer who was very sensual,” Kaufman recalls. “One patient laughed and said, ‘I don’t speak Spanish, but I know exactly what she’s saying.’” Kaufman said he believes that Stanford is one of the main hospitals in the country to make such widespread use of music, along with the Mayo Clinic. That institution has a large Humanities in Medicine program that includes concerts, live theater and dance, music and creative-writing workshops, and films. Speaking of musical diversity, the musicians who have performed at the clinic’s campuses include a concert tuba player. At the Minnesota Mayo Clinic, there is also a Cardiovascular Surgery Healing Enhancement Program that includes music therapy. The program’s description states that “Music therapy may promote relaxation and reduce anxiety, which may decrease pain, improve your mood and promote better sleep.” Back at Stanford, Joseph Mollick, a staff physician in the Cancer Center, says in an interview that he especially likes the harp music played by Barbary Grant in the areas where patients get chemotherapy. When she begins to play, people turn the TVs

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From left, steel guitarist Bobby Black, fiddler/singer Richard Chon, guitarist Gordon Clegg and bassist Bing Nathan perform in the Stanford Hospital Atrium. down and everything gets hushed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instinctively they know that this is really special. It really does transform the small suites,â&#x20AC;? he says. When asked about his beliefs on whether music can be healing, Mollick says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been all sorts of efforts for people with life-threatening illnesses, to have them interact with art. ... All that is meant to release dopamine into peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brains and help them feel warmer and good about something.â&#x20AC;? He continues, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an important part of the Cancer Center, trying to overcome the inherent stress ... anything we can do to minimize the heavy heart that people have when they walk in here.â&#x20AC;? Back in the atrium, after The Saddle Catsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance is over, audience member Liya Murphy is also positive. Her father sees a doctor at Stanford, and she has enjoyed the opportunity to watch the concert and let her young son dance around in his rubber rain boots. The music also seems beneficial for the people around her dealing with illnesses, she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gets the patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; minds off it.â&#x20AC;? She adds that she appreciates the less â&#x20AC;&#x153;tearyâ&#x20AC;? kinds of music being played. Nearby, Kaufman looks around with pleasure at the atrium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This room is so good acoustically; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so open and has lots of glass,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost like an opera house. The sound just develops up.â&#x20AC;? Kaufman himself has plenty of experience in sound. A singer and

guitarist, he came to Stanford in 1997 when his friend was being treated for lung cancer. He asked what he could do to help, and his friend asked him to play his guitar. Kaufman began performing regularly at the hospital with his blues band, The Circuit Breakers. When the director position at the music program opened up, he was happy to move away from his more intense career in advertising. These days, one of his goals is to have the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerts shown on the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closed-circuit TV system, so even more patients can see them. As The Saddle Cats pack up their gear, Chon says he loves performing at the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re transferring healthy energy to these people, and that makes me feel good,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think that vibrations in the air could make you feel better?â&#x20AC;? N Info: For more on Stanford Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music program, call 650-725-2892 or go to stanfordhospital.org and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Services for Guests.â&#x20AC;? Upcoming free public concerts in the Bing Music Series in the Hospital Atrium include a performance at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, by The Fools on the Hill: guitarist Mike Wollenberg and multiinstrumentalist Steve Hanson. The pair play instrumental arrangements of Beatles music.

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sures for the center, said Joe Tuohy, director of the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. Kienzle added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The IMHS panelists also gave supportive feedback and recognized the art center for the idea of a portable art truck as a model for museums undergoing renovation.â&#x20AC;? This method of bringing art directly to the community coincides with the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands-on â&#x20AC;&#x153;see and makeâ&#x20AC;? approach, center officials said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s akin to artist Patrick Dougherty asking residents passing by to help him as he was building his tree sculpture â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double Takeâ&#x20AC;? outside the art center in January, Kienzle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double Takeâ&#x20AC;? will remain on view during the renovations, and is expected to be up through July 2012. Other artists showing their works at the art center, including Mildred Howard, will present their on-site installations in to-bedetermined locations throughout the community. The last program held in the art center before doors close will be on April 3 for â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Road Family Day,â&#x20AC;? from 2 to 4 p.m. The free event includes hands-on art activities and art walks. The art center is looking to reopen its doors in the summer of 2012, possibly July, Kienzle said. N Info: For more about the art centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovations and programs, go to cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter or call 650-329-2366. Center officials also plan to frequently announce activities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the art truckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on Facebook (paloaltoartcenter) and Twitter (@ paloaltoartctr).

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Times for the Century 16 movie theater are for Friday through Monday only, except where noted.

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at 11:35 a.m.; 2:15, 4:55, 7:55 & 10:30 p.m. 4:50, 7:25 & 10 p.m.

Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) (1/2

Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:55, 4:45, 7:35 & 10:20 a.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 2:10, 5, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m.

Cedar Rapids (R) (((

Century 16: 10:30 p.m.

Certified Copy (Not Rated) (((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (PG) ((1/2

Century 16: 12:30, 3:20, 5:40 & 8:10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 11:40 a.m.; 2:05, 4:30, 7:10 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 12:40, 2, 3:05, 4:25, 5:35, 7, 8:10, 9:25 & 10:35 p.m.

Game (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 1:10, 4:10, 7:20 & 10:20 p.m.

Gnomeo & Juliet (G) (((

Century 20: 3:40 p.m. In 3D at 11:15 a.m. & 8:25 p.m.

Hop (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11 & 11:50 a.m.; 1:30, 2:20, 4:10, 4:50, 6:30, 7:15, 9 & 9:35 p.m. a.m.; 12:45, 1:55, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:05, 8:15, 9:30 & 10:40 p.m.

Insidious (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 2:10, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. p.m.

Ivanhoe (1942)

Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m.

Jane Eyre (2011) (PG-13) (((1/2

Century 20: 12:30, 3:30, 6:50 & 9:45 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 2:30, 4:25 & 7:15 p.m. Fri.Mon., Tue. & Thu. also at 5:15 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 8:15 p.m. Sat. & Sun. also at 10:05 p.m.

The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speech (R) (((1/2

Century 16: 12:50, 4, 7 & 9:45 p.m.

Century 20: 11:30

Century 20: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55 & 10:25

Century 20: 12:55, 4, 7:15 & 9:55 p.m.

Lassie Come Home (1943)

Stanford Theatre: Fri.-Tue. at 5:50 & 9:45 p.m.

Limitless (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:15 a.m.; 2, 4:40, 7:25 & 10:05 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 5:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 1:50, 4:20, 6:55 & 9:50 p.m. Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 3:30 & 8:55 p.m.

The Lincoln Lawyer (R) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 12:40, 3:50, 7:30 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 12:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m. Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 6:10 p.m.

Little Women (1949)

Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 5:15 & 9:35 p.m.

Mars Needs Moms (PG) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 1:25 & 10:40 p.m. In 3D at 6 p.m.

The Metropolitan Opera: Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Lucia di Lammermoor (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)

Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m.

National Velvet (1944)

Stanford Theatre: Fri.-Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. also at 3:35 p.m.

Of Gods and Men (PG-13) (((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

Paul (R) (((1/2

Century 16: Fri.-Sun. at noon, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: Noon, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:10 p.m.

Rango (PG) (((

Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 2:15, 4:45, 7:30 & 10:05 p.m.

Red Riding Hood (PG-13) (1/2

Century 20: 10:15 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) (Not Reviewed)

Guild Theatre: Sat. at midnight.

Source Code (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 12:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:20, 5:20, 7:20, 8:20, 9:55 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m.; 12:50, 2:20, 3:20, 4:40, 5:40, 7:10, 8:05, 9:35 & 10:35 p.m.

Sucker Punch (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 16: 11:10 a.m.; 1:45, 4:35, 7:30 & 10:10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. also at 12:10, 2:45 & 8:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 1, 2:25, 3:45, 5, 6:20, 7:40 & 9 p.m.

Win Win (R) (((

Guild Theatre: 1:30, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

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Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:15,

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(Guild) In a time when most movies are remakes, reboots or sequels based on known-quantity stories, writer-director Thomas McCarthy makes true originals. Though thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing new under the sun, try to think of some other American film thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like his 2003 dramedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Station Agentâ&#x20AC;? or his 2007 immigration-themed drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Visitor.â&#x20AC;? When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done wrestling with that, head on down to your local theater for McCarthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Win Win.â&#x20AC;?

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McCarthy does have something of an M.O. in the way he invents and fleshes out characters, then has them meet under surprising circumstances. So goes the comedy-drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Win Win,â&#x20AC;? set in suburban New Providence, N. J. When we meet lawyer Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), he appears to be a born loser. His aging client base is shrinking, his office duplex is giving him $6,000 worth of plumbing agita, and the wrestling team he coaches (the New Providence High School Pioneers) is logy and uninspired. Everything changes when Mike sees an opportunity to bring in some extra scratch by becoming the

legal guardian of one of his clients, an elderly and mentally deteriorating man named Leo Poplar (Burt Young). This way, Mike can move Leo into a nice rest home that can shoulder the responsibility for daily care, occasionally check in on him, and collect a cool $1,500 a month. Though the breach of ethics is hardly â&#x20AC;&#x153;no foul,â&#x20AC;? Mike sees it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;no harm,â&#x20AC;? especially since Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bothered to step up. A curveball arrives in the form of 16-year-old Kyle Timmons (acting neophyte Alex Shaffer), whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken a bus from Ohio to crash with his Grandpa Leo. A smoker with a bruised eye, Kyle looks like trouble,

and his sphinx-like flat affect leaves Mike and his wife, Jackie (Amy Ryan), guessing. Still, they take him in on a temporary basis as they attempt to contact Kyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother (and as Mike tries to keep his lie under wraps). The laconic lad reveals unexpected depths, including an astonishing gift for wrestling that quickly has Mike seeing medals. Kyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Cindy (Melanie Lynskey), wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be winning any awards for child-rearing or elder care, but she may yet prove a spoiler for both the wrestling season and Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal career. McCarthy does a fine job of juggling the domestic mystery, situational comedy and inevitable drama, and his terrific cast is well-suited to the deadpan ethical satire. Giamatti and Ryan are typically sterling, Shaffer proves both amusing and credible, and Bobby Cannavale (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Station Agentâ&#x20AC;?) and Jeffrey Tambor (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arrested Developmentâ&#x20AC;?) make a great, buffoonish double act as Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends and unlikely assistant coaches. Jackieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s observation â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all do stupid thingsâ&#x20AC;? is but one of the poignant lessons learned by Mike and Kyle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about morality, trust and, yes, the true meaning of winning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that will resonate with both adult and teen viewers. Parents shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be scared off by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Râ&#x20AC;? rating (for profanity); McCarthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film makes for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;win winâ&#x20AC;? day at the movies, with talking points to follow. Rated R for language. One hour, 46 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

NOW PLAYING The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Diarist Greg (Zachary Gordon) returns to Westmore Middle School as a proud seventh grader. Naturally, his pride doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last long. Throwing him off balance is cute transfer student Holly (Peyton List), who gives him a yet more compelling reason to try to be cool. As ever, Gregâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend, Rowley (Robert Capron), remains clueless to coolness, but the larger threat comes from Gregâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick). Parents may appreciate the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blandly innocent world, while kids will plotz for the poop jokes. PG for mild rude humor and mischief. One hour, 36 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. (Reviewed March 25, 2011) Jane Eyre ---1/2 (Palo Alto Square, Century 20) Just when you think the umpteenth adaptation of the novel couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add anything new, director

Cary Joji Fukunaga proves you wrong. Screenwriter Moira Buffini begins with the adult Jane (Mia Wasikowska), being taken in by a cleric and ultimately recalling her unhappy time as an orphaned ward. Buffeted by fate and subject to the inequities of class and gender, the orphan eventually becomes the governess of Thornfield Hall and falls for the master of the manor house, Edward (Michael Fassbender). The filmmakers pull us inside Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feverish imagination while hinting at the secrets behind Thornhillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closed doors. Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements including a nude image and violent content. 1 hour, 55 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; S.T. (Reviewed March 25, 2011)

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Stanford senior Jeanette Pohlen, the Pac-10 Player of the Year and among the five finalists for the Wooden Award (nation’s top player), helped cut down the nets after an 83-60 win over Gonzaga in the Spokane Regional final on Monday. She’d love to cut the nets one more time at the NCAA finals.

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Hoping to net a national title Stanford seniors may have their best shot at winning the crown on their fourth trip by Keith Peters

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NJB HOOPS . . . The Palo Alto Vipers, a 5th grade girls’ basketball team, took their 14-0 record to Southern California last weekend to compete in the NJB All-Net National tournament and represent Northern California well. The Vipers did just that as they swept their division with a 4-0 mark, won by an average of 20 points a game, and returned from Orange County with an 18-0 record and a national title. After defeating the Redondo Sea Hawks, 41-17, in the first round, Palo Alto played the feature game of the weekend against the Lady Cats of Brea in a Saturday night showdown at Fullerton College. The Lady Cats were 17-0 heading into the contest, averaging nearly 40 points a game, winning their regular-season games by an average of 19 points, and coming off a 42-20 first-round win. Palo Alto pressured the Lady Cats into turnovers and converted those into points and rolled to an easy victory. In Round 3 on Sunday, Palo Alto played the Rancho Santa Margarita Titans and won their third game, 40-20. Palo Alto wrapped up the title by beating Redwood City, 44-22. The Palo Alto Vipers featured Klara Astrom, Brianna Claros, Sabrina Dahlen, Sophie Frick, Mele Kailahi, Stella Kailahi, Carly Leong, Claire Lin, Boo Perez, Jena Scott, Emma Staiger and Allie Stuart. The Vipers were one of six Palo Alto teams competing in the national tournament. He 7th grade girls finished second in the Sports Authority Division while the 7th grade boys were runnerup in the Evans Division. The Palo Alto 5th grade boys were third in the Evans Division and the 6th grade girls were fourth in the Sports Authority Division. The Palo Alto 5th grade boys did not place in their division.

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Stanford senior Kayla Pedersen is looking forward to Sunday’s NCAA semifinals against Texas A&M and a berth in the finals.

t’s tradition for the winning team to cut down the nets following a regional championship in the NCAA Tournament. However, it’s not mandatory. “Our 1990 team didn’t cut down the regional net,” explained Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. “They wanted the Final Four net.” The Cardinal did get to snip the net in ‘90 after chopping down Auburn for its first-ever NCAA women’s basketball title. Now, says VanDerveer: “We want the Final Four net.” The Stanford players did a dry run

on Monday to sharpen their scissor skills, cutting down the nets after eliminating Gonzaga, 83-60, in the Spokane Regional final. The victory earned the nationally No. 2-ranked Cardinal (33-2) a date with No. 7 Texas A&M (31-5) in Sunday’s NCAA Final Four semifinals in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Tip off is 4 p.m. (ESPN). In the other semifinal, defending champ Connecticut (36-1) will take on Notre Dame (30-7). The winners will meet Tuesday for the national (continued on next page)

Stanford women’s gymnastics will compete for NCAA berth by Rick Eymer

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he fourth-ranked Stanford women’s gymnastics team received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Ann Arbor regional and will compete at Michigan on Saturday with a bid into the NCAA championships at stake. Stanford and Michigan are the top two seeds and are joined by Ohio State, Iowa State, Minnesota, and Kent State. The top two advance to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, April 15-17. There’s a lot going on for the Car-

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dinal this weekend. Stanford will be competing for its fifth consecutive trip to the national championships after qualifying for the postseason for the 28th straight time. Stanford, 13-4 against the top 25, seeks its sixth regional title, all since 1999, and will be attempting to win consecutive regional titles for the first time. The Cardinal has accomplished much already this season, tying the school mark for regular-season victories, with 20, and scoring its best team average (196.450) since 2004.

Ashley Morgan leads the nation, by scoring average, on the floor exercise. She’s at 9.915. Shelley Alexander and Allyse Ishino have combined for three individual regional titles. Alexander, Ishino, Morgan, Alissa Brown, Danielle Ikoma and Nicole Pechanec were named to the allPac-10 teams. Morgan is on a nine-meet winning streak on the floor, having failed to capture first only once, at the season-opening Pac-10 Showcase when she was second with a

9.925. Morgan has scored 9.900 or higher in nine of 10 meets and her lowest score of 9.875 still was good enough to win. Stanford ranks in the national top 10 in every event, based on the regional qualifying scores. The team is fourth overall with a 196.715. Individual team events include vault, 7th, 49.220; bars, 9th, 49.210; beam, 5th, 49.140; and floor, 6th, 49.230. The Stanford men’s gymnastics team, meanwhile, also will be busy (continued on page 30)

NCAA basketball (continued from previous page)

PREP ROUNDUP

Klausner tosses two gems Gunn sophomore throws no-hitter and one-hitter in softball to stay on top by Keith Peters

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It was trophy time for the Pinewood girls’ basketball team after it won the CIF State Division V championship game last Friday in Sacamento.

Keith Peters

A 67-56 triumph over St. Bernard gave the Pinewood girls basketball team plenty to celebrate, including a second straight state title.

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title. Stanford will be making its 10th appearance in the Final Four and its fourth straight trip, the first time a Cardinal senior class has made four straight trips. Texas A&M, meanwhile, will be making its first appearance. Stanford lost last year’s national championship game to Connecticut (53-47) and fell in the semifinals the two previous years to UConn (8364) and Tennessee (64-48). Thus, the Cardinal senior class is bound and determined not to leave Indianapolis without an NCAA title on Tuesday night. “It’s incredible to make it to four Final Fours,” said senior Kayla Pedersen. “But, we’re not satisfied with that.” “It’s been a great season,” said fellow senior starter Jeanette Pohlen. “I don’t think we’re done yet. We won’t be satisfied unless we win the national championship.” Stanford last won an NCAA title in 1992. Current assistant coaches Kate Paye and Bobbie Kelsey were both on that team. The current Cardinal players believe it’s time for a third trophy for VanDerveer. “That would be amazing,” Pedersen said. “It would be the cherry on top of the season. She (VanDerveer) definitely deserves it.” VanDerveer has had better teams, calling her 1997 squad that went 34-2 and lost in the NCAA semifinals, her best ever — perhaps based on talent and potential. This current squad, however, is finishing off a four-year run unlike any before it. Along with the seniors making four straight trips to the Final Four, their four-year record of 137-13 is unsurpassed. The current seniors also went 63-0 at home during their careers. A big part of that can be traced to senior starters Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen. It has been quite a journey for the two, who have been the heart and soul of this season’s team that features one of the strongest supporting casts ever with junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike and freshman Chiney Ogwumike, both former Gatorade National Players of the Year. Pohlen started her career as a role player and finished her freshman year with no points or assists in that NCAA title game loss to Tennessee in Tampa Bay, Fla. “It was a gorgeous place to have it,” Pohlen recalled of her first Final Four site. “”It’s all kind of a blur. Beating UConn (in the semifinals) that year was huge for us. I just remember saying I want to come back and do this again.” As a sophomore, Pohlen traveled to St. Louis, Mo., for the Final Four. She had four points and six assists in a semifinal loss to UConn. “Last year, that was a lot of fun,” she said of the trip to San Antonio, Texas. “The team we went with made it all the more special.” Pedersen also has her Final Four memories. “The first year I remember beating UConn, that was incredible,” Pedersen recalled. “Tennessee’s pressure defense was just too much for us. We just wanted to give Candice (Wiggins) a good ride out.” As a sophomore in St. Louis: “It was unfortunate to lose in the

semifinals. Last year we had a great team. We gave it our all; we left it all on the floor.” That brings us to Indianapolis and a fourth opportunity for the seniors. Coincidently, it’s also the state where VanDerveer attended college (Indiana, 1975) and started three seasons at guard on the women’s team. It was there she would sit and watch Bobby Knight coach the Indiana men, learning the tools that eventually lead to 826 career victories and nearly every honor possible. VanDerveer acknowledged that it could be a nostalgic trip, especially after hearing that her former college coach might be attending the Final Four. “It does have a special feel to it,” VanDerveer said, “but it’s not about me. It’s about sharing this with this team. To share this with Kayla and Jeanette is really special.” VanDerveer recalled how both her starting seniors got their careers under way. “Jeanette was a role player on that first team,” VanDerveer said. “She just improved a lot and got in better shape.” Pohlen went from coming off the bench to being named Pac-10 Player of the Year this season along with earning first-team All-American honors from the Associated Press (the first Stanford player in the top five since Wiggins in ‘08) and being one of five finalists (along with Nnemkadi Ogwumike) for the Wooden Award, honoring the nation’s top player. Pedersen was another story. “Kayla has never been a freshman. Kayla was a senior as a freshman,” VanDerveer said. “She was a rock.” Pedersen has started 149 of the 150 games that Stanford has played during her four-year career. To put her value to the team into perspective, she missed the DePaul game this season after hitting her head against Fresno State. Stanford lost to DePaul, 91-71. Three days later against Tennessee, Pedersen still wasn’t at full strength and the Cardinal lost again, 82-72. Since then, Stanford has won 27 straight to tie the school record. DePaul and Tennessee both were eliminated from the NCAA Tournment. Pohlen had 17 points in Monday’s win over Gonzaga, making five 3-pointers to break the school single-season record of 91 set by Krista Rappahan. Pohlen also ranks No. 2 all-time at Stanford with 265 treys. Pedersen scored eight points and pulled down 12 rebounds against Gonzaga, leaving her seven boards shy of tying Jayne Appel’s all-time school and Pac-10 rebound record of 1,263. The Gonzaga game also marked the 149th game for both Pedersen and Pohlen, breaking the school mark of 148 held by Rosalyn GoldOnwude. Additionally, Pedersen and Pohlen are 1-2 on the career minutes list with 4,722 and 4,316, respectively. Only one thing seemingly remains to be achieved by the senior duo — winning a national title and cutting down the nets one final time. Said freshman sensation Chiney Ogwumike, regarding her first Final Four: “I’m really excited to play with Jeanette and Kayla. I hope to make the seniors’ year end right.” N

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hen it came to picking the top two local softball pitchers last season, the honors went to Castilleja’s Sammy Albanese and Palo Alto’s Kelly Jenks. The two standouts were so good that they even pitched no-hitters on the same day, less than a mile away from each other. Gunn’s Claire Klausner was just a freshman last season and toiled in the shadows of the two seniors, who since have graduated. Klausner now has taken over the top spot vacated by Albanese and Jenks and is doing her best impression while trying to overcome a handful of early season rainouts. The weather improved this week and Klausner made the best of a good situation by tossing a no-hitter and a one-hitter while leading the Titans to victory. Klausner pitched her no-hitter on Monday, a 4-0 win over visiting Monta Vista. She struck out 13 in the SCVAL El Camino Division game in addition to having two hits. Teammates Laura Tao, Nicole Grimwood and Taylor Aguon also contributed two hits. Klausner followed up her no-hitter by tossing a one-hitter on Wednesday in an 8-1 victory over visiting Lynbrook. The Titans (3-0, 5-5) remained atop the division standings by banging out 10 hits, with Grimwood getting three of them. Klausner had 10 strikeouts. Klausner has 23 strikeouts this week while allowing only one hit over 14 innings. In nonleague action, Lauren Diller slammed a two-run homer among her three hits to propel Menlo-Atherton team to a 14-6 nonleague win over host Alma Heights in Pacifica on Wednesday. Erin LaPorte (4-2) got the pitching win and helped herself with two RBI as the Bears improved to 5-2. Alexis Guitron and Nicole Hernandez each had two hits and two RBI for M-A. Baseball Ben Sneider and Sam Maliska combined on a five-hitter and B.J. Boyd had three hits as Palo Alto remained alone in first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 7-1 victory over host Los Gatos on Wednesday. The Vikings (7-0, 10-3) will host the Wildcats (3-3, 8-4-1) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. to conclude their home-and-home series. Palo Alto stretched its winning streak to eight games, during which the Vikings have outscored the opposition 77-4. Sneider allowed four hits in five innings, giving up a solo homer in the first. Maliska finished up with a one-hitter over the final two innings. Seniors Christoph Bono and T.J. Braff added two hits each, with Braff doubling twice. (continued on page 31)

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this weekend. Stanford senior Alex Buscaglia, the reigning National Gymnast of the Week for his efforts in last week’s victory over California, leads the second-ranked Cardinal into the Mountain Pacific Sports federation Championships in Colorado Springs on Saturday. Buscaglia entered the meet as the top-ranked athlete on high bar, but further backed that up by scoring a national-leading 16.300, which is almost a full point higher than any other collegiate this season. He will enter the championship season as the top-ranked athlete on high bar, but is also fourth on vault. His four-meet average on high bar is 15.313, which is a sizeable lead. His average on vault is 15.987 and trails national leader Steven Legendre of top-ranked Oklahoma, who averages 16.200. Stanford took team titles on vault, rings, and high bar against the Bears. Josh Dixon on floor (15.700), Tim Gentry on rings (15.700), and Chris Turner on horse (15.000) all won or shared individual titles. The conference championships lead to the NCAA championships, which will be held beginning April 15 at Ohio State.

Softball Ashley Chinn and Teagan Gerhart combined on a four-hitter and the 12th-ranked Stanford softball team beat visiting St. Mary’s, 2-0, Wednesday, in a nonconference game. Stanford (24-4) opens Pac-10 play this weekend with a three-game series against visiting Arizona (29-6). Friday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Hansen leads the Pac-10 with a .548 average (51-for-93) while Arizona’s Brittany Lastrapea is second at .500. Wildcats’ Stacie Chambers leads the conference with 45 RBI while Hansen leads with 17 doubles. Arizona claims three of the top four power hitters in the Pac-10, with Lini Koria and Chambers leading the way, each with 12. Bridgette Del Ponte has 11. Stanford’s Sarah Hassman leads the conference with 19 stolen bases (in 21 attempts) while Gerhart is tied for second with 16 (of 16). Stanford was picked to finish sixth by the conference coaches. Arizona and UCLA are considered the co-favorites.

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Baseball Stanford has won five of its past six games as it prepares to open Pac-10 play at Washington State this weekend, beginning with Friday’s 5:30 p.m. start. Jake Stewart went 3-for-4 with four RBI and Stephen Piscotty was 2-for-4 with three RBI as No. 11ranked Stanford (11-6) survived a wild seventh and ninth inning, to defeat visiting Saint Mary’s (9-12), 16-14 on Tuesday evening. Seven runs by the Gaels were countered by six by Stanford in the seventh. When the dust settled, the Cardinal’s once seven-run lead, was erased to one, and then built back to 16-9. Four errors in the ninth gave SMC five more runs, as the Gaels batted around and sent the go-ahead run to the plate against Scott Snodgress. Snodgress got a strikeout of Tim David to secure his second save. The leading Stanford rally was keyed by a Stewart three-run dou-

Men’s volleyball Charley Henrikson led a balanced attack with eight kills to lead No. 3 Stanford to a 25-15, 25-18, 2522 victory over UC Santa Cruz in nonconference action from Maples Pavilion on Wednesday. Henrikson, a junior middle blocker, tied his career-high in kills as Stanford (16-6) prepared for its biggest match of the season, on Friday against No. 1 USC (16-1) at Maples in a matchup of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s first- and second-place teams. The Trojans are four games ahead of the Cardinal in the conference standings and have already clinched a spot in the MPSF tournament quarterfinals. Women’s water polo Top-ranked Stanford extended its win streak to 18 with weekend wins over UCLA, 5-2, at home and UC Davis, 12-6, on the road. Annika Dries, named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week, scored twice against the Bruins and four times against the

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