Palo Alto Weekly 06.03.2011 - Section 1
Section 1 of the June 3, 2011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly
www.PaloAltoOnline.com Palo Alto, Menlo CCS baseball titles are linked Page 38 Photo Contest winners Local photographers offer outstanding images Page 30 201 1 Spectrum 14 Eating Out 22 Movies 25 Home 43 Puzzles 61 Vote for Best Of Palo Alto 2011 News City to revamp emergency services Arts Radio variety show comes to town Title Pages Summer books for kids Page 3 Page 17 Page 27 On June 26th You're Invited! Celebrate the 20th Birthday of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Join us for a community celebration Sunday, June 26, 10 am � 4 pm Location: Intersection of Quarry + Welch Roads, Palo Alto, CA There will be fun for all ages, featuring more than 75 interactive booths, musical performances, storytelling, face painting, local food favorites, cupcakes and more. We've helped so many children celebrate their birthdays. Now we invite you and your family to help us celebrate ours. More information at anniversary.lpch.org. Page 2 Upfront by Gennady Sheyner BEST LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE California Newspaper Publishers Association 1ST PLACE Local news, information and analysis Palo Alto to overhaul emergency services New Office of Emergency Services would direct city's emergency planning, support volunteer groups F or Palo Alto's grass-roots army of disaster-preparedness volunteers, the long wait for a general is almost over. Despite budget deficits and staffing reductions, the city is planning to create a $1 million Office of Emergency Services this year, an addition that volunteers have been clamoring for for years. The office will be charged with coordinating and assisting the volunteer groups and consolidating the city's fragmented and somewhat convoluted emergency-response operation. The new office, which will include a director, at least one coordinator (possibly two) and administrative staff, is the most significant new project included in City Manager James Keene's proposed 2012 budget. Once approved, it would also be the most dramatic action the council has taken on the topic of emergency preparedness since former Mayor Judy Kleinberg advocated for it as one of the council's top priorities five years ago. The council also made "emergency preparedness" a priority in 2010 and this year. Under the present system, the city responds to citywide incidents by activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) -- a basement room in City Hall where top city officials and public-safety personnel coordinate information and develop response plans. That's what happened on Feb. 17, 2010, when a small plane crashed into a substation in East Palo Alto, killing all three passengers and knocking out power to Palo Alto for most of the day. According to an internal city review that the Weekly obtained through a Public Records Act request, the city's response to the power outage was hampered by the center's "outdated" layout and (continued on page 6) TELECOMMUNICATIONS Palo Alto's fiber dreams dealt another blow Consultants agree a fiber system for all residents isn't feasible by Gennady Sheyner alo Alto's decades-long dream of expanding its fiber ring to bring high-speed Internet to every home in the city should be deferred, if not abandoned altogether, because of high costs, questionable demand and fierce competition from existing telecommunications giants, two consulting firms have concurred in separate reports. The reports from Columbia Telecommunications Corporation (CTC) and Tellus Venture Associates were commissioned by the city as part of its effort to create a new business plan for its 41-mile "dark fiber" ring -- a network that the city built in the late 1990s that currently serves 68 customers. While both consultants recommend extending the fiber ring to new areas and building new infrastructure to support it, each concludes that a citywide fiber system -- known as "fiber to the home" or "fiber to the premise" -- would not make business sense in the current economic climate. "There is no compelling case for providing fiber service directly to residents at this time," consultant Stephen Blum of Tellus concluded in his report. "Palo Alto is served by large incumbent retail video and broadband service providers that enjoy decisive competitive advantages resulting from economies of scale." The findings, which the city's Utilities Advisory Commission reviewed Wednesday night, are the latest blow to the city's long-held ambitions to spread fiber-based Internet access to its famously tech-savvy masses. The city's earlier attempt to partner with an Internet consortium on a fiber-tothe-premise initiative fizzled in 2009, when the consortium's financing collapsed. Palo Alto also joined more than a thousand other cities in apply- P A snowy egret perches Wednesday on a palm tree branch in the migrating-bird sanctuary at the Baylands, where many egrets and herons are nesting. A multimedia presentation about the birds will be posted on PaloAltoOnline.com this weekend. topics" classes in 2007. Castilleja's shift away from AP classes so far applies only to the sciences, but Head of School Nanci Kauffman said it could extend to other departments in the future. "This has to be a pedagogical decision, not an anti-College Board decision," Kauffman said in a recent interview. The impetus came from the science faculty's desire for a program that would "ignite that passion for inquiry, not memorization," she said. "It's not science to get you into college -- it's science to love science and consider pursuing it and going on to become a scientist." (continued on page 7) EDUCATION Castilleja School to drop science APs Move intended to foster depth of knowledge, collaboration by Chris Kenrick n what is described as a bid to deepen student learning, Castilleja School will replace its Advanced Placement science classes with a home-grown advanced science curriculum beginning in fall 2012. The century-old independent girls school in Palo Alto joins about 50 I private schools across the country that have opted out of the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) program in favor of curricula designed by their own teachers. The most prominent public school to have done so, Scarsdale High School in New York, replaced its AP curriculum with its own "advanced ing for Google's ambitious Fiber to the Community project, which aims to hook up an entire city to ultra highspeed Internet. Kansas City ultimately won the Google prize. The new studies are sure to disappoint proponents of a citywide fiber system. But the reports provide an array of recommendations to the city and its Utilities Department for improving the city's small but lucrative fiber service, which is projected to generate an estimated $3.3 million in the current fiscal year. The CTC report, which evaluates ways to expand the existing network, recommends a two-phased approach to widening the ring. The first phase would entail building new "access points" at nine existing electrical substations to entice private companies to work with the city on dark-fiber initiatives and to support various other wireless services. This could entail building new cellular towers, which CTC recommends making at least 75 feet tall, at the substations. These facilities would be leased to a variety of telecom companies and would help the city meet the spiking demand for wireless coverage. This proposal will almost certainly prove a tough sell in Palo Alto, where two recent cell-tower proposals attracted intense opposition from residents at the proposed sites. In one case, AT&T was forced to pull its application for a 50-foot tower at St. Albert the Great Church after a group of residents in the Crescent Park neighborhood pressured the church to step away from its partnership with the telecom giant. The CTC report acknowledges that its proposed initiative "will not be welcomed by all" but argues that this approach is "both a responsible (continued on page 10) Veronica Weber Page 3 Upfront 450 CAMBRIDGE AVE, PALO ALTO, CA 94306 (650) 326-8210 PUBLISHER William S. 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You may also subscribe online at www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Subscriptions are $60/yr. QUOTE OF THE WEEK CARMEL, CA Best in Men's Clothing new location in the downtown carmel-by-the-sea corner of ocean avenue and junipero street Support your local newspaper by becoming a paid subscriber. $60 per year. $100 for two years. Name: _________________________________ Address: _______________________________ City/Zip: _______________________________ Mail to: Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610. Palo Alto CA 94302 SUBSCRIBE! Page 4 `` `` It's not science to get you into college -- it's science to love science. -- Nanci Kauffman, Castilleja's head of school, on the aim of new, non-AP science curriculum. See story on page 3. Around Town THE SOUND AND THE FURY ... Downtown Palo Alto will thump and vibrate with the sounds of jazz, rock, blues, folk and choral music on June 19, when the city holds its third annual "World Music Day." This year, however, the one sound that will be missing from the cosmopolitan symphony is the honking of cars. That's because the city plans to take the event to the next level by closing University Avenue to traffic -- a proposal that hasn't always been music to the merchants' ears. The most notable recent snafu was the "Palo Alto Promenade," a 2007 event in which the city closed University Avenue between 4 and 10 p.m. on a Friday. The road closure created traffic jams on surrounding streets, including Alma and High streets and Hamilton Avenue. The mirthful street atmosphere was quickly overshadowed by grumblings from disgruntled commuters and frustrated merchants. This time, the city is banking on a different result. For one thing, the event will take place on a Sunday afternoon rather than on Friday during evening commute hours. In addition, staff and officials from the Downtown Business Improvement District are devoting extra effort this time around on outreach to area merchants. Thomas Fehrenbach, the city's economic-development manager, said every ground-floor merchant on University Avenue will get at least two, possibly three, visits before the event informing him or her about the closure (which will take place between 3 and 7:30 p.m.). So far, each ground-floor business has received at least one notification, and the reaction has been positive, Fehrenbach told the Weekly. The city is also encouraging merchants to set up extra chairs, tables and merchandise displays. It is even offering tables and chairs to businesses and restaurants who request extra. "We've all been hitting the streets and trying to make sure we get the word out," Fehrenbach said. "We really hope merchants will have a positive experience and see this as an opportunity to get involved." BLUEPRINTS ... Planet Earth may still be recovering from a post-recession hangover, but business at Palo Alto's Development Center has been picking up at a brisk pace. The center, which processes development applications and dishes out building permits, has been buzzing with applications, according to a new staff report. The number of customers serviced at the center jumped from 930 in April 2010 to 1,178 in April 2011 -- a 26 percent increase, according to a new report from the office of City Manager James Keene. The swell of activity is good news for a hub that is still viewed by many as Ground Zero for the "Palo Alto Process" -- a derisive term that officials hope to phase out soon. The surge has come at a time when Keene and the city's planning staff are overhauling the Development Center's operations and working to improve counter service. The city's Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie was recently appointed to direct the reforms and ensure coordination among the various departments involved in this effort. Vacancies are also now getting filled. According to the new report, the city is preparing to hire one permanent building technician and one temporary one "until workload conditions stabilize." The city also plans to hire a new plan-check engineer in the next two months, according to the report. These reforms are expected to speed up customer service. But it remains to be seen if they succeed in expunging that exasperating phrase from the local vocabulary. PATS ON THE BACKS ... Not everyone was cheering when three Peninsula lawmakers unveiled in April their plan for "high-speed rail done right." The plan, proposed by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, calls for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to abandon any plans involving elevated tracks on the Peninsula, a scaling back of the environmental analysis for the project and a blending of high-speed rail and Caltrain on the Peninsula. The rail authority greeted the plan with a mix of suspicion and confusion, and one state lawmaker, Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, branded it the "Great Train Robbery." In Palo Alto, however, city officials have been tickled pink by the proposal from their elected representatives. Last week, the City Council Rail Committee unanimously endorsed a letter to the state and federal officials fully backing the Simitian-Eshoo-Gordon plan. The new proposal, the letter states, is in perfect alignment with the committee's guiding principals on the rail project. "If this project is to be built it must be done right," the draft letter from Mayor Sid Espinosa states. "Your joint statement is another step in helping to support this key principle." Upfront BUSINESS GREAT SELECTION OF CHAMPAGNE FOR YOUR GRADUATION CELEBRATIONS! Wine Special Two Bottles For The Price Of One (On Selected Brands) East Palo Alto nonprofits say to bank: Please stay California Bank & Trust, the city's only bank, is set to close Aug. 26 by Sue Dremann everal East Palo Alto groups this week reacted to the announced closure of the city's only bank by saying they won't let it happen without seeking all alternatives to save the branch. California Bank & Trust, which opened in the Ravenswood 101 shopping center in 2002, is set to close Aug. 26, according to a bank spokesman. But local nonprofit leaders aren't willing to accept the decision. "This is the beginning of the discussion. This isn't a done deal," said Leah Simon-Weisberg, managing attorney for Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. Steve Borg, spokesman for California Bank, said the decision to close the branch was difficult, but that there weren't enough loans and deposits. California Bank isn't a retail bank -- it is a business and professions bank that primarily serves large geographical areas rather than having many outlets, he said. The bank does offer services to individuals, including free checking for seniors ages 55 and older, however, he said. The East Palo Alto branch was never able to attract business from its most profitable neighbors at Ravenswood 101 -- the "big box" stores such as IKEA, Sports Authority and Home Depot, Borg said. Borg said the bank made several overtures to the stores, but to no avail. Those stores bank with larger institutions as dictated by their corporate headquarters, managers at several stores conceded. The City of East Palo Alto also does not use California Bank, Mayor Carlos Romero said. Bank officials approached the city manager and director of finance about making deposits in the bank, but the city was bound by a fiduciary responsibility to Wells Fargo Bank at the time and was "in no position to just move its banking," he said. The city moves about $30 million through checks, but it doesn't maintain a large balance, he said. Romero said the city will be at a point where it could move its banking to another institution in about a year and had mentioned that to California Bank, "but I think they were at a point where they couldn't wait that long," he said. Moving to the local bank also wouldn't be guaranteed. The city would put out a request for proposals for financial services, and California Bank could apply. The closure is particularly frustrating for anti-predatory-lending advocates who have seen the city devastated by the residential-foreclosure crisis. Even before the bank announced its closure, Community Legal Services and other groups were working on ways to increase financial education and decrease "payday" and predatory lending. Their program, called Bank on EPA and funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is still in development, but the program model is being instituted in poor, multi-ethnic communities elsewhere, S Beer 12-Pack Special Gordon Biersch$10.99 Moosehead $9.99 (We also sell kegs) Ernie's Wines & Liquors "Like" Ernies Wine & Liquors on Facebook...Friend us on Four Square...and Follow us on Twitter@ErniesWines Veronica Weber "Thank you for supporting our new location."-Tony A shopper passes by a man using the ATM at California Bank & Trust, East Palo Alto's only bank, on Wednesday. such as San Jose. Simon-Weisberg said the plan is to sign up 2,000 more people with savings accounts this year. Those accounts could support the bank, if it were able to stay open long enough. She also said Community Legal Services would look into how to get the city to commit to investing in a bank if it wants a bank to invest in the community. The group could also talk to the FDIC, the federal government's independent bank regulator. Having a bank in the community encourages people to move in and build community, she said. Building relationships with a bank also means "you're not going to be susceptible to a stranger who knocks on the door," she said. Prior to the opening of the California Bank & Trust, residents were reliant on payday loans with annual percentage rates of up to 400 percent. And predatory lenders lured financially na�ve buyers into loans with enormous balloon payments -- some as much as $7,000 a month on a $1,000 per month income, she said. As banks consolidate, Simon-Weisberg said she fears a practice known as "redlining" will return. Redlining occurred historically when bankers drew a red line on a map to indicate "risky" communities where a bank would not lend, regardless of whether individuals in the community could qualify for a loan, she said. "They would deny people. People wouldn't be able to fix up their homes. It's keeping a community poor if they can't buy or sell their homes," she said. Kevin Stein, who helped draw California Bank into East Palo Alto 10 years ago, said at the time that East Palo Alto was the largest city in the country with no bank branch at all. "East Palo Alto has been underbanked for decades, and that is a reflection of redlining concerns," said Stein, associate director of the California Reinvestment Coalition. Preeti Vissa, community reinvestment director for The Greenlining Institute, agreed. Not having a local bank "is reredlining a community because it's forcing residents who still need banking services to go to everyone who's left, such as `payday' lenders" who charge exorbitant fees or a hefty percentage for cash advances, she said. She also worries about significant drops in home, small business and Small Business Administration (SBA) lending. SBA loans alone have dropped by 50 percent in underserved communities, she said. "It's a cycle of a dearth of resources," she added. Without having access to financing, a community has no chance of rebuilding its economy, she said. "Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Mateo are heavily invested-in areas. It's absolutely two different worlds. Financial investment plays a large part in the financial lives of a community. A local bank provides opportunities to build wealth and assets and contributes to financial empowerment and financial literacy," Vissa said. California Bank is the second financial institution the city has lost since last year. In September 2010, Community Trust Credit Union, located on Bay Road, closed its doors, a victim of the housing implosion, he said. The regional credit union was set up by the nonprofit financial-literacy organization Northern California Urban Development. On Tuesday, some East Palo Alto residents outside California Bank said they would drive the 8.5 miles to Mountain View; others said they are closing their accounts. "It's going to leave East Palo Alto in a bad fix," Candy Maria Hunter said. "It's part of the community. We feel welcome here. It discourages people if they don't have a bank in their community," she said. At Country Time Market on University Avenue, Aymen Silmi, who works the check-cashing concession, said customers are coming to cash their payroll checks because the bank is closing. "That's good news for me," he said. 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It also didn't help that the Emergency Operations Center was "crowded, noisy, stuffy, and generally an inefficient place to work." Though the new office will not address the city's urgent need for a better operation center, it could help organize the staffing and planning shortcomings in the citywide operation. The report noted that after the power outage, staff "had difficulty transitioning from their working roles to the assigned ICS (Incident Command System) positions"; that "staff, in some cases, were not trained or, in most cases, were not comfortable with their EOC positions"; and that the city's existing Emergency Operations Plan is "unwieldy." The huge number of City Hall retirements in the past two years also impacted the Emergency Operations Center roster and supporting staff resources, the report stated. The report also points out that when the "proverbial Big One eventually strikes, a key challenge for City Management will be communications with off-duty staff." The new director will be expected to bring some order to this chaos. An independent report issued in April by the firm Urban Resilience Policy identified a series of deficiencies with the city's emergencyplanning effort and recommended hiring a new director to address these deficiencies. The report cited staff's findings from the city's response to the February 2010 outage as evidence for the needed changes. It concluded that the existing Office of Emergency Services, which is housed in the Fire Department, "does not have the authority to overcome planning and preparedness deficiencies." "No single group has demonstrated crisis management or leadership on a comprehensive level, resulting in a fragmented and ineffective approach to response and readiness," consultant Arrietta Chakos wrote in the report. City officials see the new office as an attempt to address these deficiencies. They also see it as a good way to support the city's bustling community of emergency volunteers, which includes graduates of the Palo Alto Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) course, members of the Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) group, and the Citizen Corps Council, a broad coalition that includes neighborhood leaders, city staff, businesses and employees from Stanford University and Stanford Hospital. The volunteer groups, while enthusiastic, have expressed frustration over the city's lack of support for their activities. They have long called for the city to appoint what PAN leader and Citizen Corps Council volunteer Annette Glanckopf characterized at the City Council's January retreat as a "conductor" for their orchestra of emergency responders. Their call could be answered on June 20, when the council will vote on a budget that includes close to $1 million for the new Office of Emergency Services. The budget includes the hiring of a new emergency-preparedness director and more than $700,000 for new programs, supplies, planning projects and operating costs. The city also plans to reallocate two existing city positions, including an emergencyservices coordinator and a part-time administrative assistant, from the Fire Department to the new office. The staffing proposal falls short of the recommendation in Chakos' report, which recommends a new office with four positions -- a director, two full-time coordinators and a full-time administrative 999 Page 6 offer expires 07/15/11 Charleston Center, 3902 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto (Behind Pete's Coffee) (650) 493-2100 assistant. Interim Public Safety Director Dennis Burns recommended starting the office with three positions (and just one new position) and allowing the new office director to decide whether to hire additional staff. Keene's recommendation for the new office also includes a budget of $100,000 for community programs, $165,000 to pay for operating costs (supplies, storage, etc.) and onetime expenditures totaling about $335,000 for equipment and planning efforts. The budget proposal calls for about $500,000 in new allocations and about $500,000 in transfers from the Fire Department budget to the new office. Glanckopf called the proposed overhaul a "step in the right direction," but she also called for the city to take additional steps to improve its emergency operations. These include making Burns the permanent public safety director and getting the Citizen Corps Council more involved in all things relating to emergency response. The citizens' group should be elevated to the level of an official city commission, she said, and should be involved in every major decision relating to emergency response. "I'm optimistic," Glanckopf said. "We are moving ahead -- very, very slowly -- but the good thing is we are moving ahead." The council's Finance Committee has already approved Keene's proposal to create the new office, and the council is expected to do the same when it approves the Fiscal Year 2012 budget later this month. Keene said creating the office is important to keep the volunteers' momentum alive. "We do have this tremendous network of community volunteers in emergency preparedness who I think in many ways are in danger of losing steam, losing energy and that network breaking down," Keene told the committee. Burns said at that meeting that the new office's functions will also include updating the city's Emergency Operations Plan, training staff for emergencies, starting a new Medical Reserve Corps program (which would enlist local physicians as volunteers during emergencies), planning community exercises and seeking grant opportunities to further enhance the city's operations. He said recruitment of the new director would take place in the coming months and be completed this summer. Other staff members in the new office would be hired in the fall. Councilman Greg Schmid said at the meeting that Keene's proposal "makes a lot of sense" and that the new office would bring "tremendous leverage" to existing community resources. He joined fellow committee members Greg Scharff and Nancy Shepherd to tentatively approve the proposed budget for the new office. "There's been a lot of ferment in the community about this -- a lot of people urging it," Schmid said. "It would be a great program to have." Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com. Upfront Science APs (continued from page 3) "There`s no place like home." Redwood City - San Mateo - San Jose Nonetheless, before moving ahead, the school tested its concept in a poll of hundreds of college admissions officers from across the country -- and specifically those from Stanford University. Admissions officers were overwhelmingly supportive, according to Castilleja's Director of College Counseling Susan Dean. This fall, Castilleja science teachers will continue to teach the traditional AP classes while at the same time working to design the new curriculum in biology, chemistry and physics, to be launched in the fall of 2012. "Ever since the school made this decision, there have been no questions, challenges or concerns about the pedagogical rationale behind it," Kauffman said. "The only concerns are whether colleges will understand what we're doing and be able to adequately assess our students." To that end, Kauffman convened a May 2 discussion on the topic for Castilleja parents. Panelists included Stanford Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Rick Shaw and Stanford Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam Jr., who is also a Castilleja parent. While saying the AP system "has made a huge contribution to public education" by providing a largesystem structure for evaluating applicants, Shaw said Stanford does not endorse any particular system and works to gauge every applicant in context. Castilleja "certainly has the wherewithal to move forward with assessing what might work for these young women, and for the school itself," he said. Shaw pointed to San Francisco's independent Lick-Wilmerding School, which already has moved away from APs, saying the www.matchedcaregivers.com Veronica Weber From left, Castilleja students Elizabeth Johnson, Stephanie Merenbach, Kylie Holland and Jessica Matthys chat with Head of School Nanci Kauffman in the school's library last September. school's new, faculty-developed time for collaborative, project-oricourses aim to "foster authentic ented learning. engagement, thoughtful inquiry "Now, the teacher gives a lecture, and in-depth analysis rather than and you learn the content in the outdated approaches that rely on classroom, and you're supposed to rote memorization and inch-deep find time to do projects outside," coverage." she said. However, he said, standardized "That puts too much burden on tests "will continue to be important" kids and families, and you're not as Stanford assesses applicants, in a position to mentor them on the mentioning the SAT, ACT and SAT teamwork and collaboration skills subject tests. people say are critical." Elam said many highly accomCastilleja's curriculum change plished students arrive at Stanford aligns not only with the school's still needing to be taught a certain strategic-plan goal of producing flexibility of mind. "innovative problem-solvers" but "We have to train them for also with the latest research in how college-level thinking, train them students learn, Kauffman said. to move to a different mode that "Modern neuroscience has shown there isn't just one right answer," unequivocally that fast-paced, seElam said. rial coverage of topics is unlikely Castilleja's move toward project- to produce durable understanding," based learning parallels some of she said. the thinking behind a study of StanBy press time, the College Board ford's undergraduate education that had not responded to a request for is currently in progress. comment. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can Kauffman said technology makes it possible for students to master ba- be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. sic content online, reserving class com. June 24 � August 6 Tickets On Sale Now G G NI HT O REA TWY A R RA E BA O PE N NI G PE NI AP ! 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(Posted June 2 at 9:48 a.m.) Bogus 911 calls lead to arrest in Mountain View While investigating bogus 911 calls, police arrested a man outside of a Mountain View car repair shop early Saturday morning (May 28) after he charged at officers, an official with the department said. No one was injured in the confrontation. (Posted June 1 at 4:45 p.m.) Officer injured in tussle, police dog bites suspect A Menlo Park police officer was roughed up and a San Jose man bitten by a police dog on Tuesday evening (May 31) in an incident in the Allied Arts neighborhood. (Posted June 1 at 2:08 p.m.) DUI arrests down over Memorial Day weekend The California Highway Patrol arrested fewer drunken drivers in the Bay Area this Memorial Day weekend than last year, but there were more traffic deaths, CHP officials said. (Posted June 1 at 9 a.m.) Escondido School names new principal Danae Reynolds, a teacher and Palo Alto school district staff member since 2000, has been named principal of Escondido Elementary School. (Posted May 31 at 5:33 p.m.) Palo Alto's fiber dreams dealt another blow Palo Alto's decade-long dream of expanding its fiber ring to bring high-speed Internet to every home in the city should be deferred, if not abandoned altogether, because of high costs, questionable demand and fierce competition from existing telecommunications giants, two consulting firms have concurred in separate reports. (Posted May 31 at 5:28 p.m.) Menlo Park convenience store robbed at gunpoint The Tri-E-Z convenience store on El Camino Real in Menlo Park lost cash and booze during an armed robbery Monday night (May 30). (Posted May 31 at 12:35 p.m.) Stanford professor to become envoy to Russia President Barack Obama will name longtime Stanford Russia watcher Michael McFaul as the next ambassador to that nation, the Associated Press and the New York Times are reporting. (Posted May 31 at 9:45 a.m.) Officials issue venomous snake warning Anyone who enjoys the outdoors should watch where they put their hands and feet this spring and summer, Santa Clara County fire and emergency officials are warning. (Posted May 28 at 3:41 p.m.) Trees, grass catch fire behind Gunn High A grass fire broke out behind Gunn High School in Palo Alto at about 4:30 p.m. Friday (May 27). Four fire engines responded and quickly doused the blaze. Gunn 11th-grader Kareem Fawal witnessed the fire. He had just been dropped in the school parking lot around 4:37 p.m. when he smelled smoke. (Posted May 27 at 6:34 p.m.) Ira Ruskin diagnosed with malignant tumor Former state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, who represented Palo Alto for six years before terming out last year, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is halting his political career. Ruskin, 67, said he was advised by his doctors that the tumor, while not curable, is containable. (Posted May 27 at 9:57 a.m.) Man punched by alleged lawnmower thief A would-be thief who was caught allegedly stealing a lawnmower from a Palo Alto gardener was arrested Thursday (May 26) after punching the victim in the stomach and fleeing the scene, a Palo Alto police spokesman said. (Posted May 27 at 9:47 a.m.) 815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park 650-321-0550 www.lydianacademy.com Page 8 Sign up today at www.PaloAltoOnline.com Upfront H ELLER I MMIGRATION L AW G ROUP Employment-based, Family/Marriage & Investor Visas A Full-Service Immigration Law Firm Serving the SF Bay Area & Silicon Valley for 25+ years PERM Labor Certification EB1/NIW Self-Petitions Green Cards, H1B and Work Permits Engineers, IT/Computer fields, Scientists/Researchers HR/Corporate, Business & Individual Clients CityView A round-up of VOTE BY JULY 3 PaloAltoOnline.com Free Attorney Consult! 877.252.8829 greencard1.com firstname.lastname@example.org Palo Alto government action this week City Council The council did not meet this week. 1005 University Ave. The board approved a request by Norman Beamer and Diane Taska to designate the property at 1005 University Ave. to the city's Historic Inventory. Yes: Bernstein, Bunnenberg, Di Cicco, Kohler, Makinen Absent: Bower Abstained: Smithwick Historic Resources Board (June 1) Upcoming Events "HR & Organizational Learning" Lunch Speaker: Esther Kestenbaum "Empowering Recent Hires to Re-enter the Workforce with Maximum Effectiveness" Hosted by Comerica Lunch by Hobee's Comeri 250 Lytton Avenue Palo Alto June 8 Noon�1:30 pm Must Register at PaloAltoChamber .com Utilities Advisory Commission (June 1) Architectural Review Board (June 2) Broadband The commission discussed the creation of a business plan for a citywide ultra-high-speed Internet network. Action: None 2080 Channing Ave. The board reviewed a plan to redevelop Edgewood Shopping Center, which includes building 10 two-story homes, renovating three existing retail structures and relocating one of the retail structures. Action: None 355 Alma St. The board reviewed Lytton Gateway LLC, a proposal to build a mixeduse four-story building at the former Shell Station site. Action: None University Chiropractic--Ribbon Cutting 540 Bryant Palo Alto June 21 5�5:30 pm Refreshments Business Mixer/Chamber Recognition Event Hosted by Elks Lodge 4249 El Camino Palo Alto June 22 5:30�7 pm Must Register at PaloAltoChamber .com design by harrington design Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss and possibly vote on the Final Environmental Impact Report, the development agreement and various zoning changes for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall. CITY COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the 2011 Utilities Strategic Plan and consider policies and guidelines for a renewable feed-in tariff. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold its annual meeting with U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to consider a conditional use permit to allow renovation of the Roth Building at 300 Homer Ave., the proposed site for the Palo Alto History Museum. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). INFRASTRUCTURE BLUE-RIBBON COMMISSION ... The commission will continue its discussion of the city's infrastructure backlog and consider ways to pay for the items on the list. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in the Lucie Stern Community Room (1305 Middlefield Road). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Human Needs Assessment, hear an update on World Music Day and discuss a presentation from Generations United on inter-generational communications. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LET'S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at PaloAltoOnline.com Information: 650.324.3121 Reservations: PaloAltoChamber .com Leaders Circle Members Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce 400 Mitchell Lane Palo Alto 650.324.3121 www.PaloAltoChamber.com Meadow Wing & Focused Care a tradition of caring PALO ALTO COMMONS offers a comprehensive program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in our Meadow Wing. Here, residents enjoy daily walks on beautiful garden paths and a full program of activities to engage mind, body and spirit. Correction In the May 27 article about veterans, Edward Patton's age of enlistment and sequence of training were incorrect. He enlisted at 17 and graduated from jump school, after which he trained to become an Army Ranger and served with the 173rd Airborne. The Weekly regrets the error. To request a correction, contact Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, email@example.com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302. For residents in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease, our Focused Care Program provides for all of the resident's unique needs. Here, families are assured that their loved one will get the best care in the most appropriate environment now and in the future as needs may change. HIGH SCHOOL MATH AND SPANISH SUMMER COURSES �FULL and SHORT COURSES Call today... 650-494-0760 SPANISH CAMPS for kids: K-4th 4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306 650-494-0760 www.paloaltocommons.com License #435200706 24 Hour On-site Licensed Nurse Services Page 9 IN IN THE THE THE H ISRAEL SRAEL SRAEL Rardens RA A Gardens G YERBA BUENA GARDENS SAN FRANCISCO Upfront News Digest St. Raymond pastor on leave after incident with teen Father William Myers, pastor of St. Raymond Catholic Church in Menlo Park, has been on leave since May 27 following an incident with a 17-year-old boy, according to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Describing the incident as a "boundary violation" that involved no physical contact, the archdiocese said San Francisco police determined there was no criminal activity and that the archdiocese's independent review board will also evaluate the situation. The police were called at the request of the youth's father after he became upset during a trip with his son and Myers to a Ross store in San Francisco on April 19, according to the archdiocese's spokesman. However, more than a month passed before the church found out about the incident. Director of Communications George Wesolek said the archdiocese was notified by a source on May 26. "We don't know," he said when asked why the delay. "If we had been notified on April 19, we would've taken action on April 20." Since the police found no criminal activity, Wesolek said, no policy required notification, but the delay was not in the church's best interest. "It's one of those things, we have learned that we cannot step back and if there is something like this that's gone to police, we have to take action immediately and put our process into play," he said. Wesolek said that to his knowledge, no other allegations have been made against the priest in the past. Myers is seeking treatment for a sexual addiction to adults, according to the archdiocese. He joined the parish in 2007, transferring from St. Brendan Church in San Francisco. The archdiocese asked that any allegations of sexual abuse involving Myers be reported to the police and to its victim assistance coordinator, Barbara Elordi, at 415-614-5506 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff at St. Raymond directed questions to the archdiocese. -- Sandy Brundage Palo Alto fiber (continued from page 3) JUNE 5, 2011 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE COMMUNITY EVENT FEATURING TOP ISRAELI BAND Knessiyat HaSekhel with MAGIK*MAGIK 15 Piece Orchestra Enter to win a ticket to Israel! jewishfed.org/elal PRESENTED BY Simitian's bill to limit cough-medicine sales Joe Simitian's bid to ban sales of certain cough medicine to minors easily sailed through the state Senate Tuesday afternoon (May 31). Senate Bill 514 specifically targets medicine with dextromethorphan (DXM), which produces intoxication and hallucinations when ingested in high quantities -- a practice known as "robotripping." The bill was proposed in 2004 by two Palo Alto police officers, Wayne Benitez and Ron Lawrence, as part of Simitian's annual "There Oughta Be a Law" contest. Though the bill proved a tough sell the first time around and ultimately died in the Legislature, Simitian revived it this year. On Tuesday, the Senate approved the bill 37-0. Simitian, D-Palo Alto, said in a statement that the idea of banning DXM sales for minors was "ahead of its time" when initially introduced. Today, he said, the problem is better understood. He cited a report from the California Poison Control System that claims that DXM abuse calls for children younger than 17 have increased by 850 percent over the past decade, making it the most commonly reported type of abuse in this age group. "Back in 2004 Officers Benitez and Lawrence were on top of an emerging problem," Simitian said in a statement. "But most of my colleagues had never heard of `robotripping' or `skittling,' and figured if they'd never heard of it, then it probably wasn't a problem." Simitian also noted in his statement that the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the California Peace Officers Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the California State Board of Pharmacy all support the new bill. SB 514 would make it an infraction to sell drugs with DXM to minors unless they have a prescription. -- Gennady Sheyner W elc ir ces ble Wheelchair accessible SORRY, NO PETS. OR Y NO PETS. S ww w. i s ra el i nthega rde n s. o rg FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC This Sunday: Confirmation & Church Family Sunday Rev. David Howell preaching Sunday: Oratorio Society concert at 4pm followed by an Ice Cream Social An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ Man killed by train in Mountain View A southbound Caltrain struck and killed a man Wednesday night (June 1) on the tracks south of the San Antonio station in Mountain View, according to a Caltrain spokeswoman. The man was struck at about 6:50 p.m., spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. The incident remains under investigation, and two hours after the incident officials had not yet determined whether the man's action was intentional or accidental, she said. The 400 passengers aboard train No. 382, which operates on Caltrain's Baby Bullet express service and makes select stops, were transferred to another train that would continue south to the San Jose Diridon station. Dunn said a bus was provided for passengers on the following Baby Bullet train, No. 386, which was scheduled to reach the Sunnyvale station at 7:21 p.m. This is the seventh fatality on the Caltrain tracks this year, of which three were determined to be suicides and three remain under investigation. Last year there were 11 fatalities. -- Bay City News LET'S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at PaloAltoOnline.com A resource for special events and ongoing religious services. To inquire about or make space reservations for Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc at 223-6596 or email email@example.com INSPIRATIONS form of stewardship of (City of Palo Alto Utilities) facilities and communications assets and a reasonable way to address a highly charged urban problem." "By developing a proactive cell tower placement program within the confines of existing electric substations, (City of Palo Alto Utilities) would in effect be blending the common aspects of facilities everyone needs and leveraging the common characteristics of both media." The second phase in CTC's proposal involves building 88 "access nodes" throughout the city. Each of these nodes would be able to provide fiber access to about 250 homes and businesses. This "fiber to the neighborhood" initiative would cost about $5 million to build and, if all goes well, entice a private operator to build the "last mile" of the network to each home. The entire fiber project would cost between $40 million and $60 million, depending on the type of system deployed. The high cost of building a citywide fiber system has deterred the City Council in the past from taking on the project without partners from the private sector. According to the Tellus analysis of market conditions, such a system would not be a financially feasible project for the city to take on. In its report, the firm lists several cities, including Alameda and Provo, Utah, where citywide Internet initiatives had failed. Both Tellus and CTC also emphasized the dominant role of Comcast and AT&T in Palo Alto's broadband market -- a tough obstacle for the city's fledgling operation to overcome. The Tellus report urges the city to instead focus on its core customers -- high-tech firms and telecom companies. Tellus evaluated various parts of the city where the existing fiber ring could be extended and singled out the area around East Meadow Circle (home to Space Systems-Loral and Dell Computers) as the "best immediate prospect" for such an extension. Other potentially lucrative areas for expansion are areas along El Camino Real and Sand Hill Road. Blum wrote in his report for Tellus that the broadband business model is changing rapidly and that a fiberto-the-home (FTTH) system could "eventually" become economically viable in markets such as Palo Alto. "For the present though, the broadband sector's turmoil and uncertainty make FTTH system investments less attractive," Tellus concluded. "The current state of the broadband market does not support a business case for a third, overbuild residential broadband system in Palo Alto." The city's utilities officials are expected to use the two new studies to put together a business plan for the fiber service by this fall. Jim Fleming, the city's project manager for the fiber utility, wrote in his report that staff will further analyze the reports' recommendations and reach out to customers in areas the consultants had identified as "underserved." Staff also plans to "evaluate the feasibility of constructing cellular towers at some or all of the electric substations," Fleming wrote. Page 10 Pulse Palo Alto May 25-31 Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suicide attempt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Shoplifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. traffic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . 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property. . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric subject. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vandalism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Menlo Park May 24-30 Violence related Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Credit card forgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shoplifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto recovery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle recovery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspended/revoked license . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/injury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/no injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . . . 1 Vehicle hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Active disturbance/family . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Display imitation firearm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Info. case . . . . 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THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp Alfred M. Pepper Age 96, passed away on Saturday morning, May 28, 2011, surrounded by his family and caregivers. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a resident of Palo Alto since 1982, and was pre-deceased by Rosaline Frantz Pepper, his wife of 62 years, in November of 2010. Born in New York City on October 19, 1914, he grew up in New York City as a first-generation American and the oldest of four children of Josef and Sadie Pepper. He attended City College of New York. He was a kind and supportive father and husband, who enjoyed his children and grandchildren immensely. A talented dancer, it was a pleasure to watch he and his wife move across the dance floor. Al worked as a retail shoe store manager for over 55 years, and retired when he was 87. He learned life lessons by being observant and reflective rather than reactive, and spoke only when he had something relevant to say. He was intelligent and easy-going, who taught love, integrity, humor, and patience through his example. He began playing tennis in his 50's, and kept playing until he was 89. In 1941, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving as a First Lieutenant in the Big Red One, the First Infantry Division that invaded France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The invasion started at 6 am, and he landed on Omaha Beach at 8 am. He received numerous medals, including the Bronze Star for bravery. In December 2010, he was awarded the medal of the French Legion of Honor for his role in helping to liberate France. However, he did not define himself as a war hero, and never spoke about the war until 50 years after his service. The picture of health into this early 90's, he was a true fighter not only in his military career, but in his final years. Alfred leaves behind his loving family including son Donald (and Giulie) Pepper and daughter Janis Pepper. He was the devoted grandfather of Daniel and Jennifer Slate, Andrea Pepper, and Giulene Moller. He is the dear brother of Ralph (and Joanie) Pepper, the late Herman Pepper, and the late Ann Pepper Nelson, and brother-in-law of the late Geri and Robert Shimoff, and the late William Frantz. He is the beloved uncle to numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held June 2, 2011, at Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL PA I D O B I T UA RY (TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL MEETING-COUNCIL CHAMBERS JUNE 6, 2011 � 6 P.M. CONSENT 1. Request for Approval of: 1) Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto on Behalf of the Joint Powers and the Midpeninsula Community Media Center, Inc. for Public, Education, and Government Access Channel Support Services; 2) Amendment No. 1 to Agreement No. C05111535 Between the City of Palo Alto and Midpeninsula Community Media Center, Inc. in the Amount of $25,000 for Cablecasting and Other Production Services Through June 30, 2011 for a Total Amount Not to Exceed $125,000; 3) Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto and Midpeninsula Community Media Center, Inc. in the Amount of $100,000 for Cablecasting Services from July 1, 2011 Through June 30, 2014; and 4) Authorize the City Manager to Execute Amendments to the Cablecasting Services Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula Community Media Center, Inc. for Additional Services in an Amount Not to Exceed $25,000 Per Year 2. Approval of Contract Amendment No. 1 to Add $48,510 to Contract No. S11136318 with R3 Consulting Group, Inc. for a Total Amount Not to Exceed $133,190 for Completion of the Refuse Fund Cost of Service Study 3. Approval of Letter to Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, Senator Joe Simitian and Assembly Member Rich Gordon to Authorize the Rail Committee to communicate with the Peninsula Cities Consortium (PCC), the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and Related Interests as Necessary, Regarding the City's support of the April 18th, 2011 Joint Statement on High Speed Rail ACTION 4. Approval of Contract with Sherry Lund Regarding Mid-Year Reviews of Council Appointed Officer's and Recommended Change in Criteria for City Attorney Performance Evaluation (continued from 5/9/11) 5. PUBLIC HEARING-QUASI JUDICIAL: Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project (SUMC Project); Adoption of a Resolution Containing California Environmental Quality Act Findings and a Statement of Overriding Considerations; Adoption of a Resolution Amending the Comprehensive Plan to Permit the SUMC Project; Adoption of an Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code to Establish a New "Hospital District"; Adoption of an Ordinance Approving a Thirty�Year Development Agreement; Adoption of a Record of Land Use Action Approving a Conditional Use Permit for the SUMC Project; Adoption of a Resolution Commencing Annexation of an Approximate 0.65 acre Site from Santa Clara County; Acceptance of SUMC Area Plan Update; and Adoption of a Resolution Approving Architectural Review Board Findings CLOSED SESSION 6. Cubberley Community Center (TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL MEETING-COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM JUNE 08, 2011 - 4:00 PM 1. Joint Meeting with Congresswomen Anna Eshoo STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Policy and Services Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7, at 6:00 p.m. regarding 1) Procedures & Protocols, 2) Anti-Smoking Ordinance, and 3) Binding Arbitration Models and Options The Finance Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 07, at 7:00 p.m. regarding 1) Utilities Advisory Commission Recommendation to Approve the 2011 Utilities Strategic Plan (continued from 3/1/2011), 2) Approval of Policies and Guidelines for a Renewal Feed-in Tarriff, and 3) Required Auditor Communication Regarding External Financial Audit VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block Embarcadero Road, 5/24, 9:10 a.m.; suicide attempt/juvenile. Alma Street, 5/25, 11:22 a.m.; suicide/adult. 2500 block Webster Street, 5/26, 12:06 p.m.; robbery/strong arm. Unlisted block El Camino Real, 5/30, 4:34 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. Menlo Park 1200 block Carlton Avenue, 5/27, 5:58 a.m.; spousal abuse. 1800 block El Camino Real, 5/30, 10:39 p.m.; robbery. Page 11 Terrence James Donohoe On February 11, 2011, surrounded by his loving wife and family, Terrence James Donohoe, took his last breath. Terrence was a devoted husband, a caring brother, a loyal friend, and a remarkable son. Terrence was born March 4th, 1971. He was the youngest of 5 children raised by Lani and John Donohoe in Sunnyvale, California. Lani revered Terrence as her prettiest baby. Terrence, along with his siblings, always and hastily agreed. Growing up Terrence attended St. Cyprian Catholic School in Sunnyvale and St. Francis High School in Mountain View. Terrence was eternally curious about everything and everyone. His whole life he displayed a desire and an ability to connect with people of all backgrounds... electricians, baristas, engineers, plumbers, surgeons, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers.He forever wanted to know how it all worked. Medicine and surgery naturally fascinated Terrence from boyhood. By the time he was in high school, he was volunteering at Stanford Hospital. He attended UC Berkeley � and while there sought out hospital work in Oakland at a hospital the military uses to train surgeons to handle gunshot wounds. After graduating from college in 1993, he found work in a laboratory at UCSF researching the developmental genetics of fruit flies. He was the lead author on a paper in the journal Nature, on the flies' eye development. At least one friend recalls receiving fruit fly larvae in the mail � in a container, with the necessary nourishment so one could witness the flies' development for themselves. After a few years of research, a career in medicine became his ultimate focus. He applied to several universities � was turned down by all, but was still waiting to hear from Boston University so he moved there and found a research job. He spotted the Dean of the BU Medical School walking across campus. He told the Dean that his application would be crossing his desk any day � and that he wanted to meet him personally. Before this meeting had ended, the Dean offered Terrence admission to the medical school, on the spot, application unseen. After medical school Terrence made his way into a surgical residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Early on a surgeon told him that he didn't think Terrence had what it takes to make it through residency. But Terrence was in his element and he knew it. He was ever determined, solving problems, and making things work better. If you asked him why he liked surgery he'd tell you it was because he liked to fix things. He never congratulated himself with the fact that he wanted to help people, to save lives, but this was ultimately at the root of it all. He became known for that ability of his, to connect � with scared and difficult patients. He would give them his personal phone number, nap in the empty bed beside them. He wouldn't say this might "pinch" or "sting a little" he would say straight out "This is going to hurt". He was honest with them. When he was assisting on a surgery and a fire broke out on the table � apparently it happens sometimes � Terrence quickly and calmly did exactly the right thing. The same surgeon (to whom Terrence was assisting coincidentally) who'd said he wouldn't make it praised his calm reaction, and admitted he'd been wrong about his earlier judgment. One day at Mercy Hospital, a young nurse named Angel was handling a particularly difficult patient � who happened to be a Department of Health Surveyor whose job is to assess patient care, and who'd already gone through three nurses. Angel saw Terrence striding down the hall and asked for help with the patient. "Please be careful," she said � "She's a Surveyor." Terrence won over the patient � convincing her to relax her demands, charming her, and adding that she was very lucky to have this particular Page 12 nurse, Angel, coming up with this story that she'd recently won the "Nurse of the Year" award and had the plaque to prove it. In the process, he won over Angel as well. And as far as Terrence and everyone who loved him was concerned -- though none of us could know it at the time -- Angel would become the "Nurse of a Lifetime". Half a dozen years ago � in March of that first year of his surgical residency at Mercy Hospital -- Terrence was diagnosed with the Primary Progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis. He was then just 34 years-old. The disease made him unable to complete his residency and so Terrence poured himself into those he loved � Angel and her young son, Doug. Terrence and Angel married the next Spring, in April 2006. He became a devoted husband and father and computer geek. He home-schooled Doug, and took on massive home remodeling projects They had another son, Diego, in June 2009. All this while the disease was eating away at his body, but not his mind. Terrence would say, "We live like kings!" Keeping busy was of paramount importance to Terrence. He wrote an on-line ordering program for the pizza delivery business. He ran a laptop repair service from his home. At one point Terrence became physically unable to perform work tasks and with his eyesight weakening, everything became a blur. He kept at it by having computers brought to his bedside where he would instruct Doug � then 9 � and Angel on how to perform the repairs. He kept working with tradesmen to improve the house. He was still connecting with people, the way he always did � now in part because he was totally honest about his own disease. Terrence devoted his last years to the people he loved. Getting it all in order. Thinking through every detail. Making how-to and advice lists for his family, for after he was gone. Preparing. Without remorse. He never once complained about this disease that made him blind and left him in agonizing pain for years. He wouldn't take serious pain medication. He knew it would blunt his thinking. If you closed your eyes and talked with him, you wouldn't know he was sick. When he felt he'd prepared as well as he could, he finally decided to ease all of that pain and bring in hospice care. After nearly six years it was too much. His breathing was incredibly labored at this point. He could manage short conversations � bursts of speech, really. He was constantly exhausted but his mind was as sharp as ever. He'd say, "Somebody say something funny � it's too sad in here." About his eulogy he directed "...make it funny". He told a joke the day before he died "Why was Jesus born in a manger? Because he had Kaiser-Permanente" Hospice arrived. But Terrence was ready to go. He was at peace. These were his exact words: "I've lived a rich life. And I have no regrets." He was surrounded by family and friends in the last days of his life. We recalled childhood stories, argued about PC's vs. Macs, told more jokes, and said countless I love you's. In his last hours Terrence lay in the arms of Angel and Doug. At 1 in the morning, Angel carried Doug to his bedroom, and returned to Terrence's side. And at 3am on the morning of February 11th, Terrence died in the arms of his Angel. We love Terrence and we will forever miss him. PA I D O B I T UA RY Deaths Transitions Santa Clara University and the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland. In addition to painting and sculpture, she was also a musician, dancer and poet, according to her friend, Smith Anderson Gallery's Paula Kirkeby. Friends, family members and fellow artists loved to gather at her home for lively discussions, and she will be missed as an artist and friend, loved ones said. (More obituaries on page 29) Marguerite Saegesser Marguerite Saegesser, 87, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died April 1, 2011. She was born May 27, 1923, in Bern, Switzerland. She lived and worked as an artist in Palo Alto from 1976 to 2004. She was represented by Smith Anderson Gallery and exhibited her work locally and nationally in such venues as the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University, the deSaisset Museum at Introducing Lasting Memories An online directory of obituaries and remembrances. Search obituaries, submit a memorial, share a photo. Visit: www.PaloAltoOnline.com/obituaries June C. Jenke June 8, 1925 � May 23, 2011 June Jenke passed away on May 23, 2011, after a short illness. June was born on June 8, 1925, a third-generation San Franciscan, and the youngest of the four surviving children born to Jesse Harrison Howell and his wife, Henrietta Cecilia (Weber) Howell. Growing up during the Depression, the family moved many times during June's childhood, living in San Francisco, Reno, and ultimately, Palo Alto. June fell in love with Palo Alto. She graduated from Palo Alto High in 1943, then took a job in the office of Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco, where she met John Jenke. They married in 1948 and had three children, Janis, John and Jim. June and John bought their first home in 1953, on what is now Park Boulevard in Palo Alto. Built on a former walnut orchard, every house in the new neighborhood had a walnut tree. It was on the outskirts of Palo Alto at the time, and June had to walk to the Old Barrel Market on El Camino if she wanted to make a phone call! June worked for a dentist, Dr. Ellertson, and then took a job with the Palo Alto School District. She was an assistant in the hearing testing trailer, and then worked as a part-time assistant in the office at Fairmeadow and Ohlone elementary schools. She achieved a childhood dream of learning to play the piano. After her retirement from the school district, June took up watercolor painting and became a member of the Peninsula Watercolor Group. June loved her family, her home, her garden, Stanford girls' basketball, and the San Francisco Giants. June is survived by her children, Janis Poet of Concord, CA, John Jenke (wife Mary Lou) of Winchester, MA, and Jim Jenke (wife Kathy) of Los Altos, CA, and five grandchildren: Kyle Jenke of New York City, Elizabeth (Libby) Jenke of Durham, North Carolina, Jack Jenke of Los Altos, CA, and Colin and Eleanor Jenke of Winchester, MA. She is also survived by her nephew, Stephen Hare (wife Julie) of Napa, CA, and his family, and her sister-inlaw, Sharon Foss (husband Ken) of Rio Vista, CA, and her family, and the three remaining members of the Sewing Club, Toni Carter, Gwen Rinaldi, and Lil Overton. Friends are invited to a celebration of June's life on Wednesday, June 8, at 1:30 p.m. at Roller Hapgood & Tinney, 980 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA (650.328.1360). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Children's Health Council, Attn: Advancement Dept., 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA 93403 (www.chconline.org) or to a charity of your choice. PA I D O B I T UA RY Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Health Education Programs Mountain View, 650-934-7373 Palo Alto, 650-853-2960 June 2011 For a complete list of classes and class fees, lectures and health education resources, visit: pamf.org/register. Lectures and Workshops Advance Health Care Directive Senior Center Lectures Presented by Betsy Carpenter Sunnyvale City Senior Center, 550 E. Remington Dr., Sunnyvale Wednesday, June 22, 1 to 2 p.m., 650-934-7373 Cancer Care � Eating Tips During Cancer Care Treatment � Exercise for Energy � men and women's group � Expressions � Healing Imagery � Healthy Eating After Cancer Treatment � Look Good, Feel Better � Qigong � When Eating is a Problem, During Cancer Treatment Childbirth and Parent Education Classes � � � � � � � � � Baby Safety Basics Breastfeeding Childbirth Preparation Feeding Your Young Child Infant and Child CPR Infant Care Infant Emergencies and CPR Introduction to Solids New Parent ABC's � All About Baby Care � � � � � OB Orientation PAMF Partners in Pregnancy Prenatal Yoga Preparing for Birth/Fast Track Preparing for a Second Birth with Yoga: A Refresher � Sibling Preparation � What to Expect with Your Newborn Effective Parenting Dr. Marvin Small Memorial Parent Workshop Series Presented by Susan Stone Belton, ParentsPlace 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Tuesday, July 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-934-7373 Good Food PAMF Healthy Screenings Film Series Panel discussion after film led by Ed Yu, M.D., PAMF Family Medicine 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Friday, June 24, 7 to 9 p.m., 650-934-7373 An intimate look at the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that are creating a more sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest. Living Well Classes � Mind/Body Stress Management � Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Nutrition and Diabetes Classes Mountain View, 650-934-7177 Palo Alto, 650-853-2961 Time For a Checkup. Doc, What Am I Due For? Presented by Alireza Shafaie, M.D., PAMF Internal Medicine San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos Monday, June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-591-0341 x237 We will review preventive health recommendations based on age and sex and review the reason for these recommendations. � Diabetes Management � Healthy Eating with Type 2 Diabetes � Heart Smart (cholesterol management) � Living Well with Prediabetes � Sweet Success Program (gestational diabetes) Weight Management Programs � Bariatric Surgery Orientation � Healthy eating. Active lifestyles. (pediatric programs, ages 2-6) � HMR Weight Management Program � Lifesteps� � New Weigh of Life � Take Charge of Your Body Understanding Vitamins and Herbs � Harvesting the Evidence! Presented by Kathy Orrico, PAMF Pharmacy Coordinator 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Tuesday, July 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-853-4873 This talk will review recent updates about the known benefits and harms associated with vitamins and herbal supplements commonly available in your neighborhood drug store. We will present tips for selecting reliable products and keeping your healthcare providers in the loop! Support Groups � � � � � AWAKE Bariatric Surgery Breastfeeding Cancer Chronic Fatigue � � � � � CPAP Diabetes Drug and Alcohol Kidney Multiple Sclerosis Let's connect! facebook.com/paloaltomedicalfoundation twitter.