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Locals mount Occupy Wall Street protest Palo Alto residents voice solidarity with New York City movement by Sue Dremann utraged over job losses and corporate and bank bailouts, more than 200 protesters lined El Camino Real in Palo Alto in front of the Bank of America Wednesday evening. Seniors, the middle-aged, those in their 20s and laid-off Silicon Valley

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employees gathered in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been staging an ongoing protest in Manhattan and other large cities against the bailouts, job losses and tax benefits for the wealthy. Drivers in rush-hour traffic honked loudly and gave thumbs-up as they

passed by, as the demonstrators cheered. The protests began at 5 p.m. and lasted for two hours. Bank of America was chosen as the symbolic location for the Palo Alto protest because it is the nation’s largest bank and the recipient of more than $45 billion in federal bail-out money, said Paul George, director of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center in Palo Alto, which organized the protest. Demonstrators said they are tired

of gridlock in the U.S. Congress and federal assistance for banks and mortgage lenders, which they blame for the erosion of jobs and disenfranchisement of the poor and middle class. Gerry Gras, a laid-off Palo Alto software engineer, said he lost his job two years ago because of the economy. But “if I had a job, I’d want to be here,” he said, adding, however, that he would probably be working long hours that would prevent him from protesting.

Cheryl Petrovich, a former paralegal who is now disabled, said she had joined the demonstration because she is tired of what she called Republican stonewalling in the U.S. Congress. “There’s too much of an inequity right now. With the Republican Congress, there’s no progress at all,” she said. Gras waved an American flag. Its stars were replaced with corporate lo(continued on page 9)

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Firefighter contract may stave off layoffs Long-awaited agreement will save Palo Alto $1.1 million by Gennady Sheyner

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Jumping for joy ... and a record Third grader Eileen Guo, center, and about 300 fellow students at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto do jumping jacks for a minute at the school Wednesday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with a world-record event led by first lady Michelle Obama to have the most people do jumping jacks for a minute across the world in 24 hours.

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Dispute over Jewish tradition could nix Christmas trees Palo Alto Housing Corporation considers banning Christmas trees in common areas at affordable-housing complexes by Gennady Sheyner

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or more than a decade, Abraham Berman’s homemade sukkah made an annual appearance on the second-floor patio of Sheridan Apartments, an affordable-housing complex near Palo Alto’s California Avenue Business District. A homemade structure resembling a small booth with curtain walls, a bamboo roof, and ornaments spread out along the ceiling, the sukkah went up every year to commemorate the Feast of Sukkot, a week-long Jewish holiday that kicks off five days after Yom Kippur, the holy day of atonement. This year, Sukkot began Wednesday (Oct. 12) and will con-

clude on Oct. 19. Berman, an energetic 81-year-old with a background in construction, said he began the tradition 11 years ago and has done it every year since as a way to honor his faith and foster an atmosphere of peace. “The whole intention of the sukkah is to make other people come in and share in the experience,” Berman said. This year, this custom has come to an end. The Palo Alto Housing Corporation, a nonprofit organization that manages 20 affordable-housing properties throughout the city, informed Berman last year that he is no longer

allowed to erect the structure in the common area of the 57-unit building. The prohibition has forced Berman into an uncomfortable conflict with building management, who he believes is unfairly keeping him from practicing his religion. Earlier this month, he informed Georgina Mascarenhas, the director of property management at the Housing Corporation, that he planned to erect the sukkah again this year and included newspaper clips of sukkahs going up in other public areas, including in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Once again, permission was denied. (continued on page 8)

alo Alto’s breakthrough agreement with its firefighter union over a new labor contract will save the city more than $1 million in the current fiscal year and will likely keep the city from laying off police officers and closing fire stations, a prospect city officials have been considering since May. The tentative contract, which the city unveiled Wednesday night and the City Council is scheduled to officially approve Monday night, includes a host of structural changes to firefighter benefits, including a second pension tier for new employees and a requirement that employees contribute 10 percent toward their medical premiums. Firefighters will also now be required to chip in toward their own pension plan rather than having the city pay both the employer and employee shares to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Under the proposed contract, union members will immediately start paying 6.5 percent of the CalPERS member contribution — a share that will rise to 9 percent next year. Most significantly, the contract removes the long-standing and controversial “minimum staffing” provision, which requires at least 29 firefighters to be on duty at all times. Instead, the contract sets staffing levels for individual engines, trucks and rescue companies — levels that are “consistent with standards commonly followed in most fire agencies,” according to a report form Interim Human Resource Director Sandra Blanch. The minimum-staffing provision has come under fire over the past two years from the council and City Manager James Keene, who called eliminating it the key to the new agreement with the firefighters. Union President Tony Spitaleri had argued in the past that the provision is necessary to en-

sure adequate staffing levels in the department and maintain safety. “The City and fire union representatives discussed this extensively and agreed that eliminating the shift-staffing provision provides the City with the flexibility to take an engine out of service and/or close, reduce or ‘brown out’ the service of a station if needed for operational, efficiency, financial or any other reason,” Blanch wrote in the report. The minimum-staffing provision has been completely deleted in the new contract and replaced with an “apparatus staffing” section that specifies that each engine, truck and rescue company will be staffed with one fire captain, one “fire-apparatus operator” and one firefighter. The department’s paramedic unit will also be staffed by two personnel. The two sides reached a contract after a 16-month standoff, a declared “impasse” and the launching of binding-arbitration proceedings. In June, the council passed a budget with a $4.3 million hole in it — a hole that the council planned to fill with $2.3 million in concessions from firefighters and $2 million from police officers. In May, Interim Director of Public Safety Dennis Burns reported to the council that without these concessions, the city would have to eliminate 11 police-officer positions and shut down at least one engine company to close the budget gap. At Tuesday’s debate over Measure D — a proposal to repeal binding arbitration for public-safety unions from the City Charter — Councilman Greg Scharff referenced the Burns’ presentation and said laying off 11 police officers was “simply not acceptable to us.” Though the new contract only shaves $1.1 million off the $4.3 gap, the budget adjustments are now un(continued on page 6)

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—Abraham Berman, a Jewish Palo Alto resident, regarding the booth his landlord prevented him from erecting in honor of the Feast of Sukkot. See story on page 3.

Around Town FOR THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING ... Interrupted by a female autograph-seeker, football Hall of Famer and former 49er Steve Young obliged with his trademark politeness as he lunched outdoors with his family Oct. 1 at Stanford Shopping Center’s Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill. But, autograph in hand, the woman unexpectedly began to dance, music began to play — and she was suddenly joined by more than 100 others in a choreographed “flash mob” of birthday greetings for Palo Alto resident Young, who turned 50 on Tuesday. Young’s wife, Barbara, had arranged the surprise with Flash Mob America, a group who says its purpose is “to create joy through surprise.” To see the surprise, go to YouTube.com and search for “Steve Young Birthday Flash Mob.” NEW DAY, NEW VISION ... The area around East Meadow Circle in south Palo Alto has fallen victim to a housing boom over the past two decades as about 500 housing units popped up during the dotcom bust at sites once occupied by industrial and commercial businesses. Now, Palo Alto’s planning officials are looking to reverse this trend. On Wednesday night, the Planning and Transportation Commission unanimously endorsed a new vision for the neighborhood near the Mountain View border when it approved a “concept area plan” for this section of the city. The plan, which would become part of the city’s official land-use vision, seeks to encourage high-end research and development businesses around East Meadow Circle and Fabian Way by allowing increased density for these types of developments. Day care facilities, schools and housing would be severely restricted. The city also hopes to welcome a large, revenuegenerating business such as an auto dealership or a hotel, to the undeveloped parcel on the corner of Charleston and San Antonio roads, across from the Taube Koret Center for Jewish Life. “We’re taking a third of this area and essentially allowing it to be transformed to a very different use and different intensity that exists now,” Planning Director Curtis Williams said at the meeting. The City Council is scheduled to review the concept plan this winter. BLACK AND BLUE ... Admirers of

Apple icon Steve Jobs, who died Oct. 5, are showing that imitation is the best form of flattery. An online push declaring today (Oct. 14) as “Steve Jobs Day” urges fans to sport Jobs’ typical attire — a black turtleneck, blue jeans and tennis shoes — throughout the day in honor of the computer guru’s life and legacy. The website, stevejobsday2011.com, encourages people to post pictures of themselves dressed as Jobs on Facebook and Twitter, discuss favorite Apple products, and read about how others are celebrating Jobs’ worldwide influence. The website states: “We admire his work. We’ve embraced his vision. And we love what he’s brought to the world. Let’s take a day to honor the man himself and say thank you.” The day had been planned since late September, prior to the Palo Alto resident’s death. KEEPING THE BOOKS ... Palo Alto’s effort to rebuild the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center — the centerpiece of the city’s $76 million library bond in 2008 — is facing greater scrutiny these days because of rising costs. The City Council reluctantly agreed last month to add $3.7 million to the project and authorized a 20 percent “contingency” ceiling for unanticipated construction costs. The request for more money was prompted at least in part by incomplete design plans from project architects, Group 4 Architecture. Now, the council is considering if there’s anything the city can do to combat these cost increases. The council is scheduled to meet behind closed doors on Monday night to discuss both the city’s “potential exposure to litigation” and “potential initiation of litigation” relating to the $41 million project. The council also requested monthly reports about change orders for the construction project. According to the first such report, which was released this week, the city has already approved eight change orders with the construction company Flintco — changes that added more than $1 million to the cost. A ninth change order, which would add $223,816 to the order to pay for tube steel and “curb changes,” is now being processed. The project, which is about halfway done, remains about $8 million under the engineer’s initial cost estimate. N

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orrowing a French tradition, students in five Palo Alto schools next week will mark “Tasting Week,” with cooking demonstrations and top chefs visiting their classrooms. Chefs from San Francisco’s Ritz Carlton, Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn, Palo Alto’s Calafia and others will present “workshops on taste” to kids at Barron Park and Juana Briones elementary schools, Terman Middle School, Gunn High School and the International School of the Peninsula. The event was launched by a group of Palo Alto parents led by Rebecca Scholl-Barbier, who was raised in France. She is a Xerox PARC executive and mother of four children who attend Gunn, Terman, Juana Briones and preschool. Scholl-Barbier said she was inspired by a 22-year tasting-week tradition in France, a week-long celebration of food and flavors that local schools adapt to their own curricula. This year’s “La Semaine du Gout” in France also runs next week. “I was out of school by the time it started, but I always thought it was a fascinating program,” she said. Scholl-Barbier sees Tasting Week as a chance to make food “a positive, exploratory experience — a discovery where a child will actually become more curious.” Though her own favorite food runs to a simple fresh tomato with olive oil and salt, she remembers eating varied hot lunches in the school cafeteria during her Paris childhood, where kids didn’t blink at a main course of rabbit or calf’s liver. Tasting Week should be about “the pleasure of discovering food” rather than the typical approaches of viewing food as reward (“If you do your homework you can have this ice cream”) or nutrition or punishment (“You have to eat this tofu”), she said. “I don’t want to make it a big political issue — I just want to make it a celebration.” Scholl-Barbier sought volunteer teachers and chefs to make Tasting Week happen. She cold-called the Post Ranch’s Craig Von Foerster in Big Sur, who said he’d be delighted to come. Teachers who volunteered were

Rebecca Scholl-Barbier offers a piece of mango to daughter Claire Barbier while son Raphael Barbier fills a bowl with water while preparing a salad. Scholl-Barbier created “Tasting Week” to expose children to a variety of flavors, inspired by an annual event in France. asked to integrate the chefs into their curricula. At Gunn, chef Gerald Hirigoyen of Piperade in San Francisco will give a presentation in French for advanced French students. In schools without kitchen facilities, chefs will just work from tables with samples. “I told the chefs to do whatever they want,” Scholl-Barbier said. She also approached Alva Spence, a manager with Sodexo America who runs the hot lunch program for the Palo Alto Unified School District, and got an enthusiastic response. Throughout Tasting week, Spence will cart around her “A to Z salad bar,” which has a different food for every letter of the alphabet. Participating chef Charlie Ayers said Tasting Week “will be an opportunity to get children to think outside the box and be adventurous eaters.” The former Google chef and owner of Calafia at Town & Country Village stoutly insists that adventurous eaters “end up with higher IQs.” Asked where he got that idea, Ayers attributed it to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. “Both of them are very adventurous eaters,” he said. “If someone is very narrow-minded and only eats one thing all the time, what’s their likelihood of being a great thinker? Pretty small.”

Parents and educators have a responsibility to get kids to “eat outside the box,” said Ayers, who has a 14-year-old son. “We fall down every day because we want them to be happy and not upset,” he said. “So we end up with a lot of children who only eat pasta or pizza and are not willing to try new things.” Ayers hasn’t decided what he’ll do in his Tasting Week presentation at Juana Briones, but it will possibly involve blindfolds. “I like to surprise myself and everyone else. That’s how to make it fun,” he said. In the first year of what she hopes will become an annual event, Scholl-Barbier estimates the tasting events will reach 450 students. The events run from Monday (Oct. 17) through the following Wednesday (Oct. 26). A free Oct. 25 event for parents will feature cookbook author Georgeanne Brennan talking about how to improve school lunch programs. Tasting Week organizers will hold a wine-tasting and fundraiser Oct. 22 at Lavanda Restaurant and Wine Bar in downtown Palo Alto. The event is open to the public but limited to 60 people. For more information and a schedule for the week go to www.tastingweek.com. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

would close the $4.3 million gap with $1.1 million pegged from funds that were set aside for pension and health care increases in 2013 and a $2.1 million transfer from the city’s Budget Stabilization Reserve, which has increased because of the improved economy. If the committee and, ultimately, the council approve the plan, it would effectively close the $4.3 million gap without requiring any significant reductions in service levels. In his report, Ramberg alluded to the layoffs and station brownouts and said that

because “these reductions could have an impact on service delivery, staff is also pursuing labor concessions through contract negotiations with the four public-safety unions.” “It is the City Manager’s recommendation to not proceed with these cost-saving reductions at this time,” Ramberg wrote. “These service-level reduction options could still be considered depending on how negotiations proceed.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@paweekly. com.

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Charter high school gets new campus

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East Palo Alto school combines public, private resources

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ast Palo Alto students will plant black bamboo at their new charter high school campus Saturday to honor a Japanese family who cultivated the same land as a nursery for more than 50 years. The 305 students at Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy moved this fall from their previous quarters — a windowless warehouse on Bay Road — to the newly built, 2.7-acre campus on Garden Street. “The students say, ‘We finally have a real school now,’” Principal Tom Madson said. “There’s a markedly different atmosphere. Behavior is more mature and academic.” The $13 million project was jointly funded by the Sequoia Union High School District, private donors and Aspire Public Schools, a charter operator whose 34 schools serve more than 10,000 California students. Saturday’s official ribbon-cutting is intended to thank the many who helped with the new campus, including the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, which supplied most of the $4 million in private donations. Another $4 million came from the school’s chartering agency, Sequoia Union, and the remaining $5 million from an Aspire facilities bond backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Members of the Nakagawa family, who ran a nursery business on the site for decades, will be on hand Saturday to talk about the history of the land, school staff members said. Following a 9 a.m. ceremony, the Palo Alto nonprofit environmental group Canopy will oversee volunteers for the rest of the morning in planting 81 trees on the now unlandscaped school grounds.

Phoenix Academy opened with its first freshman class in borrowed space in 2006. It was launched at the urging of East Palo Alto parents who worried their kids would not graduate if sent out of town to their assigned high schools in Atherton, Woodside or San Carlos. The school graduated its first class of seniors in 2010. All 40 graduates so far have been accepted by — and most are attending — four-year colleges. Madson aims within a few years to grow the new campus to its full capacity of 405 students, as the larger younger classes move up and the campus adds a sixth grade. The addition of sixth through eighth grades will free up sought-after space at Phoenix’s sister elementary school campus, Aspire’s East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS). Admission to the high-performing East Palo Alto Charter School is by lottery. Phoenix Academy operates with extra support, including mandatory parent participation, uniforms, and a longer-than-usual school day and school year. Summer vacations are typically just four to six weeks long, with two-week breaks in the fall, winter and spring. “Our school has always been scrappy — that’s our history, our roots,” administrator Mike Berman said. “But it’s remarkable to be in a new campus that reflects the results of that. The kids have earned it. There’s something to be said for being in a place that reflects how hard you’re working.” The new campus has 16 classrooms, including a fully equipped science lab, and plenty of natural light. It replaces a seven-classroom warehouse cam-

pus with unfinished cement floors and a parking lot as the only outdoor space. “We had more than 200 people at a back-to-school potluck (at the new campus), and the tables were overflowing,” Madson said. “It gave people who don’t usually get to talk and mix and mingle (a chance) to do that, and the kids were playing in the grass. It’s finally more than a parking lot.” Helen Streck, one of the founding parents of East Palo Alto Charter School back in the 1990s, said the new campus represents a dream. Though her own children have grown, Streck remains on the Phoenix advisory board. “There’s a reason you have dreams,” she said. “I’m always amazed at the dedication of the staff. Children in East Palo Alto have the same capacities and capabilities to learn as the children across the freeway, and they can perform just as well.” The Aspire Phoenix Academy campus is one of two new small high schools built in East Palo Alto this year. The other is a still-unoccupied, gray stucco campus on Myrtle Street, recently completed by Sequoia Union. A sign in front says “Sequoia Union High School District Alternative Campus.” Officials of the Stanford University-affiliated East Palo Alto Academy High School, a charter school now operating from an old elementary campus on Pope Street in Menlo Park, said the school intends to move to the Myrtle Street space next year. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

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he two sides in Palo Alto’s heated debate over labor reform have one thing in common — each claims it is fighting to preserve fairness toward city employees. That was the argument both sides in the Measure D debate made during Tuesday night’s well-attended forum at City Hall on the ballot measure, which would end the city’s 34-yearold tradition of sending disputes between management and public-safety workers to binding arbitration. While proponents of the repeal argued that removing binding arbitration from the city charter would reduce public-safety expenditures and allow Palo Alto to preserve jobs and city services, opponents characterized the repeal as an attack on the labor rights of Palo Alto’s police and firefighters. The debate, which was organized by the Palo Alto chapter of the League of Women Voters, pitted the council’s

two leading proponents of Measure D, Greg Scharff and Karen Holman, against Councilwoman Gail Price and attorney Richard Alexander. Each side claimed it’s trying to be fair to the workers, though each had a different set of workers in mind. Scharff and Holman both pointed to the city’s spiking public-safety expenditures, which Scharff said rose by about 80 percent over the past decade even as spending in other departments remained relatively flat. They both blamed binding arbitration for hindering the council’s ability to make needed changes in firefighter and police contracts. The arbitrators, Scharff noted, have twice turned down the city’s attempts at pension reform for firefighters, including an attempt to create a second pension tier for new employees and an attempt to base pension payments on the average of three highest-paid years, rather than

on the highest year. “Binding arbitration takes local control away from Palo Alto and vests it in a single person with no accountability to citizens of Palo Alto or anyone else,” Scharff said during the debate. Scharff and Holman both said the city’s increasing expenditures on public safety mean it has less money for other city services. Voting to repeal the provision, Scharff said, would be a vote to “protect the value of public services, including funding for parks, streets, libraries and social services.” Holman agreed and called binding arbitration “a legacy we cannot sustain.” “Solving this dilemma will have to be borne by other worker groups such as the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) through ad-

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Berman said the Housing Corporation’s prohibition surprised him. The building’s common areas, he noted, often feature religious symbols — most notably the Christmas tree that goes up every year in the dining area on the ground floor of the sprawling building. Berman said he enjoys seeing the tree and occasionally participates, along with other tenants, in

decorating it with ornaments. But when Berman brought up the Christmas tree example to Housing Corporation officials, he said they told him that they would no longer allow Christmas trees — an answer that rankled him even more than the nonprofit’s stance on his sukkah. The last thing he wanted to do, Berman said, is prevent other people in his building and at other buildings managed by the company from celebrating their religious holidays. He was disappointed to learn that his attempt to celebrate

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council The council did not meet this week.

Board of Education (Oct. 11)

Property acquisition: The board approved a tentative $8.5 million deal to purchase 2.6 acres at 525 San Antonio Road, site of the former Peninsula Day Care Center. Yes: Unanimous

Council Rail Committee (Oct. 12)

Letters: The committee approved letters to the Bay Area Council and to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission regarding the Peninsula segment of high-speed rail. Yes: Unanimous Principles: The committee discussed and made updates to its guiding principles. Yes: Burt, Price, Shepherd No: Klein

Planning and Transportation Commission (Oct. 12)

East Meadow Circle: The commission recommended approval of the area concept plan for the neighborhoods around East Meadow Circle and Fabian Way. Yes: Unanimous

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the holy feast may end up hindering future holiday celebrations at all other properties. Mascarenhas said management’s decision to keep the sukkah from going up had nothing to do with religion and everything to do with storing private property in common areas. Last year, when management noticed the sukkah at the patio, Mascarenhas sent Berman a letter citing the rule (“No household or other property may be stored in the patio area, balcony, deck, landing, or anywhere outside the unit”) and asking him to “please remove this immediately.” When she learned that Berman planned to erect a sukkah again this year, Mascarenhas responded by explaining that he does not have permission to do so in any common area at the complex. “It’s not that we’re prohibiting or banning the sukkah,” Mascarenhas told the Weekly. “The issue is that residents are not allowed to put up anything personal in the common area. Whatever they do within their apartments is fine, and we certainly

don’t question that at all. “We have this rule to avoid having to say to one person that they can put something up and saying to another that they can’t.” Mascarenhas said the previous building manager at Sheridan Apartments violated the rules by allowing Berman to erect his sukkah year after year. The manager was replaced last year. Berman said managers suggested that he put up the sukkah in the private balcony that juts out of his second-story apartment. This, he said, is impossible because the sukkah, by Jewish law, has to allow the occupant to see the sky. His balcony, however, stands under an eave that would block the view of the sky. For awhile, both sides in the dispute looked for a compromise. Mascarenhas told Berman that housing officials could consider allowing him to erect a sukkah this year in exchange for a promise not to do it in the future. But after learning that the Housing Corporation is now considering banning

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to discuss the cost increases in the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center project. The council also plans to hold a joint session with the Public Arts Commission, to hear presentations from the Garden Club of Palo Alto and from the Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra, approve the new labor contract with the firefighters union and discuss the California Avenue streetscape project. The closed session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). The joint session will follow. The remainder of the meeting will be held in the Council Chambers. COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the retiree medical actuarial study and possible cuts to police and fire budgets. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the city’s proposed economic-development plan and policies for electric vehicles. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 2080 Channing Ave., a proposal to build 10 homes and rehabilitate two retail buildings and relocate one building at Edgewood Plaza. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to discuss the hiring of a new city auditor. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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Christmas trees, Berman decided he would not sign any papers that would link him to this ban. “To use my little, tiny sukkah, a temporary, seven-day installation, to change the rules — in my head I knew I cannot do that,” Berman told the Weekly. “I’d rather not have it if you’ll use it to keep the Christmas tree from going up. You cannot use my sukkah as a reason to prevent someone from celebrating their religion.” Seeking an amicable resolution, Berman reached out to the offices of U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo and Santa Clara Supervisor Liz Kniss to explain his dilemma. Kniss’ office directed him to the city’s Human Relations Commission, which oversees issues of social justice and disputes. Claude Ezran, who chairs the commission, then spoke to both Berman and Housing Corporation officials. He said he was informed by housing officials that management would not be putting up Christmas trees anymore — a gesture that he said was undertaken as “excessive precaution” after consultation with an attorney. “The Christmas tree is a borderline case,” Ezran told the Weekly. “Some view them as religious symbols, and others see them as a commercial symbol of the holidays. “It’s a case where there’s no right answer.” On Tuesday, Ezran met with officials from Project Sentinel, a nonprofit that specializes in mediation between tenants and landlords, in hopes of finding an amicable resolution. Project Sentinel staff said they would contact Berman and the Housing Corporation. But Mascarenhas said it’s unlikely that the Housing Corporation will reverse its ban on the sukkah in the common area. She noted that housing officials have not yet made any final decisions about banning Christmas trees at its properties. But she confirmed that the organization began considering the ban after consulting its attorney. “We were told that you can call it a ‘Holiday Tree’ and put up general decorations,” she said. “However, if someone complains and says it’s religious, it could be viewed as one religion versus another. “We’re working through that and thinking that maybe we won’t put up the tree at all.” The proposed rule change has brought little comfort to Berman, who is without his sukkah for the first time in more than a decade. He said he accepted the Housing Corporation’s decision to end his tradition and will comply with it. But what bothers him the most, he said, is the fact that his annual tradition — which he intended as a gesture of peace and inclusiveness — could end up inadvertently tarnishing the holiday season for other families in his apartment complex and others throughout the city. “I’m not here to disturb anybody or to violate any rules,” Berman said. “I’m just trying to create a ‘house of peace’ — that’s all I want to do.” N

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Palo Alto teachers protest class size trends As labor negotiations continue, teachers say they cannot keep up quality with more students by Chris Kenrick

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s negotiators hammer out their union contract, Palo Alto teachers Tuesday night called for a stop to a four-year trend of increasing class sizes. Raising the specter of elementary classes with as many as 30 students, teachers told the Board of Education they could not possibly offer the level of individual attention or inclusion of special-needs students with 30 that they can with a class of 20. “By considering larger class sizes, we’re quickly sliding down a slippery slope,” said Britt Brown, a fourthgrade teacher at Nixon Elementary School. Average class size in Palo Alto elementary schools has gone from 19.9 in 2007-08 to 22.2 this fall as schools have grappled with budget constraints, and state financial incentives for classsize reduction have dried up. Superintendent Kevin Skelly said rumors that elementary class sizes are headed for 27 to 29 “are not accurate. But we understand how this misrepresentation has been created and we’re working on correcting that.” Current class sizes “are at the edge of board and staff comfort levels,” Skelly said. The board quietly dropped a policy numerically limiting class size some time ago, and the issue remains an open item in the school district’s current negotiations with the Palo Alto Educators Association, the union representing teachers. “We’ve been struggling with policies and language in our collective bargaining agreement around class size,” Skelly said. Palo Alto Educators Association President Triona Gogarty said elementary class sizes were 27 or 28 students in the 1980s and early 1990s, but that teachers were supported by paid classroom aides at that time. Teachers’ aide hours were cut back as class sizes fell in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, Gogarty said. This fall, some elementary class-

rooms across the district have 23 to 25 students and some high school calculus classes have enrollments of 32 or 33, Gogarty said. “In these economic times, we know we don’t have 20 to 1 anymore,” but teachers need more support if class sizes continue to rise, she said. Gogarty waved a stack of 120 high school essays that had been corrected with detailed comments from the teacher. At 15 minutes per essay, the corrections and comments represent about 30 hours of work for the teacher, she said. A Gunn English teacher said typical English class sizes are 23 to 25 for freshmen and sophomores, and 28 to 32 for juniors and seniors. Gunn math teacher Rachel Grunsky asked for more specific data on high school class sizes. “At the secondary level, it’s a vague teacher-classroom ratio that doesn’t give you a picture of each department,” Grunsky said. Grunsky said she has 35 students in her AP calculus class and was asked whether she could take one more. “I said, ‘Sure, but can you tell me where to put the desk, because I don’t know where to put it,’” she told the board. The teachers spoke during the board’s “open forum” agenda, under which board members are not permitted to respond. However, earlier in the meeting Skelly spoke of budget constraints that have led to class size increases in recent years. As a district funded under the “basic aid” formula that relies heavily on property tax, Palo Alto does not get revenue based on enrollment. Enrollment growth has led to a revenue reduction of $919 per Palo Alto student in the past three years, he said. “Something has to give, and modest class size increases have to be part of our response, and they have been.” In other business Tuesday, the board

approved a tentative $8.5 million deal to purchase 2.6 acres at 525 San Antonio Road, the site of the Peninsula Day Care Center, which closed in June. “This is a big deal,” Board President Melissa Baten Caswell said. “It’s been a long time since the Palo Alto Unified School District moved forward on acquiring any property, so this is big news.” The property backs up to Greendell School, which is currently used by the school district for preschool and adult education activities. Greendell is contiguous with Cubberley Community Center. School officials have yet to articulate their plans for the day care or Cubberley properties, but have agreed to enter into discussions with the City Council this fall about the future of Cubberley. Fast-rising enrollment, particularly in the younger grades in the southern part of town, has officials scrambling for space and worrying about longterm planning should the trend continue. Also Tuesday, the board was told about a plan to correct an error on the recently mailed property tax bills that came at the expense of $230,000 to the school district. The tax bills failed to include a $12-per-parcel charge to property owners that represents the escalator clause of a parcel tax approved by voters in 2010. Rather than going back to property owners immediately for the additional $12, the school district and Santa Clara County tax collector’s office have agreed to add the charge as a separate item on the 2012-13 property tax bill, the school district’s Chief Business Officer Cathy Mak said. N

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“I really think that people, if they don’t know all the numbers, they do know the economic inequality in this country,” George said. “One percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. No other country in the industrialized world comes close to that. That doesn’t happen by circumstance. People know they aren’t getting fair treatment. Americans are fair-minded people and people don’t like it,” he said. Barbara Weinstein and Vikki Velkoff said the protest was a way to connect with other people and to give voice to the difficulties people are facing. “It’s really important for people who felt isolated in the face of all the miserable stuff going on to come together,” Weinstein said. Velkoff, an early-phase drug-development researcher, was laid off in December along with hundreds of others when Roche in Palo Alto closed its

facility. She will start a new job next week, she said. “It’s good to know there are others thinking along the same lines,” she said. Inside the Bank of America a security guard peered through the glass and scowled. Workers glanced toward the protesters. The branch manager did not return request for comment. George said the protests will continue in Palo Alto, and he knows of others who are organizing through the Internet and through groups such as MoveOn.org. “The Occupy Wall Street movement is a truly grass-roots, a truly spontaneous movement. I have no doubt this will keep going in every little town and burg. It goes back to the sense that wealthy corporations and Wall Street are being treated differently from the rest of us,” he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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gos: General Electric, Coca Cola and major news networks. “I think things are not going to be the same afterwards,” he said of the growing movement. “I don’t know where they are going, but they’re not going to be the same.” The Occupy Wall Street protests, which were first proposed by Canadian activist organization Adbusters in July, coalesced in New York City on Sept. 17. Demonstrators throughout the U.S. have since taken up the rallying cry. While protesters in Palo Alto said they support different causes, from global-warming policy to health care reform, the main theme of concern was what many called the “99 percenters” — those Americans who are not the top 1 percent of the wealthy they say controls the country.

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News Digest Head coach wins Athena Award Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University’s head women’s basketball coach, is this year’s Athena Award winner. Selected by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the award goes to an “exceptional woman who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession; contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential,” according to a news release. “Tara has had a positive and lasting influence on the hundreds of young women who have benefited from not only the basketball skills she has taught them, but from the life skills upon which she places equal influence. She ... serves as a wonderful role model,” Lanie Wheeler, former Palo Alto mayor, wrote in a recommendation letter. VanDerveer will receive her award at a Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto on Nov. 16; tickets are available by calling 650-324-3121 or www.paloaltochamber.com. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

AT&T’s antenna plan met with some skepticism AT&T’s plan to install 20 antennae in three Palo Alto neighborhoods is cheering some residents who are looking forward to improved cell-phone reception. But the proposal has left others with grave concerns. Minh Nguyen, AT&T area manager in charge of the engineering and construction of the development known as a “distributed antenna system,” met with residents at an open house Tuesday (Oct. 11) and explained that the trees in and around Palo Alto pose a challenge for the company to deliver consistently strong signals, which causes phone calls to drop and weak connections in some areas. “In order for us to stay competitive in the business,” Nguyen said, “this technology is the ideal solution to the problem, and it can also meet the growing demand for data in this area.” Unlike a single, large cell-phone tower, the distributed system is “a network of smaller, spatially separated antenna nodes that splits the transmitted signal among themselves to provide wireless coverage for areas with difficult topography,” Nguyen said. Twenty antennae would be placed on top of existing utility poles throughout three neighborhoods: Old Palo Alto, Professorville and part of Midtown. Several Palo Altans turned out to object to the plan. Lyala Kent brought her 12-year-old daughter to Tuesday’s meeting. She said she is concerned about the unknown consequences of longtime exposure to radiation as well as the potential devaluation of her house. Broadcast and wireless specialist Lynn Bruno, a consulting engineer from Hammett & Edison, Inc., told residents that there’s no health risk identified in 60 years of relevant research. She said they have tested the antenna and monitored the highest level of radiation emission anywhere within its radius. “The radiation level is comparable to that from a TV and other wireless devices. It’s weaker than what a microwave could generate and much weaker than ultraviolet rays,” she said. N — Yichuan Cao

Investigation: No engine or propeller problems before crash Both the left and right engines and the propeller of the Cessna 310R that took off from the Palo Alto Airport on Feb. 17, 2010, and quickly crashed into an East Palo Alto neighborhood appeared to be working at the time of impact, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released on Friday, Oct. 7. The cause of the accident, which claimed the lives of three Tesla Motors employees — the pilot Douglas Bourn, a senior electrical engineer and Santa Clara resident; and passengers Andrew Ingram of Palo Alto, an engineer, and Brian Finn of East Palo Alto, a senior manager — is not outlined in the document, known as a “factual report.” But the report confirms eyewitness accounts of the incident and reveals the findings of inspections of the wreckage by the Federal Aviation Administration and makers of the aircraft parts — Cessna Aircraft Company, Teledyne Continental Motors and McCauley Propellers Inc. Speculation spread after the crash that a mechanical failure might have caused the plane to veer suddenly and strike an electrical tower next to the Bay in East Palo Alto. Examination of the Cessna’s left and right engines, however, showed “no pre-impact mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation,” the report states. The report confirms that visibility at the airport was 1/8 of a mile due to fog, with wind at 5 knots, at 7:49 a.m., less than five minutes before Bourn took off for the Hawthorne, Calif., airport. Because the runway was not visible, he was instructed to take off at his own risk by the air traffic controller. The investigation is expected to be completed in mid-November. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

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TCE causes cancer, other health woes, EPA says Despite political pressures to kill it, a long-delayed Environmental Protection Agency report has finally been released confirming the toxicity of the industrial solvent that has contaminated groundwater at a central Palo Alto Superfund site. (Posted Oct. 7 at 3:14 p.m.)

Animal Services launches ‘Empty Our Shelters Challenge’ Plagued by overcrowding, all six animal shelters in Silicon Valley, including City of Palo Alto Animal Services, are now encouraging qualified adopters in the area to step up and help empty the shelters in honor of National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month. (Posted Oct. 7 at 11:45 a.m.)

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ditional concessions or lost jobs or by the public in reduced city services,� Holman said. Opponents of Measure D rejected this argument and said the measure has nothing to do with pensions and everything to do with conflict resolution. Unlike almost all other workers (with some exceptions for “essential� workers in Utilities and Public Works departments), police officers and firefighters are barred from striking by state law. Price and Alexander both said binding arbitration gives these employees another option for negotiating with the city. “The inability of police and firefighters to strike means there needs to be a reasonable process for dispute resolution,� Alexander said. “That’s what this is all about.� Price also argued that Measure D isn’t about cutting costs but about “values relating to treating employees fairly.� Both Price and Alexander likened the drive to repeal binding arbitration to the recent effort by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators to eliminate collective-bargaining rights for state employees. “It’s my concern if we go down this erosion path, we’ll become like Wisconsin and other entities like that,� Price said. “This is very, very disturbing.� Scharff and Holman repeatedly noted that 95 percent of the munici-

palities don’t have binding-arbitration provisions — a fact that doesn’t stop them from reaching agreements with the police and firefighters. The council decided to place Measure D on the ballot in July after a nearly two-year debate and disagreement over whether the provision should be eliminated altogether or modified. The council ultimately decided by a 5-4 vote, with Price, Mayor Sid Espinosa, Nancy Shepherd and Larry Klein dissenting, to place the repeal measure on the November ballot. Vice Mayor Yiaway Yeh, Pat Burt and Greg Schmid joined Scharff and Holman in favor. More than 100 residents packed into the Council Chambers Tuesday to watch the debates on Measure D and Measure E, a proposal to “undedicate� a 10-acre site at Byxbee Park in the Baylands to allow construction of a waste-to-energy facility. Much like Measure D, Measure E has polarized the City Council, with some members saying the parkland should remain such and others pointing to the new facility as a possible solution to the city’s composting dilemma. Palo Alto’s landfill at Byxbee Park closed for good in July, putting an end to the city’s composting operation and prompting the city to truck its yard waste to Gilroy. A group of environmentalists, led by former Mayor Peter Drekmeier and Walt Hays, is proposing building an anaerobic-digestion facility capable of processing local food scraps, yard trimmings and sewage sludge next to the waste-water treatment plant in the

Baylands. Drekmeier and Hays squared off Tuesday against former Councilmember Emily Renzel and Shani Kleinhaus, environmental advocate with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Both Renzel and Kleinhaus argued that undedicating parkland would set a bad precedent and that the proposed plant would have an adverse impact on the surrounding parkland. “We should not undedicate parkland as a blank check for future unknown technologies,� Renzel said. “Once undedicated, parkland is gone forever, and you will have little to say about how it’s being used.� Hays and Drekmeier countered that the parcel in question comprises just 8 percent of Byxbee Park and that the measure, while allowing the land to be used for a waste-to-energy facility, doesn’t require the construction of such a facility if it doesn’t prove to be financially viable. Drekmeier said such a plant would also generate enough energy to power 1,400 homes. “This 10 acres is a quarter of 1 percent of Palo Alto’s parkland that can help us be sustainable when it comes to waste processing and generating renewable energy,� Drekmeier said. Tuesday’s debate was co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online and Midpeninsula Community Media Center. Other co-sponsors include Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto branch of AAUW and Avenidas Senior Center. The debate video will be available at communitymediacenter.net. N

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Constance “Connie” Williams September 12, 1955 – August 13, 2011

Constance “Connie” Elizabeth Williams, 55, of San Mateo, passed away peacefully at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, CA on August 13, 2011 following an 18 month bout with cancer. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 12, 1955 the oldest daughter of the late Walter H. and Elizabeth Walczak Williams. She was a 1977 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and worked for IBM in both New York and California. Connie was a valued member of the genealogy resource volunteer staff at the Menlo Park Family History Center. Connie is survived by two sisters, Maura Williams (and Mary Lou Hartzler) of Landsdowne, PA and Kristin Williams of Pittsburgh, PA. Connie will be remembered for her generosity, creativity, thoughtfulness and devotion to family, friends and pets and for her appetite for life and strength and determination despite challenges. Connie was still engaged in life and talking about future plans and hopes until the day of her hospitalization on August 5, 2011. Interment took place in Ellwood City, PA near her childhood home of Pittsburgh. A memorial gathering, hosted by friends of Connie, will be held at the Menlo Park Family History Center (Stake House Annex), Saturday, October 15th at 6:00 PM.,1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park, CA. The gathering will include a potluck dinner, to which attendees may bring a dish to share, if they wish. Memorial contributions can be made in Connie’s name to the Menlo Park Family History Center, c/o Sue Allen, 3784 Grove Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94303. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.tomonfuneralhome.com PA I D

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Alan David Sklar, M.D., 73, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Oct. 8, 2011. He was born May 1, 1938, in New York, the second son of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants. After completing medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, he came to Palo Alto as a resident in psychiatry at the Stanford University Medical School. He remained a resident of Palo Alto except for three years of military service in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Oct. 5-11 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle related Bicycle safekeeping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Vehicle accident/major injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 11 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Open container. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal barking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbing/annoying phone calls. . . . . . .1 Firearm disposal request . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found animal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Misc. municipal code violation . . . . . . . .2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .3 Outside investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto 300 block Pasteur Drive, 10/5, 5:23 p.m.; battery. 30 block Encina Avenue, 10/7, 11:48 p.m.; battery. 3000 block Middlefield Road, 10/8, 1:38 p.m.; battery.

Menlo Park 1100 block Almanor Avenue, 10/10, 9:20 a.m.; spousal abuse. 100 block Newbridge Street, 10/11, 9:29 a.m.; battery.

Atherton Tuscaloosa Avenue and Austin Avenue, 10/8, 1:27 p.m.; assault and battery.

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Editorial Yes on D: Repeal binding arbitration Palo Alto’s unusual binding-arbitration requirement for fire and police contract disputes should have been repealed long ago

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alo Alto voters are finally being given the opportunity in Measure D to decide whether a single outside arbitrator should continue to have final say on police and fire compensation, benefits and work rules when the city and unions reach an impasse. The binding-arbitration provision for fire and police contract disputes was enacted by voters more than 30 years ago in exchange for an agreement by our public-safety unions not to strike, before the courts ruled that such strikes are illegal. Instead of repealing the provision at that time and bringing fire and police negotiations on par with the city’s other employee unions, Palo Alto became one of only a few California cities that relinquished its final authority over the costs of public-safety employees to an arbitrator. In practice, disputes have rarely gone to outside arbitration because city officials have not wanted to risk the unpredictable outcome from an arbitrator who has no responsibility for city finances or accountability to the public. This fear has given unions an unfair advantage in negotiations and has contributed to contract provisions being enacted that weren’t in the community’s best interest, such as the minimumstaffing requirement in the fire department. Opponents of Measure D, led by the firefighters union, argue that without the right to strike, fire and police employees have too little negotiating leverage, so binding arbitration becomes the ultimate threat that forces fair negotiations. Unfortunately for the unions, there is absolutely no evidence to support that position. With 95 percent of California cities operating without any binding-arbitration provision with their public-safety unions, it is ridiculous to argue that arbitration is needed to ensure fair labor contracts. Police and fire union contracts throughout the state provide outstanding pay and benefits to public-safety employees, and any city that imposes unreasonable or unjustified reductions in either will find those employees leaving for other job opportunities. Measure D simply allows Palo Alto to negotiate with its fire and police unions the same way as virtually every one of our neighboring communities. These are tough times for all levels of government, and Palo Alto’s police and fire unions demonstrate two contrasting ways of approaching contract negotiations. The police union has openly recognized that in these economic times it needs to work with the city and be realistic about the need to reduce pay and benefits. The firefighters union has fought to maintain or increase pay and benefits as if completely blind to the world in which they live and to the sacrifices their fellow city employees are making to ease the city’s budget problems. One union is gaining community respect while the other is losing it. The firefighters union insults the community’s intelligence by comparing the possible loss of binding arbitration with the Wisconsin debate over doing away with collective bargaining. Measure D does nothing to change the collective bargaining process, but it does eliminate the power of a single, unelected arbitrator to negotiate in secret and then make unilateral decisions with great financial ramifications for the city. It also puts in place a more neutral, mandatory mediation between city and union negotiators in the event of an impasse. It is ironic but not surprising that on the eve of this election the firefighters union has just agreed to a new contract after a bitter 16-month standoff. The impasse was headed for binding arbitration and the union apparently calculated that its best strategy was to get a contract signed now and hope it might change public perceptions on Measure D. The union has agreed to remove the minimum-staffing requirement, a key goal of the city, and accepted lower pension benefits for new hires and new employee contributions for health care and to the pension plan. But the new contract, assuming it is approved by the City Council on Monday, would save the city about $1.1 million, well short of the $2.3 million the council had targeted for savings from the fire department in the adopted budget. While we are pleased that the firefighters union and city negotiators have reached an agreement, it does not erase the petulant and ineffective union behavior of the last two years. That behavior included last year’s Measure R, a proposal by the union to freeze staffing levels in the department, save for a vote of the electorate. Nor does the new contract change the need for Measure D. Palo Altans have always been strong supporters of its police and firefighters, and Measure D should not be twisted to suggest it is a vote against these public servants or against collective bargaining rights. Measure D will at long last simply get Palo Alto back into the mainstream of public employee labor negotiation practices. N Page 14ÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊ£{]ÊÓ䣣ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞ

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Yes on E Editor, Many thanks to the League of Women Voters for hosting Tuesday night’s debate on Measures D and E. I found the issues presented on both measures very useful as a citizen of Palo Alto desiring to do what’s best for our city. I was interested in the point that Shani Kleinhaus mentioned a couple of times during the debate on Measure E. She said that the measure needed to be defeated to return civility to our community. Civility to me means respecting different opinions and finding ways to work with one another. This often requires compromises by all parties concerned. For me, Measure E provides a perfect compromise between conservation concerns and environmental concerns. With the passage of Measure E, we’d get a greatly enlarged Byxbee Park and the least desirable piece of former dump land to process our waste and provide green energy and compost. It’s like turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse. I’m voting for Measure E and I expect it to pass; but if it doesn’t, I will remain civil towards those who voted it down. That’s what being a responsible citizen is all about. Regardless of how passionate one may be about an issue, not everyone is always going to share your passion. Penny Barrett Patricia Lane Palo Alto

No on E Editor, It isn’t easy to oppose a “green” project. In the abstract, who wants rising ocean levels to swamp our coasts? I want clean local energy. I want to be independent of Middle East oil. Business and Labor agree, we want the jobs created by alternate energy suppliers. Going from the abstract to the specific, however, each “green” project should stand on its own merits. For example, how much should we support High Speed Rail ripping up the Peninsula? Should we drill for oil in the Arctic Sea? Should we limit vacation travel overseas? Palo Alto’s Prop. E proponents have claims but no price tag. What is the hurry to grab parkland? Let an independent group with no “skin in the game” look at the competing costs and benefits. Prepare an Environmental Impact Report then decide on the need for parkland. Vote no on Prop. E. Bob Roth Middlefield Road Palo Alto

Yes on E Editor, The deceptive mailers from No on E have started to hit my mailbox. Yesterday’s flyer pictured a

green wetland trail versus a bleak factory building with a big red X on it. Of course, the reality is that the 10 acres that Measure E would hold back from park development are anything but green. They are right next to the sewage treatment plant and are currently part of the recently closed dump. Contrary to what’s implied in this flyer, Measure E, the Green Energy and Compost Initiative, includes no building plans. Measure E simply gives us the opportunity to further evaluate various options by releasing 10 of the dump’s 126 acres from park designation. Since there are no construction plans, the opponents’ flyer is what’s “misleading,” claiming that Measure E would require digging up tons of already buried garbage. Far from being “untested,” anerobic digestors are commonly used in Europe and others are now planned for the Bay Area. Moreover, if further analysis shows that the concept won’t work (either technically or financially), then the land will revert to park status. The “foolish” risk would be to deny the opportunity that Measure E offers Palo Altans to save money

and generate needed clean energy from our waste stream, while reducing a train of garbage trucks trekking our compostables to Gilroy. Vote Yes on E. Debbie Mytels Louis Road Palo Alto

No on E Editor, A vote to un-dedicate 10 acres of Bay parkland for an organics processor is environmentally and financially risky. Measure E permits only the processing of organics. Since we are already collecting and processing yard and tree trimmings and commercial food waste, an organics processor will only add household food waste to our current programs — a relatively small net increase to today’s recycle/reuse rate of 77%. Other California communities — Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara, Salinas Valley — are developing new regional municipal waste processing plants that could bring their total recycling/ (continued on page 16)

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Two views on Measure D Con: City should modify, not throw out, binding arbitration by Gary Fazzino, John Barton and LaDoris Cordell e believe there is a better solution than the outright repeal of binding arbitration, as proposed by Measure D, and encourage voters to vote no so the City Council, police officers, and firefighters can work together for a compromise alternative. Having served on the city council, we know what it’s like to negotiate contracts with the city’s public safety unions under the city’s binding arbitration law. It isn’t always easy, but it is true that the best solution always comes from agreement at the bargaining table. And that’s how the majority of contracts have been reached over the last three decades, including the successfully negotiated contract agreement that was announced by the city and the firefighters just last month. When the voters of Palo Alto passed binding arbitration in 1978, it was a different time. The city was facing a different financial picture and had different obligations. There is no doubt that times have changed, and laws need to change with those times. That’s why the city council spent the last several months looking at real options to reform binding arbitration, rather than repeal it. A process where the city council works with our police officers and firefighters to craft an updated modification of binding arbitration is the better approach and the fairer approach. It was only by one vote after a controversial debate that outright repeal was put on the ballot in the form of Measure D. In Palo Alto, binding arbitration is a matter of fairness; and Palo Altans value fairness. Unlike other unions in the city, police officer and

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fire fighters do not have the right to strike. Their only option in cases where contract negotiations break down is to go to a neutral third-party arbitrator to settle disputes. Without binding arbitration, an alternative resolution process, or the right to strike, police officers and firefighters effectively lose their collective bargaining rights. Binding arbitration gives police and firefighters a level playing field with other city employees. In addition, Measure D is unnecessary because binding arbitration has rarely been used. In the 33 years since binding arbitration was passed by the voters, binding arbitration has been used only six times. In fact, the last time binding arbitration was used for fire fighter wages and benefits was in 1980. (continued on next page)

Gary Fazzino

John Barton

LaDoris Cordell

Pro: Time to stop giving arbiter power over city’s finances by Pat Burt and Larry Klein On Nov. 8, the citizens of Palo Alto will be asked to make a critical decision affecting the long term financial health of our city. Binding arbitration for public safety employees is an outdated practice used by less than 5 percent of California cities. Surrounding communities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park all negotiate fairly without binding arbitration. Currently, third party arbiters get to make final decisions on critical issues that determine the financial well-being of our city. Unfortunately, these arbiters don’t base their rulings on the financial consequences to the city nor do they weigh whether their ruling is fair to other employee groups. Arbiters don’t consider whether an additional union benefit will mean that streets, parks, libraries and social services would suffer as a result. Professional arbiters come primarily from union backgrounds. They may be third parties, but they are not neutral and they are typically biased towards the unions in their sympathies and their rulings. Over the years, the mere threat of arbitration has forced the city to make concessions that are fiscally unsound. The results of this system have been unsustainable: s 0ENSION COSTS FOR FIRE AND POLICE ARE UP over 30 percent between 2009 and 2012. Currently, firemen earn a pension that is 3 percent of their highest years’ salary multiplied by the number of years worked. This means that they can retire at 50 years old receiving 90 percent of their salary for life. s 0UBLIC SAFETY EXPENSES FOR THE CITY ROSE 80 percent over the last decade while costs of

other city departments have been nearly frozen. The recent Santa Clara County Grand Jury report said that binding arbitration was contributing to unsustainable long term financial obligations for cities and they recommended specifically Pat Burt that Palo Alto end its use. Your city council is determined to not allow Palo Alto to slip into a crisis like we are seeing in San Jose and other cities. The fire union strongly opposes Measure D. They will spend large amounts of money, hire lawyers Larry Klein and apply political pressure to defeat this measure. They have already tried to keep it off the ballot, they will spend freely to try to defeat it and then they will attempt to prevent it from being implemented after the election. Public safety will remain the most important service Palo Alto provides its citizens. Our firefighters and police are valued members of the community. However, it is essential that your elected representatives have the ability to negotiate in good faith, but without handing (continued on next page)

Streetwise

How has Steve Jobs’ death affected you? Asked near the Apple Store on University Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by David Ruiz.

Charlotte Epstein

Retired University Avenue, Palo Alto “I’m going to miss him. He was amazing; he knew what we wanted before we did. When I took his products out of the box I was always awestruck.”

Janet Gibson

Writer Waverley Street, Palo Alto “I lived across the street from him long ago and I saw him teaching his children how to ride their bicycles. He’s affected everyone, even my kids.”

Mike Meyer

Retired Nurse O’Connor Street, Menlo Park “I was in line at the Apple Store waiting to get my iPhone when he just waltzed right in. I waved and said hello and he talked to us for a little bit. He was such a warm person.”

Suzanne Shea

Engineer Syracuse Drive, Sunnyvale “It’s tragic. His products had good design and functionality. He’s made technology accessible to everyone and I thank him for that.”

Jennifer Snelgrove

Homemaker Fordham Way, Mountain View “It’s really sad. He was an elegant designer dedicated to his vision. I’m thankful for the time we had with him.”

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reuse rates to 98% with green energy output that is 10 times higher per ton of municipal waste than this proposal. Within a year we will have detailed cost and performance data from these new demonstration plants including environmental reviews and consultant reports. We have plenty of local experience that should warn us against refuse options that lag the market. Over the last seven years our landfill operation has lost some $30 million (run down of cash reserves and postponed rental payments) — money that refuse users will be paying off in coming years. Adding a plant that will cost between $40 and $70 million and deals, at best, with only a small portion of our outstanding waste stream and that threatens the viability of neighboring parkland, is an invitation to financial and environmental disaster. This proposal ties us for the next 25 years into an option that is costly, inefficient and ineffective. Vote No on E. Greg Schmid Janice Way Palo Alto

Potential danger Editor, In the discussion by the Palo Alto City Council Oct. 3 of the Page Mill project of condos above an R&D lab, councilmember Pat Burt brought up a good point — the potential danger to the condo residents should an accident happen in the R&D lab below. The reply he got was simply that the city had to be strict about the amount of hazardous chemicals used in the lab and the type of experiments conducted. It was suggested that city staff would decide on the restrictions. Like staff includes chemists! This is shocking! The first floor can be retail. No living units should be above any kind of laboratory. The city has tended to be rather complacent about dangers to residents from industries in their neighborhood. This project is going too far. And this danger is in addition to the toxic plume beneath the site. No such project should ever be allowed, no matter the zoning. Insist on retail or other harmless commercial on the first floor. Natalie Fisher Ellsworth Place Palo Alto

California Avenue plans Editor, Reducing California Avenue from four lanes to two was studied since fall 2004, when the “Streetscape� project began, and I organized a meeting for all city department heads to share their work schedule with CAADA’s Board and Canopy’s Susan Rosenberg, with the schedule culminating in street re-surfacing. When Rosenberg suggested CAADA hold a stakeholder’s “charette� to brainstorm how they wanted the street to look, I arranged for well-known architects

Tony Carrasco and Judith Wasserman to moderate a gathering, assisted by Sandra Lonnquist at the Chamber. My plan was cancelled when CAADA Board members Terry Shuchat and Elizabeth “Feeta� Bishop formed “The Streetscape Committee,� meeting with the city on CAADA’s behalf, designing their own concept plan, drawn, pro-bono, by architect Heather Trossman. Committee Chairman Shuchat went to other communities and worked closely with Bob Morris of Public Works. When their concept plan was presented to the CAADA Board, it was accepted unanimously, including lane reductions from four to two. Were the Streetscape not stopped in September 2009, all street work would have been done by that Thanksgiving, including the lane reduction. A 7-year-old boy was hit in a crosswalk last summer, adding him to the list of others that includes a man in a wheelchair, and a local property manager, all hit in crosswalks. The four-lane footprint from the 1950s does not serve the pedestrian activity of today. The only surprise is that not more people are hit. Two lanes are ideal for California Avenue. Ronna Devincenzi Former President of CAADA Cambridge Avenue Palo Alto

genius behind the gadgets I love, but the love of a father and husband lost all too soon. Ryan Schmidt Oregon Avenue Palo Alto

Jobs’ legacy

Editor, As someone who lost his father at a similar age to a similar cancer, I offer my deepest condolences to the Jobs family. Amid all the rightful reflection and admiration for what Mr. Jobs accomplished professionally, I hope that praise does not distract from or lessen our sensitivity to the profoundly personal loss the family is feeling. While we may not have an example of his personal accomplishments in each of our living rooms, I will be presumptuous enough to assume that they were no less a source of pride. Today I honor not the creative

Editor, A friend asked me “Was Steve Jobs an inventor or someone who took others’ inventions and rearrange them in a new and cooler way? � I think both descriptions entirely miss his genius. Steve Jobs was an artist whose medium was technology. He brought esthetic art to the world of technology. Technology is logical, quantitative and functional. But art is qualitative, emotional, intuitive. So was Steve. His genius was to create artistic technology products. His genius can’t be described as just rearranging existing parts into a cooler product. Paint and canvas existed before the Impressionist painters Monet, Cezanne, Cassatt and Renoir came on to the scene. Before them, painting was in the style of Realism. They created a different artistic esthetic, a different goal of painting. Such was the work of Steve Jobs. It wasn’t enough what something did (which was what traditional technologists did), but how it did it. The concept he brought was: Doing something, functionally, wasn’t enough. The new goal was to emotionally like what you were doing. Jobs was the artist who brought technology from “Realism� to “Impressionism.� He changed the goal of technology. This required more than just the most visible part, making a cool product. It took changing the mindset of the people who worked on the technology, the structure of a technology company and yes, the products themselves. But it also required changing the expectations of the people who used technology, to expect to like using technology. And this, I think, is his biggest and will be his longest lasting achievement. Christopher Radin Ames Avenue Palo Alto

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We urge voters to take a close look at Measure D and realize that there is a better solution that treats our police and firefighters fairly while protecting taxpayers. Updating binding arbitration or finding an alternative that is updated for the 21st century without undermining the collective bargaining rights of police and fire should be our goal. Measure D does not achieve that goal. We urge voters to join us in opposing repeal of binding arbitration. Vote No on Measure D, so the city council can work with police and firefighters to craft meaningful consensus reform that everyone can support. N Gary Fazzino, John Barton and LaDoris Cordell are all former City Council members.

final decision making authority to outsiders who don’t have to live with the results. Measure D is about fiscal responsibility. Palo Altans have been clear. They want their city government to reform its cost structure to match the economic realities we face. Measure D enables your elected officials to manage the fiscal future of Palo Alto while holding them accountable for the results. Help us restore fiscal responsibility for Palo Alto. Vote for Measure D. N Pat Burt and Larry Klein are members of the City Council.

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Cover Story

THE OPPORTUNITY CENTER TAKES STOCK Center for Palo Alto’s homeless by Sue Dremann photographs by Veronica Weber

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he five-story, brick-red building with brushed-metal balconies at 33 Encina Way could be a modern condominium complex or office building housing a Palo Alto startup. But its sign, in block letters, speaks of the hope it was established to offer the city’s homeless men, women and children: Opportunity Center. Inside a courtyard, on a Thursday around noon, people picked over clothing on a folding table; others pulled belongings from

services center hung around, waiting for a possible space on the team. A woman, fresh from a visit with her caseworker, emerged in tears. The Opportunity Center opened five years ago in September to offer homeless and at-risk people housing and services that would help them get off the streets and on with their lives. Located next to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, it currently features four floors of apartments — mostly 100-square-foot studios — and

Known as “housing first,” the idea was to provide unhoused people with the stability of shelter so that their efforts could be directed to addressing other problems and obtaining jobs. a row of storage lockers. In a community room, job seekers sat transfixed in front of computer monitors, while other homeless men and women relaxed, knowing no one would tell them to move along. A nearby meeting was punctuated by cheers and clapping, as members of the Downtown Streets Team — which employs homeless people to clean Palo Alto streets in exchange for food and housing vouchers — received accolades for jobs well done. Hopeful visitors to the daily drop-in

Above, case manager Debra Chavez counsels her client Jeff about a potential apartment. Left, Philip Dah is the Opportunity Center’s program director.

a ground floor with a medical clinic and two separate service areas for adults and families. Its opening was historic. Up until then, the city’s homeless would gather for four hours each weekday outside the American Red Cross building by the University Avenue train station for food, coffee, bus vouchers, mail and other necessities. “The initial idea was to find a perma(continued on next page)

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Cover Story Right, Dr. Patty McGann, a physician with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation who provides medical care twice weekly at the Opportunity Center, talks with Michael Cain about getting a free flu shot. Below, Mike Bates works in the computer lab.

But with adjustments in conventional thinking, many people involved with the center said the lessons learned are paying off. “I see a lot of people who are more stable,” said Lisa Douglass, director of the Stanford Law School Social Security Disability Pro Bono Project, who represents clients in disability-benefits hearings and appeals. And though it has taken time, about 120 people who have lived in the Opportunity Center since its opening have moved on to permanent housing, with scores more finding jobs and receiving help for their problems, according to staff.

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nent indoor drop-in center,” said Dr. Donald Barr, a Stanford associate professor of sociology and human biology who in 1998 convened the first meeting of what would become the Community Working Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing affordable housing and services to homeless and at-risk persons and families. But as Community Working Group members began talking with city officials about homeless services, the idea morphed into a housing-and-services center. Known as “housing first,” the idea was to provide unhoused people with the

stability of shelter so that their efforts could be directed to addressing other problems and obtaining jobs. “A ‘housing first’ model had not been done in this area at this time. It was a fairly long learning curve,” Barr said recently. It was not without controversy, as local residents feared that a fullservice center, with housing, would attract more homeless people to the city. That dire prediction has not borne out, as bi-annual counts of the city’s homeless population have actually shown a 50 percent decrease from 2005 to 2011 — from 341 sheltered and unsheltered persons to 151, according to the Santa Clara County Homeless Census and Survey.

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And yet, the road has been bumpy, Opportunity Center staff are the first to admit. Simply providing the stability of housing doesn’t in and of itself address the root causes of homelessness: medical conditions, disability, job loss, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and lack of affordable housing. And given the instability of the population living in the center’s 88 units and stopping by each day for services, problems were bound to occur. There have been complaints about noise and disturbances in and around the Opportunity Center, and sometimes people fall through the cracks and don’t receive the available services, staff and police said.

or Kathy Kronquist, 48, and Robert McDonnell, 43, a journey that began in 2006 finally ended with a one-bedroom apartment on Emerson Street on Oct. 1. The couple has lived in a single room with a bath at the Opportunity Center since 2006 and was among the earliest tenants. Kronquist was relatively new to homelessness. McDonnell had been living in his car for four years, he said. “My husband committed suicide in 2003. I lost everything; I couldn’t afford the rent. That’s when I became homeless,” Kronquist said. McDonnell said he and his father were asked to leave a relative’s house in Pacifica. “I was working for Avis Rent-ACar to make payments on my truck so I had a place to stay,” he said. Kronquist’s situation might not have been so precarious had she been able to get disability benefits, but like many homeless people, she didn’t have a paper trail and was rejected, she said. A surprising number of people who are eligible for entitlements are

not receiving them, Douglass said. And yet, said Opportunity Center Program Director Philip Dah, the benefits are key to some people moving out of homelessness. “So much hinges on these benefits. These are monies that people have paid into. It would be very difficult for her to access that money without lawyers,” he said. The Opportunity Center helps clients such as Kronquist to obtain old high school records, medical records and testing to show they have a disability. A team involving a caseworker, medical staff and others assist in assembling a history for the client, Douglass said. Stanford Law School volunteers helped Kronquist and about 60 others to obtain benefits they were eligible to receive, she said. Out of all of those claims only two were rejected at the hearing level, she said. After three years of having their rent subsidized at the Opportunity Center, Kronquist began paying through her disability benefits. McDonnell contributed to the $707 per month rent by working as a crossing guard at Duveneck Elementary School, he said. Getting Section 8 vouchers, the next step in moving out for the couple, often takes years, Dah said. Kronquist and McDonnell recently qualified for Section 8, enabling them to move out after five years. “We’ve been on the (Section 8) list for seven years. We just picked up the voucher the other day,” McDonnell said.

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ince opening its doors, the Opportunity Center’s management has had to reconcile many times between theory and the realities of the complex human condition, Dah said.

Cover Story “The first two years were difficult. People had different expectations. In Palo Alto there were residents who thought that once the homeless were here all of their problems would be solved,” he said. But staff found that the public’s hope to see 40 alcoholics regularly gathering in a room for a 12-step program never materialized. Many Opportunity Center clients didn’t feel comfortable in workshop settings. And a small number of the city’s homeless are not comfortable with coming to the center at all, he said. Fifteen people showed up at a workshop explaining how to have one’s criminal record expunged, but after being tasked with bringing records from the court, only three returned, he said. Incentives were offered: gift cards and vouchers for attending meetings. “They took them and left and didn’t participate,” he said. What has worked are one-onone sessions. Clients will return for those. Sometimes it takes three or four meetings before someone is ready to open up, Douglass said. “When you’ve taken that half-hour to really listen, you start to really learn about their needs. You build a great relationship,” she said. Staff also learned they can’t solve all the problems, Dah said. Helping people with diverse needs and abilities is a difficult balancing act, he said. While one person may (continued on page 22)

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be ready to find a job, another needs treatment for his schizophrenia. “We have to make sure that people don’t fall through the cracks. For some folks who are really mentally ill, there is not much we can do if they don’t comprehend the effort. You have to give them the basics: clothing, food, shelter,� he said. The reality is that those people probably won’t be plucked off the streets and put into affordable housing at the Opportunity Center — at least not until they are evaluated and given medications to regain stability so they can receive assistance. So the center staff learned, within the first couple of years, to put many of its efforts into what it can do best, Dah said. In short, focusing on the people who could — with help — help themselves. “We have to identify people with whom we can achieve success,� Dah said, adding that people must be willing to work on getting off the street. “I think with that new strategy we

   



 



              

         

     

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have gotten a lot of people housed, with jobs and benefits,� he said. Of the 348 current and previous Opportunity Center tenants, 120 have moved on to more permanent housing. Homeless people who are seeking services don’t always agree with those priorities, however, and say they feel they’re not getting the services they need. One man who lives in his car said he felt services are given to people who have mental or drug issues but not to those who are homeless because they have lost their jobs. Dah has said the center’s services are open to all, but he reiterated to the Weekly that the center has had to focus on getting housing for those people who are ready. The majority of people living at the center are disabled, for example, and with help getting their benefits, some will be able to move out, he said.

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eople familiar with the Opportunity Center acknowledge that problems exist but credit the staff with trying to keep them under control. Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns said when the Opportunity Center first opened police received a number of calls. “There were some disturbances, some fights, but that has subsided significantly in the last couple of years. The Opportunity Center has drawn more vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as it is a destination. This has caused some traffic and parking issues. Noise issues occur with some regularity as well,� he said. Dr. Lars Osterberg, who collaborated with Barr to bring health care services to the center in 2004, recognized the public’s perception of a center for the homeless. “The NIMBYism was quite prevalent in the beginning and still exists. This is a common phenomenon in the development of homeless services, since people in the community have concerns about these being a magnet for the homeless and some of the problems this can bring. With help from important community members and adequate security, I think some of the concerns have been mitigated; however, some still exist,� Osterberg said. Dr. Francis Marzoni, executive vice president of Palo Alto Medical Foundation, recalled early worries about being located next to the center. “We had concerns about the center’s clients during the planning stages and met with (the Community Working Group), the city and the Palo Alto Police Department to see how we might mitigate them. Several of our concerns have been validated. We have had to beef up security, and we continue to work with the operators of the center. I think the center’s staff does what they can to get the day users to follow the rules, and their residents have been great, with few exceptions,� he said. Aldo Gomez, manager at AutoPride Hand Wash, which is near the Opportunity Center, said the establishment has had a number of issues with people voiding after the business has closed for the evening. Some people also use benches re(continued on page 26)

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A community health education series from Stanford Hospital & Clinics

A Gentle Touch Proves Its Power In New Breast Cancer Treatments less invasive surgery called a lumpectomy, which removes only the tumor, leaving intact as much of the breast as possible.

By the time Anne Broderick was diagnosed with breast cancer, her grandmother, her aunt, her mother, two sisters and a brother had already been found to have some form of cancer.

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Her own illness, then, “wasn’t a terrible shock that came out of nowhere,” she said, “but it’s certainly a lifechanging bit of news. At the moment when you first hear the diagnosis, you have no idea of how serious it is or what the treatment will be. It’s still a shock even if you’re not surprised.”

She assumed that she would have the same kind of radiation her sister had had. Broderick became a patient at Stanford Hospital & Clinics; there, she found out, something else was available.

It was June 2005 when, after years of twice-yearly mammograms and monthly breast self-exams, Broderick learned that she had cancer in her left breast. Her doctors classified the cancer as Stage 2. Broderick’s tumor was large, but the cancer had not reached her lymph nodes. They told her that she would have surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Those options were not unexpected, either. Her aunt had had a double mastectomy to remove her breast cancer, her sister had gone through seven weeks of daily radiation as part of her breast cancer treatment. And, Broderick said, “I’d heard all of these stories about chemotherapy.” Instead of a double mastectomy, in which both breasts are removed, Broderick’s tumor was removed with a far

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“The thought of going every day, five days a week for seven weeks was just overwhelming. When I was presented with this shorter option, I just grabbed at it.” – Anne Broderick, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics The history of breast cancer care has followed the same path as other medical treatments, becoming more and more refined. “In the 1960s and 1970s, surgeons performed the biggest operation possible. They would remove the breast and the surrounding muscle and lymph nodes and hope for the best,” said Frederick Dirbas, MD, who heads the Breast Disease Management Group at the new Stanford Women’s Cancer Center. “There was much less use of medical therapy and radiation. Physicians didn’t have the information or the tools we have now to combine treatments to care for our patients.” When Broderick met with her Stanford radiation oncologist, Kate Horst, MD,

By the time Anne Broderick was diagnosed with breast cancer, her grandmother, her aunt, her mother, two sisters and a brother had already been found to have some form of cancer. It’s a technique, Horst said, that’s allows patients “to continue to be physically active, to keep working and to take care of their families.”

she was presented with a new treatment option. She was a candidate, Horst said, for radiation that could be given in just five days, not weeks. “The thought of going every day, five days a week for seven weeks was just overwhelming. When I was presented with this shorter option, I just grabbed at it,” Broderick said.

“Physicians knew it was out there. People also said it’s been tried and it didn’t work. We decided we were going to do this in a way that would make it work.”

What researchers at Stanford were exploring was the idea that radiation could be delivered in a more targeted and accelerated fashion. One approach, which takes place during surgery, is called intraoperative radiotherapy. Another method uses external radiation therapy after surgery. Both approaches focus radiation beams only on the margins of the lumpectomy cavity, instead of the whole breast.

Broderick felt such benefit from the Healing Partners program at Stanford, she trained to be a practitioner of the hands-on therapy and now helps others.

– Frederick Dirbas, MD, Leader, Breast Disease Management Group, Stanford Women’s Cancer Center Broderick knew that it was a newer type of therapy, “but I didn’t feel I was at risk. I felt I was in very good hands. When Dr. Horst explained it to me, it made a lot of sense.”

Making It Work Stanford was one of the very first to offer these newer forms of radiation therapy, Dirbas said. “Physicians knew it was out there. Most said it’s been tried and it didn’t work. We decided we were going to do this in a way that would make it work.”

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When her Stanford radiation oncologist, Kate Horst, MD, offered Broderick a chance at radiation therapy that would last days, not weeks, she said yes.

Breast cancer was first documented by Egyptian physicians in 1600 BC. Now, nearly one in eight women will develop the disease in her lifetime. The incidence of breast cancer has remained the same in the last decade, but the number of women who survive has increased steadily as screening has become more common, imaging more sophisticated and treatment possibilities more abundant.

As important as any other advance, Dirbas believes, is an interdisciplinary collaboration among surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, researchers and support programs. The Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, which opened this June, is built on that kind of collaboration and designed to bring together in one setting all those involved in breast and gynecologic cancers to provide the most comprehensive care possible.

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What You Should Know About Breast Cancer t Breast cancer is either invasive or non-invasive. The most common type of breast cancer affecting women today is invasive ductal carcinoma. It begins in the lining of the milk duct, then moves into the surrounding breast tissue.

t Diagnosis at Stanford may include an all-digital mammogram with computer-aided detection, breast MRI, ultrasound and CT scan. t Treatment options include surgery, breast reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and biologics therapy. Stanford offers patients various forms of radiation therapy, including intraoperative radiation and post-operative accelerated partial breast irradiation. Stanford also offers patients a significant group of clinical trial possibilities.

t Some types of breast cancer have been linked to the hormones estrogen and progesterone. When hormone replacement therapy became less common, breast cancer rates began to decrease. t Symptoms may include a lump, change in size or shape of the breast, change in the color or feel of skin and other parts of the breast. Early breast cancer usually does not cause pain; some cancers never cause any symptoms at all.

t Other supportive services include nutritional counseling, a preparation for chemotherapy class, therapeutic writing, support groups, pain management, hypnosis, massage and yoga.

t Risk factors include age, family history of breast or ovarian cancer, early menstruation or late menopause, dense breast tissue, weight gain and obesity after menopause, not having children or having a first child after age 30.

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The weekly sessions began even before her surgery. “It really felt wonderful,” she said. “I felt so relaxed and peaceful.” Broderick thinks that it helped her avoid any side effects from her chemotherapy, except for tiredness im-

“The way I was treated definitely contributed to my healing. It was clear to me that people cared about me.” – Anne Broderick, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics The program became “an essential part of my emotional balance,” she said. “It helped me pay attention to the mind-body connection. The power of touch is something we don’t do much with in our society. It’s very comforting.”

Sharing with Others Broderick became so enthusiastic about the technique that she trained to become a practitioner and now helps other cancer patients.

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Her weekly Healing Partners treatment started even before Broderick’s surgery. The combination of that program and the reduced side effects of accelerated radiation therapy, she believes, made it possible for her to maintain her career as a psychotherapist and leadership coach.

She has nothing but good things to say about her care at Stanford, from her physicians and nurses to the MRI technicians. “The way I was treated definitely contributed to my healing,” she said. “It was clear to me that people cared about me. Having cancer is never a wonderful experience, but this was as pleasant as it could be.”

Breast cancer was first documented by Egyptian physicians in 1600 BC. Now, nearly one in eight women will develop the disease in her lifetime. The incidence of breast cancer has remained the same in the last decade, but the number of women who survive, like Broderick, has increased steadily as screening has become more common, imaging more sophisticated and treatment possibilities more abundant. After her surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, Broderick took another treatment drug, Herceptin, a medication proven very effective for certain types of breast cancer, for a year. Now 72, she’s continuing her career as a psychotherapist and leadership coach. “I don’t think about cancer very much,” she said. “When I do see women recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I tell them to take good care of themselves, to be proactive about their health care, to be sure their questions are answered.”

“I tell them about the services at Stanford. If you’re going to have cancer, this is the place to have it.”

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Broderick also discovered that Stanford was a resource for additional treatment elements. Healing Partners offered her a weekly meeting for six months with a practitioner expert in a type of hands-on energy therapy. “Like tai-chi and acupressure it works to get energy flowing through the body so the body can do its own work,” Broderick said. “It sounded a little woo-woo to me, but there was no downside. Anything I could do that would help me, I would try.”

mediately after each session and the typical hair loss. “I wasn’t my usual peppy self. I still worked I didn’t miss a beat there,” she said.

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That proximity can speed the transition from breakthrough research in prevention, detection and treatment to clinical availability.

Broderick’s husband, Lou, was a mainstay of support during her treatment. Because of her family history of cancer, her own diagnosis of the disease didn’t come as a surprise, “but it is still a shock,” she said.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. It is currently ranked No. 17 on the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list and No. 1 in the San Jose Metropolitan area. Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. The Stanford University Medical Center is comprised of three world renowned institutions: Stanford Hospital & Clinics, the Stanford University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the Western United States, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, an adjacent pediatric teaching hospital providing general acute and tertiary care. For more information, visit http://stanfordhospital.org/.

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served for staff breaks to do drugs, he said. “We have to tell them to stay out of the property,” he said of people crossing dangerously in front of cars at the carwash. But he said he has attended a couple of community meetings held by the Community Working Group and Dah has been very responsive to the issues, which have been getting better, he said. On Wednesday morning, an argument broke out on the sidewalk on Encina Way, but Judy Frost, who owns Judith A. Frost Company said the occasional minor disruptions are quickly resolved by staff. “I would have to say they have been good neighbors. If we’ve had an issue one or two times, we call Philip and he takes care of it,” she said. Frost echoed the sentiments of many merchants, including those at nearby Town & Country Village shopping center. “Please don’t put them in a negative light. They are trying really

hard to do good work,” she said. Many Town & Country merchants also said they support the Opportunity Center. When it was first proposed merchants attended city meetings to voice their concern. But there have been few issues, they said. “We’ve had a few incidents, but Palo Alto Police Department and Town & Country Village security have always been real prompt in responding,” said Scott’s Seafood General Manager Kim Ryberg. “I don’t have people sleeping in my doorway; I don’t have people accosting my customers,” she said. One man does persistently use profanity when asked to move away while panhandling, but she said he was the exception. Ryberg also cautioned against attributing any homeless persons who might frequent the shopping center to the Opportunity Center. “I don’t know that they are from the Opportunity Center. I don’t know if they’d be here if the Opportunity Center was here or not,” she said. Charne Morris, manager at How-

ie’s Artisan Pizza, said that a homeless couple dines at the restaurant about once weekly and they are always polite and quiet, she said. Ironically “we did get one report from security that someone was harassing a homeless person. It happened through the window here,” she said. Burns said that staff has largely controlled the problems. “The Community Working Group has been very proactive ... with the neighborhood to discuss issues and develop solutions. The staff is more than qualified to handle disagreements and to set fair expectations,” Burns said. On a recent September afternoon Dah demonstrated that commitment after a woman began shouting outside the drop-in center. Dah rose from his interview and within moments the disturbance was quelled. Drinking, drugs and disturbing or inappropriate behavior are not allowed at the center, and violators are asked to leave the premises, he said after returning, adding that he asks people to leave the drop-in center if he smells alcohol on someone’s

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breath. The stringent enforcement is an incentive for good behavior, he said. The center also expects apartment tenants to be drug- and alcohol-free. However, it cannot legally force people to engage in rehabilitation programs as a condition of receiving housing, some of which is subsidized but most of which rents for between $393 and $1,137 a month per room, depending on the person’s income. Some people might use drugs or alcohol in their apartments, Dah said. Staff also can’t force residents to get help for other personal problems. In the center’s adult wing, a man was sleeping on the rug in front of the community room television recently. Debra Chavez, a case manager for adults, called his name loudly, but the man did not stir. “He doesn’t want to go into his room,” Chavez said. “He is a hoarder, and his room is packed with stuff. There are three or four of them we are working with.”

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iven the issues of the homeless population, there was never a quantifiable goal of getting a certain number of people off the street with a specified period of time. But Osterberg said the Opportunity Center has been quite effective. “Many clients have benefited from the services, and the range of services is critical for the types of clients seen. It is hard to measure all the benefits that the center has accomplished, but I know many stories of clients who would not be where they are now if not for the Opportunity Center. Some individuals and families I know would not have survived if it wasn’t for the center. I also know of several people who are now productive members of society living on their own after having been supported from the Opportunity Center,” he said. John Chang, 32, said he would still be homeless if it weren’t for the Opportunity Center and the Downtown Streets Team. He became homeless in July 2008 and remained so until December 2010 after losing his job, he said. He used the dropin center services but did not live at the center. Chang found work through a temporary-employment agency and worked for Sears, Sprint and Google before a medical condition and surgery made work difficult, he said. Joining the Downtown Streets Team, Chang earned food and housing vouchers. He became the first person to receive a Section 8 voucher through the program and now lives in an apartment in Sunnyvale, he said. Chang said that while the Opportunity Center worked to get him out of the quagmire of homelessness, some programs don’t push to make people change. Chang said he thinks that while offering people housing, food and other services, each program should urge people to seek jobs or address other issues that led to their homelessness so that they will eventually unwplug from supportive assistance. He is still in Section 8 housing, but with education and a better paying job, he does not intend to use the services forever, he said. “Some people, they get housing and they want to stay their entire lives. Some programs are good — they hold people accountable. If they aren’t accountable, they rely on it. Some (programs) are a crutch. Section 8 can be housing for life,” he said. Chang has a job at a fast-food restaurant now and is working on his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at DeAnza and West Valley colleges. He wants to become a doctor, he said. “There’s a stigma about homeless people — that they’re all alcoholics or drug users. They’re not. I want to be a model, a poster child for how homeless people can be successful,” he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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lobal education has many faces in this year’s United Nations Association Film Festival. It’s a former Uganda child soldier now going to classes. A Roma (Gypsy) youngster helping to desegregate a school in rural Romania. And a camel named Gellow. That sturdy animal vagabond is part of Kenya’s mobile camel library, which brings books through the savannah to remote residents. “In the villages with their houses of mud and dung these tenacious desert ships are wishfully awaited by the people of the nomadic Muslim tribes. Under the shade of acacia trees, especially the children are excitedly turning pages of school books, novels and comics,” reads a website blurb for the film “Caravan of the Books.” The 50-minute movie was made by German filmmaker Herbert Ostwald. Audience members at the festival screenings may come away with a greater appreciation for their own educations when they watch the films’ subjects struggling to teach and learn in the face of poverty, prejudice, learning disabilities, book shortages and wars. The theme for this year’s festival, the 14th, is “Education is a Human Right.” The event runs Oct. 21 through Oct.

30, showing 70 documentary films in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford University and San Francisco. Panel discussions and receptions with filmmakers are also planned. The festival has long covered a wide range of topics; others that will be explored this year include the concept of the modern revolution, women’s rights in India, and, closer to home, the battle over preserving San Bruno Mountain. Founder and executive director Jasmina Bojic originally conceived the festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, opening night is Friday, Oct. 21, at Palo Alto’s Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St. Following opening remarks by Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa at 6:45 p.m., “The Thing That Happened” will be shown at 7 p.m. Directed by Andrew Walton, the 20minute Ugandan/American film looks at the Hope North Secondary and Vocational School in Uganda and its efforts to educate children affected by civil war, including former child soldiers. The 96-minute film “Pink Saris,” directed by Kim Longinotto, follows at 7:40 p.m., telling the stories of persecuted women in India and the activist

“Once Upon A Rooftop” will be shown Oct. 21. It looks at the families who live in makeshift dwellings on Hong Kong rooftops.

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“There’s No Sound in My Head” is a local film about an experimental music score created by Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum (not pictured). It will be shown Oct. 29.

“Caravan of the Books,” which will screen Oct. 23, is about a mobile camel library that brings books to remote Kenyan villages.

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project “The Metaphysics of Notation.� The pictographic score for the piece, rich with hand-drawn symbols and glyphs, was installed for a year at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, where different musicians came each week to play their own interpretations of it. The film includes performance footage and interviews with Applebaum and other composers. Fittingly, it will be shown at the Cantor, at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29. “Butterflies and Bulldozers� will be screened at 9:20 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco. A 62-minute film by Ann and Steve Dunsky, it looks at the conservation fight over San Bruno Mountain and its rare butterflies. And, in the spirit of the festival, it also takes a broader viewpoint. “This film deals with the global dilemma of economic growth versus species preservation,� the filmmakers note on their website. “San Bruno Mountain provides a context to explore these complex questions.� N

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s a re-telling of Aeschylus’ “Agamemnon,” Dan Dietz’s “Clementine in the Lower 9” fascinates and frustrates. If you didn’t know about this world-premiere play’s Greek roots, it could seem a strangely formal tale set amid the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Why, for instance, would a young junkie named Cassy, supposedly gifted with prophecy, be possessed by the god Apollo? And why would a highly intelligent woman celebrate the return of her husband by lighting candles all over the roof of her badly flooddamaged home in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, thus turning it into an incredible fire hazard? Both of those elements — Cassandra and the lighting of a welcome beacon — are from the Greek but seem odd here. The incongruous meshing of Ancient Greek and contemporary American eventually finds a tentative balance in director Leah C. Gardiner’s TheatreWorks production, largely thanks to a masterful and entertaining performance by Laiona Michelle as Clementine (a jazzy New Orleans spin on the name Clytemnestra). Michelle is a powerful force, especially as mother to her collegeage son Reginald (Matt Jones), on leave from his studies at Columbia, and her daughter Iphy, who was presumed drowned in the flood though her body has not been recovered. Clementine awaits the return of trumpet-playing husband, Jaffy (Jack Koenig), who, along with so many thousands of Katrina refugees, has been trying his luck in Houston for nine months. After a crackling scene between Clementine and Reginald (as they light those infernal candles), Jaffy arrives home with a surprise: a teenage junkie he calls Cassy (Jayne Deely). He’s helping her overcome her addiction (he’s been there, done that), and she utilized her gift of prophecy to help him land some quick cash. Jones’ Reginald is almost as com-

THEATER REVIEW pelling as Michelle’s Clementine. He’s a man of two worlds: black (like his mother) and white (like his father), local (he grew up in the Lower Ninth) and deserter (he’s going to school in New York). Much more than the sketchily drawn Jaffy, we get a sense of Reginald as a young man of tremendous potential and as the troubled child of a (now-recovered) drug addict. Like Michelle, Jones is adept at blending the formality of the Greek myth with the pulse of modern life. Though Deely’s Cassy is well performed, all twitches and starts, the character never seems quite of this world as much as a remnant of Aeschylus that makes the dramatic gears grind. Set designer J.B. Wilson and lighting designer Steven B. Mannshardt convey the destructive clutter of the Lower Ninth Ward with the shell of a house that is barely livable. Electricity is sketchy at best, and surrounding the house is debris, downed power lines and a sense of life in a shattered but somehow barely habitable landscape. There are too many moments when “Clementine” feels like a new play. Characters speak in exposition, telling each other things about history and their family that they already know, so it’s really for our benefit more than any other. There’s a certain classic formality to this kind of filling in the blanks, but in combination with the contemporary rhythms and humor of the dialogue, the mash-up can be jarring. And ultimately, the re-telling of “Agamemnon” set against the devastation of Hurricane Katrina is also jarring. It makes a certain amount of sense, this “blues riff” on Aeschylus as Dietz calls it, and there is some unquestionable dramatic power. But my guess is that this story would carry similar weight even if it weren’t set in the aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster.

In the Aeschylus telling, Agamemnon has sacrificed his daughter in exchange for winds to blow his ships to battle in the Trojan War. Dietz uses the raging floodwaters (Katrina as dramatic device) to complicate the loss of the daughter, and we never really get to see why Jaffy might have made the choices he made. How would any of us act in a lifeand-death moment? Dietz’s Jaffy makes a choice, but Dietz doesn’t quite substantiate that choice in Jaffy’s character development. Much clearer is Michelle’s Clementine, a respected nurse with her own complications stemming from the flood and her relationship with the man who once helped channel her prodigious talent for jazz piano. This tutor (Kenny Brawner) is less effective as the drama’s ghostly chorus than he is as the pianist in the hot jazz quartet on stage (John Worley on trumpet, Richard Duke on bass and Kelly Fasman on drums). It seems almost law that any story set in New Orleans has to include jazz music, and that law is effectively adhered to here. At first the music, composed by Justin Ellington, sets the scene and allows Brawner to sing some bluesy tunes. As the play progresses, the music becomes essential to the story. Especially important is a five-finger piano exercise that becomes a haunting refrain, allowing us to forget the battle between ancient and modern and connecting us to the heart of a family in trouble. Unlike Aeschylus, Dietz makes room for hope amid the destruction and violence — a hope underscored by beautiful music. N What: “Clementine in the Lower 9” by Dan Dietz, music by Justin Ellington, presented by TheatreWorks Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View When: Through Oct. 30 with 7:30 p.m. shows Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. shows Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. shows Sunday Cost: Tickets are $19-$69 with student, senior and educator discounts. Info: Go to www.theatreworks.org or call 650-463-1960.

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times.� Any way Nichols slices it, “Take Shelter� cuts deep, proving equally capable of excruciating tension and aching empathy. The story of a Middle American family trying to survive, trying to make impossible choices (deciding whether trusting oneself or not is the mistake), in the most trying of times clearly speaks to the moment. Early on, when his best friend comments, “You’ve got a good life,� Curtis replies, “It ain’t always so easy.� But when real strife arrives, it’s a lesson not to take the good life for granted. Even those who find the film’s deliberate pace off-putting will have to concede that Shannon’s work is superlative, whether in moments of quiet but tortured confusion and stress, or in an inevitable public breakdown, scaled perfectly to life size. Nichols doesn’t miss any opportunity for irony (a counselor who blithely and unhelpfully remarks, “It’s been kind of crazy around here lately�), and his ambiguous ending doesn’t cop out, but rather allows the audience to make their own meaning from Curtis’ journey. Rated R for some language. Two hours. — Peter Canavese

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Abduction (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

Century 20: 10:10 p.m.

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Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 5:50 & 9:35 p.m.

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Citizen Kane (1941)

Stanford Theatre: Sat. & Sun. at 5:20 & 9:25 p.m.

Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) ((1/2

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Dolphin Tale (PG) 3D (Not Reviewed)

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Dream House (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)

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Moneyball (PG-13) (((1/2

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National Theatre Live: One Century 20: Thu. at 7 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Thu. at 7 p.m. Man, Two Guvnors (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Point Blank (R) (Not Reviewed) Aquarius Theatre: 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 2 & 4:30 p.m. Real Steel (PG-13) ((1/2

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The Rolling Stones Live in Century 16: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Texas 1978 (PG) (Not Reviewed) Take Shelter (R) (((1/2

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The Thing (2011) (R) (Not Reviewed)

Drive (R) (((1/2

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The Third Man (1949)

Stanford Theatre: Sat. & Sun. at 3:25 & 7:30 p.m.

Footloose (PG-13) p.m. (Not Reviewed)

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Top Hat (1935)

Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:40 & 9:25 p.m.

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

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Grand Hotel (1932)

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What’s Your Number? (R) (1/2 Century 20: 1:55 & 6:50 p.m.

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The Lion King (G) (Not Reviewed)

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50/50 --(Century 16, Century 20) Will Reiser, the writer of this film, is himself a cancer survivor, so however this semi-autobiographical story may end, it at least comes with the guarantee that it knows whereof it speaks. Like his creator, 27-year-old character Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) discovers he’s developed a spinal cancer. He begins as an overly cautious individual, but as his illusions of order crumble, he allows himself to indulge his emotions and cross behavioral boundaries. Gordon-Levitt excels, partly as an amusingly deadpan straight man to Seth Rogen (playing a version of himself as Adam’s best bud) and Anjelica Huston (lovable as Adam’s demonstrative mother), but more importantly as an Everyman navigating his mortality. “50/50� proves winningly humane as a carpe diem comedy designed to remind us, gently, that what matters most is being true to one another and ourselves. Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and some

Contagion --(Century 16, Century 20) Wife and mother Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns from an overseas business trip with a flulike illness that rapidly spirals from cough to seizures to death. Beth’s distraught husband, Mitch (Matt Damon), is offered no concrete answers from the perplexed doctors and begins to wonder why he hasn’t contracted the virus himself. Meanwhile, Dr. Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and his colleague Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) start a fullfledged investigation into the mysterious affliction as more fatalities are reported around the world. Rated PG-13 for disturbing content and some language. 1 hour, 45 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed Sept. 9, 2011)

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if he should help out an ex-con (Oscar Isaac) by serving as his getaway driver. He also finds himself in the role of rescuer to a boy and his mother Irene (Carey Mulligan). Though he mostly looks out for number one, the driver shows loyalty to his boss — a limping garage owner named Shannon (Bryan Cranston) — and a sympathy for Irene, for whom the driver clearly longs. Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity. One hour, 41 minutes. — P.C (Reviewed Sept. 16, 2011) The Help -(Century 20) Despite being a privileged white girl obliged to play nice with the community’s nasty cliques of racists, Skeeter (Emma Stone) has the soul of a rebel. She decides to help the help — that is, work against the mistreatment of local black maids by getting them to tell her their stories, which Skeeter will fashion into a book she’s writing on spec for a Harper & Row editor (Mary Steenburgen). Rated PG-13 for thematic material. Two hours, 27 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011) The Ides of March --(Palo Alto Square, Century 20) “The Ides of March� goes behind the scenes of a Democratic presidential primary race, as seen through the eyes of idealistic, highly placed campaign staffer Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling). Pennsylvania Gov. Mike Morris (George Clooney) is looking good heading into the Ohio Democratic Primary. As the Republican machinery manuevers to get out the vote for Morris’ less electable rival, Morris’ team parries and

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thrusts. Rival campaign managers Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) clearly have read their Machiavelli; the film’s central conflict begins to unfold when Duffy, hoping to poach a keen political mind, makes an overture to Myers. A true believer in his own candidate, Myers declines, but complications ensue when top-tier reporter Ida Horowicz (Marisa Tomei) gets wind of his secret meeting with the other side. Rated R for pervasive language. One hour, 41 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011)

on the cheap — offers a captivating and often humorous look into the business side of America’s pastime. Beane hooks up with young economics whiz Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an unheralded wunderkind in the value of baseball statistics. Together the duo eschews standard baseball wisdom and begins revamping the team using an analytical/mathematical approach, much to the chagrin of the organization’s more traditionally minded scouting department. Rated PG-13 for some strong language. 2 hours, 6 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed Sept. 23, 2011)

Killer Elite --(Century 16, Century 20) Billed as “based on a true story,� “Killer Elite� concerns fallout from the 1970s Oman War. A tribal Dubai sheik seeking revenge for his lost sons holds hostage grizzled special-ops man Hunter (Robert De Niro) to force his mentee Danny (Statham) into exacting justice. To plan and execute the assassinations of the SAS operatives whom the sheik holds responsible, Danny must come out of self-imposed retirement and call in favors with old friends, including the somewhat loose cannon Davies (Dominic Purcell). Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/ nudity. One hour, 45 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Sept. 23, 2011)

Real Steel --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) In the not-toodistant future, the sport du jour is robot boxing. Seems fight-hungry citizens have tired of watching people beat each other up (weak humans) and prefer to see sophisticated and expensive robots pound each other into scrap metal. One of the most notable robot-boxing trainers (i.e., the guy who works the remote control) is washed-up fighter Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman). Charlie is down on his luck when he gets word that the mother of his estranged young son (Dakota Goyo) has died, leaving Max without a guardian. Max’s aunt Debra (Hope Davis) and her hubby Marvin (James Redhorn) are eager for custody, but the unscrupulous Charlie sees an opportunity to make a quick buck. Charlie enlists the help of his longtime friend and former lover Bailey (Evangeline Lilly) and plans to hit the robot-boxing circuit with Max in tow. Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language. 2 hours, 7 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011)

Midnight in Paris ---1/2 (Aquarius) Owen Wilson plays Gil Pender, an American in Paris beguiled by the notion that “every street, every boulevard is its own special art form.� A self-described Hollywood hack, Gil is a successful screenwriter who grinds out movie scripts but longs to write real literature. And then with a magical stroke reminiscent of “The Purple Rose of Cairo,� the admirer of 1920s Paris becomes immersed in his favorite period. An incredulous Gil interacts with expatriate icons of the Lost Generation and the artists who contributed to the legendary time and place. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking. 1 hour, 34 minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed May 27, 2011) Moneyball ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) “Moneyball� — based on the 2003 novel by Michael Lewis about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his unorthodox approach to fielding a winning team

What’s Your Number? -1/2 (Century 20) Anna Faris plays Ally Darling (aww...), whose Boston subway ride is ruined when the Marie Claire magazine tells her the average number of lovers an American woman has in her lifetime is 10.5. Aghast at having nearly doubled that total — and shamed by her younger sister’s impending marriage — Ally resolves to stop sleeping with men until she finds “the one.� What follows is a frothy and predictable tale, occasionally annoying but perhaps a crowd pleaser for those who don’t blanche at the term “chick flick.� Rated R for sexual content and language. 1 hour, 47 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Sept. 30, 2011)

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n their first trip to Edgewood Eats, Palo Alto residents Lenore and Carl Jones circled the wagons, all 11 of them. This is a good strategy, because the foodtruck menus range from duck confit spring rolls (Little Green Cyclo) to barbecued ribs (Armadillo Willy’s, BBQ Kalbi) and change every time. The popular Monday-night foodtruck fiesta switched to a monthly schedule in October. Rain or shine, it will happen the first Tuesday of each month through February, and then return to weekly Tuesdays. Food quality varies a lot, but servers are uncommonly friendly and accommodating. At Tikka Bytes, Carl Jones was asked how spicy he wanted his burrito-like “naanwich.� Before he gave his final answer, they gave him a taste of

spicy so he could know he wanted regular. The Joneses learned about food trucks from their daughter in Los Angeles, where this whole foodtruck thing is really big. They visited a few in LA, whetted their appetites and, as Lenore Jones said, wistfully downing her unagi taco (BBQ Kalbi), “I’ve been searching.� You don’t have to be in the know to enjoy Edgewood Eats. My houseguest, 23, an extremely picky eater from the Midwest, doesn’t eat vegetables, let alone the awesome pickled daikon-topped pork-belly bun ($5.75, Chairman Bao) and garlic noodles ($7.50, An the Go) that we were inhaling. She was thoroughly happy with her grilledcheese sandwich ($4) and potato chips from the Shack Mobile’s

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and either welcome or offer advice. They bid you to try such mixed marriages as the sushi tacos ($2) and fried cheesecake rolls ($2) at Mo Bowl. The first is pretty spicy, the second crusted in sugar, both appetizer-size. You’ll have plenty of room for Butterscotch on the Go’s pudding ($4) a textural extravaganza that sane people share. Crescent Park resident Susie Hwang founded Edgewood Eats in September 2010 with the support of Edgewood Plaza owner Sand Hill Properties. Her goals were to repurpose a rundown vacant lot as a neighborhood gathering place, to demonstrate Edgewood Plaza’s potential for vibrant commerce, to provide gourmet food entrepreneurs a foothold in Palo Alto, and to give

busy parents some creative dinner options. Each month, a portion of vendor revenues is donated to organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Doctors Without Borders and Water.org. Food trucks are so popular they’ve got their own reality show, “The Great Food Truck Race.” For the full scoop, Heather Shouse’s definitive book “Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels” (Ten Speed Press, 2011) tours trucks from Oahu, Hawaii, to Portsmouth, N.H. At Edgewood, bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. For now children run around and dogs are on leashes. When it starts raining, vendors will provide canopies so the made-to-order dinner show can go on. N

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MOUSING AROUND ... Stanford writer Prudence Breitrose has penned a children’s book about mice — both the animal kind and the computer variety — and will host a launch party at Kepler’s in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. Partly set in Silicon Valley, “Mousenet” is a tale about a friendship between a 10-year-old girl and mice that have learned to e-mail, write opinions in mouse blogs, check facts in Whiskerpedia and take online courses. As a bonus, the mice halt climate change. Kirkus Book Reviews wrote of the story: “Genuine goodwill, humor and impressive believability will have readers longing for mice as friends — not to mention political allies.” GOING GLOBAL ... Mary Bartnikowski, a 25-year resident of Palo Alto, has published an e-book, “Kitten Heels in Kathmandu: The Adventures of a Female Vagabond.” It’s a memoir about her six years of full-time travel while pursuing her photography career, hitchhiking, teaching yoga and meditating. Info: bartnikowski.com/book.

AUTHORS AT STANFORD ... Authors aplenty are set to speak at Stanford University, including: Robert N. Sayler, “Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion” (Oct. 21, noon, Hume Writing Center); Andrew Tilin, “The Doper Next Door” (Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore); and Abbas Milani, “The Shah” (Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Geology Corner (Building 320), Room 105). Info: events.stanford.edu. MORE TALKS ... Authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include plenty whose books could whet the appetite: Melissa Clark, “Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can’t Wait to Make” (Oct. 23, 11 a.m.); Kathleen Flinn, “The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks” (Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.); Emilia Terragni, translator and editor of “The Silver Spoon,” and Rosetta Costantino, “My Calabria” (joint talk about Italian cooking, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net. AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: James Dashner, “The Death Cure” (Oct. 14, 7 p.m.); Buff Whitman-Bradley, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley and Michael Thurman, “About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War” (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.); Stephen Mitchell, new translation of “The Iliad” (Oct. 19, 7 p.m.); Amitav Ghosh, “River of Smoke” (Oct. 20, 7 p.m.); Michele Borba, “The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries” (Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton); Barry Eisler, “The Detachment” (Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Four Seasons Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto); Susan Gal, “Into The Outdoors” (Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m.); Nina Sankovitch, “Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading” (Oct. 24, 7 p.m.); Mark Bowden, “Worm: The First Digital World War” (Oct. 25, 7 p.m., at (continued on next page)

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Making ‘Order’ out of chaos

FRANCIS FUKUYAMA’S NEW STUDY TRACES THE EVOLUTION OF STATE by Gennady Sheyner

“The Origins of Political Order,” by Francis Fukuyama; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York; 558 pp.; $35 rancis Fukuyama doesn’t shy from sweeping statements, bold pronouncements or the Big Idea. The Stanford University scholar’s best-known work, “The End of History and the Last Man” (an expansion of a 1989 essay), caused a ripple in the political-science world in 1992 by arguing that the global ideological struggle has finally come to an end, with liberal democracy as the undisputed champion. The book served as a retort of sorts to Karl Marx, who had his own ideas about what the “end of history” would look like. Though some critics took the title too literally, the controversy only fueled Fukuyama’s rise to the very pinnacle of America’s politicalscience establishment. Fukuyama’s latest book, “The Origins of Political Order,” will almost certainly cement the reputation, but for starkly different reasons. As the title implies, the work is more a survey than a polemic, though the Stanford professor doesn’t avoid poking holes in the teachings of Marx, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Max Weber and other European thinkers who dominate college syllabi. His aim is to answer the million-dollar question: Why do some nations, like China and Russia, end up with strong but unaccountable governments while others like India and England have political systems that restrict their respective rulers’ authority? Such questions, by definition, are far from straightforward. As Fukuyama explains early on, “Human societies are so diverse that it is very difficult to make truly universal generalizations from the comparative study of cultures.” Not that this will stop him from trying.

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“Origins” is ambitious in its goal, sweeping in its scope and nuanced in its method. Much like Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” which detailed the ways in which geography shaped the differences between civilizations, and Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilization,” which pegged cultural differences as the main driver of conflicts in the post-Cold War world, Fukuyama’s newest work seeks to explain how the world became the way it is. Fukuyama, who dedicates the book to Huntington, traces the history of political development from the time we were swinging from trees to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. He casts his net across the globe and takes us from the warring tribes of ancient China — the first civilization to invent bureaucracy and create the centralized “modern state” — to the Mamluk warriors of ancient Egypt (whose powerful armies and state bureaucracy were sustained by the nascent institution of military slavery); from the Catholic popes who provided a crucial check to royal power in England to the Brahmins in India, whose dominance of the social order made it nearly impossible for a strong state to emerge. Fukuyama breaks down “political order” into three components — the state, the rule of law and government accountability — and shows how each component evolved over time. Along the way, he challenges the Hobbesian characterization of man as an isolated brute who opted to improve his “nasty, brutish and short” life by forking over his freedom to the “Leviathan” of state in exchange for security. Even chimps band together, elect leaders and more or less follow the Golden Rule, Fukuyama argues. The “presocial state” that Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau wrote about never existed

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Stanford scholar Francis Fukuyama compares diverse governmental systems in “Origins of Political Order.” in Fukuyama’s universe. We are, by nature, social, family-oriented and capable of reciprocating altruism, he argues. Rather than sign a contract to join a state, we gradually transitioned from smaller, kin-based groups to larger bands, tribes and, ultimately, states, Fukuyama writes. This transition followed various timelines and trajectories in different parts of the globe, with warfare as the major engine of change. China led the way in the third century B.C., when the king of Qin challenged the traditional kin-based social order and began conscripting peasants into his army. He ultimately conquered his rivals and established the modern institution of state throughout most of northern China. The bitter tension between the central state and family-based organization is a continuing thread throughout “Origins.” It helps explain why Chinese emperors employed networks of eunuchs as spies against political enemies (and why China’s Confucian rulers decided to exterminate all the royal eunuchs in the year 165). The Han Dynasty, which followed Qin, took the modern state a step farther and created the world’s

first bureaucracy. Officials were now selected based on merit rather than on family connections, and regional leaders were asked to supply the central government with “fixed quotas” of young men to serve in the bureaucracy, Fukuyama writes. In 5 B.C., there were about 130,000 bureaucrats serving in China. The empire went through numerous shifts and relapses under subsequent dynasties with central authority giving way to aristocratic rule and vice versa. The nation’s Confucian ethos, which encouraged family loyalty, continued to clash with the strong-state “Legalism” of authoritarian rulers. Nevertheless, China succeeded in emerging as the first modern state. The conflict between kin-based tribes and the central state wasn’t restricted to China. It loomed particularly large in the Islamic empires of the Middle East, where the Ottoman Empire fought back against the tribal loyalties by creating a system of military slavery. The slaves in this system were foreigners from conquered nations who were separated from their children and brought in to serve the state. As the empire’s military successes around the year 1500 demonstrated, the system worked like a charm.

The system of military slavery, Fukuyama writes, “emerged as a brilliant adaptation designed to create a strong state-level institution against the backdrop of one of the most powerfully tribal societies on earth.” Other states took far longer to coalesce. In India, where a firmly established caste system ruled the social order, it took centuries for a central state to emerge and when it did, it was far weaker than its Chinese counterpart. But the firmly established social order also gave India something that China lacked: the germ of the rule of law. India’s caste system and Varna system “formed the bedrock organization of society and severely limited the power of the state to penetrate and control it.” The rule of law in India, he writes, came from a power the population deemed superior to the political ruler. Europe also lagged far behind China in centralizing authority, but when a state finally emerged to replace the existing feudal system, it bore little resemblance to the Chinese model. To be sure, some monarchs flexed their muscles, but England had no equivalent of Wu Zhao (a seventh-century concubine-turned-empress who had her predecessor chopped into pieces and stuffed in a wine vat; poisoned the heir apparent; framed her own son for the crime; prompted him to commit suicide; used her army of spies to execute all nobles, then did the same to the police). For that, Fukuyama argues, we can thank the Catholic Church and a monk named Hildebrand. Even before he became Gregory VII in 1073, Hildebrand and his followers argued that popes should exercise legal supremacy over all Christians and had the right to depose the emperor. When Henry IV tried to challenge this doctrine during the “investiture controversy” (in which the church challenged the emperor’s right to appoint bishops), things didn’t go so well for the emperor. Fukuyama writes: “Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV responded by attempting to oust Gregory from Apostolic See with the words ‘Descend, descend, thou ever accursed,’ to which Gregory responded in turn by excommunicating the emperor. Many of German princes, as well as a number of bishops, supported the pope and forced Henry in 1077 to come to Gregory’s residence at Canossa. He waited for three days to present himself barefoot in the snow to receive the pope’s absolution.” The Church and the State ultimately reached accord in 1122 with the Concordat of Worms. The emperor largely gave up the right of investiture, while the church recognized the emperor’s authority in a range of temporal matters. Thus, the European secular state was born, in which “the existence of a separate religious authority accustomed rulers to the idea that they were not the ultimate source of law.” The religious component had thus set England apart from China and Russia, where absolute rule was (and in some ways remains) the norm, and where the rule of law is severely diminished by the power of the political ruler to change it at a whim. The church also introduced to the English monarchy the principle of accountability — the third

ingredient in Fukuyama’s formula for successful political development. It is this trinity that put England on the path toward a strong, functional liberal democracy — a path that Fukuyama terms “the road to Denmark.” Fukuyama’s book overflows with colorful examples of less smooth transitions to political order. There’s 18th-century France, where a rule of law favoring nobility forced kings to grant oligarchs unfair tax exemptions, putting heavy burden on the peasantry. The monarchy discovered accountability the hard way near the end of the century when the peasants revolted and Louis XVI lost his head in the French Revolution. There’s the Russian model in which the rule of law is weak and accountability is virtually nonexistent — factors that allowed despotic rulers to recruit nobility and to terrorize the population at leisure. On the flip side, there’s the Hungarian model of the 14th and 15th century, in which the nation’s oligarchs were more powerful than the state, leaving the country militarily weak and unable to defend itself against the Ottoman invasion. “Origins of Political Order” is the first of two volumes Fukuyama plans to publish, with the sequel focusing on the period between the Industrial Revolution and the present. But even without reading the second volume, it is easy to see the parallels between the historical struggles between tribes and state, or state and citizenry in the modern world, from the rise of the lethal Haqqani network in Afghanistan to the Putin regime in Russia. To be sure, Fukuyama’s basic premise that political order emerges subtly and gradually out of the particular material and historical conditions of each society is unlikely to jibe well with those who believe in the power of the Big Idea to change the world (including Neoconservatives, Islamic fundamentalists and the guy who wrote “The End of History” in the late 1980s). Fans of “The End of History” may end up scratching their heads by the end of “Origins” and ask themselves, “What’s the Big Idea?” But what “Origins” lacks in hubris, it more than makes up for in elegance, scope and keen insight. Above all, it succeeds in showcasing one of the nation’s top political scientists at the height of his power. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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OAKS’ REPORT . . . With Ricardo Urruela and Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic each scoring in the first half, the Menlo College men’s soccer team remained undefeated in Cal Pac Conference play with a 2-0 victory over visiting Cal State Maritime on Tuesday. The Oaks (4-0, 7-3-1) host unbeaten Holy Names in a conference showdown Saturday at 3 p.m. Urruela has four goals in his past three games. Vukic scored his third goal in as many games a few minutes later. Menlo allowed the Keelhaulers (3-2 in Cal Pac play) just six total shots, while the Oaks took 33 of their own . . . Menlo College soccer freshman Steffany Dudley earned Cal Pac Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring a total of three goals during a week in which the Oaks went 1-0-1. It’s the second weekly honor for Dudley, who is among the national leaders in goals per match and shots per match. Menlo (1-1, 3-8-2) hosts Holy Names in a conference match Saturday at 1 p.m. . . . Matt Pelesasa had experience with poor weather conditions and it came in handy for the Menlo College football team Saturday. Pelesasa threw for a pair of touchdowns within a two minute span of the second quarter, providing all the offense the Oaks would need in a 13-0 victory over host Webber International in Lake Wales, Fla. Webber International outgained Menlo, 244-61, in the nonconference battle but the Oaks stepped up big when they needed a stop. The Oaks (5-1) play at Pacific Lutheran on Saturday at 1 p.m.

LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . After a tough previous weekend that saw UC Davis drop a pair of matches in the Big West Conference, order was restored as the Aggies swept Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside on Friday and Saturday in Davis, thanks to some solid efforts by Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson. Whitson, a junior outside hitter, produced 11 kills to lead the Aggies (4-2, 18-3) to a 25-19, 26-24, 25-23 win over Northridge. A night earlier, Whitson had eight kills in a 27-25, 25-19, 25-20 win over Riverside. In the Ivy League, Princeton senior libero Hillary Ford from Palo Alto High had 23 digs to help the Tigers post a 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23 victory over Cornell on Saturday.

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by Rick Eymer yan Hewitt, Stanford’s bruising 6-foot-4, 245-pound redshirt sophomore fullback, was recruited as a tight end, and a pretty darn good one at that, ranked as high as 30th in the nation. Hewitt never made it past his freshman spring camp. Then-coach Jim Harbaugh asked if he would consider taking some reps at fullback. Turns out Hewitt is a good fit in the backfield, though he still maintains some connection with the tight ends. “Yeah, I still consider myself an honorary tight end,” Hewitt said. “If they’re out running routes I’ll join them.” Luckily, the Cardinal is deep enough at tight end it can spare one of its parts elsewhere in the offense. There are no plans in the works for him to become a two-way player though, ala Owen Marecic (now

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by Keith Peters t was only one year ago that the Palo Alto High football team was nearly halfway through the greatest season in program history — a 14-0 campaign that ended with a state championship. A few month later the Paly baseball team would begin its season, one that would end in that program’s first-ever Central Coast Section title. Perhaps not too surprising, B.J. Boyd was a big part of both those teams. “It was a dream year,” Boyd said this week as he prepared for yet another big game in a career that has been filled with many of them. It was a dream year that Boyd wouldn’t have enjoyed had not he made a big decision after beginning his sophomore year at St. Francis. “I started the first couple of weeks

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by Rick Eymer hioma Ubogagu wears a pair of shiny red shoes and when the sun hits them just right, they seem to sparkle. It’s a perfect metaphor for the jewel that Ubogagu has become for the Stanford women’s soccer team. The freshman forward scored the game’s first two goals and the top-ranked Cardinal downed visiting No. 3 UCLA, 4-1, on a Sunday when the sun shone brightly upon Ubogagu and her teammates. Stanford (5-0, 13-0-1) opened a three-point lead over the Bruins in the Pac-12 Conference race, scoring as many goals against UCLA (3-1-1, 10-1-2) as it had allowed all season. The Cardinal will play a single match at Arizona State on Friday night before returning home to host Utah on Oct. 21 and Colorado on Oct. 23. A trip to Oregon the following week will set up a regularseason finale at home against Cal on Nov. 5 before the NCAA tournament gets under way. If there was a match that set up the remainder of the schedule, it was Sunday’s win over the Bruins. “I thought we started a little slow but then we settled in and started moving the ball,” Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. “UCLA came at us with high pressure and we looked

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Castilleja closing in on a title Gators clinch no worse co-championship in golf with two wins this week by Keith Peters espite the fact there are still two more dual matches remaining, the Castilleja golf team has all but wrapped up the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) regular-season championship. With freshman Chloe Sales firing a 2-over 37, Castilleja clinched no worse than a tie for first place in the WBAL with a 214-251 dual-match victory over Menlo School at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club on Wednesday. The Gators improved to 8-0 in league (9-0 overall) and can win the title outright by beating Mercy-Burlingame on Monday at Crystal Springs Golf Course before taking on Notre Dame-San Jose on Tuesday to close the regular season. An outright title will give the Gators the league’s automatic berth into the Central Coast Section playoffs. Sales had two birdies in her round on the front nine while sophomore Caroline Debs had her low round of the season with a 41. Junior Taylor Wilkerson shot 42, and freshman Danielle Mitchell also shot her low score of the year, a 43. Frances Hughes shot a 55 to wrap up the scoring. Caroline Broderick shot the low score for Menlo, a 46. The big showdown of the week came Monday as Sacred Heart Prep tried to duplicate last season’s cochampionship finish. Just like last season, the Gators had lost to Castilleja in the first of two matches. Just like last season, all SHP needed was a victory to force a co-championship. Just like last season, the deciding match

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was to be played at Sharon Heights Country Club. Unlike last season, however, SHP couldn’t come up with a tying victory. Instead, it was Castilleja playing steady, consistent golf while posting a 226-245 victory as SHP fell to 5-2 in league. “We had a great match today,” said Castilleja coach Jim Miller. “I was very proud of how well the team played against a very solid SHP team, which is led by four seniors.” Castilleja, meanwhile, has no seniors and only one junior among the starters. The match originally was to be played at Menlo Country Club, but switched after Menlo aerated its greens the previous Monday. In addition to that switch, the teams had to start on the par-5 fifth hole since there was another dual match scheduled on the course. Castilleja had no problem with the changes as Sales and Wilkerson each had 4-over 40s to share medalist honors. Wilkerson had a pair

of birdies while Sales was steady with six pars. Debs parred the final three holes for a 47, freshman Danielle Mitchell also shot 47, which included a birdie on the par-3 second hole. Sophomore Ellie Zales battled through some tough holes to cap the scoring with a 52. “Castilleja was the superior team today, picking up shots in all three groups,” said SHP coach Mark Dowdy. “In the first group, Chloe Sales and Taylor Wilkerson were 12 better than Rachael Henry and Shelby Soltau. In the second group, Caroline Debs and Ellie Zales were two better than Kennedy Shields and Emma Dake. Fourteen shots is just too many to make up, especially when Castilleja’s No. 6, freshman Danielle Miller, shot her low round of the season.” Sacred Heart Prep bounced back from Monday’s loss as Henry registered a pair of birdies to help fashion an even-par round of 36 to pace the Gators to a 213-285 dual-match vic(continued on page 44)

Menlo’s Nick Hale scored two goals in a 6-4 win over M-A. Bears, with Morgan Olson-Fabbro and Wilder adding the others. Menlo, the defending Central Coast Section Division II champ, will host Southern California power Santa Margarita on Friday at 2:30 p.m. during in the Knights’ homecoming weekend. Santa Margarita also will play at Menlo-Atherton on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. In another nonleague matchup, The Bishop’s School (La Jolla) will visit Sacred Heart Prep on Saturday at 9:45 p.m. Sacred Heart Prep and Palo Alto will co-host the annual North-South Tournament on Oct. 21-22, which will feature many of the top teams from Northern and Southern California. Elsewhere in water polo this week: In the SCVAL De Anza Division, host Palo Alto remained just a game back of first-place Los Altos (8-0, 13-4) following a wild 12-7 victory over Mountain View 5-3, 13-4). Bret Pinsker tallied five goals and Aaron Zelinger added three as the Vikings (7-1, 10-3) jumped out to a 6-3 halftime lead. (continued on page 43)

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with the Cleveland Browns), the man he replaced. Hewitt will be in the middle of things when seventh-ranked Stanford (3-0, 5-0) travels to Washington State for its Pac-12 Conference contest Saturday that begins at 4:30 p.m. (Versus). The closest Hewitt has ever come to playing linebacker is rooming with Stanford’s Shayne Skov, who is out for the season with a knee injury. “Maybe Shayne can teach me the ropes,” Hewitt said. Again, thanks to depth at the position, Hewitt can concentrate on one role, though there are plays designed specifically to take advantage of his receiving skills. “Every good West Coast offense has one,” Stanford coach David Shaw said of the fullback position. “We had expectations for him and he’s surpassed our expectations. He can run routes like a wide receiver, carry the ball on short-yardage, third-down plays and he’s a solid blocker.” Hewitt’s production extends far beyond his six rushes for 20 yards and 15 pass receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Like Marecic, Hewitt blocks like he wants to knock everything down in his path. “Owen taught me how to block, how to play,” Hewitt said. “When I first moved I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know where to stand, where to go, what to do. He was a great teacher and I had to be a good student.” His biggest value may be in short yard situations. Shaw compared him to NFL running back Zach Crockett, who he coached with the Oakland Raiders. Crockett was a shortyardage specialist with a knack to score. Shaw similarly uses Hewitt,

It was celebration time for Ryan Hewitt (85) and Zach Ertz after one of Hewitt’s two scoring receptions against Colorado last week. though not as often in the red zone. Hewitt is the first-down maker. Of the 21 times he’s touched the ball via run and pass, he has scored three times and gained 14 first downs. That keeps drives alive, helps run out the clock in the fourth quarter and produces confidence in the entire offense. Hewitt, a Denver native, had his best game yet in Stanford’s 48-7 victory over Colorado on Saturday. He caught four passes for 28 yards and two touchdowns. His fellow fullback, Geoff Meinken, added a threeyard carry that produced one of the harder hits of the season, knocking the helmet of a Colorado linebacker trying to make the tackle. “I was excited to see him run over a linebacker,” Stanford’s Ben Gardner said of Meinken. Stanford’s defense will be facing its biggest challenge of the season against a potent Cougars’ offense that ranks third in the Pac-12 behind only Oregon and Stanford. Washington State (1-1, 3-2) averages 40.6 points and 492.6 yards a game. The Cardinal leads the conference in scoring defense (10.6 ppg), rushing defense (61.8 ypg) and total defense (302.4 ypg).

“Their offense is very well-orchestrated,” Shaw said. “They are playing much better than they did a year ago and you can see a rhythm.” Cougars’ sophomore receiver Marquise Wilson ranks fourth in the conference with 31 receptions and third in receiving yards (seventh in the nation) with an average of 127.6. Stanford has yet to face a receiver of his quality. In 17 games with Washington State he has caught six touchdowns of 50 yards or more. “The guy just makes plays,” Shaw said. “He’s good in man coverage and he finds the seams in zone coverage.” “They have a solid receiving corps and a quarterback who is capable,” Stanford defensive back Johnson Bademosi said. “It’s another challenge for us.” Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck ranks first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 182.33. “When you watch film you wonder, mathematically, how he throws some of the balls he does where only the receiver can catch it,” Shaw said. “He’s one of the few guys on the planet who could do it.” N

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a little shocked by it.” Ubogagu has stepped into the starting lineup and given Stanford another high-powered offensive weapon to replace last year’s National Player of the Year Christen Press. Ubogagu scored her fifth and sixth goals of the season, matching her with Teresa Noyola for second on the team “She has been in a little but of slump the last couple of games,” Ratcliffe said. “Today she had a breakout game.” Ubogagu said she’s just doing what she always does. “I’m just going to try and go out at people,” she said. “I thought we all did well, trying to find space down the middle.” For her efforts against UCLA and in a 3-0 win over USC on Friday, Ubogagu was named the Pac-12 Conference women’s soccer Player of the Week. This is Ubogagu’s first Pac-12 honor, and the second for Stanford this season. She also was named as one of Our Game Magazine’s weekly Players to Watch for her performances. Ubogagu wasn’t the only freshman who made an impression on the field Sunday. Sacred Heart Prep graduate Abby Dahlkemper, who grew up five minutes from Stanford, has been brilliant for the Bruins all season at right fullback. “It was nice being able to be comfortable in my surroundings,” said Dahlkemper, who has played all but five minutes of the season for the Bruins. “I was able to visit home for a couple hours and the fans were great.” Dahlkemper is one of six freshmen starters for the Bruins, who also have a new coach in B.J. Snow. “You know you can count on her,” Snow said of Dahlkemper. “She competes for 90 minutes.”

Stanford freshman forward Chioma Ubogagu (9) scored two goals in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over No. 2 UCLA to keep the top-ranked Cardinal unbeaten (13-0-1) and solidly in first place in the Pac-12 Conference race. The Bruins outshot Stanford, 1312, including six on goal. UCLA freshman Katelyn Rowland, who made one save and brought an 0.29 GAA into the contest, really had no chance to get to any of Stanford’s first three goals. “It’s strange to outshot a team and lose by so much,” Snow said. “Stanford took care of their chances in the beginning of the game. I thought we played a great second half.” Emily Oliver made five saves for the Cardinal, and none more important than a point-blank stop just 35 seconds into the contest. Senior Lindsay Taylor from Castilleja and Kristy Zurmuhlen also scored for Stanford. Zurmuhlen limped off the field late in the game though it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.

The Cardinal’s shutout streak ended at seven matches, as it held opponents without a score for a span of 675 minutes, 24 seconds. But Stanford extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 56, its home winning streak to 43, and its conference winning streak to 25. Along with Obogagu, other Stanford players were honored this week: The entire Stanford back line of Rachel Quon, Alina Garciamendez, Kendall Romine, and Camille Levin was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week. Garciamendez was among collegesoccer360.com’s Primetime Players of the Week. Men’s soccer Stanford welcomes Washington

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UCLA freshman Abby Dahlkemper (right) was kept off the scoreboard by Marjani Hing-Glover (left) and her teammates on Sunday.

and Oregon State to Cagan Stadium this weekend for a crucial Pac-12 homestand. The Cardinal will be looking for a pair of positive results, coming off a 1-1 tie with California in its Pac-12 home opener. The Cardinal host Washington on Friday at 7 p.m., and Oregon State on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cardinal is now 3-6-2 overall and 0-2-1 in Pac-12 play, having dropped its first two conference games on the road at San Diego State and UCLA, before coming home to tie Cal. Adam Jahn scored on a brilliant free kick to earn the draw with the Golden Bears, widening his team lead in goals with three. Stanford has now totaled nine goals on the year with Dersu Abolfathi joining Jahn with multiple goals. Eric Anderson leads the team with three assists. In goal, Jason Dodson has started the last five games and is allowing just one goal per game during that stretch. He leads the team with 31 saves. The Cardinal is 16-24-1 all-time against Washington, including being swept by the Huskies last year. Washington defeated Stanford 1-0 at Cagan Stadium last season and 2-0-2 against Stanford the past two seasons. Stanford last defeated Washington in 2008 when it won 4-2 at Cagan Stadium. Stanford has had much better results against Oregon State, owning a 24-5-4 all-time record. A win on Sunday would give Stanford 25 wins against Oregon State, which would match its win total against California for the most against any school in program history. The Cardinal swept the Beavers last season and has now won four straight against Oregon State. In addition, the Cardinal holds a six-game unbeaten streak against Oregon State. A pair of wins for Stanford would get the Cardinal back to .500 in Pac12 play. UCLA (4-0) and San Diego State (3-1) are off to hot starts, making it all the more necessary for Stanford to get positive results this weekend to get back in the conference race. N

by Rick Eymer he Stanford men’s water polo team has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for only a short time, and that lofty status will be at risk this weekend in a showdown between two of the nation’s top teams. It will be No. 1 Stanford against No. 3 UCLA on Saturday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup in Avery Aquatic Center at noon. It will be the first meeting of the teams this season. The Cardinal brings a six-match winning streak and a 9-2 overall mark (2-0 in the MPSF) to the showdown, which will close out Stanford’s recent three-game homestand as well as the first half of its home schedule. Stanford successfully defended its No. 1 ranking last week with Friday night’s 9-5 win over No. 7 Pepperdine followed by a dramatic, come-from-behind 6-5 win over No. 5 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon. Jacob Smith, who scored three goals over the weekend, made the key plays Sunday with a late steal and ejection drawn which led up to him scoring the game-winner in the final 30 seconds. Freshman Alex Bowen also scored three times to raise his team-leading tally to 22 goals, while Forrest Watkins netted twice to bring his total to 16, tied with Smith for second on the team. Ryan Kent recorded a hat trick in Saturday’s win over Pepperdine. Goalie Brian Pingree marshaled the Cardinal defense to another fine weekend, lowering his goals-against average to 6.40. Behind Pingree’s direction, the defense has held three of its past four opponents, all ranked in the top seven, to five goals or less. UCLA (11-3, 1-1 MPSF) enters Saturday’s contest having split its past four games after a 9-1 start, although both losses came against California in a span of six days. The second of those losses to the Golden Bears came in UCLA’s conference opener on Oct. 7 in Los Angeles, although the Bruins bounced back to even their conference record at 1-1 with an 18-6 rout of UC Irvine Sunday. The Bruins feature a pair of 20goal scorers in Josh Samuels (22) and Brett Hays (21), while Paul Reynolds currently sits on 19 goals. In the cage, Matt Rapacz has seen the bulk of the action for UCLA, making 75 saves and posting a goals-against average of 7.11. UCLA captured both meetings between these two schools last year, each by one goal, snapping Stan-

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at St. Francis and then I stopped going to classes,” said Boyd, who informed his mother that it was time for him to leave. The Palo Alto native enrolled at Paly, but had to sit out both the football and baseball seasons due to transfer rules. He watched both teams have highly successful years — football went 7-2-2 while baseball’s 29-4 year set a record for most single-season victories in school history. The best, however, was yet to come. Boyd joined the football team for the 2010 season, combining with Dre Hill to give the Vikings a solid duo at running back. Boyd and Hill finished with 1,724 rushing yards combined as Paly ran the table for the first time ever while winning the SCVAL De Anza Division, CCS Open Division and CIF State Division I crowns. In baseball, the speedy Boyd batted .462 with 20 stolen bases, 37 hits and 26 runs scored. The biggest run came in the CCS Division I title game when Boyd scored the winner on an RBI single by Ozzie Braff in a 5-4 victory over San Benito as Paly finished 28-9. Braff, coincidently, also transferred to Paly after Boyd did. “I’d been playing with these kids all my life,” Boyd said of why he transferred back home. “Basically, I grew up with them in all the sports.” Boyd missed his buddies, with home he had enjoyed many successful seasons — including in Little League and Babe Ruth. Braff was among that group, as well. His presence on the Paly baseball team last season was obviously huge and now he’s joined Boyd on the football squad — playing some tight end and starting at linebacker. While 2010 was historic for Boyd and Braff, there’s plenty to be accomplished this season, as well. Palo Alto will take 2-0 record in the De Anza Division (4-1 overall) into Friday’s showdown at Los Gatos at 7:30 p.m. A victory will give the Vikings control of the division with perhaps only one tough game remaining — against visiting Mountain View on Oct. 28. “It’s this game and Mountain View,” Boyd said. “If we get Los Gatos this week, then we can get Mountain View. This (Paly) team has a lot of experience.” Boyd actually has a new position this season, shifting from running back to wide receiver. Fellow senior Morris Gates-Mouton has moved into the backfield to team with Hill, even though Boyd does run some plays out of the backfield. Boyd, however, has been more efficient catching the ball because once he makes a catch he’s in his running back mode anyway. In a crucial 29-13 victory over visiting Wilcox last Friday, Boyd caught TD passes of 36 and 48 yards from sophomore quarterback Keller Chryst. That was after Boyd returned a kickoff 80 yards to negate an opening touchdown by the Chargers. “Boyd is amazing,” Paly coach Earl Hansen told the school’s web-

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Sacred Heart Prep quarterback Jack Larson threw for 393 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-30 PAL Bay Division loss to Terra Nova last week. site, The Paly Voice. “When he gets that ball he’s dangerous. That’s his fourth kickoff return (for a TD). He’s not surprising anyone anymore, I would think.” Boyd caught three passes for 125 yards against Wilcox and has 12 receptions for 421 yards and six touchdowns. He also has rushed 21 times for 154 yards and one TD. Hill has taken over the rushing leadership with 385 yards on 66 carries with Gates-Mouton adding 181 yards on 22 hauls. That kind of balance has Paly averaging 159.6 passing yards and 157 rushing yards this season. The Vikings are currently ranked No. 82 in the state and No. 5 in CCS by MaxPreps.com. Boyd was pressed into service as a wide receiver when Mitty put eight defenders on the line to stop Paly’s run game. The plan worked as the Monarchs escaped with a 27-21 nonleague victory in Week 2. That loss still bothers Boyd. “It kind of hurt that we lost to Mitty,” he said. “We made some mistakes.” Boyd, however, sees a victory over Los Gatos perhaps providing a big boost of momentum for the Vikings, who still harbor hopes of a CCS title and maybe even a return to the state bowl game. “We can do it,” said Boyd, “if everyone goes hard.” Palo Alto routed Los Gatos last season, 42-0, and topped the Wildcats in 2009, 34-12. Los Gatos, however, still leads in the all-time series, 17-4. In other prep games on Friday: Menlo School (0-1, 4-1) will play host to Half Moon Bay in its homecoming game at 3 p.m. Pinewood (1-3) will take on visiting Anzar in an eight-man matchup in Los Altos Hills at 4 p.m. Menlo-Atherton (1-0, 3-2) travels to Sunnyvale to face King’s Acad-

emy in a PAL Bay Division showdown. Gunn (1-0, 1-3) takes on SCVAL El Camino Division favorite Santa Clara at Buchser Middle School at 7:15 p.m. Sacred Heart Prep (0-1, 4-1) looks to bounce back from its first loss since last season when the Gators visit Burlingame in a PAL Bay Division contest at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Priory (2-3) will visit Crystal Springs in another eightman game at 3 p.m. In last week’s games: Jack Larson of SHP threw for career highs of 393 yards and four touchdowns and fellow senior Pat Bruni caught 12 passes for 254 yards, both career highs, and two TDs in a 44-30 loss to visiting Terra Nova. In South San Francisco, Menlo School got to within six points but wound up dropping a 41-21 decision to the host Warriors in a PAL Ocean Division opener. In Hollister, Priory won its second straight game in a 44-14 romp over host Anzar. James McDaniel rushed 19 times for 125 yards and scored on runs of seven and two yards. Malik Reid was even better as his eight carries produced 165 yards and TD runs of four, 76 and 47 yards. In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton posted a 35-13 victory over host Burlingame as Taylor Mashack rushed for 146 yards. He never crossed the goal line but he made life easier for his fellow running backs. In Los Altos Hills, Pinewood won its first game in a 32-0 romp over visiting Cornerstone Christian. Kevin Sweat stepped in for injured quarterback John Bennet and threw TD passes of 10 and 13 yards to Greg Naumann, in addition to rushing for a score. Michael Naumann had 10 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns. N

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Paly overcame a mixup at the scoring table that reportedly erased two Mountain View goals and played on after three starters were excluded on fouls and a fourth, Pinsker, was ejected. Palo Alto will visit Los Altos on Oct. 20 (6:45 p.m.) with a shot to tie the Eagles for the regular-season title. Los Altos won the first meeting, 9-8. In Cupertino, Gunn rolled to a 16-4 SCVAL De Anza Division victory over host Homestead as Tyler Wilson poured in six goals and Gavin Kerr added four. The Titans (4-3 in league) also got two goals from Michael Znidarsic and Coby Wayne.

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The senior middle blocker had 23 kills and 14 blocks in three volleyball victories, including 10 kills and eight blocks in a crucial four-set win over Carlmont to take over sole possession of first in the PAL Bay Division.

The senior wide receiver returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to tie the game before catching touchdown passes of 36 and 48 yards to spark the Vikings to a 2913 football win over Wilcox to remain in first place.

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Cross country Junior John Lovegren failed to score any points for his MenloAtherton boys team on Tuesday. Then again, just finishing took every ounce of courage and determination he could muster. It would have been easier to give up on the race and call it a day. Lovegren, instead, picked himself off the dirt of the Crystal Springs Course in the hills west of Belmont, and without bothering to dust himself off, started all over again. He continued to race despite feeling dizzy and suffering headaches over the final stretch. Bears’ senior Mike Hester finished in third place, three minutes ahead of Lovegren, and was one of the first to comfort him. Hester completed the 2.95-mile course in 15:46, eight seconds behind the winning time recorded by Carlmont’s Jeffrey Stalun. M-A junior George Baier finished 10th in 16:22. Lovegren doesn’t exactly know what happened during the PAL race. He collapsed, or fainted, or something, near the 1 1/2 mile mark of the course. He just remembers being on the ground, feeling a push, and getting up to continue racing. The Bears finished third (with 81 points), to Carlmont (30) and Aragon (76), but the result was pushed down the priority list as coaches and runners came to the aid of their teammate. Lovegren, who still managed to finished 62nd out of 111 runners, even tried to apologize for letting his teammates down. Afterward he described how he felt as “being car sick.” Menlo-Atherton has one of the top teams in the CCS, though Carlmont, as usual, dominated the race. The Scots had all seven of their runners finish among the top 13. Senior Jordan Scandlyn was MA’s third runner, finishing 17th in 16:57. Zach Plante and Alexander Aguiar also scored for the Bears. The M-A boys will enter the PAL championship meet, which counts double, tied with Aragon for second place. The top nine teams (of 17) qualify for the CCS meet, which will also be held at Crystal Springs on Nov. 12. N

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ford’s seven-game winning streak in the series that dated to a 7-6 win at Avery Aquatic Center on Sept. 29, 2007. Cross country The Stanford men and women are set for their biggest weekend of the regular season, thus far, as both will send squads to the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday and the Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara, on Saturday. The women will be up first, running the 6K course. The Cardinal will be one of 19 ranked teams in the field, including one of seven ranked in the top 10. Top-ranked and defending national champion Villanova will lead the way, but No. 2 Providence, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 New Mexico, No. 8 Syracuse, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 California will all be in the mix. On the men’s side, Stanford is one of 20 ranked teams that will compete in the men’s 8K. The host

Badgers enter the meet with the top ranking in the field at No. 2, but the No. 4 Cardinal is not far behind. Back in California, Stanford also will send teams to the Bronco Invitational. The annual meet hosted by Santa Clara is run at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale. The women’s invitational will be at 9:45 a.m., while the men go off at 10:30 a.m. Women’s golf Stanford will host the Stanford Intercollegiate beginning Friday. The 54-hole event will be held at the par71 Stanford Golf Course. The 16-team field includes No. 1 (Golfweek) UCLA, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 Southern California, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 10 Texas, No. 14 Virginia, No. 23 UC Davis, No. 27 San Diego State, No. 30 Oregon, No. 32 Washington, No. 36 Denver, No. 45 Kent State, Oregon State and San Jose State. Men’s golf Stanford may be ranked No. 1 in the nation by Golfweek, but that lofty spot didn’t carry over to The

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Prestige at PGA West, where the Cardinal finished third on Tuesday. Playing under the desert sun, Stanford carded a final-round 278 to finish eight strokes behind firstplace Oregon. Nonetheless, the Cardinal posted its second top-three finish on the young season. Stanford’s 54-hole total of 840 (280-282-278) was better than 13 competitors. Only Oregon (832) and Washington (834) were better than the Cardinal. “I thought we played pretty well,� said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. “Oregon has a really good team this year as does Washington and it just wasn’t our week this week. We had some bright spots - it was nice to see

David Chung put up a good round today and Patrick Rodgers had another top-10.� Women’s basketball Stanford’s Ogwumike sisters, senior Nnemkadi and sophomore Chiney, were among the 30 collegiate women’s basketball players named to the 2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Preseason List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday. Swimming Stanford will host to four teams on Friday and Saturday with the women’s team co-hosting the twoday George Haines Invitational with

San Jose State, Nevada, Hawaii and Stanford on Friday and Saturday and the men (2-0) hosting a dual event with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Friday at 3 p.m. Diving will also take place both days. Women’s volleyball Seventh-ranked Stanford (12-3, 6-3 Pac-12) will play host to Washington State (11-7, 3-5) on Friday and No. 2 Washington (15-1, 7-1) on Saturday, both at 7 p.m. The Cardinal-Huskies matchup on Saturday pits two of the top blocking teams in the nation. N -- Stanford Sports Information contributed.

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