Palo Alto Weekly 02.17.2012 - Section 1
Section 1 of the Feb. 17, 2012, edition of the Palo Alto Weekly.
50� Armed robberies alarm residents Page 3 w w w.PaloA ltoOnline.com DEAL Paly grad Jeremy Lin grabs the national spotlight page 25 REAL THE SUPPORTLOCALJOURNALISM.ORG Spectrum 10 Transitions 13 Eating Out 21 Movies 23 Puzzles 42 News What next for historic post office building? Page 3 Arts Bang-up percussion concert at Stanford Page 17 Home Weeds: not sweet, but very tasty Page 29 He'll pick his birthday. You pick his birthplace. Page 2 Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is devoted exclusively to expectant mothers and children. To learn more about the benefits of giving birth at Packard Children's, call (650) 497-8000 or visit deliver.lpch.org. Upfront Valentine's Day hold-up in Palo Alto neighborhood preceded similar attempt in Menlo Park by Sue Dremann eople living in Palo Alto's Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood are on alert after a gun-wielding man robbed a resident who was walking his dog on Tuesday night, Feb. 14. Local news, information and analysis Residents shaken after armed robbery P The Valentine's Day incident was the first of two brazen attempts within 30 minutes of each other in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Police suspect both incidents were committed by the same person. In Palo Alto, a man in his 20s approached the victim at about 8:15 p.m. on the 200 block of Walter Hays Drive near Stanley Way. He shined a flashlight into the victim's eyes and pointed a handgun at him, Palo Alto police said. The robber demanded the victim's wallet and ordered him to empty his pockets and drop everything on the ground. Then he told the victim to turn around and walk away. The victim complied and was not harmed, police said. A half hour later, a man attempted to rob a 52-year-old Menlo Park woman at gunpoint. He approached her on the 400 block of Laurel Avenue near Gilbert Avenue, pointed a handgun and demanded her wallet. But when she told him she didn't have any property on her, the man hopped into the passenger side of a waiting, dark-colored van, Menlo Park police said. The van drove west on Laurel Avenue. The robber was described as a black male about 5 feet 10 inches tall. Palo Alto residents living in the Walter Hays Drive area were jittery (continued on page 8) COMMUNITY Tall Tree honorees announced Awards recognize citizens, organizations for community work alo Alto's 2012 Tall Tree awards will recognize Alison Cormack, John Barton, Whole Foods Market and the Foundation for a College Education in April. The awards, which are co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Palo Alto Weekly, honor community service and outstanding civic contributions in four categories: citizen volunteer, professional business person, business and nonprofit organization. The outstanding citizen award recognizes Cormack's successful leadership of the $76 million library bond measure campaign in 2008 and the current, nearly completed effort to raise $4 million in private funds to furnish the city's new and renovated libraries. Cormack and other library supporters achieved a near-miracle by passing the bond measure with a 69.5 percent margin in spite of the global economic collapse just weeks before the November election. When the new Mitchell Park library opens later this year, it will be the first major new civic building constructed in Palo Alto in decades. The Palo Alto Library Foundation announced in December that it had raised $3.6 million in donations for furnishings-- 90 percent of its goal. The funds will be used to provide furniture, new computers and other technology, and thousands of new books and electronic materials at Mitchell Park, the renovated Main Library and the recently renovated Downtown Library. Barton is being honored with the Tall Tree for outstanding professional due to his extensive contributions to the community as an architect (continued on page 6) P Veronica Weber Who can resist these smart cookies? Girl Scouts, including Leanna Colanino, left, and Sashinka Poor from Palo Alto's Troop 61129 await cookie customers in front of Peet's Coffee & Tea at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto Wednesday, Feb. 15. Not to worry, cookies will be available through March 18. LAND USE Downtown post office set to hit market in May U.S. Postal Service plans to relocate to a smaller facility in Palo Alto by Gennady Sheyner P alo Alto's iconic downtown post office, a fixture on Hamilton Avenue for the past 80 years, will hit the real-estate market by the U.S. Postal Service in May, according to a new report from the city. And Palo Alto officials are eying the historic building for possible use by the city. As the Palo Alto Weekly first reported in December, the U.S. Postal Service is looking to sell the Birge Clark-designed building at 380 Hamilton Ave. as part of its plan to cut costs and adjust to changing consumer behavior. Representatives from the cashstrapped agency will host a public hearing on the sale at the City Council meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 21. But even as it plans to sell the building, the U.S. Postal Service says it's committed to keeping a post office downtown. In the report Steven Turner, Palo Alto's advanced-planning manager, notes the agency has expressed a preference to retain between 3,000 and 3,500 square feet in the existing building. Another alternative is moving to another location in or near downtown Palo Alto. Diana Alvarado, the (continued on page 7) Page 3 Concerned about your aging spouse or parent? Upfront 450 CAMBRIDGE AVE, PALO ALTO, CA 94306 (650) 326-8210 PUBLISHER William S. 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Support your local newspaper by becoming a paid subscriber. $60 per year. $100 for two years. Name: _________________________________ Address: _______________________________ City/Zip: _______________________________ Mail to: Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610. Palo Alto CA 94302 SUBSCRIBE! Page 4 `` `` This is a personal crime. This feels quite a bit more frightening. -- Karen White, president of the Duveneck/St. Francis Neighborhood Association, on this week's armed robbery. See story on page 3. Around Town LOST AND FOUND ... It took a nationwide manhunt, media exposure and the pluck of a conscientious Long Island teacher, but the story of the man who lost his camera during the Super Bowl is now set for a picture-perfect ending. Mary Ellen McFaul, a New York resident, accidentally took possession of the camera after its owner asked her to take a photo of him at the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Indianapolis. She snapped several pictures with both his camera and his phone, and in the post-game stadium craziness, the two were separated. After noticing she still had his camera, and no way to contact him, McFaul examined the photos on his camera for clues to his identity. One picture appeared to be a Palo Alto historic plaque, so she reached out to the Palo Alto Weekly in hopes of locating the camera's owner. She also created a YouTube video and set up a special email address in her effort to find the owner. McFaul also pitched a story to ABC's news affiliate in Chicago. There, the owner's son, Chris, saw the show and contacted McFaul to identify the camera's owner, his father, Tom (whose last name McFaul declined to provide out of concern for his privacy). She said she plans to meet Tom's brother, who lives in New York, to return the camera. "I spoke with Tom earlier, and he said he had just about given up hope and was very thankful that I pushed the story," McFaul wrote in a Feb. 15 email to the Weekly. The Palo Alto plaque, it turned out, was in front of the famous HP Garage on Addison Avenue. Tom, who is not a Palo Altan after all, had simply taken a "geek tour" of Silicon Valley landmarks while visiting the area. GOBBLING IT UP ... Gunn High School students don't have the luxury of their Paly counterparts of dashing across the street at lunchtime to enjoy the mouth-watering offerings of Town & Country Village restaurants. But Gunn students aren't exactly forced to chow on mystery meat either. The school recently added a delicatessen bar to its cafeteria, and students are apparently pleased with the new options, senior Gurpal Virdi reports. Installed at the end of January, the bar's offerings include veggie and meat sandwiches. The new deli-bar -- made possible by parents and the school district's Food Services group -- comes atop a recently installed salad bar. The school hopes the expanded menu will address the students' long-standing complaints about available food options at Gunn. SPINNING WHEELS ... Palo Alto's effort to encourage students to walk and bike to school has been one of the school district's major success stories in the past decade thanks to a concerted effort by school officials, parents and city planners. Now, the city is looking to kick the city's Safe Routes to School program into a higher gear. The City Council plans to approve a $400,000 contract with the firm Alta Planning + Design (the same consultant working on the upgrade to the city's bicycle and pedestrian master plan) at its Monday meeting. Most of the costs of expanding the Safe Routes program (a $660,000 effort that includes the new study) will be covered by a grant from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The county's Vehicle Emission Reductions Based at Schools (VERBS) program is providing $528,000 for the program while the city is funding $132,000. The expanded program is expected to supplement the "4 E's" that make up the program -- education, encouragement, engineering and enforcement -- with a fifth E: evaluation. The consultant is expected to help the city evaluate and update the bicycle-safety curriculum in local schools and evaluate the impact of the program on commute safety and congestion. The two-year project also involves creation of comprehensive "Walk and Roll to School" maps for every school in the district. "Walking and biking to PAUSD public schools have greatly increased in recent years, due mostly to successful education and encouragement programs," the city's Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez wrote in a report. "This project will build on those past successes and introduce new program elements." At the same time, the city plans to deploy bicycle and pedestrian counting stations to monitor seasonal commuting trends at schools and unveil a web-based carpool and trip-share tool, Rodriguez wrote. Upfront EDUCATION School board enthusiastic about new Paly classes Conceptual Physics, Sports Nutrition and Intro to Auto proposed for fall by Chris Kenrick T hree new classes proposed for Palo Alto High School next year are part of a larger effort to better align high school classes to entrance requirements to California's public four-year universities, Superintendent Kevin Skelly said this week. Board of Education members Tuesday reacted warmly to proposals for courses in Conceptual Physics and Introduction to the Automobile -- both aimed at freshmen -- as well as a class in Sports Nutrition. A final vote is expected Feb. 28. Paly Principal Phil Winston estimated the new physics class -- which would count toward the laboratory-science requirement for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) -- would attract at least 90 ninth-graders. The class is particularly aimed at students who struggle with math. Unlike Paly's existing introductory physics class -- which will be retained -- Conceptual Physics will not require Algebra 1 as a prerequisite, but students are expected to be taking it simultaneously. The class would lead to biology in the sophomore year, chemistry in the junior year and a science elective in the senior year. The traditional science path at Paly, which will continue for most students, has been to take biology in freshman year, chemistry in sophomore year, physics in junior year and a science elective senior year. Community member William Rosenberg said students would not have adequate problem-solving skills without having taken Algebra 1 first and suggested that Conceptual Physics be offered sophomore year with Algebra 1 required ahead of time. "Any course that purports to teach physics (or chemistry for that matter) without a strong problem-solving base is only really teaching physics appreciation," Rosenberg said. But board member Melissa Baten Caswell noted that many school districts across the country have switched their high school science progression to offer physics first, followed by biology and chemistry. "To me this is interesting," Caswell said. "There is research to show that, developmentally, simple physics is easiest for kids to understand of the three sciences." `They all want to be active and healthy, and if you can tie it directly to their lifestyle there's more interest.' --Theresa McDermott, foods teacher, Palo Alto High School Conceptual Physics would replace Paly's Integrative Science class, which did not fulfill the UC/CSU lab science requirements. Aimed at ninth-graders, Introduction to the Automobile would give students "a chance to see how the automobile works and all the knowledge needed to diagnose and repair one," Associate Superintendent Charles Young said. For students with greater interest, it would lead to more advanced Auto 1 and Auto 2 classes, which currently are off-limits to freshmen for safety reasons, according to auto teacher Doyle Knight. Knight, who has taught auto shop for 20 years, said students frequently discover a passion for mechanical engineering in his class. "It's not old-school auto," he said. "I've got one of the best shops around, with the latest, up-to-date equipment. "Don't get me wrong -- I love the parents here. But you see they're fouryear college-driven, and they think `auto, grease monkey, dummies.' "But it's not like that at all anymore. With new technology, a lot of stuff we do now is all computerized," he said. "And I have a lot of girls in my class, and they actually really excel." Winston said Paly has "some Tesla families, and a general interest among students to combine academics with hands-on skills." At the request of Winston, Doyle said he's looking for ways to make the Intro to Auto class compliant with UC/CSU entrance criteria. Sports Nutrition would include guest speakers such as athletes, trainers, nutritionists and former student athletes. Paly foods teacher Theresa McDermott said she came up with the semester-long class as a way to spark more interest among the 65 percent of students who are athletes. The idea of a general nutrition class was met with relative indifference "but if I said `sports nutrition,' all of a sudden the interest level would come up. "They all want to be active and healthy, and if you can tie it directly to their lifestyle there's more interest," McDermott said. School officials also will submit Sports Nutrition for UC/CSU prerequisite approval in the elective category, Young said. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Santa Clara Convention Center Santa Clara, CA FE B 24 -26 FR I�SAT�SU N SHOPPING! More yarn, needles, books & supplies than you've EVER seen! Why go anywhere else for fresh Indian cuisine? 10-6 FRI 10-6 SAT 10-4 SUN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC $10 for a single day Multiple-day discounts available Affordable and fast lunches. Happy Hour in our lounge everyday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. New and inspired dinner menu. 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The commission plans to consider Lytton Gateway, a proposed five-story mixed-use building at 355 Alma St., site of a former Shell Station. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL REGIONAL HOUSING MANDATE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the city's response to Alternative Land Use Scenarios for the Sustainable Communities Strategy. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Service & Efforts Accomplishment Report, 2012 commissioner assignments and commission priorities. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.). Tall Tree (continued from page 3) News Digest Palo Alto to sell bonds to residents Palo Alto residents will have a chance to buy city-issued bonds later this month as part of the city's effort to refinance the bonds it issued a decade ago to pay for downtown parking garages. The council on Monday, Feb. 13, authorized the sale to the public of $33.48 million in parking-assessment bonds, which were originally issued in 2001 and 2002 to finance parking garages in and around University Avenue. The city is refinancing these bonds to take advantage of what staff called a "historic low" in interest rates. Joe Saccio, deputy director of the city's Administrative Services Department, wrote in a report that "based on current market interest rates, the net present value savings resulting from the refinancing could exceed 5 percent of the outstanding principal amount of the 2011 and 2002 bonds." The council voted 8-0 Monday, with Karen Holman absent, to authorize the bond sale. While the bonds will be available to the general public, Palo Alto residents will get first dibs. The bonds are expected to go on sale to investors and the general public Feb. 28 at 8 a.m., but Palo Alto residents can place advance orders now. The bonds are rated BBB by Standard & Poor's and are tax exempt. Minimum investment is $5,000 and additional investment can be made in $5,000 increments, according to Saccio. They will be sold by De La Rosa & Co. and will have maturity dates from 2012 to 2030. Those interested in purchasing the bonds can get more information by visiting www.cityofpaloalto.org/buypabonds or calling De La Rosa at 1-866-361-3300. -- Gennady Sheyner NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a special public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Center, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City's main website at www.cityofpaloalto.org. and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Public Hearing: 1. 335 and 355 Alma Street*: Request by Lund Smith on behalf of Lytton Gateway LLC for Planning and Transportation Commission review of a new Planned Community (PC) zone district (335 and 355 Alma) and Comprehensive Plan land use designation amendment (335 Alma) to allow a mixed use, five story building at a height of 64' for enclosed floor area and 84' for the unenclosed corner tower feature, on the 21,713 square foot former Shell station site zoned CD-C (P) and CD-N (P); including seven Below Market Rate housing units among the 14 rental housing units. Concessions for building encroachment into the maximum height and daylight plane standards are requested pursuant to California Government Code 65915. Environmental Assessment: An Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration have been prepared. Other Items: 2. Study Session to discuss the work of the PTC subcommittees on the Comprehensive Plan, Transportation, and Infrastructure and to define the role of the PTC in shaping the policies and programs for the Future Palo Alto. Ex-Planning Commissioners, community leaders and the public are invited to attend and provide comment. * Quasi-Judicial Items subject to Council's Disclosure Policy Questions. For any questions regarding the above items, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2441. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the City's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City's ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing email@example.com. *** Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment Page 6 and business person. He is director of Stanford University's Architectural Design Program and operates his own architectural firm. He was a founder of the Community Working Group, the organization that proposed and built the Opportunity Center, which provides services to the homeless and people in transition and subsidized housing for individuals and families. He was instrumental in the approval of the 49-unit very-low-income housing development now under construction at Alma Street and Homer Avenue. Barton served on the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education from 1997 to 2005, the Palo Alto City Council from 2006 to 2010, was president of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and participated in numerous community commissions and working groups. Whole Foods Market won the Tall Tree Award for outstanding business for providing downtown Palo Alto with a vibrant market at a time when other markets had closed and for its extensive support of community events and activities. Its community programs include Nickels for Nonprofits, which raises around $9,600 each year, and Community 5 Percent Days, during which 5 percent of the day's net sales go to nonprofits, raising around $24,000 each year. Whole Foods has been a strong supporter of the Downtown Streets Team, a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting the homeless that itself was awarded a Tall Tree in 2010, and helps many nonprofits by donating catering for events. Nonprofit honoree Foundation for a College Education helps East Palo Alto-area students of color from high school through college with tutoring and other support. It works with the students and their parents to identify colleges that would be a good fit, prepare for major events such as the SAT, navigate the application process, attain financial aid and scholarships, and keep on track to graduate. Many of the students in the program attend Palo Alto high schools as part of the Voluntary Transfer Program. Of the 122 students who have graduated from Foundation for a College Education's high school program since 1999, 89 percent have graduated from college or are on track to graduate. East Palo Alto Mayor Laura Martinez, who went to Whittier College, is a graduate of the foundation's program. -- Eric Van Susteren City hopes to lure industry to East Meadow Circle After seeing a surge of housing in several south Palo Alto neighborhoods over the past decades, city officials are now poised to transform these areas near the Mountain View border into enclaves of industry and innovation. The city's focus is on areas just west of U.S. Highway 101, including the neighborhoods around East Meadow Circle and Fabian Way, a quilt of small parcels along San Antonio Road and the area around San Antonio and Charleston roads, near the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life. The city is putting together an "area concept plan" for the industrial and mixed-use neighborhoods as part of its effort to update the Comprehensive Plan, the city's official land-use bible. The City Council on Monday night, Feb. 13, expressed support for the staff proposal to bring industry to East Meadow Circle and to lure large, revenue-generating businesses such as hotels or big-box stores east of San Antonio Road. Council members said they appreciated the plan, which would preclude additional housing developments in an area that lacks parks, retail and other residential amenities. The East Meadow area is one of two in Palo Alto -- along with the California Avenue Business District/Fry's Electronics site -- that city officials have identified as ripe for major land-use changes. -- Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto looks to strengthen massage law Palo Alto is plowing ahead with its plan to firm up regulation of local massage practices, but several City Council members said Tuesday night, Feb. 14, that the ordinance proposed by staff itself needs a little massaging. The new law would require all massage practitioners in Palo Alto to get certified in one of two ways -- either by acquiring a city permit or by earning a certificate from the California Massage Therapy Council, a nonprofit corporation that the state Legislature created in 2009 to better regulate the industry. The city permit would require practitioners to go through 200 hours of training. It would also require massage practices to keep logbooks listing customers and the services provided. After numerous massage therapists cried foul about the logbook requirement, the city agreed to specify that police would need a court order to gain access to these records. The owner of Happy Feet, which provides reflexology services as well as fully clothed full-body massages, argued that the ordinance would harm his business. The council committee Tuesday agreed that the city should consider an exemption for reflexology establishments, much like other cities have done. Councilmen Sid Espinosa, Larry Klein and Greg Schmid directed staff to return at a later date with language pertaining to certifying these businesses. But the committee also agreed with city staff that Happy Feet itself is more than a reflexology practice, given that it also offers massages, and should not be allowed an exemption. The ordinance is driven by two state laws: Senate Bill 731, the 2009 law that established the California Massage Therapy Council, prohibits cities and counties from regulating the practice of certificate holders, said police Lt. April Wagner. Another law, Assembly Bill 619, went into effect this month, expanding the Therapy Council's regulatory powers and adding new requirements for certificates to be displayed. The intent of the new law is to provide "uniform regulations statewide" and "eliminate the disparate treatment of massage establishments," Wagner wrote in a report. -- Gennady Sheyner Today's news, sports & hot picks Upfront These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click on "News" in the left, green column. Online This Week Post office (continued from page 3) White House may decide fate of Hangar One "The highest levels" of the federal government are now deciding whether to accept an offer from Google's founders to restore Moffett Field's iconic Hangar One, NASA Ames Administrator Deb Feng said. (Posted Feb. 16 at 8:32 a.m.) Man, 35, shot Wednesday in East Palo Alto A 35-year-old man was shot Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, in East Palo Alto, police said. The shooter appeared to have fled in a silver Toyota RAV4 after the attack, according to police. (Posted Feb. 16 at 8:04 a.m.) Palo Alto seeks firmer deadlines with labor As Palo Alto prepares to ask its employees for more concessions, city officials are also pushing for tighter timelines in contract negotiations with labor unions. (Posted Feb. 15 at 3:10 p.m.) DA: Domestic violence led to 16 deaths in 2011 Sixteen people died as a result of domestic violence in Santa Clara County last year -- the highest number of deaths in nearly a decade, the district attorney's office announced Tuesday, Feb. 14. (Posted Feb. 14 at 3:57 p.m.) Stanford trustees elect new chair Steven A. Denning of Greenwich, Conn., chairman of the private equity firm General Atlantic, has been elected to chair the Stanford University Board of Trustees for the next two years, the university announced. (Posted Feb. 14 at 11:51 a.m.) Burglars target church parking lot, liquor store Burglars absconded with $48,000 worth of valuables in weekend incidents in a church parking lot and a liquor store in Menlo Park's Sharon Heights neighborhood. (Posted Feb. 14 at 8:32 a.m.) Ronald McDonald House project moves ahead A proposal by Ronald McDonald House to build a three-story addition to its Palo Alto facility got off to an auspicious start Monday, Feb. 13, when the City Council launched the rezoning process that would enable the project. (Posted Feb. 14 at 12:13 a.m.) Shoplifter bagged after scuffle near Nordstrom A San Francisco woman who police say tried to steal handbags and a leather jacket from Nordstrom in Palo Alto and then brawled with two loss-prevention officers outside the department store was arrested Wednesday evening, Feb. 8. (Posted Feb. 12 at 1:13 p.m.) Three East Palo Altans arrested with stolen items Two men and a boy from East Palo Alto were arrested Thursday, Feb. 9, after a vehicle search turned up stolen items, including two watches worn at the time of the arrest, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. (Posted Feb. 11 at 10:35 a.m.) Insider trading: Hedge fund manager arrested The manager of a Menlo Park-based hedge fund was charged with alleged insider trading Friday, Feb. 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced. (Posted Feb. 10 at 4:53 p.m.) FBI file: Steve Jobs a `driven, reality distorter' A newly released FBI file on Steve Jobs paints a portrait of a driven, complex individual with a "tendency to distort reality" to achieve his goals. The file was gathered in 1991 when President George H.W. Bush was considering appointing Jobs to the President's Export Council. (Posted Feb. 10 at 9:53 a.m.) Los Altos police arrest two in separate burglaries Los Altos police have arrested two men for residential burglaries in separate incidents. Police arrested Jonathon Norberto Perez, 32, of San Jose Wednesday, Feb. 8, after a burglary investigation identified him as the only suspect. (Posted Feb. 10 at 9:28 a.m.) Give blood for life! b l o o d c e n t e r. s t a n f o r d . e d u agency's property manager, wrote in a Dec. 26 letter to the city that the postal service is looking for a smaller building within the city limits of Palo Alto. It would "house retail services within the 94301 ZIP Code area." The Tuesday meeting will be followed by a 15-day comment period to gather input from residents. Turner wrote in the new report that "staff expects USPS to put the site up for sale on a competitive basis on or after May 15." While the building's location near City Hall and the business-filled downtown area should make it an attractive location for office developments, Palo Alto officials are also considering the site for public uses. At the council's Jan. 21 strategic retreat, Councilman Larry Klein asked staff to consider the possibility of using the 20,000-square-foot facility for the city's new publicsafety building. Councilman Pat Burt had earlier proposed the idea of purchasing the building and relocating the city's Development Center there. The city currently leases space across the street from City Hall for its permitting operation. The site's zoning designation should work in the city's advantage. The site is zoned "Public Facilities," which means permitted uses are limited to "government, public utility, educational, community service or recreational facilities." According to a fact sheet released by the city this week, the site can also accommodate "conditional uses" such as administrative offices for nonprofit organizations, recreational uses and day care centers. The building is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which greatly limits a potential developers' ability to make major modifications. According to Turner's report, Alvarado indicated to staff that, because of the building's historic status, it would not be demolished. The downtown post office is believed to be the first in the nation to be designed and built specifically for post-office use. A prominent local example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, it features arcades, a stucco exterior and a red-tiled roof. Postal Service spokesman James Wigdel had previously told the Weekly that he expects the sale of the building to take several months. Earlier this month, Wigdel stressed that the Hamilton station "is not closing or being discontinued, it is simply relocating to another space that will represent a right-sizing to current standards of space and operations." "All operations from the existing Hamilton Station, including P.O. Boxes, will be housed in the replacement facility," Wigdel's statement said. Alvarado attributed the decision to "right size" the downtown operation to economic and consumer trends. The agency is also looking to close more than a thousand post offices across the nation. "Despite significant cost reductions, the Postal Services continues to experience a net loss," Alvarado wrote in her December letter to the city. "Economic drivers that generate mail volume continue to reflect the sluggish economy and changes in customer behavior indicate the ongoing migration of electronic communications." Veronica Weber Palo Alto's iconic downtown post office, a fixture on Hamilton Avenue for the past 80 years, will hit the real-estate market in May 2012, according to a new report from the city. PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp (TENTATIVE) AGENDA�SPECIAL MEETING COUNCIL CHAMBERS FEBRUARY 21, 2012 - 6:00 PM 1. Closed Session: Schmidlin SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 2. Community Presentation � Adolescent Counseling Services 3. Selection of Candidates to be interviewed for three terms on the Public Art Commission ending on April 30, 2015 4. Selection of Candidates to be interviewed for three terms on the Human Relations Commission ending on March 31, 2015 5. Selection of Candidates to be interviewed for one unexpired term on the Utilities Advisory Commission ending on June 30, 2013 CONSENT 6. Approval for the City Manager to Enter Into an Agreement with the Cities of Mountain View and Los Altos to Purchase Public Safety Systems Technology, Including Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Police Records Management (RMS), and In-Vehicle Mobile and Reporting Applications for Police and Fire 7. Request Approval of a Utilities Enterprise Fund Contract with PAR Electric Contractors, Inc in the Amount of $553,180 for an Electric Pole Replacement Project at Various Locations Throughout the City (System Improvement EL-98003) and 4kV to 12kV Electric Capital Improvement Project in the Area Between Alma Street, West Charleston Road, El Camino Real and Del Medio Ave (EL-09004) 8. Approval of Contract Amendment with All City Management, Inc. 9. Authorize the City Manager to Enter into a Contract with Alta Planning + Design in the Amount of $400,000 to Develop a New Safe Routes to School Program 10. Fire � Donation of Surplus Fire Equipment to Oaxaca, Mexico 11. Finance Committee Recommendation of Acceptance of the Library Bond Audit 12. Finance Committee Recommendation to Accept the Auditor's Office Quarterly Report as of September 30, 2011 13. Finance Committee Recommendation to Accept MGO's Financial Statements and Letter 14. Resolution Expressing Appreciation to William Berry Upon the Completion of His Term as a Utilities Advisory Commissioner ACTION 15. Public Meeting for Presentation from U.S. Postal Service to Discuss Process for Disposition of Post Office at 380 Hamilton Avenue 16. Update Regarding Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) and Regional Housing Needs Methodology 17. Submittal of Mitchell Park Update Library and Community Center Monthly Report STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Regional Housing Mandate Committee meeting will be held on February 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM. regarding; 1) Direction for City of Palo Alto Response to Alternative Land Use Scenarios for the Sustainable Communities Strategy Page 7 Become a Volunteer Mediator to make Palo Alto more peaceful The City of Palo Alto Mediation Program is now accepting applications for volunteer mediators. This free Program handles tenant/landlord, neighbor-to-neighbor, and consumer and workplace disputes. Upfront Armed robbery (continued from page 3) Help fellow citizens resolve conflicts and: Build your communication skills Receive valuable mediation training Give something back to your community The application deadline is February 24, 2012 Applications* may be requested by calling (650) 856-4062 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about the Palo Alto Mediation Program visit www.paloaltomediation.org *Applicants must live, work, or own property in Palo Alto or Stanford Shannon Corey (continued on next page) Two people out for a walk were accosted Tuesday, Feb. 14, one at 8:15 p.m. in the 200 block of Walter Hays Drive near Stanley Way in Palo Alto and the other at 8:45 p.m. in the 400 block of Laurel Avenue near Gilbert Avenue in Menlo Park. Our qualified caregivers help ease the burden of caring for loved ones. 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I feel so violated," said a woman on Lois Lane who did not give her name Wednesday morning. Karen White, president of the Duveneck/St. Francis Neighborhood Association, called the street robbery "terrifying." "We've never had a fear of physical harm. At times in the past we've had a rash of car break-ins," said White, whose own car has been burglarized. "But this is a personal crime. This feels quite a bit more frightening." Walter Hays Drive resident Jim Conley agreed. "It implies desperation," he said. Conley and his wife often walk their dog in the neighborhood during evenings and know all of their neighbors, he said. Many people walk their dogs in the evening and meet their neighbors on the street. Dave Vroom, another Walter Hays resident, called the news about the robbery "a little bit shocking. "I've always considered this to be a safe neighborhood," he said. The only precaution Vroom thought people could take would be to not walk at night anymore. But some residents were not entirely surprised by the incident. One woman said someone broke into her car months ago. Nonetheless, the idea of a man out walking his dog being held up at gunpoint was disturbing, she said. "We'll have to watch out for our children," the woman added, as she loaded young ones into an SUV Wednesday. White, the neighborhood leader, said she hoped police would expand patrols in light of the robbery. "I certainly hope we would have a dramatically increased police presence along the Channing (Avenue) corridor," she said. She also would like for the city to host a neighborhood update at Duveneck Elementary School. Palo Alto police Lt. Zach Perron said Wednesday that patrols are being increased in the area and the department will expand use of its unmarked patrol cars. Police had already increased daytime patrols due to a rash of daytime burglaries in the area, he said. "If you don't see a marked car on your street, it doesn't mean there isn't an officer out there," he said. Perron said the department at this time does not plan to hold a community meeting given that the incident was solitary. Palo Alto detectives are working with the Menlo Park police department to find the robber. The department is looking at regional crime Menlo Park Laurel A ve Pope St rt lbe Gi ve A dla n d Ave ve lA tra Dr n lto Ce na e M Elm St Av e Lin co l n Av e vil le M el lR d Ri Em bar cad nc Pa ana rk da Ne w el ero P Ar alo tC A en lto te r n Stan ley Wy Wo o Ct Oak Pal o A l to Ave Lytton Ave Ave University Wo la n od Chaucer St d e Av t ve Forest A Av Armed e Da robberies Fo na A re v P on Feb. 14 itman st Ave e M ar tin Av e Seneca St Hale St Ha m ilt on Av e G Guinda St t Fulton S ve an A Pitm C en te rD r Ch an ni ng Av nw e oo Ha d rk Av er Pa e Av rk e. in so n Av e Gr ee in ve sA Palo Alto Middlefield Rd W H a Dr ays lter Ho pk ut Dr aln W Upfront (continued from previous page) trends to see if a similar suspect has been active in other cities, he said. "There may be some leads, and hopefully there will be an arrest. Suppressing violent crime is our priority. We absolutely want to catch this guy," he said. Perron said residents should not take matters into their own hands but should be the department's "eyes and ears." He said neighbors should heed advice that is given to every rookie cop: "When you see behavior that's out of the ordinary, don't try to rationalize it. Pick up the phone and call us." Palo Alto police are asking anyone with information about either incident to call 650-329-2413 or send anonymous tips by email to email@example.com or by text messages to 650-383-8984. Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. CityView A round-up of CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider an Appeal Of An Architectural Review Approval And A Record Of Land Use Action Regarding the Director's Architectural Review Approval Of A Three Story Development Consisting Of 84 Rental Residential Units In 104,971 Square Feet Within The Upper Floors, 50,467 S.F. Ground Floor Research And Development Area, Subterranean And Surface Parking Facilities, And Offsite Improvements, With Two Concessions Under State Housing Density Bonus Law (GC65915) On A 2.5 Acre Parcel At 195 Page Mill Road And 2865 Park Boulevard. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC CITY CLERK Palo Alto government action this week City Council (Feb. 13) East Meadow Circle: The council approved a proposed concept plan for the East Meadow Circle/Fabian Way area. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Holman Ronald McDonald House: The council began the rezoning process to enable the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House at 520 Sand Hill Road. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Holman Board of Education (Feb. 14) Curriculum: The board discussed proposals for three new classes at Palo Alto High School this fall: Conceptual Physics, Introduction to the Automobile and Sports Nutrition. Action: None Corrections The Weekly's Feb. 10 article on Lifetimes of Achievement honorees erroneously stated that Jill Johnson Smith has been on the board of the Road Runners service of the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary. Rather, Smith is on the board of the Roadrunners Sports Club for youth at Onetta Harris Community Center in east Menlo Park. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@paweekly. com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302. Massage: The committee discussed the proposed revisions to the city's massage ordinance and directed staff to return with changes, including more information about the distinction between massage and reflexology establishments. Yes: Espinosa, Klein, Schmid Absent: Holman Labor: The committee discussed the proposed labor guiding principles and directed staff to return next month with minor revisions, including a greater emphasis on reaching contract agreements before the budget is set. Yes: Espinosa, Klein, Schmid Absent: Holman Council Policy and Services Committee (Feb. 14) 509 Hale St.: The board approved a request to modify a Category 2 historic building, including roof fenestrations and landscape additions. Yes: Bernstein, Bunnenberg, Di Cicco, Bower, Kohler, Smithwick Absent: Makinen Historic Resources Board (Feb. 15) Architectural Review Board (Feb. 16) Scott Hamilton & Friends Casa Olga: The board reviewed a proposal to modify the exterior at 180 Hamilton Ave. by adding timber-faced panels to the fa�ade, overhang features at the top of the building and new stucco elements. Action: None LET'S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at PaloAltoOnline.com Palo Alto Unified School District 525 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA The Palo Alto Unified School District will be accepting bids for the lease of the Surplus Property, pursuant to Mandatory Bid Instructions. The initial period of the lease cannot extend past June 30, 2014. All bids must be accompanied by a deposit of $20,000.00 in the form of a certified check, cashier's check, or money order. Upon selection by the District, the accepted bidder(s) shall execute a mutually satisfactory lease agreement. Deposits of rejected bids shall be refunded as soon as reasonably possible after rejection. Bids in the above-described form may be submitted on or before 2:00 p.m. on March 6, 2012. These bids will be presented to the Board by staff at the meeting of the Board on March 13, 2012. Alternatively, bidders may present bids at the time of the bid opening at the District Board of Education meeting, starting at 6:30PM on March 13, 2012 when the item is called for review by the Board. The Board is expected to (but is not obligated to) make an award no later than March 23, 2012. The leasing price for any bidder shall be a minimum of fair market value based on existing market conditions for the Property. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. If no bids are accepted, the District will advertise further for bids. All requests for bid documents should be directed to Robert F. Golton, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, rgolton@pausd. org, 650-329-3801, who is hereby authorized and directed to provide a copy of said documents to any party who so requests. Scott Hamilton plays "more swinging, inventive, and hot tenor sax than anyone else on the scene today." --DownBeat Magazine Support Palo Alto Weekly's coverage of our community. In this special show, this titan of the tenor is joined by Bay Area favorites Kenny Washington on vocals, the amazing Larry Vuckovich trio, rising star trumpeter Erik Jekabson, and percussionist extraordinaire John Satos. With guest emcee Mort Sahl Memberships begin at only 17� per day Join today: SupportLocalJournalism.org Friday, February 24, 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel Auditorium $32/$10 student www.stanfordjazz.org Page 9 tickets: 650-725-2787 Editorial Lin rocks the Big Apple Former Paly and Harvard basketball wizard takes NBA by storm ocal basketball fans haven't had this much to talk about since Jeremy Lin helped Palo Alto High School win the state championship in 2006, knocking off a favored team that included a 7-foot-1-inch center and three starters who had signed for Division 1 schools, including Duke. That was no doubt a team effort but now Lin, who broke all kinds of records at Harvard, is working his same magic in the NBA, shocking New York Knicks fans by coming off the bench and clinching a win and then leading the short-handed team to six more straight wins as a starter. Lin is all the more astounding due to his heritage as the first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent to crack the NBA and only the fourth Asian-American in the history of the league. In a way it was par for the course for Lin, who seemingly hasn't hit a barrier that he can't overcome. As his Paly fans know, and his former high school coach explains, Lin has a will to win and the drive to pull it off on the basketball court. And the more adversity that is placed in his path, the more determined he becomes, like the night last week when he outscored Kobe Bryant and led the Knicks to an unexpected victory over the Lakers. Much of Lin's character revolves around the identity he discovered early when he often was the only Asian player on the court and cer-- Paly coach Peter Diepenbrock tainly not the tallest. He has said that only hardened his resolve to succeed. Lin was only 5 feet 3 inches when he arrived at Paly, but his talent got him on the varsity for the playoffs that year, and enough playing time to sink an important 3-pointer during the game. In 2006, coach Peter Diepenbrock said the team had a goal-setting meeting before the season began. "That's when Jeremy stood up and said `I want to win a state championship,'" the coach told the Weekly's Keith Peters. That was the beginning of Paly's dream season, ending with a 32-1 record and winning the state title with a convincing victory over Mater Dei, the overwhelming favorite. Despite the fantastic finish to his high school career there were few college suitors. He especially had wanted to play for a Pac 10 team, including Stanford. But no major college offered him a scholarship. When Stanford and UCLA passed him up, he accepted an offer from Harvard where he rewrote the Ivy League record books with 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals. Yet his college stats did not ease a path to the NBA. Only four Harvard players have ever made it to the pros. But Lin was determined and although he was passed over for the first two rounds of the NBA draft, he finally was signed by his (almost) hometown Warriors and spent a year mostly riding the bench. The Warriors cut him last December and he was picked up briefly by the Houston Rockets, but was cut again, giving the Knicks the opportunity to claim him on waivers Dec. 27. When he joined the team he was fourth on the point guard depth chart, but due to injuries and other factors and the absence of some of his teammates, he earned short stints of playing time at first and then some starts and now a string of incredible performances. Knicks fans and the media have proclaimed "Linsanity" in New York. Sports experts brush off talk that major colleges and pro teams missed the boat when they failed to recognize Jeremy's talent. They say his numbers were not always that good or consistent, and that his small stature (he finally grew to 6 feet 3 inches) and the fact that he played against Ivy League teams rather than Big 10 and SEC powerhouses, detracted from his chances. But everyone failed to notice the constant thread that runs through Jeremy's career -- an intense determination and work ethic that sets him apart from most other players. "He has always been the best player on any team he played for," Diepenbrock said. "He made the varsity as a freshman and just kept getting bigger, stronger and better." Lin's public recognition (this week's Sports Illustrated cover, for example) has already gone far beyond any other home-grown athlete from Palo Alto. Now he plays basketball in New York City, but he has made his family, father Gie-ming, mother Shirley and brothers Josh and Joseph, and his community extremely proud, and his run is just beginning. L Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions Don't require Algebra II Editor, The proposal to make high school graduation contingent on passing Algebra II is disgraceful. You can't get a job -- any job -- without a high school diploma; you can't even go into the infantry, not because the employer wants erudition, but because he needs workers who will come to work every day, read the directions, do the whole job and not cause trouble. The pretense that math reform will enable more high school students to enter the state college system is even more disgraceful. Most, if not all of the economic class that can't pass Algebra II has already been shut out of state colleges and universities by extremely high fees -- another disgraceful injustice, which should inspire universal protest. In the last century, Europe learned the American lesson -- that strength and prosperity come from using the contribution of all the people, not just some of the people. It's a lesson that we have been unlearning, and Palo Alto Unified School District is now proposing we waste our investment in the elite students as well. Instead of adding more useful curriculum and more help with the hard subjects for the average kids, we're proposing to deny the best students the math course that is already in place, forcing them to waste their time on math that is below their ability, and pushing them to the back of the international employment bus. When I expressed concern about outsourcing to someone who works for one of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley, he responded that outsourcing was necessary because over in India, they're superior in math. Stephanie Munoz Alma Street Silicon Valley is the cradle of innovation. Alternate ways of moving are conceived and growing. The Future Med conference at NASA's Singularity University featured a company that produced boots that enable ground movement with wheels on one's feet! New California Avenue will create a draw. In combination with the new composting facility, a more conscious society is making a model for environmental awareness. Limiting automobiles is a boon on multiple levels: For businesses, fostering California Avenue as "go to" place -- like University Avenue -- will flourish their venues. In some European cites, cars are prohibited in shopping areas. On summer evenings the streets are packed with shoppers and diners. As we cease contributing to a threatened planet with cars, the tree-lined avenue will offer the special comfort of an ecologically protected space. We need to "move" from known ways with changing climate. Switching focus away from automobiles creates a nurturing environment and sets the stage for alternative means of transportation to evolve, thereby creating essential adaptation to a newer world. Bette Kiernan Sherman Avenue Thanks for safe removal Editor, Now that "George" is no longer with us (except for the "rounds" being saved for our historical purposes), it is time to thank all those involved in taking down the tree and the effort to preserve some pieces for posterity. The thanks begin at the top. City Manager Jim Keene deserves our gratitude for making it all happen. Kudos also to Paul Dornell and all those in Public Works who participated. In particular, I want to thank the tree crew. All deserving special thanks for a job well done -- and the respect they showed during George's safe removal: Gina Segna, Derick Sproat, Joe Rapanut, Fernando Gama, Norberto Bugarin, Francisco Castenada, Ramiro Ramirez, Bill Croft and Glenn Berry. Urban Cummings & "The Friends of George" `He has always been the best player on any team he played for.' YOUR TURN The Palo Alto Weekly encourages comments on our coverage or on issues of local interest. What do you think? 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Switch focus from autos Editor, The challenging issue for coming decades is climate change. Evidence for global warming is ubiquitous. In Palo Alto, unusually early spring and drought-like conditions flagrantly shift known weather patterns. Automobiles are contributors to the warming world. Fossil-fuelbased transportation means further diminishment of scarce oil supplies and tie us to a volatile Middle East. Applause is due for visionary actions of Judge Lucas, Palo Alto Director of Planning and Community Environment Curtis Williams, and City Council for encouraging the California Avenue streetscape plans. Page 10 Support Palo Alto Weekly's print and online coverage of our community. Join today: SupportLocalJournalism.org/PaloAlto Today's news, sports & hot picks Give blood for life! b l o o d c e n t e r. s t a n f o r d . e d u "Voted Best in Sub Acute & Rehabilitation care by Best of the Bay TV Viewers in 2011." 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To inquire about or to reserve space in Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc at 223-6596 or email email@example.com Page 11 Pulse POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Feb. 1-14 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Bicycle recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . 14 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .8 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 14 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Casualty/fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .6 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .7 Terrorist threats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 A weekly compendium of vital statistics Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . 14 Driving without a license . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .6 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Felon possessing firearm . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Juvenile harassment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Report of bomb threat . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Violation of court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 BE GOOD to your heart. Atherton Feb. 1-14 Violence related Attempted suicide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .2 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Construction complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 15 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 February is American Heart Month and the perfect time to make sure you're on a healthy track. At the Stanford Arrhythmia Clinic, we offer innovative treatment options for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, and other heart rhythm problems. Seeing a heart rhythm specialist can make a difference. Make an appointment to meet with our team and find out more about your options. Menlo Park Feb. 1-14 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Learn more about your heart health: stanfordhospital.org/heartmonth Experience new ways to nurture your body, mind and spirit at Breathe, our second annual Women's Wellness Symposium. Empower VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block Chimalus Drive , 2/1, 4:03 p.m.; child abuse/sexual. Unlisted block Homer Avenue, 2/1, 7:31 p.m.; battery. 100 block El Camino Real, 2/2, 3:42 p.m.; battery. 1500 block Page Mill Road, 2/2, 4:11 p.m.; assault. Unlisted block Encina Avenue, 2/2, 7 p.m.; domestic violence. Unlisted block Pasteur Drive, 2/4, 3:05 p.m.; suicide. 600 block Arastradero Road, 2/5, 4:26 p.m.; battery. 500 block Hamilton Avenue, 2/5, 6:30 p.m.; battery. Unlisted block Wilkie Way, 2/5, 11:14 p.m.; domestic violence. Unlisted block Clark Way, 2/6, 10:14 a.m.; domestic violence/violation of court order. Unlisted block Santa Rita Avenue, 2/7, 9:21 p.m.; child abuse/physical. Unlisted block Alma Street, 2/14, 2:28 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. 200 block Walter Hays Drive, 2/14, 8:17 p.m.; armed robbery. BREATHE Women's Wellness Symposium yourself in a community of shared wisdom as we slow down, become inspired and take time to breathe. KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Miri Amit Dean of Ben-Gurion University's Eilat campus Reversing the Ophelia Syndrome Sunday, March 18 9:30 AM-2:30 PM Optional ZUMBA� class at 8:00 AM Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303 Educating Women to be Independent Thinkers SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE Stephanie Oshman, Chair; Riki Dayan, Co-Chair; Sonny Hurst; Sheryl Klein; Hilary Luros; Barbara Oshman; Lana Portnov; Orli Rinat; Nancy Rossen; Carol Saal and Eta Somekh Menlo Park 1200 block Crane Street, 2/4, 10:39 p.m.; robbery. 1300 block Chilco Street, 2/8, 7:48 p.m.; battery. 500 block Gilbert Avenue, 2/9, 8:07 a.m.; battery. 2000 block Menalto Avenue, 2/9, 8:01 p.m.; battery. 1100 block Alma Street, 2/10, 9:35 a.m.; battery. $55 M, $65 NM Includes continental breakfast, workshops, catered lunch and keynote Co-sponsored by: Allergan, Crescent Capital, Moldaw Family Residences, Stanford Hospital Health Library, University Chiropractic and Women's Health at Stanford Register online www.paloaltojcc.org/breathe Page 12 Transitions Births, marriages and deaths Charles Perry III Charles Perry III had a happygo-lucky personality and an infectious laugh -- you couldn't help but laugh at him laughing, said his longtime friend Curtis Haggins. "He was a funny guy," his sister Julia Perry said. "He was always cracking jokes and always keeping the family laughing." Perry, an East Palo Alto resident, died Feb. 7 at Stanford hospital after being stabbed in the leg. He was 34. His girlfriend -- the mother of his only son, who is also named Charles -- was charged with murder. Haggins called Perry "a proud father" of his 4-year-old son, and said he was a constant part of his child's everyday life. "He always had him and he made sure he was never in need of anything," Julia Perry said. Perry often talked with excitement about the day that his son could become involved in sports, as he was when he was young, Haggins said. Perry and Haggins were part of a group of boys who met through the Onetta Harris Community Center Roadrunners when they were around 9 years old. They, along with Terrence Brown, Charles Tharp, Eric Staurt, Senque Carey, Errol Johnson and Bruce Powell formed a tight bond as they traveled together and played basketball across the country. Brown described the group of men -- who still keep in regular contact -- as "brothers." From the ages of 9 to 17 the boys played together on the community center's team, traveling as far as Hawaii and Florida, and playing with some of the best players in the country, Haggins said. "It lit up a lot of spirits," Brown said. "Traveling with the basketball team, we were able to have a lot of experiences that other inner-city kids didn't have." Although they went to rival high schools, each maintained an admiration for each other on the court and on the football field. Perry's friends said he was a gifted point guard in basketball and wide receiver in football. "He was an all-around athlete," Haggins said. "He was both quick and fast and one of best defensive (basketball) players for his size." Haggins, who is now president of Roadrunner Sports Club (the nonprofit organization that emerged after the original group lost its city funding), said Perry often participated in sports club events such as alumni basketball games and flag football matches. Perry, the eldest of three, was born at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City on May 17, 1977. His sister, Julia, remembers him as a very protective, almost fatherly figure. "He didn't want me talking to any of his friends," she said. "He was always making me do stuff like help him pick out what to wear and having me iron his clothes, because he was very into having a good appearance." After high school he attended school at Alabama State University for one year but didn't pursue sports at the collegiate level, Haggins said. He was did maintenance work at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. "I knew him as a person of high character (and) a lot of integrity, and I don't use that word a lot," Haggins said. Perry is survived by his 4-yearold son, Charles; mother, Jane Owens Perry of Terrell, Texas; father Charles Perry Jr., of Tracy, Calif.; and siblings, Julia and Jeremiah Perry of Santa Clara. A funeral will be held Friday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. at Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, 2581 Leghorn St., Mountain View. -- Eric Van Susteren Anne Ayers Butler [1920-2012] Anne Ayers Butler, the beloved mother of Penn Ayers Butler and Lynn Anne Chichi; grandmother of Rhett Butler, Tina Butler and Cambria Chichi, and loving wife of Walter Stanley Butler, passed away on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at Stanford Hospital. Her death resulted from the rapid onset of pneumonia. Anne was born in Wenatchee, WA and grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated from Longwood College at Farmville and worked as a cryptographer for the US ATC in Memphis TN where she met Air Force Captain Walter Butler who she married in 1944. The Butlers moved to California in 1950 and started Penn Construction Co. Anne was a gracious and generous hostess who loved travel, entertaining, gardening and flower arranging. She was active at Filoli and was a member of the Woodside Hills Garden Club and the Woodside Road United Methodist Church. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and by her sister, Virginia Herbert and niece, Maureen Steed. She died as she lived, on her own terms, with courage, grace, honor and dignity, much loved for her compassion, generosity and humor. On March 10 there will be a celebration and remembrance of her life at 10 am at the Woodside Road United Methodist Church in Redwood City. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be made to: Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley Filoli Center PA I D OBITUARY Stephen Miller Gallery and Warehouse Sale "We have too much inventory for just one sale!" G A L L E R Y S A L E Stephen Miller PAYS YOUR SALES TAX* on your purchase of any rug from now until March 15. 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"I never smoked and I've been a firm believer in exercise--all the way since high school when I fell in love with competitive running--and I've worked out with weights," he said. Khalil said. "My wife and I just sat there, struck by this bad news." Looking for answers That conversation was the trigger that sent Khalil on a serious search for answers. He had options, he found. Which one to choose was the question. The terrors of prostate cancer surgery, for instance, have long been incontinence and sexual dysfunction, caused by damage to crucial bundles of nerves near the prostate gland. "I did a significant amount of due diligence," he said. He had watched his mother endure a double mastectomy and suffer, struggling to come back from a surgery that, in her day, left grueling scars. More than a decade ago, his brother had surgery for prostate cancer and still fights its aftermath. With those examples before him, he said, he resolved he would find a way "to reduce the possibility of getting through this without such consequences." Khalil was lucky in one respect: the cancer had been caught early. "If I had been 85," he said, "I might have just waited it out." Some prostate cancers are so slow growing that physicians and their patients may choose active surveillance, because of those surgical risks. It took almost two months of reading. Khalil and his wife, Stacee, looked at everything from white papers to blogs "He laid out all the choices. He was very clear, very articulate." � Gilbert Khalil, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics He also understood that good health required more--managing stress. "That's one of the things in our life that can really impact our wellness--stress is at the top of the list. It's more difficult to measure, but I've always worked hard and smart so I could walk away from my job on the weekends." All that calm and confidence, however, took a big hit a year ago when his physician gave him the results of his annual PSA test, a measurement of blood proteins that in men signals trouble in the prostate gland. Khalil's was elevated to a level that prompted his doctor to send him to a urologist, who did a tissue sample test that found a moderately aggressive form of cancer was indeed growing in Khalil's prostate. "I never thought in my wildest dreams I would have cancer," to medical journal articles. There were other options besides surgery: Radiation and chemotherapy in various forms were available. "They all had consequences," he said. "We decided we wanted to get a second or even a third opinion." Then a friend suggested he talk to a surgeon at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. It turned out to be Mark Gonzalgo, MD, PhD, director of RoboticAssisted Urologic Cancer Surgery Gilbert Khalil's PSA was elevated to a level that prompted his doctor to send him to a urologist, who did a tissue sample test that found a moderately aggressive form of at Stanford. Not cancer was indeed growing in Khalil's prostate. only had Gonzalgo trained with one of the field's most renowned inwith the rest of the surgical team. "We novators, he had more than 600 robotic have greater clarity," Gonzalgo said, "and procedures to his credit, using the very it's much more comfortable to work tohigh-tech robotic-assist approach. gether as a surgical team." Gonzalgo also has done research on how to train surgeons on the da Vinci surgical system and has served as a mentor to other surgeons. Gonzalgo explained all this to Khalil and his wife, in addition to discussing the other options, including surgery using a longer incision, without the robotic technology. "We met with him for about 45 minutes," Khalil said. "He'd read all my reports and I told him about the history of cancer in my family. He laid out the choices. He was very clear, very articulate." Norbert von der Groeben Robots as surgical partners Robotic devices are particularly useful for those laparoscopic procedures where angles are awkward and spaces tight. The robotic arms are only as precise, however, as the surgeon's hands are sensitive. Gonzalgo physically maneuvers the machine's long multi-jointed arms to connect them with instruments inserted through three shallow incisions into a patient's abdomen. Then, he sits down at a console a few feet away and harnesses his thumb and forefinger into a joysticklike controller. He does not look across the room at the patient, but focuses his gaze through a scope that shows him a magnified, 3-D and high-definition quality view of his surgical target. Each exquisitely fine movement of his fingers and thumbs translates into robotic movement. At strategic points around the room are plasma monitors of that view that can be shared Norbert von der Groeben Norbert von der Groeben Mark Gonzalgo, MD, PhD, director of Robotic-Assisted Urologic Cancer Surgery at Stanford. To his right, his robotic assistant. To his left, in the far corner of the room, the console where he sits to remotely operate the technology. He trained with one of the field's most renowned innovators and has performed more than 600 robotic procedures. Page 14 Khalil's surgery took about three hours and he spent just one night in the hospital. "I started to feel good very quickly after the surgery," he said. In a recent visit with Gonzalgo, he shows off the healing of the small incisions left by the robotic-assisted surgery to remove his cancerous prostate. special feature What you should know about the prostate The prostate is a gland, about the size of a walnut, just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It produces part of the fluid in which semen travels. It improves sperm motility, survival and genetic integrity. Prostate cancer Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer death for men over age 75. Since widespread screening began, more than 90 percent of prostate cancers are now diagnosed at an early stage. Some prostate cancers grow and spread quickly; others are so slow that other diseases will cause death before it does. A digital rectal exam to check for bumps or abnormal areas. A doctor may also recommend a ultrasound, X-ray or cystoscopy. Finally, a sample of prostate tissue may be removed, usually with a needle. Risk factors determine when to begin PSA testing and how often to repeat the test. * Medicare covers an annual screening for men age 50 and up. Treatment Large incision surgery or robotic-assisted surgery and laparoscopy, conducted through small incisions, now widely accepted as an alternative to the traditional large incision surgery. Brachytherapy implants small radioactive seeds in the prostate. Some prostate cancers are responsive to hormonal therapy. Certain chemotherapy drugs can stop prostate cancer cell growth. Immunotherapeutic vaccines can work against prostate cancer using a patient's own immune cells, removed from the body and triggered to recognize and destroy cancer cells. For more information about robotic-assisted urology surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, visit stanfordhospital.org/prostatecancer or call 650.725.5544. Join us at http://stanfordhospital.org/socialmedia. Watch the new Stanford Hospital Health Notes television show on Comcast: channel 28 on Mondays at 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.; channel 30 Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. It can also be viewed at www. youtube.com/stanfordhospital. Risks A diet high in animal fat Excessive alcohol consumption Father or brother with history of prostate cancer Over 60 years old Symptoms Delayed or slow start of urinary stream Blood in urine or semen Straining while urinating Tests PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test: The higher the level, the higher the chance a cancer has grown. PSA levels are naturally higher in older men, but two conditions-- benign prostatic hyperplasia and inflammation of the prostate--can also raise PSA levels. The PSA test alone is not enough to determine the presence of cancer. Khalil had also checked Gonzalgo's background. "It was stellar," he said. "I did a significant amount of research on the da Vinci and after that study, it was a no-brainer--we'd go with the robotic technology. It was, of all the procedures, the one I felt gave me the best chance of recovery, of saving the nerve endings." prostate to minimize side effects that can be caused if the delicate neurovascular bundles near the prostate are damaged. Avoiding those, Gonzalgo said, "is a much safer way to operate," he said. just so confident in everything I found at Stanford; I knew the outcome was going to be positive." Confidently moving on Khalil's surgery took about three hours and he spent just one night in the hospital. "I started to feel good very quickly after the surgery," he said. "It was almost surreal. I'd been through two months of discovery and painstaking discussion and then it was over. I was blown away at how fast I was able to recover. It's really a testament to the technology today, to all the research that's been done on cancer." He felt so good he was back at work in three weeks and at six, he was starting to jog. Three months later, new tests showed he was free of his cancer and none of those universally-feared side effects of his surgery took place. "Everything is working!" he said. "The key is catching the cancer early and doing something about it early," Khalil said. "Some men say, `I'm going to roll the dice,' and I can understand that. I was "I started to feel good very quickly after the surgery. I was blown away at how fast I was able to recover." � Gilbert Khalil, patient, Stanford Hospital & Clinics His decades-long dedication to exercise played a big part, too, he said. "There is a pay-off to maintaining your weight and not being sedentary. And it's never too late!" Norbert von der Groeben "Robotic surgery can offer the advantage of less blood loss, less pain and a faster recovery because of the smaller incisions." � Mark Gonzalgo, MD, PhD, director of Robotic-Assisted Urologic Cancer Surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics As many as four out of five radical prostatectomies in the United States are now performed with robotic assistance. "Gil came to me as many do," Gonzalgo said. "A very healthy patient, very health conscious, who wanted to explore all options. If a cancer is localized or low grade, a patient could be a candidate for active surveillance and that patient would not have to undergo the potential risks of radiation or surgery. But a lot of patients want the cancer removed from the body and robotic surgery can offer the advan tage of less blood loss, less pain and a faster recovery because of the smaller incisions." Within six weeks of his surgery, the 65-year-old Khalil had begun to jog. He now runs at his former pace. He credits his overall fitness to a lifelong habit of exercise, healthy eating and managing stress. "There is a pay-off to maintaining your weight and not being sedentary," he said, "and it's never too late!" Gonzalgo also recommends that patients recognize that technology is only as valuable as the experience of those who wield it. "What's most important is the actual surgeon and the surgical team performing the procedure. They should ask how many surgeries a surgeon has performed, where they trained, what kind of training it was. The art is in how adept the surgeon is in using the technology to remove the cancer and spare the patient side effects." Gonzalgo trained with the surgeon whose work brought a new understanding of the importance of how to approach the Norbert von der Groeben When Khalil and his wife, Stacee, first learned that Khalil had developed prostate cancer, they were stricken by the bad news. Then, they began a search for information that lead to Stanford and robotic-assisted surgery. "You go through this whole process of discovery," Khalil said. "I couldn't have done it without my wife by my side." 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/. Page 15 Nov. 18, 1931 � Dec. 25, 2011 Robin James Robinson, beloved by his family and many friends, died comfortably at home on December 25, 2011, at age 80 of prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Caddes; his step-daughter Jill Caddes of San Francisco, his stepson and daughter-in law, Scott and Polly Washburn Caddes, their three children, Hayley, Jake, and Garrett, of Los Altos, California; and Robin's sister, Diane Bonem, of New Braunfels, Texas. Robin was born and grew up in Beaumont, Texas. He graduated from Rice University in 1954, and earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined Exxon Corporation as a project manager for developing technologies to extract oil from the ground and from the ocean floor. His work took him all over the world, including Japan; England; Australia; Norway; Venezuela; Laguna Beach, California; New Jersey; and Houston, Texas. After retiring from Exxon in 1986, he worked for a hazardous waste cleanup business in Washington and then ran his own consulting firm. In 1996, Robin and Carolyn moved to Palo Alto where Carolyn had lived many years. Robin became an enthusiastic citizen. He helped raise funds for the Palo Alto History Museum and was a Board member and president of Abilities United (formerly C.A.R.), an organization that provides services for people with disabilities. In 2003 he was elected to the Palo Alto Fellowship Forum and was its president from 20102011. He served twice as president of the 101 Alma Condominium Association. Robin loved tennis, skiing, bridge, reading, crossword puzzles, and poker. His colleagues at his weekly poker game warned newcomers that despite Robin's friendly good humor, he almost always came away a winner. His friend Tom Ehrlich said, "He certainly was a winner in life and will be missed by his family and friends whose solace is in the many warm memories, stories, and good deeds that he left behind." A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 4pm at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road at Embarcadero. Contributions in honor of Robin may be made to Abilities United, 525 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94306 or to the Palo Alto History Museum, PO Box 676, Palo Alto, CA 94302. PA I D O B I T UA RY Robin Robinson Good for Business. Good for You. Good for the Community. SiCa / Terra Nova: Earth-World-Art and Camera as Witness, School of Education present Today's news, sports & hot picks Thursday, 23 February 2012 - 7 pm Annenberg Auditorium Cummings Art Building Stanford University Free and open to the public Congratulations to La Comida for serving lunches to seniors for 40 years! Drop in for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30-12:15 Cost: Suggested donation of $2.50 for seniors 60+ A spectacular documentary that will change your way of thinking about production and consumption "WASTE = FOOD" Panel after the film with award-winning filmmaker Rob van Hattum, former Mayor of Palo Alto Patrick Burt and Professor Craig Criddle of the Woods Institute www.unaff.org/2012/special.html La Comida has been serving delectable and affordable meals to seniors since 1972 450 Bryant Street-Downtown Palo Alto La Comida Dining Room (650) 322-3742 www.LaComida.org Current menu: LaComida.org/menu.aspt South Palo Alto location for a La Comida hot lunch: Stevenson House, 455 E. Charleston Phone: 494-1944 Ext. 10 The Camera As Witness Program is generously supported by The Annenberg Foundation and Helen and Peter Bing Page 16 Arts & Entertainment Arts & Entertainment A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace Cutting-edge percussion MUSICIANS FROM THE U.K. SHAKE THINGS UP AT STANFORD Colin Currie. by Rebecca Wallace But in the hands of percussionist Colin Currie and composer Sally Beamish, a concerto can feel like a swing dance, a tango, a medieval-style saltarello. This all makes sense in the framework of "Dance Variations," a new Beamish work that will have its U.S. premiere on Feb. 29 at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The concerto features seven sections: a set of dance variations, each inspired by one of the ageold seven deadly sins. Currie, a Scottish musician and champion of new percussion music, just gave the piece its world premiere on Feb. 16 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. That orchestra jointly commissioned "Dance Variations" with two other orchestras and Stanford Lively Arts, so it makes sense that the work comes here next, with Currie set to perform it with the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. Beamish wrote the piece mostly for marimba. Other instruments include various kinds of drums, a tin of coins and a snare drum used to represent gunfire. Bottle-chimes represent empty wine bottles in the "Gluttony" section, which is written in the style of a medieval estampie dance. "Sloth" is paired with the measured, processional pavan dance, while "Lechery" just plain swings. Marco Borggreve C ONCERTOS DON'T USUALLY SWING LIKE THIS. (continued on next page) Page 17 Arts & Entertainment Percussion (continued from previous page) British composer Sally Beamish. "The composer decided to switch between Baroque dances and some of the more recent influences in the art of dance, and a swing section has made it into the concerto, lo and behold," Currie said in a phone interview. The "Lechery" section also has blues flavors, he added. "It's kind of a louche and smoky number. We like to shake it up." Currie has worked with many composers, including Steve Reich and Elliott Carter. For "Dance Variations," he was unusually involved with the composing process, talking with Beamish over several years. Beamish said in a press release, "The piece is the result of many happy conversations with Colin, and draws on the breadth of his imagination, and on the sheer virtuosity of his performance, which has always reminded me of a dancer in action." Currie called his musical conversations with Beamish "rigorous." They kept going throughout much of the composing process, unlike Introducing Your Style, Your NEIGHBORHOOD Our Apartment Homes. 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Reviewers have described him as "athletic," "a one-man orchestra" and "turbo-charged." He himself calls premiering a new work "always a thrill, always a bit of a rush." Currie has been quoted in the past as saying that quality music is lacking for the solo percussionist, and that he'd like to reach a wider audience. Last week, he said that there have been great strides in new music. "Each five years you can look back and see significant additions to the repertoire. I'm absolutely thrilled. ... I have premiered 16 concertos so far," he said. The key thing now, he added, is to keep performing the music. "It's important to make sure that this new wave gets established." Four solo works, three of them recent, are also on the program for the Feb. 29 performance at Stanford. They are: Elliott Carter's "Figment No. 5 for Marimba" (2009); Per N�rg�rd's "Towards Completion: Fire over Water from I Ching" for solo percussion (1982); Toshio Hosokawa's "Reminiscence" for marimba (2002); and Dave Maric's "Trilogy" for solo percussion and CD (2000). "The whole event combines into a very interesting snapshot of where percussion is at the moment," Currie said, predicting that the evening will be "exuberant." "This is not complex new music at all. The pieces are easily absorbed," he added. As usual, Currie has a full schedule of other commitments coming up. In April, he's scheduled to give the world-premiere performance of a percussion concerto by the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In June, the world premiere is Elliott Carter's "Two Controversies and a Conversation" for solo piano, solo percussion and chamber orchestra, with the New York Philharmonic. And so on. Somehow Currie finds the time to learn the music. A recent day at home in London was "quite a standard day," with seven hours of practice and several interviews afterward. While on tour, Currie can't practice as much. But there are other diversions. "I'm very into the theater and film, but I also hear a lot of concerts," he said. "Also, the foodie side of things. I do enjoy finding the spots when I'm away." What: Scottish percussionist Colin Currie performs "Dance Variations," a new concerto by Sally Beamish. Where: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. Cost: $44-$50 for adults and $10 for Stanford students, with other discounts available for groups, non-Stanford students and people under 18. Info: Go to livelyarts.stanford.edu or call 650-725-ARTS. Ashley Coombes 401 Webster Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 A non-denominational, not-for-profit community. License No. 435294364 COA #246 EPWH625-01AA 02 112511 websterhousepaloalto.org Page 18 33rd A N N U A L T A L L T R E E A W A R D S design by harrington design HONORING: The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Proudly Presents the March 1 6�9 pm Tesla Motors 3500 Deer Creek Road Palo Alto 2012 Palo Alto Business EXPO April 11, 2012 Sponsors: $25 Join Us for An Evening of Prizes Cocktails Entertainment Hors D'oeuvres Featuring 40 of Palo Alto's Finest Businesses Supporting Sponsors: Tesla Motors VuQo Premium Vodka City of Palo Alto The Daily News Advance tickets available at: PaloAltoChamber.com 650.324.3121 Join today: SupportLocalJournalism.org/PaloAlto Support Palo Alto Weekly's print and online coverage of our community. NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) 8:30 A.M., Thursday, March 1, 2012 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 3431 Hillview [11PLN-00458]: Request by VM Ware on behalf of Leland Stanford Jr. University for Architectural Review of the demolition of 255,000 square feet of commercial floor area and construction of four two-story Research and Development office buildings, a one-story cafeteria building and three parking structures for a total floor area of 345,270 square feet (the parking structures and cafeteria building are considered amenity space and are exempt from the total floor area). A Design Enhancement Exception has been requested to exceed the 35 feet height limit by 5 feet in order to provide a clerestory element for each of the new two-story office buildings. Environmental Assessment: An Addendum to the City of Palo Alto/Stanford Development Agreement and Lease Project EIR has been prepared. Zone District: RP-5 (Research Park). 180 El Camino Real [12PLN-00023]: Request by Simon Property Group on behalf of the Leland Stanford Jr. University for preliminary Architectural Review of a concept for phased construction of five buildings totaling 229,786 square feet of retail space (replacing 246,118 square feet), including two multi-story structures and three one-story structures. Zone District: CC (Community Commercial) Amy French Manager of Current Planning Page 19 JAPANESE & SUSHI Fuki Sushi 494-9383 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Online Ordering-Catereing-Chef Rental Sushi Workshops-Private Tatami Rooms Online Gift Card Purchase fukisushi.com & facebook.com/fukisushi of the week AMERICAN Armadillo Willy's 941-2922 1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos Range: $5.00-13.00 CHINESE New Tung Kee Noodle House 947-8888 520 Showers Dr., MV in San Antonio Ctr. 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"My it her life's mission to pro- lesson resulted in recognizing these mote whole grains, a passion that old-fashioned varieties are the ones has led her to sell once-forgotten appropriate for organic farmers," varieties of wheat seed, and the she said. So she became a self-appasta and flour made with it. pointed marketing person for these Spiller, a former high school chem- grains, connecting farmers who istry teacher from England, became could sell each other seeds, or buyfascinated with the idea of making ing and selling them herself. whole-grain bread and growing orShe believes the most popular ganic wheat in the 1980s. The Ar- type, Sonora wheat, was grown by denwood Historic Farm in Fremont Native Americans in the Southwest offered the use of its space to grow for years before the Juan Bautista wheat if she could find some variet- de Anza expedition in 1775, and ies of wheat grown around 1900. that it was grown in California until Her pre-Internet search eventu- modern, engineered wheat varietally led to the U.S. Department of ies took over in the 1950s. Sonora Agriculture, to Spiller's surprise. wheat can be grown without pesThe USDA had been keeping seed ticides, fertilizers and irrigation, stocks of wheat that modern farm- and it grows tall above the weeds ers had mostly forgotten, occasion- that organic farmers often battle, ally replanting them to keep the stock fresh -- for decades. (continued on page 22) M Michelle Le Four products from Whole Grain Connection. From left, they are: California pasta ribbons made from Sonora wheat and Ethiopian Blue Tinge emmet wheat; Sonora wheat grain; and a mix of spiral pasta. DINNER BY THE MOVIES AT SHORELINE'S Dear Lovebirds, Come join us for a romantic tour through Italy. Enjoy our Chef's Valentine's Day specials with a complimentary glass of Prosecco and let the sounds of soft Italian love songs take you away. Pizzeria Venti Day Happy 's entine Val Make reservations today for an authentic Italian dining experience. No passport required. 1390 Pear Ave., Mountain View (650) 254-1120 www.mvpizzeriaventi.com Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday XOXO, La Cucina di Venti Page 21 Eating Out (continued from previous page) she said. When turned into flour, it makes a stretchy dough that lends itself well to making tortillas, pasta, pastries, flatbreads and pancakes. Spiller's nonprofit, Whole Grain Connection, now sells Sonora and other heirloom wheat seeds for $1.25 a pound. While she's not looking to make a living on it, she's sold her seeds to 90 organic farms, many of which had been using modern wheat seeds in their crop rotations to build the soil. Unlike "terminator seeds" that are genetically modified to be sterile, her seeds need to be bought only once, she said. Spiller said she hopes to work herself out of her seed-marketing business eventually. She's moved into the flour and pasta business and soon will offer bread made from the wheat she's marketed. Spiller's Whole Grain Connection label can be found on pasta and whole-grain flour sold at Country Sun Natural Foods in Palo Alto. The pasta and flour are available in two varieties: Sonora and Ethiopian Blue Tinge. Whole Grain Connection's flour is ground by Giusto's Specialty Foods in South San Francisco, while the pasta is made by Pasta Sonoma in Rohnert Park. The wheat for both comes from farmer Fritz Durst in Capay, Calif. Spiller has also lined up a bakery to produce bread for the Whole Grain Connection brand. She is currently looking for someone to help her market the pasta and flour to other grocers. The use of locally grown wheat is a growing trend, especially for pasta-making. Despite its rougher texture and darker color, an increasing number of restaurants and grocers espousing sustainable local products are reportedly looking for pasta made from locally grown wheat. "The trend that I'm trying to ride is the local food movement," Spiller said. "It gives us the opportunity to produce whole-grain products rather than refined grain products." The difference between refined and whole grains is an important one to Spiller. Her late husband, Gene Spiller, authored books on the dietary benefits of whole wheat that are still widely read. She coauthored one of his books, "What's with Fiber?" in 2005, the year before he died. "It was through that work that he did that I understood that the biggest need we have in our diet is wholegrain foods," Spiller said. She described her husband as "at the forefront of the dietary-fiber movement." Like his wife, Gene Spiller was an advocate for returning to oldfashioned ways of eating. His book "The Power of Ancient Foods" says, "In order to choose a more healthful way to eat we expect formal statements by major research or government organizations -- all this while the peasant of Crete and the Incas of Peru knew ages ago all we need to know about healthful foods." Spiller said she believes that many modern diseases can be traced to the increased use of refined grains, including digestive problems, obesity and diabetes. Whole wheat is ground in such a way that it leaves intact the vitamins and minerals necessary for the human body to properly digest the protein and starch in the grain, she noted. Because of conventional agriculture's dependence on artificial fertilizers and herbicides, "the ground is depleted, really," Spiller said. "I'm trying to encourage these organic farmers to use wheat in rotation with legumes to rebuild the soil and produce a good soil. It will take a number of years." She added, "The same field of Sonora doesn't yield as much as a conventional field." But because it does not require herbicides, irrigation and fertilizers, she said, "eventually I think this old-fashioned, organically grown wheat will be less expensive than conventional wheat." Daniel DeBolt is a reporter for the Mountain View Voice, one of the Weekly's sister papers. Info: For more about Whole Grain Connection, go to sustainablegrains.org. Products are available at Country Sun, 440 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, and wheat seed is sold at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Center, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City's main website at www.cityofpaloalto.org. and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. NEW BUSINESS. Public Hearing: 1. 2080 Channing Avenue, Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center*: Request by Sand Hill Properties for Planning and Transportation Commission review of: (1) Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report; (2) Planned Community Ordinance for the renovation of the three existing retail structures and on-site relocation of one of the retail structures, the construction of 10 new single-family homes, and the creation of a 0.20 acre park; and (3) a Tentative Map to subdivide the lot into one commercial parcel (including a park) and ten single family residential parcels. Zone District: Planned Community (PC-1643). Environmental Assessment: A Final Environmental Impact Report has been prepared. Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Plan: Review of the Revised Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Plan for the consideration of a recommendation to the City Council. The Draft Plan includes policy and project recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Environmental Assessment: A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared. * Quasi-Judicial Items subject to Council's Disclosure Policy Questions. For any questions regarding the above items, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2441. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. 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GOYER PRODUCED STEVEN PAUL ASHOK AMRITRAJ MICHAEL DE LUCA AVI ARAD ARI ARAD DIRECTED NEVELDINE/TAYLOR BY BY COLUMBIA PICTURES AND HYDE PARK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH IMAGENATION ABU DHABI A MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT/CRYSTAL SKY PICTURES/ASHOK AMRITRAJ/MICHAEL DE LUCA/ARAD PRODUCTION "GHOST RIDERTM SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE" CIAR�N HINDS VIOLANTE PLACIDO JOHNNY WHITWORTH CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT AND IDRIS ELBA MUSIC DAVID SARDY BY STARTS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR THEATERS AND SHOWTIMES SEE IT ON A BIG SCREEN Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Thu. at 12:01 a.m. The Vow (PG-13) 1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 12:20, 3, 4:50, 6:20, 7:50 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sun. also at 2 & 9:25 p.m.; Sat. also at 2:05 & 9:25 p.m.; Mon.Thu. also at 2 & 9:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 12:55, 2:10, 3:30, 4:45, 6:10, 7:20, 8:50 & 9:55 p.m. The Woman in Black (PG-13) 1/2 Century 20: 12:25, 3, 5:30, 8:05 & 10:40 p.m. Skip it Some redeeming qualities A good bet Outstanding Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260) Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700) Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more information about films playing, go to PaloAltoOnline.com/movies Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) Cin�Arts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) CENTURY 16 1500 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View (800) 326-3264 Page 23 Shawn (voice of David Henrie) befriends tiny Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler) in "The Secret World of Arrietty." rowing" only what they need to OPENINGS survive. But it's also a reminder that the seemingly small package of a The Secret World of hand-drawn animated film remains Arrietty 1/2 a warmly welcome alternative to the (Century 16, Century 20) Great often cold equivalent of computerthings come in small packages. generated imagery. That's one of the lessons of "The "Arrietty" hails from Japan's legSecret World of Arrietty," the en- endary Studio Ghibli, adopted in tirely charming animated adventure the U.S. by Pixar's chief creative based on Mary Norton's kid-lit clas- officer, John Lasseter. Lasseter has sic "The Borrowers." known for years that Studio Ghibli This is a tale of tiny people warily has a license to print magic, making living underfoot of us towering hu- it spiritually akin, though stylistiman "beans," and stealthily "bor- cally different, to Pixar. "THE PERFECT DATE MOVIE!" STEVE OLDFIELD / FOX TV RACHEL McADAMS & CHANNING TATUM ARE AMAZING." SHAWN EDWARDS/FOX-TV " ... Ghibli's founder Hayao Miyazaki (Oscar winner "Spirited Away") co-wrote with Keiko Niwa the "Arrietty" screenplay (which has been adapted with care by American screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick), and supervised the production. Seven-time Oscar winner Gary Rydstrom directs the U.S. version, with dubbing skillfully performed by American actors. Our entry point into the "secret world" of Borrowers is Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a plucky, 5-inchtall teen living with her family under the floorboards of a house in the country. Her stoic father, Pod (Will Arnett), and fretful mother, Homily (Amy Poehler), proceed with care, lest they be picked off by the house cat or discovered by humans and forced to flee. But sickly human teen Shawn (David Henrie), newly arrived at the house to convalesce, doesn't seem very threatening. He's almost preternaturally attuned to the movements of the Borrowers, repeatedly spotting Arrietty, but all the lonely boy wants is to win the wary girl's friendship. Unfortunately, housekeeper Hara (a delightful Carol Burnett) gets the Borrowers' scent and begins a pitiless campaign of pest control. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi takes the story at a leisurely pace in the gentle and genteel manner familiar to Ghibli fans. That relaxed pace allows the story to breathe -- forget the franticness of most American animation. Along with the gorgeously detailed art, lush color and swoony music (by Cecile Corbel), the film is all but guaranteed to entrance children. (Those at a preview screening weren't the least bit squirrely, which is unusual.) The Ghibli style, emphasizing meticulous design, perfectly lends itself to the source material. Great care is given to the world the Borrowers have built for themselves in the hidden spaces of the human house, with well-placed nails serving as bridges and ladders; Yonebayashi gives equal attention to the behavior of the usual (water, say) at an unusually tiny scale, or the primordially calming rustle of wind through trees and grass. Everything about "The Secret World of Arrietty" is as vivid as it is (deceptively) simple, which places it in the top ranks of animated movies. With exquisite tenderness, the story brushes against big fears -- Shawn grapples with mortality, Arrietty with losing her home -- while retaining the optimistic view that friendship can mean mutually solving, or at least alleviating, problems. Kids will love the film because they cannot help but intuit its artistic purity and authenticity. Rated G. One hour, 34 minutes. -- Peter Canavese an accident scene. One hour, 44 minutes. -- T.H. (Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012) Big Miracle (Century 20) The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "miracle" as "an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs" or "an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment." OK, so imagine that, except "big." I kid. With "Big Miracle," the new PG "Save the Whales" drama, perhaps the title sets an expectation that Ken Kwapis' movie can't quite deliver. The original title was "Everybody Loves Whales," which suggests a sitcom nobody wants to see. "Big Miracle" recounts a 1988 incident that gripped network news cycles: A family of three grey whales becomes trapped in the ice around Barrow, Alaska, sparking a debate as to how and whether to save them. Greenpeace activist Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) represents for the sentimental anthropomorphizers in the audience. Rachel gets wind of the whales from her ex-boyfriend Adam Carlson (John Krasinski), who breaks the story. The local Inuit Eskimo community has a tradition of subsisting off whale meat, and they propose harvesting the whales. But the popular decision quickly becomes to expend massive amounts of money and (federal) resources to saving the whales. "Big Miracle" plays best as a passable family flick, enabled by an Eskimo lad (Ahmaogak Sweeney) shadowing Adam everywhere. That the story otherwise downplays the role of the Inuits, in favor of the interlopers played by familiar faces, is just business as usual for mainstream cinema. Rated PG for language. One hour, 47 minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012) 1/2 The Iron Lady (Century 20) Don't expect sharp political analysis of Margaret Thatcher's 11-year reign as the only United Kingdom female prime minister, the ultraconservative who led with an iron will and iconic hairstyle from 1979 to 1990. Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Meryl Streep in "Mamma Mia!," offers a soft-focus look at the controversial figure -- and Streep captures Maggie-the-PM and Maggie-thefrail-elderly-woman in yet another incredible performance. Thatcher's ability to shatter gender and class barriers all the way to 10 Downing Street counterpoints the inventive rendering of her inner life and lends poignancy to the discrepancy between her situation then and now. And newcomer Alexandra Roach exhibits the spunk and drive of the Iron Lady as a young woman. You decide if Thatcher succeeded in her attempts to put the "Great" back in "Great Britain." Politics aside, the film is a must-see for Streep's great performance in a story compellingly told. Rated PG-13 for brief nudity and some violent images. One hour, 45 minutes. -- S.T. (Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012) 1/2 A Separation (Guild) Even as she defends her divorce filing, an Iranian woman says of her spouse, "He is a good, decent person." But "A Separation" -- Iran's entry for Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film -- tests its every proposition, from the wisdom of the couple's separation to the ethical rectitude of the spurned husband. The opening scene of writer-director Asghar Farhadi's drama lets wife Simin (Leila Hatami) and husband Nader (Peyman Moadi) vent their sides of the dispute that threatens to end their marriage. The two separate, forcing 11-year-old Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) to quietly play one parent against the other in the hope they'll see the errors of their ways. The climate of cultural repression in Iran has only made its cinema more vital. The film's separations can be familial, but also those of class and culture and between citizen and state; above all, Farhadi's parable teaches that a rush to judgment inevitably turns back on the judge. Though the characters may not live in glass houses, it's a shattered windshield that attends the film's moment of truth. Rated PG-13 for thematic material. Two hours, three minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012) NOW PLAYING The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: The Vow 1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) If the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore chuckler "50 First Dates" had been recast as a romantic drama and produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network, "The Vow" might have been the result. Fortunately, leads Rachel McAdams ("Midnight in Paris") and Channing Tatum ("Haywire") serve up solid performances and help keep the film somewhat grounded despite its proclamations about love and loyalty. The fledgling marriage between young sweethearts Leo (Tatum) and Paige (McAdams) comes crashing to a halt when a truck slams into their car, sending Paige into a coma. When she awakes, she has no memory of Leo or their time together. Leo endures one awkward situation after another to win Paige back. Tatum and McAdams have a comfortable chemistry and their relationship is mostly believable. The romantic, cheesy scenarios that abound in "The Vow" range from endearing to saccharine. The characters in Paige's life are moderately fleshed out, including her parents and sister (Jessica McNamee), but those in Leo's life are numbingly one-note. While most films nowadays include 3D glasses, "The Vow" comes with the rose-colored variety. 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Jayne Appel PRO BASKETBALL Lin proving he's the real NBA deal Palo Alto High grad making the most of an opportunity with New York Knicks by Keith Peters adies and gentlemen, welcome to The Jeremy Lin Show. For those who have been watching "Gilmore Girls" and missed the first seven episodes of this new reality show, stay tuned. In just two weeks, the show has grabbed not only national attention, but the fancy of basketball fan and non-fan alike around the world. It is a cultural phenomenon that has even grabbed the attention of the President of the United States. The star of the show is Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin. Unknown by the general public as a prep, despite leading the Vikings to the 2006 CIF Division II state title, and then at Harvard, despite developing into one of the nation's best all-around players, the 23-year-old Lin has altered the stock market, shattered stereotypes and become the most famous Paly grad since James Franco. This is a Lin-derella story of "Rocky" proportions. As an undrafted player out of an Ivy League school, he gets cut from two NBA teams before landing on the bench of the New York Knicks. After being sent to the Development League, he returns to find his future very much in doubt. Due to injuries and a lack of team energy, he is given a chance out of desperation by coach Mike D'Antoni and responds in a way that captivates the nation. If this story is in need of a director, the Knicks need only to look to the front row at their home games for their own Spike Lee. Since Lin stepped off the Knicks' bench two weeks (continued on page 28) Jillian Camarena-Williams L Sara (Bei) Hall Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin of the NBA's New York Knicks has plenty of reasons to be smiling these days after averaging 24.4 points and 9.1 assists during a seven-game winning streak. Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press NATIONAL HONOR . . . Brad Lawson PREP SOCCER On the cover: Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin has taken the NBA, and nation, by storm after helping the New York Knicks win seven straight games. Photo by Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press. Menlo girls finally get to the altar by Keith Peters fter reading about how their Menlo School girls' soccer team had been relegated to bridesmaid status in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) the past three seasons, assistant coaches Buffie Ward and Jorge Chen had a plan when the Knights clinched a co-title last week. They went out and bought rings, but not just any ordinary rings. These were jumbo, plastic baubles that lit up. "When we gave them the rings, we told them they were no longer bridesmaids," Ward said. "Now, they were the brides." Before they could wear the rings, ON THE AIR Friday College baseball: Saturday Women's basketball: College baseball: A Sunday College baseball: Men's basketball: READ MORE ONLINE www.PASportsOnline.com (continued on page 27) Courtesy Menlo School Members of the Menlo School girls' soccer team show off "wedding" rings they received from their coaches after moving from bridesmaids to brides by winning the WBAL Foothill Division title. Page 25 Sports COLLEGE BASEBALL PREP WRESTLING Another pitch for success Stanford opens the season with strong rotation plus key returning players by Rick Eymer Gunn's title was long time coming Titans came close to winning SCVAL crown, but last one came back in 1976 by Keith Peters fter losing out on the SCVAL De Anza Division dual-match title on a tiebreaker, the Gunn wrestling team still had a big goal to cap perhaps the most successful season in school history. All the Titans needed to do was win the SCVAL Championships on Saturday at Cupertino High. Gunn coach Chris Horpel knew he had a lineup that could get the job done and he was right. The Titans put 12 wrestlers among the top six and pinned down its first league crown since 1976 by scoring 195.50 points. "What surprises me most is that of all the Gunn teams I have coached, I thought this was probably going to be mostly a rebuilding year," Horpel said. "I did not tell my team, that, of course. But, with our big gun and team leader, Stefan Weidemann graduating, I just did not think we had the manpower to contend for a league title. "However, what I love about high school wrestling is how quickly kids can improve. You can go from never having wrestled (like three of our CCS qualifiers) to winning a tournament in about one month! That's a lot different than collegiate coaching. When you add in how athletic some of our first-year wrestlers are, we suddenly had a team -- a solid wrestler at all 14 weight divisions when they were at the final weight divisions." Gunn came close to winning the tournament in 2008 but finished second to Los Gatos. The Titans qualified 13 wrestlers to CCS that year, but didn't have nearly as many of those qualifiers finish in the top three -- like Gunn did Saturday. Gunn held an early lead in the 15-team tournament when almost everyone on the team made it to the semifinals. In the semifinals, however, several Titans dropped some crucial matches that they were winning. "I was getting pretty upset with the number of kids who were winning handily only to come up short in that semifinal round," Horpel said. "Our team really rallied, however, in the wrestle-backs and came through with a lot of wins and pins, giving us the team points we needed. "That is where we won the tournament. If just two of our wins in the wrestles-backs had gone the other way, we would not have come home with this title. I am really proud of this team . . . what a great group of kids and coaches." Gunn last won when it competed in the South Peninsula Athletic (continued on page 28) S tanford may have lost four quality pitchers from last year's staff that produced a team 3.45 ERA, but there's enough returning pitchers to give the Cardinal the look of a champion. Left-hander Brett Mooneyham did not pitch last year because of a severe finger injury and he was the projected ace of the staff. Righthander Mark Appel stepped into the top spot and performed admirably enough to have put himself into the conversation as a possible first round pick this year. Appel and Mooneyham give Stanford one of the top one-two starting combinations in the nation, a major reason why the Cardinal was picked to win the Pac-12 this year and earned a preseason No. 2 ranking by Baseball America. "It's always hard any time that something you love is taken from you," said Mooneyham, who last threw a pitch during the 2010 Regional at Cal State Fullerton. "It's been difficult but I tried to stay in the game as much as possible." Stanford also returns seven of its eight position players, with catcher the lone question mark entering Friday night's opener with No. 10 Vanderbilt at 5:30 p.m. at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal also scheduled top programs like Texas, Fresno State and Rice. "We're not going to be No. 2 in the nation four weeks from now," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said, referring to a tough-as-nails preseason schedule. "There will be somebody undefeated. We're not going to be undefeated, though I hope I'm wrong." Marquess said there's still a good competition going on for the catcher's spot, with senior Christian Griffiths the frontrunner. Griffiths missed last year with a shoulder injury. Freshman sensation Wayne Taylor, also a gifted football player, could likely work his way into the starting lineup before too long. Converted infielder Eric Smith is also in the mix. "We'll platoon to find out who seems best suited," Marquess said. "We may end up platooning the whole season. Appel and third baseman Stephen Piscotty appear on most preseason All-American lists. Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger also has his name on some All-American lists and outfielders Tyler Gaffney and Jake Stewart are also candidates for postseason honors. "There's something about this lineup that we all have tremendous confidence in it," Diekroeger said. Page 26 A Don Feria/stanfordphoto.com Stanford's Mark Appel will be the ace of the Cardinal pitching staff this season and will lead his teammates into a three-game series against visiting Vanderbilt this weekend. Stanford comes in ranked No. 2 nationally. "There's a swagger you can't measure. It's good to play these teams now because it will give us an opportunity to find out where we need to improve." Other returning starters include first baseman Brian Ragira, outfielder Austin Wilson and second baseman Lonnie Kauppila as the Cardinal finished 35-22 overall, with a trip to a Super Regional. "I hope we pick up where we left off when the season ended," said Piscotty, a first team All-Pac10 pick last year after hitting .364. "That was positive momentum we want to carry over." Gaffney carries a 22-game hitting streak into the season, already the fifth-longest since 1988, and Ragira was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and freshman All-American. "You always want to carry your weight but this is the kind of lineup which you don't have to carry like we all did in high school," Ragira said. Other returners are infielders Justin Ringo, Brett Michael Doran and Danny Diekroeger and outfielder Brian Guymon. In addition to Appel and Mooneyham, returning pitchers include AJ Vanegas, Sahil Bloom, Brian Busick, Dean McArdle, the team's win leader a year ago, AJ Talt and Elliott Byers. Also back after missing significant time are pitchers Tommy Colton, Chris Jenkins, Sam Lindquist and Zach Yohannes and catchers Brant Whiting and Trevor Penny. Mooneyham, who led the team with 99 strikeouts in 2010, may be the most significant addition to the roster. He was a projected first round pick last year before suffering the in jury. "It's been a blessing in disguise for us," Piscotty said of Mooneyham. "It's great to have him around." 2012 STANFORD BASEBALL SCHEDULE Date Opponent Time Date Opponent Time Mooneyham said he's 100 percent ready to pitch on Saturday. "I'm feeling good about where I am from when I left off," he said. "I just want to go out and be comfortable." The freshmen class boasts of AllAmericans, state Players of the Year, and a Team USA member. Position players Jose Dominic, Alex Blandino (also a pitcher), and Austin Slater may not be far from finding a role on the Cardinal. David Schmidt and John Hochstatter are at the top of a group of young pitchers who will likely make their presence known this season. Also among the group is Spenser Linney, Jordan Kutzer and Tyler Maxwell. First baseman Geo Saba also helps make this recruiting class one of the best in the nation. Piscotty thinks Schmidt, who could find himself Stanford's closer before too long, could make the biggest difference this season. "He pitched well in the fall and has a heavy ball with a lot of movement," Piscotty said. "He throws strikes and the natural movement on his fastball makes him effective." Schmidt was the first freshman pitcher mentioned by most Cardinal players, and for good reason. "He has a great fastball," Appel said, "with a lot of movement." Sports stretched hands of a leaping Menlo goalie, Julia Dressel. The Gators missed a great opportunity to take the lead in the third minute of the second half when junior Ali Jordan had a one-on-one with Menlo junior keeper Kelly McConnell, who rushed out to snuff the shot. SHP got the rebound and fired off another shot, but two Menlo defenders covered the goal mouth and kept the attempt out of the net. In the 17th minute, Menlo continued to push at the offensive end and Wickers was able to convert for a 2-1 lead off an assist from Sienna Stritter. It was Wickers' 14th goal in WBAL play. Menlo's defense of senior Shannon Lacy, junior Hannah Rubin, junior Rachel Pinsker, sophomore Amanda McFarland, and freshmen Alexandra Walker were under pressure but played good team defense and came up with many big defensive stops. In Sunnyvale, Priory finished second in the WBAL (Foothill Division) for the fourth straight season despite polishing off host King's Academy, 4-2, in a regular-season finale on Tuesday. Eugenia Jernick scored in the seventh minute off an assist from Darrah Shields. In the 42nd minute, Shields scored on a throw-in by Siobhan Gillis. Two minutes later, Molly Simpson scored with Sarah Zuckerman assisting. And, in the 53rd minute, Shields took a through ball from Jernick and scored again. All the goals were scored by seniors. Shields finished with 14 goals and seven assists in WBAL play. The Panthers (10-2, 13-4-2) needed first-place Menlo to lose in order to force a co-championship. Priory will receive the WBAL's No. 2 seed into the upcoming CCS playoffs. In San Jose, Castilleja's 4-1 victory over Notre Dame-San Jose propelled the Gators into a playoff game against WBAL Skyline Division champ Crystal Springs Uplands, on Thursday. The winner advances to the CCS playoffs. Castilleja's first goal came in the 22nd minute when junior Katherine Hobbs threaded a pass through the defense to senior Emily Mosbacher, who placed a left-footed shot low right. Sophomore Gabby Kaplan scored the second goal of the half off a pass from freshman Victoria Pu. In the 53rd minute, Mosbacher ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Danielle Man Pinewood School The senior scored seven goals and added two assists in three WBAL Skyline Division soccer victories -- all shutouts -- that landed the Panthers in second place with a 14-1-1 record, just missing a playoff berth. Kendall Jager* Amanda McFarland Lauren Rantz Darrah Shields* Adrienne Whitlock Chandler Wickers* Kevin Sweat Pinewood School The senior scored 53 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in three basketball wins while shooting better than 51 percent from three-point range as the Panthers won the WBAL title, its first league crown since 1996. Erik Anderson Kalen Gans Chris Jin Edgardo Molina* Nick Ortiz* Solomone Wolfgramm* Keith Peters Menlo sophomore Chandler Wickers (19) is congratulated by Sophie Sheeline (14) and Sienna Stritter after scoring the winning goal. Prep soccer (continued from page 25) Menlo still had to win the division title outright. All the Knights needed was a tie against three-time defending champion Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday. "We knew (about the tie)," said Menlo senior Elle Laub. "But, we wanted to win." Menlo did just that with a stirring 2-1 victory, the team's 10th straight triumph that earned the program's first league crown since 1991 when the Knights competed in the Girls Private School League. "I'm so happy," said Menlo coach Donoson FitzGerald. "It was a great effort." FitzGerald, in his 23rd season with the Knights, also coached the `91 team. He knew this group was particularly good. "We have a talented group of soccer players," he said. "We never really talked about it (winning a title). When we started league, I just told them there are 12 challenges com- ing up." The Knights were successful in 11 of them while finishing the regular season with a 13-4-2 overall mark. During its championship season, Menlo swept Sacred Heart Prep for the first time in four years of WBAL action. Tuesday's win was best, of course, for what it represented. As soon as the match ended, the long-awaited celebration began. All the Menlo players donned shirts with the names of the team's six seniors on the back and put on their special rings. "Today is our wedding day," said Laub, "because we get to be the brides." On Senior Day, it was appropriate that Laub got Menlo rolling with a header off a corner kick by sophomore Chandler Wickers in the 16th minute. It was her first goal of the season after missing 14 games following leg surgery in November. Sacred Heart Prep (8-3-1, 105-5) answered in the 33rd minute when junior Kendall Jager got free for a moment and launched a shot from 18-yards out and over the out- Honorable mention To see video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to www.PASportsOnline.com was fouled just outside the box, but drilled the free kick past the keeper. Castilleja's final goal came off a perfectly placed pass by freshman Anna Verwillow that was collected by Kaplan, who placed the ball deftly around the keeper. In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton fell into a third for third place with Woodside following a 1-1 deadlock with host Terra Nova in Pacifica. The Bears (6-3-4, 105-4) got a first-half goal from Jen Kirst off an assist from fellow senior Meryssa Thompson. M-A has played to three ties in its past four matches. Boys' soccer Sacred Heart Prep coach Armando del Rio promised his players he'd keep his facial hair until the Gators dropped a boys' soccer match this season. Either his team likes facial hair or not losing, because del Rio still won't be touching a razor this week after SHP defeated host King's Academy, 2-0, to cap an unbeaten West Bay Athletic League season on Wednesday. The Gators improved to 12-0-2 in league (16-0-4 overall) as Brendan Spillane scored on a penalty kick and Andrew Segre scored off The Sacred Heart Prep boys' soccer team celebrated a 12-0-2 season and West Bay Athletic League championship by defeating host King's Academy, 2-0, on Wednesday in a regular-season finale. an assist from Will Mishra, both in the first half. SHP's defense, led by senior keeper Max Polkinhorne continued to blank the Knights in the second half. In other WBAL finales on Wednesday: Menlo School wrapped up the season with a 6-1 victory, which included a score by the Knights' everyday goalie, over visiting Harker. The Knights finished the season with a 9-2-3 mark to take third place in a tight WBAL race and went 122-5 overall. In the PAL Bay Division, MenloAtherton earned no worse than a tie for the championship following a 2-0 victory over visiting Carlmont on Wednesday in a regular-season finale. The Bears (10-0-4, 15-0-5) got goals from Elvis Abarca (assisted by Aaron Oro) and Tom Kaheli, with Edgardo Molina providing the assist. The Bears started the day with 31 points and tied with San Mateo. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto finished up one of the most frustrating and unsuccessful seasons in school history following a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Milpitas on Wednesday. The Vikings finished 0-9-3 in league and 0-15-5 overall. Page 27 Letty Callinan Sports Wrestling at Mid Cals is kind of like placing that high in CCS. I am really excited to see what we can do in CCS this year. Hopefully, we will once again League. The Titans won the tour- exceed my expectations!" nament every year from 1972 to Los Gatos was second (182.50), `76 under head coach Bill Sperry. Monta Vista finished third (165.50) Gunn then moved to the SCVAL and defending champion Palo Alto and finished second in the first sea- managed just fourth with 148.50 afson there. Horpel was an assistant at ter winning the dual-match title with Paly that year bea 5-1 record, the fore being asked same as Gunn's. to take over the The Titans' only Gunn program loss was to Paly. for the 1977-78 Gunn had only season. Horpel's one individual first team again champion in finished second. Chris Jin at 145. "So, we had He went 3-0 and come close a topped his effort few times since Paly's Erik Anderson (right) with a 13-1 ma1976," he said. jor decision over "But, just didn't quite get it done. Samer El Nounou of Fremont to imWhat's most surprising is that it has prove to 25-2 this season. taken this long to win it again! The Titans, however, had one "This year has been a year of ex- second-place finish, six thirds and ceeding my expectations. When we two fourths. Out of its roster of won the Lynn Dyche Classic just 14, only two failed to advance to before winter break, especially by the Central Coast Section Chamsuch a wide marpionships in two gin, it was a comweeks at Indeplete shock to pendence High me. That's when in San Jose. I knew we had a Gunn's qualispecial group of fiers included: kids on the team Cadence Lee this year. They (third at 103), were winning Daniel Papp most of their (sixth at 113), Ian close matches, Gunn's Chris Jin (top) Cramer (third at showi ng an 120), Eric Craamazing amount of heart. And, hav- mer (third at 126), Julian Calderon ing five medalists and placing sixth (third a 152), Casey Jackson (second (continued from page 26) Butch Garcia Members of the Gunn High wrestling team had plenty to celebrate last weekend as they captured their first SCVAL Championships title since 1976 and qualified 12 athletes to the Central Coast Section tournament. at 160), Marco 1960s, finished Lopez-Mendoza with three indi(third at 170), vidual champions James Foy (fourth -- Nick Ortiz at at 182), Sean 132, Kalen Gans Lydster (fourth at at 160 and Erik at 195), JJ Strnad Anderson at 182. (third at 220) and Ortiz and Gans Harsha Mokwere defending karala (fourth at champions. 285). Ortiz decision Paly's Kalen Gans (top) Palo Alto, Edward Garcia which was gunning for its first back- of Fremont in the finals, 7-1; Gans to-back league meet title since the pinned Gunn's Casey Jackson in "Look at his face," one guy said. "He's one of us. I don't care if he was born in the United States." Lin's Knicks' jersey is such a hot item in China, stores are constantly running out. Web traffic to NYKnicks.com increased 550 percent last week. Why all the attention? Let us check previous episodes of The Jeremy Lin Show: Episode 1: Lin comes off the bench in a win over the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4 and scores a careerhigh 25 points with seven assists to get the ball rolling. Episode 2: Getting his first NBA start, Lin responded with 28 points and eight assists in a 99-88 victory over the Utah Jazz. Lin becomes the first player in more than 30 years to have at least 28 points and eight assists in his first NBA start. The last player to do that was Isiah Thomas. Episode 3: Lin goes for 23 points and a then-career high of 10 assists to help beat the Washington Wizards as Lin out-plays last season's No. 1 draft pick, John Wall. Episode 4: On national TV, Lin outscores Kobe Bryant, 38-34 and adds seven assists in a 92-85 upset of the Los Angeles Lakers. Afterwards, Bryant says of the previously unknown Lin: "Well, it just means that we probably haven't been paying attention to him. It seems like it comes out of nowhere, but if people go back and take a look, that skill level was probably there from the beginning. It just went unnoticed." Episode 5: Lin continues to sparkle with 20 points and eight assists to help beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Internet is exploding by now with Lin stories. Episode 6: Lin goes off for 27 points and 11 assists against the host Toronto Raptors, rallying the Knicks from 17 points down. He ties the game at 87 and then hits the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds to play in a 90-87 victory. Episode 7: Lin reigns in his scoring, tallying just 10 points, but dishes out a career-high 13 assists in a 100-85 win over the visiting Sacramento Kings for the Knicks' seventh straight victory -- quite a Lin-ning streak. Since stepping into the starting lineup six games ago, Lin has averaged 24.4 points and 9.1 assists per game. After his first five starts, Lin had scored 136 points, ranking him No. 2 in NBA history in that category since 1970. "It's just unbelievable," said Peter Diepenbrock, who coached Lin at Palo Alto High. "Are you kidding me? It's just an unbelievable story." Diepenbrock has found himself right in the middle of the Linsanity. He has been interviewed for hours on end since the spotlight hit Lin, including by Time Magazine. He even got a call from state senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Paly basketball star in 1967 who asked about his son attending Diepenbrock's summer basketball camp because Lin is a camp coach. Diepenbrock was interviewed by a New York radio station on Wednesday and let it be known that 1:02, and Anderson pinned Faris Karaborni of Monta Vista in just 0:50. Palo Alto wound up with nine qualifiers for CCS -- Joey Christopherson (fourth at 126), Ortiz, Trent Marshall (third at 138), Ryan Oshima (fifth at 154), Gans, Anderson, Andrew Frick (third at 195), Alex Taussig (seventh at 220) and Tanner Marshall (sixth at 285). Taussig advanced because the top seven qualified out of his weight class. he'd love to see Spike Lee wearing Lin's high school jersey. The deal was struck and Lee will be wearing it Friday when the Knicks host the New Orleans Hornets. Former Paly basketball player Chris Bobel was entrusted with transporting the jersey to Lee. Diepenbrock, Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler and a handful of former Paly basketball players will accompany them to New York to watch Lin play on national TV against the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday morning. The entourage of ex-Lin teammates includes Brian Baskauskas, Kheaton Scott, Kevin Trimble, Greg Walder plus Luc Danna and David Weaver, the latter who played on Paly's 1993 state championship team. Diepenbrock will be sitting courtside with former Menlo College teammate Nick Zaharias, who arranged for the $7,000 seats. All this because a young Palo Alto athlete never gave up on his dream no matter what obstacles were put in his path. "That's what he's been doing his whole life," Diepenbrock said of Lin. "He gets one opportunity, one shot on the big stage and the question is, `Is he going to make the most of it?' And he does. That's really the story of his career." It's a story, for now anyway, that just keeps getting better. And as D'Antoni said: "I don't know when there's an ending, maybe there won't be." Jeremy Lin (continued from page 25) ago and accomplished things that rank among the best in NBA history for players making their first starts, the spotlight hasn't been any brighter as New York has won seven straight games and Lin has become a household word -- even in the nation's capitol. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Lin was "just a great story, and the president was saying as much this morning." It's still unknown, however, if Lin is a Democrat. If that were the case, expect a few Lin-isms in the President's reelection campaign. Speaking of that, Lin was the subject of the Top 10 list on the David Letterman Show on Wednesday night. Letterman delivered the Top 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns, including "Linintermittent windshield wiper" and "Law and Order: Criminal Lintent." Fellow TV comedian Stephen Colbert has chimed in, as well. Colbert said in a video this week: "This kid has single-handily done the unthinkable -- made people want to watch the New York Knicks!" Colbert continued on Linsanity by saying: "I have been declared legally Linsane . . . my system is messed up because of Linsomnia." Colbert then brought out two products he believed would be big sellers: Lin-oleum and Lint. Page 28 It hasn't stopped there. Whoopi Goldberg wore a Lin jersey on television's The View on Wednesday. When she turned around to show his name, the crowd roared. Lin will be featured on the February 20 cover of Sports Illustrated. Shares of stock in Madison Square Garden, the company that owns the Knicks, have shot up 9 percent since Lin-mania began. Lin's No. 17 jersey is the hottest seller in the NBA. Lin has received a shoe contract from Nike. Lin was signed to a contract that was guaranteed for the minimum of $788,872 for the remainder of the season. Lin, the first Taiwanese-American and fourth American-born Asian to play in the NBA, accounted for four of the top six videos on NBA.com (according to CBSSports.com), including the most viewed clip. Lin has had more Twitter mentions than LeBron James, who will face Lin next week in Miami. And, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, Lin's followers on Sina -- the Chinese version of Twitter -- have grown from 190,000 on Feb. 2 to more than 916,000 earlier this week. NBA great Steve Nash tweeted: "If you love sports, you have to love what Jeremy Lin is doing." NPR radio interviewed Chinese basketball fans in Shanghai and they are claiming Lin as their own.